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CHURCH NEWS: Mass last Sunday was celebrated in memory of Donal Scanlon and deceased members of the Scanlon family, also Patrick Leahy and May Houlihan. Fr. Tom sent congratulations to Essie Chawke on the day of her 96th birthday. She's normally at Mass but was away at her nephew's wedding. We all wish her continued good health to enjoy her trips to her family. MASS COLLECTION: Sunday 23rd Apr before 10.30 Mass. In aid of Thomond House, Limerick, who provide housing and a host of support services for people at risk and homeless in Limerick. Their services include Emergency accommodation and support services for women over 18 years old and long-term housing for women over 50 years. Any support you can give is appreciated.


We offer our sympathies to Ann Fitzgibbon & Family on the passing of her twin brother Patrick McNamara, Tervoe, Clarina, suddenly on 9th April at Thorpe's Nursing Home. Dearly loved father of Bryan and James. Sadly missed by daughters-in-law Siobhan and Emma, adored grandchildren Abbie, Sarah, JJ, and Finley, brother Mike, sisters Geraldine and Ann,nephews, nieces, extended family and friends. Predeceased by his brother Noel. He was reposed at St. Joseph’s Church, Ballybrown, with Requiem Mass on Thursday 13th followed by burial in Kilkeedy Cemetery.Solas na bhFlaitheas ar a anam.


The LEADER programme (2023-2027) is on its way and it is hoped the programme will be accepting applications from late 2023, early 2024.If you have a project idea or would like to find out more about the next LEADER programme,Ballyhoura Development is organising community consultations. Your input is welcome and look forward to meeting with you at one of the events.

Tuesday April 25th - Newtown-shandrum Community Centre, 7pm-9pm. Thursday April 27th - Civic Centre Croom, 7.30pm-9.30pm.


April 14th was the day for Cystic Fibrosis but you can still donate online at Did you know that Ireland has the highest rate of CF per capita in the world, with approximately 1,400 children and adults in Ireland living with the condition. About 33 new cases of cystic fibrosis are diagnosed each year. Thankfully,

there have been very good advances in CF care in recent years. These advances include new drug therapies that treat the underlying cause of disease; improved CF centres and good support networks for parents and people with CF. Cystic fibrosis is a multi-organ disease that primarily affects the lungs and digestive system. A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that: Clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections; Obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food. The impact of CF can vary from one person to another. There are some people with CF who live until their teens and there are others that live in to their 50’s. Ireland has among some of the most severe strains of CF. People with CF can have a variety of symptoms, including: Persistent coughing, at times with phlegm; Frequent lung infections; Wheezing or shortness of breath; Poor growth/weight gain in spite of a good appetite; and difficulty with bowel movements. Transplants are a crucial part of the range of recognised interventions needed to manage Cystic Fibrosis (CF). To these patients, transplantation can offer both a chance of an extended life and a significantly better quality of life. CF it is a multi-organ illness, so organ donations of Heart, Lung, Kidney, Liver & Pancreas are all very valuable. Make sure you tell your family if you wish to donate your organs.


Sun 23rd Apr, 10am -4pm, Croom Enterprise Centre. Free Sustainable Gardening Course sponsored by Limerick City & County Council. This course covers a lot of topics including:growing with peat-free compost,

planting for pollinators,dealing with pests organically,taking cuttings and much more.

The course is run by horticulturist and environmentalist, Aoife Munn. This course is suitable for adults who want to garden for biodiversity but especially Tidy Towns groups, Green schools coordinators etc

HERITAGE TALK: The April talk of Charleville Heritage Society is scheduled for Thursday night the 27th April at 7.30pm at the Charleville Park Hotel. The talk will be titled, "Trade and Traders of Charleville 1661 to 2023" This will be a home-grown event in that the talk will be delivered by two members of the local Society. Local genealogist Evelyn O Keeffe and local historian Michael McGrath will give a brief look into the Trades and Traders from the foundation of Charleville in 1661 to present day. Should be very interesting. WELLNESS NIGHT: Fri 28th Apr, from 8.00pm. Looking for a night out, there's another one of the San Rita Ladies Fashion and Wellness Evenings all set for the Charleville Park Hotel. This is a fun event for ladies to get together and enjoy a fabulous night out, with a little bit of everything. Guest speakers on topics relating to women’s health and 2 mini fashion shows, with fashions from Charisma and Chic Boutique. Various exhibitor stands also, so come early to browse . Doors open at 6.30pm. Book tickets with Sandra 0876718377 or Rita 0871012174 or through Eventbrite.


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