GRAFFETI: During the past couple of months a few colourful (and that is the only positive factor) examples of graffiti have appeared on the sides of the ‘bridge’ on the St. Nessan’s road that finishes at the city boundary. Whomsoever is responsible is obviously deluded into believing that he/she are embellishing the metal panels with their efforts. However, the fact is that it is just a demonstration of a nonsensical mind undergoing some tangled or tortured piece of imagination. In the city owners are making every effort to rid their premises from this type of rubbish. If you happen upon some individual engaged in this carry-on inform the Gardaí or the local authority
BLOOD DONATIONS: The need and the demand for blood donations is constant. It is needed in hospitals for many reasons and some of these may be life or death reasons. Accidents happen and the damage done to bodies can result in a great loss of blood. The Irish Blood Transfusion Service exists to provide blood for hospitals and it is a regular visitor to Limerick. The city and county has always had many donors and it was a great source of replenishment for the Irish transfusion service. The call is now there for the month of June and the service will be calling to several regular venues in the city. The next time that it will call to the South Court hotel seeking donorw will be on Tuesday, June 18 where it will be ready to welcome all donors from 5.0pm until 8.0pm. If you have not ever donated give it a try and it is painless. This will be one certain occasion where the cliché phrase ‘it is when you give that you receive’ applies and it is more than apt.
ADAPT HOUSE: Adapt house located at Rosbrien that provides refuge for women and children who may be subjected to violence in the home is holding its annual collection outside all churches at Mass times in the county on Saturday and Sunday, June 8 and 9. There are constant demands for its services all year round and all finance collected is to be used to maintain the modest comfort and support to those women and children that are obliged to seek refuge there irrespective of length of time.
It is seeking volunteers for the collection and it states that “for as little as E250 collected on the day will provide all the children in the refuge with activities for two weeks or it will be able to visit and offer assistance to a woman in any part of the county. If you can spare just one hour of your time Adapt house would be most grateful.
A.A. MEETINGS: The St. Paul’s group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets in the St. Paul’s national school on three evenings of the week at 20.30hours. They come together on each Monday, Thursday and Saturday. If you are having difficulty with your drinking habits you are cordially invited and welcome.
REMEMBRANCE SERVICE: On Sunday, June 9 in St. Paul’s church at 3.0pm there will be a special remembrance service for all who were deceased during the previous twelve months in the Mid-Western Regional hospital. Families and friends are invited to bring pictures of their loved ones deceased during that time and place them in the remembrance area near the main alter of the church. This service is not confined to the parish of St. Paul’s but all persons and families of the deceased are welcome to attend.
EXPOSITION: There will be exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in the Blessed Sacrament chapel attached to St. Paul’s church after the 10.0am Mass on Wednesday and it will continue until 10.0pm. Every Wednesday there is exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and all worshippers are welcome.
GRAVE MATTER: Both Limerick City and County Councils are compiling a record of all families with loved ones interred in Mount St. Laurance graveyard and also the extension graveyard St. Oliver. They are hoping to hear from people about their families and to record their experiences and any other related anecdotes that would be of interest about family and relatives interred in graves. If you can provide photographs and any other paraphernalia associated with your family’s grave they would be interested also. All your memories, photographs and stories are to be compiled in a social history of the cemetery and of changing funeral practices
All information should be forwarded to either Matthew or Marie at 061/407186 or contact either one for further details.
STORYTIME: There is a weekly storytime in the Dooradoyle library. It is for parent and child and it commences at 11.0 am until 11.40am. It is not suitable for children in crèche or for children’s groups. It is presented by Rose and because places are limited it is important to book your place. This may be done by informing staff at the desk or by ringing the library at 061/496860.
MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS: The Limerick branch of the multiple sclerosis society is organizing a walk of the Galtee mountain on the June bank holiday weekend. The walk is to take place on June 1. There are 200 members in the Limerick branch of the society and it is hoped that there will be big support for this walk. Sponsorship cards are available at Tara house on the St. Nessan’s road and all the monies collected will be used to support the Limerick branch. A number of hurling and rugby sports personalities will be participating in what is planned to be a leisurely walk suitable for all ages. It will commence at 11.0am on the Mitchelstown side and it will be signposted. It is hopedthat it will receive big support. Sponsorship cards are available at Tara house.
THUMP: A new boxing for fitness club has commenced in the Mungret/St. Paul’s GAA club-house. It takes place each Wednesday at 7.0pm. For more information contact John at 087/9115411
TAKE NOTE: The County Library at Dooradoyle will be closed for the June bank holiday on Saturday. Therefore if you are seeking some reading material over the holiday weekend go for it before Friday, May 31 because the library will close at 8.30pm and will not re-open until Tuesday, June 4 at 10.0am.
CHILDRENS MASS: The childrens Mass on RTE (long wave 252) was broadcast from St. Nessan’s parish last Sunday morning at 11.0 am and the celebrant was Fr. Eamonn Fitzgibbon. The childrens choir was conducted by Colette O’Byrne and Annette Dore. As it was the feast of the Holy Trinity on last Sunday Fr. Fitzgibbon outlined this church mystery in a simple manner for the children when he described the one element water in its three forms of steam, ice and water.
HEALING RETREAT: the Maranatha prayer ministry is holding a three day healing retreat in St. Paul’s church Dooradoyle on June 5,6,and 7 from 6.30pm to 9.30pm each evening. It will conducted by Fr. Xavier Raj, CSsR (India). All are welcome.
MUNGRET/ST. PAUL’S GAA: Primary schools: This week saw a very busy week for primary schools not only are they hosting visiting teachers from Germany, Poland and England they also had some special visitors. Liam O’Neill who is General Secretary of the GAA visited 3 of our schools An Gael Scoil Raithin, St. Nessans and St. Pauls. Liam brought along with him Marty Morrissey,(RTE) Declan Hannan, Ger Downes and Donie Brown. They made a great impression on the children in all schools and I believe the children left an impression on them! St. Pauls even got a display of Irish dancing from Ger and Declan only to be out done by Marty, all of whom delivered a performance that apparently had to be seen to be believed. This visit was to promote the Féile this year. A presentation of training equipment was also made by Bus Eireann, for which we are very grateful.
Féile: A meeting took place in the Woodlands hotel last Thursday to launch the Féile in Limerick this year which will take place the first weekend in July. The pictures show some club representatives with their club flag and their host flag. People are encouraged to attend the matches which take place over the week-end, it should be some of the best underage hurling that will take place this year with the top teams from each county against Limerick teams.
Ladies Football: On Saturday our U14s competed in the A Shield County Final against Monagea in Rathkeale. Both side showed great displays of football but Mungret ran out convincing winners in the end on a score line of Mungret 6-14 Monagea 3-3. With the championship now over the girls will switch back into Feile mode as they prepare for their trip to Derry on the 27th of June. If you meet the girls fundraising please support them. Our Senior Ladies will play Drom/Broadford in the League County Final on Tuesday 28th in Ballingarry throw in at7:00, all support is welcome. The club is holding a 5K sponsored walk on Thursday 30th of May meeting at St.Nessans school at 6:15. All club members are reminded to return the sponsored walk cards as soon as possible.