The Rector writes ‘By the time you are sitting in the pew reading this (hopefully not during the sermon!) the Fete will have taken place and we will no doubt have had a great day. As I write the weather forecast is for a sunny day, the boxes are piling up in both the parish office and the rectory, so it is looking good! I want to use the space this week to thank all of you for giving your time so generously over the last few weeks. When I picked Pentecost for a Flower Festival way back in 2012, I hadn’t considered how close it would be to the June Fete. I think it is marvellous that we managed to pull off two such wonderful parish fundraisers within such a short time slot and I have no doubt that the wider community will have been impressed with the way we have all worked so hard together. I can’t walk around Supervalu, Lidl or Dunne’s without being stopped and spoken to about our Union and all we are doing and I thank all of you for giving so much to our parish. It is very easy being the rector of such a devoted energetic gang of parishioners. I’m looking forward to the Sunday School Prize giving next week and the Parish Picnic in the Rectory Grounds afterwards. See you there!’
SATURDAY SERVICE next Saturday 8th June at 7pm in St Mary’s.
Next Sunday 9th June PARISH PICNIC in the Rectory Grounds after the Service in St Mary’s. Please bring your own blanket and picnic. If the weather is rainy, we will sit on our blankets and have an indoor picnic in the Church Hall.
CHORAL EVENSONG next Sunday 9th at 7pm in St John’s. Come and support the Choir who practice so hard for these services.
Junior Heroes Holiday Club Forms are available in the parish office for this year’s Summer Holiday Club run jointly by Templebreedy and Carrigaline Parishes. July 22-26 from 10am-1pm in the Canon McCrea School Hall. Pre-booking is required.
THEOLOGICAL BOOK CIRCLE Our new book is Joseph F. Girzone ‘Joshua : A Parable for today’ . We meet in the Rectory at 8pm on Wednesday 17th July to discuss. All welcome.
DOUGLAS UNION is presenting an evening of choral music with Cor Mhagh Ealla (a four part choir from Mallow) in concert in St. Michael’s Church, Blackrock on Friday, 7th June at 8pm. This choir has achieved many awards including 1st Place at Limerick Choral Festival, Feis Maitu and AMS Festival in New Ross. All welcome. Donations can be made at the door in aid of parish funds.
MEN’s Shed- All men are welcome to go along and find out more about the companionship and skills training available in the Men’s Shed Kilnagleary on the Minane Bridge Road. See leaflets at back for further details.
ALLOTMENTS-START PLANTING NOW!
Rents at reduced rate between now and Christmas!
Carrigaline Allotment Group have allotments available to rent near the Crosshaven Road. Choose full sized, half, or share with friends.
See Carrigaline Allotment Group facebook page for more info or ring 087 709899 to arrange to view. Have a space to grow your own this summer!
DE CARRIG TOUR (formerly The Carrigaline Fundraising Cycle).is a joint venture between the Carrigdhoun Cycling Club and Carrigaline RFC and a community based event. Our Charities for this year are Pieta House and Enable Ireland. The Cycle will start again this year from the Carrigaline Soccer Club on the Ballea Road in Carrigaline on Saturday 15th June at 9:30am for 120km and 10.00am for 60km and cycle through the beautiful Carrigdhoun Countryside. The organisers are incorporating a Family Day theme again this year with Bouncy castles and Face Painting to entertain your family while you cycle and a BBQ for all cyclists on completion, refreshments will be provided along the cycle also. visit www.CarrigdhounCyclingClub.com
June 8th Saturday Service 7pm St Mary’s Church.
June 9th Sunday School Prize giving and Parish Picnic in Rectory
Evensong 7pm St John’s Monkstown
June 10th T oddlers plus One group 10am-midday and
Monday club from 3-5pm. St Mary’s Parish Hall.
June 30th United Service 11am St John’s Monkstown
July 17th Theological Book Circle 8pm Rectory
July 22nd –26th Children’s Summer Holiday Club Week.
Sept 29th United Service : Blessing of Animals St Mary’s 11am
Healing Service St John’s 7pm
Oct 12th Parish Supper in Canon McCrea Hall.
Oct 13th St Mary’s Harvest Thanksgiving Eucharist 11am
The Revd Trevor Lester preaching.
St John’s Harvest Thanksgiving Evensong 7pm
The Revd John Ardis preaching
Random Notes LXI
In 2013, when we hear the word “Tsunami”, we immediately think of foreign lands and far off places. However, two tsunamis struck the south and west coast of Ireland in 1755 and 1761.
At the wonderfully enjoyable Flower Festival recently, I bought a John Hinde postcard of Barleycove. The picture was probably taken in the 1960’s. As I was examining it, I thought about the unusual settlement of sand and sand-dunes which seem to have been “pushed up” from the Atlantic. And indeed, this IS what happened!
Sir Charles Lyell (1798 – 1875), the Scottish lawyer and geologist, records the effects of an earthquake in Lisbon on 1st November 1755. The website of the Irish Marine Institute further outlines the effects of this earthquake “…on November 1st 1755, a series of tsunamis lasting more than several hours tore at the south west coast of Ireland, damaging coastal buildings as far north as Galway bay..”. The earthquake in Lisbon sent tsunamis up through the Atlantic, creating destruction on its way before tearing in to the Irish coast. Beaches such as Inchydoney, Courtmacsherry Bay and Barleycove were created in the process. It is unknown exactly how high these were, but clearly it changed the fabric of our South West coast in the process. Next time you are lying on Barleycove strand or indeed admiring it’s beauty from the rocks above (as the people in the postcard are) just picture the scene on 1st November 1755!”