CHAMPION MAKE: It is often stated that such and such a person was a born champion. This is a debatable comment for if it is true then they are few and far between or alternatively they could be described as a rare breed. More often than not the true champion is someone that has worked hard over a protracted period of time to reach his or her goal. An example of this is the young swimmer Fiona Doyle who was a former resident in Lawndale drive, Dooradoyle estate. Fiona and her other siblings were always eager swimmers and their parents Mary and Jim brought them to St. Enda’s swimming pool and many other places to swim. It was often hard going on their part to do this as well as the many other things that parents are obliged to do in the course of the day. Fiona from a very early age when she was a pupil in the Crescent Comprehensive College showed exceptional potential in the pool generally but especially at the breast stroke. Now after many years and efforts by her family, the Olympic Council of Ireland and herself the potential that was manifest in the early days has been further developed and realized for she will now be competing for her country in the World Swimming championships in Barcelona. Fiona’s championship potential is being realized and whether she wins loses or draws we wish her all the best in her efforts. The next Olympic Games are only a few more years away.
VICTORY IS SWEET: The success of the Limerick hurling team over Tipperary in last Sunday’s hurling championship match was greeted by supporters with delight. The gaelic sean-fhocail or words of wisdom ‘An rud is annamh is iontach’ meaning ‘that which is seldom is wonderful’ expresses it succinctly and apt. Without doubt it has meant, like the young lady alluded to in the above item, it has meant an amount of hard work by all the players but also by the management team. It was great to see the smile on John Allen’s face, the wily Cork-man, when he was congratulated by the many delighted followers of the Limerick team. However, nothing has been won yet only pride and there is an amount of hard work ahead before a trophy can be displayed. The best wishes of all the followers will be heaped on the team’s further efforts.
REGISTER OF ELECTORS: By now most people will have put the last referendum and any thought about elections out of their minds but there is to be a local election taking place next May when the present City Council and the County Council will be part of history and the new numerically reduced Council will be elected to administer for the extended city. Furthermore, it is probable that there will be another referendum later this year although that has not been verified yet. If you were not able to cast your vote in the last referendum because you were not on the register of electors but you would like to be able to do so on the next occasion you should check if your name is on the register of electors now. You may do this by going to the County Hall, Dooradoyle road or to any Post Office or Library and checking if your name and address are on it.
ORGAN RECITAL: On next Saturday, June 15, there is to be an organ recital in the former Jesuit church in the Crescent. It will be given by the organist Mr. Daniel Battle in the Sacred Heart church and it is free and open to the general public. It commences at 8.0pm in the modest surroundings of the former resplendent building that the friends of the new community of the Institute of Christ the King Soverign Priest that now worship in the re-opened church building. Incidentally, this building was commented upon in the Pat Kenny radio show on R.T.E. 1 last week when a segment of the programme was about Georgian Limerick and it was referred to as an iconic building in the O’Connell St. crescent.
QUILT EXHIBITION: The eighth annual Quilt exhibition called ‘The River of Dreams’ which has been running daily from 9.30am to 5.0pm in the former Franciscan church building since Friday, June 7 will finish on this Saturday, June 15. Entry to the exhibition is free.
ON YOUR BIKE: The Limerick BeSpoke Bike Festival commenced this week and there are to be several events throughout the festival that will have many spot prizes. The purpose of this festival is to encourage more people to become cyclists. This has many benefits for users of the bicycle not least personal fitness. However, it also has a benefit for the environment for the fewer vehicles that are on our roads the lesser will be our carbon footprint. The burning of fossil fuels harms the ozone layer that is vital for our existence on this planet. The more our carbon footprint is reduced the smaller will be our country’s payment for carbon. The festival will continue until Sunday, June 23 when there is to be a Bicycle Parade at noon from City Hall to the People’s Park.
DOG WASTE: There is a dog waste box mounted on a pole on the Dooradoyle road. It is in a prominent and very obvious position. It has been placed on a pole almost at eye-level so that dog owners will have little difficulty in disposing of dog waste if the case should arise. Walking along the Dooradoyle road most of the times it is obvious that many dog owners use this route to exercise their animal. It is also obvious that many owners do not bring a small bag with them to gather the waste and dispose of it. Not to do so displays an act of irresponsibility and dis-regard for other pedestrians.
Should a dog owner have walked past the waste box provided by the local authority and be further up the long Dooradoyle road there is also a waste box at the Veterinary Clinic.
BLOOD DONATIONS: The need and the demand for blood donations are 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 has many regulars donors and it is 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 donors will be next week on Tuesday, June 18 where it will be ready to welcome all donors from 5.0pm until 8.0pm. Some of the regular donors may be on holidays and consequently the supply may be reduced but 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.
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 last Sunday, June 9 in St. Paul’s church at 3.0pm there was a very special remembrance service for all who were deceased during the previous twelve months in the Mid-Western Regional hospital. Families and friends had been 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 was not confined to the parish of St. Paul’s but all persons and families of the deceased were 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.
MUNGRET/ST.PAUL’S GAA: Parish League: There was a fantastic turnout of nearly a hundred kids who turned up on Sunday 9 June for round one of the newly reconstituted parish league. This competition differs in mixing boys and girls of different ages up to under 10 on the same teams. Six teams played two matches each, and will return next Sunday for round two. Well done to all, and to the organisers who pulled this together in a very short time and made it the success that it is.
Under 11 Hurling: We welcomed Garryspillane to Mungret for round 2 of the second phase of the county hurling league. We went toe to toe with what was a far bigger and more physical side, going in at half time trailing by just a goal. However the visitors had plenty of hurling as well, and a three-goal burst at the start of the second half was enough to see us off. Nontheless we played some very good hurling and this side continues to improve.
Under 8 Hurling: Friday evening Mungret U8 Hurlers travelled the short distance down the road to the sun drenched pitch of Kildimo. Given the fantastic weather conditions on offer recently it was a pleasure that 29 players from our squad turned up to play against Kildimo and Ballybrown. We had two teams with plenty of subs. Each team played Kildimo and Ballybrown and the third game was Mungret Red v Mungret White. In all the games there was excellent standard of ground hurling, striking from hand, blocking and tackling. Many thanks to all the players who turned out and to the many parents and family who turned out in great numbers. Thanks also to the coaches for their support. Players who turned up to represent their parish of Mungret St Pauls were: Diarmaid Hynes, Fintan Fitzgerald, Conor Galligan, Fintan O’Kelly, Brian Hassett, Markus Lyons, Nathan O’Riordan, Fergus Bell, Muiris Ahern, John Wright, Cian Gleeson, Ross O’Carroll, Jacob Costello, Jack Barry, Cian Moloney, Evan McInerney, Ben Gallagher, Eoin Ward, Luke Finucane, Conor Morgan, Cian Kinnivane, Jake Stack, Amy O’Halloran, Sean Duff, Christopher McSweeney and Callum Daly.
Saturday Action: Saturday saw the club in a hive of acitivity. While the younger age groups were being put through their paces a challenge match was on display between Limerick and Tipperary Senior Footballers. It was great to see a match like this on our own pitch. Tipperary came out the winners by a score of 0-13 to 1-8. If you missed this match photographs are on our facebook site.
Later at 2pm saw an exciting Semi final between Corks U14 Ladies Footballers and Galways who brought their supporters by the bus. Thank you to the ladies who looked after the shop and tea facilities, on such a fantastic day the tea was much appreciated. Congratulations to Cork who progress onto the final. Photographs of this match will appear on our updated Website.
Community Games: Well done to .the U9.5 footballers, who have reached the final of the county community games. The club wishes them every success in their attempts to join the hurlers and make it a double for the club.
Best Wishes:We would like to congratulate Yvette Moynihan who was selected for the Ladies Gaelic Football National team Division 4. It’s a double celebration for Yvette as she is getting married to Kieran Culhane on Saturday, June 15 and we would like to extend our best wished to the happy couple on their big day. .