Church News: Mass in Broadford for the month of October will be on Saturday evenings at 7.30 and on Sunday mornings at 9.30am. Reader for Saturday October 5th and on Sunday is Helen Kelly and the Eucharistic Ministers for Saturday are Kitty Duggan and Hannah McCarthy and on Sunday morning its Maudie Collins and Sr. Ann Lenihan. First Friday Mass on Friday October 4th in Broadford is at 7 pm and Dromcollogher at 7.30pm
Commemorative Mass: This year been the 60th anniversary of work commencing in the Forestry along the Limerick/Cork border on the Mullaghareirk mountain range from Broadford to Mountcollins in 1953, a Mass to commemorate and honor the deceased members and also remembering former and present workers will take place on Sunday October 13th at 3pm in Dromdeveen on the Lake Road. The route will be sign posted from nearby villages. Light refreshments for all afterwards. Everybody is welcome.
Pilgrimage to Knock: A pilgrimage to Knock Shrine will take place this Sunday October 6th and with still a few seats available on the bus you can contact Kitty Duggan in Broadford at 063/84167 or Kathleen Lordan in Dromcollogher at 063/83304 immediately and don’t be disappointed. The bus will be leaving the Square Dromcollogher at 8 am and travel via Broadford, Newcastle West and Limerick.
Harvest Thanksgiving Mass and Archbishop Duhig Memorial Mass: The Harvest Thanksgiving Mass and the Archbishop Duhig Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 7.30pm in Our Lady of the Snows Church Broadford on Saturday October 12th.
Bereavement: Our sympathy is extended to Johnny Brosnan Broadford on the death of his wife Tess (nee Fitzpatrick) on Monday September 24th. Tess who had been ill for some time always kept the bright side out and she was always a very gracious host to all who visited her and Johnny down the years. She liked to dress well and was well in tune with the latest style and fashion, a community minded person and was an active member of several organizations in Broadford was a founding member of the Broadford I.C.A. and it was fitting at her removal to see the present members of the I.C.A. show their respect by forming a Guard of Honor and joined by members of the Community Crèche and the Housing Association of which Tess was honorary Treasurer. She was also a great supporter of the local Drom/Broadford G.AA and Ladies Football clubs and was thrilled to see her nephews and nieces collect county medals with their respective teams. Her Requiem Mass was con-celebrated by Fr. F. O’Dea P.P. assisted by Canon S. Ambrose, Fr. Tim Curtin and Fr. W. O’Gorman at Our Lady of the Snows church on Wednesday and was laid to rest in Springfield Cemetery. Sincere sympathy to her husband Johnny, her sister Kathleen Stack, her brothers in law, all her nephews and nieces, grandnephews and grandnieces, all her cousins, relatives, neighbours and friends. Our sympathy is also extended to Bernie O’Reilly (nee Long) Banemore Broadford and her husband Ned and family on the death of Bernie’s father Tom Long Tournafola and to all his family, relatives’ neighbours and friends, also to Mary O’Connor (nee Clarson) Limerick and formally of Coolaleen Broadford and her extended family on the death of her husband Micheal (affectionally known as Holly). Ar deis lámh Dé go raibh an anamacha go léir.
The Gathering: T-Shirts for the festival are now available in all sizes and for all ages from infants to X-large with suitable logos to suit all tastes. They can be seen and ordered at Moloney’s Foodstore, the Post Office or from any member of the committee.
Gathering Events: The “Gathering Festival” weekend is arranged from Friday October 18th to Monday October 21st. The programme of events is now nearing completion will begin with the Jazz Concert on Friday night the 18th. Saturday 19th will see the launch of the Broadford and Knocktooch Irish Folklore Commission Project written by pupils from both schools in the1937 -1938 period will open at 12 o’clock in the Library and at 2.30pm we will have action from “A Day at The Forge in Bygone Days” (this will include the shoeing of a horse, riveting and banding and more, this should bring back some memories) and include exhibitions of other old handcrafts and the viewing of old machinery, all will take place at Duggan’s Forge and the Banding Field and that evening at 8 o’clock we will have another opportunity to view the Folklore Commission work and the Handball Club history with photos and memorabilia again in the Library. At 9.30pm in the Community Centre will be the very popular Halloween Fancy Dress Dance. Sunday is still to be finalized. With the local Drom/Broadford team involved in the senior football final which is fixed for the Sunday set aside for the Broadford Families Gathering Parade an alternative date may have to be sought to hold this event. Sunday night will be the Rambling House in the Community Centre. And Monday night we will have the Monster 45 Card Drive in the Community Centre. Full bar facilities will be available on Saturday, Sunday and Mondays in the Community Centre. You are invited to the Monday night weekly meetings to finalize the programme of events at 9pm in the Community Centre. The Festival T-shirts for all ages and all sizes are now on sale. Contact the Resource Centre. Visit us on www.facebook.com/broadfordgathering2013 for details and updates and you are invited to place your own comments.
The Forge in Bygone Days: Saturday October 19th is the date set aside for a return to the Bygone Days at the Forge in Broadford where all the old crafts of the blacksmith will be carried out as part of the Gathering Festival. The present forge in Broadford was founded in the 1880’s by John Fitzpatrick affectionally known as “Johnnie Buckley” and it was situated on the spot where Julia and Josie Fitzpatrick had their grocer and hardware shop in later years (for the younger generation this was around the corner from where the present Zam Zam take away is and where Paddy Duggan lives today and it was actually the same place where James Duhig (later Archbishop of Brisbane), his mother Margaret and younger sister Ellen found refuge after their evection from their home in Killila in 1884. In an article written by the late Micheal Riordan in the Weekly Observer in 1994, he described Johnnie as the best man in Ireland to shoe horses and people came from all over the country to have their horses shod by him. Michael’s uncle brought a cob to him one day to have him shod. Some days later he sold the cob to a German Army Officer at the fair in Caheramee. This man was buying horses for the German Army prior to the 1914-1918 War and he gave £115 for the cob which was a record price in those days. The officer asked the uncle who shod the cob and when he told him it was Johnnie he said that it was the best work he had ever seen and added the Germans would give any money to have such a farrier to look after their horses. Johnnie’s two sons John and Connie carried on the trade and as the amount of business increased they moved to larger premises further up the road to where the forge is today. Then their nephews Johnnie and Murty Duggan served their time to the trade and carried out the business of making and fitting horse shoes, Banding wheels, Riveting and making gates and repairing all kinds of implements and machinery. The challenge of the changing world of the blacksmith which coincided with the decline of the horse on the farm to the modern methods of the tractor and machinery was met head on by the Duggan brothers and the modern art of welding was carried out by Johnnie and he was joined by his other brother Dick at this side of the business while Murty carried on with the more traditional side of blacksmiths trade as the transition to present day practices were taking place. To-day their nephew Paddy Duggan continue to carry on the business which was first started by his great grandfather John Fitzpatrick all those years ago and it is nice to hear the sound of the anvil and see the flash of the welder still in Broadford and it’s also reassuring to us all that such a trade is alive and well for the benefit of the whole community when needed.
Fundraising Table Quiz for Milford Hospice: The winners of the Milford Hospice Walk of Life fundraising Table Quiz at Neenans Bar Broadford on Saturday night were Willie Duggan, Denny McCarthy, Hannah McCarthy and Ben Forde. The raffle prize winners were Jim Barry Tullaha, Denis O’Carroll Dromcollogher, John Neenan Broadford, Ursula Fahy Boola and David Lee Geary Tullaha. The organizing committee wishes to thank everyone who supported and donated prizes and subscriptions to this worthy cause. The date for the same fundraising Table Quiz in Dromcollogher is on Friday 11th October at the Corner House.
Crochet and Craft Class: This class takes place in the Day Care Centre Broadford on Tuesday’s from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. New members welcome
All Ireland Handball Champions: Congratulations and well done to the underage handball players who collected All Ireland medals at Cashel on Friday. Nigal O’Callaghan and Evan Murphy won the U 16 doubles title, Shane Murphy and Ben Walsh won the U 17 doubles title and the girls did not let the county down either with Kathy Foley and Clodagh Neville winning the U 16 doubles and Katie McCarthy and Laura Stack captured the U 14 title.
Handball Club Draw Results: The winners in the 2nd draw in the Broadford Handball Club are as follows 1st Prize €500:- Niamh McCarthy Church St. Dromcollogher. 2nd Prize €200: 3rd Dan Kenneally Lacka. 4th €60:- Josie McCarthy Broadford, 5th €60:- Catherine Hartnett John Paul Tce. 6th €60:-Ellen Mockler Broadford and 7th €60:- Molly Sparling Nenagh Co. Tipperary. Next draw 1st Saturday in November.
G.AA News: Dromcollogher/Broadford 1-15 St. Kieran’s 0-12. The local senior football team qualified for the county final after a hard earned victory over St. Kieran’s at Neville Park on Friday night Sept. 27th.
The boys were down 0-7 to 0-6 at the half way stage but a great second half surge saw them add on 1-9 to Kieran’s 0-5 ( the goal coming in the last minute) to run out worthy winners. The team lined out K. Noonan E. Barry T. McLoughlin G. Egan G. Noonan D. O’Leary C. Fahy M. O’Sullivan S. Buckley M. Brosnan R. Lynch S. Brosnan C. Phair M. Reidy (captain) P. Donnelly. Subs used D. McCarthy, J. Stokes, J. Noonan, M. Boyce and P. Madigan.
Mackey Stand Draw: The October draw of the Limerick G.A.A. Club draw takes place on this Friday October 4th at An Trasan Bar Ballylanders. All members on monthly payments contact your promoter this week. Congratulations to local members Charlie Butler and John Winters who won €250 each in the September draw.
Coffee Morning and Cake Sale:The Gathering Coffee Morning and Cake Sale will be held this Saturday October 5th in the Community Centre Broadford from 10 o’clock to 1 o’clock also available that morning will be the much sought after “Gathering T-shirts” in all sizes from toddler to X-large, so come along and enjoy the chat, your support will be appreciated.
GAA Lottery Draw: The Drom/Broadford lottery draw held on Monday night September 16th at the Corner House Bar and the numbers drawn were: - 13, 14, 16 and 23. The jackpot prize of €7,900 was not won. The Match 3 prize of €100 was won by Larry Costello Dromcollogher. The lucky dips of €50 each were won by Tommie Costello Knockacraig and Tommie Cregan Church St. Dromcollogher. Next week’s Jackpot is €8,000 (win or share) and the match 3 prize is €100 (win or share) will be held at Neenans Bar on September 30th. Tickets are available at €2 each or 3 for €5 from committee members, all business places and the Club Box in the square Dromcollogher.