FÁILTE CRIOSTÓIR : Our native parish writer, Criostóir O’Flynn, will be coming to the Library in the Granary on Michael Street this coming Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at 8.00 pm. All are very welcome to what promises to be a brilliant nostalgic stroll down memory lane. We learn of some of the writer’s achievements from the following piece which formed part of the back page of one of his more recent publications. ‘Born in Old Church Street, now living in Co. Dublin, he is a bilingual writer who has published over 50 works in Irish and English, comprising fiction, drama, poetry, essays and translations. While pursuing his career as a professional writer, he worked at teaching, broadcasting, journalism, he wrote a weekly column in Irish for eight years in the now defunct Irish Press.He has won many awards, including first prize in all the literary genres of the Oireachtas competitions. His controversial play, Cóta Bán Chríost, was given the Douglas Hyde memorial award (an English version),The Order of Melchizedek,was produced at the Dublin Theatre Festival). His plays have been produced at the Abbey and Gate theatres in Dublin, at the Lyric in Belfast, and An Taibhdhearc in Galway, and he has also written many plays for radio and television. His twelve books of poetry include, Summer in Kilkee, A Poet in Rome, Banana, Van Gogh Chocolates, Aisling Dhá Abhainn, Ó Fhás go hAois, and Centenary, a 5,000 line chronicle poem on the history of the GAA. Recent work includes an autobiographical trilogy, There is an Isle, Consplawkus, A Writer’s Life, The Heart Has Its Reasons (short stories), Beautiful Limerick (a compendium) and Lóchrann an Dóchais (a biography of Nano Nagle). His two most recent publications are, “Old Church Street” and “Meeting Mrs Zebedee.” (a personal guide to faith).’ The former book can be procured by posting €15, with your name and address to the author, at 47 Páirc Arnold, Glenageary, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin.
SOUP FOR LENT: Every Saturday during Lent soup can be availed of in St Mary’s Cathedral at 1.00 pm. Donations to the very worthy Simon Community.
CATHEDRAL LUNCHTIME CONCERT: There will be a Lunchtime Concert in St Mary’s Cathedral on this coming Wednesday, March 27, 2013. It begins at 1.15pm and finishes at 2.00pm. Admission is free but a small retiring donation would be greatly appreciated. This will go to aid the Companions of St Mary’s Cathedral Music. Performing on this coming Wednesday will be, Peter Barley - (organ) Music for Holy Week – music by J.S.Bach, Brahms, Howells, Messiaen and Whitlock.
ECUMENICAL WALK: There will be an Ecumenical Walk of Witness following the Cross on Good Friday, March 29, 2013. Those who wish to participate in this walk are invited to gather in St Mary’s Cathedral at 10.30 am. The Cross will be carried out and all will follow in silence along O’Connell Street and conclude the journey in St John’s Cathedral.
THE PARADE: Our Parade this year was a vast improvement on former years. The inclusion of the Polish community added an amount of colour to the parade and definitely succeeded in embellishing the entire participating assemblage. Our parish pride, St Mary’s Fife and Drum Band, were their usual impeccable well turned out selves and regaled the thousands of onlookers with their highly spirited playing. From my vantage point, they were unique, as there was a dearth of participants preceding and immediately following their presence, so that they stood out all the more. There was also a notable presence from the Corbally area, with the Karting Club exhibiting vibrant action. The giant St Patrick was visible from quite a distance and made it safely over Matthew Bridge but was then whisked down left on to Merchant’s Quay. Perhaps climbing a steep hill was not within his ambit. Either that or he had an early start in the business of imbibing! In either case, the onlookers on Bridge Street and Athlunkard Street missed seeing him at close range.
ANDREA DELIGHTS: Our Choir performs with vim and vigour, musically, on an almost perennial basis (summer being the exception). However, that same choir it seems to me really pull out all the stops on our national feast day, that of St Patrick. This year was no exception as they sang all the hymns or songs appropriate to the day with gusto. I suppose it might not be deemed reverent to mention the term ‘show-stopper’ when commenting on a church choir, but in order to highlight the glorious singing voice of Andrea McMahon (O’Rourke), I find it necessary to do so. At any time of the year, Andrea’s soulful rendition of the ‘Lorica’ or the ‘Breastplate of St Patrick,’ is enough to cause heads to turn (which of course we can’t very well do in a church setting), but on St Patrick’s Day, it is nothing short of arresting both in mind and spirit. In fact only a few days before our big feast I happened to be talking to a man who is an avid reader of my notes and who is not, so to speak, a Parish man, and he commented on the fine choir we had and in particular on a certain soloist. From his description, I knew immediately it was indeed Andrea that he spoke of.
Is was also wonderful to hear the choir sing as the recessional, the evergreen ‘The Dear Little Shamrock’ which was composed by our native parish writer, playwright and comedian, Andrew Cherry (1762-1812). So, once again thanks to our choir of 40 years standing and indeed singing, for sharing with us the wealth of their combined singing talent and of course, a special thanks to the man who remains at the helm, their dedicated Director, Jim Graham, an original parish man, not forgetting the Organist, Brendan Frawley, a man who remains proud of his Parish roots. And to complete the trio is their vibrant secretary, Peg Reville, who has been and remains the solder that binds this quite outstanding choir solidly together. So, all in all, one might say, it’s truly a ‘Parish Affair!’ which was begun back in 1973 by the then parish priest, Fr John Condon.
MAE’S ARAN GEANSAÍ: Our parish writer and national broadcaster, Mae Leonard, surfaced once again for a second week in succession on ‘Sunday Miscellany,’ on St Patrick’s Day. Her topic this time being the knitting of an Aran geansaí for her boy-friend at the time, who eventually turned out to be Mr Right! At the beginning of the five minute piece, we were treated to a glimpse of the women knitting on the Island Bank, days long gone and unfortunately, never again to return. Anyway to make a long story short, Mae embarks on the knitting of an Aran geansaí for ‘her future’ (a term an aunt of mine used when referring to a potential partner, in marriage of course in those far off days). It seems he was ‘into’ the Clancy Brothers at the time and we all remember what they were famous for, as well as their singing. So in a mad effort to meet the birthday deadline, Mae sacrificed her lunchtime break from work in order to manipulate her way through the intricacies of the unique and oft difficult Aran stitches. Greater love than this no lady has than to sacrifice her lunch in order to meet the birthday deadline of her boyfriend and present him with her wonderful creation. Only thing was, Mae didn’t present him with her lovingly knitted creation which had been even more lovingly wrapped and possibly twined, since it survived hard times! No, when she saw him emerge with a few co-workers from his workplace, she got all shy and declined the much anticipated encounter. Instead, she left in on top of his car. Only problem was, it was not his car she chose in her moment of excited indecision. No! So it took all of six months to reach him. Sure by that time, depending on the body growth, the said recipient might easily have outgrown that precious Aran geansaí, what with all his former hurling prowess and potential golfing prowess, who knows what powerful and much altered proportions he may have attained! Ceapaim go bhfuil scéal eile ag teacht. A ‘folley-up’ as we’d say of the Dick Tracey adventure pictures (movies) over in the Tivoli or up in the Thomond many years ago. Now granted, the said geansaí may have suffered badly in between times but what is that to our writer who has the distinct ability to muster up a story from a mere thought, then surely she had the ability to resurrect a neglected poor geansaí and put a new stamp on it. To the younger readers of this piece, a ‘geansaí’ is what we referred to as a jumper. We shall keep the ears alert to ‘Sunday Miscellany’ on Sunday mornings 9.00 – 9.50 am. The best may yet to come!
CLUB SHOP: Shannon will meet Garryowen on Friday, March 29th. See special sports’ section of this ‘Limerick Leader.’ Please keep in mind for Birthdays and special occasions we have a great selection of Shannon RFC clubwear available from the club shop. Now in Stock: Windbreakers, Club Gearbags and small size club jerseys and shorts. The shop is open in Coonagh every Sunday from 10am to 12pm. Anyone who wishes to order any items please contact Audry Yeoman on firstname.lastname@example.org 087 6293002
CARE AND REPAIR: A free home repair service is available to people in the area of St Mary’s who are over 65 years of age. For more information, or to get the job done, phone Warren at 061-318106.
MEALS ON WHEELS: A Daily Service of Meals on Wheels, Monday to Friday, mornings and afternoons is currently being provided by St Mary’s AID which operates out of the old Alms Houses. Enquiries regarding this service should be made to John Gilligan at St Mary’s AID. Telephone 061-318106.
WELFARE RIGHTS: A complete source of information regarding Welfare Rights is available from St Mary’s AID. Contact Mary Quane or Mary Kenny at 410737.
ABBEY FISHERMEN SPECIAL REPRINT: The precious memoirs of the late Jackie Clancy, entitled, ‘My Life on the River’ has been published for the second time and is available at the Celtic Bookshop and at O’Mahony’s Bookshop. Those who were lucky enough to secure a copy of these precious memoirs, which come with some unique pencil drawings, will consider it a keepsake. However, anyone who did not purchase it first time round and who wish to get it, would want to move quickly, as it may be your last chance.
MASS TIMES AND EXPOSITION: 10.00 a.m. Mass is celebrated in our church every weekday morning. Mass and Novena for the Sick takes place on Saturday morning and this is followed by Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament and Confession. There is Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament from 9.00 - 10.00 am on Saturday mornings. Vigil Mass on Saturday at 7.30 p.m. On Sunday, Masses are at 9.30 and 11.00 am. The parents Folk Choir, led by Helen Flanagan, sing at the Vigil Mass on the first three Saturdays of the month while some members of the former McCormack Singers, take to the choir loft on the last Saturday of every month. Our Senior Choir sing at the 11.00 am Mass every Sunday where the Director is Jim Graham and the organist is Brendan Frawley.
HOW TO PROSPER IN BUSINESS: The following interesting piece comes from the ‘Limerick Chronicle’ 1856. “In the first place make up your mind to accomplish whatever you undertake: decide upon some peculiar employment; persevere in it. All difficulties are overcome by diligence and assiduity. Be not afraid to work with your own hands, and diligently too. ‘A cat in gloves catches no mice.’
Attend to your business and never trust to another: ‘A pot that belongs to many is ill-stirred and worse boiled.’ Be frugal: ‘That which will not make a pot will make a pot lid.’ ‘Save the pence and the pounds will take care of themselves.’ Be abstemious: ‘Who dainties love shall beggar prove.’ Rise early: ‘The sleeping fox catches no poultry.’ ‘Plough deep while sluggards sleep and you will have corn to sell and keep.’ Treat everyone with respect and civility - ‘Everything is gained and nothing is lost, by courtesy.’
Never anticipate wealth from any other source than labour: especially place no dependence upon the possession of an inheritance.’ ‘He who waits for dead men’s shoes may have to go a long time barefoot.’ ‘He who runs after a shadow has a wearisome race.’ Above all things, never despair. ‘God is where He was.’ “Heaven helps those who help themselves.”
Good sound advice for sure, all we need now is the means whereby we can start a business in this in this dismal, depressive economic climate!
SEAN-FHOCAL: “Is minic a rinne bromach gioblach capall cumasach.” “A ragged colt often made a powerful horse.
“Is iomaí cor sa tsaol.” “There is many a twist in life.”
Among the gifts to us – God-given
And all best gifts are sent from heaven
The gift of friendship, rich and rare
Is that with which none can compare
And so the friendship through you given
Has been a much- prized gift from heaven.
J Danson Smith