The Parish of Saint Catherine & Saint James with Saint Audoen

Canon Mark Gardner Tel: 01 454 2274 Mobile 087 266 0228


Diocesan Lay Reader: James Kilbey

Parish Reader: Cletus Ogbata

Organist: Olesia Borsuk

Review Distribution: Margery Bell Tel: 01 4542067


St Audoen’s Cornmarket, 10.00 Eucharist (every Sunday)

St Catherine & St James, Donore Avenue, 11.30 Service of the Word (Eucharist on the first Sunday of the month)


Condolences to Pauline Kilby of St Audoen’s on the death of her brother John, formerly of Piercetown, Newbridge, Co. Kildare, peacefully at Naas Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.

Grandad of the late Sarah and Laura, brother of the recently deceased Raymond.

Sadly missed by his loving wife Eileen, son William, daughter Sandra, beloved grandsons Séan, Cián and Liam, adored great granddaughter Aria, daughter in law Sylvia, son in law John, sister Pauline, brother Joe (Odie), sister in law Betty, brother in law Jim, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends. Pauline will miss him very much. May John rest in peace.

St Catherine’s Rectory.

Four men have been living in the Rectory under the government’s rent a room scheme. Sadly the youngest of them, Arvo Jurgen ‘AJ’ Ragastik, a native of Estonia, died in intensive care in St James’ Hospital with abdominal complications and vital organ failure where he lay for some days. His health must have been in danger for weeks if not months but it went undetected. The cremated remains were brought by some friends and relatives, also Estonians, to the Church of St Catherine & St James, for a memorial service conducted by the Revd Kalmer Keskula of the Estonian Lutheran Church, who also lives in the house, and is an assistant minister in Christ Church Cathedral. Subsequently there was another service in a beautiful and ancient Church in Estonia conducted by the local clergy.

Another of the men in the house is Frank MacMullen, who attends St Audoen’s. He tells me he was in school with the late Charlie Bird. The last member of the household is Fr Anteneh Getu Awoke, of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. He is an Irish citizen and his congregation now meets in Kimmage Manor.

St Teresa’s Gardens

Council says it’s done waiting for developer to build a Dublin 8 sports pitch and has a new plan to get it done. It will jointly develop the pitch and changing rooms with the Land Development Agency at the St Teresa’s Gardens site, council officials said recently. Dublin City Council is looking at working with the Land Development Agency (LDA) to develop a “municipal pitch” and changing rooms at St Teresa’s Gardens in Dublin 8, council officials have confirmed. Three and a half years ago, councillors backed a plan under which the council would give two pockets of land worth €9 million that it owns to Hines. In exchange, Hines would build a full-size GAA pitch, with dressing rooms and new facilities for the local boxing club too, and give the difference in cash. There wasn’t any other funding for the pitch, said a contemporary report from officials to councillors. A spokesperson for Hines said at the time that if councillors agreed to the swap, the target was to have planning in place by June 2021 and the pitch built by the end of 2022, said the council spokesperson. Dublin City Council “remains committed to the development of these facilities at the Donore lands even if the Hines planning application fails to be determined”, the council spokesperson said. The council hasn’t yet replied to a query sent Tuesday asking what now becomes of the two parcels of council land – with room for more than 120 homes – that, under the development agreement back in 2020, were to be swapped with Hines. A spokesperson for Hines did not respond when asked who will be paying for the pitch and facilities to be built. Nor did the council spokesperson directly say who would fund these. But “the development agreement between [Dublin City Council] and Hines was subject to the Developer successfully obtaining planning consent for the relevant development”, the spokesperson said. The 1.74ha site just off Donore Avenue has been overgrown since the council demolished ten of the twelve flat complexes in 2016 to redevelop the site, beginning with a row of social houses on Margaret Kennedy Road. The former playing pitches, behind the Player Wills site on the South Circular Road, have been like that even longer. They’ve been gone now for almost 20 years, says local Andrew O’Connell. “It’s turned into a jungle, back to nature.” A spokesperson for the LDA says that it hopes to be on site at St Teresa’s Garden in late 2024. “Once the boxing club is moved into the new space, work on the pitch can begin.”