CHURCH NOTICES: Listed readers for this weekend, July 13-14, The Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, are as follows; Saturday at 7pm Eimear Foley, Sunday at 10am Sam Milburn, Sunday at 12noon Joanne Tierney. Eucharistic Ministers, Saturday at 7pm Mary Collins, Mary Bennis and Breda Carroll, Sunday at 10am Michael O’Mara, Mary Enright and Michael Punch, and Sunday at12noon, Seamus Enright, Patricia Barry and Rory Bennis. Please arrange a replacement if you are unable to fulfill any duty allocated to you. The weekly prayer meeting takes place on Monday at 8pm and all are welcome. There will be no weekly Parish Newsletter until the first weekend in September.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in Patrickswell Church on Saturdays from 8am until 12noon. Exposition in Ballybrown on Wednesdays is discontinued until September 4.
BLOOD DONORS: The Irish Blood Transfusion Service requires three thousand donations every week, especially during the summer months, and donor clinics will be held at the following locations to facilitate that requirement during next week; Greenhills Hotel, Ennis Road, on Monday July 15 from 5 to 8pm, and Rathkeale House Hotel, on Tuesday July 16 from 6 to 9pm.You can visit any blood donor clinic as long as ninety days have elapsed since you last gave blood, and you are urged to please give regularly. There will be donor clinics in Newcastlewest and Dromcollogher the following week. For more information contact the Donor Information Line on 1850 731137, or the Blood Transfusion website.
TIDY TOWNS: The environment section of Limerick County Council has informed us that judging for this year’s Limerick in Bloom competition will take place during the week commencing Monday July 29 or the early part of the following week commencing August 5. Photographs of the village with all its features and floral displays will be taken prior to these dates, and will form part of the judging criteria. The recent spell of fine weather has helped greatly in bringing on the flowers, and the watering rota is ongoing on a daily basis. Obviously, the pipe laying of the sewerage scheme coming through the village will not be in our favour this year, and we are especially urging everyone, residents and businesses alike, to be litter conscious, and to play your part by keeping your own areas clean and tidy, and especially litter free. Well done to the Dark Horse, the Resource Centre and Classy Cuts Hairdressing Salon for their floral displays.
LOCAL LION: Many congratulations to local sporting hero Conor Murray for his contribution to the Lions’ 41-16 win against Australia in the third and final Rugby Test on Saturday. A delighted Conor came off the bench fiftytwo minutes into the game and played a key role for the remainder of the match. He now joins a band of elite Limerick players who have contributed to successful Lions tours.
FÉILE na Ngael 2013: The area adjacent to Patrickswell GAA clubhouse was a constant flurry of activity commencing last Friday, which saw the arrival of the team members of the visiting clubs, O’Loughlin Gaels of Kilkenny, and Lucan Sarsfields. for the Limerick Féile. The Under14 hurlers and camogie girls were involved in fixtures throughout the weekend, and also took part in the féile parade on Friday evening in the city. A very successful teenage disco and barbecue was held on Saturday night at the Cu Chulainn, and there was also entertainment and the chance to socialise for the adults. With Main Street and the approach to the clubhouse decked out with club bunting there was a definite air of carnival and celebration during the whole weekend.
GROW IT YOURSELF: Limerick West GIY with the aim of inspiring people to grow their own food goes on the road for the next few months. This month, on Thursday July 18, we will pay a visit Rachel O’Grady’s in Askeaton, with meeting time for the garden tour scheduled for 7pm. Rachel has both fruit and vegetable areas, and is a very experienced organic grower always willing to share her knowledge. If you plan to attend and need directions please text your name to 0879918956. On Thursday August 15 the visit will be to the plot of Chris Enright, Morenane.
FLEADH CHEOIL: A full week of varied and interesting activities is promised for the 53rd Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan, which is being hosted this year by the Castletroy Comhaltas of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann, and will take place in the University of Limerick and surrounding area of Castletroy. There will be concerts, workshops, dancing, traditional solo sets, a session trail, song and dance competitions and a host of other events. More details of these events which will run from this Sunday, July 14-21, are available on the website, munsterfleadh.ie
CHARITY CÉILĺ: If you are looking for something different in the form of entertainment during the summer, a céilí in aid of the Irish Cancer Society is being held at Knockaderry Resource Centre, near Newcastlewest, on Friday August 2. Dancing will be to the Striolan Céilí Band, and will commence at 9-30 pm through to 12-30am. Teas will be served during the evening. Contact Teresa on 087-9427259, or
Deirdre on 086-1630201 for more details.
TRADITIONAL SEISIÚIN:East Clare Comhaltas will be hosting a great night of music, song and dance, every Tuesday during the summer months at Quay Art, Killaloe-Ballina from 8pm until 10pm. Admission will be 8 for adults, and 2 for children. A fantastic night for all the family, so come along to sing a song or have a dance or enjoy a cup of tea.