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King John's Castle.


Mass for Michael Daffy, Knockfierna, will be celebrated this coming weekend, Saturday 11th Aug at 7pm.


We offer our sympathies to the family of Con Lynch, formerly of St. Gobnait's Nursing Home. Con died eacefully on July 31st., at University Hospital. He is survived by his mother Mary and his family - Kay (McCoy), Mary (Clifford), Nuala (Barron) and Bernie, brother John, stepbrother Patsy Martin, his aunt Kit Burke, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and a larger circle of friends. He was reposed at the residence of Mary & Dave Clifford onThursday August 2nd., Requiem Mass at St. Michael's Church, Ballyagran on Friday with burial afterwards in Colemanswell Cemetery. Solas na BhFlaitheas ar a anam.


The Irish Wheelchair Assoc will be holding their annual collection this coming weekend, 18th /19th in Granagh and Ballingarry, please support if possible.


Parish Clerks - Due to the absence of Parish Bulletin for the Summer months, many may have missed out on the Parish Clerks Collection last weekend. If you did, we ask you to please return your envelope for them this weekend. We are so privileged with the quality and commitment of our Parish Clerks. They carry a huge responsibility. They provide an essential service to us all and do so with huge dedication. Please ensure this weekend that you show your appreciation by ensuring they are appropriately rewarded.

Feast of the Assumption,15th Aug: Mass will be held in Ballingarry,

Tuesday 14th at 7.00pm and in Granagh,Wednesday 15th, at 7.00pm.


After several successful European tours in 2016 and 2017, the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne (Germany) is coming back to Ireland & they will be performing at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Limerick on Thursday, August 9th,

at 8 pm. They will play pieces by Vivaldi, Mozart & Pachelbel.


Saturday 11th Aug, at 3pm, Friars Gathe Theatre.

Imagine a storybook that comes alive! Miriam Lambert, is delighted to present “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” where the story comes alive within her original two-tier puppet booth. Peek & Boo, Miriam’s signature characters guide the children to the tale of a little girl who pays a visit to the home of the adorable baby bear! Duration 45 min and admission seven euro..

Artist and Youth Work Residency Scheme: The 2018/19 Artist and Youth Work Residency Scheme – Open for Applications! Do you have a good idea for a youth arts project in your youth group but require the funding to work with an artist? Applications are now invited for the Artist and Youth Work Residency Scheme programme for projects commencing in September 2018.

The scheme is managed by the National Youth Council of Ireland on behalf of the Arts Council and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, by whom it is jointly funded.

The scheme is designed to promote innovative partnerships between youth groups, artists and arts organisations.

A residency may take the form of an artist in residence in a youth work setting and/or a youth group in residence in an arts setting. For more info see…


it all began when the choir sang at the World Meeting of Families event in Mary Immaculate College this April. They progressed and were ultimately successful in joining the larger youth choir, which will sing during the papal Mass in Phoenix Park on August 26.

The papal Mass will be televised, broadcast around the world, and watched by millions.

Jean O'Brien, music teacher and the school chaplain, Olivia Giltenane, have been working with the choir since they received the good news this summer. Jean, who is heading up the choir of around thirty five people, includes students, past-pupils, parents and teachers. “We are practicing now and it’s full steam ahead. Everyone is coming in on their own free time to practice, while they are on their summer holidays.

We are going up to Dublin this weekend to the RDS for a big rehearsal with the other strands of the choir, and we will know where we are going to be placed and more details after that. We will be representing Rathkeale and the school will be represented, it’s such an incredible honour,” said Ms O’Brien.

SKILLNET: Calling Hairdressers, Beauticians & Barbers who want to advance their careers by managing a salon or indeed opening their own. Limerick Chamber are running a Certificate & Diploma in Management through UL. It will be running on Mondays from September '18 to April '19. Support given for literacy and computer skills and funding is also available. Contact Anne Morris 086-3132241 or Yvonne Delaney at 087-9372697.

LTI Liskennett:

Recruiting Now: Local Training Initiative Programme, Intellectual Disability Practice &Healthcare Support

QQI Level 5, at Liskennett Farm, Granagh, Co. Limerick.

St. Joseph’s Foundation in partnership with Limerick and Clare Education & Training Board, will be commencing this course in October 2018 for 43 weeks. Full time course, Mon-Fri 9am-4pm. For further information, please contact: Barbara Ryan or Lorraine Long, 061 399349.


Cuan Mhuire Garden Centre, Bruree, will be running gardening classes this coming September. Their gardener, Ted, will lead the classes which will cost ten euro each or six for the cost of five, if you register early. Ring 063/90338 for further info.

10% plant sale at the moment.


Social dancing is held every Sunday at Deebert House, Kilmallock, from 9pm - 12pm, entry ten euro. On 12th August, music will be provided by Teddy & Cathal Barry. Sunday 19th, Denis, Christy & The Marina. Sunday 26th, Eddie Keogh.


Granagh/Ballingarry GAA club's allocation for the All Ireland final will be distributed to paid up club members on the 15th August in Ballingarry at 9.00pm.

As a matter of interest Pa O'Dwyer, Newcastle West, Ireland and UK Strongest man, is looking for a car, van or truck painted in the Limerick colours? When he gets one it will feature on Up for the Match on RTE 1 the night before the all Ireland final and he will also be pulling it..


Friday 24th Aug:

Limerick Writers' Centre presents A Bus Tour of West Limerick and Maigue Poets Country,12pm to 4.00pm.

A guided tour of places associated with the poets of the Gaelic tradition: - Michael Hartnett; Daithi O Bruadair; Sean O Tuama and many more, taking in Newcastle West, Broadford; Ardagh/Athea; Bruree and Croom.

Your tour guide will be the very knowledgeable An tAthair Michéal dé Liostuín. Cost per person is €15 and booking in advance is required.

Tour starts outside Dolans Pub, Dock Rd, Limerick 12 noon. Fri 24th Aug.

Contact Dominic at 087 2996409 or email


Some pearls of wisdom from that wonderful author, Maeve Binchy, on this her sixth anniversary.

“Learn to type. Learn to drive. Have fun. Write postcards. (Letters take too long and you won’t do it, a postcard takes two minutes.) Be punctual. Don’t worry about what other people are thinking. They are not thinking about you. Write quickly. (Taking longer doesn’t usually make it better.)

Get up early. See the world. Call everybody by their first name, from doctors to presidents. Have parties.

Don’t agonise. Don’t regret. Don’t fuss. Never brood. Move on. Don’t wait for permission to be happy.Don’t wait for permission to do anything. Make your own life.”


Tuesday 21st Aug, South Court Hotel, Raheen, 5pn - 8pm. Wednesday 22nd Aug, Castletroy Park Hotel, 5pm -8pm.

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