Sunday 19 January 2020

Around the districts: Shankill

Andrew Sullivan and Tanith Kelly at the New Year’s Day swim in Bray
Andrew Sullivan and Tanith Kelly at the New Year’s Day swim in Bray

Shankill: St James' COI, Crinken - Services of Worship for this Sunday - The First Sunday after the Epiphany - The baptism of Jesus: 11am - Morning Praise.

Rathmichael COI

Services of Worship for this Sunday - The First Sunday after the Epiphany - The baptism of Christ and the Renewal of Baptismal Vows: 8.30 a.m. - Holy Communion; 11 a.m. - Family Service, followed afterwards with coffee in the Erck Hall; 7 p.m. - Holy Communion, Lectors Sunday Club.

Annual Register of Vestry Persons: Each year in the month of January every church of Ireland parish revises its register of parishioners. People, who have become new members of the parish and parishioners who have reached the age of eighteen are entitled to become registered members of the Parish (referred to as registered vestry members). In a similar manner, names of those who have ceased to be registered vestry persons through death or having moved away from the parish, are deleted. To be so registered entitles one to vote at the annual Easter Vestry Meeting, the Parish AGM. An up-to-date register is also helpful when the Church of Ireland carries out a census of its members. Please therefore, if applicable, complete and return the form in the Parish Newsletter to a Churchwarden on or the before next Wednesday (January 15).

Alpha/In-Between Book Club: The next meeting of the Book Club will be at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, January 29. Two books being read for this meeting - 'The Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective' by Susannah Stepleton, and 'The Lost Man' by Jane Harper.

St Anne's Parish

Blessed Sacrament Adoration Chapel: Opening Hours - Monday to Friday 10.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. If you would like to pray before the Blessed Sacrament outside these times and find the door is closed, please contact a member of staff who will be happy to open the door for you.

Sunday Mass in Irish: Is celebrated at 9 a.m. in St Peter's Church, Little Bray.

St Anne's Parish Pastoral Council: Last Monday night the January meeting of the PPC took place at 8 p.m. in St Anne's Resource Centre.

Exodus 90 Open Night: Last night (Tuesday) Fr Jaimie Twohig, SAC, provided more information on this 90-day Spiritual Exercise for men at an Open Night at 8 p.m. in St Anne's Resource Centre.

JPII Youth Group: For young people aged 13 to 18 years who wish to meet new people, have fun and learn more about their faith. The next meeting will take place this Saturday at 7.30 p.m. in St Anne's Resource Centre. New members welcome.

St Anne's Parish Pilgrimage to Medjugorje - April 13 to April 20: If you interested in going on this pilgrimage to Medjugorje in April, please speak to Fr Jaimie Twohig, SAC, for more information. Individuals take responsibility for booking their own flights. Transfers and accommodation are organised through the pilgrimage team leaders.

Bethany Bereavement - National Bereavement Support for Adults: A five-week Bethany Support Group Programme will take place on Monday nights from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., starting next Monday and then on Mondays January 20 and 27, February 3 and February 10 or from 8 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. on Thursdays January 16, 23rd, 30th, February 3 and 10. Venue will be St Anne's Resource Centre.

Book sale

There was a large attendance last Saturday morning for last Saturday morning's January First Saturday Book Sale, which supports the Shankill Old Folks Association which took place in the Shankill Old Folks Association Centre, Lower Road, Shankill, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. As always there was an excellent selection of books, CDs and DVDs on offer at bargain prices.

The February First Saturday Book Sale will take place in the Shankill Old Folks Association Day Centre on Saturday, February 5, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. so make a point of calling in during that Saturday morning to obtain some excellent reading material. Donations of books, which must be in a good and clean condition, other than school/text books, will be considered for acceptance on that day. Supporting the First Saturday Book Sale supports the wider Shankill Community at large.

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 Saturday To renew a book call 01 282 3081 or email The parents and toddler group meets on Mondays (except Bank Holiday Mondays) from 10.30 a.m. to midday

Historical Society

Tonight (Wednesday) the Rathmichael Historical Society, the local history society for Shankill, Ballybrack, and the surrounding area, will open its 2020 programme at 8 p.m. in Rathmichael National School, Stonebridge Road, Shankill, with the AGM of the society and all members are requested to attend.

Following the AGM Richard Dolan will recall 'The Dubedat Scandal' of the 1890s in which the head of the Dublin Stock Exchange was discovered to have being embezzling funds from client accounts. All welcome to attend this lecture - admission €5. Members are of the society are reminded that annual membership subscriptions for 2020 fee due for renewal on January 1 and can be renewed at this meeting.

Some events which may be of interest to members and supporters of the Rathmichael Historical Society include tomorrow (Thursday) nights 8 p.m. lecture by Fergus D'Arcy will speak on 'Leopardstown Races, Opening Day, Origins and After' to the Kilmacud Stillorgan Local History Society in the Glenalbyn Sports Club, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin. All welcome - contribution €3; the 8 p.m. lecture by Michael Barry on 'The Heritage and History of Ancient Syria' to the Mount Merrion Historical Society in the community centre, North Avenue, Mount Merrion, Co. Dublin. All welcome - admission €4/Students €2; the 8.3 p.m. lecture by Brian White on 'The War of Independence and Civil War in Enniskerry' to the Enniskerry History Society in the Powercourt Arms Hotel, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow. All welcome - admission €5; next Tuesday night's 8 p.m. lecture by Shane Wilson on 'Townlands, Maps and Directories' to the Genealogical Society of Ireland in the Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire. All welcome - admission €5; the 8 p.m. lecture by Marc McMenamin on 'The Codebreaker' to the Kilmacanogue History Society in the Glenview Hotel, Glen of the Downs, Delgany, Co. Wicklow - admission €3, and next Wednesday night's 8 p.m. lecture by Rob Goodbody on 'Shankill, Co. Dublin' to the Dun Laoghaire Borough Historical Society in the Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire. All welcome - entrance €3, and the 8 p.m. lecture by Dr Mary McAuliffe on 'Experiences and contributions of women during the War of Independence' to the Greystones Archaeological and Historical Society in the Holy Rosary Centre, Greystones - all welcome.

Members can to catch up on the reading of local history journals with the annual journal of the Wicklow Historical Society Volume six - No.1, the 32nd issue of this annual journal which contains a fascinating array of articles covering such subjects as 'Life in Wicklow a Century Ago' compiled by John Finlay; 'My First Trip to the Seaside' recalled by John Alvey, who provides details of his father's WW2 career with the RAF. ; 'The Men will Talk to Me - Pat McCrea (Part 2)', compiled by Ben Fagan, continues is a continuation of Pat McCrea's recollections of the 1916-1922 period. Part one was published in the Society's 2018 journal; 'Good Citizenship' is an essay written by a young boy Thomas (Tom) Kilcoyne in his final year in National School, Wicklow, No one, whose daughter Irene Parsons brought it to the attention of John Finlay; 'The Men of Wicklow Parish in the Great War 1914-1918' provides biographies of those from the town who lost their lives in this conflict, compiled by John Goodman; 'The Wicklow Town Poisoning Case' by Stan J. O'Reilly recalls a unique 1874 poisoning which was decided on a legal technicality; 'Who's Who? Wicklow during the Troubles 1916-1923', compiled by John Finlay, contains brief biographies of those from the town who were involved in events between 1916 to 1923 relating to the national struggle while family history is covered with 'The Edwards Family of Oldcourt, Bray and Knockrobin, Wicklow' by Vincent O'Reilly while Folklore is covered by Stan J. O'Reilly in 'Wicklow and District in Antiquity and Folklore - Pre-Christian Wicklow and the coming of the Early Irish Saints (Part 1).Copies, €5 each, of this 132-page journal can be obtained from John Finlay at 0404 67887 or Stan J. O'Reilly at 0404 67494.

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 Shankill GAA Club's 'Chase the Ace' Sunday night draw in Brady's has been paused for the present time to make way for the Christmas/New Year programme of events in the pub and the next draw will take place in mid-January 2020 for a jackpot of €1,400.

A Gaelic4 Mothers and Others group has been set up catering for all ages, all abilities, no experience of GAA games necessary. This is a fun social group and free and meets in Scoil Mhuire from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday nights. See us on Facebook for details or contact Steve at 087 6414123.

The juvenile Academy, which is for boy and girls aged from four to seven years, will resume in mid-January 2020 in St Anne's, Rathmichael, and Scoil Mhuire National Schools. The cost is only €2 per child there is no annual subscription and all equipment is provided free of charge.

Our Adult Ladies and Men's teams are already preparing for 2020. If you would like to join and represent your village see below for contact information. For details of our ladies adult football teams email or contact Steve at 087 6414123. For 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.

Lawn Bowling Club

To contact Shankill Bowling Club email or see for further information and details of their activities, or call Paddy Hughes at 01 2822740.

Shankill 100

At the Wednesday, January 7, 1920, weekly meeting of the Rathdown Board of Guardians chaired by Mr Tomas Clarke, JP, one of the issues raised by the Clerk, Patrick Cunniam, related to the rising incidence of single mothers failing to pay for the maintenance of their children. The Clerk said that there was a society which looked after single mothers and their children and Mrs Synnott, a member of the board, and Nurse Synnott, who said that the mothers made a contribution for the child's maintenance in the homes provided.

He then cited the case of a Ballyman woman who child was placed with Mrs Dempsey, Tillystown, Shankill, who promised to pay her but after a few payments made no more to her. Following an interview between Mrs Dempsey and the mother concerned, the latter promised to pay the arrears but instead went off to England when the Clerk believed that he was working and earning good wages. The board decided to consider putting the child up for adoption and to continue inquires in an effort to locate the mother.


A Scrabble Group meets every Wednesday from 2.30 p.m. to 4.45 p.m. in St Anne's Resource Centre. New members welcome. For further queries contact Margaret at 087 2050935 - the cost is €2.50 per week which includes tea or coffee.

Community Sing2gether

Shankill Community Sing2gether takes place on Tuesday mornings from 11 a.m. to midday in St Anne's Resource Centre. Irish Ballads, Folk, and some great Classics. Come along any Tuesday morning for a chat and a laugh, meet new friends and sing your heart out. All welcome - bring a friend.

Classical Musical Club

Tonight (Wednesday) the January meeting takes place at 7.45 p.m. in the Shankill Old Folks Association Day Centre on Lower Road, Shankill. Attendees will listen to presentations of wonderful music selected by a member. Tea or coffee available at the interval. New members welcome - further information by phone or text from John 087 2109175 or Sheila at 086 8147086. Monthly meetings take place in the same venue at 7.45 p.m. on the First Wednesday of each month except during the summer months.

Céilí Dance Classes

Shankill céilí Dance Classes in the Stonebridge Community Facility resumed last night (Tuesday) from 8.15 p.m. to 9.15 p.m. Further information from Seán Ó Raghallaigh at 087 6900710.

Ciorcal Comhrá

Beidh an Ciarcal ag atostú ar an Déardaoin (amarach) 11 - 12rm, sa Café Gourmet, Ionad Bearbaiciú.

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