Mar 16

Jude Meaney

Reporter:

Jude Meaney

DANCE FOR FITNESS CLASSES: Dance for fitness classes are being held in Corpus Christi Primary School, Moyross every Friday morning from 9.30am to 10.30am, followed by a cuppa in the Moyross Community Centre. For further information, please telephone Anne-Marie on 086 7709 194.

DANCE FOR FITNESS CLASSES: Dance for fitness classes are being held in Corpus Christi Primary School, Moyross every Friday morning from 9.30am to 10.30am, followed by a cuppa in the Moyross Community Centre. For further information, please telephone Anne-Marie on 086 7709 194.

TROCAIRE: Trocaire and Limerick Diocese celebrate 40 years of service together this Lent, Living Lent 2013. You will have seen the above posters in every church in the past few weeks. They were created by Trocaire especially for the special week coming up next week, and sent to all parishes about a month ago.

Trócaire’s ‘Rediscovering Mercy’ is a four week interactive faith-based Lenten programme for adults. An invitation to reconnect faith and mercy. It invites participants into a reflective space to rediscover God’s loving mercy for them and for the world. It is an opportunity to see how we are all loved by God, and out of this love, to see how we are called to love others in our families, communities and around the world.

You are invited to join us on Monday nights in the Pastoral Centre, Denmark Street, Limerick from 8pm to 9.30pm, as we reflect on faith and mercy in the context of human experience, of scripture, and of our call to compassion in our communities and the wider world.

LIMERICK YOUTH SERVICE NEWS: Just as the months are flying by, so too is life at Limerick Youth Service and we’ll try to keep you up-to-date on the goings-on in Limerick Youth Service.

The Irishtown Garda Youth Diversion Project is located in the heart of one of Limerick’s most historic areas. It has firmly established itself as part of the local community. The project, one of LYS’s three Garda Youth Diversion Project, can be found at 17 John St, in a building that was formerly the local Garda station!

‘We have a host of activities from personal development and beautician programmes to music course and field trips,’ said Mary Duhig, project coordinator with Irishtown GYDP.

‘Three of our young people recently finished a DJ programme,’ explained Mary, adding ‘they absolutely loved it. John Lillis, the tutor, was excellent and by the end of week six, they had produced their own record.’ The group are also taking part in a Junior Leader course and will be presented with their certificates at City Hall in May.

Garda Youth Diversion Projects work with young people to help them develop a sense of community and enhance their social skills. The projects offer opportunities in education, art, employment, music, sport and other activities. ‘Irishtown GYDP is open to young people in the St. John’s Parish area of the city, including Garryowen,’ said Mary, who thanked the local community for their continued support. LYS’s Irishtown youth space is also home to St. John’s Youth Club, the Watergate Youth Group and a FETAC Business Studies Level 5 course.

An international youth conference and an exchange trip to France were part of the outcomes of LYS’s YELL Group’s Burren think-in. The YELL Group, who held an intensive planning session at the Burren’s Outdoor Education Centre, spent an evening taking part in workshops and group planning sessions. ‘It was an excellent brainstorming session,’ said Graeme Rochford, LYS Assistant Youth Worker. ‘Following the success of last year’s conference, we aim to hold another International Youth Conference this September,’ replied Graeme when asked of YELL’s plans for 2013. ‘The conference will also form part of LYS’s 40th celebrations,’ added Graeme, one of the founders and leading lights behind YELL.

YELL-Youth Empowerment Looks at Limerick- consists of young people, 18-23years from Limerick, who strive to promote a positive image of young people and build links with counterparts overseas.

As part of LYS’s 40th celebrations, LYS will be taking part in this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Limerick city, with the theme: 40 Years of Youth Fashion. Yes folks, it’s time to delve into your wardrobe and root out those flairs, leg-warmers, hipsters, tracksuits and ahem, pyjamas! You can even get out the gel and go for that hairstyle of yesteryear! In the 4 decades that LYS has been here, a diverse range of fashions have passed through our doors. We are now looking to showcase four decades of youth trend setters and the occasional fashion faux-pas! The parade is open to any LYS youth club, member or volunteer both past and present. If you are interested in taking part in the parade please contact Dermot Troy at: dermott@limerickyouthservice.com or telephone 061 412 444.

‘C’mon Munster’ was the cry heard from the south terrace of Thomond Park recently, as nearly 400 young people and volunteers cheered on the men in red. Although the result on the pitch may not have been to the fans liking, it did not stop them from enjoying themselves.

‘We’d a great time and the lads even kept quite when ROG (Ronan O’Gara) was taking his kicks,’ laughed a volunteer. After their Thomond Park exploits, many of the Youth Clubs stopped off at local eateries for a well earned bite to eat, before making the trip home. Joe Walsh, LYS, thanked the clubs and Munster Rugby for their support and looked forward to LYS’s next trip to Fortress Thomond.

Fun, food and frolics were the order of business at LYS’s John’s St youth space on Friday morning last, for the Watergate Community coffee morning. The morning saw the young and the not so young, sample some of the tasty treats, avail of that all important beauty treatment, catch up on the chat and shoot some pool. Though it was a certain young man by the name of Aidan, that proved quite the pool hustler. ‘The morning was a great success and we look forward to more of the same in the months ahead,’ said an excited Mary Duhig, Project Co-ordinator, Irishtown Garda Youth Diversion Project. Mary expressed her thanks to all those, who gave up their time to contribute to the community event.

LYS youth clubs and groups are busy putting their final touches to their glam-rags ahead of this year’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities. With LYS celebration its 40th anniversary, the theme for this year is 40 ‘questionable’ years of Youth Fashion, with members past and present strutting their stuff. St. John’s Youth Club and ‘YELLelvis’ will be part of the troupe taking part in Limerick city’s parade.

Suzi Cronin, of St. John’s Youth Club, said the excitement is reaching fever pitch, beneath the tower. ‘For most of our lads, it will be their first time taking part and our Junior Leader’s are taking the lead in organising the event,’ added Suzi. They’ll be joined on O’Connell Street, by ‘YELLvis’, a creation from the minds of members of LYS’ YELL Group (Youth Empowerment Looks @ Limerick). YELLevis is a life-size model, who will be accompanying our YELL Group throughout the year.

FIGHTING BLINDNESS INFORMATION NIGHT: If you or someone in your family is affected by sight loss, the Charity Fighting Blindness is holding a free information evening for people in the Mid-West region, on Thursday March 14 at 7pm, in the South Court Hotel Limerick. It is being hosted by their research officer Maria Meehan, PhD. She will be joined by the consultant ophthalmologist, Miss Marie Hickey O’Dwyer, who will be there to answer any questions relating to sight loss. All are welcome to come along on the night, where we will also focus on raising awareness of the importance of eye health and provide information about the work of the Irish patient-led charity Fighting Blindness. For further information, please contact Michael on 01-709 30 50 or michael.ryan@fightingblindness.ie.

ALZHEIMER SOCIETY SOCIAL CLUB: The Alzheimer Society of Ireland hold a Social Club for people with dementia and their carer, in a supported environment, which takes place each Tuesday morning in the Woodfield House Hotel, between 11.00am and 1.00pm. There is no charge to attend and tea and coffee are provided. Please phone Mary at 061 313 456 if you would like to attend, or just call to the Woodfield House Hotel on Tuesdays from 11.00am.

LIMERICK GOSPEL CHOIR TABLE QUIZ: A Table Quiz and Raffle to raise funds for the Limerick Gospel Choir, will be held in Collins Pub, Dooradoyle on Wednesday, March 20 at 8.30pm. A Tables of 4 cost €20. There will be lots of spot prizes and fun on the night.

COMMUNITY GARDEN ACTION AND TRAINING DAY: The Environment Department of Limerick County Council, in association with the Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival and Eco-Unesco, are delighted to announce that a “Free Community Garden Training Workshop” will be held at the Dooradoyle Library, Dooradoyle, County Limerick on Wednesday, March 20. The workshop is suitable for anyone involved in community and or youth work.

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF HAPPINESS STREET PARTY: Limerick Volunteer Centre is celebrating the first UN International Day of Happiness on Wednesday, March 20 by organising a Happiness Street Festival on Bedford Row from 11.30am to 2.30pm.

According to the World Health Organisation, volunteering and happiness are inextricably linked. Volunteering significantly boosts self-esteem, improves social relationships, combats depression and reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease. People who volunteer are generally healthier and happier than those who don’t volunteer.

The festival will include a free hugs campaign, complimentary happiness cupcakes, magic, face-painting, laughter yoga, music, fire breathing and much more. Around 100 students from UL, LIT, Mary Immaculate College and DCU will join contributors from St Mary’s Aid, St Munchin’s Family Resource Centre, Southill Area Centre, Our Lady of Lourdes Community Centre and Limerick Youth Service in making the event a success.

Limerick Volunteer Centre (LVC) is a one-stop-shop for volunteering throughout Limerick city and county. LVC provides a free volunteer placement service for individuals, who want to undertake voluntary activity. The centre also provides an advertising service through an online database for not-for-profit organisations, that are seeking to involve volunteers. The overall aim of the service is to match people with appropriate volunteering opportunities. Additional services include volunteer management training, garda vetting and individual consultations.

For further information, please telephone 087 7387 481 or Email: info@volunteerlimerick.ie

Web: www.volunteerlimerick.ie