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Shannon Dec 7

BINGO: This Thursday night Bingo is being held in the Oakwood Arms Hotel at 8pm sharp, proceeds in aid of Proceeds in aid of St Senan’s school, Shannon.

BINGO: This Thursday night Bingo is being held in the Oakwood Arms Hotel at 8pm sharp, proceeds in aid of Proceeds in aid of St Senan’s school, Shannon.

GOSPEL CHOIR: The Shannon Gospel Choir will sing in SS John & Paul church at the 6.30pm mass on Saturday. On Sunday the choir will sing in Bunratty village on Sunday afternoon at 4.30pm for the turning on of the Christmas lights. To end the year off to a good note the choir will team up with Paddy Casey and his Secret Life Orchestra in Vicar Street, Dublin on December 27. This Christmas concert will be a celebration of 10 years of multi-platinum selling records with Paddy performing hits from his four albums. Well done to the choir who have enjoyed such a good year.

COMMUNION: The Preparation Mass for the children of St. Conaire’s making First communion next year will be in SS John & Paul Church on Sunday morning at 10am. For the children of St Tola’s school in Mary Immaculate Church at 11am on Sunday morning.

CRAFT FAIR: The annual Christmas Craft Fair will finish up in the Library on Friday evening. A variety of crafts are on display, from knitted items, artwork and jewellery to homemade cakes and sweets. Admission is free.

GREASE: Final rehearsals are underway in St Patrick’s Comprehensive School for their presentation of the hit musical Grease which will be staged in the school from December 11 to 14. Some of the leads in the show have taken part in Shannon Musical society shows in the past. It should be a good night’s entertainment for everyone.

SCOUTING: The 1st Clare Shannon Scout Group are asking all past members of the Shannon scouts, both 1st and 2nd Clare to get in touch regarding the plans for the 50th anniversary celebrations and also to walk in the St Patrick’s Day parade 2014. To get in touch call Martina on 086 3038177 or Judy on 086 1764461 or email the group secretary on This year, 1st Clare Shannon will be taking part in the Peace Light of Bethlehem. In December an Israeli Scout and a Palestinian Scout will take a light from the stable at Bethlehem and it will travel on a journey across the world supported by scouting, being brought to communities, parishes and homes. The light will arrive in Clare on Friday December 20 and scouts, beavers and cubs will bring it to the Oratory in the Town Centre.

AIRPORT CONCERT: All roads lead to Shannon on Friday night, December 13 as Ireland’s ‘first lady’ of traditional music Sharon Shannon has been confirmed as the headline act for the Airport’s annual ‘thank-you’ event to the region for its support during the year. The event, which is free to the public, will see the hugely popular and gifted instrumentalist, who has internationalised accordion playing like no other over the past 20years, deliver her lively set to 800 plus guests. Tickets for the event are available at the Shannon Airport Information Desk and from Clare FM, Galway Bay FM and Tipp FM reception desks. Surprisingly no tickets seem to be available in the Limerick Region!

MOONLIGHT WALK: A Moonlight Walk will take place in the Cratloe Woods on December 17 at 7.30pm. Donations on the night to Charity/Galway Mountain Rescue Team. Davy Fitzgerald will lead this walk which will take 2hrs approx. Walkers should wear HiViz jacket warm clothing-hat/gloves and torch/head torch Check out the website

PARKING: Drivers should no longer chance parking at the Extravision entrance to SkyCourt. With the new traffic barriers motorists should definitely not be tempted to park there. Might be a good idea if Bank of Ireland moved the ATM machine to the old Oratory and then motorists could pull into the car park there. Just a thought! Gardai were on duty there earlier this week.

TREE CUTTING: Many trees have been cut down in the town in the last week gives a lot of light to some areas.

JESSE TREE: An Advent Gathering at the Jesse Tree for the for 1st & 2nd classes of St. Conaire’s in SS John & Paul Church at 10am on Thursday December 12.

ST CAIMINS: The St. Caimin’s School Junior Conference of St. Vincent de Paul will host tea/coffee morning with a Christmas flavour for mass goers following 9.30am Mass in Mary Immaculate Church on Friday December 13.

POLISH MASS: Fr. Dariusz Pląsek, will celebrate mass in Shannon for the Polish community Sunday 8 December at 5pm in SS John & Paul Church with confessions from 4.30pm. Parishioners are asked to tell members of the Polish about this event.

PARTY: Councillor Sean McLoughlin held a very enjoyable Christmas Party for children in the GAA club on Sunday afternoon.

GORADICHE: Goradiche Gift Tokens in lieu of Christmas gifts are now available with all proceeds go towards the Orphanage (Jubilee 2000 Project). For the past 14 years, volunteers from our Parish have developed links and contacts with the Orphanage. A minimum of €10 is expected for each gift token, available in the Sacristy or from the Parish Office

CAROL SERVICE: The Tradaree Cluster Christmas Carol Service in Mary Immaculate Church on Wednesday 11 December at 7.30pm.

GIVING TREES: Once again in both churches during Advent, the Jesses Tree on display. Gifts of non-perishable (in date) food which can be shared with those in need will be welcome.

MONTHS MIND: The months mind mass for Tom Moloney, Tola Park will be at 11am in Mary Immaculate church on Sunday.

FIRST ANNIVERSARY: The first anniversary mass for Lena Scanlan, Cill Chais will be on Saturday at 12 noon in Mary Immaculate.

DEFENCE FORCES MASS: The annual mass for deceased members of the Defence Forces from the county will take place in the Franciscan Friary Ennis on Friday December 6 at 7.30pm. All serving and retired members and their families are welcome.

RECENT DEATHS: Sympathy to the family of Jim Scully, Dernish Lawn who died at his home. Aged 70 and a native of Timahoe, Laois, Jim lived in Shannon for 37 years where he worked in De Beers. He is survived by his wife, Maggie, sons Padraig and Brian’ daughters, Geraldine and Kathy, grandchildren, brother and sisters. He was predeceased by his son, Eamonn in 2007.

To the family of Ann Bridgeman Jackson of Gleann na Smol who died after a short illness. Ann lived in Shannon with her family for many years and was actively involved in the community, especially in the Town Twinning Association.

Her wake took place at her home and after funeral service in the Baptist Church in Limerick followed by cremation. She is survived by her husband, Brian, daughter Marie; sons Peter, Noel and Robert, brothers, sister and grandchildren.

To Josephine Pili, 8 The Grove, on the death of her mother Julie Cabesan Go in The Philippines. To Mossie Histon, Corrib Drive on the death of his mother Catherine Histon, Shanagolden, Co. Limerick. May they rest in peace.

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