OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY SERVICES: Weekend Mass Times: Saturday Vigil Mass 6pm. Sunday 10am and 11.30am. Weekday Mass Times: 10am Daily. Also 5.45pm daily during November, Advent and Lent. Baptisms: Saturdays at 5pm and Sundays at 12.15pm. Marriages: Three months notice to Parish and Civil Registrar. Church Office: Telephone 061 325 288, from Sundays 9am to 12.30pm and Weekdays 9am to 9.45am.
VILLIERS SCHOOL NEWS: Villiers PTA would like to invite you to a talk on Thursday, March 7. It will be presented by Catherine O’Connor (Educational Consultant). Her talk looks at the challenges facing students making the transition into college life. It will be held in Villiers Lecture Hall and will commence at 7.30pm. All parents and friends, are welcome to attend.
ST MARY’S CATHEDRAL CHOIR: On Wednesday, March 6 at 6.30pm, St Mary’s Cathedral Choir, together with professional soloists and orchestra, will be mounting a special performance of Bach’s masterly Cantata No. 78, Jesu der du meine Seele. This is actually one of the set works for this year’s Leaving Certificate Music syllabus, so this event presents a rare and golden opportunity for students (and teachers) to hear a live performance with the necessary full forces, together with an explanatory introduction.
In the opening talk, each movement of the work will be discussed and key themes and ideas highlighted. This is the third time, that St Mary’s Cathedral has mounted this special ‘Leaving Cert Guide to Bach Cantata 78’. The talk and presentation will be given by Peter Barley, Organist and Choirmaster of St Mary’s Cathedral. He will also conduct the performance. Peter is a music graduate of Cambridge and London Universities, as well as the Royal Academy of Music, London.
A booking form can be downloaded either from the PPMTA website: www.ppmta.ie or the cathedral website at http://www.cathedral.limerick.anglican.org. Or you can Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or ring St Mary’s Cathedral Office on 061 310 293. Entrance is priced at 8 euro per student and 10 euro per adult, though one teacher goes free, with every group of six students. This concert is generously supported by the PPMTA (the Post-Primary Music Teachers’ Association) and the Companions of St Mary’s Cathedral Music.
LIMERICK LAWN TENNIS CLUB: Cardio Tennis classes resume at LLTC on Tuesdays and Fridays with Dee & Rhona from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Cardio Tennis is a high energy fitness activity that combines the best features of the sport of tennis with cardiovascular exercise, delivering the ultimate, full body, calorie burning aerobic workout. It is a very social and fun class for players of all ability levels taught by two of our tennis coaches, namely Deidre Collins and Rhona Byrnes. If you’ve never played tennis before it is a great way to be introduced to the sport and if you are an experienced high level tennis player it is the best way to train for tennis.
OPEN MIC POETRY: Every Wednesday the White House Bar, 52 O’Connell Street, Limerick is transformed into a centre of culture as poets recite their latest work. Barney Sheehan - behind the revival of poetry at the White House, continues to attract the best of Irish and International poetry to Limerick. The readings have provided an open, supportive venue for countless poets to perform their work, and has fostered a community of poetry. These Readings are preceded by an Open Mic Session in which anyone who wishes to read is invited to do so. Complementary finger food is provided and there is free admission. For further information, please telephone 061 329 218 or 086 8657 494. You can also Email: email@example.com
MARRIAGE PREPARATION PROGRAMME: “Marriage a Journey not a Destination”. This is the name given to the current Accord Marriage Preparation Course. Accord recognises that the couples who present for our pre-marriage courses are already on a journey. This is a journey of discovery which began the first time they met. It is a journey that combines two histories, two families and two distinct sets of expectations of marriage.
A Marriage Preparation Course is an opportunity for couples to take time out from the hectic planning of the Wedding Day. To focus on how things are between them, to affirm what is going well and to name the areas of their relationship, that might need some attention. All of this takes place in the company of other couples preparing for
Marriage and with the assistance of trained facilitators, themselves experienced in Marriage. Accord highlights the core elements of relationship and the course concentrates on exploring each of these.
For further information, please telephone: 061 343 000 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
NA PIARSAIGH GAA CLUB NEWS: The lotto jackpot now stands at €11,500. Last week’s draw had no jackpot winner with the numbers drawn 05, 08, 10 and 25. Sellers prize went to Kenny Kavanagh and house prize to Mick Carroll.
Congratulations to Laurel Hill ladies who defeated Kinvara 2-07 to 0-05 to qualify for the All Ireland’’B”’ final. Well done to Jane Wilson, Aoife Doyle, Jane Kirwan, Sinead McNamara and Kate McEvoy. The Ashbourne Cup/Purcell Cup 3rd Level Camogie Finals took place in UL last weekend, with big Na Piarsaigh involvement. Lynn Kelly, a member of the organising committee, along with Aidan Ryan, refereed one Ashbourne semi-final and the Purcell Final. Katie Campbell played in the Purcell Final with Mary Immaculate, who unfortunately were beaten, but nevertheless gained an All Star award.
Well done also to Shane Dowling, who was one of several Limerick players to contribute to Munster’s Railway Cup semi-final win over Ulster. The final against Connacht, is due to take place on Sunday, March 3. We wish all 6 of our clubmen, best wishes for the start of the Allianz Hurling League with Limerick, who entertain Antrim in Round 1 at the Gaelic Grounds, this Sunday.
The Senior Hurling Championship draw was made during the week and we have been drawn in the same group as Patrickswell, Granagh-Ballingarry and Doon. The Under 21 Hurlers have been drawn in Group 2, where they will play Adare, Ballybrown, Deel Rangers and Singland Gaels. Also, the Feile Hurlers have been drawn versus Kilmallock in Group A, in the quarter-final. Club membership and Mackey stand draw are due now due for payment.
NO NONSENSE SPIRITUALITY: Spirituality for those who like to question: Regular churchgoers and those who no longer go to church, are invited to a series of four evenings, exploring the spiritual journey. People who would describe themselves as “Spiritual seekers,” are especially welcome.
Each session will take place in the relaxed surroundings of the Woodfield House Hotel, Ennis Road, Limerick, beginning on Thursday, February 21 at 7.30pm and continuing for the next three Thursdays, after that. Each session will consist of a short talk (not too heavy !), some group discussion and a time of reflection/ meditation.
TOPICS: Thursday, Feb 21 - “What makes God real? “ Thursday, February 28 - “ Can an agnostic pray? “Thursday, March 7 - “Can we be spiritual, without being religious?” Thursday, March 14 - “Is their life, after death?”
For further details, please contact Mossy Hynan at 085 7424 153.
VILLIERS SCHOOL NEWS: Villiers Equestrian Team participated in the SJI Interschools at Clonlara Equestrian Centre on Sunday, February 10 and were unfortunate to be beaten into 2nd place, by less than .30 of a second. Our two teams rode very well and are maintaining the form demonstrated in the Limerick-Clare Interschools in 2012.
LIMERICK LAWN TENNIS CLUB NEWS: Details of the new Junior Coaching term have been announced. The programme will begin with a Monday Club and a Saturday Club. All levels of juniors will be accommodated, using the International Tennis Federation’s “Stay and Play” method, of using colour-coded balls for players of different ages and abilities. For the first time, a Little Aces section will be included, catering for the youngest age group, from 5 years. Application forms are now available from the clubhouse and further information may be obtained through calling 087 9669 798.
OESOPHAGEAL AWARENESS: Lollipop Day is running on Friday, February 22 and Saturday, February 23. This is a charity that supports Oesophageal Cancer Awareness. Boxes filled with lollipops, will be distributed to all local shops, schools and businesses, in a hope to raise some vital funds for this charity. Please support this worthwhile cause. Lollipops are priced at just €2 each or €1 at local schools. If you would like to get involved in this fund raising event please telephone 069 69584.
SERVE IN SOLIDARITY TABLE QUIZ: A Table Quiz in aid of Serve In Solidarity, will be held in Bentley’s Bar, O’Connell Street Limerick on Friday, February 22 at 8.30pm. Entry: Table of 4 for €20. If you do not have a full table, you are still welcome and will be assigned to a team on the night! Spot prizes galore! SERVE is a development and volunteering organisation, committed to working with the poorest people in the world. It focuses on programmes that help communities enhance the lives of young people. SERVE assigns up to 90 overseas volunteers per year and has supported projects in Brazil, India, Haiti, Mozambique, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Zambia and Zimbabwe. For more information about SERVE, please see: www.serve.ie.
CBS PIPE BAND 50th ANNIVERSARY REUNION: CBS Pipe Band Golden Jubilee Reunion of Present and Past Members, will be held at Pier One Bar (Sarsfield Bridge, Limerick) on Saturday, February 23 at 8pm. Tickets which cost €10.00 are available from members. Night will include Nostalgia / Photographs / Memorabilia / Bar / Finger food
ANNE BYRNES MEMORIAL WALK IN THE SUN: The CARI Foundation lost a highly valued member of their team when Fundraising Executive, Anne Byrnes died in September 2012 R.I.P. Anne had worked diligently for CARI and had dedicated much of her life, to helping the children who attended CARI. In October 2013, CARI once again plan to take on the Turkish countryside in and around Gumbet and Bodrum. This is a 7 day break away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, spending time walking in some of the most glorious Turkish countryside. If you would like further details, please contact Helen on 061 582 200 or e-mail: email@example.com
LIMERICK PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY FEBRUARY TALK: Limerick Philosophical Society will hold a public lecture entitled “ The Molyneux Problem And The Modern Philosophical Tradition” at Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road, Limerick, on Monday, February 25 at 8 pm. The guest speaker is Ms. Orla Slattery. Admission is free.
HISTORY OF LIMERICK FC 1937-1984: Glory Days - Limerick Soccer at the Markets Field, 1937-1984: To celebrate the return of Limerick FC to the Premier Division, Aidan Corr (formerly of the Limerick Leader), presents an illustrated talk about the history of senior soccer at the Markets Field. It will be held at 8pm on Tuesday, February 26 in The Granary, Michael Street, Limerick. Admission is free. All are welcome. For further information, please telephone 061 407 510, or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
IRISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA WELCOMES GABOR: Gábor Takács Nagy is appearing at the University Concert Hall, on Thursday, February 21 at 8.00pm.
Gábor Takács Nagy has worked with the Irish Chamber Orchestra over many years, but this concert marks his first collaborative performance, as newly appointed Principal Artistic Partner. A powerful symphonic sound includes Mozart’s youthful Symphony No 15 KV 124, written in his formative years. With energy evident from the beginning, there is a refined simplicity, which is addictive. Mozart admired the work of Haydn, especially his 44th symphony, which is perhaps his crowning achievement. The Mourning Symphony was so called, not because it is so sad, but because Haydn loved it so much, that he wanted it to be performed at his own funeral.
Gábor Tákacs Nagy has a warm relationship with Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin, having previously conducted his best known work, Carmen Suite after Bizet. This suite is a fantastic mix of all the familiar tunes dressed up in a way Bizet would never have imagined. Written for his wife, Shchedrin put his own hallmark on the music, by scoring the suite for strings and percussion, forcing him to find inventive new sonorities, to substitute for Bizet’s well-loved timbres. The big melodies are recognizable and the dramatic power of the score, is complimented by Shchedrin’s interventions and Gábor brings the entire Suite together to great aplomb. Mozart Symphony No. 15 KV 124, Haydn Symphony No. 44 in E minor, Trauer-Symphonie and Rodion Shchedrin Carmen Suite after Bizet.
For further information, please telephone 061 331 549.
THE 29TH ANNUAL KATE O’BRIEN WEEKEND (LITERARY FESTIVAL): The Kate O’Brien Weekend will take place in Limerick at the Belltable Arts Centre, 69 O’Connell Street from Friday, February to Sunday, February 24. The theme for the 2013 weekend is “The Best of Times – the Worst of Times,” taken from the opening lines of Charles Dicken’s novel about the French Revolution, A Tale of Two Cities. The Kate O’Brien Weekend brings together readers and contemporary writers, in a relaxed environment to discuss ideas, styles and topics, which make up the work of today’s writers. It is an invaluable opportunity for the solitary reader, to meet and discuss current writing and to interact directly with writers, whom they may or may not have read.
Limerick’s annual literary event continues to be popular even after 29 years and has over the years extended its programme to include opera, music and art. It is an important element of Limerick’s cultural calendar and is organised by passionate readers of contemporary literature.
It provides a chance for learning and questioning and gives new and established writers an opportunity to discuss their work in direct contact with audiences.
WHISTLEBLOWERS: David Walsh and Paul Kimmage in conversation with Alan English, will be appearing in the Lime Tree Theatre, Mary Immaculate College, Courtbrack Avenue, Limerick on Monday, February 25 at 8pm.
Perhaps one of the reasons the extraordinary Lance Armstrong saga has so riveted the Irish public, is because two of the country’s greatest sports journalists were his biggest sceptics - David Walsh and Paul Kimmage. Both challenged the fairytale that Armstrong successfully sold to the world, while winning the Tour de France seven times - and they pursued the truth with courage, resourcefulness and tenacity, always fired by the burning conviction, that Armstrong was a fraud and a doper.
They endured both personal abuse and lawsuits, aimed at preventing them from telling the truth about Armstrong, now widely regarded as the biggest cheat in sports history. Now, their journalism has been resoundingly vindicated.
Alan English, editor of the Limerick Leader, was a long-time colleague of Walsh and Kimmage at The Sunday Times and was himself sued by Armstrong, over a piece he wrote detailing David Walsh’s long pursuit of the cyclist. The Sunday Times has now countersued, seeking £1 million from Armstrong, after it was forced to settle that libel case in 2006.
Alan English will talk to two of the major players in the sordid saga of Lance Armstrong, about the roles they played and their hopes for a cleaner sport. Questions will also be taken from the audience. All proceeds from this event will go to two Limerick charities, Cycle 4 Sick Children and the Limerick Simon Community. For further information, please telephone 061 774 774, or Email: email@example.com Web: www.limetreetheatre.ie
THE DANCE ACADEMY PRESENTS ‘MARY POPPINS: The Dance Academy presents Mary Poppin’s at the University Concert Hall, Castletroy, Limerick on Monday, February 25 and Tuesday, February 26 at 7.30pm. This year’s Dance Academy show, is based on the 1960’S Walt Disney film Mary Poppins, starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. The show will follow the journey of “practically perfect” Mary Poppins, as she arrives in Cherry Tree Lane, London to look after two young children, Michael and Jane Banks. The three acts of the show then follow Mary Poppins from London, into the magical English countryside and then onto the rooftops of London. The show includes musical hits such as Spoonfull of Sugar, Jolly Holiday, Chim Chimeree, Step in Time, Supercallafrajilisticexpeallidocious and much more.
For further information, please telephone 061 331 549, or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.uch.ie
LIMERICK’S BUILT HERITAGE EXPLORATORY LECTURES: On Tuesday, February 26 at 8pm, in the
County Hall, Dooradoyle, Limerick there will be a lecture on ‘The Archaeology of Mills and Milling in County Limerick from the early medieval period to c. 1900’.
The built landscape of Limerick, is the result of what our ancestors created and deemed important. What we design, build and preserve today, will become Limerick in the future. The built heritage is a reflection of our society, its values, its hierarchies, its fashions and its trends. This series of lectures will look at a variety of architecture through the ages, from early medieval to contemporary and future design of Limerick, city and county.
The lectures are organised and funded by Limerick County Council and are free. Beginning with a consideration of early and later medieval mill sites at Knocknagranshy and Ballyine, the archaeological evidence for the evolution of milling plant, architecture and the water supply systems associated with the traditional water-mills of the county, will be re-evaluated in light of more recent studies. Dr Colin Rynne is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Archaeology UCC. He has published widely on industrial archaeology, on water power in medieval Ireland and Europe and on the post-medieval and industrial archaeology of Ireland. His book titles include The archaeology of Cork city and harbour (1993), At the sign of the cow: the Cork Butter Market 1769-1924 (1998); The industrial archaeology of Cork city and its environs (1999), A life of usefulness: Abraham Beale and the Monard Ironworks (2001) and Industrial Ireland 1750-1930: archaeology (2006). He is currently working on an interdisciplinary research project called ‘The Colonial Landscapes of Richard Boyle, Ist Earl of Cork, 1602-1643. Admission is FREE.
For further information, please telephone 061 496 498.
POPULAR BUSINESS MENTOR PROGRAMME RETURNS TO LIMERICK: SMACHT, the Business Therapy Programme, will return to Limerick this week, for its third successful year. The programme, which is aimed at positive business people both self-employed and within enterprises, has helped over dozens of Limerick businesses, improve their financial net worth and increase efficiency. SMACHT, is an intensive one year programme, which teaches the most up to date business management tactics and practices to help busy business people increase sales, drive cost-effective efficiencies, while managing personal and professional balance. Pádraic O’Maille, the creator of SMACHT, welcomes the return of SMACHT to Limerick, stating that the calibre of business people in Limerick who have come on the programme, is a sign of great things for the future. “Some of Limerick’s finest business people have been on our SMACHT programme and have professed to having seen some significant results in their personal and professional goals.” “SMACHT is the Irish word for discipline and on the programme, we teach people how to put some SMACHT on their business. We are delighted to be coming back to Limerick this year due to popular demand.” Run over the course of the year, SMACHT is based on eight sessions. Each session is dynamically interactive, in which participants are challenged by peers to state and share goals, review progress against those goals and receive ideas and inputs from the larger group, on how to make even better progress.
John Webb O’Rourke, of Zest Healthcare, Limerick has been on the SMACHT programme for the past two years and says: “Any business person who wants to be part of a group which helps them improve and work upon themselves, should join SMACHT. I have been part of it for two years and in that time, I have seen my business grow and grow.” Patricia O’Donnell, Limerick based Senior QFA with Acorn Life, adds that: “SMACHT is the place to be for business people, who are serious about moving forward in their business.”
Adrian McKenna, Partner at Moore Stephens Patrick McNamara Accountants and Business Advisers in Limerick adds: “I have been attending the SMACHT Limerick presentations for over two years. The sessions provide focused incisive leadership principles, delivered monthly by Ireland’s top management facilitator, Padraic O’Maille. SMACHT imparts essential and thought provoking axioms, to equip all of us with the ability to out-perform in today’s challenging business environment.” SMACHT Limerick will be held on Thursday, February 21 and there are a limited number of places left. Full details can be got from www.smacht.com or by phoning 091 986 5340.