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Parish finances sink into the red

FOR the second year running, finances for Shannon parish are in the red. However, this year’s deficit of €15,384 can be attributed to the renovation project at Mary Immaculate Church, costing €30,000.

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Westpark boost as AerCap open new offices

FORMER Minister for Defence Tony Killeen was in Shannon last Friday evening to officially open AerCap’s new offices at Westpark.AerCap is a global aviation company and it employs more than 50 people at Shannon. In an upbeat speech, Mr Killeen paid tribute to the vision of Brian O’Connell in relation to the development of Westpark. “On the very first occasion Brian O’Connell brought me up here to visit a field where there were 17 cattle, we went in a jeep because there was no road. He took out a set of plans and on the plans there were seven buildings, which I thought quite frankly would never be seen by anyone. Today, there are four and a half constructed and they were constructed in accordance with Brian’s vision and his vision now extends to his role as chairman of the board of the airport,” Mr Killeen said.He said Shannon still has a very strong portfolio of companies, many of whom …

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Television appearances for Rita and Kay

TWO local women are set to appear on iWitness, the RTÉ religious affairs programme in the coming weeks. First up will be Rita Quigley and her appearance on the short programme will focus on her work at the Our Lady of the Skies Oratory at Shannon Airport.Rita is set to appear on the programme on Sunday night, after the late news. She has been helping at the oratory for about 12 years. “I change the flowers, clean it up, put the hosts out, general looking after it,” she said.Rita hasn’t actually seen the programme yet and is looking forward to it. “I’m quite nervous about it to be honest, but hopefully it’ll go well.”Kay Glody is also set to appear on the programme in the coming weeks, focusing on her work at the Adoration Chapel in SkyCourt. The Blessed Sacrament is exposed several days a week at the chapel and Kay is in charge of co-ordinating people to spend time …

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