Monagea August 31

RAMBLING HOUSE: A rambling house will be held at Monagea Parish Hall on this Thursday night, August 29 at 8.30pm. Musicians, singers, dancers and storytellers are all welcome to perform.

RAMBLING HOUSE: A rambling house will be held at Monagea Parish Hall on this Thursday night, August 29 at 8.30pm. Musicians, singers, dancers and storytellers are all welcome to perform.

Those taking part would love to have a good audience, so why not come along and enjoy a great night’s entertainment. Refreshments will also be served. This is also a fundraiser for the hall so your support would be very welcome.

FLOWER SHOW: Well done to all those from Monagea who won prizes at the recent Newcastle West flower show. With the weather this year being more favourable for flowers and vegetables the standard was very high. The show is very popular every year with exhibitors coming from all parts of County Limerick and many from outside the county also.

CAR BOOT SALE: The monthly car boot sale in aid of the local community radio station, West Limerick 102fm will be held on this Sunday September 1 from 9am to 3pm. As usual the venue is the community entre in Newcastle West. Admission is €2. Gates open at 7.30am for those wishing to have a stall. Further information can be got by contacting Marian on 087 6866450.

COLLECTION: A collection in aid of the Irish Wheelchair Association was taken up at masses in Monagea on last weekend. The organisers would like to thank, most sincerely, everyone who contributed. Thanks also to those who helped by standing for the collection.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCING: The first Afternoon Tea Dance, following the summer break, will be held at Monagea Parish Hall on this Sunday, September 1 from 3 to 6pm. Music will be provided by the Seamus Sheehy Band. Refreshments will be served. With the return of the afternoon tea dancing it is sure sign that our summer is at an end and the dart evenings are returning.

LADIES FOOTBALL: Monagea ladies football club would like to congratulate club members Deborah Murphy and Karen O’Leary who were members of the Limerick Intermediate Camogie panel that defeated Meath in last Saturdays All Ireland semi final. We wish them the best of luck in the final.

Congratulations also to club members Laura Walsh, Leanne Browne and Sarah Corbett who were members of the Limerick U16 panel that played in the U16c All Ireland Championships final on Saturday last. The game, against Westmeath, was played in McDonagh Park, Nenagh and ended in a draw. Best wishes to the girls in the replay.

MILFORD HOSPICE FAIR: The 28th Annual Milford Hospice Harvest Fair takes place at the Arena in the University of Limerick on this Sunday September 1. This is the major fundraiser for the hospice every year and your support would be very much appreciated.

JUNIOR HURLING: Monagea’s interest in this years West Limerick Junior A hurling championship came to an end at Newcastle West on Friday evening last when they were beaten by Feohanagh.

The game started evenly and Feohanagh led two points to one after five minutes. The next five minutes proved vital as Feohanagh added 2-02 without reply. From there on Monagea were struggling to keep in touch. Monagea added seven points to Feohanagh’s four before half time. The left two goals between them, 2-08 to 0-08 at half time.

The second half followed a similar pattern to the first with the lead of six to eight points being maintained by Feohanagh. In the second half Feohanagh outscored Monagea by 0-09 to 0-06. The final score was Feohanagh 2-17 Monagea 0-14. Over the hour there was no doubt that Feohanagh were the better team. They have a well balanced team with a good blend of youth and experience. Unfortunately for Monagea they never reached the standard this year that got them to the county final in 2012.

JUNIOR FOOTBALL: Monagea’s defence of their West Junior Football crown came to an end in Coolyroe on Sunday evening when they were beaten by Granagh/Ballingarry in the quarter final.

Monagea started brightly and got the first two points. From there to half time Granagh/Ballingarry were the better team and jumped into an 0-8 points to 0-4 interval lead. Monagea upped the pace in the first ten minutes of the second half and got the lead back on the score 1-07 to 0-09. Two quick goals got Granagh/Ballingarry back on top again and maintained their lead quite easily.

With a few minutes to go they had a nine point lead. A goal and a point from Monagea in the last few minutes made the score look more respectable. The final score was 3-12 to 2-10

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 as well as 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

NCW JOBSEEKERS NETWORK: Worn out from job seeking and 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 NCW 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.

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 as 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 to be announced shortly. To register interest contact Suzanne on 069 79114 or email

ENERGY MANAGEMENT AND RETROFITTING COURSE: West Limerick Resources has a limited number of places available on a four day course in Energy Management and Energy Retrofitting taking place the first week in October. The course will provide learners with a grounding in the key elements that can improve the energy performance of existing buildings. The course will provide a theory primer on heat loss, energy and power and will instruct participants how to appraise a site and propose possible remedial actions. The course is free of charge and aimed at learners with a basic knowledge of buildings and building construction and is suitable for construction workers to architects, energy advisers and assessors. Contact Suzanne on 069 79114 or email

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. 

Toastmasters 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’Donnells Bar and Restaurant, Mounthawk Roundabout on the first and third Mondays of the month with meetings from 8.00– 10.00 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 – 10.30pm on the second and fourth Tuesday 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.