The Rector writes ‘Huge thank you to all who have contributed produce or helped in decorating the churches for this years Harvest Thanksgivings and to those who organised last night’s Harvest Supper in particular Henry Forbes and Millie Kingston. Thank you to our preacher for today, the Revd Edwin Hunter, who like last week’s preacher Keith Roberts is also of this parish… We really look forward to hearing from him today and as he is ‘Retiring’ we also hope we will be seeing lots more of him too! The money from our Harvest Collections this year will go to Christian Aid for their Philippines Typhoon Mangkhut Appeal and the produce in Church today will go to local Meals on Wheels (last week’s produce from the Service in St Mary’s was sent to Cork Penny Dinners)’
Monkstown Home Group will meet at 8pm on Tuesday 9th October at Hazel and Jonathan Fleury’s house, Timberley, Monkstown.
AFTERNOON MOTHERS’ UNION – Wednesday, 17th October from 1.30 – 3.30pm. Bring and share lunch – Soup provided. Enjoy some photos of the famous Alhambra in Spain as well as friendship and chat. ALL WELCOME. If you would like a lift please contact Hilary on 086-3680513
ALL BABIES, TODDLERS AND PRE-SCHOOLERS are welcome to come along with their mum, dad, grandparent, carer for playtime and chat with a cup of coffee and a biscuit. NO CHARGE. Every Monday (except Bank Holidays) from 10 – 12 at the Parish Hall in St. Mary’s Churchyard, Carrigaline.
WILTON JUSTICE GROUP The Sustainable Development Goals implications for Ireland and the wider world. Presentation by Sean Healy SMA, Director of Social Justice Ireland followed by Discussion and Q & A at SMA, Wilton Parish Centre on Wed 24th of October 7- 9pm. Admission Free.
8th Oct Littlies + One 10-12 Parish Hall.
Monday Club 3-5 Parish Hall.
9th Oct Monkstown Home Group. 8pm. Fleury’s home.
10th Oct Holy Communion 10:30am St Mary’s Church
11th Oct Friendship Club 11am Rectory
14th Oct Choral Evensong 7pm St John’s
17th Oct Mother’s Union. 1:30pm Parish Hall.
13th Nov Mary Cowhig’s Poetry Book Launch-‘The Mongrel’s Lament’ 7pm Public Library,
15th -17th Nov Theatre Supper , Douglas, times tbc
1st-2nd Dec Carrigaline Christmas Fayre (St Mary’s PA)
Random Notes No. CCLXXXVII
On 26 August 1941, a Luftwaffe Junkers JU-88 D-2 bomber crashed in Ballady, Belgooly. It had been damaged by an attack by Hurricanes of RAF 615 Squadron, Pilot P/O R. Mouchotte and Sgt R M Hamilton RAAF. The German crew were Lt. Rudolf Lauer, Lt. Ludwig Stockbauer, Gefr. Herbert Schulze and Gefr. Gerhard Dreschel. The crew survived the crash and promptly destroyed their aircraft after crash landing. They were later interned in the Curragh camp.
Ballady is a townland immediately to the Southeast of the Gleann Na Geall and East of the main Cork-Kinsale road between Riverstick and Belgooly. It is characterized by a small deep valley, along which runs a road back to Carrigaline. The land to the south rises steeply to a ridge and would be the highest point in the immediate area. This probably explains why the German crew ended up crashing here.
In August 1941, RAF 615 Squadron was based in Valley, in Anglesey in Wales. At the time the squadron was assigned to defence duties. Pilot Mouchotte reports engaging the JU-88 “40 miles North Pembroke Dock” in Wales at an altitude of 11,000 feet. The bomber was attacked at close range, the aircraft closing to 50 yards. It was hit by a single burst of gunfire before breaking away and descending into cloud at 1,000 feet. The German crew must then have nursed their damaged craft across the Irish Sea and then Wexford, Waterford and Cork before finally crashing near Belgooly.
It’s unclear what the German crew’s plans were; they may have hoped to evade capture in Ireland and return to Germany later by boat. Despite the Irish Free State being neutral, RAF crews were usually returned to the UK while Luftwaffe crews were interned for the duration of “The Emergency.”