Friday, March 16, 2012

Kildimo Community Notes W/E March 17 2012

Visitors to Curraghchase Forest Park during National Tree Week 2012 

WED IN DUBAI:  The O’Connor family from Mellon and their neighbours travelled to Dubai recently for Elaine O’Connor’s marriage to Dan Cunningham.  Elaine was educated at Kildimo National School and Copswood College before graduating from LIT.  Dan is a native of Birmingham and they both work in the area of Quantity Surveying in Dubai.  Their marriage was blessed in Christchurch, Jebel, Uldubai, following which the party of families and friends celebrated the reception in the Park Hyatt Hotel in Dubai Greek.  Congratulations from Elaine’s former classmates in Kildimo and Limerick, her neighbours and friends. 

Elaine O'Connor,Mellon,Kildimo & Dan Cunningham,Birmingham after their wedding in Dubai recently

OUR COMMUNITY REMEMBERS:  Thomas & Catherine Walsh and deceased members of the O’Dea family will be commemorated in Mass on Sunday March 18.

LIMERICK COUNTY COMMUNITY AND VOLUNTARY FORUM:   All interested parties and individuals are invited to the Dunraven Arms Hotel Conference Centre, Adare on Thursday March 15 at 7.30pm.  Speakers will be Ms. Emily Logan, Ombudsman for Children and Ms. Miriam Gleeson, National Education Welfare Board. Admission is free.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT:  Students of the Kemmy Business School will be contacting local residents during the week with a view to ascertaining their interest in local development. Following their recent study of local community development potential, much of their interest will be in ascertaining local enthusiasm for the many ideas they are germinating for our social and business future.

BANTRACHT NA TUAITHE: It’s make up your mind time for ICA members who will be casting their votes shortly to elect a new National President to lead the organisation for the coming three years. Will the accolade go to Dublin, Kilkenny or Wicklow … time will tell when the count takes place at ICA Central office next month. In the meantime members please do exercise your right to choose.

COMMUNITY LOTTO:  ‘Jackpot Numbers’ drawn on March 6, for a Jackpot of €10,650 were 2, 14, 27 & 28.   No member predicted this combination so ‘Lucky Dips’ of €20 each were drawn by John Sheehan, Pat Casey, Karen O’Brien, Joanne Griffin and Billy O’Regan.

GAA LOTTO:  On March 5, numbers 3, 16, 18 & 26 were drawn for a Jackpot of €20.000.  No member predicted this combination so ‘Lucky Dips’ of €50 each were drawn by Jim Carmody, Knockroe; Sarah Walsh, Cloonagolleen; Peter Hickey, Old Kildimo and Eileen Sheehan, Beer Garden.

COPSWOOD GAELS RFC:  The ‘You’re A Star’ was a great success, with thanks to Eric & Breda of Clancy's Bar and to Rachel Moloney who has taken on the role of ‘Events Organiser’ for the club.  Anthony the Club Secretary also wishes to thank the singers on the night and especially Louise Moloney who was voted the top performer.   Club members will march in the St Patrick’s day Parade in Askeaton, from  their assembly point at Supervalu car park at 2.00 pm.  In return for mothers who wash, feed and ferry their children to club events, the boys and girls are free from training on Sunday, ‘Mothers Day’ so that they can show their appreciation by giving a little in return.  

KNOCKFIERNA HERITAGE SOCIETY: The Society is holding a Gramophone evening of all Irish singers & musicians for ‘Seachtain na Gaeilge’ on Thursday March 15. at 7.30pm in Newcastlewest library.  Further details from Pat O’Donovan at  Key House or by phone to 069 62713 or 087 9977340.  All are welcome.

MOTHER’S DAY:  You can keep the tenth commandment by honouring your mother next Sunday.  Following her pampering for lunchtime, drop in to ‘De Bucket’ where Brendan Nevin will entertain with music from 6 to 8 pm.  Bedtime cocoa follows at an appropriate time.

EDUCATION ABROAD:  ‘Suas Educational Development’ is aimed at bringing high quality education to those who may be challenged in that area.  Gráinne O’Connor is a young lady with a mission to bring such education to children in Calcutta during her summer holidays.  You can be a part of this worthwhile project by participating in a GAA fundraising ‘Table Quiz’ in Derry’s Bar in Bruff on Thursday March 22, at 9.00 pm.  Mike Weekes in the Quizmaster and tables of four cost €20.  Gráinne will take enquiries and donations by contacting her on 083 438 9771.

DANCING FOR ST. PATRICK:  The local ‘Linda Ball/Fleming’ dance troupe will do their annual bit on the national holiday at ‘De Bucket’ following the match on St. Patrick’s Day.  All are welcome and an enjoyable evening is assured. 

BIRDWATCH  IRELAND- LIMERICK  BRANCH:   Members and friends meet at Ardpatrick Church on Saturday, March 24 at 10 am.  The interest on the day will be in spotting Crossbills, Upland Birds and possible migrants with particular expectations of seeing the Hen Harrier.  Come clad for Irish weather and rough forest tracks.  Bring binoculars and leave your dog at home and Tony Mee will gladly guide the walk.
For further details email or phone 0877927972.

Those currently involved with community drama or those interested in getting involved are being invited to take part in a short acting and performance skills training workshop which will take place in Knockaderry on Saturday March 24 and 30 from 10am-4pm each day.  Supported by West Limerick Resources the training is free of charge and will cover a wide range of acting and on-stage skills.  All levels of experience catered for. To book a place contact Suzanne on 069 79114 or email  Open to over 16’s only. 

KILMEEDY HORTICULTURE: Participants are sought for the 2012 Kilmeedy Horticulture Local Training Initiative which will commence on April 10. The fully accredited 48 week FETAC Level Five Course will run until March 8 2013, with Twenty Learner places available. Those interested in learning more should register with your local FAS office or contact Elaine White course Co-Ordinator on 063-87960 or email

Glin Development Association plans to run a further full-time adult training course at St. Paul’s Heritage Centre in Glin in 2012. The full-time FAS funded FETAC course includes modules in Tourism, Heritage, Web Authoring, Business Administration and Computer Studies and will run for 30 weeks. This Local Training Initiative (LTI) programme will be offered free of charge to all participants. Your local FAS office will provide details of training allowances of up to €188 per week plus other benefits that may available. Phone or text 087 629 6439, or contact a member of Glin Development Association. Supported by West Limerick Resources

Volunteer English Language Tutors are required for conversational English classes for migrants in Newcastle West. The tutor will work with small groups and/or on a one-to-one basis with students in a community setting. Training and teaching materials will be provided. Beginning in April, tutors will work    with the students for one session per week. Qualities required include patience, reliability and the ability to guide & explain & encourage learners. If you are interested please contact Irene at West Limerick Resources on 069 66298 or

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