Apr 20

OPERATION SOUTHILL: If you are aged between 14 and 25 and are interested in making your community a better place Southill Operation is offering grants for you to run and event in your own community. If you are interested in availing of this grant or would like more information please contact Priscilla or Ailish at 061-422385.

OPERATION SOUTHILL: If you are aged between 14 and 25 and are interested in making your community a better place Southill Operation is offering grants for you to run and event in your own community. If you are interested in availing of this grant or would like more information please contact Priscilla or Ailish at 061-422385.

LIMERICK WOMEN’S NETWORK: Limerick Women’s Network is inviting women to take part in a seven week course entitled ‘Women making choices, making changes’. The course will start on April 30th and will continue weekly for the seven weeks. Its taking place in Limerick Women’s Network, 2 Sarsfield Gardens, Moyross, from 10am – 1pm. Areas examined by the course incude home, family and workplace settings. For more information please contact Liz Price at lplplink7@gmail.com or phone 061 275970 / 087 3283746.

COMMUNITY BINGO: Bingo takes place in Our Lady of Lourdes Action Centre every Monday night at 8.30pm. Please come along and enjoy a fun filled night! All are welcome!

OUR LADY OF LOURDES SCHOOL: Applications are now being accepted for places in the early Start class for September 2013. The Early Start is a Department of Education preschool that is staffed by a fully qualified primary school teachers and a fully qualified childcare worker. The aim of the preschool is to give your child the best possible start to their school life, developing the skills that will lead to high achievement and success in school. Children need to be older than 3 years and 2 months on the 1st of September to avail of this free preschool. If you would like to learn more about the Early Start, please ring Mrs. Rickard on 086 2726636.

The whole school is rocking to the sounds coming from the halla, as producer Tony Cusack puts the kids through their paces practicing for the anniversary show in the Limetree Theatre. We can guarantee a great laugh on the night, as Tony and his co producer, Micheal O Dubhghaill, have developed a highly entertaining show. We have every child in the school performing, alongside a number of teachers, and past pupils. The show is called ‘Trouble on the High Seas’ and follows a group of children as they follow their dream of being pirates, just like Blackbeard and the Pirates of the Caribbean. We have lots of catchy tunes and sing alongs. Come along and enjoy a great night out. Tickets are on sale now from Tracy in the School, Fr. Ryan in the church and online at www.limetreetheatre.ie. Entrance is €10 per person.

We had a rather large delivery to the school this week. A giant truck arrived bearing a load of brand new desks for the classrooms from second to fifth class. The children and staff are very proud of the brand new furniture, and they really lift the appearance of the classrooms. These are specially designed ergonomic desks. This means that they have been specifically designed to help the children’s posture, their writing and their all round comfort is boosted by the new desks.

A number of dads are hard at work in the parent’s room as they work on building dog kennels with their sons. Both boys and men have gotten great pride and satisfaction from the woodwork. They have worked for the last number of weeks under the careful guidance of Brian Mitchell, who has shared his skill and expertise with us. Well done to Brian!

We are taking names for enrolment for September in Our Lady of Lourdes School. If you would like to visit the school and see the school for yourself, please contact Mrs. Sheila Gallagher, Principal, on 061 227991 or Tracy Fitzgerald, Home School Community Liaison Coordinator on 085 7290048.

LAUNCH OF GARRRYGLASS HOUSE: Limerick City CDP Our Lady of Lourdes Office, STEPS School Completion Programme, the Family Support Initiative and Southside Drugs Education and Prevention Team would like to invite you to the launch of their new premises on Thursday April 25th from 12:30pm - 2pm in 3 / 4 Garryglass Avenue, Ballinacurra Weston. All are welcome to drop in and have a look at our new aboad!

FARMERS MARKET: The FairTrade Committee in Our Lady of Lourdes have organised a Farmers Market which will take place on Monday April 22nd from 11am- 2pm in the Seniors Garden at the rear of the Community Centre. Please come along and show your support!

LAUNCH OF LIMERICK CITY CDP REPORT AND LOGO: Minister of State Jan O’Sullivan TD launched the new report entitled ‘Value of Community Development Projects in Limerick: personal and social impact’ on Friday 12th April 2013 in Limerick City Hall. The report was commissioned by Limerick City Community Development Project and highlights the ongoing, lasting value and impacts of community development in the city since 1996. The evaluation report carried out by the University of Limerick assessed the impact Community Development Projects (CDPs) have had in the local communities in which they operate including Moyross, Southill, St. Mary’s, St. Munchin’s, Our Lady of Lourdes and those supporting adults into basic education and literacy programmes (LABESG).

The authors of the report under the guidance of Dr Stephen Gallagher, Dept of Psychology in UL, will outline their findings and a volunteer with Limerick City CDP echoed the experience of those who took part in the research. As well as launching the report the Minister will also unveil the new CDP logo. Tom Kinirons, author of the report explained “Very little research had previously been carried out on the effectiveness of these projects. Five key themes emerged: building capacity and confidence, increasing engagement and trust, developing a sense of community, personal development and the image and role of Community Development Projects”.

The overall findings emphasize the positive impact within the communities. Participants spoke about how the CDP expanded their capacities and confidence and that of their friends and neighbours. As a result of their increased confidence, participants were more likely to become involved in their own communities and to have trust in their CDP. It was also found that the Community Development Project plays a central role in building a sense of community through different community events. Previous research has shown that this is an important factor in enhancing satisfaction with one’s local environment. Involvement in CDP activities and management structures improves self-belief and opportunities to form new friendships. This is a time of reduced resources and uncertainty as to how disadvantaged communities will be included in new local government and local development arrangements.

This report demonstrates the value of a project like Limerick City CDP and why it needs to be prioritised in order to ensure that those who are affected by the issues are the ones supported to make decisions and find solutions to their problems” said Deidre O’Driscoll, Member of the Voluntary Board of Management of Limerick City CDP.

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