I hope that our church will be a landmark for all, standing at the centre of Derrinturn, as it has been for almost two centuries.

Fr. John Fitzpatrick PP

Renovation Project

Holy Trinity Church, Derrinturn, (Carbury Parish) was built in 1809 and will celebrate its bicentenary two years from now. It replaced a previous church building of which nothing now remains.

Time had taken its toll on the church and major restructuring of the building as well as interior and exterior renovation was required.

In 2003 Fr. Thomas Dooley PP, employed a grade A architect, Mr Eamon Hederman, to draw up the plans. These plans were then displayed in the church.

In consultation with the Finance Committee, the current Parish Priest Fr. John Fitzpatrick got the work underway with the engagement of Mr. Joseph Doolan as the main contractor. A fundraising group of very dedicated people was put in place to tackle the financial aspect, 1.7 million euro being the estimated cost of the project. So the job was up and running.

During the renovation Carbury GAA club kindly made available their premises for Sunday Masses and Derrinturn National School gave use of the school hall for week day Masses.

Two months of disastrous weather before Christmas slowed the project considerably. Everybody has shown remarkable patience, not least the people of the parish, who have stood by the project from day one. A decision to replaster the interior of the church added an extra month to the project.

The Results

The present retructuring incorporates a new Roof, new Sacristy, new Reconciliation Room, new servers area, new cloakroom facilities, new heating and lighting systems, new pews and in particular a new Altar, new Ambo and new Presidential Chair, (all three made from Portugese Limestone) a new organ and new Sanctuary lamp. The total fabric of the church, including all windows, has been suitably enhanced in keeping with the ambiance required for all religious services.

Holy Trinity Church has four stained glass windows, the most recent of which has been donated by Bishop Thomas J. Flanagan, DD, Auxiliary Bishop of San Antonio, Texas. This window depicts the apparition at Knock and is a fitting compliment to the already existing stained glass windows which respectively depict the apparition at Lourdes, the Annunciation, and one depicting St. Brigid and St. Conleth.

Re-Opening

The official re-opening of Holy Trinity Church took place onSunday 2ndDecember 2007. A very fine booklet was produced locally to mark the occasion. It includes a message from Bishop Moriarty from which the following quotes are taken –

I am very pleased to be with you as you re-open Holy Trinity Church. This is a happy day for the parish- a new moment in your history is unfolding in continuity with the riches of the past. Today is an opportunity to celebrate the life of this parish and to acknowledge our appreciation of the many Parishioners and Priests of the past who, over the years, have helped make the parish of Carbury a place of welcome and faith.

As we re-open this Church today, be glad and proud that you have shaped a house of beauty and faith. You have shaped a house that stands as a visible sign of God’s invitation to us to enter into a relationship with Him, to come and hear the Good News of Jesus Christ and to bond together in closer friendship and unity. You have shaped a house worthy of you and worthy of the liturgy in which the important events of your lives will continue to be celebrated. Now, in turn, may this Church shape you – to be living witnesses of what you celebrate.

Bishop Jim Moriarty