LIMERICK WALKING CLUB: Limerick walking club will meet in Na Piarsiagh GAA Club, Caherdavin every Satuday at 11.30am and all walks commence at 12 noon. You can also go to Cratloe woods at 11.30am and walk for 5 miles with the group. The club also meet at 11.30am each Sunday at the car park in the University of Limerick. If you can’t make any of these dates, please come along to Fennesseys Bar in New Street on Wednesday evenings at 7.30, where you will meet a group who enjoy a good walk and a cup of tea afterwards. All new members are welcome. Looking forward to seeing you all there.
NA PIARSAIGH G.A.A. CLUB NEWS: Our minor hurlers joined their senior counterparts in the County final, by virtue of a good victory over Balbec Gaels on Tuesday last in the Gaelic Grounds. We got off to a good start and by half time, we led by seven points 1-08 to 1-01, with the goal coming from David Dempsey. Our defence were well on top with Evan O Brien and man of the match Peader Collins, in particularly good form. We scored our second goal midway through the second half, again from the stick of David Dempsey and followed it up with points from Ronan Lynch, Peter Casey, Kieran Daly and Thomas Grimes, to finish off a good performance. We look forward to the County final versus Doon, where a big improvement is needed. Final score: Na Piarsaigh 2-17 Balbec Gaels 1-08. Team: Jack Ryan(capt), Peader Collins, Gordon Brown, Mike Andrews, Evan O Brien, Michael Casey, Conor Houlihan, Josh O Halloran(0-1), Ronan Lynch(0-6,4f), Dylan Cronin, Peter Casey(0-2), Thomas Grimes(0-2), Conor Boylan(0-1),David Dempsey(2-4), Kieran Daly(0-1). The club jackpot now stands at €14,600, after Mondays draw. Numbers drawn were 21, 22,2 4 and 30. Lucky dip winners were Carol Nealon, The Hourigans, Ben Sheehan and Pat & Freda Gleeson. Sellers prize went to Gerry Shannon and house draw to Mike Culligan.
LIMERICK JAZZ FESTIVAL: Limerick City will host top international and Irish artists for the second annual Limerick Jazz Festival which runs from Thursday, September 26 to Sunday, September 29. Building on the success of the inaugural festival last year, this year’s featured artists include Larry McKenna, a living legend of the Philadelphia jazz scene who has played with greats such as Woody Herman and Frank Sinatra; Limerick based Andreas Varady, a teenage guitar prodigy who spent the summer on tour with Quincy Jones, is special guest of the Crisis Point Big Band, along with singer/guitarist Nigel Mooney. Louis Stewart and Jim Doherty will perform material from their new CD Tunes. For the year of The Gathering, the Festival’s international visitors have strong Irish connections like Irish-born and British-based award-winning vocalist Christine Tobin who will perform the songs of Leonard Cohen. The announcement of this year’s festival was welcomed by Riverdance composer Bill Whelan, who is on the steering group for Limerick City of Culture 2014. “The Limerick Jazz Festival is a natural development of the very strong jazz scene in the Mid-West,” Mr Whelan said. “This year’s line-up features wonderful music with a very broad audience appeal. The organisers have made a big effort to keep ticket prices down and I hope that will encourage the public to attend even if they are not jazz fans already,” he added. The headline acts will perform at a number of city centre venues including 69 O’Connell St. (formerly the Belltable Arts Centre), Dolan’s Warehouse and the Clarion Hotel. There will be many other free performances across the city over the festival weekend, including a late night jazz trail and one of the highlights of the weekend will be a master class with top US musicians Larry McKenna and Tony Miceli at the Hunt Museum at 4pm on Saturday, 28 September. For more information and full listings visit: www.limerickjazzfestival.com.
LIMERICK RED CROSS RECRUIT NEW MEMBERS: The Red Cross in the Limerick area are currently recruiting new volunteers, across a range of activities. Including: First Aid Volunteers - no previous training necessary as it will be provided. Drivers for our ambulance and minibus fleet. Must be aged 25+, full B or D1 (minibus) licence - Induction and first aid training will be provided Community service volunteers - developing new services in the area of Hand Massage and also an entirely new service - Skin Camouflage. Fundraising volunteers - people to assist a couple of time per year with fund-raising activities eg Churchgate, flag days. For further information on any of these, or if you require first aid cover at an event, please contact the Red Cross Hall on 061 468 417, for further information.
CECILIAN MUSICAL SOCIETY REHEARSALS: Want to get fit for the winter? Why not come to rehearsals with the Cecilian Musical Society and see what it’s like to be part of the fun! Under the guidance of choreographer Barbara Meany, the Society has won numerous A.I.M.S. awards including best choreography in 2012, 2010, 2009 and 2007. We invite past, present and future members to join in the fun! If you would like to be part of this year’s ‘Copacabana’ show, please contact the chairperson of Cecilian Musical Society- Annemarie Mulcahy on 087 9404 633, or check out our facebook page on https://www.facebook.com/groups/103716703948/ We rehearse in Claughan GAA Club, Childers Road on Monday nights at 8pm and downstairs at Scott’s Bar, South Circular Road on Wednesday at 8pm.
ARD SCOIL RIS GALA BALL: Ardscoil Rís will Celebrate 50 Years of Excellence in Education Commencing in September 2013. Please join us for the first event which is a Gala Ball on Saturday, November 16 in the Strand Hotel. It is a Black tie event. Tickets cost €50 each and are available at the school. For further information, please telephone 061 453 828, or 061 455 251.
SET DANCING CLASSES: Set Dancing Classes have resumed in the Monaleen G.A.A. Clubhouse. The classes will be held every Thursday, with Beginners from 7pm to 8pm and Advanced from 8pm to 9.15pm. For further information, please telephone 087 257 7761.
VIDES IRELAND VOLUNTARY ORGANISATION: VIDES Ireland is part of an international Voluntary Organisation and promotes voluntary service, which has as its focus the protection of human rights, especially those of women, children and young people all over the world. It is an integral part of the work carried on by the Salesian Sisters. Through VIDES, we offer young people 20 years and upwards, the opportunity to go abroad to a developing country, where our Sisters and communities are engaged in meaningful work in Africa and India. Should you be considering giving a short term or long term commitment to working in the developing world next Summer in a Salesian environment, you are welcome to join others in the first phase of preparation on Saturday, September 28. For further information, please contact Sr. Dympna on 086 3708 652.
SENIOR HELP LINE: Do you need someone to listen? Would you like to share a worry? Are there days when nobody calls? The Senior Help Line provide a confidential listening service for older people, by older people, for the price of a local call anywhere in Ireland. The Help Line is open every day of the year from 10am to 4pm and from 7pm to 10pm. The phone number is: 1 850 440 444.
‘’STORYTIME’’ ART EXHIBITION: Storytime is an exhibition of art by Limerick artist Hugh McMahon, which is opening at 7pm, on Thursday, September 26 in Faber Studios, Henry Street. This will be the launch of ‘’Limerick Folktales’’, a comic book of stories of local folklore. A percentage of the sale of the book will be donated to Blue Box Creatice Arts Psychotherapies, a local charity working with children in Limerick City. The exhibition runs until Thursday, October 3. The gallery is open daily from 11am to 4pm.
HILARY BLOODBIKE MID WEST TABLE QUIZ: Hilary Bloodbike Mid West will be holding a fundraising table quiz in Na Piarsigh GAA club, Caherdavin on Thursday, September 26 at 8.30pm. Tables of 4 are €40 and all are welcome for a night of fun and a chance to win some great prizes. Further information is available from Blood bike Mid West at:firstname.lastname@example.org and on facebook: Blood Bike Mid West Ireland.
MILFORD HOSPICE MONSTER COFFEE MORNING: Claughaun GAA Club are hosting a Monster Coffee Morning in aid of Milford Hospice in the club house on Childers Road on Friday, September 27, commencing at 9.30am. Your support would be very much appreciated.
WORLD HEART DAY WALK 2013: Join Limerick Walking Association and Limerick City Sports Partnership in marking World Heart Day on Sunday, September 29 at 11.30am, meeting in the University Arena Court Yard. Choose between a short (approx 2 miles) and a long (approx 4 miles) loop, where walking leaders will lead groups along campus paths and riverside trails. Donations gratefully accepted on behalf of the Irish Heart Foundation. Enjoy the scenic riverside campus walks, while making a difference to heart health. For more information, please contact Limerick City Sports Partnership on 061 333 600.