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Trauma of Southill kids as bad as in war zone

Southill children are as traumatized as children living in war zones according to a renowned education psychologist.

In an open letter to Limerick City Council, the parish priest of Southill, describes the shocking findings of psychologist Stuart Shankar, who spent time in the troubled estate last year.

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People need help now not later, says Boston activist

I DRIVE up to O'Malley Park and Southill these days and it's very depressing how bad things have got," says Billy Higgins, the retired Boston businessman who has donated thousands of euro to the community for over the past 20 years.

Billy is sitting in a cafe in Roxboro on the day Limerick Regeneration Agency publishes the master plan that aims to transform Southill over the next 10 years.  He recognizes the history of the occaission but he says people living in Southill need help now and not just over the course of the next decade.  Existing problems can't be put on the long finger with the promise of regeneration.

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Grandmothers despair at being forced from Southill

Local Criminals in Southill are forcing families from their homes through campaigns of intimidation and violence[/caption]Criminal intimidation tearing the heart of the community, as Council services all but ceases

    A CITY grandmother who was forced to abandon her house in Southill after a campaign of intimidation as described how seeing her house being demolished on TV "tore through my heart".

The woman, who wishes to be known only as J., had been forced out by "gangs of teenagers and children as young as six or seven" and at the bidding of local criminals.

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Adare choir ‘on song’ for US trip

An Adare based choir will travel to Boston this July to do a series of fund raising concerts in aid of both needy local and American schools.


Twenty-two members of the Holy Trinity Choir will take part in 12 concerts over 10 days and half the funds raised will stay in the Boston parishes where they perform and half will be brought home to benefit Southill Junior School and Adare’s Holy Trinity School.

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The South Boston to Southill, Ireland, Connection

Southie's Billy Higgins Has Built a Charitable Bridge Between the Communities Retired South Boston businessman Billy Higgins says "I've been blessed in life. That's why it's so important for me to give back to others." In Higgin's case, a great many of the "others" who have benefited - and continue to benefit - since 1985 from his commitment live in Southill housing project, just outside Limerick. Higgins, who has traveled numerous times to the neighborhood, is the founder of the Southill Children's Fund, which through a variety of educational and sports programs, has made an immense difference in the lives of the neighborhood's young. Continue reading