NEWCASTLE WEST GOLF CLUB: The Newcastle West All-Ireland winning Pierce Purcell team was hououred at a Gala Dinner in Carton House, Manooth, Co Kildare on Friday last. All the National Cups and Shield winners were feted â€“ with Newcastle West keeping the Munster Flag flying. The dinner was hosted by the Golfing Union of Ireland. Greg Allen was the MC for the night â€“ introducing the individual team members, and all agreed that he had his homework well done. It was another proud day for the team, the club and all involved. This is also an historic year for the club, as it was founded exactly 75 years ago and major celebrations are planned â€“ including the launching of a book that will take the reader on a journey from humble beginnings in 1938 to the magnificent facilities on offer today. The Historical Committee, who are putting final touches to book, say that it will be completed shortly. If anyone has Articles, Photographs or Material that they would like to have included, they should forward them to the office before February 15. The Committee would like to take this opportunity to advise all former Captains (Menâ€™s and Ladies Club) that a photograph of each Captain, since the Clubs formation, is being included in the Book. For this purpose, archive photographs are being used, however, should any Captain have a preference for the use of a personal photograph â€“ please forward to the Office before February 15 â€“ or contact any member of the Committee. For further details: Contact Pat McLoughlin, Pat Neville, Michael P Murphy, Joan Bouchier Hayes, Dan Madigan, John Cussen, Maria Woulfe.
THE GREAT SOUTHERN TRAIL: Saturday, February 2, 2013 will be the 50th Anniversary (day and date) of the last Limerick-Tralee, daily scheduled, passenger train. To mark this significant historic day the GST will host another walk at 2.15pm from Abbeyfeale to Duagh village. This will include a mile of (as yet) undeveloped section in Co Kerry â€“ so waterproof footwear/ wellingtons may be required.
FRIENDS OF THE DISABLED DRIVERS: The Newcastle West Branch of Friends of the Disabled Drivers will hold their Annual Church Gate Collection next weekend, February 2&3. Your continued support would be most welcome.
WORK ACCESS: Please note the following: Anyone with a disability, mental health issue or learning difficulty can avail of our service. People wishing to use the service do not need to be on a disability payment. We can offer support also to those already in employment. We can meet anyone for an informal meeting to discuss his/her needs and to clarify any questions about the service we provide. We are currently based on Little Ellen Street, Limerick but we also have outreach offices in Newcastle West and Kilmallock.
UPSKILLING IN BROADCASTING TRAINING: Those interested in becoming a volunteer broadcaster at West Limerick 102 Community Radio are now invited to take part in a dedicated 12 week training programme to develop the skills to produce and present high quality programming for the community station. Topics will include Role of Community Radio, Radio Presenting, Researching for Radio, The Role of the Producer, Technical Skills and News & Current Affairs. The course is free of charge â€“ with Limited Places Available. Open to those living in the West Limerick area and interested in volunteering with the community radio station. For further information and an application form: Please contact Connie Broderick, WL102 on 069 66200.
HEALING IN THE CHURCH: A ceremony will take place from 6.30pm to 7.30pm on Friday, February 1. It will be dedicated to praying for vocations to the priesthood and religious life, and for healing for those wounded by church personnel.
NEWCASTLE WEST TEDDY BEAR PICNIC: The Language and Play group for families in receipt social welfare will hold a Teddy Bears Picnic on February 6 from 10.30am to 12 Noon. Children can bring their own doll/bear to join in the fun which will include stories, songs and art â€“ life size teddy bear to visit. Contact: Theresa at West Limerick Resources on 069 79113.
â€¨ST BRIGIDâ€™S DAY: Customary celebrations (Rosary by candlelight and prayers) for the feast of St. Brigid will take place at St Brigidâ€™s Well, Shanagarry, this Friday, February 1 at 8.05pm (after Mass).
NEWCASTLE WEST FILM CLUB: On Friday night next, February 1 the Film Club returns at 8pm in the Desmond Complex. The movie â€œSamsaraâ€ was filmed on 5 continents in 25 countries â€“ over almost 5 years â€“ a mammoth undertaking. Itâ€™s a visual feast not to be missed. Admission is â‚¬7 per screening incl. â‚¬1.00 membership, with refreshments available. The schedule as follows: Friday, February 1 â€œSamsaraâ€ (A triumph of the moving image). Friday, March 1 â€œWomen on the 6th Floorâ€ (Life is about to change a lot). Friday, April 5 â€œBarbaraâ€ (Ordinary people at extraordinary times). Trailers are available to view on www.ncwfilmclub.wordpress.com Tel. 087 687 7970, e-mail : email@example.com.
PIONEERS: The first meeting of 2013 takes place on Tuesday, February 5 at 7.30 pm in the Parish Office. All committee members are requested to attend. New members are very welcome.
WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: New Year - More confident you - Become a better communicator and a better leader - West Limerick Toastmasters can help. Learn to speak before an audience whether itâ€™s for church readings, work presentations or club presentations. The next meeting will take place in the Desmond Complex on Wednesday, February 6 at 8.30pm sharp. For further information: Contact 087-4146732 or 087-2272788 or website http://www.limerickwesttm.org/.
RED CROSS PARTY: The Newcastle West Branch of the Irish Red Cross Society hosted their Annual Gala Christmas/New Yearâ€™s Dinner for the senior citizens, widows and widowers, in the Desmond Complex on Sunday last, January 27. A great day was had by all.
CELEBRATE THE YEAR OF FAITH: - Come to a day of Prayer at Knock Shrine on February 2 at 10.00am to 5pm. The day includes talks, Rosary, Adoration and Holy Mass. Talks will be given by Fr Killian Byrne, Foyers of Charity. For more information: Contact 086-1678027.
INTERIOR DESIGN: WLR in conjunction with VEC will be offering an interior design course for Newcastle West parents in receipt of social welfare in the Community Hub â€“ starting February 21. It will run for 4 weeks from 10am â€“ 12 noon followed by 8 weeks of personal development. Booking required. Contact Theresa on 069 79113
A GATHERING YOUTH SERVICE BIRTHDAY: This year Limerick Youth Service celebrates its 40th birthday. In the four decades since Sr. Joan Bowles opened the doors, 1.2milllion young people have passed through them. Thatâ€™s 1.2million young people! In recognition of this milestone, LYS will host a number of events throughout 2013 to will raise awareness of the role that LYS has and continues to play in supporting and encourages our young people. Looking forward to the 40th celebrations, LYS Director, Catherine Kelly, thanked the many volunteers, staff and young people who have contributed to LYS since 1973. â€˜We are looking forward to what promises to be a busy year and meeting some old faces,â€™ said Ms. Kelly, who has been with LYS since the 1980s. â€˜Although LYS has changed a lot since those early days, we still remain true to Sr. Joanâ€™s belief that only the best is good enough for our young people,â€™ continued Ms. Kelly. infolink will keep you up to date on all the events planned for our 40th. We would especially like to hear from former members who would like to share thoughts of their time at LYS.
MAYOR VISITS NORTHSIDE: The Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Gerry McLoughlin paid a visit to LYS projects in Ballynanty, Moyross and Watch House Cross recently.â€¨Accompanied by his colleague Cllr. Tom Shortt, Mayor McLoughlin spent time chatting with young people, staff and volunteers and was given an insight into the role that LYS plays in these communities. Mayor McLoughlinâ€™s first port of call was the 4th Corner, Northside Youth Cafe, Watch House Cross, where exited young people proudly told the mayor of their many accomplishment, including conquering Irelandâ€™s highest peak, Carrauntoohil. The mayoral party then made the short journey to Moyross, where they were given a tour of the Family Support Centre in White Cross Gardens. Yet again an excited group of staff, volunteers and young people told the mayor about the importance of the programme to the local community.
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK 2013: - For the past four or five years Catholic schools have been invited to celebrate Catholic Schools Week to highlight the importance of the Catholic ethos of these schools. During the coming week our schools will be holding celebrations in their schools to mark this event. Details of these celebrations will be made known to families through the schools. Any support that families can give by turning up will be appreciated.
TAIZÃ‰: Limerick Diocese is organising a pilgrimage for young adults (over 18â€™s) to TaizÃ© from July 4 to 9. TaizÃ© is a great place to meet young people of different religions â€“ to reflect on your faith and pray and sing together. The pilgrimage also includes a trip to Paris and Disneyland Paris. If there is anyone (18+) interested please of contact Fr. Duhig (069-62141).
SUE RYDER: Itâ€™s time to Detox your wardrobe, and to re-gift unwanted gifts/prizes to Sue Ryder, Charity Shop, Maiden St. Newcastle West.Make it part of your life in 2013. Enquiries/Donations are always welcome â€“ Contact Irene @ 087 764 5585
S.J.Y.P.S: The Newcastle West Branch of St. Josephâ€™s Young Priests Society will resume its monthly meetings on Thursday, February 7 in the Parish Office at 8pm. All promoters are earnestly requested to attend and new members are most welcome.
DESMOND COMPLEX: The next Fun Day will take place on Wednesday, February 6. The usual activities will take place and we hope for a large attendance. We would again 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 â€“ 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. Anyone interested in pilgrimages to Fatima or Assisi, San Giovanni Rotondo and Medjugorje from May 23 to 30 or September 19 to 27 respectively, should contact Joan Bourke on (061)600951. The tours will be accompanied by a spiritual director.
MORE DRAMA: Granagh players will perform â€˜ London Assurance â€˜ one more time for Charity on Saturday, February 2 in Granagh Community Centre, at 8 pm. Proceeds will go to St. Josephâ€™s Foundation, Charleville. St. Josephâ€™s Foundation, Charleville, are building a new Autism Unit on a recently purchased farm in Liskennett, Granagh. Planning permission has been received and tendering is in progress. They are fundraising for equipment for the unit at the moment. They will also have an equestrian centre there, and one piece of equipment - a real life-size model horse - will cost about â‚¬ 23,000. We are delighted to be able to help out this fantastic organisation in their ever expanding care centres. Admission: Adults â‚¬10, Teens â‚¬5. U12s are Free. Shop and Monster Raffle