Newcastle West Oct 19

NEWCASTLE WEST FILM CLUB: Many thanks to all who joined us last Friday for the first screening in the current season. You helped to make it a most enjoyable night and we will return on November 1 and December 6. We are holding a street collection on Saturday, October 26 and would appreciate your support in any way.

NEWCASTLE WEST FILM CLUB: Many thanks to all who joined us last Friday for the first screening in the current season. You helped to make it a most enjoyable night and we will return on November 1 and December 6. We are holding a street collection on Saturday, October 26 and would appreciate your support in any way.

WEST LIMERICK 102FM CEILI: A Great Ceilí Night, not to be missed, will take place on Friday November 22 at Knockaderry Community Centre. The Music will be expertly supplied by Donie Nolan. It kicks off at 9.30pm – with Tea & Coffee Served including a raffle on the night. Admission is €10 and all are welcome.

GARMENT OF FAITH: To mark the Year of Faith (October 11, 2012 to November 24, 2013), the Pastoral Council has decided to put together a Garment of Faith. People are asked to write (no names) a line or two stating what faith means to them on pieces of fabric in the church.

SEAN O FAOLAIN WEEKEND: Before the winter sets in, come and enjoy the Sean O’Faoláin Weekend in Rathkeale Arts Centre. The weekend celebrates the link between Rathkeale and Sean O’Faoláin. He was one of Ireland’s foremost writers and this weekend offers people the chance to listen to new writing, explore new ideas, discover new places, see new paintings and enjoy some songs and stories. You will be able to hear journalist, author, broadcaster and commentator, Fintan O’Toole: listen to the magic, award-winning words of novelist Donal Ryan, long-listed for the Man Booker Prize and nominated for the Guardian First Book Award for his novel The Spinning Heart; hear again Mike Mac Domhnaill’s award-winning short story Uncle Ned; enjoy the art work of Ailbhe, Ester and Louise Barrett from Granagh; take a mystery bus tour around Rathkeale and hear about O’Faoláin’s world of 1900-1917 and enjoy the songs and music of Josie Meehan and Ger Fennell. Thursday, October 17: 7.30pm Exhibition of new work by Ailbhe, Ester and Louise Barrett until 9pm. Friday, October 18, 7.30: Gather for official opening of Sean O’Faolain Weekend, Official opening by Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan. 8.30: Keynote address by Fintan O’Toole – on O’Faoláin and Dissent. Saturday, October 19, 2pm: Mystery Bus Tour: A guided introduction to O’Faoláin’s Rathkeale 1900-1917 with dramatised readings from his work. 8.30pm: Feel the Magic: Readings by Donal Ryan and Mike MacDomhnaill, interspersed with songs from Josie Meehan and Ger Fennell. All events will take place in Rathkeale Arts Centre, located above the library on the Ballingarry Road. It’s an all-events ticket costs just €10 or €5 for a single event. For more information or to book tour, please ring or text 086-1249955.

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.

GST BOOK LAUNCH: The definitive History of the “North Kerry line” by Railway Historian, Dr Alan O Rourke will be launched shortly. The launch is provisionally fixed for Monday, November 25. It will be launched by Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in the Lartigue Museum Listowel at 8pm. There will also be a book Launch in Newcastle West Library, Gortboy at 8pm on Tuesday 26. Many years of research have gone into this book – it is published under the auspices of the Great Southern Trail. It is also hoped to bring together North Kerry Line associated families, on the evening, to make a start at recording the staff who worked along the line, between Limerick and Tralee, as well as on the Foynes & Fenit branches, and also to take photographs of surviving NK line staff & families. Please inform any families, you know, who were associated with the North Kerry Line, to participate in the launch. A public meeting on the proposed extension of the Great Southern Trail from the Kerry/Limerick border into Listowel will take place in the Listowel Family Resource Centre, John B. Keane Road, Listowel at 6pm on Saturday, October 19.

THANK YOU FROM THE FRIENDS OF ST. ITA’S: The Friends of St. Ita’s Community Hospital would like to say a very sincere ‘thank you’ for your very generous support of their recent church gate collection – which amounted to € 2,224.90. A very special word of thanks also, to the many collectors, who helped out with the collection.

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: Do you have confidence in expressing yourself? Are you happy with your presentation skills? Invest time in yourself this year; join Toastmasters. The next meeting will be held at 8.30pm on Wednesday, October 16 in the Desmond Complex.

ARRA FRIENDS: The next meeting will take place on October 23, at 4:30pm. Aquarobics continue at Killeline Leisure Centre on Mondays at 11am. The Demesne Walk also continues on Wednesdays at 10:45am, and County Limerick Local Sports Partnership is hosting Outdoor Boccia, Fitwalk and Kurling on Fridays at 1pm for the next 4 weeks. All are welcome. Another month and another outing! This time ARRA Friends took a trip to the University Concert Hall in Limerick last Thursday (October 10). We broke our journey at the Woodlands Hotel, Adare – where we enjoyed a beautiful three-course meal – served in exquisite surroundings. Then back to the coach to continue on to UCH. The show was “Phantom and The Musicals” presented by Barry Walker and his group Smackee. We were treated to a wonderful evening of music, featuring excerpts from films and shows, such as Chicago, Cabaret, West Side Story, The King and I, Evita, Les Miserables, and of course, Phantom of the Opera. The three singers and their three man backing group were marvellously entertaining. It was billed as “A night of music and splendour, not to be missed” and, for once, it lived up to its billing, we all thoroughly enjoyed the evening.

BRUSH AWAY THOSE WINTER BLUES: - By special request, a coach will depart the Market Yard, Newcastle West on Thursday, October 24 at 7.30pm for Darby O’Gill’s Hotel, Killarney, for a great night of dancing with The Mike Duggan Sound and P.J. Murrihy. Contact Pat Dalton at 069-62306 for booking, on or before Tuesday, October 22. All are welcome.

THE OPTIMISTIC GROUP (formerly Newcastle West jobseekers network): Worn out from job seeking & searching? Need a space, and a group, where you will find encouragement and support?? Need some practical assistance, and tools to market yourself?? Need some networking possibilities?? Need to access information on Job-seeking supports – and what’s available in the area? Then, please come along each Wednesday at 1.30pm to Newcastle West Community Centre. Meeting usually takes about an hour. 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 on 069 61316.

FILM SHOW OF DIVINE MERCY AND ST. FAUSTINA: Anyone wishing to show this film to a group of people in their home, or in a hall, should contact Bernard & Rita at (067) 33001 or (087) 2612410. This is a free film show and well worth seeing.

ABBEYFEALE ARTS ASSEMBLY: This event runs from October 17 to October 20 – celebrating the 21st anniversary of the film ‘Back Home’ made by a local youth group. Over 200 locals were involved, and we are showing the film again, and inviting people to return from the far flung places to watch it and meet up for a reunion. Thursday, October 17: Arts and crafts exhibition. Friday, October 18: Food and craft fair in the Square including musical soiree in our local theatre at 7.30pm. Saturday, October 19: 3pm, Mime and street theatre piece on Main St. 7pm - a special Gospel Mass for all those who have died since the film was made. 8pm - film showing and reunion. Sunday, October 20: 7pm - a night of poetry, comedy, prose and drama in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse.

FILIAL PLAY: West Limerick Resources will host an information session on the Filial play programme on Friday, October 18 in the Newcastle West Family and Community Hub at 11am. The ten week programme is led by an experienced play therapist, and it can make a noticeable difference in your child’s behavior (aged 2.5 to 12), and to parent’s ability to respond effectively – and confidence in parenting skills. Open to lone parents, families in receipt of certain social welfare payments, and Social Housing occupants. For further information: Contact Theresa on 069 79113.

MISSION SUNDAY COLLECTION: Next Sunday is Mission Sunday. Please give a little extra in the offertory if you can. Thank you for your continued generosity.

ANNUAL TRIP TO BLARNEY WOOLEN MILLS: A trip from Newcastle West and District will take place on Tuesday, October 22 – with a visit to Cork City (optional). A coach will depart from The Market Yard at 9.45am. For booking: Contact Pat Dalton at 069-62306.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS VOLUNTEERS: Special Olympics Athletes & Volunteers will meet on Tuesday, October 22, at 7pm in the Community Centre. We need Volunteers! It is very rewarding being with people who have so much to give. Being a Special Olympics volunteer, you receive lots more than you could every give. For further information: Contact Rose on 087-2715180.

ORAL HISTORY TRAINING: West Limerick Resources will be running an Oral History Recording Training Initiative, in Newcastle West, starting October 22. Training will consist of two elements. Participants will develop Oral History Interviewing techniques, as well as examining the legal and ethical issues relevant to gathering Oral History. The second element of the training will focus on digital voice recording and editing techniques. Training will also explore how oral history can contribute to the local heritage of communities and identify suitable ways of showcasing their research. Training is expected to begin in October and to run one evening per week from 7.30 to 9.30pm for 10 weeks (No classes in December). The course is free of charge and open to people living in the West Limerick area. To register for the programme: Contact Suzanne on 069 79114 or email

CHURCHTOWN GROTTO: The rosary will be recited each evening at Churchtown Grotto at 7 pm for the month of October.

IN THE MOOD AND ALL THAT JAZZ: ‘In The Mood…& All That Jazz!’ concert will kick off with a cheese and wine reception at 7.30pm in the Glorach on Friday, October 18. This musical extravaganza features the cream of local musical talent with Riona Curtin and Helen Hasenfuss performing ragtime; Mick O’Donnell and friends with their take on gospel; and Rebecca Stryker and Laura Sheehy singing songs from the musicals. Members of the Abbeyfeale Youth Theatre will also perform. Mick Guinane will kick off the proceedings with his trumpet and the second half is crammed full of jazz, with a jazz quintet from Limerick that will close the show. MC for the evening is Marian Harnett. Tickets cost €10 and proceeds from this event will be used to support the Glorach Community theatre. The remaining tickets for this event which are almost sold out are available from Ann Lyons, The Square or by phoning 087 6866450.

DESMOND COMPLEX: Our next Fun Day will take place on Wednesday, November 6. All the usual activities will take place and we hope for a large attendance. 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.

LANGUAGE & PLAY GROUP: The Newcastle West Language and Play programme runs each Wednesday from 10.30 to 12 Noon. This programme is full of activities to help children (under 4) get ready for preschool/school. It will include painting, play dough, arts and crafts, which will help you understand the way your children play – and how playing can help children learn to read/write. Free for eligible families in receipt of social welfare payment. Contact Theresa at West Limerick Resources on 069 79113 or email:

NCW FAMILY CLUB: The family Club for primary school-age children and their parents meets on Wednesday afterschool 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. Contact Theresa on 069 79113 .