Parish Notices Sunday 11th June 2017

The Rector writes    Today is Trinity Sunday which is always the first Sunday after Pentecost in order to honour the Holy Trinity—the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Although the word “Trinity” doesn’t actually appear at all in Scripture, you can see that it is taught in two of our readings for today: 2 Corinthians 13:14 and Matthew 28:18-20 (and also in many other biblical passages). So while the concept of the Trinity can never be completely understood or rationalized, it is clearly taught in Scripture.

Our understanding of all scriptural doctrine is by faith which comes through the work of the Holy Spirit so it is very appropriate that this mystery is celebrated on the first Sunday after Pentecost, when the outpouring of the Holy Spirit first occurred’


KEY HOLDERS We are currently updating our list of Key Holders for St Mary’s Church and Parish Hall. If you have a key for either of these Premises, please let Christine in the office know.

Carrigaline Citizen Information Centre, Carrigaline Lions Youth Centre, Church Rd.  We are a Free, Confidential, Advice and Advocacy Service on all Rights/Entitlements and Benefits.  Open: Tues., Wed., Thurs 10:00am – 1:30pm. Telephone Number 0761 07 6940  No Appointment necessary.

Calling all Thespians (again!!) Mary F Murphy writes  “Carrigaline Union  have been invited by Douglas Union with Frankfield, to join with them in presenting a weekend of One Act Comedies in the Canon Packham Hall in November.

Rev David Bowles (the Curate) will direct one play and I have been asked to direct a  second play. This is an exciting opportunity for our fledgling Drama Group and we have chosen a hilarious one act  play called ”Gosforth’s Fete” by the celebrated playwright Alan Ayckbourn which has a cast of five actors. We need to cast the play before the Summer Break in order to be ready for rehearsals in early September.  This venture is open to all, including people from outside the Parish!

To this end we propose to hold a general reading, followed later by auditions,  on Tuesday next 13th June at 7.00 PM in the Parish Hall.We would appreciate if any person who is interested would contact either Olna Trotter(087-9525969) or myself (087-2780902) “


Summer Holiday Club 17th –21st July. Application forms now available  in the Parish Office.






11th June      Compline 7pm St John’s Church.

12th June      Toddlers plus One 10am Parish Hall

Monday Club 3-5pm Parish Hall

14th June      Holy Communion 10:30am St Mary’s

Theological Book Circle 8pm Rectory

28th June      6th Class Graduation Service 12 noon St Mary’s

17th –21st July  Holiday Club ‘Champions!’ Canon McCrea Hall

Random Notes No. CCXXXIV


On a sunny Saturday morning, a group of us took a stroll through Shandon and its environs. This is a fascinating area of Cork city and you can’t turn a street corner without tripping over something historic. The streets rejoice in names such as Wagget’s, Bob and Joan’s Walk and Curry’s Rock.

After starting at the Crawford Art Gallery, we visited the Butter Museum, the Firkin Crane, St Anne’s Church, and Skiddy’s Almshouse. The latter is the oldest occupied building in Cork. Sadly, Linehan’s Sweet Factory was closed for the bank holiday weekend. However, opposite Linehan’s on John Redmond Street is the South boundary of Shandon Cemetery.

On the cemetery wall is a plaque to the memory of Mary Harris, otherwise known as Mother Jones. Mary Harris was born on Cork’s Northside and was baptised in the North Cathedral in 1837. After the Famine, her family emigrated to North America, eventually settling in Chicago. She suffered numerous misfortunes, not least the loss of her husband and four children in 1867. Mrs O’Leary’s cow added to Mary Harris’s ill luck, when she lost her dressmaking business to the Chicago Fire of 1871.

After the fire, Harris was heavily involved in rebuilding the city, and became a member of the Knights of Labor. After several unsuccessful strikes, some of which ended in strikers being shot, she became active in the United Mine Workers. Over time Harris assumed the persona of “Mother Jones.” She was a passionate and accomplished public speaker, who was not afraid to use props and strong language to get her point across.

Jones repeatedly and vociferously fought for workers’ rights and opposed child labour. Frequently in trouble with the law, she became known as, “grandmother of all agitators,” and, “the most dangerous woman in America.” Her rise to national prominence was also due to her success in organising campaigns against American mine owners and in improving working conditions.

Mother Jones famously uttered the phrase, “Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living.” She had little time for the clergy, nor – unusually – for women’s suffrage. She died in 1930 and is buried in Union Miners’ Cemetery in Olive Grove Illinois.

Cork City, and Shandon in particular, is slowly beginning to recognize Mother Jones’ legacy. It has been suggested that the new Harley St pedestrian bridge be named after her. The Cork Mother Jones Festival will take place on August 1st-5th, see




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