May 4

Kay Flanagan

Reporter:

Kay Flanagan

STEPS SCHOOL COMPLETION PROGRAMME: Steps School Completion programme would like to congratulate Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School on the fantastic show they put on in the Lime tree Theatre on Tuesday 23rd of April. They should be very proud of the talented young people, teachers and people from the community who took part and all the staff of Our Lady of Lourdes who put in so much effort and hard work. There was a great buzz around the school and the community so well done!

STEPS SCHOOL COMPLETION PROGRAMME: Steps School Completion programme would like to congratulate Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School on the fantastic show they put on in the Lime tree Theatre on Tuesday 23rd of April. They should be very proud of the talented young people, teachers and people from the community who took part and all the staff of Our Lady of Lourdes who put in so much effort and hard work. There was a great buzz around the school and the community so well done!

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who attended the launch of Garryglass House. It was great to see so many people there to welcome us into GarryGlass and into the community, and for supporting the projects involved.

OUR LADY OF LOURDES SCHOOL: This has been an amazing week in the history of Our Lady of Lourdes School. Our production of ‘Trouble on the High Seas’ in the Limetree Theatre, Mary Immaculate College was a resounding success. Because the show was produced to celebrate the 50th anniversary of a school in the parish, it was fitting that the show opened with one of the very first pupils who attended the school. Mary Timmons née O’Halloran regaled the audience with her memories of the new school, as it was then, and her first time in the brand new building. She recalled some of the teachers who taught here, including the principal, Sr. Cosmos, and the beautiful Mrs. Philomena Ryan. We were honoured that Mrs Ryan, hale and hearty, was in the audience that night.

After that, The fun began. Every child in the school took part in the show, singing and dancing, laughing and joking. Great credit is due to our principal actors, Jake Murphy, Lee Nolan, Kate Daly, Alisha Roche, Divine Onyekaba, Jamie Duggan, Gavin McGrath, Princess Daniel and Tara Daly. They were joined on stage by many of the teachers, Ms. Fitzgerald, Ms. O’Connor, Ms. Jones, Mrs Rickard and Ms. Abraham. Of course, our pirate’s ship was ably led by our own Micheál Doyle. Our past pupils also did us proud – we were joined on stage by Martin Power, Jennifer McCarthy Roche and Breda Phillips who had the audience clutching their sides with laughter. Paul Roche dazzled the audience as he soared through the air. Paul, of course, is a very talented dancer and he treated us all to a spectacle as he leaped from a treasure chest and performed a high energy routine.

We must thank so many people who helped to make the night so special, not just for the school, but for the whole community. Our teachers gave up so much of their free time to prepare the children. Many of the parents made the costumes and props. The staff of Steps School Completion, Our Lady of Lourdes Community Development Project, and the staff of the Community Centre all worked tirelessly to support the school. Our friends in the community collected spot prizes for the raffle, thank you so much, Martin, Samantha and Billy. We must also thank the men from the Limerick Panto Society and the husbands and friends of the teachers who gave up their evenings and weekends to build the amazing set. All our helpers gave up their time because they love the children in our school and believe in their talents. Roll on the next project!!

Applications are now being accepted for places in the early Start class for September 2013. The early Start is a Department of Education preschool that is staffed by a fully qualified primary school teachers and a fully qualified childcare worker. The aim of the preschool is to give your child the best possible start to their school life, developing the skills that will lead to high achievement and success in school. Children need to be older than 3 years and 2 months on the 1st of September to avail of this free preschool. If you would like to learn more about the Early Start, please ring Mrs. Rickard on 086 2726636.

WEST END NEWS: The West End Youth Centre is open late on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6.30pm to 9.30pm.

6.30-7.30; Girls 10-14 years

7.30-8.30: Boys 10-14 years

8.30-9.30: Boys & Girls 15+

We are currently looking to develop a youth club specifically for young people from the Greenfields area. The club will take place on Thursdays from 6.00pm. For more information contact Glen or Claire on 061 441078

CONVERSATIONS ABOUT PRIMARY HEALTHCARE: Healthcare in the community is known as primary healthcare and this includes services which are provided by GPs, public health nurses, home helps, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech and language therapists. Professor Anne McFarlane, from the Graduate Entry Medical School is looking for some community members to take part in a consultation about health in community settings. The conversations will take place on Friday May 24th in the Irish Chamber Orchestra Building, University of Limerick from 10.00 -12.30pm. Light refreshments will be served on arrival. For more information please e-mail madeleine.osullivan@ul.ie or anne.macfarlane@ul.ie.

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!

ADAPT CHURCH GATE COLLECTION: ADAPT Services work to support women who experience domestic abuse, and their children, across Limerick city and county. They are holding their annual church gate collection in Limerick city on Satrday 25th and Sunday 26th of May and are appealing for colunteers to get involved.

They have received amazing support from local people over the past couple of years and would like to thank those who have given them this support. The church gate collection raises vital funds to keep the service running and as a result volunteers as essential. It only takes one person in the parish to get enthuasiasm going in order to make this fund raising a succcess. Raising as much as €250 would provide the children in the refuge with two weeks activties or allow ADAPT to meet a woman anywhere in the county and offer support.

If you think you could give them an hour on the day or if you know of anyone who would be willing to help out in Limerick County or suburbs please contact Laura Bohan on 061 412354 or email volunteercoordinator@adaptservices.ie.

Garryglass House: Highlighting how services in Our Lady of Lourdes community have come together to share resources: On Thursday April 25th, Mayor Gerry McLoughlin launched “Garryglass House”. Garryglass House hosts 4 key projects in the Our Lady of Lourdes community which tackle social inclusion issues in the area. These projects are Limerick City CDP OLOL Office – STEPS School Completion Programme – Southside Drugs Education and Prevention Team and Ballinacurra Weston Family Support Initiative.

Each project provides a wide range of services which together cater for all members of the community. Services include:

Working to improve the quality of life of local residents

Connecting people to services as required

Supporting locals to make informed choices towards a healthier lifestyle

Supporting young people to stay in school

The houses, formally occupied by Barnardos, became available in early January – on Thursday 10th Jan 2013 the move to Garryglass House took place.….. Numerous locals, businesses and organizations helped with the move. Many thanks to all who supported us and to those who helped to make the move as seamless as possible!

The purpose of the launch was to say hello to our new neighbours and to thank them all for such a warm welcome. It was also a good oppurtunity for everyone to drop and see what we are all about. We were delighted to see so many members of the community and local organisations in attendance on the day. We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone we showed their support and who made it a very enjoyable day for all.