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FEENAGH KILMEEDY PARISH NOTES FOR WEEK OF JANUARY 7 2019

ROSARY

Rosary at Kilmeedy Church on Friday, January 11 at 7 pm.

MASSES

Saturday, January 12 at Feenagh church at 7.30 pm – O Connor Family RIP.

Reader – Rosario Irwin, Eucharistic minister – Mary Lynch, Altar servers – Tomás Galvin, Garry and Jane Donegan.

Sunday, January 13 at Kilmeedy church at 10 am – Tom and Sheila Hartnett, Daughter Maria RIP.

Reader – Pat Gilbourne, Eucharistic minister – Stefan Beaulieu, Altar server – Michael Heenan.

WEDDING

The wedding took place at St Coleman’s church Kilcolman on Monday, December 31 between Liam O Gorman Feenagh and Siobhan Hayes Kilcolman.

The Bestman was Micheál O Sullivan, Groomsmen – David O Sullivan, Owen Cunningham, Chief Bridesmaid – Marguerite Guiry, Bridesmaids – Mary O Gorman, Lisa Collins, Pageboy – Jack O Gorman. Gifts to the Altar – Joan Hayes, Kathleen O Gorman. Readers – Catherine O Regan, Deirdre Hayes McCann.

The marriage ceremony was performed by Very Rev Fr Timothy Curtin P.P. The Reception was held in the Strand Hotel, Limerick. A Guard of Honour with Hurleys was formed as the Bride and Groom were leaving the church by members of the Feenagh Kilmeedy G.A.A. Club. We congratulate the Newlyweds.

RAMBLING HOUSE

Rambling House at Aras Ide Kilmeedy on Friday, January 18 at 8.30 pm.

RING IN THE NEW YEAR IN KILMEEDY

The Annual Ring in the New Year, Ring out the old was performed in Kilmeedy Village on New Year ‘s Eve December 31 with music played through the village which is clearly looked forward to by performers and supporters of the Event, in Welcoming in 2019 in their usual Traditional way with the Holy Year Cross looking down.

Exercise Classes for Older Adults.

OSTEOFIT® classes will commence in Newcastle West in the Desmond Complex

starting on Monday next 14 January at 2 pm.

If you are in your 60s 70s or 80s and would like to participate in exercise classes in

your area OSTEOFIT® classes might be of interest to you. OSTEOFIT® group

exercise classes are specially designed for both men and women in this age group

and aim to maintain bone density, improve strength and flexibility, improve

balance and reduce the risk of falling. All exercises in the programme are suitable

for those diagnosed with Osteoporosis and Osteopenia. Visit www.osteofit.ie for

more information. OSTEOFIT® will be in the Desmond Complex every Monday

at 2 pm. Your first trial class is complimentary and then you pay €10 per session.

There is no commitment from you. You come along whenever you can.

Newcomers are welcome at any time. Contact Brenda on 087 2255676.

2018 a great year for Limerick village

Dan Harrold and Barry Gilbourne, Kilmeedy Development, were pictured at Áras Íde, Kilmeedy, at the launch of plans for the Community Cafe, Kilmeedy

FOR the small, rural community of Kilmeedy, 2018 has been a stand-out year, a year of achievements and of red-letter days.

And to round off an eventful year came the announcement this week that the JP McManus Foundation has awarded Kilmeedy a capital grant to help them complete their ambitious project to open a community shop and cafe in the heart of the village.

“It has been a great year for Kilmeedy,” Seamus Murphy, the chairman of the Kilmeedy Development Association said at a special reception held to mark and celebrate their success.

But 20 years ago, Kilmeedy was on the decline, local shops and pubs were closing and no new families were settling in the area. The Development Association was set up in a bid to address these and other issues and since then has opened a community centre in Aras Ide, helped set up training courses in health and horticulture bringing dozens of students into the village each day, established a community garden and supported the transformation of the old barracks into a multi-generational garden, resource centre and creche. They also spearheaded voluntary housing the area.

But 2018 was proof, if proof were needed, that the association is determined to keep up their aim of regenerating their community.

The year got off to a good start when work began on transforming the former post office into a community shop and cafe which will operate as a much needed service in a village currently without a shop and provide an outlet for local produce as well as providing meals for locals, students and visitors. It will also provide a commercial kitchen space for small producers allowing them to expand. In tandem with the already established Community Garden, the aim,”Mr Murphy said, is to grow and produce as much food as possible locally. “We want to have it as close to home as possible. That is the whole ethos,” he said. Long-term, he added, they hoped to develop a Feenagh/Kilmeedy Food Brand.

Funding of €115,000 from West Limerick Resources and of €100,000 under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme, and topped up with the McManus Fund, have seen this project move from dream to near-reality. It will, Mr Murphy said this week, be open for business next year and he thanked all three organisations for their support and help.

He described the McManus Fund as “fantastic” and spoke of the good working relationship Kilmeedy has had with West Limerick Resources and Limerick City and County Council over the past 20 years. “They have helped us make Kilmeedy a better place,” Mr Murphy said.

Kilmeedy also won the prestigious Limerick in Bloom competition in 2018, Mr Murphy pointed out, along with securing increased marks in the Tidy Towns competition. It was, he told the gathering, the culmination of 20 years of hard work by the local committee.

“Twenty years ago, we got a Community Employment scheme and that was probably the single most important thing to us. Without the CE, we would not have achieved what we have achieved and we wouldn’t be able to maintain it. ,” Mr Murphy said. “It is one thing to have vision. It is another to maintain that.”

Another big achievement for Kilmeedy in 2018 was to be runner-up in its category in the Pride of Place competition. Judging, which took place on a sunny day in July, brought out every group in the community in support and culminated in a big ceremony in Cork in October. “It was a tremendous honour to represent the county,” Mr Murphy said.

First Published Limerick Leader, Norma Prendiville, 26 Dec 2018

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