IGNORED: For many years now this scribe has been drawing attention to the fact that the parking of vehicles on footpaths too close to the nearby wall or hedge is the cause of people having to leave the footpath and to go onto the road to proceed on their way. Some drivers may do this in a hurry never thinking that the vehicle could cause a difficulty for others. Others park their vehicles in this manner to avoid causing a difficulty to other vehicles moving about. However, many others just park without giving a second thought for others. It is not uncommon to see mothers pushing their go-cars having to go onto the road notwithstanding other vehicles moving about and thereby they may endanger themselves or their babies. Also, older people who move about using sticks or other walking aids are also impeded to some degree. Just imagine how a visually impaired person or somebody on wheelchair is obliged to manage or worse still is prevented from proceeding on as he/she would wish.
The story of a blind man in Doon, County Limerick, in last weekend’s edition of the Limerick Leader highlighted such a person’s problems. Who would wish to be the cause of creating such a problem? Worse still, what if the blind man in desperation to complete his journey walked onto the road with traffic moving rapidly about and an accident was to happen whose fault would this be? The blind man, the driver of the moving vehicle or the person who parked a vehicle too near the wall thus causing an obstruction? That is a question that would be the subject for to exercise legal minds and the court of civil law. It is an example of it being everyone’s fault and maybe nobody’s fault. Most accidents are never meant to happen but unfortunately they do happen. As stated at the beginning of this item of conjecture very few if any mean to cause difficulty or hardship for others but lack of consideration for others does cause this.
The same comments can apply to vehicles that occupy car-parking spaces for the disabled and in some respects this is widely offended against. Admittedly, the majority of road users do take cognisance of such facilities for the dis-abled but there are those that ignore all these facts by design and so to speak do what they like without a second thought for others. What is the solution to such situations or what can be done in such eventualities? On the surface it would appear that the application of rules and harsh penalties would be the solution but better still would be the genuine effort of observing the rules and giving due consideration for those in difficult circumstances or situations.
SCHOOLS QUIZ: The Mungret/St.Psul’s Credit Union that has held a successful schools quiz for the last few years will once again have the schools quiz in the Mungret /St. Paul’s GAA club-house. The preliminary first round will be held on this Friday, January 31 commencing at 8pm. This is a very competitive quiz between 36 schools with 150 school children participating. There will be two categories with one under 11 years and the second under 13years. The winning team from both categories will progress to Stage 2 of the competition which is organised by the regional chapter of the Irish League of Credit Unions at the beginning of March. The winners and runners up of both categories will continue on to qualify for the National Final which will take place on April 6. Good luck to all the participants.St. Nessan’s school were the winners last year in the under 11 years and they went on to compete in the finals in Dublin but unfortunately the team were narrowly beaten.
MID-TERM BREAK: The St. Paul’s School will have mid-term break on February 20 and 21 and the school will re-open again at 9am on Monday, February 24.
A.A. MEETINGS: The St. Paul’s group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets in the St. Paul’s national school on three evenings of the week at 20.30hours. They come together on each Monday, Thursday and Saturday. If you are having difficulty with your drinking habits you are cordially invited and are welcome.
A.A. CONVENTION: The Alcoholics Anonymous association in Limerick is holding its 34th annual convention in the Castletroy Park hotel from this Friday, January 31 until February 2. The purpose of the event is to carry the message of recovery to alcoholics who are members and to those who still suffer. It also gives members the opportunity to share their combined experiences, to renew old acquaintances and to make new ones. The theme of this year’s convention is ‘Courage to Change’.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: .There is Eucharistic adoration each Wednesday in St. Paul’s church from after the 10am Mass until 10.00pm at night. It is in the chapel attached to the church and all worshippers are welcome..
SPECIAL OLYMPICS: The governing body of the Special Olympics has announced that the Special Olympics will be staged for the second time in three years in Limerick. It has announced this because of the standard of quality venues available here and also because of the welcome and volunteer effort from many people in Limerick. This is a tribute to all concerned and it is another example of the warm culture of welcome that is normal in both city and county. Previous volunteers and new volunteers for the games in June will be very welcome and already the organisers are canvassing for their help. Paul O’Connell of Munster and Ireland rugby teams has put out a call for 800 volunteers to help as he did last year and intends to do this year.
LOCAL OFFICE: The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ireland Mid-West office is located just off the St. Nessam’s road and is directly opposite the Ballykeefe housing estate. It is on the Dooradoyle side of the Crescent Shopping centre.
NEXT FRIDAY: Friday of next week will be the first Friday of the month and there will be adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the Blessed Sacrament chapel after the 10,00am Mass in Stl Paul’s church.
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL: Again as this is the first weekend in the month of February there will collections outside all churches at Mass times so please give generously.
READERS: There are readers required to read the Scripture readings., at the weekend Masses in St. Paul’s church. If you would like to volunteer your assistance to undertake this duty at one of the weekend Masses please give your name either to Fr. John Leonard ,P.P. or Fr. Eugene Boyce or submit it to the sacristy.
LARGE POOL: he large pool of water at the entrance/ exit of St. Nessan’ Park and the Dooradoyle estate is the cause of much difficulty to school children going to St. Paul’s National School and passing traffic. It needs to be solved and eliminated for it will continue as long as the water drops from the heavens.
THE GREAT RUN: If you are someone who is already training or just considering participating in the Great Limerick Run there are just twelve weeks remaining before it takes place. The event is to be held on the May Bank holiday weekend. It is a full marathon and many are training hard already. However, if you consider this length too great there is also a 10 kilometre event and many more will be just doing this distance. There is no obligation on participants to run for if you wish you may walk whatever distance you feel you are able to do and that your fitness permits you but the important factor is to participate. Rosemary Ryan the prominent Limerick athletic club member has been appointed as Community Sports Development Officer with Limerick City Sports Partnership and she is at present organising Meet and Train sessions for everyone who would like to get fit and prepare for the Great Limerick Run. This can be most beneficial for those who need advice and information from a leader about training methods. Take up the challenge now and prepare for the Great Limerick Run.
Camogie: The camoige club is five years old and it is seeking club members to play, to serve on committees, help at training and generally helping. It hopes that such involvement will help build momentum in the club.
The U8 snf U10 camogie teams resumed training at the Crescent Comprehensive College on last Friday at 7.00pm-8.00pm on the outdoor pitch.
EGM: There was an Emergency General Meeting in the club-house last Monday night at 9 and this was held to ratify the treasurer’s report for 2013.
Presentation: On the evening of Friday, January 24 there was a medal presentation in the club-house for the U13,U14 and the U16 camogie teams and also for the U14 hurlers and U14 footballers
Nota Bene: A competition supported and sponsored by Brian Geary Motors, Raheen is outlined below and it is the hope of the clubs officers and coaches that all club members will participate in support of the club. Also competing in this competition is Na Piarsigh and while Mungret always found them difficult to beat on the field the club is hoping to do so on this occasion.
“The GAA club who sends the most members to take a test drive in a new Toyota before 5pm next Friday 31 January will be awarded €7,500 of sports equipment.
We CANNOT OVEREMPHASISE the difference this would make to the training and development of our players, boys and girls, men and women, of all ages. The email below from Brian Geary motors summarises the scores on the doors at this stage. We trail Na Piarsaigh by six at the moment, with 33 of our members having attended for test drives.
To put this in context, the club fields nearly FORTY TEAMS throughout the various grades and ages of GAA, camogie and Ladies football. So between members, coaches, players and parents, we can do much, much better than thirty three test drives.
We are therefore appealing to every member of the club to support your teams, your players and your coaches by getting down to Brian Geary’s for a test drive before the deadline expires. Your club needs you!”
Lotto: There was no winner in the Lotto draw on January 20 and the next draw will be for €4, 000.