June 8

Kay Flanagan

Reporter:

Kay Flanagan

COMMUNITY DIRECTORY LAUNCHED IN OUR LADY OF LOURDES: On Wednesday May 29th, Limerick City CDP – Our Lady of Lourdes Office, launched a directory of services for the community. The service directory is a collaboration of all the locally based services and contacts that are available in the Our Lady of Lourdes area. It is hoped that it will be of use to local people to access these services should the need arise. Included in the booklet are the contact details and information of services and organisations which provide education, employment and training, leisure, cater for children and young people as well as a number of general services and useful contacts which people in Our Lady of Lourdes can avail of. The directory was put together by Sinead Beirne, a second year UL student on work placement with LCCDP Our Lady of Lourdes Office, under the guidance of Ann Bourke, the project’s co-ordinator. It was a truly community event as sixth class pupils from Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School provided the designs for the directory cover and the local Sit n’ Sip café was the venue for the launch. Many thanks to all who attended the launch

COMMUNITY DIRECTORY LAUNCHED IN OUR LADY OF LOURDES: On Wednesday May 29th, Limerick City CDP – Our Lady of Lourdes Office, launched a directory of services for the community. The service directory is a collaboration of all the locally based services and contacts that are available in the Our Lady of Lourdes area. It is hoped that it will be of use to local people to access these services should the need arise. Included in the booklet are the contact details and information of services and organisations which provide education, employment and training, leisure, cater for children and young people as well as a number of general services and useful contacts which people in Our Lady of Lourdes can avail of. The directory was put together by Sinead Beirne, a second year UL student on work placement with LCCDP Our Lady of Lourdes Office, under the guidance of Ann Bourke, the project’s co-ordinator. It was a truly community event as sixth class pupils from Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School provided the designs for the directory cover and the local Sit n’ Sip café was the venue for the launch. Many thanks to all who attended the launch

LIMERICK COMMUNITY LAW AND MEDITATION CENTRE: the dates for Our Lady of Lourdes Legal Advice Clinics for June are as follows: The Clinic will take place on Wednesday 19th June 2013 between 10 -12.30pm in Our Lady of Lourdes Community Centre. For further information contact Caroline Keane Solicitor 061 536 100

OUR LADY OF LOURDES NATIONAL SCHOOL:

CONGRATULATIONS 3RD CLASS: The children in third class were very excited this week when they heard that they were one of the three National schools out of the twenty one in the city who received medals for their Africa day posters. In a competition organised by the Irish Aid office and City Hall, the children were asked to design a poster to promote a positive relationship between Ireland and Africa, entitled Connecting Communities - Building bridges between Ireland and Africa.

Emmanuel Alfred received a prize for coming 2nd in the overall competition with a fantastic prize of a voucher for O’Mahony’s Bookshop. Emmanuel and the other prize winners received their medals and prizes from our Mayor Gerry McLoughlin at a ceremony at City Hall last Saturday. Not everyone in third class was able to make the ceremony, so Shirley brought medals for everyone in the class to the school with the added surprise of finding out that her two nieces, Laura and Kate Roche were prize winners. Shirley, Kate and Laura were so very proud. There was a great buzz in the classroom. We are very proud of our third class and their teacher, Ms. Cronin. They show great interest in their world, always try to promote fair play and fair trade, and always do their very best to make us proud. They were singled out for praise for their artwork in the competition by the judges. Well done to all!

OLOL : SCHOOL AROUND THE CORNER: A bus load of children, friends and family travelled to the TV3 studios in Dublin last Tuesday for the filming of ‘School Around the Corner’ with Ray Darcy. Robert McNamara, Shane Franklin, Junior Okafor, and Lee Nolan were interviewed by Ray. The supporters brought a fabulous banner to cheer on the kids from Our Lady of Lourdes. Watch out for the new series of ‘School Around the Corner’ in the Autumn.

OLOL: SOCCER BLITZ: Mrs. Kennedy brought one girls team and one boys team to a soccer blitz in Sean Choill, Corbally this week. Our Lady of Lourdes had great success as well as a great day out. The boys reached the quarter final of the blitz, being narrowly beaten by Caherdavin Boys School, who went on to win the competition outright. We are very proud to report that our girls reached the final of their competition, playing against Killenure NS. The match went into extra time. Unfortunately, we had to settle for being very worthy runners up on this occasion. Congratulations to Killenure NS.

CONGRATULATIONS: Gearóid Malone, 4th class, has a lot to celebrate this week. Gearóid is from a very athletic family, his older brother Daniel is a well known all round sportman, and he is showing promise in that area too. Gearóid plays for Pike Rovers and this week, he managed to collect no fewer than three medals. His teams were runners up in the Cup competition and winners of the League. Keep it up Gearóid, we’re very proud of you.

OLOL: ANTI BULLYING WEEK: A designated anti bullying week is being held in the school. We are very conscious of the fact that many children are hesitant to report issues and problems that they experience. We aim to allow the children to report in confidence any incidents they may be experiencing of bullying through a private and confidential survey. Every class is conducting lessons on the theme of bullying, along with the Walk Tall lessons on good decision making and friendship skills. The ‘Stay Safe’ programme is also being run in every class.

JUNIOR INFANT OPEN DAY: The Junior Infant open day was held this week. It was an opportunity for the incoming Junior Infants and their parents to come to their new class and to meet their new teachers, Ms. Maguire and Ms. Jones. While Ms. Maguire has been teaching Junior Infants for the last few years, Ms. Jones has been teaching Learning Support. Ms. Jones, of course, is both Reading Recovery and Maths Recovery trained, an absolute bonus for any incoming child. The children are very lucky to have two highly trained and experienced teachers for their first year in school.

EARLY START: You may not be aware that there is a free, Department of Education, preschool service in your community. This is the Early Start, in Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School. This is a free preschool, taught by a fully qualified primary school teacher, Mrs. Rickard B. Ed, who has over 24 years teaching experience. She is assisted by a childcare worker, Pauline Kelly, trained in Dublin Institute of Technology, Cathal Brugha St.Pauline has worked in the unit for the last 18 years.

This is an excellent service, inspected regularly by the Department of Education Inspectors, ensuring excellent standards of teaching and learning. Because the class is taught by a primary school teacher, the development of pre reading and pre maths skills are prioritised in the learning. There are some places available for September 2013, enquiries to Mrs. Rickard at 086 2726636.

TUESDAY NIGHT SENIORS CLUB: The group had a very enjoyable trip to the Desmond complex in Newcastlewest recently. There was plenty of entertainment laid on for the group including a meal a game of bingo and musical entertainment. The group would like to say a big thank you to all at the complex for their hospitality; they are looking forward to visiting there again.

The group would like to give a big thank you to all the Dell staff for all the volunteer hours they have given to the group and all the entertainment they have provided. These include Maureen O’Grady and Co. Leonard Dolan the Corrigan Brothers and the Deegan Brothers for all their music, and creative entertainment including the Easter Bonnet night, the Movie nights and much more, also John Keane for his old time music nights which were a great hit with the group.

We would also like to thank Saint Saviours Drama group for their wonderful adaptation of ‘keeping up appearances’ on our final night this year.A special thanks to our bus driver Denis Morgan, who make all our trips possible.

DELL COMPUTER CLINIC in Our Lady of Lourdes Community Centre: The centre is hosting a monthly computer clinic on a walk-in basis on the first Friday of every month. The Make a Difference volunteers from Dell have generously given their time to help members of the community with any computer issues they might have. The next clinic will be held on Friday the 7th June between 2 – 4 pm. For more information, call into reception at the Community Centre or call 061 228596

WEST END YOUTH CENTRE: An exciting programme of summer activities have been planned for the young people at the West End Youth Centre. Information will be circulated around the community in the coming days with full details of the summer schedule. Some of the highlights will be: Film Making, Songwriting Workshops and Dance Camps. There will also be a number of trips to far flung destinations such as the Aquadome in Tralee or Spanish Point Beach.

Places will be reserved for the young people who attended our weekly programmes throughout the year so don’t forget to talk to Claire to confirm your place.

Details of our Summer Showcase are currently being finalised and will be announced as soon as we have a date confirmed so keep your eyes peeled.

As usual you can obtain further information on our programmes by dropping into the centre or calling 061 441078.

FOREVER YOUNG HEALTH AND FUN MORNING. A reminder to all: This will take place on Thursday 6th June between 11am - 1pm in Garryglass house, 4 Garryglass avenue, Ballinacurra Weston, Limerick. All welcome.