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Added on 14/12/2013

Saturday 14 December 2013

Carols for All
The carol singing season is in full swing and in the week ahead there will be many and varied opportunities listen and to participate.

The annual Ecumenical Carol Singing on the steps of the Mansion House, organised by the Diocesan Council for Mission and the Archdiocese Office for Evangelisation & Ecumenism, will take place today (Saturday) at 2.30 pm. This year the singing will be led by “Teenspirit” which is a group from the Archdiocese. There will be seasonal readings by The Lord Mayor, Miriam O’Callaghan (RTE), Gerard Brennan (Dublin Footballer) and Dr Anne Lodge (Principal of The Church of Ireland College of Education). Everyone is invited to come and join in the singing of favourite carols and seasonal songs. There is no charge. The event supports the Lord Mayor’s Charity. In the evening the Discovery Gospel Choir will have a Christmas show, with special guests, in St George & St Thomas church, Cathal Brugha Street. Tickets, for an evening of festive melodies, rich harmonies and ethic beats, may be had from

Tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon there will be a service of Five Lessons and Carols in Christ Church cathedral, Dublin, while in St Patrick’s cathedral there will be a service of ‘Carols for All’. At 4pm the Clonmacnoise Ecumenical Carol Service will be held in St Kieran’s church and at 7pm there will be Carols by Candlelight in St Werburgh’s church, Dublin with a collection in aid of the second phase of conservation work which is due to begin in the New Year.

The Bishop of Connor and the Lord Mayor will attend the annual Belfast Civic Carol Service which will be held in St George’s church at 5pm Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise is supporting this service at which its new bi–lingual service book, Holy Communion and Other Services, will be launched. The Dublin Civic Carol, Service will be held in St Ann’s church at 7pm. The readers will include the Lord Mayor, the Archbishop of Dublin, Mary King of Failte Ireland and Jim Gavin from the GAA.

On Monday evening at 8pm there will be a service of Nine Lessons and Carols in Christ Church cathedral, Dublin. Admission to this service is by ticket only. Tickets are available, free of charge, from the cathedral office – 01–6778099.

Tomorrow (Sunday) the Bishops of Cork will take part in an Ecumenical Blessing of the SHARE Crib in Daunt Square, Cork, which marks the beginning of the annual charity collection for charity, and the Archbishop of Dublin will re–dedicate Timolin church after repair and re–decoration. In the evening, at 4.15pm, the Dean Herbert Cassidy Memorial Organ Recital in St Patrick’s cathedral, Armagh, will be given by John Dilworth. A product of the Archbishop Gregg Memorial Organ Scheme, Mr Dilworth is currently engaged in musical studies in King’s College, London, and is organist in St Philip’s church, Camberwell.

On Monday the Dean of Belfast, the Very Revd John Mann, will begin the Black Santa charity sit out at St Anne’s cathedral, Belfast at 8.45am and on Wednesday at 2pm the Lord Mayor and the Archbishop of Dublin will launch the St Ann’s Clergy Annual Sit–out for Charity which will continue daily from 11am to 6pm until Christmas Eve.

The Legacy of Hannah Villiers–Almshouses and Schools has recently been published by Allan Callender in Limerick and is a history of Villiers Schools and the Almshouses through the years. The book can be ordered by email at or 087–1421525, price 25 euro plus p.p.


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