Shrule Community Newsletter March 17 2013

Shrule Community Newsletter

Saturday March 17 2013 / Volume 1, Issue 2 / Cost: 20 cent

c/o Information Hub, Shrule Community Centre, Shrule, Co. Mayo.

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In this Issue:

1. Local News         2. Announcements: community initiatives

3. Announcements: community / private initiatives   4. Shrule Community Centre

5. Sport                           6. Local Culture & History




Shrule Community Newsletter

This issue of the Newsletter is sponsored by the Shrule St. Patrick’s Day Committee.

37th St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2013 Prize Categories

1. Most Traditional

2. Most Topical & Humorous

3. Solo

4. Vintage

5. Commercial Category


Jack Reynold’s Cup

Overall Best:  Jack Reynold’s Cup+€200


Category Prizes

1st Place >  €50

2nd Place > €50

3rd Place > €50


The trophies for all the Prize categories are now on display in Mrs. Teresa Greaney’s window. The Parade Committee would like to thank Teresa for her year-on-year cooperation and support in displaying these trophies

There will also be medals for all the youth who participate in the Parade. For any enquiry or any additional information about our Parade, please contact Ger Murphy 087-6406139 or Vincent Walsh 087-2499686.


St. Patrick’s Day Line Draw

Lines for €2 will remain on sale all next week in our local shops, pubs and Post Office. You are kindly asked to support this fund raising initiative. Winners will be announced in Gibbons’ Bar on Saturday night March 23. Thank you.


Sponsored Prize / Most Imaginative Dressed Child.

The Shrule Community Newsletter will sponsor a prize of an Easter Egg to the child with the most imaginative St Patrick’s Day costume. The winner will be announced in the Community Hall after the Parade has ended.


St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2013 Grand Marshal

The Grand Marshal for our 37th St. Patrick’s Day Parade is Mr. Joe Murphy Shrule. We wish him all the very best.


Beannachtaí lá Fhéile Phádraig daoibh go lear!

The Shrule St. Patrick’s Day Committee & the Shrule Community Council would like to extend its very best wishes to all for St. Patrick’s Day 2013.




Shrule Community Alert


To once again remind everyone, the Shrule Community Alert Group was set up on Monday 25th Feb 2013.


The Committee Members were elected as follows:

Chairperson Seamus Lohan, Dalgan Rd.

Secretary Sarah Reilly, Carheen

Assistant Secretary Bridget Mellett, Mochara

Treasurer Bert Cawley, Dalgan Rd.

Assistant Treasurer Anthony Derrig, Kilmaine Rd.

PRO Mike Tiernan, Kilmadaugh


In case of emergency the following numbers may be useful:

Claremorris Garda Station 094-9372080 (Available 24 Hours)

999 or 112 should be dialled in the case of a serious Emergency.

We ask people to remain vigilant in their homes and if anything suspicious occurs in your area please contact Claremorris Garda Station where phones are manned day and night.

In the near future a community alert meeting will be held in Shrule Community Centre. Events regarding Shrule Community Alert Group will be discussed; this meeting will be open for all to attend.




1. “Lollys and Robins” Montessori

Lollys and Robins Montessori Preschool, Shrule (Est. 2006).

Now taking bookings for Sept 2013.

Free Preschool Year plus half hour extra free every day. Purpose built Playground. Bright, clean, welcoming environment. Staff with Fetec Level 6 in Childcare. For more information and photos find us on:

Facebook – Lollysandrobins Preschool or Phone Elayne: 093-31928 or 087-6850705.


2. Health and Wellness

Health and Wellness business looking for positive, self motivated individuals or couples to join us in an expansion programme in your area. Full training given. Full and part time positions available. For more information and to arrange an interview, call: 087-7448722.



4. SHRULE COMMUNITY CENTRE  – for room bookings call Noreen @ 087-3524096


Shrule Community Centre – St. Patrick’s Day Events

After the Parade today, a number of events will take place in the hall:

1. A dance performance by the Ann Gibbons Dance School

2. The announcement of the winner of the most imaginative dressed child

3. A slide show of Shrule St. Patrick’s Day parades from 2008 in the front room

4. Complimentary tea & coffee will also be available during the slide show




Shrule-Glencorrib GAA Club


South Mayo O’Mara Cup:

Mar 10             Garrymore 1-12            2-06 Shrule-Glencorrib

U-16 League Division 3 (13A/S):

Mar 16              Shrule-Glencorrib V Balla > a draw

Upcoming Fixtures

1. South Mayo O’Mara Cup

Sun Mar 24 @ 12:00      Mayo Gaels V Shrule-Glencorrib in Mayo Abbey

2. U-16 League Division 3 (13A/S)

Tue Mar 26 @18:30       Ardnaree V Shrule-Glencorrib    in Ardnaree


Championship Draw – Treanlaur Group 2

Teams: Ballintubber, Shrule-Glencorrib, Claremorris, Ballina

Round 1: [25 or 26 May]                        Ballina V Shrule-Glencorrib

Round 2: [22 or 23 June]                        Ballintubber V Shrule-Glencorrib

Round 3: [6 or 7 July]                 Shrule-Glencorrib V Claremorris

Breaffy House JFC Group 2

Teams: Louisburgh, Balla, Ballycroy, Castlebar, Shrule-Glencorrib, Lacken

Round 1: [01 or 02 June]                        Shrule-Glencorrib V Lacken


Shrule-Glencorrib Club Lotto > Results & Information

Mon Mar 04 Numbers: 03, 06, 18, 22 > RESULTS: No Jackpot winner

Lucky Dip winners €30 each: John McTigue, Kille & Michaela Browne, Caherlistrane.

Annual Subscribers Lucky Dip winners €30 each: Sean Frehan, Gurteens &

John Toher, Glencorrib.

Next draw in Gibbons’s Bar on Mon 18 March for a Jackpot of €6,000.

Next Ticket Sellers Shrule: Alan & Conor O’Dowd, Kieran Walsh & Ronan Walsh.




Shrule’s Two Churches

St. Colman’s Church

Teampall Cholmain, the impressive ecclesiastical ruin standing imperiously on the highest point in Shrule Cemetery shares the same name as one of our oldest saints, Naomh Colman Mac Duagh who was born in Kiltartan Co Galway circa 550. The son of a local chieftain he became a priest and went to study on the largest of the Aran Islands, Inish Mór, in the community set up by Naomh Éanna. Colman is associated with two churches on the island, both bearing his name, Teampall mór Mhic Duagh & Teampall beg Mhic Duagh. He later went to live in the Burren where he established his monastery at Kilmacduagh.

“The great parish church of Shrule, known as Teampall Cholmain, is attributed to the descendants of the great Turlough O’Connor … [and is] built in the Gothic style. Its immense size emphasises the importance it held among the great parish churches of the period. It was built between 1170 and 1230, and on the very same site as that of an earlier one, and on the very ground where it is said St. Patrick planted his crozier.” (Source: Shrule 2000 – a profile pp.9-10). For, “(T)radition has it that St. Patrick on his westward journey crossed the Black River here by its well-known ford [and] then near it was [later] built a large … church dedicated to St. Colman.” (Ibid.p.14). Shrule can thus hold some claim to having a Patrician influence in its Christian origins (Ibid.p.16).


St. Joseph’s Church

According to the same source (Shrule 2000) the original church, the second oldest in the diocese, was erected on land donated by the Kirwan family of Dalgan Park, Shrule around 1832. The Kirwan’s also contributed £1,300 towards the work. Later in the century, in 1876, major reconstruction work was carried out and in that same year the church was dedicated to the Blessed Virgin. The marble altarpiece was presented to Shrule by T. Martyn Esq.

In 1938-39 a new 65 feet high tower was added when Fr. Feeney was P.P. The church was then re-dedicated to St. Joseph by Dr. Browne, Bishop of Galway that year, 1939. The sanctuary was changed after the Second Vatican Council. This work was carried out under the direction of Fr. Kyne P.P. in 1966. Fr. Rooney P.P. undertook the carpeting of the church and sanctuary in 1989.

This Church was originally built as a Protestant chapel, but it was not used due to a lack of parishioners. It was instead given to the Roman Catholics of the community when the thatched roof of Teampall Cholmain was burned down. The main door of the new church was on the Kilmaine side of the building and has since been blocked up, but a decoration, consisting of three balls placed in a triangle above the door, can still be seen. As this decoration is a freemason sign and cannot normally be found on a Catholic Church, it seems to support the original stated intentions for the usage of the building (Source: Shrule 2000 – a profile pp.8-9).

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