Our Lady of the Rosary Dec 7

NA PIARSAIGH G.A.A. CLUB NEWS: We begin this week by congratulating Ronan Lynch on being named Munster Minor Hurler of the year for 2013. Ronan saw off the challenge of many very talented hurlers in the province. This is a very big honour, for a very talented hurler. We look forward to many years of top class hurling from Ronan, for both Na Piarsaigh and Limerick. This Saturday sees the annual Street league finals, for our under 6 to 10 year olds. This begins at 9.30am in the club, where all participants will march behind the CBS Pipe Band to Pairc na nGael for a morning of hurling finals. Following the finals, we have the pleasure of top class coaching for our lads, with two of hurlings finest in the shape of Joe Canning and Nicky English. To cap off a very fine day, the club will welcome the voice of the GAA Mr Micheal O Muircheartigh to a table quiz in the club at 8pm, for what is sure to cap off a wonderful year for the club. Anyone interested in participating in this quiz, is asked to contact club PRO Derek Giltenan at 087 3257 827, to prebook your table. Tables are €40 for a general knowledge quiz given by the legend. There will be spot prizes galore and a good night guaranteed. Our club AGM also takes place, this Thursday evening at 8pm. This is preceded by a Mass for the deceased at 7.30pm. The lotto jackpot now stands at €15,600, following Mondays draw. The numbers drawn were 1, 18, 22 and 25. The lucky dip winners were Bridget Laffan, Tommy Hegarty, Danny Vaughan and Micheal Downes. Seller’s prize went to Maura Lynch, with a double house draw this Monday night, due to last week’s celebrations.

NA PIARSAIGH G.A.A. CLUB NEWS: We begin this week by congratulating Ronan Lynch on being named Munster Minor Hurler of the year for 2013. Ronan saw off the challenge of many very talented hurlers in the province. This is a very big honour, for a very talented hurler. We look forward to many years of top class hurling from Ronan, for both Na Piarsaigh and Limerick. This Saturday sees the annual Street league finals, for our under 6 to 10 year olds. This begins at 9.30am in the club, where all participants will march behind the CBS Pipe Band to Pairc na nGael for a morning of hurling finals. Following the finals, we have the pleasure of top class coaching for our lads, with two of hurlings finest in the shape of Joe Canning and Nicky English. To cap off a very fine day, the club will welcome the voice of the GAA Mr Micheal O Muircheartigh to a table quiz in the club at 8pm, for what is sure to cap off a wonderful year for the club. Anyone interested in participating in this quiz, is asked to contact club PRO Derek Giltenan at 087 3257 827, to prebook your table. Tables are €40 for a general knowledge quiz given by the legend. There will be spot prizes galore and a good night guaranteed. Our club AGM also takes place, this Thursday evening at 8pm. This is preceded by a Mass for the deceased at 7.30pm. The lotto jackpot now stands at €15,600, following Mondays draw. The numbers drawn were 1, 18, 22 and 25. The lucky dip winners were Bridget Laffan, Tommy Hegarty, Danny Vaughan and Micheal Downes. Seller’s prize went to Maura Lynch, with a double house draw this Monday night, due to last week’s celebrations.

REDEMPTORIST CHURCH CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Limerick Musical Society will present their ever popular Christmas concert ‘Season’s Greetings’ on Thursday, December 5 at 8pm in Mount St. Alphonsus. Now in its eighth year, this event has grown enormously in popularity. The society’s chosen charity for 2013 is the Redemptorists Poor Campaign. Season’s Greetings’ has become an annual pre-Christmas event in Limerick and has been described as “one of the most enjoyable evenings of music and song experienced”. Another comment from a member of the audience was - “it really kicks off that wholesome and heart warming Christmas feeling, that I love”. Limerick Musical Society has gathered a wonderful line-up for this magical night of Christmas cheer. The beautiful sound of ‘The Fathers’ Bell ringers will welcome you to the concert. We are delighted to have mezzo soprano, Sarah-Ellen Murphy as the featured guest artiste. Also included are Limerick’s most well-renowned artistic groups, Limerick Musical Society’s Chorus; Cantette, Limerick County Youth Choir, the Redemptorist Church Choir, Parteen National School, Redemptorist Centre of Music Orchestra, Limerick City Childrens Choir, Castletroy Music Group and Limerick’s Boherbouy Brass and Reed Band under the baton of Yianglong Jiang. Captivated audiences from previous events were held spellbound, as some of the best local talent in the city and county took their breath away, with a wonderful programme of popular Christmas music. The beautiful ambience of the Redemptorist Church combined with some of the most heartwarming pieces of music and song composed for a very special season, will give an added bonus to this nostalgic occasion. Get your Christmas spirit rekindled again this year! So, let’s hope you can join Limerick Musical Society, where you will enjoy this beautiful yuletide evening under the musical direction of Maire Keary-Scanlon. For further information, please telephone 085 7790 305, or Email: limerickmusicalsociety@gmail.com

RICHARD HARRIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: A film festival to celebrate the life and career of Richard Harris, will be held at the University of Limerick from Friday, December 6 to Sunday, December 8. It will showcase new feature films fromthe Irish diaspora as well as a retrospective screening of one of Richard Harris’s most iconic films, a short-film showcase, a children’s film-makers’ competition and a talk on Limerick and Hollywood. As well as demonstrating Harris’s unique talent with viewings of his most iconic films such as ‘The Field’, ‘This Sporting Life’, ‘Unforgiven’ and ‘Camelot’, the festival will be a showcase for young film makers, theatrical performers and writers, through holding competitions to discover new talent. For further information, please telephone Rob Gill on 087 246 8686, or Email: rob@richardharrisfilmfestival.com Web: richardharrisfilmfestival.com

ST MARY’S CATHEDRAL COME AND SING CAROLS: Please come along to St Mary’s Cathedral, Bridge Street, Limerick on Saturday, December 7 at 5.30pm. You are warmly invited to come and get into the festive spirit, by joining in heartily in singing favourite carols. The singing will be led by St Mary’s Cathedral Choir. This is a free event for all the family. It will be a great opportunity to sing along with the well-loved Christmas carols, with special guests the renowned St Mary’s Prize Band. Admission is Free. There will be a Retiring Collection in aid of Limerick City Parish. For further information, please telephone 061 310 293, or Email: stmaryscathedralcoi@yahoo.ie

SUPPORT FIVER FRIDAY: Limerick City Business Association and Limerick Chamber are encouraging local Limerick businesses to take part in this year’s ‘Fiver Friday,’ which takes place across the country on Friday, December 6. The initiative which is run by RTE’s Liveline with Joe Duffy, uses a basic principle to encourage shoppers to spend an extra fiver locally, via whatever offers or deals businesses may deem appropriate. Nigel Dugdale of Limerick City Business Association said, “For those who can make an effort, this initiative can provide a much needed boost to business. A number of local Limerick businesses took part last year and the general feedback was immensely positive. Not only does Fiver Friday give businesses the opportunity to drive a bit more footfall, it also allows a little fun to be had in the process”, he added. Already a number of city centre businesses have signed up to take part in Limerick’s Fiver Friday. Businesses include Jack Fitzgerald Electrical, George Boutique Hotel, Southill Area Centre, Widdess Pharmacy, Lawless Flowers, Upper William St Traders and Wacky Shoes, with many more expected to come on board over the next few weeks. Specific offers will also be marketed across local social media platforms, as well as the Liveline programme itself. Helen O’Donnell, Chairperson of Limerick City Business Association notes that Fiver Friday can cater for any type of Business in Limerick City.
“Previous offers included things as diverse as architect’s consultations, pet health checks, eye tests and legal consultations. We encourage all businesses in Limerick city to consider taking part in this initiative and look forward to seeing a thriving day in Limerick City on December 6”, she said. Any Limerick businesses wishing to take part in this initiative can contact Nigel Dugdale directly on, 061 415 180 or by email: ndugdale@limerickchamber.ie

CITY OF CULTURE NYE PAGEANT: Limerick City of Culture NYE have just unveiled the exciting details of the City of Culture NYE Pageant and City of Culture NYE SKY, which will bring the streets and skies of Limerick City to life on New Year’s Eve, bringing with it the most exciting and exuberant interactive family event Limerick has ever seen and it’s completely free! The City of Culture NYE Pageant will transport the streets of Limerick into a wonderful fairyland full of fantastical characters, glowing floats and magical music.
The procession, co-ordinated by local arts group Honest Arts, will assemble in the Milk Market area from midday on New Year’s Eve, where there will be entertainment on every corner throughout the day for families and friends. CEO for City of Culture, Patricia Ryan has said, “The City of Culture NYE is set to be the biggest and most magnificent occasion that Limerick has ever seen. The city will be illuminated like never before, breathing new life into every nook and cranny. It will be the celebration of all celebrations to kick off Limerick, as the National City of Culture 2014”. From 6.30pm, the procession will be led by the multi-award winning street theatre company Bui Bolg through the fully pedestrianised streets of Limerick, along the banks of the river Shannon to the Medieval Quarter. From there, a Son et Lumiere will transform the Limerick night skies and Medieval Quarter into a live storybook, using cutting edge digital video mapping, special lighting effects which will be projected onto the historic buildings around the area. Live narration and accompanying specially composed music, will float through the night skies to ensure you and your family feel like you’re part of the story tale. The specially composed story written by the city’s foremost playwright Mike Finn ‘The Story of the Boy Who Looked for the Trout’ will come to life using giant-sized puppets strategically placed on top of buildings around the banks of the river Shannon, in what will be one of the most spectacular displays Ireland has seen in years. It is guaranteed to be not only a momentous occasion, but a magical experience for everyone, young and old. There is an open call for children and adults of Limerick to get involved in the City of Culture NYE. If that’s you, please do get in touch and get involved, in what is sure to be the most spectacular New Year’s Eve Limerick has ever seen! Please visit: www.cityofculturenye.ie for more information.

ARD SCOIL RIS NEWS: Ardscoil Rís student, Eoin Caffrey, has qualified to represent Ireland at the International Science Olympiad in Pune, India this month. Eoin, along with fellow Ardscoil students, John Noonan and Geoffrey Keating, was invited to participate in the Irish Junior Science Olympiad recently in DCU. This is a science competition for students who are under sixteen on December 31 of the year of the competition. Finalists are identified on the results of their Junior Certificate results in Science and Maths. Eoin emerged as one of the top three students in the country and was awarded a gold medal and goes forward to represent Ireland at the annual International Junior Science Olympiad. Eoin was one of four students in the school to achieve 10 A Grades in his Junior Cert this year. He is a past winner of the All Ireland Schools Chess Competition and a member of the school’s current Junior Cup rugby team.

JOHN F. KENNEDY SCHOOL NEWS: For the Christmas Holidays, our school will close on Friday, December 20 at 12.30 p.m. and re-open on Monday, January 6. As this day is a Holy Day, the feast of the Epihany, the school will attend Mass at 11.30am in Our Lady of The Rosary Church. Our Parent Association held a most enjoyable Bingo Quiz at Na Piarsaigh Clubhouse recently. Before the proceedings took place, presentations were made to Dorothy Stokes Cleary and Kieran Joyce who served as officers of the association for many years. We then had a most enjoyable evening’s entertainment, courtesy of Tony Cusack and his team. Everyone was a winner on the night and thanks to all who organised it to perfection. The traditional Halloween parade took place in the school on Friday, October 26. The boys all dressed up in a variety of magnificent costumes made from recycled materials and other creations. Parents/Guardians and family members came and viewed the parade, in the school yard and two Gardai from Mayorstone Station had the unenviable job of adjudicating for the prizes. The prizes were sponsored by Mr Binman and photos of the day can be seen in the gallery section of the website and on Mr Binman’s facebook page. Our annual charity collection raised €300 for the Milford Hospice Walk of Life. Well done and thanks to all. The next meeting of the parent council will take place in January, with the date to be confirmed. A sincere word of thanks, to all who assisted in organising the quiz night recently.

ST. MICHAEL’S ROWING CLUB: For some time, we have identified the need for non-tidal facilities as a key to improving our competitiveness and for the development of all our athletes. Recently, we completed the purchase of a site adjacent to the Limerick Regatta Committee regatta enclosure field in O’Briensbridge. This now gives us the opportunity to develop our own facility and permanent access to the best stretch of rowing water in the country. The challenge now is to develop those facilities at a time when we have financial constraints, following the purchase itself and a restructuring of other club operations we are implementing at considerable cost. To get a head start on developing our new site, we are offering Life Memberships at half the usual cost i.e. €1000 until 31 December 2013. The offer is open to all currently subscribed members, past members looking for a way to re-engage with the club and any interested supporters. We hope with a good take up of this offer, that we can start developing the site early in the new year, so that all can obtain some benefit from it as soon as possible. Otherwise, we will have no choice but to delay development until we have sufficient funds. This is a great opportunity to get behind a game-changing project for the club and great value. If you are interested, please contact any member of the committee. Thanks for your continued support.

WORLD YOUTH CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP TABLE QUIZ: A Table Quiz will be held on Friday, December 6 at 8pm, in the Limerick Lawn Tennis Club. Table of four costs €25. This table quiz is to help raise funds to for Diana Mirza, who is travelling to the World Youths Chess Championships. To book, please call Gabriel Mirza on 087 204 7823.

UL BOHEMIANS CHRISTMAS TABLE CHAT: UL Bohemians U12 Team will host a Christmas Table Chat, in aid of their Easter Tour, at the Strand Hotel on Wednesday, December 11 from 7.30pm. Tickets are €5 and are available from the hotel reception. There will be a raffle on the night and many Christmas gifts.

OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY SERVICES: Weekend Mass Times: Saturday Vigil Mass 6pm. Sunday 10am and 11.30am. Weekday Mass Times: 10am Daily. Also 5.45pm daily during November, Advent and Lent. Baptisms: Saturdays at 5pm and Sundays at 12.15pm. Marriages: Three month’s notice to Parish and Civil Registrar. Church Office: Telephone 061 325 288, from Sundays 9am to 12.30pm and Weekdays 9am to 9.45am.

OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY CHRISTIAN MEDITATION: This alternative form of prayer, takes place each Monday evening in Our Lady Of The Rosary Church, after Adoration at 7 pm. Many thousands of people all over the world have found their spiritual lives enriches by the practice of Christian Meditation. Christian Meditation has been practiced since the foundation of the Church and was reintroduced by the late John Main, who was a Benedictine monk. We say a prayer word, which we call a mantra and this word is repeated, all during the meditation. A difficulty for people are the constant distractions - we do not fight them; we treat them as background noise. Maybe you have attempted Meditation on some previous occasion, but do not be discouraged, as each attempt is regarded as a new beginning. The goal of Meditation is to keep The Lord Jesus, in Reverence in our hearts and to be open to His Presence in silence and stillness. Meditation helps people to be in a state of empathy with God. The weekly meeting, helps people in the daily practice of Meditation in their lives.

STARS, CHOIRS & CAROLS: “Stars, Choirs & Carols” have launched a nationwide appeal for singers and choirs, to join in breaking the Guinness World Record, for “the most people singing Christmas Carols together in one location”. The event will take place in Croke Park Stadium, Dublin on Thursday, December 19 between 7pm & 9pm and will be hosted by Miriam O’Callaghan. In addition to breaking the world record, we are hoping to raise money on behalf of two worthwhile charities; Cliona’s Foundation and the Sanctuary. Cliona’s Foundation provide financial assistance for families with critically ill children, as featured in a recent Secret Millionaire programme. The Sanctuary founded by Sr. Stanislaus Kennedy provides an oasis of peace and tranquillity for many people, including some of the most vulnerable young people in our society. Choirs and singers will be singing for success along with Louis Walsh, Lisa Hannigan, The Army No 1 Band, The Dublin Gospel Choir, Celine Byrne & many, many more…… ” Stars, Choirs and Carols will be streamed live and The Oprah Magazine have been in touch to enquire about the event. Stars, Choirs and Carols was featured on The Late Late Show recently. For more information about Stars Choirs and Carols, please visit our website: www.starschoirsandcarols.ie