New Curate for Douglas Union of Parishes, Diocese of Cork, Cloyne and Ross

Last Sunday, 14th August 2022, the Ven. Adrian Wilkinson welcomed the Rev. Jean Carney as the new Curate Assistant to Douglas Union of Parishes with Frankfield. Jean is currently a Deacon and will be ordained to the priesthood by the Bishop on 14th September, 2022 in St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork.

The Archdeacon Adrian Wilkinson commented:

I was delighted to welcome the Revd Jean Carney to some of our services on Sunday 14 August. She met a number of parishioners that day, and I hope she will feel very at home among us as she settles into life in Cork. Jean brings many gifts with her into full time ministry, and we look forward to supporting her as she prepares for her ordination as a priest next month.

Jean said:

I am delighted to be chosen to serve as Curate in the Douglas with Frankfield group of parishes. With such a warm welcome on Sunday, I know that I am going to enjoy my time here. I look forward to meeting everyone over the next few weeks.

Jean and her dog Abbie looking forward to Douglas Union of Parishes with Frankfield.
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Visitor from Lichfield Diocese to Cork, Cloyne and Ross further develops Diocesan links

To further develop the link between the Diocese of Lichfield, UK and the Diocese of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, the Rev. Julia Cody, link person from Lichfield, visited the Diocese of Cork during the month of July 2022 as part of her sabbatical. It is very important to both Dioceses that, in the wake of BREXIT and other events, they maintain strong links with each other.

The Rev. Julia Cody preaching at St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork.

During her time in Cork, the Rev. Julia Cody visited a number of parishes, events, and sights all across County Cork. She discovered the many different aspects of life in the Diocese, from the urban parts to the most rural parts, and she also got to know the varied and inclusive nature of the Church of Ireland in Cork, Cloyne and Ross. Many of the parishes, youth groups, and organisations in the Diocese showed great interest in building lasting relationships, and welcomed the initiative, inviting Julia to their churches, events, and homes.

The Rev. Robert Ferris and the Rev. Julia Cody at the Carraig Centre, Carrigrohane Union of Parishes.
The Rev. Canon Dr Daniel Nuzum and the Rev. Julia Cody after the service in front of St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork.

After her visit, Julia wrote:

My time in the Diocese was great. I really enjoyed meeting people, exploring possible links, and I feel like I have a much better picture of the Diocese and some of the possibilities. It was a privilege to preach at St Fin Barre’s Cathedral and I hope that link will be able to develop, too. It was great to chat and build relationships, as well as to have some time to enjoy beautiful Co. Cork. Thank you for so much time, for the fun, and the friendship. It was great and I hope to visit again in the not too distant future and develop the existing links even further.

The Rev. Julia Cody and the Rev. Tony Murphy after Compline at St Brendan the Navigator, Crookhaven.
Hilda Connolly, Diocesan Youth Officer, the Rev. Julia Cody, and Denise Brueckl, Diocesan Media Officer, at a Diocesan Youth event in Oysterhaven.

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Celebrating Shandon 300

A series of exhibition boards created by the Shandon Area History Group was unveiled on 12th August at a special preview event in St Anne’s Church, Shandon. The event was well attended and Cllr. Derry Canty, who deputised for Lord Mayor Deirdre Forde, gave a short speech on behalf of the City Council. 

The Rev. Farr, Deputy Lord Mayor Derry Canty, Helen McGonagle (Executive Librarian ), David O’Brien (Cork City Librarian), Michael Lenihan at the launch of the new “Three Hundred Years of St. Anne’s Church” visitors booklet.

Rev. Meghan Farr welcomed everyone and said:

I’m delighted to be a part of sharing these incredible boards with the wider Cork community as we celebrate the 300th anniversary. Thank you to the Shandon History Group and all who put in so much time and effort.

Cllr KieranMcCarthy, Deputy Lord Mayor Derry Canty , Michael Lenihan (Assistant Librarian/Author).

Anne Twomey from the History Group gave an introduction to the project and David O’Brien, City Librarian, spoke behalf of the City Library, which supported the project from its inception. The boards present stories of St. Anne’s Church, its famous bells, and the people of the Shandon area. They also include details about St Mary’s Church, Skiddy’s Almshouse, The Green Coat School, Fr. Prout, and others. The special commemorative visitor’s guide, Three Hundred Years of St. Anne’s Church, Shandon, was launched as part of the exhibition and introduced by author Michael Lenihan. 

The guide is now available for purchase and the boards are on display for Cork Heritage Week and will remain throughout the month of September.

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Youghal Medieval Festival

On Sunday, 31st July 2022, the Youghal Medieval Festival took place in the College Gardens next to St Mary’s Collegiate Church. Canon Andrew Orr, Rector of Youghal Union writes:

Youghal is one of Ireland’s oldest towns, with a rich heritage including much of the town walls still intact. The Medieval Festival has been part of Youghal’s summer festivities for over ten years. Taking place in the College Gardens, there were displays of archery, falconry and sword fighting, as well as opportunities to make and purchase a whole range of medieval themed objects.

As the festival took place next door to St. Mary’s Collegiate Church, we had many visitors there too, who come in their droves for guided tours and to escape the heat! Organist Kevin O’Connell played for the tourists, and the energetic parishioners provided a wonderful spread of teas and baked goods which were greatly appreciated. Donations on the day came to almost €600 in aid of parish funds and local charities.

St Mary’s Collegiate Church, Youghal
Refreshments provided by the parishioners of Youghal Union for the Medieval Festival.
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“Souls of Our Shoes” – Exhibition at the Carraig Centre

Last Saturday, 6th August 2022, the “Souls of Our Shoes” exhibition has opened in the Carraig Centre in Ballincollig. The exhibition is an initiative of the Mothers’ Union in Ireland and seeks to tell the stories of people who have experienced domestic abuse. The exhibition is free of charge and can be seen every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday in August from 10am to 12pm.

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