Take a dip for Mozambique

Posted on: 31st December, 2013

Category: News

Contributor: Samuel Kingston

Imagine an African Christmas. Getting no presents is the least of your worries. Imagine having no roads, no bridges, no books to teach children, no running water, no proper sanitary conditions — this is Christmas in Mozambique. The people of Mozambique are still struggling to rebuild after years of civil war ripped the country apart. This was followed by devastating floods, which caused untold damage. The AIDS epidemic continues to ravage the country. The plight of Mozambique is often sadly forgotten, lost among the many other plights in the world, but it is a cause close to many hearts in Clonakilty. Fr. John Kingston, a missionary from Clonakilty is involved with the Spiritan (Holy Ghost Fathers) Mission to Mozambique.

After eight years working in Rome, Fr. John has now returned to what he loves most, being ‘on the ground’, interacting with locals and a part of the community. He is currently working in the Manica Province in Mozambique. Here the Spiritans are involved in many projects – educational, infrastructure, medical, self-provision. All of which are benefiting the local communities.

Since 1982, the Christmas Morning Swim at Inchydoney has been doing its bit to make a difference. The swim, in aid of Fr. John, is a Clonakilty Christmas tradition, firmly established with many people as the place to be on Christmas morning. Many swimmers this year will be following in the sandy footsteps of their parents who would have taken the plunge in the earlier years and its great to see the swim pass on to the younger generation. Of course new swimmers are always welcome, no matter what age, the more the merrier! Each year, the swim raises thousands of Euro for the Spiritan Mission in Mozambique, where every cent makes a difference.

All the brave swimmers and their followers are welcome to refreshments provided generously by local hotels and businesses.Sponsorship cards available from Mary White (087 2806063/087 8923342) and O’Donovan’s hotel reception. All donations welcome, no matter how small.

The swim starts at 11am sharp from the Virgin Mary’s Bank carpark at Inchydoney.

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Submarines, American Sailors, and the Underwater War in Irish Waters, 1917-1918
by Dr John Borgonovo in The Parish Centre, Clonakilty
on Thursday Oct 26 2017 at 8.30 pm

In 1917, unrestricted submarine warfare by German U-boats brought the United States into WWI and created a crisis in Britain. To defeat the submarine menace, an American naval fleet was dispatched to County Cork, bringing about 10,000 sailors with it. This talk will explain the circumstances of this extraordinary event, and how Cork residents dealt with their unexpected American guests.

Dr John Borgonovo is a lecturer in the School of History at UCC. His publications include Spies, Informers, and the 'Anti-Sinn Féin' Society: The Intelligence War in Cork City, 1920-1921; The Dynamics of War and Revolution: Cork City, 1916-1918; Exercising a close vigilance over their daughters: Cork women, American sailors, and Catholic vigilantes, 1917-18; Something in the Nature of a Massacre: The Bandon Valley Killings Revisited (with Andy Bielenberg). His latest publication (with co-authors John Crowley, Donal Ó Drisceoil and Mike Murphy) is the highly acclaimed and magnificient Atlas of the Irish Revolution. In July of this year, he organised a very successful conference on Winning the Western Approaches - Unrestricted Submarine Warfare and the US Navy in Ireland 1917-1918.
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Apple Juicing Day in Clonakilty next Sunday Sept 30th. All welcome to bring their apples from 2-6pm to the Clonakilty Community Garden (on entrance road to Clonakilty Lodge).

Building on the success of its inaugural 2016 event, local voluntary environmental organisation Sustainable Clonakilty invites people to bring along their apples and press them to extract their own juice to take home, using the group's Apple Press.

Volunteers will be at hand to assist in the procedure. Bring along your apples washed; clean containers to freeze your juice (milk/juice bottles or cartons, plastic bottles with caps); clean, sterilised glass bottles to pasteurise with swing caps or suitable for 26 mm diameter metal cap.

A limited number of new 3 litres juice bags that are suitable for freezing and pasteurising, can be purchased for a nominal fee on the day also.

This is a free community event and donations will be welcome to cover costs.

For further information, please contact Xavier at xavierdubuisson@gmail.com or text at 086/0476124.
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