The Rector writes: ‘’Today our back page sees the 100th edition of our very popular Random Notes. I know from speaking with many of you that this is one of your favourite parts of our weekly pew sheet. I have even heard tell that some of you read it while I am preaching although I have never personally witnessed this! I want , on your behalf, to sincerely thank Lesley Roberts and Roger Ellis , who put so much into their weekly musings and remembrances. It is fantastic to have two such ‘Amateur Historians’ in our midst and coming as they do, from both ‘sides’ of our Parish Union , it makes the weekly meanderings so balanced! It is therefore very appropriate that today’s contribution is a joint one. Congratulations and well done to both of them. May we continue to enjoy the next 100 Random Notes. I hope the weather proves decent enough for us all to enjoy the Parish Picnic after the 11am Service and sure even if it rains, we will put down our blankets on the Parish Hall floor and have an indoor picnic there!
Cooking Demonstration– Thursday 19th June 7.30pm in St Mary’s Parish Hall. Noelle Morrison, Ballymaloe trained chef and proprietor of Glenwood House, Carrigaline’s only 4 star Guesthouse will demonstrate an evening of Fantastic food for summer. Taste all the dishes and enjoy a glass of wine on the night. Recipes to take home. Support this Parish Fundraiser. Tickets €20 from the Parish Office, St Mary’s School Office or Adrian Bateman.
Midsummer Garden party-On Saturday 21st June at 2pm In St Mary’s. If you can bake some scones or small cakes for this Parish social event / fundraiser, please let Hazel Fleury or Hilary Warren-Perry know. Thank you!
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.
Beetle Drive, Friday, 27th June, St. Mary’s School Hall, Waterpark, at 7.30pm. €10 per person, €20 per family. A fun-filled evening for all – refreshments, prizes, raffle, chat. In aid of Ashton School Hockey trip. Contact Hilary on 086-2637137 or 086-3680513.
CARRIGALINE FAMILY SUPPORT CENTRE Allotment Project 2014- Are you in receipt of Social Welfare? Are you interested in gardening or growing your own vegetables and would like to be part of a small group of like-minded people? If so this project could be just for you. For more information please call 021/4919299.
June 16th Toddlers plus One Group 10am Parish Hall
Monday Club 3pm Parish Hall.
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 so roll on those cream teas! 2pm start.
July 21st – July 25th Summer Holiday Club ‘Starship Discovery’
Sept 5th Parish BBQ
Random Notes No. C
Amongst the tombs in the Churchyard of Carrigaline are two of the family of Conner of Ballybricken, near Ringaskiddy, a prominent family now no longer in the area, but when so, much involved in the affairs of the parish for most of the nineteenth century. The first of the family to settle in the area was ‘George Conner, founder of Ballybricken, beautifully situated near Cork harbour’, who died in 1770, a son of Daniel Conner ‘a wealthy merchant of Bandon bridge’. Four further generations of the family were to live at Ballybricken before the last, Daniel Henry Conner (1867-1941) sold the house, c.1911, on its by then much reduced demesne of but 226 acreage, reduced from the 1,362 acres held by the family in 1870.
Ballybricken was a substantial eighteenth six bay three storey over basement house, and occupied the site where the Pfizer pharmaceutical complex now stands. The new road from Shanbally to Ringaskiddy follows the line of the old avenue to the house, and some of the outbuildings of Ballybricken are still to be seen adjacent to the new road. The house suffered a calamitous fire in about 1910,was later ‘restored’, and finally demolished c.1975 to make way for what is there now.
Signature of Daniel Conner (c.1798-1865), of Ballybricken, dated 5th April, 1831, as it appears entered in the Carrigaline Vestry Minute book.
Detail of the tomb of Daniel Conner (c.1798-1865), in Carrigaline Churchyard.
R.C.E. & K.L.R