BAKE SALE: Monagea National School is holding a bake sale on this Friday May 10th from 2 to 4pm. This is in memory of two past pupils, Niamh Herlihy and Darra O’Donovan, who died from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome in 2011. All the proceeds will go to the CRY organisation which is associated with Sudden Adult Death Syndrome. Please bring cakes/buns/tarts (bought or baked) to the school on Friday morning. Everyone from the school community, the parish and the wider area are invited to support this worthy cause.
CARDS: The results of last week’s card game at Monagea Parish Hall were 1st, with ten games, Mike Cronin and Donal Mulcahy. 2nd, with eight games, John Upton and Liam Corbett. Table prizes Rita Corkery and Mary Roche, Chrissie Roche and Eileen Geary. Raffle Bobby Mullane, Nell Culhane, Con Cregan, Danny Barry, Esther Horgan. The card game continues on Wednesday nights at 9pm.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: This Saturday, May 11th, will be a big day in the lives of the 2nd class of Monagea National School as they receive their First Holy Communion. For several months they have been preparing, with their teacher Mrs Avril Daly, so that they will be ready for this day. We wish them all the best and hope they have some sunshine to make it a day to remember for them. The full list is Chloe Beasley, Sarah Bourke, Aine Brennan, Michael Brouder, Jennifer Geary, Jack Kelly, Cathal McCarthy, Eugene Monaghan, Chloe O’Connor, Niamh O’Mahony, Ronan O’Sullivan, Cathal Scanlon and Liam Scanlon. The mass is at 11am.
WALK/RUN/CYCLE: It was dull when it dawned on Saturday last but as the morning moved on the sun began to shine and the threat of rain receded. The organisers began to gather from 9am and by 11am everything was ready for the off. By this time it was obvious that this was going to be a very special day in the history of Monagea Parish. Just after 11am over 300 cyclists set off. Those doing the 80km run headed for Charleville. Those doing the 40km run went to Dromcollogher and home via Feohanagh. Almost 1400 lined up for the walk/run. The runners set off first followed by the walkers. The road from Cotters Cross to the Parish Hall was a sea of people when they got going. The Herlihy and Scanlon families would like to say a sincere thanks to everyone who took part in what was a spectacular event. Thanks also to everyone who helped to ensure that everything went off without a hitch, to the stewards and marshals throughout the routes, to the catering staff who made sure that there was sufficient food and drinks for everyone, to those who donated food and equipment, to those who took sponsorship cards, to the Gardaí for their held, to the Red Cross for their help, to Newcastle West Rugby club who provided parking and to those who transported walkers and runners to Monagea, to those who provided parking facilities around Monagea, to the committee of Monagea Parish Hall for allowing the hall to be used as a base and to anyone else who helped in any way to make this such a successful event. Finally the organisers would like if all sponsorship cards and money collected could be handed in as soon as possible. It is hoped that a cheque can be presented to the CRY Organisation in the near future.
AFTERNOON TEA DANCING: On Sunday last the May Sunday Afternoon tea dance took place at Monagea Parish Hall. Another good crowd attended. Noel Cronin provided the music. Thanks to everyone who gave spot prizes and food. Monagea ladies football club will host the next afternoon tea dance on June 2nd.
IRELAND’S MISSING PERSONS: Irelands missing persons will be remembered on Sunday next May 12th at 2pm at Knockfierna, Co. Limerick. The day’s events are hosted by Knockfierna Heritage Society and guest speakers will include Mary Phelan, Co. Kilkenny the sister of 21 year old JoJo Dollard missing since 9th November 1995 and Bob Shanahan, Limerick City whose son Gus is missing since 11th February 2000 also guest speaker on the day is Mark Patrick Hedderman, Abbot of Glenstal Abbey, Co. Limerick. The names of other missing people will be recalled. A large attendance is expected on the day and all are welcome. For further information contact Pat O’Donovan, Chairman of Knockfierna Heritage Society on 087 9977340.
GREAT SOUTHERN TRAIL EVENT: A 10km Walk, Run or Cycle will take place on Sunday next 12th May at 3pm in Listowel, Co Kerry. The purpose of this event is to highlight extending the “Great Southern Trail” from the Limerick border to Listowel. Starting at the Lartigue Monorail Museum, Listowel at 3pm, walk / run along the John B. Keane Road for 1km to the Tarbert Road (N69). Go along the N69 in the direction of Tarbert for 1.5km as far as Bolton’s Cross where it will turn right on to the R523 (the Athea / Kilmorna / Abbeyfeale Road). Continue Straight along the R523 for about 2.5km as far as Shanacool Cross, where it will turn back and return along the same route to finish at the Lartigue Monorail Museum on the John B. Keane Road in Listowel. Please Wear a Hi-Visibililty T-Shirt or Jacket. The route is close to the old railway line which we hope will be converted to the “Great Southern Trail” walking & cycling path, which currently ends at the Limerick / Kerry border near Kilmorna. For more information on the event please contact Gearóid Pierse at (086) 7228470, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Like on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Listowelrailwalk or visit the Great Southern Trail’s Website: www.southerntrail.net
TOWARDS OCCUPATION: Are you looking for some new skills, new experiences, perhaps a new start? If you’ve been out of work for a long time, for whatever reason, West Limerick Resources is offering you a unique opportunity to sample a range of skills with the Towards Occupation Training Programme. The programme will begin in Abbeyfeale this May on two mornings per week from 9.30am to 1.30pm for 10 weeks. It is broken into short modular workshops in subjects to include health, fitness and nutrition, personal development, confidence building, and craft-based workshops. For more information contact Finn Fitzgerald on 087 759 1951(please leave message if unattended) or 069 61316.
CARBOOT SALE AND INDOOR MARKET: The monthly car boot sale in aid of WL102fm will be held on Sunday, May 12 from 8-1.30pm at the Community Centre, NCW (beside GAA pitch). Gates open 7.30am. Further information 087 6866450.
ABBEYFEALE GATHERING FUNDRAISER: Rathkeale man and Abbeyfeale resident Mike Guinane and his trusty clarinet will be the star attraction at the final afternoon tea dance of the season in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse on Sunday next May 12th from 3-6pm. This is a fundraiser for the Abbeyfeale Schools Reunion July 15-21. Mike performs for the month of September in Lisdoonvarna and is well known to dancing patrons from all over the country for his ability to keep toes tapping - a great afternoon of music and dance is guaranteed.
LIMERICK WEST GIY: Limerick West GIY with the aim of inspiring people to grow their own food will hold its May meeting on Thursday 16th May at 7.00pm sharp in D&M Garden Centre, Croagh with new growers and old hands all welcome. This month’s talk will be all about foods that may benefit your health (Let food be your Farmacy). We will also continue our seed / plant swaps so please bring any unwanted seeds or excess plants and who knows you might just pick up that seed / plant you have been looking for. There is no need to bring anything if you don’t have spares and you can still take what you see during the swap. For June, July and August we will be on the road visiting gardens at our usual meeting time. More details at next meeting and in local press over the coming weeks.