WELCOME TO D’HUB! : Great news altogether has emerged from a meeting of the Adult Education Group in our parish recently. Yes indeed, following a stressful period of time for the former Manager at the Centre which was situated on the Island Road, Mary Donnelly, together with our present Mayor, Gerry McLoughlin, fought tooth and nail for the retention of an Adult education outfit, which would be open to everyone and the running of which would involve the ordinary person. The intricacies of the new set-up has been well covered in the ‘Limerick Leader’ by the reporter who attended that meeting on Thursday last, and all I can take in is that the new set-up will be run as a Co-op, which is great news for all concerned. Old Church Street is to be the venue and the late Bridie Hayes, formerly of Lee Estate and another Trojan worker for Adult Education and for the Parish in general, is to be fondly remembered with the erection of a special plaque outside the new Centre. The excitement and joy at the meeting was tangible and all that was missing was ‘the bubbly!’ So congrats and very well done, to Mary Donnelly, Mayor Gerry McLoughlin, Marian Moloney, Dan Hegarty, Connie Airey, and Susan Daly-Walsh, a woman with courage and spunk to be envied. Best of luck to all these valiant people who had a dream and persevered until that dream became a reality!
SHANNON CELEBRATION BALL 1997: Following a rather ‘see-saw’ performance on the part of the Shannon RFC team this past season, and in particular reports on last Saturday’s encounter with UCD, where it was reported on radio that the opposing team had ‘run riot’ in Coonagh, (I heard no more, I turned off the radio), it is perhaps a good time to remember better rugby times in the history of that great club. Back on May 11, 1997, Shannon RFC held a Celebration Ball to celebrate the winning of the AIL, Three in a Row! The Celebration Ball was held at Fitzpatrick’s Bunratty Shamrock Hotel. It fell on a Sunday. Dress was formal and the cost was £25. No matter what happens in life, it is always a good practice to remember the good times. And with regards to our parish rugby team; beidh lá eile againn! As one ‘tweeter’ put it concerning last Saturday’s match, ‘Best of luck next season and well done today!’
ÁRD SCOIL MHUIRE DEBATING TEAM: We wish the debating team from Árd Scoil Mhuire in Corbally, the very best of luck in the All Ireland Finals which will take place in the City North Hotel against Newbridge College on May 16, 2013. They will be proposing the motion; ‘The international community has responsibility to take military action to topple the regime in Syria.’ To reach this admirable stage the team have debated against many Limerick schools, as well as defeating CBS, Mitchelstown, and Athlone Community College in the following rounds. In the semi-finals they succeeded in toppling Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine Kenmare. The school and indeed the parish in general can be justly proud of this wonderful debating team who consist of, Fiona McDonnell (captain), who also happens to be an accomplished and highly talented classical flute player and a member of St Mary’s All Ireland Prize-winning Band, Jenny McGrath, Hayley O’Doherty and Alesia Yermak.
ÁRD SCOIL MHUIRE RUGBY BLITZ: Schools tag rugby took place recently at Árd Scoil Mhuire in Corbally and probe to be a huge success. The pitch was provided by St Mary’s Rugby Club which is situated in Grove Island. Munster staff was present on the day of the event to lend a helping hand. The greatest thrill of the day was when Grand Slam winners, Niamh Kavanagh, Joy Neville and Niamh Briggs showed up, and were most co-operative in answering the girls’ questions as to matters involving women’s rugby and what it really takes in order to succeed. The local girls look forward to hosting further events in the future.
MEALS ON WHEELS: Delicious hot meals will be delivered to your door Monday to Friday. Contact John Gilligan at 061-318106.
WELFARE RIGHTS: Information on budget changes, property tax, United Kingdom fuel allowance, contact Mary Quane at 061-410737.
STUDY CLUB: The Study Club run by St Mary’s CDP is open to secondary school students, Junior cert to Leaving cert at the Downtown centre on George’s Quay every Tuesday and Thursday from 5pm – 8pm. They provide a space for doing homework and one to one tuition. For further information contact Limerick City CDP – St Mary’s at 061-411076.
ABBEY GATHERING SUCCESS: By all accounts the Abbey Fishermen’s ‘Gathering’ was a huge success altogether, with our former Mayor Mr Frank Prendergast imparting his vast knowledge on the said topic in so doing, help to make many people present very happy indeed. I met a woman of whose grandfather Frank spoke on the night and she was so thrilled. Mae Leonard also read, I understand, on Saturday afternoon and we are all well aware Mae has the ability to attract an audience and also to keep them in her magic spell. I understand also that my poem entitled, “The Abbey Bridge” was read by Tom McCarthy and that pleased me greatly as the said poem recounts a vast number of the nicknames of the Abbey Fishermen. By next week a proper account of the great weekend might have reached me possibly with a few pictures.
SHEEP MAY SAFELY GRAZE AT TP: I mentioned having met Vinny Ryan in my notes last week. I have further come to know him since through his erudite, yet easily accessible work on the history of rugby in Limerick. He was generous enough to allow it to be placed on the club’s web page. There are a few wonderful pictures of teams going back to the earliest times in his own club, with one of the female rugby personality of Limerick and in particular, Young Munster. But, a priceless picture of sheep grazing in Thomond Park back in 1960, has to be a winner. It was interesting to see that one of the many sources that the writer drew upon was, Séamus Ó’Cinnéide (1977) From Garryowen to Groody Bridge in the Green Faded Jersey. From the club’s web page we read the following. “Vincent Ryan is currently Shannon RFC’s Junior Vice President (2012) and has recently been confirmed with a Bachelor of Arts in History, Politics, Sociology and Social Studies from the University of Limerick. As part of his course, he conducted his thesis on The Origins and Ethos of Limerick Rugby. It offers a comprehensive and in-depth description of the history of Rugby in Limerick and will fascinate rugby followers of all Clubs.”
RUGBY QUOTE: “There is no place on earth I would rather go to watch the game played, for here, is the very embodiment of what is best in the game. Democracy rules in Limerick rugby as it obtains nowhere else I know. Here it is a game for all”. (Van Esbeck 1982.)
THAT FAMOUS CURRAGHGOWER GANDELOW: C Just a reminder that tickets to win the above hand-crafted larch masterpiece built mainly by Anthony O’Farrell, can be purchased for €5 from any member of the club but you can also contact the Chairman, John Griffin at 087-2621800. You might also visit the club on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, roughly between 7.00-9.00pm where you will actually see the recently crafted Gandelow. The draw is set to take place on June 15, 2013. Below is one of the numerous ‘limericks’ I have accumulated in my minimal free time over the years. I must conjure up one now on the Famous Gandelow before the draw takes place.
Now the Curraghgower Boatclub is striking,
Well known as a port to the Viking,
Established in 1877,
Overlooking the Shannon,
‘Tis a great place to start a boat ‘hiking’.
HEALING RETREAT: Maranatha Prayer Ministry Invites you for the Healing Retreat through the Ministry of Rev. Fr. Liam Kelly, O.F.M. Ennis and Aidan Gallagher, E.W.T.N., Ireland, enriched with the Rosary, Eucharistic Adoration, Word of God, Healing Mass, Praise and Worship, Confession, and Spirit Filled Music by the lively Maranatha Gospel Choir on Pentecost Sunday 12th May, 2013 from 2.30pm to 7.30pm at St. Paul’s Church, Dooradoyle, Limerick. Tea sandwiches, buns in hall after. Everyone welcome!
CASTLE BLUE: As we eagerly await to see what is going to emerge when the barriers that now surround King John’s Castle are taken away, I am keeping eye on the facade each time I pass by as this is my normal route to town anyway. For some time now, a sea of blue behind the glass greets me and very easy on the eye it is too. The proposed opening of the newly refurbished Castle is July, 2013.
ENJOYING THE MOMENT: Two weeks ago in the Letters page of the ‘Limerick Leader’ an excellent letter appeared written by Paul Clifford. The gist of its content was to enjoy the moment at hand instead of dreaming of things to come. To quote part of the letter; “We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon, instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.’ Oh, surely very wise words indeed!
ADULT EDUCATION AT ISLAND ROAD: .The following piece of information reached my email contact recently. “St Mary’s Adult Education Centre is committed to the long term support and the further development of the people within the Kings Island area and its immediate surrounding areas. In Sept 2013 a number of Adult Education classes will be run in the education centre. Personal Development classes: Hobby Leisure and Health classes: Computer classes: Learning for Further Education – FETAC etc. Please see list on notice board: For any information on the above please drop in or contact the centre on 061 313993 and ask for Pat or any other member of staff who will be only too glad to help in any way possible. You might also find information from notices at the King’s Island Community Centre.”
MAE’S ABBEY SKELETONS: Although the gist of Mae Leonard’s piece on “Sunday Miscellany” two weeks ago was how best to create a suitable Confirmation outfit, as is her wont, we were treated to a little history of that precious and haunting area that was the Abbey. We learned of past ghosts, skeletons, coffins and the like amid all the pressure of trying to get her Confirmation outfit sorted. But that’s a true story-teller for you! We heard of familiar names from the past, a Miss Mitchell and a Miss Clear, both gifted with the needle and thread in a time when we relied on ‘the neighbour’ to sort out many of our dressmaking problems, particularly if there was pressure for time. The dressmaker cum baker on our street was Mrs Murphy. I remember it was she who made my Confirmation dress, pink it was with a sash or belt that tied at the back, the coat was blue. I remember licking the caster sugar from off her rhubarb tarts before going on to maul the remainder. No wonder she had difficulty finding a waistline when measuring me for my Confirmation dress.
Anyway to return to Mae and her outfit, which might yet come about, thanks to turning over, (or inside out) her grandmother’s coat, something many of us were quite familiar with back in those very carefree, happy times. On her way to the dressmaker, probably at dusk or even later, Mae was seized by two strong living hands tugging on her young shoulders. Thankfully, she had the presence of mind to yell and flee the spot. Her good parents took good care of what well might have resulted in a memorable traumatic situation and the Confirmation outfit had a happy outcome after all.
ICO AT CATHEDRAL: The Irish Chamber Orchestra, The National Chamber Choir Nicholas Kraemer Conductor and Peter Barley Organ, Thursday 16th May at 8pm in St Mary’s Cathedral, Bridge Street, Limerick. Piston Prelude & Allegro for Organ and Strings CPE Bach Symphony No. 5 in B minor, Wq 182/5 (H661) Arvo Pärt Which was the son of CPE Bach Symphony No. 4 in A major, Wq 182/4 660, Wq 182/4 Piston Prelude & Allegro for Organ and Strings Arvo Pärt Silouans Song Mozart Missa Brevis KV 275. Tickets €20, Concessions €18, Students €10 Tel: 061 – 331 549 or www.uch.ie.
SEAN-FHOCAL: “Is iad muca ciúine a itheas an mhin.” It is the quiet pigs that eat the meal.” “Má bhuaileann tú mo mhadra, buailfidh tú mé féin.” “If you hit my dog (then) you hit me.”
THE JOY OF MUSIC: ”Music is the key to the female heart.” Johann G. Seum “In music one must think with the heart and feel with the brain.” George Szell “For heights and depths no words can reach, music is the soul’s own speech.” Unknown