Kentstown Church

The Church of the Assumption, Kentstown.


Our Guild of the Irish Countrywomen’s Association was formed in 1969 and has been an active Group throughout the past 40 years. We hold our meetings on the first Tuesday of each month in the Old School Hall, which provides good car parking and warm, comfortable accommodation. All ladies over 16 years are welcome to come along to our meetings.  


Our present membership of 22 includes several founder members, together with others who have joined over the years, giving a lovely cross section of ages and interests. On the third Tuesday of the month we have a Senior Citizens Social evening with an opportunity to play bingo and enjoy supper in a friendly atmosphere.


At our monthly meetings there are demonstrations and talks, with fun competitions to keep us on our toes. Over the past year we have had many interesting topics and have enjoyed crafts, flower arranging and items of environmental interest. We hold a Service for World Day of Prayer, and have a remembrance Service for old friends in November. Social events included a very enjoyable outing to Belfast, and a great night out for Christmas with a lovely meal. In May we celebrated our 40th birthday with dinner and an evening of celebration.


There are no meetings in July and August to facilitate holidays, and again in January to avoid the worst of winter weather. However, our walking group continue to meet at the local woods for some healthy exercise.


So don’t delay, join ICA, make new friends, discover new interests, share ideas, and uncover a whole new interesting world.


Our President Ms. Siobhan Mullen, can be contacted at 041 982 5368.

P. R. O. Ms Mary McLoughlin can be contacted at 041 982 5440.


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I. C. A. is non-sectarian and non-party political.



The Sacred Heart Messenger

Noreen Evans is a promoter of "The Sacred Heart Messenger" (religious magazine) in the Parish.
Her contact number is 087 9299544.
The Sacred Heart magazine has been published in Ireland since 1880 by the Jesuits (Society of Jesus), and is widely read worldwide. It is an easy-to-read, informative and inexpensive magazine.



Members of the Eucharistic adoration group meet in the Oratory (part of the house behind the Church) at different times on most days of the week. They do so in their own time, although there is a roster prepared to provide as much coverage as possible. You are invited to give some of your spare time for prayer and meditation. Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). Contact Carmel, phone 086 8094054 or Noreen, phone 087 9299544.


                  Balrath Woods Preservation Group


Protecting the environment for future generations

Planted in 1830 

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President - Elizabeth McArdle  041 9825219

Chairperson - Paschal Marry  087 7977611

Treasuer - John McGovern  086 2580283

Secretary - Elizabeth Coveny  041 9825279



The Pioneer Association was founded in 1898 by Fr James Cullen, S.J. and the Kentstown Centre in 1952 by Fr Plunkett, P.P. The primary aim of the association is the promotion of sobriety and temperance by prayer and self-sacrifice. Adult members are over 16 years of age, and have not taken any alcoholic drink for one year prior to enrolment. One must be prepared to accept the obligations of membership : -

(1)    To abstain from all alcoholic drink;

(2)    To recite the Offering daily;

(3)    To wear the emblem publicly.

 Members are also asked to have an active interest in the promotion of sobriety.

We visit the Primary School before Confirmation time and invite students to become young Pioneers.

The Pioneer Magazine is distributed monthly by Jack Matthews and we welcome new orders.  

Competitions and social events are organized at National and Regional level. President Jack Matthews attends Regional meetings and looks after competitions.

For information contact Jack Matthews – (041) – 9825236 or 087 2466573 or the Secretary

Elizabeth Coveney, (041) – 9825279.

Pioneer Offering Prayer:-


             For Thy greater glory and consolation, O Sacred Heart of Jesus,

             For Thy sake to give good example, to practice self-denial,

             To make reparation to Thee for the sins of intemperance

             And for the conversion of excessive drinkers,

             I will abstain for life from all intoxicating drinks.


An Apostolic Works Society group was started in Kentstown in the mid 1950s.

It was started by Mai Lynch, Rosaleen Matthews, Allie Bowens, Betty Lawlor, Eileen Carey, (all now deceased, R. I. P.).  Rosie Lawlor was also a founder-member, and is still an active member.

The Apostolic Works Society is a group of ladies who provide vestments and altar vessels for Priests in foreign mission lands. Vestments and altar cloths are made locally by the ladies. A display is held every year on the last Sunday in October in the Community Centre, Navan.

A church gate collection is held once a year and voluntary donations are also given at different times during the year.

The President of the Kentstown group is Maureen Matthews, phone (041) 9825236 and Marie Finnegan, phone (041) – 9825153 is also a contact person.

New members are always very welcome to join us!



Holy Family prayer group was established by Fr Seamus Mulvaney and a group of parishioners in 1976 and continues to meet every Monday night – bank holidays excluded.

We invite you to take time out to pray, that is simply talk and listen to God. He is waiting for you to come to Him. We all know how our relationships with our friends and family depend on communication and spending time together!

One of the simplest reasons for spending time together in prayer is because Jesus said, “where two or three are gathered together in my name, I am there among them.” (Matthew 18:20); “Stay awake and pray...the spirit indeed is eager but human nature is weak.” (Matthew 26:41).

After Monday 8pm Mass in the church, we go to the oratory adjoining the Parochial House behind the church, where we worship and praise God, thank Him and bring all our intentions before Him.

Join us any time you can. You can make contact with Carmel on (041) – 982 5390 or

086  809 4054.