Who We Are

Zion is a church where the generations meet to worship God and to build a community that looks beyond itself to serving wider society. Some people have been here all their lives and some are new to this Church, to the Church of Ireland, and to Dublin.

In our services we use the Book of Common Prayer and we like to sing. Our worship is a blend of form and freedom, where people of all ages can be nourished and encounter God.

If you would like to see what happens here, if you would like to find out about weddings, baptisms, Sunday Club or just to take a look, come and join us any Sunday morning at 10.30am. You will be really welcome.

Stephen Farrell

The Rector


As of 1st February 2022 the position of Rector is vacant.

Margaret Healion

Diocesan Reader

Margaret Healion is a Diocesan Reader who has served in Zion Parish since being commissioned in 2015.

Margaret holds degrees in Design & Communications and in Philosophy, and a Diploma in Professional Ministry. She worked in Advertising for over twenty-five years, many of those as Creative Director of a large agency. She paints, reads, loves to travel and has co-authored a book on Canadian Grizzlies with her husband, photographer David Campbell.

After returning to college to study Philosophy in 2005, Margaret worked in the Harold’s Cross Hospice as a volunteer, which led to her calling to serve in Lay Ministry. “Being fortunate to be able to spend more time with my father toward the end of his life had a profound effect on my view of everything. I feel very lucky to have been found, so to speak, and love the work I do in and for Zion Parish”.

“I enjoy looking after the Parish Registers, helping to arrange the big moments in people’s lives and organising the charity projects we, as a church family become involved in. As Reader I particularly enjoy leading prayer and occasionally preaching. If I were to think of one word that informs my ministry it would be inclusion. Something I am grateful to have benefitted from here at Zion Church”.

If you need to contact Margaret please send an email to the Parish Office, zionparish@gmail.com or leave a message with the Parish Administrator, Deirdre Hoey.

You will also find Margaret in church at 10.30am on Sundays.

David McConnell

Organist and Choir Director

David has been organist and choir director at Zion Church since 1997. He is responsible for the music at the main Sunday morning service and holds rehearsals with the choir at 9.45 on Sundays, twice a month and occasionally on weekday evenings.

Previous appointments were at Tullow Church (Carrickmines),  Christ Church Leeson Park and Rathfarnham Parish Church.  David studied organ with Eric de Courcy in Waterford and then with Sidney Greig and David Lee in Dublin. He is a member of the Executive of Church Music Dublin (click).

While church music has been the driving force throughout David’s adult life, he also is deeply involved in the arts community and worked at the Arts Council for many years. Currently he manages the finances of an art gallery, artists’ studios and a dance company.

See also Choir page, under Worship.

Deirdre Hoey

Parish Administrator

Deirdre Hoey has recently joined the Zion team as Parish Administrator.  Deirdre holds a degree in History from Nottingham, an MBA from TCD and a Diploma in Art and Design from NCAD.  Before motherhood took over, Deirdre had a career in heritage management and exhibition design.

Deirdre is a parishioner and school parent and is passionate about community and the Zion Parish family.  She is heavily involved with Community Sponsorship Group Home from Home D6.  In her spare time she will be found playing golf.

If you need to contact Deirdre please send an email to the Parish Office, zionparish@gmail.com

Sue Barber

School Administrator

Sue Barber has lived and worked in our community for many years. She is a member of many organisations within Zion Parish and she has served as the School Administrator since 2001.

In school Sue supports the Principal, Board of Management and staff with general administrative duties, puts many plasters on many, many knees, and provides a warm welcome for all visitors to the school. Sue can be located on the premises four days a week between 9am and 2.30pm. Wednesday is customarily her day off but this is flexible so do phone (01 491 0065) before turning up, please.