Parish Notices Sunday 30th August 2015

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.

DOG SHOW – Saturday 12 September at 1pm, St Mary’s School, Carrigaline. €5 per dog for entry into one class, €3 for a second class, €2 for a third class. All welcome. Proceeds in aid of Parish Funds. Please contact Adrian Bateman for further details on 086-8300379.

 ‘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)

Monkstown Chamber Choir will return to practice on Thursday 3rd September in St John’s Church at 8pm. New members welcome, and no need for an audition! Contact Roger Ellis on 087 053 9416.

The Coeliac Society of Ireland, Cork support Group, are holding a meeting on 1st September in SMA Centre Wilton at 8pm. There will be a Dietician and cooking demo. plus catch up and discussion on up and coming event ,such as road show.

St Luke’s Home Education Centre, Mahon are hosting an Open Evening on Tuesday 1st September from 6:30pm  – 9:30pm. The Centre at Northridge House, beside St Luke’s Home, provides a variety of QQI and other Courses. Full Details on or call Claire at 021-4536551

Christian Aid Sheep’s Head Hike

Saturday 5 September – Sheep’s Head Way, West Cork
Starting: 11:00am, Kilcrohane Community Hall, Kilcrohane Village

Get your walking boots out and join hundreds of hikers in West Cork for the annual Sheep’s Head Hike with Christian Aid.

You can register online for the Sheep’s Head Hike before Friday 4 September. Registration is also available on the day from 10:30am.
This year we are inspired by the work of Christian Aid Ethiopian partner HUNDEE, who are helping mothers provide for their families by giving them cows.

For sponsorship forms, route details and maps; information on how to prepare and other useful information please go to



 August 31st Toddler Plus One 10am Parish Hall


                     FORWARD PLANNER

Sept 4th      Parish Barbecue 7.30pm Rectory Garden

Sept 12th Dog Show 1pm St Mary’s School

Sept 27th Blessing of the Animals Service, 11am St Mary’s

Oct 10th   Harvest Supper 7.30pm Canon McCrea Hall

Oct 11th Harvest Eucharist 11am St Mary’s

Harvest Evensong 7pm St John’s

Random Notes CXLXI

Elizabeth Bowen

Scholarly readers of “Random Notes” will recall that the Select Vestry of   Monkstown Church, in 1872, donated the old organ to Farahy Church. The newly installed Forster and Andrews organ in Monkstown, replaced a small single manual organ which was situated in the gallery. The old organ is still                        in-situ at St Colman’s Church, Farahy, near Kildorrery in North County Cork, but alas now un-playable. Farahy Church is no longer dedicated, but a Service of celebration of the life of Elizabeth Bowen is held in September annually.  Elizabeth Bowen (born 1899) inherited Bowen’s Court from her father, and the church is within the walls of the estate.

A fascinating, complicated, intelligent woman, Elizabeth Bowen was a writer of distinction and fame. During the second world war, she split her time between the terrors of the Blitz in London, and the peace and tranquility of the North County Cork countryside. Employed by the British Ministry of Information to report on the attitudes with Ireland during that time, she was essentially, a spy for the British Government.

Married to Alan Cameron in 1923, the marriage has been described as a “contented but sexless one”. She had numerous affairs including an interesting relationship with Sean O’Faoilean. One can imagine heated and illuminated discussions between these and many other house visitors in the dining room of Bowen’s Court during the war. In her short story “The Happy Autumn Fields” she draws on the pleasures of walking through the autumn fields of Kildorrery, on an autumn afternoon; having to return to the horror of war the next day. Both worlds must have seemed frighteningly separate. It is difficult to imagine the differences between these two places just over 70 years ago.

Elizabeth Bowen had no choice but to sell Bowen’s Court in 1959. When she returned a year later, the house had been demolished. She died in England in 1973.


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