By Pat Brosnan

Palliative Care

A website has been launched to provide parents with greater information and understanding of palliative care for children. The children and young people palliative care website was developed by the All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC) to assist parents, guardians, carers and the wider public in understanding what children’s palliative care is and seeks to filter the wide range of information available on the internet to make it easier to find the right information. The site is available at

The Three Tenors for Newcastle West

The Three Tenors will perform in Newcastle West Parish Church on Sunday, 7th December. Organised by Newcastle West and District Lions Club this event is the club’s annual major fundraiser for local charities. Tickets for this wonderful event are now on sale at €25 and can be purchased at Tony Hayes’ Day2Day shop in The Square, Newcastle West. You can also get tickets by calling Mike on 069-61888 or Liam on 087-6780456. Tickets will not be available at the door so please buy yours now to avoid disappointment.

Bereavement Support Day

A Bereavement Support Day will take place in Ardfert Retreat Centre on Saturday, 29th November from 10am –4.30pm with Sr. Mary Lalor and Marie Geraghty-Stewart. For bookings and information please contact 066-7134276.

Athea Fair

The fair was held in Athea on Saturday last. We were blessed with the fine weather and it held out for most of the day. It was great to go down our local village and meet so many people and mingle with our neighbours and friends. There were plenty of stalls around the place and a wonderful atmosphere in our  village. Long may the annual fair continue and well done to all the people who worked and organised the wonderful day.

Mortgage Deposit Rules Could Ease

Central Bank Governor, Patrick Honohan, has indicated that there could be an easing of the rules that will require mortgage applicants to save a 20% deposit which is a lot of money to put together to buy a house as so many people have huge expenses and it is very hard to save money nowadays. Last month the Central Bank announced new mortgage rules requiring homebuyers to pay a deposit worth 20% of the value of a property. It also announced that banks will be restricted to lending three and a half times a borrower’s gross income. The regulations were due to come into effect on January 1st, however, there was political backlash to the proposed new rules and many argued the strict regulations would make it impossible for first time buyers to get on the property ladder. Mr. Honohan, the Central Bank Governor said the introduction of a mortgage insurance here is not trouble free but could relieve the problem of the high deposit requirements for first time buyers.

Kilmallock Defeat Sarsfields in Extra Time

Kilmallock and Sarsfields combined to produce a pulsating Munster club senior hurling championship semi-final that thrilled the large crowd at Fitzgerald Park in Kilmallock on Sunday last 9th November with two late points sealing a two point win for the Limerick Champions after extra time. Kilmallock play Cratloe of Clare in two weeks time in the Munster Club Championship Final.

Child Protection in Sport Awareness Programme

A course aimed at sports leaders, children’s officers, parents and anyone working with young people in sport has been arranged for later this month. The course, which is run over three hours on one night, is organised by Limerick Sports Partnership is scheduled for Wednesday, 26th November in the Woodlands Hotel from 7pm-10pm. Cost of course is €17 per person and registration is essential online at www.limerickcitysports,ie as places are limited to 16 per course. Participants must be over 18 years of age. Closing date for booking is Monday, 24th November. For more information on the course or other events email [email protected] or contact Kathleen at 061-333600.

The Late Marie Buckley and Jack Duggan

Sympathy is extended to Pat Buckley, Lower Rd., Athea on the recent death of his mother Marie pre-deceased by her husband Lar. May her soul rest in peace.

Also the death occurred of Jack Duggan of Keale. Sympathy is extended to his relatives and friends. May he rest in peace.