Pastoral Area of Ballybane, Castlegar, Doughiska, Mervue & Renmore Lenten Mission


February 17th – Ash Wednesday Lent is Here – Let’s join Fr. Martin Glynn (Mervue) before the Blessed Sacrament through Prayers, Music, Word of God and Reflections tonight at 7.00pm.

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February 24th -Reflecting on COVID Experience

Fr. Michael Reilly(Castlegar)

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March 3rd - Faith in Lockdown

Fr. Declan Lohan (Renmore)

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March 10th -St. Joseph with a Father’s Heart

Fr. Jose Thomas(Good Shepherd)

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March 24th- Jesus in the Word of God

Fr. John Bredan Kelly (Mervue)

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March 31st - He is Risen

Fr. Gerard McCarthy (Diocesan Pastoral Outreach Co-ordinator)

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Knock Shrine to host special online faith discussions during Lent - Living Christian Faith – Lenten Conversations

Ash Wednesday falls on February 17th and heralds the beginning of Lent 2021.  This year Knock Shrine will host a new series of online discussions to help engage Christians during Lent, under the title ‘Living Christian Faith – Lenten Conversations’.


The talks will be streamed at 8.30pm every Thursday during Lent.Join us at on Facebook @knockshrine


Thursday March 4th ‘Living Christian Faith in the Classroom as Young Teachers’
Three recently qualified primary teachers explain how their religious faith is important to them and how it influences their work as teachers in the classroom. 


Thursday March 11th  ‘Living Christian Faith in Public Life’           
Baroness Nuala O’Loan, Senator Ronan Mullen and discuss their own faith, how it informs their public service and the challenges people of faith encounter in the public sphere today. 


Thursday March 18th Proclaiming Christian Faith as a priest or religious today’
Sr Ursula Lawler, lecturer in Christian Ethics at Mary Immaculate College, returned missionary and editor of the Africa Magazine, Father Sean Deegan SPS; Ballyhaunis Parish Priest Father Stephen Farragher and Father Eamonn Conway will discuss living priesthood and religious life today in conversation with young Irish Catholic journalist Jason Osbourne. 


Thursday March 25th ‘Studying Christian Faith’
Máire McDonald is Vice Principal of a busy secondary school in Dublin. Judith King is an internationally recognised psychotherapist and Margaret Naughton is a busy hospital chaplain. Yet they have all found time to fulfil their passion of doing a PhD in theological studies. They share with us how their theological studies enriches their faith and their work.


Galway City Community Call

If you can’t leave home and you need practical support or someone to talk to. Galway City Community Call can help with:

Delivery of food, medication, fuel or other household items

Someone to talk to or keep in touch with

  • Other practical supports
  • Signposting and referral to reliable information and services

Galway City Community Call Helpline remains in place seven days a week by Freephone on 1800 400 150 or by email on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for those who may need assistance with essential supplies or maybe even need someone to speak to.

Galway Drug & Alcohol Family Support

The Galway Drug & Alcohol Family Support Service provides a safe and confidential space for people who are affected by a loved one’s drug or alcohol use. The service is free and available at various locations in Galway to those over 18. For further information please contact Maria 087 6955557.

Heartlink West 

Croí Heart & Stroke Charity recently launched Heartlink West, a new free daily service for heart and stroke patients. Heartlink West will provide support from their community based, multi-disciplinary health team of nurses, physiotherapists, dietitians and physical activity specialists. For further information phone 091 544310 or visit

Healthy Galway City New Website The site will act as an information hub, signposting people to reliable sources of health and wellbeing information and useful resources, as well as promoting local programmes and events, which aim to promote the health and wellbeing of the people of Galway City.

Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2020

Due to the Covid 19 Pandemic the 2020 Galway Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes has been postponed to June 30th 2021.

Wednesday Club

St. Brigid's Parish Wednesday Club meets on Wednesdays from 2.30-4pm in the Ballybane Enterprise Centre. We look forward to welcoming our regulars back and any new members too of course. If you know anyone 60 plus who might like to meet up on Wednesday afternoons for a chat, a cup of tea, pick up some interesting tips on a wide range of topics, enjoy a bit of music and fun as well as a regular bingo game, please let them know that we would be delighted to welcome them into our club.                                            

Ballybane COPE Lunch Club

Meets every second week in the New Life Centre, Monivea Road. The lunch club provides a space where older people can meet, enjoy a two course meal together, socialise with their neighbours, and make new friends all within their local community. Contact 085 104 8330. Volunteers from the community are always welcome.

Are you caring for somebody with Dementia?

Western Alzheimer's are holding a Carers support Groupin in the Clayton Hotel on the 3rd Tuesday of every month from 7 - 8.30pm. Contact 091-565193.

Ballybane Parent & Toddler Group

Will run on Tuesday mornings from 10.30am to 12 midday in the Ballybane Community Resource Centre.


Croi Nua Programme

The following are some of the upcoming events in Croi Nua. All events are on Zoom.


Continues every Tuesday morning at 10.15am and repeated in the evening 7.30pm Facilitator: Patsy Kelly MSC To take part just email
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Reflection on the readings of the Sunday Mass continues every Thursday 7.30pm. Facilitator: Patsy Kelly MSC To take part just email
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