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  • Our Parish Partnership

    INCORPORATING HARTSTOWN, HUNTSTOWN/LITTLEPACE AND MOUNTVIEW/BLAKESTOWN PARISHES

  • Our Parish Partnership

    INCORPORATING HARTSTOWN, HUNTSTOWN/LITTLEPACE AND MOUNTVIEW/BLAKESTOWN PARISHES

  • Our Parish Partnership

    INCORPORATING HARTSTOWN, HUNTSTOWN/LITTLEPACE AND MOUNTVIEW/BLAKESTOWN PARISHES

  • Our Parish Partnership

    INCORPORATING HARTSTOWN, HUNTSTOWN/LITTLEPACE AND MOUNTVIEW/BLAKESTOWN PARISHES

  • Parish Partnership incorporating
    Hartstown,
    Huntstown/Littlepace
    and Mountview/Blakestown Parishes.
  • Parish Partnership incorporating
    Hartstown,
    Huntstown/Littlepace
    and Mountview/Blakestown Parishes.
  • Parish Partnership incorporating
    Hartstown,
    Huntstown/Littlepace
    and Mountview/Blakestown Parishes.
  • Parish Partnership incorporating
    Hartstown,
    Huntstown/Littlepace
    and Mountview/Blakestown Parishes.

Saint Cíaran

Saint Cíaran was born around 516 A.D. in county Roscommon. He was the son of a carpenter and helped his family by herding cattle. He studied with St. Finian and was ordained a priest on Inismore. He founded and was abbot of the monastery at Clonmacnoise which became one of the main centres of learning and religious life in Ireland. He died at around the age of 33. His feast day is 9 September.




History of Hartstown Parish

By Mary Boyle

Most parishes evolve from established mother parishes with a mix of age groups and existing houses as a starting base. The evolution of Hartstown was different. In July 1977 a young priest called Liam Hickey received a letter from the Archbishop, appointing him as curate to the long established  Blanchardstown Parish, where he was to take up Parish duties. BUT... his real task was to set up a new parish in a place called Hartstown. 

Picture this scene if you will. Hartstown was a place of green fields populated only with cattle at this time. The transition from green fields to living community began in 1977/78, with the building of the first houses in the parish, which we now know as Oakview, followed over time by all the other areas that make up our Parish. Hartstown was constituted as  St. Ciaran’s  Parish on 28th June 1979, when Fr. Hickey was given a description of the parish boundaries and a map of the area. The first houses in the parish were totally new houses, which were occupied by young couples. There were very few young children, teenagers, older adults or grandparents resident in Hartstown. There were no funerals, marriages, First Communions, or morning Mass.  As more young people trickled into the area to live, they had to contend with no buses, no shops, no school, no church and no community centre. The main  access road  was little better than a dirt track. The priest's house at 234A Hartstown ( 1 Oakview Park) was used as the first church and community meeting place. Fr Liam later moved to  Cherryfield Park where he lived until his death in 2018. The need to get  together, help each other and build a community, was facilitated by the transfer of a temporary church from Corduff Parish. The cost of reconstructing this was met by Share. A gift of a roll-up shutter which divided the sanctuary from the nave meant that the temporary church could also be used as a mini community centre. This led to  the establishment of various recreational clubs - ladies club, football clubs, youth club, children's club. It was also a venue for community events - quizzes, poker classics, tea and dance socials. It was a meeting place where many important decisions were made, including planning for the building of our Primary School. 

The main instigator of the adoption of  St Ciaran as patron was, of course Fr. Hickey, who was born near the monastic settlement of Clonmacnoise , which Ciaran founded in 547.  If you examine the Parish crest, it shows Ciaran, the monk , working hand in hand with Dermot the rebel chieftain. It is taken from one of the stone panels on the 18th Century Cross of the Scriptures at St. Ciaran’s Monastery, Clonmacnoise.  Though Ciaran and Dermot had very different lifestyles and backgrounds,  they are depicted as stakeholders in one enterprise . What happened in Hartstown was an echo of that. Fr. Liam Hickey and Matt Moran (Parish Chairman) became stakeholders in building a new parish and community, St. Ciaran's, Hartstown. In joining  their vision and desire together to build a new parish and community, they instilled and nurtured the same dreams and visions in the hearts and minds of the parishioners. To turn the vision into reality required a lot of dedication and hard work. Negotiation was necessary with many organisations – Diocese, Department of Education, County Council and landowners. Fundraising was essential.  This had many aspects - Sponsored Walks, Cake Sales, Sales of Work, Raffles, Bingo and Poker Classics.  We entered the Cream of the County competition. There were Lord Mayor elections with whoever raised the most money deemed elected!  Field Days were organised for the whole family with ladies and men’s  soccer matches, matches for children of all ages, rounders matches and as many money making side shows as possible. 

In 1980 Sisters of the Infant Jesus were welcomed as they came to live among us. Their convent was located in Hazelwood Crescent. The Primary School opened in September 1981 and Aeneas Lane, our first Principal, welcomed 34 children into the school. The pupil numbers were very low at first but grew rapidly. There was a huge increase in staff. This necessitated many additions and extensions to the school building over the years. The coming on stream of the school also meant  that the community had access to a much bigger hall, which facilitated all sorts of clubs and fundraising and entertainment nights. 

A community centre for Hartstown seemed an unrealistic dream.  We were already heavily in debt with ongoing payments  for the loan on the new school, the temporary church and the presbytery. But the indefatigable spirit of Matt Moran whose brainchild a community centre was, made that dream a reality.  His immense generosity of time and talent and a real caring for the people of Hartstown convinced the most sceptical that this was a practical and achievable  proposition.   

After much planning and serious fundraising, grants from Co. Council, donations, contributions and a small bank loan the Community Centre was built.   A really unique feature of this building was those who built it. It was built by “The Lads”, a group of prisoners from Mountjoy, who arrived by special bus every day. They worked for communities as part of  a project being pioneered by the Department of Justice at  that time. The Community Centre opened in April 1985. 

The need for a permanent church had become obvious with the gradual deterioration of the temporary church. The financial constraints seemed insurmountable. The Diocese could not help  as they were deep in debt. Share could not assist in building the Church. Fr. Liam, Matt Moran and a very determined Parish Committee decided not to let that stand in their way. The people would build the Church. Fundraising began in earnest. The weekly Bingo proved to be a significant contributor to the parish funds. The weekly envelope collection also played a large part. Fundraisers held at Santry Pitch and Putt Club and Donabate Golf Club also added greatly to our fund. Some donations were received from business people who were friends of the parish. The Wolfe Tones took time out from their busy schedule to do a fundraiser for us. A  £100 Members Draw succeeded beyond  all  our wildest dreams and showed a profit of approx. £100,000. A realistic size bank loan was also necessary. So after much planning and on the strength of the above fundraising, the permanent Church was built and was opened in 1987 at a ceremony performed by Archbishop Dermot O’Mahony. 

In the early 90’s it was becoming very obvious that we needed a second level school in Hartstown. All the surrounding 2nd level schools who accommodated our children  were reaching saturation point. Huntstown were in the same situation. A Campaign Committee was formed in April 1991 comprising of concerned residents from the two communities and was spearheaded by Sean Sheehan. After much discussion and negotiation with the Department of Education and 3 Ministers for Education later, we finally got approval for a 2nd level school. The Secondary School opened in September 1992 and Tommy Flynn, our first Principal, welcomed 84 children into the school in a prefab building. The permanent structure followed soon afterwards which has evolved into the magnificent building which now stands there. It now caters for approximately 1,200 students, primarily drawn from the communities of Hartstown and Huntstown. 

Unfortunately we lost Matt Moran in 1994 – many years before his time. But a number of determined and dedicated people  were ready to pick up the baton ensuring  his legacy prevailed and survived. Fr. Liam remained living among us till his death in 2018, even though he retired in 2007. Fr Tony Heerey came to our Parish for nearly two years, but unfortunately had to leave us, due to bad health. For the following few months we were served by visiting priests. In September 2009, Fr. Joe Coyne came to our parish and he still continues to serve our community well. None of the above could be possible, without the residents who have passed through, passed away or are still resident in Hartstown Parish. Their lives and the lives of their families are entwined and indelibly linked to all the above historical developments within the Parish.

Mary O'Boyle
Parish Secretary / Treasurer ( 1979 – 2010)

History of Huntstown/Littlepace Parish

From notes written by Father John Jones, P.P for the booklet produced at the opening of the new church in 2002. 

The present parish of Huntstown was founded in 1981. Its administrative origins are a little convoluted. The parish was constituted from Blakestown Parish which in turn was constituted from Corduff in 1979. Corduff emerged from Blanchardstown Parish in 1976. 

Huntstown is one of a dozen parishes in the Dublin archdiocese spawned by the ancient parish of Castleknock. Castleknock or Crucha is celebrated in the legendary annals of Ireland, and is connected with Conn of the Hundred battles. In the early Christian era, it was one of the residences used by the Kings of Ireland. 

At the time of the Anglo-Norman settlement Hugh de Lacy, who came in the train of Henry ** , received the palatinate of Meath which probably included Castleknock. When Hugh de Lacy left Ireland in 1173, he appointed Hugh Tyrrel in his place, and, on behalf of the King, granted him the lands of Castleknock and the modern parishes of Clonsilla, Mulhuddart, Blakestown and Huntstown. 

Huntstown would have formed part of Mulhuddart from the 13th century. The first mention of Huntstown in the annals comes in reference to a medieval guild. The guild, dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, was erected by royal charter in Mulhuddart in the middle of the 15th century. The guild lasted until 1573 and its income was supported by the acquisition of a number of plots of land including the purchase of 25 acres in Huntstown. By the early part of the 16th century, part of Huntstown came into the possession of St Mary”s Abbey, a wealthy Cistercian foundation. 

In 1980 Father Bernard Brady was appointed as a curate in Blakestown parish and given special responsibility for the then developing area of Huntstown. The following year saw the opening of the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a temporary structure, and the creation of a new parish of Huntstown. Appropriately, Father Brady became the first Parish Priest.(He was installed as Parish Priest on 8th November 1981). He was succeeded as pastor by Father Louis O”Sullivan in 1986. Father Paul Freeney served from 1991 to 1996 when he was succeeded by Father John Jones. 

In addition, the Parish has, since 1995, had the good fortune to enjoy the services of a Parish Chaplain. The first priest to serve in that capacity was Father Brian O”Toole. Father Liam Walsh was appointed in 1996. In 1998 Father Joseph Connolly arrived and served until 2002.

Since 2000, the developing area of Castaheany has been served by Father Eugence McCarthy, a member of the Passionist Congregation. The parish of Huntstown has also been fortunate to be served by the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Mary who, since 1982, have made important contributions in the fields of education and pastoral work in the parish. 

Our Church,  (Dedicated and opened by Cardinal Desmond Connell on Sunday, 10th November 2002). 

Written at the time by then Parish Priest of Huntstown, V Revd Father John Jones, now parish priest of St Brigid”s, Blanchardstown). 

For twenty years the people of Huntstown had kept alive the vision of one day worshipping in a permanent church building. That dream became a reality in November of this year when the new church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus was opened and blessed by Cardinal Desmond Connell. A strong vibrant community of believers had been established over those twenty years and this enabled the journey to be completed. There were issues to be resolved four or five years ago — community issues: Was there a need for a new church building? Why build a church at all? What kind of church was required by the community? A number of well attended and lively meetings facilitated by Jack Dunphy of Crosscare helped to clarify the issues and discuss the ideas. Finally a decision was taken to proceed with the venture. 

What could be called phase two last six months or more. This was time spent on working out a design brief, a process helped in no small measure by Fr Tom Whelan(Kimmage). It was a time of learning, sharing and completing a liturgical task. The dedicated and committed group who spearheaded this were convinced that, as a community of faith, we should worship in a space that reflects the people of Huntstown in their journey with God. “The worship environment of our new church building should itself articulate something of our beliefs as a faith community as well as help us express and celebrate the deepest aspirations of our faith. We believe that the very design will either enhance our faith or work against it.”(Page 7 of Design Brief). 

Practical steps followed. Diocesan authorities were consulted. The Archbishop gave his permission. Financial support was obtained from the SHARE fund(*1). Builder(Ellen Construction Ltd) and Architect(Fitzgerald, Kavanagh and Partners) were appointed. An artist(Michael Burke) was commissioned. Flesh was put on the bones of the design brief. This was a time of watching the experts work and in the relatively short space of nine months the building took shape. I think the finished result lives up to our aspirations. It is large enough to meet our needs – 380 or so seated. It is intimate enough to convey a sense of inclusivity and welcome(*2). There is a sense of space in the central worship area, with the tabernacle placed to one side. The placing of the Irish limestone  Baptism font with flowing water near the entrance is a constant and strong reminder of the new life we enter through the sacrament. A special dramatic and inspiring feature of the building is the figure of the Risen Christ rising above the sanctuary space. 

From the beginning, people were adamant that the building should be a church and look like a church. Equally the need for ancillary features was recognised. So in the two wings of the building spreading out from the church space are housed small meeting rooms, sacristies, a parish office, children”s liturgy room, and a larger parish meeting room with kitchen facilities. The sitting of the building is alongside mature trees and adjacent to our still expanding primary school. 

The journey has been worthwhile. This stage of it is neither a beginning nor an ending. As one of our communication newsletters says it is more like a “coming of age” for the parish. Planning for the future is underway. An enthusiastic liturgy group is working with the help of Jane Ferguson. We hope and pray that the full wealth of our Christian community will be harnessed and we will continue to build up God”s reign of justice, peace and love. In the 16th century, Huntstown was called a hamlet – it is far from that today. The parish is now home to over 5000 family units. Today, the temporary church structure of 1981 is replaced by a very fine permanent building, a credit to all involved. 

(*1) The cost of the new building was fixed at 1.688 million euros. 

(*2) The fine timber ceiling combined with good church furnishings suggests a simple beauty in which the work and praise of God may be accomplished. 

Canonisation Of Saint Charles Of Mount Argus The parish of the Sacred Heart of Jesus at Huntstown and Littlepace celebrated this event on 10th June 2007. 

Saint Charles had been canonised in Rome on the previous Sunday, 3rd June 2007, by Pope Benedict. 

The parish of the Sacred Heart of Jesus here in Huntstown and Littlepace is, was, in the care of the Passionists, the Congregation to which St Charles belonged. The Parish is celebrating its Silver Jubilee this year. So it was thought fitting to celebrate the occasion here also. 

The principal celebrant at the Mass was V Revd Martin Coffey, C.P., the Provincial of the Passionists. Among others who joined us were some of our African Passionists who had come to Europe for the occasion. 

A liturgical dance was performed at the Mass of Celebration by Katie, Claudia, Rebecca and Kimberley, four young parishioners. They had prepared with the help of Sister Clare and Collette Fay of our Parish Liturgy Group. 

Refreshments were available afterwards in the Atrium of Scoil an Chroi Ro Naofa.

History of Mountview/Blakestown Parish

A Dublin writer described Clonsilla, in the 1890’s, as follows: “There is nothing worthy of the name of a village or hamlet…The railway station…alone has preserved it from utter oblivion”


History of the Area 

When the first “new” parishioners arrived here in the late 1970s, and for many a year after, we may have had the railway station but we had no trains. Initially there were only two 39A buses daily running from town to St. Joseph’s Hospital, Clonsilla. 

Prior to the creation of Mountview Parish, the area which the parish now occupies was divided between Blanchardstown (east of the Blakestown Road), Lucan (west of the Blakestown Road) and Porterstown (Shelerin Road).

Gardaí were from Blanchardstown if you were east of Blakestown or Shelerin Road (Blanchardstown Road South side of the road), otherwise Lucan. First Dublin Corporation built Fortlawn Drive and later the (now disbanded) Dublin County Council built Whitechapel Estate. Fortlawn Estate was then finished as Brennan and McGowan built Blakestown Estate (now Woodvale). Phase 1 of Hartstown followed (now Inglewood). 

All were within the parish and Phase 2 of Hartstown became Oakview but is outside the parish boundaries. Lohunda Park then followed and the nucleus of St Philip’s parish was born. The big houses of the area were in decline and only one – Mountview House – (which houses the health centre and which was originally known as Limelawn House) remains standing. 

The site of the current Hartstown Park was essentially a dump for builders’ rubble and held the ruins of Hartstown House until pressure at the time of the famous Dublin West bye-election led to the commencement of works which eventually gave us the park and games facilities which exist today. People moving out to their new houses, from Blanchardstown, Cabra, Finglas and “flatland”, might have have been shown by their council officer or estate agent where the Blanchardstown Centre was to be – we waited nearly twenty years for it! (It was eventually built in 1996 and officially opened on 16th October). 

In 1978, the then Archbishop – Archbishop Ryan – set up a number of new parishes to cater for the developing area of Blanchardstown. The boundaries of our parish were set. In the beginning there was no church, no school, no shops, no fire station and little work – only houses. Where could we shop? Where could we educate our children? Where could we pray? 

Shops were in Roselawn or Blanchardstown until the Mountview Shopping Centre opened in 1982; schools were in Blanchardstown or Coolmine, depending on the child’s age. As for prayer, there was a choice between Porterstown Church and Blanchardstown.

Probably the first business in the parish was “Willie’s Pet Shop” which still survives on the Blakestown Road, opposite the GAA Club. Even if you weren’t buying a pet or supplies, there was always a welcome at Willie’s and many a parent spent a few minutes there getting the “humours” off a child. 

The first years were hard in many ways – we suffered from lack of facilities; poor roads; the 80’s were years of high interest rates and massive unemployment; those lucky enough to have a mortgage could, at one stage, face interest rates of 20% which, when compared to today’s rates, are unbelievable; telephones were a rarity with a waiting list of up to 4 years for a connection and mobile phones were literally out of science fiction; every estate had its public telephone kiosk or box and these lasted into the early 90’s when they became more and more uneconomic as more and more people got telephones in their homes. A stroll up the Hartstown Road would come to a sudden end a few hundred yards past where Hartstown Community School now lies, where the road suddenly ended with a chasm of about thirty feet between it and the Huntstown Road across the divide, with a stream running through at the bottom.Up to the early 90’s the area was ravaged by unemployment with up to 70% of adult males unemployed in some estates. In one estate, during the late 1980s, one road was reputed to have only one adult in employment. 

At that time the majority of pupils leaving second level education could feel confident that they were facing a lifetime of unemployment. Since the arrival of the Blanchardstown Centre, reputedly the largest in the country, the employment situation has completely reversed.The bleak 1980’s were not without hope, however. Easter Monday, 31 March, 1986 saw the “Mountview and Blakestown Grand Easter Parade”, designed to show what was available for the youth of the two parishes and augmented by some outside bands. 

The parade was led by the Lord Mayor and Princess of Blakestown, followed by the Summer Project (which is still going strong), the Army Pipe Band, Whitestown Football Club, Mountview Camogie Club, a display from Superquinn on decorated lorries, the Irish Dancing Class (in costume), Blakestown (Pegasus) Youth Club, Irish Boy Scouts and Beavers of Ireland, the Camping Club, Irish Girl Guides and Brigins of Ireland, Tallaght Youth Band and Majorettes (sponsored by the Mountview Shopping Centre), Gaelic Football Club, a display from the Mountview Youth Club, the Karate Club, the Mountview and Blakestown Drama Groups, a display from the Corduff Youth Club and Ladyswell Community brought up the rear. Included in the day’s entertainment were the “Easter Bonnet Competition” and the “Blakestown Brat” Competition. It would be interesting to have feedback on how many of these groups continue in existence, even if with a change of name. 

Opening of our Church 

That opening day of the Church on Sunday, 30 November, 1980 – I can’t remember the weather but it was unlikely to have been sunny and warm, – saw a packed church as Archbishop Dermot Ryan, during our first Mass, handed the keys of the church and parish of St. Philip over to Fr. Dennehy to an amazing round of applause. There was a sense of pride which I have rarely, if ever, seen in the parish since – this was our first step to becoming a community. 

Memorable Events in our Parish

The papal visit in 1979, was the first all-embracing parish event but on a more local level we would have to record the first Baptism, first Communion and first wedding to be held. 

Baptisms in our parish, prior to 19 March, 1978, were entered in the register of Corduff Parish and after that, up to 13 June, 1979, in the register of Blakestown Parish, which at that time was housed in a temporary church on the Blakestown Road. 

The first Baptism recorded of a parishioner was that of Wayne Patrick Nulty, 12 Blakestown Cottages, who was baptised by the late Fr. Joe Madden of Blakestown Parish. The first Baptism registered in our parish was Lisa Mary Byrne of Blakestown (now Woodvale) who was baptised by Fr. Dennehy on 7 June, 1979.Whether the Baptism took place in the school hall or in Fr. Dennehy’s house is not recorded. 

The first Baptism to be held in our church was that of Karen Teresa O’Leary of Site 141 Blakestown Estate. The first Confirmation ceremony took place on 8 June, 1980 with Bishop Dermot O’Mahony doing the honours. It is probable that this took place in the school hall. 

The first marriage ceremony in the parish was on 24 May, 1980 when Vincent West from Co. Fermanagh and Hilary O’Connor from Co. Monaghan were married by Fr. Dennehy while the first marriage in our church took place on 10 January, 1981 when Camillus Cole and Bridget Smullen from Kinnegad, Co. Westmeath took the plunge. 

A memorable but rare event of a non-religious nature in the parish life was the famous blizzard of Friday, 8 January, 1982. People rose to the sight of three or more feet of snow, with more falling by the second in blizzard conditions. Cars could not move and the area was officially cut off until midday of the following Monday. 

This was a traumatic period in the Dublin area generally and in the new and then remote suburbs in particular. The storm did, however, bring out the best in people. Paddy Gaffney and his two sons, who then delivered milk which they collected in Navan, couldn’t get there and got a delivery elsewhere. They drove through the night in atrocious conditions and went along the main roads which were, to a limited extent, passable, with extreme care, to commercial vehicles. They stopped outside our estate, with the snow still falling heavily, and went in with the crates of milk held by hand between them to their regular customers and when doing their delivery asked if there were any mothers with young babies in the area who might need milk (not necessarily customers) – truly a case of Christian commitment. 

From Bricks and Mortar…

The Clergy, religious and laity of our parish and their various trials and tribulations over the years have been mentioned above. Many of the various groups operating in and services provided in our parish have been referred to. 

But what of the church itself as we celebrate 25 years? It is true that a church, without the clergy, the religious, the people and the services attached to it, is nought but a concrete block shell. It is right that we address these other issues first, but we should also say some words about the fine building which serves and calls us all. 

When Fr. Dennehy took the keys from Archbishop Ryan, he took the keys of a solid block construction with electric radiators, the modern Stations of the Cross, presented by the Archbishop (which were either loved or hated) and the concrete walls softened only by the tapestry which still calls out “Lord! Show us the Father”. 

Fr. Dennehy’s concentration was on building the parish and associated bodies to make a parish of our church and of softening the surround by growing (and cutting) grass. 

Things were settling down when the late Fr. Kevin McDowell replaced Fr. Dennehy and he concentrated on having the appearance of the Church softened and made homelier. Under his stewardship the timber backing was placed in the sanctuary behind the altar and the effect was amazing. The traditional “stations” he got from a convent that was closing and, after treating for woodworm and having “gold paint” liberally applied by fingers, they were erected and added further to the softening of the internal appearance. He was, if I remember correctly, also the one who added the various grottos dedicated to the saints to the back of the church. His most visible achievement to the casual passer-by is the metal cross which adorns the outer wall of the sanctuary. 

Fr Hogan in his time, as well as concentrating on the gardens, encouraged and supported a few willing parishioners to run a raffle to pay for the upgrading of the heating and the difference, when the gas heaters replaced the radiators, was greatly appreciated. In 2005 he had the flag poles installed in the front garden, provided floodlighting for the front of the church and expanded the committee room into the main entrance hall. These activities were largely if not totally funded by another raffle, which he again encouraged and supported, early in the year. Finally, a feature from the beginning of the parish, which has, I believe, continued without interruption, is the annual pilgrimage to Knock and to Lourdes, with a special pilgrimage to Rome in the Jubilee Year of 2005.

PARISH PRIESTS 

Fr. Philip Dennehy 1978-1986
Fr. Kevin McDowell 1986-1991
Fr. Des Hogan 1991-2007
Fr. Patrick O’Byrne 2007-2017
Fr. Binoy Mathew SVD 2017-2020
Fr. George Adzato SVD 2020-present


PARISH CURATES

Fr. Pat O’Donoghue 1981-1983
Fr. Andy Sheahan 1983-1988
Fr. Tom Colreavy 1989-1997
Fr. Pat Littleton 1997-2003
Fr. Patrick Okoroh 2005-2007
Fr. George Adzato SVD 2017-2020
Fr. John Owen SVD 2017-2020

Parish Partnership Team

Fr. George Adzato SVD

Fr. Justin Purba SVD

Fr. Paul Yonde SVD

Fr. George Adzato SVD

Fr. Justin Purba SVD

Fr. Paul Yonde SVD

Child Protection Policy Statement

DIGNITY – RESPECT – PROTECTION – SUPPORT

The Archdiocese of Dublin, as a constituent member of the Catholic Church in Ireland, recognises and upholds the dignity and rights of all children, is committed to ensuring their safety and well-being and will work in partnership with parents/ guardians to do this. The Archdiocese recognises each child as a gift from God, and values and encourages the participation of children in all activities that enhance their spiritual, physical, emotional, intellectual and social development. All diocesan personnel (including clergy, religious, staff and volunteers) have a responsibility to safeguard children through promoting their welfare, health and development in a safe and caring environment that supports their best interests and prevents abuse.


CHILD PROTECTION CONTACT DETAILS 

Hartstown Parish Child Safeguarding Officer: Joan Ashbrook - Tel: 087 7987682
Huntstown/Littlepace Parish Child Safeguarding Officer(s):
TBA
Mountview/Blakestown Parish Child Safeguarding Officers:
Liz Mathew and Barbara Gilleran

Diocesan Safeguarding & Child Protection Service
20-23 Arran Quay, Dublin 7, D07 XK85
Tel: (01) 836 0314.       Fax: (01) 884 2599
Email: cps@dublindiocese.ie
Website: www.csps.dublindiocese.ie 

Director /Designated Person: Andrew Fagan (01) 836 0314 

Child Protection Officer: Ms. Julie McCullough (01) 836 0314 

Training and Development Coordinator: Mr. Garry Kehoe (01) 836 0314 086 084 1734
Email: garry.kehoe@dublindiocese.ie 


GENERAL INFORMATION

Ms Geraldine Tierney or Ms Aileen Byrne:  (01) 836 0314 

Towards Healing: a counselling & support service for survivors: 0800 096 3315 

The Rape Crisis Centre
70 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2
Tel: 1-800-778-888    Mon – Fri  8.00am – 7.00pm, Sat. 9.00am – 4.00pm

Local Garda: Blanchardstown (01) 666 7000 

Local HSE: Mountview Health Centre.  (01) 821 0703 

Samaritans:   116 123 

Childline:  1800 666 666 


DOWNLOAD DOCUMENTS: CHILD SAFEGUARDING 

Diocesan Safeguarding Policy Document (2023)

Child Safeguarding Statement of the Archdiocese of Dublin incl. Full Risk Assessment (July 2023)

Garda Vetting

http://csps.dublindiocese.ie

Child Safeguarding and Protection Service - September 2023 Newsletter

Parish Partnership Schools

Blakestown – Primary Schools

SCOIL MHUIRE JUNIOR NATIONAL SCHOOL
Address: Blakestown Way, Coolmine, Dublin 15
Telephone: 01 8216916
Fax: 01 8216916
Email: smjblakestown@gmail.com
Website: scoilmhuirejunior 

SCOIL MHUIRE SENIOR NATIONAL SCHOOL
Addresss: Blakestown, Dublin 15
Telephone: 01 821 2288
Email: secretary@scoilmhuiresenior.ie
Email: principal@scoilmhuiresenior.ie
Website: scoilmhuiresenio


Mountview – Primary Schools
ST. PHILIP’S JUNIOR NATIONAL SCHOOL
Address: Mountview, Clonsilla, Dublin 15
Telephone: 01 821 2992
Email: philip.the.apostle.jns@gmail.com
Website: stphilipsjns 

ST. PHILIP’S SENIOR NATIONAL SCHOOL
Address: Mountview, Clonsilla, Dublin 15
Telephone: 01 8216101
Email: stphilipsenior@yahoo.ie
Website:   stphilips


Blakestown – Secondary School
BLAKESTOWN COMMUNITY SCHOOL
Address: Blakestown Community School, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15,
Telephone: 01 821 5522
Fax: 01 820 5046
Email: admin@blakestowncs.ie
Website:  blakestowncs


Parish Partnership incorporating Hartstown, Huntstown/Littlepace and Mountview/Blakestown Parishes