LIMERICK YOUTH SERVICE NEWS: Limerick Youth Service is thrilled with the decision of Limerick City Council to grant permission for the release of lands for the development of the Northside Youth Space, Ballynanty, Limerick. ‘We now look forward to moving on with the development of the Northside Youth Space, which will bring our existing northside projects into one centralised location,’ said Catherine Kelly, Director, Limerick Youth Service. The purpose built Northside Youth Space will bring Limerick Youth Service’s existing northside projects, which currently operate in unsuitable and unsafe environments, into modern and centralised premises that will be accessible to all. The Northside Youth Space will house the Ballynanty Garda Youth Diversion Project, Ballynanty Youth Club, Northside Youth and Family Intervention Programme and the Northside Youth Cafe. Limerick Youth Service has been a part of the lives of the people of St. Munchin’s Parish for decades and looks forward to continuing this relationship for generations to come.
Wow! Is one of the many superlatives being used to describe what was simply an amazing week at Limerick Youth Service, as we played host to a training programme called, ‘Share Our Stories’ (SOS). The week saw youth workers from five European countries join their Irish compatriots from Dublin and Limerick, to share their stories as part of an exciting new development in youth work. ‘The aim of SOS training is to share our experience of youth work with the hope that other youth workers will be empowered and take it back to their colleagues and young people,’ said Eibhlis Bray, Limerick Youth Service. ‘Storytelling isn’t just storytelling per se, it’s quite a reflective process where our stories form a basis to determine the youth work practice within them,’ added Ms. Bray, Youth Work Co-ordinator, Limerick County. ‘It (SOS) evolved from our involvement with storytelling as a means of capturing the ‘cornerstones’ of youth work and the unique aspects that distinguish youth work in the human professions,’ continued Ms. Bray. During the week participants used different medium to express their stories as they engaged in puppet-making, graffiti art, song-writing and film-making workshops. Anna-Nina Koduah, Voice of Youth, London, was full of praise for the training programme and feels the participants can certainly take the knowledge and experience back to their respective youth projects. Ms. Koduah, from Hackney, East London was one of two youth services from the United Kingdom with Walton Youth Project, Liverpool, also representing our near neighbours. ‘I’ve never done an exchange like this before and found it amazing that these youth workers from different cultures and backgrounds all shared the same passion and belief in the value of youth work,’ said Ms. Koduah. Away from the classroom, the participants took part in a cultural evening and enjoyed some of Limerick’s famed hospitality and culture, with some particularly intrigued with the Halloween festivities. SOS week ended with a celebration evening at the Milk Market, as the participants displayed the work they produced and shared their stories of what was a memorable week at Limerick Youth Service. We would like to thank all involved in SOS for their contribution, particularly our new found friends from the United Kingdom, Bulgaria, Italy, Malta, Romania and Ballyfermot Youth Service, Dublin. A massive thank you is also due to the workshop facilitators, staff of Limerick Youth Service, the Milk Market, Leargas and Richard Lynch and the crew at iLoveLimerick who filmed the going away party, which can be viewed at our website: www.limerickyouthservice.com/sos-lys/
Are you over 18 and interested in helping out with your local Youth Club, Youth Café or one of Limerick Youth Service’s many youth projects? Limerick Youth Service is holding an Open Information Evening on Thursday, November 14 at The Factory, Southside Youth Space, Galvone Rd, Limerick from 6pm to 8pm. Eoin O’Meara-Daly, Volunteer Co-ordinator, will be on hand to answer your questions and outline the many types of volunteering opportunities available at one of Ireland’s leading youth work providers. ‘Our Volunteer Induction Training Programme is a two hour, four week programme that equips volunteers with the skills required to engage with and support young people,’ explained Mr. O’Meara-Daly. After the first class, the training will continue on consecutive Thursdays, November 21 and 28, respectively. The final session, to be held on Thursday, December 5 is a mandatory Child Protection Training programme. Volunteer Application and Garda Vetting Forms will be on the night or can be downloaded from our website at: www.limerickyouthservice.com/volunteers. For more information please visit this link, or contact Eoin O’Meara-Daly or Dermot Troy on 061 412 444.
Young people from across County Limerick will descend on The Factory, Southside Youth Space, on Friday, November 15 for this season’s Youth Games. The games will see at least ten Youth Clubs take part in a series of soccer, basketball and tug-of-war competitions, which is sure to prove as competitive and exciting as previous years. Away from the courts, young people will be able to enjoy and spend time with their friends and colleagues from across Co. Limerick with Limerick Youth Service having a number of surprises in store! ‘The Laff Caff, Southside Youth Café will be opened for young people and volunteers who feel they need to get away from the excitement,’ said Joe Walsh, Limerick Youth Service. ‘We will also have beauticians, ice breaker workshops, pool tables and music taster session to keep the masses entertained,’ added Mr. Walsh, West Limerick Youth Club Support Worker. Youth Clubs are advised that registration will start at 7.30pm, with the cost of entry fee of €5 per young person with a fee of €7.50, if they are from the same family. If you would like more information about the Youth Games, please contact Joe Walsh at: joew@limerickyouthservice or at 083 3718 793. We would like to wish all the young people the very best, in what promises to be a fun filled evening at The Factory.
ST MARY’S CATHEDRAL CAROL SINGING: Come and Sing Carols in St Mary’s Cathedral on Saturday, December 7 at 5.30pm. Christmas carol singing is fun for all the family. You are invited to come to St Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick to join in some hearty carol singing. Many of the Christmas favourites – we hope to put you in the Christmas spirit! Admission is free and there will be a retiring collection in aid of Limerick City Parish. With special guests, the St Mary’s Prize Band, this is a chance to hear this famous part of Limerick’s rich culture, of which we are justifiably proud. It is a great Limerick musical institution.
MARANATHA HEALING MASS: There will be a Maranatha Family Tree Healing Mass, Retreat through the Ministry of Fr. Pat Conlan, O.F.M. Killiney and Janice Carrigg on November 17 from 2.30pm to 7.30pm with Rosary, Praise and Worship. There will be Music by the Maranatha Gospel Choir and Holy Mass and Adoration at St. Paul’s Church.
COLLEGE PLAYERS THEATRE COMPANY: Please come along to the Lime Tree Theatre, Mary Immaculate College, Courtbrack Avenue (off Dock Road), Limerick from Thursday, November 14 to Saturday, November 16. College Players Theatre Company presents West End and Broadway smash hit Lend me a Tenor. World renowned opera star, Tito Morelli, falls into a drunken stupour and is presumed dead, before curtain up in Verdi’s Otello. Unknown to the audience, docile assistant impresario, Max, with operatic ambitions stands in to critical rapture. The tenor awakens, dons his costume and thereafter follows a hilarious comedy of confusion, in which the two Moors are absurdly confused by two swooning females, a volatile Italian wife, outrageous bellhop and cynical impresario. Recipient of nine Tony Awards nominations, Winner of the Laurence Olivier Award for comedy of the year, Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle award. It is a welcome return to Ken Ludwig by College Players, following their hilarious production of Leading Ladies in 2012. For further information, please telephone 061 774 774, or Email: email@example.com Web: www.limetreetheatre.ie
BEREAVED ADULTS CLUB: This Club offers bereaved adults the opportunity to meet others who are similarly bereaved in an informal social setting. The Club is hosted by volunteers who help bereaved individuals to socialise with each other over a cup of tea. It is not group therapy or counselling. This Club takes place in Milford Care Centre Canteen each Sunday from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. For further information about this Club or other bereavement support services offered by Milford Care Centre, please contact 061 485 800 and ask to speak to a Social Worker.
ST. GABRIEL’S SCHOOL FUNDRAISER: A Greyhound Benefit Night is being held on Friday, November 15 from 7:30pm at the Limerick Greyhound Stadium. Organised as part of Gathering 2013, the event promises music by “Guy Smiley”, greyhound races and plenty of excitement on the night. All funds will go towards St. Gabriel’s Hydrotherapy Pool, which benefits adults and children with a range of disabilities. Tickets are €10 and are available at St. Gabriel’s School & Centre at Crabtree House, Springfield Drive, Dooradoyle or by contacting Kate Sheahan on 061 302 733, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations can also be made online at mycharity.ie/event/greyhound_benefit_fundraiser.
COOK WITH A LIMERICK GAA PLAYER: Recipe4Success Cookery School in conjunction with Monaleen GAA/Camogie club is running a fun charity event on Friday, November 15. The event is from 6.30pm - 9.00pm. Tickets cost 30 euro per person. For further information, please contact John on 086 0430 193. The event is a mixture of demonstrations and hands-on cooking of 3 fantastic dishes. We will have Gavin O’Mahony, Seanie Tobin, Paudie O’Brien, Judith Mulcahy and more on the night, so that you can cook alongside them and have lots of fun.
20 CENT FOR PIETA HOUSE: On Friday, November 15 and Saturday, November 16 the Golden Grill, William Street will be donating 20 cent from every take away sale to Pieta House.
CATHERINE MCAULEY SCHOOL CRAFT FAIR: A Craft Fair will be held at Catherine McAuley School (Long Avenue), Ashbourne Avenue on Sunday, November 17 from 11am to 5pm. There will be paintings, Christmas decorations, toys, ornaments, aleo vera forevere living products, gifts, handmade cards, jewellery, plants, crochet, painted glass, books, candles, tea cosies, mirrors, clocks, natural olive oil soaps, natural linens, bric a brac, knitwear, woodturning, cakes, puddings, jams and lots more. Teas and coffees will also be served. Admisson is €3 and Children Free!
REMEMBRANCE MASS: A Mass of Remembrance will be held for deceased members of Soroptimist International Limerick and District in the Augustinian Church, Limerick on Sunday, November 17 at 11.15am. Family and friends of deceased members are invited to attend this mass.
LIMERICK ANIMAL WELFARE TABLE QUIZ: There will be a table quiz in aid of Limerick Animal Welfare in Bobby Byrnes Bar on Tuesday, November 19 at 8pm. The night is to raise much needed funds for a new building on site in the Kilfinane Sanctuary. Tables of 4 are €20 and there will be finger food and a raffle on the night.