MINISTERIAL VISIT: Mr. Brian Hayes, TD, Minister of State with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works visited Newcastle West on Monday last to perform the official opening of the 2nd entrance to the Castle. He also visited the Red Door Building in the town square where he was greeted by Claire Geary and Vicky Nash – before inspecting the impressive art collection. He was also advised that the Red Door was the location for a proposed Business Incubation Hub. This is a Chamber of Commerce project in collaboration with Limerick Institute of Technology and will offer a fully equipped work space, comprehensive mentoring and training to the successful candidates. The project will receive 75% funding from West Limerick Resources and should be ready for occupation by the end of the year.
NATIONAL SUNFLOWER DAYS: The national sunflower days take place on June 14 and 15 to raise funds for Milford Hospice. When you purchase and wear a flower, you are helping and supporting your local hospice, which provides a valuable service to your area. If anyone would like to help in the Newcastle West area: Please contact the Fundraising Department on 061-485860.
GROW YOUR OWN: Limerick West GIY – with the aim of inspiring people to grow their own food – goes on the road for the next few months. First stop is a visit to Bernie McEnery’s garden “Moanwing” in Rathkeale. This takes place on Thursday, June 20, with meeting time for the garden tour scheduled for 7pm. This is a beautiful flower garden, with a small vegetable part, which is very stylishly designed. Wherever you look, it holds your interest. This is one not to be missed. Bernie is a well seasoned gardener and is always willing to share her knowledge. If you plan to attend, and need directions, please text your name to 0879918956. On Thursday, July 18 we will pay a visit to the garden of Rachel O’Grady, Askeaton, and on Thursday, August 15, the visit will be to the plot of Chris Enright, Morenane. More details on these in the coming weeks.
KEEPING ALL THE FAMILY ENTERTAINED: Widows Paradise - the comedy Sunday, July 14, The Nuns Race and Harlem Shake on Monday, Feale fit Games on the Tuesday, Football Tournament and Carnival starting on the Wednesday, Tug of war and sheaf tossing, Fitzy Chicks, No Direction and Battle of the DJ in the Square, Tag Rugby on Saturday and the Family Fun Day on the Sunday are just some of the events at the Abbeyfeale Gathering July 15-21 to keep the young people entertained.
GOLF CLUB: Following on the success of last year’s Golf Pro-Am, it was decided to host the event again this year in conjunction with the 75th anniversary celebrations. The main sponsor again this year is STL Logistics and the official launch will take place at the Golf Club on June 19 at 2 pm. The format will be as last year: Team of 4 – made up of 3 amateurs and 1 professional. For details of qualifying: please contact the office at 069-76500.
ANNUAL CEMETERY MASSES: The Annual Cemetery Mass will take place at 7.30pm in Calvary Cemetery on Tuesday, June 11. A date has yet to be fixed for the Famine Cemetery.
CHIROPODY CLINIC: The Newcastle West Branch of the Irish Red Cross will hold its monthly chiropody clinic at 5 Bishop St, Newcastle West on Monday, June 17. Please make your appointment at 069-62306.
MISS WEST LIMERICK 2013: On July 5, in the Devon Inn at 8pm, West Limerick 102fm will host a night to crown the first Miss West Limerick 2013. A night that will reflect all that is good about West Limerick’s young women, it promises to be a night for all ages. “West Limerick 102fm continues to celebrate life in West Limerick; including 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, Manager at West Limerick 102fm. How do you become the next Miss West Limerick? Each contestant is entered on behalf of a business or community group, at a cost of €70. The contestants will be interviewed during the day of July 5, by a judging committee, who will put them through their paces, on stage with a brief chat and perhaps a party piece. Contestants from West Limerick or residing in West Limerick will qualify for entry. The age band will be 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 will represent the collective aspirations, social responsibilities and ambitions of young women from a variety of communities and backgrounds.” said Connie Broderick Manager at West Limerick 102fm. For further details: Phone 069- 66200, check out the facebook page or visit westlimerick102fm.com.
ANNUAL SOLEMN NOVENA: The Annual Solemn Novena in honour of Our Mother of Perpetual Help begins this Friday, June 14, at the Redemptorist Church, Mount St Alphonsus, Limerick, and carries on for nine days until Saturday, June 22. There are 10 sessions each day, beginning at 7am, and the last at 10.30pm. People can find all the details, and hear and see live all sessions of the novena at www.novena.ie. It’s also possible to download the novena booklet, light a candle, send in your petitions and thanksgivings through the same webpage address. The theme for this year is ‘Standing firm in the faith - Remembering Vatican II, 50 years on’.
KNOCK: The Newcastle West Branch of SJYPS invites its members, their families and friends, to join them for the society’s national pilgrimage to Knock on Saturday, June 22. A coach will leave the Market Yard, NCW at 8am – serving Adare Church at 8.20am. The details are available from Mairead Noonan, President (069-62489) or Pat Dalton (069-62306). All are welcome.
VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED: Wanted: volunteers/helpers. It is a great opportunity to learn new skills and enhance your Curriculum Vitae. The work is hard but enjoyable – interesting and often amusing – with many friendships made among both helpers and customers. Drop into the store for Application Form. Find us on Facebook - Sue Ryder Newcastle West. Like our Facebook page - Sue Ryder Charity Shop.
GROW COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH MOVEMENT: Are you struggling with anxiety or depression? Finding life difficult? Feeling Isolation, Loneliness, Shyness? Do you find it difficult to talk? Support and friendship make up the cornerstones of Grow. One of its mottos is “you alone can do it, but you can’t do it alone”. Grow meets on Thursdays at 8pm in the ‘Station Room’, Desmond Complex, Newcastle West. No introductions are necessary. Just come along.
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 to 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 counseling or therapy service. It is a safe, confidential setting, where children can share their grief-associated feelings, with each other, and also with trained facilitators.
ARRA FRIENDS: A trip to Youghal will take place on June 18 for 3 nights, including Dinner, Bed & Breakfast. Pick up and return at Newcastle West. Non members are also welcome. For further details: Contact Breda on 069 62862
MEN’S HEALTH WEEK: Men’s Health Week will run from Monday, June 10 until Sunday, June 16. The theme for 2013 in Ireland is: “Action Men - Turning Words into Actions”. This year, staff of the Primary Health Care Project for Travellers will be calling to men in Newcastle West and Rathkeale to give them men’s health information packs. The men can also enter a draw for a “Men’s pamper pack”. The draw will take place on the radio programme, Community Health Matters, on West Limerick 102fm on Wednesday, July 3 – just after the 11 am news. The July programme is dedicated to men’s health – with the team interviewing John O’Sullivan, Men’s Health Worker at Cork’s Traveller Visibility Group and John Collins, Men’s Health Worker at Pavee Point. For more information: Contact the Primary Health Care Project at West Limerick Resources on 069 61316.
SUMMER CAMPS: West Limerick Resources will be running summer camps again this year in Newcastle West. Combining art, sport, games and lots of fun, it is open to children who are at present in senior infants to 4th class – whose parents are in receipt of a means tested social welfare payment – including lone parent allowance, jobseekers allowance, disability or family income supplement. Cost €5. The summer camps will take place from July 1 to July 4, from 11am to 1pm each day, and places are limited. Application forms will be available at the Newcastle West Community Centre or West Limerick Resources office. Volunteers are also required to help out at the camps. Call 069 79113
DESMOND COMPLEX EVENTS: The next Fun Day will take place on Wednesday, June 19. All the usual activities will take place and we are hopeful of a large attendance. We would again like to remind people to contact Brendan on (069) 84069 to enable us to 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.
13 DAY HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE 2013: Walk in the Footsteps of our Lord from October 23 to November 4, 2013. Spiritual Director: Fr. Damien Ryan. Half board Accommodation and including all Airport Taxes Ex Dublin - €1,500 P.P.S. Early booking is essential as there are only limited places. Contact Tom O’ Dwyer: 087-2701311 or Sile: 086-8590394.
EASTER 2014 – VISIT POLAND: A trip is being organized to Kraowice, Poland – flying from Cork on Easter Monday, April 21, for 6 nights. Visiting places associated with the life of late Pope John Paul, Divine Mercy devotion (including St. Faustina’s grave), and Czetochowa (the most important Marian shrine in Poland, containing the icon of Black Madonna). A savings scheme is available. Full information and itinerary: From Elma Hanley 06962605.
STARCAMP: Calling all boys and girls aged 4-13 years to a fun-filled, non-competitive, week of singing dancing and drama, where the building of self esteem in our children is of paramount importance. Special family rates. Venue: NCW Community Centre, from August 6 to 10 (9.30am-2.30pm). Call 021-4377900 or log on at http://www.starcamp.ie/.
LOURDES PILGRIMAGE: A special West Limerick Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place August 14 – with full board at the Hotel Paradis for 7 nights – accompanied by a spiritual director, with a direct flight from Shannon. For further information: Call Pat Dalton on 069-62306.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.