Feb 23

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WEST LIMERICK RESOURCES INFORMATION EVENINGS: West Limerick Resources would like to acknowledge the support it received from those who attended its recent community information evenings in Broadford, Foynes, Abbeyfeale, Rathkeale and Newcastle West. Over 400 people attended these meetings to learn about the proposed changes to the local development sector. West Limerick Resources is committed to keeping communities updated on the issue as it develops.

WEST LIMERICK RESOURCES INFORMATION EVENINGS: West Limerick Resources would like to acknowledge the support it received from those who attended its recent community information evenings in Broadford, Foynes, Abbeyfeale, Rathkeale and Newcastle West. Over 400 people attended these meetings to learn about the proposed changes to the local development sector. West Limerick Resources is committed to keeping communities updated on the issue as it develops.

RAMBLING HOUSE KNOCKFIERNA: The very popular Knockfierna Rambling House will hold a special night of storytelling, music, singing etc, at Kilfinny Community hall on Friday March 1 at 8pm. So mark your diary for Kilfinny Community Hall on Friday March 1 at 8pm – for what promises to be a wonderful nights entertainment. Admission is free and all are welcome.

ESB RETIRED STAFF ASSOCIATION: A mass for deceased staff members of Newcastle West and Rathkeale areas will be held in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Newcastle West on Wednesday, February 27 at 10 am. Complementary breakfast will be provided afterwards in the Courtenay Lodge Hotel, Newcastle West, where we will all get an opportunity to have a chat with our former colleagues and catch up on times past. Tim O’Keeffe, chairman of the Limerick Retired Staff Association will also give a short talk on the ESB Pension Fund. We look forward to meeting you and your partner (friend or family member) on the day and would welcome any suggestions you may have with regard to future activities. If you have transport requirements please talk to one of the organizing committee: Michael McNamara,(087-2523281),Pat McLoughlin (087- 2781113),John Moran (069-61379,Jim Downes (086-2264370) or any one of your colleagues.

NCW FAMILY CLUB: The family Club is for primary school-age children and their parents. It takes place on Wednesday after school for 1 hour 15 minutes. We do Art, sports and games together and have a snack – play area for younger siblings – other activities to follow such as Karate and sports. Free for eligible families in receipt of social welfare. Parents must stay throughout – re-starts February 20 at 3:30pm. Contact Theresa on 069 79113

GREAT SOUTHERN TRAIL: The Abbeyfeale to Kilmorna section of the Great Southern Trail will be officially opened by Leo Varadker T.D., Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport on Saturday next, February 23 at 11 am. The event will be held in the Old Railway Station Car Park, Abbeyfeale.

LITTLE EINSTEIN’S PRESCHOOL: Little Einstein’s at 17 Bishop Court is now enrolling for September 2013 – including the ECCE scheme places. To qualify for this scheme your child must have been born between February 2, 2009 and June 30, 2010. Little Einstein’s is the only service with a roofed garden in NCW. Please contact Deirdre at 086-0872198 or email: littleeinsteins.abc@gmail.com

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: West Limerick Toastmasters meet on the first and third Wednesday of each month in Desmond Complex at 8.30pm sharp. If you would like to become a more confident communicator, a better leader or just meet new friends, please come along to our next meeting on Wednesday, February 20. For more information contact 087-4146732 or email westlimericktoastmasters@yahoo.ie

BINGO – DESMOND COMMUNITY CRECHE: The Desmond Complex/Creche Bingo will be held on Wednesday, February 27 at 8.30pm in the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West. Prize money on the night will be €2,500.

COPING WITH LOSS IN THE COMMUNITY: Compassionate Communities invite you to attend this public lecture by Christy Kenneally – which will take place next Friday, February 22 at 8pm in the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West. Christy Kenneally is an award-winning writer, broadcaster and author of several books including ‘Life After Loss - A Guide to Helping the Bereaved’. He has championed healthy grieving in talks and workshops for over thirty years. This will be an enlightening and enriching experience for all who attend. Tickets at the door are just €10.

BREAST CHECK: The National Breast Screening Programme offers a free breast x-ray (mammogram) for women aged 50 to 64. Appointments take about half an hour. The mobile screening unit is located at Croom Orthopaedic Hospital. If you wish to register, or check that you are on the register: Please free phone 1800 45 45 45 or register online at http://www.breastcheck.ie/

ARRA FRIENDS: At the AGM held on Tuesday, February12 the following officers were elected: Chairperson - Noreen Mulcahy, Vice Chairperson - Anne Devine, Secretary & PRO - Helen Farmer, Assistant Secretary - Josie O’Keefe, Treasurer - Breda Hartnett, Social & Transport - Pat Dalton. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, February 27 at 4:30 pm in the Desmond Complex (Please note change of day). Aquarobics will continue at Killeline Leisure Centre each Monday at 11 am.

GROW YOUR OWN: Limerick West GIY – with the aim of inspiring people to grow their own food will hold its February meeting on Thursday, February 21 at 7pm sharp in D&M Garden Centre, Croagh – with new growers and old hands all welcome. This month’s talk will be given by Rachael O’Grady, who will speak about fruit trees. With the new growing season starting to get into gear, this talk will be excellent, for both the new grower and the experienced old hands. There will also be a small piece about potatoes with emphasis be on taste, disease resistance etc. GIY’s vision is for a healthier, more connected and more sustainable world, where people grow their own food. The organization brings people together in community groups, and online, to inspire and empower them to grow vegetables. More information from: www.giyireland.com.

NEWCASTLE WEST GOLF CLUB: On April 14, 1938 a group of people gathered in Egan’s Hotel, Newcastle West. The purpose of the meeting was – to discuss the possibility of setting up a Golf Club in Newcastle West. As they say “The rest is history”, and on April 14, 2013 (75 years later) an historic committee meeting will take place in the Clubhouse to commemorate and celebrate that momentous occasion. This event will kick-start a string of celebrations – including the launch of a new book. The Historical Committee – who are putting the final touches to the book, say that it will be completed shortly. If anyone has old Articles, Photographs or Material of interest, they should forward them to the office before February 25 or contact one of the following: Pat McLoughlin, Maria Woulfe, Pat Neville, Michael P Murphy, Joan Bouchier Hayes, Dan Madigan, John Cussen.

ARTHRITIS IRELAND: The Kerry Branch of Arthritis Ireland – in conjunction with Arthritis Ireland – the national charity charged with responsibility for the 1 in 5 people, living on a daily basis, with one of the many forms of arthritis, has received official authorization from Guinness World Records to attempt two world records.

1. For the Largest Number of People Dressed as Ghost’s at a Single Venue for 5 minutes. 2. For the longest moving line of wheelchairs (participants don’t have to be wheelchair users) for 1 minute in Denny Street, Tralee at 2pm on St. Patrick’s Day. The current record (current as at the date of this issue) for the longest moving line of wheelchairs was achieved by 193 participants in an event organized by Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation (USA) at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California, USA, on 25 July 2010. The event is being used by the Kerry Branch of Arthritis Ireland, firstly to raise Awareness at the lack of public Rheumatology services in Kerry and secondly to highlight the continued unwillingness of the HSE to appoint a Consultant Rheumatologist to Kerry General – despite the post being officially sanctioned for quite a while.

CALLING MEDJURORJE DEVOTEES: A special meeting of prayer will take place at Our Lady & St Brendan’s Church, Tralee on Friday, February 22 – consisting of rosary, concelebrated mass and an opportunity for confession. Mariza, one of the seers of Medjurorje, will also give a talk. If sufficient numbers are interested, a coach will depart from the Market Yard, Newcastle West. For further information: Contact Pat Dalton on 069-62306.

BAPTISM PREPARATION PROGRAMME: A Baptism Preparation Programme takes place in the Parish Centre (building in the church car park) at 8 pm on Tuesday, February 26. If you have a child to be baptised, you must have attended one of these one-hour programmes. Please ring 069-62141 to book your place.

NEWCASTLE WEST FILM CLUB: On Friday night, March 1 they return at 8pm in the Desmond Complex – with a French Comedy “Women On The 6th Floor”. Life is about to change a lot for a bored middle class couple, when 6 Spanish women move into the upstairs apartment. Cost €7.00 per screening – including €1 for membership. Refreshments are available before & after each presentation. They are always open to comments, suggestions & new ideas. If you feel that you could guide, assist or become a committee member – please make contact. Schedule as follows: Friday, March 1 “Women on the 6th Floor” (Life is about to change a lot). Friday, April 5 “Barbara” (Ordinary people at extraordinary times). Trailers are available to view on www.ncwfilmclub.wordpress.com, e-mail: ncwfilmclub@gmail.com. Tel. 087 687 7970,

UPSKILLING IN BROADCASTING TRAINING: Those interested in becoming a volunteer broadcaster at West Limerick 102 Community Radio are now invited to take part in a dedicated 12 week training programme to develop the skills to produce and present high quality programming for the community station. Topics will include Role of Community Radio, Radio Presenting, Researching for Radio, The Role of the Producer, Technical Skills and News & Current Affairs. The course is free of charge – with Limited Places Available. Open to those living in the West Limerick area and interested in volunteering with the community radio station. For further information and an application form: Please contact Connie Broderick, WL102 on 069 66200.

COMMUNITY HEALTH MATTERS: The West Limerick Primary Health Care Project for Travellers will begin broadcasting their new programme entitled ‘Community Health Matters’ on West Limerick 102fm this February. The programme will be broadcast on the first Wednesday of each month from 11am to 11.30am – straight after the news and will examine a range of topics including children’s health and safety, men’s health, tanning, diabetes, addiction and mental health. Those interested may text their health-related questions or ideas to 087 9915873 or email phcp@wlr.ie.

MUSICAL “THE WITNESS”: A musical by Carol & Jimmy Owens “The Witness” is the story of Jesus, told and sung by Peter and the other men and women who knew the Master best. Featuring a great cast and coordinated by Fr. Terry Loughran. “The Witness” a musical, will be presented by the Diocese of Limerick, in the Lime Tree Theatre, Mary Immaculate College, on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th March at 8pm. This production which is being staged just before Easter is an ideal opportunity for parishes, youth groups, as well as individuals to participate in a meaningful and relevant way in the Year of Faith and to enter into the spirit of the season of preparation for the events of Holy Week. Young people would particularly enjoy this Musical. You can book your tickets at the Lime Tree Box Office Tel 061-774774 or www.limetreetheatre.ie at €15 each. We have booked 18 tickets and a bus for the show on Friday, March 8. Cost € 20 (includes bus). If you wish to attend please sign the list in the Sacristy, Newcastle West or ring the Parish Office (069-62141). Bookings must be secured by full payment – as we have already paid for the tickets. If there is a greater interest in attending the musical, we will order more tickets and arrange for a larger bus, but we must know our numbers well in advance to facilitate this. If you do intend to go as part of the parish group, please book your seat as soon as possible. Thank you.

NEWCASTLE WEST LANGUAGE & PLAY PROGRAMME: The Newcastle West Language and Play Programme runs on Wednesday. This Developmental Play programme is full of activities to help children (under 4) get ready for preschool or school. There will be painting, play dough, arts and crafts, which will help you understand the way your children play and how playing can help children learn to read/write. Free for eligible families in receipt of social welfare payment. Contact Theresa on 069 79113 or email: tshanahan@wlr.ie

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.

MEDJUGORJE 2013: The West Limerick Medjugorje prayer group is organizing a pilgrimage to Medjugorje for a week from July 27 to August 3 - flying 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. If a deposit is paid before February 17th, you get € 50 off. While there we will experience three days of the youth festival which is a powerful experience. For further information: Ring Mary Keating (069-60375) or Paddy Geary (087-6247672).

INTERIOR DESIGN: West Limerick Resources – in conjunction with the VEC will be offering an interior design course for Newcastle West parents, in receipt of social welfare, in the Community Hub, starting February 21. It will run for 4 weeks from 10am – 12 Noon, followed by 8 weeks of personal development. Booking required: Contact Theresa on 069 79113

DESMOND COMPLEX: Our next Fun Day will take place on Wednesday, March 6. 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. 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.