SUE RYDER CHARITY SHOP: The Sue Ryder Foundation is a not-for-profit charity, introduced to Ireland in 1978. The aim of the foundation is to provide a safe and secure environment for older people. Age brings with it many challenges, but for many people, a nursing home is not always the ideal solution. The Sue Ryder Foundation offers its residents the opportunity to continue living independently within a more supported environment. Currently we operate 6 housing developments throughout the country, in Ballyroan, Dalkey, Holycross, Portlaoise, Carlow & Nenagh. Each of these premises has between 55 – 70 self-contained apartments and bungalows. The Sue Ryder Foundation currently operates 32 charity shops, the profits of which go towards the funding of our elderly independent living centre. Many thanks for your continued support and donations, and please be assured that your contribution is going towards a worthy cause.
NEWCASTLE WEST FILM CLUB: The Cinema Experience returns to Newcastle West on this Friday, November 1. Newcastle West Film Club will present “I Wish”, the story of a family separated by divorce, but not by love. The two sons set out with a plan to reunite their family. It starts at 8pm in The Desmond Complex (rear of fire station). It costs €7 per screening, with refreshments available – back again on December 6. Trailers are available to view on www.ncwfilmclub.wordpress.com. Tel. 087 687 7970, e-mail : email@example.com
COMMUNITY COUNCIL: The Annual Church Gate Collection took place last weekend, October 26 and 27. A big “Thank You” to all who gave so generously and also to the collectors – who braved the inclement weather conditions for the cause. All the money collected will go back into the local community in the form of worthwhile projects and essential enhancements. The completed projects to-date include: A Town Map, Town Census, Michael Hartnett Bronze Statue, Cailin Deas Bronze Sculpture, Assisting in the Decentralization Project (Revenue Office), Collaborated in the twinning programme with Pelplin in Poland, Regular meetings with the Local Authority and all the agencies, to raise maintenance, cleanliness and repair issues for the town, and many other smaller, but by no means lesser issues. Upcoming projects include: The construction of a MUGA (all weather play area for older children and young teenagers).The production of a 5 year plan for the town – in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce, and the production of a Newsletter.
BALLYLOUGHANE SCHOOL REUNION: As part of the gathering, a reunion of Ballylaghane School will take place in the Devon Hotel, Templeglantine at 3pm on Sunday, November 3. For further information: Contact John O Sullivan on 086-8539297.
BABY MASSAGE: West Limerick Resources will be running baby massage classes in Newcastle West – starting Thursday, November 7, and running each Thursday from 10.30 to 11.30am – finishing on November 28. Baby Massage is a great gift, it creates a bond between you and your baby, and can assist in the recovery from post natal depression. It also helps to reduce discomforts like colic and wind. It helps soothe baby and aid sleep pattern. Open to parents and babies (aged 6 weeks to walking stage). Expectant mum are more than welcome. There is no charge for Local Authority residents, those who are parenting alone, or in receipt of social welfare, or whose children are attending speech and language/early intervention services. For further information: Contact Theresa on 069 79113
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.
LIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE FOR FILIAL PLAY: There are still a limited number of places available on West Limerick Resources’ Filial play programme – which starts on Friday, November 8, in the Newcastle West Family and Community Hub. The ten week programme is led by an experienced play therapist and can make a noticeable difference to your child’s behaviour (aged 2.5 to12). It will also make a positive difference to parent’s ability in responding effectively and confidently to the use of parenting skills. Open to lone parents, families in receipt of certain social welfare payments, and those living in local authority housing. For further information: Contact Theresa on 069 79113.
ARRA FRIENDS: The next meeting will take place on Wednesday, November 6 at 4.30 pm in the Desmond Complex. Aqaurobics continue at Killeline Leisure Centre on Mondays at 11 am. Demesne Walks also continue on Wednesdays at 10.45 am.
County Limerick Local Sports Partnership is hosting Outdoor Boccia, Fitwalk and Kurling on Friday at 1 pm. Daphne Casey of Team Hope Christmas Shoe Box appeal will collect Arra Friends boxes at the next meeting. Thank you all for your generous support.
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.
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.
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.
CHURCHTOWN GROTTO: The rosary will be recited each evening at Churchtown Grotto at 7 pm for the month of October.
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.
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.
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.
COMMEMORATION OF THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED: The Annual November Rosary will be recited each Sunday – starting on this Sunday, November 3 in the three Newcastle West Parish Cemeteries. The venues and times are as follows: Famine Cemetery – 3pm, Calvary Cemetery 3.20 and Churchtown Cemetery at 3.40. All are welcome.