LIMERICK YOUTH SERVICE NEWS: If 2013 was amazing, then 2014 promises to be as busy as ever at Limerick Youth Service, as we continue to support and encourage young people to be active participants in shaping their futures. ‘We’ve plenty of projects in the pipeline and are looking to take Limerick Youth Service, where no youth work organisation has gone before!’ said Dermot Troy, Limerick Youth Service. ‘Since it first opened the doors in 1973, Limerick Youth Service has always strived to ensure that only the best is good enough for our young people,’ continued Mr. Troy. Limerick Youth Service supports Garda Youth Diversion Projects, a Learner Training Initiative, Youth & Family Intervention Programmes, Comhairle na nÓg, Youth Cafes, a Community Training Centre, YouthBank, Transition Programmes, Youth Clubs and much more. From discos to youth conferences and the continuation of our 40th birthday celebrations, 2014 will be a year to remember. It promises to be a momentous moment for young people in Kilfinane, as the south Limerick town welcomes its new Youth Club. Located in Scoíl Pól Secondary School, Kilfinane Youth Club will provide a safe place for young people to simply hang out, spend time with friends and make new ones. ‘Open to second level students, Kilfinane Youth Club will provide a diverse range of activities and opportunities for young people and volunteers,’ said Eithne Stembridge, Limerick Youth Service. From arts, music and sport to inter-club activities, there will be plenty to keep Kilfinane’s young people busy, while a diverse range of educational and recreational programmes such as healthy eating and first aid, will be available. ‘It will be the young people’s youth club and they’ll decide what programmes they wish to run,’ explained Ms. Stembridge, East & South Limerick Club Support Worker. Ms. Stembridge paid tribute to the young people and volunteers, who have contributed to the development of the youth club. ‘It was from a project by Transition Year students at Scoil Pól, that the idea of the youth club developed and took shape,’ said Ms. Stembridge. The hard work that the students put in, will be rewarded. We are looking forward to hearing about all the excitement at Kilfinane Youth Club. Limerick Youth Service wishes all the best to Scoil Pól Secondary School, the volunteers and young people, who have contributed to the Kilfinane Youth Club and wish them the best of luck in the future.
Limerick Youth Service will hold its annual Variety Show at LIT’s Millennium Theatre on Friday, January 24 from 7.30pm to 10.30pm. The Variety Show will see young people participate in five categories: Dance, Song, Band, Music & Performance, with the winners representing Limerick Youth Service at Youth Work Ireland’s National Finals in June. The evening will also see young people and volunteers add a touch of Hollywood, as they strut their stuff in an ‘At The Movies’ themed Fashion Show. Richard Lynch, ilovelimerick and Aofie McLoughlin, former contestant from the Voice of Ireland, will be two of the judges on the evening, with further special guests due to drop in. If you would like to know about the Variety Show, please contact Joe Walsh, Limerick Youth Service, at: firstname.lastname@example.org or at 083 3718 793.
IRISH ACADEMY OF MAGIC: Leon Andersen from Moyross is Irelands most skilful magician. He has won numerous awards such as best newcomer to the Munster Society of Magicians and stage magician of the year in 2006 with the top award for showmanship presented by the Brotherhood of Magicians. Leon grew up in Glenagross Park, Moyross with his parents, three brothers and two sisters. From an early age all Leon wanted, was to be famous. So when he was thirteen, he joined a dance school and was thought how to perform by Philip “Scally” Scanlon. With his new dance shoes on, he became All Ireland Dance Champion in 1994 with a dance troupe called Free Foundation and regained that title in 1995. Over the next few years he had won seven Munster Championships and several Limerick trophies. In 1996 he was approached and asked to dance for the dance nation tour that was being held in nightclubs all over the country. He was also busy being a member of bands such as Celtic Crew and Just This Beat. In 1997 he made a big decision. He found out he was going to be a Dad, so he put away his dancing shoes to concentrate on giving his children, his time and attention.
When he was twenty, he saw American magician David Blaine perform a new style of tricks called “Street Magic”. He was bitten by the fame bug again. Leon has dedicated hours of practice to perfect his new found interest and it all paid off in 2006, when he became I.B.M. Magician of the Year with the top award for showmanship. Leon has made a name and a market for himself in Ireland and will always be proud of his roots.
Leon has now opened The Irish Academy of Magic. If you would like to become a magician or just be able to fool your friends and family with some impressive tricks, you can now enrol in a new course of magic for beginners. It is strictly for over twelves and places are limited to ten per class. The cost is €50 for a four week course. This fee includes all the props needed to perform tricks like a real magician. For further details please contact Leon on 086 0873 960, or visit www.theirishacademyofmagic.com.
WATCH HOUSE CROSS LIBRARY: The Watch House Cross Library is rapidly growing in its membership. It now has approximately 4,000 members of all ages. Many children have joined and they spend hours during the week picking out story books. The music room in the library has been found not to be sound proof, but the library hope to get new equipment soon, such as drum kits, electric guitars and keyboards, to fulfil local people’s needs. The meeting rooms have proven to be a huge success. Seventy organisations have come from all over Limerick to use this facility since it opened. Many organisations such as Youthreach, the Youth Cafe and Northside Educational Committee, come on a regular basis to use the room. Also, this room is used weekly to teach language classes to the public. The library, since opening, has succeeded in its aim of gathering groups of all ages and encouraging them to read more. The library employs four full-time and friendly staff. The free membership is of huge benefit to the locals as many libraries throughout Ireland charge up to €15 for a library card. The internet access has been a huge success with all ages and is used by up to five hundred people every month. The library also runs computer courses for both children and adults, to show them how to use computers and the internet. The library opening hours are as follows: Monday - Closed. Tuesday - 10.00am to 5.30pm. Wednesday - 10.00am to 8.00pm. Thursday - 10.00am to 8.00pm. Friday - 10.00am to 5.30pm. Saturday - 10.00am to 5.30pm. Sunday - Closed.
ADULT EDUCATION: The Adult Educational Guidance Service will help you to find out about courses and careers and to choose the ones which suit you. You can find out about money available to help you with your education. You can discover your skills and talents and also learn how to develop these. The Guidance Counsellor can help you make a decision to put you on the right track to further your education and then keep in touch with you to make sure that everything is going well. You can contact Catherine, who is the local Moyross Guidance Counsellor, on 087 981 2020.
COMMUNITY DINNERS: The Moyross Community Centre are now providing lunch for older people on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12.30p.m. to 2.00p.m. It costs just €3.00 per meal with an extra €0.50 for dessert. I had a meal in the centre recently and I was extremely impressed with the fantastic service provided at such a reasonable cost. There was a great atmosphere and great credit is due to the kitchen staff. There is also a takeaway service available on request. For further details please phone Chris on 061 326 057.