The Diocese of Cork, Cloyne and Ross says farewell to Rev Paul Robinson

Last Sunday, the Church of Ireland in Cork, Cloyne and Ross said farewell to the Rev Paul Robinson, Priest-in-Charge of Saint Anne, Shandon, and Chaplain to St Luke’s Home. 

Rev Paul Robinson

Rev Paul came to Cork from the Diocese of Liverpool in January 2020, shortly before the outbreak of the Coronavirus Pandemic. We thank Paul for his ministry during this challenging time and wish him all the best in his new ministry in Blackburn Diocese in England. 

The churchwardens of St Anne’s, Shandon made a presentation to Rev Paul Robinson on behalf of the parish

Stephen Spillane, on behalf of the Parish, says:

The Rev Paul will be greatly missed in the Parish. His friendship and pastoral care was an important support for many people during the last few months. His willingness to try new things with online services ensured that the parish stayed connected and built links with our neighbouring parish of Cobh and Glanmire. 

His care for all he came in contact with in St Luke’s National School and St Luke’s Home was evident to everyone and he will be missed by all those involved there and their families.

We wish Paul all the best and hope to welcome him back when he visits in the future.

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Minister Heather Humphreys visits Church of the Ascension in Timoleague

On Monday, 26th July, Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Social Protection, Minister for Rural & Community Development and Minister for Justice, visited the historic Church of the Ascension in Timoleague as past of the Our Rural Future Development Policy.

Minister Heather Humphreys

The Minister has been visiting projects in Cork that have been funded by her department’s Rural Regeneration and Development Fund to see what communities are doing in cooperation with local authorities supported by her department funding.

Rev Kingsley Sutton says:

I thank minister Heather Humphreys for taking time within her busy schedule to prioritise a visit to see inside the unique Church of the Ascension in Timoleague. Phase 1 of a substantial conservation project has now been completed and the conservation team is delighted with the immense interest that is being generated around this West Cork Hidden Gem. 

Church of the Ascension, Timoleague

You can find out more about the project in Timoleague here and watch a video here.

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Organ Recitals at St Fin Barre’s Cathedral in August

St Fin Barre’s Cathedral will be hosting a series of Lunchtime Organ Recitals each Friday in August at 1.10pm. This is the third year in which the cathedral has run such a series, and the second year in which it will be held under the strict health guidelines which churches are following. The capacity is limited to 50 people, seating is by social distancing, and masks are required.

The first recitalist (Friday 6 th August) is Andrew Johnstone, Assistant Director of Music at St Bartholomew’s Church, Dublin and also part-time Assistant Professor of Music at Trinity College, Dublin. His recital is based around the various musical forms of the Magnificat and will include Bach’s fugue on that theme, as well as music by Dutch composer Piet Post, and Rheinberger’s Fourth Organ Sonata.

Professor Gerard Gillen, Titular Organist Emeritus at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin will
perform on Friday 13 th August, and he will continue the Marian theme with music by Louis
Vierne, Naji Hakim’s Mariales and the Flor Peeters Toccata, Fugue and Hymn on ‘Ave maris

David Adams, one of Ireland leading organ tutors and Professor at the Royal Irish Academy
of Music, will give the third recital (Friday 20 th August). This will be his first visit to play the
organ in Cork, which is one of the largest in Ireland after its extensive rebuild in 2013 by
Trevor Crowe, one of Ireland’s leading organ builders.

Robbie Carroll will conclude the series on Friday 27 th August. Robbie has been Assistant
Director of Music at St Fin Barre’s Cathedral for two years, and he recently gave a recital on
the cathedral organ as part of the Cork International Choral Festival. He has also performed
recitals this summer in Galway Cathedral and in the Dún Laoghaire Organ Concerts.

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The Diocese of Lichfield, UK links with Cork, Cloyne and Ross

The Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, Dr Paul Colton and members of the Diocese recently met online with the Bishop of Lichfield, Dr Michael Ipgrave OBE and members of the Diocese of Lichfield to discuss their ongoing relationship. 

Lichfield Cathedral

The link between Lichfield, in the Church of England, and Cork, Cloyne and Ross goes back to 2018 and since then several possibilities of connecting parishes, cathedrals and schools have been discussed. Upon the outbreak of Covid-19 many of these plans had to be put on hold, but equally, new opportunities have arisen. 

Visitors from Lichfield and clergy from Cork, Cloyne and Ross in 2018

The pandemic and consequent lockdowns have accented the importance of communication and relationships and at the online meeting the parishes of Perton in south Staffordshire, and Carrigaline presented their approach to forming a lasting relationship during these times. The two parishes connected and stayed in communication via virtual pulpit swaps, quiz nights in aid of the Mother’s Union and Christian Aid, and the exchange of Christmas Cards among other things. 

The two dioceses discuss collaboration online

The sharing of prayers across both dioceses is an essential part of this link and  several other ideas about youth work, the eco agenda, charitable giving, and civic connections were exchanged during the meeting. 

Both dioceses are eager to further strengthen their existing link and after praying together, the meeting ended with a final blessing by Bishop Michael. 

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All Ireland Mother’s Union President June Butler visits the Diocese of Cork, Cloyne and Ross

From 14th to 16th June 2021, All Ireland Mother’s Union president June Butler walked 21km in the Diocese of Cork, Cloyne and Ross as part of her “21 in 21” fundraising project. She is walking 21kms in each diocese in the country to raise money for the MU Mums in May fund which provides grants to support ongoing projects. 

June was joined by the Diocesan President of the MU in Cork, Cloyne and Ross, Hilary Dring, and together they started the first of three walks in Youghal at St Mary’s Collegiate Church on Wednesday 14th June. They were joined there by Jean and Helen from the local branch and by Canon Andrew Orr, who also led the service which was held before the walk. 

On Thursday, June and Hilary started their second walk at St Peter’s Church, Carrigrohane, where Rev. Robert Ferris sent them on their way with prayers. Together with Patsy Devoy (All Ireland VP), Pam Wood and Deirdre Whitley (Diocesan Trustee) they walked along the River Lee, over the “Shakey” Daly’s Bridge and via UCC into the City Centre, where they finished their walk at St Fin Barre’s Cathedral. Rev. Ted Ardis received them with prayers and the group also took a tour of the cathedral and its organ. 

The last walk in the Diocese took place on Friday 16th June in Doneraile, where branch leader Ruth Sherlock received June and Hilary. Rev. Meurig Wiliams took the service at St Mary’s Church and sent two groups of walkers on their way; those who undertook a shorter walk in Doneraile Park, and a group of seven ladies, including June and Hilary, who took the path around the perimeter of the park. 

At the end of the walk they returned to St Mary’s Church and June was presented with a book about Doneraile Park by the Branch and Hilary gave her a bag of food items, all originating from Co. Cork with which to remember her walks in the Diocese.

You can read June Butler’s full reports here.

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