Church News: Mass time in Broadford for the month of May is 9.30am on Sunday morning. Eucharistic Ministers for Sunday May 5th are Maudie Collins and Hannah McCarthy. The Reader is Kathleen Barry.
Envelopes for 2013-14: The parish envelopes for the coming 12 months for the offertory collection will commence on the 1st week-end of June. If you did not receive a box of envelopes last year and would like to contribute this year, please contact Fr. O’Dea or you can ring, phone no. is 063/83718 or call to the secretary at the Presbytery Dromcollogher on Fridays.
Pastoral Area Pilgrimage to Knock: The annual pastoral area pilgrimage to Knock which includes the parishes Newcastle West, Monagae, Dromcollogher/Broadford, Killeedy, Ardagh/Carrigkerry, Feenagh/Kilmeedy and Mahoonagh, takes place on Sunday June 9th. Anyone interested in traveling you can give your name to Kitty Duggan Broadford, phone no. 063/84167 or Mary Hartnett Dromcollogher, phone no. 063/83989.
National Prayer Vigil at Knock: A vigil of prayer for the right of mothers and their unborn babies will take place on this Saturday May 4th at Our Lady’s Shrine in Knock. The programme begins with a rosary procession at 1 o’clock pm, then at2pm a short presentation protecting the equal right to life of mothers and unborn children in Ireland today and at 3pm Cardinal Sean Brady will celebrate Mass and the homily will be given by the Bishop of Limerick Most Rev. Brendan Leahy.
Active Retirement: Broadford and District A.R.A. day out to Athlone takes place on Saturday June 8th and the day takes in a visit to Dooley’s Hotel in Birr for breakfast, then on to Banagher and a visit to historic Clonmacnoise on the banks of the Shannon where St Ciaráin had an early Christian Monastic settlement and the site has a number of well-preserved Round Towers and High Crosses as well as an Interpreter Centre, a must visit for everyone. We then head for Athlone where shopping in the various outlets, a visit to the Athlone Castle and the replica of the Bridge of Athlone where Patrick Sarsfield and his army fought to hold off the Williamite Army after the Battle of the Boyne and an optimal cruise on the Shannon is also on the cards. On the return journey we will travel via Tullamore, then to Birr having dinner in Dooley’s Hotel and then home via Roscrea, Nenagh and Limerick.
Credit Union Awards: Congratulations to Nellie Noonan Dromcollogher, James Wall Dromcollogher and Ciss Collins Broadford who were honored for their lifetime service to the Credit Union in the Dromcollogher/Broadford area by Limerick Co. Council in the Council Chamber in Dooradoyle Limerick on Friday April 26th. The presentations were made by Jerome Scanlon M.C.C Chairman of Limerick Co. Council.
Tidy Towns: It’s that time of year again when the Tidy Towns committee prepares for action with regard to putting in place a programme to enhance the look of the village and surrounding area for 2013. Last’s years gain of points in the overall context were mainly due to the placing of the large flower boxes in strategic places around the area, these boxes were mainly funded by grants from West Limerick Resources, so this year with a lot of these grants not available anymore, a campaign to look for sponsorship for the hanging baskets from clubs, organizations and individuals to help defray costs and with a good response to our annual Church Gate collection later in the year, all will help us continue to carry out more improvements this year. The committee wishes to thank the Fás workers for their great help every year which is greatly appreciated.
The Gathering 2013: The meeting to discuss possible events to celebrate “The Gathering 2013” takes place on Tuesday night at 9 o; clock in the Community Centre Broadford. All the clubs and organizations in the area are invited to attend as well as all individuals; the date for the celebrations will be announced shortly. Everybody will be 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.
The Annual Trip with Joe: The annual 6 Day Trip with Joe takes place this year on Sunday August 25th to Friday August 30th. This year we will be staying at the Skylon Hotel Dublin. We will have a coach tour every day with visits to interesting places including a day in Belfast and a visit to the Titanic. Prize per person sharing is €345 for bed, breakfast and evening meal. Music and dance in the hotel each night. Single supplement will apply. For further information please contact Maura Egan at 063/83048 Dromcollogher or Dan Larkin Milford at 063/80216.
Community Games Sport’s Evening: The annual Broadford/Dromcollogher community games sports evening were held on Saturday April 20th and the following are the results; U5 boys 1st Cathal Boyce, 2nd David McCarthy, 3rd Brian Burke. U5 Girls 1st Aoileann O’Connor, 2nd Clodagh O’Reilly, 3rd Emer O’Callaghan. U7 Boys 1st Gerard O’Callaghan, 2nd Shane Geary, 3rd Adam O’Kelly, 4th Adam White. U7 Girls 1st Róisín O’Reilly, 2nd Neelan Fahy, 3rd Orla Geary. U8th 60m 1st Róisín O’Reilly, 2nd Chloe Boyce, 3rd Mollie O’Brien, 4th Rebecca McCarthy. U8 Boys 60m 1st Timmy Colbert, 2nd Ronan O’Sullivan, 3rd Gerard O’Callaghan, 4th Shane Geary. U8 Girls 80m 1st Róisín O’Reilly, 2nd Neelan Fahy, 3rd Rebecca McGarry. U8 Boys 80m 1st Ronan O’Sullivan, 2nd Timmy Corbett, 3rd Ben Croke, 4th Shane Geary. U10 100m Girls 1st Helen Moynihan, 2nd Keelan Fahy, 3rd Heather Lenihan, 4th Hanna Cremin. U10 100m Boys 1st Brian O’Callaghan, 2nd Lee Foley, 3rd Shay Collins, 4th Conor Geary.U10 200m Girls 1st Helen Moynihan, 2nd Keelan Fahy, 3rdHanna Cremin, 4th Heather Lenihan. U10 200m Boys Tie for 1st Brian O’Callaghan and Lee Foley, 3rd Conor Geary, 4th Robert Shanahan, 5th Shay Collins. U12 100m Girls 1stCiara Sheehy, 2nd Ciara McCarthy, 3rd Evelyne Mancassola, 4th Katie Moynihan. U12 100m Boys 1st Brian Ahern, 2nd Robert McCarthy, 3rd Brian Stack, 4th Jack Shanahan. U12 600m Girls Ciara McCarthy, 2nd Evelyne Mancassola. U12 600m Boys 1st Brian Ahern, 2ndRobert McCarthy, 3rd Brian Stack. U14 100m Girls 1st Yvonne Stack. U14 100m Boys Jack Pierce. U16 1500m 1st Mairéad Lordan. Mothers Race 1st Carol Fahy, 2nd Helen Mancassola, 3rd Karen Sheehan. Father Race 1st Ned O’Reilly, 2nd Martin Fahy, 3rd Brendan Burke. Throw Ball U12 Girls 1st Ciara Sheehy, 2nd Evelyne Mancassola, 3rd Ciara McCarthy. Throw Ball U12 Boys 1st Brian Ahern, 2nd Robert McCarthy, 3rd Brian Stack. Long Puck U12 Boys Robert McCarthy, 2nd Brian Stack, 3rd Brian O’Callaghan. Long Puck U14 Girls 1st Ciara Sheehy, 2nd Katie Moynihan, 3rd Helen Moynihan.
Limerick Are Champions: Well done to Limerick senior football team which captured the Division 4 National League title with a great victory over fancied Offaly at Croke Park on Saturday evening last and congratulations to local Drom/Broadford player Seanie Buckley who captained the team. This is Seanie’s second time captaining Limerick in winning the same title in 2010 and he has brought great honor to his club and county.
Under 21 B County Final: Drom/Broadford 4-12 Knockainey 2-8: The under 21 hurlers had a comprehensive win over gallant Knockainey at Kilmallock on Sunday April 28th and in doing so put under 21 titles back to back, having won the same competition last year. The team lined out Niall O’Brien (Goals), John Barrett, Conor Buckley, Darren Boyce, Seamus Brosnan, Micheál Brosnan, Patrick Stack, Brian Noonan, Paul Madigan, Danny Collins, Kevin Noonan, Sean O’Sullivan, Keith Lacy Damian Lacey, Kevin Noonan. Subs used Thomas Fitzgerald, Declan Stack, Eddie Prunty, Micheal Browne and Billy Foley and Paddy Lordan. Paul Madigan captain was presented with the cup and thanked the panel of players for their commitment and dedication; he also thanked the management team of Seamus Lordan, John Madigan and Gerard Madigan and gave three cheers for Knockainey.
The Mackey Stand Draw: The next draw will take place Friday May 10th in Moore’s Bar Doon. All monthly subscribers contact your promoter before that date. Drom/Broadford club winner in April was Kieran O’Connor Dromcollogher. He won €250.
GAA Lottery: The Numbers drawn in the local GAA lottery at Begley’s on Monday April 22nd were 6, 19, 29 and 30. The Match Three prize of €100 was shared by John Curtin Glenduff Ashford and Hannah O’Connor Tullylease. The lucky dips of €50 each were won by Eileen Morey Dromcollogher and Mick O’Brien Coolaboy Dromcollogher. The next draw takes place at the Corner House. The Jackpot goes to €5,800 (win or share) and the Match 3 is €100 (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. Thank you for your continued support.
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. Enjoy the holidays and a happy Easter to everyone. We meet again on this Thursday April 25th. All welcome.
Table Quiz: The Hereford Society is holding a Table Quiz at Neenans Bar on this Friday May 3rd. Tables of four will be €20. Your support will be appreciated.
Cards at Neenans: The first and second prizes at the weekly 45 card drive at Neenans on Monday night were divided between: Mickie Murphy Springfield & Julia Duggan Broadford and John Conway Newcastle West & Joe Mullane Castlemahon. The Spot Prize winners were Martin Flynn Bunoke & Ellen O’Connor Mt. Plummer. The winners of the raffle were: 1st prize €35:- Seanie Biggane. 2nd prize €20; - Con Ahern Ratheenagh and 3rd prize €10:- Jim Barry Broadford.