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PHONE CONNECT SEEKS VOLUNTEERS

PHONE CONNECT SEEKS VOLUNTEERS : The Phone Connect project is a free community based telephone support service offered to older people in the West Limerick Area empowering them to remain independent in their own homes.   The weekly service provides a listening ear to the elderly allowing them to share any worries or concerns and to be informed of any local events or services.  West Limerick Resources, in association with RCCN (Housing) Ltd., are now seeking volunteers to make these phone-calls from a dedicated space where a mobile phone and credit will be supplied.  Training will also be made available.  If you would be interested in volunteering or require more information, we would be delighted to hear from you by calling Damien at West Limerick Resources on 087 9042477 or Stefanie on 087 3290483.

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MALIN TO MIZEN WITH 95FM

MALIN TO MIZEN WITH 95FM : Corcamore lads David Fitzgerald and Peter Kiely are cycling Malin Head to Mizen Head over three days July 22, 23 and 24. Day 1 will see them cycling from Malin Head through Donegal and Sligo to finish in Claremorris, Co. Mayo. Day 2 will take them from Mayo, through Galway and Ennis and home to Limerick. The route for the final leg of the journey is through Newcastlewest, Killarney and from there to Mizen Head, a total distance of 660km. While aiming to achieve a personal goal they will also be raising funds for the Live 95fm’s 95 Stop Tour whose beneficiaries are the Children’s Ark including the neonatal unit and CARI. You will find a link to their sponsorship page on their personal facebookpages. Alternatively you can donate directly to David or Peter or call the radio station and donate that way. Your support is greatly appreciated. Good luck lads!

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NATIONAL GRANDPARENTS PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK

NATIONAL  GRANDPARENTS PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK : It gives us great pleasure to invite you and your parishioners, most especially  the Grandparents of your parish, to celebrate  with us the 10th anniversary of the National Grandparents Pilgrimage, to The Shrine of our Lady of knock on Sunday September 11, together with our Patron Archbishop Michael Neary. This is a very special day for grandparents and families, a day full of graces and blessings, when Grandparents gather together – united by the same aim, to give thanks for there are children and their grandchildren, to pray for themselves and for each other to support each other in their vocation, in this great task of passing on the faith.

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BALLYBROWN NS RECEIVES A WELCOME GIFT!

BALLYBROWN NS RECEIVES A WELCOME GIFT! : Ballybrown NS received a very pleasant surprise as children and pupils prepared for the Summer break. Lorraine Murphy, Chairperson of the School’s Parents Association, presented Principal Joe Lyons with a cheque for €2,100 towards the school’s investment in the Literacy Lift-Off  programme.  This was the second occasion in the current school year that the school received such a presentation from the Parents Association.

‘The school  has decided to embark on Literacy Lift-Off, initially in Infant classes, and the Parents Association has shown their support in a very practical way,’ said Mr Lyons. ‘Literacy Lift Off is an intervention that gives children lots of opportunities to read books at their own level of competency and gradually lift the complexity of what they can do in both reading and writing.  However, it is expensive. A set of books at each level costs €300 so this boost allows us to acquire six further levels straight away.’

Last December, the Parents Association contributed €1200 to school funds which enabled the school to purchase an educational set of Lego and also to host a workshop in Maths by a company called Lifetime Labs. This was part of the school’s ongoing commitment to the STEM (Science, Technological, Engineering, Mechanical) subjects. The fundraising was achieved through a very successful Cake Sale, recycling of unwanted clothes and a Colours Day.

‘Our Parents Association make a real and very valuable contribution to the quality of education we provide in the school’, continued Mr Lyons. ‘The investment in educational resources will reap a rich harvest in years to come.’

Sheila Hayes, Deputy Principal, Lorraine Murphy Chairperson Parents Association and Joe Lyons, Principal Ballybrown NS

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