Newcastle West Nov 9

NEWCASTLE WEST BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP: Sunday, November 17 is World Remembrance Day for Road Traffic Victims. All those who have lost their lives on our roads will be remembered – especially in the Masses and prayers that weekend. Members of the Emergency Services will also take part in all the Masses.

NEWCASTLE WEST BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP: Sunday, November 17 is World Remembrance Day for Road Traffic Victims. All those who have lost their lives on our roads will be remembered – especially in the Masses and prayers that weekend. Members of the Emergency Services will also take part in all the Masses.

MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION: The West Limerick Branch will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, November 12 at Maple Lodge, Gortboy, Newcastle West at 8pm. All members are requested to attend. New members are most welcome.

KEVIN DUNDON: SuperValu celebrity chef, Kevin Dundon visits the Devon Inn on Friday, November 22 for a food demonstration. Mr Michael Twohig of Twohig’s SuperValu Abbeyfeale, who is sponsoring the event, has nominated Abbeyfeale Town Park as his chosen charity for the night. Better news still, tickets will be available shortly at the unbelievable price of €10 (normal price €20). All proceeds to the beautiful town park in Abbeyfeale. Watch this space for further details.

OWN YOUR OWN DOLL’S HOUSE: We now have in stock a superb range of beautiful new handcrafted doll’s houses – a deposit secures one, together with weekly installments. Our price range suits all pockets. We are running low on stock and are appealing to the community to donate the best of what they no longer need: clothes, shoes, bags, costume jewellery, unwanted gifts/prizes, but due to space restrictions we are unable to accept books, c.d.’s or toys. For regular updates - Find us & friend us on Facebook – Sue Ryder Newcastle West. The Sue Ryder Foundation is a not-for-profit charity, introduced to Ireland in 1978. The aim of the foundation is to provide a safe and secure environment for older people. Age brings with it many challenges, but for many people, a nursing home is not always the ideal solution. The Sue Ryder Foundation offers its residents the opportunity to continue living independently within a more supported environment. Currently we operate 6 housing developments throughout the country, in Ballyroan, Dalkey, Holycross, Portlaoise, Carlow & Nenagh. Each of these premises has between 55 – 70 self-contained apartments and bungalows. The Sue Ryder Foundation currently operates 32 charity shops, the profits of which go towards the funding of our elderly independent living centre. Many thanks for your continued support and donations, and please be assured that your contribution is going towards a worthy cause.

COMMEMORATION OF THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED: The annual November Rosary will be recited each Sunday of the month in the three cemeteries: Famine Cemetery at 3.00pm; Calvary Cemetery at 3.20pm and Churchtown Cemetery at 3.40pm.

ANNUAL REMEMBRANCE MASS: The Annual Remembrance Mass for those who died in the parish in the last 12 months will take place at 7.30pm on Friday, November 29.

BABY MASSAGE: West Limerick Resources will be running baby massage classes in Newcastle West – starting Thursday, November 7, and running each Thursday from 10.30 to 11.30am – finishing on November 28. Baby Massage is a great gift, it creates a bond between you and your baby, and can assist in the recovery from post natal depression. It also helps to reduce discomforts like colic and wind. It helps soothe baby and aid sleep pattern. Open to parents and babies (aged 6 weeks to walking stage). Expectant mum are more than welcome. There is no charge for Local Authority residents, those who are parenting alone, or in receipt of social welfare, or whose children are attending speech and language/early intervention services. For further information: Contact Theresa on 069 79113

PIONEER TEMPORARY PLEDGE: Many people choose to abstain from alcohol for the month of November, and offer this sacrifice up for their loved ones. If you would like to take the short-term Pioneer pledge for November - please contact 087-9845102.

LIMERICK DIOCESAN PIONEERS FUNDRAISING DANCE: The Limerick Diocesan Pioneers Fundraising Dance will be held in Mungret GAA Hall, on Friday, November 8. Music will be provided by Dermot Lyons with dancing from 9.30pm to 12.30 am. Admission is €10 – with refreshments Served. There will be no West Limerick Region Dinner Dance this year. Please contact Maureen for Tickets (087-9845102).

SPECIAL OLYMPICS POWERING KINDNESS FUNDRAISER: A Special Olympics Powering Kindness Fundraiser takes place from November 2 to November 8. For further information: See

ST JOSEPH’S YOUNG PRIESTS SOCIETY: The annual Mass for deceased members of S.J.Y.P.S. will take place on Tuesday, November 12 at 7.30pm. The Mass will be followed by the usual monthly meeting at 8pm in the Parish Office.

DAY TRIP TO DUBLIN ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24: Leaving Newcastle West at 8am on board Brouder’s Bus. A day to do as you please, meet a friend, take in the sights – museums, Trinity College or just browse around. We will pick up en-route and have a few places still available. Breakfast and dinner will be available at the Harbour View Hotel, Naas. For more information and booking contact Maureen at 087-9845102.

ARRA FRIENDS ACTIVE RETIREMENT: The next meeting will take place on Wednesday, November 6 at 4.30 pm in the Desmond Complex. Aquarobics continue each Monday at 11am at Killeline Leisure Centre. Demesne Walks also continue on Wednesdays at 10.45am. County Limerick Local Sports Partnership is hosting Outdoor Boccia, Fitwalk and Kurling on Friday at 1 p.m. Daphne Casey of Team Hope Christmas Shoe Box appeal, will collect Arra Friends boxes at our next meeting. Thank you all for your generous support.

NEWCASTLE WEST FILM CLUB: Back again on December 6. Trailers are available to view on Tel. 087 687 7970, e-mail :

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: One man band Noel Cronin provides the music for the Afternoon Tea Dance planned for Sunday, November 10 from 3-6pm at the GAA clubhouse. This is a fundraiser for ‘Abbeyfeale for Africa’. Admission is €5, with Teas served and including a raffle.

WEST LIMERICK 102FM CEILI: A Great Ceilí Night, not to be missed, will take place on Friday November 22 at Knockaderry Community Centre. The Music will be expertly supplied by Donie Nolan. It kicks off at 9.30pm – with Tea & Coffee Served including a raffle on the night. Admission is €10 and all are welcome.

CEILI: The Johnny Reidy Ceili Band play next Sunday, November 10 from 3-6 p.m in aid of the Abbeyfeale Christmas lights. So put on your dancing shoes and come & join us next Sunday afternoon. Everybody is welcome and admission is €10.

LIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE FOR FILIAL PLAY: There are still a limited number of places available on West Limerick Resources’ Filial play programme – which starts on Friday, November 8, in the Newcastle West Family and Community Hub. The ten week programme is led by an experienced play therapist and can make a noticeable difference to your child’s behaviour (aged 2.5 to12). It will also make a positive difference to parent’s ability in responding effectively and confidently to the use of parenting skills. Open to lone parents, families in receipt of certain social welfare payments, and those living in local authority housing. For further information: Contact Theresa on 069 79113.

GARMENT OF FAITH: - To mark the Year of Faith (October 11, 2012 to November 24, 2013), the Pastoral Council has decided to put together a Garment of Faith. People are asked to write (no names) a line or two stating what faith means to them on pieces of fabric in the church.

THE FOLK CHOIR: New members are welcome. If you can sing or play an instrument and would like to be part of this group, contact Joan Callaghan at 087-2200189. Practice is held in the Parish Centre on Tuesdays – beginning at 8pm for 45 minutes.

THE OPTIMISTIC GROUP (formerly Newcastle West jobseekers network): Worn out from job seeking & searching? Need a space, and a group, where you will find encouragement and support?? Need some practical assistance, and tools to market yourself?? Need some networking possibilities?? Need to access information on Job-seeking supports – and what’s available in the area? Then, please come along each Wednesday at 1.30pm to Newcastle West Community Centre. Meeting usually takes about an hour. This is an open door, drop in, relaxed format, with a social group aspect. New members are always welcome. Further details are available from Dearbhla on 069 61316.

FILM SHOW OF DIVINE MERCY AND ST. FAUSTINA: Anyone wishing to show this film to a group of people in their home, or in a hall, should contact Bernard & Rita at (067) 33001 or (087) 2612410. This is a free film show and well worth seeing.

DESMOND COMPLEX: Our next Fun Day will take place on Wednesday, November 20. All the usual activities will take place and we hope for a large attendance. We would like to remind people to contact Brendan on (069) 84069 to enable us have a good approximation on 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.

NCW FAMILY CLUB: The family Club for primary school-age children and their parents meets on Wednesday afterschool at 3.30 to 4.45pm. We do Art, sports and games together and have a snack – it includes a play area for younger siblings to come along also. Free for eligible families in receipt of social welfare. Parents must stay throughout. For further information: Contact Theresa on 069 79113.

GST BOOK LAUNCH: The definitive History of the “North Kerry line” by Railway Historian, Dr Alan O Rourke will be launched shortly. The launch is provisionally fixed for Monday, November 25. It will be launched by Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in the Lartigue Museum Listowel at 8pm. There will also be a book Launch in Newcastle West Library, Gortboy at 8pm on Tuesday 26. Many years of research have gone into this book – it is published under the auspices of the Great Southern Trail. It is also hoped to bring together North Kerry Line associated families, on the evening, to make a start at recording the staff who worked along the line, between Limerick and Tralee, as well as on the Foynes & Fenit branches, and also to take photographs of surviving NK line staff & families. Please inform any families, you know, who were associated with the North Kerry Line, to participate in the launch.

MINISTERIAL VISIT: Phil Hogan TD, Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government will visit Newcastle West on Thursday next, November 14 to perform the official opening of the Red Door Business Innovation Centre (BIC). The centre is located in the Red Door Building, The Square, Newcastle West – where the 1st and 2nd floors have been suitably converted. The project was initiated by Newcastle West and District Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with LIT and West Limerick Resources, and will offer successful applicants a chance to participate in the LIT Enterprise Start Programme, which will provide full training and business advice to potential entrepreneurs. The programme will be run over 6 weeks and offers a real market-place perspective on what is involved in creating a sustainable commercial enterprise. On completion of the programme, participants may be given the opportunity to continue developing their business concept on a full time basis – with the support of the Limerick Enterprise Acceleration Platform (LEAP) which is a year long programme. Further details, including website and phone numbers will be available after the centre is opened.

NEWCASTLE WEST MUSICAL SOCIETY: Newcastle West Musical society continues its outstanding production of Fiddler on the Roof over the next two weekends. The show opened to great acclaim for its commitment to drama, singing, choreography, music and the presentation of an exceptionally designed set and beautifully constructed production.

The show will run again on Friday 8 and Sunday 10 November and also on Friday 15 and Sunday November 17. The show begins at 8pm in Knockaderry resource centre. A free copy of the programme is included in the ticket price. Support is hugely appreciated. You will be entertained hugely for the evening. See you there!

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