JOHN F. KENNEDY SCHOOL NEWS: Well done to the two JFK school quiz teams, who were victorious in the Caherdavin Credit Union Primary school quiz in the Greenhills Hotel recently. Well done and míle buiochas to Ms. O’ Sullivan for preparing the teams so well. The winning teams were, Under 11: Colm Copley Brown, Kieran Richardson, Eoin Coughlan and Sam Cusack. The victorious Under 13 team members were Dara O’Brien, Nathan Doheny, Conor Hickey and Robert Duffy. The boys went on to represent the school in the Munster finals in The Clare Inn and came in fourth and fifth places respectively. A great achievement for our school and well done to all concerned.
Extra Curricular Clubs have recommenced. Guitar Lessons with Jason Mitchell are continuing for 4th, 5th and 6th classes on Tuesday and Friday afternoons. Speech and Drama lessons have resumed after school in the halla on Wednesday afternoons. Chess Club with Gabriel and computers with Mr O’Neill are up and running on Thursday afternoons. Our chess teams will shortly be competing in the school leagues.
In conjunction with Comhaltas Ceoltoirí Eireann Tara Breen is coming to the school, to teach the recorder to the boys in 2nd and 3rd classes on Tuesday mornings. This is proving very popular with the boys.
Swimming lessons have begun for all classes in University of Limerick. The cost is €50 for eight lessons, this to include transport to and from pool, hire of pool and qualified swim instructors.
Hurling Training for the Olo cup team and the under 11 teams has commenced in Na Piarsaigh. A big word of thanks to Fergal Brosnan, Sean Hartney and Fr. Ryan for their assistance with the coaching of the teams. Hurling for the boys in second class has started with Frank Houlihan on Friday afternoons.
The next meeting of the JFK parents council will take place on Tuesday, March 19 at 8.00pm.
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.
TROCAIRE: Trocaire and Limerick Diocese celebrate 40 years of service together this Lent, Living Lent 2013. You will have seen the above posters in every church in the past few weeks. They were created by Trocaire especially for the special week coming up next week, and sent to all parishes about a month ago.
Trócaire’s ‘Rediscovering Mercy’ is a four week interactive faith-based Lenten programme for adults. An invitation to reconnect faith and mercy. It invites participants into a reﬂective space to rediscover God’s loving mercy for them and for the world. It is an opportunity to see how we are all loved by God, and out of this love, to see how we are called to love others in our families, communities and around the world.
You are invited to join us on Monday nights in the Pastoral Centre, Denmark Street, Limerick from 8pm to 9.30pm, as we reflect on faith and mercy in the context of human experience, of scripture, and of our call to compassion in our communities and the wider world.
HISTORY OF ST. PATRICK: Saint Patrick, The Apostle of Ireland, was born at what is now Kilpatrick, near Dumbarton, in Scotland, in the year 387; died at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland, 17 March, 493. At the time of his birth it was known as Briton and ruled by Rome. His parents were Calphurnius and Conchessa. The language of the time was latin and his given name was Patricus. His father belonged to a Roman family of high rank and held the office of decurio in Briton. Conchessa was a near relative of the great patron of Gaul, St. Martin of Tours. Kilpatrick still retains many memorials of Saint Patrick, and frequent pilgrimages continued far into the Middle Ages to perpetuate there the fame of his sanctity and miracles.
In his sixteenth year, Patrick was carried off into captivity by Irish marauders and was sold as a slave to a chieftain named Milchu in Dalriada, a territory of the present county of Antrim in Ireland, where for six years he tended his master’s flocks in the valley of the Braid and on the slopes of Slemish, near the modern town of Ballymena. He relates in his “Confessio” that during his captivity while tending the flocks he prayed many times in the day: “the love of God”, he added, “and His fear increased in me more and more, and the faith grew in me, and the spirit was roused, so that, in a single day, I have said as many as a hundred prayers, and in the night nearly the same, so that whilst in the woods and on the mountain, even before the dawn, I was roused to prayer and felt no hurt from it, whether there was snow or ice or rain; nor was there any slothfulness in me, such as I see now, because the spirit was then fervent within me.” In the ways of a benign Providence the six years of Patrick’s captivity became a remote preparation for his future apostolate. He acquired a perfect knowledge of the Celtic tongue in which he would one day announce the glad tidings of Redemption, and, as his master Milchu was a druidical high priest, he became familiar with all the details of Druidism from whose bondage he was destined to liberate the Irish race.
Admonished by an angel he, after six years, fled from his cruel master and bent his steps towards the west. He relates in his “Confessio” that he had to travel about 200 miles; and his journey was probably towards Killala Bay and onwards thence to Westport. He found a ship ready to set sail and after some rebuffs was allowed on board. In a few days he was among his friends once more in Briton, but now his heart was set on devoting himself to the service of God in the sacred ministry. We meet with him at St. Martin’s monastery at Tours, and again at the island sanctuary of Lérins which was just then acquiring widespread renown for learning and piety; and wherever lessons of heroic perfection in the exercise of Christian life could be acquired, thither the fervent Patrick was sure to bend his steps. No sooner had St. Germain entered on his great mission at Auxerre than Patrick put himself under his guidance, and it was at that great bishop’s hands that Ireland’s future apostle was a few years later promoted to the priesthood. It is the tradition in the territory of the Morini that Patrick under St. Germain’s guidance for some years was engaged in missionary work among them. When Germain commissioned by the Holy See proceeded to Briton to combat the erroneous teachings of Pelagius, he chose Patrick to be one of his missionary companions and thus it was his privilege to be associated with the representative of Rome in the triumphs that ensued over heresy and Paganism, and in the many remarkable events of the expedition, such as the miraculous calming of the tempest at sea, the visit to the relics at St. Alban’s shrine, and the Alleluia victory. Amid all these scenes, however, Patrick’s thoughts turned towards Ireland, and from time to time he was favoured with visions of the children from Focluth, by the Western sea, who cried to him: “O holy youth, come back to Erin, and walk once more amongst us.”
The Annals of the Kingdom of Ireland by the Four Masters states that by the year 438 Christianity had made such progress in Ireland that the laws were changed to agree with the Gospel. That means that in 6 years a 60 year old man was able to so change the country that even the laws were amended. St. Patrick had no printing press, no finances, few helpers and Ireland had no Roman roads to travel on. Even the 12 apostles with all their miracles never accomplished a feat like that.
NA PIARSAIGH G.A.A. CLUB NEWS: Na Piarsaigh opened their defence of the U21 Hurling Championship with a fine win over Adare, on a scoreline of 0-26 to 0-11. The early exchanges were even enough, but by half-time, Na Piarsaigh had pushed on to a lead of 0-12 to 0-6. Na Piarsaigh built on this lead and with ten players getting on the scoresheet, they ran out good winners. Na Piarsaigh had scores from Shane Dowling (0-9), Mark Ryan (0-4), Ronan Lynch (0-3), David Sheppard (0-2), Josh O’Halloran (0-3) and points by Mark Buckley, Michael Foley, William O’Donoghue, Eoin Keogh and David Dempsey. There were fine displays from Michael Casey, Alan Dempsey, Evan Egan, Kevin McNamara and Evan Condon in goal.
Na Piarsaigh lined out as follows: E. Condon, M. Casey, A Dempsey, Kevin McNamara, M. Buckley, R. Lynch, M Foley, M Ryan, W O’Donoghue, E Keogh, S Dowling, D Dempsey, E Egan, D Sheppard, J O’Halloran. Subs: R Houlihan, P Hodnett, B Carroll, G Browne, E O’Brien.
We congratulate Maurice Horan and Cian Coady on another great win for Limerick Senior Footballers v Waterford. Also to Adrian Breen who won a Fitzgibbon cup medal with UCC and Shane Dowling who helped Munster to the Railway Cup title v Connacht.
Well done to the Intermediate Camogie team, who opened their account, with a hard fought victory versus Ballybrown.
The Feile na nGael Hurlers are running a 50/50 draw, which will aid the cost of competing in this years event, hosted by Limerick. Tickets are €2 and can be purchased at the club. The club membership is also due, at €50 full member and €30 for social and student members. Please contact Mike Broderick, as soon as possible.
Our Under 21 hurlers were back in action on Tuesday evening in the Gaelic Grounds, when they took on Ballybrown. Both teams in this U21 Premier Hurling Championship had big wins, in their first matches. Na Piarsaigh started well and over the course of the half built up a significant lead of 0-10 to 0-1, though if Ballybrown had taken their chances, things would have been much closer. The second half was much closer and Ballybrown pushed the defending champions all the way, but never looked like overhauling them.
Na Piarsaigh had scores from: Ronan Lynch (0-4f), Shane Dowling (0-3f), Adrian Breen (0-2, 1f), and points from Josh O’Halloran, David Sheppard, David Dempsey, William O’Donoghue and Eoin Keogh. They had fine displays from Michael Casey, Alan Dempsey, Mark Ryan and Michael Foley. Final score Na Piarsaigh 0-14 to Ballybrown 0-09.
Na Piarsaigh lined out as follows: E. Condon, M. Casey, A Dempsey, M. Buckley, P Hodnett, R. Lynch, M Foley, M Ryan, W O’Donoghue, E Keogh, Adrian Breen, D Dempsey, S Dowling, D Sheppard, J O’Halloran. Subs: G Browne, E Egan
Congratulations to Alan Dempsey and Cathal King, who made their NHL bows in the unconvincing win versus Carlow. The Breen brothers David and Adrian along with Shane Dowling and Kevin Downes, also saw action. The footballers also had a narrow victory over Carlow, where Cian Coady played in the corner back position.
Hard luck to all the Na Piarsaigh ladies who represented Laurel Hill in the All Ireland schools final on Saturday. They were beaten narrowly, but nonetheless, did very well.
Congratulations also to our two winners of the Limerick GAA Development draw, Roger McMahon and Pat O Byrne. The lotto jackpot is now at €11,800. Last week’s numbers were 3, 7, 14 and 28. The lucky dip winners were Stella Brougham, Denis Duggan, Rita Goodwin and Bridget Stanley. Sellers prize went to Paul Condon and house prize to Ann Kiely.
FIGHTING BLINDNESS INFORMATION NIGHT: If you or someone in your family is affected by sight loss, the Charity Fighting Blindness is holding a free information evening for people in the Mid-West region, on Thursday March 14 at 7pm, in the South Court Hotel Limerick. It is being hosted by their research officer Maria Meehan, PhD. She will be joined by the consultant ophthalmologist, Miss Marie Hickey O’Dwyer, who will be there to answer any questions relating to sight loss. All are welcome to come along on the night, where we will also focus on raising awareness of the importance of eye health and provide information about the work of the Irish patient-led charity Fighting Blindness. For further information, please contact Michael on 01-709 30 50 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ALZHEIMER SOCIETY SOCIAL CLUB: The Alzheimer Society of Ireland hold a Social Club for people with dementia and their carer, in a supported environment, which takes place each Tuesday morning in the Woodfield House Hotel, between 11.00am and 1.00pm. There is no charge to attend and tea and coffee are provided. Please phone Mary at 061 313 456 if you would like to attend, or just call to the Woodfield House Hotel on Tuesdays from 11.00am.
LIMERICK GOSPEL CHOIR TABLE QUIZ: A Table Quiz and Raffle to raise funds for the Limerick Gospel Choir, will be held in Collins Pub, Dooradoyle on Wednesday, March 20 at 8.30pm. A Tables of 4 cost €20. There will be lots of spot prizes and fun on the night.
COMMUNITY GARDEN ACTION AND TRAINING DAY: The Environment Department of Limerick County Council, in association with the Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival and Eco-Unesco, are delighted to announce that a “Free Community Garden Training Workshop” will be held at the Dooradoyle Library, Dooradoyle, County Limerick on Wednesday, March 20. The workshop is suitable for anyone involved in community and or youth work.
LIMERICK LIFELONG LEARNING FESTIVAL: The Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival, which will run from Monday, March 18 to Sunday, March 24, is a celebration of Learning across the region.
By showcasing a wide variety of enjoyable and informative events, the festival aims to promote Limerick as a superb location for personal, social and work-related learning and development. The theme for this year’s festival is ‘Learn Your Way to the Future’!
This will be the third Lifelong Learning Festival for Limerick and we are looking forward to building on the successes of the last two years. This year’s Festival is was organised by the Limerick City of Learning Steering Group in collaboration with Limerick Communications Office, Limerick County Council,County Limerick VEC, West Limerick Resources and Ballyhoura Development Ltd. It features almost 200 events and activities – all of which were free and open to all.
The growth and success of this festival must be attributed to the huge effort, creativity and commitment of the many partners who promote and support learning for all ages throughout Limerick City and County.