May 4

CHURCH GATE COLLECTION: The Annual Cancer Society Church Gate Collection will take place before10:30am mass on Sunday 12th May 2013. Your support would be very much appreciated.

CHURCH GATE COLLECTION: The Annual Cancer Society Church Gate Collection will take place before10:30am mass on Sunday 12th May 2013. Your support would be very much appreciated.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL: The monthly church-gate collection will take place at all masses in the parish this weekend. We would urge you to give generously, and we thank you for your continued support.

DUCK EGG RACE: The annual Crecora Camogie Club Duck-Egg Race takes place on the Camogue River, Mortgage, Meanus (beside Dempsey’s Pub) at 6pm on May Bank Holiday Monday. This is a fantastic fun event for members and non-members alike. The concept is simple – 3 euro gets you a plastic duck-egg which will be dropped into the Camoge River with all others, upstream from Dempsey’s. If your egg is among the first three to float past the finish line, you are a prize-winner. Eggs are available from any member of the Camogie Club. The duck-egg race will be followed by a Barbeque so the fun will continue late into the evening. A reminder to all card-holders that your cards must be returned immediately.

The club also wishes to thank all those who contributed to our clothes collection last week. Your support is very much appreciated. For all the team news, please go to the Sports Section.

CRECORA BROTHERS HELP ARD SCOIL RETAIN CHESS TITLE: Last week Ardscoil Rís successfully defended their Irish Schools Chess title from last year. Two former pupils from Crecora National School were on the successful team. Brothers Geoffrey (All Ireland Junior u/16 Champion 2013) & Thomas Keating (Individual All Ireland Secondary Schools Champion 2012) led two teams this year from Ardscoil Rís. Last year was nerve wrecking as it was the school’s first venture but this year had an extra hidden twist which did not reveal itself only the competition drew to its conclusion. This year the school entered two teams A & B. What a fabulous achievement by the Ardscoil Ris ‘A’ team on retaining the team title for their school. Credit to all members of this team who won this nail biting encounter. Ardscoil Ris ‘A’ team lead by half a point going into the last round from Scoil Pol Kilfinane Co.Limerick and Spioraid Naoimh Cork but they ended up winning by a margin of 3 points at the end. However the real drama then unfolded as there was a tie for the individual title between the two Keating brothers in the boys section who tied for first place. It ended up with a play-off blitz (5 minutes on the clock) between the Keating brothers to decide who would win the individual title. It was a tense fast and nerve wrecking playoff with both boys acquitting themselves very well. It was the third occasion that the Keating’s had to face off in major chess competitions and Geoffrey finally prevailed over his brother Thomas for the first time and thus was crowned individual All Ireland secondary schools Champion. A special note must be made regarding their other two team mates without whom the team victory would not have been possible and they are Gareth Hobbs and Daniel McCarthy who played well and have now tasted success for the first time. To the valiant ‘B’ team who competed well, they were Patrick McSherry, Ciaran Costelloe, Eoin Caffrey and Jack Coffey. Congratulations to all!

BLOOD DONOR CLINIC: The Irish Blood Transfusion Service will be holding a Blood Donor clinic in the South Court Hotel, Raheen, on Thursday 9th May from 5:00pm - 8:00pm. Donations from Crecora and surrounding areas would be greatly appreciated, as it is critical to maintain adequate supplies. New donors are always most welcome. Thank you for your continued support.

TEA DANCE: As a mark of respect to the late Fr. Con Collins, last Sunday’s Tea Dance organised by Patrickswell Active Retirement was cancelled. This event will now take place at a later date. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

HOST FAIMILIES REQUIRED: Kind responsible families wanted to look after Spanish, French and German teenagers during the summer holidays, please contact for more information.

EPILEPSY IRELAND: has organised a workshop on stress for people with epilepsy, their family or carers. A number of places are set aside for health care professionals. The workshop will differentiate between pressure, anxiety and stress and how to recognise signs of a change within us of a physical, mental and emotional nature? This will be followed by sessions on techniques to manage these signs. It will take place on Saturday 4th May in the Kilmurry Lodge Hotel, Limerick. For information contact Epilepsy Ireland 061-313773/01-4557500 or email

VOLUNTEER AMBASSADORS SOUGHT: 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 24th and August 3rd. Deadline for application is May 9th 2013. For further information see or call Volunteer Ireland on 01 636 9446.

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 11th and 18th from 10am-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