June 15

Breda Finn

Reporter:

Breda Finn

CHANGING NAME: St Munchin’s Family Resource Centre located in the heart of Ballynanty held a family fun day on Friday the 7th of June to celebrate its new name Limerick Northside Family Resource Centre. The Community decided that Limerick Northside Family Resource Centre is the name that captures best the geographic area of the Centre and the type of acivities the Centre offers. Ciara Kane, Centre Coordinator of the Family Resource Centre in Ballynanty, explains “We have seen an upsurge in the number of users availing of Family Support services in the Centre in Ballynanty within the past few years, as families circumstances are continually changing in the current economic crisis. We are now seeing a change in demographics across the city incorporating families living in areas outside of the boundaries in which we would traditionally have served. Limerick families are struggling to cope with the many obstacles they face nowadays such as unemployment, mental health issues, money difficulties, among many others and it is critical that these issues are addressed and that support services are available to them in order to ease the burden they carry”.

CHANGING NAME: St Munchin’s Family Resource Centre located in the heart of Ballynanty held a family fun day on Friday the 7th of June to celebrate its new name Limerick Northside Family Resource Centre. The Community decided that Limerick Northside Family Resource Centre is the name that captures best the geographic area of the Centre and the type of acivities the Centre offers. Ciara Kane, Centre Coordinator of the Family Resource Centre in Ballynanty, explains “We have seen an upsurge in the number of users availing of Family Support services in the Centre in Ballynanty within the past few years, as families circumstances are continually changing in the current economic crisis. We are now seeing a change in demographics across the city incorporating families living in areas outside of the boundaries in which we would traditionally have served. Limerick families are struggling to cope with the many obstacles they face nowadays such as unemployment, mental health issues, money difficulties, among many others and it is critical that these issues are addressed and that support services are available to them in order to ease the burden they carry”.

The family fun day was a great success with over three hundred people in attendance. Minister Jan O’Sullivan opened the event and special guest The Voice contestant Aoife McLoughlin, performed.

There was fun for one and all including a BBQ, Teddy Bear’s Picnic, magician, face-painting, inflatables, a tea dance in St. Lelia’s Community Hall, a garden festival and much, much more. One local attending said “It’s great to have a day like today, where everyone can get together and celebrate the positive things in our community. I’m delighted to have such a great Centre near where I live.

The Northside Family Resource Centre has seen a large demand for its services from many parts of the city which previously were not catered for, the Centre’s award winning meals on wheels service for the elderly now delivers meals to Caherdavin, Woodview, Mayorstone and the Ennis Road, North Circular Road, Shelbourne Road along with neighbouring communities including Ballynanty, Moyross, Killeely and Thomondgate. The Crèche and pre-school have children from across the Northside of Limerick City providing an exceptionally high standard of care and education to the very youngest living in Limerick.

St. Munchin’s Family Resource Centre celebrated its 25th year serving local Limerick communities last year, whilst being nominated and going on to win the All Island Pride of Place Award 2012 in the category ‘Active Elderly in the Community’. Family support work is at the heart of the services provided by the Family Resource Centre. The Centre provides a wide range of family support programmes to Limerick North Side communities including childcare, afterschool, youth work, family support, services for older people, adult community education and other activities such as community garden and environmental projects. The Centre aims to respond to the needs of the local community by providing structures which facilitate local people to support each other and search for ways to improve the quality of life in their area.

ANNIVERSARYS: We offer our congratulations to our Parish Priest Canon Donal McNamara who, on Sunday last, celebrated the Ruby (forty years) Anniversary of his Ordination. He came to our parish five years ago - I’m sure he has become quite used to us by now, and he must realize how lucky he is to work among the great and proud people of Thomondgate. And how lucky are we to claim him as our Parish Priest. Canon Donal has endeared himself to his parishioners and proved himself to be a friendly and very approachable hardworking man. We wish him blessings of health, happiness and success in the future and may we have many more years working together for the good of our parish. We pray God’s blessings on him now and always.

Congratulations: also to Fr Dick Crowe who has recently retired and who celebrates his Golden Jubilee (fifty years) this week. Having served our parish for a long number of years, he is now enjoying his well-earned retirement. With his quiet, gentle disposition he endeared himself to all and has the respect and love of the community but is especially loved by the residents of St Camillus Hospital where he attended to the Spiritual (and temporal) needs of patients and nursing staff alike. Fr Dick went about his work in his quiet way and I’m sure he brought peace and tranquillity to many a restless soul. I hope that the attention and love he administered to others comes back to him now, a thousand-fold, in his retirement. God Bless him.

FREE CONCERT: An evening not to be missed. Anything But Classical Orchestra (Michigan USA) directed by Eric Hudson will perform in St Munchin’s Church on Friday June 14 at 8 pm. This a unique ensemble with a repertoire ranging from Fiddle to jazz to rock. Sounds like it will be a great night’s entertainment.

MILFORD HOSPICE: National Sunflower Days takes place on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 June 2013. Funds raised from this event are in aid of Milford Hospice. The income received from fundraising events such as Sunflower Days assists in expanding and continuing to provide the highest quality care for patients and families throughout the Midwest Region. If anyone would like to devote a couple of hours of their time to sell sunflowers on those days either in their local parish or in Limerick city, their support would be really appreciated. Please contact the Fundraising Department on 061-485860/485859 or email fundraising@milfordcarecentre.ie

YOUTH SERVICE: June sees the retirement of two of Lye’s best known members as Kitty Dwane and Paul Kiely hang up their apron and hammer respectively. Both, who have been a part of LYS for decades, were honoured at LYS’s recent Celebration of Volunteering evening.

Speaking to a packed gathering Catherine Kelly, Director, LYS, paid tribute to Kitty and Paul and their commitment to Limerick’s young people.

‘Kitty has been part of LYS for as long as most of us can remember. When I joined in 1984 she was one of the first friends I made and to this day, she continues to be there for everyone, young and old,’ said Ms. Kelly.

Paul was a volunteer on the city’s northside for many years and was synonymous with disco dancing and bringing at least 200 people to Ballyloughran for their summer holiday each year-knowing there were no more than 100 beds.

A great football fan, Paul was presented with a Limerick FC sports jacket and a plaque though a suitable baseball cap could not be found!

All at LYS would like to thank Kitty and Paul for their commitment to young people and LYS and wish them both the very best for the future.

SYMPATHY: We offer our sincere sympathy to the family of Martin Stafford, Ballygrennan Road, Ballynanty and late Limerick Gas Co. Husband of the late Nancy and father of Marie, Susan, Majella, John and the late Kay and Pat. May he Rest in Peace.