From the Rector
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 of flowers to mark her almost 21st anniversary since coming to St. Maelruain’s.
The end of September beginning of October continued to be busy, I have taken both the senior and junior assembles in The High School, began our Alpha course in the Tallaght Methodist Church in An Solas, Jobstown and I attended the local RC Deanery where I was able to announce our Harvest Service. The Parents Association of the parish school held an open evening in the school to give the parents an opportunity to meet the new Principal, Helen Molloy and teachers. We had tours of the church and graveyard by the pupils of Sacred Heart, Killinarden.
It was with enormous sadness that I learned of the fatal assault of parishioner and passionate conservationist Michael McCoy while he was on an early morning walk with his dogs in Ballinascorney Woods near his home. Michael’s funeral took place on Saturday 8th October with the congregation overflowing into the church grounds, fortunately, for the first time, we had a sound system so that those outside could listen and be part of the service. Michael married into the parish following his wedding to Caitriona and as a builder I recalled all the work he had done around the church and parish buildings, in the parish school and the work he had completed in parishioners homes and in the wider community. Although Michael had a quiet nature we all enjoyed his thoughtful conversation, I was not surprised when I learned that he was studying in Trinity College, Michael was looking forward to graduation in November. Our heartfelt sympathy goes to Michael’s wife Caitriona (nee Kelly), and to his daughters Rachel, Suzanne and Sarah, all of whom have contributed to parish life over the years in their roles in either Sunday School, Girl’s Brigade, Boy’s Brigade and our Summer Fete. Please remember Michael and his family in your prayers.
We had our harvest Service on the afternoon of 9th October and we were delighted to welcome Rev’d Brian O’Reilly from Rathdrum, who spoke to us on Jesus bringing in the spiritual Harvest not just by preaching but by healing as well. We had a lovely supper in the Hall after the service, thank you to the ladies for organising the refreshments and also a big thank you to the ladies who decorated the church so beautifully for our Harvest service.
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.
As mentioned in the Rector’s letter the funeral of Michael McCoy took place in St. Maelruain’s on Saturday 8th October. We express our deepest condolences to his wife Caitriona, daughters Rachel, Suzanne and Sarah to Michael’s wider family and friends
On Friday 16th September the marriage of Mandy Fletcher and Jared Bressman took place. We wish Mandy and Jared every blessing for their future life together.
We are competing in the Hope, Miller, Price and Rohu competitions. We thank our match secretary Audrey Fletcher for arranging all the match fixtures. We look forward to once again meeting our friends from other Clubs at the league matches over the next few weeks.
The November Whist Drive takes place on Monday 20th in the Small Hall, all welcome!
Crafty chatters will be meeting on the 8th and 22nd November from 2 - 4pm in the Parish hall. Please come and join in the chat and maybe learn something new.
Bible study of the reading for the following Sunday continue on Tuesday evenings at 8.00pm upstairs, Parish Hall.
Parish Coffee Morning
Our next Parish Coffee Morning will be held on Friday, 25th November 10.30am to 12.30pm. Pop in if you are passing and catch up on the banter. All welcome to join us.
The Girls’ Brigade has just started back for another action packed year. We are seeking new members so if you know of any girls aged from 3 years old
upwards who enjoy dancing, singing, baking, arts and crafts then please contact Captain Fiona Monahan (086-8519163). Our Explorer group meets on Saturday morning from 10.30am to 12.30pm, and our Juniors, Seniors and Brigaders meet on Wednesday evenings at 7pm in St Maelruain’s Parish hall
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 083 101 5657. The parents are welcome to stay if their child is shy or not 100 percent sure if they want to stay.
Many thanks to the ladies who came along to decorate the Church for the Harvest on Saturday and to everybody who kindly donated fruit and flowers. Without all your help it wouldn't be possible. We had a lovely afternoon together and have to say thanks you also to Valerie, who always arrives with flasks for tea, coffee and biscuits. It's always a nice social occasion with time for a chat along the way. Everybody is welcome to come and help either with the flowers or to help clean up or sit and watch!!!
We continue to play on Thursday gets at 8 pm in the Parish Centre ( over 18s)
We are looking for new members and welcome all who would like to play, whether you are a beginner or an experienced player and our club is open to all.
Christmas Sing Along 2016
St Maelruain's Parish Singalong will be Friday 2nd December 2016 @7pm in the Parish Centre