Last week the community from Shanbally /Ringaskiddy drew up a broad outline of a programme to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Shanbally.  There will be three main aspects to the celebration:

  1. On Sunday 26th May we will celebrate our Bi-Centenary Mass at 3.00 p.m. followed by a community gathering and celebration in the grounds of Shanbally NS.
  2. Early in May we will celebrate a Bi-Centenary Concert featuring choirs and invited guest artists. What will be distinctive about this concert is that all the pieces will be songs or hymns dedicated to Our Lady, ranging from the classical Ave Maria to Irish hymns such as ‘A Mhuire Mháthair’ to modern compositions such as ‘Mary, did you know?’
  3. We also hope to publish a short history of the Church and John Twomey has kindly agreed to co-ordinate same. If anyone has any photos, stories or information about the Church or events that were celebrated there down through the years please contact John or contact the Parish Office. We also hope to share some resources about our Church and our Bi-Centenary Celebrations online so that people originally from our community can be part of our celebrations wherever they are.  We look forward to your support.

Positive Passage People are hosting a “Walk of Hope” in aid of Pieta House on Saturday May 11th at 4.00 am from the Soccer Club up to Hop Island and back again via the Line to the Soccer Club. Registration starts this Sunday 17th after 11.00 a.m. mass. Again, on Thursday 21st February at Passage West Post Office from 11.00 a.m.-1.00 p.m. Other registration dates to follow. Adults €20, 6-18yr olds €5, under 6yrs are free and family rate €50.  This will be one of those very special occasions where our fabulous community can walk, show solidarity, reflect and raise money for a very worthy cause...Pieta House.  Please save the date and join us on Saturday morning, May 11th at 4.00 a.m. Check our Facebook page for updates: Positive Passage People.

The Afternoon Tea Dance takes place on Sunday 24th February 2019 in the PACE Centre, Passage West from 2.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.  Enjoy an afternoon of dance and chat.

On Saturday 2nd March 2019 from 1.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. a pre-loved dress sale in aid of Passage West Rowing Club will take place in Passage West GAA Club.  Dresses, bags and jewellery can be dropped  in to the Passage West Rowing Club Gym (in the old Star of the Sea School) on Saturday mornings between 11.00 a.m. and 12.00 noon.  Contact Ber on 087 7810765.

On Friday 22nd February 2019 the Cameo Club will meet for their usual get together in Monkstown Bay Sailing Club, 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.  Meet friends and neighbours for a cuppa and chat. Contact Hazel at 021 4841383 or Liz at 021 4841496.  All are welcome.

The Owenabue Garden and Flower Club will hold their February  meeting on Monday 25th February 2019 at 8.00 the Church of Ireland School Hall, Carrigaline.  Liam Grainger will speak  on "The Joys of Spring". Enquiries to

086 3222615.

The Passage West, Glenbrook & Monkstown GIY welcome Future Orchard Cork (Upper Glanmire)  0n Thursday 21st February 2019 at 7.30 p.m. in the Church of Ireland Hall, Passage West.  Cost €5.  Contact 085 8701386 or email

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The Diocese of Cork and Ross invites young adults 18-25 to join the pilgrimage to Lourdes as helpers from 10th to 15th June 2019.  As helpers you will assist with the sick and be involved in the full pilgrimage programme – time for prayer, sharing in the story of Lourdes and making new friends. Limited number of places.  For further details contact Fr Charlie Kiely on 021 4537474.

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