Anti-racism charity “Show Racism the Red Card” has launched its annual creative competition and is encouraging schools and youth groups across Limerick to apply. The competition calls on young people to develop  creative messages about racism  and integration, using written, visual and audio-visual means. Applications are made through schools or youth organizations and the closing date for applications is March 28th.

Three Dogs Thrown out with Rubbish

Sadly, far too often Limerick Animal Welfare comes across some pretty horrific abuse cases and last Saturday they came across yet another case of animal cruelty with three beautiful dogs found dumped in the remote Ballyhoura hills with bags of rubbish.

These gorgeous dogs, a collie, a springer spaniel and a pointer cross, were literally thrown out like rubbish and were terrified and starving when they were found. Thankfully while L. A.W. comes across the lowest common denominator of person who would do this all the time, volunteers also come across the nicest people in the world like the couple Mary and Ned who found the dogs when they were out walking. They then spent hours helping to rescue the dogs. While the pointer cross and collie were happy to go with the couple quickly, it took hours to gain the springer spaniel’s trust as he was absolutely terrified. All three dogs were starving and the pointer in particular is, as Marie described (LAW) “just a bag of bones”. She also had a very bad case of mange and has started the first stage of treatment. Pixie, as they have now named her, will need to be fed six small meals a day to try and build her up slowly without upsetting her stomach.

The three are now fed and are very happy to be safe and sound and resting in a warm kennel full of shredded paper. This case shows the important work that Limerick Animal Welfare does day in, day out and if you can help in a small way by volunteering or donating  then you too can help to make a difference. Also if you see anyone abusing an animal you need to report it to the Gardaí or the ISPCA so that the lowlifes who do this kind of thing are brought to justice.

Multi-national gives to Search and Rescue

Foynes District Search and Rescue mission was beneficiary to a donation from Vistakon Vision Care (Ireland) Johnson & Johnson AShift. This year Vistokon AShift has chosen three charities to benefit from their charity credo fund. The event dedicated to the Foynes Volunteer Corps was “Try a Dive”. The donation was greatly appreciated and will go towards new equipment and training. Foynes District Search & Rescue would like to thank and acknowledge the support of the local people and surrounding districts and organizations. The Rescue Centre is open Wednesday nights 7-9pm and new members are always welcome. If interested you can follow on facebook @Foynes-and-district-search-and-rescue.

West Limerick 102FM

West Limerick Resources are organizing a one night training session on news and current affairs next week on either March 4th, 5th or 6th. If anyone is interested please contact Connie Broderick on 069-66200 by Wednesday night.

A Story and a Song

On last Saturday’s West Limerick radio show presented by Pat Donovan the Story and a Song programme featured favourite tin whistle, lilting and accordion tunes performed by the late Mick Enright R.I.P., Templeathea. The multi-talented West Limerick musician/balladeer was himself a very popular local radio presenter along with being a keen competitor at numerous County, Munster and All Ireland Fleadh Cheoils and Féiles where he often added whistling with great success to his music and singing entries.

The recorded show also included the late Mike’s view regarding the weak local support for Irish traditions and our Irish Heritage/Culture and our blind willingness to spend big money on foreign traditions. This session on West Limerick radio concluded  with ballads “Sean South of Garryowen” “A mother’s love is a Blessing” and accordion/tin whistle and lilting tunes.

Lent 2014

Lent 2014 – Tuesday, March 4th is Shrove Tuesday and the following day is Ash Wednesday marking the commencement of another Lenten journey.