Newcastle West

CHESHIRE HOME RATHFREDA WALK: The annual sponsored walk, in aid of the Cheshire Home at Rathfredagh will utilise the Great Southern Trail (Barnagh to Newcastle West Section) again this year. It commences at 10am on Sunday, January 27 – from the N21 lay-by at Barnagh. The walk is 9 miles long – with the last 4 miles are on public roads – so please wear a visibility vest. Return coach transport will be provided. There is also a shorter alternative – meeting at the Courtenay Lodge Hotel Newcastle West at 11am, for the 4 mile public road section.

CHESHIRE HOME RATHFREDA WALK: The annual sponsored walk, in aid of the Cheshire Home at Rathfredagh will utilise the Great Southern Trail (Barnagh to Newcastle West Section) again this year. It commences at 10am on Sunday, January 27 – from the N21 lay-by at Barnagh. The walk is 9 miles long – with the last 4 miles are on public roads – so please wear a visibility vest. Return coach transport will be provided. There is also a shorter alternative – meeting at the Courtenay Lodge Hotel Newcastle West at 11am, for the 4 mile public road section.

RED CROSS PARTY: The Newcastle West Branch of the Irish Red Cross Society will host their belated Annual Gala Christmas/New Year’s Dinner for the senior citizens, widows and widowers, in the Desmond Complex on Sunday, January 27 at 1.30pm. Admission is by ticket only. Tickets are available from the committee members or by phone from Pat Dalton at 069-62306. Booking needs to be done on or before Thursday, January 24 – to facilitate the allocation of place settings by the caterers. Your kind cooperation is very much appreciated by our Red Cross Committee. As always, a great day is assured.

NEWCASTLE WEST GOLF CLUB: Visitors to Newcastle West Golf Club have continuously been complementing the club on the design and condition of the course – using words like jewel, diamond and gem to describe what they discovered. Well, now it’s official! The Portside Golfers Guide to Ireland has awarded the ‘Hidden Gem of Munster’ award for 2013 to Newcastle Golf Club. The club is currently Munster Club of the Year and also home to the current Pierce Purcell All Ireland Champions. The award was presented to Club Manager John Whelan by Michael Ring Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, last week, at a function in Dublin. This is also an historic year for the club, as it was founded exactly 75 years ago and major celebrations are planned – including the launching of a book that will take the reader on a journey from humble beginnings in 1938 to the magnificent facilities on offer today. The Historical Committee, who are putting final touches to book, say that it will be completed shortly. If anyone has Articles, Photographs or Material that they would like to have included, they should forward them to the office before February 15. The Committee would like to take this opportunity to advise all former Captains (Men’s and Ladies Club) that a photograph of each Captain, since the Clubs formation, is being included in the Book. For this purpose, archive photographs are being used, however, should any Captain have a preference for the use of a personal photograph – please forward to the Office before February 15 – or contact any member of the Committee. For further details: Contact Pat McLoughlin, Pat Neville, Michael P Murphy, Joan Bouchier Hayes, Dan Madigan, John Cussen, Maria Woulfe.

UPSKILLING IN BROADCASTING TRAINING: Those interested in becoming a volunteer broadcaster at West Limerick 102 Community Radio are now invited to take part in a dedicated 12 week training programme to develop the skills to produce and present high quality programming for the community station. Topics will include Role of Community Radio, Radio Presenting, Researching for Radio, The Role of the Producer, Technical Skills and News & Current Affairs. The course is free of charge – with Limited Places Available. Open to those living in the West Limerick area and interested in volunteering with the community radio station. For further information and an application form: Please contact Connie Broderick, WL102 on 069 66200.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: Mark this into your diary’s all those of you who like to kick over the traces every now and then. A once-off fundraising afternoon tea dance will be held at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse, Abbeyfeale on Sunday, January 27 next from 3-6pm. Dancing to the wonderfully mellow sound of the Seamus Sheehy Duo. Admission €5. Teas served.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP: Newcastle West Bereavement Support Group is holding a ‘Celebration of Light’ for those bereaved by suicide on Sunday, January 27 at 4pm in Newcastle West Church. We invite all those who have been bereaved by suicide to attend. More details later.

FACILITATOR TRAINING: West Limerick Resources will be offering a part-time course for those interested in becoming a play and learning facilitator. The four month course will take place each Friday from 9.30am-12.30pm until the end of May. It will be run in Newcastle West – beginning February 1st. There will be an information session for interested participants this Friday January 19th at 11a.m. in the Newcastle West Community Centre. Course is free of charge to individuals living in the West Limerick area. Limited places available. For application form and full course details please contact: Theresa Shanahan on 069 79113 or email Alternatively see:

A GATHERING FOR LIMERICK YOUTH SERVICE’S 40th : This year LYS celebrates its 40th birthday. In the four decades since Sr. Joan Bowles opened the doors, 1.2milllion young people have passed through them. That’s 1.2million young people! In recognition of this milestone, LYS will host a number of events throughout 2013 to will raise awareness of the role that LYS has and continues to play in supporting and encourages our young people. Looking forward to the 40th celebrations, LYS Director, Catherine Kelly, thanked the many volunteers, staff and young people who have contributed to LYS since 1973. ‘We are looking forward to what promises to be a busy year and meeting some old faces,’ said Ms. Kelly, who has been with LYS since the 1980s. ‘Although LYS has changed a lot since those early days, we still remain true to Sr. Joan’s belief that only the best is good enough for our young people,’ continued Ms. Kelly. infolink will keep you up to date on all the events planned for our 40th. We would especially like to hear from former members who would like to share thoughts of their time at LYS.

BAPTISM PREPARATION PROGRAMME: A Baptism Preparation programme takes place in the Parish Centre (building in the church car park) at 8 pm on Tuesday, January 29. If you have a child to be baptized, you must have attended one of these one-hour programmes. Please ring 069-62141 to book your place.

TAIZÉ: Limerick Diocese is organising a pilgrimage for young adults (over 18’s) to Taizé from July 4 to 9. Taizé is a great place to meet young people of different religions – to reflect on your faith and pray and sing together. The pilgrimage also includes a trip to Paris and Disneyland Paris. If there is anyone (18+) interested please contact Fr. Duhig (069-62141).

NEWCASTLE WEST FILM CLUB: Newcastle West Film Club returns on February 1 for its tenth season. Why not join them at The Desmond Complex (rear of fire station) at 8pm – where they will have some titles of interest to you. It only costs €7 per screening – including €1 membership. Refreshments will be available before and after each presentation. The schedule as follows: Friday, February 1 “Samsara” (A triumph of the moving image). Friday, March 1 “Women on the 6th Floor” (Life is about to change a lot). Friday, April 5 “Barbara” (Ordinary people at extraordinary times). Trailers are available to view on Tel. 087 687 7970, e-mail :

BINGO: Desmond Complex/Creche bingo will be held on Wednesday, January 30 at 8.30pm in the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West. Prize money on the night will be €2,500 - with lots of spot prizes on the night also.

SUE RYDER: It’s time to Detox your wardrobe, and to re-gift unwanted gifts/prizes to Sue Ryder, Charity Shop, Maiden St. Newcastle West.Make it part of your life in 2013. Enquiries/Donations are always welcome – Contact Irene @ 087 764 5585

DESMOND COMPLEX: The next Fun Day will take place on Wednesday, February 6. The usual activities will take place and we hope for a large attendance. We would like to remind people to contact Brendan on (069) 84069 to enable us to have a good approximation on numbers. We would like to wish Theresa Donnelly, who is unwell at present, a speedy recovery and hope to see her with us in the very near future. 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 FAMILY HUB: A coffee morning will take place in Newcastle West Family and Community Hub (located in the community centre) on Thursday, January 17 from 11am to 12noon. This is an opportunity for parents to meet up and help to plan for 2013.

PARISH ENVELOPES 2013: The Parish will shortly be issuing the new boxes of envelopes – due to begin on the first Sunday of February. If you have changed your address since you got last year’s box, or haven’t been receiving a box, and wish to start using the envelope system, please let us know by ringing the Parish Office at 069-62141. The envelope system is essential for the claiming back of tax, because we obliged to trace the contribution back to the individual concerned.

THE GREAT SOUTHERN TRAIL: Saturday, February 2, 2013 will be the 50th Anniversary (day and date) of the last Limerick-Tralee, daily scheduled, passenger train. To mark this significant historic day the GST will host another walk at 2.15pm from Abbeyfeale to Duagh village. This will include a mile of (as yet) undeveloped section in Co Kerry – so waterproof footwear/ wellingtons may be required.

NEW PLAY: Granagh Players are about to unleash another production on the public – they will be performing ‘ London Assurance ‘ by Dion Boucicault. They have already performed his play ‘ The Shaughraun’ in 2011 but this one has never been performed in Ireland before. The play is set in Gloucestershire of 1840s. The puffed-up and past-it Sir Harcourt Courtly is about to be married to Grace Harkaway, forty years his junior! The unlikely marriage is prompted by a complex land settlement – by which Sir Harcourt is about to gain a pretty young wife as well a substantial inheritance. Distraction presents itself in the form of Lady Gay Spanker, a strapping country lady, who looks like the horses she rides! Meanwhile the son Charles turns up - fleeing from his debts - along with a mysterious but charismatic companion Dazzle. Charles happens to fall in love with his father’s bride-to-be, causing all kinds of problems. Play Dates: Jan, 18th, 19th, 20th ( Fri, Sat, Sun ) and 25th, 26th, 27th - 8.00 pm, Granagh Community Centre. Adm: Adults €10. Teens € 5. Shop and Raffle each night. Tickets on the door.

LIMERICK BUILT HERITAGE LECTURE SERIES: Commencing on Tuesday, January 29, Limerick County Council’s 6th Built Heritage series opens with Limerick Ringforts and continues on a fortnightly basis up to and including Tuesday, March 26. See attached pdf for full details. If you would like a hard copy of the programme: please ring 061 496498 or e-mail. Please note this series of lectures will be held in the Council Chamber, County Hall and are free. Limerick Built Heritage Series is an initiative of the Arts, Archaeology and Planning services of Limerick County Council.

BREAKS 2013: Please note – Sunday, May 19 to Friday, May 24, 2013, we have a fantastic holiday break planned. For more details: Please contact Maureen on 0879845102. Pantomime on Sunday, February 10 at the I.N.E.C. Killarney. The Kilorglin Players who are celebrating their 50th anniversary are putting on the Panto ‘Mother Goose’. We have just four seats available. Will those who have already booked please confirm their booking with payment this week. Tickets are booked and must be paid for now. Thank you for your co-operation. Maureen.

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