Our Parish

The Parish lies between the Bride River on the north, or the Bantry line from Beal na Blath to Coppeen, and the Welcome Inn Bar, Derrycoole to Enniskeane on the Bandon/Dunmanway Road to the south.  Beal na Blath is just outside the parish boundary.  The parish name comes from the amalgamation of the two old parishes of Murragh to the west and Templemartin to the east.  Our parish is  better known locally as Newcestown.  We have 540 families in the parish.  There are 18 Station areas.

Our local school Bishop Galvin Central school is named after the co-founder of the Columban Father’s Edward Galvin who was a native of the parish.  There is a lovely monument in his honour near the school.  The school was an amalgamation of four former schools in 1971, Newcestown, Mount Pleasant, Mawbeg and Gurranes.

For photos of both churches, grottos and more click here