Feb 2

Breda Finn

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Breda Finn

Mayor Visits Northside: The Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Gerry McLoughlin paid a visit to Limerick Youth Service projects in Ballynanty, Moyross and Watch House Cross recently.
Accompanied by his colleague Cllr. Tom Shortt, Mayor McLoughlin spent time chatting with young people, staff and volunteers and was given an insight into the role that LYS plays in these communities. Mayor McLoughlin’s first port of call was the 4th Corner, Northside Youth Cafe, Watch House Cross, where exited young people proudly told the mayor of their many accomplishments, including conquering Ireland’s highest peak, Carrauntoohil. The mayoral party then made the short journey to Moyross, where they were given a tour of the Family Support Centre in White Cross Gardens. Here again a group of staff, volunteers and young people told the mayor about the importance of the programme to the local community. Afterwards, the two Labour councillors dropped into the Community Centre in Ballynanty, home to LYS’s Youth Diversion Project and Ballynanty Youth Club. After mingling with young people the councillors, were treated to some tea, sandwiches and treats courtesy of Lisa and the gang. Mayor McLoughlin and Cllr. Shortt thanked everyone for their kindness and praised the contribution of the respective projects and clubs to young people in the community.

Mayor Visits Northside: The Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Gerry McLoughlin paid a visit to Limerick Youth Service projects in Ballynanty, Moyross and Watch House Cross recently.
Accompanied by his colleague Cllr. Tom Shortt, Mayor McLoughlin spent time chatting with young people, staff and volunteers and was given an insight into the role that LYS plays in these communities. Mayor McLoughlin’s first port of call was the 4th Corner, Northside Youth Cafe, Watch House Cross, where exited young people proudly told the mayor of their many accomplishments, including conquering Ireland’s highest peak, Carrauntoohil. The mayoral party then made the short journey to Moyross, where they were given a tour of the Family Support Centre in White Cross Gardens. Here again a group of staff, volunteers and young people told the mayor about the importance of the programme to the local community. Afterwards, the two Labour councillors dropped into the Community Centre in Ballynanty, home to LYS’s Youth Diversion Project and Ballynanty Youth Club. After mingling with young people the councillors, were treated to some tea, sandwiches and treats courtesy of Lisa and the gang. Mayor McLoughlin and Cllr. Shortt thanked everyone for their kindness and praised the contribution of the respective projects and clubs to young people in the community.

YOUTH SERVICE: A Gathering for Limerick Youth Service’s 40th! This year LYS celebrates its 40th birthday. In the four decades since Sr. Joan Bowles opened the doors, 1.2milllion young people have passed through them. That’s 1.2million young people! In recognition of this milestone, LYS will host a number of events throughout 2013 that will raise awareness of the role that LYS has and continues to play in supporting and encouraging our young people. Looking forward to the 40th celebrations, LYS Director, Catherine Kelly, thanked the many volunteers, staff and young people that have contributed to LYS since 1973. ‘We are looking forward to what promises to be a busy year and meeting some old friends,’ said Ms. Kelly, who has been with LYS since the 1980s. ‘Although LYS has changed a lot since those early days, we still remain true to Sr. Joan’s belief that only the best is good enough for our young people,’ continued Ms. Kelly. infolink will keep you up to date on all the events that are planned for our 40th. We would especially like to hear from former members who would like to share thoughts of their time at LYS.

ST. BRIGID’S FEAST DAY: On This Friday February 1 we celebrate the lovely Feast Day of St Brigid, and we can now look forward to the brighter evenings as the days lengthen by the proverbial ‘cock’s step’.

Actually very little is known about St. Brigid, fondly referred to as “Mary of the Gael” We are told, however, that she was born at Faughart near Dundalk in Co Louth around the year 451. According to this legend her father was a pagan chieftan of Leinster and her mother was a Christian slave who had been baptized by St. Patrick. Another legend maintains that her father Dubtach and her mother Brocseach, came from noble Leinster families, both apparently Christians!

Brigid founded many monasteries and convents throughout Ireland, but her major Christian Foundation was in Kildare. It seems most likely that her first convent was founded in Kildare, on a piece of ground given to her by the King of Leinster, and marked by a large oak tree, which gave its name to the place – Cill Dara, meaning Church of the Oak. This was to become the principal church of the Kingdom of Leinster.

Many miracles are attributed to St. Brigid and she earned a huge reputation for healing the sick – the blind man seeing, the dumb girl speaking etc.

There is a story told that while she was tending to a dying pagan chieftain she sat praying and plaiting rushes from the floor into a cross. She used this cross as an example while she explained the story of Christ to the man. This, it seems, is how the familiar St. Brigid’s Cross originated. These crosses are still to be found in many Irish Homes. Traditionally they are hung on the front and back doors of the houses to protect them from fire, storms and evil.

During the past week St Brigid’s Crosses were on sale in our Community Centre – these were made by members of the gardening club and the proceeds will go towards funding some of the many services available at the Centre.

I myself have a St Brigid’s Cross, not made with rushes, but with pipe cleaners which is rather special to me. Some years ago I was visiting my son in America who at that time was working with a class of primary school children in Iowa City. Coming up to St Brigid’s Day he was charming them with stories of the Saint and decided to show them how to make St Brigid’s Crosses. Of course there wasn’t a rush in sight, but never one to be put down, he improvised with pipe cleaners and the children were delighted to learn how to make them. There are now some unique St. Brigid’s Crosses adorning some homes in Iowa City. That’s when they presented me with a St. Brigid’s Cross made with ‘BLUE’ pipe cleaners. I’m sure St. Brigid didn’t mind.

There are numerous holy wells associated with the Saint, not alone in Ireland but also in Britain. Even in the Druidic religion wells were often the sites of special veneration. One local St. Brigid’s Holy Well is located in Kilbreedy, Kilcornan, Co. Limerick.

My late husband, he being a country man, loved St. Brigid’s Day and no matter what the weather was like he welcomed this first day of Spring with great hope for good times to come. The evenings are already lengthening so maybe we just need to have patience and hopefully the good days are coming .

PJ Bennis Memorial Trophy: A group of young people from Limerick’s northside recently won a football tournament in Laois that was held in honour of the late PJ Bennis. Leroy Bennis, PJ’s grandnephew and a junior leader with Ballynanty Youth Diversion Project, organised the tournament in honour of his granduncle who contributed a great deal of his time and talent to local young people. PJ, who sadly passed away in 2010, lived in Moyross and was deeply involved with Corpus Christi Kung-Fu & Kick-Boxing Club, where he trained many up and coming young people.

‘As sport was such a big part of PJ’s life we decided to hold this football competition to honour his legacy and keep his memory alive,’ replied Leroy, when asked as to why he organised the tournament.

‘We got in touch with other youth groups and eventually had an inter youth club competition that was named after PJ,’ added Leroy.

The first tournament was held in Wexford in 2010 with Ballynanty Youth Diversion Project tasting success at the most recent hosting of the competition in Portalington, Co. Laois. Frankie Daly, of Limerick Youth Service, was full of praise for Leroy stating that ‘he took the lead in terms of contacting other youth clubs, organising the time and venue, which was no easy task.’

‘We are all very proud of Leroy’s contribution to the PJ Bennis Memorial Tournament and look forward to 2013’s event when we will be defending champions,’ smiled Mr. Daly.

Ballynanty Youth Diversion Project is facilitated by Limerick Youth Service.

Contact Information Dermot Troy, Communications Officer, Limerick Youth Service.

dermott@limerickyouthservice.com Tel: 061-412444/087-6219156.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is spreading to many parishes in the Diocese of Limerick and will soon be taking place in our parish. Details of this will be given at Masses this weekend February 2 and 3. We are asked to spare just one hour in the week to facilitate the Adoration in our Church.

THE WITNESS: A musical by Carol and Jimmy Owens, produced by Fr Terry Loughran will be presented by the Diocese of Limerick in the Lime Tree Theatre, Mary Immaculate College on Friday and Saturday March 8 and 9 at 8 pm. Tickets at €15 each are available from the ticket office on 061-774774 or www.limetreethreatre.ie

The production which will be staged just before Easter, is an ideal opportunity for parishes and parish groups, as well as individuals to participate in a meaningful and relevant way in the Year of Faith and to enter into the spirit of the season in preparation for the events of Holy Week

CANDLEMAS: If you would like to bring candles for use in the Church or for use at home for the sick, these will be blessed at the 6 pm Mass in St Munchin’s Church and at the 7.30 pm Mass in St Lelia’s on Saturday February 2.

SAINT BLAISE: This Sunday February 3 we celebrate the Feast of St Blaise. St Blaise is best known as the patron saint of people with sore throats. We will have the blessing of throats during the 11.30 am Mass in St Munchins and the 10.30 am Mass in St Lelia’s. The blessing is a sign of the people’s faith in God’s protection and love for the sick.

ST BRIGID’S CROSSES: During the past week members of the Gardening Club at our Community Centre made special St Brigid’s Crosses which went on sale at the Community Centre. The proceeds of which went towards running costs at the Centre.

CHRISTMAS DUES: A thank you to all who have returned your Dues envelopes in support of our priests and parish sacristans. Your generosity is very much appreciated.

DEATHS: We offer our sincere sympathy to the families of the following parishioners who died recently –

NEIL MARTIN MacMAHON, Belfield Gardens. He is survived by his brother Sean, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Requiem Mass was offered in St. Munchin’s church and Neil was laid to rest following cremation at Mount Jereome Crematorium.

RUBY GALVIN nee Keane, Cross Road, Thomondgate. Sincerely regretted by her family and friends. Burial took place in Mount St Oliver Cemetery following requiem Mass in St Munchin’s Church.

JAMES HEALY, Monabraher Road, Ballynanty. Husband of the late Patricia and formerly of C.I.E. He is survived by his daughters Annette, Helen, Christine, Martina, his sons John and Pat, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and brother Jack, neighbours and friends. Burial took place in Ballycannon Cemetery, Meelick following requiem Mass in St Lelia’s Church.

NOREEN O’HALLORAN nee Houlihan, Kenyon Avenue, Kileely, wife of the late John and mother of Eileen, Noreen, Christina, Mary, Ann, Georgina, and Sabrina, sons John, Michael, Martin, Francis and the late Thomas, his sister Kathleen, brothers Anthony and Gabriel, relatives and friends. Noreen was laid to rest in Mount St. Oliver Cemetery following requiem Mass in St Munchin’s Church.