The Rector writes ‘One of the sentences from our first reading today is ‘How the mighty have fallen’ which was something that my Father often said when watching events unfolding on the T.V. News. It reminded me of just how many sayings from the Bible have become everyday sayings for us. Sayings like ’A drop in the bucket’, or ’A wolf in sheep’s clothing’, ’By the skin of their teeth’ ’Fight the good fight’ and ’for everything there is a season’ …. And I could go on and on enough to fill several Linksheets, but it all comes back to how the words of the Bible are deep in our bones, whether we know it or not! Of course William Shakespeare had a lot to do with it too as he frequently raided the Bible for a nice turn of phrase, so much so that we forget that the Bible is actually written in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek and not Elizabehan English. What we hear each week are of course translations of the original text. The version we use in Church is the NRSV (New Revised Standard Version) which is the best scholarly edition available but it is to the much loved King James Version of 1611 that most of our well known phrases belong’
WARNING! Some of the Gravestones behind St Mary’s Church have been deemed unstable by our Health & Safety team and are marked with red and white Hazard Tape while the County Council address the problem. Please do not let your children play near these gravestones. Thank you.
SUMMER HOLIDAY CLUB ‘JUNGLE JAMBOREE’ This year our Parish will join again with Templebreedy Parish to run a children’s Bible-based Holiday Club from 20th to 24th July in the Canon McCrea Hall, St Mary’s School. 10am till 1pm. €30 per child or €70 per family, which includes snack. Registration forms are available from the Parish Office or the Rector.
‘Grace and Flavours’ a collection of thoughts, prayers and graces accompanied by 50 delicious but simple seasonal recipes to take us through the church and calendar year. €4 per copy. Buy one after church or ask Hilary about them. Monies raised from booklet sales will go towards our Mothers’ Union ‘Mums in May’ countrywide fundraising. Thanks for your support. (HD)
Scrap Metal Collection –For information call Adrian Bateman on 0868300379 or Henry Forbes on 0872035000 A full listing of acceptable items and materials is on the website www.carrigalineunion.
Nohoval Parish Fundraising Afternoon – Cheese & Wine & Elderflower Cordial. Sunday 9th August, 3-6 p.m., at George & Joyce Gleasure’s home. Honesty Marquee. All proceeds to benefit Nohoval Church organ refurbishment. Everyone welcome.
Random Notes CXLIII
Readers might be interested in leaning about some of the churches that preceded the present day St Mary’s Church. The History and Folklore of Carrigaline by Sean O’Mahony tells us that when Carrigaline castle was built a village grew up around it and a church was built on the Northern side of the river to serve the village.
In 1291, during the reign of Pope Nicholas, a church is mentioned in the records as Ecclesia de Beannier. Unfortunately, nothing remains of that village and church except the castle ruins.
The next reference is circa 1600 when a Rector and Curate are appointed to the church. In 1625, local tradition says St Mary’s was rebuilt and served the Parish for a century.
Around 1654, the Downe survey map says there was a church in “Carrigaline Towne”. In 1693, a report says that while there was no church in Templebreedy and Kilanully church was in ruins, and Carrigaline was in good repair.
In 1700, Bishop Dive Downs visited St Mary’s and gave a good report of its condition.
In 1723 however, it was decided that a new church was needed and this church served the Parish for a century.
In 1823, work started on the present building which was completed on January 31st 1824, the first service was held on February 7th.
In 1835 it was extended and in 1992 was completely renovated.
In 2011 the first female Rector was appointed, which would have shocked the people who used the first church all those centuries ago!
This brings the story of St Mary’s Church from its beginnings under the Norman castle right up to the present day.