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A newly-formed orchestra (musical ensemble) will perform at St. Mary's Cathedral on this coming Sunday, beginning at 6pm. This is a free concert and everyone is most welcome. Thanks for that marvelous and informative media vehicle, that is radio, and particularly, Lyric FM, which is where I learned of this concert.​


“Later on, King's Island was bounded by four bridges – Thomond Bridge (first builtin 1210 – present bridge erected in 1838) Mathew Bridge (built in 1846, in honour of Father Theobold Mathew, leader of the Temperance Movement) Baal's Bridge (Droichead Maol, the Bald Bridge, built in 1831) and Park Bridge, 1793, rebuilt as O'Dwyer Bridge in memory of Bishop Edward Thomas O'Dwyer (1886-1917). By 1934 there were 455 houses built in St. Mary's Park and later in Assumpta Park (1959) and Lee Estate (1980) and more recently 26 houses in Lee Estate (2001), (From “Light On The Past” 2001, by the late Canon Connellan) ​


Over the coming weeks Ardscoil Mhuire's Student Representative Council (SRC) will start to take shape as students elect the members of their class groups who will represent their interests. In the meantime, ASM is extremely proud to announce the result of another very important election. Congratulations to Sixth Year student Ciara Marnell on her election to the position of Head Girl. Congratulations are also due to Olivia O'Donoghue, who will serve as Deputy Head Girl for the coming school year. Both students have already represented ASM and its students publicly, as Olivia hosted the parents/guardians at last week's Open Night whilst Ciara delivered a passionate speech on her experience as an Ardscoil Mhuire student. On behalf of Ardscoil Mhuire's entire school community, well done and the very best of luck!​


Carrigeen Moss grew plentifully along Kilkee coastline but its value wasn’t discovered until 1830. During the Famine at that time, the Moss was first used as food and was found to be very nutritious. It soon became a food for infants and invalids. Even the Kilkee had the reputation as a very good place to come where people could be cured for injuries or pains of the joints. Patients would be rubbed with seaweed that had been boiled into a jelly. The benefit of the sea water was also an aid to good healing.


“King's Island was one of the first settlements of the native Irish and later Danes and Anglo Normans in early centuries. History, folklore and archaeology have combined to five us a fairly clear picture of the lives of these early dwellers whose main source of livelihood was fishing from the River Shannon and its branch called the Abbey River. The Island itself was formed by the silt and gravel washed down, accumulating over thousands (if not millions) of years, just below the bend in the River Shannon. The early annalists called the island 'Inis Siobhtan' and after the Vikings settlement by the middle of the ninth century it was known as 'Inis an Ghaill Dubh' (island of the dark foreigner), later on it came to be known as King's Island after King John's Castle.” (The first of four pieces from the pen of the late Canon Connellan, who was PP in our Parish for a number of years and what an erudite work he produced, entitled, “Light on the Past” leaving his footprints firmly planted within our enviable ancient midst.)​



Many worthwhile, really good people have passed through our city over several decades, and such are worthy of constant remembrance for the footprint, of whatever ilk, they have left behind. Case in point here, is the highly-intelligent, bi-lingual, literary figure of the late Séamus Ó'Cinnéide, who rode around on his bicycle, a man who had time to talk to people, and also one, I glean, that was no respecter of position. In other words, he had time for one and all. In his appraisal of Séamus, the highly-accomplished writer, Desmond O'Grady, being then domiciled in Rome, (now deceased) sent in an excellent piece to the 'Limerick Leader' which appeared on April 3rd, 1993. As space, understandably, does not allow, to cite the writer's submission in its entirety, I have chosen an interesting snatch therefrom.​



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