LIMERICK YOUTH SERVICE NEWS: After its summer holidays, Limerick city’s premier Youth Café, Lava Javas, has reopened its doors to the young people of the midwest. Located at 5 Lower Glentworth St, Lava Javas has grown to become a focal point of youth culture in Limerick city. With a coffee bar, pool table, dance floor and comfy sofas galore, there is something for everyone at Limerick’s first Youth Café. ‘Simply, it’s for young people, by young people,’ said John Real, manager, Lava Javas. ‘It’s a city centre space where young people (14-19yrs) can hang out, spend time with friends and make new ones,’ continued Mr. Real. Youth Cafes differ from Youth Clubs, in that there is no pressure to take part in programmes. However, if young people wish to take part in one or organise an event, then the Youth Cafe does its best to facilitate them. With a stage, sound system and music love staff and young people, it is no wonder that Lava Javas has developed a reputation as a live music venue for up and coming acts. ‘Lava Javas offers young acts a chance to gain valuable live music experience,’ said Mr. Real who listed Animal Beats and Sum Yung Wans as acts that cut their teeth at Lava Javas. Mr. Real promised that there will be plenty more live music and events for the new season, with a Halloween party and some old music friends returning! The opening times of Lava Javas are Thursday, 16:30-20:00hrs, Friday, 16:30-21:00hrs and Saturday, 15:00-20:00hrs. Lava Javas is one of Limerick Youth Service’s three Youth Cafes. Its sister Youth Cafes are the Laff Caff, Southside Youth Café and the 4th Corner, Northside Youth Café.
Looking for a space to have a cuppa, chat with friends and chill out that’s in the heart of Limerick city? Then pop along to Limerick Youth Service’s Paradise Restaurant. The Paradise Restaurant serves a selection of traditional Irish food produced by young trainees, while the tasty treats from the Bakery Project can be sampled in house or purchased from Catherine Daly at the Bakery Shop. Limerick Youth Service’s carpentry workshop is located next to the restaurant and, under the watchful eye of Ger O’Brien, the young people produce a bird-boxes, kennels, playhouses and more, all of which are available to members of the public to purchase. Located at the corner of Henry St/Lower Glentworth St, Paradise Restaurant is part of Limerick Youth Service’s community youth space which also has a carpentry workshop, award winning youth bakery project and a dedicated youth information bureau.
‘Instil a sense of caution not fear’ was one of the many recommendations from Dr. Maureen Griffin during her lectures on Internet Safety. Dr. Griffin, a lecturer in UCC and leading voice on internet safety, addressed the issues of social networking, texting, cyber-bullying, online gaming and chat-rooms. ‘The idea of this lecture was not to scare people to close down their facebook account,’ said Dr. Griffin, ‘rather, make them aware of the consequences of some of their actions.’ ‘Although the majority of young people who use sites, such as facebook and YouTube, do so in a safe manner, there are some vulnerable youngsters for whom the web can become a very lonely and unsafe place,’ stated Dr. Griffin. ‘They may see classmate’s pages with loads of friends and pictures of them on holidays and feel left out explained Dr. Griffin, who added that ‘they may not be aware that what they are seeing is the edited highlights of someone’s life.’ With some people having several hundred ‘facebook friends,’ Dr. Griffin asked the question, ‘would you class someone you just met in school or at a party as a friend in real life?’ ‘By making someone a friend on facebook you are inviting them into your life,’ continued Dr. Griffin before asking all in attendance, ‘would you invite a stranger into your home, share photos and share some of the most intimate details of your life with them?’ Dr. Griffin made the point that ‘just as we aim protect young people in life we should protect them on the web.’ ‘From the moment our children are born we look after them, teaching them the safe cross code etc,’ explained Dr. Griffin, ‘yet the internet is thrown at them without rules or guidelines.’ If you would like to know more about Dr. Griffin’s Internet Safety for Schools, please visit her website www.isfsi.ie.
SET DANCING CLASSES: Set Dancing Classes are resuming in the Monaleen G.A.A. Clubhouse on Thursday, September 12. The classes will be held every Thursday, with Beginners from 7pm to 8pm and Advanced from 8pm to 9.15pm. All are welcome. For further information, please telephone 087 257 7761.
COUNSELLING SERVICE: There is a counselling service available in the Moyross Community Centre. For more information and to make an appointment, please contact the Moyross Action Centre on 061 326 057 or 061 421 915.
FITNESS THROUGH FOOTBALL PROGRAMME: Fitness Through Football Programme is an 8 week mens health programme, that uses football as a medium to build a health and fitness programme around. It is aimed at young men, aged 18-25. It has a 3 layer approach using: (1) Fitness workshops- Gym and intense football training. (2) Nutrition Workshops- Cook-it programme, learning to cook cheap nutritious meals. (3) Health workshops- A series of workshops covering various themes affecting mens wellbeing, such as drug and alcohol use and abuse, mental health, sexual health etc. Our recruitment day will be held on Tuesday, September 17 at 2pm, in Kileely Community Centre and everyone is welcome to attend and sign up. Interested parties will be able to hear in detail, what the programme is about and if interested apply. For further information, please contact Daniel Butler, Drug Education and Prevention Worker, Limerick City DEPS, Unit 11C, Watchouse Cross, Moyross, Limerick. Telephone 061 459 262, or 085 7352 015.
SUNDAY MARKET: Please come along to the Limerick Milk Market, Cornmarket Row, Limerick every Sunday from 11am to 4pm. The Sunday market is a lazy, hazy food venue with 8 food venues open for breakfast and brunch in the Market. Browse through 36 stallholders offering a broad range of arts, crafts, clothes, jewellery, antiques, bric-a-brac and curiosities. For the kids there are often face painters, magicians, jugglers, mime artists and buskers, all providing an atmosphere that the family will surely enjoy. You can buy or just relax and take in the unique atmosphere of the Sunday Market, while sipping on a latte from the Pónaire Coffee Company, tucking into Country Choice’s famous brunch or savouring a chocolate crêpe from the Bon-Appétit Crêperie. Country Choice also offer cheese tasting every Sunday from 11am to 2.30pm. Enjoy all this, while listening to free ‘brunch-time’ music! Boots, bikes, Buggies and dogs all welcome! Admission is FREE. For further information, please telephone 061 214 782, or Email :email@example.com Web: www.milkmarketlimerick.ie
NORTHSTAR OPEN NIGHT FOR MEMBERS: Northstar Family Support Project, Watchouse Cross, Moyross would like to invite all Founding Members, Past Participants and current Service Users to meet up for Tea and a Chat on Thursday, September 12 at 7pm in Northstar. We would love to take the opportunity to inform participants of what’s happening within Northstar and take feedback from participants, to help us improve our service and the experience for people. We will also highlight opportunities to access upcoming training and volunteering opportunities.
LIMERICK CIVIC TRUST KEEPER HILL WALK: The Civic Trust is holding a sponsored climb of Keeper Hill, Co. Tipperary on Saturday, September 14. The bus will leave Limerick at 9am, from the Bishop’’s Palace and return to Limerick at 4pm. For those who are interested, sponsorship cards will be given and we would ask that people return them before the day, with a minimum of €60 on the card, which will include transport to and from Tipperary. The climb itself will be lead by a qualified mountaineer. The climb which is 17km long, can be taxing in places and a certain level of fitness would be required. If you would like to discuss this in more detail, please let us know and we will put you in contact with our mountaineer. Places are limited to 100 and will be given on a first come, first serve basis, so please let us know if you are interested a.s.a.p. as a number of places are already taken. For any questions, please email:firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 061 313 399.
LIMERICK’S 3RD DIECAST MODEL AND DIORAMA SHOW: Limerick’s 3rd Diecast Model and Diorama Show takes place at the South Court Hotel,Raheen,Limerick on Sunday, September 15 from 10am to 6pm. On the day, you can see a magnificent array of Diecast Models and Diorama Displays of Truck, Farm, Construction, Cars plus much more. Traders will also be present. Proceeds are in aid of the Charity Limerick Animal Welfare. Please visit their information stand at the show. For more information, please contact Organisers M&M Diecast Models on 087 3277 757, or Email: email@example.com
IRISH ACADEMY OF MAGIC: Leon Andersen from Moyross is Irelands most skilful magician. He has won numerous awards such as best newcomer to the Munster Society of Magicians and stage magician of the year in 2006, with the top award for showmanship presented by the Brotherhood of Magicians. This award has not not been won since Leon won it seven years ago. This technically means that Leon is still the number one stage magician in Ireland. Leon grew up in Glenagross Park, Moyross with his parents, three brothers and two sisters. From an early age all Leon wanted, was to be famous. So when he was thirteen, he joined a dance school and was taught how to perform by Philip “Scally” Scanlon. With his new dance shoes on, he became All Ireland Dance Champion in 1994, with a dance troupe called Free Foundation and regained that title in 1995. Over the next few years, he had won seven Munster Championships and several Limerick trophies. In 1996, he was approached and asked to dance for the dance nation tour that was being held in nightclubs all over the country. He was also busy being a member of bands such as Celtic Crew and Just This Beat. In 1997, he made a big decision. He found out he was going to be a Dad, so he put away his dancing shoes to concentrate on giving his children, his time and attention. When he was twenty, he saw American magician David Blaine perform a new style of tricks called “Street Magic”. He was bitten by the fame bug again. Leon has dedicated hours of practice to perfect his new found interest and it all paid off in 2006, when he became I.B.M. Magician of the Year, with the top award for showmanship. Leon has made a name and a market for himself in Ireland and will always be proud of his roots. Leon has now opened The Irish Academy of Magic. If you would like to become a magician or just be able to fool your friends and family with some impressive tricks, you can now enrol in a new course of magic for beginners. It is strictly for over twelves and places are limited to ten per class. The cost is €50 for a four week course. This fee includes all the props needed to perform tricks like a real magician. For further details, please contact Leon on 086 087 3960, or visit:www.theirishacademyofmagic.com.
MOYROSS COMMUNITY DINNERS: The Moyross Community Centre are now providing lunch for older people on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12.30p.m. to 2.00p.m. It costs just €3.00 per meal with an extra €0.50 for dessert. I had a meal in the centre recently and I was extremely impressed with the fantastic service provided at such a reasonable cost. There was a great atmosphere and great credit is due to the kitchen staff. There is also a takeaway service available on request. For further details, please telephone Chris on 061 326 057.
CONSOLE: After losing a loved one to suicide, family members and friends can be overwhelmed by intense emotions like grief, confusion, disbelief and despair. In the early stages and for some time you may be in deep shock and experience numbness towards everything. Counselling allows you to talk about what you are experiencing. It gives you an opportunity to talk to someone outside of the family or your group of friends, which can be helpful. In counselling, there is an opportunity to talk about the person who has died, the suicide itself and what it means to you. During your conversations with a counsellor, you can explore the emotions you are experiencing. Our research shows it is important to tell the story, express emotion, make meaning of the loss and develop a new relationship with the person who has died. We are all unique, in how we deal with our grief. For some people, it will be important to talk to someone after the death. For others, it may be a longer time. If you are feeling alone and isolated after losing a loved one to suicide, Console are available to support you. In the days and weeks following the death, family and friends may be all the support you need. After a time, some of that support may diminish and you may like to talk to someone about how you are feeling. If you feel you are not coping as well as you would like, or you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, it may be a good idea to speak to one of our counsellors. You are feeling overwhelmed by your emotions for a period of time. After the initial weeks, you are still feeling numb or are staying busy to keep the feeling away. You are not eating or sleeping. You are experiencing nightmares or flashbacks. You feel isolated or are unable to talk to anyone else. Your relationships are suffering. You are finding it difficult to parent your child. Your work is suffering. You are having suicidal thoughts yourself. The first step is to telephone your nearest Console Centre or our National Helpline. We will send you some information to read and our referral form. You can give the referral form to the manager of the centre and a meeting will be arranged with you as soon as possible.
The first meeting is a conversation with your counsellor and the centre manager about the difficulties you are experiencing, what your current needs are and how best we can help at this time. It is also an opportunity for us to tell you about how we work and what to expect. We will explore with you, if it is the right time for you to attend counselling and if Console can meet your needs. After this meeting, if you decide you would like to attend for counselling, your counsellor will arrange your first appointment with you. Console Limerick is based at Console House, 1, Oakville Terrace, New Street, Limerick. Telephone: 061 306 792. If you do not feel that counselling is right for you at this time, Console also provides: A National Free Phone Helpline. Therapy and on-going Support Groups for those bereaved by suicide. Console publishes literature to help people understand their grieving process. Practical information about the inquest or entitlements following your bereavement. The phone number for the National Helpline is: 1800 201 890. www.console.ie or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
SENIOR HELP LINE: Do you need someone to listen? Would you like to share a worry? Are there days when nobody calls? The Senior Help Line provide a confidential listening service for older people, by older people, for the price of a local call anywhere in Ireland. The Help Line is open every day of the year from 10am to 4pm and from 7pm to 10pm. The phone number is: 1 850 440 444.