Choir of St Bartholomew’s church,

We were delighted to welcome friends from Wicklow, Greystones, Newcastle and Calary who joined us for Evensong on Sunday 21st April in Nun’s Cross Church. The service was sung by the choir of St Bartholomew’s church, Dublin directed by its choir master, Ben Barnes.
The congregation totalled almost 70 and the proceeds of the collection will be added to the Nun’s Cross Restoration Fund launched last autumn to raise money for the conservation and restoration of Nun’s Cross Church.  One new approach we are taking to fundraising for this project is the use of a QR Code and App which allows people to donate remotely and as often as desired, by credit or debit cards. This is proving popular amongst many “Friends of the Parish” as well as with our own parishioners.
The choir and congregation were hosted for a reception afterwards in the church and grateful thanks is rendered to those who provided for this, which provided an opportunity for old friendships to be rekindled and new ones forged.
Killiskey parish would like to express its gratitude to Mr Ben Barnes and the choir of St. Bartholomew’s Church, Clyde Road, Dublin for celebrating this feast of beautiful music and praise, once again, which is now an annual event in Killiskey’s diary. We look forward to their next visit with anticipation!

Easter Vestry

The Easter Vestry took place in Nun’s Cross, Killiskey on 14 April, during the 11.15am service. Many thanks to those who attended and gave their input. Those appointed by the parish to serve as office holders for the coming year are:

Hazel Bayley (Rector’s Churchwarden)

Juliet Belton (People’s Churchwarden)

David Harte (Rector’s Glebewarden)

John Smyth (People’s Glebewarden)

Justine Baumann (Hon Sec)

Scott Golden (Hon Treas)

Sonia Appelbe

Patricia Butler

Bernadette Glover

Tim Hicks

Amanda Mooney

Michael Norman

Ivan Sheane

Sarah Slater

Lucy Tottenham

Eco Notes May

May 2024

“The Humble Spud”

Potatoes. The staple of the Irish diet down through the years, when nearly everyone used to grow their own. Now, fewer people “go to the bother”. However, not only have the numbers of commercial growers in Ireland decreased in recent years, but owing to record rainfall levels this spring, most potato farmers could not plant their potatoes on time. Thus, a shortage for consumers is predicted for later on in the year. We can’t rely on imports either, as other countries have also suffered inclement weather. If everyone in Ireland, who was in a position to do so, could grow even a few spuds of their own, it would alleviate the predicted shortfall in the autumn. It is too late to buy seed potatoes now, but shop-bought potatoes that have begun to sprout could be planted. For those without a large garden, they can be grown in a large box or plastic sack, even on a patio. The rewards of eating delicious home-grown potatoes will be well worth the small amount of effort involved and might perhaps foster an interest in, and appreciation of the joys of, growing vegetables. 

Eco Notes – April

April 2024

Biodiversity project – create a pond

Creating a pond is a wonderful way to aid and abet biodiversity. If this sounds daunting or unfeasible, be advised that even an old sink could provide a small, but invaluable, wildlife haven. Be mindful, however, if using a steep-sided container to install stones as steps so that animals can get in and out of the water; otherwise, even good swimmers may drown. The best advice is to go to the An Taisce website and download their detailed and highly informative leaflet entitled “How to Create & Manage a Pond for Wildlife”. In brief, a few pointers to get you started include: choose a sunny location for your pond. Choose a location other than a rare or valuable habitat. A naturally damp spot works well. Place your pond near existing wildlife corridors if possible. The sides of the pond should have shallow gradients at the edges to assist access for wildlife. Let the pond fill with rainwater rather than chlorinated tap water. To test if your land is free-draining, dig some trial pits and see if the water is retained or drains away. If the latter, then a pond liner will be required. Details of types and amounts of liner – and lots more information – are given in the An Taisce leaflet.

Eco Notes February

February 2024

Clothing industry (Part 1)

In this era of climate crisis, many are quick to blame certain sectors, anything but themselves or their own lifestyles in fact. In reality, most aspects of current living have an impact on the environment. This article examines the clothing industry. The topic invites discussion, even dissension. Some people are intrigued and delighted by fashion shows; thrilled by new designs; spend hours perusing shops to buy the latest fashions; buy on-line, where it is oh-so-easy to view, click and purchase; enticed by ‘three for the price of two’ offers – the latter two activities often result in the purchase of more clothes than are needed or, indeed, will ever be worn. Others are horrified at the prospect of needing to buy yet more clothes for their rapidly growing children, maybe facing severe financial hardship in so doing. Some buy many items of cheap, often poorly made, clothing, whilst others buyer fewer, more expensive, better made and longer lasting clothes. Yet others make their own clothes and upcycle, using old outfits to refashion new ones. Many go to charity or vintage shops and other outlets to buy ‘pre-loved’ clothes. Whichever category you belong to, several important points pertain:-

The clothing industry has a large environmental footprint.

The fewer clothes you buy, the lower the environmental impact.

Fast fashion relies on mass production (often involving child labour and poor work conditions), low prices and large volumes of sales, whereas circular fashion makes re-use and recycling easier and slow fashion produces fewer clothes of better quality.

A vast array of chemicals is used in the processing and production of garments, in addition to the environmental cost of water and energy.

When outfits are made in large factories, up to 20% of fabric is wasted in cut-offs.

Once made, the clothes must be transported and distributed, leading to further energy use in the form of transport fuel.

The bottom line is for us all to reduce how many outfits we purchase annually. Try retaining outfits for longer, clothes swaps, hiring outfits for smart occasions, jazzing up ‘tired’ outfits with a bright scarf or tie. For items no longer worn, give them to a charity or swap shop.

Carols by Candlelight

It’s that time of year again when thoughts turn to Christmas festivities and celebrations. Our ever popular Service of Nine Lessons and Carols, with a host of readers drawn from across the community and county, this year is planned for Sunday evening 10th December at 7.00pm. If you plan to attend we suggest you arrive early to ensure a good seat.

There is no service that morning in Nun’s Cros