The Rector writes ‘I am preaching this evening in Kinsale and I was asked by the rector , Revd Peter Rutherford to pick my own readings (which was very exciting to actually be able to choose instead of just going along with what was in the lectionary). So after much thought I picked Micah 6:6-8 and John 15:1-9.
I think the prophet Micah said it all when he told us that actually all God required of us was to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with our God. It is a truly wonderful life objective isn’t it? But a tough one as well … so the reading from John’s Gospel reminds us that, like a vine, we are all connected , one to the other, and to Jesus, and through Jesus to God, and it is because of this connection and this strength that we can do what Micah suggests. I am very aware that I am really just kind of practising what I want to say this evening by way of this front page but sure why not! Maybe see some of you there later on ? It’s at 6:30 in St Multose’s Church.’
YOUTH GROUP Youth Group are looking for large BEAN BAGS to sit on! If you happen to have one lying around that could do with a new lease of life then let Tracey know @ 087-3481864.
Youth Group Movie and Games Night. Sunday 28th October 7-10pm in Parish Hall. Bring your own Pillow! And a friend! (consent forms will be available on the night and must be signed by a parent/guardian) Open to all Secondary School Age kids! Pizza and refreshments will be provided.
ST MARY’S SCHOOL There is no access to the St Mary’s School playground and school yard during the week 29th October to 3rd November due to resurfacing works, and thereafter, only in exceptional surfaces and with written permission from the Board of Management may vehicles drive on the newly resurfaced school yard. (This is the area beyond the chain of the car parking area).
THE OWENABUE GARDEN AND FLOWER CLUB will hold their Decorative show Work Night in St Mary’s School Hall on Monday 22nd October, at 8 pm, . “Wonderful Christmas ideas” will be demonstrated by Breda Keohane. Visitors are welcome. Enquiries to 0863222615.
WILTON JUSTICE GROUP ”The Sustainable Development Goals- implications for Ireland and the wider world. “ Presentation by Sean Healy SMA, Director of Social Justice Ireland followed by Discussion and Q & A at SMA, Wilton Parish Centre on Wed 24th of October 7- 9pm. Admission Free.
“LITTLIES + ONE”-ALL BABIES, TODDLERS AND PRE-SCHOOLERS are welcome to come along with their mum, dad, grandparent, carer for playtime and chat with a cup of coffee and a biscuit. NO CHARGE. Every Monday (except Bank Holidays) from 10 – 12 at the Parish Hall in St. Mary’s, Carrigaline.
22nd Oct Littlies + One 10-12 Parish Hall.
Monday Club 3-5 Parish Hall.
24th Oct Holy Communion 10:30am St Mary’s Church
28th Oct Youth Club Party. 7-10pm Parish Hall.
1st Nov Service of Remembrance 7:30pm St Mary’s Church
4th Nov Peter Stobart will visit us at the 11am Service to help us learn how to sing Anglican Chant (Psalms and Canticles)
11th Nov Remembrance Sunday Choral Evensong 7pm St John’s Church
Youth Club. 7-9pm Parish Hall.
13th Nov Mary Cowhig’s Poetry Book Launch ‘The Mongrel’s Lament’ 7pm Public Library,
15th -17th Nov Theatre Supper , Douglas, times tbc
1st-2nd Dec Carrigaline Christmas Fayre (St Mary’s PA) GAA Hall , Carrigaline
19th Dec Parish Advent Film Night – The Nativity
Collegiate School Celbridge : A Social History: 1909 -1973
by Lorna Sixsmith.
If any of your family members are known to reminisce in glowing terms about their good old school days in ‘dear old Celbridge’, then this is the book for you; and more importantly it also the book for them. Many of these reminiscences are of the rose-tinted ‘life back then was wonderful’ variety, but it must be admitted that there may also be some of the ‘it was cold and I missed home’ variety. Within the covers of this finely written and well-illustrated book you will have an opportunity to check out your household’s oft-repeated story against the facts; or at least one person’s recollection of the facts. Your relative may appear in this book, not only on the list of the former pupils of the Collegiate School Celbridge (CSC), which is interesting in itself, but they may also be recorded as the heroine of some fondly-remembered academic, sporting or artistic achievement. This 151-page volume recites the social history of the CSC in the period from 1909 to 1973. The school, founded in 1730 was initially financed by the legacy of William Connoly, MP and speaker of the Irish House of Commons, reputedly the richest commoner in Ireland, and the builder of nearby Castletown House. CSC closed in 1973 when it merged with Kilkenny College and since then this co-ed college has become a powerhouse of Irish education. This is consciously a ‘social history’, and so the focus is on stories of daily life in CSC including memories of the diet, sports events, school trips, the college magazine, school plays and concerts. The teaching staff, curriculum and educational standards also come in for some comment. Notwithstanding that it is not an institutional history in the traditional sense, historians of education in general, and Protestant education in particular, in twentieth century Ireland will find much to interest them in this book. The text provides not only anecdotal or colour pieces but also gives a sense of daily life, concerns and attitudes in the relatively private world of a Protestant girls boarding school in twentieth century Ireland. The sources for this book have been twofold; firstly and most importantly individual reminiscences by numerous former “Celbridgites” and also by extracting details from the school archives, and in particular from the long-running in-house magazine The Celbridgite. The book is written in a lively chatty style by Lorna Sixsmith, a veteran observer of modern Irish life with numerous publications to her credit including, An ideal farm husband and Would you marry a farmer. Finally it must be acknowledged that the production of this book would not have been possible without the indefatigable dedication of Freda Yates. Freda taught in CSC and was headmistress of the school from January 1970 until its closure in June 1973. Freda’s dedication to her vocation as a teacher is legendary, as is her Christian charity and her devotion to bible study and its important role in ‘a loving devoted family’. This book constitutes another and enduring part of her already magnificent legacy. Christmas is fast approaching and this keenly priced volume is a perfect- stocking filler, not only for former Celbridgites and their relatives, but for anyone with an interest in local history, history of education, and in particular Protestant education in Ireland in the twentieth century.
Dr. Brendan Twomey
Copies are available through Kilkenny College at a cost of €15 plus P&P. Contact: Peter Dukelow, Kilkenny College, Castlecomer Road, Kilkenny (tel 056 7761544)