Donabate, Portrane & Balheary Parish


Mon 30 Sep 2019

Baptism Dates – November 2019 – June 2020





Sunday 3 & 17

Saturday 23





Sunday 1 & 15

Saturday 21




Sunday 5

Saturday 25





Sunday 2

Saturday 22






Sunday 8 & 22





Sunday 5

Saturday 11 (during the Easter Vigil Mass at 9pm)

Saturday 25






Sunday 3

Saturday 30






Sunday 7

Saturday 20


Sunday Baptism is celebrated at 12.30 pm and Saturday Baptism at 12 noon.

A preparation meeting for parents of children being baptized is held prior to the day of Baptism.  Parents are asked to give two month’s notice to the Parish Office for the Baptism of their child.

Thu 27 Jun 2019





An Adult Faith Development Programme

Application is now open for the next intake of participants for Pathways. The programme begins this year in Holy Cross College, on Thursday 26th. September 2019 (7.00p.m.– 9.30 p.m.). Places are limited so early application is advisable.

Pathways is a two-year one night a week course for adults of all ages who wish to explore their faith. It runs from late September to May each year, with breaks for Christmas, Easter and mid-terms. There are no exams and no written work. The only requirement is an openness to listening to others and to participate. The cost is €400 for the coming year which may be paid in instalments through the year.

For more information please visit our webpage: or contact: Pathways Director, Eileen Houlahan, CHF, PhD, Pathways Programme, Holy Cross College, Clonliffe Road, Dublin, DO3 P2E7. Phone : 01 8087594 Email:


NB  The course fee need not be a problem for anyone – the parish will subsidise up to four participants.  Please apply through the Parish Office.

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! 

Aiming to serve and support young people (13-30) in their faith through a mixture of Spiritual, Serious, Service & Social activities.


Inspiring words to young people from 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


Want to find out about youth events within our parish or further afield?

Email the Donabate Parish youth leader on putting ‘Donabate parish’ in the subject field.


Have ideas about events/activities you would like to see offered in our parish?

Have your say by taking our Donabate Parish Youth online survey at:

Open to all young people aged 13-30.


Do you dare to say ‘Yes’ to becoming a youth leader in our parish?

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 putting ‘Donabate parish’ in the subject field.


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


Or on instagram:  @theyoungchurchdublin


Other useful links for young Catholics:

Ewe Thina: We Walk God’s Way –

The Encounter Dublin City –

Youth2000 –

Pure in Heart –

Living Water –

Jesus Youth –

Thu 26 Nov 2015

Newsletter 6 October 2019

Mass Intentions

St. Patrick’s Church Donabate

Saturday 5  6.30        Anniversary:   Maureen & Paddy Reilly, Kevin & Maire Barry

Recently Deceased:    Betty Burns

Sunday 6     11.00      Anniversary:   Avril Neville, Rosaleen O’Malley                     Mary Hand

Recently Deceased:    Thomas Crosbie, Finola O’Neill, Bren Phillips, Vera Brennan  Stephen Ennis, Grania Tierney, Neil Kerrigan, Paddy Leonard, Mary Clarke

Birthday Remembrance:        Francis Smyth, Annie Doyle


St. Ita’s Church, Portrane

Anniversary:  Mary Dardis, Maire Bean Uí Heidéain, Andy Dolan

Recently Deceased:  Maura Houlahan, Sean MacMahon


The Immaculate Conception Church, Balheary

Anniversary:   John & Brigid Clinton, Sean & Kathleen Bourke

Chris Doyle, John & Gretta Bollard


Monday 7 – Mass for the People   

Tuesday 8 –  Michael Sinnott (Remembrance)

Wednesday 9 –  Niall Kennan (A)       Tim Moore (Recently Deceased)

Thursday 10 –  Clare Hourican (Recently Deceased)  Jim Denvir (A)

Friday 11 –       Deceased members of the Kerr Family (A)

Vera Brennan (Months Mind)

Saturday 12 –  Veronica Cremin (Recently Deceased)


From Monday 14 October until Friday 22 November the Parish Office will only be open Monday – Friday from 10 am to 12 noon.  Sorry for any inconvenience.


Light a Candle – Come and join us in St. Patrick’s Church on Saturday 12th October any time from 7:30pm – 9pm, to light a candle, write a petition or just spend a few moments of quiet time. The church will be in candle light with reflective music in the background. This is a completely no pressure event and you are more than welcome to stay for as long or as little as you like. Anyone who would like to help out with the event please email

We are looking for help to make a wooden box! We would like to set up a little wooden petitions box in the church. If you might be able to help us make one please let Fr. Pat know.”


The Catholic Church celebrates Day for Life next Sunday 6 October.  Prayer Cards are available at the church doors.


Active Age for All – Silver Threads                  A new course in October and November called Silver Threads is a project which will introduce some aspects of life writing or life storytelling over 4 weeks.  The class will start on Monday 21 October in the Community Centre.  There are limited places so please contact               or text only to 086 8806808 as soon as possible.


In today’s world,

How can I have faith in God

Try Life in the Spirit Seminars

A free eight week programme

They will help you to look at

your faith in a different way

And may change your life forever.

Starts Mon  7th October

Finishes  25th November

Begins @ 8-30pm 10-00pm

(Bank holiday not included)

Venue: Beaumont Parish Centre

Montrose Park, Beaumont, Dublin 5

All are welcome


Meals on Wheels – Volunteer Drivers within the Donabate area.  We are trying to organise a reserved drivers list to step in occasionally when our regular drivers are unavailable.  If you interested in helping out please contact Deborah 086 8276555.


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


Comhaltas Leithinis     Additional registration evening for music classes on Monday 23rd September between 6pm and 8pm in Donabate Community Centre.

We will be offering classes in tin whistle, fiddle and bodhrán to beginners and improvers and flute (improvers only) to adults and children over 7 years.

Annual family Comhaltas membership €20

Term 1: 12 classes costs €100
All fees due in full at registration.Classes will commence on Monday Evening, 30th September in The Educate Together School at 6pm.


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 2019.  It is a fun way to get fit and meet new friends.


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.





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