Feb 23

CHELTENHAM PREVIEW EVENING AT DUNRAVEN ARMS HOTEL: The annual Cheltenham preview evening takes place on Sunday March 3 at 8.00pm in the Dunraven Arms Hotel. With a panel of Irish and English experts and hosted by Nick Luck this promises to be an informative and entertaining evening. Tickets are available from the hotel, 061 605900.

CHELTENHAM PREVIEW EVENING AT DUNRAVEN ARMS HOTEL: The annual Cheltenham preview evening takes place on Sunday March 3 at 8.00pm in the Dunraven Arms Hotel. With a panel of Irish and English experts and hosted by Nick Luck this promises to be an informative and entertaining evening. Tickets are available from the hotel, 061 605900.

CONFIRMATION IN ADARE: We pray for all the children of the parish receiving the sacrament of Confirmation this week from Fr. Tony Mullins, Diocesan Administrator.

WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER: On Friday March 1, women (and men as well) come together throughout the world to pray, to express the desires of their hearts to God. Traditionally here in Adare the different Christian Denominations host the day of prayer – this year it is the turn of Holy Trinity Church. You are welcome at 10.30am in church and for light refreshments afterwards in the Heritage Centre.

ADARE COMMUNITY COUNCIL COMMUNITY RESOURCE OFFICE: The Adare Community Council have now set up a Community Information Office based in the Village Hall. Opening hours at present are 10am to 4pm Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Currently a Data base of all local services, clubs and amenities as well as a Community Event Diary are being developed, so if you would like to submit up to date information about your organisation please ring 0894348105 or email adarecommunityoffice@gmail.com

ST NICHOLAS’ NATIONAL SCHOOL: St Nicholas’ National School is hosting an open afternoon at 3.30pm and an open evening at 8.00pm on Tuesday 26 February in the school. The school is now taking enrolments for September.

ADARE UNITED TABLE QUIZ: Adare United will be holding a table quiz on Saturday March 2 in Sean Collins Bar at 8.30 p.m. Entry fee will be €40.00 for a team of four.

LIMERICK WEST GIY: Limerick West GIY with the aim of inspiring people to grow their own food will hold its February meeting on Thursday February 21 at 7.00pm sharp in D&M Garden Centre, Croagh with new growers and old hands all welcome. This month’s talk will be given by Rachael O’Grady who will speak about fruit trees. With the new growing season starting to get into gear this talk will be excellent for both the new grower and the experienced old hands. There will also be a small piece about potatoes with the emphasis on taste, disease resistance etc. GIY’s vision is for a healthier, more connected and more sustainable world where people grow their own food. The organisation brings people together in community groups and online to inspire and empower them to grow vegetables. More information from www.giyireland.com.

KNOCKFIERNA RAMBLING HOUSE: The very popular Knockfierna Rambling House will hold a special night of storytelling, music, singing etc at Kilfinny Community hall on Friday March 1 at 8pm. So mark your diary for what promises to be a wonderful night’s entertainment. There is no admission fee. All are welcome.

ADARE ACTIVE RETIREMENT: Bowling continues every Tuesday at 3pm at Embury Close Hall. On February 21 James McGinley from JMG Travel will give a talk on Tours and will also be giving details of his Cruise departing Dublin in September at 7.30pm in Embury Close Hall. Everyone welcome to attend.

MASS READERS, EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS AND ALTAR SERVERS: The Mass Readers for this weekend are Saturday, 7.00 First Holy Communion Parents, Sunday, 9.30 Pat O’Connell and 11.30 Eileen O’Byrne. The Eucharistic Ministers are Saturday, 7.00 Mary O’Connor and Helen Gleeson, Sunday, 9.00 Gabriel Higgins and 11.30 Mary Moore and Sean Fitzgibbon. The altar servers are Team G on Saturday and Team B on Sunday at 11.30.

ADARE CLOTH OF PAIN: During Lent, the Adare Parish Liturgy Committee want to put together a ‘Cloth of Pain’ representing the pain and hurt of parishioners and to bring it to Jesus on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. We ask you to donate pieces of cloth (8-10inches sq. approx.) which will be made into a patchwork quilt. A basket will be left in front of the altar. There will be a special service on Friday 22 March in Holy Trinity Abbey Church based on the theme ‘The Seven Last Words’ of Jesus from the cross.

JOB SEEKERS: Do you have a disability or a health issue? Find it hard to get a job? Need some help getting started? Please contact Work Access Ltd, 061 493095. We provide a supported employment service in Limerick city and also outreach offices in Kilmallock and Newcastlewest.

THE WITNESS: The Witness, a musical by Carol & Jimmy Owens, is the story of Jesus, told and sung by Peter and the other men and women who knew the Master best. Featuring a great cast and coordinated by Fr. Terry Loughran. “The Witness” will be presented by the Diocese of Limerick, in the Lime Tree Theatre, Mary Immaculate College, on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 March at 8pm. This production which is being staged just before Easter is an ideal opportunity for parishes, youth groups, as well as individuals to participate in a meaningful and relevant way in the Year of Faith and to enter into the spirit of the season of preparation for the events of Holy Week. Young people would particularly enjoy this Musical. You can book your tickets at the Lime Tree Box Office Tel 061-774774 or www.limetreetheatre.ie at €15 each.

ADARE PARENT AND TODDLER GROUP: Adare Mother and Toddler Group is held in the upstairs room in the Heritage Centre. They meet at 10.15 until 12.15. They would like to issue a special invitation to all parents of children from 0-5 to come and join us on Friday mornings especially Dads, childminders and grandparents minding children in the afore mentioned age group. If you are expecting your first baby and would like some advice and a chat please do come along. The cost is €3 per family and includes tea, coffee, biscuits and treats for the toddlers! For further information please contact Tina on 087 9189459.

LIMERICK COUNTY A.A. MEETINGS: There is a closed meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A) in the C.B.S National School, Rathkeale Rd, Adare every Sunday night at 8:30 for anyone who might think they have a problem with alcohol or who need help to stop drinking. Limerick County A.A can be contacted at limerickcountyarea@gmail.com or on 087- 9313134.

PARISH WEBSITE: www.adareparish.ie has news of the parish, schools, marriage information, etc. It is a very comprehensive website with a lot of local parish information. There will also be a virtual tour of the church upon completion of the restoration project.

ADARE MARKET: Adare County Market is held every Saturday from 10am to 2pm in front of the Village Hall. There are a wide variety of artisan, homemade goods for sale which including Fresh Fruit and Vegetables, Home Baking, Handknits, Handmade Greeting Cards and Jewellery, Free Range Eggs, Homemade Jams (Seasonal), Handmade Crafts including an Alterations Service. We look forward to seeing you there. If you are interested in having a stall at the market please contact Hugh Doherty at the fresh Fruit and Vegetable stall where he will give you an application form.

ADARE VILLAGE HALL NEWS: A great night was had by all with “A Wake in the West”, a fantastic production last Friday night at the Hall. Congratulations to Feohanagh-Castlemahon Players and all concerned in making the night such a success. The Hall is synonymous now with these plays, what a wonderful night’s entertainment! Watch this space for further productions on the way. We are blessed too in the Village to have our very own drama Group “The Maigue Players”, who are looking for new local recruits. There is a play in the pipeline from this very talented group. We are hoping to have a table quiz in Lena’s for the Village Hall on March 1, details will follow. St. Patricks Day will be lively in the Village with St Patrick visiting the village with his snake, A Best Dressed Leprechaun competition for Children, judged by Richard from I love Limerick and Lydia Turley Miss Spin South West. Lots of music with local musicians & dancers as well as evening entertainment, “ A Joke for Limerick”, please check out http://www.limericklaughs.com/ . Further details on this event will follow next week.

Adare Fianna Fail AGM: will be held at Heritage Centre on Monday, February 25 at 8.15pm. All are welcome to attend.

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