The Parishes of Booterstown and Carysfort with Mount Merrion strive to be a caring Christian community, where people feel accepted, and that they belong, and where they have the opportunity to experience God’s love, and to grow in their relationship with him. Our hope is that when people come to either of our churches, that they feel that they are a part of our parish family.
In our services and the activities that go on in our parishes and in our parish school, we want people to feel valued and cherished, to have self-esteem and self-worth, as precious individuals who are loved by God.
We are a Church of Ireland (ireland.anglican.org) group of parishes in the Diocese of Dublin and Glendalough, (dublin.anglican.org), and part of the Anglican Communion which is a world-wide family churches with a shared understanding of sacraments and ministry.
The Parish of Booterstown and Carysfort borders the east side of the N11 (better known as the Stillorgan Dual Carriage-way) and goes down to the coast, and includes the village of Blackrock. The parish church for Booterstown and Carysfort is dedicated to Saint Philip and Saint James and is situated on Cross Avenue between Booterstown and Blackrock.
Mount Merrion Parish runs along west side of the N11 and includes UCD campus in its area. Saint Thomas’s Church is the little church at the bottom of Fosters Avenue, and is well-known for its catchy signs – Wayside Pulpit – which we hope will inspire people as they pass by.
Since 1994, the two parishes have been grouped together with one Rector looking after both. Our current rector is the Rev. Gillian Wharton and she has been Rector of both parishes since October 2004.
In the summer of 2009, the Rev. Suzanne Harris, the Chaplain of Newpark School, joined as a non-stipendiary assistant clergyperson.
In addition to the two parishes, the clergy also provide chaplaincy care to the Blackrock Clinic and the Blackrock Hospice, both of which are situated in our parishes.
Rector – The Rev. Gillian Wharton
Assistant Priest – The Rev. Suzanne Harris
The fabric, furnishings and finance of each parish are looked after by their respective Select Vestry, each of which consists of parishioners who are either elected or appointed, at the Easter General Vestry, for a year’s term of office. Each Select Vestry elects a Treasurer and a Secretary.
Booterstown and Carysfort Select Vestry 2013-2014
Rector’s Churchwarden: Deirdre Kennedy
People’s Churchwarden: Noel Travers
Rector’s Glebewarden: Clive Beatty
People’s Glebewarden: Mike Hayes
Select Vestry: June Burgess, Peter Daly, Helen Duignan, Joyce Graham, Vi Hoffman, Robert Kemmis, Sue McDonnell, Stephanie Morris, Uta Raab, Gordon Richards (Hon. Sec.), Quentin Teggin (Hon. Treas.), Franziska Wilson.
Mount Merrion Select Vestry 2013-2014
Rector’s Churchwarden: Joan Sherlock-Robertson
People’s Churchwarden: Des Lalor
People’s Glebewarden: Denis Beare
Select Vestry: Meriel Armstrong, Philip Bagnall, Sheila Chamberlain, John Hudson, Ken Hunt, Des Lalor, Andreas Markusson, Alan McGurdy, Pamela McGurdy, Mike McWilliam (Hon. Sec.), Myrtle McWiliam, Ian Mullen (Hon. Treas.), Ken Wilson.
Other Church Office Holders
Every three years, the respective Easter General Vestries elect Diocesan Synodpersons to represent the parishes at Diocesan Synod, and Parochial Nominators whose responsibility it is to choose a new Incumbent (Rector) should the need arise.
The following were elected in 2011 to serve for three years (up to the Easter General Vestry of 2014).
Mount Merrion— Denis Beare and Meriel Armstrong
Booterstown and Carysfort— Quentin Teggin and Sue McDonnell
Supplemental Parochial Nominators:
Mount Merrion— Sheila Chamberlain and Kieron Knight
Booterstown and Carysfort— Gordon Richards and Barbara Plant
Mount Merrion— Michael McWilliam
Booterstown and Carysfort— Uta Raab and John Morris
Supplemental Diocesan Synodspersons:
Mount Merrion— Robin Peilow
Booterstown and Carysfort— June Burgess and Gordon Richards