Announcements 12 November 2017

1.    The current issue of word for Today is available in the back of the Church.

2.    Poppies are available in the back of the Church in honour of Remembrance Sunday.  The Royal British Legion is the nation's leading Armed Forces charity providing care and support to all members of the British Armed Forces.

3.    4th quarter fair-share is due at end of the month.  Anyone in a position to donate toward the fair-share, please do so by placing your donation on the collection plate, and mark it fair-share.  Alternatively you can give your donation to Laura Levis or Kate Neilson.

4.    There will be no midweek Holy Communion service this Thursday (16 November).

5.    We welcome your homemade craft and contribution for the Christmas Craft fair which takes place on Sunday 26th of November.  All proceeds will go in support to the Church funds.

6.    We are looking for contributions to the next parish newsletter, please submit text as soon as possible and if you have photos, they are welcome too.

7.    The Mother’s Union will have their Christmas dinner at the West Cork Hotel on Sunday 10 December at 1:30 pm.  The cost is €30.00 per person.  Anybody interested in attending is welcome.  Please reserve a place by talking to Maud Swanton or Essie Shannon.

Sunday School recommenced on Sunday 15 October and is held the second and third weeks of every month until summer.

On behalf of our Sunday School teachers, Sharon Wolfe and David Hayward, I am appealing especially to parishioners who have been Garda-vetted and to secondary students, but also to those who are parents, grandparents, current or former teachers or anyone willing to become garda-vetted through the parish in order to support Sunday School and other children’s events.  I wonder if you’d be willing to help occasionally as a Sunday School “second,” which is simply a background support for whomever is teaching. At the very least, you would sit in a corner and monitor the lesson for the purpose of child safety and protection. At the most, you might be called upon to provide an extra pair of hands during a craft, stand watch outside the hall door for toilet breaks, or offer encouragement should any child need a bit of help. Towards this end, we would like to put together a rota for “seconds.” With a grand total of 14 Sundays to cover, the more volunteers, the less frequently anyone would need to repeat, unless, of course, you are interested in becoming a regular member of the team. Below is a list of the dates for this school year. Could you please let me know by Monday 30 October which date(s), if any, you would be willing to help Sharon or David out? And if you are not yet garda-vetted through the parish, but interested in doing so, please contact me.

12 November
19 November
10 December
17 December
14 January
21 January
11 February
18 February
11 March
18 March
8 April
15 April
13 May
20 May

Flower Quiz

Our Flower Quiz was organised in conjunction with the FLOWER FESTIVAL held in St. Matthias Church, Ballydehob, Saturday and Sunday 19th and 20th August, in aid of St. Matthias Church recent restoration. Many thanks to all those who took part and helped to make the Flower Festival such a wonderfully succesful fund-raising event.

The quiz – Answers: Flowers

1. Tralee for this one (4) ROSE

2. It is the best policy (7) HONESTY



5. Two lips (6) TULIPS

6. Part of our native language (4) IRIS

7. Charles' wife (8) CAMELLIA

8. GMNTOFETORE [3 words] FORGET ME NOT      


I0. Hoarse sound with a pronoun (6) CROCUS

11. Wed a precious metal (8) MARIGOLD


13. Has a shell at the seaside (10) PERIWINKLE


16. The point of the church with 2 A's (7) SPIRAEA

17. Don't sit on this one it has a pin (5) LUPIN

18. This vehicle is all over the people. (9) CARNATION


21. An English city rings [10, 4) CANTERBURY BELL

22.You replaced in a young dog (5) POPPY


1st – Ivor Hayes, Tipperary

2nd – Bessie Anderson, Bandon

3rd – Freda Saeter, Castletownshend


Saint Matthew's Church has had a refurbishment, see the photo gallery below for an impression of how it went. Grateful thanks in particular to  Bobby, Tommy, Victor and Jim.


Parish Newsletter
If you would like to view our Prish Newsletter online, please click here: April 2017


Saint Matthias National School Saint Matthias National School is a vibrant school community with an enrolment of 37 and providing an environment in which each child is expected and enabled to achieve his/her potential. Pupils are encouraged to be enquiring and creative, our educational standards are high and the fact that our school is small enables us to engage in investigation and experimentation by the pupils, which might not be possible in a more crowded school situation.  Team work and collaboration are encouraged so that pupils learn to work together and to help each other.

The School receiving forms of intention for the next academic year, and already several families have expressed their intentions to enrol their children for the 2017-2018 school year.  Should you be interested in enrolling a child in Saint Matthias National School, please contact the school on, 028 37500 or email:

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.


The West Cork Choral Singers
A mixed choir of some 45 members, under the musical directorship of Diana Llewellyn. The choir holds its weekly practice every Monday night and choir members come from a radius of 40 kilometres and, at last count, comprised eight nationalities. Diversity is the raison d’etre of the choir. The repertoire is a broad one, with a slight bias towards the more sacred rather than the light-hearted. 028 37570 for more info.


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.