Pew Sheet – 6th September 2020

The Rector writes  ‘September! The Season of Creation has begun! The world wide Church especially remembers Creation at this time of year from 1st September until the feast day of St Francis of Assisi on 4th October. I’d like to remind anyone who grew a Sunflower last year that the competition is now open for entries. You should send a photo of the Sunflower along with it’s height to me before 25th September and the winner will be announced at our Harvest Services on 4th October.   I have already received some lovely photos and the competition is fierce!   Because of the year we’ve been having, I think that there might be many prizes to cheer us all up so do send that photo into me.. As the old ad used to go ‘if you’re not in , you can’t win!’  

Speaking of winning, does anyone fancy a virtual Table quiz next Saturday night? As you are probably aware, we began a link with the ‘Church in Perton’, a parish in the Lichfield Diocese in England (Wolverhampton area). They are organising a virtual Quiz Night next Saturday 12th @7pm and have kindly invited us to join them. If you would like to join me and others on the night,  please register your team with their Vicar by emailing

Although we are piggy-backing on their quiz,  the 10 euro per team will go to our own local Mothers’ Union funds (just put it in an envelope and send it to me at the Rectory).  Revd Julia rightly felt that it’d be too awkward to collect euros here and send it across to them – the same Mothers’ Union organisation will benefit in the end!  I have already emailed her and registered my team, called ‘The Cannon Balls’  so hopefully Liam and I will manage not to disgrace the Rectory! ’ 

Music Notes 06-09-2020

Hymns for today at St. Mary’s, Carrigaline are:

488     Stand up for Jesus

268     Hail, thou once-despised Jesus

642     Amazing Grace           (piano meditation)

431      Lord enthroned in heavenly splendour.

The hymn ‘Amazing Grace’ introduces a moment of meditation before prayers today. This is a setting for piano by the American composer Mark Patterson. This hymn is one of the most popular sung and played today – you may remember Barack Obama singing it at the funeral of Senator Clementa Pinckney in South Carolina in recent times.

‘Amazing Grace’ goes back a long way. The text was written by John Newton (1725-1807) and published in 1779 to a different melody. The hymn fell out of use on this side of the Atlantic but became very popular in America when it was paired with an Appalachian folk tune known as ‘New Britain’. It is thought that Scottish settlers brought the melody with them when they emigrated to the Appalachian valleys.

Mark Patterson is director of music at the Salisbury Presbyterian Church in Midlothian, Virginia.

I am thinking about planning music for autumn and beyond and would love to hear from anyone who would like to contribute instrumentally or vocally, in-person or with a recording, to our services. Also, keep those hymn requests coming!


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Random Notes No. CCCLVI 

Beneath are transcribed a small number, of what one might term a miscellany of inscriptions of particular interest, taken from headstones in the Churchyard of St. Mary’s Church, Carrigaline. The inscriptions are taken from the more than useful survey of the Churchyard undertaken by Richard Henchion, of Cork, a survey, the results of which were published in the Journal of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society in 2012.It need hardly be said that fulsome thanks are due to Mr. Henchion for having undertaken, compled, and published such an invaluable listing.

‘Here Lieth the Body of Denis Sheehane who died the 3 of May 1690, M,S.P.S.’

‘Sacred To The Memory of Rt. Stanley Metcalf of Nt. Shields, England aged 20 years, Engineer on board the Steam Tug “Scottish Chief” of this port, who was drowned while going on board his vessel in the Carrigaline River on the night of Feb 2nd 1863, in company of Wm, Power and J. Hurley, Both seamen of this place. Erected by his employers Mesrs Savage & Co, of Carrigaline Mills.’

‘The Burial Place of the Beasley Family, who tended this Church from 1872 to 1947, Erected by Parishioners in grateful recognition of their faithful service’

‘Here are laid the Mortal Remains of Frances Elizabeth Irvine, Reict of Robert Morgan Tighe, Esqr.,  of Mitchelstown, Co. Westmeath, the youngest daughter of the Hon’ble and Right Revd. Thomas St. Lawrence, Lord Bishop of Cork & Ross, She died Sept. 30th 1871 at The Grove in this county, Aged 75 years.’

‘Here Lyeth the Body of Garrett Ioys who departed this life the 28th day of June, Anno Domini 1748, Aged 68 years,’

‘Here lieth the Body of James Cogan who departed this life April ye 12th 1741, aged 50 years. Also here lieth 4 of his children.’

‘Here lieth the Body of Edmond Bryan, who departed this life the 8th of April, 1723, aged 35 years,’

‘To the memory of Wm. Moore Hodder of Hoddersfield, Colonel of the North Cork Rifles, who died from a fall from his horse when serving with the Regt. at Ayr, N.B. beloved and lamented November 20th 1859.’

‘ Erected By Cors. Linehan of California in memory of his parents, Patrick and Ellen of Carrigaline. They departed this life May 25th 1822. May they rest in peace. Amen,’

‘This Burying Place was Made At the charge of Francis Hodder of

Hoddersfield Esqr. for the use of his famyly. 1710′

‘I.H.S. David Cogan’s Burying Place. 1717’

‘Beneath this stone are deposited the earthly remains of the Rev. John Johnson, for 7 years the beloved curate of this Parish. He entered into his rest June 11th 1837, Aged 37 years. “He being dead yet speaketh “’       


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