ANNIVERSARIES: Past members of the community who will be remembered in liturgical celebrations include John & Alice Nealon on Thursday March 14 at 10.00 am Mass. On Sunday St Patrick’s Day at noon Mass, deceased members of the O’Dea family of Carheeny will be remembered.
BANTRACHT NA TUAITHE: Reminder that an evening on ‘Gardening’ with Jim McNamara, Organic College, Dromcollogher will take place on Tuesday next March 19 in Woodlands Hotel Adare, commencing at 8pm. Following a question and answer session to celebrate Naomh Pádraig there will be a Seisiún ceol agus Damhsa ar feadh uair a cloig. Bí Linn agus Fáilte.
ASKEATON WALKING TOUR: As part of Limerick’s ‘Lifelong Learning Festival’, Anthony Sheehy will conduct a walk of the main historical sites in ‘The Auld Town’ on Bank Holiday Monday, March 18. The event will take off from the Tourist Office in the East Square at 2.30 pm and beidh fáilte roimh gach duine.
GENEALOGY EVENT: A free event to consult the combined records of the Presbyterian and Methodist churches locally, including the Adare/Ballingrane registers and many school registers. This takes place at Christ Church in O’Connell St. Limerick to mark its 200 anniversary, on Saturday March 16 from 10 am. Help will be on hand to guide your researches and Michael Wheeler will talk on his own genealogical researches. Any queries can be made to firstname.lastname@example.org.
MICK HANLEY COMETH: Collaboration between the Community Council and the ‘Seven Sisters’ Pub, ensures an enjoyable evening with Mick on Sunday March 24. Tickets at a mere €10 from either the Pub, the P O or Mary at 087 6521806.
ANNUAL JOEY HANNAN RUN: Croom is again hosting this popular event which begins for walkers at 1.15 pm and runners at 2.00 pm on St. Patrick’s Day. Prize giving takes place from 3.30 pm and refreshments will be served. An ‘Irish Night’ will follow in Coláiste Chiaráin with a €5 entry fee.
ST PATRICK: To honour the National Apostle and in remembrance of his visit to Kildimo en route to Knockpatrick in Foynes, the ‘Seven Sisters’ is hosting several fun events. On Saturday March 16 from 5.00 to 7.00 pm, there will be a Children’s Fancy Dress in aid of the local Parents Association. Entry €2. From 9.00 pm it will be the turn of the adults to dress up Fancy. Tommy McCauley will honour the Apostle with his music from 5.00 to 8.00 pm on St Patrick’s evening.
TREE WEEK: As part of the annual week to highlight the importance of trees, a Mountain Ash was planted at the National School on Friday March 8. Brainchild of the caretaker Michael Coughlan, he arranged for members of the Limerick Chapter of Woodturners to demonstrate their use of wood in their turning products which they had on show. The Chairman of this group Brendan Collins addressed the assembled school children and their teachers and a founder member John Ryan highlighted the importance of trees in our environment and the work of ‘Crann’ in fostering this cause. This tree has been regarded as sacred by the Druids and in this locality there was a fairy fort called after it, namely the Bruighean Caerthainn, that is the fort of the Quicken Tree- another name for the tree. Credited with many mystical qualities in the past, one of its less mystical qualities is its propensity to ‘quicken’ your visits to the bathroom if you eat its berries. Enjoy them visually and leave their eating to the birds who will distribute their seeds for wider propagation.
LIFELONG LEARNING WEEK: From Monday March 18 to Sunday 24, there will be a festival of free learning events in Limerick. The free booklet available locally invites you to experience a wide range of healthy life-enhancing events from learning how to laugh, how to make baskets, to grow vegetables and learn how to cook them. If these invitations do not interest you, then why not try the ‘Men’s Shed’ in Abbeyfeale and learn how men ‘chill out’ from their demanding lifestyle on Wednesday March 20 from 11.00 am. And if you’ve always wanted to try adult ballet, then the place to be is Studio 21, O’Connell St on Tuesday March 19 at 8.15 pm.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: On the day itself Civil Defence Active retired members & friends had a most enjoyable afternoon at ‘De Bucket ‘Pub Ferrybridge .A talk on ‘Introduction to Upcycling’by Mary McKeon was most enjoyable & has whetted the appetite for more information on this topic. Boots Chemists representatives followed with
a make over and afternoon tea with De Bucket home bake specialities rounded off what was described as a well designed celebration to all women. Míle buiochas to all friends and neighbours for their support.
GAA LOTTO: The draw on March 4 for a Jackpot of €2,300 resulted in numbers 7, 15, 20 & 23. No members predicted this combination so ‘Lucky Dips’ of €50 were drawn by Eoghan Curtin, Bernadette Hartigan, Ger O’ Brien & Saoirse Deely.
THE GATHERING: A weekend full of events is planned on Friday 16, Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 August to welcome home family and friends to Kildimo to share in our heritage and culture. It is organised by the community organisations, clubs and businesses in the parish. The weekend will consist of Music, Barbeque, Shinty Game, Heritage Talks, Soccer and fun events and games for kids. Please inform friends & relatives living outside the area and overseas abroad All are welcome.