Q. What is this site?
A. This is the website of the St Maelruain's Parish in Tallaght, Dublin, Ireland. We changed from an ordinary website to a Blog in October 2007.
Q. What is a Blog?
A. A Blog (the term is short for "Web Log") is a simplified Website which allows the owner to add content on an hour by hour or day to day basis. It's like an online diary or journal.
Q. What benefits are there to using a Blog rather than an ordinary Website?
A. One of the things we were often asked was "Are the pages you replaced this week with new pages still available?" Each time we had to say "No."
With a Blog, each time you post a new item, it is archived. So it is possible to look back over any number of earlier posts, news items, notices, or whatever. Just scroll down to the Blog Archive section to browse earlier posts.
Also, it isn't necessary to make up a page offline then upload it to the Internet. This Blog can be added to quickly and with a couple of mouse clicks the new content is added.
Visitors can also arrange for the Blog to email them when something new is added. Or modern technologies like Feed Readers can be used to alert people when the blog is updated.
Special Websites, called Blog Aggregators, can be told to show when the Blog is updated so that a wider variety of people can be alerted when the site is renewed.
Q. What happened to the old site?
A. It's still there on the server. If feedback isn't positive about the changeover to a Blog (and we have no reason to think the majority of people will find any problems with it being a Blog), the site can always be put back to its old appearance and functionality.
Q. I used to like looking at the Noticeboard page, or other pages, for regular news. Do I have to search through the archives to find these now?
A. No. We have arranged for the site to work similarly to the original Website. A section called "Useful Links" points at the pages you used to visit. These will be updated to show the latest news and other useful information you are used to seeing, so you won't have to sift through page after page of new material.
Q. The articles published here have a bunch of words listed after them at the foot of each article. What are they for?
A. These are called "Labels" and they are a way of categorising articles so that you, the visitor, can find things that interest you. For example, if you like news on the Badminton Club, click on "Badminton" and every article in the Blog with that Label will be shown, even if it comes from quite a long time ago on the Blog. (The list of articles will get longer as we continue to use the Blog). The Labels also allow Search Engines, like Google, to go through the site and make it easier for searchers to find information they're looking for, hopefully bringing them to read the infomation on our site.
Q. Can I add a comment to a post here?
A. At the moment the Comments feature is disabled.
Q. I only see one or two posts on the screen. How do I see others?
A. Click on the link marked "Older Post" or on the link marked "Newer Post". Or look at the Archive showing in the menu to the left of your screen. If you ever get lost on the site, click on the menu item called "Home", or just point at the head of the screen where it says "St Maleruain's Parish Tallaght" and click on those words. This will bring you back to the latest post on the site.
Q. I didn't find what I'm looking for in these questions and answers. What can I do?
A. If your question is about the Website, then send an email to email@example.com with "Maelruain" in the Subject field. Your question will be addressed as soon as possible.
Q. I have a query that has something to do with the parish, not the Website. How do I contact the parish?
A. The Parish Office can be reached by telephone or Fax at 01-462-6006. Rector: Rev. William Deverell's Phone & Fax number is 01-462-1044. His mobile is 086-803-0239. Auxiliary: Rev A. Bennett – 01-628-2353. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Service TimesEach Sunday
1st Sunday Holy Communion
2nd Sunday Morning Prayer
3rd Sunday Holy Communion
4th Sunday Service of The Word - Family Service
5th Sunday Morning Prayer