CHESS: The all-Ireland Junior Chess Championship will come to Shannon for the first time on April 5 to 7. It is expected that 120 chess players from across the country from the under-8s to u-19s will attend.
LEGAL ADVICE: The next free legal advice clinic will be held on Monday evening at the Community Office, Unit 1, Business Centre from 5.15pm to 5.45pm. Please attend at 5.15pm to ensure being seen by a solicitor. No appointment is necessary for this service.
SET DANCING: St Senan’s Social Club will hold set-dancing classes in The Bellsfort Inn on Tuesday night commencing at 8.30pm. Mike Mahony is the tutor for the classes. Everyone is welcome, from beginners to advanced.
MUSCIAL: Well done to Shannon Musical Society who once again staged an excellent production “The Producers”, a well-earned rest now for everyone from backstage crew, cast and front of house to mention but a few.
INTENSIVE SWIMMING LESSONS: The Leisure Centre will be holding intensive swimming lessons for Easter 2013. Children must be aged 5 - 12yrs. The Course runs from Monday March 25 to Apri 5, excluding Easter Monday. Cost for the course of nine lessons is €72.
VOLLEY BALL: On Monday evenings from 6 to 7pm Volley Ball and Badminton games are run in the Leisure Centre for adults. The cost per sessions is €5.
WOLFE TONES: Former vice-chairman John O’Toole has taken the role as Chairman of the Club. It is hoped that the last few remaining vacancies on various committees will be filled shortly. Ger Carrig has been appointed manager of the minor football for 2013 and Kieran Kissane has taken over as manager of the junior football team.
TOO LATE: Noticed that Shannon Development is seeking proposals from suitable individuals/consortiums/companies for purchase/lease of land for the development of a community project on a c.1 acre site in Shannon Town Centre. Is this the area beside Peach House? Unfortunately latest date for requesting tender forms was last Friday. Not too much notice was given.
WEBCAM: St. Senan’s Parish has become the first parish in the Diocese of Killaloe to operate a live webcam from one of its churches. The live feed from SS John and Paul church was officially launched on Ash Wednesday at the beginning of the season of Lent. The possibility for those who are sick or housebound or away from home to connect with their parish community has been greatly welcomed during the trial period in the lead up to the official launch.
The technology has been installed and maintained by Ennis based company Acton BV who provide websites for parishes throughout the country. Their work can be seen at www.parishwebsites.ie. Their parish website is one of the most successful in the country receiving almost 13,000 visitors a month. Shannon parish is also on Facebook and Twitter and the installation of the webcam was the next logical step. The webcam can be accessed through the Shannon Parish Website at www.shannonparish.ie. Mass is broadcast each weekday evening at 7.00pm, on Saturdays at 6.30pm and on Sundays at 10.00am and 12.15pm. For Lent there is an additional Mass at 9.05am each weekday.
Other liturgies such as weddings, funerals and the Annual Matt Talbot Novena will also stream live on the web throughout the year.
ENNIS BOOK FESTIVAL: The Ennis Book Club festival will take place from Friday March 1 through to Sunday March 3 with most events taking place in An Glor, website www.ennisbookclubfestival.com.
The programme is wonderfully varied again this year. It includes fiction, poetry, social comment, literature and drama. Explore and celebrate these through readings, lectures, workshops, theatre — and any amount of chat. The Ennis Book Club Festival is a terrific social and literary gathering bringing together book club members and readers from Ireland and beyond. The festival is supported by Clare County Library and includes author readings, discussions, workshops and walking tours through the narrow streets and lanes of Ennis. Sessions on running book clubs, advice on reading lists, poetry, events as Gaeilge, and an opportunity to compare notes and meet with other readers. Combine your love of reading with a great weekend!
RECENT DEATHS: Sympathy to Christy Collins, Aidan Park on the death of his brother Anthony Collins who was buried in Limerick on Tuesday. To Helen O’Shea, Cluain Airne & Connie Keane, Tradaree Court and the family of the late Vera Hackett, Tola Park, on the death of their brother John Frost, Sixmilebridge, who was buried on Monday. May they rest in peace.
GOLDEN WEDDING: Canon Brendan O’Donoghue celebrated the 12.15pm Mass on Sunday 17 February celebrating the Golden Jubilee Wedding Anniversary of parishioners Michael and Mary Mullins. Michael a native of Portumna and Mary from Newcastlewest were married in Our Lady of Hal Church Camden Town London on 23 February 1963.The reception was held in the Irish Centre in Camden Town. Mary & Michael have lived in Shannon for the past twenty five years, Congratulations!
MEETING: Shannon parish will host the quarterly meeting of the Diocesan Council of St. Joseph’s Young Priests’ Society in SS John & Paul Church on Sunday afternoon at 3pm.
MONTHS MIND: Saturday next at 12 noon for Tommy McLaughlin, Waterford, brother of Maureen Scully, Tullyglass Square.
CONFIRMATION: The Confirmation Preparation Mass for St. Conaire’s will be in SS John & Paul church on Sunday morning at 10am and for the children of St Tola’s/St. Senan’s/Gael Scoil Donncha Rua/St. John’s in Mary Immaculate Church also this Sunday morning at 11am.
GOSEPL CHOIR: Shannon Gospel Choir will participate at the 6.30pm vigil Mass on Saturday 23 February.
GRAND MARSHALL: Delighted to hear that Olive Carey has been named as Grand Marshall of the Shannon St Patrick’s Day Parade 2013. Olive is a long-time resident of Shannon. She is associated with the Shannon Archaeological Society, Dúchas na Sionna and is involved in the compilation of a social history of Shannon.