WALK/RUN/CYCLE: After all the preparations the day finally arrives on this Saturday 4th May. The cycle starts at 11am and the walk/run starts at 12 noon. There is a 40km and an 80km cycle. Both sets of cyclists travel via Rathcahill, Strand, Glenquin, Ashford, Broadford and Dromcollogher. The 40km group turn left in The Square Dromcollogher to Feohanagh, Newcastle West (via Rathina) and back to Monagea. The 80km group continue to Milford, Newtownshandrum and into Charleville. In Charleville they turn left along the Cork-Limerick Road to Rourkes Cross. They go left at Rourkes Cross and back to Newcastle West via Rathina to Monagea. The walk/run travels via Gardenfield, Killeline, Newcastle West, and back to Monagea via Ballyshane. The organisers would like everyone who has not registered to come early on the day so that everything can get going as planned. A bank account has been open in AIB Rathkeale to accept donations. The account number is 04555099 and the sort code is 935263. Money can be lodged to that account from any bank. The event is being organised by the families of the late Niamh Herlihy and Darra O’Donovan. All the funds raised will go to the CRY organisation which might help early detection of heart problems and may save young lives. All we can hope for now is that the weather will be kind and everyone can have an enjoyable day.
CARDS: The results of last week’s card game at Monagea Parish Hall were 1st, with ten games, Bridget Kenny and Donie Culhane. 2nd, with eight games, Tom Purcell and Noel McCarthy. Table prizes Jimmy Murphy and Pat Condon, Jer and Mary Collins. Raffle Richard Liston, Jer Collins, Joan O’Connor, Con Cregan and Nell Culhane.
AFTERNOON TEA DANCING: The next afternoon tea dance at Monagea Parish Hall will take place on this Sunday May 5th from 3 to 6pm. Music will be provided by Noel Cronin. Tea and refreshments will be served. Looking forward to seeing another big crowd.
SHOP MOVE: The St Vincent De Paul Charity Shop is moving from Maiden St to the former Mrs Nash’s shop in Bridge St. The St Vincent De Paul members would like to thank everyone for your support in the past and look forward to your continued support in the future.
ARRA PLAYERS: Following their very successful four night run of John B Keane’s play “The Chastitute” in Monagea Parish Hall, The Arra Players have been invited to Rathkeale. They will perform at Rathkeale Community Centre on May 12th. The proceeds from this performance will go to the Butterfly Club. So if you missed their shows in Monagea you now have a chance to see this wonderful production.
ALZHEIMERS TEA DAY: The Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland are holding a tea day and cake sale at the Red Door, The Square, Newcastle West on Thursday May 9th from 10am to 4pm. All the money raised will go to providing care and family support for Alzheimer’s sufferers in Co Limerick. So why not come along enjoy “a cuppa” and support this very worthy cause.
THANKS: Many thanks to those who came and help the clean-up of the church grounds on Saturday last. There were lots of twigs and leaves around following the recent tree cutting around the church. Also some damage had been done to the lawns. The grounds are now looking neat and tidy for the first Holy Communion and the confirmation.
COLLECTION: The organisers of last weekend church gate collection, in aid of Fianna Fail, would like to thank everyone who contributed. Thanks also to those who helped at the collection.
DARRA O’DONOVAN MEMORIAL CUP: An u15 hurling game between a city/west selection and a south/east selection was played at Monagea GAA field on Sunday evening for the Darra O’Donovan memorial cup. After a keenly contested game the city/west team won on a 1-18 to 1-11 score. There were many very talented players on show for both sides and it would give us great hope for the future of Limerick hurling. Sean Hogan was the only Monagea player to make an appearance for the city/west selection. The match was capably refereed by John McGrath. After the game Darra’s mother Claire presented the cup to the captain of the city/west team. On a cold evening the refreshments in Monagea Parish Hall were very welcome.
THE VOICE OF IRELAND: On Sunday night last the final of the Voice of Ireland contest took place on RTE1 television. The four contestants included Keith Hanley of Charleville who has close links with the Parish of Monagea. After a tense wait for the result Keith was declared the winner. There is no doubt but he has an outstanding future ahead of him. Thanks to everyone from the area that voted for him right throughout the contest. We will be following his career from now on with great interest.
CONGRATULATIONS: Congratulations to Tom Flavin, Reens Pike and formerly of Rathcahill on winning the Limerick Chef of the year in the Irish Restaurant Awards which were held in The Imperial Hotel in Cork last week. Tom is the Executive chef in the Limerick Strand Hotel. He now goes forward for the All Ireland Awards which will be held in The Burlington Hotel Dublin on 10th June.
START YOUR OWN BUSINESS COURSE: West Limerick Resources will be running a Start Your Own Business course in the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West on Saturdays May 11th and 18th from 10am-4pm. The course will cover all aspects of how to start your own business. To register for a place contact Morgan on 069 66290 or email email@example.com
MARIE KEATING MOBILE UNIT: The Marie Keating Foundation mobile information unit will be in Newcastle West (Market Yard) from 10.30am-12.30pm and in Rathkeale (Main Square) from 1.30pm- 3.30pm today Thursday May 2nd. This free service is open to all and will be delivered by a qualified nurse in the unit. She will be able to answer any questions people may have. There will also be information on all the main types of cancer as well equipment which shows the effects of smoking on lungs. This is being organised in partnership with the West Limerick Primary Health Care Project, West Limerick Resources with support from Rathkeale Community Council CE Scheme, West Limerick TUS programme and Limerick County Council.
OLD FURNITURE WANTED: Old & old fashioned furniture (excluding sofas & mattresses) & old/ broken tiles & plates are wanted for a new Newcastle West based furniture up-cycling training course for people who are unemployed. This new training course will restyle old but solid furniture so that it can be re-used & sold on, with money reinvested into the training project for materials. Pick-up of the furniture can be arranged at a cost of €5 per trip required. To arrange a pick up contact Trevor at West Limerick Resources on 069 77752.
WEST LIMERICK CONNECTS: West Limerick Connects is a free phone call service operating out of three Day Care Centres in West Limerick (Abbeyfeale, Glin and Newcastle West). Through this project, phone calls are made to older people who may be living alone, at a fixed time every week to check on their wellbeing and inform them of local events and services. If you or anyone you know, would like to receive a weekly phone call, please contact Irene on 069 66298.
RURAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICE: The Rural Employment Service (R.E.S) works with individuals who are long term unemployed and who want to make a positive change in their lives and who see employment as a central part in that change. This service is free & confidential. The service also provides information on training & education opportunities and support in creating a career plan. You can contact Dearbhla or Finn in the Round House, Newcastle West on 069 61316 & Brenda in W.L.R main office N.C.W. on 069 62222.
TRADITIONAL LIME MORTAR TRAINING: West Limerick Resources will be offering a one week training programme (Monday-Friday, 9.30am-4pm approx) on the use of traditional lime mortar to members of local communities who are interested in undertaking simple conservation and repair work at historic sites (such as graveyards) subject to the necessary permission and guidance of Limerick County Council Archaeologist. This hand—on training initiative is free to those interested in becoming involved in conservation and enhancement work. Limited places available. Registration essential. Venue and dates of training to be confirmed. Contact Suzanne on 069 79114 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a registration form.
VOLUNTEER AMBASSADORS SOUGHT FOR THE GATHERING: As part of The Gathering 2013, Volunteer Ireland is looking for Volunteer Ambassadors for Limerick to provide a warm Irish welcome to visitors during this year’s busy tourist season. This is a fun and exciting opportunity to greet visitors from across the globe and show them why Limerick is one of the best places in the world to visit! Volunteer Ireland is looking for friendly, outgoing and knowledgeable volunteers who aren’t afraid to actively approach visitors and provide information about upcoming Gathering events in the local area. Volunteers must be over 18, have fluent English and should be available to volunteer for one two-hour shift per week (Wednesday to Saturday) between May 24th and August 3rd. Deadline for application is May 9th 2013. For further information see www.volunteer.ie/events/thegathering or call Volunteer Ireland on 01 636 9446.
NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK: As part of National Volunteer Week, Limerick Volunteer Centre will be organising a volunteer team to participate in an Outdoor Painting Project in Adapt Domestic Abuse Services, Rosbrien, Limerick on Thursday May 16th from 9.30am – 3pm. ADAPT operates the country’s largest refuge facility which provides emergency accommodation for women and children who have to leave their homes due to domestic abuse. The play area / garden, for the children who live in the refuge, is in much need of paint work and Limerick Volunteer Centre are hoping to recruit up to 20 volunteers to help with the project. Contact Limerick Volunteer Centre on 087-7387481 or email email@example.com
VTOS OPEN INFORMATION MORNING: Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS) is a second chance education programme for adults over 21 in receipt of a social welfare payment. VTOS will hold an information morning on Thursday next 9th May from 10am to 1pm, at Listowel Community College, for adults wishing to return to education. Details regarding the course and eligibility for the course will be available on the day.