CÚRSAÍ EAGLAISE: The boxes of church donation envelopes for the weekly contributions are now available for all households of the parish. Many were picked up by mass goers at the weekend. The new set of donation envelopes comes into operation on Sunday next, September 1.
The anniversary mass for the late Mary and James O’Connor was celebrated on Sunday last. Daily mass will not take place in the parish church this week as Fr Hurley is on a well earned break.
COMHALTAS: Now with Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann behind us it is time to consider classes and activities for the new season. The local craobh did very well at Fleadh na hÉireann in Derry winning prizes in music and singing competitions, congratulations to all concerned. The craobh is most grateful to the tutors who brought the young people to this level and to all others who helped in any way. Déanaimid comhghairdeas leo go léir.
The final Seisiún night of the current season took place at the Devon Inn on Thursday last and it was a memorable occasion. There was a packed house with quite a few travelling long distances to attend the final show. There were 30 artistes in the entertainment group and musicians, singers and dancers from the audience joined them for the final segment of the night . The Comhaltas craobh would like to thank all the artistes for their dedication throughout the season and all the supporters, many of whom attended on several nights.
MUSIC CLASSES: Enrolment for the new season of Comhaltas music classes will take place at Halla Inse Bhán on Monday evening next from 7.30 to 9pm and it is important that all new pupils, as well as existing pupils who wish to continue for the coming season, be enrolled on Monday next. Most instruments associated with traditional music are catered for in the classes. Many musical instruments are lying idle in houses and the Comhaltas craobh would like to hear from anybody in the locality who might have a musical instrument which they would be willing to donate or lend for use in the classes, contact 069 84039 or 087 9654451. Registration for the dancing classes took place on Saturday last.
HARVEST FAIR: The annual Milford Hospice Harvest Fair takes place on Sunday next, September 1 at the Arena, University of Limerick. The event is in aid of a very good cause and deserves support.
CÚRSAÍ SCOILE: It was a case of back to the class room for many young people of the locality this week as the post primary schools in Newcastle West and Abbeyfeale re-opened after the summer holidays. The local Scoil Náisiúnta re-opens on Monday next and this marks the 170th year since the building of the school in 1843. Six generations of parishioners have passed through its doors since then.
TORTHAÍ: Déanaimid comhghairdeas leis na scoláirí ón bparóiste a fuair torthaí na hArd Teistiméireachta ar an gCéadaoin seo caite. D’éirigh go h-an mhaith leo uilig agus tá súil againn anois go mbeidh a rogha cúrsa ar fáil dóibh sa 3ú Leibhéal, más é sin atá uathu.
SHOW SUCCESS: A number of parishioners were among the exhibitors at the recent Newcastle West Flower Show. Congratulations to Karen Murphy, Shirley Sheehan and Maureen Woulfe who were prize winners at the event.
TOASTMASTERS: The first night of the new season of West Limerick Toastmasters is Wednesday, September 4 at the Desmond Complex from 8.30pm – 10.30pm. If your priorities include learning Communication and Leadership skills at your own pace, developing self confidence and making new friends then Toastmasters could be for you. New members are always welcomed. For further information contact Donnacha on 086 8494505.
ORAL HISTORY INITIATIVE: West Limerick Resources will be running an Oral History Training Initiative this autumn. Training will consist of two elements. Participants will develop Oral History Interviewing techniques as well as examine the legal and ethical issues relevant to gathering Oral History. The second element of the training will focus on digital voice recording and editing techniques.
Training will also explore how oral history can contribute to the local heritage of communities and identify suitable ways of showcasing their research. Training is expected to begin in October and to run one evening per week for 10 weeks. The course is free of charge and open to people living in the West Limerick area. To register for the programme contact Suzanne on 069 79114 or email firstname.lastname@example.org