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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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Friday, March 16 2018


Ashbourne:        9am,    11am,    12.30pm

Donaghmore:    10am


Monday, March 12 2018

Ordination Address by Bishop Dermot Farrell, Bishop of Ossory (Extract)

“In these days we are all very aware of the need to protect the life of every child in the womb.  There is no such thing as a human life that has no value. However it is paradoxical and in some ways the ultimate delusion — to extinguish this most fundamental right of all, the right to life of the innocent child, in the name of personal and civil rights” – Bishop Farrell

All across the diocese, people have prayed over many months for the selection of a new Bishop.  They asked the Lord to help them find someone to lead with vision for our future, understanding for our present and with compassion for our past.  This was a sincere prayer for a daunting task.  Today, I stand here before you more than aware of my own inadequacies.  But you and I also stand before God, who is our hope and our help.

When I think of the responsibilities and duties that lie ahead I am comforted by the words of Saint Augustine in a sermon he preached on the anniversary of his ordination.  He told his people: “Believe me, brothers and sisters, that if what I am for you frightens me, what I am with you reassures me.  For you, I am bishop; with you I am a Christian.” (Vobis enim sum episcopus, vobiscum sum Christianus—Sermon 340.1) Read the full post »

Friday, March 9 2018

Friday, March 9 2018
Episcopal Ordination – Mgr. Dermot Farrell

Mgr Dermot Farrell, a priest of the Diocese of Meath, will be Ordained as Bishop of Ossory this weekend.  Bishop-elect Farrell will take up his ministry as the next successor to St Kieran, the first to bring Christianity to the Diocese of Ossory.  As Bishop of Ossory he will have the responsibility to teach, govern and sanctify.  The Chief Ordaining Prelate will be Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin, who will be assisted by His Excellency Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo, Papal Nuncio to Ireland, and Bishop Michael Smith, Bishop of Meath.

Lord, guide him as he enlightens hearts and minds with the truth of the Gospel, the power of the sacraments, and the desire to serve you in all things.  May he be a shepherd who will inspire others to be Christ’s heart of mercy, His voice of hope and hands of justice.

PLEASE NOTE:  There will be NO 12.30pm Mass on Sunday 11th March.

Saturday, March 3 2018
Weekend Church Services Resume

Normal Church Services resume this weekend following disruption with snow and ‘Storm Emma’.

Saturday 6pm   Ashbourne

Sunday 9am, 11am, 12.30pm Ashbourne

There will be NO Sunday Mass in Donaghmore Church this weekend.  Snow has drifted along the roadsides making parking impossible.

Sunday Baptisms in Ashbourne will continue as normal at 1.45pm.

Friday, March 2 2018

Wednesday, February 28 2018
Confirmation Meeting Cancellations

The scheduled launch of the new Confirmation Programme this evening, Wednesday 28th February and Thursday 1st March have been cancelled due to weather warnings.  An alternative date will become available when weather improves.  Keep warm everybody and stay safe!


Friday, February 23 2018

Congratulations to the boys and girls of our Parish who receive the Sacrament of Confirmation from Bishop Michael this weekend.  We pray for them and their families: may the Holy Spirit enrich their lives and faith as they become full members of the Church.  We thank the parents involved in our parish preparation programme: ‘Confirming our Children’, the Principals, teachers and staff of our schools, and all who supported the children in their preparation for sacraments.

11am          St. Mary’s & Gaelscoil na Cille

3pm           St. Declan’s


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