May 25

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GROW COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH MOVEMENT: Are you struggling with anxiety or depression? Finding life difficult? Feeling Isolation, Loneliness, Shyness? Do you find it difficult to talk? Support and friendship make up the cornerstones of Grow. One of its mottos is “you alone can do it, but you can’t do it alone”. Grow meets on Thursdays at 8pm in the ‘Station Room’, Desmond Complex, Newcastle West. No introductions are necessary. Just come along.

GROW COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH MOVEMENT: Are you struggling with anxiety or depression? Finding life difficult? Feeling Isolation, Loneliness, Shyness? Do you find it difficult to talk? Support and friendship make up the cornerstones of Grow. One of its mottos is “you alone can do it, but you can’t do it alone”. Grow meets on Thursdays at 8pm in the ‘Station Room’, Desmond Complex, Newcastle West. No introductions are necessary. Just come along.

COMMUNITY COUNCIL: The annual flag day for Newcastle West Community Council took place on Saturday last, May 18. The Community Council would like to thank all who contributed, to the collectors and to the business proprietors who made their premises available for the collection. The amount collected came to €1415.63. The Community Council is a voluntary organisation and every cent collected goes towards local projects – great and small.

THANK YOU: Maureen and Andrew Brosnan would like to sincerely thank the many people who prayed for them and had Masses offered during their recent illnesses. The holy sacrifice of the Mass has been offered for your intentions.

WEST LIMERICK 102FM: West Limerick 102FM will hold a fundraising Race Night at Murphy’s Bar Abbeyfeale on Saturday, June 8 at 8pm. A horse can be purchased for €10 or a 50% share for €5. This promises to be a very entertaining and enjoyable night – where you will get a good run for your money. Tickets/ Horses can be purchased at the radio station, from any one of the volunteers or at Murphy’s Bar, Abbeyfeale. For further information: Contact the station at 069-66200.

ALONE WE STAND: This is a social evening for men and women. If you are separated, divorced, widow, widower or single and over 40, why not come and join us on Friday, May 24 at 8.30pm. Venue: Spotted Dog, Janesboro, Limerick. Music by ‘One to One’ (Martin Moran). Admission is €5 – with finger food served on the night. For further information: Contact: Maria 086 0620596 or Margaret 085 8289039

GREAT SOUTHERN TRAIL: Liam O’Mahony, Cathaoirleach of the Great Southern Trail, has welcomed the decision by Listowel Town Council, on Monday night last, to support the development of the GST, from the Limerick/Kerry Border to Listowel. Taken in tandem with the 1,700 signatures, gathered locally in recent weeks by the Listowel Strollers Group – as well as the huge turnout on Sunday for the GST Listowel-Kilmorna road walk, it is clear that there is huge public demand in North Kerry for the conversion of the old railway into a Greenway. The GST looks forward to the Listowel Area County Councillors and Kerry County Council demonstrating similar support for the project. GST is also hopeful that the adjoining landowners, who were opposed to the GST will avail of the long-standing offer of independent mediation to address their concerns. The upcoming opportunity to avail of Smarter Travel/ National Cycle Network funding must also be grasped. Mr. O’Mahony thanked all the GST supporters in North Kerry for their commitment and dedication to the project

BINGO: Desmond Complex/Creche bingo will be held on Wednesday, May 29 at 8.30 pm in the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West. Prize money on the night will be €2,500.

ST JOSEPH’S YOUNG PRIESTS SOCIETY COLLECTION: The purpose of SJYPS is to promote the vocation of the priesthood by prayer, financial help and the witness of our Christian living. In 2011/2012 the society was enabled to assist 819 students for the priesthood in Ireland and overseas. Please give a little extra in the offertory collection next weekend (May 25 and26).

PILGRIMAGE TO HOLY CROSS: The annual St Pio National Pilgrimage to Holy Cross Abbey (near Thurles) will take place on Sunday, May 26. This special day in May has now been established as a national day of devotion. A coach will leave from the Market Yard, Newcastle West at 9.30 am – serving Snow’s Cross, Ballingarry at 9.45 – to facilitate pilgrims from Kilmeedy and Ballingarry. Going to press there were still a few seats remaining. For further information and booking: Contact Pat Dalton on 069-62306.

MOTOR CYCLE POKER RUN: Killeedy M.C. Charity Group are a small group of motorcycle enthusiasts, who, with the support of some family and friends have come together to organize a motorcycle poker run on Saturday, May 25, starting in Raheenagh and finishing in Ashford Co. Limerick with the aim of raising money for Pieta House - The Centre for the Prevention of Self-Harm or Suicide. A Poker Run is an organized event where participants, using motorcycles, and paying an entry fee of €10, must visit five checkpoints, drawing a playing card at each one. The object is to have the best poker hand at the end of the run. The event has a time limit, however the participants are not timed—winning is purely a matter of chance. If you have any queries please contact Richie on 0868308893.

SUE RYDER: The Sue Ryder Charity Shop at Maiden St, Newcastle West needs clothes & shoes of all shapes & sizes, unwanted gifts & unwanted prizes. Please remember us when clearing out your wardrobes, presses & cupboards while spring cleaning – donations are always welcome.

LIMERICK YOUTH SERVICES: Six young people from Rathkeale Youth Project completed a Personal & Social Development training programme at the Burren Outdoor Education Centre last weekend. Devised by LYS and Clare Youth Service and based on the pioneering work of Leslie Button of Swansea University, the programme provides training in group work skills and senior leader group youth work skills. Away from the workshop the ‘Rathkealers’ enjoyed the scenic wilds of Co. Clare with some getting their first experience of the Cliffs of Moher. LYS are inviting volunteers and staff members, past and present, to a gathering at the Clarion Hotel, Limerick on Friday, May 24. The evening is an opportunity for LYS to say ‘thank you’ for the contribution that volunteers have, and continue to make, to our young people and will also see the formal launch of the Ger McDonnell Memorial Cycle. An exciting and fun filled evening is planned with special guests galore.

CHURCHTOWN GROTTO: The Rosary will be prayed every day at the grotto for the month of May at 7pm.

REFLECTION GROUP: A Reflection Group for Parents/Guardians of First Communion and Confirmation Children meets in the Parish Centre, Newcastle West from 7.15 – 7.55pm every Monday and will continue to meet until the end of the month. This is a very relaxed gathering – just a quiet, prayerful time with little nuggets of spiritual nourishment. Parents/guardians who do not have a child for the sacraments this year are also more than welcome to attend.

DAY TRIP TO WEST CORK & ISLAND: The trip will take place on Monday, May 27. It will take in Macroom, Dunmanway (home of Sam Maguire), Skibereen and Baltimore – culminating in a boat trip to Cape Clear Island. Breakfast and dinner will be provided en-route. For further details: Contact Pat Dalton on 069-62306.

A NEW START: Are you looking for some new skills, new experiences, perhaps a new start? If you’ve been out of work for a long time, for whatever reason, West Limerick Resources is offering you a unique opportunity to sample a range of skills with the Towards Occupation Training Programme. The programme will begin in Abbeyfeale this May, on two mornings per week, from 9.30am to 1.30pm for 10 weeks. It is broken into short modular workshops in subjects to include health, fitness and nutrition, personal development, confidence building, and craft-based workshops. For more information: Contact Finn Fitzgerald on 087 759 1951 (please leave message if unattended) or 069 61316

13 DAY HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE 2013: Walk in the Footsteps of our Lord from October 23 to November 4, 2013. Spiritual Director: Fr. Damien Ryan. Half board Accommodation and including all Airport Taxes Ex Dublin - €1,500 P.P.S. Early booking is essential as there are only limited places. Contact Tom O’ Dwyer: 087-2701311 or Sile: 086-8590394.

ARRA FRIENDS: The next meeting will be held at 4.30 pm on Wednesday, May 22 at the Desmond Complex. Aquarobics will continue at Killeline Leisure Centre on Wednesdays at 11am. Mid Western Region are holding a Gathering Event at Bunratty Castle on June 12, more details to follow. A trip to Youghal will take place on June 18 for 3 nights, including Dinner, Bed & Breakfast. Pick up and return at Newcastle West. Non members are also welcome. For further details: Contact Breda on 069 62862

EASTER 2014 – VISIT POLAND: A trip is being organized to Kraowice, Poland – flying from Cork on Easter Monday, April 21, for 6 nights. Visiting places associated with the life of late Pope John Paul, Divine Mercy devotion (including St. Faustina’s grave), and Czetochowa (the most important Marian shrine in Poland, containing the Icon of Black Madonna). A savings scheme is available. Full information and itinerary: From Elma Hanley 06962605.

STARCAMP: Calling all boys and girls aged 4-13 years to a fun-filled, non-competitive, week of singing dancing and drama, where the building of self esteem in our children is of paramount importance. Special family rates. Venue: NCW Community Centre, from August 6 to 10 (9.30am-2.30pm). Call 021-4377900 or log on at

WEST LIMERICK CONNECTS: West Limerick Connects is a free phone call service operating out of three Day Care Centres in West Limerick (Abbeyfeale, Glin and Newcastle West). Through this project, phone calls are made to older people who may be living alone, at a fixed time every week to check on their well being and inform them of local events and services. If you or anyone you know, would like to receive a weekly phone call, please contact Irene on 069 66298

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

DESMOND COMPLEX: Our next Fun Day will take place on Wednesday, June 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 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.

TRADITIONAL LIME MORTAR TRAINING: West Limerick Resources will be offering a one week training programme (Monday-Friday, 9.30am-4pm approx) on the use of traditional lime mortar to members of local communities who are interested in undertaking simple conservation and repair work at historic sites (such as graveyards) subject to the necessary permission and guidance of Limerick County Council Archaeologist. This hands-on training initiative is free to those interested in becoming involved in conservation and enhancement work. Limited places available. Registration essential. Venue and dates of training to be confirmed. Contact Suzanne on 069 79114 or email for a registration form.

PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK: Parishioners from Ardagh/Carrickerry, Dromcollogher/Broadford, Feenagh/Kilmeedy, Killeedy, Mahoonagh, Monagea and Newcastle West are invited to take part in the annual Pastoral Area pilgrimage to Knock, which will take place on Sunday, June 9. Bus fare: € 16.00. We will celebrate a Mass for the Pastoral Area in Knock and join in the programme of devotions there. We will stop in the Lady Gregory Hotel on the way home (€ 21.00 for a 3-course dinner). If you wish to book a seat on the bus, please leave your name and number in the sacristy, or ring the Parish Office (069-62141).

LOURDES PILGRIMAGE: A special West Limerick Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place August 14 – with full board at the Hotel Paradis for 7 nights – accompanied by a spiritual director, with a direct flight from Shannon. For further information: Call Pat Dalton on 069-62306.

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

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).