Our Lady of Lourdes Jan 18

OUR LADY OF LOURDES SCHOOL: We wish all the school community a very happy and prosperous new year. We are glad to report that Santa did indeed visit the homes of all the good boys and girls in Our Lady of Lourdes School last Christmas Eve. There are a lot of very happy kids around the parish, who received many gifts this year.

OUR LADY OF LOURDES SCHOOL: We wish all the school community a very happy and prosperous new year. We are glad to report that Santa did indeed visit the homes of all the good boys and girls in Our Lady of Lourdes School last Christmas Eve. There are a lot of very happy kids around the parish, who received many gifts this year.

The day before the Christmas holidays, Adam Ryan, Caitlin Keane, Alisha Roche and Tracy Fitzgerald travelled to Croke park, Dublin, as part of the Our Lady of Lourdes Community Choir. The choir joined with choirs from all around the country in an attempt to break the world record for the greatest number of people singing carols together. Unfortunately, the record wasn’t broken that night, but we enjoyed the evening out despite this.

This term, the Incredible Years School Age programme is being run in the Parents Room with Tracy Fitzgerald and Nuala Rennison. This programme has never been run in Our Lady of Lourdes before, and it is aimed primarily at the parents of children between the ages of 6 and 12 years. The topics covered by the course include supporting your child’s education, promoting positive behaviours at home and school, and reducing inappropriate behaviours. There will be time spent on teaching problem solving strategies in children. The course is almost full, we have only 2 places left, so if you are interested in taking part, please ring Tracy on 085 7290048.

We hope that all the children, teachers and parents watch ‘The Voice of Ireland’ this Sunday night, as one of our past pupils takes to the stage in the hope that the judges turn the big red chairs around and recognise his talent. Jamie Hartigan, a well known personality around the parish and indeed the city of Limerick, will be doing his best to showcase his talent. Jamie is a remarkable young man who has fought his whole life against poor health. We were proud of him when he was a young lad and the way he coped with his challenges, always living life to the full with never a world of complaint. We are very proud of him now, as a young man, developing his skills, furthering his education, and showing a great example to us all. Best of luck, Jamie, on Sunday night. Everyone in OLL is cheering for you!

LOCAL EDUCATION COMMITTEE: The Local Education Committee invites parents in the Community to sit on this group. If interested please contact Karen Ryan on (087) 1952428 or ask for Karen at Garryglass House, 4 Garryglasss Avenue, Ballinacurra Weston, Limerick

FAIRTRADE NEWS: Fairtrade Fortnight this year runs from 24th February- 9th March. A producer from a Fairtrade co-op will visit the city to launch our fairtrade programme of events. We also invite groups or individuals to create an A3 poster on the theme ‘The Power of YOU to create a Fairtrade Culture’. Entries should be handed in to Sr. Delia O’Connor C/O Sit and Sip Café, Childers Road, Limerick by Friday 7th of February. We invite all CDP’s, Community and Parish groups to participate. Go Wan! After all Limerick is City of Culture.

CENTERING PRAYER: A Centering Prayer Group meets on Tuesdays at Bethany, 1 Greenfields, Rosbrien, Limerick at 4.30pm. For further information contact Catherine Ryan 0874167095

COMMUNITY REPAIR & MAINTENANCE LTD.: Community Repair & Maintenance Ltd. got together for Christmas lunch at their base in Our Lady or Lourdes Community Centre. Pictured in green are employees Rob, Mike, Ursula & Sonia with guests plumber Tim McGill and Caroline Clarke of OLOL.

After a busy holiday period, we are looking forward to continued growth in 2014 and helping our customers get through their spring cleaning.

We would like to thank all our customers across Limerick city and surrounding areas and to wish them a happy New Year.

NEW AURICULAR ACUPUNCTURE CLINIC: A new auricular acupuncture clinic will be operation out of Garryglass House on Wednesdays between 2 and 4pm. It is open to the community and is free of charge.

Acupuncture is done by placing 5 thin sterilised niddles in each ear, which are left in for 30-45 mins. Studies have shown that auricular acupuncture significantly decreases cravings for alcohol and drugs, withdrawal symptoms, relapse, anxiety, insomnia and agitation.

Developed in the 1970s at Lincoln Hospital in New York, the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) protocol was originally used as a supportive component in drug and alcohol treatment settings. Staff at the Southside DEPS are certifies by the NADA.

For further information contact Ca O’Neill @ 0876540664.

COMMUNITY LAW AND MEDIATION SERVICE: The Free Legal Advice Clinics in OLOL for January are Wednesday the 8th and Wednesday the 22nd from 10am – 12.30 pm. Any queries contact Caroline Keane Solicitor 061 536100.