On 26th August 1866 Cardinal Cullen, Archbishop of Dublin, celebrated the opening of the new Church of the Sacred Heart for the Parish of Donnybrook with a High Mass.
It is now one hundred and fifty years since that momentous event in the history of the Church and weekend of celebrations is planned to commemorate the anniversary.
The 150th Anniversary Programme
Friday 26th August
7pm - Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin as Principal Celebrant in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Donnybrook.
Saturday 27th August
2pm to 5pm - A Family Fun Event in Herbert Park with entertainment,historical tour of the Park and games for young and not so young. Parishioners are invited with their friends to join in the afternoon, bring a picnic and enjoy the festivities.
Sunday 28th August
10:30 am - Family Mass, the Principal Celebrant will be former parish administrator Bishop Kevin Doran.
12 noon - Mass with Choir, Bishop Kevin Doran will be Principal Celebrant
3 pm - A Journey through Christian Donnybrook will begin at St Marys Church of Ireland, Anglesea Road, the walk will then proceed to Donnybrook Graveyard to view the site of the earlier churches, then on by the Sisters of Charity, Maryville to Beaver Row and Beechill where the Wesleyian Methodist Chapel will be viewed externally finishing at Church of the Sacred Heart for Ecumenical Prayer Service.
See www.donnybrookparish.ie for more details.