BUSY SUNDAY: Last Sunday, November 10, at 4 pm the unveiling and blessing of a plaque commemorating the late Canon John Hayes, founder of Muintir na Tíre, took place at Ballyvoreen. After Myles McNamara spoke, the plaque was unveiled by Paddy Hourigan and blessed by Father Lochlainn Brennan. At 6 pm, the official re-opening of the Muintir na Tíre Hall took place after extensive renovation. Among the distinguished guests were JP McManus and A.P. McCoy, champion jockey and rider of over 4,000 winners and PP of Murroe/Boher parish, Father Lochlainn Brennan and former PP, Canon Tom Ryan. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held with the ribbon cut by JP and, as a special treat to all, a box of AP McCoy’s autobiography was given out and signed by JP and AP. Speakers introduced by Fr Simon Sleeman of Glenstal Abbey were Paddy Hourigan on Canon John Hayes, Martin Quinn, former President of Muintir na Tíre and Tipperary Man of the Year, John Walsh, Chairman of Ballyhoura Ltd and Kathleen Gunning. Then JP McManus reminisced on his growing up years and his coming to Murroe for matches with South Liberties. Flowers were presented on behalf of Carmel Fox, who was ill, and a bowl to JP McManus. Flowers were also presented to Breeda Ahern on her Trojan work for the Murroe hall and to Kathleen Gunning also for her work in the parish. A special song was performed in honour of JP, written ably by Mark Patrick Hedderman, Abbott of Glenstal after which Fr Simon concluded by thanking all the various bodies and individuals for their help and support. At 7 pm, a special presentation was made to Father Tom Ryan to mark his retirement as parish priest of Murroe/Boher. The Murroe Choir were in splendid form before speeches of appreciation to Fr Tom by Pat Walsh, Pat O Connell of Boher Development Association and Fr Simon. Again a special serenade was performed in his honour, again written by Mark Patrick Hedderman, and performed by Paddy O’Connor and Sean Hogg. After a presentation to Fr Tom, he spoke fondly and amusingly of his time in the parish. The choir then sang one of Fr Tom’s favourite songs, ‘Speed your Journey’ which was received with the appreciation it deserved. There was further music by Jodie, Bob, Ita and Eileen and refreshments to conclude a very successful evening and night. The Marian Club committee and the Community Council went all out to produce the finest of food fare on the night and nobody went home hungry.
BOHER COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION: The progressive 45 takes place on every Friday night at 8pm (sharp) in Boher Community Centre. Last week’s Progressive 45 Results are as follows: First: Sean Collins and John Lynch, Philip Grant and David Holmes and Paudie Laffan and Pat O’Connell. Second: Bob and Ita Richardson and Liz Barron and Nora Lonergan. Third: Tony Quinn and Larry Quigley. The Table Prize was won by Brendan Quirke and Francis Boyle and Paddy Owens and Michael Tuohy. This week’s results are: First, Brendan Quirke & Francis Boyle. Second, Tomás & Helena Hickey and Tony Quinn & Larry Quigley and third, Paudie Laffan & John Finucane. The table prize was won by Michael Tuohy & Dick Laffan and Patsy Laffan & Paddy O’Connor.
The Boher Parish Calendar will be available from next week from all local businesses or any committee member. On the cover is a unique photo of the four Munster medal recipients from our local GAA club. It contains beautiful pictures of local events held throughout the year and the cost is €5-00. Boher Christmas Market takes place this year on Sunday December 8, at 2pm. They are calling all craftspeople, young and not so young, artists, bakers and culinary experts to take part. You can book a stall at Boher Community Centre and show off/sell some of your creative delights. If you would like to book a stall, please phone or text Paudie Laffan on 086 0785836. There will be a small charge of €5 per stall. Santa Clause will also visit the Community Centre. Boher Parish Social will take place early in the New Year and there will be more details later.
LIMERICK HURLERS CALENDAR: Limerick hurlers calendar, 2014, in aid of MS Ireland (Mid West Region) costs €10-00 and are for sale locally in Ahern’s Shop, Gala, Sean English’s shop and Powers Pub.
45 DRIVE RESULTS: The winners of last week’s 45 Drive were: First prize of €90 went to Mr & Mrs Frank Kelly. Second prize of €80 went to Philip Grant & John and Paddy Lee & Liam Shinnors. Third prize of €70 went to Paudie Laffan & Liz Barron. Table prizes were won by Brendan Quirke & Frank Boyle and John & Rhona Coleman.
CHURCH NEWS: A church gate collection will take place on this coming weekend, November 16 and 17 in aid of the people of Syria which is being organised by Trocaire. Collection boxes will be available in the churches. A Parish Renewal Team meeting will take place on Wednesday, November 20 at 8 pm in the Parochial House. Mass for all parishioners who died during the year will be celebrated on Friday, November 29 in Murroe church at 7-30 pm. Rosaries continue in the cemeteries during November at 3 pm.
MURROE AFC: The under-11 boys had a fantastic 1-0 win away to Herbertstown last weekend. Jay Ryan got the all important goal. The under-12 girls were also in action with the older girls losing 2-0 away to Kilmallock in the premier division, Leah O’ Riordan, Lucy O’ Donnell, Cara Griffin and Naoise Duffy impressed for Murroe. The younger 12’s had the result of the weekend winning 2-0 over Holycross with Aoibhe Butler scoring twice. This was a well deserved win for Murroe who played lovely passing football for their 1st win of the season. Credit to all the girls, in particular, Aoibhe Butler and Orlaith Hickey. The under-16 girls played Corbally in the Premier Division and maintained their 100% record with a 4-0 victory. Shauna Ryan, Grainne Regan, Sarah Shortt and Roisín O’ Mara netted for Murroe. The soccer draw is back again. There is a super prize fund with a 1st prize of €1000 euro, 5 X €100, Turkey and Ham, Pónaire Hamper, Christmas Hamper, Drinks Hamper, 10 prizes of €50 each plus many more. Tickets are €5 each, the same as last year, with a book of 12 tickets costing €50. Your support as always is much appreciated for this, our main fundraiser of the year. Tickets are available from any committee member, team manager or phone Noel Regan on 086-8109682.
CHRISTMAS FAIR: Bilboa National School will hold its annual Christmas Fair THIS Sunday 17th November at 2pm in the Community Centre, Cappamore. This event is now in its 27th year and has always proven to be a very enjoyable day out with a huge variety of competitions and entertainment to suit all ages. There is something for everyone: Wheel of fortune, Santa, coats & handbags stall, bric-a-brac, cakes, toys, books, games, competitions, children’s entertainment and lots, lots more. All proceeds will go towards the development of the school.