St. Munchin's Community Centre

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St. Munchin's Community Centre - Limerick

Kileely – A Hub of Activity

On the 23rd of June the judges visited St. Munchin’s Community Centre, Kileely, Co.Limerick.

They were greeted by members and staff of the Community Centre. One of the staff members said:

“St. Munchin’s Community Centre has had an active role in promoting and developing community involvement within the Parish since its establishment in 2005.The community centre has developed a broad representative base from within the community centre.”

Serving The Local Community

The Judges learned about the aims of the centre. The centre provide a central hub accommodating local service providers, they provide a meeting place for local voluntary groups and they help address and overcome social isolation and exclusion. On top of this St Munchin’s Community Centre identifies and responds to the local needs of its community.

There’s Something For Everyone

All of the board of management are voluntary. They met and spoke with the judges and discussed how they regularly meet to ensure ongoing projects are carried out and all the local needs are being addressed.

The centre hosts several services such as providing a community café that is used by all, young and old, catering services and a breakfast service. They deliver quality meals to the local community through their Meals on Wheels service, host a number of classes and provide gardening and weekly bingo. On top of all this the centre is home to a number of youth clubs and a dance company.

After witnessing the local clubs and the enthusiasm shown by it’s members, the judges left Kileely with a heartwarming send off from the locals.

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Pride of Place Awards 2014

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St Munchin’s Community Centre will represent Limerick City in this year’s Pride of Place Awards

By Ethan Glavin

St Munchin’s Community Centre was nominated to represent Limerick City in the Pride of Place Awards 2014 earlier this week. The Centre celebrated the nomination with a community day, the many attendants and the many delighted faces made it very clear that the community members already take great pride in their Centre.

“I’m delighted that the community had such a fantastic day,” said Linda Ledger of St Munchin’s Community Centre. “We’re very excited to be representing Limerick City in the Pride of Place Awards this year.”

The Pride of Place Awards focus is on the people, people coming together to create communities in their local areas, and enjoying and taking pride in their accomplishments. The competition specifically recognises the importance of community projects in urban and rural regeneration, their involvement in promoting social inclusion, environmental awareness and heritage. It specifically recognises the many people involved in community initiatives, whose hard work is often overlooked or taken for granted, and celebrates their amazing achievements. Despite the fact that there can only be one winner in every category, Pride of Place recognises and celebrates the work of all groups in the competition.

Chairman of Pride of Place, Tom Dowling, explained “The competition is about showing respect and inclusion for every sector in our communities, young, old, rich or poor and creating communities to which the people are proud to say they belong”.

The Awards celebrate and honour the contributions of community partnerships to society in an array of different categories, including Housing Estates, Community Health Initiatives, and Eco Communities. St Munchin’s Community Centre was nominated to represent Limerick City in the Urban Neighbourhood category.

The winners will be announced at the Pride of Place Awards Ceremony on November 15, 2014.

Ballynanty Rovers & Ray Houghton

 

 

 

Ballynanty Rovers

Richard Lynch with Ray Houghton, Linda Ledger, St Munchins Community Centre and Anne Marie Stack, Ballynanty Rovers. Picture: Caleb Purcell

St Munchin’s Community Centre hosted a community day on behalf of Ballynanty Rovers FC to celebrate the team reaching the final of the FAI Junior Cup.

Linda Ledger of St Munchin’s Community Centre said, “We wanted to help Ballynanty Rovers because they don’t have their own clubhouse. They don’t have their own venue to bring people, so we wanted to show that the community is 100% behind them.”

The event presented a chance to both celebrate Ballynanty’s success in the Junior Cup, and the community itself. All teams in the FAI Junior Cup – one of the biggest trophies in Europe, considering the number of teams in it – were required to secure a venue and release a single.

The single is a take on the classic song “500 Miles” by the 90’s band The Proclaimers, which was recorded and tailored for the team by Limerick band The Mad Hatters at the Learning Hub recording studios in Limerick. Having witnessed the atmosphere and commitment at this community day, it isn’t hard to believe that the supporters really would “walk 500 miles just to see Ballynanty score”. Gathered outside the Centre, the crowd welcomed not only their team, but also the rest of the crew from the FAI Junior Cup Community Tour, including Ireland’s football legend Ray Houghton. The team was lead to the Centre’s entrance by a marching band, and a short panel discussion about Ballynanty’s chances of winning Sunday’s match was held under the watchful eyes of the fans. Inside the Centre, the crowd was then treated to amazing performances by both the ladies from St Munchin’s line dancers and kids hip hop dancers ‘Flawless’. Mr Houghton praised the “enthusiasm of the fans and the enthusiasm of the community centre”. He reckoned that with this spirit, they will sure have a great day on Sunday, and wished the team the best of luck. 

Meals On Wheels

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Richard pictured with Marie O Donovan as she has her Meals on Wheeels delivered to her door by Ger O Halloran from St. Munchins Community Centre. Picture: Leon Ledger

 

 

An article written by Richard Lynch of I Love Limerick about our Meals on Wheels Service.

St Munchin’s Community Centre in Kileely not only provide a central accessible community hub in their area but also offer a very valuable service to all of the people of Limerick including my family, with their ‘Meals on Wheels’ service.

My Dad suffered two serious strokes last year and my Mam has been ill with Parkinson’s Disease for over 20 years and I care for both of them. Since last November I have been having hot meals from the centre delivered to our door.

It has made a huge difference to my family as it has taken so much stress out of the daily grind. The food is delicious, with a different main course each day along with dessert and my Mam has actually gained a little weight for the first time in years.

Linda Ledger, the centre manager talked to me about why they felt the need to provide this service for the people of Limerick, “We wanted to address isolation and social exclusion for the older members of our community. The first time we ever delivered meals was because a lovely local couple named Mr. and Mrs. O’Donovan visited the centre one day to have a meal and while here Mr. O’Donovan fell ill. I took him to the hospital and after he got out he could no longer come to the centre with his wife for their meals so we started delivering their meals to them and that is how the service got started.”

They have now been availing of the meals for the past 5 years and Mrs. O’Donovan told me, “St. Munchins have always been there for us. They responded to our needs and are extremely alert to the older people in the community.” She describes the work of St.Munchin’s and Gerard O’Halloran who delivers the meals as “God’s gift. I would genuinely be lost without the meals because I can’t cook for myself because of a disability.”

Students from secondary schools across Limerick, LIT and UL volunteer in the centre to help with the meals on wheels and Jason O’Callaghan from St. Nessan’s School tells me, “I saw the older people who couldn’t cook for themselves and felt that I should help them any way I could”.

Linda added, “We want to promote and respect older people’s engagement in social, cultural, community and family life to help foster better solidarity between generations. Also we want to promote the equality, independence, participation, care, self-fulfillment and dignity of older people at all times. Research shows that as people age they wish to remain in their own homes for as long as possible and with this in mind we aim to create more services such as our Meals on Wheels to help them to achieve this.”

If you cannot make it to the centre, phone them prior to 11am they will deliver to you for that day, meals cost €3.50 with desserts an additional 50 cent.

For questions or further information on any of their services or volunteer opportunities please contact Linda Ledger at 061 458651 or email lindaledgersmcc@eircom.net.

Chloe Kinsella Appreciation Day

October 2013

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At the Chloe Kinsella Appreciation Day at St.Munchins Community Centre – Cllr. Maurice Quinlivan, Chloes uncle Matthew Franklin, Chloes mother Shirley Kinsella, Centre Manager Linda Ledger and Kieran O’Neill. Picture: Cian O Reilly

St. Munchin’s Community Centre in Kileely held an event to thank the hundreds of local people who helped with the search for Chloe Kinsella. Speaking at the event her uncle, Matthew Franklin, made an emotional appeal, “Young girls — look what is after happening a young girl, as young as 15, a child gone. I urge you to just look after yourselves and I urge you to really live your life and just be happy.” Also in attendance was a large gathering of Chloe’s friends from her community in Kileely, fellow fifth year students at St Nessan’s Community School and pals from Flawless School of Dance. The dance school, at St. Munchins Community Centre, run by her cousin Billy Franklin, was where Chloe honed an impressive array of skills in freestyle and hip hop dance. She was one of a leading group at the school that performed for President Michael D Higgins when he visited St Munchin’s Community Centre, Kileely, on one of his first official office engagements. Over the last five years this centre has assisted their community to develop a sense of pride and reach its full potential by responding to needs and issues as they arise by providing a central, accessible and visible hub for local community activity.To contact the centre call 061 458651.

JP Mc Manus launches new community centre

Enjoy this video documenting the day JP Mc Manus launches the new refurbished St.Munchins Community Centre:

Last week St Munchin’s Community Centre in Kileely celebrated as their guest of honor JP McManus launched their new refurbished premises. Last year the Limerick philanthropist awarded the centre €300,000 to build an extension to their premises. Scores of men, women and children from the local area turned out for a special celebration day at the centre and politician’s including Mayor Gerry McLoughlin came to the centre to celebrate. Responsible for this achievement is centre Manager Linda Ledger who is an inspirational force to be reckoned with and its through her hard work and efforts that the entire community is now going to grow for the better. “We have more than 40 volunteers and I cannot tell you how much this means to all of us. It is like a dream come through as this will improve the lives of so many in our community. JP Mc Manus is a legend and words cannot describe how blessed and grateful we are’, Linda told me. Over the last five years this centre has assisted their community to develop a sense of pride and reach its full potential by responding to needs and issues as they arise. By providing a central, accessible and visible hub for local community activity, in response to local demand they continue to expand its services and facilities such as a restaurant, florist, hairdressers, launderette and computer classes to name a few. They also provide a meeting space for local groups and address isolation and social exclusion for the older members of the community. For further info call 061 458651.

President Michael D Higgins visits St.Munchins

President Michael D Higgins was warmly welcomed to Limerick when he made his first visit to the city since his election. The Limerick born president visited St Munchin’s Community Centre in Kileely, which he visited on his campaign trail in September. President Higgins said he “made a deliberate decision” to return to the city and particularly to the centre, which he hailed as “the very best of Limerick”.

Richard with our President Michael D.Higgins and Brenda Gardiner and Linda Ledger of St Munchins Community Centre enjoying a very memorbable day. Photo by Dolf Patijn

Richard with our President Michael D.Higgins and Brenda Gardiner and Linda Ledger of St Munchins Community Centre enjoying a very memorbable day. Photo by Dolf Patijn

“I made a deliberate decision to come back, particularly to St Munchin’s Community Centre because I was so impressed by the huge range of services that were going on here when I came in September,” the president told me. The president also declared that he “had a certain other set of reasons for being here as well, this is the parish I was baptised in”.

Linda Ledger, manager of the centre, said she was “thrilled” to host the president. “It is brilliant for the centre and what is great for us is we did it on our terms, we didn’t put on any mock show, we did it in our hall, we did the food ourselves, the flowers, and it just shows you what we do every day, we can do it, there is nothing we can’t do here,” she said.

Over the last five years this centre has assisted their community to develop a sense of pride and reach its full potential by responding to needs and issues as they arise. By providing a central, accessible and visible hub for local community activity, in response to local demand they continue to expand its services and facilities such as a restaurant, florist, hairdressers, launderette and computer classes to name a few. They also provide a meeting space for local groups and address isolation and social exclusion for the older members of the community.

They are currently looking for the last piece of funding to complete their renovation and need your help now!

I Love Limerick Video of the Presidents visit to
St. Munchin’s Community Centre