SERIOUS CONCERN: The matter of obesity was mentioned in these notes from time to time in the past but it is now a matter of serious concern for the medical profession and for also many families. It is being said and the statistics show that circa one third of Irish children are over-weight. To attribute this to one factor would be over simplification for it is quite probably due to a number of factors. However, one could safely surmise that a contributor to the problem is a lack of physical exercise and when one sees all the cars that bring the children to the St. Paul’s school each day it is easy to understand. True, some children may live a great distance from the school and it is necessary to bring them to the school. But would the walk to the school be too great for many more who reside not too distant from the school? Perhaps, it would be more beneficial not alone for the children but also for the parents or guardians. Of course, there are many reasons why children are brought to school in cars but notwithstanding this the lack of physical activity in any form by young people is a big contributory factor to overweight and parents should feel obliged to get their children engaged in some form of sport or physical activity.
This is something worth consideration. When the previous generations were obliged to do similar duties walking was the method of the day but that was an era when few had cars or any mechanised vehicles. People relied on ‘shank’s mare’ and though things were accomplished at a slower pace they nonetheless were accomplished. This is yet again another example of what happens in this world when something is gained there is something else lost. But do not lose heart for it can be compensated for and still accomplished. We are fortunate in this district and other districts in that there are several clubs there catering for all forms of sporting activity.
SCHOOLS BACK: Many of the National Primary schools re-opened after the annual summer holidays and thank the Lord it has been a good weather summer. St. Paul’s school re-opened at 9am on this Monday, September 2. These notes may have given the idea that the school was to open last Monday, August 26 and this scribe was in error and apologises for any mis-information conveyed. The school opened only for the teachers who were preparing for the new school year ahead.
The Dooradoyle estate was crammed with vehicles delivering their charges to the local school. This makes it very difficult for the residents of the estate to go about their affairs as per normal. The fact that many employees in the district park their cars in the estate for the length of the day makes the situation much more difficult. Double yellow lines that have been bedded down on parts of the drives do assists in easing some of the difficulties when the rules are observed but when they are not ‘bhfuel, sin scéal eile
A BIG CHANGE: One big change as the new school year commences in the St. Paul’s district is the absence of a most unassuming lady who has been part of the school scene in this district for many, many years. The new comers to the school will see nothing changed but the pupils who are going to the St. Paul’s school since their junior infant days will notice and so will their parents and in many instances so will their grand-parents. There is a new person at the traffic signals on the St. Nessan’s road at the entrance/exit to the Dooradoyle estate. The lady that was always present there morning, afternoon and evening has now retired. Ms Mary Magan occupied this position for year after year and she was as regular as the school year. Mary was a commanding figure doing her job and the children and their parents respected her and felt confident under her watchful eye. She was known to generations of children many of whom now have their own children going to the school. Mary, known as the ‘lollipop woman’ knew them all over the years and also knows that she was always appreciated and loved by them for her care and the safe operation of their coming and going across the busy St. Nessan’s road.
We all wish Mary many years of retirement and happiness
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH: This district has had a number of houses recently entered by thieves when items of value and money were taken from them. It would appear that houses are being watched and targeted for theft when the occupants are out. Community Gardaí are not seen as often now and this may be that they are occupied with other duties. Consequently, in areas where neighbourhood watch applies it would be prudent that neighbours keep a watchful eye on their neighbourhoods and report any suspicious person or activities to the Gardaí at Roxboro Garda station. In the interim they ought to be aware of their own house security at all times. Never make it easy for your house to be robbed.
A recent survey of burglaries showed that in Munster the Limerick city and county has had the greatest number of burglaries and the survey also estimated that as many as one in four houses in the whole country has been burgled. So be aware of the fact that there are thieves on the look-out at all times and make it as difficult as possible for them. Finally, if you see someone suspicious or suspicious activity of any kind ring the Gardaí at Roxboro Garda station.
REGIONAL CHAPEL: The chapel attached to the Mid-Western Regional hospital has Mass celebrated daily at 1pm. On weekends the Mass is celebrated on Saturday evening at 7.15pm and on Sundays at 9am.
MARANATHA: The next Maranatha healing and prayer meeting in St. Paul’s Church Dooradoyle will take place on Sunday September 15 from 2.30pm until 7.30pm. It will be minister by Rev Fr. Patrick Walsh, C.S.S.r. and Eddie Stones. All are welcome and there will be tea in the hall afterwards.
REGISTER OF ELECTORS: By now most people will have put the last referendum and any thought about elections out of their minds but there is to be a referendum to take place on October 4, 2013. This referendum will be whether the Seanad is to be abolished or retained and the result will determine which or whether. Also, there is to be a local election taking place next May when the present City Council and the County Council will be part of history and the new numerically reduced Council will be elected to administer for the extended city. There is to be also a European election to take place around the same time and it may be that both will take place at one and the same time.
If you were not able to cast your vote in the last referendum because you were not on the register of electors but you would like to be able to do so on the next occasion you should check if your name is on the register of electors now. You may do this by going to the County Hall, Dooradoyle road or to any Post Office or Library and checking if your name and address are on it. If you have changed your address or you were domiciled in another part of the city or county your polling booth will be probably elsewhere. So, it will be in your own interest to check your place on the register of electors.
On a point of information at present there is a person calling to various houses checking on the number of residents per household to bring the register up to date.
LONG OVERDUE: As most people know and understand now the degree of public services are much reduced at present due to lack of finance. However, there is a problem down in Cypruss Ave. which is located on the Dooradoyle road. When the weather is bad and the rains come heavy, and come they will, a large ‘pond’ of water gathers at the entrance/cum exit of this avenue. On occasions this large pool of waterf spills out onto the pedestrian way and even onto the main road. During winter time the pool is almost a constant. This obliges pedestrians to step onto the road sometimes to by-pass the water. The cause of this problem is a shore-hole that has been stuffed with silt and mud and may be other rubbish and this problem has existed for at least twelve months or more. The job to be done to relieve this blockage is not great and perhaps a good shovel would make it a thing of the past. Irrespective of what tool is required the problem needs attention sooner rather than later.
SEE YOUR WAY: If you have spectacles (glasses) that you no longer use or that have been replaced by new glasses the International Lions club is collecting them for recycling to a developing country. It is its intention to pass them on to developing countries for use where they will be of benefit. If you wish to dispose of your old spectacles there is a box in the porch-way of the Dooradoyle library where they are collected. Your voluntary gesture of disposed spectacles will be beneficial and very welcome.
POSITIVE AGEING: The positive ageing week held for the past couple of years was great success and was much appreciated by the old and the not so old. This year’s Positive Ageing week will be held from Friday, September 27 until Saturday, October 5. It promises to be just as interesting as the previous years. The aim of the week is to highlight the positive aspects of ageing and to celebrate the contributions made by the older generation.
MORE TIME: Now that the week has almost passed you will have realized once again that there are more vehicles on the road every morning and it is to your own benefit to give a little bit of extra time for to make your journey. Therefore, leave that bit earlier from your home and enjoy it all the more.
SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN: The Safeguarding Children policy that applies in the Limerick Diocese for the past few of years and that is also on display in all churches of the Diocese reads as follows: The Limerick Diocese values and encourages the participation of children in the life of the Church and is committed to best practice, which protects children from harm and abuse. Staff, volunteers, clergy and religious in this Diocese accept and recognise our responsibilities to develop awareness of the issues, which cause children harm. These responsibilities include:
Adopting best practice child protection guidelines
Ensuring that children will be listened to and heard
Sharing information about child protection and good practice with children, parents, staff volunteers, clergy and religious
Sharing information about concerns with the relevant agencies and involving parents and children appropriately
Carefully following the procedures for Recruiting, Training and Managing staff and volunteers, clergy and religious
Providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support and training
Being committed to reviewing our policy and good practice procedures on an annual basis
A more complete version of the policy is available on the diocesan website www.limerickdiocese.org/child.htm
The Diocesan policy is appended to the wall of the ST. Paul’s church and it is also on the church notice boards in the porch as one enters the church.
The two volunteers appointed to the ST. Paul’s church to ensure that the policy guidelines are implemented are Mr. Ken Lyons and Ms Breffni McCarthy. In any situation where the safeguarding of children is of concern they are obliged to inform the Garda Síochaná, the Health Service Executive and the clergy of the parish
RECENT DEATHS: The death of two ladies in the Dooradoyle estate in the past number of weeks has meant the loss of two good neighbours. Evelyn Sheahan of Woodlawn drive died so suddenly that it shocked her husband Michael and their sons, relatives, neighbours and a great many people who knew Michael, Evelyn’s husband, and all the family members. This was a lady described by many as being one of the fittest people in the estate and her demise truly shocked everybody.
The second lady Rosina Rabson of Carrig drive was a quiet un-assuming person who died after a brief illness and her passing was also unexpected. These two deaths have left the estate bereft of two good neighbours and we extend sympathy to all the members of the two families, May they rest in peace.
OSTEOFIT: Osteofit classes have resumed in the Mungret/St. Paul’s GAA clubhouse since Monday, September 2 at 12.00. These classes are for adults and the aim is to make participants more active by exercise that strengthens density of bones, improve posture and balance. Persons who are interested can get more information on www.osteofit.ie and the first introductory class is free. Thereafter it costs E8 per class and there is no obligation on anyone to attend except as they please. It is a good social outlet as well for flexibility and relaxation.
SAMARITAN VOLUNTEERS: The charitable organization known as the Samaritans is seeking volunteers and they are holding an information evening on Monday, September 9 at 7.30pm at their centre 20 Barrington St. Those who wish to volunteer are invited along to this meeting and your assistance is most welcome.
LIMERICK MENTAL HEALTH: Another organization seeking help financially is the Limerick Mental Health association and it is holding the annual Galtees mountain climb on Saturday, September 14. It is asking all participants to seek sponsorship as much as possible to help in the work of the association. There will be experienced guides on the climb to help all participants who commence the climb from the Kilbeheny side at 9.30am. This is a non-profit association that promotes positive mental health for those experiencing mental difficulties.
MUNGRET/ST. PAUL’S GAA: Ladies Football: Next Saturday September 7 underage training will resume in the Village pitch at 11a,. This is for girls between the ages of 6 to 14. We look forward to seeing all our current players and would encourage any new members to come along and get involved. The Senior Ladies are playing St Ailbes next weekend in the Senior Ladies Football County Final. Check out Facebook for time and venue as this is not available yet and all support is welcome. We would like to extend a big ‘well done’ to Julia Walsh who played for the Limerick U16s footballers in the All Ireland Final played last Saturday against Westmeath in Banagher, Co. Offaly Limerick put in a great performance but lost out on a score line of Limerick 2-5 Westmeath 2-7.
Camogie: Our girls played an U12 friendly against Na Piarsaigh last Friday night. In the true spirit of the Mungret St Paul’s (and the GAA) we “donated” 5 of our players to play with Na Piarsaigh; a one night only deal with our players marking each other. Thanks to Conor Wyse whose photo documentary of the match will be available from the weekly newsletter.
Texting System: We are checking out some reports of texts that are going missing from our text system. Could those who have experienced the problem please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org giving exact details of when the text was sent, and to which text group. We can then follow it up with the provider.