June 1

Ellen McSweeney

Reporter:

Ellen McSweeney

GLIN LIBRARY: Bealtaine in Glin. The festival of Bealtaine, which celebrates creativity as we age, was celebrated in Glin library on Tuesday May 21 with music, song, dance, and poetry. A large crowd attended. Peg Prendeville read from her book “The Purple Pencil” while eight year old Ella Foley danced to the music of Michelle Foley, Catherine, Brendan and Gerard Stack. The Ballyhahill Going Strong club enjoyed the night’s activities and some of their members did party pieces. Daisy entertained all with her story of “Minding the House” and her lively recitation -“Rita Danaher’s Jennett.” Joe Kelly, Pauline Cussen and Maureen Long sang some songs. Katie Pitt, from Glin, had the group singing “I’ll take you home again, Kathleen”. John Prendergast from Limerick 95fm recorded some of the evening’s performance for his Saturday morning programme. Lizzie Woulfe, on behalf of the Ballyhahill/Loughill Going Strong group thanked Peg for arranging the night in the library and thanked the musicians and dancer for sharing their great talent. Also, Glin Library will be closed this Friday May 31 in the afternoon from 3 to 5.

GLIN LIBRARY: Bealtaine in Glin. The festival of Bealtaine, which celebrates creativity as we age, was celebrated in Glin library on Tuesday May 21 with music, song, dance, and poetry. A large crowd attended. Peg Prendeville read from her book “The Purple Pencil” while eight year old Ella Foley danced to the music of Michelle Foley, Catherine, Brendan and Gerard Stack. The Ballyhahill Going Strong club enjoyed the night’s activities and some of their members did party pieces. Daisy entertained all with her story of “Minding the House” and her lively recitation -“Rita Danaher’s Jennett.” Joe Kelly, Pauline Cussen and Maureen Long sang some songs. Katie Pitt, from Glin, had the group singing “I’ll take you home again, Kathleen”. John Prendergast from Limerick 95fm recorded some of the evening’s performance for his Saturday morning programme. Lizzie Woulfe, on behalf of the Ballyhahill/Loughill Going Strong group thanked Peg for arranging the night in the library and thanked the musicians and dancer for sharing their great talent. Also, Glin Library will be closed this Friday May 31 in the afternoon from 3 to 5.

GLIN BABY AND TODDLER GROUP: would like to thank all the toddlers and parents who completed the ‘Toddle Walk for Barnardos’ on Thursday morning last. It was a wonderful morning and we really appreciate everyone turning up. Can we please ask that all sponsorship cards and money be turned in this Thursday morning 30 May. For those who did not do the toddle walk but would still like to make a contribution to Barnardos, a collection bucket will be in place in the toddler group this Thursday.

REUNION TICKETS: Ballygoughlan school Renunion tickets are now in limited availability anybody with invitations who have not yet forwarded payments wishing to attend on the night need to forward payment of E10.00 per person before 14th June. Ticket cannot be guaranteed after this date.

GLIN RED CROSS: The Glin Red Cross contact number in case of an emergency is 087 6230032. This number is now on display in laminate form in every business premises window in the town of Glin.

MISS WEST LIMERICK 2013: On the 5 July in the Devon Inn at 8pm West Limerick 102fm are to host a night to crown the first Miss West Limerick 2013. In a night that will reflect all that is good about West Limerick young women it promises to be a night for the ages. “West Limerick 102fm celebrates life in West Limerick; nights like the Best of the West, the Country Music Awards, and now Miss West Limerick all aim to do just that” said Joe McGill Co-Manager at West Limerick 102fm. So how do you become the next Miss West Limerick? Well each contestant is entered on behalf of a business or community group at a cost of 70 euro. The contestants then are interviewed during the day of July 5 by a judging committee. They are then put through their paces again on stage with a brief chat and perhaps a party piece. Contestants will have to be from or living in the West Limerick area and be aged between 18-28 years of age up to July 5. “Miss West Limerick will reflect the intelligence, compassion and independence of modern Irish women. Miss West Limerick represents the collective aspirations, social responsibilities and ambitions of young women from a variety of communities and backgrounds.” said Connie Broderick Co-Manager at West Limerick 102fm. For further details on Miss West Limerick phone 069 66200 or check out their facebook page or visit westlimerick102fm.com.

SUPPORTING CHILDREN THROUGH BEREAVEMENT: The Newcastle West Family and Community Hub (located upstairs at the NCW Community Centre) will be holding a workshop on Wednesday June 12 on supporting children with bereavement or coping with a dying family member. Running from 7.30-9.30pm, the session will be led by Child Psychologist and Play Therapist Tina O’Brien and funded by the Compassionate Communities Project with the support of West Limerick Resources.

RAINBOWS SUPPORT SERVICES: A workshop of Rainbows volunteers and those interested in volunteering with the project in West Limerick this September will take place in the Newcastle West Family and Community Hub (located at the Community Centre) on Wednesday June 19 from 7.30-9.30pm. “Rainbows” is a peer support programme for children aged 6-10 years grieving as a result of a loss or separation and is managed locally by West Limerick Resources. Run by trained volunteers, the programme is positive, gentle confidential and encouraging however it is not counselling or therapy service. It is instead a safe, confidential setting where children can share their grief associated feelings with each other and with these trained facilitators.

TRADITIONAL LIME MORTAR TRAINING: West Limerick Resources will be offering a one week training programme (Monday-Friday, 9.30am-4pm approx) on the use of traditional lime mortar to members of local communities who are interested in undertaking simple conservation and repair work at historic sites (such as graveyards) subject to the necessary permission and guidance of Limerick County Council Archaeologist. This hands—on training initiative is free to those interested in becoming involved in conservation and enhancement work. Limited places available. Registration essential. Venue and dates of training to be confirmed. Contact Suzanne on 069 79114 or email srowley@wlr.ie for a registration form.