St. Dympna's Church, Kildalkey

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Cemetery Sunday

Remembrance Sunday Ceremony for 2014 will take place on Sunday 8th June at 7.00pm

First Holy Communion

The Sacrament of First Holy Communion will be administered on Saturday 10th May 2014 at 13:00pm in St. Dympna's Church Kildalkey.


Confirmation will take place on Thursday 3rd April 2014 at 3:00pm in St. Dympna's Church, Kildalkey


Those who wish to have their child/chdilren baptised in the Parish are asked to attend a brief Baptism preparation course which meets on the 1st Wednesday of the month at 8.00pm in the Pasrotal Centre.
NOTE: There will be no Baptisms on Sunday 10th June or Sunday 17th June 2012 due to the International Eucharistic Congress which takes place from Sunday 10th June until Sunday 17th June 2012.

Pastoral Core Group

Meets every Wednesday after the 6.30pm mass.

Contact Us

Very Rev. Oliver Devine P.P.
Tel: 046-9546488

Very Rev. Colm Murtagh P.E.


Mass Times

Saturday Evening
6.00pm (Vigil Mass)


9.30am - Mondays
6.30pm - Wednesdays

First Fridays

Before or after Vigil Mass and by request at any time.

1st and 3rd Weekends before Vigil Mass 5:00pm

Eucharistic Adoration - Wednesday 10:00am to 6:30pm

St Dympna's Church Kildalkey

St Dympna's Church Kildalkey

Kildalkey church or St. Dympna's Church, as it is known locally, was erected in 1890 and finally opened on 1st May 1898. It cost £3,690. It was designed by W.H. Byrne and was commissioned by the Rev. John Martin (1835-1908) who was Parish Priest of Kildalkey and Ballivor who were joined by union at the time because of dwindling population.

It celebrated its centenary in 1998.

St Dympna's Church KildalkeyAccording to the Rev. J. Brady's continuation of Fr. Cogan's history of the Diocese of Meath Vol1. page 140-145, the former church, was built by the Rev. Chas. Reynolds who was PP of Kildalkey from 1856 to 1881. It was used until 1898 when the current church was opened. In 1931, the main aisle of the old chapel was removed and the remains of the building now forms part of the present mixed Kildalkey National School.

St Dympna's Church KildalkeyThe rock that built the church was quarried from Mount Nugent. It was hauled all the way by horse and carts. They divided the parish into four lots and each section took its turn. The route was Clonmellon, Killallon, Oldcastle and over the hills into Mount Nugent. Daly’s of Killallon was the watering hole for man and beast. It is still there to this day. Each cart averaged about 18 cwt. of rock. Anthony Rooney had two shire horses and each one could bring 25cwt. The quarry owner had a special cart pulled by 3 horses and he used to do a run to Kildalkey to help out.

Stone Masons
The professional stone masons that built Kildalkey’s new church came from around the Newry area. They would come down for 2 or 3 months and go back home again. Charlie Miggin’s mother ran the pub at the time. It was a big lone pub and she kept most of the stone masons. There was a lot of voluntary local labour, but the windows and the belfry was finished by tradesmen. It was a long hard haul from Mount Nugent to Kildalkey for man and beast, with iron wheeled carts, bad roads and not a lot to eat for man or beast. They were tough men. When the old school was demolished to make way for the new chapel, folklore has it, that the boy’s teacher was a Mr John Collins and the girls teacher was Mrs Bird.

St Dympna's Church Kildalkey St Dympna's Church Kildalkey

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