Mar 16

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NEWCASTLE WEST DRAMA: The Arra Players Drama Group will be staging their forthcoming Play “The Chastitute” by John B. Keane on the following dates: Opening night: Friday, April 12, Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15 in the Hall, Monagea at 8.30pm sharp. Admission: €10.00. Tickets will be available at the door, or by contacting Nuala at 087-6325894 or Carmel at 086-8491983. Watch this space for further details over the coming weeks.

NEWCASTLE WEST DRAMA: The Arra Players Drama Group will be staging their forthcoming Play “The Chastitute” by John B. Keane on the following dates: Opening night: Friday, April 12, Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15 in the Hall, Monagea at 8.30pm sharp. Admission: €10.00. Tickets will be available at the door, or by contacting Nuala at 087-6325894 or Carmel at 086-8491983. Watch this space for further details over the coming weeks.

COURTENAY SCHOOL: The school will hold its annual Table Quiz fundraiser in the Courtenay Lodge Hotel on Thursday, March 21 at 8.30 pm. Tables of 4 for €40, prizes galore! Monster Raffle, so come and join the fun. Congratulations to our 6th class debating team who are County debating champions and now go on to represent Limerick at Munster level. Well done to all involved and the best of luck in the Munster finals.

HEALING AFTER PREGNANCY LOSS: A healing after pregnancy loss workshop will take place on Sunday, March 24 from 10am to 5pm in the Meeting Room, Adare Heritage Centre, Adare. If you have been affected by the loss of a baby in pregnancy, either recently or long ago, this one-day workshop offers you a safe and healing space amongst other women to explore and release your grief. Cost – €50. To register please contact Nicola Hogg (M.A., MIACP) at 087-6836922 as places are limited.

ST PATRICK’S DAY: The 10.30am Mass next Sunday, March 17 will be celebrated in Irish and features music and singing from the Folk Choir and school children.

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, Lilian Cooper will talk about her various interests – including growing up in Zimbabwe, segregation in schools there, and the changes in cultures she has experienced – ever wondered what it would be like to grow up it these circumstances? Tune into the Circle of Life on West Limerick 102fm on Wednesdays from 8pm to 9pm.

DYING TO BE A POET: Compassionate Communities invites you to submit poems on the universal experience of death, dying, loss and care – to be displayed during the 3rd International Public Health and Palliative Care Conference at the Strand Hotel, Limerick on April 25 to April 27. This is not a competition, but is a platform to display your work. Please send your poems to: Caroline Macken, Compassionate Communities Project, Milford Care Centre, Castletroy, Limerick before March 22.

NCW FAMILY CLUB: The family Club for primary school age children and their parents meets on Wednesday afterschool at 3.30pm for 1 hour 15 minutes. We do Art, sports and games together and have a snack. Play area for younger siblings to come also – other activities to follow such as Karate and sports. Free for eligible families in receipt of social welfare. Parents must stay throughout. Contact Theresa on 069 79113

MATURE STUDENT INFORMATION EVENING: A Mature Student Information Evening will be held at the TARA building in Mary Immaculate College (MIC) on Tuesday, March 19 from 6 pm to 8 pm for all those interested in returning to education. Information will be provided on courses available / fees & grants / admissions and application procedures and other relevant student support services.

GROW YOUR OWN: Limerick West GIY, with the aim of inspiring people to grow their own food, will hold its March meeting on Thursday, March 21 at 7.00pm sharp in D&M Garden Centre, Croagh – with new growers and old hands all welcome. This months talk will be given by Chris, who will speak about cabbages and their versatility, in that they can be harvested all year round by planting different varieties. If you love your greens, this talk will be excellent for both the new grower and the experienced old hands. There will also be our first seed / plant swap of the season so please bring any unwanted seeds, or excess plants, and who knows, you might just pick up that seed / plant you have been looking for. There is no need to bring anything, if you don’t have spares, and you can still take what you see during the swap. GIY’s vision is for a healthier, more connected and more sustainable world, where people grow their own food. The organization brings people together in community groups, and online, to inspire and empower them to grow vegetables. More information from:

ART EXHIBITION: An artistic response to the 19th century social reformer and Irish female emigrant champion Charlotte Grace O’Brien, will open at the Red Door Gallery, The Square, Newcastle West on March 14 at 8pm. The exhibition runs from March 14 to Saturday, March 30 – open Tuesday to Saturday from 11am to 5pm.

It will include works in both fine art and design by the Artistic Co-operative – limerick Lady Associates in association with Newcastle West Arts. It promises to be a varied and informing experience regarding this inimitable woman. She was born locally at Cahermoyle and was a later resident of Foynes – while socially active in Cobh and New York. Her legacy of the O’Brien Emigrant Home and Our Lady of the Rosary Mission, New York, are testament to her enduring strength of purpose and character. Though afflicted by a pronounced hearing loss at a young age, her sense of endeavour and love of country, would inspire and strengthen her resolve, in the face of adversity – both at home and abroad – where she was obliged to frequently speak in public. Her words and thoughts on emigration, as recorded, are as prescient today as they were in 1881

FUN 30KM CYCLE: A Fun Cycle will take place on St. Patrick’s Day, Sunday March 19. It will take in Listowel, Duagh, Abbeyfeale, Listowel – so dust down your Bike! All ages & abilities are welcome! Time table as follows: 10am – Start in Listowel (Sports Complex Car Park), 10.30am – Duagh, 11am – Abbeyfeale (The Square), 12 Noon – Cycle ends in Listowel (The Square). On the Return Journey from Abbeyfeale to Listowel we will cycle on the traffic-free Great Southern Trail as far as the Kerry border at Kilmorna – where we will rejoin the main road and cycle back to Listowel via Kilmorna, Bolton’s Cross & Cahirdown. Due back in Listowel at 12 Noon, in time for the parade, which starts at 12:30pm this year. Please wear a cycling helmet (obligatory) and high-viz clothes if possible. For small kids on bikes & in prams, there will be a cycle and pram walk around Listowel Town Park, also starting at 10am from the Sports Complex Car Park. For more Information: Contact Gearóid Pierse at (086) 7228470, email –, Internet:, or

GREAT SOUTHERN TRAIL: At 3 pm on Bank Holiday Monday, March 18 a walk/cycle along the old railway will commence from the Palatine Museum, Rathkeale. The distance is 8 miles (13Km) and return transport will be provided – courtesy of Coach House Travel

PASTORAL AREA NEWS: Our Lady’s Pastoral Area, comprised of the parishes of Ardagh/Carrickerry, Dromcollogher/Broadford, Feenagh/Kilmeedy, Killeedy, Mahoonagh, Monagea and Newcastle West, has organized a Lenten talk in the Pastoral Centre, Newcastle West. Fr Brendan Clifford OP will speak on Tuesday, March 19 at 8pm. The School Retreat Team from Youth 2000 – a movement of young people involved in spreading the Catholic faith – will visit the three secondary schools in our Pastoral Area (Hazelwood College, Desmond College and Scoil Mhuire agus Íde) in April. The Pastoral Area pilgrimage to Knock will take place on Sunday, June 9 – please mark the date in your diary – this is always an enjoyable day out. As part of our Year of Faith initiative, we will be visiting different holy sites in our Pastoral Area. On Sunday evening of July 28, we will be making a pilgrimage to St. John the Baptist well in Castlemahon. More details on this later.

DESMOND COMPLEX: Our next Fun Day will take place on Wednesday, March 20. The usual activities will take place and we hope for 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. We had a fabulous time at our last Fun day. There was a great turn out overall with some newcomers from Mallow. We were pleased to welcome the Southern Chairperson of Active Retirement Ireland, John Noel Cronin and his wife Eileen. The visitors from Mallow were delighted with the reception and the day’s entertainment and we look forward to their company again in the near future.

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.

SUE RYDER CHARITY SHOP: We need clothes & shoes of all shapes & sizes, unwanted gifts & unwanted prizes. Please remember us when clearing out your wardrobes, presses & cupboards while spring cleaning. The Sue Ryder charity shop is located at Maiden St, Newcastle West. Donations always welcome.

CALVARY CEMETERY COMMITTEE – STATIONS OF THE CROSS: - The Stations of the Cross will be held each Sunday of Lent at 2.30pm in Calvary Cemetery – commencing this Sunday.

LOOKING FOR YOUR PATH: The Carmelite’s in Tallow are hosting a monastic weekend for single women (aged 22-40) discerning a vocation to the religious life from March 22 to 24. For more information: Contact 058-56205 or email:

RURAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICE: The Rural Employment Service (R.E.S) works with individuals who are long term unemployed and 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

GARMENT OF SUFFERING: A garment will be draped around the cross on Good Friday to remind us that those in pain or suffering in whatever way, represented by the pieces of fabric, are united in their suffering with the suffering of Christ on the cross. If you wish to donate a piece of fabric, please drop it in the basket in church. We would appreciate if pieces could be cut to 6” x 6” squares as this greatly aids in the assembly of the garment. Thank you.

BREAST CHECK: The National Breast Screening Programme offers a free breast x-ray (mammogram) for women aged 50 to 64. Appointments take about half an hour. The mobile screening unit is located at Croom Orthopaedic Hospital. If you wish to register, or check that you are on the register: Please free phone 1800 45 45 45 or register online at

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.

LITTLE EINSTEIN’S PRESCHOOL: Little Einstein’s at 17 Bishop Court is now enrolling for September 2013 – including the ECCE scheme places. To qualify for this scheme your child must have been born between February 2, 2009 and June 30, 2010. Little Einstein’s is the only service with a roofed garden in NCW. Please contact Deirdre at 086-0872198 or email:

NEWCASTLE WEST LANGUAGE & PLAY PROGRAMME: The Newcastle West Language and Play Programme runs on Wednesday. This Developmental Play programme is full of activities to help children (under 4) get ready for preschool or school. There will be painting, play dough, arts and crafts, which will help you understand the way your children play and how playing can help children learn to read/write. Free for eligible families in receipt of social welfare payment. Contact Theresa on 069 79113 or email:

MEDJUGORJE 2013: The West Limerick Medjugorje prayer group is organizing a pilgrimage to Medjugorje for a week from July 27 to August 3 - flying 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. If a deposit is paid before February 17th, you get € 50 off. While there we will experience three days of the youth festival which is a powerful experience. For further information: Ring Mary Keating (069-60375) or Paddy Geary (087-6247672).