FROM THE RECTOR We are now all back into the swing of things as the Parish resumes activities after the summer break, looking back over my diary, it’s hard to know where the summer went! On 12th June we had the final ‘annual blessing of St. Columchille’s Well’ in it’s present format as the Augustinians are selling the Orlagh Retreat Centre this year but the Carmelites in Knocklyon Parish have taken on the running of the service. We had a number of historical tours of the Village and the church and grounds, lead by local historian Tomas Maher. We hosted a visiting choir from the US who used our facilities for rehearsals (as they were staying in a hotel in the locality) for their concert in Christchurch Cathedral and the following week our church was the venue for a concert by the Waterbury Choir visiting from Connecticut along with an Irish Choir, Hamemus, who performed a variety of pieces including contemporary
American, Irish traditional, Gospel and Spiritual. The annual Dominican blessing of the graveyard took place on 3rd July, the closest Sunday to St. Maelruain’s day. We were delighted to welcome the new Prior of St. Mary’s Priory, Fr Donal Roche to St. Maelruain’s. Tours continued of the Church and grounds in the month of August led by local historian Tomas Maher, including during heritage week.
On 25th June our BB had a BBQ with games in the ground of the Parish Centre, we were blessed with good weather, despite one summer shower, and it was good to see the event so well attended considering the boys had ‘broken up’ weeks earlier. It was also an opportunity for the parents to socialize and get to know one another. That evening the Bowls Club had their annual BBQ in the home of the Captain Alan and his wife Joy Thank you to them both for their hospitality.
For the second year in a row I attended an event organised by Melissa Luttrel, for ‘Light up the Sky’ on 27th August in the green space beside the Tallaght Leisure Centre on Fortunestown Way, in memory of babies that have been lost through miscarriage. The evening involved the release of balloons and lanterns, with members of the public encouraged to bring a balloon or lantern, Melissa hopes the event gave comfort to parents.
On Sunday 28th we were sad to say goodbye to Thomas and Surenna Matthew and their boys Nevin and Nihall who have moved to Australia. We will miss them but wish them every blessing with their new life ‘down under’.
Our organist, Joyce Smart is currently recovering from a medical procedure. On the first Sunday of her absence our assistant organist, Gerard Moody, was unavailable to cover so on the suggestion of Joyce we asked one of young Indian parishioners, 12 year old Braden Huxley, who regularly practices on our digital organ, if he would play for our Holy Communion Service on 4th September. He played beautifully and we were very grateful to him for filling in. We wish Joyce a speedy recovery and look forward to having her back playing on Sunday mornings in the near future. Many thanks to Gerard for covering for Joyce in her absence.
From 9th September I spent time introducing myself to the students in the Institute of Technology Tallaght during induction week in my role as part time chaplain to the college.
On 11th September I went along, with my daughter Amy, to the installation service of Rev’d Abigail Sines as Deans Vicar of Christchurch Cathedral. Amy was leader at the Diocesan Summer Camp (along with Lionel) which were organised by Abigail. We both wish Abigail well with her innovated and creative ministry and in particular with her upcoming Halloween Service in Christchurch, ‘What are you afraid of?’ and her work with Street Pastors etc.
Tallafest took place in Saturday 10th September. The village was a hive of activity with community group stands and fun activities for all the family. We hosted an Art Exhibition, poetry readings and held tours of the church. I also managed to advertise the revised Alpha Course (which we are currently running, along with six other churches in Tallaght Methodist Church, An Solas, Jobstown on Thursday evenings), with banners showing the new Alpha course promoter Bear Grylls displayed, in the hope we may attract newcomers to the course.
On Sunday 25th September we were delighted to welcome back to Tallaght Rev Robert Kingston to celebrate the anniversary of 20 years since the opening of the Parish Hall. We were also pleased to present our sexton, Hazel Walshe, a bouquet to mark the almost 21st anniversary since coming to St. Maelruain’s.
God bless William.
HARVEST Our Harvest Service is on 9th October, we will welcome Rev Brian O’Reilly of Rathdrum to preach on Jesus bringing in the ‘spiritual harvest’ by both preaching and healing. The service will be followed by refreshments in the Small Hall. (Please see below regarding the decoration of the church for Harvest).
FUNERALS The funeral of Stewart Whitten took place in St. Maelruain’s on 29th July. We extend our deepest sympathies to his wife Eileen, daughter Lynn, son-in-law Joe and extended family and friends.
On Friday 19th Aug the funeral of Jemma daughter of Lorraine & Christy Cahill took place here in St. Maelruain’s. We express our deepest condolences to her parents, brothers Bryan and Phillip and to Jemma’s extended family and friends.
A Receiving Service for Nigel Beattie took place on Thursday 29th Sept followed by his funeral Service the following day. Our sincere sympathies to Nigel’s daughters Sarah, Ruth and Claire and to Nigel’s extended family and friends.
WEDDINGS The marriage of Deborah Morgans and Robert Hand took place on 23rd July and on Friday 16th the marriage of Mandy Fletcher and Jared Bressman took place. We wish both these couple every blessing for the future.
BAPTISMS On Sunday 14th August we had the baptism of Thomas Joshua Gould baby son of David and Natalia and on Sunday 28th Zarah Moyinoluwa baby daughter of Tosin (nee Kuti) and Malek Sanusa was also baptised. Please pray for Thomas, Zarah and their families as they begin their Christian life.
MOTHER’S UNION / FAMILIES FIRST We had our opening service on Mon 12th Sept with Holy Communion celebrated by Canon William and Rev. Avril preached.
On Sat 15th October, we will meet at the church gates at 10.30am for a visit to the Pearse Museum and St. Enda’s Park near Marlay Park. Please come along and bring your friends, all are welcome.
Saoirse are looking for washing up liquid and black bags. We look forward to another year and hope you find our programme of interest. Please be assured of a warm welcome if you’re new or haven’t been in a while. See you then.
TABLE TENNIS The club reopened with most of our regular members back again. It was great to see everybody back for another season. We were delighted to to see Tommy Dunne back with us having decided at the end of the season to call it a day due to a few recent health issues, but the rest during the summer has worked and he is back setting us all a challenge. We are actively seeking new members (over 18) to play on Thursday nights . We play from 8 pm to 10pm in the Parish Centre and welcome all players from beginner to advanced. Regina Donoghue
FLOWER GUILD Many thanks , as always to all the ladies who continue to put flowers in the Church each week and to Hazel, who opens the Church each week to allow us check and replace flowers. The date of the Harvest is Sun 9th Oct. It's the time of the year when we decorate the Church with fruit and veg as well as flowers. We will be decorating the Church on Sat 8th Oct, from 2 pm and would welcome donations of flowers, greenery, fruit and vegetables as well as help from anybody who would like to join us. No experience needed, so don't be afraid to come along. Regina Donoghue
BOYS BRIGADE We started back officially on Friday 23rd and we had a couple fresh faces and it was a good night. We are lacking boys especially in our anchor boys section (4 to 7 year olds). So if anyone knows anyone who might be interested feel free to drop up on a Friday night or even ring myself 0831015657. The parents are welcome to stay if their child is shy or not 100 percent sure if they want to stay. Evan McAuley
GIRLS BRIGADE The Girls’ Brigade is a great, safe place for girls to make friends while learning lifeskills and having fun. We are now open for another season are accepting new members. We meet every week from September to April in St Maelruain’s Parish hall where the girls learn dancing, singing, and arts & crafts. Our Explorer group (aged under 9 years old) meet every Saturday morning from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Our older girls (aged 9 years old and up) meet every Wednesday from 7pm to 8.30pm/9pm. If you are interesting in joining please contact Fiona Monahan (086-8519163) or go to www.girlsbrigadeirl.ie for more information.
BOWLING CLUB Welcome back to all members after the summer holidays. Looking forward to our club and league competitions starting soon. We are hosting a friendly match with Leeson Park and also having a friendly match with Lucan Parish in their parish centre. We send sympathy to the Beattie family on the death of Nigel who was a member of the bowling club. Heather Wright
WHIST DRIVE The October Whist Drive is on Monday 16th at 8.00pm in the Small Hall. All Welcome!
CRAFTY CHATTERS Crafty chatters will be meeting on the 4th and 18th of October from 2 - 4pm in the Parish hall. Please come and join in the chat and maybe learn something new. Janet Edgely
PRAYERS FOR THE PARISH meet on Monday evenings at 8.00pm, needs your support. BIBLE STUDY of the reading for the following Sunday continue on Tues evenings at 8.00pm upstairs, Parish Hall.
PARISH COFFEE Our Coffee Morning for October is on 28th from 10.30am - 12.30pm. The usual fare will be available and donations will go towards parish funds. Do drop in, bring a friend, enjoy a cuppa and a chat and while away a leisurely hour with us. Barbara Barrett