20th Anniversary of Toddler Group in Cork Church of Ireland Parish

On Saturday 9th February Carrigrohane Union of Parishes  celebrated  20 years of the Toddler group in Blarney with an amazing celebration with guests from near and far including  the Rev Francis and Julie Rutledge and the Rev Ruth Jackson Noble.

20th Birthday Cake for the Toddler Group

This community initiative was the first by the parish in Blarney when the church building was refurbished. 

Celebrating 20 years of the Group

Now it is used nearly every day of the week by church and community groups, and is proving to be a great blessing for the community.

Ruth Hockey with flowers

The parish thanked especially the leaders over the years, not least Ruth Hockey whose dream it was to establish the group in the area.

The toddler group

Posted in Children's Ministry, Children's Work, Church in Society, Five Marks of Mission, Lay Ministry, People from Cork, People from the Diocese

‘Mental Health Training for Working with Children’ in Cork, Cloyne and Ross

The Cork, Cloyne and Ross Children’s Ministry Group organised a workshop on the subject of ‘Mental Health Training for Working with Children’ which was held in Northridge House, St Luke’s Mahon on 9th February. 

Tom Tait

Led by Tom Tate (www.whymind.ie) the Workshop was a timely discussion around the mental health needs of children – How do we ensure we create a caring, safe and welcoming environment in our ministries for children who may suffer from issues around their mental health while at the same time, understand the responsibility we hold as caregivers in our ministries relating to these issues, and identifying the time to pass on concerns we may have?

Some of those who attended the training morning about children and mental health.

It was a  most informative and useful session attended by clergy and lay workers.

The Rev. Elaine Murray and the Rev. Sarah Marry, two of the members of the Children’s Ministry Group in Cork, Cloyne and Ross.


Posted in Children's Ministry, Children's Work, Contemporary Issues, Education, Lay Ministry

Cork, Cloyne and Ross Guild of Lay Ministry meets with Precentor of Durham Cathedral

On Saturday 9th February, the Guild of Lay Ministry of the Diocese of Cork, Cloyne, and Ross met in St Lappan’s Church, Little Island, County Cork.  The meeting began with a celebration of the Eucharist which was celebrated by the Chaplain of the Guild, the Rev. Paul Arbuthnot.

After the Eucharist, Canon Michael Hampel, Vice Dean and Precentor of Durham Cathedral led the guild in a workshop on leading public worship.  Canon Hampel spoke of his experiences of leading worship throughout his ministry, and encouraged the Guild to lead worship with both authority and warmth, as well with solemnity and joy.

Canon Michael Hampel addresses the Guild of Lay Ministry .

He also spoke of the need to lead worship with confidence, but in an engaging fashion.
The morning concluded with a hearty lunch at Cork Golf Club. The next day, Canon Hampel was the guest preacher at the Sunday services in Cobh and Glanmire Union of Parishes.

Some of the members of the Guild of Lay Ministry of Cork, Cloyne and Ross at St Lappan’s Church, Little Island with Canon Michael Hampel

Posted in Continuing Ministerial Education, Education, Guild of Lay Ministry, People from the Diocese

Peter Gets Midleton College Singing!

Peter Stobart, Director of the Cork Diocesan Church Music Scheme was the guest at Midleton College on Monday 11th February.

Peter Stobart with 1st year students

He came to put first and second year students through their hymn singing paces. His energetic style and infectious enthusiasm soon got even the most reluctant students joining in.

Great singing from 2nd years

Hymn singing in assembly is an integral part of almost every day at Midleton College, and has even been known to happen at rugby matches!  However, sometimes students can be self conscious about singing and Peter’s visit allowed them to lose their shyness and join in with gusto.

The Rev. Andrew Orr, Midleton College chaplain, said:

It was a pleasure to have Peter with us and see how quickly he was able improve our singing.  We look forward to even more energetic participation at assembly and to having Peter back to practice with older years

Peter enthuses the 2nd years!

Posted in Church Music, Diocesan Church Music Scheme, Education, Midleton College

Cobh and Glanmire Concert Series Supports Local Charities in Cork

On Sunday 3rd February, the Church of Ireland Cobh and Glanmire Union of Parishes, County Cork, presented a cheque for €500 to Vivienne O’Mahony of the Cork Simon Community.

The money was raised at a recent concert which was held in St Mary and All Saints’, Church, Glanmire, as a part of the parish’s Winter Concert Series.

The concert featured the Carrigtwohill Gospel Choir and the choir from St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Riverstown (Glanmire). The parish has an excellent relationship with both groups and this was a wonderful opportunity to further strengthen these links.

The concert series also features young talent drawn from the local Cork ETB School of Music in Glanmire and Ballincollig. They are an opportunity for the young performers to make their concert debuts in a relaxed and appreciative atmosphere.

The final concert in this series will be held on Friday 1st March at 8pm in St Mary and All Saints’, Glanmire, where a retiring collection will be held in aid of the Glanmire branch of St Vincent de Paul.

The Rector of Cobh and Glanmire Union of Parishes, The Revd Paul Arbuthnot, together with representatives of the parish and wider community, presents a cheque to Vivienne O’Mahony of the Cork Simon Community.

Posted in Charity Work, Church in Society, Church Music, Churches in Cork, Ecumenism, Partnership, People from Cork

Dedication of relocated Chapel of Christ the Healer at Cork University Hospital

The Chapel of Christ the Healer at Cork University Hospital was first dedicated in May 1980.  Recent reconstruction at the hospital meant that the Chapel had to be moved to a new space further along the main entrance corridor.  On Sunday, 3rd February, the Church of Ireland Bishop of Cork, Dr Paul Colton, celebrated the Eucharist of The Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, during which the new space was formally dedicated.   The Reverend Canon Dr Daniel Nuzum who is Church of Ireland chaplain at the hospital assisted.  The Service was also broadcast live on radio CUH 102FM.

The Reverend Canon Dr Daniel Nuzum, Hospital Chaplain, in the relocated Chapel of Christ the Healer at Cork University Hospital.

Also during the Service the Bishop dedicated a new icon which was written by Cork Iconographer, Father David O’Riordan.  The icon is called ‘The Christ Child.’

New Icon ~ ‘The Christ Child’

Some members of the choir of Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork, under the direction of Mr Peter Stobart, were present to sing the motet ‘When to the Temple Mary went’ by Johannes Eccard (1553-1611).

Some members of the choir, under the direction of Peter Stobart, with Bishop Colton, before the Service.

For information about the Chapel of Christ the Healer visit HERE.



Posted in Cathedral Choir, Chaplaincies, Christian Art, Church Services, Dedication, Icon, Special Events

Announcement of Appointment of new Rector for Fermoy Union of Parishes

The appointment of a new rector for the Fermoy Union of Parishes in the Church of Ireland Diocese of Cloyne (United Dioceses of Cork, Cloyne and Ross) is announced.

The Very Reverend Gary Paulsen, who is currently Rector of Killaloe, and Dean of Killaloe and Clonfert, has been nominated by a Board of Nomination in the Diocese, and appointed to the Parish of Fermoy Union by the Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, the Right Reverend Dr Paul Colton.

Gary Paulsen was born in Cape Town, South Africa where he worked first as a surveyor and project manager before setting up his own development company in property sales and construction.  He trained for ordination at The College of the Transfiguration, Grahamstown, South Africa before being made deacon in 2003 and ordained priest in 2004.  He came to Ireland in 2011 and has made here his home.

Speaking about his appointment Gary said:

There are times in one’s life that a move feels right and it is such a time for me. I am excited about the new opportunity that the Fermoy Union of parishes offers. A new challenge always fills me with renewed energy. It is some 8 years since I arrived on this island and it has been a wonderful journey thus far. I hope my different experiences in secular life and ministry in different contexts will bring new perspective to the Fermoy Union and I look forward to the move.

The Fermoy Union of parishes is in the north and north-east of County Cork.  The parish covers a large area of North-East Cork from Mitchelstown in the north to Watergrasshill in the south, and from Ballyhooly in the west to Conna in the east.

Speaking about Gary’s appointment, Bishop Colton said:

We in Cork, Cloyne and Ross are delighted that Gary has felt called to come to minister alongside us here.  He will bring rich life experience and many gifts to the work that will be entrusted to him in the Fermoy Union of Parishes. He will receive a very warm and supportive welcome.  The people of the Parish will be very fortunate to have him as their new rector.

Gary Paulsen

Posted in Announcements, Appointments, Clergy, Diocese