Christmas 2018

Christmas 2018
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: 052 619 05 97
Mobile: 086 275 07 35

Clonmel Union of Parishes Website

Diocese of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory Website


1st & 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, Inishlonaught (Marlfield)

Wednesday Services at Old St. Mary's, Clonmel
Holy Communion 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).


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

Friday, July 29, 2016

August September Newsletter

August September Newsletter

I do hope you you have either taken a little time off or intend to do so before the days begin to shorten. It is important that everybody has some change of scenery at least once a year.
It must be of concern to all of us that our world appears to have become increasingly violent and that changes have and are taking place that should concern us all.

Brexit in the UK must be a concern to all of us in both the economic field and in relation to our particularly unique relationship with the North of Ireland and the UK. Should the UK break away from the EU, the border between the South and North of our island will be one between a Eu and non-EU country.  No matter what arrangements can be made, many aspects of our lives and of our economy will change. We have experienced a great amount change on this island during the last 100 years. Perhaps the momentous was the Good Friday Agreement; which brought a peace that enabled us, on both sides of the border to come to understanding each other a better. It also brought free movement between the two jurisdictions; something few of us would want to lose. But it is the ending of most of the violence, disruption and dreadful loss of innocent lives, on both sides of the Border that we should most gratefully appreciate today. We do need to realise that what we have on this island is a somewhat uneasy peace. Talk of a united Ireland emerging in the present situation should be viewed with caution.

When we see the devastation of suicide bombings, war and terroists attacks in other places, we should thank God we have not been affected. But it was so recent that we awoke morning after morning, to news of  similar attrocities on our own island. History brings all sorts of attitudes, asperations and consequences to the present. But it is communities working together who decide whether our lives are peaceful and fruitful. Individuals through their contribution can strengthen or, through their turning their backs on others, destroy.
We are an island community that is multicultural in all aspects today and together we can together build on what we have achieved if we have the will to do it.


Green Flag
The 4th Green Flag, for travel, was raised before the school year ended.
We now move on to number 5!

Parish BBQ
The sun shone and the food was plentiful and delicious as we had  
hoped. Everybody appeared to enjoy the afternoon. It was good to have support from our neighbouring parish of Fiddown.

The Junction Festival
 Clonmel is buzzed with activity at a host of venues as the Junction Festival took place. Old St Mary's, once again, provided a venue for a number of events. This year, the Festival, under new management, introduced new activities & shows in new venues. Five events took place in Old St Mary's and included a wide variety of events that included a wide range of musical genre. The silent film “The Passion of Joan of Arc” from 11pm – 1am on the Friday/Saturday night attracted a good audience. The accompaniament was provided by the organ rather than a piano – very effective!

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!

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 beter, calmer and more peaceful life.

Whist Drives
New season begins on Friday, 9th September @ 8.00pm sharp – so hone you whisting skills during the coming weeks!

The Regulatory Authority
We have added one charitable trust to the Church of 
Ireland block registration (on the advise of the Authority) and I will be required to attach the accounts for that charity to our parish accounts when they are submitted to the diocese – these accounts will not be an actual part of our parish accounts! Yes, it's all rules, regulations, compliance and accountability!

Wednesday Weekday Service
Service at  10.30am in Old St Marys  – All  welcome

Select Vestry Meeting
 Will take place in St Paul's Church, Cahir on Friday,
 2nd September 2016 – please respond to Bernard's 
reminder with “yes” or “no

Holy Baptism
Georgia Gloria Pullar was Baptised in Old St Marys on 16th July. She and her parents travelled from Scotland for the occasion. Mum & Dad were married in Old St Mary's two years ago and thought it a good idea to have their little daughter baptised in the church in which they had married.

Holy Matrimony
Sarah Ryan, Fethard & Steve Mascrod, Australia were married in Holy Trinity Church, Fethard on 30th June 2016. The Rector was assisted by Fr Denis O'Connor, Castleknock, Dublin and Canon Fr Tom Breen, Fethard. Steve is descended from the Langley family of Fethard and his great, great, great grandmother is buried under the slab behind the organ in the church. The couple plan to live in London. We wish them health, happiness and a long life together!

We sympathise with the Outram family on the death of Cliff, after  an illness.  He was cremated at the Island, Cork. May he rest in peace.

Our sympathy goes to Trevor Melbourne and his family on the death of his mother, Lottie, Littleton.

We extend our sympathy to the family and friends of Sam Taylor who died in a farming accident. He was a native of Newcastle, UK. His remains will be repatriated to the UK in the coming week.. A short service was conducted by the Rector in Donoughoe's Funeral Home. We offer our sympathy to his partner, baby son, and family.

We sympathise with Shirley Clooney whose sister, Barbara, died after a lengthy illness in England.   

May they rest in peace.

To Shirley Clooney who became a granny again with the birth of Liam

Schools' Service
What a wonderful day! Over 300 children from our area of the diocese, with teachers and helpers took part in our Diocesan Schools' Festival Service. There was drama, poetry, readings, lots of singing & an amazing “sermon” by Michael O'Meara, Diocesan Reader. It was followed by lunch and, then activites, games and the icecream van! Thank-you to Miss Wallace, Mrs Brennan, Joan, the parents and everybody who helped!

Belle Voci
This lovely choir had their end of season concert in Old St Mary's on 27th May 2016, with a large audience present

End of Year Celebration
Our end -of-year presentation gave the school children 
the opportunity to show family and friends some of the extra-curricular activities they took part in during the school year. 6th class received their diplomas and and each child received their end-of-year certificate.

Funky Kids
The pupils of the Parochial School put on this show of dance and song on 15th June. It was amazing; with some adults providing support. We have some really talented youngsters who loved every minute of it. Well done!

Funday at Fethard
This took place on 12th June and was a huge success; in spite of the rain and wind. The exhibition in the Tholsel of  fashion created from waste products was amazing. The duck race on the river attracted a huge crowd and the many stalls and entertainments on the riverbank were well attended . Thank-you to the parishioners who provided refreshments in the church and churchyard. .

The Rector took part in the parade and unveiling of a memorial plaque to those who were mobilised in Easter Week 1916. They did not see service, but their training stood them well a few years later. The nieces and nephew of two of the 40 laid a wreath during the ceremony in Emmet Place.

Ireland’s Ancient East Orientation Signage
Mrs H Carter has volunteered to have her mobile number put on display on our noticeboard at St Paul's so that visitors can have access to St Paul's.

Summer Concerts

3rd August – The Koln Philharmonia will play in old St Mary's. S

27th August – RIAM Harpists Concert in Holy Trinity, Fethard from 6-10pm.

Singing group
Will meet in Old St Marys on Friday, 12th and 19th August and Thursday, 1st September 2016. All welcome – this is an opportunity to learn new hymns and sing old ones. Some wonder why a choir sits in front of the organ in church and not behind the congrgation – the organist actually sits in a situation where the noise of the organ makes it difficult to hear those some distance away and it is important that he/she can hear those leading the singingand stay with them.

Harvest Thanksgivings 2016

Sunday, 18th September – Tullaghmeelan @ 3.30pm

Sunday, 18th September – Holy Trinity, Fethard @ 7.30pm

Sunday, 25th September – St Paul's, Cahir @ 7.30pm

Friday, 30 September – Old St Mary's, Clonmel @7.30pm

Christmas Fair
Our annual Fair will take place in Old St Marys on Saturday, 3rd December 2016. Santa & the magician are booked. We hope to change the format in some ways and are looking for ideas and help in the organising and staging of the event. This is our major fundraising event and needs us all to row in and work for the benefit of our parish!

Repairs & Renovations at Holy Trinity
There will be scaffolding in the alley entrance to Holy Trinity, Fethard, from 14th August for six weeks. This is to enable contractors to reinstate the old window arrangement in the Tholsel wall bounding the alley and to remove the present chimney and replace it one that will match that on the other end of the building. It will mean that vehicles will not have access to the chruchyard during the duration of the works. 

Burial Ground Grants
These grants were discontinued some years ago and have  been re-introduced for this year. We have the care and maintenance of seven burialgrounds and have been given grants towards the care & maintenance of five of them. This does not free us from our obligation to the other two. To enable a better and more care of all these important sites, we have decided to buy machinery and tools that will be used on all sites as appropriate. We are required to provide evidence of how we use these grants at the end of the year (on a form with receipts for all payments). It should be noted that the maintenance and care of family burial sites is the responsibility of those families and that, in particular, the maintenance and care of memorials and kerbs rests with the family and not the parish.

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.

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