by Pat Brosnan

Sincere Sympathy

The recent death occurred of Catriona Kearney, Tullylease, Charleville daughter of Ann and the late John, loving sister of Annette, brother Anthony, sister-in-law Caroline, niece Kate, godson Harry, aunts, uncles, relatives and a large circle of friends. Our deepest sympathy is extended to Con Kearney Dirreen, uncle of the deceased. May her gentle soul rest in peace.

European and Local Elections

The nation takes to the polls on Friday next 23rd May to decide on the European and local elections. Best wishes and good luck to all the candidates.

90th Birthday

Congratulations to Nora Barrett who recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Nora lives in Rooskagh, Carrigkerry with her son Donie, daughter-in-law Kay and family. Wishing Nora continued good health and happiness.


Set Dancing Ceili

The West Limerick Set Dancing Club will hold a Ceili in the Devon Inn, Templeglantine on Sunday 25th May at 4pm with music by Swallows Tail. All are welcome.

Pilgrimage to Holy Cross

The Annual St. Pio National pilgrimage to Holy Cross Abbey, near Thurles will take place on Sunday 25th May. A coach will depart from the Market Yard, Newcastle West at 9.30am. For further information and booking contact Pat Dalton 069-62306.

Newcastle West Musical Society Workshops and Auditions

Newcastle West Musical Society is currently welcoming new members to join the cast for the upcoming production of “Carousel”. We welcome anyone to join whether you are interested in a leading part, chorus part or want to take part behind the scenes. We welcome you to come along to the workshops on Wednesday 21st May and 28th May. The auditions will take place on Wednesday 4th June in Scoil Iosef, all starting at 8pm. Hope to see you all there.

Starting Your Own Business or Business Owner

For Business Owners or Entrepreneurs striving to start their own business there are so many things to think about that sometimes unintentionally, the customer service strategy can get overlooked. The Red Door BIC Newcastle West will hold a Coffee Morning on Friday 23rd May at 11am to discuss some of the basics of Customer Service, the importance of excellent ongoing Customer Service, customer engagement and effective communication skills. The guest speaker on the day will be Helen Murphy who has 15 years experience in the hospitality industry and who is a consultant with extensive training and experience in Customer Service. She gives practical information and advice on the importance of great ongoing customer information skills. If you are a business owner and wish to register yourself or your staff for this free coffee morning please contact [email protected] to book your place or call 087 9584430

West Limerick Resources

West Limerick Resources would like to thank all those who attended a public meeting on Wednesday 7th May in Newcastle West, regarding the proposed changes to the local development sector. During this uncertain period, it is encouraging to know that the company continues to enjoy the confidence and support of the West Limerick Community who do not wish to see the role and effectiveness of the company undermined as a result of the proposed changes. You can keep up to date with developments through the website


Congratulations to all the girls and boys who received their First Holy Communion on Saturday last. They were blessed with such a lovely day. Many thanks to everybody who helped on the day, especially their teacher, Fr Bowen and Fr Kelly, also a special thank you to their parents for making it such a happy day for the children.

The Pioneer Magazine – March 14

I came across this recently reading the ‘Pioneer Magazine’

A Difference of Sand and Stone

Two friends who were walking through the desert and at some stage in the journey they had an argument and Anna slapped Jane in the face. Jane was hurt but without saying anything, wrote it in the sand “Today my best friend slapped me in the face”. They kept on walking until they found an oasis, where they decided to take a bath.

Jane got stuck in the mire and started drowning but Anna saved her. After Jane had recovered from nearly drowning, she wrote on a stone “Today my best friend saved my life”. Anna who had slapped and saved her friend asked “After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand, but now you write on a stone, why?”

Jane replied “When someone hurts us, we should write it in sand where the winds of forgiveness can erase it from view, but when someone does something good for us, we should engrave it in stone where no wind can ever remove it. Write your hurts in the sand and forget them but carve your benefits in stone to be remembered.