Response to Bishop Colton’s Appeal for Masks for Cork Charity

On Wednesday 22nd April, nursing homes in Ireland, including Saint Luke’s Home, Cork – a 148 year old charity in the Diocese of Cork – received new guidance from the HSE advising that masks be worn by all healthcare workers be worn in caring for residents, regardless of the COVID-19 status of a resident.  The charity CEO, Tony O’Brien, contacted the HSE who were unable to assist with the supply of masks, so Bishop Colton who chairs the Board of Directors made an appeal on social media and local radio.

In order to fulfil the new guidance St Luke’s requires 10,000 masks every week.  Bishop Colton said:

Sourcing PPE, as every one knows, is a huge issue at the moment.  We have been overwhelmed by the contacts we have received.  The unforeseen cost is a challenge, of course, at a time when routine fund-raising is also scuppered, so we are especially grateful to those who have donated two supplies amounting to 10,000 masks to tide us over the first week until we can get sorted with sourcing a regular supply. Our residents are also fund-raising and asking people to sponsor their lap of the garden.

The first week’s supply of 10,000 masks was secured by two generous donations: from the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Dr John Sheehan, a GP in Cork, and Mark Whitaker, CEO of Johnson and Perrott Motor Group.

The residents of Saint Luke’s Home are also fund-raising for this and are asking people to sponsor them for their laps of the garden of the Home.  You can donate HERE

On Wednesday evening 22nd April the Lord Mayor, Cllr Dr John Sheehan himself delivered a gift of 5,000 masks and he was received by Eileen O’Keeffe, one of the Clinical Nurse Managers at St Luke’s Home.

Eileen O’Keeffe, CNM at St Luke’s, receives a gift of 5000 masks from the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Dr John Sheehan.

On Thursday, 23rd April, Tony O’Brien took delivery of a gift of 5,000 masks donated by Johnson and Perrott Motor Group, sourced with the help of MG Cars in the United Kingdom.

St Luke’s Home, CEO, Tony O’Brien takes delivery of 5000 masks donated by Johnson and Perrott Motor Group in Cork.

Posted in Chaplaincies, Charities in the Diocese, Charity Work, Church in Society, Community Involvement, Cork, Corona Virus, COVID-19, Fund-Raising, Saint Luke's Charity, Saint Luke's Home

Without Words – Last One – Easter and Holy Week 2020 in Cork, Cloyne and Ross

Each day in Easter Week we will publish a photograph without words to illustrate Easter and Holy Week 2020 – without words – starting in reverse from Easter Day to Palm Sunday.  Today ~ Palm Sunday

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Children's Ministry, Cork, Holy Week, Palm Sunday

Without Words 07 – Easter and Holy Week 2020 in Cork, Cloyne and Ross

Each day in Easter Week we will publish a photograph without words to illustrate Easter and Holy Week 2020 – without words – starting in reverse from Easter Day to Palm Sunday.  Today ~ Monday in Holy Week

 

 

 

 

Posted in Children's Ministry, Cork, Holy Week

Without Words 06 – Easter and Holy Week 2020 in Cork, Cloyne and Ross

Each day in Easter Week we will publish a photograph without words to illustrate Easter and Holy Week 2020 – without words – starting in reverse from Easter Day to Palm Sunday.  Today ~ Tuesday in Holy Week

 

 

 

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Some of the Choir of St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork Sing Again from Home

Recently, the boy choristers of Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork sang Magnificat from their homes – a challenge in itself.  That was reported HERE.

Now, it is the turn of the girl choristers.  Director of Music Peter Stobart says:

After the success of the boys singing from home it was time to do something similar involving the girls. ‘O where shall wisdom be found?’ is a favourite anthem of the girl choristers so I knew that they would know it well and be keen to record it at home.

Sections of it are much harder to put together than the straightforward Magnificat which the boys sang, and my editing skills were put to the test once again.

The overlapping parts in the anthem have mostly been realised successfully, though I did have to enlist the help of one or two of the adults to plug a few gaps in the music!

This track in its full form is included on the Cathedral Choir’s forthcoming CD celebrating 150 years of the Cathedral building. The second edits of this CD arrived this morning and everyone is looking forward to its release in September.

Posted in Cathedral, Cathedral Choir, Children's Work, Church Music, Corona Virus, COVID-19

Without Words 05 – Easter and Holy Week 2020 in Cork, Cloyne and Ross

Each day in Easter Week we will publish a photograph without words to illustrate Easter and Holy Week 2020 – without words – starting in reverse from Easter Day to Palm Sunday.  Today ~ Wednesday in Holy Week

 

 

Posted in Children's Ministry, Cork, Holy Week

Without Words 04 – Easter and Holy Week 2020 in Cork, Cloyne and Ross

Each day in Easter Week we will publish a photograph without words to illustrate Easter and Holy Week 2020 – without words – starting in reverse from Easter Day to Palm Sunday.  Today ~ Maundy Thursday or Holy Thursday.

 

Posted in Children's Ministry, Cork, Holy Week, Maundy Thursday