CULTURE 2014: Limerick has been designated to be City of Culture for next year 2014. But what is culture? On inspection of several dictionaries there were a number of definitions such as “the arts and other manifestations of human intellectual achievement regarded collectively” (Concise Oxford Dictionary, luxury edition) or “ a refined understanding or appreciation of the customs, ideas and social behaviour of a particular people or group” (Chambers English Dictionary) or “ the socially transmitted pattern of human behaviour that includes thought, speech, actions, institutions and artefacts” (The New Penguin Compact English Dictionary). Briefly, it embraces all the socially transmitted patterns of human behaviour and the word ‘socially’ is the very important qualification. The three eminent men selected namely Pat Cox, Bill Whelan and Paul O’Connell have respectively excelled in communication, music and sport and are familiar with a broad church of social attitudes and values that are appreciated by the great cross-section of Limerick people both rural and urban.
One would hope that this designation is not limited nor confined to one specific area but rather that it should embrace the total County of Limerick and its people. Referring to it as a ‘city’ phenomenon is limiting it to an inanimate area whereas it is in the people, of the people and by the people irrespective of where they live city or county. Culture is not ingrained in bricks and mortar but rather it is indigenous in the people that inhabit an area. Therefore, culture is all pervasive and it is a living, developing and growing means of existence. It is not the preserve of any group that might be elitist or perceived to be ‘arty, smarty’. Metaphorically speaking it is formed in a great big social melting pot that various groups contribute to and cultivate over a period of time.
If one is to look at a particular aspect of Limerick over the past years one would become aware of the rural and city divide that has manifested itself in local government for many years. This has depicted Limerick city as a closed, narrow-minded society that has been known as a difficult society to break into and be inclusive. Many will deny this and may see it as offensive to them but ask any ‘outsider’ and they will tell how, they have experienced difficulties. Limerick is now cosmopolitan with many nationalities living here and rearing families. Africa Day is a tangible manifestation of this each year and these people enjoy their own music, foods, cooking, song and dance. Our culture has been formed over a long period of time and the new cultures that abound may be embraced and adulterate our Celtic culture.
This coming year 2014 will see the new authority to be elected and the structures set up by the Reorganising Implementation Body put into practice. Hopefully, it will also introduce and unfold the beginnings of the Re=generation of the city centre and that the culture of 2014 will be the re-formation of a once proud and beautiful city. Let the new culture in our city be for the benefit of all. It is time now for both city and rural to unite and show that our culture is entwined and that all are metaphorically strands of the one yarn or to put it more basic that we all come from the same geographic area. Even what is described as local radio means a radio station that covers the area of its broadcasting range which is both city and county. It should be part of the Culture Committee’s brief to ensure that the designated title of City of Culture is all embracive. The response from some readers may well be that this is understood already but all doubt should be eliminated.
Hopefully also that the three Freemen of the City will encourage their opposite gender to be very active in the cultural defence of the city like their forebears in the siege of 1690.
TAKE NOTE- TIME CHANGE: The Sacrament of Confirmation will take place in St. Paul’s church on Saturday, March at 10.30am. A wedding ceremony is slso to take place in the church on the same day and the very obliging couple have delayed their ceremony in order to permit the Confirmation ceremony to be completed and to allow all the vehicles parked in the school yard to depart. It is the Diocesan Office that makes arrangement for the Confirmation ceremony and the local clergy are very grateful to all concerned for resolving what could have been a difficult situation.
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.
The First Penance ceremony will take place in St. Paul’s church on March 12 at 11.30am and .this Sunday, January 27 there will be a ‘Do This in Memory’ special Mass for the children that are being prepared for First Holy Communion
READERS MEETING: On Monday, January 28 at 7.30pm there is a meeting of all the readers in the sacristy of St. Paul’s church. Also new readers are very welcome to attend and it is hoped that the readers for the 6.0pm Vigil Mass on Saturdays and the 10.0am and 12.15pm Masses on the Sundays will be allotted. If you are a regular reader and are unable to attend this meeting please ring Ms. Ann Gabbett on 228017 and inform. Likewise if you would wish to volunteer to be a reader please inform her.
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 to be exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and all worshippers are welcome.
REMINDER: As stated in last week’s notes there is a great need for blood donations at present and if you have the time to donate your opportunity will be on next Monday, January 28 at the South Court hotel from 5.0pm to 8.0pm. You will be very welcome.
PEAK PARKING: The parking of cars by employees employed in this district or other nearby district is becoming exasperating. These cars are parked from early morning until evening time when the job of work is over. The purpose of this practice is to save the charge incurred in the Mid-Western Regional hospital car park. This is understandable but it is grossly unfair to the parents who come to collect their children from St. Paul’s National school. A case in point was last Wednesday week when the day was very wet and the cars just came rolling in parking on both sides of all roads. Double yellow lines, who cares? It is nigh impossible for residents of Dooradoyle estate to venture out during school ending hours. Heaven forbid that anybody should require an ambulance, fire-brigade or a doctor in an emergency. The parking of vehicles by non-residents for the entire period of the working day has to be regulated by some means for it is unfair to many other visitors or residents of the estate.
There is to be a new car parking facility constructed in the grounds of the Mid-Western Regional hospital but is that going to change the practice of parking all day in the Dooradoyle estate? The simple answer is ‘only if it is for free’.
HERITAGE TALK: The Limerick County Council Arts office has arranged a series of talks that will continue in February and March on Limericvk’s heritage past, present and future. The talks will be about ringforts, milling and the strategy for 2030. This is the sixth series of such talks that have taken place. It will examine the mills of Limerick and the first of the talks will be on ringforts. The talk will be presented by Dr, Matthew Stout on Tuesday, January 29 commencing at 7.30 pm. It is open to the public.
Cyber-bullying Workshop: With the issue of cyber-bullying in the headlines lately, .The Limerick Youth Service located on Lower Glentworth St. will hold a workshop on social media on Friday next, January 25th from 11am. The event will be chaired by Dr. Maureen Griffin of UCC and is open to staff, young people and volunteers who wish to know more about the cyber bullying. Dr. Griffin, who founded the Internet Safety for Schools Ireland in 2010, has visited schools and youth organisations providing educational talks to students, parents and teachers on the issue of cyber-bullying, social networking and mobile phone safety. There will be a full report on Dr. Griffin’s workshop and her guidelines in a future infolink at the Limerick Youth Service.
REGIONAL CHAPEL: The chapel attached to the Mid-Western Regional hospital has Mass celebrated daily at 1.0pm. On weekends the Mass is celebrated on Saturday evening at 7.15pm and on Sundays at 9. 00 am.
EXPANSION: There is a planning notice secured to the railings outside the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (also known as the Mormons) showing that it is seeking permission from the Limerick County Council for to have an expansion to the church with the provision of five new rooms.
AA 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.
AN INCREASE: The far end of Carrig drive has spawned a new pot hold and the present twenty already present have become deeper and full of water. It is in a shocking state and soon there will be no surface at all on this stretch of road. The depth of three or four of the pot holes now creates a potential problem for any car or the driver that speeds over them.
LIMERICK LIONS: The Limerick Lions club will have a bridge morning in aid of Console in Limerick Golf club house on Monday, January 28 at 10.0am. There is to be lots of prizes and also a raffle.
MUNGRET /ST. PAUL’S GAA: On this Friday there will be a Child Welfare Course on in the club-house commencing at 7.0pm until 10.0pm This is a mandatory registration for anyone who is involved with coaching in the club and all involved in coaching all grades juvenile, camogie and ladies foot ball. If you have not attended such a course please contact Trish Barry on 087/2033474 as soon as possible.
BOOT-CAMP: The Mungret/St. Paul’s are having their annual Croagh Park climb on Saturday, March 2, 2013. If you are interested please contact Neil Dignam or Ger Dee. Accommodation is available on payment of a deposit and to date all climbers have found it a challenging and rewarding climb. Perhaps it will bring you to your knees?
SENIOR CLUB: There is a meeting of all adult players, that is from minor upwards, in the club at 8.0pm on this Saturday, January 26. There will be presentation of winners medals and some refreshments afterwards. Players are being advised to partake of these for on February 2 there is to be a strength and conditioning training session that morning followed by fitness tests. Tor six weeks following these sessions will take place every Monday and Thursday.