Church News: Mass in Broadford for the month of May is 9.30am on Sunday mornings at 9. Eucharistic Ministers for Sunday May 26th are Garry and Nora O’Kelly. The Reader is Mary Ann Reidy.
Parish Envelopes 2013-14: The parish envelopes for the coming 12 months for the offertory collection will commence on the 1st week-end of June. If you did not receive a box of envelopes last year and would like to contribute this year, please contact Fr. O’Dea or you can ring, phone no. is 063/83718 or call to the secretary at the Presbytery Dromcollogher on Fridays.
Pastoral Area Pilgrimage to Knock: The Dromcollogher/Broadford parish pastoral area is St. Mary’s and includes the neighbouring parishes of Newcastle West, Monagea, Killeedy, Ardagh/Carrigkerry, Feenagh/Kilmeedy and Feohanagh/Castlemahon and their annual pilgrimage to Knock will take place on Sunday 9th June, if interested give your name in Broadford to Kitty Duggan phone no. is 063/84167 or in Dromcollogher to Mary Hartnett phone no. 063/83989.
Trip to Athlone: The Broadford and District Active Retirement Association annual day out this year is to the famous town of Athlone on the river Shannon and if anybody is interested there are some seats still available, the cost of the bus is €20 and has to be paid to Ita O’Keeffe at 063/84154 ASAP. The itinerary will be as follows: - the day begin with the bus leaving Broadford at 8.30am and travel via Dromcollogher and Newcastle West and then on to the South Court Hotel in Limerick, we will then head up the N7 to Nenagh, we will switch to the N52 via Borrisokane to Birr where we will have our breakfast in Dooleys Hotel. Next on the road will be a visit to historic Clonmacnoise on the banks of the Shannon where St. Ciarán had an early Christian Monastic settlement and the site has a number of well-preserved Round Towers and High Crosses as well as an Interpreter Centre which is a must visit for everybody. We then drive through Cloghan, on to Ferbane and then the center of Ireland which is Athlone with its famous bridge where Patrick Sarsfield and Sargent Costume (the army Barracks in Athlone is named after him) fought to hold off the Williamite army after the Battle of the Boyne. Here, for the adventurous seafaring among us, we have an optional cruise on the majestic Shannon and of course we have several Shopping Outlets and Boutiques to browse through in the town itself. On the return journey we pass through Tullamore, the chief town of Co, Offaly, on to Kilcormac and back to Dooleys Hotel in Birr for dinner, afterwards we head for Roscrea, on to the N7 to Limerick and home again hopefully well contended after our trip.
Tidy Towns: When the weather improves the Tidy Towns committee will be going into action with their programme to enhance the look of the village and surrounding area for 2013. A number of areas are designated for improvements including the Pump House area across from the Enterprise Centre which is already cleaned up by the Co. Council at the request of the local development association and the large hedge area at Lois Dara is also to be revamped, so when help is called for when planting will begin, the committee will appreciate your involvement and they wish to thank the Fás workers for their great help every year which is also greatly appreciated. The hanging baskets are also been prepared at the local garden center and will be displayed in their usual places shortly.
Dates for the Gathering: The “The Gathering” will take place in Broadford from October 3rd to the 6th inclusive 2013. The organizing committee is asking families who have family members anywhere in Ireland and across the seas to let them know the dates and maybe invite them to arrange their week-end at home or even to take their holidays around that week-end in early October. The next meeting regarding the planning for the event is on Tuesday May 28th at 9pm in the Community Centre. Everyone is invited to come along to help in putting together a great weekend’s entertainment. Details and updates can be seen on www.facebook.com/broadfordgathering2013.
G.A.A. Lottery: The Numbers drawn in the local GAA lottery at Neenans Bar on Monday May 13th were2, 8, 20 and 29.There was no winner of the Match Three prize. The lucky dips of €50 each were won by Paddy O’Kelly Farrihy and Chloe Sheehy Tullylease. The next draw takes place at Neenans Bar Broadford. The Jackpot goes to €6,100 (win or share) and the Match 3 is €150 (win or share). All sold tickets to be handed in at the clubhouse on Monday evenings before 9o’clock. Tickets are available from any member of the committee or from all business premises, tickets €2 each or three for a €5. Thank you for your continued support.
Parent and Toddler Group: The parent and toddler group meet every Thursday in the Daycare Centre Broadford from 10:30 to 12 noon. This is an opportunity for parents, grandparents and carers to meet and chat while the children play in a safe environment. All welcome.
Cards at Neenans: The winners at the weekly 45 card drive at Neenans on Monday night with 9 games were Mickie Murphy Springfield and Julia Duggan Broadford. The runners up prize winners with 8 games were John Conway Newcastle West & Joe Mullane Castlemahon. The spot prize winners were John and Mary Madigan Cooleyroe. The winners of the raffle were: 1st prize €35:- John Madigan Kilmeedy. 2nd prize €20; - Jim Barry Tullaha and 3rd prize €10:- Mary Biggane Broadford.