June 15

Jude Meaney

Reporter:

Jude Meaney

MOYROSS NOVENA: The teacher who nominated Kerry teenager Donal Walsh for the award that brought him to national prominence, is among the speakers at this year’s Moyross Novena. Ruairi O’Rahilly who teaches at CBS Tralee where Donal was a student, will according to Moyross Parish Priest Fr Tony O’Riordan, ‘share his memories of Donal and will share how Donal touched his life and the lives of countless people around the country, with his bravery and his message to teenagers.’ Fr O’Riordan added that ‘Donal’s example in the face of his illness, is a source of strength to so many and I know that Mr O’Rahilly’s words will be a way of rekindling Donal’s strength for people attending the Novena.’ Fr. Tony had invited Donal to come to speak with teenagers and young people in Moyross, but the deterioration in Donal’s health, meant that event did not take place. ‘I am grateful to Mr O’Rahilly for agreeing to bring Donal’s message a little closer to us.

MOYROSS NOVENA: The teacher who nominated Kerry teenager Donal Walsh for the award that brought him to national prominence, is among the speakers at this year’s Moyross Novena. Ruairi O’Rahilly who teaches at CBS Tralee where Donal was a student, will according to Moyross Parish Priest Fr Tony O’Riordan, ‘share his memories of Donal and will share how Donal touched his life and the lives of countless people around the country, with his bravery and his message to teenagers.’ Fr O’Riordan added that ‘Donal’s example in the face of his illness, is a source of strength to so many and I know that Mr O’Rahilly’s words will be a way of rekindling Donal’s strength for people attending the Novena.’ Fr. Tony had invited Donal to come to speak with teenagers and young people in Moyross, but the deterioration in Donal’s health, meant that event did not take place. ‘I am grateful to Mr O’Rahilly for agreeing to bring Donal’s message a little closer to us.

It is unclear yet if Donal’s parents will travel to Moyross. Fr. O’Riordan noted, that ‘this is a particularly sad and difficult time for them and they appreciate the prayers that will be offered for them, during the Moyross Novena.’ Mr O’Rahilly is due to speak at the 7.30pm Tuesday, June 18 session of the Novena, in Corpus Christi Church Moyross.

Many People in Limerick will also like to know, that there will be an opportunity during the Novena, to be blessed with the Cross of Fr. John Sullivan. Fr. John who was a Jesuit priest, has since his death in 1933, been revered by many as a Saint and his causes for canonization have been submitted to the Vatican. During his life time, thousands flocked to him in need and those who were sick or suffering from mental illness, were confident of the power of his prayers. According to Fr. Tony, ‘There are many accounts of comfort and healing by people who have been blessed by Fr John’s Cross, and I have met many of them in Limerick, so I thought people would appreciate this opportunity.’ The Blessing will be offered on Thursday, June 20 during a Mass, which will be presided over, by Bishop Brendan Leahy.

For more details about the Novena in Moyross, please contact the parish on 061 324 825 or visit the parish facebook page www.facebook.com/pages/Moyross-Parish

ST. NESSAN’S COMMUNITY COLLEGE NEWS: 1st year Boys Basketball had a great season, with fantastic numbers turning out for training. The team started training in early November and enjoyed a number of in-house training games against the 2nd years, before taking on Crescent College in a home game on March 8. Unfortunately, a lot of the opposition play for club teams and they won by a number of baskets. However, a number of our guys were outstanding on the day for their first competitive game, with particular mention for Lee Kelly, Matiuz de Silva Grande and Dylan Ryan, for their impressive shots and incredible defensive efforts. The next game was against CBS and this was a much more competitive game. We lost by only 1 basket, in the final seconds. Jack Downey and Jay Hickey stood out for their competitive defensive efforts and shots in this game. Our next competitive games took place on the April 15 against Gaelcolaiste and Crescent College again. The new skills learnt from the last games were evident, as we went on to battle an excellent Gaelcolaiste team, keeping them within 1 or 2 baskets throughout the game, but unfortunately were on the losing end at the full time whistle. Tyrick Fahey and Cian Power did their best, to keep us in the game. The Crescent game went similarly, but again they were too strong for us and went on to win well in the last quarter. Jack Downey and Jordan O’Donnell stood out in this game. In fairness, our team were incredible throughout the season and enjoyed each outing thoroughly, with a number of the referees commenting on how much potential there is on this team. We’re all looking forward to a more successful season next year! MVP for the year was Lee Kelly, for his commitment to training, dogged determination and excellent defensive and offensive play! Well done to all!1st years Boys Basketball Team: Lee Kelly, Cian Power, Matiuz de Silva Grande, Tyrick Fahey, Dejon Bozie, Dion Considine, Dylan Ryan, Jordan O’Donnell, Jamie Griffin, Jay Hickey, Shane Burnley and Jack Downey. 2nd year Boys Basketball Season started out, with away games in Croom against Crescent Comp and Gaelcolaiste. Having started incredible well against Crescent, they eventually pulled away to win by 4 baskets against our hardworking ‘never give up’ Nessans team. We had a similar game against Gaelcolaiste, who were surprised by our strength and great shooting ability in the first half, but came back at us in the 2nd half to win well. Players to stand out on the day were Jamie Guest, Adam Slater and Christopher Burke, with Jordan Halvey, unfortunately injured on the day. Having little time to regroup, we played these teams again at home 2 weeks later, with unfortunately similar results, but with great determination and effort being shown by all. Darren Joyce and Zach Elkurdi did their best to spur the team on with great defensive play, but it was not to be on the day. It as a fantastic effort made by all the team this season and we have plenty to build on for next season. MVP for the 2nd years this year, was Adam Slater. A big well done, again to all. 2nd years Basketball Team: Jordan Halvey, Jamie Guest, Ronan Lau, Zach Elkurdi, Darren Joyce, Adam Slater, Christopher Burke, Warren Constable, Luke Butler, Jack O’Connor, Gabriel Leal and Eoin McNamara (who was injured, for a lot of the season). A big thanks too goes to Ms. O’Driscoll’s fantastic training assistants: 3rd years: Aaron Buckley and Stefan Savicic who were excellent throughout the season helping to coach the teams.

LIMERICK YOUTH SERVICE NEWS: June sees the retirement of two of LYS’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. A native of Kerry, Kitty started with LYS in 1979 as a volunteer and during her time with LYS, has served in a number of roles. Kitty was presented with flowers, a plaque and a specially embroidered white bakers shirt, to signify her time with LYS restaurant and baking team. Despite his attempts to shy away at the back of the room, Paul Kiely was next up, with Catherine Kelly noting that Paul has been volunteering with young people since 1969. ‘Paul was a volunteer on the city’s northside for many years and was synonymous with soccer, disco dancing and bringing at least 200 people to Ballyloughran for their summer holiday each year, knowing there were no more than 100 beds!,’ laughed Ms. Kelly. 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.

Young people from Askeaton-Ballysteen Youth Club presented a cheque for €900 to the Butterfly Club recently, having raised the funds with a 24hrs fast. JJ Sweeney, Askeaton-Ballysteen Youth Club thanked all who supported the fast, particularly Twohigs Supervalu and Ryan’s Centra, for providing the much needed morning after breakfast! ‘We’d like to thank the members of An Garda Síochána, who stopped by to offer words of support and encouragement to the young people,’ said Mr. Sweeney. Mr. Sweeney also thanked Fr. Seán Long, the Community Council, Ballygowan and LYS, with a particular mention to Joe Walsh for his support throughout the year. Sixth class students from several Co. Limerick schools who completed a Transition Programme, will receive their Certificate of Achievements at a ceremony at John the Baptist School, Hospital, Co. Limerick on Tuesday, June 18. ‘The change from primary to secondary can be quite challenging for some students, particularly those in small rural national schools,’ said Lisa O’Connor, LYS. The Primary to Secondary Transition Programme introduces students to the different subjects, extracurricular activities, the often confusing timetable and allows young people to meet students from other schools, with whom they will be starting with in September. ‘The one day course gives sixth class students a taste of second level, through an array of activities,’ continued Ms. O’Connor, LYS. Current second level students were also available to answer any questions, that the sixth class students had. Ms. O’Conor thanked those who supported the programme and looked forward to meeting the students on June 18, on what will be the first of many graduation nights for them.

Deceased members of LYS were remembered at a Service of Remembrance and Hope that was held at the Methodist Centre, O’Connell St, Limerick on Thursday, May 30. ‘The idea developed from a discussion on grief with a group of young people, who decided to hold a Service of Remembrance to remember lost loved ones,’ explained Siobhan O’Brien, LYS. ‘While grief will be acknowledged, the main message of the service will be hope,’ added Ms. O’Brien. ‘The service will include singing, storytelling, poems and Tree of Hope, where people will place their own thoughts,’ continued Ms. O’Brien. If you are struggling to come to terms with the bereavement of a loved one, please consider talking to a family member or friend. If you do not feel comfortable with that, confidential services such as the

Children’s Grief Project on 061-313037 and Samaritans at 1850-609090, are available.

June will see LYS run a four week volunteer induction training programme at The Factory: Southside Youth Space, Galvone Rd, Limerick. The first three classes will consist of two hour workshops, that train volunteers to work with young people, while the final class will be Cascade Child Protection Training. Classes run over four consecutive Wednesdays, starting on June 12 and if you are interested in this course, please contact LYS’s volunteer coordinator, Eoin O’Meara-Daly at eoinomd@limerickyouthservice.com or telephone 061-412 444.

SUNDAY MARKET: Please come along to the Limerick Milk Market, Cornmarket Row, Limerick, every Sunday, from 11am to 4pm.The Sunday market is a lazy, hazy food venue, with 8 food venues open for breakfast and brunch in the Market. Browse through 36 stallholders offering a broad range of arts, crafts, clothes, jewellery, antiques, bric-a-brac and curiosities. For the kids there are often face painters, magicians, jugglers, mime artists and buskers, all providing an atmosphere that the family will surely enjoy. You can buy or just relax and take in the unique atmosphere of the Sunday Market, while sipping on a latte from the Pónaire Coffee Company, tucking into Country Choice’s famous brunch, or savouring a chocolate crêpe from the Bon-Appétit Crêperie. Country Choice also offer cheese tasting every Sunday from 11am to 2.30pm. Enjoy all this while listening to free ‘brunch-time’ music! Boots, bikes, Buggies and dogs all welcome! Admission is FREE. For further information, please telephone 061 214 782, or Email: info@milkmarketlimerick.ie Web: www.milkmarketlimerick.ie

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.