The Rector writes ‘This week we are all thinking and praying for the Leaving and Junior Cert students sitting exams. I had been given a candle along with a special prayer by the Community School to be lit during the exam period and it was duly lit last Wednesday, the day the exams began, at our normal 10.30 Holy Communion Service. The candle is just beside the Piano in St Mary’s and will be lit during all our services until the exams are over. At last Wednesday’s service, we were joined by the 6th Class students from our national school. Each one of the 29 children in this class were presented with a personalised laminated Prayer Card from the Parish wishing them well in their new school and reminding them that God will be by their side as they begin this new phase in their lives in September. Ms Elliffe (Principal) and Mr Pepper (6th Class teacher) and the Wednesday Regulars were treated to some lovely singing and tin whistle playing. In preparation for the Service, the children had written some thoughtful personal psalms about their hopes for the future and if you would like to read them, they are just beside the exam candle in St Mary’s Church. Of course, there was some juice and chocolate biscuits afterwards! We are very lucky to have such a vibrant and nurturing school within our parish and we welcome every opportunity to include the school in our regular worship and community life.’
CHORAL EVENSONG tonight at 7pm in St John’s. Come and support the Choir who practice so hard for these services.
TODDLERS PLUS ONE GROUP and MONDAY CLUB meet tomorrow as normal. Toddlers group from 10am-midday and Monday club from 3-5pm.
Junior Heroes Holiday Club Forms are available in the parish office for this year’s Summer Holiday Club run jointly by Templebreedy and Carrigaline Parishes. July 22-26 from 10am-1pm in the Canon McCrea School Hall. Pre-booking is required.
Monkstown Chamber Choir will join the choir of St Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny next Sunday morning, 16th May, for Mattins at 11.30am. Our congregations are invited to come along and enjoy the wonderful music, atmosphere and architecture of this wonderful Cathedral. Some of the music for the morning will be sung by the choir at this evening’s Choral Evensong in St John’s Church, Monkstown at 7pm. All welcome.
Mothers’ Union and Friends Outing on Wednesday, 19th June. We will be stopping off at Ballyseedy Home and Garden, visiting Lakemount Gardens in Glanmire, and having an evening meal at the Vienna Woods Hotel. The estimated cost per person is €45. We plan to leave at approx 1pm and return to Carrigaline at approx 8pm. Everyone is welcome to join us; we just need to know by 12th June at the latest. Please contact Hilary Dring if you would like to come 4378439/086-3680513 or email@example.com
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.
ALLOTMENTS-START PLANTING NOW!
Rents at reduced rate between now and Christmas!
Carrigaline Allotment Group have allotments available to rent near the Crosshaven Road. Choose full sized, half, or share with friends.
See Carrigaline Allotment Group facebook page for more info or ring 087 709899 to arrange to view. Have a space to grow your own this summer!
DE CARRIG TOUR (formerly The Carrigaline Fundraising Cycle)is a joint venture between the Carrigdhoun Cycling Club and Carrigaline RFC and a community based event. Our Charities for this year are Pieta House and Enable Ireland. The Cycle will start again this year from the Carrigaline Soccer Club on the Ballea Road in Carrigaline on Saturday 15th June at 9:30am for 120km and 10.00am for 60km and cycle through the beautiful Carrigdhoun Countryside. The organisers are incorporating a Family Day theme again this year with Bouncy castles and Face Painting to entertain your family while you cycle and a BBQ for all cyclists on completion, refreshments will be provided along the cycle also. visit www.CarrigdhounCyclingClub.com
June 9th Sunday School Prize giving and Parish Picnic in Rectory
Evensong 7pm St John’s Monkstown
June 10th Toddlers plus One group 10am-midday and
Monday club from 3-5pm. St Mary’s Parish Hall.
June 19th Mother’s Union Outing.
June 30th United Service 11am St John’s Monkstown
July 17th Theological Book Circle 8pm Rectory
July 22nd –26th Children’s Summer Holiday Club Week.
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 LXII
Scattered amongst the headstones in the Churchyard of Carrigaline are a number of most attractive examples of the iron workers art, many of which were no doubt produced locally in the forges of long since dead and forgotten blacksmiths. These railings were set up both to enclose and protect tombs and burial enclosures, and whilst it is known that more previously existed, a goodly number fortunately remain to this day. For the survival of these, we in Carrigaline should be profoundly grateful to our predecessors, as it is not unknown for Church authorities in other areas to have had, in less enlightened times, ironwork such as what here remains ripped out and dumped in the interests of grass cutting, etc.
The illustrations below, from photographs taken on Monday, 7th June, 1993, are of the elegant wrought iron railings, with cast iron ornaments, set upon a cut limestone plinth, that surround the Hodder of Ballea Castle burial place, to the East of the church, and although the style would suggest an earlier date, their construction presumably coincides with the earliest inscription on the enclosed obelisk, that to ‘Elizabeth, the beloved wife of John Thomas Hodder, Esq., J.P. of Ballea Castle, in this county, who died deeply lamented at the early age of 24 years, January 7th A.D. 1863’