GALVONE N.S.: WIN RUGBY TICKETS: Galvone NS are holding a draw on Tuesday, March 19 at 12:30pm to win two tickets to the Heineken Cup Quarter Final in which Munster play Harlequins on Sunday, April 7.The prize includes tickets to the game, flights with the team, 4 star accommodation, match transfers, airport transfers and taxes. Tickets cost €5 and can be purchased in Galvone NS, Fennessys of William Street, The Spotted Dog, Patsy Nicholas Bar, WJ Souths, The Claughaun Bar, Limerick Sports Store, Morrison’s Bar, Flannery’s Bar of Upper Denmark Street and at various other locations. To be included in the draw you can call Galvone NS 061-311286 or Bernice O’ Connell 0857895556.
CLOTHING BANK: A Clothing Bank is now available in Galvone NS school car park to help with fundraising for the school. It is suitable for used/ unwanted clothes, shoes, belts and bags. It will be available to the community during school hours.
ENROLMENTS: Galvone NS are currently enrolling for Early Start and Junior Infants for September 2013. Please contact Ann 061-311286 for more information.
COURSES: Places are available for new Computer FETAC, Level 3 course which will be starting very soon on Thursday mornings from 11:30-1:30pm. Please contact Bernice O’ Connell 0857895556 for more information. Knitting and Sewing is still running on a Thursday morning from 10-12am.
GRANDPARENT’S DAY: Galvone National School are holding a Grandparent’s Day on March 15. Grandparents of children attending the school are invited to mass in Our Lady Queen of Peace Church at 10am. Directly afterwards there will be refreshments served in the school.
LIMERICK COMMUNITY EDUCATION NETWORK (LCEN): Our Community Development Worker, Alona Troy is the current Chairperson of the LCEN. On Thursday, February 28 it celebrated its 20th Birthday in the Pery Hotel with drama, art and music as part of the Aontas (The National Adult Learning Organisation) Adult Learner Festival 2013
This community led organisation celebrated it’s many milestones including – most notably scooping the Star Award in 2012. This national award recognised the positive contribution the LCEN has made to the local community and to society in Limerick.
Mayor Gerry McLoughlin congratulated the LCEN on their work in community education over
the last 20 years. Deirdre Frawley (former CEO, City of Limerick VEC) recalled the beginnings of community education in the city and in particular the community groups and personalities who were involved.
Alona Troy-LCEN Chairperson said “The LCEN is very excited to celebrate its vast achievements over the past 20 years. Now more than ever it is hugely important that organisations with strong grass roots like the LCEN are supported and recognised. At a time when funding is being constantly eroded, it is up to networks like ourselves to support communities providing adult education in every way possible by encouraging volunteerism and continuing to be active in Limerick’s communities”.
The LCEN is a unique organisation which has its origins in the 1980s as community education began to be developed across Limerick. Building on this, Deirdre Frawley, Adult Education Officer with Limerick City VEC together with Paul Partnership and community groups around the city set up a formal community education network in 1993 and hence the LCEN was born.
Over the last 20 years the LCEN, through its membership groups, has facilitated the growth of community-based adult education in Limerick City. Currently there are 3,060 learners in 40 venues across the city taking part in community education courses. Tutors are provided by the LCAES. The individual learner and the local community have been at the heart of this growth.
Current membership of the LCEN : includes statutory, voluntary and community groups from across Limerick City. The LCEN has gone from strength to strength over the past twenty years and is now a well-established body which enables co-ordination, information sharing and networking opportunities for all those involved in community education in Limerick City.
The LCEN would like to thank all those who have supported it and contributed to the organization over the past 20 years. Looking forward to the next 20!
BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT: If you are recently bereaved or are adjusting to a longer term bereavement you are invited to a get together in the Parish Resource Centre on Wednesday, March 20 at 7.30pm. The Bereavement Support Group will listen to your story, share experiences, pray and round it off with a cuppa. A warm welcome is assured to all and a candle will be lit throughout the session to emphasise that all proceedings are confidential.
COMPASSIONATE COMMUNITIES PROJECT: The Compassionate Communities Project currently running in the city is seeking submissions from the public. The project, initiated by Milford, seeks to discuss issues around death, dying and loss and to provide a range of community supports. They would like people to express their thoughts through poetry-long, short, sad or humorous. It is hoped to display the work at a conference in April. Those interested in submitting poems should send them to Milford Care Centre, marked ‘Compassionate Communities Project’.
CHIROPODY: I have been asked many times about the availability of chiropody in our community.
I have made enquiries and sourced Bridget O Callaghan who will provide the service in her rooms in Cecil Street to older people with a medical card for €10. People need to register first with Carebright (formally known as RCCN) at 061-383644
TIDY TOWNS: As Spring has now arrived the Tidy Towns/Going for Gold committee will soon be knocking on your doors looking for commitment from residents to help out for the coming months with planting and maintaining the area. They are a small crew as people are probably aware and will be unable to cater for all areas. They need residents to roll up their sleeves and muck in as it is their community too. There are continuously looking for new members so if interested phone 0894667651. They meet the first Tuesday of every month in the Spotted Dog pub at 5pm. You can also Facebook them at Janesboro Tidy Towns. There you will find lots of pictures of them in action.
GOING FOR GOLD: Going for Gold winners are re-launching Janesboro Tidy Towns for the 2013 competition. For the community to retain the success of last year they need added support and commitments of residents from every avenue. The main goal is to improve the appearance of each avenue. They will have a meeting in the Spotted Dog on Friday, March 22 at 6pm to discuss future plans. A big turnout would be most welcome.
CARE & REPAIR: A team of volunteers who do home repair jobs free of charge for older people and people with disabilities in Queen of Peace are to extend their services. John Keane said they will be expanding to cover Southill/ Carew/ Kincora areas.
If you’d like support from Care & Repair or to volunteer contact John at St Munchins’ Family Resource Centre on 0876731314 or e mail email@example.com
APOSTOLATE FOR PERPETUAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: To celebrate the Year of Faith there will be the annual pilgrimage to Knock on Saturday April 20. All are invited to come and pray at one of the world’s greatest Eucharistic Shrines The holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be celebrated by The Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Charles Brown.
PILGRIMAGE TO FATIMA: Marian Pilgrimages are organising a trip to Fatima from April 2-7, 2013. 5 nights ex Dublin at the Santo Amaro Hotel, full board, coach transfers and a local guide is included in the price of €625. Contact Father Pat O Sullivan in the sacristy on 061467676 or on 0872376032 or Paul Fitzhenry on 0857688696.
LOURDES 2013: Autumn Pilgrimage to Lourdes is from September 17-22, 2013. €715 per person sharing in the Hotel Paradis. The Spiritual Director is Father John McCarthy. A Savings Club is open each Saturday 10.30am-12.30pm in the Function Room in the Spotted Dog. For enquiries contact Laura Moore on 061-312418, Angela O Flynn on 086-8946733, or Sheila McCarthy, Dromcollogher.
LEGION OF MARY: The Legion of Mary, Rosa Mystica Presidium has been active in the parish for 58 years. 6 members visit the housebound, those in nursing homes and St Camillus Hospital. They could do with some more members and volunteers. Call to the Resource Centre any Tuesday night between 7-8pm.
LIMERICK GEORGIAN SOCIETY: The Limerick Chapter of the Irish Georgian Society are delighted to announce that the final lecture in the spring series will be given by Alicia St Leger on “The Hugenots” - this will take place on Tuesday April 9 at 8pm in No 1 Pery Square.
GENEALOGY DAY: Celebrate Christchurch’s 200th anniversary at a free event on Saturday, March 16 from 10-4pm. At its premises on 51a, O Connell Street, you can view records and learn about your family.
CALLING ALL CLARES: My namesake readers may be interested in the following: As part of ‘The Gathering 2013’ all people with the name Clare/Clair/Claire as a first or last name are invited to County Clare for a ‘Weekend of Welcomes’. It happens from June 21-23 and the hope is to break the World Record for people called ‘Clare’ gathered in County Clare.
If you’d like to register or for further information contact Sharon or Dolores 0656866800, e mail firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.volunteerclare.ie or on Facebook- welcomingclairetoclare.
LOOKING FOR A NEW FRIEND: The Brothers of Charity in Limerick are looking for volunteers to become friends with people who have an intellectual disability. There are many who would be interested in meeting through the Cara Friendship Scheme. Full training and support will be provided for volunteers. Contact Ivana at 0877548825
OXFAM: The Oxfam Charity Shop at 57, William Street has made an urgent appeal to members of the public to donate their unwanted items. It is currently running a ‘Make Space for Oxfam’ campaign which encourages people, who may be thinking of decluttering their homes, to donate items such as handbags, CDs, DVDs, homeware and bric a brac. They are open Monday to Saturday from 9.30-5.30pm.