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Welcome to Ashbourne Donaghmore Parish

Welcome to the Ashbourne Donaghmore website. We see ourselves as a parish without walls, a parish that reaches out to and welcomes everybody. While the parish has to attend to day to day things, essentially it is about deeper things of the heart. Read More »

"Go deeper than love, for the soul has greater depths, love is like the grass, but the heart is deep wild rock molten, yet dense and permanent". (DH Lawrence, taken from "Dive Deeper" by Michael Paul Gallagher.)

We look forward to hearing from you because we want to listen and engage with you and your concerns and issues. We hope you will get the information you need on this website, but also that all of us will hear the good news of God's great love for us.

While all of us want to share the kind of parish we want -

"The real pastoral problem is simply to make a parish want the right thing, to instil in it a yearning for Christ. Then the rest will follow". (Carlo Maria Martini)

The real question is what kind of parish does God want Ashbourne Donaghmore parish to be.

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Tuesday, July 25 2017
Water Shortage in Ashbourne Area

Ashbourne-Donaghmore Parish is assisting the local Fire Service as it facilitates a temporary water station in the church grounds in Ashbourne while residents await the restoration of normal water supplies in the coming days.   Our thanks to our local Councillors and the Fire Service for their tremendous support and action during this time.  We pray for a speedy resolution to the disruption; may we remain patient and helpful to one another during this time, always mindful of those who live on their own.

The Fire Service will be in the church grounds until homes are reconnected to mains water supply.   People can access  the water station throughout the day.  People are being reminded to boil water they take from these water stations as a precaution.


Monday, July 17 2017
New Baptistry for Ashbourne-Donaghmore Parish

A new Baptism Font and Ambry were installed recently in our church in Ashbourne.  The font, was specially commissioned from China with Paul Rennicks Memorials and the flooring was installed by Natural Stone Carpets, Ireland.

“Baptism is the sacrament by which men and women are incorporated into the Church, built into a house where God lives, in the Spirit, into a holy nation and a royal priesthood.” General Introduction to Rite of Baptism


Tuesday, July 11 2017
Journey with the Relic of Mother Teresa

The Relics will arrive in Ashbourne-Donaghmore Parish, Thursday 27th July, beginning with procession at 8pm, followed by exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, recordings of Mother Teresa during her visit to Ireland in 1993, Rosary and Benediction.  Veneration of the relic will follow Benediction.  Members of the Malayalam Community from Kerala will lead prayers in their own language after veneration of the relic.

The Knights of Columbanus received the relic of St. Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Teresa) from the Sisters of Charity and have arranged for it to tour Ireland to facilitate its veneration.

On Friday 28th July, the daily 10am Mass will be offered in memory of St. Teresa of Calcutta.  The relic will be available after Mass for veneration.

After departing Ashbourne-Donaghmore Parish on Friday 28th July, the Relic – a muslin cloth bearing the blood of St Teresa, encased in a cross – will be brought to the Archdiocese of Dublin until it will be brought to Newry Cathedral on Friday 11 August where it will take up permanent residence.


Brought by the Knights of St. Columbanus


Tuesday, July 11 2017
St. Joseph’s Young Priests’ Society Pilgrimage

St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society Knock Pilgrimage – 24 June 2017.

The local branch of St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society made an inaugural pilgrimage from Ashbourne-Donaghmore Parish to Knock.  Members of the Society were joined by parishioners, Spiritual Director, Fr. Ciarán, and parish Altar Servers.  St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society is a Catholic lay organisation founded to help students who are on their journey to priesthood, assisting them through their prayer and financial support.





Tuesday, June 6 2017
Ashbourne-Donaghmore Parish Congratulates Ephrem Feeley

Parish Organist, Ephrem Feeley’s composition ‘A Joy for all the World’ has been selected as the official hymn for World Meeting of Families 2018. The hymn found its inspiration in the document Amoris Laetitia – the Joy of Love, written in 2016 by Pope Francis following the Synods on the Family held the preceding two years. A substantial portion of the document is a treatment of the famous Hymn to Love found in 1 Corinthians 13. and our composer felt that his piece should begin with this wonderful Pauline text. Congratulations to Ephrem on this marvelous honour! We pray God’s continued blessings on his music ministry.

Friday, June 2 2017


Killegland              Friday 2nd June 7pm

Donaghmore          Sunday 4th June after 10am Mass

Greenogue              Sunday 4th June 6pm

Ashbourne              Sunday 4th June 7pm

St. Declan’s            Sunday 4th June 8pm

Friday, May 26 2017
Fr. Derek Remembers Ashbourne-Donagmore in Lourdes

Fr. Derek recently visited France with a group on Pilgrimage to Our Lady’s Shrine in Lourdes.  He lit a candle, for all the families in Ashbourne-Donaghmore Parish and celebrated Mass at the grotto for their intentions.  During his pilgrimage he prayed at the grotto with Fr. Robert Mc Cabe, Navan who was attending the Annual Military Pilgrimage.

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Friday, May 26 2017
First Holy Communion 2017

We congratulate the boys and girls of Gaelscoil na Cille and Gaelscoil na Mí who received their First Holy Communion last weekend and Educate Together N.S. and St. Declan’s N.S. who received their First Holy Communion this weekend.  We pray for them and their families: may this moment of special grace sustain them in faith, hope and love.  We thank the parents involved in our parish preparation programme: ‘Do This in Memory’, the Principal, teachers and staff of the school, and all who supported the children in their preparation for sacraments.


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