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TODDLERZONE on Tuesday at 10.30am

Here we are again at the start of another enjoyable year. Toddlerzone closes on Tuesday 27th June and will re-open on 12th September. We look forward to seeing you again in September.

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Senior Choir

Rehearsals will commence again on Wednesday 7th September. The main special events over the next few months will be the Harvest Festival, Remembrance Sunday, and the annual Carols by Candlelight Service.

We are always very pleased to hear from people who are interested in joining the Choir. The commitment is not too onerous – Wednesday evening rehearsals from September to May, Sunday morning services, and the very occasional evening event – for example, the Carol Service or Good Friday evening. If you are interested in joining, please contact the choir leader before rehearsals commence.


Want a bit of exercise? If so why not come along to the Memorial Hall on a Tuesday morning at 10.30am for a friendly game of badminton, followed by a cup of coffee. It is warmer than jogging & easier on the knees!!! If you are interested please come along or call Karen Dent


Rathfarnham Parish junior badminton club runs on Thursdays from 6.30-7.45pm in the War Memorial Hall. The club is open to children from 4th-6th class. We have a Leinster qualified coach Carolyn Gordon. Everyone has a chance to learn a new sport and have some fun. If your child is interested in a place for September please call me as soon as possible - Amy Dunne.

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Keep up to date with the clubs goings on on the website:


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The Bowls Club held their AGM on the 2nd May in the War Memorial Hall and the following were elected on to committee and to various offices of the Club: Club Captain – Harry Sargent; Hon. Sec – Anne Bowen; Hon. Treas. Alison Young assisted by Pamela Campbell; Match secretary- Anne Bowen assisted by Zuilmah Trower. General committee members – Albert Connor and James Walker. We look forward to the new season scheduled to begin on the 23rd September 2017. Parishioners are very welcome to come along and explore their potential at this very sociable sport where emphasis is very much on encouraging one another. Club members were delighted to be joined by the youth club during the year and look forward to further engagement with parishioners of all ages and stages of life in 2017. Why not come along on Tuesday evening or Saturday evening. Further information from Anne Bowen 4558345


There will be a Whist Drive in the Memorial Hall on 3rd Wednesday monthly (?) starting at 8pm. All welcome. Enquiries to Rob and Beryl Dawson

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Eco Congregation Ireland

Are you interested in learning more about Eco-Congregation Ireland? Perhaps your congregation or parish has an interest in the environment and has thought about becoming an Eco-Congregation? Rathfarnham Parish had an Eco-Cong group a few yerars ago, but members moved on, and perhaps it is now defunct or waiting to be revived? The Eco-Congregation Committee has Catholic, Presbyterian, Methodist, Church of Ireland and Quaker representatives on it and they are happy to come to speak to your group no matter how small! Read their monthly PDF for May 2017

If you have any information or stories from your congregation, parish, meeting or Eco Congregation, we would love to hear from you! Please forward your news to us at


The Historical Society meets every month over the winter in the Parish Centre. We meet at 8.00pm and generally on the third Thursday but this can vary to suit lecturers. We find it difficult to plan too far ahead so we don’t issue an overall programme. To get regular updates you should become a member – sub €25 individual, €30 family. Visitors are welcome to our meetings at €4 per meeting. You can contact me for further details Roger White


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The Wednesday Club is an informal afternoon gathering of parishioners and friends who meet on the last Wednesday of each month from September to May. We usually have a speaker or some other form of light entertainment which is followed by a cup of tea, traditional quality tray bakes etc. and a good chat. We also go on one or two outings during the year. There is no official membership or fee, just come along on the day, if you are interested, and make a contribution of €2 to cover the tea and other expenses.

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EXTEND Classes resume on Wednesday 7th September at the usual time of 11.30am in the Parish Centre. Extend classes improve your posture, vitality and mobility while providing mental and physical stimulation. The classes are seated and each class member participates according to their own ability. The classes also promote a sense of wellbeing and a community spirit.

Classes cost €4 per class or €25 for 8 weeks. We look forward to seeing you all in September! For more information please call Vivienne


Once again numbers grew during the year which was great. We miss Denis Lawlor very much. He was a lovely man with a fantastic sense of humour and a kind word for everyone he met.

We held a very successful coffee/ tea morning in May in conjunction with Rathfarnham Active Retirement Association at which we raised 1,240 euro for the Alzheimers Association. It was a marvellous result and thank you very much to those who helped us in any way - including the mums from the school/ Parish who brought platefuls of homemade goodies. They were enjoyed by all. We will resume our activities in the Parish Centre on Thursday 7th September!!

Heather, Susan and the team


Active youth

Youth Club members and leaders had great fun rounding off a great season with a Scavenger Hunt and BBQ. Each Sunday 15 to 18 young people from the parish, along with some of their friends, meet in the War Memorial Hall, where they have fun playing sports, going on outings, enjoying theme nights and hanging out with one another. As we break for the summer months we would like to wish all our members who will be starting their Junior Certificate exams in a few weeks’ time the very best of luck. Many thanks to all the leaders for all their input during the year with various aspects in running Youth Club (Tristan McMurray, Andrew Manning, Zoe Manning, Kara Browning, Melody Chadamoyo, Ann-Marie McCarthy, Gordon Wright, Linda O’Connor & Lynn Storey)
Nicola Marples

31st Scout Group Council News

31st Rathfarnham is one of the oldest Scout Troops, celebrating our centenary in 2017. We want to gather stories, photos, uniforms from ex-members and their families. Details will follow, for now we are calling on any ex-members to get involved in the project. Contact John Sisson or Paula for information. All 31st Rathfarnham families are invited to take part in our group Family Hikes which takes place on the 3rd Sunday of every month (kick off 2.15pm)

Leaders - For adults in Scouting there is a clear opportunity to work with the young people in their community from all age ranges from 6 right through to 20. This opportunity will not only allow you to help develop the future of these young people and their future contribution to your area but will also be a lot of fun!

There is a very close network of adults already working in your local Group and throughout Ireland that will help you develop yourself socially when you join. There is a clear support network from National level right down to local Group to help you develop and train yourself in the skills needed to develop the young people in your charge and to build your confidence in yourself and your organizational ability

Beaver News

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Rathfarnham 31st Beavers Group - Beaver Scouts are the youngest section. They range from 6 to 8 years of age. It's where we start the adventure and the emphasis is maximum fun. Don't let our cute factor fool you as we can be as adventurous and daring as any other Scouts. While we are having fun we still get to play with others so that we know how to get along with other people. 6pm - 7.15pm in the Memorial Hall - Website:

As always we have been very busy. We had our investiture with our Group Leader John Sisson at the beginning of the year. Then the Beavers were awarded their emergency badges. Just before the mid term we had our Olympics night which everyone really enjoyed. Also we started preparing for our Backwoods and Paddling badges. These badges will be completed outdoors in the coming weeks so lots of exciting times ahead. Sarah, Eddie, Dave, Tomás, Lynn, Sandra and Ann-Marie

31st Rathfarnham Cub Scouts

Cub Scouts range from 9 to 11 years of age. The Cub Scout adventure is full of fun and exploration. We are all about finding out about new things and new ways of having fun. We learn to become more responsible because we want to do more things like go on longer camps and lead activities. Despite additional leaders, we would still love to hear from those of you out there who may not be able to commit to being full leader but could volunteer to help out at specific events - interested? - let us know at the number below.

Cub Field DaysWe're just back from our overnight wild camping expedition, with our 3rd year cubs and 5 certifiable leaders spending the night camping wild at the top of Lough Dan in bivvy bags. While we had a damp start, the weather cleared to a beautiful clear night, and yet another glorious dawn over the lake. Rated by a number of the cubs as 'best camp ever', we can't ask for more than that! With port and starboard now firmly drilled into the cubs by Andy, we're looking forward to an afternoon of sailing in Dun Laoghaire at the end of May, when the cubs will earn their first Sailing Adventure Skills badge. Just one more Wednesday meeting then at the beginning of June, for the whole pack, before we head up to Crawfordsburn for Camp Midgeless, our two night summer camp. Dates for your diaries (details to follow): Sat 27th May: Practical Sailing Skills Wed 7th June: End of year party, Group 1 & 2, details to follow Fri 9th-Sun 11th June: Camp Midgeless, Crawfordsburn Wishing all our cubs and families a great summer, and we look forward to seeing you all again in September.

Yours in Scouting, Carolyn, Sarah, Wendy, Aoife, Nigel, Andy, Ross, Michelle and Fiona ~ Email to - Website:


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Scouts are aged 12 to 15 years and Venture Scouts are aged 15 to 20. Scouts get to do more for themselves and have more of their own adventures that they get to choose. In Venture Scouts the young person takes full ownership of the programme, and they decide what they will do, when they will do it and how it will be done. In doing this they are supported and advised by a dedicated team of Venture Scouters, whose role is to guide and mentor the Venture Scouts as they develop their skills in planning and organisation

Summer camp this year, “Netherlads 2016” was a huge success and enjoyed by all. This year we traveled to the Netherlands and camped between Pijnacker and Nootdorp for the first two weeks which was full of activities available to us whenever we needed, with a swimming pool, a football pitch and a lake nearby what more could we ask for? Final city for summer camp was in Munich, Germany and we all had a fantastic time, finishing off the camp with final meal in a Greek restaurant nearby where we said goodbye to three of our leaders Ian Sheridan, Peter Adye-Curran and Stephen Alexander (our SL for 2014/15 and 2015/16). The whole troop would like to thank the three of them for all the work they have put in over the last four years. We would also like to congratulate Craig Kennedy on being appointed our new SL for 2016/17. The next scouting year will begin mid-late September. We will be in contact with the parents of the boys coming up from cubs this year in the first few weeks of September. If anyone has any inquiries about getting their son involved in scouts please don’t hesitate to email us at We look forward to seeing everyone again and to having another successful year. Yours in scouting, The Leader Team



Have You a Daughter Aged 5 to 7?? If yes then Rathfarnham Ladybirds could be the place to be on a Saturday morning! Full programme of fun activities and games. Rathfarnham Ladybirds meets on Saturday mornings from 10 till 11 (one exciting hour) in the Memorial Hall, Terenure. They follow a programme full of fun which helps them to become more independent, learn to care and share, discover the world around them and take part in activities and games. While most activities are indoors there is also "Days Out" during the year.

Hi Ladybirds, We had a long break but when we got back to ladybirds it was back to work. We did some work on the environment and recycling. We also had a small sports day in Bushy Park. Thankfully the weather stayed dry. We had lots of races and games. All the ladybirds got medals for their participation. On our last day we had a party which was great fun. We also said goodbye to Aine one of our leaders. Aine was a vital part of our team and will be missed. We are looking for new leaders for September to keep our unit up and running as we don't have enough leaders at the moment. If you would like to become a leader please contact me Suzanne Morgan

BROWNIES - Rathfarnham Brownies

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Brownies thoroughly enjoyed the Thinking Day Ceremony with Ladybirds when we loved trying food from the four World Centres. We have had great fun trying out tents and having an indoor campfire sing - song. We made star constellations using cocktail sticks and mini marshmallows and also using magnetix. We coloured in the Irish Flag and sang the National Anthem for St. Patricks Day. We made some lovely gifts and a card for Mothers Day. We have now completed our Surfsmart challenges and cannot wait to receive our badges. In April we will have a Brownies Got Talent day to complete our Performing Arts badge. We have also had fun playing games - new and old. We have a long Easter break returning on the 6th May. Mary Somers


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Adult Leaders Wanted!! If you are willing to help us, even once a month we would love to hear from you. We miss Morwenna & wish her well in Japan. As always thank you to the parents who willingly help us and the Senior Branch Girls. We were lucky with the weather for our earlier Howth walk and even luckier to see porpoises as well as the usual seals and seabirds. The guides used PR style voting resulting in their Easter outing to Jumpzone - loved by all who went. We have just had our annual major badge testing evening so the uniform sashes will look more colourful by the end of May. Lord Baden Powell and Healthy Friendship badges were gained in other unit meetings. This year the Guides not only decorated but also baked cupcakes and other items for the Fete cake stall. We look forward to our weekend camp in Edenderry and also to our week at IGGnite International camp in the grounds of Rockwell College. Any girls age 10 - 14 who wish to join in September please contact us soon. Heather Bowen, Ciara Quinn, Morwenna Gentile -

Would you like to be part of our Leader team on a full or part time basis? We all enjoy guiding with the 10-14 age but really need more Adult help as 3rd level studies and changing work commitments mean we can't all be there all the time. Please contact us if you think this might be for you

Heather, Ciara and Morwenna.

Rathfarnham Senior Branch At our meeting before the Summer we planned a trip to celebrate International Day of the Girl: We got the bus into town and attended an IGG screening of “Girl Rising”. This film tells the stories of nine girls from the developing world who have overcome nearly insurmountable odds to achieve their dreams. We finished our outing with a quick bite to eat before catching the bus home. The following week we joined with the other branches of IGG to help Zion Guides celebrate their centenary at a District campfire. Before we took a well-earned half-term break, we were invited to join with other Senior Branchers from the region for a Halloween party in Guide National Office. If you are a 14 1/2+ female and want to join us please get in touch.

Meriel Huggard (Unit Leader)

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Rathfarnham and District Festival

Tentative steps have been take to launch this festival in October 2017. Representatives from Rathfarnham Parish attended opening meetings to see how we can strengthen our connections with various groups in the community and offer a Christian presence when the festival gets under way. Meantime, we are looking forward to meeting our European and Wider World neighbours at an Intercultural food festival on Sunday the 25th June (not Saturday 24th as previously announced) from 12 noon – 5pm in the grounds of Rathfarnham Castle being organised by South Dublin County Council. We plan to keep the church open after our services for visitors, similar to a Culture/Heritage night. Ideas from parishioners regarding interesting ways to welcome and witness to our visitors are encouraged. Please chat with the Rector.

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DIY Experts Needed

Any parishioner with any DIY expertise who would be willing to help out with ongoing general maintenance on an ad hoc basis please let us know by email to the Parish Office ( or let the churchwardens or Rector know


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