Archdeacon Gordon Linney.
Tel: 2801616, Fax 2809459
Church Tel: 2807172
Review Secretary: Mrs Deborah Burke
Sunday Services: 8.15 a.m., 10.30 a.m., and 7.00 p.m.
PASSIONTIDE AND EASTER
On Passion Sunday April 6 we had Parish Communion followed by what has now
become our Annual Parish Lunch.
The large congregation included visitors from the Church of St Augustine, Augusta,
Georgia , United States. They were on a pilgrimage to Glendalough under the
direction of the Rev Marcus Losack with their Priest Father Neal Phelps who
assisted at the celebration of the Holy Communion.
Over 300 attended the Parish Lunch and we are most grateful to Rathdown School
for once again providing their wonderful facilities and their catering staff without
whom we could not manage. Our thanks to Cynthia Gray and her helpers for their
hard work in the organisation and managing off the day,
Holy Week services are always important and we are very grateful to Archdeacon
Donald Keegan for his series of Holy Week Addresses and the Good Friday
devotions. Many people expressed their appreciation and we were glad to welcome
him and his wife Janet during the week.
Easter Day was as always special but this year we had the added privilege of
broadcasting our Morning Service. There have been many messages of appreciation
for the service and we are grateful for the work of Graham Walsh our organist and
the Choir together with Margaret Woods, Peter Edwards, and Sophie Heleltine who
read the prayers and the lessons.
EASTER GENERAL VESTRY
The following appointments were made at the Easter General Vestry which took
place in March
Rector’s Church Warden Wendy Walsh
People’s Church warden Vanessa O’Keeffe
Rector’s Glebe Warden Harriett Greenlee
People’s Glebe Warden Roy Watchorn
Select Vestry Sue O’Donohue (Hon Sec)
David Andrews (Hon Treas)
David Ingram, Cynthia Gray , Roger West,
Joe Harvey, Penny O’Brien, David Pain, John Lambert, John Hick, Walter
Heseltine, Lucinda Jacob.
We congratulate those newly appointed and place on record out thanks to those who
served in the last year and in particular to our two excellent Church Wardens David
Ingram and Roger West. The new vestry will be commissioned on Sunday 25th May.
Book Study Group
The group has been meeting regularly since Christmas. We have been reading
Bishop Michael Marshall’s book Flame in the Mind`. The Bishop was in Dublin a
few years ago to address the Diocesan Clergy Conference and again recently when
he preached at the Synod Service in St Patrick’s Cathedral.
The Rector is one of 24 essayists invited to contribute to a new book A Just Society?
recently published by Liffey Press. Edited by John Scally, lecturer in the
Department of Hebrew, Biblical and Theological Studies at Trinity, it examines
ethics and values in contemporary Ireland. Other contributors include John
Lonergan, Kathy Sinnott, Sr. Stanislaus, Trevor Sargent and Fr.Peter McVerry.
The Annual General Meeting of the Mothers’ Union was held in the Parochial Hall
on Tuesday 6th May. The Rector presided and reports were received from Ann
Barrett as Enrolling Member, Susan Homan Overseas Secretary and Sarah White
Honorary Treasurer. There was a special pride in the fact that the branch had
celebrated its centenary earlier in the year and congratulations were extended to
Ann Barrett and her team for the excellent arrangements made to mark the
centenary. The Branch is presenting new altar cloths for use in the side chapel in the
The Rector announced that he had deferred the appointment of an enrolling
member with a view to carrying out a development programme for the branch in
the coming months. Iris Agnew was appointed Honorary Secretary, Sarah White
continues as Honorary Treasurer and the following committee was elected: Susan
Homan, Eileen Hall, Ann Barrett, Jean Byrne, Ruth Moloney, and Dorothy Greene.
After the meeting there was a cake sale in aid of funds.
The Annual General Meeting of the Bowling Club was held on 30 April 2003 in the
Parochial Hall with the Rector in the chair. John Lambert reported on some of the
Our present season started very well and we were delighted to welcome six
new members: Richard and Joan Needham, Freda Agnew, Johnnie Harold,
Alan Winchester and Roy Brown. We held some coaching sessions at the
beginning and these newcomers exhibited great talent from the word go. So
much so that Roy took the Men’s Singles Championship and Alan won the
Valentine Plate. Congratulation to all those involved.
We had a friendly match against Crinken Club in September, which was a
great success and enjoyed by all. The Christmas Lunch at Dun Laoghaire
Golf Club on 16 December was an outstanding success and this was due
mainly to the kindness and efforts of John Hewitson and our Captain Derek
Leary. The end of year “Crazy Night” was just that – totally crazy with
Johnnie Green’s marvellous organisation plus of course his poor “Bunnies” –
and also plus a great seasonal supper kindly provided by the ladies.
In January we were unable to use the Hall while the Parish Panto was
rehearsed and presented. Another success story for them. In a kind gesture
St. Brigid’s Stillorgan invited us to their Hall for a friendly match and we
sent 12 of our members who thoroughly enjoyed it. We hope to have them
back early next season.
Our teams had mixed results this year with the Hope team going out in the
first round to Dun Laoghaire Presbyterian, while our McIlwaine team made
valiant efforts but didn’t win their section. The Gordon Miller team had a
good run of success but finally went down in the semi finals to St. Paul’s N.
King Street, who went on to win the cup.
Our Afternoon Bowling teams had more success this season, improving to 4th
place out of 10 teams, a good improvement on last year. They have suffered
from lack of consistency in the teams and hope to rectify this. The new
competitions start in July and John Hewitson has been elected Chairman for
the season. A nice compliment to him and indirectly our Club.
We successfully hosted the Hope Cup final between Rathfarnham and
Clontarf with Rathfarnham winning the Cup.
The following appointments were made.
Captain Derek Leary
Vice Captain Johnnie Green
Hon Secretary John Lambert
Hon Treasurer Myrtle Sullivan
Secretary Afternoon Bowling League John Hewitson
Committee: Wilma Lambert, Helen Linney & Susan Homan
ST PAUL’S BADMINTON CLUB
The Annual General Meeting of the Badminton Club was held on the 24 April and
the President Mrs Pat Roberts reported on some of the season’s activities..
“We commenced the 2002/3 season on 27 August and were happy to have
Johnnie and Ian back with us again and also to welcome Eleanor, Maurice
and Scott. Our membership thus amounted to 30 as we lost Siobhan and Ian
Dunlop and Ann Glynn.
We entered 3 ladies and 2 Men’s teams in the League. The 2nd Ladies team
(Corinne, Penny, Sylvia and Catherine) came first in their Section. The 1st
Men (Johnnie, Ian Geoff, and Maurice) have qualified for the Finals and we
wish them the best of luck when they play on Wednesday 30th April at
Baldoyle. The starting time is 8.00 p.m. for anyone who wishes to attend and
The Ladies were disgusted with the change in the League and Cup Rules
which meant their games would be played to only 11 points. I am glad to let
you know that the Leagues and Cups Committee in response to demand have
reverted to 15 points for the future.
Our Coffee Morning in aid of Our Lady’s Hospice raised €320 – many
thanks to those who lent a hand and to the contributors.
Our Carol Singing resulted in the amount f€303 for the Simon Community .
We could do with a few more volunteers for next Christmas – don’t forget
the reward of wine soup and mince pies that follows!
A Memorial Service was held on Friday 25th April for Jack Frederick Coote. He
would have been 90 that day but sadly had died just a few days previously. A native
of Belfast and a fine athlete in his day he once played football for Shamrock Rovers.
He maintained a life long interest in sport. He had a wide circle of friends and was
active until quite recently. The large attendance in the Church was an indication of
the respect for him and indeed the Coote family to whom we extend our sympathy
at this sad time.
May 4 Jack David Fish
Uyen Annie Pat Jackson