WEEKLY NOVENA: Every Tuesday at the 10am and 5.45pm Mass there is a novena celebrated in honour of St. Anthony. All are very welcome to attend. Petition leaflets are available at the statue of St. Anthony. You can leave your petitions there to be included during the novena.
FIRST COMMUNION FOR ST PATRICK’S: 52 boys and girls from St Patrick’s Boy’s National School, and from St Patrick’s Girl’s School, Dublin Road, received their first Holy Communion, in St Patrick’s Church, last Saturday morning. 52 children from St Brigid’s School received their first Holy Communion two weeks earlier on April 27. It was showery and cool, but this did not dampen the happy spirits of the children on their special day. The church was packed out to the seams with the biggest attendance ever, with many standing. Their long awaited day had come at last, after months of careful preparation with their teachers Ms White, Ms Geary, and Ms Morgan, who did an excellent job. Their parents, grand-parents, and other family members were all present, as also their Principals and teachers. The organist was Sheila Garry. Their opening hymn was, very appropriately, ‘this is the day.’ They participated in the liturgy throughout their Mass celebrated by our parish priest Fr David Gibson, and assisted by our Curate Fr Eamonn Purcell. As the most special moment for the reception of the holy Eucharist for the very first time approached, a boy and a girl, went forward together to the altar to receive holy communion very reverently, returning back to their seats to prepare for thanksgiving prayers, whilst the next group awaiting their turn, went forward in a most orderly manner. The atmosphere was happy, reverent, and prayerful. The little boys looked handsome in their first ever suits, and the little girls gorgeous in their beautiful ballerina length white dresses and veils. It was an emotional moment; heart strings were pulled, especially for their parents and teachers who had put so much hard work into their preparation, and now seeing their efforts coming to fruition so beautifully, as everything went off very well. Fr Gibson in his homily said …”We see the boys and girls so beautifully turned out to-day; so enthusiastic coming to receive Jesus as the bread of life. I wonder how many children will be here for Mass tomorrow. I wonder how many will be here for Mass next week, or the week after. Jesus wants us to receive the bread of life often; to nourish our souls in a spiritual way. You won’t get that nourishment anywhere else. When they are adults they can decide for themselves if they want to come to Mass or not, but when they are children and your responsibility, they won’t be held responsible if they come or not. It is down to you, the parents. We are the ones they love and trust, and take their example from. Today our children get so much bad example from the society we live in We are very lucky in this parish that we have excellent teachers who are very good influences on our children, but the children need more than that. The teachers have them for a certain time of the day; parents have them for the vast majority of the day. It is what YOU do that soaks in; they are like a sponge; they soak up everything, and we want them to soak up everything that is good.” Fr Gibson appealed to parents saying “don’t deny your children a relationship with God, and said we pray that this will be the beginning of many encounters with God.” Fr. thanked Sheila Garry for her beautiful playing of the keyboard, also Sacristans Maura and Michael Hayes, Brid Sheehan for providing and arranging the flowers, Fr Eamonn for all his work in the schools over the year, and for assisting in the Mass. He also thanked the School’s Principals Mr Anthony Liddane (boys) and Mr Donal O’Gorman (girls), and the teachers and staff of the two St Patricks schools Beautiful bouquets of flowers were presented to their teachers as a token of thanks. Refreshments were provided afterwards in the hall of St Patrick’s boy’s school. On behalf of our parish community, we congratulate each boy and girl; may God protect, watch over, and accompany them all the days of their lives.
RAHEEN TOASTMASTERS: Raheen Toastmasters Club will hold it’s next meeting on Tuesday, 21 May, at the Maldron Hotel, Roxboro Road, Limerick. The Club meets at this venue on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, from 8pm to 10pm; anyone interested in availing of an opportunity to improve their communications skills, to prepare speeches, make presentations, “think on their feet” an d generally to enjoy Public Speaking, as well as to make new friends, is welcome to come along to any of these meetings. Further information regarding the Club’s activities can be obtained by visiting the website www.raheentoastmasters.com, or by forwarding an e-mail to email@example.com
St. Mary Magdalene Services: Weekend Mass times: Saturday 7.00pm, Sunday 9.30am, 11.00am, 12.30pm
CHILDRENS FISHING PROMOTION DAY: On a weekend that offered a huge amount of attractions around our city, a local man and an avid and highly accomplished fisherman, Seánie Quinlivan, was responsible for quite a unique aquatic attraction out on the Canal Bank. The fishing competition event was organised by St Mary’s Maritime Project and was sponsored by Inland Fisheries Ireland. Over 100 children took part in this fishing promotion day, which was according to Seánie, “was one of the best days we had, weather-wise. 300 brown trout were released on the day and all the children that took part caught some fish and the excitement on their faces was magical, which is what the day was all about. Our sincere thanks to all took part and all those who helped out on the day.” I must say that great credit is due to Seánie for doing his level best to get youth involved in the simple art of fishing, which Limerick has always been famous for. Just have a look at one or two of Seán Curtin’s books and see Thomond Bridge packed full of men sitting atop the bridge complete with fishing rod. Sure it was a different age but one that could very easily return, given the enthusiasm of our local man of fishing. As the saying goes, ‘Mol an óige agus tiocfaidh sí,’ which loosely translates, ‘Praise the young and they will respond.’ And yet again the old Chinese saying comes to my mind, ‘Give a man a fish and he will live for a day, teach a man to fish and he will live for a year.’ In other words, he will never go hungry and as well as everything else, its nutritional value is both beneficial and lasting. What a pity the people of the Famine years didn’t realise this.
Church Notices: Mass readers, Castlemahon Church Saturday 18th May at 7.30pm is James Donovan.
CHURCH AFFAIRS: The reader for Raheenagh Mass this Saturday evening is Mary Doody with Eucharistic Ministers Ann Fitzmaurice and Breda Begley with basket collector Michael Manley.
COMPASSIONATE COMMUNITIES AND NCW FILM CLUB: The experience of death, dying, loss and care, affect us all, and they are never easy to deal with. The Compassionate Communities Project would like to help make it easier to talk, and to take positive action, by supporting communities, groups and individuals. To highlight awareness, there will be a free screening of the Oscar nominated & Cannes winning film “Amour”. This is considered one of the most powerfully moving & emotionally devastating pieces of cinema ever made.
Church News: Mass time in Broadford for the month of May is 9.30am on Sunday morning. Eucharistic Ministers for Sunday May 5th are Bernadette Moloney and Teresa Morrissey. The Reader is Bridget Noonan.
Church News: Mass time in Broadford for the month of May is 9.30am on Sunday morning. Eucharistic Ministers for Sunday May 5th are Maudie Collins and Hannah McCarthy. The Reader is Donnacha Brosnan. Envelopes for 2013-14: The parish envelopes for the coming 12 months for the offertory collection will commence on the 1st week-end of June. If you did not receive a box of envelopes last year and would like to contribute this year, please contact Fr. O’Dea or you can ring, phone no. is 063/83718 or call to the secretary at the Presbytery Dromcollogher on Fridays.
Soccer Lotto: The numbers drawn last weeks soccer lotto were, 16, 18, 25 and 26. There was no winner of the jackpot prize. The winners in the lucky dip draw were Joan Sheehan, Riverside Drive, Mountcollins, Sean Lyons, Meeng, Rockchapel, Kathy and Seamus Lenihan, Caherlevoy, Mountcollins, John Forde, c/o Kostal and Denny McCarthy, Mountcollins. The winner of the promoter’s prize was Stephen Cahill. This week’s jackpot will be 12,700.
GLIN COMMUNITY SPORTS DAY: Due to conflicting sports events Glin Community Sports Day has been changed to Sunday 19th May at 2.30pm in GAA field. Look forward to seeing a big turnout.
Bereavement: The death has taken place of Sarah Greaney (nee Farley) wife of the late Thomas, Balliston, Shanagolden, at Saint Catherine’s Nursing Home Newcastle West. She was affectionately known as Sal or Sally and she was in her late eighties and the last surviving member of her family. She was a very hard worker well into her retirement years, but in failing health since 2001 and confined to Saint Catherine’s for the past five years. She was a native of County Tyrone and very proud of her county especially when they won their two All Ireland titles in 2003 and 2005. She met her husband Thomas in England and they returned to live and raise their family in the peaceful setting of Balliston. Sally was a hard worker inside and outside the home, and was no stranger to the garden meadow or bog. She enjoyed the game of cards, and the bingo sessions, and also supporting Saint Kieran’s G.A.A. Club, and Kilcolman Rovers Soccer Club. Her late husband Thomas was a founding member of Kilcolman Rovers at their house in 1968. Sally was involved in looking after the club kit and serving tea and refreshments following numerous meetings at her house during the early years of the club. She followed her son’s careers in sports with interest and was proud of her grandchildren’s achievements in later years. She had a warm welcome for all who called to her house and a cup of tea and a slice of brown bread and apple tart was served up.
PRAYER FOR GOOD WEATHER: All – powerful and ever-living God, we find security in your care and love for us. Give us the fine weather we pray for and need. May the harvest be secured and the hard work and efforts of so many of our people come to fruition. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: The First Holy Communion ceremony for the young boys and girls of second class in the local Scoil Náisiúnta took place on Sunday last with Canon Micheál Liston as celebrant. Those who received the sacrament are Emma Flynn, Shona Tierney, Keira O’Sullivan, Dylan O’Connor, Paul Fitzgerald and Lorcan O’Grady. It was a beautiful ceremony in which the school children were actively involved with choir, music, reading etc. Guímid gach beannacht agus rath orthu.
Askeaton/Ballysteen Community council lotto draw: The jackpot was not won. The numbers drawn were 6, 10, 16 and 25. The lucky dip winners were Michelle & Aimee Sheehan c/o F. McCarthy, Nancy Harte c/o U. McCarthy, Gearoid Walsh c/o S Balpe, John Jnr Loughnane & D Doupe c/o M McKnight, Noelene Maune c/o PO. Next week’s jackpot is €2,600 and the venue is Hallinan’s.
CHURCH NEWS: Minister of the Word is Katie Shiels Saturday May 18 and Eilís Griffin for Sunday May 19
SHOUNTRADE QUIZ WINNERS: The Shountrade NS quiz team of Orlagh McNamara, Seán Connolly, William Cahill and Kevin O’Flaherty are the overall winners of the Credit Union Quiz Competition. They received wonderful prizes from Rathkeale & District Credit Union and were presented with the Perpetual Shield on Friday, May 3rd. Many thanks for Rathkeale & District Credit Union’s very generous cash sponsorship which financed a new sound system in their Halla. Shountrade NS are also delighted to have won the shield in the Coláiste na Trócaire Hurling Blitz.
ANNIVERSARIES: Mass in St. Joseph’s Church on Sunday May 12 was celebrated for the late Michael O’Donnell’s first anniversary and on Sunday May 19 the memory of Ellie McDonnell will be recalled with Mass in her honour.
ADARE ALZHEIMER TEA DAY: The Alzheimer Day Care Centre, Adare would like to invite you to join them today, Thursday 9 May from 10.00 am to 3pm for their TEA DAY. There will be a cake sale and raffle on the Day. Your Support will be greatly appreciated.
CONGATULATIONS: to all the boys and girls who celebrated their First Holy Communion last Saturday. We hope to have a group picture next week.
CHURCH NOTICES: Listed readers for this weekend, May 18-19, The Feast of Pentecost are as follows; Saturday at 7pm Joanne Tierney, Sunday at 10am Joe Tierney, Sunday at 12noon Angela O’Donnell. Eucharistic Ministers,Saturday at 7pm Christy Murphy, Rita Madigan, Joe Tierney. Sunday at 10am Noreen Murray, Eileen Nally, PJ O’Grady. Sunday at 12noon, Patrick Kirby, Rose Kelliher, Rita Madigan. Please arrange a replacement if you are unable to fulfill any duty allocated to you. The weekly prayer meeting takes place on Monday at 8pm and all are welcome. Items for inclusion in the weekly Parish Newsletter should be handed into the sacristy by 9-30am on Friday or contact Fr. Muiris O’Connor on 353711 or 0866075628. Alternatively they can be emailed firstname.lastname@example.org.
CONFIRMATION: On Tuesday last, 14 May, Bishop Brendan Leahy was welcomed to the parish for the sacrament of confirmation. This was Bishop Brendan’s first visit to Cappagh since his ordination and to mark the occasion he, together with the confirmation class, planted a tree in the church grounds, symbolising new life and the growth in faith of the young and newly confirmed people. Thanks to everybody who has helped in any way in preparing the church and grounds for this very special occasion. A very special word of thanks to Ms. Marian Murray, Mr. Cyril Madigan and the teachers and staff in St James’ National School for their commitment and dedication to the education and development of the young people of the parish. Also many thanks to the parents for your support and co-operation in helping to hand on the faith and values to those who are to be confirmed. They are a credit to their parents, families and teachers. Please keep them in your prayers as they prepare for this very important step in their lives.
Communion: Communion for Foynes National School will take place take place in St.Senans Chruch Robertstown on this coming Saturday 18th May at 11am.
Congratulations: to the winner of €60,000 telly bingo jackpot last Friday and to Tom White Food Store, New Line, Rathkeale.
CANCER COLLECTION: The church gate collection for cancer will take place at masses this weekend, Saturday, May 18th, and Sunday, May 19th. Your generosity would be greatly appreciated.
CARD RESULTS: winners with 10 games each Sean Madden & Martin Troy and D.J. Ryan & Denis Walshe. Table Prizes: Norita Winters & Joe O’Meara, Deirdre Browne & Tom Sheehy, Kathleen Barry & Moira Winters, John Clancy & Tommy Riordan. Raffle: EUR50 Mary O’Riordan, EUR25 Deirdre Browne, EUR20 Mary Sheedy, EUR10 Anna Slattery, EUR10 Tony Barry, EUR10 Mary O’Riordan. Cards every Sunday night at 8.30pm in Knockainey Community Centre. All are welcome.
SCOIL DEAN CUSSEN: Enrolement forms for new pupils starting in September 2013 are now available in the school office. We look forward to welcoming your child to our school community.
CHURCH READERS: The following are the readers at masses this weekend, Freddie Ward at the 7pm on Saturday evening and Aileen O’ Dwyer at the 10am on Sunday morning.
Castletown-Ballyagran GAA Lottery: Numbers Drawn: 5-8-10-11. There was no Jackpot Winner. Lucky Dip: €50 Pat Farrell, Ballyagran; €20 Patrick O’Brien, Drewscourt; €20 Colm Carroll, Ballyagran and €20 Kevin Murphy, Incha. This Weeks Jackpot: €3,700.
CHURCH NOTICES: Weekend Masses – Saturday 7pm, anniversary Michael & Ellen Shinney. Months mind Nora Gleeson. Sunday 10.30am, anniversary John Long. 11.30am First Holy Communion Mass all are welcome.
COFFEE MORNING: A coffee morning will be held in the Family Resource Centre 16 May at 10.30 in aid of Temple Street Children’s Hospital with raffles and prizes,all welcome.
Anniversary Mass: Saturday 11 May 6.30pm (Vigil Mass) : Mary Hosford (Barrack Street).
Sympathie:s To the family and friends of Donal Walsh, Tralee who died peacefully last Sunday.
Church Notes: Reader for the Month of May at Meanus Mass is Margaret O’Rourke.
COMMUNITY ALERT: following a meeting on the 1st May it has been decided to set up a text alert system in the Kilteely/Dromkeen area. The purpose is to give people in the community the opportunity to be actively involved in reducing the risk of theft and burglaries in the locality and particularly protecting our elderly neighbours. It allows the Gardai to issue text alerts to any members of the community who is registered on the system. If you are interested in being involved registration forms and information leaflets are available at Kilteely church, Dromkeen post office, Aherna shop in Kilteely, community office notice board, Dromkern Stores or contact Larry O’Grady at 086 8604099 or Mike O’Connell at 087 9481557. All forms & monies to be returned to Community Office or Mike O’Connell & Larry O’Grady.
PROCESSION: The tradition of a procession through the town to honour the Blessed Sacrament on the Feast of Corpus Christi is to be revitalised this year at Newport, after a lapse of many years.
SENIOR CITIZENS OUTLING: Takes place on Wednesday 5th June to Blarney & Cobh. (Titanic Exhibition is optional) Bus leaving from the Church at 9.30am. Fare including lunch and evening tea is €35. Names & fares to Vera Ryan as soon as possible please.
GOW FAMILY SAYS THANKS: The recent fundraising for Limerick Marine search and rescue which included the recent tractor run was a major success. The sum of €10000 was donated at a handover recently in Power’s public house, Abington, Murroe. It was thanks to the local efforts of the community and in particular Jodie Power. The Gow family are so extremely grateful to everyone who took part and gave a hand as, at the time of Herbert Gow’s death, they were amazed at the help and support of friends and neighbours and, in particular, the Limerick Marine Search & Rescue which meant so much to the Gow family at that time.
AHANE U-16 GIRLS FOOTBALL LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Ahane were crowned county novice league champions for the first time, followed their victory over Shamrock Gaels, on the score line Ahane 2-6 to Shamrock Gaels 2-3. In a very sporting game, played in ideal conditions and both sides giving it everything, Ahane got the edge in the second half and never looked back. It would be unfair to single out any one of the girls as it was a superb team effort. Team Lineout: Katie Molloy, Christine O’Grady, Niamh Reynolds, Sine Hartigan, Aoife Quinn, Niamh Martin, Emma Hennessy, Aine O’Curry, Kate Herbert (0-2), Siofra Keane (0-2), Robyn Nugent, Caoimhe Macken, Nicole Byrnes. Subs: Aine Reynolds (2-2) for Nicole, Niamh O’Curry for Christine and Aimee Griffin for Caoimhe. Rest of Panel: Catriona O’Halloran, Emma Ridder, Aoife O’Halloran and Aisling Herbert. Team Mentors: Breda Ahern, John Keane, Joe O’Curry and Alice Reynolds.
ANGLESBORO WEEKLY 45 DRIVE GAME: 1st prize: Lar Hennebry and Ann Coughlan. 2nd prize; Moss Creed and Jim Murphy. Table prizes: Mick Browne and Rita Noonan, Micky Cleary and Larry English, Mick Kearney and Anthony Hanrahan. Raffle: 1st prize: Willie O’Mahony. 2nd prize: Tom Hogan. 3rd prize: Micky Cleary. Cards - every Tuesday night at 8.45pm.
GALBALLY TIDY TOWNS: The Committee would like to thank everyone who took art in the recent clean up in the village approach roads and graveyard. Judging in this years competition will start in early June. As you can see an extra special effort is being made in the next 3 years to have the village looking its best for Easter 2016. The Monument is now looking very well and so is the main flower bed in the Square. New beds have been made at the Old Street and on the Ballylanders Road. Development is ongoing at the Hall on the Tipp Road. The river wall is restored with excellent stonework. We are appealing to all property owners to have their property very well presented. Some may need a wash and gutters cleaned. Some painting may need to be done. Thanks to those who have done so already. Your help will be part of the effort to bring Galbally back up to the top in the competition. The Committee are presently developing a 3 year plan to achieve this. Thank you.
Recent Deaths: The death has occurred of Josephine (Cossie) Mulcahy (nee Dawson) Old Road, Oola, and formerly of Miltown, Cullen. Predeceased by her son Brendan, she is survived by her husband Jerry, son Geread, daughters Angela, Johana, Marie, Alice, Katherina and Margurite, brother Paddy, sisters Mary and Eileen, grandchildren, daughter-in-law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.
HURLERS HAVE GOOD WIN: Ballygiblin Junior A hurlers had their 2nd win in a row on Sunday at Kilworth in the Cavanagh’s Fermoy Div 1 HL against East Cork opponents. Having tasted defeat in the opening 3 league games relegation was very much a reality. However, recent form has now changed this reality. Good victories in the last two weeks over Midleton and Erins Own has now seen them move away from the relegation zone. They have still to play Churchtown in the coming weeks. Sunday’s win over Erins Own came with a very good second half performance.
DIOCESAN NOTICE – Safeguarding Children : A Safeguarding Children Review of the practices in the Archdiocese of Cashel & Emly by the National Board for Safeguarding Children takes place on 20th-22nd May 2013. We invite any survivors of abuse, who have not made a report, to come forward to the Gardaí, the HSE, or the Designated Person in the Diocese: Bill Meagher 086 0368999
AGM: The Annual General Meeting of Fealebridge and Headley Bridge CO-OP Creamery Shareholders took place in the Community Centre, Knocknagoshel on Wednesday night last. The attendance which was down from m previous years was addressed by Auditor Ken Jonson of Pricewaterhouse Coopers. Ken gave a detailed account of the working of the CO-OP in a very difficult year for farmers. He was reappointed as was all outgoing committee members. The CO-OP founded in 1912 is one of a few small individual CO-OPS in the whole country.
BINGO: The jackpot at Tarbert Bingo is expected to be won tonight it could be you so come along and bring a friend. Play starts at 8:30pm sharp. Refreshments served during interval. The Committee wishes the best of luck to all our patrons.
MARIAN HALL BLOTTO: Results for Thursday, May 09. Numbers drawn were: 1 19 24 27. There was no Jackpot winner. Lucky Dips: €100 Eoin O’Keeffe, c/o Speedy’s Bar. €50 Tom Manaher, Glin Road. €20 each: Kay Woods, Brosnan’s Bar. Noreen Lynch, Woodgrove, Moyvane. Eleanore Goulding, c/o Moyvane Post Office. Margaret O’Connor, Old Forge, Glin Road, Moyvane. Michael & Shona O’Connor, Tarbert. Free Tickets: Mary O’Connell, Purt, Abbeyfeale. Margaret O’Connor, Inchamore. Patricia Houlihan, Tarbert. Dano Lyons, c/o Nora Fitz. Breda O’Connell, Ennismore. Next draw will be at Bingo on Thursday night May 16 at Bingo in the Marian Hall. Jackpot is €6,000.
CARDS: The results of last weeks card game at Monagea Parish Hall were 1st and 2nd divided, with nine games each Theresa Hough and Danny Barry, Kathleen Nash and Annie Leahy. Table prizes John Joe Sexton and Johnny Enright, Pat Lynch and Richard Liston. Raffle May O’Brien, Pat Harnett (x2), Theresa Hough, and Kathleen O’Gorman.
CHURCH NOTICES: Mass readers this weekend are: - Saturday evening 7.30pm Betty Murphy. Sunday morning 11am Caroline Pierce. Eucharistic Ministers – Saturday evening Mass – Ann Denihan and Mary Sheahan. Sunday morning Mass 11 am Vito Missorici and Siobhan Barrett. 9am Mass on Sunday will be celebrated by Canon Patrick Kelly. The Parish First Holy Communion Mass will take place on Saturday morning May 18 when 13 National School pupils will receive the Sacrament for their first time.
Meelick GAA: Míliuc CLG announced that the first round encounter with Clarecastle in the Intermediate hurling championship has been confirmed for Sunday, May 19th in Shannon. Time of throw-in is yet to be confirmed.
‘DEMENTIA FRIENDLY COMMUNITY’ FOR KILLALOE BALLINA: Management, staff at Waterman’s Lodge together with the Friends of Waterman’s Lodge are happy to announce that their Daycare and Respite Centre has been granted funding to develop a “Dementia Friendly Community” programme in Ballina/Killaloe. To begin this process a Public Meeting for interested local people and businesses will take place on May 23 at a venue to be decided, depending on numbers attending.
Rugby interprovincial: Pa Ryan was a member of the Munter Junior rugby team, which won the interprovincial round robin at the weekend.
MISSION WEEK: Next week is hoped to be a very special week in the life of the Shannon community. A Parish Mission will take place from Sunday when an Introduction will be given at all masses over the weekend.
HEAVENLY HARMONIES IN ST FLANNAN’S CATHEDRAL: What a night of singing from over 220 ladies, gentlemen and young people!
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Friday 24 May 2013
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