Parish History

Canon Michael Charles Troy was born in Listowel Co Kerry in 1895. He was ordained to the priesthood at Maynooth College by Archbishop Byrne on the 19 June 1921. His first parish were Dunboyne in Co Meath and he served there as a curate from 1921-23. On the 30 January 1923, he was appointed to the Little Sisters of the Poor in Kilmainham, which included chaplain to the prisoners in Kilmainham Jail where he would have met many of the Free State prisoners. The other parishes he served, as a curate were Greenane, county Wicklow 1925-28. St Michans, Dublin 1928-33 and Terenure, Dublin 1933-51. On the 28 July 1951 he was then appointed to St Michaels Church Inchicore with part of his duties in what was to be the new parish of Ballyfermot.

On the 5 February 1953 he was appointed the first parish priest of Ballyfermot and went about preparing the way for the De La Salle Brothers and the Dominican Sisters to set up schools in lower Ballyfermot and later, the Sisters of Charity who ran St Louise’s school in upper Ballyfermot. There was no doubt of his love for Ballyfermot and its people as when he would be talking to anyone outside the area he would always say that ‘Dublin was a suburb of Ballyfermot’, and he would always boast that Ballyfermot had the largest schools in Europe which it had. He also helped to set up the Vincent De Paul in the area.

Brother Donal, a De La Salle brother, who taught in Ballyfermot and is now retired and living in Ballyfermot, knew Canon Troy very well. He recalls that the Canon’s passion was for the GAA and his beloved Kerry Team. In the early days the Canon presented a set of Jerseys to the Ballyfermot GAA team the colour of the Jersey’s were green and gold which happened to be the same colours of the Kerry Team. Ballyfermot GAA team still play in these colours today. The Canon had played for Kerry as a young man but never won an all Ireland medal. Soccer was a foreign sport to him. Canon Brady served in Ballyfermot as a young curate. Canon Troy was his parish priest he recalls that Canon Troy was a big man in stature as he stood over six feet but he also had a big heart.

His devotion was to the Gaelic games, which he combined with his fundraising skills. He would organise the American Armed Forces, football team to play in Croke Park each year and the money collected would be given over to the Catholic Social Service, which is now known as Crosscare, and they looked after the poor of Dublin. Canon Troy died on the 11 November 1972 and was buried in the Little Sisters of the Poor Cemetery Kilmainham. His body were exhumed when the Convent closed and he now rests in Palmerstown Cemetery.

The Painters hut situated on O Hogan Road within the grounds of Markievicz Park played many a role in Ballyfermot. It was used as storage shed for the Dublin Corporation workers when the first housing phase began. Fr Donal O Scannaill purchased the paint store for £200 from Dublin Corporation and it became the first church in modern Ballyfermot. It was used from 1950 until Our Lady of the Assumption Church opened in 1953. This shed was also used as a soup kitchen, nick named in the locality as the ‘Stew House’ where the Daughters of Charity of the St Vincent De Paul severed soup to the needy of the area. Our Lady’s of Victories youth club started there also.

Eamonn Mac Thomais, the Dublin historian and author who died in 2002, wrote in the Irish Press on 2 June 1986 about his input in helping Ballyfermot get its new church. His parish church was St Michaels in Inchicore and one Sunday at mass Father Donal O Scannaill who was one of the curate’s in St Michaels and was also assigned to help start up the new parish of Ballyfermot appealed over the altar for door to door collectors to help build a church in Ballyfermot. Eamonn gave in his name as one of the volunteers. He received his collector’s book and he was off the next Sunday to collect from what were known as the newly wed houses on Muskerry Road.

There were many other events organised by Father Donal and the community to raise funds for the new church. Such as social evenings which included, dances, ‘Take your Pick’ called after a popular television show at that time, this was a game where the person playing had the choice to take money that was offered or open a box which could result in winning nothing. The biggest fundraiser was the ‘Buy a block’ for the building of Our Lady of the Assumption Church. Each block cost £1 and they sold 3,300. Some people paid 6d. a week until the block was paid for, and when they had paid in full, they received a souvenir receipt to say that they owned one cement block in Our Lady of the Assumption Church.

Father Donal wrote in an article for the twenty fifth anniversary of Our Lady Assumption Church; ‘The Joy of brining the Blessed Sacrament in a solemn procession from the Painters hut to our lovely new church will abide with me forever’.

Robinson, Keefe and Devine designed Our Lady of the Assumption Church. Built by John Hughes & Son. Work started in May 1951. The church cost £68,000 to build. The Mahogany seats cost £10,000. Seating Capacity in 1952 was for 1,980 people.

Recent Parish Death Notices

Bernard James Dunne, RIP

Kathleen Martin (née Neil), RIP

Patricia (Patsy) Leyden (née Carthy), RIP

Mary Harris, RIP

Sr. Siobhán Ní Mhaoilmhichíl, O.P., RIP

Richard (Dick) Cusack, RIP

Sr. Margaret Hegarty, O.P., RIP

Rita Flanagan (née Meleady), RIP

Antoinette Gallagher, RIP

Harold (Harry) Hancox, RIP

Mark Herra, RIP

Kevin Quinn, RIP

Beatrice (Bea) Kenny, RIP

Eileen Caffrey (née Freer), RIP

Carol Nolan (née Larkin), RIP

Kathleen Henvey (née Kelly), RIP

Thomas (Ginger) Gaffney, RIP

Anthony Boshell, RIP

Mary (May) McGowan (née Darcy), RIP

Teresa Foster (née Carr), RIP

Patrick (Pat) Byrne, RIP

Eileen Nolan (née Darcy), RIP

Annie Finnegan (née Butler), RIP

Elizabeth Ryan (née Murphy), RIP

Christopher Fitgerald, RIP (Monday, 10am)

Isabell King (née Hanna), RIP (Saturday 11.15am)

Margaret Maguire, RIP

Ethna Esther Kernan (neé Brennan), RIP

Derek Shaw, RIP

Bridie Bayly (née Torkington), RIP

Catherine (Kitty) Sheridan, RIP

Joey Kelly, RIP

Charles Clancy, RIP

Breda O'Dowd, RIP

Elizabeth (Lily) Harris (née Gay), RIP

Jennifer (Jenny) Flood, RIP

Anne Hynes (née Elliot), RIP

Lyndsey Saul, RIP

Patrick Gaffney, RIP

Michael Hickey, RIP

Andrew (Andy) Shortall, RIP

Josephine Maloney (née Grennan), RIP

Richard (Richie) Butler, RIP

Noleen Hopson, RIP

Michael (Mikie) Dunne, RIP

Alan Behan, RIP

Aiden Lawless, RIP

Patrick (Smiley) Greene, RIP

Angela Mason, RIP

Paul O’Brien, RIP

Christina (Tina) Shannon, RIP

Deborah (Debbie) Armstrong, RIP

Fergal Joseph Ryan, RIP

James Ward, RIP

William Byrne, RIP

Ellen McCabe, RIP

Hannah Butler, RIP

Margaret Kavanagh, RIP

Elizabeth Boland, RIP

William (Liam) Cassidy, RIP

Bernadette Rice, RIP

Bernadette (Bernie) Baker (néw Ankers), RIP

Hilda Smith (née Madigan), RIP

Bridget (Bridie) Oglesby (née Reilly), RIP

Mary Maura Harmon (née Kennedy), RIP

Brigid Frances Kenny, RIP

Sarah Mellon, RIP

Alicia O'Leary (née McCormack), RIP

John Whelan, RIP

Veronica (Vonnie) Doolan (née Jago), RIP

Fr. Joseph Doran, RIP

Eamon Jones (Jonesy), RIP

Bridget (Bridie) Murray (née Keogh), RIP

Mary Agnes Nolan (née Carroll), RIP

Maureen Brennan (née Prendergast), RIP

William Gabbett, RIP (Thursday, 11.30am)

Mary Larrissy, RIP

Catherine Gabbett (née Casey), RIP

David (Dave) Nolan, RIP

Henry (Harry) Gaffney, RIP

Sadie Reilly (née Hughes), RIP

(Christina (Tina) White, RIP

Jillian Collins, RIP

Elizabeth O'Connor (née McCarthy), RIP

William (Liam) Thompson, RIP

Veronica Quigley (née Kelly), RIP

Gary Nugent, RIP

Mary Brennan (née Moran), RIP

Eithne Mullen, RIP

Alan (Gibbo) Gibbons, RIP

Michael Quigley, RIP

Johnny Byrne, RIP

Hilda Dolan (née Keogh), RIP

Patrick Moran, RIP

Elizabeth (Lilly) Redmond (née Donnett), RIP

Carmel Higgins (née McEvoy), RIP

Laurence Ffrench, RIP

Steven (Anto) Grogan, RIP

Davie Floyd, RIP

Monsignor Donal O'Doherty, RIP

Rosanna (Rosie) Gibbons (née Clarke) RIP

Ian Comerford, RIP

Nuala Kavanagh (née Nolan), RIP

Anthony Gartland, RIP

Sheila Cahill, RIP

Sandra Doyle, RIP

Glenn Hogan, RIP

Marie Sweeney (née Walsh), RIP

Mary Ellen Hopson, RIP

Christopher Carey, RIP

Kathleen Tully (née Redmond), RIP

Anna Evans (Née McLoughlin), RIP

Michael (Mick) Horan, RIP

Michael Tormey, RIP

Kathleen Cole (née Mitten), RIP

Frederick (Fred) McGarry, RIP

Christopher (Christy) Rogers, RIP

Mary Smith (née Murphy), RIP

Derek Kelly, RIP

Daniel Moran, RIP

Elizabeth (Lily) Swords (née O'Brien), RIP

Patrick (Paddy) McGrane, RIP

Lisa Ellis, RIP

Anthony (Tony) Kelly, RIP

Margaret (Peggy) Phelan (née Lynch) RIP

Philip McLoughlin, RIP (Memorial Mass Saturday 18th December,  at 11.30am, Assumption Church)

Rosaleen (Rose) McDermott (née Egan), RIP

Maura Devitt (née O'Driscoll), RIP

Angela Nolan, RIP

Stephen (Willie) Farrelly, RIP

Sarah (Sadie) Chrystal, RIP

Raymond (Rayo) Howe, RIP

Laurence (Larry) Moore, RIP

Margaret Pillay (née O'Toole), RIP

James (Jack) McCormack, RIP

Thomas McCabe, RIP

Anthony Bradley, RIP

Mary Forrester (née Casey), RIP

Liam (Liamo) Thompson, RIP

Ann Monahan (née Ward), RIP

Mary Scanlon (née Ryan), RIP

Philip McLoughlin, RIP

Colm Birkett, RIP

Rachael Meehan, RIP

Philip Mackey, RIP

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Parish Contacts

Priests:
Fr. Adrian Egan, C.Ss.R. (PP), Fr. Seamus Devitt, C.Ss.R.;
Tel: 01-6264789

Pariah Secretary:
Mildred Healy;
Tel: Working from home; contact by email.
email:parishcentreballyfermot@gmail.com

Sacristans:
Ann Marie Murray & Margaret Killeen;
Tel: 01 – 6264691 (9am to 12 Noon)

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