June 15

Jude Meaney

Reporter:

Jude Meaney

SALESIAN PRIMARY SCHOOL: There was excitement in the air – the bunting swayed in the breeze. The school show was imminent. Pupils and Teachers were preparing for 3 performances of “There is no place like home” recently. The show traced the story of Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. These shows would see the culmination of weeks of rehearsals, which were choreographed by Gerdi and Pam McGlynn (Frontline Stage School), who were ably assisted by many helpers on Show nights. Every girl in the school took part in the show, together with many of their teachers. It was thoroughly enjoyed by an audience of parents, family and friends. The audience was entertained for 90 minutes and all agreed that the experience was a worthwhile and memorable one, for everyone involved. As the children returned to their everyday routines the most frequently asked question was, “when will we be doing the next show?”. Surely this indicates the children’s love for music, dance, movement and drama. To all our many supporters – Parents Association, School Show Committee, many helpers, Sponsorship providers, Board of Management, pupils, staff, Gerdi, Pam and Jean McGlynn, Star Sound Systems, Charlie Reynolds, we say a big “Thank You”.

SALESIAN PRIMARY SCHOOL: There was excitement in the air – the bunting swayed in the breeze. The school show was imminent. Pupils and Teachers were preparing for 3 performances of “There is no place like home” recently. The show traced the story of Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. These shows would see the culmination of weeks of rehearsals, which were choreographed by Gerdi and Pam McGlynn (Frontline Stage School), who were ably assisted by many helpers on Show nights. Every girl in the school took part in the show, together with many of their teachers. It was thoroughly enjoyed by an audience of parents, family and friends. The audience was entertained for 90 minutes and all agreed that the experience was a worthwhile and memorable one, for everyone involved. As the children returned to their everyday routines the most frequently asked question was, “when will we be doing the next show?”. Surely this indicates the children’s love for music, dance, movement and drama. To all our many supporters – Parents Association, School Show Committee, many helpers, Sponsorship providers, Board of Management, pupils, staff, Gerdi, Pam and Jean McGlynn, Star Sound Systems, Charlie Reynolds, we say a big “Thank You”.

We have been very busy in Ms. Murphy’s 5th class over the last few weeks. We did Paper Craft (Origami), Pottery (Spiral Bowls) & Construction (Wooden Rocking Chairs). “Origami was cool! Some of it was difficult but the result was always worth it,”said Andramedra. “Yesterday we did pottery. We made spirals and lined a cereal bowl. Then we blended them together. We will paint them this week” said Holly “The wooden chairs took a long time, but we think they turned out really well”.

OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY CHRISTIAN MEDITATION: This alternative form of prayer, takes place each Monday evening in Our Lady Of The Rosary Church, after Adoration at 7 pm. Many thousands of people all over the world have found their spiritual lives enriches by the practice of Christian Meditation. Christian Meditation has been practiced since the foundation of the Church and was reintroduced by the late John Main, who was a Benedictine monk. We say a prayer word, which we call a mantra and this word is repeated, all during the meditation. A difficulty for people are the constant distractions - we do not fight them; we treat them as background noise. Maybe you have attempted Meditation on some previous occasion, but do not be discouraged, as each attempt is regarded as a new beginning. The goal of Meditation is to keep The Lord Jesus, in Reverence in our hearts and to be open to His Presence in silence and stillness. Meditation helps people to be in a state of empathy with God. The weekly meeting, helps people in the daily practice of Meditation in their lives.

ARD SCOIL RIS NEWS: Ardscoil wish all of our students the best in their state examinations. We hope all of their hard work, our hard work and their parents hard work pays off! Congratulations to Kyle Larkin on winning the All Ireland Senior Boys Steeplechase, at the Schools Athletics Championships.

JOHN F KENNEDY SCHOOL NEWS: School Tours are currently being organised for all our classes and the boys are encouraged, to save their euros for their special day. The school will close for the summer holidays on Wednesday, June 26 at 12.00pm.

OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY PARISH RADIO SYSTEM: Towards the end of Sunday Masses, the celebrant priest calls the Minister of the Eucharist to the altar. These Ministers distribute Holy Communion to our parishioners, who are not physically able to come to church ceremonies. These parishioners will already have participated in the Sunday Mass, via their radio sets in their homes. Our system is in operation since 2001. In 2006, this equipment was licensed. We are restricted to using the system for the following, on a real time basis, service only available on a non-commercial basis and service will not be available for reception on standard domestic receiver. Our licence is valid for 5 years and we can be found on 27.6 to 27.99 MHz band. This licensing scheme will allow Church and community based organisations throughout the country to cater for parishioners, who are housebound and are unable to attend Church or other community services. A group of experienced parishioners liaise and assist our parish, in installing these radio sets. Interested parishioners may apply for the service by phoning 061 452 517, 061 452 169 or call into the sacristy.

OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY SERVICES: Weekend Mass Times: Saturday Vigil Mass 6pm. Sunday 10am and 11.30am. Weekday Mass Times: 10am Daily. Also 5.45pm daily during November, Advent and Lent. Baptisms: Saturdays at 5pm and Sundays at 12.15pm. Marriages: Three months notice to Parish and Civil Registrar. Church Office: Telephone 061 325 288, from Sundays 9am to 12.30pm and Weekdays 9am to 9.45am.

OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY COELIAC COMMUNION: Anybody who has a Coeliac condition is welcome to receive the Chalice at communion time, when the Ministers of the Eucharist receive at our Masses. Please if possible, inform the Celebrant before Mass begins, so as to make him aware.

NA PIARSAIGH G.A.A. CLUB NEWS: Our Junior footballers were in action in the City Final on Thursday evening, when they met a strong Monaleen team in Rathbane. On a beautiful evening for the game, we got off to a tonic start, when our ace full forward Leon McGrath punched to the net, following a great ball in. This was quickly cancelled out, when Monaleen opened us up to raise the green flag. Our netminder Jamie Bromell was called upon shortly after, to pull off an excellent save from close range and overall, he was excellent on the night. The defence was working hard and with Dean McLoughlin and Ciaran Ryan on the wings prominent and Cathal Minihane making surging runs building up attacks. Tommy Cronin and Andrew O’Byrne in midfield worked tirelessly and up front David Lambe, Gordon Brown, Dermot Mullane and Leon McGrath were to the fore. Unfortunately, we lost full forward Leon McGrath to a head injury, after he had bagged 1-02, before going off after 20 minutes. It was Monaleen’s full forward and former Limerick stalwart Muiris Gavin, who was the main difference between the sides, with his point kicking and general play overall. The half time score was a two point lead to our opponents 1-07 to 1-05.

In the second half, we really pushed hard to close the gap. Substitute Daragh Lenihan-Donnelly was lively up front and when he raised the green flag, we were right back into it. He followed this up minutes later, with a point which deflected over, after hitting the crossbar. In the closing minutes chances arose to find the winning goal, but try as we did, we could not get that decisive score. Nevertheless, the team played very well and manager Brendan Fitzgerald will look forward to the championship challenge in August. The final score was: Monaleen 2-12 to Na Piarsaigh 2-10.

Team: Jamie Bromell, Shane O Connor, Brendan Fitzgerald, Jason Ronan, Dean McLoughlin, Cathal Minihane(0-1), Ciaran Ryan(0-1), Andrew O’Byrne, Tom Cronin(0-1), Gordon Brown, David Lambe(0-1), Neal Wallace(0-1), Dermot Mullane (0-2), Leon McGrath(1-02), Evan Condon. Subs:(all used), Aaron Dunne, Daragh Lenihan-Donnelly(1-01), Daragh Sheehan, Alan O Sullivan.

Our Junior hurlers were in City Junior hurling final action on Saturday evening, in Rathbane against Ballybrown. Minus several players through exams and injury, we nevertheless hurled well in patches and more than matched our opponents. Centre forward Robert Sheehan was hurling well securing a share of puck outs. The half back line of Mike Casey, Paul Downes and Gordon Brown were hurling lots of ball and in midfield Pat Gleeson and Josh O’Halloran were combining well. Mike Brougham kept us in touch with his free taking and it was Robert Sheehan who raised our green flag following great team work. The half time score was 1-09 to 1-06 in Ballybrown’s favour. We drew level in the second half and went a point up in the closing stages, but couldn’t get those extra scores and let the game slip out of our grasp. The final score was Ballybrown 1-15 to Na Piarsaigh 1-13.

Team:Evan Condon, Tom Quinn, Paul McNamara, Kevin McNamara, Mike Casey, Paul Downes, Gordon Brown, Pat Gleeson(0-1), Josh O Halloran, Mike Brougham (0-7,6f), Robert Sheehan(1-02), Evan Egan, Tomas Downes, Damien Quigley(0-02), Mark Ryan (0-01). Subs: Eddie ONeill, Cathal Minihane, Gordon Leonard, Alan Sherlock.

Our under 12 hurlers travelled to Cork on Saturday to play a tournament hosted by Na Piarsaigh of Cork. Played in fantastic sunshine, we played four games against Moycarkey Borris, Blackrock,Na Piarsaigh Cork and a final against Moycarkey again. It was a wonderful experience for all concerned, with the added bonus of a trophy at the end. Well done lads!

Congratulations to the Limerick senior hurlers on a marvellous victory over Tipperary, with a special mention for Cathal King, who made his Munster Championship debut.

The Limerick development draw took place this past week, but unfortunately we had no winners. The senior hurlers are back in action this week, when they play South Liberties in the All county hurling league on Monday and Doon next Sunday, in the second round of the County championship in Kilmallock at 3.30pm.

The jackpot now stands at €13,100. Last week’s numbers were 6, 9, 17&18. Lucky dip winners were Niamh Kelly, Margaret Foley, Brendan O’Neill and Johnny Downes. Seller’s prize went to Danny Halpin and Liam O’Brien won the house prize.

DEBRA IRELAND KERRY CHALLENGE 2013: DEBRA Ireland are delighted to announce the dates of their Kerry Challenge 2013, taking place from Friday, June 14 to Sunday, June 16. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the event. Runners and walkers will be given the option of two routes each morning, one averaging between 10-15km and the second 20-25km, making this event suitable for all levels of fitness. Teams and individuals will face the unique challenge over 3 days, amidst the beautiful, but challenging terrain of the southern peninsula. It’s not just the sensational surroundings that make this experience unforgettable; the fun, excitement, friendships and deep satisfaction you will gain from completing this challenge will lift your spirit and make it a weekend you’ll never forget! For more information on the event, please call Kim 01 412 6924 or email: kim@debraireland.org

BLOOD DONOR CLINIC’S: There will be Blood Donor Clinic’s at the following venue’s: The Greenhills Hotel, Caherdavin on Monday, June 17 from 5pm to 8pm, The South Court Hotel, Raheen on Tuesday, June 18 from 5pm to 8pm and St. John’s Pavilion, Mulgrave Street on Wednesday, June 19 from 5pm to 8pm.

THOMOND PARK CONCLAVE GAMING CONVENTION: More than 300 people from all over Europe, are expected to gather at Thomond Park from Saturday, June 14 to Sunday, June 16 to participate in the 15th Annual Conclave Games Convention. Participants will compete for National and European gaming titles, while the Convention will also feature stands hosted by traders from all over Ireland and some of the world’s biggest games manufacturers, such as Mantic Games, Airfix, Games Workshop and Ironwind Productions. The event, which forms part of the Gathering Ireland 2013, is considered one of Ireland’s and the UK’s largest gaming conventions. This year, sees gaming groups and gamers from all over Ireland, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Poland, Germany, Holland and from throughout Scandinavia, coming to attend. The UK-based Mantic Games Company will host the DreadBall Irish Nationals, while Martin Sweeney of Scottish-based Catalyst, will run the Battletech European Championships, with the winner representing Ireland at the World GenCon Championships in Indianapolis, USA, later this year. On the collectable card gamesfront, this year sees an Irish Magic Nationals, two Magic Grand Prix trials, a YU-GI-OH Championship Series qualifier, where the winner travels to London to play in the Championship. The hugely popular Games Workshop Warhammer and Lord of the Rings, will also feature. As well as hosting trade stands and these national and European title events, the Convention will also feature a model painting competition, historical and sci-fi/fantasy games, war-games and role playing games.

For further information, please telephone Garry Jackson on 061 315 133, or

Email: Gjackson180@gmail.com Facebook: Conclave Gaming Convention

LIMERICK LAWN TENNIS CLUB NEWS: The 136th South of Ireland Senior Open Tennis Tournament will run from Saturday, June 15 to Saturday, June 22. This year’s event is going to be different. We are planning for a big entry and we need all your support to make this happen, to ensure a fantastic open championship for the visiting players and our own members. We have such a great facility at Limerick Lawn and this is one of the few times that we get to showcase it to visiting players from all different clubs. For the first time, we have a beginners section for Ladies and Men’s Doubles, as we are excited that so many new members have joined our club. We ask the proud members of Limerick Lawn Tennis Club to encourage and persuade your friends and fellow members, to enter the Open Championship. The main reason visiting players enter our tournament is to challenge themselves, meet and play new players and enjoy a new experience afterwards. We want to make everybody feel

welcome and will be offering the same hospitality to all players, that was so successful during the recent Floodlit Business Leagues. Traditionally we don’t get as many players from Limerick Lawn as we would like, entering the South of Ireland. We want you all to make the difference this year. The Club needs you to support a strong entry and bring the 136th South of Ireland back to its former glory. The entry fees are Euro 15 for one entry, Euro 25 for two entries and Euro 35 for three entries. If you enter three events, one of them must be a singles.

To Enter You Must Register Online and the links can be clicked into directly through our Website www.lltc.ie, through Facebook: /LimerickLawnTennisClub and by Tel: 087 9669 798. If you are unsure about grading, then please give our tournament referee Amy Pratt a call and she will assist you with your query and guide you through the registration process. In the online registration, you can state your unavailability for different dates. We are planning to schedule from Sunday, June 16 at 6pm to Saturday, June 22. On our Facebook page, we will be posting pictures and results each day of the South and if you or your family aren’t already a fan, please LIKE us and share with them what is happening at Limerick Lawn. We have had over 2,500 unique views of our poster, so it is a very effective way to engage with our fans and members.

Events will be run for grades 1-6. You can choose from singles, men’s doubles, ladies doubles and mixed doubles. We have also introduced a new beginners section for Ladies & Men’s Doubles. It will be an amazing week and on Friday, June 21, we wish everybody to join us for an Alfresco Barbeque from 7pm with a DJ and boogie from 9pm. Tickets will cost €10 and will be on sale at the registration desk all that week. We would especially appreciate, if Limerick Lawn Members could register online as soon as possible to enter the championship. Thank you for your support friends, family and members of LLTC.

ST. MUNCHIN’S CHURCH CONCERT: Please come along to St Munchin’s Church, Limerick on Friday, June 14 at 8.00pm, for a Concert by ABC Orchestra from Michigan, USA. Created in 2007 at Pinewood Middle School, Michigan, by music director Eric Hudson, the Anything But Classical (ABC) Orchestra broke new ground with middle-school students, learning to play a full range of alternative styles of music, ranging from fiddle to jazz to rock. Now in its 6th year, the ABC orchestra will embark on their first international tour, as they travel to Ireland in June. Their 6-day trip throughout the Emerald Isle will stop in Limerick on Friday, June 14, where they will be giving a unique concert at St Munchin’s Church at 8 pm. The group, consisting of violins, violas, cellos, double and electric bass, drums, piano, and electric guitar, will - as the name says - play “anything but classical” music. Do not miss this amazing performance! Entrance is FREE. For further information, please Email: caroline@livetravelandtours.com

GREG LEMOND – IN CONVERSATION: What makes a three time Tour de France winner and double world champion tick? On behalf of the Get Back Challenge, we invite you to meet three time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond at the Lime Tree Theatre in Limerick on Friday, June 14 for a candid, revealing public interview with the sports icon.

Long regarded as one of the most respected champions in the sport, LeMond will be interviewed at length by respected cycling journalist Shane Stokes (Irish Times, VeloNation, RTE Radio), with a question and answer session and autograph signing to follow. Hear what made LeMond the best rider of his generation, with the conversation to include a stroll down memory lane, reminiscing Greg’s triumphs in the Tour de France, his ferocious battles with Le Blaireau (the badger), Bernard Hinault and Laurent Fignon, his classic clashes with Ireland’s Sean Kelly, plus his two stirring world championship victories. This event is promoted by The Get Back Challenge charity and proceeds will go towards supporting their work, in supporting Limerick youth participation in sport.

Limerick Smarter Travel are proud sponsors of this event, in their celebration of the start of Limerick Bike Week 2013 (15 to 23 June). Greg will also be cycling on Saturday, June 15 in the Get Back Challenge ride, starting from the Diamond Rocks Café in Kilkee. If you’d like to join him in that charity ride, please register at www.GetBackChallenge.com For further information, please telephone 061 774 774, or Email: boxoffice@limetreetheatre.ie Web: www.limetreetheatre.ie

ST. MICHAEL’S ROWING CLUB NEWS: More great news for St Michael’s Rowing club members! Congratulations to our junior rowers, who have officially been selected to represent Ireland after the National Championships. Well done to the junior women, who will be competing at the Home Internationals in Nottingham on Saturday, July 27. The team consists of Hannah McCarthy, Zara Madden, Valerie Sheehan and Sarah Murphy.

Well done also to David O’Malley, who will be competing at the Junior World Rowing Championships in Lithuania in August. This is a great achievement for our club, the athletes and their coaches. Well done to all involved and best of luck!

There is some really exciting news about Senior Athlete Kate O’Brien, who is going to Yale University in September. Kate was awarded a scholarship to study at Yale, which is a wonderful achievement! Well done Kate, we are all very proud of you!