Tuesday, March 16, 2010


Coillte Yew Walk ,Curragh Chaes March 9 2010
During the coming week Masses will be celebrated for William and Johanna O’Dea, Carheeny (Wednesday March 17 at 11.00), John and Alice Nealon,Old Kildimo (Thursday March 18 at 10.00) and John and Margaret O’Shaughnessy, Ballinacarriga (Friday March 19 at 10.00 ).
Leaba i measc Na Naomh


Condolences are extended to Billy and Helen O’Connor and family, Mellon on the recent death of Billy’s mother Mrs Catherine O’Connor, Church Street, Glin.Pre deceased by her husband Denis, she is deeply mourned by her sons and daughters, their spouses, sister Nellie Aherne extended family and friends RIP.Her funeral took place, following requiem Mass in Church of the Immaculate Conception Glin to Kilfergus Cemetery.
On Tuesday, March 9, the Numbers drawn were 6, 8, 21 & 26.  Because no punter predicted this combination, Lucky Dips of €20 each were drawn by Mike Dillon Snr, Kevin Kelly, Bernie Hanlon, John Walsh and Bernard Gloster.

Calling all members of the Ballybrown and District Macra who won the All-Ireland Light Entertainment Competition in March 1985.  Twenty-five years on, the local members in the persons of Edmond Power (353145/0876720101) and Joe Tierney (355155) are organising a Re-Union of the winning team and their friends and followers on Sunday  March 21.  Contact any of the above about details.

Active Retirement

There was excellent participation in the first National ARI Bowling Competition
held last week. With in excess of 400 members converging in Breaffy House, Castlebar from all parts of the country, both participants and supporters agree that this should be an annual event. Comhgairdeas to Cavan and Wexford on their successes and while the Mid West  was not in the winning enclosure this year beidh lá eile.

An ideal way to get computer tuition on a ‘one to one’ basis is afforded by the ‘Log On Learning Programme’, by transition year students in Co. Limerick secondary schools.  Participating schools near you offering this service include Askeaton, Kilfinane, Castletroy, Crescent Comprehensive, Drumcollogher and Croom.  This is an ideal way for introduction to computers at a pace to suit you.  Contact the school of your choice for further information.

A fundraising Cake Sale will take place at the local school on Sunday, March 21, following Mass.  Baked creations may be handed in from 10,15 that morning.  Bring along the children for fun and games; enjoy the raffle and tay and chat.

Bantracht Na Tuaithe 

Members are reminded that the guild AGM takes place on Wednesday April 7 in Seven Sisters Pub, Old Kildimo commencing at 8pm.On the previous day, Tuesday April 3, the Killulta book Club members will meet for lunch in ‘De Bucket’pub, Ferrybridge at 1.15pm followed by discussion on’Plain Truth’ by Jodi Picoult .


There was a positive response to the Council initiative to set up a sub committee ‘Tidy Town’ group.  There is still time for further members to join or simply turn up to help with the work.  On Saturday, March 20, the group will meet near the Church at 2.00 pm. to do an initial clean up. A meeting of the Community Council held on Monday, March 15, will seek to register the new group under their umbrella and formalise insurance cover.  Sarah Beard is coordinating this effort and she may be contacted on 087 7756590.  ‘Ní neart go cur le céile’, as Sarah would say. 

The Youth Centre in Lower Glentworth Street has ideas to kick-start your new invention and seemingly this can be effected in twenty-one days!  On Wednesday, March 24, from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm., there will be a galaxy of experts to offer advice for a fee of €5 which will include refreshments.  If you’ve always sought the advice of a nutritional therapist and couldn’t find one, then Sinead Bradbury will be at hand to specify your dietary needs.  Nuala Kavanagh of Glenameade will then show you how to bring that advice to culinary fruition and a fitness instructor will then show you how to get rid of any unwanted adiposity.  If all this fails, then how about a therapeutic hairdo or a facial makeover?  All will be revealed!


A Photographic exhibition ‘Castles and Tower Houses of Limerick’ will be on display at Limerick Studies in Lissanalta House , Dooradoyle Road from  February 22 until  April 23, 2010. The photographs taken by historian Joseph Lennon capture 21st century views of these historic old buildings in contrasting lights and styles. Viewing during library opening hours.

The Coillte inspired ‘Yew Walk and Talk’ in Curragh Chase Forest Park, was such a success that the large number who turned up had to be divided into different groups.  An expert from the forestry service led the walk along the newly developed Yew plantation area and explained about how the newly discovered Yew trees have given rise to a project to extend the plantation area.  New saplings have been specially cultivated from the parent trees and an extended area of forest has been cleared of species that might jeopardize the new trees.  Those who prepared and planted these evergreen trees will not live to experience their full development, given the slow rate of growth of Yews.  All the new trees are of the common Yew, which grows from a single trunk as does most others of its kind.  This is in contrast to the Irish version whose growth habit is from many ‘trunks’ and is columnar in shape.  The De Vere family planted an avenue of such trees in the arboretum near the house and these Irish Yews are presently under stress from the high rainfall they experienced recently.  The local manager of this treasured natural amenity, Eileen O’Keeffe, spoke of the increased usage of the park in keeping with its ongoing development.  It features very high in the order of visits in the Mid West Region and Eileen stressed the value of the amenity for local residents and Coillte’s desire to maintain a positive and open relationship with the park users for whom it exists.

 Community Games

Congratulations to Maireád Ryan, who won bronze in the solo music section, to Niamh Kiely, bronze in the solo modern dance, Lisa Fitzgerald 4th in the solo traditional dance, Rebecca Carroll, bronze in the solo singing, Zoe Mangan and Zara O Donnell bronze in the group modern dance and Sorcha Wilson and Kitty McCormack silver in the group traditional dance
Congratulations also to Conor O Hara who was 4th in the recitation and to Rebecca Carroll who won the trophy for the most entertaining act.

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