LÁ LE PÁDRAIG: This Sunday we celebrate the feast of St. Patrick Patron Saint of Ireland. It is an important for our Irish emigrants who are domiciled throughout the world. Major cities in the U.K. and in the United States becomes honourable Irish. This goes back to the hundreds of thousands of our emigrants who would have emigrated during and after the Famine tragedy which struck our country. “Black 47” is one of the blackest periods in Irish History when the |Irish departed in substandard boats which were named the “Coffin Ships” where many of our Irish died on their way to start a new life. Many were buried at sea. This year is a special year, the year of the “Gathering” when many of our Diaspora will be visiting the parishes in June this year Croom will see the visit of our Diaspora from Chicago, the Cagney family who emigrated from Carrow and the Noonan family from Ballyelan/Ballingarry. The gathering of the Noonans and the Cagneys will take place at the Woodlands House Hotel on Friday 14th June. On the previous day there will have been a gathering on Thursday 13th at the Community Hall, Ballingarry where parishioners will have celebrated the visit of their emigrant relatives in Croom. The family members will attend the 150 year commemoration of the National School. It is expected that many of the past pupils will visit the school during that week’s celebration. Many generations of families would have received their early education in the boys and girls National School. A book launch of the History of the National School in Croom will take place in the National School on the 14th June headed up by Ms. Mary McDonnell Principal of the school. The local parishes will be giving a Céad Míle Fáilte to our emigrant visitors in celebrating the “Gathering” Year.
JOEY HANNAN ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION : The Joey Hannan Memorial Fun Run and Walk takes place again this year on St. Patrick’s Day. As with other years, the Walk is a 6 Km walk. However, 4Km has been added to the run, making it a 10K. event. The Walk will start at 1.15 pm and the race will start at 2pm. The Entry fee for the 6Km Walk is €10 per family. Entry fees for the Run are €15.00 per individual on the day of the race but if you book on line in advance on www.joeyhannanrun.webs.com, you can register for €10.00.
Prizes will be given to the 1st. 3 Male and Female Runners and also, there will be prizes for the 1st. over 40, 45, 50 & 55 Male and Female Runners.
There won’t be any Raffle tickets sold this year. However, a Cake Sale will be held on the day to raise much needed funds for the two beneficiaries – namely The Chernobyl Children’s Trust & Croom Church Heating Fund. A Traditional Irish night will be held on St. Patrick’s night in the hall at Coláiste Chiaráin. A wide variety of local storey telling, singing and musical talent will be available for all to enjoy on the night. As with other years, it is expected that there will be a huge turnout again this year for this most enjoyable day in Croom Community.
CROOM ENTERPRISE PARK OPENS : Croom is delighted to announce that its state of the art Enterprise Park is now open for business. This brand new building offers a wide choice of office space ranging from Hot Desks and small offices to Virtual Offices and training facilities to suit any requirement of existing or new businesses. The Enterprise Park is conveniently located 3 minutes off the N20 Cork Limerick road and only 35 minutes from Shannon airport. The concept of Hot Desks is suited to those who wish to start their business in an economical manner. They are suited to those who work remotely from head office, on the road or even from home and would like to have a professional office space.
HOT DESK SPACE: Access to a work ready Hot Desk space in a shared office provides the freedom of a desk in a supportive environment including direct dial telephone and answering service, limited storage space, high speed broadband, reception/ administration services, canteen facilities, shared office equipment, onsite IT support, preferential
access to meeting/ training/ conference rooms and free car parking. Virtual Offices are suitable for businesses that require a postal address but do not wish to occupy
an office within the Enterprise Park. Clients can use the centre address as their registered business address thereby enhancing their corporate image. All client post will be accepted and forwarded to a designated address and phone calls will be redirected to a nominated telephone number.
MEETING AND TRAINING ROOMS: The meeting and training rooms are available to rent on a half day or full day basis and include the option to hire conference IT equipment. Facilities for refreshments can also be provided. Croom Enterprise Park is very privileged to have as the anchor tenant Limerick Institute of Technology, one of Irelands most progressive Institute of Technology who will offer a range of business training programmes for tenants of the Park and to outside businesses also. The activity of the Enterprise Park will be managed by Belinda Murphy, who is formerly of Ballyhoura Development Ltd and Glen Dimplex. She will be on hand to mentor, train and advise tenants with their business issues and make referrals as appropriate. If you are aware of any businesses which may be interested in the services offered by the Enterprise Park, please direct all queries to Belinda Murphy, Business Development Manager, Croom Enterprise Park, Belinda@croomenterprisepark.com or 087 9584430.
ANNIVERSARY MASSES AND REMEMBRANCES: The anniversary mass for Mossie Devaney, St Senan’s Tce at St. Mary’s Church Croom Sat 9th Mar. The anniversary mass for Michael and Nonie Whelan Toureen their son Michael Son-in-law Brian Wilkes (husbands of Ann) and grandson Declan Whelan. Prayers for Frank and Margaret Keane and their son Tom Athlunkard St. Mrs. Mary Costello Garranroe 1stanniversary,
CONFIRMATION MARCH 21ST: Confirmation will take place in St. Mary’s Church Croom on Thursday March 21st at 11.00 a.m. Practice for the preparation of Confirmation took place on Monday last in St. Mary’s Church. It is essential that sponsors be in attendance at practice sessions. A representative to account for position in the Church on the day of Confirmation 21st March is essential and that the sponsor is informed of their function.
DAUGHTERS OF CHARITY SERVICE: The Daughters of Charity Service for persons with intellectual disability are looking for committed people to be friends to our Service Users to engage in various social activities, to spend quality time with service users on a one to one or group basis. If you are over 18 and would like to find out more about the volunteer programme Grainne Keane can be contacted, she is a volunteer co-ordinator Daughters of Charitey Service Limerick 061501465/0872855976 email firstname.lastname@example.org
FAMILY RESOURCE TRIP TO GALWAY: Croom Family Resource Centre are now taking bookings for their annual trip to the Galway Bay Hotel, from Sunday the 26th May to Tuesday the 28th May 2013.
Price is €149 per person sharing, this includes transport, bed and breakfast, evening meals on both nights, a day trip and a range of activities such as wine tasting, dancing and Irish coffee demos at the hotel. Places are limited so if you are interested please contact Sinead at 061 602878. A deposit of €50 per person secures your place, payable at Croom FRC by Friday March the 22nd. Sinead Carroll, Development Officer.
CROOM MACRA: On Friday 8th March, two of our members, Anna Holland and Sharon Power, joined forces with Ballylanders to form two teams is Newcastlewest Macra’s table quiz. It was a table quiz with a difference titled ‘The Drive for Five’. There was no overall winner but winners of rounds. There was an abundance of sweets and chocolates for prize winners. Sport continues Thursday night at 8.30pm in the Community Hall. The boys are training hard for the NDC basketball competition and volleyball is now underway also for men and women. Ballylanders are having an Irish Night next Friday at 8.30pm at Gallahues Hall, Ballylanders, Co. Limerick.