About Me!

Welcome to my blog! Fáilte. ¡Bien venido!

I live in County Cork, Ireland. More precisely, in the parish of Enniskeane and Desertserges. It is to the west of Bandon.

However, my roots are in Drimoleague parish, also in County Cork.

Fr. Tom Hayes

Fr. Tom Hayes

I am a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Cork & Ross (ordained in 1985). I am the Parish Priest of Enniskeane since June 2010.

I have a varied range of interests, including photography, music and technology.

If you would like to send me a message, please email me at tom{@}tomsean.com


PS. In case you are wondering about reading the articles: click on the headline of an item to expand it fully.

  1. #1 by Don Feheley on December 28, 2016 - 6:47 pm

    Hi Father Tom,just found your reply to my letter today.Sorry for not getting to you sooner.Thanks so much for your help.Sincerely Don Feheley USA

  2. #2 by admin on December 28, 2016 - 1:10 pm

    Hello Kristin,
    Many thanks for visiting and reading my blog! It’s nice to know of the connection between your family and this parish also. When your great-grandmother was baptised, I’m sorry to tell you that it wasn’t in the current church at Castletown Kinneigh as the present church was under construction then. Prior to the present church, there was a small chapel on the same site and it may well have been here that she was baptised. But it’s in the same field!
    We are doing some upgrading and maintenance work on the church in 2017 and, as a result, it will be closed for short periods so please check with me when your plans firm up and I will advise you of these. You can also stay in touch at http://www.facebook.com/enniskeane
    I wish you a blessed New Year.
    Fr Tom.

  3. #3 by Kristin Allen on December 28, 2016 - 1:34 am

    Dear Fr Hayes

    I have just come across your blog and am thoroughly enjoying your articles. I was touched by the first communion article. My great grandmother (Johanna O’Leary) was from Enniskeane and was baptised at St Joseph’s Castletown Kinneigh in March 1832. She was from Coppeen and probably made her first communion about 1838/9 and her confirmation just before the Great Hunger . I have visited the church but (unfortunately) not on a Mass day. I am visiting again in 2017 and am determined to attend Mass in the church where my g grandmother and her brothers and sisters were baptised. I think those connections are important

  4. #4 by admin on September 29, 2016 - 5:56 pm

    Hi Don, thanks for visiting my blog and good to catch up! Fr Tom was from Eniskeane Parish also and he s buried near the front door of opportunity t church, God rest him.

  5. #5 by Don Feheley on September 29, 2016 - 4:28 pm

    Hi Father Tom just read your wonderful article.My GGG GPs were William and Ellen (Ahern) Fehily of Minane Bridge Ireland.Father Tom Fehily of Dun Laohaire (??) helped me get the church records of William Fehilys jr 2 daughters being born in 1848-1851 in Ballymacoda.Hope to go back to Ireland someday and visit Minane Bridge.If you happen to know any other Fehily family history stories could you please let me know where I could get them.I know we left Ireland in December 1851 on the boat THE ONWARD.THanks so much for the great story.Sincerely Don Feheley USA

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