Donabate, Portrane & Balheary Parish


Wed 19 Jun 2019

Cemetery Sunday & Blessing of the Graves

Friday 19 July @ 3 pm – Blessing of Graves – St. Ita’s Cemetery, Portrane

Saturday 20 July @ 3 pm – Blessing of Graves – St. Catherines Cemetery, Portrane

Saturday 20 July @ 4 pm – Blessing of Graves – Donabate Old Cemetery                                (beside Parish Hall)

Sunday 21 July @ 3.30 pm – Mass & Blessing of the Graves – 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.


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! 

Donabate Parish Youth – Have your say survey!

At Panama in Dublin Archbishop Martin challenged the young pilgrims to make the Church a place where young people will learn the beauty of faith and the joy of living the Gospel. How can we as a parish help you to take up this challenge? Have your say by taking our Donabate Parish Youth online survey at:

Open to all young people aged 13-30.


Donabate parish youth group – seeking new youth leaders:

Great way to meet other young people in the parish and beyond, grow your own faith, learn/practice leaderships skills, have something different for inclusion on a CV!

If you’re aged 18-30 and would be interested in helping out, even on ad hoc basis, email


Foundational Leadership training (particularly aimed at those aged 16-29) – now enrolling!

Are you prepared to get “off your couch” and make a difference with your life? To be a leader, be the difference in your world. Why not try the Foundational Leadership Programme which offers a fantastic opportunity to explore and develop Gospel centered transformational leadership Skills and provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to be transformational leaders and change agents within your own parish, community etc.  Also great for a CV!

Anyone from Donabate parish who might be interested in taking part, email Regina on


Pope John Paul II Awards (open to anyone entering 4th -6th yr this Sept) – now enrolling!

The parish JPII Award coordinator is currently taking names of young people who may be interested in taking part in the JPII Awards commencing this September. The JPII Awards are open to young people from 4th to 6th year and involve taking part in both parish and community/social activities. Anyone interested in getting more information should give their name and contact details (and parent/guardian name and details if under 18) into the parish office or email to:


Upcoming events: 

Youth2000 Fundraising Table Quiz – Fri 21st June

6:45pm, Edith Stein Room, upstairs at St. Teresa’s Church Clarendon Street.

Cost €5.

National Youth Pilgrimage to Lough Derg – Fri 21st to Sun 23rd June

For more details check out:


St. Joseph’s Men’s Day – TrueManhood – Sat 22nd June

The Emmaus Centre is calling Catholic Men to an inspirational one-day event.

The day will include Talks, Mass, Adoration, Reconciliation and fellowship.

For more details check out:


National Charismatic Renewal Conference 2019 – Launch out into the deep

Sat 22nd June – 10am to 8pm, RDS Concert Hall

Cost €20 – tickets available at the door


Maranatha – continues through the Summer – First Friday’s of each month

7:30-8:30pm – St. Patrick’s Church, Main street Donabate village

Join us for an hour of song, reflection, candles and prayers for our young people, all in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. Upcoming dates:

Friday 5th July

Friday 2nd August

Friday 6th September

All welcome. Stay for as long or as little as you like.


The Backpack Programme – A Summer Camp for Teens Sun 28th July – Sat 3rd Aug

Emmaus Centre, Swords

Calling all students aged 13 – 18 to embark on a fun filled journey of human and spiritual development. The Backpack Programme is a is a human and spiritual development programme for young people aged 13 – 18 which teaches in a fun and relaxed way how to react to challenges we have no control over. The main aim of the programme is to equip students with essential tools for life, promoting resilience and help-seeking behaviour. The Backpack’s lessons build on each other to draw young people toward a habit of positive and accurate self-contemplation. During the programme, participants will explore tools on how to better be able to think critically about themselves and their relationships

For more details check out:


Burning Hearts (18-45yr olds) – Fri 2nd Aug!

7pm-10pm, on each First Friday of the Month at Emmaus Retreat Centre, Swords, Co. Dublin

What else would you be at on a Friday night? We’re getting Young Adults together for Worship, Teaching & Fellowship on the First Friday of every Month. We’ll begin with Mass at 7 pm. There will be a cup of tea to follow! An Opportunity to Make New Friends and Grow in Faith. All are Welcome!

For information contact Gerard on:


Youth 2000 Summer Festival – Thurs 15th to Sun 18th August 2019

Clongowes Wood College, Clane, Co Kildare

The Youth 2000 Summer Festival is full of variety. The festival includes inspiring talks, music, prayer, concert, workshops, dramas, share groups, reconciliation and healing service and Mass. It is a packed program but there is also time for chatting, sitting, relaxing, soccer and generally chilling out.

It’s open to those between 16 – 35 years who wish to attend.

Free busses, donation only.

For more details check out:


Want to do something amazing – would you consider being a missionary for a year?

If so, why not join NET Ireland and play your part in evangelising young people in schools, parishes and churches across Ireland.

For more details check out:


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

Or on instagram:  @theyoungchurchdublin


Volunteer with Dublin Diocesan Youth Ministry

St Paul’s Youth outreach are looking for volunteers. For the types of roles and leadership you can get involved in please visit: or Email

*All Volunteers will be Garda Vetted and go through Safeguarding training*


Ewe Thina: We Walk God’s Way

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

Email: and


Faith Related Courses / Education: 

Newly commenced spiritual book club at Emmaus Retreat Centre, Swords, Co. Dublin

Tuesday’s from 7:30pm-9pm

For more info check out:


For upcoming Diocesan Faith Development courses check out:


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

Check out:


In the words of Archbishop Martin:

“My prayer is that your generation will now take on the challenge of renewing the Church for it to be the place where young people like yourselves will learn the beauty of faith and the joy of living the Gospel.” – Archbishop Martin to the young people who gathered in Emmaus for ‘Panama in Dublin’ 26/27th Jan 2019


Thu 26 Nov 2015

Newsletter 23 June 2019

Mass Intentions

St. Patrick’s Church Donabate

Saturday 22  6.30      Anniversary:   Fran Wade

Deceased members of the Murphy Family

Sunday 23      11.00   Anniversary:   Jack Dennis, Eddie Holt, Mervyn Collins

Christopher & Mary Lawless, Jimmy O’Connor


Recently Deceased:    Elizabeth Sharkey, Gloria Monks, James Neville, Roy Hackett

Andrew Brouder, Tony Barry, Pearse Godfrey, Veronica Babington

Betty Williams, Jerry Withers, James Wickham, Catherine Breheny

Get Well Intention Bridie

Get Well Intention Mary

Get Well Intention Michael Jones

Get Well Intention Paul 

Exam Wishes Sorcha 

Special Intention Batty


St. Ita’s Church, Portrane

Recently Deceased:    James Neville 

 The Immaculate Conception, Balheary 

Recently Deceased:    Norah Shanahan


Monday 24 – Mass for the People

Tuesday 25 –  James Neville (Recently Deceased)

Wednesday 26 –  James Neville (Recently Deceased)

Thursday 27 – Christopher & Roseabella Matthews (A)

Friday 28 – Caroline Kearney (A)

Saturday 29 – James Neville (Recently Deceased)


Cemetery Sunday & Blessing of the Graves

Friday 19 July @ 3 pm – Blessing of Graves – St. Ita’s Cemetery, Portrane

Saturday 20 July @ 3 pm – Blessing of Graves – St. Catherines Cemetery, Portrane

Saturday 20 July @ 4 pm – Blessing of Graves – Donabate Old Cemetery (beside Parish Hall)

Sunday 21 July @ 3.30 pm – Mass & Blessing of the Graves – Donabate Cemetery on the Portrane Road


Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes – September 4th to 9th

Each year the Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimage endeavours to bring 170 sick pilgrims to Lourdes, at a cost of €1000 per pilgrim. This is a hugely positive  experience for the sick pilgrims, Spiritually, Emotionally and Physically.  It also provides valuable respite for their families and carers at home. Pilgrims are asked to contribute €490 towards their fare but many cannot afford this.

This weekend, June 22nd/23rd, you are invited to contribute to the Lourdes Associate Membership Appeal. A collection will be held after ALL the masses.

Thank you for your support.


“Donabate parish youth group is currently seeking more youth leaders so that we can offer more activities in the parish. If you’re aged 18-30 and would be interested in helping out email: ”

“We invite our teens and young adults to check out the youth page of Donabate parish website for details of upcoming retreats, Leadership training and enrollment for the Pope John Paul II awards.”


The family of the late Sean Fagan, Portrane would like to express their thanks and appreciation to everyone who surrounded them with love and care during their recent          bereavement.  Thank you to Beaumont & Mater Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospice, Raheny and the Priest’s of Donabate.  Thank you all.  Betty & Family.


Holy Land 13-21 September 2019

Direct flight Dublin – Tel Aviv

8 nights Dinner, B&B, Coach, entrance fees. €1695pps

Join Brackenstown parish on this trip of a lifetime

Pick up a leaflet in the church or check out or email or  call 018783111


Bright Sparks Preschool – seeking Childcare Assistant Community Employment  Programme.  Contact Sinead on 01 8409018 for more information. 

Bright Sparks Preschool- taking enrolments for Afternoon session September 2019. Ph 018434546 for more information.

************************************************************************************Aware is currently recruiting volunteers across three services – Support Line, Support Mail and Life Skills Online. No prior qualifications or experience is required, as comprehensive training as well as ongoing support and education is provided by the organisation.

For more information on each opportunity, please see or phone Emma on 01-2374926.


Parish welcome teams – a massive thank you to those who are already involved in our    welcome teams at the weekend Masses, however, we’d love to see more parishioners getting involved too! Being part of a welcome team simply involves arriving 15 minutes before Mass and handing out the newsletters and children’s activity sheets. The more people who are involved the less often anyone will be scheduled! If you think you might be able to help us on a weekly, monthly or even ad-hoc basis, give your contact details into the parish office (phone: 8434 574 email: ) Note: any under 18’s who might be interested in getting involved, please give parent/guardian contact details too.”


Please join us on Sunday after 11 Mass at Our Lady’s Altar to pray the Rosary.


Eucharistic Adoration is held every Friday evening 6.30 – 7.30 in Donabate Church.  This is an opportunity to take time out of our busy lives for silent prayer in the company of Jesus our Lord.


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


RADIO MARIA IRELAND is an Irish-run Catholic Talk-Radio Station. Prayer, Catechesis, Uplifting music, Talks, Interviews and Testimonies – all commercial free – Listen via FREE App “RADIO MARIA IRELAND”, streaming on or via PHONE – get live radio feed by calling +353 (0) 1 437 3277 (no extra charges apply). Please join our growing faith family!


Céilí Dancing –  Monday night at 8.30 – 10 pm (from September – May) in Donabate Portrane Community Centre.  New members very welcome. Céilí dancing is great fun and an enjoyable way to get fit.  Cost:  €5.


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.





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







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