Championship date fixed
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Championship date fixed
Monday, February 26, 2007
A site worth visiting and maybe subscribing to is the Irish Times newspaper site which is found at The Irish Times/www.ireland.com using a Google search or whatever you fancy.
Today the paper had a handout poster dated 24th February 07 titled ’A Night to Remember’ about the Ireland England rugby match in Croke Park.
Lent is here and the Spring 2007
The editorial reminds us –
We have taller buildings but shorter tempers
We have wider highways but narrower viewpoints
We buy more but enjoy it less
We have bigger homes but smaller families
We have more degrees but less common sense
We have more knowledge but less judgement
We have more medicine but less well being
We have multiplied our possessions but reduced our values
We have learned to make a living but not a life.
Elsewhere in the Advocate is featured Finis written by Sean Mac Cartain, retired
He praised the pure of heart
And those who watched and prayed.
Such old fashioned stuff.
He turned the
To wine that was rich and red.
It was mass hysteria.
He blessed a Lenten lunch
Five thousand men were fed.
He had caches of food.
He wept for a rotting corpse
And raised it from the dead.
Collusion with friends
He walked on the turbulent sea
To a friend drowning in dread.
Better tricks in
He was friend of the outcast poor
Sharing their fish and bread.
He’s a glutton and a sinner
He cured the sick and the blind
And the cripple prone on his bed.
He’s in league with the devil
He said he was Son of God
You’re a carpenter, born and bred,
A blasphemer, too
They took him and hung him high
With a thorn crown on his head.
That’s the end of him
The Sacred Heart Messenger monthly magazine
for March 2007 has a photograph of a man praying on
the back cover with a few lines from Saint Patrick’s
Breastplate that I feel the Irish rugby team may have
Used for their game on Saturday. It goes –
Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Find under www.jesuit.ie if you wish
To have your monthly copy posted.
Finally one for the birds.
This morning I was telling Frankie Norton
That I was topping up the bird feeders
As about fifty assorted small birds use the feeders.
Frankie says “it’s all right if I don’t get
The Bird Flu”
Apologies for lack of input recently but a new update of Google and Blogger left access to the website beyond my reach and also Father O Hanlon’s weekly parish bulletin. Thanks to David and Cary hopefully we are back on track. Thanks to Bill from
The weekend of the 17 /18th February last turned out to be most enjoyable as about seven cousins from
Afterwards we had a steak dinner in one of the bar / restaurants that are used to service a number of the reserved boxes that only cost 60,000 a year I heard. Our waitress had an Irish accent and Bridget told us that she was from near Ballymote. A three piece second generation group played live music that would make you homesick. At the party was Louisa Killeen who is a daughter of Vincent and a grand daughter of John Francis. Louisa told us that she has been working in
On our way to the airport we stopped off at the Boat Show in Ballsbridge. I was telling Brendan Smith from Silverline Cruisers Banagher about travelling up by train and attempting to use the toilet at the railway station but failed when an entrance fee of 30Cents caught my eye. I had not got 30C so I held my ground. Brendan told that he had a similar experience during that week and also did not have the 30C. In his case he needed to use the facility and he approached a uniformed employee and told his story.
The man asked if he had any money and Brendan produced a 50 C coin which the uniformed gent took and then opened an independent entrance and allowed Brendan free access to the 30C facility for 50C if you understand the gist.
On the plane to
Good to see Michael and Claire Green and their daughter Courtney (11) home for a visit from
Just home the past week is Tom Mc Evoy who has been looking at cattle in Sydney Australia since early December. Tom had also planned to visit
Also home this week is Mr O Rourke from New York – sorry I have forgotten his Christian name – the brother of Mrs Tom Guinan and the late John Joe O Rourke from Correen.
Some recent deaths include –
Myra Macklin, sister of the late Oliver Macklin whose funeral Mass took place in Shannonbridge with burial in her native Rush in
Anthony Hynes brother of Kieran Hynes.
Paddy Kenny Clonmacnois who lived in a house across from Pat Duffy.
Peter Murphy, Wexford father of Eileen Gill Templedew and Paddy Murphy who is a regular visitor to Shannonbridge when gardening permits.
Kieran Molloy Glebe who was a brother of Mrs Maureen Cahill from
Mrs Theresa Kenny nee Higgins Liberty Ballydangan wife of the late Michael and mother of Theresa Kenny.
May they all rest in peace.
Saturdays rugby international against
Later on Saturday night Lorraine Devery Tim Devery’s niece celebrated her 21st Birthday in Shannonbridge with her many friends.
Cousin John was telling us that Taoiseach Bertie Ahern was in Roscommon last week and stopped off for a while in Millars of Ballydangan. He was also in
John Toher had his picture taken with Bertie and he told us that Bettie’s father worked in
Two regular fishing
Enjoyed a bridge card tournament in Athlone on Saturday and Sunday which marked the setting up of the first contract bridge tournament by four ladies 75 years ago.
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Last Sunday we all thought that Ireland would hang on to a slender lead against France in the first rugby international played at Croke Park last Sunday but a last minute try settled our cough. Sorry the game clashed with Gay Byrne's Sunday Miscellany last radio show on Lyric FM. Good to hear he will be back again soon.
Last Saturday Genevieve Wynne was married in Birr and the reception was held in Kinnity Castle . The bride is a daughter of Mr and Mrs Joe Wynne Arigna. Joe is a brother of Mrs Keena and he went to national school in Shannonbridge.
By the way the sale of Kinnity Castle has fallen through so you are not late yet.
Saturday was baptism day for baby Niamh Flannery, Crevagh, daughter of Seamus and Patricia and a welcome sister for Sean. Congratulations.
Welcome this week to a new family for Shannonbridge. Brendan and Mary Dee purchased Seamus and Celine Grenham's famous Bungalow B+B as a residence and the family moved in on Monday. Welcome and may they be very happy in Shannonbridge. Mary tells us that her mother is moving from Salthill and will live with them in Shannonbridge.
Good to see John and Jimmy Brown and their family from Manchester in Shannonbridge this week. The two boys are sons of the late Margaret Brown nee McEvoy and are nephews of Mary Liz Coughlan and of Shannonbridge's late Mickie Mac Evoy.
Good to see Patricia Carry and her two boys over from England for a mid term school visit.
Lots of water came down at the weekend and again yesterday. It is strange but the flood water seems to be easing back although the land is soaking Eamon Mc Manus tells us.
Temperatures are around 10C but a cold rainy day yesterday was replaced by a sunny dry day today.
On Sunday Rory from The Dublin Pike Anglers and friends were fishing on a boat at Shannonbridge. Did not hear how they fared out.
The short story writer, critic, journalist, broadcaster and seanchai Brendan Kiely has died , aged 87years. May he rest in peace.
Ned Kenny Dublin and Moore has died in Dublin. He was a brother of the late builder Michael Kenny and he was married to Dympna Kilduff, sister of P.J.Kilduff and Eileen Mc Manus. He was buried in Dublin. May he rest in peace.
Got a welcome phone-call from England during the week enquiring when the Ballinasloe Horse Fair was on this year? For your information it starts on the weekend of 29/30 September and the Country Fair is on Saturday 6th October.
Another phone call from the cousins in Manchester to tell us that John Francis Killeen is celebrating four score this weekend and at least five of the Irish cousins are making the trip for the party on Sunday. Wishing him all the best on his birthday. And we plan to enjoy it.
Welcome home to Michael and Clare Green from Boston and their eleven year old daughter Courtney who are here for a flying visit.
Posted on behalf of Derry
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Sunday 11th Feb 2007 - 6th Sun C
Tel (090) 9674125
Fax (090) 9674267
Masses: Each day @ 10am
Last Sunday's Offertory collection: €442. Many Thanks
Church Cleaners: G.Brennan, D.Deeley, C.Quinn
Eucharistic ministers: Group 1
Readers for next Weekend: D.Finnerty, C.Doolan
Altar Servers for this week: Megan, Michaela
Mass on next Sat eve for the late Tom Nugent
Last Sunday's Offertory collection: €370. Many Thanks
Church Cleaners: B.Higgins, D.Guinan
Readers for next Sunday: H.Coughlan
Altar Servers for next Sunday: Group A
Eucharistic minister for next Sunday: K.Kelly
Mass on next Sun for the late Tom Mannion
Meeting of Parish P.C Mon19th Feb in Clonfanlough @ 8pm
11February, Our Lady of Lourdes
This is celebrated as the World Day of Prayer for the Sick.
We are encouraged to visit them, and pray for them that they may never feel abandoned by God, but be helped by the goodness of others: “when I was sick you came to visit me”.
Message of Pope Benedict:
'I now turn to you, my dear brothers and sisters suffering from incurable and terminal diseases.
Trust that your sufferings, united to those of Christ, will prove fruitful for the needs of the Church and the world. I ask the Lord to strengthen your faith in his love, especially during these trials that you are experiencing. It is my hope that, wherever you are, you will always find the spiritual encouragement and strength needed to nourish your faith and bring you closer to the Father of Life.'
Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes: 27th May – 1st June
Anyone who would like to go with the invalid section should inform the PP as soon as possible
West Offaly Training
Computer classes will start soon, ranging from Basic Introduction for absolute beginners to ECDL, & advanced for the more proficient.
For more info call Carmel on057-9152003.
Ballinasloe Flower & Garden Club
'Cooking with Herbs' - talk & demo by John White in Haydens Hotel on Wed 14th Feb @ 8pm. (Adm for Non-members is €5.)
Growers Competition: Collection of Garden Foliage in a Vase / Jar.
Fatima 2007 - 90th Anniversary of Apparitions
Depart 27th Sep, including 2-Day Tour of Shrines of Northern Portugal, visiting Balazar, Sameiro, and Braga.
5 Nights FB in Hotel Avenida, Fatima; 2 Nights HB in 4* Hotel Braga. Cost €759. (Plus Insurance €25 if required.)
Spiritual Director is Fr John Naughton, Eyrecourt.
For details contact Nuala on 090-9675148.
Mass every Wed in the Prayer Centre Clonmacnois @ 7.30pm
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Some sports results from the weekend. In rugby the Six Nations Tournament got under way.
First match played under lights was the Dublin Tyrone league match last weekend with Tyrone winning.
Mayo beat Kerry in their league match at the weekend.
Pat and Mick went by boat to Shannonharbour on Friday. Weather was lovely and there were a lot of birds to be seen.
On Saturday Mick Doherty took his boat out for a trip in fine weather and he was amazed at the number of birdlife and cormorants to be seen. That day Mary Killeen counted twenty goldfinch using the bird feeders in the yard as well as a variety of other species.
Yesterday the Irish Independent carried a photograph of a nest of four baby robins, aged 14 days. The nest was built in a Christmas wreath on the door of a flat in south west
The Irish Times has their Images of 2006 on view and buy site www.ireland.com/focus/imagesof2006
The railway people Iarnrod Eireann have 150 new railway carriages on order from
President Mary Mc Aleese was conferred with a Distinguished Fellowship by Athlone IT recently. While in Athlone she took time to visit the Monsignor Mc Carthy Complex, a family resource center.
Weather eye in The Irish Times mentioned Venus being bright at night and it will be brighter still in August.
Yesterday Shay Murphy stopped off on his way to
The radio morning programme mentioned a website www.ratemyhospital.ie that allows patients and others to give their verdict on a range of things about any hospital.
Ferbane Bridge Club has a website called http://homepage.eircom.net/~ferbane_bridge/
Soon they are having a benefit night for charity.
Patrick Mitchell, Moore North, son of the late Ta Mitchell has died. Burial today.
Maura Coleman, Banagher wife of Martin has died. Burial tomorrow.Mr. Murphy, Wexford father of Eileen Gill Templedew died this morning.
Thursday night a gang from Shannonbridge are off to The Concert Hall to hear Matt Munroe Junior and his orchestra perform.
Sunday, February 04, 2007
Sunday 4th Feb 2007 - 5th Sun C
Tel (090) 9674125
Fax (090) 9674267
Masses: Each day @ 10am
Last Sunday's Offertory collection: €504. Many Thanks
Church Cleaners: M.Moran, M.McManus
Eucharistic ministers: Group 4
Readers for next Weekend: C.Mannion, P.Duffy
Altar Servers for this week: Ciara, Dylan
Last Sunday's Offertory collection: €220. Many Thanks
Church Cleaners: C.Spain, C.Guinan
Readers for next Sunday: D.Norton
Altar Servers for next Sunday: Group E
Eucharistic minister for next Sunday: P.Darcy
Mass on next Sun for the late Padraic Devery
'Happiness is a wondrous commodity; the more you give, the more you have.' (Voltaire)
Today is Education in Faith Sunday
The Theme for this year is taken from Our Lord's in the Gospel:
'Put out into the deep'. The focus of Education in Faith Sunday is to develop the concept of life-long learning in faith, and to foster greater links between home school and parish. It also challenges us to recognise that as members of the Church we are all teachers under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and share in the responsibility of furthering the reign of God.
The readings in today's liturgy remind us of this task: 'I will go, send me.' (Is. 6.8) 'I passed on to you what I received.' (1Cor 15.3)
'Don't be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.' (Lk 5.10)
The present Pope, some months before he elected, described the essence of Christianity as: 'The love story between God and humanity. Only through concrete experiences and lived witness is it possible to make the reality of the Christian message accessible to people now.'
For more information visit www.catechetics.ie
Study Theology from Home
The Dominicans are offering a full programme of theology by distance learning, which can be studied for academic credit or for its own sake. For further information contact:
The Priory Institute, Tallaght Village, Dublin 24. (01-4048127)
Portiuncula Hospital Ballinasloe
Annual Remembrance Service for bereaved parents of children who died, or who suffered miscarriages will be held in the Hospital Chapel, on Wed 7th February @ 7.30pm
St Loman's Hospital Mullingar
A Mass of Remembrance will be held in the Hospital Chapel on Wed 7th Feb @ 2.30pm in memory of deceased patients.
Special Olympics Ireland - News Flash
Liam Lawton will perform in Tullamore's Church of the Assumption on Tues 20th Feb @ 8pm in aid of Offaly Special Olympics.
Tickets available at 057-9321110 / 057-9325600.
Friday, February 02, 2007
Wednesday night was Graduation Night for Shannonbridge pair Declan Ryan and Emmett Keohane who were conferred by University College Maynooth for passing their respective courses. Declan chose the quarries of Clerhane as his subject. Congratulations to them both.
Thursday started with Bob Galligan telling how he spotted two pike fishing boats moored on a piece of land that they had discovered near the mouth of the River Suck. Later the two boats were seen going upstream of the village bridge. No report on their venture.
Father Tom Ryan ha a packed church for his funeral and as expected Arch-bishop Cassidy gave an excellent sermon. Father Tom was 30 years in
He reminded us about the Banquets that he organised in
Evelyn Murphy nee Seery, wife of the late Jack died peacefully at her home in Ard Mhuire, Ballinasloe on Wednesday and was removed to the church on Thursday with funeral on Friday. Evelyn was 98 years. May she rest in peace.
News on Thursday night of the death of Sean Corrigan retired teacher in Banagher.
May he rest in peace.
Weather is mild and dry but the forecast is for rain.
Thursday, February 01, 2007
Three funerals in an evening. Father Tom Ryan lay in repose in
Frank Somers once drummer with Syd and The Saints, The Evergreens and Foster and Allen has died. His body was removed from his home for Mass on Thursday morning.
P.J.Bannon, publican and once owner of The Green Olive has died. His body was removed from his home in Athlone on Wednesday evening with burial after Mass on Thursday.
The regular Wednesday night table quiz on this Wednesday night in Killeens decided to run the quiz in aid of the Kiltegan Missions on account of Father Tom Ryan. The venture raised 235 Euros.