By Pat Brosnan

Speech Writing Competition

Action Aid has had a lot of interest from schools across the country for the organisation’s speech writing competition and wishes for more entrants from Limerick and Cork before the 16th January 2015 (deadline). Action Aid hope that the time off at Christmas will be an opportunity for young people interested in entering to finish their drafts. The competition is open to all Secondary School students aged 14-17. The top six students will be invited to Dublin to deliver their speech in front of an esteemed panel of judges and the winning two students will travel with their teacher to Nepal to see the programme first hand. The choice of topics are:

  1. Why do women make up 70% of people living in poverty around the world and what can be done about it?
  2. “Let us wage a global struggle against illiteracy, poverty and terrorism and let us pick up our books and pens. They are our most powerful weapons”. Education is fundamental to ending poverty and violence.
  3. Violence against women keeps communities in a cycle of poverty.

For more information on the competition visit

C.D. Launch

Maura Nolan’s CD “Am le Cheile”, launched earlier this year, is available at O’Rourke’s Shop Loughill/Ballyhahill, St. Ita’s Hospital, reception area and Desmond Complex, Newcastle West, Hogan’s Shop, Glin, Heavenly Touch, Gift Shop, Abbeyfeale, Rathkeale P.O., Roche’s Mace Supermarket, Templeglantine, Mullanes Supermarket, Knockdown, Athea, Moloney’s Shop, Carrigkerry and Lynch’s Shop, Feenagh. It includes old songs which Maura got from residents of St. Ita’s Community Hospital, Newcastle West where she sings twice weekly. It would make a lovely Christmas gift for friends and relatives, a percentage of sales will be donated to the “Friends of St. Ita’s”.

I.F.A. Launches New Farm Safety Campaign ‘Save Lives’

The IFA has launched a new farm safety campaign Save Lives to raise awareness of the dangers of working on the farm and to encourage farmers to always think Safety First. Save Lives is an acronym of safety messages to think safety when farming. The safety messages are carried throughout the 2015 IFA calendar, launched last week, as well as on new Save Lives pens, which will be distributed through IFA meetings and events over the coming months in order to keep safety at the front of people’s minds. A number of events and initiatives as part of the Save Lives campaign are planned for the year ahead.

Wedding Fayre Tea Party

A Wedding Fayre Tea Party will be held at the Devon Inn Hotel, Templeglantine on Sunday, January 14th 2015 from 2-5pm with models from the Celia Holman Lee agency. For more information telephone 069-84122.

Recent Death

Sympathy is extended to the O’Donoghue family, Dromerisk, Glin on the recent death of Tom O’Donoghue. May his soul rest in peace.

Christmas Wishes

A very Happy and Peaceful Christmas to everybody and especially all the readers of our local Newsletter.