NOTE WELL: This is important for all residents on this side of the city living locally and also for commuters travelling into and out of Mungret village. As from next Monday, August 26 from 10am the R859, that is the Mungret road from its junction with L1438(Moore’s lane) into Mungret village and its junction with L1402 (Pump road) will be closed. This temporary closure will continue until 5pm on Friday, October 18. The purpose of this inconvenience is for the Mungret village improvement scheme which has been a long time coming. All the alternative routes for commuters into and out of the village will be marked and sign-posted to facilitate all vehicular traffic.
OUR HERITAGE: The Heritage Council deems this to have been very important because it contributed to a sense of place in us and promoted the distinctiveness of our country and its people. The Heritage Week was inaugurated and established eight years ago and it was welcomed and participated in by communities throughout the Republic of Ireland and the North of Ireland. The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Mr. Jimmy Denihan, T.D. has stated that “it is also about encouraging people of all ages to get involved in events about architecture, archaeology, wildlife, folklore and much more.”
Meanwhile the National Heritage Council of Ireland is hoping to create linkages with our natural and cultural heritage in our urban and rural areas through our respective local communities. It is hoping to do this by means of a ‘Heritage Week’ that is aiming to facilitate us to discover the past and thus to build the future. National Heritage Week was held throughout the country from August 17 until August 25 inclusive. It is not meant to be a week of nostalgia but rather a week of animated awareness. In fact the mission of the Heritage Council is ‘to engage, educate, advocate and to develop a wider understanding of the vital contribution that our heritage makes to our social, environmental and economic well-being.’ The week was in a sense a programme of education, awareness and perception that provides us with a feeling of belonging and continuity in our local environment. It continues with summer drawing classes---Portraiture at the Limerick City Gallery of Art, Pery Sq. on Thursday, August 22 from 1500-17.00pm and this is free; also there are summer drawing classes of Figure Drawing at the same venue from 1730-19.30pm on Thursday, August 22 from 17.30-19.30 and this is also free; finally there are free tours of all the exhibitions to celebrate Heritage Week with guided tours of all the exhibitions catering for all ages and a booking is required for this. The tours will take place on Tuesday, August 20 and Wednesday, 21 at 1400-1700 and will be repeated on Thursday, August 22 and Friday August 23 at 1000-1200 at the Limerick City Gallery of Art.
RECENTLY ANNOUNCED: It has just been announced recently that September 20 is the date selected for to be the cultural day when access to all cultural events in the city and county will be free to the general public.
GRAVE MATTERS: Both Limerick City and County Councils have compiled a record of all families with loved ones interred in Mount St. Laurence graveyard and also the extension graveyard St. Oliver. They undertook this mammoth task some time ago and with the much appreciated assistance of students in Mary Immaculate College on the South Circular road and its archivist they have compiled a very comprehensive data-base of all those interred in graves in the grave-yards. This should prove to be most interesting to all citizens with members of family interred there. This data-base and associated genealogy is to be launched by the Mayor of Limerick, Ms. Kathleen Leddin on this Thursday, August 22. The Councils that have been instrumental gathering all this information 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.
CREDIT UNION: It’s still summer (hard to believe but hope springs eternal) but thoughts have already turned to the upcoming exam results and the back to school routine. With this in mind the Mungret/St.Paul’s Credit Union ( MPCC) announce its new Educational Loan with a very attractive interest rate of 6.5% (6.7% APR). Borrowing money to finance your education or training is an everyday part of life. Fortunately your local Credit Union makes it that bit easier for you.
Whether it’s to pay for school uniforms or books in Primary or Secondary school or the increased expenses and fees associated with Third Level Education, this new loan, available for members and their families, is one of the most competitive Educational loans available anywhere. It also covers the purchase of PCs, laptops and educational software. In the current economic climate more and more people are up-skilling themselves and this discounted loan rate is also available to members who are taking part in Adult Education or further studies to assist them with these costs. Education loans from MPCC Credit Union have the following advantages that you will not receive from other financial institutions.
>Designed to meet all education or training needs.
FREE Loan Protection Insurance and FREE Life Savings Insurance at no direct cost to qualified applicants.
>No hidden fees or transaction charges.
>Repayments are calculated on the reducing balance of the loan. This means smaller interest repayments as you repay your loan.
> You can repay the loan earlier with no penalty.
>Additional lump sum repayments can be made with no penalties.
>Flexibility to make larger repayments than agreed with no penalty should you wish to repay the loan earlier than agreed Compare the real cost of a loan from MPCC Credit Union with that of other financial institutions, take into account the advantages and you will think you’re better off talking with MPCC first. This low interest loan is just another one of the benefits in being a member of your local community based credit union. Please contact any of the offices for further details on this loan and its terms and conditions. A loan repayment table is also available on the Mungret/St. Paul’s website www.mpcccreditunion.ie . Best of luck to all the members currently awaiting their exam results.
BE ON GUARD: Once upon a time footpaths were for pedestrians only. It was the safest place to perambulate along whether you were walking to take the air or perhaps you had a purpose other than that. You knew that there was little or nothing to impede you as you went along. Other pedestrians were also using the footpath to do the same thing just going about their business. It was rarely that you met with an obstacle or anything to impede you as you walked along; perhaps, a sandwich board advertising some product in a store. Nonetheless, you always felt safe as you walked along. But like many, many things all that has changed. As a pedestrian now you must be on guard and expect the unexpected. It may be a young or even a not so young cyclist moving at speed along the footpath notwithstanding the fact that immediately outside the footpath there is a specially painted and marked cycle lane. Also you could come into contact with a vehicle that is parked or is about to be parked in such a manner that two wheels are mounted on the path impeding your progress somewhat. If the said vehicle has parked and departed it may have made a subsidence in the path causing the surface to be uneven or worse still created a hole in the path (examples to be seen are on St, Nessan’s Park and Dooradoyle Estate and probably more elsewhere). Even if any of the foregoing obstacles are absent one must still be aware that there are other impediments that may cause you a difficulty or slow your progress. There may be a very pre-occupied pedestrian walking along peering intently at his or her mobile phone sending a text or reading a text who is totally oblivious to the fact that there are other users on the footpath whom they may propel themselves accidentally against you or vice-versa. Using the footpaths now obliges you to be on guard at all times for your own safety. Have a nice day.
BOGUS COLLECTORS: As Christmas approaches there will be more and more seasonal entreaties on you to give generously. Several charities are seeking assistance but please be careful for many individuals will attempt to relieve you of your charitable goodness. They will be relying on your naivity or innocence to succeed to making themselves the beneficery of your charity. If somebody strange calls to your home seeking assistance for a charity that you would wish to support do seek identification to authenticate their bona fides. They will be relying on your goodwill at this time of the year and that may be be the only reason that they have called
RE-OPENED: Many people regretted the closing of the Jesuit church in the Crescent during the past number of years. The community of the Sacred Heart of Jesus had left the building and the nearby residence. A new community of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest are now resident there and they worship and administer in the church each day and they are endeavouring to restore it as a place of worship. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is now celebrated in Latin on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 8.30am each morning and on Friday at 7.30pm