Apr 20

Jude Meaney

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Jude Meaney

CORPUS CHRISTI SCHOOL PERFORM IN MILLENNIUM THEATRE: Our school musical “Postcards From Abroad” is being held in the L.I.T. Millennium Theatre on Wednesday, May 1 and Thursday, May 2 commencing at 7.30pm.

CORPUS CHRISTI SCHOOL PERFORM IN MILLENNIUM THEATRE: Our school musical “Postcards From Abroad” is being held in the L.I.T. Millennium Theatre on Wednesday, May 1 and Thursday, May 2 commencing at 7.30pm.

This original musical, which was written by one of our teaching staff, the highly talented Ms. Fionnula Bromell, promises to provide you with a fantastic night’s entertainment.

Tickets for this not to be missed show, are now on sale in Corpus Christi Primary School. Tickets cost just €5 each. We have a special offer of €20, for a family of 5.

For further details, please telephone the school on 061 455 166 or 087 688 2050.

LIMERICK YOUTH SERVICE NEWS: Young people from Limerick Youth Service will make the skies over the Shannon GLOW on Thursday, April 25 at 9pm, as part of a nationwide event, that aims to express solidarity and raise awareness of issues affecting our young people, such as youth unemployment and emigration.

GLOW (Go Light Our Way), will see young people release Sky Lanterns at Skatepark, Steamboat Quay, Limerick that will contain messages of hope for their futures and showcase the positive contribution, that young people have and continue to give to our communities.

‘It promises to be a fantastic sight over the Shannon,’ said Dermot Troy (LYS), who added that many Earth Lanterns, will also light up in youth spaces and clubs around the county.

With 30% of Irish people under 25 currently out of work, young people are certainly feeling the effects of the economic crisis, with the spectre of emigration on the minds of many, even those in second level.

‘It is our youth that will feel the long-term effects of this recession, particularly in terms of cutbacks to youth work and education,’ continued Mr. Troy, who stressed that it will be our young people, who will also get the country back on its feet. Lanterns for GLOW are available from LYS for €5, with profits going to local youth projects.

Located in the heart of one of Limerick’s most historic areas, King’s Island Garda Youth Diversion Project has been a hive of activity recently. In March, a group of young people braved near Arctic conditions, to reach the summit of Croagh Patrick. ‘The group completed a personal development programme, with John McNamara of Evolve-Life and set this goal for themselves,’ explained Aoife Mangan, Youth Justice Worker, LYS, when asked why the group decided to tackle the famed climb. Despite the inclement weather conditions, the hardy group made it to the summit, much to the delight of Aoife, who congratulate all involved in a fantastic achievement.

Another group from King’s Island GYDP, completed a Creative Woodcraft Programme with VEC tutor Brian Mitchell. The young people built dog kennels, bird houses and window boxes. Meanwhile, a girls group completed a Drugs and Alcohol Education Programme and are currently undertaking a Health and Beauty Programme. ‘Yes, it’s all go here in Nicholas Street (home of King’s Island GYDP),’ laughed Aoife, adding ‘we recently held a pool and darts tournament, that was organised by Mary Mulqueen, a student on placement from LIT.

Limerick Youth Service would like to congratulate King’s Island GYDP, on their success and achievements and look forward to bringing you more news from St. Mary’s Parish, in the weeks ahead.

Young people from Ballynanty emerged victorious at a Garda Youth Diversion tournament, that saw a number of teams from around Limerick, going for gold. Held at The Factory Southside Youth Space, teams from LYS’s King’s Island, Irishtown and Ballynanty GYDP, joined their counterparts from Southill, Newcastlewest and Ballincurra Weston, in a tournament that saw friendly competition and banter, between the respective projects. ‘The boys were awesome and thoroughly deserved their victory,’ beamed an ecstatic Frankie Daly, who added that they put in hours of training. It is the second time, that BGYDP won the tournament, having been successful at last year’s event. Ronan O’Connor, Irishtown GYDP, congratulated BGYDP on their success and thanked everyone involved in organising the day.

‘Yes our lads were disappointed, but overall they enjoyed it and it was great to meet their piers from other projects,’ said Ronan, who’s a keen Arsenal fan! The biggest talking point of the event was the disappointing performance of King’s Island GYDP. Their coach, Tommy Barrett, was unavailable for comment, when contacted by Limerick Youth Centre.

We would like to congratulate BGYDP on their success and wish them the best of luck, in future tournaments.

Young people from Rathkeale are taking part in a sponsored ‘wakeaton’ this Friday evening, to raise much needed funds for Rathkeale Youth Project. ‘It’s our third wakeaton and our young people absolutely love it,’ said Sasha Noonan, LYS. ‘We have plenty of events planned to keep ourselves awake including baking, games and a midnight walk,’ continued Sasha, who added that Lisa Boland will run a First Aid Programme on the night. The wakeaton starts at 8:30pm and ends at 9am, the following morning. Limerick Youth Centre would like to wish, the best of luck to all involved and we will have a full report on the event in next week’s notes.

Limerick Youth Centre will hold an open evening for our new Corbally Youth Club, on Thursday, April 18 at Corbally Utd FC Clubhouse, from 6.30pm to 8pm. The Youth Club, which will run every Thursday from 7pm to 8.15pm, is open to young people from 10 to 14years. Corbally Utd Clubhouse is located in Athlunkard, Parteen, Co. Clare. Follow the Corbally Road beyond Shannon Banks and Westbury and you will find Corbally Utd’s grounds on the left, just short of Larkin’s Cross.

Limerick Youth Service will hold an information class on Thursday, April 18 at 12pm, for those who are interested in doing Leaving Cert Applied (LCA). LCA was introduced as an alternative to the Leaving Cert, as it was felt the latter, did not meet the needs of all students. LCA has been adapted to address the needs of students, who prefer the practical approach to the more academic nature of the Leaving Cert, focusing on vocational education and preparation and includes periods of work experience. For more information please contact LCA Co-ordinator, Noreen Murphy atnoreenm@limerickyouthservice.com, or call 061 412 444.

IRELAND’S GREENEST MAGAZINE: “Changing Ireland” the national magazine for the Community Development Programme, is Irelands most environmentally friendly magazine, according to its editor Allen Meagher. Produced from its office in Sarsfield Gardens and printed in Offaly, it uses vegetable inks throughout, a chemical-free production process and 100% recycled paper which means, it has become the greenest magazine in the country. Yet again Moyross is leading the way and ‘Changing Ireland’ finds itself ahead of a range of popular commercial magazines, which weigh down the shop-shelves with paper from virgin forests and inks derived from heavy chemicals. “We should be following their lead into a greener world, not showing them the way. We were surprised to find that even Local Planet, a magazine about the environment, didn’t use recycled paper, though they are going to change with their next issue,” said editor Allen Meagher. The publishers have been congratulated on their work by the Carbon Neutral Company based in London and were urged to work towards becoming fully carbon-neutral. Allen urged local communities, groups and small enterprises to lead from the ground up by seeking green printing: “A couple of community groups we know may shortly go ‘green’ with their local newsletters because recycled paper is now much more affordable – why not Moywrites.” The latest edition of Changing Ireland is now on the web: www.changingireland.ie and the paper version is available in Eason’s or directly by contacting ‘Changing Ireland’. Telephone: 061 458 011.

THE GREAT LIMERICK RUN: The Great Limerick Run, in association with the Limerick Sports Partnerships and the HSE Health Promotion Unit, have announced details of Ireland’s largest single mass participation event for children, the Barringtons Hospital Great Limerick Run Kids Run for Fun.

More than 1,500 children aged 4 to 12 years of age, are expected to participate in the event at the University of Limerick on Saturday, May 4, the day before the annual Barringtons Hospital Great Limerick Run. The Run will feature a 1Km Wheelchair Track (4-12 years), 1Km Grass track (4-7 years) and 2 miles Trail (8-12 years). Former Munster and Irish international rugby legend Jerry Flannery was on hand at the launch, by facilitating a training session for students of Milford National School in Castletroy. Along with staff from Limerick Sports Partnerships and Sports Coaching & Development students from Limerick Institute of Technology, Jerry will be participating in further training sessions at Limerick schools, during April.

Speaking at the launch of the event, Jerry said: “I want to pay tribute to the organisers of the Kids Run for Fun for encouraging young people to engage in physical activity. Running and other mass participation sporting events are becoming increasingly popular across the country and I am delighted to lend my support to the Barringtons Hospital Great Limerick Run events, which are up there with the best in terms of their common appeal, organisation and participation levels.” Phelim Macken, coordinator of the County Limerick Local Sports Partnership commented: “By launching this event, we are aiming to get the whole family involved in the Barringtons Hospital Great Limerick Run over the course of the May Bank Holiday Weekend and in doing so, encourage people to adopt a healthier lifestyle in a way that is fun for everyone involved.” “The training sessions that Jerry will be participating in at local primary schools, will give kids the advice and motivation needed, to encourage them to participate in the Kids Run for Fun. We also hope that the sessions and the event itself, will help promote physical activity on a wider level throughout the year,” Mr Macken added. According to Elaine O Connor, coordinator of the Limerick City Sports Partnership: “The three Kids Run for Fun races, are designed to encourage kids from all sections of society, to participate in sport and healthy activity. We are delighted to partner in hosting this event and in doing so complement Barringtons Hospital Great Limerick Run, in its successful portrayal of Limerick as a thriving and sporting city. We also hope the Kids Run for Fun will provide a much needed boost to the local economy.” Speaking on behalf of the Barringtons Hospital Great Limerick Run, Marketing Director Joe Leddin stated that the addition of a Children’s event was an important step, in the ongoing development of the Barringtons Hospital Great Limerick Run race series.

“The event team are particularly pleased to partner with both the HSE and local Sports Partnership Agencies, to ensure that every opportunity is afforded to young children to become physically active and experience the satisfaction of competing and enjoying the atmosphere, that surrounds a race day. We plan to grow the Barringtons Hospital Great Limerick Run Kids Run in the years ahead, on the same partnership approach that has seen the adult event increase participant numbers year on year,” Mr. Leddin said.

Registrations for the not-for-profit Kids Run for Fun on Saturday, May 4 are now being invited on www.greatlimerickrun.com/about/kids. Each child will receive a GLR T-shirt, medal and goodie bag. The T-shirt and medal are the same as those provided to competitors in the Barringtons Hospital Great Limerick Run 6-mile, half marathon and marathon. A registration fee of €10 applies to all participants. 30% from the registration fee will go towards school programmes in Limerick run by the Sports Partnerships. Information around training plans, are available on the event website.

ADAPT SERVICES: Since 1974, ADAPT has provided services and support for women who have experienced domestic abuse. If you have children, we have services for them as well. We are open every day of the year, twenty-four hours a day. Caring and experienced staff who understand domestic abuse will listen and support you to talk things through and help you decide what you want to do. Our priority is your safety and the safety of your children.

Violence against women is wrong. It is a criminal offence and there is neither an acceptable nor tolerable level of violence. Services Provided are Emergency Accommodation/24 hour Refuge. Information is also provided on Emotional Supports, Safety Supports, Practical Supports, Child Related Supports, Court and Other Accompaniment, Advocacy, Counselling and Referral, Aftercare, Outreach Services, 24 Hour Helpline, Children Services, Training & Development, Transitional Housing, Education programmes for Women. Additional services for children include: Childcare Support, Educational Support including School Placement, Homework Club and One to One Therapeutic Work. Domestic Abuse is one of the most common unreported crimes in Ireland. Domestic violence refers to the use of physical or emotional force or threat of physical force, including sexual violence in close adult relationships. Adapt runs a free, confidential and anonymous 24 hour telephone helpline service. Experienced staff will listen to you. They can give you information on possible options and help you think about what you want to do.

We are open day and night, seven days a week. Staff is available to help you, talk through your situation and decide if you need refuge. If you do, they will help you work out how to get safely to the refuge. The refuge is open to women on their own, or women with children. In the refuge, each family has their own self-contained apartment. The staff will support you for as long as you need refuge and make your stay as comfortable as possible. They will make sure that you have enough food, clothes etc. for yourself and your children until you get your own finances sorted. Some women may need refuge only once and some may need it many times. When you are ready to leave the refuge, staff will support you in what you want to do.

ADAPT seeks to challenge domestic abuse, support women survivors of domestic abuse and their children and lobby for change to eliminate violence against women. ADAPT refuge and support service provides a range of services for women survivors of domestic abuse and their children. These are available to those living in the refuge and, on an outreach basis, to those living in the community. The services are confidential and focus on being welcoming, friendly and supportive while also providing safety and protection for the women and children using them. For further information, please telephone: 061 412 354 or the Helpline on: 1800 200 504 or you can email: administration@adaptservices.ie