Our Lady of the Rosary Feb 1

NA PIARSAIGH G.A.A. CLUB NEWS: With the All Ireland Club Semi Final fast approaching and team preparations at full throttle, we encourage all our supporters to start preparing for what will be a huge game for us. A bus will run for supporters, if the required numbers are interested. Please get your names to Barry, as soon as possible. The club shop will be open on Friday evening from 7pm, for all your club colours. Supporters are gathering in Mackeys Bar, behind the old stand in Thurles, before the game. A new club website is currently being designed and will be with you shortly. We thank you for your patience on this matter. We would like to wish all our players who will be in Harty Cup semi final action this weekend, all the best.

NA PIARSAIGH G.A.A. CLUB NEWS: With the All Ireland Club Semi Final fast approaching and team preparations at full throttle, we encourage all our supporters to start preparing for what will be a huge game for us. A bus will run for supporters, if the required numbers are interested. Please get your names to Barry, as soon as possible. The club shop will be open on Friday evening from 7pm, for all your club colours. Supporters are gathering in Mackeys Bar, behind the old stand in Thurles, before the game. A new club website is currently being designed and will be with you shortly. We thank you for your patience on this matter. We would like to wish all our players who will be in Harty Cup semi final action this weekend, all the best.

Tickets are currently available for the GAA draw. If you wish to sell a book, you could be entered into a sellers draw for Two flight tickets to Abu Dhabi. Tickets are €10 and can be purchased from all committee members. The Limerick GAA Development draw is also selling and this draw has been of absolutely huge benefit to the club. For a little over €8 monthly, you are in the draw for some fine monthly prizes, along with supporting the club financially. Both these draws are very import to our club, especially with the plans for the new land recently acquired. Please do your best to support both draws. We all wish Paddy Verdon a speedy recovery from illness.

CALL FOR SCHOOL BOOKS: As the need for school books in good condition never ends, The Indira Initiative would be very grateful for donations of PRIMARY, SECONDARY and THIRD LEVEL textbooks for ALL subjects. Our office is located on 72 O’Connell St., Limerick City. For further information, please telephone 061 596 005.

FEAST OF ST BLAISE: Monday, February 3 is the feastday of St Blaise, the patron saint of throat illnesses. Saint Blaise’s protection of those with throat troubles, apparently comes from a legend that a boy was brought to him, who had a fishbone stuck in his throat. The boy was about to die, when Saint Blaise healed him. Very few facts are known about Saint Blaise. We believe he was a bishop of Sebastea in Armenia, who was martyred under the reign of Licinius in the early fourth century. The legend of his life that sprang up in the eighth century, tell us that he was born in to a rich and noble family, who raised him as a Christian. After becoming a bishop, a new persecution of Christians began. He received a message from God, to go into the hills to escape persecution. Men hunting in the mountains discovered a cave surrounded by wild animals, who were sick. Among them Blaise walked unafraid, curing them of their illnesses. Recognizing Blaise as a bishop, they captured him to take him back for trial. On the way back, he talked a wolf into releasing a pig, that belonged to a poor woman. When Blaise was sentenced to be starved to death, the woman, in gratitude, sneaked into the prison with food and candles. Finally, Blaise was killed by the governor. Blaise is the patron saint of wild animals, because of his care for them and of those with throat maladies. Take time as Saint Blaise did, to find out how you can help wild animals. Find out what is being done to support and protect the wildlife in your area. There is wildlife everywhere, even in cities. Even a birdfeeder, can help God’s creatures survive.

LIMERICK LAWN TENNIS CLUB NEWS: Our Tennis Junior Coaching Programs are back this week. Beginners, Competitive and Performance programs are available, for 4-17 year olds. For more details, please contact Bryan on 087 2855 751. We are hosting a Table Quiz on Friday, February 7 at 7:30 pm, in aid of courts 1,2 &3 replacement. Entry is just 20 Euro per table. There will be a raffle for spot prizes. Entry tickets will be sold in advance. They are available from: Gerry Clancy, Sile Casserly, Riona Doherty, Mary O’Carroll and Emer or Corinna in Club Office.

LIMERICK WALKING CLUB: Limerick Walking Club will meet in Na Piarsiagh GAA Club, Caherdavin every Saturday at 11.30am and all walks commence at 12 noon. You can also go to Cratloe Woods at 11.30am and walk for 5 miles with the group. The club also meet at 11.30am each Sunday at the carpark in the University of Limerick. If you can’t make any of these dates, please come along to Fenesseys Bar in New Street on Wednesday evenings at 7.30, where you will meet a group who enjoy a good walk and a cup of tea afterwards. All new members are welcome. We’re looking forward to seeing you all there.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY FUNDRAISER: A Singles Night will take place in The Parlour, Aubars on Friday, January 31 at 9pm. There will be a free drink on arrival, finger food, dancing and games to get everyone mingling and entry to the nightclub, all for €15. This event is in aid of a volunteering house building trip to Zambia, with the charity Habitat for Humanity. Tickets must be bought beforehand from Aubars and are on sale now.

BLOOD DONOR CLINIC’S: There will be Blood Donor Clinic’s at St. John’s Pavilion Mulgrave Street, Limerick on Wednesday, February 5 from 5pm - 8pm and at the Kilmurry Lodge Hotel, Castletroy, Limerick on Thursday, February 6 from 5pm - 8pm.

THE ORIGINAL CHARITY TABLE QUIZ: The Original Charity Table Quiz With a Twist With Mike and Myles In aid of Milford Care Centre, will take place on Thursday, February 6 at 8pm, in Pery’s Best Western Hotel, Glentworth Street, Limerick. Known amongst table quizzers as the one with ‘bells and whistles’, this year’s quiz will give the brain a good workout, while your hosts will ensure that the night is full of jollity and glee. Questions vary from the academic, to the avant garde, to the just plain weird. So even if your reading habits are a little more ‘National Enquirer’ than ‘Irish Times,’ you can battle it out with your head held high.

JFK SCHOOL PURCHASE OF DEFIBRILLATOR: John F. Kennedy Primary School is participating in a project to provide a heart defibrillator for the School/Community. The project is in conjunction with ‘Fones for Life’. To achieve our target, we hope to collect 300 unused/discarded/unwanted mobile phones. The boys have already begun collecting. The school would greatly appreciate the support of the parish and community in this campaign. We are very grateful to the Priests of the Parish, for lending their support and we know that parishioners or visitors will assist us in every way, in this Project. So, if you have any old Nokia’s, Samsung’s, Sony’s, or Apples, please put them to good use. You may help to save a Life.