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ADVENT Begins:

BUTTERFLY CLUB:

Mass Collection this coming weekend in Granagh and Ballingarry, 3rd and 4th.

​Based in Rathkeale, it ​is a social club for children and teenagers with special needs and caters for those ​from​ 3 years and up​, ​ from all areas of Limerick. ​ They are a totally voluntary run club. ​ One of ​their​ primary aims also is to provide respite to the parents of these children.

​ Any help you can give is most appreciated.​

FITNESS CLASSES:

​Wednesday 30th, 7.30pm, Community Centre. Darragh admitted he was very hard on us the first week, so he varied the exercises last week to make it a little easier.!! Everyone enjoyed it, so keep it up, it will get easier and we will all feel much better in the long run. Bring your Mat.​

BANOGUE MUSICAL:​

For - One Weekend Only - 2nd, 3rd & 4th Dec.

This weekend Banogue parish are presenting a “Musical Extravaganza” consisting of songs from some of the ​m​usicals they have presented over the past ​twenty​ years. ​ ​

It is a bit of a “Reeling in the Years” production, bringing back many happy memories from the past. The very first production was Joseph and the ​A​mazing ​T​echnicolour Dreamcoat and many of the original cast are back again for that. ​Other musicals are Oklahoma, Grease, Chicago. Hairspray, Annie get your ​G​un etc. We have some wonderful young singers on stage and many children are also taking part, like the good old days,

​plus,​ an orchestra of five. ​It promises to be a great family show and a great nights entertainment. Friday 4th is an​ all​ ticket affair, in aid of ' CareBright Dementia Unit ', Bruff. ​Tickets can be got from Patricia Short, Banogue ( 086 - 0850079).Tickets at the door, Saturday and Sunday night, 8pm. Adults €10 and Children €5.

C​OOLRUSS LIGHTS UP:​

Sunday 4th Dec. 5.30pm. Coolruss Christmas Lights for Charity have been set up again this year, by the Carroll family. They have invited Paralympian, Noelle Lenihan to officially switch them on and of course Santa will be there to meet all the children. Donations this year will be divided between St. Josephs' Foundation, Pieta House and Ronald McDonald House.

MANY YOUNG MEN:

​The Schoolyard Theatre is on the final run of their very popular presentation of ' Many Young Men of Twenty'. Liam Houlihan joined the group this year and has been treading the boards since October. The play, which is directed by Kevin O'Shea and Serena Kennedy, has been having rave reviews. Final nights, Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th. To book you seats contact 087 - 2530955 or 087 - 1804870.

IPB AWARDS:

The Pride of Place, all-island competition, aims to recognise and celebrate the vital contributions that communities make to society along with generating awareness, respect and inclusion for every facet of society.

A total of four Limerick groups and communities were shortlisted for the awards and judging took place last July.

Congratulations to Liskennett Farm, which was given one of the Special Awards on the night of the presentation, for improving and enriching the lives and opportunities of more than 900 children and adults with autism/ learning disabilities.

Congratulations to the village of Broadford who won the award in the 0-300 population category. The great work the local development association and various community groups are doing was highly commended. They have undertaken various projects in the fight back against rural depopulation. These included the re-development of the National School for use as a Community Centre; development of sheltered housing with day care facilities; development of a Community Crèche, an Arboretum and a Millennium Garden as well as upgrading of community facilities including a Playground, Enterprise Centre and local walking routes.

Mayor of the City and County of Limerick​,​ Cllr Kieran O’Hanlon paid tribute to all four groups: “It’s an amazing achievement to be nominated for these awards. You are being judged on an all island basis, so by being nominated, you can truly say you are one of the best.” “To Broadford and Liskennett, congratulations, the pride you have and show in your community is evident to everyone. The work that you carry out is for the betterment of people in your localities. You all work very hard for your communities and I’m delighted that you have been honoured by the Pride of Place judges. Your communities are better because of you.”

CHAMBER AWARDS:

Charleville Business Awards 2016 were held ​on​ Saturday, 12th November, in the Charleville Park Hotel​.​

​Congratulations to the Butler Family on receiving the ' New Business '​

award for Musica Fusion School of Music, which they established in 2015. The award was presented by Pat McDonagh, owner of Supermacs and a growing hotel chain. Other winners on the night: -

Services Award: Vale Star.​.

Small Business: Miller Carroll​.

Customer Services: Bank Of Ireland.​

Fastfood Outlet: Supermacs.

Social Media: Love Cherish.​

Large Business: Kerry Foods. Shop Window: Dillon’s Flower Shop.​

Hair and Beauty: The Nail Sanctuary.​

Fashion: Moran’s Menswear.​

Large Supermarket: Dick’s SuperValu.​

Small Supermarket: Lee’s Centra. Daytime Dining: The Four Winds.​

Evening Dining: Greenfinch. Business Man of the Year: Martin Condon of Cavanaghs. Business Women of the Year: Maria and Geraldine O’Donoghue of Office Assist. The final award of the night was for Outstanding Contribution, and this was awarded to a man who dedicates his life to his home town and goes above and beyond the call of duty, Cllr Ian Doyle.

ST. JOSEPHS:

7th Dec. Closing date for Register of Friends Appeal. €20. You will also be included in a Draw - 1st prize €1,000. 2nd - €500. 3rd - €500.

TEXT ALERT:

Just a reminder, to be wary of bogus callers, collectors or workmen. If you see anything unusual or have a caller, please report it to any of the following numbers. N.C.W. gardaí 069-20650. Bruff 061-382940. Roxboro station 061-214340. It is up to the Gardaí then to get a text alert issued.

CHRISTMAS GIFTS:

When you are thinking about Christmas gifts, do remember local charities and Christmas Markets, they have a lot to offer. Cuan Mhuire Garden Centre, Bruree. St. Joseph's Garden Centre, Charleville. Take a look at the Charities too, for living gifts - TeamHope Christmas Catalogue. Bóthar Catalogue. Trocáire Gifts Catalogue.

USED STAMPS:

Lots of Christmas cards will be coming through the post, so please hold onto the stamps. They can be used to raise funds for research into Motor Neuron Disease. You can drop them into Mary O'Regan or directly to Maureen Finnegan, Newcastle West.

DIARY:

Christmas Markets:

Sat, 3rd Dec: Kilfinny Community Centre. 6.30pm - 9pm.

Sun 4th Dec. Drumcollogher Respite Centre - 1.00pm.

Fri 9th Dec: St. Josephs, Charleville. - 11am - 3pm.

Open Daily: Cuan Mhuire Garden Centre, Bruree.

Fri 7th Dec: - Castletown/B.gran GAA, Monster Bingo, Charlelville Park Hotel.

Sat 10th Dec: - Christmas Jumper Party. For the 'Street Children of Haiti '. The Rock Bar.

M​on 12th Dec - 45 Drive for Camogie Club, Community Centre.9pm

​Fri 16th Dec: - ​

Cuppa's and CupCake​s in Aid of the Simon Community, 12 - 4pm​.​ Ballingarry FRS.

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