Parish Pastoral Council

Leadership in the Parish is the responsibility of the Mount Argus Parish Pastoral Council (PPC). The membership of the PPC comprises the Parish Team, an elected group of five people, a nominee of the Finance Committee and up to three people, co-opted by the PPC and chosen for their charism, skill, or position (s) they already hold in the parish. Below you will find details of the members of the PPC.

Fr. Paul Francis Spencer C.P.

Parish Priest

Fr Paul Francis was a student in Mount Argus when the parish was set up in 1974. Ordained in 1980, he has ministered mostly in Scotland and France. He returned to Mount Argus as Vocations Director for the Passionists in 2013 and became Parish Priest of Mount Argus in October 2016.

Fr. Dermot Gallagher C.P.

Bio to follow

Derbhil Johnson – Chairperson

Derbhil has lived in Mount Argus Parish all her life. She is married and has three children.

She is a member of the Baptism Team and a Minister of the Word. She was previously a member of the PPC and was re-elected in September 2015.

Derbhil was elected Chairperson of the PPC in October 2015.

Aisling McGann – Secretary

Aisling was born and raised in the parish of Mount Argus.  She was educated in the local Irish primary school, Scoil Mológa and also at Coláiste Íosagáin in Stillorgan, with further studies taken at Ashfield College in Templeogue.  She has recently received a degree in Fashion Styling from Crumlin College.

The Church of St. Paul of the Cross has been like a second home for Aisling. She was a member of the children’s choir for a few years before becoming an altar server, from which she retired at Christmas 2014.  She now helps with training and supervising of the altar servers with her mum, Lulu.

Aisling was honoured to be nominated and elected as a member of the Parish Pastoral Council and hopes to contribute as much as she can in the next three years.  Aisling took on the role of Secretary of the PPC in September 2017.

Sheila LynchSheila Lynch

Sheila was educated at St. Clare’s Primary School and Holy Faith Secondary School. She has two daughters and two grandchildren.

Sheila has been a Eucharistic Minister for a number of years. She studied Spirituality and Theology at Milltown Institute and obtained a Diploma in Spiritual Direction at Manresa Jesuit Centre of Spirituality in Dublin. She is a member of the PPC since September 2014.

Brian KennedyBrian Kennedy

Brian is married to Martina and is a hard working dad of two children, Simon and Suzanne. He was educated in Terenure College, Irish Management Institute and the Institute of Bankers. Brian has been blessed with opportunity during his career and he likes to give something back to the community by fund raising for Heart Children Ireland and Our Lady’s Hospice in Harold’s Cross by running ultra-marathons and ‘regular’ marathons. He also gives motivational talks in schools on occasion.

Brian is a Minister of the Word and joined the Parish Pastoral Council in March 2015.

Joan Lavelle

Joan was born in Dublin and has lived in the parish for 31 years. Married to Paud, they have four grown up children. Joan is involved in various different aspects of parish life – Eucharistic Ministry, Eucharistic Adoration, Family Groups, Passionist Companions and Church cleaning.

Mary Sinnott

Mary is a native of Tramore, Co Waterford.  She is married to Michael and has two teenage children, Greg and Eleanor.  She has lived in Mount Argus Parish for the last 14 years and is on the Baptism team since 2010.  She completed a degree in Theology and Spirituality in All Hallows College, and has worked in parishes in Tramore, Swansea, Wales and North London. 

She joined the PPC in September 2015.

RoseMary Dwyer-Doyle

RoseMary was born in London and grew up in Dunlavin, Co. Wicklow.  She moved to Dublin in the late 80s to begin her studies.  She has two teenage boys. She moved from Harold’s Cross to Kimmage in 2004 and started attending Mass in Mount Argus and was delighted to find the Childrens’ Liturgy here when the boys were small. RoseMary has been involved in different aspects of the parish through the Family Ministry Team, supervising and helping out with the Altar Servers, Liturgy Group and now is currently a member of a Family Group and the Passionist Companions.

RoseMary is delighted to have been nominated and elected onto the Parish Pastoral Council and hopes to have an enjoyable experience on the Council.



Sean Kelly


Sean Kelly has lived in Mount Argus parish for almost his whole life.

He is married to Paula and they have two boys, Cathal and Ronan.

He has been working in the Public Service for 37 years.