The Rector writes ‘As you know we keep Charity Bags at the back of each church for Simon Community, Penny Dinners & Cuan Lee Women’s Refuge. One of you has left behind your lovely watch in one of the bags so if you have lost or mislaid your watch recently, please do check with me as I may have it!
“Gaisce” is the Irish word for “achievement” and the award was established in 1985 under the patronage of the President.
There are three awards; bronze, silver and gold. The most common award for Transition Year students is the Bronze Award as it can be completed over a single school year.
A couple of years ago I set up the ‘Carrigaline Union Transition Scheme’ (CUTYS) to allow some of our young people do their Gaisce with us. This year, Alice Woodworth and Alison Warren-Perry, in pursuit of the Bronze Award, will be helping out with various parish activities for 13 Sundays so do talk to them about the Gaisce Awards and about what they are up to in their Transition Year in Ashton.’
Please help spread the word about our Live Crib event.
It promises to be a very special and unique weekend in the life of our Parish and the
wider Carrigaline Community.
It would be very much appreciated if anyone had time to bring home baking/home produce to the Live Crib next week.
Monkstown Home Group In view of the Advent and Lenten Studies already happening in the parish, the Monkstown Home Group will reconvene in early January 2017 (dates to be advised) for a couple of sessions and then after Easter for three further sessions (dates to be advised) to complete the series. We look forward to welcoming all who are interested to our evenings.
TWINNING NEWS. We are celebrating our 30th Anniversary with Guidel next year. If anyone would like to join us for the week the dates are 24th June to 1st July. For more information contact Olna at 087-9525969.
Nohoval Advent Christmas Concert, Friday 9th December at 8pm. Nohoval Parish Church. Guests: Colin Nichols, Polyphonics, Dan Twomey and Tracton Harp Ensemble. Mince pies and Mulled wine served, and Door Prizes. Tickets €15
Anam Cara, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding its next monthly Parent Evening on Wednesday 7th of December from 19:30 to 21:00 in Brú Columbanus, Cardinal Way, Wilton, Cork. This event is open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether the death was recent or not.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
4th Dec St Mary’s School Christmas Fayre in GAA Hall
5th Dec Toddlers plus One 10am
Monday Club 3-5pm Parish Hall
7th Dec Holy Communion 10:30am St Mary’s Church
Advent Talks : ‘Hope’ 8pm Parish Hall
8th Dec Friendship Club/Mothers’ Union Lunch 12:30 Monkstown Golf Club.
10th/11th Dec The Road to Bethlehem, Live Crib, St Mary’s Church
14th Dec Advent Talks : ‘Love’ 8pm Parish Hall
18th Dec Service of 9 Lessons & Carols 4pm St John’s
24th Dec Carols around the Crib Service 4pm St Mary’s
Random Notes CCXIV
Today, the Irish pub is regarded as a social outlet, a view that hasn’t changed since ancient times. Back then, however, the food and drink were provided free of charge.
Under Brehon law, each local King was expected to have his own brewer. These brewers kept premises that were similar to modern hotels, but with free lodgings, entertainment, food and drink to all comers. The brewer kept his job for life, if he obeyed the laws. Owning a premises was regarded as an honour, but occasionally the owners went bankrupt.
If the local King had nobody to provide hospitality to travellers, bards could be commissioned to write scathing satires about his meanness. This led to loss of face, a terrible disgrace under Brehon law.
These buildings had to be located at crossroads, with a door facing each route and torch bearers to greet everyone who passed by. They had to be open 24 hours a day.
It wasn’t only laymen who brewed ale, so did monks. The law said a commoner could drink six pints of ale per day but monks could only have three, except in Jerpoint Abbey, Co. Kilkenny where the Cistercians were allowed eight pints per day.
(It should be noted that the alcohol level was lower than modern ale!)