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! 

Taize Prayer – St. Cronan’s Church Pastoral Centre, Brackenstown – next one: Fri 10th Nov

From 7:30pm-8:30pm including Taize chants, prayer and silence. All welcome. 

Pope Francis wants to hear from 16-29 year olds – survey closes 30th November 2017

In advance of the upcoming Synod on young people taking place in 2018, Pope Francis wants to hear the views of young people aged 16-29 from around the world.

Have your say by completing the survey at the following link by 30th November 2017:

For more details on the Synod on young people check out:


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


World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims Mass 19th November – Musicians/singers sought for televised Mass

Singers and instrumentalists are sought for the live broadcast of the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims Mass on 19th November 2017. The mass will be held in St Michan’s Catholic Church on Halston Street, Dublin 7. Mass will be celebrated by Fr Bryan Shortall OFM Cap. The Mass will also be celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the Church. Full rehearsal on Saturday 18th in St Michan’s at around 3pm and one rehearsal beforehand on Friday 10th November, Venue TBC. To take part and sign up please fill out the following doodle form. 

Upcoming Events for young people:

  • Fri 10th Nov – Taize Prayer

7:30pm-8:30pm – St. Cronan’s Church Pastoral Centre, Brackenstown

Including Taize chants, prayer and silence. All welcome. 

  • Tue 14th Nov – Ignatian Spirituality Weekly Sessions

Week 2 of 6 – “Guided Examen”

19:30 – 21:00  –  36 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2

For more details contact: Vincent Castaldi

  • Sat 18th Nov – An afternoon of Grace through the intercession of Padre Pio

3pm-6pm, The Capuchin Friary Hall, Church Street, Dublin 7 (near Four Courts Luas stop)

Led by Fr. John Mockler, including Mass and blessing with First Class relic. All are very welcome.

  • Fri 24th Nov – Family Tree healing Mass

St. Brigid’s Parish Church, Blanchardstown village

Mass at 7:30pm followed by individual healing and Benediction. Devotions include Confession, Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in St. Brigid’s Church from 10:30am. 

  • Sat 25th – Sun 26th Nov – Thalita Kum weekend for 16-35 year olds

Parish centre of St. Bernadette’s Church, Clogher Road, Dublin 12

For more details contact: or (089) 9648642

To book go to:

  • Sat 2nd Dec – Nightfever Dublin

St. Teresa’s Church, Clarendon Street Dublin 2

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 any young people interested in getting involved, whether in the street evangelisation itself or in any other way (e.g set-up, hospitality, etc, etc) email  or message the Nightfever Dublin facebook page.

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

  • Fri 8th Dec – 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. Free event.


  • Fri 8th to Sun 10th Dec – Youth2000 Christmas Retreat – (16-35yr olds)

Newbridge College, Newbridge, Co. Kildare

For more details check out:   

  • Fri 15th Dec – Taize Prayer

7:30pm-8:30pm – St. Cronan’s Church Pastoral Centre, Brackenstown

Including Taize chants, prayer and silence. All welcome. 

Faith Related Courses / Education: 

Exploring Scripture

A series of talks with Fr. Kieran O’Mahony OSA on Tuesdays at 7.30pm in Yellow Walls Parish Centre.

The Course promises to be very interesting and will continue for five weeks (commenced Tue 10th Oct). 

Exploring your Catholic Faith and Culture

Autumn 2017 – Malahide Parish Centre – commenced Mon 25th Sept running to mid-December

This course consists of 10 Monday evening sessions from 7.30pm to approx. 9pm in the Malahide parish centre, providing contextual, exploratory and interview based videos on our Catholic faith and Catholic culture. These videos are primarily EWTN based, and focused on the essence of a topic, so as to help point one in the right direction for more detailed study and understanding.

You are welcome to all or any session. There is no cost involved. Parking available in Malahide Castle car park near the centre.

Fingal Bible Study – recommencing Tue 10th Oct

8pm, St. Annes Church Parish Centre, Portmarnock

These Tuesday evening sessions will continue until about Easter 2018. 

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

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 November 2017

Mass Intentions

St. Patrick’s Church Donabate

Months Mind:            Mary Elliott                                                           

11.00   Anniversary:  Peggy Reilly, Pat Hynes, Kathleen Woods

                                    Adrienne Finnegan, Felix & Mary Agnew, Sean Ryan

Jimmy & Rosemary Faughnan


Recently Deceased:   Dermot O’Leary, Annette Smyth, John Meagher, Pat Carvill

Betty O’Connell, Kay Stafford, Paddy O’Shea, Angela McMahon, Sheila Doyle, Sean Keane

Months Mind:            Dermot O’Leary


Remembrance:          Deceased members of the Dockrell & Dempsey Families

                                    Major General Michael Beary, General Jim & Una Beary 

Special Intentions 

Get Well Wishes James Killoran

Get Well Intention Jennifer Byrne 

Special Intention Audrey Dunphy & Kathleen Earls       



Rosary on the Coast for Faith & Life – On Sunday 26th November at 2.30, Irish people North & South will gather around the coast of Ireland to pray the Rosary for Faith & Life.  This gathering was inspired by similar gatherings in Poland on October 7th and Italy on October 13th.      November 26th was deliberately chosen because it is the Feast of Christ the King.  Ireland was the first country to be consecrated to Christ the King.  All are welcome to gather at the Tower car park, Portrane at 2.30 on Sunday.  More information on leaflets at back of church.


The St. Vincent de Paul will hold a church gate collection this weekend.  Your support will be very much appreciated.


St. Ita’s Allied Staff Association Annual Mass for the deceased patients and staff of St. Ita’s Hospital Portrane will be celebrated in St. Ita’s Church on Saturday 25 November at 3 pm.  Celebrant:  Bishop Raymond Field.


St. Patrick’s Church Choir Christmas Carol Concert with Guest Choir will be held on Sunday 10 December at 7 pm.  The concert will be in aid of the Church Roof repairs.  Tickets are available at the Parish Office.  Tickets €10 p/p or a Family Ticket €20.  Your support will be very much appreciated.

Christmas Raffle in aid of the Church Roof repairs will be held on Sunday 17 December during the 11 Mass.  Tickets available in the Parish Office.  Tickets €10.  First Prize €1,000, Second Prize €500 and five Prizes of €100.

A new Christmas Mass Bouquet card has been printed.  It includes photographs of the 3 churches.  It is a lovely gift to give someone at Christmas especially if they are living abroad.  The Mass Intentions will be included in all our Christmas Masses.  Cost is €5 each and will go to the church roof fund.  Cards will be available from next Thursday 23.


“Maranatha – Donabate youth group invites you to join us for our next ‘Maranatha’, an hour of song, reflection, candles and prayers for our young people, all in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. Friday 1st December from 7:30pm-8:30pm in St. Patrick’s Church. All welcome.”


A series of talks on the Sunday readings for Advent will take place in the Parish Hall Library room on Thursday evenings at 8.00 pm, beginning on November 23. The opening talk, entitled St Mark and his Gospel, will be given by Fr Pat Hannon, and he and Fr Joe will share the remaining sessions. There will be an opportunity for questions and discussion, and all are welcome.


Dublin Diocesan Food Appeal – Archbishop Diarmuid Martin is seeking support for a Parish Food Appeal on the weekend of 2/3 December to support CROSSCARE Foodbanks.  Crosscare work with many individuals and families throughout the diocese who are struggling.  For Items most needed, please poster on church notice boards:    Your support  will be very much appreciated.


We thank all who supported and contributed to the Church Roof Raffle in memory of Trent Latham.  We thank especially Hazel, Sophia & Cian.  The amount raised was €11,350.


“Are you aged 16-29 – then Pope Francis wants to hear from you! In advance of the Synod on young people taking place in 2018, Pope Francis wants to hear the views of young people aged 16-29 from around the world. Have your say by completing the survey at the link included on the youth page of the Donabate website.”


A Date for Your Diary: St. Maur’s Parish Pastoral Council Present Liam Lawton in concert “O Holy Night.” At St. Maur’s Church Rush on Sunday December 3rd 2017 at 8pm. Tickets €20. The proceeds for this concert will go towards an interactive screen for events with young parishioners in the Church. We look forward to sharing this very special evening with you. Tickets available from the office Monday to Friday 9am – 11am or after the weekend masses.


Donabate Portrane Men’s Shed AGM will be held on Thursday 23 November at 8.15 in the       Donabate Portrane Community Centre, Studio 1.  For further information contact 085 2795180. 

Active Age for All – Indoor Bowls – Tuesday 3-5 and

Thursdays 3-5 (Men’s Group)

Active Age for All             Line Dancing Monday 1-2

Fit & Fun – Tuesday 11-12 in Community Centre  Studio 1.

First Aid Course – Friday 10-1 in the Quiet Room in Donabatre Library.  Free course, the only cost is the book which is €15.


“World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims Mass 19th November – Musicians/singers sought for televised Mass – for more details check out the youth page of the parish website”


Donabate Céilí Group Christmas Dinner in Donabate Golf Club on Saturday 25 November.  Cost €25.  All welcome.  Contact 087 4168280


Donabate Portrane Senior Citizens Day Centre & Social Club Christmas Party will be held in Donabate Golf Club on Sunday 10 December. Cost €15.      Tickets available at the Day Centre on a Friday morning.


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


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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