SEANAD YES OR NO: The Election Referendum for to abolish Seanad Eireann will take place on this Friday October 4. The Poling Booths will open from 7am and will close at 10pm. Voters are being asked to Abolish Seanad Eireann. The voters will also be asked to vote for the purpose of establishing a Court to be called a Court of Appeal. There will be 4 Polling Booths located in Croom National School, taking in the Poling District of Croom, Donnamane, Garrane. Voters will be asked for evidence of identity, passport, driving licence, employee identity, student identity. The Seanad was established in 1922 to 1936. It was abolished for one year following Constitutional changes and in 1937 the Seanad was reactivate. Notable names have served as Senator as part of our Constitution, Tom Westrope, Windham Quinn, 4th Earl of Dunraven, Oliver St. John Gogarty, Henry Guinness, Douglas Hyde, Horace Plunkett, W. B. Yeates, Mary Robinson, Garret Fitzgerald. Should the Seanad be dissolved it will be the second major change of our Democratic structures. The demise of many local authorities urban councils and town councils which will be part of the Countries new Electoral structures in May 2014.
ANNIVERSARY MASSES AND REMEMBRANCES: The anniversary mass for Gerard and Kathleen Cagney, at St. Mary’s Church Croom, Saturday September 28. The anniversary mass for Paddy O’Connor Dullas, at St. Mary’s Church, Croom on Sunday September. 29>The anniversary mass for Patrick O’Sullivan, at SS. Peter and Paul’s Church, Banogue, on Sunday 29th September. Prayers for Bridget Hartigan, (Month’s Mind). Prayers for Paddy Fennessy (Month’s Mind) Prayers for Mick Noonan, Fanningstown.
JOHN BUSTON RIP: The death took place of John Buston, St. Senan’s Tce. Croom. The death of John Buston came as a profound shock to the entire community and his tightly knit area of St. Senan’s Tce. The entire community came out in strength to show their affection for a popular parishioner. A Guard of Honour was by the local GAA Club John who donned the colours of Croom and was part of the 1958 minor hurling side that lost to St. Patrick’s in the County Final. John Buston was a member of the Defence Forces and served with United Nations in the Congo and in the Lebanon. Members of the O.N.E. honoured their former member at the removal of the remains from Daffy’s Funeral Home to St. Mary’s Church, Croom. The Church of St. Mary’s was packed to capacity to say a final fare well to a popular neighbour, sportsman, army man, and a proud Croom man. Fr. Eamon O’Brien who officiated at the funeral mass of the late John Buston spoke of the role John played in the community of Croom, his role with the Irish Army and his Peace keeping in the different assignments with the United Nations. His remains was interred in Reilig Mhuire where a lone piper led the funeral cortège to his final resting place at Reilig Mhuire. Sympathy is extended to his family, daughter and sons, sisters, close family, relatives and friends.
DEPARTURE GATES FOR EMIGRANTS: A recent study by the University of Cork initiated by Dr. Piaras MacEinry that over 300,000 emigrants have left our Country over the past four years. The study found Rural Ireland is worst affected by emigration with one in four households seeing someone leave our parish or community. It reminds us of the 1950s as the decade of doom, and gloom. In those years the traditional main stay was Agriculture of the Irish Economy continued to decline throughout the 1950s. There were no developing Industries unemployment remained high from 1949 – 1956. The Country saw a barren social landscape after the departure of people’s friends and family members. The study of recent emigration by UCC detailed that our new emigrants are taking up residency Australia 36%, New Zealand 13%, Europe 20%, Canada 14%, USA 4%. In the 70s a well known Oil, Petroleum conglomerate used to advertise in our Print, Radio, and Television Media “To put a Tiger in your Tank” In the 21st century we were listening to our Journalists and Press Correspondence, Television programme presenters of the roaring “Celtic Tiger”., the dream ended, no more “Tigers in our Tanks” or “Celtic Tigers” roving around our Country side. Hopefully doom and gloom will soon be ended and our people will not have to be waiting at our departure gates at our Airports seeking a new life in different countries of the world.
IRISH BUSINESS DIASPORA TO MEET: On Thursday October 31 our Irish Business Diaspora will assemble at the Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, London to show case the contribution of Irish Business in the UK and in Europe. The modern day technology has change, the migration experience with the modern day technology of communicating with our emigrants at the Irish Business gathering in London, the display of the recently established World Wide Website, the Irishcentral.com and worldirish.com which has merged and will be one of the largest Irish Diaspora websites, this will be a website for 70 million Irish Worldwide with the involvement of John Colgan River Dance, Niall O’Dowd Irish voice New York. Hopefully this will be the starting point for developing a world wide economic Forum. The correspondent of the Croom Notes will be part of the Gathering of our Irish Business Diaspora on Thursday 31st October in London.
CASTLE ROAD WALK: The Castle Road Walk has recently been cleaned up to facilitate the many walkers who do their two mile walk each day. This walk was established some years ago following the closure of the Old Castle Cork Road which see thousands of vehicles and transports travelling their journey from Cork to Limerick on a daily basis. It was the days of the long queues and backup when motorists had to contend with long delays having to navigate Bridge St. and Main St. Croom prior to the construction and arrival of the Croom Bye Pass. Compliments to the Horticultural Department of Limerick County Council who has made it easy for our walkers to do their daily stroll with their commitment of attending to the cutting of the grass and cutting away of the overgrown hedging over the past few years.
CLARE VICTORIOUS: It would be remiss if we did not comment on the All Ireland Hurling Final Replay and to Congratulate the gallant Clare Hurling side on winning the coveted McCarthy Cup when they defeated Cork in a hectic sporting game. We must congratulate Clare residents who are now domiciled in the district. Many of our parishioners would be Clare natives and they would have made their home in the Maigueside district. We join with them at their time of glory and to enjoy every minute of a sweet victory.
CROOM MACRA: Croom Macra officers were busy bees this week preparing for the semi final of the AIB Club of the Year competition. Interviews took place in Abbeyleix last Saturday 28th September. The club was represented on the day by Tom Leahy, Steven Fitzgerald, Anna Holland and Amy O’Regan. There was tough competition on the day but our officers gave Croom a glowing report. Now we keep our fingers and toes crossed that we make it through to the finals, which will take place at the Rally in Carlow on 25th October. Come on Croom! That evening a corner of the Locke bar in Limerick city had Croom Macra name on it. The venue was buzzing with liveliness, banter and music and as the night drew in friends and members spilled in to join with us in celebrating our clubs 5 year birthday. Everyone was ready to party and toast to our success so far. Thank you to our many friends from Limerick City Macra who came along and to our numerous pals who have been with us all along our five year path so far. The Locke bar put on a great spread of finger food and the band ‘Body & Soul” created a very special atmosphere. There was cake for everyone and a group effort ensued in blowing out our number ‘5’ candle. Spirits were still hight so we made the decision to continue the party at Icon nite club where we danced the night away until the early hours of the morning.