INTERNATIONAL WALKING FESTIVAL: This coming weekend from Friday May 3 to Monday May 6 inclusive the International Walking Festival offers walks from marathon length for the more experienced walker to gentle educational entertaining walks for the whole family. The festival offers over 30 guided walks, led by people from local communities and the Ballyhoura Bears Walking Club. The schedule offers walks for all levels of ability from the undulating green pastures, woodlands and rolling hills to the high peaks of the Galty Mountains. The area is a walkers paradise with unspoilt beauty and a variety of landscapes and there is something for eveyone at this years festival, whether you enjoy a family day out or a serious hike. For more information log onto www.visitballyhoura.com
BALLYHOURA FOOD FAIR: Once again this Bank Holiday Monday May 6 sees the return of the famous Ballyhoura Food Fair to Kilmallock. Fantastic day out for all the family to taste and purchase some of the finest food produced in the Ballyhoura Region.
KILMALLOCK MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION: Kilmallock & District Mental Health Association are holding their AGM on Thursday May 9, at 4.30pm, in Ivy Gate Day Centre. New members welcome, contact Bridget on 063 98849 for more information.
COAST TO COAST FOR CANCER SURPRISE DAY OUT: How do you fancy a 15km cycle followed by an hour long surprise acitivity in one of the finest outdoor recreation centres in the area. Enjoy a picnic before a return spin on your bike of 15km and a walk/jog/run of 7km in the Ballyhoura Forest. €20 per entry and all proceeds will be donated towards Cancer Research to the Mercy Hospital Cork. This is a fun day out and will cater for all levels of fitness with the emphasis on fun. For more details contact 087-1201561.
KILMALLOCK BUSINESS & RETAILERS INCENTIVE SCHEME: Limerick City and County Councils has introduced a new Business & Retail Incentive Scheme in Kilmallock, Newcastle West and Rathkeale. www.lcc.ie/Community_and_Enterprise/IncentiveScheme Applications are now invited for 2013. The Business & Retail Incentive Scheme provides financial incentives to encourage new businesses to open in designated areas of Kilmallock, Newcastle West and Rathkeale. Occupiers of vacant properties are offered incentives for higher order retail and office uses. The scheme is intended to address property vacancy rates, improve streetscapes and to support the business community. The grant relief provided under the scheme for vacant property is:
Year 1 – Grant relief is based on certified fit out costs subject to a maximum of 50% of the annual rates liability.
Year 2 – Grant relief is based on original certified fit out costs (as submitted at year 1) subject to a maximum of 25% of the annual rates liability.
Limerick City and County Councils aims to ensure that any incoming business respects and enhances the multifaceted character of these county towns and encourages a diversity of uses to increase the overall attractiveness of these towns for shopping, leisure, and business purposes.
For more information on the Retail Incentive Scheme please contact Anthony Coleman, Economic Development Unit on Tel: 061-407348 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
KILMALLOCK PASTORAL & RESOURCE CENTRE: Citizens Information Centre is open on Thursday, Friday, Tuesday and Wednesday this coming week from 10am to 2pm and on Friday from 10am – 1.30pm. Thursday May 2 is the Citizens Information Centre Taxation night which takes place from 8 – 9pm. The Active Age Club will continue with their activities this Thursday May 2 from 2.30pm to 4.30pm and The Bridge Club will meet from 7pm – 10.30pm and all are welcome. The Parent and Toddler Club meet from 10.30am to 12.30pm this Friday May 3. The centre is closed on Monday May 6 due to the Bank Holiday but the Tuesday Club will meet on May 7 from 10.30am to 12 noon. For more details please contact the Pastoral & Resource Centre on (063) 98131.
FRIAR’S GATE THEATRE: Comedy – Are there More of You? On Thursday May 2 @ 8pm. Friars’ Gate present the comedy Are There More of You? written and performed by Alison Skilbeck. The play is a tale of four women, living utterly different lives, linked, it seems, only by a postcode, though all on the ‘verge of a nervous breakthrough’.
Film – The Sapphires - On Wednesday May 8 @ 12pm Friars’ Gate will screen the film The Sapphires as part of the Bealtaine Film Festival. Tickets €3.
KILMALLOCK CYCLING CLUB: CYCLE AGAINST SUICIDE - Last Saturday morning some members of KCC took part in a stage of the cycle against suicide from Limerick to Galway. The event was organised to raise awareness to the fact so many people are taking their own lives. Cycling in a group like this in twos shoulder to shoulder gets people talking and this helps people to discuss what is going on in their lives. We at Kilmallock Cycling Club arrange cycles like this every time we are out cycling and when you are part of a really good club like ours you can make really good friends, friends that will always look out for each other. TIME TRIALS IN PATRICKSWELL - These time trials started two weeks ago and are set on a league basis over seven weeks where members of Kilmallock cycling club are setting a really high standards. Club members Paul O’Connell , Will Whelan and Austin Sheedy setting blistering times in the elite category these guys are sure to be in the prizes when the league comes to an end. In the A4/Vet Class Joe Costello, Richard Hayes and Liam Hayes are setting good times and trying to improve on these as the league progresses. With Club members Carmel Ryan and Fiona Hayes Flying the flag for the ladies the club is well represented in Patrickswell. We use this league as a way of gauging how we are improving as cyclists over the seven week series. So if you are interested in taking part come to Patrickswell just outside Limerick City every Thursday evening sign on is from 6pm at Cycling pursuits bike shop in Patrickswell and TT gets underway at 7pm the course distance is 18km on a flat course so hope to see you there. NIALL TACKLES THE JOEY HANNON - Club member Niall Lynch took on the ever demanding discipline of Triathlons Niall has been really putting in a massive effort of the last number of weeks to get himself ready for this event which took place last Sunday in Limerick which was based around UL. 1500 Meters in the pool 40 kilometres on the bike and to finish a 10 Kilometer run so well done Niall some of us find it hard enough on the bike but when you put these three disciplines together it really tests the competitor to their very limit. CLUB SPINS - Our club spins continue every Sunday morning at 9am from the old neodata car park in Kilmallock with two groups heading out there is sure to be a group that suits you we also have a beginner group so don’t delay come and join us and be part of our ever growing numbers. Our Tuesday and Thursday spins continue from the old neodata car park in Kilmallock at 6.30 pm and our Wednsday beginner group continues leaving the same meeting point at 6.30 pm so there is sure to be a group and a spin that suits you. Log onto www.kilmallockcyclingclub.com and get our contact details there or follow us on facebook and request us as your friend. Next week read all about our continuing participation in the TT in Patrickswell and the racing division of the club heads for Kanturk for the Kanturk Three day.
SOUTHSIDE WHEELY WHEELERS: Another week another group of club members cycling for an important cause, Willie McCarthy, Mike Sexton, Diarmaid McCarthy and Liz Leonard took part in the legs from Killarney to Galway to raise awareness for suicide prevention. Wednesday night training continued this week at 6.30 with a large number of cyclists out again this week, this is a great way to break up the week so come along and we will find a group for you. Well done to Jerry Ryan and Sean Burchill for taking out the beginners/improvers cycle on Saturday at 9.30. Liz, Jerry and Sean perform a brilliant service every Saturday introducing the joys of group cycling to those who are new to cycling.
Congratulations to the 7.30 group of SWW Club cyclists who completed 155kms Sunday morning cycling over the VEE. Great credit is due for your dedication to cycling and preparation for the Wicklow 200. A special thank you to Ber and Michelles mobile catering for the coffee and food stop on the top of the VEE. It’s not long till the Wicklow 200 so keep it up guys, well done to Brendan Daly, Paul Gammell, Donal Kelly, Shane O’Brien, Declan McCarthy, Owen Tobin, Martin Lake, Michael Gammell, Pat O’Donnell, Ger O’Connell, Mathew Gammell, Brendan Houlihan, Jerry Herbert. I hear Brendan will be glad to be off nights. The 8.30 group had a very enjoyable 75km spin on Sunday. David Curley, Eugene Manton, Dave Daly, Mike Meade and Robert Shanahan were out in wet and windy conditions. Training continues this week with the Wednesday night cycle at 6.30, Saturday improvers club at 9.30 and two groups out on Sunday , the first group heads out at 7.30 with the main cycle continuing at 8.30. Helmets and lights/hi-Viz clothing on the Wednesday cycles are a must. Be safe be seen.