Feb 2

OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY SERVICES: Weekend Mass Times: Saturday Vigil Mass 6pm. Sunday 10am and 11.30am. Weekday Mass Times: 10am Daily. Also 5.45pm daily during November, Advent and Lent. Baptisms: Saturdays at 5pm and Sundays at 12.15pm. Marriages: Three months notice to Parish and Civil Registrar. Church Office: Telephone 061 325 288, from Sundays 9am to 12.30pm and Weekdays 9am to 9.45am.

OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY SERVICES: Weekend Mass Times: Saturday Vigil Mass 6pm. Sunday 10am and 11.30am. Weekday Mass Times: 10am Daily. Also 5.45pm daily during November, Advent and Lent. Baptisms: Saturdays at 5pm and Sundays at 12.15pm. Marriages: Three months notice to Parish and Civil Registrar. Church Office: Telephone 061 325 288, from Sundays 9am to 12.30pm and Weekdays 9am to 9.45am.

LIMERICK LIONS CLUB: Limerick Lions Club wish to thank all their patrons and friends, who supported them so generously last year. The Club are having a NEW MEMBERSHIP DRIVE for 2013. For further details, please telephone Lions Club President Noel Sexton on 086 352 7418.

NA PIARSAIGH CLUB NOTES: Training for the underage will recommence for under 6 to under 10 on Saturday, February 9 at 9.45am. All new players are welcome to join. Hurleys, helmets, Jerseys and gear all available in the club shop. The next meeting of Club na nOg will take place on Thursday night in the club at 9pm where plans for the coming season will be made.

Congrats to the many Na Piarsaigh ladies who annexed a Munster colleges B title on Saturday with Laurel Hill against Lismore. Training for the underage camogie will recommence on Friday, February 8 in St Nessan’s School Hall. Under 6-8’s from 5.30pm to 6.15pm and followed by the Under 9/10’s from 6.15pm to 7pm. Training will move to the club pitch in mid March.

It was great to see our senior players involved with Limerick on Sunday especially Cathal King who impressd along with Shane Dowling and Kevin Downes who incidentally scored 2 points versus Kilkenny 24 hours earlier for his college NUIG in a challenge.

The lotto jackpot is now €11,200 following last weeks draw. The numbers drawn were 14, 19, 30 and 31. The lucky dip winners were Margaret Kennedy, Pat & Freda Gleeson, Margaret Lynch and David Lennon. The sellers prize went to Frank Kavanagh and Door prize to Mick Carroll.

Club membership is now due. Please pay yours to any committee member, or at the clubhouse any night from 8.30pm onwards. The Limerick Development draw (Mackey Stand) is also recruiting for new members, for its monthly draw. Once again, please contact a committee member if interested.

Upcoming fixture: Harty Cup Hurling Semi Final. Ard Scoil Ris v Our Ladys Templemore on Sunday, February 3 in Nenagh, at 2.30pm.

ALZHEIMER’S TABLE QUIZ: A charity table quiz in aid of the Alzheimer Society of Ireland, will be held on Thursday, January 31 at 8pm in Bobby Byrnes Bar, O’Connell Avenue. €40 per table of four. You can check it out at: http://watermansgarden.com/events.html or contact Damien on 087 2361 420.

KENYA BUILD VOLUNTEERS WANTED: Kenya Build is now recruiting volunteers for a project in Kenya in July. You will have a life changing, deeply rewarding experience. For more information, please call 086 825 3531 or Email: info@kenyabuild.com

MPCC CREDIT UNION SCHOOL’S QUIZ: It’s that time of year again already! MPCC Credit Union will be holding the preliminary round of the 2013 Credit Union Schools Quiz on Friday, February 1 at 8.00pm in Mungret / St. Paul’s GAA Club. Over 120 children in 31 teams from six local primary schools, will be taking part. The competition will have two separate age-group categories, under-11 and under-13. The winning team from both categories will progress to Stage 2 of the competition, organised by the regional Chapter of the Irish League of Credit Unions at the start of March. Winners and runners-up from that stage, will then qualify for the National Final on April 7.

‘ON THE NAIL’ LITERARY GATHERING: Come along to the “On the Nail” Literary Gathering at the Locke Bar, George’s Quay, Limerick on Tuesday, February 5 at 8pm. Organised by The Limerick Writers’ Centre, this popular monthly reading and open-mic continues to attract audiences with a mix of poetry, prose and music. Everyone is invited to take part in the open-mic after the main event, poets, storytellers, musicians and writers.

Even if you don’t write, you are welcome to bring something along to read. The night begins at 8.00pm and admission is free. So join us on the night and make this event something special. Our special authors book table, will again be in operation, so if you want your book, CD’s etc publicised, make sure you are represented on the table. Please contact Dominic Taylor at 087 2996 409, or Email: Email: limerickwriterscentre@gmail.com. Web: www.limerickwriterscentre.com. To view videos of previous reading, please go to: www.youtube.com/onthenailreadings

LIT MUSIC FESTIVAL: At the Millennium Theatre, LIT celebrates Music on Wednesday, February 6 and Thursday, February 7, with a jam packed festival line up, hosted and run by the staff and students of the Music Technology Programmes. Designed to showcase the best of upcoming Musical Talent in Limerick and supported by LIT students, this 2 day festival promises to be a must attend event for anyone interested in the music business in the Midwest region. The LIT Music Festival is proud to host the inaugural performance of “Headliners – supporting positive mental health” in association with SPIN South West. Headliners are an initiative run by SPIN South West, a regional Music Station for 15-34 year olds, to promote positive attitudes towards minding your mental Health. Thursday will see a special LIT Music Showcase – headlined by Choice Music Prize 2013 nominated local heroes, Windings and will feature 8 bands from Limerick including Drea, Parliament Square, Hipneck Blues Collective, Dead Red Light, Sandi and Solas. Open to members of the public, as well as students and staff at LIT, this 2 day free event will also feature the first public playing of Music Technology student albums, which are written, recorded and produced as part of their course. Other student tracks and installations will be on display in the foyer of the Millennium Theatre throughout the event.

For further information, please telephone Róisín Crowley on 086 6814 652, or Email: roisin.crowley@lit.ie

LIMERICK LAWN TENNIS CLUB NEWS: For three consecutive Fridays: February 1, February 8 and February 15, a team tennis event consisting of two ladies and two men per team, will be held at LLTC. The tennis will be graded for all levels and there will be four teams in a group. The number of games won, will be counted on the final night.

The format of the event will consist of 45 minutes of Mens and Ladies doubles, followed by 45 minutes of mixed doubles. Games will begin sharply at 7.30pm and registration starts at 7pm. The teams will be selected by the tennis committee, so all you have to do to play, is accept our invitation. If a game doesn’t start on time due to members arriving late, there will be team penalties incurred.

Invitations will be sent using the teamer system. If you aren’t already receiving teamer invites, please text your details to 087 7733 394 with your full name, email address and tennis grade / beginner status. Entry is €10 per person and is payable on Friday, February 1. There will be nibbles and prizes provided on the final night and we would encourage all new and current members to play in this competitive and fun team event. Substitutes for a particular grade are allowed, once vetted by the tennis committee. It will be up to the team captain appointed to find a substitute, if a team member can’t play on a particular night. On account of the courts maintenance programme, there will only be nine courts available during the month of February. Early entry is advised and we wish to encourage as many grade 6 players as possible to enter.

The first two junior competitive events of the year have been announced. On the weekend of 8/9 February the North Munster Spring Matchplays will be hosted at LLTC for U12, 14 and 16 age groups. Entrants must have a Tennis Ireland PIN to enter and instructions on how to obtain this are posted on the club Junior Noticeboard. Entry forms are now available in the club and online entry is encouraged.
The Junior Club Championships will take place during St. Patrick’s week, 11-16 March, with finals taking place on Saturday, March 16. Entry forms will be available in mid-February and online entry will also be possible. Juniors ladders are up and running again, so please sign up and get your practice in.

The successful Thursday evening doubles, is underway once more for 2013 and all levels are invited to play. The Teamer system is used to notify participants and anyone interested in joining in, should contact Declan Benson at 086 8190 863.

RAINBOWS FACILITATOR TRAINING: Rainbows is a peer-support programme to assist children and young people who are grieving a death, separation or other painful transition in their family. It aims to furnish the participants with an understanding of their new family unit; to assist in building a stronger sense of self-esteem, and to direct them towards a healthy resolution of the changes that have taken place in their personal lives. Rainbows provides a safe setting in which children and teens can share their feelings, emotions and struggles with others who have similar experiences.

Facilitator training is offered to those who are part of a Rainbows site, and were recommended by their Site Administrator for training. It consists of three parts: The initial weekend training, completion of one 12 week Rainbows program and attendance at annual enrichment evenings held locally.

For any questions or queries, please call Noirin on 061 400 133.

VILLIERS SCHOOL NEWS: Villiers is proud to congratulate yet another student who has been chosen to represent their country. Yousef Mahdy in Form III has been selected to represent the Republic of Ireland under 15s boys’ soccer team. Well done to Yousef, we wish you every success.

Former Villiers Student (class of 2008) David Cowpar recently launched his first novel. David is teaching religion and history in Cork, after graduating from UCC. Commenting on his first novel he said “the ODDs is like my child, I am so protective of it and hope people who read it, will love it the same way I do.” The book is about how an old order of demon fighters and wizard trainers is wiped out in one night and what the powers of good (the Powers of Light), choose to do in reaction to this.

They choose a teenager, David Murphy, as the Water Empowered and then Richard Stephen’s as the Fire Empowered. These guys have increased physical strength, heal faster and eventually begin to learn how to control their respective powers. The story follows them from when they both first become Empowered, through to trying to learn about these powers, with the help of Christopher Games and Jerry Sweapons and a team they build up called the O.D.D.s: the Organisation of Demon Destroyers.

Early in the story, David has a dream and as the story progresses, it becomes evident that this dream is actually prophetic. The dream changes as David’s circumstances change and each dream (bar one) takes place, on what they call “The Night of the Green Hands. What do these dreams mean, and if they are prophetic will the ODDs be able to overcome the things that are out to get them?

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