Church News: Mass in Broadford for the month of December will be on Saturday evenings at 7.30pm and Sunday mornings at 9.30am. The reader on Saturday December 7th is Helen Lacy Pierce and the Eucharistic Ministers are Kitty Duggan and Hannah McCarthy. The reader for Sunday morning December 8 is Ann Lenihan and the Eucharistic Ministers are Tom Clarson and Josephine Folan.
Broadford Gathering D.V.D.: The Gathering D.V.D. is now available at the Post Office and Moloney’s Foodstore this coming week. The D.V.D. includes action from the following events:- the Day at the Forge, the Folklore Collection and Memorabilia in the Library, the Jazz night, the Fancy Dress Ball, the Rambling House, the unveiling of the Archbishop Duhig plaques and signpost, the Forestry Mass and much more. This will make a wonderful Christmas Gift. Cost €10.
Night Vigil at Knock: The parish night vigil at Knock Shrine will take place this Saturday December 7th and if you are interested in going, contact Kitty Duggan Broadford at 063- 84167 or Kay Lordan Dromcollogher at 063-83304.
Parent & Toddler Group: The parent and toddler group continue to meet every Thursday at the Day Care Centre Broadford from 10.30am to 12 noon. All are welcome.
Noonan’s Wonderland of Christmas Lights: The Christmas Lights at Noonan’s of Templeglantine 2013 continue to light up the night sky around the Tullig townland and is attracting young and old, all to help fundraise for several local charities and will continue until Sunday January 12th 2014. The charities to benefit this year are The Brothers of Charity Newcastle West, Foynes, Adare Branch of Alzheimer’s Society, Milford Care Centre, Acquired Brain Injury, Castleisland Co. Kerry. There will be a special Christmas Party for the kids with Santa on Saturday December 7th at 5pm. The Dromcollogher/Broadford county senior football team and supporters are due to visit the sight on this Sunday December 8th and at a later date the Carrigkerry Wren Boys will be there. The Noonan family of Tony, Hannah and Siobhán wish everyone a happy and holy Christmas and also wish to thank you all for your generous support for this fundraising event over the years.
Christmas Country 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, fresh farm produce, and the book stall is back as well as soft toys and brick-a-brac. The last of the Gathering T-shirts will also be on sale. 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. Santa Claus will be making an appearance so kids have your Christmas list ready to give to him and have your photograph taken with the great man. Also that morning there will be a Fun Run with all the runners dressed up as Santa starting at 10 o’clock and all will be back in the Community Centre by 11 o’clock. 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.
Ladies Football County Title: Congratulations to the local Dromcollogher/Broadford ladies football minor team that captured the county championship last week at Neville Park Rathkeale when they defeated old rivals St. Albies in a trilling final. The county cup was presented to Donna Mulcahy captain of the team by county board chairman Jerry Noonan. Donna thanked all the girls for their commitment and dedication over a long season and thanked the management team of Siobhán McCarthy, Murthy Mulcahy, Jim Barrett and trainer Moss McCarthy. She thanked the match officials and gave three cheers for a sporting St. Albies team. The team was Coleen Leahy, Sondra Boyce, Ciara McCarthy, Lorna Curtin, Niamh McCarthy (Pike Street), Norma Kiely, Donna Mulcahy (captain), Ellanna Mulcahy, Sarah Shanahan, Niamh McCarthy (Church Street), Claire Enright, Norma O’Sullivan, Gemma Barrett, Meadbh McCarthy, Aisling McCarthy, Laura Stack, Emily Rose Mulcahy, Kiara Purcell and Jessica Roche.
Mackey Stand Draw: The final draw of the Limerick County G.A.A. Club Draw formally known as the Mackey Stand Draw will take place on this Friday December 6th at the Weigh Inn Ballysheedy. All local members contact your promoter before that date and complete your payment for this year.
G.A.A. News: The local Under 21 football team are involved in a three way play off with Shamrocks (a combination of Ballylanders, Galbally and Effin) and St Mary’s/Sean Finn’s of Rathkeale in Group 1 of the Premier Football championship after they all teams finished level on points after 5 rounds of league matches. Check County Board fixtures for more details. A big crowd from West Limerick are expected to travel to Mallow to wish the best of luck to neighbours Feenagh/Kilmeedy and Feohanagh/Castlemahon in their respective Munster final encounters in the Munster club junior hurling and junior football championships on this Sunday December 8th.
The Lottery Draw: The Drom/Broadford G.A.A. lottery draw was held on Monday night November 25 at the Green Bar and the numbers drawn were: 1, 13, 16 and 25. The jackpot prize of €8,800 was not won. The Match 3 prize of €100 was not won. The lucky dips of €50 each were won by Tommie Reidy Dromcollogher and Margaret McLoughlin Farrihy Broadford. Next week’s Jackpot is €8,900 (win or share) and the match 3 prize is €100 (win or share) will be held in Nunans Bar Dromcollogher. Tickets are available at €2 each or 3 for €5 from committee members, at the box in the square or at all business premises in the parish.
Cards at Neenans: The winners of the weekly 45 card drive at Neenans Bar every Monday night were John Neenan Broadford and Con Ahern Ratheenagh with 9 games. The runners up were Mickie Murphy Springfield and Jim O’Connor Ballinlongig. The spot prize went to Martin Flynn Feohanagh and Timmy Murphy Springfield. The raffle winners were €35 Jim Barry Tullaha, €20 John Conway Newcastle West and €10 Tom Ahern Ratheenagh.