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.


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 congratulates Aoife Daly who represented Donabate parish while receiving her Pope John Paul II Bronze Award at a Dublin Diocesan Award ceremony in Arran Quay recently. In order to attain this Award, Aoife undertook both Parish Ministry and Community activities as well as writing a reflective paper. Those of you who attend the 11am Mass on Sunday’s will see Aoife regularly serving the parish as a Minister of the Eucharist. Well done Aoife! 

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


 Upcoming events:

 28th Divine Mercy Conference – Youth Evening Fri 22nd Feb, RDS, Ballsbridge

Inviting all young adults 18yrs+ to a powerful evening of inspiring testimonies, uplifting music, youth drama, talks, reconciliation and above all fellowship and healing. Testimony by former League of Ireland goalkeeper Gerard Hanley speaks about faith and football.

Our key note speaker is the amazing Fr Hayden Williams, OFM from Malta. Healing Service led by Fr. Eunan McDonnell.

Come and be inspired and uplifted as you encounter the personal love, mercy and healing of Jesus that awaits you.

Programme of Events

6.30 – 7.00            Registration, Music, Refreshments

7.00 – 7.05            Welcome and Introductions

7.05 – 7.20            Testimony Gerard Hanley

7.20 – 7.50            Testimony Fr Hayden Williams OFM. Cap. Malta

8.00-8.30pm       Reconciliation Youth Drama & Presentation with Holy Family Mission led by Fr. Eunan McDonnell

8.30pm-9pm     Followed by prayers for Healing led by Fr Hayden Williams

Any young people (over 18) who would like to attend this Divine Mercy Youth event on Fri 22nd Feb with other young people from North County Dublin email:

 Emmanuel 2019 at the Helix

70 Second Level Schools from all over the Archdiocese will  participate in the renowned  Emmanuel concert series this year, where hundreds of teenagers take part in a live concert in the Helix over four nights. Monday 25/Tuesday 26/ Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 of February at 7.30pm each evening. Come along and as a choir / music group to listen to young people praising God with energy in this unique event. A list of participating schools is available


Alpha Series 2019 – Tuesday evenings, Emmaus Centre, Swords *week 2 – Tue 26th Feb*

Tuesday Nights, 6pm to 8pm.

We believe that everyone should have the chance to ask questions and share their point of view. Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that freely explore the basics of the Christian faith. No pressure. No follow up. No charge  +353 1 870 0050


Maranatha – upcoming dates

Some upcoming dates for our monthly Maranatha event hosted by Donabate youth group are:

Fri 1st Mar 2019

Fri 5th April 2019

The event takes place from 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 (18-45yr olds) – upcoming dates

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

Fri 1st Mar 2019

Fri 5th April 2019

Fri 3rd May 2019

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:


7 Deadly Sins and 7 Lively Virtues with Bishop Robert Barron – Commencing Mon 4th March

Monday evenings from 7:30-9pm @ Emmaus Centre, Swords

7 Sessions from 4th March to 15th April.

Bishop Robert Barron is an author, speaker, theologian, and founder of Word on Fire, a global media ministry. Word on Fire reaches millions of people by utilizing the tools of new media to draw people into or back to the Catholic Faith.

This course will include DVD Presentation from Bishop Barron; Study Guide; Share groups; Social time; Workbook, Tea / Coffee included – young adults particularly encouraged to attend

Cost €20 Sign-up at:


Faithfest for Teenagers – Friday 8th March

6.00-9.30pm in Holy Cross College, Clonliffe Road, Dublin 3.  Faithfest aims to build spaces where teenagers have an experience of a peer community, explore faith, and encounter an experience of welcoming, belonging, discipleship, worship and prayer in a creative and fun atmosphere. All welcome. Any teenagers planning to attend must bring along a parental consent form which is available at:


Trócaire Lent 2019 – Stations of the Cross

Come along for an evening of prayer for Lent on the 27 March at 7.30pm in St. Paul’s Church Arran Quay, Dublin 1.  All welcome.


Youth Pilgrimage to Knock – Sat 27th April 2019 – **Save the date**

Part of the Annual Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock led by Archbishop Martin

More details to follow!


Life in the Spirit Seminar – Monday evenings, Emmaus Centre, Swords *commencing 29th April*

Monday Nights, 7.30pm to 9pm including:

  • Praise and Worship
  • Talks and Testimonies
  • Share Groups
  • Social Time

We received the Holy Spirit at our Baptism and our Confirmation, but for many of us, this can be little more than a nice memory from our childhood. Through a life in the Spirit Seminar, we hope that you will experience your own personal Pentecost and begin to live fully God’s plan for your life!  +353 1 870 0050


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


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*



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:


Life to the Full (Jn 10: 10) – weekly Book Club for young adults

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


 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 24 February 2019

Mass Intentions

Anniversary:      Marie Kelly, Michael Haughton, Ronnie Smyth, Jack Stapleton        Peggy Fleming, Gabrielle Henchy, Olga Withers, May Ellen Coyle, Michael Coyle            Eamon  & Anna Diskin, Johnny Boyle   Pam Kinna, Annie Daly

Recently Deceased:     Kay McAra, Teresa McCarrick, Darragh Lawless                      Anne Hernan, Peter Fitzpatrick, Brendan Hennigan, Paul Davies

Special Intentions

Get Well Intention Martin

Birthday Wishes Kathleen Mulhall

Special Intention John


Eucharistic Adoration during Lent.

“As we mentioned last week we hope to arrange for Eucharistic Adoration during the Fridays of Lent from 12 to 8.30.

In order to ensure there will always be someone present during this time you are invited to consider committing for a 1/2 hour at some time during the day.

There are people available at the Church doors to take your names for the 1/2 hour of your choice.”


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.”


Youth/Young Adult Notices:

“Congratulations to Aoife Daly who received her Pope John Paul II Bronze Award, representing Donabate parish, at a Dublin Diocesan Award ceremony in Arran Quay last Tuesday. In order to attain this Award, Aoife undertook both Parish Ministry and Community activities as well as writing a reflective paper. Those of you who attend the 11am Mass on Sundays will see Aoife regularly serving the parish as a Minister of the Eucharist. Well done Aoife!”


“The Annual Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock, led by Archbishop Diarmaid  Martin, takes place on Saturday 27th April 2019. This year marks the 140th             Anniversary of the Apparition at Knock so it would be great to see Donabate parish      joining other parishes from around the     Diocese on this pilgrimage. If anyone would be interested in helping to coordinate a bus from Donabate parish for this pilgrimage please contact the parish office.”


Mottos for Success    

Many people become so discouraged by their mistakes and failures that they lower their sights or stop trying altogether.  But when someone comes along and expresses faith in them and tells them they shouldn’t be bound by yesterdays’s failures, it can inspire them to try again.


ACCORD Annual Collection 

Thank you to all who contributed to the ACCORD collection last weekend.  The amount collected was 1360.


DONABATE PORTRANE MEALS ON WHEELS                                                     Driver required for Lunch delivery one day a  fortnight.  It is a great way to help out in your community.  If you would be interested in joining our team please contact the Parish Office.


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


Irish Cancer Society’s Daffodil Day will take place on March 22nd. Now more than ever before people in your community need your help as the  incidences of cancer in Ireland are rising. The funds that are raise on Daffodil Day will be used to provide free services for cancer patient and will also be invested into cancer    research. If you would like to make a difference to the people’s lives in your community and are available on March 22nd then we need your help. Please contact for more information


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

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


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


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







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



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