TIDY TOWNS: Bruree Rockhill Tidy Towns are having their church gate collection on Saturday and Sunday, September 7/8. All money donated goes straight into the Tidy Town effort in the village.
MEMORIES BRUREE AND ROCKHILL: Plans for the Gathering weekend in the parish have now been finalised and everything is in place for a great celebration. It takes place from September 12 - 15 and the theme of the weekend is Memories of Rockhill and Bruree.
On Thursday, September 12, there will be an opportunity to preview a selection of the photos which will be displayed over the weekend. This takes place in the De Valera Museum and Bruree Heritage Centre from 7 to 9pm. The official opening will take place at the Community Hall on Friday, September 13 at 8pm. Eamon Ã“ Cuiv TD will perform the ceremony and will give a short talk on his memories of his grandfather, Eamon de Valera, the family man as distinct from the politician. The night will finish with a traditional Irish rambling house with music song and dance. Admission for the night is just â‚¬5 which includes the usual lavish tea.
The much awaited and talked about photo exhibition will take place on Saturday and Sunday, September 14/15, in Bruree School, from 1 to 5pm each day. Admission is free.
There will be a historic walk through the village on Saturday, September 14 at 1 pm with the walk leaders describing how the village looked in the past and remembering past residents and businesses.
The night of Saturday September 14 will be a night of nostalgia in the Community Hall with live and disco music providing an opportunity for all ages to take to the dance floor with waltzes, quicksteps, jive, hip-hop, rock â€˜nâ€™ roll, disco, etc. The dress code for the night is Rockhill Bruree Through the Decades so start searching your wardrobe for suitable attire and get into the spirit of the night! Pick an outfit from your favourite decade and be in with a chance to win a prize for the best dressed on the night. There will be full bar facilities and a barbeque and other activities are being finalised for the night. Admission is â‚¬25 which includes Barbeque food and three (3) drinks. Tickets are available from committee members and you are asked to please purchase yours as soon as possible.
The weekend will conclude with a family fun day at Bruree Sportsfield which will include fun activities for all ages from bouncy castles to a tug of war.
Be sure and visit the facebook page at www.facebook.com/MemoriesRockhillandBruree and check out the photos there - they are a small sample of what will be on show over the weekend.
The proceeds of the weekend will go towards the Rockhill Bruree Sportsfield Development so all moneys raised will be staying in the parish to provide sports and recreational facilities for young and not so young in the parish.
RAMBLING HOUSE: The next traditional Irish Rambling House will be held on Friday, September 13, in Bruree hall, starting at 8pm sharp. This will be part of The Gathering 2013 weekend in the parish.
RADIO DRAW: East Limerick Community Radio is holding a fundraising draw with â‚¬2,000 in prizes, including a first prize of â‚¬1,000. Tickets are â‚¬5 and are available from John Harrold and other station volunteers and presenters. The station broadcasts on 96.8FM and 97.3FM seven days a week.
ROCKHILL AND BRUREE COMMUNITY HALL: Rockhill and Bruree Community Hall is available for hire! Facilities include large hall with viewing space, stage, two badminton courts, hand ball alley, large outdoor space with outdoor lighting, kitchen. Hourly or nightly rates are available. Phone 086 056 5544 or contact a committee member.
GAA: South Fixtures 2013 Junior â€˜Aâ€™ Football Championship. Weekend September 8th Bruree v Castletown/Ballyagran, Semi Final - Weekend 15th September, Final - Weekend 22nd September
Minor Football Championship: Sunday September 8th Killacolla Gael v Glennacurrane, Sunday September 15th Balbec Gaels v Killacolla Gaels, Finals - Weekend 22nd September.
Killacolla Gaels are a combination of Bruree and Castletown/Ballyagran.
CLIONAâ€™S FOUNDATION: Clionaâ€™s Foundation Cycle, now in its 6th year will take place on Saturday, August 31st, leaving from the Honeyfitz Theatre, Lough Gur.
With three routes this year including an 8km for family and funsters (fee â‚¬25.00), the organisers have appealed to experienced cyclists with a challenging 90km route (fee â‚¬30.00) and a less arduous 40km route (â‚¬30.00) for leisure cyclists. Following the cycle thereâ€™s a BBQ, face painting, music and bouncy castle to keep the entire family entertained. Registration online at www.eventmaster.ie. Sponsorship cards available from Clionaâ€™s Foundation 087 - 188 7700. Pencil the date into your diary.
BRUREE ROCKHILL COMMUNITY GAMES: Congratulations to Laura Frawley who won a Bronze medal at the Community Games national Athletic finals at Athlone last weekend. Laura competed in the Under 10 100m, representing Bruree-Rockhill and Limerick.
STEPPING STONES COMMUNITY PLAYSCHOOL: We will be re-opening on Monday, September 2 at 9.15 am for playschool and we are delighted to announce that the after school service will also be starting that day!!
We will collect the children from the school and remain open until 6pm each day and our rates are very affordable. Anyone who may be interested in the after school service please contact Brenda on 087-1649755.
THANK YOU: The committee of adayforgina would like to thank everyone for all their support in making adayforgina such a success - we greatly appreciate it. We will be presenting cheques to the two charities involved on September 28 in the Central Bar, Bruree. All are welcome to join us on the night. As there are donations still coming in, we chose to wait until then to present the cheques so we look forward to seeing everyone again on the night.
MASS ROCK: A Mass was said at the Mass Rock beside Rockhill Church on the eve of the Feast of the Assumption August 14. It was celebrated by our parish priest Fr. McAuliffe to coincide with the year of faith being marked all over Ireland during this year. There was a large crowd in attendance and despite the rain nobody seemed to get wet. lt was lovely to be part of the heritage of our parish at this Mass and we are grateful to get the chance to attend. A big thank you to Fr. McAuliffe P.P. and also Jerry Delee who made the area around the rock suitable for all those who needed to sit during the ceremony.
ROCKHILL ROVERS: Rockhill played their first Premier League game last Fridaynight against a very good Broadford side, and itâ€™s fair to say, the spectators were rightly entertained! Unfortunately Rockhill were on the losing side of a 7-4 scoreline, but the game was closer then that scoreline suggests. The Rockhill players deserve great credit for their workrate and commitment throughout the match. They took the lead through a Ger Oâ€™Dea strike within 10 minutes of the kick off, but before long were 3-1 down.
Rockhill could have easily thrown in the towel at that stage, but they kept up the work. Michael Thompson pulled a goal back from the penalty spot and Donie Deady brought Rockhill level before half time. In the second half, Rockhill conceded two unfortunate goals but again didnâ€™t lie down, with Kieran Oâ€™Rourke striking for their fourth to get Rockhill back in the game again. Rockhill were playing some good football but again slack defending cost us when Broadford tacked on two late goals. All in all to score four goals in their first Premier League outing was a big plus for Rockhill, regardless of the scoreline. They played very well at times and given a bit of time will hopefully improve on last weekâ€™s result.
LOTTO: Lucky dip winners in last weekâ€™s Bruree GAA/Rockhill Rovers lotto draw were â‚¬50 Teresa Nyst, Kilmallock â‚¬25 Moloneyâ€™s Bar Lottery, Geraldine Oâ€™Regan, Castletown â‚¬20 Frankie Finn, Brendan Deady, Mike Oâ€™Brien.
GOLF SOCIETY: Prizewinners in Donna Finnâ€™s Presidentâ€™s Prize, held in Cahir, were 1st Larry Moloney 2nd Frankie Finn 3rd Joe Carroll Best Lady Rose Moloney Past President Mike Potter Gross David Deady Front 9 Ger Mullane Back 9 Jim Oâ€™Connell Longest Drive Eoin Oâ€™Connell Ladies Longest Drive Grainne Clifford Best Visitor Anthony Fitzgerald. Donna would like to thank everyone who helped make the day and night such a success.