COMMUNITY COUNCIL: A meeting of Newcastle West Community Council was held in the Community Centre on Wednesday, May 1. The following items were discussed: The annual flag day will take place on Saturday, May 18. The following projects have been delivered by the Community Council for the town – as follows. The Ml Hartnett sculpture, The Town map, The Population Census, The Cailin Deas Sculpture – to name but a few. The big project for the coming year is the MUGA (all weather sports area in the Demesne – including a skateboard track). It will cost in the region of €150,000 and, all going well, will be part funded by West Limerick Resources and Limerick Co. Co. This will provide an amenity for young teenagers, and the Community Council is confident that it will go ahead. The plans are available for inspection at the Co. Co. Offices, NCW. The Bottle Bank at the Recycling Centre on Station Road (which was requested by the Community Council) is being fully utilized and cannot cater for the current demand. A request for another Bank on the Southern end of the town will be put to Limerick Co. Co. shortly. A newsletter is also being put together to bring people up-to-date with the activities of the Community Council and should be available in September. A letter from the OPW was also read – pointing out that a 2nd entrance to the Castle had been agreed – from the South Quay side. This was the result of a joint venture by the Community Council and the Chamber of Commerce – where Peter Byrne, who was Chamber President last year, played a major role. Over the next few months, the Community Council will meet with the Chamber, Limerick Co. Co. and other agencies as the need arises.
COMPASSIONATE COMMUNITIES AND NCW FILM CLUB: The experience of death, dying, loss and care, affect us all, and they are never easy to deal with. Talking about them is difficult and we often don’t know how we might help someone – even when we want to. Not facing up to such important issues can make it harder for people. The Compassionate Communities Project would like to help make it easier to talk, and to take positive action, by supporting communities, groups and individuals. To highlight awareness there will be a free screening of the Oscar nominated & Cannes winning film “Amour”. This is considered one of the most powerfully moving & emotionally devastating pieces of cinema ever made. The Desmond Complex is situated at the rear of the fire station. Screening will be on Tuesday, May 21 at 7.30 (please note earlier start) Admission is free and refreshments are available. For further information: Contact Mary 087 6877970 or Desmond Complex 069 62757.
IRELAND’S MISSING PERSONS: Irelands missing persons will be remembered on Sunday, May 12 at 2pm in Knockfierna – near Adare, Co. Limerick. The day’s events are hosted by Knockfierna Heritage Society. The guest speakers will include Mary Phelan, Co. Killkenny – the sister of 21 year old Jo.Jo. Dollard, missing since November 9, 1995 and Bob Shanahan, Limerick City – whose son Gus is missing since February 11, 2000. Keynote speaker on the day is Mark Patrick Hedderman, Abbot of Glenstal Abbey, Co Limerick. The names of other missing people will be recalled. A large attendance is expected on the day and all are welcome. For further information: Contact Pat O’Donovan, Chairman of Knockfierna Heritage Society on 087 9977340.
CARBOOT SALE AND INDOOR MARKET: The monthly car boot sale in aid of WL102fm will be held on Sunday, May 12 from 8 to 1.30pm at the Community Centre, NCW (beside GAA pitch). Gates open 7.30am. Further information: 087 6866450.
SUE RYDER CHARITY SHOP: The Sue Ryder Charity Shop at Maiden St, Newcastle West needs clothes & shoes of all shapes & sizes, unwanted gifts & unwanted prizes. Please remember us when clearing out your wardrobes, presses & cupboards while spring cleaning – donations are always welcome.
ALZHEIMERS TEA DAY: Please support Alzheimers Tea Day & Cake Sale at the “Red Door”, The Square, Newcastle West, on Thursday, May 9, between 10am and 4pm - A Day to Remember. The Alzheimers Society of Ireland is over 30 years in existence – providing care and family support for Alzheimers sufferers. Every Euro raised locally on Tea Day assists in the provision of ongoing services for families in Co. Limerick. So please come along, bring a friend, and enjoy “a cuppa” at the very comfortable “Red Door” on Thursday, May 9. Your support will be greatly appreciated.
START YOUR OWN BUSINESS COURSE: West Limerick Resources will be running a Start Your Own Business course in the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West on Saturdays, May 11 and 18 from 10am to 4pm. The course will cover all aspects of how to start your own business. To register for a place contact Morgan on 069 66290 or email email@example.com
CHURCHTOWN GROTTO: The Rosary will be prayed every day at the grotto for the month of May at 7pm.
ABBEYFEALE GATHERING FUNDRAISER: Rathkeale man and Abbeyfeale resident Mike Guinane and his trusty clarinet will be the star attraction at the final afternoon tea dance of the season in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse on Sunday, May 12 from 3-6pm. This is a fundraiser for the Abbeyfeale Schools Reunion July 15-21. Mike performs for the month of September in Lisdoonvarna and is well known to dancing patrons from all over the country for his ability to keep toes tapping - a great afternoon of music and dance is guaranteed.
CONGRATULATIONS: Congratulations to the children of the Courtenay NS, Killoughteen NS and Scoil Iósaf who received First Holy Communion this weekend.
GREAT SOUTHERN TRAIL: The Great Southern Trail is requesting its many supporters and friends to assemble on Sunday, May 12 at 3pm outside the Lartigue Museum, JB Keane Rd, Listowel, to participate in the 10Km walk/run/cycle. The primary purpose of this event is to: 1. Demonstrate the public support for extending the Greenway into North Kerry, 2. Demand that the State and its elected representatives protect the asset that is the North Kerry railway route, 3. Ask those opposed to the GST to accept the offer of independent mediation, which they have rejected for the past three months, 4. Encourage Kerry County Council not to spurn the current grant-aid to develop this rail-trail for the benefit of the entire North Kerry region.
13 DAY HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE 2013: Walk in the Footsteps of our Lord from October 23 to November 4, 2013. Spiritual Director: Fr. Damien Ryan. Half board Accommodation and including all Airport Taxes Ex Dublin - €1,500 P.P.S. Early booking is essential as there are only limited places. Contact Tom O’ Dwyer: 087-2701311 or Sile: 086-8590394.
TOWARDS OCCUPATION: Are you looking for some new skills, new experiences, perhaps a new start? If you’ve been out of work for a long time, for whatever reason, West Limerick Resources is offering you a unique opportunity to sample a range of skills with the Towards Occupation Training Programme. The programme will begin in Abbeyfeale this May, on two mornings per week, from 9.30am to 1.30pm for 10 weeks. It is broken into short modular workshops in subjects to include health, fitness and nutrition, personal development, confidence building, and craft-based workshops. For more information: Contact Finn Fitzgerald on 087 759 1951 (please leave message if unattended) or 069 61316
EASTER 2014 – VISIT POLAND: A trip is being organized to Kraowice, Poland – flying from Cork on Easter Monday, April 21, for 6 nights. Visiting places associated with the life of late Pope John Paul, Divine Mercy devotion (including St. Faustina’s grave), and Czetochowa (the most important Marian shrine in Poland, containing the Icon of Black Madonna). A savings scheme is available. Full information and itinerary: From Elma Hanley 06962605.
STARCAMP (as seen on Dragon’s Den): Calling all boys and girls aged 4-13 years to a fun-filled, non-competitive, week of singing dancing and drama, where the building of self esteem in our children is of paramount importance. Special family rates. Venue: NCW Community Centre, from August 6 to 10 (9.30am-2.30pm). Call 021-4377900 or log on at http://www.starcamp.ie/.
VOLUNTEER AMBASSADORS SOUGHT FOR THE GATHERING: As part of The Gathering 2013, Volunteer Ireland is looking for Volunteer Ambassadors for Limerick, to provide a warm Irish welcome to visitors during this year’s busy tourist season. This is a fun and exciting opportunity to greet visitors from across the globe and show them why Limerick is one of the best places in the world to visit! Volunteer Ireland is looking for friendly, outgoing and knowledgeable volunteers, who aren’t afraid to actively approach visitors and provide information about upcoming Gathering events in the local area. Volunteers must be over 18, have fluent English and should be available to volunteer for one two-hour shift per week (Wednesday to Saturday) between May 24 and August 3. Deadline for application is May 9th 2013. For further information: See www.volunteer.ie/events/thegathering or call Volunteer Ireland on 01 636 9446.
WEST LIMERICK CONNECTS: West Limerick Connects is a free phone call service operating out of three Day Care Centres in West Limerick (Abbeyfeale, Glin and Newcastle West). Through this project, phone calls are made to older people who may be living alone, at a fixed time every week to check on their well being and inform them of local events and services. If you or anyone you know, would like to receive a weekly phone call, please contact Irene on 069 66298
RURAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICE: The Rural Employment Service (R.E.S) works with individuals who are long term unemployed, who want to make a positive change in their lives and who see employment as a central part in that change. This service is free & confidential. The service also provides information on training & education opportunities and support in creating a career plan. You can contact Dearbhla or Finn in the Round House, Newcastle West on 069 61316 & Brenda in W.L.R main office N.C.W. on 069 62222
DESMOND COMPLEX: Our next Fun Day will take place on Wednesday, May 15. All the usual activities will take place and we are hopeful of a large attendance. We would like to remind people to contact Brendan on (069) 84069 to enable us to have a good approximation on numbers. The Management of the Desmond Complex would like to extend our enormous gratitude to the Lions club for their recent financial contribution towards the running of the Complex. The Lions Club was formed approximately 10 years ago, with a philosophy of service to the community – with the benefits of the Club spread throughout the local area. Since their initiation they have raised countless amounts of money through fundraising activities – the proceeds of which, go to local charities – including St Ita’s Hospital and the Brothers of Charity. 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 – 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.
TRADITIONAL LIME MORTAR TRAINING: West Limerick Resources will be offering a one week training programme (Monday-Friday, 9.30am-4pm approx) on the use of traditional lime mortar to members of local communities who are interested in undertaking simple conservation and repair work at historic sites (such as graveyards) subject to the necessary permission and guidance of Limerick County Council Archaeologist. This hands-on training initiative is free to those interested in becoming involved in conservation and enhancement work. Limited places available. Registration essential. Venue and dates of training to be confirmed. Contact Suzanne on 069 79114 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a registration form.
PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK: Parishioners from Ardagh/Carrickerry, Dromcollogher/Broadford, Feenagh/Kilmeedy, Killeedy, Mahoonagh, Monagea and Newcastle West are invited to take part in the annual Pastoral Area pilgrimage to Knock, which will take place on Sunday, June 9. Bus fare: € 16.00. We will celebrate a Mass for the Pastoral Area in Knock and join in the programme of devotions there. We will stop in the Lady Gregory Hotel on the way home (€ 21.00 for a 3-course dinner). If you wish to book a seat on the bus, please leave your name and number in the sacristy, or ring the Parish Office (069-62141). NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK: As part of National Volunteer Week, Limerick Volunteer Centre will be organizing a volunteer team to participate in an Outdoor Painting Project in Adapt Domestic Abuse Services, Rosbrien, Limerick on Thursday May 16 from 9.30am – 3pm. ADAPT operates the country’s largest refuge facility, providing emergency accommodation for women and children who have left their homes due to domestic abuse. The play area/garden for the children who live in the refuge is in much need of paint work and Limerick Volunteer Centre are hoping to recruit up to 20 volunteers to help with the project. Contact Limerick Volunteer Centre on 087-7387481 or email email@example.com OLD FURNITURE: Old & old-fashioned furniture (excluding sofas & mattresses) & old/ broken tiles & plates are wanted for a new Newcastle West based furniture up-cycling & mosaic-making training course for people who are unemployed. This training course will train people to restyle old but solid furniture so that it can be re-used. Pick-up of the furniture can be arranged at a cost of €5 per trip – only usable furniture can be taken. To discuss or to arrange a pick-up contact Trevor at West Limerick Resources on 069 77752 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. MEDJUGORJE 2013: The West Limerick Medjugorje prayer group is organizing a pilgrimage to Medjugorje for one week from July 27 to August 3. Flying out from Dublin airport with Marian Pilgrimages. Spiritual Director: Fr. Richard Keane C.C. The cost for the week B/B and evening dinner is € 659 ex Dublin. While there, we will experience three days of the youth festival, joining over 50,000 young people from more than 60 countries in a truly unforgettable celebration. Contact Mary Keating (069-60375) or Paddy Geary (087-6247672).