Tuesday 25 June 2019

Around the districts: Bray, Shankill

Aidan Keogh, Simon Byrne and John Devitt taking part in the Darkness into Light walk in Bray
Aidan Keogh, Simon Byrne and John Devitt taking part in the Darkness into Light walk in Bray

Bray: Community Choir summer Concerts - The Voices of Bray Community Choir summer Concerts take place in the Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray from Thursday, June 6, to Saturday, June 8 (inclusive) at 8pm nightly. Tickets are €15 - all proceeds from these concerts go to the Shauna Kavanagh Foundation. Email or call 01 2724030,

Christ Church COI

Services of Worship for this Sunday - Easter 5: 8.30 a.m. - Holy Communion 1; 11 a.m. - Holy Communion Two.

Au Revoir Martin: We are delighted for our curate, Rev Martin O'Kelly, on his appointment as Rector of Kingscourt Union of Parishes. Martin's ministry among us has been greatly appreciated by so many, especially those he ministered with during difficult times. If you are available to help in any way in setting up, running and tidying up please let Tracey know as soon as possible at (01 286 2968) or sign up on the list at the back of the church.

Holy Redeemer Parish

Upcoming Fund Raising Events for the Refurbishment of church and Parish Centre: Sunday, June 23, at 8 p.m.: Sarah Power, Soprano and the Gaudium Choir, conducted by Pat Carey, in a programme of songs, arias and choral music from five centuries in the church; Sunday, July 17, at midday: Holy Redeemer Parish Feast Day - Family Fun Day for all in the parish grounds. We look forward to seeing you there.

Our Lady Queen of Peace

Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes - September 3 to September 9: six Nights - Full Board in the Hotel Solitude, Fully Inclusive Price €809 - Single room available at a supplement of €36 per night Bookings are now being taken in the Villa Pacis (weekdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.).

Benediction: There will be Benediction and Litany of Our Lady after the 10.30 Monday Mass to honour Mary during the month of May.

First Holy Communion: We pray for the girls and boys who will be celebrating the sacrament of First Holy Communion in our church this Sunday at the 10.30 a.m. Mass.

QOP youth club

Queen of Peace Adventure Youth Club has started the season of water sports with canoeing and body boarding. This was enjoyed by 15 members along with the leaders Paul, Emer, Elaine, Fergal, and Martina. These sessions will continue till the end of September. There are plenty of vacancies for new members and leaders. For more information call to the club boathouse on the Seafront any Tuesday between 6 and 8 p.m.

Diving club

Wicklow Aquanauts are carrying out monthly surveys of the local sea areas which are then forwarded to Bio-Diversity Ireland. The club chairperson has instigated a new recommendation that every diver on every dive removes from the sea five items of plastic or other polluting litter till such time as none remains. Water safety courses can be organised on request. For information about joining the club call Albert at 087 6756439.

Cualann Society

Tomorrow night (Thursday) Mark Murphy and Brian White will recall 'The people, Traders, and Businesses of Castle Street and Dublin Road, Bray' at the May meeting of the Bray Cualann Historical Society, the local history society for the Bray and North Wicklow Area, at 8 p.m. in the Royal Hotel, Bray, when many household names which are now longer with us will be remembered - this will be a night of nostalgia and memory about Bray. All welcome - admission €5.

In the meantime some events taking place which may of interest to members of the Bray Cualann Historical Society are today's (Wednesday) 8 p.m. talk by James Scannell on 'John Hinde - The Man Who Revolutionised the Colour Postcard' at 8 p.m. to the Dun Laoghaire Borough Historical Society in the Royal Marine Hotel, Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin - admission €3; in the Royal Hotel, Bray, and next Wednesday night's 7 p.m. lecture by Tom Conlon looking at 'Historic Irish Maps and how Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown is depicted in them' in Marlay House, Marlay Park, Rathfarnham, Co. Dublin.' Admission free but booking required via

Further information on the Bray Cualann Historical Society programme available on the Society's website at


St James' COI, Crinken

Services of Worship for this Sunday - Easter 5: 11 a.m. - Morning Praise.

Rathmichael COI

Services of Worship for this Sunday - 5nd Sunday of Easter: 8;30 a.m. - Holy Communion; 11 a.m. - Holy Communion; 7 p.m. - Compline, Lector Jim Hendry.

The Alpha/In-Between Club: The Book Club will meet on Tuesday, May 28, at 8 p.m. The book we are reading for the May meeting is 'Notes to Self' by Emilie Pine.

St Anne's Parish

First Holy Communion: This Sunday: 10 a.m.: Scoil Mhuire - Ms Higgin's class; Sunday, May 26: St Anne's National School - Mr Hackett's class. We ask you all to pray for the children who are receiving their First Holy Communion this weekend, that they may grow in faith and love of Our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Cemetery Sunday: Will take place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 26, in Shanganagh Cemetery. We are seeking the assistance of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Collectors and Stewards to help out on the day. If you will be available to help, please contact the parish office as soon as possible.

Parish Pilgrimage to Knock - June 8: Bus: €20 - adult, €10 - child. Contact the Parish Centre to book a place. Full payment at time of booking. Payment non-refundable.

May Film Night: The May Film Night takes place at 7.30 p.m. on Friday, May 24, in St Anne's Resource Centre when the film being screened will be 'Casablanca' starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. All welcome - admission free.

Book Sale

The June First Saturday Book Sale, which supports the Shankill Old Folks Association, will take place in the Shankill Old Folks Centre. Lower Road, Shankill, on Saturday, June 1, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. so make a point of calling into it during that Saturday morning and avail of the opportunity to pick up great June Bank Holiday reading material from the wide selection of books to choose from - DVDs and CDs also available.

Donations of books, which must be in a good and clean condition, other than school/text books, will be accepted on that day. Supporting the First Saturday Book Sale supports the wider Shankill Community at large.

Shankill Library

Today (Wednesday) as part of Bealtaine, John Carpenter will hold a workshop 'Introduction to Drawing' from 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. in which participants will receive an introduction to drawing faces, figures, and perspective. Booking required. On Thursday, May 23, at 7 p.m. James Scannell will present a Bealtaine Talk 'Captain Hermann Goertz, a German WW2 Intelligence Gatherer, who stayed in Shankill and other locations in Dún Laoghaire' - admission free but booking required. To book a place for the course or talk call 01 2827801 or email

Historical Society

Last Saturday Sharon Greene led members of the Rathmichael Historical Society, the local history society for Shankill, Ballybrack, and the surrounding area, on a visit to Castledermot, Co. Kildare.

GAA Club notes

Many thanks to all the boys who attended the Gaelic4Boys free 'get to know us' training sessions - well done everybody.

The number of teams is limited and filling up fast so book your team in now for our golf classic which will be held in Delgany Golf Club on Friday, June 14, with a Shotgun start at 2 p.m. Some morning tee times are available. Team of four players costs €300 which includes a meal in Brady's followed by an evening of craic and music.

In the 'Chase the Ace draw last Sunday week night in Brady's there was no jackpot winner - the €50 prize went to Brendan Lowe. Last week's jackpot was s €2,450. Tickets are €2 each or three for €5 and are available from club members or in the pub.

For details of our ladies adult football teams email or contact Steve at 087 6414123. The men's adult football team contact Kevin Martin at 086 8449902. For more information on the club, contact, or call 086 6072746. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Shankill Business Group

Everyone is invited to a general meeting of the Shankill Business Group which will take place next Tuesday at 1 p.m. in Brady's of Shankill. The agenda includes new members; the future of Shankill Village; New Lights; and Community Events.

Lawn Bowling Club 

To contact Shankill Bowling Club email or see for further information and details of their activities. New members - men and women - always welcome. Contact Paddy Hughes at 01 2822740.

Shankill Tidy Towns

Shankill Tidy Towns has been working recently on the Dublin Mountain Way between Hilltop and Lordello and would like to hear from anyone who remembers this lane in former days including the name it was called/known by and used for. Old photographs would be particularly welcome, especially milk collection or any images of everyday life at the time. Contact Shankill Tidy Towns via the website

Bus Connect Route 13

A summary of the April Bus Connects Community Meeting in the Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan is contained in the current (May) issue of SCAN.

As the 'Community not a Corridor' campaign continues, a diagram of how the Bus Connect route will impact on Main Street down to the Quinn's Road roundabout on is display in the window of Gremmas Hardware.

The 'Save Shankill Village' group had commenced tying red ribbons around trees in the area which have been earmarked for removal for the development of this bus route.

The group have also started a petition in the hope of stopping the construction of the bus route as presently proposed. All residents in Shankill are reminded that they have till Friday, May 31, to submit their to the National Transport Authority by mail or by email via their website.

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