June 1

ANNIVERSARIES: James Agnes & Billy O’Shea will be remembered in Mass on Sunday June 2, along with the late Michael Hayes.

ANNIVERSARIES: James Agnes & Billy O’Shea will be remembered in Mass on Sunday June 2, along with the late Michael Hayes.

KILDIMO GATHERING WEEKEND: Plans are afoot for holding our local parish ‘Gathering’ event on the weekend of August 16. With that in mind an exploratory meeting of interested parties will be held in the Library on June 4 at 8.00 pm. All local clubs and interest groups are invited to attend to offer their own input towards the special weekend. Members of the Community Council will chair and explain the purpose of the Gathering and offer their help in co-ordinating the events.

‘THE AULD TOWN’: Askeaton town has a notable claim for its old status as it once had a member in the British Parliament and it might also claim capital status of Munster given its association with the Fitzgeralds. As visitors to the historic town cannot always claim the services of its tour guide Anthony Sheehy, a useful ‘Visitor’s Guide’ is being published and launched on Friday May 31 at the Tourist Office in the East Square at 9.00 pm. This booklet is the work of Dr Gerard Curtin, author of many books and articles and lecturer on the history of West Limerick. Its importance is attested by the visit of Jimmy Deenihan, Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht to launch this useful guide to ‘The Auld Town’.

COMMUNITY ALERT: The ever-active committee of the local Community Alert are always on their alert for funding and facilities for those of mature years especially if living alone. They are now compiling names of those who are eligible for personal alarm systems. Contact Dermot (087 9319005) or Roisín (086 1989370) if you are anyone of your acquaintance might require such assistance.

BANTRACHT NA TUAITHE: Reminder to Kildimo members of the forthcoming book club meeting on Tuesday June 4 in ‘De Bucket ‘Pub Ferrybridge at 1.15pm. Following lunch the chosen book ‘Family of Women ‘by Annie Murray will be discussed. On the following night Wed June 5 at 8.15pm the monthly guild meeting will take place at ‘The Seven Sisters’Pub, Old Kildimo

Many thanks to all who participated in ICA walk in aid of NBCR in Castleconnell recently. Sponsorship cards are being returned shortly and Guild Treasurer Mary O’Rourke, Glenameade will accept contributions to this very worthwhile cause.

Speakers from various organisations including National Breast Cancer Research, ‘See Change’, Mental Health Umbrella Organisations and a financial journalist gave presentations at The National ICA AGM held in the Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise recently. Delegates from Cappamore, Crecora, Drombanna, Kildimo and Oola represented Limerick Federation and all 27 ICA Federations were represented.

TABLE QUIZ: As part of their fundraising for Special Olympics, the team of teachers from the Salesian College who are going to spend their summer holidays on the ancient pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostello are holding a Quiz Night at the Bucket on Thursday May 30 at 9.30 pm.

FAMILY FUN: The Cuddihy family at ‘Radharc na Coille’ pre-school in Dromore are hosting a ‘Family Fun Evening’ on Friday May 31 from 6.30 to 9.30pm. This is to provide funding for the forthcoming Youth Pilgrimage to Medjugorie in July. There will be a barbeque on the lawn with teas and coffees and goodies, all accompanied by traditional music and dancing and other fun events. The demonstration of hurling skills by Ciarán Carey will highlight the occasion. Your support would be appreciated

GAA LOTTO: The draw on May 20 for the Jackpot of €3,400, resulted in numbers 2, 14, 19 & 21. No members predicted this combination so ‘Lucky Dips’ of €50 were drawn by Mary O’Rourke, Pat Kennedy, Marie Walsh and E M & J Griffin.

LOURDES GROTTO: Claiming to be the first of its kind in Ireland, a distinction due to the work of Lord Emily’s second wife- a member of a prominent French Catholic family- is the Lourdes Grotto on what was the Tervoe estate of the Monsell family. Due to local interest, this link with the past has been maintained and an altar built beside it on which an annual Mass is celebrated with permission from Cement Limited, present owners of the land and the once grand estate house and gardens. On Thursday evening of May 23rd parishioners and their Parish Priest Fr Muiris O’Connor made their way to the Grotto as once did a torchlight procession of the residents and friends of the Monsells in the same month of May one hundred and twenty eight years ago, according to the reprinted ‘A Corner of Limerick’ by the late John Sheehan. The landscape has changed much in the intervening years with the mature growth of trees adding to the sacred isolation of the Grotto. The scene on this evening was reminiscent of those similar sacred celebrations of Masses in hidden glens and isolated mountain sites where lookouts kept guard for the approach of redcoats during Catholic persecution in Penal times. On this occasion the only sign of persecution was visited especially on those whose shiny pates offered attractive landing places for persecuting midges. With dappled sun showing through the trees that gave a concert platform to winged songsters, the voices of the choir harmonised to create a very special worshipful atmosphere. Prayer wafted heavenwards mingled with the scents of bruised wild garlic, whitethorn and a surviving laburnum from the once formal gardens of the ‘big house’. Papal-coloured bunting and night lights added to this ambience and it was with reluctance that the worshippers left this oasis of sacred tranquillity to wend their way homewards over the rutted tracks as they conjured the parting words of Fr. O’Connor, namely, ‘Go mbeirimíd beó ar an am seo arís’.

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