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White Christmas

IF you’re dreaming of a white Christmas in Limerick then bookies will pay out cool hard cash if you’re proved right. Paddy Power are offering odds of 4/1 that a single snowflake will fall on the city on December 25. Sharon McHugh of Paddy Power says they stand to lose a six figure sum if it snows on Christmas Day.

Local movie success

HOLLYWOOD blockbuster Inkheart which has just been released in the cinemas has a Limerick connection. Concept designer Norman Walshe from Castletroy View worked on many of the background scenes of the fantasy movie.

Jennifer’s exhibition

PHOTOGRAPHY student Jennifer Walsh is opening her first photographic exhibition in Limerick City Museum at 7pm on Tuesday, December 16. Brian Hodkinson, assistant curator, will officially open it.

Let yourself

LIMERICK Racecourse is gearing up for it’s traditional Four Day Racing Festival, which takes place at Greenmount Park from December 26 to 29. Sponsored once again by Guinness up to 40,000 punters are expected through the gates over the course of the proceedings, with almost €500,000 in prize money up for grabs.

Concert Hall

THE University Concert Hall has announced the appointment of David Collopy to the position of company general manager, responsible for all aspects of the day to day operation of the venue. This post was created as a response to the ongoing growth in the number and variety of performances at both University Concert Hall and LIT Millennium Theatre and the board’s desire to pursue a New Vision for the future of UCH.

Past and present in southside calendar By DONAL O’REGAN

A GROUP of Southside women have captured everything good about their community in a new calendar and DVD.

The Southside Women’s Group have 28 members and they all helped put the calendar and DVD together, which is launched this week Project worker Brid Lyons said that at the start of the project the ladies were talking about the film Calendar Girls and how they couldn’t do that. “And a couple of months later here they are with their very own calendar and DVD,” said Ms Lyons. The project, which was run from Southill Family Resource Centre, started in September. The ladies, who are mainly from Southill, were helped by professional photographer Pat Mullins at the beginning, but they were soon out on their own. “He taught the women to capture not only the outer images of photography but also an understanding of inner-self and self-identity,” explained Brid. “They took photographs of their community and themselves, and combined those with pictures from the past,” she added. “The calendar and DVD is called Present and Past and because the photos were so good, the group decided to go one step further and make a DVD. It contains footage of new and old Southill, and of people in their community. However, the women,

At the launch of the Southside Women's Group 2009 Calendar were: Anne Lawlor, Anne Kinsella, Breda McNamara, Mabel Mescall and Mary Frawley (LL) who were in their midtwenties to forties, learned a lot more than just how to take a good photograph. “It was a very successful project not only for the quality of the photographs but because of the bonding between the women. They gelled as a group. It really helped to build confidence,” said Ms Lyons. “It was a great achieve-

ment by all the women and has really boosted community spirit,” she added. The calendar and DVD is being sold as a package and costs €10. The proceeds go to the Southside Domestic Abuse Project and they’re are available from the Southill Family Resource Centre. “It is fitting that by their efforts the Southside Women's

Group will be helping other women to emerge from isolation and overcome disadvantage,” said Ms Lyons. And she stresses that the Southside Women’s Group is open to everyone. “If you have nothing to do and would like to get involved just give us a ring at 061- 440250 at Southill Family Resource Centre,” she concludes.

Call for CAB profilers

LIMERICK needs more than two CAB profilers, according to Deputy Kieran O’Donnell who attended a recent meeting of the Joint Policing Committee. The Fine Gael deputy called for a full unit of CAB to be properly resourced in the city to tackle gangland criminals.


Liz Price and Mary Timmons, Limerick Womens Network and Pat Mullins at the launch

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