Information to members

THe following was included in the information pack sent to Members:

1. Notice of Motions received by 11 April 2005.

2. Bills and Explanatory Memoranda

3. Synod invitation cards - Three invitation cards are enclosed with this mailing, one for each day of the Synod according to the following colour scheme:
Tuesday: BLUE Wednesday: PINK Thursday: YELLOW
Please place the appropriate card in one of the boxes provided at the reception desk at the entrance to the Conference Centre in the Stillorgan Park Hotel.

4. Member’s badge
The enclosed badge must be worn on arrival at the Stillorgan Park Hotel and throughout the meeting of the Synod.

5. Voting card
Please keep the enclosed voting card available during the meeting of the Synod. Clerical members will receive a blue card and lay members will receive a yellow card. The card should be held up for the tellers to count when a vote is being taken. The card is intended to ensure that the person voting is entitled to vote as a member of the Synod and to distinguish between clerical and lay members when there is a vote by orders.

6. Location map

7. Guide to the General Synod
Members received copies of the enclosed guide in the first year of the triennium. Copies are enclosed for new members.

8. Invitation to the missionary breakfast on Wednesday morning.

9. Invitation to the launch of Companion to Church Hymnal in the Merrion Suite on Wednesday evening.

Book of Reports

The Book of Reports to the General Synod will be mailed directly to members under separate cover from the printers.

Accommodation at the Stillorgan Park Hotel

There may be accommodation available in the Stillorgan Park Hotel. The delegate rate for members of the General Synod is €145 per room per night, including breakfast. There is no extra charge for double occupancy of the room.

The Synod Service

The Synod Service will be held at 7.00pm on Tuesday 10 May in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin. This will be a service of Holy Communion. The preacher will be the Right Reverend James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool. The collection at the Synod Service will be for the benefit of Bishops’ Appeal.

There will be private bus transport leaving at 6.00pm for St Patrick’s Cathedral on Tuesday 10 May and returning afterwards. Tickets may be purchased at the Synod reception desk by 2.00pm on Tuesday for €4.00. There is a multi-story public car park in Werburgh Street.

Parking during General Synod

Due to an extension to the hotel, there are fewer parking places this year. Further parking places are available in the adjacent housing estates. If you are planning to bring your car, you should allow some additional time for parking.

Cloakroom facilities

Cloakroom facilities are available in the conference reception area in the Stillorgan Park Hotel from 9.00 am each day. Coats, bags and anything else not required during the session should be left in the cloakroom.

Members are requested not to leave bags and coats in the main conference room as they can hinder movement between the rows of seats and could cause an obstruction in the event of an emergency evacuation of the hall. Fire exits from the venue will be clearly marked.

Lunch Arrrangements

Lunch will be available in the following locations on a cash basis:
Turf Club Bar – snacks from €5.50;
Merrion Suite (adjacent to conference room) – sandwiches from €5.00;
Purple Sage Restaurant – lunch from €14.95 to €25.00.

Mobile telephones

Members are reminded that mobile telephones must be turned off when the General Synod is in session.

Facilities for the Disabled

All facilities for members are situated on the ground floor of the Stillorgan Park Hotel. Please contact the Synod Office at the above address if you require any special facilities or if you require any of the documentation in an alternative format.

General Synod Website

Information will be accessible on the General Synod website as details become available. The address is

Contacting the Venue

The Stillorgan Park Hotel may be contacted as follows:

tel: +353 (0)1 2881621

fax: +353 (0)1 2831610


The Honorary Secretaries

VERY REV RD HARMAN ) Honorary Secretaries

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