BALLYHOURA INTERNATIONAL WALKING FESTIVAL: Throngs of walkers are expected to descend on the many towns and villages of Ballyhoura Country over the August weekend (20th & 21st) as a kick start to Heritage Week, to take part in the 2016 Ballyhoura International Walking Festival. The festival, now in its 22nd year, is expected to attract walkers throughout the weekend from all over Ireland and appealing to many overseas visitors and friends. The festival provides an opportunity to explore some of Ballyhoura Country’s stunning countryside in the company of guides from the Ballyhoura Bears walking club. The Festival features a packed programme of walks for all abilities, from the enthusiastic well-equipped walker who relishes the challenge of the half marathon on the Saturday morning, to the gentle ramblers who are out to enjoy pleasant guided walks in the company of local experts in the fields of heritage, archaeology, history, flora and fauna. This year, the trailhead of the Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Park near Ardpatrick in Co. Limerick becomes the home of the walking festival, with all registration for Saturday walks taking place here. The facilities provide secure parking, toilets and shower facilities and also provide an opportunity for walkers to see the array of bike routes, trim trail and nature trail located here. Saturdays longer distance walks will commence registration at 9:30am, with the first ascending the highest peak on the Ballyhouras, Seefin, travelling over a distance of 13miles with the B walk, a circuit by river and forest. Saturdays C walk is the perfect 1.5 hour led walk to cover the trails and facilities on the mountain, refreshments will be provided post walk at designated locations. This year the Festival line up on Sunday will included a range of walks including a river & forest walk, animal sanctuary walk where there is an opportunity to walk your dog, archaeological walks at Lough Gur, a heritage walk at Doneraile & Galty Castle Wood, historical walks in Kilfinane, an Archaeology walk where you can learn about the iron age agricultural community dating from about 1,000BC to 400AD. All walks should prove hugely popular and provide great insights into some of the area’s finest historical, heritage and archaeological attractions. Long time partners of the festival the Kilfinane Outdoor Education Centre, The Ballyhoura Bears Walking Club, Ballyhoura Development, Ballyhoura Fáilte and Sheehy’s Centra, Kilfinane all contributing to ensure the continued success of the event. Pre-registration is very important so please contact Reception at the Ballyhoura Offices, Kilfinane on 063-91300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org If you miss the festival but would like to get out and explore some of the Ballyhoura Country side why not join the Ballyhoura Bears Walking Club. The club have a full programme of summer walks, for all levels of walking. If you are new to country walking, unsure about where to go, or need an incentive to get your boots on, then the Ballyhoura Bears might be the answer. If you would like to find out more, the Ballyhoura Bears Walking Club website ‘www.ballyhourabears.com’ or ‘www.visitballyhoura.com’ has a complete list of upcoming walks and events. For further Information, contact Jim Flynn, Ballyhoura Failte Ltd., Kilfinane, Co. Limerick, tel: 063 91300, email: email@example.com,
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MURROE 45 DRIVE: The 45 results are as follows; First, Liz Barron & Kathleen Boyle, second; Dick Laffan & Donie Coffey and Paddy Lee & Liam Shinnors and, and third; Pat O’Connor& Patsy Laffan. Table prizes were won by John Lynch & Seamus Reynolds and Tom Dundon & Eugene Doolan. 45 Drive takes place every Tuesday night at 8-15 pm for the summer.
LIMERICK HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Limerick Historical Society will hold its next evening walk on Wednesday, August 10. The historic walk will commence at Barrington’s Hospital, George’s Quay at 7 p.m. The hospital was built in 1830, by the Barrington family of Glenstal, Murroe, at a cost of €10,000. Initially, there will be a talk on the Barringtons and the houses associated with the family. From there we will proceed down Mary Street to take in some sights along the way and we will finish with a guided tour of the North Munster Masonic Centre on Castle Street. Everybody is welcome and there is no charge.
MURROE AFC NOTES: This year the club will also field a C Team for the 1st time and new players are most welcome. Contact Jimmy on 086-2334561 to enquire. The club has decided to completely revamp the annual draw which usually takes place at Christmas. This year they are promoting the FAI draw which will give each participant 3 chances to win. There will be a National Draw, a Munster draw and all tickets sold locally by Murroe AFC will be entered into a local draw also (similar to the Christmas draw) There is an incredible prize fund including 4 ford fiesta cars 1 for each province, holidays, trips to soccer games, X-Boxes, mobile phones, vouchers, match tickets and many more. In addition to this the club will run a local draw also where all tickets bought for the National/Regional draw will be entered again for a super prize fund. The National draw takes place on November 23rd at the Aviva Stadium and our local draw will be prior to this. Tickets cost €10 each and are available from players and committee members. Or phone Noel on 086-8109682 or Jimmy on 086-2334561 to enquire.
MURROE-BOHER GAA: The latest Lotto results are as follows: Number drawn: 4, 7, 27, 31, with no Jackpot winner. €20-00 Lucky Dip winners were: Ray Ryan, Mary Walshe, Rita & Gerald McInerney and Seamus Collopy. The latest draw will be in Pa McGrath’s of Boher with the jackpot at €5,700.
MURROE-BOHER CAMOGIE: Training will take place on Wednesday evenings at 6.30 pm and Saturday mornings at 11am in Murroe (except the bank holiday weekend). This exciting development will see all of these boys and girls benefit from the combined expertise of all the coaches. Here’s to the future stars of the parish!
DATE CHANGE FOR MURROE 5K RACE: Please note that Murroe 5k Race/Walk will be held on Saturday, August 27, at 11 am. As usual the route will include Glenstal Abbey grounds, starting at Murroe Muintir na Tíre Hall and finishing at Glenstal front gate. Families and walkers are very welcome to participate. For further information, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to seeing you there.
JOBSEEKERS: Are you interested in looking for employment or returning to work following an illness or injury? Employability Limerick service supports people with an injury, illness or disability to secure and maintain employment throughout Limerick city and county. Contact 061 493095 or email email@example.com.
MILFORD HARVEST FAIR: The annual Harvest Fair in aid of Milford Hospice, now in its 31st year, takes place in the University of Limerick on August 14, with a fun-filled programme of activities and entertainment. Items, such as plants, bottles for the bottle stall and home-made cakes will only be accepted on the day. All other goods, such as toys, fancy goods and books are being accepted at the Hospice form August 2. Further information can be obtained at the Fundraising office, telephone number; 061485859.