The holy Family Parish Dundalk foundatio stone

Our History

Holy Family is our parish. Whether you have lived here for many years and were part of the creation of this community or whether you are recently moved in doesn’t matter: you are currently part of a welcoming and caring faith communit

Holy Family Parish was established on 6th September 1981 and is one of 61 parishes in the Archdiocese of Armagh. We are in Dundalk Vicariate along with three other parishes, St Patrick’s, St Joseph’s and Holy Redeemer.

Prior to the establishment of the Holy Family Parish, Mass, organised by local residents, was celebrated on Sundays in the community hall, which was adjacent to the school in Bay Estate. As the community grew, a larger more appropriate building was built on a site in Muirhevnamor at a cost of £55,000

Under the auspices of the Marist Fathers, the parish continued to grow and the number of children for First Communion and Confirmation naturally increased from 31 in it’s first year to 200 in 1988.

It was now clear that a larger church was a priority as confirmation, weddings and funerals were having to be carried out in St. Joseph’s Church.

Under the administration of Fr. Sean McArdle, S.M, a committee was formed, plans were drawn up which were approved by Cardinal Cathal Daly and the project was started. 

With an estimated cost of £1m (a debt thankfully paid off some years ago), local builder, P.J. Martin and architects H.M.D. Derry were appointed. The artist responsible for the design of the sanctuary and sanctuary furnishings was Ray Carroll, a leading artist in the field of Liturgical Design and Religious Art in Ireland.

On March 15th 1992, over 500 parishioners witnessed the ceremony of the turning of the sod for the new church. Cardinal Cathal Daly blessed the foundation stone of the new Church on August 30th returning on December 20th 1992 to dedicate and open the new Church of the Holy Family.

The Cardinal was the chief celebrant assisted by over 40 priests; the congregation numbered over 1100. Today we look back in thankfulness; sadly many of those who worked faithfully for the parish are no longer with us.

We thank the people of the parish and indeed our many friends from outside the parish for their loyalty and financial support over the years and pray God’s blessing on them.As for the future, only God knows what it holds, we do not. We can only pray and hope that it will be as fruitful and blessed as

The holy family parish - laying the foundation stone
The holy family parish - Exterior shot of the church and notice board