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The Most Reverend Michael Jackson,<br />

Archbishop of Dublin and Bishop of Glendalough,<br />

Primate of Ireland and Metropolitan.<br />

Archbishop’s Letter<br />

JANUARY 2012<br />

A New Year gives us <strong>the</strong> opportunity to grapple with two things which, by and large,<br />

are not <strong>the</strong> easiest of soul-mates. The two things to which I refer are realism and<br />

idealism. Often people make New Year Resolutions which, like Lenten Abstinences, fall<br />

at <strong>the</strong> first hurdle, like an unfortunate steed at a Seasonal Steeplechase. It is surely far<br />

better not to set yourself up to fail and, instead, to build up piece by piece, and perhaps<br />

over a period of time, a number of things which you can do and which will give you a<br />

greater and stronger sense of self-worth. Too often and too instinctively Christianity<br />

goes in <strong>the</strong> opposite direction and gives <strong>the</strong> clear impression that a sense of<br />

unworthiness is what we should be cultivating and that anyone who advocates this<br />

approach is doing everyone else a good turn. This is a deep and a dangerous mistake and,<br />

sadly, quite a lot of <strong>the</strong> responsibility for it can be laid at <strong>the</strong> feet of St Paul whose<br />

glorious conversion we celebrate later in this month of January annually. Is it any<br />

wonder, <strong>the</strong>refore, that we set ourselves up to fail with too high-flown and ridiculously<br />

idealistic New Year Resolutions?<br />

Keeping it simple is not always attractive nor is it always as simple as it sounds. I say<br />

this because it requires of us that we be willing always to go back to <strong>the</strong> beginning, back<br />

to first principles and, if necessary, to start all over again. The style of our society and<br />

<strong>the</strong> pace of contemporary expectation seem to militate against such<br />

humility. Failure is something we tend to hide. Celebrities<br />

somehow seem to manage it much better than <strong>the</strong> rest of us –<br />

<strong>the</strong>y just blast and bluster on most of <strong>the</strong> time. Humility still<br />

carries with it a sense of being weak at <strong>the</strong> knees, soft at <strong>the</strong><br />

centre and not able to cope or to keep up. Again, this is a deep<br />

and a dangerous mistake. It is a pity because humility is part of<br />

realism. It is a quality which we need to connect us to o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

people and to keep us connected. Without such connections,<br />

it is so much more difficult to keep our New Year Resolutions<br />

or to contemplate our Lenten Abstinences. Idealism gives us<br />

<strong>the</strong> sense that we have to do all of <strong>the</strong>se things alone and on<br />

our own. In my experience, sadly, this often does not<br />

work very well. Sharing <strong>the</strong> load and <strong>the</strong> burden can<br />

and does share <strong>the</strong> eventual happiness and that<br />

is a much better place to be. Suffering and<br />

joy need to grapple to connect in <strong>the</strong> living<br />

hope of Christianity.<br />

The early days of January can be long<br />

and dark. However, a new light is already<br />

playing over <strong>the</strong> landscape, even if it still<br />

looks ra<strong>the</strong>r like <strong>the</strong> old light. The<br />

daylight hours will leng<strong>the</strong>n. Even if <strong>the</strong><br />

new Resolutions have gone out with<br />

<strong>the</strong> bin by <strong>the</strong> end of <strong>the</strong> month, <strong>the</strong>re<br />

will be many more opportunities to<br />

make fresh and realistic Resolutions<br />

during <strong>the</strong> rest of <strong>the</strong> year.<br />

Inez and Camilla join me in wishing<br />

each of you a very Happy 2012.<br />

† Michael<br />


Noelene Scott and Gladys<br />

Williamson lead <strong>the</strong> Delgany Parish<br />

Thursday Club – an outing group for<br />

senior members of <strong>the</strong> parish. Here<br />

<strong>the</strong>y are pictured with Peter Harrison<br />

at <strong>the</strong> Club’s Christmas Dinner. Such<br />

groups provide a valuable social<br />

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Patrick Comerford<br />

As we begin a new year, and look<br />

forward to <strong>the</strong> next 12 months, we<br />

should also be aware that we are facing<br />

into a decade of anniversaries, when we<br />

will be faced with <strong>the</strong> commemorations<br />

of events a centenary ago, recalling <strong>the</strong><br />

tumultuous events between 1912 and<br />

1922 that shaped not only Irish identity<br />

but also shaped <strong>the</strong> map of Europe.<br />

It is <strong>the</strong> decade that was marked by <strong>the</strong><br />

demise of Chinese imperial dynasties, World<br />

War I, <strong>the</strong> Armenian Genocide, <strong>the</strong> Gallipoli<br />

landings, <strong>the</strong> Battle of <strong>the</strong> Somme, <strong>the</strong> Russian<br />

Revolution, <strong>the</strong> Balfour Declaration, <strong>the</strong> defeat<br />

of Germany, <strong>the</strong> fall of <strong>the</strong> Hapsburgs, <strong>the</strong><br />

creation of <strong>the</strong> Weimar Republic and <strong>the</strong> Soviet<br />

Union, <strong>the</strong> first non-stop transatlantic flight, <strong>the</strong><br />

collapse of <strong>the</strong> Ottoman Empire, <strong>the</strong> winning of<br />

women’s voting rights, and <strong>the</strong> rise of<br />

Communism and Fascism.<br />

But it was <strong>the</strong> decade too that brought us<br />

<strong>the</strong> modern zipper, stainless steel, and <strong>the</strong> popup<br />

toaster. It was a decade that saw <strong>the</strong><br />

publication of Einstein’s <strong>the</strong>ory of relativity, <strong>the</strong><br />

first US feature film, <strong>the</strong> debut of Charlie<br />

Chaplin, <strong>the</strong> publication of Thomas Mann’s<br />

Death in Venice, DH Lawrence’s Sons and<br />

Lovers and Women in Love and TS Eliot’s The<br />

Waste Land.<br />

For Irish people, this was <strong>the</strong> decade that saw<br />

<strong>the</strong> death of Bram Stoker, <strong>the</strong> author of<br />

Dracula, who was born into a Dublin Church of<br />

Ireland family. It was a decade that saw <strong>the</strong><br />

publication of James Joyce’s Dubliners, Portrait<br />

of <strong>the</strong> Artist as a Young Man, and Ulysses, and of<br />

Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw. And it was<br />

a decade too that was marked by <strong>the</strong> sinking of<br />

<strong>the</strong> Titanic and <strong>the</strong> Lusitania.<br />

‘The centre cannot hold’<br />

The world was so changed and transformed<br />

WB Yeats could open his poem The Second<br />

Coming with <strong>the</strong>se lines about Europe in <strong>the</strong><br />

aftermath of World War I:<br />

Turning and turning in <strong>the</strong> widening gyre<br />

The falcon cannot hear <strong>the</strong> falconer;<br />

Things fall apart; <strong>the</strong> centre cannot hold;<br />

Mere anarchy is loosed upon <strong>the</strong> world,<br />

The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere<br />

The ceremony of innocence is drowned;<br />

The best lack all conviction, while <strong>the</strong> worst<br />

Are full of passionate intensity.<br />

Towards <strong>the</strong> end of that decade, <strong>the</strong> Church<br />

of Ireland was living with <strong>the</strong> consequences of a<br />

half century of disestablishment. But <strong>the</strong> Church<br />

was more concerned with social political<br />

upheaval on this island, and <strong>the</strong> way we were<br />

tearing ourselves apart as a people. Irish identity<br />

was changed violently over that ten-year period,<br />

so that <strong>the</strong> lines by Yeats about <strong>the</strong> leaders of<br />

<strong>the</strong> Easter Rising in 1916 could be applied to <strong>the</strong><br />

whole island and <strong>the</strong> whole population:<br />

All changed, changed utterly:<br />

A terrible beauty is born.<br />

It was a decade that saw <strong>the</strong> reconstruction<br />

of Irish identity through <strong>the</strong> creation of myths<br />

that by-passed <strong>the</strong> facts, even as <strong>the</strong> main<br />

actors in those myths were still alive.<br />

Language and identity<br />

It is forgotten that modern Irish nationalism<br />

had its incubation and gestation in <strong>the</strong> revival of<br />

<strong>the</strong> Irish language – a revival in which <strong>the</strong> main<br />

players included Dr Douglas Hyde, <strong>the</strong> son of a<br />

4 CHUrCH revIew<br />

Looking down <strong>the</strong> Liffey towards Liberty<br />

Hall… would <strong>the</strong> key players in <strong>the</strong><br />

events 100 years ago recognise <strong>the</strong><br />

Ireland of today?<br />

Dublin Castle… <strong>the</strong> seat of Government<br />

until 1922.<br />

Left: The Abbey Theatre contributed to<br />

<strong>the</strong> cultural expressions of Irish<br />

nationalism. Right: Jim Larkin… “The<br />

great appear great because we are on<br />

our knees: Let us rise.”<br />

James Connolly was born in Scotland<br />

and married a member of <strong>the</strong> Church of<br />

Ireland.<br />

Church of Ireland rector, and Dr Eleanor Hull<br />

in hymns such as Be thou my vision (643).<br />

The artistic expressions of <strong>the</strong> new<br />

nationalism were found in <strong>the</strong> Abbey Theatre,<br />

founded by Lady Gregory, WB Yeats and<br />

George Russell (AE), <strong>the</strong> poetry of Yeats and<br />

<strong>the</strong> plays of Sean O’Casey – all members of <strong>the</strong><br />

Church of Ireland.<br />

Since 1916, <strong>the</strong> leaders of <strong>the</strong> Easter Rising in<br />

Dublin have been transformed into ei<strong>the</strong>r<br />

working class heroes or <strong>the</strong> personifications of<br />

what it is to be Green, Gaelic, Catholic and<br />

The Rotunda in Dublin… a venue for<br />

many of <strong>the</strong> political meetings and<br />

heated debates on all sides in <strong>the</strong><br />

decade between 1912 and 1922.<br />

Charles Stewart Parnell, founder of <strong>the</strong><br />

Irish Parliamentary Party, influenced a<br />

later generation of nationalists.<br />

Irish. But <strong>the</strong> myths that have been created by<br />

those who have a blinkered vision of what it is<br />

to be Irish betray <strong>the</strong> truths of history.<br />

Who remembers today that Pádraig Pearse<br />

was born Patrick Henry Pearse, <strong>the</strong> son of a<br />

Birmingham Unitarian who had come to Dublin<br />

from England as part of <strong>the</strong> Victorian arts-andcrafts<br />

movement? There are o<strong>the</strong>r myths<br />

surrounding Pearse, including one that he was<br />

“President of <strong>the</strong> Provisional Government,” a<br />

post that may have been held instead by<br />

Thomas Clarke. There is no manuscript version<br />

of <strong>the</strong> 1916 Proclamation, but on all printed<br />

versions, <strong>the</strong> leaders’ names are not printed in<br />

alphabetical order, so that Pearse’s name is<br />

listed fourth, after Thomas Clarke, Sean Mac<br />

Diarmada and Thomas MacDonagh.<br />

Ironically, Clarke was not born in Ireland but<br />

in an army barracks on <strong>the</strong> Isle of Wight in<br />

England, where his fa<strong>the</strong>r was a soldier in <strong>the</strong><br />

British army. Thomas MacDonagh had a middle<br />

class education in Rockwell College, Co<br />

Tipperary, and was a lecturer in English in UCD.<br />

In 1912, he married Muriel Gifford, a member<br />

of a well-known Church of Ireland family in<br />

Dublin. Éamonn Ceannt, an accountant, was<br />

born Edward Thomas Kent, <strong>the</strong> son of an officer<br />

in <strong>the</strong> Royal Irish Constabulary.

Photographs by Patrick Comerford<br />

From left: Sean O’Casey, <strong>the</strong> playwright of <strong>the</strong> left, was born into <strong>the</strong> Church of Ireland; The General Post Office in Dublin… but<br />

<strong>the</strong> Easter Rising is not <strong>the</strong> only important anniversary to remember; The Garden of Remembrance treats <strong>the</strong> 1916 leaders as<br />

martyrs… but <strong>the</strong>ir backgrounds were diverse; Dr Kathleen Lynn took command of <strong>the</strong> rebel position in City Hall; The Mansion<br />

House in Dublin, where <strong>the</strong> First Dáil held most of its meetings.<br />

The War Memorial Park in Islandbridge, Dublin, recalls <strong>the</strong> Irish dead of two world wars.<br />

Much of O’Connell Street, Dublin, was<br />

destroyed during <strong>the</strong> 1916 Rising.<br />

James Connolly was born in Edinburgh, and<br />

spoke with a Scottish accent all his life. After<br />

joining <strong>the</strong> British Army at <strong>the</strong> age of 14, he spent<br />

seven years with <strong>the</strong> army in Ireland. In 1890, he<br />

married Lillie Reynolds, a member of <strong>the</strong> Church<br />

of Ireland, who was born in Co Wicklow.<br />

Joseph Mary Plunkett was <strong>the</strong> son of Count<br />

George Noble Plunkett, and his distant cousin, Sir<br />

Horace Curzon Plunkett, was a prominent lay<br />

member of <strong>the</strong> Church of Ireland and a Home<br />

Rule MP. The poet was born into a privileged<br />

family in Fitzwilliam Square, <strong>the</strong>n an affluent<br />

suburb of Dublin, and was educated by <strong>the</strong> Jesuits<br />

at Belvedere and Stonyhurst, a public school in<br />

Lancashire. Hours before his execution, he<br />

married Grace Gifford, who, like her sister Muriel<br />

MacDonagh, had been born into a prosperous<br />

Dublin Church of Ireland family.<br />

In o<strong>the</strong>r words, two of <strong>the</strong> seven signatories<br />

were not born in Ireland, one was <strong>the</strong> son of an<br />

Englishman, one had served in <strong>the</strong> British army,<br />

one was <strong>the</strong> son of an RIC officer, one was born<br />

in a British army barracks, one was a titled<br />

aristocrat, and at least three married women<br />

who were born into <strong>the</strong> Church of Ireland.<br />

These backgrounds were similar to those of<br />

many prominent figures on <strong>the</strong> Republican side<br />

in 1916. For example, Liam Mellows, later<br />

executed in 1922 at <strong>the</strong> height of <strong>the</strong> Civil War,<br />

was born William Joseph Mellows in an army<br />

barracks in Manchester, and his fa<strong>the</strong>r was born<br />

in a British army barracks in India.<br />

It should be remembered too in <strong>the</strong> coming<br />

years that while <strong>the</strong> 1916 Rising was being<br />

planned, Arthur Griffith’s Sinn Féin still favoured<br />

establishing a form of dual monarchy linking<br />

Ireland and Britain, similar to <strong>the</strong> dual monarchy<br />

in <strong>the</strong> Austro-Hungarian Empire, and that Sinn<br />

Féin did not take part in <strong>the</strong> 1916 Rising.<br />

Voices for <strong>the</strong> oppressed<br />

Many of <strong>the</strong> women who took prominent<br />

roles in <strong>the</strong> Rising were members of <strong>the</strong><br />

The Four Courts… burned in <strong>the</strong><br />

clashes of <strong>the</strong> Civil War in 1922.<br />

Church of Ireland: Countess Markievicz, <strong>the</strong><br />

suffragette and a leader of <strong>the</strong> Irish Citizens’<br />

Army, was born Constance Georgine Gore-<br />

Booth in Buckingham Gate, London, <strong>the</strong><br />

daughter of Sir Henry Gore-Booth of Lissadell<br />

House, Co Sligo. She and her younger sister, Eva<br />

Gore-Booth, were childhood friends of Yeats,<br />

who frequently visited <strong>the</strong>ir home and<br />

described <strong>the</strong>m in one poem as “two girls in silk<br />

kimonos, both beautiful, one a gazelle.”<br />

Dr Kathleen Lynn, a founding member of <strong>the</strong><br />

Irish Citizen’s Army too, took command of <strong>the</strong><br />

rebel garrison in City Hall in Easter Week 1916.<br />

She remained a pious member of <strong>the</strong> Church of<br />

Ireland until her death in 1955.<br />

Alongside James Connolly, Jim Larkin<br />

Countess Markievicz and Kathleen Lynn, <strong>the</strong><br />

founding members of <strong>the</strong> Irish Citizens’ Army in<br />

1913, included Captain Jack White, a<br />

Presbyterian from Broughshane, Co Antrim, and<br />

<strong>the</strong> son of Sir George Stuart White.<br />

Indeed, <strong>the</strong> first informal meeting to form <strong>the</strong><br />

Irish Citizens’ Army was held in Trinity College<br />

Dublin in <strong>the</strong> rooms of <strong>the</strong> Revd Robert<br />

Malcolm Gwynn. He was a communicant at St<br />

Bartholomew’s until his death in 1962, and is<br />

buried in Whitechurch Churchyard in Co<br />

Dublin. One of his bro<strong>the</strong>rs, Brian Gwynn, was<br />

<strong>the</strong> fa<strong>the</strong>r-in-law of <strong>the</strong> late Archbishop George<br />

Simms. Through <strong>the</strong>ir mo<strong>the</strong>r, <strong>the</strong> Gwynns were<br />

grandsons of William Smith O’Brien, <strong>the</strong> exiled<br />

1848 revolutionary whose statue in O’Connell<br />

Street is close to <strong>the</strong> GPO and <strong>the</strong> statue of<br />

Jim Larkin.<br />

In a letter of protest during <strong>the</strong> Dublin<br />

lockout, George Russell (AE) accused <strong>the</strong><br />

employers of “refusing to consider any solution<br />

except that fixed by <strong>the</strong>ir pride” and he accused<br />

<strong>the</strong>m of seeking “in cold anger to starve onethird<br />

of this city, to break <strong>the</strong> manhood of <strong>the</strong><br />

The Luas in Abbey Street… have we<br />

moved on is shaping a modern Irish<br />

identity?<br />

men by <strong>the</strong> sight of <strong>the</strong> suffering of <strong>the</strong>ir wives<br />

and <strong>the</strong> hunger of <strong>the</strong>ir children.”<br />

A year after <strong>the</strong> Dublin lockout, members of<br />

<strong>the</strong> Church of Ireland were among <strong>the</strong> most<br />

prominent organisers of <strong>the</strong> Howth gunrunning.<br />

Erskine Childers, a cousin of <strong>the</strong><br />

Bartons of Glendalough House, sailed into<br />

Howth on <strong>the</strong> Asgard and landed 2,500 guns.<br />

The organisers included his wife Molly Childers,<br />

Sir Roger Casement, Alice Stopford Green and<br />

Mary Spring Rice – all Church of Ireland<br />

parishioners, as were many of those waiting for<br />

<strong>the</strong>m on <strong>the</strong> pier, including Countess<br />

Markievicz, Douglas Hyde and Darrell Figgis.<br />

Written in or written out?<br />

The myths that have accumulated over <strong>the</strong><br />

past century have written members of <strong>the</strong><br />

Church of Ireland, <strong>the</strong>ir consciences and <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

role out of <strong>the</strong> shared history of this island.<br />

In <strong>the</strong>se coming years, we must remember<br />

that more Irish soldiers – Catholic and<br />

Protestant – died at <strong>the</strong> Gallipoli landings in<br />

1915 or at <strong>the</strong> Somme in 1916 than died in <strong>the</strong><br />

Easter Rising. Nor should we forget that more<br />

than 400,000 people on this island, including<br />

five bishops of <strong>the</strong> Church of Ireland, signed <strong>the</strong><br />

Ulster Covenant, and in doing so were led by<br />

Sir Edward Carson, who was born in Harcourt<br />

Street, Dublin.<br />

In 1922, after many Protestants were forced<br />

to leave <strong>the</strong>ir homes because of threats and<br />

some had been murdered in Co Cork, a<br />

delegation of sou<strong>the</strong>rn members of <strong>the</strong><br />

General Synod met Michael Collins and WT<br />

Cosgrave, and asked whe<strong>the</strong>r <strong>the</strong> government<br />

of <strong>the</strong> new Free State was “desirous of<br />

retaining” <strong>the</strong> Protestant community. The new<br />

government readily gave <strong>the</strong> assurances sought.<br />

Over <strong>the</strong> next ten years, it is important that<br />

one single event should not dominate all <strong>the</strong><br />

o<strong>the</strong>r centenaries and <strong>the</strong> memory of what has<br />

made <strong>the</strong> Ireland we know today. We should<br />

remember Ulster Covenant, <strong>the</strong> lockouts,<br />

Gallipoli, <strong>the</strong> Somme, <strong>the</strong> men who rallied to<br />

Redmond’s call, and <strong>the</strong> poetry of Tom Kettle.<br />

Nor should we forget <strong>the</strong> diversity of<br />

contributions made by members of <strong>the</strong> Church<br />

of Ireland in those ten years.<br />

Canon Patrick Comerford is Lecturer in<br />

Anglicanism and Liturgy, <strong>the</strong> Church of<br />

Ireland Theological Institute.<br />

http://revpatrickcomerford.blogspot.com<br />

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From <strong>the</strong> desk(s) of 3Rock Youth…<br />

as reported by Susie Keane<br />

Family Services in St. Andrews, Malahide<br />

and St. Johns, Tullow<br />

We could say that in one day we spanned<br />

nearly <strong>the</strong> length of our diocese but that would<br />

be stretching it. Instead, we got close; we were<br />

invited by Tom Tate, Youth Officer in St. Andrews<br />

Church and Rev. Norman Gamble to<br />

participate in <strong>the</strong>ir family service. Greg was<br />

asked to give <strong>the</strong> message and I filled <strong>the</strong> parish<br />

in on what 3Rock Youth was up to and to thank<br />

<strong>the</strong>m for having Aisling Glover, our intern do<br />

her placement <strong>the</strong>re. The day was beautiful and<br />

<strong>the</strong> sunlight spilled into <strong>the</strong> gorgeous church.<br />

Greg spoke about those days “when everything<br />

changes” in our own lives and very evidently<br />

shown by <strong>the</strong> coming of Jesus, a moment that<br />

truly changed everything.<br />

After tea and chats with parishioners we<br />

made our way south side to Rev. John Tanner,<br />

who packed his church with families, <strong>the</strong> Girls<br />

brigade and scouts. Ferg Breen came and led<br />

<strong>the</strong> church in contemporary worship songs as<br />

Greg spoke. It was lovely to be welcomed into<br />

<strong>the</strong> church body full of families and for <strong>the</strong>m to<br />

engage with what 3Rock Youth strive to do<br />

along side <strong>the</strong>m.<br />

When can we visit your church?<br />

Essential at Christ Church Ca<strong>the</strong>dral<br />

I think <strong>the</strong>re's always a feeling of anxiety and<br />

apprehension when one of <strong>the</strong> biggest youth<br />

events in your calendar doesn't go ahead <strong>the</strong><br />

year before because we've all been snowed in;<br />

and all you have been doing in <strong>the</strong> week leading<br />

up to Essential this year is praying that <strong>the</strong><br />

wea<strong>the</strong>r remains at a suitable temperature and<br />

climate in order for it to go ahead! It did go<br />

ahead and Christ Church Ca<strong>the</strong>dral filled with<br />

teenagers from <strong>around</strong> <strong>the</strong> United Diocese.<br />

Archbishop Jackson speaking at Essential.<br />

The Fire Guys at Essential, Christ Church Ca<strong>the</strong>dral.<br />

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Ferg Breen & Luke Sweetman lead music at Essential.<br />

After <strong>the</strong> awesome “Fire Guys” fire<br />

performance, just over 450 people seated<br />

<strong>the</strong>mselves <strong>around</strong> <strong>the</strong> stage, which took pride<br />

of place again in <strong>the</strong> center. As <strong>the</strong> Ca<strong>the</strong>dral<br />

lights went down 6 individual candles were lit as<br />

each person with a candle said confidently that<br />

'Nothing Separates us from <strong>the</strong> Love of God'.<br />

The Discovery Gospel Choir <strong>the</strong>n got <strong>the</strong><br />

Ca<strong>the</strong>drals hips moving and filled <strong>the</strong> room<br />

with joyous song, along side <strong>the</strong> DJing skills of<br />

Sam Stott and <strong>the</strong> brilliant music of Ferg Breen<br />

& Luke Sweetman all mixed by <strong>the</strong> excellent<br />

engineering of Paul Donnan. Greg enthralled us<br />

all with curiosity as he spoke about <strong>the</strong> Prodigal<br />

Son while being restrained in a strait jacket<br />

(yes, you heard right!), which was covered with<br />

<strong>the</strong> words 'LOST'. He <strong>the</strong>n went on to talk<br />

about one of <strong>the</strong> most important and beautiful<br />

actions that can happen to anyone...to embrace<br />

and to be embraced. Greg <strong>the</strong>n shook off <strong>the</strong><br />

strait jacket to illustrate that we don't have to<br />

Essential.<br />

Greg Speaking at Essential.<br />

live lost and wrapped up in ourselves and that<br />

<strong>the</strong> Fa<strong>the</strong>r embraces us, like <strong>the</strong> Prodigal Son<br />

on his return home. That God’s desire is to<br />

embrace us and lavish grace on our lives. To<br />

respond to this wonderful talk, we like to do an<br />

offering to <strong>the</strong> community ga<strong>the</strong>red. Greg<br />

challenged us all to rise up if we wanted to “be<br />

<strong>the</strong> embrace” to o<strong>the</strong>rs, and with that hundreds<br />

in <strong>the</strong> Ca<strong>the</strong>dral rose to <strong>the</strong>ir feet and we all<br />

spread out to offer <strong>the</strong>m orange wristbands<br />

with <strong>the</strong> words 'Embrace' on <strong>the</strong>m as a<br />

reminder that <strong>the</strong>y are not only embraced but<br />

need to remember to embrace o<strong>the</strong>rs. The<br />

evening was closed by <strong>the</strong> MC (Susie Keane)<br />

introducing Archbishop Jackson for <strong>the</strong> final<br />

word and blessing, encouraging us to be with<br />

God and do for o<strong>the</strong>rs. Everyone <strong>the</strong>n<br />

fur<strong>the</strong>red <strong>the</strong> event by filling <strong>the</strong> crypt for<br />

tea/coffee and Christmas treats sponsored and<br />

hosted by Urban Soul.<br />

We would love to thank Dean Dunne and his<br />

brilliant Staff at Christ Church Ca<strong>the</strong>dral for<br />

being so patient and allowing us to work<br />

alongside <strong>the</strong>m within such a beautiful space. To<br />

<strong>the</strong> volunteer team that gave up <strong>the</strong>ir time and<br />

energy to help us selflessly over <strong>the</strong> day,<br />

THANK YOU.<br />

Thank you again for your continued prayers<br />

and support as we endeavour to see Jesus<br />

active in <strong>the</strong> lives of this generation.<br />

Greg Fromholz,<br />

United Diocesan Youth Officer<br />

Upcoming Dates<br />

Watch this space for soon to be announced<br />

dates for Confirmation Days, Family Sports<br />

Days and Transition Year Schools Days.<br />

Or visit at www.3rock.net and download <strong>the</strong><br />

3Rock Youth App.

The perception that HIV is “<strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

person’s problem” still prevails in Ireland,<br />

<strong>the</strong> Archbishop of Dublin was told at a<br />

recent visit to Open Heart House in <strong>the</strong><br />

city. The Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson<br />

was given a guided tour of <strong>the</strong> centre,<br />

which caters for over 1,500 people living<br />

with HIV and AIDS. He met staff,<br />

volunteers and members of <strong>the</strong> facility.<br />

The Open Heart Centre was established in<br />

1997 and started with just 18 members. Now<br />

almost 2,000 members from all walks of life<br />

use <strong>the</strong> facilities at <strong>the</strong> former Christian<br />

Bro<strong>the</strong>rs building. The centre, which aims to<br />

empower and enhance <strong>the</strong> lives of people living<br />

with AIDS and HIV is run on a low budget with<br />

few full time staff. Most people working at<br />

Open Heart are volunteers whe<strong>the</strong>r in <strong>the</strong><br />

busy dining room where 18,000 meals a year<br />

are served or in <strong>the</strong> <strong>the</strong>rapy rooms where<br />

qualified <strong>the</strong>rapists offer massage, acupuncture<br />

among o<strong>the</strong>rs free of charge.<br />

The centre also houses a fully equipped gym,<br />

library, meditation and quiet rooms, a clo<strong>the</strong>s<br />

exchange and a space in which members can<br />

hang out and play pool and chat. A youth<br />

service was established this year and staff also<br />

carry out prison visits, hospital visits and street<br />

outreach services – <strong>the</strong>y go anywhere <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

members might need support.<br />

“Everyone is equal here,” explained Paula<br />

Gilmore, CEO of Open Heart. “The centre has<br />

an ethos of warm, welcome acceptance.” She<br />

said <strong>the</strong> profile of <strong>the</strong>ir members has changed<br />

over <strong>the</strong> past decade. Initially people coming to<br />

<strong>the</strong>m would have been actively using drugs or<br />

members of <strong>the</strong> gay community. Now a lot of<br />

younger women are coming in.<br />

With an average age of between 25 and 35,<br />

Open Heart’s members are younger than <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

N E W S<br />

Everyone is Equal at Open Heart House<br />

L-R Volunteer Coordinator Anne Hederman, CEO Paula Gilmore, board member<br />

representing Church of Ireland Celia Dunne, Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson and<br />

Regional Development Manager James O’Connor.<br />

It’s a Dog’s Life<br />

at <strong>the</strong> Pepper<br />

Cannister<br />

Murray and Clive get along famously. Murray, a young<br />

Dublin man, feeds and lavishes attention on Clive, a Golden<br />

Doodle. In return Clive, a highly trained assistance dog, has<br />

transformed Murray’s life. The pair attended <strong>the</strong> annual<br />

service of thanksgiving for <strong>the</strong> Irish Guide Dogs for <strong>the</strong><br />

Blind Association in St Stephen’s Church on Mount Street<br />

Crescent in Dublin recently. Those in attendance were told<br />

of <strong>the</strong> invaluable work of <strong>the</strong> Irish Guide Dogs for <strong>the</strong><br />

Blind Association by Murray’s mum, Fiona Whooley. There<br />

was only <strong>the</strong> odd yelp or jingling of collars by way of<br />

interruption from <strong>the</strong> many guide dogs and assistance dogs<br />

in <strong>the</strong> congregation who were welcomed by <strong>the</strong> vicar, Revd<br />

David Gillespie.<br />

Mrs Whooley explained that Murray was diagnosed as<br />

having autism at <strong>the</strong> age of two. When he went outside he was out of his comfort zone and<br />

could display some very difficult behaviour. “The problem with autism is that people can’t<br />

verbalise <strong>the</strong>ir fears so <strong>the</strong>y act out instead,” she said. “Murray looked like any o<strong>the</strong>r child so<br />

people would blame us.” They had been living abroad but moved back to Ireland six years ago.<br />

One day she read an article about assistance dogs and immediately applied for one. That was<br />

when Clive entered <strong>the</strong>ir lives.<br />

“Nobody knows how having an assistance dog works for a child with autism. But it does.<br />

We went from having a child who didn’t like going out to having one who was happy to go<br />

out. We have an older daughter who likes to play football and we couldn’t go to <strong>the</strong> local<br />

football field to watch her play. Now, not only can we go to <strong>the</strong> local football field but we can<br />

go to Croke Park. We are keen Dub supporters and we go <strong>the</strong>re every year,’ Mrs Whooley<br />

said. She added that before Clive joined <strong>the</strong> family, a certain airline had said Murray was not fit<br />

to fly because he got so upset. Last year, with Clive on board, Murray flew to New York to<br />

meet a kind American woman who had contacted Murray through his Facebook page.<br />

The key to giving children with autism a chance of leading an independent life is early<br />

intervention, Mrs Whooley stated. But she said <strong>the</strong>re were 200 children on <strong>the</strong> waiting list for<br />

an assistance dog and <strong>the</strong> Guide Dogs Association can only train 45 dogs each year so a child<br />

could be waiting four years for <strong>the</strong>ir dog. She urged people to continue to support <strong>the</strong><br />

association and remember <strong>the</strong> phenomenal difference assistance and guide dogs make to <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

owners’ lives.<br />

counterparts in <strong>the</strong> Boston Living Centre, on<br />

which <strong>the</strong> Dublin centre is modelled. “I<br />

attribute <strong>the</strong> younger age here to <strong>the</strong> lack of<br />

education. Younger people are also more<br />

sexually expressive,” Paula told <strong>the</strong> Archbishop.<br />

“The area not being addressed is <strong>the</strong> young<br />

heterosexual community,” she added.<br />

While HIV and AIDS were hardly out of <strong>the</strong><br />

headlines in <strong>the</strong> late 1980s and early 1990s, <strong>the</strong><br />

illness has fallen off <strong>the</strong> radar in recent years.<br />

Open Heart’s regional development manager,<br />

James O’Connor, says it is now coming back<br />

into focus but “HIV is still <strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r person’s<br />

problem, <strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r person’s disease. No one<br />

thinks it would happen to <strong>the</strong>m”. As members<br />

of Open Heart come from as far away as<br />

Portlaoise, he is working towards establishing a<br />

centre in <strong>the</strong> midlands.<br />

Archbishop Jackson said one of <strong>the</strong> most<br />

important things about Open Heart was its<br />

simplicity. “Built on that simplicity is a sense of<br />

membership and community which enables<br />

everyone who comes through <strong>the</strong> door feel a<br />

sense of welcome and belonging. The level of<br />

support and sensitivity that is offered by <strong>the</strong> staff<br />

is extremely impressive and <strong>the</strong> contribution<br />

that Open Heart makes to <strong>the</strong> whole of our<br />

society is something we should honour and<br />

respect,” he commented. He encouraged people<br />

to visit <strong>the</strong> website www.openhearthouse.ie.<br />





CALL, MARK LEW : 087-9376331<br />



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Parish Readers Bring Gifts<br />

to <strong>the</strong> Diocese<br />

Eight new Parish Readers from all over <strong>the</strong><br />

United Diocese have been commissioned. The<br />

new readers were commissioned recently in St<br />

John <strong>the</strong> Baptist Church in Clontarf by <strong>the</strong><br />

Archbishop, <strong>the</strong> Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson.<br />

They bring to <strong>the</strong>ir new positions a variety of<br />

gifts and come from different traditions. Some<br />

now plan to continue on <strong>the</strong>ir journey to<br />

become Diocesan Readers.<br />

After two years’ of study and preparation,<br />

Gillian Dean from St George and St Thomas;<br />

Alan French of Glenageary; James Kilbey of St<br />

Patrick’s Ca<strong>the</strong>dral Group of Parishes; Jon Kirby<br />

of Donoughmore, Donard and Dunlavin; David<br />

O’Halloran from Crumlin and Chapelizod,<br />

Victoria O. Osigbade-Oso from Tallaght, Shona<br />

Rusk of Crumlin and Chapelizod and Brendan<br />

Sheahan from Celbridge and Straffan with<br />

Newcastle-Lyons were all made Parish Readers.<br />

Dr Jackson welcomed <strong>the</strong> candidates and<br />

those who had travelled to support <strong>the</strong>m from<br />

all over Dublin and Wicklow. He praised <strong>the</strong><br />


great work <strong>the</strong> eight had put into <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

preparations and commended <strong>the</strong>m to prayer.<br />

The service was devised and led by <strong>the</strong> eight<br />

candidates in conjunction with <strong>the</strong> director of<br />

Lay Ministries, Revd John Tanner and his<br />

assistant, Uta Raab. In her sermon, Ms Raab said<br />

it was fitting that <strong>the</strong> service should have taken<br />

place in Clontarf where ano<strong>the</strong>r member of <strong>the</strong><br />

trainee group, Mark Atchinson, was already an<br />

established Parish Reader.<br />

She outlined <strong>the</strong> role of a Parish Reader. She<br />

explained that <strong>the</strong>y could lead Morning and<br />

Evening Prayer services and Services of <strong>the</strong><br />

Word as well as many parts in a Holy<br />

Communion service. They do not have licence<br />

to preach but <strong>the</strong>y can read <strong>the</strong>ir rector’s<br />

sermons or deliver <strong>the</strong>ir own if approved by<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir rector. “Parish Readers are not meant to<br />

robe, despite <strong>the</strong> different customs that I know<br />

exist <strong>around</strong> our United Diocese. The office of<br />

Parish Reader is <strong>the</strong>refore in <strong>the</strong> main a<br />

liturgical one, and intended to enrich <strong>the</strong> vital<br />

Eight new Parish Readers from <strong>the</strong> United Diocese of Dublin and Glendalough –<br />

Gillian Dean, Alan French, James Kolbe, Jon Kirby, David O’Halloran, Victoria<br />

Osigbade-Oso, Shona Rusk and Brendan Sheahan. They are pictured with <strong>the</strong><br />

Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Michael Jackson, Rev John Tanner and Uta Raab.<br />

The response to <strong>the</strong> Horn of Africa appeal within <strong>the</strong> Church of Ireland has seen a<br />

substantial sum of money released to Christian Aid and <strong>the</strong>ir partners working on <strong>the</strong> ground<br />

in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia. Over €92,000 and £32,500 has been raised in <strong>parishes</strong> <strong>around</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> country to combat <strong>the</strong> devastating effects of <strong>the</strong> drought. It has been noted that this is<br />

approximately two thirds of <strong>the</strong> amount released by <strong>the</strong> Irish Government to Christian Aid.<br />

To date, nearly 14 million people have been affected by <strong>the</strong> failed rains in <strong>the</strong> region. Entire river<br />

beds have dried up, and many communities have been displaced in <strong>the</strong>ir search for water. The<br />

provision of emergency water tanks and boreholes has enabled families to feed <strong>the</strong>ir livestock,<br />

which in turn has provided <strong>the</strong>m with milk for <strong>the</strong>ir children, who are battling malnutrition.<br />

A community member in Nor<strong>the</strong>rn Kenya, Botu Utani, commented that <strong>the</strong> provision of a<br />

water point has kept <strong>the</strong>m alive: ‘Without <strong>the</strong> water… most of us would have died, especially<br />

<strong>the</strong> pregnant women and feeding mo<strong>the</strong>rs. Even our camels are dying. And when <strong>the</strong> animals<br />

collapse, we as people also collapse. We are so grateful for <strong>the</strong> water. We can drink <strong>the</strong> water<br />

and cook with it. But we haven't washed for weeks.’<br />

Uta Raab preaches at <strong>the</strong><br />

commissioning of new Parish Readers at<br />

St. John <strong>the</strong> Baptist Church in Clontarf.<br />

component of worship in a parish, in an active,<br />

leading role,” she said.<br />

Referring to <strong>the</strong> readings, Ms Raab said both<br />

New Testament passages spoke about acts of<br />

ministry and discipleship. She said ministry and<br />

discipleship had already been evidenced in <strong>the</strong><br />

lives of <strong>the</strong> eight men and women before <strong>the</strong>y<br />

embarked on <strong>the</strong>ir training. They had lived out<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir faith by carrying out important ministries<br />

that do not receive official recognition serving as<br />

church wardens, readers of lessons, Sunday Club<br />

leaders, Diocesan Synods people and more.<br />

“These eight people before you represent<br />

not only a variety of skills and gifts, but also<br />

different traditions within our Church.<br />

Fur<strong>the</strong>rmore, considering that both <strong>the</strong> Isaiah<br />

text and <strong>the</strong> passage from Acts refer to o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

nations or nationalities, and that, to my<br />

knowledge, at least two of our eight candidates<br />

aren’t Irish, you can imagine that it pleases me<br />

greatly that one does not even have to be Irish<br />

to train for lay ministry within <strong>the</strong> Church of<br />

Ireland,” she commented.<br />

“By a lucky coincidence of <strong>the</strong> calendar, we are<br />

able to celebrate <strong>the</strong> Parish Reader<br />

commissioning of Alan, Brendan, David, Gillian,<br />

Jimmy, Jon, Shona and Victoria on this eve of<br />

Advent, <strong>the</strong> start of a new Church Year, which ties<br />

in beautifully with <strong>the</strong> beginning of a new stage<br />

for each of <strong>the</strong>m in <strong>the</strong>ir ministry,” she stated.<br />

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N E W S<br />

SCÉALA<br />

NA nGAEL<br />


againn an mhí seo agus iad go léir in<br />

ArdTeampall Críost (Christ Church<br />

Ca<strong>the</strong>dral) i lár na cathrach. (1) Seirbhís<br />

Éacúimineach (i gcomhar le Pobal an Aifrinn)<br />

Dé hAoine, 20 Eanáir, ar a hocht ac chlog<br />

tráthnóna. Is é an tAth. Alan Mac Eochagáin a<br />

thabharfas an seanmóin agus beidh daltaí<br />

Ghaelscoil na Cille ó Chill Dheagláin, Co. Na<br />

Mí inár dteannta. (2) An Chomaoineach Naofa<br />

ar a cúig a chlog tráthnóna an 22 Eanáir<br />

(Ceathrú Domhnach). (3) An Eocairist um Am<br />

Lóin (Lunchtime Eucharist) ar 12.45 an 23<br />

Eanáir (Ceathrú Luan).<br />


oraibh sa Bhliain Úir! Bkeidh sibh níos sona fós,<br />

mar a mheasaim, má dhéanann sibh trí cinn de<br />

dhea-rúin: (a) am breise a chai<strong>the</strong>amh le hurnaí;<br />

(b) tuilleadh staidéir a dhéanamh ar an mBíobla<br />

– i nGaeilge, i mBéarla nó i do rogha teanga; (c)<br />

iarracht níos láidre a dhéanamh chun an méid a<br />

fhoghlaimíonn tú ó do chuid staidéir ar an<br />

Scrioptúr a chur i bhfeidhm i do shaol laethúil<br />

– rud a thugann ar ais chun na hurnaí sinn, mar<br />

beidh gá agat le bheith ag guí má tá tú le neart<br />

a fháil ó Dhia lena thoil a chur i ngníomh.<br />


SEANFHOCAIL NA GAEILGE: Is dócha nach<br />

bhfuil teanga san Eoraip gan rian fágtha ag an<br />

mBíobla uirthi – go háiri<strong>the</strong> sna seanfhocail<br />

agus i gcora cainte traidisiúnta eile. Mar<br />

shampla, nuair a dhiúltaigh muintir Nasair<br />

(Nazareth) glacadh le teagasc Íosa, dúirt Sé: “Ní<br />

ghlactar le fáidh ar bith ina thír dhúchais féin.”<br />

(Lúcás/Luke 4:24). Nach é sin is bun lenár<br />

seanfhocal Gaeilge féin: “Ní bhíonn meas ar an<br />

bhfáidh ina dhúiche féin.”? Agus ní gá duit ach<br />

féachaint ar an gcuntas faoin mbean a dtángthas<br />

aniar aduaidh uirthi san adhaltranas (Eoin/John<br />

8:2-11) leis an seanfhocal Gaeilge sin a<br />

thuiscint: “An té atá saor, cai<strong>the</strong>adh sé cloch.”<br />


Críochnaigh an véarsa seo ón Tiomna Nua<br />

Gaeilge: “Mar níor tháinig Mac an duine le<br />

seirbhís a fháil...” Éarlais Leabhar (book token)<br />

ar €10 (deich n-euro) don chéad fhreagra<br />

ceart as an mála. Freagraí (faoi 31 Eanáir) chuig:<br />


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BÍGÍ AG GUÍ don MheánOir<strong>the</strong>ar – go<br />

háiri<strong>the</strong> faoin mbaol mórchogaidh agus faoi<br />

shaoirse creidimh do Chríostai<strong>the</strong>. Agus guígí<br />

d’Éirinn freisin!<br />




History journal includes paper by CITI lecturer<br />

Canon Patrick Comerford of <strong>the</strong> Church of<br />

Ireland Theological Institute is one of <strong>the</strong><br />

principal contributors to <strong>the</strong> latest edition of <strong>the</strong><br />

Journal of <strong>the</strong> Wexford Historical Society. The<br />

2011-2012 edition (Number 23) is edited by Ms<br />

Celestine Rafferty and was launched in <strong>the</strong><br />

Greenacres Art Gallery in Wexford by Professor<br />

Kevin Whelan of <strong>the</strong> Keough Naughton Notre<br />

Dame Centre, Dublin.<br />

Canon Comerford’s paper, ‘James Comerford<br />

(1817-1902): rediscovering a Wexford-born<br />

Victorian stuccodore’s art,’ is <strong>the</strong> first paper in<br />

<strong>the</strong> Journal, and looks at <strong>the</strong> work and career of<br />

his great-grandfa<strong>the</strong>r, James Comerford who<br />

began his career working with <strong>the</strong> architects<br />

Richard Pierce, AWN Pugin and JJ McCarthy on<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir Wexford churches.<br />

After Pugin’s death, he moved from Wexford<br />

to Dublin, where his artistic and architectural<br />

work included <strong>the</strong> now-demolished ‘Irish<br />

House’ on <strong>the</strong> corner of Wintetavern Street<br />

and Wood Quay, below Christ Church<br />

Ca<strong>the</strong>dral, and <strong>the</strong> Oarsman, a public house still<br />

standing in Ringsend.<br />

Canon Comerford is Lecturer in Anglicanism<br />

and Liturgy in CITI. His paper is illustrated with<br />

photographs telling <strong>the</strong> life story of this<br />

Wexford-born artist and trade unionist, who<br />

began his life as a stuccordore and ended his<br />

career as an architect and civil servant.<br />

“I’m just <strong>the</strong> editor,” Ms Rafferty said at <strong>the</strong><br />

launch. “The real kudos should go to <strong>the</strong> 13<br />

contributors: without <strong>the</strong>m <strong>the</strong>re wouldn’t be<br />

a journal.”<br />

The o<strong>the</strong>r contributors to <strong>the</strong> Journal<br />

include Mr Bernard Browne, who writes on<br />

Canon Patrick Comerford with Bernard<br />

Browne of Mill Quarter, Old Ross, at <strong>the</strong><br />

launch of <strong>the</strong> Journal of <strong>the</strong> Wexford<br />

Historical Society (Photograph: Barbara<br />

Comerford).<br />

Lorenzo Dow (1777-1834), an American<br />

Methodist preacher in Wexford, Mr David Ian<br />

Hamilton, who traces <strong>the</strong> story of <strong>the</strong> Sutton<br />

family of Longraigue; and Mrs Eithne Scallan,<br />

who has written a short biography of Dr<br />

George Hadden (1882-1973), <strong>the</strong> Methodist<br />

missionary and founder of <strong>the</strong> Wexford<br />

Historical Society.<br />

The attendance at launch included Alderman<br />

Joe Ryan, former Mayor of Wexford, and Mr<br />

Jarlath Glynn, President of <strong>the</strong> Wexford<br />

Historical Society.<br />

CITI Advent Carol Service<br />

At <strong>the</strong> Church of Ireland Theologival Institute Advent Carol Service in Saint<br />

Nahi's Church, Dundrum (from left): <strong>the</strong> Revd Dr Maurice Elliott, Director of<br />

CITI, <strong>the</strong> Right Revd Samuel Poyntz, retured Bishop of Connor, <strong>the</strong> Revd Berne<br />

Daly, former Lecturer in <strong>the</strong> Church of Ireland Theological College and a former<br />

curate in <strong>the</strong> parish, and Canon Patrick Comerford, lecturer in Anglicanism and<br />

Liturgy, CITI, who led <strong>the</strong> service.<br />

CHUrCH revIew 9

Education Key to Nation’s Recovery<br />

Teaching Graduates Told<br />

Education is one of <strong>the</strong> key drivers to getting<br />

Ireland back on its feet, <strong>the</strong> president of <strong>the</strong><br />

INTO, Noreen Flynn, has stated. Speaking at <strong>the</strong><br />

graduation ceremony for <strong>the</strong> B.Ed class of 2011<br />

at <strong>the</strong> Church of Ireland College of Education,<br />

Ms Flynn told <strong>the</strong> newly qualified teachers: “We<br />

have dealt with recession before and we will<br />

deal with it today. We will fight to preserve <strong>the</strong><br />

standard of education”.<br />

Ms Flynn was presenting <strong>the</strong> Vere Foster<br />

Medal for excellence to graduate Amanda<br />

Sullivan. Outlining <strong>the</strong> life of Vere Foster, who<br />

was <strong>the</strong> first president of <strong>the</strong> Irish National<br />

Teachers Organisation, she said he made a<br />

remarkable contribution to several areas in<br />

Irish Society, particularly mass education. He<br />

supported over 2,000 schools from his own<br />

personal resources; his copybooks became <strong>the</strong><br />

standard method of practicing handwriting in<br />

schools; and he was convinced that improving<br />

<strong>the</strong> lot of teachers was <strong>the</strong> only way of<br />

improving education.<br />

She said that had she been speaking at a<br />

graduation ceremony four years ago at a time<br />

of plenty, she would have contrasted <strong>the</strong> day of<br />

Vere Foster with <strong>the</strong> present day. “But as we’re<br />

all aware over <strong>the</strong> last four years all of <strong>the</strong>se<br />

certainties have come tumbling down. Poverty<br />

is on <strong>the</strong> rise. Emigration is on <strong>the</strong> rise<br />

particularly among young people… One of <strong>the</strong><br />

key drivers to get this country out of <strong>the</strong><br />

situation in which we find ourselves will be<br />

education,” she stated. Ms Flynn said Amanda<br />

Sullivan was a very worthy recipient of <strong>the</strong> Vere<br />

Foster medal having achieved <strong>the</strong> highest<br />

overall marks with 13 first class honours out of<br />

18 subject areas.<br />

The Governors’ Prize for contribution to <strong>the</strong><br />

life of <strong>the</strong> college was awarded to Jean Louise<br />

McCarthy. Presenting <strong>the</strong> award, chair of <strong>the</strong><br />

board of governors, Archbishop Michael<br />

Jackson, talked about what it meant to be a<br />

teacher. He said it sounded simple – teachers<br />

were in charge of <strong>the</strong> welfare and <strong>the</strong><br />

flourishing of <strong>the</strong> children in <strong>the</strong>ir trust. “The<br />

children are with you for a major part of <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

day and that is a responsibility… You have a<br />

tremendous opportunity to shape <strong>the</strong> lives of<br />

children,” he said adding that “<strong>the</strong> welfare of <strong>the</strong><br />

child lies at <strong>the</strong> heart of your commitment”.<br />

The Carlisle and Blake Award was presented<br />

to Stacey McNutt by Dr Harold Hislop, <strong>the</strong><br />

chief inspector at <strong>the</strong> Department of Education<br />

and Skills. In his key note speech, he addressed<br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>the</strong>me ‘Discovery consists of looking at <strong>the</strong><br />

same thing as everyone else and seeing<br />

something different’. In <strong>the</strong> Dublin of 200 years<br />

ago mass education was non-existent..<br />

“Education for all seemed like an impossible<br />

dream,” he stated. A group of Dublin<br />

businessmen ga<strong>the</strong>red toge<strong>the</strong>r in <strong>the</strong> Liberties<br />

to look at <strong>the</strong>se challenges and <strong>the</strong>y looked at<br />

<strong>the</strong>m in a different way, Dr Hislop said. The<br />

Kildare Place Society, as <strong>the</strong> men were known,<br />

pioneered all <strong>the</strong> key features of a national<br />

education system.<br />

INTO president, Noreen Flynn, addresses<br />

<strong>the</strong> B.Ed. graduates of 2011 at <strong>the</strong><br />

Church of Ireland College of Education.<br />

“The gentleman of <strong>the</strong> society would never<br />

have spoken of a child’s right to education –<br />

that language was not in <strong>the</strong>ir discourse – but<br />

that right was what <strong>the</strong>y established,” Dr<br />

Hislop stated. “Excellence of teaching and<br />

learning were at <strong>the</strong> heart of what <strong>the</strong>y did.<br />

This excellence of teaching has been<br />

maintained and fostered for 200 years this<br />

year. You, <strong>the</strong> graduates of 2011, can be proud.<br />

The creativity of <strong>the</strong> Kildare Place Founders<br />

has served this country well. Their ability to<br />

look at something differently was <strong>the</strong> key to<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir ability to change <strong>the</strong> world. Irish<br />

education is facing challenges and we need<br />

people to looking differently at <strong>the</strong> challenges<br />

and challenge <strong>the</strong> assumptions,” he said.<br />

Archbishop Michael Jackson presents<br />

Jean Louise McCarthy with <strong>the</strong><br />

Governors' Prize for contribution to <strong>the</strong><br />

life of <strong>the</strong> College at <strong>the</strong> Church of<br />

Ireland College of Education B.Ed<br />

graduation 2011.<br />

Hats off <strong>the</strong> <strong>the</strong> B.Ed class of 2011 at <strong>the</strong> Church of Ireland College of Education.<br />

Dr Hislop issued a challenge to <strong>the</strong> graduates<br />

of 2011. He urged <strong>the</strong>m to maintain a sense of<br />

discovery and imagination in <strong>the</strong> young people<br />

<strong>the</strong>y taught. “Make sure you look at <strong>the</strong>m and<br />

say ‘why not’… When you are asking ‘why not’<br />

you will really being doing your job to enrich<br />

<strong>the</strong> lives of your students,” he concluded.<br />

College of Education principal, Dr Anne<br />

Lodge, congratulated all 29 graduates and told<br />

<strong>the</strong>m she, <strong>the</strong> staff and <strong>the</strong> governors were all<br />

proud of <strong>the</strong>m. She acknowledged that <strong>the</strong> B.Ed<br />

was a demanding programme but said it had to<br />

be because “teaching isn’t just a job, it’s a<br />

vocation”. She observed that <strong>the</strong> nation was<br />

entering very difficult times which would make<br />

teachers’ jobs harder. But she said <strong>the</strong> graduates<br />

gave hope for <strong>the</strong> future of <strong>the</strong> country.<br />

10 CHUrCH revIew




The Rev. Gillian Wharton. Tel: 01-2887118. Mobile: 087-2300767<br />

Email: booterstown@dublin.anglican.org<br />

The Rev. Suzanne Harris. Tel: 087-9354869<br />

Email: curate.booterstown@dublin.anglican.org<br />

Diocesan Lay Reader: Ms Uta Raab<br />

Parish Office: St. Thomas’ Rectory, Foster Avenue, Mount Merrion, Co. Dublin.<br />

Tel: 2835873. Mon-Fri 9.00-12.00<br />

Email: mountmerrion@dublin.anglican.org<br />

Review Distribution: St. Philip & St. James: Yvonne Laycock<br />

St. Thomas: Denis Beare<br />

Parish Website: www.booterstown.dublin.anglican.org<br />

Services for January<br />

See <strong>the</strong> parish website at www.booterstown.dublin.anglican.org or<br />

collect a schedule of all <strong>the</strong> services from ei<strong>the</strong>r of our churches.<br />

In Harmony – Unexpected Songs<br />

We had a wonderful concert on Friday 2nd December 2011 in aid of<br />

St Philip and St James’ Church Roof. In Harmony, under <strong>the</strong> baton of<br />

John Harris and accompanied by Derek Verso and our own Charles<br />

Pearson, gave us wonderful singing, great story-telling through <strong>the</strong> songs<br />

and a little fancy footwork!! Barbara Harris was <strong>the</strong> M.C. and gave us<br />

a little background to <strong>the</strong> various musicals as well as being <strong>the</strong><br />

organiser of <strong>the</strong> choir. During <strong>the</strong> interval, we had non-alcoholic mulled<br />

wine and minced pies and thank you to those who looked after <strong>the</strong><br />

catering. Thank you too to those who stewarded, helped with <strong>the</strong><br />

raffle, and who supported <strong>the</strong> concert. Over €2,200 was raised which<br />

means ano<strong>the</strong>r bit of <strong>the</strong> roof is paid for! Thank you particularly to In<br />

Harmony for all <strong>the</strong> work that <strong>the</strong>y put into giving such an entertaining<br />

and professional performance.<br />

Parish Women’s Fellowship Lunch<br />

Thank you to all who cooked, baked and made a wonderful lunch for<br />

some of our older parishioners on Tuesday 6th December 2011. As usual,<br />

it was delicious. Thank you too to Santa and his helper, who managed to<br />

find time in <strong>the</strong>ir busy schedule to drop in with gifts for everyone.<br />

Vi’s Coffee Morning<br />

Thank you to all who supported Vi’s Coffee Morning in aid of St Philip<br />

and St James’ Church Roof, and particular thanks to Vi who opened her<br />

home to us. A sum of just over €1,000 was raised.<br />

Family Fun Evening at St Thomas’<br />

On Friday 20th January 2012, at 8pm, we are having a Family Fun<br />

Evening with a Beetle Drive and Supper. As well as a prize for <strong>the</strong><br />

highest score, <strong>the</strong>re will be prizes for <strong>the</strong> most attractive beetles!!! This<br />

is not a fundraiser but just an opportunity for parishioners of all ages<br />

to come toge<strong>the</strong>r from both of our <strong>parishes</strong> and beyond. €5 per adult.<br />

€3 per child. €15 for a family for 2 adults and any number of bona<br />

fide(!) children!<br />

1940’s Dance<br />

On Friday 10th February 2012, at 8pm, we are going to kick up our<br />

heels and bop <strong>the</strong> night away in <strong>the</strong> Carysfort Hall of Booterstown<br />

Parish Centre, 1940’s style. Mark O’Callaghan and friends are providing<br />

<strong>the</strong> music and it promises to be a great night. So, brush up on your<br />

Lindy-hop and away we go!<br />

Churches Toge<strong>the</strong>r – Justice Issues – Ecumenical Lenten<br />

Study Project<br />

The positive response to <strong>the</strong> Ecumenical Lenten Study Project over<br />

<strong>the</strong> past two years, has led <strong>the</strong> Rev. Denis Campbell from St. Andrew’s<br />

Presbyterian Church, Monsignor Seamus Conway from <strong>the</strong> Church of<br />

<strong>the</strong> Assumption and <strong>the</strong> Rev. Gillian Wharton, to organising ano<strong>the</strong>r<br />

such project for 2012.<br />

This year, we are looking at issues of Justice, such as homelessness,<br />

mental health care and <strong>the</strong> health service, marginalisation of <strong>the</strong> most<br />

vulnerable, etc. Given how Jesus cared for those who were struggling<br />

and <strong>the</strong> outcasts of society, can we as Christians, sit back and allow<br />

<strong>the</strong>se issues to go unnoticed, unvoiced and unchanged?<br />

Again <strong>the</strong>re will be four evenings and <strong>the</strong>y sessions will take place in<br />

<strong>the</strong> Stillorgan Park Hotel. The four evenings are: Thursday 8th March<br />

2012, Thursday 15th March 2012, Thursday 22nd March 2012 and<br />

Thursday 29th March 2012.<br />

Again, in this Lenten Study Programme, <strong>the</strong>re will be a variety of<br />

speakers from differing backgrounds.<br />

All are very welcome to <strong>the</strong>se talks.<br />

The details will be on <strong>the</strong> parish website www.booterstown.org and<br />

will be available from <strong>the</strong> Parish Office as <strong>the</strong>y come to hand.<br />

PJT1 Youth Club<br />

PJT1 (4th, 5th or 6th Classes) re-opened following a year-long gap, in<br />

September 2011.<br />

This term, we have had a Games Night including very enthusiastic<br />

uni-hoc(!), a messy Halloween Party, a DVD night, Singstar and Table<br />

Tennis interspersed with making pizza and edible top hats, and a trip<br />

ice-skating followed by McDonalds’.<br />

We meet 20.00-21.30, usually in <strong>the</strong> Carysfort Hall in St Philip and St<br />

James’ Parish Centre, but this can sometimes change.<br />

We are also exploring re-starting PJT2 which would be for<br />

parishioners and <strong>the</strong>ir friends who are 1st, 2nd and 3rd Years<br />

(Secondary School). If you would be interested, please contact Gillian<br />

by 10th January 2012. If <strong>the</strong>re is a feasible number of people<br />

interested, <strong>the</strong>n we will look at having PJT2 in 2012.<br />

We next meet at <strong>the</strong> Family Fun Evening in <strong>the</strong> Monk Gibbon Hall on<br />

Friday 20th January 2012 at 8pm, and on Friday 3rd February 2012, we<br />

meet in Carysfort Hall of Booterstown Parish Centre.<br />

Christian Meditation Group<br />

The Wednesday evening Christian Meditation Group continues on a<br />

Wednesday night in <strong>the</strong> Canon Osborne Barr Room of Booterstown<br />

Parish Centre at 8pm. But now, in addition to this, a Tuesday afternoon<br />

group will commence on Tuesday 10th January 2012 at 3.30pm and is<br />

being led by Irene Reid. For fur<strong>the</strong>r information, please contact<br />

Andreas at 087-672943 or Irene on 087-2755423.<br />

Holy Baptism<br />

Erin Lough, <strong>the</strong> daughter of Monoosh (née Davis) and Scott Lough<br />

was baptised in St Philip and St James’ Church on Advent Sunday, 27th<br />

November 2011 at <strong>the</strong> United Family Service. Erin lives in Glasgow, and<br />

she, and her Mum and Dad came to Dublin for her special day, joining<br />

with family from Limerick, Cork and Dublin, and <strong>the</strong> parishioners of<br />

Booterstown and Mount Merrion to welcome her into <strong>the</strong> family of<br />

God. Her godparents are Caroline Wharton and Enda Kelleher. We<br />

wish Erin every blessing as she journeys through life.<br />

A Happy Christmas and New Year to you!<br />

BRAY<br />

The Revd. Baden Stanley. Mobile: (087) 948 4407<br />

Youth Pastor: Kirsty Lynch<br />

Parish Office: (01) 286 2968. Email: christchurchbray@gmail.com<br />

Review Distributor: Mr. Mulligan. Tel: 2863511<br />

8.30 am: Holy Communion<br />

11.00 am: 1st and 3rd Sunday – Holy Communion;<br />

2nd Sunday – Morning Prayer; 4th Sunday – Family Service;<br />

5th Sunday – Healing Service<br />

From <strong>the</strong> Rectory – Let <strong>the</strong>re be light!<br />

A man sits, alone, engulfed by <strong>the</strong> darkness. He is shivering, not so<br />

much because of <strong>the</strong> cold, though it is cold, but because of <strong>the</strong> fear. It<br />

is so dark; not even a glimmer of light seems to permeate his dark<br />

world. And with <strong>the</strong> darkness comes fear, and fear provokes<br />

imagination. He imagines every rustle, every scratch, every whisper as<br />

monstrous. The floor he sits upon is damp and cold and he hunches up<br />

his knees to rest his head upon, but sleep escapes him. In <strong>the</strong> distance<br />

<strong>the</strong>re is a recurring noise, a swish-hisshh that echoes faintly, but it is <strong>the</strong><br />

nearer noises that frighten him most.<br />

As he cautiously extends his hand onto <strong>the</strong> floor in front of him, he<br />

feels warm soft fur slip away from his fingertips. He jumps. Rats. He<br />

hates <strong>the</strong>m. Tears start to slide silently down his face as he hardly dares<br />

brea<strong>the</strong>. “O God!” he whispers. “Help me.” Once more he extends<br />

his hand, this time he reaches <strong>the</strong> stone floor and his fingers touch a<br />

long cylinder – it is hard and damp, and yet his heart leaps. Could it be?<br />

He quickly pulls <strong>the</strong> thing to him, finding its end, nothing! <strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r end,<br />

yes! There is <strong>the</strong> wick! He holds <strong>the</strong> candle in front of him as an ancient<br />


warrior might hold his sword, and yet <strong>the</strong>re is no comfort <strong>the</strong>re. His<br />

hand returns to <strong>the</strong> floor greedily searching for more, and soon he<br />

holds in his hand a single match; he strikes it off <strong>the</strong> stone. His eyes<br />

hurt with <strong>the</strong> sudden surge of light. In that instant he glimpses <strong>the</strong> long<br />

corridor in which he is sitting. Carefully he introduces <strong>the</strong> match to <strong>the</strong><br />

candle; a stronger light emerges, just in time, as <strong>the</strong> match spits and dies.<br />

Again he holds <strong>the</strong> candle aloft. This time he sees for <strong>the</strong> first time <strong>the</strong><br />

ground <strong>around</strong> him. A small mouse dashes away. Larger eyes loom in<br />

<strong>the</strong> distance, but for now <strong>the</strong> light is enough. He has sat so long he<br />

cannot yet move and so he moves his candle <strong>around</strong> and identifies <strong>the</strong><br />

sources of <strong>the</strong> noises that captured him earlier - <strong>the</strong> open vent where<br />

<strong>the</strong> breeze blew a sapling against <strong>the</strong> wall; <strong>the</strong> bars that rattled in <strong>the</strong><br />

grate in <strong>the</strong> floor when <strong>the</strong> gurgling water rushed by underneath.<br />

In <strong>the</strong> distance he hears again <strong>the</strong> ‘swish-hisshh’ but <strong>the</strong> light of <strong>the</strong><br />

candle doesn’t quite reach its source. “Ano<strong>the</strong>r candle” he mutters “would<br />

give me light enough to see beyond <strong>the</strong> shadow” And <strong>the</strong>re it is, on <strong>the</strong><br />

floor in front of him, strong and firm. His hands introduce <strong>the</strong> two candles<br />

and <strong>the</strong> flaming light spreads… to a huddled shape, sitting on <strong>the</strong> stone<br />

floor, shoulders shaking as tears fall silently down a face, past a nose that<br />

threatens to drip until a swish-hisshh draws <strong>the</strong> mucus back up. The man<br />

scrambles to his knees and with both candles held before him he<br />

approaches <strong>the</strong> huddled shape. “Friend.” he calls, “Don’t be afraid anymore!<br />

You’re not alone! See, <strong>the</strong>re is light enough here for two!” The tear stained<br />

face of a young man looks up in amazement at <strong>the</strong> approaching light. “O<br />

sir.” he says, “Thank God you’ve come. The dark and <strong>the</strong> noise near drove<br />

me made. Tell me, can you hear a noise down <strong>the</strong>re for I’m afeared I can<br />

hear a terrible beast come yonder?” And <strong>the</strong>re, in <strong>the</strong> distance, beyond <strong>the</strong><br />

shadow, <strong>the</strong>y hear faintly a swish-hisshh. The first man smiles, holds out his<br />

hand to <strong>the</strong> young man. “Come my friend; take hold of that candle that is<br />

on <strong>the</strong> floor in front of you. Introduce it to mine, we have work to do!<br />

Happy New Year,<br />

Baden.<br />

Thank you<br />

So much thanks to everyone who worked so hard over our Christmas<br />

celebrations - to our Flower Team, Choirs, decorators, readers, catering<br />

team and all who joined us in preparation for and celebration of<br />

Christmas. Thanks especially to Frances and Sheelagh Harte who<br />

organized <strong>the</strong> beautiful Classics by Candlelight Concert with <strong>the</strong> help of a<br />

great support team and to Joe Whitten and George Wilkin, and again <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

team, who raised over €800 from <strong>the</strong> Christmas Tree sale for charities.<br />

Congratulations<br />

To Rachel Alexandra and Rose who were christened on Sunday, 20th<br />

November; to Harry Brown who was christened on Sunday, 27th<br />

November; to Noel and Roma Brasil whose marriage was blessed on<br />

Thursday, 1st December.<br />

Our Sympathy<br />

We express our heartfelt sympathy and sorrow to <strong>the</strong> family of baby<br />

Jamie McCarthy, to his parents Brian and Jeni and his older bro<strong>the</strong>r,<br />

Daniel, in this time of deep loss.<br />

Dates for your Diary<br />

Sunday, 1st January – 8.30am Holy Communion 1; 11.00am Holy<br />

Communion 2.<br />

Sunday, 8th January – 8.30am Holy Communion 2; 11.00am Morning<br />

Prayer.<br />

Sunday, 15th January – 8.30am Holy Communion 1; 11.00am Holy<br />

Communion 2.<br />

Wednesday, 18th January – 8.00pm Select Vestry meeting.<br />

Sunday 22nd January – 8.30am Holy Communion 2; 11.00am Family<br />

Service.<br />

Tuesday, 24th January – Saturday, 28th January – One Act Drama<br />

Festival at <strong>the</strong> Mermaid Theatre.<br />

Sunday 29th January – 8.30am Holy Communion 2; 11.00am Christingle<br />

Service.<br />

Mo<strong>the</strong>rs’ Union Notes<br />

Members and friends enjoyed our annual Christmas Dinner n Sunday,<br />

11th December; good food, good chat and great singing of Carols. Gifts<br />

donated by members for Nursing Home residents will be distributed<br />

before Christmas. Thank you to Helen, Hilary and Nicola who have<br />

finished <strong>the</strong>ir time on <strong>the</strong> Committee. We welcome Ann Mulligan as<br />

our new Enrolling Member and Es<strong>the</strong>r and June to <strong>the</strong> Committee.<br />

Wishing a very happy Christmas to all and hoping to see you on Monday,<br />

9th January 2012 for <strong>the</strong> first meeting of <strong>the</strong> year, wea<strong>the</strong>r permitting.<br />



Rev Paul Houston. Tel: 8200040<br />

Curate: Rev. Victor Fitzpatrick. Tel: 8212218<br />

Reader: Stella Obe. Tel: 087 2237402<br />

Parish Website: www.castleknock.dublin.anglican.org<br />

Parish Office: Jennifer McGrath (Mon- Fri 9.30am-1pm - 8200040).<br />

Email: castleknockparishoffice2@eircom.net<br />

Review Distribution: Beatrice Richards (8382590).<br />

Castleknock National School: Principal Mrs Sandra Moloney (8202611).<br />

Sunday Services in January<br />

Castleknock: 8.30am, 11.30am. Clonsilla: 10.00am<br />

Mulhuddart: 3rd Sunday of <strong>the</strong> Month Night Prayer 8pm.<br />

Wednesdays<br />

Castleknock Parish Centre: 10.30a.m. HC followed by coffee.<br />

The Journey<br />

My Dear Parishioners,<br />

In all <strong>the</strong> great religions, <strong>the</strong> idea of pilgrimage has played an<br />

important part. Alongside it, <strong>the</strong>re has often been this idea of <strong>the</strong><br />

Spiritual journey.<br />

Both of <strong>the</strong>se ideas meet, it seems to me in <strong>the</strong> journey of <strong>the</strong> Wise<br />

Men and <strong>the</strong> manger at Bethlehem, which is celebrated on <strong>the</strong> Feast<br />

of <strong>the</strong> Epiphany (6th January). All this was <strong>the</strong> subject of one of <strong>the</strong><br />

best known poems of T.S. Eliot, which he published as a kind of<br />

‘pamphlet of Christmas’<br />

At <strong>the</strong> beginning very appropriately for this time of year – with <strong>the</strong>se<br />

five lines:-<br />

A Cold coming we had of it,<br />

Just <strong>the</strong> worst time of <strong>the</strong> year<br />

For a journey, and such a long journey;<br />

The ways deep and <strong>the</strong> wea<strong>the</strong>r sharp,<br />

The very dead of winter.<br />

What many people did not notice, was that those first five lines had<br />

quotation marks <strong>around</strong> <strong>the</strong>m, unaltered form a seventeen century<br />

sermon of Lancelot Andrewes. It had in fact been preached on<br />

Christmas Day 1622, before <strong>the</strong> court of King James, when Andrewes<br />

was Dean of Westminster Abbey. There is no doubt that Eliot thought<br />

that <strong>the</strong>se words were amongst <strong>the</strong> finest in <strong>the</strong> English language, not<br />

only of that time but any time. It greatly affected him personally.<br />

The journey of <strong>the</strong> magi is a poem about <strong>the</strong> painful necessity of<br />

rebirth for us all – which is itself a journey from Death to life. Eliot felt<br />

this deeply. It was a journey Eliot felt he had made himself.<br />

In this New year of 2012, perhaps those first five lines of Eliot’s poem<br />

may serve to remind us of that spiritual journey we all have to make –<br />

which is often quite painful – though ‘Journey’s end in lovers’ meeting ,<br />

every wise mans’ son doth know’.<br />

Can I take this opportunity to wish you and your families a Very<br />

Happy and Peaceful New Year!<br />

Yours sincerely,<br />

Rev. Paul Houston<br />

Christmas Fair<br />

We would like to thank all those who worked so hard for <strong>the</strong> fair<br />

which grossed over €14,000.00. Particularly we would like to thank<br />

Evelyn Pender and Ada Lawson for heading up <strong>the</strong> Christmas fair<br />

committee. The wea<strong>the</strong>r remained fine this year. Thanks you to all who<br />

contributed and supported this event.<br />

P.H.<br />

Left: The Cake stall at this years Christmas Fair. Right: Christmas Fair Co-ordinators<br />

visiting Santa - Evelyn Pender & Ada Lawson.<br />



Castleknock & Clonsilla Mo<strong>the</strong>rs Union carol singing in Blanchardstown Hospital.<br />

Castleknock National School & Black Santa<br />

Christmastime was a very busy time as always for <strong>the</strong> staff and<br />

students of Castleknock National School, with <strong>the</strong>ir Carol Service,<br />

school plays and <strong>the</strong> constant demands of <strong>the</strong> curriculum. However,<br />

that didn't stand in <strong>the</strong> way of <strong>the</strong> school's outreach to <strong>the</strong> less<br />

fortunate in our society. Despite already having given so much time and<br />

energy to filling many hampers of food, and buying presents for <strong>the</strong> St<br />

Vincent de Paul appeal, <strong>the</strong> staff and students once again rose to <strong>the</strong><br />

challenge and made a huge contribution to <strong>the</strong> 'Black Santa' charity sit<br />

out at St Ann's, Dawson Street. On Monday, 19th December, <strong>the</strong> boys<br />

and girls of 6th Class along with Miss Kidney, Mrs. Moloney and Rev.<br />

Victor, braved <strong>the</strong> cold and bad wea<strong>the</strong>r and sang on <strong>the</strong> steps of St<br />

Ann's Church during <strong>the</strong> hectic lunchtime period. A very, very big thank<br />

you to all <strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r members of staff, <strong>the</strong> students, and <strong>the</strong>ir parents<br />

who helped make <strong>the</strong> day such a success. Also a very warm thank you<br />

to <strong>the</strong> many parishioners who came along to support us, especially<br />

those who popped along to Fixx Coffee Shop to keep us supplied with<br />

warm drinks!<br />

Rev. Victor Fitzpatrick<br />

Tiny Tots<br />

Would like to thank you all for <strong>the</strong> great donations of Toys for <strong>the</strong><br />

Parish Sale, we had lots of fun on <strong>the</strong> day. Tiny Tots will be back after<br />

<strong>the</strong> Christmas break in <strong>the</strong> Parish Center on Friday January 13th.<br />

Happy New Year to you all. Roz<br />

Girls Brigade Notes<br />

Our Explorers finished up with <strong>the</strong>ir Christmas Party on <strong>the</strong> 10th<br />

December and <strong>the</strong> Juniors, Seniors & Brigaders had <strong>the</strong>ir usual “Sausage<br />

Night” on <strong>the</strong> 14th Dec. Well done to Grace Lynch who came 1st in <strong>the</strong><br />

Girls Brigade Feis and to Jordan Ozatlar who was Highly Commended.<br />

They were in <strong>the</strong> 6 years and under category.<br />

Ros Garrett<br />

From <strong>the</strong> Registers – Holy Baptism<br />

4th December: Zach Bobby Simpson Gorey & Alex Jade Oliver, St.<br />

Brigid’s. Our best wishes go to all <strong>the</strong>ir parents and Godparents.<br />

“Let <strong>the</strong> children come to me.”<br />


Rector: Rev Alan Rufli. Tel: 087 9972401<br />

Email: clondalkin.rathcoole@gmail.com<br />

Readers: Mrs Sylvia Armstrong, Mr Bill King and Mrs Barbara O’Callaghan.<br />

Services: Sunday – St John’s 8.30 am. H.C. and 11.15; Rathcoole 10 am<br />

Wednesday – St John’s 11 am. Holy Communion<br />

Advent Services<br />

The Advent service in St John's had a twist to it. During <strong>the</strong> service<br />

members of <strong>the</strong> National School handed out trays, oranges, tape,<br />

candles and marshmallows on sticks which, on <strong>the</strong> instruction of <strong>the</strong><br />

Rector, we assembled into a Christingle. Sadly no Blue Peter badges<br />

were awarded to those who succeeded in making one.<br />

The services on <strong>the</strong> 4th took <strong>the</strong> form of a Blue Christmas Service<br />

with Holy Communion. During <strong>the</strong> services we remembered those<br />

who are no longer with us and who we will miss this Christmas.<br />

Parishioners who wished had <strong>the</strong> opportunity of taking home a<br />

Remembrance Candle.<br />

Mo<strong>the</strong>rs’ Union<br />

The Annual Branch Dinner will be held on Monday 9th January in <strong>the</strong><br />

Red Cow Hotel. Members should contact Barbara for details.<br />

The “Little Grey Cells challenge” which should have taken place at<br />

our December meeting unfortunately didn't happen because so few<br />

members turned up, Those that did enjoyed Ann's mince pies.<br />

The Annual Carol singing at Cherry Orchard Hospital in December.<br />

We were joined by Alan & Barbara Melbourne and also by <strong>the</strong> Rector.<br />

Twenty Two shoe boxes were filling and passed on to <strong>the</strong> Darndale<br />

Crèche Project.<br />

The February meeting will have as our guest speaker, Sylvia Graham,<br />

<strong>the</strong> Diocesan Overseas Rep who will talk to us about Overseas<br />

Projects. This will be followed by a Bring & Buy Sale in aid of Overseas<br />

Relief Fund on Tuesday 14th at 7.30 in 80 Castleview Road. Please give<br />

this event your support by coming along.<br />

Remembrance Sunday<br />

The sum of €180 was sent to <strong>the</strong> Earl Haig Fund being <strong>the</strong> proceeds<br />

of <strong>the</strong> sale of poppies in November.<br />

Thanks<br />

Each year at this time we thank those who work behind <strong>the</strong> scenes<br />

to make <strong>the</strong> Parish tick, <strong>the</strong> people who decorate our churches each<br />

week and on special occasions with flowers, those who keep our<br />

churches and Parish Hall looking well inside and out, those who run our<br />

Parish organisations and those who read <strong>the</strong> lessons Sunday by Sunday.<br />

If you would like to become involved in any of <strong>the</strong> above please talk to<br />

<strong>the</strong> Rector/Church Wardens. Sadly <strong>the</strong>re is no longer tea/coffee<br />

provided after <strong>the</strong> service in St John's and offers of help to reintroduce<br />

this would be much appreciated. Contact <strong>the</strong> Church Wardens.<br />

And Finally<br />

Just in case your New Year's resolutions involve dieting here is some<br />

words of help:<br />

Did you hear about <strong>the</strong> gourmet who avoids unfashionable<br />

restaurants because he doesn't want to gain weight in <strong>the</strong> wrong places?<br />

Is it true that a number of jokes about dieting can be referred to as<br />

‘a binge of jokes’?<br />

A funny thing with a diet, <strong>the</strong> second day of a diet is always easier<br />

than <strong>the</strong> first. By <strong>the</strong> second day you're off it. Jackie Gleason<br />

Do you call a person who has abandoned <strong>the</strong>ir diet a desserter?<br />

Never go back for seconds... get it all <strong>the</strong> first time.<br />

A great way to lose weight is to eat while you are naked and standing<br />

in front of a mirror. Restaurants will always throw you out before you<br />

can eat too much.<br />

After listening to some bedtime stories, Alex, a little boy, said to his<br />

fa<strong>the</strong>r, 'Snow White was poisoned by an apple, Jack found a giant on a<br />

beanstalk, and just look what happened to Alice when she ate <strong>the</strong><br />

mushroom. And you wonder why I won't eat fruit and vegetables.'<br />

'My tummy is so big I'm embarrassed by it,' commented Will.<br />

'Have you tried to diet?'<br />

'Yes, but whatever colour I use, it still sticks out.'<br />

Happy New Year to all no matter what shape you are.<br />


Rev Canon Trevor Stevenson. Tel: 01 2820150<br />

Email: trevor@fieldsoflife.com<br />

Lay Reader: Stephen Gardiner<br />

Youth Worker: Neil Douglas. Mob: 087 6465281<br />

Email: Neil@crinken.com<br />

Website www.crinken.com<br />

Dear Friends<br />

At our recent Church weekend away our <strong>the</strong>me was connections.<br />

We looked at how we need to be connected to Jesus, to each o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

and to <strong>the</strong> community. The passage we majored on was from John<br />

chapter fifteen where Jesus states “I am <strong>the</strong> true Vine”. The words<br />

remain and fruit kept coming up several times in <strong>the</strong> chapter. As we<br />

begin a New Year let us keep verse five of John chapter fifteen foremost<br />

in our minds in everything we do throughout this year of 2012. Jesus<br />

says, “I am <strong>the</strong> vine, you are <strong>the</strong> branches. If a man remains in me and I<br />

in him, he will bear much fruit. Apart from me you can do nothing.”<br />

A very happy and blessed 2012 to all our readers.<br />

Trevor Stevenson<br />


Church Weekend Away<br />

On Friday evening November 25th <strong>the</strong> outside of Avoca Manor was<br />

like a bustling holiday camp as <strong>the</strong> Crinken family ascended <strong>the</strong> long<br />

winding driveway up to <strong>the</strong> house for our church weekend away. It was<br />

with much excitement and anticipation that one hundred and thirty<br />

bro<strong>the</strong>rs and sisters of all ages, 8 to 80 and even younger (and older!),<br />

arrived at <strong>the</strong> manor for a weekend of relaxation, fellowship, praise and<br />

family fun. Scripture Union’s Avoca Manor had recently undergone a<br />

significant refurbishment with wonderful new facilities and<br />

accommodation. Children and young families played games as some<br />

relaxed in <strong>the</strong> manor over tea and coffee. The first evening ended with<br />

Trevor Stevenson leading an inspiring and entertaining “on <strong>the</strong> couch”<br />

interview with fellow church members David and Pamela Wilson of<br />

Agape. Crinken youth and children’s leaders Neil and Chloe had<br />

extensive programmes for <strong>the</strong> younger members of our church family.<br />

Saturday we had some wonderful teaching, and explored our church’s<br />

future mission and purpose. Over <strong>the</strong> weekend children played in many<br />

of <strong>the</strong> outdoor adventure attractions while some folk went for various<br />

walks exploring <strong>the</strong> extensive grounds, visited Avoca hand weavers and<br />

generally enjoyed a relaxed time socialising. There was a lovely sense<br />

of connection across <strong>the</strong> generations. The children, <strong>the</strong> young, <strong>the</strong> not<br />

as young but thought <strong>the</strong>y were, and <strong>the</strong> young at heart, made all<br />

manner of wonderful newspaper hats for Saturday’s dinner. After <strong>the</strong><br />

delicious meal more all age games followed. The sense of relaxed<br />

toge<strong>the</strong>rness and church family was a blessing. Trevor undertook<br />

ano<strong>the</strong>r “on <strong>the</strong> couch” interview with newly engaged Crinken couple,<br />

“Jonathan and Chloe”. The evening finished with a screening of <strong>the</strong><br />

challenging but inspiring movie “58” which calls Christians to fight<br />

against global poverty and injustice. A late night tea and coffee chat by<br />

<strong>the</strong> fire was enjoyed before <strong>the</strong> house retired for <strong>the</strong> night.<br />

On Sunday morning with great sadness and love for <strong>the</strong> Stevenson<br />

family we heard <strong>the</strong> news that our dear sister Elsie Stevenson had<br />

passed away during <strong>the</strong> night in hospital with her family by her side, but<br />

also with joy in <strong>the</strong> knowledge that she had gone on ahead to be with<br />

her Lord and Saviour. In life Elsie had “walked <strong>the</strong> walk” and radiated<br />

<strong>the</strong> love of our Saviour. As David Wilson preached later that morning<br />

in Avoca Manor on “Fruit of <strong>the</strong> Vine”, and <strong>the</strong> children of our church<br />

family read <strong>the</strong> scriptures, one could not but help feeling, here IS <strong>the</strong><br />

fruit of a life lived faithfully in Christ, it was a palpable living testimony.<br />

The church weekend had been a blessing, a time of fellowship and<br />

friendship, of fun, praise, learning and thanksgiving. Thank you to all <strong>the</strong><br />

wonderful volunteers who organised a memorable weekend. “And now<br />

<strong>the</strong>se three remain: faith, hope and love. But <strong>the</strong> greatest of <strong>the</strong>se is<br />

love.” 1 Cor 13:13.<br />

Church Weekend away.<br />

Elsie Stevenson – In gratitude<br />

At least one definition of loss is defined as “<strong>the</strong> state of being deprived<br />

of or of being without something that one has had: <strong>the</strong> loss of old friends”.<br />

As usual words appear to be a clumsy vehicle in attempting to<br />

express that sense of loss we experienced at <strong>the</strong> passing of Elsie on<br />

27th November. She was <strong>the</strong> longest serving member of Crinken and<br />

very much <strong>the</strong> heartbeat of <strong>the</strong> congregation. Her welcoming<br />

disposition was legendary and many a fine Sunday lunch did this scribe<br />

and many o<strong>the</strong>rs enjoy at her dinner table. Involved as she was in<br />

Bowls, Young @ Heart and many o<strong>the</strong>r activities in Crinken her legacy<br />

is not primarily one of duty but of faith.<br />

Her belief in a living Saviour was strong, unequivocal and undiluted by<br />

<strong>the</strong> transitory fashion of <strong>the</strong> day. She was forthright in her beliefs and<br />

age and sickness did not deter this enthusiasm as many Blackrock Clinic<br />

staff members can testify.<br />

And indeed it is that knowledge of her faith that will bring so much<br />

comfort to her sons David and Trevor (our rector) and daughter<br />

(Rosalind) and <strong>the</strong>ir families. This loss is not without pain and her<br />

children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren remain in our prayers.<br />

We miss Elsie; we miss her hugs, her warmth, her love. We are<br />

grateful for her life, for her example and for <strong>the</strong> knowledge that she is<br />

now rejoicing with her maker whom she loved so much and honoured<br />

with her life.<br />

Young@Heart<br />

Saturday 3 December, <strong>around</strong> 30 of our Young@Heart group and<br />

friends ga<strong>the</strong>red in <strong>the</strong> hall for our annual Christmas dinner with all <strong>the</strong><br />

trimmings! It was a great opportunity to catch with friends and judging<br />

by <strong>the</strong> conversation level <strong>the</strong>re was plenty to talk about! The evening<br />

ended with music and singing from Scott Slate along with Kate Buggy &<br />

Ray Eakins.<br />

Sincere thanks to all those who made <strong>the</strong> evening possible.<br />

Congratulations<br />

Congratulations and best wishes go to Kieron and Es<strong>the</strong>r on <strong>the</strong><br />

birth of a Jonah Samuel, Saturday 26 November, a baby bro<strong>the</strong>r for Finn.<br />

Congratulations also go to Bas & Glynis on becoming Grandparents for<br />

<strong>the</strong> first time, and to Eddie & Marjorie on becoming Great<br />

Grandparents following <strong>the</strong> birth of Sam to Heidi and Omar. We<br />

celebrate <strong>the</strong> birth of new life with <strong>the</strong>se our friends.<br />


Rev Adrienne Galligan. Tel: 405 9708.<br />

Email: AdrienneGalligan@gmail.com<br />

Reader: Mrs. Joan Condell<br />

Review: Mr. R. L. Noblett (Crumlin). Tel: 496 8657<br />

Mrs. A. West (Chapelizod). Tel: 626 7699<br />

Services: St. Mary’s Sunday 10am. St. Laurence’s Sunday 11.30am.<br />

A note from <strong>the</strong> Rector and Select Vestries<br />

We thank God for <strong>the</strong> many expressions of generosity that<br />

parishioners made over <strong>the</strong> Christmas as hampers, shoe boxes, knitted<br />

items and carol singing voices were made available to relieve some of<br />

<strong>the</strong> needs that people had in <strong>the</strong> wider community. Given <strong>the</strong> reality<br />

of belt tightening that many face now, <strong>the</strong> response to appeals locally<br />

was tremendous and we thank all who donated/contributed to <strong>the</strong><br />

parish efforts. Time and again recipients expressed <strong>the</strong>ir deep gratitude<br />

which it is only right to pass on to all who were involved. As most of<br />

<strong>the</strong> donations were anonymous and it is not possible to thank everyone<br />

personally, we hope by acknowledging <strong>the</strong>m through <strong>the</strong> Review notes<br />

that all will be assured everything donated was channelled in <strong>the</strong> right<br />

direction. We hope your new year has started off well and pray you<br />

know much blessing in 2012.<br />

Joy's birthday celebrations with some<br />

choir members.<br />

A Busy December<br />

Yes <strong>the</strong>re was THE BIG<br />

BIRTHDAY on 25th Dec but <strong>the</strong>re<br />

was also a very significant one in St<br />

Mary’s as our Organist, Joy Elliott,<br />

shared her big day with us. Ano<strong>the</strong>r<br />

opportunity for after church coffee<br />

and cake!! And who better to give us<br />

<strong>the</strong> right note on which to sing<br />

‘Happy Birthday’?<br />

Our Parish Readers, David O’Halloran and Shona Rusk, were<br />

commissioned too at a special service in Clontarf Parish and have since<br />

David and Shona and Lee with St Laurence’s Parishioners.<br />



shared in <strong>the</strong> leading of services. At<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir inaugural service in St<br />

Laurence’s, parishioners joined with<br />

<strong>the</strong>m in marking <strong>the</strong> occasion. A<br />

week previously in Christ Church<br />

Ca<strong>the</strong>dral, Lee MacCurtain was<br />

presented with her 3rd year<br />

certificate in Organ Music where<br />

Lee attained a Distinction. Our<br />

team goes from strength to<br />

Mo<strong>the</strong>rs’ Union at crafts.<br />

strength thank God!<br />

Ano<strong>the</strong>r ‘hands on’ event was <strong>the</strong> Mo<strong>the</strong>rs’ Union Christmas Craft<br />

afternoon. The <strong>the</strong>me for <strong>the</strong> crafts was introduced by Karen<br />

Mawhinney, <strong>the</strong> invited craftsperson, with <strong>the</strong> words sung:<br />

‘What can I give him, poor as I am?<br />

If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb.<br />

If I were a wise man, I would do my part;<br />

Yet what I can I give him, give my heart.’<br />

And so we decorated Christmas tree hearts and also ‘made’ pine<br />

trees that produced sweets!!!<br />

We look forward to starting back with all <strong>the</strong> clubs soon, ever<br />

thankful that <strong>the</strong> wea<strong>the</strong>r this year made it possible for all activities to<br />

run right up to <strong>the</strong> end of <strong>the</strong>ir winter schedules. Long may it last.<br />

DALKEY<br />

The Reverend Canon Ben Neill<br />

Parish Office: Dermot Deverell 284 5941 (Tues – Thurs 10am-2pm)<br />

Parish Web Address: www.dalkey.dublin.anglican.org<br />

Email:dalkeyparish@gmail.com<br />

Review Distribution: Dr. Sam Clarke. Tel: 272 2399<br />

Looking forward…<br />

A Year of Time<br />

As we look into 2012 we look at a block of time: 12 months, 52<br />

weeks, 365 days, 8,760 hours, 525,600 minutes, 31,536,000 seconds.<br />

And all is a gift from God. We have done nothing to deserve it or earn<br />

it. Like <strong>the</strong> air we brea<strong>the</strong>, time comes to us as a part of life. It is given<br />

equally to each person: rich and poor, strong and weak. There is no way<br />

to slow it down, turn it off, or adjust it. And you cannot bring back time.<br />

Yesterday is lost forever and tomorrow is uncertain. We can waste<br />

time, worry over it, spend it on ourselves, or we can invest it in <strong>the</strong><br />

kingdom of God.<br />

Epiphany Celebration<br />

We have been invited to join with our friends in <strong>the</strong> Church of <strong>the</strong><br />

Assumption at 7pm on 6th January for an Ecumenical Service of praise,<br />

thanksgiving and commitment.<br />

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity<br />

Our annual Ecumenical Service in connection with <strong>the</strong> Week of<br />

Prayer for Christian Unity will be held in St. Patrick’s Church on<br />

Thursday 19th January at 7.30pm. Our special guest and preacher will<br />

be <strong>the</strong> Most Reverend Diarmuid Martin, Roman Catholic Archbishop of<br />

Dublin. We also look forward to welcoming our neighbours and friends<br />

from <strong>the</strong> Church of <strong>the</strong> Assumption to this Service at which we will<br />

pray for greater unity and renewal in <strong>the</strong> Church of Christ.<br />

AML Concert<br />

The Vogler String Quartet (Germany) with Michael Collins – Clarinet<br />

(England) will perform in St. Patrick’s Church on Tuesday 24th January<br />

at 8pm. Tickets €20 are available from Dalkey News or Parish Office.<br />

Killiney<br />

We extend our prayerful good wishes to <strong>the</strong> Rev. Niall Sloane on his<br />

appointment to <strong>the</strong> Incumbency of Holy Trinity, Killiney.<br />

Looking back…<br />

Beetle Drive<br />

On Saturday 19th November, 19 tables of all ages took part in a<br />

gruelling contest in <strong>the</strong> Northover Hall. To see <strong>the</strong> hall full with<br />

parishioners and visitors of all age-groups was fantastic. Many thanks to<br />

Gary Jermyn, our Chief Beetle, for making this such a memorable<br />

event – a night definitely to be repeated.<br />

Christingle Service & Christmas Gifts<br />

Our annual Christingle Service took place in mid December. It was<br />

well attended and very uplifting. Our young people brought gifts which<br />

were given to children in Miss Carr’s Home.<br />

Christmas Worship<br />

Much thought and effort goes into preparing suitable music for our<br />

Christmas worship and we are especially grateful to Ken Shellard and<br />

<strong>the</strong> choir for <strong>the</strong>ir energy, enthusiasm and expertise. Grateful thanks<br />

are also due to those who decorated <strong>the</strong> church for our celebration.<br />

Christmas Fair<br />

The annual Wednesday Club Christmas Fair was held in <strong>the</strong><br />

Northover Hall at <strong>the</strong> beginning of December. It was well supported<br />

and raised an increased amount on <strong>the</strong> previous year. It was also very<br />

successful from a social and recreational point of view.<br />

St. Patrick’s Dramatic Society<br />

The recent production of Same Old Moon by Geraldine Aron at <strong>the</strong><br />

Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire, was ano<strong>the</strong>r outstanding success. Well<br />

done to all concerned! If you would like more information about <strong>the</strong><br />

activities of this friendly and talented group you might like to visit <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

website on www.stpatsdramsoc.com<br />

St Patrick’s National School<br />

The new Board of Management is as follows: Rev. Canon Ben Neill<br />

(Chairman), Mr. Robert Maharry, Ms. Dawn Galbraith, Mr. Philip Salter,<br />

Ms. Dara McClatchie, Mr. Ian Mangan, Ms. Caitriona Kelly, Mr. Brian Evans.<br />

We were pleased to welcome Mrs. Rhoda Tutty to <strong>the</strong> school as<br />

substitute teacher of junior and senior infants during Mrs. Jennifer<br />

Kirwan’s maternity leave.<br />

Great credit is due to Mr Philip Salter and <strong>the</strong> whole school<br />

community for ano<strong>the</strong>r happy and fruitful year.<br />

You can check out more information about our parish school on<br />

www.stpatricksnsdalkey.ie<br />

Powerful Words<br />

Words, however colourful, however powerful, are nothing if <strong>the</strong>y are<br />

not words that encourage, uplift, heal and restore."<br />

Robert H. Schuller<br />


Rector: Rev. Canon Ted Ardis. Tel: 2692090. Mobile 087 4196071.<br />

Email donnybrook@dublin.anglican.org<br />

Readers: Miss Joyce Phair (diocesan),<br />

Mrs Hilary Ardis (diocesan reader / lay minister).<br />

Review: Miss V. Darling, Donnybrook, Mr Pat St Leger, Irishtown.<br />

C. of I. Gazette: Mr Ken James, Donnybrook, Mrs E<strong>the</strong>l St Leger, Irishtown.<br />

Sunday Services: St Mary’s Donnybrook 10am;<br />

St Mat<strong>the</strong>w’s Irishtown 11.15am.<br />

Thank you to those who decorated <strong>the</strong> churches for Christmas, who<br />

read at Carol Services, who provided welcome and refreshments.<br />

Carols in <strong>the</strong> Street in aid of <strong>the</strong> Dublin Simon Community<br />

Thank you to all those who took part and to those who contributed.<br />

At <strong>the</strong> time of writing (with two days remaining), €6,600 have been raised.<br />

The baptism of bro<strong>the</strong>rs Toby Britnell and of Oscar Felix Britnell<br />

took place in St Mat<strong>the</strong>w’s on Sunday 20th November. Our<br />

congratulations and prayer for <strong>the</strong>ir parents Erica and Tim Britnell and<br />

godparents: (Ca<strong>the</strong>rine Scott - godmo<strong>the</strong>r of both -, Steve Tam and<br />

Rosetta Beaugendre godparents of Toby, Chris Adams and Hazel Jacob<br />

godparents of Oscar), for grandparents and all <strong>the</strong> family. May <strong>the</strong>se<br />

new Christians be blessed more and more by our loving Lord.<br />

Thank you to Terry O’Malley for preaching on behalf of SAFE in St<br />

Mat<strong>the</strong>w’s at <strong>the</strong>ir Missionary Gift Day on Sunday 27th November.<br />

On Sunday 29th January <strong>the</strong>re is a joint service for <strong>the</strong> two churches<br />

at 11am in St Mat<strong>the</strong>w’s where our guests will be Rev. Trevor Johnston,<br />

Ross Mungavin and Richard Balmer from Crosslinks.<br />

The Friendship Hour<br />

It was lovely to have Orla Tighe visit us on 6th December to talk<br />

about <strong>the</strong> work of Barnardo’s. She gave us a passionate view of this<br />

tremendous work started by Dr Barnardo in <strong>the</strong> 1800’s – he was born<br />

in Dame Street and educated in St Patrick’s Ca<strong>the</strong>dral School. Dr<br />


Barnardo went to England to train as a doctor with a view to working<br />

in China but saw such a great need in England that he opened homes<br />

for children <strong>the</strong>re instead.<br />

In 1962 <strong>the</strong> first home was opened in Ireland and that work is now<br />

being entirely funded here.<br />

Orla told us of 90,000 children in poverty, neglect and isolation in<br />

need of care. Barnardo’s seek to provide children with a hot breakfast<br />

before <strong>the</strong>y go to school, and also a hot dinner, at <strong>the</strong> 42 project<br />

centres throughout <strong>the</strong> country. These projects cater for children 0-18<br />

yrs. They have 6 shops, 410 staff and 257 volunteers The projects also<br />

focus on <strong>the</strong> educational and emotional well-being of <strong>the</strong> children, as<br />

well as a bereavement counselling service.<br />

Twenty-six million yearly is required to run <strong>the</strong> work, with funding<br />

from <strong>the</strong> state, businesses and <strong>the</strong> public in various ways.”<br />



Rector: The Revd Roy H Byrne. Telephone: 01 8372505.<br />

Assistant priest: The Revd Canon Aisling Shine. Telephone: 01 8201797.<br />

Parish emergency mobile: 086 346 7920.<br />

e-mail: drumcondra@dublin.anglican.org<br />

Services: Drumcondra 10:00 Sunday and 10:15 Friday<br />

North Strand 11:30 Sunday and 10:30 Wednesday<br />

Girls Brigade and Boys Brigade<br />

The enrolment ceremony took place on Sunday 20 November when<br />

a large number of members from both organisations came to make<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir commitment to service promises. We wish both <strong>the</strong> Boys Brigade<br />

and Girls Brigade continued success in <strong>the</strong>ir respective ministries to<br />

young people.<br />

Table Quiz<br />

The fund raising committee held a most enjoyable table quiz in<br />

North Strand hall on Friday 25 November. Alas it was very poorly<br />

supported but was thoroughly enjoyed by those who attended.<br />

Carol Service<br />

Members of <strong>the</strong> choir and congregation of North Strand were<br />

delighted to attend and take part in <strong>the</strong> ecumenical carol service held<br />

in <strong>the</strong> lovely surroundings of St Agatha’s church, North William Street<br />

on Sunday 11 December.<br />

New Year<br />

We wish all our parishioners and readers a very happy New Year.<br />


The Rev. Canon Victor G. Stacey. Tel: 2809537.<br />

Review: Mrs. Stella Henderson. Tel: 2807168.<br />

Services: Sunday 9am and 10.30am; Thursday 11.30am.<br />

Holy Baptism<br />

Milo and Luke, twin sons of Stephen and Deirdre Swift were baptised<br />

on Sunday 18th December, in <strong>the</strong> presence of family and friends. We<br />

wish <strong>the</strong>m well in <strong>the</strong> years ahead.<br />

Maritime Museum hosted a concert by Firhouse choir on Friday<br />

16th.December. Funds raised were given to <strong>the</strong> ongoing work of<br />

restoration. We look forward to <strong>the</strong> re-opening of <strong>the</strong> museum in <strong>the</strong><br />

new year.<br />

Lifeboat casualties from 1895 were remembered on Christmas eve<br />

along with <strong>the</strong> continuing work of all who volunteer for this essential<br />

service.<br />

Thanks to all who helped create a festive atmosphere for <strong>the</strong><br />

Christmas season.<br />

The Rural Deanery dinner for serving Clergy members will take<br />

place on Friday 6th.January.<br />

A Parish Lunch will be provided on Sunday 15th.January following<br />

morning worship.<br />

Church Unity Week will be marked by <strong>the</strong> four churches of <strong>the</strong><br />

town on Sunday 22nd January. This is merely an extension of our<br />

ecumenical activities as we meet regularly in connection with civic<br />

occasions in <strong>the</strong> borough.<br />

Sympathy is expressed to Tim Rooney and his family on <strong>the</strong> death<br />

of his mo<strong>the</strong>r in Sligo.<br />

The Ill<br />

Our thoughts are with all who are ill in hospital, nursing homes or at<br />

home at this festive time.<br />


Rector: The Rev. Gary Dowd. Tel: 2801616. Email: garydowd@eircom.net<br />

Curate Assistant: The Rev. Paul Arbuthnot. Tel: 2805478.<br />

Email: paul.arbuthnot@gmail.com<br />

Youth Worker: Ms Tanya Chapple. Tel: 086 3994852.<br />

Parish Centre Co-ordinator and bookings: Cynthia Gray. Tel: 087 9637008.<br />

Review Secretary: Mrs Deborah Burke. Tel: 2855486.<br />

Sunday Services: 8.15 a.m., 10.30 a.m., and 7.00 p.m.<br />

Website: www.glenageary.dublin.anglican.org<br />

Holy Baptism<br />

20th November: Ronan Franck Deasy, son of Lizzie and Niall, Barnhill<br />

Road, Dalkey.<br />

11th December: Kate Rebecca Peirce, daughter of Judith and Michael,<br />

Myrtle Park, Dun Laoghaire.<br />

We welcome Ronan and Kate into <strong>the</strong> family of <strong>the</strong> church.<br />

Funeral<br />

Gwen Robertson died after a long illness in <strong>the</strong> care of St Joseph’s<br />

Centre, Shankill. Her funeral service took place in St Paul’s on Saturday<br />

10th December followed by cremation at Mt Jerome. We extend our<br />

sympathy to her husband Fred, sons Ken and Stuart, daughter Joy and<br />

to her extended family, relatives and friends.<br />

Mo<strong>the</strong>r’s Union<br />

Our parish branch met for <strong>the</strong>ir Annual Advent service, followed by<br />

seasonal refreshments, at <strong>the</strong> Rectory on Thursday 8th December. This<br />

was an occasion tinged with sadness following <strong>the</strong> decision taken at<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir recent annual general meeting to close <strong>the</strong> branch at <strong>the</strong> end of<br />

2011. There a number of reasons for this, chiefly <strong>the</strong> failure to attract<br />

new, younger members and an inability to find people willing to take on<br />

<strong>the</strong> various posts of responsibility. This marks <strong>the</strong> end of an era in <strong>the</strong><br />

life of this parish, a branch of <strong>the</strong> Mo<strong>the</strong>r’s Union having been<br />

established here in 1903. There will be a dinner in January and a<br />

liturgical closing of <strong>the</strong> branch at <strong>the</strong> main morning service on Sunday<br />

12th February.<br />

Christingle<br />

Our worship and wedges service for December took <strong>the</strong> form of a<br />

Christingle Service. It had been some time since <strong>the</strong>se decorated<br />

oranges had been seen in St Paul’s and <strong>the</strong>re was a marvellous response<br />

in terms of numbers present. It was very moving to see such a large<br />

circle of lit Christingles <strong>around</strong> <strong>the</strong> church. Somehow, <strong>the</strong> sausages and<br />

wedges tasted even better afterwards in <strong>the</strong> parish centre.<br />

Presents for <strong>the</strong> National Children’s Hospital<br />

In a break with tradition we had our gift day early this year so that<br />

<strong>the</strong> hospital could have <strong>the</strong> donated toys before Christmas <strong>the</strong>reby<br />

enabling <strong>the</strong>se to be given to children in <strong>the</strong>ir care over <strong>the</strong> festive<br />

season. We had our tree up by 11th December to receive <strong>the</strong> presents<br />

and we had a great response. The following day several black sacks of<br />

toys were delivered to <strong>the</strong> hospital.<br />

Essential<br />

Many of those recently confirmed in St Paul’s attended <strong>the</strong> Essential<br />

Service in Christchurch Ca<strong>the</strong>dral on Friday 2nd December. For most<br />

of us this was our first experience of this Christmas event with a twist.<br />

Well done to all concerned. Our young people are now expecting<br />

bright lights, flat screens and video clips every week! As an extra treat,<br />

especially for <strong>the</strong> Rector and Curate-assistant, we stopped off at<br />

McDonald’s on <strong>the</strong> way home, for a salad of course!<br />

Lecture series<br />

In January <strong>the</strong>re will be a series of three lectures exploring aspects<br />

of <strong>the</strong> history and heritage of <strong>the</strong> Church of Ireland. These lectures will<br />

take place in <strong>the</strong> Parish Centre of St Paul’s.<br />


Bevd Bill Heney (Chaplain) and Mrs Joan Heney at <strong>the</strong> reception following <strong>the</strong><br />

Mageough Chapel Carol Service.<br />

Jack Boothman, a Past President of <strong>the</strong> GAA joins with Caleb Powell, a Past<br />

President of <strong>the</strong> IRFU at <strong>the</strong> King’s Hospital Charter Day. Both are past pupils<br />

of KH (actually both were in <strong>the</strong> same class).<br />

Jean Mitchell, Pauline Folkes, Revd Jane Walker, Revd Trish Bancroft & Jenny Folkes<br />

all from All Saints, Alton welcoming The Revd. Paul Barlow to St. John <strong>the</strong> Evangelist.<br />

Councillor Paddy McCartan, Lucinda Creighton TD, and Alyson Gavin, St. John’s<br />

at <strong>the</strong> institution of The Revd Paul Barlow as Chaplain in St. John <strong>the</strong><br />

Evangelist, Sandymount.<br />

Alyson Gavin and John Brownlee following <strong>the</strong> institution of The Revd Paul Barlow<br />

as Chaplain in St. John <strong>the</strong> Evangelist, Sandymount.<br />

Welcoming The Rev. Paul Barlow to St. John <strong>the</strong> Evangelist are Ann & Don Cazzini<br />

from St Bartholomew’s with Maureen Chamney & Seb Stevenson of St John’s.<br />


Dodie Walsh and family at <strong>the</strong> service of dedication of a stained glass window<br />

in memory of Brian Walsh at Rathfarnham Parish Church.<br />

Ann Bourke, Des Campbell Jean Campbell at Christ Church Ca<strong>the</strong>dral Auction launch.<br />

Athy Boys’ Brigade following <strong>the</strong>ir enrolment service on 13th November.<br />

Thelma Mansfield, Very Revd Dermot Dunne, Donal Robinson-Ryan, Most Revd<br />

Michael Jackson at Christ Church Ca<strong>the</strong>dral Auction launch.<br />

Some members of Discovery family with <strong>the</strong> Archbishop.<br />

Misses Tania and Victoria Campbell with Mrs Jean Campbell enjoying <strong>the</strong> Auction<br />

launch at Christ Church Ca<strong>the</strong>dral.<br />

Officiating ministers at <strong>the</strong> Discovery Thanksgiving Service.<br />


Eco-Congregation ministers, environmentalist Gavin Harte and conductor of<br />

Wesley College Choir Helen Doyle at <strong>the</strong> ecumenical prayer service for<br />

climate change in Balally.<br />

Karen Duffy with Basil after <strong>the</strong> annual service of thanksgiving for <strong>the</strong> Irish Guide<br />

Dogs for <strong>the</strong> Blind Association at St Stephen’s Church on Mount Street Crescent.<br />

Gillian Armstrong of <strong>the</strong> Religious Society of Friends; Mgr Dermot Lane, president<br />

of <strong>the</strong> Mater Dei Institute and Parish Priest of Balally; Robert Cochrane, Methodist<br />

representative; Sir Ca<strong>the</strong>rine Brennan, chairperson of Eco-Congregation;<br />

environmentalist Gavin Harte; Helen Shiel, Methodist representative; Rev Lorrain<br />

Kennedy-Ritchie, Minister of Clontarf Scotts Presbyterians; and Fiona Murdoch,<br />

communications officer of Eco-Congregation Ireland.<br />

Clare Stassen and Tycho and Irish Therapy Dog attending <strong>the</strong> annual service of<br />

thanksgiving for <strong>the</strong> Irish Guide Dogs for <strong>the</strong> Blind Association at St Stephen’s<br />

Church on Mount Street Crescent.<br />

Fr Paul Barlow with Vicar’s Warden, Ann Cuffe and People’s Church Warden,<br />

Sebastien Stevenson, at St John’s Sandymount.<br />

Very Revd Dermot Dunne and members of Peata with <strong>the</strong>ir dogs following <strong>the</strong><br />

blessing of <strong>the</strong> dogs at <strong>the</strong> Christ Church Ca<strong>the</strong>dral Charity Carol Service in aid<br />

of Peata – providing a pe<strong>the</strong>rapy service to caring institutions in Dublin.<br />

Marie Staup and Killian Farrell, substitute organist, at <strong>the</strong> celebration following<br />

<strong>the</strong> introduction of Fr Paul Barlow as Chaplain to St John’s Sandymount.<br />


Members of <strong>the</strong> JAM and TOAST Clubs at <strong>the</strong>ir Carol Service in All Saints’ Raheny.<br />

Pupils of Finglas Parochial School sing at <strong>the</strong> service of blessing for <strong>the</strong>ir new extension.<br />

Unity Gospel Choir perform at Essential 2011 in Christ Church Ca<strong>the</strong>dral.<br />

Above: The B.Ed<br />

graduates of 2011 at <strong>the</strong><br />

Church of Ireland<br />

College of Education.<br />

Right: Dr Harold Hislop,<br />

Chief Inspector at <strong>the</strong><br />

Department of<br />

Education and Skills,<br />

presenting <strong>the</strong> Carlisle<br />

and Blake Award to<br />

Stacey McNutt at <strong>the</strong><br />

2011 B.Ed graduation at<br />

<strong>the</strong> Church of Ireland<br />

College of Education.<br />

Clergy and some Choir members at <strong>the</strong> Christmas Carol of <strong>the</strong> Church of South<br />

India (Malayalam) Diocese of Dublin and Glendalough.<br />



L-R: Stephen Newel (Architect), Mark Orr (Contractor), Rector, Elizabeth Rountree, Richard<br />

Bird (Project Co-ordinator) at <strong>the</strong> handing over of keys at Powerscourt New Rectory.<br />

Gospel Eucharist<br />

The first Gospel Eucharist of <strong>the</strong> New Year will take place in<br />

Powerscourt Church on Sunday 2nd January at 11.30am.<br />

Archbishop<br />

We send our very best wishes to Archbishop and Mrs Neill as <strong>the</strong><br />

Archbishop celebrates <strong>the</strong> 25th anniversary of his consecration as a<br />

bishop on 25th in <strong>the</strong> Ca<strong>the</strong>dral. This will also be <strong>the</strong> occasion for <strong>the</strong><br />

diocese as a whole to mark his impending retirement at <strong>the</strong> end of <strong>the</strong><br />

month and to say thank you to him and Mrs Neill for eight wonderful<br />

years in our United Dioceses.<br />

Lyric FM Concert in Powerscourt Church<br />

On February 3rd 2011, Lyric FM will host a<br />

concert in Powerscourt Church at 7pm. The<br />

programme will consist of music by Ina Boyle, who<br />

lived all her life at Bushy Park, Enniskerry. Ina was a<br />

prolific composer, writing music for operas, ballets,<br />

quartets, song cycles, and choral works. She wrote<br />

a symphony called “Glencree” and one of her<br />

hymns, is titled “Enniskerry.” Her work has been neglected in recent<br />

times, but she was once well respected in musical circles, and not just<br />

in Ireland. In <strong>the</strong> Carnegie Collection of British Music, set up in 1917 to<br />

encourage young musicians, she is <strong>the</strong> only female composer<br />

represented. It will be excellent to be able to hear her music again.<br />



Canon John McCullagh. Tel: 0404-43814<br />

Email: rathdrum@glendalough.anglican.org<br />

The Fifteenth of <strong>the</strong> Month<br />

This day strikes horror into those who scribe parochial notes<br />

sending us scrabbling for information, names and even an apposite<br />

word. Imagine however our weary editor who must toil to get <strong>the</strong><br />

Review out by <strong>the</strong> beginning of <strong>the</strong> following month in <strong>the</strong> midst of his<br />

parochial duties. Thinking of <strong>the</strong> balancing act he must undertake in <strong>the</strong><br />

midst of this festive season reminds us how much we owe to <strong>the</strong> Rev<br />

Nigel Waugh and his staff. So many thanks for <strong>the</strong> patient editorial hand<br />

and even <strong>the</strong> heavenly forbearance when we stray across <strong>the</strong> deadline.<br />

Ano<strong>the</strong>r wonder is that despite <strong>the</strong> budget <strong>the</strong> price remains <strong>the</strong><br />

same for 2012 so encourage your neighbours to get <strong>the</strong>ir own copy and<br />

not await <strong>the</strong> arrival of your well thumbed second or third hand Review.<br />

Chaplains<br />

With a number of parishioners and a family member in hospital<br />

recently it is wonderful to hear expressions of appreciation for <strong>the</strong><br />

encouraging support and spiritual comfort given by our hospital<br />

chaplains. As <strong>the</strong> vast majority have parochial duties as well <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

assiduous care to <strong>the</strong> patients is all <strong>the</strong> more remarkable. It is important<br />

to stress that frequently <strong>the</strong>y will only be aware of a patient’s presence if<br />

<strong>the</strong>y are told by a family member or <strong>the</strong> rector or if <strong>the</strong> patient makes a<br />

personal request as hospitals are increasingly bound by data restrictions.<br />

Holy Baptism<br />

Anakin and Saskia <strong>the</strong> children of Suki Stuart and Laurent Mellet<br />

were baptised in St John’s on <strong>the</strong> Sunday next before Advent. May <strong>the</strong><br />

Holy Spirit be stirred up in <strong>the</strong>m and we wish <strong>the</strong>m well on <strong>the</strong>ir move<br />

to France.<br />

Sympathy<br />

Robert Naidoo was a regularly visitor to St Saviour’s when on<br />

holidays with his in-laws <strong>the</strong> Griffin family. His death in England is<br />

mourned by his wife Sue and <strong>the</strong>ir family as well as by Charlotte Griffin<br />

and Sue’s siblings. We pray <strong>the</strong>y will feel <strong>the</strong> comfort of <strong>the</strong> promise of<br />

a joyful re-union in <strong>the</strong> heavenly places.<br />

Our sympathy is also extended to Dick Mahon and Margaret<br />

Armstrong and <strong>the</strong>ir families on <strong>the</strong> sudden death of <strong>the</strong>ir bro<strong>the</strong>r Hugh.<br />

Hugh’s funeral took place in Preban where <strong>the</strong> rector assisted Canon<br />

Heaney. We continue to uphold Hugh’s daughter Sarah in our prayers.<br />

Confirmation<br />

The first meeting of <strong>the</strong> confirmation group for 2012 will take place<br />

in Kilbride Church in <strong>the</strong> Arklow group on Friday 27 January at 6.30pm.<br />

Mindful of <strong>the</strong> Archbishop’s encouragement to involve parents <strong>the</strong> clergy<br />

are devising an inclusive programme for candidates and parents including<br />

a service for parents and godparents to pass on <strong>the</strong> light of Christ,<br />

symbolised by <strong>the</strong> baptismal candle, to <strong>the</strong> candidates <strong>the</strong>mselves.<br />

Advent carols<br />

As <strong>the</strong>se notes are written <strong>the</strong> various Christmas services are in<br />

planning. Already <strong>the</strong>re has been a very well attended Advent Carol<br />

service followed by wonderful refreshments in Laragh. The rector is<br />

torn between his duty to sample and praise all <strong>the</strong> baking and <strong>the</strong> good<br />

manners of not talking to parishioners and visitors with a mouthful of<br />

delicious cream sponge but <strong>the</strong>n Advent is a penitential season. The<br />

“Blue Christmas” service in Glenealy is a quiet and reflective time and<br />

<strong>the</strong> lighting of candles to commemorate loss has become a significant<br />

and moving moment. The lady who normally presides at <strong>the</strong> organ is<br />

temporarily hors de combat and we are grateful to Paddy Mulligan, Jean<br />

Woolmington and Florence Binons who have played at some services.<br />

We wish Ruth a speedy recovery as John’s nursing abilities are limited.<br />

Concert<br />

St Cecilia’s Singers under <strong>the</strong> guiding hands of Sandra Ganley again<br />

opened <strong>the</strong> Christmas season by <strong>the</strong>ir concert in Glenealy Church.<br />

Their poignant dedication of <strong>the</strong> concert to <strong>the</strong> memory Ruth<br />

McDaniels was wonderfully thoughtful. The Church as always was<br />

beautifully decorated and <strong>the</strong> option of non-alcoholic mulled wine to<br />

accompany <strong>the</strong> mince pies was availed by many. Hilary Bradshaw’s<br />

recipe for <strong>the</strong> wine is to be recommended: perhaps <strong>the</strong> first item for a<br />

future book of helpful hints and tasty recipes.<br />


Rector: Canon John Clarke. Tel: 0404 67132.<br />

Associate Vicar: The Revd. Ken Rue. Parish Phone: 087 2766590.<br />

Review Distributors: Mrs. Frances Douglas. Tel: 0404 67137 (Wicklow).<br />

Mrs. Vera Webster. Tel: 0404 40299 (Killiskey).<br />

The Year of <strong>the</strong> Volunteer<br />

The year passed was designated as <strong>the</strong> Year of <strong>the</strong> Volunteer. Rightly,<br />

it was intended to highlight <strong>the</strong> vital need for volunteers in every aspect<br />

of community life and to express appreciation for those who give <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

time, talents and hard work in a variety of valuable ways. I would like<br />

to pay tribute to <strong>the</strong> very many people in <strong>the</strong> Parish who have given of<br />

<strong>the</strong>mselves in church based activities during this last year and who, as a<br />

result, have enriched <strong>the</strong> lives of o<strong>the</strong>rs. Some – but not all – will be<br />

mentioned in notes below.<br />

“The Hub”<br />

On 8th December, Ashford Gift and Book Shop was opened in “The<br />

Hub”, our new parish centre in Ashford Village. It is being managed by a<br />

team of volunteers, headed up by Sandra Hart as Shop Manager. Stocks<br />

include books and CDs from Scripture Union and Veritas, greeting cards,<br />

craftwork and gift items. The shop will order any books, which are not<br />


Above: Inside <strong>the</strong><br />

new Christian Book<br />

Shop in Ashford.<br />

Right: Outside <strong>the</strong><br />

new Christian Book<br />

Shop in Ashford.<br />

currently stocked, on request. The shop is situated between Jim Hanley<br />

Farm Machinery and McDonnell Properties. Please do call in whenever<br />

you are in <strong>the</strong> area as your support would be most welcome!<br />

We are grateful for <strong>the</strong> hard work put in by our new Parochial<br />

Administrator, Sandra Fitzpatrick. She was particularly busy laying out<br />

<strong>the</strong> carol and o<strong>the</strong>r services for Advent and Christmas.<br />

The meeting room at <strong>the</strong> Hub is proving to be an asset as it provides<br />

a focus for people to ga<strong>the</strong>r and share, ei<strong>the</strong>r formally or informally. It is<br />

also being used for private meetings with <strong>the</strong> Rector and Associate Vicar.<br />

Youth Club<br />

At <strong>the</strong> time of writing, four youth club evenings have taken place. The<br />

most recent was a highly enjoyable night of bowling and pizza in <strong>the</strong><br />

Diamond Bowl, Wicklow. Forty-two enthusiastic young people were<br />

present. On o<strong>the</strong>r evenings, <strong>the</strong> club has used <strong>the</strong> excellent facilities<br />

available at Rathmore Holiday Village, for which we thank Belinda Cullen.<br />

We are grateful for <strong>the</strong> wholehearted support being given by Hea<strong>the</strong>r,<br />

Jean, Audrey and Dave. Any o<strong>the</strong>r volunteer offers? – Contact Iain.<br />

A Youth-led service is planned to take place in Wicklow Church on<br />

Sunday 15th January at 10.00am. We expect that it will be lively,<br />

especially if <strong>the</strong> music will be supplied by “The Worship Warriors”!<br />

Children’s Choirs<br />

The Children’s Choir sang for <strong>the</strong> first time in Killiskey on 11<br />

December. After only four weeks of practice, <strong>the</strong>y performed brilliantly.<br />

Thanks are due to Felisity Cullen-Molloy and Neville Cox for getting<br />

<strong>the</strong> choir up and running and for achieving a high standard in such a<br />

short space of time.<br />

Thank you to Selina Lennox who has been training a choir of Glebe<br />

School children. They will be singing at <strong>the</strong> Community Service of<br />

Music and Readings for Christmas in Wicklow.<br />

Church 21<br />

Plans are being made for two fur<strong>the</strong>r meetings in January and<br />

February with our Church 21 facilitator, <strong>the</strong> Revd. Paul Hoey. The<br />

steering group is currently drafting an identity statement for circulation<br />

and feedback, based on contributions made at <strong>the</strong> last Church 21<br />

meeting. We are also revising our communication policy using email,<br />

Twitter and Facebook.<br />

We wish every blessing and safe journeying to <strong>the</strong> Church 21<br />

chairman, Canon Peter Norton, as he heads for New Zealand and sets<br />

sail for <strong>the</strong> Antarctic in January. We look forward to hearing stories of<br />

his adventures when he returns in February.<br />

Service of Light in Wicklow Church<br />

The guest speaker at <strong>the</strong> Advent Service of Lighton 27th November<br />

was Bishop Jered Kalimba, Bishop of Shyogwe Diocese, Rwanda. He<br />

gave a challenging address on <strong>the</strong> topic of peace and reconciliation<br />

based on his experiences during <strong>the</strong> genocide and its aftermath. The<br />

Unity Gospel choir sang a number of pieces at this service, which were<br />

greatly appreciated.<br />

The choir also presented a concert on Friday, 9th December in aid<br />

of <strong>the</strong> County Wicklow Playbus Project. This Project is a new initiative<br />

for <strong>the</strong> County: a double decker bus that has been refurbished from<br />

head to toe and offers pre-school aged children play opportunities<br />

across County Wicklow.<br />

Baptisms in Wicklow<br />

On 4th December, our gospel reading centred on John <strong>the</strong> Baptist.<br />

So it was appropriate that John, <strong>the</strong> Rector baptised four children that<br />

morning: Ariel Rose Smith, Jason Henry John Dale, Sadie Peggy Mac<br />

Iver and Stanley Hall Hudson Cox. It was a lovely family occasion with<br />

a full Church as we welcomed <strong>the</strong>se children into <strong>the</strong> fellowship of<br />

Christ’s Church.<br />

Girls’ Brigade Enrolment<br />

Ano<strong>the</strong>r full church greeted <strong>the</strong> Girls’ Brigade as <strong>the</strong>y marched in for<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir enrolment service on 11th December. The girls delighted us with<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir singing and whole-hearted involvement. The Company has almost<br />

seventy members and is a great credit to <strong>the</strong> Captain and leaders. We<br />

wish <strong>the</strong> leaders and girls every blessing in <strong>the</strong>ir various activities.<br />

Various Christmas carol services are planned for late December<br />

including Carols by Candlelight organised by East Glendalough School<br />

and <strong>the</strong> Children’s Service organised by <strong>the</strong> Glebe School.<br />

Killiskey Church<br />

It was wonderful to join with <strong>the</strong> parents, godparents and family of<br />

Samuel Somerset Morrell Butler on his baptismal day on Sunday, 11th<br />

December. We pray that God will bless his life and help him to grow in<br />

<strong>the</strong> Christian faith.<br />

A carol service was held in <strong>the</strong> evening of 11th December. It followed<br />

<strong>the</strong> traditional format of nine carols and lessons, with some special<br />

pieces sung beautifully by <strong>the</strong> Unity Gospel Choir. We were delighted<br />

to welcome Fa<strong>the</strong>r Kevin Rowan of Ashford and Glenealy <strong>parishes</strong> who<br />

read a lesson. After <strong>the</strong> service, mince pies and non-alcoholic mulled<br />

wine were served. Thanks are due to Lesley Rue, Bernadette Glover,<br />

Stephanie McDonald and Janet Herman for organising this.<br />

Nuns’ Cross National School was busy practicing and performing<br />

during December. We look forward to <strong>the</strong> Nativity play on 18th<br />

December and a Christmas concert on Wednesday, 21st December.<br />

Thank you boys and girls (and teachers)! The festivities have been<br />

slightly dampened by <strong>the</strong> news that <strong>the</strong> school Principal, Stephanie<br />

McDonald, has announced her retirement with effect from <strong>the</strong> end of<br />

February 2012. Stephanie has been a wonderful principal during <strong>the</strong> last<br />

18 years. More will be said, but we will miss her!<br />

New Service Times in Killiskey<br />

On 1st January, we begin an experimental period with new times for<br />

services – 9am Holy Communion on <strong>the</strong> 1st and 3rd Sundays and 11am<br />

each week for <strong>the</strong> main service.<br />

Bereavement<br />

We were saddened to learn of <strong>the</strong> untimely death of <strong>the</strong> well-known<br />

local businessman, Seán Flood. He and his family are held in highesteem<br />

throughout <strong>the</strong> town of Wicklow. We extend our deepest<br />

sympathy to his family and especially to Joan and Gary Morton.<br />

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity<br />

The 2012 Week of prayer service will be held in Wicklow church,<br />

probably at 7.00pm. We look forward to fur<strong>the</strong>r participation by <strong>the</strong><br />

Unity Gospel Choir and to joining with our friends from <strong>the</strong> Methodist,<br />

Roman Catholic and o<strong>the</strong>r Churches.<br />

A very happy and blessed New Year to all!<br />




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