Rector’s Holiday Arrangements
The Douglas Clergy will cover pastoral emergencies from 1st August until 15th August. Telephone 021-4891539.
The Revd Isobel Jackson will cover pastoral emergencies from 16th August until 23rd August. Telephone 021-4831236.
21st Morning Prayer, St John’s, Holy Communion St Mary’s :
The Rt Revd Michael Mayes
17th Holy Communion : The Revd Tony Murphy
Scrap Metal Collection is back on track….. We can raise money for the Parish and also be environmentally friendly at the same time! For more information call Henry Forbes on 087-2035000.
PARISH BARBECUE is on Friday 2nd September at 7.30pm in the Rectory Grounds. More details nearer the time but please keep the evening free.
CHEESE & WINE Fundraising evening Friday 19th August 6.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m. at George & Joyce Gleasure’s home Raffle, Mystery Guest Proceeds to benefit Nohoval Church painting. Everyone welcome Further information please contact George 087 6819535.
COME AND SING St Fin Barre’s Cathedral will be hosting a Come and Sing Choral Evensong on Saturday 17th September. Singers from across the diocese are encouraged to support this event and all abilities are most welcome! There will be a rehearsal at 2pm and the service itself is at 5pm. Tea and coffee will be served at 4.15pm.
Music will be provided and will includes John Rutter’s beautiful anthem ‘The Lord bless you and keep you’. Contact Peter Stobart at the cathedral on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
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 CC1II
Recently, I was at the Island Crematorium on Rocky Island in Ringaskiddy. A fascinating place, it led to me to read up on some of its history. In Niall Brunicardi’s 1968 book entitled “Haulbowline, Spike & Rocky Islands” a small article caught my interest….
“In one of the few sea encounters recorded between British and Irish forces the British Ordnance vessel “Upnor” was captured on the high seas and brought into Ballycotton, where her cargo of arms and ammunition was landed. At the time the British forces were evacuating their bases in accordance with the terms of the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921. The “Upnor” was being loaded with arms and ammunition at Rocky Island pier when word was brought to the officers of the 1st Brigade (Cork City) Southern Division who were opposed to the Treaty. They decided to attempt to take the vessel and her cargo.
On the morning of 29th March the Upnor sailed for Plymouth. Word was sent to Cork where a fleet of lorries and private cars were commandeered and ordered to Ballycotton. A British tug, the “Warrior”, was teken over at Cobh as was a master mariner, Captain Jeremiah Collins of Cork, and pressed in to service. Some four to six hours after Upnor had sailed, Brigade Officers Dan Donovan, Sean O’Donoghue, Michael Murphy and Sean O’Hegarty succeeded in getting Warrior under steam. The seamanship of Captain Collins, aided by John Duhig, a Cobh Volunteer, brought them up with Upnor at 6.30pm that evening about twenty miles off the Cork coast. By means of a ruse, a boarding party under Commandant Michael Murphy captured the Upnor which was brought into Ballycotton at about 4am the next morning, 30th March. The lorries and cars were soon loaded and the arms and ammunition sent off to previously selected points inland. Ballycotton itself had been sealed off. Over 3,000 guns and over 500,000 rounds of ammunition were landed and transported before the destroyer “Heather” from Cobh steamed into Ballycotton and found the empty and abandoned Upnor.”