By Marian Harnett

PROLOGUE:  When the rich wage war, it’s the poor who die.

Jean – Paul Sartre.

DEATH:  We offer our sincere sympathy to Patrick O’Connor and his family, Knockbrack on the sudden death of his wife of almost 50 years Margaret.  May she rest in peace.

ABBEYFEALE STANDS WITH UKRAINE:  Pavel who works with Nicky Cotter, Dromtrasna is, along with his friends, organising containers of essential supplies to be sent to the Ukrainian refugees in Poland. Details are in the link.

There is a collection point in Killarney but An Siopa Milsean will accept items from the list (blankets, sleeping bags, camping mats, towels, shampoos, shower gels, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, sanitary products, nappies, toilet paper, dry foodstuffs, pasta, rice, tinned meat, fish and vegetables, baby food, chocolate, tea and coffee)  and Pavel will arrange for them to be taken to the collection point.

ABBEYSIDE PLAYERS:  Abbeyside Players under Director Merce Hobson are pleased to present ‘The Righteous Are Bold’ in The Glórach Theatre. March 31st and April 1,2,3,7,8,9.

BEREAVED FAMILIES:  Anam Cara Kerry, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding it’s monthly Parent Evening for bereaved parents on Tuesday 8th March at 7:20pm in the Meadowlands Hotel, Tralee Co. Kerry. This event is free and open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether their death was recent or not. We also offer an online support group and you can get further information on this by contacting us in [email protected]

CANCER: Recovery Haven Kerry Cancer Support House will run a 6 week ‘Thriving and Surviving’ course online via Zoom commencing Wednesday March 2nd from 10.30 am – 1 pm. The course is to help support people recovering after cancer treatment. If you are interested or would like to know more about this course, then please contact Reception on 066 7192122.

CHELTENHAM PREVIEW NIGHT: Cheltenham Preview Night – both virtually and in Christy’s The Well in Listowel on Tuesday March 8th will be in aid of the Listowel Branch of Kerry Parents and Friends.

WOMEN’S DAY: International Women’s Day (March 8) celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. Also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.

DRAMA: The new dates for Dancing at Lughnasa in Athea are Thursday, March 3rd, Friday 4th, Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th. There are seats available on all these nights, ring 087- 6926746.

100th ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDING OF THE GARDA SIOCHANA:  If you have any stories or memorabilia from bygone times the Gardai would be glad if you would share them.

GLÓRACH BINGO:  PRO of the Glórach writes ; “Great to be back indoors again, with many commenting on the new carpet in the foyer fitted by McElligotts furniture, giving the whole place another lift.  Bingo takes place at the Glórach every Monday night at 8 pm.

Due to circumstances entirely beyond our control, the play Crowman, starring Jon Kenny, will not be taking place as previously scheduled for March 19th.  We hope to have Jon back at the venue in the near future and apologise for any inconvenience caused to patrons who were looking forward to the event.  All roads lead to the Glórach Theatre on Friday, March 11th as songmaster Seán Keane makes a welcome return to the venue.  Tickets are selling fast for the genial Galwegian, but a few can still be got at An Siopa Milseáin and Abbey Tiles, or by ringing 0871383940 to book.  The concert starts at 8 pm, we’re all looking forward to another memorable night of music and song.

DINNER: The Irish Sheepdog Trials Society are holding a celebratory Dinner Dance on Saturday, March  5  at the Killarney Avenue Hotel. Dinner at 8pm followed with music by “The Best of Friends”. Tickets for the dinner dance are on sale. Tom O’Sullivan is only the fifth Irishman to win the Supreme Championship, the most coveted trophy in sheepdog trialling since it began in 1947 and will be attending.

  1. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE: The St. Patrick’s Day committee under the chairmanship of Cllr. Francis Foley are organising the Parade after a two year hiatus.It will travel at 4pm from Mountmahon past the viewing platform in the Square.To book your space contact Francis on 087 6391305.

SMALL GRANTS SCHEME:  The Community Groups, Organisations & Minority Sports small grant scheme will provide funding to support these groups to return to sport and physical activity following the various lockdowns during Covid. Sports clubs are excluded from this grant scheme as each National Governing Body (NGB) of sport, has secured funding to support their own clubs. Minority sports clubs, who do not have paid staff in their national organisation can apply to this fund.Who Can Apply?  Limerick based Community Groups, Organisations & Minority Sports, who deliver sport and physical activity opportunities in their local communities. This scheme was designed to support community centres, men’s shed groups, youth organisations, community-based centres, community walking groups, Go4Life and active retirement groups, scouts & girl guides and minority sports i.e. Dragon Boating, Pétanque, Ultimate Frisbee, Lawn Bowls, Underwater hockey. Commercial Organisations / Individuals are not eligible to apply.  Please note that the closing date for receipt of completed application forms is 5pm Monday 7th March, 2022.

MILFORD HOSPICE ANNUAL 10KM RUN/WALK: Takes place on Sunday, March 13 with the start in the Kilmurry student village behind UL Sports Arena.

Further information from 061485859/485860.