Mar 30

Hanora Horan

Reporter:

Hanora Horan

THE GATHERING: The Bruff Gathering will take place from 1st to 7th July 2013. Full details of the itinery have yet to be worked out but it will coincide with the Summer Festival and include the Bruff Rose Contest, Heritage Projects, Guided Walks, a genealogy workshop etc. We have invited over 1000 people with ancestral connections to visit Bruff for the occasion. You may know other people abroad who have not been included and who would appreciate an invitation. Please feel free to contact them yourselves or alternatively provide the Community Office 061 389841 with their details preferably with an email address and an invite will be sent. Preparations for The Gathering will require a concerted effort from a lot of people and volunteers are asked to contact the Community Office to offer their assistance.

THE GATHERING: The Bruff Gathering will take place from 1st to 7th July 2013. Full details of the itinery have yet to be worked out but it will coincide with the Summer Festival and include the Bruff Rose Contest, Heritage Projects, Guided Walks, a genealogy workshop etc. We have invited over 1000 people with ancestral connections to visit Bruff for the occasion. You may know other people abroad who have not been included and who would appreciate an invitation. Please feel free to contact them yourselves or alternatively provide the Community Office 061 389841 with their details preferably with an email address and an invite will be sent. Preparations for The Gathering will require a concerted effort from a lot of people and volunteers are asked to contact the Community Office to offer their assistance.

SCOIL DEAN CUSSEN: Enrolement forms for new pupils starting in September 2013 are now available in the school office. We look forward to welcoming your child to our school community.

BRUFF HERITAGE GROUP – THE GATHERING: As part of “The Gathering” Celebrations in Bruff (July 1st- 7th) an exhibition of correspondence over the years will take place. Bruff Heritage Group are trawling all avenues in search of letters, postcards ,Christmas cards telegrams etc. which would have been exchanged between the people of Bruff (and South Limerick generally) and other places near and far.Have you a letter or postcard which was sent or received, giving the news from home or away, be it large or trivial (we are particularly interested in trivia!), down the years?

We would love to hear from you and be assured that all items will be treated with the utmost care and respect. We will exhibit all letters in their entirety or part, depending on the wishes of the donor.Emails or enquiries can be made to tombulfin1@yahoo.ie mobile number: (00353863143772)

We feel this is a novel and relevant way to celebrate “ The Gathering” but it’s success depends on the response we receive so please get searching in those old boxes and cases!

SUMMER ENGLISH SCHOOL 2013: Some Spanish and Italian teenagers will be coming to this area from late June to mid July to learn English. We are looking for families in Bruff and surrounding areas to host them; attractive rates will be paid to suitable families. If you would be interested in having some students stay with you as part of your family for two or three weeks, please contact 087 8289959 for more details.

BRUFF 45 CARD GAME:The 45 card game in Bruff is run by Bruff National School Parent’s Association. You are sure to receive a warm welcome, a hot cup of tea, some nice home-baking and you’d never know, you might go home financially a bit better off too! So come on to Bruff every Tuesday night in the National School starting @ 8.30pm. All are welcome.

PILGRIMAGE’S: Pilgrimage on 23-30th May to Fatima, 7 nights full board, Spiritual Director, Group price €699. Also Pilgrimage to San Giovanni, Assisi and Medjugorje, 8 nights Special Group Price €945. If you are interested or for further information please contact Joan Bourke at 061-600951.

BRUFF CAMOGIE CLUB: are holding a clothes collection on Saturday 13th of April in aid of the Bruff Camogie Feile team. Your support would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

FIRST ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK SHRINE: The Apostolate of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration have organised their First Annual Pilgrimage to Knock for Saturday 20th April 2013 from 10 am to 5 pm. All are invited. There is a notice at the back of the Church on the table at the left as you enter with a list on which you can place your name if you need transport. The full programme for the day is on the notice.

CHARITY RIDE/ FUN WALK: Hi this is Wesley Ryan from Boskill Caherconlish Equestrian Trekking Centre.We are hosting our second charity ride/fun walk this year on the 31st of March Easter Sunday.Walkers starting point is at Caherconlish church @ 1.30pm or Inch St.Laurence @ 2.00pm, Riders meet at Boskill @ 1.00pm.This year the parish is involved and walkers are invited to come along,beautiful landscape surrounding for riders and walkers to see.Beginners , novice and professionals are all welcome to come.This year it is in aid of Caherconlish/Caherline Funds & Cappamore day care centre / Vinmore House.Children or Adults can be lead if needed by staff of Caherconlish Equestrian Centre.I would highly appreciate if you and your parish could advertise this brilliant day out in ye’re weekly notes or in ye’re local church.Sponser Cards are available for riders. Riders meeting at Boskill @ 1.00pm. Walkers meeting at Caherconlish Church @ 1.30pm or Inch St.Laurence @ 2.00pm. Walkers - Adults: 5 euro. Kids: free. Riders - Adults: 50 euro.Kids: 25 euro. Contact Wesley @ 0857673468 or Fr. Roy @ 0872225150. Follow us on Facebook on: Caherconlish Equestrian Centre

BRUFF COMMUNITY PRE-SCHOOL LTD: For children aged 2.6 to 5 yrs. Free Pre-school places, subvention Places. Now taking names for Sept. 2013. Early booking essential as limited places available. For further details and application forms please contact Mary or Stacy on 086 1056864

CLIONA’S FOUNDATION: Battle of the Bands Sat 6th April next at 8 pm in Bruff Rugby Club, all proceeds going towards Brendan Ring and Martin Hartnett’s fundraising in aid of Cliona’s Foundation and the Limerick Lourdes Invalid Fund for their 800 km cycle from Nantes to Lourdes in June. Performing bands include Nightfall, Reverse the Hearse, The 3 Chords, Nevertheless, Wonderwall and Cairde Ceoil. Admission €10, finger food & Raffle. Come along and enjoy a great night of musical entertainment of varying degrees!

SEAN WALL MEMORIAL COMMITTEE: The Annual Easter Sunday Ceremony. The Ceremony this year will take place on Easter Sunday April 31st after 11am Mass, approx 11.30am at the Sean Wall Monument, Bruff. The Ceremony will consist of: Reading of the Proclamation – Sean McNamara. Reciting of a decade of the Rosary – Canon Jim Costello, P.P., Laying of the wreath – Maurice Lyons – Tidy Towns, Raising of the National Flag – Christopher O’Connor - Retired Sergeant, Sounding of the Last Post and Playing of the National Anthem. This Ceremony takes place every Easter Sunday at the request of the late Canon Gerard Wall, where his father was killed at Annacarty in the fight for independence. An invitation is extended to the general public to attend on that day and you are particularly invited to attend. It will be a short and dignified ceremony. This monument was unveiled in 1952 and the organizing committee for this project consisted of both pro and anti treaty members. Last October was the 60th Anniversary of the unveiling of the monument. All are welcome.

FAMILIES TO HOST FOREIGN TEENAGERS: I am the Director of a Language Company for teenagers based in Dromin (www.tyeurope.com) and I am looking for nice families to host French, Spanish and German teenagers during the summer months. Please check website above for further details.

DAFFODIL DAY: Daffodil Day bloomed successfully again this year despite the atrocious weather conditions. A special word of thanks to The Nagle Family, Eurospar Bruff for inviting us into the Foyer of the shop with our stand. To all who contributed fresh flowers, their time and very generous donations - Thank you. Your generosity knows no bounds.

BRUFF CAMOGIE NOTES: U14: On Sunday morning Bruff played Murroe/Boher in Caherelly in their opening League game. Bruff dominated this game from the start and opened the scoring with a great point from play by Caoimhe. A long ball from centre field dropped into the Murroe/Boher goalmouth for Linda to make perfect contact to send the sliotar to the back of the net. At this stage Bruff were rampant and another point for Bruff saw us lead at half time Bruff 1-2 Murroe/Boher 0-0.The second half started with Murroe/Boher showing tremendous spirit and stayed very much in touch when their centre foward broke through the Bruff defence to send the sliotar to the back of the Bruff net for Murroe/Bohers opening score.Bruff responded well with two goals from Katie and points from Caoimhe and Siobhan for Bruff to run out winners on a scoreline of Bruff 3-4 Murroe/Boher 1-0. Well done to all the girls and a great start to the league. U6,U8,U10: Training every Saturday morning from 10am to 11am in the Convent field. All are welcome Clothes Collection: Bruff Camogie Club are holding a clothes collection on Saturday the 13th April. More details to follow.

TIDY TOWNS: Spring Clean time is with us again. During the month of April, we will be undertaking our annual litter pick and clean up. We try to cover an area beginning with the town and extending to about a mile out on all approach roads. We welcome support from people who will take on their immediate area and we have a limited supply of gloves, pickers and bags for distribution. Please ring 086 3375207. At this time also householders may consider touching up boundary walls and do away with any weeds/grass in the vicinity of their property.

BRUFF/ GRANGE/ MEANUS PARISH LOTTERY: At the Parish Lottery on Monday 25th March 2013, the numbers drawn were 3, 7 and 21 and there was joint jackpot winners: Congratulations to Tom O’Dea c/o Community Café and Tim O’Connor, Meanus c/o Breda. Promoters Prize went to Peggy Ryan. Next Lotto jackpot is €1,000 and will be held on Monday 8th April. Congratulations to the above winners. Thank you for your generous support.

FASHION SHOW: On Thursday the 11th of April next, Bruff GAA will leave aside the sliothars and the footballs and instead take to the catwalk when the club holds its fundraising fashion show at 8pm in Bulgaden Castle. With a host of top range shops displaying their range of clothing, a monster raffle and a prize for the best dressed lady this promises to be a great night. The funds raised from this event will go towards the Community Playground Development, Feile Under 14 hurling and Bruff Camogie Club. Ticket prices are €10 adults, Students €5, and Children €5. Further information to follow. Your support will be greatly appreciated.