Service Times

Service Times

Each Sunday

8.30 am
Holy Communion in Small Hall of Parish Centre.

11.00 am:
1st Sunday Holy Communion
2nd Sunday Morning Prayer
3rd Sunday Holy Communion
4th Sunday Service of The Word - Family Service
5th Sunday Morning Prayer

Key Safety Protocols - 6th Sept 2021 onwards

Monday, 21 November 2022

News Letter 2022


News Letter 2022

Rector Canon William Deverell 086 803 0239 or 462 1044,  Auxillary Priest Rev. Avril Bennett 628 23 53,

 Parish Office Tues – Thurs (9.30am  – 12.30pm) 462 6006, Parish email 


Last November 2021, following Covid, it was nice to be able to have a gathering for the ‘Tree of Angels’ in the Churchyard again, in memory of lost babies. Mellissa Luttrell originated the idea after her own sad neonatal loss. It’s a way for those who have lost a child to remember.

We had our Christmas Services and the church, as usual, was beautifully decorated by our very talented Flower Guild, they also did amazing work for our Easter and more recently, Harvest Services. Since the pandemic we have been having a ‘drop off’ of flower arrangements followed by coffee outside.

Noelle, one of our loyal parishioners, who had been in hospital for some time and as her name suggests, had a Christmas Eve birthday. Her daughter Claire asked the congregation after our Carol Service to video a rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ for her Mum on the steps of the Church. Sadly, Noelle passed away in June, but we hope we cheered her up for her last birthday.

The Holocaust Memorial Day took place on 30th January in the Mansion house when concerns about Putin and hate speech were raised; as we all know, it wasn’t long before those concerns came to fruition. We pray for the people of Ukraine as they face the tyranny of Putin.


We were glad to be able to resume tours of the Church and Graveyard with visits from local schools and in March, a tour by some of the clients of the Intercultural Drop-in Centre (who were temporarily back in our Small Hall for most of the year) where I was able to hand them a leaflet on St. Patrick explaining the Christian meaning behind our Patron’s Saints Day. Also, in March we had the launch of the Tallaght Heritage App in the Church.


In April we were delighted that the Whist Drives resumed in the Small Hall on 3rd Monday of each month, another sign of life getting back to normal. It wasn’t long before the Mother’s Union ladies began meeting for coffee beginning in the summer, at the coffee shop in the Civic Theatre. All parish organisations are back running now.


Tallaght Community Council (who organise Tallafest) asked me to write an account of the parish’s experience of dealing with COVID for a time-capsule in Tallaght Hospital. I wrote of how I, along with the help of my family, continued Sunday Services on FaceBook live during the strict lockdowns and also my reflections on the pandemic.


On Sunday 8th May following our Easter Vestry we had a presentation to Jim Bird who stepped down as Hon. Treasurer after thirty years plus. We are very grateful to Jim for all his work during that time. We also had presentations for Billy Gould, who loyally served as Rector’s Church Warden for more than fifteen years and also to Joyce Smart, our organist, who retired after over thirty years dedicated to the music of St. Maelrauin’s. Our heartfelt thanks to these three parishioners, your service to St. Maelruain’s over the years is very much appreciated


We normally had a concert by the wider community in springtime pre Covid and we held the concert this year with the proceeds going to the Diocesan fundraiser for U&Ukraine. The evening was a great success and we raised twice as much more than in previous years. The concert featured the local DAMS male voice choir who sang popular music, Cara Daly who sang classical pieces and ‘Now and Then’ who sang numbers from the Christian rock musicals which they had preformed previously for their pre Easter concerts. It was a lovely evening and we were delighted to be able to help the Ukrainian cause.


Our Confirmation Service took place on 5th June in Christchurch on a very wet day after the beautiful evening for our concert the night before. We had a large group of candidates as confirmations didn’t take place during Covid, the candidates were Eoghan Beckett, Charlie Cox, Lucy Cox, Reuben McDermott, Zitalu Okafor, Zubelu Okafor, Sam Nolan,  Chloe Sharkey, Huxley Braden Samuel, Breanna Bosswell Samuel and PJ Rigley. Despite the weather it was a lovely service even though the young people were only allowed to have four guests attend.


At our Family Service in June we were sad to say goodbye to Malik Sanusi and Tosin (nee Kuti) along with their girls, Zara and Zayah (who are third generation parishioners) as Malik took up a new work position in Manchester.


On 3rd July we had our first Blessing of the Graveyard Sunday (since COVID) organised by the Dominican Priory. There was a good turn out and again, another sign of life returning to our new normal.


On the Thursday 21st July we had a visit from the Archbishop with Prof. Anne Lodge who was working on a report for our Diocesan Synod about our International parishioners, a sample of whom she interviewed.


At our family service in July we had a presentation to Amy who has now moved to the UK.  in recognition of working with our Good News Club for sixteen years, she sang in the Music Group for fifteen years (including singing and playing the Ukulele for a year & a half on Facebook live services during the restrictions) and she also was a Boy’s Brigade leader for fourteen years. We wish Amy the very best with her move to London.


In August the Tallaght Historical Society erected a plaque on the grave for local writer and poet Alice Furlong who was a contemporary of Maud Gonne.  


Tallaght featured on 21st August in the RTE programme Creedon’s Atlas, Tallaght was where the written history of Ireland began in the 8th century and therefore along with Finglas was The Eyes of Ireland in the land of Saints and Scholars. St. Maelruain’s Cross and Missal are in the centre of the current GAA Dublin crest.


In September it was lovely to be back in Mount Seskin Community College to give the 5th years a talk about our denomination and to introduce myself to the 1st and 2nd years. It was also lovely to see the resumption of parish activities with BB starting their session with a BBQ in the Parish Centre Car Park on Sat 10th September.


Friday 23rd was Culture Night and I’m delighted to say that it was our best one ever, perhaps because an article about Culture Night in the Echo Newspaper featured a beautiful photograph of church by Lionel and of course we were mentioned on all social media platforms.


On Oct 1st we had a ‘Spring Clean’ of the church suggested by Rebekkah Eddy with a few ladies and a gentleman to give a helping hand.  Thank you to all who helped, it made a big difference. A big thank you to John and Regina Donohue who have been painting the radiators and pipes in the church along with the Church Porch since the summer, a much needed job and it looks smashing.


On Sun 16th October we had a surprise visit from the Archbishop for our Harvest Service at the 11.00am service


Baptisms    On Saturday 29th January we had the baptism of Ethan and Emma, the children of Jared and Mandy (nee Fletcher) Breffman. The Baptism of Ryan Byrne took place on 30th April son of Stephen and Alison. In October   I baptised Oliver Hyland son of John and Suzanne (McCoy). We pray for all these families as these children begin their spiritual journey.


Funerals     The funeral of Bobby Wilson took place on 22nd April here in St. Maelruain’s. We extended our deepest sympathies to his wife Pat and family. Bobby was a founding member of our Table Tennis Club.

We were also sad to have the funeral of Hyacinth Blennerhassett on 4th May, wife of the late Arthur and formerly late Christy. We sent our condolences to her family and friends. Hyacinth will be sadly missed.

On Wednesday 18th May the funeral of Brian Huet took place in Newlands Cross Crematorium. We extended our deepest condolences to his wife Patricia, family and friends.

The funeral of Philip Mantle took place here on Monday 13th June. Our sincere sympathies go to his wife Lorraine, and to his family and friends. He was very generous with his skills as a roofer to the parish.

On Saturday 18th June we had the funeral of Noelle Lewis here in St. Maelruain’s followed by burial in the Graveyard, as mentioned previously in this letter Noelle was a much valued member of the congregation and we extended our deepest condolences to her daughter Claire and to her wider family and friends.

On 23rd June the funeral of one of our 8.30am parishioners took place, Jenny Dunne, our sympathies went to her husband Aidan and family, Jenny was originally from England.

The funeral of Noel Gorman took place on 21st October and our condolences go to his wife Eileen, family and friends. Noel joined the congregation in recent years and Eileen continues to watch the serives on FaceBook live.


Weddings   Congratulations to Amy Smart & Daniel Sage who were married here in St. Maelruain’s on 1st September on a beautiful sunny afternoon. I thanked them for coming to church to get married as we haven’t had a wedding in five years, partly due to the pandemic but also as a lot of couples now choose to have a one venue event and have their ceremony in the same place as their reception. We wish Amy and Daniel every future blessing.

On Oct 22nd we were also delighted to have the wedding of Rebekkah Eddy & Paul O’Dwyer. It was a pleasure to hold another wedding in such quick succession and we were also pleased to be able to give a warm Irish welcome to Rebekkah’s family from the United States, congratulations to Rebecca (Select Vestry member) & Paul.


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8.30am Service Holy Communion each Sunday     11.00am  Service   Holy Communion: 1st &  3rd Sun of each month.            Morning Prayer: 2nd & 5th Sundays of each month.

Family Service: 4th Sun of each month. 1st Wed of the month Holy Communion with prayers for the sick  10.00am