FEAST OF NAOMH BRÍDE: Saturday next is St Brigid’s Day or Lá Fhéile Bríde one of Ireland’s patron saints along with Patrick and Columba. The local Glór na nGael have arranged for suitable music at mass on Saturday evening to celebrate the Feast Day. Afterwards the congregation will be invited to Halla Inse Bán for a cupán taé. St Brigid (451-525), also known as Mary of the Gael was the founder of many monasteries of nuns, the most famous being in Cill Dara. Many miracles were attributed to her. After the short visit to Halla Inse Bán on Saturday evening some people may like to attend the annual devotions and prayers at St Brigid’s Holy Well, Shanagarry, Newcastle West at 7.45pm.
CÚRSAÍ EAGLAISE : Daily mass in the local church this week will be at the usual times, Monday and Friday at 6.30pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 9.30am. Anniversary masses this week are as follows, Monday, Gerard O’ Donnell, Friday, Joan Kelly, Saturday, Aeneas and Mary Sheehan, Sunday, Pat Joe Browne. Beannacht Dé ar anamacha na marbh.
COMHALTAS: The traditional singing classes will recommence on Thursday, February 7 at 7pm and will continue for a six week term provided there are sufficient numbers. Therefore it is important that young person wishing to avail of the opportunity should contact 087 9654451 or 087 6844137 immediately and be present on Feb 7. The Fleadh programmes from Derry continue at 7.30pm on Friday evenings on RTE1 Television. The craobh will be represented at the annual Munster Convention which takes place in Mallow on Sunday next, February 2. The annual Féile Feabhra takes place in Lixnaw on February 8 & 9 with music workshops on the Saturday morning and Sean-Nós dancing workshop in the afternoon. Music, singing and comhrá competitions will take place on the Sunday. The craobh intends taking part in the Pléaracha na nÓg competition, the Munster Final of which is fixed for Sunday, March 2. The traditional group Sliabh Notes of which Dónal Murphy, Abbeyfeale, is a member will be performing in a concert at the Devon Inn Hotel on Friday night.
CLUB CELEBRATIONS: Templeglantine GAA club celebrated a very successful year with a victory Dinner Dance at the Devon Inn Hotel on Saturday night last. The event was well attended and special guest on the night was Limerick senior hurler Tom Condon. The various medals won during the year were presented to the members of the junior and under 14 teams. Déanaimid comhghairdeas leis an gclub agus leis na himreoirí go léir gur bronnadh boinn orthu.
GLÓR NA nGAEL: An effort is being made at present to re-vitalise the local Glór na nGael and an open meeting for this purpose is will take place at Halla Inse Bhán on Wednesday, February 5 at 7pm. All those who would like to support our native culture and language will be very welcome. You don’t need to have a great knowledge of Gaeilge in order to play an important supporting role. If you have suggestions or queries please contact 069 84039. Beidh fáilte roimh gach duine ag an gcruinniú.
TRAINING COURSE: West Limerick 102 is currently running an 8 week training course at its studios in Newcastle West for those over 55 who would be interested in learning how to produce a monthly radio programme aimed at older members of our community. The course runs each Monday and Wednesday from 2 to 3.30pm and is free of charge. Anyone who may be interested should contact Connie at West Limerick 102 on 069 66200.
CONCERT: On this Friday night, January 31 a top class traditional concert featuring Sliabh Notes and other artistes will take place at the Devon Inn Hotel. The event is being run in aid of Dromtrasna National School. Tosnú 8.00pm, cead isteach €10.
SET DANCING WEEKEND: The Devon Inn Hotel is the venue for the set dancing weekend run by the West Limerick set dancing club. It will take place on 7-9 February. As well as céilithe on Friday, Saturday and Sunday there will also be workshops during Saturday and on Sunday morning with Maureen Culleton. The weekend events begin on Friday evening with a music and singing session at 7.30pm.
ANNUAL CHARITY WALK : The annual sponsored walk in aid of Rathfredagh Cheshire Home took place on Sunday last starting out from Barnagh at 10am and proceeding along the Great Southern Trail to Newcastle West and by road to Rathfredagh thereafter. The weather was not very pleasant for the event due to the very wintery showers.
BRÓN: The sad news just arrived at the time or writing of the death of Mary Murphy née O’Brien, Glendarough. She will be sadly missed by her family and many friends. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam.