All are welcome to a special Mass, which will take place at Donoughmore Church in the parish of Powerstown-Lisronagh at 7.30pm on Thursday, August 15 to offer special celebration for the Year of Faith. Donoughmore is very symbolic and represents an important link back to St. Patrick and the coming of the faith to this locality.
Celebrating Mass in the church will be a reminder of the roots of the faith in this area and how people have kept the faith through all the upheavals and difficulties of the centuries. Usually only churches established by St. Patrick were styled domhnach, which means great church. Donoughmore Church is a later 11th or 12th century building, consisting of a nave and chancel arch and doorway of great beauty. It is on the site of an earlier Christian period monastery associated with St. Farrannan. Donoughmore Church can be reached by turning left at Lisronagh (from the Clonmel side), continuing past St.John the Baptish Church and travelling approximately one kilometre to the next junction and turning left. The church has been in ruins since the Reformation, if not before. It stands on an elevated ridge and Fr. Power, who wrote Place Names of the Decies, said it could be seen with the naked eye from the northern slopes of the Comeragh Mountains in Waterford, as well as from the highlands of southwest Ossory. It has been preserved as a national monument since 1883.