Serenity [Jacinta}

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The Linnet by Walter de la Mare

This beautiful photo was taken by Marie Kehoe, a keen amateur wildlife photographer.

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The Linnet (Marie)

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The Grass is Greener (Cathleen)

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Take a Seat (GDA)

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Perfect Symmetry (Marguerite)

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Glin Development – sprucing up the Town Park!

The weather is beautiful and perfect for a spot of sprucing and painting! Our members stood in for a quick photo this evening but social distancing was adhered to at all times. The seats and picnic tables are being painted and is a work in progress. A lot of work done and a lot more to do! The park is looking great and the good weather is a huge bonus. The flower beds are looking great thanks to Denis Mulcahy CE Scheme and Margaret Mulcahy CE Scheme and some new planting in the various beds is an ongoing project. Thanks to our members who have made this possible!

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Glin Knights🚴‍♀️Cycle🚴‍♂️to Wuhan🇨🇳

For the last 8 years Glin Knights Cycling Club  has held an Annual Sportive to raise money for various Charities and organisations raising over €90,000. Unfortunately our 2020 sportive has been cancelled due to COVID-19.

However we still intend to raise funds this summer as all of our members and friends are going to joining up to compete in a 9,000km challenge. The planned weekend is the 20th and 21st of June. This is the distance from Glin to Wuhan. There is no limit to the Km’s anyone can do, so some may do 20km and others may do 300km (of course weather dependant). We hope to have 60 to 70 cyclists taking part from their homes and all of the time abiding by the guidelines set out by the HSE. We will list out km covered at the end and hopefully we’ll hit our target or even break it… Our challenge is also open to kids and families…. 

Please donate at gofundme.com

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Blackbird at Dusk (Marie)

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50 Shades of Grey (Marie)

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Dawn Reflection (Estelle)

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Glin Development – Margaret hard at work 🌿🌼🌿🌸

Margaret Mulcahy – no weed is safe

Thanks to Margaret Mulcahy CE Scheme employee hard at work keeping the ICA Triangle neat and tidy.

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Little Steps (Denise)

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Day’s End (Margaret)

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Glin Development – Spring is in the air 🌺🌿

Great work being done by Denis Mulcahy in the town park as part of the CE Scheme for Glin Development. He’s a great man for one man. Thank you Denis the place is starting to take shape after a long winter.

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Tranquil Distancing with Luca (Breeda)

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Evening at Killacolla (Katrina)

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Reflections (Helen)

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Herb Robert,Fern,Bugle,Primrose,Dog Violet (Fr. Tom)

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What ya looking at! (Marie)

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Bluebells I’ll Gather (Mary)

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Sunset on Centenary Bridge (Philip)

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Celebrating Poetry Day…. a poem by Peg our local poet and librarian.

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Everything is going to be ok (Lexi)

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A Clonoughter Sunset (Breda)

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LockDown 🥞Baking🍪with🎂Jackie

Last episode this Thursday 30th April 2020 at 6pm of “Lock Down Baking with Jackie”
Jackie saved the best til last –
Chocolate Fudge Pudding!
You will need:
•150g butter
• 175g good quality chocolate broken into pieces
•110g caster sugar
• 150mls warm water ( boil half kettle of water at 10 to 6 and measure it out)
•4 eggs ( we’ll be separating these, so try to have a little practice before Thursday!) •
25g self raising flour or plain flour **with a pinch of baking powder added to it
• half lemon
•100g chopped chocolate or chocolate chips to scatter over the top ( optional) •Icing sugar for dusting
Equipment:
•medium sized saucepan
• wooden spoon
•medium sized bowl
• small bowl for the yolks
• a medium sized glass/ metal/ ceramic bowl for egg whites (**not plastic!) •Electric beater \ hand whisk
• sieve spatula or big spoon
• baking dish roughly 17x23cm with 4cm high sides
•Roasting tin larger than the baking dish (if you don’t have this, it’s fine)
• Knob of butter to greese dish
•Oven on to 200 at 5 to 6
• You’ll need to be at your cooker.

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Sunset on the Vista (Jacinta)

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Morning Mist (Alex)

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Mr. Fox (Jean)

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Sunrise (Frances)

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Morning Glory (Estelle)

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Blanket of Wild Garlic (Marie)

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Castle Garden (Sophia)

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The Estuary (MOC)

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The Knights Walk – video footage of Mr Hare!

A Hare
by Walter de la Mare

Eyes that glass fear, though fear on furtive foot
Track thee, in slumber bound;
Ears that whist danger, though the wind sigh not,
Nor Echo list a sound;
Heart — oh, what hazard must thy wild life be,
With sapient Man for thy cold enemy!

Fleet Scatterbrains, thou hast thine hours of peace
In pastures April-green,
Where the shrill skylark’s raptures never cease,
And the clear dew englobes the white moon’s beam.
All happiness God gave thee, albeit thy foe
Roves Eden, as did his Satan, long ago.

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Wave Breakers (JAC)

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Holy Week services streamed live from St. John’s Cathedral 🙏 celebrated by Bishop Leahy.

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Easter Greeting from Fr. Tom Crawford 🙏

May the tree of the Cross be the tree of new Life. Happy Easter to all in Glin. Easter Greetings from Fr. Crawford.

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Easter Masses – leaflets.

Fr Crawford is kindly putting the Easter Masses leaflets in the local shops if anyone would like the leaflets to follow masses on TV etc. Have a happy Easter and stay safe 🙏.

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Parish Newsletter: 21st/22nd March 2020.

Parish Newsletter – 21st/22nd March, 2020. Fourth Sunday of Lent.                           

Church of the Immaculate Conception,

Glin, Co. Limerick.

Fr. Tom Crawford 068-26897/087-2218078

Fr. Timothy Curtin (Coolcappa/Kilcolman) 086-3697735/069-60126

Canon Anthony O Keeffe (Foynes/Shanagolden/Roberstown) 087-4163401/069-60112

Fr. Austin McNamara (Loughill/Ballyhahill) 087-2615471/069-82103

Diocese of Limerick Website: http://www.limerickdiocese.org

 ALL WEEKEND MASSES

Including week day Masses

 CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

GLIN DEFIBRILLATOR NUMBER 068 59590/087 6230032…  ONLY TO BE USED IN AN EMERGENCY

Covid-19: The official Covid-19 helpline for the MidWest is 1890 300 046

COVID-19 GLIN HELPERS: Approx 35 members of Glin Community have come forward to offer help and assistance to the elderly, those with underlying conditions and the vulnerable in this difficult time.  If you need groceries from the shops, your prescription picked up or dropped off etc, then please request our help.  The list of ‘Helpers’ will be available from Glin Post Office this week.  PLEASE ASK FOR THIS LIST.  Everyone in the list, is there to help you. THIS IS A VOLUNTARY SERVICE AND FOR THOSE THAT GENUINELY NEED HELP. Every member of the group want to help you but also protect you from the COVID-19 virus.  With this in mind we will: Wear protective gloves, we will NOT enter your home, We will keep our distance – We want to keep you safe. You can also request the list from GLIN COMMUNITY NEWS FACEBOOK PAGE or by contacting 087 319 2449.

Glin Post Office:

In light of what we are going through at the moment, we would like to notify our customers that the Post Office is an essential national service and will remain open no matter what happens.  We are asking customers to please observe coughing/sneezing etiquette and social distancing instructions to ensure safety to staff and fellow customers.  We urge our elderly members of the community to avail of using an ‘Agent’ to collect their Dept of Social Protection payments. The ‘Agent’ can be a family member or friend that you trust.  They will need to collect a form from Glin Post Office and you will need to sign it, giving permission for the ‘Agent’ to collect your payment for you.  Any questions please call Michelle at Glin Post Office 068 34100 

Glin Allcare Pharmacy: phone number 068 34117

Glin Garda Station: If you feel unsafe or need help please contact Garda Billy McElligot 068 34100. 

MACE Adam’s of Glin: are providing delivery in the Glin area if required. This service will be provided to the elderly of our community and those who genuinely need the service. Please call 068 26978. Wishing good health to all our customers over the coming weeks.

Hogans Shop: are offering their customers, due to the Corona virus, that do not wish to come to Glin, the option of having their shopping delivered to their homes – no charge. Please contact us if you wish to avail of this option.  068 34508

Taste Restaurant: is currently open. We would like to inform our customers that in the last few days new measures for customers and the staff’s health and safety have been placed. We value your support at this critical time. It is up to all of us to play our part. 

Glin Grub: is still currently open and have implemented new health and safety conditions for your safety.

Glin Rovers Lotto Results:(Please note future draws are deferred until further notice and the sale of tickets on hold) Numbers Drawn: 10, 14, 21 & 30. €22,900 NOT WON Lucky Dips: €80-Tom & Ann O’Connell, €30 Maurice J. Fitzgerald, €20 Dan & Sheila Nolan. House Draw: Shauna Kelly. Promoters Prize: Magpie Bar, 10 Free Tickets: Brid Histon, 5 Free Tickets: Moss Culhane.

Glin Men’s Shed: Well done to Megan Farrell, last weeks bonus ball winner.  If you would like to play and try and win E50 call to McNamaras Shop or Hogans Shop where it costs E2 to play. The Men’s Shed is closing immediately following recent developments with Coronavirus. It is a difficult decision to make but the health of the members and the community is paramount. We hope that this closure will be of short  duration.  We wish all our members, supporters and subscribers a safe and healthy journey through the current crisis.

Brides Boutique: have decided to close their boutique and hair saloon to ensure the health and safety of staff, families, friends, our loyal customers and community at large. Thank you for your continued support and your loyalty.

Glin & Loughill Parks: are closed until further notice.

Glin GAA: Due to the current circumstances, Glin GAA Lotto will not take place until firther notice. We will keep our supporters notified of when it will resume.

Glin Library: is temporarily closed and will open soon.

Urban Angels: will return in due course.

Glin Baby & Toddler Group: is closed until further notice. 

GLIN COMHALTAS:  Due to the Covid-19 virus, all music classes in Glin are suspended until further notice and the planned concert for April 1st will be postponed to another time!

Glin Tri Club: Unfortunately we have to postpone our annual Easter Monday 5km from Glin Castle and around the Knights Walk – we hope we can rearrange this at a later date – in the meantime keep exercising! 

Team Limerick Cleanup:  is now postponed until further notice.

St. SENANS SOCIAL SERVICES, Foynes, in association with the other parishes in our Pastoral area propose to organise a day Pilgrimage to Knock on 14 May. This pilgrimage is now cancelled. Details later.

Yoga Classes: with Monika, on Mondays in Cloverfield Day Care Centre are cancelled until further notice.

The Glin Fairy Trail Committee: have decided to close the Fairy Trail for the next few weeks due to a large tree falling during last weekend’s storm.  

Prayer:

Let nothing disturb you,

Let nothing dismay you,

All things pass,

God never changes.

Patience attains all that it strives for,

They who have God find they lack nothing,

God alone suffices.

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Limerick Leader giving great praise to the Meals on Wheels Service. Well done Cloverfield Day Care Centre.

https://www.limerickleader.ie/news/home/527097/meals-on-wheels-services-of-different-kinds-continuing-in-limerick.html

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Glin Tidy Towns – initiative 🌷💐🐾💐🌳🐿

We are in for a few days of nice weather and the sun ☀️ will be shining. The birds are singing and the earth is coming back to life day by day. If you are out walking the roads of Glin, could we ask that some days you take a bag and litter picker and pick up rubbish on road verges and hedgerows. It is an ideal time with less traffic and if everyone does a little, Glin will be cleaned up in no time.
Wear a vis vest, wear gloves, observe social distancing and of course wash your hands when you get home.
It’s good to get out and we will be benefiting our environment and nature.
Keep well and stay safe 🇮🇪😁🌳🐾🐿

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Parish Newsletter: 14th/15th March 2020.

Parish Newsletter – 14th/15th March, 2020. Third Sunday of Lent.                           

Church of the Immaculate Conception,

Glin, Co. Limerick.

Fr. Tom Crawford 068-26897/087-2218078

Fr. Timothy Curtin (Coolcappa/Kilcolman) 086-3697735/069-60126

Canon Anthony O Keeffe (Foynes/Shanagolden/Roberstown) 087-4163401/069-60112

Fr. Austin McNamara (Loughill/Ballyhahill) 087-2615471/069-82103

Diocese of Limerick Website: http://www.limerickdiocese.org

 ALL WEEKEND MASSES

           &

ST. PATRICK’S DAY MASSES CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

GLIN DEFIBRILLATOR NUMBER 068 59590/087 6230032…  ONLY TO BE USED IN AN EMERGENCY

Eucharistic Adoration: Weekly Adoration every Friday from 10AM (after Mass) until 9PM. All are welcome to join  … Fr. Cantalamessa: “It is in staying still, in silence and possibly for long periods before Jesus in adoration, that we perceive what he wants from us”.

Milford Hospice Church Gate Collection: On behalf of Glin ICA we wish to thank all those who contributed so generously to the Milford Hospice Church Gate Collection, a total of €1,324 was collected.  A special thanks to the brave ICA ladies who endured the terrible weather conditions so that the collection could go ahead.

Covid-19: HELPLINE NUMBER 1890 300046. UL Hospitals Group and HSE Mid West Community Healthcare can confirm they are working closely with Public Health colleagues in tracing contacts of confirmed cases of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus).

A new helpline 1890 300046 has been launched as of Friday last to provide information and support to the public in Limerick, Clare and North Tipperary who are considered a casual contact or close contact of confirmed cases in the Mid-West.   The information and advisory team has been established as a local point of contact. The National HSE Live helpline number is 1850 24 1850. All general queries should be directed to the national helpline number.

Professional Singer: Emelia Costello, classically trained, specialises in Wedding Ceremonies, Church Ceremonies, Family Occasions.  Telephone 0872839173.

St. SENANS SOCIAL SERVICES, Foynes, in association with the other parishes in our Pastoral area propose to organise a day Pilgrimage to Knock on 14 May. Details later. Contact Lizzie on 087 7435267 or Jerry @ 087 2282626.

Yoga Classes: with Monika, on Mondays in Cloverfield Day Care Centre are cancelled until further notice.

The Glin Fairy Trail Committee: have decided to close the Fairy Trail for the next few weeks due to a large tree falling during last weekend’s storm.  

Ballyguiltenane National School Enrolment 2020:  Enrolment packs are available from the school on request or from the school office between 2pm and 3pm each day.  Parents/Guardians are welcome to contact the school on (068) 34545 to arrange a visit to discuss enrolment at your convenience.

St. Fergus’ National School: Enrolment forms for the new school year 2020/2021 are now available from the school office or Glin Pre-school.  For further information, please contact Geraldine in the school office Tuesday to Friday on 068-34344.

Prayer:Let nothing disturb you,

Let nothing dismay you,

All things pass,

God never changes.

Patience attains all that it strives for,

They who have God find they lack nothing,

God alone suffices.

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Glin Playground CLOSED due to Corona Virus.

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Glin Parish Church

Message from Fr Crawford. Weekend masses and st Patrick day mass cancelled until further notice from the Bishop. Thanking you.

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Glin and Tarbert Post Office … remains OPEN.

The Post Office will remain open. If you feel uneasy coming to the post office, due to the Corona Virus, a relative can come on your behalf and pick up a temporary agent form. Once the short form is completed, this nominated person can then receive the social welfare payment on your behalf. Please inform elderly relatives and elderly friends. Please spread the word. Thanks.

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Parish Newsletter: 7th & 8th March 2020

Parish Newsletter – 7th/8th March, 2020. Second Sunday of Lent.                           

Church of the Immaculate Conception,

Glin, Co. Limerick.

Fr. Tom Crawford 068-26897/087-2218078

Fr. Timothy Curtin (Coolcappa/Kilcolman) 086-3697735/069-60126

Canon Anthony O Keeffe (Foynes/Shanagolden/Roberstown) 087-4163401/069-60112

Fr. Austin McNamara (Loughill/Ballyhahill) 087-2615471/069-82103

Diocese of Limerick Website: http://www.limerickdiocese.org

Eucharistic Ministers for Next Week

Vigil Mass 7.00 p.m.: Norma McKeon, Mary O Brien

Sunday 11.00 a.m.: John Culhane, Marie McKenna

Readers for this week: Saturday Vigil: John Healy

                                          Sunday 11.00 a.m. John Prendergast

Readers for next week: Saturday Vigil: David Sheehan

                           Sunday 11.00 am Mass: Sean Flanagan

Altar Servers This Week: Saturday:Éadaoin MacNamara, Miriam O Connor, Alison Hogan, Michaela Regan

                                              Sunday: Lucie Ryan, Katie & Julie Fitzell

Altar Servers Next Week: Saturday: Orlaith & Fearghal Leahy and Tomás Lyons

                                               Sunday: Ava Hogan, Aoibhe McCarthy, Paula Eve Culhane, Jim Culhane

Death: Sympathy is extended to the family of Kathy O Sullivan, Ballyguiltenane Lower, Glin who died recently.  May she rest in peace.

Eucharistic Adoration: Eucharistic Adoration: Weekly Adoration every Friday from 10AM (after Mass) until 9PM. All are welcome to join  … St. Alphonsus Ligouri: “Of all devotions, adoration is the greatest after the sacraments themselves”.

GLIN DEFIBRILLATOR NUMBER 068 59590/087 6230032…  ONLY TO BE USED IN AN EMERGENCY

Milford Hospice Church Gate Collection: will take place this Saturday and Sunday 7th & 8th March 2020.

Glin ICA: meeting at 7.30 p.m. on Friday next the 13th March in Cloverfield Daycare Centre.  The competition theme is “Spring Flowers”.

Professional Singer: Emelia Costello, classically trained, specialises in Wedding Ceremonies, Church Ceremonies, Family Occasions.  Telephone 0872839173.

St. SENANS SOCIAL SERVICES, Foynes, in association with the other parishes in our Pastoral area propose to organise a day Pilgrimage to Knock on 14 May. Details later. Contact Lizzie on 087 7435267 or Jerry @ 087 2282626.

Thank you: The children, parents and club officers of G.B Rovers FC would like to sincerely thank the parishioners of Loughilll, Ballyhahill and Glin for their very generous contributions towards last weekend’s Church Gate Collection.  A total amount of €908 was collected.  Thank you also to the parents that made the collection possible.  The Saturday night was particularly tough on those helping, as weather conditions were not ideal, so a heartfelt thank you to you.  

Yoga Classes: with Monika, on Mondays in Cloverfield Day Care Centre from 6pm for beginners and 7.15pm for advanced.  6 week course.

St. Mary’s Church Tarbert: is holding a fundraising community concert on Sunday next the 15th March at 7.30 p.m. in the Church.  The Ard Chúram Community Choir will be joined on the evening by the Choir of Tarbert’s National School for an evening of seasonal favourites.  Admission €10 per ticket, includes a cupán tae, caint, caife agus craic in the Community Centre afterwards.  Tickets available at the Tarbert Post Office, Tarbert Allcare Pharmacy, Parish Office and from any member of the Finance Committee.

The Glin Fairy Trail Committee: have decided to close the Fairy Trail for the next few weeks due to a large tree falling during last weekend’s storm.  

Ballyguiltenane National School Enrolment 2020:  Enrolment packs are available from the school on request or from the school office between 2pm and 3pm each day.  Parents/Guardians are welcome to contact the school on (068) 34545 to arrange a visit to discuss enrolment at your convenience.

St. Fergus’ National School: Enrolment forms for the new school year 2020/2021 are now available from the school office or Glin Pre-school.  For further information, please contact Geraldine in the school office Tuesday to Friday on 068-34344.

Taekwon-do Classes: continue on Fridays in Ceol Corbrai Hall. Contact Michael on 087 9245637 for details and times.

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International Women’s Day – The Knights Walk – friendly stroll.

💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜

To celebrate International Women’s Day on Sunday 8th March, let us women get together to take a leisurely walk/stroll up the scenic Knights Walk, Glin. Meander through the woodlands taking in the scenic views and have a chat with a friend. Wear something purple if you wish and a vis vest if you have one. It should take about an hour, and is suitable for people with moderate levels of fitness. Wear suitable footwear, and a rain jacket in case of inclement weather. We can pop into Taste Glin for a cuppa after.

Date: Sunday 8th March.

Venue: knights Walk (opposite Glin Catholic Church ).

Time: 12 noon.

Bring a friend 💜💜💜

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Lifeguard🏊‍♀️Summer🏊‍♂️2020

Temporary Lifeguard Summer 2020 – closing date 11th March 2020

Limerick City and County Council is responsible for the promotion of water safety and the prevention of the loss of life by drowning within the boundary of Limerick and on the rivers and navigation channels.  The Council works closely with the local Fire & Rescue services, Civil Defence units and local Search & Rescue units.

Candidates will demonstrate through their application and at the interview that he/she:

  1. holds as a minimum, a current Irish Water Safety Beach Lifeguard Award or an equivalent qualification as recognised by the International Lifesaving Federation (ILS)
  2. has thorough knowledge of resuscitation including Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation
  3. is not less than 17 years of age on 18th May 2020

Other qualifications that are desirable: S-VHF Certificate, First Aid, ISA Powerboat Level 2 or higher, Manual Handling, Occupational Health & Safety Certificate

Salary €462.41 per 37 hour week/ €278.07 per 22¼ hour week

Annual Leave 22 days per annum

Hours of Work – Determined in order of merit following interview, Lifeguards will be required to work either a 37 hour week or a 22¼ hour week of irregular hours to coincide with tidal conditions and bathing periods, including split shifts, work at weekends etc.

Application Process

Completed application forms must be e-mailed to recruitment@limerick.ie no later than Wednesday, 11th March 2020. 

An official application form must be completed in full by the closing date for the competition.  Please note that amendments to the application form will not be accepted after the closing date.

The Application Form and Briefing Document are also available from Human Resources, Corporate Headquarters, Merchant’s Quay Tel: (061) 557160;  E-mail:  recruitment@limerick.ie

Please send your application from an e-mail address that you will review regularly as communication during the assessment/selection period will only be through that e-mail address.

Application Form application-form-lifeguard-2020.doc 165.38KB

Briefing Document briefing-document-lifeguard-2020.pdf 298.56KB

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Parish Newsletter: 29th February/1st March 2020.

Parish Newsletter – 29th February/1st March, 2020. First Sunday of Lent.                           

Church of the Immaculate Conception,

Glin, Co. Limerick.

Fr. Tom Crawford 068-26897/087-2218078

Fr. Timothy Curtin (Coolcappa/Kilcolman) 086-3697735/069-60126

Canon Anthony O Keeffe (Foynes/Shanagolden/Roberstown) 087-4163401/069-60112

Fr. Austin McNamara (Loughill/Ballyhahill) 087-2615471/069-82103

Diocese of Limerick Website: http://www.limerickdiocese.org

Eucharistic Ministers for Next Week

Vigil Mass 7.00 p.m.: Marie Shine, Alice Moore

Sunday 11.00 a.m.: Denis Flaherty, Fiona Moore

Readers for this week: Saturday Vigil: Teresa Culhane

                                          Sunday 11.00 a.m. Annie Reidy

Readers for next week: Saturday Vigil: John Healy

                           Sunday 11.00 am Mass: John Prendergast

Altar Servers This Week: Saturday: Keela Normile, Ellen & Mary Moore

                                              Sunday: Harry Fitzgerald, Aoife Kennelly, Cara Martin, Eoghan O Connor

Altar Servers Next Week: Saturday:Éadaoin MacNamara, Miriam O Connor, Alison Hogan, Michaela Regan

                                               Sunday: Lucie Ryan, Katie & Julie Fitzell

Eucharistic Adoration: Eucharistic Adoration: Weekly Adoration every Friday from 10AM (after Mass) until 9PM. All are welcome to join  … Pope Benedict XVI: “The act of adoration prolongs and intensifies all that takes place during the Mass”.

GLIN DEFIBRILLATOR NUMBER 068 59590/087 6230032…  ONLY TO BE USED IN AN EMERGENCY

Milford Hospice Church Gate Collection: will take place on Saturday and Sunday 7th & 8th March 2020.

Glin Rovers Old Trafford Draw Winner: Congratulations to Gearoid Woulfe who won the 2 tickets and €300 spending money in last weekends draw. Enjoy the Manchester Derby at Old Trafford next month Gearoid.

Church Gate Collection: GB Rovers have their Church gate collection taking place this Saturday 29th February and Sunday 1st March.  Thanking you for your continued support.

The Glin Fairy Trail Committee: have decided to close the Fairy Trail for the next few weeks due to a large tree falling during last weekend’s storm.  

Glin Baby & Toddler Group: returns this Friday morning in Ceol Corbrai Hall.  Everyone welcome from 10am, family contribution €3. Refreshments provided.

St. Fergus National School: would like to thank the parishioners who brought bags of clothes to the school for the recent clothing recycling collection.  €399 was raised from this initiative.  We are hoping to have another after the Easter holidays so keep your bags of clothes please.

Ballyguiltenane National School Enrolment 2020:  Enrolment packs are available from the school on request or from the school office between 2pm and 3pm each day.  Parents/Guardians are welcome to contact the school on (068) 34545 to arrange a visit to discuss enrolment at your convenience.

Loughill Development Committee: are holding a Quiz night on Friday, March 6 for the Flowers and up keep of Loughill Village. Also Spot prizes on the night, your support would be greatly appreciated. See you from 9.30pm at the Anglers Rest, table of 4 €40.

Ballyguiltenane National School: The Board of Management would like thank you to all those who contributed to the Church Gate Collection last weekend.  The amount raised came to €771.77.  Your support and generosity is greatly appreciated.

St. Fergus’ National School: Enrolment forms for the new school year 2020/2021 are now available from the school office or Glin Pre-school.  For further information, please contact Geraldine in the school office Tuesday to Friday on 068-34344.

Taekwon-do Classes: continue on Fridays in Ceol Corbrai Hall. Contact Michael on 087 9245637 for details and times.

Newsletter: Please note that all notices for the newsletter are to be placed in the locked black box in Paddy Hogan’s shop or email:glencorbry.ias@eircom.net by 12.00 noon on Thursday with name and contact details. 

Trócaire Lenten Campaign for 2020

This year’s Trócaire Lenten campaign is about mothers protecting their families. The Trócaire box tells the story of two mothers: Angela in Honduras who is protecting her family’s land from logging companies, and Madris in Kenya who is trying to provide for her family in the face of climate change. It tells two very different stories but both are linked by mothers trying to provide futures for their children. 

Prayers 

Daily Lenten Prayer 

Today Lord, I choose life,
I choose your love and the challenge to live it and share it,
I choose hope, even in moments of darkness,
I choose faith, accepting you as Lord and God,
I choose to let go of some part of my burdens,
day by day handing them over to you,
I choose to take hold of your strength and power ever more deeply in my life.
May this truly be for me a time of new life, of change, challenge and growth.
May I come to Easter with a heart open to dying with you
and rising to your new life, day by day.

Amen.

Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy has asked that Lent this year be used as a commitment to step up care for our planet.  Bishop Leahy asks people to ‘live lent’ this year by putting caring for the environment at the centre of our thoughts, prayers and actions

Speaking this week ahead of the commencement of Lent on Ash Wednesday, Bishop Leahy – quoting Pope Francis on the fifth anniversary of his encyclical ‘Laudato Si’ on the care of our planet – urged the public to “live Lent” this year with “our common home” as motivation. 

Bishop Leahy’s Pastoral Letter for Lent titled ‘Listening to Nature’s Words of Love’ is available in hard copy in churches or online on the diocesan website www.limerickdiocese.org and will be read out at masses on Sunday.

“In a Netflix film titled ‘Pope Francis – A Man of his Word’, which I’d recommend as good watching during Lent, Pope Francis doesn’t mince his words when he says ‘if you ask me who is the poorest of the poorest of the poor, I would say Mother Earth.  We have plundered her. We have abused her.’  A decade or more ago, Pope Francis would have been seen as an alarmist but the reality of where we are today is that popular opinion the world over agrees.

“In the past year, Greta Thunberg has captured imaginations and minds. Not just her. Many young people, including across our diocese, have expressed their concern over what is happening our planet. They are really concerned about the world they are inheriting from previous generations. In schools across the Diocese children are enthusiastic about the Green Flag awards. Young adults are searching for new ways to save our planet. There are young leaders on the environment emerging, brave and outspoken. It is important for those of us who are a little order to recognise that young people have the antennae of the future.”

He continued, “At times we might feel the crisis needs a greater response than anything we can do personally. Yet simple steps can make a difference such as avoiding the use of plastic and paper, reducing water consumption, separating refuse, cooking only what can reasonably be consumed, showing care for other living beings, planting trees, turning off unnecessary lights.  I would ask that this Lent, people look deeper into their own responsibilities.  ‘Think global, act local’ has never been more apt than it is today.”

Citing the three traditional ways of “living Lent” – Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving – Bishop Leahy said there are numerous options to that we can be lived this year through the lens of care for our common home.


“For instance, our prayer can involve taking time to contemplate God’s beauty in creation.  In terms of fasting, this year we can recognise that this is not just about giving up some food. It is about how we live moderation in general. Life is more than simply accumulating things and pleasures. We are called to live with greater sobriety and simplicity. The example of nature teaches us. Plants use only the amount of water and nutrients they need to grow and flower. Christian love inspires us to live a healthy sobriety that set us free.

“The third area, almsgiving, must be about giving to and helping others. In Ireland we have the wonderful tradition of the Trócaire initiatives which I encourage. Trócaire has done great work in raising consciousness of the environmental issues so I would ask people to not alone donate this Lent but to read up on what it does and how we can help on an ongoing basis.”

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