Limerick Kerry

Charity Cycle

The Limerick Kerry Charity Cycle will take place on Sunday next, April 29th.

This is a fundraising leisure cycle in aid of the Brothers of Charity Services, Listowel and the Brothers of Charity Services, Newcastle West.

Cyclists who intend to participate may register for the event on the event website or on the morning of the cycle. All online registrations will be eligible for a draw for cycling vouchers. The registration fee is €30. Registration will begin at 9.30 am at the Con Colbert Memorial Hall and cyclists will depart from Athea at 11 am sharp.

Cyclists will then choose one of the following routes:

Route 1. Athea to Knockdown, Shanagolden, Loughill, Glin, Tarbert, Ballylongford, Asdee, Beal, Ballybunion, Lisselton, Listowel, Duagh, Abbeyfeale returning to


Route 2. Athea to Knockdown, Shanagolden, Loughill, Glin, Tarbert, Moyvane returning to Athea.

Residents and visitors to the area are kindly asked to exercise due caution and keep animals e.g. dogs under control.

Further information about the event is available on the event website


Walk at the Windmills

There will be a 10k walk from Knocknaboul Cross along the road by the
windmills to Keal Cross and back by Cratloe School on Sunday 29th
April at 3pm. This is a moderate walk (or cycle) suitable for all ages
as it is fairly level. A shorter walk is also available. Details from
EIleen at 087 6172436


Boxercise Classes

Boxercise Classes with Martina in the Con Colbert Memorial Hall every Thursday morning from 10.00am to 11.00am. All are welcome.


Limerick County Community

& Voluntary Forum


There will be a talk given by Dr. Kieran Walsh, N.U.I. Galway, Patricia Conboy, Older and Bolder and Dr. Samantha Ronan HSE Elder Abuse, at Rathkeale House Hotel on May 2nd at 7.30pm.

The theme on the night is: “Rural Ageing and Social Exclusion: planning today for all our futures”

Everybody welcome


West Limerick Party News


The West Limerick Branch of the Labour Party recently held its AGM in Desmond Complex, Newcastle West.  The officer board for 2012 are:

Chairperson:           Seamus Kelly

Secretary:               Stephen Goulding

Treasurer:               Mary Bowring


The meeting reported the positive level of communication between the Labour Party area representative Stephen Goulding and Labour Party TD’s and Ministers in answering constituent matters.  This help and support is much appreciated by the Branch.  Any constituent in the Newcastle and Rathkeale area can contact Stephen on 087 1937752 or [email protected]


New members are always welcome by contacting the above email and/or mobile number.


Phil Prendergast MEP Ireland South

Labour Party MEP visited the offices of West Limerick Resources recently to look at the valuable support the company provides to local communities and organisations.  She came to West Limerick Resources on a fact-finding mission to view first hand the importance of this funding.  Visits were made to Preta House in Mungret.  Phil viewed the fantastic work the Suicide and Self Harm Crisis Centre undertakes.  It is the only one of its kind outside of Dublin.  This project received vital funding from West Limerick Resources.

Phil also visited the Adare Recreation Complex and received detailed reports on its progress to date from its organising committee.

Next Phil went to the beautiful village of Kilfinny to view the hard work and dedication of its Community Council in renovating the Parish Hall.  West Limerick Resources funding ensured this project went ahead.  A great sense of community spirit and pride was particularly evident in this development.

Ballingarry playground was another excellent example of how funding from West Limerick Resources can transform local areas.  Its investment in young people was evident by the packed playground.  Phil was particularly impressed by the layout and how the playground blended into the area.

Other projects viewed by Phil were the Great Southern Railway in Rathkeale and the recent works in Newcastle West Community Centre.

This fact-finding mission was against the backdrop of proposals to merge local companies like West Limerick Resources into Local Authorities.  Phil stated “such a move would make a mockery of the ‘bottom up’ approach envisaged by the Leader Programme.  This approach is based on the idea that groups like West Limerick Resources are most effective at identifying and responding to needs on the ground.  I feel local authorities would not be able to reach groups most in the same way.”

Phil sits on the Committee of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection.  Her home office is in Clonmel, Co Tipperary, however she is available for constituent queries on 052 6180627 or email [email protected] or

She will be returning to West Limerick again in the near future to organise an EU funding workshop.