May 18

Jude Meaney

Reporter:

Jude Meaney

NEW BREAKDANCE CLASSES IN MOYROSS: There are new breakdance classes with Limerockers Cru (bazzyb and ibo) every wednesday in Corpus Christi Primary School Moyross.The class starts at 4.30pm and is for 2 hours and costs only 3 euro. These classes aim to help kids and adults to enjoy dance and use the space, to practice difficult moves, as well as learning the right techniques and the real hip hop culture. All are welcome! For further information, please telephone the school on 061 455 166.

NEW BREAKDANCE CLASSES IN MOYROSS: There are new breakdance classes with Limerockers Cru (bazzyb and ibo) every wednesday in Corpus Christi Primary School Moyross.The class starts at 4.30pm and is for 2 hours and costs only 3 euro. These classes aim to help kids and adults to enjoy dance and use the space, to practice difficult moves, as well as learning the right techniques and the real hip hop culture. All are welcome! For further information, please telephone the school on 061 455 166.

ADAPT CHURCH GATE COLLECTION: ADAPT Services work to support women who experience domestic abuse and their children, across Limerick City and County. We will be holding our Annual Church Gate Collection in Limerick City on Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26 and we are appealing for local volunteers to get involved.

We have had amazing support from local people, over the past couple of years and would like to thank those, who support us year after year. Our Church Gate Collections raise vital funds, to keep the service running and volunteers are essential. It only takes one person in the parish to get enthusiasm going, in order to make a Church Gate Collection a success. Raising as much as €250 on the day, will provide the children of our refuge, with two weeks activities or allow us to meet a woman anywhere in the county and offer support.

If you think you can give us an hour on the day, or if you know of anyone that could help us in Limerick County or suburbs, please contact Laura Bohan on (061) 412 354 or by email @ volunteercoordinator@adaptservices.ie. ONE HOUR CAN MAKE A TREMENDOUS DIFFERENCE TO ADAPT SERVICES.

LIMERICK YOUTH SERVICE NEWS: There was standing room only at LYS’s Nicholas St Youth Space on Tuesday last, as sixteen young people were honoured for their achievements with King’s Island Garda Youth Diversion Project. The young learners completed an array of courses that included Creative Woodcraft, Healthy Cooking & Nutrition, a Drug & Alcohol Education Programme, Communications and Relationships module, with two members graduating from the iscoil programme. Speaking at the awards, Tommy Barrett of King’s Island GYPD praised the commitment and dedication of the young people, pointing out they were a great credit to their families and communities. ‘You should be very proud of your achievements and the dedication and commitment you gave to the many programmes we covered,’ said Mr. Barrett. ‘You are a credit to your family, friends and community and your younger brothers and sisters (who are here tonight) will look up to you,’ continued Mr. Barrett.

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 volunteer’s, including the aforementioned Tommy Barrett, Aoife Mangan, Godfrey Rondozai and Mary Mulqueen, who was on placement from LIT. John McNamara, Evolve Life Skills, was on hand to present Certificates of Achievements to young people, who completed a 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. Garda Youth Diversion Projects work with young people, through a diverse range of programmes, to enhance their sense of social and community spirit.

Mayor of Limerick, Cllr. Gerry McLoughlin, launched Comhairle na nÓg’s booklet ‘Promoting Positive Mental Health in Limerick City: A guide for young people by young people’ at the Absolute Hotel on Thursday last, May 9. ‘The booklet addressed issues such as relationships, sexual health, school pressures such as studying and the Leaving Cert, all of which can have an effect on a person’s mental health,’ said Éamon O’Briain, Comhairle na nÓg. Éamon thanked his colleagues for their help in producing the booklet and pointed out that Comhairle na nÓg will look to deliver the booklet to as many youth clubs and schools, as possible. Speaking at the launch, Cllr. McLoughlin congratulated the Comhairle members for their excellent work and invited them to address Limerick City Council on the work of Comharile na nÓg, an offer that the young people gladly accepted. In what proved to be an historic evening at the Absolute Hotel, Catherine Kelly, Director, LYS, announced that Limerick City and County Comhairle na nÓg will mirror Limerick local authorities and merge in mid 2014. ‘Wouldn’t it be great, if the newly merged Limerick Comhairle na nÓg were the first group to address the new Limerick City & County joint authority,’ asked Ms. Kelly. The Comhairle members thanked Eoin O’Meara-Daly for his contribution to the City Comahirle. After several years at the helm, Eoin stepped down as Comhairle’s city co-ordinator. Eoin and the Comhairle wished Claire Donaldson the best of luck in her new role as coordinator of Comhairle na nÓg. Comhairle na nÓg (youth councils) provide a forum for young people to discuss local and national issues of relevance to them.

Southside Youth Space will give a new meaning to the beautiful game, when it plays host to a football tournament with a twist on Saturday next, May 18. ‘Footie & Beauty’ will be the order of the day, with a girls only Soccer Futsal Tournament and a hair and makeup classes provided by Bellissimo. The unique idea is the brainchild of Ashling Arthur, The Factory, who took time out from her hectic schedule to speak about the tournament. ‘The soccer tournament is open to girls from 14 - 21yrs with the Mayor of Limerick and members of Limerick FC presenting the medals,’ explained Ms. Arthur, a student on placement from LIT.

‘Away from the pitch, hairstylists and makeup artists will provide their services, while there will be a ‘boxercise’ class to keep people entertained and in shape,’ continued Ms. Arthur.

The Footie & Beauty event runs from 12pm -4pm at LYS’s Southside Youth Space, which is located in the Galvone Businss Park, Limerick. Places are still available for the soccer tournament and if you would like to know more about the event, please contact Ashling Arthur at :thefactory@limerickyouthservice.com, or call 061 422 385.

LYS are inviting volunteers and staff members, past and present, to a gathering at the Clarion Hotel, Limerick on Friday, May 24. The evening is an opportunity for LYS to say thank you for the contribution that volunteers have and continue to give to our young people and will also see the formal launch of the Ger McDonnell Memorial Cycle. An exciting and fun filled evening is planned with special guest galore!

Over 200 young people from around Limerick danced the night away at Castleconnell Parish Hall on Friday last, as LYS held its final youth disco of the season, which was marked with a special 40th theme. ‘It was a great evening and the young people really enjoyed it,’ said Martin Duhig, Castleconnell Youth Project, who gave a special mention to DJ Cian O’Brian, who made his debut on the decks. ‘He was great and kept the crowd on their toes, with some classic tunes,’ continued Mr. Duhig, who was already looking forward to next season’s discos! Mr. Duhig thanked youth clubs from Fedamore, St. John’s (Irishtown), St. Senan’s (Foynes), Rathkeale and Newcastlewest for their commitment and support in making the youth disco possible. ‘I’d also like to thank Castleconnell Parish Hall and of course our own members at Castleconnell Youth Project,’ concluded Mr. Duhig.

Sasha Noonan and the crew at Rathkeale Youth Project will be spending Saturday at the Burren, Co. Clare, where among other activities, they will complete a Group Development Programme. On Thursday last, Rathkeale Youth Project hosted a Drug Awareness workshop, with members of the Community Sustenance Misuse Team on hand to discuss the effects and dangers of drug taking and addressed the misinformation associated with drugs. The CSM team provide a free support service to under 18s and their families, who are affected by substance abuse. If you are concerned about yours or someone’s drug taking, please contact the Limerick Community Substance Misuse Team at 061 317 688.

Congrats to all who completed in various disciplines at the Great Limerick Run last Sunday, particularly the many young people, staff and volunteers from LYS, among them Moyross Youth & Family Intervention Programme, Caherconlish Youth Project, Youthreach and John Clarke from the Paradise Restaurant, who completed the 10K in under an hour! Well done to all.

Volunteers who have contributed to the development of Limerick Youth Service during the past four decades, will travel from all over the world to participate in a special Gathering Limerick 2013 event next week. The Strand Hotel will host the Limerick Youth Service (LYS) 40th Birthday Celebrations on Friday, May 24. LYS was founded in 1973, by the late Sr. Joan Bowles. Today the organisation works with over 3,000 young people annually in providing a diverse range of educational, social, training and personal development programmes. Dermot Troy of Limerick Youth Service explained: “The evening is an opportunity for LYS to say thank you for the contribution that volunteers have and continue to give to our young people. Former volunteers from the UK and beyond will mingle with those from closer to home to exchange stories of their time with LYS.” “40 years on, LYS remains committed to supporting and encouraging young people to be active participants in shaping their futures. We are constantly looking for new volunteers to join us. We run a Volunteer Induction Training Programme, which consists of classes giving volunteers a taste of life in LYS and covering topics such as ice-breakers, role play and Cascade Child Protect Training. We would urge anyone interested in becoming a LYS volunteer to visit www.limerickyouthservice.com,” he added. The Limerick Youth Service Volunteer Evening takes place at the Strand Hotel, Ennis Road, Limerick, on Friday, May 24 from 7.30pm to 11.00pm. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please telephone 061 412 444.

May has already seen a number of Gathering events held throughout Limerick including the Great Limerick Run, Riverfest, Fleadh by the Feale, A Taste of Ballyhoura Country, International Horse Racing Weekend, Abbey Fishermen Homecoming, Prendergast Gathering and the launch of the Lackelly Ambush Trail. Upcoming events this month include the Limerick School of Art and Design Graduate Fashion Gathering (May 16-17), the Gravity Enduro Round 2 Mountain Bike Event (May 18-19), the Cadogan Clan Gathering (May 25), Mk1 Golf Owners Club ’Ireland’ Gathering (May 26) O’Connor Family Reunion (May 26-27), the Village Gathering in Hospital (May 31-Jun 2) and Limerick Sings 2013 (May 31-Jun 3).