Fifth Sunday of Lent March 18th 2018


Last week's newsletter for March 11th


RIP:Fr. Rody Gorman, Archdiocese of Los Angeles USA & formerly Derryoober. Fr. Rody gave 60 years and more ministering as a priest in Los Angeles. May he rest in peace.


Congratulations to Gary Conroy, Woodford & Claire Doggett, Trim Co. Meath who celebrated the Sacrament of Marriage on Friday Mar. 2nd last. We wish them ‘Ad Multos Annos” and every joy and Blessing in their future married life.


Like or Love Singing? New Choir members always welcome in Looscaun for Sunday Mass at 11am.


Station Masses for Spring: If you would like to host a Station Mass in Woodford this Spring, please contact Fr. Kieran on 090-9749100 at your convenience. Having the opportunity to have Mass in your home with your neighbours and family has a long tradition in the parish but can only continue with everyone’s help

Tommy Larkins GAA Lotto . 1-11-21-29 Match 3; Galway Hospice Draw this Sat .Mar. 17th in O’Connor’s Moyglass Jackpot 2,100 euro

Fundraiser in aid of Temple Street Children’s University Hospital, Dublin. Help Cara Leonard say Thank You to Temple Street.

Table Quiz on Fri. Mar. 23rd at 8pm in Elsie’s, Woodford.

Night of Music on Sat. Mar. 24th at 8pm in Elsie’s Woodford featuring Monster Raffle. Tickets 5 euro. Donations are welcome. Paula 087-4103946/ Niamh 086-8459064 for info.


Tommy Larkins Cards 1st Enda Felle and Denis Lyons on 9 Games. Joint 2nd Liam Hanley/Michael Gorman and Thomas Sheil/Brendan Brudan on 6 games. Next Week's Jackpot €140 for 13 games.


Croí: As part of Tommy Larkin's GAA Club Health and Wellbeing Programme the Croí team will return to the Clubhouse on Thursday next 22nd March 7pm to 9pm to cover topics relating to nutrition and stress management. This final session is designed to improve health and wellbeing in the Community. If you missed last week then make sure to come along - for those who attended the last session there will be additional information available so take advantage of this opportunity to keep your community healthy. Everyone is welcome to this free event funded by Galway County LCDC in partnership with Croí.


Shragh 6KM – Run/Jog/Walk on Sunday 15th April at 1pm. Starting from Shragh Community Centre. Registration 12.00pm – 12.45pm. Entry: Adults €10/Children €5. Family Discounts…. . FREE entry with Sponsorship Card (Minimum €10 per card).Digital Clock at Start/Finish. Refreshments afterwards. All proceeds for upkeep and maintenance of Shragh Community Centre. For Sponsorship Cards and Enquiries phone or text Mary @ 087 6152668.


Trocaire Boxes available in Church Porches. Please take home one with you to use during Lent


In preparation For The World Meeting of Families Parishes are holding a few gatherings during Lent to chat about family life in general and how we might celebrate the WMOF this coming August which it is hoped will include a visit by Pope Francis. These gatherings for the next few weeks will be hosted by Moyglass National School each Tuesday beginning this Tue. Feb. 20th at 8pm. A video showing/cup of tea will be part of these gatherings. All are welcome.


Donations required for Vincent de Paul shop Portumna. Good quality clothes, brick a brac, household etc. open 12 to 4 Wednesday to Saturday.


Rachel Allen cookery demonstration in Shearwater Hotel on Wednesday 21st March at 8pm. Tickets available from local shops, Shearwater Hotel, Tom 086 8345062, Orla 086 8373895


Table Quiz - Good Friday 30th March - Shragh Community Centre - 9pm - hosted by the Looscaun Ladies Club. Tables of 4 X €10 per person. Spot prizes & Raffle , Tea/Coffee served . Proceeds to Ladies Club & Cancer Care West. Locally made crafts also on display that night.

Boat Trip on the Corrib Princess - Sunday 27th May - bus leaving Looscaun Church car park 1pm to Woodquay Galway for 2.30pm sailing. Arriving back to Woodquay 4pm then two hours free time before meeting at 6pm at Park House Hotel, Foster Street - for 3 course meal. Bus back to Looscaun 7.30/8 pm. Organised by the Looscaun Ladies club but not confined to Ladies - everyone welcome. Limited places available €50 pp phone Maura at 086 8564272 to book your place.

Looscaun Ladies Club - "Styling night" part two. Shragh Community Centre - Wednesday 4th April 8-10pm. As a follow-on from our very enjoyable styling night held recently, we a having a second Styling night hosted by Fashion Stylist Anne Marie Gallagher, with tips on what to wear for your individual body shape and much more.

Davitts C.C will hold a clothes collection on Friday 30th & Saturday 31st March at Duniry pitch. Bags will be accepted between 7pm -9pm on Friday 30th March and between 10am -12pm on Saturday 31st March at Duniry pitch All clean clothing , household textiles i.e. curtains, towels, soft toys , shoes, handbags ,belts are accepted. No mobile phones & laptops. So get Spring cleaning!!

Sleep Out for Galway Simon: Portumna Firefighters are sleeping out on Thur,. Mar. 22nd at Portumna Fre Station from 7pm to 7am. To raise awareness & raise funds to tackle homelessness in Co. Galway, Galway County & City Firefighters are sleeping out to experience for one night what many people in Ireland face every day. Your support is greatly needed. You can sponsor a Portumna Firefighter, call to us on the night & donate or give on the just giving page:

30th Galway Abbey/Duniry Scout group; have been serving the community for over 10 years and have just opened a new Den in Woodford. The group are now accepting applications for new members. If you are aged between 6-18yrs and you would like to "join the adventure", then we would love to hear from you. Please call Valerie on 0868202577 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an application form

Rearranged SE Galway A & H Society lecture on Tue. Mar. 20th at 8pm in Portumna Workhouse. 

 St. Joseph’s N.S, Woodford Enrolment forms for September 2018 are now available for collection. If you wish to enrol your child please return completed application form to the School.

 Charity Race Night: Family Carers Ireland will hold a fundraising Race Night followed by Karaoke in The Auld Triangle, Loughrea on Friday 23rd March, 2018 at 8.00pm.

MC for the night will be Galway Bay FM’s Ollie Turner. All funds raised will be used to support those caring for a loved one at home. For further information please telephone (091) 880418.


The rearranged South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society lecture by Donal Boland takes place on Tuesday March 20th at 8pm at the Workhouse. In this lecture, Donal looks at the personal journey of people during the Great Hunger through the illustrations of the period.


Foyer of Charity Silent Retreat:

Theme: “If you but knew the gift of God...”

Preached by Fr. Kilian Byrne

Venue: April 2nd to 8th. Esker Retreat centre, Athenry, Co. Galway. Cost:

380 full board

Contact: Helen : 086 1678027, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The retreats address those who search for God, or who wish to grow in their

life of faith and prayer.

Earth Hour 24th March 8.30pm-9.30pm. Each year Earth Hour is a time when we are invited to switch off all lights for one hour. Earth Hour is now celebrated in over 180 countries and millions of people take part each year. This is a gesture of our care for creation and is the world’s largest demonstration of support for action on Climate Change. Put the date in your diary! See

Plastic Waste: Sat. 10th March 10am-1pm at An Gáirdín, Portumna with Dr. Anne Marie Mahon plastics researcher with GMIT. Anne Marie will identify the various forms of plastic, plastic fragments, fibres and micro beads and lead a discussion on searching for positive actions in the face of what has become a serious problem. Cost €5 Booking at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Phone 0872845443

Free Creative Writing Course At Loughrea Family & Community Resource Centre starts Thursday April 19th 10.30 - 12.30 for 6 weeks. Due to the popularity of this course we recommend early booking as numbers will be limited to 10 participants, ph. 091 871149

Web Design, Digital Imaging / Photos, Touch Typing courses all starting soon at Loughrea Family Resource Centre, please call 091 871149 to register your interest.

Killimor camogie club are holding bingo on Good Friday March 30th in Killimor Community Centre at 8pm, guaranteed jackpot of €250 on the night!

Estación Inglesa Junior summer camps for teenagers and would like to recruit young native English speaking volunteers (13-17 year old)The aim of the programme is for Spanish teenagers to practice English while having a good time with native English speakers their own age.More information can be found on our website at: summer we are running two programmes:16-22 July 2018 23-29 July 2018


St John the Baptist Church, Woodford.

Masses this Week, Tue 7.30pm Fri. 7.30pm Sat.7pm

Saturday Mar. 17th 7pm John & Lucy Donnelan, Rea. Michael Keon, Derrygoolin.

Tuesday Mar. 20th 7.30pm Mick Starr, Woodview (5th Anniv.)

Friday Mar. 23rd 7.30pm Joe Torpey, Derrygoolin.

Saturday Mar. 24th 7pm Sean Conroy, New York & Derrygill (Months Mind)

Irene & Raymond Keary, Woodford. James & Mary McNamara, Cappa.

Eucharistic Ministers: Padraig Loughrey Pat Lyons .

Altar Society: Team 3 Wiltrude Dull Mary Gorman Chris Kelly

Reader for Church: Maureen Conway. .

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


St. Brendan’s Church, Looscaun

Masses this Week, Mon & Wed.9.30am Thur. 8am Sat. 11am Sun. 11am

Sunday Mar. 18th 11am Mass for People of the Parish.

Sunday Mar. 25th 11am Michael & Kathleen Conway, Douras.


Eucharistic Minister: Eamon Whelan Bridie Flanagan

Altar Society Nora Flaherty Mary Walsh.

Reader for Church Michael Walsh

Altar Servers: (B) Catherine Hanley Fionnuala Hanley


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


Sun. Mar. 18th SR 6.41am Set 6.43pm New Moon on Sat..Mar. 17th at 1.12pm

Sun. Mar. 25th SR 7.24am Set 7.56pm First Quarter on Sat.. Mar. 24h at 3.35pm


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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Woodford/Shragh Defibrillator 087-346150