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Ballynacally / Lissycasey Newsletter

Keep up to date with Parish news, events, information etc
newsletter prepared weekly and available online every Thursday night

P.P. Fr Albert McDonnell 085 7811823
Parish Office 065 6838135
Fr. Joe Hourigan 065 6834145; 086 8170700   

 24th & 25th Feb 2018 – Second Sunday of Lent Year B

Email or click HERE
Twitter: @ClondegadParish
Check us out on facebook! @ballynacallylissycaseyparish

Please note the Parish Office opening hours for coming week:
Tues, Wed & Thurs 10am – 3pm



Christ the King Church, Ballycorick - Masses:

Sat Feb 24th          7pm        Months Mind Mass for Jim & James
Normoyle Mayo & UK formerly of Burren
Also, Communion Preparation Mass
Sun Feb 25th         11am     Confirmation
Thurs Mar 1st        9.30am  Mass for the People
Fri Mar 2nd             9.30am  Mass (First Friday)
Sat Mar 3rd            7pm        Anniversary Mass for March

Names for the anniversary Mass can be entered into the book at the back of the church up to Wednesday evening.

Eucharistic Adoration will take place in Ballycorick Church
10am – 2pm on Friday March 2nd and every First Friday

Our Lady of the Wayside Church, Lissycasey - Masses:

Sun Feb 25th         12pm     Mass (Second Sunday of Lent)
Mon Feb 26th        9.30am  Mass
Tues Feb 27th       9.30am  Mass
Wed Feb 28th        2pm        Mass for ‘Young at Heart’
Sun Mar 4th           12pm     Months mind Mass for Frank Wragg, UK
father of Stephen Wragg AbhainSleibhe

Please note the March Anniversary Mass in Lissycasey will take place a week later on Sunday, March 25th – not March 18th.

Eucharistic Adoration in Lissycasey every Wed 6pm – 10pm

Divine Mercy Prayer Meeting: in Lissycasey Pastoral Centre on the first Friday of each month at 8pm.
Weekly Lenten Reflection & Prayer at Lissycasey Pastoral Centre, will take place on Wednesday night this week at 8pm. There will be reading of the Sunday Gospel, reflection and prayer each week.

Ballycorick Eucharistic Ministers:
Sat 3rd: Mary Hill, Mary O’Dea, Aine Gavin
Lissycasey Eucharistic Ministers:
Sun 4th: Jacqueline Coughlan, Francis Clancy, Bridget Cummins
Ballycorick Readers: 
Sat 3rd: Charlotte Hannon
Prayers of the Faithful: Jonathon O’Donoghue & Robbie Markham
Lissycasey Readers:
Sun 4th: Siobhan McSweeney
Prayers of the Faithful: Jacqueline Coughlan
Ballycorick Servers:
Sat 3rd: Colm Meaney, Ria Meaney, Sadbh Griffin
Supervisor: Patricia Meaney

Save the 8th Rally, Dublin on Sat., March 10th at 2pm. Take a stand to support the equal right to life of mothers and their unborn babies in Ireland.  If the 8th Amendment is repealed, all legal protections will be removed from unborn babies, and abortion legislation will be open to change by the government of the day. Buses from Kilrush, Ennis and Shannon. To book your seat contact 086 1908318.

The Future of our Parish: Bishop Monahan is planning a re-organisation of our diocese which will begin to be implemented during this summer. To help plan the restructuring five area meetings are being held across the diocese. The meeting for parishes west of Ennis will take place in the Community Centre, Kilrush on Tuesday, 27 February at 7,30pm. Anybody involved in the life of our parish or who would like to have an input into its future are welcome to attend.     

Trócaire: “Love…It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13, 4-7. Trócaire has launched it’s Lenten campaign ‘Until Love Conquers Fear’. Fear is felt by millions of people around the world who can’t feed their families, are forced to flee their homes because of conflict or are imprisoned for standing up for their rights. Love is the support shown to them by people here at home through the Lenten campaign. To find out more visit Eamonn Meehan from Kilmaley is CEO of Trócaire. He will speak at Mass in Ballycorick, Lissycasey, Kildysart & Coolmeen on the weekend of March 3rd & 4th to explain how our donation helps overcome poverty.  Trocaire boxes are available at church doors.

Remembering a loved one: In conjunction with this year’s Apostolic display, anyone wanting to donate an inscribed sacred altar vessel for use in developing countries as a way to remember a loved one at masses, can do so, by contacting the parish office. More information on the work of the Apostolic can be found on the Parish website.

Light Up Lent Campaign: To celebrate World Meeting of Families we are offering the opportunity for people to dedicate a candle in honour of their family or another family who might be bereaved, deceased, emigrated, struggling in some way, or in need of some prayers. This candle will be lit at each weekend Mass during Lent and will be available to take home at Easter.
Each family will also be included in a special Mass said by Fr David in Tanzania.
To submit a family name & donation of €5 contact the parish office or Mary Sheehan on 087-7759272 for Ballycorick Church & Mary Murphy on 085-7739112 for Lissycasey Church. Names and donations can also be submitted at Lissycasey & Kildysart Post Offices, Kildysart Pharmacy and Kelly’s of Clondegad throughout Lent.
For more information & photos of Fr David Mlemeta's poverty stricken parish see the facebook page:
Family Names & donations for candles can also be securely submitted online at Please state the family name and the church you wish to have your candle lit (Ballycorick/Lissycasey).

Volunteers Required in Ballycorick for the following:

  • Flower arranging in the church – this would be just a few times during the year
  • Updating records – this may take a few weeks in total, hours to suit volunteer.
  • Safeguarding Team – One or two people to help with safeguarding, ensuring forms are signed etc. Training will be provided.
  • Musicians/ Singers – to join existing choir or to play/sing occasionally throughout the year – all ages welcome.

Contact the parish office for more information or text Karen on 087-4160385 with expressions of interest.

Sacred Heart Messenger for March is available in the sacristy of Ballycorick church for promoters

Exercise Classes for over 55s continue at the Community Centre in Ballynacally on Fridays at 3pm

Crochet & Knitting Classes continue at Kildysart Community Centre. Mondays at 7.30pm. All Welcome!

Looking for set dancers! Interested in organising an U18 group starting next week where we can guarantee fun, pleasure, fitness, new friends and plenty of fun. Please contact: 086-8902125

Caherea NS: We are now taking enrolments for September 2018. Application forms available from the school and must be returned before 22nd March. For further information about our school and facilities please contact the office on 065-6834029 or email

The 39th annual Clare 250 Mile Cycle takes place on the 19th & 20th of May this year.  Taking part in this event gives you an opportunity to nominate someone from your parish who has been diagnosed with cancer to go on our annual pilgrimage to Lourdes in September.  If you are interested in taking part, please contact 065 6841600 or email

Clondegad GAA Club News: Clondegad u16s play a challenge game against Shannon Gaels this weekend in preparation for their league which begins on the 3rd March. All players need to have their membership paid prior to that date.  U12s train in the community centre. Adult teams are also back training . Adult leagues begin in early march
Clondegad GAA Lotto Results: Winning numbers: 11, 12, 24, 26. Three match three winners: €70 Mary & Dereck, Cluain Cormac, Kildysart; Mary Kearney, Primrose Gardens, Clarecastle; Ailish O’Callaghan, Ballyveskil, Tiermaclane. Jackpot: €3600. Next venue: Five Arches Bar 26/02/18. 3 tickets for €5

Lissycasey GAA club news: Lissycasey U8, U10, U12s, U16s and Senior teams continue to train. The U16 played Cooraclare in a challenge last Sunday and performed well. U16 Div 2 Round 1 game has been postponed for a week. Lissycasey Senior team will play Kilfenora away in Round 1 of the O'Gorman cup on March 4th and will play the Cusack Cup on the following weekend.
Registration is now due for Lissycasey GAA club. For insurance purposes, all Players, (Adult & Juvenile) coaches and officials MUST be registered members of the club for the coming season. Family rates available. Contact Frank Culleton, Club registrar or any club officer. Final Registration evening will take place next Friday March 3rd from 6-8p.m.  Operation Transformation takes place at Lissycasey GAA pitch each Monday for 5 weeks. 7pm - 9pm. All welcome.
Lissycasey GAA club lotto: 19/2/18: Numbers 12, 13, 17, 23: No jackpot winner : Match 3: €100 divided between Sinead McMahon. C/o Talty’s: Shane Normoyle. Lissycasey. Francie Murphy, Lanna. Lucky Dip. Paddy & Vera McSweeney, Benedin; Mary Keane, Cul Daire. Smart Lotto: Mairead Hayes, Lismorris.  Jackpot 26/2/18 €11,800 Play Lotto online €2 or 3 for €5.00

Fergus AC:  Very wintry conditions prevailed at the All Ireland B cross country championships held in Clarinbridge on Sunday last.Diarmuid McMahon and Thomas Faughnan were silver medal winners with Clare in the U/11 race with the club team finishing in 6th place.Barry Conway and Ian Griffin were bronze medal winners with the county team with the club finishing in a very good 5th place.There was also success locally in the U/13 event with Daire Culligan winning a bronze on the Clare team.Ewan and Ben Wragg Aaron Lynch Shane Culligan and Jack Faughnan were others who excelled for the Fergus AC club in a very tough day for any kind of sport.At the Munster indoor track and field for U/9 to U/12 also held over the weekend in Nenagh three local athletes took part.Recent All Star winner Alex Pelzcar won bronze in the U/9 event with Anna Donnelly and Ewan Wragg also excelling.
The following officers were elected at a well attended AGM of Fergus Athletic club last week. President Sean O’Sullivan, Vice Presidents Kevin and Brian O’Dea, Chairman Thomas Monahan, Vice Chair Jim Garry, Secretary Brid Culligan, Assistant Secretary Helena Corcoran, Treasurer Marie Faughnan, Assistant Treasurer Bernie Conway, PRO and Social Media Administrators Anthony Culligan and Maria Monahan, Registrar Marie Faughnan, Child Welfare Officer Mary Garry, Kit Manager Steve Wragg, Development Officer Alex Pelzcar, Co Board Delegates Jim Garry Brid Culligan and Thomas Monahan. The outgoing Treasurer Claire Ayres was thanked for her excellent work in the last few years taking care of the finances. Many tributes were paid to the late President Patrick O’Dea who was a living legend of the club. The incoming President Sean O’Sullivan said he was honoured to accept the position. A very Successful Season was reviewed  with County Provincial and national titles won by club Athletes in the last 12 months and all hope for a similar season in the year ahead.

Fergus Rovers LGFA: Well done to Rebecca Carmody, Chloe O'Shea & Louise Coffey who were on the u14 Clare panel who played Tipperary on Saturday last in Kilrush. Best of Luck to Aine Garry and Ava Cotter who are part of the Clare u16 panel who are busy training for their first competitive matches in March.
The u16s are continuing training in Kildysart Astro Turf on Thursdays 8:30-9:30pm. The u12s are training on Saturday mornings in Kildysart, 10-11am for the month of February
The Intermediate Team are continuing training with a new manager, Kieran McNamara. The team are training on Friday evenings in Frure at 8:30pm and in Kildysart on Sunday mornings 9-10am in advance of the upcoming Division 1 league due to start in March. A number of members were re-graded to junior level recently and it is hoped to have 2 adult teams playing competitively this year - new and old members are always needed and are very welcome to attend training.

Ballynacally Development Association will hold their AGM on 27 February at 8 pm in the Community Centre. The Group are very hopeful of new members this year and would encourage anyone with an interest in the Hall/Playground to attend.  We need a good committee to keep the hall viable and generate usage which in turn will benefit the community. Many of the members have been in place for years and would welcome fresh ideas and help in the running of the centre and surrounding area.

Clondrinagh N.S: We will hold our annual Spring Concert in the School Hall at 7.30pm Thursday 1st March. Everyone very welcome

Cahercalla Hospice Draw Results:
1st Prize €650: Bishop Willie Walsh, Ennis
2nd Prize €200: Barry Breheny, Cahercalla, Ennis

Internet Safety Talk: Pat Mc Kenna, expert in the field of Social Media and online bullying will address parents at St. John Bosco Community College, on Tuesday, February 27th at 7.00pm.  The seminar will address issues that are key to keeping safe and maintaining a successful digital footprint.  Pat has developed this presentation to a very high degree from interacting with students and parents since 2008 and he will offer advice on being resilient while online.  All parents are welcome to attend on the night.

Confirmation 2018: Congratulations to all students in our parish receiving the sacrament of Confirmation this Sunday!