Mar 16

Kay Flanagan

Reporter:

Kay Flanagan

LIMERICK SENIORS FORUM: The new city-wide forum for older people ‘Limerick Seniors Forum’ was launched on Tuesday February 26th in Limerick City & County Hall. This new structured forum is to allow 55’s (and over!) to come together to speak out on issues that impact on later life and to bring these concerns to the appropriate public representative, body or agency. Their next event is a coffee morning, which takes place on March 19th from 10:30am-12:30pm in the Absolute Hotel Limerick. For more information visit: www.limerickseniorsforum.ie or like the Facebook page: Limerick Seniors Forum.

LIMERICK SENIORS FORUM: The new city-wide forum for older people ‘Limerick Seniors Forum’ was launched on Tuesday February 26th in Limerick City & County Hall. This new structured forum is to allow 55’s (and over!) to come together to speak out on issues that impact on later life and to bring these concerns to the appropriate public representative, body or agency. Their next event is a coffee morning, which takes place on March 19th from 10:30am-12:30pm in the Absolute Hotel Limerick. For more information visit: www.limerickseniorsforum.ie or like the Facebook page: Limerick Seniors Forum.

FAI SOCCER SISTERS CAMP: The camp is being run in Our Lady Of Lourdes on 27th & 28th March, open to girls aged 7 to 12. €10 for two days includes 4 hours coaching & small sided games by qualified garda vetted FAI coaches & exclusive Soccer Sisters Jersey. Contact Development officer Jason O’Connor on 0831226859 for registration. First 10 girls to register will be at a cost of €5!

NEW INNOVATIVE COMMUNITY INITIATIVE: Community Repair Maintenance (CRM) is an innovative social enterprise recently established in the Limerick area. The aim is to take the fear out of finding a handyman to do those little jobs around your home that you may not have the time or skill to tackle yourself.

CRM will provide trusted people who we know will be both competent and reliable and who won’t cost the earth. CRM is an example of a community doing it for themselves, taking DIY (‘we Do It for You) to the next level and offering not only steady employment to qualified workers in the area; CRM is also offering valuable peace of mind to home owners. CRM will offer a wide range of maintenance contracts, with no job being too small. For larger, more complex work CRM is happy to refer clients to suitable, reliable contractors. Contact: 061-513645/083-1309895 or email: communityrepairmaintenance@gmail.com.

OUR LADY OF LOURDES SCHOOL: It is a very busy time in Our Lady of Lourdes School. ‘Seachtain na Gaeilge’, ‘Tree Week’, ‘Fairtrade Fortnight’ and International Women’s Day all coincided! For ‘Seachtain na Gaeilge’, we made an extra effort to use gaeilge as our ‘gnáth chaint na scoile’, using phrases in the playground, complimenting each other’s work as gaeilge, etc. A group of our parents have just come to the end of an Irish speaking course, led by tutor, Pól Ó Flatharta. The parents reported that it was one of the best courses they had ever done, full of fun and games. Pól certainly made learning fun!

We had a special visitor to the school for ‘Tree Week’. We were honoured to welcome Mayor Gerry McLaughlin to plant a silver birch tree in our school garden. We were delighted to welcome an old friend to the trees in our school, Michael Sheehan. Many years ago, Michael helped us when we planted many of the trees in our grounds. He was very impressed with how our garden has matured over the years. Our Mayor impressed the children with how he travelled to school. Always a ‘green’ minded individual, the mayor arrived on his bike to the school, fully attired in safety equipment and helmet. What a good example to show to all of us.

Fairtrade Fortnight has been marked in Third Class by a Fairtrade Sampling day. Third class and their teacher Mairead Cronin set up stations in their classrooms where everyone could drop in and taste some Fair Trade products. What a great way to promote the use of ethical products! We are also proud that a table quiz team led by our own Home School Community Liaison Coordinator, Tracy Fitzgerald, won first prize in the Limerick City Fair Trade Fortnight Table Quiz that was held in Punches Hotel. Our Lady of Lourdes almost made a clean sweep, with Eimear Purcell, Family Support Initiative, coming in third place. Well done!

We had a great turn out for ‘Dads and Lads’ this week. The school was positively vibrating as the men thumped out a variety of rhythms on a vast array of drums that our tutor, Brian Mitchell brought to school. David Keogh, Raymond Collins, Henry Francis and Kenneth Malone joined in the fun with their sons. I think we have uncovered some hidden talents among the adults!

We are delighted that the parents have joined in the preparations for ‘Trouble on the High Seas’ in April. Lyndsey McCormack, Nicola Nolan, Sylvia Hannan, Diane Judge, Laura Nolan, Leeanne Nolan and Annette Madden all came to the parent’s room to make the costumes for their children in Junior Infants. Thanks ladies – we bet you don’t ever want to see a stripy bandana again!

STEPS SCHOOL COMPLETION PROGRAMME: STEPS will be running an Easter programme during the Holidays for our groups. Details as follows: 26th March - 3rd& 4th class children will be doing Cookery, Bingo, Quizzes and Sports related activities

27th March - 5th & 6th class children will be doing Dance, Soccer and Swimming activities

28th March - Secondary school young adults will be heading to Ennis on the train. We will be visiting Ennis leisure centre for Bowling and Quasar! A fun few days to be had by all!

HAPPINESS STREET FESTIVAL: Limerick Volunteer Centre is celebrating the first ever UN International Day of Happiness on 20th March by organising a Happiness Street Festival on Bedford Row from 11.30am – 2.30pm.

According to the World Health Organisation, volunteering and happiness are inextricably linked.

Volunteering significantly boosts self-esteem, improves social relationships, combats depression, reduces risk of cardiovascular disease and people who volunteer are generally healthier and happier than those that don’t volunteer. The Happiness Street Festival aims to raise awareness of the links between happiness and volunteering and highlight the service that Limerick Volunteer Centre offers.

The festival will include a free hugs campaign, complimentary happiness cupcakes, magic, face-painting, laughter yoga, music, fire breathing and much more. Some event contributors include

St Marys Aid, St Munchin’s Family Resource Centre, Southill Area Centre, Our Lady of Lourdes

Community Centre, Limerick Youth Service and 3rd level students from DCU and local colleges.

You can view opportunities and register as a volunteer or organisation on www.volunteerlimerick.ie. Find us on Facebook at Limerick Volunteer Centre, follow us on Twitter at volunteerlimerick, visit us in Unit 40, Tait Business Centre, Dominick Street, Limerick, email us at info@volunteerlimerick.ie or contact us by phone at (087) 7387481.

LCEN CELEBRATE 20 YEARS IN COMMUNITY EDUCATION: Limerick Community Education Network (LCEN) on Thursday 28th February celebrated its 20th Birthday with drama, art and music as part of the Aontas (The National Adult Learning Organisation) Adult Learner Festival 2013 in the Pery Hotel.

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. 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 3060 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.

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 organisation over the past 20 years looking forward to the next 20!

INFORMATION EVENING FOR MATURE STUDENTS: The information evening will take place on Wednesday 13th March 2013 from 6.30pm – 8.00pm in Downtown Centre, LIT George’s Quay (between the Locke Bar and Barringtons Hospital in Limerick City Centre). See www.downtowncentre.ie for directions. The title of the session is ‘Mature Student direct application process – for UL and Mary I’. Facilitators will be Anne Hickey (Admissions Officer, UL), Anne-Marie Hannon (Admissions Officer, Mary I) & Dr Amanda Haynes (Course Director HPSS, UL). There is no need to book a place – just turn up on the night. For further information - Ph: 061-202735 - Email info@mso.ie.

THE WEST END: The centre had a rare treat last week when IFTA award winning actor Jack Reynor and local model Madeline Mulqueen popped in to present certificates to Molly Moloney and Meghan Collins who recently completed the ten week Nail Art course at Limerick College of Further Education.

If that wasn’t enough, we also had a visit from local politician Jan O’Sullivan TD who officially launched the refurbished Girls’ Room. Minister O’Sullivan was suitable impressed with all the hard work being done in the centre and stressed the importance of young people engaging in youth work and social activities.

Both events presented the ideal opportunity for the Westenders Dance Group to show off their latest routines. The group has been tirelessly working with their instructor Lucy in preparation for the events and did not fail to impress on either night.