Donabate, Portrane & Balheary Parish


Fri 8 Jun 2018

Sunday 15 July – Blessing of the Graves/Cemetery Sunday Mass

Cemetery Sunday Mass will be celebrated on Sunday 15 July at 3.30 in Donabate Cemetery on the Portrane Road.

Tue 15 May 2018

General Data Protection Regulation

A new European Data Protection Law, the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), is being introduced on 25 May 2018.  This new law applies to any organisation, including our parish that manages and processes people’s personal information.  We are now working on ways of ensuring that what we do with your information is compliant with this new law.  It is a work in progress and over the next few months we will keep you informed through the parish website and in the notices/newsletter as  policies are put in place.  If you have any questions about this please contact the   Parish Office.


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! 

World Youth Day – Panama January 2019: Book your place today!

World Youth Day – the biggest gathering of young people in the one place anywhere in the world, takes place in Panama in January 2019. The WYD program includes several days of Main Events with the Pope as well as spiritual and cultural events including liturgies, catechesis, concerts, performances, and encounters with renowned communities and religious movements from around the world. Due to the distance and cost, the Dublin Diocesan pilgrimage to WYD 2019 is limited to 30 young people, and booking is now open, so if you’re interested, don’t delay – log onto today to book your place!”.

Exam Sacred Space

Our exam sacred space is now up on our Youth Group Notice Board at the back of St. Patrick’s Church. Anyone who is currently preparing for or undertaking 3rd level or professional exams are particularly invited to write their name on the Sacred Space and to take a copy of the prayer for students.

Keep up to date on Diocesan events for young people with the new ‘Diary of a young church’! 

Upcoming Events for young people: 

  • Sat 12th May – Darkness into Light – Malahide Castle –join other young adults

It’s that time of year again when people get up at 4am for the Darkness into Light walk in support of Pieta House (

The walk will be taking place in 180 venues across 4 continents and once again this year one of the Dublin venues is Malahide! It’s a very worthy cause and an amazing and very moving experience.  If you’d like to take part in Darkness into Light at Malahide Castle with a group young adults (18-35) email 

  • Tue 15th May – Hour of Prayer for Life

7:30-8:30pm, St. Patrick’s Church, Donabate 

  • Fri 18th May – The Encounter Dublin City – event for 20-30 yr olds

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, reflective prayer in adoration, with guest speaker on life, faith & purpose. Followed by social, pizza & refreshments. This month Hannah Evans is our Guest Speaker and Cormac Buckley & band are our musicians for the night.

Free event. 

  • Sun 27th May – Ewe Thina: We Walk God’s Way – young adult hike

1pm – meet at Bray dart station

Join other young adults [20’s & 30’s] for reflective hikes around Dublin Area.  Monthly event.

Email and 

  • Fri 1st June – Maranatha

7:30pm-8:30pm – St. Patrick’s Church

An hour of song, reflection, candles and prayers for our young people, all in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. This month we will particularly remember our young people undertaking Junior Cert and Leaving Cert exams over the coming weeks and we particularly encourage them, and those who wish to pray for them, to come along during the hour to write their names on our exam prayer space. All welcome. Stay for as long or as little as you like. 

  • Every Thursday – Life to the Full (Jn 10: 10) – weekly Book Club

Thursdays from 7-8.30pm in St. Paul’s Church, Arran Quay.

Join other [20 & 30 year olds] to meditate, share and discuss life, faith, purpose and how to live life to the full.  We read a chosen spiritual book over a few weeks and come to reflect and discuss our thoughts.

Email and 

Faith Related Courses / Education: 

Matthew: The King and His Kingdom Catholic Bible Study – Brackenstown Bible Study – 2018:

Matthew: The King and His Kingdom Catholic Bible Study brings the history of Christ to life through Matthew’s Gospel. You will see Jesus as the awaited Messiah who fulfills the promises and prophecies of the Old Testament, establishes the New Law, and inaugurates the Kingdom of Heaven.

Join us for Matthew: The King and His Kingdom in St Cronan’s Pastoral Centre beginning January 2018.

The study runs for a total of 24 weeks, there will be 14 classes in Spring and 10 classes in Autumn 2018.

Classes are 7.30-9pm on Monday nights, the cost is €20 and the class size will be limited to 45 people.

To register for the study call Louise at 01-8401188 or via email: 

Employment opportunities 

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

Dublin Diocese

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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 24 June 2018

Mass Intentions

Anniversary:   Frank Foley, Nora Shanahan, Una Stamp, Danny                         John & Nora Egan & Deceased members of the Lynders & Egan Families         Joseph Coleman, Sam Young, Joseph & Catherine McCabe Rosabella & Christopher Matthews

Recently Deceased:   Roderick Connolly Hugh Sheridan, Imelda O’Riordan         Katahleen McEnery, John Thornton, Niall Mulvey, Freda Doherty                       Maura Murray, Nuala Bruce, Theresa & Austin Wearen, Elizabeth Byrne

Holy Souls

Special Intention Dan McInerney

Special Intention

Get Well Intention Tanya           


A Fourth National Collection for World Meeting of Families will be held this  weekend and will replace the Share  collection.  Your support will be very much appreciated.


Donabate youth music sessions, come along and join the fun continuing this Tuesday 26th June in the parish hall library room from 7:30-8:30pm”


Parish welcome teams will be commencing this July. Anyone interested is asked to sign up at the back of the church after Mass today. Open to all ages and we’re particularly encouraging those who may not already be involved in active ministry in the parish to consider getting involved”


This weekend we’re inviting parishioners to express an interest in attending some of the World Meeting of Families events in the RDS/Croke Park and/or the final Mass with Pope Francis in Phoenix Park as a parish group. Sign up sheets will be available at the back of the church after Mass.”


St. Vincent de Paul Church Gate collection will be held on Saturday/Sunday 30 June/1 July.  Your support will be very much appreciated.


The Parish Office will be closed this coming Tuesday 26th for training.


Blessing of Graves                                                                                                  Friday 13 July @ 3 pm – St. Ita’s Cemetery

Saturday 14 July @ 3 pm – St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Portrane

Saturday 14 July @ 4 pm – Donabate Old Cemetery (beside parish hall)

Sunday 15 July @ 3.30 pm – Mass with Blessing of Graves, Donabate Cemetery on the Portrane Road.

Also on Church Notice Boards.


Donabate Portrane Senior Citizens Social Club Summer Events

Friday, July 20th.  Summer Outing to Athlone.  Leave the Church at 9.30 AM. Arrive Athlone at 11 for refreshments (own expense).  Viking Boat Trip along the river        Shannon at 12PM.  1 – 2.30PM browse shops/historical sites.  2.30 – 3.30 PM  Sean’s Bar (oldest pub in the West) for sing-a-long.

Return to Donabate Golf Club for 3 course dinner and dancing

Cost €20 includes bus, tour and dinner.


St. Joseph’s Charity Bridge Club, Portrane                    If you had given up playing Bridge and would like to get back into it, why not join us for a relaxed, friendly,    sociable game on a       Wednesday night at 7.30 in Knocknamann, St. Ita’s  Hospital.                         Contact Marie 086 2652007


Welcome to New Parishioners

If you are new to the area and would like to Register with the parish and if you would like to contribute to the running costs of our three churches, please contact the Parish Office 8434574 or email


Volunteers Urgently Needed!  Donabate Brownies and Ladybirds are urgently seeking new Unit Helpers and Leaders. If you enjoy working with young girls, and you can spare even an hour a week, we would love to hear from you.  We meet every Tuesday evening, from 6.15-7.30 in Donabate Parish Hall. If you are in a position to volunteer to this very worthwhile activity, please contact Emer Weston on 0863391871.  Thank you!


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Handmade Rosary Beads made by a local lady for sale in the Parish Office.


Donabate Ceilí Group meet every Monday at 8.30 – 10 pm (September – May) in the Donabate Portrane Community Centre.  We would love to see new members join. ******************************************************************************

Active Age Line Dancing on Mondays at 1 – 2 pm in the Donabate Portrane Community Centre.  We would be delighted to see new members in 2018.  It is a fun way to get fit and meet new friends.


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


Fingal Community Alert – Free Alarms fitted from 1/11/17 now come with one years free monitoring.    Contact Frank 086 2567042.


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.      


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.





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Parish Notices

CROSSCARE Drug & Alcohol Programme Inform yourself about drugs, alcohol and prevention – Know where to find help, when needed.   Crosscare Drug & Alcohol Programme is a resource to parishes in the Dublin Diocese.  Contact 01 836 0911 or email:  … Continue reading

Child Protection Policy Statement

We in the Parish of Donabate, Portrane and Balheary value and encourage the participation of children and young people in parish liturgies and in activities that enhance their spiritual, physical, emotional and social development. We recognise the dignity and rights … Continue reading