NON- POLITICAL: Since the inception of the St. Paul’s notes in the Limerick Leader many years ago this scribe has carefully and fastidiously avoided at all times political favouritism for fear it would unfavourably discriminate against any local councillor. However, if a local councillor of his or her own volition does correspond it would be arrogance and worse still ignorance not to express gratitude for the information contained in the correspondence especially if it pertains to this district and the residents therein. Although the councillor will not be named in these notes suffice it to say thank you and “you will know the councillor by his deeds.”
There are several developments taking place at present as outlined below, all of which will benefit the residents in this district and all the other districts at this side of the city cum county. Some will be completed in the next number of weeks and others will take more time but all of them show that the councillors representing the constituents of the greater area are diligently doing what is expected of them and this may be contrary to what might be otherwise thought. Therefore, if only by way of gratitude to the one who communicated with me and to all those representing the wider area in the extended city this scribe advocates to all constituents to remember these councillors when the local elections take place next year.
“ Mungret village renewal scheme update. ESB delaying project by 2 weeks approx, paving & kerbing progressing. Lighting & planting to begin next week. Project is on budget. Estimated completion date is middle/end November
Mungret NS pedestrian crossing. Civil works to begin and be completed during October midterm break. Lighting connections will be completed a few weeks after.
Limk CoCo still negotiating on purchase of up to 40 acres at Mungret College for use for schools and park. No white smoke yet
Engineers report recommends keeping right of way at Bellevue Court, Fr Russell road, open.
Cllrs request engineer to examine right of way at Foxfield / The Forts, Dooradoyle
No update in taking Kilteragh in charge / playground at Crescent Shopping Centre. Lcc blaming crescent and vice versa.
LCC to apply for funding for traffic assessment at Raheen church, St Nessans Road, Dooradoyle road.
New entrance / exit proposed for St. Pauls NS at Fr Russell Road roundabout. Funding from department of education. LCC to facilitate project
No update on Ard Aulinn taking in charge. Nobody from planning present at the meeting”
STARCAMP: Starcamp are operating a children’s Hallowe’en Camp in the Crescent College Comprehensive from October 29 to November 1 from 9.0am to 2l.30pm daily with a finale show on the Friday for parents to come and see for themselves. The camp is a fun-filled way for boys and girls aged 4-12 years to spend their school holidays. Singing, acting and dancing in non-competitive self-esteem building environment. To book your child’s place visit www.starcamp.ie or call on (021/4377900.
VOLUNTEERS: This year’s Volunteer Fair will take place at City Hall this week-end on Saturday, October 12. The theme of the event is ‘Believe in Limerick’. It is hoped that all Voluntary Groups will have a stand there but places are limited to fifty stands. It is organised by the Limerick Volunteer Centre to encourage people of all ages to volunteer their talents and time into taking part in activities in their local communities. The event commences at 1.0 pm and whether it is a youth club, a sports club, a dance group or a church group all are expected to participate in the Fair which is to have a carnival flavour with emphasis on entertainment and diversity in the voluntary opportunities in the Cultural Life of Limerick. It is expected that this will include shows and concerts.
VOLUNTEERS TAUGHT: Six volunteers have had the opportunity over the past few months to learn about history and heritage and simultaneously learn a new skill. The skill is a long forgotten and almost lost skill that will be utilised in the restoration of local landmarks for generations to come. Limerick County Council together with West Limerick Resources have combined to train volunteers in lime mortar construction. The volunteers will learn how to make the lime mortar, how to apply it and how long it will last.The course took place in September but it is hoped that there will be other coursed in due time. It is hoped that the volunteers will put their new skill to good use in restoring old monuments and other reminders of our heritage many of which are deterioratin and in the need of maintainance..
NEW READERS: New readers are being sought for the Masses celebrated in St. Paul’s church on Saturday evening at 6.0pm and on Sunday at 10.0am and at 12.15pm. If you can assist please submit your name in the sacristy or give it to Fr. John Leonard, PP 061/302729 or Fr. Eugene Boyce, 061304508 or Ms Anne Gabbett at 061/228017. Readers usually read the first reading, the responsorial psalm, the second reading and the gospel acclaimation. The reader does this for a month at a time and he or she usually makes a commitment to undertake this task for the year.
AUTUMN DUES: The envelopes for the collection of the autumn dues for the support of the local clergy have been distributed throughout the parish and it is hoped that they will be returned soon.
ST. PAUL’S 2014: Parents who wish to enrol pupils in Junior Infants for September 2014 should fill in an application form and submit it with relevant documents to Marion in the office. The closing date for receipt of completed applications is October23, 2013. While priority is given to brothers and sisters already in St. Paul’s school parents must apply otherwise your child will not be considered for a place. Parents who have already submitted a completed application form please check with Marion that it is on file and all relevant details correct.
OCTOBER BREAK: St. Paul’s school will close on October 28 for a break and it will re-open again on November 4 at 9.0
FORE WARNED: As we are all aware everything has a time or a season and it manifests itself during that time. The month of October introduces the Hallowe’en period when the children and the youngsters become all concerned and excited about ‘trick or treat’. It was always a time when the young children called to the houses in their nearby area seeking a trick or treat for Hallowe’en. During the past number of years the not so young ‘children’ were more inclined to trick rather than treat and pelt eggs or flour at houses. There also is the practice of setting off fire crackers or bangers near adults that would be unaware of what would be happening and giving a real fright to the victim.
MIND YOUR ANIMALS: Despite the fact that fire-works and ‘bangers’ are illegal to have there will be some that will acquire them and use them. They cause terror in animals especially with dogs that have been known to flee their places of residence. Therefore, as the time of Hallowe’en approaches take care of your dog or whatever pet you may have.
YOUTH CHOIR: The Arts Section of the Limerick County Council has had an advertisement in all the local papers last weekend calling on all young people to attend for auditions for the formation of a Limerick County Youth Choir. Auditions will be held towards the end of the month of September and the start of the month of October. Young people between the age of 17 years to 26 years who are interested in singing in a choir that will perform to the highest standard both at home and abroad are asked to ring the Arts Office at Limerick County hall on the Dooradoyle road or Limerick City hall and arrange a time for audition.Ability to read music is not compulsory but it would be beneficial.Limerick County Hall 407 7383. Limerick City Hall 415266
YOUNG AT HEART: Each Tuesday from 10.30am until 12.0 noon at the Mungret/St. Paul’s GAA club-house you are invited to come along for a cup of tea, a chat and a few games of bingo. It is primarily for senior parishoners. A small donation is required but it is not compulsory for you are most welcome. Tell your friends about this and perhaps it can become a weekly event
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: There was a meeting in St. Paul’s church recently of persons interested in arranging a date for the resumption of the Eucharistic Adoration every Wednesday in the Sacred Heart chapel attached to the church. It was agreed that the Eucharistic adoration would commence on last Wednesday and the adoration will continue each Wednesday now hereafter. After the 10.00am Mass in St. Paul’s the adoration will continue all day until 10.00pm at night. There will be at least one person present with the Blessed Sacrament throughout the whole day into the night. You are very welcome to call in and spend some time in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.
RESUMED: The hourly adoration in the University Hospital chapel is to resume this week and it will be held each night of the week from 8.0-9,0pm. This will be in progress each Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights and it is open to the public to come and worship
BAPTISMS: The Sacrament of Baptism is performed as required each Saturday evening and again on Sundays after the 12.15pm Mass. There is a request form available for Baptism that must be completed and handed into the Sacristy of St. Paul’s church or to Fr. John Leonard, P.P. or to Fr. Eugene Boyce at least two weeks before the Baptism ceremony takes place.
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 are welcome.
LIMERICK CHARISMATICS: The Limerick Diocesan Charismatic Services Committee invites you to ‘Come and See’. The theme is ‘Let All God’s Glory Shine Through’. The main speaker is Fr. Jim McManus, C.Ss.R. Clapham, London. The venue is the Crescent College Comprehensive, Dooradoyle road commencing this weekend on Friday, October11 at 8.00pm. It will continue on all day Saturday, October 12 and again on October 13. There will be an evening of Healing Prayer on Saturday, October 12 at 7.30pm. All are welcome.
LADIES WEEKEND: What has been termed as the Limerick Ladies Weekend is to commence on Friday, October 11 and will continue until October 13. During this weekend the Limerick ladies mini-marathon that has been such a success over the past number of years will take place on Saturday, October 12 at the University of Limerick campus commencing at 3.0pm.
There are many charitable organizations that are seeking sponsors one of whom is the Spina Bifida organization and if you would wish to support it please ring 439990/1 for a sponsorship card and t-shirt. Your support will be very gratefully received.
BRIDGE CONGRESS: The forty-ninth Limerick Bridge Congress will be held in the Limerick Radisson hotel, Ennis road this week-end from Friday, October 11 until Sunday, October 13. There will be competitions for all grades of players from novice to master players and there will be open pairs held each day and evening also. The Limerick Bridge Congress Committee invites all Bridge players to its 49th Bridge Congress.
MENTAL HEALTH WEEK: The stigma associated with mental health has been there in society for a long time; too long and there is no doubt but that it exacerbated the condition of the sufferer because of it. However, there is now a more enlightened attitude to this condition and there have been great strides in medication and knowledge by the medical profession over the past number of years. It is now being treated as another illness and every effort is being made to eliminate the stigma that ignorance maintains
Mental Health week is from October 7 to October 12 this week and there was a full programme of events to highlight the fact. On this Saturday, October12. There will be a childrens’ Art morning and play therapy in the Crescent Library, Dooradoyle from 11.30am to 1.30pm. It will be facilitated by Cathy Donoghue and Imelda Heffernan.
OSTEOFIT: Osteofit classes have resumed in the Mungret/St. Paul’s GAA clubhouse since Monday, September 2 at 12.00. These classes are for adults and the aim is to make participants more active by exercise that strengthens density of bones, improve posture and balance. Persons who are interested can get more information on www.osteofit.ie and the first introductory class is free. Thereafter it costs €8 per class and there is no obligation on anyone to attend except as they please. It is a good social outlet as well for flexibility and relaxation.
SEE YOUR WAY: f 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.