St. Mary's Parish Church, Howth, Anglican and Church of Ireland
The dates arranged so far for 2019 are:
January 15th (in Hall) and 29th
February 12th (in Hall) and 26th
News from the Social Group
At their last meeting, the Tuesday Social Group were in the Hall, hard at work preparing decorations for Christmas.
It was a really successful afternoon with 17 folk there. Joanna and Marcin (proprietors of "The Wheelhouse Restaurant") were so lovely and enthusiastic. They had prepared material in advance for us and had baked the shapes which we painted and then decorated the trees. The trees were a cut down artificial tree and bases made from recycled containers were covered with a serviette.
We hope that they will be back next year.
This is open to ANYONE in the Parish! We will be meeting at The Upper Deck (above the waterside Pub and near the Old Courthouse) at 12:30, December 4th.
The cost is 26 euro for starter, mains, and dessert. Please add your name to the list in the Church Porch or talk with Brenda (087) 220-9086
Meet 14:30 at the Church Hall
This is sponsored by the National Library but is held at the Bank of Ireland Heritage and Cultural Centre, College Green. Entrance (from Westmoreland Street) is free.
We will meet there at 2:30. Or , in a now traditional fashion, you can join the group in the last carriage of the 13:40 DART from Howth.
What we have been up to so far
Our group meets two Tuesdays a month from September to May, meeting alternatively in the Parish Centre or on an outing to a place of interest.
So far we have had a convening meeting, an outing to the National Gallery and on the 23rd October Barbara McMurtry designed a short quiz entitled "who is well known for these sayings?"
Two examples. "I still haven't found what I'm looking for", and "I have nothing to declare, only my genius" - any ideas?
At the same meeting Shirley Moore, currently visiting from Canada spoke interestingly about life in Canada.
Tuesday Social Group is back up and running! - 9th October trip to National Gallery
The Tuesday Social Group, which is open to all ages meets generally every second Tuesday a month for outings or social activities in the Church Hall. The next meeting, on Tuesday 9th October, will be a visit to the National Gallery. We will leave Howth on the 13:40 DART - last Carriage to arrive at the gallery for 2:30.
On Tuesday, 27 March 2018, nine members and a guest visited the City Hall to see an exhibition on Jacob’s Biscuit Factory. It was comprised mainly of posters and photographs, with a few artifacts which unfortunately were very poorly illuminated. However, everything else made up for that small defect, as there was so much to absorb and learn about Jacob’s.
Two brothers, William and Robert Jacob, inherited a ships’ biscuit factory from their father in Waterford in 1850. It was so successful that by 1870 the brothers had leased premises in Peter Street in Dublin. Business continued to increase and by 1903 there were two hundred lines in production. By the late 1930’s, six thousand tons of biscuits were exported annually. Three hundred different varieties were being made and the workforce, who were mainly women, numbered three thousand. At this time, the decoration on biscuits was done by hand!
The Jacob’s archives were donated by Valeo Foods, who had bought the Tallaght factory in 2008. These, along with memorabilia collected by Douglas Appleyard (a member of staff for over 40 years), were donated to the Dublin City Library’s Archive in 2012.
Jacob’s took a great interest in the welfare of their staff. There were numerous sporting clubs, a dentist visited the factory every week, a doctor called regularly, and a coffee bar was installed for the workers long before it was considered an essential part of work-places.
As our group viewed the exhibition the conversation was punctuated frequently with “Do you remember...........? “ and, “I loved........!” We gazed at the varied designs of the boxes, and recalled the days when biscuits were sold from tin boxes with glass lids, all temptingly displayed. It was interesting to learn that many variety boxes were named to celebrate events, e.g. Jubilee, USA, Carnival, Pic Nic, etc.
We recalled our favorite biscuits with nostalgia and most of us agreed it was broken biscuits. You could never know what delights would turn up in the bag, but you always hoped for a large number of broken chocolate biscuits. They were the greatest treat!
On Shrove Tuesday (13th February) the St. Mary's Social Group are meeting in the Parish Centre at 2:30pm for pancakes and a chat. All are always welcome.
Some upcoming dates for the diary are
Tuesday 27th February - visit to cinema. Further details at the meeting on Feb 13th.
Tuesday 13th March - Meet in Parish Centre at 2:30pm
Tuesday 27th March - proposed visit to TCD to see the Garland of Howth. Details to be confirmed.
At the last meeting of the Tuesday Social Group a varied programme was set in train for the rest of the season. The first of which is a visit to the GPO Exhibition on Tuesday January 30th. This event is being coordinated by Ann Coulter.
Message from Ann
Plan for visit is to travel on Dart which leaves Howth at 13.45 on Tuesday, 30 January. Cost of ticket is €7.50, booked in advance online. Cost of ticket at entry is €9.00. I am happy to do a block booking, provided I receive names and cash, no later than Sunday, 28 Jan . I plan to be in St Mary’s on 28 th to get names, contact numbers and €7.50 per person wishing to travel.
Otherwise - you can contact Ann directly on 086 340 5379
We are an active group of "more mature" parishioners who get together on Tuesday afternoons, either in the Parish hall, or at one of our many outings. Please come along to one of our meetings and join in the fun! Contact Ann Coulter