Church News: Readers for Easter Week: Holy Thursday night Mass is at 7 o’clock is Marian Brosnan. Good Friday at 8 o’clock the readers are Kathleen Barry, Helen Kelly and Marion Brosnan (Knocktooch) and the Prayers of the Faithful readers are (1) Gerry Mulcahy, (2) Noreen Roche, (3) Noreen Roche, (4) Bridget Noonan, (5) Olivia Noonan, (6) Mary Ann Reidy, (7) Mary Ann Reidy, (8) Marion Purcell, (9) Ann Lenihan and (10) Ann Lenihan. Holy Saturday at 8 o’clock its Séamus O’Suilleabháin with the 1st Reading, Donnacha Brosnan with the 3rd Reading, Helen Lacy Pierce with the 5th Reading and Marion Purcell with the Epistle. Easter Sunday Morning at 9.30 am its Nora Collins. Eucharistic Ministers are Tom O’Brien and Helen Pierce.
Trócaire Boxes: Don’t forget your Trocaire Boxes this week-end just drop them into the church or give them to the Clerk. Your donations to Trócaire this Lent can empower many more communities to work their way out of poverty.
Irish Cancer Society Tea & Coffee Morning: There was a great response to the Tea/Coffee morning held in the Community Centre Broadford on Saturday March 23rd with all proceeds will going to the Irish Cancer Society. Rita Ruddock wishes to thank everybody who handed in daffodils for the fundraising sale in Limerick again for the Irish Cancer Society.
Scoil Mhuire Broadford: The Parents Association of Scoil Mhuire Broadford are holding a Bring & Buy Sale on Easter Sunday morning in the Community Centre after 9.30am mass. Please drop in cakes, goods, etc., to the Hall before mass or contact any member of the Parents Association to arrange collection. Your support will be greatly appreciated.
Hazelwood College Monster 45 Drive: The Parents Association of Hazelwood College Dromcollogher are holding their Annual Progressive 45 card drive in the School Gym on Good Friday March 29th at 9.00pm. Admission is €10 and there is €800.00 in prizes. There will also be a raffle on the night. Everyone is welcome, pleased support.
The Shaskeen Céilí Band: It was nice to see Tommie Cussen formally of Killilagh Broadford and now living in Clarenbridge Co. Galway featured on TG4 on St. Patrick’s Day speaking about the famous Shaskeen Céilí Band which he founded in London in 1970 with great musicians like P.J.Hernon, Johnny Minogue, Tommie Mulhare and Benny O’Connor and played their first gig in the Oxford Tavern in London. Tommie returned home to Ireland in 1972 and while attending UCG, the band made their first recording in 1974 which gave the group a higher profile and were in great demand all over the country. They have travelled to many parts of the globe including America, Russia and all over England and Tommie is the only survivor from the original line up and he and the band which has included over the years famous players like Connie Murphy, Charlie Harris, Conor and Sean Keane, Patsy Mc Donnacha, Sean Tyrell, Johnny Walsh and Pat Costello still play the odd gig after over 40 years on the road. The Shaskeen played in the Community Centre Broadford in the 1980’s and it would no bad idea to invite them back for the “Gathering” before the year is out.
The Gathering 2013: Broadford. Meetings to discuss possible events to celebrate “The Gathering 2013” continue every Monday at 9 o; clock in the Community Centre Broadford. All the clubs and organizations in the area are invited to attend as well as everyone in the community so we can discuss the entire views of the community on this National event. Everybody welcome
Pilgrimage to Knock: S.M.A. annual pilgrimage to Knock Shrine takes place on Saturday May 25th, for further information please contact Maura Egan at 063-83048 or Josie O’Carroll at 063-83021.
Handball News: Well done to Katie McCarthy & Kathy Foley who qualified for the All-Ireland final after defeating the Antrim and Ulster champions and also to Laura Stack & Niamh McCarthy who defeated the Donegal champions who also have qualified for the All-Ireland final where they face the Leinster champions Kilkenny and the Connaught champions Mayo respectively on Saturday April 6th. The adult finals are also arranged for Sunday April 7th with Dinny McCarthy the Munster Silver Masters champion facing the Galway champion in Toumgreaney Co. Clare and the Emerald Masters champion Tom O’Brien play the Wexford champion in Kilkenny. John Noonan and Pat Doody are playing Tyrone in Ballydesmond with an All- Ireland place at stake. The best of luck to you all.
Active Retirement: Names are now been taken for our outing to Athlone on Saturday June 8th. Contact Ita O’Keeffe at 063/84154 for more details. We will have no meeting on Easter Monday April 1st; next meeting will be Monday April 8th at 7.30pm in the Daycare Centre Broadford. The Pilates class finished up on Wednesday March 20th and was enjoyed by all.
Kantoher Co-Op Re-union: A re-union of those involved with Kantoher Co-Op is been organized. Any people, who may have old photos, paper cuttings, etc. in relation to Kantoher, please contact any of the following: Mick Shanahan 087/2511474, David Hayes 087/1385758, Dave Noonan 087/ 2716024 and John Carroll 087/ 2716024. All photos, etc. will be returned after making of them.
Fitness Fun Walks: These walks continue every Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights leaving the GAA field in Dromcollogher at 7.15pm. Calling all who would like to boost their fitness levels, a special invitation to teenagers on mid-term to join us this week, suitable for all ages, if you need the motivation to fill your exercise quota come and join in.
G.A.A. Games: The senior football team had their first outing in the West Championship on Saturday evening last in Newcastle West where they overcame the locals by 1-11 to 0-10 in a lively game. The team lined out Jack Noonan (goals) Seamus Barry, Mick Boyce, Patrick Stack, Niall O’Brien, Tom McLoughlin, Darren Boyce, Eoin Barry, Micheal O’Sullivan, Darren Sweeney, Keith Lacey, Paul Madigan, Micheal Reidy (Capt.) and Kevin Noonan. Subs used Patrick Lordan, Daniel Collins and James Noonan.
G.A.A. Lottery: The Numbers drawn in the local GAA lottery at Begley’s Bar Broadford were 17, 23, 25 and 26. There was no winner of the Jackpot or the Match 3 prizes. The lucky dips were won by Mary Morrissey Newtownshandrum and Eamonn O’Connor Broadford and each received €50. The Jackpot goes to €5,300 (win or share) and the Match 3 is €200 (win or share). All sold tickets to be handed in at the clubhouse on Monday evenings before 9o’clock. Tickets are available from any member of the committee or from all business premises, tickets €2 each or three for a €5.
Parent and Toddler Group: The parent and toddler group meet every Thursday in the Daycare Centre Broadford from 10:30 to 12 noon. This is an opportunity for parents, grandparents and carers to meet and chat while the children play in a safe environment. All welcome.
Dromcollogher Calf Mart: The mart is held every Wednesday evening at 8pm. Calves are taken in from 5.30pm onwards and sales start at 8pm.The committee are urging and encouraging locals to use this great local facility as there is a danger of the facility been closed down.
Cards at Neenans: The weekly 45 card drive prizes at Neenans on Monday were shared between Tom Ahern Ratheenagh & Brendan Kelly Ashford and Mickie Murphy Springfield & Julia Duggan Broadford. The winners of the raffle were 1st €35 Mrs. Ellen O’Connor Mt. Plummer. 2nd €20 Tom Ahern Ratheenagh and 3rd €10 Jerome Scanlon Feohanagh.