BEST WISHES FOR EXAMS: Best wishes, to all our parishioners who are sitting their Junior Cert and Leaving Cert Exams, over the coming weeks.
ST. NESSAN’S COMMUNITY COLLEGE NEWS: Despite the early hour, there was a real sense of excitement in the air, as the coach left St Nessan’s on Saturday morning at 2.30am, packed to the hilt with 5TH Years and their class tutors, all ready to partake in the Pieta House “Darkness into Light” run/walk. The aim of Pieta House is to help people get through that critical phase, when suicide becomes a plan rather than an idea. Massive thanks to Mr. J for organising everything-bus, T-shirts, sponsorship etc. All the rest of us had to do, was turn up and look pretty…no mean feat at 2am!! Still the atmosphere was lively, the students were in flying form, but high jinks were kept to a minimum by Mrs. J (behind every man, there is a great woman) and Shane Dundon kept the show on the road, with a few songs and with Aidan providing a security escort all the way, we were in Ennis before 3am.
It needs to be acknowledged, that Michael took a huge chance with this and his tenacity and persistence to get this done was duly rewarded. The 5th Years were a real credit to the school and mingled happily with the crowd, all completing the walk and returning to the bus on time. To date, they have raised over €1,500 and we’re still counting. Just being with them, was a genuine delight and it’s not often we can say that. Thanks to all. The journey home was a quieter affair with many lost in thought…from darkness into light.
Just wanted to send out huge congratulations to Blazing Bullets TY Team who succeeded in winning the title of ‘Best Website’ at the National Finals of the F1 in Schools Competition recently in Griffith College, Dublin. The team who consisted of Aoife O’Carroll, Leah O’Brien, Anna Sommerer, Bobbi O’Callaghan and Lisa Daly, did their school and their families so proud at the All Irelands, where the competition amongst the teams, was incredibly high. Their final car ended up being only 0.07 of a second behind the overall winners, so that’s some achievement. We really couldn’t praise the girls enough for their behaviour and enthusiasm over the 2 days! Big thanks to all the teachers who helped out and allowed us take them out of class to work on the project! It was well worth it!
Last month, Andreas Varady attended his manager Quincy Jones’ 80th birthday party in Las Vegas, met Will Smith and Chris Tucker, and shared a limousine with jazz singer Nikki Yanofsky. Recently described by Jones as being “possibly the best young guitarist in the world”, Varady will tour Asia this year, with Jones’s Global Gumbo All-Stars and hopes to sign a contract with Verve Music Group. “You have dreams and then there’s [bigger] dreams. This is one of them. It’s really big,” says Varady, who will sit his Junior Certificate exam in June, at St Nessan’s Community College in Limerick. “I feel like it’s going to be a really good journey, because of working with these guys now. I can’t wait. I don’t have any worries really. They signed me because of who I am, so I can just be myself.” At Jones’s party, Varady and his parents Bandi and Beata rubbed shoulders with Whoopi Goldberg, Patti Austin and Michael Caine, and Varady performed Quincyology, a song he composed for Jones’s birthday. “It was amazing. It was like a dream when we went to Vegas. I felt like we were in a film. When we were sitting with all the big stars and celebrities, I had to ask my husband ‘How did we get here?’ says Varady’s mother, Beata. “The times have changed for Andreas now. Every month he’s developing. When we signed an agreement with Quincy, everything changed very quickly. He’s immediately with all the big celebrities. His career went from [down] here to [up] there,” she gestures. In his music room at his home in Limerick, Varady shows me a cabinet of souvenirs and awards that he has collected over the past few years. There are awards, bundles of programmes from festivals he has played at, neat folders of newspaper clippings, and even a Bobble-Head Ray from a recent appearance on the Ray D’arcy radio show. “My mum’s crazy about collecting things like fliers from the festivals and newspapers from the beginning,” says Andreas, showing me a mini statue of Liberty that he collected after winning a scholarship to attend summer school in Skidmore College, New York. Having moved to Ireland with his family from Slovakia in 2007, Varady has enjoyed huge success. Largely self-taught, he started busking with his father, Bandi on the streets of Limerick and Cork, before Irish drummer Dave Lyttle noticed him on YouTube and began to mentor him. The duo collaborated on Varady’s debut album Questions, which reached number three on the iTunes charts. Since then, he has played at gigs all over the world, including the Montreux jazz festival, appeared on the cover of Guitar Player magazine and was the youngest person ever to headline at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London. In 2012, he moved to Germany with his family for 10 months, to work with a German booking agent and they have tentative plans to relocate to Los Angeles later this year. “I love Ireland very much, but the record label and management are in LA. It’s hard to do a 10-hour flight every time there’s a business meeting,” he says. Still performing in the Andreas Varady trio (with his 11-year-old drummer brother, Adrian, and his father), Varady’s earliest influences were Django Reinhardt, George Benson and John Coltrane. His tastes have changed to include Amy Winehouse, Michael Jackson, Common and Justin Timberlake and he describes his own compositions, as being a mixture of “modern jazz and hip hop”. “My influences are not just jazz musicians. I like every musician, from rock guitar to jazz players,” he says. “I only practice when I want to practice, which is actually all the time,” says Varady, who composes songs and records them on his phone, before showing them to his father and brother. Like any teenager, Varady is obsessed with his phone, tweeting and using Instagram daily. He loves fashion and styling his spiky hair, playing video games and basketball and watching non-stop episodes of Everybody Hates Chris. He shows me his Spalding Limited Edition. Currently studying for his Junior Cert, he is kept firmly grounded by his brother and sister. “They say ‘don’t flatter yourself’, when I come back from playing a concert,” he laughs. “Andreas is ok, he’s fine. He’s the same as when he started. He’s just a lucky boy, he was in a good place at a good time,” says his mother, Beata, who is looking forward to the imminent move to LA. “I’m really excited and would love to live there. I think it will be easier for Andreas.” There are sounds of giggling from the kitchen, where Adrian, Bandi and Andreas sit watching the ice hockey world cup. “I knew that Andreas was going to be something special. He must be a big star, because he was born for that and he has worked so hard. “He’s not doing it because I want him to play music. He can’t live without his guitar. It’s part of his life.”
SHANNON RFC TABLE QUIZ: Shannon RFC U-14 are fundraising for a Rugby Tour in October, to Turin. We are holding a fun Table Quiz on Friday, June 7 at 8:30pm in O’’Driscolls Corbally Lounge. The cost is €40 per table of four, or €10 per person. There will be plenty of spot prizes on the night and a good time is guaranteed! For any further information, please contact Mike at 086 8064 179.
BIRDWATCH IRELAND BOAT TRIP: The Limerick/Clare Branch Boat Trip along the Cliffs of Moher, will be held on Saturday, June 8 at 11am approximately. This is a great way to view breeding Puffins, Guillimots, Razor Bills and many more seabirds on this unique coastline. This is a members only trip and Booking is essential. Meet at Doolin Pier at 11am approximately for boat. As the trip is weather and tide dependent, the start time may be subject to change. Waterproof jackets/trousers are recommended, as are warm clothing and good footwear. Binoculars are also a great asset on this trip. Check Clare Birdwatch website, or call 087 7927 972 nearer the time for booking and for any updates. Leader: John Murphy.
IRISH DOGS FOR THE DISABLED: Irish Dogs for the Disabled (www.dogsfordisabled.ie) are delighted to have been offered a national collection day, at Tesco stores throughout the country, on Saturday, June 8. If you live near a Tesco store and would be available to give some of your time, to help with this much needed fundraising opportunity, we’d love to hear from you. Just drop us an email to: email@example.com Alternatively, please give whatever you can to the collection, to enable Irish Dogs for the Disabled give the gift of independence, to those with physical disabilities.
MARANATHA PRAYER MINISTRY: Maranatha Prayer Ministry invites you for a “three day evening”, Healing Retreat led by Rev. Fr. Xavier Raj CSsr (India) from Wednesday, June 5 to Friday, June 7 at St. Paul’s Church, Dooradoyle, Limerick. It will be held from 6.30pm to 9.30pm and will be enriched with Spirit filled teachings, Mass and healing adoration.
OPEN AL-ANON MEETING: An Open Al-Anon Meeting will be held on Sunday, June 9 at 2pm in the Pastoral Centre, Denmark Street, Limerick. Al-Anon is a self-help group, who offer support to family and friends of problem drinkers. All are welcome to come along.