St Paul’s Aug 31

WHAT’S ANOTHER YEAR: No, this is not a reprise of the great Johnny Logan Eurovision song winner of a number of years ago. It is in fact another comment of what has not happened on this side of the city/county for many years. The search for a public park continues notwithstanding the fact that a field was purchased below the end of the Ballinvoher estate on the Fr. Russell road almost twenty years ago. It was called the Ballykeefe park but its development which was advertised on the local press also on two different occasions and with two different proposals never materialised. The original plan was then modified and a much more modest development was to take place. However, the developer of the nearby housing estate that was also the person that the council purchased the field from was responsible for delaying the agreement to further develop the field and then the economic bust took place. So the park has been parked since while the local authority seeks a site for development that will be more suitable for the majority of residents on this side of the city/county. Of course, when the local elections for the new extended city are in train next year the public park issue will be high on the agenda for all candidates seeking election.

WHAT’S ANOTHER YEAR: No, this is not a reprise of the great Johnny Logan Eurovision song winner of a number of years ago. It is in fact another comment of what has not happened on this side of the city/county for many years. The search for a public park continues notwithstanding the fact that a field was purchased below the end of the Ballinvoher estate on the Fr. Russell road almost twenty years ago. It was called the Ballykeefe park but its development which was advertised on the local press also on two different occasions and with two different proposals never materialised. The original plan was then modified and a much more modest development was to take place. However, the developer of the nearby housing estate that was also the person that the council purchased the field from was responsible for delaying the agreement to further develop the field and then the economic bust took place. So the park has been parked since while the local authority seeks a site for development that will be more suitable for the majority of residents on this side of the city/county. Of course, when the local elections for the new extended city are in train next year the public park issue will be high on the agenda for all candidates seeking election.

The founder of the sect that wallowed in cynicism is reputed to be the philosopher named Antisthenes and it is neither the desire of this scribe to be a disciple of this sect nor to endorse his philosophical attitude. However, it is difficult not to be so. Two years ago it was reported in the Limerick Leader newspaper quote: “A new and multi-agency look at how and where and how often people take part in outdoor activities in their free time could see a total reshaping of the idea of recreation in County Limerick. The community and enterprise section of Limerick County Council is co-ordinating the creation of a new five year ‘Recreation Strategy’ which will access how people of different ages and backgrounds use their leisure time and look at how facilities in towns and villages of the county can be harnessed to suit their needs” Unquote.

In the meanwhile for many people personal exercise has become almost a way of life as can be witnessed each day and night with people walking, jogging and running around all districts. More are attending programmes in leisure centres and sports clubs.

Residents in this part of County Limerick, embracing the many estates in Raheen, Dooradoyle, Fr. Russell road, Dooradoyle road, Basllykeefe etc. numbering circa fifteen or sixteen thousand people are waiting for the promised Ballykeefe public park. Notwithstanding the result of a survey taken more than seven to eight years ago requesting the peoples wishes for facilities in the proposed park there is still no public park for use by the people. It would appear that a developer of houses in the area at that time where the park was to be created had not finalised his plans and consequently the proposed park was put on hold and delayed. The editorial in the same edition of the paper referred to above made a very salient comment in the context of its article “It’s time for a public debate on planning” when it wrote quote: “A balance must be struck between the interests of the landowners and developers and the interests of the public, between the need to support and promote development and the social good. That is the essence of good planning” Unquote.

It has been said somewhat cynically on occasions that if a horse had to be built by a committee it would never have come into existence and maybe there is a lesson to be learnt there. The list of bodies to be involved in the aforementioned “multi-agency” was formidable indeed and one can only wait and see the outcome of its deliberations. .

A similar situation, meaning a hold-up, now seems to be happening with regards to the playground that was been proposed and publicly mentioned last January. Due to some disagreement between the local authority, the residents at Kilteragh and the owners of the Cresent shopping centre the proposed development is being delayed because the local authority is not entirely satisfied with the proposed development. While it is understandable that all matters must be agreed and all parties satisfied before anything can happen surely the problems are not so insurmountable that they cannot be resolved sooner rather than later. Meanwhile, youngsters are growing up all the time and are now back again at school and they are without a park and a playground. Anyway, what’s another year?

BURSARY AWARD: The Mungret/St. Paul’s Credit Union has a very novel type of Bursary Award which they launched last year for the first time. It proposes to do so again this year. With the Leaving Cert results on the way, many of those who sat the exams are now beginning to think about what lies ahead in terms of third level education.

Starting college is an exciting time in any young person’s life and often marks the beginning of financial independence. However as well as being exciting, it is also a very costly time for students and parents. With this in mind, last year MPCC Credit Union launched its Third Level Education Bursary Award to help ease the financial burden on one deserving winner. The inaugural winner in 2012 was Michelle Nicholas of Gouldavoher who is currently studying in Mary Immaculate College.

Once again, the credit union is now looking for eligible candidates from its members for this year’s Bursary. The Bursary Award is worth € 2,000 per annum up to four years; therefore the winner can potentially receive € 8,000 towards funding their third level education costs.

Given the high financial value of the award, MPCC Credit Union, decided that instead of a lottery style draw or academic achievements determining the winner, the recipient of the award will have to show their efforts as to how they actively make a contribution to their local community or have improved the lives of others through their actions. Candidates are also invited to show how they have created a greater awareness of an issue or cause they are involved in. This criteria is in keeping with the community based ethos of the credit union and the strong belief underpinning the movement that people matter most.

With a closing date of August 31, applicants are urged to get their applications in plenty of time.

Further details can be obtained from any of the credit union offices in Dooradoyle, Mungret & Patrickswell or on their Facebook page & website www.mpcccreditunion.ie

REMINDER: This is important for all residents on this side of the city living locally and also for commuters traveling into and out of Mungret village.As from next Monday, August 26 from 10am the R859, that is the Mungret road from its junction with L1438(Moore’s lane) into Mungret village and its junction with L1402 (Pump road) will be closed. This temporary closure will continue until 5.00 pm on Friday, October 18. The purpose of this inconvenience is for the Mungret village improvement scheme which has been a long time coming. All the alternative routes for commuters into and out of the village will be marked and sign-posted to facilitate all vehicular traffic.

CREDIT UNION: It’s still summer (hard to believe but hope springs eternal) but thoughts have already turned to the upcoming exam results and the back to school routine. With this in mind the Mungret/St.Paul’s Credit Union ( MPCC) announce its new Educational Loan with a very attractive interest rate of 6.5% (6.7% APR). Borrowing money to finance your education or training is an everyday part of life. Fortunately your local Credit Union makes it that bit easier for you.

Whether it’s to pay for school uniforms or books in Primary or Secondary school or the increased expenses and fees associated with Third Level Education, this new loan, available for members and their families, is one of the most competitive Educational loans available anywhere. It also covers the purchase of PCs, laptops and educational software.

In the current economic climate more and more people are up-skilling themselves and this discounted loan rate is also available to members who are taking part in Adult Education or further studies to assist them with these costs. Education loans from MPCC Credit Union have the following advantages that you will not receive from other financial institutions.

Designed to meet all education or training needs.

FREE Loan Protection Insurance and FREE Life Savings Insurance at no direct cost to qualified applicants.

No hidden fees or transaction charges.

Repayments are calculated on the reducing balance of the loan. This means smaller interest repayments as you repay your loan.

You can repay the loan earlier with no penalty.

Additional lump sum repayments can be made with no penalties.

Flexibility to make larger repayments than agreed with no penalty should you wish to repay the loan earlier than agreed

Compare the real cost of a loan from MPCC Credit Union with that of other financial institutions, take into account the advantages and you will think you’re better off talking with MPCC first. This low interest loan is just another one of the benefits in being a member of your local community based credit union. Please contact any of the offices for further details on this loan and its terms and conditions. A loan repayment table is also available on the Mungret/St. Paul’s website www.mpcccreditunion.ie . Best of luck to all the members currently awaiting their exam results.

SHAPE UP: Getting fit and in shape is now something that many people are paying more attention to especially since the fine summer weather commenced. An enterprising young man has opened the’ Better Body Bootcamp ‘every Thursday morning 10am and every Wednesday evening 7pm in Mungret Gaa club will be ideal for you. You can participate in a variety of exercises including Boxercise, Circuit training, Body toning. For more info contact John on 087-9115411 or jean on 086-1025906.

A.A. MEETINGS: The St. Paul’s group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets in the St. Paul’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 are welcome.

RE-OPENED: Many people regretted the closing of the Jesuit church in the Crescent during the past number of years. The community of the Sacre4 Heart of Jesus had left the building and the nearby residence. A new community of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest are now resident there and they worship and administer in the church each day and they are endeavouring to restore it as a place of worship. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is now celebrated in Latin on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 8.30am each morning and on Friday at 7.30pm

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH: This district has had a number of houses recently entered by thieves when items of value and money were taken from them. It would appear that houses are being watched and targeted for theft when the occupants are out. Community Gardaí are not seen as often now and this may be that they are occupied with other duties. Consequently, in areas where neighbourhood watch applies it would be prudent that neighbours keep a watchful eye on their neighbourhoods and report any suspicious person or activities to the Gardaí at Roxboro Garda station. In the interim they ought to be aware of their own house security at all times. Never make it easy for your house to be robbed.

REGIONAL CHAPEL: The chapel attached to the Mid-Western Regional hospital has Mass celebrated daily at 1pm. On weekends the Mass is celebrated on Saturday evening at 7.15pm and on Sundays at 9am.

SCHOOLS BACK: Many of the National Primary schools re-opened . after the annual summer holidays and thank the Lord it has been a good weather summer. St. Paul’s school re-opened . at 9am and the Dooradoyle estate was crammed with vehicles delivering their charges to the local school. This makes it very difficult for the residents of the estate to go about their affairs as per normal. The fact that many employees in the district park their cars in the estate for the length of the day makes the situation much more difficult. Double yellow lines that have been bedded down on parts of the drives assists in easing some of the difficulties when the rules are observed but when they are not ‘bhfuel, sin scéal eile..

EXHIBITION: There is an exhibition on display in the Dooradoyle library at present titled ‘A Summer’s Work’. It is the artistic work of three ladies and it does show that they spent their time not just working but in creating exhibits that they are proud of.

MARANATHA: The next Maranatha prayer meeting in St. Paul’s Church Dooradoyle will take place on Sunday September 15 from 2.30pm until 7.30pm. It will be minister by Rev FR. Patrick Walsh, CSsr and Eddie Stones. All are welcome.

MUNGRET/ST. PAUL’S GAA: Community Family Fun Day: The Healthy Club are hosting a Family Fun Community Day on Sunday the 1st of September starting at 2pm until 4.30pm. We would like you to attend with your family. This day is for ALL age groups. We will be having Races, Egg and Spoon Races, Obstacle Course, Sack Race, Soak your Coach, Tug of War, Three Legged Race, Pyjamas Relay, Wife Carrying Race, Slow Bicycle Race, Penalty Shoot Out, Facepainting, Book and Cake Sale and a Raffle.

Entrance is free but we would like to ask if you could bring some books you are finished with, bake something for the cake sale or bring an item for the Raffle. Any books , Cakes or items for the Raffle can be brought to the committee members in Mungret St. Pauls Club House on Saturday 31st from 8pm to 10pm. Cakes can also be dropped off in the hall on the Sunday. We will be serving tea and coffee on the day so it will be great if you can make your bun or cake ready to eat with the tea. If your child would like to enter the Slow Bicycle Race they will need to bring their bike and a suitable helmet. We look forward to seeing you on the 1st of September.

Cul Camp: Last week we were lucky to host the Cul Camp with only 2 days of slight rain. Over 130 children turned up for the week where there were league matches played in Hurling /Camogie and Football. It was great to see all the children happy running around the pitch. Our visitor was Paul Browne he went to each group and answered questions (even ones about his upcoming Bruff match against Mungret) James Ryan also payed a visit during the week. The photographs show Paul with our U12 group one of our U10 groups and all the children at the end of camp. We look forwar to seeing you all at our next camp. Thank you to all who helped out for the week.

Club Barbeque: A successful night was had with the club barbeque, aided by the minor match win. It was great to see so many families with the children dancing to the tunes the parents could watch in comfort. Thank you to all who made it poss.