Revd Canon Eithne Lynch
Born a child of the Rectory, my father was Canon Fredrick Garrett, mother Elsie Perrott. I have a sister, Patricia Bogan and two Brothers, Hugh and Desmond Garrett. We grew up just outside Bandon and I began school in Desertserges National School, then went to Bandon Grammar School, later moving to Cork Grammar (now Ashton). When I was ten we moved to Mallow when my father was appointed as Rector of the parish.
When I left school to I went to England work as a matron in a girls boarding school for two years before returning to Mallow to marry Richard Lynch (a farmer) in 1966. We have five children and six grand-children. Most of my life was spent working on the farm so I became quite handy at feeding calves, driving tractors and handing the right spanners at the right time for machinery repairs!
When my father moved away to Glengarriff I became a member of the Select Vestry of Mallow Union and later was the secretary. I trained as a lay reader and later went to the Theological College in Dublin for three years to train for the ministry. I was ordained in St Fin Barre’s Cathedral on the feast of St Barnabas, 11th June, 1997. I served a four year curacy in Douglas Union with Frankfield where I received the wise guidance of the rector, Ven. Robin Bantry White. In 2001 I became rector of Kilmoe Union – Schull, Altar and Crookhaven on the Mizen Peninsula and was there until December 2010 when I was instituted as rector of Mallow.
|Diocesan ReadersThe office of Reader is an ancient one which goes back to the early Church. Over the centuries it has been revived on a number of occasions and in 1907 the General Synod requested the bishops to institute the office into the Church of Ireland – in 1909 this came into effect. The Diocesan Reader is licenced to lead Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, the Service of the Word and to preach.|
Avril Gubbins Having done a three year preparatory course, Avril was licenced as a Diocesan Reader in 2003. She lives in Doneraile Parish with her husband, Pat, who is a Dairy Farmer. Her family, the Evans family, have lived in this area since 1694 and have been very active both in the church and the wider community. Avril’s father, a keen campanologist, was instrumental in keeping the Doneraile Bells going throughout his lifetime.
Olive originates from Dublin and has lived in the area since her marriage to Billy. Olive has been very active in the wider Doneraile community for many years paticularly in the areas of Parish and hospital ministry. She has retired as a Lay Reader after many years of active ministry.
Emmanuel Adebisi is our newest Lay Reader. Originally from Nigeria he has lived in Mallow with his wife, Maryanne and their family of two girls and a boy. He was commissioned as a Diocesan Lay Reader in November 2013.
|Lay Liturgical AssistantsLay Liturgical Assistants – formerly known in the Diocese as Parish Readers (as opposed to Diocesan Readers) – are recognised leaders within their own parish communities. They are given permission by the Bishop, following a short period of training, to lead Mattins and Evening Prayer or a Service of the Word, in parishes which have so many churches that it would not be possible otherwise to gather the people for worship in every church on every Sunday. They are not permitted to preach.|
|Susan Buckley Susan Buckley is a Lay Liturgical Assistant|