LIMERICK YOUTH SERVICE NEWS: There was standing room only at the Best Western Pery Hotel, Limerick on Saturday last, as boxing fans packed into the city centre venue, to witness an entertaining evening of boxing action. Co-hosted by Limerick Youth Service and Our Lady of Lourdes/St. Saviour’s Boxing Club, the gathering saw boxers, young and not so young, entertain the masses with a fine display of pugilism. The opening bouts saw some ‘mini-fights,’ with young boxers showcasing their talent inside the squared circle. Following this, it was down to the serious business, with Clareman Tony Gleeson first through the ropes. Mr. Gleeson, who was representing Limerick Youth Service, produced an immaculate display and had his arm raised in victory after three cracking rounds. Not long after, David O’Connor, Irishtown Garda Youth Diversion Project donned the gloves in aid of Limerick Youth Service. At the end of three scintillating rounds David and his opponent, Gary Sullivan could not be separated by the judges’ scorecard. ‘I’m wrecked, but glad I did it,’ laughed Mr. O’Connor, when asked of his in-ring exploits, adding ‘boxing was something he always wanted to try.’ Other promising boxers on the card, included reigning Irish schoolboy Paddy O’Donovan and brothers Ed and John Reilly of Our Lady of Lourdes/St. Saviour’s Boxing Club. ‘It was a great evening and everyone enjoyed themselves,’ said Martin Duhig, Limerick Youth Service, who thanked everyone for their support in making the evening possible. Mr. Duhig thanked Shane Daly and all at Our Lady of Lourdes/St. Saviour’s and the boxers who made the trips from Galway city and Ballybunion, Co. Kerry to take part. ‘We’d also like to thank the Best Western Pery Hotel and of course the many local sponsors, who donated funds and spot prizes,’ added Mr. Duhig. Limerick Youth Service and Our Lady of Lourdes/St. Saviour’s Boxing Club have enjoyed an excellent relationship and look forward to working together in the future. With funding to the youth work sector having been cut yet again in Budget 2014, the evening was a much needed fundraiser for Limerick Youth Service and Our Lady of Lourdes/St. Saviour’s Boxing Club.
Sean O’Meara and Jerry O’Donovan were the centre of attention at a gala luncheon in Dublin recently, as they were honoured by Youth Work Ireland for their contributions Limerick’s young people. In front of their families and colleagues, the pair were presented with the Extra Mile and Behind the Scene Awards respectively. A member of our Board of Directors, Seán O’Meara has been involved with Limerick Youth Service for almost a decade. ‘Seán has gone above and beyond in his commitment to Limerick Youth Service,’ said Catherine Kelly, Director, Limerick Youth Service. A native of Newcastlewest, Jerry O’Donovan has been with Newcastlwest Youth Club for a decade and has been a driving force behind the success of the west Limerick club. ‘Without the commitment of people like Jerry who donate their free time to our young people, our youth clubs would struggle to exist,’ said Ms. Kelly. ‘On behalf of everyone in Limerick Youth Service, I would like congratulate Seán and Jerry on their success and thank them for their support,’ added Ms. Kelly. Established by Youth Work Ireland in 1999, the Volunteer Achievement Awards recognise the contribution that volunteers have and continue to give to youth organisations around the country.
‘Express your thoughts and ideas,’ were the words of Cllr. John Sheahan, as he formally opened the Limerick County Comhairle na nÓg’s AGM recently. Cllr. Sheahan, the Cathoireaclach of Limerick County Council, was joined by current Comhairle members and over 70 students from across Co. Limerick at County Hall, Dooradoyle. The second level students, who hailed from schools from Kilmallock to Abbeyfeale, took part in workshops and learned about the role of Comhairle na nÓg. Each year, the Comhairle chose a topic of relevance to young people, research it and present their findings to the relevant authorities, to make them aware of issues affecting young people. ‘Last year, we researched the teaching of sexual wellbeing, as we felt it was lacking in certain schools,’ said Matthew Maloney, Comhairle na nÓg and Pallasgreen. ‘We will present our findings to a local teacher during at a seminar in Limerick in November,’ said Matthew adding ‘this is evidence of importance of Comhairle.’ The near seventy students in attendance, were then divided into workshops where they discussed the topic that the group will address this year, cyberbullying. ‘Cyberbulling is in the news regularly and the Comhairle will look at ways of addressing it this year,’ added Matthew, in what was one of his final acts as a member of Comhairle na nÓg. ‘I joined Comhairle when I was in First Year and I absolutely loved it,’ said Matthew, a Sixth Year student at Scoil na Tríonóide, Doon, Co. Limerick. ‘Knowing that a young person’s opinion is valid, is one thing I will take from it,’ continued Matthew, adding he made great friendships during the six years with Comahirle. Reflecting on the AGM, Claire Donaldson, Limerick Youth Service said it was a great success, with more than half of the students expressing an interest in joining Comhairle. Ms. Donaldson, co-ordinator Comhairle na nÓg thanked everyone for their support, particularly the students and Comhairle members for their input throughout the day. A week after the County, it was the turn of the City Comhairle na nÓg as Deputy Mayor of Limerick, Cllr. Gerry McLoughlin opened their AGM at the Absolute Hotel, Limerick. The gathering saw over sixty young people from Limerick city learn about the workings of Comhairle na nÓg and discuss the subject of Youth Spaces-an issue that the Comhairle will address in the year ahead. Addressing the group, Cllr. McLoughlin recalled that during his tenure as Mayor, he had the honour of launching Comhairle’s publication on ‘Promoting Positive Mental for Young People in Limerick city.’
‘During their workshops, the young people discussed the merits and challenges of a youth space, before presenting their findings to AGM,’ explained Claire Donaldson, co-ordinator, Limerick Youth Service. ‘That young people simply want a safe place to hang out and spend time with their friends, was one of the main outcomes of the workshops,’ said Ms. Donaldson. ‘A chill out area, pool room, dance space and even a science room were some of the suggestions we had,’ added Ms. Donaldson, who congratulated the young people on their presentations. It was an excellent AGM and many of those students expressed an interest in joining Comhairle,’ stated Ms. Donaldson, who thanked all who contribute to the AGM. ‘Cllr. Tom Shortt gave a passionate speech about the benefits of a youth space, while Music Generation and Deirdre Minogue, City of Culture also addressed the AGM. In conjunction with the merger of Limerick City and County Councils, Limerick’s two Comhairle na nÓg will merge in mid 2014.
On Friday last, The Factory was a very messy place as staff, including Priscilla Sheehan and Ailish O’Connell, embraced their fears and took the plunge, to raise much need funds for YELL La Fievre. The gungefest saw Priscilla and Ailish hit with all sorts of sticky and horrid treats, as everything from fishguts and slime was flung at the duo! And who were the culprits who had no hesitation in destroying our fabulous duos glad ragas? Why only young people from our Young Men’s & Women’s Groups and the Laff Caff, Southside Youth Café. With friends like this, who needs enemies! Something tells me, revenge will be in the air in The Factory! Limerick Youth Service would like to extend our sincere congratulations to Eammon O’Briain, who was elected to the Board of Youth Work Ireland. Eammon, who is a First Year student at the University of Limerick, was a member of Limerick City Comhairle na nÓg and Limerick’s representative on Dáil na nÓg.
NORTHSIDE FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE MEALS ON WHEELS: Are you over 55 years of age? Do you live in the Northside of Limerick City? Northside Family Resource Centre Ballynanty (formally St Munchin’s), are operating a Meals on Wheels service, which is available Monday to Friday. You can receive hot meals delivered to your home each day, between 12.30pm and 2.30pm. Home cooked dinner plus dessert costs just €3.50. You can request this service, by contacting Tracey or Jean on 061 326 623.
CARE AND REPAIR PROJECT: We would be delighted, if you could join us for the launch of the Care and Repair Project. Care and repair delivers a free home repair service for people over 65 years of age and people with disabilities. Minister Jan O’Sullivan will be opening the ceremony. The launch will be held in the Northside Family Resource Centre, Clonconnane Road, Ballynanty, Limerick on Friday, October 25 at 11am. All are welcome. For further information,please telephone 061 326 623.
BISHOP’S PALACE COFFEE MORNING: A Coffee morning will be held on Friday, October 25 from 10.30am until 1pm, in aid of The Mid-Western Cancer foundation, at the Bishop’s Palace, Church Street, Limerick (Directly across the road from King John’s Castle). For further information, please contact Joe on 085 843 5809.
ST. MARY’S CATHEDRAL LUNCHTIME CONCERT: Please come along to St Mary’s Cathedral, Bridge Street, Limerick on Wednesday, October 30 at 1.15pm, for a Song Recital with music by Purcell, Fauré, Chausson, Mozart, Wagner, Richard Strauss, Rachmaninov and Britten. Renowned soprano and teacher from London, Una Barry has enjoyed a busy career down the years, whereby her extensive repertoire from the baroque to the present day and her outstanding musical ability, have enabled her to accept solo engagements and broadcasts all over Britain, Ireland and Continental Europe as well as in Australia, Finland, Hong Kong and Kenya. You will enjoy the programme, of well chosen gems from her extensive song repertoire. Admission is Free admission, with a retiring collection in aid of The Companions of St Mary’s Cathedral Music. For further information, please telephone 061 310 293, or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.unabarry.com
FIGHT FOR THE GIRLS BOXERCISE DAY: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Motion Fitness has signed up to hold a “Fight for the Girls Day!” On Saturday, October 26 Motion Fitness will run Boxercise classes with no charge. Instead, we are asking those who participate, to make a small donation towards the cause. So have some fun punching and rolling, while participating in a great cause. Leah Harte will be on hand, for a Pilates style cool-down. There will be 4 classes in total, for anyone over 16 years to participate: 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm. Please contact Cathy on 085 2201 655, or PM Motion Fitness, for more information.