ORAL HISTORY: 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 as well as 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
MOTOR NEURONE DISEASE: A fundraiser for the Irish branch of this group will be held in ‘De Bucket’ on September 6 at 8.00. This is in memory of local lady Joan O’Mahony who died last year in England as a result of contracting the disease. Pa & Steve will supply the music during the barbecue which will include a raffle on the night.
GUERIN’S PLATFORM DANCING: Another great day’s dancing was enjoyed in the sun on Sunday September 1. The tradition of Curragh Chase dancing spans four hundred years from the time when Aubrey (the Poet’s) grandfather referred to the ‘ancient practice’ taking place in the area. His description of ‘country folk besmeared with sweat’ was not applicable to their more hygienic descendants who enjoyed the dancing to music of Michael Sexton from Clare and the ‘Master of Ceremonies’ Pat O’Connell. Enthusiasts of set dancing may increase their skills and add to their repertoire of sets by joining local classes. For example, Kilcornan has a class from Monday September 9 in the lounge of Kilcornan House, when children and beginners start from 8 o’clock and may graduate to more advanced sets at 9.00 when the dancing continues to 10.30 pm. Pat O’Connell continues his popular classes in Dolans on the Dock Road on Tuesday evenings from 7.30 (beginners) and 8.30 (advanced). Many thanks to those who made this event possible and to local businesses and landowners who gave their resources freely for the enjoyment of all.
HERITAGE TOUR: 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 either Pat O’Donovan Newcastlewest & Rathkeale 087 9977340, Marion Hanley Ballingarry 087 9741387 or Mary O’Keeffe 087 6990816. Cost €20 per person.
COMMUNITY RADIO: Our own West Limerick Community Radio serving the people of West Limerick and running as a voluntary service invites you to their AGM on Tuesday September 24 at 8.00 pm in the Desmond Complex, NCW. Have a say in running this important service.
ANY OLD LAPTOPS?: Should you have an unused and unwanted laptop available then Fr Murphy from Kilcornan would gladly make use of it for his mission school in Nigeria. Fr Murphy is leaving Kilcornan to return to his ministry shortly and will take donated laptops back with him. If you’d like to help this project contact( 087 )7072664.
GROW YOUR OWN: “ Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board, (formerly County Limerick VEC) are now enrolling for FETAC 3 ‘Grow your own Vegetables ‘ and FETAC 4 ‘Grow your own Fruit ‘courses in West Limerick. Both courses will take place in Ardagh, on Blackhill Organic Farm, and run one day per week from September 2013 to June 2014. Each participant will have the opportunity to learn how to grow a wide range of delicious foods using organic methods with an emphasis on practical skills and an opportunity to gain certification. To apply for a place on the course please contact the course tutor Marie Tuttle on 0863132969.”
GAA LOTTO: This popular weekly continues at different locations on Monday evenings. The draw on August 26 for a Jackpot of €4,800 was not won as no member predicted the winning combination of 11, 17, 18 & 26. Lucky Dips of €50 were drawn by John Hickey, David O’Neill, Eamon Lynch & P Timmons.
SOUTH AFRICAN LINKS: Kilcornan links with the less fortunate in a township in South Africa are a vital source of funding for the feeding programme there. Your chance to continue this great work is available on Sunday September 15 for the ‘Sale of Work/Cake Sale’ from 11.30 to 3.30 at the Community Centre. There will be lots of raffles on the occasion and Bernadette Hackett is available to advise on the event at 061 393637.
FREE 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 7 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 email@example.com
BANTRACHT NA TUAITHE: Jumbo Gold exercises for the ‘not so young’ with Avril are being organised by Kildimo ICA and will commence shortly. Members & non members welcome Further details from (087)2172225.
BUSINESS TRAINING: Limerick County Enterprise Board are beginning their Autumn Training Schedule in September on a variety of topics related to industry and at various locations. The full programme is available on their website www.lcob.ie
IRISH CANCER SOCIETY: A cancer survivors conference will be held on Thursday /Friday Sept 20/21 at AVIVA Stadium Dublin & all patients, survivors & family members are invited . Entry is free and further information available from Avril (01) 2310533 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
BINGO FUNDRAISER :Pallaskenry Community Playground Committee are holding Bingo on Monday 16th September at 8pm in Pallaskenry Community Centre. Great prizes and raffle on the night. Come along for a great night out.
LINE DANCING :classes are starting in Kilcornan Community Hall on Monday 9th September at 7pm.Further details from Teresa 087-9043046
READERS WRITERS: A new initiative to showcase the writings of enthusiasts who might like an outlet for their short stories, prose, articles, etc., is being launched on this new website www.readerswriters.ie. This is a Co. Limerick initiative and James will take queries on 087 8046187 or by e-mail to email@example.com.