Second Sunday of Advent. December 10th 2017


RIP:Johnny Kelly, Green Valley Court. . Bridget Dooley, Mountshannon, mother of Joan Keon, Derrygoolin.

Tommy Larkins GAA Lotto: 5-12-20-32 No Winner Match 3:Bryan Kenny Draw Sat.Dec. 2nd in Walsh’s Woodford. Jackpot 3,300 euro

Results from the 45 Card game. Winner's 1st Eamon Whelan and Jimmy Power remember each Monday night in the Tommy Larkins club house, next Monday night jackpot 120 Euro for 13 games.

Woodford & Looscaun Senior Citizen’s Christmas Party will take place in Modena Restaurant, Portumna on this Sun 11th Dec. Mass at 1pm. Anyone who would like to come along please leave your name at Woodford or Gurteeny Post Offices or ring Gertie on 086 1042855.

Second Basket Collection last weekend for St. Vincent de Paul (Portumna) Christmas Appeal.raised 400 euro. Thanks for your generous support.

East Galway Family History in conjunction with GRETB are planning in 2018 to run free part-time courses in Digital Photography, Video Editing, Basic IT skills and Family History at the Woodford Heritage Centre, if interested please ring 0909749309 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.

Esker Healing Mission Mon December 4th - 8th. Daily 10am, 5pm, 7pm & 9pm. This is an ideal way to prepare for Christmas. All welcome.

Clonfert Diocese's Advent Adult Faith Dev. Gathering, 2.30 - 5.15 pm, Sun. Dec. 3rd in Scoil an Chroí Naofa, Ballinasloe. Theme: Drawing Closer to Christ Through Mary. For more info go to or see leaflet in Church porch. All welcome.

Galway Hospice Christmas Cards on sale at the Woodford Heritage Centre, €6.50 per box of 12.

The ' Big Switch On' is set for Sat. Dec. 9th @ 6p.m. with an open street market from 4p.m. and Santa arriving at 5:45p.m. There will be a mulled wine reception and a free draw with lots of prizes too. Our annual fundraiser is on Saturday 6th January in Walsh's Bar- Tickets €2 on sale soon from local outlets and committee members- Please support. Progressive 25 on Fri 8th Dec 8.30 pm Tynagh Community Hall aid of Parkinson's Association.

Killimor Camogie Club presents Kiltullagh Community Choir in St. Joseph’s Church Killimor on Friday Dec 15th at 8pm for an evening of uplifting music with a Christmas theme, tickets are available in many locations please contact 085 2098781 for more information.

The Annual Christmas Progressive '45 is being held in Shragh Hall , Wed 13th Dec starting 8pm sharp. All Welcome." "Big Cash Prizes, Tea & Treats for all. Raffle on the night" Proceeds on the night towards the Woodford & Shragh Defibrillators and the upkeep of Shragh Hall

An evening of Song with Omna Singers Portumna and Coole Voices Gort on December the 10th 2017 at 8.15pm in Portumna Town Hall. Tickets 5 euro to benefit St Vincent de Paul.

Silent Retreat- Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius will take place at the Alexian Brothers Monastery, Knock, Co. Mayo, for women aged 18 years and up. From December 28th 2017 to January 1st 2018. Places are limited. Please book early. For more information contact 085-8235525.

The Pieta House Wren Run’s generous sponsors McInerney's Supervalu Loughrea & O’Meara’s SuperValu Portumna have each kindly donated a €100 voucher to be won! The Pieta House Wren Run takes place on St. Stephen’s Day at 11am in Woodford,

Sliabh Aughty Amenity AGM on Mon. Dec. 11th at 9pm in Cornerstone Gurteeny. Re. Development of Car Park & Picnic area on Lakeshore in Coose Slaughty. All welcome.

Portumna and District Lions Club" are holding their annual churchgate Christmas Food appeal collection on Sat 16th and Sunday 17th Dec 2017. As always your generosity is greatly appreciated

Chiropody Clinic will be attending Hayes Pharmacy, Portumna on Tues 12th, Thurs 14th, Tues 19th and Thurs 21st Dec for general & diabetic footcare. Homeclinic & housecalls available. Contact Emma on 086 1901247 for an appointment.

Tommy Larkins Cards 1st Pat and Martha Hickey on 10 games 2nd Anthony Hoban and Kevin Rourke on 7 games next weeks jackpot 130 Euro. All welcome each Monday night in the Tommy Larkins clubhouse.

Mountshannon N.S. Fundraising Bingo night will take place in Mountshannon Parish Hall on Friday 15th December at 8pm. Jackpot €1,200 (47 numbers). Raffle on the night. We look forward to seeing you all there!!

STUDY HUB LOUGHREA :January 2nd to 6th Intensive Courses for Leaving and Junior Certs in Maths,French and Irish. Small group sizes and three hours per subject per day. Contact Breda 086 3792360


St John the Baptist Church, Woodford.


Masses this Week, Fri. 8pm Sun. 11am

Sunday December 10th 11am Nellie(Ellen) Collins, Trim Co. Meath.

John O’Reilly Toronto & Loughatorick

Michael & Margaret O’Reilly, Loughatorick & deceased family members.

Friday December 15th 8pm Gerard, Mary & Tom Lyons, Rea.

Sunday December 17th 11am Micheal Fahy & Geraldine Bugler, Allendara & Looscaun.

Eucharistic Ministers: Geraldine Lyons Justin O’Byrne.

Altar Society: Team 4 Patricia Eames Cecilia Cox. .

Reader for Church: Gertrude Starr.

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


St. Brendan’s Church, Looscaun


Masses this Week, Mon to Wed. 9.30am Thur. 8am Sat. 10am & 7pm

Saturday December 9th 7pm Michael Shiel, Patrick & Mary & Bridie Shiel, Clonmoylan & deceased family members

Saturday December 16th 7pm Den, Tessie, Billy, Mick & Jimmy Sullivan, Clonmoylan & England.

Kitty & Paddy Burke, Cloncoe.

Eucharistic Minister: Loretto O’Grady Carmel D’Arcy.

Altar Society Nora Flaherty Mary Walsh.

Reader for Church Maura Stewart.

Altar Servers: (B) Catherine Hanley Caitlin Page Fionnuala Hanley


Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament Sundays 2pm to 3pm in St. Brendan’s Church.


Sun. Dec. 10th SR 8.36am Set 4.17pm Last Quarter on Sun. Dec.10th at 7.51pm

Sun. Dec. 17th SR 8.43am Set 4.17pm New Moon on Mon. Dec. 18th at 6.30am


Fr. Kieran O’Rourke, T. 090 9749100, M. 087 2997956, E. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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