‘If we want everything to stay the same, then everything has to change’: Pastoral and Canonical Reflections on Parish Restructuring
J. Mary Rohan erected a memorial in Kildysart Church, Co Clare to her uncle Fr Michael Rohan shortly after his death in 1868. His footnote in local history is that he was the last parish priest of Kildysart and Kilfiddane parish in County Clare. Shortly after his death, Kildysart and Kilfiddane were erected as separate parishes. Several other parishes across Clare and beyond were divided in the same way during the nineteenth century as the impact of the anti-Catholic legislation faded, the numbers of churches and priests increased, and communal prayer moved from home to chapel.