Mar 30

Patrick McLoughlin 0

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Patrick McLoughlin 0

COURTENAY SCHOOL: Courtenay School would like to thank all who supported their annual table quiz fundraiser in the Courtenay Lodge Hotel on Thursday night last. Thanks to those who attended, sent donations or spot prizes. All proceeds will go to much needed school funds. Míle Buíochas.

COURTENAY SCHOOL: Courtenay School would like to thank all who supported their annual table quiz fundraiser in the Courtenay Lodge Hotel on Thursday night last. Thanks to those who attended, sent donations or spot prizes. All proceeds will go to much needed school funds. Míle Buíochas.

NEWCASTLE WEST FILM CLUB: On Friday, April 5 the club will conclude the current season with “Barbara” Set in the German Democratic Republic in 1980 – Barbara is confined to living and working as a doctor in a small provincial town – her punishment for attempting to emigrate to the West. She has only one focus – to escape, and for this, she has to wait patiently. €7 per screening, including €1.00 membership. Refreshments are available before and after each presentation. They are always open to comments, suggestions and new ideas. If you feel that you could guide, assist or become a committee member please contact them. Trailers can be viewed on http://www.ncwfilmclub.wordpress.com/. Tel. 087 687 7970, e-mail : ncwfilmclub@gmail.com.

EASTER CEREMONIES 2013: Holy Thursday: Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 8 pm – during the Holy Thursday ceremony the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion will renew their commitment - adoration at the Altar of Repose up to 11pm. Good Friday: a) Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 3 pm - leading into this some students from the Desmond College, and some adults, will dramatise the Way of the Cross. You are encouraged to join them at Calvary Cemetery at 2.20pm and reverently follow the Way of the Cross with them through the streets of the town. They will also take part in the Church ceremony. b) Candle-lit Reflections on the Passion at 9 pm – music and singing by the Parish Folk Group. Please come along and bring a friend. Easter Saturday Vigil: will begin at 8.00pm (please note the earlier time this year). Candles will be available at entrances. During the Vigil some students from Scoil Mhuire agus Íde will be performing a liturgical dance to symbolise the joy of the Resurrection. SMI students will also read the Prayers of the Faithful. Easter Sunday: usual times - 8.30am, 10.30am and 12.30pm.

MEDJUGORJE 2013: The West Limerick Medjugorje prayer group is organizing a pilgrimage to Medjugorje for a week from July 27 to August 3. We fly 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 € 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).

ARRA FRIENDS - NEWCASTLE WEST: The next meeting will be on Wednesday, April 3 at the Desmond Complex. We wish all our members and their families Peace and Joy this Easter. God bless.

MILFORD HOSPICE: Milford Hospice would like to thank everyone who contributed and helped with the annual church gate collection on March 9 and 10. The amount collected was €3,042.22.

NEWCASTLE WEST DRAMA: The Arra Players Drama Group are busy rehearsing their forthcoming Play “The Chastitute” which is regarded as the funniest play written by John B. Keane and is well worth seeing. Opening night is Friday, April 12 – with two further performances on Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14. The venue is the newly refurbished Community Hall in Monagea. Admission is €10 and the play commences at 8.30 pm sharp. Tickets will be available at the door, or advance bookings can be made by contacting the following Telephone numbers 087-6325894 or 086-8491983.

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 €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 thowell@wlr.ie.

ART EXHIBITION: The artistic response to the 19th century social reformer and Irish female emigrant champion, Charlotte Grace O’Brien finishes on this Saturday. The exhibition ran from March 14 and is open Tuesday to Saturday from 11am to 5pm. It includes works in both fine art and design by the Artistic Co-operative – Limerick Lady Associates in association with Newcastle West Arts. She was born locally at Cahermoyle and was a later resident of Foynes – while socially active in Cobh and New York. Her legacy of the O’Brien Emigrant Home and Our Lady of the Rosary Mission, New York, are testament to her enduring strength of purpose and character. Though afflicted by a pronounced hearing loss at a young age, her sense of endeavour and love of country, would inspire and strengthen her resolve, in the face of adversity – both at home and abroad – where she was obliged to frequently speak in public. Her words and thoughts on emigration, as recorded, are as prescient today as they were in 1881. She was buried in Knockpatrick, in 1909 – overlooking Foynes, where she had written in 1890 “The grandest place in this world to my individuality; may my grave be there and no other earth hold my bones”.

ARRA FRIENDS NEWCASTLE WEST: The next meeting will be on Wednesday, April 3rd at the Desmond Complex. We would like to wish all our members and their families Peace and Joy this Easter.

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: Improve your presentation skills and your self confidence. Contact Mike at 087-2272788 or Bridget on 087-4146732 or email us westlimericktoastmasters@yahoo.ie

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, Tim O’Connor talks about growing up in West Limerick, becoming Consulate General of Ireland in New York, Secretary General of the Dept. of the President, and more. Tune into the Circle of Life on West Limerick 102fm on Wednesdays from 8pm to 9pm.

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.

GARMENT OF SUFFERING: A garment will be draped around the cross on Good Friday to remind us that those in pain or suffering in whatever way, represented by the pieces of fabric, are united in their suffering with the suffering of Christ on the cross. If you wish to donate a piece of fabric, please drop it in the basket in church. We would appreciate if pieces could be cut to 6” x 6” squares as this greatly aids in the assembly of the garment. Thank you.

DESMOND COMPLEX: Our next Fun Day will take place on Wednesday, April 3. 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 on numbers. 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 those 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 also demonstrate local appreciation for those who devote their time to such a valuable local resource. 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 – 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.

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.