Shankill Christmas 2004 It was nearly a White Christmas as temperatures plummeted on Christmas Eve and with rain forecast, there was the possibility that there might be snow. Although overnight roads were icy and skiddy, the snow never came though Christmas Day was a cold one with temperatures not rising until St. Stephen's Day, followed by a mixture of rain and mild temperatures.
St. James' Crinken
This Sunday's Services of Worship in St. James' Crinken, located on the Dublin/Bray Road beside Shanganagh Cemetery are 11am Morning Prayer and 7pm Evening Praise. All welcome.
Henry Barnwell was born in 1937 in Dublin's Liberties and at the age of 18 represented Ireland in the 440 years sprint and was later offered a position with Salford Harriers while working for a major insurance company in Manchester. However although he qualified in a trial for selection for the British team, he was advised by the Amateur Athletic Association to withdraw from further trials as he had represented Ireland in the past. Just one of the insights into Henry Barnwell's life revealed in his autobiography, 'Distant Shores', is his sailing life and the many adventures at sea that he and his family had down through the years. The true story of one family's incredible adventures at sea recalled in this remarkable book which is a compelling story of amazing true adventures, interwoven by the fascinating storyline of one family of six.
New Refuse Charges
Last Friday, householders throughout the district received details from Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council in which it explained how the new 'pay by weight' refuse collection which came into force last Saturday will operate. All households will have to pay a fixed standing change of ?80 per year plus ?4 for each lift (collection) of 140/ 240 litre bin plus 20c per kg for household waste. The fixed standing charge covers the cost of providing waste collection, waste disposal and recycling facilities. The circular points out that a householder can save on the lift charge by minimizing the number of times that a bin is presented for collection. Householders can save on the weight charge by minimizing waste and diverting waste for recycling. A bill for ?350, based on average household usage, will be issued in 2005 and throughout the year householders may accumulate credits or debits on their account depending on the number of occasions a bin is presented for collection and the weight lifted. Household usage statements will be issued in April, July, October and January 2006 giving each householder details of the number of lifts and weight of material collected. Debits and credits will be applied to householders 2006 Environmental Waste Charge bills. One concern that householders have is that since bins are left unattended prior to collection while they are at work, material can be dumped into their bins without them knowing it and the Council's line that the householder is responsible for the contents of their bin and can get around this problem by having a gravity locked fitted by an independent installer for ?70 is considered unsatisfactory. Already talks on this are in train between Shankill Community Association and the Council. In the meantime, even before the system started, there were a number of instances of refuse being abandoned at several locations in the district. Hopefully this is not the shape of things to come.
St. Anne's Church
Masses in St.Anne's Church are 10 am Monday to Saturday and 7.30pm Monday to Friday. On Saturday the Vigil Mass is 6.30pm and Sunday Masses are 8am, (9am in St. Colmcille's Hospital), 10.30am, 12 Noon and 6pm. Today (Thursday), the Feast of the Epiphany, Masses are 10am, 12 Noon and 7.30pm. There is also a 9am Mass in St. Colmcille's Hospital. Tomorrow (Friday) the First Friday of the Month, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place after the 10am Mass until before the 7.30pm Mass.
Last night (Wednesday) Rathmichael Historical Society, which is Shankill's own local history society, opened its 2005 programme of lectures in the Burton Hall of Rathmichael School, Stonebridge Road, Shankill with the AGM of the Society at which the reports of the outgoing committee were placed before members for discussion and adoption. After this, the committee for 2005 was elected. After the business of the AGM, Brian Siggins presented his lecture 'Robert French and the Lawrence Photograph Collection'. The next meeting of Rathmichael Historical Society takes place at 8pm on Wednesday February 2nd in the Burton Hall, Rathmichael School, Stonebridge Road, Shankill, when Colin Scudds (Dun Laoghaire Borough Historical Society) will present his illustrated lecture on 'The Martello Towers of County Dublin'. Those wishing to join Rathmichael Historical Society can do so at this meeting. All are welcome to attend. Contribution ?3.
Holy Trinity Church
This Sunday's Services of Worship in Holy Trinity Church, Killiney, are 8.30am Holy Communion and 10.45am Morning Prayer. Midweek Service is every Thursday at 10.30am.
The Portadown News
The Portadown News is a web based satirical review which covers current events in Northern Ireland and has been described by one commentator as 'the most scurrilous, offensive publication he found it necessary to read every week' . Since its creation in March 2001, the weekly web page attracts upwards of 10,000 hits per week. A collection of this material has now been published in book form as 'The Portadown News' by Gill and Macmillan. Written by Newton Emerson, this book is an excellent collection of his irreverent wit and edgy humour and will appeal to wide spectrum of readers .
St. Anne's Church
Tonight (Thursday) another meeting in the process of establishing a pastoral council for St. Anne's Parish, Shankill takes place in St. Anne's Resource Centre at 8pm and all are welcome to attend especially young people as it is important to have their views.
Next Tuesday night, Frank Tracy will open the 2005 programme of the Genealogical Society of Ireland at 8 pm in the Teacher's Room of the Dun Laoghaire College of Further Education, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, with his lecture on 'The Massey Family'. In the mid 19th century over 90% of Irish land was owned by some 8000 Protestant landlords who were collectively known as the Ascendancy. Lord Massey of Duntrileague owned three magnificent mansions and 34,000 acres and woods with his estates including Kilakee House, gardens and woods, near Rathfarnham. In his lecture, Frank Tracy will cover the history of this family from 876AD to the present day with this family's story encapsulating the history of Ascendancy Ireland from its beginnings to its ultimate collapse. All welcome. Contribution ?3.
Foxrock History Club
Ms Geraldine Stout will be the principal speaker for the Tuesday January 18th meeting of the Foxrock Local History Club which takes place at 8pm in Foxrock Community Centre at the rear of Foxrock R.C. Church at which she will present her lecture, 'An Update on the Archaeology of South Co. Dublin'. Seaoise McCraith will give a short talk on Sean O Riada. All are welcome.
More of the articles in the 2005 Journal of the Dun Laoghaire Borough Historical Society include 'Dun Laoghaire - Prelude to the Emergency (continued)' by James Scannell, 'Tower Hill Memorial - London and Dun Laoghaire Remembrance' by Tony Quinn, 'Parish Priest of Dun Laoghaire Honoured' and 'Sea Sands' and 'The Fit ups' by Anna Scudds. Copies of this journal, price ?6, are available from various outlets in Dun Laoghaire, and will be available at the January 19th meeting of the Society in the Kingstown Hotel, Adelaide Street, Dun Laoghaire. Mail orders copies can be ordered from Colin Scudds, Hon.Secretary Dun Laoghaire Borough Historical Society, 7 Northumberland Park, Dun Laoghaire. Post and packaging ?1 (Ireland) , ?2 (UK), ?2.10 (Europe) and ?4 (Rest of the World).
Mount Merrion Society
Tonight (Thursday), author and local historian Liam Clare will be the guest speaker for the January meeting of the Mount Merrion Historical Society which meets at 8.15pm in the Mount Merrion Community Centre, North Avenue, Mount Merrion at which he will present his lecture on 'The Kill and the Grange of Medieval Clonkeen'. All are welcome to attend. Admission is ?3. A version of Liam's lecture is contained in the book 'Irish Villages - Studies in Local History', edited by Karina Holton, Liam Clare and Brian O Dalaigh, published by the Four Courts Press and anyone with a copy of this book should bring to this meeting if they wish Liam Clare to sign it.
This Sunday's Services of Worship (The 1st Sunday after the Epiphany - The Baptism of Christ) in Rathmichael Church, Ferndale Road are 8.30am Holy Communion (One), 11am Family Service and 7pm Holy Communion.
On New Year's Day, the January First Saturday Book Sale was held in the Shankill Old Folks Association Day Centre with the all proceeds from the day going to the Asia Emergency Appeal to help provide aid for all those affected by the St. Stephen's Day tsunami disaster in the Pacific which has been the subject of constant coverage by Sky News and all the other broadcasters. The February First Saturday Book Sale in aid of the Shankill Old Folks Association and Meals on Wheels will place between 10am and 1pm in the Shankill Old Folks Association Day Centre, Lower Road, Shankill on Saturday February 5th, at which there will be the usual excellent selection of books available covering all variety of subjects and authors. If you have surplus book and want to dispose of them, why not leave them into the book sale as book donations are always welcome. .
The Harcourt Street Line
Next Thursday night (Thursday January 13th), Brian Mac Aonhgusa, author of the best selling book 'The Harcourt Street Line - Back on Track', published by the Currach Press, will present his illustrated lecture 'The Harcourt Street Line' at 8pm to the Kilmacud Stillorgan Local History Society in the Function Room, Glenalbyn Sports Club, Stillorgan in which he will recall this line closed on December 31st 1958 in slides and through the recollections of those travelled and worked on this line. Brian will be delighted to sign copies of his book for those who brings it to the lecture and those of his new book 'LUAS - Harcourt Street Remembered', also published by the Currach Press. All are welcome to attend. Admission ?3.
Guest speaker for the Wednesday January 19th meeting of the Dun Laoghaire Borough Historical Society which takes place at 8pm in the Kingstown Hotel, Adelaide Street, Dun Laoghaire will be Ms Etain Murphy who will present her lecture 'A Glorious Extravaganza - The History of Monkstown Church'. This is based on her book of the same name published by Wordwell Ltd and anyone with a copy of this excellent book is welcome to bring it to the lecture to have it signed by the author. All welcome to attend .
St. Patrick's Church
This Sunday's Services of Worship in St. Patrick's Church, Dalkey at 9am Holy Communion and 10.15am Family Service. On Thursdays, there is 10.30am Holy Communion with intercession for the sick
Next Wednesday night, Liam Clare will present his lecture 'Coastline History' at 8pm to Ballybrack-Killiney History Society in the Parochial Hall of SS Alphonsus and Columba Church, Ballybrack. All are welcome.