ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE: This year we are hoping that our St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be bigger and better than ever. The theme this year is the “Gathering”!! Collection point will be at the National School (Scoil Dean Cussen) from 2.30 p.m. with the parade starting at 3.00 p.m. A duck race will take place immediately after the parade at the park, with proceeds going towards the playground. A parade on St. Patrick’s Day will show that community spirit is still alive and well in this community and it is an occasion to celebrate our heritage and demonstrate to our Diaspora that all is well at home. So lets make this years parade our biggest and best ever!
THE GATHERING: The Bruff Gathering will take place from 1st to 7th July 2013. Full details of the itinery have yet to be worked out but it will coincide with the Summer Festival and include the Bruff Rose Contest, Heritage Projects, Guided Walks, a genealogy workshop etc. We have invited over 1000 people with ancestral connections to visit Bruff for the occasion. You may know other people abroad who have not been included and who would appreciate an invitation. Please feel free to contact them yourselves or alternatively provide the Community Office 061 389841 with their details preferably with an email address and an invite will be sent. Preparations for The Gathering will require a concerted effort from a lot of people and volunteers are asked to contact the Community Office to offer their assistance.
SCOIL DEAN CUSSEN: Enrolement forms for new pupils starting in September 2013 are now available in the school office. We look forward to welcoming your child to our school community.
BRUFF HERITAGE GROUP – THE GATHERING: As part of “The Gathering” Celebrations in Bruff (July 1st- 7th) an exhibition of correspondence over the years will take place. Bruff Heritage Group are trawling all avenues in search of letters, postcards ,Christmas cards telegrams etc. which would have been exchanged between the people of Bruff (and South Limerick generally) and other places near and far.Have you a letter or postcard which was sent or received, giving the news from home or away, be it large or trivial (we are particularly interested in trivia!), down the years?
We would love to hear from you and be assured that all items will be treated with the utmost care and respect. We will exhibit all letters in their entirety or part, depending on the wishes of the donor. Emails or enquiries can be made to firstname.lastname@example.org mobile number: (00353863143772). We feel this is a novel and relevant way to celebrate “ The Gathering” but it’s success depends on the response we receive so please get searching in those old boxes and cases!
CHRISM MASS: His Excellency, Archbishop Charles Brown, Papal Nuncio, will celebrate Chrism Mass in the Diocese on Wednesday, 27th March at 7.30pm in St. John’s Cathedral.
ORDINATION OF BISHOP-ELECT BRENDAN LEAHY: On Sunday, 14th April, 2013 at 3.00pm, Rev. Brendan Leahy will be ordained Bishop of Limerick in St. John’s Cathedral. Further details in relation to the ordination, seating allocation, liturgy, etc., will be finalised in the next few weeks and will be forwarded to you well in advance of the occasion.
BRUFF GAA MEMBERSHIP: This time of year sees renewal of club membership. Membership of the club remains the same as last year at €30 with student and OAPs at €10. New members are always very welcome to join the club. Closing date is March 31st. Thank you for your support.
THE WITNESS/ A MUSICAL: The Witness: A musical by Carol & Jimmy Owens. The Witness is the story of Jesus, told and sung by Peter and the other men and women who knew the Master best. Featuring a great cast and coordinated by Fr. Terry Loughran. “The Witness” a musical, will be presented by the Diocese of Limerick, in the Lime Tree Theatre, Mary Immaculate College, on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th March at 8pm. This production which is being staged just before Easter is an ideal opportunity for parishes, youth groups, as well as individuals to participate in a meaningful and relevant way in the Year of Faith and to enter into the spirit of the season of preparation for the events of Holy Week. Young people would particularly enjoy this Musical. You can book your tickets at the Lime Tree Box Office Tel 061-774774 or www.limetreetheatre.ie at €15 each.
JOEY HANNAN MEMORIAL RUN/ FUN WALK: Joey Hannan Memorial Run / Fun Walk: St. Patrick’s Day 17th March 2013, Croom Co. Limerick. It is that time of year again and we the committee have being working behind the scenes organising a great day’s events in memory of Joey. The Walk will start at 1:15 pm while the runners get off at 2 pm. After the walk/race prize giving will take place between 3:30 and 4 pm. Teas and sandwiches will be provided for all. On St. Patrick’s night there will be an ‘Irish Night’ also in Colaiste Chiarain Croom and all are welcome to attend where we will have traditional entertainment, €5 admission.
SUMMER ENGLISH SCHOOL 2013: Some Spanish and Italian teenagers will be coming to this area from late June to mid July to learn English. We are looking for families in Bruff and surrounding areas to host them; attractive rates will be paid to suitable families. If you would be interested in having some students stay with you as part of your family for two or three weeks, please contact 087 8289959 for more details.
AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: in Knockainey Community Centre on Sunday March 10th at 3pm. Music by Liam O’Sullivan. Dancing from 3pm to 6pm. Admission €5. Tea and homemade scones will be served. Come along and enjoy a great evening’s entertainment.
THE CIRCUS IS COMING TO BRUFF: For the first time in a number of years the Circus comes to Bruff!! Next week Circus Gerbola will be in the G.A.A. Sportsfield on Wed. March 6th (7.30pm) and Thurs. March 7th (4.30pm and 7.30pm) .The promise is for a feast of fun and it is to be hoped that one of the oldest forms of entertainment will be supported by young and old alike.
CLIONA’S FOUNDATION: An evening of music and song with Tom and Jean and their musical friends, in aid of Nantes 2 Lourdes Charity Cycle for Limerick Lourdes Invalids and Cliona’s Foundation. Venue: HoneyFitz Theatre Lough Gur. On: Saturday 9th March. 8.00pm. No admission charge but donations accepted on the night. A raffle for some wonderful prizes will also take place. Particpating cyclists Brendan Ring, Martin Hartnett and Tony Power will be attending on the night.
LIMERICK ROSE COMPETITION: Best wishes are sent to Jade Dillon, our Bruff Morning Star Rose, who enters the final night of the Limerick Rose Competition on Saturday 9th March at Castletroy Park Hotel, Limerick @ 7.30pm. Tickets @ €25 can be purchased for this event through the Limerick Rose Centre. I’m sure she will do us all proud on the night.
BRUFF/ GRANGE/ MEANUS PARISH LOTTERY: At the Parish Lottery on Monday 11th March 2013, the numbers drawn were 19, 31 and 35 and the lucky Jackpot winner is Patsy Roche, Fedamore c/o Breda. Promotors Prize went to Breda. Next Lotto jackpot is €1,000 and will be held on Monday 11th March. Congratulations to Patsy Roche. Thank you for your generous support.
BRUFF 45 CARD GAME AND RESULTS:The 45 card game in Bruff is run by Bruff National School Parent’s Association. You are sure to receive a warm welcome, a hot cup of tea, some nice home-baking and you’d never know, you might go home financially a bit better off too! So come on to Bruff every Tuesday night in the National School starting @ 8.30pm. Cards results from Bruff 26th February 2013. Winners: Caroline Fitzgerald and Dano Murnane, Angela Troy and Eily Browne. Table Prizes: Teresa Brosnan and Mike McAuliffe, Joe Finn and Kathleen Barry, Teresa Hayes and Joe McDonald. Raffle: €50 Mary Sheehy, €20 James O Leary, €10 Ann Murphy, €10 Joe McDonald and €10 Paddy O Neill.
GRANGE CARDS RESULTS: Winners: Pat o Connell & Tommy O Connell, Gretta Purcell& Sheila. Raffle.: Helen O Dwyer and Helen Keane
BRUFF COMMUNIITY CAFÉ, MUSIC NIGHT/ SING SONG: Please come along to a Community night of music and singing at the Community Café on March 15th, 2013 at 8.30PM. All singers and musicians welcome. Admission is free but a contribution to the upkeep of the café would be most welcome. Thank you.
BRUFF TIDY TOWNS: Many thanks to all who supported our recent Fr Ted Table Quiz and to our sponsors especially the Odeon Cinema, Castletroy. Spring is bringing people out with their paint brushes and it is great to see a number of premises receiving attention. Best of luck to the Playground Committee and we hope that they will receive the full support of people in their fundraising and other activities. Their artistic efforts on Donovan’s Hall are to be admired.
HOSPITAL TENNIS CLUB: Hospital Tennis Club will hold its annual Tennis Coaching for 8-18 year olds in Hospital Tennis Club commencing on Monday 25th March to Friday 29th March. The cost is €25 (3rd child free) Please contact the following to book a place or for further details Mary Paul: 087-6208183, Shirley: 087-2619409 and Evelyn: 087-9904019.
COMMUNITY GAMES: Next Sunday, 10th March, the Cross Country will take place in the GAA Grounds in Rathkeale. First race 1.30pm. Please be there by 1.15pm to allow time to get ready. Also the Swimming “B” competition is coming up soon. “Are you interested?”
SOCIAL SERVICES: Social Services monthly meeting will be held at the Health Centre, Bruff on Tuesday 12th March 2013 at 8.30.p.m.