CARDS: The results of last week’s card game at Monagea Parish Hall were 1st, with eleven games, Denis O’Connor and Connie O’Sullivan. 2nd, with nine games, Pat Condon and Jimmy Murphy. Table prizes Theresa Hough and Tom O’Callaghan, Richard and Patrick, Dermot Quilligan and Christie. Raffle Bridget Kenny, Con Cregan, Jimmy Murphy, Tom Culhane (x2). The card game takes place every Wednesday night at 9pm.
THANKS: A sincere thanks to everyone who contributed to the recent Irish Pilgrimage Trust church gate collection in Monagea. A total of €273.14 was collected which will go to sending children and young adults with special needs to Lourdes. Thanks also to everyone who helped with the collection on both the Saturday night and Sunday morning.
EASTER CEREMONIES AT MONAGEA CHURCH: The following is a list of the times for the Easter ceremonies at Monagea Parish church: Holy Thursday March 28th at 8pm, Good Friday March 29th at 3pm and 8pm, Easter Saturday March 30th vigil mass at 8pm, Easter Sunday morning at 10am. Confessions will be heard on Good Friday after the 3pm ceremony and from 7.30 to 8pm before the Stations of the Cross at 8pm.
DEATHS: Sympathy to the family of Michael Collins of Coole, Ballyhahill who died last weekend. Michael was born and raised in Strand village. His funeral took place at Ferris’s funeral home, Shanagolden on Sunday evening. Michael was buried in Holy Cross cemetery Athea on Monday following requiem mass at the church of the Visitation Ballyhahill. Michael is survived by his wife Eileen, sons Anthony and Mark, daughter Deirdre, brother Seanie, sisters Dora and Mary Ita, nephews, nieces, in law, relatives and friends. May he rest in peace.
The death took place last weekend of Alice Dillon of 15 Portland Drive, Newcastle West and formerly of Ahalin Ballingarry. Alice lived in Monagea for many years where she served as housekeeper to Archdeacon Patrick Lyons during his time as Parish Priest. Alice’s funeral took place from O’Gradys of Ballingarry on Saturday night with her funeral mass in Clouncagh church on Sunday followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. Deeply regretted by relatives and friends. May she rest in peace.
AFTERNOON TEA DANCING: The next afternoon tea dance at Monagea Parish Hall will be held on Sunday week April 7th. Dancing is from 3 to 6pm and refreshments will be served. Music will be provided by Micheal Sexton and a great evening’s entertainment is guaranteed.
21ST BIRTHDAYS: Congratulations to Shane Brouder, son of Anthony and Anne of Rathcahill, and James Scanlon, son of Brian and Joan of Ballyconway, who celebrated their 21st birthdays recently. They held a joint party with family and friends in the Ballintemple Inn, Newcastle West.
GREYHOUND RACING: The semi-finals of the Con and Annie Kirby Memorial Puppy Stake were run at the Limerick Greyhound Stadium on Saturday night last. The Monagea GAA nominated dog, Roxholme Bully, was impressive in winning his semi-final. Monagea GAA club is now guaranteed €1000 as part of the €20000 prize fund for those that reach the final. However following Roxholme Bully’s impressive passage through the stake the club officers will have their eyes firmly fixed on the €10000 for the winning club. The club would like to see a big following at the final on this Saturday night. The club would like to see as much support as possible coming along on the night. If there is sufficient interest the club would organise a bus. Anyone willing to travel by bus can contact John Flavin on 087 6429551, Liam Herlihy on 087 2998461 or William Keane on 086 3852747.
U21 HURLING: The Monagea/Knockaderry/Feohanagh/Castlemahon combinations, Deel Rangers, suffered their first defeat in this year’s championship when they were beaten by a very strong Na Piersaigh team on the score of 2-15 to 0-11. They have one more game to play against Ballybrowne (due to be played last Tuesday evening) and that result will determine if they finish 2nd or 3rd in the group. Either way they qualify for the quarter final.
The Monagea U21 13-a-side team suffered their third defeat in this competition when they were beaten by Granagh/Ballingarry and are now out of contention.
WEST LIMERICK RESOURCES: 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 €5 per trip – 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.
AUCTION: O’Donovan & Associates, North Quay, Newcastle West, are holding their annual Antique and Vintage Auction this Easter Saturday at 11am. Included in the auction is the original Victorian copper and brass shower from Newcastle West Fever Hospital. A 1949 Ford Prefect, an original R&F KEANE CAPPOQUIN cast iron seat and an original Penny Farthing bicycle are just some of the highlights to this once in a year auction. A large selection of Furniture, Waterford Crystal, jewellery, antiques and collectibles complete the auction. This really is an auction not to be missed. Contact Pat on 087 9977340 or 069 62713 for more details.