MICHAEL J NOONAN FORMER GOVERNMENT MINISTER RIP: The death occurred of Michael J. Noonan, Crean on the 17th September at the Milford Care Centre after a long illness bravely borne. Michael J., (former Government Minister) is survived by his wife Helen, daughters Marie, Anne, Catherine and Carmel, sons John and Pat, grandchildren, sister Breda, Nieces, Nephews, cousins and relatives. The late Michael J Noonan was an elected representative as Councillor, Deputy and Minister during his long Political career. Former President of Macra na Feirme, member of the RTE Authority, Minister for Defence, 1987 and Minister for State 1989. He retired from Politics in 1997. Following his retirement from Public life the late Michael Noonan became involved with many organisations, the Sean Wall Memorial Committee, the Restoration of the Church of Ireland at Bruff, Director of Foynes Flying Boat Museum, Director of Ballyhoura, numerous community involvements in his native Meanus and District. He will be long remembered for his role as Public Representative in the catchment areas of the Morning Star, the Camogue, and the Maigueside district. He was a dedicated servant for over 30 years in the Bruff Electoral Area and the Constituency of West Limerick and his role as a Government Minister in Dáil Eireann. The late Michael J Noonan his remains reposed at his residence at Crean on Thursday 19th September and concelebrated requiem mass took place at St. Mary’s Church, Meanus, on Friday 20th September. Chief Celebrant, Fr. Joe Noonan cousin. Burial took place afterwards to the adjoining cemetery. There was a large attendance of former colleagues who served in Dáil Eireann with him, Politicians and public Representatives from all Political groups. It indicated the esteem in which the late Michael J Noonan former Government Minister, Politician and Community man, who served his people well over three decades, in which he was held. In a Eulogy by his son Pat, he spoke of the great husband, father, farmer, community man, his commitment to the Church and a proud wearer of the Pioneer Pin and how he would like to celebrate a family gathering, anniversary or birthday. The community has lost a true Gentleman. Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a Anam.
SECOND SECTION OF TIDY TOWNS ADJUDICATORS REPORT 2013: The adjudicator loved the sculptures at Caemore Park. This area was quite tidy and a few metres away, a Mens’ Shed project is making raised beds beside the centre. Elm Park has a very tidy entrance with nice roses that were admired. Caemore Court looked really good. There is a very high level of care here. There is a real mixture of styles among the older and newer housing stock in the town in places such as Gleann Ma and Cois Ma. This seems to work well. St. Senan’s Estate has a very nice colour scheme and a very good level of care is evident here from the quality of the houses and gardens. The cottages opposite the RC church are really gorgeous. There is a really lovely approach from the Hospital Side. Mature trees such as Elm and Ash and stone walls make for a lovely avenue effect. However, the old stone wall is in need of repair in a few places such as opposite the Croom Precision plant. Traffic does not flow easily and a cyclist may not feel very secure on Main Street with both sides parked up and car doors opening. Your submission states that you are working on this with businesses and the Gardai. The bike lane on Crecora Road is a bit baffling. It says “Críoch” on one side which would release cyclists into oncoming traffic. The old Church of Ireland graveyard is lovely and peaceful. It is clear that you have a very effective group and you have achieved much. Your attention should be focused upon The Built Environment and traffic management. There is a number of tidiness issues to be tackled as well. Nonetheless, you are to be congratulated for all your work to date. A Complimentary review of the Town of Croom by the Adjudicators by the National Tidy Towns Body. The Maigueside Town is acknowledged as having an attractive feature with its Castles, the beautiful flowing River of the River Maigue, the Old Mill Building, its Churches and the Cut Stone National School. Croom is part of Irish Scenic Views and shows our historic past going back to the Geraldine days.
GO FOR LIFE: Go for Life will resume in the Scouts Den on Wednesday October 2nd at 7.30 p.m. The Go For Life group which was set up over 10 years ago plays a major role with a diverse membership male and female, mid years, retirement years and senior citizens. The activities of the Go for Life has a varied programme each night and also visits to other centres in the County and also to travel away events. The weekly events were initiated by Stephen Moloney and the Colm O’Regan who regrettably passed away last year. A big commitment by Stephen and the late Colm in making the Go for Life project in Croom a community gathering every Wednesday night until May of each year. No doubt there will be some Mystery Tours on the programme for this coming year. The events that the organising committee undertake, activities like exercising, Frisbees, botcha, each night concludes with tea, chat and a sing song. The night would not finish without a song from Nora Kennedy or the sound of the drum beat from the bodhrán.
ANNIVERSARY MASSES AND REMEMBRANCES: The anniversary mass for Donie Flynn Donoman, Croom, at St. Mary’s Church, Croom Sat. 21st Sept. The anniversary mass for Agnes and Patrick O’Neill Caharass, their son Michael, Margaret Oliver and Martin Philips. Prayers for Thomas O’ Donnell Fanningstown.
POP UP SHOP: A pop up shop will be open this Saturday 28th September in Patrickswell Village, opening at 10am till 6pm. Everything from an needle to an anchor for sale. All goods in excellent condition. Super bargains for all ages. The shop is located on the main street in Patrickswell next door to the Centra store. Clothes, shoes, bags, jewellery, pots n pans, garden equipment, furniture, toys etc. all for sale at fantastic prices. Tea, coffee and home bakes for sale also. Hamper for raffle also on the day. All proceeds go to Fr. Derek Leonard and Fr. David Costellos mission in Peru and St. Josephs Orphanage in Romania. A huge thank you to John Leddin Tool Hire Patrickswell who gave the use of his premises free of charge.So come along and join in the shopping spree, something for everybody.
ACCESS BARS INTRO TALK: You are invited you to an intro talk being given on Access Bars. It is part of Access Consciousness; a set of dynamic tools, techniques and clearings to help you change any area in your life that is not working for you be it money, sex, body, business or work, relationships, parenting etc.
Access Bars is a class where you gift and receive a simple hands on body process that anybody can easily learn and use to get more clarity in their lives. Is there some aspect of your life that is not working for you? Are you familiar with those voices going around in your head (mind chatter)or the negative belief patterns? Since I discovered Access Bars all of that has changed. Now all I need do is get my bars run and it takes all that mind chatter or limitations away. If you wish to come along to the intro at 7.30pm in Croom Mills, Croom, Co. Limerick on Wednesday 25th September. It will probably run till 9/9.30pm. Tea, coffee and chat after for those that which to stay. Investment is just €5. Please tell your friends and anybody you think may be interested. Everybody benefits from having their bars run or learning the bars. You can get in touch via email or call Aoife on mobile 085 2060271.
CROOM MACRA: Firstly, great news, Croom Macra is through to the semi finals of club of the year. It takes place at 2.30pm next Saturday 28th September in Abbeyleix. Our club was started in 2008. We have 35 members. Croom Macra has had a fantastic year. The boys won two titles in Macravision for best group and best dressed. The girls represented the club in the national rounds of the indoor soccer. Our boys got to the mens national round of basketball. Amanda Conway will be representing Limerick in Queen of the land in November and many many more successes. We wish our officers the very best of luck next Saturday and thank you to everyone who made the club’s year so special. Secondly, to celebrate our five years we are having a five year birthday bash. We want all our past members, friends new and old to come along and join in the fun. You will find us at the Locke Bar at 8pm next Saturday 28th September. Come for the laugh and stay for the great craic. We would love to see you there. All are welcome. Contact Sharon on 085 2105850 for more details. Preparations are in place for Impromptu Public Speaking on 4th October. Three of our members will be taking part. The Know Your Ag Quiz takes place on October 2nd. Macravision is taking place on 5th October in the Greenhills Hotel. Don’t miss this golden opportunity to take centre stage. Contact Eugene on 087 6558731. For more details on Croom Macra or information on how to join, contact Sharon on 085 2108580.