FROM THE RECTOR
We had our Girl’s Brigade Display on Saturday 6th April. It was an enjoyable evening, as always, with the girls performing their various numbers. Thank you to the leaders for all they do during the year with the girls. Our Boy’s Brigade Display was held on Sat 13th April and was an equally enjoyable evening. Well done to the boys and to their leaders for putting on a great night.
On Wednesday 10th April after our Lenten Service I dusted the buttresses of the Church arches and window sills and also swept away the high up cobwebs prior to the cleaning of the Church on Thurs 11th which was capably completed by a group of ladies and a gentleman. Thank you to Vivienne and Regina for arranging the work party when the church was given a good cleaning and polishing, the evidence of which was apparent with the nice smell of polish when walking into the Church afterwards.
We had services on each Wednesday of Lent using BACI’s Lenten Course and had a service each morning of Holy Week starting with our Palm / Passion Sunday service. Joe Geoghegan of Vine Mass included us in their Ecumenical Passion Week and we had the showing of the film ‘Jesus comes to Jerusalem’ on Monday 15th at 6.15pm. On Good Friday we had services in the Church at 10.00am and 8.00pm and we welcomed Vine Mass to our graveyard where I used our C of I prayer book in leading prayers. Also on Good Friday we had the ‘Good Friday Walk of Compassion’ around Tallaght Village beginning at the Priory grounds, stopping at the various helping agencies around the Village with each organization giving a presentation on their work on the big screen in St. Maelruain’s Church before our service at 8pm.
We had a lovely, joyful Easter Service to celebrate the risen Lord. Thank you to the ladies who so beautifully turned the church yellow with flowers for Easter Sunday, it really did look fabulous.
During a day or two away after Easter we were delighted to welcome an Ecumenical Cross Cultural visit from the Munich suburb of Ottobrunn to the Church on Tuesday 23rd when I answered questions on faith in Ireland. There were four parishioners in attendance, two of whom are familiar with Munich and were happy to connect with our visitors which was appreciated by our guests.
Saturday 27th was the date organized to erect signs for our upcoming Summer Sale, I was disappointed by the lack of volunteers and as a result I am a bit concerned about the setting up of the hall for the sale on Friday 10th. As the hall is rented out in the morning we cannot set the hall up until 11.30am. We need help setting up the trestle tables for the Sale, this is one of our biggest fund raisers of the year so please help if you can.
I had commiserated with the local Mosque in Tallaght following the Christchurch atrocity, as previously mentioned, so was delighted to get a call from the Imam before Friday prayer after the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka which geographically isn’t far from Kerala in Southern India where members of our Indian congregation come from. I encouraged the Imman to come to Church on Sunday and while they arrived late and were hesitant to interrupt the service they joined us for coffee in the hall following our family service.
Please come along to our Summer Sale and bring your family and friends on Saturday 11th May, I am looking forward to seeing you then!
God Bless William.
FLOWER GUILD Thank you to the ladies who turned up to help decorate the Church for Easter. They deserve a special thank you as numbers were so low. Thank you too to the gentleman from the Parish who brought us so many beautiful yellow flowers on the morning. The Church looked beautiful and the colours very fitting for Easter.
The Easter Vestry (Parish AGM) will take place this year on Sunday 12th May after a shortened Service. This is an opportunity for you to have your say in the running of the parish so please come along and see how your parish is doing.
CONFIRMATION The date for St. Maelruain’s Confirmation has be set for Sunday 9th June (Pentecost Sunday), we have five candidates preparing for Confirmation, please pray for Beyonce, Jake, Lauren, Nathan and Tirza as they prepare for their Confirmation.
SUMMER SALE The date for the Summer Sale has been set for Saturday 11th May at 10am, it’s not too late to donate to the sale so clear out your cupboards / garages / sheds! Any unwanted gifts? We will have all the usual stalls, raffle, teas and refreshments….volunteers always needed, please do what you can to make our Summer Sale a great success! Most importantly, come on the day!
MOTHER’S UNION / FAMILIES
We had our AGM and Bring and Buy on Monday 8th April. There was quite a good turn out and everything went well. We had a chat about what people would like on next year's programme and also about an outing in June. After some discussion it was decided to go to Newbridge Silver on Saturday 15th June. The plan is to share cars and leave Tallaght 10.30/ 11am. Go to Newbridge Silver and have a tour of the factory and the style icons. Lunch there and then a bit of shopping over the road in the Whitewater Shopping Centre. Dinner on the way home in the Keadeen Hotel which is also in Newbridge. Please give your name to Valerie if you would like to go. Times and finer details will be announced when arranged. Also please let us know if you would be willing to drive as we would need a few drivers depending on numbers. The decision to drive ourselves was made due to the high cost of hiring a bus. Please come along and we can all have a great day out together.
On a personal note I would like to thank Vivienne Bright our Treasurer, Hillary Armstrong our Secretary and the rest of our Committee; Eileen Dunne and Yvonne McGlynn for their hard work through the year to help things run smoothly and to those who take it in turn to supply the tea each month. Thanks again and look forward to our outing in June. Valerie
D + G CAMP The Diocesan kids summer camp takes place this year from 1st – 5th July in the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation, Enniskerry. Plenty of games, outdoor pursuits, music, arts and crafts, good friends, laughter and fun. Cost €175 incl. food, accommodation, trips and activities and the camp is available to those finishing 4th class to 6th class. Booking deadline 28th May. Booking forms available from Amy Deverell and the Rector. Email:
firstname.lastname@example.org A limited number of bursaries are available to assist families in need.
TALLAGHT TIDY TOWN
Following on from their inaugural meeting on Sat 13th April Tallaght TidyTown are having a meeting on Thursday 9th May in Technological University Dublin (ITT) in preparation for this years TidyTown competition. The ethos of Tidy Town is for people to find a sense of inclusion in their communities, encouraging and welcoming young and old to get involved and to show that we all have something to offer, no matter how big or small that contribution is. It is no longer just about ‘prettying’ up our town but to consider environmental and historical issues by our Church as well as making sure the Village is kept attractive to visit. Why not come along to the meeting on 9th May and give your input to this year’s competition?
Our AGM was held in the Parish Centre at 7.30 pm. We thank Alan for agreeing to be captain for the new season. Our barbeque will be held on Saturday 22nd June at 4.30 in the home of Willie & Joan Harris. Heather
We've had a busy season and are currently playing off for the trophies. The competition is strong but we are having some very entertaining matches which are being enjoyed by all. Our AGM will take place on May 16th at 8pm and we will close for the summer on this date.
If you are interested in finding out more about our Company, please contact Captain Fiona Monahan (086)8519163.
WHIST DRIVE Our next Whist Drive is on Monday 20th May at 8.00pm in the Main Hall. All Welcome!
Crafty Chatters will meet on 7th and 21st May in the Parish Hall. In July and August we will meet each Thursday from 7-9pm. Come along with whatever craft you are working on, come and see what others are creating or just for the chat, all welcome. Janet
PARISH COFFEE MORNING
Thank you for all the marvellous old photos brought along last month. We enjoyed trying, and failing, to match them up, seeing the fashions from another era, and hearing old family stories as well. Our next coffee morning is on Friday, 31st May at 10.30am. Tea, coffee, cake and chat as usual.
The date for TallaFest has been set for Saturday 22nd June organised by Tallaght Community Council in Tallaght Village’s historic Architectural conservation area, a full program is to be announced shortly, put the date in your diary, a fun day for all the family!