Barnahely Cemetery, Ringaskiddy     5.00 p.m. Sunday 24th June 2018

St Mary’s Cemetery, Passage West    5.00 p.m.  Sunday 29th July 2018

Preceded by the Blessing of Graves in Old Graveyard at 4.00 p.m.

We would greatly appreciate if you would pass these dates on to family and friends outside the parish who have loved ones buried in our parish.

The recent decision of An Bord Pleanala to grant permission for the development of an incinerator in Ringaskiddy in the heart of Cork Harbour has come as a blow to many people and community groups in the area. Having faced three Oral Hearings over the past seventeen years and having in each case convinced the inspector from An Board Pleanala to recommend that the application for planning be rejected it was both disappointing and frustrating that the Board chose to overrule their own inspector’s recommendation. In the days that followed the decision those who had fought the development for so many years were understandably deflated but their disappointment quickly hardened into a determined resolve to continue their opposition.  The large attendance at information evenings in Ringaksiddy and Cobh has been heartening and meetings in other areas are planned for the coming weeks.  I strongly encourage people to attend these meetings and to inform themselves on the possible impact and repercussions of such a development in the midst of our community.  The Cork Harbour Alliance for a Safe Environment [CHASE] intends to pursue their opposition through the courts by pursuing a judicial review of the process involved in reaching the decision.  The costs involved in undertaking a judicial review are considerable and CHASE has opened a Go Fund Me page online where people can donate to help meet these costs.  The incredible response over the past two weeks has been tremendously encouraging and I encourage everyone who can support the community in seeking a fair and just review of the decision to do so.  Now is the time to act. Now is the time to come together and safeguard the future of our Harbour and our communities.                                

         Fr Seán

The Annual Peter’s Pence Collection will be taken up at all Masses next weekend 23rd / 24th June 2018. This collection helps to support Papal Charities throughout the world.

The local Conference of St Vincent de Paul wish to thank all those who contributed and helped out at our annual clothes collection on Saturday 19th May 2018.  The response was as usual excellent and the proceeds will be distributed among those who need help.

A Coffee Morning will be held in the Sailing Club, Monkstown on Tuesday 26th June 2018 from 10.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.  This is to raise funds towards the costs of seeking a judicial review of the proposed incinerator in Ringaskiddy.

The Community Coffee Morning Anti-Incinerator Fundraiser which was held in Gertie O’ Driscoll’s garden, Loughbeg, Ringaskiddy on Tuesday last 12th June 2018 raised over €3,500 towards the judicial review.  A huge thank you to all those who baked and donated and turned out for this very enjoyable and worthy event.

The Wednesday afternoon Bingo in the Gill Room, Monkstown will take its Summer break from the 27th June 2018 and will return in September.

The Carrigaline Family Support Service have a group of volunteers who will carry out small/minor DIY jobs for older people who find it difficult to do so themselves.  Grass cutting is not one of the services.  This is a free service.  Contact 021 4919299 for further details.

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