DANCE CLASSES: Dance classes will commence in Our Lady of Lourdes Action Centre on Thursday May 16th at 7pm. The first three classes are Line Dancing and the next three classes will be Zumba. The classes will run every Thursday from 7-8 pm. Cost is €3 per class. For further information contact Kay on: 061 228596.
CONVERSATIONS ABOUT PRIMARY HEALTHCARE: Healthcare in the community is known as primary healthcare and this includes services which are provided by GPs, public health nurses, home helps, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech and language therapists. Professor Anne McFarlane, from the Graduate Entry Medical School is looking for some community members to take part in a consultation about health in community settings. The conversations will take place on Friday May 24th in the Irish Chamber Orchestra Building, University of Limerick from 10.00 -12.30pm. Light refreshments will be served on arrival. For more information please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
COMMUNITY BINGO: Bingo takes place in Our Lady of Lourdes Action Centre every Monday night at 8.30pm. Please come along and enjoy a fun filled night! All are welcome!
ADAPT CHURCH GATE COLLECTION: ADAPT Services work to support women who experience domestic abuse, and their children, across Limerick city and county. They are holding their annual church gate collection in Limerick city on Satrday 25th and Sunday 26th of May and are appealing for colunteers to get involved.
They have received amazing support from local people over the past couple of years and would like to thank those who have given them this support. The church gate collection raises vital funds to keep the service running and as a result volunteers as essential. It only takes one person in the parish to get enthuasiasm going in order to make this fundraising a succcess. Raising as much as €250 would provide the children in the refuge with two weeks activties or allow ADAPT to meet a woman anywhere in the county and offer support.
If you think you could give them an hour on the day or if you know of anyone who would be willing to help out in Limerick County or suburbs please contact Laura Bohan on 061 412354 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FREE LEGAL ADVICE CLINICS: Limerick Community Law and Mediation Centre is an independent law and mediation centre which has been established with the aim of providing free legal information, advice, advocacy and representation in areas of law as follows: • Family Law (advice only) • Social Welfare • Debt • Consumer • Employment & Equality • Housing • Education • Community Care The Advice Clinics are held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month from 10 to 12.30pm at Our Lady of Lourdes Community Centre: Wednesday 1st May 2013 10-12.30pm and Wednesday 15th May 2013 10-12.30pm. Services are free to people living in the catchment area that are unable to afford the services of a private solicitor. The Clinic operates on a walk-in, first come first served basis. For any queries please contact Caroline Keane, Solicitor on 061 536 100.
STEPS SCHOOL COMPLETION PROGRAMME: STEPS will be reviewing all services over the next few weeks. The staff will be in contact with parents and / or young people with a short questionnaire, and we would appreciate your support and ask for your suggestions and views.
WEST END YOUTH CENTRE NEWS: It’s hard to believe but the summer is almost upon us. The West End Team is busy making plans for the summer break and already there are some very exciting camps in the pipeline. This year we will be working with a number of other community groups around the city to make sure that there is no shortage of activities and opportunities for the young people of the area. Information regarding dates and times will be published as soon as it is finalised. Anyone interested in getting involved in the camps can drop in and talk to a member of staff or call 061 441078. Congrats to Wayne O’Donovan the winner of our recent draw. Wayne was one of the first 50 people to like our Facebook page and will be the recipient of €20 phone credit. Don’t forget to like our page to be in with a chance of winning a prize in any future competitions. You can find us at www.facebook.com/westendlimerick.
OUR LADY OF LOURDES SCHOOL: Things have calmed in Our Lady of Lourdes School after the adventures in the Limetree Theatre. After the show, we returned to the annual event of First Holy Communion. The ceremony took place on Saturday the 27th of April and it was a resounding success. Olivia Aherne and Courage Daniel both spoke beautifully on behalf of the parents. A total of 13 children received this very special sacrament – Hollie Judge, Divine Onyekaba, Melissa Obi, Princess Daniel, Shelby Crawford, Kayden Hannon, Thomas O’Donoghue, Alan Cosgrave, Dessie Collins, Dylan Aherne, Jonathon McCarthy, Patrick Phelan and Ria Stenson. The school choir sang with extra confidence and joy after their trip to the Limetree. It was an absolutely beautiful ceremony and all the families enjoyed spending time with each other on this most special and holy occasion.
First class has developed a super interest in History. Readers may remember that earlier in the school year, they investigated their own personal histories, tracing their own family trees and listening to stories from their grandparents about how life was for them in their youth. This week, first class have looked much further back in history as they explored some of the ancient Greek legends. Their favourite is the legend of the Horse of Troy. They are fascinated by how clever people can be when they put their minds to it.
The Dads and Lads course has come to an end this week. Tyrone Malone, Jaden Collins, Raymond Collins and Ross Keogh all finished fabulous dog kennels which they will be able to take home. There was a huge amount of learning in the project from estimation and measurement to the use of tools and woodwork. The boys were ably helped by the adult males in their lives who gave up their time to support the boys in the school activities. Well done to the men! Thanks also to Brian Mitchell, who shared his expertise with us. School is closed for a week’s well earned break and will reopen on Monday the 13th of May.
LIMERICK SENIORS FORUM UPDATES: Limerick Seniors Forum is a forum of older people in Limerick (City & County) who have come together to voice their concerns about issues affecting their everyday lives. If you are an older person (over 55) who would like to get involved please contact one of our Development Workers Eleanor Cowan-Hughes or Claire Gallery at PAUL Partnership on 061 419388.
Upcoming Events: Safety & Security Information Event: All are welcome to this event hosted by Limerick Seniors Forum in the Perry Hotel on Tuesday 14th May from 10.00am – 12.30pm. The purposw of the event is to address the confusion that exists around personal and home security alarms. The MC for the day will be Limerick’s very own Len Dineen of Live 95fm. Speakers include An Garda Siochana, Alarm Installers/providers etc.. To find out more please contact Claire Gallery on 061 419388 email@example.com.
Bealtaine Festival: -Celebrating Creativity in Later Life Wed 22nd May 11.30am – 2.00pm in the Absolute Hotel Play by Carnation Theatre presents ‘Music Hall’ set in 1916. Places are limited to please book early to avoid disappointment. Refreshments Provided! Please call Eleanor/Claire/Corneila on 419388 to reserve a place by 16th May. Computer Training for Forum members There is a new website and Facebook page for the Forum please see www.limerickseniorsforum.ie / www.facebook.com/limerickseniorsforum 1 day ‘Basic IT’; Thursday May 30th 0.00am – 12.30pm in the Learning HUB, New Road, Kileely. This day is for forum members to learn more about the basics of using their computers and how to find useful information. 1 day ‘Using websites and Social Media’; Tuesday 4th June 10.00am – 12.30pm. This day is for forum members who would like to be able to use and update the website for the forum and Facebook page. If you have not given your name please call Claire or Eleanor to reserve a place on 061-419388. Forum Meetings: The venue and time for the next four meetings have been changed and are now as follows:
Tuesday 28th May Southside Regeneration Office , LEDP, Roxboro Rd @ 11:30am.
Tuesday 25th June, Northside Regeneration Office, Watch House Cross, Moyross @ 11:30am.
Tuesday 27th August, Southside Regeneration Office , LEDP, Roxboro Rd @ 11:30am.
Tuesday 24th September, Northside Regeneration Office, Watch House Cross, Moyross @ 11:30am