The pastor of Kilaveney is

Fr Raymond Gahan,
Co. Wicklow.
Tel 040238188.


The Sacristant of St Kevin's Church
Willie Rooney.

The Sacristant of St Peter & Pauls Church
Crossbridge is
Eamonn Darcy

Mass times:
Saturday evening 7.30
Sunday morning 11.00

Morning Mass in St Kevins
normally at 9.30

Adoration every Wednesday
10 am to 9.30 pm

St Kevin's Church

Kilaveney parish has two churches, the parish church of St Kevin's in Whitefield and St Peter and Paul's in Crossbridge. The present parish Church built by the parishioners during the tenure of Fr Hore as PP was opened and consecrated by Bishop Keating in 1844 and dedicated to St Kevin.

This new imposing building built from local stone with granite dressings, with it's spectacular view of the surrounding countryside replaced an earlier thatched Church in Whitefield which was in bad repair. The church was opened on the eve of what was to be one of the great disasters in Irish history, the great famine.

Fr Hore instrumental in getting the church built, would leave Kilaveny in 1850 to lead a group 1,300 people from South Wicklow and Wexford in three ships to forge a new life for themselves in the New World. They founded a settlement in Iowa called Wexford. A motif in glass was commissioned to commemorate this event in 2000 and opened by the American Ambassador Michael J Sullivan on 9 July 2000.

The sanctuary was renovated in 1876  and two stained glass windows were installed in 1913,  one is  of Jesus the good shepherd and the other is of the Assumption of Mary into Heaven.  The next big renovation took place in order to bring in the liturgical changes that were introduced with the 2nd Vatican Council. A very major job was done at this time especially to combat damp in the church.  The large granite altar replaced the original altar. The Gallery was also removed at that point. In 1998 the church was re-roofed and in 2014 the Sanctuary was again redesigned and the Church repainted. 

St Kevin's Church is on the outskirts of Tinahely, the commercial centre of the area in which there is a bank, pharmacy, hotel and a good variety of shops. A plastics
factory is the biggest employer in the town. While most of the parish is in Wicklow, part of it is in Wexford. The parish is part of the diocese of Ferns. The people of the parish live in a very favoured part of God's creation, in the fertile valleys surrounded by the lovely Wicklow hills. The area has good amenities, along with having an art centre, it has become a centre for the arts with many artists having made the Tinahely area their home. It has also established itself as a centre for hill walking along with the railway walks for those seeking something less demanding.

The Church of Ireland is also strongly represented in this area having churches in Kilcommon Kilpipe and nd The Church of Ireland school is in in Kilcommon. There is a very good relationship between the two communities with Ecumenical services held every year. Both communities are facing the same kind of challenges especially with the rise of secularism. Thankfully there is still a strong and committed community of Christians in this area with good numbers turning out for the weekend services in both communities. In St Kevins I am particularly heartened by the good attendance at daily mass which I find most encouraging. St Patrick is said to have passed through this area with a well dedicated to him, at Toberpatrick. So hopefully we will not be the generation to allow the faith to die that Patrick brought and our forefathers have handed down to us over the ages often at great cost.