Church News: Mass in Broadford for the month of November will be on Sunday mornings at 9.30am. The reader on Sunday morning is Noreen Roche and the Eucharistic Ministers are Maudie Collins and Sr. Ann Lenihan.
The Mission: The Parish Mission is underway with Fr. S. Enright and Fr. D. Meskell conducting the ceremonies and Ms. N. O’Neill leading us with the hymns. There was a great turnout despite the inclement weather for the Pilgrimage of Prayer Remembrance on Saturday afternoon with the congregation meeting at Springfield Cemetery after walking from Dromcollogher Cemetery and Killough Cemetery where a short remembrance ceremony was held. The blessing of babies and young children saw a large number of children attend morning mass on Sunday and we had a wonderful surprise on Sunday evening at the remembering the dead ceremony with a visit from his Lordship Bishop Brendan Leahy of Limerick. On Monday evening we had a sermon on the Meaning and Purpose of Life and on Tuesday evening we had Building a Relationship with Christ and the All-night Vigil. Wednesday we have Celebrating Gods Mercy. The rest of the programme is on Thursday with the Celebration with our Young People in Dromcollogher at 7.30pm and the final evening will be in Broadford with a celebration of Family and Community Life. Friday also sees Mass for the elderly and infirm at Broadford Day Care Centre at 12 noon and of course we have daily Mass in both churches each morning at 7.00am and 10.00am.
Broadford Gathering DVD: The Gathering D.V.D. is now available at the Post Office and it includes the Day at the Forge, the folklore collection in the Library, the Jazz night, the Fancy Dress Ball, the Rambling House, the unveiling of the plaques and signpost, the Forestry Mass and much more. Cost €10.
Playground Opened: The state of the art Children’s Playground was officially opened on Saturday last November 2nd by two members of the Munster Rugby squad: Simon Zebo and Ken Nagel who cut the tape amid huge applause. The chairman of the playground committee Pat Boyce welcomed the large crowd that attended the occasion and thanked West Limerick Resources who funded 75% of the cost, the contractors D and J O’Sullivan Abbeyfeale, Dromcollogher Credit Union, Broadford Development Association and everybody who helped in any way to realize a dream come true for the children of Broadford and surrounding areas. The playground was then blessed by our Parish Priest Fr. F. O’Dea assisted by Fr. S. Enright and Fr. D Meskell who are conducting our Parish Mission at the moment.
Limerick in Bloom Success: Congratulations to Broadford Development Association on receiving €500 and a trophy for capturing 2nd place in the Limerick in Bloom competition. The committee wishes to thank all the householders and individuals who made such an effort to have their own place looking so well.
Evening of Prayer at Clonfert: A bus will travel to Clonfert Co. Galway for an evening of prayer for the Holy Souls on Sunday Nov. 10th conducted by Eddie Stone starting at 2pm and will conclude with a concelebrated mass. The bus will leave Broadford village at 9.20am. For further details or to book a seat please ring anyone of the following phone no. 063-84167, 063-83054 or 063-83083.
G.A.A News: The Drom/Broadford senior footballers who travelled to Dungarvan to play Ballinacourty of Waterford in the first round of the Munster Club Championship on Sunday last November 3rd were unlucky to lose on the score line of 2-8 to 0-11. The team was J. Noonan, E. Barry, D. O’Leary, G. Egan, G. Noonan, B. Noonan, C. Fahy, M. O’Sullivan, S. Buckley, M. Brosnan, P. Donnelly, D. McCarthy, R. Lynch, M. Reidy, and K. Phair. Subs used J. Stokes, S. Brosnan, P. Madigan, M. Boyce and G. Greaney.
4 Mile Run/Walk: Dromcollogher/Broadford G.A.A. club are holding a 4 mile run/walk over the carnival road race route on Sunday November 10th starting at 12.30pm from the clubhouse in Dromcollogher. Registration will take place at the clubhouse at 11am. Entry fee is: adults €10 and under age €5. Cash prizes for 1st lady, gent and juvenile and other novelty prizes. Light refreshments served .Contact John ar 086/7836591.
The Lottery Draw: The Drom/Broadford lottery draw held on Monday night October 14th at Nunans Bar Dromcollogher and the numbers drawn were: - 1, 22, 24 and 29. The jackpot prize of €8,400 was not won. The Match 3 prize of €100 was not won. The lucky dips of €50 each were won by Joan Stokes Broadford and John Brudair Newcastle West. Next week’s Jackpot is €8,500 (win or share) and the match 3 prize is €200 (win or share) will be held on Monday October 28th in the Neenans Bar Dromcollogher. Tickets are available at €2 each or 3 for €5 from committee members or all business places.
Handball Club News: Broadford Handball Club is holding a Table Quiz on this Friday November 8 at Begley’s Bar. Tables of 4 are €20. Your support will be greatly appreciated. The annual Billy Duggan doubles tournament will be held over the coming week-end November 8th and 9th with the cream of the best hand ballers in Ireland taking part in this great occasion and an event not to be missed.
A Tribute to Dromcollogher/Broadford Senior Football Champions 2013 by Tommie Reidy:
From the Glaise Buí and the Camuiske stream and from the banks of the river Deel.
There came a gallant group of men who never showed no fear,
Seven titles they have captured, all won with grace and style,
They will always be our heroes and stars that shine so bright.
Our defense again stood tall and strong as did our goalie Jack.
Garry Egan and Eoin Barry with McLoughlin a great full back,
Dee O’Leary played at center back, Cillian Fahy by his side.
And man of the match Garrett Noonan attacked with every stride.
Brassie played a stormer and with Seanie controlled the middle,
Ray again was everywhere, left their backs playing second fiddle,
Derry showed some skill and pace as he took his score with ease,
And the Boola boy young Brosnan roamed the park with glee.
The 2012 team skipper Pat Donnelly was to the fore,
While this year’s skipper Micheál Reidy, wore victory crown once more,
The new man on the block from Cavan town he came,
His scores they came from left and right, his name is Killian Phair
The mighty Jason Stokes made his mark when called in to play,
As so did Gearóid Greaney when called into the fray,
Seamie Brosnan and Kevin Noonan showed maturity beyond their years.
As has all the panel who trained throughout the year.