Elections and AGM at Incorporated Church of Ireland Cork Young Men’s Association – Garryduff Sports Centre

Garryduff Sports Centre is well-known throughout Cork as a hive of activity and community life.  A Cork home for hockey, badminton, tennis, bowls (indoor and outdoor), pitch and putt, as well as the clubhouse and children’s sports camps, the Club held its AGM and elections earlier this week. Mr Trevor Dunne was re-elected as President of the Club for the coming year.

With Bishop Colton following the 2018 AGM were the Club officers (l-r) Stephanie Flack (Honorary Treasurer), Trevor Dunne (President) and Louise Jermyn (Honorary Secretary)

The Club is owned by a body with the acronym ICICYMA – Incorporated Church of Ireland Cork Young Men’s Association – of which the patron is the Church of Ireland Bishop of Cork, Dr Paul Colton.

Following this year’s elections were (l-r) John Jermyn (Trustee), Trevor Dunne (President), Dr Paul Colton (Patron) and Roger Flack (Trustee). The third club Trustee is Sybil Fuller.

Founded in the 19th Century and based at the Gregg Hall on the South Mall, the club relocated to Garryduff in 1969.

With Bishop Colton following the AGM were (l-r) Mervyn Kerr (Vice-President), Trevor Dunne (President) and Alison Flack (Vice-President)

Today the Club is thriving and the facilities are in use all the time with membership – people from all backgrounds and sporting interests –  drawn from throughout Cork City and County and beyond.

Trevor Dunne, President, and Bishop Paul Colton, Patron, of ICICYMA, Garryduff Sports Centre.

Posted in Church in Society, Church of Ireland Hockey Club, Community Involvement, Garryduff Sports Centre, ICICYMA, People from Cork, People from the Diocese, Sport

Grandparents Day in Positive Ageing Week in St Mary’s National School, Carrigaline

St Mary’s Church of Ireland National School, Carrigaline, County Cork held a special ‘Grandparent’s Day’ during Positive Ageing Week recently.

Grandparents Day at St Mary’s Church of Ireland National School, Carrigaline

The children were asked to invite their Grandparents into the school for refreshments and to visit their classrooms. Those whose grandparents couldn’t be with them on the day were encouraged to bring along photos to be displayed in the Canon McCrea Hall.

Grandparents Day at St Mary’s Church of Ireland National School, Carrigaline

The staff were also encouraged to display photos of their own grandparents. All of the classes did some kind of artwork project for viewing in the Hall while visitors were having a cup of tea and it was altogether a marvelous gathering.

The Reverend Elaine Murray at Grandparents Day at St Mary’s Church of Ireland National School, Carrigaline

Well done to Ms Elliffe the Principal for her innovative idea and to all the Teachers and SNAs for their help on the day.

Grandparents Day at St Mary’s Church of Ireland National School, Carrigaline

Posted in Care of the Older Person, Positive Ageing Week, Schools in the Diocese

Cork, Cloyne and Ross hosts visitors from the Diocese of Lichfield

Two visitors from the Diocese of Lichfield – the Reverend Julia Cody and the Reverend Simon Douglas – were guests of the United Dioceses of Cork, Cloyne and Ross from Tuesday 25th September until Friday, 28th September.  They visited on the suggestion of the Bishop of Lichfield, the Right Reverend Dr Michael Ipgrave, to learn more about the Church of Ireland.  Over the three days they engaged in a very varied programme that took them to parishes of different kinds, Ashton School, Bandon Grammar School, the Diocesan Service for Primary Schools, the chaplaincy at Saint Luke’s Home, the Northridge House Education and Research Centre, the chaplaincy at Cork University Hospital, the Diocesan Office, the Diocesan Church Music Scheme, an Eco-congregation, the Children’s Ministry Group, and to the Sam Maguire Bells in Dunmanway.  On one evening a dinner was hosted by the Archdeacon, and on the second evening the Bishop hosted a dinner. The visitors met clergy in farming communities to hear about the likely impact of BREXIT, and they were also briefed about the Cork, Cloyne and Ross Centenaries Commemoration and Reconciliation Project.

The group from Lichfield Diocese joined the Bishop on a visit to Ashton School (l-r) Martin, Ellie, Mr Adrian Landen (Principal), the Reverend Simon Douglas, the Bishop, the Reverend Julia Coady, Alison, Mark, and Drew Ruttle (School Chaplain)

Posted in Anglicanism, Ashton School, Bandon Grammar School, Centenaries in Ireland, Chaplaincies, Diocese, Making Connections

Annual Diocesan Service for Primary Schools in Cork, Cloyne and Ross

The annual Diocesan Service for Primary Schools in the United Dioceses of Cork, Cloyne and Ross was held in Saint Peter’s Church, Bandon on Thursday morning, 27th September. The Bishop, Dr Paul Colton, who organises the Service each year, presided.  At the outset he welcomed two clergy visitors from the Diocese of Lichfield and also Caroline Nolan from Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise.

The Bishop presided.

The church was full to capacity and extra seating was brought in to accommodate the schoolchildren and their teachers.  The organist was Mr Peter Stobart.

Young people from St Mary’s Church of Ireland National School, Carrigaline who attended the Diocesan Service for Primary Schools

The choir from St Multose National School, Kinsale under the direction of Ms Phoebe Tak Man Chow sang Kyrie from the Little Jazz Mass by Bob Chilcott. St Multose National School, like other schools in the Diocese, takes part in the Diocesan Church Music Scheme.

The choir of St Multose National School, Kinsale.

The sermon was preached by Canon Paul Willoughby who spoke about God’s world being for all of us regardless of where we are from or who we are, and of our responsibility for the world and for each other. A large inflatable globe made its way around the large church and every child was encouraging to reach out and to touch it as a sign of our belonging together and our responsibility for creation.

Canon Paul Willoughby holds up one of many globes.

The globe makes its way around the congregation!

The collection in the schools was in aid of the Diocesan Project – jointly between Bishops’ Appeal and Christian Aid – to support farmers and coops in Burundi in the growing of maize.  The children collected nearly €1,637 for the project.

Some of the clergy who, with the Bishop, attended this year’s Diocesan Service for Primary Schools in Cork, Cloyne and Ross.

Posted in Diocese

Bishop Colton Visits Ashton School, Cork to Mark Start of Academic Year

On Wednesday, 26th September, the Bishop of Cork, Dr Paul Colton, visited Ashton School Cork to speak at assembly.  Beforehand the Bishop spent time in the staff room chatting with teachers.

Bishop Colton speaks to the gathering of more than 500 students at Ashton School, Cork.

After assembly, Bishop Colton spent time with the students and stood in for what has now become a school tradition; the photo of the senior students – head boy and head girl –  with the Bishop.  Ashton School in Cork is under the co-patronage of the Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, and the Cork Education and Training Board.  It was the first school where a Church of Ireland Bishop entered into co-patronage with an Education and Training Board in Ireland.

The traditional, annual Ashton School photo – this year, Head Boy, Mark, and Head Girl, Ellie, with the Bishop.


Posted in Ashton School, Bishop, Diocese, Education, Schools in the Diocese

Bishop Colton Dedicates and Opens Three Extensions to Ballymoney National School, County Cork

On Friday, 7th September, the Bishop of Cork, Dr Paul Colton, travelled to Ballymoney National School near Ballineen, County Cork to dedicate and open not one, not two, but three extensions to the school.  He told the community ‘Every time I planned to come to visit you to open one extension the visit was postponed as you had started work on another one.  Well done!’   There has been a small school serving this rural school since 1839.  The move to a new building was made in 1958.

At the official opening of three extensions to Ballymoney National School by the Bishop of Cork were *l-r) Mrs Jean Buttimer, the Bishop, Shireen Rountree (Principal), Margaret Murphy-O’Mahony, T.D., and the Reverend Stella Jones.

The Bishop paid tribute to the leadership of school principal, Shireen Rountree, and to the partnership of pupils, parents and guardians, the local parish (Kinneigh Union), the staff, the parents’ association, the Diocesan Education Committee, and the Department of Education and Skills.  Special mention was made of the chairperson of the Board of Management, Mrs Jean Buttimer, who, in one capacity or another, has served on the school board for 43 years.  Ms Rountree made a presentation to Mrs Buttimer on behalf of the community.

Mrs Jean Buttimer, who, in one capacity or another, and currently as chairperson, has served for 43 years on the Board of Management of Ballymoney National School, with Bishop Colton, Patron of the School.

Before the official opening the Bishop attended a Service in the school led by the Rector, the Reverend Stella Jones, and the pupils.  Afterwards be spoke to the children about the things in the classroom that he recognised from his time at school, and about the things in the room that didn’t exist when he was at school.  He told the children “By the time you are finished your formal education – primary, post-primary and third level – there will be things in use in school classrooms that haven’t been invented yet, and some of you may have invented them!’

All the children and staff of Ballymoney National School with the Bishop.

Following a tour of the school parents and invited guests arrived for the dedication and official opening by the Bishop outside, and afterwards everyone adjourned to the old school house (opened in 1839) for refreshments.  An ice cream van had been arranged for the young and not so young!

The younger children are joined at their Aistear Play boat by Bishop Colton.

Posted in Bishop, Education, Official Opening, People from Cork, People from the Diocese, Schools in the Diocese

300th Anniversary of Building of Church Tower in Cork Parish

To mark the three hundredth  anniversary of the building of the church  tower in St Martin’s, Templemartin, Moviddy Union of Parishes (in the Dioceses of Cork, Cloyne and Ross),   Mr Colin Nicholls,  parishioner and former organist in St Fin Barre’s  Cathedral, organised an event in the church to hear the story of the building of the tower through drama and music.

The night was strongly supported by Parishioners and friends and included a  retiring collection for Parish Funds.

Pictured at Templemartin were members of the cast (from left to right) , Alison Hathaway , Mary Murphy, Tony Murphy, Colin Nicholls, Brian Davies, Robin Bantry White, Anne Skuse and Angela Nicholls

Posted in Anniversaries, Centenary, Parish News, People from the Diocese, Special Events