Congratulations on your decision to celebrate the Sacrament of Marriage
from the priests and people of the Family of Parishes which includes
Ardfield & Rathbarry | Barryroe | Clonakilty | Kilmeen & Castleventry | Rosscarbery | Timoleague
Who officiates or solemnises the marriage?
The choice of priest or deacon is yours. It does not have to be the priest or deacon of the church where the wedding takes place. If you live in one of the six local parishes, you are welcome to ask any of the priests assigned to this family of parishes to journey with you in preparing for the ceremony and to solemnise the marriage.
If the priest or deacon is a visitor to our parish, he will be authorised by one of the local priests to officiate at the ceremony. If you wish, you may invite other priests to concelebrate.
If you are not a resident parishioner in one of our parishes it is usual that you ask one of your own parish priests to officiate at your marriage. If this is not possible, please advise us at the time of enquiring and - subject to availability - one of the priests of our family of parishes will officiate at the marriage ceremony.
Choosing your Venue
There is a variety of churches and chapels in this area where you are welcome to celebrate this special moment in your lives.
- Ardfield (St. James’ Church)
- Rathbarry (St Michael's Church)
- Barryroe (Church of Our Lady, Star of the Sea)
- Courtmacsherry (Sacred Heart Church)
- Clonakilty (Church of the Immaculate Conception)
- Darrara (Sacred Heart Church)
- Rossmore (St. Mary's Church)
- Bealad (Church of the Holy Trinity)
- Rosscarbery (St. Fachtna’s Church)
- Lisavaird (Sacred Heart Church)
- Carraigfada (St. Peter's Church)
- Timoleague (Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
- Clogagh (St. Moluada’s Church)
Your Wedding Date
Weddings are not celebrated on Sundays, Holy Days and other special days. (e.g. Christmas Day, Good Friday etc.) If you make your request via this website those certain dates will not be available to select.
Paperwork for the state and for the church
You need two sets of paperwork: one required by the state and one required by the Catholic Church. We will advise you about the requirements for church papers when your booking is confirmed.
Fees and stipends
If you are visitors to the parish, you will be asked to pay a fee for the use of the church when your booking is confirmed (between €350 and €500). Resident parishioners are not asked for this fee but voluntary gifts for the upkeep of the churches are gratefully received.
Your priest celebrant will need to be given a stipend for preparing and conducting the ceremony.
Requesting a Wedding
There are two ways you can request a wedding:
1. Request a date and church via
or if you prefer
2. Contact Carmel at the office on 023 883 5654
(Mon to Fri - 9:30am to 1:30pm)
to check availabilty and obtain a paper request form