New Editor of the Cork, Cloyne and Ross Diocesan Magazine

The appointment of a new editor of the Diocesan Magazine of the Church of Ireland United Dioceses of Cork, Cloyne and Ross has been announced.

The new editor is Isobel Dunne.

Isobel Dunne

Commenting on her appointment, Isobel said:

I am delighted to be taking on the role of editor of the Diocesan Magazine. I am looking forward to working alongside the Diocesan Magazine committee as well as building a warm and professional rapport with all contributors to the Magazine.

Bishop Colton, welcoming Mrs Dunne’s appointment, said:

I am delighted that Isobel is taking on this role in relation to our Diocesan Magazine, which is still an important and popular element in our diocesan communications work.

Posted in Announcements, Appointments, Diocesan Magazine, Diocese, Media and Communications

Holy Trinity Church Crosshaven ~ 150th Celebratory Concert with Iarla O’ Lionáird and Steve Cooney

Holy Trinity Church Crosshaven is celebrating its 150th Anniversary this year, 1868- 2018. This concert was one of a number of events happening as part of the celebration this year.

The proceeds from this Concert go to the Crosshaven Community Consolidation project ‘Save Our Spire’ (SOS Project) for the old Templebreedy Church on the hill.

St Matthew’s on the Hill was the place of worship for the ninety years preceding Holy Trinity church and it is timely in this year of celebration to connect the old history of Templebreedy Church with the newer history of Holy Trinity Church.

150th Anniversary Concert in Holy Trinity Church, Crosshaven, Co Cork

Over the past 150 years, Holy Trinity Church has become a well-known and loved place within the village and it is fitting that this event was a gathering of the wider community in music, song and celebration.

150th Anniversary Concert in Holy Trinity Church, Crosshaven, Co Cork

At the concert the highly acclaimed traditional Irish vocalist Iarla Ó Lionáird, was accompanied by renowned musician Steve Cooney, and the Crosshaven Community Choir and other musicians.  Dr. Eva McMullan, directed this concert and it was a fabulous event, enjoyed by all.

150th Anniversary Concert in Holy Trinity Church, Crosshaven, Co Cork

150th Anniversary Concert in Holy Trinity Church, Crosshaven, Co Cork

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Posted in Anniversaries, Church in Society, Community Involvement, Concert, Diocese, Festivals, Sesquicentenary, Special Events

Cork Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor Signs International Agreement linking Ireland and Canada

Earlier this year, ACPE (Ireland) Ltd, the professional Multi Faith body for Healthcare Chaplaincy training, together with CASC (Canadian Association for Spiritual Care) formally signed an Agreement of Reciprocity at the CASC Conference at Deerhurst Resort, Ontario.

The President of CASC, the  Rev Elaine Nagy and Chairperson of ACPE (Ireland) the Rev Bruce Pierce (Director of Education Northridge House at St Luke’s Charity, Cork) signed this innovative agreement on behalf of their respective bodies.

Bruce has the unique privilege of being a member of both bodies having trained previously in Toronto. The agreement acknowledges the full mutual recognition of CPE Programmes and CPE Supervisory status. The journey to this important event took four years and it was celebrated with delight by both bodies. ACPE (Ireland) joins five other American professional bodies holding similar relationship with CASC and this was acknowledged in the presence of the Chairpersons of each  body

The Accord will facilitate an interchange between Irish and Canadian students and supervisors and is the first intercontinental agreement of its kind.

Signing the Accord: the Rev. Bruce Pierce (Chairperson ACPE Ireland) and the Rev. Elaine Nagy (Chairperson CASC)

Posted in Announcements, Chaplaincies, Clinical Pastoral Education, Continuing Ministerial Education, Diocese, Healthcare Ministry, Northridge House Education and Research Centre, Saint Luke's Charity

Dunmanway Children’s Holiday Club Runs with Big Top’ Theme Too!

The Big Top Holiday Club in the Fanlobbus Union of Parishes (Dunmanway, Drinagh, Drimoleague and Coolkelure, County Cork) took place in ​Cox’s Hall in Dunmanway from the 9th to the 13th of July.

There were 55 children, 25 teenagers and 12 adult leaders there for the week. We looked at the life of five Old Testament characters and their role in serving God; how, in spite of their weaknesses, God gave them the strength to serve him and his people.  The story each day was told through drama, puppets, song and explored though crafts and worksheets.

‘The Big Top’ in Fanlobbus Union of Parishes.

Posted in Children's Ministry, Children's Work, Holiday Club

‘Big Top’ Holiday Theme for Children’s Holiday Club in Carrigaline and Crosshaven Church of Ireland Parishes.

It is children’s holiday club season in the United Dioceses of Cork, Cloyne and Ross.  As in previous years the parish of Carrigaline Union and Templebreedy (Crosshaven) Group of parishes held a joint Holiday Club  The theme this year was ‘The Big Top!’.

35 children and 20 teen leaders (along with the Adult Leaders) had a great week full of fun & games with Puppets, Drama, Song and Dance.

‘The Big Top’ at the Carrigaline and Templebreedy (Crosshaven) Holiday Club

This year’s Program was once again written by John Hardwick who visited the Diocese a couple of years ago as part of a Children’s Ministry initiative.

‘The Big Top’ at the Carrigaline and Templebreedy (Crosshaven) Holiday Club

This year different Circus Roles were compared with people of the Bible such as Samson (Strong Man), Elijah (Fire Eater), Daniel (Lion Tamer), Jonah (Escape Artist) and Moses (Ring Master).

‘The Big Top’ at the Carrigaline and Templebreedy (Crosshaven) Holiday Club

Posted in Children's Ministry, Children's Work, Holiday Club, Youth Work

Summer SING! at St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork

Summer SING! is a week-long children’s singing festival which encourages children to experience singing in Cork City. Some 200 children and 100 professional and volunteer staff, aged from 3 to 14 years, gather together and they sing in venues across the city.

Every year St Fin Barre’s Cathedral is one of the key centres for the festival and on Wednesday 18th July the entire team met inside this wonderful singing space under the guidance of Peter Stobart, the Director of Music at St Fin Barre’s Cathedral.

The festival’s founder and Creative Director is Sonya Keogh, who is also a parent of two boy choristers in the Cathedral Choir.

Summer SING! at St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork

Posted in Cathedral, Cathedral Choir, Children's Work, Church Music, Cork, Diocesan Church Music Scheme, People from Cork, Summer, Youth Work

An Taoiseach Launches Dunmanway Promotional Video Spearheaded by Local Church of Ireland Parish

A promotional video officially launched by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on Friday 20th July, has already been viewed more than 100,000 times.  The new Dunmanway Tourism Promotional video, which is designed to showcase the highlights of the West Cork town. During his visit to Dunmanway, the Taoiseach visited the Sam Maguire Visitor Experience which includes the burial place of Sam Maguire, and rang the newly installed Sam Maguire Community Bells.

Dunmanway, West Cork, Ireland. 20th July, 2018. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar visited Dunmanway today to see the birthplace and final resting place of Sam Maguire. He also visited the Sam Maguire Bells in St. Mary’s Church. The Rev Cliff Jeffers, Rector of Fanlobbus Union, and the Sam Maguire Community Bells Team posed for a picture with An Taoiseach. Photo: Andy Gibson.

Following the highly successful launch of the “Discover Dunmanway” brochure, website and VIP (Visitor Information Point) earlier this summer (reported here) Dunmanway Tourism Initiative teamed up with local film maker Brendan Hayes to create a promotional video featuring the many tourism attractions available to visitors to the town.

This video, created with the support of Cork County Council and Pure Cork, is available to view here

An Taoiseach was shown a knitted version of the Sam Maguire Cup, made by local ladies. Photo: Andy Gibson.

Ireland rugby player, Darren Sweetnam, past pupil of Bandon Grammar School, who features in the video said:

I was genuinely blown away by this video promoting my home town. It showcases Dunmanway’s many treasures and puts Dunmanway well and truly on the map for tourism in West Cork.

Darren also commended the Rev. Cliff Jeffers, Brendan Hayes and the organisations involved in Dunmanway Tourism Initiative for all their hard work in bringing this project to completion.

Dunmanway offers several visitor attractions, many of which are free, including the Sam Maguire Visitor Experience at St. Mary’s Church, the burial place of Sam Maguire, the Sam Maguire Community bells, guided and self-guided historic walking tours, Sam Maguire’s Homestead, and Dunmanway’s own state of the art Swimming Pool. Details of all attractions can be seen on as well as in the Free ‘Discover Dunmanway’ Tourism Brochure, which is available in outlets throughout West Cork.

An Taoiseach met young Ryan from Dunmanway. Photo: Andy Gibson.

The Sam Maguire Visitor Experience at St. Mary’s Church in Dunmanway is open every day during the Summer from 12 noon to 4pm.  Visitors are welcome to find out more about the man behind the famous trophy through visiting his grave, church, watching short information videos and ringing the Sam Maguire Community Bells.

An Taoiseach rang the chimes in the Church bell tower along with Senator Tim Lombard, Sean Kelly, MEP and Jim Daly, TD. Photo: Andy Gibson.

The Reverend Cliff Jeffers of St. Mary’s Church of Ireland said:

So many people know the name Sam Maguire, but we want people to experience the fascinating story of the man behind the cup by visiting the many attractions in his hometown of Dunmanway.

The sharing of this promotional video has been assisted by the offering of a competition by Dunmanway Tourism Initiative with a free family pass to a number of the great attractions in the hometown of Sam Maguire:

Competition Time ! Win a family day out in Dunmanway for 4 people. Family pass to Funmanway, Dunmanway Swimming Pool, ring the Sam Maguire Community Bells, family picnic at Sam Maguire Homestead and finish the day with dinner at The Parkway Hotel. Simply like and share this post to be in with a chance to win this amazing prize. Winner announced on Sunday 29th July 2018. Best of Luck. More information on Dunmanway can be found on

Posted in Centenaries in Ireland, Church in Society, Community Involvement, Contemporary Issues, Decade of Centenaries, GAA, Official Opening, Parish News, People from Cork, People from the Diocese, Taoiseach