GOLF CLUB GATHERING: All roads led to Newcastle West Golf club on Saturday last for the Gathering of Past Captains. Men’s Captains and Lady Captains from times past began to arrive at the Club from Noon – where the more active played in a golf competition which was arranged for the event. There was great excitement when Phil Ruttle, who was Lady Captain in 2012, had a hole-in-one at the picturesque 3rd hole. By 6.30, more than 100 people had gathered in the clubhouse for the anniversary dinner and celebrations began in earnest. There was a standing ovation from all present when Tim and Peggy Geary were presented with Honorary Life Membership in recognition of their commitment and unwavering support for the Club. A revised board, containing their names was also unveiled jointly by Jack Hedigan and Madeline Crowley. The show was stolen by Jack Hedigan, who was Captain in 1962 and is now a sprightly 95 year old – the oldest surviving captain. He spoke eloquently about his time in Newcastle West in the 1960s and regaled a captive audience with stories from the past – embellished with a few hilarious yarns. Madeline Crowley, who was lady Captain in 1964, also did her party piece, which was warmly received by the appreciative gathering. Gerry Sheehy provided the entertainment and was ably assisted by many of the talented captains, some of whom launched their singing careers on the night. 2013 Captains, Paddy Lane and Joan Maher, together with President, Pat Neville addressed the former captains and thanked them for their commitment and support – saying that the club is where it is today because of their efforts. It was a most enjoyable night and brings to a close the 75th year anniversary celebrations.
THE KNIGHTS OF WESTFEST – SEPTEMBER 11 TO 15: The Knights of Westfest festival takes place from September 11 to September 15. There will be something for everyone, including top international headliners, the Taste of Westfest food fair, kidzone and street entertainment. Westfest is teaming up with The Gathering and flying home Joan Teskey McCrae who won the ‘Bring them back for the Craic’ competition. Wristbands at €10 for adults and €3 for primary school children are available from the following: Garvey’s Supervalu, Tony Hayes, Laurie’s Hair Salon and committee members.
ARRA FRIENDS VISIT WATERFORD: Last week, nine of our members made a four day visit to the historic town of Waterford. We stayed at Treacy’s Hotel, situated on the waterfront overlooking the river Suir. The accommodation was first class and the hospitality was excellent, we particularly enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and the music in the bar each evening. During the days we visited some of the tourist attractions in the town, the beach at Tramore, a trip on the river, the town of Wexford and, of course, the shops. Everybody thoroughly enjoyed the visit and a return visit is planned for December, staying for 3/5 nights, as part of our Christmas festivities and more similar trips are planned for next year.
THE CINEMA EXPERIENCE RETURNS TO NCW: On Friday, October 4 Newcastle West Film Club present the first film of the current season. The fate of two bruised souls are about to intertwine, as they embark on a trip to Italy to attend the wedding of his son to her daughter. Pierce Brosnan is the lonely, middle aged widower and estranged single father. With warmth, affection and confidence “Love is All You Need” has been made for an audience rarely catered for by the film industry, intelligent adults who enjoy perceptive and good hearted drama. It starts at 8pm in The Desmond Complex (rear of fire station). It costs €7 per screening and refreshments are available. If you are unable to attend, we are back again on November 1 and December 6. Trailers are available to view on www.ncwfilmclub.wordpress.com, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel. 087 687 7970
BAPTISM PREPARATION PROGRAMME: A Baptism Preparation Programme will take place in the Parish Centre at 8pm on Tuesday, September 24. All parents with a child to be baptised must first have attended one of these one-hour baptism programmes. Please ring 069-62141 to book your place.
KNOCKFIERNA HERITAGE SOCIETY OUTING: Knockfierna Heritage Society will hold their annual outing to Cahir Castle, The Swiss Cottage, Rock of Cashel, Holy Cross Abbey on Sunday, September 29. Previous outings have proved to be most enjoyable occasions. Mr. Philip Lynch of Kilkenny will be tour guide for the day. Those interested in travelling on this outing: Please contact Pat O’Donovan Newcastle West & Rathkeale 087 9977340, Marion Hanley Ballingarry 087 9741387 or Mary O’Keeffe 087 6990816. Cost €20 per person.
THE GATHERING MASS: On Sunday next, September 15, Ennis Gospel Choir will be singing at the 10.30am Mass as part of the celebrations for The Knights of Westfest and The Gathering. This will give people an opportunity to pray for their loved ones at home and abroad and to celebrate The Gathering as a Christian community. We hope to see you there.
FUNDRAISING FASHION SHOW: Shaw’s Department Store, Limerick, is celebrating 40 years in business and has decided to host a fashion show to raise funds for West Limerick Children’s Services (WLCS), in particular for the new WLCS building in NCW, which is currently under construction. The fashion show will take place at 8pm this Wednesday, September 11 at the South Court Hotel Raheen. The event will be hosted by Celia Holman Lee. Tickets are € 10 and everyone who attends will be given a free € 10 voucher for Shaw’s. Tickets are available from WLCS (069-61919 – Ext 20) or from Shaw’s in the Crescent Shopping Centre.
GROW YOUR OWN VEGETABLES/FRUIT COURSES: Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board (formerly County Limerick VEC) are now enrolling for FETAC 3 Grow Your Own Vegetables and FETAC 4 Grow Your Own Fruit courses in West Limerick. Both courses will take place in Ardagh, on Blackhill Organic Farm, and will run one day per week from September 2013 to June 2014. Each participant will have the opportunity to learn how to grow a wide range of delicious foods – using organic methods with an emphasis on practical skills and an opportunity to gain certification. Contact the course tutor, Marie Tuttle, on 086-3132969.
PROGRAMME ON MENTAL HEALTH: To mark World Mental Health Day (October 10th) a radio programme, produced by the staff of the West Limerick Primary Health Care Project for Travellers, will be aired by West Limerick 102fm on October 2, after the 11am news. It will feature Thomas McCann from the Traveller Counseling Service and Aisling McMahon, Clinical Psychologist who recently completed a PhD thesis on mental health in the Traveller Community.
ADARE TO SURVIVE WITH CLIONA’S FOUNDATION: ‘Adare to Survive’ is a 7.5km military style obstacle course taking place in Clonshire Equestrian Centre, Adare, Co Limerick on Sunday, September 29. Cliona’s Foundation, which provides financial assistance to the families of critically ill children, is the charity partner, and participants are invited to Endeavour | Endure | Enjoy a unique physical and mental challenge, individually, or part of a 4 person team, to raise funds for a charity or club of their choice. Full details, including registration is on the event website www.adaretosurvive.com
ACCORD NEWCASTLE WEST: Accord Newcastle West provides a marriage and relationship counseling service offering both daytime and evening appointments. We also deliver Marriage Preparation Courses and have availability on two remaining courses for this year – Saturday, September 7 and Saturday, November 16. Please ring 069-61000 or email email@example.com
NCW JOBSEEKERS NETWORK: Worn out from job seeking & searching? Need a space & a group where you will find encouragement & support?? Need some practical assistance & tools to market yourself? Need some networking possibilities?? Need to access information on Job-seeking supports and what’s available in the area? Then please come along each Wednesday from at 2:30pm to the Newcastle West Community Centre to the new Newcastle West Jobseekers Network. Meeting usually takes about an hour. This is an open door, drop in, relaxed format with a social group aspect. Further details are available from Dearbhla on 069 61316.
ORAL HISTORY INITIATIVE: West Limerick Resources will be running an Oral History Training Initiative this autumn. Training will consist of two elements. Participants will develop Oral History Interviewing techniques and examine the legal and ethical issues relevant to gathering Oral History. The second element of the training will focus on digital voice recording and editing techniques. Training will also explore how oral history can contribute to the local heritage of communities and identify suitable ways of showcasing their research. Training is expected to begin in October and to run one evening per week for 10 weeks. The course is free of charge and open to people living in the West Limerick area. To register for the programme contact Suzanne on 069 79114 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
DESMOND COMPLEX: Our next Fun Day will take place on Wednesday, September 18. All 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 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. We are definitely going ahead with our short break in September to Westport and possibly other parts of Mayo and surrounding areas. We will be leaving on Sunday, September 29 and returning on Friday October 4. There are still a few places available and anyone interested are asked to contact Brendan on 087)2137368. The trip (accommodation and transport) will cost €345 per person sharing. Further information on this event will appear here in the coming weeks.
FEENAGH/KILMEEDY GATHERING EVENTS: The Feenagh/Kilmeedy Heritage Committee is hosting a two day celebration of their rich local heritage to mark Gathering 2013 on Friday, September 20 and Saturday September 21. The celebration will kick off at 8pm on Friday, 20th in the Feenagh Community Centre, where Professor Liam Irwin will deliver a talk on the History of Feenagh/Kilmeedy Parish. The evening’s events will also feature a slideshow display and a range of memorabilia dating back to the 1830’s, including old photographs, letters and a video on the old creamery. This will be followed on Saturday, 21st by a local heritage walk, again led by Professor Irwin, starting at the new school in Feenagh and tracing the history and stories behind the various houses and structures between the new and old school – which is now the newly redeveloped community centre. Both events will incorporate a social element with refreshments available and an opportunity for people to share their knowledge of the history of the local area.
AWARE FLAGSHIP FUNDRAISER: Now’s your chance to get involved! Who can get involved? Anyone who genuinely cares about the issue of depression and its impact can get involved. We need Volunteer collectors who can give at least two hours of their time on Saturday, September 29. We also need local area coordinators to manage the collections and support volunteer collectors in their local area for one, two or three days. Remember, by supporting Aware’s national flagship fundraiser you will be helping to ensure that Aware can continue to be a strong and supporting light through depression to thousands of people in Ireland. Please register your details online at www.aware.ie/get-involved/ tel. 01 661 7211