Navan Union of Parishes


About Us

Navan Union comprises the parishes of Navan, Kentstown and Slane. All three churches are open for public worship every Sunday and are in excellent condition and recently decorated. Services in Kentstown and Slane are at 10.00a.m. and in Navan at 11.30a.m. Holy Communion is celebrated on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of every month in Navan and Kentstown and on the 2nd and 4th Sundays in Slane.

The Ascension is celebrated on the Hill of Slane, St. Patrick’s Day at St. Patrick’s Church, Tara, and there is also an Open Air Service on the Hill of Tara on the last Sunday in June. There is a Children’s/Family Service in Navan on the last Sunday of every month.

St. Mary’s Church in Navan, where there is a Parish Room facility, has an average congregation of 52. St. Mary’s Church, Kentstown 15, and St. Patrick’s Church, Slane have an average of 11. St. Patrick’s is situated in a village setting in Slane and St.Mary’s Kentstown is situated in a quiet rural community where the local village is growing steadily.

St. Mary’s Navan is situated in the centre of Navan town near the confluence of the river Boyne and the river Blackwater. Navan’s population is 32,000 and it is one of the fastest growing towns in Ireland. Our greatest challenge is reaching out to new arrivals and maintaining an active ministry with our young families.

We have a Parish Primary School in Navan called Flowerfield National School which is a 2 teacher school with an enrolment of 48 pupils.

A range of parish organisations and activities such as Sunday School, Mothers’ Union, Young Families, Healer Prayer Circle and Scouts are available.

Personal Details:
Canon John David Maurice Clarke (Rector of Navan Union of Parishes) was born in Virginia (Diocese of Kilmore) in 1960. He was educated at The King’s Hospital School and The Church of Ireland Theological College, Dublin. He was ordained as deacon in 1989 and priest in 1990. He served as curate in Whitechurch Parish and assistant chaplain to St.Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin, for three years. He was instituted as rector of Navan Union (Navan, Kentstown & Slane) in 1992. He is chaplain to Our Lady’s Hospital, Navan and the Meath County Infirmary. He is Rural Dean of the Slane Rural Deanery, and he is Canon of Meath and Kildare Cathedrals as well as a Canon of St Patrick’s Cathedral Dublin. He married Sandra Corrie in 1988 and they have two daughters, Lauren and Hayley.


Rev. Canon John Clarke

The Rectory,
Boyne Road,
Co Meath

Phone: 046 – 902 1172

Fax: 046 – 902 1172

Ordained Local Minister

Rev Pat Ryan


Rev Mike Buchanan

Parish Readers

Jean Kenny (Navan)

Rosalind Clarke (Kentstown)

Phillis Roe (Kentstown)

Our Services

St Mary’s Navan

St Mary’s Kentstown

St Patrick’s Slane

Web Links

Parish Churches, Times and Location

St Mary’s Kentstown

MAP: 53.627233, -6.527896

St Mary’s Navan

MAP: 53.651582, -6.683378

St Patrick’s Slane

MAP: 53.709104, -6.547251