SYMPATHY: We sympathise with Mary Spillane, sons Michael, Gerry, John, daughters Jane, Helen, grandchildren, relatives and friends on the recent death of her husband George Spillane, Corbally. George’s body was laid to rest in Castlemungret Cemetery.
ADORATION: 24 hour adoration of the Blessed Sacrament St. Nicholas’ Church. Thursday 7.00pm – Friday 7.00pm. This is an opportunity for everyone to take a little time out to be still, reflect, and commune with the Lord
40 YEARS OFR LIMERICK YOUTH SERVICE: LYS launched our 40th birthday celebrations on Thursday, March 21st with Director Catherine Kelly calling on Limerick’s Youth to ‘YELL out!’ The gathering brought together young people, volunteers and staff from LYS’s many youth projects and clubs as LYS unveiled its yearlong birthday plans and introduced its fortieth anniversary mascot, YELLvis. ‘YELLvis was created by members of YELL (Youth Empowerment Looks @ Limerick), a group of young people who believe in asserting the voices of young people at local, national and international level,’ explained Ms. Kelly. ‘I am calling on Limerick’s youth to adapt YELL and ‘yell out,’ continued Ms. Kelly, who challenged those present to let people know about the positive impact that young people have and, continue to give, to their communities.
‘As I look at where we (LYS) are today, it’s hard to believe that we (LYS) started out in a one a room office forty years ago,’ reflected Ms. Kelly, who first joined LYS in the late 1980s. Ms. Kelly thanked the volunteers and young people that have given so much of their time to the young people of Limerick. ‘LYS could not exist without the your support and to say thank you we will be hosting a gathering for volunteers, past and present, on Friday, May 24th,’ added Ms. Kelly. ‘Our Leaving Class Applied class are busy constructing Limerick’s very own Lough Ness monster which will be unveiled at the Hunt Museum during Riverfest,’ explained Ms. Kelly
REFELCTIVE AND INSPIRATIONAL EVENING: Facilitated by Hilary Musgrave and Monica Brown. An uplifting, inspirational evening for all who are seeking to enrich their faith! Weaving together music, scripture imagery and ritual with selected readings from their Croí Nua Programme of Renewal for Ireland, Monica and Hilary will provide participants with a creative and prayerful space to celebrate their faith and their experience of God in the reality of their daily lives. As numbers are limited for this please forward names to Sr. Dympna as soon as possible. 348510. Wednesday 17 April 7:30 – 9pm
PARISH VISITATION: This will be taking place soon after Easter. We would love another 20 people to get involved. Time involvement is approximately 2 hours, with a celebration in May!! If interested please give your name to Dympna or the priests.
SMARTER TRAVEL: Limerick has been designated Ireland’s Smarter Travel Demonstration City. We are a collaborative group from the Limericks Local Authorities and the University of Limerick with a budget of €9million and over the next five years we will be putting in place the necessary infrastructure to make cycling, walking, travelling by bus and car sharing a much easier option for people in their daily routine. This is a huge deal for Limerick and it is so important that people know what an amazing opportunity this is for the City. While the project may be seen mostly through infrastructure, we are primarily focusing on the behaviour change side of Smarter Travel. We have recently teamed up with the Graduate Entry Medical School, and the Physical Education and Sports Sciences in UL as well as An Taisce Green Schools, and Smarter Travel Workplaces to help us with our project.
Community Travel Plan: Corbally is already committed to promoting more stress-free, active, and sustainable travel among its citizens. We have already met with Scoil Íde and St Munchin’s schools and have begun to survey students to inform future actions and initiatives required to improve and encourage sustainable travel to schools in Corbally. We are seeking to find out more about what people of Corbally think about how they are currently travelling, options we should explore and how the people of Corbally can facilitate this. We are at present developing a number of micro infrastructural projects, as identified by our Corbally Working Group. This includes an improved pedestrian crossing at Scoil Ide. This will all form part of an overall Community Travel Plan for Corbally, which will essentially be a document written and adopted by the community outlining the action they will take to encourage healthier, safer, and sustainable travel to, from, and within the community. We are asking Corbally citizens to analyse how they make local journeys, to school, work, shops, etc. This involves exploring the benefits of more sustainable forms of transport such as walking or cycling. It is also important to identify the problems or barriers that may prevent the use of such modes. We need Corbally citizens to take part and get involved. We have issued a newsletter to Corbally to raise awareness of our continued presence. In the coming weeks we will be holding a community meeting to present our initial designs and ideas. 20 Weeks of Change: Everyone we meet in the city is unbelievably supportive and can’t believe what a huge win this is for the City. We just need to continue to get the word out. To this end, we are launching our big campaign ‘20 Weeks of Change’ in May. We are in the process of recruiting up to 30 Smarter Travel Champions from within our study areas who are willing to incorporate Smarter Travel into their daily lives for 20 weeks. We will be following a select number of these people and interviewing them occasionally as they take on this new way of moving around the city. We will be launching a little documentary during Mobility Week in September. Having teamed up with the Medical School in UL we will be monitoring the improvement in health from the beginning and end of the campaign. We will be offering free GP visits at the beginning and end for a quick medical screening, and obviously all results are private and champions will get expert exercise and diet advice. If this is something you might be interested in, please let us know. If you aren’t interested perhaps you could suggest friends/ colleagues who might want to start to cycle more, take the bus, car share with their partner etc., that would be great.
LIMERICK GOING FOR GOLD: The Limerick ‘going for gold’ campaign aims to make Limerick a cleaner, brighter place to work, live and visit. Going for Gold encourages businesses, community groups and individuals to improve their areas by getting involved in the national Tidy Towns Competition and generally improving their areas and reducing the impact of litter across the City. Limerick City Council in association with the JP McManus Charitable Foundation is encouraging everyone to get involved. Once again a €50,000 prize fund has been confirmed for Going for Gold Competition. It is likely that there will be some changes to last year’s Going for Gold categories and these along with the possibility of additional categories will be announced at a later date.
ACCORD: One of the ways that the Church in Ireland supports marriage is through the work of ACCORD. ACCORD is an Irish voluntary Catholic organisation that aims to promote a deeper understanding of Christian marriage and to offer people the means to safeguard and nourish their marriage and family relationships. ACCORD has a centre in St. Munchin’s College and Newcastlewest. ACCORD supports married couples in all life’s circumstances. Telephone: 343000
Mass of Healing and Consolation: The monthly Mass of Healing and Consolation will be on Thursday 25 April at 7.00p.m. in St. Nicholas’ Church. All welcome.
LECTURES FOR THE YEAR OF FAITH: Public Lecture Series: Tuesdays 5.00p.m. (Room 202) Mary Immaculate College. On 16 April Dr. Andrew Pierce will speak on Anglican Spirituality and on 22 April Ms Myra Hayes will talk on the Spirituaqlity of John and its expression in stained glass windows.
LIMERICK’S GOT TALENT: Calling all singer, dancers, bands, choirs, variety acts & songwriters the search is now on for the new stars of Limerick in our 5th annual competition which takes place at Limetree Threatre, Mary Immaculate College from 20th - 23rd August.
This years competition promises to be the biggest and best ever hence why we have moved venues to give our supporters better facilities and more comfort.
Applications are now available from two outlets this year our main one at Local Heroes Office in Arthur’s Quay Shopping Centre and also from Future Sound & Vision in Upper William St during shopping hours. All applications must be returned to Arthur’s Quay before closing date of !st August 2013 with €10.00 entry fee.
Massive prize packs are available for our winners which as well as overall winner five category winners will be chosen including Best Singer, Best Dance Act, Best Band, Best Variety Act & best Original Song. Show producer Mike O’Connor told us “we are all excited about this years project with the great categories and the interest show and also delighted that the acts have the chance to perform on a magnificent auditorium such as the Limetree Theatre.” All prospective applicants are invited to attend our first workshop, which will take place at South Court Hotel Conference Centre on Tuesday 2nd April from 11.00am -4.00pm which will be very beneficial to their progress. Once again, all proceeds for show will go to the MS Society Limerick Further information can be had from our Facebook Page Limerick’s Got Talent 2013 our contact Mike O’Connor on 0851367594.
Back to school: Now that school has re-opened following the Easter recess, we wish all a happy and good term ahead. To those preparing for important exams we hope you do your very best and remember what you put into your work will reap its rewards.
Lourdes Pilgrimage: We welcome home all the pupils from Ard Scoil Mhuire who were on pilgrimage in Lourdes last week.
FIRST hOLY COMMUNION: First Communions will begin this Sunday 14 April at the 10.30 a.m. Mass and will continue for three Sundays. We wish all involved a happy and special day.
PARTEEN / ST. NICHOLAS’ GAA: Lotto numbers drawn 3 4 12 14. No winner! Winners of the six County Board Draw Tickets were: Ger Sherlock, Blackwater; Edmund Walsh, Ardnacrusha; Jude Haskett, Parteen; Telca Roach, Ardnacrusha; Paraic Conlon, Ardnacrusha and Ryan O’Connor, Ardnacrusha
News in brief: A good weekend for Parteen St. Nicholas GAA Hurling last weekend. Three teams were in action our under 16’s kicked off the weekend with a challenge game against Cappamore of Limerick and on Saturday our Intermediates were in league action against Corifin and won that by 4 points. To complete a treble our Junior B team faced up to the Feakle and ran out winners on the day so well done to all.
For those who have been to the field over the weekend you will have seen the massive amount of work that was carried out. Poles were erected and catch netting secured, extra poles were erected to provide lights to assist with training on grass while the evenings are still short and these works will have a benefit long into the future.
Our new TUS employees started work with the club and will be with us for the year and we want to thank the TUS management for their assistance in placing the two employees so if you are at the field and you see the lads please welcome them and say “Hello”