LIMERICK YOUTH CENTRE NEWS: Local indie band The Balfry kicked off a new season of live music at one of Limerick city’s premier live music venues, Lava Javas Youth Café on Friday, January 17. The young indie group, who hail from across Co. Limerick, were quite impressive, as they treated the near 100 young people to a playlist of self-pinned tunes and some classic indie covers. The Balfry, who were supported on the night by metal band, Risen, are quickly building a fan base in the local live youth music scene, a feat made more remarkable as they are all between 16-18yrs. ‘It was great to get the New Year off to a great start and we’re certainly looking forward to building on this throughout the year,’ said John Real, Youth Worker, Lava Javas. ‘One of the challenges young acts face, is a lack of live performance opportunities and this is where Lava Javas is of great benefit,’ explained Mr. Real. ‘We provide a dedicated youth friendly live music venue with sound system, stage, lighting and of course a friendly and enthusiastic audience,’ added Mr. Real. Away from the acts on stage, Lava Javas also offers young people an opportunity to gain experience in the behind the scenes part of the music industry. ‘From booking the acts to roadies and sound engineers, it takes a lot to put a gig together,’ said Mr. Real, who draws on his years of experience in supporting the young acts. Located at 5 Lower Glentwoth St, Limerick, Lava Javas offers local singers and musicians the opportunity to gain valuable experience performing live. If you would like to know more about performing at Lava Javas, please contact John Real at: firstname.lastname@example.org
In keeping with the music theme, Irishtown Garda Youth Diversion Project has the honour of hosting the first Youth Disco of the year at St. John’s Pavilion, Limerick on Friday, February 5 at 8pm. Organised by Junior Leaders at the Irishtown project, the disco is an opportunity for young people from across Limerick City and County to mingle with their peers, make new friends and rock the night away at one of Limerick’s legendary music venues. The Springtime Disco is open to Limerick Youth Service affiliated Youth Clubs and Projects, although with numbers limited, interested parties are advised to contact Brian Humphries at: email@example.com, to book their spot on the dance floor. Located at the junction of Upper William St and Mulgrave St, St. John’s Pavilion is home to the Catholic Men & Women’s Society and has played host to some of the biggest names in local music including the Boherbouy Band.
Remember those New Year’s resolutions? Get fit. Eat health. Stop smoking. Volunteer! Well now is the time to follow up on the latter! Limerick Youth Service is holding an Open Information Evening on Thursday, February 13 at The Factory, Southside Youth Space, Galvone Rd, Limerick from 6pm to 8pm, for people (over18), who are in interested in volunteering with one of our many youth clubs or projects. Eoin O’Meara-Daly, Volunteer Co-ordinator, will be on hand to answer your questions and outline the many types of volunteering opportunities available at one of Ireland’s leading youth work providers. ‘Our Volunteer Induction Training Programme, is a two hour four week programme that equips volunteers with the skills required to engage with and support young people,’ explained Mr. O’Meara-Daly. After the first class, the training will continue on consecutive Thursdays, February 20 and 27 respectively. The final session, on Thursday, March 6 is a mandatory Child Protection Training programme. Volunteer Application and Garda Vetting Forms will be on the night or can be downloaded from our website at: www.limerickyouthservice.com/volunteers. For more information, please visit the above link or contact Eoin O’Meara-Daly or Dermot Troy 061 412 444.
‘Instil a sense of caution not fear’ was one of the many recommendations from Dr. Maureen Griffin, during her lectures on Social Networking and Internet Safety at Limerick Youth Service recently. Dr. Griffin, a lecturer in UCC and leading voice on internet safety, addressed the issues of social networking such as Facebook, SnapChat and texting. ‘The idea of this lecture was not to scare people to close down their Facebook account rather, make them aware of the consequences of some of their actions,’ said Dr. Griffin. ‘Although the majority of young people who use sites, such as Facebook and YouTube, do so in a safe manner, there are some vulnerable youngsters for whom the web can become a very lonely and unsafe place,’ stated Dr. Griffin. She also discussed the growing issue of’ Facebook Depression,’ where people are presenting the signs of being clinically depressed.‘There are some people who spend so much time on Facebook, that they start to judge their own life from one they see online,’ said Dr. Griffin. ‘They see friend’s page with loads of friends and pictures of them on holidays and feel left out, although they may not be aware what they are seeing, is the edited highlights of someone’s life,’ added Dr. Griffin. With some people having several hundred ‘Facebook friends,’ Dr. Griffin asked the question, ‘would you class someone you just met in school or at a party, as a friend in real life?’ ‘By making someone a friend on Facebook, you are inviting them into your life,’ continued Dr. Griffin, before asking all in attendance, ‘would you invite a stranger into your home, share photos and share some of the most intimate details of your life with them?’ Dr. Griffin made the point, that ‘just as we aim protect young people in life, we should protect them on the web.’ ‘From the moment our children are born we look after them, teaching them the safe cross code etc,’ explained Dr. Griffin, ‘yet the internet is thrown at them without rules or guidelines.’ Limerick Youth Service would like to thank Dr. Griffin for delivering her thought provoking workshops. If you would like to know more about Dr. Griffin’s Internet Safety for Schools, please visit her website: www.isfsi.ie
ADULT EDUCATION: The Adult Educational Guidance Service will help you to find out about courses and careers and to choose the ones which suit you. You can find out about money available to help you with your education. You can discover your skills and talents and also learn how to develop these. The Guidance Counsellor can help you make a decision to put you on the right track to further your education and then keep in touch with you to make sure that everything is going well. You can contact Catherine, who is the local Moyross Guidance Counsellor, on 087 981 2020.
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.
COMMUNITY DINNERS: The Moyross Community Centre are now providing lunch for older people on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12.30p.m. to 2pm. It costs just €3 per meal with an extra €0.50 for dessert. I had a meal in the centre recently and I was extremely impressed with the fantastic service provided at such a reasonable cost. There was a great atmosphere and great credit is due to the kitchen staff. There is also a takeaway service available on request. For further details please phone Chris on 061 326 057.
ADHD SUPPORT GROUP MEETING: We invite anyone affected by ADHD to attend our monthly Support Group Meetings. Next meeting: Thursday, February 6 at 8pm. Venue: ADD Office, Unit 11, L.E.D.P., Roxboro Road, Limerick. For further information, please telephone 061 312 621.
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.
AL-ANON SELF-HELP GROUP: Al-Anon is a self-help group who offer support and understanding to families and friends of problem drinkers. Al-Anon will be participating at Alcoholics Anonymous Limerick Annual Convention from Friday, January 31 to Sunday, February 2 in the Castletroy Park Hotel Limerick. All are welcome.