Church News: Mass time in Broadford for the month of May is 9.30am on Sunday morning. Eucharistic Ministers for Sunday May 5th are Maudie Collins and Hannah McCarthy. The Reader is Donnacha Brosnan. Envelopes for 2013-14: The parish envelopes for the coming 12 months for the offertory collection will commence on the 1st week-end of June. If you did not receive a box of envelopes last year and would like to contribute this year, please contact Fr. O’Dea or you can ring, phone no. is 063/83718 or call to the secretary at the Presbytery Dromcollogher on Fridays.
Pastoral Area Pilgrimage to Knock: The annual pastoral area pilgrimage to Knock which includes the parishes Newcastle West, Monagae, Dromcollogher/Broadford, Killeedy, Ardagh/Carrigkerry, Feenagh/Kilmeedy and Mahoonagh, takes place on Sunday June 9th. Anyone interested in traveling you can give your name to Kitty Duggan Broadford, phone no. 063/84167 or Mary Hartnett Dromcollogher, phone no. 063/83989.
Bereavement: Our sympathy is extended to Cal O’Mahony (nee Dempsey) on the death of her brother Dan who passed away after a short illness on Thursday May 2nd in his 65th year. Dan was a native of Kinsale Co. Cork and came to live in the Rathpalatine Line many years ago where his sister Cal looked after him, he always had affection for his home in West Cork and used visit there every Christmas. His remains were removed from Sextons Funeral Home to Our Lady of the Snows Broadford for his Requiem Mass con-celebrated by Fr. F. O’Dea P.P. assisted by Fr. P. De Búrca and afterwards he was laid to rest in the family grave in Ringrowen Graveyard near Kinsale. To the rest of his extended family, neighbours and friends we extend our sympathy. Ar deis lámh Dé go raibh an anam dilis.
Collection: The Annual Church Gate collection in aid of the Brothers of Charity Services Newcastle West will be taken up at all Masses in Broadford and Dromcollogher on the week-end of Saturday May 11th and Sunday May 12th. Thanking you for your generosity in the past and look forward to your support again this year.
Trip to Athlone: The Broadford and District Active Retirement Association annual day out this year is to the famous town of Athlone on the river Shannon and there are some seats still available. Contact Ita O’Keeffe at 063/84154. The day begin with the bus leaving Broadford at 8.30am, we will have our first stop at the South Court Hotel in Limerick, then on to the N7 to Nenagh, we will then take the N52 via Borrisokane to Birr where we will have our breakfast in Dooleys Hotel. Next on the road will be a visit to historic Clonmacnoise on the banks of the Shannon where St. Ciarán had an early Christian Monastic settlement and the site has a number of well-preserved Round Towers and High Crosses as well as an Interpreter Centre which is a must visit for everybody. We then drive through Cloghan, on to Ferbane and then the center of Ireland which is Athlone with its famous bridge where Patrick Sarsfield and Sargent Costume (the army Barracks in Athlone is named after him) fought to hold off the Williamite army after the Battle of the Boyne. Here, for the adventurous seafaring among us, we have an optional cruise on the majestic Shannon and of course we have several Shopping Outlets and Boutiques to browse through in the town itself. On the return journey we pass through Tullamore, the chief town of Co, Offaly, on to Kilcormac and back to Dooleys Hotel in Birr for dinner, afterwards we head for Roscrea, on to the N7 to Limerick and home again hopefully well contended after our trip.
Credit Union Awards: Congratulations to Nellie Noonan Dromcollogher, James Wall Dromcollogher and Ciss Collins Broadford who were honored for their lifetime service to the Credit Union in the Dromcollogher/Broadford area by Limerick Co. Council in the Council Chamber in Dooradoyle Limerick on Friday April 26th. The presentations were made by Jerome Scanlon M.C.C Chairman of Limerick Co. Council.
Voice of Ireland: Congratulations to Keith Hanley Charleville on winning the voice of Ireland on R.T.E on Sunday night and to his grandaunt Mrs. Josephine Folan (nee Vaughan) Mt. Plummer Broadford and all his relatives in Broadford, Dromcollogher, Ashford in West Limerick along with his relatives in South Limerick and North Cork.
Tidy Towns: The Tidy Towns committee will be going into action in the next couple of weeks with their new programme to enhance the look of the village and surrounding area for 2013. A number of areas are designated for improvements including the Pump House area across from the Enterprise Centre where work by the Co. Council is ongoing at the request of the local development association and the large hedge area at Lois Dara is also to be revamped, so when help is called for when planting will begin, the committee will appreciate your involvement and they wish to thank the Fás workers for their great help every year which is also greatly appreciated.
The Gathering: The meeting to discuss possible events to celebrate “The Gathering 2013” takes place on Tuesday night at 9 o; clock in the Community Centre Broadford. All the clubs and organizations in the area are invited to attend as well as all individuals; the date for the celebrations will be announced shortly. Everybody will be welcome.
Pilgrimage to Knock: S.M.A. annual pilgrimage to Knock Shrine takes place on Saturday May 25th, for further information please contact Maura Egan at 063-83048 or Josie O’Carroll at 063-83021.
The Mackey Stand Draw: The next draw will take place Friday May 10th in Moore’s Bar Doon. All monthly subscribers contact your promoter before that date. Drom/Broadford club winner in April was Kieran O’Connor Dromcollogher. He won €250.
G.A.A. Lottery: The Numbers drawn in the local GAA lottery at Begley’s on Monday April 22nd were 6, 19, 29 and 30. The Match Three prize of €100 was shared by John Curtin Glenduff Ashford and Hannah O’Connor Tullylease. The lucky dips of €50 each were won by Eileen Morey Dromcollogher and Mick O’Brien Coolaboy Dromcollogher. The next draw takes place at the Corner House. The Jackpot goes to €5,800 (win or share) and the Match 3 is €100 (win or share). All sold tickets to be handed in at the clubhouse on Monday evenings before 9o’clock. Tickets are available from any member of the committee or from all business premises, tickets €2 each or three for a €5. Thank you for your continued support.
Parent and Toddler Group: The parent and toddler group meet every Thursday in the Daycare Centre Broadford from 10:30 to 12 noon. This is an opportunity for parents, grandparents and carers to meet and chat while the children play in a safe environment. Enjoy the holidays and a happy Easter to everyone. We meet again on this Thursday April 25th. All welcome.
Table Quiz: The Hereford Society Cards at Neenans: The first and second prizes at the weekly 45 card drive at Neenans on Monday night were divided between: Mickie Murphy Springfield & Julia Duggan Broadford and John Conway Newcastle West & Joe Mullane Castlemahon. The Spot Prize winners were Martin Flynn Bunoke & Ellen O’Connor Mt. Plummer. The winners of the raffle were: 1st prize €35:- Seanie Biggane. 2nd prize €20; - Con Ahern Ratheenagh and 3rd prize €10:- Jim Barry Broadford.