THE KNIGHTS OF WESTFEST: The Knights Westfest festival which took place last weekend proved to a wonderful success again this year. There was something for everyone from music for all tastes to food for all tastes. The town was a hive of activity for the 4 days and speaking of hives, there was a very well attended lecture on bee-keeping in the Community Centre on Saturday. Boyce Avenue played to a packet square on Saturday night. It was their first visit to Limerick and they said it would not be their last. Their upcoming gig in the O2, Dublin has been sold out and listening to them in Newcastle West, one can understand why. Sharon Shannon, Francis Black and Mary Coughlan put on an excellent show on Sunday night – albeit to a slightly older audience – where the inclement weather didn’t deter the large appreciative crowd. The winner of the coveted Knight of Desmond Crown was Gavin Whelan, son of John and Joan and, as expected, Seamus Hennessy was a genial MC for the entire festival. Congratulations to the energetic festival committee on a job well done.
TELEPHONE/COMPUTER SCAM: You may receive a phone call from a supposedly reputable company informing you that your computer has a virus. The person will offer to access your computer remotely to remove the virus and will ask for your bank details. This is a scam. They will access your bank account and will put a malicious virus onto your computer. Please do not give remote access to your computer to people you don’t know (once a person has remote access, they can access your files and personal information and destroy your hard drive). Never give out your bank details over the phone.
GROW YOUR OWN: Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board, (formerly Co. Limerick VEC)are now enrolling for FETAC 3 – Grow your own vegetables and FETAC 4 – Grow your own Fruit courses in West Limerick. Both courses will take place in Ardagh, on Blackhill Organic Farm, and run one day per week from September 16,2013 to June 2014. Each participant will have the opportunity to learn how to grow a wide range of delicious foods using organic methods with an emphasis on practical skills and an opportunity to gain certification. To apply for a place on the course: Please contact the course tutor Marie Tuttle on 086 3132969
BINGO: Desmond Complex/Creche bingo will be held on Wednesday, September 25 at 8.30pm in the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West. Prize money on the night will be €2,500”.
PARISH CHOIR: Newcastle West Parish Church Choir will resume singing at 10.30am Mass on Sunday, September 29. New members would be most welcome. Enquiries to Deirdre at 086-3861777.
CROAGH PATRICK: Members of the local SCOLA group will be participating in a sponsored climb of Croagh Patrick on Saturday, October 5 to raise funds to help poor and disadvantaged children in the Philippines. If you would like to support this very worthy cause, please contact: Fr. Richard Keane (069-77090) or any of the committee members.
ARRA FRIENDS: Last Wednesday, September 11, we were privileged to have Patrick Donovan, our local Fine Gail T.D. address our meeting. The Chairperson welcomed Patrick, introduced him to the members and thanked him for attending. He spoke to us about the upcoming budget in October, the impact on the economy of an earlier budget and commented that December budgets have had an adverse effect on business. Currently there are 30,000 people unemployed; this puts an enormous burden on the Social Services. He also mentioned the possible loss of up to 170 jobs in Rathkeale. He commented that if Andersen leaves Ireland, the Government would be responsible for redundancy payments. He then answered questions on Free Travel, Water Meters, Well Water, and Septic Tanks and later took personal questions in private. He reminded the meeting that he has offices in Maiden Street and in Kilmallock and is always available to constituents to talk about their personal issues.
The next meeting will take place on Wednesday, September 25 at 4.30pm. Aquarobics will start again at Killeline Leisure Centre on Monday, September 30 at 11am. Weekly walks in the Demesne will begin at 10:45am on Wednesday, September 18.
3 DAY AUTUMN BREAK TO WICKLOW: The Great Southern Trail has organized a 3 day tour to Dublin, Wicklow and Waterford – beginning on Monday, September 30. The tour will allow time to explore Dublin City, spending Monday and Tuesday nights in Woodenbridge, near the Vale of Avoca and a tour of Co. Wicklow, Glendalough, Avondale and Waterford. Two nights DBB and all travel costs only € 175pps. Contact Liam O’Mahony at 087-6471956.
CULTURE NIGHT IN LIMERICK CITY: Three Mini Organ Recitals on Friday, September 20 as follows: From 6 pm to 6.30pm at Sacred Heart Church, The Crescent with visiting organist Norbert Kelvin. From 7 pm to 7.30pm at St. John’s Cathedral with Br. Cyprian Love of Glenstal Abbey. From 8:30 pm to 9 pm at Mary Immaculate College Chapel with Peter Barley of St. Mary’s Cathedral. Admission is free.
LIMERICK WEST GIY: Its aim is to inspire people to grow their own food, and it goes back indoors for the next few months as they return to D & M Garden Centre, Croagh. This will happen on Thursday, September 19, where the subject for discussion will be The Winter Garden and Perennial Vegetables. The meeting will start at 7 pm sharp and all are welcome – from the beginner to the experienced old hand. As with all GIY meetings, there is no charge to join in.
LIVING WITH SUICIDE DAY: Lough Derg, Wednesday, September 25 is a day dedicated to anyone who has been affected by suicide, including those who minister and provide support. It is a guided day, with three expert speakers, as well as time for peaceful reflection and prayer on the Island. Booking is essential. Contact Maureen at 071-9861518 or email email@example.com
DANCING WEEKEND: A Dancing Weekend will take place from Friday, October 18 to Monday, October 21 at the Great Northern, 4 Star Hotel, Bundoran. Thank you to those who have secured their seat by payment. We need to have all seats fully paid for no later than Friday, September 20 as there are a number of people on a waiting list. For further information: Contact Maureen 087 9845102.
GROW COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH MOVEMENT: Are you struggling with anxiety or depression? Finding life Difficult? Experiencing Isolation, Loneliness, Shyness? Do you find it difficult to talk? Support and Friendship is one of the cornerstones of Grow which meets on Thursdays at 8pm. in the ‘Station Room’, Desmond Complex. No introductions necessary. Just come along.
MENTAL HEALTH: West Limerick Branch of the Mental Health Association of Ireland will be holding a church gate collection in Newcastle West on September 21 and22 (this weekend). Please support if you can.
SPECIAL OLYMPICS: The AGM will take place on Monday, September 23 at 7.30pm in the Desmond Complex. We look forward to seeing all the members there. Special Olympics Athletes and Volunteers will be meeting for training on Tuesday, September 24 at 7 pm in the Community Centre.
MILFORD HOSPICE COFFEE MORNING: The 20th Annual Celebration of ‘Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ in aid of Milford Hospice, will take place from 10.30am to 2pm on Thursday, September 19 at the Desmond Complex, Gortboy. Your support will be deeply appreciated.
THE CINEMA EXPERIENCE RETURN TO NCW: On Friday, October 4 Newcastle West Film Club present the first film of the current season. The fate of two bruised souls are about to intertwine, as they embark on a trip to Italy to attend the wedding of his son to her daughter. Pierce Brosnan is the lonely, middle aged widower and estranged single father. With warmth, affection and confidence “Love is All You Need” has been made for an audience rarely catered for by the film industry, intelligent adults who enjoy perceptive and good hearted drama.
It starts at 8pm in The Desmond Complex (rear of fire station). It costs €7 per screening and refreshments are available. If you are unable to attend, we are back again on November 1 and December 6. Trailers are available to view on www.ncwfilmclub.wordpress.com, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel. 087 687 7970
BAPTISM PREPARATION PROGRAMME: A Baptism Preparation Programme will take place in the Parish Centre at 8pm on Tuesday, September 24. All parents with a child to be baptised must first have attended one of these one-hour baptism programmes. Please ring 069-62141 to book your place.
KNOCKFIERNA HERITAGE SOCIETY OUTING: Knockfierna Heritage Society will hold their annual outing to Cahir Castle, The Swiss Cottage, Rock of Cashel, Holy Cross Abbey on Sunday, September 29. Previous outings have proved to be most enjoyable occasions. Mr. Philip Lynch of Kilkenny will be tour guide for the day. Those interested in travelling on this outing: Please contact Pat O’Donovan Newcastle West & Rathkeale 087 9977340, Marion Hanley Ballingarry 087 9741387 or Mary O’Keeffe 087 6990816. Cost €20 per person.
WEST LIMERICK 102FM AGM: The AGM of West Limerick Community Radio will take place on Tuesday, September 24 at 8pm in the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West. Submissions/questions, to be addressed on the night, should be handed into the station in a sealed envelope by Tuesday, September 17.
PROGRAMME ON MENTAL HEALTH: To mark World Mental Health Day (October 10th) a radio programme, produced by the staff of the West Limerick Primary Health Care Project for Travellers, will be aired by West Limerick 102fm on October 2, after the 11am news. It will feature Thomas McCann from the Traveller Counseling Service and Aisling McMahon, Clinical Psychologist who recently completed a PhD thesis on mental health in the Traveller Community.
ADARE TO SURVIVE WITH CLIONA’S FOUNDATION: ‘Adare to Survive’ is a 7.5km military style obstacle course taking place in Clonshire Equestrian Centre, Adare, Co Limerick on Sunday, September 29. Cliona’s Foundation, which provides financial assistance to the families of critically ill children, is the charity partner, and participants are invited to Endeavour | Endure | Enjoy a unique physical and mental challenge, individually, or part of a 4 person team, to raise funds for a charity or club of their choice. Full details, including registration is on the event website www.adaretosurvive.com
ACCORD NEWCASTLE WEST: Accord Newcastle West provides a marriage and relationship counseling service offering both daytime and evening appointments. We also deliver Marriage Preparation Courses and have availability on two remaining courses for this year – Saturday, September 7 and Saturday, November 16. Please ring 069-61000 or email email@example.com
NCW JOBSEEKERS NETWORK: Worn out from job seeking & searching? Need a space & a group where you will find encouragement & support?? Need some practical assistance & tools to market yourself? Need some networking possibilities?? Need to access information on Job-seeking supports and what’s available in the area? Then please come along each Wednesday from at 2:30pm to the Newcastle West Community Centre to the new Newcastle West Jobseekers Network. Meeting usually takes about an hour. This is an open door, drop in, relaxed format with a social group aspect. Further details are available from Dearbhla on 069 61316.
ORAL HISTORY INITIATIVE: West Limerick Resources will be running an Oral History Training Initiative this autumn. Training will consist of two elements. Participants will develop Oral History Interviewing techniques and examine the legal and ethical issues relevant to gathering Oral History. The second element of the training will focus on digital voice recording and editing techniques. Training will also explore how oral history can contribute to the local heritage of communities and identify suitable ways of showcasing their research. Training is expected to begin in October and to run one evening per week for 10 weeks. The course is free of charge and open to people living in the West Limerick area. To register for the programme contact Suzanne on 069 79114 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
DESMOND COMPLEX: Our next Fun Day has yet to be decided, more details next week. For further information: Contact Brendan on (069) 84069. 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.
FEENAGH/KILMEEDY GATHERING EVENTS: The Feenagh/Kilmeedy Heritage Committee is hosting a two day celebration of their rich local heritage to mark Gathering 2013 on Friday, September 20 and Saturday September 21. The celebration will kick off at 8pm on Friday, 20th in the Feenagh Community Centre, where Professor Liam Irwin will deliver a talk on the History of Feenagh/Kilmeedy Parish. The evening’s events will also feature a slideshow display and a range of memorabilia dating back to the 1830’s, including old photographs, letters and a video on the old creamery. This will be followed on Saturday, 21st by a local heritage walk, again led by Professor Irwin, starting at the new school in Feenagh and tracing the history and stories behind the various houses and structures between the new and old school – which is now the newly redeveloped community centre. Both events will incorporate a social element with refreshments available and an opportunity for people to share their knowledge of the history of the local area. Events are free of charge and open to all, with a special invitation to former parishioners living around Ireland & abroad!