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Announcements for the 13 January 2019

1. The Mothers’ Union Annual Quiet Day is Monday the 14 January 2019. Mrs. Marie Norton, a diocesan Lay Reader from Bandon will lead the day in St Matthews’s Church Hall, Aughadown. Marie Norton spent many years working in the Middle East, as a nurse and as a lay reader. The day is opened to anyone interested in attending. The day will begin with refreshments at 10 am. Those interested in attending, please contact Maria Swanton.

2. The Confirmation Classes for the 2019 Confirmation begin Monday 14 January from 4-5 in Saint Matthias Church in Ballydehob.

3. There will be a Select Vestry Meeting on Tuesday 15 January 2019 at 8:30 pm in Saint Matthew Parish Hall. Select Vestry members, it will be important for you to attend this meeting.

4. Thursday there will be a Holy Communion service at 11 am in Saint Matthias Church in Ballydehob followed by refreshments in the rectory. All are welcome.

5. The Ballydehob Union Children’s after school club will meet again on Tuesday afternoon, 15 January, from 3:30 pm until 5 pm in the side room of the Ballydehob Community Hall. The afternoon activities are organized according to Bible themes and include an opportunity to recreate Bible scenes with LEGO. All primary aged school children welcomed to join for this fun-filled afternoon of games, songs, crafts, snacks and LEGO activities. There is a cost of €2.00 per child.

6. Schull Community College open evening takes place on Thursday, 17th January at 6 pm. Staff and students of the college will be available on the night to meet sixth class students and their parents. There will also be subject displays in classrooms, information on transition year and musical performances by members of the college orchestra. All visitors are very welcome.


Saint Matthias National School: St. Matthias’ has had a long tradition of education in West Cork, since it welcomed its first pupils in 1827. At St. Matthias’ we prepare pupils for life by treating each one as an individual, identifying and fostering their particular skills and talents and encouraging them to reach their potential. What pupils experience in primary school will form the basis for lifelong learning and the values, interests and memories they will bring with them into adult life. Should you be interested in enrolling your child in Saint Matthias National School, please contact the school on 028 37500 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Saint Anne’s Hospital in Skibbereen: The residents of St. Anne’s Hospital Skibbereen would appreciate visits from Volunteers for social interaction, to read or discuss the newspaper, play cards, play bingo, sing a song, play the piano, assist with outings or be innovative in doing something new. For further details, you are welcome to contact Ms Tara O’Donovan, Clinical Nurse Manager, on Tel. 028-38132.

Children's Services: Each first Sunday one service in the Ballydehob Union of parishes is especially aimed at Children. The service usually alternates between the two churches. In February it will be in Aughadown at Saint Matthew Church and in March, as we celebrate Mothering Sunday, we will look forward to seeing children in all of our services. You are warmly invited to attend any of these services. If you have any questions, please contact the rector at the telephone number above.

Cancer Connect is a brilliant initiative between West Cork Rural Transport and the hospitals in Cork City. A rare occasion of the left hand and the right hand actually working together. People who need radiotherapy have to receive a 10-minute treatment every day for 35 days. This radiotherapy can only be administered in The Regional Hospital in Cork, so a really tiresome daily trek is needed. The West Cork Rural Transport provide a daily mini-bus service from Goleen along the N71 to Cork which is free to any patient requiring this treatment. The really excellent part of this is that the Regional Hospital ensure that any patients from West Cork will receive their treatment between noon and 1pm.

A further service is now in place whereby patients requiring chemotherapy and other cancer treatments can avail of a private car and driver. The drivers of both services are volunteers, and so far more than 300 trips to Cork Hospitals have been provided. If you feel you can help with driving, once a month is all that is needed, please contact Helen on 027 52727. Or if you know of any patients who may find the service of use, please call Helen on 027 52727. The proceeds of the Pancake Day coffee morning were donated to this excellent service.

The Aughadown Church Hall
If you know of anyone who is having a party, family gathering, wedding reception, children’s party, and are looking for a venue, please suggest the Church Hall at Church Cross. It comes with a well equipped kitchen; good parking; lots of space outside if you have youngsters wanting to run about and let off steam, and is very reasonable to hire.

The Aughadown Walking Group meets every Monday and Thursday at 10am at the GAA Community Hall at Church Cross. All are welcome to join the Group for a walk. The walk lasts about 40 minutes along local lanes, all of which are fairly flat and sheltered. It is not a route march, a race or over-strenuous, but an opportunity to get fit and socialise. There is no charge and for further information please call Brigid O’Brien on 38132.