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.


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!

Pope John Paul II Awards – launching in Donabate parish Sept 2017!

This September the parish will commence running the Pope John Paul II Award (JPII Awards) programme. The JPII award programme was created to commemorate the late Pope John Paul II who was so committed to young people and is run in 21 dioceses across Ireland and the UK.

The Awards are open to young people aged 16-18 and involve taking part in both parish and community/social activities.

There are different levels of the Award, for example the first level, Bronze, requires young people to commit 1 hour per week for 8 weeks to assisting with parish liturgy and 1 hour per week for 8 weeks with social/community activities over an 18 month period. The parish will give participants every support and assistance they require to complete the programme and achieve their awards.

So why not get involved, have fun and gain an award!

For anyone interested in registering for the programme and/or for more information please give your name and contact details (and parent/guardian name and contact details if you’re under 18) to the parish office and the parish JPII award coordinator will be in touch!”!


Foundational Christian Leadership Programme for Young Adults:

The Foundational Leadership Programme is run jointly between the Catholic and Church of Ireland Dioceses of Dublin. It will be based mainly in St. Paul’s Church, Arran Quay. It is uniquely placed to nurture and mission a new generation of faith leaders. New leaders will be offered to be volunteer leaders during the World Meeting of Families in August 2018. Commitment will be one Saturday per month starting in October 2017 – March 2018. Begins – 20 October (Fri) Then Saturdays – 21 October, 18 November, 9 December, 13 January, 17 February, 10 March.

We are now taking registrations

For more info or to download Flyer check out:


Alpha Ireland –Dare to lead Internship opportunity

New dynamic, creative and energetic internship programme. It’s a mission year to serve, lead, and grow as a person. 1 Corinthians 3:6 says, “I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow.” Alpha have the amazing privilege of working alongside churches and schools across Ireland, helping young people access a conversation about Life, Our Purpose and Meaning through the lens of Christianity. They depend on people of faith to help this happen.

Alpha are looking for 18-25 year olds who want to serve on the team for 9 months, with the option to extend to 12 months. We have places available in Dublin, The Midlands and Cork, with each location supported by a regional coordinator. This is a paid internship. The gross salary is €18,000 per 12 months. Interns are expected to raise 44% of the salary over the course of the year, with training provided on fundraising.

If you are interested in joining the team, please get in touch with Amanda O’Shea at 086 833 0113 or


October Taster of Taizé with Brother Jean Marie – including special event for young people!

Br Jean Marie, the contact brother for Irish pilgrims to Taizé, is coming to Ireland this October. As part of his 10 day, visit he will be present for three special Dublin ecumenical events:

Friday 13th October: Taizé Prayer around the Cross @ 7:30pm, St. Paul’s Church, Arran Quay (near Smithfield Luas stop) – this event is open to all ages

Saturday 14th October:

  • Taizé Reflection Day and Workshops for 16-30 year olds. This event will be held at St. Paul’s Church, Arran Quay. It will commence at 11:30am and include Taizé Midday Prayer, session around Bible theme given by Br. Jean Marie, selection of workshops & simple supper together – giving a real taster of what a day in Taizé is like. Young people interested in attending this special event should register by email to:
  • Vigil of Sunday Eucharist – 7:30pm, Paul’s Church, Arran Quay, led by St. Kevin’s group and ending with lighted candles to welcome the Risen Christ after Communion. All ages welcome to attend this celebration of the Eucharist. 

Upcoming Events for young people:

  • Sun 10th Sept: Ewe Thina: We Walk God’s Way

Howth Head, 2pm

Want to get fit? Embrace God in nature and build true friendships? Join other young adults (20’s & 30’s) for reflective hikes around Dublin area. Monthly event.



  • Thurs 14th Sept: Life to the Full (Jn 10:10) Book Club – Re-commencing after Summer

Each Thursday – 7pm-8:30pm, St Paul’s Church Arran Quay (Smithfield)

Join other young adults (20’s & 30’s) each week to meditate, share and discuss life, faith, purpose & how to live life to the full. We read a chosen spiritual book (next book The Cross and the Switch Blade, available on the night) over a few weeks and come to reflect and discuss our thoughts. For more details contact:    

  • Sat 16th Sept – Nightfever Dublin

NightFever Dublin- St. Teresa’s Church, Clarendon Street Dublin 2, (6pm-11pm)

The Nightfever team would love to get some more help with the Nightfever event, so if any of you would be interested in getting involved, whether in the street evangelisation itself or in any other way (e.g set-up, hospitality, etc, etc) please email or message the Nightfever Dublin facebook page.

Nightfever is an event which combines street evangelisation with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. The core idea is that mission teams go out into the nearby streets and offer people a candle with no conditions, inviting them to go into the church, light it and pray and experience the evening however they wish: in silence, in song, in prayer. The lighting of the candle symbolises a person’s prayer intention, the candle will continue to be lit and the person’s intentions prayed for when they leave the church.

The evening begins at the 6 pm Vigil Mass, after which follows three hours of Adoration while the Nightfever missionaries invite people into the church. It concludes at 10.30 pm with Benediction.

For information about the event and how it started check out:

“Come and see!” (John 1,46). 

  • Fri 22nd Sept: The Encounter Dublin City

8pm. St Paul’s Church, Arran Quay (Smithfield).

Are you looking for more in life? Join other young adults (20’s & 30’s) for a night of live acoustic music by Cormac Buckley and Band, reflective prayer in adoration, with guest speaker Emma Maloney on life, faith & purpose. Followed by social, pizza & refreshments. Free event.

Fri 13th & Sat 14th Oct: Visit of Br. Jean-Marie of Taize to Dublin

Including Prayer around the Cross on Fri 13th and special day for young people on Sat 14th

See latest news section above for more details! 

Faith Related Courses / Education: 

The Prior Institute – Dominican Centre for Theological Studies

Now enrolling for September 2017 – check out selection of courses on offer, including distance learning options at:

Certificate course in New Evangelisation by the New Springtime community – Starting 26th September, Killester.

New Course being run over 26 sessions (Tues eves from 7:30-9pm) in St. Bridget’s resource centre Killester, Dublin (beside Killester Church). Fr Pat Collins will be the main Speaker

For brochure check out:

BA in Youth and Community Work with Practical Theology (JNC)

Now enrolling for Sept 2017. For more details check out: 

An Awakened Spirit – certificate in Spirituality and Human Development 2017-2018 – Marino Institute of Education

For more details check out: 

Employment opportunities advertised by Dublin Diocese

Check out:



“Bible Bingo, hosted by Donabate Parish youth group – Friday 29th Septemberfrom 8pm-9:30pm in the Parish Hall. First prize includes Nando’s voucher! Runners up prizes & refreshments on the night too. Open to all aged 13-30. No prior knowledge of the Bible necessary!”


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 17 September 2017

Mass Intentions

Anniversary:   John & Margaret Smyth                              Mary & Joseph Farrell, Mary Whyms                                    David & Marie Farnham, John & Gretta Bollard                    Nan Constant. Declan Sullivan                                              Patrick Matthew & Gretta Coyle &  deceased members of the Coyle Family

Recently Deceased:    Mona Byrne. Carmel Downey         Joe Sheehan, Liam Pedreschi, Richard O’Connell               Daniel McNulty, Jim Hill, Anthony Yeates, Sean Byrne            Patrick Kenehan, Patsy Fagan

Birthday Remembrance:                  Desmond Spencer

Special Intention

Sr. Gemma – Celebration of her Golden Jubilee


“Bible Bingo, hosted by Donabate Parish youth group – Friday 29th Septemberfrom 8pm-9:30pm in the Parish Hall. First prize includes Nando’s voucher! Runners up prizes & refreshments on the night too. Open to all aged 13-30. No prior knowledge of the Bible necessary!”

“The Pope John Paul II Award (JPII Awards) programme is commencing in the parish this month. We already have some young people taking part. If any other young people aged 16-18 (or in 4th to 6th year in secondary school) would like to take part or would like more information please give your name and contact details (and parent/guardian name and contact details if you’re under 18) to the parish office and the parish JPII award coordinator will be in touch!”


The Legion of Mary invites all parishioners to join them on their annual pilgrimage to Knock which will take place on Sunday 24 September.  Bus will leave Portrane Healy’s Lane (top) at 7.25, Hospital Gates at 7.30 am, Donabate Church at 7.40, and Swords (Civic Offices) at 7.50.  Cost is €15 – €20 for adults (depending on numbers) and €10 for  under 18’s.  Contact Lóirín on 087 2412611 or the Parish Office on 8434574.


Age Action – Computer Training                                              1 to 1 Training for over 55’s                                                           Learn how to search the Internet, Send & Receive Emails, Shop and Book Flights                                                                                   Use your own device or use computers available at some venues. Age Action run beginner courses in Computers, iPads and Tablets for older people who have little or no experience.  Courses run once a week for 5 or 6 weeks.  All courses are Free of Charge.                     Classes are run in Balbriggan, Blanchardstown, City Centre, Leixlip, Malahide, Newbridge, Swords & Tyrrellstown.  If you wish to become a Volunteer Tutor or to sign up for a Course contact 01 4756989


Presentation to RNLI – Fr. Pat has successfully completed 116KM of the Camino Walk in aid of the RNLI and in memory of Ciaran Smith and the crew of Rescue 116.  In response to the  wonderful community support to Fr. Pat’s sponsored Camino Walk, he will make a presentation to the RNLI in Donabate Church at 11 am on Sunday 1 October.  All who sponsored and made this possible are invited to attend.  Anyone who has sponsorship cards/money, please give them into the Parish Office by Wednesday 27 September.


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.


Baby Boy and Girl cardigans   knitted by a local lady for sale in the parish office in aid of the Church  roof repairs.  Cost €10.


Bridge – The most popular game in the world             Learn to play – Come along, on your own or with friends, for a Complimentary Introduction to Bridge in Donabate Library at DPSC, Saturday 30 September at 10 am.  For more information    contact Gerald on  087 9893139 or visit our website                                           Beginner’s Lessons start Wednesday 4 October in Waterside House Hotel.


Donabate Portrane Senior Citizens Social Club/Day Centre will host a Coffee morning on Friday 15          September 10 – 11.30 am in the  Parish Hall in aid of St. Francis Hospice.        All welcome.


Donabate Portrane Senior Citizens Social Club/Day Centre    AGM                                                                              will be held on Friday 15 September at 12 noon in the Parish Hall.    All welcome.


Ireland’s Biggest    Coffee morning for Hospice                     Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning for Hospice together with Bewley’s by hosting a Coffee morning for St. Francis Hospice on Thursday 14 September.  To become a host and get your free Bewley’s Coffee morning pack contact St. Francis Hospice on 8327535 or register online at


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.


“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 Ceili Dancing classes start back Monday Sept 11th in Donabate Community Centre from 8.30pm to 10pm.
Cost €5 per class.  Come for the dancing and stay for the craic.  No dancing experience needed.
Contact Roisin at 087 639 0488 for any questions.


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







Tue 29 Sep 2015

Golden Jubliee Celebration

Congratulations to Fr. Pat Hannon on his Golden Jubliee.

Fr. Pat’s Golden Jubliee Mass held on Saturday 26 September at 6.30 pm was recorded and may be viewed on



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