Church News: Mass in Broadford for the month of October will be on Saturday evenings at 7.30 and on Sunday mornings at 9.30am. Reader for Saturday evening is Nora Collins and the Eucharistic Ministers are Helen O’Mahony & Deirdre McCarthy. The reader on Sunday morning is Marion Purcell and the Eucharistic Ministers are Tom O’Brien & Helen Pierce.
The Mission: In preparation for the Parish Mission which takes place from Saturday November 2nd to Friday November 8th we are hoping to send a flyer to each house in the parish inviting people to our Mission and are asking anyone who would be available to help out in this regard to contact me at 063/83718. A Pilgrimage of Prayerful Remembrance will take place as part of the Mission on All Souls Day Saturday November 2nd. We will gather at Dromcollogher and Killough Cemeteries at 1 o’clock for a short prayer service and then walk to Springfield Cemetery where together we will conclude the pilgrimage. An All Night Vigil will take place in both Churches o Tuesday November 5th:- Broadford Church from9.00 pm-7.00 a.m. and Dromcollogher Church 10.00p.m. - 7.00a.m. We are inviting anybody who would like to spend an hour in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, please sign your name at the time slot that suits you in the book at the back of the church. In preparation for our parish mission Redemptorist Priests will preach at masses next week-end 26th & 27th of October. Anybody with family and friends outside of the parish who may wish to join us please let them know the date and time.
Bereavement: Sympathy is extended to the family of James Stack Ballinlonig who passed away on Friday October 18th at an advanced age. Jim as he was affectionally known was a member of the local farming community and he was well known at home and abroad in the horse racing and the greyhound business. To his wife Mary, sons John, Martin, Richard, James and Anthony, daughters Rena, Margaret and Evelyn, his sister Kathleen, sister in law Una, sons in law, daughters in law, grandchildren, nephews and nieces, all his relatives and as was seen by the large crowd that attended his removal, his many neighbours and friends. The removal took place from Sextons funeral home Broadford to St Bartholomew’s Church Dromcollogher for his Requiem Mass on Sunday concelebrated by Canon Ambrose assisted by Fr. O’Dea P. P. Canon Duhig, Fr. Keane, Fr. Mullane, Fr. Keogh and Fr. Crawford. Afterwards he was laid to rest in Springfield Cemetery. Ar deis lámh Dé go raibh an anam dilis.
County Champions: The Dromcollogher/Broadford senior footballers captured their 7th county championship at Newcastle West on Sunday last when they overcame a determined Monaleen side by 2-9 to 2-7 in a thrill a minute final. The team and scorers were: K. Noonan, Eoin Barry, D. O’Leary (0-1), G. Egan, G. Noonan (0-1), T. McLoughlin, C. Fahy, M. O’Sullivan, S. Buckley, D. McCarthy (0-2), R. Lynch, M. Brosnan, P. Donnelly (0-1), M. Reidy (captain) (1-1) K. Phair (1-3). Subs used: - G. Greaney, J. Stokes, S. Brosnan and B. Noonan. The rest of the panel was P. Madigan, M. Boyce, J. Noonan, M. Clancy, B. Boyce, K. Noonan, K. Lacey, P. Lordan, D, Boyce, N. O’Brien, P. Stack and D. Sweeney. Congratulations to the management team of M. Fahy, J. Stack and Tommie Stack. The backroom team is Garry Noonan, Jim Barry, Christine McCarthy, Jimmy Lacey, and Colm Meaney and to all our supporters from far and wide who cheered the boys to victory. On their return to the parish and after a hearty meal at the clubhouse in Dromcollogher, the team was cheered into the town by those same supporters and in Broadford the traditional welcome of supporters carrying blazing sods of turf escorted them through the village with the usual and spectacular Torchlight Parade of victory. We wish a speedy recovery to our goalkeeper Keith (Jack) Noonan who suffered a leg injury and we done to Gearóid Greaney who proved to be an able deputy. Congratulations to all. The next outing for the boys is the first round of the Munster Club championship which will take place against the Waterford champions Ballinacourty on Sunday November 3rd at a Waterford venue and the best of luck to all concerned.
The Gathering Festival: The festival opened with the Folklore Collection, a large selection of photographs, and memorabilia in the Library which generated lots of interest all week-end was followed by the Jazz Concert in the Community Centre where the audience enjoyed top class performances from the cream of jazz musicians from Munster. The Fancy Dress Ball was a great success where we saw a wonderful array of costumes on display by young and not so young patrons and all enjoying the electric atmosphere. The day at the Forge saw a large crowd attending and they were treated to the crafts of yesteryear. Paddy Duggan and all who helped with the preparations all week must be congratulated and thanks to the farriers, local man C.J. Fitzpatrick and the boys from Meelin Damian Roche and Francis Fitzpatrick who performed some classic works of shoeing horses and some interesting ironwork in the forge along with Paddy himself who was also involved with the ancient craft of banding a common car wheel with Dave Stack from Rockchapel. Tommie Forde must be thanked for keeping the specially constructed bellows and furnace at a high temperature with his Welsh Pony. The unveiling of the plaque to mark the year of the Gathering in Broadford took place after 9.30am mass on Sunday morning and was performed by our P.P. Fr. O’Dea and former P.P. Canon Ambrose. That evening the Community Centre was alive with the sound of music with a visit from Tom Cronin’s and Felix Walsh’s outstanding Rambling House Group from South Limerick and North Cork along with lots of local talent and to cap the evening’s entertainment we had a visit from the Dromcollogher/Broadford county senior football champions with the cup of victory and they received a standing ovation from the audience.
Irish Folklore Collection: The pupils along with their principal teachers Mr. James Grogan in Broadford and Miss Mary Grogan in Knocktooch and others who contributed to the Broadford and Knocktooch National School folklore collection in 1937-1938 along with many photos, roll books, magazines and other memorabilia was on public display in the Library during the Gathering Weekend was a huge success with lots of visitors, so due to public demand it will continue next Saturday October 26 from 12 o’clock to 3 pm and on Saturday evening after 7,30pm Mass and again on Sunday after 9.30 a m Mass and again in the afternoon from 2 pm to 4 pm.
GAA Lottery Draw: The Drom/Broadford lottery draw held on Monday night October 14th at Begley’s Bar Broadford and the numbers drawn were: - 8, 17, 19 and 30. The jackpot prize of €8,200 was not won. The Match 3 prize of €100 was won by Donie Buckley Knocktooch. The lucky dips of €50 each were won by Joan Moloney Knockacraig Dromcollogher and Kevin Culhane London. Next week’s Jackpot is €8,300 (win or share) and the match 3 prize is €100 (win or share) will be held on Monday October 21st in the Green Bar Dromcollogher. Tickets are available at €2 each or 3 for €5 from committee members, all business places and the Club Box in the square Dromcollogher.
Broadford Playground: The new playground in the Community Sportsfield is now open to the public each evening and on Saturdays and Sundays. This is a very modern and beautifully laid out facility which has been a mecca for all the youth of the parish since it opened a few weeks ago and will be a great asset to the children of the area.
Cards at Neenans: The 1st prize was shared between two teams, all with 10 games on Monday night last and they were: Mary & John Madigan Kilmeedy and Martin Flynn Bunoke & Pat Gilbourne Kilmeedy. Spot prize of €20 was won by Tom Ahern Ratheenagh and Brendan O’Kelly Ashford. The raffle winners were: 1st prize: - €35 Monica Neenan Broadford. 2nd prize:-€20 Mary Biggane Lois Dara and 3rd prize:-€10 Tim Burke Knockgloss.