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TODDLERZONE on Tuesday at 10.30am

On Saturday 1st April a group of Toddlerzone supporters and others from the community met in the grounds of Rathfarnham Castle. A tree was planted by Archbishop Michael Jackson to remind us all of our baptism. It is hoped that parents who frequent the Castle grounds and/or the playground there, will visit the tree and remind little ones that as the tree grows so they grow also in the life of the church. The tree can be seen from the Brambles' window - inside or outside! We closed for Easter with a session of Messy Easter (a very child and parent friendly form of church) and we feel that everyone enjoyed the experience and took home some of the Easter message. We thank Canon Adrienne, Rev. Ruth, Lynn and Barbara W for all their input and of course the usual team! Birthday time again in May for Charlie Murphy and Robyn Fitzgerald who will be 4, Adam Buckley 3, Jack Fitzroy 2 and Sophie Correll 1. We hope you all have a great day. - Heather, Susan, Annmarie and Kim

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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.

We wish our choir members, who are also in the Guinness Choir, well for the forthcoming presentation of Joseph Haydn's 'The Seasons' sung in German in the RDS Concert Hall on the 27th May.


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 on 087 6375272 Amy Dunne

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Three of our six teams that made it through to the quarter final stages of the Leinster Cup progressed to the semi-finals. Unfortunately, the "finals" evaded us this season but it was empowering to see our club so well represented at the final stages. Terrific play & well done to our Ladies 2, Ladies 4 & Mixed 2 teams. Congratulations also to Stephen Wormall, who was runner-up in the over 65's Men's singles final in the Irish National Masters In Baldoyle in February. Terrific result.

Eight of our teams in the Leinster League could possibly make it through to the play-off stages. We will know for definite by the end of March. A few matches in the various divisions still have to be played which could influence our standing, so it's all eyes on the points table at this stage. Next up is our Club Tournaments which will run throughout April/May. Always guaranteed to provide tough competition & fun.... with more emphasis on the "fun"! With over fifty members in the club now, we hope there will be a good entry & plenty of play.

In celebration of our 75th Anniversary, we have decided to organise a Mixed Open tournament in Whitehall Road on the 27th May to mark the longevity of the club within badminton circles and in recognition of all the voluntary work that members have given over the years and continue to give, to make the club the great success that it now is. The tournament will be followed by a social celebration in the upstairs venue of the Badminton Centre and we will be inviting all past members to join us that evening. Look out for the posters!!! A special sub committee has been set up to organise the event & work is already well underway to seek sponsorship, raffle prizes, etc as the overheads to run such an event are costly. Meanwhile, if any past members have any old photos/memorabilia that we could share with everyone on the night, we would love to hear from you. Please contact our club secretary, Kim Mc Crave or who is kindly collating all this material

2017 is a very special year for the club as we celebrate our 75th Anniversary. We are proud to be one of the oldest badminton clubs around today and with quite possibly some of the oldest "racket swingers" in town too!!! The committee are actively planning to see how all our present & past members can mark this auspicious occasion. We will keep you posted Thelma Tutty. Keep up to date with the clubs goings on on the website:


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The season will close with our AGM on 2nd May at 8.30 pm. We expect our Club competitions to be completed by then. At present James Walker and Harry Sargent have reached the final of the Singles competition. James and Vivienne Chambers have reached the final of the Pairs but must wait for the result of the second semi-final to know who they will meet. We look forward to a good attendance at the AGM.
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PLEASE NOTE - There will be no Whist Drive in May as the War Memorial Hall is required for Fête preparations. We look forward to seeing everyone again on Wednesday, June 21st. 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? 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 March 2017

Anglican Communion Environmental Network Lenten Resources
During Lent we remember the 40 days that Jesus spent in the wilderness, facing challenge and temptation. It is a time when we reflect on God’s purpose for our own lives. The Anglican Communion Environmental Network has produced useful Lenten resources with an environmental theme. Their focus this year is water. Water is a gift. Water is life. Through their website you can learn how to take part in the Carbon Fast for Lent, enhance this vital season of prayer, study and repentance by using their Study Guide on ‘Reflections on the Water of Life’ and take part in the annual ‘Seven Weeks for Water’ initiative of the World Council of Churches’ Ecumenical Water Network by following a pilgrimage of water justice in Africa by using reflections, liturgies and other resources on the website.

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 086 8170617


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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.

Club OutingWith the visit of Rev. William Bennett from Newcastle in April we have completed our program of meetings are now looking forward to our day out to Waterford on 24th of May. This will comprise a coach leaving the village at 9.30am. a stop for coffee and scones, and arriving in Waterford in time for a tour of the Waterford Glass factory before lunch in the Tower Hotel. The afternoon will be free to explore the Viking history of the town, or a little retail therapy, and we hope to be back in Dublin by 7.00pm. If you have not already signed up for the trip and would like to come please give me a call to see if there are any seats left on the bus. Bryan Cooper


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


It is very encouraging to see increasing numbers coming to pop-in on Thursdays. Still plenty of room so come along and swell the group even more!

Alzheimer’s Tea Day Run by Rathfarnham Parish Pop-In Group & Rathfarnham Active Retirement Association

We are holding our Tea Day this year on Thursday 4th May from 10.30am – 12noon in the Rathfarnham Parish Centre

We ask parishioners to give their full support to this event.

To quote from Pat Kenny's letter, who is ambassador of the Alzheimer's Society of Ireland's Tea Day “All profits will go directly to help people affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia in your area”

Heather, Susan and the team


Active youth

Youth Club continues to meet in the Memorial Hall most Sundays form 7.30pm to 9pm. We all enjoyed a Smoothie Themed Night after returning from the half-term break.

It’s been great to see so many of those recently confirmed joining us in Youth Club. Anyone from 1st Year up who would like to find out what Youth Club is all about is welcome to come along to any of our sessions before we meet in May. Just come along on Sunday evenings to the War Memorial Hall from 7.30pm – 9pm on any of the dates below. Remember you can bring a friend along with you.

Sunday 7th May 7.30pm – War Memorial Hall ~ Sunday 14th May 7.30pm – War Memorial Hall Scavenger Hunt & BBQ


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 started the month scaling new heights at the new Dublin Climbing Centre in Tallaght. A big thank you to Conor and the team there for managing the evening so efficiently - the cubs really enjoyed it (while the leaders enjoyed the coffee!!) May will see us taking to the water as the cubs cover the skills to earn their first Sailing Adventure Skills badge. Our third years are counting down to their eagerly awaited wild camping overnight expedition in mid-May. Plans are also well underway for our annual two night camp in June. This year we are heading up to Crawfordsburn, near Bangor - parent's information nights will be held during the two Wednesday evening meetings at the beginning of May. Dates for your diaries (details to follow): Mon 1st May: Cub hike (note change of date - details to follow) Wed 3rd May: Group 1 Sailing Skills & parent's camp meeting Wed 10th May: Group 2 Sailing Skills & parent's camp meeting Sat 13th May: 3rd Years only - Overnight wild camping trip Sat 20th May: Parish Fête - rota to man the cub stall to follow Sat 27th May: Practical Sailing Skills

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.

Hello Ladybirds, it was great to see all of you after the Christmas Holidays. We have been busy making New Years resolutions. We also made our money boxes for Thinking Day. Our Ladybird unit is looking for new leaders. Some of our leaders will be leaving in May so we really are short on leaders. In order for our Unit to keep operating we will need new helpers so if you can spare one hour every two weeks please contact me. Also if you have any queries regarding Ladybirds contact 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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We celebrated Thinking Day a little early this year due to half term. For each of the chosen countries we had some food, their flag and language and looked at their guide promise and uniform. For some countries there were games or songs also. After half term we will have completed another interest badge so most girls are well on their way to getting their yearly challenge badge completed. We are starting to plan a weekend camp for early summer as well as partaking in the Irish Girl Guides International Camp IGGnite at the end of July. 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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Dublin and Glendalough - Diocesan Kids’ Camp 2017

Kids’ Camp is for children who are 10-12 years old (4th to 6th Class), and this year will be held in Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation from Monday 3rd July to Friday 7th July. The cost of €165 is for full board (food and accommodation), trips and activities. It will be a week packed with adventure, sport, craft, games, friends and fun. Brochures & booking forms are available in church or from Lynn. Further information available from Lynn Storey (087 6957061) Email: Deadline for bookings is 5th June.

The organisers don’t want financial obstacles to prevent children from taking part in camp. A limited number of bursaries are available to assist families in need. Please contact the Revd Abigail Sines on 01–6778099 or prior to 6th May for consideration.

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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