IN TOUCH March – May 2017


The Occasional Newsletter


Drogheda, Ardee and Kilsaran Unions of Parishes

March – May 2017

Dear Friends,

Arthur Reidy and Shane Murphy were baptised at St Peter’s.

Ryan Huber was baptised at St Peter’s RC church, the Rector participated and gave the homily.

The funeral of Rhea Strahan was held at St Peter’s. We offer our condolences to Philomena and Michaela on the tragic loss of a niece and sister.

The Rector visited the London School of Theology for 12 days – struggling with work for an Old Testament PhD – which may never be finished – but enjoyed the (respectable) pleasures of London in the evening. This also gave him a chance to worship at different and interesting churches of many traditions.

The Rector had many coffees, breakfasts and lunches with parishioners in a number of pleasant coffee shops and in some kind parishioners’ homes. (Note: it is a truth universally acknowledged that a single rector must be in want of a lunch!)

The Rector and a number of parishioners attended the institutions of new rectors in our neighbouring parishes, Revd Roy Taylor in Julianstown and Revd Colin McConaghie in Carrickmacross.

The Rector met with teachers and students from St Joseph’s RC school when they made a YouTube video in St Peter’s.

A board of trustees has been assembled for St John’s Home – the unfortunate historic wreck at the gate of St Peter’s. The board has met twice and plans to restore St John’s to use.

There were meetings with conservationists, architects, quantity surveyors and planners in connection with our beautiful (and sadly neglected) almshouses – The Drogheda Clergy Widows’ Trust which are in the early stages of conservation and repair. We hope two new tenants will be moving in the near future.

The Rector met with two couples regarding weddings and had many conversations on the phone on a similar subject.

The Rector continued to learn bell ringing and may one day be able to ring a bell on his own.

The Rector spoke at a multi-cultural concert arranged by St Joseph’s School.

The electrics in Drumcar Church, installed in the 1950’s, have been re-wired. It is no longer necessary to crank the electrics into life like a vintage car. Ugly wiring which obscured artwork in the church has been removed and new heating and lighting have been installed. Many thanks to Charlie Treadwell for organizing this.

Lenten evening services were held in St Peter’s, Castlebellingham and Dunany. Fr Paul Murphy curate of St Peter’s RC Church Drogheda was guest speaker at Dunany Church.

Fr Nikolay Evseev, priest of the Russian Orthodox Church in Drogheda was our guest of honour at Collon Church, when he came to bless Collon’s Russian graves including that of the lady in waiting to Tsarina Alexandra last Tsarina of Russia.

A successful fundraising launch was held at Collon attended by Mairead McGuiness MEP and others. We are now in a determined fundraising drive to safeguard the future of Collon.

There were Board meetings and an AGM at St Peter’s School. The Rector went to a charity sale of cakes made by the children and bought flapjacks which he ate all the same day because he can’t save things.

The Rector, and Canon Joyce and Eugene McParland co-led conformation classes at Dundalk Grammar School. All the candidates were confirmed by the Archbishop in St Nicholas Dundalk in a well-attended service.

Development work continued on the website many thanks to Eugene McParland and David Huber who have been leading this.

Plans were progressed for the restoration of the Blue School.

The graveyard approach road at Termonfeckin was renovated by means of a generous anonymous donation. Prospective buyers visited Termonfeckin Church.

Lenten lunches ran extremely successfully at St Peter’s raising Euros 20,000 for Drogheda Homeless Aid. The Rector attended board meetings of Drogheda Homeless Aid after being co-opted onto the board.

Plans are afoot to revive the St Drogheda branch of the Church Lads’ and Church Girls’ Brigade. We need more helpers. The commitment is not onerous so and is intended to be fun so please speak to Iain if interested.

An ecumenical service was held at St Peter’s for the Women’s World Day of Prayer.

The Rector attended planning meetings for St Oliver’s Walk – being billed as Drogheda’s El Camino de Santiago de Compostela to be held on 26-27 May.

Meetings of the Select Vestry were held for Kilsaran and Drogheda parishes and theeople who have kindly helped him with gardening in the rectory. He no longer needs to declare the rectory grounds “a nature reserve”.

The Rector and Canon Joyce attended a Clergy Lunch at the Archbishop’s house.

The Archbishop and two donkeys were with us in St Peter’s on Palm Sunday.

Members of the parish participated in Drogheda’s ecumenical Walk of Witness on Good Friday.


Best wishes



The Revd Iain Jamieson    Tel: 041-9870073/083-8640133

Rectory, Drogheda

The Revd Canon Joyce Moore    Tel: 041-6851327/087-7468866
Dunleer, Co. Louth