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Accounts show effect of lockdowns on Clare parish’s finances

INCOME has exceeded expenditure in Shannon Parish for two of the past three years, according to income and expenditure accounts for 2019, 2020 and 2021. The accounts, published recently showed income exceeding expenditure by €59,464 in 2019 and by €10,475 in 2021. In 2020 however, expenditure exceeded income by €1,294. In 2019 the offertory collections in Shannon came to €136,096. In 2020 and 2021, when pandemic restrictions were strictest, the figures were €90,264 and €93,603 respectively.  In general income fell heavily during the pandemic, down from €256,274 in 2019 to €111,399 in 2020 and €144,840 in 2021. To put it in context, the combined income from 2020 and 2021 was almost exactly the 2019 amount. The parish received a tax rebate of €34,951 in 2019, along with much smaller sums in 2020 and 2021. Over the three years there was over €55,000 in shrine income, while the parish received €19,000 in donations and bequests. Repairs and maintenance were the biggest …

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Vandalism at Shannon Church

SHANNON’S Ss John & Paul Church was attacked by vandals late on Saturday night or in the early hours of Sunday. A large rock was thrown through a window and this morning Gardai began an examination of the scene, while an area of the church has been sealed off. Seating has been restricted for masses today, but they are still going ahead at 10am and 12.15pm. Gardai are appealing for any information on the incident and can be contacted at 061 365900.

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Fly Shannon, St John Paul II did

ON Saturday last,  Bishop Kieran O’Reilly launched the St John Paul car sticker, which features a picture of the man who will be canonised this Sunday, taken when he visited Shannon in 1979. The car sticker features the last recorded photo of the pope on Irish soil, just before he flew to the United States. The stickers encourage people to use the airport when flying and they are available locally, free of charge. The picture on the car stickers was taken by photographer Padraig O’Reilly, who lives in Fergus Drive. Almost 35 years afterwards, he still remembers the image as one that was very hard to get and it caused him a great deal of stress. It was actually his first day working as a freelance photographer, after leaving his job with Shannon Development. The Clare Champion had commissioned him to cover the Pope at the airport, where he was to get a picture of his Holiness meeting President of …

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