Vincent Browne Honoured: Vincent Browne . It is with joy that the people of Broadford heard that one of their favourite sons Vincent Browne is been honoured with a lifetime achievement award for his outstanding contribution to journalism in Ireland over many years. His fascination with both newspapers and television from an early date may stem from the fact that he was born overhead his father’s Newsagents and Television shop in the picturesque village of Broadford at the foot of the Mullaghareirk Mountains that straddle the Limerick-Cork border. He attended Broadford National School which was built in 1870; it consisted of a two roomed structure: one room for the boys and the other for the girls. The boy’s room had two teachers the principal who was Mr Phil Jones RIP who taught 4 classes: - low infants, high infants, 1st and 2nd class and the assistant teacher taught 3rd 4th 5th and 6th. He served as an alter boy in the local church in those days and been born in the village classed him a townie compared to us country boys but he never got involved in the town versus country fisticuffs that happened on occasions at the back of the Handball Alley after school in those days, maybe he being the eldest of the family, he was not used to the rough and tumble as his younger brothers David and Malachy were, but that as it may by all accounts he stood up well in the Rugby field in later life. He attended St. Marys Secondary Dromcollogher for one year and under the watchful eye of the Principal Mrs Josie Savage he got a firm foundation in discipline and education which did not go astray and it stood him for the rest of his life. He never really got involved with the local sports clubs: The G.A A or the Handball club but was once indirectly involved along with David and Malachy in helping the local football team win a tournament in nearby Tullylease one evening by inviting a guest of the family (Donal Spring of Ireland rugby fame) to line out at midfield with the locals. Donal dominated the sector and David and Malachy were also a big help in bringing home the laurels. He was by then away at law school where he excelled and we later learned he was called to the Bar which set himself up for his big interest journalism publishing and T.V. He kept in touch with affairs in Broadford and next we heard of him was as a researcher with the Late Late Show and shortly afterwards the owner of the local Pirate Radio station (the late Tommie Healy) was contacted by Vincent to appear as guest of Gay Byrne’s on the famous show. With all his notoriety and fame he was always a down to earth man, a frequent visitor to his roots in West Limerick where he chats with many of his neighbours friends and schoolmates. His down to earth philoposy has helped him understand the ordinary persons cares and worries and his stand for the underdog is to be commended and he has never failed to highlight and bring these plights to highest level for attention.
Over the years a number of his boyhood pals and some neighbours have passed to their eternal reward, he took time out to attend their funerals and if unable to come down he never failed to mentioned their passing in his “Tonight with Vincent Browne”. He was very proud to see the local Dromcollogher/Broadford football team win the Munster senior football championship in 2008 and was present in Longford the cheer on the boys against Crossmaglen Rangers in the All-Ireland simi-final that year and was very much at home chatting with the supporters after the game. So its great to see him honoured and we wish him the best.
Church News: Mass in Broadford for the month of March 2013 will be on Sunday morning’s at 9.30am. Reader for Sunday morning March 3rd is Jerry Mulcahy and Eucharistic Ministers are Garry and Nora O’Kelly.
Station Masses: The Lenten Station Mass for the Townlands of Tullaha, St. Mary’s Terrace, John Paul’s Terrace, Curramore, Lios Dara and the Village will be at 7.30pm on Monday March 11th. The Townlands of Boola, Banemore, Farrihy, Coolaleen, Lios na Fola, Mount Plummer, Springfield and Killeen will be on Wednesday March 13th again at 7.30pm and the Townlands of Knocktooch, Knockglass, Lacka Upper and Lacka Lower will be on Friday March 15th at 7.30pm also. .
Learn your way to the Future:“Fun & Fact Information Morning”. Looking for a job or want to up skill, remember that on Thursday March 21st at “The Red Door” Newcastle West from 11.00 am to 2.00 pm a public open door event will take place at this central location in the Square in the heart of Newcastle West. Information on locally based courses and West Limerick Resources Rural Employment Service and other services will be available. Contact Adrienne O’Connell (West Limerick Resources) at 069—79110 or 087—2773294 for more details.
Drom-Broadford Shave or Dye Campaign: There is a Today FM Shave or Dye event being held on this Saturday the 9th of March in Neenans Bar Broadford at 9pm. Many brave people have volunteered to shave, dye or wax on the night and we will also be having an auction for many sought after sporting jerseys along with many other surprises.
Check out our Facebook page Drom Broadford Shave or Dye Campaign or follow us on Twitter, DBshaveorDye. We have created a fundraising page on mycharity.ie www. mycharity.ie/event/drom broadford shave or dye. and all our volunteers have sponsorship cards. All proceeds will go to the Irish Cancer Society to fund Cancer Information Service, Patient Care and Support, Cancer Research, Night Nursing, Daffodil Centers- providing information, support and advice to cancer patients, families, friends and healthcare professionals, Prevention and Education. We would very much appreciate your support.
Community Alert: - Final date for applications for Personal Alarms is Friday March 15th 2013, so anyone who is interested make contact now with the chairman of the Community Alert committee Tom O’Brien at 063/84001 or the secretary David O’Keeffe at 063/84154. At the recent Community Alert meeting it was also stressed by the local authorities that a Radon Gas inspection on households should be carried out and the Radiological Protection Instute of Ireland are asking all households and workplaces to participate in a radon measurement test which cost €56.90 including vat @23%.
Community Council A.G.M.: Broadford Development Association annual general meeting incorporating the Community Council will take place Tuesday March 5th in the Community Centre at 8.30pm. All householders are asked to attend this important meeting and help the association to make Broadford a better and safer place to live. Everybody is welcome.
The Gathering Broadford: A meeting to discuss possible events to celebrate “The Gathering 2013” will be held in the Community Centre Broadford on Thursday 7th March at 8pm. We are asking as many people as possible to attend this meeting so we can discuss the entire views of the community on this National event. Everybody welcome.
Active Retirement: Our meeting continue every Monday night at 7.30pm in the Day Care Centre. The Pilates course is on Wednesday’s at 8pm is at full capacity and is being enjoyed by those participating who are already feeling the benefits. Events planned for the coming Monday nights are. Clay Figurine’s Modeling on Monday March 11th with Nicklaus Roche and Monday March 25th Upholstery with Donal Hartnett.
Fitness Fun Walks: These walks continue every Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights leaving the GAA field in Dromcollogher at 7.15pm. Calling all who would like to boost their fitness levels, a special invitation to teenagers on mid-term to join us this week, suitable for all ages, if you need the motivation to fill your exercise quota come and join in. Everyone is welcome.
West-Limerick G, A.A. Sports Awards: Congratulations to the members of the Dromcollogher/Broadford . G.A.A. who were honored by the West Board for at the Awards Night for both Hurling and Football at the Devon Hotel Templeglantine on Saturday last March 3rd. Micheal Reidy received the Senior footballer of the year in the county award. Paul Madigan the West Under 21 B hurler of the year award and Niall O’Brien the West Minor A hurler of the year. Another honor for the club on the night was the announcement that Tom McLoughlin was awarded and was the 1st recipient of inaugural Chairman of the West Board award for outstanding sportsmanship, commitment to club and county and overall respect for all involved in Gaelic games, a fitting recognition for Tom’s continued involvement in all aspects of the G A A. Well done to you all .
Handball News. Congratulations to Tom O’Brien:- Munster Emerald Masters champion, Dinny McCarthy Munster Silver Masters champion and Pat Doody & John Noonan Munster Junior doubles champions who captured their Munster titles last week and are now preparing for their respective All-Ireland simi-finals. The best of luck to our ladies Helena Foley and Ursula Fahy who have reached their first Munster final in the Ladies Junior “B” doubles and we wish the best to Kathy Foley & Katie McCarthy in the Munster U 14 doubles final, Laura Stack & Niamh McCarthy in the Munster U 17 doubles final and to Siobhan Lehane who team up with Louise Casey of Galbally their Munster simi-final against last year’s champions from Clare. Pat Murphy, who is nursing a shoulder injury at the moment, is also in contention for a Munster final spot when he teams up with Kieran Burke in the doubles simi-final again against Clare opposition, a win here and Pat will be hoping to reverse the result in the singles final where he lost to Tipperary.
Bord Na NOg Table Quiz: The winners of Bord na nOg table quiz at Neenans on Saturday night last after a tie-breaker were Mick Pierce, Eileen Matthews, John Ryan and Patch McCarthy. The runner ups were Eoin Barry, Tommie Cregan, Maura Neenan and Willie Duggan. The raffle winners were:-Hamper: Paddy Duggan, Bottle of Brandy:-Maire Greaney, Bottle of Whiskey: - Denis O’Callaghan, Easter Egg: - Kathleen Morrissey, Box of Chocolates: Helen Neenan Jr. and box of Heineken: Sean McCarthy
Mackey Stand Draw: The local Dromcollogher/Broadford G.A.A. is promoting the Limerick Club Development Draw formally known as the Mackey Stand Draw again this year and the 1st draw takes place this Friday March 8th. There are 28 attractive prizes each month plus 4 special prizes in April, May, June and July. The breakdown of the prizes are ;- 1st €15,000, 2nd €5000, 3rd €2000, 4th €1000, 5th to 8th each worth €500, 9th to 28theach worth €250. The special prizes in April and June are for two All-Ireland hurling tickets and in May and July for two All-Ireland football tickets plus B+B and evening meal on the Saturday night prior to the finals in Jury’s Croke Park Hotel. The local club is again seeking your continued support and with 50% of all monies collected from the draw staying within the club it is one of our main sources of income for the year. Cost is €10 per month or €100 for the year.
GAA Lottery: There was no winner of the €4,900 jackpot on Monday February 25th at the Nunans Bar. The numbers drawn were 15, 19, 22 and 28. There was no winner of the Match 3 prize, The lucky dip winners were Jack Noonan Carraward and Gerard Morrissey and each received €50. The jackpot goes to €5,000 (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.
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.
Broadford C.E. Scheme: Broadford Community Employment is looking for General Operatives, Childcare Assistant and Cook Assistant for their current scheme. All inquiries to the Resource Centre Broadford phone no. 063/84969 or contact the supervisor John Shanahan at 087/644945.
Dromcollogher Mart under the auspices of the Golden Vale Marts continues with their Calf Sales every Wednesday night. Taking in calves from 5.30pm onwards with the sales commencing at 8 o’clock. Top buyers will be in attendance.
Cards at Neenans: The winners at the weekly 45 card drive at Neenans on Monday night were Martin Flynn Bunoke and Ellen O’Connor Mount Plummer. Second prize went to Dan Barry Ashford and Dave Daly Tullylease. The spot prize winners were Mickie Murphy Springfield and Julia Duggan Broadford. Raffle winners were 1st €35 Marion O’Shea Broadford, 2nd €20 Maura Neenan Broadford and 3rd €10 Marion O’Shea Broadford.