Feb 23

A LOT MEANT: The first item in these notes this week is a prime example of what can only be described as ‘people power’. Further to that it is a positive story displaying leadership and community spirit.

A LOT MEANT: The first item in these notes this week is a prime example of what can only be described as ‘people power’. Further to that it is a positive story displaying leadership and community spirit.

The matter of allotments has been mentioned in these notes a few times in the past and a member of the Gouldavoher residents association negotiated and came to an agreement with the Limerick County Council about a piece of ground available in that estate. The ground in question was been used by anti-social elements and was a cause of nuisance to the residents of the area. Their negotiations were successful and they negotiated a ten year lease on the piece of ground. Denis Ryan whom this scribe would describe as a well- known community co-ordinator and the person who collected the award in the J.P. McManus Gold awards in last years competitiions together with his team members divided the site into thirty allotments. They went about their job which was to convert this piece of ground into a productive area that is now beneficial for all those involved. The workers of the thirty allotments, the dividend from the half-acre of waste ground in the estate, set and grew a wide variety of vegetables that was a credit to their efforts. It has been described as the first community based allotment scheme in the county.

The salient factor of this scheme is not just the growing of the vegetables but the community aspect. Here are people coming together to the benefit of each other. It is a typical example of what was redolent in Irish society in past years and was known as the ‘meiteal’ when neighbours would come together to save the harvest. .

Last year one of the residents of Gouldavoher who was in the vanguard of this communal effort by the residents there was Denis Ryan. Denis has stated that the site that was troublesome to the residents in the estate was now a manifestation of something positive and that some residents who did not know each other were now sharing vegetables or plants amongst each other This is an example of how and what positive leadership can achieve irrespective of what aspect of existence or living is conjured up.

Presently in a great number of estates people live very private lives and often have little or no engagement with each other. Suburbia can be faceless places to just exist and live in.The community factor is never experienced and often it is nobody’s fault and everyone’s fault at the same time. Leadership is the missing factor and this is essential in the majority of situations. It is not a case of dominance by any one person but rather a simple example to be followed by others. It need not be a case of situations that arise but going ahead and taking on the lead. Courage is at the essence of all leaderships to be followed by effort.

If you are new to this pass-time or if you are not very knowledgeable or experienced there are many books available in your library for you to peruse. Either the weather would have to be very bad or your own efforts are very poor for you not to experience success in your new allotment

LIMERICK’S BUILT HERITAGE: The next talk in the series of lectures organized by the Arts Section of the Limerick County Council is on the Archaeology of Mills and Milling in County Limerick from the early medieval period to circa 1900. The lecture will be presented by Colin Byrne who is a senior lecturer in the Department of Archaeology in University College Cork. He has several books to his name and he is at present working on an interdisciplinary research project called The Colonial Landscape of Richard Boyle, first Earl of Cork 1602-1643.

The venue for this lecture is the County Hall, Dooradoyle road and it is on Friday, February 26 commencing at 8.0pm. Entry is free.

EXPOSITION: There is exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in the Blessed Sacrament chapel attached to St. Paul’s church each Wednesday from 10.30 am until 10.30 pm. All worshippers are welcome.

HILARIOUS AND GRIPPING PLAY: The well-known Limerick drama group, The Torch Players, are presenting one of Ireland’s comtemporary dramatists dramas in the Punch’s hotel from Tuesday February 26 to Saturday,March2. The drama is called ‘I do not like thee, Dr. Fell’ and it is a hilarious and satirical send-up of American group therapy. The Torch Players are directed by Maurice O’Sullivan. Booking on 085/2085737.

CREDIT UNION QUIZ: The Mungret/St. Paul’s credit union held its local heat of the Credit Union Schools Quiz in the Mungret/ St Paul’s club-house recently where 32 teams and one hundred and twenty-eight children participated in the contest. There were teams from the following schools:- St.Paul’s, Crecora, St. Nessan’s, Patrickswell, Ballybrown and Educated Together competed against each other. During the course of the quiz the participants had to answer questions compiled by primary school teachers on subjects such as general topics, geography, history, music, literature and sport. After twelve rounds of questions teams from St. Nessan;s school were successful in both age categories. The junior team members are Aisling O’Grady, Cathal Condon, Fiona Meehan and Jack Lloyd and the winning under 13 team members were Darragh O’Brien, Jordan Hennessy, Karin Mason and Shane Barry. The winning teams received a certificate, trophy and a voucher and there teacher Valerie Marron collected the winning plaques for the school.

The winning teams now advance to the regional final that will take place at the beginning of March and teams from Limerick, Clare and Tipperary will compete against each other to win a place in the National Final which will take place in the RDS, Dublin at the beginning of April.

The Mungret/St/Paul’s extends its gratitude to the teachers and the respective schools for their support and assistance for without their co-operation for without their help it would not have been possible to hold such a competition.

BLOOD DONATIONS: The next visit of the Irish Blood Transfusion Service to the South Court hotel will be on next Monday, February 25, from 5.0pm until 8.0 pm. All donors regular and new will be very welcome as it is necessary to ensure that supplies of blood for hospitals are adequate and that there is at least a seven day supply in reserve at all times.

YEAR OF FAITH: The next talk in the series of talks being presented in Mary Immaculate College on the South Circular road during Lent in this Year of Faith will be given by Dr. Colmán Ó Clabaigh,OSB. The title of the talk is ‘

MUNGRET/ST.PAUL’S GAA: Regestration:All children must be registered and paid for before the end of March otherwise they will not be permitted to train or play in matches.

Upgrade: Pa Begley who was on the 2011 successful Munster U21 championship team has been added to the senioe hurling panel while the two players Grendan Giltenane and Greg Murray have been added to the senior football team panel.

Ladies Football:Our U14s will continue to train at the Sand based pitch on Saturdays at 12:15. The U16, Minor and Senior Training will resume on Monday 11th February at 6:30 in the Village pitch (up the side road by the church). Our U8s, U10s and U12s will resume training next Saturday 16th of February at 11:00 also at the Village pitch. New players are always welcome so girls interested in playing ladies football of any age should talk to any of the coaches at the training sessions.

Feile: this is a big year for underage in Limerick GAA which is the host county for the Feile na nGael. It is the third occasion hat Limerick has hosted this event which has been running since 1971The training and planning for this event is underway at county and club level, which will involve up to 25,000 visiting players being hosted throughout the county. Limerick teams have won division one of the hurling competition on three occasions, with two further division 1 wins in camogie. Indeed, Mungret camogie club did not exist when Feile was previously hosted in Limerick, so this promises to be a historic year for the girls. Look out for further communications regarding Mungret’s participation in Feile 2013.

Gear Bags: An order is being placed for Gear bags. If you want to get your order in please put your name down in the club shop open Saturday morning 11.30am to 12.30pm, where a sample is available to be seen. The bag does come in 2 sizes; juvenile size is €30, while the senior size price is expected to be €35, though this latter price is subject to confirmation. we will not be ordering again for six months, so this is your chance to get your hands on a classy kit bag with your own name printed on it.

Referees Wanted:The referees Administration Committee for Limerick are appealing to all clubs to start actively recruiting new referees, the numbers of whom are falling to a level that may give rise to difficulties in getting matches scheduled and completed. Anyone in the club who is interested should contact Kevin O’Hagan.

Ryan’s Centra: Mungret St Pauls are delighted to welcome Ryan’s Centra (beside the SouthCourt Hotel) as a sponsor to the club. Part of the agreement includes an option for shoppers to donate their Centra loyalty points to Mungret. New signs have appeared around the club pitch looking for your points. Special Centra Key fobs are available from Ryan’s Centra or you can also get them in the club shop open Saturday morning 11.30am to 12.30pm. You simply fill in the form and you receive your key fob straight away. For every €1 you spend in Centra they will double the points for the club from 1 to 2 points. This is a great way of supporting a local business and the club at the same time.

Foundation course: Our foundation course took place last Friday night and Saturday Morning. There was a great attendance. We welcome the new coaches onboard. If you are interested in becoming a coach please contact one of the members of coaching and games or Kevin O’Hagan.

Patricks Day: We are assembling a group of players to walk in the Patricks day Parade again this year. It is always a great turn out on the day. Coaches will be given details to pass on closer to the day. Plans are under way for the after party in the club house as last years party was such a success. There will be food available and plenty of soft drink. We will keep you updated.