In the 13th century, a Norman family named ‘de St. Michel’ founded ‘Villa Michel’
on a gently sloping hill in Brigown parish. They had a particular devotion to St
Michael the Archangel, who is known in the Bible as the great protector of God’s
people against the Devil. As a popular Saint among the Normans they dedicated their
village to him. The earliest known use of ‘Villa Michel’ dates to 1286. The name
evolved over the centuries to Mitchelstown. We are very happy to have this connection
with St Michael and for this reason we claim his protection in a special way.
Church Our Lady
Conceived Without Sin
Church of the Holy Family
Church of St. Joseph
Brief History of our Parish
The patron Saint of the Parish is St. Fanahan and his Feastday is celebrated on November
St. Fanahan (Fionn Cu or White Hound) came to the local townland of Brigown in the
seventh century and founded a monastery there. St. Fanahan died about 660 AD. A
cult of prayer and pilgrimage developed at St. Fanahan’s Well, just a short distance
from the ruins of Brigown Church, which is all that is now left of the monastic settlement
founded by St Fanahan.
The Well is off the Mulberry road and a very serene pathway of several hundred yards
leads down to it. It is very well maintained by a local committee and is a still
and quiet place to reflect and pray.
Until 1854 the Parish Church was known as St. Fanahan’s. That year the dogma of the
Immaculate Conception was proclaimed by the Church and the Parish Priest at the time,
Dean Morgan O’Brien, renamed the Church in honour of the new Dogma.
We entrusted the Parish to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on October 13th 2008 and
this consecration is renewed every year.
Churches in our Parish
There are three Churches in the Parish: Our Lady Conceived Without Sin, in Mitchelstown
itself; the Church of the Holy Family in Ballygiblin and the Church of St. Joseph
For info on Mass times, confessions and other Church services in each of the churches,
Schools in our Parish
We have four Primary schools, two located in the town itself, Bunscoil na Toirbhirte
and CBS, and Ballygiblin NS and Glenahulla NS. We have three post-primary schools.
Two of the Primary and Secondary schools were founded by the Christian Brothers and
Presentation Sisters in the mid-ninteenth century. Both Religious Communities have
sadly now left the Parish, but their work is still being carried on by excellent
We also have a VEC Community College.
Mitchelstown has a very strong commitment to education. For more on our schools,
The Parish Office
The Parish Office is open each day: 9.00am – 12.00 Midday, Monday to Friday. It
is located in the Canon’s House in Convent Hill.
The Secretary will be very happy to help you with any queries. Tel.: 00353(25) 84062