Donabate, Portrane & Balheary Parish


Fri 19 May 2017

World Meeting of Families 2018

A one year programme of initiatives in preparation for the World Meeting of Families in Ireland will be launched on Monday 21 August 2017, at the National Novena of Our Lady of Knock.  This coincides with the date, one year later, of the official opening ceremonies for the World Meeting of Families which will take place simultaneously in each diocese in Ireland, on Tuesday 21 August 2018.

Leaflets available at the church doors requesting volunteers to help with organising and running this exciting series of events.


Thu 2 Mar 2017

Blessing of the Graves 2017

Friday 14 July @ 3 pm – St. Ita’s Cemetery, Portrane

Saturday 15 July @ 3 pm – St. Catherine’s Cemetery Portrane

Saturday 15 July @ 4 pm – Donabate Old Cemetery (beside Parish Hall)

Sunday 16 July @ 3.30 pm – Donabate Cemetery on the Portrane Road

Tue 14 Feb 2017

Parish Youth Group

Aiming to serve and support young people (13-30) in their faith through a mixture of Spiritual, Serious, Service & Social activities.

Latest News!

Youth2000 Summer Festival 2017

Thurs 17th to Sun 20th August – Cistercian College, Roscrea

Great CRAIC!!, Excellent Speakers, Inspiring Talks & Workshops, Fantastic music, Group activities, Youth Masses, Adoration, Reconciliation, prayer, Drama, Games & plenty of time to chill out, meet new people and find out what it means to be young & Catholic today!!

Open to anyone 16-35 years. Meals included, free busses. For more details and links to booking etc check out:

Any young people (16-35) who would be interested in travelling on a day-trip to the Summer Festival, either on Sat 19th or Sun 20th August, with other young people from North County Dublin please email your name, contact details (and parents contact details if under 18), and preference of Sat 19th or Sun 20th August for the day-trip to the parish office at: by Fri 28th July.


Youth2000 needs you!

Youth2000 events rely completely on the generosity of volunteers who give up their time to help lead young people to the heart of the Church. Why not share your gifts and talents? If you are between the ages of 18 and 35, Youth2000 need help in the following areas: Registration, Sound Control, Drama, Music, IT/Graphics (Posters, banners, etc), Share Group Leader, Promotion, Set-Up, Child Protection, Media/Film, Security, Maintenance, Liturgy, Finance & Fundraising, Welcome Team. If you can help us in any of these areas contact us at  or call (01) 6753690.


NET Ministries Recruitment

NET Ministries Ireland are looking for men and women (18-30) who are willing to dedicate one year of their lives to evangelizing the young people of Ireland. We are especially looking for men! Might you or anyone you know be called to do just that? If so please contact or or go to

Training starts in August 2017 and the year runs until end of May 2018. Watch this video to find out more:


Youth Ministry job in Derry:


Upcoming Events for young people:


  • Mon 17th to Thurs 20th July: Youth Warriors VOPM Retreat – residential youth retreat for aged 13 upwards led by Kairos Mission Ireland

St. Flannan’s College, College View, Ennis, Co. Clare

Including talks, music, Praise & Worship, Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, share groups etc etc

For more details check out: (video includes contact details) or email .


  • Sat 22nd July: Training Day for Christian Radio – Spirit Radio.


If you would like to get involved in Christian Radio, then come along to a training day organised by Spirit Radio. Contact:


  • Friday 28th-Sunday 30th July – Summer Prayer and Arts Weekend

Theme:  Art With a Purpose

Residential weekend of arts and prayer in Kilbeggan with His Mad Plan.  Workshops on art, dancing, drama, poetry and more.  Opportunities to share, use you gifts and pray in community.  For more email or contact Joanna on 0851974537


  • Tues 9th to Sun 13th August – Music Ministry Together – MMT3

Cistercian College, Roscrea

Including teaching sessions, workshops/masterclasses, various styles of Liturgy, celebration of the Eucharist, Sacraments, Catechises, concert and of course fun!

Theme for 2017 is “Holy is Your Name” (Matthew 6:9)

Come for as much or as little of the week as you like. Scholarships available.

For more details check out:


  • Thurs 17th to Sun 20th August – Youth2000 Summer Festival – Cistercian College, Roscrea

Great CRAIC!!, Excellent Speakers, Inspiring Talks & Workshops, Fantastic music, Group activities, Youth Masses, Adoration, Reconciliation, prayer, Drama, Games & plenty of time to chill out, meet new people and find out what it means to be young & Catholic today!!

Open to anyone 16-35 years. Meals included, free busses. For more details and links to booking etc check out:


In the words of Pope Francis:

“Dear young friends, don’t be afraid to say “yes” to Jesus with all your heart, to respond generously and to follow him!.”

(Pope Francis, tweet Sat 8th April 2017 via )

Thu 26 Nov 2015

Newsletter 23 July 2017

Mass Intentions

Anniversary:        Nancy, Michael & Nicholas Lynders, John & Rose Cullen               Fintan Crean, Len Cullen, Tom Clinton, Dermot, Kathleen & Dara Walshe                       Meabh Grogan, Sam Harpur

Recently Deceased:    Michael Dwyer   John McKernan, Eddie Halpin                          Una Stamp, Fr. Gerry Glennon, John Keyes, Noel Lennon, Cyril O’Neill                         Audrey Jones, Margaret  & Pat Cole, Tom Dowling, Peggie Donovan

Remembrance:  Sean Moran, Peggy & Myles Dockrell & deceased members of the Dockrell Family

Special Intention Mary Murray, Fr. Joe, Pat Willett, Noeline Smyth 

Get Well Intention  Sharon & Family  


Thank you to all who helped out with the Blessing of the Graves last  weekend.


The 9.30 Mass in St. Ita’s Church will recommence on Sunday 30 July.


An emergency church appeal will take place next weekend 22/23 July that will be directed towards Trócaire’s work in eastern Africa.  Trócaire is currently responding to prolonged drought which has led to severe food shortages across east Africa.  It will replace the Share collection.


“Music Ministry Together Summer school for anyone interested in liturgy and music, takes place from Tue 8th to Sun 13th August – Cistercian College, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary, including teaching sessions,workshops/masterclasses, various styles of Liturgy, celebration of the Eucharist,  Sacraments and Catechises. Finally, there will also be time to have fun, with organised activities and entertainment through the week.Come for as much or as little as you like. For more details and link to booking form etc check out: or phone (087) 6790336”


“The Annual Youth2000 Summer Festival takes place from Thurs 17th to Sun 20th August at the Cistercian College, Roscrea – check out the youth page on the Donabate parish website for more details of the event and the possibility of travelling to it with others from the area”


“Local charity CASA (Caring and Sharing Association) which has been supporting people with disabilities for 35 years through regular social events, respite breaks and pilgrimages to Lourdes are currently looking for more volunteers to assist with their monthly social events which happen approximately one Sunday per month in various locations around Ireland, including Dublin Northside. Minimum commitment six months. If you are interested in volunteering with CASA please contact Rebecca by emailing or phoning 01 8725300”


Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine on Saturday 5 August.             Marian Movement of Priests    Annual National Cenacle with Fr. Michael Maher S.M.  Bus departs Swords(The Star) at 7.30 am via Malahide stopping for meal each way. Bus fare €20.  To book call Michael 8401590.


Just a reminder that  Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament   continues every Friday from 6.30 to 7.30. It is an hour of silent prayer. We see it as an invitation and           opportunity to pray for peace in our families, our country and the world. You are welcome to come for the whole hour or for a shorter period.


Summer 2017 – Swords Bethany  Support Group      will meet in St. Colmcille’s Parish  Office, Parochial House, Seatown Road from 7.30-8.30 on the last Monday of every month.


Fr. Pat Reilly is doing the Camino Walk this September.  In light of the recent tragedy in Blacksod, County Mayo he will be walking in aid of the Irish Coast Guard Helicopter Service and would be very grateful for your sponsorship.  Sponsorship Cards are available in the Parish Office.


Autumn Holy Land Pilgrimages      This is a unique opportunity to visit the Holy Land in Bethlehem, Jerusalem and Tiberias and visiting all of the sacred places associated with the life of Our Lord.  MAP Travel have pilgrimages throughout the year and have a small number of places left on 13 September and 11 October this year, each                 accompanied by a Spiritual Director.  Full details from MAP Travel   01 8783111 or


ALONE – Supporting older people to age at home.           Contact Details:  01-6791032,                                         Email:  or visit the ALONE website on

ALONE help thousands of older   people deal with issues, big and small.  ALONE services are available throughout the country and open to anyone over 60 regardless of location, capacity or housing situation.  ALONE helps with Health, Finance, Housing, Company & Friendship, Event and linking with other services.


Now Enrolling for Sept 2017/18

St. Patrick’s Boys’ National School Portrane Rd., Donabate    Now  Enrolling for Sept 2017/18 Is your son registered for school for Sept 2017? Registration forms are available from the school or on our website School Contact No: 8436168


“New youth group page on parish website! Stay in touch with upcoming event/activities of interest to those aged 13-30 – follow link from parish home page”


Adoration of the Blessed Eucharist is held weekly in all three churches in the parish as follows:   St. Ita’s, Portrane – Wednesday 1-2 pm

Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Balheary- Friday 5-6 pm

St. Patrick’s Donabate – Friday 6.30-7.30 pm.      


Donabate Céili Group Céili dancing Class in the Donabate Portrane Community Centre at 8.30 – 10 pm. €5 per class.            Come for the exercise and for the craic.  No dancing experience needed.                      Celebrating our 10th Anniversary in 2016.   Contact Roísín           087 6390488 or Mary 087 782691                   ************************************************************

The Donabate / Portrane Senior Citizens Social Club and Day Centre is open to all people of the parish over the age of 50.  We open every Wednesday and Friday from 10 AM – 1 PM in the Parish Hall.  We regularly hold events and have at least one outing a month.  All are welcome.  If you need transport to the Day Centre, please phone Mary on :  087 230 0496.


Homecare services for the elderly: Affordable Live-in Homecare provide live in carers for the elderly in your area. If you are   looking for a live-in carer for your relative, please call Mary or Tom today on 087 9916791 Our website is


Bingo every Thursday night at 8.30-10.30 in Donabate Portrane Community Centre.







Wed 21 Oct 2015

Celebrating World Mental Health Day – Saturday 10 October 2015

Donabate Parish celebrating World Mental Health Day with guest speaker Mickey Harte, Tyrone Football Manager.

World Mental Health Day Mass celebrated on Saturday 10th October at 6.30 pm was recorded and may be viewed on







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