Parish News – May 2014

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Thanks to all who decorated our churches for Easter this year. Our first service was the Crucifixion in St. James Church, Mallow under the direction of Mark Slade. The Crucifixion is
a 19th century oratorio written for choir, organ and solo voices and included hymns for congregation participation. Cor Mhagh Ealla were pleased to invite guest soloists Ryan Morgan, tenor, and Denis Lane, bass to sing with them for this stirring piece. Other seasonable pieces were also be performed by the choir and soloists.

Then our Wednesday services were in Mallow at 11am and Doneraile at 8pm. On Holy Thursday we had Communion in Castletownroche when three volunteers had their feet washes and the Communion table was stripped and everyone left the church in silence. Then on Good Friday we had a children’s service in Mallow at 12 noon when the children led the service and this was followed by an Easter egg hunt and tea. Then the Good Friday service was in Mallow at 8pm with readings and hymns. The Easter Vigil was in Castletownroche at 9pm on Saturday night and the service started outside the church and we all went into the church in candlelight. Then the Easter morning services were in Doneraile at 10am and Mallow at 11.45am.

Mothers’ Union and friends

On a sunny afternoon on April 16th some members took part in a prayer walk. This took place in the beautiful gardens of Lismore castle by kind permission of Lord and Lady Burlington. Colour, peace and tranquility added to the walk. The prayers were led by Mrs Phyllis Grothier M.U All Ireland President. We thank Lismore M.U for their invitation and hospitality shared. On Wednesday 30th April. Our branch meeting was held in the rectory.

Our Guest speaker was Mrs.Margaret Kingston from Tipperary. She introduced herself by saying it was a privilege to be a member of the M.U. Her theme was inside out. She explained how to think positive from the inside. Her second section was Colour me beautiful. Thanks to the two ladies who took part in this and to members who brought food. During tea being served everyone got time to chat to Margaret and ask what shades suited their skin tone. It was great to see members from Fermoy join us on the night. Also thanks to Canon Eithne and Richard Lynch for the use of their home. Just a reminder who received a quiz sheet on the night are welcome to return them to Ruth Sherlock so they can be posted in one lot or they can be posted back yourself.

Chess Club

The chess club meets on Wednesdays at 7.45pm in the Hall. They always welcome new members. Just go along, they will be pleased to see you. They are happy to teach beginners and experienced players are also welcome.
Blackwater Social Club
(Mallow and Fermoy Unions) Presents

“Ice Cream Sunday”

In Aid Of
Down Syndrome Ireland & St. Mary’s Church Maintenance Fund Castletownroche
BBQ Lunch: 1pm – 2.30pm followed by Games and Ice Cream

Sunday 25th May 2014 At The Home of
Mark & Diana Buckley, Bridgetown, Castletownroche, Mallow, Co. Cork.

Diana Buckley – 022 26341 or 086 1547810
Admission: Primary and Secondary School Children: €6 Adults: €12

Directions to Buckleys:
In Castletownroche at The Rockforest Bar and the Community Hall turn right coming from Mallow and left coming from Fermoy (Sign for Bridgetown Abbey). Travel for 1 mile until you get to cross roads, then turn right and take the next turn to the left (about 1⁄2 mile). At T junction turn right (about 1⁄2 mile) and the farm is next on your right.
The Healthy Vine Trust/Cork Friends of Luweero, Uganda.

Ina Lillis will be a volunteer in a small group led by Frankie Stanley (West Cork) travelling to Uganda for 2 weeks in July 2014. The Healthy Vine Trust, an Anglican Charity based in The Netherlands, work to prevent malaria, provide clean water, support development in healthcare education and agriculture in the Luweero district of Uganda. While Ina is responsible for paying all personal expenses associated with this trip, she is expected to engage in Fundraising to support the work of the Trust. There will be a Tea/Coffee Day and Raffle in St James’ Church Hall Mallow on Saturday 31st May from 11AM to 3PM. Your support will be greatly appreciated and if you can’t be there on the day Ina will accept donations 24/7. Thanks Ina Lillis

Love your land: A celebration of our local wildlife 11th May

12 – 2pm walks and talks with local experts in the Island Wood, Newmarket (meet in the main carpark) 2pm – 6pm Get up close with rescued wildlife at the Secret Garden Centre, nr Newmarket. Plus experts will be at the Secret Garden Centre sharing their knowledge and answering questions.
Sliabh Luachra Folk Music, facepainting, refreshments, raffle and poultry for sale. Raising funds for the Animal Magic Rescue.


We wish to express our sympathy to Barbara O’Riordan on the death of her mother Margaret Roberts in Carlow and to the wider family circle.

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