CARDS: The results from last weeks card game at Monagea Parish Hall were 1st, with ten games, Pat Condon and John Upton 2nd divided three ways with nine games each Denis O’Connor and Connie O’Sullivan, Noel McCarthy and Tom Purcell, John Casey and Noreen Coughlan. Table prizes Anne Healy and Johnny, Con Cregan and Neil Scanlon, Jer and Mary Collins. Raffle Martin Meehan, Mike Raleigh, Sheila Quirke, Donie Donovan. The card game continues every Wednesday night at 9pm.
DEATH: Sympathy to the McGowan and Riordan families of Monagea on the death of John McGowan last weekend. John was a native of Dublin and he married Mary Riordan. They lived outside the country for some time before returning to settle in Monagea. In recent times John’s health deteriorated and he died in Milford Hospice at the weekend. He is survived by his wife Mary, daughters Anna and Lisa, Granddaughter Zara, brothers, sisters, in laws, other relatives and friends. His remains were removed to Monagea Church on Monday evening and his burial was in Monagea Cemetery on Tuesday. May he rest in peace.
AGM POSTPONED: Due to the funeral of John McGowan the AGM of Monagea Parish Hall was postponed. It was due to take place on Monday night last. A new date will be fixed and this will be advertised as soon as possible.
SUNDAY AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: The next Sunday Afternoon Tea Dance at Monagea Parish Hall will take place on this Sunday February 2nd from 3 to 6pm. Music on the day will be provided by the popular Dermot Lyons. These dances are proving very popular with people from all parts of County Limerick, Kerry and Cork in attendance. The organisers would like to see more people from the parish supporting the dance as it raised much needed funds for the hall.
RAMBLING HOUSE: On Monday January 20th there was another very entertaining Rambling House at Monagea Parish Hall. We had many of our regular musicians, singers, dancers and story tellers in attendance. Also present was a large group from Carrigkerry and Glensharrold Wren boys. They gave and outstanding session of music, song and storytelling. Many thanks to everyone who made the effort to come along and perform.
CLASSES: Aerobics and fitness classes in Monagea Parish Hall every Tuesday night from 7.30 to 8.30pm. In these classes you can go at your own pace and help get fit. It is also a chance to get rid of some of that extra weight after the Christmas festivities.
The set dancing classes continue every Thursday night from 8.30 to 10.30pm. These classes are proving very popular no matter what your standard of dancing is. Why not get a few friends together and enjoy a social occasion. Light refreshments are served during the class.
MONAGEA GAA DOG NIGHT: Monagea GAA club are organising a night at the dogs in Limerick Greyhound Track on Saturday March 15th. Tickets are now on sale and can be got from any club member. The cost is €10 for a single ticket or €20 for a family. Monagea GAA club would appreciate your support as this is a great opportunity to raise much needed funds for the club.
CLOTHES COLLECTION: Monagea Ladies Football Club have been collecting clothes, to raise funds for the club. It has been decided that this coming weekend will be the end of their efforts. If you have any good clean clothes that you do not need the club would be delighted to have them. Clothes can be dropped to Denise Browne of Strand, John O’Callaghan of Ballyshane or Dawn Hennessy in Newcastle West. Arrangements can also be made to collect if you cannot deliver.
MACRA CLUB: Following some preliminary meetings the inaugural meeting of Insa Ban Macra Club was held on Thursday last January 16. The following club officers were elected: Chairperson Maria O Sullivan, V Chairperson Selena Gardiner, Secretary Myles Cunningham, Assistant Secretary David Mulcahy, Treasure Ben O Shea, Assistant Treasure Shane Brouder, P.R.O Sean Cunningham and assistant John O Donnell. The club caters for young people, aged 17 to 35, from most parishes in West Limerick, West of Newcastle West. On Friday night last the club got a great welcome at Mungret G.A.A club house where we took part in a quiz held By the city Macra club. There was great Craic to be had on the night with over 25 tables. Names are being taken for the mystery tour leaving the South Court hotel limerick on Saturday 1st February. Names have to be given to Myles Cunningham by today Thursday 30th January. The next meeting will be held in Hall Inse Ban, Templeglantine on Thursday February 13. New members are welcome and if you are interested in joining contact Brigid Walsh on 086 0822038 or come to the next meeting. Macra provides a great social outlet for young people. Its activities include sport, public speaking, performing arts and travel.
OSCARS: The 2014 Oscar Ceremony in Hollywood in early March will have a great local interest as the film “Philomena” has been nominated in four categories. They are 1) Best Actress (Dame Judi Dench) 2) Best Picture 3) Best Adapted Screen Play 4) Best Original Score (Alexandre Desplat). The film is based on the story of Newcastle West woman Philomena Lee.
MEDJUGORJE PILGRIMAGE: The Newcastle West Medjugorje prayer group are organising a pilgrimage to Medjugorje from July 30th to August 6. The Pilgrimage will depart from Dublin Airport. The trip is based on a b&b and evening meal basis. Full comprehensive pilgrimage insurance is also included. If a €100 deposit is paid by February 15th the total cost will be reduced by €50. The spiritual director for the pilgrimage is Canon Duhig PP Newcastle West. For further information contact Mary Keating on 069 60375 or 086 6046524 or Paddy Geary on 069 77595 or 087 6247672.
KNOCKFIERNA HERITAGE SOCIETY: On Saturday next February 1 Minister for Arts, Culture & Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenehan will visit Knockfierna at 2.30pm. Mr. Deenehan will launch a guide brochure of Knockfierna which shows famine roads, potato ridges which are still intact since the famine of 1847. All are welcome for this very unique occasion. The afternoon will be followed by entertainment at the Rambling House. All are welcome.