Wednesday 22 May 2019

Around the districts: Shankill

Pat Byrne and Mick Heffernan play in the bar of the Royal Hotel as part of the charity ball for the annual Banjo & Bovril Festival
Pat Byrne and Mick Heffernan play in the bar of the Royal Hotel as part of the charity ball for the annual Banjo & Bovril Festival

Shankill: Book Sale - This Saturday morning the February First Saturday Book Sale, which supports the Shankill Old Folks Association, will take place in the Shankill Old Folks Association Centre, Lower Road, Shankill, between 10am and 1pm so make a point of calling into it during Saturday morning and avail of the opportunity to pick up great reading material from the wide selection to choose from.

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.

St James' COI Crinken

Services of Worship for this Sunday - Epiphany 4: 11 a.m. - Morning Praise.

Rathmichael COI

Worship Services for this Sunday - The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany: 8.30 a.m. - Holy Communion; 11 a.m. - Holy Communion; 7 p.m. - Evening Prayer.

The Alpha/In-Between Club: Last night (Tuesday) Lesley Wallace hosted the January meeting of the Book Club at which the two books selected for this meeting reviewed and discussed were 'Oh My God What a Complete Aisling' by Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen and 'A Ladder to the Sky' by John Boyne, and the book selected for the February meeting.

Confirmation 2019: His Grace the Archbishop of Dublin, The Most Revd. Dr Michael Jackson, will confirm young people from this parish, along with candidates from Crinken, Bray and Kilternan parishes, on Sunday, April 14, at 3 p.m. in Christ Church, Bray. Kilternan and Rathmichael will work together in the matter of preparation of the candidates. Girls and boys who are in First year and who wish to be confirmed should give their names to Anne Thompson at 086 8937067 or email

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.

Catholic Schools Week 2019: Sunday, January 27, to Sunday, February 3: The Daily Themes are as follows: today (Wednesday): Grandparents Day (fourth class), tomorrow (Thursday): In Service of our Community (fifth class), and Friday: Supporting Faith (sixth class). The children from Scoil Mhuire and St Anne's school will be accompanied by their teachers to 10 a.m. Mass in the church each day.

Laudate 2019: Over 50 Primary schools will take part in the third Laudate Festival of Liturgical Music which takes place during Catholic Schools Week. Please support St, Anne's National School tonight (Wednesday) at 7 p.m. in the Church of St Thérèse, Mount Merrion.

Union of Catholic Apostolate (UAC): Last Monday night the monthly meeting of the Union of Catholic Apostolate took place in St Anne's Resource Centre at 8 p.m.

Candlemas Day - This Saturday: Bring candles for blessing to the 10 a.m. Mass and please leave them on the Altar before Mass commences.

Feast of St Blaise: This Sunday is the feast of St Blaise and as it falls on a Sunday the blessing of the Throats will take place after the 10 a.m. Saturday Mass only.

St Anne's Parish Pastoral Council: The February meeting of the PPC will take place next Monday night at 8 p.m. in St Anne's Resource Centre. Ideas and suggestions for the PPC to consider can be left into the parish office or in the Suggestion Box at the back of the church.

First Friday: This Friday is the First Friday of the month - the Blessed Sacrament Adoration Chapel will be open from 10.30 a.m. to 7.30 p.m. Priests will be available on this day to visit the housebound and sick in the parish. Please contact the parish office if someone you know would like a priest to visit them.

Pallottine Pilgrimage to Lourdes - August 28: Hotel Saint Sauveur - five nights full board - €749 p.p. sharing - Spiritual Director Fr Jaime Twohig, SAC Further information from St Anne's parish office.

Holy Hour for Pro-Life: Takes place every Saturday from 2.30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Chapel of the Divine Master, White Cross, Newtownpark Avenue, Blackrock, Co. Dublin.

Ministry - St Anne's Parish: We would like to invite you to join a Ministry in our parish. You would be welcome to participate in the life of our parish as a reader, collector, member of the Welcome Team, Hospitality Team, choir, Altar Society. At present, we need people to help with collecting the baskets during Mass. You may wish to commit one year to the Ministry or maybe longer but know that your participation would be greatly appreciated and you will inspire others to help in our parish. If you are interested, please contact our parish office to arrange Garda Vetting.

Child Safeguarding: The Dublin Diocese requires all those involved in parish life as Ministers/Volunteers to undergo Garda Vetting. Please contact the parish office for further information.

Day for Consecrated Life: Come and join with religious from around the diocese this Saturday February at 3 p.m. in the Church of the Guardian Angels, Newtownpark Avenue, Blackrock. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin will lead this prayer service of reflections and music.

Bethany Bereavement Group: This Friday, being the First Friday of the month, the Bethany Bereavement Group will operate its Drop-In Centre in St Anne's Resource Centre at 10.30 a.m. This Drop-In is held 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: The five-week Bethany Bereavement Support Group programme which commenced recently continues next Monday from 8 p.m. to 9.30 p.m., in St Anne's Resource Centre, Shankill, concluding on 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.

Parent and Toddler Group: Meets on Wednesdays between 10 a.m. and midday in St Anne's Resource Centre. Cost is by way of donation. Further information from Iarla at 086 3513221.

Divine Mercy Conference: Takes place on Friday, February 22, for young people in the Main Hall, RDS Ballsbridge, Dublin four, from 6.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. - admission free. It continues on Saturday, February 23, and Sunday, February 24 - Tickets €30 for Saturday and €20 for Sunday; Weekend €35. Further information from 086 0669203.

Rosary for Peace: Is said every Saturday at 3 p.m. in St Michael's Church, Dun Laoghaire.

St Anne's Resource Centre - Learn more about your Catholic faith: Please feel free to avail of the opportunity to borrow books from our library in the Parish Centre, at no cost. The library is open Monday to Friday and after the 10.30 a.m. Mass on Sunday.

Support Network: St Anne's Parish Network for those who are divorced, separated or re-married, meets on the second Tuesday of the month from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. in St Anne's Resource Centre. All welcome - text: 087 3646067 or email

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. This library will be closed this Friday but open on Saturday. To renew or inquire about a book call 01 2827801 or email

The parents and Toddler Group meets on Mondays from 10.30 a.m. to midday - all welcome. Musical parent and toddler sessions with Music Generation dlr for the 0-3 age group takes place on Mondays February 25 and March 25 from 10.30 a.m. to 11.15 a.m. Booking required. The next meeting of the Book Club will take place next Tuesday, February 5, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Historical Society

Next Wednesday night (February 6) author and historian Fergus Mulligan will be the guest presenter for the February meeting of the Rathmichael Historical Society, the local history society for Shankill, Ballybrack, and the surrounding area, at 8 p.m. in Rathmichael National School, Stonebridge Road at which he will speak about 'William Dargan - An Honourable Life' based on his biography of Dargan, the first to be published about this famous Irish railway engineer, developer and entrepreneur, who was responsible for the construction of the former Harcourt Street, Dublin-Bray line which formerly passed through Shankill. All welcome to attend - admission €4. Those wishing to join the Rathmichael Historical Society can do at this meeting while members are reminded that annual membership subscriptions for 2019 fell due on January 1 and can be renewed at this meeting.

Other events which may be on interested to members and supporters of the Rathmichael Historical Society are tonight's (Wednesday) 7 p.m. lecture by Rob Goodbody on 'Stone Bridges of Dublin' in Marlay House, Marlay Park, Rathfarnham, Co. Dublin - admission is free but must be pre-booked via email; tomorrow night's 8 p.m. lecture by Tom Harris recalling the 'The Night of the Big Wind, January 6, 1839' to the Rathmines, Ranelagh and Rathgar Historical Society in Rathmines Town Hall, Rathmines Road, Rathmines, Dublin six. Admission €3 - Swan Centre car park Evening Rate, €3 (Total) from 5 p.m. to Midnight; Saturday morning's Medal Society of Ireland Medal and Militaria Fair in the Knox Hall, Monkstown, Co. Dublin, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; the Tuesday, February 5, 8 p.m. lecture by Ida Milne on 'Stacking the Coffins - Influenza in 1918-1919' to the Kilmacanaogue History Society in the Glenview Hotel, Glen of the Downs, Delgany, Co. Wicklow - all welcome - admission charge.

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 notes

The juvenile Academy returns at 10 a.m. this Saturday indoors in St Laurence College, so why not give the Academy a try as the coaches are ready and the equipment is waiting and ready to be used, the cost is only €2 per child and there is no annual subscription.

There was a brilliant turnout of 186 people for the recent first Operation Transformation walking group night. Well done, everybody. The group meets every Thursday night at 7 p.m. at St Anne's Church. Please come along as the group is open to both members and non-members alike. Bring a Hi - Vis top. Many thanks to Fr John and the parish committee for the use of the church grounds.

In the recent 'Chase the Ace' on Sunday night draw in Brady's there was no jackpot winner so the €50 prize went to Susan and Teresa. Last week's jackpot was €1,700. Tickets are €2 each or three for €5 and are available from club members or in the pub.

For details of our ladies' football team check out our Facebook page and follow the link to the ladies Facebook group, email or contact Steve at 087 6414123.

The men's adult football team are looking for new players which are always welcome contact Kevin at 086 8449902. For more information on the club, contact, or call 086 4010438.

Shankill 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.

Classical Music Club

The February meeting of the Shankill Classical Music Club will be held on in the Shankill Old Folks Association, Lower Road, Shankill, at 7.45 p.m. on Wednesday, February 6. For further information about the club see or call John O'Hagan at 087 2109175. New members welcome.


A group of scrabble players meet every Wednesday afternoon to play scrabble and enjoy a cup of tea and a chat. We would be delighted to welcome new members to join us. No experience necessary. For further information, please contact Margaret Cullen at 087 2050935 or Madelan Geoghegan at 086 3487516.

Bowling Club

Shankill Bowling Club was founded in 1994 and is currently for new members, Please call to their Clubhouse at the end of Quinns Road, Shankill, to obtain further information. Last year the club won the Watson Shield and Scott Cup (indoor) and the Cullen Cup (outdoor).

Bray People