Cassandra Hand Centre

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Events

Next St. Tighernach ‘Pilgrim Pathways’ – Thursday 8th October, 6pm

*Reflection – Prayer – Meditation – Personal Intentions*

Guided personal pilgrimage. Currently every fortnight. Feel free to drop in, drop out of each walk/route; do part or all!

Start: 6pm, from the Cassandra Hand Centre.

These Pilgrim Way routes take in various ecclesiastical monuments along the town heritage trail.

(Social distancing guidelines to be adhered to)

Path Examples:

Path 1. Cassandra Hand Centre to Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church
Path 2. Cassandra Hand Centre to St. Tighernach Church of Ireland
Path 3. Ulster Canal Greenway
Path 4. Wee Abbey and St Tighernach’s Graveyard
, Round Tower, Sarcophagus

*If you would like to make a donation as a dedication to St. Tighernach, Cassandra Hand, those who died during the famine, or your own personal intentions as a charitable act; please consider making it towards children of the Miche Boré School, Mombasa, Kenya; a small UK charity who are in the process of building a school and providing quality education, health care and a feeding programme to 275 poor children in this deprived area of Kenya. For more information or to donate see the Mustard Seed Project site here


St. Tighernach ‘Pilgrim Pathways’ Thursday 24th Sept, 8pm

These fortnightly ‘Pilgrim Way’ guided routes take in various ecclesiastical monuments and sites along the town heritage trail. Refreshments served in between each walk.
Start: 8pm from the Cassandra Hand Centre.
*Reflection – Prayer – Meditation – Personal Intentions*
Path Examples:

Path 1. Centre to Famine Graveyard
Path 2. Centre to Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church
Path 3. Centre to St. Tighernach Church of Ireland
Path 4. Ulster Canal Greenway
Path 5. Wee Abbey and St Tighernach’s Graveyard

Feel free to drop in, drop out of each walk/route; do part or all!

(Social distancing guidelines to be adhered to)

*If you would like to make a donation as a dedication to St. Tighernach, Cassandra Hand, those who died during the famine, or your own personal intentions as a charitable act; please consider making it towards children of the Miche Boré School, Mombasa, Kenya; a small UK charity who are in the process of building a school and providing quality education, health care and a feeding programme to 275 poor children in this deprived area of Kenya.

For more information or to donate see the Mustard Seed Project site here

Clones Town – Heritage On Your Doorstep

St. Tighernach ‘Pilgrim Pathways’ – Guided pilgrim way walks, on tonight Thurs 10th Sept

These Pilgrim Way routes take in various ecclesiastical monuments along the town heritage trail.

Starts 8pm from the Cassandra Hand Centre.

Reflection – Prayer – Meditation – Personal Intentions

Feel free to drop in, drop out of each walk/route; do part or all

(Social distancing guidelines to be adhered to)

These Guided ‘ Pilgrim Pathways’ will take place every 2 weeks.


St. Tighernach ‘Pilgrim Pathways’

St. Tighernach ‘Pilgrim Pathways’ personal caminos, on this Thursday 10th Sept from 8pm, from The Cassandra Hand Centre. (Social distancing guidelines to be adhered to).

PERSONAL PILGRIMAGE

MEDITATION, REFLECTION, PERSONAL PRAYER

If you would like to make a donation as a dedication to St. Tighernach, Cassandra Hand, those who died during the famine, or your own personal intentions as a Charitable act; please consider making it towards children of the Miche Boré School, Mombasa, Kenya; a small UK charity who are in the process of building a school and providing quality education, health care and a feeding programme to 275 poor children in this deprived area of Kenya. For more information or to donate, go to The Mustard Seed Project website here


Past Events:

Heritage Week in Clones

National Heritage Week, 15th – 23rd Aug, was celebrated in Clones with a free Monastic Town walking tour held at 12pm daily, facilitated by Cassandra Hand Centre heritage officer Anne Corley. Two small videos were also produced by Clones Community Forum recently to showcase Clones Heritage. These are available to view on both the Cassandra Hand Centre and Clones Forum social media pages and our YouTube page. The Cassandra hand Centre also hosted Pilgrim Pathway walks to commemorate St. Tighernach and the towns Monastic Heritage on Thursday 20th.

Proceedings for St. Tighernach’s Pilgrim Pathways were opened by Clones Community Forum Chairman Walter Pringle who gave a talk on spirituality, heritage and Christian traditions, and in doing so paid homage to the late John Hume for his achievements, a man who brought people together. Yvonne Newell then explained St. Tighernach’s links to other parishes and monastic sites in Ulster, such as Devenish and Galloon Islands in Fermanagh. There are future plans to develop St. Tighernach Pilgrim Pathways into a Camino-style fixture in Clones and its neighbouring towns, villages and counties. This will be aided by the redevelopment of the Ulster Canal routes and introduction of new greenways in the area.

Weather was mixed but it did not hamper spirits and the evening sun shone through for the first pilgrim route. The four routes of Clones town Pilgrim Pathways included St. Tighernach’s Church on the Diamond, Clones High Cross, The Abbey, Round Tower, and St. Tighernach’s Sarcophagus. Members of St. Stephen’s Youth Group led the Pilgrim way.

Clones Community Forum and The Cassandra Hand Centre would like to thank everyone who participated in Heritage week in Clones. National heritage week comes to a close for another year, but most of our national monuments, built heritage, history trails and heritage trails are available to explore all year around. Check out this year’s virtual projects at www.heritageweek.ie

If you would like to make a donation as a dedication to St. Tighernach, Cassandra Hand, those who died during the famine or your own personal intentions as a Charitable act; please consider making it towards children of the Miche Boré School, Mombasa, Kenya; a small UK charity who are in the process of building a school and providing quality education, health care and a feeding programme to 275 poor children in this deprived area of Kenya.

St. Stephen’s Youth Group have been donating to this worthy cause as part of the ‘Build a Better World’ initiative. Group member Anita has previously worked as a volunteer within the school. Due to COVID-19, the schools are closed and are unsure of when they are re-opening.  And so, in an attempt to aid families, the foundation has been buying weekly food supplies for families of the school. While the school build is ongoing, the Mustard Seed Project have prioritised feeding the children and families in these unprecedented times.

For more information or to donate see here


CLONES COMMUNITY FORUM, THE CASSANDRA HAND CENTRE

& St. Stephen’s Praise the Youth Group

In conjunction with NATIONAL HERITAGE WEEK

https://www.heritageweek.ie

Present

ST. TIGHERNACH’S PILGRIM PATHWAYS – 20/8/20

PERSONAL PILGRIMAGE – MEDITATION, REFLECTION, PERSONAL PRAYER; IN CELEBRATION OF HERITAGE AND TRADITIONS OF EARLY CHRISTIANS IN IRELAND

Heritage On Your Doorstep

Poster for St. Tighernach's Pilgrim Pathways

Meet in Cassandra Hand Centre 5.30PM for intro, info etc.

STARTING POINT: The Cassandra Hand Centre, Abbey Lane, H23PC60

Do part or all routes, entirely up to you!

Refreshments Served In Between routes.

(Appropriate footwear, rainwear, torch / headtorch advised, bring own mug / candle; beads, folding chair etc. optional. Please come prepared!)Social distancing adhered to. All are welcome! This is cross border, inter-denominational gathering)

Estimated Timings & Program:

EVENING / NIGHT

6PM – Route 1. C. Hand Centre to Famine Graveyard via Scotshouse Rd.; Then back to C. Hand Centre for refreshments / facilities.

7PM – Route 2. C. Hand Centre to sacred heart Church and the Grotto, via the steps on Roslea Rd. Then back to C. Hand Centre for refreshments / facilities.

8PM – Route 3. C. Hand Centre to Round Tower and Graveyard, Ulster Canal Stores, then back to C. Hand Centre for refreshments / facilities.

9PM – Route 4. C. Hand Centre to Clones Abbey, then St. Tighernach’s Church and Clones High Cross. Then back to C. Hand Centre for refreshments / facilities.

10PM – Route 5. – Of own choosing (Choose one of above to repeat)

10.45PM – Meet back in CH Centre11PM – Reading & Reflection by Walter Pringle11.30PM – 12AM – Over to St. Tighernach’s Sarcophogus – Historical Talk & Reflection on Momastic Clones and St. Tigernach’s Legacy.


VIGIL / EARLY MORNING

Head back out. Repeat Routes. (Routes may take longer, due to fatigue, visibility etc):

12AM – 1.15AM – Route 1 AS ABOVE

1.30AM – 2.45AM – Route 2 AS ABOVE

3AM – 4.15AM – Route 3 AS ABOVE

4.30AM – 5.45AM – Route 4 AS ABOVE

6AM – 7.15AM – Route 5 AS ABOVE, of own choice.


As we would like to have an idea of numbers if you would like to go to any of these please choose ‘going’ or ‘interested’ ——No charge for our Daily Heritage Tour, Pilgrim Pathway walks, or indeed visiting the Cassandra Hand Centre.Please consider donating to a food charity, e.g. Mary’s Meals concern, Trocaire, or the charity of your choice in order to honour those who have gone before us, including those who died from starvation during the Irish famine.

https://www.marysmeals.ie/donate

https://www.trocaire.org/donate/make-a-donation

https://feedourhomeless.ie/donate-2/

https://www.capuchindaycentre.ie/Capuchin_Day_Centre_2013/Capuchin_Day_Centre_-_Donations.html


St. Tigernach of Clones and Clogher

Tigernach mac Coirpri (500 ad – 549ad) was an early Irish saint, patron saint and ‘Founding Father’ of Clones. His feast day is the 4th of April. Known locally mostly as St. Tiarnach, Clones Community Forum host an annual St. Tighernach / Tiarnach cross-denominational event in early April, to commemorate his founding of Clones as a Monastic settlement. St. Tigernach has also become known as St. Tighernach / Tiarnach / Tiernach and is anglisised as Tierney.

Tighernach was the son of a famous general named Corbre and Dearfraych, the daughter of an Irish king named Eochod. Soon after his birth, he was brought to Leinster. He was baptised by Bishop Saint Conleth of Kildare, with Saint Brigid as his godmother, who named the child Tigernach, meaning “princely” or “chieftain”.

When still a child, Tigernach was kidnapped by raiders from Britain and adopted by a petty king, who put him to bed with his two sons, but his sanctity seems to have had a stifling affect on the boys and in the morning they were found dead. A holy man, St. Morwen, was called in and advised that the holy infant should be put between the two little princes, and this time his sanctity is said to have revived them. St. Morwen took Tigernach to his monastery, at a place called Rosnat. In this monastery, Tigernach received his education.

Monastic Clones
© Philip Armstrong, Paint the Past

He visited Rome and Tours before returning to Ireland, where a prince named Fiachra gave him land in Munster. He had a lot of visitors including Duach, the Bishop of Armagh, who was taken ill on his journey home but was cured by the saint. On this occasion Duach is reported to have said, “Tighernach on earth, Tighernach in heaven”, presumably referring to our Lord’s teaching that he that would be chief among His disciples must be servant of all.

Tighernach sought out the boundary of the kingdom to make his first foundation, namely Galloon. Inspired by God, he offered it to Comgall of Bangor and moved a little further east to found Clones. On the death of St. Maccarthan, he became the second Bishop of Clogher.

Clones Round Tower

For the last thirty years of his life he was blind, and spent most of his time in his cell, in prayer and meditation. His death is recorded as being in 549 ad, according to the Annals of the Four Masters. The sarcophagus which is reputed to hold Tigernach’s remains/relics is located in the Round Tower graveyard.

St. Tigernach’s Sarcophogus

Clones Abbey

Clones Abbey, the abbey founded by Tighernach in the 6th century, was dedicated to St. Peter and St. Paul. It was still active before the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII, but it had experienced a number of misfortunes. The abbey was destroyed by fire in 836, 1095, and in 1184.

In 1207, Hugh de Lacy destroyed the abbey and town; but five years after they were rebuilt by the English, who also erected a castle here. The ruins of a 12th-century abbey building can still be found in the town, along with a sarcophagus, a 9th-century round tower and also a Celtic high cross.

The COI Church on the Diamond in Clones town is dedicated to St. Tighernach.

St Tighernach’s Church of Ireland, The Diamond, Clones