Parish Notices Sunday 9th October 2016

The Rector writes ‘Harvest is a time when we pause and remember all the things in our lives that we can be thankful for.wheat

Sometimes when we are going through hard times, it can be difficult to list off things to be thankful about but actually doing the exercise is always worthwhile. It’s amazing what we already have to record when we just take time to do up a list! There are many, many sayings about gratitude but one of my own favourites is:

 When we focus on our gratitude, the tide of disappointment goes out and the tide of love rushes in’


Give thanks with a grateful heart!’

Scrap Metal Collection is back on track….. We can raise money for the Parish and also be environmentally friendly at the same time! For more information call Henry Forbes on 087-2035000.

Joint Parish & Mother’s Union event. ‘Cambodia-cambodiamy experience’  with Tracey Pierce. Wednesday 19th October at 8pm in the Parish Hall . All welcome!



  In solidarity with the homeless we are sleeping out at Holy Trinity Church, Crosshavefocusn from 9.30p.m. Friday 21st  October – 7a.m. Saturday 22nd October. To register contact Templebreedy Parish Office 021-4831236 or The Revd Isobel Jackson on 087-7435434 by Sunday 16th   October. Teenagers will also need a consent form the office signed by  parents/guardians. These are available at the back of the church , from Peter Coughlan or from our Parish Office.



In Ardfallen Centre, Cork,  Saturday 5th   November , 10.00 am – 4.00 pm. Free admittance.   Teaching & Living the Book of Revelation  in  today’s world with Craig Blomberg.  Pastoral Caring in a local church– Opportunities & Challenges with Joan Singleton.  Organised by IBI in co-operation with Carrigrohane Union of Parishes. Tea and coffee will be provided. Please bring your own lunch.  For further information please or

Grow It Yourself The Passage, Glenbrook & Monkstown group are  having an Apple Press & Community Gardening event Saturday 15th  October 2016 at 2pm in Tom Fahy Park, Passage West.  Please bring your own apples and containers to take your apple juice home in. Families,  children, all welcome. Further details 086 2405773 or




10th October    Toddlers plus One 10am

Monday Club 3-5pm Parish Hall

17th Oct    Theological Book Circle 8pm Rectory

19th Oct 8pm Parish Hall. Tracey Pierce will speak about her recent trip to Cambodia.

21st Oct        Youth Sleep-out with Crosshaven Youth for Focus Ireland Homeless Charity.

(this replaces the normal Youth Evening in Parish Hall) 

23rd Oct All Age ‘Sports Service’ 11am St Mary’s Church

28th Oct      CAMEO. Monkstown Bay Sailing Club. 1030am

30th Oct       United Service 11am St Mary’s

Service of Wholeness & Healing 7pm St John’s

1st Nov Reflective Service 7pm St Mary’s

18-20th Nov  Mother’s Union Weekend. Celtic Ross Hotel


Random Notes CCIX


Castletownshend in West Cork is unique. Included in Fitzsimon & Palmer’s book “The most beautiful villages in Ireland” the place is full of history and particularly that of the Anglo Irish. “Drishane House” was built by Thomas Somerville in about 1780. Edith Somerville lived nearly all her life at Drishane and the house is still occupied by the family, Tom & Jane Somerville and their two boys. Tom’s late father, Christopher “Dan” Somerville inherited the house in 1976 and recalls …”The house was built by the second Somerville to live here. Prior to building the house, he had made a lot of money in shipping. His father was the local vicar, who had married a lady who brought him £500 a year. This was quite a lot of money in those days, considering that a vicar earned £50 a year. The vicar’s son had also been intended for the church, but he had lost an eye in an accident at Trinity, which meant that he could not qualify for the church. Apparently you needed a couple of eyes to qualify as a vicar! He went into shipping, made a lot of money, and built Drishane House.”

Dan’s earliest memory of coming to Castletownshend stretched back to the time when he was just two years old…”I have very little memory of that early visit, apart from a sort of vignette, like a photographic image, of somebody sweeping the gravel outside Glen Barrahane, the Coghill stronghold in  Castletownshend. I can also remember the smell of the escallonia hedge. Later, when we came back in 1931, when I was around ten, I was beginning to learn to sail and to row, and on that visit we stayed in a house in the village. My great-aunts and uncles would not have been used to two smallish boys rampaging around Drishane, so my mother rented a house in the village. At that time, of course, nobody had any idea we’d end up there. In those days, there was a whole mass of relations at Castletownshend, people such as the Chavasses at Seafield, the Townshends at the castle, Canon Madden in the Rectory, the Bushes, and the Coghills at Glen Barrahane.”

Drishane House and gardens are open to the public during the summer months, and are well worth a visit.




















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