May 18

MISSION WEEK: Next week is hoped to be a very special week in the life of the Shannon community. A Parish Mission will take place from Sunday when an Introduction will be given at all masses over the weekend.

MISSION WEEK: Next week is hoped to be a very special week in the life of the Shannon community. A Parish Mission will take place from Sunday when an Introduction will be given at all masses over the weekend.

The mission will run from Monday May 20 to Friday May 24. The theme of “Sharing the Good News” has been chosen and that is what the parish hopes will happen. The Mission is open to all people and people of all ages. Shannon Parish is inviting you come and see.

The mission will be led by Sr Briege McKenna and four priests, Rev. Kevin Scallon, Brendan Quinlivan, Noel Kirwan and Vincent Sherlock.

The daily schedule is as follows: SS John & Paul church, Tullyvarraga: 7am morning mass and 10am mission mass and talk. The evening mass and service will be held at 7.30pm in Mary Immaculate church, Drumgeely - Monday 7.30pm Service of Reconciliation and Mission Talk; Tuesday 7.30pm Mission Mass and Eucharistic Healing Service; Wednesday and Thursday Mass and Mission Talk. Friday 7.30pm: Close of Mission and commissioning.

A special event during the Mission will be on Tuesday at 2.30pm in SS John & Paul church with Mass and Anointing of the Sick for those too ill to attend the mission. Anyone who has the internet or parish radio will be able to tune in to this mass.

Check out the parish website on for more information. Shannon parish also has a Facebook page: Prayers and requests can be emailed to the Parish Office:

NEW WEBSITE: Shannon Airport launched a new website and app for iPhone, iPad and android devices at the weekend and glad to say that it looks good! Now all we need are plenty of passengers and flights.

LEMENAGH: The annual mass for those buried in Lemenagh Cemetery will take place on Tuesday May 28 at 8pm.

OVER 55: Clare Local Development Company are looking for men and women, over 55 years of age to participate in various programmes/classes . The courses will be located in areas where there is sufficient demand. Courses on offer as follows: Ageing with Confidence; Community participation for older people – supporting people to get involved in their communities; Taking Stock Programme; Internet classes for over 55s and Classes on using small technology (mobile phones/cameras. For information please contact the Community Development officers – Dolores or Adrian on 065 6866800.

LOURDES APPEAL: The Lourdes Sick Pilgrim’s Appeal annual collection to support sick. Pilgrims going to Lourdes will be taken up as a second collection at all masses this weekend. This appeal for financial help enables the Diocese to bring 60 Pilgrims, some who are extremely ill, on pilgrimage to Lourdes. Without your assistance, it just would not be possible to make dreams become reality. Some of these sick pilgrims are terminally ill and this Pilgrimage helps them find acceptance. The Diocesan Pilgrimage takes place from June 26 to July 1 and the Autumn Pilgrimage from September 27to October 2. . Booking forms are available in the Sacristy or the Parish Office.

TROCAIRE: This year’s Trocaire Lenten contribution from the Shannon parish so far is €18,413. This money has been forwarded to Trocaire to help in the work of caring for the poor.

TIDY TOWN: Shannon Tidy Towns Committee are once again busy around town planting, watering and maintaining flowerbeds. Each year at this time the committee appeals for volunteers to help with the planting of summer bedding and general tidying. The group meet each Tuesday evening at 7pm outside the town hall and anyone who can assist is asked to come along.

WOLFE TONES: The academy for five to eight year olds continues each Wednesday at the all-weather pitches from 6pm to 7pm. U-10 hurling training is on Mondays at 5.45pm. U-10 football at 6pm on Wednesday and the U-12 hurling is also on Wednesdays at 6pm. Hope all the hurlers get great use out of the new hurling wall recently built at Wolfe Tones.

SUCCESS: Congratulations to St Caimin’s girls u-14 team who were victorious in the FAI schools u-14 Munster final. They played St Angela’s Ursuline Convent from Waterford at Clonmel Celtic.

LEGAL CLINIC: The next Free Legal Advice clinic will be held on Monday Mary 27 at the Community Office, Unit 1, Business Centre, from 5.15 to 5.45pm. Clients are asked to attend at 5.15pm to ensure being seen by a solicitor. No appointment is necessary. Contact the Information Centre on 0761 075370 or 061 364704.

SENIORS: Members of the Senior Citizens club travelled by coach to the Burren on Tuesday for some walking and refreshments. Hope the weather conditions weren’t too harsh.

REMEMBRANCE: Fr.Tom Hogan will celebrate the Clare branch of the Irish Kidney Association’s Mass of Remembrance and Thanksgiving on Sunday in Ennis Cathedral at 12 noon. Families of organ donors, transplant recipients, patients, carers and the medical profession involved in organ transplantation, along with the general public are invited to attend the mass.

WEDDINGS: Congratulations to Irene Flynn, Dernish Lawn and Darragh Carmody, Ennis, who were married in The Wells Church.

COMMUNION: Congratulations to the children from St. Conaire’s School who received the Sacrament on Saturday.

SHANNON PIONEERS: The Shannon Pioneer Total Abstinence Association has arranged a pin distribution for the Feast Day of the Sacred Heart Friday June 7 in SS John & Paul church. Members who have completed 60, 50, 25 years and 1 year will receive their pins and diplomas at the 7pm mass. As pins and diplomas have to be ordered to please contact Pat Grue on 061 362629 or Seamus McEvoy on 061 363048 before June 3.

MONTHS MIND: The Months Mind Mass for Packie Keyes, Tullyglass Court will be in Mary Immaculate church on Sunday at 11am.

SHANNON MUSICAL: Following the Annual General Meeting the new committee of Shannon Musical Society is Chairman: Derek Barrett; Secretary: Maria Kelly, Treasurer: Daniel Flannagan. Fundraising, Patrons & Sponsors: Lauren Dunne, Siobhan Linton & Rachael McIntyre. The Society is now inviting all current members to re-join and is encouraging new members to get involved. SMS would also encourage former members to re-join and get involved in some way with this year’s production. Membership for the coming season is €30.

The Society would like to invite people who would be interested in performing in the October Fundraising Concert to email the secretary with two song suggestions (from the Musicals) that they would like to sing (can be solo, duets or ensemble pieces).

RECENT DEATHS: Sympathy to Jimmy Lonergan, Cronan Gardens on the death of his brother Terence Lonergan who died in England. To Eddie Jones, 73 Corrib Drive on the death of his sister Trudy Hawkins who died in Bristol. To Maura Power, 29 Fergus Road on the death of her sister Ann Fitzgerald, Castlelyons, Co. Cork. To Claire Monaghan, Tradaree Court on the death of her brother Robert McCurdy, Belfast. May they rest in peace.