ALONE WE STAND: A social evening for men and women – if you are a widow or widower – separated, divorced and over 40 why not come and join us in the Spotted Dog Lounge Bar, Janesboro, Limerick on Friday, April 5. The proceedings kick off at 8.30 pm – with music by “One-to-One” Martin Moran. For further information: Contact Maria on 086-0620596 or Margaret on 085-8289039.
ARRA PLAYERS DRAMA GROUP: The Arra Players – Newcastle West Drama Group, are presently putting the finishing touches to this year’s play “The Chastitute”. This is one of John B. Keane’s classic plays and, like all his finest work, it has a strong social theme. This time the theme is Church engendered chastity and the efforts that a bachelor makes to find himself a life partner in rural Ireland. There is ample scope for both comedy and tragedy in this great play and, at a recent rehearsal, it was clear that The Arra Players are really going to get the most out of John B’s excellent script. The group have been active in recruiting experienced actors. Tom Madigan and Paul Moriarty are strong in their leading roles. Angeline O Donnell, from Cahir, brings a lifetime’s experience to her part. New to the West Limerick stage are the marvellous Finn Fitzgerald, Dolores Broderick, Stephen Goulding and Vincent O Brien. These actors are joined by Arra stalwarts Benny Mc Carthy, Nuala Duffy, Carmel Buicke, Denis Hobson and Miriam Goulding. Nuala Duffy is the Producer and she has assembled an impressive back-stage crew. Karen Fitzgibbon from Limerick city is a very experienced Director. Denis Buicke has designed and constructed the set. Sound is in the capable hands of Declan Hanlon and on lighting are Eddie Browne, Mike Mulcahy & Denis Mulcahy from Monagea. In charge of Stage Props are – Daniel Cremin, Siobhan Hennessy & Vincent O’Brien. The play will be performed in the lovely, modern stage in the comfortable hall in Monagea.
The dates are Friday 12th of April, Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th of April. The play commences each evening at 8.30pm sharp – Admission is €10. Make it a definite date!
LEGION OF MARY: The Legion of Mary meets every Tuesday at 3 pm in the Parish Centre. New members are most welcome.
GST GATHERING 2013: Please spread the news of the Great Southern Trail ‘gathering event’ which is our 36km (22 mile) mid-summer walk. Below is the link to the GST gathering event on June 22. Please study it, mark it in your diary, and then circulate it to any family or friends, who are overseas, and may consider being with us for this special commemoration. This may have been the route along which their parents or grandparents may have taken when emigrating. Other associated GST events include: Sunday, April 28 at 9 am - Kilmorna to Listowel 8km (road walk) which will parallel the, yet to be developed, railway section. this is being organized by our Listowel members – who also held a very successful Listowel-Abbeyfeale-Listowel Road/GST cycle on St Patrick’s Day, with about 70 participants. Bank Holiday Monday, May 6 at 3 pm – Loop Walk, 10km using GST/Minor Roads in Rooskagh-Glenagown - full details later. http://www.thegatheringireland.com/attend-a-gathering/individual- gathering/great%20southern%20trail%20midsummer%20big%20walk/22%20june%202013/66#.uvmcexlrsu3
HOLY HOUR FOR VOCATIONS AND HEALING IN THE CHURCH: A Holy Hour for Vocations and Healing in the Church will take place from 6.30pm to 7.30pm on Friday, April 5 – dedicated to praying for vocations to the priesthood and religious life and for healing for those wounded by church personnel.
NEWCASTLE WEST FILM CLUB: On Friday, April 5 the club will conclude the current season with “Barbara” Set in the German Democratic Republic in 1980 – Barbara is confined to living and working as a doctor in a small provincial town – her punishment for attempting to emigrate to the West. She has only one focus – to escape, and for this, she has to wait patiently. €7 per screening, including €1.00 membership. Refreshments are available before and after each presentation. They are always open to comments, suggestions and new ideas. If you feel that you could guide, assist or become a committee member please contact them. Trailers can be viewed on http://www.ncwfilmclub.wordpress.com/. Tel. 087 687 7970, e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org.
TRÓCAIRE BOXES: Please return your Trócaire boxes as soon as possible. Sincere thanks for supporting Trócaire so generously in the past. Please be as generous as you can again this year.
LIMERICK YOUTH SERVICE: LYS launched its 40th birthday celebrations on Thursday last, March 21 – with Director Catherine Kelly calling on Limerick’s Youth to ‘YELL out!’ The gathering brought together young people, volunteers and staff from LYS’s many youth projects and clubs as LYS unveiled its year-long birthday plans and introduced its fortieth anniversary mascot, YELLvis. ‘YELLvis was created by members of YELL (Youth Empowerment Looks @ Limerick), a group of young people who believe in asserting the voices of young people at local, national and international level,’ explained Ms. Kelly. ‘I am calling on Limerick’s youth to adapt YELL and ‘yell out,’ continued Ms. Kelly, who challenged those present to let people know about the positive impact that young people have and, continue to give, to their communities. ‘As I look at where we (LYS) are today, it’s hard to believe that we (LYS) started out in a one a room office forty years ago,’ reflected Ms. Kelly, who first joined LYS in the late 1980s. Ms. Kelly thanked the volunteers and young people that have given so much of their time to the young people of Limerick. ‘LYS could not exist without your support and we would like to say ‘thank you’. We will be hosting a gathering for volunteers, past and present, on Friday, May 24,’ added Ms. Kelly. ‘Our Leaving Class ‘Applied class’ are busy constructing Limerick’s very own Lough Ness monster which will be unveiled at the Hunt Museum during Riverfest,’ explained Ms. Kelly. Did you know that Limerick last won the All Ireland Senior Hurling title in 1973? The same year that Sr. Joan Bowles opened Limerick Youth Service.
WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: Come and see our members take part in our clubs International Speech and Evaluation contest at our next meeting on Wednesday, April 3 in the Desmond Complex. Meeting commences at 8.30pm sharp so come along early to find out how our Toastmasters programme can help you. For further information contact Mike at 087-2272788.
RETREAT WEEKEND FOR YOUNG ADULTS: A Retreat Weekend for Young Adults – with prayer, input and discussion which will take place at Spanish Point, Co. Clare from April 19 to April 21. Cost is € 30 or a donation. More information and booking form is available from Sr. Lynne FCJ at email@example.com or Sr Brid FCJ at 11 Priory Walk, Whitehall Road, Dublin 12 (01-4924075).
IPAD TRAINING FOR PARENTS: A course on how to use an iPad and Apps to support a child with special needs will be held in St. Joseph’s Foundation, Charleville on Saturday, April 13 from 9.30am - 4.30pm. Information available from: firstname.lastname@example.org or 086-3909790.
MEDJUGORJE 2013: The West Limerick Medjugorje prayer group is organizing a pilgrimage to Medjugorje for a week from July 27 to August 3. We fly out from Dublin airport with Marian Pilgrimages. Spiritual Director: Fr. Richard Keane C.C. The cost for the week B/B and evening dinner is € 659 ex Dublin. While there we will experience three days of the youth festival, joining over 50,000 young people from more than 60 countries in a truly unforgettable celebration. Contact Mary Keating (069-60375) or Paddy Geary (087-6247672).
OLD FURNITURE: Old & old-fashioned furniture (excluding sofas & mattresses) & old/ broken tiles & plates are wanted for a new Newcastle West based furniture up-cycling & mosaic-making training course for people who are unemployed. This training course will train people to restyle old but solid furniture so that it can be re-used. Pick-up of the furniture can be arranged at a cost of €5 per trip – only usable furniture can be taken. To discuss or to arrange a pick-up contact Trevor at West Limerick Resources on 069 77752 or email email@example.com.
WEST LIMERICK 102FM RADIO: A new programme has started on West Limerick 102 FM. It is broadcast on Wednesday nights from 8pm to 9pm and follows the lives of people who have amazing stories to tell. On Wednesday next, Michael Finucane talks about growing up in West Limerick, becoming a TD and Senator, being kidnapped and more. Tune into the Circle of Life on West Limerick 102fm on Wednesdays from 8pm to 9pm.
SUE RYDER CHARITY SHOP: We need clothes & shoes of all shapes & sizes, unwanted gifts & unwanted prizes. Please remember us when clearing out your wardrobes, presses & cupboards while spring cleaning. The Sue Ryder charity shop is located at Maiden St, Newcastle West. Donations always welcome.
WORK ACCESS: Please note the following: Anyone with a disability, mental health issue or learning difficulty can avail of our service. People wishing to use the service do not need to be on a disability payment. We can offer support also to those already in employment. We can meet anyone for an informal meeting to discuss his/her needs and to clarify any questions about the service we provide. We are currently based on Little Ellen Street, Limerick but we also have outreach offices in Newcastle West and Kilmallock.