TIDY TOWNS: Well done to the Strand Development Committee who once again increased their overall mark in the tidy town’s competition. As in the last few years they finished second to Ardpatrick in their section within the county. This result is a just reward for the hard work and dedication by those who look after the flowers, hedges and cleaning of the village. It is great to see a small community like Strand doing so well each year.
LIMERICK GAA CLUB DRAW: Well done to Martin Hogan who won €250 in Limerick GAA club draw for September. The draw took place in the Central Bar Bruree recently. There are three more draws in this years draw so there is still time for anyone who is in the draw to win. The next draw takes place at An Trasnan Bar, Ballylanders on Friday 4th October.
EXAM RESULTS: Congratulations to all the students from the parish who received their Junior Certificate results last week. We wish them the very best as they head for the Leaving Certificate in the next few years. A good Junior Certificate results is a great boost when starting the leaving certificate course.
OPENING OF PARISH HALL: The official opening of Monagea Parish Hall, following its refurbishment, will take place on this coming Monday night at 7.30pm sharp. All the organisations and companies that were involved will be represented. However the hall is for the people of Monagea and the locality so we would like to see a large number of parishioners coming along to this great occasion. The committee would also like to see more parishioners supporting the many events that are held in the hall.
DANCING CLASSES: The Thursday night dancing classes resumed last week following the summer break. A good crowd attended and as the nights get darker the numbers are sure to increase. Why not come along to a very enjoyable evening and it will also help your fitness. Classes run from 8.30 to 10.30pm each Thursday night. All levels of dancing catered for.
AEROBICS AND KEEP FIT CLASSES: The aerobics and keep fit classes resumed on Tuesday night last and will continue every Tuesday night at 7.30pm for one hour. This is a great opportunity to shed those extra pounds that have been put on over the summer season. No need to worry about your fitness level as you can go at your own pace and build up your fitness over a number of weeks. The class is usually an enjoyable and light-hearted session. Why not get a few friends together and come on out and have some fun.
CARDS: The progressive 45 card game will resume in Monagea Parish Hall on Wednesday October 2 at 9pm. By then the Listowel races and the ploughing championships will all be over for another year. The dark nights will also have set in so there are no excuses. Come along and enjoy a relaxing game in our very comfortable hall.
ALL IRELAND DEFEAT: Hard luck on the local girls who were involved with the Limerick Intermediate Camogie team that contested the All Ireland final in Croke Park on Sunday last. Once again Croke Park proved to be the graveyard for our hopes of All Ireland glory. The girls and their management team under Joe Quaid have done us proud and it is no mean achievement to get to the final.
WESTFEST: Another very successful Knights of Westfest Festival took place in Newcastle West last weekend. Huge crowds attended the many free shows in the square from Thursday to Sunday night. David Shanahan from Barnagh and Eoin Sugrue, whose father hails from Rathcahill, were contestants in the Knights competition. Gavin Whelan of Newcastle West was selected as the knight.
PLOUGHING: The National Ploughing Championship takes place in Stradbally Co Laois from Tuesday 24 to Thursday September 26. Apart from the ploughing there is plenty to entertain all the family. All kinds of accessories will be on display in the commercial stands, livestock exhibitions, fashion shows, entertainment and food, if you don’t feel like driving then check the local papers to get details of the many bus companies that are travelling.
COFFEE MORNING: West Limerick Community Radio are holding a coffee morning, which is being hosted by Sheila O’Regan, in aid of Milford Hospice on Today Thursday September 19 from 10am to 5pm. The coffee morning will be held at West Limerick Community Radio office at Enterprise Centre Sheehan’s Road, Newcastle West. For further information please contact the office on 069 66200. All are welcome.