Parish Notices Sunday 25th August 2019

St. Mary’s Indoor Bowls Club re-opens on Tuesday 3rd  September at 7.45pm in St Mary’s School Hall.  New members welcome.  For enquiries contact Irene McLoughlin 021 4377298 or Henry Forbes 087 2035000.

Monkstown Chamber Choir return to practice on Thursday 5th September in St John’s Church, Monkstown at 8pm. Our first Choral Evensong of the autumn will be on Sunday 8th September at 7pm, and the second Sunday of the month thereafter. This talented, eclectic, fully robed choir are now heading in to our 12th year of singing and this year we will continue to extend our musical portfolio. New members are  always welcome – contact Organist & Choirmaster, Roger Ellis on 087 053 9416.

Mother’s UnionHilary Dring is taking part in the mini marathon on 22 September in aid of Mother’s Union. Would anyone like to join her?-

On 7th September we will be handing out “Curry in a Hurry” cookbooks to new students at UCC from 10am-1pm approx. Can anyone help out? Thanks! Contact Hilary on 086-3680513.


When: 10.00am, Saturday 7 September 2019 

Taking part in the Sheep’s Head Hike is a great way to raise money for our global neighbours and challenge yourself at the same time. Registration : To save time on the day, we encourage participants to pre-register however, on-the-day registration is available from 11am at Kilcrohane community Hall. Further information on

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Every Great Cork Simon Supper will help raise funds to ensure that those who use their  services are provided with the nourishing meals that they need. Their services are pushed to their absolute capacity at the moment. In 2018 11,905 nutritious meals were served at Cork Simon’s nightly Soup Run. It is very easy to get involved. Simply pick a date, gather your friends and colleagues, grab some food, and make a difference. By hosting a meal, you will be continuing to help the fight against homelessness. Cork Simon would be incredibly grateful to have your support and will provide you with everything you need to organise the perfect Supper. To get involved visit or call 021 4929415.

28th August    Holy Communion 10:30am St Mary’s Church

August             No Littlies + 1

15th Sept No morning services in St John’s & St Mary’s as we will be attending the 11:15 Service in St Fin Barre’s Cathedral

5th Oct Harvest Supper 7:30pm Canon McCrea Hall

13th Nov Faith in Action  Information Evening 7:30pm Parish Hall

Random Notes CCCXIII

Pictured below is Jill Hingston outside her home in Glenbrook, proudly enjoying her begonias. But these aren’t just any begonias, these are “Horsehead Begonia’s”!!! She grew up in Horsehead, Passage West and brought them with her when she moved to Glenbrook. She told me that her father could remember them in Horsehead as a child, which would have been back in the 1890’s, making them over 120 years old. They grow from a corm, which resembles a seed potato and if two sprouts appear over winter, then the corms can be split. The bright red flowers appear from May and can last until November, when the petals die away. The corms  should then be lifted, brought inside for the winter and kept in a dry dark place. Old wooden fruit boxes are perfect for over-winter storage. When Jill was a child, the gardener at Horsehead lived in the old lodge, and his son, Christy Healy only recently passed away. He lived near Rathanker, behind Monkstown and his garden was always a blaze of colour, including the Horsehead Begonia’s. Jill has kindly given some corms to local gardeners who will continue the tale of these wonderful old flowers. Modern cultivars now provide all sorts of different coloured begonias, but you can’t beat the bold and bossy old fashioned ones!


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