LOTTO: The results for Saturday December, 2. The Jackpot was not won. Lucky dips to; Megan Walsh, Siobhan McCarthy, Caroline Dunbar and Craig Ryan.. Next week's jackpot will be €3,550. If you wish to buy lotto tickets, please contact any of the following: Liam Meade, Katherine Maher or John Nealon who will organise tickets for you. €2 each or €20 to be included for 10 weeks, €50 for half year or €100 for full year. Tickets are also on sale at the Beer Garden in Kildimo.
CHURCH NEWS: Minister of the Word for Saturday December, 9 is Katie Shiels, and for Sunday December, 10 is Catherine Browne. Ministers of the Eucharist are Ann O'Brien and Margaret O'Leary for Saturday. Nora Murphy and Josephine Horan for Sunday.
CHRISTMAS ARRANGEMENTS: St. John the Baptist Church; Christmas Eve Mass at 11am and again at 8pm. On Christmas Morning Mass will be at 11am.
CHURCH OF IRELAND ARRANGEMENTS: On Sunday December, 17 we will have a Carol Service in St. Mary's Church in Askeaton. This wonderful Seasonal Service will commence at 3pm and is sure to entertain and bring the joys of Christmas to us all. Everybody will be very welcome.
On Sunday December, 24 we will have the Christmas Eucharist in Castletown Church at 10pm. On Christmas Morning we will have the Christmas Eucharist in St. Mary's Church in Askeaton at 9.30am
ST. V de PAUL: St. Vincent de Paul society will hold their Annual Church Gate Collection on Saturday and Sunday December, 9 and 10. All money collected in our area stays in our area. Please give as generously as you can.
TIDY TOWNS ACTION GROUP: It was back to National school on Tuesday last week for a group of us as we joined 6th class, 5th class and the Green Schools Committee to learn about habitat mapping. After the introduction in the classroom we headed outdoors to check out the wildlife habitats in the school yard and in the Community car park and sports field. Thanks to Seán Hartigan of Living Limerick for educating us and to Ms Marina Mullane for inviting us into her classroom.
On Wednesday night last week we headed to Askeaton to hear Geoff Hunt give a presentation on "The Wildlife of Askeaton" hosted by Askeaton Tidy Towns.
On Saturday it was time to do a bit of bulb planting at the wall with the horse ring opposite the Church. So it was daffodils to keep the humans happy and snake's head fritillaria to feed the starving bumblebees when they emerge from hibernation in the Springtime.
As the Garden Bird Survey started this week on the 4th December our group of eleven stalwarts are keeping a sharp eye on their gardens. You can still participate by logging onto birdwatchireland.ie.
Lastly we have decided on "A Bird of the Week" while the survey lasts. This week it's the Robin. In the 2016/2017 Garden Bird Survey the Robin was ranked no.1 as it was recorded in 99.5% of gardens surveyed. Keep an eye out for this cheeky fellow this week and let us know if you spot one.
COMMUNITY COUNCIL: We will be bag packing in Supervalue, Askeaton on Saturday December, 16 from 3 - 9pm in aid of our Senior Citizens Party and we are asking people to give an hour of their time to help out. The Senior Citizens party will be held on January, 14.
We wish to thank you most sincerely for your kind contributions at our church gate collection last weekend.
Our Newsletter is available also in the church and on our website.
Community Centre Renovation plan. Earlier in the year we prepared a plan to complete extensive renovations to the community centre. The main improvements that we hope to complete include:
Renovate, insulate and improve the heating in the meeting room and kitchen area
Upgrade the shower facilities and changing rooms
Paint the entire building
Install a new toilet which can be accessed from the outside (without the need to unlock the entire building)
Repair the main hall roof and floor
Upgrade sewerage system to be compliant with current environmental standards
Purchase a new boiler
The total cost is estimated to be over €70,000, so during the summer we applied for funding under the LEADER programme. This was an extensive application process which took us months to complete, and we submitted our application and plan at the end of July. The rules require us to part-fund the renovations ourselves, so the funds raised from the Strictly Come Dancing event have been set aside as our self-funding. This a really great opportunity to receive grant aid for extensive renovations, much more than we could achieve with the Strictly Come Dancing funds alone. We had hoped to have a decision before now, but the latest update is that a decision is expected early in the new year. We want to make a start as soon as possible and are hopeful that our application will be successful.
APPRECIATION: An Appreciation of Support and fun at the Grand Ceilie on the frosty night of November, 24 last. The dancing was mighty, a big thank you to Donnie Nolan and his band who filled us all with Joy. We had wonderful generosity of spirit from as far a field as County kerry ,West and East Limerick and local set dancing classes including new comers made it a night of magic.
A mixture of home baking and generous donations from Twohigs Supervalue Askeaton and Centra Clarina served by family and friends was appreciated by everyone.
A big thank you to everybody who helped out at all stages and the Community Council for facilitating us with our Community Hall in Kilcornan which proved to be an ideal venue for Dancing and the car park attendants for bearing the cold to assist drivers
Your kindness will be felt by the children in Calcutta when Slaney Mulcair goes there in April 2018. We raised a lot of money on the night and we are continuing with Fund raising events to reach the targets of HOPE foundation. Thanks to all concerned.
LIMERICK HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Limerick Historical Society will host a lecture by Dagmar Ó Riain, UCC, on 'Santa Claus and the Three Wise Men: Figments of imagination? An alternative Christmas story', on Monday December 11th at 8 p.m. in Room 203, Mary Immaculate College. Everybody is welcome. Ask at reception for directions.