Welcome to Clonmel Union of Parishes ( Church of Ireland, a province of the Anglican Communion ), parish, page..

Rector: The Rev Canon Barbara Y. Fryday

Clonmel Union of Parishes, Parish Office :
The Rectory,
7, Linden Lea,
Co. Tipperary

Tel: 052 6187464
Mobile: 086 2750735
email: frydayb@gmail.com
web Page www.clonmel.lismore.anglican.org


& 3rd Sundays

8.30am Holy Communion Old St. Mary's, Clonmel
9.30am Holy Communion Holy Trinity, Fethard
9.30am Morning Prayer St. Paul's, Cahir
11.00am Holy Communion Old St. Mary's, Clonmel

2nd & 4th Sundays

8.30am Holy Communion Old St. Mary's, Clonmel

9.30am Holy Communion St. Paul's, Cahir
9.30am Morning Prayer Holy Trinity, Fethard

11.00am Holy Communion Tullaghmeelan

11.00am Service of the Word Old St. Mary's, Clonmel

5th Sunday, Central Services in St. Patrick’s Church, Inishlonaght (Marlfield)

Wednesday Services at Old St. Mary's, Clonmel
1st & 3rd & 5th Holy Communion 10.30am
2nd & 4th Morning Prayer 10.30am

Service times for Holy Days and Festivals as announced on Parish Newsletter

Clonmel Union of Parishes is a Church of Ireland parish group in South Tipperary, Ireland, and as such, is part of the Anglican Communion (Episcopalian).

Labels: Anglican Communion, Cahir, Church of Ireland, Clonmel, Fethard, Holy Trinity, Inislonaght, Marlfield, Old St. Marys, St Pauls, St. Patricks, Tullameelan

Planning your Wedding –

Wedding Planning Booklets outlining the procedures necessary to planning a wedding in our churches are being placed in each of our churches – please feel free to take one.

You should contact the Rector as soon as you wish to set a date of your wedding so as to check the availability of the church you may wish to use.

Only the Rector of Clonmel Union of Parishes may confirm a date for a service to be held at any of the Church locations within the Clonmel Union of Parishes.

The church availability should be checked with the Rector before booking (and entering a contract with) a hotel so as to avoid any upset to your plans should you discover subsequently that either the Location or the Rector is not available on your preplanned date.

In the case of inter-Church weddings, you should contact the clergy from the two religious communities involved in the marriage. It will be necessary to have a chat with both clergy before making the final decision


What follows is Parish News..............

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Parish Newsletter May 2016 – June 2016

Parish Newsletter May 2016 – June 2016
Rector: Rev Canon Barbara Y Fryday
Keeping our Churches Open -We really do need to keep our churches open during the week. We, like every other owner of an important site should be in a position to share our churches to those who come to visit in our area. We do have a limited accessibility in having Fas or Tus participants on site, at least, for some mornings per week. Unfortunately, in Clonmel, our Fas participants are finished at about 11.30am; a bit early for most on holiday! In Cahir & Fethard, the hours are also limited. To be successful in attracting people, it is important that opening hours are regular and correspond to the hours cited on notice boards. I tried, last year, to be in Old St Mary's for about two hours a few times during the week and it became obvious that there is a need. Apart from people seeing the interior of our buildings, there are those who would like to just go in and say a prayer or spend some time “out of the world”. But regular opening hours are the key to being truly welcoming to all. Activity such as this would discourage the inappropriate behaviour evident in, at least, one of our churchyards. When the repair of the Haha and the installation of the steps that will give access to the church happens (hopefully in the coming months), it will be even more important that we have St Paul's open. It's a shame that those who come into the grounds of Holy Trinity pass closed doors. Our insurance company has no issue with our opening our doors. They do not stipulate that we need to have somebody “on duty” within the building at all times. The practice throughout the world is that moveable objects are locked away during opening hours; other than those items which are of religious importance for private devotion. Some of the issues around this matter is our lack of confidence in our building being used with respect. No matter how hard one tries, there are always those who have no respect for others' property and appear to get some satisfaction from being destructive. To be a real parish, we all need to be open to others & to join with each other for the occasional central worship. One other point is that buildings need people in them. That is what they are built for! Open doors are like open arms! Barbara
Envelope SchemeThis has a double effect – you fill an envelope every week; whether in church or not – the amount is recorded and you will receive a receipt early in the following year. You have a choice as to where your donation goes – Weekly collection which funds the day-to-day running of our parish with its five churches (heat, light and maintenance) and/or the Assessment. You indicate where your contributions are to go. At the end of the year, if you have subscribed more than €250 and are an income tax payer, you will be offered the opportunity to further maximise your giving by filling our a tax relief form and benefiting your parish to a further €40 per €100 donated. This is a government scheme designed to benefit charitable organisations; which we are. Forty households already give in this way and it has made quite a substantial difference to parish finances – Thank-you! You should know that if you visit another church and put your envelope for that Sunday on the visited church's plate, it will be credited to that parish! 
Banna Chluain Meala were joined by the Morris Knolls School Wind Ensemble for their concert in Old St Mary's on 2nd April 2016. The visiting ensemble came from the USA and are a High School band. The attendance was very good and the evening most enjoyable.
Concert (Harpists) -Holy Trinity Church, Fethard @ 8pm on Thursday 26th May 2016
Belle Voce Choir will sing in Old St Marys @ 8pm on Friday, 27th May 2016
The Koln Philharmonia will play in old St Mary's on Wednesday, 3rd August. This is an international association made up of musicians who excel in their own field. Small groups travel the world delighting audiences with their performances; in which unusual combinations of instruments are played. 
Rotas We have rotas for flowers and cleaning in Old St Mary's. There are a few gaps – volunteers, please! Please remember that cleaning includes the church (including the vestry) and one brass plaque per week. It is assumed that cleaning is done particularly in preparation for Sunday worship. There are bins in the “kitchen” in Old St Mary's. Dead flowers should be put in the bin and vases washed. Branches and foliage may be put in the red tub. Please do not forget to clean, at least one wall plaque per month! 
Sunday Life -This is an hour-long programme on TippFm which is broadcast from 7- 8am on Sunday mornings. It usually comprises music, reading and interviews. We keep it light as most of our listeners have just woken up! 
Quinquennial Inspections – This is the 5-yearly inspection of all property in the parish by the Diocesan Architect. The diocese pays for the inspection of the Rectory and the parish pays for churches & halls. We will have such an inspection this year and can expect a bill for €2,000 approx! 
Your Prayers Please remember those who are unwell, at home & in hospital. At this time we need to pray, especially, for peace. The terrorist must not paralyse us into fear and inaction. It is through the example of those who show the love for each other, no matter who they are, what they have done or what, particularly, they have done to us, that ultimately will bring to all of us a better, calmer and more peaceful life. 
Whist Drives - Thank-you to those who supported our whist drives during the past season. It was good to see some new faces and we hope others will join us in the next season.
Greeting Cards – Greeting cards with pictures of all our 5 churches are available in each church at €2 each. The inside is blank to facilitate personal greetings. 
Training The Rector attended a training Day on “Elderly Abuse” at St Luke's Home, Cork. It was presented in Power point and, I have to say, some of the scenes shown were horrifying. So many things that were once acceptable are no longer and never should have been. We all need to know what is acceptable and what is not. 
BBQ This annual event will take place on Sunday, at the Rectory. €15 per adult; children free. Please bring a contribution towards salads & dessert. 
Ireland’s Ancient East Orientation Signage Signs are to be erected in areas of the country where there are places of particular interest. We have been invited for St Paul's, Cahir to be included. But it would involve a keyholder who is willing to open the church at times when there is no Tus participant or parishioner present. Somebody in the Cahir area might like to volunteer – it is envisaged that tourists would not have to book far in advance of their proposed visit. 
On 29th May, the Bishop will celebrate in St Patrick's Church, Marlfield
Holy BaptismCaleb Fenimore Buchwald was Baptised by the Rector on Easter Sunday in Old St Mary's in the presence of and with the support of his family. Caleb made his own promises and we pray the he may grow in the love of his Lord. 
Confirmation Bishop Michael confirmed Gideon Ysaie Buchwald & Stewart Robert Luke in St Carthage's Cathedral, Lismore on Sunday, 3rd April 2016. Twelve other candidates were also confirmed. It was good to see parishioners present to support the candidates.
Singing Group – This group will meet on Friday 6th & 20th May 2016 and Friday, 10th June 2016 in Old St Mary's @ 8.00pm – new members always welcome – we are learning new hymns; especially from “Thanks & Praise”.
Schools ServiceThe annual Service for the six primary schools in our part of the diocese takes place in Old St Mary's on Friday, 10th June @ 11.00am. Contributions towards refreshments for the 300 children, will be most welcome. The Service will be followed by refreshments at the Parochial school. All are welcome to attend. 
Congratulations To Samantha, Connor, Mathilda & Paige Mulroy on the safe arrival of Fred Isaac! 
A Plea If your loved one has been hospitalised, please tell me! I have recently visited in STGH and found a parishioner on a trolley, but not on my list and traveled some distance to visit somebody else without knowing that another parishioner was in another ward. If you do not want me to visit, that's ok, but I do need to know! Hospital chaplains may not inform Rectors of the presence of their parishioners in hospital anymore because of the Freedom of Information Act! 
Parochial HallWe await tenders for the repair of the ceiling; which will be followed by us working as a parish to redecorate and do such superficial works that will bring the building into use again. It is our intention, with the approval of the heritage architect to redecorate ourselves – volunteers, welcome! 
Receipts If you made any donation to parish/Church funds during 2015, you should have received your receipt and a tax relief form. If you made a contribution through our envelope scheme or through any other way in which you could be identified and did not receive a receipt, please contact me. It is important that giving is acknowledged. If the sum credited to you is incorrect, please contact me and we will look into it. For those who have contributed sums of €250 or more, I enclosed an annual charity tax relief form, which needs to be returned to either the Treasurer or myself. If you wish to commit to continuing this giving for up to three years, please ask for the appropriate form. Thank-you to those who have returned completed forms. They have been sent to the diocesan Treasurer for processing.
General Easter Vestry The General Easter Vestry took place in Old St Mary's on 31st March 2016. The attendance was smaller than usual. There are a few places remaining on the Select Vestry. If you would like to be co-opeded, please speak to me.

Supplement to Our Hymnbook The Cds have not yet arrived; which is a something of a disappointment. 
Transition Year Visit Members of the Transition Year of the High School and the Presentation Convent visited Old St Marys on 13th April. 
Board of Management TrainingMembers of the Boards of Management of your Primary School undergo training over a number of evenings. The 1st evening in the series took place in Kilkenny during April. 
Special Diocesan Synod This took place to decide whether the new financial scheme for our Diocese would be accepted or not. The proposal was that every parish would pay 3/4 of the cost of ministry to the diocese (€45,000) + a sum based on parish census returns. We fall into the category of “small parish”. Our Assessment will remain about the same as what it has been. The motion was passed and comes into force next year. 
Copyright The Rector attended a training day in Church House, Dublin recently. We have had a licence to print or present hymns on a screen for some years. Everybody should realise that only those hymns/songs on our licence may be reproduced. As it stand, CDs may only be played as part of worship. And there is a host of other stuff. Think of it this way, if you have published songs, books, articles etc you are entitled to a fee every time your work is presented in public and so it applies to everybody else.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

News & events May June - Highlights

John, our Tus participant completed his year with us at St Paul's during April. We will miss him as he had
been with us some year's ago on a Fas scheme and he knew the ropes and helped us get quite a lot done.

Ireland’s Ancient East Orientation Signage 
  We have been invited to participate in this tourist scheme in Cahir and have our volunteer guide in place. We look forward to welcoming an increased number of visitors to John Nash's wonderful building!

Transition Year
 The Transition Year classes of the High School & Presentation Convent visited Old St Mary's  on 13th April. This has become an annual event for the High School and it was great that the girls from the Presentation Convent joined them this year. They come to learn about the building and about the Church of Ireland.

Lesser Spotted Journeys 
 Holy Trinity Church, Fethard, was the venue for filming a programme for this television series in the 1st days of May. We look forward to viewing this programme which should prove very interesting.

Concerts –  
Old St Marys, Clonmel will be the venue for five shows during the Junction Festival 4-10th July 2016. 
For further information, check their website.

The Koln Philharmonia will return for their 2rd visit to Old St Mary's, Clonmel on 3rd August 2016.

Parish BBQ
 Will take place at the Rectory, Silversprings, Clonmel on Sunday, 3rd July from 1.00pm – Adults €15, children free. Proceed to Parish Funds & charity.

Reactivated Parish Page 12th May 2016

Due to technical issues we are resuming in using this page as our primary Web presence.

We hope to update parish news both here an on our Facebook page regularly 


Thursday, October 10, 2013

Sunday School

Sunday School - All under Confirmation age are welcome, but if your child is under 4years one parent must stay with them. Might I suggest, that it might be a good thing for all participating parents to, at least, do the minimum Garda Vetting and so we able to “stand-in on occasion if necessary. Forms aailable from the Rector

Weekday Worship -

Weekday Worship - Wednesdays @ 10.30am   - Divine Worship – Old St Mary’s,


Our sympathy goes to Andrew Healy's family on their loss. Andrew was for a time, organist at Tullaghmeelan Church. A talented and interesting person, his funeral Service took place in Lismore Cathedral on  25th September in the presence of family and a large congregation.

Clonmel Union of Parishes

Select Vestry 2011 - 2012


Rector’s Churchwarden

Peoples’ Churchwarden


Mrs Hilary Carter

Miss Yvonne McClintock


Mrs Shirley Clooney

Mr George Hogg


Mrs Heather Bailey

Mrs Thelma Griffith


Mr Mark Tarleton

Mr Jens Buchwald




Ken Harris

Vivienne Levie


Chairman - The Rev Canon Barbara Y. Fryday

Mrs C Quaid

Mrs Joan Bridge

Mr Bob Savage

Mrs Mary Cunningham

Mr J Chamney

Bernard Prendergast

Mrs Audrey Duncan

Mr Alan Harte

Mrs Pearl O’Keeffe

Mrs E King

Mrs D Stokes

Mrs Olive White


Treasurer: Mrs Caroline Quaid

Parochial Nominators





R Clifford

Y McClintock

Richard Major

Jens Buchwald

Supplemental Nominators

Bob Savage

Yvonne McClintock

Rosemary Ponsonby

M Cunningham

Members of Diocesan Synod

John Chamney; Audrey Duncan; Caroline Quaid; Ken Harris; George Hogg

Supplemental Members of Diocesan Synod

Jenny Nash; Malcom Duncan, Andrea Harte