May 4

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: Saturday last was a wonderful day for the 52 second class pupils of St Brigid’s National School, who received their first Holy Communion in St Brigid’s Church. It was a bright sunny morning. Celebrants of their Mass was our parish priest Fr David Gibson, and our Curate Fr Eamonn Purcell. The boys and girls looked stunning in their new outfits; the boys in their first-ever grown-up suits, and the little girls absolutely gorgeous in their snow white dresses and veils. Communion dresses are now worn either long or ballerina length; and they looked like little princes and princesses.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: Saturday last was a wonderful day for the 52 second class pupils of St Brigid’s National School, who received their first Holy Communion in St Brigid’s Church. It was a bright sunny morning. Celebrants of their Mass was our parish priest Fr David Gibson, and our Curate Fr Eamonn Purcell. The boys and girls looked stunning in their new outfits; the boys in their first-ever grown-up suits, and the little girls absolutely gorgeous in their snow white dresses and veils. Communion dresses are now worn either long or ballerina length; and they looked like little princes and princesses.

Their singing was just heavenly, and they participated in all aspects of the liturgy throughout their Mass, and they did so very well, with reverence. Their teachers, Danielle Fox, and Michael Scanlon, had done an excellent job in preparing these children for their big day. Their teachers included a special ‘thank you’ to their pupils. Their Principal Fiona Morrissey was also full of praise for these wonderful little children, who are so well behaved at school, and so easy to work with. Their organist was Tom Clinton. Their Communion hymn was ‘Faith as Small as a Mustard Seed’ and their recessional was ‘Share the Light.’ The church was packed out with parents beautifully dressed up, and other family members; so happy for their beloved children. The flowers for the altar were arranged and donated by Doris Ryan and Ann McCarthy. Refreshments were served afterwards in the community hall by the Parent’s Association. No doubt, a great day was had by all, with parties for most, and for some with enough space in their gardens, bouncy castles perhaps! All laid on by loving parents to make their special day enjoyable. Congratulations to every boy and girl; may God watch over them and protect them every day of their lives.

SACRED MUSIC WEEK: takes place this week, each evening at 8.00pm, in the Sacred Heart Church, the Crescent, O’Connell Street, from May 2 until May 6.

Starting on Thursday next with the Anchor Chamber Choir directed by Cecilia Madden, then Cor Jesu Singers on Friday, directed by Abbe Matthew Walter, Gregorian Chant on Saturday, by Sisters Adorers, and directed by Canon Lebocq, Prior of the Church. On Sunday its Dr. Carena Sangl, Bel Canto Soprano from Salzburg, Austria, and then the final organ recital on Monday, by Abbe Matthew Walter. Admission is free. All

Donations will go toward the restoration of Sacred Heart Church. Organized by “Friends of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest,” the charity responsible for the restoration of the Sacred Heart Church.

RECENTLY DECEASED: Our heartfelt sympathy to the families and relatives of the following parishioners called Home to God recently ….. Elizabeth McInerney, Eugene Shannahan, Eric Considine, and Frances Byrnes. May their souls rest in peace in the Loving Arms of Jesus.

LISBON COAST TOUR: Woodlawn Park are organizing their annual tour right now, and have decided on a sun holiday in Portugal, departing Dublin 2 – 9th October 2013. They will stay in the Estoril Eden Hotel for 7 nights half board. The tour includes a half day guided tour of Lisbon, and a full day trip to Sintra, and also a full day trip to Fatima. The fully inclusive cost is €850.00, and this includes the cost of coach transfer from Woodlawn Park, Limerick, to Dublin Airport, and return For information please contact Anne McCaffrey, Mob: 087 7746540 and Pauline O’Brien, Mob: 087 6554977..

PARISH MEMORIES: Recently, Bob Ryan was given the opportunity to do a short interview with one of our parish’s older parishioners, namely Joe O’Mara, now aged 89 years, living in Lynwood Park. Joe has always had a keen interest in the welfare of his parish, and was willing to share his store of interesting local memories with Bob and Tom Scully. The subject of the interview was the history of the origin of St Brigid’s National School, and how it transpired that Joe himself, quite by chance really, had played a major role in gaining access to the site allocated for development for a badly needed Primary School.

In the early 1970’s Lynwood Park had a vibrant resident’s committee. It was a new estate, and many of the residents were young married couples with young children. It became obvious that there was an urgent need for a new national school. According to Joe, the parish had looked at land at the back of the site where St Brigid’s Church now stands, and Detective Denis Harris kindly arranged for the Department of Education Inspector to take a look at it. However, he ruled it out completely because he considered the site to be too close to St. Patrick’s boy’s and St Patrick’s girl’s schools, Dublin Rd. Mrs. Marie Fitzgibbon then generously donated land (a field) that she owned at the back of her house on Blood Mill Road, to Fr Kennedy who was the Curate. At that time bungalows were being built all the way from the railway gates, known as the white gates in Singland, right up to Childer’s Road. This meant that one of these bungalows was to be built right across the front of the donated Fitzgibbon holding – blocking off all access, and to make matters even worse – the site had already been sold. This was the only access, as at that time also, the new ring road, later to be called ‘Childer’s Road’ was being built, and the site for the school was to be beside this new road. In subsequent planning applications, it had been decided by the planning section of Limerick Corporation, that there would be no entrance to the proposed school from Childer’s Road. The only access therefore was through the site already purchased for one of the bungalows, so this was a major set-back for the parish’s plans. However, Joe O’Mara, who was then a member of the Lynwood Park Resident’s Committee, met the young purchaser of this bungalow site at an evening class in the Red Technical school, in O’Connell Avenue. This was in 1971. It transpired that the young man’s engagement had been broken off, and because of this, he was now selling the site. Joe, realizing the importance of seizing this opportunity, asked him if he would sell the land to the parish. He then contacted Detective Denis Harris, and a meeting was arranged. Fr David Rea P.P. of St Patrick’s/St Brigid’s parish was also contacted. Fr Rea offered the young man £500, in addition to the amount he had already paid for the site, and thankfully, he accepted. In August 1971, Fr Rea went on to acquire this site on the Blood Mill Road at a total cost of £1,000. If he had not – St Brigid’s N.S. would not have the beautiful location it enjoys to-day. It seemed like Divine intervention, as it paved the way for the building of the present St Brigid’s boys and girls co-educational primary school. It was in 1980 that the present main school was built. To-day it is now in the centre of the many new housing estates that have been built up on all sides since then, but the grounds are so extensive, that one can almost imagine oneself to be way out in the country, away from the rush and grid-lock of city life. They now have a vegetable garden, beds of flowers, and even a pond in this tranquil setting, where a love of nature and respect for the environment is encouraged in the 470 pupils who are so fortunate to be educated in St Brigid’s. The school’s first Principal was Mr Patrick Kearney; the second Principal was Mrs Betty O’Farrell who retired about 2 years ago, and the present Principal is Mrs Fiona Morrissey who praises her pupils for their very good behaviour. A new extension to the school was completed last year. It is a very school; a happy school, where local children receive a great and varied education.

Sincere thanks to Joe O’Mara for allowing Bob and Tom to share in his own ‘down memory lane’ recollections of the past. We would like to hear more information on the history of our parish from our older and most valuable parishioners.

SONG OF BRIGID: Maura Garvey, who is a teacher in St Brigid’s N.S. wrote a lovely song titled ‘song of Brigid.’ Denis Allen who wrote ‘Limerick you’re a lady’ brought his recording equipment to the school, and recorded their 5th class singing this song. The principal Mrs Fiona Morrissey told us that the song will now be used as the school anthem, and the recording is on C.D.

ST PATRICK’S GAA: Best of luck to our senior footballers who take on St Kieran’s in the first round of the senior football championship in Bruff on Friday night May 3 at 7.15pm. Manager Kieran Dore and his squad of players have put in a huge amount of work over the last couple of months, and big support on the evening would be a great help.

ON THE FIELD OF PLAY: This week was not a great success on the field of play, with only one team successful. Our U12 hurlers went down to Crecora on Thursday night, while on Friday night our U12 girls had a great win against St Ailbes. Unfortunately, this was to be our only success. On Monday night our U16 hurlers went down by 6 points to a very strong St Mary’s Rathkeale outfit. On Wednesday night, our U15 hurlers travelled to Askeaton, and after a spirited display, also came up short on the night. Our girls U14 football lost out to St Brigids while the U16 girls were unlucky to lose to Ahane. I would like to thank all those who provided lifts to all games throughout the week.

FEILE: We would like to congratulate St Feilims of Cavan who won the Cavan Feile championship last Sunday evening, and will be travelling to Limerick in early July for the national competition. All in St Pats are looking forward to hosting them and having an enjoyable weekend.

MAN UTD DRAW: The draw for the tickets to see Manchester United play Swansea on May 21, took place in the club house on Sunday night. The lucky winner was Peggy O’Sullivan, Dublin Road. Peter Sheehan sold this ticket. Congratulations to Peggy. Second prize on the night was 2 tickets to this year’s Munster hurling final, and the lucky winner was Ailish McNamara of Hilltop. Ticket sold by Kieran Dore. The fourth prize was €100 and was won on a ticket sold by Kenneth Dawson, and the winner was Anthony Collins of Glin GAA. This draw was a big success, and many thanks to all who sold tickets.

CLAUGHAUN GAA: It is with regret that we inform you of the death of Andy Dunworth of New York, and late of Banogue, Croom, Co.Limerick, with removal at 7.30 pm Requiem Mass at St Peter and Paul’s Church, Banogue on Thursday, May 2, at 12 noon, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. May his soul rest in peace.

Andy Dunworth played on the Limerick Minor hurling team that contested the 1963 All Ireland final against Wexford, and was a member of the victorious Limerick hurling team that won the All Ireland hurling final against Kilkenny in 1973.

Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis.