ART EXHIBITION: An artistic response to the 19th century social reformer and Irish female emigrant champion Charlotte Grace O’Brien, will open at the Red Door Gallery, The Square, Newcastle West on March 14 at 8pm. It will include works in both fine art and design by the Artistic Co-operative – limerick Lady Associates in association with Newcastle West Arts. It promises to be a varied and informing experience regarding this inimitable woman. She was born locally at Cahermoyle and was a later resident of Foynes – while socially active in Cobh and New York. Her legacy of the O’Brien Emigrant Home and Our Lady of the Rosary Mission, New York, are testament to her enduring strength of purpose and character. Though afflicted by a pronounced hearing loss at a young age, her sense of endeavour and love of country, would inspire and strengthen her resolve, in the face of adversity – both at home and abroad – where she was obliged to frequently speak in public. Her words and thoughts on emigration, as recorded, are as prescient today as they were in 1881. The official opening will be performed by Ms Vicki Nash, Chairperson of Newcastle West Arts – with an after-party at the centrally located Shamrock Bar. The exhibition runs from March 14 to Saturday, March 30 – open Tuesday to Saturday from 11am to 5pm.
NEWCASTLE WEST FLOWER SHOW: The annual church gate collection will take place on March 16 and 17. New members would be most welcome to come and join the committee. We hold 5 or 6 meetings between March and August, a 3 day show of flower arrangements – cut flowers, pot plants, veg & fruit, cakes, crafts, jams and children’s section. For further information: Contact Hannah Mortell (Sec) on 069-62664.
WL102FM AWARDS NIGHT: Mick Flavin will provide the backing band at this year’s awards ceremony to be held at the Devon Inn on Monday, March 11 next. Some of the award winners include Jason Travers, Trudie Lawlor, Gary Gamble, Micheal Collins, Crystal Swing and Sean Brennan. That’s only a flavour of the talent that’s being honoured on the night. Doors open 7.45pm; show starts 8.30pm, admission €15. Further information: Phone 06966200.
FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT: Fairtrade Fortnight takes place from February 27 to March 11. This is a time to be more aware of supporting people producing products which carry the Fairtrade logo. Many such products, tea, coffee, biscuits, chocolates, cleaning products, bananas etc., are available in local shops and supermarkets. Buying them is real help for producers of the raw materials for these products. These producers are mostly based in third world countries. A quiz to raise awareness and raise funds for the Fairtrade organization will take in Punch’s Bar, Punch’s Cross, Limerick on Wednesday, March 6 at 8pm. € 20 per table to enter. Your support would make big difference and would be appreciated.
FUN 30KM CYCLE: A Fun Cycle will take place on St. Patrick’s Day, Sunday March 19. It will take in Listowel, Duagh, Abbeyfeale, Listowel – so dust down your Bike! All ages & abilities are welcome! Time table as follows: 10am – Start in Listowel (Sports Complex Car Park), 10.30am – Duagh, 11am – Abbeyfeale (The Square), 12 Noon – Cycle ends in Listowel (The Square). On the Return Journey from Abbeyfeale to Listowel we will cycle on the traffic-free Great Southern Trail as far as the Kerry border at Kilmorna – where we will rejoin the main road and cycle back to Listowel via Kilmorna, Bolton’s Cross & Cahirdown. Due back in Listowel at 12 Noon, in time for the parade, which starts at 12:30pm this year. Please wear a cycling helmet (obligatory) and high-viz clothes if possible. For small kids on bikes & in prams, there will be a cycle and pram walk around Listowel Town Park, also starting at 10am from the Sports Complex Car Park. For more Information: Contact Gearóid Pierse at (086) 7228470, email – firstname.lastname@example.org. Internet: www.facebook.com/Listowelrailwalk, or www.southerntrail.net.
PASTORAL AREA NEWS: Our Lady’s Pastoral Area, comprised of the parishes of Ardagh/Carrickerry, Dromcollogher/Broadford, Feenagh/Kilmeedy, Killeedy, Mahoonagh, Monagea and Newcastle West, has organized two Lenten talks in the Pastoral Centre, Newcastle West as follows: Sr. Bridie O’Sullivan will speak on Wednesday, March 13 at 8pm and Fr. Brendan Clifford OP will speak on Tuesday, March 19 at 8pm. The School Retreat Team from Youth 2000 – a movement of young people involved in spreading the Catholic faith – will visit the three secondary schools in our Pastoral Area (Hazelwood College, Desmond College and Scoil Mhuire agus Íde) in April. The Pastoral Area pilgrimage to Knock will take place on Sunday, June 9 – please mark the date in your diary – this is always an enjoyable day out. As part of our Year of Faith initiative, we will be visiting different holy sites in our Pastoral Area. On Sunday evening of July 28, we will be making a pilgrimage to St. John the Baptist well in Castlemahon. More details on this later.
ARRA FRIENDS NEWCASTLE WEST: The next meeting will be on Wednesday, March 13 at the Desmond Complex. Don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes as we shall have music for dancing. Aquarobics will continue at Killeline Leisure Centre each Monday at 11am. Membership Fees are now due, please contact Breda.
WEST LIMERICK 102FM RADIO: A new programme has started on West Limerick 102 FM. It is broadcast on Wednesday nights from 8pm to 9pm and follows the lives of people who have amazing stories to tell. On Wednesday next, Neily Duggan will talk about his various interests – including the refereeing of an All Ireland hurling final, the build up and the preparation. He also did numerous provincial and county finals – ever wondered what a referee is thinking on the big day? Tune into the Circle of Life on West Limerick 102fm on Wednesdays from 8pm to 9pm.
DESMOND COMPLEX: Our next Fun Day will take place on Wednesday March 20. The usual activities will take place and we are hopeful of a large attendance. We would again like to remind people to contact Brendan on (069) 84069 to enable us to have a good approximation on numbers. The Kerry Branch of Arthritis Ireland has received official authorization from Guinness World Records to attempt 2 world records for “the Largest Number of People Dressed as Ghost’s at a Single Venue for 5 minutes” and for ‘’ The Longest moving line of wheelchairs” (participants don’t need to be wheelchair users) for 1 minute at Denny Street, Tralee at 2pm on St. Patrick’s Day. They are looking for sponsorship to cover the cost of bringing a Guinness Adjudicator to Tralee on the day. Any interested company is kindly asked to contact Tom on 087)6723442. This event is open to people of all ages. Children under 16 must have the consent of a parent or guardian. To participate in the event requires a registration fee of €10 per adult and €5 for children under 16. A person can register on www.arthritisireland.ie or can phone 01)6618188, or, 087)6723442 for more details.
We are looking at the possibility of organising a senior citizens club. The club would be run along conventional club rules and have a conventional hierarchy. We would envisage meeting once a month at a base in Newcastle West. The club would organise outings, social events and other get-together’s for its members. Membership will not be confined to any particular area, so no matter where you live, if you are interested please ring one of the following 087)2137368, 087)2160423, 087)6111824, 086)0706843. Once we have acquired sufficient numbers we will organise the initial meetings. Anyone interested in pilgrimages to Fatima or Assisi, San Giovanni Rotondo and Medjugorje from May 23-30, or September 19 to 27 respectively, should contact Joan Bourke on (061)600951. These tours will be accompanied by a spiritual director.
SUE RYDER CHARITY SHOP: We need clothes & shoes of all shapes & sizes, unwanted gifts & unwanted prizes. Please remember us when clearing out your wardrobes, presses & cupboards while spring cleaning. The Sue Ryder charity shop is located at Maiden St, Newcastle West. Donations always welcome.
BEAUTY PROGRAMME: West Limerick Resources, with the support of the DSP and Co. Limerick VEC is offering places on “The Beauty Programme” with modules in: Beauty, Make-up and Skincare, Nutrition & Healthy Eating, Confidence Building, Career Planning and Job Preparation. Participants will have the opportunity to learn new skills and build confidence in their own abilities. Those who demonstrate skills and interest will be supported into FETAC accredited training. Participants must be over 18 and in receipt of a Social Welfare payment. For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact: Finn on 087 759 1951 or 069 61316 or email@example.com
CALVARY CEMETERY COMMITTEE – STATIONS OF THE CROSS: The Stations of the Cross will be held each Sunday of Lent at 2.30pm in Calvary Cemetery – commencing this Sunday.
LOOKING FOR YOUR PATH: The Carmelite’s in Tallow are hosting a monastic weekend for single women (aged 22-40) discerning a vocation to the religious life from March 22 to 24. For more information: Contact 058-56205 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
RURAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICE: The Rural Employment Service (R.E.S) works with individuals who are long term unemployed and who want to make a positive change in their lives and who see employment as a central part in that change. This service is free & confidential. The service also provides information on training & education opportunities and support in creating a career plan. You can contact Dearbhla or Finn in the Round House, Newcastle West on 069 61316 & Brenda in W.L.R main office N.C.W. on 069 62222
GARMENT OF SUFFERING: A garment will be draped around the cross on Good Friday to remind us that those in pain or suffering in whatever way, represented by the pieces of fabric, are united in their suffering with the suffering of Christ on the cross. If you wish to donate a piece of fabric, please drop it in the basket in church. We would appreciate if pieces could be cut to 6” x 6” squares as this greatly aids in the assembly of the garment. Thank you.
BREAST CHECK: The National Breast Screening Programme offers a free breast x-ray (mammogram) for women aged 50 to 64. Appointments take about half an hour. The mobile screening unit is located at Croom Orthopaedic Hospital. If you wish to register, or check that you are on the register: Please free phone 1800 45 45 45 or register online at http://www.breastcheck.ie/
THE RELIC OF ST. JOHN BOSCO: The Relic of St. John Bosco will visit Limerick from Wednesday, February 27 to Thursday, March 7. The relic will be at Our Lady, Help of Christians Church, Milford on Wednesday, February 27: Welcome Liturgy: 10.30 am; Veneration of the relic: 11.00 to 19.15; Mass: 19.30; Veneration of the relic: 22.30 until midnight. The relic will be at the Holy Family Church, Southill, Limerick on Thursday, February 28: Welcome Liturgy:10.00; Veneration of the relic: 10.30 to 11.45; Mass: 12:00; Veneration of the relic: 12.45 to 14.00. The relic will be at the Salesian College, Pallaskenry, Co. Limerick on Friday, March 1: Veneration of the relic: 14.00 to 19.45; Mass: 20.00; Prayer services: Hourly from 18.00 to 22.00; Sacrament of reconciliation: 14.00 onwards.
WORK ACCESS: Please note the following: Anyone with a disability, mental health issue or learning difficulty can avail of our service. People wishing to use the service do not need to be on a disability payment. We can offer support also to those already in employment. We can meet anyone for an informal meeting to discuss his/her needs and to clarify any questions about the service we provide. We are currently based on Little Ellen Street, Limerick but we also have outreach offices in Newcastle West and Kilmallock.
LITTLE EINSTEIN’S PRESCHOOL: Little Einstein’s at 17 Bishop Court is now enrolling for September 2013 – including the ECCE scheme places. To qualify for this scheme your child must have been born between February 2, 2009 and June 30, 2010. Little Einstein’s is the only service with a roofed garden in NCW. Please contact Deirdre at 086-0872198 or email: email@example.com
MUSICAL “THE WITNESS”: A musical by Carol & Jimmy Owens “The Witness” is the story of Jesus, told and sung by Peter and the other men and women who knew the Master best. Featuring a great cast and coordinated by Fr. Terry Loughran. “The Witness” a musical, will be presented by the Diocese of Limerick, in the Lime Tree Theatre, Mary Immaculate College, on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th March at 8pm. This production which is being staged just before Easter is an ideal opportunity for parishes, youth groups, as well as individuals to participate in a meaningful and relevant way in the Year of Faith and to enter into the spirit of the season of preparation for the events of Holy Week. Young people would particularly enjoy this Musical. You can book your tickets at the Lime Tree Box Office Tel 061-774774 or www.limetreetheatre.ie at €15 each. We have booked 18 tickets and a bus for the show on Friday, March 8. Cost € 20 (includes bus). If you wish to attend please sign the list in the Sacristy, Newcastle West or ring the Parish Office (069-62141). Bookings must be secured by full payment – as we have already paid for the tickets. If there is a greater interest in attending the musical, we will order more tickets and arrange for a larger bus, but we must know our numbers well in advance to facilitate this. If you do intend to go as part of the parish group, please book your seat as soon as possible. Thank you.
NEWCASTLE WEST LANGUAGE & PLAY PROGRAMME: The Newcastle West Language and Play Programme runs on Wednesday. This Developmental Play programme is full of activities to help children (under 4) get ready for preschool or school. There will be painting, play dough, arts and crafts, which will help you understand the way your children play and how playing can help children learn to read/write. Free for eligible families in receipt of social welfare payment. Contact Theresa on 069 79113 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
MEDJUGORJE 2013: The West Limerick Medjugorje prayer group is organizing a pilgrimage to Medjugorje for a week from July 27 to August 3 - flying from Dublin airport with Marian Pilgrimages. Spiritual Director: Fr. Richard Keane C.C. The cost for the week B/B and evening dinner is € 659 ex Dublin. If a deposit is paid before February 17th, you get € 50 off. While there we will experience three days of the youth festival which is a powerful experience. For further information: Ring Mary Keating (069-60375) or Paddy Geary (087-6247672).