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Wednesday, 05 September 2018 00:00


A reminder about the Rathgar Active Retirement Association, which meets at 52, Grosvenor Road in Rathgar on Tuesday afternoons at 2.30 pm, and which is keen to recruit new members in the autumn. Activities include table tennis, cards, Scrabble, indoor bowling and painting classes with occasional outings to museums and galleries and the theatre. Wesley Riddall is happy to provide further information. 



Pictured are the members of the Rathgar National School Hockey team.  There was great excitement when the boys won the Leinster Schools Division 3 Hockey cup.  Congratulations on your achievement!

Boys hockey



Conor James Alford-Kane (Donald and Sandra Alford’s grandson) was baptized in Rathgar on Saturday 11th August.



We are very grateful to  Lloyds Pharmacy in Terenure for its very generous donation of  over sixty bottles of shampoo to God’s Storehouse. Dunnes Stores also recently donated a €150.00 gift voucher to our ongoing appeal.



Marjorie Payne formerly attached to the Methodist Society in Dolphin’s Barn and in more recent times a very keen member of Rathgar congregation, passed away peacefully, aged 93, on Saturday 30th June in the tender care of Mount Tabor in Sandymount. A Service of Thanksgiving was held in Rathgar on Wednesday, 4th July, after which Marjorie was laid to rest beside her husband Harry and their daughter Jennifer in Enniskerry. We extend our deepest sympathy to the whole family circle and include part of Neil’s tribute to his Mum below:

My mother was born Marjorie Lilah Cassidy, the eldest child and the only daughter of Gordon and Lilah Cassidy who lived in Rathmines. She had three brothers, Lesley and Oswald (who both predeceased her) and Bert. It is a poignant coincidence that the date Mum died, 30th June, was the 33rd anniversary of the death of her much-loved brother Ossie. My mother married Harry Payne in June 1949 and they were only separated by Dad’s death in 2004 after 55 years of married life.They had four children, me and my sisters, Jennifer, Rosalind and Melissa. Mum and Dad were great parents to us. They gave us every opportunity and passed on to us their values. We were all devastated by the death of our sister Jennifer in a car accident in 1991, but Mum’s determination, strong will and zest for life saw her through the stresses, strains and difficult times of life.

Both of my parents were excellent grandparents. They got to know each of their grandchildren well and had a great interest in all they did and achieved. She was a fearless traveller and took every opportunity to get away. She went to Australia, New Zealand, America , many times to Canada to visit Melissa and very often to the apartment in Spain. She even got to her grand daughter Leonie’s wedding on Vancouver Island when she was nearly 90! Mum was forward-thinking and a very sociable person. There were many happy events – christenings, weddings ... and her 90th birthday party was a particular joy with a wide cross section of family and friends.



Edgar White, who was known to many amongst our congregation, passed away peacefully on Saturday 8th June in his 90th year, in the care of Our Lady’s Hospice, Harold’s Cross. Edgar kindly deputized as organist from time to time for Iris Maguire and was always delighted to join us in Rathgar over the years. His funeral took place on 12th June in Christ Church Taney followed by cremation in Mount Jerome. We remember him with considerable fondness and a card has been sent to his daughter Susan on behalf of our congregation.



We continue to remember with great affection those of our community with whom we keep in touch, but who are no longer able to be with us on a regular basis:

Joy and Valerie Alford, Gladys Kingston , Iris and David Maguire, Averil Menzies and Harry and Florrie McEvoy. 



The Railway Preservation Society of Ireland steam train calendars for 2019 are now available for €10.00. If you wish to order, please contact Wesley. For further information about RPSI steam trains, go to for dates/departures. You can book online.



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.