Thursday 25 April 2019

Around the districts: Shankill

St James' COI Crinken: Worship Service for this Sunday - The Sunday of Advent: 11 a.m. - Morning Praise.

Sunday, December 9: 6.30 p.m. - Carols by Candlelight.

Rathmichael COI

Worship Service for this Sunday - Advent Sunday: 8.30 a.m. - Holy Communion; 11 a.m. - Holy Communion; 7 p.m. - Evening Prayer.

The Alpha/In-Between Club: Last night (Tuesday) Avril McWilliams hosted the November meeting at which the book for review and discussion was 'Normal People' by Sally Rooney. Book for review and discussion at the next meeting were selected.

St Anne's Parish

Resource Centre Hours: St Anne's Resource Centre is open 9 a.m. to 8.30 p.m. Monday to Thursday and on Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Those requiring Baptism/Confirmation certificates or application forms for baptism can obtain them during the above hours. Please note that the parish office is the only place where certificates and application forms can be processed.

Mass Times: Mass is celebrated in St Anne's Church at 10 a.m. and 7.30 p.m. Monday to Friday (except during July, August and September). Weekend Mass times are Saturday 6.30 p.m. Vigil Mass and on Sunday at 8 a.m., 10.30 a.m. (Family Mass), midday, and 6 p.m. Confessions are heard on Saturdays after the 10 a.m. Mass, between 12.30 p.m. and 1 p.m., and after the 6.30 p.m. Mass. Mass is now broadcast online and can be viewed by logging onto the parish website: and then clicking onto video link.

Bethany Bereavement Group: Operates Drop-In Centre in St Anne's Resource Centre on the first Friday of each month at 10.30 a.m. The Bethany Bereavement Support Group is a voluntary ministry. The volunteers are trained to listen and to help the bereaved and grieving.

Bethany Bereavement National Bereavement Support for Adults: A five-week Bethany Bereavement Support Group programme will take place in St Anne's Resource Centre, Shankill, from 8 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. on the following dates in 2019 - Monday, January 14, Monday, January 21, Monday, January 28, Monday, February 4, and Monday, February 11, If you are feeling the pain of any loss at all, this series of meetings may offer support and consolation in a place where healing can begin. This is a completely free service provided by trained volunteers in the community. If you would like more information or to book a place in the group please call St Anne's Resource Centre at 01 2822704. The Bethany Bereavement Group is a voluntary parish-based ministry who are trained to listen and to help the bereaved and anyone grieving any loss.

Habemus Chamber Choir Concert: The Habemus Chamber Choir, accompanied by Niall Kinsella, will give a concert in St Anne's Church at 7.30 p.m. on Sunday, December 9, Tickets €10 available at the door. Proceeds are in aid of St Anne's Parish Fund. Join us afterwards, for mince pies and mulled wine in St Anne's Resource Centre.

Christmas Carol Service: Please join us in the church on Wednesday, December 12, at 8 p.m. for our wonderful Christmas Carol Service.

Secret Choir: New members needed for the Christmas Carol Service. The Secret Choir is inviting new singers and musicians to join them. Rehearsals take place each Wednesday evening at 8 p.m. in the church. Please come along and join in.

Parish Christmas Fair this Sunday: This Sunday the St Anne's Parish Christmas Fair will take place in St Anne's Resource Centre from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please support our main fundraising event of the year. Enjoy our Festive stalls: Wheel of fortune, Bottles, cakes, Crafts, Gifts, Hampers, Toys, Santa Claus. Please support our raffle. Raffle Tickets are available to buy from St Anne's Resource Centre, Monday to Friday. Book of six - €10 or €2 each. Please continue to bring Bottles: spirits, wine etc.; New or unwanted gifts sets e.g. perfumes, jewellery; Items for our hampers; Toys; Items for the wheel of fortune.

Appeal for Bakers: We are appealing to all bakers for homemade cakes for this Sundays Parish Fair which can be left into St Anne's Resource Centre on Saturday afternoon from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. or on Sunday from 9 a.m. onwards.

Union of Catholic Apostolate (UAC) Advent Retreat: Takes place on Saturday, December 8, from 11 a.m. to 5.30 p.m., in St Anne's Resource Centre concluding with evening Mass, led by Fr Derry Murphy. Please bring a packed lunch. Tea or coffee provided. Donations accepted on the day. For further information please see the notice board at the back of the church.

Senior citizen's Christmas party: Will take place on Friday, December 7, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Scoil Mhuire. Please contact St Anne's Resource Centre to book a place.

Calling Transition Year Students: We would appreciate your help at the senior citizen's Christmas party in Scoil Mhuire on Friday, December 7, Please leave your name and contact details into St Anne's Resource Centre, if you are available to help out on the day.

St Anne's Shankill Parish Assembly: Thank you to all who attended the recent Parish Assembly. We will be in contact with those who provided their details, after the next St Anne' Parish Pastoral Council meeting. Leaflets with feedback from the Assembly, are available from the back of the church. Please feel free to take one home to read.

Nativity Play: A Nativity Play will be presented during the Carol Service on Wednesday December December 12 at 8 p.m., and also during the Family Mass on Sunday, December 23, at 10.30 a.m. If your child is interested in taking part as an actor or narrator, please speak with Ceilia after the Family Mass this Sunday. First Rehearsal - After 10.30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, December 9; Carol Service Dress Rehearsal - Wednesday, December 12, at 7 p.m. in St Anne's Resource.

Thank You for Your Support: Niamh Doyle, a young parishioner travelled to Uganda over the summer and sent a message of thanks to all the parishioners who supported the cake sale she arranged to raise funds. Niamh said: 'We know that we are blessed to have been given the opportunity to go on this project. It's hard to explain just how special our experience has been, but we know that the things we have learned will last a lifetime. Thank you for supporting the work of UCDVO in Nansana.'.

Parent and Toddler Group: Meets on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to midday in St Anne's Resource Centre. Cost: Donation - for further information contact Iarla at 086 351322.

Book Sale

This Saturday morning the December First Saturday Book Sale, which supports the Shankill Old Folks Association, takes place in the Shankill Old Folks Association Centre, Lower Road, Shankill, 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 some excellent reading material for over the Christmas/New Year period.

Donations of books, which must be in a good and clean condition, other than school/text books, will be accepted on that day. Photographs and memorial cards found in donated books can be collected at the book sale. Supporting the First Saturday Book Sale supports the Shankill Community.

Shankill Library

Opening hours for Shankill Library are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., and on alternate Fridays and Saturdays - The library will be open this Friday but closed on Saturday. To renew or inquire about a book call 01 2827801 or email

The parents and Toddler Group meets on Monday mornings (except bank holiday Mondays), from 10.30 a.m. to 11.20 a.m. The December meeting of the Book Club will take place in the library next Tuesday night from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. New members welcome. 'Scandinavian Wreath Making' with Aoife Munn will take place on Thursday, December 13, from 6.15 p.m. to 7.45 p.m. - this will be an interactive class where participants will all work on one wreath to ensure that everyone learns the skills needed to create their own - booking required.

Historical Society

The next meeting of the Rathmichael Historical Society, the local history society for Shankill, Ballybrack, and the surrounding area takes place on Wednesday, December 5, at 8 p.m. in Rathmichael National School at which Paul Duffy will present his lecture 'From Carrickfergus to Carcasone - Hugh de Lacy and the Cathar Crusade' - All welcome - admission €4. Other events which may be of interest to members and supporters of the Rathmichael Historical Society are tonight's 6 p.m. meeting of the Old Dublin Society in Dublin City Library and Archive, Dublin two, at which Ken Finlay will present his lecture 'Charles Cameron - Saving the City' The AGM will follow this lecture; tomorrow's (Thursday) 6.30 p.m. lecture by Professor David Dickson on 'The History of Dublin (1818) by James Whitelaw and his collaborators' in the Conference Room of Dublin City Library and Archive, 138 - 144 Pearse Street, Dublin two. All welcome - admission free. Places allocated on a first-come basis. All welcome - admission free; and the 7.30 p.m. lecture by Dr Judith Hill, Architectural Historian, on 'A taste for Gothic' to the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland in the Helen Roe Theatre, Society House, 63 Merrion Square South, Dublin two. All welcome - admission free.

Members of the Rathmichael Historical Society are asked to note that the scheduled Tuesday, December 4, talk has been deferred to Tuesday, December 11, and are also reminded that the Old Bray Society has published a special issue of the Bray Historical Record - 'First World War Special Issue' which recalls those from county Wicklow, who took part in this conflict. Over the counter copies available from the Town Hall Bookshop, 23 Florence Road, Bray. Those wishing to join the Rathmichael Historical Society can do at the December 5 8 p.m. meeting.

ICA Guild

The guild meets on the second Monday of the month at 3.30 p.m. in St Anne's Resource Centre. Craft Morning takes place in St Anne's Resource Centre on Tuesday mornings from 10.30 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. Culture outings are held at different times throughout the year. New members always welcome - contact Patricia O'Connor at 282 0733.

GAA Club news

The juvenile academy is back in action every Saturday at 10 a.m. in our winter quarters indoors in the gym in St Laurence's College. Please come along and give the Academy a try. The cost is only €2 per child each week and there is no annual subscription. All equipment is provided free and qualified coaches are always in attendance as it's all about having fun with your friends. The last Academy session before the Christmas break is on Saturday, December 8, and we are hoping that a special visitor will drop in to see all the girls and boys.

Congratulations to our 20 new coaches on completing the Foundation Course.

The 'Chase the Ace' draw in Brady's is put on hold for the present in order to allow the pub to facilitate its Christmas programme of events. The jackpot stands at €1,450. The next draw will be held after Christmas. Tickets are €2 each or three for €5 available in the pub or from club members.

We are currently looking for new players for our Adult Ladies and Adult Men's football teams please contact GPO Steve Davis 087 6414123 or email

Social Club

Are you aged over 50 and interested in joining a local community social group? Shankill Social Club is looking for new members and new ideas. Meetings of the Shankill Social Club take place in St Anne's Resource Centre on the third Wednesday of the month. All welcome - further information from Jackie Hall at 086 8671166 or Paula Morgan at 086 3467480.

Christmas in the Village

Last Sunday afternoon the Shankill Business Group held the annual 'Christmas in the Village' in the Main Street from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. This event is hosted each year by Shankill local businesses and traders in co-ordination with Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. There were numerous stalls including a fun fair, an animal petting farm, a reptile display, carnival rides and attractions, face painting, live music, and much much more.

Classical Music Club

The December meeting takes place at 7.45 p.m. on Wednesday, December 5, in the Shankill Old Folk Association Centre, Lower Road, Shankill, which will be an audio-visual treat focusing on Maria Callas, with documentary and performance extracts. For further information about the club see or call John O'Hagan at 087 2109175.

Shankill Tidy Towns

Congratulations to Shankill Tidy Towns, who won the Best Community/Business Involvement Award in the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Tidy Districts Competition. Well done. Their Community efforts and hard work is evident throughout the village. We are so lucky to have them.

Bray People