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Johanna Emily Ward and Jessie Dingle at the Bray Sailing Club Inclusive Taster Session.

Johanna Emily Ward and Jessie Dingle at the Bray Sailing Club Inclusive Taster Session.

Johanna Emily Ward and Jessie Dingle at the Bray Sailing Club Inclusive Taster Session.



St James’ COI, Crinken

Services of Worship for this Sunday the Second Sunday after Trinity: 10 a.m.: Families Worship Service; 11 a.m. – Morning Praise Service check the church website for further information.

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Rathmichael COI Parish

Sunday Worship Services for this Sunday – The Second Sunday after Trinity: 8.30 a.m. Service of Holy Communion; 11 a.m. – Morning Prayer with Holy Baptism; 7 p.m. Compline Service.

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 Morning Coffee Hour 11 a.m. to midday: As always, our ever popular Saturday morning coffee takes place in the Erck Hall or the church grounds at 11 a.m. each week. This has been growing in attendance in recent weeks and we look forward to continue welcoming parishioners and people from the wider community each week. Please spread the word.

A Date for your Diary: Rathmichael Parish Fête 2022 returns on Saturday, September 10, and will take place in the grounds of Rathmichael National School, Stonebridge Road, Shankill, from midday to 4 p.m.

Christ Church Bray Parish Fête: Takes place this Saturday in the church grounds on Church Road, Bray, from 10.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. and will be a great family fun filled day out.

Rathmichael Walkers: The next walk takes place this Saturday when it is planned to take the DART to Grand Canal Dock station and have a ‘City Walk’ taking in a number of our beautiful parks. Meet as usual at the church – for further information call 087 2342689.

Holy Trinity Killiney Select Vestry: The following were elected for the year ahead – Rector’s Churchwarden: Peter Hayes; Rector’s Glebe Warden: Paul O’Brien; People’s Glebe Warden: Eric Brown. Select Vestry – Clive Christie (Hon. Secretary), Mark Heaton, Lewis Purser, Daniel Stanford, Helen Irwin, Linda Franck, Laura Martin, Sandra Moore, Joan Millar, Meriel Nuzum, Libby McElroy, Sorcha O’Reilly, and John Wynne (parish treasurer).

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 12.30 p.m. Monday to Friday email st.annes_parishoffice@yahoo.ie or call 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.

Available from St Anne’s Resource Centre: Available to purchase in St Anne’s Resource Centre are Mass Cards, Prayer Booklets, Rosary Beads and Baptism Candles.

Masses: Weekday Masses are celebrated Monday to Friday at 10 a.m., and on Saturday at 10 a.m. and 6.30 p.m. (Vigil). Sunday Masses are celebrated at 10 a.m., midday, and 6 p.m. On Holy Days of Obligation the Vigil Mass is celebrated at 7.30 p.m. the previous evening and on the Holy Day at 10 a.m.,12Noon, and 7.30 p.m. All Masses are available online through the link ‘Watch Us Live’. St Anne’s Church is open for private prayer. Church visitors should wear a face covering, observe social distancing of two metres from each other while in the church and use the hand sanitizer provided.

On-Going Covid-19 precautions in church: Many active members of our Parish Community consider themselves vulnerable and are understandably very nervous about the abrupt ending of the mandate to wear facemasks in church and have expressed this. Therefore, as a courtesy to other members of the Parish Community we ask you to continue to wear face coverings in church and hopefully as the number of infected persons decreases and hospitalisations due to Covid-19 fall, we will be able to review this.

Family Offering If you would like to contribute to the Family Offering, please contact the parish office in St Anne’s Resource Centre to arrange a Box of Envelopes. It is also possible to contribute through the donate button on the parish website.

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, or at any other time on request.

Bethany Bereavement Ministry: If you have suffered a loss and would like to speak with a member of the Bethany Bereavement Ministry team, please contact 01 282 2277 the Bethany Bereavement Support Group is a voluntary ministry. The volunteers are trained to listen and to help the bereaved and grieving.

Visit by Archbishop Dermot Farrell: Archbishop Farrell visited the parish last Sunday and celebrated the 10 a.m. Mass. At the end Mass Archbishop Farrell presented the parish with the Eco Congregations Ireland’s (ECI) Gold Award awarded to the parish in 2021 for its work in promoting Laudato Si and countering the climate and biodiversity crisis and will Last Wednesday the parish was presented in an online ceremony with the ECEN (European Christian Environmental Network) Roman Juriga Award 2022 which it shared jointly with, together with the Belee Nad Orlici Evangelical Church in the Czech Republic.

SAGE – Shankill Action for a Greener Earth: Very shortly SAGE will announce details of a public meeting for all parishioners who would like to become more involved in the Parish’s work on the environment.

Shankill Conference of the society of St Vincent de Paul: If you wish to donate at any stage, you may do so by leaving a donation into St Anne’s Resource Centre or using the QR code by scanning to your smart phone or iPhone using the QR App. If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, please call 087 6962785. All calls are treated in strict confidence. We could not assist those in need in the community without your continued support and for that we are most grateful.

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

Tuesday Faith Formation Courses: The Mega-Power of Unified Vision course presented by Hilda Geraghty: An introduction to the priest-scientist Teilhard de Chardin SJ who shows that when science meets faith, the result explodes into meaning and relevance for our lives today concludes next Tuesday. Bishop Robert Barron’s ‘The Mass’ presented by Fr Jaimie Twohig in which participants will explore with Bishop Barron the beauty of the Holy Mass. Continues on Tuesday, July 5, and will conclude on Tuesday, July 12, St Anne’s Spiritual Library: This is open daily in St Anne’s Resource Centre between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays. You are very welcome to come and borrow from a wide selection of spiritual and inspirational books. There is something there for everyone.

Support Network: A support network for separated, divorced and re-married people has been set up by the St Anne’s Parish community and is open to people of all faiths and none. All are welcome. Text: 087 3814213 or email listeningear14@gmail.com All communications are guaranteed completely confidential.

Bethany Bereavement Support: A drop in service takes place 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 and its counsellors are trained to listen and help those bereaved and grieving, This service is free to all adults aged over 18 years of age.

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.

Killiney – Ballybrack Parish: Ballybrack – Killiney Parish Pastoral Council: The next meeting is tonight (Wednesday) June 29 when an action plan for the priorities identified by the Parish Building Hope Assembly will be initiated. We hope to support some young parishioners to attend World Youth Day 2023.

Shankill Library

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, open on alternate Fridays and Saturdays the library will be closed this Friday but open on Saturday, Computer use is now available again. 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. Book borrowers can renew their books online at any time.

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.

For the summer months the society has organised a number of outings for members to places of interest, details of which have been emailed to them. From August 15 to August 19 the annual summer Lecture Series will take place nightly at 8 p.m. in Rathmichael School which this year will be on the theme of ‘The Monastery of Columcille’. Some of the lectures already arranged for this event are Monday, August 15, ‘Early Columban Monasticism: Reflections on Material Things’ by Dr Cormac Bourke; Tuesday, August 16 – Title awaited speaker Dr Dagmar Ó Riain-Raedel; Wednesday, August 17, Leo Swan Memorial Lecture; ‘Colmcille-Columba: The Man and the Legacy’ by Dr Brian Lacey; Thursday, August 18, ‘Rediscovering Columba’s Monastery at Durrow, Co. Offaly’ by Dr Elizabeth O’Brien; and Friday, August 19, ‘The Annalistic Legacy of Colmcille and Iona’ by Dr Dan McCarthy. All these lectures will take place in Rathmichael National School, Stonebridge Road, Shankill, nightly at 8 p.m. and will also take place simultaneously on Zoom. The admission for each lecture is €5, tea and coffee included. The annual society fee is €25 and includes free admission to 12 lectures annually. See Rathmichaelhistoricalsociety.ie for further details.

Some events taking place in the week ahead which may be of interest to members and supporters of the society are tomorrow (Thursday) Dr Mary Muldowney will present ‘The Irish Civil War Part 1: From Treaty Talks to Fire at the Four Courts’ at 6.30 p.m. in Dublin Central Library, Ilac Centre, Dublin one booking required – email centrallibrary@dublincity.ie, call 01 222 8300, or via eventbrite.ie; next Monday evening Cathy Scuffil will present ‘The Irish Civil War Part 1: From Treaty Talks to Fire at the Four Courts’ in Ringend Library, Ringsend booking required – email ringsendlibrary@dublincity.ie, call 01 222 8499, or via eventbrite.ie; next Tuesday morning Aughrim Street Parish Centre, Dublin, will host a ‘Collection of Your Tenement’ by 14 Henrietta Street, from 10 a.m. to midday all welcome. Dr Mary Muldowney, Dublin City Council Historian-in-Residence for Dublin Central, is working on a new history of the Dublin Cattle Market. If you worked in or around the Cattle Market, or have relatives who did, and are willing to be interviewed, please send your name and contact details to mmuldwny@gmail.com with the subject ‘Cattle Market’ in the message line, so an interview can be arranged.

The attention of members and supporters of the Rathmichael Historical Society is drawn to ‘An Introduction to the Irish Civil War’ by John O’Donovan which does what this book claims to do – provide the reader with a clear and concise account of the cause, evolution, and conduct of the Civil War, which began with signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty in December 1921, only narrowly ratified in January 1922 after which events spiralled out of control till military action commenced at the end of June 1922 and lasted till May 1923 when hostilities ceased. This excellent book is divided into four sections the first covers the period December 1921 to June 1922 outlining how the unity of the War of Independence fractured with former comrades becoming bitter opponents and the events that led to the outbreak of hostilities. The second and third sections cover the principal Civil War events from June to December 1922 and January to May 1923 respectively when Republicans ‘dumped arms’ and ceased military activities against the Free State Government but never formally surrendered. The fourth section recalls the darker side of this conflict through the executions carried out which poisoned relations between Free Staters’ and Republicans, the ill-treatment of prisoners which added to the bitterness which lasted for many decades, in addition to reprisals and illegal killings for which no one was ever held to account. This book concludes with brief biographies of many of those mentioned in the text with information on their role in the Civil War.

SOFA/Day Care Social Afternoon

Shankill Old Folks Day Centre on Lower Road, Shankill, holds a walk-in Social Afternoon on Wednesday afternoons from 2 p.m. all welcome.

Blast from the Past

Just after 11 a.m. last Sunday morning ‘The Wicklow Steam Express’ operated by the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland consisting of preserved Great Northern Railway (I) steam locomotive No. 85 ‘Merlin’ and fleet of 1960s coaches passed through Shankill on the way to Wicklow Town from where two Wicklow-Greystones-Wicklow steam train trips were operated till the return journey to Dublin departed from Wicklow about 4.30 p.m. and passed back through Shankill again after 5 p.m., arriving in Dublin around 6 p.m.

A People’s History of Dún Laoghaire

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, in partnership with the National Folklore Collection at University College Dublin, is carrying out an oral history project in the county, The People’s History of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown. They are looking to speak with residents (and former residents) of the county area with a view to recording what they know about their families’ and their own histories in the area. The results will form part of the National Archive and will help preserve the social history of the parish. Please contact A People’s History at peopleshistory@dlrcoco.ie or 087 1183160.