MEALS ON WHEELS: I am delighted to report that Queen of Peace, Meals on Wheels are back in action. It will run 5 days a week and the cost is only €3 for dinner and a dessert. If you or anyone you know would like to avail of the service please ring Siobhán on 061481490 or 0871256619
ROSARY: For the month of May the Rosary will be recited each evening at 7pm at the Shrine on the Roxboro Road and the Shrine in Rathbane.
BAG PACKING: The Simon Community are urgently seeking bag packers at Tesco, Roxboro Road on Friday 17 and Saturday May 18. Please contact 061608980 if you can volunteer some spare time.
GALVONE NS: Galvone NS are currently taking applications for the coming September for the Early Start Preschool. This free pre-school is staffed by a fully qualified teacher and a childcare worker and has a specialised music programme in place.
They are also currently taking applications for Junior Infants for September 2013. If interested call 061-311286 for an application form. A Clothing Bank is now available in Galvone NS school car park to help with fundraising for the school. It is suitable for used/ unwanted clothes, shoes, belts and bags. It will be available to the community during school hours.
QUEEN OF PEACE NS: Adult Education Classes on offer are: Men’s Group – Cookery with Andy Williams, Women’s Group – Drama with Tracy Aspel, Importance of being me, Creative Writing with Sheila Quealey - Friday 10-12noon, Computers FETAC Level 3 will be begin shortly on Thursdays 11.30-1.30pm, Knitting and Sewing -Thursdays 10 -12noon. A number of Literacy Programmes are also on offer there; ITABE, Travellers Group – Toppins Field, Literacy and I.T. twice weekly -Monday & Thursday, Digital Skills – some places available and you must be able to use email. Further information from Kate Russell HSCL on 0858100955.
ST. SAVIOURS: The following classes are run in C.I.E. Club, Carey’s Road: Conversational Irish with Pól O Flathartha-Wednesday 6.30-8pm, Art- Thursday 10.30-12noon, Yoga- Monday 11.30-1pm. Drama – Tuesday 10-12noon.
ENROLMENTS: Our Lady Queen of Peace Primary School, Janesboro, are now accepting enrolments for the 2013/2014 school year. The following are available: Our Lady Queen of Peace Pre- School: Children between 2years and 6 months and 3years and 6 months are eligible. Early Start classes: Children must be between 3years and 2 months and 4years and 6 months to enroll in this free class. Junior Infants: Children must be over 4years of age on September 1 to enroll in junior infants. Please ring 061311285 or call to the school office at any time for enrolment forms and further information.
CHIROPODY: I have been asked many times about the availability of chiropody in our community. I have made enquiries and sourced Bridget O Callaghan who will provide the service in her rooms in Cecil Street to older people with a medical card for €10. People need to register first with Carebright (formally known as RCCN) at 061-383644
TIDY TOWNS: As Spring has now arrived the Tidy Towns/Going for Gold committee will soon be knocking on your doors looking for commitment from residents to help out for the coming months with planting and maintaining the area. They are a small crew as people are probably aware and will be unable to cater for all areas. They need residents to roll up their sleeves and muck in as it is their community too. There are continuously looking for new members so if interested phone 0894667651. They meet the first Tuesday of every month in the Spotted Dog pub at 5pm. You can also Facebook them at Janesboro Tidy Towns. There you will find lots of pictures of them in action.
YOUTH CLUB: Queen of Peace Youth Club with the support of Limerick Youth Service are re-launching the club which has been closed for some time. The venue is the Community Hall, Roxboro Road. Young people age 10-13 years are welcome to come along to register and must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. They are also looking for adults and former members etc who would like to help out as leaders, with training provided by the Youth Service. Details of club activities, training etc will be available on the night. The club has been running successfully for the past fifteen years and in this the fortieth anniversary of Limerick Youth Service it would be a pity to lose such a valuable resource which provides activities for the young people in our community.
DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: As many of you are aware I am an active member of the Limerick M.S. branch. May 29 has been designated ‘World M.S. Day’. Here in Limerick we will be celebrating it with a barbeque and entertainment in the Mid West Regional Office at ‘Tara’, St. Nessan’s Road, Dooradoyle from 11-3pm. Pay us a visit and bring a friend. Later that evening there will be a Table Quiz in Gerry Flannery’s Bar on Catherine Street. I’ll have further details next week but do let me know if you’d like to enter a team please.
DÓCHAS: Dóchas (Hope for people with Autism) acknowledges the very generous contributions to them from the parishioners. They welcome all donations of clothing, bric-a-brac-and toys. They can collect from you or you can drop items to their offices at 97 Henry Street. Contact them on 061 315566. Anyone needing information or direction regarding services for people with autism should make contact with Dóchas, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact their liaison worker at email@example.com. Dóchas will shortly be moving to Parnell Street where they will be opening a charity shop. Anne Collins from Kennedy Park asks that we all try and support this new venture.
CARE & REPAIR: A team of volunteers who do home repair jobs free of charge for older people and people with disabilities in Queen of Peace are to extend their services. John Keane said they will be expanding to cover Southill/ Carew/ Kincora areas.
If you’d like support from Care & Repair or to volunteer contact John at St Munchins’ Family Resource Centre on 0876731314 or e mail firstname.lastname@example.org
LIMERICK WRITERS’ CENTRE: The Limerick Writers’ Centre Presents ‘Developing Original Fiction Characters Workshop’ with author William Ryan on Saturday May 25 from 10-1pm. Novelist William Ryan will work with participants to develop fiction characters that stand out, using group exercises to show how to bring characters to life and move your stories forward. To book a place on the workshop please email email@example.com The fee for the workshop is €5, payable in advance. Places are limited. The workshop will take place at our centre at 12 Barrington St., Limerick Further details from Dominic Taylor 087 2996409
LOURDES 2013: Autumn Pilgrimage to Lourdes is from September 17-22, 2013. €715 per person sharing in the Hotel Paradis. The Spiritual Director is Father John McCarthy. A Savings Club is open each Saturday 10.30am-12.30pm in the Function Room in the Spotted Dog. For enquiries contact Laura Moore on 061-312418, Angela O Flynn on 086-8946733, or Sheila McCarthy, Dromcollogher.
LEGION OF MARY: The Legion of Mary, Rosa Mystica Presidium has been active in the parish for 58 years. 6 members visit the housebound, those in nursing homes and St Camillus Hospital. They could do with some more members and volunteers. Call to the Resource Centre any Tuesday night between 7-8pm.
DOMINICAN BIBLICAL INSTITUTE: The next lecture in the Dominican Institute on Upper Cecil Street will be on Tuesday, May 14 at 7.30pm. It will be given by Father Charles Conroy and his topic is ‘The Holy Spirit’. Free admission and all welcome.
CALLING ALL CLARES: My namesake readers may be interested in the following: As part of ‘The Gathering 2013’ all people with the name Clare/Clair/Claire as a first or last name are invited to County Clare for a ‘Weekend of Welcomes’. It happens from June 21-23 and the hope is to break the World Record for people called ‘Clare’ gathered in County Clare. If you’d like to register or for further information contact Sharon or Dolores 0656866800, e mail firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.volunteerclare.ie or on Facebook- welcomingclairetoclare.
LOOKING FOR A NEW FRIEND: The Brothers of Charity in Limerick are looking for volunteers to become friends with people who have an intellectual disability. There are many who would be interested in meeting through the Cara Friendship Scheme. Full training and support will be provided for volunteers. Contact Ivana at 0877548825.