October ’08 News

The Desert Shall Flower

At the time of writing we are putting finishes touches to the planning for the Flower Festival at Desertserges - The Desert Shall Flower. When most of you read this, we will be in full swing over the first weekend in October and I hope you will have been able to join us. Phemie Rose of Kilravock Garden, Durrus, has agreed to open the Festival; Canon Peter Rhys Thomas to preach at the festival Eucharist and the Clerks Choralto aid us musically in our Songs of Praise. A big thank you in advance to all the flower arrangers from around West Cork who will have helped us; and to all those who will have organised the refreshments, raffle and car parking. Thanks also to Pat Lamb for arranging a wonderful Lace Exhibition at the Lodge, Kilcolman. Thank you to all who have been planning and organising behind the scenes - a special mention to you later on. It is wonderful to see work now being done on the tower and to have it restored.

The promise of a Michaelmas Harvest on the 28th September and hopefully Ian Jonas will be well enough to come to Kilmeen and Farranthomas. I will be going to Kilmalooda and Kilgariffe as exchange. Speedy recovery Ian!

David Llewellyn lives on!

It was great to see some of David's paintings on show at the Quay House, McSweeney Quay, Bandon, as part of the Bandon Arts Festival this last month. David Llewellyn (past rector here) died three years ago and was quite a prolific artist in both watercolours and oils.

Tidy Towns

Well done to Ballineen/Enniskeane in being one of the county finalists in the Tidy Town's Anti Litter campaign. The two villages now form a continuous strip development either side of the R586 for nearly two miles.


Belated congratulations to all students who have felt they have done well in recent examination results and commiserations to those who felt they could have or should have got better results. After excellent passes in their Leaving Certificate examinations, Lorna Jennings goes ahead with Business studies, Emma-Jane Helen towards the Veterinary world and Chris Baker doing an Arts course at the UCC. Lorna Jennings was also awarded an endeavour award for her achievement and attainment of excellence at an award ceremony at Clonakilty Community College. Well done all.


Ella Frances Shorten (née Beamish) died on 17th August at the age of 94 years. Ella was widely known to many generations of people throughout West Cork, having had a long career as teacher and farmer's wife to husband Gilbert. A remarkably strong and able person she was the only person known personally to me who coped with heart surgery at the age of ninety. Our best wishes go to all her family and friends. Thank you to the staff at Millbrook for all their care during her last days.


August 19th in St Bartholomew's Churchyard, Kinneigh – Ella Frances Shorten (née Beamish).

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