Feb 9

John Giltenan

Reporter:

John Giltenan

Latest Association News: The Limerick Exiles Association take this opportunity to extend congratulations to Cllr Jerome Scanlan Cathaoirleach of Limerick County Council who becomes an Association Patron for this year.We look forward to the opportunity of welcoming him to London during his term of office. Cllr Jerome Scanlan joins with Mayor of Limerick Cllr Gerry McLoughlin to become our association patrons for 2013.

Latest Association News: The Limerick Exiles Association take this opportunity to extend congratulations to Cllr Jerome Scanlan Cathaoirleach of Limerick County Council who becomes an Association Patron for this year.We look forward to the opportunity of welcoming him to London during his term of office. Cllr Jerome Scanlan joins with Mayor of Limerick Cllr Gerry McLoughlin to become our association patrons for 2013.

The Gathering Ireland 2013: This year of 2013 marks the celebration of the “Gathering Ireland “ which promises to be a year long celebration of great activities and events throughout the country and Limerick will feature very prominently amongst the many events. The official press launch of the Gathering took place in Dublin recently and plans for Limerick featured in excess of 60 events scheduled throughout the city and county to cater for every age group and interest. Throughout the coming year there will be many meetings held locally by our association to discuss and potentially plan to attend events where there is interest expressed,and we will keep our members and friends notified of any future meetings and plans.The Gathering is a wonderful opportunity to experience new ideas and meet new people throughout the year as it is focussed with the intention of embracing the Irish community both at home and throughout the world.

London St Patrick’s Day 2013: Plans are well under way for the traditional and great celebration of our national saints feastday and the London St Patrick’s day parade and festival will take place on Sunday March 17th,,commencing with the traditional St Patrick’s Day Parade from Piccadilly to Whitehall. Once again our association will be joining along with the many colourful groups from the Irish community to take part in the parade and we look forward to seeing many more people participating along with us in the 2013 parade. If you would like to be a part of it please contact us and you can call our Association secretary John G on 07956 855957 for further information. This year after the parade the festival will take place in Trafalgar Square from 12noon until 6pm and will feature a great mix of traditional Irish and contemporary music.There will also be a comedy tent hosted by the London Irish Comedy Festival along with an Irish film tent which will will show film shorts by Irish filmakers. A special food market organised in conjunction with the Irish Food Board will afford an opportunity to sample some of the finest produce from the Emerald Isle.For people with a passion for sport there will also be a special showcase of Irish sports as well as plenty for youngsters to enjoy including storytelling,puppets and arts & crafts. So don’t miss out on what promises to be a great celebration of St Patrick’s day in London!

Limerick GAA draw 2013: The Annual Limerick GAA Development draw for 2013 will commence in March 2013. This annual fundraising draw is organised by the Limerick GAA County Board to support the development of gaelic games throughout Limerick and has excellent monthly prizes. Our association has played its part over the years by supporting the draw and the oppor unity for any new members. to take part is now available. For full and further information please contact us on 07956 855957 and dont delay as the closing date for registration is fast approaching!

Our Sporting Heroes: It has been another eventful and memorable week in sport both on a local and national level and pride of place must go to the Irish rugby team who opened their 6 Nations rugby campaign with a truly stirring victory in Cardiff getting the better of Wales on 30-22 scoreline.Congratulations to the team and particular the Munster players who performed so magnificently and Ireland look forward in confidence to their next challenge as they take on England in the Aviva stadium on Sunday. “Come on Ireland” we are very proud of you!The National League in the GAA got under way on Sunday and it was great to see the Shannonsiders opening their national football league campaign on a winning note as Limerick had a hard fought but deserving victory beating Leitrim in the Gaelic Grounds on a 0-11 points to 0-9 scoreline.Well done to Maurice Horan and his squad on a great start and every success in their forthcoming league campaign.Their next challenge will be equally as tough as they face the trip to Tullamore on Sunday to play Offaly in the second round of the NFL.

More welcome News: It is with delight that we learn that Limerick will have a new Bishop and we take this opportunity to extend sincerest congratulations to Fr Brendan Leahy on his appointment as the new bishop for the diocese of Limerick. His installment as Bishop will take place on Sunday April 14 at a special service in St John’s Cahedral,Limerick and we wish him every success in his new role.

Thank You for your Support: Following on from our earlier membership appeals in previous notes,we have received a great response to our appeal and we thank and welcome our new friends to our Facebook Page and our new members.Please keep spreading the word and new members are always very welcome and we especially welcome some younger members too...just a gentle reminder ...memership is not confined to Limerick natives only and we thank you for your continued support and loyalty. Dont forget we can be found here in the Limerick Leader with our regular column which features regularly. Why not visit our website which can be found at www.limerickexiles.co.uk and sign our Guestbook page. finally we can also be found on Facebook by going to “Limerick Exiles Association London”. We look forward to hearing from you!