The Rector writes ‘I will be at General Synod up in Dublin next week from Wednesday afternoon until Saturday night and thank you to the Revd Isobel Jackson (021) 483 1236 who will be covering Pastoral emergencies during that time. Next Sunday morning at 5am some of us will again be in Currabinny Woods Carpark to take part in the Ecumenical Dawn Chorus and thank you to Tony Nagle for once more leading us around the woods and educating us on what calls belong to what birds.
Last year we were lucky enough to hear a Short-eared Owl juvenile which was pretty exciting. If you plan on coming along, wear warm clothes and sensible footwear and bring a torch and a sandwich/flask for afterwards. Then we will have our Pentecost Eucharist Services in both churches at the normal time.’
Parish Fête. This year’s Parish Fête will take place at the end of this month, Saturday 28th May in the Canon McCrea Hall and the grounds of the School. Please contact Eddie Pierce (087-2557505) if you would like to be involved in helping out at a stall or if you have any items for any of the stalls. This is a very important fund-raiser in the parish so please do dig around in the cupboards, attics and garages for good quality items! We can arrange to collect ..just shout! Items can also be left in the Parish Office during opening hours.
SUMMER HOLIDAY CLUB ‘COPS & ROBBERS’-This year our Parish will join again with Templebreedy Parish to run a children’s Bible-based Holiday Club from 18th to 22nd July in the Canon McCrea Hall, St Mary’s School. 10am till 1pm. €30 per child or €70 per family, which includes snack. Registration forms are available from the Parish Office or the Rector.
Coeliac Society of Ireland, Cork Support Group will hold a Summer Party on Tuesday 10th May in SMA Centre Wilton at 8pm.There will be a cooking demo and a dietician in attendance. All Welcome. (€5 entrance fee).
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 email@example.com. www.carrigalinefamilysupportcentre.com
9th May Toddlers Plus One 10 to 12pm Parish Hall
Monday Club 3pm to 5pm Parish Hall
12th May Friendship Club 11am Joyce Loney’s House
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
29th May United Service St Mary’s 11am Sunday School
Prize-giving and Parish Picnic in the Rectory Grounds
7pm Service of Wholeness & Healing in St John’s Church, Monkstown
Random Notes CXCII
THE FIRST PAIR OF BLOOMERS IN CORK CITY!! might well have been the headline in the Cork Examiner on 20th October 1851 when it reported the first sighting of this controversial new style of women’s clothing. It was named for Amelia Bloomer, an American newspaper columnist who promoted the costume in her journal and is seen here wearing an example. It caused outrage when it first appeared. One pastor in Massachusetts even threatened to excommunicate any woman he saw dressed in Bloomers.
The Cork Examiner stated that on the previous Saturday, a young lady, attractive enough to reconcile the beholder to almost any style of dress, had appeared on Patrick’s Street and the Grand Parade, clad in Bloomers. Readers were assured that the young lady belonged to a most respectable family and had, of course, been escorted by a gentleman. The newspaper was glad to say that none of the onlookers had passed any remarks of a personal or offensive nature. Some small boys were the only ones to express opinions which they did rather loudly, some admiring, others derogatory.
After a while, this daring fashionista and her companion retired from public view, possible feeling that she had had enough attention for one day.