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It's All About the Debs:

Coláiste Na Trocaire Debs.

The Granagh Gang.

Loraine Power, Niamh Power, Ed Sheehy, Eimhin O'Regan, Jack O'Donoghue.


O​ur sympathies to the family of James Irwin, Frankfort House, Ballingarry, who passed away peacefully ​on August 27th. Deeply regretted by ​his​ wife Maree ​,​ sons James, Michael and Kieran, daughters-in-law Susan, Kerry and Loraine, grandchildren brother Fr. Michael and sister Sadie Bennett, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. May He Rest in Peace​.​


Roisín Sexton is setting up a children's choir, welcoming both girls & boys from Juniors to 6th Class. Their first get-together will be held in the Church on Thursday 15th September at 7pm. They will be singing at their first Mass on Saturday 17th Sept. Practice before Mass from 6.30pm. A great opportunity for all children to learn new songs, with an excellent organist and make the Mass really enjoyable. Don't miss it.


Classes will resume, with Emma, in the Community Centre on Monday 5th September. Through speech and drama classes, students not only gain acting experience, but learn the theory behind good speech, gesture, movement and facial expression so as to communicate clearly to an audience. Students also learn how to present themselves individually to an examiner. The later grades of the curriculum also include theory that reinforces learning in English class at school ​. Overall, the classes and fun and active, with useful learning and a recognised certificate from the Le​i​​​ster School of Music and Drama at each grade exam, from age 6 upwards. ​ ​For further information contact Emma on 087 2829876.​


I​n aid of West Limerick Community Radio 102Fm, at the community centre, Newcastle West, Sunday 4th Sept, 8am - 1pm. Your support is very much appreciated. ​


Sunday 25th Sept the annual event takes place at St. Joseph's Foundation, Charleville. Cycle begins at 10am and Walk/Run begins at 11am.​ For details contact 063 - 89252 or e-mail St. Josephs' need to run these events, to raise much needed funds, to keep and improve the many and varied activities for their service users.


​Our community web page -, continues to increase its viewers numbers, we have now reached 2,654. If you missed the Debs photos on last week's Observer, they are now up on the web page. We welcome photos and articles, forward


It's a pity that poetry was banned this year for the Roses, luckily The Observer does not concur. Here's my contribution, courtesy of the Ewe Experience, Sculpture Gardens,Glengarriff, Co Cork.


This blaming game is such a buzz, it means that is was 'THEM' not us.

It's THEIR fault has feel-good factor, 'tis such a brilliant blame detractor.

Responsible ? How, why or When? there's much more fun in blaming ' THEM'.

I was mute asleep and passive, it's clear to all 'THEIR' fault is massive.

I'm innocent and led astray, 'THEIR' guilt is hard to overplay.

It may be hard to see who's guilty, the truth can seem a little milky.

Although the deed might bear my name, 'tis crystal clear who's SO to blame.

There's much more scope in blaming 'THEM', so good that we've escaped again.

'Tis great the flaws in someone else, we shall not need to change ourselves.


Fri 2nd Sept. Vincent De Paul, Table Quiz, Trainors' Bar. 9pm.

Sat 3rd Sept. Brothers of Charity 45km Cycle.

Fri 16th Sept. Culture Night.

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