CHURCH AFFAIRS: The mass reader for Raheenagh this Saturday evening is Mary Nolan with Eucharistic Ministers Ita McEnery and Denis Kirby and basket collector Murty Mulcahy.
The reader for Ashford Mass this coming Sunday morn is Kevin Barry with Eucharistic Minister Denis Casey and Patrick Forde and basket collector Dave Noonan. The mass server for Ashford on Sunday morn please refer to own personal rota. Eucharistic Adoration continues in Ashford on Fridays.
SUICIDE: As part of their life’s journey series Lough Derg offers a one day workshop titled living with suicide on Wednesday September 25th. This day is for adults whose lives have been affected by suicide in their own personal life or in their line of work. Further info from Maureen in the Lough Derg office Pettigo Co.Donegal or dial 071-9861518 a.s.a.p.
GROW COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH MOVEMENT: Are you struggling with anxiety or depression? Finding life difficult? Isolation? Loneliness? Shyness? Do you find it difficult to talk? Support and friendship is one of the cornerstones of grow which meets on Thursday at 8pm in the Station Room, Desmond Complex. No introductions are necessary just come along.
CEILI: The ceili nights resume in Halla Tadhg Gaelach after the summer recess. The season will waltz back on this Friday September 13th with music by the Striolan Ceili Band. Dancing from 9:30pm to 1pm with teas and light refreshments for all agus bigi ann.
ST PIO: The annual national pilgrimage in honour of St Pio at Knock Shrine is on this Sunday 15th September. Some members of the Capuchin community from San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy, will be at this celebration. A coach will leave the Market Yard, Newcastle West at 7:30am stopping at Adare Church at 7:45am for pilgrims from Ballingarry, Kilfinny and Adare. For more details/bookings contact Pat Dalton at 069-62306.
CAR BOOT SALE: The monthly fundraising Car Boot Sale and Indoor Market in aid of WL102fm will take place Sunday September 29th at the Community Centre Newcastle West (beside the GAA pitch). Gates will open at 7:30am. Further information 069/66200. West Limerick radio is not for profit and the terms of its licence state that it must raise 25% of its funding from fundraising.
SET DANCING: Adult set dancing classes will resume in Monagea Community Centre on Thursday nights at 8:30pm. Both beginner and advanced catered for, it’s great exercise and good fun so come along and join us, you’ll be very welcome, no partner necessary.
WEST LIMERICK SET DANCING CLUB: The West Limerick Set Dancing Club will hold a ceili at the Devon Inn Hotel, Templeglantine on Sunday October 6th at 4pm with music by Star of Munster and all are welcome to waltz along.
PLOUGHING: The annual ploughing championships are approaching fast, scheduled for Tuesday September 24th to Friday September 27th. This year the venue is Stradbally Co. Laois and this event is eagerly awaited hoping the weather will continue on the present vein.
BLACKHILL ORGANIC FARM: Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board (formerly County Limerick VEC) are now enrolling for FETAC 3 Grow Your Own Fruit courses in West Limerick. Both courses will take place in Ardagh on Blackhill Organic Farm and run one day per week from September 2013 to June 2014. Each participant will have the opportunity to learn how to grow a wide range of delicious foods using organic methods with an emphasis on practical skills and an opportunity to gain certification. Contact the course tutor Marie Tuttle on 086-3132969.
SYMPATHY: The death has taken place of Kathleen Donovan(nee Winters), Riddlestown Rathkeale and a native of Ashford. Kathleen lay in repose at her residence on Tuesday August 27th. Requiem Mass was celebrated in St Mary’s Church Rathkeale on Wednesday August 28th followed by burial in Kilbradern cemetery. Sympathy is extended to her husband John, Sister Peg O’Riordan, brother Jeremiah, nephews, nieces, brothers in law, sisters in law, grandnephews, grandnieces, other relatives and a large circle of neighbours and friends. May she rest in peace.
KNOCKFIERNA: Knockfierna Heritage Society will hold their annual outing to Cahir Castle, the Swiss Cottage, the Rock of Cashel and Holy Cross Abbey on Sunday 29th September. Previous outings have proved to be most enjoyable occasions. Mr Philip Lynch of Kilkenny will be tour guide for the day. Those interested in travelling on this outing please contact Pat O’Donovan Newcastle West and Rathkeale 087-9977340, Marion Hanley Ballingarry 087-9741387, Mary O’Keeffe 087-6990816. Cost €20 per person.
LOTTO: St Ita’s Field Development lotto results from Thursday September 5th thus there was no jackpot or match three drawn. The winning numbers were 25, 27, 31 and 32. The four €30 lucky dip winners were Martin Nash seller Eddie Carmody, David Aherne Jnr seller Mike Keating, Dee Carmody seller Eddie Carmody, Tim Burke seller Willie O’Brien. This week’s draw takes place this Thursday at The Village Inn Ashford for a jackpot of €7,100 and best wishes to all entrants.
CARDS: The winners from Friday night’s social game at the Village Inn Ashford were Oliver Cunningham Raheenagh and Martin Sheehan Newcastle West. Second to Tim Burke Broadford and Martin Stokes Glenduff.
BIRTH: A hearty congratulations to Tomasa and Robert Walsh Glenduff Ashford on the recent birth of a pretty girl to be named Abigail a little playmate for Conor, Luke and Isabella. Now two boys and two girls, a perfect family. May life treat them kindly and happiness be always theirs.
BEREAVEMENT: Mary Bridget Foley R.I.P.
‘Pull up the sugan chairs my friends
Beside the fireside glow
And let’s talk of Mary Brigid
And her homely disposition
In Toureenagreana before her time to go’
The death has taken place of Mary Bridget Foley Toureenagreana Ballagh suddenly at her home on Saturday August 31st. The late Mary Bridget is survived by her cousins Liam Kelly and Ita Murphy, brothers, sisters, relatives and friends R.I.P. The late Mary Brigid was a very quiet and reserved and respected lady who caused no offence in her life. One could not find a happier lady the length of Erin’s Isle, such was her character she was never without a smile she died as she lived everyone’s friend in her working apparel to the end. She was a worker loyal and true, the bog, the farm, the home, the sunlight hue, instilled in her happiness, a solace that many never knew. Work was her fulfilment, faith her comfort, the kettle on the boil to welcome the tired and weary. Mary Bridget possessed a satisfied mind, close to God’s nature, she received solace and comfort from her ongoing chores. Within the home there dwelled a very homely atmosphere created by Mary Bridget with a heart of gold. God loves a worker and Mary Bridget was one and so happy to be so. A life well lived, fulfilled now it’s time to quench the light, pull up the chair, kettle on the boil, time for Mary Brigid to go to a land where only the best can enter and stay and for Mary Brigid it is her day. Credit is attributed to Liam for his ongoing care and devotion to Mary Bridget, may his reward be great. The late Mary Bridget was lying in repose at her home on Tuesday last from 5pm to 8pm. Removal on Wednesday for 12:30 requiem Mass in Ashford and burial afterwards in Killeedy cemetery.
‘Though lost to sight
To memory dear
Mary Bridget ever
As she now rests in peace underneath Our Lady’s mantle of blue.
COLLECTION: The annual collection for the parish defibrillators takes place at the masses in Raheenagh and Ashford this weekend September 14th and 15th. This service is free to all remembering you have already paid by supporting the collection and other fundraising events. The First Response Group need to fundraise on an ongoing basis to keep this free service up to date g. training, servicing, batteries etc. So please be very generous in your response this weekend also remembering all members are voluntary and the number is 087-1480441.