RDWATCH IRELAND: The Limerick Branch is going east, to Doon on Saturday April 20, for members only. Meet at the Bottle Bank at 10.00 am and come prepared for the cold and rough terrain. The Leaders in search for Spring Migrants and Birds of Prey are Gyr Penn and Gearóid Jackson. Enquiries to 086 2650284.
WALKING WITH INTERNATIONALS: The premier walking area of the Ballyhouras is hosting an international walking festival on the May bank holiday. Every type of walk in a variety of venues will cater for the desultory to the daring. You can walk with the donkeys in Liscarroll or indulge your interest in history and archaeology on many of the guided walks around the southern Limerick towns. There is even an alcohol-inspired walk in a Churchtown apple and cider-making farm that lasts for one and a half hours, but whose influence will last much longer. Do not drive from this event!
TABLE QUIZ: The local GAA Club is hosting a fundraising Quiz Night at the Dromore Inn on Friday next April 19. Tables cost €40, with concessions for students. Your support is solicited to continue the good work of the club in fostering games among the youth.
THUMP BOXING: The fun way to fitness and a great calorie burner. John will introduce you to the fun every Wednesday at 7.00 pm in Mungret GAA Hall. Enquiries to 087 9115411.
BIRD TALK: If Barn Owls are your fancy, then you’ll be interested in John Lusby’s talk on the subject in Ballylanders Day Care Centre on Thursday, April 18 at 7.00 pm. The speaker is the ‘Raptor Conservation Officer for Birdwatch Ireland and he is in much demand nationally as a speaker on the subject. As this is likely to be well patronised, you are advised to book your seat from Tony Kenneally at 086 0711227 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
BANTRACHT NA TUAITHE: Officers elected at Kildimo AGM are as follows: President Kathleen Griffin’Knockroe’, Vice president Kitty McMahon, Kilmoreen, Hon Sec Maeve Bradley,Ballydoole,& Hon Treas Mary O’Rourke,Glenameade.The next guild meeting will be held on Wednesday May 8th in ‘Seven Sisters’Pub,Old Kildimo at 8.15pm
GAA LOTTO: The draw on April 8 for a Jackpot of €2,800 resulted in numbers 3, 5, 16 & 26. No members predicted this combination so ‘Lucky Dips’ of €50 were drawn by John Shanahan, A & T Behan, Ger O’Brien and Saoirse Deely.
FUNDRAISING 5 K: ‘Friends of Limerick ‘73’ are organising a charity five kilometre Run/Walk on Saturday April 27 in Knockane, Pallasgreen at 7.20 pm. The proceeds will be shared between Milford, Lisnagry and MS Limerick. All details are on the ‘Friends’ Facebook.
COMMUNITY GAMES: Swimming coaching by Orla and Armelle paid dividends with many participants in the County Finals B Gala winning medals. Kieran Kelly in the U12 Breaststroke A Competition won gold and his place in the National Finals in Athlone. In the U8 Freestyle, Pádraig Murphy won bronze. Ken Leahy on Backstroke in the U10’s, also carried the bronze. U 12 Freestyle saw Lillian Sheehan winning a coveted gold, while in the same category Thaddeus Kaiser and Seán Galvin won silver and bronze in the Backstroke. In U12 Breaststroke John McGuinness powered his way to silver. In the U14 category Backstroke competition, Sarah Leahy and Colin Griffin, both struck gold, while in the same competition Ross Cusack won the silver. Inan Cullen in the U14 Breaststroke also achieved silver. Congratulations to all the participants and especially the medal winners. On dry land the U14 Draughts Team are polishing their moves in anticipation for the All Ireland Finals next month under the management of Eanna McGarrigle while Kay O’Dowd is busy coaching the Boys Table Quiz Team for the same event. Athletic training continues every Wednesday evening from 7.00 to 8.00 pm in Copswood for over five year olds in all sports. Registration per child is €5 while family registration is €10. As always, parental help at these will greatly facilitate the smooth running of events. Financial support is also appreciated to run these games as was received at the recent Churchgate collections. The much-anticipated ‘Sports Evening’ takes place in Pallaskenry GAA pitch on Friday evening, May 3 at 6.00pm. Medal winners will represent the club at the County Finals in Mungret on June 24/25. Maeve Galvin is always on hand at 087 2517080 to take enquiries and names of persons willing to give some little time towards sharing the happy burden of training, etc.
EIGSE MICHAEL HARTNETT: The Fourteenth Annual Literary and Arts Festival in memory of NCW’s famous poet, opens at the Library in the town on the evening of Thursday April 25. The full printed programme of events is now available as it is on www.eigsemichaelhartnett.ie. Joan Mac Kernan the County Arts Officer promises “Events that are bound to enthuse, stimulate, inspire and occasionally bemuse” in venues throughout the town during the weekend. The late and talented poet characterised such events as are on offer as celebrating “the harp side of the Irish coin”.