Canon Roy Byrne writes…

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! ​​

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Phone: 01 214 7714
Email: monkstownparish@hotmail.com
Address: Monkstown Road
Monkstown Village
Co. Dublin