The Rector writes : ‘As I write these notes the rain is lashing down outside and it seems to have been raining for weeks . Met Éireann has just issued a status orange rainfall warning for 50-70mm of precipitation. An orange alert is the second highest level of weather warning. They even have warned that there is a chance that tornadoes could develop! and yet it was only a short while ago that I was complaining (quietly) about the heat. Irish weather seems to teach us an important lesson, to literally make hay while the sun shines! Mind you, all that sunshine and rain has made the Rectory Garden bloom (along with some hard work by many hands I hasten to add!) and we are now enjoying delicious courgettes, sugar snaps, tomatoes, broccoli and all sorts of varieties of salad leaves. As you will see from the Forward Planner, we are planning a Parish Barbecue in the Rectory Grounds for Friday 6th September . This will give those of you who missed the Parish Picnic in June another chance to come and enjoy the newly renovated Rectory Garden.’
SATURDAY night SERVICE next Saturday 10th August in St Mary’s Church Carrigaline at 7pm
SAID Evensong next Sunday 11th August in St John’s Church Monkstown at 7pm.
Please note the Parish Office will be closed from 12th August for 2 weeks.
2nd Annual Wine and Cheese Evening – Everyone is warmly invited to attend George and Joyce Gleasure’s Wine and Cheese Evening on Sunday, August 11th from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. All proceeds to benefit maintenance and service projects for Nohoval Church. Pine View House, Knockleigh, Belgooly. Please bring your friends. More information from: 087 231 3351.
Cantabile Vocal Ensemble Cork welcomes Pendyrus Male Choir, Wales. Camden Fort Meagher, Crosshaven Friday 9th August at 8pm. Tickets €20. Tickets available from Centra Crosshaven. in aid of Local Charities www.cantabilevocalensemblecorkireland.com.
CHRISTIAN AID SHEEP’S HEAD HIKE this year will take place on Saturday 7th September, beginning at 11:00am at the Kilcrohane Community Centre. There are two scenic walk routes this year – a 14km (4.5-hr) walk and a 7km (2.5 hour) flat terrain walk. Where: Sheep’s Head Way, West Cork. Starts: 11.00am, Kilcrohane Community Hall, Kilcrohane Village. 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.
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.
Carrigaline family Support Initiative are running a 12 week Rainbows Workshop for children who have experienced loss through Divorce or Separation. This is for children aged 9 to 12 years. Thursdays 3pm-4pm beginning on Sept 19th. Venue Carrigaline Family Support Centre, Wylie House. They are Also running a Parent Plus Workshop for Adolescents . This is an 8 week course and will run from 21st Oct to 16th Dec 7.30-9.30pm. Venue Carrigaline Community School. Fee €30inc Manual. Contact Rosie or Wendy @ 4919299.
Aug 12th Toddlers plus one Group 10am St Mary’s Parish Hall.
Sept 6th Parish Barbecue in the Rectory.
Sept 15th Parish Confirmation Service St John’s 11am
Sept 29th United Service : Blessing of Animals St Mary’s 11am
United 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 LIX
Illustrated above is a photograph taken by Erik Hodder Roberts, of St. Mary’s Church, Carrigaline, as viewed from the west, c.1947. A number of changes, perhaps more than one might have thought, have, in the intervening sixty-six years, taken place, and from a cursory examination of the photograph, the following can be clearly observed:
I The large window in the tower, then the elegant and beautifully glazed original of 1823, has since been replaced, no less than twice, firstly, sometime most probably in the early 1970’s when a very basic and inappropriate window was fitted, and then again after the fire of 2003, when a much improved, though simplified version of the original was inserted.
II The two charming, and again original lancet windows on either side of the tower, that light the west gallery have both unfortunately been lost in recent times, and replaced by what at kindest could be called crude replacements. The loss of these two windows in particular is very injurious indeed to the overall appearance of the building, and it would be a wonderful improvement if one day perhaps these two windows could be restored.
III The old stables, with its corrugated iron roof, and the two storey sextant’s house have been demolished, and in their place there now stands the church hall and office respectively.
IV The chimney which formerly served the old heating system, by the pinnacle on the south transept has disappeared, removed when the Church was restored in 1992.
V The railings that formerly surrounded the tomb of Colonel Moore Hodder, of Hoddersfield (d.1859), and Lucy, his wife (d.1898) to the south of the Church, are now no more.