St. Bridget’s Day

Celebrations (rosary by candlelight and prayers) for the Feast of St. Bridget will take place at St. Bridget’s Well, Shanagarry, Newcastle West on Saturday, February 1st at 7.45pm. Fáilte roimh gach duine.

Country Music Radio

Ann O’Halloran (nee O’Keeffe), who is a native of Gortnagross, is broadcasting to the world three days every week. Wednesday – 5-7pm, Friday – 1-5pm, Saturday – 10pm-1am. Log on to [email protected] and leave a request for her. Best wishes to Ann who is a lovely singer herself.

Late Sr. Aquinas (Liston)

It is with much regret that we heard during the week of the death of Sr. Aquinas (Liston) who was a native of Dirreen. Sister Aquinas, who some of us had known well, was a lovely, good humoured person as well as being a dedicated religious sister. She had spent much of her religious life in England but visited her relatives in Dirreen regularly and we came to know her when she called to the late Mickey Liston’s home in Knocknagorna. She visited ourselves also on a number of occasions in the company of the late Kit Ahern (nee Liston) former local Councillor and TD. It was only just before Christmas that we received a card from Sr. Aquinas. It is difficult to believe that her death occurred since then. Sincere sympathy to Tom Flaherty, Glin and to all her other relatives. May her cheerful and friendly soul rest in peace.


The Samaritans have introduced a new free to caller telephone number 116123, which is being piloted in Limerick City, County and North Tipperary. Because of limited funds, they are asking as many people as possible to distribute details of the number. Please help to spread the word.

Abbeyfeale Male Voice Choir

Abbeyfeale male voice choir rehearse every Thursday night at 8pm in St. Mary’s Boy’s National School. New members are very welcome from all over West Limerick and North Kerry.

A Story and a Song

Willie Relihan, the recently discovered North Cork ballad singer was the West Limerick Radio featured artist on Pat O’Donovan’s Saturday’s “A story and a song show”. Up to a few years ago Willie Relihan was only known in his own Churchtown locality, but in the short space of time he has recorded two top selling CD’s. His selection on the local radio show included both old popular ballads and ones like “Mount Falvey”, “My hometown of Coolen”, “Carry me back to Old Virginia” and other numbers featured in his new CD’s. Pat O’Donovan reminded local performers that the West Limerick radio station is open for singers, musicians, storytellers etc. – if they wish to take part in the show. Please contact him in Newcastle West or the radio station.