GRANAGH PLAYERS TAKE TO STAGE: The Granagh Community centre will be like the Abbey or the Adelphi, London or Broadway when their annual Drama lifts the curtain for their production “The Honey Spike” by Brian McMahon. The next two weekends are a must for drama enthusiasts to see the staging of this very popular drama event. Months of work has gone in to the rehearsing of the Honey Spike. The stage is set and extended to cater for the drama events. The stage design has incredible scenes. The audience will feel that they are on the bank of the river with the design and art work and the stage lighting that has been tried and tested. The back room team is in place and Jimmy Sheehy Director has the whip out to ensure the highest standards in drama. The curtain goes up on this Friday January 24 continuing for the 25th and 26th this is the first weekend and the second weekend Friday 31st Saturday 1st and the curtain comes down on the 2nd February, two weekends of laughter and fun. Some of the players have dual participation from a cleric to an IRA member, a Tinker, a Cleric, a Farmers wife to a Tinker, a Tinker a Ballad Singer. Emma McMahon as Breda Clafey . Liam Houlihian as Martin Clafey, Lilly Hanley as Madame Zelda/tinker. Frances O’Kelly as Assumpta Jane/tinker. Muireann O’Connor as Winifred McQueen. Theresa Noonan as Meg McCutcheon. Tony Sheehan as Dickybird/British Sergeant. Jim Chawlke as Mickle Sherlock. Patsy Power as Poll-Poll Sherlock.John Bennett as British Officer.Br. Gabriel and Sergeant O’Brien. Niall Clifford as tinker/British soldier. Marian Sheehy as country woman/tinker. John English as IRA/Tinker/Fr. Melody. Kevin Fitzgibbon as IRA/Shone McQueen. Paddy Tierney as IRA/Michael Mollumpy. Marguerite Lynch as Farmers Wife/Tinker. Tom Noonan as Tinker/Ballad Singer. Sheila Tracey as Tinker. A Drama not to be missed. The highest of standards in drama and entertainment presentation. The place to be is Granagh Community Centre over the next 2 weekends where community activities is alive and well.
CROOM GAA CLUB AGM: The Annual General Meeting of Croom GAA Club took place at the Community Centre on Friday 17th January. There was a good attendance of members. The Chairman Alan Shearin welcomed the members and new members. The Secretary Seamus Twomey outlined the activities of the various teams in both hurling and football. He complimented all the teams and regretted that the Senior Team lost its Senior Status and hope that we would be returning to Premier grade in the not too distant future. The Financial Report was presented by the Treasurer Mark Reidy who outlined the Income and Expenditure for the year ending the 31st December 2013. Details of the Lotto, Development Draw, Commercial Signs, Poker Classic, Sponsor Cycle, Credit Union Sponsorship, Ulster Bank GAA Force Competition, Munster Council Grant, Membership, Total Income €43,165, Total Expenditure €41,107. PC Fitzgerald complimented the club on entering the Scor competition when Seamus Lordan initiated the idea and asked Breda O Dwyer would she take on the task of getting it established again. They attended the AGM of Limerick Scor in the Woodlands in Adare. Breda was elected as vice chairperson of Limerick Scor on the night. Croom Scor entered competitions in Recitation, Group music and Novelty Act. All competitors were successful in their acts on opening night and went on to the county finals in Askeaton, On that night the novelty act won the county competition and received a cup and medals on the night, and went on to represent their club and Limerick in the Munster finals. Unfortunately on the night they didn’t go forward and lost to Cork and Clare. A very talented bunch of kids, Stephen O’ Dwyer, Ella O’ Rourke, Sean Cregan, Conor Shanahan, Conor Twomey, John Lyons and Rory Dunworth did their parents, their club and their county proud with a great performance. Breda was honoured to be apart of their huge success on their first participation in Scor. They look forward to doing it all again next year. It is great to see our music and culture actively alive in the Maigueside.
COMMUNITY GAMES RESULTS: Croom, Banogue, Manister, Community Games U10 indoor soccer results .Croom Banogue Manister 2 Granagh 1, Croom Banogue Manister 5 St Senans 3,Croom Banogue Manister 3 Askeaton 3, Croom Banogue Manister 5 Kilmallock 2. Captain William Dore, Daniel Scully, Cahill Dalton, Dermot Shanahan, Cian Shinnors, Harry Costello, Jason Meade and Eoin Vukovic. This was a mighty performance from the combined parishes with a great turn out Unbeaten in four very entertaining games. They now play to qualify for last eight next Sunday at 10.30 in Galvone Limerick.
LIMERICK YOUTH SERVICE : If 2013 was amazing then 2014 promises to be as busy as ever at Limerick Youth Service as we continue to support and encourage young people to be active participants in shaping their futures. There are plenty of projects in the pipeline and are looking to take Limerick Youth Service where no youth work organisation has gone before! ‘Since it first opened the doors in 1973 Limerick Youth Service has always strived to ensure that only the best is good enough for our young people.
Limerick Youth Service supports Garda Youth Diversion Projects, a Learner Training Initiative, Youth & Family Intervention Programmes, Comhairle na nÓg, Youth Cafes, a Community Training Centre, Youth Bank, Transition Programmes, Youth Clubs and much more. Limerick Youth Service will hold its annual Variety Show at LIT’s Millennium Theatre on this Friday, January 24th from 7:30-10:30. The Variety Show will see young people participate in five categories: Dance, Song, Band, Music & Performance with the winners representing Limerick Youth Service at Youth Work Ireland’s National Finals in June. The evening will also see young people and volunteers add a touch of Hollywood to the evening as they strut their stuff in an ‘At The Movies’ themed Fashion Show. Richard Lynch, ilovelimerick and Aofie McLoughlin, former contestant from the Voice of Ireland, will be two of the judges on the evening with further special guests due to drop in. If you would like to know about the Variety Show please contact Joe Walsh, Limerick Youth Service at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 083-3718793.
ANNIVERSARY MASSES AND REMEMBRANCES: The anniversary mass for Rose, Tim, Roy and Julie Meehan, Elm Park Croom, at St. Mary’s Church, Croom on Sat. 18th Jan. The anniversary mass for Vincent O’Donovan, Tullovin, at St. Mary’s Church, Croom on Sun. 19th Jan. The anniversary mass for Tim Quade, on Sun. 19th Jan. at SS. Peter and Paul’s Church Banogue. Prayers for Mrs. Bridie Martin, Oakview Drive, Ballinacurra, wife of the late John Martin formerly of Carrigeen, her funeral took place from Daffy’s Funeral Home to St. Mary’s Church, Croom and burial took place to Reilig Mhuire cemetery. Prayers for Mrs. Kathleen Daly, Ballyhea, sister of Michael Fitzgibbon, Caemore Court. Prayers for Mrs. Annie Kiely, St.Senan’s Tce. Croom.
JUNIOR INFANTS ENROLMENT: Enrolment for Junior Infants for September 2014 is now taking place in Croom National School. Parents may collect an enrolment form from the School Secretary between 9.00 a.m. and 2.30 p.m. or by contacting the school 061397416. Parents of children being enrolled can meet with the Deputy Principal Mrs. O’Rourke between 1.45 p.m. and 2.30 p.m. any day.
LIMERICK SOCIAL SERVICE: The Annual Diocesan Collection for the Limerick Social Service centre was taken up last weekend January 18 and 19. The parish contributes towards this very worthy service which includes Counselling Service, access to qualified Counsellors. A Parents/team mother support programme for mothers in the local community, a Creche and Pre-School at the centre provides child care for those parenting alone r low income enabled them to return to employment or to access education and training, Family welfare conference service, family support initiatives, a traveller health advocates programme, a variety of services for the elderly in 2013 the collection throughout the diocese realised €30799 towards the day-day running costs of the centre.