The Rector writes ‘Next week is a ‘fifth Sunday’, in other words it is the 5th time that there was a Sunday in this month, something that only happens four times in any year.
As we always do for a fifth Sunday, we will be having a United Service, this time at 11am in St Mary’s. Next Sunday 29th is also Advent Sunday, the first Sunday of the new Liturgical year, ‘Year C’ in the three year cycle, when we will be reading mainly from the Gospel of Luke. As is also the pattern for us on a Fifth Sunday, there will be an evening Service of Wholeness and Healing in the Church that didn’t host the morning Service, so all are welcome at 7pm in St John’s next Sunday for this lovely quiet service of welcoming the healing balm of God’s love into our troubled lives. On another note entirely, if you are also planning that Sunday to walk in the People’s Climate Change March (2pm in Grand Parade), watch out for me with the Eco Congregation Banner and we’ll walk together’
Mother’s Union Craft Night. Christmas Decorations with a Difference! With Tracey Pierce. Meeting in the Rectory Wednesday 25th at 8pm. All welcome.
CALLING ALL BAKERS AND PRESERVERS/CONSERVERS!!Carrigaline Christmas Fayre is on the way!! If you could contribute something to their Home Produce Stall the Parents’ Association of St. Mary’s NS would be thrilled. The stall raises funds for the school. The Fayre will take place on Sat 28th and Sun 29th November from 11-5. If you would like to drop stuff off at the parish office sooner, we can get it there. Contact Hilary on 086-3680513 if you need more info.
Living with Grief, Loss & Change The Social and Health Education Project (SHEP) is offering its Seasons for Growth, living with Grief, Loss and Change. A 20 hour (8 week) course on Wednesdays 7.30pm to 10.00pm in Ballincollig, commencing 25th November 2015 and running to end January 2016 (with a break for Christmas). The subsidised course fee is €75. [This course provides adults with the opportunity to examine how loss, grief or change has impacted on their lives and provides knowledge, skills and attitudes to understand and manage these experiences] Contact 021 4666180 for information or to apply.
CARRIGALINE CHRISTMAS FAYRE run by the Parents Association of St Mary’s School. Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th November, 11am—5pm , GAA Hall, Carrigaline.
Owenabue Garden and Flower Club, Carrigaline are having their “Magic of Christmas” demonstration by Rose Hickey of AOIFA. on Monday 23 November at 8 pm in St Mary’s School Hall. Visitors welcome. Any enquiries to 086-3222615.
TEMPLEBREEDY CHRISTMAS FAYRE—Saturday 28th November 2pm, – 4.30pm, Crosshaven Community Hall.
Nohoval Parish Church are hosting a fundraising concert on Wednesday 9th December at 8pm in aid of their Organ Replacement. Polyphonics Barbershop will be singing. Tickets are €15 including interval with seasonal refreshments.
23rd Nov Toddler Plus One 10am Parish Hall
Monday Club 3-5pm Parish Hall
25th Nov Mother’s Union Craft Night. 8pm Rectory.
29&30th Nov Carrigaline Christmas Fayre. GAA Hall. 11am-5pm.
29th Nov United Service 11am St Mary’s Carrigaline
Peoples Climate Change March 2pm Grand Parade Cork
Service of Wholeness & Healing 7pm St John’s Monkstown
2nd Dec Advent Bible Study ‘Heaven’ 8pm Parish Hall
9th Dec Advent Bible Study ‘Judgement’ 8pm Parish Hall
8th Dec Mother’s Union Christmas Lunch. 12.30 Crosshaven Yacht Club
10th Dec Friendship Club 11am Rectory
16th Dec Advent Bible Study ‘Death’ 8pm Parish Hall
18th Dec Community Carols 7.30pm St Mary’s Church
20th Dec Nine Lessons & Carols 4pm St John’s Church
23rd Dec Advent Bible Study ‘Hell’ 8pm Parish Hall
24th Dec Carols around the Crib 4pm St Mary’s Church
Random Notes CLXXII
No Carrigaline pub has ever enjoyed the kind of publicity given to James Downey’s premises in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, the host of the longest ever strike in trade union history.
The trouble started in March 1939 when James Downey sacked his staff, all members of the Vintners Union, replacing them with non-Union staff. As a result, the Union picketed the pub. As time passed, the original workers found employment elsewhere and were replaced on the picket line.
As the years (and the strike) dragged on, the story featured in newspapers and magazines around the world including Time magazine. The following account, by a maritime historian, shows just how far the story spread.
“In 1943, the ship, Irish Elm, was stopped by a German submarine, U-638, commanded by Heinrich Oskar Bernbeck. During conversation, the Elm’s Chief Officer, Patrick Hennessy, gave Dun Laoghaire as his home address. On hearing this, Bernbeck asked him, “Is the strike still on in Downey’s?”
The publicity caused an influx of visitors to the pub, raising suspicions that Downey was paying the strikers. He allegedly rang up Union headquarters one day when the picket line was missing, as a busload of American tourists was coming to see it. While we will never know if he did pay the picketers, the bar staff regularly gave them tea and sometimes even asked them in for a free drink during bad weather.
James Downey died on 30 May 1953, aged 79. On 17th November, the pub reopened with a new landlord and new staff, all Union members. The strike was over at last, having run for 14 years, 8 months and 24 days. None of the picketers were allowed to leave without one last drink on the house. It’s estimated that they walked 41,000 miles altogether over the years as they tramped up and down outside the pub, which sadly no longer exists, having been demolished in the 1970’s to make way for a shopping centre.