Sunday, December 8, 2013

Newcastle West Dec 7

CHRISTMAS RECITAL: Newcastle West Church is the venue for a much-anticipated Annual Lions Christmas Recital which takes place on Thursday, December 12 at 8pm. The schedule is now finalized for this grand event, which is recognided as one of the high points in West Limerick's Christmas entertainment calendar. The occasion this year brings together two magnificent artists who are both West Limerick natives. Anne Phelan (Violin), who hails from Castlemahon, is an artist of International renown, who has performed with many Orchestras at home and abroad. Brian Hartnett (Tenor) is a Newcastle West native, who has numerous awards to his credit, and has performed on National TV and Radio on many occasions. Keeping the talent local; the Desmond College Choir, with Jean O'Brien (Piano), presents a Christmas Tableau. The entire program promises to be a most amazing evening of seasonal entertainment. Entry is FREE - with a bucket collection for West Limerick Charities - so bring the whole family.

NEWCASTLE WEST FILM CLUB: On Friday next, December 6, Newcastle West Film Club present the last film in the current season "Come as You Are" - a laugh out loud comedy - described by many as a road trip like no other. It stars at 8pm in The Desmond Complex (rear of fire station). It costs €7 per screening, with refreshments available. Returning again in February - trailers are available to view on Tel. 087 687 7970, e-mail :

WINTERFEST IN NEWCASTLE WEST: An exciting and expanded programme has been created for a seasonal festival of family fun. It opens on Friday, December 6 at 4.30 pm. Starting with the tree-lighting in the Square, including the launch of 'Encounters' - an exhibition of art from the state collections of the Republic and Northern Ireland. On Saturday, December 7: The Christmas Market, Santa's Grotto, a giant interactive drum, falconry, and more. On December 8, the Living Crib with Carol Singing takes place from 2 to 4 pm, in front of the Banqueting Hall and a Mini Market and Food Court will take place from 1 to 5 pm. Visit us at and follow us on Twitter @winterfestncw

GREAT SOUTHERN TRAIL: A new book by railway historian, Dr Alan O'Rourke entitled 'The North Kerry Line' was launched in the Lartigue Railway Museum, Listowel, Co. Kerry by Minister Jimmy Deenihan on Sunday, November 24, and at the Library, Gortboy, Newcastle West, on Tuesday, November 26 by Éamon Ó Cuív T.D. The subject material is the Limerick to Tralee railway, along with the branch lines to Fenit and Foynes. The book is the result of several years of research and contains a detailed history of the four railway companies - who constructed these 90 miles approx. of railway in West Limerick and North Kerry during the latter half of the 19th century. It also provides a fine description of the lie of the land and of the communities - linked by the lines and their 22 stations.

BAPTISM PREPARATION PROGRAMME: A Baptism Preparation Programme will take place in the Parish Centre at 8 pm on Tuesday, December 17 (please note earlier date). All parents with a child to be baptised must first have attended one of these one-hour baptism programmes. Ring 069-62141 to book your place.

JOHNNY DONEGAN REMEMBERED: Knockfierna Rambling House will hold a special 2nd Anniversary Remembrance for the late Johnny Donegan. It will take place on Sunday, December 15 in the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West (behind library) at 7.30pm. This, "A night at the Rambling House" is a must for all traditional entertainers. A raffle will take place on the night, admission is free and all are welcome..

SOCIETY OF ST VINCENT DE PAUL: The Annual collection takes place next weekend, December 7 and 8. Your usual generosity will be much appreciated.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: A dance in aid of the local volunteers with the Ray of Sunshine Foundation, who are travelling to Kenya in January, will take place at Fr. Casey's Clubhouse on Sunday, December 8 from 3-6pm. Teas served. Admission is €5, with music by Donie Walsh and your support is welcome.

PARISH TWITTER: If you are on Twitter, we encourage you to follow us @NCWParish. We will be posting thoughts for the day, reminding you of upcoming events, posting links for the newsletter, photos and updates of parish events. For family or friends who are away from home at this time, it's a quick and easy way for them to keep in touch with their home parish.

ACCORD MARRIAGE CARE SERVICE, NEWCASTLE WEST: ACCORD provides Marriage Preparation Courses for couples choosing to get married in the Catholic Church. There are still some places available on the January course - which takes place on Saturday, January 18. For further details: Phone 069-61000 or email

TIDY TOWNS: A special showcase and seminar for members of the West Limerick Tidy Towns Network, and interested members of the wider community, will take place on Wednesday, December 11 in the Desmond Complex Newcastle West from 7pm to 10pm. The evening will include a number of special guest speakers - with full details to be announced shortly. Communities considering entering the competition in 2014 are also invited to attend. Entrance is free and all are welcome. Contact Suzanne at West Limerick Resources on 069 79114 or email

S.J.Y.P.S.: The monthly meeting of the NCW branch will take place on Thursday, December 5 at 8pm in the Parish Office. New promoters would be most welcome.

ARRA FRIENDS: The next meeting will take place on Wednesday, December 11 at 7 pm in the Desmond Complex, with a Mass for deceased members, followed by music and dancing. The last Aquarobics will take place on Monday, December 2 at 11am in Killeline Leisure Centre. Demesne Walk continues on Wednesdays at 10.45 am. The Christmas Party will be held on Friday, December 13 in the Devon Inn Hotel, with an opportunity for dancing after the dinner. The coach will leave Bishop Street at 8:00 p.m.

DEVELOP YOUR IDEA: An Information Evening, to give you guidance, advice and direction with that big christmas cards idea, will take place over the next few weeks. The next information evening will be held in Leens Hotel, Abbeyfeale on Wednesday, December 4 from 5pm to 7pm. You can also e-mail or ring the chamber office at 069-77751.

COFFEE MORNING IN AID OF ADAPT HOUSE: A Coffee Morning in Aid of Adapt House takes place in the Community Centre, Newcastle West from 10am to 1pm on Thursday, December 5. Any donations of toys, clean clothes, books etc. would be greatly appreciated on the day. Please support if you can.

VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED: Volunteers are required for English Language classes in Newcastle West in the New Year. Volunteers do not require any specific qualifications or experience but must be willing to commit to volunteer 1.5 hours per week for an 8-10 week period to support small groups of 3-4 people at a time to develop their English language conversation skills. Contact Irene at West Limerick Resources on 069 66298 or email

ACCORD MARRIAGE CARE SERVICE NEWCASTLE WEST: Provides Marriage Preparation Courses for couples choosing to get married in the Catholic Church. There are still some places available on our January course which takes place on Saturday, January 18. For further details: Please phone 069-61000 or email

MEDJUGORJE PRAYER MEETING: The monthly meeting of the Medjugorje Prayer Group will take place on Saturday, December 7 at 8 pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre.

THE OPTIMISTIC GROUP: The Optimistic group (formerly the Newcastle West Jobseekers Network) meets on Thursdays in the Newcastle West Community Centre from 1.30 to 3.30 pm. The group recently began a selection of training courses which will run up to Christmas - including Confidence in Communication, Art, Healthy eating and Cooking on a Budget. This is an open door, drop in, relaxed format with a social group aspect. New members are always welcome. Further details are available from Dearbhla at West Limerick Resources' Rural Employment Service (RES) on 069 61316.

MASS DIARY FOR JANUARY 2014: Please note that we will begin to take bookings for January 2014 from 9.00am on Monday, December 2 in the Parish Office (069-62141). Bookings for the rest of the year commence as usual on January 1.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Another spectacular Christmas lighting display will open at Tony Noonan's house in Templeglantine on Friday, November 22. Tony and his family have delighted and excited children (and adults) for many years with their amazing lighting display - which is going from strength to strength each year. What's more amazing is the fact that admission is free - with voluntary donations optional. The money raised is kindly distributed to some worthwhile charities as follows: Brothers of Charity Foynes, Alzheimer's Centre Adare, Acquired Brain Injury Centre Castleisland. Santy Clause will arrive (by sleigh) at 5pm on December 7 - with a Garda escort to protect all the toys. Carrigkerry Wren Boys will provide the entertainment, and to restore your faith in humanity, the toys, teas and sandwiches will be provided free of charge - the season of goodwill is alive and well! The display, which will continue over the whole Christmas period, will be well signposted at various points on the main road (N21), between Newcastle West and Abbeyfeale.

CAMINO DE SANTIAGO: The Youth Ministry Team in the diocese are organising a pilgrimage on the Camino in Spain next summer. The Camino De Santiago (the Way of St. James) is a large network of ancient pilgrim routes - stretching across Europe, and coming together at the tomb of St. James in Santiago De Compostella in Northern Spain. It has become very popular with people from all over Europe in recent years and is particularly popular with Irish Pilgrims. The proposed pilgrimage of young adults (21 or over at the time of travelling) will take place from July 8 to July 15, 2014. The cost of the pilgrimage is not yet fixed, but it is hoped it will not exceed € 600. Those who would like find out more are invited to attend an information evening in the Limerick Diocesan Pastoral Centre on Friday, November 29 at 7.30pm. If you cannot attend, you can find out more by phoning 061-400133.

THE FOLK CHOIR: New members are welcome. If you can sing or play an instrument and would like to be part of this group, contact Joan Callaghan at 087-2200189. Practice is held in the Parish Centre on Tuesdays - beginning at 8pm for 45 minutes.

SUE RYDER: Share some festive cheer this Christmas and messages that matters - by sending our exclusive range of Sue Ryder's Christmas cards - available in store in Sue Ryder Charity Store, Maiden Street, Newcastle West. The Sue Ryder Foundation is a not-for-profit charity, introduced to Ireland in 1978. The aim of the foundation is to provide a safe and secure environment for older people. Age brings with it many challenges, but for many people, a nursing home is not always the ideal solution. The Sue Ryder Foundation offers its residents the opportunity to continue living independently within a more supported environment

DESMOND COMPLEX: The next Fun Day will take place on Wednesday, December 11. This will be our last Fun Day for the year. We would like to remind people to contact Brendan on (069) 84069 to enable us have a good approximation on numbers. We would also like to remind people about the hospitalities offered by the Desmond Complex. Dinners are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays of every week - with music on most days. Groups can also be accommodated but require advance bookings by ringing the office on (069) 62757 during normal working hours.

NCW FAMILY CLUB: The family Club for primary school-age children and their parents meets on Wednesday after school at 3.30 to 4.45pm. We do Art, sports and games together and have a snack - it includes a play area for younger siblings to come along also. Free for eligible families in receipt of social welfare. Parents must stay throughout. For further information: Contact Theresa on 069 79113.

COMMUNITY CENTRE: The AGM of the Community Centre takes place on Wednesday, December 11 at 8 pm. Members of the public are invited to come along and get involved on the committee. It is the wish of the existing committee to expand and bring some new blood on board.

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