SEEKING SUPPORT: St. Gabriel’s school and centre that does invaluable humanitarian work for children with multiple disabilities is holding a greyhound and benefit night on this Friday, November 15 commencing at 7.30pm. All proceeds from this event will go towards the cost of maintaining and operating the hydrotherapy pool which is essential for the benefit of these children and helps to promote their ability and enhances it further. There is free entry for family members under 16 years and there is face painting and colouring for the very young members, The event will take place at the new greyhound track and it promises to be a good night’s entairmant. Tickets for this night of entertainment are just €10 and they may be purchased at St. Gabriel’s reception or by tel. 35361/302733. Your support would be appreciated very much
PASTORAL AREA GATHERING: There is to be a Pastoral Area Gathering on November 21 commencing at 8.0pm in the Millenium Centre, Raheen dealing with Child Safety Policy. The evening will be facilitated by Aoife Walsh, one of the Diocesan Trainers or by Fr. Chris O’Donnell. The purpose of the gathering is to introduce the new Parish Safeguarding Representatives for the parishes within the pastoral area and to go over some of the basic safeguarding children information. It is also to familiarise people present with the newly launched Diocesan Safeguarding Children Policy and Resources. The previous occasion when such a meeting was held was in 2009, so this gathering is important as the National Board Standards and Guidance Document recommends that these meetings be held at least every three years.
These gatherings also help people to realise that safe-guarding children is everybody’s responsibility and that all of us have a duty in this concern. All the priests of the parish and all who are involved in work in church parish affairs, teachers and members of boards of management and those involved in youth activities in the parish are recommended and encouraged to be part of the gathering at this event.
Please confirm your attendance from each parish in the Pastoral Area with Aoife Walsh, Limerick Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Denmark St. at 061/400133.
NOT ALLOWED: This is something that this scribe has alluded to in previous notes. It is about a dangerous practice but procrastination and forgetfulness caused its delay until now. It is mainly and primarily for safety purposes. Cars and vehicles and it is mainly cars travelling on up the Dooradoyle road towards the Ballykeefe roundabout. Approaching the aforementioned roundabout there is printed on the road a message in two feet high print ‘No Right Turning’. This is to enable drivers to avoid an accident by cutting across on-coming traffic from the roundabout down the Dooradoyle road. Drivers are meant to continue onto the roundabout and travel around it and proceed on and then turn in left into the Crescent shoppig centre. It is shocking to see the number of drivers that ignore this admonition that is printed on the road in lettering two feet high and swing in off the Dooradoyle road across oncoming traffic.
SHEER FOLLY: Although not seen often nevertheless to see national school pupils cycle quickly down a cycle lane against the flow of traffic is just sheer folly. This does not allow a car turn into the left unless he or she is aware of this cyclist coming towards them. During these long evenings in the dark some cyclists travel without any light or vis-vest and this makes for a dangerous situation. Should a cyclist coming on the cycle lane in the opposite direction with the flow of traffic what is he or she obliged to do? Or even should a car happen to be ‘pushed into’ a cycle lane how is the motorist to respond? These are just two situations that could and may arise and an accident may be the result. Using a cycle lane improperly and expecting the situation to be normal is just sheer folly for cyclists are expected to go with the flow of traffic. Incidentally, this type of operation is not confined to school children because adult cyclists have been observed engaged in this foolish practice also.
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.
REGISTER OF ELECTORS: By now most people will have put the last referendum and any thoughts about elections out of their minds but there is another referendum being spoken about. It is being suggested for 2015 but there will be two other elections next year. The local elections will take place and in all probability the European elections will take place concurrently also. If you were not able to cast your vote in the last referendum because you were not on the register of electors but you 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 or the Civic Offices in Limerick road or to any Post Office or Library and check if your name and address are on the resister.
STORYTIME: There is a weekly storytime in the Dooradoyle library. It is for parent and child and it commences at 11.0 am until 11.40am. It is not suitable for children in crèche or for children’s groups. It is presented by Rose and because places are limited it is important to book your place. This may be done by informing staff at the desk or by ringing the library at 061/496860.
REGIONAL CHAPEL: The chapel attached to the Mid-Western Regional hospital has Mass celebrated daily at 1.0pm. On weekends the Mass is celebrated on Saturday evening at 7.15pm and on Sundays at 9. 00 am.
A.A. MEETINGS: The St. Paul’s group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets in the St. Paul’s national school on three evenings of the week at 20.30hours. They come together on each Monday, Thursday and Saturday. If you are having difficulty with your drinking habits you are cordially invited and are welcome.
NEW READERS: New readers are being sought for the Masses celebrated in St. Paul’s church on Saturday evening at 6.0pm and on Sunday at 10.0am and at 12.15pm. If you can assist please submit your name in the sacristy or give it to Fr. John Leonard, PP 061/302729 or Fr. Eugene Boyce, 061304508 or Ms Anne Gabbett at 061/228017. Readers usually read the first reading, the responsorial psalm, the second reading and the gospel acclaimation. The reader does this for a month at a time and he or she usually makes a commitment to undertake this task for the year.
BAPTISMS: The Sacrament of Baptism is performed as required each Saturday evening and again on Sundays after the 12.15pm Mass. There is a request form available for Baptism that must be completed and handed into the Sacristy of St. Paul’s church or to Fr. John Leonard, P.P. or to Fr. Eugene Boyce at least two weeks before the Baptism ceremony takes place.
CONGREGRATIONAL SINGING: The 12.15pm Mass in St.Paul’s church each Sunday is one in which the choir sings and Sr. Ann O’Sullivan accompanies the members of the choir and congregation who join singing with them. If you have a good singing voice or even just a mediocre voice and you would like to be a member of the choir please call 087/7561828 and Sr. Ann would be delighted to here from you.
MARANATHA: Maranatha Family Tree Healing Mass, Retreat through the Ministry of Fr. Pat Conlan, O.F.M. Killiney and Janice Carrigg on next Sunday, 17th November, 2013 at 2.30pm to 7.30pm with Rosary, Praise and Worship, Music by Maranatha Gospel Choir, Holy Mass and Adoration at St. Paul’s Church, Dooradoyle, Limerick. There will be tea afterwards. All are welcome.
YOUNG AT HEART: Each Tuesday from 10.30am until 12.0 noon at the Mungret/St. Paul’s GAA club-house you are invited to come along for a cup of tea, a chat and a few games of bingo. It is primarily for senior parishoners. A small donation is required but it is not compulsory for you are most welcome. Tell your friends about this and perhaps it can become a weekly event
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: After the 10.00am Mass in St. Paul’s church the adoration will continue all day in the Sacred Heart chapel attached to St. Paul’s church until 10.00pm at night. There will be at least one person present with the Blessed Sacrament throughout the whole day into the night. You are very welcome to call in and spend some time in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.
GENEROSITY: The collection taken up in St. Paul’s church at all the Masses on Mission Sunday realised almost €2, 000 which the parish clergy said was very generous and for which they expressed their gratitude.
SET DANCING: If you are interested set dancing classes have commenced in Mungret/St. Paul’s GAA club-house each Thursday at 9.0pm Beginners welcome.
LIVING LINKS: Recently the Samaritans charity organisation held an information evening seeking volunteers to assist in their work dealing with people that are or may be in a position to self-harm. Unfortunately some people do commit suicide and the charity Living Links is there to help all those that have been bereaved by suicide or know someone that has been bereaved by suicide. The Augustinian church had a very prayerful and healing ceremony for all those bereaved by suicide recently. The Living Links charitable association can be contacted in the Pastoral Centre, Denmark St. Limerick (beside ST. Michael’s Church). For further information phone (087/ 7998427.
If you should feel depressed or under the weather for any reason do no ‘bottle it’ confide in somebody. A problem shared is a problem halved
EXTINGUISHMENT: The Limerick County Council has a public notice in the local newspapers proposing the extinguishment of public right of way at pedestrian access between the Forts Housing Estate and Foxfield Housing Estate onto Dooradoyle Road (LP1404).
A map showing the Right of Way will be on display at the Transport Office, County Hall for a period of one month from October 21 to Friday, November 22, 2013 during office hours. Objections or representations in relation to the proposal should be made in writing to the Senior Staff Officer at County Hall up to and including Friday, December 13, 2013.
Any person making such a written objection may include in their submission a request that they be allowed to state their case at an oral hearing conducted by a person which may be appointed for such purpose by imerick County Council.
WATER METERS: The installation of water meters in the Dooradoyle estate is reckoned to commence shortly. All householders will receive a call from a member of the installation team before commencement of the work or will receive notice in the letter-box.
MAKE SURE: As new water meters will be installed everywhere in the Limerick area before long more there may be callers to your house. Make sure that any caller representing water-meter staff that come to inform you that they are about to install these meters has identification if they are to seek access to your property. At present water meters are being installed in the Ballycummin area. Any staff calling to your home will do so to inform you that they are about to commence the work. They do not have to enter your home and furthermore there is no payment of money required yet for this process.
SHAPE UP: Getting fit and in shape is now something that many people are paying more attention to especially since the fine summer weather commenced. An enterprising young man has opened The Better Body Bootcamp every Wednesday commencing at 8pm at Mungret/St.Paul’s GAA clubhouse. It is confined to men only. You can participate in a variety of exercises including Boxercise, Circuit training, Body toning. For more info contact John on 087-9115411.
NEW MARKINGS: The Ballinacurra road is still a traffic route that has a great deal of work in progress and it demands the utmost concentration as you travel in. Now there are new traffic signals installed and traffic coming from the city has new signage and the road markings are such that the ongoing traffic must go into a single lane. Traffic for the New Street is directed by the lights to go prior to the incoming traffic to the city. It is certainly a good job of work by those who planned it this way. However, the turn from Rosbrien into the single lane on the Ballinacurra road is very sharp and demands care from drivers turning.