June 1

SUPPORTING CHILDREN THROUGH BEREAVEMENT: The Newcastle West Family and Community Hub (located upstairs at the NCW Community Centre) will hold a workshop on Wednesday, June 12. It will focus on supporting children with bereavement, or coping with a dying family member. Running from 7.30 to 9.30pm, the session will be led by Child Psychologist and Play Therapist, Tina O’Brien. It is funded by the Compassionate Communities Project – with the support of West Limerick Resources.

SUPPORTING CHILDREN THROUGH BEREAVEMENT: The Newcastle West Family and Community Hub (located upstairs at the NCW Community Centre) will hold a workshop on Wednesday, June 12. It will focus on supporting children with bereavement, or coping with a dying family member. Running from 7.30 to 9.30pm, the session will be led by Child Psychologist and Play Therapist, Tina O’Brien. It is funded by the Compassionate Communities Project – with the support of West Limerick Resources.

GROW COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH MOVEMENT: Are you struggling with anxiety or depression? Finding life difficult? Feeling Isolation, Loneliness, Shyness? Do you find it difficult to talk? Support and friendship make up the cornerstones of Grow. One of its mottos is “you alone can do it, but you can’t do it alone”. Grow meets on Thursdays at 8pm in the ‘Station Room’, Desmond Complex, Newcastle West. No introductions are necessary. Just come along.

ALZHEIMER TEA DAY 2013: The recent Tea Day held at the “Red Door”, Newcastle West, Raised €1550 for the Alzheimer Society of Ireland. A very sincere thank you to all involved, the great team of people who say “yes” each year when asked to help out with baking, tea making, washing up etc., the Geary family for the lovely central venue and all who braved the elements on the day and gave generously. Thanks also to those who sent donations. All the money raised will be used to improve care for Alzheimer Sufferers in the Limerick area.

MISS WEST LIMERICK 2013: On July 5, in the Devon Inn at 8pm, West Limerick 102fm will host a night to crown the first Miss West Limerick 2013. A night that will reflect all that is good about West Limerick’s young women, it promises to be a night for all ages. “West Limerick 102fm continues to celebrate life in West Limerick; including nights like, the Best of the West, the Country Music Awards, and now Miss West Limerick – all aim to do just that” said Joe McGill, Manager at West Limerick 102fm. How do you become the next Miss West Limerick? Each contestant is entered on behalf of a business or community group, at a cost of €70. The contestants will be interviewed during the day of July 5, by a judging committee, who will put them through their paces, on stage with a brief chat and perhaps a party piece. Contestants from West Limerick or residing in West Limerick will qualify for entry. The age band will be 18-28 years of age up to July 5. “Miss West Limerick will reflect the intelligence, compassion and independence of modern Irish women. Miss West Limerick will represent the collective aspirations, social responsibilities and ambitions of young women from a variety of communities and backgrounds.” said Connie Broderick Manager at West Limerick 102fm. For further details: Phone 069- 66200, check out the facebook page or visit westlimerick102fm.com.

RAINBOWS SUPPORT SERVICES: A workshop of Rainbows volunteers, and those interested in volunteering with the project in West Limerick, this September, will take place in the Newcastle West Family and Community Hub (located at the Community Centre) on Wednesday, June 19 from 7.30 to 9.30pm. “Rainbows” is a peer support programme for children aged 6-10 years – grieving as a result of a loss or separation, and is managed locally by West Limerick Resources. Run by trained volunteers, the programme is positive, gentle, confidential and encouraging. However, it is not counseling or therapy service. It is a safe, confidential setting, where children can share their grief-associated feelings, with each other, and also with trained facilitators.

WEST LIMERICK SET DANCING CLUB: West Limerick Set Dancing Club will hold a ceili in the Courtenay Lodge Hotel on Friday, May 31 at 9pm. Music by Johnny Reidy’s Ceili Band and all are welcome.

ARRA FRIENDS: The next meeting will take place at 4.30pm on Wednesday, June 5 in the Desmond Complex. Aquarobics continue at Killeline Leisure Centre on Wednesdays at 11am. The Mid-Western Region will hold a Gathering Event at Bunratty Castle on June 12 - more details to follow. A trip to Youghal will take place on June 18 for 3 nights, including Dinner, Bed & Breakfast. Pick up and return at Newcastle West. Non members are also welcome. For further details: Contact Breda on 069 62862

COMMUNITY HEALTH MATTERS: The next edition of “Community Health Matters” on WL102 is dedicated to the topic of tanning injections. A recent trend in Ireland has emerged – where people are injecting an illegal, unregulated and unlicensed product called Melanotan – to get a tanned look. Produced by the West Limerick Primary Health Care Project team, the programme will feature interviews, about tanning injections, with Tim Bingham, National Liaison Pharmacy Worker with the Irish Needle Exchange Programme and Liz McGrath, Community Health Worker at Cork’s Traveller Visibility Group. The programme will be broadcast after the 11am news on Wednesday, June 4 on West Limerick 102fm.

CONFIRMATION: The children of Courtenay NS, Killoughteen NS, and Scoil Iósaf will receive Confirmation next Friday, May 31 at 10.30am.

WEST LIMERICK 102FM: West Limerick 102FM will hold a fundraising Race Night at Murphy’s Bar Abbeyfeale on Saturday, June 8 at 8pm. A horse can be purchased for €10 or a 50% share for €5. This promises to be a very entertaining and enjoyable night – where you will get a good run for your money. Tickets/ Horses can be purchased at the radio station, from any one of the volunteers or at Murphy’s Bar, Abbeyfeale. For further information: Contact the station at 069-66200.

MEN’S HEALTH WEEK: Men’s Health Week will run from Monday, June 10 until Sunday, June 16. The theme for 2013 in Ireland is: “Action Men - Turning Words into Actions”. This year, staff of the Primary Health Care Project for Travellers will be calling to men in Newcastle West and Rathkeale to give them men’s health information packs. The men can also enter a draw for a “Men’s pamper pack”. The draw will take place on the radio programme, Community Health Matters, on West Limerick 102fm on Wednesday, July 3 – just after the 11 am news. The July programme is dedicated to men’s health – with the team interviewing John O’Sullivan, Men’s Health Worker at Cork’s Traveller Visibility Group and John Collins, Men’s Health Worker at Pavee Point. For more information: Contact the Primary Health Care Project at West Limerick Resources on 069 61316.

CORPUS CHRISTI PROCESSION: The Corpus Christi procession will take place immediately after 12.30pm Mass next Sunday, June 2nd. This year the procession will follow the Boherbue/Knockane route. Children who received First Holy Communion this year are asked to take part in the procession in their First Communion outfits.

SUMMER CAMPS: West Limerick Resources will be running summer camps again this year in Newcastle West. Combining art, sport, games and lots of fun, it is open to children who are at present in senior infants to 4th class – whose parents are in receipt of a means tested social welfare payment – including lone parent allowance, jobseekers allowance, disability or family income supplement. Cost €5. The summer camps will take place from July 1 to July 4, from 11am to 1pm each day, and places are limited. Application forms will be available at the Newcastle West Community Centre or West Limerick Resources office. Volunteers are also required to help out at the camps. Call 069 79113

VIGIL FOR LIFE: On Saturday, June 8, a Vigil for Life will take place in Merrion Square, Dublin from 3pm to 4pm. The government intends to legalize abortion in July, and a large attendance in Merrion Square is essential to oppose this. Posters will be provided on the day. To organize a bus, or to get bus details, please telephone 087-2668702.

REMEMBRANCE SERVICE: A remembrance service will be held in St. Paul’s Church, Dooradoyle, Limerick on Sunday, June 9 at 3pm. This service will bring families together in support, and hope, to remember a loved one who died at Mid-Western Regional Hospital in the previous 12 months. You, and your family, are most welcome to attend. Please bring a photo or symbol of your loved one, if you so wish, to place in the Remembrance Area.

SUE RYDER: Reinvent your shopping, choose pre-loved big name fashions, tune into a great collection of music, find well-loved books, great value you have been looking for. Please remember us when clearing out your wardrobes, presses & cupboards while spring cleaning – donations are always welcome. The Sue Ryder Charity Shop at Maiden St, Newcastle West also needs clothes & shoes of all shapes & sizes, unwanted gifts & unwanted prizes.

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 http://www.starcamp.ie/.

DESMOND COMPLEX: Our next Fun Day will take place on Wednesday, June 5. All the usual activities will take place and we are hopeful of 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 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.

TRADITIONAL LIME MORTAR TRAINING: West Limerick Resources will be offering a one week training programme (Monday-Friday, 9.30am-4pm approx) on the use of traditional lime mortar to members of local communities who are interested in undertaking simple conservation and repair work at historic sites (such as graveyards) subject to the necessary permission and guidance of Limerick County Council Archaeologist. This hands-on training initiative is free to those interested in becoming involved in conservation and enhancement work. Limited places available. Registration essential. Venue and dates of training to be confirmed. Contact Suzanne on 069 79114 or email srowley@wlr.ie for a registration form.

PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK: Parishioners from Ardagh/Carrickerry, Dromcollogher/Broadford, Feenagh/Kilmeedy, Killeedy, Mahoonagh, Monagea and Newcastle West are invited to take part in the annual Pastoral Area pilgrimage to Knock, which will take place on Sunday, June 9. Bus fare: € 16.00. We will celebrate a Mass for the Pastoral Area in Knock and join in the programme of devotions there. We will stop in the Lady Gregory Hotel on the way home (€ 21.00 for a 3-course dinner). If you wish to book a seat on the bus, please leave your name and number in the sacristy, or ring the Parish Office (069-62141).

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.

OLD FURNITURE: Old & old-fashioned furniture (excluding sofas & mattresses) & old/ broken tiles & plates are wanted for a new Newcastle West based furniture up-cycling & mosaic-making training course for people who are unemployed. This training course will train people to restyle old but solid furniture so that it can be re-used. Pick-up of the furniture can be arranged at a cost of €5 per trip – only usable furniture can be taken. To discuss or to arrange a pick-up contact Trevor at West Limerick Resources on 069 77752 or email thowell@wlr.ie.

MEDJUGORJE 2013: The West Limerick Medjugorje prayer group is organizing a pilgrimage to Medjugorje for one week from July 27 to August 3. Flying out from Dublin airport with Marian Pilgrimages. Spiritual Director: Fr. Richard Keane C.C. The cost for the week B/B and evening dinner is € 659 ex Dublin. While there, we will experience three days of the youth festival, joining over 50,000 young people from more than 60 countries in a truly unforgettable celebration. Contact Mary Keating (069-60375) or Paddy Geary (087-6247672).

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