MARIETTA's 100km WALK:
Welcome; We have seven new pupils starting in junior Infants this year, we welcome them and wish them happy school days.
Thought for the Week - 'I cannot do all the Good that the World needs. But the World needs all the Good that I can do.'
Folk Choir: First rehearsal held Monday Sept 11th; 8-9pm. If you would like to attend, text 'Granagh Folk Choir' on 087-2474714.
ST. ITA's COLLECTION:
Sunday 17th Sept before 10.30am Mass in Granagh. Saturday 16th in Ballingarry before 7pm Mass. As you know St. Ita's
Community Hospital is a very valuable residential care unit for the elderly in the west Limerick area. This type of home normally offers the same type of care as residential ones but with the addition of 24-hour medical care from a qualified nurse. They also provide;- Long-Term Care, Nursing Care, Respite Care, Dementia Care, Palliative Care, Specialist Care, Day Hospital Services, High Dependency Care & Step-down Care. Your contributions have already contributed to the many improvements in the hospital over the years. In recent times thanks to the fundraising efforts of the Friends of St Ita's, many extra services have been provided. The PallativeDay Care services opened in 2009, a dedicated dementia unit was opened in May 2014 and the new Rehabilitation Unit was opened in early 2016. St Ita's Hospital continues to grow in strength and now provides the highest standard of care to its patients. Every single euro counts and will be put to good use.
IN THE HALL:
Tuesdays; Fleming/Ball Dance Academy have resumed Irish Dance Classes, 6pm - 7pm. For more info contact Linda on 086-1071978.
Saturdays; Returning by popular demand, Bootcamp at 8am, first class resumed on 2nd Sept. Small circuit based class, suitable for all fitness levels, pay as you go. Limited spaces, so booking is essential with Cathal on 083-8567815.
To keep up-to-date with what's happening in the parish check out our F.Book page - granaghcommunitynews or our website - www.granagh.com.
MARIETTA's OFF AGAIN:
Marietta is going for 4-in-a-Row & why wouldn't she ! Walking 100km to support the wonderful team in St. Joseph's and ensure they have the facilities required to deliver their services. St. Joseph’s Foundation (SJF) currently provides services for over 1,300 Children and 400 Adults in the North Cork and South Limerick areas. These services range from day services, residential, hydrotherapy pool sessions, equine therapy, home from home and services from their multi-disciplinary team. SJF is the largest employer in the Charleville area, and is involved in all areas of the community through their staff and service users.
At Liskennett Equine therapy centre, they have 25 horses/ponies who provide equine therapy sessions to children and adults with autism and/or an intellectual disability. Despite the covid-19 restrictions in '21, they provided over 10,000 sessions of equine therapy. Equine therapy is open to any child/adult with a diagnosis; they do not have to be attached to the foundation. This increases the demand for equine therapy sessions, but also allows them to help more people in the community and surrounding areas. Schools and groups attend Liskennett during the week from various places; Cork, Limerick, Clare, Tipperary, while their Saturday sessions are open to families from any area.
In spring 2023, they hope to start work on their new Regional Children's Residential, Alternative Respite and Equine Therapy Centre in Kanturk, Co. Cork. All fundraising efforts are really welcomed. You can support online through - www.stjosephsfoundation.enthuse.com
OUR MENTAL HEALTH:
WSPD; World Suicide Prevention Day 2023 was on Sunday 10th and the theme was ‘Creating Hope Through Action’. If you are not OK, if you are having thoughts of suicide, Help & Support is available. Visit www.mymind.org. Pieta Freephone - 1800 247 247 or www.pieta.ie. Samaritans freephone - 116 123 or www.samaritans.ie. Text HELLO to 50808 or www.textaboutit.ie
GREEN RIBBONs; If you spot them this month, their purpose is to remind us to End mental health stigma & discrimination. It symbolises an openness to have conversations about mental health. There's no shame at all in having a mental health difficulty, the only shame is we cannot discuss it openly. Start conversations at home or at work, ask someone how they are doing, be there to listen and educate yourself www.seachange.ie/ www.shine.ie
AN tIONAD GLAS:
Thur 14th Sept; 10 - 3pm. Open day in Dromcollogher College. Organic garden tours; Course Information on QQI Level 5 & 6; Market Stalls with organic produce.
Fri 15th Sept; Kilmallock Library; Beginners and improvers computer course . More information about the course is available on www.ballyhouradevelopment.com
EVENTS in CROOM:
CHAIR YOGA: Croom Mills, Wednesday mornings at 9.45am. Try it out, a safe & supportive way of doing yoga using a chair. This style of yoga helps to develop balance & stability in both body & mind and has all of the benefits of a regular practice including, increased joint mobility, better sleep, improved posture, reduced anxiety & increased flexibility. For more information contact Joe (Mon-Wed) on 061 602878.
Wednesdays at 6.30pm; Chair Yoga also in the Old Library Ballingarry.
Sat 23rd Sept; The annual Car Boot Sale is back in the Sports Hall.
Sat 30th Sept; 11am - 1.30; Civic Centre; Garden Talk with Ted; Ted Riordan from Cuan Mhuire garden centre, Bruree will be talking about how to prepare your garden for the Winter. Limited tickets, ten euro, on www.cromadh.com/events/all or call to Civic Centre.
FUNDRAISER MILFORD HOSPICE:
Thur 21st Sept; 10.30-12.30; Croom Family Resource Centre, Croom Mills. Croom Men's Shed invite you to their coffee morning, which is being organised as part of the 'Bewleys Big Coffee Morning for Hospice' initiative. Donations can be made on the day.
XMAS SHOE BOXES:
Just to keep in mind, Team Hope will be collecting the boxes in early November. Last year, with your help, they sent a phenomenal 173,563 Christmas Shoebox gifts to children across twelve countries in Eastern Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa. More often than not, these shoebox gifts are the only gift that a child will receive at Christmas and the joy that they bring is incredible.
DID YOU KNOW:
These are the top ten most invasive species - we are not encouraged to plant them..!! English Ivy : Often used as a ground cover, this vine can choke out other plants and even damage buildings and trees.
Yellow Iris : This plant, also known as yellow flag iris, can spread rapidly in wetland areas and crowd out native species.
Butterfly Bush : Although it’s loved by many for attracting butterflies, this plant can easily spread and become invasive.
Japanese Barberry: A popular landscaping plant due to its vibrant color and ability to grow in various conditions, it can create dense thickets that crowd out native plants.
Periwinkle: This ground cover spreads quickly and can smother native vegetation.
Mimosa: Despite its beautiful and fragrant flowers, it spreads aggressively and can outcompete native plants for resources.
Purple Loosestrife: Its tall, purple flowers may be attractive, but it can take over wetland habitats and decrease biodiversity.
Bamboo: It grows rapidly and I know myself, it is very difficult to remove.
Norway Maple: While a popular shade tree, it can outcompete native trees and plant species.
Water Hyacinth: In water gardens, these plants can quickly become a problem, as they multiply rapidly and can choke out other aquatic plants.