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By Carrig Side-18/03/2020

By Tom Aherne

The following are the Lottery results from Neary’s  Bar, Ardagh on Monday March 9. The numbers drawn were 15,19,20 and 22 and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won €40 each: Enright family (online), Jason O’Donovan, Ardagh, Mary O’Connor, c/o Moloney’s, Nora Dineen, Ardagh, and Ann Greed, Askeaton. Next week’s Jackpot will be €6,600 and the draw will be held in the Thatch Bar on Monday night. The Lottery can now be done online by logging onto clubforce.com, go to “find my club”-St Kieran’s and just click on play lottery and pay by card.

Congratulations to Loretta Hayes, and Maura Crowley who were prize winners at the Flag Floor card game held on Wednesday, March 4.

Galbally defeated Saint Kieran’s by 3-6 to 1-9 in Round 2 of the County Football League Division 1 at Galbally on Saturday, March 7. The round 1 match against Na Piarsaigh was postponed because of the weather. All fixtures are off at present due to Covid-19.

Róisín Ambrose was a member of the Limerick team that defeated Dublin by 1-10 to 0-10 in Division 1 of the National Camogie League on Saturday March 7, at the Gaelic Grounds.

Sophie Hennessy, Iris Kennelly and Mai Kennelly, Old Mill club were members of the Limerick ladies football team that lost to Leitrim by 4-13 to 1-6 in Division 4 of the National League on Sunday, March 8, at Carrick-on-Shannon.

Ireland’s National Tree week takes place from Saturday, March 21 to Friday, March 27. Healthy trees, Healthy Planet, is this year’s theme. It is to promote tree health and the important role trees play in promoting  the planet by taking on climate change and providing  natural  renewable resources . Trees will be available for planting in local communities, including 30,000 native trees  donated by Cóilte.

Saint Kieran’s Heritage Association has postponed their talk night due to take place on Friday, March 27. Work on the Down Memory Lane book continues in the background and members are involved in the community response group for the area. Please be safe, secure, and stay positive. The wheel will turn, and activities will resume when safe to do so.

The outdoor Daffodil Day, which was due to take place on Friday, March 27, has been postponed to another date. People can contribute to the Irish Cancer Society by text to 50300 and donate €4.

The charity Céilí in aid of Down Syndrome Limerick due to  be held in the Longcourt House Hotel Newcastle West  on Friday, March 27, has been postponed to a later date. People can donate themselves, to this great cause which will be greatly appreciated.

Congratulations to the Old Mill U-10 girls who took part in the County Blitz on Saturday March 7 and will  be representing Limerick in Croke Park on Friday April 10,  at the LGFA National Activity Day. The Old Mill ladies football club clothes collection  has been postponed. A bag pack will be held in Tesco Newcastle West on Saturday April 11. The club would appreciate help  on the day to fill the time slots. All support for this fundraiser will be greatly appreciated.

Congratulations to Paddy O’Shea, Broadford, who won €170 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday, March 13. Tickets cost €2 and they are available from volunteers, in local shops, or from the radio station. All support is very much appreciated. New volunteers to get involved in all aspects of the station are needed at present. The roles available include research and studio work, fundraising and lots more. Contact the station if interested. The AGM fixed for  Tuesday March 31,in the Longcourt House Hotel Newcastle West has been postponed to a later date.

OPINION PIECE

UNITED WE STAND: Last Saturday during my early morning walk my thoughts began to wonder as they often do.  The rain was falling softly, and it was calm, and I was struck by the stillness, and the “Sound of Silence” song  by Simon and Garfunkel came to mind. Our Emerald Isle will be a lot quieter in the coming weeks, as the country goes into  retreat due to the COVID-19 virus. All sporting, cultural, entertainment, and leisure activities have been called off, and churches, and public buildings have been closed.

These are worrying and stressful times for everyone, especially for the elderly,  and for those who are vulnerable to the virus due to underlying conditions. Our prayers and thoughts are with  those who care for these people and for the healthcare workers who are so courageously out there on the frontline. Time and patience are called for, and just as Saint Patrick drove the snakes from Ireland, we will survive this national emergency and  latest threat to our population.

Elvis Presley recorded “Home is where the Heart Is” song so we will have to remain more at home, and take care of ourselves, and look out for the welfare of others. We must put our shoulder behind the national effort to protect the elderly and those with underlying health conditions. Communities are coming together and organising themselves to look after the more  vulnerable members. A group has been set up in the Saint Kieran’s catchment area to deliver groceries, and medicine, and all households will receive an information letter with contact numbers this week.

The panic buying since last Friday recalls “The Winner Takes It All” song by Abba. I am old fashioned, and I find it hard to understand this craze, as we survived with little, and were happy with our lot. The bulk buying up of essential items during a time of  emergency is selfish and issues the message “I am alright (name) and to Hell with you”. The older members of our society (which I have joined) find it hard to compete and can end up losing out and without the items they need maybe far more than the younger generation. The supply chain will continue and there is enough for all if people are fair minded and only take what they need.

My native townland Glensharrold and its people has survived the great Famine, infamous Evictions during the 1880s, two great wars, Spanish flu, the Emergency, TB, Foot and Mouth, Oil crisis, storms, recessions, deep  snowfalls in 1963 and 1981 and come out the other side. Since October 31 we have lost five fine people associated with Glensharrold Johnny Kennelly, Trish Aherne, Michael Geoghegan, Bridget Doody, and Jack Mulvihill. The many storms have battered the land which is saturated from rainfall since last August, and the White River has overflowed on to the land on several occasions. These are dark and depressing times for many in all communities, but stay safe and secure, as the darkest hour comes before the dawn.

The wheel always turns, and nature continues to provide enjoyment with bird song more prominent in early morning and later evenings. The early  flowers are adding colour to our gardens and hedgerows, and the clocks are getting ready to move forward. April will bring the Swallows and Cuckoo, and hopefully warmer and drier weather. It is better to embrace the sunrise  rather than the sunset, and as I return to my gate the words of Gloria Gaynor’s song “I Will Survive” comes to mind.

 

 

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By Carrig Side-10/03/2020

By Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of Bridget Doody, 2 Corgrigg Wood, Foynes, on February 28,  at University Hospital Limerick. Bridget was the eldest daughter of Mary and Joe Doody, and  a native of Glensharrold, Carrigkerry, and her early education was in Kilcolman National School. The family moved to  Mary’s native Shanagolden, where Bridget grew up. She worked for the Brothers of Charity, Foynes for over 35 years, where she was highly regarded by staff and residents. Bridget was a quiet spoken person who liked her privacy and was admired and respected by all. She took great care of her two sons Joe and Kevin and always looked out for family members. She lay in repose in Ferris’ Funeral Home, Shanagolden on Sunday, March 1 from 4pm to 7pm and large crowds came to pay their respects to family and bid farewell to Bridget, a real lady  who was only in her early fifties.

The Requiem Mass was concelebrated  by Canon Tony O’Keeffe and Canon James Ambrose in St Senan’s Church, Shanagolden on Monday, March 2nd at 12 noon. Before the mass commenced symbols associated with Bridget, photographs, emblems, teacup, work related photos were taken to the Altar. They represented her love for family, work colleagues, and caring nature. Family members participated in the readings, prayers of the faithful, offertory gifts, reflection and the choir did her proud with their singing and music. Canon Tony paid tribute during his homily and sister Marie thanked all who helped the family, and remembered Bridget with affection. Burial  took place afterwards in Kilmoylan Cemetery. We extend our sympathy to  her partner Darren, sons Joe and Kevin, sister Marie (Griffin) brothers Michael, Patrick and James, uncle Donie, daughter-in-law Amanda, brother-in-law Pat, sister-in-law Angharad, nieces, nephews, relatives and a large circle of friends. May she rest in Peace.

Congratulations to Mary Ita Keane, Grouse Lodge, Ardagh, who recently was presented  with Honorary IFA Life Membership for her outstanding service to the organisation. In her local Shanagolden branch she has held every position from chairperson down to committee level. She has served as Treasurer, and PRO of Limerick IFA, and chairperson of the Limerick IFA Sheep committee, representing them in Dublin. A lifetime devoted to improving the quality of life of Limerick farmers she is deserving of this honorary membership. Continued good wishes to Mary Ita in her future work.

Congratulations to Niamh Foley, Old Mill, and Saint Mary’s Athletic Club Rathkeale, who was recently crowned Munster champion in the U-19 girls 60m event at the Munster Juvenile Indoor Championship. Niamh part of a very sporting family also won a silver medal in the 200m event.

Francis O’Connor, Ardagh and his wife Áine O’Connell  from the Sliabh Luachra area  live in Broadford and they recently launched their debut album. Áine describes the album as “a fusion of West Limerick and Sliabh Luachra styles”, adding: “It also looks at the music of these two particular duets that influenced our music. “A lot of the tunes they would have played would have been unusual and some of them would have been in danger of being forgotten.” Along with West Limerick flute player Donal O’Sullivan, an important later influence on Francis’ playing was Áine’s father Connie. “I would have met him when I was 16 and I would have taken to his style of playing. We played together at sessions and festivals,” says Francis,

Francis and Áine, have been playing music together for over 20 years, and included is one of Francis’ compositions, a tribute to Molly Hogan, his childhood neighbour in Ardagh. They Didn’t Come Home Until Morning, with bouzouki from Brosna’s Brian Mooney, was  launched at The Gathering in The Gleneagle, Killarney, on Saturday February 29.

The following are the Lottery results from Reen’s  Bar, Ardagh on Monday March 2. The numbers drawn were 8,17,23 and 28, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won €40 each: Mary Steele, Ardagh, Johnny Flaherty, c/o Josie, Mike and Matso, c/o Neary’s, Patrick O’Connor, c/o The Thatch, and John R Kelly, c/o Moore’s. Next week’s Jackpot will be €6,400 and the draw will be held in Neary’s Bar Ardagh on Monday night. The Lottery can now be done online by logging onto clubforce.com, go to “find my club”-St Kieran’s and just click on play lottery and pay by card.

Saint Kieran’s Heritage Association held their March meeting in Ardagh Community Centre on Thursday, March 5, and 16 members were present. Chairman JP O’Sullivan welcomed all and Secretary Mary Kury read the minutes, and matters arising were dealt with. Cheques were presented to Ardagh/Carrigkerry Senior Citizens Association  and the Brothers of Charity  at the last meeting, and letters of thanks received from both  were read out. Participation in the Saint Patrick’s Day Parades in Rathkeale, and Newcastle West on Tuesday March 17 were discussed, and the theme will be a walking parade with the pike men performing. Permission to hold the annual church gate collections were received and the permit dates are Coolcappa/Kilcolman May 23/24, and Ardagh/Carrigkerry July 11/12.

The main body of the meeting concentrated on the calendar of events for 2020, and the following is a preliminary list: Friday,  March 27, Down Memory Lane talk in Ardagh Hall with three speakers. Friday, April 24, Down Memory Lane talk in Ardagh Hall with three speakers. Thursday, April  30, Ballylin Hill Walk for May Eve. Friday, June 26, Mary Kury will launch her next book In Loving Memory (Headstone Inscriptions of Coolcappa, Clonagh, Kilscannell, and Rathronan graveyards in Coolcappa Hall. Saturday, June 27,  Coolcappa walk and talks from various speakers from 11am, taking in Lisnaculla Castle, Clonagh Graveyard, Saint Kyran’s Well, Patrick O’Brien’s Memorial, and Mount Henry House.

Sunday, June 28 a special mass will be celebrated at 12 noon in Saint Kyran’s Church to mark the 50th anniversary of the church opening.  The heritage association will be involved in the events (TBC) later in the afternoon. Heritage Week  will be held this year from Friday August 15,to Sunday, August 23 and an event to be confirmed will be held to mark it. Friday, September 14, the annual weekend festival will commence with the launch of the Down Memory Lane Journal in Ardagh Hall. Sunday  an event will be held in the village (TBC). Sunday November 15, The Christmas Craft Fair will be held in Ardagh Hall. The next meeting will be held on Thursday, April 2 at 8pm in Ardagh Hall and all are welcome.

An information night for the forthcoming Oskars was held in Ardagh Community Centre on Friday, March 6, and a good crowd was in attendance. David Woulfe, and Deirdre Ambrose represented the organising committee, and Martin Foran, who was involved on the first Lip Sync in Ardagh in 2017, attended and his presentation was very interesting and informative. He showed snippets from past events held in other counties on the big screen, plus a selection of films that they did.

The finale night in the Devon Inn Hotel on Saturday November 14, will be a four-hour event, featuring seven films, (12-minute duration app) plus another showing the best bleepers from them. The cast members will be shown arriving for the gala event, and  eleven Oscars will be presented for best film, producer,  actor, actress, location, costume etc.   Voting will be held on the night, and the judges will give their verdicts. The MC will speak with cast members, and a raffle will be held also. Tickets will be very scarce due to the high demand and hotel capacity.

To get to this stage two coaches will attend on the audition’s night, and from their observations they will select the actors/actresses and choose seven films from over twenty that they can cast. The rehearsals and filming will be held in October, allowing a few stress-free weeks before the gala night. All who attend the auditions will receive a role in the films, and many extras will also be needed to participate. A Producer  will be appointed to each film who will oversee sourcing costumes, props, scene locations etc.

Many fundraisers will be held to finance the event, which is costly to stage. A booklet like the Lip Sync one will be published, where people  can show case their businesses.  The business community can also sponsor one of the eleven  Oskars that will be presented on the final night. Martin  answered many  questions  from those in attendance about  the event, which has been held very successfully in other Limerick venues. It creates a great buzz and atmosphere within a community, and people who have never acted can fit in seamless after the first few rehearsals.

This is a joint ADRSC and St Kieran’s GAA fundraiser, and both deserve great credit for the facilities they have provided for the enjoyment of others in Ardagh, and Coolcappa. The ADRSC are hoping to help raise funds to develop a much-needed walking path around the community field in Ardagh and St Kieran’s are fundraising for development work on the GAA grounds in Coolcappa.

This information meeting is the start, so hopefully people can come along  on the next night ( date later in March)  for the auditions. It would be lovely if people who aren’t involved in either organisation but had an interest in getting involved in the Oskars came along. They would be very welcome, as it is going to be a real community event for all age groups to enjoy. The real highlight will be seeing themselves in action in one of the well broadcast films, The Snapper, Waking Ned, The Field, Derry Girls, Sister Act, or Man about Dog etc.

The official launch of the Limerick GAA Club draw for 2020 took place at the Woodlands House Hotel,  Adare on Monday, February 10. The cost to join is €10 each month or €100 for the year, and a minimum of 50% goes directly to the club, (depending on the numbers joined) and the other 50% to support the county teams. The first prize each month is €10,000, with cash prizes ranging down from €3,000,to €2,000, 1,000, €500,€250, and €100. Thirty prizes in total each month, with a special prize added this year. The first special monthly  prize will be a family weekend away to the Activity Centre in Longford. The first draw will take place on Limerick Live 95fm, during the sports programme on Saturday April 4. Saint Kieran’s are accepting members at present, in person or online.

The Stations of the Cross will be said in Calvary Cemetery, Newcastle West every Sunday during Lent at 3pm. All are welcome to attend and to remember loved ones in prayer.

The West Limerick Scór final will be held in Askeaton Community Hall on Friday March 13, at 8pm. The question time event will be held in Mungret GAA Clubhouse on Friday March 20, at 8pm, and all clubs are encouraged to participate in our traditional music song recitation comedy and dance.

All musicians singers’ dancers and storytellers are invited to Jim’s Rambling House Newbridge on Friday March 13, at 8.30pm. It promises to be a great night of music song and dance, and all are welcome.

A set Céilí will be held in Halla Tadhg Gaelach Tournafulla on Friday March 13 commencing at 9.30pm. Music will be supplied by The Kingdom Céilí Band and admission is €10. Refreshments will be provided, and all are welcome. 

Congratulations to  Ann O’Gorman, Newcastle West, who won €255 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday March 6. Tickets cost €2 and they are available from volunteers, in local shops, or from the radio station. All support is very much appreciated. New volunteers to get involved in all aspects of the station are needed at present. The roles available include research and studio work, fundraising and lots more. Contact the station if interested. The AGM will be held on Tuesday March 31, at 7.30pm in the Longcourt House Hotel Newcastle West. All are welcome, with a special welcome for new and energetic people of diverse interests.

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By Carrig Side-03/03/2020

By Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of Eileen Behan (née O’Connor), Carrigkerry at Tralee Hospital on Monday, February 24, following a lengthily  illness. She was predeceased by her brothers Dave and John and sisters Kit, Maureen and Ita. Eileen O’Connor was the youngest of eleven in family and grew up in the village of Carrigkerry. She attended the local school and later Newcastle West where her studies were cut short following the death of her mother in the early 1960s. This early introduction to home care was to remain her main focus for her lifetime. People were always calling into the house at night for the stories and fun and this side of life greatly impacted on Eileen. She also  liked the dancing in the local halls, and the camaraderie being outgoing and sociable.

In time she married Eddie Behan from Shanagolden, and they set up home nearby. They were blessed with three in family Declan, Gráinne and Cormac. They spent over fifty happy years together, and she was a homemaker and a guiding light in their careers. Eddie’s business necessitated contact with him and  a great welcome awaited all who called to their home, be it for business or social. She also assumed the role of secretary always being helpful at the end of the phone when people needed Eddie’s talents.

Eileen was a regular mass attendee, and her faith was very important to her, and she attended all the ceremonies. Eileen was involved in the Ardagh/Carrigkerry Senior Citizens Party committee over the years, organising the yearly Christmas party. She  stood at church gate collections and was always willing to help organisations out. She was a regular walker around the locality and liked the outdoors. She liked to travel and spent many happy days on holiday with sister Ann and friends. She liked reading and doing crosswords and being the first to complete them. She supported local events and causes, including Saint Kieran’s GAA club matches. Life in Carrigkerry  will be a lot duller without Eileen, and a shining light has gone out in our community which will not be replaced.

Reposing  took place at Riedy’s Funeral Home, Newcastle West on Thursday, February 27, from 5pm followed by removal  to St. Mary’s Church, Carrigkerry. The Requiem Mass was Concelebrated there by Fr Michael Noonan, Fr Tim Curtin, Fr Joe Cussen, Fr Edwin Irwin, and Fr Martin Madigan, on Friday February 28, at 11.30am. The church was packed to pay tribute to a warm hearted, kind and generous lady. Family members participated during the ceremony, and Noel, Jacki, Denis, and Daniel supplied the appropriate hymns and music. Cormac paid a loving tribute to his mother before the final prayers.

Eileen was laid to rest afterwards in Calvary Cemetery, Newcastle West.  We extend our sympathy to her husband Eddie, sons Declan and Cormac, daughter Gráinne, grandchildren Lucy, Daniel, Julie, Ellie, Derval and Katy, brothers Michael and Moss, sisters Peig, Joan and Anne, son-in-law Andy, daughters-in-law Úna and Noreen, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. May she rest in heavenly Peace.

The death has taken place of Peggy Brouder (nee Ahern) Rerasta Court, Ardagh, and formerly of Clondalkin, Dublin and resident of Adare and District Nursing Home, Croagh, peacefully at Limerick University Hospital on February 22, surrounded by her loving family. She was predeceased by her husband Paddy and son Kevin. Reposing took place at Riedy’s Funeral Home, Newcastle West, on Wednesday February 26, from 6.30pm to 7.30pm, followed by removal to St Molua’s Church, Ardagh.
The Requiem Mass was celebrated by Fr Tony Mullins (family relative), Fr Michael Noonan, and Fr Shoji,  on Thursday  at 2pm in St Molua’s Church, Ardagh. Family members participated during the ceremony, and Michael and Fiona Collins performed the hymns and music. Fr Tony paid tribute to Peggy during his homily recalling her long life, spent in Ardagh and Clondalkin in Dublin. She was 90 years old and enjoyed good health until her final move to the nursing home where she was very happy and content. He recalled the many visits he and family members made to her house, when they had business, or social engagements  in Dublin.

Peggy was laid to rest afterwards in St Molua’s Cemetery, and refreshments were available in the local hall. We extend our sympathy to her son Michael, sister Nelly Leamy, Askeaton, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, daughter-in-law, nephews, nieces, other relatives, kind neighbours and a large circle of friends. May she rest in Peace.

Joan Buckley recently retired as sacristan  after 25 years service at Saint Colman’s Church, Kilcolman. Fr Tim Curtin made a presentation to Joan to mark the occasion. She is wished a happy and healthy retirement.

Congratulations to Tadhg Dillane recent winner of the Newcastle West Golf Club Lottery Jackpot
Oskar fever has gripped the local community and curiosity has been building for a few weeks now about the forthcoming fundraising event on Saturday, November 14 in the Devon Inn Hotel. An information night will be held on Friday, March 6, in Ardagh Hall at 9pm to explain to everyone the process and the plan for this event. Martin Foran, who was involved on the first Lip Sync in 2017, will be present to answer any questions on the event that people might have. It would be great if as many people as possible came to this short meeting and attendance would be absolutely without any obligation to take part. It would be lovely if people who aren’t involved in either organization but had an interest in getting involved in the Oskars came along. They would be very welcome.

This is a joint ADRSC and St Kieran’s GAA fundraiser. The ADRSC are hoping to help raise funds to develop a much-needed walking path around the community field in Ardagh and St Kieran’s are fundraising for development work on the GAA grounds in Coolcappa. This information meeting is the start, so hopefully people can come along on March 6, to get a better understanding on this exciting upcoming event in late 2020.

The following are the Lottery results from Neary’s  Bar, Ardagh on Monday February 24. The numbers drawn were 8,15,21 and 24, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won €40 each: James Mullins Ardagh, G and D, c/o Denis Greaney, Breda Enright, Ardagh, Michelle Molyneaux, c/o Moira, and Darragh Ronan, c/o Foley’s. Next week’s Jackpot will be €6,200 and the draw will be held in Reen’s Bar Ardagh on Monday night. The Lottery can now be done online by logging onto clubforce.com, go to “find my club”-St Kieran’s and just click on play lottery and pay by card.

Saint Kieran’s players  John Hayes  and Liam Kennedy were members of the Limerick team that were defeated by Kerry  in the Semi- Final of the Munster U-20 Championship at Neville Park Rathkeale by 0-14 to 0-7 on Wednesday February 26.

Ardagh Drama Group performed  “Nobody is Talking to Me” by Tommy Marren in Castlemahon Hall  over six nights, concluding on Sunday night last. It was a laugh a minute play that had all in attendance in high spirits from start to finish.

Saint Kieran’s Heritage Association held a talk night on Friday, February 28, in Ardagh Community Centre.  The speakers and subjects were Nora Kennelly David Quaid and the Boer War, Mary Kury Murder at Ardagh 1858, and Sheila O’Regan Radio Memories. The talks were followed by a question and answer session. Thanks to the three speakers for sharing their very interesting talks, and to all in attendance. Forty-four people were present, refreshments were served,  and chat followed. The next series of talks will be held on Friday March 27, at 8pm in Ardagh Community Centre. Thanks to all who supported the Quiz at Reen’s Bar, Ardagh on Saturday, February 22. The next meeting will be held in Ardagh Community Centre on Thursday March 5, at 8pm, and  new members are most welcome.

The Desmond Cup draw for 2020 was held at the Longcourt Hotel, Newcastle West  on Monday, February 24. In round one Creeves Celtic are away to Athea Utd, and both Carrig Celtic teams received byes.

The annual West GAA All Star Banquet was held on Friday, February 28 at the Devon Inn Hotel, and three Saint Kieran’s  club members received awards. Congratulations to Liam Kennedy Senior Football, Pat Molyneaux Referee Award, and Darren Dineen, who was a member of the Munster team that won the 2019 All Ireland Wheelchair Hurling Competition.

The Stations of the Cross will be said in Calvary Cemetery, Newcastle West every Sunday during Lent at 3pm. All are welcome to attend and to remember loved ones in prayer.

Newcastle West Film Club present Pain and Glory, at the Desmond Complex on Friday, March 6, at 8pm. Half autobiographic, half fiction, the film reflects on the choices the lead actor makes as past and present comes crashing down on him.  The admission is €7, and refreshments available, and the venue is ideal, and the committee would welcome your presence.

West Limerick Singing Club meet on the first Friday of each month in Philip Enright’s Ramble Inn, Church Street, Abbeyfeale. Next session will be held on Friday, March 6,  at 9pm, and all singers and storytellers are welcome.

The West Limerick branch of the Mental Health Association of Ireland will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, March 10, at 8pm, at Maple Lodge, Gortboy, Newcastle West. All members to attend and new members will be most welcome.

Congratulations to Pat Boyce, Bruree who won €170 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday, February 28. Tickets cost €2 and they are available from volunteers, in local shops, or from the radio station. All support is very much appreciated. New volunteers to get involved in all aspects of the station are needed at present. The roles available include research and studio work, fundraising and lots more. Contact the station if interested.

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