Mar 23

Jude Meaney


Jude Meaney

LIMERICK YOUTH SERVICE NEWS: Limerick Youth Service will officially launch their 40th birthday celebrations, at 5 Lower Glentworth Street on Thursday, March 21 at 2.30pm. The event will see young people, staff and volunteers gather to reminisce and look forward, to what promises to be a busy year. ‘We are looking forward to meeting old friends and making new ones,’ said Catherine Kelly, Director, LYS. ‘In the four decades since Sr. Joan Bowles opened the doors, 1.2milllion young people have passed through them. That’s 1.2million young people!’ exclaimed Ms. Kelly. She also thanked the volunteers, young people and staff, who have and continue to contribute to Limerick Youth Service.

LIMERICK YOUTH SERVICE NEWS: Limerick Youth Service will officially launch their 40th birthday celebrations, at 5 Lower Glentworth Street on Thursday, March 21 at 2.30pm. The event will see young people, staff and volunteers gather to reminisce and look forward, to what promises to be a busy year. ‘We are looking forward to meeting old friends and making new ones,’ said Catherine Kelly, Director, LYS. ‘In the four decades since Sr. Joan Bowles opened the doors, 1.2milllion young people have passed through them. That’s 1.2million young people!’ exclaimed Ms. Kelly. She also thanked the volunteers, young people and staff, who have and continue to contribute to Limerick Youth Service.

‘Instil a sense of caution not fear,’ was one of the many recommendations from Dr. Maureen Griffin, during her workshops on Internet Safety, at Limerick Youth Service recently.

Dr. Griffin, a lecturer at UCC and leading voice on internet safety, addressed the issues of social networking, texting, cyber-bullying, online gaming and chat-rooms.

‘The idea of this workshop was not to scare people, to close down their facebook account,’ said Dr. Griffin, ‘rather, make aware of the consequences of some of their actions.’

‘Although the majority of young people who use sites, such as Facebook and YouTube, do so in a safe manner, there are some vulnerable youngsters, for whom the web can become a very lonely place,’ stated Dr. Griffin. ‘They may see classmates with loads of friends and pictures of them on holidays enjoying themselves under blues skies, yet they are not aware, that this can be the edited highlights,’ added Dr. Griffin. With some people having several hundred ‘facebook friends,’ Dr. Griffin asked the question, ‘would you class someone you just met in school or at a party, as a friend in real life?

‘By making someone a friend on facebook, you are inviting them into your life,’ continued Dr. Griffin before asking all in attendance, ‘would you invite a stranger into your home, share photos and share some of the most intimate details of your life, with them?’

Dr. Griffin made the point that, ‘we protect young people in life, then we should protect them on the web.’v‘From the moment our children are born, we look after them, teaching them the safe cross code etc, yet the internet is thrown at them, without rules or guidelines.’

If you would like to know more about Dr. Griffin’s Internet Safety for Schools, please visit her website:

Now in its 40th year, Limerick Youth Service remains committed to encouraging and supporting young people, to be active participants in shaping their futures.

ST. NESSAN’S COMMUNITY COLLEGE: On Wednesday, March 6, St Nessan’s Community College celebrated World Book Day in a very magical way. World Book Day is the biggest celebration of books and reading ever mounted in Ireland. The main aim is to encourage students to explore the pleasure of books and reading, by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own. Each 1st, 2nd and 3rd Year student received flip book - 2 books in one! Seven specially produced World Book Day books have been published and again O’Mahony’s have generously sent out enough copies of these books for all our 1st, 2nd and 3rdYears.

We kicked off the day, with an extended assembly for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Years, which included distribution of WBD books by the class prefects. Then Leon Anderson brought a touch of magic to the day. Moyross illusionist Leon Anderson has proved he’s a class act, when it comes to helping youngsters get a grip with lessons. Leon has developed a system of using magic to help pupils learn. Leon showed with his ‘Class Magic’ programme to the students at St. Nessan’s College, how literacy and numeracy can be both fun and educational. The ‘Class Act’ programme helps children in mainstream schools, as well as children with difficulties such as ADHD and Autism. He has also worked with youngsters involved with Ceim ar Cheim Garda service in the city, where he gives classes in magic once a week. The father of five, first noticed how magic helped children with difficulties in concentration, when showing children he knew how to do magic tricks. The students were totally engaged and mesmerized by Leon and he invited many willing participants up on stage, to assist with his acts.

All the Classes entered the many competitions, which were held during the course of the day--design a Bookmark competition, write a book review and design a Book cover competition. The highlight of the day, was the visit by renowned local writer from Crecora, author and novelist Bob Burke, whose novels and short stories are nationally and internationally acclaimed. He is widely sought after for readings and workshops here in Ireland. He is a writer of teenage fiction and his book, The Third Detective Agency, was well received here in the school. He was really delighted with the response from the students here at the school and gave several talks and workshops to all our students and read from his 3 published books.

He was really impressed with the students and appreciated that here in the school, there is a great appetite for reading and various literacy initiatives. “That’s one of the valuable things about the visiting authors; every single one of them has a different story about how they came to write and it’s important for students who are starting out to realise that there isn’t one single way of doing it and that there are so many different approaches”, Ms Toomey (the JCSP Coordinator said. “You can’t expect to get better, if you’re not going to read beyond your normal expectations of yourself. You need to kick start your reading, because reading and writing go hand in hand. Reading is key.”

Bob Burke paraphrased his hero Stephen King, when he told the students “the best way to be a good writer, is to be a good reader” All the students involved, deserve great credit for their behaviour and enthusiasm on the day. Hopefully this something the students will try at home.

St Nessan’s u17’s soccer team came through a tough semi–final match against Cholaiste Chairain from Croom, to book their place in the North Munster Final. Trailing 2 – 0 at halftime, St Nessan’s proved their worth and staged a magnificent comeback, to draw level

2-2 at full time, with Daniel McInerney scoring both goals. His first was a shot from the edge of the area, into the top right of the Croom net, within five minutes of the restart. His second was a well-worked team goal, which was calmly dispatched, as Daniel hit a purple patch in the game. Jonathon Woodland had a great effort saved, before Jason O Callaghan cleared off the line at the other end, in what was becoming a very entertaining game.

The Nessan’s comeback was completed in the first half of extra time, when Michael Guerin shot low and hard into the bottom left hand corner of the net, after some neat footwork in the Croom penalty box area. Croom rallied late on in search of an equaliser, as Nessan’s looked to add to their lead with a goal on the counter attack, but neither team could muster up another goal, leaving the match to end 3 – 2 in Nessan’s favour. St. Nessan’s will now play Crescent Comprehensive in the final, in a rematch of an earlier fixture from the group stage.

St. Nessan’s u19’s soccer team took on Colaiste Chiarain from Croom in a friendly at LIT recently. The match was evenly contested, with both sides leading at various stages. Colaiste Chairain were first to score straight after halftime, to go into a 1 - 0 lead. Nessan’s responded by equalising, through a cooly taken strike by Jason O Callaghan, from the edge of the area, after the ball broke loose to him following a tussle in the Croom box. Nessan’s kept up the pressure and Ross Bowen blasted home from 10 yards on the half volley, after a lovely floated cross from Daniel McInerney, to give Nessan’s the lead. Croom then came back into the game once more and equalised, with 15 minutes left on the clock.

Just as the game seemed to be heading for a 2 -2 draw, Ross Bowen showed his instinct for goal when he swirled and shot from the edge of the box into the bottom corner of the Croom net, to put Nessan’s ahead 3 - 2 on 90 minutes. However, in a game that was end to end, Croom attacked from the restart and managed to equalise in injury time, before the referee called a halt to a very entertaining game of soccer.

ANN BYRNE’S MEMORIAL WALK IN THE SUN: The CARI Foundation lost a highly valued member of our team when Fundraising Executive, Anne Byrnes died in September 2012 R.I.P. Anne had worked diligently for CARI and had dedicated much of her life helping the children who attended CARI.

In October 2013, CARI once again plan to take on the Turkish countryside in and around Gumbet and Bodrum. This is a 7 day break away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, from Sept 14 to Sept 21, spending time walking in some of the most glorious Turkish countryside. If you would like further details, please contact Helen on 061 582200 or e-mail:

CHARITY BINGO NIGHT: A Charity Bingo Night in aid of Saint Vincent De Paul, will be held at the Spotted Dog Bar, Janesboro on Friday, March 22 at 9pm. There will be spot prizes and finger food on the night. All are welcome!

LIMERICK BIRDWATCH BRANCH OUTING: There will be a Limerick BirdWatch Branch Outing to Ballyhoura area on Saturday, March 23. Look for Spring vagrants, Crossbill and more. Meet at Ardpatrick Church at 10am. Wear warm dark clothing and good strong footwear. No dogs please. Leader: Tony Mee 087 662 5890.

SATURDAY MARKET: Every Saturday from 8am to 4pm, at the Limerick Milk Market, Cornmarket Row, you’ll discover the very best of fresh, natural produce from great farmhouse cheeses and chutneys, just-caught fish and artisan meats, organic fruit & vegetables, to delicious healthy breads and fresh pressed juices.

You’ll also be able to snack on gourmet sandwiches, wraps, pastries, chocolates, delicious crepes, soups and freshly brewed teas & coffees or buy fresh flowers and vibrant plants.

A haven for foodies! The Famous Saturday Market has become a haven for all who care about the provenance and quality of the food they eat. From passionate amateur cooks to people on the look-out for variety and value, or to those who just love finer foods, this market has it all.

But it’s not just the variety and quality of food and horticultural produce on offer that makes the Saturday Market so special – it is also about the people and the place. This market hosts a community of remarkable individuals from throughout the province, all of whom care deeply about the offering to their customers. Most of the stallholders are themselves producers, who grow, rear or bake the food they sell. Others are importers, with an intimate knowledge of the product they source from far and wide.

As it has evolved, the famous Saturday Market has gained a reputation as a repository of culinary skills, knowledge and understanding, all of which are imparted during the discourse of the market day. It is a place to explore, to ask questions, to discover new flavours and savour the unique atmosphere at hand.

Relax! Along with almost 50 stalls and 21 shop units to tempt even the most discerning shopper, the famous Saturday Market also allows the visitor to relax, enjoy and observe the activities of this celebrated market from the vantage of the Mezzanine floor, which is located above the Pavilion shops and accessible by stairs and lift. Of course you cannot but notice that the Milk Market venue is now weather proofed, as it is housed under the cover of Ireland’s largest single column support canopy.

The famous Saturday Market is open weekly from 8am to 4pm (except Christmas Day and New Years Day). Be sure and get there early, to get the freshest of the fresh produce! Good parking is available nearby.

For further information, please telephone 061 214 782, or Email: Web:

FREE LEAVING CERT ART HISTORY REVISION COURSE: There will be a free Leaving Cert Art History revision course from Monday 25th to Thursday 28th March, from 2.30pm - 4.30pm, at The Hub, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Carnegie Building, Pery Square, Limerick.

These are intensive focus sessions, with experienced tutors, revising key aspects of the Leaving Cert Art History and Appreciation examination. Booking in advance for each session. Mon 25: Irish Section: Stone Age, Bronze Age. Tue 26: Irish Section: Iron Age and Early Christian art & architecture. Wed 27: European Section: The Renaissance. Thurs 28: European Section: Impressionism and Cubism. Appreciation Section: The Exhibition Visit and exam strategies.

For further information, please telephone 061 310 633, or Email: Web:

MASS IN YOUR HOME: The following is a message from our Parish Priest, Fr. Tony O’Riordan SJ.

The Church is called more to be a hospital for sinners, rather than a museum of the Saints. Catholics all over the world, are celebrating a special YEAR OF FAITH. This is an opportunity to deepen our Faith and grow in relationship with God and with each other. I would like to invite parishioners to think about hosting the celebration of Mass in your home, sometime over the next few months. This could be an opportunity to gather family or neighbours in an informal way, to celebrate the mystery of God in our lives. In some cases, it might be an opportunity to look at relationships that are strained and look for new ways forward in conflict. It may be an opportunity to acknowledge the death of loved ones, or maybe sickness in the family. It can also be a time, to become more aware of the ways in which we are all blessed by God and to give thanks, for the signs of that blessing in our lives and families.

I hope that it would also be an opportunity, to chat about Faith in our lives and how we as a Parish, can respond to real needs and struggles, we face. In particular, I would love to hear from families and households, who may have let slip the regular practice of Mass, but who like most people in Moyross, have a strong belief in God’s presence and care.

If you would like to host Mass, please contact me and we can work out a date. Normally these “House Masses” will take place on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, at around 7pm. I will also try to accommodate alternative times, that might best suit your circumstances. If you would like to chat to me about this, do please contact me, by calling into me or by phoning me on 087 9286 945.

God’s Blessing on You and your loved ones and on all your neighbours, Fr. Tony.