Tuesday, February 8, 2011


Launch of 'Stars of our Bars 'at 'De Bucket'Pub,Ferrybridge,Kildimo
L to R : Co Chair Vintiners Fed  Jack O'Rourke,Nessa Harney,Spin Sth west Radio,Marty O'Dea,'De Bucket',
Vice Chair Vintiners Fed,John Halpin,Croom,Sophir McCann,Spin Sth West Radio,Mary O'Dea,'De Bucket'
and City Chair,Vintiners ChairJerry O'Dea,Mulgrave Street,Limerick.


Following last year’s successful ‘Stars of our Bars’, which is sponsored by Smithwick’s and the Vintners Federation of Ireland, the 2011 competition is launched.  Marty and Mary O’Dea of ‘De Bucket’ hosted the new county competition as co-ordinators on Monday, February 7, with other participating vintners and representatives from ‘Spin Radio’.  Entertainers of any type who are over eighteen may enter and the first prize at county level is an enticing €1,000, while the national winner gets €7,500. Check that your local is a host by contacting Facebook or Twitter ‘Stars of our Bars’.  The county final is held in April with the all-Ireland in May.  Local enquiries may be made to Marty at 087 2317298 

Be sure to set aside March 6 for the annual ‘Going Strong’ party.  The venue is the same- for newcomers that means ‘The Seven Sisters’.  Assemble at 2.00 pm to be seated and warmed by a festive potion.  This will be followed by a four-course meal, dancing to Donie Walsh and final refreshments at 7.00 pm.  Recently retired persons are invited to join in the fun and meet with your neighbours. 
Anniversary Masses for Anne O’Regan, Ashgrove and Eileen Dillon, Clorane were celebrated recently and the first Anniversary Mass for Morgan Malone, Monanoag was celebrated on Saturday February 5 in St Joseph’s Church,Kildimo.
Ní  imithe uainn ach imithe romhainn.

As you must be aware, funds are being made available for the upgrading of Slattery’s corner and the bend at Bolane.  You may learn all about these projects and more by attending the next consultative meeting which takes place at the ‘Seven Sisters ‘ Pub, Old Kildimo on Wednesday February 23 at 8pm. Plans for the village are reaching an advanced stage and will shortly be submitted to the Co. Co. for final approbation.  
Edward Entertains ’
Limerick Federation will host a Cookery Demonstration with Edward Hayden, celerity chef and author of ‘Edward Entertains’ on Wednesday February 23,2011 commencing at 8pm. The venue is Woodlands Hotel, Adare and tickets €20 each are available from all Guild and Federation members.
Céad mile Fáilte to all idir Fir is Mná
‘Health of the Nation’
This popular RTÉ  TV health show, presented by Dr Mark Hamilton and Dr Nina Byrnes, is back and are looking for people to participate. The health clinic will be coming to Parkway Shopping Centre, Limerick on Friday and Saturday February 11 and 12 2011 They are interested in all health concerns and medical complaints. If you would like a free doctor’s consultation, please contact the team to make an appointment: 04890 427 646

Unfortunately in this enlightened age there is still a need to support women who are the victims of domestic abuse and the services of ADAPT are well recognised for their work in this regard.  An initiative in West Limerick also offers support services in NCW, where trained facilitators are available to assist with information and help.  A support group will shortly be set up for past victims of abuse who have had a breathing space from their abusive relationship of at least three months.  Should yourself or a close friend of yours be in need of such services there is an ‘outreach’ facility where victims may be interviewed in privacy and with discretion in an effort to ensure the safety of those involved.  In addition a twenty-four hour Helpline is available through ADAPT at 1800 200 504 or you may make contact through their local number (061) 412354.  The services of ADAPT are very comprehensive offering safe accommodation for families and care of children and teenagers.


The local club is holding a fundraising ‘table quiz’ on Friday, February 18.  Such efforts are vital in promoting the activities of the club, so come along and join in the fun.  The Dromore Inn is the venue and you should have your team in place at €5 each for kick off at 8.30 pm.  Congratulations to club member Kyle Hayes on his selection for the Kennedy Cup Squad.

The Lotto draw of on February 1, was for a prize of €7,800 and no punter predicted the winning combination of 6, 20, 21 & 22.  In consequence, ‘Lucky Dips’ of €20 each were drawn by Bernie Hanlon, Shanagolden; Ollie Hickey, Coolbeg and Jennifer Griffin, Jamie & Liz Hickey, Peter & Eimear Hickey all from Old Kildimo.  When you next visit the P.O., De Bucket, Slattery’s or the Dromore Inn, be sure to fill in your lucky numbers where a minimum investment of €2 could realise a handsome dividend which no bank will match! 


As part of their ongoing promotion of local history in the barony of Kenry, the local history society are holding a lecture and AGM on Wednesday, February 23 at the Community Hall Pallaskenry.  These are available to members and friends alike and this occasion will offer you a chance to elect new officers and committee as the present one is there since the inception of the history society in 2008.  The talk on Wednesday, 23 is on the Kildimo farmer who fortunately for historians wrote a diary from 1740 to 1751.  This has to be the most important source of local history, offering as it does a rare insight into farming life among the gentry and their retainers during this time.  The area at this time was in the throes of an artic winter of such severity that the land was frozen for six months and couldn’t be tilled nor crops harvested.  While the great famine which followed a century later gets most notice historically, earlier famines such as in the eighteenth century are thought to have been just as serious. The relative absence of earlier famines from the history books is probably due to the poorer recording of events at the time.  It is for this reason and for many more that the Diary of Nicholas Peacock of Kilmoreen is a vital document for local historians and indeed for all who are interested in this period when literary levels among the natives was low and their interests were wholly taken up with sustaining their lives rather than writing about them.  

The  annual musical will take place on Thursday,  Friday, and Saturday, March 24 to 26, 2011.  This year’s production is Chicago. Cost of tickets: Adult €12, Student/Children €6 and Family (2+2) €30.
1st and 2nd year students studying French for their Junior Certificate will travel to Paris from Wednesday, March 23 to Saturday, March 26, 2011. 
2nd and 5th year students studying Spanish for their Junior Certificate will travel to Barcelona from Wednesday, April 6 to Sunday, April 10, 2011. 
1st year students will travel to Connemara to participate in outdoor education activities from Monday, March 14 to Wednesday, March 16, 2011. 
Mid Term Break Supervised Study for 3rd and 6th year students will commence on Monday to Friday, February 21 to 25, 2011, from 10am to 4pm daily. 
5th year students will start their weeks work experience on Monday, March 7, for one week. 
The publication of their courses for 2011 from the Limerick Diocesan Pastoral Centre ‘Eolas’ is now available in calendar form.  The wide variety of pastoral initiatives organised by the Centre are aimed at offering support for all God’s people, especially those on the margins of the faith community.  The month of February is especially busy at the centre with many courses aimed at pastoral development and youth ministry.  A wide range of other activities are held at the centre including grieving counselling, brain injury support, speech difficulty assistance, addiction help and many other support groups.  Both daytime and evening facilities are available for rental by groups and for conferences.  All details of these activities are available online at www.pastoralcentre.limerickdiocese.org. or by telephone to 061 400133. 

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