By Pat Brosnan

The death occurred recently of Thomas (Tom) Cleary, Templeathea, Athea, at his residence surrounded by his loving family, brother Patsy, sister-in-law Patricia and nieces. Beloved son ot the late Hannah and Paddy Cleary and brother of the late Sean. Tom will be greatly missed by his loving brother Patsy, sister-in-law Patricia, nieces Ann Marie, Caroline, Helen, Diane and Patrice, grandnephews Jack and Rory, other relatives, kind neighbours and friends. A large attendance paid their respects at Kelly’s Funeral Home, Athea followed by removal to St. Bartholomew’s Church, Athea and burial in Holy Cross cemetery, Athea. Tom passed away at a relatively young age and had been unwell for a few years. Great credit must be given to his brother Patsy and wife Patricia and family who cared for Tom and looked after him so well for the last few years. Tom had a great personality and was great fun to be with. May his gentle soul rest in peace.

Limerick Primary Pupils Encouraged to Embrace Entrepreneurship

Primary school children across County Limerick are being invited to flex their entrepreneurial muscles as part of a cost-free initiative in partnership with Mary Immaculate College (MIC). The Junior Entrepreneur Programme (JEP) will set up to 10,000 primary school pupils from the ages of seven to twelve years of age, open their minds to the excitement of running their own business, in the process enhancing vital life skills and boosting self-confidence.

Students pitch and develop their own business ideas with their teachers acting as facilitators and all of the ideas are showcased on one day to the entire school with the children’s products available for sale. The programme originated in Kerry and Limerick and has Mary Immaculate College as its academic partner.

Founder Jerry Kennelly said that it can bring out the best in students who may have not otherwise discovered their true potential through the regular primary school curriculum. The children learn that running a business takes hard work but can be plenty of fun and the Junior Entrepreneur Programme allows them to look at their own skills such as finance and sales. They decided to run the programme in primary school because when children enter secondary school there is an exam focus and also they are bound by scheduled timetables. Many Limerick Schools have previously taken part in the JEP including St. Fergus’ primary school in Glin. Applications close on Friday, September 12th and can be made via

Cancer Week

The Irish Cancer Society will hold a free conference for cancer survivors on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th September in Dublin’s Aviva Stadium which will be attended by representatives from the Limerick Cancer Information and Support Centre. The “Living Well With Cancer” conference aims to tackle the physical and emotional consequences that a cancer diagnosis can bring and is being held as part of Ireland’s first cancer week which will run for September 15th –21st. The focus of the week is “Living With Cancer”.

Mouth Cancer Awareness Day

Mouth Cancer Awareness Day takes place on Wednesday, September 17th. Free mouth cancer examination available at your local dental surgery. Please contact your dentist for information or check details on

Parents Storytelling Workshops

Make your stories come to life while encouraging your children to develop an interest in reading and books. A special workshop will be held in the Newcastle West Community Centre on Friday September 19th and 26th (10am to 12 noon). Parents will be shown how to use dramatic voices, puppets and dress-up to enhance their storytelling. Open to all parents in West Limerick with children aged 2-7 years or those working with children. Adult only workshop – children do not attend. To book a place contact Theresa at West Limerick Resources on 069 79113 or email [email protected]