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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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Fr Tierney celebrates his silver jubilee

FR Bennet Tierney was ordained a priest on Christmas Eve, 1985 and he marked the 25-year milestone by celebrating the 12.15pm mass at Ss John and Paul Church last Sunday.He is a son of Nancy Tierney from Coill Mhara and a brother of Maeve Kirwan. Although he has lived abroad for over 30 years, Fr Tierney is still a regular visitor to Shannon.While he has worked and lived in many countries, Germany is now his base. “I’ve been there for the last 12 years and I love it, although it’s very hard work. I’m responsible for family pastoral in four dioceses, basically that means anything to do with the family,” he says.In PR terms, the clergy have taken a battering over the last few years but Fr Tierney says he is still very glad he signed up.“I’m absolutely thrilled that I joined and I’ve never been as convinced about my vocation and the priesthood. I love what I’m doing and …

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Ger turns redundancy into opportunity

ECONOMIC conditions may be as bad as has been seen in more than a generation but there are always a few people willing to try their luck with a new business.Ger Finan is in this bracket having just started his own business, Process Improvement Ireland, which he is operating between Shannon and Limerick.He was motivated to start the company after losing his job in Dell, where he had worked for several years.“I had worked for Dell and, after I was made redundant in April, I realised I had skills that were valuable and I said I’d try to use them to help companies to improve their efficiency and reduce costs. It’s about bringing the skills of big multinationals to smaller companies,” he said.The supports made available to those who lost their jobs in Dell made things easier for him.“I was very lucky in that I got some of the EGF funding that was going after the job losses in Dell. …

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Leisure centre reopened

WHILE the redevelopment works took longer than expected, Shannon Leisure Centre reopened this summer and received a good response from the local community.Difficulties between the leisure centre and the contractor resulted in the reopening being significantly delayed and led to a protest outside the March meeting of Shannon Town Council. Seán O’Callaghan was one of those involved in organising it and he said there was quite a bit of local interest about it. “We’ve been hearing a lot of talk about the non-availability of the leisure centre facility and we felt that something needed to be done about it. We decided we’d set up a Facebook page. The turnout is incredible but this is an issue that has been exercising a lot of people over the last couple of months,” he said.However, the €1.4 million redevelopment was completed in the summer and all facilities there were free on July 3, when its doors opened once again. Councillor Patricia McCarthy is …

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