By Pat Brosnan

Community Alert 

It is the time of year to remind people of the danger of fire in the home. Have you had your chimney cleaned? Are your open fires, stoves, electric or gas heaters safe, other fire hazards are electric blankets and overloading of electrical sockets. Have smoke and carbon monoxide alarms fitted. We must alert you to the ongoing problem of bogus sales and trades people calling to people’s homes or on the phone, do not engage with these people. For those wondering what to buy for an elderly relative or friend think security and safety for Christmas such as lighting, alarms, locks, monitoring devices etc. Remember if you see or suspect a crime ring 069-20650. Stay alert, stay safe.

(From Community Alert)

Christmas Party

West Limerick Set Dancing Club will hold their annual Christmas party at Fr. Casey’s GAA Clubhouse, Abbeyfeale on Saturday 13 December at 9pm with music by Taylors Cross Céilí Band. Tickets €20 available from Con, Nora or Kevin.

Draoicht for the Late Late Toy Show

Draoicht will be representing West Limerick on the Late Late Toy Show on Friday, 28 November. This group has members from six different parishes and originated at the Desmond College under the expertise of music teacher Miss Jude Keane. The members are Diarmuid and Laoise Curtin, Tournafulla. Emma Roche, Castlemahon. Jack O’Connor, Kilcolman, Brian Hartnett, Newcastle West, Patrick Moriarty and Ciara Brosnan, Templeglantine and Grainne Buckley, Broadford. They are currently playing in Arthur’s Quay each Saturday in November to mark the 25th anniversary of the shopping centre and are playing at concerts and fundraisers throughout the county. The  opportunity to perform on the Toy Show is very exciting for the members and their families.

Childline Launches Limerick Appeal

Childline has launched an emergency appeal in Limerick for donations so that vulnerable children can continue to access its service at nighttime. Nationally the charity needs 1.2millian in funding to keep the 24-hour service operational, the nighttime service has been available for 15 of childline’s 26 years of operation. Childline’s Limerick office is currently staffed by 43 volunteers who have provided more than 5,000 hours of listening time so far this year, answering a total of 31,291 calls. Childline’s West/Mid West regional manager Alex O’Keeffe believes that the service needs to be available on a 24 hour basis to give a voice to the most vulnerable children. Childline, which is run by the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, is almost completely reliant on public donations. Mr. O’Keeffe commented “It’s partly to do with the economic downturn people have a lot less to give, also the controversies surrounding charities have affected people making donations, the trust they had is gone”. If the nighttime service is closed it will mean that 45,000 calls from vulnerable children around Ireland will go unanswered in 2015. Donations can be made online at or €4 text donation can be made by texting childline to 57911.

Kilmallock Senior Club Hurling Munster Champions

Congratulations to Kilmallock senior club hurlers who were crowned Munster champions after a gripping extra-time victory over Cratloe in the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday last. After the sides finished level after 60 minutes 3-15 to 1-21, Kilmallock outscored their Clare opponents by 0-11 to 0-03 in extra time to claim the provincial silverware for a third time. Kilmallock, who last won the Munster title in 1994 will now play Ulster champions Portaferry in February for a place in the All-Ireland final on St. Patrick’s Day.

Annette’s Fashion Show in aid of The Friends of St. Ita’s and New Rehab Facilities

Annette’s Abbeyfeale Christmas Fashion (Annual half price) Show will be held at Fr. Casey’s GAA Clubhouse, Abbeyfeale this Sunday, November 30th at 3pm. Please support this worthy cause.

Rambling Houses

Listowel Rambling House will take place in the Seanchaí Centre this Thursday November 27th from 9.15pm. Admission is free, tea/coffee served.

Mick Sheehy’s Rambling House, Knockalougha is held on the third Tuesday of each month from 9pm

Farming Seminar

A farming seminar will be held in the Listowel Arms Hotel on Monday, December 8th. Minister Simon Coveney will be guest of honour.

Shopping Trip

The Moyvane ICA annual shopping trip to Cork is on Wednesday, December 3rd. Bus leaves Moyvane village at 7am. Cost is still only €16.

Book with Eileen Roche on 087-6679943