GALVONE N.S.: The winner of the draw for the tickets and trip to the Heineken Cup Quarter Final held on March 19 in Galvone NS was Joe Kennefick, Cork. Congratulations to him and they would like to thank all who supported the draw throughout February and March.
Galvone NS are currently taking applications for the coming September for the Early Start Preschool. This free pre-school is staffed by a fully qualified teacher and a childcare worker and has a specialised music programme in place.
They are also currently taking applications for Junior Infants for September 2013. If interested call 061-311286 for an application form.
A Clothing Bank is now available in Galvone NS school car park to help with fundraising for the school. It is suitable for used/ unwanted clothes, shoes, belts and bags. It will be available to the community during school hours.
QUEEN OF PEACE NS: Adult Education Classes on offer are: Men’s Group – Cookery with Andy Williams, Women’s Group – Drama with Tracy Aspel, Importance of being me, Creative Writing with Sheila Quealey - Friday 10-12noon, Computers FETAC Level 3 will be begin shortly on Thursdays 11.30-1.30pm,
Knitting and Sewing -Thursdays 10 -12noon.
A number of Literacy Programmes are also on offer there;
ITABE, Travellers Group – Toppins Field, Literacy and I.T. twice weekly -Monday & Thursday, Digital Skills – some places available and you must be able to use email.
Further information from Kate Russell HSCL on 0858100955
ST. SAVIOURS: The following classes are run in C.I.E. Club, Carey’s Road:
Conversational Irish with Pól O Flathartha-Wednesday 6.30-8pm,
Art- Thursday 10.30-12noon, Yoga- Monday 11.30-1pm.
Drama – Tuesday 10-12noon.
ENROLMENTS: Our Lady Queen of Peace Primary School, Janesboro, are now accepting enrolments for the 2013/2014 school year. The following are available:
Our Lady Queen of Peace Pre- School: Children between 2years and 6 months and 3years and 6 months are eligible.
Early Start classes: Children must be between 3years and 2 months and 4years and 6 months to enroll in this free class.
Junior Infants: Children must be over 4years of age on September 1 to enroll in junior infants.
Please ring 061311285 or call to the school office at any time for enrolment forms and further information.
CHIROPODY: I have been asked many times about the availability of chiropody in our community.
I have made enquiries and sourced Bridget O Callaghan who will provide the service in her rooms in Cecil Street to older people with a medical card for €10. People need to register first with Carebright (formally known as RCCN) at 061-383644
TIDY TOWNS: As Spring has now arrived the Tidy Towns/Going for Gold committee will soon be knocking on your doors looking for commitment from residents to help out for the coming months with planting and maintaining the area. They are a small crew as people are probably aware and will be unable to cater for all areas. They need residents to roll up their sleeves and muck in as it is their community too. There are continuously looking for new members so if interested phone 0894667651. They meet the first Tuesday of every month in the Spotted Dog pub at 5pm. You can also Facebook them at Janesboro Tidy Towns. There you will find lots of pictures of them in action.
YOUTH CLUB: Queen of Peace Youth Club with the support of Limerick Youth Service are having an open evening in order to re-launch the club which has been closed for some time. The venue is the community hall Roxboro Road on Friday April 26 from 7.30 - 8.30pm. Young people age 10-13 years are welcome to come along to register and must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. They are also looking for adults and former members etc who would like to help out as leaders, with training provided by the Youth Service. Details of club activities, training etc will be available on the night. The club has been running successfully for the past fifteen years and in this the fortieth anniversary of Limerick Youth Service it would be a pity to lose such a valuable resource which provides activities for the young people in our community.
ACTIVE AGE: The members of Our Lady Queen of Peace Club resumed activities on Wednesday after the Easter break. They were delighted to hear that the Limerick City Community Safety Partnership invited all those who wished, to attend a Community Talent Contest on Thursday 18 in Thomond Park. Chairperson Sheila Lynch, will see to the transport and they are all looking forward to a pleasant evening.
DÓCHAS: April is Autism Awareness month. Dóchas acknowledges the support of the George Hotel and Hunt Museum in ‘Going Blue for Autism (see photos on Dóchas Facebook page). Dóchas held a music/raffle fundraiser in O Shea’s bar in Clonlara on Friday April 5. A great night was had by all and over €800 was raised. A big thanks to Trish O Shea, Pauline O Shea and Shirley Mulcahy for their tremendous work. Dóchas would like to thank Trisha O Shea for facilitating the night and for her hospitality and the generosity of her customers. All monies raised will go towards the social clubs run by Dóchas for children with autism. Balloons were released on the night to mark Autism Awareness Month. Dóchas will shortly be moving to Parnell Street where they will be opening a charity shop. Anne Collins from Kennedy Park asks that we all try and support this new venture.
CARE & REPAIR: A team of volunteers who do home repair jobs free of charge for older people and people with disabilities in Queen of Peace are to extend their services. John Keane said they will be expanding to cover Southill/ Carew/ Kincora areas.
If you’d like support from Care & Repair or to volunteer contact John at St Munchins’ Family Resource Centre on 0876731314 or e mail email@example.com
APOSTOLATE FOR PERPETUAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: To celebrate the Year of Faith there will be the annual pilgrimage to Knock on Saturday April 20. All are invited to come and pray at one of the world’s greatest Eucharistic Shrines
The holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be celebrated by The Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Charles Brown.
PARISH TRIP TO FATIMA: Susan Frawley, our Choir Leader sent me this report; On Tuesday April 2, Fr Pat O’Sullivan led twenty pilgrims to Fatima. We set out at 6.30am for Dublin airport where we boarded our plane to take us to this wonderful place. We were joined by pilgrims from Dublin, Laois, Mayo, Cavan and our beautiful rep from Marian Pilgrimages; Anita. We arrived in Fatima, settled into our hotel and proceeded to a little church just off the square for mass. Later, at 9.30pm we went to the square to say the rosary and joined in the candle light procession, which became an evening event for us all. On one of the evenings, Nuala Toomey had the privilege of giving out a decade of the rosary. Another evening Tom O Halloran, Bobby McNamara, Ger Frawley and Donal O’Gorman carried Our Lady of Fatima during the candle light procession.
On Wednesday, Fr Pat and Anita led us to the Hungarian Way where we walked and prayed the Stations of the Cross followed by mass in St Stephen’s Church. During our stay in Fatima we celebrated Mass in the Apparition Chapel at Cova da Iria, where Our Lady appeared to the three children. At the mass Sr Anna celebrated fifty years as a Presentation Sister and Sr Teresa celebrated sixty years as a Good Shepherd Sister. They both renewed their vows and laid flowers at the foot of Our Lady of Fatima. The choir sang beautifully, Biddy Mc Grath and Teresa Guerin together with Fr Pat gave out Communion, others in the group brought up the gifts at the offertory and said prayers of intersession during the Mass.
We also visited the Basilica where we saw the tombs of Francisco, Jacinta and Lucia. We visited the homes of the Children of Fatima, where we met a little old lady all dressed in black who was a niece of one of the children.
During our time in Fatima, we visited some nearby caves, they were spectacular. We went toa village close to Fatima called Santarem, here we saw the Eucharistic Miracle of Santarem–‘the Bleeding Host’ in the Church of the Holy Miracle. We visited the City of Lisbon, herewe saw the orphanage where Jacinta died, St Anthony’s Church, Belem Tower, Jeronimo’sMonastery and St George’s Castle. All were beautiful.
It was a beautiful, holy, prayerful and spiritual pilgrimage. We had lots of fun, enjoyment and laughs together during the day and indeed at night. Our Thanks goes to Fr Pat O’Sullivan, Paul Fitzhenry and Marie Clancy for organising such a journey. May it not be our last.
LOURDES 2013: Autumn Pilgrimage to Lourdes is from September 17-22, 2013. €715 per person sharing in the Hotel Paradis. The Spiritual Director is Father John McCarthy. A Savings Club is open each Saturday 10.30am-12.30pm in the Function Room in the Spotted Dog. For enquiries contact Laura Moore on 061-312418, Angela O Flynn on 086-8946733, or Sheila McCarthy, Dromcollogher.
LEGION OF MARY: The Legion of Mary, Rosa Mystica Presidium has been active in the parish for 58 years. 6 members visit the housebound, those in nursing homes and St Camillus Hospital. They could do with some more members and volunteers. Call to the Resource Centre any Tuesday night between 7-8pm.
‘ON THE NAIL’: The Limerick Writers’ Centre Presents the May ‘On The Nail’ Literary Gathering on Tuesday May 7 in The Loft Venue@ The Locke Bar, Georges Quay. Start 8.00pm sharp! and admission is free.
This month’s guests are Keith Armstrong and Joe Healy.
Everyone is invited to take part in the open-mic after the main event, poets, storytellers, musicians and writers. Even if you don’t write you are welcome to bring something along to read. So join us on the night and make this event something special.
NOTE: Our special author’s book table will again be in operation, so if you want your book, CD’s etc publicised make sure you are represented on the table. Contact Dominic Taylor at 087 2996409 to make arrangements.
LIMERICK CITY LIBRARY: You are cordially invited to ‘Limerick/ Ireland and the American Civil War’, an illustrated lecture by Damian Sheils. It will be held on Tuesday April 23 at 8pm in The Granary.
CALLING ALL CLARES: My namesake readers may be interested in the following: As part of ‘The Gathering 2013’ all people with the name Clare/Clair/Claire as a first or last name are invited to County Clare for a ‘Weekend of Welcomes’. It happens from June 21-23 and the hope is to break the World Record for people called ‘Clare’ gathered in County Clare.
If you’d like to register or for further information contact Sharon or Dolores 0656866800, e mail firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.volunteerclare.ie or on Facebook- welcomingclairetoclare.
LOOKING FOR A NEW FRIEND: The Brothers of Charity in Limerick are looking for volunteers to become friends with people who have an intellectual disability. There are many who would be interested in meeting through the Cara Friendship Scheme. Full training and support will be provided for volunteers. Contact Ivana at 0877548825
LIMERICK REVIVAL: Revival journal number 26 is calling for submissions from local, national and international poets and writers which will be published in June. Deadline is Friday, April 26. Guidelines from www.limerickwriterscentre.com/revival-literary-journal.html
LIMERICK WOMEN’S NETWORK: You are invited to a course entitled ‘Women making choices, making changes’ commencing on April 30. It will examine women’s lives in a variety of settings including home, family and workplace. It will run for seven mornings from April 30- June 11 from 10- 1pm. For more information please contact Liz Price at 0873283746, 061275970 or email@example.com
MS LIMERICK BRANCH:
Limerick’s Got Talent is running again this year in aid of Limerick MS branch. All singers, dancers, bands, choirs, variety acts and song writers are invited to apply. It’s the 5th show and will take place in the Lime Tree Theatre from August 20-23. Further information from Limerick’s Got Talent 2013 Facebook page or Mike O Connor at 0851367594