The Rector writes : ‘We are blessed to have a facility like St Luke’s Education Centre in our diocese and we in Carrigaline are doubly blessed to be quite near to Northridge House in Mahon where the Education Centre is based. Without travelling too far, we can fully avail of the interesting courses which are available (some at a heavily subsidised cost). I have just received notification of what is coming up this Autumn. In addition to various FETAC courses, the Centre will be offering an evening course over 6 weeks on ‘ Loss – Addressing the Experiences’ . In addition there is various ‘Mindfulness’ Courses which can help to alleviate personal stress and anxiety. There will also be during this coming year ‘Courses for Carers’ which are aimed at those family members who care for their elderly loved one in their own homes. The Revd Bruce Pierce is the Director of Education at the Centre. If you are interested and would like more details ring the Centre at 021-453655 or check out the website www.stlukeshome.ie/education-centre ‘
SAID Evensong tonight in St John’s Monkstown at 7pm.
CHRISTIAN AID SHEEP’S HEAD HIKE this year will take place on Saturday 7th September, beginning at 11:00am at the Kilcrohane Community Centre. There are two scenic walk routes this year – a 14km (4.5-hr) walk and a 7km (2.5 hour) flat terrain walk. Where: Sheep’s Head Way, West Cork. Starts: 11.00am, Kilcrohane Community Hall, Kilcrohane Village. See posters for further details or Christian Aid Cork office on 023 88 41468 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also register online at www.christianaid.ie/getinvolved/events/trekking/sheeps-head-walk.aspx.
Parish Office will be closed from 12th August for 2 weeks.
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.
SPORTS OPEN DAY Garryduff Sports Centre, Rochestown. Saturday 31st August 2013 : 2-5pm. Everyone welcome to try hockey, tennis, indoor & outdoor bowls, pitch & putt, badminton, soccer, billiards. Hole in one competition, bouncy castle, bbq. Free admission.
Carrigaline family Support Initiative are running a 12 week Rainbows Workshop for children who have experienced loss through Divorce or Separation. This is for children aged 9 to 12 years. Thursdays 3pm-4pm beginning on Sept 19th. Venue Carrigaline Family Support Centre, Wylie House. They are Also running a Parent Plus Workshop for Adolescents . This is an 8 week course and will run from 21st Oct to 16th Dec 7.30-9.30pm. Venue Carrigaline Community School Fee €30inc Manual. Contact Rosie or Wendy @ 4919299.
Tonight Evensong 7pm St John’s Monkstown
Aug 12th Toddlers plus one Group 10am St Mary’s Parish Hall.
Sept 6th Parish Barbecue 7.30pm in the Rectory.
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
Nov 16th Parish Quiet Day. Details nearer the time.
Nov 24th Annual Gift Day in the Rectory.
Random Notes LX
Growing up in Monkstown during the 1970’s and 80’s was something special. Many characters, situations and events come to mind. There was Miss Exham in her tweed suits, tottering to the shop for her “Daily Telegraph”. Closely followed by Betty O’Connor, with her entourage of dogs, basket in hand. Charlie Hennessy dabbled in cars. I can remember the brakes failing once, and the car ended up in the ditch above “Fir Hill”, and when he went to the shop he parked where the car decided to stop! As kids, we would find great amusement by asking Mr Edgell for a sweet from the top shelf of his sweet shop. It would take him five minutes to get his ladder out, five minutes to get up and down then another five minutes to bag it. How cruel we were!
Lal Llendrum rolling her own cigarettes. Harvest Festival Suppers in the Parochial Hall with Aunty Nancy’s scrumptious pancakes. Muriel Garde, dressed in her Girl Guide uniform sitting cross-legged on her lawn, aged 80. Granny Payne(Eileen), her stories of racing motorbikes as a school-girl and her home-made wine with dead flies! The bonfires and fun at the “Devil’s half acre”. Peggy Wootton and her pure cholesterol, delicious chicken liver pate. Mary Boyd-Barrett having cucumber sandwiches for afternoon tea.
Sean Doyle, with rose corsage and hat, composing poetry in his head, as he graced the lanes of his beloved village. And Joan, his wife, slowly, but merrily carrying ten bags of shopping up Fairy Hill.
A lot of these memories came flooding back to me when I found a copy of “Our Place” from 1978.