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Most Rev Dr. John McCormack at dedication of St. Michael's Church, Rathmolyon, 1968Most Rev Dr. John McCormack at dedication of St. Michael's Church, Rathmolyon, 1968

On completion of the building work, the sacred vessels, holy water fonts, baptismal font and some statues from the old chapel in Kill were brought to the new church.  On Sunday, July 14, 1968, Most Rev. Dr. John McCormack, Bishop of Meath came to Rathmolyon to bless and dedicate the new church to St. Michael the Archangel.  On arrival, Fr. Abbott and Commandant C. Stapleton, D Company, 7th Battalion, FCA escorted him to the church grounds, where he inspected a guard of honour from D Company under Lieutenant Patrick Clarke, Longwood.  He then solemnly blessed the new building.  This was Dr. McCormack’s first such function since his consecration the previous March.  Fr. Gillooly, a former curate and Fr. P.J. Regan, a native of the parish, assisted in the dedication ceremony.  Fr. Joseph Abbott, Administrator, Navan and Fr. Michael Deegan, a former curate led the chanting of the Liturgy of the Saints.  Along with seven priests, the bishop concelebrated Solemn High Mass.  Servers included Paddy Forde (Kill) and John Brady (Riverdale, Rathmolyon), who also carried the cross at the head of the entrance procession.  The priests included former curates, Fr. Gillooly, Fr. Deegan, Fr. Aidan Farrell and Fr. Edward Rispin, and priests native to the parish, Fr. Regan, Fr. Leonard Moran and Fr. Sean Slattery.  Fr. Colm Murtagh, parish curate acted as master of ceremonies and Fr. Regan delivered the sermon.  Following the ceremony, the Legion of Mary served refreshments in Rathmolyon Hall, which had been placed at the disposal of Fr. Abbott by the Church of Ireland community. 

 

 

 

Interior of St. Michael's Church, RathmolyonInterior of St. Michael's Church, Rathmolyon

The total cost of the church was between £60,000 and £70,000 but resulted in no serious debt, as parish funds that had been collected for over twenty years, almost covered the cost. 

 

The church may be described as a long, low-pitched building, one hundred and seventeen feet long, sixty-seven feet wide and twenty-seven feet high.  The exterior walls are finished in white dashing and the copper-covered roof is surmounted at the front with a slender golden cross.  The almost square-shaped nave is a break from the traditional cruciform or aisle churches.  The layout of the large sanctuary is in keeping with modern liturgical requirements and this is the only church in the parish to be customarily built to meet post-Vatican II standards.  The ceiling is of an unusual concertina or saw-tooth shaped design and is treated with a special spray material to give the best possible acoustical properties to the nave.