CULTURE NIGHT: Friday September 20 – what a great night to be out and about on the streets of the city to celebrate Limerick’s rich arts and culture life with events for all the family. Indeed it was great to see families taking advantage of the lovely weather as they visited various heritage centres and venues throughout the city and county, enjoying and taking part in the activities. Venues had opened their doors to the public for free from 5 pm to 10pm.
There was a guided walk at the famous Walls of Limerick and a stroll around Medieval Englishtown. King John’s Castle was a popular choice and there were lots of things going on in the Hunt Museum including Live Opera performances throughout the evening, Street Theatre, and Kids’ Arts and Crafts. There was also a Children’s Art Workshop in the City Gallery of Art, and Jewellery Making Workshop for Children in Contact Studios. A visit to St Mary’s Cathedral included a lesson in Bell Ringing – not as easy as it seems as we found out, but we now have the distinction of having rung the “Bells of St Mary’s”.
There was a great community feeling throughout as we moved from venue to venue meeting friends and families sampling the events. It brought back to mind a time that the older generation like myself will remember. I refer of course to Holy Thursday nights in previous years when we all got dressed up and went around the town visiting the Churches to admire the richly decorated Altar of Repose in each Church. There was of course another dimension to those evenings. As teenagers we also hoped to bump into some of those lads we thought might have their eyes on us. But then again our mothers and aunts were also out and about keeping their eyes on us. Mind you we did also be sure to say a special prayer at each altar.
But back to Culture Night – Printmakers on Sarsfield Street was a hive of activity, parents and children trying their hands at printing designs on tee-shirts, shopping bags etc. Across on Henry Street in the former Franciscan Church artist Jean Ryan Hakizimana was giving art classes helping participants to develop their artistic skills. Also in the Franciscans we were given some clay and invited to ‘make a cup’. We had a go at this and my little granddaughter rolled out a little piece of clay to make the handle, making it a combined effort. This was the idea behind Culture Night – families together taking part and having fun. The cup may be a bit lopsided but no matter.
I ended Culture Night with a visit to An Chistin at Conradh na Gaeilge for an informal night of Irish Entertainment – music, songs, dance and stories. Everyone was welcomed with a cupan tae and delicious scones. . It was a lovely party occasion – some people were called on for a song and they each duly obliged singing as gaeilge or bearla.
People came and went as they pleased and visitors included young people from Denmark, Portugal, India and a young girl from New Zealand who obliged with a song.
Culture Night is a national event and this was Limerick’s sixth year participating with over fifty events taking place. The night just wasn’t long enough to explore and experience all that was on offer, and all for free.
WEDDING: The marriage has taken place in St Munchin’s Church of Amanda O.Halloran, daughter of John and Philomena O’Halloran, Dublin Road, Castletroy, to William Harty son of Michael and Joan Harty, St Mary’s Terrace, Askeaton.
Amanda’s sister Tina O’Halloran was bridesmaid and William’s cousin Michael Harty was bestman. Fr Pat Seaver CC St Munchin’s was the celebrant.
Bridesmaid Tina O’Halloran did both the readings, and the offertory gifts were brought to the altar by Philomena O’Halloran and Joan Harty mothers of the bride and groom.
We now wish the couple health and happiness in their future life together.
YOUTH GATHERING: As part of our celebrations for the Year of Faith, the Thomond Pastoral Area is organising a Christian concert for young parishioners of approximately 16 – 18 years. The concert will take place on Saturday October 13 in the Greenhills Hotel, Ennis Road from 1.30 pm to 5 pm. All are very welcome to register and attend. Register for your free ticket by contacting your local parish priest.
Thomond Pastoral Area Youth Gathering – in faith and friendship, led by Elation Ministries - www.elationministries.com
ALZEIMERS SOCIETY: hold a social club for people with dementia and their carers in a supported environment, which takes place every Tuesday morning in the Woodfield House Hotel, Ennis Road between 11am and 1 pm. There is no charge to attend and tea and coffee will be provided.
If you would like to attend please phone Mary at 313456 or indeed just come to the Woodfield House Hotel on Tuesdays from 11 am. You will receive a huge welcome.
LIMERICK YOUTH SERVICE: Congratulations to Gordon Brown, 4th Corner, Northside Youth Cafe, David O’Connor and Wynette Reddington, both from the Irishtown Garda Youth Diversion Project, who have all been put forward for consideration for the ‘Making a Difference Award,’ a category that recognises volunteers who engage with young people who are at risk. Well done to these three young people and Good Luck
BOTTOM DOG: On the previous three Sundays Bottom Dog have presented three rehearsed readings at three different venues; St Mary’s Cathedral – ‘Murder in the Cathedral’; Brazen Head – ‘Silverlands’; and the Absolute Hotel – ‘Separate Tables’. This Sunday Sept 29, the last of the group of four rehearsed readings – ‘The Importance of being Earnest’ will be presented at No 1 Pery Square. As usual with Bottom Dog presentations, there is no charge but we are asked to pay what we can.
CONDOLENCES: We offer our sincere condolences to the families of the following parishioners who died recently:
JOHN (Sean) O’CONNOR of Mayorstone, formerly of Lattin-Cullen, Tipperary and late of Eircom. Husband of the late Joan, he is survived by sons John, Brendan, Kevin and Declan, daughter Carmel, son-in-law, daughters in law, grandchildren, sisters Nellie, Mary and Tess. Removal took place from Thompsons Funeral Home to St Munchin’s Church, with burial in Kilmurry Cemetery following requiem Mass in St Munchin’s.
MARY McENNIS nee Roberts. Beloved wife of Jarlath and dearest mother of Ita, Caroline, Colette, Michael, Eithne and Clare. Regretted by her brothers Paddy, Kevin and Flan, sisters Claire and Carrie, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandson, relatives and many friends. Mary was laid to rest in Kilmurry Cemetery, Castletroy following Requiem Mass in St Lelia’s Church. May they Rest in Peace.