June 1

Pat Hartnett

Reporter:

Pat Hartnett

CARDS: The results of last week’s card game at Monagea Parish Hall were 1st and 2nd divided between, May O’Brien and Joan Nash, Theresa Hough and John Upton. Table prizes Peter Talbot and Eileen Geary, Kathleen Nash and Annie Leahy. Raffle Pat Lynch, Mary Collins, Ger Collins, May O’Brien and Tom O’Callaghan. The card game continues on Wednesday nights at 9pm.

CARDS: The results of last week’s card game at Monagea Parish Hall were 1st and 2nd divided between, May O’Brien and Joan Nash, Theresa Hough and John Upton. Table prizes Peter Talbot and Eileen Geary, Kathleen Nash and Annie Leahy. Raffle Pat Lynch, Mary Collins, Ger Collins, May O’Brien and Tom O’Callaghan. The card game continues on Wednesday nights at 9pm.

RAMBLING HOUSE: On this Thursday , May 30th, there will be a Rambling House in Monagea Parish Hall. Singers, musicians, story tellers and dancers are all welcome to perform. We would also like to see a big crowd to form the audience. Proceeding get under way at 9pm and a great nights entertainment is guaranteed.

DANCING: The Thursday night dancing class in Monagea Parish Hall finished on a high note last week with their closing ceili. The classes will resume again in September. Music was provided by Micheál Sexton and there was plenty refreshments available to keep up the energy for a late night. The organisers of the class would like to thank everyone who supported them during the year and are looking forward to seeing you all again in September.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCING: The montly Afternoon Tea Dancing will take place on Sunday next 2nd June in Monagea Parish Hall from 3pm to 6pm. Music will be provided by Country Roads. Tea and refreshments will be served.

COLLECTION: The sisters of the Little Company of Mary and the Friends of Milford Hospice would like to thank everyone who contributed so generously to their recent church gate collection in Monagea. The amount colleted was €544.04. This will help with the great work being done in Milford Hospice. Thanks also to those who helped take up the collection in the unclement weather.

CONFIRMATION: The new bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy will be in Monagea on this Friday May 31st for the confirmation of the girls and boys of 5th and 6th classes in Monagea National School. The following students will be confirmed: Maeve Bourke, Kayley Brennan, Dylan Cahill, Yazmin Carey, Kieran Carmody, Niamh Casey, Evan Condon, Hannah Hallinan, Raeanne Healy, Emma Hogan, Jamie Keane, Ellen Keyes, Aidan Lacey, Jordan Lawlor, Ava McCoy, Ciara McCoy, Hannah McMahon, Lorna Mulqueen, Aoife Nix, Carol O’Connor, Charlie O’Doherty, Grace O’Donnell, Zoe Phillips, Kathlyn Quaid, Mary Jean Sammon, Paul Searson, Rachel Shanahan, Finn Smallwood and Conor White. We hope the weather will be fine so that the boys and girls can enjoy this very important day in their lives. The mass starts at 1.30

RACE NIGHT: West Limerick 102fm will hold a fundraising race night at Murphys Bar Abbeyfeale on Saturday June 8th at 8pm. It costs €10 to purchase a horse or two people can join at €5 each. This promises to be a great night and please come along to support it. Further details can be got from the Station at 069 66200.

TOTAL WIPE OUT: A total wipe out charity event, in aid of the Brothers of Charity, Newcastle West, will be held at the Glantine FC grounds on this Sunday, June 2nd. Because of the great response it will start at 12 noon and not 1.30pm as previously advertised. Further details can be got from any of the three main organisers: Jamie Sheehan at 087 6229348, Seamus Collins at 087 9485634 or John Kelly at 087 9213095

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 12th 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 19th 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.

MISS WEST LIMERICK 2013: West Limerick 102fm are hosting a night to crown the First Miss West Limerick 2013 on July 5th in the Devon Inn at 8pm. Each contestant will be put forward on behalf of a business or community group. The cost of each contestant will be €70. The contestant will be interviewed during the day on July 5th by a judging committee. They will then be on stage later that night for a brief chat and a party piece if they wish. Contestants will have to be from or living in West Limerick and be aged between 18-28 years of age up to 5th July. For further details phone 069 66200 or check out their facebook page or visit westlimerick102fm.com.

GREAT SOUTHERN TRAIL: The Great Southern Trail are celebrating “The Gathering” with a midsummer walk consisting of 36 km from Abbeyfeale to Rathkeale on Saturday June 22nd commencing at 10.30am at the Old Railway Satation, Abbeyfeale. This provides an opportunity for descendants of the emigrants to walk the route taken by them when heading for the various ports along the south and east coasts of Ireland up to the 1960’s when the passenger trains ceased. It is recommended that you bring your own packed lunch and enjoy it while taking in the views at Barnagh, you can also take time to explore the old railway tunnel at this point. After this it is recommended to take another break for tea when passing Newcastle West which is 10km past Barnagh. You will then have 13km left in your journey to Rathkeale. In Rathkeale certificates will be presented to those who completed the entire 36km on foot. In order to take part you have to register at greatsoutherntrail@gmail.com by June 15 and a fee of €10 to be paid to Great Sourthern Trail, 9 Bishop Street, Newcastle West, Co Limerick. An optional evening dinner will be available at 6.30pm in Rathkeale House Hotel and will be complimentary to all pre-registered overseas visitors. Furthermore the first ten overseas registrations will have the added benefit of free bicycle hire on the day. Return transport to Abbeyfeale courtesy of Coach House Travel. www.tours.ie