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 Church Flower Festival  The Ballydehob Union of Parishes has recently undertaken a major repair work in the Church of Saint Matthias.  The costs of the long needed repairs exceeded our expectations. In celebration of the gift of the church repair, we will host a Flower Festival on Saturday and Sunday 19 and 20 August 2017, in the church of Saint Matthias, with a closing service to be held on Sunday 20 August at 8 pm.  The Theme of this Flower Festival is, Worship the Lord in Beauty of Holiness;  all the expected 30 different displays will be expressing some aspect of this theme.  We are running the festival alongside the Ballydehob Summer Festival, and we expect to draw a good number of visitors and tourists during the weekend.

We invite you to support our flower festival, and it is our hope that you will plan to visit the newly opened and renovated Saint Matthias Church and to appreciate the many and varied displays throughout the church.  There will be refreshments available and an opportunity to meet many new people with a keen interest in flowers and gardens.  We look forward to seeing you.


Summer parish Féte  Please mark you diaries and plan on joining us for the Ballydehob Union Parish Fete will take place on Wednesday the 2nd of August in the Ballydehob Community Hall, beginning at 2:30pm.  There will be all the usual stalls including the White Elephant, Country Produce, Book Stall, children’s crafts and games, etc.  In addition there will be teas and cakes served and fun for the whole family.  All are welcome to join in on the fun of the day, and we appreciate your support of our parish.


Summer Holiday Club  The Ballydehob Union will host a Holiday Club the first week in August, running from Monday 7 August until Friday 11 August.  The Children’s Club will meet from 10-12 pm each day at the Hall.  The Club’s theme is "Under the Sea- finding Jesus". There will be great fun from games, activities, songs, crafts and most importantly Bible time, where we'll be continuing the same theme, and discovering more about Jesus and how amazing He is.  All primary age children are welcome to attend.  To cover costs of the Holiday Club, we ask for a small voluntary contribution each day.  For more information, please contact Rev. Steve McCann on 028 37117 or  Alternatively, contact Ruth Kingston on 086 848 3649.


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.