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Around the Districts: Shankill


Joan and Ben O'Brien at the Five Loaves charity shop Last Day Giveaway.

Joan and Ben O'Brien at the Five Loaves charity shop Last Day Giveaway.

Joan and Ben O'Brien at the Five Loaves charity shop Last Day Giveaway.



St James’ COI, Crinken

Services of Worship for this Sunday – The Kingship of Christ: 11 a.m. Morning Service In-Church.

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.

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

Rathmichael COI

Sunday Worship in church for this Sunday – The Kingship of Christ: 8.30 a.m. Holy Communion; 11 a.m. Holy Communion; 7 p.m. – Compline.

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/.

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.

December Food Stall and Coffee Bar: Takes place from 10 a.m. to midday on Saturday, December 4, in Rathmichael Church grounds. There will be 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.

Rathmichael Walkers: We had beautiful weather for our walk on October 30 over to Heronford Lane. Over the stile at the top of the lane is a new park with seating and the views were breathtaking. We could see from Bray Head to Dalkey Island on one side and as we went over the top of the hill we saw Dublin Bay to Howth and beyond. We walked to Tully Church and Lehaunstown Luas stop. Lovely to see the new Tully Park, not yet open to the public but looking very inviting. The return journey was also most enjoyable, the company was great and the weather held. Next we plan to visit Bohernabreena Reservoir which will be on Saturday, November 27, Meet at the church at 10.30 a.m. and we will drive from there. (At the end of our walk we will choose from our list of nearly 50 places where the next walk will be. Everybody is welcome. Contact 087 2344289 for more information.

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.

Youth Group: The JP2 youth group takes place every Saturday evening from 7.30 p.m. to 9 p.m. for young people between the ages of 12 to 18. This is a time of faith, fun and friendship. Meetings end with pizza and a time to relax and chat. A warm welcome is extended to all young people to come and join the group.

The Rosary: This Rosary is prayed in the church each Monday to Saturday at 9.30 a.m. every morning, Monday to Saturday for the Rosary.

Men’s Holy Hour – Thursday: Takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. in the church every Thursday morning. One hour of silence before the Blessed Sacrament.

Holy Hour – Thursday: A guided Holy Hour takes place every Thursday from 7.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. with music, the Rosary, and a short talk about an aspect of our faith.

Holy Hour – Friday: A guided Holy Hour takes place every Friday from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. with music, Divine Mercy Chaplet and reflections.

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.

Thank You: Many thanks to the Parish Pastoral Council for organising our Year of St Joseph Prayer Service recently and to Cliona Johnson for such beautiful and modern hymns in honour of St Joseph. The Prayer Service was recorded and can be accessed and downloaded from the Church of Apostles webcam website; and big thanks to our Stewards, who continue to ensure our safety at public worship, reminding us that we still need to wear facial masks, sanitise our hands, and keep the two meters social distance in the pews, processing to Holy Communion and leaving after Mass, and entering and exiting by separate doors. It is a great service to our faith community.

Registration for Confirmation 2022: The parish will be inviting parents and guardians to a meeting in the church in mid-December to register their child for Confirmation 2022 and to sign up for our parish-based preparation programme for their child and themselves. Archbishop Farrell said recently that registration for Confirmation should continue to be made through the parish. In this way it will become clearer to everyone that the parish and the diocese, as well as the family, is providing the individual with the support they need on their faith journey. It also emphasises the blessing that young people are to the parish, when they choose joyfully to respond to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.

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 closed this Friday and open 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.

Members and supporters of the Rathmichael Historical Society are asked the note the following forthcoming events- tonight (Wednesday) Armagh Robinson Library will host ‘Home Rule and the Road to Partition’ by Dr Eamon Phoenix at 7.30 p.m. on Zoom – to book visit armagh-robinson-library.arttickets.org.uk; tomorrow (Thursday) the National Maritime Museum of Ireland will host ‘Fastnet Lighthouse – History and Evolution’ by Alan McCann at 8 p.m. on Zoom – €5 – book via Eventvrite/ie/e/fastnet-lighthouse-history-and-evolution-tickets-196075064797; on Saturday Creative Rathgan Meitheal will host three talks on the theme of ‘Spies, Rebels and Informers’ with ‘Intelligence and Counter-Intelligence in Ireland 1919-1921, an Overview’ by John Dorney; ‘I Spy – Kildare and the Intelligence War 1918-21’ by James Durney; and ‘The Killing of Detective Daniel Hoey of Rhode’ by Dr Ciaran Reilly on Zoom from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. – book via eventbrite.ie/e/spies-rebels-and-informers-1-tickets-2074 95914867; next Monday Offaly Historical and Archaeological Society will host ‘Morristown Lattin, County Kildare, 1630-1800: The estate and its tenants’ by Dr Eamma Lyons at 7.30 p.m. on Zoom – access via info@offalyhistory.com. Next Tuesday County Louth Archaeological and Historical Society will host ‘Recent Dugout Boat Discoveries in the River Boyne: New Insights to Drogheda’s Commercial Heritage’ by Dr Niall Gregory at 7.30 p.m. on Zoom – a link to this lecture will be posted on the Society’s web-page on the day of the lecture; Howth Peninsula Heritage Society will host ‘The disestablishment of the Church of Ireland in 1871: why did it happen and what did it mean’ by Dr Miriam Moffitt at 8 p.m. online – email howthheritage@gmail.com by 2 p.m. that day to receive a link to it, while next Wednesday the Old Dublin Society will host ‘Irish Servicewomen in the First World War’ by Dr Barbara Walsh at 7.30 p.m. on Zoom – email registerwitholddublinsociety@gmail.com by 2 p.m. that day to receive a link to it. The AGM of the society will follow this lecture and will take place on Zoom.

Members and supporters of the Rathmichael Historical Society wishing to catch up on their local history reading will be interested in ‘Arthur Griffith’ by Owen McGee, a major biography of a monumental figure in modern Irish history. Arthur Griffith was a veracious journalist and proponent of economic nationalism who founded Sinn Féin, served as president of Dáil Éireann, and was chairman of the Irish delegation in the negotiations that produced the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921. As a working-class Dubliner, who played a crucial role in inspiring and leading Dáil Éireann in its formative stages, Arthur Griffith’s life and world is one of the greatest windows into understanding the dynamics of the Irish revolution. Owen McGee’s authoritative biography is based on fascinating original research and presents a fresh analysis and interpretation of Griffith’s life and the economic basis of the political history of the era. Griffith has been typified as ‘the last Young Irelander’ and Owen McGee’s masterly account reflects on this by examining the very different conceptions of Irish nationalism that existed before and after the formation of the Irish state. It also suggests that Griffith’s belief in the importance of economic freedoms and the ability of an independent Ireland to provide for its own people was an ideal that inspired the subsequent evolution of the Irish state. 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.

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

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

The December First Saturday Book Sale will take place on Saturday, December 4, in the Shankill Old Folks Association Day Centre on Lower Road 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.

Bowling Club

Shankill Bowling Club is always interested in new members just call to our green.