St Mary’s Jan 25

SYMPATHY: The death of a very popular local man, Christopher (Christy) Collopy, of St Brigid’s Avenue, St Mary’s Park, has been greeted with deep shock and regret by all who knew him. We express our heartfelt sympathy to his wife, Paula, sons, Christopher, Johnny, Vincent, daughter, Rachel, sisters, Mary, Pauline, brothers, Jack and Bill, his large extended family and friends. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

SYMPATHY: The death of a very popular local man, Christopher (Christy) Collopy, of St Brigid’s Avenue, St Mary’s Park, has been greeted with deep shock and regret by all who knew him. We express our heartfelt sympathy to his wife, Paula, sons, Christopher, Johnny, Vincent, daughter, Rachel, sisters, Mary, Pauline, brothers, Jack and Bill, his large extended family and friends. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

INSTALLATION OF CANONS AT CATHEDRAL: Last Sunday, during Choral Evensong at the Cathedral, three clergy were admitted to the United Cathedral Chapter of Limerick and Killaloe and a current member of the Chapter, the Rev’d Canon Marie Rowley-Brooke was appointed to the office of Treasurer. The Rev’d Susan Watterson was installed as Archdeacon of Limerick, Ardfert and Aghadoe; the Rev’d Michael Johnston to the Prebendary of St.Munchin and Tulloh, and the Rev’d George Flynn to the Prebendary of Inniscattery (with Kilconnell) and Donaghmore. The sung service was led by The Very Rev’d Sandra Pragnell, Dean of Limerick and Ardfert, who assigned the newly appointed canons to their stalls, alternately with the Rev’d Gary Paulsen, Dean of Killaloe, Clonfert, Kilfenora and Kilmacduagh. The sermon was preached by the Bishop, the Rt. Rev’d Trevor Williams, who spoke of the importance of the occasion, the opportunities available to Limerick in 2014 as the first national City of Culture, as well as various positive initiatives across the United Dioceses, including the planned staging, organised by Peter Barley of Benjamin Britten’s children’s opera Noye’s Fludde, in the Cathedral later this year. The organist of Killaloe Cathedral, Trevor Selby (predecessor to the current organist and director of music at St.Mary’s Cathedral) played the organ during the service whilst Peter Barley directed the choir, who magnificently performed the Anthem ‘O thou the central orb’ by Charles Wood, among other pieces. Pictures of the event may be viewed by logging onto and clicking on the ‘New Canons Installed’.

CONFIRMATION: This year Confirmation in our parish is very early. It will be on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at the 10am Mass.

THE CURRAGHGOUR: “Flour milling and the corn trade has always been Limerick’s leading industry. Many an engineer and scientist have spent time and money on seeking a device for harnessing the infinite power in the rise and fall of the tides. Yet, as far back as 1672, a mill was built on Curraghgour rocks, in the middle of the river, worked by the rise and fall of the tides. I have no record as to who the owner of the mill was, but about 1840, it was owned by, “Fisher & Quinlivan,” (James Fisher and Larry Quinlivan) and a contemporary describes it as, ‘a splendid mill with great waterpower’

That it did a prosperous business can be gauged from the fact that once Larry Quinlivan was Mayor of Limerick, at a time when, to occupy the civic chair, a man had to be in a big way of business. Unfortunately, the mill was burnt down in about 1850 and never re-built. Quinlivan continued in the corn business in Upper William Street, and Fisher went to Dublin, where he became Secretary of the Patriotic Insurance Company, one of Ireland’s oldest insurance companies. Under his guidance it prospered, and though still doing so, is now owned by one of the great English Insurance Companies.” Continued next week.

BLUEBOTTLES BUZZ ON OFFAL:“Meat, such as spare ribs or back bones, were openly displayed in unrefrigerated shop windows. On a hot summer’s day, flies, with bluebottles to the fore, held reunions with their relations, buzzing happily away on the offal. But we never heard of an outbreak of salmonella.” From a piece entitled, “The Huckster Shops of Old,” which is included in Denis O’Shaughnessy’s most recent publication, “Reflections On Limerick,” which is on sale both locally and in book outlets in the shopping centres in the suburbs. An amount of superb pictures complement some very interesting well told stories of local interest. It is exceptionally good value at only €14.99.

MEALS ON WHEELS: A Daily Service of Meals on Wheels, Monday to Friday, mornings and afternoons is currently provided by St Mary’s AID. Enquiries regarding this service should be made to John Gilligan at St Mary’s AID. Telephone 061-318106.

FOUNTAIN OF HERITAGE: The delightful fountain situated behind City Hall has recently received a new lease of life with the instalment of a circular water fountain. Named, ‘Fountain of Heritage,’ one of the plaques surrounding it reads as follows: ‘Dedicated to the courageous men and women who left their native land, starting with the Flight of the Wild Geese in October, 1691, to seek freedom of religion, political expression and economic opportunities for themselves and their families. Presented to the people of Limerick on the occasion of the Treaty 300 commemorations in the City of Limerick on October 3, 1991 by the Wild Geese, Ltd., of Fairfield County, Connecticut, with contributions of members and friends whose names and families are inscribed here.’ The sculptor of the Tobar na hOidhreachta, is William H. Turner.

PRIMARY CARE CENTRE: It is almost two years since the official opening by the Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly, of our medical pride and joy, the King’s Island Primary Care Centre. Consisting of an area of 11,000 sq feet, this Centre offers three vital medical services: King’s Island Medical Centre, a well stocked Pharmacy, and the HSE Branch. An excellent Chiropodist practice also operates within this very fine structure. Formerly known as Dr Murray’s Surgery, this Doctors’ Practice stretches back to the early 1960s. It is open from 8.00am – 6.00pm from Monday to Friday. The contact numbers for this vibrant medical centre is: 061-311811: Fax 061-313837: email:

SPRATT’S GROCERY SHOP: The small grocery shop is as rare as extra cash these days but there is one gem situated on the island Road as you approach the church. Last year they are celebrated their centenary. Tell me, where can you get sticks for the fire, fuel, bacon and cabbage, detergent, bottle gas, newspapers, an array of sweets, ice-cream, cigs, best of country eggs at only €2.30 per dozen, do your weekly Lotto and much, much more? At Spratt’s of course, where every possible needful, you can source!

PRIMARY CARE CENTRE: King’s Island Primary Care Team is a team of health professionals who work closely together to meet the needs of the people living in the community. We provide a single point of contact to the health system for the person.

Professionals working in KIPCC include: GPs and Practice Nurses who will work from KIMC: Community Nursing Service – Public Health Nurse, Community Registered Nurse: Mary Conroy PHN- covering Corbally. (Tel.483024): Mary Cusack PHN- covering St Mary’s Park. (Tel. 483022): Occupational Therapist Sinead Taylor - covering King’s Island and Westbury. (Tel. 483020) Physiotherapist Fiona O’Donovan- covering King’s Island. (Tel. 483020): Home Help/support staff Liz O’Leary - Home Help Organiser. (Tel. 483942): Dietitian Sinead: Glover - Desmond Programme. (Tel. 483437): Speech and Language Therapy Katie O’Regan - covering King’s Island, Thomond, Westbury, Ballynanty. (Tel. 483020): Ophthalmic Services Dr Catherine McCrann (Tel. 457100): Counselling: As part of the Mental Health in Primary Care Initiative a Primary Care Counselling Service is now available in King’s Island PCC. This is available free of charge to GMS patients over 18 years. For further information please contact a member of the primary care team. Social Worker Karen Lyons - covering King’s Island, Thomond, Westbury and Ballynanty. (Tel. 457135): Clinical Nurse Specialist in Diabetes Anne O’Sullivan - covering King’s Island, Thomond, Ballynanty and Westbury. (Tel. 483020)

The Primary Care Team members also link with other community-based disciplines to ensure all health and social needs are provided for. These include: Mental Health Services: Counsellor/Psychologist: Podiatry: Dental.

The HSE provides services in KIPCC are also available to patients who live or whose General Practioner practices in the King’s Island or Corbally areas. For further information tel: 061 483020: Island Road, King’s Island, Limerick.

PCC OPENING HOURS: Medical Care Monday to Friday: 8am – 6pm: Pharmacy Monday – Friday 8.30am – 6pm: Saturday 9.30am -2.00pm: HSE Monday – Friday 9.30am – 5.05pm. HSE Contact: 061-483020.

SHANNON U/20 WIN: Congratulations to our U20s who won out over UL Bohemians in Annacotty recently to take the North Munster League title. Also congrats to our Seconds who continue their winning ways. The win over Richmond last Sunday sees them comfortably top of the Seconds table. Well done to all involved. We would ask everyone to come along and support all our teams. If you cannot make the matches you can also support the club by sponsoring or attending any of the upcoming events

PRE-MATCH LUNCH: We will be hosting a Pre-Match Lunch on Saturday February 1 at 12.30pm in Shannon RFC Clubhouse, prior to the AIL Match Shannon V Corinthians. Prices for this Brunch are €20.00 Adult/ €15.00 Student/ O.A.P. The price includes lunch and entry to the Match. Bookings should be confirmed no later than Thursday January 30 to Denis O’Driscoll, on 086-8377263 or email

CHAMP OR CHIMP- FUNDRAISER: Members are encouraged to get behind a potentially major Shannon RFC fund raising effort. Between now and the end of February the Club will be very actively promoting the “Champ or Chimp” sports forecasting competition. There are 14 individual sporting events listed and points will be awarded on the outcome of each event. The competition begins with the Cheltenham racing festival and concludes with the All-Ireland football final in September. Log onto for more details. Please get involved. It is a fun competition, which can raise much-needed funds for the improvement of Club facilities. You can show your support through playing the game or, even better, through getting your friends involved as well. Entry Forms can be acquired from any Executive Committee member all contact details can be found at

INTERNATIONAL TICKETS: Demand for all International Tickets is high, however, we do have a selection still available for the Scottish and Italian games this year. Anyone who would like further information or wish to purchase tickets, please contact Tadhg Crowe on 087 6524958 or email

SHANNON RFC RACE NIGHT: We will be hosting a race night in Shannon RFC on February 7 at the clubhouse. We would urge everyone to support this event as all monies raised will be going to upgrade the facilities in Coonagh and Clubhouse. If you would like to get involved by sponsorship the prices are as follows: Sponsorship Per Race €100 Full Page in Programme €100 Half Page in Programme €100: Horse €20. If you would like more information or would like to sponsor from list above please contact Ger Mulqueen on 087-6731676, Tom O’Connor on 087-412844 or Jack Bourke on 086-2543369/email -

WISE WORDS: “Don’t blame the mirror for your looks.”

“An old poacher is the best game keeper.”