Festival of Flowers Commence This Weekend to Celebrate East Ferry Church’s 150th anniversary

By Alan Sheehan

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A Festival of Flowers will be held in East Ferry this weekend, running from Friday, 25 August through Sunday, 27 August in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the local Holy Trinity church.
The church itself decorated by the East Cork Flower Club and local parishioners for the Festival of Flowers, the proceeds of which will be donated to the church lighting fund and local charities.
The opening night of the weekend of celebrations takes place from 7.30pm this Friday, 25 August and includes a wine and finger food reception. Author and journalist Mary Leland will be the night’s special guest. Tickets for the opening night cost €10 and must be purchased in advance.
Saturday, 26 August sees the festivities continue at the Holy Trinity church, which will be open from 11am-7pm. Tickets can be purchased on the door, priced at €5 for adults while Under-12s go free with refreshments included in the cost.
The church will be open from 11am-2.30pm for the final day of the celebrations on Sunday, 27 August, with tickets again available on the door and admission priced at €5 for adults and free for under-12s. The event closes out with a Service of Thanksgiving beginning at 4pm with Canon Denis Kelleher of Aghada acting as guest preacher.
The celebrations this weekend coincide almost exactly 150 years since the Holy Trinity Church was consecrated by Rt Rev. John Gregg, Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross on Saturday, 31 August 1867.
The Holy Trinity Church, situated beside the Owenacurra River as it enters Cork Harbour, is a French Gothic design and the building retains the original internal brickwork in the pattern designed by William Atkins of Cork (who also designed St. Michael's, Corkbeg in the early 1880s).
For further information and to purchase tickets call 021 465 2426 or email joan.rockley@gmail.com.

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