CARDS: The results of the card game at Monagea Parish Hall last week were 1st and 2nd divided, with ten games each, Kathleen O’Gorman and Nell Culhane, Danny Barry and Brendan Kelly. Table prizes Donal Mulcahy and Pa Quilligan, Con and Esther Horgan, John Joe Sexton and Johnny Enright. Raffle Pat Condon, Donal Mulcahy, Peter Culhane, Mary Collins, May O’Brien. The card game takes place every Wednesday night at 9am.
THANKS: The organisers of the recent church gate collection in Monagea, on behalf of Self Help Africa would like to thank everyone for their contributions. Your generosity will help in no small way to carry out some much needed work with people who need it very much. Thanks also to those who helped with taking up the collection.
SYMPATHY: Sympathy to Michael and Patsy Phillips and family of Rathcahill on the death of Patsy’s mother Mrs Mary Cusack of Charleville and formerly of Rylands Ballingarry and Caher Lane Abbeyfeale. Her funeral took place from Harnetts funeral home Abbeyfeale on Tuesday evening to Abbeyfeale church. Burial took place on Wednesday in Reilig Ide Noafa. She is survived by husband Simon, sons, daughters, sons in law, daughter in law, grandchildren, great grandchildren other relatives and friends. May she rest in peace.
DRAMA: The Arra Drama Group are performing John B Keanes play “The Chastitute” in Monagea Parish Hall Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights April 12th, 13th and 14th. Each performance will start at 8.30pm. This is the Arra Drama Groups first time performing in Monagea and we hope that the recent refurbishment of the hall will make it a suitable and comfortable venue for the play. Admission is €10 and it would be great to see a big crowd supporting the efforts of the group.
NATIONAL SCHOOL WALK: The weather was not two kind to the walkers in the recent Monagea National School Parents Council sponsored walk. However it did not take from the enthusiasm of the large crowd in attendance. The parent’s council would like to thank everyone who walked, those who collected sponsorship and everyone who made contributions.
CLOTHES COLLECTION: A used clothes collection is being organised by Monagea National School on this Thursday March 21st. Clean used clothes can be handed into the school on this morning.
LIMERICK GAA DRAW: The Limerick GAA club draw for March took place at the Cu Chulainn Bar, Patrickswell recently. This was the first draw for 2013 and there are nine draws left up to December. Monagea did not have a winner but the top prize of €15,000 went to Ann Collins of Tournafulla. The next draw will take place on Friday April 5th at The Old Stand, Shanagolden. Monagea GAA club would like to thank everyone who joined through the club. Anyone who missed the first draw can still join the remaining nine draws at €10 per draw. To do so contact any club member.
CRY FUNDRAISER: Another big crowd attended last week’s meeting of the CRY fundraiser. The 10k walk/run and the 80k cycle are going ahead on Saturday 4th May. The number of people walking, running and cycling around the roads of West Limerick has increased greatly in recent weeks in preparation for May 4th. With several hundred people expected to take part many volunteers will also be required to make sure that the day runs smoothly. If you are not taking part but would like to help then please contact Liam Herlihy of Strand or Tom Scanlon of Gardenfield. The funds raised will go to the CRY organisation (Cardiac Risk of the Young). Sponsorship cards are also around and your financial support would also be greatly appreciated.
SOCCER SUCCESS: Congratulations to Kieran Herlihy of Strand who was a member of the Newcastle West soccer team that won the U17 cup final on Saturday last. They beat Breska Rovers 4-2 in the final in Clounreask. Kieran was also named man of the match after the game.
GREYHOUND RACING: The quarter finals of the Con and Ann Kirby memorial puppy stake were run at Limerick Greyhound Stadium on Saturday night last. The dog drawn by Monagea GAA club, Roxholm Bully, is safely through to the semi-final having finished second in his quarter final. With a prize fund of €160,000 this is the richest puppy stake in the world and is sponsored by JP and Noreen McManus. There is also €20,000 to be shared by the nominating clubs. The winning GAA club will get €10,000, the second gets €5,000 and the third gets €2,000. The three unplaced clubs in the final get €1,000 each.
TOURNAFULLA 5KM: The inaugural Tournafulla charity 5km road race and non-competitive walk will take place on Sunday March 31st. The registration details are as follows: Saturday March 30th at the Devon Inn Hotel from 1 to 3pm and at Halla Tadhg Gaelach, Tournafulla from 4 to 6pm. Registration on Sunday 31st at Halla Tadhg Gaelach from 11am to 12.15pm for walkers or 11am to 12.45pm for runners. Registration online at email@example.com. Anyone who registers online can pick up their number and goody bag at the above venues and times. The walk starts at12.30pm and the run starts at 1pm. Further information can be got from Mike Brosnahan at 086 2511941 or Willie Brosnahan at 086 8761393.
DAFFODIL DAY: Daffodil day, in aid of the Irish Cancer Society, will be held in Newcastle West on this Friday March 22nd. Any donations of fresh daffodils would be greatly appreciated. Further information can be got from Kate Buckingham at 069-76148.