DAFFODIL DAY – THANKS: ‘Thank you’ to everyone who called to the Red Door and supported our Annual Coffee Morning/Afternoon Tea event during National Daffodil Day on March 22, 2013. Once again, and in spite of the terrible weather conditions, it proved a huge success and the amount raised was €3,371.00. Without the generosity of so many and the helpers behind the scenes, it would not be possible. Míle buíochas from Claire and Kitty
BEALTAINE AT NCW FILM CLUB: Bealtaine has the enviable reputation of being the world’s first national celebration of creativity in older age. Newcastle West Film Club & Desmond Resource Complex are once again humbled to be associated with this event. This year we will screen the 2012 musical comedy drama “The Sapphires”. Irish actor Chris O’ Dowd is the manager of four, young & talented Australian girls – as they learn about love, friendship and war when their all-girl group The Sapphires, entertain the U.S. troops in Vietnam in 1968. Screening will be on Wednesday, May 1 at 7:30 (please note earlier start) Admission is FREE & refreshments are available. For further information: Contact Mary 087 6877970 or Desmond Complex 069 62757.
ARRA FRIENDS: The next meeting will be held at 4.30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8 at the Desmond Complex. Aquarobics will continue at Killeline Leisure Centre on Wednesday, April 24 at 11 am. There will be a day trip to Ballyhoura, Kilmallock on Tuesday, May 14. Please note this date, more details will be given at our next meeting. Arra Friends would like to thank Angela from the Citizens’ Advice Bureau for her talk and useful information at our last meeting in connection with the Local Property Tax.
PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK: Our Lady’s Pastoral Area Pilgrimage to Knock will take place on Sunday, June 9. Please note this date in your diary. More details later.
HEALING OF SILENT MEMORIES: Healing of Silent Memories is a ceremony for the naming of babies/children who have died as a result of miscarriage, stillbirth or sudden infant death syndrome. The ceremony contains a beautiful ritual of naming – which recognizes, in a fuller way, the child’s place in the family and in the community. The family takes home a ‘Certificate of Naming’ and the community also cherishes the name in a beautiful book – created for that purpose, and held in a place of reverence. The family will also take home a special candle which had been used during the naming service. Those who have taken part in the past, have spoken of the healing effect of this on their sense of loss and pain, and have experienced some peace. As well as being a naming ceremony, it is also a renewal of our remembrance and inclusion of children named in previous years. For this reason we encourage families who have participated in the past to come and participate again. Their presence is also a great support to those who are coming for the first time. The invitation to come and participate is not confined to members of this parish community, but is open to all who wish to come, whatever their faith or wherever they live. The ceremony takes place at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Newcastle West on Wednesday, May 1 at 8.00pm.
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL: St. Vincent De Paul Charity Shop is moving premises from Maiden St. to Mrs Nash’s on Bridge St. We would like to thank you for your continued support and would encourage you to continue supporting them in whatever way you can. Thank you.
THE IRISH CANCER SOCIETY’S TRANSPORT SERVICE: The Irish Cancer Society’s ‘Care to Drive’ Transport Service is available for patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment in the Mid-Western Regional Hospital, Limerick. This service is completely free – a driver will collect you at home, bring you to the hospital and, after treatment, bring you home. Please speak to your oncology team or call Gail on 01-2310566.
SKIES TO GLOW FOR LIMERICK’S YOUTH: The skies over the majestic Shannon River will glow on Thursday next, April 25 at 9 pm – as part of a nationwide event that aims to express solidarity and raise awareness of issues affecting our young people, such as youth unemployment and emigration. GLOW (Go Light Our Way), will see young people release Sky Lanterns at the Mount Kennett Skate Park (beside the Shannon/Condell Bridge). The lanterns will contain messages of hope for their futures and showcase the positive contribution that young people continue to give to our communities. ‘It promises to be a fantastic sight over the Shannon,’ said Dermot Troy (LYS), who added that many Earth Lanterns will also light up in youth spaces and clubs around the county. With 30% of Irish people under 25 currently out of work, young people are certainly feeling the effects of the economic crisis – with the possibility of emigration on the minds of many, even those in second level. ‘It is our youth who will feel the long-term effects of this recession, particularly in terms of cutbacks to youth work and education,’ continued Mr. Troy, who stressed that it will be our young people who will also get the country back on its feet.
NEWCASTLE WEST TIDY TOWNS: Go raibh mile maith agat to all the helpers who turned out for the Tidy Towns’ Spring Clean last Sunday. Together we managed to make a difference to the town’s appearance. We hope everyone will actively protect our environment into the future.
SPECIAL OLYMPICS: The National Bucket Day Collection will take place on Friday, April 26. If you can spare an hour to help us we would love to hear from you. Please contact Ann McCarten on 086-8494357 or Maureen Finnegan on087-9845102. Training has also started on Wednesday, April 10.
ARRA PLAYERS DRAMA GROUP: It has been another very successful year for The Arra Players. The relatively new Newcastle West Drama Group brought the curtin down on Friday night, for the last time (this year) after staging another fantastic performance of “The Chastitute” – one of John B. Keane’s classic plays. The Monagea Hall was packed to capacity each night, and an extra performance had to be staged to cater for the people who failed to gain access on the previous nights. Well done to all involved – we are already looking forward to what next year may bring to life.
DESMOND COMPLEX: Our next Fun Day will take place on Wednesday, May 1. 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. At the AGM, which took place during the week, the following people were elected to the Board; Paddy Guiney, Hannah Mortel, Kathleen Sheehy and Seamus Lyons. We would like to wish them all the best for the coming year and convey our gratitude to last year’s board members for their work and dedication. This will be Aileen Hartnett’s first full year as manager, after taking over the position mid way through last year. She has made some welcome changes since arriving and we hope things will continue in a similar vein this year. We would like to belated extend birthday wishes Mary Frost, who celebrated her 94th birthday during the week. We hope she has many more to come. 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.
COMMUNION AND CONFIRMATION: To help parents/guardians to prepare spiritually for their child’s First Communion/Confirmation, there will be a prayer and reflection time for any parents/guardians who may be interested in coming along in the Parish Centre, N.C.W. from 7.15 – 7.55pm every Monday evening – starting on Monday, April 15. This is an opportunity to step back from the busyness of your lives and take some time to recollect yourselves in your role as the “first teachers of your child in the ways of faith” (Baptism Ceremony). This will be a very relaxed gathering and will not involve any parent having to get involved in discussion – just a quiet, prayerful time with little bits of spiritual nourishment.
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, Paddy Boucher Hayes talks about growing up in West Limerick – going to boarding school in Dublin at the age of 5, his interest in sport and more. Tune into the Circle of Life on West Limerick 102fm on Wednesdays from 8pm to 9pm.
BAPTISM PREPARATION PROGRAMME: A Baptism Preparation Programme takes place in the Parish Centre (building in the church car park) at 8 pm on Tuesday, April 30. If you have a child to be baptised, you must have attended one of these one-hour programmes. Please ring 069-62141 to book your place.
ARTISTIC JOURNEY: Do take some time to view the magnificent art work and poetry on exhibit around the Church. This is part of Compassionate Communities project that seeks to improve our ability to discuss and deal with the challenges of death, dying, loss and caring in our community. The art has been created by 6 local artists, while the poetry is the work of students of Desmond College. You can see more of the work in Newcastle West Library from April 19 to 29. While there, you can also share your thoughts in special Memory Books.
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.
MEDJUGORJE 2013: The West Limerick Medjugorje prayer group is organizing a pilgrimage to Medjugorje for one week from July 27 to August 3. Flying 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).
EXCURSION TO DINGLE AND WEST KERRY: The trip will commence from The Market Yard on Monday, April 29 at 8.30 am. We will visit Castlemaine, Inch Strand, Dingle and Ballyferriter – breakfast and dinner en route – with the traditional sing-along on the way home. For further information: Contact Pat Dalton on 069-62306.
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 is 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.
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.