May 18

ONE AND ALL : The Great Limerick Run has been run for another year and while many did so with little difficulty some others made a great effort to complete it. Notwithstanding the ‘fat man’s’ admission in last week-end’s edition of the Limerick Leader that he found it hard going and his admission that he completed it walking his courage and determination deserves credit. His corpulence is but a sign of his prosperity and to get that ‘vast bulk’ to move forward irrespective of the manner of movement and speed to the end is something to be proud of. Whether it was the full marathon, the half marathon or the relay marathon each and every one is deserving of congratulations. It was a great success for all the runners and for the many charities that have benefited from their efforts. Again, congratulations to everyone and this includes all the organisers for their unstinted efforts.

ONE AND ALL : The Great Limerick Run has been run for another year and while many did so with little difficulty some others made a great effort to complete it. Notwithstanding the ‘fat man’s’ admission in last week-end’s edition of the Limerick Leader that he found it hard going and his admission that he completed it walking his courage and determination deserves credit. His corpulence is but a sign of his prosperity and to get that ‘vast bulk’ to move forward irrespective of the manner of movement and speed to the end is something to be proud of. Whether it was the full marathon, the half marathon or the relay marathon each and every one is deserving of congratulations. It was a great success for all the runners and for the many charities that have benefited from their efforts. Again, congratulations to everyone and this includes all the organisers for their unstinted efforts.

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.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS: The Limerick branch of the multiple sclerosis society is organizing a walk of the Galtee mountain on the June bank holiday weekend. The walk is to take place on June 1. There are 200 members in the Limerick branch of the society and it is hoped that there will be big support for this walk. Sponsorship cards are available at Tara house on the St. Nessan’s road and all the monies collected will be used to support the Limerick branch. A number of hurling and rugby sports personalities will be participating in what is planned to be a leisurely walk suitable for all ages. It will commence at 11.0am on the Mitchelstown side and it will be signposted. It is hoped that it will receive big support.

MARANATHA:  Maranatha Prayer Ministry Invites you for the Healing Retreat through the Ministry of Rev. Fr. Liam Kelly, O.F.M. Ennis and Aidan Gallagher, E.W.T.N., Ireland, enriched with the Rosary, Eucharistic Adoration, Word of God, Healing Mass, Praise and Worship, Confession, and Spirit Filled Music by the lively Maranatha Gospel Choir on Pentecost Sunday 19th May, 2013 from 2.30pm to 7.30pm at St. Paul’s Church, Dooradoyle, Limerick.  Tea sandwiches, buns in hall after. Everyone welcome!

VOLUNTEER WEEK: This is National Volunteer week from May 13 to 19 inclusive and the National Volunteering Week body is organizing an outdoor painting project at Adapt house, Rosbrien on this Thurdsay 16. Adapt house operates a refuge for women and children that are housed because of violence in the home. The work will be on the play area/garden for the children and the Limerick Volunteer centre is hoping to recruit up to 20 volunteers for the job. If you would like to volunteer your services for the project contact Limerick Volunteer Centre at info@volunteerlimerick.ie or call 087/7387431.

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 exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and all worshippers are welcome.

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.

TRÓCAIRE BOXES: The Trócaire boxes are being collected and will shortly be forwarded to the Trócaire non-government organisation to enable it to continue with its works of mercy and survival in some of the poorest countries in the world. If you have collected over the Lenten period and forgot to give your box into the sacristy or bring it to the Mass at the week-end you are not too late yet. Nonetheless, it is time to return it now where it will be gratefully received irrespective of whether the contents are little, small or big. Trusting that you will oblige and the very final date for collection will be Sunday, May 26.

SIMON COMMUNITY: The Irish Country Women’s Association is inviting all its members to help out with the National Bag Pack weekend in aid of the Simon Community on May 17 and 18 from 9.0am until 7.0pm. You may go to any Tesco store at any of the following locations:- Abbeyfeale, Arthur’s Quay, Crescent Shopping Centre, Dooradoyle, Coonagh Cross and Newcastle West. Even if you can spare one hour it will greatly appreciated on any of the days. T-shirts will be provided if you are available just ring Michael at 061/ 608980 office or 085/1318497 with details.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: The First Holy Communion ceremony will take place in St. Paul’s church on this 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. All three classes will be receiving the Sacrament at the same time on the day. This is usually a big day in the parish and accommodation in the church will be at a premium with families and extended families all in attendance. Therefore it would be prudent to be at the service sooner rather than later. The school principal has requested that parents and all others refrain from taking pictures while the service is in progress as this takes from the solemnity of the whole occasion. In brief, please do not use your camera while in the church because there will be plenty of opportunities to do so later.

NOTA BENE: Due to the fact that the First Communion service will be taking place in St. Paul’s church at 11.00am on this Saturday there will be no 10.00am Mass as is the norm; instead, there will be Mass at 9.00am

OSTEOFIT CLASSES: These classes commenced a couple of weeks ago and they are for the strengthening of bones and good balance. They are primarily for active older adults who are interested in maintaining and improving bone density, good balance and basic good health. They are in the Mungret/ St. Paul’s GAA club-house each Monday morning at 12.00 noon. The first class is free and after that you pay as you go E8 per class. Newcomers are always welcome. For more information contact Brenda on 087/2255676 or visit www.osteofit.ie

LIVING WITH DEMENTIA: The Alzheimer Society of Ireland has been holding courses on Living with Dementia/Learning Together on one evening a week for the past number of weeks for family carers of people with dementia in the Mid-West Alzheimer’s Society. The Regional office is on the second floor George’s Quay house, George’s Quay will hold the final course on this Thursday May 16. The course covered several topics in the care of persons with dementia. For further information or to read more about the courses at www.alzheimer.ie or phone Eileen Reilly at 061/312005 or alterlnatively the Alzheimer National Helpline 1800 341 341

GRAFFETI: During the past couple of months a few colourful ( and that is the only pisutuve factor) examples of graffiti have appeared on the sides of the ‘bridge’ on the St. Nessan’s road that finishes at the city boundary. Whomsoever is responsible is obviously deluded into believing that he/she are embellishing the metal panels with their efforts. However, the fact is that it is just a demonstration of a nonsensical mind undergoing some tangled or tortured piece of imagination. In the city owners are making every effort to rid their premises from this type of rubbish. If you happen upon some individual engaged in this carry-on inform the Gardaí or the local authority.

ADAPT HOUSE: Adapt House provides shelter and succour to women and children who may be enduring abuse and violence of any form in their own households. It is a place of refuge for all those that are been violated physically or psychologically. This work continues throughout the year. Located in the former St. Brendan’s school at Rosbrien it is a place of refuge and a home from home for many women and children from time to time.

POT-HOLING: Due to the shortage of finance with the local authority services are not as forthcoming as heretofore. Consequently, such matters as pot-holes do not receive the same prompt attention. Stoneyhurst estate is one estate where there are several pot-holes that deserve attention sooner rather than later

Some are four inches deep and growing or rather being further developed by the weather conditions and the many vehicles that swing on this piece of ground. The surface of the drive was never great but with these pot-holes it is becoming worse.

THUMP: A new boxing for fitness club has commenced in the Mungret/St. Paul’s GAA club-house. It takes place each Wednesday at 7.0pm. For more information contact John at 087/9115411

VALUE YOUR VOTE: If you felt cheated because you did not have a vote at the last local or general election because you were not on the list of electors when you went to your usual polling station you have now until November 25 to right the matter. The Draft Register of Electors is now on display at your city/county councils offices, Garda Stations, Libraries, Post Offices and online at www.checktheregister.ie If you are aged 18 years or over you should check that your name and address are present and correct on the Draft Register and, if there is a mistake, tell your city or county council before November 25. Furthermore if you have changed your address perhaps from the city to the county or vice versa your name may not be at the polling station you were used to going to previously. So make sure that you are on the register because you may need it sooner than you expected.

MUNGRET GAA: Healthy Club Project: To date, we have had a total of 36 responses to the questionnaire. Ideally we would like to show our support for this initiative with a couple of hundred responses, so we would appeal again to people to go to facebook or to our website at www.mungretstpauls.com  to access the questionnaire and submit it. The idea is to generate feedback that we can use to improve the overall awareness in the club and community of all the factors that go in to promoting and influencing healthy living.

Important - Coaching Diary Meeting:

On the 8th of May at 8pm, the Coaching and Games Committee in Mungret G.A.A. invited all coaches to attend the Launch of the Mungret Training Diary at St Nessan’s National School, Mungret. This Diary will help all coaches of Football, Hurling, Camogie and Ladies Football to structure their training plans for the year. Mr. Liam Sheedy former Tipperary Senior Hurling manager launched the diaries and made a 30 minute presentation on  the benefits of the Training Diary when preparing a Hurling or Football team. A question and answer session followed on the benefits of the above project. Tea and refreshments were provided to all in attendance.