Our 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.

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Who are we?
Huntstown-Littlepace Parish, is the data controller (contact details below). This means it decides how your personal data is processed and for what purposes.

How do we process your personal data?
Huntstown-Littlepace Parish, complies with its obligations under the “GDPR” by keeping personal data up to date; by storing and destroying it securely; by not collecting or retaining excessive amounts of data; by protecting personal data from loss, misuse, unauthorised access and disclosure and by ensuring that appropriate technical measures are in place to protect personal data. We use your personal data for the following purposes:

  • To administer records held by us on members of the congregation;
  • To fundraise and promote the interests of the parish;
  • To manage our employees and volunteers;
  • To maintain our own accounts and records (including the processing of donations and tax back applications);
  • To inform you of news, events, activities and services running in Huntstown-Littlepace Parish;
  • To share your contact details with the Diocesan offices so they can keep you informed about news in the diocese and events, activities and services that will be occurring in the diocese and in which you may be interested.

What is the legal basis for processing your personal data?

  • Explicit consent of the data subject so that we can keep you informed about news, events, activities and services and process your donations and keep you informed about diocesan events.
  • Processing is necessary for carrying out obligations under employment, financial, canon law, or other legal requirements;
  • Processing is carried out by a not-for-profit body with a religious aim provided:
  • the processing relates only to members of the congregation or former members (or those who have regular contact with it in connection with those purposes); and
  • there is no disclosure to a third party without consent.

Sharing your personal data
Your personal data will be treated as strictly confidential and will only be shared with other clergy or staff of the parish for purposes connected with the parish. We will only share your data with third parties outside of the parish with your consent.

How long do we keep your personal data?
We keep data in accordance with the guidance set out in the guide Administrative Regulations and Guidelines for Parishes for Parish Priests of the Archdiocese of Dublin. Specifically, we retain donation declarations and associated paperwork for up to 6 years after the calendar year to which they relate and parish registers permanently (baptisms, marriages, confirmations and in some instances burials).

Your rights and your personal data
Unless subject to an exemption under the GDPR you have the following rights with respect to your personal data:

  • The right to request a copy of your personal data which Hartstown Parish holds about you
  • The right to request that Huntstown-Littlepace Parish corrects any personal data if it is found to be inaccurate or out of date
  • The right to request your personal data is erased where it is no longer necessary for Huntstown-Littlepace Parish to retain such data
  • The right to withdraw your consent to the processing at any time
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  • The right to lodge a complaint with the Data Protection Commissioners Office.

Further processing
If we wish to use your personal data for a new purpose not covered by this Data Privacy Notice we will provide you with a new notice explaining this new use prior to commencing the processing and setting out the relevant purposes and processing conditions. Where and whenever necessary we will seek your prior consent to the new processing.

Contact Details 

To exercise all relevant rights, queries of complaints please contact the Huntstown-Littepace Parish Secretary / Parish Priest at secretary@huntstown-littlepace.ie or fr.john@huntstown-littlepace.ie

You can contact the Data Protection Commissioners Office on 00353 57 8684800 or Lo-Call 1890 252 231 or by email at info@dataprotection.ie.   

The postal addresses are: 

Data Protection Commissioner
Canal House
Station Road
R32 AP23
Co. Laois

Dublin Office
21 Fitzwilliam Square
Dublin 2
D02 RD28

Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Huntstown Way
Dublin 15

01 824 9651

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