Croom Sept 7

FANNINGSTOWN JUNCTION/SKAGH ROAD REPAIRS: Work has been undertaken in the road reconstruction at Fanningstown adjoining the N20. Limerick County Council Road service crew are currently resurfacing and restructuring the old Croom Road by Caharass Cross and Shaughran Bridge, work has also been completed at Garranroe.

FANNINGSTOWN JUNCTION/SKAGH ROAD REPAIRS: Work has been undertaken in the road reconstruction at Fanningstown adjoining the N20. Limerick County Council Road service crew are currently resurfacing and restructuring the old Croom Road by Caharass Cross and Shaughran Bridge, work has also been completed at Garranroe.

MILLER’S BRIDGE BLOWN UP 40 YEARS AGO: It is now almost 40 years since the Old Miller’s Bridge at Fanningstown on the Limerick/Croom/Cork Road. The famous landmark which slowed the navigating traffic on the journey from Limerick to Cork was seen over those years as a Black Spot area where many accidents and casualties occurred over 113 years of its existence. In the demolition of the Old Railway Bridge which serviced the Limerick/Charleville and Patrickswell/Foynes Railway line. Over 2,000 lbs of explosives were used to demolish the bridge. The blasting operation was carried out by ICI (Ireland Ltd). The whole road improvement scheme including the removal of the bridge cost in the region of £100,000. The construction of the Rail Line from Limerick to Charleville cost in 1861 the large amount of £60,500! Photographs taken by the Limerick Leader in March 1974 showed the detonating of the explosive where an entire area could see the effects of the explosive going off. The picture from the Limerick Leader shows the smouldering effects of the demolition of Miller’s Bridge. The Leader picture showed where a Crow monitoring the activities from the sky was a casualty in the demolition of 113 years of commercial history of Rail Transport in the Croom area. The recent proposal for to design the M20 Atlantic Corridor Route from Attyflynn with a new Junction at Fanningstown to facilitate the new proposed Adare Bypass has been shelved. by the National Roads Authority. This design work cost a total of €4.3 million.

ANNIVERSARY MASSES AND REMEMBRANCES: The anniversary mass for Pat Wallace, Main St. Croom, at St. Mary’s Church Croom on Saturday August 31. The anniversary mass for Margaret and Thomas Ryan, their sons Michael, George, Gerard, Sean and daughter-in-law Rita. Tullivan at SS..Peter and Paul’s Church Banogue on Sunday 1st Sept. Prayers for Agnes and Patrick O’Neill and their son Michael. Margaret, Oliver and Martin Philips, Caherass and Noel Behan Month’s Mind for Breda Begley, Tower Field.

BRIDGET HARTIGAN RIP: The death took place of Bridget Hartigan St. Senan’s Tce Croom relic of the late Michael who predeceased her. The remains were removed from Duffy’s Funeral Home Saturday August 31 to St. Mary’s Church Croom. Requiem mass took place at St. Mary’s Church Croom. Celebrants, Fr. Eamon O’Brien CC assisted by Fr. James McGuire. The burial took place to Reilig Mhuire on Sunday 1st Sept. The late Bridget Hartigan is survived by her sons and daughters, extended family, relatives and friends.

JAMES CANTY RIP: The death took place recently of James Canty formerly of Skagh Croom who resided at Enaghroe, Fedamore. He is survived by his wife Hannah, daughters Elaine, and Catherine, sons Patrick, Michael, Bernard, and Alan, grandchildren, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law and other relatives and friends. His remains reposed at Cross’s Funeral Home, Ballineety Sunday 1st September. Requiem mass took place at Fedamore Church on Monday 2nd September Fr. Michael Cussen PP Fedamore chief Celebrant assisted by Fr. Dan Lane PP Ballingarry. His burial took place at the family plot at Reilig Mhuire Croom. The late James Canty was a prominent member of Croom GAA Teams and donned the blue and white of Croom with pride. The Canty family name would be long associated with the parish of Croom.

MANISTER KEEP FIT CLASSES: Fitness and Fun classes will resume on Tuesday September the 10 at 8pm, in Manister Community Centre. All are welcome. Suitable for beginners. Pay as you go.

CROOM DEVELOPMENT: Meet and Greet Night. Since 2008, Croom Development Association has been working to enhance, support and develop Croom and its environs. But do you really know what the organisation has achieved since then or what it does? Would you like to have a say in what is happening in the town, to have a look at the plans for the Town Park or to talk to those concerned. If so please come along to our Meet and Greet Night. This will take place on Thursday, September 12 at 8pm in the newly opened Enterprise Centre on the Hospital Road. We would encourage everyone to attend to help us to plan for the future of the community. Membership Now Open We want you to be part of our work! Membership of Croom Community Development Association is a great way to show your support for the activities and efforts of the organisation and lends weight to the voice of the community. Members are often closest to the people we want to help, so by registering as a member we can keep you informed of our work and you can have an influence on the direction of the Association. Membership also allows you to vote on motions at the Annual General Meeting and elect the Directors. To become a member please complete the membership forms being distributed with the August Newsletter and return to the Secretary, Croom Development Association, c/o Croom Enterprise Centre BEFORE the September 12.

CROOM MACRA: Toastmasters workshops are still continuing, offering invaluable training in public speaking, interview skills and more. There are two sessions left and the day has changed to Saturday 7pm to 8pm in the Scout Den, Croom. All are welcome and it is free! Preparations are underway for the annual karaoke night held by Limerick Macra, the one and only Macravision. Details will be posted to your club secretaries soon. Save the date for your calendar, Saturday 5th October and start thinking about your song choice. This year audience participation is greatly encouraged with impromptu acts on the night and coming dressed as your favourite singer or pop/rock act could gain you an award on the night. Upcoming Event: Sunday September 15 :Knockbridge, Co. Louth, Vintage Rally and Field Day Sunday September 15. Lots to do and lots to see for all ages! More information 087 2204261 / 086 2578428 or send us a message on Facebook / Email Address - Issue one of Croom Macra’s Newsletter is now out. If you would like a copy emailed to you, simply email ‘newsletter’ to Congratulations to Alan Sparling and Grainne Teahan who recently got engaged. Best wishes to you both from all at Croom Macra! There will be a first aid course on offer to macra members this month. The date, time and type of course are to be confirmed. Please contact Anna Holland on 087 7822135 if you are interested. For details of how to join Croom Macra, contact Anna Holland on 087 7822135.