DARKNESS INTO LIGHT: The Darkness into Light walk/run will take place this Saturday morning, a fundraiser for Pieta House. Starting at 4am, and crossing the line just as dawn is breaking, the annual 5km walk/run, is celebrating its 5th year. In Clare join the walk in Lees Road. Pre-registration is available in Shannon this Thursday night (car park at Lidl) from 7pm to 9pm.
COMMUNITY GAMES: The Shannon community games athletics day will be held on Sunday starting at 2pm in St Patrick’s Comprehensive school grounds. All are welcome. Thanks to all those who contributed to the Flag day held recently.
PRIMARY REGISTRATION: Parents of children intending to start primary school in September and who have not yet registered their child with the school are asked to do so as soon as possible, to guarantee a place in their school of choice. There are six schools in the parish, St Senan’s – tel. 061 472005; St Tola’s 362894; St Conaires - tel. 364694; St Aidan’s- tel. 363147, Gael Scoil Donncha Rua -tel. 363165; St John’s - tel. 471485. Application forms can be obtained from any of these schools.
POLISH MASS: Fr. Dariusz Plaska, will celebrate Mass in Shannon for the Polish community on Sunday evening at 5pm in SS John & Paul church with confessions from 4.30pm. Please let any member of the Polish community know.
FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE: Low cost confidential Counselling service available every Wednesday, at 10.00am, at the Shannon Family Resource Centre, Respond Community Building, Rineanna View. The contact number is 061 707600 for further information.
ATHLETICS: Shannon Athletics club training continues outdoors at the athletics grounds 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.
ALZHEIMER TEA DAY: The Shannon Family Resource Centre will host a Tea Day event on Monday May from 11am to 1pm in the Respond Building, Rineanna View, to help raise funds for this service.
LIBRARY: There is a Story time session held every Tuesday afternoon for children aged 3 - 7 years in the Library at 4pm.
MUSE PRODUCTIONS: Following on from their successful production of the West End smash “The 39 Steps”, MUSE Productions return to the new stage in the Oakwood Arms with one of the all-time classics of modern drama, Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot”. Recently voted “the most significant English language play of the 20th century”, this stylised piece of theatre is classed as “Theatre of the absurd”, and sees the two main characters, Vladimir and Estragon waiting endlessly for the mysterious Mr Godot. While waiting, they encounter Pozzo and his slave, Lucky, who delivers one of the most difficult and lengthy “stream of consciousness” soliloquys in theatrical history. The final member of the cast is the “The Boy” who delivers the news that Godot may not be arriving that Evening, “But surely tomorrow”!
This is a unique opportunity to see this play performed here in Shannon. The rights for the play are very closely guarded by the Beckett Estate and it is with great pride that Muse Productions bring it for the first time to the Amateur stage here in this region. The cast for this production range from the most experienced to the least, with veteran actor Noel Murphy taking role of Vladimir, a part he first played at the tender age of 23, in the Everyman Theatre in Cork, through to young Albert Wojcik who is introduced to Shannon audiences in his role as “The Boy”. Noel is ably matched by his namesake Noel McNamara in the role of Estragon, and the duo of Pozzo and Lucky will be played by Eoin Sheedy and Tony Little respectively. The director is once again Ted Germaine, with Frank Boland serving as Stage Manager. Running for three nights only, from Tuesday May 21 to Thursday May 23, this is an experience not to bemissed for any fan of theatre in Shannon or the surrounding areas.
LEGAL CLINIC: The next Free Legal Advice clinic will be held on Monday May 27 at the Community Office, Unit 1, the Business Centre from 5.15 to 5.45pm. Please attend at 5.15 to ensure being seen by a solicitor. No appointment is necessary for this service.
DONATION: The St Senan’s Social Club benefit dance raised €5,000 which was split between Carrigoran and Pieta House. Well done to all!
FIRST COMMUNION: Congratulations to the 14 children of St Senan’s N.S. who celebrated their First Holy Communion day last Saturday. This Saturday the children from St Conaire’s N.S. will receive the sacrament of First Holy communion in SS John and Paul church at 11am.
TIDY TOWNS: Each year at this time, the Tidy Towns Committee appeal for Volunteers to help with the planting of summer bedding and general tidying during the coming months. Join the team every Tuesday evening at 7pm outside the Town Hall ... and help make a difference to our town.
GOLF CLASSIC: The Tomas McCormaic Annual Cub Golf Classic will take place at Shannon Golf Club on Monday, July 1 this year. The proceeds will go to the Shannon Senior Citizens club to assist them in the extension of their premises. Further details can be had from Councillor Sean McLoughlin on 086 2473712.
PARISH MISSION: Volunteers from the parish are calling to all homes inviting people to attend the Mission which will be held from May 20 to 24.
WEDDINGS: Congratulations to Susie Hickey, Caragh Park and Ray Diviney, Tullyvarraga Court who were married on Friday. To Mary Kerr, Cill Chais and John Joe Shanahan, Tola Park, who were married on Saturday. Both weddings took place in Mary Immaculate Church.
MONTHS MIND: The months mind mass Lena Bolster, Tradaree Court will be on Sunday at 10am in SS John & Paul church.
RECENT DEATHS: Sympathy the family of Eileen Kennedy, Tullyvarraga Crescent who died on Thursday. To the family of Mrs Frances O’Neill, late of Fergus Road who died in Ennis. To Peter Fitzgerald, Tullyvarraga Hill on the death of his nephew, Declan Fitzgerald, Navan. To Audrey O’Halloran, Finian Park, was bereaved on the death of her brother, Kevin Hutching, Perth, Australia. May they rest in peace.