Saturday, December 03, 2011

A Dry Christmas?

Combining local interest and a worthy cause, All Saints' (CofI) parish in Raheny, Dublin 5, are selling A5 size Christmas cards in aid of the roof repair fund.

This is the gem of a church which was built by Lord Ardilaun for his estate at St. Anne's, subsequently became the local parish church and in more recent times hosted Bono's wedding and a complete reading of the bible on the 400th anniversary of the issue of the King James version.

The card above is the Great East Window depicting the Nativity, one of a set of four. The others show the window depicting the baptism of Christ, the church exterior in the snow,and the Duck Pond in St. Anne's. The images come by kind permission of Leo "George" Devitt.

The cards are €5 for a pack of 8 and can be got from Paper Pieces and Best Sellers in Raheny shopping centre, Adams's chemist on Main St., and Mace opposite the Cedars Lounge at Assam's Park.

I am happy to report that the amount of funding required to repair the roof and fix the old bell mountings is now estimated to be only half the amount originally envisaged and that virtually all the required funding has now been obtained. Work on the bell has already been completed.

I learned this at this afternoon's service when the christmas tree lights were turned on and the bell rung for the first time in a long while. You can see a short video here.

Reverend Jim was in fine form and thanked all who had contributed both to the current service and the repairs fund.

He then joined the group of parishioners below for a souvenir photo.

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