Newcastle West Feb 1

MINISTER TO VISIT KNOCKFIERNA: On Saturday next, February 1, Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan TD will visit Knockfierna at 2.30pm. The Minister will launch a guide brochure of Knockfierna, which shows famine roads and potato ridges – which are still intact since the famine of 1847. All are welcome on this very unique occasion. The launch will be followed by entertainment at the Rambling House and all are welcome.

MINISTER TO VISIT KNOCKFIERNA: On Saturday next, February 1, Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan TD will visit Knockfierna at 2.30pm. The Minister will launch a guide brochure of Knockfierna, which shows famine roads and potato ridges – which are still intact since the famine of 1847. All are welcome on this very unique occasion. The launch will be followed by entertainment at the Rambling House and all are welcome.

NEWCASTLE WEST FILM CLUB: On Friday, February 7, Newcastle West Film Club presents the first movie of the current season. In the early 1970’s a shy Mexican singer songwriter in Detroit makes two albums which sell 6 copies. He is tracked down in obscurity nearly 30 years later by a journalist from South Africa, where he has become bigger than Elvis. ‘Searching for Sugar Man’ sounds like a fairy tale – but this is real life. It stars at 8 pm in The Desmond Complex (rear of fire station). It costs €7 per screening and refreshments are available. If you are unable to attend we are back again on 1st. November 1 and December 6. Trailers are available to view on

ST. BRIGID’S DAY: Customary celebrations (Rosary by candlelight and prayers) for the feast of St. Brigid will take place at St Brigid’s Well, Shanagarry on Saturday, February 1 at 7.45pm.

CELEBRATE ST. BRIGID’S DAY AT DESMOND HALL: Learn to make different types of St. Brigid’s crosses and hear about traditional customs and folklore associated with St. Brigid on Friday, January 31 at 7pm in the Desmond Hall, The Square, Newcastle West. Admission is free.

CHURCH GATE COLLECTION: The annual church gate collection in aid of the Disabled Drivers Association of Ireland will be taken up at Masses in Newcastle West on this coming Saturday & Sunday, February 1&2. As always, your generosity over the years is deeply appreciated. A little can help a lot.

ART FOR PARENTS: A new programme will offer parents from the Newcastle West area the opportunity to meet other parents, explore their artistic side and pick up tips on supporting their child’s development. It is based in the Newcastle West Family and Community Hub. Each Thursday, parents will begin by learning the traditional technique of ‘Felt Making’, before deciding which other crafts they would like to explore as a group. The group will get support, information and guidance on how to promote their child’s development and self- esteem, through short information sessions, which will be run at intervals during the ten week course. Run by West Limerick Resources, with the support of the VEC, the course is free of charge and open to those who have not completed the Leaving Cert, who are parenting alone and those in receipt of means tested social welfare payments. Limited places are available, so booking is essential. For further information: Contact Theresa at West Limerick Resources on 069 79113 or email

PARISH SOCIAL: A Parish Social (Dinner Dance) will be held in the Courtenay Lodge Hotel on Friday, February 28. Invitations will be issued shortly to people who help out regularly in the parish.

ARRA FRIENDS: Please note that the AGM will be held at 4.30pm on Wednesday, February 12 in the Desmond Complex. We look forward to a large attendance. God bless you all and remember to enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and discover they were the big things.

VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED: Volunteers are required to teach older people basic computer skills in Newcastle West. Volunteers do not require any specific qualifications or experience, but must be willing to commit to volunteer 1 hour per week for a 6 week period to support small groups of 2 people at a time. Contact Irene at West Limerick Resources on 069 66298 or email

SPECIAL OLYMPICS: Special Olympics Athletes and Volunteers will be meeting again every Tuesday – starting on January 28 at 7pm in the Community Centre.  If you would like to be a volunteer, please contact Rose McMahon (087-2715180) who will be pleased to give you all the details.

DAY TRIP: A guided tour of the Dáil has been organised for Wednesday, March 26. You will have an opportunity to see the inside of this most beautiful house – with its fantastic marble staircase, works of art, and beautiful décor. Our guide will fill us in on the history of this famous house. Leaving Newcastle West at 8am on board Brouder’s luxury coach – and will pick up en-route.  Breakfast and dinner will be served in the Harbour View Hotel. In this hotel, all the bread at breakfast is home made and available to purchase. If you wish, you can order home made bread, cakes etc, in the morning and pick them up after dinner in the evening.  There will also be some free time for you to do as you please in Dublin. If you wish to travel, I would recommend early booking, as half the seats in the big bus have already been booked.  For more information and booking: Contact Maureen 087 9845102.

RAINBOWS SUPPORT PROGRAMME FOR CHILDREN: Rainbows is a free support group for children between the ages of 4 and 12 – designed to assist children and youths who are grieving a death, separation or any other painful transition or change in their family. Run by trained volunteers, the programme is not a counseling or therapy service, but is instead, a safe, confidential setting where children can share their grief associated feelings with each other and with these trained facilitators. New progammes will begin in Newcastle West and Abbeyfeale in early 2014 for will be of one hour duration per week for twelve weeks. For an application form or information: Please contact Theresa Shanahan at West Limerick Resources on 069 79113. Further information is available on Deadline this Friday, January 31.

S.J.Y.P.S: The Newcastle West Branch of St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society will resume its monthly meetings on Thursday, February 6 at 8pm in the Parish Office. All promoters are earnestly requested to attend – with new promoters most welcome.

RURAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICE: The Rural Employment Service (R.E.S) works with individuals who are long term unemployed, who want to make a positive change in their lives and who see employment as a central part in that change. This service is free & confidential. The service also provides information on training & education opportunities and support in creating a career plan. You can contact Dearbhla or Finn in the Round House, Newcastle West on 069 61316 & Brenda in W.L.R main office N.C.W. on 069 62222

BISHOP’S VISIT: As you may be aware, the parish have put together a Family Prayer Booklet in the hope that some families will take up this practice. The Bishop has kindly agreed to come and celebrate the 10.30am Mass on Sunday, February 9 – where he will officially launch it. All are welcome.

DRAMA TIME AGAIN IN GRANAGH: The Granagh Drama Group will present  ‘ ‘The Honey Spike’ by Bryan McMahon in the Community Centre, Granagh at 8pm nightly on Friday, January 24, Saturday 25, Sunday 26 and again the following weekend Friday, January 31, Saturday, February 1 and Sunday, February 2. You will meet Breda & Martin Claffey – a young tinker couple who have travelled from their native Kerry to Antrim, because they wanted to see ‘ the top of Ireland’.   However, Breda is pregnant and she decides that her child is to be born in the Honey Spike - the ‘lucky’ Kerry hospital. They have Martin’s mother Poll-Poll and his stepfather Mickle for company, which at times is not very helpful! They have a run-in with soldiers at the border, priests in the Midlands and feuding clans in Kerry. The past is waiting for Breda at Puck Fair in the shape of Winifred McQueen, the gypsy girl who wanted Martin for herself! You will have to come and see how it all turns out. Admission is €10 for Adults and €5 for Students – with a Shop & Raffle each night.

DESMOND COMPLEX: The next Fun Day will take place on Wednesday, February 5. All the usual activities will take place and we are hopeful of a large attendance. We would like to remind people to contact Brendan on (069) 84069 to enable us to have a good approximation of 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. We would like to extend our sympathies to the family and friends of Bridget Bond who died suddenly. Bridget was a great supporter of our Fun days. May she rest in peace.

LAY DOMINICAN PILGRIMAGE TO FATIMA (7 NIGHTS): Staying at the Hotel Tres Pastorinhos. Departing from Dublin on October 2, 2014 and the price of €799 PPS includes meals for the duration of your stay and insurance. Single Room Supplement is € 25 per night. If paid in full by February 3, you get € 100 off price. If deposit is paid by February 3 you get € 50 off price.  Spiritual Director will be travelling with group. Further details from Bro. Michael Neenan O.P. (01-4048100) or contact Maureen Finnegan (087-9845102).

PANTO PUSS IN BOOTS: The Panto ‘Puss in Boots’ takes place on Sunday, February 16 in the I.N.E.C. Killarney – leaving Newcastle West at 3.30pm, (please note change of time). This is a very popular night out and early booking is strongly advised. Please confirm seat with payment as soon as possible. Contact Maureen (087-9845102).

SUE RYDER: De-clutter your wardrobe, look under your bed, check out your attic, garage and shed. I’m sure you’ll find items you no longer need and we’ll find home for them. We need clothes and shoes of all shapes and sizes, unwanted gift & unwanted prizes. We also would like some curtains and bedding, or that old china tea-set you got for your wedding. Please take some time to look around the house – we’ll take almost everything. Sue Ryder foundation, Maiden St, Newcastle West.

DANCING WEEKEND: Are you interested in a weekend of Dancing from Friday, May 16 to Monday, May 19?  Venue is West Cork – with dancing to Micheal English & his band on the Saturday night. This is a fantastic break – that won’t break the bank.  For more details and booking: Contact Maureen 087 9845102

LEGION OF MARY: The Legion of Mary – Immaculate Conception, meets every Tuesday at 3pm in the Parish Centre. New members are most welcome.

MEDJUGORJE 2014: The Newcastle West Medjugorje Prayer Group are in the process of organising a pilgrimage to Medjugorje from July 30 to August 6, departing from Dublin airport. Booking is for one week B/B and evening dinner. Cost is € 659 ex airport, and comprehensive pilgrimage insurance is included. Our spiritual director is Fr. Frank Duhig P.P. For further details: Contact Mary Keating (069-60375 or 086-6046524) or Paddy Geary (069-77595 or 087-6247672).

CAMINO DE SANTIAGO: The Youth Ministry Team in the diocese are organising a pilgrimage on the Camino in Spain next summer. The Camino De Santiago (the Way of St. James) is a large network of ancient pilgrim routes – stretching across Europe, and coming together at the tomb of St. James in Santiago De Compostella in Northern Spain. It has become very popular with people from all over Europe in recent years and is particularly popular with Irish Pilgrims. The proposed pilgrimage of young adults (21 or over at the time of travelling) will take place from July 8 to July 15, 2014. The cost of the pilgrimage is not yet fixed, but it is hoped it will not exceed € 600. Those who would like find out more are invited to attend an information evening in the Limerick Diocesan Pastoral Centre on Friday, November 29 at 7.30pm. If you cannot attend, you can find out more by phoning 061-400133.

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