The Revd Tony Murphy writes ‘St Mary’s have once again kindly facilitated us with the use of the Church to hold an Irish Language Service during Seachtain na Gaeilge on the Eve of St Patricks Day. While the service is in the Irish Language a full translation is supplied to allow those without fluent Irish to partake in the Service. We are once again being supported by Roger Ellis on the organ and a combination of choristers from within and without the Parish. The hymns for the Service are all taken from the Church Hymnal and will be familiar to many Parishioners (They are 473; 412; 85 and 665). Readers will be from the Parish and from the group who now attend the Monthly Eucharist in St Fin Barres on the first Saturday of the month. The Preacher this year is our neighbour, Fr Séan o Sullivan, the Parish Priest of Monkstown. While the Service is open to all in the Dioceses a particular invitation is extended to you, theParishioners of Carrigaline and Monkstown’
Choral Evensong this evening in St John’s Church, Monkstown at 7pm. The famous “St Patrick’s Breastplate” by Stanford will be sung as a congregational hymn and Monkstown Chamber Choir will perform the beautiful anthem “The Deers’s Cry” led by soprano Charlotte O’Connor.
PLEASE NOTE the Parish Office will be closed on Wednesday 16th and Friday 18th March.
CHILDREN’S EASTER CLUB will be held in the Parish Hall Carrigaline from 11am to 1pm on Good Friday 25th March. Please contact Parish Office or Hilary Dring for further details.
GOOD FRIDAY PLAY –Under the direction of Mary Murphy, a group of parishioners have been working very hard over the last two months rehearsing a wonderful Easter Play called ‘No Name in the Street’ . The events in the play run parallel to the events of Holy Week.
The play will take place at 7.30pm on Good Friday in St Mary’s Church. All are welcome, come early for a good seat!
21st Mar Toddlers Plus One 10 to 12pm Parish Hall
Monday Club 3 to 5pm Parish Hall
20th – 27th Mar SEE SEPARATE HOLY WEEK SERVICES SCHEDULE
6th Apr Theological Book Circle 8pm Rectory
14th Apr Annual Easter Vestry 7pm Parish Hall
18th Apr Mother’s Union. 8pm St Mary’s Church Hall
22nd Apr Table Quiz. 8pm Canon McCrea Hall
1st May Confirmation Service 11am St Mary’s Church
15th May Dawn Chorus 5am Currabinny Woods Carpark
20th May Family Beetle Drive 7.30pm. Canon McCrea Hall
28th May Parish Féte 10am till 2pm St Mary’s School
Random Notes CLXXXVI
Further to Roger Ellis’s most interesting random notes article in last week’s parish newsletter on the G.P.O., Dublin, and by what might perhaps be considered a sequel to it, readers may be interested to see the above illustration of an envelope presently preserved at Mount Rivers..
On Thursday, 11th July, 1929, at the hour of 12 noon, the G.P.O., which had been largely destroyed in the calamitous fire some thirteen years earlier, the front façade alone surviving, was formally re- opened by the William Thomas Cosgrave (1880-1965), President of the Executive Council of Ireland, 1922-1932.
This cover, addressed to, and in the hand of the noted Cork born philatelist, Dr. John Stafford Johnson (1889-1983), of 15, Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin was posted on the day of the re-opening, and, the significance of the cover is explained in the words of a later type-written note which accompanies it.
On July 11, the first registered packet was handed in “by public” on the opening of the new post office, bearing label number 2, and addressed to Dr. J. Stafford Johnson of Dublin. Label number 1 was posted while the opening was still in progress and not available to the public.’