COMMUNITY COUNCIL: The January meeting of Newcastle West Community Council was held in the Community Centre on Wednesday, February 6. A lengthy discussion took place on the future of West limerick Resources and the implications for the West Limerick Area. The members of the Community Council are extremely concerned about the proposal by Minister Phil Hogan to remove the distribution of Leader funding from West Limerick Resources and transfer it to Limerick County Council - this, at a time when the County and City Councils are about to merge. WLR also deliver the Local Development Social Inclusion Programme which provides support to disadvantaged individuals, families and groups. Some of the concerns are as follows: This arrangement could spell the end of West Limerick Resources and the 42 associated jobs. At present, when the Leader funding is drawn down by West Limerick Resources, it is ring fenced for West Limerick – that will change. Organizations, clubs, associations and individual will now have to compete for funding with the City, County and part of North Cork. They will also be dealing with a faceless organization – based in Limerick City. People are also worried about the proposed changes to the Rural Bus Scheme. The feeling of the Community Council is that West Limerick Resources was the best thing to come to West Limerick – funding numerous projects, providing mentoring, training and advice to start-up companies and most importantly, creating hundreds of jobs. The Community Council will fully support West Limerick Resources in their endeavours to resolve this issue. The meeting was also updated by Damien Reidy on the progress of the MUGA (Multi Use Games Area). It includes an all-weather flood lit playing surface – situated in the Demesne – and designed for teenagers who would have outgrown the playground. It will cost in the region of €160,000 and funding is being sought at present. He also sought the approval of the Community Council to create an App. for Newcastle West. The App would contain all the relevant information about the town and surrounding areas, it could be downloaded to a smart phone, and a sign, advertising it, would be erected at the approach roads to the town. The App would include information on shopping, sport, entertainment, dining, the town map and things to do etc. The AGM will take place in the Community Centre on Wednesday, March 3 at 8pm.
FITNESS AND WELLNESS: Are you interested in getting fit and meeting other parents? County Limerick Sports Partnership are funding a 4 week fitness programme with 45 minute exercise and 20 talk about nutrition and wellness in the Newcastle West Community Centre on Tuesday mornings from 10:30-11:45am starting Tuesday Feb 19th . ALL PARENTS welcome. Classes are free to those in receipt of social welfare or €6 for other parents. Contact Theresa 069 79113
GROW YOUR OWN: Limerick West GIY – with the aim of inspiring people to grow their own food will hold its February meeting on Thursday, February 21 at 7.00pm sharp in D&M Garden Centre, Croagh – with new growers and old hands all welcome. This month’s talk will be given by Rachael O’Grady, who will speak about fruit trees. With the new growing season starting to get into gear, this talk will be excellent, for both the new grower and the experienced old hands. There will also be a small piece about potatoes with emphasis be on taste, disease resistance etc. GIY’s vision is for a healthier, more connected and more sustainable world, where people grow their own food. The organization brings people together in community groups, and online, to inspire and empower them to grow vegetables. More information from: www.giyireland.com.
NEWCASTLE WEST GOLF CLUB: This is 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.
ARTHRITIS IRELAND: The Kerry Branch of Arthritis Ireland – in conjunction with Arthritis Ireland – the national charity charged with responsibility for the 1 in 5 people, living on a daily basis, with one of the many forms of arthritis, has received official authorization from Guinness World Records to attempt two world records.
1. For the Largest Number of People Dressed as Ghost’s at a Single Venue for 5 minutes. 2. For the longest moving line of wheelchairs (participants don’t have to be wheelchair users) for 1 minute in Denny Street, Tralee at 2pm on St. Patrick’s Day. The current record (current as at the date of this issue) for the longest moving line of wheelchairs was achieved by 193 participants in an event organized by Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation (USA) at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California, USA, on 25 July 2010. The event is being used by the Kerry Branch of Arthritis Ireland, firstly to raise Awareness at the lack of public Rheumatology services in Kerry and secondly to highlight the continued unwillingness of the HSE to appoint a Consultant Rheumatologist to Kerry General – despite the post being officially sanctioned for quite a while.
CALLING MEDJURORJE DEVOTEES: A special meeting of prayer will take place at Our Lady & St Brendan’s Church, Tralee on Friday, February 22 – consisting of rosary, concelebrated mass and an opportunity for confession. Mariza, one of the seers of Medjurorje, will also give a talk. If sufficient numbers are interested, a coach will depart from the Market Yard, Newcastle West. For further information: Contact Pat Dalton on 069-62306.
NCW FAMILY CLUB: The family Club is for primary school age children and their parents on Wednesday afterschool for 1 hour 15 minutes. We do Art, sports and games together and have a snack. Play area for younger siblings to come too. Other activities to follow such as Karate and sports. Free for eligible families in receipt of social welfare. Parents must stay throughout. Re-starting February 20 at 3:30pm. Contact Theresa on 069 79113
BAPTISM PREPARATION PROGRAMME: A Baptism Preparation Programme takes place in the Parish Centre (building in the church car park) at 8 pm on Tuesday, February 26. If you have a child to be baptised, you must have attended one of these one-hour programmes. Please ring 069-62141 to book your place.
NEWCASTLE WEST FILM CLUB: Schedule as follows: 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 www.ncwfilmclub.wordpress.com, e-mail: email@example.com.
Tel. 087 687 7970,
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.
COMMUNITY HEALTH MATTERS: The West Limerick Primary Health Care Project for Travellers will begin broadcasting their new programme entitled ‘Community Health Matters’ on West Limerick 102fm this February. The programme will be broadcast on the first Wednesday of each month from 11am to 11.30am – straight after the news and will examine a range of topics including children’s health and safety, men’s health, tanning, diabetes, addiction and mental health. Those interested may text their health-related questions or ideas to 087 9915873 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHIROPODY CLINIC: The Newcastle West Branch of the Irish Red Cross will hold its Chiropody Clinic at 5 Bishop St, Newcastle West on Monday, February18. If you wish to avail of this service, please make an appointment by contacting Pat on 069-62306.
MUSICAL “THE WITNESS”: Limerick Diocese is presenting ‘The Witness’- a musical about the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, as told through the eyes of Peter, on Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9 in the Lime Tree Theatre, Mary Immaculate College. We have booked 18 tickets and a bus for the show on Friday, March 8. Cost € 20 (includes bus). If you wish to attend please sign the list in the Sacristy, Newcastle West or ring the Parish Office (069-62141). Bookings must be secured by full payment – as we have already paid for the tickets. If there is a greater interest in attending the musical, we will order more tickets and arrange for a larger bus, but we must know our numbers well in advance to facilitate this. If you do intend to go as part of the parish group, please book your seat as soon as possible. Thank you.
NEWCASTLE WEST & DISTRICT PIPE BAND: The band is seeking new recruits (10 years of age and older). Practise sessions every Monday and Thursday evening at 7pm at the Community Centre, Newcastle West. New members would be very welcome. If interested please contact Seamus at 087-6377495.
START YOUR OWN BUSINESS: West Limerick Resources will be offering a two day Start Your Own Business Course in the Courtenay Lodge, Newcastle West on Saturday, February 16 and 23 from 10am to 4pm. The course will cover all aspects of how to start your own business. To register contact Morgan on 069 66290
NEWCASTLE WEST LANGUAGE & PLAY PROGRAMME: The Newcastle West Language and Play Programme runs on Wednesday. This Developmental Play programme is full of activities to help children (under 4) get ready for preschool or school. There will be painting, play dough, arts and crafts, which will help you understand the way your children play and how playing can help children learn to read/write. Free for eligible families in receipt of social welfare payment. Contact Theresa on 069 79113 or email: email@example.com
PROPOSED CHANGES TO WEST LIMERICK RESOURCES: West Limerick Resources will hold a series of public meetings to highlight the potential impact of recent proposed changes, by the government, which could put the future existence of the local and community development company into question. The independent not-for-profit company is asking all members of the local community to attend one of its upcoming meetings to find out more and support its efforts to have the community’s voice heard in discussions on how these proposals are to be implemented. A meeting is scheduled to take place in the Desmond Complex Newcastle West at 8pm on Wednesday, February 13 and all are welcome.
WORK ACCESS: Please note the following: Anyone with a disability, mental health issue or learning difficulty can avail of our service. People wishing to use the service do not need to be on a disability payment. We can offer support also to those already in employment. We can meet anyone for an informal meeting to discuss his/her needs and to clarify any questions about the service we provide. We are currently based on Little Ellen Street, Limerick but we also have outreach offices in Newcastle West and Kilmallock.
WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: New Year - More confident you - Become a better communicator and a better leader - West Limerick Toastmasters can help. Learn to speak before an audience whether it’s for church readings, work presentations or club presentations. For further information: Contact 087-4146732 or 087-2272788 or website http://www.limerickwesttm.org/.
LITTLE EINSTEIN’S: Little Einstein’s Preschool at 17 Bishop Court, Newcastle West is now enrolling for September 2013 – including the ECCE scheme places.
To qualify for this scheme your child must have been born between February 2, 2009 and June 30, 2010. Little Einstein’s was awarded a capital childcare grant by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs in June – enabling us to upgrade the back garden into a state of the art all weather play area – making Little Einstein’s the ONLY service with a roofed garden in Newcastle West. All are welcome to come and see what we have to offer. To make an appointment, to enrol your child or for additional information: Contact Deirdre on 086-0872198. email:firstname.lastname@example.org & follow us on facebook.
MEDJUGORJE 2013: The West Limerick Medjugorje prayer group is organizing a pilgrimage to Medjugorje for a week from July 27 to August 3 - flying 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. If a deposit is paid before February 17th, you get € 50 off. While there we will experience three days of the youth festival which is a powerful experience. For further information: Ring Mary Keating (069-60375) or Paddy Geary (087-6247672).
INTERIOR DESIGN: West Limerick Resources – in conjunction with the VEC will be offering an interior design course for Newcastle West parents, in receipt of social welfare, in the Community Hub, starting February 21. It will run for 4 weeks from 10am – 12 Noon, followed by 8 weeks of personal development. Booking required: Contact Theresa on 069 79113
DESMOND COMPLEX: Our next Fun Day will take place on Wednesday, March 6. The usual activities will take place and we hope for a large attendance. We would again like to remind people to contact Brendan on (069) 84069 to enable us to have a good approximation on numbers. The Kerry Branch of Arthritis Ireland has received official authorization from Guinness World Records to attempt two world records. 1 for the Largest Number of People Dressed as Ghost’s at a Single Venue for 5 minutes. 2. For the longest moving line of wheelchairs (participants don’t have to be wheelchair users) for 1 minute in Denny Street, Tralee at 2pm on St. Patrick’s Day. They are looking for sponsorship to cover the cost of bringing a Guinness Adjudicator to Tralee on the day. Any interested company is kindly asked to contact Tom on 087)6723442. This event is open to people of all ages. Children under 16 yrs of age must have the consent of a parent or guardian. To participate in the event requires a registration fee of €10 per adult, and €5 for children under 16 yrs. A person can register on www.arthritisireland.ie or can phone 01)6618188, or, 087)6723442 for more details.
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.