Raheen Aug 31

BLOOD DONATION CLINIC: The next Blood Donation clinic in this locality will be held on Wednesday next week September 4from 5pm to 8pm, at the South Court Hotel, Raheen. Regular donors are requested to please note this date and time, and to continue to support this vital service to others. A total of seventy five donors attended the corresponding Clinic in August; while allowances have to be made for the fact that this was in the middle of Summer holidays and that many people would have been away, an increase in that number would be very much appreciated! New donors are always especially welcome. Potential, and existing, donors are reminded that a Donor Information local telephone line can be accessed, at any time, on 1850 731 137.

BLOOD DONATION CLINIC: The next Blood Donation clinic in this locality will be held on Wednesday next week September 4from 5pm to 8pm, at the South Court Hotel, Raheen. Regular donors are requested to please note this date and time, and to continue to support this vital service to others. A total of seventy five donors attended the corresponding Clinic in August; while allowances have to be made for the fact that this was in the middle of Summer holidays and that many people would have been away, an increase in that number would be very much appreciated! New donors are always especially welcome. Potential, and existing, donors are reminded that a Donor Information local telephone line can be accessed, at any time, on 1850 731 137.

COMMUNITY FAMILY FUN DAY: The “Healthy Club” at Mungret/St. Paul’s GAA Club are hosting a Community Family Fun Day this Sunday, 1 September, at the Club’s Grounds in Mungret from 2 to 4.30pm. Various varieties of sporting and fun events will take place, together with a book sale, a cake sale and a raffle. Entry to the event is free, but donations of books (no longer required by the owners), confectionery for the cake sale and items for the raffle would be very much appreciated. Donated items such as these can be brought along to the Clubhouse this Saturday evening between 8 and 10pm; confectionery can also be brought along to the Clubhouse on Sunday, the day of the event. An enjoyable day out for all the family, young and not so young, is promised!

MPCC CREDIT UNION: This Saturday August 31 is the closing date for submission of completed applications from eligible members with regard to the local Credit Union’s (MPCC) award of a Third Level Education Bursary in relation to the forthcoming academic year. Details with regard to the submission of applications by those interested in applying for the award were made available in recent weeks, including in these, and other, Notes in this publication. MPCC Credit Union is to be complimented for, again this year, making this generous award available.

RAHEEN TOASTMASTERS: Raheen Toastmasters Club resumes its meetings, following the Summer break, on Tuesday next September 3 at the local South Court Hotel, Raheen. The Club meets at this venue on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, from 8pm to 10pm; anyone interested in availing of an opportunity to improve their communications skills, to prepare speeches, make presentations, “think on their feet” and generally to enjoy Public Speaking, as well as to make new friends, is welcome to come along to any of these meetings. Further information regarding the Club’s activities can be obtained by visiting the website www.raheentoastmasters.com, or by forwarding an e-mail to raheentoastmasters@hotmail.com

BAPTISM MEETING: A Baptismmeeting will be held in the Millennium Centre, Raheen on Thursday evening next September 5 at 7.30pm; parents whose babies are about to be baptised are obliged to attend this meeting. Baptism meetings, organised by the Parish Baptism team, are held in the Millennium Centre, Raheen on the first Thursday of each month, commencing at 7.30pm. The purpose of these meetings is to assist with preparation for receiving the Sacrament; parents, and godparents if possible, who reside in the parish, and who intend having their child baptised, are strongly encouraged to attend one of these meetings, where all of the information which they require regarding the Sacrament of Baptism will be made available to them.

ST. NESSAN’S NATIONAL SCHOOL: The new academic year commences at St. Nessan’s National School, Mungret this Friday, 30 August. All those involved with the School in Mungret, pupils and teachers alike, are wished a very fruitful year’s work ahead.

PADRE PIO: On Wednesday next, 4 September, at 9.30am in St. Oliver Plunkett Church, Mungret the monthly Padre Pio Mass will be celebrated, followed by Prayers and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament; everyone is welcome to attend this monthly celebration in honour of St. Padre Pio.

ALZHEIMER SOCIETY: The Limerick Branch of the Alzheimers Society of Ireland wishes to advise those who attend, and those who would like to attend, its monthly Carers Meetings that, from next month onwards, those monthly meetings will take place at a new venue, the Society’s Day Care Centre at Kilmurry Court, Garryowen, Limerick. Heretofore meetings were held at the Society’s Mid Western Regional Office at George’s Quay in Limerick. Many residents in this area are involved with the care of a family member or friend, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease, and reminders regarding the monthly meetings for Carers are included in these Notes. The next such meeting will take place at the Garryowen venue on Wednesday, 4 September, from 3pm to 4pm. A local telephone service is available for information, at 061-313456, between the hours of 9.30am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

“CONSOLE”: The Adult Suicide Bereavement Support group, “Console - Living With Suicide”, holds meetings on the first Wednesday of every month, from 7pm to 9pm. The group’s next meeting will take place on Wednesday, 4 September, at Console House, 114 The Grange, Raheen, Limerick. Family, friends, work colleagues and community members who have been bereaved by the death of a loved one through suicide are welcome to come along to any of these monthly meetings, which are facilitated by Console staff; an appointment is not necessary. Further information can be obtained by contacting tel. 061-306792.

GRANDPARENTS PILGRIMAGE: Advance notice to locals who take part in the annual National Grandparents Association Pilgrimage to Our Lady’s Shrine in Knock - this year’s, the seventh such National Pilgrimage, is taking place on Sunday week, 8 September. Further information can be obtained by e-mailinginfo@catholicgrandparentspilgrimage.com; the website is www.catholicgrandparentsassociation.com

AA MEETINGS: Weekly meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous are held in St. Paul’s Primary School, Dooradoyle on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 8.30pm each evening.

MILFORD HARVEST FAIR: Many local residents like to support the annual Milford Hospice Harvest Fair; this year’s Fair is taking place at a new venue, the University of Limerick Arena, this SundaySeptember 1. The Harvest Fair Committee earlier made the annual appeal for support through the donation of items such as clothes, books, toys and bric-a-brac; all donated items are checked for quality prior to being accepted, for the purpose of minimising the quite considerable costs involved with the disposal of unsaleable items. Donated items are being accepted at Milford Care Centre until this Thursday, 29 August; thereafter, only donated confectionery items will be accepted on the day of the event, 1 September, at the Fair’s location at the University of Limerick. Any further information relating to the event can be obtained by contacting the Fundraising Office at Milford Care Centre, tel. 061-485860. Once again, those who can are strongly encouraged to support this most worthy of causes, the services provided by Milford Care Centre.

In addition, these Notes have been notified that, with regard to the cake stall at the Fair, an opportunity is being made available locally to anyone who would like to donate cakes, buns, bread, etc to bring them along to the new Resource Centre at Ballybrown, located beside Ballybrown School and Church, this Saturday between 1 and 5pm; alternatively, Ms. Ber Behan, the cake stall leader, can be contacted to arrange the collection of these items, at 087-8162774. Confectionery items such as these can also be brought directly to the Fair, up to 12 noon, on Sunday.

PIONEER ASSOCIATION: Monthly meetings of the local Pioneer Centre will resume on Friday next week, 6 September, in the Millennium Centre, Raheen at 8.15pm. Anyone who wishes to become a Pioneer, or who is already a Pioneer and wishes to become a member of the Raheen Centre, or who wishes to obtain information regarding the services provided by the Centre, is welcome to come along to any of the monthly meetings, which are held on the first Friday of each month, with the exception of July and August.

FIRST FRIDAY: Friday next week, 6 September, is the First Friday of the month; daily Mass in the Parish Churches will be at the usual times, with a 7.30pm Evening Mass in Raheen Church also. Holy Communion will, as usual, be brought to the sick and housebound by the Priests of the Parish.