LISSNALTA HOUSE: The old adage puts it very succinctly ‘not being able to see the wood for the trees’ and in this instance it is very apt. The unusual building constructed near the roundabout on the former O’Tooles site on the Dooradoyle road is called Lissanalta House. This is a public resource centre that houses several sections of the Limerick County Council’s public services. It is the County Library’s headquarters, Environment Laboratory, County Enterprise Board together with other sectors and the Limerick Studies Department. Many may not know of this and the fact that it is a studies department may not appeal to others but in the Ireland of to-day and even more so in European studies, all forms of studies are very useful and important. However, it is not studies in the more rigid, scholastic or academic form but rather it is studies for interest sake. Many glean information and knowledge from other mediums of communication such as newspapers, radio, television, the internet and its many devices for distribution of information but in the majority of these the information is ephemeral.
The Limerick Studies Department houses several facets of information about Limerick city and county permanently. It is a free service that is invaluable especially for anyone with an interest in history, heritage and culture of County Limerick. Here such persons could research and study from Monday to Friday during the hours of 9.30am-4.30pm. At present it has the following collections, local history, historic maps, archives and private papers as outlined hereunder:-
Special Collections:- the Applotment books 1820-1830’s, Schools Folklore Collection 1937-1938, the Irish Tourist Association Survey 1943-44, Census Records 1901and 1911, Adare Census 1865.
Local History;: Books and Journals, AV material, Newspapers from 1825, Photographs, Prints and Postcards.
Historic Maps:- OSI maps online, Griffiths valuation maps, 300 hardcopy maps.
Archives:- Public records, Board f Guarians , Rural District Councils, Limerick County Council.
Private papers:- Mounteagle Papers, Coote Papers, Ryan Scarteen Papers.
As stated already this facility is available free and to anyone with an interest in history, culture and heritage it is a gift. At present the gentleman in charge, Mr. Tony Storan, is keen that a local history group be formed to avail and utilise the facilities that are presented there for public usage. Although this item is in St. Paul’s District notes and Lissanalta House is in the St. Paul’s district the proposed and wished for study and local history group is not confined to persons living in the district but it is open to all comers irrespective of domicile but who are interested in history, heritage and culture especially of Limerick City and County.
If you are interested in joining this proposed study please cpntact Mr. Tony Storan, who is the Executive Librarian at 496529 or phone Lissanalta H0use at 061/496540.
MOYROSS CHURCH CHOIR: Many stories have been reported in all sources of media communication and to be quite blunt about it the great majority of the stories have been not good. Therefore it is with pleasure this correspondent writes this piece which is good notwithstanding the possibility that he might be described as being patronising but rather in the positive belief that it is important to give credit where it is earned or due. The new church choir called ‘Body and Soul ‘were to be seen on RTE 1 television on last Sunday week morning during the celebration of Mass by the Parish priest Fr. Tony O’Riordan, S.J. To say that they were a revelation would be almost patronising but nonetheless it would be very true. They really put their body and soul into their singingto the music during the Mass celebration. There were at least two vocalists who were good enough to be in that programme ‘The Voice’ which is presently on RTE 1television but to just single a couple out would be almost an injustice to the other members. This choir that was only formed a few months before they made their television debut can be very proud of themselves and its chorister abilities. Their title is both apt and deserved for they moved to the music and in a manner of speaking they were a breath of fresh air. Full credit to the young lady on the wheelchair who partacipated wholehearted ly in every way in the choral efforts.
Moyross can be proud of its choir and hopefully they will be seen and heard in other churches in the diocese.
CREDIT UNION: The Mungre/St.Paulls Credit Unjon as part of its continued service to members invites people to avail of the service hereunder. According to recent Irish research, only one in three Irish adults has made a will. Of the two thirds who haven’t, it is the intention of many to make a will but for various reasons just never get round to making one. It’s constantly being put on the long finger until it’s too late. Now to highlight to its members the importance of making a will, MPCC Credit Union has joined forces with Dorothy Tynan & Co. Solicitors to announce a Will Making & Estate Planning information day for Credit Union members. This free consultation service will take place on Friday, March 8 in the Credit Union’s Dooradoyle office and all members are invited to attend.
MPCC Credit Union is a firm believer in looking after the interests of its members by providing them with the best information needed to assist them in planning and managing their financial affairs. This information day is another real benefit of being a member of the Credit Union and will provide members with the opportunity to get free, practical and impartial advice on making a will and hopefully encourage members to get a will made or make changes to an existing will and in turn ease financial and practical issues for family members after they have gone. This consultation is a completely free service and members are under no obligation to make a will.
GARDEN GROUP: As this is the time of the year when all gardeners will be preparing for to engage in their life-long pastime and commence gardening this meeting in the South Court hotel will be of interest. The Limerick Garden Plant Group next meeting will take place in the South Court hotel on Thursday, February 28 at 8.0pm. Brian Cross ( Lakemount Gardens, Glanmire) will give a gardening talk based on material from his garden. Cuttings will be available.
EXERCISE CLASSES: Exercise classes for older adults are in vogue in the Mungret/St, Paul’s GAA clubhouse at present. The purpose of these classes is to strengthen and build up strong bones and also to create good balance. Osteofit is a programme of exercised aimed to maintain bone density, improve balance and reduce the risk of falling. This is always a great danger as people become older. These exercise classes suit both men and women . The exercises are easy to perform and gentle as there is no jumping or risky jerking. The first class is free and thereafter it is E8 per class. The classes are held in the club house every Monday at 12.00pm For further information ring 087/2255878
AA MEETINGS: The St. Paul’s group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets in the St. Paul’s national school on three evenings of the week at 20.30hours. They come together on each Monday, Thursday and Saturday. If you are having difficulty with your drinking habits you are cordially invited and welcome.
SUPPORT APPEAL: The Irish County Women’s Association ( Bantracht ns Tuaithe) is requesting support for Adapt House at Rosbrien. It is calling for toiletries and towels that may have been given as gifts at Christmas time that may be surplus to requirements to be donated and dropped in to Adapt House at Rosbrien where they will be greatly appreciated. Adapt House is a place of refuge for women and children that have been obliged to leave the family home because of violence.
SEE YOUR WAY: If you have spectacles (glasses) that you no longer use or that have been replaced by new glasses the International Lions club is collecting them for recycling to a developing country. It is its intention to pass them on to developing countries for use where they will be of benefit. If you wish to dispose of your old spectacles there is a box in the porch-way of the Dooradoyle library where they are collected. Your voluntary gesture of disposed spectacles will be beneficial and very welcome.
TAKE NOTE- TIME CHANGE: The Sacrament of Confirmation will take place in St. Paul’s church on next Saturday, March 2 at 10.30am. A wedding ceremony is also to take place in the church on the same day and the very obliging couple have delayed their ceremony in order to permit the Confirmation ceremony to be completed and to allow all the vehicles parked in the school yard to depart. It is the Diocesan Office that makes arrangement for the Confirmation ceremony and the local clergy are very grateful to all concerned for resolving what could have been a difficult situation
PROPOSED: The Limerick County Council has had a public notice published on the proposed extinguishment of public right of way at the laneway leading to Fr. Russell road and between House Numbers 23 and 24 at Bellevue Court. The Council has given notice that it proposes to extinguish the public right of way and a map showing this can be viewed at County Hall, Dooradoyle road from January 14 for one month during normal office hours until February 14
Objections or representations in relation to the proposal should be made to the Senior Staff 0fficer up to and including Thursday, February 28, 2013.
Any person making such a written objection may include in their submission a request that they be allowed to state their case at an oral hearing conducted by a person that may be appointed for such purpose by Limerick County Council.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: The First Holy Communion ceremony will take place in St. Paul’s church on Saturday, May 18 at 11.0am. Unlike previous years there is to be just one ceremony on the day and this has been agreed by St. Paul’s school and the ‘Do This in Memory’ committee.
The First Penance ceremony will take place in St. Paul’s church on March 12 at 11.30am and .this Sunday, January 27 there will be a ‘Do This in Memory’ special Mass for the children that are being prepared for First Holy Communion
FIRST FRIDAY: This Friday is the first Friday of the new month and those wishing to receive the Holy Eucharist should inform Fr. Eugene Boyce at 061/304508 and he will visit your house.
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL: As it is the first weekend of the month of March the St. Vincent de Paul Society will be collecting outside the church at all Masses seeking and relying on your generosity for which they are most grateful.
WORLD BOOK DAY: Thursday next March 7 is to be celebrated as World Book Day and St. Paul’s school will be celebrating the day with a number of events in the school Each pupil will receive a book token worth €1.50 towards purchasing a new book. The primary objective of this is to encourage children to explore the pleasure of reading and appreciate having a book of their own.
RSE: All the pupils in St, Paul’s school were addressed last week by Breda Enright who is a trained facilitator in the delivery of the RSE programme ( Relationships and Sexuality Education) which is now part of the S.P.H.E. curriculum. She spoke to the parents of the 5th and 6th classes first The RSE will also be presented to the junior 4th classes also.
DIOCESAN ADVISORS: The Dioceaan Advisors also visited the school and complimented the staff on the Catholic ethos of the school and work and dedication to Religious Education. They were also very impressed with the participation of the pupils in the school.
‘DO THIS IN MEMORY’: The next ‘Do this in Memory’ Mass will be held in ST. Paul’s church on Sunday, March 10 at 11.00 am. All those pupils preparing for First Holy Communion in May are expected to attend together with their parents.
EXPOSITION: There will be exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in the Blessed Sacrament chapel attached to St. Paul’s church after the 10.0am Mass on Wednesday and it will continue until 10.0pm. Every Wednesday there is to be exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and all worshippers are welcome.
There is a planning notice secured to the railings outside the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (also known as the Mormons) showing that it is seeking permission from the Limerick County Council for to have an expansion to the church with the provision of five new rooms.
There are a series of talks on in Mary Immaculate College each Tuesday evening at 5.0pm as it is the Year of Faith and the theme is Christian Spirituality. The next of these talks will be on Tuesday, March 5 commencing at 5.0pm. The talk will be delivered by Dr. Aoife McGrath and it is ‘Our Call to be Active’, looking at the vocations of the baptized to be active in the mission and life of the Church.
UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK
The next talk presented by the Arts Department in the Exploratory Lectures series of talks organized and funded by the Limerick County Council will be on Tuesday, March 12 commencing at 8.0 pm. The lecture is ‘University of Limerick: a Technological University on the Banks of the Shannon’. It will be presented by Judith Hill who is an architect, historic building consultant, architectural historian and writer whose books include Lady Gregory; An Irish Life, In Search of Islands: A Life of Conor O’Brien: Irish Public Sculpture: and also An Introduction to the Architectural Heritage of County Limerick. She is best known in this region for her book The Building of Limerick.
MUNGRET/ST. PAUL’S GAA
A reminder to our U12/14/16s squad members that Camogie continues this Friday evening from 7-8pm at the Crescent Comprehensive with skills training. A big thank you to Phil Roche who has been putting our girls through there paces over the last 6 weeks with weekly sessions to improve fitness levels.
Thanks to all who attended the Fundamental Movement coaching course last Monday. This course will run again during the year for people who could not attend.
Great Limerick Run:
The club has again been invited to provide stewards for this event on the May bank holiday weekend. The organisers will provide a subsidy to the club based on the number of stewards we supply, so if you are available on the day please contact any committee member of the club..
Finally, make sure that you go to bed a bit earlier on next Saturday night for the new time will be introduced at 1.0 pm which will mean that you will have one hour less in bed unless you design otherwise.