History of St. James’ Church, Bushypark, Galway.
St. James’ Church was built under the guidance of Fr. Peter Daly having become the parish priest of Rahoon. He was already responsible for the building of two other churches in Moycullen and Barna, both of which have since been demolished and replaced.
The building of St. James’ commenced in the early 1830’s prior to the Great Famine (1845-1850), and construction work had sufficiently advanced in construction to permit the administration of the Sacrament of Confirmation on 300 persons in 1836. In the following year, the celebration of mass began on a regular basis in May 1837 and on the 25th July 1838, on the feast of St. James; the church was officially consecrated by the first Bishop of Galway George Joseph Plunkett Brown. This church replaced an earlier church which had been built to the front of the existing church many years earlier. The bell tower was added in the year 1840 having been gifted by Lady Ffrench who resided nearby.
In 1951 George Mc Cambridge having become the owner of Furbo House donated its stone porch to the parish priest for St. James‘ Church which still sits to this day.
Today major refurbishment of the church, now a protected structure, is being undertaken and is expected to take 6 months to complete.
As part of the 175th celebrations of the opening of the church, the Pastoral Council published a History of the Parish written by a local man Christy Kelly.
Bushy Park belongs to the St. Joseph’s Parish in Galway. You can learn more here if you have any interest http://www.stjosephsgalway.ie/