Christmas ceremonies in Kilkenny

Here are the Mass and Service times for a number of cathedrals and churches around the city and county over the Christmas period.

Here are the Mass and Service times for a number of cathedrals and churches around the city and county over the Christmas period.

St Mary’s Cathedral

December 21: 7.30pm annual carol service with the Unity Singers and with soloists Tanya Sewell and Tony Docherty.

Christmas Eve: 10pm

Christmas Day: 10am, 11am

St Stephen’s Day: Penitential 7pm.

St Canice’s Church

Christmas Eve: Children’s Mass at 6pm; Vigil Mass at 8pm

Christmas Day: 9.30am; 10.30am; 11.30am.

Stephen’s Day: 11am

St John’s Church

Christmas Eve: 6.30am; family mass 9am.

Christmas Day: 8am, 10.30am, 12pm.

Carol service: Children service Wednesday 7.30pm.

St Patrick’s Church

Christmas Eve: Latin 9.30pm, 12pm (Midnight Mass).

Christmas Day: Latin 8am, 9.30am, 11am, 12.30pm

St Stephen’s Day: 11am.

St Fiacre’s Church Loughboy

Christmas Eve: 9pm

Christmas Day: 10.30am and 12noon

St Joseph’s Church Foulkstown

Christmas Day: 10am

Carol service: Foulkstown 3.30pm.

The Black Abbey

Christmas Eve: 10.30am, 1.05pm, visual 6.10pm, 9pm.

Christmas Day: 9am, 12pm.

The Friary

Christmas Eve: Vigil Mass 5.40pm; 9pm.

Christmas Day: 10.30am (Irish), 12pm.

St Stephen’s Day: 10.30am.


Christmas eve: 8pm with Parish Folk Choir.

Christmas Day: 8am; 10.30am with Male Voice Choir; and 11.30am.


Christmas Eve: 6.30pm Family Mass; 9pm Mass; also 8pm Chapel Hill.

Christmas Day: 9.30am (St Columba’s); 10am (Mong Chapel); 11am Parish Church.

St Stephen’s day: 10am.

Dunmore Church

Christmas Eve: 7am.

Christmas Day: 11am.


Christmas Eve: 8.30am.

Christmas Day: 10am.

DUISKE ABBEY, graignamanagh

Christmas Eve: 8.30pm Carol Service; 9pm Mass.

Christmas day: 11am.


Christmas Eve: 6pm.

Christmas Day: 8.30am.

St Canice’s Cathedral

December 21: 8am Eucharist; 11.30am Said Eucharist; 5pm Carol Service.

Christmas Eve: 11.30pm The First Eucharist of Christmas.

Christmas Day: 8am Eucharist; 11.30am Eucharist.

St Stephen’s Day: 10.30am Holy Communion; 11am.

December 27: St John the Evangelist 10.30am Holy Communion.

December 31: 11.15pm Watchnight Service in St Canice’s Cathedral followed by ringing out the old year and ringing in the new. This is a very popular service and event. Please note that numbers entering the ringing chamber have to be kept reasonable to ensure comfort, health and safety of both ringers and visitors.

Cathedral closed for visitors from December 24 and opening January 2 (Open only for services over Christmas).

St Lachtain’s Church, Freshford

December 19: 7pm Carol Service

Christmas Day: 9am Eucharist

St John’s Church

Christmas Day: 10am Eucharist with Sunday School presentation.

St Aidan’s Church, Kilmanagh

Christmas Day: 10.15am Eucharist.

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