Mar 23

NEWCASTLE WEST DRAMA: The Arra Players Drama Group are busy rehearsing their forthcoming Play “The Chastitute” which is regarded as the funniest play written by John B. Keane and is well worth seeing. Opening night is Friday, April 12 – with two further performances on Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14. The venue is the newly refurbished Community Hall in Monagea. Admission is €10 and the play commences at 8.30 pm sharp. Tickets will be available at the door, or advance bookings can be made by contacting the following Telephone numbers 087-6325894 or 086-8491983.

NEWCASTLE WEST DRAMA: The Arra Players Drama Group are busy rehearsing their forthcoming Play “The Chastitute” which is regarded as the funniest play written by John B. Keane and is well worth seeing. Opening night is Friday, April 12 – with two further performances on Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14. The venue is the newly refurbished Community Hall in Monagea. Admission is €10 and the play commences at 8.30 pm sharp. Tickets will be available at the door, or advance bookings can be made by contacting the following Telephone numbers 087-6325894 or 086-8491983.

DAFFODIL DAY: The Annual Daffodil Day Coffee Morning takes place this Friday, March 22 at the Red Door Gallery, The Square, Newcastle West. 2013 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Irish Cancer Society, and today, more than ever, they need your help to continue the fight against cancer through support and care for those affected, awareness programmes and by funding research. So please come along anytime between 10 am and 4 pm for a cuppa and a chat. Any contribution will be most welcome and it can make a difference.

COMMUNITY COUNCIL: The Annual General Meeting on Newcastle West Community Council was held in the Community Centre on Wednesday, March 13. The Chairman Michael Finucane, in his opening address, said it had been another successful year for the Council. He thanked all involved for their tireless work in 2012 and thanked the officers for their support and hard work. The following officers were then elected for 2013: Chairman – Ml Finucane, Vice Chairman – Damien Reidy, Secretary – Joan O Shea, Treasurers (joint) – Pat Brennan & Kit Shanahan, PRO – Pat Mcloughlin. Tributes were also paid to Seamus Hunt, who stood down as treasurer – because of other time commitments. While he remains on as a member, it brings to an end, his long term as an officer – which included chairman for a long period. His knowledge, integrity and experience will thankfully be still available to the Community Council. In his closing remarks, Ml Finucane issued an invitation to the people of the parish of Newcastle West to get involved with the Community Council. Anyone interested can get in touch with a member or they are welcome to attend the next meeting on March 27 in the Community Centre at 8 pm.

ART EXHIBITION: An artistic response to the 19th century social reformer and Irish female emigrant champion Charlotte Grace O’Brien, was officially opened at the Red Door Gallery, The Square, Newcastle West by Vicky Nash on March 14. Phil Guerin of the Artistic Co-operative Limerick Lady Associates gave, what was at times, an emotional and sad talk on the plight of young emigrant girls, who travelled in the 19th century by ship to the U.S. in what she described as deplorable conditions – sometimes sharing accommodation with animals. This would have been among the pressing issues addressed and rectified by the reformer. The exhibition runs from March 14 to Saturday, March 30 – open Tuesday to Saturday from 11am to 5pm.

It will include works in both fine art and design by the Artistic Co-operative – Limerick Lady Associates in association with Newcastle West Arts. It promises to be a varied and informing experience regarding this inimitable woman. She was born locally at Cahermoyle and was a later resident of Foynes – while socially active in Cobh and New York. Her legacy of the O’Brien Emigrant Home and Our Lady of the Rosary Mission, New York, are testament to her enduring strength of purpose and character. Though afflicted by a pronounced hearing loss at a young age, her sense of endeavour and love of country, would inspire and strengthen her resolve, in the face of adversity – both at home and abroad – where she was obliged to frequently speak in public. Her words and thoughts on emigration, as recorded, are as prescient today as they were in 1881.

BRUNCH FOR BRIAN: A ‘Brunch for Brian’ will take place this Sunday, March 24 in the Courtenay Lodge Hotel. The fundraiser is being held by the Brian Hunt Memorial – in memory of the 26 year old who died in 2011. His father, Gabriel, is from Newcastle West. Frank McNamara of Late Late Show fame will provide the musical entertainment and children will be entertained with storytelling by Limerick author Roisin Meaney and face painting by artist Marian Sugrue. Tickets are available from the Courtenay Lodge Hotel and Committee members – including Sharon Noonan 087 099 5741. They cost €15 per adult (over 12) and €5 per child. This includes a mouth watering brunch and the aforementioned entertainment. All proceeds go to Temple St Children’s University Hospital, where Brian was treated as a child. More information is available at

BINGO: Desmond Complex/Creche Bingo will be held on Wednesday, March 27 at 8.30 pm in the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West. Prize money on the night will be €2,500”.

BAPTISM PREPARATION PROGRAMME: A Baptism Preparation Programme takes place in the Parish Centre (building in the church car park) at 8 pm on Tuesday, March 26. If you have a child to be baptised, you must have attended one of these one-hour programmes. Please ring 069-62141 to book your place.

ARRA FRIENDS NEWCASTLE WEST: The next meeting will be on Wednesday, April 3rd at the Desmond Complex. We would like to wish all our members and their families Peace and Joy this Easter.

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: Improve your presentation skills and your self confidence. Next meeting is on Wednesday, March 20 at Desmond Complex. Contact Mike at 087-2272788 or Bridget on 087-4146732 or email us

IRISH HEART FOUNDATION: The Irish Heart Foundation church gate collection will take place next weekend (March 23/24). A little goes a long way!

BOOK LAUNCH: Newcastle West Bookstore, Market Yard is delighted to be hosting the local book launch of ‘The Irish in the American Civil War’ by Damian Shiels, on Saturday, March 23 at 2pm. Sean Kelly of Newcastle West Historical Society will launch the book. All are welcome!

COURTENAY SCHOOL: The school will hold its annual Table Quiz fundraiser in the Courtenay Lodge Hotel on Thursday, March 21 at 8.30 pm. Tables of 4 for €40, prizes galore! Monster Raffle, so come and join the fun. Congratulations to our 6th class debating team who are County debating champions and now go on to represent Limerick at Munster level. Well done to all involved and the best of luck in the Munster finals.

HEALING AFTER PREGNANCY LOSS: A healing after pregnancy loss workshop will take place on Sunday, March 24 from 10am to 5pm in the Meeting Room, Adare Heritage Centre, Adare. If you have been affected by the loss of a baby in pregnancy, either recently or long ago, this one-day workshop offers you a safe and healing space amongst other women to explore and release your grief. Cost – €50. To register please contact Nicola Hogg (M.A., MIACP) at 087-6836922 as places are limited.

WEST LIMERICK 102FM RADIO: A new programme has started on West Limerick 102 FM. It is broadcast on Wednesday nights from 8pm to 9pm and follows the lives of people who have amazing stories to tell. On Wednesday next, Lilian Cooper will talk about her various interests – including growing up in Zimbabwe, segregation in schools there, and the changes in cultures she has experienced – ever wondered what it would be like to grow up it these circumstances? Tune into the Circle of Life on West Limerick 102fm on Wednesdays from 8pm to 9pm.

LIFELONG LEARNING: The Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival 2013 will take place on Thursday, March 21 in the Red Door Venue, The Square, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick from 11am to 2pm. This event will showcase the best of Adult Education in West Limerick. Exhibitors include Abbey Radio, West Limerick Resources, Crafty Corner, County Limerick Childcare, Broadford Community Development Association Ltd, County Limerick VEC, Kilmeedy Horticulture and Kilmeedy Healthcare Support. It is open to the public and admission is free. For more information: Contact Adrienne O’Connell, West Limerick Resources on 087 277 3294

GROW YOUR OWN: Limerick West GIY, with the aim of inspiring people to grow their own food, will hold its March meeting on Thursday, March 21 at 7.00pm sharp in D&M Garden Centre, Croagh – with new growers and old hands all welcome. This months talk will be given by Chris, who will speak about cabbages and their versatility, in that they can be harvested all year round by planting different varieties. If you love your greens, this talk will be excellent for both the new grower and the experienced old hands. There will also be our first seed / plant swap of the season so please bring any unwanted seeds, or excess plants, and who knows, you might just pick up that seed / plant you have been looking for. There is no need to bring anything, if you don’t have spares, and you can still take what you see during the swap. GIY’s vision is for a healthier, more connected and more sustainable world, where people grow their own food. The organization brings people together in community groups, and online, to inspire and empower them to grow vegetables. More information from:

SUE RYDER CHARITY SHOP: We need clothes & shoes of all shapes & sizes, unwanted gifts & unwanted prizes. Please remember us when clearing out your wardrobes, presses & cupboards while spring cleaning. The Sue Ryder charity shop is located at Maiden St, Newcastle West. Donations always welcome.

CALVARY CEMETERY COMMITTEE: The Stations of the Cross will be held each Sunday of Lent at 2.30pm in Calvary Cemetery.

LOOKING FOR YOUR PATH: The Carmelite’s in Tallow are hosting a monastic weekend for single women (aged 22-40) discerning a vocation to the religious life from March 22 to 24. For more information: Contact 058-56205 or email:

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

GARMENT OF SUFFERING: A garment will be draped around the cross on Good Friday to remind us that those in pain or suffering in whatever way, represented by the pieces of fabric, are united in their suffering with the suffering of Christ on the cross. If you wish to donate a piece of fabric, please drop it in the basket in church. We would appreciate if pieces could be cut to 6” x 6” squares as this greatly aids in the assembly of the garment. Thank you.

BREAST CHECK: The National Breast Screening Programme offers a free breast x-ray (mammogram) for women aged 50 to 64. Appointments take about half an hour. The mobile screening unit is located at Croom Orthopaedic Hospital. If you wish to register, or check that you are on the register: Please free phone 1800 45 45 45 or register online at

WORK ACCESS: Please note the following: Anyone with a disability, mental health issue or learning difficulty can avail of our service. People wishing to use the service do not need to be on a disability payment. We can offer support also to those already in employment. We can meet anyone for an informal meeting to discuss his/her needs and to clarify any questions about the service we provide. We are currently based on Little Ellen Street, Limerick but we also have outreach offices in Newcastle West and Kilmallock.

LITTLE EINSTEIN’S PRESCHOOL: Little Einstein’s at 17 Bishop Court is now enrolling for September 2013 – including the ECCE scheme places. To qualify for this scheme your child must have been born between February 2, 2009 and June 30,

2010. Little Einstein’s is the only service with a roofed garden in NCW. Please contact Deirdre at 086-0872198 or email:

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