PREPARING THE STAGE: To be a leader in any sphere of life and to be accepted as such is indeed a gift. It is not in the gift of the majority of people to be endowed with this quality but those that have been gifted with leadership qualities are admired and respected by all sectors of our society. At present, political and church structures that once were the bastions of leadership in town-land and parish no longer command loyal allegiance. In several situations there now seems to be a dearth of people with leadership qualities. This fact is commented upon in all circles of society and it is recognised not just by the intellectuals and the academics but also by the ordinary man and woman on the street. Irrespective of whether it is in political affairs or in parish affairs communities all over the country decry the lack of leadership. It is undoubtedly a big negative in whichever sphere the lack is present and this can be manifested in many respects wherever it exists.
As stated above proper leadership can foster positive or negative results. Peer pressure, for example, is often referred to as the cause of many a young person’s misfortunes. Young people that follow the influence of a bad leader can bring misery on themselves and their respective families. History can be the study of good and bad leaders throughout the years that has encumbered mankind with misery, hardship and sorrow in many parts of our world. Good leaders of all kinds are to be admired and honoured through the realms of mankind and they are still sought in many quarters. A good leader can form a community or a community may be formed around him or her that may be beneficial for all dwellers.
All leaders should have courage, integrity, the will to serve and the charisma to lead; perhaps the first three qualities together will form and provide the charisma. While it is a gift that is bestowed upon some people nonetheless there are those that could be leaders but choose not to do so. Likewise there are persons in our society who are in positions of leadership and yet do not fulfil their responsibility and duty. Communities in such circumstances never thrive and develop their full potential with the result that they are the worse off for this fact.. Politicians and priests have been great leaders at various periods of our history and therefore people look to them even during present times to provide the leadership demanded by the occasion or the circumstance.
Irrespective of where we are the presence of a good leader is to be welcomed. Perhaps those with leadership qualities or who are in positions where leadership might be expected and desired should make the effort to be leaders or at least organise and encourage those with such potential.
Recent media reports and comments by persons of position and authority in different spheres of society about Limerick have been very positive and encouraging. The old image is now ‘dead’ and must never again be permitted to grow and take root. There is recognition that Limerick is no different or worse than anywhere else. In fact it has many places of interest and surprise. A splendid river that flows majestically through the city which straddles it on both banks embellishing it in a picturesque manner. The old image is past and gone and it is time now to boost the new image by leadership.
NEW LEADERS: The new leaders are already in place with the new City cum County Manager in charge; the new Bishop of Limerick has been ordained and is in place; the co-ordinators of the city of culture have been appointed and are making preparations for 2014 when Limerick will celebrate with the title as City of Culture. Many others are, so to speak, waiting in the wings for the opportunity to perform and with the new re-development and refurbishment of the centre of the city as an on-going task it can be hoped that the stage is being prepared. The citizens and county residents are the audience looking forward with anticipation to the potential of the spectacle that may unfold -a resurgent and a proud city and its people. As reports go out the visitors will come to experience things for themselves and to see the new rejuvenated city. Now it is our opportunity to present the Ancient City as a re-modelled, attractive and confidant entity.
OPEN NIGHT: The open night for Parents Only of children who have been offered places for Junior Infants for the Academic Year 20123/14 is on Monday, April 29 at 7.0pm. At least one parent from each family should attend. On that night you will meet with your child’s teacher.
A text message will be sent closer to the time so if you have changed your mobile number recently please ensure you notify Marian in the office. On the night please bring a copy of your child’s Long Baptismal Certificate with you (this certificate includes both the mother and father’s names.
The St. Paul’s boys team that participated in the Mini 7’s and who won the City Football Championships will now play in the County finals on April 25 in Rathkeale. Hopefully they will win.
HERITAGE SERIES OF LECTURES: On Friday, April 26 also commencing at 8.0pm Dr. Matthew Potter will present a talk on ‘The History of Mungret College.’ 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 contact Gráinne Delaney at <firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: A series of lectures are taking place in St. Nessan’s primary school and the first lecture was on last Tuesday evening and it was delivered by Fr. Gerry O’Hanlon, SJ. The next lecture will be on Tuesday, April 23 and it will be presented by Dr. Suzanne Mulligan. Her talk is titled ‘The Church in the World: A Light for the Nations?
The final lecture will delivered by Fr. James Corkery, SJ and the title of his talk is ‘Joseph Ratziner’s Theological Ideas: Wise, Cautious and Legitimate Hopes.
All the talks are about post Vatican II and commence at 7.30pm and 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
ÉIGSE MICHAEL HARTNETT: Michael Hartnett was one of the greatest poets that has come from the Mid-West region in both the Gaelic and English languages. To be in his presence as he spoke about poetry or recited poetry was a privilege that this scribe was fortunate to experience on several occasions. One knew almost instantly that this was somebody with the extraordinary appreciation of language and its means and method of usage. He had a wonderful gift. Such literary muses as the poet laureate Seamus Heaney and the contemporary poet Paul Durcan speak highly of Micháel Hartnett. The Limerick County Council Arts Office has had a literary event each year in Newcastle West to honour him. Éigse Micháel Hartnett will take place in Newcastle West from April 25 to the 27 . The event will be opened by the Cathaoirleach of Limerick County Council , Cllr. Jerome Scanlon and the RTE Director General Mr. Noel Curran will be the guest speaker on the opening night which is this Friday night. An ‘éigse’ is a literary and artistic festival and with such literary and artistic luminaries such as Robert Ballagh, Mark Patrick Hederman OSB,Paula Meehan, Julie Feeney and many, many more it certainly promises to make Éigse Micháel Hartnett well worth a visit.
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
LIONS SUPPORT: On this Sunday, April28, the Lions organisation has arranged a sponsored walk in aid of ‘Caring for Carers’. It is commencing at 11.30am and it starts from John’s street by riverside route to Barrington’s Pier. Sponsorship cards are available from the Carers’ Association or from Noel Sexton on 086/3527418.
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.
MUNGRET/ST. PAUL’S GAA: U8 Football training continues on Saturday mornings at 11 o’clock and U8 Hurling is on Monday evenings from 6:15pm. All welcome. All players must be registered. Forms are on club website or at Club Shop.
Mungret St. Paul’s 10k: Just over 5 weeks to our 10k, if you are training for the Great Limerick Run why not try the 10k for what is said to be one of the best courses in Limerick. Check out the website www.mungretstpauls10k.com for an application form and details of the run.
Ladies Football: The U16 started their campaign with a home fixture against close neighbours Adare in the Village pitch last Monday night. The girls ran out comfortable winners in the end with a score line of Mungret 5-14 to Adare 3-2. There were some great displays from Captain Maeve O’Sullivan, Kate Mulqueen, Julia Walsh and Aine Ryan. Scorers for Mungret were Julia Walsh 1-3, Niamh O’Keeffe 3-1, Maeve O’Sullivan 0-3, Kate Mulqueen 1-5 and Aine Ryan and Hannah Lowe with 0-1 each. They travel to Feenagh on Monday night to take on Feonanagh Castlemahon in the next round. The senior team had a convincing win over Ahane on Sunday April 7 in the league and played Oola in a very wet and windy Mungret on Saturday evening, both sides exchanged scores throughout the match but Mungret finished stronger running out winners by a scoreline of 2-10 to 2-1. On Saturday we held a blitz for our U8s and U10s, teams from Adare, St.Ailbes and St.Pats took part in matches and skills competitions and a great day was had by all. The girls from Mungret were outstanding on the day and show great promise for the future, Well done to all coaches and players and Catherine Murphy for organising the event. The U14s travel to Dromcollogher on Wednesday night to take on the Drom/Broadford in the U14 county championship. The U12s play Feonanagh Castlemahon at home next Friday night in the county championship, best of luck to all and support is always welcome.
News From Down Under:
We were delighted during the week to hear from former club player Mark Tobin, who played with us from the ages of 6 to 27 before emigrating to Australia. Mark was making us aware of a fantastic piece of fund-raising carried out by another former Mungret player, Evan Haugh, who competed in the Melbourne Iron man triathlon last month. He completed the 3.8km swim,180km bike and 42km run in the unbelievably fast time of 9hours 5minutes. In the process he raised over 9000 Euros for the Mid Western Cancer foundation. Well done Evan on a fantastic achievement. You can read more, and even contribute to a most worthy cause, by going to Evan’s website at http://www.mycharity.ie/event/evan_haughs_event/.