Lead Evangelist appointed for the Carraig Centre in Ballincollig

Carrigrohane Union of Parishes have announced the appointment of Matt Gould as Lead Evangelist and community leader at the Carraig Centre in Ballincollig. Matt has spent thirteen years as youth worker in Carrigrohane Union of Parishes and has recently completed his Evangelist Training at the Church Army Training College in Sheffield, UK.

Lead Evangelist Matt Gould at the Carraig Centre

The Rev. Robert Ferris, Rector of Carrigrohane Union, said:

It is with great joy that I am able to announce this appointment. This is a brand new pioneering role in the staff team, which will see him taking a lead in developing the Carraig Centre, strengthening links with groups and individuals who use the building and its activities, as well as continuing to develop the outreach and worship activities of the centre.

Matt Gould comments:

I’m humbled and delighted to be appointed to this new pioneering role within the parish in the Diocese of Cork, Cloyne & Ross. At the heart of this project is an amazing community of Christians who are stepping out in faith to share the good news of Jesus here in Ballincollig. I’m excited to see what God has in store in the years ahead.

This appointment is part of the Partnership between Church Army, Cork Cloyne and Ross Diocese and the Carraig Centre / Carrigrohane Union of Parishes. Matt will take up this role in mid-November.

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Shine A Light Night for Templebreedy Group of Parishes

On Friday 15th October, members of Templebreedy Group of Parishes spent the night sleeping outdoors in support of Focus Ireland’s Shine A Light Night National ‘Sleep Out’. Focus Ireland is a national charity working with families, children and young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. They have over 70 projects across Ireland providing warm meals, practical support and education along with safe and secure housing. 

The Rev. Isobel Jackson said: 

Across Ireland, 925 families including 2,193 children are currently without a home. By taking part in Shine A Light Night we are helping to build awareness, support and raise vital funds for Focus Ireland and their work to end homelessness, and help the most vulnerable people in our communities.

In 2020, support for Shine A Light Night allowed Focus Ireland to move 883 families out of homelessness. Their aim is to support 5,000 households out of homelessness by 2025. 

You can donate to Templebreedy’s fundraiser here.

Photographs were taken by Simon Woodworth.

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Talking inclusiveness with Stephen Spillane at St Anne’s Church, Shandon

“People and Places” continues this week with a visit to St Anne’s Church, Shandon, where we meet churchwarden Stephen Spillane. He talks about the broadness of being inclusive and reaching out to the community as part of St Anne’s vision for a church welcoming everyone.

You can watch the video here.

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Youghal and Cloyne Unions raise €500 for people living in poverty overseas

A sponsored walk by members of Youghal and Cloyne Unions has raised more than €500 for Christian Aid’s work in some of the world’s poorest communities overseas.

Last month, around 20 parishioners strolled along the new Youghal boardwalk from Redbarn to Front Strand and back. Opened in June, the 7km wooden walkway is Ireland’s longest beachfront boardwalk. The walk was organised by Youghal rector, Rev Andrew Orr.

Christian Aid Ireland Chief Executive Rosamond Bennett thanked the Youghal and Cloyne parishioners for their fundraising efforts:

We are grateful to Rev Andrew Orr, to all the walkers and to the many other parishioners who sponsored them. This fundraising walk comes at a time when Christian Aid Ireland is helping people on the frontline of the global hunger crisis – hunger that is made worse by conflict and climate change.

Rev Andrew Orr (1st left) with some of the Youghal and Cloyne parishioners

To help Christian Aid Ireland reach more people affected by hunger, please visit caid.ie/Hunger or telephone 01 496 7040 to make a telephone donation.

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Hostel for homeless Defence Force veterans in Cobh

On Sunday 3rd October, the Rector of Cobh and Glanmire Union of Parishes, the Rev. Paul Arbuthnot, attended the opening of Brú na Farraige, a hostel and advice centre for homeless Defence Force veterans. 

left to right: Fr Desmond Campion, Naval Service Chaplain; Fr Tom McDermott, Administrator of Cobh Cathedral; Revd Paul Arbuthnot, Rector of Cobh and Glanmire Union of Parishes


The hostel is located in Harbour Row, Cobh, and will provide a safe and secure environment for veterans experiencing difficulties in their transition back into civilian life. The hostel has five bedrooms and was brought to fruition by The Organisation of National Ex-Servicemen (Óglaigh Náisúnta na hÉireann), also known as ONE.


Together with Fr Tom McDermott, the Administrator of Cobh Cathedral, the Revd Paul Arbuthnot blessed the new hostel. The development was opened by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Defence, Simon Coveney TD.

The Revd Paul Arbuthnot said:

This hostel is a most welcome addition to the town of Cobh, and will provide much needed support to those Defence Force veterans who have given so much to Ireland.

The Revd Paul Arbuthnot blesses Brú na Farraige
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