SHRINE DEVOTIONS: There will be a sung Mass at 11.00am on this coming Sunday. At 3.00pm the Shrine devotions will take place, with rosary, Benediction and sermon. Everyone is welcome to come along. This year marks the 59th anniversary of the first devotions, so next year promises to be a very special landmark in the life of our beautiful Shrine. Well done to all concerned with the upkeep of the shrine. It has never lost its appeal, particularly for the older generation.
ADULT EDUCATION ON STREAM: St. Mary’s Adult Education Centre was established in 2006 by a group of dedicated volunteers working in this sector and committed to the value and potential of Adult Education to transform their community for the better. This remains the cornerstone of this Centre, run with the support of voluntary and statutory organizations.
In recent times, allegations have surfaced from various sources, which have led to the undermining of the work of this Centre. It had been alleged that the Centre was trading “insolvently”. If there is any evidence to substantiate such allegations, it is only fair and just that such evidence be given to us to examine. No such evidence has been presented to us. In fact, these allegations are totally without foundation.
St. Mary’s Adult Education Centre now reiterates its commitment to adult education in this community, reflected in the range of services we offer to people for the coming year and our work to develop services further in cooperation with the Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board, the DSP, and other relevant statutory agencies.
St. Mary’s Adult Education Centre reopened on 13th August after its normal 3 week summer holiday break. Registration for classes will take place on 9th September and we look forward to another successful year serving the whole community of St. Mary’s.
In conclusion, we would also like to thank all the statutory agencies, the voluntary organisations, and the volunteers who have so generously given of their time and support over the years.
- The Board of Directors and the Management Committee, St. Mary’s Adult Education Centre
GREAT LIMERICK PEOPLE: A sizeable tome entitled, ‘Great Irish People,’ compiled by Séamus Moran, has recently been published. Naturally our interest lies in the people who are considered ‘great’ within Limerick city and county. These are the names which are mentioned in that packed to capacity book: Timothy Joseph Ahearne, Olympic Gold Medal Winner, 1885-1968: Joseph Bradshaw, Victoria Cross recipient, 1835-1893: George Browne, Count de Browne, Russian Army field marshal, 1698-1792: Nathanial Burlem, Victoria Cross recipient, 1838-1865: William Coffey, Victoria Cross recipient, 1829-1875: Cornelius Colbert, Revolutionary, 1888-1916: John Creaghe, Physician and Anarchist: Edward Daly, Patriot, 1891-1916: John Danagher, Victoria Cross recipient, 1860-1919: Philip Embury, Co-Founder of Methodism in the United States, 1728-1773: Marie Dolores Eliza Rosanna Gilbert (Lola Montez), Uncrowned Queen of Bavaria, 1818-1861: Richard Harris, Actor, 1930-2002: Catherine Hayes, Opera Singer, 1818-1861: Lady Heath, Aviatrix, 1896-1939: Seán Keating, Portrait and Figure painter, 1889-1977: Count Peter Lacy, Russian field marshal, 1678-1751: Liam Lynch, Patriot, 1893-1923: Patrick Henry McCarthy, Labour Leader and Mayor of San Francisco, 1863-1933: Seán Moylan, Soldier and Politician, 1888-1957: William Nash, Victoria Cross recipient, 1824-1875: Kate O’Brien, Writer, 1897-1974: Mary O’Connell, Roman Catholic nun, ‘The Angel of the Battlefield,’ 1914-1897: Sylvester O’Halloran, Surgeon and Historian, 1728-1807: John O’Mahony, Young Irelander and founder of the Fenian Brotherhood in America, 1816-1877: Donogh O’Malley, Politician, 1921-1968: Seán Ó’Riada, Musician and Composer, 1931-1971: Michael James O’Rourke, Victoria Cross recipient, 1878-1957: Michael O’Shaughnessy, Engineer, 1864-1934: Ada Rehan, Actress, 1860-1916: Eithne Strong, Writer and Poet, 1923-1999. That’s it - some are far more familiar than others but deemed all great people in a publication which has now been acquired by our city library.
VOYAGING WITH DUHAN: Of interest to many Limerick music devotees will be the forthcoming concert with Limerick man, the renowned singer, Johnny Duhan, who will perform at the Lime Tree Theatre on October 25, 2013. Famed in particular for the beautiful song, ‘The Voyage,’ and so many more evergreens, he is always a great attraction not alone in his native city but much further afield.
CRIOSTÓIR’S KILKEE: Quite in line with the departure of the bird population on Sunday morning next as they face warmer climes in the South, I have chosen a rather appropriate poem this week. This, our native poet excels in his deep set inborn emotions on his beloved Kilkee. He would appear to have lived every moment to the full during his many sojourns there in the past. My sincere thanks to all those who have sent emails of appreciation on my inclusion of Criostóir’s works of late, and also to those who have informed me personally. Hope ye enjoy this week’s offering. I love his observation of the musical offering of the Lark; ‘Even above the cliff-edge he outsings the massed gulls, And the repetitive crescendo drum-rolls of the sea.’
THE LARK IN THE SEA AIR
Domain of sea-birds, Gulls of all kinds,
Oyster catchers in committee on the rocks,
Gannets raiding northwards from the Skelligs,
Shag and Cormorant commuting busily across
From Intrinsic Bay to Chimney Bay,
Gliding Fulmar and sharp-eyed darting Tern
Compete in fishrobatics, the Kittiwake’s chatter
At the Pollock Holes disturbs the brooding Heron.
The fields and hedges only a chirp away
Have their residents too; but over all these
Birds of sea and land the Lark holds away
Musically. Everywhere his treble soars with ease
Like a piccolo neatly rendering a cadenza
Overtoning wood and brass and string. Even
Above the cliff edge he outsings the massed gulls
And the repetitive crescendo drum-rolls to the sea.
Criostóir O’Flynn, our native Parish writer.
OUR GREAT BAND: The year 1885 is a long, long time past, yet what an indelible mark St May’s Fife and Drum Band has left musically on our city and more specifically, on our Parish. In 2010, as part of the 125 years celebrations, the Band produced a most wonderful book. This week I am reproducing the Message from the Band’s President, Jack McGrath which appears at the beginning of the 164 page book which includes an amount of pictures.
“A Band! A group of Musicians! An Organisation! No, much more, an INSTITUTION in the Parish of St Mary’s and this city of Limerick! St Mary’s Band can reflect on 125 years of its contribution and continued continuity of music to the social and cultural life of this Historical City of Limerick. Documented records show that our BAND was formed in 1885...but undocumented records state that a Fife and Drum Band existed in the Parish during 1840...maybe a predecessor of ours?
History of course is extremely important and yes we have a lot to be proud of, many successes in the music field, 17 titles in Senior All-Ireland Fife and Drum competitions since our foundation. The men and women who helped our organisation to survive through two World Wars, mass immigration, and financial difficulties, stalwarts in every sense of the word, to these people we are forever grateful. To me history is now, the changes during my fifty years in the Band has been extraordinary and in some ways most unusual in comparison to the old days: Female members! Two visits to the USA! Four visits to Spain! Snooker, Bingo! An evening with James Galway and a famous visit to the grave of the Colleen Bawn! Wonderful memories! But never forget the foresight of the members in the early twenties who had the energy and good sense to raise funds and build our band room and dance hall and so assuring the future of the Band.
Having reached this milestone in our History, I am particularly mindful of all those members who have served the Band faithfully since our foundation in 1885. Regretfully, many have passed to their eternal reward, but their dedication will always remain an inspiration to all of us. I am also grateful to our current officers and members for their co-operation and support and to see the need for change and move towards the 21st century. I look forward to the future with confidence and I am sure with the enthusiasm and ability of our younger members, that St Mary’s Band will achieve many further honours and distinction in the coming years.” Oh, what a spirited message from the Band’s President! Aptly appropriate to his final words might well be; “Mol an óige agus tiocfaidh sí.”
KATE’S ROWING SUCCESS: Well done to Athlunkard Boat Club member, Kate Healy, who was part of the Irish Women’s Junior 8+ who secured Gold at the Home International Regatta in Nottingham recently. Kate is the grand-daughter of the legendary sportsman, Pa Healy, who excelled in rowing, boxing and rugby. You will find a fine article on this great sportsman’s sporting prowess in a book entitled, “A Spot So Fair” which was compiled and written by local Parish writer, Denis O’Shaughnessy. The article which is entitled, “Pa Healy: Limerick’s greatest sporting Legend,” takes up four pages of that 144 page book. The article is augmented by three very fine pictures of this great sportsman dressed in the gear appropriate to the three sporting disciplines with which he was a hero. These collections of hundreds of pieces of historic interest, mainly having to do with the Parish, can only be described as a reservoir of historical treasures which can be visited on any day, any month, any year both now and in a hundred years time and the best thing is, it will never dry up. Memory may fade but printed material is as sure as it is written, as sure and solid as the Treaty Stone, King John’s Castle and St Mary’s Cathedral and they are solid enough and have certainly stood the test of time.