Newcastle West Aug 31

WESTFEST: The Knights of Westfest Festival is very proud to present its biggest and best programme ever! Newcastle West becomes the entertainment central for five action-packed days from September 11 to 15, 2013. A fun filled programme ensures something for everyone – including top international headliners, a gourmet food fair, street entertainment, kidzone and street entertainment from all over the country. Over the past year, organizers have searched the globe, and enticed the cream of musicians to come to Newcastle West for 5 days of top class entertainment this year. The 2013 programme includes top USA band “Boyce Avenue” an American rock band formed in Sarasota, Florida, by the brothers Alejandro, Daniel, Arniel Stoneslow and Fabian Manzano who will be headlining Westfest on Saturday, September 14. After a hugely successful run of touring, which saw the band play some of the biggest venues in the United States, Canada, Australia, Europe and the United Kingdom, Boyce Avenue are back with Westfest – the first live concert of the 2013 European tou. The full line-up includes: The Kilkennys, Celtic Steps, Na Fianna, Hermitage Green, Sharon Shannon & Band with special guests Mary Coughlan & Frances Black as well as a wide showcase of the great local talent Co. Limerick has to offer.

WESTFEST: The Knights of Westfest Festival is very proud to present its biggest and best programme ever! Newcastle West becomes the entertainment central for five action-packed days from September 11 to 15, 2013. A fun filled programme ensures something for everyone – including top international headliners, a gourmet food fair, street entertainment, kidzone and street entertainment from all over the country. Over the past year, organizers have searched the globe, and enticed the cream of musicians to come to Newcastle West for 5 days of top class entertainment this year. The 2013 programme includes top USA band “Boyce Avenue” an American rock band formed in Sarasota, Florida, by the brothers Alejandro, Daniel, Arniel Stoneslow and Fabian Manzano who will be headlining Westfest on Saturday, September 14. After a hugely successful run of touring, which saw the band play some of the biggest venues in the United States, Canada, Australia, Europe and the United Kingdom, Boyce Avenue are back with Westfest – the first live concert of the 2013 European tou. The full line-up includes: The Kilkennys, Celtic Steps, Na Fianna, Hermitage Green, Sharon Shannon & Band with special guests Mary Coughlan & Frances Black as well as a wide showcase of the great local talent Co. Limerick has to offer.

TOASTMASTERS: If your priorities include learning Communication and Leadership skills at your own pace, developing self confidence and making new friends, then Toastmasters could be for you. Toastmaster’s is a non-profit educational corporation with headquarters in the US. Its mission is to improve the communication and leadership skills of its members. It has approx. 180,000 members in 54 countries from Australia to Malaysia to South Africa and everywhere in between. Clubs are divided up into areas, then divisions, then districts and there are three clubs in Area 36, Division A, District 71 – Tralee, Killarney and West Limerick. The three clubs meet each month from September to May in a safe, friendly, fun filled and affirming environment. We welcome people to come and sit in on meetings and watch proceedings before they consider joining up and guarantee that they will not be asked to participate until they decide to become a member. Tralee meet in O’Donnell’s Bar and Restaurant, Mounthawk Roundabout, on the first and third Mondays of the month – with meetings from 8 to 10 pm and as part of our learning we try to ensure that the meetings start and finish on time. For further information: Contact Celine on 066 7125364. Killarney meet at the Malton from 8.30 to 10.30pm on the second and fourth Tuesday from 8.30pm – 10.30pm and the contact there is Bernadette on 087 754 6984. Finally, West Limerick Toastmasters Club meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 8.30pm – 10.30pm at the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West and the contact number for further information is Donnacha 086 8494505.

ARRA FRIENDS: We Welcome back all our members after the summer break and hope that everyone had a nice time. Please note that the Club will re-open at 4:30 pm on Tuesday, September 10, in the Desmond Complex. We look forward to seeing you all again. Last Friday a group from ARRA Friends visited the Bru Boru Cultural Centre in Cashel. This is a purpose built centre where visitors can explore 3000 years of Ireland’s rich cultural heritage. We enjoyed a delightful dinner followed by an interesting walk through the “Sounds of History” museum situated in a subterranean chamber, seven metres underground beneath the base of the famous Rock of Cashel. The walk traces the passage of time and the development of Ireland’s history and is enhanced with exhibits of ancient musical instruments. Following that, we went to the on-site theatre and enjoyed a wonderful show featuring traditional Irish song and dance. A world renowned group of 24 musicians and dancers enthralled the audience with their virtuosity. This was followed by a lively session where the audience was invited to entertain the performers with songs and recitations. One of our members, Jasper Shire who was celebrating his 85th birthday that day and another brave soul , Ita McQuinn, gave a recitation.

ORAL HISTORY INITIATIVE: West Limerick Resources will be running an Oral History Training Initiative this autumn. Training will consist of two elements. Participants will develop Oral History Interviewing techniques and examine the legal and ethical issues relevant to gathering Oral History. The second element of the training will focus on digital voice recording and editing techniques. Training will also explore how oral history can contribute to the local heritage of communities and identify suitable ways of showcasing their research. Training is expected to begin in October and to run one evening per week for 10 weeks. The course is free of charge and open to people living in the West Limerick area. To register for the programme contact Suzanne on 069 79114 or email srowley@wlr.ie

LITTLE EINSTEIN’S: Little Einstein’s Preschool at 17 Bishop Court, will be re-opening on Monday, September 2, at 9am. We also have a very limited number of ECCE places still available for this September. To qualify for this scheme your child must have been born between February 2, 2009 and June 30, 2010. For enrolments & additional information: Contact Deirdre on 086-0872198.

3 DAY AUTUMN BREAK TO WICKLOW: A three day short break is being organized to the beautiful County of Wicklow – with visits to Dublin and Waterford cities also being included. The tour begins on Monday, September 30 from Limerick on the 8.55 am train to Dublin. Following a five hour stop-over, to explore our capital city, and another train journey to Arklow, the holiday base will be reached after 6 pm. Staying at the oldest hotel in Ireland – Woodenbridge – where two nights dinner, bed and breakfast will be provided in the Lodge. You will also traverse the walkway from the hotel to the famous beauty spot of the ‘Meeting of the Waters’ in the Vale of Avoca. Tuesday, October 1 will include a full day coach tour of Co. Wicklow, visiting Avondale (home of Parnell), Glendalough, and a walk along the old railway line at Tinahely – which has been developed by the local community. On Wednesday, October 2, there will be a 1 hour coach transfer to Carlow, followed by a direct train to Waterford. We will have four hours to browse our most ancient city and its many visitor attractions, before departing on the 4.25 pm train to Limerick – where the tour ends at 6.45 pm. The cost is €175 per person sharing (€215 for single room) and includes two nights dinner, bed and breakfast, all train and coach trips and admissions to attractions in Co Wicklow. The cost would be much higher were it not for the generosity of Iarnród Éireann who awarded the Great Southern Trail (organizers of this tour) one of their ‘The Journey Is On Us’ free railway trips which they offer to several community groups each year.

The Dublin-Arklow railway is one of Ireland’s most scenic lines with long stretches hugging the Irish Sea before it enters the woodlands as it passes through the Vale of Avoca. The Waterford-Limerick line also has its fair share of scenery as it travels the Suir Valley, passing Sliabh na mBan, the Comeragh, Knockmealdown and Galtee mountains. Please contact Liam O’Mahony, 9 Bishop St., Newcastle West, Co Limerick 087 6471956, lomahony@hotmail.com if interested. Numbers must be finalized by Monday, September 9, and a non-refundable deposit of €40 paid by then, to ensure accommodation and seat reservations on the trains. Cheques should be made payable to “Great Southern Trail”.

NEWCASTLE WEST FILM CLUB: Newcastle West Film Club will hold their AGM on Thursday, August 29 in The Desmond Complex at 8pm. All are welcome to attend. If you have any suggestions, or wish to participate in any way, we look forward to it. Details of the next season will also be announced. For further information: Contact Mary on 087-6877970 or e-mail ncwfilmclub@gmail.com

TIDY TOWNS NETWORK TRAINING: Communities taking part in Tidy Towns in the West Limerick area are invited to take part in a one day training session on Invasive Species which will take place on Saturday, September 7. This is part of on-going training and support being offer by West Limerick Resources and An Taisce through the West Limerick Tidy Towns Network. Further details will be announced shortly. To register interest: Contact Suzanne on 069 79114 or email srowley@wlr.ie

OLYMPIC REUNION: Westfest organizers are holding “The Olympic Ballroom Reunion” in The Courtenay Lodge Hotel on Friday September 6th. The Olympic was the beating heart of the town’s social scene during the showband era and holds very special memories for patrons from all over Limerick – and beyond. Music on the night will be provided by the famous showband “The Indians”.

LOUGH DERG ONE DAY RETREATS: The Lough Derg One Day Retreats recommence on August 17 with a guided day of prayer, reflection and renewal. The morning includes Rosary and Way of the Cross – as well as Prayers of Intercession and Healing of Memories. The afternoon offers an opportunity for quiet time and personal prayer - concluding with the celebration of Eucharist. There are places available on August 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27, 31; September 1, 3, 7, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23. Contact: 071-9861518

ACCORD NEWCASTLE WEST: Accord Newcastle West provides a marriage and relationship counseling service offering both daytime and evening appointments. We also deliver Marriage Preparation Courses and have availability on two remaining courses for this year – Saturday, September 7 and Saturday, November 16. Please ring 069-61000 or email accordnewcastlewest@eircom.net

BINGO: Desmond Complex/Creche Bingo will be held on Wednesday, August 28 at 8.30pm in the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West. Prize money on the night will be €2,500”.

AWARE FLAGSHIP FUNDRAISER: Now’s your chance to get involved! . Who can get involved? Anyone who genuinely cares about the issue of depression and its impact. We need Volunteer collectors who can give at least two hours of their time on Saturday, September 29. We also need local area coordinators to manage the collections and support volunteer collectors in their local area for one, two or three days. Remember, by supporting Aware’s national flagship fundraiser you will be helping to ensure that Aware can continue to be a strong and supporting light through depression to thousands of people in Ireland. Please register your details online at http://www.aware.ie/get-involved/ tel. 01 661 7211, and a member of our team will contact you shortly.

NCW JOBSEEKERS NETWORK: Worn out from job seeking & searching? Need a space & a group where you will find encouragement & support?? Need some practical assistance & tools to market yourself? Need some networking possibilities?? Need to access information on Job-seeking supports and what’s available in the area? Then please come along each Wednesday from at 2:30pm to the Newcastle West Community Centre to the new Newcastle West Jobseekers Network. Meeting usually takes about an hour. This is an open door, drop in, relaxed format with a social group aspect. Further details are available from Dearbhla on 069 61316.

GREAT SOUTHERN TRAIL: The Great SouthernTrail has been granted a complimentary, group return, rail journey by Iarnród Éireann, and proposes to avail of their generosity by making a visit to the West of Ireland. The plan is to commence the tour from Limerick Station at 9 am on Monday, September 2 – by boarding the direct train to Galway. At Galway we transfer to a coach for a full day tour of Connemara, visiting Ballynahinch Castle (www.ballynahinch-castle.com), Clifden, Kylemore, Leenane and entering Westport from the Croagh Patrick direction. Lunch will be provided on the day, along with a light evening meal. On arrival in Westport, we check-in to our hotel for two nights B+B and 1 Dinner(on the second evening).

On Monday, we will be transferred by coach to Achill, to begin our, mostly downhill cycle, along the Great Western Greenway( www.greenway.ie). Anyone unable to complete the entire 25 miles will be picked up by mini-bus along the way. On

Tuesday morning will be free to explore Westport, before departing from the local station on the 1.10 pm train, via Roscommon, Athlone and Portarlington (change trains) arriving in Limerick at 5.40 pm – where the tour ends. The cost of €200 covers everything outlined above – on the basis of sharing a room. A single room (limited number) will increase the cost to €240. A minimum of 20 people is required to operate the trip. Please let me know (by email only) if you are interested – on lomahony@hotmail.com. Please note the change of date from September 1 to September 2.

LIVING WITH SUICIDE: As part of their Life’s Journey Series, Lough Derg offers a one day workshop entitled ‘Living with Suicide’ on Wednesday, September 25. This day is for adults who have been affected by suicide, either through personal loss or with suicidal ideation, for those ministering to the suicide bereaved or working in support services. For further information contact Maureen in the Lough Derg Office, Pettigo, Co Donegal. Tel: 071-9861518.

SUE RYDER CHARITY STORE: Stock up on your Winter Reads now - all books €1. We are proud to announce that we are now stockists of the full range of King Cole Knitting Yarns/Wool, Needles, Patterns, & Buttons. Why not drop in and view the range. The range includes: grand town houses, mansions and cottages from a bygone era. Find & like us on Facebook – Sue Ryder Charity Shop Newcastle West, for regular updates.

DESMOND COMPLEX: The next Fun Day will take place on Wednesday, September 4. All the usual activities will take place and we hope for a large attendance. We would like to remind people to contact Brendan on (069) 84069 to enable us to have a good approximation of numbers. We are definitely going ahead with our short break in September to Westport and possibly other parts of Mayo and surrounding areas. We will be leaving on Sunday, September 29 and returning on Friday October 4. There are still a few places available and anyone interested are asked to contact Brendan on 087)2137368. The trip (accommodation and transport) will cost €345 per person sharing. Further information on this event will appear here in the coming weeks. 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 which can be enjoyed 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.