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RIP: Jim (twin) Lynch:

John on the left with his twin Jim, when the Liam McCarthy came to Granagh Community Centre.


We offer our sympathies to the family of the late

Jim (Twin) Lynch, Maine, Kilmeedy, & Granagh Rd. Assistant Secretary of West Limerick GAA Board and loyal member of Granagh-Ballingarry GAA Club. Jim died tragically at his residence on May 28th, 2019. Predeceased by his sister Eileen Simcox. Deeply regretted by his brother Noel, twin brother John, sisters Noreen Cregan, Mary Murphy and Kathleen O'Doherty, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, relatives, neighbours and a large circle of friends.

He was reposed at O'Grady's Funeral Home, Ballingarry on Friday, May 31st. . Requiem Mass on Saturday, June 1st, was celebrated at 12 o clock. Burial afterwards in the local cemetery. Family flowers only please. Donations instead to Dromcollogher Respite Centre. Go dtuga Dia Suaimhneas siorai do.

GIVE BLOOD: Wednesday June 5th, 5pm - 8pm, Rahtkeale House Hotel. Thursday June 13th, 5pm - 8pm, Woodlands House Hotel. Wednesday June 19th, 5pm - 8pm, South Court Hotel.

PROMS IN ADARE: Saturday 8th June: As part of the Limerick Sings Choral Festival, an afternoon Proms concert takes place in the Holy Trinity Abbey Church,Adare! Enjoy a light programme of song performed by local and visiting festival choirs. Expect everything from pop to classical and musical theatre to folk! Presenter: Liz Nolan of Lyric Fm. Time: 4pm. Tickets: €10.

FESTIVAL OF THE MAIGUE: Organised by Maigue Rivers Trust, there are two events taking place in Croom. On Friday 14th June - The Music and Magic of the Maigue - in Croom Civic Centre at 8pm. A programme of traditional music, song, dance and poetry, as well a puppeteer. On Saturday 15th June, explore the River Maigue by Kayak in Croom Park at 9.30am and again at 2.30pm. As well as kayaking, there will be pond dipping, fly-tying and fly-casting lessons and a family fun day, including market stalls, bouncy castles etc.

LIMERICK GARDEN FESTIVAL: Sunday 16th June - Milk Market. The festival will feature an exciting plant, garden & food market with over fifty traders from all over Ireland, all-day garden expert talks & demos. Up cycling Workshops with Cynthia Cox from 11am - 1pm. Expert Garden Talks & Demos from 12pm - 5pm, which will feature something for every gardener, novice to old hand. Five fantastic gardeners have been confirmed to join the festival on the main stage corner with more taking on the demonstrations corner. During the day you will hear from Super Garden Judge, Gary Graham. Founder of the Organic College, Jim McNamara. Garden Designer & Super Garden 2018 Finalist, Catriona Hassett. Michelle Flannery of BusyBee Garden Centre. Clare's Organic Gardening Guru, Jim Cronin. Pop-up Workshop from 1pm - 5pm. Music from 2pm - 5pm.

MILFORD WALK: Sunday 16th June, U.L. 12pm: for the Milford Hospice 5km Memorial Walk. This event is suitable for those of all levels of fitness and ability and the Centre’s organisers are asking anyone who wishes to take part to register for the event as soon as possible. Entry fee is €20 . The walk will commence on the Main Plaza (outside Library) at the University of Limerick and will finish on the grounds of Milford Care Centre. Participants will have the opportunity to place a handwritten tribute on their Memorial Ribbon that will adorn the special memorial tree on the grounds of Milford. A special Memorial Pin will also be presented to each participant. Refreshments will be available after this memorial occasion. It’s necessary for everyone to register for the event by logging onto , alternatively registration can be arranged by contacting the Fundraising Department at 061 485859, between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday; by email to Your support, as always, is gratefully appreciated.

LOUGH GUR FESTIVAL: The Summer Solstice Festival celebrates the first day of Summer and has been a local tradition for over 5,000 years. It is the perfect event that the whole family can enjoy. Friday 21st at 7.00am, Maggie May from Yogalife Limerick will guide gentle awakening yoga at Lough Gur Lakefront to greet the Solstice. Saturday 22nd, 5pm - 7pm, Heritage Centre. Local artist, Robert Ryan will discuss his forthcoming exhibition in August at Limerick City Gallery, the inspiration and origins for his work, and the life of an artist in 2019 Ireland. Sunday 23rd, 1pm - 4pm. Enchanted Fairy Day. Boys and girls are encouraged to dress up for the Fairy Ball and a King /Queen of the ball will be crowned. There will be face painting, arts & crafts, activity sheets and storytelling. Children will be given the opportunity to design their own fairy door which they can keep as a special souvenir of their day. The'Queen of the Fairies' will host a special Story Time at 3pm at the Fairy Village where she will introduce the enchanted Fairy Trail and advise on how to deal with mischievous fairies.

REMEMBERING OUR DECEASED: For the month of June, we remember our family, friends and neighbours, whose mortuary cards are displayed on the Church noticeboard:- James Houlihan, Kilmacanearla. Sean Fitzgibbon, William Boleman, Sean McMahon, Kilmore. Ellen Monckton, Bridget Houlihan, Kilatal. John McMahon, Coolruss. Billy Kelly, Graigacurra. Catherine Lynch, Granagh. Breda O'Donoghue, Michael O'Rourke, Doorluss. Christy Murphy, Cappanihane. Martin Hayes, Kilmeedy. William Lynch, Derraulin. Sean Murphy, Kildare. Delia Judd, London. Julia English, Old Pallas. Anna Neville, Ballinaguile. Sr. Bernard Carey. Daniel J. Sheahan.

TROCAIRE BOXES: Sincere thanks to all parishioners who returned their Trocaire boxes. The figure contributed was E3,640.00. In addition there were several personal cheques handed in which totalled E810. The total contribution from the parish was E 4,450, which has already been forwarded. On behalf of Trocaire and on behalf of those who will benefit from your generosity, sincere thanks.

FOOD WASTE: We hear a lot of talk about Climate Change, our Carbon Footprint etc but how can we help with this problem ?? We can take Small steps to help save our Planet. Many of us are aware that we waste food but very few of us realise just how much. Without understanding what food you waste, it is hard to make the right changes!! A third of all food waste in Ireland happens in our homes, it costs the average household about €700 a year. A large proportion of our wasted food still ends up in landfills where it has significant local environmental impacts. Long before we even buy our food, there are a whole load of other environmental costs associated with getting food into our trolleys. To stop wasting food you first need to become aware of what and how much you throw out. Being aware of this is the first step to reducing the food, and money you waste. It has been found that the main foods that are regularly thrown out are: Salad - about 50% of what we buy is thrown out. Fruit & veg - about 25% of these are thrown out, mainly bananas and apples. Bread - 20% is wasted. Meat & Fish - 10% of this expensive product gets dumped. Yogurt, milk, dairy - 10% of these go down the drain. Potatoes are the veg we waste most of. What can you do - for a week, separate your food waste , note what you throw out and why.. !! Then buy less of it. Planning your meals before you shop is one of the best ways to reduce your food waste. Knowing what food you have, stops you over-buying and makes it easier to use up food before it goes bad. Choosing foods while they are in season reduces the resources needed to grow, transport and store them. It reduces supply chain food waste and the overall carbon footprint. Did you know - In Ireland we are generating at least 1 million tonnes of food waste each year with the majority of this managed in Ireland. While some is anaerobically digested for energy recovery, composted or rendered for animal food much of it still ends up in landfills. Anyone who has lived near or even smelled a landfill knows when food rots in the ground the gases and liquids given off are bad news. But this is only part of the problem, there is a whole load of environmental impacts long before we the consumers dispose of our food waste. The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation calculates that 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted each year, directly contributing to food shortages, water stress, biodiversity loss, and increased greenhouse gas emissions. This means that, after America and China, food waste is the 3rd largest contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions with 3.3 billion tonnes of CO2 a year. What does this mean ?? '' We must make changes at every link of the human food chain to prevent food wastage, and re-use or recycle it, when we can’t. In addition to the environmental obligation, there is a moral one: we simply cannot allow one-third of all the food we produce to go to waste, when 870 million people go hungry every day.”

DIARY: Sat 8th June: Limerick Sings Festival - Proms in Adare 4-5pm. Tue 11th: Yoga in Community Centre, 7.30pm. Fri 14th: Music & Magic of the Maigue, Croom Civic Centre. Sat 15th: Family Fun Day, Croom Park, 12pm - 4pm. Sun 16th: Milford Memorial Walk, U.L.

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