Church News: Mass in Broadford for the month of November will be on Sunday mornings at 9.30am. The reader on Sunday morning is Olivia Noonan and the Eucharistic Ministers are Josephine Folan and Tom Clarson.
The Mission: The Parish Mission which took place from Saturday November 2nd to Friday November 8th was a great success with large crowds attending all the ceremonies which were conducted by Redemptorist priests Fr. S. Enright and Fr. D. Meskell and leading the congregation in singing with many and various hymns was Ms. N. O’Neill. Our P.P. Fr. O’Dea and his committee must be congratulated for the organization of the event and the preparatory meetings held over the past months did surely pay off and to all those from both sides of the parish who took part in the different and varied ceremonies including the children, young people and adults who gave willingly gave of their time must also be thanked as well as the people who supplied refreshments and helped in any way to make the Social Gathering on the last night of the Mission in the Community Centre a huge success.
Broadford Gathering D.V.D.: The Gathering D.V.D. is now available at the Post Office and it includes the Day at the Forge, the folklore collection in the Library, the Jazz night, the Fancy Dress Ball, the Rambling House, the unveiling of the plaques and signpost, the Forestry Mass and much more. Cost €10.
Night Vigil at Knock: The parish night vigil at Knock Shrine will take place on December 7th and to book your seat in the bus contact to Kitty Duggan Broadford at 063- 84167 or Kay Lordan Dromcollogher at 063-83304.
Christmas Market: The annual Broadford Christmas Market takes place this year on Sunday December 8th straight after 9.30am Mass. This has always been a well-supported fundraising event with the whole community getting involved supplying a variety of baked goods, farm produce, etc. and we are asking you to keep up the good work again this year. We will again have the now famous Broadford Breakfast Roll for sale, supplied with a cup of tea or coffee which is always a welcome sight on the cold and frosty mornings of December. Any business people wishing to book a stall to display their goods and crafts for sale on the day contact Mary Lee-Geary at 063/84019.
Billy Duggan Tournament: Congratulations to local man C.J. Fitzpatrick who teamed up with Dominick Lynch from Glenbeigh to win the Billy Duggan Memorial Doubles Tournament at Broadford over the week-end defeating the Mayo pair and the new U.S. Open Champions Dessie Keegan and Joe McGann in a trilling final.
Primary School Win: Well done to Scoil Mhuire Broadford on winning their respective primary schools football championship at Neville Park Rathkeale on Thursday November 7th when the defeated Feenagh in the final. The panel of players were :- Jack Pierce (captain), Robert McCarthy, Jack Brennan, Edward Brennan, Brian Stack, Micheal Barrett, Brian Ahern, Kenny Lynch, Graham Roche, Shane McCarthy, Lee Foley, Cian Nash, Donagh McCarthy, Izan Domingo, Ewan Collins, Micheal O’Connor-Downey, J.J. Daly, Anthony Lenihan, Morgan Higgins.
Active Retirement News: The weekly meetings continue every Monday nights starting at 7.30pm in the Day Care Centre. The past few weeks we have very interesting talks and advice from a variety people and organizations like the Fire Brigade Officers, a Health Foods Expert, Upholstery and coming up we have night on Hair and Beauty, a talk on Fashion and a visit from a Solicitor. We had a visit from Outreach Officers Mary Healey and Maureen Wolfe from the Mid-Western Region. Our Christmas Party is arranged for the Corbett Court on Saturday December 14th; give your name to Ita O’Keeffe at 063/84154
Bord na nÓg Blitz: The Drom/Broadford under 10 hurlers had a very good innings at their last blitz of the season at Martinstown last week winning two of their three matches against Bruree, Monaleen and Pallasgreen. The squad included, Sean, Ryan, Eamonn Ryan, Tommie Ryan, Paddy Ryan, Robert Shanahan, Jack Shanahan, Eamonn O’Kelly, Robert McCarthy, Brian O’Callaghan, Evan O’Callaghan, Fionn McCarthy, Micheal Pierce, Patrick Noonan, and Darragh Reidy.
4 Mile Run/Walk: Dromcollogher/Broadford G.A.A. club 4 mile fund-raising run/walk event over the carnival road race course on Sunday last November 10th saw a good number going to the starting line on a wet and miserable afternoon and the club wish to thank everybody who braved the elements to support the event.
The Lottery Draw: The Drom/Broadford lottery draw held on Monday night November 4th at Neenans Bar and the numbers drawn were: - 3, 14, 24 and 29. The jackpot prize of €8,500 was not won. The Match 3 prize of €200 was not won. The lucky dips of €50 each were won by Gerard Madigan Broadford and Ruarí Hannigan Tullylease. Next week’s Jackpot is €8,600 (win or share) and the match 3 prize is €250 (win or share) will be held on Monday October 28th in the Neenans Bar Dromcollogher. Tickets are available at €2 each or 3 for €5 from committee members, at the box in the square or all business premises.
Handball Club News: The winners of the Broadford Handball Table Quiz on Friday Nov, 8th at Begley’s Bar. Tables were Rose McMahon, Noel Duggan, and Sheila Duggan. The runners up were John and Ester Stack, Pat and Marian Sheehan. The annual Billy Duggan doubles tournament will be held over the coming
Mock Wedding: The fundraising committee of the Respite Centre Dromcollogher has organized the very popular and a once off “Mock Wedding” event to help to defray the running costs of the Centre and this will be held in the Dromcollogher Day Care Centre on Friday November 15th. Admission to the “Wedding” is €10 and your support will be appreciated.
Craft Fair: Dromcollogher Community Hall committee is holding a Christmas Craft Fair on Sunday November 24th starting at 10.00am.Annyone wishing to have a stall at the Fair please contact Mary Lynch on 087/9978000. The Community Hall Monster Draw tickets are still available from committee members at €10 each or 3 tickets for €20, so if you are not in you can’t win.
Cards at Neenans: William O’Gorman Milford and Mgr. Kelliher Buttavant were the winners at the weekly 45 card drive at Neenans on Monday nights.
Fiddler on the Roof: Newcastle West Musical Society is heading for its final week-end of their production of Fiddler on the Roof in Knockaderry Hall. The show has received rave reviews and played to full houses that has described it as an outstanding production made all the more wholesome by the unbelievable local talent on stage.The entire production is home grown with a number of Broadford people playing key roles. Susan Browne plays the key singing role of Hodel, she also takes the helm as chorus mistress and vocal coach to the principal singers as well as choreographing a number of chorus scenes. Padraig O’Shea returns to stage in the part of Fyedka and gives a very convincing portrayal of the Russian soldier. Pamela O’Shea plays Reb Nachum the begger and is a very solid driving force in the dynamic chorus. Making their stage debuts are Ellen Reidy, Muireann O’Callaghan, Shane McCarthy and Jack Pierce who have received the highest of praise from the audience and also from the society as being exceptionally talented, reliable, responsible and fabulous children to work with. All four are members of the Broadford Youth Choir which focuses on confidence building and offering opportunities to the young people of Broadford. Do come along and support a really fine show. The last opportunities to see this show are: this Friday November 15th and Sunday November 17th in the Hall Knockaderry beginning at 8pm sharp.