Parish Notices Sunday 6th March 2016

The Rector writes ‘We have a busy time over the next couple of weeks. St Mary’s School will be having a special Assembly on Tuesday 15th March at 10am to mark ‘Proclamation Day’ and you are all invited to come along and hear what our children have written as their own ‘Proclamation’ to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the original document. Another event is the annual St Patrick’s Eve Service, as Gaelige, in St Mary’s at 7.30pm on Wednesday 16th March. Again this year, this is organised by Revd Tony Murphy and is supported across the diocese so it is always nice to see Parishioners there too.

Fr Sean O’Sullivan, the PP from Monkstown will be preaching. There will be a 10.30am HC on St Patrick’s Day (Thursday) in St Mary’s and at 8pm on Friday 18th we will have the ’Music in March’ Concert in Carrigaline. On Saturday 19th, there is a choice!, 8.30 to 9.30pm will find us marking ‘Earth Hour’ with the Bells of St Mary’s ringing out and a Candle lit reading of Scripture and prayers OR there is a Charity Whist Night at 8.30pm in the Canon McCrea Hall in the School and of course, the next day Palm Sunday 20th March begins our Holy Week schedule. There will be an insert with all of the Holy Week Services in next week’s Linksheet. A busy time indeed……’


CDYC TABLE QUIZ Saturday 12 March at 730pm in the Canon Packham Hall, Douglas. Cost €5 per person. Age groups- 12-15 and 16+. A fun quiz with great prizes and food and refreshments. Please see the forms at the back for further information or speak to Peter Coughlan.

CHILDREN’S EASTER CLUB  will be held in the Parish Hall Carrigaline from 11am to 1pm on Good Friday 25th March.  Please contact Hilary Dring for further details.

Carrigaline Family Support Centre need Volunteer Drivers for their Community Bus. If you have a D or D1 licence and some free time please ring 4919299 or email

PreLoved Dress and Handbag Sale. Donate your gently used or new dress or handbag to Bru Columbanus for their sale on Saturday 12th March 10am-4pm, Cardinal Way, Wilton. All                            proceeds to Bru Columbanus, accommodation for relatives of patients in Cork Hospitals and the Hospice, especially relatives of sick children.    Any queries to 021-4345754.


Poppy the Cow is expecting.. Would you like to guess when Poppy will give birth?  She is due sometime in April and if you can guess the exact date of birth and the closest to the time of birth, you will either win the calf itself, or if you don’t have a herd number, or want an   extra calf, you will win the value of the calf after it is sold at the Mart. Tickets are €5 each, or three tickets for €10 available from : Mrs Edith Draper on 086 3577765, Mrs Georgina Deane on 023 8847594 or the Revd Stella Jones on 023 8847047.



7th Mar    Toddlers Plus One 10 to 12pm Parish Hall

Monday Club 3 to 5pm Parish Hall

9th Mar     Compline 7.30pm St Mary’s

Lenten Study 8pm Parish Hall

10th Mar   Friendship Club 11am Rectory

13th Mar   Evensong 7pm St John’s


15th Mar St Mary’s School Proclamation Assembly 10am

16th Mar   St Patrick’s Eve Eucharist as Gaelige 7.30 St Mary’s

18th Mar   ‘Music in March’ Concert 7.30pm St Mary’s.  Dan Twomey (Tenor) , The Carrigaline Singers,    Monkstown Chamber Choir

19th Mar   Earth Hour 8.30 to 9.30pm  Candlelit Prayers in St Mary’s Church preceded by our Bells ringing! Charity Whist Night, Canon McCrea Hall, 8.30pm


6th Apr     Theological Book Circle 8pm Rectory

14th Apr    Annual Easter Vestry 7pm Parish Hall

18th Apr   Mother’s Union. 8pm St Mary’s Church Hall

1st May     Confirmation Service 11am St Mary’s Church

15th May   Dawn Chorus 5am Currabinny Woods Carpark

20th May   Family Beetle Drive 7.30pm. Canon McCrea Hall

28th May   Parish Féte 10am till 2pm St Mary’s School

Random Notes CLXXXV


Watching, listening and reading a lot about the 1916 Easter Rising recently, I started to ask myself why the GPO in Dublin was open for business on Easter Monday? Clerks, and other members of staff were embroiled in the debacle. In 2016, of course, no post office will be open to the public on Easter          Monday as it is a bank holiday.

“In 1871, the first legislation relating to bank holidays was passed by Liberal politician and banker Sir John Lubbock who introduced the “Bank Holiday Act 1871”. In England, Wales and Ireland four days were granted bank holiday status – Easter Monday, Whit Monday, the first Monday in August and St Stephens Day/Boxing day. These have been amended slightly over the years and New Years Day did not become a bank holiday until 1st January 1974. But Easter Monday has remained a bank holiday in Ireland since 1871. So why was the GPO in Dublin open to business that fateful day in 1916? Or why has no body ever asked? If readers can throw any light on this matter, I would be delighted to hear from you! “











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