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1865. This Church was built by McCarthy, the Lord of the Manor of those parts and was a reconstruction of three or four workman's houses. The old door and windows show in the walls and the church was meant principally as a place of worship for himself and his workers. The (text of the) letter is:-

"The Palace Killarney Feb.23rd. 1863

My dear Fr. Fitzpatrick,

Mr. McCarthy asked me a short time ago for leave to erect a seat in the Millstreet Church. The morning I left you Fr. Nolan showed me a seat which he said was vacant and which Mr. McCarthy could have. 1 was since informed that Mr. McCarthy did not wish to take the vacant seat, and I desired Mr. Brosnan to say to him that I did not think it worth his while to erect a new one as I hoped at some future time to be able to allow Mass at his place. I had no notion (notice?) that it could be done now nor of course without your sanction. Mr. Brosnan only carried the message from me, so you need not fear any encroachment on your authority.

I am, my dear Fr. Fitzpatrick, Yours sincerely,

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    D. Moriarty."

The building served the people until 1929. The present church was built and opened for worship in 1929. The architect was Dominick O'Connor of Cork, the contractor, Pat Flynn of Millstreet.1 1

[Pat Murphy of Ballydaly Upper had a great interest in local history. The following item of information was left by him in a copybook: "Rathduane Church was ready for dedication for around Aug. 15th. 1864. Seemingly Bishop Moriarty was confirming children in Drumtarriffe on or around that day. He boarded the train possibly at Rathcoole on the way from Confirmation and alighted at the level crossing at Rathduane House Avenue and he was accommodated for the night at the Great House and on the following day he consecrated the little church for Mr. McCarthy. And presumably the west bound train collected him at the level crossing and dropped him off at Killarney Railway Station, mission accomplished! I, Pat Murphy, was in the last First Communion class to receive their First Communion in that church on June 29th. 1929. In those times June 29th. was a Holiday of Obligation, the Feast of St. Peter and Paul. Half the congregation used to hear Mass in the patch of ground between Church and the road outside as the church was so limited in floor space."] 11


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