Parish Notices Sunday 11th May 2014

The Rector writes: ‘ Today, both in our prayers and in what we will hear from our guest speaker Susan Helen, we celebrate the work of Christian Aid.  The theme for this year’s Christian Aid Week is all about giving people a future without fear,  focusing on how War tears lives apart and how we can help put them back together.  Susan will  talk to us today  about  education projects that she has been personally involved with and we thank her for coming to speak to us.  I will be hosting a Coffee Morning this Wednesday 14th from 11am until 12.30 am in the Rectory for Christian Aid and I hope that many of you will join me then.

TEA & COFFEE after the Service in St Mary’s Church.

SUMMER HOLIDAY CLUB ‘STARSHIP DISCOVERY’ This year our Parish will join again with Templebreedy Parish to run a children’s Bible-based Holiday Club from 21st—25th July in the Canon McCrea Hall, St Mary’s School. 10am till 1pm. €30 per child or €70 per family, which includes snack. Registration forms are available from the Parish Office or the Rector immediately after Easter.

Mothers’ Union will visit Alison Flack’s garden in Currabinny on Wednesday 21st May at 3.30. There will be tea and biscuits. All welcome to join us but please let Hilary know at 086-3680513 so that we can give Alison numbers for the tea. If anyone needs a lift get in touch please.

Cooking Demonstration- Thursday 19th June 7.30pm in St Mary’s Parish Hall. Further information to follow in the coming weeks.

Buttons and bottle corks- Tracey Pierce is looking for these for crafts. If you have any please pass them on to her or leave them in the  parish office.

ASHTON SCHOOL are organising a Senior Hockey Tour to Holland this August. Three of our young people are going; Rachel Warren-Perry, Simon Dring and Christina Dring. They would love if you could support them by coming to a fun evening at 7pm on Saturday 24th May in Ashton. It will be a ’night with a  difference – a competitive, fun filled, team oriented evening’, an ‘alternative entertainment extravaganza’!! Teams of four, €40 per team, €10 per person.  Contact either Hilary on 086-3680513 or 086-2637137 for more info. Drinks and refreshments available on the night. Thank you.

Parish Fête. This year’s Parish Fête will take place at the end of this month,  Saturday 31st May in the Canon McCrea Hall and the grounds of the School. Please contact Eddie Pierce (0872557505)or the Rector if you would like to be involved in helping out at a stall or if you have any items for any of the stalls. This is a very important fund-raiser in the parish so please do dig around in the attics and garages! We can arrange to collect any items. Just shout! Items can also be left in the Parish Office during opening hours.

Attention Golfers,  Nohoval Church invites you to sign up your team (of 4) for our Heritage Golf Classic, Friday June 6th, to be held at the Cork Golf Club, Little Island. Play and support our church restoration project. Phone Dermot Duggan 086 820 4315 or Joyce Gleasure 086 848 0950.


St John’s         Rector’s Churchwarden            Barney Deane

People’s Churchwarden           Henry Forbes

St Mary’s        Rector’s Churchwarden           Simon Woodworth

People’s Churchwarden Clem Carroll

Rector’s Glebewarden Cecil Poole

People’s Glebewarden Jonathan Fleury

Select Vestry : Helen Arnopp, Richard Dring, Joy Keefe, David Kirk, Rowland Newenham, Lesley Roberts, Eddie Pierce, Eric Wilson, Adrian Bateman, Millie Kingston, Ingrid Glen, Hazel Fleury

Parochial Nominators:  Rowland Newenham, Jonathan Fleury, Helen Arnopp, Lesley Roberts

Diocesan Synodspersons:  Rowland Newenham, Richard Dring, Simon Woodworth, Helen Arnopp, Conor Murray



May 12th       Toddlers plus One Group 10am Parish Hall

Monday Club 3pm Parish Hall.

May 14th          Christian Aid Coffee Morning in Rectory 11am

May 31st Parish Fête

June 8th Pentecost Confirmation Service 11am St Mary’s

June 15th Parish Picnic

June 19th Cooking Demonstration 7.30pm Parish Hall

June 21st St Nicholas’ Brass Band celebrating 100 years, will be performing at the Mid Summer Garden Party in St Mary’s Churchyard…. plus the Rector’s sponsored diet ends today.

July 21st  – July 25th    Summer Holiday Club ‘Starship Discovery’


Random Notes XCV

Below is an extract from “Our Place” which was a local magazine produced in 1979. The Editor was the late Charlie Hennessy and this article was by Monkstown historian Colman O’Mahony.

“Our Place through the years”

1754 August. Severe thunder and lightening in the Cork harbour area causes many  frightened porpoises to be captured; twenty of which were ashore at Passage. These were later brought to Cork City and sold.

1799 Dec 23rd. A pear tree at Rafeen is presently in full bloom.

1810 June 4th. Today two baskets of new potatoes were sold at the Cork market by Mr Edwards of Hop Island, Rochestown. These potatoes being perfect and fully grown  samples were the first to appear in any market in Ireland that year.

1810 November 26th. George Shea found fully ripe strawberries on his ground at Monkstown.

1815 July. Two fields of oats were reaped at Rafeen by Mr Warren.

1830 January 21st. Five local men left Monkstown in a whale boat and rowed to the outer harbour. The following day it is reported that all on board perished when the boat was lost in a storm. Those who died were – Patrick Farrell who left a wife and seven children, five of whom were under 11 years of age; John Long who left a wife and six children the eldest of which was but 12 years; of this man it was lamented that his “family were actually                             depending on the earnings of the day on which he was drowned for the following day’s support”. The other three who perished were – Daniel Linehan who was survived by three children and a wife who was “daily expecting her confinement”. John Linehan survived by his mother and crippled brother and John Quinlan who left two aged and helpless parents.

1841 On the night of Saturday 20th March as Constables Moore, Walsh and Brown were patrolling near Monkstown they noticed sparks coming from the chimney of Maurice Cox’s low thatched cottage. Failing to rouse the occupants they eventually gained entry and immediately saw that a bundle of kindling near the fire had ignited and was in turn about to set fire to a bale of straw used as litter for the horse. With the help of Cox and his family, the fire was extinguished and the house and it’s occupants saved.

1844 September. Occupants of “Rockville” in Glenbrook are stricken with a severe stomach illness. It being ascertained that the wife of Charles Putland, the owner of the house, had purchased some “Frosted Sugar Ornaments” in Passage the supplier was contacted. An enquiry established that the confectioner had used emerald green paint which contained sulphate of copper in colouring the sugar. Once this information became known, Dr Tivy treated the patients with success.

1854 January. A child, Daniel Fitzgerald, son of a Journeyman baker was attacked by a boar in the street at Passage. There being no one at hand to render assistance, the unlucky child was badly mauled and received several bites from the savage animal.


To be continued……!



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