LISSANALTA HOUSE: The big building located on the left as the Dooradoyle road meets the Dooradoyle interchange roundabout is called Lissanalta House. The smaller premises attached nearby is more familiar for it is the motor taxation office for County dwellers. Many have expressed their dislike of the big building when looking at it from the outside but the internal premises is bright, pleasant and functional. Amongst many other things it houses the Limerick Studies Department and it is open from Monday to Friday from 9.30am until 4.30pm. Truly this is a treasure for students and academics and many others searching or researching things of interest to them. It is a great facility that has been and is under- utilised.
The County Limerick local authority archives and administration records that includes older bodies such as Board of Guardians and Rural District Councils are housed here. It also keeps archives of private origin pertaining to county matters. It keeps a comprehensive amount of Public records as follows: Board of Guardians Collection, Limerick County Council minute books 1899-1961, Rural District Councils 1899-1925, Castleconnell Old Age Pensions sub-committee 1929-1984.
Amongst its private papers collection there are Monteagle Papers, Mulcahy Papers, Coote Papers, Sheehy Papers, Ryan (Scarteen) Papers, Massey Papers and Fitt Auctioneers Papers.
Also housed in its display cases are the many and various parish journals describing parishes, districts, townlands and rural livelihoods of the past and all of which are most interesting for modern rural and urban dwellers. You may also peruse the old copies of the Limerick Leader and the Irish Times that are on micro-film. It has many other archivist articles and items that may be of interest to visitors. This is a resouce that should be appreciated by all irrespective of whether you are a rural or an urban dweller.
The building is also the headquarters of the County Library and its archivist books, the offices of the County Limerick Enterprise Board, the County Limerick Environment Department and several more County Limerick departments.
HERITAGE SERIES OF LECTURES: On Friday, May10 at 8.0pm Nessan O ‘Donoghue will give a talk on ‘Mungret: A Community of 10,000 years A-Growing’. Part 1: from Mesolithic to Monastic .which will .
A.A. MEETINGS: The St. Paul’s group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets in the St. Paul’s national school on three evenings of the week at 20.30hours. They come together on each Monday, Thursday and Saturday. If you are having difficulty with your drinking habits you are cordially invited and welcome.
GIVE SUPPORT: On Saturday, May 5 students and teachers of Crescent Comprehensive College will take part in the Great Limerick Run in order to create awareness and funds for the Parkinson’s Association. If you would like to help in any way big or small please contact Gráinne Delaney at email@example.com.
GLOWING REPORT: This report appeared in the Irish Jesuit Newsletter for April and it highlights the wonderful year that the Crescent College Comprehensive has had. It can look back in pride at the academic and sporting year it has had and the report is printed as shown below.
“Crescentes in Illo per omnia: The Principal of Crescent College Comprehensive, Nicholas Cuddihy, has seen the school’s motto take flesh in the course of this year. The Crescent community, of pupils, staff and parents, has experienced growth and blossoming on many fronts. It has been an extraordinary year on the sports field in Crescent College Comprehensive. With no fewer than 13 provincial titles won by its teams across a wide range of sports this season the trophy cabinet is now full of cups, medals and plaques from soccer, basketball, golf, Gaelic games, rugby and hockey. In this sports-mad city, Crescent has reasserted itself as the city and county’s top sports school.
Moreover the school’s broad curriculum fosters talent across the whole range of co- and extra-curricular activities. Many of the school’s goal-keepers, out halves, props and strikers are just as comfortable on the stage, in the lab or in a debating chamber as they might be on the pitch. Hundreds of students who do not play any sport, choose to challenge and express themselves in the college debating society or in school drama or in the various groups that promote the creative or performing arts.
The Choir and Orchestra - over 85 students - competed with 500 post-primary schools in Walton’s national Music for Schools Competition at the NCH last week. On the day Crescent took 2nd place and a cheque for €1,500 to re-invest in musical instruments for what is a growing orchestra.
All of this excellent activity takes place against the backdrop of a commitment to growth as men and women for others. The dedication to sport, training, rehearsal and performance is matched by the commitment that the students show to action for Justice, and their work on behalf of charities and associations who need their help. Typical of this is the students’ response to a request from a charity with which Crescent has strong links thanks to the Transition Year Programme: next month more than 120 students will take part in the Great Limerick Run to raise money for the Parkinson’s Association. Living up to its motto, Crescentes in Illo per Omnia, Crescent seeks to nurture this growth in all things.”
EXPOSITION: There will be exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in the Blessed Sacrament chapel attached to St. Paul’s church after the 10.0am Mass on Wednesday and it will continue until 10.0pm. Every Wednesday there is exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and all worshippers are welcome.
SEE YOUR WAY: If you have spectacles (glasses) that you no longer use or that have been replaced by new glasses the International Lions club is collecting them for recycling to a developing country. It is its intention to pass them on to developing countries for use where they will be of benefit. If you wish to dispose of your old spectacles there is a box in the porch-way of the Dooradoyle library where they are collected. Your voluntary gesture of disposed spectacles will be beneficial and very welcome.
REAPING THE HARVEST: The final lecture will delivered by Fr. James Corkery, SJ and the title of his talk is ‘The Promise of Vatican II….Reality or Illusion. Dr. James Corkery, SJ is associate Professor of Systematic Theology at the Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy. Included among his publications is the book ‘Joseph Ratziner’s Theological Ideas: Wise, Cautious and Legitimate Hopes All the talks are about post Vatican II and commence at 7.30pm and take place in St. Nessan’s National school, Mungret. Everyone is welcome for free.
THUMP: A new boxing for fitness club has commenced in the Mungret/St. Paul’s GAA club-house. It takes place each Wednesday at 7.0pm. For more information contact John at 087/9115411
TRÓCAIRE BOXES: The Trócaire boxes are being collected and will shortly be forwarded to the Trócaire non-government organisation to enable it to continue with its works of mercy and survival in some of the poorest countries in the world. If you have collected over the Lenten period and forgot to give your box into the sacristy or bring it to the Mass at the week-end you are not too late yet. Nonetheless, it is time to return it now where it will be gratefully received irrespective of whether the contents are little, small or big. Trusting that you will oblige and the very final date for collection will be Sunday, May 26.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: The First Holy Communion ceremony will take place in St. Paul’s church on Saturday, May 18 at 11.0am. Unlike previous years there is to be just one ceremony on the day and this has been agreed by St. Paul’s school and the ‘Do This in Memory’ committee. All three classes will be receiving the Sacrament at the same time on the day.
OSTEOFIT CLASSES: These classes commenced a couple of weeks ago and they are for the strengthening of bones and good balance. They are primarily for active older adults who are interested in maintaining and improving bone density, good balance and basic good health. They are in the Mungret/ St. Paul’s GAA club-house each Monday morning at 12.00 noon. The first class is free and after that you pay as you go E8 per class. Newcomers are always welcome. For more information contact Brenda on 087/2255676 or visit www.osteofit.ie
LIVING WITH DEMENTIA: The Alzheimer Society of Ireland is holding courses on Living with Dementia/Learning Together on one evening a week for a number of consecutive weeks for family carers of people with dementia in the Mid-West Alzheimer’s Society. The Regional office is on the second floor George’s Quay house, George’s Quay on this Thursday, April25, May 2, May9 and May 16. The course will cover several topics in the care of persons with dementia. For further information or to read more about the courses at www.alzheimer.ie or phone Eileen Reilly at 061/312005 or alterlnatively the Alzheimer National Helpline 1800 341 341
MAY MID-TERM: St. Paul’s national school will be closed from Monday, May6 until Friday, May 10 inclusive. The school will re-open on Monday, May 13 at 9.0am.
FLEADH CHEOIL: Work is in progress for what is hoped will be an enjoyable experience for all on the June bank holiday weekend in Mary Immaculate College. There will be a gala concert as part of the fleadh festival in the Lime Tree theatre in the college on May 26. The fleadh cheoil Luimneach 2013 will take place on the June Bank holiday weekend.
SIMON COMMUNITY: The Irish Country Women’s Association is inviting all its members to help out with the National Bag Pack weekend in aid of the Simon Community on May 17 and 18 from 9.0am until 7.0pm. You may go to any Tesco store at any of the following locations:- Abbeyfeale, Arthur’s Quay, Crescent Shopping Centre, Dooradoyle, Coonagh Cross and Newcastle West. Even if you can spare one hour it will greatly appreciated on any of the days. T-shirts will be provided if you are available just ring Michael at 061/ 608980 office or 085/1318497 with details.
BLOOD DONATIONS: It is estimated that only approximately 3% of those that could donate blood do so and the demand for blood donors is great. At present there is a group of Gardaí cycling from Malin Head to Mizen Head advocating the ‘Give Blood’ theme of the Irish Blood Transfusion Service. As stated in these notes from time to time the need for blood is a constant. The Irish Blood Transfusion Service will be in the South Court hotel on next Thursday, May 9 from 5.0 until 8.0pm. All blood donors will be very welcome and there is always a special welcome for new donors.
COST OF LITTER: Limerick County Council spends up to E 800,000 in the prevention of litter each year. A recent report stated that indiscriminate litter, fly tipping, postering and dog fouling continue to be addressed through a combination of enforcement and awareness measures. In 2012 a total of 1, 597 environment complaints were recorded with the council’s environment section database.
The council issued 209 on-the -spit fines and 31 legal proceedings under the litter pollution and waste management acts. The council’s free-phone litter line is 1800 201 151 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
DARKNESS INTO LIGHT: Pieta house is a refuge house for persons given to self-harm or suicide. It exists to enable persons troubled in this manner to feel comforted and safe. It works free of charge and its services are available to all seeking assistance. On May11 at 4.0am volunteers will set out on a 5 mile walk/run or jog to collect funds for the support of Pieta house. If you wish or can help in any way please contact Pieta house. Registration is available on line now at dil.pieta.ie and volunteers will be setting up a registration stall at the old Fergusons chemist on O’Connell street.
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL: The St. Vincent de Paul society will be collecting outside all churches this weekend at the Mass times and it is seeking your support as usual. Please give generously.
This Friday is the first Friday of the month and there is 10.0am Mass in St. Paul’s church.
There is a weekly storytime in the Dooradoyle library. It is for parent and child and it commences at 11.0 am until 11.40am. It is not suitable for children in crèche or for children’s groups. It is presented by Rose and because places are limited it is important to book your place. This may be done by informing staff at the desk or by ringing the library at 061/496860.
As Monday, May 6 is a Bank holiday the County Library, Doordoyle will close at 8.30 pm on Friday, May 3 and will not re-open until Tuesday, May 7 at 10.0am
MUNGRET/ST. PAUL’S GAA
ST. PAUL’S WIN:
Congratulations to St. Pauls National School on their County win in the INTO Mini Sevens Football. The county final took place on the 25th of April in UL on a sunny but windy day. They reached the final by virtue of a hard-fought victory over West Limericks kingpins Newcastle West. They saw Lisnagry take on Newcastle West and got a chance to sum up their opponents. The final brought a nerve racking game between Lisnagry and St. Pauls with St. Pauls emerging as convincing winners of a tournament that showcased the wealth of football talent in the primary schools of Limerick, both city and county. Congratulations to the coaches Ruairí Walsh and Kieran Madden also to the team- Evan Barrett (captain), Colm Quiligan, Stephen Cotter Gleason, Seamus Hurley, Darragh O’Shea, Gearoid Hanrahan, Jonathan Doocey, Liam Lynch, Patrick Dwane, Ben Martin, Cian Tuohy, Keith McInerney.
Our Under 16 hurlers were home to Kilmurry Incha Feenagh where they proved the stronger team. Photographs from the match will appear on the website once it has been updated. Well done boys.
the club is looking for volunteers to assist in streamlining and improving the fundraising/sponsorship area of the club. If you have any experience in this area or would like to get involved at any level please contact rob Donnelly on (087) 971 9323.
Our u12’s hosted their first blitz of the season on Saturday, with the weather on our side we got off to a great start. Our visiting clubs were Galbally, Knockaderry and Monaleen..The skill on display was second to none and a huge effort was put in by all those who participated. Galbally was our first match and although we narrowly lost this game we were unlucky by hitting the post and notched up a lot of wides. Second up was Knockaderry and the girls were at their best winning this game..Our final match of the day was Monaleen, a tough game with both side being ahead at times but the determination was with Mungret and we got the win in the end..A special thanks to Denis O’ Brien and Dermot Flahive for being our referee’s on the day. Thank you to all the parents who dropped down food on the day our visiting clubs were delighted with a cuppa between the matches. Thanks to Sharon Mac Mahon who served the tea and coffee. And last but not least thank you to Sinead Hickey for having the camera at hand to get some lovely pictures. Our next blitz takes place on the 11th May and we are hoping to have two teams both away venues. The coaches would like to say a big thank you to the girls who participated they did both themselves and the club proud.