FROM THE RECTOR ‘Now and Then’ ran their production of ‘Jesus Christ Super Star’ between 1st and 4th April in the Priory. It was a joint production with St. Maelruain’s as parishioners were involved and they also used our Church, Main Hall and Small Hall during their preparations and rehearsals. They then showed a DVD of the production in the Main Hall on 13th which was enjoyed by all involved.
I preached my first sermon in my role as Canon in Christchurch Cathedral on 6th April. I did the same as I do in Tallaght working my way through the reading which on that day was ‘the raising Lazarus’. As with all things new, I was a bit nervous but my prayers were answered as the congregation seemed to appreciate the sermon.
On the 3rd April we had our Girl’s Brigade display. Well done to Fiona Monaghan on her first display as Captain, read her report below. On 12th April the Boy’s Brigade had their display. John Donohue retired as Captain and he was presented with a crystal engraved plate, there was also a presentation to his wife Regina who has assisted John over the 10 years that he was Captain. Best wishes to the new joint Captaincy of Susan Carroll and Evan McAuley.
Our Holy Week and Easter Services went well. Thank you to Janet Edegely and the ladies who so beautifully decorated the church for Easter, it really was lovely.
As many of you will know by now, my Dad, Bill Deverell, passed away on 22nd April. The family feel that we had a bonus year with him after my Mum died in February ‘13. My dad was suffering from Alzheimer’s and when my Mum was alive it was difficult to have a conversation with her that included my Dad so it was good to have the opportunity to give him our full attention. I am grateful to the parishioners of Tallaght for their understanding while I had my Dad sit with me in Church and to Lionel who helped him. His funeral was a celebration of his life and I was touched to see so many parishioners, members of the Marthoma Church, neighbours and former curate Canon Obinna Ulogwara whom African Parishioners had invited to attend.
On the Monday of Holy Week Valerie learned that her previous surgery to repair her broken hip was not successful and she has had to undergo further surgery for a hip replacement 11 weeks after the initial accident. Thankfully the recovery period should be more straight forward. Thank you to all for your concern. God bless, William.
We held our Easter Vestry after a shortened Family Service on 27th April. As it was a tri – annual year we had to also to appoint Synodsmen and Parochial Nominators plus Supplementals. It was a good Vestry which was well attended and we had people volunteering for positions. Thank you to the Good News Club who looked after the children during the meeting and thank also to the Donaldson family for providing coffee afterwards. The results of the 2014 Easter Vestry are:
Rector's Churchwarden: Joseph Jeevanayagom Rector's Glebe warden: Billy Gould
People's Churchwarden: Ashleen Carolus People's Glebe warden: Ronnie Scott
Vestry: Select Vestry: Jim Bird (Hon. Treasurer), Jenny Devine, Mandy Donaldson, David Hutchinson Edgar, Laura Fryday, Brian Good, Percy Griffin, Heather Kennedy, Olusegun Kuti, Mary Lucas, Rod Lucas (Hon. Secretary), Gillian Wells.
Synod: Regina Donohue, Janet Edgely, Lydia Oropo. Supplemental: Adana Umeh, Noelle Lewis, Gillian Wells
Parochial Nominators: Jenny Devine, Olusegun Kuti, Derek Sargent, Ronnie Scott. Supplemental: Barbara White, Mandy Donaldson, Mary Lucas, Percy Griffin
The date for the SUMMER SALE is Saturday 10th May at 10am. You can help by giving donations to: the gift, white elephant, books, cakes, grocery, teas, toys, plants, bottle, and furniture stalls….and buy and sell raffle tickets Put the date in your diary! Contact Ronnie Scott 086 804 5090
Confirmation classes begin on Wed 7th May in the Rectory with the candidates being confirmed in Christchurch Cathedral on 8th June.
On Monday 14th April we held our AGM and Bring & Buy. Thank you to our members for such an impressive table of items for sale towards Overseas Fund. €70 was raised.
Our annual outing will be on Saturday 17th May to An Grianan. There will be a choice of workshops morning and
afternoon, cookery or gardening, refreshments on arrival, four course lunch and high tea included – cost €70 per person. As usual, we welcome friends, neighbours, etc…
Thank you to Janet Edgely who is co-ordinating this day out. Janet can be contacted 0872943964 or Miriam 087 2939751 up to 10th May.
We send our sympathy to William on the recent death of his beloved dad and wish Valerie well as she recovers from her hip replacement.
The Diocesan Mothers Union Council Meeting will be held on 1st May in the Magough Home. Miriam planning to attend.
Finally, a big thank you to all who come along faithfully and make our meetings such a friendly time out from our busy lives.
THE BOY’S BRIGADE. Our annual display took place on Saturday, April 12th . We were delighted to welcome back Rev. Robert Kingston as our special guest and his wife Rosemary, who presented the awards for us. The display was a great success and was enjoyed by everybody. The boys and staff put on a range of items, ranging from drill, vaulting, skipping to drama and comedy sketches.
Awards on the night were as follows:
Anchor Boys cup was shared between Darragh Kelly and Reuben Mc Dermott. Laughlin Shield: Kyle O'Dwyer.
Junior Section Bible Shield: Kyle O' Dwyer. Junior Section Cup: Oscar McDermott. Captains Shield: Adam O'Rourke.
Company Section Bible Shield: Lionel Deverell. Recruits Cup: Callum O'Dwyer. Squad Cup Callum O' Dwyer.
Laughlin Millennium Shield: Jonathan Parkhill. Progress Award: Aaron Lynch. Attendance awards: Callum O'Dwyer, Jonathan Parkhill , Daniel Parkhill, Kyle O'Dwyer, Oscar McDermott, Darragh Kelly and Reuben Mc Dermott.
A presentation was made to Captain John Donoghue by Canon William Deverell. John is retiring from the company having being involved as an officer and Captain since 1997. Canon Deverell thanked John for his help and dedication during his time with the company and his wife Regina who has been Hon. secretary for the same number of years. John, in turn, thanked Canon William and the Select Vestry for their kindness and help and support through the years. He also thanked and paid tribute to the great group of leaders who have worked with him.
The staff had put together a tribute of their own for the occasion for which John and Regina were very appreciative. He wished the company the best for the future and introduced the two acting Captains for the next session, Evan McAuley and Susan Carroll. Evan and Susan are both long standing officers of the 2nd Dublin Co., and are well capable and qualified to bring the company forward for the future. He wished them well in their new position.
Boy's Brigade will reopen on September 19th.
THE GIRL’S BRIGADE The 26th Company Girls Brigade St Maelruains Tallaght held their 41st Company display on Saturday 5th April in the Parish Hall. It was a highly enjoyable event where the girls put on a wonderful show of dance, singing and drama, and were each presented with awards. Among those in attendance were the President of Girls Brigade Ireland, the National Vice-President of Girls Brigade, the National Director of Girls Brigade, and friends and family of the Company. The Captain and leaders will be taking a well earned rest over the summer, but will be fit and ready for the new Girls Brigade session which will begin next September - Saturday mornings for younger girls, and Wednesday evenings for older girls. If you are interested in joining as a member, please check out the Girls Brigade Ireland website (www.girlsbrigadeirl.ie) or contact Captain Fiona Monahan on 086-8519163 for more information.
WHIST DRIVE The next Whist Drive takes place in the Small Hall of the Parish Centre on Monday May 12th at 8.00pm. Please note change of usual date. All welcome!
CRAFTY CHATTERS Crafty Chatters meet in the small hall on 6th May and then 3rd June at 2.15pm. We will then be changing to every Thursday evening from 7 - 9pm for July and August. Please come and join us for chat, crafts, good company and fun. Bring along whatever craft you are working on or learn a new one. All Welcome!
PARISH COFFEE MORNING Our next Coffee Morning takes place on Friday 23rd May at 10.30am – 12.00pm. Do drop in for a cuppa and a chat. Pass it on to someone who may be interested in coming along as it’s always nice to ‘catch up’ with friends we don’t see often.