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Friday, 16 February 2018 00:00



We were sad to learn of the passing on 4th January of Pam Alford, the mother of Donald and David, sister of Roger Byers and a resident in Brabazon in Sandymount in recent years. A Service of Thanksgiving for Pam’s long life was held in Rathgar on 9th January, after which she was laid to rest in Mount Jerome. We include part of Donald’s tribute below:

Pamela was born in Dublin daughter of James and Francis Byers, and four years later, her brother Roger was born. They grew up on the Kimmage Road and Pam went to school in Rathgar followed by Wesley College where at an early age she showed a talent for languages. Sadly, her father died when she was fifteen and she wasn’t able to complete her education, instead working with the Norwich Union to help support her mum and younger brother during those early war years.  Pam was an active member of this church for over seventy years, choirs, Sunday school, sales of work, social events and it was through the church and CE group that she met my dad, Graham. They we married when she was twenty-one here in Brighton Road, and shortly afterwards took up residence in Harcourt Street where Graham ran his dental practice.

David my brother was the first to arrive and I followed seven years later. Her keen interest in Wesley and her passion for its future success led her to become one of the first female governors of Wesley, and she served on the board for twenty-five years.  The home in Harcourt Street became a focal point for many of the country cousins studying in Dublin, and several spent many years being mothered by Pam, relishing her home cooking. She was a great hostess and enjoyed hosting dinner parties, family events, and looking after Rotary students visiting Ireland.  Mum’s passion was music. She was an accomplished pianist and had a beautiful soprano voice. She was a member of the choir here for over forty years and was also member of the acclaimed Goethe Institute Choir travelling often to various choral performances, both home and abroad.

 They both loved to travel and explore. As kids we were fortunate to travel extensively throughout Europe. We travelled by car with a large Marechal tent, cooking on gas rings and living the outdoor life. As kids this was paradise. On reflection this must have been hard work for mum, she sacrificed the comfort of hotels for the family adventures and for this we were so thankful as we have wonderful memories. These holidays allowed mum the opportunity to improve her languages and with the help of some language courses she availed of every opportunity on holidays to communicate with the locals, becoming reasonably proficient in German French and Italian.

 Pam was a great letter writer, and kept detailed records of the family travels. She loved poetry and would often write poems portraying people and events, such as travels with the caravan club. She would make interesting scrapbooks and for special occasions like diamond anniversaries or 90th birthday parties would make up a pictorial book of the life of the person celebrating the event, a bit like Eamonn Andrews on, This Is Your Life.

 The arrival of her grandchildren was a new lease of life for Pam. She had three great grandchildren and got to meet the latest arrival, Conor, just a few weeks ago, when we were able to get a lovely photo of four generations together.

 An extremely talented person, musician, singer, hostess, traveler, linguist and writer, but above all she was a great homemaker, not only for her husband, children and grandchildren, but for the numerous relations and friends that would stay in Harcourt Street over the years, many of them would refer to her as their ‘second mum’, a great tribute to the person she was.



All the ministers throughout Ireland have been asked to make their congregation know about the “All In” Missionary Conference of the Methodist Church in Ireland. It will take place on Saturday 28th April from 10.30am to 5pm, in the Canal Court Hotel, Newry. The keynote speaker is Pete Greig, bestselling author, pastor and instigator of the 24-7 Prayer Movement. This will be a day of inspiration, recommitting and equipping of local Methodist churches and the Connexion for mission and we are all encouraged to attend. Please see Vanessa if you are interested in going.



Our Lenten Bible study will take place in the choir room on six consecutive Wednesday mornings: 14th, 21st and 28th February and 7th, 14th and 21st March. Coffee is available in the foyer from 10.30 am and each session will run from 11.00 am – noon. All very welcome.



Helen Sheppard invites MWI ladies to her home for a musical afternoon with afternoon tea. (DVD) at 2 pm Wednesday 14th February RSVP.



Our next classical concert promises to be a delight with music by Debussy, Faure, Boulanger, Bridge and Bax played on harp, viola and flute. It will take place on Sunday, 18th February at 3.00 pm and tickets (€15/€10) will be available at the door. Refreshments at the interval will be kindly provided by The Corner Bakery in Terenure.



Runs this year from 26th February-11th March. Fair-trade products include tea, coffee, cocoa, drinking chocolate, sugar, biscuits, chocolate, honey, dried fruit and bananas.



Our ongoing card stand in the foyer for all those special occasions. The range will be expanding one again over the next few weeks to include a new spring and Easter range

Our permanent drop-off point for non-perishable items for God’s Storehouse in Tallaght. Even adding one more item to our weekly shop can help.



The table tennis club which meets in our hall on Thursday evenings is looking for new members. If you or someone you know would like to play, just drop down after 8pm anyThursday.  We cater for all standards of play. Contact Max McNeill 086 3743285 for further information.