May 18

Maureen Sparling

Reporter:

Maureen Sparling

CHILDRENS FISHING PROMOTION DAY: On a weekend that offered a huge amount of attractions around our city, a local man and an avid and highly accomplished fisherman, Seánie Quinlivan, was responsible for quite a unique aquatic attraction out on the Canal Bank. The fishing competition event was organised by St Mary’s Maritime Project and was sponsored by Inland Fisheries Ireland. Over 100 children took part in this fishing promotion day, which was according to Seánie, “was one of the best days we had, weather-wise. 300 brown trout were released on the day and all the children that took part caught some fish and the excitement on their faces was magical, which is what the day was all about. Our sincere thanks to all took part and all those who helped out on the day.” I must say that great credit is due to Seánie for doing his level best to get youth involved in the simple art of fishing, which Limerick has always been famous for. Just have a look at one or two of Seán Curtin’s books and see Thomond Bridge packed full of men sitting atop the bridge complete with fishing rod. Sure it was a different age but one that could very easily return, given the enthusiasm of our local man of fishing. As the saying goes, ‘Mol an óige agus tiocfaidh sí,’ which loosely translates, ‘Praise the young and they will respond.’ And yet again the old Chinese saying comes to my mind, ‘Give a man a fish and he will live for a day, teach a man to fish and he will live for a year.’ In other words, he will never go hungry and as well as everything else, its nutritional value is both beneficial and lasting. What a pity the people of the Famine years didn’t realise this.

CHILDRENS FISHING PROMOTION DAY: On a weekend that offered a huge amount of attractions around our city, a local man and an avid and highly accomplished fisherman, Seánie Quinlivan, was responsible for quite a unique aquatic attraction out on the Canal Bank. The fishing competition event was organised by St Mary’s Maritime Project and was sponsored by Inland Fisheries Ireland. Over 100 children took part in this fishing promotion day, which was according to Seánie, “was one of the best days we had, weather-wise. 300 brown trout were released on the day and all the children that took part caught some fish and the excitement on their faces was magical, which is what the day was all about. Our sincere thanks to all took part and all those who helped out on the day.” I must say that great credit is due to Seánie for doing his level best to get youth involved in the simple art of fishing, which Limerick has always been famous for. Just have a look at one or two of Seán Curtin’s books and see Thomond Bridge packed full of men sitting atop the bridge complete with fishing rod. Sure it was a different age but one that could very easily return, given the enthusiasm of our local man of fishing. As the saying goes, ‘Mol an óige agus tiocfaidh sí,’ which loosely translates, ‘Praise the young and they will respond.’ And yet again the old Chinese saying comes to my mind, ‘Give a man a fish and he will live for a day, teach a man to fish and he will live for a year.’ In other words, he will never go hungry and as well as everything else, its nutritional value is both beneficial and lasting. What a pity the people of the Famine years didn’t realise this.

KING’S ISLAND COMMUNITY CRÉCHE: Is holding two open evenings for parents and their children over the next couple of weeks. The open evenings will be taking place on Wednesday 22nd and Wednesday 29th May from 5.00pm – 7.00pm and will offer information to parents looking for a crèche for their babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers. Only a mile from the City Centre the crèche provides an ideal location for parents working in the City and can arrange for early/late drop off and pick up. Parents will receive a tour of the crèche’s state of the art facilities with manager Deirdre McMahon and members of staff. On each of the evenings they will be joined by an outside expert who will be discussing various topics such as how to be creative when playing with your kids and handy tips and best practice when looking after your child’s health. Toddlers and pre-schoolers are also welcome to play in the crèche under staff supervision while parents are enjoying refreshments and a Q&A opportunity with the manager and staff.

The crèche now serves more than 60 children in full and part-time care and to ensure continuity of care the crèche now also caters for children waiting to access pre-school services. All staff are trained to at least FETAC level 5 Childcare and follow a structured programme of quality childcare based on the National Siolta Quality Framework and Aistear (The Early Childhood Curriculum Framework). Crèche Manger Deirdre McMahon said: “The open evening is a great opportunity for parents to have a look around the facility and get a feel for the place. We will go through the level of care and the services that we will be offering to their children and their families and answering an questions they may have.” Located on the banks of the Shannon in a state of the art, purpose built facility which opened in September 2011, the Crèche offers a range of childcare packages to suit all circumstances: The CCS Programme (Community Childcare Subvention) subsidises childcare costs to parents who are in receipt of a social welfare payment or medical card.

The CETS Programme (Childcare Education & Training Support) also offers childcare places at a reduced rate to parents going back to education and training.

The ECCE Programme (Early Childhood Care & Education) offers a free pre-school year to children of 3 years + The service also offers commercial childcare tailored to suit working parents. Further information: Deirdre McMahon, Kings Island Community Crèche Manager. Telephone 061-319902 / 086 7255335 E-Mail Deirdre Mc Mahon deirdre-mcmahon@hotmail.com

KING’S ISLAND YOUTH HONOURED: There was standing room only at Limerick Youth Service’s Nicholas St Youth Space recently, as sixteen young people from St. Mary’s Park & Lee Estate were honoured for their achievements with King’s Island Garda Youth Diversion Project.

The learners completed a diverse range of programmes from Healthy Cooking & Nutrition project & and Personal Development course to a Drug & Alcohol Education Programme, with two young people, Tyreke McNamara and Michael Leo, graduating from an iscoil programme. ‘You should be very proud of your achievements,’ said Mr. Barrett, adding ‘you showed great dedication and commitment to the many programmes we covered.’ Catherine Kelly, Director, LYS and Inspector Luke Conlon, An Garda Síochána, presented the awards and echoed Mr. Barrett’s sentiments in congratulating the young people for their outstanding achievements. Ms. Kelly also paid tribute to the King’s Island GYDP staff and volunteers including the aforementioned Tommy Barrett, Aoife Mangan, Godfrey Rondozai and Mary Mulqueen who was on placement from LIT. John McNamara, Evolve Life Skills, presented Certificates of Achievements to young people who completed the Personal Development and Life Skills Programme. ‘Your dedication and enthusiasm greatly impressed me, particularly last month as we climbed Croagh Patrick on one on the coldest and wettest days of the years,’ explained Mr. McNamara.

The graduating members of King’s Island GYDP who were honoured on the evening were, Chelsea Bussoli, Delvin Hayes, Gearoid Hayes, Chloe Heelan, Jason Heelan, Michael Hourgian, Calvin Hughes, Luke Leamy, Michael Leo, Adrian Mallard, Tyreke McNamara, Jason Sheehan, Amy Waters, Gary Waters, Robert Waters & Stephanie Waters. King’s Island GYDP is supported by An Garda Síochána, Irish Youth Justice Service and the Dept. Children & Youth Affairs. Limerick Youth Service, now in its 40th year, would like to congratulate all at King’s Island GYDP on their success and wish them the very best for the future.

CONCERT IN THE CATHEDRAL: Harpist and Composer Anne-Marie O’Farrell with the County Limerick Youth Choir and the Irish Chamber Orchestra Chorus, Conductor: Marie Keary-Scanlon, Presents 2 Original Compositions by Anne-Marie O’Farrell, Palle Mikkelborg, Gabriel Faure and Patrick Hawes, featuring Harpist Anne-Marie O’Farrell, Cellist Peter Sebestyen and Pianist Noel Lennon. Saturday next May 18th in St Mary’s Cathedral at 8pm. Admission €15 (concession €10).

PARISH HISTORY: How very rich and inexhaustible our particular parish is in history. It is positively steeped in an eclectic maze of stories and anecdotes, interesting matters where the mere mention of one thing is to open the floodgates to many more. Possibly St Patrick’s and St John’s would come close behind us in this regard, but we are definitely heading the posse and how doubly blessed we are in this regard. Sign is by, I have the luxury of a choice of ideas to draw upon from that well-preserved reservoir in my weekly notes and I surely enjoy and appreciate every minute of it. I must here thank the many people who offer positive comments from time to time. And here I would also like to thank the gentleman who delivered a wonderful DVD on the St Mary’s Fife and Drum Band participating in the St Patrick’s Day parade back in 1963. It was delightful to watch and I noticed the original flag of our patron saint, the red and white was proudly borne aloft as part of that parade. Three parish writers have certainly not been found wanting in contributing to this same precious reservoir. They are Criostóir O’Flynn, Mae Leonard and Denis O’Shaughnessy. The mention of the latter name reminds me that we have yet another worthwhile book springing from the pen of Denis this coming October. He said so in his profile in the ‘Limerick Leader’ last week. This is indeed wonderful news, something to forward to, so to speak, as we experience yet another winter of a summer so far.

SCHOOLS AND CLUBS: Schools, clubs and any other venture within the confines of our parish are welcome to send in any matter of interest to these weekly columns. We run 50 weeks of the year, so you have a wonderful chance for free to get your message or matter of interest across to the parish readers. Just email to the above address. All are welcome! Send your message as you wish it to appear. Pictures are also welcome. 


MAE’S ‘LIMERICK’: Once again our parish writer and national broadcaster, Mae Leonard, surfaced last weekend on ‘Sunday Miscellany,’ her topic being the origin of the ‘limerick.’ There are various versions of the origin of that same five liner. Our local writer, however, relied on the version put forward by her late uncle, Jim, the historian of the family; yet another, I ask myself? I won’t go into the detail of same in these brief notes but just to say it is just wonderful to see hear our proud city frequently being kept to the fore on national radio, thanks to Mae, who it would seem, has the gift of preserving the past. And although she has physically left the Parish for many decades, her mind remains firmly deep rooted there in that proud and ancient spot. Now for a little ‘limerick’ on the great story-teller herself.


Mae Leonard’s a writer of note

And many’s the story she wrote,

Her essays are oft witty

About her native city,

And she’s also an accomplished poet.

SIOBHÁN Ó’BRIEN SINGS: There is a very good reason for my mentioning this singer/songwriter in these weekly notes as her father, the well-known rugby star, Brian, hails from the Parish. I recall Siobhán from our time, which spanned well over a decade as members of Limerick Swimming Club when the late Gerry Ryan was head coach. Both my children and I were avid followers of this indoor aquatic activity, they travelling to the numerous swimming galas during those wonderfully active years. Siobhán found her true calling as a singer, and it seems in her case, the apple hasn’t fallen far from the proverbial tree, as her mother is the well-known outstanding soprano, Olive, who certainly needs little or no introduction. On this Friday night, Siobhán will launch a new CD, not her first may I add, at Dolan’s Warehouse on the Dock Road. Many, if not all the songs on this new CD are written by the singer herself and what an added bonus this is for any singer of the calibre of Siobhán. Best of luck to her on the night and also with the subsequent sales of her CD!


SEAN-FHOCAL: ‘An rud nach bhfuil leigheas air, sí an fhoughde is fearr air.’ What can’t be cured must be endured.’

‘Is minic gur sia théann an bréag ná an fhirinne.’ ‘Lies often go further than truth.’