Newcastle West Jan 25

RATHFREDAGH CHESHIRE HOME ANNUAL WALK: This year’s walk will take place on Sunday, January 26 at 10am from Barna to Rathfredagh Chesire Home – along the old railway line. Cyclists can also get involved – with a cycle, on the same day, from the Deebert Hotel, Kilmallock to Rathfredagh – beginning at 9am. For more details or sponsorship cards: Contact 069-83100.

RATHFREDAGH CHESHIRE HOME ANNUAL WALK: This year’s walk will take place on Sunday, January 26 at 10am from Barna to Rathfredagh Chesire Home – along the old railway line. Cyclists can also get involved – with a cycle, on the same day, from the Deebert Hotel, Kilmallock to Rathfredagh – beginning at 9am. For more details or sponsorship cards: Contact 069-83100.

RAINBOWS SUPPORT PROGRAMME FOR CHILDREN: Rainbows is a free support group for children between the ages of 4 and 12 – designed to assist children and youths who are grieving a death, separation or any other painful transition or change in their family. Run by trained volunteers, the programme is not a counseling or therapy service, but is instead, a safe, confidential setting where children can share their grief associated feelings with each other and with these trained facilitators. New progammes will begin in Newcastle West and Abbeyfeale in early 2014 for will be of one hour duration per week for twelve weeks. For an application form or information: Please contact Theresa Shanahan at West Limerick Resources on 069 79113. Further information is available on Deadline this Friday January 24th.

RED CROSS PARTY: The Newcastle West branch of the Irish Red Cross Society will host its belated annual gala Christmas/New Year dinner and Party for senior citizens, widows and widowers at the Desmond Complex on Sunday, January 26 at 1.30pm. Admission is strictly by ticket only. Tickets are available from any of the committee members or by phoning Pat Dalton (069-62306) on or before Thursday, January 23. Your co-operation in this matter will be very much appreciated.

VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED: Volunteers are required to teach older people basic computer skills in Newcastle West. Volunteers do not require any specific qualifications or experience, but must be willing to commit to volunteer 1 hour per week for a 6 week period to support small groups of 2 people at a time. Contact Irene at West Limerick Resources on 069 66298 or email

ARRA FRIENDS NEWCASTLE WEST: The next meeting will be at 4.30 pm on Wednesday, January 29 in the Desmond Complex. Please note that the AGM will be held at 4.30 pm on Wednesday, February 12 also in the Desmond Complex. We look forward to a large attendance at both these meetings. God Bless you all and remember to enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and discover they were the big things.

CELEBRATION OF LIGHT: A Celebration of light for those bereaved by suicide will be held in the Church on Sunday, January 26 at 4pm. On the table near the Tree of Light in the church you will find little cards. If you have been bereaved by suicide, please write the name of your loved one on the card and place it on the tree. All are welcome to attend.

BISHOP’S VISIT: As you may be aware, the parish have put together a Family Prayer Booklet in the hope that some families will take up this practice. The Bishop has kindly agreed to come and celebrate the 10.30am Mass on Sunday, February 9 – where he will officially launch it. All are welcome.

DRAMA TIME AGAIN IN GRANAGH: The Granagh Drama Group will present ‘ ‘The Honey Spike’ by Bryan McMahon in the Community Centre, Granagh at 8pm nightly on Friday, January 24, Saturday 25, Sunday 26 and again the following weekend Friday, January 31, Saturday, February 1 and Sunday, February 2. You will meet Breda & Martin Claffey – a young tinker couple who have travelled from their native Kerry to Antrim, because they wanted to see ‘ the top of Ireland’. However, Breda is pregnant and she decides that her child is to be born in the Honey Spike - the ‘lucky’ Kerry hospital. They have Martin’s mother Poll-Poll and his stepfather Mickle for company, which at times is not very helpful! They have a run-in with soldiers at the border, priests in the Midlands and feuding clans in Kerry. The past is waiting for Breda at Puck Fair in the shape of Winifred McQueen, the gypsy girl who wanted Martin for herself! You will have to come and see how it all turns out. Admission is €10 for Adults and €5 for Students – with a Shop & Raffle each night.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: An Afternoon Tea Dance will take place at Fr. Casey’s Abbeyfeale on Sunday, January 26 in aid of WL102fm. Dancing to Big Maggie 3-6pm, teas served, raffle. Adm. €5.Please support.

BARNARDOS BREAKFAST CLUB: Barnardos are currently recruiting for Breakfast Club Volunteers for two mornings per week – Monday to Friday from 8am to 10am, in St Mary’s National School, Bishop Street, Limerick, and Southill Junior School, O’Malley Park, Limerick. Please contact Suzanne on 01-7080431 or email

DESMOND COMPLEX: The next Fun Day will take place on Wednesday, February 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 of 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 extend our best wishes to Bridgie Bond who is ill at this time. Bridgie is ever present at our Fun days. We hope to see her back in the near future.

LAY DOMINICAN PILGRIMAGE TO FATIMA (7 NIGHTS): Staying at the Hotel Tres Pastorinhos. Departing from Dublin on October 2, 2014 and the price of €799 PPS includes meals for the duration of your stay and insurance. Single Room Supplement is € 25 per night. If paid in full by February 3, you get € 100 off price. If deposit is paid by February 3 you get € 50 off price. Spiritual Director will be travelling with group. Further details from Bro. Michael Neenan O.P. (01-4048100) or contact Maureen Finnegan (087-9845102).

PANTO PUSS IN BOOTS: The Panto ‘Puss in Boots’ takes place on Sunday, February 16 in the I.N.E.C. Killarney – leaving Newcastle West at 3.30pm, (please note change of time). This is a very popular night out and early booking is strongly advised. We have a number of places already booked. Contact Maureen (087-9845102).

SUE RYDER:De-clutter your wardrobe, look under your bed, check out your attic, garage and shed. I’m sure you’ll find items you no longer need and we’ll find home for them. We need clothes and shoes of all shapes and sizes, unwanted gift & unwanted prizes. We also would like some curtains and bedding, or that old china tea-set you got for your wedding. Please take some time to look around the house – we’ll take almost everything. Sue Ryder foundation, Maiden St, Newcastle West.

DANCING WEEKEND: Are you interested in a weekend of Dancing from Friday, May 16 to Monday, May 19? Venue is West Cork – with dancing to Micheal English & his band on the Saturday night. This is a fantastic break – that won’t break the bank. For more details and booking: Contact Maureen 087 9845102

LIMERICK YOUTH’S TAKE TO THE STAGE: Limerick Youth Service will hold its annual Variety Show at LIT’s Millennium Theatre on Friday, January 24 from 7.30pm to 10.30pm. The Variety Show will see young people participate in five categories: Dance, Song, Band, Music & Performance – with the winners representing Limerick Youth Service at Youth Work Ireland’s National Finals in June. The evening will also see young people and volunteers add a touch of Hollywood to the evening, as they strut their stuff in an ‘At The Movies’ themed Fashion Show.

Richard Lynch, of ilovelimerick and Aofie McLoughlin, a former contestant in the Voice of Ireland, will be two of the judges on the evening, with further special guests due to drop in. If you would like to know about the Variety Show please contact Joe Walsh, Limerick Youth Service at or at 083-3718793.

BAPTISM PREPARATION PROGRAMME: A Baptism Preparation Programme will take place in the Parish Centre at 8 pm on Tuesday, January 28. All parents, with a child to be baptized, must have first attended one of these one-hour baptism programmes. For further information or to book your place: please ring 069-62141.

LEGION OF MARY: The Legion of Mary – Immaculate Conception, meets every Tuesday at 3pm in the Parish Centre. New members are most welcome.

MEDJUGORJE 2014: The Newcastle West Medjugorje Prayer Group are in the process of organizing a pilgrimage to Medjugorje from July 30 to August 6, departing from Dublin airport. Booking is for one week B/B and evening dinner. Cost is € 659 ex airport, and comprehensive pilgrimage insurance is included. Our spiritual director is Fr. Frank Duhig P.P. For further details: Contact Mary Keating (069-60375 or 086-6046524) or Paddy Geary (069-77595 or 087-6247672).

ADULT EDUCATION NIGHT CLASSES: Registration for spring 2014 Adult Education (night classes) will take place in Hazelwood College on Monday, January 27 between 7pm and 8.30pm. See church notice-board for further details or

SAMARITANS:The Samaritans have introduced a new free-to-caller telephone number – 116123, which is being piloted in Limerick City, County and North Tipperary. Because of limited funds, they are asking as many people as possible to distribute details of the number. Please help to spread the word. Thank you.

TWITTER: If you are on Twitter, we encourage you to follow us @NCWParish where you will be reminded of upcoming events, posting the newsletter and photos/updates of parish events.

TRÓCAIRE: Trócaire’s door-to-door fundraisers are in our area at the moment and are clearly identifiable - wearing a blue branded Trócaire jacket and carrying photo ID. They will be raising awareness of Trócaire’s work and asking people to support Trócaire with a monthly direct debit.

AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF LIMERICK DIOCESE: A new illustrated history of Limerick Diocese has just been produced. As well as giving a history of the diocese – it includes a short history of each parish. Beautifully illustrated, this book is priced at €20 will be on sale as you leave the Church after Mass.

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.

BINGO NIGHT: Desmond Complex/Creche will be holding a Bingo Night on Wednesday, January 29 at 8.30pm in the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West. Prize money on the night will be €2,500.

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