GOLF CLUB: There was a large gathering at the club on Sunday night last, April 14 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the founding of the club in Egan’s Hotel, Bridge St. (now the Central) Newcastle West in 1938. After an enthusiastic welcome by Club Captain Paddy Lane, the celebrations kicked off with the reading of the minutes of that first meeting in 1938 by Club President Pat Neville. Various officers then spoke about the courage and foresight of the founding fathers, who not only created a golf course, but handed on a club with high standards, values and traditions. John Cussen, who is a former Captain and President and also a local historian, gave an interesting talk on the history of the club and its origins. He also informed the gathering that the finishing touches were being put to the production of book which will take the reader on a journey – starting in 1938 and finishing in 2013 – with some pauses along the way. This was the first of many functions and celebrations planned for this historic year.
TRIBUTE TO LEGENDS: Tournafulla Village was buzzing on Friday last as former athletes from far and wide joined family and friends of the O’Sullivan brothers for the unveiling of a monument to two of Tour’s favourite sons. In his unveiling speech, Ronnie Long said “Sean and Michael had brought great honour to their parish” It was a privilege, but yet, a humbling experience to have been in the presence of such greatness. To observe the humility of Sean – who is always reluctant to discuss or comment on his phenomenal achievements was an endearing experience. Michael, who (sadly) passed away a number of years ago, was proudly represented by his wife and family – who accepted the many plaudits and presentations on his behalf. Sean won 15 Limerick, 12 Munster and 6 All-Ireland Cross Country Titles – Track record holder and winner of 32 All-Ireland Track Titles in all distances from 2 miles to 15 miles. These were the Majors – but he won a plethora of local Carnival and fun races also. He was also the recipient of the Caltex Award for athletics in 1962. Michael was Limerick Track and Cross Country Champion and was All-Ireland 15 Mile Road Champion in 1961. He was also runner-up to Sean on many occasions. After the unveiling ceremony, the large gathering was invited back to the magnificent Community Hall for more tributes and some refreshments. Liam Lenihan (MC) went through a catalogue of achievements by Sean and Michael – starting in the early Fifties and ending in the Mid Seventies. Ronnie Long introduced the former greats of Irish athletics to the large appreciative audience – some had travelled long distances to honour their former colleagues. Tributes were also paid by Timmy Horgan (on behalf of the GAA) and Paddy Boucher Hayes (on behalf of the Golf Club). Liam Lenihan, in his closing remarks, thanked all who had made the event possible and singled out John O’Sullivan who had brought it all together. The celebrations then ‘hit another gear’ when Sean’s beloved Wrenboys burst into music and song in their colourful costumes to round off memorable and historic night. Future generations will gaze and gaze and give some thought to the wealth of joy those two have brought. Congratulations to all involved on a job well done.
SELF HELP AFRICA NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT: A church gate collection in aid of the above charity will be held before masses in Newcastle West on Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21. Self Help Africa works with rural communities to help them overcome the challenges of hunger and poverty. For further information: Go to www.selfhelpafrica.org.
GROW YOUR OWN: Limerick West GIY – with the aim of inspiring people to grow their own food will hold its March meeting on Thursday, April 18 at 7pm sharp in D&M Garden Centre, Croagh – with new growers and old hands welcome. This month’s talk will be given by Chris, who will speak about companion planting and its benefits. It will also be our second seed / plant swap of the season, so please bring any unwanted seeds or excess plants. Who knows, you might just pick up that seed / plant you have been looking for. There is no need to bring anything, if you don’t have spares, you can still take what you need during the swap.
From June / July we will be taking Limerick West GIY on the road – visiting some of the many interesting gardens of other members. If you would like to host a meeting at your garden, let us know at the next meeting – picking a month that will suit.
SPECIAL OLYMPICS: The National Bucket Day Collection will take place on Friday, April 26. If you can spare an hour to help us we would love to hear from you. Please contact Ann McCarten on 086-8494357 or Maureen Finnegan on087-9845102. Training has also started on Wednesday, April 10.
ARRA PLAYERS DRAMA GROUP: The Arra Players, Newcastle West Drama Group, last weekend, staged a fantastic performance of “The Chastitute” – one of John B. Keane’s classic plays. The audience in Monagea Hall were in fits of laughter at times and close to tears at other times as the inner turmoil of John Bosco was brilliantly portrayed by veteran actor Denis Hobson. There were also strong performances from Tom Madigan, Nuala Duffy, Paul Moriarty and Angeline O Donnell. The newcomers to the West Limerick stage: Finn Fitzgerald, Dolores Broderick, Stephen Goulding and Vincent O Brien did brilliantly – as did stalwarts: Benny Mc Carthhy, Carmel Buicke and Miriam Goulding. Nuala Duffy was also the Producer and was ably assisted by an impressive back-stage crew – Karen Fitzgibbon from Limerick City, who is a very experienced Director. Denis Buicke designed and constructed the set. Sound was in the capable hands of Declan Hanlon, while the lighting was in the capable hands of Eddie Browne, Mike Mulcahy & Denis Mulcahy from Monagea. In charge of Stage Props were: Daniel Cremin, Siobhan Hennessy & Vincent O’Brien. The play was performed on the new and modern stage in Monagea Hall.
DAY TRIP: Leaving Newcastle West on Sunday, April 21 at 9 am, visiting the Perfumery and Floral centre in the Burren – which featured recently on Nationwide. We will also visit the Ml Cusack Centre and the Parochial House used by Fr Ted on Craggy Island. Breakfast and dinner will be included. For further information: Contact Maureen on 087- 9845102.
DESMOND COMPLEX: Our next Fun Day will take place on Wednesday May 1. All 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 to have a good approximation on numbers. The Desmond Complex will hold its Annual General Meeting on Thursday, April 18 at 7.30 pm. The meeting will take place at the complex, and we are urging all those that have an interest in the complex to attend. All members of the board will be elected on the night and a large attendance would be very much appreciated. 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.
COMMUNION AND CONFIRMATION: To help parents/guardians to prepare spiritually for their child’s First Communion/Confirmation, there will be a prayer and reflection time for any parents/guardians who may be interested in coming along in the Parish Centre, N.C.W. from 7.15 – 7.55pm every Monday evening – starting on Monday, April 15. This is an opportunity to step back from the busyness of your lives and take some time to recollect yourselves in your role as the “first teachers of your child in the ways of faith” (Baptism Ceremony). This will be a very relaxed gathering and will not involve any parent having to get involved in discussion – just a quiet, prayerful time with little bits of spiritual nourishment.
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, Jerry Cronin talks about growing up in West Limerick, his time as a professional footballer with Crystal Palace and more. Tune into the Circle of Life on West Limerick 102fm on Wednesdays from 8pm to 9pm.
BAPTISM PREPARATION PROGRAMME: A Baptism Preparation Programme takes place in the Parish Centre (building in the church car park) at 8 pm on Tuesday, April 30. If you have a child to be baptised, you must have attended one of these one-hour programmes. Please ring 069-62141 to book your place.
THE JOURNEY: Do take some time to view the magnificent art work and poetry on exhibit around the Church. This is part of Compassionate Communities project that seeks to improve our ability to discuss and deal with the challenges of death, dying, loss and caring in our community. The art has been created by 6 local artists, while the poetry is the work of students of Desmond College. You can see more of the work at the Red Door Gallery until April 23 and in NCW Library from April 19 to 29. While there, you can also share your thoughts in special Memory Books.
OLD FURNITURE: Old & old-fashioned furniture (excluding sofas & mattresses) & old/ broken tiles & plates are wanted for a new Newcastle West based furniture up-cycling & mosaic-making training course for people who are unemployed. This training course will train people to restyle old but solid furniture so that it can be re-used. Pick-up of the furniture can be arranged at a cost of €5 per trip – only usable furniture can be taken. To discuss or to arrange a pick-up contact Trevor at West Limerick Resources on 069 77752 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEDJUGORJE 2013: The West Limerick Medjugorje prayer group is organizing a pilgrimage to Medjugorje for one week from July 27 to August 3. Flying out 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. While there, we will experience three days of the youth festival, joining over 50,000 young people from more than 60 countries in a truly unforgettable celebration. Contact Mary Keating (069-60375) or Paddy Geary (087-6247672).
LEGION OF MARY: The Legion of Mary meets every Tuesday at 3 pm in the Parish Centre. New members are most welcome.
GST GATHERING 2013: Please spread the news of the Great Southern Trail ‘gathering event’ which is our 36km (22 mile) mid-summer walk. Below is the link to the GST gathering event on June 22. Please study it, mark it in your diary, and then circulate it to any family or friends, who are overseas, and may consider being with us for this special commemoration. This is the route along which their parents or grandparents may have taken when emigrating. Other associated GST events include: Sunday, April 28 at 9 am - Kilmorna to Listowel 8km (road walk) which will parallel the, yet to be developed, railway section. this is being organized by our Listowel members – who also held a very successful Listowel-Abbeyfeale-Listowel Road/GST cycle on St Patrick’s Day, with about 70 participants. Bank Holiday Monday, May 6 at 3 pm – Loop Walk, 10km using GST/Minor Roads in Rooskagh-Glenagown - full details later see www.thegatheringireland.com
RETREAT WEEKEND FOR YOUNG ADULTS: A Retreat Weekend for Young Adults – with prayer, input and discussion which will take place at Spanish Point, Co. Clare from April 19 to April 21. Cost is € 30 or a donation. More information and booking form is available from Sr. Lynne FCJ at email@example.com or Sr Brid FCJ at 11 Priory Walk, Whitehall Road, Dublin 12 (01-4924075).
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.
S.J.Y.P.S. A vigil for prayer and vocations will take place in St. Nessan’s Church, Raheen on Sunday, April 20 – commencing with Mass at 6 pm and concluding with Benediction at 9pm. For further details of transport from Newcastle West: Contact Pat Dalton on 069-62306.