Community News

Published on July 29, 2021

John Spillane in Concert at ‘the Gap of O’Gonnelloe’: Car park of St Mary’s Church Saturday, August 7th 2021. To mark what we all hope is the beginning of the end of the COVID19 pandemic and celebrate how the spirit of community helped us through,  O’Gonnelloe parish is proud to present a unique event with the great singer, songwriter and raconteur John Spillane in concert, on Saturday, August 7th at the ‘Gap of O’Gonnelloe’ – in the car park of St Mary’s Church. This special, ticket-only and one-night-only outdoor concert has been made possible by funding from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport & Media and Clare Arts Office.

John Spillane is a musician, songwriter, performer, storyteller, poet and dreamer; he will, therefore, find a good home among many dreamers in O’Gonnelloe on August 7th. Rooted in people, place and story, his music transports the listener and his live performances captivate audiences around the world. As an artist his music appeals to listeners across many genres and generations. His soft tones and poetic vocals will rest perfectly at the ‘Gap’ as he charms us all and this special location captures him as it does so many others. The mood for this special night will be perfectly set under what we hope will be a canopy of stars as harpist Niamh O’Brien and friends gently lift the curtain.

The number allowed to be in attendance has increased to 200, so there are plenty of tickets now available with no limits applying to how many people can attend from each household.  Reserve your ticket €10 each now from any of the following: Eugene Hogan (087) 2497290; Michael McNamara (086) 8202917; Seamus Bane (087) 259 3291; Louise Donlon (087) 6836142; Michael Sheedy 087 4128779.

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.

O’Gonnelloe GAA: Major fundraising campaign to raise funds for the development of a fantastic indoor sports centre that will benefit the entire community. On the website you can see models of the development and enter the raffle to win an ECO Garden Room + €5,000 cash prize.

Membership is due with games about to start back up, club membership fees are now due. Please contact Gerry Cosgrove, Vincent Grady, PJ Delaney or Alan Maher for details.

Cúl Camp will take place from August 16th to August 20th. Booking will go live on the website from May 24th.

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.

St. Cronan’s 10th Century Church in Tuamgraney is now open to visitors until the end of September. There is a free 6 minute audio visual presentation to view by just clicking a button inside the door. Donations towards the upkeep of the church are very welcome. All are welcome to visit this historic building in Tuamgraney Village

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.