THE GREAT RUN: If you are someone who is already training or just considering participating in the Great Limerick Run there are just twelve weeks remaining before it takes place. The event is to be held on the May Bank holiday weekend. It is a full marathon and many are training hard already. However, if you consider this length too great there is also a 10 kilometre event and many more will be just doing this distance. There is no obligation on participants to run for if you wish you may walk whatever distance you feel you are able to do and that your fitness permits you but the important factor is to participate. Rosemary Ryan the prominent Limerick athletic club member has been appointed as Community Sports Development Officer with Limerick City Sports Partnership and she is at present organising Meet and Train sessions for everyone who would like to get fit and prepare for the Great Limerick Run. This can be most beneficial for those who need advice and information from a leader about training methods. Take up the challenge now and prepare for the Great Limerick Run.
Ã‰IGSE MICHAEL HARTNETT: Michael Hartnett was one of the greatest poets that has come from the Mid-West region in both the Gaelic and English languages. Such literary muses as the poet laureate Seamus Heaney and the contemporary poet Paul Durcan speak highly of MichÃ¡el Hartnett. The Limerick County Council Arts Office has had a literary event each year in Newcastle West to honour him. Ã‰igse MichÃ¡el Hartnett will take place in Newcastle West from April 25 to the 27 . The event will be opened by the Cathaoirleach of Limerick County Council , Cllr. Jerome Scanlon and the RTE Director General Mr. Noel Curran will be the guest speaker on the night. An â€˜Ã©igseâ€™ is a literary and artistic festival and with such literary and artistic luminaries such as Robert Ballagh, Mark Patrick Hederman OSB,Paula Meehan, Julie Feeney and many, many more it certainly promises to make Ã‰igse MichÃ¡el Hartnett well worth a visit.
A.A. MEETINGS: The St. Paulâ€™s group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets in the St. Paulâ€™s national school on three evenings of the week at 20.30hours. They come together on each Monday, Thursday and Saturday. If you are having difficulty with your drinking habits you are cordially invited and welcome.
GIVE SUPPORT: On Saturday, May 5 students and teachers of Crescent Comprehensive College will take part in the Great Limerick Run in order to create awareness and funds for the Parkinsonâ€™s Association. If you would like to help in any way big or small contact GrÃ¡inne Delaney at <firstname.lastname@example.org>
GRAFFETI: During the past couple of months a few colourful ( and that is the only pisutuve factor) examples of graffiti have appeared on the sides of the â€˜bridgeâ€™ on the St. Nessanâ€™s road that finishes at the city boundary. Whomsoever is responsible is obviously deluded into believing that he/she are embellishing the metal panels with their efforts. However, the fact is that it is just a demonstration of a nonsensical mind undergoing some tangled or tortured piece of imagination. In the city owners are making every effort to rid their premises from this type of rubbish. If you happen upon some individual engaged in this carry-on inform the GardaÃ or the local authority.
ONCE AGAIN: Last Wednesday, March 27 was the first occasion in which the Mungret /St.Paulâ€™s Credit Union in conjunction with the Citizens Information Board provided a service for its members in the credit union office on the St. Nessanâ€™s road (adjacent to Oâ€™Malleyâ€™s Pharmacy ). This drop-in service will be available on the last Wednesday of each month to provide information, advice and advocacy on a broad range of public and social services and issues. This information and advice will be available on a free, confidential and impartial basis to all members.
This service will be provided from 10.30am until 12.30pm and it will take place in a private room and operate on a drop-in basis with no appointment necessary. Having this service on your doorstep is a real benefit for members and it is just one of the many other community efforts that the Mungret./St. Paulâ€™s Credit Union encourages its members to avail of this free community service. The service will be available to all Mungret/St. Paulâ€™s Credit Union members on Wednesday, April 24.
SENIORâ€™S FORUM: A Limerick Seniorâ€™s Forum has been established and it meets in the exhibition area of the Civic Offices, Merchants Quay once a month. This body which has been recently formed aims to make its presence known on behalf of all adults over 55 years of age. It proposes to communicate with similar forums throughout the country.
It wishes to hear from other and all adults over 55 years and to learn of the problems and difficulties that they may be experiencing during the present times of austerity. Briefly, it proposes to act as â€˜the voiceâ€™ of all Seniiorsâ€™. The next meeting of the Seniorâ€™s Forum will be held at the same venue on April 16 commencing at 11.30am. It proposes to act as â€˜the voiceâ€™ of all Seniiorsâ€™. The next meeting of the Seniorâ€™s Forum will be held at the same venue on April 16 commencing at 11.30am
SEE YOUR WAY: If you have spectacles (glasses) that you no longer use or that have been replaced by new glasses the International Lions club is collecting them for recycling to a developing country. It is its intention to pass them on to developing countries for use where they will be of benefit. If you wish to dispose of your old spectacles there is a box in the porch-way of the Dooradoyle library where they are collected. Your voluntary gesture of disposed spectacles will be beneficial and very welcome.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: The First Holy Communion ceremony will take place in St. Paulâ€™s church on Saturday, May 18 at 11.0am. Unlike previous years there is to be just one ceremony on the day and this has been agreed by St. Paulâ€™s school and the â€˜Do This in Memoryâ€™ committee. All three classes will be receiving the Sacrament at the same time on the day.
EXPOSITION: There will be exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in the Blessed Sacrament chapel attached to St. Paulâ€™s church after the 10.0am Mass on Wednesday and it will continue until 10.0pm. Every Wednesday there is exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and all worshippers are welcome.
CHRISTAIN SPIRITUALITY: There are a series of talks on in Mary Immaculate College each Tuesday evening at 5.0pm as it is the Year of Faith and the theme is Christian Spirituality. The next of these talks will be on Tuesday, April 16 commencing at 5.0pm. This is to be the last of the talks.
BE ON GUARD: Once upon a time footpaths were for pedestrians only. It was the safest place to perambulate along whether you were walking to take the air or perhaps you had a purpose other than that. You knew that there was little or nothing to impede you as you went along. Other pedestrians were also using the footpath to do the same thing just going about their business. It was rarely that you met with an obstacle or anything to impede you as you walked along; perhaps, a sandwich-board advertising some product in a store. Nonetheless, you always felt safe as you went along.
But like many, many things all that has changed. As a pedestrian now you must be on guard and expect the unexpected. It may be a young or even a not so young cyclist moving at speed along the footpath notwithstanding the fact that immediately outside the footpath there is a specially painted and marked cycle lane. Also you could come into contact with a vehicle that is parked or is about to be parked in such a manner that two wheels are mounted on the path impeding your progress somewhat. If the said vehicle has parked and departed it may have made a subsidence in the path causing the surface to be uneven or worse still created a hole in the path (an example of this type of hazard is on the footpath of Carrig drive in the Dooradoyle Estate and probably more elsewhere). Even if any of the foregoing obstacles are absent one must still be aware that there are other impediments that may cause you a difficulty or slow your progress. There is usually several people peering at mobile phones oblivious to all about, seemingly very pre-occupied at his or her mobile phone sending a text or reading a text who is totally unaware there are other users on the footpath whom they may propel themselves accidentally against you or vice-versa. Using the footpaths now obliges you to be wide awake and to be on guard at all times for your own safety. Have a nice day!
ADAPT HOUSE: Adapt House provides shelter and succour to women and children who may be enduring abuse and violence of any form in their own households. It is a place of refuge for all those that are been violated physically or psychologically. This work continues throughout the year. Located in the former St. Brendanâ€™s school at Rosbrien it is a place of refuge and a home from home for many women and children from time to time.
INSPIRATION: The turnout of 2,000 walkers/runners for the Pieta house walk â€˜Darkness into Lightâ€™ can only be described as inspirational. All the participants are to be commended for their generosity of spirit and notwithstanding all the doom and gloom that seems to be a big aspect of our daily living presently the fact is that there is still this fact that the world has many good Samaritans. This years walk/ run for Pieta House will be held on the morning of May 11 commencing at 4.0 am and all volunteers are seeking sponsorship for what has now become a serious problem in our society.
EXPERTS IN HOPELESSNESS: Reports in all media forms, radio, TV and newsprint show that almost everybody appears to be an expert in hopelessness. It can be depressive to dwell on many of these reports and opinions for too long if at all. Yes, circumstances are bad but matters are not entirely hopeless. Is this another example of â€˜group-thinkâ€™ which an investigation into a programme that was transmitted by RTE revealed and concluded it to be the malaise. Is this what the media is culpable of forming â€˜group-think â€˜when it would be more valuable to form a critical attitude to whatever report is printed or transmitted. In to-dayâ€™s economic situation the formation of group-think is easier than ever. We are a resilient people, an educated population that has come through centuries of domination but apart from the majority losing our own language we are a nation that is capable of competing with the rest and the best. Ours is a culture that is highly esteemed in the world and in some countries envied.
A very popular song of many years ago by Max Bygraves was â€˜Youâ€™ve Gotta Have Heartâ€™ and it is a truism. If the Munster rugby team had not heart as they did and have for many years they might never have won the Heineken Cup but they had lots of heart and it carried the team and its supporters to the very top and last Sundayâ€™s win was a prime example of that spirit. So let us have heart and ignore the prophets of doom.
MUNGRET/ST. PAULâ€™S GAA: .Great Limerick Run: Not able to take part in the run but would like to help out? The club is seeking over 18 years old persons to volunteer to help marshal the Great Limerick run on the 5th of May. You will be based around the local area and will be used from one to three hours. All those who are available but unable to participate in the Great Limerick Run might consider volunteering to help so please give your name to Trish Barry 087-2033474 or to Kevin Oâ€™Hagan 087-0601686.
Table Quiz: A family table quiz has been arranged for April 21 to support the FÃ©ile team and a table for four will cost E20.
Last Sunday forthnight the Limerick U14s Ladies Football team recorded a great win over their neighbours Clare in the third round of the Munster Championship winning 7-6 to 2-1. They have now qualified for the Munster A semi Final. The club was represented by Niamh Oâ€™Keeffe, Jane Kirby and Aimee Rickard.
Easter Camp: What a great week to have our camp. With 120 children aged from 4 to 12 years attending for the 3 days both children and coaches had fun. The weather was very good to us. The highlight of the camp was the icecream van that arrived on the last day. Thank you to all involved- All the coaches , Kevin Oâ€™Hagan, Sinead Hickey and Wanda Dwane. We look forward to seeing you all again for the Camogie Camp and CÃºl Camp. Photographs will appear on the club website in the next few weeks.
â€œDarkness into Lightâ€ 5KM Walk/Run: Suicide and self-harm are issues of great concern throughout Ireland and they have caused much anxiety to many families.
The above event takes place on the morning of the 11th. May at 4.00am in aid of Pieta House, the suicide and self-harm crisis centre. It will start in the Dark of night and finish just as the Dawn is breaking. This symbolic walk is the Pieta House signature event and is the highlight of the Pieta fundraising calendar. Who would have guessed back in May 2009, when four hundred people took part in the first Darkness into Light walk in the Phoenix Park, that their small celebration of life and symbol of hope would grow and grow to become the nationwide occasion that it is today. Last year over 2, 000people gathered at night-time at the Arthurâ€™s Quay park in Limerick and participated in the Pieta house walk.. Almost 15,000 people across 14 different venues in Ireland took part in the event twelve months ago. We want people to go online to http://dil.pieta.ie/ to register immediately in the venue of their choice. By assisting us in this way you will be helping to save lives and to reduce unnecessary suffering and pain in our communities. Thank you for your support.
Centra Fobs: Please give your support to the club and our local Centra by signing up to the Centra Key fob and donating your points to Mungret St. Pauls. Forms and fobs are available in the club shop open Saturday morning 11.30am to 12.30pm. Centra will double the points for the club. Donâ€™t forget to use your fob when you shop..
U12/U11 football resumes this week with training every Monday at the Juvenile pitch at 7.30pm. U6/U8 hurling training now moved to Mondayâ€™s 6:15pm to 7:20pm in Sand Based Pitch from Monday April 8th.
Training for the under 11years age group will be moved to the village pitch this Friday night, time to be confirmed.