Monday 27 May 2019

Holmpatrick Jubilee year celebrations

Around Fingal

Holmpatrick Church in Skerries is 150 years old and the church's jubilee celebrations are continuing.

A spokesperson for the jubilee organising committee said: 'As we approach the end of our 150th Anniversary year there are just three events left to be enjoyed, but each one can be guaranteed to be of interest to Skerries folk and to many from further afield.

'Our good friend High Fitzgerald Ryan has been kind enough to give us a beautiful painting of our Church for raffle. Tickets at €10 each and will be available from any member of the vestry and from Skerries Book Shop or contact Bobby on 087 2277563.

Proceeds from this raffle will be shared with the Capuchin Day Centre on Arran Quay to assist the Capuchin Fathers in their efforts to help the homeless and destitute of the city. The raffle will be drawn on Bank Holiday Monday, October 29.

The church is also set to hose two open days on Saturday, October 6 and Sunday, October 7, which will see the church open to all for a display of documents, photographs and artefacts related to the history of the church building and of the parish. There will be no admission fee for this exhibition. Opening times are, on Saturday, October 6 from 2pm until 6pm and on Sunday, October 7 from 11am until 6pm.

Also on Sunday, October 7, the church's Annual Service of Thanksgiving for Harvest will take place at 10.30am at which everyone will be welcome to attend.

On Friday, October 12, there will be a Jubilee Festival of Music in the church at 8pm.

The Skerries Community Choir under the direction of David Maxwell will present an eclectic programme of music including everything from Vivaldi to Boyzone and from opera to musicals.

There will be special guest performances from the Fingal Chamber Choir, Jim Steward, Constance Gardiner, Sarah Waldron, The Cadenza String Quintet and the Skerries Strummer Ukelele Choir as well as two students from Skerries School of Muisic. Admission is €10 and is payable at the door.

The Jubilee spokesperson said: 'The Church of Ireland Parish and community are delighted with, and very grateful for, the support of their friends and neighbours of other Christian denominations in the events already held during this special and historical year and look forward to seeing many more friends at these final events as we wrap up the Jubilee for another fifty years.'

Fingal Independent