Welcome to the parish of Collooney & Ballinacarrow (Kilvarnet).
Location: The modern day parish of Collooney and Ballinacarrow is part of the much older parish of Kilvarnet. It is a largely rural parish in the diocese of Achonry in the northwest of Ireland. Ireland has twenty six dioceses of varying sizes. Achonry is one of the smallest.
Boundaries: The boundaries of the parish date from 1978, when a larger parish called 'Ballysadare and Kilvarnet' was divided. The present Collooney & Ballinacarrow parish comprises the ancient parish of Kilvarnet and part of the ancient parish of Ballysadare. The remainder of the ancient Ballysadare parish became the modern (1978) parish of Ballisodare. (The name of that village is nowadays generally written 'Ballisodare').
The name 'Kilvarnet' was retained as part of the present parish title in order that the old parish of Kilvarnet (now centred on Ballinacarrow) might not be forgotten. (Yeats mentions Kilvarnet in his poem “The Fidler of Dooney”. The poet sometimes came on holidays to his Pollexfen uncle in Ballysadare where the Pollexfen family owned the flour mills).
Churches: The parish church, The Church of the Assumption, is located in Collooney, a village in County Sligo seven miles south of Sligo town.
The second church in the parish, The Church of St. Fechin & St. Lassara, is in Ballinacarrow, a smaller village a further five miles south of Collooney.
Parish of Collooney-Ballinacarrow (Kilvarnet)
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