Parish Notices Sunday 14th October 2012

The Rector writes- ‘Thanks to all who decorated our churches so beautifully last weekend. It was such a celebration of  God’s goodness in our lives – the fruit, vegetables and flowers in every nook and cranny all speaking of ‘Beautiful, beautiful beautiful God , breathing His love .. ‘ as the poet Patrick Kavanagh put it. A big thank you to St Mary’s Sunday School children for all of the dried and tin goods they brought in and displayed in their own area beside the communion rails. The Senior Citizens Day Care Centre in Carrigaline were delighted with them.  In St John’s, all of the produce was passed onto St Vincent de Paul who do such good work locally. Also in St John’s, there was a fantastic display of a model farm with silage, bails, tractors, buildings, farm animals, all laid out beautifully in the area beside the font by Oriel and Luke Hosford. Well done to them for such an imaginative display!   Everyone who saw it was very impressed.   It was lovely to welcome Canon Bertie O’Mahony to St Mary’s and Fr Sean O’Sullivan to St John’s to celebrate our Harvests. Thank you to everyone in both churches for contributing so generously to our collection for UNICEF’s work with children in Syria. €937.23 has been raised and will be sent onto them  immediately. We had also raised €383.56 for the Irish Guide dogs for the Blind at our Animal Blessing Collection, they will be very grateful for this help. Today as we celebrate the confirmation of Amy, Sophie, Aaron, Rachel L, Rachel W-P, Tobe, Nora and David, the collection will be for the Bishop’s Fund for training people for ordination and In-Service training of Clergy and lay Church workers.’

CONFIRMATION Please keep in prayer the eight young people from this parish who are to be confirmed today by the bishop. They are Amy Chambers, Sophie Cousins, Aaron Daunt, Rachel Lynch, Tobe Njoku, Nora Njoku, David Njoku and Rachel Warren Perry. They are a wonderful group and it was a pleasure for the rector to have been involved in their preparation. May the Spirit continue to lead them into all truth.

New Reading Rotas for both churches, and tea and coffee rota for St Mary’s available at the back of the church and in your email inbox!

TODDLERS PLUS ONE GROUP continues on Monday, October 15th. This group of  Toddlers plus ‘one’ (Mum/Dad/Minder) will meet each other in St Mary’s Church Hall from 10am ‘till 12 for playtime and chats with perhaps a cup of tea thrown in. Contact the rector for details or just turn up!

MONDAY CLUB GROUP also continues on Monday, October 15th. Adults who are free from 3pm to 5pm on Mondays are invited to St Mary’s Church hall for a cup of tea/coffee. While these meetings won’t be structured as such, we hope to gain a little knowledge from each other as we chat. Contact the rector for details.

MIDWEEK COMMUNION SERVICE 10.30am every Wednesday in St Mary’s Church. The first Wednesday of each month will have special prayers for the work of the Mothers’ Union followed by refreshments after the Service. All Welcome.

JUNIOR CHOIR meets in St Mary’s Church from 6.30 to 7.15pm each Thursday night. All school going children welcome. Contact the rector or Hilary Dring for more details.

“A Trip to China” with Irene McLoughlin. 17th October at 8pm, Carrigaline Church Hall. ALL WELCOME. Any donations will be divided between Mothers’ Union and Carrigaline Union of Parishes. There will also be MU Christmas Cards, Calendars etc. for sale. Organised by Mothers’ Union.

ST JOHNS HOME GROUP meets at fortnightly intervals. The group is using the Crossway Bible Guide “Discovering Luke’s Gospel” by Simon Jones (1999), Leicester and is available to purchase at €6. The next meeting takes place on Tuesday 23rd October at 8pm in Lesley Roberts home, Mount Rivers, Carrigaline.

CHARITY RETURNS-If you make regular donations to the Parish and have not already returned your Charity Return form (received during the summer) please do so to Helen Arnopp. If you require another form please contact Christine in the office.

YOUTH UPDATE-A group of young people from Templebreedy Parish (Crosshaven) joined with our gang last week in St Mary’s Church Hall for some fun. Amongst other games, we played Air Hockey on the fantastic table donated to the Youth Club by Ivan & Tracie Archer. Thanks! Loads of pizza was consumed as everyone got to know each other. It was a great first night back after the summer holidays and we are already looking forward to hosting a gang from Bandon on Friday 19th October. If you are in Secondary school feel free to come down (8 – 10pm) on that night.

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY COURSE-  We wish Helen Bannon, Tracey Pierce and Hilary Dring well as they begin this year long course on October 20th. We hope they enjoy the course and we hope to enjoy the fruits of their learning ourselves!

LAY PASTORAL ASSISTANTS We congratulate the six new Lay Pastoral Assistants who have completed their training and are to be commissioned at a Diocesan Service in Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral, at Evensong on Sunday 21st October at 7 p.m. The new Lay Pastoral Assistants are: Sidney Bradfield, Pat Culleton, Marjorie Garland, Sylvia Helen, Jennifer Kingston and Agnes Wilson.

Mothers ‘Union Conference  – Your Gifts? Discover & Celebrate – A conference for women of all ages, 16th -18th  November 2012 in the Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery, Co. Cork. (Saturday attendance only also possible) Book by the 29th of October. Guest Speaker: Rev. Liz McElhinney. For booking forms contact: Hilary Dring 0863680513 or                 Jennifer Kingston 0863236641 or email:

THEOLOGICAL BOOK CIRCLE   Philip Yancey’s book ’’What’s so amazing about Grace?’ was chosen for our next gathering which will be in the Rectory on November 14th at 8pm. If you are buying this book, please think about shopping locally… The Carrigaline Bookstore offers 5% discount to the Book Circle.

EAPPI Don’t forget to pray for Kate Cargin as she experiences day to day life as an Ecumenical Accompanier in the West Bank. You can find out more about Kate in Palestine by going to her blog site at We will get a chance to meet her in person when she comes to speak to us at our services on February 17th 2013.

ANTIQUES VALUATION ROADSHOW will take place on 21st October for St Fin Barre’s Cathedral funds in the River Lee Hotel from 12.15pm—4.30pm. The Owenabue Garden Club, Carrigaline will host their Decorative Show in C of I hall (entrance beside main entrance to Community School) on Monday 22 October at 8 pm. Demonstrator will be Sheila Gilbert on “Seasonal Events”.  Visitors welcome. Enquiries to 0868091627.

CONCERT-Poet Mark Roper and composer and organist of Christ Church Cathedral, Waterford, Eric Sweeney, will combine for a lunch time concert which will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 3rd in St Peter’s Church, Bandon.  The concert is part of a series which the poet and composer are giving throughout Ireland.  Mark will give some solo readings from his recent collection and Eric will play some of his compositions as well as a series of improvisations to Mark’s poetry: €10.  In aid of Bandon Engage Arts Festival.

A walking group is hoped to be set up in Monkstown. It will be open to everyone and for all levels of fitness. The emphasis is on fun and friendship. Those interested can contact Sandra Mc Loughlin on 087 1315393 or Days and times are yet to be set but most likely will be on Monday mornings with the possibility of walking on Wednesdays also.

Allotments For Rent-Join Carrigaline Allotment Group at Thompson’s Farm, Aghamartha, (near Carrigaline, on the Fountainstown Road). Grow your own veg and fruit, enjoy the exercise, half and full plots available. Call or text 087 7090899 to arrange a viewing.



Oct 15th     Toddlers Plus One 10am in St Mary’s Church hall                         Monday Club 3pm in Church Hall .

Oct 17th    “A Trip to China” with Irene McLoughlin. St Mary’s   Parish Hall at 8pm.

Oct 18th Junior Choir at 6.30pm in St Mary’s Church.

Oct 20th Children’s Ministry Course begins in St Luke’s Education Centre.

Oct 23rd   St John’s Home Group at 8pm.

Nov 10th Saturday Evening Service 7pm in St Mary’s followed with refreshments.

Nov 11th Remembrance Sunday Services & Remembrance Choral Evensong

Nov 14th  Theological Book Circle. 8pm in the Rectory.

Nov 25th Gift Day in the Rectory.

Dec 8th Saturday Evening Service 7pm in St Mary’s followed with refreshments.

Dec 23rd Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols in St John’s Church, Monkstown. 4pm.


2013 dates for your diary

March 1st  World Day of Prayer at 8pm in St Mary’s Church Carrigaline.

May 17th –19th Pentecost Flower Festival in St Mary’s Church with the theme  ‘Fruits of the Spirit’


Random Notes XXXII

The Mary Russell

On 9th May 1828 the brig Mary Russell set sail from Barbados to Cork with a cargo of sugar. Along with her captain, William Stewart, there were seven crewmen, three boys and three passengers. After a couple of weeks at sea Captain Stewart began to show signs of agitation and became argumentative. He collected the ships harpoons, axe etc and lodged them in his cabin. On 19th June he ordered the crew to tie up the first mate, Smith, in the lazerette. Using various subterfuges Stewart set about capturing the other adults and succeeded in decoying each of them to his cabin. By Sunday 21st June all of them (with the exception of Smith) were bound, side by side on the cabin floor. One of the passengers freed himself and was shot at by Stewart; a struggle followed and the passenger was left for dead in the ship’s hold. Shortly afterwards the captain returned to his cabin and dispatched his seven helpless captives with a crowbar and axe.

He retired to bed but on the following morning he tied up three of the crew as he dreamed that they were as bad as the others. While he completed this task the Belfast ship Mary Stubbs drew alongside. Stewart said that a mutiny had taken place and Captain Callender plus some men came on board. The derangement of Stewart was obvious and once the facts of the case had been ascertained the two vessels sailed for Cork.

Following a trial on 11th August, Captain Stewart was found not guilty of murder. He was subsequently committed to an asylum, and he died on 21st August 1873. Thomas Hammond, the Mary Russell’s 11 year old passenger never recovered from his ordeal and he died at his home in Cove on 18th January 1829. The brig Mary Russell was lost while voyaging from London to Newcastle in 1834.

The inscription on a weathered headstone in the Old Church graveyard at Passage West  links with Captain William Stewart and the Mary Russell:-


This stone was erected by Patrick Connell in loving memory of his brother Timothy Connell who was on board the Mary

Russell on 22nd June 1828, commanded by Captain Stewart.


“You gentle reader that pass this way,

Attend awhile, adhere to what I say;

By murder vile I was bereft of life,

And parted from two lovely babes and wife,

By Captain Stewart I met an early doom,

On board the Mary Russell, 22nd of June,

Forced from this world to meet my God

On high, with whom I hope to reign

Eternally – Amen”



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