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Sunday 16th May 2021 – The Ascension Of The Lord

Anniversaries:

Josephine Walsh – Carraturk and England, Ann O Connell – Kilgarriff, Tom Ryan – Main Street, Nora Fox – Ballintubber / Cullane.

Recently Deceased:

Tom Mahony – Ballylanders, May He Rest In Peace.

Public Masses:

Welcome back to our public worship.  Public Mass this Saturday at 8pm and on Sunday at 10am. Attendance is limited to 50, all the usual arrangements are in place.  Let’s protect each other.

Sunday Mass Obligation:

There is no obligation to attend Mass at this time.  If you feel nervous or unsure you are free to delay your return.  It may take a bit of courage to return to normal routines including attending Mass in Public. 

Ballylanders Parish Lotto:

Many thanks to all, who have joined, our Parish Lotto.  One of the effects of lockdown and no Public Masses is a fall in financial income.   In 2020 we were down €6000.  2021 will probably be no better.  To address this issue many parishes have gone the route of a Parish Lotto.  This is set up by the diocese and each parish is invited to opt into it, Ballylanders Parish as well as some of our neighbouring parishes have opted in.  The money raised goes directly to Ballylanders Parish.  Please support our Lotto.  Out first draw takes place today Thursday May 13th, there is a weekly spot prize of €25.  The Jackpot at the moment is €500 and it builds up to €5000.  It is €2 a line and €5 for 3 lines.  To join contact / go to www.our fundraiser.ie/org/ballylanders  Thanking You.

Pastoral Letter From Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly:

YOUR WORD IS TRUTH 

JOHN 17117 

“Let us Go to God’s House” Psalm 122 

Dear Friends in the Risen Lord, 

Welcome, Fáilte, to all who have gathered for the celebration of the Sunday Eucharist in your local Churches throughout the Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly, today, when we celebrate the Ascension of the Lord. 

We have waited for this moment and now, with thanksgiving and praise in our hearts, we gather around the altar for the sharing of the Word and the celebration of the Eucharist, repeating the words of Psalm 122:1 

“I rejoiced when I heard them say let us go to God’s House”. 

In the Archdiocese we began a journey of sharing and listening over four years ago.  A journey of searching as to how best we can be alive and serve the presence of the living God in our times.  Last year, the journey as it neared the end of the important listening phase was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Now, as we begin to emerge from the weeks and months of restricted living, and above all, the physical absence from each other’s company in our churches and in society, I am pleased to inform you that we are in the final stages of fine tuning the Pastoral Plan titled: “Seeds of Hope” 2021-2026.  This is the fruit of the work that has been undertaken by you, the people of the Archdiocese, over these years. 

My sincere thanks to all who participated in and facilitated the listening process especially Fr. Martin Hayes, who was appointed Bishop of Kilmore in June last year. Since the Listening Process was completed, a period of reflection and discernment by the Diocesan Pastoral Council and the Council of Priests has been taking place that now results in the Pastoral Plan: Seeds of Hope 2021-2026. 

Next Sunday, we will celebrate the Feast of Pentecost and I ask you, when reflecting on the message of the Gospel of today and next Sunday, to listen to the call to each one of us to bear witness to the message of hope of the Risen Lord.  Please include in your prayers over the coming days and weeks the much-loved prayer to the Holy Spirit: Come Holy Spirit… for the success of the next stage of our journey as we put into action the dreams and hopes we have for the future of our church in the Archdiocese.

Over the coming months, I will give you further updates, concerning the launching of the Plan and outlining its various “Seeds” but the process will be dry and arid if it is not accompanied by prayer and reflection about what we are doing. We, the people of faith in the Archdiocese commit ourselves to actively participate in God’s mission to love and embrace our world.

Throughout the Easter season we have heard stirring accounts of the witness of the young church in the Acts of the Apostles as the disciples passed on their faith to new believers. These accounts remind us of the gift of faith we have received from parents, grandparents, teachers and neighbours.  I hope and pray that we may find courage and support by the witness of those who have passed on the faith to us as we prepare together to embark on the next stage of our faith journey. 

I place our journey under the care of Mary our Mother with the prayer taken from the letter of Pope Francis in his letter the Joy of the Gospel. 

“Mary Virgin and Mother, Star of the New Evangelisation, help us to bear radiant witness to communion, service, ardent and generous faith, justice and love of the poor.  That the Joy of the Gospel may reach to the ends of the earth, illuminating even the fringes of our world. 

Mother of the living Gospel, wellspring of happiness for God’s little ones, pray for us. 

Amen. 

Wishing you and your families every blessing as we prepare to welcome anew the Holy Spirit into our lives. 

Yours sincerely in Christ, 

+ Kieran O’Reilly 

Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love.

V.

Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. 

R

And you shall renew the face of the earth. 

O God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, 

did instruct the hearts of the faithful, 

grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise, 

and ever enjoy His consolation, 

Through Christ Our Lord, 

Amen. 

Ascension, Sunday 16th May 2021 

YOUR WORD IS TRUTH 

JOHN 17:17

10am Sunday Mass On Facebook:

10am Mass on Sunday will be available on Facebook.

Church Post Box:

There is a Post Box in the Church Porch.  It is checked every day please feel welcome to use it.

Masses On Television Radio and Online:

Daily and Weekly Masses are available on RTE One (Sundays at 11am) and RTE News TV Channel (Daily Monday to Friday at 10.30am and Sundays (If there is no Mass on RTE 1 Sunday Mornings at 11am then it is on at 2.15pm on RTE News TV Channel), RTE Radio 1 Extra (Sundays at 11am) , Radio Maria Ireland (Daily Monday to Sunday check times in notice below) and EWTN Television and Radio (Daily Monday to Sunday check times) and Online at www.churchservices.tv  You can access Masses and religious services from County Limerick and all over Ireland by using www.churchservices.tv

RADIO MARIA IRELAND:

RADIO MARIA IRELAND is an Irish-run Catholic Talk-Radio Station.  Daily 10am Holy Mass, Prayer, Catechesis, Uplifting music, Talks, Interviews and Testimonies – all commercial free – Listen via TV on Saorview – Channel 210; Download our FREE APP – “RADIO MARIA IRELAND”, streaming on www.radiomaria.ie  Please join our growing faith family!

Totus Tuus Magazine:

Due to the Covid 19 Outbreak Totus Tuus magazine is now being delivered straight to your door.  If you would like to start receiving Totus Tuus to your home then please phone Fiona at   086 – 876 0058.

Covid19 Telephone Helpline Numbers:

  • Parish Notice / SeniorLine:

If you are an older person and would like someone to talk to, particularly since Covid-19, consider phoning SeniorLine.  We are Ireland’s national confidential service for older people.  We are open every day of the year from 10am-10pm.  We are older people too, trained to listen and support.  We would love to hear from you.  Freefone 1800 80 45 91.

  • COVID-19 Support Line for Older People:

ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to COVID-19.  Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary.  The support line is open seven days a week, 8am – 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.

  • We Reflect Campaign | Irish Hospice Foundation Bereavement Support Line:

Many people have experienced the death of someone they love during the COVID-19 pandemic.  It may have been a COVID-related death or a death from other causes.  In the face of such loss, our Irish Hospice Foundation Bereavement Support Line, in partnership with the HSE, is there to provide connection, comfort and support for anyone grieving in these exceptional times.  A national Freephone service 1800 80 70 77, available from 10am to 1pm, Monday to Friday.

Ballylanders Newsletter:

Please note that the Ballylanders Newsletter is available every Thursday afternoon online at www.ballylanders.com   A new Newsletter will be added there every Thursday.  It is also available on the Ballylanders Community Facebook.  A special thank you to Ballylanders Community Facebook, for providing us the opportunity to show our Ballylanders Newsletter, on their Facebook Page every week.  The Newsletter will be left online at www.ballylanders.com for 2 weeks where after that date it will be removed from screen and will be available to download if so wished.

Defibrillator Upgrade:

  1. Work is underway towards replacing the Defibrillator and the storage box in the village.  The new Defibrillator will be charged off the mains electricity.   The storage box will have a keypad locking mechanism and the Eircode will be inscribed on the front.  When a caller rings 999 they will be asked for the Eircode, given the combination to open the box and they will receive assistance over the phone as to what to do until the ambulance arrives.  The cost is €2,650.00 approximately including vat.  Defibrillator Pads for the machine cost €94.00 to replace after every use or every 2 years.  If you have any fundraising ideas or would like to help with this initiative please do not hesitate to contact the committee on 087 – 6647670.  Thank you.
  • A Go Fund Me Page Has Been Set Up For The Defibrillator Replacement:

A Go Fund me page had been set up for the Defibrillator replacement.  Hello I thought you might be interested in supporting this GoFundMe, https://gf.me/u/yvxpjs.   Even a small donation it could help Juliette McSweeney reach their fundraising goal.  And if you can’t make a donation, it would be great if you could share the fundraiser to help spread the word.  Thanks for having a look! 

Update on Covid-19 Vaccination Programme:

Information Received on Thursday May 6th 2021 at 9.44am

A short mid-week update on the Vaccination Programme with links to videos from some of our vaccination centres.

As always, you can find the latest vaccination data on your Covid Tracker App and the COVID-19 Data Hub.  The latest figures, up to Monday 3 April are 1,621,870:

                Total First Doses Administered:                 1,174,292 (30% of population 16+)

                Total Second Doses Administered:               447,578 (11.5% of population 16+)

Today those aged 58 were invited to register for a COVID-19 vaccine.  As with our other age groups, this includes all people aged 58 who have yet to receive a vaccine, including those who might be considered medically vulnerable or are frontline healthcare workers.  There has been a great interest in self-registering online and as of 4pm today, there have been 403,152 self-registrations for vaccination.

I would encourage you all to help spread the message among your constituents, family and friends and ensure that everyone in this age group that wants a COVID-19 vaccine has access to one as soon as possible.  The quickest way to do this is to self-register online.  Registering online is easy. All you need is your email address, a mobile number and your Eircode and go to vaccine.hse.ie.  If you’re having trouble, you can call HSE Live on 1850 24 1850.

And a helpful video on what you can expect in our vaccination centres here https://twitter.com/HSELive/status/1388787597191696385

Nenagh and Ennis Vaccination Centres Opening 21st April 2021:

The centres in the West County Hotel, Ennis, and the Abbey Court Hotel, Nenagh, will open on a phased basis, scaling up in line with availability of vaccines.  Along with the centre at the Radisson Blu Limerick, the facilities form a tripartite vaccination network to accelerate the delivery of COVID-19 vaccine in the Mid-West.

Activity at the Ennis and Nenagh centres commences with the 65-69-year-old group who have been registering in considerable numbers since the opening of the HSE online registration portal last Thursday.

Over 130,000 people in the 65-69-year-old cohort around the country have already registered for their Covid-19 vaccination and appointments are being offered at the most convenient location based on the information submitted during registration.  People can register online at https://vaccine.hse.ie/, and they will be asked for their mobile phone number, email address, PPS number and Eircode.  Telephone registration is also available at HSELive on 1850-24-1850 for those unable to register online, and there are options for those who are deaf or hard of hearing. The portal and the phone line remain open for those aged 65 and over and we expect to start allocating appointment slots in our MidWest vaccination centres to the younger age groups as the national plan progresses.

HSE Mid West Community Healthcare – A Safe Return to Health Services:

I enclose for your information a recent publication that outlines the HSE’s plan for a safe return to health services that were suspended or reduced as a result of Covid 19.

The document provides a very useful overview of the services to be resumed, the target for their safe return and some detail on the conditions and challenges that will have to be met.  All phases have been informed by clinical guidance and prioritising patient and staff safety first.

You will find a link to the document below

https://www.hse.ie/eng/services/publications/serviceplans/safe-return-to-health-services-plan.pdf?fbclid=IwAR2O_Jj7LXA5UXZC2c6FwaLK7l2GtlSn73YxDhfCHDF8vy5D3F4RcIAOGLQ

Minister O’Gorman announces new funding schemes worth €800,000 as part of What Works Initiative:

Friday 09 April 2021

The Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman T.D., today announced two new funding schemes, worth €800,000 and aimed at supporting staff and expanding the use of technology in community and voluntary organisations working with children, young people and their families.

The two schemes form part of the Department’s What Works Initiative, which looks to maximise the impact of prevention and early intervention to improve outcomes for children and young people, and is funded through Dormant Accounts.

Alongside the two funding schemes, the Minister also launched a new Learning Strategy for the What Works initiative.

The Learning Together Fund is open for applications from today (April 9th), and will support professionals working in children, youth and family services with their learning requirements, peer interaction, project collaborations and knowledge dissemination.  There is a total of €200,000 available under this fund and organisations can apply for a maximum of €20,000.

Rethink Ireland have been allocated €600,000 in funding for the ‘Children and Youth Digital Solutions’ Fund, which  will open for applications on 15th April 2021 and  aims to help projects supporting children and young people’s services to become more efficient, transparent, inclusive and accessible by means of the innovative use of technology.

Launching the funding schemes, Minister O’Gorman said:

“These funding measures will make an important difference to the lives of children, young people and their families. They are designed to provide practical support to services focused on providing high-quality prevention and early intervention services for children, young people and their families, while encouraging the sharing of learning and collaboration.  We know that by intervening early in a child’s life, or early in the onset of difficulties, we can improve lives and address the impact of disadvantage.”

CEO of Rethink Ireland, Deirdre Mortell, said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has made our society become even more reliant on technology to learn, work and socialise.  Technology has the ability to connect us to community, to learning and to new ideas.  Unfortunately, the pandemic has also exposed the digital divide and the challenges some young people face in terms of accessing and using technology.  Therefore, it is timely that today Rethink Ireland is launching the Digital Solutions Fund.”

Finally, Minister O’Gorman announced the publication of the What Works Learning Strategy.  This strategy is intended to improve the knowledge and skills of professionals working with children, young people and their families to use prevention and early intervention.  It sets out how learning is being supported under What Works, and what the initiative will achieve in this area overall.

Minister O’Gorman said, ‘I am pleased that this strategy has been published. It sets out how we can develop more learning opportunities, ultimately to improve outcomes for children and young people, especially those who are vulnerable.  I know learning under What Works has had a significant impact already in supporting prevention and early intervention across the children’s sector and wider system through events such as our Festival of Learning , but also that there are further opportunities and needs to address in this important sector.’

More information on these funding measures, and the Learning Strategy, is available on the What Works website.

Limerick Culture & Arts Newsletter – April 9 2021:   Arts and Disability Connect funding 2021, Round 1  
Funded by the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon and managed by Arts & Disability Ireland, the Arts and Disability Connect scheme is designed to support artists with disabilities to make new and ambitious work, to develop their practice and to connect with arts organisations and arts professionals in Ireland. 

Artists can apply for 4 different awards: New Work €15,000, Research and Development €5,000, Mentoring €3,000 and Training €1,000.  The Arts and Disability Connect scheme is open to artists with disabilities working in any art form.

Application forms, guidelines, Easy Read information and dates for information sessions in Round 1 are available here: https://adiarts.ie/artists/funding/connect/
  Closing date for applications to Round 1 is 4pm, Monday 24th May, 2021.
  For further information please contact: 
Limerick Culture & Arts Office
Email: artsoffice@limerick.ie
Phone: 061 556370  

Minister O’Gorman launches the National Framework for Children and Young People’s Participation in Decision-Making:

Wednesday 14 April 2021

  • The Participation Framework will support Departments, Agencies and Organisations to improve their participation practice with children and young people.
  • Capacity Building Grant also announced to support implementation

The Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, T.D., today launched the ‘National Framework for Children and Young People’s Participation in Decision-Making’.  The Minister also announced details of an associated Capacity Building Grant to support implementation of the Framework.

The Participation Framework supports departments, agencies and organisations to improve their practice in listening to children and young people and giving them a voice in decision-making.  It is underpinned by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Developed by Hub na nÓg in association with Professor Laura Lundy, Queen’s University, the Participation Framework provides guidance and checklists for decision-makers on the steps to take in giving children and young people a meaningful voice in decision-making. The Framework has been developed in collaboration with policy makers at national and local level, teachers from early years to post-primary, gardaí, social workers, healthcare workers, arts professionals and others.

To support implementation of the Participation Framework, Minister O’Gorman also announced a new Capacity Building Grant for organisations seeking to improve their practice in involving children and young people in decision-making.

Speaking at the launch, the Minister said:

“It is imperative that children and young people feel safe, supported and respected to use their voices across all aspects of their lives.  I’m confident that this Framework with guide anyone working with children and young people to ensure that they can engage meaningfully in the policy process”.

Issued by the Press and Communications Office at the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth.
Tel: 01 647 – 3153/3032
Email: 
media@equality.gov.ie

Payments service Square launches Early Access Programme in Ireland:

Square is an all-in-one selling ecosystem that includes a free POS system and free online selling platform with integrated card payment solutions. Our aim is to give businesses all the tools they need to sell through multiple channels.

We’re looking for businesses to preview our ecosystem of integrated solutions. Participants will have access to advanced POS and payment features to optimise their business.  Qualified participants will receive complimentary hardware to get started, with additional incentives available.  Complete the form below and we’ll be in touch shortly with more information.

Payments service Square has announced an Early Access Programme for Irish retailers, making it available in the country for the first time

Square offers payments systems for online and physical retailers, including hardware for the point-of-sale and integrated software for websites and apps. The early access programme comes ahead of a planned full-scale launch here later this year.

Space is limited, so act quickly!
https://squareup.com/ie/en/irelandeap

Minister O’Gorman launches National Action Plan for Childminding (2021 – 2028):

Thursday 15 April 2021

The Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Mr Roderic O’Gorman T.D., has today launched the National Action Plan for Childminding.  The National Action Plan aims to improve access to high quality and affordable early learning and care and school-age childcare through childminding, and sets out a phased approach to bringing childminders within the scope of State-funded supports and regulation over the period 2021-2028.

Childminding offers many benefits to children and parents, but until now has received little formal recognition by the State.  Despite its many advantages and its continued popularity among parents, it has remained largely unfunded, unsupported and unregulated.

The extension of regulation to childminders, which is expected to happen within the first 2-3 years of the National Action Plan, will allow parents who use childminders to access subsidies under the National Childcare Scheme. In this way the Action Plan will support parental choice in type of provider of early learning and care and school-age childcare.   Childminders will be supported to take part in the National Childcare Scheme at the earliest possible opportunity, provided they have completed initial training requirements and meet other core regulatory requirements (e.g. Garda vetting, first aid) and go on to complete further training over a period of years.

A cornerstone of the National Action Plan is recognition of the differences between childminding and centre-based provision of early learning and care and school-age childcare.  Given the home and family setting in which childminders operate, the National Action Plan will include development of new regulations and training that are specific to childminding, amendment of legislation to allow childminders to register with Tusla, and review of the funding and financial supports available for childminders.

Speaking at the launch, Minister O’Gorman said, “I am delighted to be launching this important and long-awaited reform.  Until now there has been very little State support for childminding or public recognition of the important role that childminders play. This National Action Plan, which stresses the distinctive features of childminding, will open up a range of supports to childminders and will bring many benefits to children, to their parents, and to childminders themselves.

The National Action Plan sets out a phased approach to reform:

  • Phase 1, which will be a preparatory phase lasting 2-3 years, will involve: review of regulations, development of bespoke training and supports, detailed costings, and further consultation.
  • Phase 2, which will be a transition phase lasting 3-5 years, will see new regulations coming into force, access opened to the National Childcare Scheme, transitional training requirements, and expansion of supports.
  • Phase 3 will involve full implementation, with the end of transitional arrangements, and childminders regulated and able to access multiple supports.

Introduction of the National Action Plan was a commitment in First 5, the Whole-of-Government Strategy for Babies, Young Children and their Families and the Programme for Government. Work began in 2016 on developing the proposals that lie behind the National Action Plan, with the establishment of a Working Group on Reforms and Supports for the Childminding Sector.  The Working Group’s recommendations, which were published in 2018, formed the basis for a Draft Childminding Action Plan, which was published by the Department in 2019 for the purposes of public consultation.  The findings of the public consultation process informed the development of the National Action Plan published today.

The National Action Plan mainly addresses self-employed childminders who work in their own homes.  The Action Plan is not primarily concerned with childminders or nannies who work in the child’s home, and who are employees of the child’s parents, nor is the Action Plan primarily concerned with au pairs.  The Action Plan does, however, include an action to develop information and training resources in relation to the use of nannies and au pairs.  The Action Plan will not extend regulation to those who solely care for children who are related to them.

Draft National Strategy for Ireland to transition to a Circular Economy published

Applications Opened for the Circular Economy Innovation Grant Scheme

EPA publish new Circular Economy Programme as successor to the National Waste Prevention Programme:

The government has published a draft national strategy on how Ireland can transition to a Circular Economy and is inviting businesses, communities and citizens to contribute their views through a public consultation.

Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan TD said:

“The Circular Economy is built around ‘doing more with less’ or consuming fewer material resources to sustain our communities, homes and economy.   The model builds on sharing, reusing and reinventing materials to meet our needs and replaces the current ‘take, make, dispose’ model.  We are now developing a whole-of-Government strategy to ensure Ireland transitions to a Circular Economy and avails of the opportunities the circular economy can provide.  These opportunities include reducing waste, shrinking our carbon footprint, supporting local and regional economic development, growing new business models and providing skilled employment opportunities.”

The draft Strategy sets out what is a circular economy, why Ireland needs to achieve a circular economy and how national policy will develop to support that goal.

It has 5 key objectives:

  • To provide a national policy framework for Ireland’s transition to a circular economy;
  • To support and implement measures that significantly reduce Ireland’s circularity gap, in both absolute terms, and in comparison with other EU Member States, so that Ireland’s rate is above the EU average by 2030;
  • To raise awareness amongst households, business and individuals about the circular economy and how it can improve their lives;
  • To support and promote increased investment in the circular economy in Ireland with a view to delivering sustainable, regionally balanced economic growth and employment; and
  • To identify and address the economic, regulatory, and social barriers to Ireland’s transition to a more circular economy.

The final strategy will provide an important policy signal across the system and the markets that Ireland is committed to a transition to circularity. The government had committed to producing this strategy under the Waste Action Plan for a Circular Economy.

Our transition to a circular economy will require a whole of society effort.  To help communities make the transition to a circular economy, the government has launched a new Circular Economy Innovation Grant Scheme (CEIGS).  This grant scheme aims to support innovation and circular economy projects by social enterprises, voluntary and community organisations and businesses with less than 50 employees.  The total CEIGS is €250,000 for the 2021 call.  The maximum year 1 grant available will be €50,000 – the indicative funding range for projects is €10,000 – €50,000.

Applications for funding could focus on the thematic areas which relate to priorities for the circular economy in Ireland:  plastics, construction & demolition waste, food waste and resources & raw materials (electrical and electronic equipment, textiles, furniture).  Some examples (for illustration purposes) of the type of proposals for funding that could be considered are:

  • Redesign of products or packaging to replace non-recyclable plastic with recyclable plastic or replace virgin plastic with recyclable plastic.
  • Redesign of products for ease of recycling at end-of-life.
  • Circular construction products (products that can be reused or with increased lifespan).
  • Selective/Green demolition to enable removal of hazardous materials and facilitate reuse and recycling.
  • Promoting innovative waste prevention solutions across the food production and food processing sectors.
  • Implementing technical and behavioural interventions to reduce food waste in commercial settings.
  • Reducing the content of hazardous substances in materials and products.
  • Increase recovery of listed critical raw materials.

In line with the measures proposed in the Waste Action Plan, today also sees the launch of a consultation on Ireland’s new Circular Economy Programme, led by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This new programme builds on fifteen years of leadership by the EPA on waste prevention, including Ireland’s well-regarded food waste prevention campaign and the development of national guidance on priority topics such as Construction Waste Management and Green Public Procurement. Through its work in this area the EPA also supports Dublin’s Rediscovery Centre as the National Centre for the Circular Economy; and Circuleire – the National Circular Manufacturing Platform.

The new EPA Circular Economy Programme will be a driving force for Ireland’s move to a circular economy by businesses, householders and the public sector.  It is founded on the waste hierarchy which identifies Prevention as the priority, to be followed by: Re-Use; Repair; and Recycling. Activities within the programme will be focussed on the sectors that use the most resources and where the potential for circularity is high.  Through the programme EPA will provide insights and data to support national circular economy policy and behavioural change campaigns.  Early examples of this approach will be the development of target-driven roadmaps on Food Waste and Plastics to articulate sectoral actions required to achieve a national shift to circularity. The successful model of partnership working will also be continued and developed, with a new collaboration to grow Ireland’s reuse & repair culture.

The programme objectives are to:

  • Provide leadership to improve coherence on the development and regulation of the circular economy in Ireland.
  • Maintain a competitive programme of supports to drive the circular economy through providing innovation grants and seed-funding to nationally-relevant initiatives.
  • Implement actions that build knowledge and an evidence base to inform circular economy development in Ireland, and to report on progress towards circularity.
  • Realise the enterprise opportunity by supporting new business models; promoting resource efficiency; and retaining material value through enhanced use of secondary/recycled materials.

The public consultation on the Programme is open until 17:30, 11 June 2021.

Speaking at the launch of the programme today, Laura Burke, Director of the EPA said:

“The EPA Circular Economy Programme supports government strategy and will translate national circular ambitions into the daily activities of workplaces and homes across Ireland. Creating a resource efficient economy and resilient society requires rapid and far-reaching transformation across all sectors. This new programme will work with business leaders, public-sector exemplars and the public to change our attitudes to consumption and to develop new opportunities that meet consumer needs while reducing waste and carbon emissions. We look forward to hearing from our stakeholders with their views on the programme’s objectives and priorities.”

An Post issue stamps to mark Earth Day:

HAPPY EARTH DAY EVERYONE – Thursday 22nd April 2021

A message from An Post!!!

And just to complete the picture for Earth Day here are the two Earth Day stamps we issued this morning which we at An Post are backing up with our Sustainability pledges on Carbon emissions, Gender Balance, EVs and much more.

These two ‘For People, For Planet’ stamps, echo the United Nations call to promote awareness of the global climate challenge and sustainability, and to encourage everyone to ‘Act Now’ on Climate Change.  The stamps mark Ireland’s commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with a particular focus on Climate Action as part of the ‘For People, For Planet’ campaign.

SUSI is open for Student Grant Applications for Academic Year 2021/22:

SUSI is now open to receive applications for the 2021/22 academic year and we look forward to working with you to ensure your constituents continue to receive SUSI’s high level of service. We would like to advise the following:

Key dates for SUSI applicants in 2021

  • Priority closing date for renewal applications                   10th June 2021
  • Priority closing date for new applications                            8th July 2021

APPLY VIA –  Student Universal Support Ireland [SUSI] : SUSI

Students can contact SUSI’s Support Desk directly via email (support@susi.ie), phone (076 108 7874) or social media.

Phone lines are open Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 5pm.

Important notice for School Transport applications 2021/2022:

Bus Éireann is asking you to remind parents in your constituency to apply online for their school transport application for the 2021/2022 school year by Friday, 30 April 2021. 

This only applies to new pupils starting Primary school or moving to Post Primary in 2021/22 or those who are changing home address or school that need to apply.  

The application for primary and post primary pupils can be found online at www.buseireann.ie/schooltransport.

The School Transport scheme supports transport to and from school for children who reside remote from their nearest school. Bus Ēireann operates the school transport scheme on behalf of the Department of Education and transports over 114,000 children to and from school on a daily basis.

It is also important to point out that payment for school transport tickets will open from the 16th of June 2021 and the final deadline for payment is the last Friday in July (subject to final confirmation by the Department of Education).  Further communication will be sent to registered applicant families in relation to this deadline for payments.

School Transport services for the new school year will commence from the 26th August 2021.

Thank you,

School Transport Section, Bus Éireann

University Maternity Hospital Limerick restrictions:

A update on the easing of restrictions in Maternity Hospital Limerick.


Visiting restrictions have been in place across UL Hospitals Group, including University Maternity Hospital Limerick (UMHL) since early March 2020, and have remained in place in line with the Government’s public health guidelines for preventing transmission of COVID-19.

We have been reviewing on a weekly basis how we can relax the current visiting restrictions at UMHL in line with the recommendations of the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET), our HSE colleagues and our own expert staff.  We are now in a position to commence the gradual easing of restrictions at University Maternity Hospital Limerick on a controlled and phased basis as local transmission of COVID-19 decreases and the vaccination programme rolls out across the Mid-West.

The option of having a nominated partner present for anomaly scans has been reintroduced at the hospital this week, and from next Monday, April 26th fathers/parents of babies in the neonatal unit will be permitted to visit between 4.30pm-6.30pm, subject to activity in the unit.  

Weekly risk assessment is ongoing at the hospital with a view to giving a nominated partner 45-minute visiting slots on the hospital’s postnatal wards, M1 and M2, from May 10th 2021 between the hours of 6pm and 8pm daily.

All nominated partners must adhere to the wearing of face masks, observe hand hygiene and social distancing.  Temperature monitoring is in place at the main reception, along with the completion of a COVID-19 screening questionnaire.

These are welcome first steps in the careful, phased relaxation of the visiting restrictions that have been in force at UMHL for almost the entirety of the pandemic.  While these restrictions have been difficult, they have been necessary, and effective.  During the surge of cases in the earlier part of the year, it was more important than ever to safeguard the health of mothers and babies and our staff.  We are grateful for the cooperation of our patients and their families and the broader community.  Thanks to these sacrifices, there has been no outbreak of COVID-19 in UMHL to date.

In taking the decision to implement or relax restrictions, UMHL, like all maternity hospitals, has regard to three primary factors: the rate of COVID transmission within the local community, the number of staff in the hospital and the possibility of those staff becoming unwell, and the infrastructure of the hospital site.

UMHL is acting in accordance with the advice of the National Women and Infant’s Health Programme, whose clinical director Dr Peter McKenna earlier this week expressed hope that the decrease in community transmission, allied with immunisation of hospital staff, would enable the country’s maternity hospitals to relax access restrictions over the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, visiting on the basis of compassion grounds will continue to be facilitated, as it has been throughout the pandemic.  Birthing partners will also continue to be supported in attending the Labour Ward and Theatre.

The measures are subject to change, and hospital management will continue to review the situation on a weekly basis, to plan for the safe, controlled and phased relaxation of restrictions, and to ensure all processes are safely introduced and managed.

Oireachtas Update | April 2021 | Limerick

Welcome to eir’s Aprils newsletter

Through these monthly newsletters we aim to answer those most frequently asked questions and provide you with information which we hope you find useful.  Last month we focused on the Government’s National Broadband Plan (NBP) and the company charged with building that network, NBI.ie.  This month we share an update on the progress of eir’s 5G network and fibre delivery to new housing developments. 
eir’s 5G network now reaches more than 57% of people in Ireland.
Further Limerick locations benefit from 5G access


eir recently announced the further expansion of Ireland’s largest 5G network, which now reaches more than 57% of the Irish population and is available in a number of locations throughout Co. Limerick, including Abbeyfeale, Caherconlish, Ballyneety, Caherdavin, Raheen, Croom, Adare, Newcastlewest, Patrickswell, Limerick City, Kilmallock and Ballingarry.  eir is rapidly expanding its 5G footprint across all 26 counties, this 5G network is complemented with 4G coverage across 99% of the population of Ireland.  eir’s 5G network is available in 268 towns and cities across Ireland.  Click here to read the full list. 

eir CEO, Carolan Lennon “As we continue to live with the Covid-19 pandemic, eir is acutely aware of the importance of connectivity for customers, for business owners and for the continuation of many aspects of our lives.  Our dedicated teams are building a comprehensive 5G network for all customers and I am proud to see the rollout of eir’s 5G network continue at-pace, despite public health restrictions.  The transformation of our mobile network ensures that eir offers the best coverage and connectivity to our customers in every corner of Ireland, enabling our customers to live, work and connect reliably and at speed, wherever they choose in the country.” 
 

A question we sometimes receive is why do some residents of new housing developments experience delays when ordering their broadband connection for the first time?
 

There are a number of factors that influence the time it takes for the delivery of fibre broadband into a new housing development. 

  • When the housing developer is building the estate they must build ducting, the infrastructure which will facilitate fibre connectivity.  Open eir works with the housing developer on specifications, if required, and when the ducting is complete, open eir installs the fibre through the estate in line with the completion of ducting from the developer. 
  • As this work progresses open eir updates its systems around the build progress in an estate and connects the estate to open eir’s core national network. 
  • The infrastructure can then go live but orders cannot be taken until eircodes are in place and this is where delays can occur.  Open eir’s fibre inventory is attached to an eircode. 
  • When the relevant phase of the estate build is complete, and people move into houses, they can place orders when their eircode updates on open eir’s systems.
  • That process can however take a number of months for the eircode to (a) be assigned and (b) flow through An Post’s systems onto open eir’s systems through the quarterly GeoDirectory/eircode updates. 
  • When the eircode has updated on open eir’s systems, the eircode moves onto the open eir ordering system.  All broadband service providers using the eir network now get visibility that the home qualifies for fibre, orders can now be placed.
  • We continue to work with developers to ensure timely installation of fibre once the ducting infrastructure is complete and we are working with all parties in industry to identify opportunities for systematic assignment of eircodes to new builds as utility services such as electricity are connected.  We will continue to work to shorten any delays for new homes in ordering fibre broadband.

Full Rail Schedule Resumes From Tuesday 4th May:

 
Iarnród Éireann has advised customers that its full weekday timetable will resume across the network from Tuesday 4th May. A revised and reduced schedule has been in operation since 11th January, with some additional services operating since schools resumed attendance. However, in order to be able to accommodate an increased number of customers with COVID-19 capacity restrictions in place, the full schedule will operate from Tuesday next.  This is with the exception of Ballybrophy to Limerick via Nenagh services, where line works are continuing; bus transfers will replace scheduled services on this line, with minor time alterations. Customers are reminded that under Level 5 arrangements: Only essential travel is permitted Face coverings are mandatory on rail services and in stations, unless a customer is medically exempt25% of on board capacity is available for use Intercity travel must be booked in advance of travel Alcohol is not permitted on any rail services, and catering services are suspended on board Full timetable details are available at www.irishrail.ie – customers should check times before travel for journeys from Tuesday 4th May, as there are some minor revisions to departure times. Under measures announced by Government yesterday evening, capacity available for use on board our services will increase from 25% to 50% from Monday 10th May, in line with reopening of sectors of our society and economy. Iarnród Éireann will continue to ensure a safe and sanitised travelling environment for our customers and working environment for our employees with measures including: We are thoroughly and regularly cleaning trains, and customer touch points on trains and in stations. We have seat markers in trains and in stations to ensure appropriate distancing. Our colleagues are wearing face coverings, and are provided with hand sanitiser and other PPE necessary for their roles. Hand sanitiser units are in all 144 stations on our network.  Up to 50 stations are equipped with dedicated vending machines, from which face coverings, personal hand sanitiser and gloves are available for customers. We are working with the Gardaí, who are supporting us in ensuring that travel is essential.  Full details on rail travel arrangements during COVID-19 are available here
 
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Long Term Residential Care Facilities – Visiting

The benefits of vaccination in Nursing Homes and long-term residential care facilities are now very clear with a dramatic drop in the number of residents and staff developing severe disease.

New visitation guidance agreed by NPHET represents another step to support residents in long term residential care facilities in maintaining meaningful relationships with their family and friends. From yesterday, nursing home residents – in which most residents are fully vaccinated – can expect 4 visits with 2 people per week.

I have attached a leaflet which provides information for residents and visitors about enjoying visits in a way that keeps the risk of COVID-19 as low as possible.

Visiting in nursing homes and other residential care facilities is very important to the health and wellbeing of residents and their families and friends.  This leaflet gives information for residents and visitors about enjoying visits in a way that keeps the risk of COVID-19 as low as possible.

When someone is fully vaccinated the chance of getting serious COVID-19 disease and of dying from COVID-19 is much lower.  This means it is safer to have more visiting.  But there is still a need to be careful because protection from the vaccine is not perfect, there is a high level of spread of COVID-19 in many parts of the country and the vaccine may not work very well against some types of the virus.

This leaflet is mainly about indoor face-to-face visiting in the nursing home or residential care facility.  Other ways to keep in touch such as window visits, outdoor visits and telephone/video visits are very useful also.  However these are in addition to and not instead of indoor visits in your room or another room in the building. 

This leaflet is written mainly for residents.  The information is also useful to visitors and staff.  As a resident it is up to you to decide if you want to have visitors and who you want to have to visit you.  There is a lot more detail in the updated HPSC guidance for visiting Long Term Residential Care Facilities (version V2.1 23.04.2021).   We will continue to update the guidance as we move through the COVID-19 pandemic.

How often can I expect to see visitors?

If most people in your nursing home (8 out of 10) have been vaccinated you can now expect to have up to 4 visits per week with up to 2 people per visit.  

Even if no one in the home has been vaccinated you should expect to be able to see one person twice a week.

If visits are not happening the nursing staff or the person in charge of the nursing home or residential care facility should talk to you about that and explain the reason why there is limited visiting and for how long this will go on. 

If there are times when you are very ill or very upset and need extra visits you should talk to the nursing staff  about how that can be arranged.   You can also ask someone to talk to the nursing staff for you.  If there are times when you don’t want to see visitors or you only want to see some people but not others you should talk to the nursing staff.

How many different people can visit?

There is no limit to the number of different people who can visit you, but it is at most two at a time.  If there are a large number of people you want to see they will need to take turns to visit you.

Can children visit?

Yes, if they are of school age, are supervised and can keep to the rules in the home.

How long can the visits be?

The home may ask the visitor to limit how long they stay to make sure there are not too many people visiting the nursing home at the same time and that there is time for everyone that wants visits to have them.  The nursing staff will be able to tell you about this. 

You should be able to see your visitor for a least an hour if you want to, but if you prefer a shorter visit that is OK. If you prefer a long visit that is also OK as long as the home is able to manage that along with the visits that other people need.

If I have not had the vaccine yet is it OK for me to see visitors?

Yes. The guidelines say visits are OK if you have not had the vaccine.  If you have not had the vaccine the risk of seeing visitors for you is a higher than it is for people who took the vaccine.  The risk is lower if your visitors are vaccinated.  The risk is also lower for you if you already had COVID-19 in the last 6 months.

Are there times when people should not visit?

Your friends and family will need to stay away from the home

  • if they have any symptoms of COVID-19 infection or of any other infection
  • if they have been told they are a COVID-19 contact. 

What do visitors have to do?

  • Visitors have to contact the home to arrange the time of the visit.
  • Visitors will have to sign in.
  • Visitors will have to answer some questions and may have a temperature check when they arrive for the visit.
  • Visitors have to clean their hands before they start the visit.
  • During the visit your visitors will wear a surgical mask when moving around the nursing home and in shared areas. They do not have to wear gloves or aprons or gowns.
  • If you and your visitor are both fully vaccinated you do not have to wear a mask when you are alone together in your room or in another room during the visit.  Visitors should clean their hands when they go into and out of the room.
  • Visitors should not visit other people in the home when they come to see you and they need to follow the directions of the staff about coming into the building and leaving the building.

Can visitors bring in things for me?

Yes. There is no reason why they can’t bring you books, papers, magazines pictures, keep-sakes or a favourite food.

Is it safe to go out for a drive or a visit home with a visitor?

If you and your visitor are both fully vaccinated and most other people in the home are vaccinated then going for a drive with that visitor should usually be OK. If you are leaving the car always follow the current public health advice about keeping distance from other people and attending to hand hygiene and masks. If you and your driver are both fully vaccinated, you do not need to wear face coverings when alone together in the car. You do not need to stay in your room when you return from your drive.

What happens if there is an outbreak?

If there is an outbreak of COVID-19 in the home there may be very little visiting for a time but that should be based on advice from public health and visiting should start again as soon as practically possible.

Minister Ryan Announces €5m Additional Funding For Litter Prevention And Cleaning As Ireland Prepares For An Outdoor Summer:

2020 National Litter Pollution Monitoring System Results show cigarette litter, packaging litter, food-related litter and plastic litter to be the main causes of litter in our communities

Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan TD has today (5 May 2021) announced €5m in additional funding for litter infrastructure and awareness campaigns to encourage people to dispose of their rubbish thoughtfully.

As the economy re-opens, and Ireland prepares for an outdoor summer, we will enjoy a much higher level of outdoor dining and socialising, and local authorities have had to increase their spending on recycling and litter facilities. 

The Minister said:

“I am providing this extra funding to support local authorities so we can all enjoy an outdoor summer in a pleasant environment.   The funding will add more recycling and litter facilities to meet increased demand – but it’s also up to all of us to clean up our act when it comes to litter, and make a conscious effort to leave no trace.”

The Minister has sought an immediate mapping of bin infrastructure to identify optimum placement of new bins and to pin point where smart solar-compacting bins could be feasible.  Minister Ryan will also seek to harmonise the local authority response to the litter issue, to centralise procurement of materials, so that quality litter pickers, gloves, dog litter bags and bins are available.  The aim will be to reduce costs, reduce duplication of effort and to harmonise the quality of product.

As well as the €5madditional funding to the Local Authorities for litter infrastructure, the Minister today confirmed that a further €3 million in funding will be provided to local authorities in support of the 2021 Anti-Dumping Initiative, which, since its inception in 2017 has supported the delivery of over 300 projects, many involving local community groups and resulted in the removal of over 10,000 tonnes of illegally dumped waste from our landscape.

The Minister has also approved €225k in funding for An Taisce in support of an extended 2021 National Spring Clean programme, which this year will run through the summer months due to the effect of the ongoing Covid situation on their traditional timetable.

Members of the Irish Waste Management Association in every county in Ireland have agreed to work with DECC to develop proposals that will assist with litter clean ups in local communities.  This will be in addition to existing efforts undertaken by local communities to deal with the litter problem and is a very welcome development. DECC will also consider what additional enforcement supports can be applied, whether legislative or financial.

Today also marks the publication of the 2020 National Litter Pollution Monitoring System (NLPMS) Results. The NLPMS Results provide important statistical data on the extent, causes and composition of litter in Ireland.

In announcing the publication of the 2020 Results, Minister Ryan acknowledged the role being played by both local authorities and communities in tackling Ireland’s litter challenges and noted new proposals to combat litter.

Minister Ryan said:

“The results show that despite increased reporting of incidents of littering and illegal dumping during the Covid lockdown, the situation on the ground  improved during 2020.   We need to ensure that this is replicated in 2021

There was an upsurge in the number of volunteers in 2020 who gave their time to contribute to making their communities litter free and we should not take their efforts for granted.

I am determined that this positive community spirit is recognised and supported and I will continue to steer investment towards programmes aimed at tackling littering and illegal dumping in a collaborative manner.”

While the solutions to litter have been provided locally by communities and local authority staff, 2020 also proves that a significant source of the problem is also local. With travel restrictions, we can no longer imagine that fly-tipping is entirely the work of passing strangers.

DECC continues to promote and support a number of environmental awareness raising programmes, including the Green Schools Programme, aimed at educating our young people on all aspects of the environment and the Anti-Litter and Anti-Graffiti Awareness Grants Scheme (ALAGS) which provides funding to local authorities to support community groups and raise awareness of litter issues. ALAGS will receive circa €745k in 2021.

The composition figures underscore the relative presence of cigarette-related litter, packaging litter, food-related litter and plastic litter. These are items which have associated initiatives in Ireland’s Waste Action Plan. The introduction of the Deposit and Return Scheme should also prove to have a significant impact.  The trend here will be monitored in future reports.

In summary, the 2020 National Litter Pollution Monitoring System Results reveal that –

  • The percentage of unpolluted (LPI 1) areas increased significantly from 17.3% in 2019 to 23.2% in 2020, while taken together, the percentage of unpolluted (LPI 1) and slightly polluted (LPI 2) areas combined increased by 1.5% over the period, indicating an improvement in litter pollution levels from 2019 to 2020.
  • The main constituent elements of litter pollution nationwide in 2020 were cigarette-related litter (46.5%), packaging items (21.9%), food-related litter (11%) and sweet-related litter (9.5%).
  • The main causative factors of litter pollution nationally were identified as follows: passing pedestrians (40.6%), passing motorists (23.7%), retail outlets (8.7%), gathering points (5.3%) and places of leisure/entertainment (4.1%).

The 2020 NLPMS Results will be available in full on www.litter.ie

Our Rural Future: Minister Humphreys Announces €15 million Fund To Revitalise Rural Towns & Villages:

I would urge any community groups or businesses to contact their local authority to discuss possible funding for derelict properties within their area.  This is a huge funding boost to regenerate our towns and villages whilst bringing well needed housing and employment opportunities to our communities.

From Department of Rural and Community Development 

Published on 3 May 2021

Last updated on 3 May 2021

·    Tackling dereliction a key focus of new enhanced Town and Village Renewal Scheme

·    Funding available to turn vacant buildings in town centres into remote working hubs, enterprise spaces, cultural, tourism and community hubs

·    Scheme encourages Collaborative Projects to upgrade shop fronts and inject street facades with colour and vibrancy

·    Investment in green spaces in town centres

·    Marketing Campaigns to attract remote workers to rural Ireland

·    Grants from €20,000 to €500,000 available

The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, has today (Monday, May 3rd) announced €15 million in funding to help revitalise rural towns and villages post Covid-19.

The Town and Village Renewal Scheme is designed to breathe new life into rural communities – making them more attractive places to live, work, socialise and raise a family.

The initiative is a key part of Our Rural Future – the Government’s five year strategy to revitalise rural Ireland.

The measures that will be supported by the 2021 Town and Village Renewal Scheme include:

·    Tackling dereliction in town centres

·    Turning vacant properties into remote working and community spaces

·    Supporting Local Authorities to run innovative marketing campaigns targeted at attracting remote workers to their county

·    Investing in green spaces, parks and recreational amenities

·    Upgrading and improving shop fronts & streetscapes on Main Streets

·    Projects that support and enhance the night time economy and add vibrancy to town centres

The Town and Village Renewal Scheme is administered through the Local Authorities, who are required to work closely with local communities and local businesses to develop and implement proposals.

The previous maximum grant of €200,000 has been increased to €500,000 under this year’s scheme so that projects of scale can be supported.

Launching the Scheme today, Minister Humphreys said:

“As part of the Government ambitious new rural development policy, Our Rural Future, I am determined to make our rural towns and villages vibrant and attractive places to live, work, socialise and raise a family.”

“As part of the €15 million Fund I am announcing today, I want to see innovative and exciting projects coming forward that will make a real and lasting difference in our rural towns and villages.”

“The focus of this year’s scheme is to renovate derelict and vacant buildings in our town centres and give them a new purpose – whether it is for remote working, cultural or community use. I have increased the maximum grant to €500,000 this year so that projects of scale and ambition can be put forward.”

“I also want to see Local Authorities engaging with local businesses and property owners on our main streets and putting forward collaborative projects to upgrade shop fronts and enhance our streetscapes.  Support is also available for murals in our town centres, perhaps dedicated to local cultural or sporting personalities and events.  This is all about adding colour and vibrancy to our towns and villages making them more attractive places to live, work in and visit.”

“Most importantly, I want to seize the momentum around remote working and for that reason, I am supporting Local Authorities to run innovative marketing campaigns highlighting what their area has to offer in terms of remote working facilities as well as cultural and recreational amenities.  This is about showcasing our rural towns and villages with the aim of attracting remote workers and the so called ‘digital nomads’ to come and live in rural Ireland.”

Virgin Media’s ‘Backing Business’ Initiative Announces €100,000 Programme To Support Limerick City & County Businesses With Digital Transformation Packages:

I’m delighted to update you that Virgin Media’s new #BackingBusiness initiative, in collaboration with Digital Business Ireland (DBI), Permanent TSB, Milk Bottle Labs and Munster Local Enterprise Offices, has announced a €100,000 programme which will select and support five businesses across Munster with bespoke digital transformation packages. This is open now for applications until 18th May and businesses in Limerick City & County are invited to enter on https://www.virginmedia.ie/business/backing-business/

The aim of the initiative is to help small businesses benefit from new online consumer spending patterns with support from industry experts to help raise their ecommerce offering to the next level. Overall it will exemplify how businesses can compete online and create further opportunities for growth.

Five businesses across Munster will be selected to get a share of the overall €100,000 in support and will also benefit hugely from the expertise and insights of each of the Virgin Media ‘Backing Business’ partners. This includes one year of free Fibre Business Broadband with Virgin Media Business, an online Shopify Store built by Milk Bottle Labs and business development support and full membership of Digital Business Ireland’s extensive network.  They will also receive mentoring in digital marketing from their Local Enterprise Office and the overall initiative is supported with programme funding from Permanent TSB.

Virgin Media – Backing Business initiative:

The new #BackingBusiness initiative, in collaboration with Digital Business Ireland (DBI), Permanent TSB, Milk Bottle Labs and Munster Local Enterprise Offices, has now opened for applications.

Businesses throughout Limerick City and County can enter here https://www.virginmedia.ie/business/backing-business/

What will successful applicants receive?

5 businesses will get a chance to be supported with all the following:

●        A Shopify Store built by Milk Bottle Labs (value of €10,000).

●        One year of free Fibre Business Broadband with Virgin Media Business.

●        Free membership, support and advocacy with Digital Business Ireland.

●        Mentoring and training in digital marketing with Local Enterprise Offices.

●        #BackingBusiness advocacy and media exposure.

●        Funded and supported by permanent tsb.

Ballylanders Ladies Football ‘Split the Pot’ Draw Result – Saturday 8th May


Winner:                 Congratulations to Des Blade.

Jackpot:                 €149.

Next Draw:            Saturday 22nd May 2021.

Draw takes place every Fortnight on Saturdays at 10pm.  Thank you for your continued support. 

Ballylanders GAA Club Fortnightly Lotto Results – Saturday 1st May:

Numbers:              6, 9, 11, 24.

Winner:                 No Match 4 winner.  5 Lucky Dip winners of €20 each,

                              1. Sue Cleary (online),  2. Kieran McCarthy, 

                              3. Niamh and Leanne Lonergan, 4. Dave Lonergan (Online), 

                              5. Mary Daly.

Next Draw:            Saturday 15th May 2021.

Next Jackpot:        €7,400

Thanks you for your continued support.

Parish Newsletter:


Send your emails to coshleanewsletter@gmail.com.  By Tuesday or Wednesday.   All information to be in by 4.00pm on Wednesday, of the week it goes to print please.  You can now view our Newsletter online at www.Ballylanders.com.  We can now add pictures to the online Newsletter please send in with your news, you can email us or drop it in and we will do the work for you.  To ensure that the Ballylanders Newsletter can keep running we would like to ask Readers New and Old if they would like to contribute to the running costs.  If this is something you would like to do please see below Account Details, we at Ballylanders Newsletter, would like to Thank You all in advance for your continued support in this, essential community project. 

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We are delighted to announce the launch of Our Parish Fundraiser. This is an online lotto which will greatly assist with supplementing our parish income which has been so badly affected by Covid 19. All money raised will go directly to the upkeep of the church now and into the future and your support is greatly appreciated. The first draw with take place on Thursday the 13thof May at 8pm. Anyone interested in joining will be able to sign up online. We hope the weekly option of €2 per line will allow everybody to support us but if you can contribute 3 lines for €5 it would be much appreciated. 

To sign up you will need to go to the website www.ourfundraiser.ie/org/ballylanders

A link to the website is here on the Facebook page and we will be providing information leaflets in the coming days. 

Our first jackpot will begin at €500 and will increase weekly to €5000. We will have a guaranteed lucky dip winner of €25 every week!

Everyone has a chance of winning and it could be you. Please invite your friends, neighbour’s and family to take part. And keep an eye on the Ballylanders Church Facebook page, our parish newsletter and website for updates on the lotto.