DOORADOYLE LIBRARY: The Dooradoyle library could be regarded as the only community facility after the parish church in this district. It has many benefits for all visitors both young and old. It is utilised by a great many people and this can be attributed in no small manner by the staff of the library who are always very helpful. The library is closed every Monday but is open Tuesday to Saturday inclusive. On Tuesday and Wednesday it opens at 10.0am and closes at 17.30 (5.30pm). On Thursday and Friday it opens at 10.0am and closes at 20.00 (8.00pm). On Saturday it opens at 11.00am and closes at 17.30 (5.30pm).
The recent library newsletter mentions new books for children and books for adults by authors such as Roddy Doyle, Khaleed Hosseini and Patricia Scanlon to name just a few authors. The newsletter tells of a Bereavement Support section with books used in the practice of Bibliotherapy that recommends books to aid the therapeutic process. This section holds a large collection of bereavement support books and personal stories of bereavement. He has also acquired some new DVDs and books for teens. There is also a Dyslexia friendly section that has a large stock of books suitable for children and young adults with this condition. These books have thick cream paper to reduce glare and visual stress and very clear font and spacing.
If you are not yet a member of the Dooradoyle library or if you have not paid it a visit for some time perhaps it is time for you now to pay it a visit.
ADAPT HOUSE: Adapt House located in Rosbrien providing a safe refuge for women and children experiencing violence in the family home will receive the proceeds of a fashion show by the top retailers in the region displaying their clothes as part of the International Fashion Festival and the event will take place in the former Franciscan church on Henry St. on October 30 commencing at 10.30am. There will be coffee and cakes available and the proceeds from this will be donated to Adapt House that has many services for women and children forced to seek refuge in Adapt. The Limerick Gospel Choir led by Gretta O’Shea will also be performing at this event which will show the great fashions to be had in the fashion houses of the region.
NEW READERS: New readers are being sought for the Masses celebrated in St. Paul’s church on Saturday evening at 6.0pm and on Sunday at 10.0am and at 12.15pm. If you can assist please submit your name in the sacristy or give it to Fr. John Leonard, PP 061/302729 or Fr. Eugene Boyce, 061304508 or Ms Anne Gabbett at 061/228017. Readers usually read the first reading, the responsorial psalm, the second reading and the gospel acclaimation. The reader does this for a month at a time and he or she usually makes a commitment to undertake this task for the year.
AUTUMN DUES: The envelopes for the collection of the autumn dues for the support of the local clergy have been distributed throughout the parish and it is hoped that they will be returned soon.
AA 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 are welcome.
DONORS: The next visit of the Irish Blood Transfusion Service to the South Court Hotel will be on Wednesday, November 6 from 5.0pm until 8.0pm. All donors will be welcome especially new donors. There is always a demand for blood supplies in hospitals and it is vital that supplies are maintained at a safe level and are not allowed drop below a certain level.
MAKE SURE: As new water meters will be installed everywhere in the Limerick area before long more there may be callers to your house. Make sure that any caller representing water-meter staff that come to inform you that they are about to install these meters has identification if they are to seek access to your property. At present water meters are being installed in the Ballycummin area. Any staff calling to your home will do so to inform you that they are about to commence the work. They do not have to enter your home and furthermore there is no payment of money required yet for this process.
FOR OUR DEAD: At present a list of names of deceased people of this parish or deceased people associated with residents of this parish is being compiled for remembrance on November 4 when a special Mass is celebrated at 7.30pm. All who have died since October 1 2012 to the end of October 2013. The names and parish and association with St. Paul’s parish should be placed on the list that will be available in the sacristy up to the day of the Mass, November 4.
CEMETaRY SUNDAY : What has come to be known as Cemetary Sunday will take place on Sunday, November 10. People who have deceased buried in the Castlemungret cemetery and the Mungret cemetery will come together to pray and to remember their deceased. The ceremony will commence in the Castlemungret cemetery at 2.30 pm and in the Mungret cemetery at3.30pm. The clergy from St. Paul’s church and St. Nessan’s church, Raheen will lead the prayers for the dead. It is hoped to have a booklet available with some prayers and readings for all in attendance.
CLOSED: The Dooradoyle library will close on Friday, October 25 at 8,0pm and will remain closed until Tuesday, October 29 when it will re-open at 10.0am. Saturday, October 28 is the bank holiday. It is of course the October bank holiday.
CLOSED ALSO: St. Paul’s school will be closed for the October break from Friday, October 25 at 12.30pm. to Monday, November 4 when it will re-open at 9.0am.
OSTEOFIT: Osteofit classes have resumed in the Mungret/St. Paul’s GAA clubhouse since Monday, September 2 at 12.00. These classes are for adults and the aim is to make participants more active by exercise that strengthens density of bones, improve posture and balance. Persons who are interested can get more information on www.osteofit.ie and the first introductory class is free. Thereafter it costs E8 per class and there is no obligation on anyone to attend except as they please. It is a good social outlet as well for flexibility and relaxation.
YIELD: Despite the fact that there is a Yield sign at the Fr. Russell road immediately before it joins with the St. Nessan’s road at the St. Paul’s roundabout a lot of cars just speed onto the St. Nessan’s road without taking cognizance of the sign and slowing down. This is a dangerous practice but many drive through often disregarding traffic coming off the roundabout.
FORE WARNED: As we are all aware everything has a time or a season and it manifests itself during that time. The month of October introduces the Hallowe’en period when the children and the youngsters become all concerned and excited about ‘trick or treat’. It was always a time when the young children called to the houses in their nearby area seeking a trick or treat for Hallowe’en. During the past number of years the not so young ‘children’ were more inclined to trick rather than treat and pelt eggs or flour at houses. There also is the practice of setting off fire crackers or bangers near adults that would be unaware of what would be happening and giving a real fright to the victim.
MIND YOUR ANIMALS: Despite the fact that fire-works and ‘bangers’ are illegal to have there will be some that will acquire them and use them. They cause terror in animals especially with dogs that have been known to flee their places of residence. Therefore, as the time of Hallowe’en approaches take care of your dog or whatever pet you may have.
YOUTH CHOIR: The Arts Section of the Limerick County Council has had an advertisement in all the local papers last weekend calling on all young people to attend for auditions for the formation of a Limerick County Youth Choir. Auditions will be held towards the end of the month of September and the start of the month of October. Young people between the age of 17years to 26years who are interested in singing in a choir that will perform to the highest standard both at home and abroad are asked to ring the Arts Office at Limerick County hall on the Dooradoyle road or Limerick City hall and arrange a time for audition.
Ability to read music is not compulsory but it would be beneficial.
Limerick County Hall 407 7383
Limerick City Hall 415266
LIVING LINKS: Recently the Samaritans charity organisation held an information evening seeking volunteers to assist in their work dealing with people that are or may be in a position to self-harm. Unfortunately some people do commit suicide and the charity Living Links is there to help all those that have been bereaved by suicide or know someone that has been bereaved by suicide. The Augustinian church had a very prayerful and healing ceremony for all those bereaved by suicide recently. The Living Links charitable association can be contacted in the Pastoral Centre, Denmark St. Limerick (beside ST. Michael’s Church). For further information phone (087/ 7998427.
OBSTACLES: It would be prudent to allow yourself extra time whether you are going or coming from school and into the city because the work being undertaken on the Ballinacurra road means that you will experience delays. In fact, it is like an obstacles course at present. Therefore, you must be careful and especially so when the weather is inclement and the evening are becoming shorter.
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH: This district has had a number of houses recently entered by thieves when items of value and money were taken from them. It would appear that houses are being watched and targeted for theft when the occupants are out. Community Gardaí are not seen as often now and this may be that they are occupied with other duties. Consequently, in areas where neighbourhood watch applies it would be prudent that neighbours keep a watchful eye on their neighbourhoods and report any suspicious person or activities to the Gardaí at Roxboro Garda station. In the interim they ought to be aware of their own house security at all times. Never make it easy for your house to be robbed.
A recent survey of burglaries showed that in Munster the Limerick city and county has had the greatest number of burglaries and the survey also estimated that as many as one in four houses in the whole country has been burgled. So be aware of the fact that there are thieves on the look-out at all times and make it as difficult as possible for them. Finally, if you see someone suspicious or suspicious activity of any kind ring the Gardaí at Roxboro Garda station.
CREDIT UNIION: The Board of Directors of MPCC Credit Union wish to advise that with effect from Friday, November 1, the credit union’s Mungret office will close at 5pm on Fridays and not re-open from 6.00 to 7.00pm.
In the past, it is Directors of MPCC Credit Union who have voluntarily provided this additional evening service for members. Unfortunately, under the Credit Union Act of 2012, voluntary assistants of the credit union are no longer eligible to be Directors of the credit union. As a result, the credit union is no longer in a position to offer the extra evening service on Fridays to its Members in their Mungret office. The credit unions apologises for any inconvenience caused.
Please note that on Fridays, Patrickswell office will continue to remain open until 7pm and our office in Ballybrown Community Centre will continue to be open from 7-8pm.
Full details of all opening hours are available on www.mpcccreditunion.ie
Self Help Africa Coffee Morning: A fund-raising coffee morning takes place on Friday, October 25 from 10am - 12 noon in the credit union’s Dooradoyle office. Dave Noble, an employee of MPCC Credit Union, will be taking part in the Tour De Ethiopia in mid-November in aid of Self Help Africa. This trip is to raise awareness and raise funds for the charity. Dave and 9 others will cycle over 400 kms in very hilly terrain at a high altitude (highest point will be 3,025 metres or 10,000 feet) over 4 days and then run in the Great Ethiopian Run in Addis Ababa on November 24. During their week in Ethiopia, they will get to meet rural communities and see for themselves the rural development projects that Self Help Africa has implemented in the region. All donations will be gratefully accepted and every cent collected will go directly to Self Help Africa. Details of the Tour De Ethiopia 2013 can be found on Facebook….
Also participating in this ordeal for to raise funds is the Chief Executive Officer of Self Help Africa, Ray Jordan a former resident of Hilltop drive, Dooradoyle estate.
BAPTISMS: The Sacrament of Baptism is performed as required each Saturday evening and again on Sundays after the 12.15pm Mass. There is a request form available for Baptism that must be completed and handed into the Sacristy of St. Paul’s church or to Fr. John Leonard, P.P. or to Fr. Eugene Boyce at least two weeks before the Baptism ceremony takes place.