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:
- 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.
- 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?’
- 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.