FESTIVAL FIELD DAY AT ABINGTON: The Field Day held at Power’s in Abington was a great success with a lovely fine evening thrown in. The day started with members of Murroe/Cappamore Comhaltas Ceoltóirí performing some lovely music and followed by Pauline Hynan’s dancers. Twelve sheaf throwers took part in the competition which was won by Mike Meehan. Four teams took part in a very entertaining tug-o-war, Crokers Bar, The Valley Inn, Glenstal and Powers of Abington. Powers won the day with the ‘power’ and technique superior to all others. Great fun was had with sack races, wheel-barrow races, coconut shy etc. The Bonny Baby competition was won by Lacey Barry and the Glamorous Granny title was won by Mrs Bridie Moore. Gerry Humphreys provided a very impressive air show during the tug-o-war to complete the party atmosphere. Many thanks to Cunningham’s Supervalu Supermarket, Castleconnell, for their contribution of a spot prize for the Mary from Murroe raffle. Their name was inadvertently omitted from the list of donors published last week.
MURROE/CAPPAMORE COMHALTAS MUSIC CLASSES: Murroe/Cappamore Comhaltas will hold a registration night for traditional music and singing classes on Tuesday September 10 from 5pm to 6pm in Scoil Chaitríona, Cappamore (Convent Primary School).
Classes will then resume on Tuesday, September 17 at 5-6 pm at Scoil Chaitríona. Tuition will be provided by top class tutors on all traditional instruments including Button and Piano Accordion, Fiddle, Banjo, Guitar, Concertina, Flute and Tin Whistle. All levels of ability and ages are catered for including beginners. Further enquiries can be made to 061 381269.
FURTHER EDUCATION: Leaving Cert students and those interested in participating in further education may want to consider the following courses available at St. Michael’s College, Cappamore; Childcare/ Special Needs Assistant, Fetac Level 5 and Level 6, Business and Computer studies, Fetac Level 5 and 6, ECDL, Care of the Elderly/Healthcare Support, Pre-Nursing course and Horticulture. Evening classes also on offer; Computers for beginners, Bridge for beginners, HACCP, Occupational First Aid, Furniture making, Introduction to Blacksmithing, Tool Making, Spanish, Yoga, Care of the elderly,
Conversational Irish, Cookery and Sewing. Enrolment for all courses takes place on Tuesday, September 10 from 9 am to 9 pm and course are commencing on Monday, September 16. Application forms are available from the college, telephone 061381272, 086585226, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Similar courses are also available at Newport College, telephone 061378262 or email email@example.com and online enrolment is at www.newportcollege.ie.
VINCENT DE PAUL MEETING: Interested people in the parishes of Murroe/Boher, Caherconlish/Caherline and Pallasgreen/ Templebraden who are interested in setting up a chapter of St Vincent de Paul are invited to a meeting at the Millennium Centre, Caherconlish, on Monday, September 16 at 8 pm. People from headquarters in Limerick will talk about the work of the society.
FATHER TOMMY’S COFFEE MORNING: The coffee morning held last weekend in aid of Father Tommy Laffan’s Mission amounted to a total of €1,516. The organisers wish to thank all for their generosity.
TIDY TOWNS CAKE SALE: The Murroe Tidy Towns Committee wish to thank all who supported the cake sale held recently, especially those who baked and came along to buy on the day.
ICA IS BACK: The local branch of the ICA has resumed on Tuesdays at 8-30 pm in Crokers bar and new and old members are very welcome.
CHOIRS RESUMING PRACTICE: Murroe choirs will resume practice on Thursday, September 12, with children’s choir practice from 5 to 6 pm and adults from 8 to 9-30 pm.
SET-DANCING: Set-Dancing classes are back in Monaleen GAA club starting on Thursday, September 12. Beginners 7/8 and advance 8 /9/15 all welcome.
DRUG AND ALCOHOL SERVICE: Limerick Drug and Alcohol Service is at PO Box 486, Mungret Street, Limerick, Phone: 061 318 633 Fax No: 061 469 143. Limerick Screening is every Monday from 10.00 to 12.30 & 2.00 to 3.00. For information on drugs and alcohol you can go to: www.drugs.ie, the national drug and alcohol information & support website. www.spunout.ie is an independent, youth powered national charity working to empower young people to create personal and social change. For confidential phone support you can contact: The National Drugs Helpline at 1850 459 459 who offer a range of services including: 1-2-1 Counselling, Outreach, Key Working, Case Management, Group Work, Harm Reduction, Needle Exchange, Methadone Treatment Programme and supported referral to other services.
EARLY SCHOOL LEAVERS: Youthreach, which adheres to the Junior Cert syllabus, is aimed at young people from 15-20 years who have left school early. The Leaving Cert Applied is an alternative to the Leaving Cert and balances academic and practical education that includes periods of work experience. The Business Studies Programme provides training, support and career opportunities for unemployed young people aged 17-21 years. If you would like to know more about the above programmes please visit www.limerickyouthservice.com.
TRANSITION PRIMARY TO SECONDARY: Limerick Youth Service in association with Limerick Sports Partnership will facilitate Primary to Secondary School Transition workshops. Transition Programme, titled ‘Moving On,’ introduces students the different subjects, extracurricular activities and the often confusing timetable that awaits them in secondary school. The Programme focus on the social and personal changes that students go through when making the change from national school to second level. The workshops cover communication, friendship, peer group pressure, bullying and the fears and expectations that some first year students may have. In 2013 the programme has been run in national schools across Co. Limerick and in some secondary schools as part of First Year Induction. If you would like to know more about the above programmes please visit www.limerickyouthservice.com.
BALLYHOURA: Ballyhoura Development will run a Information session outlining Enterprise supports available to Entrepreneurs (and start ups) who are in employment are unemployed or who have a business Idea and are seeking guidance as to what to do next. The September Session will be as follows; Wednesday September 11, at the old Court House in Bruff from 10 am until 1-00 pm. Following on from these sessions, Start your own Business sessions are available throughout the year. Ballyhoura Development is currently running a Start your own Business course for individuals who have a business idea are in business or who have just started a business and for “Back to work Enterprise allowance” participants. The dates are on Tuesdays from August at 10:00 am to 3:00 pm for 6 Tuesdays at the Community Centre, Knocklong, Co. Limerick. Further information can be obtained from John Hassett, Enterprise Officer (New Business Start-ups), Ballyhoura Development Limited, 4 High Street, Caherconlish, Co. Limerick or call 061 351217.
MURROE A.F.C.: Murroe AFC teams have been busy with the return of the soccer season. The A team under the new management of Davy Holmes has gotten off to a fine start this year starting with a 2-0 win over Regional, with Liam Breen & Kevin Barry the Murroe scorers. A very unlucky 3-2 defeat away to Ballynanty followed, with Eoin Hartnett and Kevin Barry again on the mark for Murroe who lost to a goal in the last second of the match. The lads recovered well with a 2-1 win over Annacotty, with Philip Clancy and Mike Ryan scoring. A heavy defeat followed to Janesboro, where Brian Mackey scored, was followed by a fine 2-0 win over Corbally with Brian Quinn and Eoin Hartnett netting. So that is 3 wins from 5. The B’s drew 2-2 with Granville and have already had 2 wins over Ballylanders and Newport and 2 defeats to Caherconlish and Meanus. The under 12 boys began their league campaign with a 3-1 win over Rathkeale, with Eoin Madigan and a brace from Jay Ryan getting Murroe off the mark this season.