COMMUNITY EDUCATION: GALVONE N.S.: WIN RUGBY TICKETS: Galvone NS are holding a draw on Tuesday, March 19 at 12:30pm to win two tickets to the Heineken Cup Quarter Final in which Munster play Harlequins on Sunday, April 7.The prize includes tickets to the game, flights with the team, 4 star accommodation, match transfers, airport transfers and taxes. Tickets cost €5 and can be purchased in Galvone NS, Fennessys of William Street, The Spotted Dog, Patsy Nicholas Bar, WJ Souths, The Claughaun Bar, Limerick Sports Store, Morrison’s Bar, Flannery’s Bar of Upper Denmark Street and at various other locations. To be included in the draw you can call Galvone NS 061-311286 or Bernice O’ Connell 0857895556.
CLOTHING BANK: A Clothing Bank is now available in Galvone NS school car park to help with fundraising for the school. It is suitable for used/ unwanted clothes, shoes, belts and bags. It will be available to the community during school hours.
ENROLMENTS: Galvone NS are currently enrolling for Early Start and Junior Infants for September 2013. Please contact Ann 061-311286 for more information.
COURSES: Places are available for new Computer FETAC, Level 3 course which will be starting very soon on Thursday mornings from 11:30-1:30pm. Please contact Bernice O’ Connell 0857895556 for more information.
Knitting and Sewing is still running on a Thursday morning from 10-12am.
QUEEN OF PEACE N.S.: Classes on offer are:
Men’s Group – Cookery with Andy Williams, Women’s Group – Drama with Tracy Aspel,
Importance of being me, Creative Writing with Sheila Quealey - Friday 10-12noon,
Computers FETAC Level 3 will be begin shortly on Thursdays 11.30-1.30pm,
Knitting and Sewing -Thursdays 10 -12noon.
A number of Literacy Programmes are also on offer there;
ITABE, Travellers Group – Toppins Field, Literacy and I.T. twice weekly -Monday & Thursday, Digital Skills – some places available and you must be able to use email.
Further information from Kate Russell HSCL on 0858100955
ST. SAVIOURS: The following classes are run in C.I.E. Club, Carey’s Road: Conversational Irish with Pól O Flathartha-Wednesday 6.30-8pm,
Art- Thursday 10.30-12noon, Yoga- Monday 11.30-1pm. Drama – Tuesday 10-12noon.
ENROLMENTS:Our Lady Queen of Peace Primary School, Janesboro, are now accepting enrolments for the 2013/2014 school year. The following are available:
Our Lady Queen of Peace Pre- School: hildren between 2years and 6 months and 3years and 6 months are eligible.
Early Start classes: Children must be between 3years and 2 months and 4years and 6 months to enroll in this free class.
Junior Infants: Children must be over 4years of age on September 1 to enroll in junior infants.
Please ring 061311285 or call to the school office at any time for enrolment forms and further information.
OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE CHOIR: On Saturday March 2, Our Lady Queen of Peace Church Choir under their organist and director Dr Susan Frawley took part and won the Church Choir Competition during the Limerick Church Choral Festival 2013. They sang two pieces, ‘ Softly and Tenderly’ by Will Thompson and ‘Cantate Domino’ by Hans Leo Hassler. The competition was held in the most beautiful and sacred surroundings of the Augustinian Church. It was a great achievement for the choir having previously won the Best Limerick Choir in 2011. The choir received a beautiful cup and a prize of €300 which was kindly sponsored by RTE Lyric FM. This event is a wonderful event in our city with choirs coming from all over the country. On Sunday morning, the choir sang again their two winning pieces and received big congratulations from Fr Pat O Sullivan and fellow parishioners.
CHIROPODY: I have been asked many times about the availability of chiropody in our community.
I have made enquiries and sourced Bridget O Callaghan who will provide the service in her rooms in Cecil Street to older people with a medical card for €10. People need to register first with Carebright (formally known as RCCN) at 061-383644
TIDY TOWNS: As Spring has now arrived the Tidy Towns/Going for Gold committee will soon be knocking on your doors looking for commitment from residents to help out for the coming months with planting and maintaining the area. They are a small crew as people are probably aware and will be unable to cater for all areas. They need residents to roll up their sleeves and muck in as it is their community too. There are continuously looking for new members so if interested phone 0894667651. They meet the first Tuesday of every month in the Spotted Dog pub at 5pm. You can also Facebook them at Janesboro Tidy Towns. There you will find lots of pictures of them in action.
CARE & REPAIR: A team of volunteers who do home repair jobs free of charge for older people and people with disabilities in Queen of Peace are to extend their services. John Keane said they will be expanding to cover Southill/ Carew/ Kincora areas.
If you’d like support from Care & Repair or to volunteer contact John at St Munchins’ Family Resource Centre on 0876731314 or e mail email@example.com
APOSTOLATE FOR PERPETUAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: To celebrate the Year of Faith there will be the annual pilgrimage to Knock on Saturday April 20. All are invited to come and pray at one of the world’s greatest Eucharistic Shrines. The holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be celebrated by The Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Charles Brown.
PILGRIMAGE TO FATIMA: Marian Pilgrimages are organising a trip to Fatima from April 2-7, 2013. 5 nights ex Dublin at the Santo Amaro Hotel, full board, coach transfers and a local guide is included in the price of €625. Contact Father Pat O Sullivan in the sacristy on 061467676 or on 0872376032 or Paul Fitzhenry on 0857688696.
LOURDES 2013: Autumn Pilgrimage to Lourdes is from September 17-22, 2013. €715 per person sharing in the Hotel Paradis. The Spiritual Director is Father John McCarthy. A Savings Club is open each Saturday 10.30am-12.30pm in the Function Room in the Spotted Dog. For enquiries contact Laura Moore on 061-312418, Angela O Flynn on 086-8946733, or Sheila McCarthy, Dromcollogher.
LEGION OF MARY: The Legion of Mary, Rosa Mystica Presidium has been active in the parish for 58 years. 6 members visit the housebound, those in nursing homes and St Camillus Hospital. They could do with some more members and volunteers. Call to the Resource Centre any Tuesday night between 7-8pm.
TOASTMASTERS: Limerick Toastmasters will meet on Monday March 11 at 7.45pm in the Savoy Hotel, Henry Street.
Thomond Toastmasters made Mayor of Limerick Gerry Mc Loughlin an honorary member at a cheese and wine reception on their open night and he delivered an awe inspiring speech. They next meet on Thursday March 14 at 7.45pm in the Castletroy Park Hotel. All welcome to practice their Communication and Leadership skills in a positive friendly environment.
LIMERICK GEORGIAN SOCIETY: The Limerick Chapter of the Irish Georgian Society are delighted to announce that the March lecture will be given by Dr. Hugh Maguire, director of the The Hunt Museum on the topic of “ The Hunt Museum- Looking to the future”. The lecture will take place at No 1 Pery Square at 8pm.
The final lecture in the spring series will be given by Alicia St Leger on “The Hugenots” - this will take place on Tuesday April 9 at 8pm in the same venue .
GENEALOGY DAY: Celebrate Christchurch’s 200th anniversary at a free event on Saturday, March 16 from 10-4pm. At its premises on 51a, O Connell Street, you can view records and learn about your family.
CALLING ALL CLARES: My namesake readers may be interested in the following: As part of ‘The Gathering 2013’ all people with the name Clare/Clair/Claire as a first or last name are invited to County Clare for a ‘Weekend of Welcomes’. It happens from June 21-23 and the hope is to break the World Record for people called ‘Clare’ gathered in County Clare. If you’d like to register or for further information contact Sharon or Dolores 0656866800, e mail firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.volunteerclare.ie or on Facebook- welcomingclairetoclare.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: Limerick Community Arts Group invite you to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8 in the Daghda Space, St. John’s Square from 10-1pm. There will be a Community Choir, dancing, refreshments and a showcase of Women’s Groups in Limerick.
THE WITNESS: Limerick Diocese presents ‘The Witness’, a musical by Carol and Jimmy Owens, to celebrate Easter. It will be in the Lime Tree Theatre, Mary Immaculate Training College on Friday and Saturday, March 8 -9 @ 8pm. Tickets from 061774774 or www.limetreetheatre.ie