Parish Newsletter

24th/25th March 2018: Palm Sunday – Summer time begins (Clocks forward 1 hour)

Eucharistic Ministers for Next Week: (31st March/1st April)

Vigil Mass 8.00 p.m.: Norma McKeon, Mary O Brien, Grace Fitzgerald

Sunday 11.00 a.m.: John Culhane, Marie McKenna

Holy Thursday: Betty Brown, Betty Ann McSweeney, Mike Fennell

Good Friday: Denis Flaherty, Fiona Moore

Readers for this week: Saturday Vigil: John Healy

                                          Sunday 11.00 a.m.: John Prendergast

Holy Thursday: Nicola Cunningham

Good Friday: Eufrocina Clemente, Ciara Shine

Readers for next week: Saturday Vigil: Paul Curley/Nodlaig Adams

                                           Sunday 11am: Saoirse Culhane

Altar Servers This Week: Saturday:  Darragh, Fearghal & Orliath Leahy

                                             Sunday: Zuzia Palys, Olivia Palys.

Holy Thursday: Anna Daly & Ella O Connor

Good Friday: Breean Cunningham & Danielle McKenna

Altar Servers Next Week: Saturday: Jack Adams, Donnadh Daly, Luke Buckley, Cian Hogan

                                             Sunday: Breean Cunningham, Sionna Cunningham

Glin Red Cross Defibrillator No: 0876230032

Easter Services as follows:

Monday 26th March:     Mass at 10.00 a.m. & Confessions

Tuesday 27th March:     Mass at 10.00 a.m. & Confessions

Wednesday 28th March:Mass at 10.00 a.m. & Confessions

Mass of Chrism in St. John’s Cathedral, Limerick at 7.00 p.m.  The Holy Oils are used for Baptism, Confirmation and for the sick.

Thursday 29th March:  Evening Mass of The Lord’s Supper at 7.00 p.m. and Holy Hour will follow.

Friday 30th March:        Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 3.00 p.m.

Alternative: Good Friday: Meditation on the Passion of Our Lord: The Knights Walk at 4pm. Stations of the Cross led by Fr. Crawford.

                                        Stations of the Cross at 7.00 p.m.

Saturday 31st March:     Blessing of Food at 12.00 – The Polish Community

Saturday 31st March:     Easter Vigil Mass begins at 8.00 p.m. with the Easter Fire.

Sunday 1st April:            Easter Sunday Mass at 11.00 a.m.

Notes in Local Papers: If you would like a note in The Observer or The Limerick Leader please email your notes to by 7pm Sunday night to ensure publication for the coming week.

Mind Your Mental Health Training Workshop: An opportunity to reflect on mental health and to learn strategies to enhance wellbeing – presented by West Limerick Mental Health Association. The Workshop takes place on Thursday 5th April in the Longcourt House Hotel, Newcastle West. The Mind Your Mental Health workshop is of interest to anyone who wishes to learn more about looking after their mental and wellbeing. Places are are FREE but limited – to book a place please contact Alice on 087-7515564

Dancing with the Stars Local Connection: Teresa Culhane’s niece is on through to the final which will be shown on RTE 1 on Sunday – vote for Anna & Kai on Sunday night!  Best of luck Anna!!!

Enrolment forms: Applications for enrolment for the school year 2018/2019 are now available from both our Primary Schools.

Glin ICA: wish to thank everyone who contributed so generously to their annual Church Gate Collection for Milford Hospice, amount collected €1,170.45

GLIN TIDY TOWNS: Good Friday is the county clean-up day of our roads and byways of rubbish and litter.  This is a shout out to all the wonderful volunteers who come out and help to clean up our town lands and approach roads of all litter and rubbish.  Bags are available from Peg at the Library and also from Marie Fitzgerald. If you do a clean-up before Good Friday you can drop full bags to the Courthouse for Collection. Only official TLC bags can be used.  Anyone who wants to join the clean up on the day, we will be meeting at the tennis court at 11 am.  Looking forward to another successful clean up.


Spring is upon us and it’s the time of year again for CFR (Cardiac First Responder) and Defibrillator Training.  The first course of the season will be on Saturday 7th APRIL in Conway’s function room, Glin.  Please contact Marie on 0868691821 if you would like to be trained and to have your name included.  The course will begin at 10.30 and will finish up approximately 3pm, with a break for lunch around midday.  The cost of the course is being retained at the low cost of €25. This course is certified by the Irish Red Cross and certification lasts for two years.  CPR – the vital link in the chain of survival.

Going Strong Club: will be held at the usual place on 26th March at 2.00 p.m.  All welcome.

World Meeting of Families 2018: Are you going to World Meeting of Families 2018 in Dublin this August??  Here’s everything you need to know. REGISTER FOR WMOF2018. Attendance at all World Meeting of Families 2018’s events – August 21-26th 2018 – will require tickets/registration.

Check out for video on how to Register or contact a member of Glin Parish Pastoral Council for further info and check out our FB Page

PILATES WITH MARK:  The last block of 6 consecutive Pilates based exercise classes will commence on Wednesday, March 28 at 7.15pm in Cloverfield Day Care Centre.  Cost of the classes €45.  This is however subject to numbers so please call Mark on 087 779 8437 if you are interested in attending.

EASTER PONY CAMP:  Streamside Stables Beginner Camp: March 27 and 28 at 10am.  Novice Camp: March 29 and 30 at 10am.  Booking essential 087 957 6481

GOOD FRIDAY SOUP KITCHEN: The Good Friday Soup Kitchen takes place in Tarbert on Friday, March 30.  All proceeds this year will go to Caroline Martin and her children, Tieraclea, Tarbert, following the tragic death of her husband, Pat Martin in a recent accident.

Dog Fouling: Anyone walking the path to Tarbert with their dog/dogs can you PLEASE CLEAN UP after they do their business. The path is a disgrace with dog fouling. Bags available FREE from PEG at the LIBRARY.

       “Hamilton Villa”  ….Parochial House . situated at the West end of Hamilton Terrace . Glin

The Parochial House was built around 1820 and has been the home of the Parish Priest of Glin until Fr. Madigan retired in 2005. He remained living there until 2016. A survey by Punch Consulting Engineers in 2015 concluded that it was too large for one person and would need a substantial investment to bring it up to modern standards. It is a Protected Structure and would need special planning permission for any development.

In consultation with Bishop Brendan Leahy and in the light of the Diocesan Synod  it is clear that it will not be required as a Parochial house and  while it is a valuable asset  it is a liability while lying vacant. For the past three years the building has depreciated considerably and a decision has to be made .

The Parish Finance Committee has discussed this matter over a couple of meetings and we have concluded that we have three options

  1. Leave it as it is and incur significant annual maintenance costs, i.e. Insurance, Heating & Security etc.
  2. Renovate it at a substantial cost to the Parish, bearing in mind that it will not be needed as a Parish House and is surplus to requirements.
  3. Prepare to put it on the market for sale.

I have discussed the possible sale with the Bishop and the relevant Diocesan Authority including the Diocesan Finance Committee and in a letter dated Nov. 2017 –   they have recommended the sale of the property subject to five conditions. Four of these relate to the proper procedures i.e.

(a)  Appointment of    Auctioneers,

(b)  A Solicitor,

(c)  The approval of Trustees and Cathedral Chapter of the Diocese.

(d)  The most important condition is that the proceeds of sale will be “ring-fenced” for future use by the Parish and not used for operational expenditure.

On behalf of the members of the Parish Finance Committee.

                                                                                 Yours Sincerely.

                                                                                  Fr. Tom Crawford

NEWSLETTER:  Please note that there will not be any newsletter available for the next two weeks.  Thanking you.

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