Newcastle West Sept 7

OLYMPIC REUNION: Those of us, of a certain vintage, will remember with affection the Olympic Ballroom, Newcastle West. It was the “Centre of the Universe” for the young folk of West Limerick, and beyond, in the swinging 60s and Showband 70s. The large gatherings were mesmerized by their favourite bands and performers – which included names like: Joe Dolan, Brendan Boyer, Dickie Rock, Butch Moore and many more – too numerous to mention. Hearts were broken, love stories began and ended, and many a lifelong relationship could be traced back to that establishment. Well, wait for it! Westfest organizers are holding “The Olympic Ballroom Reunion” in The Courtenay Lodge Hotel on this Friday, September 6. Don’t miss this nostalgic night, music will be provided by one of those famous showbands “The Indians”.

OLYMPIC REUNION: Those of us, of a certain vintage, will remember with affection the Olympic Ballroom, Newcastle West. It was the “Centre of the Universe” for the young folk of West Limerick, and beyond, in the swinging 60s and Showband 70s. The large gatherings were mesmerized by their favourite bands and performers – which included names like: Joe Dolan, Brendan Boyer, Dickie Rock, Butch Moore and many more – too numerous to mention. Hearts were broken, love stories began and ended, and many a lifelong relationship could be traced back to that establishment. Well, wait for it! Westfest organizers are holding “The Olympic Ballroom Reunion” in The Courtenay Lodge Hotel on this Friday, September 6. Don’t miss this nostalgic night, music will be provided by one of those famous showbands “The Indians”.

KNOCKFIERNA HERITAGE SOCIETY OUTING: Knockfierna Heritage Society will hold their annual outing to Cahir Castle, The Swiss Cottage, Rock of Cashel, Holy Cross Abbey on Sunday, September 29. Previous outings have proved to be most enjoyable occasions. Mr. Philip Lynch of Kilkenny will be tour guide for the day. Those interested in travelling on this outing: Please contact Pat O’Donovan Newcastle West & Rathkeale 087 9977340, Marion Hanley Ballingarry 087 9741387 or Mary O’Keeffe 087 6990816. Cost €20 per person.

WEST LIMERICK 102FM AGM: The AGM of West Limerick Community Radio will take place on Tuesday, September 24 at 8pm in the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West. Submissions/questions, to be addressed on the night, should be handed into the station in a sealed envelope by Tuesday, September 17.

PROGRAMME ON MENTAL HEALTH: To mark World Mental Health Day (October 10th) a radio programme, produced by the staff of the West Limerick Primary Health Care Project for Travellers, will be aired by West Limerick 102fm on October 2, after the 11am news. It will feature Thomas McCann from the Traveller Counseling Service and Aisling McMahon, Clinical Psychologist who recently completed a PhD thesis on mental health in the Traveller Community.

TOASTMASTERS: If your priorities include learning Communication and Leadership skills at your own pace, developing self confidence and making new friends, then Toastmasters could be for you. Toastmaster’s is a non-profit educational corporation with headquarters in the US. Its mission is to improve the communication and leadership skills of its members. It has approx. 180,000 members in 54 countries from Australia to Malaysia to South Africa and everywhere in between. West Limerick Toastmasters Club meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 8.30pm – 10.30pm at the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West and the contact number for further information is Donnacha 086 8494505.

ARRA FRIENDS NEWCASTLE WEST: We are pleased to announce that our local T.D., Patrick O’Donovan, will be coming to our meeting at 4:30 pm on Wednesday, September 11. He wants to discuss and understand the problems that older people experience and to listen to your comments about the issues for them in the forthcoming Budget for 2014. This is your opportunity to have your say, we look forward to a well attended meeting.

TIDY TOWNS NETWORK TRAINING: Communities taking part in Tidy Towns or environmental activities in the West Limerick area are invited to take part in a one day training session on Invasive Species which will take place on this coming Saturday September 7th as part of on-going training and support being offer by West Limerick Resources and An Taisce through the West Limerick Tidy Towns Network. Training is free of charge and new members are always welcome. To register interest contact Suzanne on 069 79114 or email srowley@wlr.ie

ADARE TO SURVIVE WITH CLIONA’S FOUNDATION: ‘Adare to Survive’ is a 7.5km military style obstacle course taking place in Clonshire Equestrian Centre, Adare, Co Limerick on Sunday, September 29. Cliona’s Foundation, which provides financial assistance to the families of critically ill children, is the charity partner, and participants are invited to Endeavour | Endure | Enjoy a unique physical and mental challenge, individually, or part of a 4 person team, to raise funds for a charity or club of their choice. Full details, including registration is on the event website www.adaretosurvive.com

ACCORD NEWCASTLE WEST: Accord Newcastle West provides a marriage and relationship counseling service offering both daytime and evening appointments. We also deliver Marriage Preparation Courses and have availability on two remaining courses for this year – Saturday, September 7 and Saturday, November 16. Please ring 069-61000 or email accordnewcastlewest@eircom.net

AWARE FLAGSHIP FUNDRAISER: Now’s your chance to get involved! Who can get involved? Anyone who genuinely cares about the issue of depression and its impact can get involved. We need Volunteer collectors who can give at least two hours of their time on Saturday, September 29. We also need local area coordinators to manage the collections and support volunteer collectors in their local area for one, two or three days. Remember, by supporting Aware’s national flagship fundraiser you will be helping to ensure that Aware can continue to be a strong and supporting light through depression to thousands of people in Ireland. Please register your details online at http://www.aware.ie/get-involved/ tel. 01 661 7211, and a member of our team will contact you shortly.

NCW JOBSEEKERS NETWORK: Worn out from job seeking & searching? Need a space & a group where you will find encouragement & support?? Need some practical assistance & tools to market yourself? Need some networking possibilities?? Need to access information on Job-seeking supports and what’s available in the area? Then please come along each Wednesday from at 2:30pm to the Newcastle West Community Centre to the new Newcastle West Jobseekers Network. Meeting usually takes about an hour. This is an open door, drop in, relaxed format with a social group aspect. Further details are available from Dearbhla on 069 61316.

LIVING WITH SUICIDE: As part of their Life’s Journey Series, Lough Derg offers a one day workshop entitled ‘Living with Suicide’ on Wednesday, September 25. This day is for adults who have been affected by suicide, either through personal loss or with suicidal ideation, for those ministering to the suicide bereaved or working in support services. For further information contact Maureen in the Lough Derg Office, Pettigo, Co Donegal. Tel: 071-9861518.

SUE RYDER CHARITY STORE: Stock up on your Winter Reads now - all books €1. We are proud to announce that we are now stockists of the full range of King Cole Knitting Yarns/Wool, Needles, Patterns, & Buttons. Why not drop in and view the range. The range includes: grand town houses, mansions and cottages from a bygone era. Find & like us on Facebook – Sue Ryder Charity Shop Newcastle West, for regular updates.

ORAL HISTORY INITIATIVE: West Limerick Resources will be running an Oral History Training Initiative this autumn. Training will consist of two elements. Participants will develop Oral History Interviewing techniques and examine the legal and ethical issues relevant to gathering Oral History. The second element of the training will focus on digital voice recording and editing techniques. Training will also explore how oral history can contribute to the local heritage of communities and identify suitable ways of showcasing their research. Training is expected to begin in October and to run one evening per week for 10 weeks. The course is free of charge and open to people living in the West Limerick area. To register for the programme contact Suzanne on 069 79114 or email srowley@wlr.ie

DESMOND COMPLEX: We are definitely going ahead with our short break in September to Westport and possibly other parts of Mayo and surrounding areas. We will be leaving on Sunday, September 29 and returning on Friday October 4. There are still a few places available and anyone interested are asked to contact Brendan on 087)2137368. The trip (accommodation and transport) will cost €345 per person sharing. Further information on this event will appear here in the coming weeks. 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 which can be enjoyed 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.

ENERGY MANAGEMENT AND RETROFITTING COURSE: West Limerick Resources has a limited number of places available on a four day course in Energy Management and Energy Retrofitting taking place the first week in October. The course will provide learners with a grounding in the key elements that can improve the energy performance of existing buildings. The course will provide a theory primer on heat loss, energy and power and will instruct participants how to appraise a site and propose possible remedial actions. The course is free of charge and aimed at learners with a basic knowledge of buildings and building construction and is suitable for construction workers to architects, energy advisers and assessors. Contact Suzanne on 069 79114 or email srowley@wlr.ie.

PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES: A Pilgrimage to Lourdes will depart from Shannon on September 22, for 5 nights. Full details are available from Marian pilgrimages on 01-8788159 or Elma Hanley on 069-62605.

FEENAGH/KILMEEDY GATHERING EVENTS: The Feenagh/Kilmeedy Heritage Committee is hosting a two day celebration of their rich local heritage to mark Gathering 2013 on Friday, September 20 and Saturday September 21. The celebration will kick off at 8pm on Friday, 20th in the Feenagh Community Centre, where Professor Liam Irwin will deliver a talk on the History of Feenagh/Kilmeedy Parish. The evening’s events will also feature a slideshow display and a range of memorabilia dating back to the 1830’s, including old photographs, letters and a video on the old creamery. This will be followed on Saturday, 21st by a local heritage walk, again led by Professor Irwin, starting at the new school in Feenagh and tracing the history and stories behind the various houses and structures between the new and old school – which is now the newly redeveloped community centre. Both events will incorporate a social element with refreshments available and an opportunity for people to share their knowledge of the history of the local area. Events are free of charge and open to all, with a special invitation to former parishioners living around Ireland & abroad!