Active Age Group: The annual November Remembrance Mass for deceased members takes place on Wednesday 13th at 3pm in the Boro club. All are welcome to attend especially families of past members.
A meeting of the regional Autumn Council was held in the Clarion hotel on Thursday October 24 at 11am. Mary Butler and Teresa Byrne represented Our Lady Queen of Peace club. Active retirement Ireland has now over 550 local associations throughout Ireland with a membership of over 24,000 and is a vibrant and strong organisation.
Maureen Kavanagh CEO, active retirement Ireland voiced her concerns to TDs over recent budget measures which affect senior citizens calling them” shameful and unjust”. Special attention was given to the telephone allowance, the so-called death grant, and the reduction in the number of medical cards, and also prescription charges.
In the course of the meeting it was discussed which of the above would be most harmful to senior citizens and most agreed that the cut in telephone allowances would affect many vulnerable people living alone. Another one was the increase in prescription charges which might lead people to forego some vital medicines.
Members were encouraged to contact their local TDs and voice their discontent.
Another issue is the fact that by September 2014 the banks will abolish chequebooks. Many people will find it difficult to deal with the new technology involved and there is a danger that people will resort to keeping cash in the home. This must be avoided at all costs.
In the afternoon session Liam Toland from Home Instead-Limerick told members about successful ageing and reminded all that ageing is not the problem but successful ageing is important. The important thing is to keep engaged, ageing without growing old.
The meeting closed at 3.15 with many thanks to the organisers.
Care and Repair: Limerick Care and Repair is a free minor home repair service for people over 65 and people with disabilities.
If you would like to avail of this service please contact Iris Mockler on 087-6731314 or email to email@example.com.
On the Nail: The Limerick Writers centre presents an ‘On the Nail’ Special on Tuesday 12th November 8pm in The Loft Venue at The Locke Bar, Georges Quay, Limerick.
Performance Poetry/Spoken Word Showcase. Performance poets and spoken word artists from the Limerick Writers Centre in association with Dave Rock will be performing a selection of their poems on the night. This event is also open to all other performance poets, and it is an invitation for such to let loose and give their poems the high impact delivery it deserves. The evening will close with a full set from Dave Rock, featuring slam winners, alternative hip-hop, on the spot co-creations with the audience, and also some good old fashioned poems. Dave promises to create on the spot, any poem from any audience member on the night; poems for loved ones, for yourself, surreal whimsy, or something close to your heart. Entry is €5. If you want to participate, all you have to do is email your name to firstname.lastname@example.org requesting inclusion.
November Liturgy: The annual November Liturgy for the deceased of the parish takes place on Sunday 10th November at 11am in Queen of Peace church. This is particularly for those families who have been bereaved within the last year. The liturgy will consist of Mass and a special ceremony of light where a member from each bereaved family will bring a candle to the altar to symbolise the souls of the deceased. All are welcome to come and remember our dear departed relatives, friends and parishioners who have died recently and also over the lifetime of our parish.
Christmas Fair: The annual Christmas Fair takes place in Our Lady Queen of Peace School Janesboro on Sunday 1st December from 2-5pm. It is organised each year by the Parents Association who do a tremendous amount of voluntary work for the school throughout the year and will include again this year Santa’s Grotto, spin the wheel a raffle and lots more. If you would like to book a stall please contact the school on 311285 or Rachel on 086-1222860.