PILGRIMAGE TO MEDJUGORJE: The Marian Pilgrimages trip to Medjugorje takes place from August 31 for seven nights, departing from Cork. Price includes 7 nights half board accommodation near St. James’ church, luxury coach transfers with local guide, full religious services operated by Marian Pilgrimages, 24 hour emergency assistance, airport and local taxes and fully comprehensive insurance. The cost is €689 including airport transfers, taxes and spiritual guide. Contact Pat Mulcahy at 061-381431 for more information.
1921 LOCAL VOLUNTEERS: On Sunday, May 5, at 2.30 pm a monument will be unveiled at Knockcarron to the men who lost their lives fighting for Irish freedom at Lackelly on May 2, 1921. This monument honours two local Volunteers; Pat Ryan (Waller) and Jack Frahill. All are very welcome to attend. If anyone requires further details please call 086-2642673.
MURROE-BOHER GAA: Murroe-Boher Senior, Junior and Minor Teams were in action last week. The Junior team travelled to Mungret on Sunday recording a fine win over a skilful home team in their second round of the County Junior Hurling League. The Seniors made it two wins from two County Senior League appearances with a two point win (2.16 to 3.11) over Patrickswell at Boher. This game marked the return from an injury sustained last year of Murroe-Boher’s influential centre back Kevin Tobin who turned in a fine performance. On Friday the Minor team hosted Cappamore at Harty Park and recorded their second win from two championship outings so far. The Minors had to dig deep to recover from an early onslaught by the visitors who true to form took the game to the locals from the throw in. Murroe-Boher had recovered by the break to go in a goal in front and powered on to a comfortable 6.12 to 4.07 win on the hour.
COMMUNITY GAMES NEWS: Congratulations to Ciara Olsthoorn who finished first in the under 16 ‘A’ county swimming competition, recently held in Askeaton. Ciara will represent Limerick in the National finals in May. The local committee hope to run the annual sports evening in Glenstal on May 22, starting at 6.30pm. There will be events from under 5 to under 16 years and for further information ring Helen on 086 8944797.
MURROE A.F.C: The under-14 girls remain on target for a league/cup double after defeating Mungret 3-1 in the cup semi final last weekend. Lisa Leonard, Karen Cunningham and Sarah Jane Barry scored. Maebh Bartley, Orla Regan and Aine Reynolds also impressed for Murroe. The under-16 girls lost the open cup to Charleville 4-1 with Aisling Regan scoring. The senior ladies got their league campaign off to a flyer with a 3-1 victory over highly fancied Caherdavin on Thursday. Clare Keating with a brace and Niamh Richardson accounted for Murroe’s tally. There was a great display also by Laura Smith in goals and Sinead Hickey in what was a fantastic team effort. Soccer summer camp will take place this year in Murroe from July 15 to 19 with a reduced cost of €65. For early bookers on summersoccerschools.ie there’s a limited special offer to see an Irish match in the Aviva Stadium, Dublin for free. If there’s enough interest, Murroe A.F.C will look at getting a bus to go to Ireland v Faroe Islands on Friday, June 7. There are only a few free tickets for the Irish matches left so book now to avail of this offer.
45 DRIVE: The winners of last week’s 45 Drive were: First prize of €80 went to Frank Doyle & Jeremy Riordan. Second prize of €70 went to Davy Holmes & John Lynch. Third prize of €60 went to Joan & Michael Kelly and Frank Kelly & Connie Hayes and Kathleen Costelloe & Tom O’Malley and Paddy Owens & Eamonn Cooke.
COMMUNITY PHONE LINK: Ballyhoura Rural Services (BRS) is now operating a ‘Community Phone Link’ service, in addition to our existing visitation service.
‘Community Phone Link’ consists of a friendly phone call once or twice a week from a trained member of staff and is available to anybody in the Ballyhoura area who would appreciate a regular call, particularly elderly people. The service is free of charge and operates Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. If you would like to register for this service, or if you know somebody who may be interested in receiving a friendly call, please contact Kay Kennedy at 061 383666.
CHURCH NEWS: Rosary and prayers will be recited at Murroe church on Sunday evenings at 6-30 pm during the month of May. A special tribute to grandparents at the masses in Murroe and Boher will be held on Sunday, May 19 at 10-00 am mass in Boher and 11-30 am mass in Murroe. There is a national celebration of grandparents each year but the Parish Renewal Team wants to recognise all the good that grandparents do in the community. An Ecumenical service of celebration and thanksgiving will be held at All Saints Church, Stradbally, on Sunday, May 5 at 3-00 pm. This will mark 1600 years of Christian worship on this site and all are welcome.
DARKNESS INTO LIGHT EVENT: Darkness into Light event takes place on May 11, 2013, at 4 am with over 20 venues nation-wide. For more details see www.pieta.ie or phone 061 484444.
START YOUR OWN BUSINESS COURSE: Ballyhoura Development will run a Start your own Business course for individuals who have a business idea and are in business or who have just started a business and for “Back to work Enterprise allowance” participants. It will commence on Tuesday, May 7, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm for 6 Tuesdays at the Millennium Centre, Caherconlish, Co Limerick. Please Contact John Hassett, Enterprise Officer, Ballyhoura Development, Kilfinane, Co Limerick at 063 91300 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
HISTORIC GRAVEYARDS: On Wednesday May 1, Ballinvreena Community Centre will host an exhibition of the Ballyhoura Country Historic Graveyards Survey Project at 9 pm. Over the past