The Rector writes ‘Tomorrow begins the Fairtrade Fortnight (29 February to 13 March), and thousands of people across Ireland and the UK will be standing up for the farmers behind our food by sitting down to a Fairtrade breakfast.
Many people in communities, workplaces and schools will be getting together to raise awareness of the fact that many of the farmers who grow the food we eat don’t actually earn enough to feed their own families, and to celebrate that by just choosing Fairtrade we can change this. Check out the http://www.fairtrade.ie/get-involved/fairtrade-fortnight/for more details…. Don’t forget… we are a Fairtrade Parish!
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER Invitation for all to attend The World Day of Prayer Service – “Receive Children, Receive Me” prepared by the Christian Women of Cuba, on Saturday 5th March at 10am in Our Lady and St John Parish Centre, Carrigaline. There will be a short Bible study at 11am this Wednesday as part of preparations for the service. All are very welcome, just remember to wrap up as despite heating, the church may be a bit chilly!!
Carrigaline Family Support Centre need Volunteer Drivers for their Community Bus. If you have a D or D1 licence and some free time please ring 4919299 or email firstname.lastname@example.org www.carrigalinefamilysupportcentre.com
PreLoved Dress and Handbag Sale. Donate your gently used or new dress or handbag to Bru Columbanus for their sale on Saturday 12th March 10am-4pm, Cardinal Way, Wilton. All proceeds to Bru Columbanus, accommodation for relatives of patients in Cork Hospitals and the Hospice, especially relatives of sick children. Any queries to 021-4345754.
FUN FUND RAISER FOR KINNEIGH UNION.
Poppy the Cow is expecting.. Would you like to guess when Poppy will give birth? She is due sometime in April and if you can guess the exact date of birth and the closest to the time of birth, you will either win the calf itself, or if you don’t have a herd number, or want an extra calf, you will win the value of the calf after it is sold at the Mart. Tickets are €5 each, or three tickets for €10 available from : Mrs Edith Draper on 086 3577765, Mrs Georgina Deane on 023 8847594 or the Revd Stella Jones on 023 8847047
29th Feb Toddlers Plus One 10 to 12pm Parish Hall
Monday Club 3 to 5pm Parish Hall
2nd Mar Compline 7.30pm St Mary’s
Lenten Study 8pm Parish Hall
5th Mar World Day of Prayer 10am OL & St J Parish Centre
10th Mar Friendship Club 11am Rectory
16th Mar St Patrick’s Eve Eucharist as Gaelige 7.30 St Mary’s
18th Mar ‘Music in March’ Concert 7.30pm St Mary’s, Dan Twomey (Tenor) , The Carrigaline Singers, Monkstown Chamber Choir
19th Mar Earth Hour 8.30 to 9.30pm Candlelit Prayers in St Mary’s Church preceded by our Bells ringing! Charity Whist Night, Canon McCrea Hall, 8pm
6th Apr Theological Book Circle 8pm Rectory
14th Apr Annual Easter Vestry 7pm Parish Hall
1st May Confirmation Service 11am St Mary’s Church
15th May Dawn Chorus 5am Currabinny Woods Carpark
20th May Family Beetle Drive 7.30pm. Canon McCrea Hall
28th May Parish Féte 10am till 2pm St Mary’s School
Random Notes CLXXXIV
The history of Irish Whiskey stretches back over several centuries. The old Irish name “uisce beatha” was anglicised to “whiskey” by King Henry II’s soldiers when they arrived here in the 12th Century.
In the 1500’s, whiskey gained the royal seal of approval when an Irish Bishop sent a cask to Elizabeth I who liked it and ordered more. Others followed her example and an expert trade began.
In the 17th century, Charles II’s decision to raise money by taxing whiskey at fourpence a gallon caused people to avoid the tax by making their own supply instead of buying it. This started the Poitín trade. A practice which still continues today. The oldest distillery in the world is Old Bushmills, dating to 1608, however there are references to distilling in that area as far back as 1494.
Bandon once had a thriving distillery, a visitor in 1886 called it a hive of industry, employing coppersmiths, carpenters, fitters, painters and harness makers. Farmers sons dressed in their Sunday best were bringing in corn. About 70 carers were lined up waiting their turn to deliver to the granaries.
In the 1920’s, “Paddy” whiskey was named in honour of Paddy O’ Flaherty, a very successful sales rep who worked for Cork Distillers.
Over the centuries, various writers have sung the praises of whiskey. In the following lines a poet lists its medicinal qualities:
“A sovereign drink-the chroniclers declare it is to be taken orderlie-beware of surfeit. Sip it and you’ll find it sloweth age and brighteneth the mind.
It keepeth head from whirling, teeth from chattering,
tongue from lisping and throte from rattling.
It keepth heart from swelling, guts from rumbling,
The hands from shovering and the bones from crumbling.”