Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Shannonbridge Fishing Report ...Dated 28/Sept/2010.
Weather has been generally good with little rain but the river level has risen to 3.65 metres.Fast strong flow on the river.Forecast good next five days.
>Marcel Wuthrich,Zurich Swiss fished Shannon with a lure on a sunny 20/9
and two pike 54cm and 46cm.
>Willy Use and Ermin Van Bouer from Belgium continued to stay in Shannonbridge and using a lakeboat and fishing for pike with dead bait and returning alive the 43 pike that they caught in 6 days.Willy promised to bring Ivan back when he returns again.
>Willy Ure and Ermin caught on 21/9 9 pike 90,80,80,79,77,70,65,65,and 60cm.Cloudy.
>On 22/9 0n Suck in sunshine and rain Willy had a 95cm pikeand Ermin had two pike 97cm and 87cm.
They heard that a permit is required to fish The Suck so they returned to The Shannon.
>On 23/9 Willy had 6 pike on the overcast Shannon measuring 94,86,79,77,76 and 60cm.
The same day Ermin also had 6 pike 86,85,79,65,60 and 60cm.
>On 24/9 on Shannon in sunshine Willy one pike of 82cm and Ermin caught two pike of
62cm and 47cm.
>On their last day 25/9 in sunshine on The Shannon Willy caught 3 pike of 91,85 and 69cm

Monday, September 27, 2010

Shannonbridge GAA Club Notes

Intermediate Football Championship Semi Final.
Shannonbridge were unlucky to bow out of the Intermediate Football Championship, losing to Durrow by two points (1-12 to 0-13), at O’Connor Park, on Saturday. Shannonbridge had more of the possession in the first half, but were unable to convert this into a scoring advantage. They led by four points to three after twenty minutes, thanks to scores from Paul Moloney, Paul Deeley and Anthony Kelly. From then to half time, the lead changed hands three times, with Durrow going to the break leading by 0-7 to 0-6. Shannonbridge introduced John Egan and Karol Kelly for Peadar Kelly and Declan Kelly, at the start of the second half and levelled the game with an Anthony Kelly free. However, Durrow replied, scoring a goal and a point in two minutes. As Kieran Kearns replaced Paul Deeley, Shannonbridge attacked and were thrown a lifeline when Trevor Mahon’s pass to Eamon Kelly led to the latter being fouled. A penalty was awarded, but Niall Price’s spot kick was saved. Three Shannonbridge points in succession reduced the gap to the minimum with eight minutes left –(0-11 to 1-9), only for Durrow to stretch the margin again to four points. As time ran out, Shannonbridge pressed hard for the winner scoring the last two points. Full time score 1-12 to 0-13.
Team; Liam Griffin, Willie Keena, Niall Price, Mel Darcy, Shane Flannery (0-1), Rory O’Connor, Kieran Flannery, Trevor Mahon, Conor Killeen, Peadar Kelly, Anthony Kelly (0-4), Paul Moloney (0-1), Paul Deeley (0-4), Eamon Kelly(0-2), Declan Kelly. Subs: John Egan for Peadar Kelly, Karol Kelly for Declan Kelly, Kieran Kearns (0-1) for Paul Deeley, David Corbett for Paul Moloney and Roger Ryan for Anthony Kelly.

Under 12 B Football Final Replay.
The replay between Shannonbridge and Kilcormac / Killoughy takes place next Sunday morning, 3rd October, in Banagher, at 11.00am.

Shannonbridge / Doon Lottery.
There was no winner of last week’s jackpot of € 14,200. There were three match three winners. The winning numbers were 10, 17, 23, 25. This week’s jackpot is €14,400.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Clonmacnois Parish Newsletter
Sunday 26th Sept 2010 -26 C
Tel (090) 9674125 Fax (090) 9674267
Mass times: Shannonbridge: Weekend, 8pm (Sat), & 12 noon, Sun;
Weekdays, 10am. Clonfanlough – Sunday, 10.30am
Masses: Each day @ 10am
Adoration all day on First Fri with the Rosary @ 5pm.
Last Sunday's Offertory collection: €424. Many Thanks
Church Cleaners: M.McManus, C.Slattery, A.Corbett
Eucharistic ministers: Group 2
Readers for next Weekend: Group 6, E.Casey, D.O’Carroll
Altar Servers for this week: Athene, Saul, Jack

Mass on First Fri @ 7pm
Last Sunday's Offertory collection: €250. Many Thanks
Church Cleaners: M.Guinan, A.Guinan
Readers for next Sunday: A.Kelly
Altar Servers for next Sunday: Group D
Eucharistic minister for next Sunday: K.Kelly
Mass on next Sun for the late Edward & Brigid Mannion

Many thanks & congratulations to all who organised and took part in the Inter-Parish Sporstday last Sat in Banagher.
Questions people ask (Fr O’Flynn –Intercom) Q. At a time when the Church is struggling, I often wonder why God doesn’t perform some great miracles to bring people back. A. While we are struggling in Western Europe, remember that the Church is youthful and vibrant in many parts of the world. As for miraculous signs, critics will always find reasons to reject or doubt them. When Jesus performed miracles those who did not believe remained unconvinced. Some said his power came from the devil! Jesus put it like this: ‘If they will not listen either to Moses or to the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone should rise from the dead’.
World Youth Day, – 10th – 26th Aug 2011 - Madrid
If you wish to be part of the Ardagh & Clonmacnois Diocesan Youth Pilgrimage, book your passage now by contacting Fr Patsy McDermott, Athlone on 090-6473358 or 087-6505882.
This is for young adults aged 17 – 35 years.
Offaly Co Childcare Committee
Will host a 4-night ‘Childminding Course’ in Moate starting on 13th Oct. For more info call Fiona on 057-9370631
Athlone Community College
Enrolment for Evening Classes will be held on 27th & 28th Sept at the College from 7.30-9pm.
Many thanks to all who supported the recent Coffee morning in aid of Hospice Care. €460. 00 was realised.
TEEN YOUTH CLUB: A meeting to organise a Teen Youth Club in Shannonbridge will be held on Tuesday 28th September at 8pm in the National School. Parents, guardians, interested adults and secondary school students welcome. For further information contact Eileen Kelly, Midland Regional Youth Service, on 09064 77075 or 086 3294763.

COMMUNITY ALERT: Crime Prevention Officer Padraic Farrell will give a talk on home security in Clonfanlough Hall on Tuesday 5th October at 8pm. Also in attendance will be Teresa Maloney from TASK to give advice and information on the range of personal and home security devices available through the Seniors Alert Programme.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

On Friday 24th Sept '10 Gary Schultz from Lexington Nebraska was back in Ireland and back in Shannonbridge and again riding a bicycle.Gary told us thathis in-law is Patrick Duffy from Drumlosh.Patrick met Ann Marie Schultz in Zambia years ago.Patrick was working for Irish Aid and AnnMarie was working with the Peace Corps.
Patrick and Ann Marie returned to Nebraska ten years ago to get married.Now Gary has two grand-children.Regret that I did not get more time to talk to Gary and find out what parts of Ireland he had visited on his bicycle on this trip.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Connacht Tribune tells us that in 2010 some 133 Calling Corncrakes (male) were recorded in Ireland this year.An increase of five on last year.On the mainland 91 were in Donegal,Mayo had 27, Sligo had 3 birds and the Shannon Callows had 3 birds. The others were heard crowing on the islands off the West Coast of Ireland.At this time they fly back to the Sahara for the winter.

John Kinlough was over from London on a short visit today and had a photograph of The Grand Gate which was the opening on the roadway and was located behind the Fort.John will be making a copy of this available for use locally and for viewing on this website.

Lady driving from Galway to Shannonharbour late on Thursday evening turned off her radio as she crossed the bridge in Shannonbridge.She heard an unusual sound and found that she had got a puncture.She was unable to change tyre so Donal Grennan and Karl Hoystead answered the call for help and quickly removed tyre and fitted the spare and away she went.Well done boys.

At the Active Retirement meeting on Tuesday the talk naturally enough got around to the renewed surface just completed on the road to Ballinasloe.
It was mentioned that years ago road width for country roads in Offaly was nine foot wide.
After some years this was increased to thirteen feet.

Welcome to Sister Margaret Mary, Tipperary born who has been working in Wales for nine years and in Kenya before that.Sister Margaret Mary has joined Sister Maura and Sister Marie at Ard Chiarain.

Bill Torpey from Philadelphia called in this week.Bill told us that a Henry Lyons from near The River Liffey in Dublin wrote a booktitled 'The Shannon River' or 'Abhainn na Sionnaine'
back in the mid 1960's.Henry used to read the news in Irish on radio or TV.
Henry had a brother John Lyons who was a priest with the S.M.A.He was killed in Nigeria in 1967.Now the connection with all this and Bill ?.
Bill Torpey's Grandmother was a McKee and Henry Lyons was a nephew.

Babby Colohan, nee Spelman, from Clonfert died on 19th September.May she rest in peace.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


On Tuesday 5th October Crime Prevention Officer Padraic Farrell will give a talk in Clonfanlough Hall at 8pm. The talk will focus on making your home safer and more secure. Also in attendance will be Teresa Maloney from TASK to demonstrate and inform about the personal alarms and other security devices available through the Seniors Alert Scheme. Everyone Welcome.


Meeting in the National School in Shannonbridge on Tuesday 28th September with a view to setting up a youth club for secondary school students. Parents, guardians, interested adults and young teenagers welcome. For further information contact Eileen Kelly, Midland Regional Youth Service, 090 64 77075 or 086 3294763

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Shannonbridge Fishing Report dated 21st Sept 2010
The spell of rain over a few days have caused the river level to reach 3.65Metres at Shannonbridge on Tuesday 15th and this has eased back to 3.5M. today.Many Belgian Dutch and German pike anglers in the area on cruisers or staying in local accomidation and using lake boats.Pike fishing appears to be better when moving with the strong current.
>Keith Harrison from Brigg in Lincolnshire fished the same swim for the last three days of his holiday which was some ten yards away from the village bridge.Fishing in flood water and standing in water Keith only fished for four hour stints.
On 15/9 Keith used a 17Ft rod,maggot stick float 7BB to catch 71 roach,3 rudd,2 perch for 25Lbs.
On 16/9 in sunshine same tactics Keith had 87 roach perch and rudd in four hours.
Last day 17/9 Keith caught 56 roach and no rudd or perch in the 3.5 hour session.
During the three sessions he had lots and lots of pike attacks and one day while releasing his catch a pike came along and took one of the roach.
>Arthur Acker from Holland used Jerkbait fishing for pike on the Shannon.
On 19/9 Arthur caught and released a pike 85cm and the next day he caught a pike measuring 76cm.
>Barry Klien from Holland also fished the Shannon on 20/9 using Jerkbait to catch a pike 101cm.
>Marco Prouder fished the Shannon on 20/9 using a spinner to catch a pike of 50cm.
>Dennis Prouder Holland fished in sunshine on 20/9 catching a 30m pike with a spinner.
>Karl Barsch Germany fished Shannon on a sunny 20/9 using a wobbler to catch 3 pike 30cm to 60cm.
>In Erinneming a friend of the late angler Manfred Girch told us the sad news of Manfred's death.May he rest in peace.
>Willy Use from the Belgian Club used a lake boat and dead bait to catch 7 pike measuring 80, 75, 73, 68, 66, 50 and 45Cm.Promised to take his friend Ivan over in May next year.
>Vau Broer Belgium fished in lakeboat with Willy and used a spinnerto catch 6 pike ( 75- 60 -50 -45 - 40 and 30cm length).This was on 20/9 on Shannon in sunshine.
>Karl Barsch Germany fished today in cloudy conditions using a wobbler to catch a pike 84cm or 3.8Kg.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Shannanbridge GAA Club Notes

Under 12 B Football Chanpionship Final.
Shannonbridge and Kilcormac / Killoughy, played out an exciting county final in O’Connor Park, Tullamore, on Saturday with the game ending in a draw - 2-3 to 1-6. In damp conditions, Shannonbridge got off to a flying start with goals from Ronan Hynes and Jack Darcy. With the aid of some excellent saves by Barry Rohan, they managed to maintain a six point gap for the remainder of the first half, with a high work-rate and shot blocking being a feature of their game.
After the break, Kilcormac / Killoughy began to eat into the lead and drew level with a goal eight minutes from time. A point from play, by captain Elle McEvoy, kept Shannonbridge in the game and both sides hit the upright in their quest for a winner. Kilcormac / Killoughy failed from a free, with the last kick of the game and the stage is set for an eagerly awaited replay. Final score 2-3 to 1-6.
Team and Panel: Barry Rohan, Bill Egan, Ronan Devery, Cathal O’Shea, Emmet Molloy, Saul O’Carroll, Elle McEvoy (0-1), Ronan Hynes (1-1), Kieran Mannion, Jeremy Rigney, Bryan Rohan, Jack Darcy (1-1), Gavin Kelly. Subs: Dylan Quinn for Cathal O’Shea and Cian Healy for Bryan Rohan. Kevin Flynn, Jack Ryan, Paul Rigney, Aaron Brazil, Maria Egan, Dylan O’Duffy, Oisin Anderson, Michaele Anderson, Darragh O’Shea.

Intermediate Football Championship Semi Final.
Shannonbridge will play Durrow in the Intermediate Semi Final, next Saturday, in O’Connor Park, Tullamore, at 4pm.

Shannonbridge / Doon Lottery.
There was no winner of last week’s jackpot. There were seven match three winners. Next week’s jackpot is €14,200.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Clonmacnois Parish Newsletter
Sunday 19th Sept 2010 – 25 C
Tel (090) 9674125 Fax (090) 9674267
Mass times: Shannonbridge: Weekend, 8pm (Sat), & 12 noon, Sun;
Weekdays, 10am. Clonfanlough – Sunday, 10.30am
Masses: Each day @ 10am
Last Sunday's Offertory collection: €389. Many Thanks
Church Cleaners: J.Kelly, M.Killeen, A.Keena
Eucharistic ministers: Group 1
Readers for next Weekend: Group 5, C.Doolan
Altar Servers for this week: Michaela, Oisín, Andrea
Mass on next Sun for the late Oliver Macklin

Last Sunday's Offertory collection: €212. Many Thanks
Church Cleaners: B.Higgins, D.Guinan
Readers for next Sunday: E.McEvoy
Altar Servers for next Sunday: Group C
Eucharistic minister for next Sunday: P.Darcy
Mass on next Sun for the late Martin & Alice Kilduff

The ‘Irish Catholic’ newspaper will have a special section devoted to the Church in Offaly, including Shannonbridge and Clonfanlough, in next weekend’s edition.
Many thanks to all who helped in any way to prepare for and celebrate Pattern Day in Clonmacnois last Sunday; and to all those who provided refreshments. Many people provided their services very generously, and it is much appreciated.
Teen Youth Club
Following a successful Teen Summer Camp held in Shannonbridge, a meeting will be held to set up a Teen Youth Club, if there is sufficient interest. The meeting will be held in Shannonbridge N.S. on Tues 28th Sept @ 8pm. Parents/Guardians/Interested adults, and young people aged 13-18 years are invited to attend. For more info contact Eileen Kelly,Midlands Regional Youth Service, on 64-77075 or 086-3294763.
Questions people ask (Fr O’Flynn – Intercom)Q. How can I answer my son who has me demented constantly criticising the Pope? He says that educated people today don’t need the Church to teach them how to live. A. If he is so highly educated, ask him to read what the Pope has actually written. Challenge him to read the Encyclical Letter, Charity in Truth, which addresses the ethical questions underlying social injustice, the financial meltdown, rights and responsibilities, third world poverty and hunger, the meaning of life. The world would be a much better place if the Church’s social teaching was heeded. I find that most people who criticise the Pope have never actually read anything he wrote.
“C..D. Launch & Concert by ‘Still Slopin’ (Pat Corbett & friends) on Sat 25th Sept in Gullanes Hotel Ballinasloe, @ 8pm”
“Traditional music session in aid of Trócaire in Ferbane Heritage Centre on Sat 25th Sept from 8-10pm. All welcome.
Musicians bring your instruments!”

Friday, September 17, 2010

You are welcome to use anything I write. I did send Alison Munson several emails during the summer and they did not come back undeliverable. Perhaps it went into her SPAM as it may not recognize me. I have heard the name Potts Island and this clears it up for me. Still have not had a chance to check the CD made for me but plan to do it this weekend. I am a director of a local child care center with approximately 95 children ages 2-12 (before and after school also). So life is busy. Our economy has not been particularly good as I understand it is same in Ireland. I do think things are steady and not getting worse in the states. In some areas (not housing) things have picked up. I voted for Barack Obama and I believe he is very intelligent and level headed, but he inherited a mess. We live about 45 minutes drive from Washington D.C. in the western mountains which look similar to Ireland. I was married in the mountains last June in an area by Camp David where presidents spend holiday. Frederick County was a big farming area but more urban sprawl has taken over the farmland. This is very upsetting to many people, myself included. Fortunately, there is a effort to go back to farmers markets and local produce and recycling. Still it seems the states are so spread out and jobs are not in local communities so people must travel. We need some of the rain you all have been getting. Very dry summer here so corn and many crops are not good. Makes it more difficult for local farmers to sustain their way of life. Farming is definately more corporate owned here than local farming. Hopefully this will change back. take care, Louisa Potts
I just read your latest Shannonbridge newsletter and appreciate your efforts to put the Potts history together. Just to help, Trumperant is the correct spelling and were owners of Correen Castle and various times and they married into the Potts family. I've just received a CD from Myles Monaghan who's father now owns the house. This CD includes the history for the house. I will check this CD out shortly. John Trumperant was the maternal uncle of the first William Potts who lived in Correen Castle and as far as I know at this point probably the first owner. As for the ring, the first William Potts of Correen sent the ring to his first cousin, named William Potts also, by transport through Temple in 1756. We have a letter that states this. I assume Temple is the embankment area now called Temple Bar (Barr). My family line comes from the Potts who left Ireland for the Barbadoes, eventually ending in Maryland, USA. William Potts received the ring on visit to England and I am the 9th generation of Potts to wear the ring and the first female. Our visit to Ireland was wonderful. The people of Ireland are very kind and hospitable. Life seems slower there. Since I've been back in the states the pace is hectic and I am trying to catch up on my work. I miss the slower way of life you are most fortunate to have in the beautiful island where you live. I will be in touch. And again, it was good to meet you and all the wonderful people of the Shannonbridge area. Louisa Potts

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Birr Community Nursing Unit have developed a treat for their patients by taking them out for the night,Tuesday night it Shannonbridge was the choice.At 8pm the bus arrived in Shannonbridge and some ten residents of the Unit and family and helpers alighted.Among the patients were Tim Devery,Glebe,Kieran Curley,Crevagh and Joe Feighery from Brackagh.Lorraine Devery,Tim Devery's niece had arranged the Irish Traditinal Group to play music and some light refreshments were served in the two hours before they departed home at 10pm.
Phil Kelly nee Kearns and Kathleen Mc Cormack were two of the helpers looking afterthegroup.
Kathleen's parents were Mick Mc Cormack and Kathleen Mc Manus who once lived in Leitra.By coincidence Kathleen told us that she was a twin sister to Father Ignatius Mc Cormack who preached the homily at The Pattern in Clonmacnois on Sunday last.Kathleen promised to get a copy of the homily for posting on this web site.

Results for this years Tidy Town Competition were posted on the papers on Tuesday.
Today was generally dry with sunshine.The river level has risen and there is a good chunk of water on the callows.
Tuesday afternoon 14/9 an Aldo May from Chicago arrived with a framed photograph of the actor George Brent.Aldo was born in Taghmon Wexford,was baptised in St.Fintans Church.He emigrated to USA when he was fifteen.Aldo is now a retired Police Security Officer and he is on his 99th visit to Ireland at present.
Aldo told us that he has copies of every film that George Brent acted in and he has an amount of books about the films and the stars from that era.
He reckons that Chicago is a Daly City as a Daly served the longest period as Lord Mayor of Chicago and now his son has beaten that record.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Friends of Noel Fenton Doon, Nick and Barbara Mooney who stopped by on Wed 8th Sept and are now living in Tasmania told us that they had watched the TV program'3 Men Go To Ireland'which was shown in the last few weeks in Tasmania.They recognised Killeens dog Moby from the TV film.

The 1911 Census is availble on computer.
hopefully will bring up the families that lived in the village then.Change Shannonbridge to other local areas like Cloniffeen,Cloniff,Clondelara,Clerhane, etc.Or change county to Galway for example
Kate Thorhill was driving across the bridge at Shannonbridge on Sat 11th Sept when suddenly a group of small birds landed on the road in front of the car.Then a hawk swooped down,chose one of the birds and flew away.Bit like a live Lotto Draw.
On Monday while fishing on the backriver near the bridge observed a Sparrow Hawk chasing a Kingfisher bird.The Kingfisher dove into the water several times and happy ending it escaped free.

On Saturday Brid from Donegal visited Shannonbridge.Brid is a native Irish speaker and also a singer.She has her own webpage and has a number of songs in Irish for you to listen to.
Log on to www.brid.at for a listen.

It seems that what was probably the first post-office in Shannonbridge was located in what is now known as Prices House.The family that owned the house and operated the post office were named Charters.This family originally came from France and had connections in Portarlington.John Price bought the house from the Charters and the post office was then in Christy Cook's,which is the building now owned by Nugents Butcher-shop.After Mr and Mrs Cook died the post office moved to Fitzpatricks shop,now Shannonbidge Pottery shop.
After Fitzpatricks Richie Brown operated the post office for a time in the Fitzpatrick building.
The present post office is located in Morans Gala Store,
Over sixty years ago the post was delivered on bicycle to Shannonbridge from Ballinasloe.The man on the bike was Oliver O Grady.The post office authority erected a simple shelter near The Grand Gate for the use of post deliverer O Grady.He waited around for the day and collected the post in the evening to take it to Ballinasloe.

During this years Heritage Week Declan Ryan prepared a walkaround that started on the riverside.The walk and talk covered many aspects including the village bridge and the swivel bridge now a showpiece on the jetty,the Shannon Navigation and early work on the Shannon,the early fields works over 200 years ago and The Magazine and Fortifications.The site of Rachra Castle at Shannonbridge was visited and the site of the old Police Barracks and the Lockkeepers House beside the bridge.The event was most enjoyable and hopefully the notes used will be available for others to read.
Only this week I heard that Patrick Belton and his wife Kate were the Lockhouse Keepers.They had four children - Frank to California,Tim to Boston,Kate to USA and Annie who died in Ireland.
Frank Belton wrote a poem titled 'Memories of Shannonbridge'which was used on his memorial card.
Paddy had a son and niece - Jimmy and Sissy Belton who came from County Louth and Jimmy took charge of the Lockhouse and the Grand Canal Stores.Their sister Delia married John Price.

Many people call The Long Island upstream from Shannonbridge by the name Potts Island.The portion of the island nearer the village bridge is called Lamb Island and as was pointed out on the walkabout there lived Michael McCann who wrote O Donnell Abu.
Shannonbridge Fishing Report dated 13th Sept.2010
In a week or so the level of the river rose from a summer low of 2.1(Metres) to 2.95 on Friday,3.3 on the Saturday and 3.4 on Monday 13th.Wind is mainly from the west.
>Chris Soloman,Capetown fished Shannon 6/9 with dead roach and caught two ten pound pike.Good day.
>Thomas Huber AC Munich fished Shannon on 6/9 using wobbler to catch 4 pike best 90cm. Wet day.
>Stefan Varga was on the boat also and used worms to catch 20 perch.
>Maxi Huber AC Munich fished Shannon 6/9 in sunshine using wobbler to catch 3 pike best 85cm.
>Tobi Varga AC Munich fished Shannon 6/9 in sunshine using wobbler to catch 5 pike 70 to 85cm.
>Dietmund Bellnaghausen Germany fished Shannon 7/9 using wobbler on wet day catching 2 pike of 40 and 30cm.His first pike to catch.
>Adgius Malsan Germany fished Shannon 7/9 using a wobbler in the rain to catch a 60cm pike.Very happy.
>>Spence Family,Louth,Lincs fished Hot Water on rainy 6/9 using feeder and maggot catching 49 roach perch and hybrids. Bit slow they reckoned.
>Spence Family again fished Hot Water on 8/9 in sun and rain using feeder and maggot caster and sweetcorn catching 80 roach perch bream hybrids pike and tench.A 4lb tench,3lb perch and 2.5lbs pike best.Water rising.
>Spence family fished Shannon on 10/9 catching 22lbs of roach perch and bream.River in flood and weedy.
>Keith Harrison, Lincs has returned after 17 years.
On 8/8 Keith fished Grand Canal in sun and rain using 6M pole catching 30 roach,3 bream at 3.5lbs each,and one tench.Bit of weed on canal.
>Keith fished back of island at Shannonbridge on 9/9 in rain and sun using stick float and centre pin reel catching 40 roach to 2lbs,3 hybrids perch and loads of rudd.Water high.Using red maggot.
>Keith fished the same swim next day catching 25 roach, 3 rudd and no perch using long rod and red maggot.
>Keith again fished the flooded swim on the backwater on 13/9 in wind and rain using maggot to catch 47 roach and 2 rudd weighing 22 lbs.River up.
>Martin Owen Crewe fished the Suck on 12/9 in wind using maggot to catch bream roach and hybrids for 32 lbs.Fair catch.
>J.P.Jones Crewe also fished on River Suck using maggot to catch 20 lbs of bream and roach.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Shannonbridge GAA Club Notes

Intermediate Football Championship.
Shannonbridge qualified for the Semi Final of the Intermediate Championship, overcoming Rhode by 2-9 to 0-7, at Mucklagh, on Sunday. Rhode were first to score, having two points on the board, before Paul Deeley opened Shannonbridge’s account after eight minutes. They were still in arrears 0-3 to 0-4, when Dermot Turley and Rhode’s Gareth Hickey were dismissed after twenty minutes. Shannonbridge got a lift from a monster point, from a free, by Anthony Kelly before Eamon Kelly, who had moved to full forward in a switch with Trevor Mahon, laid on a defence splitting pass for his brother Declan to score a goal on twenty seven minutes. Half time score 1-5 to 0-5. Rhode were again first to score after the break and but for a shot that hit the angle of the post and cross-bar and, somehow, stayed out and a couple of fine saves by Liam Griffin would have taken the lead. Shannonbridge upped their game as the half wore on and the best score of the day was a point in the twenty second minute by Karol Kelly, after Kieran Flannery, Anthony Kelly and Colm Kenny were involved in a movement that covered the length of the field. Shannonbridge closed the scoring when a Trevor Mahon ‘forty five’ was dispatched to the net by Karol Kelly. They will now meet Durrow in the Semi-Final. Team: Liam Griffin, Willie Keena, Niall Price, Mel Darcy, Shane Flannery, Rory O’Connor, Dermot Turley, Eamon Kelly, Conor Killeen, Paul Moloney, Anthony Kelly (0-1, free), Kieran Flannery (0-1), Paul Deeley (0-6, 4 frees), Trevor Mahon, Declan Kelly (1-0). Subs: Karol Kelly (1-1) for Declan Kelly (inj), Colm Kenny for Eamon Kelly (inj), Peadar Kelly for Paul Moloney (inj).

Shannonbridge / Doon Lottery.
There was no winner of last week’s jackpot of € 13,800. There were three match three winners. This week’s jackpot is €14,000.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Clonmacnois Parish Newsletter
Sunday 12th Sept 2010 -24 C
Tel (090) 9674125 Fax (090) 9674267
Mass times: Shannonbridge: Weekend, 8pm (Sat), & 12 noon, Sun;
Weekdays, 10am. Clonfanlough – Sunday, 10.30am

Masses: Each day @ 10am
Last Sunday's Offertory collection: €464. Many Thanks
Church Cleaners: G.Brennan, D.Deeley, V.Hynes
Eucharistic ministers: Group 4
Readers for next Weekend: Group 4, S.Grennan, P.Duffy
Altar Servers for this week: Siobhán, Caitríona, Sarah

Last Sunday's Offertory collection: €360. Many Thanks
Church Cleaners: C.Spain, C.Guinan
Readers for next Sunday: N. Kenny
Altar Servers for next Sunday: Group B
Eucharistic minister for next Sunday: N.Egan
Mass on next Sun for the late Michael & Lena O’Shea

Shannonbridge ARA will resume Meetings on Tues 14th Sept @ 10.30am. New members welcome.
Mass in Ard Chiaráin on Mon 13th Sept @ 7pm. All welcome.

Night Prayer Vigil in Clonmacnois Prayer Centre
Fri 17th Sept beginning with Mass @ 10pm. Adoration follows and finishes at 3.10am. All welcome. Enquiries Dave 085-7746763 . Mass every Wed at the Centre @ 7.30pm
Coffee Morning in aid of the Hospice
Thurs 16th Sept in Killeens, after Mass.
Ballinasloe Fair and Festival
Fashion Entrepreneur Competition –design & make an outfit.
Full details from Kay on 085-1028685. Prize fund €15,000.
We welcome into the Christian Community James Darcy, son of Gerardine & Vincent, who was baptised recently.
Family Inter-Parish Sports Day
This will take place on Sat 18th Sept in the GAA Sports Ground Banagher from 1-5pm. There will be various (mostly fun) competitions for all ages. We hope to see you there.
Study Theology from Home
The Dominicans offer a full programme up to a BTh level, designed especially for lay people, who want o learn more about their faith. Visit www.prioryinstitute.com
Call the Priory Institute for more info on01-4048124.
Bishop Colm O’Reilly will perform the official opening of the new Shannonbridge playground on this Sun @ 6pm. The theme for the evening will be a ‘Mad hatters Tea Party’ in aid of Barretstown Children’s Charity. Prizes for the best hats face painting and music on the eve. All welcome. Please support.

Ballinasloe Cancer Support Centre is now located at The Family Centre in Brackernagh & is open on Tues, Wed & Thurs 2-4pm, and on the last Thurs of every month from 7-9pm.

Eyrecourt Agricultural Show is on Sat next, starting @ 11am

Friday, September 10, 2010


The official opening of the playground takes place on Sunday evening, September 12th at 6pm. The ceremony will be performed by the Bishop. The theme for the evening is a 'Mad Hatters Tea Party' in aid of Barretstown childrens charity. Prizes for best hats, face painting and music on the evening. Everyone welcome!


Following the very successful TEEN SUMMER CAMP held in SHANNONBRIDGE during the summer, a meeting for Parents, Guardians, Interested Adults and secondary school students to discuss the possibility of a TEENAGE YOUTH CLUB in SHANNONBRIDGE will take place on TUESDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER in the NATIONAL SCHOOL at 8PM. So, if you are a secondary school student why not come along and have your say. Further information from Eileen Kelly, Midlands Regional Youth Service, 090 64 77075 or 086 3294763

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Some further items on Correen Castle.

Louisa was interested in the owners of Correen Castle since the Potts
were in residence.
Last night I was talking to two neighbours about this and they told me
that after Potts it was Kenny then Caley or Kaley,then Major
Lloyd,then Don Beddy and present owner is Doctor John Monaghan.
Many of the Potts names on the family tree line were William Trumpeter
Potts and the two locals told me that the first Potts was a trumpeter
for Oliver Cromwell when he invaded Ireland in the mid 1600's
A John Rigney was the driver for the last Potts in Correen and the
transport was a horse or pony and cart.
I have been told that the last Potts in Correen Castle died in Africa
Five people - Fiona Keyes,Ciaran Hoey,Warren O'Hare,Michelle Murray and Adam Lynch arrived in Shannonbridge on Tuesday 7th September.The group
had decided to walk from Lucan to Galway on a charity walk in aid of Cystic Fibrosis.Starting on Saturday they had already stopped over at Allenwood,Daingean,The Blueball near Tullamore, and Shannonbridge and have plans to stopover at Kilconnell and Athenry and then on to Galway.
By Tuesday they had raised 1500 Euros for the cause
and you can read more about their walk on http://mycharity.ie/event/LucanGalwaywalk/
Wishing them well with their walk.

Monday, September 06, 2010

Shannonbridge in Intermediate Quarter Final Next Sunday.

Shannonbridge play Rhode in the Quarter Final of the Intermediate Championship next Sunday, 12th Sept, in Mucklagh. The game kicks off at 12.00 noon. Wishing the lads the best of luck and all support will be very much appreciated.
On Monday 5th September Louisa Potts from Maryland USA stopped by on her honeymoon.Louisa has a great interest in the Potts Family who once lived in Correen Castle as her family are from the same Potts Lineage.She had looked at the Shannonbridge website and copied some comments posted there when some years ago an Alison Munson was in Ireland seeking information on the same Potts family.
Louisa was wearing a gold ring that had been handed down through the Potts family for generations.
The ring was intended to be worn by a male member of the family.Louisa's father had no sons and so it was passed on to her.Louisa has two daughters Kathryn and Alison so it looks like another woman will be the next wearer.The ring has been passed down through nine lines of the Pott Family to date.
Louisa has a neatly line of the Potts Family which they promised to share with this website.
Louisa has tried to contact Alison Munson without success.I had a look at my computer contacts and there at the very top was Alison Munson.Her e-mail address may have changed in the meantime but when I went downstairs to give it to Louisa alas she had departed.
If Alison Munson reads this she might contact me with her new e-mail.

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Shannonbridge GAA Club Notes

Intermediate Football Championship.
Shannonbridge qualified for the knockout stages of the championship when defeating Clara, at Ferbane, on Wednesday night last. Shannonbridge got off to the best possible start with a goal from Declan Kelly in the first minute and led by 1-4 to 0-1 after 17 minutes. A Clara revival in the second quarter saw them score four points in five minutes – 1-5 to 0-4. Shannonbridge closed the scoring to lead at half-time by 1-9 to 0-4. The second half start was a carbon copy of the first, with a Kieran Flannery goal in the first minute. Clara were then awarded a penalty, but when Liam Griffin saved, their chance of getting back into the game was gone. Shannonbridge ran out comfortable winners on a score line of 2-15 to 0-9. Team: Liam Griffin, Willie Keena, Mel Darcy, Colm Kenny, Shane Flannery, Rory O’Connor, Dermot Turley, Niall Price (0-1), Conor Killeen, Peadar Kelly (0-3), Anthony Kelly (0-4), Kieran Flannery (1-5), Paul Deeley, Roger Ryan, Declan Kelly (1-2). Subs: Paul Moloney for Willie Keena, David Corbett for Paul Deeley, Trevor Mahon for Mel Darcy, Karol Kelly for Corbett.
Shannonbridge will now meet Rhode in the quarter final next weekend. All support greatly appreciated.

Shannonbridge / Doon Lottery is now €13,800.
There was no winner of last week’s jackpot of € 13,600. There were three match three winners. This week’s jackpot is €13,800.
Clonmacnois Parish Newsletter
Sunday 5th Sept 2010 – 23 C
Tel (090) 9674125 Fax (090) 9674267
Mass times: Shannonbridge: Weekend, 8pm (Sat), & 12 noon, Sun;
Weekdays, 10am. Clonfanlough – Sunday, 10.30am
Masses: Each day @ 10am
Last Sunday's Offertory collection: €446. Many Thanks
Church Cleaners: M.Darcy, M.Murphy, M.McManus
Eucharistic ministers: Group 3
Readers for next Weekend: Group 3, M.Killeen, O.Costello
Altar Servers for this week: Aoife, Athene, Saul, Jack
Last Sunday's Offertory collection: €225. Many Thanks
Church Cleaners: J. & C. Rigney
Readers for next Sunday: C.Norton
Altar Servers for next Sunday: Group A
Eucharistic minister for next Sunday: D.McEvoy
Mass on next Sun for the late Peg & Andy Rocke

Feast of St Ciarán – Thurs 9th September
Mass in Clonmacnois @ 7pm. All welcome.

Wed 8th Sept is the Feast of Our Lady’s Nativity.

Meeting of Parish P.C. this Mon In Clonfanlough @ 8pm
Pattern Sun 12th September
Ceremonies will begin at 3pm.
Again, we are asking all our trusted helpers to carry out their usual duties on the day.
Official Opening of Shannonbridge Playground
On Sun 12th Sept @ 6pm. All welcome for a fun day!
World Suicide Prevention Day – Fri 10th September
‘A Mass of Remembrance, Light and Hope will be celebrated in Tullamore Church @ 7.30pm, for all those who have lost their lives to suicide, & for their families, relatives & friends.
For more info call 086-1600641.’
The learning Workshop provides weekly tuition for a variety of subjects for both Junior & leaving Cert students in the Carmelite Pastoral Centre Moate. Enrolment on 10th Sept from 7 to 10pm. For more info call 087-2100103.
Family Inter-Parish Sports Day
This will take place on Sat 18th Sept in the GAA Sports Ground Banagher from 1-5pm. There will be various (mostly fun) competitions for all ages. Please keep this date free.
On Sat 11th Sept Fr Pierre Pepper hopes to organise a Pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick for people (18+) from the 4 Cluster Parishes. Further information from Fr Pepper on 087-6960542
Study Theology from Home
The Dominicans offer a full programme up to a BTh level, designed especially for lay people, who want o learn more about their faith. Visit www.prioryinstitute.com
Call the Priory Institute for more info on01-4048124.
Ganley School of Irish Dancing will begin on 8th Sept in Dún Na Sí Moate @ 7pm. Tel 087-6473497.
Broadband Internet now available in Tourist Office. Charges apply

Friday, September 03, 2010

Adult Education Night Classes

The West Offaly Education Project
Adult Education Night Classes
Open information evening
Monday 20th September
Shannonbridge National School
7:30 - 8:30
For more information contact:
Declan Costello, Offaly Local Development Company, 057 91 51622
Michelle Shanahan, Co. Offaly VEC, 057 93 49441