Church Review Notes April 2015

The Parish of Saint Catherine & Saint James with Saint Audoen
Canon Mark Gardner (Editor) Tel: 01 454 2274 Mobile 087 266 0228
The Revd Martha Waller (Curate-Assistant) Tel: 01 868 1655
Review Distribution: Doris Brooks Tel: 01 453 0887

Service times every Sunday
10.00 Eucharist, St Audoen, Cornmarket. (Parking in Francis Street is free on Sundays)

11.30 Eucharist (and Sunday School, in term time) St Catherine & St James, Donore Avenue. (Service of the Word, or Family Service, Second Sundays only)

11.00 Eucharist or (third Wednesdays) Service of Wholeness and Healing, with Laying-on of Hands and Anointing.

The Charities Regulatory Authority (CRA) is Ireland’s national statutory regulatory agency for charitable organisations. The CRA was established on 16 October 2014 under the terms of the Charities Act 2009. It is an independent agency of the Department of Justice and Equality. There are many charitable funds in the Parish, devoted to the education of the children or the relief of the poor. As required by the Representative Church Body, the Church of Ireland’s mini-civil service, a group has been formed to complete the registration of all the Parish charities and to present the CRA with accounts stretching back over many years and reports of the activity of the various trustees. The Parish is most grateful to those who have taken on this onerous task. One charity which is no more than a ghost has as its official address the house of Dr O’Donovan, father of Alex O’Donovan, a pillar in his lifetime and in his death a benefactor of St Audoen’s.

Dublin Street Directory 1926
Blackhall Street 8 O’Donovan, M. P., surgeon. Ireland’s oldest vintage Garda vehicle is a far cry from flash modern-day squad cars. The 1923 Model T Ford of the Dublin Metropolitan Police is owned by retired guard Pat O’Connor, who has a great interest in cars and has researched the history of this vehicle as far back as he could go. He found out that when the Gardaí were finished with the car in 1930, it passed into private ownership. “It went to Dr Thomas Donovan in Blackhall Street who was a surgeon in the Richmond Hospital,” he said. Mr O’Connor bought the vehicle from a subsequent owner in 1998, and it is still going strong. He also revealed that he found a historic piece from a Garda uniform in the car. “The Guards in the old days used to have a cape, and they had a little chain holding the top of it, and I found one of those chains embedded in the seat,” he said.

Sunday School
The number of pupils in St Catherine’s National School now exceeds 200, and an additional two classrooms and a playground have been provided, with the kind help of the owners of Player’s Square, the former cigarette factory, and so the number of staff also increases. It is not our intention to let the School grow much more, unless the number of Church of Ireland children continues to increase. Happily, this is an area where young people are buying old houses, and bringing their children to the Parish School and to the Sunday School. The parish is most grateful to those parents who have been prepared to go through the process of Garda vetting and to undertake to teach in the Sunday School during Church Service.

Armenian genocide 2015
When I was a child my brother and I won a Boys’ Brigade fancy-dress competition at St George’s, when he was dressed as a Turk and I was dressed as a Christian, and he set about slaughtering me with great relish. That was in 1965, fifty years after the Turkish massacre of the Armenians. The following year I won again, dressed as Nelson standing on a tall stool. That was 1966, the year Nelson Pillar in O’Connell St was blown up, the fiftieth anniversary of the 1916 rising. There is now an Armenian congregation in Christ Church Taney, as I learn from my friend Dr Paul Manook.

Signs of progress
Number 10 Mill Street. An application has been submitted to Dublin City Council to build a 400-bed student residence on an empty 2.5 acre site in Mill Street (formerly Tanner’s Alley) in the historic South Inner city area of The Liberties, Dublin 8. The €41m scheme will provide new retail, restaurant and office space for local businesses, an extensive landscaping to Mill Street and Warrenmount Lane and the opening up of a section of the mainly underground Poddle stream for public access. Historians, conservators and Dubliners alike will be pleased to hear that the planned project will also see the complete refurbishment of a dilapidated 18th century townhouse at no. 10 Mill Street. Shaffrey Architects in a 2005 report titled ‘St. Luke’s Conservation Plan‘ for Dublin City Council (DCC) described no. 10 as “perhaps the sole survivor in the area of the gable-fronted house type” while the DCC noted in a 2009 report that it “appears to be the last extant double gabled Dutch Billy” in the city. The same report pulled no punches: Number 10 Mill Street is extremely important to the entire city both architecturally and historically and it is a failure on the part of the City’s PSR system and on the part of the public authority who owned the building for so many years that it has been allowed to deteriorate to such an extent. Following Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries in the mid-sixteenth century, these lands were acquired by William Brabazon, ancestor of the Earls of Meath, and became known as the ‘Meath Liberties’. French Huguenots, fleeing religious persecution, settled in Newmarket and Weavers’ Square from the late seventeenth century, where they contributed substantially to the development of the textile industry. In about 1700 there were seven Huguenot families living in Mill Street including one called Disney, ancestors of the American cartoonist Walt Disney. No. 10 was built in the 1720s by the Brabazon family, Earls of Meath.