Monthly Archives: April 2015

Coolmeen links to the Lusitania Tragedy 1915-2015

Dr Joseph Garry (1890-1915)

Two Coolmeen men were among the 1.198 passengers and crew who drowned when the British ocean liner The Lusitania was torpedoed and sunk during World War I.  The tragedy took place on 15 May 1915 when the ship was 18KM from Kinsale en route from New York to Liverpool.

The Coolmeen men were Michael Galvin of Derryshane and Dr Joe Garry of Shanahea. Michael Galvin had emigrated to New York on 21 September 1906 when he was aged 16 and was coming home to visit his family. He was buried in Cobh along with 168 other victims of the disaster. His niece Sr Annelives in Kent, England.


The house where Michael Galvin was born.

The house where Michael Galvin was born.

Dr Joe Garry had qualified as a doctor in Dublin in June 1914 and was serving as medical officer on the ship.


Pilgrimages to Lourdes 2015

Lourdes 2Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes

Wednesday 11th February is the 157th anniversary of the Apparitions of Our Lady to St. Bernadette in Lourdes. This year’s Diocesan Pilgrimage will leave Shannon on Friday June 26th, returning on Wednesday July 1st. The cost this year is €687 per person sharing with a €10 discount for online booking at

Booking forms can be obtained from: Joe Walsh Tours, 143 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2. Telephone: (01) 2410810

A limited number of Sick pilgrims will be accommodated in the Sanctuary of Lourdes at a cost of €575 Applications for sick pilgrims only to Fr. Tom Ryan, Pilgrimage Director, SS John & Paul Presbytery, Shannon, Co. Clare. Telephone: (061) 364133

Families or individuals often sponsor a family member, parents, or a friend on the occasion of an anniversary or Jubilee with a visit to Lourdes. Sponsorship for sick people is always welcome. For more details, see poster in Church porch and on the Killaloe Diocese website

Lourdes poster 2015_Lourdes Pilgrimage poster

Rosary during May

May Rosary:

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May is the month of Our Lady, The rosary will be prayed at 8pm on the following dates and locations:

• Tuesday, 5 May at the Grotto in Coolmeen;
• Tuesday, 12 May at the Grotto in Shessive;
• Tuesday, 19 May at the Cillenn in Clondrina.

All welcome.