Portroe

Juvenile Bag Packing - The Juvenile Club are joining forces with the Camogie Club this year for our annual bag packing fundraiser. This will take place in Tesco, Nenagh on Saturday 1st December. This is a vital part of our yearly fundraising and we would urge as many parents as possible to lend a hand. You can contact Brendan Shanahan on 086 2728730 with what time suits you best.

Juvenile Bag Packing - The Juvenile Club are joining forces with the Camogie Club this year for our annual bag packing fundraiser. This will take place in Tesco, Nenagh on Saturday 1st December. This is a vital part of our yearly fundraising and we would urge as many parents as possible to lend a hand. You can contact Brendan Shanahan on 086 2728730 with what time suits you best.

Portroe Over 60’s Club - Our annual Christmas Mass and party will take place on Saturday, December 1st. Mass will be celebrated in the Church at 12.30 followed by dinner in Larkin’s Garrykennedy at 1.30 with music, dancing and plenty of surprises to follow for the evening. All over 60’s living in the parish, are invited to come along, just bring a gift for Santa’s Sack! Names, as usual, to any committee member.

Annual Cake Sale - The Scoil Mhuire Parents Association will hold their Annual Cake Sale on Sunday, December 2nd in the Parish Hall after 11am Mass. Donations can be given to any committee member. Your continued support is much appreciated.

Award - Congratulations to Pat Ryan, Cloneygowney, who was recently awarded a Certificate in Local History from the University of Limerick. The title of Pat’s year end essay was ‘A Brief history of slate quarrying in Portroe and an outline and analysis of the events surrounding its closure in 1956 and the effect this had on the locality’. Pat would like to thank everyone who helped him out and especially to Michael Joy, Curragh who, as per usual, had a great supply of very useful historical information to share.

Portroe Tidy Town - As was the case last year, the local tidy towns committee are going to be putting up Christmas lights in the Church grounds, with the big ‘SWITCH ON’ timed for 5pm on the evening of Saturday, December 8th. In conjunction with this event, the committee are also organising a colouring competition for the boys and girls of the local National School. The theme of the picture to be coloured is that of good litter practise. Litter continues to be one of the biggest problems facing the Parish year in and year out, so it is hoped that this will raise awareness of the issue. All coloured pictures will be entered into a draw and 3 lucky entrants will each win a book voucher valued at €10. As well as that, one lucky entrant will be drawn out to perform the actual ‘SWITCH ON’ of the Christmas lights. It is hoped that as many Parishioners as possible will turn up for this lovely event.

Dates for your Diary - As the Christmas Holiday season is approaching rapidly, here are some dates for your diary for upcoming Christmas Fairs that might be of interest:

Sunday, November 25th – Lakeside Hotel, Killaloe – 11am – 5pm

Sunday, December 2nd – Abbey Court Hotel, Nenagh – 11am – 5pm

Friday, December 7th – Larkin’s, Garrykennedy – for times call 067 23232

Sunday, December 9th – The County Arms Hotel, Birr – 11am – 5pm

Sunday, December 16th – The Racket Hall Hotel, Roscrea

All of the above will feature local crafts and local businesses, so go on, get out there and support your local businesses this Christmas and help make this the best Christmas ever for all concerned.

The Galway Christmas Market started on Friday, November 23rd and runs until Sunday, December 2nd in Eyre Square, Galway.

The One Pery Square Georgian Market in Limerick is in full swing this weekend with an open air market on Friday, November 23rd, Saturday 24th and Sunday, November 25th.

There will also be a Christmas Bazaar held in the old Franciscan Church in Limerick on Friday, December 14th (3pm – 8pm), Saturday 15th and Sunday, December 16th (10am – 6pm).

Cardiovascular Screening can save your life! - On Monday, November 26th, there will be a Cardiovascular Screening Centre at The Ormond Hotel, Nenagh, from 11am - 8.30pm. The screening is non-invasive and is similar to an angiogram. This screening will test your heart, your arteries and your blood pressure and will give you a print off of your overall heart health. The cost is €50 per person. For further information or to book an appointment, please call 086 2566422.