Parish Notices Sunday 20th December 2015

The Rector writes ‘Only one more of our Advent Talks to go. So far Deirdre McCrea has talked to us about Heaven, Vivienne Sharpe about Judgement and John Sweeney about Death. All that remains from the ‘Four Last Things of Advent’ is Hell and Richard Dring will be speaking on that theme on Wednesday 23rd. I’d like to thank all four of our speakers who were brave enough to lead these unique discussions on their subjects over Advent. They each put a lot of work into it and it was much appreciated. The talks were well attended and everyone enjoyed the opportunity to delve a little deeper into faith matters.  Come along to the Parish hall at 8pm on Wednesday 23rd for the final talk in this particular series. Later on today is the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at 4pm in St John’s. The Chamber choir have been practising hard for weeks now and I’m sure it will wonderful. See you there.’

PARISH OFFICE closed from Monday 21st at 12.15 and reopens at 9:15 on Monday 4th January 2016.

Wednesdays in advent Advent Bible Study concludes at 8pm on Wednesday in the Parish Hall.  This week Richard Dring will talk about Hell from a Biblical perspective,  followed by discussion and some light refreshments.  All welcome.


Confirmation Classes in the Rectory will be beginning on Saturday February 6th.

Please let the Rector know if you would like to be confirmed in 2016.



We plan to stage an Easter play this coming Spring.

The short play is called “No Name in the Street”  and has a cast of 8 to 14 characters depending on how many parts are doubled up.  The parts are mostly  female but with the possibility of male roles.  This is an exciting venture for

Carrigaline Union and we plan to hold auditions for the play shortly after Christmas.  So watch this space for details after Christmas!  For further information contact Mary F. Murphy on 087-2780902 who will be directing the play.



21st Dec  Toddler Plus One 10am Parish Hall

Monday Club 3-5pm Parish Hall singing Carols with MU

23rd Dec   Advent Bible Study ‘Hell’   8pm   Parish Hall

27th Dec  United Christingle Service 11am St Mary’s Church



24th Dec   Carols around the Crib 4pm St Mary’s Church

First Eucharist of the Nativity Midnight St Mary’s Church

25th Dec   Eucharist 9.30am St John’s Church

Eucharist 11am St Mary’s Church




14th Jan   Friendship Club 11am Rectory

15th Jan   Youth Club 7 to 9pm Parish Hall

18th Jan   Theological Book Club 8pm Rectory

29th Jan   CAMEO 10.30am Monkstown Sailing Club

31st Jan    United Service 11.15am St John’s Church

Service of Wholeness & Healing 7pm St Mary’s Church

6th Feb     Confirmation Class 6 to 8pm Rectory


Random Notes CLXXV

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Supposing that some 18th century Carrigaline ladies had gone to Cork on a shopping spree, what shops would they have visited?

Let’s have a look back in time.

Their first choice might have been Francis Haly’s drapery shop for English silk, poplin and satin, then on to Thomas Forrest for silk handkerchiefs, French leather gloves, ivory combs and Italian flowers. Perhaps they might then visit Michael McDermott’s jewelry shop.

Luxury items like tea and coffee were bought from Zachary Morris, English refined sugar, cinnamon, ginger and almonds from William Gunn, currants, raisins, sago and rice from Jackson and Shaw, or liquorice from Timothy Donovan.

Stays were bought from Maurice Colbert or maybe they went to William Walker’s shop which sold ladies wigs,as well as wigs for gentlemen and clergy.

When their shopping was finished they might have had refreshments in the English coffee house before going home.

If the shopper was a man, however, he might have bought French nightcaps from Forrest’s, silver spurs, buckles or a watch from McDermott’s, tobacco from Morris or snuff from O’Donovan’s.

If he needed a pair of breeches, he could have gone to the breeches market in Fishamble Lane (Liberty St), held on Wednesdays and Saturdays (to the annoyance of local  people who objected to “overgrown fellows being fitted for small clothes, in full view of passing females”). If he wanted somewhere more private there were several tailor shops on South Main St.

Perhaps he enjoyed hunting, shooting or fishing. Nicholas Howell sold caps and saddles, Joseph Anglin was a gun seller, Jackson and Shaw sold powder and shot and Marsden Haddock sold fishing equipment. For bookworms, Anthony Edwards had a bookshop and also sold lottery tickets.

Shopping over, off to the Blackmoor’s Head for the best liquors and “good eatables dressed in a decent manner”, he might even have spent the night there, as it offered “accommodation fit for man and horse.”                                         MMPC



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