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Phil Fitzsimons who died on March 14, 1962, bequeathed his house and garden at Cherryvalley, to St. Finian’s Trust, with the intention that the area be used as the site for the new church.  The property remained in Church hands until October 21, 1971 when it was sold to Thomas and Olive Doherty.  A site closer to the centre of greater population in Rathmolyon village was preferred to the more rural area near Kill.  In 1966, Elizabeth Sweeny and her daughter, Ann Sweeny, Cherryvalley, donated a site on the main Rathmolyon-Ballivor road, for the building of a church, a parochial house and for the development of a car park.  Fr. Gillooly had previously used the field on many occasions for the holding of a fete to raise parish funds.  On April 29, 1966, when Most Rev. Dr. John Kyne, Bishop of Meath visited the parish for the Sacrament of Confirmation, Fr. Patrick F. Abbott, P.P. took him to see the site.

 

The architect engaged was Simon Leonard F.R.I.A.I. of Messrs. W.H. Byrne and Son, Dublin.  The quantity surveyors were Leonard and Williams, Dublin and the building contractors were Messrs. Cormac Murray (Building) Ltd., Ardsallagh, Navan.  Work began on September 4, 1966, and on October 4, the first bag of cement was used. 

Rathmolyon Church at time of buildingRathmolyon Church at time of building

On July 9, 1967, Monsignor Laurence Lenehan, Tullamore, Vicar Capitular, assisted by Fr. Abbott blessed the site of the altar and blessed and laid the foundation stone.  The inscription on the stone reads:

D.O.M

Foundation Stone

St. Michaels Church Rathmolyon

Blessed and laid by Right Rev.

Foundation StoneFoundation StoneMgr. Laurence Lenehan Vic. Cap.

9th July 1967

assisted by V. Rev. P. F. Abbott P.P.

 

 

Patsy Farrell, Rathmolyon, presented the trowel used for the laying of the foundation stone.  A glass container placed in a hollow in the stone contained medals, a relic of Blessed Oliver Plunkett, a set of 1967 Irish coins and a brief history of the parish and of the building of the church.