Parish Notices 16th June 2013

The Revd Tony write;s ‘Our Gospel readings every Sunday until Sunday  1st December will be from Luke’s Gospel.

The Gospel readings are divided into three yearly intervals and this year-Year C- focuses on Luke.

Luke’s Gospel is noteworthy for a number of reasons.

  • Of the 4 Evangelists, Luke who as a companion of Paul,  was the only Gentile, evidence points to him being a  Doctor.
  • Luke gives possibly the clearest picture of Jesus as a human   being . His selection of stories from the life of Jesus focus on Jesus’ encounters with people especially the sick, the poor, women, children and social outcasts. In our reading today we  see the contrast between his attitude and his hosts attitude to a woman who was considered to be a sinner .
  • Luke is also unique in having a sequel to his Gospel in ‘The Acts of the Apostles ‘ which describes the impact of the Holy Spirit on the early Church as the Apostles spread the word throughout the known world.


RECTOR’S HOLIDAYS- Elaine is away until Wednesday 3rd July. During this time, in the event of a Pastoral emergency, please contact the Revd Isobel Jackson at 021-4831236.

TODDLERS PLUS ONE GROUP meet tomorrow as normal from 10am-midday . There will be no Monday Club until September.

Junior Heroes Holiday Club-  Forms are available in the parish office for this year’s Summer Holiday Club run jointly by Templebreedy and Carrigaline Parishes. July 22-26 from 10am-1pm in the Canon McCrea School Hall. Pre-booking is required.

Mothers’ Union and Friends Outing on Wednesday, 19th June. We will be stopping off at Ballyseedy Home and Garden, visiting Lakemount Gardens in Glanmire, and having an evening meal at the Vienna Woods Hotel. The estimated cost per person is €45. We plan to leave at approx 1pm and return to Carrigaline at approx 8pm. Everyone is welcome to join us; we just need to know by 12th June at the latest. Please contact Hilary Dring if you would like to come 4378439/086-3680513 or

MEN’s Shed- All men are welcome to go along and find out more about the companionship and skills training available in the Men’s Shed Kilnagleary on the Minane Bridge Road.  See leaflets at back for further details.

Rents at reduced rate between now and Christmas!
Carrigaline Allotment Group have allotments available to rent near the Crosshaven Road. Choose full sized, half, or share with friends.
See Carrigaline Allotment Group facebook page for more info or ring 087 709899 to arrange to view. Have a space to grow your own this summer!

DE CARRIG TOUR (formerly The Carrigaline Fundraising Cycle).is a joint venture between the Carrigdhoun Cycling Club and Carrigaline RFC and a community based event.  Our Charities for this year are Pieta House and  Enable Ireland. The Cycle will start again this year from the Carrigaline Soccer Club on the Ballea Road in Carrigaline on Saturday 15th June at 9:30am for 120km and 10.00am for 60km and cycle through the beautiful Carrigdhoun Countryside. The organisers are incorporating a Family Day theme again this year with Bouncy castles and Face Painting to entertain your family while you cycle and a BBQ for all cyclists on completion, refreshments will be provided along the cycle also. visit

Welcome Area You may have noticed that the left hand side at the back of St Mary’s Church has become a welcoming area in the last few weeks. We will be constructing some bookshelves there to neatly hold the Prayer books, Hymnals and Bibles. Moving the books to the back of the church (in a similar fashion to St John’s) has freed up pews from these bulky items and now hopefully visitors to St Mary’s will not have the embarrassment of knocking over books as they make their way into the pews.



June 17th       Toddlers plus One group 10am-midday

June 19th         Mother’s Union Outing.

June 30th      United Service 11am St John’s Monkstown

July 17th          Theological Book Circle 8pm Rectory

July 22nd –26th Children’s Summer Holiday Club Week.

Sept 15th Parish Confirmation Service St John’s 11am

Sept 29th United Service :  Blessing of Animals St Mary’s 11am

United Healing Service St John’s 7pm

Oct 12th Parish Supper in Canon McCrea Hall.

Oct 13th  St Mary’s Harvest Thanksgiving Eucharist 11am

The Revd Trevor Lester preaching.

St John’s Harvest Thanksgiving Evensong 7pm

The Revd John Ardis preaching


          Safe Guarding Trust in Carrigaline Union

The incumbent, select vestry and parish leaders in Carrigaline Union are committed to uphold good practice in the parish’s ministry with children and young people. Should you have a concern, suspicion or allegation regarding child welfare in the area of ministry to children in this parish union please refer to the Safe Guarding Trust Posters which are displayed in each Church and Hall in this Union.

The Safe Guarding Trust Parish Panel  members are:

The Revd Elaine Murray Tel 087 2363100

Rosemary Powell Tel. 087 284986

The Revd Daniel Nuzum       Tel.    086 7872270


Random Notes               LXIII

“Many people will be familiar with the Martello Tower in Ringaskiddy, but there are in fact five Martello Towers in Cork Harbour. The Martello Towers around Cork are different from others in Ireland as they have vertical sides and look rather like large stove-pipe hats as opposed to the Dublin towers which taper towards the top and the Galway ones which are oval shaped and also taper towards the top. The other towers in Cork Harbour are:- The Monning Tower (also known as the Fota tower), Bellvelly Bridge Tower, Rossleague Tower (back of Great Island) and the Haulbowline Tower which now houses a small museum for the Irish Navy.

The fear of an invasion by Napoleon reached panic proportions among the authorities in Ireland and England in 1804 and was the reason the towers were built, first in Ireland and then in England. Ireland was to have been Napolean’s first target as he was assured by many famous Irish emigres living in Paris (Wolfe Tone, Lord Edward Fitzgerald, Napper Tandy and Robert Emmet) that the Irish would rally around his invading force. Their purpose was to provide “bomb proof” towers from which fire could be directed at ships of the hourly expected French invasion fleet, and also to act as a strong-point from which both the cavalry and infantrymen could repel the invader. The Martello Towers are unique in that the original entrance is always approximately 3 metres (10 feet) from the ground. It could be entered only by a ladder which was easily hauled up when the enemy appeared. Narrow stone stairs built into the walls were lit by loopholes. On the top of the tower was a parapet and a central pivot on which rested a heavy timber beam which supported a cannon, often a 24 pounder. The other end of the beam had wheels which rested on a circular iron runner set in to the roof, enabling the cannon to fire at a 360 degree range.

In 1774, the British Navy tried to put out of action a strong tower at Mortella Point on the island of Corsica. The bombardment of the tower, known as the “Mortella Tower” failed. The British were so impressed with the strength of the tower that a model was made and sent back to the Admiralty in London. An error occurred in the communication and “Mortella” was mis spelt “Martello”. Napoleon never invaded Ireland or England after the towers were built, so they never fired a cannon in anger. No doubt they did act as a deterrent however.”


Martello Tower Ringaskiddy CORK Harbour

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