May 18

COMPASSIONATE COMMUNITIES AND NCW FILM CLUB: The experience of death, dying, loss and care, affect us all, and they are never easy to deal with. The Compassionate Communities Project would like to help make it easier to talk, and to take positive action, by supporting communities, groups and individuals. To highlight awareness, there will be a free screening of the Oscar nominated & Cannes winning film “Amour”. This is considered one of the most powerfully moving & emotionally devastating pieces of cinema ever made.

COMPASSIONATE COMMUNITIES AND NCW FILM CLUB: The experience of death, dying, loss and care, affect us all, and they are never easy to deal with. The Compassionate Communities Project would like to help make it easier to talk, and to take positive action, by supporting communities, groups and individuals. To highlight awareness, there will be a free screening of the Oscar nominated & Cannes winning film “Amour”. This is considered one of the most powerfully moving & emotionally devastating pieces of cinema ever made.

The Desmond Complex is situated at the rear of the fire station. Screening will be on Tuesday, May 21 at 7.30 (please note earlier start) Admission is free and refreshments are available. For further information: Contact Mary 087 6877970 or Desmond Complex 069 62757.

COMMUNITY COUNCIL: The annual flag day for Newcastle West Community Council takes place on Saturday next, May 18. The Community Council has undertaken a lot of useful projects for the enhancement of the town and you are asked to support them generously – as you have done in the past. There are also a number of worthwhile projects in the pipeline for the coming year. It is a voluntary organisation and every Euro collected goes towards the projects – great and small.

CHIROPODY CLINIC: The Newcastle West branch of the Irish Red Cross will hold its monthly chiropody clinic at No 5 bishop St, Newcastle West, on Monday, May 20. To make an appointment, please contact Pat Dalton on 069-62306 as soon as possible. We would also like to extend our sincere sympathies to the family of Arthur Nagle who passed away recently. Arthur was a prominent and valued member of the Red Cross.

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 CHARITY SHOP: 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.

START YOUR OWN BUSINESS COURSE: West Limerick Resources will be running a Start Your Own Business course in the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West on Saturdays, May 11 and 18 from 10am to 4pm. The course will cover all aspects of how to start your own business. To register for a place contact Morgan on 069 66290 or email

MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION: The West Limerick Branch of the Mental Health Association of Ireland will hold its meeting in the Desmond Complex on May 21 at 8 pm. Please note: This meeting was rescheduled due to the death of J.J Browne, Ballinska, who was an outstanding member. We extend sincere sympathies to his family.

LIMERICK YOUTH SERVICES: 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.

SILENT MEMORIES CEREMONY: Naming Certificates from the Healing of Silent Memories Ceremony are available for collection in the sacristy for those who wrote their baby’s name in the book of remembrance.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: - Please remember in your prayers the children of Gaelscoil Ó Doghair who will receive First Holy Communion next Saturday, May 18 at 11am. Please note there will be no 10.00am Mass next Saturday.

TRIP: A day trip to Hook Head Lighthouse in Wexford will take place on Sunday, May 19. Leaving Newcastle West at 8am, it will include a guided tour of the only 800 year old operational lighthouse in the world. Breakfast and Dinner in Ballglass House Hotel. For further details: Contact Maureen on 0879845102.

ANNIVERSARY: Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto, Churchtown will celebrate its 25th anniversary on Sunday, May 19. The Artane Band play at 2 pm. At 3 pm a Jubilee Mass will take place at the Grotto, followed by the unveiling of a commemorative plaque and afternoon tea in the marquee.

SOCIAL GET-TOGETHER: A Meet and Greet Social Get-Together will take place at 9.30pm in the Ballintemple Inn on Saturday, May 18 for those who are widows/widowers, separated or dealing with the loss of a partner.

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.

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.

TOWARDS OCCUPATION: 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

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 (as seen on Dragon’s Den): 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. The Management of the Desmond Complex would like to extend our enormous gratitude to the Lions club for their recent financial contribution towards the running of the Complex. 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).

NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK: As part of National Volunteer Week, Limerick Volunteer Centre will be organizing a volunteer team to participate in an Outdoor Painting Project in Adapt Domestic Abuse Services, Rosbrien, Limerick on Thursday May 16 from 9.30am – 3pm. ADAPT operates the country’s largest refuge facility, providing emergency accommodation for women and children who have left their homes due to domestic abuse. The play area/garden for the children who live in the refuge is in much need of paint work and Limerick Volunteer Centre are hoping to recruit up to 20 volunteers to help with the project. Contact Limerick Volunteer Centre on 087-7387481 or email

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). 

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