The Rector writes ‘Today is Advent Sunday and one of my own favourite times of the year. The anticipation of the season! Our Posada (Mary, Joseph & the Donkey) will begin their four week long journey around homes in the parish and each home will welcome the wooden figures overnight and in prayer will connect spiritually with that first journey from the town of Nazareth to little Bethlehem. It is a lovely tradition and one which I had never come across before coming here to Carrigaline Union. A Journal travels with the figures and it is so lovely to read what different households made of the visit, especially the children’s drawings and thoughts.
In the lead-up to Christmas, it is good for our souls to take a step back from the ’Black Friday/Cyber Monday’ retail madness and to just be still and wait in anticipation for the coming of our Saviour Jesus Christ. ’
HEALTH & SAFETY ISSUE The local community have generously provided defibrillators all over Carrigaline; we see them in the old telephone boxes. To allow speedy and easy access to this life saving equipment we ask all parishioners and visitors to our church not to park on the new pavement outside the box. In addition, parking on the pavement outside the church makes it very difficult for those among us with reduced mobility to walk on the pavement. It should be noted that there is an ongoing appeal generally for people not to park on pavements as people with poor sight do not expect to come across parked vehicles while walking.
There is more than adequate parking available in the area around the church which means those of us with greater mobility can park further away. We can then enjoy the short walk knowing we have not obstructed others who may not find it so easy to make their way in to the church
(Richard Dring, Parish Health & Safety Officer )
Monkstown Homegroup next meeting is on Tuesday 4th December at 8pm at the Warren-Perry’s home. All welcome.
YOUTH GROUP Youth Group are still looking for large BEAN BAGS to sit on! If you happen to have one lying around that could do with a new lease of life then let Tracey know @ 087-3481864.
ST FIN BARRE’S CATHEDRAL CHOIR present ‘A Ceremony of Carols’ Benjamin Britten and other seasonal music on Saturday 15th December at 7pm. Admission 10 euro, tickets available in the Cathedral Shop or at the door.
FUNDRAISING EVENT SCOIL BARRA NAOFA MONKSTOWN “Entertaining at Home” A Cookery Demonstration, with award winning chef Mark Doe will take place in Monkstown Golf Club at 7.30 p.m. on Friday 25th of January 2019. Tickets cost €20 including tasting plate. Available to purchase from School Office, Passage West Pharmacy, Paula O Brien 087 2417032, Beckie Cooke 087 2452940. All proceeds raised will be going towards the Classroom Renovation Fund.
ÁRDEAGLAIS NAOMH FIONN BARRA
In June 2016 Canon George Salters commenced a celebration of Holy Communion in Irish, with English Translations, at midday on the first Saturday of every month in St Finn Barres Cathedral. In the context of our final service of the year on Saturday 1st December we will mark two notable contributions by Dr. Douglas Hyde namely the 125th anniversary of Conradh na Gaeilge which he founded which has been commemorated this year as “Bliain na Gaeilge “ and the 80th anniversary of his assuming the first Presidency of Ireland. An address on this topic will be delivered during the Service. All are welcome to this service regardless of their level of Irish as translations in English will be available Tá fáilte romhat anseo!
East Cork Choral Society presents Handel’s Messiah on Sunday 2nd December at 8pm in the Ascension Catholic Church, Gurranabraher, Cork. Admission €20. All proceeds to the Gurranabraher Church Roof Appeal.
Anam Cara Cork, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Parent Evening on Wednesday 5th of December at 7:20pm in the Clayton Hotel, Silver Springs, Tivoli, Cork. This event is free and open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether their death was recent or not.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
3rd Dec Littlies + One 10-12 Parish Hall.
Monday Club 3-5 Parish Hall.
4th Dec Monkstown Home Group 8pm.Warren-Perry Home.
5th Dec Holy Communion 10:30am St Mary’s Church
6th Dec Mothers’ Union Christmas Lunch 12:30 RCYC
19th Dec Advent Film Night – The Nativity 7pm Parish Hall
23rd Dec Nine Lessons & Carols 4pm St John’s Church
24th Dec Carols around the Crib 4pm St Mary’s Church
First Eucharist of the Nativity 11:30pm St Mary’s
19th Jan Special Whist Night for Famine Relief in Yemen.
22nd /23rd Feb Carrigaline ‘Oskars’ Night
Random Notes No. CCLXXXIII
(While the following Carrigaline CourT cases may appear to have come straight from the pens, and imaginations, of Somerville and Ross, who wrote “The Irish R.M.”, they are true events and took place in the late 19th or early 20th centuries.)
Case No. 1 The Best Excuse, Ever, For Not Having A Dog Licence.
The Petty Sessions dealt with the most minor crimes. David Henry Young was the Clerk of Petty Sessions in Carrigaline.
On one occasion a labourer named Con Casey came before the bench seeking a dog licence. On being asked why his application was late, he answered that, “I was in jail, and when I asked if I could get out to buy a dog licence, the people there wouldn’t let me go.”
The magistrate accepted that there had been no willful neglect on Casey’s part, and approved the application.
This left the “Cork Examiner” to boast that Carrigaline was the nearest post-town to Arcadia, and the Petty Sessions Court a legal idyll.
Cast No. 2. The Magistrate’s Misdemeanor.
Young was also present at an even more bizarre case when Lieut. Col. F.G. Shaw of Heathburn Hall, who was on the bench, had to step down in order to have himself prosecuted by Sgt. Conron for not having a light on his trap on a certain night,
Shaw had been driving through Carrigaline when he noticed the omission. He went in search of a policeman to report the offence, but as the “Cork Examiner” pointed out, “When the police are wanted, they are not to be found.”
Nor could Shaw find anyone to lend him a lamp, so had no option but to continue homewards, light or no light, though darkness had fallen. Being a magistrate didn’t excuse his law-breaking, but he had the consolation of being fined just one penny and costs.