Sympathy: Sincere sympathy to the family relations of the late John Buston, Croom, whose passing came as a great shock to his family and the community. John Buston was a notable hurler in his youth and was a member of the Irish Defence Forces, serving as a peacekeeper in the Congo.
Deepest sympathy also to the Byrnes family of Castletown on the recent death of Michael J Noonan TD, brother of Mrs Breda Byrnes.
To the McCoy family in Kilmeedy and Knockaderry on their recent bereavement. To the McMahon family in Castlemahon on the recent death of 92-year-old Mrs Kitty McMahon.
May they rest in peace.
World boxing success: The recent World boxing championships held in Ukraine brought outstanding honours to the Irish junior boxing team, managed by former Bruree native Jimmy Walsh, now a resident at Castletown. Ireland ended the competition in sixth place. It will be recorded that the popular boxing promoter from Bruree also managed the last very successful Olympic team. The Irish team brought home one gold and two bronzes to Ireland.
Thanks from St Ita’s : The friends of St Ita’s, Newcastle West, wish to thank the Granagh and surrounding parishioners for their very generous contributions for the church gate collection last weekend.
Soccer: The parish U10s A and B teams are currently leading in the Schoolboy Desmond League in their respective divisions. The youths are also leading in division two. Our juniors are in the top four in the division two league table.
Underage scorers last week included TJ Tierney, William Dore, Luke Hayes and Zack Hayes.
Bruree Trad Night: Rachel Tobin played some lovely traditional tunes on the tin whistle.Michael Church sang a few very rare Republican and Northern Ireland ballads. Joe Carey sang The Fields of Athenry and other popular songs. Maura and Pat Lyons gave a nice blend of Scottish and Northern Ireland dances with J O’Riordan playing the accordion and harmonica.
GAA: Granagh senior camogie panel had six points to spare against Kileedy in the county semi-final with a scoreline of 1-12 to 0-9. They will meet Ahane in the final.
Get well: To all who are ill at the moment in the parish and surrounding parishes, at home and in hospital, our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We include especially Stephen O’Halloran, who is receiving treatment in a Dublin hospital, and Mary O’Riordan who is being treated at the University Hospital. We also include John Thomas McNamara. We are glad to say that all three mentioned have made important progress in recent weeks.
Benefit night for Stephen: A benefit night for Stephen O’Halloran will take place at Bulgaden Castle on Friday, October 11, where admission is by ticket only. They are available locally in Bruree Village for €10 each. There will be bands and entertainments on the night.
John Thomas Point to Point: The John Thomas McNamara benefit Point to Point organised by Limerick Harrier’s Hunt Club will be on Sunday, October 27, at Lemonfield, Crecora, with first race starting at 12 noon. Tickets are €10 each and are on sale at a number of local outlets in Croom and Bruff.