Greetings from Bruff to be sent across the globe for the Gathering

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

Henry Healy displays the new postcards from Bruff during his visit to the town to launch the Gathering celebrations
SCENES from Bruff are set to go worldwide in the form of five new postcards which have been produced to promote the locality.

SCENES from Bruff are set to go worldwide in the form of five new postcards which have been produced to promote the locality.

Bruff Heritage Group have produced a series of postcards depicting scenes of local interest - some modern and some from the past - which they hope will be sent by locals to their relatives and friends around the globe.

“Five cards have been produced and over time new cards will be also published depicting different scenes from around Bruff,” explained Paul Dennehy, chairman of Bruff Heritage Group.

The launch of the cards coincided with a visit to Bruff by Henry Healy from Moneygall who is the eighth cousin of US President, Barack Obama.

Henry, who is community activation leader for Ireland Reaching Out, was invited to Bruff by the community council to launch their plans for their Gathering which will be held in Bruff from July 1 to July 7.

As part of his visit, Bruff Heritage Group invited Henry to officially launch their collection of postcards.

Among those who turned out to support Bruff Heritage Group in their launch was local hurling heroes Paul Browne and Shane Irwin.

“Before Henry left, he was presented with a set of postcards from Bruff and it was suggested that he may wish to send one to his cousin in America,” said Paul.

During his visit, Henry also encouraged the people of Bruff to capitalise on their close links to another US president, John F Kennedy.

Thomas Fitzgerald - JFK’s great-grandfather on his mother’s side - was born in Bruff in 1823.

The postcards which include old street scenes and scenic views of the town cost €1 and all proceeds from the sale of the cards will be used to fund various other projects which Bruff Heritage Group are involved in.

The postcards are available from any member of the group and are also available in Paddy’s Sweet Shop. Any other retail outlet who would like to stock the cards are asked to contact Bruff Heritage Group.

Meanwhile, another big event taking place in Bruff to coincide with the Gathering celebrations will be the election of the town’s very own Taoiseach.

Among the first decisions of the new Taoiseach will be to announce a new cabinet.

Breaking with the tradition of assigning portfolios to individuals, it is widely expected that the new Taoiseach will opt to assign portfolios to various groups within the Bruff area.

It is expected that the Department of Finance will go to the community council, while the Department of Sport will be hotly contested between Bruff Rugby Club, Bruff United and Bruff GAA!