Archive for September, 2015


THE SAILOR’S HAGGARD: If ever proof was needed in this day and age of the power of community spirit you just had to visit Newtown, Clarina on last Sunday afternoon September 27th, to the official opening of the Memorial “The Sailor’s Haggard”, to the fishermen who passed this way to fish for salmon on the river Shannon down through the generations. A local Newtown voluntary initiative led by Liam Coughlan, Peter Byrnes, Jimmy Guerin and Patrick Byrnes but with a lot of other community members helping along the way, culminated in the unveiling of this fitting memorial, which has to be recorded is a credit to all involved and a focal point which will stand out for many years to come. The ribbon was cut by Hugh O’Neill of Tervoe, Frank Doran unveiled a map in stone of the Shannon estuary while Peter Byrnes and Willie McGregor unveiled a plaque to the memory of all who had fished in Newtown. Ann O’Brien and Helen O’Leary laid a wreath in their memory also. Archdeacon Michael Lane performed the blessing of the monument and also recounted his own exploits fishing down on the Shannon at Newtown with Liam Coughlan, Teddy Hall and Jimmy Robetrts. He has to be the only Parish Priest who actually fished for salmon in Newtown. Jim O’Farrell was a very capable M.C. as well as being the architect and advisor for the project. The Ballybrown Church Choir led by P.J. O’Carroll and Rosaleen Donovan added greatly to the occasion. A huge crowd turned up to mark the opening and we were blessed with the weather. It was great to recognize what community spirit and togetherness can achieve. The Newtown ladies served tea and refreshments at the side of the road and once again displayed the preparation and hard work that had gone into making this a great family day out. The local children also played their part in the celebration by bringing all the item that are utilized in the fishing way of life. Liam Coughlan detailed what the use of each item was and it’s function. The working lamp ant the replica tower will cast its beam over this monument for many years to come. There is also a water feature, a huge anchor and a replica gandlow which is made from cut stone sourced locally. The salmon fishing on the river Shannon made have been stopped by an E.U. directive in 2006 but this monument will stand testament for future generations. Ann O’Brien, Pinegrove, penned a very fitting poem “The Sailor’s Haggard” for the occasion which she recited for the gathered crowd. Newtown has displayed what can be done by people of a like mind
When they work together. If this monument was constructed commercially it would run to thousands of euros. It also must be recorded that the site for this fitting memorial at the bottom of Newtown Hill was donated to the project by Peter and Nancy Byrnes. Over the coming weeks I would urge anybody who has not seen this latest addition to our local landmarks to go down and visit it. You will be pleasantly surprised. Well done to all who were involved in the project, you have done Newtown proud and your labour is a credit to your skills

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Ballybrown Goes Strictly

BALLYBROWN GOES STRICTLY, THE SOUTHCOURT HOTEL, OCTOBER 24: Preparations for Ballybrown Goes Strictly in association with Ballybrown Gaa Club and Camogie club are coming along nicely. Our 26 dancers have been putting in huge effort in order to put on a great show on the night. We ask you to please come along to support our dancers and help raise much needed funds for both the Gaa and Camogie club. Tickets are €20,they can be bought from all our dancers and are available to buy at Hayes shop, Crocs Hairdressers, the Clubhouse Bar and the Community Centre. Doors open at 7pm, MC on the night by Limericks Live 95fm Liam Ahern, promises to be a very entertaining night.
For more information and to follow our dancers find us on facebook “Ballybrown Goes Strictly”

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RATHKEALE & DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Rathkeale & District Historical Society begins it new season of history lectures this Friday night, October 2 at 8.30pm in the Community Arts Centre in Rathkeale when historian Mr. Tom Donovan speaks on the topic of “West Limerick Victims of 1916 Revolution.”  The Arts Centre is located above the library within the local area offices of Limerick City and County Council on the Ballingarry Road.

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CLASSES IN THE COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTRE: The centre is a hive of activity with a variety of classes going on everyday. While a few are booked out there are places remaining in most so it’s not too late to join. Below is a summary of what’s currently on offer. Contact the centre at 061 353140 / 086 0795308 to enrol, check times and dates or get further information.
Monday: Pilates (morning), Seniors Art, Yoga, Meditation(monthly). Tuesday: Comhaltas (children), Crafts, Flower Arranging, Meditation (weekly).
Wednesday: Aerobics (morning), Bowls, Pilates, Comhaltas (set dancing and instruments), Book Club.
Thursday : Zumba (morning), Thursday Club, 45 Drive, Healthy Options.
Friday: Drama (children), Credit Union, Karate (children and adult), Jive and Social Dance.

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JIM O FARRELL EXHIBITION FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 25: You are cordially invited to a viewing of the Indian paintings of Jim O’Farrell at the Greenhills Hotel, Ennis Road, Limerick on Friday September 25 at 8.00pm. The exhibition will be opened by the Minister for Finance Michael Noonan. It will go on permanent display in Calcutta from December 5.

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You are cordially invited to attend the opening and blessing of The Sailor’s Haggard monument at

Newtown, Clarina, Co. Limerick,

Sunday, September 27th at 3.00 pm

This monument is dedicated to the memory of all those who passed through Newtown on their way to fish the tidal waters of the River Shannon. It is the work of a group of local volunteers who have worked tirelessly over the past few months to create this commemorative site. Many of the volunteers come from the fishing community and in erecting this monument wished to capture this aspect of local history and to preserve the memory of the salmon fishing tradition.

The blessing will be performed by Monsignor Michael Lane, and there will be short contributions on the history of the fishermen, a couple of songs and refreshments to finish. Do come along!

For further details, contact Maura Byrnes at 087 2565443

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