Mar 2

Jude Meaney


Jude Meaney

ST MARY’S CATHEDRAL CHOIR: On Wednesday, March 6 at 6.30pm, St Mary’s Cathedral Choir, together with professional soloists and orchestra, will be mounting a special performance of Bach’s masterly Cantata No. 78, Jesu der du meine Seele. This is actually one of the set works for this year’s Leaving Certificate Music syllabus, so this event presents a rare and golden opportunity for students (and teachers) to hear a live performance with the necessary full forces, together with an explanatory introduction.

ST MARY’S CATHEDRAL CHOIR: On Wednesday, March 6 at 6.30pm, St Mary’s Cathedral Choir, together with professional soloists and orchestra, will be mounting a special performance of Bach’s masterly Cantata No. 78, Jesu der du meine Seele. This is actually one of the set works for this year’s Leaving Certificate Music syllabus, so this event presents a rare and golden opportunity for students (and teachers) to hear a live performance with the necessary full forces, together with an explanatory introduction.

In the opening talk, each movement of the work will be discussed and key themes and ideas highlighted. This is the third time, that St Mary’s Cathedral has mounted this special ‘Leaving Cert Guide to Bach Cantata 78’. The talk and presentation will be given by Peter Barley, Organist and Choirmaster of St Mary’s Cathedral. He will also conduct the performance. Peter is a music graduate of Cambridge and London Universities, as well as the Royal Academy of Music, London.

A booking form can be downloaded either from the PPMTA website: or the cathedral website at Or you can Email:, or ring St Mary’s Cathedral Office on 061 310 293. Entrance is priced at 8 euro per student and 10 euro per adult, though one teacher goes free, with every group of six students. This concert is generously supported by the PPMTA (the Post-Primary Music Teachers’ Association) and the Companions of St Mary’s Cathedral Music.

LIMERICK DIOCESE PRESENTING “THE WITNESS: Limerick Diocese is presenting The Witness, a powerful and moving musical about the life, death and resurrection of Christ, as told through the eyes of Peter - The Witness.

Produced by Fr. Terry Loughran, this “must see show” is for all the family and takes place in the magnificent new Lime Tree Theatre in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick on Friday March 8 and Saturday, March 9.

Tickets are just €15 and are currently on sale from the Lime Tree Box Office - telephone 061 774 774.

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 months notice to Parish and Civil Registrar. Church Office: Telephone 061 325 288, from Sundays 9am to 12.30pm and Weekdays 9am to 9.45am.

VILLIERS SCHOOL NEWS: Villiers PTA would like to invite you to a talk on Thursday, March 7. It will be presented by Catherine O’Connor (Educational Consultant). Her talk looks at the challenges facing students making the transition into college life. It will be held in Villiers Lecture Hall and will commence at 7.30pm. All parents and friends, are welcome to attend.

Villiers Equestrian Team participated in the SJI Interschools at Clonlara Equestrian Centre on Sunday, February 10 and were unfortunate to be beaten into 2nd place, by less than .30 of a second. Our two teams rode very well and are maintaining the form demonstrated in the Limerick-Clare Interschools in 2012.

LIMERICK LAWN TENNIS CLUB: Cardio Tennis classes resume at LLTC on Tuesdays and Fridays with Dee & Rhona from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Cardio Tennis is a high energy fitness activity that combines the best features of the sport of tennis with cardiovascular exercise, delivering the ultimate, full body, calorie burning aerobic workout. It is a very social and fun class for players of all ability levels taught by two of our tennis coaches, namely Deidre Collins and Rhona Byrnes. If you’ve never played tennis before it is a great way to be introduced to the sport and if you are an experienced high level tennis player it is the best way to train for tennis.

Details of the new Junior Coaching term have been announced. The programme will begin with a Monday Club and a Saturday Club. All levels of juniors will be accommodated, using the International Tennis Federation’s “Stay and Play” method, of using colour-coded balls for players of different ages and abilities. For the first time, a Little Aces section will be included, catering for the youngest age group, from 5 years. Application forms are now available from the clubhouse and further information may be obtained through calling 087 9669 798.

OPEN MIC POETRY: Every Wednesday the White House Bar, 52 O’Connell Street, Limerick is transformed into a centre of culture as poets recite their latest work. Barney Sheehan - behind the revival of poetry at the White House, continues to attract the best of Irish and International poetry to Limerick. The readings have provided an open, supportive venue for countless poets to perform their work, and has fostered a community of poetry. These Readings are preceded by an Open Mic Session in which anyone who wishes to read is invited to do so. Complementary finger food is provided and there is free admission. For further information, please telephone 061 329 218 or 086 8657 494. You can also Email:

POPULAR BUSINESS MENTOR PROGRAMME RETURNS TO LIMERICK: SMACHT, the Business Therapy Programme, will return to Limerick this week, for its third successful year. The programme, which is aimed at positive business people both self employed and within enterprises, has helped over dozens of Limerick businesses, improve their financial net worth and increase efficiency. SMACHT, is an intensive one year programme, which teaches the most up to date business management tactics and practices to help busy business people increase sales, drive cost-effective efficiencies, while managing personal and professional balance.

Pádraic O’Maille, the creator of SMACHT, welcomes the return of SMACHT to Limerick, stating that the calibre of business people in Limerick who have come on the programme, is a sign of great things for the future. “Some of Limerick’s finest business people have been on our SMACHT programme and have professed to having seen some significant results in their personal and professional goals.” “SMACHT is the Irish word for discipline and on the programme, we teach people how to put some SMACHT on their business. We are delighted to be coming back to Limerick this year due to popular demand.” Run over the course of the year, SMACHT is based on eight sessions. Each session is dynamically interactive, in which participants are challenged by peers to state and share goals, review progress against those goals and receive ideas and inputs from the larger group, on how to make even better progress.

John Webb O’Rourke, of Zest Healthcare, Limerick has been on the SMACHT programme for the past two years and says: “Any business person who wants to be part of a group which helps them improve and work upon themselves, should join SMACHT. I have been part of it for two years and in that time, I have seen my business grow and grow.” Patricia O’Donnell, Limerick based Senior QFA with Acorn Life, adds that: “SMACHT is the place to be for business people, who are serious about moving forward in their business.”

Adrian McKenna, Partner at Moore Stephens Patrick McNamara Accountants and Business Advisors in Limerick adds: “I have been attending the SMACHT Limerick presentations for over two years. The sessions provide focused incisive leadership principles, delivered monthly by Ireland’s top management facilitator, Padraic O’Maille. SMACHT imparts essential and thought provoking axioms, to equip all of us with the ability to out-perform in today’s challenging business environment.” SMACHT Limerick will be held on Thursday, February 21 and there are a limited number of places left. Full details can be got from or by phoning 091 986 5340.

MUNSTER FLEADH CHEOIL: The Castletroy Branch of Comhaltas are holding a Table Quiz to fundraise for the Munster Fleadh Cheoil, an 8 day festival of Irish Culture, that’s coming to Limerick, this July. The Table Quiz will be held in Monaleen GAA Club on Friday, March 1at 8.30pm. Table of 4 for €30. We will have ceol, bia and a few questions and a guaranteed night’s craic. Please come and join in the fun and if you don’t have a full team don’t worry, as we’ll sort you out on the night.

ANÚNA IN CONCERT: Limerick Choral Festival in association with RTÉ Lyric fm presents ‘Anúna in Concert’ at St. Joseph’s Church, O’Connell Avenue on Friday, March 1 at 8pm. Tickets available from Euro Empire, O’Connell St., and St. Joseph’s Church. Concessions at the door subject to availability.

Irish choral music has little or no history before the latter part of the twentieth century. In 1987 Dublin composer Michael McGlynn founded ANÚNA, Ireland’s National Choir. The name derives from the collective term for the three ancient types of Irish music, Suantraí (lullaby), Geantraí (happy song) and Goltraí (lament).

One of the choir’s stated aims is to explore and redefine choral music from ancient times through to the present. The group have created a unique voice for Ireland and are widely accoladed for the originality of their performances, recordings and the natural quality of their singers. Concerts feature a compelling combination of movement, elegant costume, candles and ethereal and haunting music sung in the choir’s own unique way. Their material is written or arranged for the group by Michael McGlynn, and includes reconstructions of early and medieval Irish music. Anúna sing unaccompanied and without conductor, with between twelve and fourteen singers in any performance.

Their ability to slip easily between musical genres has allowed them to collaborate with a diverse variety of notable performers. Anúna were featured artists with the phenomenally successful Riverdance. For further information, please telephone 086 3203 473, or Email: Web:

LIMERICK’S GOT TALENT 2013: Limerick’s Got Talent 2013 in aid of MS Society Limerick will launch their new season on Friday, March 1 at Arthur’s Quay Shopping Centre at 11.00 am. Application forms for LGT 2013 competition will be available from Limerick Local Heroes Office in the Arthur’s Quay Shopping Centre.

WORKSHOP FOR CHOIRS/CANTORS/SOLOISTS WITH PATRICK KILLEEN: On Sunday, March 3 at 1.45pm, in St. Joseph’s Church, O’Connell Avenue, Limerick there will be a workshop for choirs, cantors and soloists with Patrick Killeen.

Patrick G. Killeen began his formative music studies at the then Cork Municipal School of Music, now a constituent college of the Cork Institute of Technology. His undergraduate studies were taken at University College Cork between 1979 and 1982 under Prof. Aloys Fleischmann.

He graduated with Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees in 1981 and 1982 respectively. In 1999 he graduated with an honours Master of Science degree in Music Technology from the College of informatics and Electronics at the University of Limerick.

Further studies ensued in 2002 at the University of Limerick where he successfully completed an honours Master of Arts degree in Chant and ritual song at the then Irish World Music Centre. Patrick works full time as a freelance professional organist, liturgical composer and choir director, having directed in excess of 12 choirs over the past 35 years.

He currently holds the position of organist and director or music at the ‘Church of the Descent of the Holy Spirit’, Dennehy’s Cross, Cork city. He has held this position since 1977.

His music has been widely published, broadcasted and recorded on many CD’s around the globe, including countries such as Hungary, Slovenia, Russia and the United States of America. His choral repertoire has also been used at youth choir choral seminars.

For further information, please telephone 086 3203 473, or Email:


ST. PHILOMENA’S SCHOOL TABLE QUIZ: A Table Quiz in aid of St. Philomena’s School, South Circular Road will be held on Friday, March 1 at 8pm sharp in Fennessy’s Pub, South Circular Road. Tables of up to 4 at 40euro a table. Prizes galore! Hope to see you there!

IRISH CANCER SOCIETY FUNDRAISING EVENING: The Limerick Classic and Vintage Car Club are holding a classic motorsport evening in aid of the Irish Cancer Society at the Kilmurry Lodge Hotel, Castletroy on Friday, March 1 at 8pm. For more information, please call 087 817 4991 or check out

PIETA HOUSE MAD HARPERS TEA PARTY: Madness and fun is in the air. There will be a Fun Tea Party, Live music, A”Silly Hat “competition for adults and kids and a Raffle with fantastic spot prizes kindly donated by local companies. All proceeds are going to Pieta House Limerick. Our goal is to raise €1,000, which will help massively for this very worthy organisation. It is kindly supported by The Milk Market. Anyone interested in helping out, making a donation or giving a spot prize, please contact Maria Harper on 083 1239 569.

MASTERCLASS FOR ORGAN ENTHUSIASTS WITH DR. ERIC SWEENEY: On Saturday, March 2 from 1pm to 2.30pm in St. John’s Cathedral, Limerick there will be a Masterclass for organ enthuasists, with Dr. Eric Sweeney.

Organist and choirmaster of Christ Church Cathedral Waterford, Dr. Eric Sweeney began organ lessons while still a choirboy at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin studying with the cathedral organist W.S. Greig. He later studied with Flor Peeters in Belgium and, with the aid of an Italian Government scholarship, with Fernando Germani in Rome. He has given recitals throughout Ireland both North and South as well as in England, Sweden, Italy, France and America and his programmes reflect a special interest in contemporary music. He has become well known also for his organ improvisations to silent movies which include The Phantom of the Opera, Dracula and Nosferatu.

He collaborated with the rock group 3epkano for an improvisation to the 1930′s classic film The Cabinet of Dr Caligari at the Kilkenny Arts Festival in August 2011.

All are welcome and participation/attendance is free. Individual tuition is also available - by advance arrangement - and organists of all standards are welcome to apply.

Admission is Free. For further information, please telephone 086 3203 473, or

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LIMERICK CHORAL FESTIVAL: Come along to the Limerick Choral Festival from Friday, March 1 to Sunday, March 3 at Maryville, O’Connell Avenue, Limerick.

The tradition of a major choral event in Limerick stretches back to the 1950’s when some interested choir enthusiasts held a festival of plain chant in the city’s Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, which ran successfully for approximately ten years. This was essentially aimed at school choirs to foster a love of choral music among those taking part. The prime objective of this initial event was rewarded with the graduation of these same young people into some of the finest church choirs throughout the city.

In the late 1970’s the Church Music International choral festival was established with the support of the then Limerick Corporation (as the ‘anchor’ event of the city’s St Patrick’s Week celebrations) and succeeded in attracting participation not only from Limerick and the Mid West, but from all parts of the country – and from abroad.

Following the discontinuation of this event in 2000, and the suspension of the choral section of Féile Luimní, it was decided in 2004 to create a single choral event for the city, rather than a fragmented approach which had prevailed up to then. In 2005, a festival exclusively designated to church music was held for the first time, with adjudicators since then such as Dr. John O’Keeffe, Orla Barry, Donal Doherty (Derry), Ite O’Donovan, Dr. Óscar Mascareñas, Gwen Moore, Dr. Helen Phelan – and others presiding. Among the Composers-in-Residence who have participated were Jean-Paul Lecot (Lourdes), Professor Seoirse Bodley, along with the celebrated Irish composers Liam Lawton & Columba McCann OSB and Marty Haugen (USA). The Limerick Choral Festival takes place annually during the first weekend in March. We look forward to welcoming choirs from near and far to our wonderful city!

For further information, please telephone 086 3203 473, or Email: Web:

TROCAIRE: Trocaire and Limerick Diocese celebrate 40 years of service together this Lent: Living Lent 2013. You will have seen the posters in every church over the past few weeks. They were created by Trocaire especially for the special week coming up next week and sent to all parishes about a month ago.

Trócaire’s ‘Rediscovering Mercy’ is a four week interactive faith-based Lenten programme for adults. An invitation to reconnect faith and mercy. It invites participants into a reflective space, to rediscover God’s loving mercy for them and for the world. It is an opportunity to see how we are all loved by God, and out of this love, to see how we are called to love others in our families, communities and around the world.

You are invited to join us on Monday nights in the Pastoral Centre, Denmark Street, Limerick from 8pm to 9.30pm, as we reflect on faith and mercy in the context of human experience of scripture, and of our call to compassion in our communities and the wider world.