LIMERICK YOUTH SERVICE NEWS: There was standing room only at LIT’s Millennium Theatre on Friday, January 24 as more than 20 acts from across Limerick participated in this year’s Youth Variety Show. The 300 in attendance, were treated to a variety of singing and dance acts, a very unique fashion show, the debut of Youth Club Diaries and an exclusive performance by Voice of Ireland contestant, Jamie Hartigan. From covers of Rihanna’s Stay, to traditional Irish music and a female take of Men In Black, the judging panel of Aoife McLoughlin, Voice of Ireland fame, Dara Fahy of Limerick’s Live 95FM and Richard Lynch, ilovelimerick.ie were faced with the unenviable task of choosing the winner. After careful deliberation Sarah Meade, St. Senan’s Youth Club/ Foynes took first prize in the Song Category with Leah Melling, Corbally Youth Club taking the accolades in the Music Category with ‘Saviour,’ a song she wrote herself. The talented trio of Emma Meehan, Aoife Barrett and Georgina Donnegan, collectively known as Chase, won Band Category, the second consecutive year that a group from Kilmallock Youth Club won that category. Away from singing, there was success for Newcastlewest and Clonlara Youth Clubs, with Banner girl Erin winning the Dance and Edward Fitzgerald the Performance categories respectively. The ever popular Fashion Show proved another hit, with St. John’s Youth Club taking home the prize, with their sketch ‘Garryowen’s Got Talent.’ Commenting on the event Joe Walsh, Limerick Youth Service said he was delighted with the success and standard of performances. ‘The quality and imagination of the performers gets better by the year,’ said Mr. Walsh, adding ‘it was a great opportunity for young people, to express themselves and celebrate their youth.’ The winners will now go forward to Youth Work Ireland’s national finals in June, where they will represent Limerick with pride. As always, we will keep you up-to-date on they get on. Limerick Youth Service, would like to thank the young people, volunteers, LIT students and staff, who went above and beyond in making the event such as a success. Roll on 2015!
Last week’s Variety Show, also saw the debut of a Youth Club Diaries, a short film about life as a member of our many Youth Clubs. Filmed by Miriam Mortell, Youth Club Diaries, features a mix of action and interviews with young people and volunteer’s, on what their youth club means to them. Youth Club Diaries also features interviews with Eithne Stembridge and Joe Walsh, who are Limerick Youth Service’s Club Support workers. The film, which is in its final stages of post-production, was produced with the support of Roche’s Feeds and will be available to the public in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for more news.
Remember those New Year’s resolutions? Get fit. Eat health. Stop smoking. Volunteer! Well now is the time to follow up on the latter! Limerick Youth Service is holding an Open Information Evening on Thursday, February 13 at The Factory, Southside Youth Space, Galvone Rd, Limerick from 6pm to 8pm, for people (over18), who are interested in volunteering with one of our many youth clubs or projects. Eoin O’Meara-Daly, Volunteer Co-ordinator, will be on hand to answer your questions and outline the many types of volunteering opportunities available, at one of Ireland’s leading youth work providers. ‘Our Volunteer Induction Training Programme is a two hour four week programme, that equips volunteers with the skills required, to engage with and support young people,’ explained Mr. O’Meara-Daly. After the first class, the training will continue on consecutive Thursdays, February 20 and 27 respectively. The final session, on Thursday, March 6 is a mandatory Child Protection Training programme. Volunteer Application and Garda Vetting Forms, will be available on the night, or can be downloaded from our website at: www.limerickyouthservice.com/volunteers. For more information please visit the above link, or contact Eoin O’Meara-Daly at: email@example.com. Junior Leaders from our Irishtown Garda Youth Diversion Project, have the honour hosting the first Youth Disco of the year at St. John’s Pavilion, Limerick on Friday, February 7 at 8pm. The Springtime Disco is open to Limerick Youth Service affiliated Youth Clubs and Projects only, with interested parties advised to contact Brian Humphries at: firstname.lastname@example.org, to book their spot on the dance floor. ‘Our Junior Leaders have worked tirelessly in organising the disco and are looking forward, to what promises to be a great night,’ said Mary Duhig, Limerick Youth Service. ‘The disco is an opportunity for young people from across Limerick city and county, to mingle with their peers and make new friends,’ added Ms. Duhig, who praised the Junior Leaders for their dedication to the disco.
Located at the junction of Upper William St and Mulgrave St, St. John’s Pavilion is home to the Catholic Men & Women’s Society. Ever at home on a Saturday or Sunday evening, watching the X-factor or Voice of Ireland and thinking ‘I can do that!’ Well read on, because the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Olly Murs and One Direction, will be on your doorstep soon! Niall Breslin, better known as Bressie, of the Voice of Ireland fame, is coming to Limerick in search of the next big thing….you! Bressie, who in his spare time is lead singer with the Blizzards, is fronting Teenage Kicks, a new three part RTE series in which Bressie aims to assemble a local band from Limerick. ‘We are looking for musicians from drummers and trumpeters to guitarists,’ said Adam Byrne, ShinAwil productions, who added that while people can bring their own guitar, there will be musical instruments provided such as a drum kit. If you are between 16-24years and sing, rap or play any musical instrument, you are invited to auditions at the Limerick School of Music, Mulgrave St, on Saturday, February 8 from 9am to 6pm. For more information, please visit their facebook page at: RTEteenagekicks.
COMMUNITY DINNERS: The Moyross Community Centre are now providing lunch for older people on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12.30p.m. to 2pm. It costs just €3 per meal with an extra €0.50 for dessert. I had a meal in the centre recently and I was extremely impressed with the fantastic service provided at such a reasonable cost. There was a great atmosphere and great credit is due to the kitchen staff. There is also a takeaway service available on request. For further details please phone Chris on 061 326 057.
ADULT EDUCATION: The Adult Educational Guidance Service will help you to find out about courses and careers and to choose the ones which suit you. You can find out about money available to help you with your education. You can discover your skills and talents and also learn how to develop these. The Guidance Counsellor can help you make a decision to put you on the right track to further your education and then keep in touch with you to make sure that everything is going well. You can contact Catherine, who is the local Moyross Guidance Counsellor, on 087 981 2020.
MARANATHA PRAYER MINISTRY: Maranatha Prayer Ministry invites you for the Healing Retreat through the Ministry of Fr. Pat O’Sullivan, Limerick and speaker Marie Beirne, Charismatic Renewal Ireland, on Sunday, February 16. It will include Rosary, Confessions, Adoration, Holy Mass, praise and worship music by Maranatha Gospel Choir. It will be held from 2.30pm to 7pm, at St. Paul’s Church, Dooradoyle, Limerick. Tea will be provided afterwards.