Notices – 9th December 2018

Confession/Reconciliation Service on Monday 17th December at 7.30pm in Innishannon.  Visiting priest Fr Brian Nolan, Redemptorist will lead the ceremony.

Priests Christmas Collection The Christmas Day Collection will be taken up at Masses on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day for the support of your priest.

The priest’s income comes from the Christmas Day and Easter Sunday Collections, spring and Autumn Stations, offerings for Baptisms, Marriages, Funerals and Mass Offerings.

NB. The priest does not receive his income from the weekly and special collections, the only two exceptions are Christmas Day and Easter Sunday.

Envelopes for the Christmas Day Collection are available in both Churches, if you use the Sunday envelopes, it has a special envelope for the Christmas Day priest’s collection.


We pray for Denis Slyne, Innishannon, John & Bridie O’Donovan, Leamlara. Fr. John O’Callaghan, Drimoleague, Patrick & Nora Butler, Barna, Pat & Eileen Delaney and their parents Denis & Bridget Delaney, Russell Hill.


We welcome Ruth Catherine Healy, Kilbeg North, Bandon to the Christian Community.

Innishannon Peace & Justice Group

Laudato Tree and Great Green Wall project to plant trees in Africa and at home, sponsored by the Society of African Missions and the Tree Council of Ireland. An information talk by the Innishannon/Knockavilla Justice and Peace Group at Masses Saturday/Sunday 15th and 16th of December. Donations welcome.

St.Benedicts Priory Cobh

St. Benedict’s Priory, Cobh.  Christmas Fayre, Saturday 15th December, 2-5pm.  Handcrafted gifts and decorations, cakes and confectionary, raffle and more.  Santa will be in attendance. All Welcome!

Parish Office/Bulletin

The last bulletin will be printed on Thursday December 20th for the weekend 22/23rd December.  The Parish Office will be open that day 9am-2pm and then close until January 10th 2019.

Scoil Mhaoilíosa

Our Christmas festivities are all taking place: Singing in the Christmas Room in St. Patrick’s, Upton on Friday, 7th of December; our Christmas Mass will be celebrated on Friday the 14th at 9.30am in Knockavilla Church and our School Concert is on the 20th of December in the school hall.

Gurrane National School

Great morning was had by all at the recent toddler morning held in Gurrane National School. Story time, gingerbread men decorating and a great trad session were to name just a few of the activities enjoyed by the many new and old faces that came to experience a great event. Check our Facebook page

Valley Rovers Breakfast

Valley Rovers annual breakfast morning is being held the 16th of December in Innishannon Hall from 9am.  All proceeds go to the Valley Rovers development fund and all support would be greatly appreciated.

50th Birthday

On Sunday 16th Dec at 7.30 in the Parish Hall, Innishannon will celebrate the many milestones reached in 2018.  The Parish Hall and Tidy Towns are both celebrating their 50th Birthday.  Innishannon Candlelight is celebrating its 35th edition.  And also on the night a new Innishannon Leisure Walks brochure will be launched.  The Parish Hall will be in festive mode and Christmas fare will be served.  Everybody welcome to come and celebrate these land mark events.  Celebrating Innishannon’s many birthdays in 2018 – Come and be part of it!

Innishannon Flower & Garden Club

Will host its Christmas night on Wednesday December 12th at 8pm in Barrett’s Lounge.  Innishannon florist Catherine Shields of “Petals and Presents” will give a demonstration entitled “Let the sparkle begin”. Seasonal refreshments and raffle. All welcome.

Bandon Flower & Garden Club

Present a Christmas Flower Arranging Demonstration “The Spirit of Christmas” by Bernadette Scanlan A.O.I.F.A in The Munster Arms Hotel on Monday December 10th at 8pm.   Mulled wine and minced pies served. A Christmas sales table will be held and visitors very welcome.


Candlelight is now on sale in Innishannon, Crossbarry, Knockavilla and Bandon.  This is our 35th edition and is a bumper edition.  It will make wonderful Christmas reading and what a lovely gift to send to family members far from Innishannon.

St Vincent De Paul Requests for Assistance

St Vincent De Paul are now taking requests for assistance at Christmas time. Please write to us at: St Vincent De Paul, Second Thoughts, Weir Street, Bandon, Co Cork.  For those in the community who may be in immediate need, do not hesitate to contact us in total confidence on 086-8255092 or call to our shop in Bandon.

Bandon Garden Centre

D.J. Murphy of Bandon Garden Centre will give a Christmas Floral Demonstration on Wednesday 12th December at 8pm in the Riverstick Community Centre, hosted by Ballymartle ICA Guild.   Admission is €10 and tea and home baking will be served.

Valley Rovers GAA Lotto

No Jackpot winner last weekGAA Lotto is on Sunday 9th December 2018 in Twohig’s Bar.  Jackpot €4,700.  Last week’s numbers were 08-22-28-32.  Winners of €20: Tom O’Donovan & Denis Horgan c/o Downs Centra, John & Eugene O’Connor c/o Downs, Mary Canniffe c/o Brinny Inn, Zoe Murphy, Bandon, Cathal, Shona & Alesha Cronin, Clashanimud, Alex Murphy, Bandon, Ann Lynch, Farnahoe, John Canty (Snr), Russell Hill and Alan Quirke, Innishannon.

Valley Rovers Christmas Draw on Sunday 16th December.  €1000 in prizes must be won.  10 consolation prizes as follows:  5 prizes of €100, 10 prizes of €50.  Wishing all our lotto buyers, sellers & supporters a happy Christmas.


Medjugorje pilgrimage May 28th – June 4th ex Cork. Staying in Hotel Leone. €625 half board if fully paid before December 10th. €725 after this date. Spiritual Director Fr. Sean Corkery. Contact Sean O’Shaughnessy 086-2959380. Pilgrimage organised through Joe Walsh Tours.

Medjugorje Irish Centre Pilgrimages April – Oct 2019, 7 nights B&B and Airport Shuttle service from Dubrovnik or Split for €279 per person sharing. Book any flight – any time and we provide guaranteed airport shuttle service. Call us for further info and book the dates that suit you. Tel. 01-4434510 or email

11 day Pilgrimage to the Holyland February 11th to 21st 2019.  Spiritual Directors Fr Stephan Park OSA, Fr Owen Gorman OCDS, Fr Peter Okpetu MSP, Price €1,450 PPS, to secure a place Deposit €450 ASAP.  For Bookings call: Philip 087-2508043 or Brenda 0416863390 Email: