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Clann Ceol Concert Success
Thursday, April 19th 2018

Ashbourne-Donaghmore Parish played host to Clann Ceol 2018 Candlelight Concert.  Performing on the evening were Eurovision Winner Eimear Quinn, The Dublin Brass Ensemble, The Mamisa String Quartet, and Schola Hyberniae.  Congratulations to Ashbourne & District Lions Club and Will Palmer for their initiative, organisation, and tasteful repertoire, all of which contributed to a wonderful evening.

Fr. Derek’s welcoming address:

Ashbourne-Donaghmore Parish is delighted to host Ashbourne Lions Club and it’s charity concert Clann Ceol 2018.  We welcome all who visit our parish for an evening of culture and music in support of two worthy beneficiaries: Special Olympics and World Meeting of Families.  The beauty and majesty of tonight’s collection of music has the capacity to unites us, move hearts and raise minds in appreciation of the creative genius of the Divine. Read the rest of this entry »


Bulletin 15th April 2018
Friday, April 13th 2018

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Wednesday, April 11th 2018


Holy Saturday 2018
Wednesday, April 11th 2018

Congratulations to those who were welcomed into the Church on Holy Saturday night through the Sacraments of Baptism, First Eucharist and Confirmation.  We also congratulate their Godparents, Sponsors, and families.  Our appreciation also goes to our catechetical team who prepared candidates through the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) Programme in our Parish.




Good Friday 2018
Wednesday, April 11th 2018

Transition Year students of Ashbourne Community School created this year’s Good Friday image: ‘Into the eyes of Jesus’.  It depicts the face of Jesus who in his life, ministry and suffering gazed into the eyes of many.  He now gazes into our eyes.  The eyes are made of mirrors and the image invites us to gaze into the eyes of Jesus and see the image of ourselves reflected back.  When we gaze into the eyes of Jesus, do we see ourselves as Jesus sees us?


Holy Thursday 2018
Tuesday, April 10th 2018

This year the solitary olive tree on the sanctuary took us back to this night when Jesus makes his way to the olive grove in the Garden of Gethsemane, and there in the darkness he accepts his Passion, ‘let your will be done, not mine.’

After the washing of the feet, seven baskets of bread were brought to the altar representing the seven baskets collected after Jesus fed the multitude of 5,000.  The ritual formed part of our parish preparation for the World Meeting of Families, while honouring the Jewish tradition of the Passover and the Christian commemoration of the Last Supper.


The blessing recalled how the Lord nourished His people throughout history and nourishes us now, as God’s family, in the Eucharist.  Families were invited to bring bread to their homes after the Mass and at any time during the evening, they celebrate the family ritual of breaking bread.  The ritual had three elements: lighting the candles, blessing with water and the breaking of bread, all involving different members of the family.

At the end of the Lord’s Supper, the Blessed Sacrament was brought in procession to the Altar of Repose in the St. John Paul II Chapel.


Bulletin 8th April 2018
Friday, April 6th 2018

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Bulletin 1st April 2018
Saturday, March 31st 2018

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Parish Prayer Ministry April 2018
Tuesday, March 27th 2018

‘A praying parish is a growing parish ; a growing parish is a praying parish .‘ Please join us in praying for the following intentions this month.

Heavenly Father, Creator and Lord of all beings, we humbly ask You through the merits of Your only Son Jesus Christ Our Lord and Saviour, and for the sake of His Precious Blood poured out for us on Calvary, to spare our country from the evil of abortion.

Lord, as students ponder the career choices open to them after school, may they be motivated by a sincere desire to develop their talents so as to achieve their potential in their personal lives and contribute to the well being of their neighbour in working for the common good.

Lord we pray for those received into the church this Easter that they may be supported to grow in the knowledge of the faith, in the regular reception of the sacraments, in faithfulness to the Holy Commandments of God and in the practice of virtue. Read the rest of this entry »


Bulletin 25th March 2018
Friday, March 23rd 2018

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