Archive for June, 2016


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

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

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

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

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

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NATIONAL YOUTH FINALS FOR LIMERICK : Young people from across Ireland, including Limerick, will descend on the Treaty City in the first weekend of July, as Limerick Youth Service hosts the national finals of Youth Work Ireland’s Youth Factor and Youth Games.The Youth Factor will see some of Ireland’s most talented teens take to the stage at the Lime Tree Theatre on Saturday July 2 where they will compete in four categories : Dance, Performance Music & Song. Tickets for this event, which promises to be an afternoon of great family entertainment, cost just €5 and will available on the door but you can pre purchase them at
On Sunday, July 3, attention switches to the University Arena, as Ireland’s future sports stars take part in competitions that include: basketball, football, chess, draughts and unihoc. The action gets underway at 11:15am and a morning of great skill, fun and excitement await the Limerick public. Limerick Youth Service will be represented at both events by teenagers from LYS’s youth clubs in Askeaton-Ballysteen, Cappagh, Clonlara, Foynes, Newcasltewest (Domain) and the Laff Caff Youth Café.

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