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CHURCH NEWS:

Last Sunday, we remembered the anniversaries of Eileen Noonan, Granagh and Ned & Mairead Chawke. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a nAnamacha dilís.

St. Patrick's Day Mass: A big crowd was in attendance and Kathleen had the Altar decorated beautifully. At the beginning of Mass, some symbols were introduced; Elizabeth brought up a Patrick's Day card, reminding us of our relatives and friends across the seas. Tommy brought up a bowl of Shamrock. Catherine brought up a copy of the 'Far East' magazine, reminding us of the many missionaries from Ireland who travelled worldwide to spread the good news. Liam brought up some water from St. Patrick's well, which was blessed by Fr. Tom. The choir were also in attendance, led by Roisín.

Thought for the Week: One child, one family, one village at a time, we still have time to make a difference. And Malita’s family will never forget the love you’ve shown.


DAFFODIL DAY:

Sun 24th Mar, after Mass; 11am - 1pm. Mary Morrissey will hold the annual Daffodil Day in the Community Centre. Pop in for a Cuppa & Cake. She will have goods from the Irish Cancer Society on sale and tickets will be available for her wonderful Raffle. Your support would be very much appreciated.


TRÓCAIRE - LENT:

Their question from Malawi this Lent will break your heart.

“Do children in Ireland also have to fetch water – and does the water make them sick?”

Twins Patricia and Patrick are only 12. But they have both been made sick by the water they must drink every day to survive.

Water has cost the twins days of missed school, swept homes and livestock away, caused violent floods and cyclones. Add this injustice on top of the burden of poverty – still endured by more than half the population of Malawi – you wonder how families survive at all.

Your Trócaire box could help provide solar-powered well pumps, resilient, climate-hardy seeds and farmer-to-farmer training in agroecology, or community taps and simple drip irrigation systems that bring safe, reliable water closer to nourish fields and families... it is communities like Malita’s, your loving kindness will touch.

For example, €35, can help a community cover the critical cost of water maintenance once a system is up and running. Or €50 could buy the pipes and taps to connect five households to safe, clean water with solar-powered wells. If you're blessed with abundance this Lent, you can help fund a portion of a solar-powered water system and deep, sustainable borehole for around €250, for an entire village.

Every gift you give will make a massive difference, so please give whatever you’re able this Lent.


REMEMBERING OUR DECEASED:

For the month of March we lovingly remember our family, friends and neighbours, whose mortuary cards are displayed on the Church noticeboard:- Tom Treacy, David Conway, Killoughty. David Clifford, Kilmacow. Mai & Michael Hourigan & Johanna (Bob) Daffy, Knockfierna. Mairead Chawke, The Cross. Stasia O'Regan, Graigacurra. Eileen Noonan, Granagh. Kitty Fitzgerald & Margaret Boyce, Kilmore. Edward Sheehan, Lisduane. Eileen Houlihan, Ballynashig. Christy Noonan, Ballyelan. Fr. Ronald Costello, PP. Tom O'Regan, Liskennett. Margaret McEniry, Derryclough. Ellen Flynn, Ardagh. Leo O'Connell. Morgan & Maria Power, Pallasgreen.

I gComhluadar Dé go raibh a nAnamacha dílis.


DRAMA:

Knockaderry Cloncagh Drama Group presents "Big Splash Small Fish," a comedy in two acts written by Jim Keane. The story centres around Seamus Moore, known locally as “The Sham”, a dreamer, schemer and a self-styled entrepreneur who hasn’t either the brains nor the finance to bring any of his wild schemes to fruition.

Sham lives with and sponges off of his widowed mother Peggy. His mad antics provide entertainment for the patrons of O’Brien’s Bar, which is owned and run by Breda O’Brien, a no-nonsense sharp-tongued woman who took over the running of the bar after her Father died.

Venue: Knockaderry Resource Centre. Dates: Friday, April 12th, Sunday, April 14th, Friday, April 19th. Sunday, April 21st, Friday, April 26th, Sunday, April 28th at 8pm nightly. Adults: €10, Children: €5.


BIRTHDAY:

Congratulations to Kathleen Sheehy, Coolruss who was celebrating one of those important roundy birthdays, may she enjoy many more.


RED CROSS:

Monday 8th April : The West Limerick branch are running a FAR (First Aid Responder) course starting the 15th April, for adults over eighteen who want to qualify as a First Aid Responder. You will learn life-saving skills, how to treat wounds, fractures & manage medical conditions. The information/ sign up evening is from 7:30pm to 9pm at the Unit 10 Block B, Desmond Business Park, Newcastle West, V42 C438.

For further information by email: westlimerickredcross@gmail.com or by phone: 086 8171759 (after 6pm).


DID YOU KNOW:

18th Mar, Sheelah's Day: In the old Celtic calendar, she has been variously identified as the wife, mother or other relative of St. Patrick. All agree that her immortal memory is to be maintained by potations of whisky." At the end of the day, the faithful would take their shamrocks and drop them into their respective glasses before downing the contents.

19th Mar,1953:- The Academy Awards was televised for the first time with Bob Hope as host.

20th Mar,1927: - Birth in Dublin Zoo of 'Cairbre', the lion used to introduce Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer films.

21st Mar,1970: - Dana wins the Eurovision Song Contest, with 'All Kinds of Everything'.

22nd Mar. World Water Day.

23rd Mar,1847: - Choctaw Indians collect money to donate to starving Irish Hunger victims.

24th Mar,2002: - 21 whales are rescued after stranding themselves on a Kerry beach. One of the whales gives birth minutes after being pulled back out to sea.

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