Money was donated by local people and their friends in other parts of Ireland, England and the United States of America. The French government made a small donation available for those who engaged in the rescue of the Leon XIII. Richard Haren provided a site free of charge. The architect was a Mr. Burke from Limerick and he offered his services free of charge. The sand and stones were provided at no cost and the necessary labour was provided by the people of Quillty. The fund was used for the walls, floor and furnishings. The church was opened on October 9th, 1911, and was named "Stella Maris" – Star of the Sea. The first Mass was said by Canon Cahir. It’s bell was presented to the Church in 1949. It had been taken from the wreck of "The Leon" and is on display in the sanctuary area.
In recent years some changes have been made to the church and its surrounds. When the new Liturgical changes were implemented post Vatican II, a new altar facing the people was erected, using some of the marble from the old one. The railing around the sanctuary was removed and new pews were installed. The church is well maintained and over the years the sacristans have taken care of our church with pride. In the 90’s the roadside wall was removed to allow for parking and some land across the road was purchased and transformed with the help of Fás, into a car park and amenity area for picnics in summertime.
It is a very popular church for weddings and very often descendants of immigrants from the area, return for their big day. Others who have no connection with area but who have been impressed by its location and beauty also choose it for their nuptials.
We hope, that the present and future generations of Quilty people will be as proud, respectful and generous towards the church of Our Lady Star of the Sea as those in the past and that it will be an inspiration to them to keep alive the "Faith of Our Fathers".