LIMERICK YOUTH SERVICE NEWS: As we’ve entered October, it’s all systems go with our Youth Clubs, Youth Cafes and Youth Projects all in full swing. On Saturday, October 12, Limerick Youth Service joins forces with Our Lady of Lourdes/St. Saviour’s Boxing Club, to host a charity boxing night to raise much needed funds for both organisations. The event, which will be held at Best Western Pery Hotel, Glentworth Street, Limerick, will see twenty well-known local people touch gloves inside the squared circle. ‘It’s going to be night of fun, sweat, some cracking action and music to add to it,’ said an enthusiastic Martin Duhig, Limerick Youth Service, although Mr. Duhig would not be drawn in speculation that some famous faces from Limerick Youth Service would be lacing their boots and jumping between the ropes! Doors open at 7pm, with the first bout at 8pm. Pre-fight entertainment will be provided by One Simple Word, with a resident DJ keeping the party atmosphere going in the early hours. Tickets, priced at €10 are available from Limerick Youth Service, with those on the door priced at €15. It is strictly an over 18’s event. Are you interested in volunteering with a new youth club in Kilfinane, Co. Limerick? Are you over 18? If yes, then you are invited to a Volunteer Information and Registration evening at Scoil Pól, Kilfinane on Thursday, October 10 from 7pm to 8pm. The evening will be an opportunity to speak with Limerick Youth Service staff and volunteers and learn about the workings of a youth club. ‘Being a member of a youth club has great social and personal benefits, for the young people and volunteers,’ said Ms. Stembridge. ‘Our youth clubs offer a diverse range of educational and sporting activities and of course the youth disco,’ added Ms. Stembridge. ‘If you have never volunteered with a youth club before, we provide extensive training and support,’ continued Ms. Stembridge, the Youth Club Support Worker for East and South Limerick. If you would like to know more about Kilfinane Youth Club, please contact Ms. Stembridge at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 061 412 444. It’s hard to believe but Halloween is quickly creeping up on us, which can only mean a certain festive season is not too far away! In keeping with its annual gruesome tradition, Limerick Youth Service will hold its Halloween Youth Disco on Friday, October 18 at the Community Centre, Askeaton, Co. Limerick. An evening of games, fancy dress and trick n treats galore is planned, so please get working on your costumes now! Doors open at 7.30pm. For more information, please contact Joe Walsh, West Limerick Youth Club Support Worker at: email@example.com. Comhairlí na nÓg are local ‘youth councils’ designed to give young people a voice in matters which affect them. The aim is to give young people a voice in the development of local services and policies. Supported by Limerick Youth Service, Limerick has two Comhairlí based in the city and county. Both consist of between 10 and 20 young people (12-17yrs), who hail from second level schools around Limerick city and county. Each year, Comhairle chooses a topic that is of relevance to young people, with the City Comhairle focusing on mental health and the services available to young people in Limerick city. Working with ‘Blue Box, an organisation that addresses youth mental health, the Comhairle collected their information through questionnaires in schools and youth groups, as well as through facebook. From their findings, Comhairle found that 85% of young people were not aware of the Mental Health services in their area, 90% stated that they were sometimes stressed out and in a bad mood, with 80% of these saying the school was their main stressor, followed by family, friends and conflict with others. 80% of young people stated they would talk to someone about their issues, with 85% of these saying friends would be their main people to talk to. 75% of respondents said a mental health pack would be useful for young people, with 60% of these stating that a pack developed by young people, would be better. The majority of respondents said raising awareness (of mental services), would be the best way to promote positive Mental Health in the Limerick city. From this information, Comhairle developed a Mental Health Pack called ‘Promoting Positive Mental Health in Limerick City, which is a guide for Young People by Young People. The pack contains information such as, minding your mental health, making decisions, pros and cons of Transition Year, how to cope with school pressure, dealing with relationship break ups and sexual wellbeing. The pack was launched by the former Mayor of Limerick, Cllr. Gerry McLoughlin during his mayoralty at the Absolute Hotel in May this year. Limerick City Comhairle will hold their AGM on Friday, October 11 at the Absolute Hotel, Limerick from 9.30am to 3.30pm, with city schools and clubs invited to select three young people to attend. This year the City Comhairle AGM, will focus on the issue of Youth Facilities. Claire Donaldson is the co-ordinator for Limerick’s two Comhairle na nÓg. Limerick Youth Service will be among the many exhibitors at the University of Limerick Career’s Fair, at the UL Arena, on Thursday, October 10. The event is an opportunity for students to learn about Youth Work and the many volunteering and work experience opportunities available with Limerick Youth Service. ‘Youth Workers will be available to answer any queries that students may have about pursuing a career in the youth work sector,’ said Dermot Troy, Limerick Youth Service. ‘For those who cannot make the UL Careers Fair, we will be at the Limerick Volunteer Fair, on Saturday, October 12 in the Limerick City Hall from 1pm to 5pm, to answer any queries you may have about Limerick Youth Service and Youth Work,’ added Mr. Troy. The Abbey Youth LTI Group are settling in well on the FÁS Employability Skills Local Training Initiative. The group have started working on two of their major award modules and are very eager to learn and expand their skill set. They are even more eager to take over our kitchen in the Nicholas Street Youth Space and are baking, at every chance they get, once they’ve completed their course work of course! All at Abbey Youth LTI extend our congratulations to course participant, Devlin Price, who was part of the St.Mary’s RFC team that won the Transfield Cup.
NORTHSIDE FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE MEALS ON WHEELS: Are you over 55years of age? Do you live in the Northside of Limerick City? Northside Family Resource Centre Ballynanty (formally St Munchin’s), are operating a Meals on Wheels service, which is available Monday to Friday. You can receive hot meals delivered to your home each day, between 12.30pm and 2.30pm. Home cooked dinner plus dessert costs just €3.50. You can request this service, by contacting Tracey or Jean on 061 326 623.
CARE AND REPAIR PROJECT: We would be delighted, if you could join us for the launch of the Care and Repair Project. Care and repair delivers a free home repair service for people over 65 years of age and people with disabilities. Minister Jan O’Sullivan will be opening the ceremony. The launch will be held in the Northside Family Resource Centre, Clonconnane Road, Ballynanty, Limerick on Friday, October 25 at 11am. All are welcome. For further information,please telephone 061 326 623, or R.S.V.P. by Friday, October 11 to: firstname.lastname@example.org
LIMERICK OPENS DOORS TO PLACES AND SPACES: Next weekend, the doors of some of Limerick’s most intriguing and historic buildings will open to the public, some for the first time. The Dominican Biblical Institute on Lower Cecil Street, the UL Graduate Medical School, De Valera Cottage in Bruree and St. Mary’s Cathedral (the City’s oldest building), are amongst more than 30 buildings scheduled to be opened to the public for free during the 2nd annual Open House Limerick (OHL) from Friday, October 18 to Sunday, October 20. The Quaker House at Punches Cross, the newly constructed Southill Older Persons Apartments and the Munster Council GAA Headquarters at Castletroy, will also be opening to the public for the first time, as part of the initiative which is hosted by the Limerick Open House Committee in partnership with the Irish Architecture Foundation. The theme of this year’s OHL is ‘Places and Spaces’. Limerick is a member organisation of the Open House Worldwide Family, which also includes London, New York, Helsinki, Melbourne, Slovenia and Irish locations in Dublin and Galway. Open House was first established in London in 1992, as an initiative to show first-rate architecture to the general public, stirring an interest for urban built heritage. Committee Chairperson Margaret McEvoy described Open House Limerick as “an architectural festival” comprising tours of more than 30 buildings of all types and periods, lectures, walking and cycling tours and children’s activities. She continued: “Open House is a simple but powerful concept: showcasing outstanding architecture for all to experience, completely free of charge to the public. Through our participation in this initiative, we are looking to give the people of Limerick the opportunity to explore and engage with the architecture of their city and county. Many of Limerick’s most significant and interesting buildings will be open to the public for free, ranging from private houses and education buildings, to historic landmarks and modern office spaces.” All buildings will be staffed by volunteers and tours will be guided by professional architects and historians. Many of the buildings are not normally open to the public, such as private residences and workplaces and this is a rare opportunity for wider access. Most Open House Limerick tours and events will operate strictly on a first come first served basis, so just turn up during the listed opening times and join the next available tour,” Ms. McEvoy added. Commenting on the background to OHL, Event Coordinator Sinéad Hanrahan commented: “OHL’s inaugural event in October 2012 was a huge success, with over 2,500 people attending visits, tours and workshops. The idea of OHL is to engage the people of Limerick with their city. Much of the feedback we received in 2012 was that the initiative provided an opportunity for Limerick’s inhabitants, to explore the built environment around them and occupy their community. We look forward to introducing even greater numbers of people to the architectural delights, that the City and County have to offer. Other Limerick buildings opening their doors during the OHL weekend include Limerick City Gallery of Art, Fanningstown Castle in Adare, Station House Patrickswell, Deloitte Ireland’s offices in Charlotte Quay, Cooleen in Monaleen, Limerick Chamber of Commerce on O’Connell Street, and Abington Church in Murroe. The Hunt Museum will also open its doors on Saturday, October 19 from 2pm to 3pm and on Sunday, October 20 from 2pm to 3pm, during which members of the public will be able to discover the architectural stories, nooks and crannies the collection has to offer. For children, Limerick City Gallery of Art will host a Junior Open House event enabling families to explore the Gallery together by creating their own art forms inspired by the collection, the surroundings of the People’s Park. The event for children (aged 4-10) takes place on Saturday, October 19 from 12pm to 1pm. Meanwhile, Limerick-based artist Kate Stoica will host an innovative kids’ workshop entitled ‘Ar-Kid-Tecture’ at Hunt Museum on Sunday, October 20 from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Children will discover architecture by building a city through arts and crafts. This fun session will encourage children to explore and participate in the built environment by using their creativity, imagination and wacky materials. The event is for children aged 6 and over and must be pre-booked via: email@example.com. For more information on Open House Limerick, please visit: www.openhouselimerick.ie.
THOMOND PASTORAL CHRISTIAN CONCERT: As part of our celebrations for the Year of Faith, the Thomond Pastoral Area is organising a Christian concert for young parishioners of aprox 16-18 years. All are very welcome to register and attend! It will be held on Saturday, October 13 from 1.30pm to 5pm in the Greenhills Hotel, Ennis Road, Limerick.
EPILEPSY FUNDRAISING HANDBAG AND GLADRAGS NIGHT: “Handbags and Gladrags” night will be held at the Clarion Hotel, Stemboat Quay, Limerick on Thursday, October 10 with the aim of fundraising towards a piece of equipment for the Limerick Regional Hospital, which would be a huge help in the early diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy. The cost will be €20 per ticket and purchase of tickets will automatically enter you into a raffle that will be held that night. Please come along for some nibbles and bubbly and bag yourself a bargain! We are also appealing for any good quality items that may be thrown in your wardrobe, that could be sold on the night, with all proceeds going towards the piece of equipment for the Limerick Regional Hospital. For more information, please telephone 087 805 4179.
RAPE CRISIS MIDWEST QUIZ NIGHT: Rape Crisis Midwest host an ‘ultimate quiz night’ in Thomond Park Stadium, on Friday, October 11. Prize money of €1,000 is on offer that evening, with generous spot prizes and raffle prizes as well. Food will be served, with plenty of musical entertainment. All proceeds will go to Rape Crisis Midwest. To book your table, please log on to: www.rapecrisis.ie, or Freephone: 1800 311 511.
CLARE’S WISH FOUNDATION LAUNCH: We are having a launch night for our new Limerick based charity Clare’s Wish Foundation. Our goal is to grant a “Wish” for Adults and Children, who have a life threatening condition. The venue is Thomond Park Stadium and it will be held on Saturday, October 12. All are welcome!