Feb 2

Kay Flanagan


Kay Flanagan

OUR LADY OF LOURDES SCHOOL: The children and staff of Our Lady of Lourdes School have returned after a well deserved Christmas holiday and have been busy settling in to the new school term. We’re glad to report that the children must have used very nice behaviours during the year because by all accounts, Santa was extremely generous this Christmas.

OUR LADY OF LOURDES SCHOOL: The children and staff of Our Lady of Lourdes School have returned after a well deserved Christmas holiday and have been busy settling in to the new school term. We’re glad to report that the children must have used very nice behaviours during the year because by all accounts, Santa was extremely generous this Christmas.

Doodle Den: a joint enterprise between the STEPs School Completion Programme and the school, is up and running again for this term. Doodle Den is an after school club for Senior Infants, with a very strong focus on reinforcing literacy skills that are taught in school. The teaching takes the form of exploring books through art, craft and drama, so it is very enjoyable for the children.

Fair trade: As Our Lady of Lourdes parish finalises its application for Fair Trade status, we are glad to report that Our Lady of Lourdes School is doing its bit for the effort. We do our very best to promote Fair Trade products in the school and we use them at every opportunity. As our school computer system is networked, it allows us to share good teaching resources with every class in the school. Thanks to Sr. Delia, who always does her best to share the latest Fair Trade interactive teaching materials with us.

incredible Years: It’s the time of year again, when we begin our Incredible Years Parent Training programme. What is Incredible Years? Professor Carolyn Webster Stratton, of Seattle, USA developed these programmes for parents, teachers and children. They have been proven to work over the last 30 years, worldwide and in Limerick. The Incredible Years Basic Parent Programme will be run in Our Lady of Lourdes School from late January 2013. For 14 weeks, every Tuesday morning from 9.00am until 11.30am, a group of parents will be led by trained facilitators in the programme. It is a very casual course, where we have a cuppa and share our experiences and skills as parents. We make good friendships and always have a laugh! If you would like to take part in this very enjoyable course, please ring Tracy on 085 7290048.

We have a number of Parent Programmes up and running at the moment. Circuit training with Derek Mackessy is continuing on Monday morning. Like many parents across the country, some of our parents are concerned that they have forgotten a lot of the Irish they learned when they were in school themselves. Naturally, they want to be of assistance to their own children when it comes to Irish homework.One group of parents have come back to school for a refresher course in Irish, taught by Pól Ó Flatharta. After the first class, the ladies were delighted with their progress. Well done. The Incredible Years Parent Programme will be starting at the end of the month and will be co facilitated by Tracy Fitzgerald HSCL and Nuala Rennison of the Southill Community Development Project. This programme focuses on school readiness skills, using praise and rewards, positive discipline, rules, routines, setting limits, handling misbehaviour and teaching children to solve problems. The programme will run for 14 weeks. There are two places still available, so if you would like to take part, ring Tracy on 085 7290048.

WEST END NEWS: We would like to thank everyone who came to our Christmas showcase; we very much appreciate the support of the community. We would also like to say a big thank you to Jay Red who entertained everyone on the night with some of his trademark freestyle rapping. He was a huge hit with the young people and we hope to be able to work with him again in the future.

The West End Youth Centre is now open late on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays. We are also running a new art group on Friday afternoons that will be making costumes and artwork for this years St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Anyone from the community over the age of 11 who is interested in taking part can contact Claire by calling in, emailing us at westendyouthcentre@ololcsg.ie or by ringing 061 441078.

FAIRTRADE COFFEE MORNING: A fairtrade coffee morning will take place on Friday February 1st at 10:30 am in the Sit N’ Sip cafe. Lord Mayor Gerry McLaughlin will be in attendance and there is also a raffle for a hamper of FairTrade goods. The event is all part of the effort to make Our Lady of Lourdes Parish the first FairTrade parish in Limerick. Support would be greatly appreciated. Come along and taste the FairTrade products available, all are welcome!

NEW PREMISES: Our Lady of Lourdes CDP, RESIN and STEPS School Completion Programme have recently moved premises. Our new address is No. 3 and 4 Garryglass Avenue. We are slowly but surely getting up and running and we are looking forward to the new year ahead. Please feel free to call in and visit us or contact us on 087 9158115.

OLD MEDALS: If anybody has got old medals that they won with Prospect or Priory down through the years that are collecting dust, we have put a locked medal cabinet in the dressing room and are looking for old medals to fill them. If you have any can you please give them to a member of Prospect Priory FC and we will put them in the cabinet. We will also include a list of who the medal were donated by.

MEALS ON WHEELS: There is a meal delivary service available in the area which delivers freshly cooked meals straight to your door. Meals are delivered five days per week. Meals for the elderly only cost €4. Meals for people of any age with a short term or long term disability or those in recovery are only €5. If you think you or someone you know would like to avail of our service or would just like further information, please contact Gillian or Caroline on 061-228596.

STEPS SCHOOL COMPLETION PROGRAMME: We have opened the new year by moving to new premises alongside with the Limerick City CDP’s Our Lady of Lourdes Office. We said good bye to the”alleys”, and moved all our belongings lock, stock and barrel to 3 / 4 Garryglass Avenue. We are getting well settled into our new neighbourhood. Thank you to all those who helped us with the physical move and before that made the move possible in the first place! Our phone numbers and email address have stayed the same, but if you want to catch us in person, drop down to 3 Garryglass Avenue.

Our after school clubs have started back as follows:

• 3rd and 4th class homework club on Mondays 2.40 – 4pm in Our Lady of Lourdes PS

• Young Women’s and Men’s Club on Tuesdays 5.30 – 7pm and 7.30 – 9pm in WestEnd


• Secondary school homework club and grinds on Wednesdays 3.30 – 4.50 pm in 3 Garryglass


• 5th and 6th class homework club Thursdays 2.40 – 4pm in Our Lady of Lourdes PS

• Doodle Den literacy club Tue, Wed and Thursdays 1.45 – 3.15pm in Our Lady of Lourdes PS

The Doodle Den club held it’s first parent’s session of the new year on Tuesday 22nd January. Nine diligent parents gathered together to make story sacks for their children to bring home to. Each parent had chosen a book for the sack; the stories included “The Gingerbread Man”, “The Gruffalo”, “The Train Ride”, “Where the Wild Things Are” and “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”. Making and decorating the sack started the session. The sack was then filled with the book, as well as lollipop stick characters, paper puppets, jig saw puzzles, masks and even cooking recipes that related to their chosen story and were made by the parents with tender loving care. We hope that these story sacks will bring lots of joy to the children and parents alike at home!

LIMERICK COMMUNITY LAW & MEDIATION CENTRE: A focus group is being organised for the residents of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish. The Focus Group will take place at Our Lady of Lourdes Community Centre on Wednesday the 23rd January 2013 from 2 pm until 3.30pm. The aim of the Focus Group is to seek the residents’ views on: The legal needs of the community in terms of areas of law The obstacles to accessing legal services

The types of legal services needed y the Community in terms of advice, representation, mediation and legal education. The format will be an informal discussion and ideally, they are looking for 30 to 40 residents to participate.