church stands picturesquely in a beautiful and tranquil setting on the shore of
Blessington Lake. The church was built in 1811, 18 years before Daniel O
Connell secured Catholic Emancipation in the House of Commons.
land was donated by Charles Cobbe, a local landlord who owned a substantial
estate in the Donabate area where Newbridge House stands today. This land comprising
2 acres 30 perches was given rent free and lease free.
Michael Keogan PP Blackditches 1810-1826 made the initial steps to build the
church, replacing a previous small
chapel at Woodend. In 1882 Fr Edward Rowan dedicated the church to Our Lady of
gold chalice used at Mass is inscribed 1802 and was presented to the church in
memory of Judith Healy. It had been used in the chapel at Woodend and before
that at Kylebeg.
Baptismal Font dates back to 1441 and came from an early church in Templeboden
cemetery. Bishop Boden is said to be buried under a slab in the graveyard. The
granite trough in the church grounds is a replica of a trough from St Boden's
Church has a unique and rich history and we owe much to the community who in
the 1800's built this church as a witness to their faith.