CHURCH NOTICES: Listed readers for this weekend, April 27-28, The Fifth Sunday of Easter Year C are as follows; Saturday at 7pm Dan Riordan, Sunday at 10am P.J.O’Grady, Sunday at 12noon Michael Punch. Eucharistic Ministers, Saturday at 7pm Christy Murphy, Rita Madigan, Joe Tierney. Sunday at 10am Noreen Murray, Eileen Nally, PJ O’Grady. Sunday at 12noon, Patrick Kirby, Rose Kelliher, Rita Madigan. Please arrange a replacement if you are unable to fulfill any duty allocated to you. The weekly prayer meeting takes place on Monday at 8pm and all are welcome. Items for inclusion in the weekly Parish Newsletter should be handed into the sacristy by 9-30am on Friday or contact Fr. Muiris O’Connor on 353711 or 0866075628. Alternatively they can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Listed readers for the month of May are as follows; Saturday at 7pm Joanne Tierney, Sunday at 10am Joe Tierney, Sunday at 12noon Angels O’Donnell.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in Patrickswell Church on Saturdays from 8am until 12noon, and in Ballybrown on Wednesday from 6 to 8pm.
BLOOD DONORS: The Irish Blood Transfusion Service requires three thousand donations every week, and a clinic will be held at the Dunraven Arms Hotel, Adare, next Tuesday, May 30, from 6 to 9pm. You can visit any blood donor clinic as long as ninety days have elapsed since you last gave blood, and you are urged to please give regularly. There will be a donor session in Raheen the following week. For more information contact the Donor Information Line on 1850 731137, or their website.
TEA DANCE: A Tea Dance is being held this Sunday, April 28, in the GAA Hall from 3 to 6pm, with music by T.J.Ryan. Admission will be by ticket at a cost of only €6, which can be purchased beforehand or on the door. Your support would be very welcome, and a very enjoyable afternoon, which includes an array of spot prizes is promised for all those who do attend.
ACTIVE RETIREMENT: The sun certainly had his hat on, on Friday morning for another outdoor gardening class which was enthusiastically attended by twelve members of the group. The morning again focussed on the subject of raised beds, and as well some tips on successful seed sowing, there was also a demonstration on how to create a cloche for plants and seed beds using water pipes, screw, string and horticultural fleece, which was both interesting and entertaining. Plans are also in train for the Alzheimer’s Tea Day in May, with the date and venue yet to be confirmed.
THUMP BOXING: for fitness every Wednesday evening in Mungret GAA Hall at 7 pm. All are welcome. For more information contact John on 0879115411
FODDER CRISIS: The unprecedented fodder crisis, which is now seriously affecting the farming community, has prompted Teagasc and the Irish Farming Association to issue an appeal to those with spare fodder to contact their officers, in order to make it available to those who need it most. In other moves to alleviate the situation, fodder is being sourced and imported from the UK.
EPILEPSY: A workshop for people with epilepsy, their families and carers, is being organised by Epilepsy Ireland, which will focus on how to recognise the physical, mental and emotional changes that occur. It will take place at the Kilmurry Lodge Hotel, Castletroy on Saturday May 4. For more information contact Epilepsy Ireland on 061-313773 or 01-4557500, or email akelly@epilepsy .ie
HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE: Details as follows; 13 days from October 23 to November 4. Spiritual Director Fr.Damien Ryan. Cost €1500 PPS. Early booking is essential. Further details are available from Tom O’Dwyer 087-2701311 or Síle 086-8590394
SEWERAGE SCHEME: The long awaited infrastructural improvements to the local sewerage scheme are well under way, and there is a lot of activity in more than one location. There are now two sets of temporary traffic lights on the main road between Patrickswell and Raheen, and also a set in the vicinity of the Old Creamery on the Clarina Road. Motorists would be advised to use the motorway in either direction between Patrickswell and the Raheen turn off, to avoid the ongoing delays. Caution is advised while driving through these areas at all times.
RESOURCE CENTRE: As well as the recently advertised Citizens Advice at the Community Resource Centre on Tuesdays from 12-30 to1-30pm, a broad range of activities, services and information is also readily available including all HSE and Social Welfare forms, passport and driving licence application forms. The FÁS Jobs Board is updated daily, and a photocopying and typing service is also offered. The Jobs Club can assist with CV preparation and interview skills. The Parent and Toddler Group meets on Thursdays from 9-30 to 11am, and new members are always welcome. The internet and computer room is open daily for over eighteens, at a cost of €1 for thirty minutes, and €2 for a full hour. If anyone is interested in availing of any of the classes or activities call in or phone 320303, or E-mail email@example.com