Patrick's Church, Lower Glanmire Road, Cork, was designed by architect George
Richard Pain and built 1832-1836 as Chapel of Ease for the Cathedral Parish of
St. Mary and St. Anne.
The Church is constructed in the classical style and
built from Cork limestone.
Restoration work to the exterior of the Church
costing €500,000 (approx.) began in June 2002.
Fr. Christy, in his sermon, gave credit to the
parishioners, for it was through their generosity that these important works of
preservation and improvments to St. Patrick's Church had been completed. The parishioners
were 'the salt of the earth' he said.
Deasy, Chairperson of Fundraising Committee, outlined the work of the Committee
and the present state of the Fund. He paid special tribute to the Architects,
Sara Kelly and Joe O'Brien for the sensitive way in which they approached the
work, and in particular the new glazed entrance.
|Councillor Mairin Quill MCC||Mr. Brian Crowley MEP|
Pics; Derri Keating
Works Celebration Mass and Function
St. Patrick's church 6 pm Mass on the 18th. February was concelebrated by Canon
Liam Leader and Fr. Christy O'Shaughnessy.
Mr. Noel Deasy, Chairman of the
Restoration Committee addressed the congregation and explained that since the
completion of the Restoration Works, Canon Liam had stepped down as Parish Priest
and Fr. Christy had been reassigned to Christ the King church, Turners Cross.
It was considered appropriate that the Committee and Parishioners should acknowledge
the work and encouragement of both men in the Fundraising and Restoration Work.
Noel asked for prayers for the continued work of both men.
Fr. Christy, in
his typical fashion replied with a story; he recalled when he was young (he is
still very young), when his parents would bring him to Killeagh or Youghal, and
if they should meet someone whom his parents knew, and if this person perchanced
to give him a packet of Tayto or a tanner' (a single shiny coin with the
value of six old pennies), his father might say say thanks to the man'.
And so it is, he was now very happy to say thanks to the people of St. Patrick's
Parish for their contributions and efforts in the Restoration Works. He expressed
great joy in the achievements of the people working all together as a living community,
people taking responsibility and ownership. An alive parish is the vision of Christ
in every community. St. Patrick's was not only significant in historical terms
but was also the heart of the Parish. Fr. Christy thanked the people for allowing
him to be part of the Restoration Work journey and he thanked everyone from his
Canon Liam gave thanks and said no, they were not twins' (he
and Fr. Christy), he was in fact a good bit older than Fr. Christy. But age brings
change, and he said that he was very humbled that the Bishop had asked him to
stay on at St. Patrick's as an assistant priest. He was very appreciative of the
works carried out by others under Fr. Christy. He concluded by saying to the parishioners
A presentation of Waterford Glass was made to Canon Liam
by Nancy Hennessy and to Fr. Christy by Margaret Corcoran. All present were invited
to the Parish Hall for goodies'
Liam Leader with Nancy Hennessy|
Christy O'Shaughnessy with Margaret Corcoran||
Leaders inscribed ('Presented to Canon Liam Leader in appreciation from his Parishioners
at St. Patrick's, Cork) glass piece |
|Aonghus O' Broin, Editor of the Newsletter||Nancy Hennessy with
|Mr. & Mrs. Noel Deasy|| |
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| ||Marie-Claire Twomey, Altar Server|
|'Don't tell me'|| |
|Margaret Corcoran, Maurice Lordan, Sacrestan|| |
| ||Fr. Christy|
| ||Canon Liam|
|John Twomey, Mary Twoney and Mary Lane|| |
|Mr. Morris, 'I've been called worse
says Maurice'|| |
just had to send you this letter to tell you how much I love you and care about
you. I saw you yesterday as you were walking with your friends. I waited all day,
hoping that soon you would want to walk along with me too.
evening drew near, I painted you a sunset to close your day and whispered a cool
breeze to refresh you, and waited. You never came. Oh yes, it hurt me, but I just
kept loving you.
I watched you fall asleep last night, I longed to touch your brow. I spilled moonlight
upon your face, trickling it down your cheeks as so many times tears have done.
Again I waited, but you did not even think of me. I wanted so much to rush down
so we could talk. I have so many gifts for you.
next day I exploded a brillant sunrise into the glorious morning for you. But
you awakened late and rushed off for the day. You didn't even notice Me. My sky
became cloudy and my tears were the rain. Oh, how 'I love You' ! Today you looked
so sad and so alone. It makes my heart ache because I understand. My friends let
Me down and hurt Me so many times.
if you would only listen. I really love you. I try to say it in a quite wind as
it whispers my love throughout the treetops and spills into the vivid colours
of all the flowers. I shout it to you in the thunder of the great waterfalls,
in the mountain streams, and compose love songs for the birds to sing for you.
warm you with the clothing of the warm sunshine and perfumes the air with nature's
sweet scent. My love for you is deeper than any ocean and greater than the biggest
want or need you may have. If you'd only realise how much I really care.
will spend eternity together in heaven, I know how hard it is on earth. I know
because I was there once. I really want to help you. My Father cares for you and
wants to help you too. Fathers are just that way. So please call me soon. Just
call Me, ask Me, talk to Me. It is your decision. I have chosen you. No matter
how long it takes, I will want forever because I love you.