Easter Sunday Dawn Masses

21 Mar 2016

Easter Sunday Dawn Masses

‘On the first day of the week, at early Dawn they went to the tomb…. he is not here, he is risen’. (Luke 24, 1, 6)

Many Irish dioceses and parishes will host Dawn Masses on Easter Sunday morning. Dawn Mass is a very spiritual opportunity to celebrate Mass while watching the dawn break over the countryside. Here are details of some of the places hosting an Easter Sunday Dawn Mass this year and more details of Masses will be added as they become available:

Diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnois

Venue: Famine Graveyard, St. Joseph’s Care Centre
Time: 6.00 a.m.

Venue: Coosan Point, Athlone
Time: 6.00 a.m.

Venue: St. Bernard’s Church Grounds
Time: 7.00 a.m.

Venue: Village Green, Ardagh
Time: 6.00 a.m.

Venue: Boher Cemetery
Time 6.00 a.m.

Venue: Old Cemetery
Time: 6.00 a.m.

Venue: Kilmahon Cemetery
Time: 6.30 a.m.

Venue: Poor Clare Convent Gardens
Time: 6.00 a.m.

Venue: High Street Cemetery
Time: 6.00 a.m.

Venue: New Cemetery
Time: 6.00 a.m.

Venue: Creevalea Abbey
Time: 6.00 a.m.

Mount Temple
Venue: Holy Trinity Cemetery, Mount Temple
Time: 6.00 a.m.

Venue: Newtownforbes Cemetery
Time: 6.00am

Archdiocese of Armagh

Cooley Parish
Venue: Cill Mhuire, Templeton, Co. Louth.
Time: 7.00am

Diocese of Elphin

Roscommon Parish

Venue: Roscommon Castle
Time: 7.00am

Strandhill/Ransboro Parish

Venue: Knocknarea Mountain
Time: 7.00am

Castlerea Parish

Venue: Castlerea Cemetery
Time: 6.30am

Diocese of Galway, Kilmacduagh & Kilfenora


Venue: Ballyloughane Beach, Galway Bay
Time: 6.30am

Diocese of Kerry

Baile an Fheirtéaraigh
Aifreann Bhreacadh an Lae (Dawn Mass)
Venue: Séipéilín Ghallarais (Gallaras Oratory), Domhnach Cásca,
Time: 6.00 am.

Dawn Mass and Easter Fire
Venue: Kiltomey Cemetery, Lixnaw.
Time: 6.00am

Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin 

Saint Conleth’s Parish, Newbridge, Co Kildare

  • Venue: Saint Conleth’s Church garden on the Dublin Road
  • Time: 6.30am

Clane Parish, Co Kildare

  • Venue: Abbey Gardens, Main Street, Clane, Co Kildare
  • Time: 6.00am

Clonaslee, Killeigh, Mountmellick and Rosenalis
Bishop Denis Nulty will celebrate the Dawn Mass for the parishes of Clonaslee, Killeigh, Mountmellick and Rosenalis.
Venue: Festival Field, Rosenalis
Time: 6.30am

Monasterevin Parish
Venue: Dawn Mass will be celebrated in the beautiful surroundings of Moore Abeey, Monasterevin
Time: 7.ooam.

Venue: The Dancing Board, Killeshin, Graiguecullen, Carlow.
Time: 6.45am

Diocese of Killala

Venue: Leigue Cemetery, Ballina.
Time: 6.00am

Archdiocese of Tuam

Venue: Dawn Mass at the Silver Strand, Dugort at sunrise on Easter Sunday,
Time: 7.00 am

An Cheathrú Rua
Venue: Aifreann Bhreacadh an Lae – ag Barr a’ Doire
Time: 7.00 rn

Venue: Dawn Mass at Annaghdown Pier on the banks of Lough Corrib
Time: 7.000 am

Venue: Mass at Lady’s Well, Athenry on Easter Sunday morning
Time: 7.00am

Aughaval – Westport
Venue: Murrisk Abbey, Westport
Time: 7.00 am

Venue: Burrishoole Abbey
Time: 7.00am

Venue: Church of Our Lady, Barnacarroll
Time: 6.00am.

Venue: Dawn Mass is taking place at The Chalet, Cong
Time: 7.00 am

Venue: Under the Round Tower in Kilbannon Cemetery
Time: 7.00am

Notice: People travelling to Masses are asked to arrive on time. Please bring warm clothing, a folding chair or stool (for your own comfort) and where possible share transport in order to assist with parking at venues.

Please note the following Ecumenical Services which will take place on Easter Sunday morning:

Ecumenical SunRise Celebration in prayer, word and music to celebrate Easter Day on Easter Sunday morning at 6.45am sharp at South Beach, Arklow. It will take about half an hour and will be followed by a light breakfast in the Parish Centre, Arus Lorcain, Castlepark, Arklow.

Also the Holy Redeemer Bray Ecumenical Dawn Service will be at Bray Head on Easter Sunday at 6.30am.