The Rector writes ‘At the back of each Church you will find the beautifully produced and illustrated book ‘The Church of Ireland , An Illustrated History’
If you would like to borrow this, just fill in your name and the date so that the next person knows roughly when to expect it to return. This book has lovely photographs and the history of each one of our parish Churches and Cathedrals throughout the country and is a fascinating read. In the Parish Hall there is also a bookcase chock full of fine books which have been donated to the parish. These books may be borrowed for any length of time. Just take one and bring it back when you’re finished with it.’
WARNING-Some of the Gravestones behind St Mary’s Church have been deemed unstable by our Health & Safety team and are marked with red and white Hazard Tape while the County Council address the problem. Please do not let your children play near these gravestones. Thank you.
Mother’s Union Summer Outing. Thursday 30th July. Leaving St Mary’s Church at 1.30pm to go to Glenview Gardens near Enniskeane. Following that we will go to Dunmore House near Clonakilty for an evening meal at 6pm. All are welcome. Please contact Hilary Dring 086-3680513 by 20th July if you would like to go.
PLEASE NOTE the Parish Office will be closed Friday 24th July and will reopen on Wednesday 5th August. Please contact the Rector for any urgent queries.
‘Grace and Flavours’ a collection of thoughts, prayers and grace accompanied by 50 delicious but simple seasonal recipes to take us through the church and calendar year. €4 per copy. Buy one after church or ask Hilary about them. Monies raised from booklet sales will go towards our Mothers’ Union ‘Mums in May’ countrywide fundraising. Thanks for your support. (HD)
Nohoval Parish Fundraising Afternoon – Cheese & Wine & Elderflower Cordial. Sunday 9th August, 3-6 p.m., at George & Joyce Gleasure’s home. Honesty Marquee. All proceeds to benefit Nohoval Church organ refurbishment. Everyone welcome.
Friday June 19th :Alison Warren-Perry writes “It was our youth club’s last meeting before breaking up for the summer holidays so a barbecue was held for the occasion. Kristin Hollowell, the diocesan youth officer came and helped out for the night and organised all the games. We were divided into 2 teams and competed in games involving water balloons, tea towels, blindfolds, coins and a brilliant variation of musical chairs! Afterwards we indulged in burgers and sausages, followed by brownies. We finished the night by each of us placing a candle around a wooden cross to represent our own prayers and in remembrance of the 6 Irish students who died in Berkeley. Altogether the night was a great success and it was wonderful to see so many new faces.”
Friday 10th – Sunday 12th July-Peter Coughlan writes “The Cork Diocesan Youth Council held a very successful activity weekend in a hostel on Cape Clear island and 24 young people from around the diocese attended in the 13 to 15 age group. The weather was poor on the Saturday but it did not deter the group who eagerly got stuck in to the activities, Archery, Snorkelling, Kite flying, Hiking and other mad games ! Amy McCrea of the Church of Ireland Youth Council led a series of excellent short reflections on prayer and we held a Sunday morning service on the site of an old C of I church looking out over the bay – beautiful ! Tired but happy we returned by ferry to Baltimore on the Sunday evening. Well done to Oriel Hosford and Kyle Meiklejohn for representing our youth group so well.”
July 20th Toddler Plus One 10am Parish Hall
July 20th—24th Holiday Club all week in Canon McCrea Hall
July 22nd Midweek Eucharist 10.30am St Mary’s
July 30th Mothers’ Union Outing
Sept 4th Parish Barbecue 7.30pm Rectory Garden
Random Notes CXLVI
On the bypass road in Carrigaline, there is a recently erected memorial to the athlete Joe West. The memorial stands between the road and the fence around the public park.
Joe West was born on December 6th 1921 and was reared on the Ballea Road in Carrigaline. A member of the Owenabue Athletic club, he won nearly every race from the half-mile to the marathon, during his initial involvement in the sport in the ‘forties. In 1943, he won both the Cork Harrier Championship and the Cork senior Cross-Country Championship, which he retained in 1945, and won again in 1947. He was runner-up on two occasions, and he led his club to team success in 1945 and 1951.
In 1949, he emigrated to Coventry, where he remained until his return to Carrigaline in 1953. While in Coventry he competed with the renowned Coventry Godiva Harriers, and was a successful road runner. He achieved considerable success, medalling both with his club and county. He is listed in Coventry Godiva’s Hall of Fame, along with other notable athletes such as David Moorecroft and Basil Heatley.
In 1952, Joe was invited to take part in the AAAU marathon, which was designated as the Olympic Trial. Joe didn’t hesitate, even though he’d never run further than 15 miles. Despite the presence of favourite John Henning, he won the title, and came in under the 2:40 qualifying standard.
On his return to England he took part in the Polytechnic marathon, run on the Windsor to Chiswick course. He enjoyed his run, and beat John Henning once again, finishing eleventh overall in 2:32. The winner was Jim Peters, in 2:20, with Stan Cox in 2:21.
Joe West’s most notable achievement was at the Helsinki Olympics in 1952. There, he was a member of the two man Irish athletics squad. However on arrival in Helsinki, late in the evening, Joe found that the other Irish competitor and the team manager had already returned home to Ireland. This left him with no support and no accommodation.
However the Dutch team saved the day by providing Joe with somewhere to stay. In the marathon, Joe accompanied Emil Zatopek, the eventual winner, for the first half of the race. He gallantly completed the distance in a time of 2:56:22, finishing in 49th place, in a race famously won by Emil Zatopek, who had already taken the gold medals in both the 5000m and 10,000m on the track.
Joe West derived great satisfaction in realizing his dream of Olympic competition. Video footage of Joe’s Olympic Marathon is available in Carrigaline Public Library.
(This material has been sourced almost wholly from http://www.corkathletics.org/) SJFW