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Zan O'Loughlin and Justin Aylmer enjoying the Bray Arts performance evening at The Hibernia.

Zan O'Loughlin and Justin Aylmer enjoying the Bray Arts performance evening at The Hibernia.

Zan O'Loughlin and Justin Aylmer enjoying the Bray Arts performance evening at The Hibernia.



St James’ COI, Crinken

Services of Worship for this Sunday – The Second Sunday before Advent: 11 a.m. Morning Service In-Church and Online. – Weekly Church Events/Activities: Most of the other events/activities remain suspended for the duration of the current restrictions – check the church’s website for regular updates.

Date for your Diary: 8 p.m. Weekly Prayer Meeting next Tuesday night.

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Irish Trefoil Guild – Guiding for Life: Calling all former leaders of the Irish Girl Guides in Bray and the surrounding area. There is now a Trefoil Guild in Bray. Contact Anne at – braytrefoilguild@gmail.com.

Rathmichael COI

Sunday Worship in church for this Sunday – The Second Sunday before Advent: 8.30 a.m. Holy Communion; 11 a.m. – Family Service with Act of Remembrance; 7 p.m. – Holy Communion.

Services of Worship for this Sunday: Worship continues to be streamed by the National Cathedral – stpatrickscathedral.ie/worship/video-stream/and the Diocesan Cathedral christchurchcathedral.ie/worship/video-stream-1/along with other resources that are shared via the United Dioceses Facebook page: facebook.com/DublinandGlendalough.

Harvest Thanksgiving Service: What a treat it was to return to a full church on Harvest Sunday, October 10, and be greeted by the lovely perfume of flowers. The flower arrangements looked stunning and our thanks go to Margaret Nevin and her team of talented flower arrangers who did such a wonderful job. Meanwhile, out in the Erck Hall, Cait McCauley and her team of helpers, sold all the Harvest gifts, the result being that a cheque for €1,500 has been sent to Christian Aid to assist with their never ending work throughout the world with those who have so little. Thank you everyone for your support.

Saturday Coffee Bar: The Coffee Bar is continuing in the Erck Hall every Saturday from 11 a.m. to midday Everyone is welcome to join us for coffee and a chat. Please note that this Saturday coffee will be served only as part of the work parties.

December Food Stall and Coffee Bar: From 10 a.m. to midday on Saturday, December 4, in Rathmichael Church grounds. There will Home Baked Foods, Sweet and Savoury Tarts, Bread, Pizzas, Tea Bracks, featuring ready-made meals Chicken and Ham Gratin and Meatballs in Spicy Tomato Sauce. Vegetarian options, coffee, tea and cakes, Proceeds will go to the parish. Strict Public Guidelines will be adhered to.

Midterm Family Pumpkin Trail in Rathmichael Church Grounds: Thanks to all those who came to our midterm family trail. It was wonderful to see so many young people enjoying the church grounds over the weekend of October October 30/31. We look forward to the busyness of the Christmas period and if covid restrictions at the time allow, we hope to hold another family event in December.

St Anne’s Parish

St Anne’s Parish Website: The parish website is stannesparishshankill.com.

St Anne’s parish office: The parish office located in St Anne’s Resource Centre is open between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday to Friday tel: 01 282 2277/01 282 2704.

Bookings for Baptisms: Bookings for baptisms are now being accepted. Please call the parish office at 01 2822704 or 01 2822277 for more information.

Masses: Monday to Friday Weekday Masses are at 10 a.m., and on Saturday at 10 a.m. and 6.30 p.m. (Vigil). Sunday Masses are at 10 a.m., midday, and 6 p.m. People no longer need to book a place for Mass. Please practice social distancing, wear a mask and use hand sanitizer ace coverings must be worn and social distancing observed. All Masses will still be available online through the link ‘Watch Us Live’.

Sacrament of Reconciliation: Takes place on Saturday morning at 10.30 a.m. in the Blessed Sacrament Adoration Chapel after the 10 a.m. Mass social distancing in operation.

First Saturday Devotions: Devotions take place in the church on the First Saturday of the month, beginning at 1.30 p.m. with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, the Rosary and Confession, followed by Mass at 2.35 p.m. There is a time of prayer for healing and also Benediction.

Lectio Divina: A group of parishioners meet on Zoom every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to midday. They meditate on the Gospel reading for the following Sunday. Everyone is welcome to join. For further information contact the parish office.

Miraculous Medal Novena: Said each Monday during the 10 a.m. Mass.

Private Prayer: St Anne’s Church is open for private prayer Monday to Saturday from 10.30 a.m.

to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 11.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Church visitors must wear a face covering, observe social distancing of two metres from each other while in the church and use the hand sanitizer provided.

Parish Services on Webcam: All are welcome to us for all our services on the parish webcam stannesparishshankill.com.

Blessed Sacrament Adoration Chapel: The Blessed Sacrament Chapel remains closed at the present time.

Suggestions Welcome: This is your parish – your suggestions are always welcome – these can be left in the suggestions box in the church. These will be considered by the St Anne’s Parish Pastoral Council when meetings resume.

Altar List of the Dead: November is a month to remember all our dead. Altar List of the Dead lists are available in our churches in Shankill (St Anne’s) and in those of the Ballybrack-Killiney and Loughlinstown Grouping. Mass is offered every First Friday for those whose names are on the Altar List of the Dead, starting in November.

Ballybrack-Killiney and Loughlinstown Parish Grouping: Public Mass: Public Mass is celebrated in Sts. Alphonsus and Columba church: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10 a.m., Saturday at 6 p.m. and at 10 a.m., and in the Church of the Apostles: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m., and Sundays at midday Stewards will be on duty, and we ask you to please continue wearing facial masks, sanitising your hands, and keeping the safe social distance of two meters, both inside and outside the church. Baptism: New Baptism bookings may be made by completing the Baptism Booking Form from the parish website and returning it to the parish office.

Shankill Library

The library is operating on a browse and borrow basis. Readers waiting to return books to the library can now do so. Opening hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; and 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, The library is open alternate Fridays and Saturdays so will be open this Friday but closed this Saturday. Computer use is now available at the present time. Online services including e-books, audio-books, digital magazines and newspapers and e-learning remain available via the library website. The library can be contacted at 01 2823081 or by email at: shankilllib@dlrcoco.ie.

Rathmichael Historical Society

The Rathmichael Historical Society the local history society for Shankill, Ballybrack and the surrounding area, is always interested in new members and offers three levels of membership Individual (€25), Family (€30) and Student (€5). The simplest way to join the society is via its web page: rathmichaelhistoricalsociety.ie/rhs-membership/or send a cheque to the Honorary treasurer, Rathmichael Historical Society, Gort na nÉan, Dublin Road, Shankill, Dublin 18. Please include your name, address and email.

Last Wednesday night the society hosted ‘The Shadow War: Michael Collins and the Politics of Violence’ by Joseph EA O’Connell Jr at 8 p.m. on Zoom, based on his bestselling book of the same name. The previous night his latest book ‘The Terror the uncomfortable Realties of the War of Independence’ was launched at a reception in Dublin.

Members and supporters of the Rathmichael Historical Society are asked the note the following forthcoming events- tonight (Wednesday) The Old Dublin Society will host ‘Smuggling in North County Dublin in the 18th and 19th centuries’ by Paddy Ryan, Malahide Historical Society, at 7.30 p.m. on Zoom – email registerwitholddublinsociety@gmail.com by 2 p.m. today to receive a link to it; the Armagh Robinson Library will host ‘The Great Famine and 19th Century Politics Pre-1870’ by Professor Peter Gray at 7.30 p.m. on Zoom – to book visit armagh-robinson-library.arttickets.org.uk; tomorrow (Thursday) the Liberties Cultural Association will hold their annual Armistice Day Commemoration after the 10 O’Clock Mass in St Catherine’s Church, Meath Street, Dublin eight. Former UN Irish Army Bagpiper Anthony Byrne will play the Pipes, Stevie Rynn will ‘Commemorate Fallen Irish Soldiers’ and Joyce Reid will speak of the impact WW1 had. Quotations from Canon Francis Gleeson’s WW1 diaries will be read and, at 11 a.m., to end the Commemoration, Fr Niall Coghlan will toll the church bells. If the church is in use, the Commemoration will take place in the Grotto; Kilmacud-Stillorgan Local History Society will host ‘The Shadow War: Michael Collins and the Politics of Violence’ by Joseph E. A Connell Jr in the Glenalbyn, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin – advance booking required as number of attendees is limited. Next Tuesday night Foxrock Local History Club will host ‘Dublin’s Housing Crisis in Revolutionary Times, 1915-1923’ by Cathy Scuffil at 8 p.m. on Zoom – email info@foxrocklocalhistory.ie; next Wednesday night Armagh Robinson Library will host ‘Home Rule and the Road to Partition’ by Dr Eamon Phoenix at 8 p.m. on Zoom – to book visit armagh-robinson-library.arttickets.org.uk. A talk on ‘Victorian Bray’ by Brian White, Bray Cualann Historical Society, hosted by the Mermaid Theatre will take place on Tuesday, November 16 – details on the Mermaid Theatre Website.

Members and supporters of the Rathmichael Historical Society wishing to catch up on their local history reading will be interested in will be interested in the Dublin Historical Record 2021 (No 74) now published annually by the Old Dublin Society, which includes the following articles ‘Stories of St James’s Gate: the gate, not the brewery’ by Bernadette Cunningham; ‘Excerpts from the Diaries of Michael J Tutty relating to the Old Dublin Society 1949 – 1952’ compiled by Michael G Tutty; ‘Warrenmount House through time – One house’s story through three years of Liberties history’ by Maria O’Reilly; ‘Dublin fire fighters and the Easter 1941 Belfast Blitz’ by James Scannell; ‘Thomas Earley, manufacturer of ecclesiastical furniture and stained-glass windows, Upper Camden Street’ by Max Cannon; ‘The Park ‘Without Care’, San Souci, Booterstown’ by Ciarán Clancy; ‘The Dublin North Strand Bombing, May 31, 1941’ by Pádraig Laffan; ‘Some early maps featuring the environs of Dublin’ by Arnold Horner; ‘Dublin’s greens under colonial rule and the exclusions of foreigners’ by Michael Cregan; ‘The Evolution of a Dublin Street, Blackhall Place, 1846-1901’ by Charlie O’Reilly; ‘Swells and labourers: Did the well-off and powerful help the poor of Raheny (1800-1850)?’ by Mary O’Callaghan; Society News; Book Reviews; Obituaries to Anthony (Tony) P Behan, Brian M Siggins, Sheila Carden, and Noel Healy. Copies can be obtained from Books Upstairs, 36 College Green, Dublin two, and Hodges Figgis, 56/58 Dawson Street, Dublin two. The December meeting of the Rathmichael Historical Society will take place on Wednesday, December 1, will host ‘A book and a Bell: Glendalough on the morning of May 15, 1106’ by Mary Kelly at 8 p.m. on Zoom – go to rathmichaelhistoricalsociety.ie for further information.

Shankill Tennis Club

Shankill Tennis Club can be contacted at 01 282 5400 or email clubhouse@shankilltennisclub.com.

GAA Club news

Shankill GAA Club meets on Saturday mornings from 9.45 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. every Saturday morning (weather permitting) at the Stonebridge Park pitch. To join the club call 085 7088638 0r 086-86 7312 – cost free. Contact Shankill GAA Club at: secretary.shankill.dublin@gaa.ie; 087 9567162, 087 6423717; shankill.gaa.ie.

Classical Music Club

Meetings of the Shankill Classical Musical Club resumed last Wednesday night at 7.45 p.m. in the Shankill Day Care Centre on Lower Road, and concluded at 10 p.m. The meeting was conducted in accordance with the rules/guidelines concerning vaccination or immunity certificates and on-the-spot temperature. Keep an eye on our website shankillclassiocal.org or phone/text 087 2109175 to obtain meeting details.

Shankill FC

Contact Shankill FC at 087 1514104 or 087 9480762 if your child would like to give it a go. For opportunities on all our boys and girls’ teams from under-seven to under-18 and academies, email info@shankillfc.ie; shankillfc.ie, or Facebook on @ShankillFootballClub.

First Saturday Book Sale

Last Saturday the November First Saturday Book Sale took place in the Shankill Day Care Centre on Lower Road, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The December First Saturday Book Sale will take place on Saturday, December 4, in the same venue from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Book Sale continues to adhere to strict safety guidelines. While there is no need to book in advance, the number admitted will be limited to 10 people at a time with names and contact details taken at the entry door. Book donations will be taken in at the rear door and are limited to one bag per person due to the backlog of books already in store. The book order service previously available by phone and email has now been discontinued and is no longer available.

Shankill Bowling Club

The club is always interested in new members - just call to our green.

Bollards/Kelly Blocks on Shanganagh Road

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has indicated that the Kelly blocks/concrete blocks installed on the edge of Shanganagh Road are temporary and will be removed when the widening of that section of the road is undertaken. The blocks are in place to prevent unwanted parking on the grass and need to remain in place till further upgrade works take place.