PLEASE SUPPORT FIVER FRIDAY: Limerick City Business Association and Limerick Chamber are encouraging local Limerick businesses to take part in this year’s ‘Fiver Friday,’ which takes place across the country on December 6. The initiative which is run by RTE’s Liveline with Joe Duffy, uses a basic principle to encourage shoppers to spend an extra fiver locally via whatever offers or deals businesses may deem appropriate. Nigel Dugdale of Limerick City Business Association said, “For those who can make an effort this initiative can provide a much needed boost to business. A number of local Limerick businesses took part last year and the general feedback was immensely positive. Not only does Fiver Friday give businesses the opportunity to drive a bit more footfall, it also allows a little fun to be had in the process”, he added. Already a number of city centre businesses have signed up to take part in Limerick’s Fiver Friday on December 6. Businesses include Jack Fitzgerald Electrical, George Boutique Hotel, Southill Area Centre, Widdess Pharmacy, Lawless Flowers, Upper William St Traders and Wacky Shoes with many more expected to come on board over the next few weeks. Specific offers will also be marketed across local social media platforms, as well as the Liveline programme itself. Helen O’Donnell, Chairperson of Limerick City Business Association notes that Fiver Friday can cater for any type of Business in Limerick City. “Previous offers included things as diverse as architect’s consultations, pet health checks, eye tests and legal consultations. We encourage all businesses in Limerick city to consider taking part in this initiative and look forward to seeing a thriving day in Limerick City on December 6, she said. Any Limerick businesses wishing to take part in this initiative, can contact Nigel Dugdale directly on 061 415 180, or by email: email@example.com
ARD SCOIL RIS NEWS: A Gala dinner will be held on Saturday, November 16 at the Limerick Strand Hotel to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the school. Tickets for the event are available, by contacting the Ardscoil Ris office at 061 453 828.
Ardscoil Rís student, Eoin Caffrey, has qualified to represent Ireland at the International Science Olympiad in Pune, India in December. Eoin, along with fellow Ardscoil students, John Noonan and Geoffrey Keating, was invited to participate in the Irish Junior Science Olympiad on Oct 26 in DCU. This is a science competition for students who are under sixteen on December 31 of the year of the competition. Finalists are identified on the results of their Junior Certificate results in Science and Maths. Eoin emerged as one of the top three students in the country and was awarded a gold medal and goes forward to represent Ireland at the annual International Junior Science Olympiad in December. This competition will be held in India from Dec 3 to Dec 12. Eoin was one of four students in the school to achieve 10 A Grades in his Junior Cert this year. He is a past winner of the All Ireland Schools Chess Competition and a member of the school’s current Junior Cup rugby team.
NA PIARSAIGH G.A.A. CLUB NEWS: Our senior hurlers booked their place in the Munster Club Final, for the second time in three years, after a titanic battle against Waterford champions Passage in the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday. Played in very heavy underfoot conditions, we got off to the worst possible start, when the unfortunate Padraic Kennedy saw a long range strike slip through his fingers and into the net. We fought back well and points from Adrian Breen(2),William O Donoghue(1), Pat Gleeson(1), Kevin Downes (4) and Shane Dowling (3) put us in front at the break by 0-11 to 2-04, with the second Passage goal coming from a very dubious penalty decision. In the second half, it looked as if we had got to grips with the game and opened up a five point gap courtesy of two great points from midfield dynamo Pat Gleeson and further points from Shane Dowling and Kieran Kennedy. Our backs were playing extremely well, with Cathal King at full back proving a very able deputy for the suspended Kieran Breen, along with Michael Casey, Alan Dempsey and David Breen in the half backline playing extremely well also. Our midfield pairing of William O Donoghue and Pat Gleeson were working their socks off, thus keeping supply to the Passage forwards, to a minimum. However, Passage showed great resilience and with ten minutes left had powered back into the game, compliments of a well taken John Whitty goal. It was man of the match Kevin Downes who had the last say, with his sixth point from play, to send us through to another Munster Final. Final Score Na Piarsaigh 0-20 Passage 3-09. This was a truly battling performance and one which no doubt will have put the heart sideways in the supporters. We look forward to the final on Sunday, November 24 with relish. Team: Padraic Kennedy; Niall Buckley, Cathal King, Michael Casey; Alan Dempsey, David Breen, James O’Brien, Shane Dowling, William O’Donoghue, Kieran Kennedy, Kevin Downes, David Dempsey, Kevin Ryan, Pat Gleeson, Adrian Breen. Subs: Brian Hartnett for James O’Brien (52mins), John Madden for Kieran Kennedy (52mins), Aidan Hennessy for Pat Gleeson (60mins). Scorer’s: Kevin Downes 0-6, Shane Dowling 0-5 (3frees), Pat Gleeson, Adrian Breen 0-3 each, William O’Donoghue, Kieran Kennedy, Alan Dempsey 0-1 each.
The lotto jackpot is now €15,300, following Monday’s draw. The numbers drawn were 11, 13, 21 and 22. Lucky dip winners were Aoife Lynch, Peter O Dwyer, B. Purcell and Noel Connolly. Seller’s prize went to Liam Flynn and door prize went to Doreen Ryan. Our Camogie club are holding their medal presentations and table quiz this Friday evening, November 15 in the clubhouse, beginning at 6pm. The two Munster tr ophies will be available for photographs, so please come along for a great evening. Other notable dates for your diary are as follows: Club AGM will take place on Thursday, December 5 at 8pm in the clubhouse.
Etihad Quiz with Micheal O’Muircheartaigh as MC, will be held in our clubhouse on Saturday, December 7 at 8pm. County Convention will be held on Sunday, December 8 with the time and venue, yet to be confirmed. Our Club Lotto Sellers Night will be held in the clubhouse on Saturday, December 14. Club Xmas Draw will be held in our clubhouse on Saturday, December 21.
THOMOND TOASTMASTERS PUBLIC SPEAKING: Thomond Toastmasters, will meet on Thursday, November 14 at 8pm in the Castletroy Park Hotel. Public Speaking, and Leadership skills, will help you shine at interviews. All are welcome.
ART FOR CURE: ‘’Art for Cure’’ is in aid of the Mid-Western Cancer foundation. Sandra Barrett created Art for Cure in 2012, while undergoing treatment for cancer. It was her vision to establish an annual tradition of gathering local artists and art lovers together in a mutual effort to support those in the Mid West Region battling cancer. We have had many generous artists donate artwork and we’re making them available to everyone at affordable prices. It’s a great night out, while also raising much needed funds for the Mid West Cancer Foundation. We have an open invitation to come on the night, where people can find unique and original pieces at great prices not usually offered by these talented artists! So, please come along to the Hunt Museum on Saturday, November 14. For further information, please go to: https://www.facebook.com/artforcure
OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY SERVICES: Weekend Mass Times: Saturday Vigil Mass 6pm. Sunday 10am and 11.30am. Weekday Mass Times: 10am Daily. Also 5.45pm daily during November, Advent and Lent. Baptisms: Saturdays at 5pm and Sundays at 12.15pm. Marriages: Three month’s notice to Parish and Civil Registrar. Church Office: Telephone 061 325 288, from Sundays 9am to 12.30pm and Weekdays 9am to 9.45am.
LIMERICK WALKING CLUB: Limerick walking club will meet in Na Piarsiagh GAA Club, Caherdavin every Saturday at 11.30am and all walks commence at 12 noon. You can also go to Cratloe woods at 11.30am and walk for 5 miles with the group. The club also meet at 11.30am each Sunday at the carpark in the University of Limerick. If you can’t make any of these dates, please come along to Fenesseys Bar in New Street on Wednesday evenings at 7.30, where you will meet a group who enjoy a good walk and a cup of tea afterwards. All new members are welcome. Looking forward to seeing you all there.