Parish Notices Sunday 20th September 2015

The Rector writes  ‘ What a weekend of activity it was last weekend.  True ‘Faith in Action’!  On Friday we had the 4 hour Candlelit Prayer Vigil which also allowed people to drop off supplies for the Cork/Calais Solidarity Group into the Parish Hall.  On Saturday (after the fabulous Dog Show!) the entire Woodworth family sorted out the collection and we filled three cars full to the brim to bring it into the Depot in Cork City. On Sunday the first of the two retiring collections for Bishops’

Appeal took place (the other one is today) and then last but not least the Monday Club gave up their ’slot’ for an ’Afternoon Tea’ event in the Parish Hall organised by Hazel Fleury and Mary Murphy which raised almost 1,200 euro in just two hours!

After today’s collection, I will send  all of the money collected to Bishops’ Appeal where 100% goes directly to the Refugees as Bishops’ Appeal do not have any Admin costs. Thank you’ all!’

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.

Sunday School in St Mary’s has resumed. All school going children of age four or older are welcome. The dates until the end of the year are: 13&20 Sept; 4&18 Oct; 1,8,15&22 Nov; 6,13 & 20 Dec.

CARRIGALINE home group  will be meeting up in the home of Cecil & Clare Poole next Wednesday 23rd September at 8pm. Please contact  087-2722826 for further details. Simon Woodworth will be speaking  about his recent trip to Malaysia. All welcome.

Flowerpots needed! Hazel Fleury is looking for Flowerpots. If you have any spare ones lying around, especially 5 inch and larger then please let her know! 086-8157821

Do you need support with parenting? Parenting plus support  programme commencing the week Monday  21st Sept -Evenings 7.30 to 9.30 for parents of  0-6 , 6-12, adolescent and for parents who are   separated/divorced. If interested please contact Carrigaline Family Support Centre on 021 – 4919299.

Life after Separation/Divorce; A course for those coming through troubled relationships who have either separated or divorced in the recent past will take place in a private but friendly setting in the Carrigaline Court Hotel. This course will be run in Dublin also by two other relationship counsellors, who are on the C. of I. Marriage Council, based in Church of Ireland House, Dublin.  The course will start in early October and be run over 4 Thursday evenings. Please contact Deirdre Whitley (M.R.C.S. Cert. H.Dip. Couns.)If you have any queries, or would like to meet to discuss contact her on 0862612442 or email

GRIEF AND LOSS SUPPORT. An 8 week programme starts Monday 5th October at Our Lady & John Parish Centre, Carrigaline. Tel 4371109 for further information.

Owenabue Garden and Flower club, next meeting will be held on Monday 28 September at 8 pm in St Mary’s school hall.  The speaker will be Bruno Nicolia, Blackrock, who was the winner of the Irish episode of the Sky Channels “Show me your garden competition”. Visitors welcome. Enquiries to 0863222615.


 Sept 21st    Toddler Plus One 10am Parish Hall

Monday Club 3-5pm Parish Hall

Sept 23rd       Carrigaline Home Group 8pm Pooles


 8th October    Friendship Club 11am Rectory

10th October   Harvest Supper & Dance 7.30pm Canon McCrea Hall

16th October Youth Club 7pm – 9pm Parish Hall

21st October Mothers’ Union 8pm Parish Hall

28th October Theological Book Circle 8pm Rectory

29th October Children’s Movie Night 6pm Parish Hall

31st October Rector preaching at Vigil Mass, Our Lady & St John

1st Nov Reflective Service for All Saints Day 7pm St Mary’s

21st Nov Parish Quiet Day 11am – 3pm, Parish Hall.

22nd Nov Gift Day in Rectory 12 – 3pm.

29th Nov United Service 11am St Mary’s Carrigaline

Service of Wholeness & Healing 7pm St John’s Monkstown


Random Notes CXLXIV

There were people in Carrigaline who grumbled when the smoking ban was introduced and it is likely that our ancestors were equally annoyed by the following bans.

In 1447, moustaches were declared illegal. An act of Parliament stated that every man should shave his upper lip or be treated as an Irish enemy.

In 1467 a type of shoe was banned., it had points that were so long they hindered walking, they were tied to their wearer’s knees. Anyone who defied the ban was fined 20 shillings and risked being cursed by the clergy.

In 1601, men were forbidden to ride in coaches as this was considered effeminate. In 1778, all businesses were forced to stay closed on the Sabbath.

On 29 April 1808, the Mayor of Cork was keen to stop the May eve custom of striking people, mainly women, with nettles. He announced that any offender would be severely punished.

There was one practice the citizens themselves wanted to cease, that was the custom of placing the heads of executed criminals on spikes outside Cork jail. If the wind was strong, occasionally somebody’s head would be blown off the spittle and roll down South Main St. “to the great consternation of pedestrians”. After many complaints the tradition was stopped.

Sometimes the authorities were forced to accept defeat because of the people’s rejection of a ban. In the 1850’s the Cork Examiner reported that in spite of  being summoned and fined, the same players turned up at the same places, week after week, to take part in road bowling matches, in total disregard of the law. Some traditions refused to die. These days, it is considered such a respectable sport, that even Bishops take part!

road bowling



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