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Bishop makes first pastoral visit to the town

BISHOP Kieran O’Reilly paid his first pastoral visit to Shannon last weekend. On Friday morning, he began with the celebration of the Eucharist in the Convent Oratory. He also visited St Tóla’s in Tullyglass, St Conaire’s and St Senan’s.Later on Friday, he met with the pastoral council and representatives of parish organisations.On Saturday, the bishop celebrated the Vigil Mass in Ss John and Paul Church, at which the Shannon Gospel Choir sang. He also met with parishioners and later in the evening, he met with priests serving in the Tradaree cluster, which takes in Newmarket-on-Fergus, Sixmilebridge and Shannon.He also began work on Sunday morning by celebrating the 9am mass in Mary Immaculate Church. He then went to SS John and Paul Church to celebrate the 10am mass, while he also met parents and pupils of St Conaire’s, who are preparing for Confirmation. The bishop presided at their enrolment ceremony, at which music was provided by the folk choir.On Sunday, Bishop …

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Affordable housing scheme contract cancelled

THE affordable housing scheme at the back of Cluain Airne has been thrown into disarray as Clare County Council has terminated its contract with Paddy Burke Builders for the construction of the first phase.It’s another debacle in a project that has caused a huge amount of local controversy and anger since it was first mooted, some years ago.While there has been no work at the site for some time, at a recent meeting of Shannon Town Council, town manager Bernadette Kinsella said that things were on course, although the deadline for the builders had been extended.In a report to the October meeting of the Town Council, she stated, “There have been delays in the completion of this contract arising from a number of factors, including the poor weather conditions last winter, the requirement to extinguish rights of way and general issues associated with the economic downturn. The council is cognisant of the impact of these issues on contract delivery and …

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