SCHOOLS: Alas nearly all back to school this week. My! How time has flown. Thankfully sunshine was a common feature this summer a real bonus for all. Best wishes to all as they return to their studies for the autumn term.
CEILI: The Summer season has come and gone now time to look forward to night events to while away the hours. The first ceili of the season at Halla Tadhg Gaelach in Tournafulla commences on Friday September 13. The music for the evening is by the Striolan Ceili band with dancing from 9:30pm to 1pm and all are welcome.
PLOUGHING: The annual ploughing championships will take place on Tuesday September 24th to Friday September 27th in Stradbally Co. Laois. One of the last major outdoor events before the evening’s close and always a very popular event in the rural calendar.
CAR BOOT: The next car boot sale and indoor market at the community centre Newcastle West is scheduled for Sunday September 1 from 9am to 3pm. This is a main fundraiser for the local community radio station West Limerick 102fm and deserves local support.
SET DANCING CLUB: The West Limerick set dancing club will meet again for the Sunday sessions at the Devon Inn Hotel Templeglantine. The afternoon will kick off at 4pm when Taylor’s Cross take to the stage on September 8th and all are very welcome to waltz along.
MILFORD HOSPICE FAIR: The 28th annual Milford Hospice Harvest Fair is scheduled to take place on Sunday September 1st at the arena in the University of Limerick please note the change of venue. The Harvest Fair committee once again appeals for your support in donating goods such as clothes, books, toys, bric-a-brac etc. All saleable items most welcome. So place September 1st in your diary of events.
DESMOND HALL: The Desmond Hall Newcastle West is open to the public until Wednesday September 4th. Admission and guided tours of the castle are free. So step back in time and call to this scenic renovated castle.
REFLECTION: Luck and strength go together Children need more hugs than they need more things. What a day may bring, a day may take away. When life becomes too simple and easy nervousness sets in very quickly.
CHURCH ARRANGEMENTS: The reader for Raheenagh mass this Saturday evening is Mary Doody with Eucharistic Ministers Bernie Fitzpatrick and Sheila Ahern and basket collector Michael Manley.. The reader for Ashford mass this Sunday morning is Mary Mulcahy with Eucharistic Minister Margaret Harnett and Joan King. The Mass server for Ashford church to commence on Sunday is Colm McMahon. The Apostolate of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration continues in Ashford church on Friday’s.
KNOCK: The Former Eurovision winner Dana Rosemary Scallon will be this year’s guest at the Irish National Grandparents Pilgrimage in Knock Co. Mayo. The latter takes place on Sunday September 8. All welcome.
WALK OF LIFE: A Walk of Life fundraising drive in aid of Milford Hospice is scheduled to take place on Saturday October 19.
LOURDES: A pilgrimage to Lourdes from Shannon direct to Lourdes takes place on this September 22nd to 27th. All pilgrims will stay in Hotel Anito. All details from Marion Pilgrimages at 01-18788159 or Elma in Newcastle West 069-62605. All are welcome.
LOTTO: St Ita’s Field Development lotto results from Thursday August 15th with numbers drawn 17, 18, 20 and 32, there was no jackpot or match three winner drawn. The four €30 lucky dip winners were Geraldine Ambrose seller Mary Anglim, Sean Bowen seller Willie O’Brien, Eddie Carmody seller Eddie Carmody, Dee Carmody seller Eddie Carmody.
The lotto results from Thursday August 22nd were as follows with numbers drawn 7, 11, 18 and 23 and there was no jackpot winner. The match three €75 were Hannah Hough seller Willie O’Brien, Ann Browne seller Kevin Browne, Theresa O’Brien seller Willie O’Brien. The four €30 lucky dip winners as follows Brendan Greaney seller Joanne Relihan, Willie O’Brien seller Willie O’Brien, Kevin Browne seller Kevin Browne, Gerard Dore seller Michael Dore.
The jackpot is now €6,900 and the draw will take place this Thursday at The Village Inn in Ashford.
CARDS: The Tuesday night card winners from the Hall in Raheenagh were Annie Leahy and Curly. There was a playoff for second place and the winners were Pat Lynch and Richard Liston.
The table prize winners at €20 per table were Pat Condon and Kitty Dillane, Mary and Kitty and Margaret and Dan. Raffle winners €50 Mrs Mullane, €30 Mary O’Donnell, €20 Eddie O’Dee and final prize of €20 to lucky Eddie O’Dee. It is nice to be a winner at any time.
The winners from the social card game Friday night last at The Village Inn were Martin Sheehan Newcastle West and William Walsh Ashford. Second to Rita Kelly Mauricetown and Tom Dore Ashford. Well done to all.