ANNIVERSARIES: Mass at 10.00 am on Thursday June 13 will commemorate the late John O’Sullivan and the Month’s Mind on Friday June 14 will be held for Tom O’Grady. Maura, Mary and John O’Sullivan will be remembered on Sunday June 16 at noon Mass.
RECENTLY DECEASED: Sympathy is extended to the family, relatives and friends of Blair Salmon who died on Sunday June 9. His cremation took place in Mount Jerome Dublin on Wednesday June 12.
KILDIMO GATHERING: Due to the underwhelming response to the last meeting in relation to the Gathering in Kildimo in August, another opportunity will be given to persons interested in developing this event on Wednesday June 12 at 8.00 pm in the Library. The resounding success of the Pallaskenry Gathering should stimulate interest in our local efforts that are promoted by the Community Council members who have drawn up a possible list of activities for the weekend of August 16/19. “Ní neart go cur le céile”.
SHE’S TOPS: Back from Geneva where she competed against teams from 200 countries, Emer Griffin proved she’s among the best of the best in Acro-Olympics. (If your Greek is a bit rusty, ‘acro’ means something like the top, best, highest, etc.) Emer adds her latest achievement to a mountain of accolades since beginning her gymnastic career with ‘Pyramid Gymnastics’ in Foynes with girls from Co Limerick and Cork. With parents who are no strangers to gymnastics, the young Emer’s achievements are no surprise. Congratulations all!
WILLIE WILL TRAVEL: Following his retirement from Goulding Fertilisers Askeaton, Willie O’Regan takes to the road, firstly by two wheels and for more ambitious travels, by motor home. His workmates, friends and neighbours were on hand to launch this newer and more mobile phase to Willie’s life, with a party in his local hostelry, hosted by John and Joanne. We wish Willie many more miles on his odometer.
ADAPT: To continue the great work of this body dedicated to helping the victims of domestic abuse, a Churchgate Collection will be taken up on the weekend of June 15/16 in County Limerick. Volunteers will give their time towards this collection which is a vital source of funding for the service to women and children who are victims of abuse. Adapt offers a wide range of support including a twenty four hour safe refuge for victims and a Freephone Helpline at 1800200504.
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.
CARING: As is well known there is a service of home helpers and carers for people living alone or whose state of health requires assistance in performing everyday tasks. Persons who do not require such services and are yet living alone may be in need of a service not supplied by the above, to mitigate the effects of loneliness. Such a service can be supplied by discreet neighbours who may be aware of elderly people living alone and who would appreciate even the briefest of calls. Some pastoral committees have active members engaged in this worthwhile pastoral activity but you don’t have to belong to any group to make a call that might make a difference.
PLAYGROUND FUNDRAISER: Pallaskenry Community Playground Committee are holding Bingo on the 3rd Monday of every month. The next Bingo night is Monday June 17 in the Community Centre at 8pm. Great prizes and raffle on the night. Come along, have some fun and show your support.
BANTRACHT NA TUAITHE: Ever up for adventure, the local guild members and friends are planning a trip into the west, well, west Limerick. A day on the Shannon estuary beckons and with future plans for a return of flying boats to Foynes, members might take to the cockpit of the plane at the Flying Boat Museum to acquaint themselves with the controls in anticipation of future flight. On return to whatever is the equivalent of ‘terra firma’ for flying boats, members will learn the art of Irish Coffee making which will necessitate tasting to ensure quality manufacture. A sober driver will be on hand to ensure the safe return of the Bantracht to Kildimo.
KILDIMO IN THE CONCERT HALL: A man with a passion for song and singing has made a giant career step in performing in his native city’s Concert Hall. Seán O’Mahony’s ambition to go public as a singer was achieved when he sang to his family, friends and U.L’s audience on June 6 with ‘The Three Sopranos’ on their Irish tour. Seán was nominated by his wife Marie as a participant on the John Murray morning show and he impressed the judges who chose him for his enthusiasm and vocal quality. Coached by the renowned Regina Nathan, he realised his ambitions with his rendering of ‘O Sole Mio’ to an enthusiastic audience accompanied by the RTE Concert Orchestra. When not singing, Seán is busy keeping law and order in the hinterland of his residence in Co Kildare and coaching locals in the hurling skills he learned in Cnoc Rua while fitting in a demanding fitness regime with his family duties.
GAA LOTTO: The draw on June 4 for the Jackpot of €3,600 resulted in numbers 2, 17, 21 & 24. No members predicted this combination so ‘Lucky Dips’ of €50 were drawn by Kay Culbert, D.J. Daly, Edel Madden & Karen Maher.