Croom Aug 31

JOHN THOMAS MCNAMARA POINT TO POINT FUNDRAISING MEET: The Limerick Harriers held a fundraising meeting for the forth coming point to point for the John Thomas McNamara Injury Fund which will take place on October 27 at Lemonfield, Crecora. John Thomas, well known jockey from Toureen, Croom, who sustained serious injury at the Cheltenham racing festival in March when riding Galaxy Rock trained by Johnjoe O’Neill. The horse fell at the third fence in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup. Following his fall John McNamara was flown to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol where he was hospitalised and has since been moved to the Mater hospital in Dublin. John Thomas who rode over 600 winners on the race course during his victorious career is married to Caroline with three children. The McNamara family has a long tradition in racing and point to points. The McNamara name goes back with involvement in racing over 100 years. There was a large attendance at Manister community centre on Thursday 22nd August to arrange the hosting of the point to point to be held at Lemonfield. There is a strong organising committee being put in place. A special launch night of the Fundraising event will take place on Thursday the 5th September at 8.30 in the Dunraven Arms hotel, Adare. Various Dignitaries and prominent names associated with Horse Racing will be in attendance. Tickets will be put on sale at various venues and sellers will be travelling throughout the region to ensure that this fundraising event is a major success. Sponsorship and donations would be appreciated. The bank account details are as follows. Bank: AIB, Adare, Limerick Name: Limerick Harriers hunt/J T McNamara Fund. Sort Code: 93-50-93 A/C No.: 01370696

JOHN THOMAS MCNAMARA POINT TO POINT FUNDRAISING MEET: The Limerick Harriers held a fundraising meeting for the forth coming point to point for the John Thomas McNamara Injury Fund which will take place on October 27 at Lemonfield, Crecora. John Thomas, well known jockey from Toureen, Croom, who sustained serious injury at the Cheltenham racing festival in March when riding Galaxy Rock trained by Johnjoe O’Neill. The horse fell at the third fence in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup. Following his fall John McNamara was flown to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol where he was hospitalised and has since been moved to the Mater hospital in Dublin. John Thomas who rode over 600 winners on the race course during his victorious career is married to Caroline with three children. The McNamara family has a long tradition in racing and point to points. The McNamara name goes back with involvement in racing over 100 years. There was a large attendance at Manister community centre on Thursday 22nd August to arrange the hosting of the point to point to be held at Lemonfield. There is a strong organising committee being put in place. A special launch night of the Fundraising event will take place on Thursday the 5th September at 8.30 in the Dunraven Arms hotel, Adare. Various Dignitaries and prominent names associated with Horse Racing will be in attendance. Tickets will be put on sale at various venues and sellers will be travelling throughout the region to ensure that this fundraising event is a major success. Sponsorship and donations would be appreciated. The bank account details are as follows. Bank: AIB, Adare, Limerick Name: Limerick Harriers hunt/J T McNamara Fund. Sort Code: 93-50-93 A/C No.: 01370696

COULTER CEMETERY MASS: The annual Coulter Cemetery Mass took place on Friday last. There was a large congregation to remember those buried in this historic church yard. The churchyard goes back to many centuries. In recent times the cemetery was renovated and the scrub and overgrown trees and growth were trimmed. The cemetery is made accessible for people to remember their relatives who are buried in the cemetery. The old wall entrance has been restored for easy access. The graveyard has tall Ewe Trees and a special Holly Tree is positioned at the South Wall of the old church. The committee headed up by local relatives have carried out the reconstruction work and allows people to visit and remember their relatives. People who attended on Friday night, many would have travelled from the United States and the UK. People who would like to contribute to improvement and maintenance of the cemetery can contact the local cemetery committee to defray the cost of having to use building material such as lime, cement and stone for driveway. It is great to see communities maintaining their historical landmarks which Coulter (Killanoughty) cemetery is an historical place.

ANNIVERSARY MASSES AND REMEMBRANCES: The anniversary mass for John Cotter, Bridge St. Croom took place at St. Mary’s Church Croom on Saturday lsast. The anniversary mass for James Costello, Ballygrennan, and parents Michael and Margaret, at St. Mary’s Church, Croom on Sunday Sugust 25. Prayers for Johnjoe Collins, Matthew and Hannah Daly, Toureen.

ELIZABETH (LILY) HESLIN RIP: The death took place of Elizabeth (Lilly) Heslin Toureen, Croom recently. She was predeceased by her husband John two years ago. She is survived by here son Jonathan, brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. She reposed at her residence, Toureen. She Reposed at her residence on Tuesday and on Wednesday August 2 1concelebrated Requiem Mass took place at St. Michael the Archangel Church, Manister followed by burial in Reilig Mhuire, Croom.

83RD CROOM FAMILY REUNION: The Croom Family Reunion in Kinston Nth. Carolina hosted their 83rd Family Reunion gathering in the Croom meeting house near Kinston on 18th August. The Croom families of the district of Kinston Nth. Carolina celebrate the Croom family settling in the Kinston district who they believe travelled from Croom in Limerick and who changed their Surnames to Croom. It is believed that families who emigrated to America and who may have been involved in the Irish struggle for freedom and for safety changed their names to Croom. A memorial is erected adjacent to the Croom meeting house in Nth. Carolina, of the arrival of the Irish families to the district.

Several groups of Crooms want to visit Croom Ireland. They are a mix of young and old who would love to visit the Maigueside. In August 2012 a Civic Reception was accorded to the Croom Visitors who attended the 82nd Croom Gathering. The Mayor of Kinston City Council received the Maigueside party and made a presentation of a Croom inscribed Tea Set. There was a Twinning arrangement with the Crooms of Nth. Carolina and the Croom of County Limerick. A visit by the families of the Crooms of Nth. Carolina would be very much welcome to the district where they would exchange their family traditions in Culture and their way of life. Hopefully that we will have a Gathering of the long lost families of the Crooms whose roots would have originated from the district. It would be a “Failte Abháile”. The recent visit by the residents from Chicago and Washington was a tremendous success as part of the Gathering. The visiting party might re-enact the Siege of Croom with their costumes and armour, what a re-enactment? No doubt we would hear the War Cry “Crom-Abú”

COMMUNITY CENTRE: Croom Community Centre now taking bookings for clubs and groups for the autumn season for indoor sporting activities, centre facilitates sports such as indoor soccer, indoor hurling, basketball, badminton and volleyball. Rooms also available for meetings and classes. For Details Contact 061397412 or croomcommunitycentre@gmail.com

ST. JOSEPH’S CAMPUS: This is the second year of St. Joseph campus, cycle, walk, run, fundraising event. We would like to ask you to give it the final push and let the public know that this event is happening on September the 1st. We would like to also remind everyone that Raffle cards are still available from the main Reception at our Campus on Bakers Rd ( contact 06389252 ) and that Raffle cards already sold can also be returned to our Campus on Baker’s Rd Charleville. The Raffle will take place on Thursday the 12th of September at 2.30pm at our Campus on Baker’s Rd.

CROOM MACRA: Members attended the Limerick show, taking part at Limerick Macra’s brand new stand. Visitors to the stand were treated to sweets and lots of information about the wonderful activies, sports, social occasions and charity events that we take part in .One lucky winner of our draw that was launched on the day will be treated to one year’s membership to a Limerick club of their choice. Thank you to everyone who stopped by to say hello.

Croom Macra Newsletter: Issue 1 of Croom Macra’s first ever newsletter was launched at the first club meeting of our Macra year, last Tuesday August 20. It was distributed in local Croom shops and to members at the meeting. If you would like to receive a copy of our newsletter and to join our newsletter mailing list, email ‘newsletter’ to macracroom@yahoo.ie The solution to this months crossword is now available on our facebook page.Simply find ‘Croom Macra’ on facebook or scan our QR code with your smart phone. QR code We have created a QR code for your convenience. It will direct you to our facebook page where you can view our timeline and see pictures, crosswords, events, our friends leave us messages and more. Want to join? For more information contact Anna on 087 7822135 or email macracroom@yahoo.ie