JT & JONJO RACE DAY FUNDRAISER: On Thursday 14th October the Jockeys’ Emergency Fund Limerick Charity Race day was held at Limerick Race Course and attracted over ten thousand race goers. All the proceeds went to the Jockeys Emergence fund which became a stark reality in March of this year when John Thomas McNamara received serious injuries at the Cheltenham Festival and John Joe Bright received injuries in a fall at a point to point in Tyrella. The racing community and the general racing fraternity were shattered when the two great jockeys were hospitalised. A race day was put in place and everyone was confident of the generosity and response. There was great camaraderie and a determination to come to the aid of John Thomas McNamara and John Joe Bright. The date was fixed for Monday last 14th October and it was the day when all the jockeys, trainers, race course syndicates from the UK and throughout Ireland, they came in their droves to support our great sportsmen who gave so much enjoyment to racing enthusiasts throughout the country. Everybody gave their time and physical effort and sponsorship to ensure that all funds raised would go to the Jockey’s Emergency Fund from this major fundraising event. The weather was tremendous and the racing punters were delighted to be part of a great community day. There were no losers on the day at the Greenmount racing venue, everybody felt they were winners in making their contribution to assist the injured jockeys in a recovery to health.
JOHN THOMAS POINT TO POINT SUNDAY 27TH OCT AT LEMONFIELD: A major Point to Point as part of the Fundraising spearheaded by the Limerick Harriers and members of the Racing world will take place at Lemonfield Crecora with the kind permission of the Mulchair family on this Sunday 27th Oct. This point to point will be one of the biggest point to point staged in the South of Ireland where point to point racing bodies from all over the country will be participating in the packed racing card which will be put on, on the day. Various fundraising activities will take place at the race meeting, auctions, entertainment. The launch of the fundraising point to point took place some time ago at the Dunraven Arms Hotel with all the big names of the media, including RTE’s Ted Walsh, John the Bull Hayes. Frankie Ward, Regional Point to Point Secretary who could not believe how many came for the launch. Stonehall Harriers are hosting a dance for the fund on the night of the point to point at Limerick Racecourse. We wish a speedy recovery to Brian Twomey from Dromloughan who received an injury in a fall at Perth in July. The community are delighted that Brian is making great progress. Brian’s parents John and Marian attended the launch night for John Thomas in the Dunraven Arms and wished the organisers well on their Fundraising point to point day.
ANNIVERSARY MASSES AND REMEMBRANCES: The anniversary mass for Jimmy Ahern and the deceased members of his family Donoman at St. Mary’s Church Croom on Sat 19th Oct. The anniversary mass for PJ and Patrick O’Donoghue Banogue and Athlacca at SS. Peter and Paul’s Church, Banogue on Sun 20th Oct. The anniversary mass for Pat Hogan Coshma at St. Mary’s Church, Croom on Sun 20th Oct. Prayers for Maurice Sheehan Ard Patrick and London, brother of Joe Sheehan Coshma. Maurice Leahy father of Bishop Brendan Leahy,
SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN: There will be a safeguarding gathering of the parishes of Croom and Banogue on Wednesday 23rd October in Croom National School Hall. The evening will be facilitated by the diocesan trainers Aoife Walsh or Fr. Chris O’Donnell. The following people are invited to attend: priests of the parish, sacristans, representatives of the religious orders in the parish, eucharistic ministers, readers of the word, others involved in church ministry.
CROOM MACRA: On Friday 18th October Croom took part in the county round of Macra’s bowling competition. Croom had one official team and one team who took part just for fun. Well done to everyone who participated and to Limerick City Macra who were the winners on the night. The Carlow Macra Rally takes place next weekend, starting with a fancy dress night in the Mount Wolseley Hotel on Friday at 9.30pm. There are two more nights of fun planned for Saturday and Sunday. Don’t forget Croom are having its fancy dress table quiz on Nov 1st in Hickeys bar. It’s going to be scarier than ever! For more information on any of the above contact Sharon on 085 2105850.
VOLUNTEER FAIR: Limerick Youth Service will be among the many charities and organisation taking part in the Limerick Volunteer Fair this Saturday, October 12th at City Hall, Merchants Quay, Limerick. Under the theme of ‘Believe in Limerick’ the fair is a chance for the public to learn of the volunteering opportunities available in Limerick and the importance of volunteerism to charities and non-profit organisations.
‘The Volunteer Fair is an opportunity for people to learn about the diverse volunteer roles that are available at Limerick Youth Service,’ said Dermot Troy, Limerick Youth Service.Volunteers have been the backbone of Limerick Youth Service for the past four decades and without their time and commitment we would struggle to provide our services,’ added Mr. Troy. Limerick Youth Service staff and volunteers will be at the Fair to answer any queries you may have about volunteering with one of Ireland’s leading providers of youth work. The Limerick Volunteer Fair will runs from 13:00-17:00hrs. For more information please contact our colleagues at the Limerick Volunteer Centre.
Croom & District Golf Society: The Croom & District Golf Society held their final outing for 2013 at Castletroy Golf Course on Sat last. Captain Johnny Fitzgerald thanked all who turned up and enjoyed a great day’s golf. Johnny on behalf of all involved in the society would also like to thank Paddy Byrnes and James Hickey for sponsoring outings throughout the season and on behalf of the players thank the committee for organizing the outings for the 2013. The winner was Mike Irwine with 40 points, 2nd was Johnny Fitzgerald with 38 points & in 3rd place was Damien Moloney also with 38 points. The category prize went to James Moloney, the front nine was won by Tom Collins and the back nine was won by Mark Lawlor. We have had great support from both members and guests throughout the season & hopefully we will see you all at our AGM in December & again in 2014, Happy Golfing.
Croom GAA wins €5,000 Ulster Bank competition: In the Ulster Bank “GAA Force” Nationwide competition Croom GAA club were entrants in the competition. The competition is to acknowledge the achievements of GAA clubs throughout the Country. The club made major playing area improvements over the last year This funding to improve maintenance to the GAAgrounds which will include netting in the new hurling wall area, new dug-outs and laying of concrete yard. On November 16th (11am—3pm) the club will hold an Ulster Bank G.A.A. Force open day when members of the club and volunteers will give their time including staff from the local Ulster Bank branch. The Manager of the Ulster Bank Gerard Holland handed over a cheque for €5,000 this week to the club. having won the Provincial title.
Churchgate collection: for Milford Hospice: a collection will be taken up at Banogue church this coming Sunday before and after masses.