Ballybricken/Bohermore Aug 31

Charity Cycle: Cliona’s Foundation Cycle, now in its Sixth year will take place on Saturday August 31 from the Honeyfitz Theatre in Lough Gur, just 20km from Limerick city.

Charity Cycle: Cliona’s Foundation Cycle, now in its Sixth year will take place on Saturday August 31 from the Honeyfitz Theatre in Lough Gur, just 20km from Limerick city.

With three routes including an 8km for family and funsters, the organisers have appealed to experienced cyclists with a challenging 90km route and a 40km less arduous route for leisure cyclists. Following the cycle there’s a BBQ, face painting, music and a bouncy castle to keep the entire family entertained.

So popular is cycling that Cliona’s Foundation has founded its own cycling club which is affiliated to Cycling Ireland and is gaining new members each week. Cliona’s Foundation Sixth Annual Charity Cycle was launched in Limerick last weekend by three well known celebrities who were delighted to be part of the event. David Wallace, Leanne Moore and Joy Neville have carved national and international fame in their own right and have supported Cliona’s Foundation over the years.

Register on line by logging onto or on the day with registration starting at 8.30am in the Honeyfitz Theatre. Family Cycle starts at 9.45 a.m., Experienced Cycle starts at 10am and Leisure Cycle starts at 10.30 a.m. Entry is €30 for the Experienced and Leisure Cycles and €25 for the Family Cycle. Entry fee includes insurance, BBQ and entertainment on the day. Sponsorship cards are available by contacting Cliona’s Foundation on 061 400640 and or 087 188 7700. Cards with €100 or more raised will be included in a draw for a €500 cycling voucher.

Bursary Award Extended Date: To facilitate students taking up second round third level offers, St Ailbe’s Credit Union are extending the closing date for applications for the Michal Gill Bursary award to 5pm Friday September 6. The Bursary Award is worth €1,000 per annum up to three years. The award will be based on the applicant’s efforts to actively participate in and improve their community rather than just focusing primarily on academic achievements. Applications in 2013/2014 are welcome from members who have joined before January 1, 2013. Application forms and terms and conditions are available in any of our offices and can also be downloaded from our website Last year’s winner was Jean Cleary a former student at John the Baptist Community College Hospital.

St Joseph’s Young Priests Society: On Monday night last a special mass was held in the Assembly Hall of Caherelly NS. The theme on the night was to thank all involved in the Society and all other organisations which reach out to others. A large crowd from the parish and neighbouring parishes attended. Mass was concelebrated by Canon McNamara and Very Rev Michael Kennedy PP New Inn.

Music during mass was provided by William Laffan, organist in Hospital parish. A special occasion was marked when Mona O’Brien was presented with the Benemerenti Medal by Fr Kennedy. The Benemerenti is a Papal medal conferred on those who have exhibited long and exceptional service to the Catholic Church, their families and community. The word Benemerenti, which means ‘to a well deserving person’, is on the back of the medal, surrounded by a crown of oak leaves. The ribbon is in the Papal colours of yellow and white. Mona is involved in many activities in the parish and is a very quiet, unassuming person who seeks no recognition for her work. She is a very deserving recipient of the award and an example to us all.

GAA Lotto: Draw held on 19 August: There was no winner of the Jackpot this week. Numbers drawn: 11, 13, 21 and 27. Lucky Dip winners were Eoin Frawley/Dermot Condon, Anthony Daly, William Ryan and Roger Bourke. The Jackpot is now €3,800. Tickets can be purchased from promoters, Scanlons shop or online at

Ceramic Classes and Parties: Discover your creativity through clay in a relaxed, social weekly class at Clare Jordan Ceramics, Swallows Rest Studio, Bohermore commencing September 9. ‘Coffee and Clay’ for Adults Monday 7 to 9pm and Thursday 10.30am to 12.30pm. ‘Claytime’ for Children, Monday and Wednesday 3 to 4 pm. Birthday and Special Occasion parties available. For further information Tel 087 4169450 or email

Bruff RFC: Training re-commences on Sunday, September 1 at 10.30am for Mini Rugby (ages 6 - 12) and at 11.30am for Youth Rugby (ages 13 - 18). We look forward to seeing you there.

Knock Pilgrimage: The annual pilgrimage to Knock will be held on Sunday, 29 September. More details to follow.

Congratulations: Congratulations to Liz O’Donoghue and Richard O’Halloran who were married in Carrrigaline recently.

GAA News: The Intermediate hurlers faced Caherline in the relegation semi-final on Friday evening last in Hospital. Having beaten Caherline in the league few weeks previous albeit by a narrow margin, Ballybricken went into this relegation encounter knowing it would take another very good team performance to get over the line. Taking advantage of the strong breeze in the first half Ballybricken got off to a great start with well taken leaving the scoreline in Ballybricken’s favour at half time. Caherline got off to the better start in the second half taking advantage of the elements converting two frees and drawing the sides level before Ballybricken scoring their first free of the half. Caherline then pulled ahead with two points before Ballybricken responded with another well converted point. However Caherline then pushed ahead scoring three consecutive points before Ballybricken converted their last free of the half. Caherline converted another three points before Ballybricken scored the last point of the match. Despite an excellent and fully committed team performance and perhaps unlucky not to have converted a number of opportunities Ballybricken lost in the end by a three point margin. Final score 1-13 to 1-10 in Caherline’s favor. The club would like to wish Liam O’Rourke who had an excellent game a speedy recovery from the injury he picked up in the latter stage of the match.