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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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Monday, February 19 2018


Parents with children in non-Catholic schools currently in Senior Infants who wish their children to begin preparation to receive First Holy Communion in 2020 are invited to attend an information evening, Wednesday 21st February in Ashbourne Church:

Educate Together National School, 7.30pm                      

Gaelscoil na Mí, 8.30pm



Ashbourne-Donaghmore Parish is preparing to launch it’s Confirmation Programme for children attending non-Catholic schools.  Parents with children currently in 4th and 5th class who are baptised and have received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion are invited to attend an information meeting:

ETNS  Wednesday 28th February 7.30pm

Gaelscoil na Mí  Thursday 1st March 7.30pm


Friday, February 9 2018


 Church of the Immaculate Conception, Ashbourne

Mass & Distribution of Ashes: 7.30am, 10am, 8pm

School Prayer Services & Distribution of Ashes 11am, 12pm


Daily Lenten Masses

Church of the Immaculate Conception, Ashbourne   7.30am & 10am


Saturday, February 3 2018
The Value of Human Life ~ Maria Steen

Pope John Paul II in his encyclical Evangelium Vitae (25 March 1995) reminded all Catholics of the “pressing appeal addressed to each and every person, in the name of God: respect, protect, love and serve life, every human life!”  Following the recent decision to hold a referendum on repealing the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution, Maria Steen was invited to address our parish community on ‘The Value of Human Life, as we witness to the Gospel of Life.

The Value Of Human Life
Today in Ireland we stand at a crossroads. There are those who wish to remove the protection of the law for children before they are born.  Contrary to what people think, the Eighth Amendment is not a constitutional ban on abortion. Rather, it recognises the right to life of the child before birth. This is
what we will soon be asked to vote away: the most basic human right of all – the right to life – from the most vulnerable of all human beings – the infant in the womb. By taking those rights out of the Constitution, we leave all babies vulnerable. Read the full post »

Saturday, February 3 2018

Tuesday, January 30 2018
Buy a Brick Campaign!

Ashbourne-Donaghmore Parish recently twinned with Ikire Parish in Nigeria as it launched this year’s Confirmation Preparation Project.  The Parish’s needs are great and urgently require the construction of toilets and the provision of a well for clean running water and crop irrigation.

Students will receive many gifts, including the gifts of the Holy Spirit at the time of their Confirmation.  As families in our parish prepare for the World Meeting of Families, Confirmation students are invited to pledge a number of bricks from the money gifted  to them at Confirmation time which will assist in providing toilet facilities and running water for the children in Nigeria.  Each brick costs just €10!  €6,500 is required to complete the projects.

Who can help? 

Individual families, businesses, community groups etc..  Students can work together on initiatives to raise money: cake sales, sponsorship, personal pledges, coffee mornings etc.,

Pledge Sheet


Tuesday, January 30 2018
Internet/Phone Safety Pledge

Students and parents preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation were recently addressed at Mass by Community Garda, Barbara Kelly on the importance of Internet/Phone Safety.  The theme of the Mass was ‘Be Aware of What You Share’.  Each student was presented with an Activity Sheet highlighting the importance of using our phones and to communicate a message that is positive and safe when using the internet and smart phones.  Parents and children were encouraged to enter in to a ‘Phone-Internet Contract’ (below) to ensure their safety on line.

Parent Child Phone-Internet Contract 2018


Friday, January 5 2018
Feast of the Holy Family Baptism

Congratulations to the Boylan Family whose children were baptised recently in Ashbourne Church on the Feast of the Holy Family.  We wish them every blessing as they begin their lives as members of the Christian family.  May our prayerful support and witness strengthen and encourage them as they live out their faith in Jesus Christ.

Official Prayer for the World Meeting of Families 2018

God, our Father,

we are brothers and sisters in Jesus your Son, one family, in the Spirit of your love.

Bless us with the joy of love.

Make us patient and kind, gentle and generous, welcoming to those in need. Read the full post »

Friday, January 5 2018
Congratulations to Neighbouring Parish Priest of Dunboyne-Kilbride Parish

Ashbourne-Donaghmore Parish extends it’s congratulations to Monsignor Dermot Farrell following his recent appointment by Pope Francis as Bishop of Ossory.  We pray he will be a shepherd after the Lord’s own heart to the people of Ossory.  May he be blessed and sustained in his new ministry.

Statement of Bishop Michael Smith on the appointment of Monsignor Dermot Farrell as Bishop of Ossory 

I warmly welcome the announcement today that Pope Francis has appointed Monsignor Dermot Farrell, Vicar General and Parish Priest of Dunboyne, as Bishop of Ossory.

Since his ordination in 1980, Monsignor Farrell has served the Diocese of Meath with exemplary dedication, pastoral zeal and an immense capacity for work.  His ministry in the Cathedral parish of Mullingar, Tullamore and Dunboyne has been characterised by fidelity, energy and commitment. Following his arrival in Dunboyne and Kilbride as Parish Priest in 2007, Monsignor Farrell initiated new pastoral programmes and renewed the parish churches and schools in one of the largest and most rapidly developing parishes in the Diocese of Meath.  He brought to the role of Vicar General his particular ability to discern calmly and clearly.  He has been a great support to me personally and a well-respected brother to our priests. Read the full post »

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