May 25

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: The day that the children receive First Holy Communion is always a big day in the life of a parish and St. Paul’s parish had such a big day on last Saturday when seventy-nine children presented for First Holy Communion. The Mass was concelebrated by the parish clergy with Fr. Eugene Boyce as principal celebrant assisted by parish priest Fr. John Leonard. The hymn singing was beautiful and all the children had been well prepared by their teachers in St. Paul’s school.The fact that the sun was shining and the absence of rain made it all the more enjoyable for the First Communicants and all those in attendance. The church was packed almost to over-flowing and that was manifested with the number of cars parked in the school-yard and in the surrounding drives of the Dooradoyle estate. The parents present complied with the wishes of the clergy and the school and the taking of photographs was suspended until all the children had received the Eucharist.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: The day that the children receive First Holy Communion is always a big day in the life of a parish and St. Paul’s parish had such a big day on last Saturday when seventy-nine children presented for First Holy Communion. The Mass was concelebrated by the parish clergy with Fr. Eugene Boyce as principal celebrant assisted by parish priest Fr. John Leonard. The hymn singing was beautiful and all the children had been well prepared by their teachers in St. Paul’s school.The fact that the sun was shining and the absence of rain made it all the more enjoyable for the First Communicants and all those in attendance. The church was packed almost to over-flowing and that was manifested with the number of cars parked in the school-yard and in the surrounding drives of the Dooradoyle estate. The parents present complied with the wishes of the clergy and the school and the taking of photographs was suspended until all the children had received the Eucharist.

ADAPT HOUSE: Adapt house located at Rosbrien that provides refuge for women and children who may be subjected to violence in the home is holding its annual collection outside all churches at Mass times in the county on Saturday and Sunday, June 8 and 9. There are constant demands for its services all year round and all finance collected is to be used to maintain the modest comfort and support to those women and children that are obliged to seek refuge there irrespective of length of time.

It is seeking volunteers for the collection and it states that “for as little as E250 collected on the day will provide all the children in the refuge with activities for two weeks or it will be able to visit and offer assistance to a woman in any part of the county. If you can spare just one hour of your time Adapt house would be most grateful.

BEWARE: There were several burglaries reported to the Garda Síochána over the bank holiday weekend resulting in property stolen in Gouldavoher estate, Redwood Drive and elsewhere in the nearby districts. What is noticeable about these thefts is that they happend during daylight hours and the properties were not secure and locked and access was facilitated easily It verifies the fact that thieves are always seeking the opportunity to steal and notwithstanding the constant warnings by the Gardaí to ensure that houses and other premises are made secure at all times and not just at night time only. If your neighbourhood is a ‘neighbourhood watch’ area it is vital that all residents be engaged in this because it does not mean that it is the job of the Gardaí. If you become aware of any person or strange vehicle in your housing area watching and acting suspiciously it would be in your own interest to call the Gardaí at Roxboro Garda station.

AFRICA WEEK: The majority of people are now aware of the fact that we live in a multi-cultural society here with different nationalities and cultures existing side by side. The number of foreign languages to be heard on the streets each day now is no longer surprising. However, the actions of some of these ‘new people’ can be surprising and perhaps annoying but this must not be seen as anything other than not knowing what the norms are of the society that they now reside in. This will be a learning process that can only be acquired over time. There are a large number of African people who have now made their homes in our country and their children go to the local schools. They plan to continue to reside in our country and they are happy to do so. On this coming Saturday May 25 they will have their own ‘gathering’ in the grounds of City hall as they have been doing for the past five years. It is open to the public to visit and hear their music, smell the cooking of some of their food-stuffs, see some of their crafts and generally move about and integrate with them on the day. It is planned to have four fun filled days of colourful events of sights and sounds highlighting various aspects of the African communities

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 welcome.

TROCAIRE BOXES: This Sunday, May 26 is the final day for to hand in your Trócaire box or envelope for it to be returned to that NGO body. If perchance you have forgotten to return it so far it would be alright to ring Fr. Eugene Boyce at 304508 and inform him of the fact and tell him that you will return it immediately.

EXPOSITION: There will be exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in the Blessed Sacrament chapel attached to St. Paul’s church after the 10.0am Mass on Wednesday and it will continue until 10.0pm. Every Wednesday there is exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and all worshippers are welcome.

ONCE AGAIN: Wednesday, March 27 was the first occasion in which the Mungret /St.Paul’s Credit Union in conjunction with the Citizens Information Board provided a service for its members in the credit union office on the St. Nessan’s road (adjacent to O’Malley’s Pharmacy ). This drop-in service will be available on the last Wednesday from of each month to provide information, advice and advocacy on a broad range of public and social services and issues. This information and advice will be available on a free, confidential and impartial basis to all members.

This service will be provided from 10.30am until 12.30pm and it will take place in a private room and operate on a drop-in basis with no appointment necessary. Having this service on your doorstep is a real benefit for members and it is just one of the many other community efforts that the Mungret./St. Paul’s Credit Union encourages its members to avail of this free community service. The service will be available to all Mungret/St. Paul’s Credit Union members on Wednesday May.

GRAVE MATTER: Both Limerick City and County Councils are compiling a record of all families with loved ones interred in Moiunt St. Laurance graveyard and also the extension graveyard St. Oliver. They are hoping to hear from people about their families and to record their experiences and any other related anecdotes that would be of interest about family and relatives interred in graves. If you can provide photographs and any other paraphernalia associated with your family’s grave they would be interested also. All your memories, photographs and stories are to be compiled in a social history of the cemetery and of changing funeral practices

All information should be forwarded to either Matthew or Marie at 061/407186 or contact either one for further details.

SEE YOUR WAY: If you have spectacles (glasses) that you no longer use or that have been replaced by new glasses the International Lions club is collecting them for recycling to a developing country. It is its intention to pass them on to developing countries for use where they will be of benefit. If you wish to dispose of your old spectacles there is a box in the porch-way of the Dooradoyle library where they are collected. Your voluntary gesture of disposed spectacles will be beneficial and very welcome.

FLEADH CHEOIL: Work is in progress for what is hoped will be an enjoyable experience for all on the June bank holiday weekend in Mary Immaculate College. There will be a gala concert as part of the fleadh festival in the Lime Tree theatre in the college on May 26. The fleadh cheoil Luimneach 2013 will take place on the June Bank holiday weekend

STORYTIME: There is a weekly storytime in the Dooradoyle library. It is for parent and child and it commences at 11.0 am until 11.40am. It is not suitable for children in crèche or for children’s groups. It is presented by Rose and because places are limited it is important to book your place. This may be done by informing staff at the desk or by ringing the library at 061/496860.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS: The Limerick branch of the multiple sclerosis society is organizing a walk of the Galtee mountain on the June bank holiday weekend. The walk is to take place on June 1. There are 200 members in the Limerick branch of the society and it is hoped that there will be big support for this walk. Sponsorship cards are available at Tara house on the St. Nessan’s road and all the monies collected will be used to support the Limerick branch. A number of hurling and rugby sports personalities will be participating in what is planned to be a leisurely walk suitable for all ages. It will commence at 11.0am on the Mitchelstown side and it will be signposted. It is hoped that it will receive big support

THUMP: A new boxing for fitness club has commenced in the Mungret/St. Paul’s GAA club-house. It takes place each Wednesday at 7.0pm. For more information contact John at 087/9115411

MUNGRET/ST. PAUL’S GAA: Coaching Diary: Well done to the coaching and games committee of the club, who last Thursday launched a very comprehensive coaching diary for the club. This is a terrific innovation and will greatly facilitate the efforts of coaches as they seek to develop and improve our players and teams. As they say, “if you’re not assessing, you’re guessing,” and this diary will allow us to catalog our efforts throughout the year. Many thanks also to former Tipperary manager Liam Sheedy for coming along to the launch event and speaking on the night and taking several questions. Liam is pictured below with members of the Mungret Coaching and Games Committee.

Meet your Heroes: On Friday night while a lot was going on in the club with Blitzs, Féile final, training and other matches, the GAA hosted a night to meet your GAA heros in UL. The rain stayed off for a while and young and old got to meet the Limerick Footballers, Hurlers, Ladies footballer, winning Camogie team and Handball players. Everybody got to chat with their favourite player and get photographs, autographs and even take shots on some players in goals. There was even face painting and a free raffle for signed jerseys and football. In the photograph is the Dwane brothers taking time out while everything was running in the background. Well done to the GAA who organised this county wide event.

Pieta House Darkness to Light: Thank you to all who attended the amazing event that is Darkness to Light. It was great to see such a range of ages from small babies to retired people. It is thought around 5000 people were in attendance which well surpasses last years 2500. The backdrop of Thomand Rugby Ground was surreal. It was great to see so many Mungret/ St Pauls players, parents and committee members.

Feile Table quiz: Thanks to all who supported our table quiz on Sunday 12 May in aid of the Feile tournament. Winners of the table quiz Matt Fennell, Rachel Fennell, Mike Fintan and Michael Fintan also known as the Homeless Feile Champions.

Camogie: The u12 camogie girls had their second blitz which was hosted by Treaty Gaels on Saturday morning..The weather was against us but we had a great turn-out of 19 girls..There were three games, played against Tournafulla,Crecora and Treaty Gaels.The girls again showed fantastic skills and were victorious in all games..The last blitz takes place next Saturday and then we move to our Thursday games..

On Sunday Morning we hosted our u12 Development squad with 5 visiting clubs..We had 29 out of 30 girls each having 5 girls..An hour was spent on skill work and we finished off with a match..On behalf of the u12 coaches I would like to sincerely thank, Kevin of Hagan,Dermot Flahive,Fintan Hynes and Liam O’ Gorman on an early Sunday morning raise in the lashing rain to come down and do all the skill work with the girls...Much appreciated Lads ye did great work with them..

Mungret Community Council: Thanks to all who assisted in the Mungret Community Council clean up from Quinn’s cross to the soccer club that took place last Saturday. Note also that the Mungret community family BBQ takes place on June 21st at the West Ward Ho at 6pm, every one welcome. Tickets will be on sale shortly. More information to come.

Under 11 Hurling and Football: Our under 11 panel have put down a truly hectic week. Most of our players, normally used to pulling on the same jersey, found themselves in opposition to each other as St Pauls took on St Nessans in the last round of the under 11 city schools competition. These young lads served up a match that would have been categorised as good value if Cumann Na mBunscoil had elected to charge €20 a head to watch it. The teams tore into each other from the outset, with Conor O’Malley, Liam Lynch, Eamon Flahive and Dermot Moloney on the St Pauls side repulsing everything thrown at them from Cathal Joy, Brian O’Meara, Dylan Scanlan and Conor O’Halloran from the St Nessans side. St Pauls did have the better of the earlier exchanges, but St Nessans came back strongly to lead 0-3 to 0-1 at half time, They continued to dominate in the second half but Colin Rochford and Josh Mulheare gave nothing away easily in the full back line, and with Harry Page having the game of his life in goals for St Pauls, St Nessans held a slender 0-4 to 0-2 lead entering the final stages. However, the relentless pressure finally told, and Daragh O’Hagan finally breached the St Pauls defence to bury a ground shot to the net. However St Pauls were not finished yet, and a cracking Liam Lynch goal ensured that no-one left the ground early, including several people who were making the most of their flexi-time arrangements with their employers. St Pauls piled on the pressure, and another Liam Lynch shot flashed across the goal a hair’s breath beyond the inrushing David Hasset, who barely failed to turn the ball in past Conor Murtagh. A superb end-line clearance from St Nessan’s defender Alva larkin sealed St Paul’s fate, and the final whictle found St Nessans noisily celebrating a terrific 1-4 to 1-2 win. They were the better balanced team and deserved their win, and special mention also to Jake Presndergast, who recovered from a nasty injury to play a key part in the match,

The St Paul’s contingent wasted no time in putting the disappointment behind them when they donned the red of Mungret once more later that evening to represent Regional in the first game of the 2013 under 10.5 community games competition against Monaleen. An exciting first half saw us lead 1-4 to 0-3 at the break. We had the wind at our backs in the second half, and after a nervy start we pulled away to win well. They followed up with another win four days later when proving too strong for the visitors from Askeaton. Team v Askeaton: Harry Page, Mark Moroney, Colin Rochford, David Hassett, Ciaran Kenny, Liam Lynch, Cillian O’Gorman, Conor O’Malley, Conor Galvin, Cathal Joy, Daragh Bridgeman, Conor O’Halloran, Keith McKeogh, Brian O’Meara, Fionn Dwyer, Conor White.

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