The Rector writes ‘ Tonight at 7pm we will have a Service of Wholeness and Healing in St Mary’s Church. In the future, on every 5th Sunday when we have a United Service in one church in the morning, there will be a Service of Wholeness and Healing in the other church in the evening. The annual Parish Barbecue is again to be held in the Rectory Garden this coming Friday 5th September at 8pm. Similarly to last year, this event is only for those of us who are over 18 and a donation of 5 euro from each adult to cover the costs of buying the meat and the wine would be much appreciated. It would also be great if everyone could bring either a salad or a dessert. Please let the Parish Office know by Tuesday 2nd September so we can have an idea of how much meat to buy and also please let Christine know whether you will be bringing a salad or dessert. This year we have our new marquee but do also pray for decent weather! I look forward to seeing you there.
PARISH BBQ- The annual Parish BBQ is in the Rectory Garden at 8pm on Friday 5th September. Similarly to last year, this event is for Adults and a donation of 5 euro from each adult to cover the costs of buying the meat and the wine would be much appreciated. It would also be great if everyone could bring either a salad or a dessert. Please RSVP to the Parish Office by Tuesday 2nd September so we have an idea of how much meat to buy and please let Christine know whether you will be bringing a salad or dessert.
St Mary’s Indoor Bowls club re-opens on Tuesday 2nd September at 745pm in St Mary’s School Hall. New members welcome. For enquiries contact Denis McLoughlin at 087-6100717 or Henry Forbes 087-2035000.
CHRISTIAN AID SHEEP’S HEAD HIKE will take place on Saturday 6th September, beginning at 11:00am at the Kilcrohane Community Centre.
There are two scenic walk routes this year – a 11km walk and a 5.6km walk. Where: Sheep’s Head Way, West Cork. Starts: 11.00am, Kilcrohane Community Hall, Kilcrohane Village. At the end of walk refreshments will be provided in Kilcrohane Community Hall free of charge.See posters for further details or Christian Aid Cork office on 023 88 41468 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also register online at www.christianaid.ie/getinvolved/events/trekking/sheeps-head-walk.aspx.
St Luke’s Home Education Centre Evening Courses-The Education Centre is offering a morning introduction to Mindfulness on Saturday 20th September 10:30am – 12pm. This is a taster for our seven week course that will commence on Thursday 25th September and run on Thursday evenings concluding with a full practice day. We also offer a six evening course of Addressing Loss which commences on 23rd October and runs for six Thursday evenings. Further details on www.stlukeshome.ie or Claire at 021-4536551
Sept 1st Toddlers plus One Group 10am Parish Hall
Monday Club 3pm Parish Hall.
Sept 3rd Lectio Divinia 8pm Parish Hall
Sept 5th Parish BBQ 8pm (Adults) in Rectory Garden
Sept 29th Theological Book Circle 8pm Rectory
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/19th Visit of a group from FEED THE MINDS charity to our parish. More details later.
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 in Parish Hall.
Nov 15th Quiet Day in Parish Hall, more details later.
Random Notes No. CXI
Monkstown Castle was built in 1636 by Anastacia Archdeacon (nee Gould) as a present for her husband John Archdeacon. John was returning from his campaign in Spain, where he was fighting with King Philip. The story goes that on returning from his campaign, John Archdeacon entered Cork harbour and on seeing the newly erected fortification he thought that the enemy had taken over the headland. He proceeded to fire directly at the building. Luckily only one canon ball hit the battlements and destroyed only some of the stone work. Local tradition goes that this is the reason for the different designs of the two battlements overlooking the harbour.
Anastacia Archdeacon was a very economical woman and it is believed that her husband was impressed by the relative low cost of building Monkstown Castle. The workers that she brought in to build the structure were provided with food and accommodation on site, the cost of which was taken from their wages. She also opened up a shop from which the workers could purchase clothes, drinks and supplies. It is also suggested that she reused material for the construction of the castle, such as old stone from the original Legan monastery and round tower which were located adjacent to the proposed site of the castle. The overall cost of the project came to one groat or four pence. The structure bears a striking resemblance to Mount Long, which is also an early 17th century semi-fortified house, situated on the side of Oyster Haven, suggesting that the two properties may have been designed and constructed by the same builder.
John Archdeacon lived at the castle till his death in 1660. His wife passed away nearly thirty years later in 1689. They are both buried in table top tombs in the adjacent Monkstown graveyard.
The descendants of John and Anastacia continued to occupy the castle until the Cromwellian period, when the castle was occupied by Captain Thomas Plunkett on behalf of the Parliamentarians. At the end of the war Cromwell deprived the Archdeacons of their castle and lands because they sided with James 11.