Mar 2

Maureen Sparling

Reporter:

Maureen Sparling

DOUBLE WIN FOR SHANNON : Congrats to our proud parish team, Shannon, who bravely succeeded in defeating Old Belvedere on Saturday last out at Thomond Park by a margin of 28-17! Also congrats to the Shannon U/21 team who beat Galwegians, 13-8! Hopefully now in both cases the winning ways will continue. Read a proper and spirited account on both matches by Siofra Scanlan in the wonderful Sports’ supplement which accompanies this newspaper every week and which appears in the shops practically at dawn every Thursday.

DOUBLE WIN FOR SHANNON : Congrats to our proud parish team, Shannon, who bravely succeeded in defeating Old Belvedere on Saturday last out at Thomond Park by a margin of 28-17! Also congrats to the Shannon U/21 team who beat Galwegians, 13-8! Hopefully now in both cases the winning ways will continue. Read a proper and spirited account on both matches by Siofra Scanlan in the wonderful Sports’ supplement which accompanies this newspaper every week and which appears in the shops practically at dawn every Thursday.

GET WELL: All at Shannon RFC would like to extend our best wishes to Dan Heffernan who was injured in the Ail Match against Clontarf recently. He will be out for a while so we wish him a speedy recovery.

A date for the diary is the upcoming Shannon Golf Classic, Friday June 21, 2013, Shannon RFC at Shannon Golf Club. Details to follow soon.

CONFIRMATION: Congratulation to the following boys and girls who were confirmed in our church on Saturday last:Jordan Awaye,Chloe Ryan,Shelby Roche, Stephen O’Donnell,Danielle Bussoli, Amber Lyons,Paul McGrath,Joseph Considine,Tyler Kelly,Rosslen Tully,Harry O’Brien,Dylan Johnson,David Lysaght,Troy O’Donoghue,Gearoid Hayes,Keith Cronin,Anthony Keane, Demi Liston,Aoife O’Conell,Corrie Ryan,Tyrone McGuane, Adam Quinlivan,Tony Collopy, Ebony O’Donoghue,Danika Mason.

LIMERICK FC ON TV: Limerick FCs opening game in the league against Cork City, which will be played on Sunday, March 10, 2013 at Thomond Park at 5.15 pm, is to be broadcast on RTE. This game marks Limerick’s return to the top division after 19 years.

MEALS ON WHEELS: A Daily Service of Meals on Wheels, Monday to Friday, mornings and afternoons is currently provided by St Mary’s AID. Enquiries regarding this service should be made to John Gilligan at St Mary’s AID. Telephone 061-318106.

CARE AND REPAIR: A free home repair service is available to people in the area of St Mary’s who are over 65 years of age. For more information or to get the job done, phone Warren at 061-318106.

CHRISTY’S CAFÉ DELIGHTS: Without doubt one the best things to happen in our area of the greater King’s Island in the recent past has been the establishment of what I have come to term, The Café on the Bank! (The other being the erection of the Primary Care Centre). It is positively thriving and the customers who go there just happen to be thriving too on its savoury and delectable delights. The outstanding head chef, Christy, is to be highly congratulated on the consistency and high standard of the dinners available from Monday to Friday, 12.30-2.00 roughly. As I have already mentioned in previous notes, you have a choice of five starters, main courses and desserts to choose from on any given day. There’s a mad rush for the succulent fish, particularly on Fridays. Old habits die hard! One can either eat in a very sociable atmosphere at the Centre which is situated at the start of the Bank, or avail of a take away, either bring your own plate or make use of the Styrofoam containers, which are just 25c extra. A three course dinner will set you back just €5! The main course alone will cost you only €3.50! Now if that’s not value in these recessionary times, then what is? Full marks to chef Christy and all his hard working, friendly staff!

LUNCHTIME CONCERTS: The Lunchtime Concerts which are held at St Mary’s Cathedral have become a definite fixture in the lives of many music loving Limerick people. The good news is that they are set to return on Wednesday, March 13, 2013. In fact there will be three Lunchtime Concerts during the month of March, with the Leaving Students of Árd Scoil Mhuire performing at the first concert in April. I will have details of those performing in the March concerts as the weeks progress, so keep an eye to these notes if you wish to avail of a wonderful free concert, with only as donation required if you so wish, which goes to aid the Companions of St Mary’s Cathedral Music..

SPRATT’S CROCERY SHOP: The small grocery shop is as rare as extra cash these days but there is one gem situated on the island Road as you approach the church. This very year they are celebrating their centenary. I hope to have a much better account of their beginnings up to 2013 in my notes in a few weeks time. Tell me, where can you get sticks for the fire, bacon and cabbage, detergent, bottle gas, newspapers, an array of sweets, ice-cream, cigs, do your weekly Lotto and much, much more? At Spratt’s of course, where every possible needful, you can source!

ST MARY’S SCOUTS: “Over 50 years ago scouting was established in St Mary’s, when the 2nd and 6th Limerick and sea scouts under the aegis of C.B.S.I. was formed. In that long interval, numerous boys of the parish have benefitted in many ways from scouting. The first scout hall was a timbered structure on the Island Bank (later St Brigid’s Boys’ Club) and after a lapse in the thirties the troop was reformed and had temporary premises in the Playground, Bishop Street. Previous to that they had meetings in Athlunkard Boat Club under reforming officers, Joe Gilligan, scout master; Kevin Bradshaw, chairman; Joe Murphy, Hon. Sec. The very Rev Fr PJ Lee, chaplain. In the Marian year of 1954, a new scout hall was built, again on the Island bank, under the leadership of Fr Wall, chaplain, whose great work with the movement is still remembered in the parish. In 1968, the lapse 6th Limerick was reformed under Tony Hayden, SM. Scouting in the parish received a severe blow on St Patrick’s Day, 1980, when the hall was maliciously burned down. Since then a search to procure a suitable site for a new hall has not yet been successful. The unit now meets in temporary quarters in the old St Munchin’s hall opposite the Castle. Here, over 100 cubs and scouts meet regularly to continue the great scouting tradition of St Mary’s. Long may it continue!

The present officers are; Chairman, G. Mulcahy; Hon Treasurer, Michael Downey; Hon Secretary, Miriam Duggan; Unit Leader, Ricky Woodrow; Chaplain, Muiris O’Connor. There is a very small committee functioning at present and new members would be welcome.” (1985). An accompanying picture to this article show St Mary’s Parish Scouts and the names of the Committee: Mr Morgan, Mr Healy, J. Griffin, Scout Master. Mr. Ryan, Chairman. W. Wixted. Scouts: M. O’Sullivan, C. Madigan, Fr O’Regan, Scout Chaplain, J. Cowhey, T. Daly, M. Hoare, T. Andrews, T. Finn, R. Quigley. (From the ‘Golden Jubilee Book’ 1982. No author is credited.)

JOE GILLIGAN: In the article above, you will have noticed that our parishioner, Joe Gilligan, was Scout Master back in the 40s. In fact, up to recent years Joe has continued to be involved in the wider scouting movement within our city. Joe still remains a vibrant member of our community in St Mary’s Parish. He is a most genial man and the very essence of neatness in his appearance. Age has not succeeded in bowing his impressive tall frame. He is so dedicated to taking up the collection at the 11.00 am Mass every Sunday and he still drives. People like Joe are thin on the ground nowadays. That is why in a community such as ours he is a veritable gem.

LEAVING CERT MUSIC: A Leaving Certificate Guide To Catata BWV 78, Jesu Der Du Meine Seele Johann Sebastian Bach: Pre-Concert Talk and Demonstration at 6.30 p.m. Full performance 7.30 pm. Presenter and Conductor Peter Barley. Performers - Ancór and St Mary’s Cathedral Choir with full orchestra. Soloists - Pauline Graham, Duncan Brickenden, Wolodymyr Smishkewych and Nathan Morrison. Wednesday, March 6, 2013 in St. Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick. €8 Students / €10 Adults / Music Teacher free with group of 6+. For further information ‘phone (061) 310293 or email peterandrewbarley@gmail.com. Supported by the Post-Primary Music Teachers’ Association and The Companions of St Mary’s Cathedral Music.

PARISH OFFICE: Our parish office, situated behind our church in Canon O’Malley’s house, is open three days a week, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 3.00-5.00pm. The contact number is 061-416300.

HOLDING COURT PART TWO: “Sometimes I sneak along to the other side of the counter to observe her undetected. In my sis-year-old eyes, she’s a large lady with a moon shaped face that has threads of broken veins purpling it. Her tweed coat is shorter than the skirt, which hangs lankly some inches below it. The buttons are strained over her broad chest giving her a slightly humped appearance. A woollen headscarf holds the bushy pepper and salt hair in check.

Other customers come into the little shop. They buy their few groceries – bread, milk, butter, sugar and tea and go off about their business. That Woman remains and continues her conversation with my Auntie Kathleen entertaining those who care to listen. I think That Woman is the most interesting person alive. She has time to tell yarns, “to beat the band,” as Auntie Kathleen says and to me she’s a storyteller to the power of brilliant. When my mother comes to collect me I’m reluctant to leave.

Occasionally, I’m sent down to That Woman’s house in Schoolhouse Lane with a box of left over vegetables or bread. I think her family have a wonderful time. They don’t have to wash and they have a house that doesn’t ever have to be cleaned or anything. The plaster is crumbling off the walls and you can pick it off to draw pictures on the path. The bottom of the front door has been gnawed into a jagged edge sort-of like a lace border. And there’s a smell from her. Not a nice smell – more an odour – a combination of smoke and other special ingredients that makes it acceptable to me because it’s part and parcel of That Woman. Now the world knows her as Angela, she of The Ashes. But to me, she’ll never be anything but That Woman who held court in my Auntie Kathleen’s shop all those years ago.” (What a brilliant title for the above highly

entertaining and informative piece, the final part of one of Mae Leonard’s 71 pieces which is included in her latest publication entitled, “My Home is There 2.)

ORGAN RECITAL REMINDER: Just a quick reminder about the organ recital and Plain Chant at the Jesuit’s Church on this coming Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 7.00 pm. It is free as far as I know.

CHRIST CHURCH: Limerick 200 Year Anniversary Genealogy & Family History Day 16th March 2013 at Christ Church, 51A O’Connell St Limerick. As part of Christ Church Limerick’s 200 year anniversary celebrations we are planning to hold a Genealogy & Family History day in our O’Connell St. Church on the 16th March. In 2013 the Methodist Church, on its present site in the city, will be 200 years old and in the same year the Presbyterians will have been in Limerick for over 350 years. Christ Church Limerick became a United Presbyterian and Methodist Church over 40 years ago and continues to thrive. In this anniversary year we are celebrating all of this history and these significant historical milestones. As a United Presbyterian and Methodist Church in Limerick we are in the unique position to be able to bring together family history records from our combined churches. We have also very close links with other local churches, and in particular the Church of Ireland where we share certain responsibilities in relation to governance of the local schools with a Protestant ethos. We are planning to bring together all the available Church Registers and School Roll Books for our community on the Saturday of the St. Patrick’s Day weekend for anyone, from complete novice up to experienced genealogist, to review. We also hope to have some Catholic Registers available on the day. (Continued next week).

A WEE BIT O’ SCOTTISH RUGBY: a In light of our miserable result in our clash against Scotland on Sunday last, despite having great possession etc I have accidentally come upon a bit of interesting facts re the clash of Ireland and Scotland in times past. Yes indeed, it’s not just the literature arena that grabs my attention!

Up to the 1900s Scottish rugby teams had a far superior record, winning 30 matches against Ireland’s 14. In the first meeting of the two countries the Scots won by six goals and two tries to nil. Of the 20 matches played up to the end of 1896-1897 season, Ireland won only two – by one goal to one try at Belfast in 1880-81, and by one goal to nil in Dublin in 1893-94. They drew in two matches, 1892-93 and 1895-96. Neither side scored in these fixtures. The abysmal rugby exhibited by the Irish teams initiated the following comment by the famous Irish sports journalist, “The superiority of Scotland is solely attributable to the tremendous strength of her forwards.” Not being fully aware of the ins and outs of the game of rugby, I wonder was this the case on Saturday last?

In the first decade of the 1900s, Ireland showed that it could prove a force to be reckoned with. An Irish team beat Scotland by one goal to nil in 1901and in 1904 they caused quite a sensation by defeating the Scots on their own territory for the first time by one goal and two tries to one

goal in a match that was played in Edinburgh. Between 1925 and 1935, Ireland beat Scotland five times at Murrayfield, but it was in the period following World War 2 that saw a definite improvement in the performance of our rugby teams. From 1947 the Irish won eight matches in a row but that trend was stymied by Scotland in 1955. However, after that the Irish went on to win four more victories in succession. (I might return to the past clashes between Ireland and Scotland sometime soon if space permits).

ORANGEMAN IN HEAVEN: C An Orangeman died and went to heaven but St Peter stopped him at the gate and asked him what he had done to deserve heaven? “I was the bravest Orangeman that ever lived,” said the man from Belfast. “I was the first man to carry the Union Jack up the Falls Road. “When did you do that?” asked St Peter. “A few minutes ago,” said the Orangeman.

SPOT OF HUMOUR: C Foreman: “Have you got all the tools sharpened and ready yet?” Apprentice (very new); “Nearly sir, but I cannot get the nicks out of this saw.” A drunken holidaymaker stood on the promenade looking at the reflection of the moon in the sea. “What’s that down there?” he drooled. “That’s the moon,” said a passer-by. “Well, how did I get up here, then?”

SEAN-FHOCAL: C “Ní chruinníonn cloch reatha caonach.” “A rolling stone gathers no moss.” “Is fear clú ná conach.” “A good name is better than riches.”