HEALTH IS WEALTH: To hear it advertised several times a day that “one in four of our children is obese” together with all the resulting maladies to possibly arise is frightening. For too long now many adults have been ignoring the health of our children thinking that this was the doctor’s problem. But the message is beginning to make an impression. Far more young people are becoming involved in sporting activities and this is as it should be for no other reason than for the sheer enjoyment of being involved. However, this statistic is not confined to youngsters for the fact is that one in four of our adult population are also obese. The so-called former boom period referred to as the Celtic tiger introduced many adults to poor habits such as indolence, less activity and meals with food that was rich in fat. The social activity that easy money engendered gave rise to the greater consumption of alcohol, beers and spirits, often taken in excess all added to the fact that many of our young men and women can be seen with corpulent bodies that causes embarrassment. It is time that the old adage ‘health is wealth’ was given cognisance and appreciated as being the essence of truth.
During contemporary times there are many articles in newspapers and programmes on radio and television advocating healthy lifestyles with advice on what to eat for good health. There is an equal number of items on food types and what is best for us to consume so that our health will benefit from same. Further to that there are also many programmes on television demonstrating how to cook and derive the most nutrients and best tastes from a variety of foodstuffs. They all appear to be most delicious and perhaps they make it more difficult for those of us who are trying to reduce their weight problems. It is reckoned that one in four children in our society is obese and the medical profession has warned that such circumstances are the precursor for many of the more serious and harmful health conditions of the future. The condition obesity is not confined to children of any specific social group for there are many examples to be seen throughout our society presently. It is now acknowledged that sugar and its overuse in many products is one of the main causes of over-weight and the consumption of a diet of foodstuffs rich in sugar and fizzy drinks will ultimately lead to over-weight and obesity. Diabetes is a condition that may arise and many people in our society have this condition and furthermore the incidence of this is on the increase.
However, the message about health is beginning to be noticed by a greater cross-section of our society as more and more people can be seen walking, jogging, running and participating in training for marathons and in general physical activities. There is just twelve or thirteen weeks to go before the Great Limerick Run so there is a goal for you to aim at.
It is encouraging to see many out training after work in the evenings running along and in preparation for whichever physical test or goal they have set themselves. While it is your personal responsibility to look after your health and well-being it is even more-so your responsibility to seek after the health of your family members. Not to do so is too horrific a legacy to contemplate for the future.
TRAFFIC SIGNALS: The traffic signals at the St. Nessan’s road and Ballykeefe are too dilatory when a car or two emerge from the Ballykeefe estate. The red light stays on for several minutes after the vehicle from Ballykeefe has emerged onto the St. Nessan’s road and causes a long line of waiting traffic to be delayed on excessively on each side of the lights.
WORK CONTINUES: The work on the Ballinacurra road continues at present. The E.S.B. is erecting new higher poles and the cables for these are emerging from the ground resulting in some of the new cobble-lock paths being opened to accommodate this work. Travel on this road irrespective of whether it is day time or night time deserves great care for staff have at times to emerge onto the roadway. There are a few projectiles placed on the road still where work is proceeding to be done. Also, there is a large pot-hole directly opposite the former O’Meara’s shop that needs attention. All in all it is a road that demands particular care when travelling thereon.
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.
READERS MEETING: On next Monday, evening, January 27 there will be a meeting in St. Paul’s church of the readers of the Scriptures at Masses. This meeting is for regular readers but new volunteers to join with them will be very welcome to the meeting.
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.
MIS-USE: The traffic grid painted on the St. Nessan’s road opposite the Ballykeefe estate is being mis-used by ignorance or design. Some vehicles wishing to go up the former main road to St. Paul’s Nursing home stay on the grid until some kind road-user coming in the opposite direction permits the motorist to cross over against the line of traffic. This then causes the oncoming traffic behind to veer over onto the bus lane to continue on the journey. All of this crossing of traffic in both directions could easily be avoided if the ‘offending’ motorist continued down to the Ballykeefe roundabout and joined the traffic approaching the turn left for the St. Paul’s Nursing home. It is quite easily done (Q.E.D.).
PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS: At this time of year when most people are rushing about trying to do more than time necessarily allows some people ‘charge’ across pedestrian crossings without looking to see if traffic on left or right has stopped. This is how a great number of young people use these facilities and at night if they are wearing dark clothes they are not very obvious. This puts a big responsibility on the drivers approaching the pedestrian crossing and all the more so if he or she is driving down the hill on the St. Nessan’s road directly opposite the Crescent Shopping centre. It is not unusual to see young people carelessly proceed onto the crossing and brazenly challenge the driver to bring their vehicle to a sharp halt. At night these crossings are even more dangerous because they are not very well lit up. So, the best approach to these and all pedestrian crossings is go cautiously at all times.
SPECIAL OLYMPICS: The governing body of the Special Olympics has announced that the Special Olympics will be staged for the second time in three years in Limerick. It has announced this because of the standard of quality venues available here and also because of the welcome and volunteer effort from many people in Limerick. This is a tribute to all concerned and it is another example of the warm culture of welcome that is normal in both city and county. Previous volunteers and new volunteers for the games in June will be very welcome and already the organisers are canvassing for their help.
NOT ALLOWED: This is something that this scribe sees happening almost on a daily practic. 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 shopping centre. .It is shocking to see the number of drivers that ignore this admonition on the ground and swing in off the Dooradoyle road across oncoming traffic. THIS IS NOT ALLOWED.
NATIONAL SPRING CLEAN: Although it may seem that time-wise to be far off National Spring Clean commences in April. This is Ireland’s leading anti-litter initiative and it is never too soon to start and your personal assistance is welcome.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: .There is Eucharistic adoration each Wednesday in St. Paul’s church from after the 10.00am Mass until 10.00pm at night. It is in the chapel attached to the church and all worshippers are welcome..
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.
WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE: The wet weather of the past couple of weeks has highlighted the fact that there are several places in this district where the water does not flow away but gathers in large pools. A case in point is the entry / exit from St. Nessan’s park where a very large pool gathers and embraces also the main footpath and the footpath that leads to the nearby shop and hospital. This makes matters very difficult for children and their parents or guardians going to St. Paul’s National School nearby. This is not a new problem but it has been highlighted over the years in these notes. To say the least it is unfair to expect children to cross over to the other side of the road when traffic is moving about. The pool was so large that cars were obliged to veer over in front of oncoming traffic.
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. For further information contact the Pastoral Centre, Michael St. phone (087/ 7998427.
ASSESSMENT: The Limerick County Council has applied for funding for traffic assessment at Rahenn church, St. Nessan’s road and Dooradoyle road.
Apparantly, there is a proposal for a new entrance//exit for St. Paul’s school near the roundabout at the Fr. Russel road and Limerick County Council intend to facilitate the project when the issue arises.
MACRA NA FEIRME: Contrary to what you might be thinking Macra na Feirme is not a club solely for people from rural districts of the county. In fact, whether you are from the county or the city you are very welcome to become a member of Macra and engage in its many recreational activities. If you are interested in learning more about this club log onto www.limerickmacra.ie
CAMINO PILGRIMAGE: It us hoped to lead a pilgrimage of young people on the Camino walk next summer. Those interested must be over the age of 21 at the time of travelling. The ‘Youth Ministry Team’ of the Limerick diocese hope to lead a pilgrimage of young people on the Camino walk from July 8 to July 15 next summer 2014. The cost of the pilgrimage has not been finalised but it is hoped that it will not exceed €600. Those who would like to find out more are welcome to attend an information evening in the Limerick Diocesan Pastoral Centre on Friday, November 29 at 7.30pm. Those who are interested but canno attend can find out more by phoning the Pastoral Centre on 061/400133.