Feb 16

Jude Meaney

Reporter:

Jude Meaney

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 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.

ARD SCOIL RIS NEWS: Over the Christmas break, thirty students and four team mentors, visited Madrid as a touring rugby squad. After a late afternoon flight, the players were straight into action, taking on a Madrid selection team at eight thirty in the evening. Despite the tiring day travelling, the players settled into the game and recorded a comprehensive victory, in a challenging encounter. The following day, the squad met for an early morning training session. This was followed by a guided tour of Madrid. The main event of the day, was the visit to the Bernebau Stadium. The players were given a behind the scenes insight into the facilities offered to professional sports players, competing at the highest level. The day was completed, with dinner followed by a spot of bowling.

On the third day of the tour the squad faced VRAC, the U20s Spanish Champions. Again, this was an extremely competitive and sporting encounter. The Ardscoil team in the end, showing their skill and determination, finished out the game as well deserved victors. On the final day of the tour, the squad and mentors took the opportunity, to view some of Madrid’s famous sights. They visited the Royal Palace, West Park and the Mayor Plaza. This was followed, by an afternoon of shopping. The tour was an astounding success, for all involved. Many thanks must go to the teachers, Mr Long and Mr Corrigan, and coaches, John Deegan and Noel Davies, who gave up their time so generously, to travel with the squad.

DAVE O’BRIEN AT THE WOODLANDS HOUSE HOTEL: Come to the Woodlands House Hotel, Adare, Co Limerick on Monday, February 18 at 8.00pm and see Dave O’Brien. He certainly “Lives Life to the Plus.” He has run over 400 races (including 30+ marathons, appeared on two TV survival shows, and at the age of 43, climbed the seven highest peaks in his native Ireland in 23 hours, 28 minutes – a 13-year old record, that stands to this day.

Dave returned from Antarctica in December 2010, where he completed the last of four 155-mile endurance races, as part of Racing the Planet’s “4 Deserts” series. Earlier in 2010, he completed the three other 155-mile races, across Chile’s Atacama desert in March, the Gobi desert in China in June, and the Sahara desert in Northern Africa

in October – quite a feat for a man who turned 57 in January. Why nutrition is the cornerstone of good health? Combatting the effects of exercise induced Oxidative Stress. Maximising Lean Mass and reducing Body Fat. The Importance of Fruits & Vegetables in a daily diet. Nutritional Health Vs. Aerobic Health. (The difference between “HEALTH” and “FITNESS”).

Dave O’Brien is a legend. He spoke to 5,000 people at a health conference in Munich Germany 12 weeks ago, an audience which included 500 doctors and healthcare professionals and got a standing ovation. He flew directly to Long Beach in California and spoke to over 6,000 more, to another standing ovation before moving on to give two talks in Northern California, to packed audiences. On his return to Ireland within a week, he took off again and gave talks to packed audiences in Helsinki, Brussels and London . On this present U.S. Tour alone, Dave will complete 11 talks in 9 States in 17 days, to over 35,000 people. Watch out for the “Desert Runners Movie” due for release in June 2013.

Rated by Time Magazine as the toughest races in the world, Dave is one of only a handful of men in the world, the only Irishman ever and the oldest man on the planet, at 56, to complete all 4 x 250 Kilometre Deserts in the same year, all in a 38 week period. The hottest, Coldest, Driest and Windiest Deserts in the world carrying everything on his back to survive. You may be fit, but are you “Healthy”? His talk in Limerick, is a must for anybody involved in Sport and essential for anybody wanting to improve their health and general well-being. Buckle up for this roller coaster EXPERIENCE!!! For further information, please telephone 087 900 2890 or Email: gallagher_noreen@yahoo.co.uk

VILLIERS SCHOOL NEWS: Villiers PTA would like to invite you to a talk on Thursday, March 7. It will be presented by Catherine O’Connor (Educational Consultant). Her talk looks at the challenges facing students making the transition into college life. It will be held in Villiers Lecture Hall and will commence at 7.30pm. All parents and friends, are welcome to attend.

LIMERICK LIONS CLUB: Limerick Lions Club wish to thank all their patrons and friends, who supported them so generously last year. The Club are having a NEW MEMBERSHIP DRIVE for 2013. For further details, please telephone Lions Club President Noel Sexton on 086 352 7418.

VALENTINE’S BALL: A buffet style dinner including dancing, in aid of the Limerick Camogie Senior Team, will be held in the Kilmurry Lodge Hotel, Castletroy on Friday, February 15. Treat your Valentine to a great night out, fully sponsored by the Kilmurry Lodge Hotel. All proceeds will go to the team. Cost is €25 per head.

ANTIQUES VALUATION ROADSHOW: An Antiques Valuation Day comes to the Hunt Museum on Sunday, February 17 from 12pm to 4.30pm. Experts from Irish Antique Dealers Association along with others, will be on hand to identify and value items.

AMERICAN BUFFALO BY DAVID MAMET: Come along to the Loft Venue at the Locke Bar, 3 George’s Quay, Limerick on Friday, February 15 and Sunday, February 17 at 7.30pm, for some classic american theatre. A classic of the American theatre, made famous by the acclaimed performances of actors, such as Al Pacino and Robert Duvall, (and also starring Dustin Hoffman in the cinematic release). ‘American Buffalo’ represents the visceral and poetically profane language of David Mamet, at it’s ear-scorching best.

Three men of various degrees of anger and desperation, plot larceny in a downtown Chicago junk-shop; dangers to the scheme include cops, the threat of violence and the fear (and fact) of internal betrayal. The smallest of small-time criminals become some of the most memorable characters of the American stage as the circumstances, (around the sale and recovery of a single nickel), plunge them headlong into a downward spiral of paranoia and suspicion.

Mamet uses the play as an examination of the values of friendship and loyalty versus the perceived ethical values of ‘business’ and ‘free-enterprise’: “Without this we’re just savage … ...in the wilderness, sitting around some vicious campfire..” ‘American Buffalo’ is the fourth production from Magic Roundabout following their acclaimed ‘Spinal Krapp’, ‘Two Gentlemen of Lebowski’ and ‘Love, Peace and Robbery’.

Tickets cost just €10. For further information, please telephone 061 413 733 or Email:magicroundabout@gmail.com

MARCH AWAY MY BROTHERS: Come along to the Millennium Theatre, LIT, Moylish Park, Limerick on Friday, February 15 at 8pm. ‘March Away My Brothers’ is a one man show, taken from the book of the same name by Brendan MacQuaile; it follows the journey of a young Lad, Lawrence Kelly from Bridgefoot Street in Dublin’s Liberties to the Christmas Truce in 1914, somewhere near the Messines ridge in Flanders, where many Irish fought and died during the course of this terrible conflagration. But Larry’s story is not one of hell and damnation. Let’s face it, he is already dead, blown to bits at the now infamous Passchendaele and remembered only as an inscription on the Menin Gate. Larry looks back with the excitement of the early call to arms still palpable, the Guinness Pals brigade forming after Kitcheners call to arms and the sheer chaos and melee of new troops arriving in France, gung ho, ready

to serve the crown, and do their bit before it was ‘Over by Christmas’.

March Away My Brothers takes its title from a Poem written in 1922 by George Chester Duggan. ‘The Watchers on Gallipoli’. Chester wrote the poem in memory of his two brothers George and Jack who were both killed on the same day in August 1915, near Suvla bay on the Turkish peninsula. Part of the reason for writing, both the book and the show, was to understand the role that Music had to play in the lives of the troops. Unlike today, musical performances were not available on a personal level just at the touch of a button, soldiers sang to each other in the trenches or billets at night and even on the March. Many of the popular songs of the time are included as an integral part of this fascinating tale. Songs such as ‘It’s a long way to Tipperary’ and ’There’s a long long trail a winding’ were popular hits for singers such as John McCormack and Stanley Kirby during the war years and they are sung with Gusto in this performance. Some modern reflections in song are also included. And finally to the Christmas truce, an impromptu meeting of soldiers from both sides, on a bitter cold Christmas Eve in an area known as ‘no man’s land’. Shared cigarettes, and photos. Shared experiences that revealed similarities between the troops, similarities that the Top Brass would rather keep hidden. For further information, please telephone 061 293 190 or Email: LITMT@lit.ie

CASTLETROY PARK HOTEL WEDDING FAIR: The Castletroy Park Hotel Wedding Fair, will be held on Sunday, February 17 in the Castletroy Park Hotel, Dublin Rd, Limerick. Congratulations on your engagement! Now that you have started to plan your beautiful wedding day, let us show you why the Castletroy Park Hotel is the perfect venue for you and your guests. Come view our spectacular Ballroom dressed in wedding Finery. A day packed with Wedding Inspiration and Wonderful Prizes, plus a great selection of Wedding Suppliers in attendance. Prizes to be raffled on the day include €100 voucher of video production packages, €100 photography voucher, free studio shoot with 12x10 prints, free studio shoot with 8x6 prints, €100 wedding stationary voucher, free bridal hair & make up trial, leather photo album, cosmetic gift packs for him & her and many other prizes. We would be delighted, if you would join us for this very special event. No appointments necessary. For further information, please telephone 061 335 566 or Email: events@castletroypark.ie Web: www.castletroy-park.ie

ST MARY’S CATHEDRAL CHOIR: On Wednesday, March 6 at 6.30pm, St Mary’s Cathedral Choir, together with professional soloists and orchestra, will be mounting a special performance of Bach’s masterly Cantata No. 78, Jesu der du meine Seele. This is actually one of the set works for this year’s Leaving Certificate Music syllabus, so this event presents a rare and golden opportunity for students (and teachers) to hear a live performance with the necessary full forces, together with an explanatory introduction.

In the opening talk, each movement of the work will be discussed and key themes and ideas highlighted. This is the third time, that St Mary’s Cathedral has mounted this special ‘Leaving Cert Guide to Bach Cantata 78’. The talk and presentation will be given by Peter Barley, Organist and Choirmaster of St Mary’s Cathedral. He will also conduct the performance. Peter is a music graduate of Cambridge and London Universities, as well as the Royal Academy of Music, London. A booking form can be downloaded either from the PPMTA website: www.ppmta.ie or the cathedral website at http://www.cathedral.limerick.anglican.org. Or you can Email: peterandrewbarley@gmail.com, or ring St Mary’s Cathedral Office on 061 310 293. Entrance is priced at 8 euro per student and 10 euro per adult, though one teacher goes free, with every group of six students. This concert is generously supported by the PPMTA (the Post-Primary Music Teachers’ Association) and the Companions of St Mary’s Cathedral Music.