ST PATRICK’S CONFIRMATION: took place last Saturday, March 9, in St Patrick’s Church, for the sixth class pupils of St Patrick’s Boy’s National School, and St Patrick’s Girl’s National School, Dublin Road. Fifty children were confirmed; 24 girls and 26 boys. It was a lovely sunny morning, but clouded over later on. Very Rev Fr Noel Kirwan P.P., and Leader of the Limerick Diocesan Pastoral Centre, visited our parish for the second week running, to confirm the 50 children, as our Bishop Elect Fr Brendan Leahy is not yet instated. Assisting him were our two local priests, Very Rev. Fr David Gibson P.P., and Rev. Fr Eamonn Purcell. Their class teachers are Ms Comer and Ms. Madden. Their Principals are Donal O’Gorman (Girl’s school), and Anthony Liddane (Boy’s School). The church, the oldest church in Catholic use in Limerick City, was packed out, and beautifully decorated with the children’s art work, and spring flowers.
The graceful sounds of a harp, played by Sinead Beary, accompanied the beautiful singing of the children. Their parents had taken great care to dress them very well for this very special solemn occasion in their young lives. Outfits are more casual and much more practical now, compared to more formal suits worn by previous generations. Fr Gibson welcomed everybody. The children’s opening hymn was ‘Come Holy Spirit’ with harp accompaniment. They then participated in all aspects of the liturgy throughout their Mass and ceremony, and they did so with confidence and joy. They renewed their Baptismal promises. ‘The Cloud’s Veil’ was beautifully sung by a group of children. Fr. Noel Kirwan addressed them, and he has such a wonderful gift of speech and flow of spiritual words of wisdom, and is so interesting to listen to.
The solemn long awaited moments then came for each young boy and girl, and they went forward to the altar, one by one, with sponsor, for the laying on of hands and anointing with chrism as the solemn Sacrament of Confirmation was imparted to each child. Thanksgiving prayers followed their Communion. Their final hymn was ‘City of God.’ Fr Gibson congratulated the children and wished them well for their entry into Secondary Schools later on this year. Fr. said that their teachers and Principals do a fantastic job, and that he was very proud of them, and asked for a huge round of applause for them. A large bouquet of flowers was presented to their two class teachers, Ms Madden and Ms Comer. Our parish priest also thanked everybody who had helped them out with the preparation for this day; including Sinead Beary for her harp music; Lorraine who produced the Confirmation booklet; Cliona also and others, and especially to Fr Noel Kirwan, and Fr Eamonn, and Sacristans Maura and Michael Hayes. On behalf of our parish community, we congratulate every boy and girl who was confirmed. Our curate, Fr Eamonn, after expressing his own congratulations, said this little prayer for them all during last Sunday’s Mass … “May The Holy Spirit guide them to make all the right choices and decisions that will help them now as they progress onto Secondary School education later on this year.” May they live very happy and fruitful lives in the adult years ahead of them.
RECENT NEWS FROM ST BRIGID’S N.S.
ART EXHIBITION: Our pupils’ Art Exhibition on March 6 and 7, was a great success. Every child in the school produced a work of art which was mounted and framed. All were displayed in the school Hall over two days, with plenty of opportunity for parents to view and purchase. Each class also visited our Art Gallery and much pleasure was had from finding and admiring friends’ art. Once again, the Parents’ Association supplied the tea and coffee, with jellies for the younger viewers.
FEEDING THE BIRDS: Geoff Hunt, ornithologist, returned to the school to talk to First and Second Classes about the birds in our garden. Visitors may have noticed the bird feeders positioned around the school grounds. We have been feeding the birds since January, and some classes have even made fat-balls as treats to tempt the finches, starlings, rooks, crows, blue-tits, magpies, and collar doves that frequent the yard.
SPRING BLOSSOMS: Spring has come to the garden, with the appearance of the crocuses and the first daffodils. Miniature purple irises are blooming in the flower-bed near the car-park. We are keeping an eye on the frogspawn in the school pond, and hope that we will have a good supply of tadpoles later in Spring.
WORLD BOOK DAY: on March 7 was celebrated by a whole-school event. Classes from Junior Infants to Second, were paired with the senior classes for a storytelling session in the Reading Room. Teddies were invited too, and the experience was enjoyable and beneficial for all. Every pupil took home a book token, and a book mark was presented to the junior pupils by the older readers.
CYCLE SKILLS TRAINING: took place on Monday last, March 11, for Fifth Classes. On that day, children brought their bikes [and helmets] to school, and received safety training from the Gardai.
FOOTBALL: Fifth Class boys took part in the F.A.I. 5-a-side in Seanchoill, Corbally, on February 26, and qualified for the Limerick finals.
DRAMA WORKSHOP: Fifth and Sixth Classes attended a Drama Workshop on Tuesday last, March 12. It addressed how children may best acquire life-skills for solving problems in modern society, and apply them to their own lives.
WOOD CRAFTS: Fifth Classes spent a day working with wood, hammer and nails, and produced an amazing array of horses, under the guidance of craftsman Mark Wilson. The activity supports their study of the novel ‘War Horse’ and will form part of a display in the Granary at Easter.
IRISH COMPETITIONS:: Seachtain na Gaeilge takes place next week, and includes the ever-popular Spraoicheist [Table Quiz], a Seanfhocail [Proverbs] Poster Competition, and a Ceolchoirm [Concert].
OTHER ACTIVITIES: Cookery Classes continue for a second group of Fifth Class children, and camogie training has begun for girls.
GREEN SCHOOLS PROGRAMME: St Brigid’s are currently working on the Travel component of the Green Schools programme. Following a poster and slogan competition in the school, pupils mounted a display of work in the Parkway Shopping Centre. The aim is to reduce car-dependency and, to achieve this, pupils and staff participate in a Walk on Wednesday scheme which has been very successful to date.
A SEA OF GREEN FOR ST PATRICK’S DAY: On Friday next, March 15, both staff and pupils will all wear something green to school, in celebration of our national Saint - Patrick. St Brigid’s School will be a sea of green, and I expect St Patrick’s Schools will be doing likewise.
OPEN-AIR MASS AT WELL: Ii is hoped that, weather permitting, an open-air Mass will be celebrated at 10.30am on Sunday morning next, at St Patrick’s Well, Well Road, Singland, Limerick, to honour our own parish’s patron Saint, and our National Saint also, our beloved St Patrick. whose Feast Day we celebrate on March 17 annually. The Well is a very historic site steeped in local history, and a holy place where St Patrick once stood. It is an excellent way to get St Patrick’s Day off to a great start! If the weather is bad then the Mass will be celebrated instead in St Brigid’s Church which is just above the Well, at 10.30am. All are welcome from far and near. “A very happy St Patrick’s Day to all our parish community and readers.”
FIFTY ST PATRICK’S FOR PARADE: on Sunday next, 50 St Patrick’s G.A.A. club members will get all decked out in St Patrick costumes, to represent our National and Parish patron Saint - 50 times over! as they march in the local St Patrick’s Day parade, in an effort to take part in a bid to break the Guinness Book of Records for 2013 for having the most St Patrick’s assembled! and we wish them all the very best of luck in this.
ST PATRICK’S G.A.A. REUNION: The club house, Rhebogue, will be open at 2 pm on St Patricks day, with the reunion of the dual 1963 winning sides, (reunion of the minor, and under 16 teams that won the County Minor Hurling and Fotball, and also the under 16 hurling titles in 1963 – 50 years ago). The reception will commence at 8 pm. Music on the night will be provided by Harmony, starting at 9pm. Please come along and support your local club, and enjoy a great night’s entertainment. There will be light refreshments on the night.
COMPETITIONS: Our U/21 hurlers combined with our neighbours Claughaun had a good win in their second game of the competition over St Kevin’s on Tues.March 5. Our next game takes place against Deel Rangers on Tues. March 12, in Rathkeale, and we play Adare on Tuesday 19. These are two vital games, and I would encourage all patrons to come out and support the team on the nights involved.
Our U14 hurlers had two competitive games last weekend in a tournament in Doon, against Bruff and Cappawhite. We play Ballybricken on Sunday, March 24, at 11 am in the next round of the Féile.
Our U/14 footballers play Adare in their first round of the Féile Peil on Sat. next March 16, at home at 4.30pm.
Membership; Club membership is now due Adults is at 40 Euro and Underage is at 20 Euro. All club Membership need to be paid by 31st March, and Adult Membership can be got from Club Secretary, Colm O Brien, or Eamonn Phelan, or any Committee member underage membership can be got from our underage Secretary Sean Maher, or any underage Committee member. All players who are asked to pay their membership as soon as possible.
Our senior footballers are training on Wednesday and Friday nights in Rhebogue at 7 pm.
Condolonces; The club would like to offer it’s condolences to club player Padraig Reals, on the recent sad death of his Grandmother. May her soul rest in peace.