START YOUR OWN BUSINESS: If you are interested, or if you know anyone interested in starting their own business, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or ring the chamber office at 069-77751. Phil Hogan TD, Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government will visit Newcastle West on this Thursday, November 14 to perform the official opening of the Red Door Business Incubation Centre (BIC). The centre is located in the Red Door Building, The Square, Newcastle West – where the 1st and 2nd floors have been suitably converted. The project, which is open to applicants from West Limerick, was initiated by Newcastle West and District Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with LIT and West Limerick Resources, and will offer successful applicants a chance to participate in the LIT Enterprise Start Programme, which will provide full training and business advice to potential entrepreneurs. The programme will be run over 6 weeks and offers a real market-place perspective on what is involved in creating a sustainable commercial enterprise. On completion of the programme, participants may be given the opportunity to continue developing their business concept on a full time basis – with the support of the Limerick Enterprise Acceleration Platform (LEAP) which is a year long programme.
WINTER WONDERLAND: Another spectacular Christmas lighting display will open at Tony Noonan’s house in Templeglantine on Friday, November 22. Tony and his family have delighted and excited children (and adults) for many years with their amazing lighting display – which is going from strength to strength each year. What’s more amazing is the fact that admission is free – with voluntary donations optional. The money raised is kindly distributed to some worthwhile charities as follows: Brothers of Charity Foynes, Alzheimer’s Centre Adare, Acquired Brain Injury Centre Castleisland. Santy Clause will arrive (by sleigh) at 5pm on December 7 – with a Garda escort to protect all the toys. Carrigkerry Wren Boys will provide the entertainment, and to restore your faith in humanity, the toys, teas and sandwiches will be provided free of charge – the season of goodwill is alive and well! The display, which will continue over the whole Christmas period, will be well signposted at various points on the main road (N21), between Newcastle West and Abbeyfeale.
NEWCASTLE WEST MUSICAL SOCIETY: Newcastle West Musical society continues its outstanding production of Fiddler on the Roof. The show opened last week to great acclaim for its commitment to drama, singing, choreography, music and the presentation of an exceptionally designed set and beautifully constructed production. The show will be staged again on Friday, November 15 and Sunday November 17. The show begins at 8pm in Knockaderry resource centre. A free copy of the programme is included in the ticket price. Support is hugely appreciated and you will be hugely entertained by this amazing production.
NEWCASTLE WEST BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP: Sunday, November 17 is World Remembrance Day for Road Traffic Victims. All those who have lost their lives on our roads will be remembered – especially in the Masses and prayers that weekend. Members of the Emergency Services will also take part in all the Masses.
WEST LIMERICK 102FM CEILI: A Great Ceilí Night, not to be missed, will take place on Friday November 22 at Knockaderry Community Centre. The Music will be expertly supplied by Donie Nolan. It kicks off at 9.30pm – with Tea & Coffee Served including a raffle on the night. Admission is €10 and all are welcome.
EMERGENCY APPEAL: Trócaire are holding an emergency appeal for the people of Syria next weekend, November 16 and 17. Over 8 million people are in desperate need of life-saving shelter, food and medicine. We invite you to give as generously as you can to the usual offertory collection, all of which will be forwarded to Trócaire for this very worthy cause.
PIPE BAND AGM: The AGM took place at the Band Rooms in the Community Centre, Newcastle West on Monday, November 4. There was a full turnout of members – with some new recruits attending their first AGM. The officers elected are as follows: Chairperson – Seanie Shields, Honorary Secretary – Cian O Shaughnessy, Honorary Treasurers – Mark Dowling & Seamus Hunt, Pipe Major – John Hunt, Drum Sgt. – Paudie Hunt and Property Officer – Seamus Hunt. All of the above – together with Eileen O Keeffe, Jimmy McCoy and Andrew Dowling make up the Committee. The band members, on the night, vowed to build up the band and would like to encourage new members to join the piping and drumming classes. Sessions continue on Mondays and Thursdays at the centre from 7pm to 8pm. For further information: Contact 087-6377495.
MONTHLY CEILI: West Limerick Set Dancing Club will hold a Ceili in the Devon Inn, Templeglantine on Sunday, November 17 at 4pm. Music will be provided by Striolan Ceili Band. Teas etc will be served and all are welcome. Fur further information: Contact 0876259340.
CAMINO DE SANTIAGO: The Youth Ministry Team in the diocese are organising a pilgrimage on the Camino in Spain next summer. The Camino De Santiago (the Way of St. James) is a large network of ancient pilgrim routes – stretching across Europe, and coming together at the tomb of St. James in Santiago De Compostella in Northern Spain. It has become very popular with people from all over Europe in recent years and is particularly popular with Irish Pilgrims. The proposed pilgrimage of young adults (21 or over at the time of travelling) will take place from July 8 to July 15, 2014. The cost of the pilgrimage is not yet fixed, but it is hoped it will not exceed € 600. Those who would like find out more are invited to attend an information evening in the Limerick Diocesan Pastoral Centre on Friday, November 29 at 7.30pm. If you cannot attend, you can find out more by phoning 061-400133.
KEVIN DUNDON: SuperValu celebrity chef, Kevin Dundon visits the Devon Inn on Friday, November 22 for a food demonstration. Mr Michael Twohig of Twohig’s SuperValu Abbeyfeale, who is sponsoring the event, has nominated Abbeyfeale Town Park as his chosen charity for the night. Better news still, tickets will be available shortly at the unbelievable price of €10 (normal price €20). All proceeds to the beautiful town park in Abbeyfeale. Watch this space for further details.
ANNUAL REMEMBRANCE MASS: An Annual Remembrance Mass for those who died in the parish in the last 12 months will take place at 7.30pm on Friday, November 29.
SUE RYDER: The Sue Ryder Shop in Maiden St is running low on stock and the proprietors are appealing to the community to donate the best of what they no longer need: clothes, shoes, bags, costume jewellery, unwanted gifts/prizes, but due to space restrictions they are unable to accept books, c.d.’s or toys. For regular updates - Find them & friend them on Facebook – Sue Ryder Newcastle West. The Sue Ryder Foundation is a not-for-profit charity, introduced to Ireland in 1978. The aim of the foundation is to provide a safe and secure environment for older people. Age brings with it many challenges, but for many people, a nursing home is not always the ideal solution. The Sue Ryder Foundation offers its residents the opportunity to continue living independently within a more supported environment
COMMEMORATION OF THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED: The annual November Rosary will be recited each Sunday of the month in the three cemeteries: Famine Cemetery at 3.00pm; Calvary Cemetery at 3.20pm and Churchtown Cemetery at 3.40pm.
ANNUAL REMEMBRANCE MASS: The Annual Remembrance Mass for those who died in the parish in the last 12 months will take place at 7.30pm on Friday, November 29.
DAY TRIP TO DUBLIN ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24: Leaving Newcastle West at 8am on board Brouder’s Bus. A day to do as you please, meet a friend, take in the sights – museums, Trinity College or just browse around. We will pick up en-route and have a few places still available. Breakfast and dinner will be available at the Harbour View Hotel, Naas. For more information and booking contact Maureen at 087-9845102.
ARRA FRIENDS ACTIVE RETIREMENT: The next meeting will take place on Wednesday, November 20 at 4.30 pm in the Desmond Complex. Aquarobics continue each Monday at 11 am in Killeline Leisure Centre. Demesne walks also continue on Wednesdays at 10.45 am. ARRA Friends next outing will be on Friday, November 22 – travelling to Siamsa Tire in Tralee to see That’s Entertainment 2013. The coach will leave Bishop Street at 6.30 pm. Please confirm names with full payment to Pat Dalton by Wednesday, November 13
NEWCASTLE WEST FILM CLUB: Back again on December 6. Trailers are available to view on www.ncwfilmclub.wordpress.com. Tel. 087 687 7970, e-mail : email@example.com
BAPTISM PREPARATION PROGRAMME: A Baptism Preparation Programme will take place in the Parish Centre at 8pm on Tuesday, November 26. All parents, with a child to be baptised, must first have attended one of these one-hour baptism programmes. Please ring 069-62141 to book your place.
DESMOND COMPLEX: Our next Fun Day will take place on Wednesday, November 20. 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. We would like to sympathise with the family of the late Eileen Toomey, who passed away during the week. Eileen’s sister Anna is a regular at our Fun Days.
MARANATHA FAMILY TREE HEALING MASS: A Retreat, through the Ministry of Fr. Pat Conlan, O.F.M. Killiney and Janice Carrigg will take place next Sunday, November 17 from 2.30pm to 7.30pm – with Rosary, Praise and Worship, Music by Maranatha Gospel Choir, Holy Mass and Adoration at St. Paul’s Church, Dooradoyle, Limerick.
THE STORY OF LOURDES: On Monday, November 25, Bishop Brendan Leahy will be launching the new book by Fr Micheál Liston, entitled ‘Come and See – The Story of Lourdes’ at Mary Immaculate College (in the Forum – enter by Courtbrack Gate, Ashbourne Avenue – opposite Scotts). Fr. Micheál will be signing the book from 6.45pm. The launch begins at 7.15pm – with light refreshments afterwards. All proceeds on the night will go towards the Limerick Lourdes Invalid Fund.
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.
GARMENT OF FAITH: - To mark the Year of Faith (October 11, 2012 to November 24, 2013), the Pastoral Council has decided to put together a Garment of Faith. People are asked to write (no names) a line or two stating what faith means to them on pieces of fabric in the church.
THE FOLK CHOIR: 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.
GREAT SOUTHERN TRAIL: The definitive History of the “North Kerry line” by Railway Historian, Dr Alan O Rourke will be launched shortly. The launch is provisionally fixed for Monday, November 25. It will be launched by Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in the Lartigue Museum Listowel at 8pm. There will also be a book launch in Newcastle West Library, Gortboy at 8pm on Tuesday 26. Many years of research have gone into this book – it is published under the auspices of the Great Southern Trail. It is also hoped to bring together North Kerry Line associated families, on the evening, to make a start at recording the staff who worked along the line, between Limerick and Tralee, as well as on the Foynes & Fenit branches, and also to take photographs of surviving NK line staff & families. Please inform any families, you know, who were associated with the North Kerry Line, to participate in the launch.