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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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Thursday, May 18 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 12 2017
First Holy Communion 2017

We congratulate the boys and girls of St. Mary’s Primary School who received their First Holy Communion this week.  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.

Next week: Gaelscoil na Mí 10am and Gaelscoil na Cille 12noon.

Friday, May 12 2017
St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society

Ashbourne-Donaghmore Parish formally inaugurated a local branch of St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society at the 11am Mass, Sunday 7th May 2017.  St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society is a Catholic lay organisation that are founded to help students who are on their journey to priesthood.  The Society supports vocations to the priesthood and religious life through assisting students through their prayer and financial support. The local branch meets on the last Saturday of each month in the Parish Office at 11am with the exception of the May meeting which takes place Friday 26th May at 11am.  All welcome.

Pictured at the parish shrine to St. Joseph are members of the St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society along with Fr. Seamus McEntee, National Chaplain to St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society.

Saturday, May 6 2017
Altar Servers’ Tour 2017

Some of our Altar Servers attended the Altar Servers’ Tour this week as a token of appreciation for their commitment to our Parish all year round.  Thank you to our Altar Servers’ Team who care for, and support our servers with great pastoral care and encouragement throughout the year.  Our thanks to those who coordinated the tour and the volunteers who assisted on the day with the outing.

Monday, April 24 2017
Altar Server Awards 2017

Congratulations to all the servers of our parish who received awards in recognition of their length of service, commitment, reverence, prayerfulness and good example.

St. Patrick’s Medal

Alex Crabb, Jake Dennehy, Hannah Lynam, Aoibheann Shortt, Isabelle O’ Brien, Niall O’ Sullivan, Deirdre Gaughan, Clíona Creed, Joedev Puchon, Darragh Finn

St. Michael’s Medal

Thomas Linnane, Rhys Thomas, Paul Wilson, Lauren Wilkie, Ade Okosun, Cianán Finn

St. Stephen’s Medal

Conor Nulty, Adam Power, Ciara O’ Sullivan, Ben Mather, Ella Webster, Osezele Okosun, Bebin Benny, Onora Finn

Monday, April 24 2017
Holy Saturday, Holy People


Our heartfelt congratulations to Flavio Bruni Rodrigues da Silva and Cuiwen Yu who were received into the Church on Holy Saturday night as they celebrated the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Communion.

We give thanks for their fruitful participation in the parish RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) programme.  We are indebted to their Catechists for their support, witness and instruction.

May they continue to witness to the joy of the resurrection in their witness to their faith.



Friday, April 14 2017
Good Friday – The Veneration of the Cross

The cross will be carried through the church.  Behold the wood of the cross on which hung the salvation of the world.  And as the cross is raised we respond – “Come, let us adore”.

The cross was left before the altar.  The rose petals are a poignant reminder of all who have suffered and lost their lives because of their faith in the cross of Jesus Christ.

Friday, April 14 2017
Good Friday – The Passion of the Lord

The image which dominates the church today painted by students from Ashbourne Community School takes its inspiration from the thirteenth station of the cross – Jesus is taken down from the cross.  It depicts the iconic image of the Turkish soldier holding the lifeless body of little Aylan Kurdi, a Syrian refugee.  On the right of the painting are Mary & Joseph; they too were refugees.  There is one profound addition to the painting:  if you look closely you will see two holes in the feet of the baby Jesus in his mother’s arms as they flee into Egypt.  You will also notice two holes in the feet of little Aylan.  It reminds us that Jesus continues to suffer with all who suffer in our world today.  Whenever we inflict pain or suffering on another; whenever we speak words of war and hatred, and not peace, whenever we mistreat another in word or deed, Jesus is once more nailed to the cross.  We heard last week of the chemical attack in Syria; we heard this morning on the news of 50,000 men, women and children urgently being evacuated from towns across Syria.  We heard words of war from North Korea.  The holes in Aylan’s feet remind us that the drama of Good Friday continues today.

(Extract from Fr. Derek’s Good Friday homily)

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