ANNIVERSARIES: On Sunday January 26, the late Joe and Christina Purcell will be remembered at the midday Mass.
COMMUNITY GAMES: The local Kildimo/Pallaskenry group are gearing up for the next big event, the Talent Competition to be held in Pallaskenry Community Centre. Participants have until 5.00 pm on February 1 to perfect their skills. Those who are placed first or second in their category will go on to represent their club in the County Finals later on. Competitors must be over six years to participate in the Under 11 and Under 14 categories. The competition categories cater for every possible talent whether solo or group and include Group Music, Drama/Comedy, Singing, Dance Traditional or Modern and the Solo categories include Singing, Traditional and Modern Dance, Recitation and Music. If you are interested in entering the talent competition please contact Maeve on 087 2517080 or Liz Hickey on 087 1158474 before Thursday January 30.
RECENT WEDDING: The wedding took place of Emma McKie and Noel McMahon in Holy Trinity Church Adare. Emma is the only daughter of David McKie Adare and Christine McKie, Meadowvale, Limerick. Noel who is a native of Feakle, Co Clare is the only son of Timothy and Mary. The Bride has demonstrated an attraction for heights since as a seven year old she climbed Ben Nevis in Scotland with her parents and brother Colin. Noel made his marriage proposal from the romantic heights of Ben Bulben in Co Sligo, from where Emma announced the happy event to her family and friends. Following their honeymoon in Tenerife, the young couple have settled on the slopes of Co Limerick’s highest inland eminence of Knockfierna which no doubt will be used by Emma in training for her next mountain hike. On the ground, the new Bride is employed by Kirby Electrical, Raheen while Noel is with Adhesive Ireland nearby. Congratulations to the young couple from their parents, relatives and friends.
GAA LOTTO: The draw on January 13 for a Jackpot of €6,800 realised numbers 4, 8, 13 & 15. As no member predicted this combination, ‘Lucky Dips’ of €50 were drawn by Justin McCauley, Tim O’Sullivan, Martin Hogan and Jim Shanahan.
GRANAGH DRAMA: The local drama group are presenting The Honey Spike by Bryan McMahon on three nights on successive weekends from January 24 at the Community Centre at 8.00 pm. The play’s title refers to the Kerry hospital where the tinker girl Breda desires to have her baby and the adventures that befall the young couple en route through Ireland. There is much to entertain and this talented group will do it for you.
LÁ LE BRÍD: February 1, Feastday of our second national saint approaches. The nearest Sunday to the saint’s day is the usual day for visiting her well in Cartown, usually at 3.00 pm. Many will no doubt visit the two local wells on Saturday that are dedicated to the saint in both Kilcornan and Kildimo. The Diocesan Website gives a prayer of Saint Brigid, which will be especially interesting to those who enjoy a tipple and ambition an eternity in heaven as she prays for an eternity beside a lake of beer! There’s a woman for ye! Father John Donworth in leading the prayers at Cartown might consider a change of its water to a more sustaining brew?
BIRDWATCH: Two sites will be visited by the Limerick Branch of Birdwatch Ireland on Saturday January 25, meeting at Lough Gur Visitor Centre at 2.00 sharp. Following a brief introduction to the history and heritage of this area the group will move on to view the host of different species including exotic visitors that inhabit the lake area. If you would then like to see a symphony of starlings in the skies around Ballingarry, the group will move there for this spectacular ‘murmuration’. Come suitably clad and footed with some sustenance. Geoff Hunt and Ger and Jane Griffin will lead and any further details may be had by contacting Geoff at 087 7656439. All welcome except canines.
BANTRACHT NA TUAITHE CILL DÍOMA: Zumba Gold exercises continue every Wednesday morning, in Seven Sisters pub, Old Kildimo, commencing at 10.30am. All welcome. Arrangements are on hand regarding art classes and Knitting & Crochet workshop. The next guild meeting takes place on Wednesday February 5 in Seven Sisters pub, Old Kildimo commencing at 2.30pm .The Book Club meeting at De Bucket Pub,Ferrybridge will be held on Tuesday February 11, meeting for lunch at 1.15pm. A review of The ICA Book of Home & Family to be undertaken by all attending. In addition the book currently being read is A Street Cat named Bob by James Bowen.
PARISH CLERKS COLLECTIONS :The Annual Collections for the Parish Clerks Kildimo (Anne Hayes) and Pallaskenry (Joan Condon) will take place on Sunday February 2nd 12.00 Mass in Kildimo. This is an opportunity to show your appreciation for the service provided to the church by these ladies through the year.