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The Killoughcarron Massrock
Fr. Paul Olszewski Phila. USA. Fr. Micheal Mc Devit St. Louis, USA.
Fr. Mike Murtha Phili, USA. Fr. Pat Brady Phila. USA. Decon Tim O'Sullivan New York.

Carved in Stone

The Killoughcarron Massrock 1700’S

Mass was Concelebrated on 7th June 1993 by:

Fr. Pat Brady, Phila.

Fr. Mike Mc Devitt, St. Louis.

Fr. Mike Murtha, Phila.

Fr Paul Olszewski, Phila.

Fr. Pat Gallagher P.P. Meevagh.
Deacon Tim O’Sullivan, New York.
Sr. Joan Agnes Mc Fadden, RGS, South Africa


For the first time in many years Mass was Concelebrated at the Massrock in Killoughcarron, Creeslough, on the 7th of June 1993 by Fr. Pat Brady Phila. USA. Fr. Micheal Mc Devit St. Louis, USA. Fr. Mike Murtha Phili, USA. Fr. Paul Olszewski Phila. USA. Present were Decon Tim O'Sullivan New York, USA. Fr. Gallagher P.P. Carrigart (Meevagh). Sr.Joan Agnes Mc Fadden. Killoughcarron & South Africa. There was a lot of people present from around Creeslough and from all over Donegal also the USA. connection. Fr.Pat Brady Mother is Mary Mc Fadden from Killoughcarron, Creeslough, and his Father Patrick Brady 2nd generation American who's decendance came from Coothill, Co. Cavan were present. As were Fr. Micheal Mc Devit Mother Margaret from St. louis, USA. and his aunt Agnes Coll from Philidelphia., USA. Fr. Micheal Mc Devit Mother Margaret who's mother was also Mary Mc Fadden from Killoughcarron, Creeslough, making the two mother's cousins. Or you could say that Margaret Mc Devitt mother Mary Mc Fadden and the other Mary Mc Fadden father who was Dominick Mc Fadden were brother and sister. Fr. Mike Murtha Phili, USA. Fr. Paul Olsxewski Phila. USA. were ordained with Fr. Pat Brady in Philadelphia on 15/05/1993. Fr.Tim O’Sullivan, USA. was ordained in Philadelphia on 15/05/1994.

Fr. Murtha Where To Now !!!. The priests reach dry land with the help of boatmen Brian McGinley and John Brennan

THE MASS ROCK IN THE GLEN   Fr. Murtha  Sang by Fr. Murtha

In a lonely mountain valley In the hills of Donegal, Lies one of Ireland’s hallowed spots, Deserted and unknown.
But few who write historic tales, Or wield the poet’s pen, Can say with pride - they knelt beside,
The Mass Rock in the glen.
Our priests like wolves were hunted down, O God ‘twas surely hard.
That from the right to worship Thee, Thy children were debarred.
But still they proudly bore, Thy cross Those simple mountain men - Were proud to share Thy Calvary,
By the Mass Rock in the glen.
No more on top of Croagh Hill The sentinel stands guard.
Our ancient foes, the foreign yoghs, Have gone to their reward. And he who worships God in peace, May bless the fearless men, Who held the faith for Ireland By the Mass Rock in the glen.
God Bless the glens of Ireland, Every rock and mountain pass ‘twas those game glens,
that under God, Preserved for us, the Mass.
And if the day should come again, When Ireland calls for men, She will not find them wanting,
By the Mass Rock in the glen.
Written by Deirdre Kearney grandfather Felix Kearney of Omagh Co Tyrone.

IRELAND’S PENAL DAYS    Fr. McDevit  Read by Fr.McDevit

The Irish parliament sitting in Dublin, comprised almost entirely of a small group of wealthy, land-owning members of the established church, passed severe far reaching penal laws applicable only to Catholics, Presbyterians, Quakers and other religious denominations in Ireland.
Briefly, some of the laws stated that everyone must pay tithes to the established church, but only members of the church could vote, engage in politics or purchase land. The purpose in passing the laws was to ensure and maintain the position of power and privilege that they and their followers enjoyed.
Additional laws were passed forbidding Catholics to teach or practice their religion. These were intended to eliminate the faith from the country but the law had the completely opposite affect. At that time, before famine and mass emigration played havoc, Ireland’s population was almost twice today’s four million and a very, very large majority of these were Catholic and determined to hold firm to the faith which they loved and cherished. Various ways and means were adopted to defy the laws. Teachers taught the pupils in the open, at the sides of lanes and roadways. They were known as ‘Hedge Schools’, and many Irish scholars had their primary education at one of these ‘Schools’
Priests were outlawed and hunted and moved in secret around the country to perform their religious duties. Mass was celebrated in barns and buildings, sometimes lent by Protestant sympathisers who were also victims of the laws and very active in their opposition to them. The most famous of all the places where Mass was celebrated were the ‘Mass Rocks’. These were located in remote valleys and on hillsides to allow worshippers to disperse quickly and avoid capture in the event of discovery by forces of the Crown.

As Pope Pius XI reminds us at the opening of the Eucharistic Congress in Dublin in 1932.


The Penal Laws were passed from 1698  to 1715 they were repealed from 1783 to 1829. The Penal Laws enacted or re-enacted  in the new era succeeding the sege of Limerick when underthe pledged faith and honor of the English crown, the Irish Catholics were not to be "protected in the free and unfettered exercise of their religion" Provided among other things that: The Irish Catholic
He was forbidden the exercise of religon.
He was fobidden to receive education.
He was fobidden to enter a profession.
He was fobidden tohold a public office.
He was fobidden to engage in trade or commers.
He was fobidden to live in a corporate town or within five miles thereof.
He was fobidden to own a horse of greater than five pounds.
He was fobidden to to purchase land.
He was fobidden to accept a mortgage on land in security of a loan.
He was fobidden to to vote.keep ant arms for his protection.
He was fobidden to hold a life annuity.
He was fobidden to buy land from a Protestant.
He was fobidden to receive a gift of land from a Protestant.
He was fobidden to inherit land from a Protestant.
He was fobidden to rent land that was with more than thirty shillings a year.
He was fobidden to to reap from his land any profit exceeding a third of the rent.
He could not be a guardian to a child.
He could no when dying, leave his infant children under Catholic guardianship.
He could not attend Catholic worship.
He could not himself educate his child.
He could not send his child to a Catholic teacher.
He could not employ a Catholic teacher to come over to his child.
He could not send his child abroad to receive education.
The priest was banned and hunted with bloodhounds.  More History

Jimmy Brady Painting

Massrock Artists Impression  by Jimmy Brady

Fr. Colm LavelleMaris Peters

Anton McFadden & Fr. Colm Lavelle 1993                  ---------------     Maris Peters 2012.

John and Maureen McFadden

John & Maureen McFadden 2009.                                     Fr. Mike Mc Devitt  2015.