Feb 9

Friday February 8th 2013

Friday February 8th 2013


Local Correspondant: Sinead Beirne

Email: ololcommunitynews@gmail.com Telephone: 061 609603 / 087 9158115

FREE MINOR HOME REPAIR SERVICE: If you are over 65 or have a disability Limerick City Care and Repair have volunteers willing to carry out minor DIY home repairs for you. The service is available for those living in Our Lady of Lourdes Parish area. It is free of charge; you only pay for the materials used by volunteers. For more information or to avail of this service please contact: Care and Repair Reception, Our Lady of Lourdes Community Services Group on 061 228596.

READ 1,000: Our Lady of Lourdes Local Education Committee is running an initiative to engage both the schools and the community to read 1,000 books in the space of a month. It will take place from February 18th until March 15th 2013. All are welcome to take part and any support in achieving this aim would be greatly appreciated! For further information please contact Tracy Fitzgerald, Home School Liaison Coordinator, on 085 7290048.

OUR LADY OF LOURDES SCHOOL: As chairman of the Board of Management, Fr. Ryan went to a very special coffee morning recently. Over a casual cuppa, Fr. Ryan was presented with a cheque for €500 from the Parents Association of Our Lady of Lourdes School. The money was raised through a cake sale and the sale of personalised gift plates at Christmas. Well done to the parents involved. Their work ensures that the school remains clean and warm.

To reflect the many nationalities, beliefs and ethnicities in our school, Senior Infants held an ‘International Breakfast’ in their classroom this week. The classroom was full of wonderful aromas and tasty samples. Ms Hayes had a vast array of breakfasts from around the world. The children and their parents had a chance to sample food from Africa, America, France and of course, Ireland. The favourites were the French toast and the American waffles. Naturally, many people opted for the full Irish, with sausages and rashers, washed down with tea. Well done, Ms. Hayes.

For Catholic Schools Week, a number of events were held. St. Brigid’s day fell on the Friday, which meant that 3rd class made fabulous St. Brigid’s crosses from rushes. Every class went to mass on Friday to celebrate the feast, having learned their mass responses and the stories of St. Brigid. As part of the Alive O programme, we learn about Fairtrade, and we have a great interest in using the products. We went to the Sit N Sip for the fair-trade coffee morning where the Mayor of Limerick, Gerry McLaughlin, formally launched our community cafe as a Fairtrade Cafe.

We are very proud of our catholic school ethos which has been passed from the Sisters of Mercy who were powerful in their efforts to build a school in Our Lady of Lourdes Parish. In 1963, Our Lady of Lourdes School was opened for the first time. The school was furnished and finished by the Sisters of Mercy and the local people. Indeed, no expense was spared in the flooring. Top quality parquet flooring is in every classroom throughout the school. 50 years on, and those parquet floors are still perfect!

We have every intention of stylishly celebrating the 50th anniversary of our school opening. The first of our events will be the concert in the Limetree Theatre, Mary Immaculate College on the 11th of April. We hope to have every child in the school on stage, with parents, teachers and past pupils. Watch this space – tickets will be going on sale soon through the Limetree Theatre’s website.

CENTERING PRAYER WORKSHOP: An Introductory Workshop on Centering Prayer will take place on February 9th in The Diocesan Pastoral Centre in Denmark St. from 2pm - 5pm. Suggested Donation is 10 Euros. Presenters are Sr. Rose Murphy and Sr Freda Kenny.


Provisional Schedule:

Friday - 10-12 (teaching weeks 3 - 9)

Week 3 (Friday 15 February) - Irish legal system - Eimear Spain

Week 4 (Friday 22 February) - European Union law - Laura Donnellan

Week 5 (Friday 1 March) - Criminal law and criminal justice - Philip Smyth

Week 6 (Friday 8 March) - Company and competition law - Sinead Eaton

Week 7 (Friday 15 March) - Community capacity building using international human rights law -Katie Boyle

Week 8 (Friday 22 March) - Family law issues - Susan Leahy

Week 9 (Friday 5 April) - Rights of unmarried fathers - Lorraine Barron

Thursday 10-12 (teaching week 10)

Week 10 (Thursday 11 April) - Employment law - Eddie Keane

Friday 10-12 (teaching week 11)

Week 11 (Friday 19 April) - Constitutional law and constitutional rights - Ger Coffey Followed by presentation of certificated by HoD/President/Director of Student Affairs at 12 noon

DELL COMPUTER CLINIC: Our Lady of Lourdes Community centre is hosting a monthly computer clinic on a walk-in basis on the first Friday of every month.  The Make a Difference volunteers from Dell have generously given their time to help members of the community with any computer issues they might have.  The next clinic will be held on Friday the 8th February between 2 – 4 pm. For more information, call into reception at the Community Centre or call 061 228 596.


FREE LEGAL ADVICE CLINIC: Limerick Community Law and Mediation Centre is an independent law and mediation centre which has been established with the aim of providing free legal information, advice and in certain circumstances representation in areas of law as follows:

Family Law (advice only)

Social Welfare



Employment & Equality



Community Care

Services are free to people living in the catchment area that are unable to afford the services of a private solicitor. Limerick Community Law and Mediation Centre are commencing free legal advice clinics at Our Lady of Lourdes Community Centre. The Advice Clinics will operate the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month from 10 to 12.30pm commencing Wednesday the 6th February 2013. The Clinic will commence on a walk-in, first come first served basis.

Due to the demand of the service it will be strictly limited to people residing in Our Lady of Lourdes Community area. For any queries please contact Caroline Keane, Solicitor on 061 536 10.

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