GETTING TO KNOW: A topic of many conversations during present times is about how our society is becoming multi-cultured and so it is. Many very old members of our society would never have seen a black or brown skinned human being other than in a missionary magazine before and it is a wonder to them. Now there are a number of different religious faiths with their own places of worship now set up in the city. It is not unusual to meet many different nationalities through the day in all parts of the city or county. We hear many other languages that we have never heard before and that we do not understand. Consequently we pay little heed to them and their speakers. Some of these people live in the neighbourhood and their children go to the local schools and mix and play with our own children. They shop in the same shops that we frequent. More go to the many ethnic shops that have sprung up where they purchase food that is familiar to them but is strange to us. But like the areas that we have all come to live in and exist in daily it is a matter of getting to know and becoming familiar with our environment.
The adult members of our society are much more reticent than the children when it comes to mixing and accepting. We all build invisible and intangible covers about us that ensures our privacy and anonymity. This will prevail until we become more familiar with each other. It only takes a friendly ‘hello’ to penetrate the cover and understandably it is easier said than done. At times it can be difficult to mix or to make friends with people from our own culture. Needless to remark it can be extremely awkward and difficult to make friends with somebody from a different culture. Similarly someone from a different country may find it hard to penetrate social circles here. However, irrespective of colour, class or creed we are all sociable creatures. It is a joy to watch and see the different ethnic children play in the school yard. Notwithstanding their cultural differences they all come to know and easily play at the same games Difference does not exist as they socialize and play their games. But integration will take time and a good means of demolishing the ephemeral social barriers that we construct is a good community centre where peoples of all cultures can meet and come together. At present that facility does not exist in this area of the county/city. Maybe sometime in the future or in the extended city it will become a reality. Such a facility would have the potential of making a neighbourhood population more integrated and cohesive with the many other positive advantages and spin-offs that can result from such a happening. Certainly at this side of the soon to become extended city this is a big omission from the neighbourhood infrastructure. Perhaps as Limerick is to be the ‘City of Culture’ in 2014 a variety of artistic cultures could be displayed.
FR. RUSSELL ROAD: The road that is called Father Russell road; where did this name come from and why is it called this name? This road that is one side of the fork of two roads that encompasses the V-shaped patch of land on which the housing estate named Gouldavoher exists. One road goes to Patrickswell and the other road, the Fr. Russell road continues on through Mungret village and merges onto the N69. In Gaelic it is expressed as Gabhal Dá Bhóthar and anglisiced presently as Gouldavoher meaning the junction of the two roads. Turning off the St. Nessan’s road and around the St. Paul’s roundabout brings you on down the road called Fr. Russell road. Why has it been denoted as such? This road was originally known as the Mungret Road. More than fifty years ago a great priest, a member of the Redemptorist order, who was much loved and respected in the city was killed in an accident on this road and at this junction and it was decided by the local authorities in Limerick to honour his memory by calling this road the Fr. Russell road. He was the spiritual director of the Arch-Confraternity of the Holy Family. He travelled on his Lambretta scooter and could be seen anywhere and everywhere as he went about his duties.
OVER TO YOU: It is not the wish nor does it ascribe any pleasure to this correspondent to remind readers of these notes about an advertisement last year from the two local authorities stating that it is your responsibility to clear up all the leaf litter that may be on the footpath outside your residence. If it is your tree that sheds the leaves on the footpath then it is your responsibility to sweep them up and remove them from the footpath. It may not be your tree that naturally sheds its leaves in the autumn of the year but nonetheless if the leaves from the nearby trees happen to appear outside your residence then tough luck it is your responsibility to remove them. The authorities do make a couple of suggestions as to what you may do with them but at least the choice is yours. One can presume that even if the trees are not yours or if they happen to be there because the local authority in its wisdom planted them nevertheless the removal of this autumnal litter by you could be your job.
PLEASE HEED: There have been a number of burglaries in the district in recent weeks where valuables were removed and damage done to the houses and properties. A house in Raheen suffered this misfortune a couple of weeks ago. It would appear that houses are being watched and targeted for theft when the occupants are out. Community Gardaí are not seen as often now and this may be that they are occupied with other duties
Reports by the Gardaí state that burglaries in the County have numerically increased. The Gardaí have consistently and have done so with the persistence that only members of the Garda Síochána can impose and that is to warn people about robbers and thieves. Although opportunism is part of the thieves’ success they are constantly looking for vulnerable people that present them with opportunity. If you are shopping be extra careful with your money, handbag and purchases. They have been known to stalk shoppers at shopping centres and sometimes they work in ‘gangs’ of three or four. Be discreet when using your bank or laser card as they are invaluable to these culprits. The mobile phone is a quick means of communication from inside the shopping centre to waiting accomplices outside. If you are proceeding with your trolley of purchases to your car parked outside be alert to your surroundings. Do not entertain strangers who may approach you with a seemingly innocent query or comment. It has been known that shoppers have lost the contents of their trolley of purchases through kindness. All of the foregoing is in no manner advocating ill-manners or worse still offence only be aware of your circumstances.
If you live in an area where the modus operandi is Neighbourhood Watch then do exactly that and report any suspicious happening or person in your district. If and when you are leaving your home ensure that all the doors and windows are closed and locked. A reasonably frequent warning by the Gardaí to people is to make sure that the rear door to your home is locked even if you are at home watching TV because there have been several intrusions to homes by this route. The fact that darkness each evening occurs sooner because of the introduction of the old time this provides the thief a longer period with which to plan and operate so the consequence of this should be to close your doors sooner rather than later.
POOLS OF WATER: The very heavy rains during the past week caused flooding in several places in this district. One such place was the entrance/exit to the St. Nessan’s Park/Dooradoyle estate. This situation has been happening for many years and it has been allowed to continue happening. The school children together with their parent or guardian must pass by and carefully avoid what could be an unwelcome drenching. This is a situation that could also arise if a motorist or any such vehicle should pass too quickly or irresponsibly through the large pools of water. These pools also block the way for pedestrians coming or going to the University hospital, Dooradoyle or onto the shopping centre or to the city.
In similar fashion the exit from Cypruss terrace on the Dooradoyle road becomes a large pool of water causing pedestrians to veer out onto or very near the main road next to the roundabout near Lissanalta House. Surely the public is entitled to have better conditions than these in 2014 and that budgets are not so tight that we cannot have a few modifications to these right of ways.
WATER METERS: The installation of water meters in the Dooradoyle estate is reckoned to commence in two to three weeks. All householders will receive a call from a member of the installation team before commencement of the work or will receive notice in the letter-box.
MAKE SURE: As new water meters will be installed everywhere in the Limerick area before long more there may be callers to your house. Make sure that any caller representing water-meter staff that come to inform you that they are about to install these meters has identification if they are to seek access to your property. At present water meters are being installed in the Ballycummin area. Any staff calling to your home will do so to inform you that they are about to commence the work. They do not have to enter your home and furthermore there is no payment of money required yet for this process.
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 are welcome.
DONoRS: The next visit of the Irish Blood Transfusion Service to the South Court Hotel will be on Wednesday, November 6 from 5.0pm until 8.0pm. All donors will be welcome especially new donors. There is always a demand for blood supplies in hospitals and it is vital that supplies are maintained at a safe level and are not allowed drop below a certain level.
FOR OUR DEAD: At present a list of names of deceased people of this parish or deceased people associated with residents of this parish is being compiled for remembrance on November 4 when a special Mass is celebrated at 7.30pm. All who have died since October 1 2012 to the end of October 2013. The names and parish and association with St. Paul’s parish should be placed on the list that will be available in the sacristy up to the day of the Mass, November 4.
CEMETARY SUNDAY: That which has come to be known as Cemetary Sunday will take place on Sunday, November 10. People who have deceased buried in the Castlemungret cemetery and the Mungret cemetery will come together to pray and to remember their deceased. The ceremony will commence in the Castlemungret cemetery at 2.30 pm and in the Mungret cemetery at3.30pm. The clergy from St. Paul’s church and St. Nessan’s church, Raheen will lead the prayers for the dead. It is hoped to have a booklet available with some prayers and readings for all in attendance.
MS IRELAND: The Multiple Sclerosis society that does a great amount of work in assisting those afflicted with this impairment is holding a ‘Read-a-Thon competition at present which will continue until November 11. It is seeking supporters or more properly readers. If you would like to support the society contact www.msreadathon.ie and find out more and get involved.
MACRA NA FEIRME: Contrary to what you might be thinking Macra na Feirme is not a club solely for people from the county. In fact, whether you are from the county or the city you are very welcome to become a member of Macra and engage in its many recreational activities. If you are interested in learning more about this club call to the South Court hotel on next Thursday, November 7 at 8.30pm and meet some of the other members.
CLOSED: St. Paul’s school will.be closed for the October break from Friday, October 25 at 12.30pm. to Monday, November 4 when it will re-open at 9.0am. .
OSTEOFIT: Osteofit classes have resumed in the Mungret/St. Paul’s GAA clubhouse since Monday, September 2 at 12.00. These classes are for adults and the aim is to make participants more active by exercise that strengthens density of bones, improve posture and balance. Persons who are interested can get more information on www.osteofit.ie and the first introductory class is free. Thereafter it costs €8 per class and there is no obligation on anyone to attend except as they please. It is a good social outlet as well for flexibility and relaxation
EXTINGUISHMENT: The Limerick County Council has a public notice in the local newspapers proposing the extinguishment of public right of way at pedestrian access between the Forts Housing Estate and Foxfield Housing Estate onto Dooradoyle Road (LP1404).
A map showing the Right of Way will be on display at the Transport Office, County Hall for a period of one month from October 21 to Friday, November 22,2013 during office hours. Objections or representations in relation to the proposal should be made in writing to the Senior Staff Officer at County Hall up to and including Friday, December 13, 2013.
Any person making such a written objection may include in their submission a request that they be allowed to state their
Lotto: Lotto Draw 28 October 2013. Numbers drawn 6, 12, 23, 28. No winner. Next week’s jackpot; €7,800.