January 26

Marian Hartnett 068-

Reporter:

Marian Hartnett 068-

DEATH: Sincere sympathy is offered to the mother and family of the late Sarah Mc.Garry whose funeral took place last week. Ms McGarry had worked for the past 19 years at the Convent firstly and then Colaiste Ide agus Iosef as English and PE teacher and was highly regarded and loved by all who came in contact with her. May she rest in peace.

DEATH: Sincere sympathy is offered to the mother and family of the late Sarah Mc.Garry whose funeral took place last week. Ms McGarry had worked for the past 19 years at the Convent firstly and then Colaiste Ide agus Iosef as English and PE teacher and was highly regarded and loved by all who came in contact with her. May she rest in peace.

EVENING CLASSES IN THE COLAISTE: Evening classes have recommenced in Colaiste Ide agus Iosef since Tuesday, January 22. Courses include Keep Fit, Cookery and Empowered Parenting. All courses are just €30. For information or to book please contact the school on 068 30631 .

FREE COMPUTER CLASSES: If you are living in the Abbeyfeale area and in receipt of Social Welfare Payments and would like to learn computer skills; using email; Microsoft Word; Skype; Facebook;. Or if you wish to know more about surfing the internet, watching RTE programmes online, and booking accommodation/flights online, then please contact Ed at West Limerick Resources on 087 329 0483 or 068 32444.

FIRST MEETING OF THE GATHERING: There were just two vacant seats at the meeting held in Leen’s last Thursday evening. An animated discussion took place on what could be done to welcome the expected influx of visitors next July. In order to raise funds to help with promoting the schools reunion an afternoon tea dance will be held in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse on Sunday next from 3-6pm with admission just €5. All are welcome.

ADULT EDUCATION CENTRE: Pilates starting Wednesday mornings January 23 10-11 am - 8 week course for €10.00. Men on the Move Wednesday morning 11-12 noon. Genealogy starting Wednesday January 23, 7.30-9.30 pm - trace your roots and have a presentation gift for all of your family that come home for the Gathering in July. One Pot cooking, suitable for anyone living alone, or just a handy quick dish for families, starting Tuesday 22 from 7.30-9.30pm. A knitting and crochet class will resume on Tuesday, January 22 at 7.30pm. Other classes planned include Basic Computers for complete beginners, Use of Tablet Computers, Sewing, Yoga and Personal Development. FETAC Accredited courses will also start in Growing Fruit and Vegetables, Healthcare Support (Care of the Elderly), Furniture Making and Design, Business Studies and Childcare. For further information contact Manager Breda Deedigan on 068 31198; bdeedigan@limerickvec.ie

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: A once off fundraising afternoon tea dance in aid of the Gathering and WL102fm will be held at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse, Abbeyfeale on Sunday, January 27 next from 3-6pm. Dancing to the wonderfully mellow sound of the Seamus Sheehy Duo. Seamus will play a mixture to suit all dancers so we’ll have a Siege of Ennis, a polka, a slosh, several two hands along with the usual waltzes, quick steps and fox trots. Admission €5. Teas served.

IRISH BLOOD TRANSFUSION SERVICE: A blood donation clinic will take place in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse on Wednesday and Thursday of this week from 6-9pm. According to the Blood Transfusion website 3,000 donations are needed every week. Over 1,000 people receive transfusions every week in Ireland. Only 3% of the Irish population give blood, providing blood for a population of over 4 million. Only 5% of the Irish population eligible to give blood do so. A car accident victim may require up to 30 units of blood. A bleeding ulcer could require anything between 3-30 units of blood. A coronary artery bypass may use between 1-5 units of blood.

SUE RYDER: Sale continues this week with all items priced very competitively.

LADIES FOOTBALL: Fr. Casey’s ladies football club are currently looking for volunteers for the committee as our current representatives are stepping down. It would be a shame if the positions were not filled, as the future of the club is uncertain. There will be an AGM on Friday, February 1 at 7pm in the GAA clubhouse for anyone interested.

LIMERICK SOCIAL SERVICES: The church door collection held recently raised €1,163.

ABBEYFEALE/DUAGH RETREAT: The annual parish retreat takes place next Sunday at the Ardfert retreat centre. Early booking essential from 068 31405/32127. Bus will leave Abbeyfeale via Duagh at 9am.

CHURCH NOTES: Mass every weekday morning at 10am. Saturday morning Mass 11am followed by confessions. Vigil Mass 7pm. Sunday Masses 9.30am and 12 noon. Adoration resumes on Tuesday from 8am – 10pm. Novena to St. Anthony every Tuesday during 10am Mass. Mass Intentions: Thursday 10am Sr. Immaculata Gallagher who died recently. Friday 10am Dick Prendville, St. Ita’s Terrace 1st. Anniversary, Friday 7pm Tom Moloney, The Hill. Saturday 7pm Patrick O’Connor, Caherhayes, Christy Leahy and Patrick Sheehan, Knockbrack. Sunday 9.30am Denis McEnery, Dromtrasna Collins, Patrick Cotter Ballaugh Months Mind. Sunday 12 noon Patrick Broderick Dromtrasna Collins, Nancy and Paddy Fitzgerald Meenahaeala. This is Christian Unity Week with the theme “ What does God require of us”.

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: The Toastmasters are back for the New Year, just in time for those who want to do something that will add value to their lives, give them self confidence and increase their self esteem. Best of all, Toastmasters gets you out of the house, into a group where fun and laughter is the order of the day and where you’ll make new friends. Every meeting consists of a topics session where we discuss anything - apart from sex, religion and politics (!). This is then followed by prepared speeches where experienced members give speeches of between 4-7 minutes length. The experience of being a member of Toastmasters enables people to become more involved in other organisations, join the debate at public meetings, speak up at parent/teacher conferences and so much more. You learn how to put your thoughts together, how to speak concisely and clearly, you learn the uses of body language, how to project your voice, the value of making eye contact – all skills that are necessary in everyday life. Meetings take place in the Desmond Complex 8pm for an 8.30pm start, there will be a break for tea or coffee mid way and the meeting will finish at 10.30pm sharp. So, decide to come to the next meeting on Wednesday, January 30 – it’s a decision that could be life changing for you and will breathe new life into a club where new members are its lifeblood. Further information from Bill on 087 9079223.

LIMERICK YOUTH SERVICE CAFE: LYS’s FAS funded training restaurant and bakery is located at the junction of Lower Glenworth St and Henry St. Paradise Restaurant serves breakfast and lunch, in a quiet environment, with friendly staff and award winning cuisine. Paradise Restaurant is open from Monday to Thursday, 10am to 2pm and Friday from 10am to 12pm.

IFA COUNTY EXECUTIVE AGM: The AGM takes place at the Woodlands Hotel on Wednesday, January 30 at 8.30pm. IFA President John Bryan will be in attendance. Everyone welcome.

MEENKILLY CARD GAME: PRO Marian Roche reports; “Meenkilly card game results January 15; Another great crowd with 11 tables taking part, Winners; Nono Mcelligott, James Keane, Mary Brown. Runner’s Up; JoanO’ Grady, Paddy O Sullivan, Billy Brouder, Laurence Mcauliffe, Pasty Kelly. Door prize; Patrick Murphy, Joan Audsley. Table prize; Julie Murphy, Catherine Collins, Pat Curtin. Tickets; Gobnait Scanell, Patrick Fitzgerald, Billy Connell, Nono Mcelligott, Beth Collins, Dan Brosnan. Meenkilly card game takes place every Tuesday night at 9 o clock, come along for a great nights entertainment - a great way to pass the night in this bad weather we are having.”

MAY HOLIDAY BREAK: Staying two nights in the Skylon Hotel, Drumcondra, Dublin and three nights in the Yeats Country Hotel, Rosses Point. Full use of the leisure centre. Please note change of itinerary this year we will not now be visiting Belfast and the Titanic Building, however you will not be disappointed with the full itinerary that has been planned which will be available in a few weeks. For more information without obligation contact Maureen 087 9845102.

REUNION: A reunion of Y.C.W members will take place in Abbeyfeale on Friday night February 8 next. All welcome to the gathering, enquiries to Mary on (087) 6507704 after 5pm.

WALK THE TRAIL: Saturday, February 2, will be the 50th Anniversary [day and date] of the last Limerick-Tralee daily scheduled passenger train and to mark this significant historic day the GST will host another walk at 2.15pm from Abbeyfeale to Duagh village. This will include a mile of an as yet undeveloped section in Co. Kerry so waterproof footwear/ wellingtons may be required.

RATHFREDAGH WALK: The annual walk will take place on Sunday, January 27. Set off at 10am from the N21 layby at Barnagh for the 9mile walk with the final 4 miles on public roads so wear a high visibility vest. Meet at the Courtney Lodge at 11am for the final 4 miles. Contact Mary Angela Downes on 085 1636609 for sponsorship cards.

FEALE FIT TRAINING: Fealefit will be commencing ‘Couch to 5k’ training Saturday, January 26 from 11am @ The Railway bar in preparation for the Tournafulla 5k on March 31. Check out www.tournafulla5k.com for all the details on Tournafulla 5K run and Non Competitive Walk in Support o f TLC4CF (Cystic Fibrosis) and Limerick Dialysis Unit. Make sure to register and support!!!! If interested in doing the training be sure to contact Shane 087 2891015 or Kadie 087 7771552. Training is free of charge so no excuses!!!!!!

CERVICAL CANCER: European Cervical Cancer Prevention Week runs from 20th to January 20 -26 with events taking place all over Europe and Ireland to raise awareness about cervical cancer prevention. West Limerick Primary Health Care Project for Travellers is actively involved in this campaign in West Limerick. The team will be calling to women across West Limerick to raise awareness about cervical cancer and encourage women to go for the free smear test. Women can avail of a free smear test from a GP practice or family planning clinic of their choice every 3 years if aged between 25 and 44 years and every 5 years if aged between 45 and 60 years. Every year approximately 280 women are newly diagnosed with cervical cancer and 85 lives are lost. However, well-organised screening programmes, such as CervicalCheck, have been proven to reduce the death rate from cervical cancer. The smear test is able to pick up changes to the cells BEFORE cancer might even develop. Most results come back showing there are no changes. If there are cell changes, a follow-up examination (a colposcopy) can be done to see what the changes may mean. The Pearl of Wisdom is the international symbol for cervical cancer prevention. Pearls of Wisdom are available free of charge from the West Limerick Resources offices on St Mary’s Road. For more information on the free national cervical cancer screening programme call freephone 1800 45 45 55 or go to www.cervicalcheck.ie. Information is also available from the Primary Health Care Project’s office in West Limerick Resources – call 069 61316.

UPSKILLING IN BROADCASTING TRAINING: Those interested in becoming a volunteer broadcaster at West Limerick 102 Community Radio are now invited to take part in a dedicated 12 week training programme to develop the skills to produce and present high quality programming for the community station. Topics will include Role of Community Radio, Radio Presenting, Researching for Radio, The Role of the Producer, Technical Skills and News & Current Affairs. Course Free of Charge. Limited Places Available. Open to those living in the West Limerick area and interested in volunteering with the community radio station. For further information and an application form please contact Connie Broderick, WL102 on 069 66200.

LIMERICK’S BUILT HERITAGE: A series of lectures on Limerick’s Built Heritage will be held in County Hall, Dooradoyle over 5 evenings from January to March 2013. These lectures are organised and funded by Limerick County Council and are free to all to attend. The first one will be on ring forts and takes place at County Hall, Dooradoyle on January 29 at 8pm.

JOBSEEKERS ROOM: A Jobseekers’ Resource Room has been opened in Abbeyfeale Community Education Centre (open Mondays and Wednesdays: 9:30am-1:30pm & 2-5:30pm and Thursdays: 12:30-5pm). Users can: search the web for jobs; write and print CV’s; and take away relevant literature on work and training and education opportunities. An Information Assistant will be on hand to assist you, should you request assistance. For further information, please phone 087 3290483. The service is free. This is a West Limerick Resources initiative.

COME DANCING: Classes resume shortly at the Community Centre, New Street, Abbeyfeale from 9-11pm. Learn waltz, quickstep, and jive, shoe the donkey and much more.

SEAN NOS AND SET DANCE CLASSES: Sean Nos dancing classes continue each Thursday night in Ardagh Hall at 8pm, with classes for children at 7pm. Adult set dancing classes take place in the Community Centre, Ballyhahill on Monday nights 8.30 – 10.30pm and in the Ballintemple Inn Newcastle West and the Con Colbert Memorial Hall Athea, on Tuesdays at 8.30pm. A great way to exercise while having a good laugh. All are welcome to the classes.

FREE LECTURES: The Department of Theology and Religious Studies, Mary Immaculate College, is proud to announce a Public Lecture Series to celebrate the Year of Faith. Every Tuesday at 17.00 hrs, (Room 202), an invited guest speaker will deliver a lecture on a topic that relates to Christian Spirituality. The Lecture series is free of charge and everyone is welcome. For further information and enquiries, please contact : Lauraine.Howley@mic.ul.ie, Telephone: 061 204507.The first lecture starts on Tuesday, February 5 and will be delivered by Prof. Eamonn Conway, Head of Theology & Religious Studies at Mary Immaculate College. It is entitled “The New Evangelisation : Opportunities and Challenges”.

TAIZE; Limerick Diocese is organising a pilgrimage for young adults (over 18’s) to Taize from July 4 – 9 next. Taize is a great place to meet young people of different religions to reflect on your faith and pray and sing together. The pilgrimage also includes a trip to Paris and Disneyland Paris. If there is anyone (18+) interested please contact Fr. Frank Duhig (069-62141)

CELEBRATION OF LIGHT: N.C.W. Bereavement Support Group is holding a ‘Celebration of Light’ for those bereaved by suicide on Sunday, January 27 at 4pm. in the NCW Church. We invite all those who have been bereaved by suicide to attend. More details later.

CEILI DANCING: The 13th annual charity ceili in aid of Chernobyl Children International organized by Mike and Catherine Kiely, Templeglantine will take place in the Devon Inn Hotel, on Friday, February 8 at 9.30pm. Music by Taylor’s Cross Ceili Band with lots of spot prizes to be won and all are welcome. Limerick Senior Citizens Club

OLD TIME DANCING, CABARET AND EXERCISE TO MUSIC: Every Tuesday night with a resident band at Pery’s Hotel, Clentworth St., Limerick. Teas served.

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CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK: will be celebrated from January 27 – February 3. The theme of the week this year is “The Community of Faith. Sharing the Good News” The aim of this week is to highlight and celebrate the work of passing on the faith especially in our Catholic schools. We are invited to the launch of Catholic Schools week in the Diocese of Limerick at the Woodlands House Hotel, Adare on Wednesday evening at 6.30pm with speaker Rev. Micheal Drumm, Chairperson of the Catholic Schools Partnership.

IRISH SOCIETY OF COLITIS & CROHN’S DISEASE: An open day will be held on Saturday, January 26 in the Main Lecture Theatre of Cork University Hospital at 2.00p.m. Public meeting for patients, friends & families – admission free.

PANTO; Marion Players Panto 2013 - Our 26th Annual Pantomime – ‘Aladdin’ at the Rathmore Community Centre starts on Saturday, January 26 and the cast are busy with rehearsals at moment. The show times are as follows Saturday 26 at 8:00pm, Wednesday 30 at 8:00pm, Thursday 31 at 8:00pm, Saturday, February 2 at 8:00pm. Matinees are on Sunday, January 27and Sunday, February 3 at 3pm. All Proceeds from this year’s Panto will go to Kerry Parents Friends for their new residential unit “Tearmann Lodge”, Rathmore. For more information and booking contact; 064-7758526, or 087-9562920.