Donabate, Portrane & Balheary Parish


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! 

Parish welcome teams:

Parish welcome teams have commenced in our parish this Summer and we’d love to see more people getting involved. Welcome teams are a very simple yet important group and involve greeting people as they arrive for weekend Masses and distributing the newsletter and children’s liturgy sheets to them. Any young adults over 18 years who’d like to help out with the welcome teams even on an ad hoc basis email:

Variety of events in Dublin on Fri 24th August of interest to young people to mark World Meeting of Families, including:

  • Nightfever Dublin
  • Rexbank in concert
  • The Encounter Dublin City

See upcoming events for young people section below for more details!


Maranatha – hosted by Donabate youth group – next one Fri 7th Sept

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

An hour of song, reflection, candles and prayers for our young people, all in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. All welcome.

Stay for as long or as little as you like.


Burning Hearts – next one Fri 7th Sept

7pm-9pm, on First Friday of the Month at Emmaus Retreat Centre, Swords, Co. Dublin

Event for young adults from 18-45yrs including Mass, Talk, Adoration, Tea/coffee

For information contact Gerard on:


Transformed Parish Conference 2018 – early bird tickets now on sale

Maynooth – Wed 28th Nov

For more details, bookings etc check out:


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


Upcoming Events for young people: 

  • Fri 17th to Sun 19th July – Seek & Find – 18 – 30 yrs olds

Glencomeragh House, Co. Waterford

Holy Family Mission, Waterford invite 18 to 30 yr olds to SEEK & FIND – a once-off alternative to the Youth 2000 Roscrea summer retreat in the rolling hills and beautiful forest of Holy Family Mission in County Waterford. This is a weekend for anyone who is wondering if there is more to life. For anyone who believes that God exists, but wants to know more. For all of us who want to deepen our existing faith. For anyone who is unsure if He exists and feels their questions have not been answered.

Come to SEEK & FIND, and encounter Jesus Christ in excellent speakers; holy mass; workshops; music ministry; sacramental healing, and in the authentic friendships you will make that will take you on the journey of a lifetime.

Cost €70 including meals but if this is too expensive you can let them know.

For more details check out:  or call/text: 087 2755908 

  • Youth 2000 Summer Festival – Cistercian College, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary **unfortunately this event has had to be postponed due to Youth2000 being asked to run workshops and activities in the Youth area at World Meeting of Families** 
  • Tue 21st to Sun 26th Aug – World meeting of Families – Dublin 2018

Be part of this hugely significant event that Pope Francis is coming to!

For more info and bookings/volunteer applications check out:


  • Fri 24th Aug – Nightfever Dublin – World Meeting of Families Special

St. Teresa’s Church, Claredon Street, Dublin 2 – commencing with Mass at 5pm

Nightfever Dublin team are incredibly excited to announce that they will be having a special Nightfever event during the World Meeting of Families!

With Dublin’s streets filled with people visiting to see the Pope, we thought it would be an excellent time to host a Nightfever event. It will be the same as usual starting with mass in St. Teresa’s Church on Clarendon Street, and then our volunteers can head out onto Grafton Street inviting people in. The only difference this time is it will be taking place on a Friday, and it will be starting with mass at 5pm.

We are looking forward to such a special night, and we really hope you can make it!

For more details check out:

 Fri 24th Aug – Rexband in Concert!

6pm – 8:30pm, National Basketball Arena, Tallaght

For tickets contact Sony: 0894982395; Alex 0877577684 or Binu 0872257765 or for online tickets go to:


  • Fri 24th Aug – The Encounter, Dublin City (20 & 30 yr olds)

Special World Meeting of Families event in anticipation of arrival of Pope Francis to Ireland

8pm in St Paul’s Church, Arran Quay

With live music from the incredible Audrey Assad and the guest speaker for the night is the amazing Isaac Withers.


  • Wed 29th Aug – Pastoral Symposium – Launch Out, Lay Pastoral leadership roles

10am – 1pm, Clonliffe college

An opportunity to gather and listen to Cardinal John Dew Archbishop of Wellington. Followed by an invitation to take part in a Pastoral Conversation

For more information or to book contact: phone: 01 837 3732 – ext 247/248


  • Fri 7th Sept – 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. All welcome. Stay for as long or as little as you like.


  • Fri 7th Sept – Burning Hearts

7pm-9pm, on First Friday of the Month at Emmaus Retreat Centre, Swords, Co. Dublin

Event for young adults from 18-45yrs including Mass, Talk, Adoration, Tea/coffee

For information contact Gerard on:


  • Sun 7th to Sat 13th Oct – Week of Guided Prayer for young adults.

St Paul’s Arran Quay invites you to take time for yourself by joining us for our week of Guided prayer. This is a retreat with a difference – sometimes called a ‘Retreat in Daily Life’, or a ‘Busy Person’s Retreat’, as you don’t have to go away to a quiet, beautiful place to find God. It is a way of making a retreat in the midst of daily living, as by taking some quiet time each day on your own you are enabled to find God in your everyday life, in all its ups and downs.

If you are interested in participating please download the registration form available at

Closing date for registration is 31st July


  • Fri 16th to Sun 18th Nov – Awake My Soul Retreat for young adults

Ards Friary Co. Donegal, directed by Br. Richard Hendrick Ofm Cap.

Young adults take time out to reflect, explore faith, experience prayer and build fellowship over the course of a weekend.

So often we can find ourselves feeling overwhelmed, stressed and grappling with acute anxiety.  This retreat through the theme – Encountering Peace, offers us the opportunity to explore end experience the deep peace which Jesus offers.

Closing date for bookings is 30th August 2018

For more details email: and


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

Thursday’s from 7:30pm-9pm

For more info check out:


  • 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: 

Catholicism Series – 10th Anniversary Free Online Screening Event 7th to 16th August

For the first time, in breathtaking and high-definition cinematography, the truth, goodness, and beauty of Catholicism are illustrated in a multimedia experience. Journey with Bishop Robert Barron to more than 50 locations throughout 16 countries. Be illuminated by the spiritual and artistic treasures of this global culture that claims more than one billion of the earth’s people, and discover the full meaning of the faith

For trailer and to register for your ticket to the free screenings 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 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 19 August 2018

Mass Intentions

Anniversary:           Jack Doyle, Bridie Hand, Finbar Sheehan & Deceased members of the Sheehan Family, Mick Farrell, Oliver Carolan

Recently Deceased:   Paddy Preston, Mary Murphy, Pat Bownes                                    Eileen McCann, Karl Andrews, Mary Byrne, Helen Falvey, Johnny Timlin

Holy Souls 

Special Intention Harte & Galvin Family 

Special Intention Sean & Maria O’Neill


Papal Visit 25-26 August 2018

There will be no 11.30 Mass in Balheary on Sunday 26 August.

The Bus travelling to Pope Francis

Final Mass in the Phoenix Park on Sunday 26 August will depart from Donabate Church at 10 am sharp.


There parish office will be closed   Thursday 23 August to Wednesday 12 September.  It will re-open on Thursday 13 at 9.30.


Church Gate Collection Saturday/Sunday 1/2


My name is David and I am a student in Belvedere

College SJ and I am taking part in a cycling

Pilgrimage across the Camino in Spain over 9 days

in October, with a number of boys from my school.

The cycle is in aid of the Belvedere Youth Club,

a north Dublin inner city initiative that provides

social, educational and recreational programmes to

young people in the North Inner City to help prepare

them for their future. The Youth club provides 80+

hot meals a day for children aged 7-20 years who

might otherwise not receive a hot meal. The club

does not receive any government funding so it

relies solely on donations and fund-raising to keep it

running. All funds raised go directly to the charity.


Explore a programme in spirituality in Lumen – Dominican Centre, Blackrock: This two year part-time Certificate programme runs on Thursday evenings and six Saturdays to start 27 September 2018.  It is exciting and inspiring. It’s open to all.  No prior learning needed. There are no exams. Contact Anne Ryan,, 086 884 3652.   Website


“Stay in touch with upcoming youth/young adult events over the coming weeks, including Maranatha, Burning Hearts, etc through the youth page of the Donabate parish website and the posters on the youth notice board at the back of St. Patrick’s Church.”


Please join us on Sunday after 11 Mass at the Grotto 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.


Bright Sparks Montessori & Preschool, Donabate Community Centre are opening an afternoon class from 12.30-.30pm.  

If you would like to enrol your child please call to the centre to register or email


Legion of Mary

Annual Pilgrimage to Knock

Sunday September 30th

The Legion of Mary annual pilgrimage to Knock will take place on Sunday      September 30th.

Bus will depart from Portrane (hospital gates) at 7.30a.m. and from Donabate (St. Patrick’s Church) at 7.40a.m.

Adults: €20, Under 18s: €10

To book please contact               Lóirín – 087 2412611 or                 Aoife Collins: 085 782 5065

or Parish Office 01 8434574


Divine Mercy Conference, Ardboyne Hotel, Navan, Co. Meath, Satirdau                   September 8th.

Guest speaker:       Professor William      Thomas

The National Virigin Pilgrim statue will be present along with numerous relics for veneration

Donation at the door.


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


Mindfulness Meditation Drop-In                                                                                  Where:  Community Well Donabate (behind Keelings)

When:  Wednesdays 8.15 – 9.30 pm. Donations Welcome.  Contact Mairead 087 2730679, 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!


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!


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.





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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