ÁRD SCOIL MHUIRE MUSIC: The Lunchtime Concert on Wednesday, September 18, 2013, at St Mary’s Cathedral will feature Organist, Peter Barley who will play movements from Handel’s Water Music and a set of variations by renowned organist and composer, Arthur Willis. This concert will be in aid of Árd Scoil Mhuire music department. It begins at 1.15 and finishes at 2.00pm. Admission is free but a donation to the Retiring Collection would be greatly appreciated as this will go to this very worthy cause.
ATHLUNKARD ABC: An enjoyable evening took place in the club grounds last Friday with the naming and blessing of two new racing boats. Canon O’Malley performed the blessing in front of a large attendance. Club members, family and friends of Tom Mulqueen, Maxine and Claire Murphy gathered to show their appreciation for these outstanding members who were honoured by the club with their names on the new boats. Tom has been a member since the sixties and has filled many positions within the club while Maxine and Claire were part of the first ladies crew to row for Athlunkard in 1974. They also went on to represent Ireland at international regattas. Among the attendance were many former oars people who mingled freely with the younger oars people currently rowing with the club. An enjoyable evening followed with refreshments at the Mall Bar where many stories were recalled and some more races were won as the night went on.
A reminder that the club regatta will take place on Saturday 21st September on the Abbey River. This is an opportunity for everyone to come along and support our oarspeople in what will be a very relaxed and fun day of racing between 2pm and 7pm. Our parent’s committee will be on hand to provide barbeque food throughout the day.
SCOUTS ARE BACK: Scouting has opened after the summer break. St Marys Beaver Scouts 6 - 8 year olds Tuesdays 6.30 - 8pm. St Marys Cub Scouts 9 - 11 years old Wednesday 6.30 - 8pm. All new members welcome.
SCOUTING IN THE PARISH: Isn’t it just great to see the tradition of scouting still existing in our parish. It is an ideal way for young lads who may not be robust or disposed to physical sports. By being a scout they are enabled to mix quietly with others and in the meantime they learn so many useful life skills. Well done to Barry McInerney for taking the time to gather these young lads together on a weekly basis. They will remember this time of their lives in decades to come. Long may this scouting movement continue! They make us proud to see them walk in the St Patrick’s Day parade.
CULTURE NIGHT AT CATHEDRAL: Friday, September 20, 2013, 6.00pm - 9.30pm in St Mary’s Cathedral - Limerick Culture Night - the tower and bells in St Mary’s Cathedral will partake in the event based on bells, bell-ringing and clay decorations related to heritage, music and children. Fuller details will be published later.
MAE ON HURLING: Sunday morning and it’s All Ireland Hurling day in Croke Park. Waking up to ‘Sunday Miscellany’ is always a treat but when our parish writer features in the line-up then it is all the more rewarding and definitely more enjoyable. Last Sunday Mae’s offering concerned her brief or perhaps not so brief encounter with a passing traveller on a train journey. He, the passing traveller, had a hurley which he placed within Mae’s vision and she couldn’t resist touching it lovingly, when she noticed that the ‘bas’ was extra wide, a fact which gave rise to Mae’s queries. He tells her it is a Kilkenny hurley. Mae with raised eyebrows doesn’t quite understand and in a vain attempt pursues the matter. She finally gives up and reverts to her firm travelling companion and one she can readily relate to, her book.
When she arrives home to Naas she questions her All Ireland hurling champion husband, Joe. He said No! There was no such thing as a Kilkenny hurley or a Limerick hurley either. Our naturally fluent writer then launches into a detailed account of the day when her then boyfriend went into Nestor’s on O’Connell Street to purchase his all important hurley. Well, can she paint a verbal picture? She certainly can, down to the very measuring of the said precious object up to his hip, waist, whatever!
Now with yet another All Ireland in the offing, a replay of the Clare and Cork encounter on Saturday, September 8, 2013, I just wonder has Mae another ‘hurling gem’ to pull out of her reservoir of magical memories? Oh, I almost forgot, you can actually get an emblem of your city etched on your precious hurley; in our case perhaps the Treaty Stone.
BABIES BAPTISED: We warmly welcome the following babies who have been recently baptised in our parish and we extend our congratulations to the parents of these newly born babies.
Tamera Mc Cormack-Reddan, Finn Kenehan, Ali O Callaghan, Chloe O’Donoghue, Lorcan Walsh, Ella-Mae Wallace, Evie Lysaght-Healy, Glen Blackhall, Layla Curran.
MEALS ON WHEELS: A Daily Service of Meals on Wheels, Monday to Friday, mornings and afternoons is currently provided by St Mary’s AID. Enquiries regarding this service should be made to John Gilligan at St Mary’s AID. Telephone 061-318106.
PARISH OFFICE: Our Parish Office is in the Canon’s house which is situated directly opposite the entrance to the Sacristy behind our church. It is open three days a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 3.00-5.00pm. The contact number is, 061-416300.
CLOSED AT TWO: King’s Island Primary Care Centre has a well stocked Chemist shop which is open six days a week. It is well worth noting so as not to be caught out that on Saturdays the opening hours are 9.30am to 2.00pm
BACK AGAIN TO KILKEE: Well, it seems like the right thing to do with the magnificent weather we are having this September and seeing that I will be off there very soon for a peaceful sojourn, it’s no harm to remind ourselves what other more discerning people thought of our little hacienda by the sea almost one hundred years ago. Canon Langbridge was Rector of St John’s Parish for quite a few decades during the late 19th and early 20th century. He was a man of outstanding literary acumen and he was much loved by his devoted congregation.
In the ‘Limerick Leader’ and ‘Clare Journal’ of 1914, Canon Langbridge extols the merits of what came to be known as the Irish Brighton and believe me, upon reading this short piece you will be more than fit to relate to every word he wrote. It hasn’t changed one single bit, spiky rocks or much else either. “You will spend much of your time on the spangled, gnarled, rough-hided, rosy glimmering ledges of the Diamond Rocks. There you will see dreams, and fantasies of changing water lights, gardens and palaces of foam. There a scarlet sun will burn like a fierce lamp turning all heaven to shining altars and hovering wings. Never will you forget a great sunset in Kilkee.”
FOUNTAIN OF HERITAGE: The delightful fountain situated behind City Hall has recently received a new lease of life with the instalment of a circular water fountain. Named, ‘Fountain of Heritage,’ one of the plaques surrounding it reads as follows: ‘Dedicated to the courageous men and women who left their native land, starting with the Flight of the Wild Geese in October, 1691, to seek freedom of religion, political expression and economic opportunities for themselves and their families. Presented to the people of Limerick on the occasion of the Treaty 300 commemorations in the City of Limerick on October 3, 1991 by the Wild Geese, Ltd., of Fairfield County, Connecticut, with contributions of members and friends whose names and families are inscribed here.’ The sculptor of the Tobar na hOidhreachta, is William H. Turner.
PRIMARY CARE CENTRE: It is now eleven months since the official opening by the Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly, of our medical pride and joy, the King’s Island Primary Care Centre. Consisting of an area of 11,000 sq feet, this Centre offers three vital medical services: King’s Island Medical Centre, a well stocked Pharmacy, and the HSE Branch. An excellent Chiropodist practice also operates within this very fine structure. Formerly known as Dr Murray’s Surgery, this Doctors’ Practice stretches back to the early 1960s. It is open from 8.00am – 6.00pm from Monday to Friday. The contact numbers for this vibrant medical centre is: 061-311811: Fax 061-313837: email: email@example.com.
SALUTARY REMINDER: When you hear of the death of one of your class mates, it comes as a real shock despite the fact you may not have laid eyes on that person for many a year. It just makes you sit up and seriously think about the gift of life and just how much we take it for granted. Such happened to me upon hearing the death notices on radio recently. It was that of Helen O’Connor (Mannix) who was domiciled in Wood Road, Cratloe, Co Clare. The late Helen arrived in our school, St Mary’s at the beginning of Secondary School, together with some other very nice girls from St John’s Parish. She was tall and slim as a lat and wore a very determined expression. Like the other girls who arrived from that and various other parishes, Helen was of a friendly nature and fitted in well to a rather novel scene.
We sympathise with her husband, PJ, her son, Paraic, daughters, Róisin and Eimer, relatives and friends. Ar dheis Dé go raubh a anam dílis.
OUR PARISH IN POOR TIMES: “At the time Fr Brahan had been four and a half years Parish Priest of St Mary’s where he had previously laboured as a Curate for fourteen years. Within his knowledge he told the Commission the population in the district had been swelled by ‘the coming in of people from the country,’ but not of late years. The labouring classes in general, he said, supported themselves by ‘the portions of labour which they rather seldom get, and by applying themselves to various descriptions of industry. Portion of his poor parishioners applied themselves in the harvest and in the spring to agricultural labour, the rate of wages was generally from 8d to 10d per day. In the harvest it reached a shilling and sometimes a little more. Asked what was the wages of mechanics, Fr Brahan replied, ‘it varies, carpenters and masons generally get £1-1s a week – 3/9 a day. That is the wages it is stated they get.
I believe in many, many instances there is a private understanding between the employers and themselves, lowering down the rate of wages. The cause of the private arrangement and the reason the lowering of the rate was not avowed, he explained was, ‘necessity and poverty,’ which forced these people to make the arrangements. There was a general prejudice on the part of the body of tradesmen against those who laboured at a lower rate and it was also against some regulations they made themselves and certain rules.” (More of this article describing the mid 1800s by D.M next week).
SPOT OF HUMOUR: A traveller told a customs official that his luggage contained nothing but personal clothing. The official, however, opened one of the suitcases and found a bottle of whiskey. “What kind of clothing is this?” “That,” said the traveller,” is a nightcap.”
SEAN-FHOCAL: “Is iomaí fear fada a bhíonn lag ina lár.” “Many a tall man has a weak middle.” “Is maith an scathán cara dílis.” “A true friend is a good mirror.”