CARDS: The results of last week’s card game at Monagea Parish Hall were 1st, with ten games, Tom Purcell and Noel McCarthy. 2nd, there was a three way tie with eight games each and following a play off the prize was won by Donie Culhane and Bridget Kenny. Table prizes John Joe Sexton and Johnny Enright, Jimmy Murphy and Pat Condon. Raffle Denis O’Connor, Bridget Kenny, Donal Mulcahy, Nuala O’Connell, Tom Purcell. The card game continues every Wednesday night at 9pm.
DEATHS: The death took place last week of Eamon Corbett of Dromindeel, Newcastle West. His funeral took place from Reidys on Wednesday night with burial on Thursday following requiem mass. He is survived by wife Anna (nee Kelly formerly of Ballygeale) sons, daughters, relatives and friends. May he rest in peace.
The death took place last week of Ben Nolan of Tournafulla. Ben was an uncle of Maura Brouder of Arranagh and Breda Dalton of Ballykenny. His funeral took place from Roches on Friday night to Tournafulla church with burial on Saturday in the adjoining cemetery. Ben is survived by son Patrick, daughter in law. Grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. May he rest in peace.
LIMERICK GAA DRAW: The Limerick GAA club draw, for April, took place at the Old Stand Shanagolden. Monagea had one winner with Billy Harnett securing €1000. The next draw will take place on Friday May 10th in Moores Bar Doon.
CRY REGISTRATION: Close on three hundred people registered for the upcoming charity walk/run/cycle in aid of CRY. The organisers were satisfied with the crowd but would like more to register before the event on May 4th. To enable more registrations another date has been set. It is Monday April 22nd from 7 to 10pm in Monagea Hall. It is hoped that most people will have registered before May 4th so that there will be no delay on the morning of the cycle, run and walk. A bank account has been opened in AIB Rathkeale. The account number is 04555099 and the sort code is 935263. Money can be lodged to that account in any bank. People who are not taking part but would like to help on the day can contact Tom Scanlon on 087 2140916 or Claire Scanlon on 085 1458214.
ARRA PLAYERS – EXTRA DATE: The Arra players put on three outstanding performances of John B Keanes play “The Chastitute” at Monagea Parish Hall on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night of last weekend. The time spent on preparing the play certainly showed as everything went off exactly according to plan. The very big crowd on each night certainly enjoyed the show and nobody left disappointed. Thanks to all who performed on stage, to the production team and the backstage crew. A sincere thanks to everyone who helped to run the shows, those that gave raffle prizes and especially the audiences who were excellent. An extra show will be performed tomorrow night Friday 19th April at 8.30pm for anyone who was unable to attend last weekend. It’s a great show not to be missed.
NEW BISHOP: Congratulations to Fr Brendan Leahy who was ordained as Bishop of Limerick at St John’s Cathedral on Sunday last. We wish our new bishop the very best in his new post and hope he will be happy in it. We look forward to welcoming Bishop Brendan to Monagea on May 31st for confirmation of 5th and 6th class from Monagea National School.
VIGIL: The Limerick Diocesan Committee of St Joseph’s Young Priest Society will host their annual vigil for vocations at St Nessans Church, Raheen on this Saturday April 20th. It commences with mass at 6pm and concludes with Benediction at 9pm. Everyone is invited and you can participate in some or all of the session. A bus will leave the Market Yard, Newcastle West at 5pm. Further information can be got by contacting Mairead Noonan at 069 62489 or Pat Dalton at 069 62306.
TROCAIRE BOXES: Any Trocaire boxes that have not already been returned should be handed in as soon as possible to the mass baskets or to the sacristy. The money raised is needed urgently in many parts of the world.
SPECIAL OLYMPICS COLLECTION: The National Bucket collection in aid of the Special Olympics will be taken up on Friday April 26th. The organisers are looking for volunteers who can spare an hour or more to help with the collection. Further information can be got by contacting Ann McCartan on 086 8494357 or Maureen Finnegan on 087 9845102.
VOICE OF IRELAND: Congratulations to Keith Hanley of Charleville who has got through to the semi-final in the Voice of Ireland talent show on RTE1. Keith’s mother is a niece of Ita Murphy of Rathcahill and Geraldine Vaughan of the pub in Strand. Keith will again be looking for your votes on Sunday night next when Kathryn Thomas announces that the voting lines are opened so please vote for him.