Death of Peter Barry ~ Statement from Bishop Paul Colton

Church of Ireland

Dioceses of Cork, Cloyne and Ross

Friday, 26th August, 2016

Mr Peter Barry TD with Michael Collins Bust in Fitzgerald Park, Cork. Picture Eddie O’Hare 09/08/1995 Irish Examiner

Mr Peter Barry TD with Michael Collins Bust in Fitzgerald Park, Cork.
Picture Eddie O’Hare 09/08/1995
Irish Examiner

Statement from

Bishop Paul Colton on hearing the news of the death of Mr Peter Barry

The Church of Ireland Bishop of Cork, the Right Reverend Dr Paul Colton, has issued the following statement upon hearing the news of the death in Cork of former Tánaiste and former Minister for Foreign Affairs, Peter Barry:

I am sad indeed to hear the news of the death of Peter Barry, former Tánaiste, former Minister for Foreign Affairs, former Lord Mayor of Cork, and Freeman of Cork.  As a child and teenager growing up in Cork, I remember well his calling to the door to canvas for a vote.  As a recently ordained curate living in Northern Ireland in the 1980s I recall his contribution to the Anglo-Irish Agreement. As Church of Ireland Bishop of Cork, like my predecessors in this office, I have appreciated his friendship and support for the Church of Ireland in this Diocese over many years.

On behalf of us all in the United Dioceses of Cork, Cloyne and Ross I extend our deepest sympathy and assurance of our prayers to Mr Barry’s family, and most especially to his daughter Deirdre Clune, M.E.P., and her husband Conor who has been, first a neighbour, and family friend here in Cork since the 1960s, and to all their family circle.  I also extend my sympathy to all Mr Barry’s political colleagues.

– Ends –

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Posted in Diocese

Invitation to ‘Come and Sing Choral Evensong’ in Cork

The Director of Music at St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork – Peter Stobart – has organised a ‘Come and Sing Choral Evensong’ which will be held in St Fin Barre’s Cathedral on Saturday 17th September.

All singers are encouraged to attend and all abilities are most welcome! There will be a rehearsal at 2pm and the Service itself is at 5pm. Tea and coffee will be served at 4.15pm. Music will be provided and will include John Rutter’s beautiful anthem ‘The Lord bless you and keep you’.

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Posted in Cathedral, Church Music

Carrigaline and Crosshaven Holiday Club for Children

Carrigaline Union and Templebreedy Group of Parishes in the Diocese of Cork, held a joint Holiday Club for the fifth successive year last week in St Mary’s National School Carrigaline.

Forty children and twenty teen helpers (plus ‘Adult’ leaders!) exhausted themselves learning all about the story of Joseph, his many coloured coat, his many brothers and his many adventures – all presented within a ‘Cops & Robbers’ theme!

The Revd Isobel Jackson and the Reverend Elaine Murray who organised the holiday club said:

We would invite and encourage anyone thinking of running a Holiday Club in their parish to contact us for pointers. It really is a great way of connecting with the teens in your parish as well as teaching the children.

Here are some photos:

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Posted in Children's Ministry, Children's Work, Community Involvement, Cork, Diocese, Parish News, Youth Work

Doctorate Conferred on Cork Hospital Chaplain

The Reverend Canon Dr Daniel Nuzum, who is whole-time chaplain at Cork University Hospital, Marymount Hospice and the Bon Secours Hospital in the United Dioceses of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, successfully defended his doctoral thesis at University College Cork earlier this year.  At the summer conferrings last month, at the University, he was conferred with his doctorate.  Dr Nuzum’s research was in the field of pregnancy loss and stillbirth; the title of his thesis is: ‘The spiritual and professional impact of stillbirth.’

The Rev. Canon Dr Daniel Nuzum with Mrs Heather Nuzum following his conferring at UCC. Pictures: Gerard McCarthy

The Rev. Canon Dr Daniel Nuzum with Mrs Heather Nuzum following his conferring at UCC. Picture: Gerard McCarthy

Posted in Chaplaincies, Clergy, Continuing Ministerial Education, Cork, Diocese, Education, Healthcare Ministry, Pastoral, People from the Diocese

Midleton College Student Teaches Neymar How To Play Golf for Olympic Ad

Agueda Cortilla Mas, from Barcelona in Spain, a past pupil of Midleton College, in the Diocese of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, is hitting the headlines alongside professional footballer Neymar Jr (Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior) from Brazil ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Sports journalist, Gavin Spillane, writing in the Irish Examiner, reported on Friday that she recently starred alongside Neymar in a Panasonic advertisement recorded before the Olympics.  Gavin Spillane’s full report is here.  Panasonic make an advertisement every year with Neymar Jr playing a random sport.  Agueda Cortilla Mas plays golf off a 0.5 handicap and, following auditions, she was selected.

Neymar Jr with Agueda Cortilla Mas.

Neymar Jr with Agueda Cortilla Mas.


Explaining the Midleton College connection she said to Mr Spillane:

My parents thought it was important for me to learn English as it was very bad. So they decided to send me abroad because it’s the best way to learn it and I also needed to have some time off from golf. I decided to come to Ireland and I ended up in Midleton College, where I had the best year of my life. I made some of my best friends there. I even learned to play hockey and spent the last three months with East Cork Golf Club as I needed to touch a club again after six months.

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Cork Clergy Attend Course at St George’s House, Windsor Castle

Two clergy from the United Dioceses of Cork, Cloyne and Ross – the Reverend Elaine Murray, Incumbent of Carrigaline Union, and the Reverend Peter Rutherford, Incumbent of Kinsale Union – were among a group of twenty-four clergy who gathered in St George’s House, Windsor for a 10 day ‘Consultation’ entitled ‘God: Some Conversations’ from 4th to 14th July. Two clergy from Cashel, Ferns and Ossory also took part.

The theme was God: Some Conversations – How Do You Speak About God?  The theme was explored in relation to a number of topics: poetry, church, health, sustainability, poverty, politics and the environment. Each day began in three groups of eight to tackle the topic of the day, beginning with Biblical study and a secular work of fiction or a film, with a member of the group leading the discussion. All then met together to listen to an eminent speaker on each topic, followed by further questions and discussion.   After lunch and a short break the participants returned to the smaller groups for further reflection, followed by discussion of each individual’s own essay contribution, submitted prior to the course and copied to all.

The group at the Clergy Course at St George's House, Windsor Castle including two from Cork in the middle row the Reverend Elaine Murray (on the left) and the Reverend Peter Rutherford (third from left).

The group at the Clergy Course at St George’s House, Windsor Castle including two from Cork in the middle row the Reverend Elaine Murray (on the left) and the Reverend Peter Rutherford (third from left).

Reflecting on the experience, the Reverend Elaine Murray said:

The setting of Windsor Castle was perfect. We felt very privileged to be there, staying in St George’s House, worshiping in the magnificent St George’s Chapel, home of the Knights of the Garter. The very stones screamed history at us as we walked over the burial place of Henry VIII on our way to our seats each evening for Evensong, sung by the wonderful Lay Clerks and boys choir of St George’s School. A most spiritually nourishing ten days and I am very grateful for the opportunity to have been part of it.

The Reverend Peter Rutherford said:

There was a good diversity of clergy, of different churchmanship, experience and age. The main achievement seems to have been to see how, for the Church to be viable, we need to be engaged with many different aspects of life today, not merely reducing the concept of God to a narrow, rather ‘churchy’ environment. It also became clear that for those on the course, the time away to reflect, within the context of worship, enabled us to see afresh how precious our spiritual vision actually is.

My own essay (A God of Love, Not of Power: God in the Thinking of Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy), presented for discussion, was how, in his poetry, Woodbine Willie (1883-1929), offered a radical critique of the prevailing picture of God in his time. This was by way of a reminder that, if we begin with an erroneous picture of what God’s nature is, our further discussion will be fundamentally impaired.

Posted in Clergy, Continuing Ministerial Education, Diocese

Cork Diocesan Youth Council at ‘Summer Madness 2016’

A group of 18 – young people and leaders – from the Diocesan Youth Council in Cork, Cloyne and Ross attended the Christian youth festival – Summer Madness – from 1st to 5th July in Glenarm, County Antrim.

The Cork, Cloyne and Ross group that travelled to Summer Madness 2016

The Cork, Cloyne and Ross group that travelled to Summer Madness 2016

Here is a report from one member of the group about the time at Summer Madness 2016:

In the early hours of the 1st of July, the madness begun! Packing the bus to the brim with a marquee, tents, sleeping bags, cooking equipment, bags of clothes, wellies and 18 young people and leaders.

With everything on board we struck for Glenarm in Co. Antrim where we were met with dodgy looking skies! First priority was to get the tents and marquee up to save our bags from the rain. And rain it did but not before we were safely inside. But it didn’t dampen our spirits in the least. We donned the wellies and rain coats…well at least those of us who remembered to pack them!!

The next four days were jam packed with worship, seminars, games, food, tea and tray bakes in the CIYD CONNECT Cafè, chat and banter. This year we had the luxury of being fed our dinner by Alan Williamson and his fabulous crew at the Ykea camp (Sligo), which saved us a lot of stress and hassle of keeping food fresh without a fridge. We are truly grateful and thankful for all of their good home cooking and the chance to meet up with other young people and leaders from all over Ireland.

The Big Top mainstage speakers this year were Rachel Hughes who is involved in leading women’s ministry and teaching. Matt Summerfield – the Chief Executive of Urban Saints and Pastor of Hitchin Christian Centre. Adrian McCartney is the leader of Boring Wells and performed the Sunday morning service an Eucharist for the whole camp

Bluetree provided the music for the first two days before Stephen Mayes took over for the last few days. Both bands were energetic and “super cool”!!

While all of this was going on the rain never let up, well except for Sunday. By the last night my poor tent couldn’t take anymore. My poor airbed was more like a water bed and so I had to abandon ship and find lodgings somewhere else!! Thankfully on our final packing up day the rain held off so we could at least get everything back on the bus dry, including ourselves.

I would just like to say a Big Thank You to our Cork group. What a fantastic group of people, you made the whole trip a bundle of laughs and great fun. I honestly enjoyed every minute of it. Looking forward to Summer Madness 2017!



Posted in CDYC, Diocese, Youth Work