Dean Alan Marley to move to University College Cork as Church of Ireland Chaplain

It is announced today that the Dean of Cloyne, the Very Reverend Alan Marley, is to be the new Church of Ireland Chaplain at University College Cork.  Alan will leave Cloyne Union of Parishes after Christmas to take up his new position.

Alan Marley started in full time ministry with the Church Army; commissioned to be Chaplain to the Oxford House in Bethnal Green, East London in 1982. He then moved to France and lived and worked for two years as a volunteer at the Taizé Community. Returning in 1987, he trained for ordination at the Queen’s College, Birmingham, completing his degree in Theology at the University of Birmingham. Ordained in 1989, he served his curacy in the parish of Blandford Forum, Dorset, in the west of England. He then moved into sector ministry becoming the Chaplain at Aylesbury Prison, a long-term institution for Young Offenders.

In 1997 he moved to Cork, Cloyne and Ross and became Rector of the Fermoy Union. In 2003 he was appointed as the Rector of Cloyne Union and Dean of Cloyne. Within the Diocese Alan has served as Bishop’s Chaplain, Rural Dean and is currently the Director of Ordinands. He is married to Anne and they have 5 children.

The Very Reverend Alan Marley

Alan said:

We are sad to leave the Cloyne Union, where we have enjoyed such a happy and important time in our lives; and at the same time I am excited by the opportunity, and challenge, to serve as Chaplain amongst the students and staff at University College Cork. As Archbishop Richard Clarke noted in a recent article, the role of a chaplain is … “to be an active and visible presence of the Church as a whole in that place, among those who may or may not have any interest or engagement in faith of any kind”. I look forward to exploring all that this entails in this next step of ministry.

Commenting on the news of Alan Marley’s appointment, the Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, the Right Reverend Dr Paul Colton, said:

Alan Marley is an ideal person for this work of the Church in University College Cork.  He brings to this important post in the Diocese diversity of experience, insight, pastoral compassion and the ability to communicate warmly and in a challenging way with people of all ages.

University College Cork, founded in 1845, has more than 20,000 students (including 14,000 undergraduates) and 2,800 members of staff (of which nearly 800 are faculty).  In 2017 it was named as the Sunday Times Irish University of the Year.  It is situated on the south bank of the River Lee close to Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral, in that part of the area where it is said that St Fin Barre founded his monastery, around which the town and city of Cork grew.



Posted in Announcements, Appointments, Chaplaincies, Education, University College Cork

Ashton School, Cork welcomes ‘The Young Offenders’ Past-Pupil Director

Peter Foott, past-pupil of Ashton School, Cork, award-winning director, producer and screenwriter, including of ‘The Young Offenders’ fame, was the guest of honour and speaker at his old school at prize day on Friday last, 13th October.  Ashton School is a Church of Ireland comprehensive school under the co-patronage of the Bishop of Cork, and the Cork Education and Training Board.

Co-Patrons of Ashton School, Cork Education and Training Board (represented by Mr Pat Kelvey), and the Right Reverend Dr Paul Colton, Bishop of Cork, with Peter Foott. Photo: Hilary Herbert

Mr John Deane, Chairperson of the Board of Management welcomed everyone before Mr. Adrian Landen, Principal, outlined the year’s activities and achievements in all areas of the school curriculum, including extra-curricular, complementing the commitment and dedication of staff and students.

Assisted by the Deputy Principal Ms. Anne Marie Hewison, Guest Speaker Peter Foott, Film Director and Producer of ‘The Young Offenders’ congratulated students and presented award winners with their prizes.  Mr. Foott outlined to students the importance of the ability to acknowledge  change in career direction positively, and being prepared for challenge in the world of film, and work in general.  He acknowledged the changes that have taken place in Ashton since he was been a student, with a completely new school building, and congratulated everyone involved in their endeavours.  In his interview with Ms. Burke English Teacher, he regaled the audience with the stories of ‘fun’ along with very long hours and hard work involved in all aspects of film-making, inspiring student listeners, and keeping everyone rapt with attention.

The Ashton School Hall of Fame Award was presented by Mr. John Deane to Peter Foott for his contribution to film production.

The evening concluded with Head Girl Emma Wilkinson and Head Boy Zach Lumley thanking everyone for their time and presence at this very special occasion in the school calendar.

(l-r) Head Boy, Zac Lumley, with Peter Foott, Dr Colton, and Head Girl, Emma WIlkinson.  Photo:  Hilary Herbert

The Des Deasy Memorial Trophy for Engineering was awarded to Ben Provan-Bessell.  The Hipwell Trophy for Business subjects was presented to Conor O’Malley.

The Pfizer Perpetual Trophy for Leaving Certificate Examination results were awarded to Diarmuid O’Donoghue.   The Rochelle Trophy for Junior Certificate Examination results was presented to Catherine Kelly.  First Year Merit Card prizes:  Fiona Corcoran, Daniel McCarthy, Maeve O’Halloran, Harry McDaid, Adam Delurey.  Corn Mhic Uistin awarded to Kyle Meiklejohn, and Caoimhe Gannon won the Corn an Amhairginigh.  The Cox Perpetual Trophy for European Languages was awarded to Caoimhe Gannon, and the Burke Trophy for Technical subjects was presented to Jay Anglin.

Ashton School Players Award for Contribution to Performing Arts won by Mark Sampson.

The Shereen Gokul Memorial Trophy for Girl’s Hockey was presented to Roisin O’Dea,  and the Andrew Chambers Memorial Trophy for Boy’s Hockey was awarded to Darragh Bateman.

The Victor Bond Memorial Trophy for Ashton School Junior Citizenship Award was presented to Kyle Meiklejohn.  The Ashton School Trophy for Senior Citizenship Student of the year presented to Rachel Warren-Perry.

Some members of the Board of Management of Ashton School, Cork with Peter Foott (l-r) John  O’Sullivan, Alison Flack, John Deane (Chairperson), Peter Foott, Adrian Landen (Principal), Archdeacon Adrian Wilkinson, Amanda Welch, and Dean Nigel Dunne.
Photo: Hilary Herbert


Posted in Ashton School, Education, Schools in the Diocese

Reformation500 and Porvoo25 Feature at Clergy Conference 2017 in Cork, Cloyne and Ross

The 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation in Germany, together with the 25th Anniversary of the Porvoo Common Statement were brought together in the 2017 annual Clergy Conference at Ballylickey in Cork, Cloyne and Ross.

The guest speaker, the Reverend Dr Jan Eckerdal, Diocesan Chaplain with responsibility for Theological Education in the Diocese of Strängnäs in the Church of Sweden, spoke on the theme of The Lutheran Thread of the Church Catholic.  In the first of his four talks – Anglicanism and Swedish Lutheranism: Two Kindred Spirits? – Dr Eckerdal engaged with and teased out the shared heritage of both Sweden and Ireland at key moments: the Christianisation of the countries, the Reformation experience, and, more recently, the Porvoo Agreement.  These themes were referred to again and again throughout the clergy days together.

The Reverend Dr Jan Eckerdal speaking at the Conference.

This year marks the 500th Anniversary of the start of the Reformation in Germany, a movement which spread and, very soon transformed Europe as a first step.  That anniversary is on 31st October.  As it happened, the last day of the Clergy Conference this year was on Wednesday 11th October, which was the 25th anniversary of the visit to Porvoo Cathedral in Finland for a Sunday morning celebration of the Eucharist by the representatives of the Anglican Churches in Britain and Ireland (including the Reverend Paul Colton, as he was then, representing the Church of Ireland, now Bishop of Cork), and the representatives of the Nordic and Baltic Lutheran Churches.  The representatives had agreed the Porvoo Common Statement which, when signed by the participant churches in ensuing years established the Porvoo Communion of Churches.

The Reverend Dr Jan Eckerdal

The Cork, Cloyne and Ross Clergy Conference concluded in the Church of St Brendan the Navigator, Bantry on Wednesday 11th October with a celebration of the Eucharist.  On the way into the church Dr Eckerdal asked Bishop Colton who Saint Brendan the Navigator is.  ‘He discovered America’, said the Bishop.  ‘Oh,’ said Dr Eckerdal, ‘we have a Viking who did that, but I’m sure we can agree that it wasn’t Christopher Columbus!’

The Bishop and clergy of Cork, Cloyne and Ross in the Church of St Brendan the Navigator, Bantry with the Reverend Dr Jan Eckerdal, celebrating the Eucharist together on Porvoo Day 2017.

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Photos of the Visit of the Archbishop of Burundi to Cork, Cloyne and Ross

On Sunday, 8th October the Archbishop of Burundi, the Most Reverend Martin Nyaboho visited Cork.

Full reports are available HERE and HERE.

Here is a gallery of photographs of the occasion:

Posted in Anglicanism, Bishop, Burundi, Church in Society, Diocese, Festivals, Harvest Thanksgiving, Partnership, People from the Diocese, World Aid and Development

Archbishop of Burundi ~ Partnership Visit to Cork, Cloyne and Ross

The current overseas partnership and development project of parishes throughout Cork, Cloyne and Ross is with the Anglican Church in Burundi.   On Sunday, 8th October, the Archbishop of Burundi, the Most Reverend Martin Blaise Nyaboho visited Cork, Cloyne and Ross.  He received hospitality at the Bishops’ Palace where he was welcomed by the Bishop, Dr Paul Colton, and Mrs Susan Colton.  Afterwards the Archbishop preached at the Harvest Festival Eucharist in St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, before joining members of the congregation for lunch in the St Fin Barre’s Cathedral Centre.

Archbishop of Burundi, The Most Reverend Martin Blaise Nyaboho, with the Bishop of Cork, the Right Reverend Dr. Paul Colton, also included are Rosamond Bennett, CEO Christian Aid Ireland, Susan Colton and Andrew Coleman, Christian Aid Cork. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

The partnership project, being run in partnership also with Christian Aid Ireland and the Church of Ireland Bishops’ Appeal has been supporting partner organisation, The Anglican Church of Burundi (EAB) in the Dioceses of Matana and Makamba as they work with farmers to increase their income; in the short term by supporting them to sustainably increase their production of maize, and in the long term by building the capacity of farmers to adapt to sustainable practices that will endure the changing climate.


Posted in Bishop, Burundi, Christian Aid, Church in Society, World Aid and Development

International Partnership: Archbishop of Burundi to Visit St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork

The Archbishop of Burundi, the Most Reverend Martin Blaise Nyaboho , will travel to Cork following the meeting in Canterbury of the Primates of the Churches of the Anglican Communion, to preach at the Harvest Festival Eucharist in St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork on Sunday, 8th October at 11.15 a.m.  All are welcome to attend. Burundi is the current partner with the United Dioceses of Cork, Cloyne and Ross in a joint project with Christian Aid and the Bishops’ Appeal.

The Archbishop of Burundi

Beforehand, the Archbishop will be received at the Bishop’s Palace in Cork, by the Bishop, the Right Reverend Dr Paul Colton and Mrs Susan Colton.  A lunch is being hosted by St Fin Barre’s Cathedral afterwards in the Cathedral Centre.

The current overseas partnership and development project of parishes throughout Cork, Cloyne and Ross is with the Anglican Church in Burundi.    The project, being run in partnership also with Christian Aid Ireland and the Church of Ireland Bishops’ Appeal has been supporting partner organisation, The Anglican Church of Burundi (EAB) in the Dioceses of Matana and Makamba as they work with farmers to increase their income; in the short term by supporting them to sustainably increase their production of maize, and in the long term by building the capacity of farmers to adapt to sustainable practices that will endure the changing climate.

Marie-Goreth Ndayiragije

Marie-Goreth Ndayiragije, is the Treasurer of the Dutabarane Cooperative (which translates to “Let’s rescue one another”). Here are some insights from one aspect of this partnership project between Cork and Burundi from her:

Has this project increased your income?

There’s a substantial difference. Whatever income we get we use to sustain this business and to support our families.

The main advantage is the training that I went through with the co-operative, I’m able to replicate with my family; I have some other fields that I grow crops on so my family are also benefitting from the training that we’ve had.

My wish for the future of is that we could move from production to processing. Sometimes we get big quantities produced but it ends up being spoiled – sometimes the market isn’t as stable as we’d like (because of the timings of the harvest). My other wish is that we need transport costs to help with getting the maize to market.”

What should people pray for? 

That we live long (us and the co-op!) and for the capability to process.

Pray for peace and security in our country and in our region. That the co-op remains together and coherent so that it can grow bigger.

And for a processing factory and access to finance for transport and storage.

This project is also working with the cooperatives to ensure they have sound business plans for the future, and will be in a strong position to process and market their crops on a much bigger scale in the future, with the aim of improving the income and financial security of their members.

As of October 2017 these are the current project activities:

  • Governance of cooperatives through establishment of committees and ensuring the co-operative has strong structures, and can undertake accurate data collection.
  • Sensitisation of the farmers on the importance of inclusive development in cooperatives, that benefits all people, both men and women.
  • Mobilisation of farmers into Farmer Field Schools and Learning Groups. To date farmers have been taking part in training on how to combat issues such as soil erosion, how to select high quality manure and how to adapt to climate smart farming techniques.
  • Capacity building (both on the technical side like sessions on Good Agronomic Practices, Intercropping, and on the entrepreneurial/management side: through attending training on Business planning, market selection, etc.).

Maize remains the preferred crop as it does not require significant investments in terms of inputs, and according to the Staple Foods Value Chain Analysis by USAID, since 1990, maize has not only been the main staple food of most Burundians, but has also been the main cereal grown.

Maize flour is preferred to cassava flour due to its nutritional richness. Families consume it in many forms – grilled, whole, as a cake, or as a porridge. The cornmeal/bran by-product of maize processing is often used as an animal feed, and there is an increasing demand for it to be an additional product in poultry feed.

In Makamba and Matana, families are using husked maize flour for food consumption, and it also appears on menus in restaurants. It is clear that if the communities had access to reliable processing machines that they would be able to sell their crops directly to the processing unit, would be able to begin to satisfy the demand for the crop, and would generate additional employment within the communities.

These processing machines cost approximately £10,000 each.

More information about Archbishop Nyaboho may be found HERE.


Posted in Bishops' Appeal, Burundi, Christian Aid, Partnership, People from the Diocese, People in Need, Voluntary Work, World Aid and Development

News Feature 3 Times in One Day for Cork new Diocesan Church Music Scheme

The new Diocesan Church Music Scheme in the United Dioceses of Cork, Cloyne and Ross made the national news on RTE radio and television three times in one day on Friday, 6th October.

The Scheme, which was launched the night before, on Friday, 5th October in St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork, has clearly captured the imagination of the public.  You can read about the launch of the Scheme Here.

The first outing for the report by RTE’s Jennie O’Sullivan was on Morning Ireland.  The link is here on Morning Ireland, and the report begins 43’08” into the programme and lasts 4 minutes.

The featured again later in the day on the Six-One News on RTE One television.  It is here on the RTE Player on Six-One HERE starting at 37′ 19″

Those who missed it on either of those two occasions had the opportunity to see it again on the Nine O’Clock News on RTE News HERE starting at 21’04”

Photos of the launch are here:

Posted in Church Music, Diocesan Church Music Scheme, Diocese, Education, In the News, Schools in the Diocese