Feb 9


The results of last week’s card game at Monagea Parish Hall were 1st and 2nd divided four ways, with eight games each, Jer and Mary Collins, Brendan Kelly and Denis Sheahan, Niall Scanlan and John O’Shea, Siobhan Flynn and Nuala O’Connell. Table prizes John Joe Sexton and Johnny Enright, Nell Culhane and Lena Nash, James Cribben and Peter Culhane. Raffle Annie Leahy, Pat Lynch, Mary Collins (x2), Niall Scanlan. The card game continues every Wednesday night at 9pm. Everyone welcome.


Applications for enrolment in Monagea National School are now being accepted for September 2013. Application forms are available from the school, by ringing 069 62805 or by e-mail to Monagea.cas@eircom.net. Closing date for returning completed forms is Wednesday next February 13th 2013. It is important for school planning that the numbers entering the school is known well in advance.


On Thursday last Monagea National School held a very successful grandparents day. This was part of Catholic Schools week. A very large crowd of grandparents joined the pupils of the school for a prayer service and some refreshments in the Parish Hall. Some of the grandparents had travelled very long distances from West Cork to Mayo.


Another very successful afternoon tea dance took place at Monagea Parish Hall on Sunday last. The very popular Country Roads Band provided the music. Dancers from all parts of County Limerick and some from over the boarder were present. The next afternoon tea dance will be on March 3rd. The committee would like to thank everyone for their continued support. Thanks also to those who brought spot prizes and food for the tea and to those who helped to serve the food.


Sympathy to Tom and Joan O’Callaghan and family on the death of Joan’s Aunt, Mrs Roche from Brosna. Her funeral took place in Brosna earlier this week. May she rest in peace.


Due to the death of Joan O’Callaghan’s Aunt the AGM of Monagea Parish Hall, which was due to be held on Monday night last, was postponed. A new date will be selected this week and advertised next week.


On Tuesday January 29th an aerobics class started in Monagea Parish Hall. A very big crowd took part. The class will continue every Tuesday night from 7.30 to 8.30pm. This is a great chance to get in some exercise in a relaxed atmosphere. Why not come along and bring a friend.


Congratulations to Liam Murphy and Assumpta Bohan who announced their engagement recently. Liam is the son of Patsy and Theresa Murphy from Ballyconway. Assumpta is a native of Shrule, Co Mayo. Liam and Assumpta met in Sydney about five years ago when both had gone to spend some time in Australia. There was a double celebration for Liam as he celebrated his 30th birthday on January 23rd. Best wishes to both for the future.


The annual Monagea Senior Citizens Party has by now been fully organised. It will take place in the Parish Hall on this Sunday. It begins with mass at 1pm followed by a meal and some entertainment. The party is being organised by the Parish Council who were to contact everyone this week. If you have not been contacted you can make contact with any of the council. It will be necessary to know the numbers attending before the weekend.


The first of the ten draws in the Limerick GAA club draw will take place in the first week in March. Monagea GAA club are again promoting the draw and are asking anyone who wishes to join to get in contact with any club member as soon as possible. The cost is €10 per month or €100 in total. There are twenty eight cash prizes each month with bonus prizes of All Ireland Tickets plus accommodation on some months. The top prize each month is €15,000. The club is able to retain some of the money that it collects. Over the last number of years it has proved a very good fundraiser for the club. The more numbers the club has in the draw the more it is able to retain.


The weekly dancing classes continue every Thursday night from 8.30 to 10.30pm. A very good crowd attends but we can still take more. So do come along and bring your friends too.


A meeting of the Bord na nÓg took place last Friday evening. Thanks to all of you who turned up, a lot of items were discussed and sorted out on the night. The schedule for the season follows much the same pattern as previous years. Training for all ages will start in or around Saint Patricks day, but this is up to the coaches, you will all receive plenty notice so we look forward to seeing all the children back in the field. 
We will have U8, U10, U12, teams with our U14 and U16’s joining forces with Knockaderry and Feohanagh/Castlemahon. Team trainers for the year are U8 Tom O Connor and Clare Scanlan, U10 Manus Sammon and Kevin Hogan, U12 Eddie Brown, David Baynham and Richard Hayes, U14 Seanie Flanagan and Ian Cahill, U16 Eddie Hogan and Richard White. Working with the trainers are some of the older lads in the U21 and Junior teams we look forward to having them on board again this year, they are a tremendous help. Anyone interested in improving their coaching skills can do so by taking part in a coaching conference in UL on the 9th of February from 2.15pm to 3.30pm. cost 10euro. These courses are packed with great ideas and helpful hints and are well worth going to. It has to be pre booked so if you want to do it, contact Kevin Hogan or any committee member. Registration day takes place on next Friday 8th February @ 2.15pm to 3.30pm in the community centre. All children born in 2007 upwards can register 10euro per child. You may or may not know that the GAA recently announced details of the forthcoming national roll-out of the compulsory wearing of mouth guards in all underage grades up to and including minor for Gaelic football matches and practise sessions from January 1st 2013. Your child will have to wear a mouth guard they will not be allowed train or take part in matches without it. The GAA are recommending OPRO mouth guards but there are numerous ones available, all of which can be bought in sports shops. See you all at the registration day please pass on the word to anyone who is interested.


The first fundraising car boot sale and indoor market of 2013 for WL102fm will take place on Sunday, February 17 at the Community Centre, Newcastle West from 8-2pm. Gates open 7.30am. Sellers: Car €7, Car and Trailer €10, All Vans €10. Buyers €2, children under 16 accompanied by an adult free. Further information 069 66200/087 6866450.


West Limerick Resources is holding a series of public meetings to highlight the potential impact of recent proposed changes by the government which could put the future existence of the local and community development company into question. The independent not for profit company is asking all members of the local community to attend one of its upcoming meetings to find out more and support its efforts to have the community’s voice heard in discussions on how these proposals are to be implemented. Meetings are scheduled to take place in the Glorach Theatre Abbeyfeale on February 7th and Rathkeale Community Centre on February 11th. Both commence at 7.30pm. A final meeting will take place in the Desmond Complex Newcastle West at 8pm on February 13th. All are welcome.

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