By Pat Brosnan


Sympathy is extended to the Vaughan family on the death of their sister Peg (Margaret) who passed away last Friday. She will be sorely missed by all her family, relatives, neighbours and friends. May her soul rest in peace.

Countdown to Brothers of Charity Annual Cycle

The Brothers of Charity Cycle Club, Newcastle West, are holding their 5th annual charity cycle on Saturday, September 6th. This sponsored cycle will travel 100km through many of the towns and villages of West Limerick. While it is a very difficult time for everyone, we would be very grateful if people were able to support this fundraising event in one of the following ways. Donate a few hours on Friday 5th or Saturday 6th September, to join our team of bucket collectors to collect money in the local communities of West Limerick. Cycle on the day, help preparing food for cyclists or take a sponsorship card. The club would like to take the opportunity to express their thanks to those who helped in any way for the previous years and enabled the cycle to be so successful. They are hoping this year will be a bigger and better event as they are also celebrating 30 years in Newcastle West. They would like to let people know that 100% of the money raised during the cycle is used for the service in Newcastle West. If you are interested in helping out, please contact 069-62733 or call to the Day Service at Lacey’s Cross. This year’s event will be launched on Thursday, July 24th.

IFA Members To Think Farm Safety on Monday, 21st July

As part of IFA’s ongoing Farm Safety Awareness Campaign, the association is asking all farm families to set time aside on Monday 21st July to review safety on their farm. Tragically, fourteen lives have been lost to farm accidents so far this year. The IFA’s “Think Farm Safety Day” is an opportunity for farm families to dedicate time to thinking about health and safety on their farms, to identify potential danger areas and to consider ways to minimise risks. By taking time with family members and farm staff to review or complete a risk assessment on July 21st, farmers will not only reduce the risks to themselves, their families, employees and farm visitors but will also ensure they are complying with “Health and Safety Legislation”. Being tired, distracted and stressed is often a reality on busy farms and every effort must be made to avoid shortcuts. At the peak of this busy Summer season on farms, safety must come first. The IFA want farmers to think Farm Safety on July 21st and to continue to “think farm safety” every day after that, because taking even one risk is taking on risk too many.

The IFA has launched a dedicated “Farm Safety” section on its website which provides farm safety videos, booklets, links and information. This will complement a range of initiatives, including messages in the IFA calendar, text alerts to our members and regular updates through the County Executive Network. By putting the spotlight on farm safety on the 21st of July, we hope to remind farmers and their families to take time to think safety and farm safety every day.

Scenic West Cork Excursion

On Monday 21st July at 8.30 am, a coach will depart from the Market Yard, Newcastle West for an enjoyable day trip to the beautiful town of Clonakilty and the nearby West Cork seaside villages of Timoleague and Courtmacsherry. There is always huge interest in the scenic West Cork region, so early booking with Pat Dalton at 069-62306 is advised. As usual the day will be enlivened with a sing-song on board and of course breakfast and evening meal.

Business Mentoring

Are you thinking of starting your own business? Have you an idea that you would like to discuss with someone or are you an existing small business who would like advice on new product development or new direction for your company. West Limerick Resources is offering a free and confidential one-to-one business mentoring service to cusinessess based in the West Limerick area.  If you are a new or existing business in need of advice and guidance contact Eleanor on 069-66299 or Joan 069-66294.