The word community has appeared in the St. Paul’s notes from time to time. It is a word that is heard fairly frequently and used in talks and discussions. During times of austerity, hardship and bereavement it becomes of greater merit, support and solidarity..Its significance can be passed over without a second thought but we all abide in some form of community. Communities exist in urban and rural areas. There are street communities, parish communities, district communities and town land communities. In fact we all live in some form of community and it can be described and accepted that the family is the smallest unit of community. All the families together form the greater community.
One of the definitions of community in the Concise Oxford Dictionary is ‘a body of people living in the same locality’. Now it can be a religious community; a social community; a professional community; a sporting community and many other forms or groups of people. It can even be just a male or female community. For the purpose of this piece we are just referring to a sporting community. The Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) is second to none in this respect for it was built around communities of many forms and its very existence and enormous success is due to the communal factor.
Last week it was heartening to read in this paper that Ballybrown/Clarina have commenced their effort to build a community centre for the benefit of the residents in their respective areas. Such a structure bonds people together and it is now the norm in most areas. Regretable though it is there is no such amenity in St. Paul’s parish that embraces several housing estates. True, the school hall is used for meetings when required but it is not the place for social gatherings that binds and bonds the residents from the various areas into a cohesive body or community. The absence of this is felt more than before because residents are advancing in years and such a social amenity would be appreciated all the more now.
However, a very colourful newsletter was put in the letter-boxes of many of the houses recently about the Mungret/St. Paul’s GAA club. It pictorially depicted the functions of the club in all ages of sporting codes operated by the club. It provides sporting, recreation and social activities for the Mungret, Raheen, Dooradoyle and Ballycummin catchment area. Although it is primarily a sporting club introducing young and other age participants to GAA games it is not confined to that alone for it has social facilities that can be availed of by supporters of the club. The 2012/13 Newsletter has many colourful pictures of teams of boys and girls ranging in age from six years of age upwards in teams that compete on behalf of the club. There are other pictures of different activities organised by the club such as 10K run, excursions, social events and presentations. Last Christmas the ladies football team had a social Sunday afternoon function for the more senior mermbers in the residentail catchment areas that had a sit-down lunch with music, carols, a dancing school performance and dance that was greatly appreciated by all present. Each week it has a lotto draw to help finance the club and its undertakings.
It adheres to what it claims to be as a community club by helping different charities that it has nominated for support. Last year it supported the Limerick Marine Search& Rescue, Enable Ireland, Pietas house and the Jonathen Ryan fund. Over the past three years its collective contribution to these charities amounted to E46, 500. In giving back support to the community it states:-“Mungret/St. Paul’s GAA club believes in giving back to our local community. Our contributions, leadership and spirit of volunteerism helps to create a stronger and healthier community for us all to live in. We take pride in the culture within our club to make positive impacts on our community.” Not only does it say this but it does this every week by engaging young people of all ages in sporting activities. It engages in sporting competitions for both male and female players from young ages to senior level and although it does not win in all of them nonetheless it participates and puts into practice what it professes. This club takes pride in its efforts and well might it hold its flag up high.
The Limerick County Council has had a public notice published on the proposed extinguishment of public right of way at the laneway leading to Fr. Russell road and between House Numbers 23 and 24 at Bellevue Court. The Council has given notice that it proposes to extinguish the public right of way and a map showing this can be viewed at County Hall, Dooradoyle road from January 14 for one month during normal office hours until February 14
Objections or representations in relation to the proposal should be made to the Senior Staff 0fficer up to and including Thursday, February 28, 2013.
Any person making such a written objection may include in their submission a request that they be allowed to state their case at an oral hearing conducted by a person that may be appointed for such purpose by Limerick County Council.
WHO IS WINNING?
The above proposed extinguishment gives rise to a couple of queries which are elaborated on below. When these public rights of way were originally made or opened they were for the residents of the neighbourhood. They were in fact for the convenience of the residents who bought their houses and lived in the area. Now they are being taken away from them not by any high-handed dictate of the Limerick County Council that is the local authority. The Council are probably doing so at the request of the residents because of unruly behaviour by gangs of youths or downright vandalism by them in the precincts. So the question must be asked “Who is winning?”
This type of behaviour is not just happening in the above areas but in many other residential areas in the County and the City and in all probability in many other areas throughout the country. Addictions whether to drugs or alcohol has demonised many young people and caused misery for many others.
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.
The Limerick Lions club has expressed its gratitude to all who supported it so generously during the past twelve months. The club now is making a big drive for the Lions Club. It is now seeking new members and suggests to new potential members to ring club president Noel Sexton on 086/3527418
Exercise classes for older adults are in vogue in the Mungret/St, Paul’s GAA clubhouse at present. The purpose of these classes is to strengthen and build up strong bones and also to create good balance. Osteofit is a programme of exercised aimed to maintain bone density, improve balance and reduce the risk of falling. This is always a great danger as people become older. These exercise classes suit both men and women . The exercises are easy to perform and gentle as there is no jumping or risky jerking. The first class is free and thereafter it is E8 per class. The classes are held in the club house every Monday at 12.00pm For further information ring 087/2255878.
The next talk in the series of talks on Limerick’s Built Heritage organised and funded by Limerick County Council will be about Medieval Limerick To-day. The talk will by presented by the curator of Limerick City Museum, Mr Brian Hodekinson. The talk will take place in County Hall, Dooradoyle road, on Tuesday, February 12 commencing at 8.0pm. This series of talks is the sixth in the series of Exploratory Lectures under the auspices of Limerick County Council. Admissiion is free.
The Irish County Women’s Association (Bantracht ns Tuaithe) is requesting support for Adapt House at Rosbrien. It is calling for toiletries and towels that may have been given as gifts at Christmas time that may be surplus to requirements to be donated and dropped in to Adapt House at Rosbrien where they will be greatly appreciated. Adapt House is a place of refuge for women and children that have been obliged to leave the family home because of violence. .
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.
It is not unusual to see long lines of traffic on the St. Nessan’s road stretching from the traffic signals at the entry to St. Nessan’s Park to the entry to the Ballykeefe estate. It is not the result of a big influx of traffic to the area but it is the slow motion along this stretch of roadway due to the rapid change of the traffic signals that causes this problem. Driving schools can be seen using this area for teaching their pupils the difficulties of the road.
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 to be exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and all worshippers are welcome.
Many people viewed the television programme called ‘Lifers’ shown on RTE 1 last week and they have ecpressed admiration and marvelled at the dedication and will of the missionaries portrayed. These missionaries have given and lived out their respective lives in the service of others. Thus they live their vocation and it is no surprise that viewers have expressed positive comment and admiration for the work that they continue to do.
There are a series of talks on in Mary Immaculate College each Tuesday evening at 5.0pm as it is the Year of Faith and the theme is Christian Spirituality. The first of these t alks was on last Tuesday and it was presented by Prof. Eamonn Conway who is head of the Religious Studies department in the college. The next talk will take place on next Tuesday, February 12, at 5.0pm. It will be presented by Dr. Jesse Rogers and the name of this talk is ‘Erotic Word’: the Spirituality of the Song of Songs. These talks are open to the public and they are free.
The Garda Síochána have issued a warning to the public to ensure that heating oil tanks ought to be locked or secluced in as far as it is possible due to the increased frequency of heating oil being stolen. Persons receiving a delivery of heating oil ought to ensure that there are no unusual visitors about and that it is not being observed by suspicious individuals that may be in the area
MUNGRET/ST. PAUL’S GAA
A motion passed at the AGM of the club recently states that anyone not registered with the club by March 31 will not be eligible to be in the club . As registrations took place recently it is vital for anyone not registered yet to do so as soon as possible and registration forms are available in the club shop, in the club house and from lead coaches.
BOOTCAMP: The popular bootcamp date is set for Saturday, March 2, and all paricipantrs or would be participants should contact either Neil Dignam or Ger Dee.
JUVENILE TRAIINING: Many more teams have resumed training and the next team to commence training are the U 11 footballers who will take to the juvenile pitch this Saturday. One important thing to take note of is you must have a gum shield as it is now mandatory. If you do not have a gum shield you will not be allowed to train. So remember this is as important as your football boots.
As all love sick or hungry know February 14 is the feastday of St. Valentine. However, the commercial world are not particularly concerned about that fact but rather more concerned with making it a successful financial day. If you have youngsters that are inclined to lose the run of themselves as a consequence it might be prudent to inform them of the facts.
. INTERNET SAFETY
At the Limerick Youth Service there was a talk by Dr. Maureen Griffin for young people about internet safety. Dr. Griffen is a lecturer at University College Cork addressed parents and young people to treat the internet with caution rather than fear. She spoke on the issues of cyber bullying, social networking, texting and on line gameding all of which are creating problems at times.