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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, October 23 2018
All Saints Party 2018

Ashbourne-Donaghmore Parish’s ‘All Saints Party’ takes place in the Parish Hall, Wednesday 31st October (eve of ‘All Saints’) from 6.30 p.m.-8.30 p.m.   Children are invited to model their costume on a saint.  The evening includes traditional games, music and refreshments.  Check out some costume ideas on  All welcome.


Tuesday, October 23 2018
Harvest Mass of Thanksgiving 2018

Our annual Harvest Mass of Thanksgiving was celebrated recently by Bishop Paul Tighe, a priest of the archdiocese of Dublin, and now Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture, rome.  This annual celebration affords us all the opportunity to pause and give thanks for the blessings we have in life, to reflect on the sustainability of our ‘common home’, from which we sustain our families with food, and to think of, and respond to those without food.

In his encyclical, Laudato Si—On Care for our Common Home, Pope Francis quotes St. John Paul II who reminds us, “The earth will not continue to offer its harvest, except with faithful stewardship.  We cannot say we love the land and then take steps to destroy it for use by future generations.”

Our thanks to the many local growers who  contributed to this years harvest display: Gráínne & David Farrell, K&K Produce, Hilltown Growers, Darragh Donnelly, & Anthony Battersby.  All produce kindly donated was distributed by St. Vincent De Paul to needy families in our Parish and supported the work of the Missionary Sisters of Charity who care for the homeless.  Ashbourne-Donaghmore Parish encourages our parishioners to support local businesses by shopping local.

We welcome Bishop Paul Tighe, Rome, who will be the main celebrant at the 11am Mass this weekend.  A priest of the archdiocese of Dublin, and now Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture, Bishop Paul joins our parish community to celebrate the months memory Mass for the late Margaret Molloy.


Thursday, October 11 2018
Annual Harvest Mass of Thanksgiving

Sunday 14th October 2018

Ashbourne Church 11am

All welcome.

Sunday, October 7 2018
Ordination to Priesthood


Fr. Derek & Fr. Ciarán would like to express their thanks to all who assisted with the ordination of Fr. Fergal Cummins to the priesthood  by Bishop Tom Deenihan in our parish last weekend.  We owe an immense gratitude to Mark Cowley, Cowley’s Haulage & Civil, for cleaning the church carpark, neighbouring businesses (AIB, Super Valu, Conway’s Pharmacy and The Stag’s Head) who offered their carparks to assist with parking; the Knights of St. Columbanus, and those who assisted with car parking.  Thanks to those who decorated the church environs with bunting, our stewards both within and outside the church, Kalef our caretaker, and Paddy and William, the caretakers of our Parish Hall.  Our thanks to those who prepared the vestments and oversaw the vesting of visiting priests.  Thank you to our Parish Safeguarding Reps, those who cleaned the church, sacristans and servers.  Our gratitude to those who prepared food, the many who looked after hospitality, Ephrem & Giovanna Feeley, Ashbourne Church Choir, musicians, cantors and psalmists, those who beautifully decorated the church with flowers, our Junior Readers who acted as ushers, and our Parish Pastoral Council.  To witness the involvement of so many of our parishioners made it a proud day for our parish and a memorable, blessed occasion for Fr. Fergal and his family.

Wednesday, October 3 2018
Congratulations Fr. Fergal Cummins

Fr Fergal Cummins (29) was ordained a priest by Bishop Tom Deenihan on Sunday 30 September at 3pm in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Ashbourne.  Among those present were his parents JJ and Frances Cummins, his sister Marie, Bishop Michael Smith, priests from the Diocese of Meath and elsewhere, friends from college, seminary and work, and many parishioners from Ashbourne.

The new priest celebrated Mass of Thanksgiving in his home parish, Saint Brigid’s Church, Rolestown on Monday 1 October at 7pm.

He takes up his ministry in St. Mary’s Parish, Drogheda in the coming weeks.


Monday, September 24 2018
Volunteer Saturday

We invite as many parishioners as possible to join together in cleaning the church in preparation for the ordination on Saturday next, 29th September at 10.30am.  Cleaning must be completed by 1pm in order to facilitate the rehearsal for the ceremony.  Please bring cleaning products, marigolds, cloths etc.

Monday, September 24 2018
Supporting Kerala

Thank you to all who generously supported the second collection last weekend in support of the emergency relief effort in Kerala.  A total of €2,030 will be donated from the Parish.  The Kerala government have indicated 1,028,000 people are now in 3,200 relief camps across the southern state.  Officials said the death toll now stands at 410 since the monsoon started. This gesture of solidarity with the Malayalam community in Ashbourne will help support families and communities in Kerala as they rebuild their lives, homes and communities.

Thursday, September 6 2018


Educate Together NS                        Commences 18th September

First Class              Tuesdays    3.30pm-4.30pm

Second Class          Tuesdays    4.45pm-5.45pm


Gaelscoil na Mí                                 Commences 19th September

First Class              Wednesdays    3.30pm-4.30pm

Second Class          Wednesdays    4.45pm-5.45pm



Year I                                                     Commences 18th September

Tuesdays 3.30pm-4.30pm

Year II                                                    Commences 13th September

Thursdays 3.30pm—5.45pm


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