Fifth Sunday of Easter May 19th 2019


 Parish Newsletter for May 12th 2018



RIP Helen Murphy, Lagoo, Moyglass, mother of Declan Murphy, Barrack Lane & Michelle Murphy, Woodview.

       Michael Slattery, Boula, Rossmore.


Trocaire Envelopes Please hand them in as soon as possible. Every little helps.

***Shragh/Woodford First Responder Group is going live with the National Ambulance Service from Sun. Apr. 14th 2019. From this date the Defibrillator phone number will no longer be valid. In the case of an Emergency Phone 999 or 112 and a trained Community First Responder will be dispatched.

Tommy Larkins GAA Lotto: 8-10-20-32 No Winner. Match 3: Marian Tuohy Gerry Duggan Next draw on Sat. May 18th in Elsie’s Woodford Jackpot 4,800 euro.

Clonfert Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock on Sunday 19th May. Ceremony begins at 2.30pm with Anointing of the Sick followed by Mass and Procession at 3.00pm.

Woodford Tidy Towns Weekly Clean Up in and around the village continues this Thursday 23rd May meeting at Youth Club Hall @ 7pm. We would love more volunteers to help out with painting, weeding, sweeping and planting etc. This year we will be working around creating a more sustainable environment and have lots of new ideas so dust down the high viz jackets , bring a paint brush or sweeping brush and be part of a great Woodford Community.

Child Safeguarding Policy Statement As a constituent member of the Catholic Church in Ireland, Clonfert Diocese recognises and upholds the dignity and rights of all children. We are committed to ensuring their safety and well-being and we will work in partnership with parents and guardians to do this. We recognise each child as a gift from God and we value and encourage the participation of children in all activities that enhance their spiritual, emotional intellectual and social development. All church personnel (including clergy, religious, staff and volunteers) have a responsibility to safeguard children through promoting their welfare, health and development in a safe and caring environment that supports their best interest and prevents abuse.

St. Brendan’s NS Derryoober: Applications are invited for the operation and running of a Pre-school and /or After school care service & Breakfast Club at Derryoober NS. If Interested please email the school for an application form on/before May 31st. Email : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please join us for a trip to Doolin and Inis Oir on 19th May, organised by the Looscaun/Woodford ladies Bus collection times: Woodford Post Office 9.30am, Looscaun Church at 9.45am, Whitegate Church at 10am. Option to take boat to Inis Oir, or do Cliff Tour from Doolin.€10 Two course Meal at Pipers Inn 7pm. Open to all. Cost €40 Phone Mary at 087 6152668 to book Limited places available.

May Masses and Devotions at the Shrine at Our Lady of Clonfert Church 2019, Daily Mass (Monday to Saturday) at 8pm with guest preacher, Mass at 12 noon each Friday, Nursing Homes, Schools and Groups welcome, Sunday Mass at 10am and 7pm For the 4 Sundays in May , Special Mass for Exam Students, Anointing of the Sick, Deceased Relatives and Friends, Blessing of Children and Parents, full programme avail at Clonfert Church, Parish Facebook Page Parish of Eyrecourt Meelick and Clonfert, or at or at Parish Office Eyrecourt (090)9675113.

Medjugorje Conference and Day of Prayer with Sr. Briege McKenna Saturday 31st August in Neptune Stadium, Cork. Tickets €20 available on . Enter discount code EARLYBIRD for discount price of €15 available until 31st May. All tickets purchased included in entry to draw for free pilgrimage to Medjugorje from Cork or Dublin. Booking fees apply. Contact Sean O'Shaughnessy 086 2959380

St. Brendan's Education Centre, Abbey St., Loughrea, Co. Galway: Hairdressing Taster Course starting on Tuesday 21st May from 9.30am to 12 midday. Please ring Maureen on 087 7742074 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

TABLE QUIZ at McCormack’s Bar, Curra on Sat. May 25th AT 8.30 PM to raise funds for Galway Hospice Homecare Services. Tables €40. MC for the night is Mick Fahy, Loughrea . Please Support. Raffle also on the night.. Please contact Maura Cooney 086 0809248 for any further details.

The Galway Hospice Croagh Patrick Climb will take place on Saturday 15th June 2019. Register through or contact Galway Hospice on 091 770868. Please support.

Portumna Social Services Committee: Holding the Annual Fundraising Draw which will take place in the Day care Centre on Wed. 12th June. Prizes: 5 x €100, 10 x €50, 10 x €25.Seeking volunteers to take a card and sell lines which are available at the centre.Your continued support is much appreciated.

East Galway Family History Society in conjunction with GRETB Community Education are running a free course on Digital Photography at the Woodford Heritage Centre in the coming weeks. Anyone interested in attending please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 090 9749309 for more details.

Kayaking for Beginners.Learn to Kayak in a fun, friendly atmosphere.No previous experience required. All equipment supplied by club. Starting Sunday June 9th Contact Meelick Eyrecourt Kayak Club 087 2462380

Chernobyl Table Quiz Fundraiser will be held in Dessie O Briens, Kilrickle on Fri 31st May at 8.30pm.Quiz : Tables of 4 - 40 aid of an Orphanage in Belarus.


St John the Baptist Church, Woodford.

Mass Times: Tue. 7.30pm Thur. 8pm Fri. 8pm Sat. 7pm

Saturday May 18th 7pm Patrick Tuohy & deceased family members, Tooreney, Coose.

                                            Christopher & Mary Hickey, Loughatorick & deceased family members

Thursday May 23rd 8pm Bill & Nuala Mahon, Dublin.

Friday May 24th 8pm Paddy, Teresa & Gerry Forde, Woodford.

Saturday May 25th 7pm Naoise O’Grady, Dublin & Woodford.

Eucharistic Ministers: Patricia Eames Celia Cox.

Altar Society: Team 2 Kitty Moroney Brid McNamara .

Reader for Church Loretto Quinn Canning. .

Altar Servers: (A) Mark Kelly Gavin O’Dowd


St. Brendan’s Church, Looscaun

Mass Times: Mon 9.30am Tue. 8am Wed. 9.30am Fri. 8.30 pm Sat 10am Sun. 11am

Sunday May 19th 11am Geraldine Bugler, Looscaun(10th Anniv)Molly & Jimmy Fahy, Allendarra

Friday May 24th 8.30 pm Justin Fahy, Douras.

Sunday May 26th 11am Con Porter Bauntia & deceased family members.


Eucharistic Ministers: Anne Page Mary Coughlan.

Altar Society Betty Whelan Maura Tully

Reader for Church. Maura Stewart..

Altar Servers: (B) Louis Donlon Mark Leonard Peter Flaherty Ciaran Kemple.


Sun. May 19th SR 5.29am Set 9.34pm Full Moon on Sat. May 18th at 10.11pm

Sun. May 26th SR 5.12am Set. 9.44pm Last Quarter on Sun. May 26th at 5.33pm


Fr. Kieran O’Rourke, Telephone: 090 9749100, Mobile: 087 2997956, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Woodford/Shragh Defibrillator 087-346150