CHURCH AFFAIRS: The reader for Mass in Raheenagh this Saturday evening is Michael Cunningham with Eucharistic Ministers Maura Kenny and Willie Mulcahy and basket collector Michael Begley.
The reader for mass in Ashford on Sunday morning is Patricia McEnery Noonan with Eucharistic Minister Margaret Keating and Noreen Collins and basket collector Aidan Forde.
The Mass server to commence this Sunday is Valerie Shanahan Gortnaclohy and in Ashford church also on Friday’s the Apostolate of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration continues.
GINGERS: The annual ‘red head’ convention takes place this Thursday and Friday in Cross haven West Cork where many will descend to celebrate their uniqueness. This party event is organised by brother and sister duo Joleen and Denis Cronin and the idea first started as a joke. They decided to throw a party and to only invite people with red hair but they never thought there would be such a demand. So all with ginger locks go for it.
FORESTRY MASS: Mass will once again be celebrated at Ballinruane Forestry Gates Kilmeedy this coming Sunday to commence at 2pm. This Mass will commemorate all who did work there and all interested persons are welcome to come along.
MILFORD HOSPICE FAIR: The 28th annual Milford Hospice Harvest Fair is scheduled to take place on Sunday September 1st at the arena in the University of Limerick please note the change of venue. The Harvest Fair committee once again appeals for your support in donating goods such as clothes, books, toys, bric-a-brac etc. Items for the Harvest Fair will be accepted on the grounds of Milford Care Centre from Monday August 19th to Thursday August 29th. For further details on donating items please contact Nora Enright on 087-3664449 or Pat Dalton at 069-62306 or the fundraising office on 061-485860. This is a great day out for all the family so please support same.
DESMOND HALL: The Desmond Hall Newcastle West is open seven days a week until Wednesday 4th September. Admission and tours of the castle are free. For more information and guided tours of the castle call 069-7408 and all are welcome.
GROW COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH MOVEMENT: Are you struggling with anxiety or depression? Finding life difficult? Isolation? Loneliness? Shyness? Do you find it difficult to talk? Support and friendship is one of the cornerstones of grow which meets on Thursday at 8pm in the Station Room, Desmond Complex. No introductions are necessary just come along.
MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION: The West Limerick branch of the Mental Health Association of Ireland will resume its monthly meeting after the Summer break on Tuesday August 27th at 8pm at Maple Lodge, Gortboy, Newcastle West please note the change of venue. The new Development Officer for the Midwest region will be attending. All members are earnestly requested to attend and new members would be most welcome.
BINS ASHFORD: All who avail of the recycling bins in Ashford please tidy up and leave no bags or waste on the site. Why go to the trouble to recycle when the jars, cans and bottles are not rinsed out and bottle tops and lids from cans and plastic bags strewn all over the place? This is a free and necessary service and treat same as you would treat your own dwelling surrounds litter free and show appreciation for the service. It is free and not fair on others who then must handle your rubbish. Cleanliness is next to Godliness.
CEILI: The ceili night resume in Halla Tadhg Gaelach after the Summer recess. The season will waltz back on Friday September 13th with music by the Striolan Ceili Band. Dancing from 9:30pm to 1pm with teas and light refreshments for all agus bigi ann.
PLOUGHING: The annual ploughing championships will take place on Tuesday September 24th to Friday September 27th in Stradbally Co. Laois. One of the last major outdoor events before the evening’s close.
SUICIDE: As part of their life’s journey series Lough Derg offers a one day workshop titled living with suicide on Wednesday September 25th. This day is for adults whose lives have been affected by suicide in their own personal life or in their line of work. Further info from Maureen in the Lough Derg office Pettigo Co.Donegal or dial 071-9861518.
CAR AND BOOT SALE: The monthly car boot sale for September takes place on Sunday 1st from 9am to 3pm at the Community Centre in Newcastle West. Admission is €2 and all proceeds to the local Community radio station West Limerick 102fm. All are welcome.
EXAMS: Congrats to all who received their exam results recently and best wishes for the future. There is a niche in this world for everyone, just a matter of searching to finding yours. The Summer holidays are drawing to a close so enjoy the few remaining days.
CARDS: The card winners from The Village Inn on Friday night last were Tim Burke Broadford and Willie Walsh Ashford. It is nice to be a winner at any time.
MASS ROCK: The annual Mass at the Mass Rock overlooking Ashford Village was held on Sunday August 11th. It was a solemn yet beautiful ceremony with Fr. Tom Shanahan and Fr John Keating assisted by the laity and weather wise it remained dry for the duration T.G. There was a very good congregation with many present also at the morning mass in Ashford. The choir were present and readers included Mary Mulcahy and John Manley the latter also a basket collector. Thanks was extended to Phyllis Neligan and Sacristan Margaret and the excellent FAS team under the leadership of John McGrath. Fr John also thanked the Mass Rock committee without their dedication the tradition would die. Mass over a little chat with the neighbours and all homeward bound with light hearts and may the faith of Our Fathers live on.