About our Parish

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Harold’s Cross is a typical urban parish in 21st century Ireland – tending to the younger age group and racially/culturally diverse demographic. It is younger in age than the national average and has a dynamic population. In 2008, over 50% had been in the parish for less than five years.

Of those who have moved in, the majority are under 35 years and 19% of the parish population are of foreign nationality – over 40 different nationalities were represented in a 2008 survey. The proportion of households with families is 25%.

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  • Spread across at least 6 electoral wards and 2 Dáil constituencies.
  • Stretching from the Grand Canal to Terenure.
  • Directly adjacent to 6 other parishes (Rathgar, Rathmines, Terenure, Mount Argus, Drimnagh, Harrington St).
  • The population of Harold’s Cross is heavily skewed towards the young adult age brackets.
  • 48% of our parishioners are aged 20-39 years (census 2011).
  • 47% of parishioners live in private rental accommodation, compared with a national average of 29% – indicating a transient population.
  • Two out of three people (67%) in Harold’s Cross are single.
  • 1,530 families live in our parish.
  • 25% of households include children.
  • Children from the parish attend over 30 different schools.
  • St Louis is the most frequently attended school: 15.5% of children attend either the primary or secondary schools at St Louis Rathmines.
  • 19% of people in the area are foreign nationals.
  • In 2008, individuals from 41 different nationalities were living in Harold’s Cross.
  • 67% of the respondents in Harold’s Cross stated their religion as Catholic in the 2011 census. This is lower than the national figure of 84%, reflecting the urban nature of the parish.
  • 18% of parishioners state that they have no religion, a proportion three times greater than the national average (6%). This large discrepancy may be partly explained by the high percentage of young adults in Harold’s Cross and a growing reluctance to be publicly committed to a particular lifestyle, image or institution. The preference for many is to be independent and able to embrace or reject specific aspects at will.
  • There is a comparatively low level of unemployment (8%) in our parish, compared with the national average (14%). 60% of parishioners aged 15 years and over are at work, 13% are students, 11% are retired and 5% are looking after the home or family. 3% are unable to work due to disability or long-term illness.

The National Census of Ireland in 2011 provided data for each parish in the country. More information is available on the results for Harold’s Cross.

 

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Today’s Mass Readings
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Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
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Yesterday’s dead,
Tomorrow’s unborn,
So there’s nothing to fear
And nothing to mourn.
For all that is past
And all that has been
Can never return
To be lived once again.
And what lies ahead
Or the things that will be
Are still in God’s hands
So it is not up to me
To live in the future
That is God’s great unknown,
For the past and the present
God claims for His own.
So all I need do
Is to live for Today
And trust God to show me
The truth and the way.
For it’s only the memory
Of things that have been
And expecting tomorrow
To bring trouble again
That fills my today,
Which God wants to bless,
With uncertain fears
And borrowed distress.
For all I need live for
Is this one little minute,
For life’s here and now
And eternity’s in it.
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(Helen Steiner Rice)

 

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