50 YEARS OF MARCHING TO THE BEAT! : On St. Patrick’s Day 2013 the CBS Pipe Band will be celebrating their 50th birthday. They are hosting a reunion night on Saturday February 23rd in Pier One Hotel at 8pm. Tickets are €10 and are available on the night or by contacting the band. Over the years there have been many members from Our Lady of Lourdes Community and indeed all around Limerick City and County. It is hoped that current and past members will share their memories of the band, and celebrate its many achievements. For further information contact Barry Carey 087-2357922, or www.cbspipeband.org
READ 1,000: Our Lady of Lourdes Local Education Committee is running an initiative to engage both the schools and the community to read 1,000 books in the space of a month. It will take place from February 18th until March 15th 2013. All are welcome to take part and any support in achieving this aim would be greatly appreciated! For further information please contact Tracy Fitzgerald, Home School Liaison Coordinator, on 085 7290048.
TORCH PLAYERS: The Torch Players are presenting Bernard Farrells hilarious and gripping play ‘I DO NOT LIKE THEE, DR FELL’ at Punch’s Hotel from Tuesday February 26th - Saturday March 2nd. ‘I DO NOT LIKE THEE, DR FELL’ is a hilarious and satirical send up of American group therapy. A group of people gather in a sealed room for an Encounter Group session under the direction of an American therapist. One of the group, a young man, displays increasingly disturbing behaviour. The others act and react around this central figure in a defensive and ruthless manner, which is hilarious and gripping at the same time. The play is directed by Maurice O’Sullivan. For booking information contact: 085 2085737.
COMMUNITY BINGO: Bingo takes place in Our Lady of Lourdes Action Centre every Monday night at 8.30pm. Please come along and enjoy a fun filled night! All are welcome!
OUR LADY OF LOURDES SCHOOL: The aroma of pancakes filled the corridors of Our Lady of Lourdes School for the whole day on Shrove Tuesday. Children learn best when they use all their senses – hearing, sight, touch, smell and especially taste. Every class learned about the history and customs of Shrove Tuesday, or Mardis Gras as it is also known. In many countries, Shrove Tuesday was, and still is, a day of public revelry and carnivals. But, in Ireland long ago, it was usually a family celebration. For the faithful, Lent meant abstaining from eggs and all dairy products, so all of these had to be used up before Ash Wednesday. In Ireland, Shrove Tuesday was a very popular day to get married, as it was the last day before Lent that a good old party could be held. A good old party was certainly held in school, with every single class using the cookery room to make their pancakes and topping them with their choice of treat. By the way, chocolate spread was the most popular!
On Ash Wednesday,:the children from first to sixth class went to mass in our parish church. Children and adults all received the sign of the cross on the foreheads, and wore the traditional outward sign of their Christianity for the day.
There were lots of celebrations this week – Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, and of course, St. Valentine’s Day. St. Valentine was a Roman Priest at a time when there was an emperor called Claudias who persecuted the church. He had an edict that prohibited the marriage of young people because he believed that unmarried soldiers fought better than married soldiers. He thought married soldiers would be afraid of what might happen to them or their wives or families if they died. St. Valentine secretly performed the marriage ceremonies for many young people who were in love, and eventually he was killed for his disobedience. He also carried love letters between separated lovers and that is where the tradition of sending cards to loved ones on the 14th of February began. These traditions and stories are an excellent starting point for learning for young people and lots of cards and flowers were made and brought home to mums and dads in the parish.
Rehearsals for our celebration show in the Limetree theatre in April have begun in earnest. The show will be full of pirates, natives, and lots of heroes and baddies. We have many of our grown up past pupils ready to take part in our 50th anniversary show. The script is hilarious. The show will take place in the Limetree Theatre in Mary Immaculate College on Tuesday the 23rd of April, 2013. Tickets will be going on sale soon through the Limetree’s website and booking office.
RESIN: On Wednesday February 13tha stand was setup in the local community centre to mark National Non-Smoking day. As it was also Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, many people were thinking of trying to give up smoking. People were provided with information on the effects of smoking and tips on how to quit. Stress-balls also proved to be very popular for both smokers and non-smokers!
WEST END NEWS: The West End Youth Centre has now re-opened after the mid-term break. All programmes and groups are back in full swing. We now open late on Thursday nights to cater for our new girls group. The group, aimed at Senior Cycle girls from the area, has some places available so feel free to drop in on the night from 7.30pm -9.00pm or call in during the week and talk to Glen or Claire.
Preparations for the St. Patrick’s Day parade are well under-way. The theme of the parade this year is ‘Land of Saints and Scholars’. Every Friday we are working with two Limerick based artists to create costumes and artwork that will be displayed during the parade. The parade was one of the highlights of our year in 2012 and this year we are aiming to be even bigger and better than before. Anyone interested in finding out more please feel free to drop by the centre and speak to one of the staff.