Church of the Descent of the Holy Spirit, Ballineaspaig, Cork, Ireland

Cork Poor Clares

The Poor Clare Order was founded by St. Clare in 1212 under the inspiration and guidance of St. Francis. Based on the Gospel, the Poor Clares live the monastic enclosed, contemplative life, imitating especially the poverty of Jesus and His Blessed Mother, and sisterly love, expressed by St. Clare as "holy unity".

The Cork Poor Clares: In 1912 Walter Dwyer, a wealthy Cork businessman, had a daughter a Poor Clare nun in Belgium, Sr. Maria Dwyer. He dearly wished to have her back in Cork. His wish came true, when he undertook to fund the building of the Poor Clares Monastery on College Road, enabling Sr. Maria, together with a few Sisters from the Poor Clares in Carlow, to begin Poor Clare life in Cork on Christmas night 1914, when Midnight Mass was celebrated. Since then the Cork Poor Clares made two foundations in the 1950s' one in Scotland and one in Ennis, Co. Clare.

Today the present Community numbers eight sisters. The first six years are spent in formation, before making Solemn Profession of the four vows of Chastity, Poverty, Obedience, and Enclosure. The celebration of the Eucharist is at the heart of Poor Clare life. The Chapel is open all day for Eucharistic Adoration. The Sisters pray the Divine Office six times during the day and once during the night, when they rise at midnight for prayer and Eucharistic Adoration.
They live solely on alms provided by their generous Benefactors. This tradition has been faithfully carried on in Cork all over the years.

"Praised be Jesus Christ"
This is our greeting to our Parish in recent articles in the Ballineaspaig Bulletin. Topics of interest and close to our hearts: A Day in the life of a Poor Clare, the Rosary and Preparations for Christmas.

"Link-a-Prayer" unites the Sisters in prayer with the housebound of the parish. The Poor Clares carry in their hearts and prayers the needs and intentions of the people of Cork and beyond. Situated in the parish of Ballineaspaig, the whole world is, in fact, the Poor Clares parish.

2014 - Centenary Year

Christmas Eve 1914 - The Poor Clares arrival will be commemorated at Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve 2014, one hundred years of prayer and devotion later. We are truly blessed to have the Poor Clares in our community.

Mass times at the Poor Clares Chapel:

Saturday and Sunday:10.00 a.m.
Monday-Friday: 7.30 a.m.

Eucharistic Adoration:

Daily 7.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.


Monday – Saturday: 5.30 p.m.

Sunday Rosary, Evening Prayer and Benediction:

Daily: 5.00 p.m.

Benediction March 2012 is shown on Youtube

Contact: Mother Abbess, Poor Clares Colettine Monastery, College Road, Cork.


Welcome to Poor Clares Cork website

The Poor Clare Colettine Federation of St. Mary of the Angels in Ireland & Great Britain

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Cork Poor Clares Convent

Cork Poor Clares Convent, College Rd.

Cork Poor Clares

Cork Poor Clares

St Clare

St Clare

St Clare

Poor Clares Church, College Rd.

Crib 2012

Crib 2012, Cork Poor Clares Church, College Rd.

St. Columba's Convent

St. Columba's Convent on Bishopstown Avenue West was built by the Sisters of Mercy, and opened and blessed by Bishop Michael Murphy on February 11th 1981. We also have a Care Unit (St. Columbas) for elderly Sisters who need long term twenty-four hour care.

Our ministries include:

  • Care of the sick and elderly,

  • Addiction Counselling in one of our Chemical Dependency Units in the Province.

  • Befriending of Irish people in prisons overseas and supporting their families here.

  • Promoting a Christian core values led approach within the Southern Province and in it's ministries.

  • Care of the Sacristy in Cork University Hospital.

Some of our Sisters are semi-retired and others are fully retired.

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St. Joseph's Convent, Model Farm Road

The Sisters of the Infant Jesus, known in the south of Ireland as the "Drishane Sisters", were founded in France in 1662, to serve those children and adults who were still being deprived of a basic Christian education and the skills for living. The Congregation spread to Ireland in 1909, where the Sisters opened a boarding school, a school of housecraft and a knitting factory at Drishane, Millstreet, Co. Cork. The knitting factory constituted a local employment scheme well ahead of its time, and the boarding school and school of housecraft answered a need of the period, especially in rural Ireland. As well as providing a well-rounded, integrated education for students, Drishane served as a powerhouse and home base for many Sisters who left to work in mission lands. In this way Drishane fostered an awareness of mission, social issues and internationality among the students and local people. Its magnificent rural and historic setting opened many minds to issues of conservation and care for our planet.

St. Joseph's, Model Farm Road, at the very heart of Holy Spirit Parish, continues the tradition of mission awareness and internationality. The house serves as a nursing home and place of rest-care for Infant Jesus Sisters, many of whom have worked in ministry abroad and maintain close ties with their places of mission. Sisters home on leave also find here a warm welcome and a place in which to regain their strength and 'rest a while'. An active group of Sisters with the help of a dedicated staff, both nurses and carers, looks after the running of the house and ministers to those in need of care, while fostering links with the surrounding parishes through their involvement in community building, music ministry and language teaching to immigrants. The most vital link, however, is the prayer ministry of all the Sisters, who see themselves as actively supporting, and being supported by, the priests and parishioners of Ballineaspaig Parish.


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