Newcastle West Oct 12

BOOK LAUNCH: Join us on Thursday, October 10 at 7.30pm in Newcastle West Bookstore for an evening with Billy Keane, who has just released his new book ‘The Ballad of Mo & G’. Musician, Mickey Mc Connell will also be joining us for what promises to be a light-hearted & entertaining evening. All are welcome!

BOOK LAUNCH: Join us on Thursday, October 10 at 7.30pm in Newcastle West Bookstore for an evening with Billy Keane, who has just released his new book ‘The Ballad of Mo & G’. Musician, Mickey Mc Connell will also be joining us for what promises to be a light-hearted & entertaining evening. All are welcome!

THE OPTIMISTIC GROUP: (formerly Newcastle West jobseekers network): Worn out from job seeking & searching? Need a space, and a group, where you will find encouragement and support?? Need some practical assistance, and tools to market yourself?? Need some networking possibilities?? Need to access information on Job-seeking supports – and what’s available in the area? Then, please come along each Wednesday at 1.30pm to Newcastle West Community Centre. Meeting usually takes about an hour. This is an open door, drop in, relaxed format, with a social group aspect. New members are always welcome. Further details are available from Dearbhla on 069 61316.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: Afternoon tea dancing resumes at Fr. Casey’s, Abbeyfeale on Sunday, October 13 from 3-6pm with music by the Seamus Sheehy Band. Admission is €5. Teas served. All welcome. This is a fundraiser for the Abbeyfeale Arts Assembly – which is happening on the following weekend and is being run on a shoestring by a small committee of volunteers

NEWCASTLE WEST CHURCH: After the refurbishment work, which was carried out in the church over the summer, a good cleaning is required. We particularly need to get rid of all the dust that has gathered on the woodwork. We propose to undertake this task at 10am on Friday next, October 11 and volunteers would be most welcome.

FILIAL PLAY: West Limerick Resources will host an information session on the Filial play programme on Friday, October 18 in the Newcastle West Family and Community Hub at 11am. The ten week programme is led by an experienced play therapist, and it can make a noticeable difference in your child’s behavior (aged 2.5 to 12), and to parent’s ability to respond effectively – and confidence in parenting skills. Open to lone parents, families in receipt of certain social welfare payments, and Social Housing occupants. For further information: Contact Theresa on 069 79113.

PRO-LIFE CAMPAIGN NATIONAL CONFERENCE 2013: The Pro-Life Campaign, National Conference 2013, will take place in the Alexander Hotel, Dublin, from 1.30pm to 4.30pm on Saturday, October 12. Admission is free, but places must be booked in advance, as room capacity is limited. Phone 085-2716066 to register.

ARRA FRIENDS: Last Thursday, October 3, ARRA Friends participated in Positive Ageing Week, along with other local groups. The Local Sports Partnership hosted the activities in the Demesne, and the various clubs were divided into three groups – with each group competing in Outdoor Boccia, Fitwalk and Kurling. We would like to thank Age Action for organizing the event. The physical activity was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

THE FOLK CHOIR: The Folk Choir will resume singing at the Saturday evening Mass this weekend. New members are welcome. If you can sing or play an instrument and would like to be part of this group, contact Joan Callaghan at 087-2200189. Practice is held in the Parish Centre on Tuesdays – beginning at 8pm for 45 minutes.

ORAL HISTORY TRAINING: West Limerick Resources will be running an Oral History Recording Training Initiative, in Newcastle West, starting October 22. Training will consist of two elements. Participants will develop Oral History Interviewing techniques, as well as examining the legal and ethical issues relevant to gathering Oral History. The second element of the training will focus on digital voice recording and editing techniques. Training will also explore how oral history can contribute to the local heritage of communities and identify suitable ways of showcasing their research. Training is expected to begin in October and to run one evening per week from 7.30 to 9.30pm for 10 weeks (No classes in December). The course is free of charge and open to people living in the West Limerick area. To register for the programme: Contact Suzanne on 069 79114 or email

PRO LIFE RALLY: The Life Institute is holding a Pro-life rally on Saturday, October 12 at 6pm in the South Court Hotel, Raheen, Limerick. We are gathering outside the Fine Gael conference to give peaceful Pro-life witness. Contact Philip (086-1542832).

SCHOOL RECYCLING FUNDRAISER: Killoughteen National School are holding a Recycling Fundraiser on October 16. If you have any unwanted clean clothes and textiles (such as old curtains, bed linen, duvets etc.), please drop them into Killoughteen N.S.

WANTED: SPECIAL OLYMPICS VOLUNTEERS: It is very rewarding being with people who have so much to give. Being a Special Olympics volunteer you receive lots more than you could every give. For further information: Contact Rose on 087-2715180.

CHURCHTOWN GROTTO: The rosary will be recited each evening at Churchtown Grotto at 7 pm for the month of October.

IN THE MOOD AND ALL THAT JAZZ: ‘In the mood…& all that jazz!’ concert will kick off with a cheese and wine reception at 7.30pm in the Glorach on Friday, October 18. This musical extravaganza features the cream of local musical talent with Riona Curtin and Helen Hasenfuss performing ragtime; Mick O’Donnell and friends with their take on gospel; and Rebecca Stryker and Laura Sheehy singing songs from the musicals. Members of the Abbeyfeale Youth Theatre will also perform. Mick Guinane will kick off the proceedings with his trumpet and the second half is crammed full of jazz, with a jazz quintet from Limerick that will close the show. MC for the evening is Marian Harnett. Tickets cost €10 and proceeds from this event will be used to support the Glorach Community theatre. The remaining tickets for this event which are almost sold out are available from Ann Lyons, The Square or by phoning 087 6866450.

DESMOND COMPLEX: Our next Fun Day will take place on Wednesday, October 16. All the usual activities will take place and we hope for a large attendance. We would like to remind people to contact Brendan on (069) 84069 to enable us 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.

APPRECIATION: Members of the Rathkeale Bridge Club were very saddened last week to hear of the sudden death of a former President, Richard Langford. Richard is survived by wife Jill and three sons, Richard Andrew and William. We would like to offer our deepest condolences to them and to all his relatives and friends. Richard was both liked and admired by all at the club, and we are very grateful to him for his commitment and efforts to improving the club while he was both President and a member. May he rest in peace, he will be deeply missed..

LANGUAGE & PLAY GROUP: The Newcastle West Language and Play programme runs each Wednesday from 10.30 to 12 Noon. This programme is full of activities to help children (under 4) get ready for preschool/school. It will include 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 at West Limerick Resources on 069 79113 or email:

NCW FAMILY CLUB: The family Club for primary school-age children and their parents meets on Wednesday afterschool at 3.30 to 4.45pm. We do Art, sports and games together and have a snack – it includes a play area for younger siblings to come along also. Free for eligible families in receipt of social welfare. Parents must stay throughout. Contact Theresa on 069 79113

‘LET US ENTERTAIN YOU’: The Arts Assembly weekend will draw to a close in the GAA Clubhouse, Abbeyfeale at 8pm on Sunday, October 20 with a special performance from a variety of Abbeyfeale’s premier poets and players. ‘Let us entertain you’ will feature choice snippets from the plays ‘the Chastitute’, ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’, ‘The Field’ and ‘Big Maggie’ – all performed by 16 members of the Abbeyfeale Drama Group. Dick Woulfe will take to the stage as a Seanachai, while Tom Lee becomes Hamlet. Be prepared for the hilarious antics of Katie Moloney in D’unbelieveables and the appearance of Nicky Cotter as a D-list superhero. Special appearances on the night will include a recital by local poet Jackie Harnett . MC for the evening will be Richie Roche and tickets are €5 each. Tickets are available from the Farmers’ Market, Batt Harnett and Ann Lyons or by phoning 087 6866450.

SUE RYDER CHARITY SHOP: Sue Ryder Charity Store, Newcastle West, wish to thank all for their support in the form of clothing donations, your donations help us provide sheltered housing for the elderly and also for those who have find themselves in difficult circumstances in society.

DANCING WEEKEND: A Dancing Weekend will take place from Friday, October 18 to Monday, October 21 at the Great Northern, 4 Star Hotel, Bundoran. Thank you to those who have secured their seat by payment. We need to have all seats fully paid for no later than Friday, September 20 as there are a number of people on a waiting list. For further information: Contact Maureen 087 9845102.

GROW COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH MOVEMENT: Are you struggling with anxiety or depression? Finding life Difficult? Experiencing Isolation, Loneliness, Shyness? Do you find it difficult to talk? Support and Friendship is one of the cornerstones of Grow which meets on Thursdays at 8pm. in the ‘Station Room’, Desmond Complex. No introductions necessary. Just come along.

ACCORD NEWCASTLE WEST: Accord Newcastle West provides a marriage and relationship counseling service offering both daytime and evening appointments. We also deliver Marriage Preparation Courses and have availability on two remaining courses for this year – Saturday, September 7 and Saturday, November 16. Please ring 069-61000 or email

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