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Contents Note from the Editor. . . . . . . . . . . 3 Aladdin Xmas Panto. . . . . . . . . . . . 4 FRC Homework Club. . . . . . . . . . . 5 Beaujolais Nouveau Day. . . . . . . . 6 Twinning Association . . . . . . . . . . 7 Shannon Hibs Awards Night. . . . 9 RINS FM take to the airwaves. 10 Currach Workshop. . . . . . . . . . . 12 Shannon L.C. Updates. . . . . . . . 14 Christmas Craft Fair. . . . . . . . . . 14 Shannon Town Utd 40th. . . . . . 14 Shannon Town Utd wins. . . . . . 15 DATES FOR YOUR DIARY. . . . . 16 DIRECTORY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

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Monthly Recipe. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 CLASSIFIED ADS. . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Day In the Life of... . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Crossword. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 COMMUNITY NOTICE BOARD . 27 Sudoku & Wordsearch. . . . . . . . 28 Dun Aras Street Party . . . . . . . . 30

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NOTE FROM THE EDITOR Welcome to the November/December issue of the Shannon Scene. It’s hard to believe it but the run in to Christmas begins here. Remember to think and shop local. Everything you need is right on your doorstep. Check out the local advertisers in this issue and make sure you mention the Shannon Scene. Also, watch out for our special Shannon Scene Features Issue in December, it will be packed with all sorts of useful information to help you have a great Christmas. In this issue you can read about Beaujolais Nouveau Day on page 6 and make a note in your diaries for the 19th November to go and taste some. Turn to page 28 for our prize Christmas wordsearch - you could win a family ticket to Aladdin, the pantomime in LIT, including meal and backstage pass, kindly supplied by Centrestage. There is also a new recipe page which will be a regular feature. Finally, we want to hear from you, lovely readers, about any goings-on in Shannon. This is a magazine for you, the people of Shannon, to report and inform your fellow Shannonites about your clubs and societies. Enjoy reading this festive issue and I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year. .Judith Kearney

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LIT Millennium Theatre is preparing itself for the return of panto fever this Christmas season for what promises to be a great family show. Aladdin is the 13th production of the hugely successful collaboration between CentreStage Productions and Mike Finn starring Dame Myles Breen as Widow Twanky. This story of Aladdin is set in China where the Twanky Laundry is run by Widow Twanky and her two sons – Aladdin and Chrisy Won Ton. Not too far from the Twanky Laundry, Princess Yasmin lives in a palace. Yasmin’s dad, the Sultan Bertie, has plunged the kingdom into such a financial crisis that his only hope is to find a rich husband for Yasmin. But who? Abanazar, Bertie’s adviser hatches an evil plan to get her for himself, but Aladdin and Yasmin meet outside the laundry and fall instantly in love. Will true love run its course for Aladdin and Yasmin ……… you will just have to come to see this fantastic show to find out! Full details on page 29 including a wordsearch competition on page 28 to win a family ticket for the show.

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FRC HOMEWORK CLUB VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Early Days Playschool

The Homework Club has started up again in the FRC. This is an initiative which encourages primary school children to do their homework. The Homework Club runs two afternoons every week, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3.00pm-5.00pm at the Family Resource Centre. On arrival, the children are provided with healthy snacks, after which they do their homework and then play games. This ensures the project is a combination of education, health and leisure. It is funded by the Health Service Executive through the Traveller Health Initiative and is co-ordinated by Barbara Molloy. The Homework Club currently needs volunteers to assist them in their activities. Anyone interested in helping out for a couple of hours a week should contact Barbara @ 061-707600. Full training in childcare protection will be provided to volunteers.

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BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU DAY At the stroke of midnight on the third Thursday of each November, over a million cases of Beaujolais Nouveau begin their journey through a sleeping France to Paris for immediate shipment to all parts of the world. Banners proclaim the good news: Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé! One of the most frivolous and animated rituals in the wine world has begun. By the time it is over, over 65 million bottles, nearly half of the region’s total annual production will be distributed and drunk around the world. It has become a worldwide race to be the first to serve this new wine of the harvest. In doing so, it has been carried by motorcycle, hot air balloon, truck, helicopter, Concorde, elephant, runners and rickshaws to get to its final destination. It is amazing to realize that just weeks before this wine was a cluster of grapes in a growers vineyard. But by an expeditious harvest, a rapid fermentation, and a speedy bottling, all is ready at the midnight hour. By French law, Beaujolais Nouveau is to be released no earlier than the third Thursday of November. But what is the Beaujolais Nouveau race, and where did it begin? Beaujolais Nouveau began as a local phenomenon in the local bars, cafes, and bistros of Beaujolais and Lyons. Each fall the new Beaujolais would arrive with much fanfare. In pitchers filled from the growers barrels, wine was drunk by an eager population. It was wine made fast to drink while the better Beaujolais was taking a more leisurely course. Eventually, the government stepped into regulate the sale of all this quickly transported, free-flowing wine. In 1938 regulations and restrictions were put in place to restrict the where, when, and how of all this carrying on. After the war years, in 1951, these regulations were NOVEMBER - DECEMBER 2009

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revoked by the region’s governing body, and the Beaujolais Nouveau was officially recognized. The official release date was set for November 15th. By this time, what was just a local tradition had gained so much popularity that the news of it reached Paris. The race was born. It wasn’t long thereafter that the word spilled out of France and around the world. In 1985, the date was again changed, this time to the third Thursday of November, tying it to a weekend and making the celebration complete. But wherever the new Beaujolais went, importers had to agree not to sell it before midnight on the third Thursday of November. Apart from the fanfare, what makes Beaujolais Nouveau so popular? Simply put, Beaujolais Nouveau is as about as close to white wine as a red wine can get. Due to the way it is made-the must is pressed early after only three days-the astringent tannins normally found in red wines, aren’t there, leaving an easy to drink, fruity wine which is best served chilled. This is definitely not the sort of wine to spend time sniffing and swirling or to age until it improves - it won’t. It is relatively low alcohol compared to some of the strong New World wines that are popular these days, and this makes it highly ‘quaffable’. Finally, the race from grape to glass may be silly, but half the fun is knowing that on the same night, in homes, cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and bistros around the world, the same celebration is taking place. It hasn’t the pedigree to be a classic wine, but it is always good.

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TWINNING ASSOCIATION VISIT TO GUINCAMP Shannon is twinned with the town of Guingamp in Brittany in North West France. The idea of twinning has for many years been promoted by the EU as a way of encouraging people from different countries and diverse cultures to get to know each other and develops friendships. So once every three years, people from Guingamp come on an official visit to Shannon, and the following year the reciprocal visit from Shannon to Guingamp takes place. In August last, over twenty local people paid a five day visit to Brittany. For most, it was the renewal of acquaintances; others travelled for the first time and all enjoyed the experience enormously. The hospitality of the host families was overwhelming; lots of events and a trip to a wonderful island were arranged. And there was the French food and a little wine of course! The visit coincided with the St. Loup

Music Festival. The festival involved outdoor concerts each night and band recitals on the streets by day with all the Traditional Breton Pipe Band Celtic countries represented. In contrast to Shannon, Guingamp is an old town with some cobblestone streets, an enormous castle wall on one side, an ancient church on the main street, and a very imposing town hall in the centre. Over the years many lasting friendships have developed through the twinning and there is a steady trickle of tourism in both directions. The Shannon Twinning Association invites and encourages new families and individuals to become involved and everyone who does finds it a rewarding experience. Anyone interested should just turn up at one of the meetings which are publicised in the Shannon page of the Clare Champion.

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Shannon Musical Society

are bringing the thrilling nationwide gameshow

‘Who Wants To Be A Thousandaire’ to the Oakwood Arms Hotel, on the 26th November 2009 to raise funds for it’s forthcoming show

Beauty & the Beast.

Thousandaire has attracted large audiences all over Ireland over the past ten years and is fast becoming the most popular source of fund-raising for schools, clubs and societies. Contestants are drawn from ticket sales and each contestant will play for €1000. The show is fully computerised with 50/50, Ask the Audience and a brilliant video linked Phone a Friend. The questions and four possible answers are displayed on two 8ft x 6ft screens, one at each side of the stage. We hope that the community will get behind us and we are all looking forward to a superb night’s entertainment. We would like to say a particular word of thanks to our 2 major sponsors, The Beauty Rooms and The Shannon Knights and to all those who have taken out advertising at the show. NOVEMBER - DECEMBER 2009

Tickets for “Who wants to be a Thousandaire” are available at just €15 from any member of the fundraising committee or at the door on the night. There is still some large screen digital advertising space available. For further information contact Karen Barrett, PRO on 086-8295823.

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shannon hibs awards night Shannon Hibs held their inaugural Junior awards night recently for the 2008/2009 season. Winners on the night were:

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Shannon Hibs merchandise is now available to buy from Dressco’s in the Skycourt, Shannon. T-shirts, tracksuits, hoodies, and much more are available to purchase. For more details, please visit our website www.shannonhibs. com. Non-Competitive Teams - Training

Training for the non competitive teams has now recommenced, the unders 9s and under 10’s training takes place each Tuesday and Thursday from 6-7 in Riverside Park and the under 6’s, 7’s and 8’s training takes place each Saturday morning from 11-12 also at Riverside Park, all are welcome to come down and train.

Shannon Flower Studio Beautiful bouquets, baskets & grave arrangments. Plants/chocolates/teddy bears.

Large selection of Solar grave arrangements arriving shortly for Christmas Join our Christmas club Choose now - 12 weeks to pay Skycourt Shopping Centre, Shannon Telephone Marcella on 061 362560 or 086 2444513

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Da’ McDade Club Person of the Year: Peter Webb, A Team Player of the Year: Graham Carey, A Team Players Player of the Year: Gareth Quirke. B Team Player of the Year: Gavin O’Donnell, B Team Players Player of the Year: James Fitzgerald, B Team Golden Boot: Gavin Lundy. Youths Player of the Year: Kenneth Buckley. Ladies Players Player of the Year: Sinead Twomey, Ladies Club person of the year: Aine McCormac, Ladies Most Improved Player of the Year: Edel Hogan.


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RINS FM is set to resume broadcasting on Sunday 6 December. Clare’s newest Community radio station, RINS FM/ Radio Inbhear na Sionainne (Shannon Estuary Radio), first took to the airwaves last December for its very successful first season and looks forward to bringing great community broadcasting back to the airwaves.Programmes will commence at 9am and continue until midnight each Sunday. As the station currently has a temporary licence it is allowed to broadcast for 30 days within a calendar year. This situation is set to change next year as the station plans to secure a fulltime licence which would enable it to stay on air all year round. Many of the programmes broadcast during the station’s inaugural run from December 2008 to June 2009 will return in the new schedule this December but some new and innovative programmes will also included. The programming policy of RINS FM is to bring to the airwaves matters that are of relevance, of interest and of information to the local community of Shannon, Sixmilebridge, Newmarket on Fergus and South East Clare in general. Talk programmes include such varied and popular slots as THE SUNDAY SPECTRUM, a magazine programme which brings chat, interviews, discussion, debate and news of local events to the community. OFFSIDE carries news and results of local sporting events. Matters relating to the environment are highlighted in THE GREEN PROGRAMME, and local history and heritage are explored in the DÚCHAS programme, SIÚLACH SCÉALACH invites a prominent member of the local community to bring the listeners on a tour of places in the locality which are near and dear to their hearts. THE POLITICS PROGRAMME is a forum for local politicians to sound off on their diverse views and opinions. John Madigan’s programme, EMERGE gives gentle advice on personal wellbeing and GENRE, the popular arts programme returns to the air, bringing insights into all the artistic disciplines to the listeners. One of the new programmes to feature will be PAWS A WHILE, highlighting animal welfare issues and presented by volunteers from SCAR (Second Chance Animal Rescue) Talk programmes are interspersed with a varied and lively selection of music. “Gaelcheol” airs the best in pop music le

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caint as Gaeilge ag Elaine Ní Dhiolúin. Nick Condon caters for Country Music fans while well known folk singer and musician, Blaise Phelan, presents “Republic of Folk”. Rock fans tune in in great numbers to “The Music Suite”, jointly presented by local guitar legend, Derek Buckley and fellow musician, Jeff O’Toole. Pat Barry eases listeners into the late evening with Jazz and Blues on “Night Moods”. RINS FM is highly committed to the use and promotion of Irish in community broadcasting.The station is currently engaged in a new and highly innovative project with a range of other community radio stations from around the country to produce a weekly magazine programme in Irish. The project which is being funded by The Broadcasting Commission of Ireland under their Sound and Vision scheme, will be run on a pilot basis for eight successive weeks and will be produced and hosted by a different community station each week. RINS FM has the honour of hosting and producing the second programme in the series. This series of programmes will be the first occasion that community radio stations will have collaborated to organize a programme for nationwide broadcast and RINS FM are justifiably proud to be part of a team that are breaking new ground in the history and development of

community radio in Ireland and in the area of broadcasting “as Gaeilge” Innovation is nothing new to RINS FM, however. During its first licence run RINS became the first community station in the country to broadcast on a 24 hour basis during its day on air. Community Radio is an ideal way for local business concerns to promote their names and to support local voluntary endeavour through sponsoring a programme on RINS FM.. Businesses wishing to sponsor a programme or members of the community who wish to join the RINS FM team can do so by contacting the station by e-mail on: contact@rinsfm.com or by text to 0860693388. Volunteers are provided with training in programme production and presenting and/or technical studio skills. All are welcome.

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The West Clare Currach Club is an umbrella group for 7 local clubs and regatta committees on the Clare Coast. Starting in June 2009 with the support of the Clare Local Development Company (CLDC), they have been running 8 workshops to build the West Clare Fishing canoe. Workshops took place in Carrigaholt, Killkee, Scariff, Ennis and Shannon. They ran over 6 days and involved up to 8 people. The Shannon workshop took place in Skycourt Shopping Centre from 28th September to 2 October and was a great success. BE has LEFT James DON’T Madigan, the tutor, been building fishing canoes in West Clare for many years and learnt the skill OUT THE COLD ....... from his grandfather, Sino IN Blunnie. At one stage there were currachs being fished out of every access point on the exposed Clare coast. The remains of currach stands and abandoned slipways can still be seen all along the Clare coast. In the 70’s/80’s there were still some currachs fishing out of Kilrush and Kilkee in summer months but their use was dying out. Boats were evolving using fiberglass hulls and were being used to get out to half deckers moored in deeper water. In 1991 the West Clare Currach Club started to gather the last fishing boats around at Kilrush, Kilkee, Carrigaholt and run an annual regatta in Kilkee. This enabled them to keep the boats in use and get everyone on the water. For those who spend a lot of time on the sea it was the highlight of the year. Six races were held including the Championship of Clare. Most were in memory of older fishermen and friends. Over the decades the canoes got older and the crews

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got greyer and they realised they needed to rekindle the building skills in the area as well as give younger people the opportunity to get out and row. They needed to build our local currach and pass on the subtle skills associated with handling it. There is also the language associated with the boats, the names of reefs in Irish and the history of the men and the times they lived. Leader RRD funded a training programme and over 2 years they build 6 boats which are now made available to Regatta groups along the Clare Coastline. As a club they work cooperatively to promote safe use of the boats for a new generation of people who don’t have to depend on them for a living.

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Shannon Leisure Centre renovations update

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We are delighted to inform you that the Legal and Technical difficulties associated with the renovation and expansion of The Leisure Centre have now been resolved. Painting and preparatory work associated with the retiling of  the  swimming pool and surround has been completed.  Retiling of the pool interior is well underway. A certain amount of this work has to be done before the builders return to complete the new build and renovations. Planning permission has been received for the Tennis Courts, Skateboard Park and Floodlights. Work will commence on these facilities shortly. We have not got an official re-opening date as of yet but we will be informing you as soon as we do. Keep an eye on our website and notice board in Skycourt Town Centre for details of our upcoming Open Day and Promotions! Thank you for your patience.

Christmas Craft Fair The Annual Christmas Craft Fair takes place in Sean Lemass Public Library, Shannon from 1st - 10th December 2009 [provisional dates]. For people interested in participating in the Craft Fair, tel. Craft Fair secretary at 061 362241 or the Shannon Library at 061 364266. Enjoy a variety of hand crafted items by local craftspeople and pick up some Christmas presents.

shannon town AFC 40th anniversary celebrations

This year Shannon Town are celebrating their 40th anniversary, making them Shannon’s oldest football club. They have approx 200 kids registered to play with them and each week they field teams ranging from u7s-u16s. They are always looking for new players and would be delighted to welcome any new players to their club. See below for details on how to help them celebrate their anniversary. Tickets are available from Darcys or any committee member.

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Shannon Town United under 11’s Win League and Cup Double

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Shannon Town United under 11B schoolboys scored a fantastic double success this season as they scooped booth the league title and cup competitions ! les cib vin The In in the Under 11 Division 3 section of the Limerick District League. The boys were playing their first season of competitive soccer and actually are all under 10 players but were entered into the under 11 league as a ‘gaining experience’ exercise. Far from being daunted by the challenge the boys beat all before them over the season winning all their matches comfortably. Scoring a total of 62 goals and conceding a mere 6 goals it truly was a season to remember. Many of the boys have been playing together since aged 4 at Shannon Town United so as a team they are very familiar with each other. Their first game was away at Mungret and with a cracking 6 nil victory the standard had been set as they swept all competition aside. The league was completed with a 100% record and then all attention switched to the cup competition and when they won that too it made the dream of a double a reality!

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Weekly Events All the events listed below take place in the Shannon Family Resource Centre (SFRC), Respond Community Hall, unless otherwise stated. Monday Art Circle (SFRC) 10.00-12.00 Art Class (SFRC) 7.00 - 9.00pm Tuesday Traveller Womens Physical Education Programme 11am - 1pm every Tuesday Baby Weight/Child Health Clinic 2.00 - 3.30pm Drop In. Every 2nd/3rd/4th Tuesday of each month in Health Centre .Homework Club (SFRC) 3.00 - 5.00pm Afterschool homework club .Storytime for Children 4pm Sean Lemass Library (4-7 year olds) Sit n Knit Womens Circle 7.30pm Meet, mingle and trade yarns with local knitters (including crocheting or tapestry). Tel 061 707600 Wednesday Free Confidential Counselling Services (SFRC) 10.00am - 12.30pm Scrabble Club for Adults 2pm Sean Lemass Library. Homework Club (SFRC) 3.00 - 5.00pm Afterschool homework club Thursday Craft time for Children 4pm Sean Lemass Library (7+ year olds) Park AFC Training 6pm Training for Under 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10’s at the GAA astroturf pitches. Continues every Thursday. Creative Writing Circle (SFRC) 7.30pm - 9.30 pm Friday Toddlers Inc (SFRC) 10.00am - 12.00 Kick Back Café 5pm – 10pm. Respond Community Building Saturday Shannon Flyers 10am (Community Hall, Newmarket-onFergus) Kick Back Café (SFRC) 4pm – 9pm.

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Since Coleen was small, her father has been taking her to local hurling and football matches and she is a big fan. She knows all the WolfeTones players by name and going to watch a match is one of her favourite activities, although she gets upset if there is a fight on the pitch! She is also a big Munster fan and has a signed photo of Ronan O’Gara which he sent to her for her birthday last year. She treasures it and wastes no opportunity to show it to any visitors to the house. Her two favourite things to watch on TV are cooking programmes, particularly Ready Steady Cook, and anything with Jamie Oliver, and also GAA and Munster matches. Sky+ has been a godsend as she loves to watch the matches over and over again. Coleen is relatively healthy, although when she was born she had a problem keeping food or liquids down and subsequently had to have an operation when she was two to close off the faulty valve. She is also prone to mini seizures for which she is on medication. Coleen gets home from school at around 4.00pm and immediately heads to the fridge. Her favourite snacks are yoghurts and bananas. Then she helps her mother prepare the dinner. She loves cooking. She is very good at preparing the vegetables and has a very light hand for pastry making. On Saturday mornings she heads off to the Shannon Flyers Special Olympics Club which is run by a dedicated bunch of volunteers. It takes place in Newmarket-on-Fergus at the moment with the closure of the Leisure Centre. Her best event is the 25m for which she won a gold medal in a regional event in Cork in June. She, along with several of her teammates, is representing Munster in the Ireland finals in Plassey next June, which is the basis for the selection for Team Ireland for the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens. Needless to say her family are very proud of her. Christmas is still a time of great excitement for Coleen. Santa (she calls him ‘HoHo’) has to bring her a new doll every year and she loves all the parties and activities around the festive season. Coleen finishes school next June and her parents are as yet unsure of her future. Thet are waiting for a meeting with the HSE to find out what the options are. It is a massive concern to parents with children like Coleen. These children cope much better when they are in a routine and when they leave school at 18 and have nowhere to go it is a massive blow to them and their self esteem. It is also very difficult for their carers. .......Contd on page 27


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...... continued from page 25 Coleen has three elder siblings - Richard & Daniel, who both work and live away from home and Tara, who attends Mary Immaculate in Limerick where she is studying Child Care. Having older siblings has been a great help to Coleen growing up as there was always lots of friends around to keep her entertained, and now that she is a little older they sometimes take her out with them to the GAA for a ‘drink’. She is very sociable and loves being out and about. Caring for Coleen is a team effort. Richard and Daniel help out at the weekends along with Richard’s girlfriend, Naoise, and Tara still lives at home so is always on hand to help out. Mary’s sister Carmel also frequently takes Coleen overnight to give the rest of the family a break, and Tony’s brother Joe and his wife Trish also lend a helping hand. Bedtime for Coleen is around 8.30 every night. Up until recently there was a lot of bed hopping in the Mulcahy household as Coleen liked to have company in bed but more recently she has become a good sleeper and stays in her own bed. (If anybody would like more information on Clare Crusaders or is interested in helping to fundraise, you can contact them on 065 - 689 6015)

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PRIZE CHRISTMAS WORDSEARCH Win a family ticket to see Aladdin (see opposite), prize includes family dinner and backstage passes. 2nd prize winner gets a family ticket. Sauce Lord Gift Angel Y L O H Y U L E L O G L I Sing Magi Gold Baby C E D A R S U S E J E N S Sled Mary Green Bells C L O C R I L E P G N T R Merry Star Ham Carol Toys Noel Happy Cedar O V I X E N S L N M A G I Vixen Party Holy Comet M E P M M G S A E R W R D Xmas Pie Icicle Crib E S I A F L J S U B E R Y Yule log Pine Inn Dolls T Y N S L I F O A C O D V Port Ivy Donkey O O E O P A R T Y L E C I Red Jesus Elves Sales Joy Fir H T D K E I P F Y W A C R

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On the 12th Sept the residents of Dun Aras held a residents Barbecue. Some of the neighbours had been talking for some time about holding a street party and about three months ago decided to hold it on 12th September. The date was publicised in the last edition of the Shannon Scene to let all the neighbours know about it. Eileen McKee agreed to do some facepainting for the kids and a bouncy castle was booked. As not all the neighbours knew each other this was a great opportunity for them to meet. Flyers were delivered to all the homes asking who would be attending and all the residents seemed really keen. The night before the BBQ Johnny and Gary (the two main organisers) collected chairs and tables which were kindly lent to them from the Shannon Christian Church and the next morning they bought all the BBQ food prepared salads. The Bouncy Castle was delivered and set up in the corner green area. Some neighbours then went out with lawn mowers. They even set up a mini Soccer pitch so that they could play 5-aside. Music was provided by one of the neighbours who put his speakers in the window of his sitting room. At 2pm the Barbecue was lit, the Bouncy Castle was plugged in and the party started. About 40 adults and 25 kids (aged a couple of weeks to teenagers) enjoyed the surprisingly sunny, hot day. The BBQ was a great success as everyone mingled and got to know their neighbours. Dun Aras is now an even friendlier place as everyone waves to each other coming and going on the estate.

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PARTY VENUE

The Part y People Tel: 061 360 899 Mob: 086 2622644 www.htpromotions.com

Jackie Hodges “Absolutely brilliant party. Fantastic value for money. Would recomend HT Promotions to all my friends, and we will be having another party there in January.”

Linda Lennane “We were very pleased with the venue. The set up was perfect, especially as it was a wet day. All the staff worked hard and were very helpful”

Rosie O’Neill “It was great. We had a fantastic day. Plenty of space for all the kids. Also plenty of variety for the two hours. Mike, Eileen and staff did a great job.” Cathy Keane Bridges “Had my sons birthday party here. It was brilliant. Us adults just sat back and let Eileen and the gang do all the work. Well worth the visit here.”

Karen Smyth (Mum) “Very happy with the service. I found it great value for money. All I had to do was set up the food table while the staff of HT Promotions took care of the entertainment. It took away all of the stress birthdays usually bring.” Jennifer Smyth age 7 “ I want to go there again, and again and again.” Jessica Smyth age 6 “I loved the music and the dancing.”

Sheena (Mum) and Joe (Dad) “Excellent facility. Every age of child catered for. Each party is set up with the birthday child’s interests taken into accout. We have had three very different but successful party’s there. Danny 12 had his Sumo wrestling, Jasmin 10 had her goth/metal music disco and Zoe 8 had a girly castle and disco. They loved it. Mike and Eileen looked after it all. And Fran was great at the facepainting, as usual.” Mary Lundy “Rosemary thoroughly enjoyed her birthday party. Services provided were fantastic. Great venue and great value for money”

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Irena Zaritska “We were very happy with the party. My son wants his party there again next year. He still talks about the day, and he still has all his balloons.”


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