TREE WEEK: Next week is National Tree Week; this is a good time for neighbourhoods to what can be done to improve our town for the Tidy towns campaign.
TOASTMASTERS: Shannon Toastmaster’s next meeing will be in the Oakwood Arms Hotel at 8pm on next Wednesday night and all are welcome. The Toastmasters help people build confidence in public speaking, attending job interviews, communicating effectively and preparing speeches.
PUBLIC MEETING: Sin Fein will hold a public meeting on the property tax, with speaker Senataor Trevor Ó Clochartaigh, on Friday March 2 at 9.30pm at Darcy’s Pub, Skycourt.
All are welcome.
ATHLETICS: Shannon Athletics Club training continues indoors at the Leisure Centre and will continue every Tuesday and Thursday from 5pm to 6pm. New members aged seven and over are welcome and all coaches are fully accredited by Athletics Ireland.
FIRST COMMUNION: The First Communion Preparation Mass for St. Senan’s School will be held in Mary Immaculate Church on Sunday morning at 11am.
First Communion Preparation Mass : for St. Aidan’s School in SS John & Paul Church on Sunday morning at 10am.
CONGRATULATIONS: Best wishes to Fr Pat Byrne SVD who has been re-elected to serve a second term as Provincial of The Anglo Irish Province of The Divine Word Missionaries. Fr Pat aged 62 was the first priest ever to be ordained in Shannon in 1974 in Mary Immaculate Church by the late Bishop Michael Harty. Fr Pat whose family home is in De Lacey Park and where is Mother still lives, served as a Missionary in Ecuador before moving to Rome where he worked for the Propagation of the Faith in the Vatican for ten years. In 2010 he was first elected provincial and now he will serve a second term.
WOLFE TONES: The Juvenile awards presentation was held in the Goalpost on Saturday evening. John Mullane, Waterford hurler was a guest at the event. The All Ireland Cup u-21 was on display for the youngsters.
DANCING: Dancing lessons are being held in the Oakwood Arms Hotel on Monday nights at 8pm. No partners are needed.
RECENT DEATHS: Sympathy to the family of Al O’Connor, Tullyglass Crescent who died in Florida last Monday night. Funeral Mass will take place on Saturday at 12noon in Mary Immaculate church. To Susan Curran, Coill Mhara on the death of her brother John Duffy who
died in Manchester. To Sean Quinn, 6 Inis Sioda on the death of his brother Niall Quinn, Cooraclare, who was buried on Thursday. To Vera Byrne, 15 Tullyglass Hill on the death of her
sister Eileen Barrett, San Francisco, who died last Sunday. To Des McDonnell, Tullyglass Court on the death of his step-sister Phyllis Bird, Athboy, Co. Meath.
WEDDINGS: Congtatulations to Sarah McMahon, Tullyvarraga Crescent & Brendan Frawley, Kildysart who were married in SS John & Paul Church last weekend. To Tania Findalen, Inis Ri and Daniel Butler, Raheen who were married in SS Peter & Paul Church, Crecora, on Friday.
PARISH MISSION: Plans are underway for a Parish Mission which will be held on the week of Monday May 20 to Friday May 24. It will be led by Sr. Breege McKenna, a Poor Clare Nun, famous throughout the world. Help is needed in the organising and planning of these five days in May. Any offers of help would be appreciated.
GRAFFITI: Someone has been busy spray painting phrases in a foreign language on bus shelters, walls etc in the town.
CHILD PROTECTION: People involved in Parish Ministry who have contact with children and vulnerable will have to complete a Garda Vetting and Self Declaration Form. Garda vetting will now occur every three years. This includes Priests, Sacristans, Children’s Liturgy Leaders, Parish Office staff, Choir Leaders, Eucharistic Ministers, full-time, part time and voluntary.
FIRST FRIDAY: On Friday morning there will be an additional Mass at 8am in the Convent Oratory.