There is a general sense that once the celebrations of Easter are
past that parish life resumes a gentler pace for the summer
months. It seems in Monkstown that nothing so far could be
further from the truth! Even the rector’s regular coffee and
catch up with Fr Michael seems to have suffered - something to
be remedied very soon! It was wonderful to see such a good
turnout at our recent clean-up of the village streets and 20 odd
willing volunteers quickly cleared over 20 bags of rubbish and
weeds from around the two churches, parts of Carrickbrennan
Road, the village centre and some of the Crescent. It really
brought it home to us that support for the newly established
Tidy Districts committee is vital as the village is blighted by
litter, graffiti and neglected road verges. A recent walk down by
Seapoint and up around Salthill illustrated this point precisely.
The pedestrian route down to the Dart station is covered with
litter, Salthill carpark was filthy and Seapoint blighted by
overflowing bins, broken glass, discarded clothing and general
grime. It is clear much needs to be done and the support of the
whole community is necessary to rid the area of of this air of
neglect. Please do support the new Tidy Districts Committee
and let’s make the area a place of beauty and pride.
At a recent meeting of the Chapter of Christ Church Cathedral
the rector was appointed to the position of Canon Precentor of
Christ Church. The precentorship is an ancient office in a
cathedral foundation, second in command to the Dean, with
particular responsibilities for music and liturgy. The rector
remains in post as rector of Monkstown. A date for his official
installation has yet to be decided upon.
Details for Summer of Heritage are now available in an
attractive free booklet compiled by the County Council and
Monkstown Parish Church will be open for visitors during the
summer months. Do look out for a copy of the booklet and use
the opportunity to visit the historic sites in the locality. We wish
all our readers a very enjoyable summer and safe travelling to
all visiting far-away places.
Pet Service: Our thanks to all who
came along to support our second service
to bless our pets and working animals in
Monkstown church on Sunday 25 June. It
was wonderful to have the Irish Guide
Dogs for the Blind and the Irish Blue Cross
with us for the occasion. The proceeds of
the collection will be split between the
two charities. Our thanks also to all who
read prayers and readings and the choir
and organist for their support.
Art Exhibition: The Monkstown Art
Exhibition will take place in the Knox Hall
from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 August. The
opening times for the exhibition are:
Friday 25 August 2017, 7.30pm – 9.30pm
Saturday 26 August 2017, 10.30am –
5.30pm and Sunday 27 August 2017,
12.15 pm – 5.00 pm.
Further details on
the parish facebook page, on advertising
material and on the parish website.
Alternatively please telephone the parish
office for further information.
Harvest Thanksgiving Our Harvest Thanksgiving Services will take place on Sunday 8 October.
Parish Sale of Work The parish sale will take place in the Knox Hall on Saturday 18 November. Donations for the sale are already being collected and good quality items will be gratefully received - good news for those in the midst of Spring Cleaning!
Parish Facebook Page Followers of Facebook are invited to find and ‘like’ our ‘Monkstown Parish Church’ Facebook page.
Monkstown Village Tidy District - On Saturday 10 June ,
the newly formed Monkstown Tidy Village District
community group undertook an inaugural clean up of the
village streets for two hours. Thanks to everyone who
came along and to the Church of Ireland for providing us
with well needed coffee and biscuits. Good work was done
with a spirit of good fun. The DLRCC kindly provided bags
and disposed of all collected rubbish. Our next activity is
another clean up on the morning of Saturday 22 July –
keep an eye on https://www.facebook.com/MonkstownTidy
and the church and shop notice boards around the village
for details closer to the event.
To make Monkstown Village an even nicer place to live, we
are going to enter DLRCC Tidy District competition in May
2018. This is about a lot more than just tidiness – we’ll
develop a plan to: improve neatness & appearance,
increase community engagement and improve our
understanding and management of local wildlife, habitats
and natural amenities. So lots of opportunity for young,
middle aged and young at heart to be involved. Take a
deep breath of our wonderful sea air and roll up your
sleeves to help improve and understand our local environment
- we would love to hear from you with ideas or offers
of help! Anyone know about bees, butterflies, wild
flowers, graffiti cleaning……?. See you on the 22 July!