Newcastle West November 30

NEWCASTLE WEST FILM CLUB: The Cinema Experience returns to Newcastle West on Friday, December 6 when Newcastle West Film Club present “Come as You Are” – a laugh out loud comedy, where three young men, with various disabilities, go on a road trip like no other. It starts at 8pm in The Desmond Complex (rear of fire station). Admission is €7 per screening, with refreshments available. We return again in February and trailers are available to view on www.ncwfilmclub.wordpress.com. Tel. 087 687 7970, e-mail ncwfilmclub@gmail.com

NEWCASTLE WEST FILM CLUB: The Cinema Experience returns to Newcastle West on Friday, December 6 when Newcastle West Film Club present “Come as You Are” – a laugh out loud comedy, where three young men, with various disabilities, go on a road trip like no other. It starts at 8pm in The Desmond Complex (rear of fire station). Admission is €7 per screening, with refreshments available. We return again in February and trailers are available to view on www.ncwfilmclub.wordpress.com. Tel. 087 687 7970, e-mail ncwfilmclub@gmail.com

DEVELOP YOUR IDEA: Two information evenings, to give you guidance, advice and direction with that business idea, will take place over the next few weeks. The next information evening will be held in Leens Hotel, Abbeyfeale on Wednesday, December 4 from 5pm to 7pm. You can also e-mail info@reddoorbic.ie or ring the chamber office at 069-77751.

COFFEE MORNING IN AID OF ADAPT HOUSE: A Coffee Morning in Aid of Adapt House takes place in the Community Centre, Newcastle West from 10am to 1pm on Thursday, December 5. Any donations of toys, clean clothes, books etc. would be greatly appreciated on the day. Please support if you can.

VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED: Volunteers are required for English Language classes in Newcastle West in the New Year. Volunteers do not require any specific qualifications or experience but must be willing to commit to volunteer 1.5 hours per week for an 8-10 week period to support small groups of 3-4 people at a time to develop their English language conversation skills. Contact Irene at West Limerick Resources on 069 66298 or email iocallaghan@wlr.ie

START YOUR OWN BUSINESS: If you are interested, or if you know anyone interested in starting their own business, please come along to the next information evening which will be held in Leens Hotel, Abbeyfeale on Wednesday, December 4 from 5pm to 7pm. You can also e-mail info@reddoorbic.ie or ring the chamber office at 069-77751. The Centre was officially opened by Phil Hogan TD, Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government. It is located in the Red Door Building, The Square, Newcastle West – where the 1st and 2nd floors have been suitably converted. The project, which is open to applicants from West Limerick, was initiated by Newcastle West and District Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with LIT and West Limerick Resources, and will offer successful applicants a chance to participate in the LIT Enterprise Start Programme, which will provide full training and business advice to potential entrepreneurs. The programme will be run over 6 weeks and offers a real market-place perspective on what is involved in creating a sustainable commercial enterprise. On completion of the programme, participants may be given the opportunity to continue developing their business concept on a full time basis – with the support of the Limerick Enterprise Acceleration Platform (LEAP) which is a year long programme.

ACCORD MARRIAGE CARE SERVICE NEWCASTLE WEST: Provides Marriage Preparation Courses for couples choosing to get married in the Catholic Church. There are still some places available on our January course which takes place on Saturday, January 18. For further details: Please phone 069-61000 or email accordnewcastlewest@eircom.net

RED CROSS FLAG DAY: The Newcastle West Branch of the Irish Red Cross will be holding their annual Flag Day in aid of the Geriatric Fund and their forthcoming Christmas/New Year dinner party for the senior citizens, widows and widowers on Friday, November 29. A little helps a lot.

COFFEE MORNING: A Coffee Morning for the victims of the typhoon in the Philippines will be held at the Red Door on Thursday, November 28 from 10am to 2pm. Your support would be very much appreciated.

THE OPTIMISTIC GROUP: The Optimistic group (formerly the Newcastle West Jobseekers Network) meets on Thursdays in the Newcastle West Community Centre from 1.30 to 3.30 pm. The group recently began a selection of training courses which will run up to Christmas – including Confidence in Communication, Art, Healthy eating and Cooking on a Budget. This is an open door, drop in, relaxed format with a social group aspect. New members are always welcome. Further details are available from Dearbhla at West Limerick Resources’ Rural Employment Service (RES) on 069 61316.

COFFEE MORNING: A coffee morning will take place on Friday, November 29 in Garvey’s Super Valu for Crumlin Children’s Hospital.  Please support if you can. Thank you.

MASS DIARY FOR JANUARY 2014: Please note that we will begin to take bookings for January 2014 from 9.00am on Monday, December 2 in the Parish Office (069-62141). Bookings for the rest of the year commence as usual on January 1.

WEST LIMERICK TIDY TOWNS SHOWCASE: A special showcase and seminar for members of the West Limerick Tidy Towns Network, and interested members of the wider community, will take place on Wednesday, December 11 in the Desmond Complex Newcastle West from 7pm to 10pm. The evening will include a number of special guest speakers – with full details to be announced shortly. Communities considering entering the competition in 2014 are also invited to attend. Entrance is free and all are welcome. Contact Suzanne at West Limerick Resources on 069 79114 or email srowley@wlr.ie

CHURCH VOUNTEERS SOCIAL: On Friday, February 28, 2014, a Parish Social (Dinner Dance) will be held in the Courtenay Lodge Hotel – for those who help out regularly in the parish. Please mark this date in your diary. More details soon.

TRÓCAIRE EMERGENCY APPEAL: If you wish to donate to the Trócaire appeal for those in Syria and the Philippines, please bring it to the sacristy in Newcastle West Church, or to Fr. Duhig’s house during the coming week.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Another spectacular Christmas lighting display will open at Tony Noonan’s house in Templeglantine on Friday, November 22.

Tony and his family have delighted and excited children (and adults) for many years with their amazing lighting display – which is going from strength to strength each year. What’s more amazing is the fact that admission is free – with voluntary donations optional.

The money raised is kindly distributed to some worthwhile charities as follows: Brothers of Charity Foynes, Alzheimer’s Centre Adare, Acquired Brain Injury Centre Castleisland. Santy Clause will arrive (by sleigh) at 5pm on December 7 – with a Garda escort to protect all the toys.

Carrigkerry Wren Boys will provide the entertainment, and to restore your faith in humanity, the toys, teas and sandwiches will be provided free of charge – the season of goodwill is alive and well!

The display, which will continue over the whole Christmas period, will be well signposted at various points on the main road (N21), between Newcastle West and Abbeyfeale.

WEST LIMERICK GRAVEYARD SURVEY SHOWCASE: A showcase will take place on Tuesday, December 3 in the Desmond Complex Newcastle West – detailing the work which has been carried out, to date, by local volunteers surveying historic graveyards in the West Limerick area.  Event is free of charge and all are welcome. For full details see www.wlr.ie.  Contact Suzanne at West Limerick Resources on 069 79114 or email srowley@wlr.ie

CAMINO DE SANTIAGO: The Youth Ministry Team in the diocese are organising a pilgrimage on the Camino in Spain next summer. T

he Camino De Santiago (the Way of St. James) is a large network of ancient pilgrim routes – stretching across Europe, and coming together at the tomb of St. James in Santiago De Compostella in Northern Spain. It has become very popular with people from all over Europe in recent years and is particularly popular with Irish Pilgrims.

The proposed pilgrimage of young adults (21 or over at the time of travelling) will take place from July 8 to July 15, 2014. The cost of the pilgrimage is not yet fixed, but it is hoped it will not exceed € 600. Those who would like find out more are invited to attend an information evening in the Limerick Diocesan Pastoral Centre on Friday, November 29 at 7.30pm. If you cannot attend, you can find out more by phoning 061-400133.

THE FOLK CHOIR: New members are welcome. If you can sing or play an instrument and would like to be part of this group, contact Joan Callaghan at 087-2200189. Practice is held in the Parish Centre on Tuesdays – beginning at 8pm for 45 minutes.

ANNUAL REMEMBRANCE MASS: An Annual Remembrance Mass for those who died in the parish in the last 12 months will take place at 7.30pm on Friday, November 29.

SUE RYDER: Share some festive cheer this Christmas and messages that matters – by sending our exclusive range of Sue Ryder’s Christmas cards – available in store in Sue Ryder Charity Store, Maiden Street, Newcastle West. The Sue Ryder Foundation is a not-for-profit charity, introduced to Ireland in 1978. The aim of the foundation is to provide a safe and secure environment for older people. Age brings with it many challenges, but for many people, a nursing home is not always the ideal solution. The Sue Ryder Foundation offers its residents the opportunity to continue living independently within a more supported environment

COMMEMORATION OF THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED: The annual November Rosary will be recited each Sunday of the month in the three cemeteries: Famine Cemetery at 3.00pm; Calvary Cemetery at 3.20pm and Churchtown Cemetery at 3.40pm.

ANNUAL REMEMBRANCE MASS: The Annual Remembrance Mass for those who died in the parish in the last 12 months will take place at 7.30pm on Friday, November 29.

DESMOND COMPLEX: The next Fun Day will take place on Wednesday, December 11. This will be our last Fun Day for. We would like to remind people to contact Brendan on (069) 84069 to enable us 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.

NCW FAMILY CLUB: The family Club for primary school-age children and their parents meets on Wednesday after school at 3.30 to 4.45pm. We do Art, sports and games together and have a snack – it includes a play area for younger siblings to come along also. Free for eligible families in receipt of social welfare. Parents must stay throughout. For further information: Contact Theresa on 069 79113.