• Ian O'Gorman

Kilcornan Notes February 12, 2018

LOTTO: The results of Kilcornan Lotto for Saturday February 3. The Jackpot was not won. Lucky dips to John Sheahan, Pat McMorrow, Maura Rushe and Caroline O'Keeffe. The results for Saturday February 10. Jackpot not won. Lucky dips to Nicola Dolan, Kathleen Mulcair, Monica and Mike Heavenor and Dave Dolan. Next week's Jackpot will be 4,050.00

KILCORNAN NATIONAL SCHOOL: Kilcornan National School will have their Open Day on Friday March 2, at 2pm for New Entrants to Junior Infants for the Academic Year 2018.

KILCORNAN TIDY TOWNS: The A.G.M of the Tidy Towns was held recently and the following committee was elected. Chairperson: Lyn Nolan, Secretary: Bríd Nealon, Treasurer: Patricia Manning, PRO: Gillian Downes, Committee members: Rita O'Gorman, Donny Maher, Ray Conway, Warren Higgins, Ger Larkin and Clare Kelly. We decided to shorten the name to Kilcornan Tidy Towns. Thanks to all who turned up on such a miserably wet night and it was great to see some new faces at the meeting.

Members of our committee attended a very interesting presentation on the Flora and Fauna of Aughinish island and surrounding area, given by Liam Dundon and hosted by Adare Tidy Towns, on Wednesday February 6, in the Woodlands. We are now in the eleventh week of the Garden Bird Survey. Our Bird of the Week this week is the Goldfinch, a beautiful exotic-looking bird with its blood-red face and white and black head. Keep an eye out for them during the week. Well done to the children from Kilcornan Preschool for their litter picking on the Blue school road. Check them out on the Preschool Facebook and our Kilcornan Tidy Towns Facebook.

THE SHANNON ESTUARY WAY: Everyone has heard of the success of the Wild Atlantic Way (WAW). The next stage in the Fáilte Ireland plan is to create loops off the WAW to spread the benefits of such tourism. The pilot programme for the loops is the Shannon Estuary Way which stretches from Ennis to Limerick to Tarbert along the N69, then crosses the Shannon by the ferry and loops back to Ennis, placing the emphasis on the uniqueness of the Estuary.

At the Community Consultation recently held in Pallaskenry it was explained to us that certain spots along both sides of the Shannon will be designated as 'Viewing Points' to encourage tourists to spend more time in local areas and to explore other attractions in those areas. The Viewing Points on the Limerick side are Ringmoylan Pier, Ballysteen Pier, Boland's Meadow in Foynes and Kilteery Pier. Storyboards and signboards will be erected at the Viewing Points highlighting the history and wildlife of the area.

Members of Kilcornan Tidy Towns and other local interests from the length of the Estuary attended the meeting which was facilitated by Fáilte Ireland and West Limerick Resources who are working closely with the County Councils from Limerick and Clare.

IOLAR TRAINING: Iolar Training is running some more free Digital Skills for Citizens computer and internet training courses in Newcastle West beginning on February 19th and 20th. The courses are open to everyone and will run for two hours per week for five weeks. Training is aimed at beginners and new users and gives participants the knowledge, skills and confidence to use the internet. Last year, almost 500 Limerick city and county residents completed our free Digital Skills for Citizens courses going from learning how to switch on a computer to booking flights and making video calls. The core topics covered include; Safety & security, Using email, Using search engines and websites, Accessing government services online, Conducting everyday transactions, Using apps, Voice and video calls online. Online shopping and digital photography and many more.

Training is free for all participants. An Eircode (postcode) is required to register. For more information, or to reserve your place on the courses, please call Iolar Training on 089 420 7708.


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