Installation of Chancellor and licensing of a Reader at St Fin Barre’s Cathedral

During Evensong at St Fin Barre’s Cathedral last Sunday, 9th October 2022, the Dean of Cork, the Very Rev. Nigel Dunne, installed the Dean of Ross, the Very Rev. Cliff Jeffers as Chancellor of the Cathedral and Prepend of Killaspugmallane. Furthermore, the Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, Dr Paul Colton, licensed Dr Simon Woodworth to the Office of Reader. At the end of the service, Bishop Paul Colton, Dean Nigel Dunne and Dorothy Verplancke thanked the Archdeacon Adrian Wilkinson and wished him farewell as he leaves the Diocese and prepares for his ordination as Bishop of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory.

The Very Rev. Cliff Jeffers, Dean of Ross, the Right Rev. Dr Paul Colton, Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, and the Very Rev. Nigel Dunne, Dean of Cork.
Dean Cliff Jeffers and Dean Nigel Dunne in their stalls at St Fin Barre’s Cathedral.
Dr Simon Woodworth and Bishop Paul Colton after the service.
The Dean of Cork, the Archdeacon of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, the Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, Dorothy Verplancke and John Jermyn, Diocesan Registrar, after the service.
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Guest Preacher leads to interesting discovery at Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral

Last Sunday, 2nd October, the guest preacher at the 11.15am Choral Eucharist in Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral was Rev. Canon Dr. Peter Babington, priest-in-charge of St Mary le Strand, London. His great-grandfather, Richard Babington was Dean of Cork from 1914 to 1951 and therefore ministered at Saint Fin Barre’s during tumultuous times in terms of both local and world history.

The Very Rev. Nigel Dunne, Dean of Cork, and the Rev. Peter Babington

The Deans’ Chapel in the south transept was furnished in his memory and it is where past Deans names are inscribed on the marble walls.  Canon Babington told the congregation that whilst family records and memories are scant, it is known that his great-grandfather was known as “Richie’ and that he used to write children’s stories, none of which have survived.  It was also known that he was a boxer in his youth!

By sheer coincidence, while tidying up some Cathedral records later in the week, a silver medal was found bearing the following inscriptions: 

On one side inscribed around part of the diocesan crest, ‘Where Fin Barre taught let the praise of Christ be sung‘; on the other side, the words of Psalm 87: 1 ‘His foundation is upon the holy hills’ and the Royal School of Church Music motto, ‘I will sing with the Spirit and I will sing with the understanding also‘; and inscribed on the very thin edge of the medal, ‘Ex dono Richardi Babington, Decani Corcaciensis A.C. MCMXXII‘ – Donated by Richard Babington, Dean of Cork, 1922 AD.

It remains unknown what is the exact purpose of the medal or who was supposed to wear it. An initial theory is that it was given for the newly appointed Organist and Master of the Choristers, the renowned Jock Horne, who held the office from 1922-1977. Further research is currently being conducted.

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Weekend away with Cork Diocesan Youth Council

During last weekend in September, the Cork Diocesan Youth Council took a group of young people to Muckross Youth Venture Centre in Killarney. Diocesan Youth Officer Hilda Connolly writes:

Normally around this time of year, CDYC boards the ferry off Baltimore for a weekend on Cape Clear. As accommodation is no longer available for the size of the group on the island, it was back to the drawing board for the youth council. Instead of boarding a boat, young people from Carrigaline, Cork, Carrigrohane, Fanlobbus, Kilgarriffe, Abbeystrewry, Crosshaven and Bandon boarded a bus bound for County Kerry instead and headed to the Muckross Youth Venture Centre for the weekend.

Diocesan Youth at Muckross House.

On Saturday, the group made their way along parts of the Gap of Dunloe as far as Lord Brandon’s cottage and then had a boat trip to Muckross Gardens, where the café made a fortune, and the gardens got a good run around. After running off a good bit of energy, the group made their way back to the hostel to meet the Rev. Terry Mitchell for the first time. They had the opportunity to chat with him and they had dinner together before he headed back to Schull.

An evening of quizzes and games, especially the good old reliable card games, took over with plenty of noise and laughter. On Sunday morning, the group went to St. Mary’s Church in Killarney where the Ven. Lumby was expecting them. The congregation and Ven. Lumby made everyone feel very welcome and even put on a spread of tea and cake for the group before they had to hop on the bus once more to get back home, sugared up and ready for their mums!

Young people of Cork, Cloyne and Ross together with the Ven. Lumby and Judy Peters.
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Tercentenary Celebrations at Saint Anne’s Church, Shandon

The Tercentenary Celebrations of the Parish Church of Saint Anne, Shandon culminated in a Service of Thanksgiving on Sunday, 2nd October 2022. The Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, the Right Rev. Dr Paul Colton presided over the service, which was led by the Priest-in-Charge, the Rev. Meghan Farr. Dr Paula Gooder, Canon Chancellor of Saint Paul’s Cathedral, London and renowned preacher and New Testament Scholar, preached at the service. 

Clergy and guests after the service outside Saint Anne’s Church, Shandon. From left to right: The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Deirdre Forde, the Rev. Anne Skuse, the Very Rev. Susan Green, the Right Rev. Dr Paul Colton, Dr Paula Gooder, Simon Coveney TD, the Very Rev. Nigel Dunne, Colm Burke TD, the Rev. Meghan Farr, the Most Rev. Dr Fintan Gavin, the Ven. Adrian Wilkinson, and Senator Jerry Buttimer.

The congregation included people from all over the Diocese and Ireland, with current and past associations with the parish. Special guests included Simon Coveney TD, the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Deirdre Forde, Colm Burke TD, Senator Jerry Buttimer, and Cllr. Oliver Moran, as well as representatives from local history and community groups. The ecumenical guests included the Most Rev. Dr Fintan Gavin, Bishop of Cork and Ross, the Rev. Andrew Robinson (Munster Methodist Circuit), the Rev. John O’Donovan PP (North Cathedral), the Rev. Mike O’Sullivan (Unitarian Church), as well as representatives from the Religious Society of Friends. The music for the service was provided by the choir of St Luke’s National School, directed and accompanied by Peter Stobart, Director of Music at St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork, as well as three trumpeters.

St Luke’s National School Choir singing for the Tercentenary Celebrations.

Bishop Colton said:

I was delighted to welcome Dr Paula Gooder as our preacher for the 300th anniversary yesterday and for her focus on the very topical “who is my neighbour?” question in the story of the Good Samaritan. She showed us how it’s a story of acute contemporary significance. So it was that our joyful celebrations of the place of St Anne’s in our city and nation was not simply a retrospect of what has been for the last 300 years, but rather, celebrating all that was, we were challenged to reflect on our calling as Christians today in parishes like Saint Anne’s everywhere.

Dr Paula Gooder, Canon Chancellor of Saint Paul’s Cathedral, London, preaching the the service.

The Reverend Meghan Farr, said:

The celebration of the tercentenary of St. Anne’s Shandon was a joyous and spirit-filled occasion. The parish was delighted to welcome so many honoured guests led by Lord Mayor of Cork, Councillor Deirdre Forde, the Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney, city councillors, T.D.s, Senator, civic representatives and representatives of community groups. We were also pleased to welcome guests from other churches, led by Bishop Fintan Gavin, Bishop of Cork and Ross and to have former rectors of St. Anne’s with us. It was a blessing and  privilege to be a part of helping to mark 300 years of worship and witness in this historic church.

Clergy, Lay Readers and guests outside Saint Anne’s Church after the service.
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Saint Anne’s Shandon will celebrate 300th Anniversary this Weekend

The Church of Ireland United Dioceses of Cork, Cloyne and Ross in general, and the Parish of Saint Anne, Shandon, in particular, are all set to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the iconic Church of Saint Anne, Shandon in Cork this weekend.  

Aerial photograph of the Church of Saint Anne, Shandon, Cork by kind permission of Dennis Horgan © Dennis Horgan

A Service of Thanksgiving, presided over by the Bishop of the Diocese, Dr Paul Colton, and led by the Priest-in-Charge, the Reverend Meghan Farr, will be held in the church on Sunday afternoon, 2nd October at 4 p.m.  The preacher will be the renowned preacher and New Testament scholar, Dr Paula Gooder, who is Canon Chancellor of Saint Paul’s Cathedral in London.

Many with current and past associations with the parish – families and clergy – will attend, and the guests will be led by the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Deirdre Forde, and the Deputy Lord Mayor, Cllr Damian Boylan, who will be joined by Cllr Oliver Moran, Colm Burke TD, Senator Jerry Buttimer, Tony Duggan (Cork City Architect) and Helen McGonagle (Cork City Library), as well as representatives of local history and community groups.  An ecumenical delegation of clergy of many denominations will be led by the Most Rev. Dr Fintan Gavin, Bishop of Cork and Ross. 

Bishop Colton said:

A lot of planning has gone into celebrating this significant milestone in the history of this ancient parish and its 300 year old parish church which is so iconic in the life, not only of Cork City, but in Ireland.  For my part, I am looking forward, on Sunday, to throwing a little more light on ‘The Shandon Mystery’ that we asked the public to help us with earlier in the year.

The Reverend Meghan Farr, who recently arrived in the parish from Wisconsin, USA to take up the post of Priest-in-Charge, said:

I’m delighted to have arrived in Cork and taken up my new post in time to be a part of this historic occasion and to celebrate 300 years of St Anne’s Shandon with the parish and wider community. Thank you to everyone who has worked so hard and with such love for Shandon.

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