NEWCASTLE WEST GOLF CLUB: This is an historic year for the club, as it was founded exactly 75 years ago and major celebrations are planned – including the launching of a book that will take the reader on a journey from humble beginnings in 1938 to the magnificent facilities on offer today. The Historical Committee – who are putting final touches to book, say that it will be completed shortly. If anyone has Articles, Photographs or Material that they would like to have included, they should forward them to the office before February 15. The Committee would like to take this opportunity to advise all former Captains (Men’s and Ladies Club) that a photograph of each Captain, since the Clubs formation, is being included in the Book. For this purpose, archive photographs are being used, however, should any Captain have a preference for the use of a personal photograph – please forward to the Office before February 15 – or contact any member of the Committee. For further details: Contact Pat McLoughlin, Pat Neville, Michael P Murphy, Joan Bouchier Hayes, Dan Madigan, John Cussen, Maria Woulfe.
COMMUNITY HEALTH MATTERS: The West Limerick Primary Health Care Project for Travellers will begin broadcasting their new programme entitled ‘Community Health Matters’ on West Limerick 102fm this February. The programme will be broadcast on the first Wednesday of each month from 11am to 11.30am – straight after the news and will examine a range of topics including children’s health and safety, men’s health, tanning, diabetes, addiction and mental health. Those interested may text their health-related questions or ideas to 087 9915873 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MUSICAL “THE WITNESS”: Limerick Diocese is presenting ‘The Witness’- a musical about the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, as told through the eyes of Peter, on Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9 in the Lime Tree Theatre, Mary Immaculate College. 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 & DISTRICT PIPE BAND: The band is seeking new recruits (10 years of age and older). Practise sessions every Monday and Thursday evening at 7pm at the Community Centre, Newcastle West. New members would be very welcome. If interested please contact Seamus at 087-6377495.
CAR BOOT SALE AND INDOOR MARKET: The first fundraising Car Boot Sale and indoor market of 2013, for WL102fm, will take place on Sunday, February 17 at the Community Centre, Newcastle West from 8am to 2pm. Gates open 7.30am. Sellers: Car €7, Car and Trailer €10, All Vans €10. Buyers will pay €2 – with children under 16 accompanied by an adult free. Further information: 069 66200/087 6866450.
START YOUR OWN BUSINESS: West Limerick Resources will be offering a two day Start Your Own Business Course in the Courtenay Lodge, Newcastle West on Saturday, February 16 and 23 from 10am to 4pm. The course will cover all aspects of how to start your own business. To register contact Morgan on 069 66290
COMFORT KEEPERS HOME CARE: Comfort Keepers Home Care are now recruiting Home Care Assistants all over Limerick. We will be holding a recruitment/information open day in Newcastle West Community Centre on Friday, February 8 from 10 am to 4 pm. All are welcome.
NEWCASTLE WEST FILM CLUB: Schedule as follows: Friday, March 1 “Women on the 6th Floor” (Life is about to change a lot). Friday, April 5 “Barbara” (Ordinary people at extraordinary times). Trailers are available to view on www.ncwfilmclub.wordpress.com, e-mail: email@example.com. Tel. 087 687 7970,
PROPOSED CHANGES TO WEST LIMERICK RESOURCES: West Limerick Resources will hold a series of public meetings to highlight the potential impact of recent proposed changes, by the government, which could put the future existence of the local and community development company into question. The independent not-for-profit company is asking all members of the local community to attend one of its upcoming meetings to find out more and support its efforts to have the community’s voice heard in discussions on how these proposals are to be implemented. A meeting is scheduled to take place in the Desmond Complex Newcastle West at 8pm on Wednesday, February 13 and all are welcome.
RED CROSS: The Newcastle West Branch will host the annual party for the residents of Beechwood Nursing Home on Sunday, February 10. Members are requested to meet in the Reception Area at 2pm. Musical accompaniment will be provided by members of the Ceol Luimnigh Group.
MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION: The West Limerick Branch will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 12 in the Desmond Complex at 8pm. New members are most welcome.
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.
ARRA FRIENDS: The Annual General Meeting of the Arra Friends will take place at The Desmond Complex on Tuesday, February 12 at 4.30 pm. All members are requested to attend. Aquarobics will begin at Killeline Leisure Centre on FMonday, February 11 at 11.00 am and will continue for 6 weeks – cost €30.
UPSKILLING IN BROADCASTING TRAINING: Those interested in becoming a volunteer broadcaster at West Limerick 102 Community Radio are now invited to take part in a dedicated 12 week training programme to develop the skills to produce and present high quality programming for the community station. Topics will include Role of Community Radio, Radio Presenting, Researching for Radio, The Role of the Producer, Technical Skills and News & Current Affairs. The course is free of charge – with Limited Places Available. Open to those living in the West Limerick area and interested in volunteering with the community radio station. For further information and an application form: Please contact Connie Broderick, WL102 on 069 66200.
WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: New Year - More confident you - Become a better communicator and a better leader - West Limerick Toastmasters can help. Learn to speak before an audience whether it’s for church readings, work presentations or club presentations. The first meeting of 2013 takes place in the Desmond Complex on Wednesday, February 6 at 8.30pm sharp. For further information: Contact 087-4146732 or 087-2272788 or website http://www.limerickwesttm.org/.
LITTLE EINSTEIN’S: Little Einstein’s Preschool at 17 Bishop Court, Newcastle West 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 was awarded a capital childcare grant by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs in June – enabling us to upgrade the back garden into a state of the art all weather play area – making Little Einstein’s the ONLY service with a roofed garden in Newcastle West. All are welcome to come and see what we have to offer. To make an appointment, to enrol your child or for additional information: Contact Deirdre on 086-0872198. email:firstname.lastname@example.org & follow us on facebook.
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).
INTERIOR DESIGN: West Limerick Resources – in conjunction with the VEC will be offering an interior design course for Newcastle West parents, in receipt of social welfare, in the Community Hub, starting February 21. It will run for 4 weeks from 10am – 12 Noon, followed by 8 weeks of personal development. Booking required: Contact Theresa on 069 79113
A GATHERING YOUTH SERVICE BIRTHDAY: This year Limerick Youth Service celebrates its 40th birthday. In the four decades since Sr. Joan Bowles opened the doors, 1.2milllion young people have passed through them. That’s 1.2million young people! In recognition of this milestone, LYS will host a number of events throughout 2013 to will raise awareness of the role that LYS has and continues to play in supporting and encourages our young people. Looking forward to the 40th celebrations, LYS Director, Catherine Kelly, thanked the many volunteers, staff and young people who have contributed to LYS since 1973. ‘We are looking forward to what promises to be a busy year and meeting some old faces,’ said Ms. Kelly, who has been with LYS since the 1980s. ‘Although LYS has changed a lot since those early days, we still remain true to Sr. Joan’s belief that only the best is good enough for our young people,’ continued Ms. Kelly. infolink will keep you up to date on all the events planned for our 40th. We would especially like to hear from former members who would like to share thoughts of their time at LYS.
TAIZÉ: Limerick Diocese is organising a pilgrimage for young adults (over 18’s) to Taizé from July 4 to 9. Taizé is a great place to meet young people of different religions – to reflect on your faith and pray and sing together. The pilgrimage also includes a trip to Paris and Disneyland Paris. If there is anyone (18+) interested please of contact Fr. Duhig (069-62141).
S.J.Y.P.S: The Newcastle West Branch of St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society will resume its monthly meetings on Thursday, February 7 in the Parish Office at 8pm. All promoters are earnestly requested to attend and new members are most welcome.
DESMOND COMPLEX: The next Fun Day will take place on Wednesday, March 6. The usual activities will take place and we hope for a large attendance. We would again like to remind people to contact Brendan on (069) 84069 to enable us have a good approximation on numbers. We would also like to remind people about the hospitalities offered by the Desmond Complex. Dinners are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays of every week – with music on most days. Groups can also be accommodated but require advance bookings by ringing the office on (069) 62757 during normal working hours. Anyone interested in pilgrimages to Fatima or Assisi, San Giovanni Rotondo and Medjugorje from May 23 to 30 or September 19 to 27 respectively should contact Joan Bourke on (061)600951. These tours will be accompanied by a spiritual director.