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.
SUPPORT APPEAL: The Irish County Women’s Association ( Bantracht ns Tuaithe) is requesting support for Adapt House at Rosbrien. It is calling for toiletries and towels that may have been given as gifts at Christmas time that may be surplus to requirements to be donated and dropped in to Adapt House at Rosbrien where they will be greatly appreciated. Adapt House is a place of refuge for women and children that have been obliged to leave the family home because of violence. .
SEE YOUR WAY: If you have spectacles (glasses) that you no longer use or that have been replaced by new glasses the International Lions club is collecting them for recycling to a developing country.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.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: The First Holy Communion ceremony will take place in St. Paul’s church on Saturday, May 18 at 11.0am. Unlike previous years there is to be just one ceremony on the day and this has been agreed by St. Paul’s school and the ‘Do This in Memory’ committee.
The First Penance ceremony will take place in St. Paul’s church on March 12 at 11.30am and .this Sunday, January 27 there will be a ‘Do This in Memory’ special Mass for the children that are being prepared for First Holy Communion
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 to be exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and all worshippers are welcome.
CHRISTIAN SPIRITUALITY: There are a series of talks on in Mary Immaculate College each Tuesday evening at 5.0pm as it is the Year of Faith and the theme is Christian Spirituality. The next of these talks will be on Tuesday, March commencing at 5.0pm. The talk will be delivered by Fr. Michael Wall who is a lecturer in the college. The theme of his talk wil be ‘Faith and its expression in images.’ .
UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK: The next talk presented by the Arts Department in the Exploratory Lectures series of talks organized and funded by the Limerick County Council will be on Tuesday, March 12 commencing at 8.0 pm. The lecture is ‘University of Limerick: a Technological University on the Banks of the Shannon’. It will be presented by Judith Hill who is an architect, historic building consultant, architectural historian and writer whose books include Lady Gregory; An Irish Life, In Search of Islands: A Life of Conor O’Brien: Irish Public Sculpture: and also An Introduction to the Architectural Heritage of County Limerick. She is best known in this region for her book The Building of Limerick.
NO GO: Some years ago there was a popular programme on television called ‘ Believe it or Believe it Not, Ripley’ and it described situations and circumstances that were sometimes intriguing, mysterious and even foolish. This correspondent believes such a circumstance may have arisen in this district. There has been a call for a pedestrian crossing to be installed near Quin’s cross roundabout so that children can cross safely on their way to St. Nessan’s National School. However, finance has been refused for this because ‘ there have not been enough or sufficient serious accidents at the location to warrant such a facility’.
While it is understandable that finances are very tight and all monies must be wisely and prudently utilized surely if the purpose is to make matters safer for pedestrians, especially children going to school, it will be money well spent.
Ponder the alternative such as someone seriously injured and in hospital for a long period or even worse damaged for life the cost could be much greater perhaps.
LONG DELAYS: The unfortunate accident on the Dooradoyle road on the evening of last Wednesday week caused long lines of traffic both entering the St. Nessan’s road from the city and coming and going in the area. One ambulance driver with siren blaring was hard put to proceed on his journey. The frequent change in the traffic signals at the Ballykeefe estate exit only exacerbated the flow and delay of traffic. Many drivers coming from work in the city must have been frustrated and very late arriving home.
OVER TO YOU: Friday, the Mungret/St. Paul’s credit union is making available as a service to its members its office on the St. Nessan’s road, next to O’Malley’s pharmacy where the Dorothy Tynan & Co. firm of solicitors will be on hand to advise members who call with a free consultancy on the process and proceedings in making a ‘Will and Estate Planning This is being done free and without obligation. Admittedly, it is not something that people think about but a recent survey revealed that two thirds of Irish people have not undertaken this task but it is their intention to do so but for many reasons they never come round t o making one until sometimes it is too late. The company representatives will be on hand to provide information to members free and without obligation and it is open to all members.
.. MPCC Credit Union is a firm believer in looking after the interests of its members by providing them with the best information needed to assist them in planning and managing their financial affairs. This information day is another real benefit of being a member of the Credit Union and will provide members with the opportunity to get free, practical and impartial advice on making a will and hopefully encourage members to get a will made or make changes to an existing will and in turn ease financial and practical issues for family members after they have gone. This consultation is a completely free service and members are under no obligation to make a will.
PARISH DAY: Last Saturday morning the school yard and Springfield drive in Dooradoyle estate were full with cars early in the morning. It was Confirmation day and circa seventy of the pupils of St. Paul’s National school were confirmed. The day was fine but very cold but this did not prevent the young boys and girls coming out in style to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. It was also a big day for the three teachers namely Pat Kennedy, Tómas O Brien and Aisling Geary of the school that prepared them. Eileen Fitzgerald also a member of the school staff trained and conducted the choir. . After the ceremony the newly confirmed and with respective parents, and extended families retired to the St. Paul’ s school hall to relax with some welcome refreshments.
EASTER BALL: THE Limerick Macra na Feirme Easter ball will be held in the Castletroy Park hotel on Sunday, March 31 commencing at 7.0pm. There will be a champagne reception followed with a four-course meal. Tickets for the function are E35 If you are interested contact Yvonne Daly on 087/6841816.
TREE WEEK: This was National Tree week ( March 3-9) and the Limerick County Council invited Community Groups, Housing Committees and members of the public etc. to avail of its distribution of tree saplings (Beech, Birch, Rowan, Oak and Alder) at Mungret Recycling centre on Wednesday March 6 and Saturday, March 8.
TRÓCAIRE: It is customary during the Lenten period that a special effort to support Trócaire is made. It is a form of positive and worthwhile mortification to gather finance for the people of what is regarded as poorer countries. Trócaire is a non-government organization that has done great work among communities that have experienced great natural disasters and naturel catastrophes. Hopefully you have already taken home a Trócaire box or envelope to gather your money and to submit it at the finish of the Lenten period.
MUNGRET/ST.PAUL’S GAA: Easter Camp: This camp last year was very successful and this year the camp will take place on Tuesday April 2 to Thursday April4. From 10am to 2pm, for ages 5yr to 12yr. Entryy forms can be got in the Club shop open Saturday morning 11.30 am to 12.30 pm or as a download on the website www.mungretstpauls.com. A fantastic time is expected by all. The subscription for the camp is €30.
St. Patrick’s Day: The club are again invited to take part in the St. Patricks day Parade. We encourage club members of any age and every age to walk with us through Limerick from our usual start point at Sarsfield Barracks. in what has now become an annual event, The club house will be open to everyone after the parade for food and drink, the children can run and play while the parents watch the all-Ireland club final in the bar. We would like this year for children (primary school age) to dress up for the festivities, and we will offer a prize for the best costume.
Greyhound race: Greyhound race Noreen and JP McManus generously sponsored a greyhound puppy stakes competition in memory of Noreen’s parents Con and Annie Kirby. Each Limerick club was drawn with a greyhound that was running on Friday and Saturday night. The first 3 dogs went through with the fastest 6 losers also getting through to the next round. Our dog Burgess Buggy was in the 11th race on Saturday night and was unfortunate to not get through. The best of luck to the remaining contestants and many thanks to JP and Noreen McManus for their generous sponsorship Committees
Committees: You may be aware that the club’s activities are organised by a number of different committees, such as the facilities committee, games and coaching committee, PR committee finance committee,10K run and, social committees, etc. We are always on the lookout for volunteers to help in the running of these committees, and anyone who is interested in contributing in any way is asked to contact Kevin O’Hagan for more information. Your assistance will be very welcome.
TEMPORARY CLOSURE: `There is to be a temporary closure of N69 Dock road from 10.00am March11 to 3.00pm Friday, March (24hour closure). The roads to be closed N69 Dock road West roundabout and junction with L1438 Moore’s lane. The usual alternative routes will be sign-posted for all travellers.
LOCAL HISTORY: As stipulated in last weeks notes any person with an interest in local history, culture and heritage is invited to contact Mr. Tony Storan at Lissanalta house at 061/496529 or Lissanalta house at 061/496540.