Parish Notices Sunday 27th October 2013


The Rector writes. .”heading into Midterm break next week,  I hope that all of our young people (and their teachers!) will have a lovely week off school.  Just in case they are bored, we have a film night planned for Wednesday 30th from 6pm until 8pm in the Parish Centre so if any of the junior school children would like to come along, there will be popcorn and sweets just like the Cinema!

The children might also be interested that at the back of St Mary’s Church, the POSADA signup sheet is waiting. This is a lovely tradition in the Carrigaline Union where families ‘mind’  Mary, Joseph and the Donkey in their house for one night during the period of Advent (1st December until 24th December) as Mary & Joseph symbolically make their way to Bethlehem for the birth of someone very special. If you haven’t been involved in this tradition before and would like to try it out, , just sign up, its very simple, the person before you rings you and delivers the figures to you and then you pass it on to the next household on the list.  A great way to meet new people.”


TEA and COFFEE will be available after the St Mary’s Service in the Parish Centre.

Please note the Parish Office is closed for half-term and will reopen on Monday 4th November.

HARVEST HERALD, our annual Newsletter with all of the contact names and numbers and a description of the activities, structures, services etc available in our parish is online at

SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS- The annual Building Blocks event is on in Dublin on Saturday 23rd November.  Please the Rector know if you are planning on coming along and perhaps we can arrange car pooling. Thank you to the Select Vestry for agreeing to sponsor the Sunday School teachers for this event.

MOTHERS’ UNION our Annual Women’s Conference takes place this year from 22nd-24th November in Garryvoe Hotel Further information and booking forms are available from Hilary. If you need any further information please contact either the parish office or talk to Hilary Dring at 4378439 or 086-3680513.

THE CHURCH of IRELAND CENSUS will take place on the next three Sundays (November 3rd, 17th & 24th) to get a handle on the age and  gender profile of those attending church each week.  Each person at church on these Sundays will receive a card on which they will record only their age and gender and it will be completely anonymous. This information will allow the Church to make decisions for the future based on up-to-date analysis of the Church of Ireland’s population.

CARRIGALINE & DISTRICT LIONS CLUB are holding their monthly CAR BOOT SALE at the Circus Field Carrigaline ( next to Lidl on Crosshaven Rd.) today until 2pm. Proceeds are in aid of the Carrigaline Youth Centre Building Project.

FLOWER POTS NEEDED If any parishioners have large flower pots (4″ and over) Hazel Fleury would be very grateful to receive them as she is always potting up plants for sale at the Annual Summer Sale etc. She can collect if contacted at the following telephone numbers 086-8157821 or  021- 4841383.

CIT Engineering Roadshow -Monday 4th November in the Carrigaline Court Hotel at 7.00 p.m. It aims to provide students, guardians, teachers and guidance counsellors with the information they require about engineering courses, careers and research options available at CIT.  Places may be reserved by email addressed to or Tel no:  021 4335450. Book early as places are limited.

Ardfallen Autumn Fair -Saturday 9th November 10.30 – 2pm, Ardfallen House, Douglas Road. Admission Adults 2 euro, Children free.

THEOLOGICAL BOOK CIRCLE are currently reading Jostein Gaarder’s ‘The Christmas Mystery’ and will meet to discuss in the Rectory at 8pm on 29th January 2014 .  Please ring the Rector at 087-2363100 for further details on the circle.

Carrigaline Adult Learning have the following Courses starting in the Parish Centre, Main Street, Carrigaline: Communications – Verbal, Non-Verbal and Written Study Skills and help with Portfolio for College. Family Learning – for    parents, grandparents and carers of pre-school children – fun ways of learning with the under 5’s. Budgeting Course. Fetac Level 2 General Learning. Fetac Level 3 Full Certificate in Information Technology , one to one Tuition for reading, writing, spellings, driving theory, form filling and maths. Please ring 4370684 10am – 12pm or 086-8238757 9.30am – 9pm. OUR SERVICE IS FREE AND CONFIDENTIAL.

FREE PUBLIC TALK by renowned author and broadcaster Christy Kenneally entitled , “Say ‘Yes’ to Life: An evening on the human resources we can call on in times of crisis”, on the evening of Wednesday, 13th November at Cork Institute of Technology. The talk, which will be followed a Question and Answer session, is open the public and all are welcome to what is certain to be a thought provoking event. He is also a well-known lecturer on Coping with Change. He has published 15 books, among them “Life After Loss’; and the recently published “Say Yes to Life” It takes place in the Dining Hall, Depart of Tourism and Hospitality, CIT Bishopstown Campus.



Oct 30th Children’s Movie Night, 6pm St Mary’s Parish Hall

Nov 4th Toddlers plus one Group 10am St Mary’s Parish Hall

Monday Club 3pm St Mary’s Parish Hall

Nov 6th Monkstown Home Group 8pm.

Nov 16th Parish Quiet Day in St Mary’s Parish Hall

Fr. James McSweeney will lead, meeting at 9.30 for coffee

then 10am until 2pm.

Nov 24th Annual Gift Day in the Rectory.

Dec 7th         Intercessions Workshop, St Mary’s Church 10-12

Dec 20th Carrigaline Community Carols 7.30pm St Mary’s Church

Dec 22nd Nine Lessons & Carols 4pm St John’s Church

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


Random Notes LXIX 

Jack Doyle

Jack Doyle was born 100 years ago in Cobh, Co Cork. He was a 6ft 5in Irishman with a giant appetite for life.

In 1933 he drew 90,000 people to London’s White City to see him fight, and was making £600 a week. He was nineteen. By the age of 30 he had earned and squandered a £250,000 fortune. His motto was “a generous man never went to hell”, and he lived his life like a hellraiser. In his heyday as a heavyweight boxer, singer and playboy his celebrity rivaled that of the Prince of Wales, and he and his wife (the beautiful Mexican film star Movita, who later married Marlon Brando) were as popular in the 1930’s and 40’s as Olivier and Leigh or Burton & Taylor.

With his lilting tenor voice, Jack Doyle recorded under the Decca label. During the 1930’s some of his more popular recordings included “Mother Macree”, “When Irish eyes are smiling” and “On the shores of Bantry Bay”. His movie career included “Flying down to Rio” (1933), “McGlusky the sea rover” (1935) and “The Belles of St Trinians” (1954).

Whilst claiming friendships and relationships within the Royal Family, his fame and notoriety however, always succumbed to drink. By the early 1970’s he was a homeless down-and-out in London, singing in back street bars in return for pints and whiskey. He died a pauper on 13th December 1978. Local Cork business people paid for and arranged to bring him home for what would be a statesman-like funeral. Throngs of people gathered at his final farewell in St Coleman’s Cathedral on 22nd December 1978. He is buried in the Old Church Cemetery on the Great Island.

“A Generous Man Never Went to Hell”



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