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About Our Parish2018-11-12T10:41:43+00:00

Parish of Blackpool, The Glen and Ballyvolane

The Parish of Blackpool has three churches, the Church of the Annunciation in Blackpool, St Olivers in Ballyvolane and St Brendan’s in the Glen.

The Church of the Annunciation on Great William O’Brien Street in Blackpool was officially dedicated on the 7th of October 1945. Its design was by the noted Blackpool stone carverSeamus Murphy. The church was built by the staff of Sunbeam Wolsey (under Mick Callaghan, foreman) of which Mr. William Dwyer was the founder and Managing Director.

St Brendan’s Church is situated in Glen Avenue. It’s spire and copper roof are familiar landmarks in the north side of Cork City. The church was built in 1973. The church is dedicated to St Brendan the Navigator and there is a beautiful mosaic of St Brendan at the entrance.

St Oliver’s Church is situated on Glenheights Road. It was built in 1992 and is the youngest Catholic church in the diocese. It is a modern design with a very striking crucifixion sculpture over the main altar. It is dedicated to St Oliver Plunkett who was canonised in 1975.

The Church of the Annunciation on Great William O’Brien Street in Blackpool was officially dedicated on the 7th of October 1945. Its design was by the noted Blackpool stone carverSeamus Murphy.

The church was built by the staff of Sunbeam Wolsey (under Mick Callaghan, foreman) of which Mr. William Dwyer was the founder and Managing Director.


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Seamus Murphy, a native of Mallow, had a stone yard on Watercourse road for many years. Other well-known works by Murphy include the bust of Michael Collins in Fitzgerald’s Park, the busts of Sean O Faolain and Frank O’Connor in the Cork City Library and the curious little water trough for dogs on St. Patrick’s Street.

History

The Church was designed and built as a replacement for Saint Nicholas’ Church, which stood on the site. Saint Nicholas’ was constructed in 1895 by adapting the Blackpool National School building, which then moved to Brockelsby Street. It was financed by Nicholas Murphy of Blarney Woollen Mills. A police barracks had also occupied part of the site.

The Church of the Annunciation is constructed of concrete blocks, stipple plastered inside and out. There is an 80 ft bell tower and two smaller towers that form the transepts. The stained glass, including the impressive crucifix, sanctuary windows and the picture gallery of Our Lord (Nave windows) are by Harry Clarke Studios in Dublin.

The tabernacle, lamp, candlesticks and other brasses were designed by Seamus Murphy and made by Gunnings in Dublin.

The stonework in the church is mostly by Murphy himself. His works include: The Annunciation Panel over the front door; The Annunciation Tablet on the exterior side wall; The Dwyer Plaque in the porch; The Baptismal Font originally at rear of the church, now near the altar; The Holy Water Fonts in polished black limestone; The Main altar depicting corn and grapes; The Children’s Altar depicting the Holy Family; and Our Lady’s Altar depicting a crowned angel and foliage.

The most striking stonework in the church includes the Madonna and Sacred Heart Statues on either side of the main altar. The Sacred Heart is in Portland stone with a marble base and was added to the church in 1947. It is 6ft high.


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The Madonna was in the church in 1945 but was located on Our Lady’s altar. It has subsequently been moved to its present position. It is 5 ft 6 inch high and is signed “Seamus Murphy 45”.

The famous Irish Poet Patrick Kavanagh attended the dedication ceremony and wrote at the time: “Before entering the church after the dedication, an old fellow spoke to me; ‘Do you see that iron railing there? That was made in Cork and they say we can do nothing in Cork!’ I looked admiringly at the railing. ‘And do you see that door there? That was made in Cork! And they say we can make nothing in Cork!’ Then he walked off in disgust at the ignorance of non-Corkonians”.

Dedication

At the dedication ceremony, Fr. R J Dalton, CC, St. Peter and Paul’s, gave the sermon in which he praised, “this valley church, a church such as one sees nestling in the valleys amongst the mountain ranges of Europe”.

Up until 1981 the church had always been part of the Cathedral parish. It was in that year that Bishop Michael Murphy announced that Fr. William Dinneen would be the first Parish Priest of the newly created parish of Blackpool and The Glen.

The Parish of Blackpool, The Glen and Ballyvolane now has three churches. The Church of the Annunciation is the Parish Church, while St. Brendan’s in the Glen and St. Oliver’s in Ballyvolane also serve this large, expansive and busy parish.

Thanks to Eoin Lettice, Blackpool, The Glen and Ballyvolane Parish Assembly, 2005 for the relevant information.

The Church of the Annunciation

The Church of the Annunciation is constructed of concrete blocks, stipple plastered inside and out. There is an 80 ft bell tower and two smaller towers that form the transepts. The stained glass, including the impressive crucifix, sanctuary windows and the picture gallery of Our Lord (Nave windows) are by Harry Clarke Studios in Dublin.

St. Brendan’s

St Brendan’s Church is situated in Glen Avenue. It’s spire and copper roof are familiar landmarks in the north side of Cork City. The church was built in 1973. The church is dedicated to St Brendan the Navigator and there is a beautiful mosaic of St Brendan at the entrance.

St. Oliver’s

St Oliver’s Church is situated on Glenheights Road. It was built in 1992 and is the youngest Catholic church in the diocese. It is a modern design with a very striking crucifixion sculpture over the main altar. It is dedicated to St. Oliver Plunkett who was canonised in 1975.

I am the way, the truth and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.

Into your hands O Lord, I commit my spirit.

You believe Thomas because you can see me, happy are those who have not seen and yet they believe.

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