Irish news briefs

Guide clinic concert in CCD tonight, Caring in the Home course, Dean Sam Crooks recalled, Canon Patrick Comerford and Wexford historyThe Guide Clinic is hosting a fundraising Christmas concert in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, at 8pm tonight,  Thursday, – World Aids Day. Tickets €20. See guideclinic.ie

Caring in the Home

A Course for Families Caring for their Loved Ones in the Home Setting. Many families, either through choice or circumstance, are presented with the task of caring for their elderly family members in the home. This presents a number of challenges, both physical and psychological.642-691
This specifically designed 1-day programme, presented by a Health & Safety Consultant and an Occupational Therapist will address various topical issues. Saturday 3rd December 9:30am – 4:00pm   St Luke’s Education Centre, Mahon. Lunch Provided. Cost: €50. Further details from Claire Coakley or Bruce Pierce: Tel: 4359444.

Dean Sammy Crooks recalled
Those Were The Days delves deep into the BBC archives to reveal the changing face of everyday life in Northern Ireland.  The series rediscovers some of the magical moments from our past: moments that reveal how we used to live – and tell us something about how we live today. In the Christmas special, which will be broadcast on Monday 19th December at 7.30pm, features Dean Sammy Crooks preparing for his last sit out as the Black Santa in 1984.

Wexford History contribution
Canon Patrick Comerford of the Church of Ireland Theological Institute is one of the principal contributors to the latest edition of the Journal of the Wexford Historical Society which was launched last week in the Greenacres Art Gallery in Wexford by Professor Kevin Whelan of the Keough Naughton Notre Dame Centre, Dublin. Canon Comerford’s paper, ‘James Comerford (1817–1902): rediscovering a Wexford–born Victorian stuccodore’s art,’ looks at the work and career of his great–grandfather, James Comerford, who began his career working with the architects Richard Pierce, AWN Pugin and JJ McCarthy on their Wexford churches. After Pugin’s death, he moved from Wexford to Dublin, where his artistic and architectural work included the now–demolished ‘Irish House’ on the corner of Wintetavern Street and Wood Quay,642-681
below Christ Church Cathedral, and the Oarsman, a public house still standing in Ringsend.