After a decade of providing vital support to people across the Tinahely and Carnew communities, Archdeacon Ruth Elmes was honoured with a farewell party as she prepared to take on a new role as Rector of St Patrick’s Parish, Dalkey.
Over 150 people joined together in Carnew to share their gratitude with Ruth, present her with some departure gifts and wish her well in her next chapter. Ruth led her first service as Rector of St Patrick’s Parish in Dalkey on Friday and many who knew her from the Carnew and Tinahely communities attended to show their support.
Ruth served in Carnew and Tinahely since 2012 and said she learned a lot about rural life and gained a huge appreciation for those who work the land during her time there. Prior to this, she served her curacy in Stillorgan and Blackrock in Dublin from 2009 to 2012, where she received much support from the recently-retired Rector, Canon Ian Gallagher. A daughter of the rectory (Archdeacon Donald and Janet Keegan), Ruth says she railed against the idea of becoming ordained herself for many years. Prior to donning her clerical garb, she trained as a nurse in the Adelaide Hospital like both her mother and her sister and then worked in Beaumont and Tallaght before entering the Theological College.