May 4

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HARTNETT FESTIVAL: The star of local poet, Michael Hartnett continues to rise as another successful Eigse concluded on Saturday night. The Eigse Michael Hartnett was officially opened by Councillor Jerome Scanlan on Thursday night – where the Keynote Speaker, Noel Curran (Director General of RTE) spoke eloquently on “Public media and Public Discourse”. Poets, Musicians, Artists and Writers travelled from far and wide to honour the poet in his own town. The busy calendar of events was organized by the Committee and Limerick Co Council – with the fingerprints of Joan Mac Kernan all over the schedule. The Red Door Gallery was the venue for the launch of an anthology of poems “I live in Michael Hartnett” by contemporary poets in celebration of Michael Hartnett. It was launched by his good friend Paula Meehan and edited by James Lawlor. The festival concluded with some wonderful poetry readings by English Poet, Tony Harrison and the haunting melodies of Julie Feeney in the Co Council Offices, followed by Poetry, Singing and Craic in the Courtenay Lodge Hotel on Saturday Night. Congratulations to the Organizing Committee, Limerick Co Council, Gabriel Fitzmaurice, James Lawlor and all involved, on a job well done.

HARTNETT FESTIVAL: The star of local poet, Michael Hartnett continues to rise as another successful Eigse concluded on Saturday night. The Eigse Michael Hartnett was officially opened by Councillor Jerome Scanlan on Thursday night – where the Keynote Speaker, Noel Curran (Director General of RTE) spoke eloquently on “Public media and Public Discourse”. Poets, Musicians, Artists and Writers travelled from far and wide to honour the poet in his own town. The busy calendar of events was organized by the Committee and Limerick Co Council – with the fingerprints of Joan Mac Kernan all over the schedule. The Red Door Gallery was the venue for the launch of an anthology of poems “I live in Michael Hartnett” by contemporary poets in celebration of Michael Hartnett. It was launched by his good friend Paula Meehan and edited by James Lawlor. The festival concluded with some wonderful poetry readings by English Poet, Tony Harrison and the haunting melodies of Julie Feeney in the Co Council Offices, followed by Poetry, Singing and Craic in the Courtenay Lodge Hotel on Saturday Night. Congratulations to the Organizing Committee, Limerick Co Council, Gabriel Fitzmaurice, James Lawlor and all involved, on a job well done.

ALZHEIMERS TEA DAY: Please support Alzheimers Tea Day & Cake Sale at the “Red Door”, The Square, Newcastle West, on Thursday, May 9, between 10am and 4pm - A Day to Remember. The Alzheimers Society of Ireland is over 30 years in existence – providing care and family support for Alzheimers sufferers. Every Euro raised locally on Tea Day assists in the provision of ongoing services for families in Co. Limerick. So please come along, bring a friend, and enjoy “a cuppa” at the very comfortable “Red Door” on Thursday, May 9. Your support will be greatly appreciated.

SELF HELP AFRICA: A big “thank you” to all who contributed and to the Church Gate collectors for Self Help Africa. The amount collected was €1788. It was very much appreciated by the organizers and it will make a huge difference to the lives of the beneficiaries.

START YOUR OWN BUSINESS COURSE: West Limerick Resources will be running a Start Your Own Business course in the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West on Saturdays, May 11 and 18 from 10am to 4pm. The course will cover all aspects of how to start your own business. To register for a place contact Morgan on 069 66290 or email mboohan@wlr.ie

TIDY TOWNS COFFEE MORNING: Tidy Towns is about much more than just controlling litter. We’d love to tell you more about our work and how you can help make Newcastle West a more pleasant place to live and work. So do join us at Garvey’s SuperValu for a cuppa and a chat on Friday,May 3 from 9.30 am to 2 pm. Look forward to meeting you!

VOLUNTEER AMBASSADORS SOUGHT FOR THE GATHERING: As part of The Gathering 2013, Volunteer Ireland is looking for Volunteer Ambassadors for Limerick, to provide a warm Irish welcome to visitors during this year’s busy tourist season. This is a fun and exciting opportunity to greet visitors from across the globe and show them why Limerick is one of the best places in the world to visit! Volunteer Ireland is looking for friendly, outgoing and knowledgeable volunteers, who aren’t afraid to actively approach visitors and provide information about upcoming Gathering events in the local area. Volunteers must be over 18, have fluent English and should be available to volunteer for one two-hour shift per week (Wednesday to Saturday) between May 24 and August 3. Deadline for application is May 9th 2013. For further information: See www.volunteer.ie/events/thegathering or call Volunteer Ireland on 01 636 9446.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS: The National Bucket Day Collection took place on Friday, April 26 and the amount raised was €2786. The Limerick West Special Olympics collection took place on Saturday, April 27 and the amount collected was €586. A big “Thank You” to all who helped with the collections and also to the businesses in Newcastle who facilitated the collectors. It was very much appreciated.

MARIE KEATING MOBILE UNIT: The Marie Keating Foundation mobile information unit will be in Newcastle West (Market Yard) from 10.30am-12.30pm and in Rathkeale (main square) from 1.30pm- 3.30pm this Thursday May 2nd. This free service is open to all, and will be delivered by a qualified nurse in the unit. She will be able to answer any questions people may have. There will also be information on all the main types of cancer, as well as equipment which shows the effects of smoking on lungs. This is being organized in partnership with the West Limerick Primary Health Care Project, West Limerick Resources – with support from Rathkeale Community Council CE Scheme, West Limerick TUS programme and Limerick County Council.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: The children of the Courtenay NS, Killoughteen NS and Scoil Iósaf will receive First Holy Communion on Saturday next, May 4 at 11am. Please note there will be no 10am Mass next Saturday.

ARRA FRIENDS: The next meeting will be held at 4.30 pm on Wednesday, May 8 at the Desmond Complex. Aquarobics continue at Killeline Leisure Centre on Wednesdays at 11 am. There will be a day trip to Ballyhoura, Kilmallock on Tuesday, May 14, please note this date, more details at our next meeting. ARRA Friends would like to thank Angela from the Citizens’ Advice Bureau for the talk and useful information she gave us about the Local Property Tax.

WEST LIMERICK CONNECTS: West Limerick Connects is a free phone call service operating out of three Day Care Centres in West Limerick (Abbeyfeale, Glin and Newcastle West). Through this project, phone calls are made to older people who may be living alone, at a fixed time every week to check on their well being and inform them of local events and services. If you or anyone you know, would like to receive a weekly phone call, please contact Irene on 069 66298

GREAT SOUTHERN TRAIL: The Kilmorna - Listowel road walk, planned for April 28, has been postponed until Sunday, May 12 at 3pm. It will commence at Listowel’s J.B.Keane Road, outside the Old Station (now the Lartigue Museum). Full details later.

RURAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICE: The Rural Employment Service (R.E.S) works with individuals who are long term unemployed, who want to make a positive change in their lives and who see employment as a central part in that change. This service is free & confidential. The service also provides information on training & education opportunities and support in creating a career plan. You can contact Dearbhla or Finn in the Round House, Newcastle West on 069 61316 & Brenda in W.L.R main office N.C.W. on 069 62222

DESMOND COMPLEX: Our next Fun Day will take place on Wednesday May 15. 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. 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.

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TRADITIONAL LIME MORTAR TRAINING: West Limerick Resources will be offering a one week training programme (Monday-Friday, 9.30am-4pm approx) on the use of traditional lime mortar to members of local communities who are interested in undertaking simple conservation and repair work at historic sites (such as graveyards) subject to the necessary permission and guidance of Limerick County Council Archaeologist. This hands-on training initiative is free to those interested in becoming involved in conservation and enhancement work. Limited places available. Registration essential. Venue and dates of training to be confirmed. Contact Suzanne on 069 79114 or email srowley@wlr.ie for a registration form.

MEDJUGORJE: A trip to Medjugorje takes place from September 14 to 21. Bed, Breakfast and Evening Meal included. Flights are from Shannon. Come and join us for a relaxing and reflective week. The cost is €689 and for further information: Contact John Keily 069 76253 or 087 6751795.

ARRA FRIENDS: The next meeting will be held at 4.30 pm on Wednesday, May 8 at the Desmond Complex. Aquarobics continue at Killeline Leisure Centre on Wednesdays at 11 am. There will be a day trip to Ballyhoura, Kilmallock on Tuesday, May 14, please note this date, more details at our next meeting. ARRA Friends would like to thank Angela from the Citizens’ Advice Bureau for the talk and useful information she gave us about the Local Property Tax.

PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK: Our Lady’s Pastoral Area Pilgrimage to Knock will take place on Sunday, June 9. Please note this date in your diary. More details later.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL: St. Vincent De Paul Charity Shop is moving premises from Maiden St. to Mrs Nash’s on Bridge St. We would like to thank you for your continued support and would encourage you to continue supporting them in whatever way you can. Thank you.

THE IRISH CANCER SOCIETY’S TRANSPORT SERVICE: The Irish Cancer Society’s ‘Care to Drive’ Transport Service is available for patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment in the Mid-Western Regional Hospital, Limerick. This service is completely free – a driver will collect you at home, bring you to the hospital and, after treatment, bring you home. Please speak to your oncology team or call Gail on 01-2310566.

NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK: As part of National Volunteer Week, Limerick Volunteer Centre will be organizing a volunteer team to participate in an Outdoor Painting Project in Adapt Domestic Abuse Services, Rosbrien, Limerick on Thursday May 16 from 9.30am – 3pm. ADAPT operates the country’s largest refuge facility, providing emergency accommodation for women and children who have left their homes due to domestic abuse. The play area/garden for the children who live in the refuge is in much need of paint work and Limerick Volunteer Centre are hoping to recruit up to 20 volunteers to help with the project. Contact Limerick Volunteer Centre on 087-7387481 or email info@volunteerlimerick.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, Monsignor Boyle talks about growing up in West Limerick, his entry to the priesthood and his time as chaplain to the Irish Soccer Team. Tune into the Circle of Life on West Limerick 102fm on Wednesdays from 8pm to 9pm.

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.

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