Fr Brendan Quinlivan, the Communications Officer for the Catholic Diocese of Killaloe and Stephen Fletcher the Communications Officer of the Anglican Diocese of Limerick and Killaloe discuss communications in Rural Ireland.
This podcast is taken from the Clare FM Sunday evening programme Beyond Belief on 8th March 2020.
In the Diocese of Killaloe, the Nenagh Union has three churches in Killodiernan, St Marys, Nenagh and Templederry and members from each of these parishes come together to form the Nenagh Union Choir.
Rosemary Smyth, whose husband is Rector of the Nenagh Union, is currently the Director of the Choir which has 18 adult singers together with a Senior Girls’ Choir with eight teenage members, as well as a Children’s Choir which rehearses prior to major Services such as Confirmation, Christmas, GFS Enrolments etc.
Nenagh has just had an Advent Carol Service, and a Service of Nine lessons and Carols where the combined choirs totalled 35 in number with ages ranging from 4 to 89!
The choirs sing a broad range of music, from Plainsong and Taizé, to living composers such as John Bell and Bernadette Farrell. They also sing a simple setting of most parts of the Eucharist, and they find that the congregation is now heartily joining in with the Gloria and plainsong responses in the sursum corda!
For the past two years the Union Choir has competed in Limerick Choral Festival. On both occasions they were awarded first place in the hymn singing category, and second place in the part-singing section. They also received a highly commended in the plainsong section!
They have also sung Choral Evensong in Killaloe Cathedral.
Being a Union of Parishes means that they only have the full choir present in St Mary’s, Nenagh on certain Sundays in the month as choir members like to attend their own local parish church. This inevitably means that Rosemary, who is also the organist, has to rush off from one service to the next, making it impossible to rehearse with children on a Sunday after church.
Rosemary says that they only have two men in their choir. One tenor, and one bass who happens to be the Rector, so that can be interesting if they are trying to sing a sung part of a service and the bass part is coming from a different part of the church!
Anyone interested in joining the Choir should contact the Rector.
The Choir is a great bunch of enthusiastic and interesting characters all keen to do their best and make music to the glory of God.
Over 1000 people visited this years Christmas Tree Festival in St Columba's church in Binden St in Ennis. There were 18 trees decorated by different community groups from Co Clare. Each of the visitors were given the chance to vote for their favourite decorated tree and 755 votes were cast.
Listen here to hear the result recvealed on Clare FM!
Rebekah Fozzard talks to Stephen Fletcher about what parishes should be doing to comply with the GDPR legeslation.
You can find out more from the Church of Ireland website HERE
You can contact Rebekah at Rebekah.email@example.com
Robert Dunne talks to Stephen Fletcher about the importance of safeguarding children and vulnerable adults in our church communities and how we should try to become more 'Child Centred' in our approach.
After his Welcome Service as the new Rector of the Church of Ireland West Clare Parishes Revd Kevin O'Brien came into the Clare FM studios to talk to Stephen Fletcher about his new appointment and his connections with Ireland.
Originally broadcast on Clare FM Beyond Belief on Sunday 20th October 2019
The music has been reduced in this podcast for copyright reasons.
Revd Anne-Marie Stuart talks to Mary Fagan about prayer on the Horizons programme on Radio Kerry.
It is part of the Spirituality Course running at St Michaels Church of ireland Church, Killorglin at 8:00pm.
Date 5th September
Week One: 1. What on earth is Spirituality all about? 2. We talk about Attentiveness so much today but how it can help us cope with our busy lives today?
Date 19th September
Week Two: 1. Have you ever thought of Prayer as an adventure? 2. How prayer can assist us to cope with change.
Date 10th October
Week Three. 1. Understanding how Scripture was written in order to understand more fully the scripture we read in church. 2. Lectio Divina, an ancient and wonderful way to pray.
Date 24th October
Week Four: 1. Change and its effect on our lives. 2. Using the art of M.C. Escher we learn a new approach to the Christian life. 3. Spiritual Maturity.
Date 7th November
Week Five: 1. Intro to Celtic Spirituality. 2. Understanding the Eucharistic, Communion Service. 2 Minds one heart. 2
Date 21st November.
Week Six. 1 The Trinity as you have never heard them described before, providing us with a vision that can both change and empower our daily lives, from the Ancient Christian Celtic writers. Trinity first three talks.
The course is led by Revd. Sister Ann-Marie Stuart. F.J., MA
On Sunday 1st September Beyond Belief returned to the Clare FM schedule after its summer break with a conversation with Nigel Bridge from Clare Castle. Nigel is known throughout Co Clare and beyond as a pianist, organist, choirmaster and compare. He talks to Fr Gerry Kenny and Stephen Fletcher about his early life and influences and chooses four pieces of music to accompany the converstrion.
For copyright reasons the music on this Podcast has been edited.
Stephen Fletcher talks to Mary Hamilton the Pastor of the West Clare Christian Fellowship about their project to turn the former Lighthouse Keeper's house on Scattery Island into a centre for renewal, retreats and learning.
For information on Scattery Island see www.scatteryislandtours.com
Fr Noel Hession the Prior of the Augustinian Community in Limerick talks to Stephen Fletcher about the Ostia initiative to provide Christian community living for universtity students in Limerick.
See more at www.ostia.ie
Stephen Fletcher talks to Peter Barley the Organist and Director of Music at St Mary's Anglican Cathedral in Limerick about a Concert being given in the Cathedral by the Choir of St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin on 21st June at 7:30pm. Tickets are available from www.uch.ie or phone 061 331 549
Stephen Fletcher visits the Church of Ireland's St Mary's Catherdal in Limerick and talks to the Dean of Limerick, the Very Revd Niall Sloane, and the Dean of Killaloe, the Very Revd Gary Paulsen about Canons, Chapters and 15th Century seating arrangements.
Broadcast on the Joe Nash Show on Limerick's Live95FM on 18th January 2019
Fr Gerry Kenny welcomes Stephen Fletcher to the presenting team of Beyond Belief which is broadcast every Sunday evening on Clare FM between 9 - 10pm.
Joanne O'Brien talks to Stephen about his connections to Co Clare and his work with the Church of Ireland.