Volume 3 No. 17
Twenty years ago, on October 29th 1985, the first Community Council A.G.M. was held in the Mountshannon Parochial Hall. The formation of the Council, one of the first in Co. Clare, was largely due to two local men, Paddy Bugler and Mick Durack.
Mountshannon Community Newsletter
Statue of Mary for the Aistear
Popular devotion and personal spirituality at local wells are part of a tradition stretching back to the earliest societies in Ireland. Holy Wells were often associated with a special devotion to a local saint or the Blessed Virgin and frequently associated with cures for certain ailments. Some years ago, the Marian Shrine beside the Holy Well at the Aistear was destroyed. The statue of the Virgin Mary hadn’t been replaced since. Patsy Donnellan recently brought a new statue of the Virgin back from a pilgrimage to Medjugorje. The statue will be placed beside the Holy Well. More inside this newsletter.
Every blade of grass has its Angel looking over it, saying ‘’grow’’!
Community Council’s 20th Birthday
Twenty years ago, on October 29th 1985, the first Community Council A.G.M. was held in the Mountshannon Parochial Hall. The formation of the Council, one of the first in Co. Clare, was largely due to two local men, Paddy
each of these selected.
Public voting subsequently took place on March 13th. Ger Bugler remembers that the vote was based on the P.R. or Proportional Representation Sys-
Mick Durack: “I thought I would learn something to promote people working together”.
Bugler and Mick Durack. In early 1984, the late Paddy Bugler and Mick Durack received their Diplomas in Community Development after completing a course at Scarriff Community College. This course was run by U.C.G. in conjunction with Clare V.E.C. We recently asked Mick Durack why he dedicated his time and effort studying for the Diploma . He replied, “ I thought I would learn something to promote people working together” and this is exactly what he and Paddy Bugler achieved. A public meeting was held in February ’85 and was attended by members of the greater Mountshannon and Whitegate communities. The parish was then divided into five constituencies and representatives of
tem. John O’Holloran of Drewsboro Road, Scarriff, was the Presiding Officer. These were the original members elected: Michael Guerin (Chairperson) John Treacy (Vice Chairperson) Tom Hanley (Vice Chairperson) Veronica McKenna (Secretary) John Harvey (Treasurer) Tom Fahy (Treasurer)
Mary Jamieson (P.R.O.) Mary O’Brien (Organiser/Coordinator
Community Council’s 20th Birthday
Michael Durack (Organisaers/Coordinators)
Paddy Bugler R.I.P. Ger Bugler Alan McMahon Max Bogenberger Billy Burke Flannan Kennedy R.I.P. Mick Durack remembers that Community Council meetings in the early days would often continue late into the night. The minutes of the first A.G.M. outline the main issues raised. These included the urgent need for a sewage system for Mountshannon and the planned switchover to an automatic phone service. The minutes also mention that Whitegate and Mountshannon obtained annual priming grants of 150 pounds each. Whitegate purchased playground equipment and Mountshannon invested in its first village lawnmower! After a number of years, it became apparent that both villages had different needs and formed two individual Community Councils. The present Mountshannon Council members are: John Allen (Chairperson) Mary Moloney (Vice Chairperson) Paul Bugler (P.D.O.) Gerty Glennon (Secretary) Una Dooley (Assistant Secretary) Mary Muggavin (Treasurer) Michelle Hogan (Assistant Treasurer) Mark Wilson (P.R.O.)
The first Community Council Secretary: Veronica Bleach nee McKenna Marcella Cahill (Chair of Tidy Towns) John Tiernan Liam Waterstone Tom MacNamara. Public bodies recognise Community Councils as their elected area representatives. As such, Councils can apply to them for funding and grant aid. In June ‘85, the Council employed four people in Whitegate and Mountashannon under the then National Manpower S.E.S. In 2005 this has grown into employing ? FAS workers. Please read overleaf what has been achieved
Mountshannon Community Employment Scheme/ FÁS Review
November sees the end of the current FÁS Scheme and the start of the new one. The following has been achieved under the present scheme: General maintenance and ‘Tidy Towns’ duties included: Regular sweeping of all streets and paths; Mowing & strimming of all green areas & roadsides; Clipping & cutting back shrubs and hedges; Painting toilet block at harbour area; Washing windows at community hall; Replacing broken glass at community hall; General up-keep of community hall, Church grounds and Woodpark; Removing illegally dumped items from gates of Woodpark; Growing bedding plants from seed in green houses at Tom MacNamara’s; Planting out flowers (350 trays @ 50 plants per tray); Annual rotation of flower bulbs; Removing slime and green alga from slipways at swimming area; Erecting and installing Christmas tree and lights; Annual clearing of rainwater gullies. This year saw an expansion to training options at the scheme. Some of the courses ran included: Safe Pass course 360˚ Digger excavation course Better Gardening course Self improved book keeping course Labyrinth Layout course Willow hurdle making as a garden feature (inc. installation of fence to protect plants) Hedge laying Charcoal making Tree grafting for propagation and garden structures Plant propagation by layering, air layering and cuttings Apple tree pruning Reed bed systems and technologies (Artificial wetland foul water purification) Copper Work/Sculpture-as garden features (inc. installation of Vine leaf waterfall in Maze) This year also saw: Completion of ground works for the installation of lighting in the Aistear Park Refurbishment of the ‘Labyrinth’ area including installation of new flowerbeds, ring bed planted with hornbeam, planting of ‘Ogham’ trees and introduction of defined walkways. Projects taken on by FAS participants included: Production of numerous sketches, drawings and paintings of elements of the Aistear An accurate plan of the Maze Current planting plan displaying all plants in both common and botanical names (to be archived in park centre)
Notice of Community Consultation Meeting
The Mountshannon Community Council and the Iniscealtra Festival of Arts are organising a Community Consultation Meeting in the
Community Hall, Mountshannon
Wednesday, 26th October at 8.30 pm
The purpose of the meeting is:
1. To determine the need for a new purpose-built Community Centre incorporating a Community Arts Centre 2. To display and discuss the development plans for the harbour 3. To discuss other topics related to the area.
The plans for the harbour development will be on display for public viewing from 7 o’clock on the night
Your attendance at this meeting would be greatly appreciated
New Youth Club
A new Youth Club for children/ teenagers aged 12 - 15 started in Scarriff in mid August this year. Attendance has grown so rapidly that the Club’s meeting place at Brian and Joe’s Coffee Shop can no longer accommodate the numbers. Involved so far are close to 30 children from Scarriff and surroundings including kids from Whitegate and Mountshannon.
The club is hoping to move to the GAA hall in Scarriff shortly. As soon as this happens, the Club looks forward to welcoming new members any Thursday from 7.30 to 9.30 pm.
After School Programme for East-Clare Area at Raheen Wood Childcare Project
Raheen Wood Childcare Project, a community based childcare initiative, offers an after school care programme for children in the community from 4—14 years of age. After school care is provided from 1.00 to 6.00 pm. With the support of Equal Opportunities Funding from the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform, the Childcare Project has extended its hours and is developing its services within the wider community. Raheen Wood hosted its first Easter and Summer holiday programmes with great success, bringing in children from all over Ireland. The Raheen Wood Childcare Project creates a warm environment where the children can relax and feel at home. Within the setting we aim to work creatively through hands-on projects in a variety of areas including arts and crafts, outdoor and woodland activities, drama, music, puppetry. ‘Francesco’, the children’s opera, is the latest addition to the offerings of the Childcare Project workshops on Mondays. A half term week is planned for the November break, from Tuesday 1st to Saturday 5th November with woodland crafts and activities, including wood work and outdoor cooking. Christmas craft days will also be planned for the 19th to 21st December. Regular term time childcare is at the rate of E2.00 per hour. Special craft events will have material costs added. Holiday camps are E100.00 with 10% early booking discount and a further 10% discount for regular users. Concessions are available. Contact Peggy Boyle at 061 921494 for more information
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The Mountshannon Community extend their sympathy to Liam Perrill and family on the death of Liam’s cousin Jim Brogan, Tuamgraney.
Sympathy also to the Allen and McNamara families on the death of Seamus O’Farrell, Moynoe. The death took place recently of Br. Eamonn Cleary of Kilcooney, Whitegate.
Well known member of the Community, Joe Kavanagh died recently after a prolonged illness.
The sympathy and prayers of the Community are extended to all the families. May all the departed rest in peace.
Please remember in your prayers the late Ernie Berkenheier. The first anniversary of his death has just occurred. To mark the occasion, his sister Ingrid visited the oak tree at the harbour where his ashes were buried.
Welcome to Our World - Jodie Mary Ellen Perrill, daughter of Brian and Stephanie, who arrived on the 15th of August to the delight of parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles.
The Christening of Emma??? Waterstone took place recently at St. Caimin’s Church, Mountshannon. Congratulations to Niamh and all the family.
Congratulations also and best wishes to Sinéad Perrill, who celebrated her 21st on August 27th. A great night was had by family and friends in Tom Steele’s pub in Ennis.
closed in early September. A dinner in Noel’s was a guaranteed recipe for a highly enjoyable night out. The restaurant with its wonderful food and service will be sadly missed. Good luck to Noel, Josephine and family for the future.
Heartfelt thanks also to Patsy Donnellan, who recently resigned her position with the Community Council after many years of dedicated service.
Ger Hogan moved his Computer Store to new premises in Scarriff this month. We wish him every success in the future.
24 Hour Ambulance Campaign
At 8:00 pm October 17th At the GAA Hall, Scarriff
Driving for Sense
Day after day I witness multiple incidents of bad and dangerous driving and it is deplorable. These articles are intended to reach out to those people that may be unaware that they pose a potential hazard. (By Dave Mooney)
Many people seem to think that speed control zones are something to do with the Guards. Unfortunately they merely have the task of enforcing them because there are some people who have no respect for life or limb. Speed limit (control) zones are put in place by the County Council and are there to ensure the safety of those living and traversing that area. Take some time to examine the next 50k or 60k zone you go through. You will notice that they are always in more built-up areas, where cars park, several gateways or bad turns are to be found and most importantly where people are likely to be walking. Every time you put the foot down, in 50k and 60k zones especially, you are also putting someone else's life on the line! Fact! An average family car travelling at 35 mph will need an extra 21 feet (6.4 metres) to stop than one travelling at 30 mph. That's 93 feet. (Average car is 12 foot long and it takes 6 car lengths to stop at 30 mph). Here are more stopping distances for you:
Speed Thinking distance 20mph 30mph 40mph 50mph 60mph 1.5 car lengths 2.5 car lengths 3 car lengths 3.5 car lengths 4.5 car lengths
Braking Distance 1.5 car lengths 3.5 car lengths 6 car lengths 12.5 car lengths 13.5 car lengths
Total Stopping Distance 3 car lengths 6 car lengths 9 car lengths 13 car lengths 18 car lengths
Stopping distance = (Thinking time =
Thinking time + Breaking time Observation time + Assessment time + Decision making time + Reaction time) car you’re passing is going to pull out suddenly! Bang! You just got smashed into! You could either career across the road into something or someone, or, the car you’re passing will be blocked from pulling out and will hit the kid anyway. Who's to blame? You are! Why? Because you’ve decided that you’re a better driver
Overtaking someone already at the speed limit is dangerous and stupid. What happens if you are overtaking someone already doing 50k in the 50k zone when a child, pedestrian or other emerges from behind a parked car etc? Chances are, as well as breaking, the
Driving for Sense
than the one heeding the law and that your judgment is superior. Consider also that some pedestrian on the far side of the road may miss the fact that you have just pulled out around the lead vehicle and looking to their right while stepping out - obviously not expecting you on the wrong side of the road. Where do you go to miss them? This is also true of overtaking on bends. Think! Where does that guy on the inside go if something juts out into his path? What can you do about speeding? 1 . As a passenger you can ask the driver to slow down. 2. Remember that speed limits are a maximum, not a target. 3. Maintain the speed limits at all times. 4. Set realistic journey times. 5. Don't be pressurised by tailgaters to speed. 6. If you know a 'Speeder,' have a word with them! 7. Report speeding! To the Guards and, if known, to the insurance company of the offending party. “Why the insurance company?” you say. The Guards take speeders off the road, unwitting insurance companies keep them on it! Report speeding! Better points on a licence than pints at your wake!
Three month course starting Monday, 7th November 10.00 am till 11.30 am In the Unicorn’s Rest, Carrowar, Ogonelloe, near Scarriff Booking essential. For more info contact Vero @ 061 923953 (Cost: Є 100.00)
The Log Cabin - Derroran Bridge Likewise for more information on the Alfa Project ring 061 640798 Audrey Flynn Congratulations on the restart of the Mountshannon Community News. The Alfa Project is a full time, student-centered, education project for young people aged 13 - 16 years. Alfa stands for Active Learning for Adolescents. Alfa had its start in Mountshannon in 2001 in the Log Cabin at Derroran Bridge (also known as Mickey Two Taylors). Two years ago the Alfa Project moved to Scarriff so as to be more accessible to our students who come from all over East Clare. We still use the Log Cabin for a few weeks each term for outdoor education projects. For example the students reconditioned a small 12 volt windmill to generate electricity and took that project to the Young Scientists Exhibitin in 2003. The Log Cabin and its beautiful location is a very important part of the healthy, community based education we offer. However, it has been repeatedly broken into, vandalised and many things have been stolen like tools and books. As the property is so isolated, we would like to ask the help of the community in keeping an eye on it. If anyone has seen or notices anything untoward or suspicious at the Log Cabin, please ring Caroline on 061 927168 or 087 6287006. Alfa Project Administrator
Please send your letters to: Gerty Glennon, Secretary, Mountshannon Community Council, Main Street Mountshannon, before the 11th of each month or hand them into the Aistear office any Tuesday or Wednesday between 10 am and 1 pm.
To All Children and Parents in the East Clare Area, We are seeking around 20 children, aged 10-16, to perform the Children’s Opera ‘Francesco’. Plans to produce the Children’s Opera are being made by Monica Hannaford (under the auspices of Raheen Wood Childcare Project, Tuamgraney). Monica was recently involved in a production of the opera at Limerick’s St. Mary’s Cathedral during the University of Limerick’s Summer Music on the Shannon Programme. Monica has many years of experience as a teacher, as well as in the production of plays and children’s operas.
Francesco is a beautiful dramatisation of the transformative live of Francis of Assisi. Children’s opera is an innovative way in which to incorporate drama with song. Workshops/rehearsals began in late September, but new enthusiasts and latecomers are welcome and encouraged to make a Spring or Summer performance possible. Workshops incorporate singing, dramatic games and social enjoyment. No previous performing experience is necessary. For more details contact Monica Hannaford at 061 375391 or Peggy Boyle at 061 927257. Rehearsals/Workshops take place from October to May on Mondays, 4.00 to 5.30 pm , at Raheen Wood School, Tuamgraney. Hoping to see some of you there. Peggy Boyle Cappaduff
Eircom investing in completely rewiring the whole region. Not likely to happen any time soon. The solution…Wireless Broad band! 512 kbps always on connection and no need for a phone and all for about 35 euro a month. That would mean a lot to folk that only use their mobile phones and don’t want extra bills coming in. Wireless Broadband Systems seem to be the only way rural communities can attain such a network as we are not financially viable for private telecom companies to invest in the infrastructure. There is however a grant available from the Department of Communications, the Marine and Natural Resources. We would need to form an action group to qualify. A precedent was recently set in the area by Lough Graney Community Broadband Group, who received grant approval to build a wireless network for households and businesses in East Clare. I am collecting names of people interested in setting up our own Community Broadband group. Interested parties should contact Dave on 061-927991 or via firstname.lastname@example.org supplying their name, address and phone number. Contact details will not be passed on to any third party without consent.
Mountshannon web heads must (Broad) Band together?
Internet connection in our area can vary from 28 kbps to 115 kbps. It’s well beyond time we got Broadband! Of course our current phone system will not support DSL Broadband. This would require
Mary from Medugorje
Prior to the official opening of the Aistear on June 21st, 2000, the statue of Mary associated with space seven of the maze was purchased in Limerick by a local woman and presented as a gift to the Aistear from her family. As people will remember, it was a beautiful statue situated in the stone arbour in the Holy Well period of the maze. Over a year later, the statue was discovered completely broken and never replaced. However, on a recent trip with John Connor’s Borrisleigh group to Medugorje all this changed. Our pilgrimage group arrived in Medugorje on the night of the 2nd of September, 2005. We had travelled by bus from Dubrovnik , a three hour journey, which took us across three borders into Bosnia Herzegovina to the town of Medugorje. Looking out the window of the bus, a statue of Mary on the pavement outside a shop caught my attention. I knew immediately that it was for the Holy Well period of the maze in the Aistear. I felt that there was a special energy to the statue and that it had to be bought and installed in the maze for whatever was to emerge. The next day, my sister Mary and I began the pilgrimage programme. We also found time to visit the shop (owned by a local gentleman called Miro Bevanda) to look at the statue and to establish the cost of it. We spent our time in Medugorge taking part in all aspects of the pilgrimage and looking at other statues. Inherently we knew all the time ‘though that this was the one we had to bring back. Thursday the 8th of September was our last day in Medugorje. It was also Our Lady’s birthday and there were many celebrations - among them the Blessing of objects and artifacts before returning home. A group of us made our way to the shop to buy the statue. I did not have enough cash with me, but fortunately Michael McMahon and his mother Mary from Scariff, my sister Mary and myself were able to pool our resources. Off we went to Miro’s shop. The traditional bargaining concluded, we realised that we were a good distance from St. James Church where the blessing was to happen and the statue was too heavy to carry all the way. Someone had the idea of asking a priest to bless it and just then, coming towards us on the other side of the street, was a priest with a group of pilgrims. I crossed over, asked him did he speak English and explained our situation. It transpired he was Fr. McGrath, whose father had come from outside Ennis. He was reared in Ballina, Co. Mayo, and was now serving in Leeds in England. He was also more than delighted to bless our statue. His whole group crossed the road, the people in the shop came out and Fr. McGrath called every blessing imaginable onto the statue including a blessing and healing for anyone who passes it where it will rest in the Park. Needless to say, it was all great. It transpired that Miro, the shopkeeper had a number of friends in Limerick including Alan O’Donnell of Lyric FM. Miro told us to make contact with Alan O’Donnell so that he would mention the story on the radio and also perhaps visit the Aistear.
Mary from Medugorje
Miro is coming to Ireland in November and intends to visit Mountshannon and see where the statue is located. With the help and support of the Borrisleigh group, the statue was loaded on bus and plane and brought back to Ireland. The space where it will be located is being re-designed to create a safer environment in this area of the Aistear maze. May all the blessings that Fr. McGrath poured on it be extended to all those who pass it.
Mountshannon received 269 marks this year, making it the County Silver Medal winner in Category A of the competition. Gold and Bronze medals were awarded to Ennis and Kilrush respectively. Compared to last year (overall mark 268 points), we received one point more for Wildlife and Natural Amenities, one more for Litter Control and two more for Roads, Streets and Back Areas. However, three points were lost under the headings General Impression and Tidiness. To quote the report: ‘’Oak House and environs are in a very poor state, as is the stone building ….beside the Hotel, and the old forge building. And the corrugated-roofed building beside the Church of Ireland is turning into a black spot. It is to be hoped that the developer will soon complete the two unfinished properties on the main street.’’ Regarding these two properties, the report also states:‘’ The pavement/tree stump in front of the two unfinished buildings, already mentioned, should be removed as it is damaging the footpath.’’ And, on a more general note about Tidiness: ‘’There are a number of old properties in very poor condition, almost derelict, keeping your marks down in this category.’’ and ‘’There is, however, a litter-trap opposite the Pottery.’’ This summer, the Community Council made a submission as part of the Clare County Council Area Development Plan. Projects yet to be completed include: Upgrading of the Woodpark area; Erection of stone walls in key places around the village; A sculpture trail linking the harbour to the Aistear and the village; Upgrading of the facilities at the marina, including the toilet facilities and swimming areas; New paving for the Aistear to render it wheelchair friendly and more accessible to the elderly, prams and buggies; Lighting for the Aistear. Funding for some of these projects is already in place and the Community Council are currently in the process of trying to secure funding for the harbour area. One of the aims of the Community Council’s mission statement reads as follows: ‘’ To unify the community in a spirit of community service, neighbourliness and self-reliance, in working for the common good. ‘’ The Tidy Town’s adjudicators very much concurred with this when they concluded their report: ’’Mountshannon is one of the most attractive inland waterside villages known to this adjudicator, but nature is not the only cause: there is every evidence of very firm human minds and hands behind its first class development and maintenance.’’
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The next few weeks provide the greatest volume of edible plants, mushrooms and fruits. Now is the silly season for wild fruit particularly. Brewing is one practical use of these natural riches. Its relatively cheap and will get you out into nature for a bit. Why not stock your wine rack with your own country wines. Fruits such as elderberry, apple, blackberry, rosehip and hawthorn berry are in plentiful supply now. Here’s a simple recipe for blackberry wine.
You will need: Blackberries - 1.75 kilos Sugar - 1.5 kilos Water - 4.5 litres Wine Yeast Pectic Enzyme Polythene Bucket Nylon Sieve Demijohn Air Trap Pick the berries and immerse them in water to drive out any maggots. Rinse the fruit well, place them in a bucket, mash and then pour boiling water over the mash. Stir well and let cool to 21°. Add pectic enzyme to prevent the wine from clouding. (Pectin is desired in jam; not so in wine.) Cover closely and leave for 24 hours. Next day, add yeast and cover bucket
again. Leave for 4 to 5 days, stirring daily. Strain liquid through nylon sieve onto the sugar. Stir to dissolve the sugar and pour up to shoulder level into fermenting jar. (This brew is prone to overflowing so keep excess liquor in a wine bottle stopped with cotton wool until ferment quietens enough to top up demijohn to neck level. Also, blackberry can lose its colour in sunlight so wrap the demijohn in something or buy a brown glass one.) Leave until liquid clears and siphon to another demijohn. Avoid sucking up any sediment. When new sediment stops forming/activity stops, siphon to bottles, cork and leave for 6 months or more to mature. All equipment should be well sterilised throughout.
Your nearest homebrew supplier is at The Homebrew Centre, The Glen School, Killaloe, Co. Clare.
2 tbs margarine/butter 1/4 cup chopped green pepper 1 small onion, finely chopped 2 tbs flour Salt to taste (omit if using stock cubes) 2 cups chicken or vegetable stock 2 cups cooked and mashed pumpkin 2 cups milk 1/8 tsp thyme 1/4 tsp nutmeg 1 tsp chopped parsley Melt the butter or margarine in a large pan.
Beth Storey shares some seasonal recipes
This recipe serves six
Add green pepper and onion and sauté until soft but not brown. Blend in flour and salt. Add stock, pumpkin, milk and herbs. Cook, stirring occasionally until soup has slightly thickened. If you want, a cupful of cooked or tinned, chopped tomatoes is a great addition
This was lifted straight from an American cookbook and is offered unaltered and untested.
Scald in a double boiler: 2 cups of milk Combine in bowl: 4 egg yolks or 2 eggs beaten 1/8 tsp salt 2 cups mashed, cooked pumpkin 2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp nutmeg 1 tsp allspice 1/4 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp vanilla
Add to hot milk and cook for 4 minutes longer. Cool. Add: 1 cup cream 1 cup pecans or other nuts (optional) Pour into ice-cream machine and freeze.
Easy Apple Pie
Peel, core and chop your apples. Put in a pan with a little water (not too much) and a sprinkle of sugar. Stew until cooked and slightly mushy. Rub together: 10 oz flour and 5 oz butter or margarine until it looks like breadcrumbs. Bind with enough water to make a paste. Roll out enough of the pastry to line a greased dinner plate. Pile in the apple. Moisten the edges of the pasty with water. Roll on the remaining pastry and cover the apple. Press all around the edges to seal and trim the excess. Brush top over with milk or beaten egg, sprinkle on some sugar and use a fork to make a couple of vents in the top. Bake at gas mark 6 until pastry is golden brown.
Put your stewed apples into an ovenproof dish. Rub together 8 oz flour and 4 oz butter or margarine until it looks like breadcrumbs. Mix in 8 oz sugar Cover the apples with the mixture and bake at around gas mark 6 for approx. an hour. If you want to jazz up the recipes a little, you could add cinnamon, cloves or nutmeg to the apples when stewing.
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The Aistear Labyrinth
The Aistear Labyrinth was created in the autumn of 2002. It is constructed in the grass below the Maze on the Southern end of the Aistear. The pathway is cut at lawn level, while the higher grass creates the boundary of the path. The lunations were added in autumn 2004 and are made of two hundred and fifty hornbeam plants. The plants are trained on wire to create the cusps and foils, which are particular to the eleven circuit design of the Chartres Labyrinth. The lunations are the two third circles with cusps/points that comprise the outside ring of the Labyrinth. There are one hundred and eleven foils and one hundred and twelve cusps, which circle the outside ring of the Labyrinth in one unbroken unity, leaving the entrance or mouth of the Labyrinth clearly visible. Located in the quadrants of the Labyrinth are the labrys. These are the double edge symbols visible at the turns of the pathways, which are traditionally associated with femine power and creativity. There are ten labrys in the Labyrinth, which have been planted with white flowering winter heathers and seasonal flowers. Viewed from the entrance to the Labyrinth or from overhead, they form a cruciform. The centre of the Labyrinth is shaped in the design of a six-petalled rose. The rose is a symbol of Mary the Divine Mother and in the mystical tradition the rose is also a symbol of the Holy Spirit. Red roses have been planted in the rose-petalled shape and purple heathers define its centre. The Labyrinth design is sculpted in the rock at the centre of the ground Labyrinth. A clear crystal has been placed in its centre, symbolising the ancient knowledge and beauty inherent in this sacred pattern.
Scanned image of the painting of the Aistear Labyrinth by local artist Sean Durack
The Aistear Labyrinth
The Labyrinth is a universal symbol not attached to any faith or tradition and is known in most cultures of the world. The model used in the Aistear replicates the more complex medieval or Christian form used in the Chartres Cathedral in France, which dates back to the mid-thirteenth century. The Labyrinth is unicursal, meaning it has a direct path in to the centre, which leads back out to the entrance. In recent years, the Labyrinth has reemerged in many areas of the world including Ireland. Based on the circle which is the universal symbol for unity and wholeness, the Labyrinth can be walked to meditate, find guidance or as a means of celebration. There are three stages involved in the walking experience: purgation , illumination
The first stage involves letting go of unwanted thoughts, feelings or emotions. The next stage incorporates receptivity, while the third stage encompasses unity within oneself, spirit or mystery. While the experience of walking the Labyrinth is unique to each person, there is a process of integration along the journey that leaves one feeling transformed by the experience.
Suggestions for Walking the Aistear Labyrinth
1. Pause at the entrance of the Labyrinth. 2. Be conscious of where you are, the sounds, smells and how you feel. 3. Inhale and exhale until the mind is quiet. 4. Allow a question to arise with you. 5. Ask for guidance, step on the path and begin the journey. 6. Be aware of all aspects of the journey, the path itself, the twists and turns and how you feel. 7. Without judgment and with awareness walk the paths to the centre. 8. Pause and reflect in each of the six petals of the rose centre. 9. Rest and reflect before commencing the journey outwards. 10. Give thanks. 11. You can also walk for a friend.
The Samhain Labyrinth Walks will be held at: 6 pm 8 am 11 am 11 am - Monday 31st October - Tuesday 1st November - Tuesday 1st November - Wednesday 2nd November
You are invited to join in any or all of the walks in the Aistear Labyrinth. If you would like to arrange a group walk for November/December, please telephone 061 - 927237. It is advisable to wear boots or wellingtons as the grass may be wet.
If you wish to submit articles, letters or notices of interest to the local community, please write to Gerty Glennon, Secretary, Mountshannon, Community Council, Main Street, Mountshannon or call to the Aistear Office any Tuesday or Wednesday morning between 10 am and 1 pm.
Oct 15th Cois na hAbhna, Mountshannon: The best of craic with our three Limerick boys McNamara’s Bar, Scarriff: Night Club, 11.30 pm ‘til late Oct 17th Oct 20th Ryan’s Bar, Scarriff : Set Dancing, 9 pm - 11 pm Keane’s Bar, Mountshannon: Live session Mountshannon Hotel: Old Time Dancing with Richie Halpin, 9.30 pm—12.00 Oct 21st Midnight Court FILM Society, Astor Cinema, Scarriff :Facing Windows (La finestra di fronte) - Dir. Ferzan Ozpetek, Italy/ Turkey 2003, 106 mins, CLUB Lucas's Bar, Whitegate: Life music with Sandy and Allie Ryan’s Bar, Scarriff: Gary Dillon Oct 22nd Cois na hAbhna, Mountshannon: Cuisle McNamara’s Bar, Scarriff: Night Club, 11.30 pm ‘til late Ryan’s Bar, Scarriff: Disco Bar, 11 pm - 1 am Oct 24th Oct 27th Ryan’s Bar, Scarriff: Set Dancing, 9 pm—11 pm Mountshannon Hotel: Old Time Dancing with Peter Burke, 9.30 pm—12.00 Keane’s Bar, Mountshannon: Live session Oct 28th Ryan’s Bar, Scarriff: Gimini Lucas's Bar, Whitegate: Life music with Sean Hogan Oct 29th Cois na hAbhna, Mountshannon: Touché Ryan’s Bar, Scarriff: Halloween Party McNamara’s Bar, Scarriff: Night Club, 11.30 pm ‘til late
Oct 30th Cois na hAbhna, Mountshannon: Live music Ryan’s Bar, Scarriff: Disco Bar, 11 pm - 1 am Oct 31st Nov 3rd Ryan’s Bar, Scarriff: Set Dancing, 9 pm - 11 pm Keane’s Bar, Mountshannon: Live session Mountshannon Hotel: Old Time Dancing with Johnnie Barrett, 9.30 pm—12.00 Nov 4th Midnight Court FILM Society: Mariá Full of Grace - Dir. Joshua Marston, USA/Columbia/Ecuador 2003, 101 mins, 15A Lucas's Bar, Whitegate: Life music
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Mountshannon Hotel: Old Time Dancing with Kieran Fogerty, 9.30 pm—12.00 Keane’s Bar, Mountshannon: Live session
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Lucas's Bar, Whitegate: Life music Ryan’s Bar, Scarriff: Disco Bar, 11 pm - 1 am McNamara’s Bar, Scarriff: Night Club, 11.30 pm ‘til late
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Ryan’s Bar, Scarriff: Set Dancing, 9 pm - 11 pm Keane’s Bar, Mountshannon: Live session Midnight Court FILM Society: Coffee and Cigarettes - Dir. Jim Jarmush, USA/Japan/Italy 2003, 96 mins, 15PG Luca’s Bar, Whitegate: Life music with Sandy and Allie
Ryan’s Bar, Scarriff: Disco Bar, 11 pm - 1 am McNamara’s Bar, Scarriff: Night Club, 11.30 pm ‘til late
Nov 21st Nov 24th Ryan’s Bar, Scarriff: Sean Hogan Keane’s Bar, Mountshannon: Live session Luca’s Bar, Whitegate: Life music with Sean Hogan Nov 25th Cois na hAbhna, Mountshannon: Cuisle Ryan’s Bar, Scarriff: Pat Moroney Lucas's Bar, Whitegate: Life music Nov 26th McNamara’s Bar, Scarriff: Night Club, 11.30 pm ‘til late Ryan’s Bar, Scarriff: Disco Bar, 11 pm - 1 am Nov. 28th Ryan’s Bar, Scarriff: Set Dancing, 9 pm - 11 pm
Derek Malone Brings the Gold to Whitegate
In August of this year the Clare Champion nominated Derek Malone of Whitegate as the Sports Personality of the Month. Derek had just won a Gold Medal in the European Paralympics Championships 800 meter race in Helsinki.
Derek is now the reigning European Champion in his class for the 800 meters. He also won a Bronze Medal in the same competition. The achievement is all the greater for him since he has to meet the same standards and time in running as the Olympics . Derek will be training in South Africa for the next couple of months. Congratulations to Derek, his family and trainers for such a great accomplishment and every good wish for the future.
Contact has been made with a number of people involved in sports in the parish to try and publish a complete listing of forthcoming events, i.e. news, games, training and events in relation to sports activities in the parish. Unfortunately time did not permit a full report in this issue of the newsletter. For the November and subsequent issues we are seeking a contact/ liaison person, who will provide sports information on a regular basis. We will write to the various groups and organisations in the hope that each group will nominate a person willing to undertake this task.
An Cúpan Caífe, Mountshannon: Winter Opening Times - Breakfast 9 am 12 midday; Dinner 6 pm - 9 pm; Sunday Lunch - 12.30 pm - 2.30 pm. (Closed on Wednesdays) We cater for Christmas parties for groups of up to 25 people. For bookings contact Jane: 061 927275
Centra Supermarket, Scarriff: Hot and cold Deli counter, fresh fruit and veg, all your household needs. Open 7.30 am - 9 pm Mo to Sat; 8.30 am - 8 pm Sundays. Tel. 061 921000 Cois na hAbhna, Mountshannon: Bar and Lounge - live music, beer garden. Prop. Dara Madden. Tel. 061 927189 Derg Electronic Solutions, Moutshannon: Suppliers of agricultural and dog electronic insulators, electric wire rope & tape, repairs to most types of electric fences, industrial and agricultural electronic design and repair, computer repairs, upgrades and advice. Call Tom Allen @ 061 927196 East Clare Repair, Moutnshannon: Professional service & repair of domestic applicances– washing machines, dishwashers, cookers, vacuum cleaners fridges, freezers, kitchen appliances etc. Call Nard Slabbers 061 927439/0878291940 E. Doyle Motors, Mountshannon: Car sales—commercial and Four by Four, service and repairs, electronic wheel balancing. 9 am—6 pm Tuesday - Saturday. Tel. 061 927196 Guided Tours of Holy Island: From Mountshannon Harbour. Fishing boat and bike Hire. Postcards and local history books also for sale. Contact Gerard Madden on 061 921615 or 086 8749710 or E-mail: email@example.com
Banes Gift and Furniture Shop, Scarriff: Greeting cards, glassware, china, gifts for all occasions, toys and stationery. Photocopying & Fax Service available. Tel. 061 921077 B & B - O’Briens, Mountshannon: Prop. Josephine O’Brien. All rooms ensuite. Tel. 061 927496/e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Bridge Bar, Restaurant and B & B, Mountshannon: All rooms ensuite Food served daily from 12.30 - 9 pm. Tel. 061 927319 Caroline’s Beauty Secrets, Main Street, Scarriff: Waxing, Eyelash Tinting, Eyebrow Shape and Tint, Wedding and Party Make-Up, Mini Facials, St. Tropez False Tan, Pedicures, Aromatherapy Back Massage, Manicures, Nail Shapes and Paints. Call Caroline on 087 7615845 Callura Pottery Shop, Mountshannon: Unique glazed and unglazed pottery made on the premises in Mountshannon. Lamps, bowls, mugs, jugs, oil-burners, clocks, candle holders, numerous items gift boxed. Lovely range of coloured candles including scented candles. All price ranges. For all your gift ideas, weddings, anniversaries, birthdays etc. Tel. 061 927909
Hogan Computer Services, Scarriff: Suppliers of computer hardware and software, PCs, printers, modems, fax machines, scanners, digital cameras, phones, Playstations. Scanning, printing, faxing, photocopying and laminating services available and computer repair service. Upgrade and maintenance contracts. Tel: 061 922044: Fax 061 922047 E-mail: email@example.com Hogan’s Insurances, Mountshannon: For competitive rates on Life Assurance, Education Policies or Home Insurance contact Noel Hogan at 061 927120. Hogan Insurance is regulated by the Irish Financial Service Regulatory Authority as a Multi Agency Intermediary. Joey Kavanagh, Top Class Meats, Deliscatessen, Scarriff: No order too small or big. Deep Freeze Specialist. Prime Baby Beef, Pork and Lamb. All our beef is locally produced. Home and Mild Cured Bacon. Roast Stuffed Chicken and Fresh Chicken. Pizzas made to order. Homemade Coleslaw and all Bar-B-Q food. Tel. 061 921698 Keane’s Bar and Lounge, Mountshannon: Enjoy a refreshing drink in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Groceries, Off-license, Kosan gas, briquettes, coal, Newsagents, stationery, postcards and stamps. Music every Thursday night. Tel. 061 927214 MacRuaidhri’s Restaurant, Scarriff: Open Wed to Sat from 6 pm. Sundays from 12.30 pm. Menus available: - 5 course, 4 course or 3 course Table d’Hote. All occasions catered for. Tel. 061921999 Mountshannon Hotel: Bed & Breakfast, food served all day, function room for all parties and celebrations, Old Time Dancing every Thursday night. Bookings taken now for Christmas parties. Contact Pauline or Mike at 061 927162 O’Brien’s Foodstore, Mountshannon: Service Station and Post Office - Coal, gas, briquettes, wines, Cuisine de France, Deli-counter, Kodak films, magazines, stationery. No videos. Open Mon-Sat 9 am - 8 pm/ Sundays and Bank Holidays 9 am - 7 pm. Tel. 061 927444 Gerry Quinn Car Sales Ltd., Scarriff: All makes of new and used cars. Car valeting and servicing. Hours of buiness: Mo - Fri 9.30 am to 6 pm/Sat 10 am to 5 pm. Viewing can also be arranged by appointment. Tel. 061 922004/087 6000100 Treacy’s Service Station, Scarriff: For best quality petrol, diesel, oils, Calor gas and Calor appliances. Fishing tackle, bicycle sales and repairs., car tyres, batteries and motor accessories. National Lottery and Lotto agent. Tel. 061 921014
Woodpark Golf Course and Pitch
Tuohy’s of Coose, Whitegate: Builders Providers - timber merchants, plumbing supplies, agri suppliers. Tel/Fax: 061 927004. Auctioneers - valuations, land sales, house sales. www.tuohyauctioneers.com. Funeral Directors - complete funeral arrangements, funeral homes. Tel. 061 927004, 087 2754035 & Putt, Mountshannon: 9 Hole Parkland Golf Course, 18 Hole Championship Standard Pitch & Putt Course. Green fees for the day. Membership available. Tel. 061 921460
Buy & Sell
Lakeboat and four horsepower Yamaha engine for sale. Contact: 085 7476737 Haylage , Minibailes Class 1 now available. Contact Even Robinson @ 061 927423
Hearse for sale. Phone 061 927214 Wanted: Copper Cylinders - Cash waiting. Call Mark @ 061 927456
For your advertisement to be included, please call to the Aistear office any Tuesday or Wednesday morning between 10.00 am and 1.00 pm or call Martina @ 087 7607978. Images, logos and photos can be included if you provide them on C.D. or ‘floppy’ disc. Prices: E 7.00 quarter page ad/E 12.00 half page/E20.00 full page/E 2.00 Buy & Sell
Next Newsletter: 15th November
Please submit your entries before Friday 11th November
Gerry Quinn Car Sales Ltd.
Mountshannon Road, Scarriff, Co. Clare Tel. 061 922004/Mobile 087 6000100
Monday - Friday: 9.30 am to 6.00 pm Saturdays: 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
All Makes of New and Used Cars Car Valeting & Servicing
Viewing can also be arranged by appointment
Public and Social Services
St. Caimins Catholic Church Mass Times: Weekly 9 am Sundays Wednesdays 7 am First Friday Saturdays 7 pm of the Month Church of Ireland Services: First three Sundays of each month in Mountshannon Scarriff Medical Centre - 061 921123 Office Hours: Mo.to Fri 9.30 am - 6 pm Surgery Hours: Mo to Fri 9.30 am - 1 pm Sat 10.00 am - 1 pm Optician: Dentist: Mountshannon: Mo from 3.30 pm Pharmacy - O’Meara’s, Scarriff - 061 921028 In emergencies, phone the above number Garda Station Mountshannon - 061 921002 Opening Hours: Garda Station Scarriff - 061 92... Opening Hours: Mo to Fri Garda Staion Killaloe - 061 376242 Opening Hours: 24 Hour Service Vetinary Services - 061 92…./Vet on Duty 086 2577741 Surgery Hours: Mo to Fri 9.30 am - 6 pm Sat 9.30 am - 1.30 pm Post Office - O’Brien’s Foodstore - 061 927444 Opening Hours: Mo to Fri 9 am - 1 pm Sat 9 am - 1 pm Scarriff Amenity Centre - 061 921735 Opening Hours: Mo, Tue & Th 2 pm - 6 pm Fri 2 pm—8 pm Sat 12 noon—6 pm Scarriff Library - 061 921741 Opening Hours: Mo 10 am - 1 pm Wed 3.30 am - 8 pm Fri 10 am - 2 pm Derg Credit Union, Scarriff - 061 921383 Opening Hours: Mo, Tue & Th 10 am - 5 pm Wed 10 am - 1 pm Fri 10 am - 8 pm The Samaritans - 065 6829777 Telephone Service Day or Night Senator Tim Dooley, Constituency Office - 061 640640 Fire Brigade, Scarriff - 061 92 Ambulance Service, Scarriff - 061 92 East Clare Accessible Transport - ECAT - 061 924375 10 am 7 pm
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