June 1

Jude Meaney

Reporter:

Jude Meaney

ST. MICHAEL’S ROWING CLUB NEWS: St. Michaels Rowing Club is hosting ‘A Summer Coffee Morning’ on Friday, June 7 in our Clubhouse on O’Callaghan Strand. Please drop in between 10.30am and 4pm. All are Welcome. Teas/Coffee and home baking will be available. This will be an annual event in our Fundraising Calendar. We need you to support us, by attending this event with a relative or friend. Suggested donations of €10 are welcome, to help towards our Fundraising programme. We rely on the voluntary fundraising work of our parents, members and the general public and your continued support is always appreciated. We look forward to your company. For further information, please telephone Antoinette on 086 8190 811.

ST. MICHAEL’S ROWING CLUB NEWS: St. Michaels Rowing Club is hosting ‘A Summer Coffee Morning’ on Friday, June 7 in our Clubhouse on O’Callaghan Strand. Please drop in between 10.30am and 4pm. All are Welcome. Teas/Coffee and home baking will be available. This will be an annual event in our Fundraising Calendar. We need you to support us, by attending this event with a relative or friend. Suggested donations of €10 are welcome, to help towards our Fundraising programme. We rely on the voluntary fundraising work of our parents, members and the general public and your continued support is always appreciated. We look forward to your company. For further information, please telephone Antoinette on 086 8190 811.

Congratulations to David O’Malley who was selected to row for Ireland in the Quad Scull, at the Junior World Championships in Trakai, Lithuania in August. Well done David and good luck! Well done to Sinead on winning the women’s half marathon in Limerick and taking top ten overall in the race, proving that rowers can run... FAST!

JOHN F KENNEDY SCHOOL NEWS: Congratulations to our sixth class boys, who were confirmed recently by Bishop Breandán Leahy. Well done to their teachers Miss O’Keeffe and Miss Halpin, for the excellent preparation. Congratulations also to our second classes, who made their First Holy Communion in Our Lady of The Rosary Church on Saturday, May 18. Well done to their teachers Miss Noonan and Miss McGill, for all their hard work.

Our school walk took place recently. All classes took part, with the assistance of many of the Mams and Dads. The day was a great success. Thanks to Miss McCarthy and Miss Gavin for preparing a treasure hunt, which made the event even more enjoyable. The Parent Council provided ice cream treats afterwards, which were most welcome.

Chess club, Computer club and Guitar with Jason will continue until the end of May. Thank you to our past pupils volunteers, for their assistance with chess. We will shortly be partaking in the inter school chess league. Tennis lessons continue for all classes, with our neighbours Limerick Lawn Tennis Club.

The school hall and grounds were used recently for a parish celebration. The whole event was a great success, with all parish groups represented. There were many events for children, with the day being enjoyed by many of our pupils. School Tours are currently being organised for all our classes and the boys are encouraged to save their euros for the day. The school will close for the summer holidays on Wednesday, June 26 at 12.00pm.

LIMERICK LAWN TENNIS CLUB NEWS: The Munster Senior Open Tennis Championships 2013 will be held in Sunday’s Well from Friday, June 7 to Saturday, June 15. Entries close on Sunday, June 2 at 6pm. Entry form is available for download in the download section of the Limerick Lawn Tennis Club Website.

Our Club Social night will be held on Friday, May 31 with the opportunity to socialise and catch up with existing members.

A Gala Dinner will be held on Saturday, September 14. The aim of this gathering, is to get all members of the club past or present, from abroad and all corners of Ireland, to come together and meet in the club and to participate in their favourite sport or in both.

Squash coaching is back at L.L.T.C. starting with a junior squash coaching programme, running over the coming weeks. Apart from being fun and social, squash is now considered one of the healthiest sports in the world and is currently the fastest growing sport in the UK. To book you place, please telephone Liam O’Byrne on 087 2252 862 or Email: liamobyrne@gmail.com All equipment will be provided by the club, so you only need to bring yourself and ensure you wear the appropriate footwear. It is open to all juniors at L.L.T.C. Places are limited, so early booking is advisable.

We are delighted to announce the launch of the 2013 Get BACk Challenge. This year, we will hold our annual cycle on Saturday, June 15. We are also heading back to the coast and our cycle will start and finish in Kilkee, where our cycle will be led by Greg LeMond. Our route is nothing short of spectacular, with panoramic coastal views throughout. The challenge will offer participants a choice of a 60km or a 120 km route. We will also hold a 10km walk / fun run route, for those who prefer to stay on two feet. Full details of the route will be revealed in the coming weeks.

No Get BACk challenge would be complete, without a celebration and we would like if all participants would join us for a BBQ and party at the Diamond Rocks in Kilkee, to reflect on the day. All participants will have the opportunity to chat with Greg LeMond and get a photo taken with Greg at this event. Friends and family are more than welcome to attend, if they desire for a very small contribution. As this is a charity event, we would ask that you would please make a donation of €50 to our charity. This contribution includes the following: Registration for our cycle or walk / fun run, BBQ and dessert at The Diamond Rocks. We also in line with tradition, have an event jersey which this year will be available for sale at €30. Our aim is always to raise as much money as we can for our charity and we would ask you, to consider some additional fundraising through sponsorship for the Get Back Charity. As an added incentive, any individual who raises in excess of €100, will be entered in to a draw for some magnificent prizes.

Because of YOU, over 10,000 children have benefitted from programmes operated through the Local Sports Partnerships, including Limerick City and County from funds raised by the Get BACk charity. We look forward to seeing you on June 15.

NA PIARSAIGH G.A.A. CLUB NEWS: The Annual Tommy Burtchall Tournament took place at the club on Sunday. A total of 190 kids took part in a festival of Under 10 hurling, which was opened by the CBS Pipe Band, who led the teams in the parade of wonderful colour. It was Sixmilebridge who hailed victorious at the end of a great day, beating Kilnadeema/Leitrim in the final. A big thank you to all the volunteers, who made it another successful tournament.

The Feile na nGael 2013 launch took place this week, with the visit of GAA President Liam O’Neill, along with Camogie President Aileen Lawlor. The Na Piarsaigh hurlers have been paired with Cork Champions Douglas, Galway Champions Clarenbridge and fellow Limerick team Ballybrown. The games begin on Friday, July 5 where we will play our three games at home in Pairc Drumguil. The camogie team will host Monaghan Champions Castleblaney, along with Causeway of Kerry and fellow Limerick team Treaty Gaels.

The under 12A hurlers defeated Patrickswell at home, whilst our B team travelled to Ballybricken. We faced a very strong breeze in the first half, but captain on the night Gerry Andrews, decided it was the right option. As expected, our backs were under pressure from the start, but we held out well with goalkeeper Eoin Coughlin keeping us in the game, with puck outs that were landing on the halfway line, into the wind.

Jamie Pierce and Fintan Glynn coped very well under pressure, while every time the opportunity presented, Niall Barrett and James Murphy surged forward in attack. Our forwards came in search of ball in the first half, through lack of supply, but such was the wind, it took our mid field pairing of Aidan Burke and Jordan Freeman everything they had, to cope with the pressure. We had a couple of opportunities, but good goalkeeping from a Gerry Andrews shot, kept us at bay. We finished the half down by 3 goals and a point.

We had a poor start to the second half, when Ballybricken goaled after a minute and of course the wind died down, but we stuck at it and great work from Colm Downey and Robin Ryan Blake produced 2 goals, with great assistance from the tireless James Murphy. Robin Ryan added 3 points to his tally and showed some very slick ball handling, to torment the defence all night. We finished on the wrong end of the score line, but our lads showed great heart, battling for every ball right to the end.

The jackpot is now €12,900 following last week’s draw. Numbers drawn were 5, 15, 25, 29.

Lucky dips went to Eoin Hogan, Denis Collins, Denis Fitzgerald and Pat Sheehan. Seller’s prize went to Danny Halpin and house draw to Bill Kiely.

MARANATHA PRAYER MINISTRY: Maranatha Prayer Ministry invites you for a “three day evening”, Healing Retreat led by Rev. Fr. Xavier Raj CSsr (India) from Wednesday, June 5 to Friday, June 7 at St. Paul’s Church, Dooradoyle, Limerick. It will be held from 6.30pm to 9.30pm and will be enriched with Spirit filled teachings, Mass and healing adoration.

ARTS & CULTURAL FESTIVAL TABLE QUIZ: Elemental Arts & Culture Festival 2013 will take place this year from Friday, September 13 until Sunday, September 15. We are starting our fundraising now in anticipation of the three day event in September. So, we are having a table quiz led by Mike Finn and Myles Breen! Come one, come all and help get Elemental Arts & Culture Festival 2013 off the ground. The Table Quiz will be held on Thursday, May 30, at 8pm in Pery’s Best Western Hotel, Glentworth Street, Limerick. Price: €7 each, so €28 for team of four, with a Raffle on the night. For further information, please Email: Email: elementallimerick@gmail.comelementallimerick@gmail.com

WISCONSIN LUTHERAN CHOIR: We are honoured to welcome the Wisconsin Luteran Choir to St. Saviours Dominician Church Glentworth Street on the Thursday 30th May at 7.30. The concert has free admission but donations will be accepted for Milford Hospice. Come along and enjoy the choir and also support Milford Hospice. Everyone is welcome.

WINE, SPIRIT AND CRAFT BEER EXPO 2013: There will be a Wine, Spirit and Craft Beer Expo 2013 in aid of the special Olympics Ireland, in the Strand Hotel on Thursday, May 30 from 4pm to 10pm. Tickets are available from Fine Wine Stores, or by calling 061 417 784, or go to: www.finewines.ie

CLIONA FOUNDATION MEGA BBQ: There will be a Mega BBQ in aid of Cliona’s Foundation and the Limerick Lourdes Invalid Fund at the Milk Market on Thursday, May 30 from 6pm until 10pm. There will be spot prizes, live music and craic galore. Tickets are available by calling 087 268 2591, 086 226 5692 or 087 212 9859.

MONTHLY CARER’’S MEETING: The Limerick Branch of the Alzheimer Society of Ireland will hold their monthly Carer’s meeting at the Mid Western Regional Office, 2nd Floor, George’’s Quay House, George’’s Quay, Limerick on Wednesday, June 5 from 7.00pm to 8.00pm. All are welcome.

THEATRE AT THE SAVOY: Please come along to the Savoy Hotel, Henry Street, Limerick on Friday, May 30 & Saturday, June 1 at 8pm sharp. Theatre at The Savoy brings you a series of theatre performances on the last Thursday and Friday of each month. Sidhe Theatre & Viva Voce present The Irish Premiere of Under Pressure, written and directed by award-winning playwright Helena Enright. Kevin and his friend Ronan make a decision one New Year’s Eve, that has consequences neither of them can imagine. Written using the documentary style with particular reference to Theatre of Testimony, a form of theatre which fuses real people’s words with intimate storytelling, Under Pressure reminds us that driving brings with it a responsibility both to ourselves and to others that we should never forget.

Sometimes when under pressure the choices we make affect not only our own lives but the lives of others forever. Performed by Aidan Crowe, Zeb Moore and Chris Rowley. For further information, please telephone 085 855 4341, or Email: lunchtimetheatre@gmail.com

LIMERICK SINGS INTERNATIONAL CHORAL FESTIVAL: Limerick Sings International Choral Festival will be a non-competitive event and will take place in Limerick, Ireland from Friday, May 31 to Sunday, June 2. Limerick Sings invites both National and International choirs to come and join us, for a weekend of non-competitive music and song. Visiting Choirs will have opportunity to perform at St. Mary’s Cathedral on Saturday Evening and on Sunday afternoon, they will join with local choirs for a grand performance at the Concert Hall, University of Limerick. Accommodation is available at 3 / 4 and 5 star hotels plus residential accommodation at the University of Limerick.

For further information, please telephone: 061 204 432, or Email: inbound@limericktravel.ie

Web: www.limericksings.com