LIMERICK YOUTH SERVICE NEWS: Limerick Youth Service last week lost one of our longest serving members of staff, Mike Hollywood who passed away suddenly on Wednesday, November 20.
Mike, who is best known as our driver, was with Limerick Youth Service since 1995 and during that time transported thousands of young people, volunteers and staff across the highways and byways of Limerick and beyond.
‘Mike will never know how many lives he touched and how sadly he will be missed,’ said Catherine Kelly, Director, Limerick Youth Service, a view echoed by many who knew him.
Prior to joining Limerick Youth Service, Mike was a member of Óglaigh na hÉireann where he served with an Army Transport Company. Limerick Youth Service wishes to extend our sincere sympathies to Mike’s wife Maureen and his family and many friends. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dhilis.
YOUTH GAMES: Over 300 young people invaded The Factory, Southside Youth Space on Friday, November 15 for this season’s Youth Games. With soccer, basketball and tug-of-war there was excitement a plenty on the courts with pool, health & beauty and music workshops keeping the masses occupied.
After a series of closely contested matches, it was Kilmallock Youth Club who emerged victorious in the boys soccer, with the young men from the south sweeping aside all in their path.
There was more success for the county teams, with the girls from Newcastlewest Youth Club defeating their peers from Askeaton-Ballysteen.
Roared on by their passionate fans, the western girls pulled away in the second half, to send their near 100 young people and volunteers into ecstasy.
Meanwhile, there was a big upset in the basketball tournament, with Clonlara Youth Club shocking the masses and crowned king/queen of the hoops (basketball saw mixed gender teams).
Clonlara’s success has certainly added to the feel good factor in the Banner County, what with Liam McCarthy taking up residence in our neighbouring county, only until next September though!
One of the highlights of the Youth Games, was the tug-of-war tournament that saw young people, junior leaders, volunteers and even staff, join forces in a show of strength. After plenty of grunts, sweat and a sore muscle or two, Kileedy Youth Club were crowned tug-of-war champions 2013 and they certainly are a hard breed out west! A
way from the sports field, many young people and volunteers chilled out at the Laff Caff, Southside Youth Café with some even learning to play the ukulele.
‘It was a great night and the young people certainly enjoyed themselves,’ said Joe Walsh, Limerick Youth Service. Reflecting on the evening, Mr. Walsh thanked all the youth clubs for making the long journey and contributing to what was yet another memorable night at The Factory.
‘I’d also like to thank the tutors, staff and volunteers who played their part in making the games a great success,’ added Mr. Walsh, who is already looking forward to next year’s games. Finally, we would like to thank Joe Walsh, Club Support Worker for West Limerick, for organising the Youth Games and making it a night to remember. The bar has certainly been raised for next year!
Lava Javas Youth Café will be awash with colourful costumes and music from around the globe this Friday evening, as it plays hosts to a Cultural Awareness Evening. The evening will see people from seven nations come together to share various aspects of their respective cultures such as music, fashion, dance and of course food.
‘With the census of 2011 showing the growing diversity of Limerick city, we feel it is important to embrace these new cultures,’ said Shay Maloney, Limerick Youth Service.
‘Limerick now has many young people who were either born outside of Ireland or whose parents were born overseas,’ continued Mr. Maloney, Youth Diversity Officer, Limerick Youth Service. ‘The aim of the evening is for these diverse cultures to come together and share aspects of their culture with one another, while at the same time experiencing he uniqueness of Lava Javas Youth Café,’ added Mr. Maloney.
The evening will also see a performance of ‘The Crossing,’ a play by international students from Scoil Carmel, Limerick. The event runs from 7pm to 9pm, with representatives of the Congolese, Indian, Irish, Malaysian, Nigerian, Polish and Romania in attendances. Lava Javas Youth Café is at 5 Lower Glentworth St, Limerick and is open to all 13-19 year olds.
There was success for Limerick Youth Service at last Saturday’s Pride of Place Awards held in Derry, as our team received the runners up prize in the Youth Enterprise Category. An all island competition, Pride of Place is about showing respect and inclusion for every community sector highlighting the commitment to supporting groups who undertake initiatives to improve their communities.
Limerick Youth Service was represented in the Youth Enterprise category by members of Lava Javas Youth Café, YouthBank, YELL Group and the Northside Youth Café.
On a visit to Limerick last July, young people from the above projects gave excellent presentations to a judging panel that outlined the enterprising role of their respective programmes.
The quartet of Stacey Lyons, Gavin Farrell, Adam O’Neill and Louise Jinks spoke about their respective projects and the role of entrepreneurship in each. Stacey Lyons, Ballynanty, spoke about YELL (Youth Empowerment Looks @ Limerick) and the youth exchange she has helped organise including YELL la Fierve.
Louise Jinks, Rathkeale discussed the nuances of YouthBank and its role in supporting committee skills and decision making in young people.
Moyross native, Adam O’Neill, a member of the Northside Youth Cafe, gave an account of a ‘Clear Your Head Initiative.
This project, known as a ‘Five Peaks Challenge,’ saw young people climb five of Ireland’s most famous peaks. Gavin Farrell, Ennis Rd, discussed the workings of Lava Javas Youth Cafe from the committee to ordering goods and organising musical acts.
The judges, William Beatty and Donal Connolly, were extremely impressed by the work and enthusiasm of the four young people.
‘They had the vision, capacity and ability to carry out their respective projects,’ continued Mr. Beatty. Accepting the award on behalf of Limerick Youth Service, Catherine Kelly, Director, paid tribute to the young people who ‘did Limerick Youth Service proud.’
Limerick Youth Service would like to congratulate our colleagues at Waterford Comhairle na nÓg on their success in the Youth Enterprise Category and to our neighbours at the Moyross Residents Forum and the Castleview Residents Association on their success.
With the festive period fast approaching, Limerick Youth Service will be holding its annual Christmas Fair on Thursday, December 12 at our city centre youth space, from10pm to 2pm.
The Fair, one of the most popular events in the Limerick Youth Service calendar, will give the public to experience a Christmas Fair, Limerick Youth Service style.
There will be an array of goods available from books to paintings, bric-a-brac, bird houses and more, while patrons will have the opportunity to sample some of the festive cuisine from our award winning bakery team. So make a date in your diary, Thursday, December 12 –sure who needs a Weihnacht Market in foreign lands, when the true Christmas spirit can be found in the heart of Limerick city at LYS.
In keeping with the Christmas theme, we have exclusively learned the man of the moment, old Father Christmas himself, will be taking time out from his busy schedule to stop by the 4th Corner, Northside Youth Space.
A source inside the North Pole has told us, that Santa Claus will be stopping by the Northside Youth Café, his favourite youth café outside of the North Pole, on Saturday, December 7 from 2pm to 4.30pm. We have also learned that young people involved in the YouthBank initiative, are behind bringing Mr. Claus to Watch House Cross. We promise to fully investigate this and bring you more details in next week’s news.
ST. NESSAN’S COMMUNITY COLLEGE NEWS: Last month, the L.C.A.1 class along with Ms Beaumont and Ms Ingerton, attended the Blackwater activity centre.
We arrived at the centre at 10.15am and were immediately introduced to our three leaders Joe, Conor and Karen. They explained the activities that we would be taking part in and the rules that went with these.
The first activity we did was the high ropes and even Ms Ingerton had a go. The next activity was the zip line and we all really enjoyed it.
Before lunch, we all had a go at archery and took part in a competition. The shot of the day had to go to Michael O’Donoghue, who managed to get the arrow right in the centre of the sprite can and split it in half. After lunch, we all sat around the camp fire and were told a number of survival skills. Our next activity was the giant swing and it was the most enjoyable.
The highlight had to be when Amanda and Ms Beaumont got stuck on the swing and couldn’t get down. The last activity was the leap of faith and although not everybody took part in this, the few that did seemed to like it. It seemed like the best part of the day happened on the journey home, when we stopped and got Supermacs. We all had a great day and would love to go back again.
The Music Generation Limerick Backline Group is currently on tour. This super group of handpicked Limerick based musicians is currently ticking off a hectic gig schedule… without leaving the city.
The group have set out to perform for every secondary school student in Limerick before Christmas. The centrepiece of these shows is ‘120 years of music in 12 minutes’ rushing the audience through over a century of musical genres, from classical and trad, through jazz and rock to punk and hip-hop.
The group came to St. Nessan’s Community College on Thursday, October 17 and performed two different shows to entertain all the students throughout the school.
For older children and teenagers, MGLC is setting up bases throughout the city, for after school activity. These will focus on band incubation - helping young people find their instrument, learn skills and play together – and hip-hop classes, including DJ skills, rap, sampling and techno.
These classes will initially be at the Northside Learning Hub, Southill Family Resource Centre and CBS Sexton Street. They are for all young people from across the city, so if you know a teenager (or younger) with a talent or interest, help them get involved and start making music. To find out more about any aspect of Music Generation Limerick City, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
MOYROSS RUNNER’S UP IN PRIDE OF PLACE AWARDS: We are very proud to announce, that Moyross were runners up last Saturday night in Derry, for the Pride of Place Awards. This is a 32 county event, with Local Authorities nominating communities from their area, in various categories.
On speaking this week with Tracy McElligott, who is the Estate Management Development Worker for the Moyross Residents Forum, everyone is delighted with the win. Tracy expressed her appreciation to everyone involved in showcasing the great community, we have here in Moyross.
It was a great night for Limerick, as Limerick Youth Services were also runners up in their category and Newcastle West won 1st Prize in their category.
CARI FUNDRAISING RACE NIGHT: CARI Foundation will hold their fundraising race night on Saturday, November 30 in Small Claws Bar, Lower Shannon Street at 8pm.
If any businesses or individuals would like to advertise in the race night programme or buy a horse for the night for €5 and be in with a chance to win tickets for Heineken Cup Match, please contact Cari on 061 582 200, or email: email@example.com or Small Claws 061 468 100 for further details. It promises to be a great night out.
THE LIMERICK EXPERIMENT: Please come along to Daghdha Space, John’s Square, Limerick from Friday, November 29 to Sunday, December 1.
Fifteen Limerick artists, from different disciplines, have come together with a view to creating a collaborative, developmental work, facilitated by Dublin based writer and theatre director, Gavin Kostick. Workshops will take place between September, October and November with short performances/work in progress to be shown in late November in the Dance Limerick Church. A conference is also planned to coincide with the performance week-end. This conference will examine the forces behind theatre and the performing arts in Limerick and look at how theatre, and the arts in general can move forward in the current climate. Artists include, Ann Blake, Marie Boylan, Myles Breen, Mike Finn, Emma Fisher, Frances Healy, Kevin Kiely, Maeve McGrath, Pius McGrath, Mags O’Donoghue, Eamonn O’Mahony, Joan Sheehy, Jo Slade, Monica Spencer, Ciarda Toibin and Damien Wilson. For further information, please contact Monica Spencer on: firstname.lastname@example.org.