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Parish mission shares the good news

PARISH priest Fr Tom Ryan has said the recent parish mission was a celebration of the parish’s faith.“Our parish mission was a time of renewal in exploring our lives through our theme of ‘Share the Good News’ and a true celebration of our parish’s faith. “It was an invitation to everyone to come, no matter whether you are a regular and active participant in the parish, someone who comes occasionally or had drifted away from the Church, to develop a deeper individual relationship with Jesus Christ. They came in their hundreds every day.“We were delighted to welcome our mission team, which was led by Sr Briege McKenna OSC in her only parish mission in Ireland this year and it also included Frs Kevin Scanlon (Dublin), Vincent Sherlock (Mayo) and Noel Kirwan (Limerick). Each one brought their own unique style of communication to each day of the mission.”After each morning session, there was a cup of tea or coffee available in …

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Call for replacement tree programme

CHOPPING down approximately 150 trees around Shannon has left a sour taste with many locals and several members of the town council called for a replacement programme this week.At Tuesday’s town council meeting Independents Patricia McCarthy and Gerry Flynn both put down motions calling for a replacement programme to be arranged.In a report to the meeting, senior executive engineer Eugene O’Shea defended the decisions taken regarding the removal of trees and he also acknowledged the need for a replanting programme. However, he indicated it is still months away and would be done in phases.“The council is very conscious of the importance of trees from environmental, amenity and visual aspects. We are also very mindful of the high value placed on these resources by the Shannon community. As such, the felling that has taken place has been carefully considered and planned to ensure that only those trees that required removal in the interest of public health and safety, which must always …

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Children of the recession set to sit exams

WITHIN weeks, pupils who completed all their secondary education during recession will sit the Leaving Cert.Ciara Guinan and Meadhbh Halton of St Patrick’s Comprehensive and Aislinn Keogh and Gearóid McMahon of St Caimin’s Community School are among the tens of thousands who are going through this rite of passage.Three of the four started secondary school in September of 2008, just weeks before the ruinous bank guarantee, while another had just one year of second level done at that stage.All four are planning to go on to third level and with finances under strain, they are conscious of the cost of further education. The money Gearóid earned last summer, cutting silage and working for a builder, has been left largely intact and set aside for his education, while Meadhbh says she is thinking about taking a year off to work, before going on to further study.Gearóid hopes to study engineering at UL and after speaking to people working in the field, …

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Marty’s boxing clever

  HAVING called time on his own boxing career, Marty Hannan established the Shannon Boxing Club late last year and the next Katie Taylor or Bernard Dunne may be training in Smithstown under his direction. Having been involved in amateur boxing for many years in clubs in Ennis and Limerick, Marty finally turned professional but couldn’t make a living because the crowds buying tickets for fights were way down. “Within six months, four shows were called off. When you’re a professional boxer, you’re self-employed, your work is your training and you’re relying on the fight night to get paid and if it’s called off, you get nothing. That happened so many times and to be honest, I fell behind in bills,” he says of his abortive pro career. He is now self-employed, running a company that works with fitness instructors and personal trainers. And since last year, he has been working on bringing boxing to Shannon. “Marie Rowland would always …

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