The Rector writes ‘Yesterday our Diocesan Synod was held and it prompts me to write about our diocese. We are so lucky to be in a diocese that is also one ‘County’ as it gives us a sense of being grounded in one distinct area. My last diocese (Cashel, Ferns & Ossory) consisted of 7 Counties with 6 Cathedrals and lots of competing large towns like Kilkenny(where I was based), Waterford, Carlow, Wexford etc. so I know what I am talking about! A previous Dean’s Vicar in St Fin Barre’s used to speak of ‘Cork and Not-Cork’ and the longer I am here the more I can understand it! Cork really is a Republic in itself! If you want to know more about our diocese, do look up the excellent website
SUMMER HOLIDAY CLUB ‘COPS & ROBBERS’ This year our Parish will join again with Templebreedy Parish to run a children’s Bible-based Holiday Club from 18th to 22nd 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.
13th June Toddlers Plus One 10 to 12pm Parish Hall
Monday Club 3pm to 5pm Fleury’s Home in Monkstown (last one until September)
Theological Book Circle 8pm Rectory
19th June Silent Walk for Refugees 3pm Cork City
26th June RTE Radio Broadcast from St Mary’s Church
18th to 20th July Holiday Club in St Mary’s School
23rd July Open Garden at Sarah Footts in MonkstowN-fundraiser for C.U.H. Chapel.
31st July United Service 11.15am St John’s Church
Service of Wholeness & Healing 7pm St Mary’s Church
1st—23rd August Rector on Annual Leave
2nd September Parish Barbecue 7.30pm Rectory Garden
25th September Blessing of the Animals Service 11am St Mary’s
8th October Harvest Supper & Dance 7.30pm Canon McCrea Hall
9th October Harvest Thanksgiving Services:
11am St Mary’s Church, Preacher: The Revd John Tanner
7pm St John’s Church, Preacher: The Revd David Bowles
Random Notes CXCVI
“It is always fascinating to have a glimpse of what like was like for our local ancestors. In James Gleasure’s recently published book, “A 1915 Carrigaline Correspondence – David Busteed and Lilian Daunt”, letters between the recently engaged couple provide such a picture. Although the couple lived just a few miles away, they wrote to each other every day; in fact, sometimes a few letters in the same day. The letters are all the more poignant as tragedy struck a year after the marriage. Lilian died two weeks after giving birth to their son. Below is a small extract from a letter which Lilian wrote to David, exactly 101 years ago today.
Saturday June 12th, 1915
My Dearest David
Not one line written to you since you were here, it is too bad really; I am afraid I am too careless altogether.
Well on Thursday I was rather busy all day, but got finished early (about 7.30) and then found I had to go to Carrigaline for some messages. As I reached the cross near Vaughans I saw Annie Smyth seated in her pony-trap, and Janie just coming out of Barry’s shop after selling the butter. The next thing after the usual greetings was – “will you come for a drive?” I agreed, away we went right along the Kilmoney road, past Symes (?) and under Mahoneys and turned to come home when we reached those cottages, before the turn up to your place. I did enjoy the drive immensely. The girls were in such good humour that their gaiety was infectious. One or two little incidents which occurred on the way added to the fun. The first was an encounter with McCarthy’s bull. Fortunately he was with a drove of other cattle and a man and a dog were following; but if you only saw the drive he made at the pony! I was sure that his horns were through her side.
He had not touched her however, and then passed on, prancing about the road in a manner which we were able to laugh at as he had done no harm.