CARDS: The results of last weeks card game at Monagea Parish Hall were 1st and 2nd divided, with nine games each, Mary Roche and Rita Corkery, John Casey and Noreen Coughlan. Table prizes Tess Keating and Catherine Wrenne, John Joe Sexton and Johnny Enright, Pat Condon and John Upton. Raffle Ann Healy, John Joe Sexton, Pat Lynch and Noel McCarthy. The card game continues every Wednesday night at 9pm.
DOG NIGHT: Monagea GAA club are organising a dog night at Limerick Greyhound Track on Saturday March 15th. This was part of the prize when their dog won the €10,000 stake last year. The prize was sponsored by JP and Noreen McManus. Tickets for the night are now on sale at €10 for an individual or €20 for a family ticket. This is a very good way for the club to raise funds. So they look forward to a very big attendance from the parish. All tickets are in a draw for €500, €200 and €100.
CLASSES: The aerobics class resumed on Tuesday night last after the Christmas break. Those classes will continue every Tuesday night at 7.30pm. No doubt many will want to lose those extra pounds put on over the holidays. Why not get a few friends together and come out to get some exercise.
The set dancing classes are on every Thursday night from 8.30 to 10.30pm. All levels of dancing are catered for. The dancing can also be used as a social occasion so why not come along and have an enjoyable few hours. Light refreshments are served during the class.
SUNDAY AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: The next Sunday Afternoon tea dance at Monagea Parish Hall is on Sunday February 2nd. Dancing is from 3 to 6pm to the music of the popular Dermot Lyons. The afternoon tea dances attract people from all over county Limerick and also from Cork and Kerry. The organisers would like to see much more support from the Parish and in doing so support the Hall Renovation Fund.
CLOTHES COLLECTION: Monagea ladies football club would like to thank everyone who has given clothes to their fundraising collection. The collection will continue until the end of January. All clean ladies, gents and children clothes are very welcome. Shoes, bags, belts etc are also being collected. Items can be dropped to Denise Browne in Strand, Joan O’Callaghan in Ballyshane or Dawn Hennessy in Newcastle West. Arrangements can also be made to have clothes collected.
RECENT WEDDING: Congratulations to Elaine Ahern of Gardenfield and Diarmuid McSweeney of Carrickerry who were married in Monagea church recently. The reception was held in the Woodlands House Hotel Adare. One of the highlights of the day was the performance of the Munster Rugby Supporters Club Choir both at the church and again at the hotel. Best wishes to Elaine and Diarmuid for many years of happiness together.
CHARITY CD: A CD in aid of the Donal Walsh Live Life Foundation has been released by PJ Murrihy. The CD, entitled “Don’t leave behind a broken heart”, can be got from the following – Pat Moloney Newcastle West 087 7669452, The Coffee Pot Abbeyfeale or PJ Murrihy in Clare 087 6887480.
NEW MACRA CLUB: A new Macra Club is being set up in West Limerick to cater for young people aged 17 to 35. The club will cover the parishes of Templeglantine, Abbeyfeale, Mountcollins, Tournafulla, Monagea and Killeedy. This is a great opportunity for the young people from these areas to meet on social and sporting occasions. For further information contact Brigid on 086 0822038, find Limerick Macra on Facebook or visit www.macra.ie.
ABBEYFEALE DANCE: A Sunday Afternoon Tea Dance will be held at Fr Caseys GAA Clubhouse on Sunday January 26th from 3 to 6pm. Music will be provided by Big Maggie. This is a fundraiser for West Limerick 102FM the local community Radio Station. Admission is €5 and there will also be a raffle. Refreshments will also be served. Your support would be greatly appreciated.
GRANAGH PLAYERS: Once again Granagh Players are busy preparing for their upcoming shows. This time they have chosen to perform ‘ The Honey Spike ‘ by Bryan MacMahon. They begin tomorrow night Friday 24th Janurary in the Community Centre, Granagh starting at 8pm Sharp. The show will continue on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th January and again the following weekend 31st, 1st & 2nd February at 8pm nightly. Shop & Raffle each night. Admission is Adults €10, Students €5.
The play begins at the Giants’ Causeway, in the month of August , then moves down to the midlands. The main scene is one of the Shannon lakes, Lough Derg and you can almost hear birdsong and fish jumping. By August 10th, the scene moves to Killorglin and Puck Fair and the following morning, August 11th, we arrive at St. Finians Hospital, Kenmare. It is the romantic tale of a young tinker couple, Breda & Martin Claffey, travelling from their native Kerry to the Antrim coast because they want to see ‘ the top of Ireland’. Breda has set her heart on returning to Kerry though, much to the dismay of her husband and in-laws. She believes that in Kerry, is the Honey Spike, the ‘lucky’ hospital where her child must be born. The travellers have a run-in with soldiers at the border, priests in the Midlands and feuding clans in Kerry. Breda rushes towards the future but the past is waiting for her at Puck Fair in the shape of Winifred McQueen, the gypsy girl who wanted Martin for herself. Will she get to the hospital in time ?