CARDS: The results of last weekâ€™s card game at Monagea Parish Hall were 1st, with ten games, Pat Lynch and Jimmy Murphy. 2nd divided, with nine games each, Liam Corbett and John Upton, Patrick and John Quilligan, Noel McCarthy and Tom Purcell. Table prizes Thomas Dore and Danny Barry, Tom Oâ€™Callaghan and Theresa Hough, Sean and Liam Herlihy. Raffle Theresa Hough, Connie Oâ€™Sullivan, Peter Talbot, John Joe Sexton, and Thomas Dore. The card game continues every Wednesday night at 9pm. The committee of Monagea Parish Hall would like to extend their sympathy to Tess Keating, one of our long-time supporters, on the death of her brother Jimmy Finnegan of Templeglantine whose funeral took place last week. May he rest in peace.
PARISH HALL AGM: The AGM of Monagea Parish Hall will take place, at the hall, on this Monday night February 4th at 8.30pm. 2012 was extremely busy year for the hall committee with the major refurbishment that took place. Thankfully all the work is now almost complete. We would like to see as many clubs and organisations that use the hall being represented on the night. Any individuals who have ideas about any aspect of running the hall are also most welcome. The committee are more than willing to take all viewpoints into consideration.
AFTERNOON TEA DANCING: The monthly afternoon tea dance at Monagea Parish Hall will take place on this Sunday February 3rd from 3 to 6pm. Music will be provided by Country Roads. The afternoon tea dances have a great following from throughout Co Limerick and from parts of Cork and Kerry. We would like to see more locals joining in what is a very pleasant evening out.
LIMERICK GAA CLUB DRAW: The Limerick GAA club draw is a monthly draw which takes place over ten months from March to December. There are twenty eight cash prizes each month with the first prize being â‚¬15,000. There are also bonus prizes of All-Ireland tickets and overnight accommodation. The cost is â‚¬10 per month or â‚¬100 overall. The clubs get some of that money back and the more members a club have in the draw the greater the clubs proportion. Monagea GAA club have promoted this draw every year and it is a major fundraiser for them. They will be promoters again this year. Existing members who are re-joining or new members can contact any club member over the next few weeks.
PRESENTATION NIGHT: A very enjoyable presentation night took place at the Ballintemple Inn, Newcastle West on Saturday night last. Both Monagea GAA club and the ladies football club had teams who won medals last year. Monagea GAA club were West champions at Junior A football and at U21 A football. The ladies were county champions at intermediate level. The majority of players were present on the night to receive their medals from Limerick County football member John Riordan.
DANCING: Dancing classes continue every Thursday night at Monagea Parish Hall from 8.30 to 10.30pm. The classes continue to attract big numbers but there is still room for more. Why not come along and have an enjoyable few hours and benefit from the exercise also. Every welcome.
SENIOR CITIZENS PARTY: Monagea Parish Council are holding their annual senior citizens party at the Parish Hall on Sunday February 10th. The day begins with mass at 1pm followed by a meal and some entertainment. Every effort will be made to contact people but you can also contact any of the Parish Council to give your name.
RECENT DEATH: Sympathy to Tom and Dean Morgan of Gardenfield on the death of their brother Sean from Frankfurt, Ballingarry. Seanâ€™s funeral took place from Oâ€™Gradyâ€™s to Ballingarry church on Saturday evening with buried on Sunday in the adjoining cemetery. Sean is survived by son Michael, daughter Bernadette, brothers Tom, Steve and Dean, sister Kathleen, other relatives and friends. May he rest in peace.
ROAD FUNDING: There was much relief in the locality last week with the announcement that â‚¬1,759,000 had been allocated to the Killarney Pole to Barnagh road project. Concerned was raised recently that an allocation had not been announced. There were real fears that work on the completion of the road might have to stop. The money is part of the â‚¬5,299,733 that the Department of Transport granted to National Roads in Co Limerick for 2013.
DESMOND FACTOR SUCCESS: Claire Oâ€™Connor of Camas and Lorna Browne of Strand were both members of the Adrenalin Dance Group that won the Desmond Factor talent contest at Desmond College last Friday night. Kieran Herlihy of Lisurland Strand was part of the Transition year sketch that won the comedy section. The standard was very high again this year as thirty two acts vied for this very coveted title. Well done to all concerned.
MONAGEA BORD NA NÃ“G: A meeting will be held in the community centre on Friday 1st February at 7.30. Can anyone who is interested in getting involved with training the children please attend. Hoping to see all the coaches from last year too.
GREAT SOUTHERN TRAIL WALK: An anniversary walk will take place on Saturday 2nd February from Abbeyfeale to Duagh Railways. On a frosty evening fifty years ago the last regular passenger train wended its way through West Limerick and North Kerry as it made its final journey from Limerick to Tralee. All along the route people came out to bid farewell. It was Saturday 2nd February 1963. Coincidentally in 2013 the 2nd of February also falls on a Saturday and to commemorate the last train a walk will set out from Abbeyfeale Station along the Great Southern Trail(GST) at 2.15pm this Saturday. The route to Duagh Village is approximately four miles long and as portion of the route is on the public road all participants are advised to wear visibility vests. Refreshments will be provided at Jimâ€™s Bar, Duagh and return transport to Abbeyfeale will be provided. Those travelling from the Tralee/Listowel direction may consider the 1pm CIÃ‰ bus from Tralee(1.30pm from Listowel) to Abbeyfeale; there is a return CIÃ‰ service to Listowel/Tralee at 4.45pm directly from Duagh. Beidh fÃ¡ilte romhat ar an lÃ¡! With LÃ¡ FhÃ©ile BrÃde welcoming springtime on the previous day itâ€™s a good opportunity to take advantage of the lengthening days by getting out and about. The old railway from Abbeyfeale to the County Kerry border is now a magnificent cycleway thanks to the recent works by Limerick County Council and their contractors and funded by the Department of Transport. A preliminary inspection of the first 2km in County Kerry by GST and CIÃ‰ personnel took place last week. Due to the difficult overgrown terrain which was encountered this portion of Saturdayâ€™s route is only suited to those with wellingtons, gloves, eye protection and working clothing. All other participants should exit onto the public road at the County Boundary.