Parish Notices Sunday 28th September 2014

The Rector writes ’‘Today’s Blessing of the Animals Service in St Mary’s Church follows a world-wide tradition of  honouring Saint Francis of Assisi ,who it is said, had a special God-given gift with animals.  His feast day is on October 4th and so you often find services of this nature held at this time of the year.  It actually fits very well into this Autumn time, as along with our thanksgiving of the abundance of our harvest, it seems like a good time  to give thanks for the companionship and usefulness of our animal friends.  So welcome to all those gathered today whether your skin is smooth, or hairy, or feathery or scaly.  We are all part of God’s creation and so let us rejoice in it and praise God’s name! ‘

Carrigaline Union Harvest Supper-Saturday 11th October at 7.30pm in the Canon McCrea Hall, St Mary’s School, Carrigaline. All Welcome. Ticket 15 euro includes supper and dancing. Contact Henry Forbes 0872035000 or Adrian Bateman 0868300379 for tickets or the Parish Office.

Families First is a faith & family life magazine which encourages, supports and inspires families of all shapes and sizes around the world. It is the magazine of Mothers’ Union,which is dedicated to supporting families worldwide. Stay up to date with issues that families face today. If you would be interested in receiving a copy please talk to Hilary Dring 086-3680513. You can also access it online at

Photographs and/or service details of relatives of  parishioners who served in World War I are being sought. These will be used for a silent visual  presentation as part of Remembrance Sunday Choral Evensong in Monkstown on  November 9th. Copies will also be passed to St Fin Barre’s to form part of the  Cathedral’s World War I Remembrance. If you have any photographs (in uniform or otherwise), memories or details of those who served in the Great War, please contact Simon Woodworth at (086) 083 0639 or All material will handled with the utmost care. Once it is scanned and copied the originals will be returned promptly. Thank you!

Helen Bannon will be participating in the Cork Women’s Mini Marathon today in aid of the Nathan Kirwan Trust. Any sponsorship donations, however small, would be greatly appreciated. A Sponsorship card and envelope is in St Mary’s Church porch or you can contact her on 085-7840844.

Flower Arranging Demonstration– Hazel Fleury will be hosting a flower arranging demonstration on Thursday 9th October at 8pm in the Parish Hall. All Welcome. Feel free to bring a vase and/or flowers with you.

HARVEST-helpers are required for the Harvest Thanksgiving decorating of St Mary’s Church to help Sheila Green and Joy Keefe. Any donations of greenery, vegetables or flowers gratefully appreciated. Meeting in St Mary’s Church on the morning of Saturday 11th October. Time to be confirmed.

EXHIBITION of work by the late Anna O’Hara: paintings and prints for sale in aid of  Nathan Kirwan Trust and Irish Cancer Society. November 1st from 12 noon – 4pm, then daily 10 – 4 until Sun 9th Nov., in Currabinny.

EARTH IN DISTRESS Talks on Cosmology, Ecology & Christianity. A series of talks will be held in the Welcome English Centre in October/November. See poster in Church for more details or phone 086-3323658, email



Church of Ireland Children’s Ministry Course to be held at Education Centre, Northridge House, St Luke’s Home, Cork.

Saturday October 11th  : 10.30 – 12noon- Children & Community, 12-00 – 12.30 Lunch, 12.30 – 2pm Leadership Skills.

Saturday November 8th  :10.30 – 12noon- Child Development, 12-00 – 12.30 Lunch, 12.30 – 2pm- Pastoral Awareness .

Saturday November 22nd- Building Blocks Conference, Dublin.

Saturday January 17th 2015 10.30 – 12noon- Programme Planning,12-00 – 12.30 Lunch, 12.30 – 2pm- Spirituality and the Bible.

Hilary Dring, Tracey Pierce and Helen Bannon successfully completed this course in 2013 so speak with them if you want to find out whether this is something for you or not. Please let the Rector know if you would like to participate in this course as soon as possible..



Sept 29th      Toddlers plus One Group 10am Parish Hall

Monday Club 3pm Parish Hall.

Sept 29th      Theological Book Circle 8pm Rectory

Oct 2nd        Junior Choir 6.30pm St Mary’s Church

Oct 9th         Friendship Club, Coffee in Rectory 11am

Oct 9th          Flower Arranging Demo 8pm Parish Hall

Oct 11th        Harvest Parish Supper 7.30pm in Canon McCrea Hall

Oct 12th         Harvest Thanksgiving Services 11am St Mary’s and  7pm St John’s.

Oct 18th         Visit of a group from Feed the Minds charity to parish.  Evening Gathering in the Rectory 7pm.

All welcome.

Oct 19th         Feed the Minds speaker in both churches.

Oct 30th          Children’s Movie Night 6 to 8pm Parish Hall

Nov 1st           Reflective Service of Remembering 7pm St Mary’s

Nov 7th           EcoCongregation Seminar 7.30pm in Parish Hall.

Nov 15th         Quiet Day in Parish Hall, more details later.


Random Notes CXIV                                     


I found this old  photograph in a junk shop in Cobh recently and it immediately caught my attention. It is titled “R.A.S.C staff and W.D. Fleet, Spike Island, July 1932”. The initials RASC are short for “Royal Army Service Corps” and “W.D.” is “War Department”.

Following the establishment of the Irish Free State, Berehaven, Queenstown (Cobh) and Lough Swilly were retained by the UK in accordance with the Anglo Irish Treaty of 6th December 1921. And Spike Island was part of this agreement. In this photograph, the British Army personnel, civilians and dog in the foreground (!)all look very relaxed during the Summer of 1932 in Cork Harbour. But what was going on in their world?

Ireland was experiencing the “Economic War” in 1932. This was principally brought about by “Land Annuities” not being paid by the Irish government to Britain. These land annuities were loans which the British government had given to Irish farmers prior to independence. As part of the 1921 agreement, these annuities were to be paid by the farmers to the Irish government who would in turn pay them back to Britain. But the newly elected President, Eamonn DeValera, refused to pay them back and the British were furious. So angry in fact, that they imposed a 20% tariff on trade with the Free State. This seriously crippled the economy of the new State and resulted in the “Economic War”. In 1938, the two countries signed an agreement to end the trade war. Under the settlement, the Free State gave Britain £10 million to pay off the annuities and Britain would pull out of her Naval bases in Ireland.  Of course there were rumblings in Europe during the 1930’s and some other events from 1932 include:-

* 6 million people unemployed in Germany.

* The Dow Jones Industrial Average reached it’s lowest level of the Great Depression.

* The 1932 Summer Olympics opened in Los Angeles.

* Mars Bars are sold for the first time and Zippo lighters are developed.

* Elizabeth Taylor and Peter O’Toole were born.

There must have been a strange atmosphere around the “Treaty Ports” for the 17 years from 1921 to 1938, yet life on Spike Island in July 1932 looked far from stressful!



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