Newcastle West July 13

MINISTER LAUNCHES HISTORICAL GOLF BOOK: There was a large gathering at Newcastle West Golf Club on Sunday last, in tropical weather conditions, for the official launch of the 75th Year Anniversary Book.

MINISTER LAUNCHES HISTORICAL GOLF BOOK: There was a large gathering at Newcastle West Golf Club on Sunday last, in tropical weather conditions, for the official launch of the 75th Year Anniversary Book.

The launch was performed by Jimmy Deenihan T.D., Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Pat Neville, Club President, who was also MC for the night, kicked off the proceedings and welcomed the diverse assembly which included elected representatives, club members (past and present) and their families.

Paddy Lane, Club Captain and Joan Maher, Lady Captain, spoke about the founding fathers of the Club who had the courage and foresight to start a Golf Club in 1938 and the tremendous progress the Club had made – culminating in the winning of its first All-Ireland title in 2012.

Shay Riordan, Manager of West Limerick Resources – who grant aided the production, said they were delighted to have been involved in book that collected and preserved articles, photographs and memorabilia from the past.

The Minister – a former history teacher – said he was very impressed with production and congratulated the Club on reaching its 75th year anniversary.

He also spoke about the founding of the Club and the move from Newcastle West to Ardagh in 1994, to the former estate of the “Young Irelander”, William Smith O’Brien and the associated history. He also highlighted an article by Margaret Cahill – written about the Golf Dance – which was the Social Event of West Limerick from the 1940’s to the 1960’s.

It was held in the Desmond Castle, Newcastle West and Margaret goes into minute details – describing the fashionable dresses, suits, jewellery and all the associated accessories – including the menu, china and cutlery.

The Minister then performed the official opening of the McEnery Restaurant after John Cussen, who is a historian and long standing member of the club, described in detail the enormous contribution Barry and Kitty McEnery had made to the Golf Club.

They had occupied every office in the Men’s and Ladies Clubs and between them had accumulated almost 80 years of dedicated service to the Club they loved and nurtured.

The function was attended by members of Kitty McEnery’s family – the McCoys – who provided the land at Killeline where the first Golf Course was developed. The book is now available at the club at a cost of €10.00 A quotation at the start of the book comes to mind: “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail”.(author unknown)

STEPPING STONES 4: West Limerick Resources, fourth Stones programme, is set to begin on Tuesday, July 23 and run until April 30, 2014. The programme, which is funded under the Equality for Women Measure (EWM), is open to women who are seeking an opportunity to learn new skills, train for employment, or for those seeking a return to employment.

The programme will run three mornings per week Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday in the Community Centre, Newcastle West from 9:30am – 1:30pm – offering FETAC Level 3 modules in Computer Literacy, Personal Effectiveness & Retail Industry Knowledge. Other non-accredited Workshops include: Textiles & Sewing, Health Related Fitness, Craft -Art & Painting and Web design & Digital Media, including supports on career planning and job seeking. Further information is available from Dearbhla on 069 61316 or Adrienne on 069 79110.

LIVING WITH SUICIDE: As part of their Life’s Journey Series, Lough Derg offers a one day workshop entitled ‘Living with Suicide’ on Wednesday, September 25. This day is for adults who have been affected by suicide, either through personal loss or with suicidal ideation, for those ministering to the suicide bereaved or working in support services. For further information contact Maureen in the Lough Derg Office, Pettigo, Co Donegal. Tel: 071-9861518.

BARN DANCE: A fundraiser for St Ita’s and the Newcastle West Show, which will take the form of a Barn Dance, will take place in Nashville (up Nash’s Lane) on Friday, July 19. Tickets cost €25 and which includes entry, grub and entertainment until 2am. A bar will also be available on site. For further information or tickets: Call 087 099 5741.

LIMERICK WEST GIY: This month we will pay a visit Rachel O’Grady’s in Askeaton on Thursday, July 18 – 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. More details in the coming weeks.

NEWS & CURRENT AFFAIRS COURSE: West Limerick Resources will be offering a one evening session in Newcastle West on Thursday, July 25 on the topic of news or current affairs for those currently involved or interested in becoming involved in producing programming for West Limerick 102 community radio. To course is free of charge to those living in the West Limerick area, however, places are very limited. To register contact Suzanne at West Limerick Resources on 069 79114 or email

CHARITY CEILÍ: A Charity Céilí in aid of the Irish Cancer Society will take place on Friday, August 2 from 9.30 pm to 12.30 am in the Resource Centre, Knockaderry.

It will feature ‘The Striolan Céilí Band’. Tea will be served and all profits will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society. For further information: Contact Teresa @ 087-9427259 or Deirdre @ 086-1630201.

ARRA FRIENDS SUMMER OUTING: On Wednesday, July 24, the Club will go on a day trip to the Glen of Aherlow - visiting Swiss Cottage and dining at Ballyglass Country House. Dinner will be followed with music and dancing. The bus will leave the Desmond Complex at 11 am and return at approximately 11 pm. For booking, with deposit: Please contact Pat Dalton 069-62306.

ENERGY MANAGEMENT AND RETRO-FITTING COURSE: West Limerick Resources is seeking expressions of interest from those interested in taking part in a four day course in Energy Management and Energy Retrofitting. The course will provide learners with a grounding in the key elements that can improve the energy performance of existing buildings. The course will provide a theory primer on heat loss, energy and power and will instruct participants on how to appraise a site and propose possible remedial actions. The course is free of charge and aimed at learners with a basic knowledge of buildings and building construction and is suitable for construction workers to architects, energy advisers and assessors. Limited places available. Contact Suzanne on 069 79114 or email

PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES: A Pilgrimage to Lourdes will depart from Shannon on September 22, for 5 nights. Full details are available from Marian pilgrimages on 01-8788159 or Elma Hanley on 069-62605.

NEWCASTLE WEST JOBSEEKERS NETWORK: Worn out from job seeking? 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? Then please come along on Wednesday, July 24 at 2:30pm to the NCW Community Centre to the new Jobseekers Network.  This is an open door, drop in format. Further details are available from Dearbhla on 069 61316.

SUE RYDER CHARITY STORE: Sue Ryder Charity Store are proud to announce that we are now stockists of the full range of King Cole Knitting Yarns/Wool, Needles, Patterns, & Buttons. Drop in & view the range. There is less than 6 months left to Christmas 2013 – time to start saving for a doll’s house for the special girl in your life. Our stunning collection of dolls houses are externally painted and are supplied in an easy-to-build kit form. The range includes: grand town houses, mansions and cottages from a bygone era.. Find & like us on Facebook – Sue Ryder Charity Shop Newcastle West, for regular updates.

TRIP TO DINGLE: Make a note in your diary for Sunday, July 21, we are heading off to Kerry – taking in the Connor Pass. Leaving on Brouder’s luxury Coach at 9am. To avoid disappointment, early booking is strongly advised. Apologies to those people who we were unable to accommodate on the Inis Mór trip. Contact: Maureen 087 9845102.

DANCING WEEKEND: A dancing week-end will take place from Friday, October 18 to Monday, October 21. We will be leaving Newcastle West, on board Brouder’s luxury coach, at 8.30 am and will pick up en-route.

Our first stop will be for breakfast in Mother Hubbard’s in Kilcolgan, where everyone will be required to pay for their food – same for coming home on Monday evening. We will be based in The Great Northern, 4 Star Hotel, in Bundoran, with full Irish breakfast every morning and a four course dinner each evening.

After dinner we will go to the ballroom in the hotel to enjoy the fantastic line up of entertainment. During the day we will be out and about, and on Saturday we will leave our Hotel at 9am, to head for beautiful Dungloe and we will also visit Daniel O’Donnell’s Heritage Centre.

On Sunday, after Mass, everyone will go on a Mystery finishing up in the famous Rainbow Ballroom of Romance in Glenfarne, Co. Leitrim, where we always receive a very warm welcome and refreshments after the dance. Cost is €250 pps and the only extra you will be asked to pay, is entrance to Ballroom and Daniel’s Heritage Centre.

We have a number of bookings already, so to avoid disappointment: Phone Maureen at 087 98451102 to book your place.

DESMOND COMPLEX: The next Fun Day will take place on Wednesday, July 17. All the usual activities will take place and we hope for a large attendance.

We would again like to remind people to contact Brendan on (069) 84069 to enable us to have a good approximation on numbers.

This year we are doing things different and having a Christmas Bash in November. We are planning a trip to Treacy’s Hotel Spa and Leisure Centre in Waterford City, arriving on Sunday, November 24 – to drinks, evening meal and live entertainment.

Over the next four days we will be treated to an afternoon Christmas-themed movie, followed by evening meal, music and dancing.

There will also be a Makeup demonstration for the ladies, a visit form Santa and an opportunity for photos with Santa. This event will give those interested a great chance to celebrate and enjoy the most joyous season of the year. The cost is €199 P.P.S. and a single room will cost €10 extra per night. Bus transport is not included in these prices. For bookings: please ring (087)2137368. Book early as tickets are limited.

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.

NEWCASTLE WEST SHOW: The Newcastle West Show has been extended this year from a one day event to a weekend affair of family fun and entertainment to complement the traditional horse and agricultural show.

On Friday, July 19 there will be a Barn Dance in aid of the show and Friends of St Ita’s Hospital. Tickets are available from the Red Door Gallery this Saturday 1pm - 6pm and Dan Cronin’s Bar & Bistro. They are €25 each and this includes a delicious BBQ, Ice Cream, live music with Straight from the Crate, a DJ and lots more!

On Saturday 20 July there will be an exhibition of Art and Farming Equipment at the Red Door Gallery. A BBQ Masterclass will be held there by South Africa’s Rozanne Stevens. Places cost €10 and are limited. Please contact Sharon 087 099 5741 to book your spot.

On Sunday 21 July, Rozanne will be at the show site in Ballymoe, Castlemahon to demonstrate her BBQ expertise in the newly added Food Village. This year’s show will feature a number of new family focused attractions such as the Party Time Children’s Fun Area as well as the old favourites such as the cattle, sheep, and poultry classes, dog show, show jumping and dressage to name a few. The Tug of War is currently seeking entries of teams of 8 to win the trophy and cash prizes. Contact Jim on 086 813 4061 before Monday 15 July to register.

Full details about the weekend programme are on the Facebook page or visit

13 DAY HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE 2013: Walk in the Footsteps of our Lord from October 23 to November 4, 2013. Spiritual Director: Fr. Damien Ryan. Half board Accommodation and including all Airport Taxes Ex Dublin - €1,500 P.P.S. Early booking is essential as there are only limited places. Contact Tom O’ Dwyer: 087-2701311 or Sile: 086-8590394.

EASTER 2014 – VISIT POLAND: A trip is being organized to Kraowice, Poland – flying from Cork on Easter Monday, April 21, for 6 nights. Visiting places associated with the life of late Pope John Paul, Divine Mercy devotion (including St. Faustina’s grave), and Czetochowa (the most important Marian shrine in Poland, containing the icon of Black Madonna). A savings scheme is available. Full information and itinerary: From Elma Hanley 06962605.

STARCAMP: Calling all boys and girls aged 4-13 years to a fun-filled, non-competitive, week of singing dancing and drama, where the building of self esteem in our children is of paramount importance. Special family rates. Venue: NCW Community Centre, from August 6 to 10 (9.30am-2.30pm). Call 021-4377900 or log on at

LOURDES PILGRIMAGE: A special West Limerick Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place August 14 – with full board at the Hotel Paradis for 7 nights – accompanied by a spiritual director, with a direct flight from Shannon. For further information: Call Pat Dalton on 069-62306.

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