Apr 13

Jude Meaney

Reporter:

Jude Meaney

UNITY GOSPEL CHOIR MONSTER TABLE QUIZ: Unity Gospel choir Limerick are holding a table quiz on Thursday the 11th of April at 8pm in The Pery hotel, we’’ll have fabulous prizes for first second and third as well as a great raffle with fantastic spot prizes followed by karaoke and a performance by the choir for just 20 euro per table.

UNITY GOSPEL CHOIR MONSTER TABLE QUIZ: Unity Gospel choir Limerick are holding a table quiz on Thursday the 11th of April at 8pm in The Pery hotel, we’’ll have fabulous prizes for first second and third as well as a great raffle with fantastic spot prizes followed by karaoke and a performance by the choir for just 20 euro per table.

PARKINSON’S FUNDRAISING COFFEE MORNING: The Mid West Branch of the Parkinson’s Association of Ireland will hold a Fundraising Coffee Morning at Bobby Byrne’s Wolfe Tone Bar, O’Connell Avenue, Limerick, on Thursday, April 11, from 10am to 12 noon. Everybody is welcome. This is part of our continuous and ongoing fundraising efforts, as the Parkinson’s Association does not receive any Government funding. See you at Bobby’s on April 11.

ATHLUNKARD BOAT CLUB ANNUAL TABLE QUIZ: Athlunkard Boat Club will be hosting our second annual table quiz on Thursday, April 11 at The Strand Hotel. Registration 7.30pm. Start time: 8pm. Please contact club PRO at: athlunkardbcpro@gmail.com or telephone 086 8872 613.

FEET ON THE STREET SPRING SERIES: Walk, Jog or Run with Feet on the Street- ideal for beginners and anyone new to running and preparing for the Great Limerick Run. Moyross Community Enterprise Centre and Athletics Limerick host event 2, of 4. The 5mile loop starts and finishes at Moyross Community Centre on Friday, April 12. It starts at 7pm sharp. Register early for 7 euro on www.athleticslimerick.com or email mossiewoulfe@gmail.com. Register on the night for 10 euro. Top prize for over 40s category SKINS compression gear sponsored by Gleeson Sport Scene, spot prizes and refreshments, come on and join the run.

SCRAP METAL COLLECTION WEEKEND: Corbally United are having a Scrap Metal Collection Weekend on Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14 at their grounds in Athlunkard, to raise funds for the development of the Club’s facilities. From 11am-3pm on Sat & Sun, you are encouraged to drop off any scrap metal you have (free of charge) and the Club will dispose of it responsibly. Everything from bikes to cars, kettles to washing machines and radiators, to farm machinery will be accepted. For more details, please check out www.corballyunited.com

DIABETES IRELAND NATIONAL SPRING MEETING: Diabetes Ireland will hold its annual Spring meeting in the Castletroy Park Hotel, Limerick, on Sunday, April 14 at 2pm. There will be presentations from experts on both type 1 & type 2 diabetes. Admission is free and all are welcome.

LIMERICK YOUTH PILGRIMAGE FASHION SHOW: The Limerick youth Pilgrimage Fashion Show will take place in the Woodlands House Hotel, Adare on Tuesday, April 16, commencing at 8pm. Shops - Bella Sola & Kimono, Newcastlewest and Mike O’’Connell Menswear, Limerick. Cheese & Wine reception. Prize for best dressed lady & trendiest man. Live entertainment, during interval. Every year, 90 people from all over Limerick travel to Lourdes, as part of the Diocesan Pilgrimage. Monies raised from this event, will go towards their travel. Tickets available at door.

LIMERICK BOOK FAIR: The Annual Limerick Book Fair will be held on Saturday, April 13 at 10.30am, in St. John’s Pavilion, Upper William Street, Limerick. Doors open 10.30 am. At this annual event, booksellers from around the country will have an extensive selection of rare, collectable and out of print books, prints, photos, maps and general ephemera. This Bookfair is always worth a visit and it is located not far from the Limerick Milkmarket. All are welcome.

MIGRANT RIGHTS TRAINING: Migrant Rights training will be held on Friday, April 12 from 9.30am to 12.30pm, at Doras Luimní, Mount St. Vincent, O’Connell Avenue, Limerick. Doras Luimní will provide two training sessions, as part of our Integration Planning programme. The first is an intensive half day course on Migrant Rights on 12th April. This training aims to equip the participants with the necessary knowledge to work effectively, supporting clients from migrant communities. It addresses the various immigration categories in Ireland, which are associated with different sets of rights regarding education, employment and accessing social supports.

The second, is a one-day course on Intercultural Awareness which will take place on Saturday, April 26. This training is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and awareness necessary, to developing best practice intercultural working relationships, within a service organisation. Both sessions are available free of charge to members of the public, however due to space limitations, we would advise those interested in attending one or both, to register early, by contacting Integration Policy Officer Matt Cannon on 061 310 328 or Email: m.cannon@dorasluimni.org.

DIOCESAN NEWS: Our diocese celebrates a new chapter in our story on Sunday, April 14, with the ordination of Bishop designate Fr. Brendan Leahy, as the new Bishop of Limerick. Representatives from schools, parishes, organisations and groups across the whole spectrum of the life of the Limerick diocese, will attend the celebration in St John’s Cathedral. The good news is that the ordination is going to be transmitted via the internet.

As we prepare for this celebration, we are aware that we, like the apostles; are followers of Jesus, who are continually being called into new experiences of his love in our lives. So, this celebration is not just for those who will be in St John’s Cathedral on April 14. It is an opportunity for us all to renew our relationship with Jesus and to walk in hope with the Risen Jesus.

FR. LIAM LAWTON CONCERT: On Sunday, April 14 at 8pm, Caherconlish will have the honour of welcoming Fr. Liam Lawton, as he performs in Concert, at Our Lady Mother of the Church, Caherconlish. Fr. Liam, will be joined by local Adult and Youth Choirs, under the direction of Valerie Walsh. This concert is being organised by the Parish Pastoral Council. For the past 20 years, Fr. Liam has been composing sacred and inspirational music and has performed in venues including the Vatican, Carnegie Hall, the White House and the Eucharist Congress, held in Dublin. His song Cloud’s Veil, was adopted as an anthem across America following 9/11.

Tickets cost €20 and are available at Caherconlish Post Office or by contacting Phil on 087 136 3747, Nuala 086 844 3288 and Fr. Roy Donovan on 087 222 5150 or email: Philomenamartin_619@hotmail.com.

MARRIAGE PREPARATION PROGRAMME: “Marriage a Journey not a Destination”. This is the name given to the current Accord Marriage Preparation Course. Accord recognises that the couples who present for our pre-marriage courses are already on a journey. This is a journey of discovery which began the first time they met. It is a journey that combines two histories, two families and two distinct sets of expectations of marriage.

A Marriage Preparation Course is an opportunity for couples to take time out from the hectic planning of the Wedding Day. To focus on how things are between them, to affirm what is going well and to name the areas of their relationship, that might need some attention. All of this takes place in the company of other couples preparing for Marriage and with the assistance of trained facilitators, themselves experienced in Marriage. Accord highlights the core elements of relationship and the course concentrates on exploring each of these. For further information, please telephone: 061 343 000 or e-mail:accordlimerick@eircom.net

DAUGHTERS OF CHARITY VOLUNTEERS WANTED: Are you interested in Volunteering? Do you have an hour or two to spare morning or evening, week day or weekend? Do you want to make a difference in someone’s life? If so, why not volunteer with the Daughters of Charity Service for Persons with Intellectual Disability. We are looking for committed people to be friends to our service users, to engage in various social activities, to spend quality time with our service users on a one to one or group basis. We believe that everybody has something to give. If you are over 18 and would like to find out more about our Volunteer Programme, or if you would like to give an hour or more of your time and volunteer in one of our centres, please contact: Grainne Keane Volunteer Coordinator Daughters of Charity Services Limerick Tel: 061 501 465 / 087 2855 976 or Email: grainne.keane@lim-docservice.ie

KENYA BUILD VOLUNTEERS WANTED: Kenya Build is now recruiting volunteers for a project in Kenya in July. You will have a life changing, deeply rewarding experience. For more information, please call 086 825 3531 or Email: info@kenyabuild.com

CONSOLE SUICIDE BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP: Console will be holding its monthly suicide bereavement support group on the first Wednesday of every month, from 7pm to 9 pm at Console House, 114 The Grange, Raheen, Limerick for family, friends work colleagues and community, who have been bereaved by suicide. See www.console.ie or ring 061 306 792 for further details.

IRELAND’S GREENEST MAGAZINE: “Changing Ireland” the national magazine for the Community Development Programme, is Irelands most environmentally friendly magazine, according to its editor Allen Meagher. Produced from its office in Sarsfield Gardens and printed in Offaly, it uses vegetable inks throughout, a chemical-free production process and 100% recycled paper which means, it has become the greenest magazine in the country. Yet again Moyross is leading the way and ‘Changing Ireland’ finds itself ahead of a range of popular commercial magazines, which weigh down the shop-shelves with paper from virgin forests and inks derived from heavy chemicals. “We should be following their lead into a greener world, not showing them the way. We were surprised to find that even Local Planet, a magazine about the environment, didn’t use recycled paper, though they are going to change with their next issue,” said editor Allen Meagher. The publishers have been congratulated on their work by the Carbon Neutral Company based in London and were urged to work towards becoming fully carbon-neutral. Allen urged local communities, groups and small enterprises to lead from the ground up by seeking green printing: “A couple of community groups we know may shortly go ‘green’ with their local newsletters because recycled paper is now much more affordable – why not Moywrites.” The latest edition of Changing Ireland is now on the web: www.changingireland.ie and the paper version is available in Eason’s or directly by contacting ‘Changing Ireland’. Telephone: 061 458 011.

ADAPT SERVICES: Since 1974, ADAPT has provided services and support for women who have experienced domestic abuse. If you have children, we have services for them as well. We are open every day of the year, twenty-four hours a day. Caring and experienced staff who understand domestic abuse will listen and support you to talk things through and help you decide what you want to do. Our priority is your safety and the safety of your children.

Violence against women is wrong. It is a criminal offence and there is neither an acceptable nor tolerable level of violence. Services Provided are Emergency Accommodation/24 hour Refuge. Information is also provided on Emotional Supports, Safety Supports, Practical Supports, Child Related Supports, Court and Other Accompaniment, Advocacy, Counselling and Referral, Aftercare, Outreach Services, 24 Hour Helpline, Children Services, Training & Development, Transitional Housing, Education programmes for Women. Additional services for children include: Childcare Support, Educational Support including School Placement, Homework Club and One to One Therapeutic Work. Domestic Abuse is one of the most common unreported crimes in Ireland. Domestic violence refers to the use of physical or emotional force or threat of physical force, including sexual violence in close adult relationships. Adapt runs a free, confidential and anonymous 24 hour telephone helpline service. Experienced staff will listen to you. They can give you information on possible options and help you think about what you want to do.

We are open day and night, seven days a week. Staff is available to help you, talk through your situation and decide if you need refuge. If you do, they will help you work out how to get safely to the refuge. The refuge is open to women on their own, or women with children. In the refuge, each family has their own self-contained apartment. The staff will support you for as long as you need refuge and make your stay as comfortable as possible. They will make sure that you have enough food, clothes etc. for yourself and your children until you get your own finances sorted. Some women may need refuge only once and some may need it many times. When you are ready to leave the refuge, staff will support you in what you want to do.

ADAPT seeks to challenge domestic abuse, support women survivors of domestic abuse and their children and lobby for change to eliminate violence against women. ADAPT refuge and support service provides a range of services for women survivors of domestic abuse and their children. These are available to those living in the refuge and, on an outreach basis, to those living in the community. The services are confidential and focus on being welcoming, friendly and supportive while also providing safety and protection for the women and children using them. For further information, please telephone: 061 412 354 or the Helpline on: 1800 200 504 or you can email: administration@adaptservices.ie

WORK ACCESS LTD: Work Access Ltd is an employment service set up to place people with varying abilities in Employment. The service is provided throughout Limerick City and County and is funded by FAS. We are committed to providing a professional employment service for people with disabilities. We endeavour to satisfy the recruitment needs of local employers. Our aim is to be client focused at all times. Work Access Ltd is an employment service that seeks to facilitate the integration of people with disabilities into paid employment. The service employs a team of Job Coaches that work with individuals to help them gain and maintain employment. Support is provided to help the job applicant overcome any barriers which may exist in terms of accessing employment. The service is available to everyone with a disability including those with mental health difficulties within the Limerick city and county area. The service is free to both job applicants and employers and is funded by Fàs under the National Development Programme 2000 - 2006.

Work Access was established as a Consortium in June 2001 with members from each of the main disability organisations in Limerick. In March of 2004 a separate company was set up to run the Programme – Work Access Ltd and now the service is operating as a stand alone entity with an independent voluntary Board of Directors. The Board consists of representatives from National Learning Network, the Brothers of Charity, the Daughters of Charity, Enable Ireland, Richmond Recruitment and Dell Ireland. The service is part of the FAS Sponsored National Supported Employment Programme and there are 23 similar groups around the country. The Job Coach assists the individual in identifying the most suitable role for them within an organisation. Help is provided in exploring career options, CV preparation, interview preparation and the sourcing of suitable vacancies. In many cases the Job Coach will speak to employers regarding employment opportunities and often act as an intermediary on behalf of the job applicant. Once a position is secured support continues on an on going basis as required. Employers understand the added value that disabled employees bring to an organisation - Have you taken the time to review the value which you bring to any employer? It is important that you realise those additional qualities that disabled employees possess, which may not be present in non disabled employees. Do you have a disability or a health issue? Find it hard to get a job? Need some help getting started? Please contact Michelle Barrett at Work Access Ltd on 061 493 095. We provide a supported employment service in Limerick city and county.