Parish Notices Sunday 15th March 2015

The Revd Tony Murphy writes   ’Carrigaline Union have once again kindly facilitated us with the use of St Mary’s Church to hold an Irish

Language Service on the Eve of St Patrick’s 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.  While we do not have a formal choir , Roger Ellis will play the organ and  some members of the Monkstown Chamber Choir will join in the Congregational

singing . The hymns (numbers 85; 412; 473; 642 and 665) are all taken from the Church Hymnal and will be familiar to many


The address will be delivered by Ms Síle Healy the representative from Moviddy Union in the Diocesan Group “Charting the Future with Confidence” .

While the Service is open to all in the Dioceses  a particular invitation is

extended to Parishioners of Carrigaline and Monkstown “




THANK YOU to Zoe Newenham for picking daffodils for all the women in our church and dropping them into us for the Sunday service.

We are still  running the Scrap Metal Collection to raise funds for the Parish.  So have a clear out of your shed, garage and attic! If you require your scrap metal to be collected then we can arrange to collect it from your home or business.  

For information on where to drop off or if you need it collected call Adrian Bateman on 0868300379 or Henry Forbes on 0872035000 .A full listing of acceptable items and materials is on the website

The next meeting of the Passage,Glenbrook, Monkstown, Grow It Yourself” group will be held on Thursday 19 March at 7.30 pm in the Church of Ireland Hall, Passage West. The topic for discussion with William Swanton will be “Growing Herbs” and guidance on setting up a herb bed. There will also be a talk on growing all types of vegetable seeds. All are welcome. Enquiries to Steve at 0862405573.

Templebreedy Parish Fundraising Lunch  3-course lunch at Carrigaline Court Hotel, Friday 20th March, 12 noon for 12.30 p.m.  Tickets €35 from the Templebreedy Parish Office, tel.: 021 4831236.  Everyone welcome.

Whist drive– in aid of baby Noah Drake-Brennan. St Mary’s School Waterpark. Saturday 21 March at 8.30pm.  Admission €5. Raffle, Prizes Galore. Donations gratefully received. Contact Henry Forbes 087-2035000. See more information on

The Owenabue Garden and Flower club, Carrigaline, will hold their Spring Show on Monday 23 March at 8.30 pm in St Mary’s C of I school hall. Demonstrator will be Margaret Ahern, AOIFA. The topic will be “Celebrate Spring”. Visitors welcome. Enquiries to 0863222615.



March 16th Toddler Plus One 10am Parish Hall

Monday Club 3 – 5pm Parish Hall

                    St Patrick’s Eve Service as Gaeilge 7.30pm St Mary’s Church

March 17th St Patrick’s Day Eucharist Service 10.30am St Mary’s Church

March 18th Evening Prayer 7.30pm St Mary’s Church. Lenten Study 8pm Parish Hall

March 22nd Service of Wholeness & Healing 7pm St Mary’s



March 25th Midweek Eucharist incorporating MU Lady Day prayers 10.30am  St Mary’s Church

followed by coffee  in the Rectory.

April 12th Kilternan Church Choir singing at United Service 11am St Mary’s Church

April 16th Annual Easter Vestry 7pm Parish Hall

April 19th  Confirmation Service 11am  St John’s Church

May 2nd Kilkenny Youth Orchestra Concert, St Mary’s Church , details later.

May 17th Dawn Chorus, 4.30am Currabinny Woods

May 30th   Summer Fete


Random Notes CXXXV

Driving to St Mary’s Church church on a Sunday – or St Mary’s National School on a weekday – takes us over the Owenabue river in the centre of Carrigaline, as we live on the Belgooly side of the town. The children find the rise and fall of the tides fascinating and we usually keep a tide table in the car. There is a small artificial island, which is connected to the park at low tide. Some swans appear to nest there and are protected from predators at high tide.

2015 is going to be a year of notably high “super spring tides,” which is not particularly good news for Carrigaline or Cork for that matter! The next particularly high tide is due on March 20th. On the same day there will be a partial solar eclipse visible from 0741 to 1150. It should be very noticeable about           halfway between these two times – but never look directly at the sun! The eclipse and the super spring tide are not a coincidence as spring tides happen when the sun, the moon and the earth are in a straight line.

At low tide the Owenabue Creek turns into mudflats with a trickle of water in the middle. It’s always interesting to see birds hopping across the mud looking for a tasty worm, small fish or insects. The Belgooly River is similar. At full tide it looks nice and deep but at low tide it’s mudflats as well. The village of Belgooly, or Béal Guala, is sited right where the River Stick meets this tidal inlet. Béal Guala translates as “the mouth of the coal” and apparently refers to a time past when ships used to come up the inlet to unload coal. However it is hard to imagine any ship sailing up an inlet which would be impossible to navigate at low tide. So why the name?

Volume 20 of The Kinsale Record may offer some insight into this mystery. On November 1, 1755, Lisbon was destroyed by a particularly strong earthquake. The seismic shock from this and a subsequent earthquake in 1761 were strongly felt in Cork, Kinsale and other parts of Ireland and Europe. Notably, Kinsale experienced a tidal surge not unlike a tsunami. The Record suggests that the shape of Kinsale’s harbour may have contributed to the dramatic fall and rise in sea level.

While the Record sticks to the specifics of the earthquake itself, it is known that any resultant tsunami can cause considerable harbour silting. In addition, it has been suggested (but not in the Record) that the shift in continental plates that caused this devastating earthquake resulted in Irish ports and inlets being much more prone to silting.  Perhaps a geologist can confirm this!



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