POSITIVE AGEING: The positive ageing week held for the past couple of years was a great success and it was much appreciated by the old and the not so old. This year’s Positive Ageing week will be held from Friday, September 27 until Saturday, October 5. It promises to be just as interesting as the previous years. The aim of the week is to highlight the positive aspects of ageing and to celebrate Age Action week and the contributions made by the older generation
Ageism is a currently coined word that is used when referring to one of this life’s inevitabilities with the passing of each day. However, when used its meaning seems to be biased towards older people. True, to-days world is faster, technically speedier and the emphasis appears to be the accomplishment of more and more in the shortest period of time possible. This can be expressed in briefer terms such as ‘the saving of time’. But what does this really mean? Even the bigger imponderable “what is time?” Each of us is born with nothing but a ‘beart’ of time that we take for granted to utilise. It is only when this time is getting shorter that we revaluate it.
Everyone’s age must be accepted, appreciated and understood. It is only a numerical record of each person’s duty to live the life that they have been gifted with. We do this daily in family, community and society and each one does so in his or her own unique manner. The two important words are unique manner. This very uniqueness is developed with each passing day and consequently old people have acquired many aspects such as wisdom, maturity, experience and knowledge all of which enhances their persona and personality. The commercial market may appreciate young people more than old people because of their spending power and it is no great surprise that it proclaims that it is a young person’s world. As a result of this older people are so to speak pushed into the background. This has always been so for youth must have its chance but it is much more pronounced in to-days world. Nevertheless, this is understandable as in nature itself each year when the new growth replaces the old growth. Yet, all advancement is an amalgam of the past and the present to formulate the future. Therefore, old people must be always appreciated for their acquired riches in personality and wisdom.
Young people must be given to understand that they will in time also become old and less active.There is an old Gaelic saying that states “Níl in aon rud ach seal” which translates as ‘there is only a spell of time in all things’. Of course, when one is young such a thought could never be conceived or entertained by youth for the perception of time can seem to be limitless for the young. However, as we all know only too well this perception changes with the passing of time. In previous generations the acceptable societal norm for young people was that they were to be seen and not to be heard. Adults were to be obeyed and this was the order of the day. But such an attitude is negative and it can be a double edged sword.
Older people are a resource in whichever community they dwell. Their knowledge, wisdom and experience is a resource They have experienced the hard facts of daily life, some more than others, and they have been tempered, so to speak, in the daily fire of everyday existence. Consequently they may be more capable of dealing with the difficulties that can be visited on our society. Basically, life is but an experience. Previous generations have always appreciated the knowledge that old people had gathered through their lives. It has been the norm that among other nationalities, far removed from the Western world, people adhered with respect and appreciation for the wise in their communities and societies
However, one wonders is our society the architect or the designer of its own difficulties because we segregate the different age groups to mix with each other. Consequently, each group is somewhat unfamiliar with and about the other. Take for example the mix of mature and younger students in college that has been found to be beneficial for all simply because each group is more familiar with the other. Perhaps if there was more rapport and positive inter-mingling between the groups in everyday society there may not be such a divergence of attitude. As the Gaelic sean-fhocail puts it so aptly “ar scáth a céile a mhaireann na daoine” which translates as ‘pen the shadow of each other’ and how true it is. This is what is commonly referred to as community and it is the amalgam of all the groups that makes this our society. The separation between the groups that is encouraged to be the norm nowadays could be the stick that creates the greatest hurt in our society. Age action week is the other side of the approach and we will accept it as the carrot.
There is also another old Gaelic saying that states “Mol an óige agus tiocaidh sé” and this translates as follows “praise youth and it will flourish”. Youth is the new life that grows from birth and in due course replaces the older generation. Each must be seen and understood to compliment the other and this must be done with due respect and regard for the other.
OSTEOFIT: Osteofit classes have resumed in the Mungret/St. Paul’s GAA clubhouse since Monday, September 2 at 12.00. These classes are for adults and the aim is to make participants more active by exercise that strengthens density of bones, improve posture and balance. Persons who are interested can get more information on www.osteofit.ie and the first introductory class is free. Thereafter it costs €8 per class and there is no obligation on anyone to attend except as they please. It is a good social outlet as well for flexibility and relaxation.
PRIORITISE: At present the footpaths by the Mulcair road are being dug up and will be replaced with a new surface. This may surprise many that utilise these footpaths daily for they were not in a poor condition. In fact there are many other estates, including Dooradoyle estate, that would argue quite correctly that t he footpaths in her or his estate are in a far, far worse condition .
However, it seems it all depends on budgets (no, not the next national austerity budget ). The answer give to a local councillor’s question by an engineer at the Limerick County Council meeting was:- “ Why are footpath repairs being funded by Safety Scheme? Footpath are permitted as part of this scheme as a safety project. The opportunity here is to deal with poor sections of footpath on Mulcair Road which we would not be in a position to deal with under our current routine maintenance budget.”
REFERENDUMS: On October 4 you will have an opportunity and a choice to agree or disagree with the constitunional questions posed in the forthcoming referendums. You may do so if you go to the polling booth that you are assigned to. There are two polling booths in this district namely at St. Paul’s National school located at Dooradoyle estate and at the County Library, Dooradoyle located near the Crescent shopping centre. All booths will open at 7.0 am and close at 10.00pm. Do bring with you your polling card but if you did not receive one and you believe that your name is on the register of electors pay a visit to your pollong booth for your name may be on the list of electors.
NOT ALLOWED: This is something that this scribe intended to write about but procrastination and forgetfulness caused its delay until now. It is mainly and primarily for cars and vehicles travelling on the Dooradoyle road towards the Ballykeefe roundabout. Approaching the aforementioned roundabout there is printed on the road a message in two feet high print ‘No Right Turning’. This is to enable drivers to avoid an accident by cutting across on-coming traffic. Drivers are meant to continue onto the roundabout and travel around it and proceed on and then turn in left into the Crescent shoppig centre. It is shocking to see the number of drivers that ignore this admonition and swing in off the Dooradoyle road across oncoming traffic.
FALLING LEAVES: The high winds and rain of a few days this week brought the first signs of the approaching season when the leaves were blown off some of the trees. If leaves pile up outside your house or premises it is your responsibility to remove them. It would be a piece of altruism on you part especially because they can become slippery and be the cause of a person falling. The other benefit of your good deed is the fact that they are good for your compost bin.
REMINDER: This is important for all residents on this side of the city living locally and also for commuters traveling into and out of Mungret village. The R859, that is the Mungret road from its junction with L1438(Moore’s lane) into Mungret village and its junction with L1402 (Pump road) is closed. This temporary closure will continue until 5.00 pm on Friday, October 18. The purpose of this inconvenience is for the Mungret village improvement scheme which has been a long time coming. All the alternative routes for commuters into and out of the village will be marked and sign-posted to facilitate all vehicular traffic.
A.A. MEETINGS: The St. Paul’s group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets in the St. Paul’s national school on three evenings of the week at 20.30hours. They come together on each Monday, Thursday and Saturday. If you are having difficulty with your drinking habits you are cordially invited and are welcome.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: There was a meeting in St. Paul’s church recently of persons interested in arranging a date for the resumption of the Eucharistic Adoration every Wednesday in the Sacred Heart chapel attached to the church. It was agreed that the Eucharistic adoration would commence on last Wednesday and the adoration will continue each Wednesday now hereafter. After the 10.00am Mass in St. Paul’s the adoration will continue all day until 10.00pm at night. There will be at least one person present with the Blessed Sacrament throughout the whole day into the night. You are very welcome to call in and spend some time in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.
RESUMED: The hourly adoration in the University Hospital chapel is to resume this week and it will be held each night of the week from 8.0-9,0pm. This will be in progress each Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights and it is open to the public to come and worship
BAPTISMS: The Sacrament of Baptism is performed as required each Saturday evening and again on Sundays after the 12.15pm Mass. There is a request form available for Baptism that must be completed and handed into the Sacristy of St. Paul’s church or to Fr. John Leonard, P.P. or to Fr. Eugene Boyce at least two weeks before the Baptism ceremony takes place.
PILGRIM WALK: There is to be a Pilgrim Walk on this Sunday, September 29 involving Pobal Neasáin Pastoral area of which the parish of St. Paul’s is a part off. It is a symbolic walk of 1.8kilometres for the Year of Faith that will commence at 2.30pm outside the Redemptorist Church and will visit the Domican Church going via Henry St. and Glentworth St. It will continue through Pery Square to St. Michael’s Church of Ireland and then move on to St. Joseph’s church and finish at the Redemptorist church at approximately 4.40pm. There is to be a brief pause at each church for a short reflection and prayer.
ST. NESSAN’S: Applications for admission to junior infants in St. Nessan’s National School for the year 2014/15 will open on Tuesday, October 1. The final date for completed applications will be Monday, February 3, 2014 at 1.0pm.
Enrolment forms are available from the school office or are also available to down-load from the school website www.stnessans.ie
THE MUSIC GENERATION: The Cultural night held last Friday, September 20 and there were a big variety of Cultural and artistic events ongoing and free to the public.
Those that were fortunate to visit the Lime Tree Theatre on the S.C. Rd. were treated to a superb show based on the life of the famous and infamous Lola Montez. It was a music and entertainment performance that lasted two and a quarter hours. Before the show there was a video performance by the Music Generation that lasted twelve minutes and this was a musical treat by several Limerick Choirs singing the Leonard Cohen song Hallelujah as well as a historical musical performance by the musicans present playing all the various genres of music down through the decades since the 1800. The musicians on stage were superb and they moved from one genre to the next in a very slick and entertaining fashion. Overall this was a show that ought to be performed again. It was a very positive performance of the musical culture around the city.
MUNGRET/ST. PAUL’S GAA: Ladies Football: As is often said on such occasions “everything is relative” the Mungret/St.Paul’s ladies team were successful after nineteen years at Ballybrown grounds. After the match Chairman Jerry Noonan presented the Mungret captain Olivia Giltenane with the Tom Madigan cup and needless to remark a great night was had by all..
Under 14 Hurling: Well done to our under 14 hurlers who are through to the county final after a fantastic win against Na Piarsaigh at the semi final stage
Camogie: Last Saturday September 21 saw Mungret host the under 10 County blitz. Twenty six teams from around the county started the day with a noisy and colourful parade from the corner of the ground, across the senior pitch and onto the juvenile pitch. Senior pitch, juvenile pitch and sand based pitch were all taken over to accommodate six groups of teams, with the winner of each group progressing to the knockout stage. At the end of a long day of hurling it was a fine Crecora team who took home the trophy, beating Newcastlewest in the final. Our own girls performed very well, despite an agonizing one point opening match defeat to Ballyagran. Tournafulla were too strong for us in the second match, which was a rematch against opposition we last faced two months ago in the half time game in the Limerick v Waterford All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie quarter final at Kileedy. Our girls were not disheartened, however, and went on to beat Murroe Boher in the last match to gain some reward for their efforts.
Thanks to everyone who helped in the organizing of this event, including the running of the teams, organizing the groups, co-ordinating the pitches, setting up the goals, lining the pitches, organizing the parking and running the kitchen. Mungret team; Kate O’Brien, Zoe Page, Ciara Brennan, Eala Gleeson, Tara Nealon, Rachel Buckley, Ciara O’Keefe, Niamh Lynch, Aisling McGuinness, Ella Mason, Grace O’Keefe, Fiona Kinnivane, Amy Connolly, Sarah Butler, Brona Byrne, Dervla Smith.
Intermediate Football: Our intermediate footballers are through to the county semi final following a thrilling 2-9 to 0-11 win over Bruff at Claughaun on Saturday 21 September. The semi final will be against either Oola or Sean Finns next Sunday 29 September.