From the Rector
Since I last sat down to write my Church Review notes Christmas and the New Year celebrations have come and gone for another year. We had a lovely run up to Christmas day with our Parish School joining us on Sunday 18th at our Children’s Carol service in the morning which was followed that evening by our Nine Lessons and Carols Service. Our Christmas services went well and we had our annual New Year’s Eve multicultural service to welcome in the New Year. Following on from the ‘morning after the night before’ I was delighted to see our service on Sunday 1st January so well attended. Thank you to all who helped over the festive season with readings, music, flowers and decorations, refreshments and churchwarden duties, it was very much appreciated.
We are now back into the full swing of parish activities and look forward to all of God’s blessings for the coming year. William.
The funeral of Neville Wright took place in St. Maelruain’s on Friday 6th January. We express our deepest condolences to his wife Heather and to their children Shirley, Jennifer and Ian and to their extended family and friends.
We had our Christmas dinner on Monday 9th Jan in McGettigan’s Cookhouse at Kingwood Hotel, this was our first visit to the Cookhouse and we were very well looked after and had a lovely meal at very good value.
Our next meeting is on 13th February when our speaker will be Caroline Morrissey, on First Aid, so do come along to what I'm sure will be a most interesting and informative evening. As usual our meetings are open to everyone so you don't have to be a member to come along. You are assured of a very warm welcome.
We had a lovely letter from Saoirse for our contributions to them especially at Christmas, so thank you for your ongoing support of this very valuable and important project.
Our club held its annual Christmas Dinner on 9th December in Lucan Golf Club. An excellent meal was followed by a great nights dancing and singing. My thanks goes to
Ann and Denis Kane who organised the event and I hope thy will continue to do so in the future.
Our club competitions are well under way as are the league and cup competitions. The price team are moving along very nicely while the Rohu is in a tough group.
The ladies and gents are into the quarter finals of their respective cups.
It is with great sadness we remember Neville Wright who passed away on Tuesday 3rd January 2017. Neville and Heather were founding members of our Bowls Club and Neville was captain for a number of years. Our prayers are with Heather and the family at this sad time. Alan Stewart Capt.
A big thank you goes to those who helped with the decorating of the Church for Christmas and to those who donated flowers for the occasion. The Church looked lovely over the Christmas.
Thanks also to Canon William and to Valerie who always arrive with tea, coffee and biscuits for all. It's a good excuse to stop and have a chat for a while.
We would welcome new people to join us on the Flower Rota. No experience necessary, as there is always lots of help to hand, just a willingness to provide flowers for the Church for two weeks of the year. Please contact Regina at 4522930 / 0861255161 if you would like to
The February Whist Drive take places on Monday 20th February in the small hall, all welcome!
Happy New Year from the 26th Company St Maelruain’s Girls’ Brigade!! We are back from a lovely Christmas break, getting ready for our arts & crafts and dance competitions next month, and already working hard preparing for our annual show – our Company Display – which will take place on April 1st this year.
The Girls’ Brigade has been an important part of the St Maelruain’s Parish Community for a long time now – over 40 years. We are always looking for new members, girls aged from 3 years old upwards, to join us. If you are interested or would like some more information, please contact Captain Fiona Monahan on 086 8519163.
As we go to press, we are planning to reopen on January 18th and are looking forward to shedding those extra kilos we gained over Christmas, all with the help of table tennis.
If you'd like to join us, we play in the Parish Centre every Thursday at 8 pm.
We are open for new members and all standards of player are welcome.
We will be meeting on the 7th and the 21st February from 2 - 4pm in the Parish Hall. Please get you knitting needles, crochet hook, needle and thread or anything else you
are working on. The chat is always good and the cup of tea always hot, you would be most welcome.
Bible study of the readings for the following Sunday continue on Tuesday evening at 8.00pm upstairs, Parish Centre.
Parish Coffee Morning
Our next Coffee Morning will be on February 24th, 10.30am - 12.30pm as usual in the Old Hall. All welcome to join us for a cuppa and chat.