HOLY WEEK: The coming week is the most significant week in the Christian calendar when all Christian members read and recall the passion of Jesus. It will be remembered and re-counted in the services of Holy Week that will take place in all Christian churches.
On Holy Thursday evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper will be celebrated at 7.30 pm during which the feet of twelve volunteers from the congregation will be washed. All the Eucharistic ministers will promise to renew their service to distribute the Eucharist. At the end of the Mass celebration the Blessed Sacrament will be brought in procession to lie in repose. On Good Friday there will be the Passion Ceremony of the Cross and the distribution of the Eucharist at 3.0 pm in St. Paul’s church. On Friday evening at 7.30pm there will be Stations of the Cross in St. Paul’s church.
Finally, on Saturday evening the most important and significant ceremony of the whole week will be celebrated at 8.0 pm with the return of the Light of Christianity and the restoration of the Blessed Sacrament to the tabernacle of the main alter of the church. All this symbolises the resurrection of Christ which is greeted s with bell ringing and hymns glorifying God. It is the culmination and essence of Christian belief and it is the whole significance of the Easter time and while the commercial world promotes Easter eggs these are in their own way full of the potential of Easter.
LIBRARY CLOSURE: The Dooradoyle County Library will close for the Easter holidays and it will remain closed on Good Friday and Easter Saturday and Easter Monday until 10.0am on Tuesday, April 2 when it will re-0pen.
Schools Quiz :Congratulations to the under-13 quiz team from St. Nessan’s National School, Mungret, who performed so well to win the recent Chapter Final of the Credit Unions School Quiz. The team of Darragh O’Brien, Jordan Hennessy, Karin Mason & Shane Barry will now represent their school and MPCC Credit Union in the National Final, which takes place in the RDS in Dublin on Sunday, April 7th. Over 25,000 school children under the age of 13 began the competition in over 300 venues throughout the 32 counties of Ireland making it one of the most popular and successful promotions undertaken by the credit union movement. Only 400 children, making up 100 teams have made it through to the grand final, therefore it is a great achievement for the team to have made it through to the national final.
SATELITE TOWN: Mungret village which for many, many years was a place without any obvious attraction, charactter or distinguishing image that could leave a long picturesque concept or thought in the mind of visitors. This is not in any way to undermine the pride of the residents that live happily there.
Now it is to receive, so to speak, a makeover that will focus the minds of all the visitors and residents alike. The local authority has plans this summer to make the village more friendly for pedestrians, for the parking of vehicles, for the slowing down of traffic through the village and better environmentally for residents. There is to be a roundabout at the Pump road. The Draft plan has been seen by the County Councillors and before long more as part of the process the plans will be available in the County Hall and library for viewing by the public and duly advertised with a time line for submissions and or objections.
FR. RUSSELL ROAD: The road that we know as called Father Russell road; where did this name come from and why is it called this name? This road that is one side of the fork of the two roads that encompasses the V-shaped patch of land on which the housing estate named Gouldavoher exists. One road goes to |Patrickswell and the other road, the Fr. Russell road continues on through Mungret village and merges onto the N69. In Gaelic it is expressed as Gabhal Dá Bhóthar and anglisiced presently as Gouldavoher meaning the junction of the two roads. Turning off the St. Nessan’s road and around the St. Paul’s roundabout brings you on down the road . called Fr. Russell road. Why has it been denoted as such? This road was originally known as the Mungret Road. More than fifty years ago a great priest, a member of the Redemptorist order, who was much loved and respected in the city was killed in an accident on this road and at this junction and it was decided by the local authorities in Limerick to honour his memory by calling this road the Fr. Russell road. He was the spiritual director of the Arch-Confraternity of the Holy Family. He travelled on his Lambretta scooter and could be seen anywhere and everywhere as he went about his duties.
COMPREHENSIVE: For nineteen years it was rarely seen for rugby but last Tuesday week morning it proudly waved in the cold morning breeze. The victory by the Crescent Comprehensive College in the Munster Schools Senior Rugby Cup final was certainly comprehensive. The school ‘s blue and white colour bunting draped on the front railings, entrance gates and school building told all and sundry who the winners were. For many of the teachers in the school it must have been a joyful day for them to wallow in the balm of victory after so many years of narrow defeats and heart-breaking losses. To succeed in such a resounding fashion against a Rockwell team who were firm favourites to win their third final in a row. Congratulations to all involved both on the field and off the field.
Hopes were high for the double after the Junior team’s success against Christian Brothers Cork and a big crowd turned up for the final against Castletroy College in the all Limerick Junior Schools cup final. Unfortunately, the Castletroy team proved to be too strong against a gallant Crescent team who lost 23-5.
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 Parkinson’s Association. If you would like to help in any way big or small contact Gráinne Delaney at email@example.com
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 ‘bridge’ on the St. Nessan’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 Gardaí or the local authority.
SUMMER TIME: That which is referred to as the summer time or the new time as it used to be called in some quarters is scheduled always on the last Sunday of the month of March. Therefore at 1.0 am on next Sunday the clocks will go forward by one hour. Although the popular song intones that “the living is easy” during this period let us hope that the weather will be good and that will help. Weather-wise the past number of weeks were far from good when gardeners were unable to chance young plants in the ground because of low temperatures day and night.
SENIOR’S FORUM: A Limerick Senior’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 ‘the voice’ of all Seniiors’. The next meeting of the Senior’s Forum will be held at the same venue on April 16 commencing at 11.30am. It proposes to act as ‘the voice’ of all Seniiors’. The next meeting of the Senior’s Forum will be held at the same venue on April 16 commencing at 11.30am
A REMINNDER: Last Wednesday, March 27 was the first occasion in which the Mungret /St.Paul’s Credit Union in conjunction with the Citizens Information Board provided a service for its members in the credit union office on the St. Nessan’s road (adjacent to O’Malley’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. Paul’s Credit Union encourages its members to avail of.
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 welcome.
CHRISTIAN SPIRITUALITY: The series of talks on in Mary Immaculate College each Tuesday evening at 5.0pm is to take a break over the Easter and will not resume again until April 9. The talk will be presented on April 9 by Professor John Hayes.The theme of his talk is ‘Hope beyond reasonable expectation.
BLOOD DONATIONS: The visit of the Irish Blood Transfusion Service to the South Court hotel will be on Thursday, March 28. It will be accepting blood donations from 5.0pm until 8.0pm. Blood donations at this time of the year pre-Easter have always been very popular so if you are considering becoming a donor join with the many other donors.
TRÓCAIRE BOXES: As we are approaching the close of the Lenten period the Trócaire boxes or envelopes will be collected after Easter. So the non-government organization, Trócaire is hoping that all supporters will make a special effort to donate for the poorer countries of the world.
EXPOSITION: After the 10.0am Mass in St. Paul’s church there is exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in the Blessed Sacrament chapel attached to the church. It continues throughout the day until 10.0pm and all worshippers are invited to come and spend some time before the Blessed Sacrament.
MUNGRET/ST. PAUL’S GAA: St Patricks Day: Well done to all the club members who represented the club in the St Patricks Day Parade last Sunday. While all sections of the club were well represented, it must be said that the camogie section in particular turned out in their dozens and gave a fine, noisy account of themselves as they sang their way down O’Connell Street. Thanks also to the organizers of the party afterwards in the clubhouse, which was a huge success.
Camogie: There is a players meeting for our U16 team on Tuesday at 7pm at the clubhouse to discuss the season ahead, we would ask all girls to do their best to attend. The club would like to extend our congratulations to the victorious Laurel Hill team who were crowned All Ireland C Schools champions last weekend. Our very own Sinead Madden was instrumental in the victory scoring a hat-trick of goals to see Laurel Hill run out convincing winners 3-8 to 2-4 beating Gorey Community School, Wexford. Well done Sinead!
Congratulations: Well done to Gerry McNamara, who was recently presented with a richly-merited Service to Sports Award by Limerick Sports Partnership. Gerry has spent a lifetime working on behalf of the GAA. His entire playing career, and his early years as an officer, were spent with his beloved home club of St Josephs Doora Barefield in Clare. Between the years of 1966 and 1987 he served as a player, treasurer, secretary and club chairman, before work brought him Shannonside, where he decided to put his shoulder to the wheel at Mungret. Between 1995 and today he has served several stints managing various teams in the club, as well as carrying out the duties of secretary and registrar at different times. He is not slowing down any time soon, and he recently took up the reins as the Child protection Officer for Limerick County Board. The award, which was presented by the Mayor of Limerick Gerry McLoughlin and Dave Mahedy of U.L, is a fitting recognition of a remarkable contribution by Gerry to the GAA.
Great Limerick Run:Not able to take part in the run but would like to help out? The club are looking for over 18s 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 1 hour to 3 hours. Anyone who is available and able to help please give your name to Trish Barry 087-2033474 or to Kevin O’Hagan 087-0601686.
Féile:A family table quiz is being organised by the féile committee to take place on the 21st of April. Please keep this date free €20 for a table of 4. Time is to be confirmed closer to the date.
.Our U14 Ladies Footballers will take part in the county Feile competition next Saturday 30th March in Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale fixed from 9:00 to 12:00. Best of luck to all the girls and coaches next Saturday and let’s hope they do the business. All supporters welcome. .
Registration:All lead coaches are asked to cross-check their panels with the completed list of registered players sent out recently, thanks to John O’Donovan for putting this together. Players must be registered in order to be allowed to play and train.
Although seldom heard now especially amongst the young generation nonetheless this scribe takes this opportunity to wish all contributers and readers of these notes a very HAPPY EASTER