Community News

Published on October 14, 2021

Thank you: from Ann Ryan to everyone who supported, baked, made tea/coffee, helped with setup and tidy up, gave donations and Raffle prizes at the recent Coffee morning. Great donation of €1682.32 to Milford Hospice.

Missionvale Ireland: A massive thanks on an amazing 2 days of the Boutique Clearance Sale for Missionvale Ireland with raising €5264.  Thanks to everyone who helped in any way – Clarecare, O’Gonnelloe Exchange Community Hall, the owner of the Boutique who kindly donated the clothes for the sale, the hall setup, the layout designers, the helpers leading up to and including on the 2 days, the Community Connect Cafe and to all of you who came, bought and supported. Míle Buíochas!

Irish Sign Language, 8 week basic course’. Lesson 1. Thursday, 21st October 2021 and every Thursday for the coming 7 weeks. Online event 6pm – 7pm lease book your place by emailing or by calling Kilrush Library on 065 9051504 during branch opening hours.

Mindfulness Course: starting 4th November in O’Gonnelloe Exchange Community Hall for 6 weeks. You will learn tools, skills,    techniques, and meditations which you can use in your daily life. Check out the website or call     Fergus on 087-7732467

Scariff Ogonnelloe Camogie Club AGM will be held on Thursday, November 18th at 8.30pm. We have yet to decide if we will meet virtually or in person, will be guided by public health advice as it evolves but will let you know details in the coming weeks. Please send any nominations you may have for any executive positions to and/or any motions or amendments to camogie bye laws to the same address by October 28th. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Ogonnelloe GAA: Eco Garden Room + €5000 Cash draw went ahead as planned on Tuesday 5th October Well done to everybody in the background who helped to put the event together. The video can be viewed on our Facebook page. The winner was Enda Everard with Ticket #2216. Congratulations to Enda and huge THANK YOU to everybody else for all your  support. This draw puts us firmly on the fund-raising ladder as we work towards fulfilling our development plans.

Ogonnnelloe Tuamgraney Youth Club: are open for new members. We are seeking expressions of interest from teenagers aged 12 to 17. We will open pending further information from Youth Club Ireland on October 22nd. Please contact us at

Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal is back to normal! Shoebox Appeal sends thousands of gift-filled shoeboxes to children in Africa and Eastern Europe. The children who receive your shoeboxes are affected by poverty in different ways. Many come from families with very little income, others live on the margins of society or in areas affected by conflict. You can help! Leaflets will be distributed shortly through local schools and will be collected from there. Leaflets are also available in Bane’s Gift Shop as well as being a drop off centre for boxes. Any queries to Joanne 086 8177649.

Tots and Toddlers: Ogonnelloe Community is interested in setting up a regular parent and baby/ toddler group in the community hall. If interested please contact Helen at 0877767449.

Older Adult Exercise Classes return to Scariff Community Hall (GAA) on Wednesday’s at 12pm.  Contact Fiona Ward on 086 224 0360 for further details.

Cafe at Ogonnelloe Exchange: is open on Saturday’s from 11.00am to 3.00pm.  Clarecare will operate the Cafe as part of their Connect Clare social enterprise venture, which is a new Clarecare initiative aiming to reconnect members of the public through conversation and community engagement in a café environment.  Our cafe in Ogonnelloe is a location where Connect Clare is being piloted for a number of months. You can drop in for a tea or coffee and some hot and cold food every Saturday from 11.00am to 3.00pm, to meet friends and have a chat.  Or if you are passing by you can call in for a takeaway drink or snack.  If the cafe is successful its opening could be extended to other days of the week.  This is a great opportunity for our community to support a new venture in Ogonnelloe.  We hope to see you there.

The O’Gonnelloe Community Development Plan…/OGonnelloe-Community-Development-Plan.pdf

O’Gonnelloe Community Development Plan

Dear Neighbour, We hope that you are continuing to be safe and well as the summer progresses. The Community Development Plan has now been completed and we are circulating by email the final version – the full document and a summary leaflet. Thanks to all who participated in all aspects of the development of this document since work commenced in October 2019.
We would like to be able to formally launch the document for the community, but that is dependent on the situation in the autumn and Government guidelines at that time. Watch this space – we will keep you informed.
The summary leaflet and the full plan will be available in printed form at the hall, in the libraries at Killaloe and Scarriff, in both churches and at the Parish Office. Bound copies for reference will be available in the libraries at Scarriff and Killaloe, in the hall, at O’Gonnelloe NS and in the churches.
The completion of the plan means that the work of the Planning Group is now ended. However, each Strand will continue its work and ALL are encouraged to get involved. Details are available in each document and we look forward to growing O’Gonnelloe Community in the coming years with the help of the plan.
Finally, if you have a neighbours or friends in the community who are perhaps new to the area or are not on mailing lists or engaged in the various social networks, please feel free to forward the documents to them.                                             Best Wishes, Planning Group

Mountshannon Community Employment Scheme: Following positions are available in Ogonnelloe: General  Maintenance Operative CES 2145164. To enquire about the above vacancies please email or Contact your INTREO case officer or check out for job description and more details.

SVP East Clare: Behind each headline people see in the paper or on the news are real life people who are losing so much. As always, your donations make a difference, meaning that our volunteers can continue to support those most in need in East Clare. Our bank details below can be used for online or in branch donations. You can also contact SVP East Clare, in confidence, on 086 392 1492 or via email at   Account Name: East Clare SVP. Bank of Ireland. IBAN No: IE91 BOFI 9044 1363 2045 45. BIC No: BOFIIE2D.

Fr. Jackie Sharpe has penned his memoirs in a publication entitled “The Life and Retirement of an Irish/Gambian Missionary Priest 1937 – 2020”. If you would like to receive a pdf copy please email and we will be happy to email it to you.

Scariff Bay Community Radio continues to broadcast 11am Mass live each Sunday as it has since the first lockdown. 88 3Fm or 92.7fm.

Helplines: East Clare Community Response 085 865 98 89: Clare Covid Community 1800 203600: ALONE (for older  people) 0818 222 024: Women’s Aid Helpline 1800 341900: Clare Haven 065 6822435.