WL102FM FUNDRAISING NEWS: The monthly car boot sale and indoor market takes place at the Community Centre, Newcastle West on Sunday, April 14. On the same afternoon, popular music presenter Mossie Richardson, will be the star attraction with his Country Music Road Show at an Afternoon Tea Dance in Fr. Caseyâ€™s Clubhouse from 3-6pm.
ARRA FRIENDS: The next meeting will be on Wednesday, April 17 at the Desmond Complex, donâ€™t forget to bring your dancing shoes as we shall have music for dancing. Aquarobics will commence at Killeline Leisure Centre on Monday, April 24 at 11 am.
GROW YOUR OWN: Limerick West GIY â€“ with the aim of inspiring people to grow their own food will hold its March meeting on Thursday, April 18 at 7pm sharp in D&M Garden Centre, Croagh â€“ with new growers and old hands welcome. This monthâ€™s talk will be given by Chris, who will speak about companion planting and its benefits. It will also be our second seed / plant swap of the season, so please bring any unwanted seeds or excess plants. Who knows, you might just pick up that seed / plant you have been looking for. There is no need to bring anything, if you donâ€™t have spares, you can still take what you need during the swap.
From June / July we will be taking Limerick West GIY on the road â€“ visiting some of the many interesting gardens of other members. If you would like to host a meeting at your garden, let us know at the next meeting â€“ picking a month that will suit.
SPECIAL OLYMPICS: The National Bucket Day Collection will take place on Friday, April 26. If you can spare an hour to help us we would love to hear from you. Please contact Ann McCarten on 086-8494357 or Maureen Finnegan on087-9845102. Training has also started on Wednesday, April 10.
FIRST COMMUNION AND CONFIRMATION: To help parents/guardians to prepare spiritually for their childâ€™s First Communion/Confirmation, a prayer and reflection time will take for any parents/guardians, who may be interested in coming along, in the Parish Centre, Newcastle West from 7.15 to 7.55pm every Monday evening â€“ starting on Monday, April 15. This is an opportunity to step back from the busyness of your lives and take some time to recollect yourselves in your role as the â€œfirst teachers of your child in the ways of faithâ€ (Baptism Ceremony). This will be a very relaxed gathering and will not require any parent getting involved in discussion â€“ just a quiet, prayerful time with little bits of spiritual nourishment.
IRISH HEART FOUNDATION: The Annual Church Gate Collection held on March 23 and 24 raised â‚¬ 1,586.30. Grateful thanks to all who contributed and the people who helped.
DAY TRIP: Leaving Newcastle West at 9 am, visiting the Perfumery and Floral centre in the Burren â€“ which featured recently on Nationwide. We will also visit the Ml Cusack Centre and the Parochial House used by Fr Ted on Craggy Island. Breakfast and dinner will be included. For further information: Contact Maureen on 087- 9845102.
ARRA PLAYERS DRAMA GROUP: The Arra Players â€“ Newcastle West Drama Group, are presently putting the finishing touches to this yearâ€™s play â€œThe Chastituteâ€. This is one of John B. Keaneâ€™s classic plays and, like all his finest work, it has a strong social theme. This time the theme is Church engendered chastity and the efforts that a bachelor makes to find himself a life partner in rural Ireland. There is ample scope for both comedy and tragedy in this great play and, at a recent rehearsal, it was clear that The Arra Players are really going to get the most out of John Bâ€™s excellent script. The group have been active in recruiting experienced actors. Tom Madigan and Paul Moriarty are strong in their leading roles. Angeline O Donnell, from Cahir, brings a lifetimeâ€™s experience to her part. New to the West Limerick stage are the marvellous Finn Fitzgerald, Dolores Broderick, Stephen Goulding and Vincent O Brien. These actors are joined by Arra stalwarts Benny Mc Carthy, Nuala Duffy, Carmel Buicke, Denis Hobson and Miriam Goulding. Nuala Duffy is the Producer and she has assembled an impressive back-stage crew. Karen Fitzgibbon from Limerick city is a very experienced Director. Denis Buicke has designed and constructed the set. Sound is in the capable hands of Declan Hanlon and on lighting are Eddie Browne, Mike Mulcahy & Denis Mulcahy from Monagea. In charge of Stage Props are â€“ Daniel Cremin, Siobhan Hennessy & Vincent Oâ€™Brien. The play will be performed in the lovely, modern stage in the comfortable hall in Monagea.
The dates are Friday 12th of April, Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th of April. The play commences each evening at 8.30pm sharp â€“ Admission is â‚¬10. Make it a definite date!
CROÃ NUA â€“ REFLECTIVE EVENING: A Reflective Evening will take place at 7.30pm on Wednesday, April 17 in The Parish Centre, Westbury, Limerick. Drawing on the resources of the CroÃ Nua Programme of Renewal for Ireland, and weaving together scripture imagery, music and ritual, Monica Brown and Hilary Musgrave will provide participants with a creative and prayerful space to celebrate their faith and their experience of God in the reality of their daily lives. Contact: Sr Dympna Clancy (086-3708652) or Emmaus Productions (051-391784).
DESMOND COMPLEX: The Desmond Complex will hold its Annual General Meeting on Thursday, April 18 at 7:30 pm. The meeting will take place at the Complex and we are urging all who have an affiliation with the complex to attend. All members of the board will be elected on the night. A large attendance would be very much appreciated and would demonstrate local appreciation for those who devote their time to such an important local resource. The next Fun Day will take place on Wednesday, April 17. All the usual activities will take place and we hope for a large attendance. We would again like to remind people to contact Brendan on (069) 84069 to enable us to have a good approximation of numbers. We would like to extend best wishes for a speedy recovery to Loui Kiely â€“ who took ill at our last Fun Day. We hope to see her back in full health shortly.
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 â€“ 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.
THE JOURNEY: The Journey is a collection of artworks created by 6 local artists on the theme of death, dying, loss and care â€“ as part of the Compassionate Communities project. A selection of the work will be exhibited in the Church from Thursday, April 11. â€œDying to be a Poetâ€ is another segment of the project, whereby people were invited to submit their writing on the same theme. Poems written by several Desmond College students will also be displayed in the church.
WEST LIMERICK 102FM RADIO: A new programme has started on West Limerick 102 FM. It is broadcast on Wednesday nights from 8pm to 9pm and follows the lives of people who have amazing stories to tell. On Wednesday next, Fergal McCarthy talks about growing up in West Limerick, his day job as a teacher in Dublin, his meritorious elevation in the artistic world and much more. Tune into the Circle of Life on West Limerick 102fm on Wednesdays from 8pm to 9pm.
THREAT TO THE UNBORN IN IRELAND: An open meeting organized by the Life Society of UL will take place on Wednesday, April 10 at 7.30pm in the University of Limerick, Kemmy Business School (KBS); Main lecture Theatre (KBG-12). Speakers will include: Prof William Binchy, Emeritus Regius Professor of Laws, TCD and Bernadette Goulding, Director, Rachelâ€™s Vineyard, Ireland. All are welcome.
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 â‚¬5 per trip â€“ 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.
FASHION SHOW: A Fashion Show to help finance the Limerick Diocesan Youth Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place in the Woodlands House Hotel, Adare, on Tuesday, April 16 commencing at 8pm. Tickets are â‚¬ 20 and include cheese and wine reception, live entertainment during the interval and prizes for the Best Dressed Lady and Trendiest Man.
SUE RYDER CHARITY SHOP: We need clothes & shoes of all shapes & sizes, unwanted gifts & unwanted prizes. Please remember us when clearing out your wardrobes, presses & cupboards while spring cleaning. The Sue Ryder charity shop is located at Maiden St, Newcastle West. Donations always welcome.
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 â‚¬ 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).
LEGION OF MARY: The Legion of Mary meets every Tuesday at 3 pm in the Parish Centre. New members are most welcome.
GST GATHERING 2013: Please spread the news of the Great Southern Trail â€˜gathering eventâ€™ which is our 36km (22 mile) mid-summer walk. Below is the link to the GST gathering event on June 22. Please study it, mark it in your diary, and then circulate it to any family or friends, who are overseas, and may consider being with us for this special commemoration. This may have been the route along which their parents or grandparents may have taken when emigrating. Other associated GST events include: Sunday, April 28 at 9 am - Kilmorna to Listowel 8km (road walk) which will parallel the, yet to be developed, railway section. this is being organized by our Listowel members â€“ who also held a very successful Listowel-Abbeyfeale-Listowel Road/GST cycle on St Patrickâ€™s Day, with about 70 participants. Bank Holiday Monday, May 6 at 3 pm â€“ Loop Walk, 10km using GST/Minor Roads in Rooskagh-Glenagown - full details later. http://www.thegatheringireland.com/attend-a-gathering/individual- gathering/great%20southern%20trail%20midsummer%20big%20walk/22%20june%202013/66#.uvmcexlrsu3
RETREAT WEEKEND FOR YOUNG ADULTS: A Retreat Weekend for Young Adults â€“ with prayer, input and discussion which will take place at Spanish Point, Co. Clare from April 19 to April 21. Cost is â‚¬ 30 or a donation. More information and booking form is available from Sr. Lynne FCJ at email@example.com or Sr Brid FCJ at 11 Priory Walk, Whitehall Road, Dublin 12 (01-4924075).
IPAD TRAINING FOR PARENTS: A course on how to use an iPad and Apps to support a child with special needs will be held in St. Josephâ€™s Foundation, Charleville on Saturday, April 13 from 9.30am - 4.30pm. Information available from: firstname.lastname@example.org or 086-3909790.
WORK ACCESS: Please note the following: Anyone with a disability, mental health issue or learning difficulty can avail of our service. People wishing to use the service do not need to be on a disability payment. We can offer support also to those already in employment. We can meet anyone for an informal meeting to discuss his/her needs and to clarify any questions about the service we provide. We are currently based on Little Ellen Street, Limerick but we also have outreach offices in Newcastle West and Kilmallock.