March 30

Martin Naughton 087-

Reporter:

Martin Naughton 087-

ALL SAINTS CHURCH CELEBRATE 1600 YEARS OF CHRISTIAN WORSHIP: This year marks 1600 years of Christian worship on the site of All Saints Church Stradbally. To mark this historic occasion there are very special celebrations taking place starting with an Ecumenical Service of Celebration and thanksgiving attended by both bishops, clergy and special representatives on Sunday May 5th at 3.00 pm. All are welcome to celebrate our common Christian heritage.

ALL SAINTS CHURCH CELEBRATE 1600 YEARS OF CHRISTIAN WORSHIP: This year marks 1600 years of Christian worship on the site of All Saints Church Stradbally. To mark this historic occasion there are very special celebrations taking place starting with an Ecumenical Service of Celebration and thanksgiving attended by both bishops, clergy and special representatives on Sunday May 5th at 3.00 pm. All are welcome to celebrate our common Christian heritage.

CAKE SALE EASTER SUNDAY: The tidy towns committee are holding a cake sale in the Parish Hall after 11.30 Mass on Easter Sunday. The committee would appreciate donations of cakes, bread, buns, etc. There will be a raffle of a hamper on the day also.

The litter picks will take place this year on Saturday 6th, 13th and 20th of April. Volunteers would be very welcome. The meeting point will be at the parish hall at 10 30am.

The committee appreciate all the help and support they have been given to date and hope that this year is as successful as previous years.

AGM OF THE ACM COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY: The Annual General Meeting of the above named Society will be held on Wednesday, April 10, at 8.00pm in the ACM Centre in Castle Street, Castleconnell.

Anyone interested in joining the ACM are also encouraged to come along on the night. All Welcome.

A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL HELPERS: The Castleconnell Development Association and the Castleconnell Historical Society would like to enthusiastically thank all those who helped in the cataloging of the graveyard headstones in Castleconnell. It was a tremendous effort and a great community undertaking. Volunteers included Brendan Murphy, Kit Joyce, Nicky McNamara, Eileen Joyce, Henry Nash, John Hyland, Padraig O hEidhin, Pat Collins, Kay Barry, John MacNamara, Colm Martin, Rachel Parfitt, Shirley McGrath, Fiona Barry, Deirdre McCarthy, Tim McCarthy, Betty Hayes, Colm Martin, Stephen Reidy, Leslie Hartigan, Pat Tuohy and Robin Rynhart (apologies if we missed anybody!). We would especially like to thank Colum Hardy who led the project - his systematic approach and enthusiasm really did help to make the project a success.

All the records are now captured on paper and have already started being loaded onto the website. There is still a lot of typing to be done however to enter everything onto the website - in particular the 1000 headstones in Castleconnell - so if you would be available to help in the typing, we would be really delighted. If available, please contact John Mac Namara at 086 039771 or Henry Nash at 086 8785170 or email info@castleconnell.ie. Thank you in advance for your support!

AHANE CAMOGIE CLUB: Our Under 14B team got off to a flying start with a victory over Ballybrown in the first round of the league. It was an excellent performance from the whole team. Team on the day: Emma Ridder, Aoife O’Halloran, Sinead O’Curry, Niamh O’Curry, Orla Twomey, Aine Reynolds (0-1), Amy Tuohy, Sine Hartigan, Sinead Callinan (0-1), Sinead Meskell, Aisling Herbert (2-0), Aisling Twomey (0-1), Ailish Reynolds (2-0), Catriona O’Halloran (3-0) and Katie Molloy. Final Score: Ahane 8-2, Ballybrown’s 1-0.

“The Club would also like to thank everyone who contributed and supported our recent Cake Sale and Raffle, in aid of our under-14 Feile team for this season.”

SYMPATHY: Sympathy has been extended to Margaret Riordan on the death of her mother, Mary Riordan, Drominboy, Lisnagry, who passed away, peacefully, at the Regional Hospital, on Wednesday, March 13. Her remains were reposing at her nephew Liam and his wife Geraldine’s residence, Woodstown, Lisnagry, and she was laid to rest, after Requiem Mass in Ballymackeogh Cemetery. She will be sadly missed by her daughter, Margaret; nephew, Liam Cosgrove; niece, Helen O’Mahony, neighbours, relatives and friends. May she rest in peace.

Sympathy has also been extended to the family of Yvonne Windle (nee Shelley), wife of the late Jack, Mountshannon, Lisnagry, who passed away, peacefully, at Milford Care Centre. Her remains were reposing at Griffin’s Funeral Home, Limerick, and she was laid to rest, in Kilmurry Cemetery, after Mass, in Monaleen Church. She will be greatly missed by her son, Ciaran; daughter Barbara; brother Jos; sister, Barbara in Australia; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, relatives and friends. May she rest in peace.

UNISLIM CLASSES: Maureen Meleady is running Unislim Classes in Castleconnell, Newport and Killaloe. Classes in Castleconnell are held in the ACM Centre, Thursday, 9.30am to 11.00am. Newport Community Hall, Wednesday, 5.30pm to 6.30pm. Lakeside Hotel, Killaloe, Thursday, 6.30pm to 8.00pm. New members welcome. For information contact Maureen Meleady at 086-8474417. Email: www.unislim.ie

TALENT COMPETITON: “Calling all singers, dancers, bands, choirs, variety acts and songwriters the search is now on for the new stars of Limerick in our 5th annual competition which takes place at Limetree Theatre, Mary Immaculate College from August 20 to 23.

This year’s competition promises to be the biggest and best ever hence why we have moved venues to give our supporters better facilities and more comfort.

“Applications are now available from two outlets this year — our main one at Local Heroes Office, in Arthur’s Quay Shopping Centre and also from Future Sound & Vision in Upper William St during shopping hours. All applications must be returned to Arthur’s Quay before closing date of August 1, 2013 with €10.00 entry fee.

“Massive prize packs are available for our winners, which as well as overall winner, five category winners will be chosen including Best Singer, Best Dance Act, Best Band, Best Variety Act and best Original Song. Show producer Mike O’Connor told us ‘we are all excited about this year’s project with the great categories and the interest show and also delighted that the acts have the chance to perform on a magnificent auditorium such as the Limetree Theatre.’

“All prospective applicants are invited to attend our first workshop, which will take place at South Court Hotel Conference Centre on Tuesday, April 2, from 11.00am to 4.00pm, which will be very beneficial to their progress.

“Once again, all proceeds for show will go to the MS Society Limerick.

Further information can be had from our Facebook Page Limerick’s Got Talent 2013 our contact Mike O’Connor on 0851367594.”

Easter Family Music Workshop: For children aged 5 years and under, and their parents. ACM Kidz Childcare Centre, Castleconnell Tuesday April 2nd, 2 – 3.30pm. Children and parents will learn about music and rhythm, and have great fun together.Also view the facilities and meet the staff of the ACM Kidz Childcare Centre on the day. Free of charge. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Places are limited, please contact Margaret O’ Connor, Ballyhoura Development on 087 0612336 to book your place by March 29th.