CULTURE NIGHT: In conjunction with what has now been established nationally as an annual “Culture Night” in Ireland, under the auspices of the Department of Arts, Heritage and The Gaeltacht, a series of events has been organised by various Bodies, including Limerick’s Local Authority, all of which are taking place this Friday evening, 20 September, and all of which are free to the Public. Locally, Mungret Heritage Society has organised an Art, Craft and Archive Film Presentation which will take place at Mungret College, from 6pm to 9pm. The internationally known artist Anne Fitzgerald will paint a seascape, projected on screen, to live harp accompaniment. A Talk on the history of Limerick Lace, with the accompaniment of a number of finished pieces, will be given by Anne Gabbett from Mungret. An archive film presentation, by Declan McLoughlin of the Limerick Film Archive, will follow; Included will be a 2006 documentary on the making of the film “Voice of Ireland” (1932) which was partly made in Mungret. Film footage of President John F. Kennedy’s visit to Limerick in 1963 will also be shown. Also, the seventy five years of Irish Cement in Mungret will be marked by a display of rare photographs taken during the original construction of the building. Everyone is welcome to come along, and admission is free.
“POP UP SHOP”: A “pop up shop” will be open this Saturday, 21 September, in Patrickswell, the proceeds of sales from which will go towards two particular causes, Fr. Derek Leonard’s Mission in Peru and St. Joseph’s Orphanage in Romania. Fr. Derek is a former Curate at this Parish - Raheen/Mungret/Crecora. Everything “from a needle to an anchor”, we are promised, will be available to purchase and everything will be “in mint condition”! A shopping spree opportunity, we are told, with “something for everyone”. Tea, coffee and cakes will be available, and a raffle will take place also. The shop will be located at the John Leddin Hardware Store in Patrickswell, and will open its doors at 10am this Saturday and the following Saturday, 28 September, also.
MPCC CREDIT UNION: A reminder to local members of the MPCC Credit Union - a representative of the Limerick Citizens Information Service attends at the Dooradoyle Office of the Credit Union on the last Wednesday of each month, from 10.30am until 12.30pm. This is a service provided by the local Credit Union in partnership with the Citizens Information Service whereby, on the last Wednesday of each month, Credit Union members can avail of the information provided by the Citizens Information Service which provides information, advice and advocacy on a broad range of public and social services. Topics such as health and family matters, Social Welfare, taxation, housing, consumer affairs and education, among others, can be discussed. This information, and advice, is provided on a free and confidential basis to members of the local Credit Union; appointments are not necessary. The next such facility will be available on Wednesday next, 25 September.
CHILDRENS MASS: Rehearsals for the Children’s Mass, which is celebrated on a number of Sundays throughout the year at 11am in Raheen Church, have resumed on Thursday evenings, from 6.30pm until 7.15pm, in the Church, and all children residing in the Parish, regardless of which school they are attending, are welcome to become involved.
BRIDGE CLUB: The Social Bridge Club is resuming its weekly activities at the Millennium Centre, in Raheen on Monday morning next, 23 September, from 10am to 1pm, and on Monday mornings thereafter at the same time. Anyone interested in becoming involved can contact the Parish Office, in the first instance, for further information (tel. 061-210869).
YOUNG AT HEART: The local “Young At Heart” Club has recommenced its weekly “get togethers”, following the Summer break. The Club meets at Mungret/St. Paul’s GAA Clubhouse on Tuesday mornings from 10.30am until 12noon. Any retired person residing in the Parish - Raheen/Mungret/Crecora - who would be interested in the Club’s activities is welcome to come along on Tuesday mornings for a cup of tea and a chat.
SALESIAN SECONDARY COLLEGE: The Parents Association at The Salesian Secondary College, Pallaskenry which is attended by many students from this locality, has organised a “Bosco Tea Party” which will take place on Friday, 11 October, commencing at 8pm in the School Hall. The purpose of the event is to raise funds for the School. a table of eight will cost €100; individual table hosts will invite their guests to attend, with the host and/or guests bringing their own food, drinks, cutlery and glasses. Tables, live music entertainment and a great atmosphere will be provided by the College. The theme of the night will be “The Roaring Twenties”! A great night’s entertainment is promised! Those who would like to assist the School in this way can book a place now by contacting any of the Parents’ Association members - Bernard Gloster: 087-9532020; Catherine Fitzgerald: 086-1087679; Armelle Mangan: 087-2379130; Eileen O’Neill: 087-6843751 or the School Office: 061-393105. By email, one can contact salesiansec@e ircom.net
PARISH NEWSLETTER: A reminder that the weekly Parish Newsletter resumed publication earlier this month, following a break for the Summer. Contributions for inclusion in the newsletter can be submitted to the Parish office, tel. 210869, by 12noon on Thursdays, prior to publication that weekend. Any submissions, which should be in writing, received after that deadline cannot be guaranteed inclusion in that weekend’s newsletter.
HARVEST THANKSGIVING: At this time of year, many local people like to partake in a Harvest Thanksgiving ceremony. They will be glad to note therefore that, this Sunday morning, 22 September, such a Ceremony has been arranged to take place, in conjunction with the 11.15am Mass, at the Augustinian Church in O’connell Street in Limerick. In keeping with the “Scriptural Offerings of the First Fruits”, those attending may bring along their own offering of fruit, flowers or vegetables for the Ceremony. Those doing so are requested to drop those offerings into the Augustinian Church this Saturday or Sunday.
MILFORD HOSPICE SHOP: Local people have always supported the exceptional work undertaken, on an ongoing basis, by Milford Hospice, whether by attending the annual Milford Hospice Harvest Fair or by supporting the various other fundraising events on behalf of the Hospice. Milford Hospice Shop opens this week at 22, Thomas Street in Limerick; organisers are appealing for the donation to the shop of the following types of item - good quality mens, womens and childrens clothing, shoes, accessories, handbags and jewellery. Household items such as bed linen, ornaments and mirrors would also be gratefully accepted. Further information can be obtained by telephoning 086-8366846 or by calling to the shop at 22, Thomas Street; opening hours at the shop are 9.30am to 5.30pm, Monday to Saturday. Any assistance towards the work undertaken by Milford Hospice can only be encouraged.
LIMERICK LIVING LINKS: “Limerick Living Links” is a service which provides emotional support to people who have been touched by suicide. An Information Night relating to the programme of services which the organisation provides has been arranged for Tuesday next, 24 September, at the Limerick Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Denmark Street, Limerick, commencing at 7.30pm. Further information can be obtained by contacting 087-7998427.
VOLUNTARY SERVICE ABROAD: Some readers may be interested in hearing of opportunities to work abroad voluntarily, in the areas of human rights protection in Developing Countries. Vides Ireland is part of an International Voluntary Organisation which promotes voluntary service and has as its focus the protection of Human Rights, especially those of women, young people and children all over the world. Through Vides Ireland, which is an integral part of the work undertaken by the Salesian Sisters, young people aged 20 years and upwards are provided with an opportunity to go abroad to a Developing Country; the Salesian Sisters and Communities are engaged in this type of work in Africa and India. Anyone who would be considering giving a short or long term commitment to working in the Developing World next Summer is welcome to join others in the first phase of preparation which will take place on Saturday week, 28 September; further information can be obtained by contacting Dympna at 086-3708652.
COFFEE MORNING: A Coffee Morning, the proceeds of which will go to Milford Hospice, is taking place this Thursday, 19 September, at Mungret/St. Paul’s GAA Clubhouse from 10.30am until 12.30pm. Support for this fundraising event in aid of Milford Hospice will be very much appreciated.