Mar 9

Kay Flanagan

Reporter:

Kay Flanagan

OUR LADY OF LOURDES SCHOOL: The older boys and girls of Our Lady of Lourdes School enjoyed a trip out of school this week when they went to a special city soccer blitz at the Sean Choill. The boys’ team, led by Jaden Collins, was up against some very strong opponents, and were narrowly beaten by St. Mary’s. On the other hand, our girls’ team went on to win their sections outright. Well done, girls! Everyone enjoyed their day out of school, and every game was played with great sportsmanship and fairness.

OUR LADY OF LOURDES SCHOOL: The older boys and girls of Our Lady of Lourdes School enjoyed a trip out of school this week when they went to a special city soccer blitz at the Sean Choill. The boys’ team, led by Jaden Collins, was up against some very strong opponents, and were narrowly beaten by St. Mary’s. On the other hand, our girls’ team went on to win their sections outright. Well done, girls! Everyone enjoyed their day out of school, and every game was played with great sportsmanship and fairness.

Limerick Fairtrade fortnight was launched by Mayor Gerry McLaughlin in the Irish Aid Office on Henry Street. Our Lady of Lourdes School enjoys a status as a Fairtrade School, by which we mean that we actively support and promote the use of products which give their producers a fair price for their goods. We learn about where our fruit, chocolate, tea and coffee come from and we always enter the competitions that Sr. Delia and the Limerick Fairtrade Committee organise. This year, we had a number of finalists in the art competition, who went to the launch to hear the results and to receive medals for their entries. Ameen Popoola, Tara Daly, Emmanuel Alfred, Sean Obi, Henry and Fumi Ezomo were brought by their parents to the event. Indeed, the Ezomo’s little sister, Faith, came along to support her brother and sister. We were very lucky this week – Ms. Fitzgerald won the hamper of Fairtrade goodies that was raffled at the end of the event. Thanks to the Mary Immaculate College One World Society who sponsored the hamper.

‘Dads and Lads’ is starting up again this week, with a group of Dads working with their sons on a project. We are delighted that local man, Brian Mitchell is going to lead the group this year. Not only are we proud to say that Brian is a past pupil of Our Lady of Lourdes, but he is also the son of our very loyal caretaker, Johnny Mitchell. Johnny has been working in the school, and while he is of a quiet and unassuming nature, we cannot overstate his contribution to our school. He is always gentle, respectful and kind to the children and is a true school and community leader. He is the driving force behind our efforts for keeping the school environment neat, tidy and the beautiful space that it is. Indeed, we would not have attained two Green Flags without Johnny’s work.

THE WEST END GIRLS ROOM: The West End Youth Centre will this week host the local model Madeline Mulqueen who is coming to visit our newly refurbished Girl’s Room. She will be presenting certificates to the girls that completed an intensive course in Nail Art. They are looking forward to showing off their work and celebrating the successful completion of the course. The Girl’s Room will be officially launched on the 7th of March when Minister Jan O’Sullivan TD will be stopping by to cut the ribbon.

Our Easter Programme is currently being planned. We will be hosting a number of different camps and activities throughout the holidays for all ages. One of the most exciting projects we are running is a three day MCing workshop with local artist Jay Red. The West End will also be taking part in the Easter Camp being organised by the young people on Community Leadership through Arts and Sport Programme.

The young people from the Monday Club are taking part in a new environmental initiative with the Urban Tree Project. In the next few weeks they will be planting trees in Baggot Estate. For more information contact Pamela on 061 441 078.

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

COMMUNITY BINGO: Bingo takes place in Our Lady of Lourdes Action Centre every Monday night at 8.30pm. Please come along and enjoy a fun filled night! All are welcome!

READ 1,000!: The Read 1,000 initiative is well underway! Many members of the community have already starting reading to ensure that the challenge will be completed. All are welcome to take part and any support in achieving this aim would be greatly appreciated! If you or any member of your family has read a book, magazine or newspaper please don’t forget to tick it off on one of the number charts with are located around the community! For further information please contact Tracy Fitzgerald, Home School Liaison Coordinator, on 085 7290048.