Donabate, Portrane & Balheary Parish


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! 

Experience “The Encounter” as part of Culture Night 2019!

As part of Culture Night, Friday 20th Sept, St. Paul’s Church Arran Quay is hosting “The Encounter”. Including input from Archbishop Diarmuid Martin and music by Hannah Best. Any young adults (20’s and 30’s) who would like to travel with others from Donabate for this event email:


Candles and Hot chocolate!

Join Donabate youth group for their outing to Nightfever Dublin, with stop-off for hot chocolate, Sat evening (21st September). If interested give your name and contact details (and parent/guardian name and contact details if under 18) to the parish office: / (01) 8434574


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 contact details if under 18) into the parish office or email to:


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:


The Encounter – Fri 20th Sept (Culture Night!)

Join other young adults [20’s & 30’s only] for a night of live acoustic music, reflective prayer in adoration, with guest speaker on life, faith and purpose. Followed by social, pizza and refreshments.

Our next Encounter will be on Culture Night – Friday 20th September at 8pm. Our Musician is Hannah Best and our Guest speakers are Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Lisa McKenna and Codie Preston. Email  and

Any young people aged in their 20’s or 30’s who would like to attend this with others from Donabate contact:


NightFever Dublin – Sat 21st September

St. Teresa’s Church, Clarendon Street Dublin 2, (6pm-11pm)

Nightfever is an event which combines street evangelisation with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. The core idea is that mission teams go out into the nearby streets and offer people a candle with no conditions, inviting them to go into the church, light it and pray and experience the evening however they wish: in silence, in song, in prayer. It begins with Mass at 6pm and ends with Benediction at approx 10:45pm


Faithfest 15 for teens – Fri 4th October

6pm-9:30pm in Holy Cross Diocesan Centre, Clonliffe Rd.

Faithfest is an event for Teenagers. It 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.

Any teenagers from Donabate who would like to attend this event please give your name, contact details and parent/guardian name and contact details into the parish office or email to:


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 15 September 2019

Mass Intentions

St. Patrick’s Church Donabate

Saturday 14  6.30      Anniversary:   James Carney, Maxi McDonnell

                                         Mary & Henry McFadden

Sean, Annie, John & Peggy Donovan

Remembrance:           Mary & Anthony Carney

Sunday 15      11.00   Anniversary:   Mary & Joseph Farrell, Tom O’Reilly & Deceased members of the O’Reilly Family, James Carney, Mary McCann, Christine Spencer

Alice & Philip Smyth, Peadar Gormley, Noeleen Smyth, Maxi McDonnell

Remembrance:           Mary & Anthony Carney

Recently Deceased:    Peggy Allen, Mary Reilly, Ita Keyes, Finola O’Neill, Toss Taaffee

Michael O’Donnell, Rosín Monaghan, Seamus McKenna, Vera Brennan

Special Intention Claydee & Tereasa

Special Intention Gerry Spencer

Birthday Wishes Liz


St. Ita’s Church, Portrane

Anniversary:               John & Margaret Smyth, Mary McCann


Monday 16 – Mass for the People   Funeral Mass – Vera Brennan RIP

Tuesday 17 –  John Doyle (Recently Deceased)

Wednesday 18 –  Birthday Wishes Margaret

Thursday 19 –  Get Well Intention Carol ann

Friday 20 –       Special Intention

Saturday 14 –  Eucharistic Service


Legion of Mary Annual Pilgrimage to Knock – Sunday 29 September              Departing Portrane @ 7.30 a.m.                  Donabate @ 7.40 a.m.                                 Arrive home 9.00 p.m. approximately.  Adults €20, Under 18’s €10.  There are still some places available.  Contact Lóirín O’Leary 087 2412611 or the Parish Office.


“Experience “The Encounter” as part of Culture Night, this Friday 20th Sept. Including input from Archbishop Diarmuid Martin and music by Hannah Best. Any young adults (20’s and 30’s) who would like to travel with   others from Donabate for this event email: ”

“Candles and Hot chocolate – join Donabate youth group for their outing to Nightfever Dublin, with stop-off for hot chocolate, next Sat evening (21st September). If interested give your name and contact details (and parent/guardian name and contact details if under 18) to the parish office: / (01) 8434574”


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.

**********************************************************************************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     2 additional registration evenings for music classes on Monday 16th and 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.





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