FR. CON COLLINS RIP: The death took place at Milford Nursing Home of Fr. Con Collins formerly of Carrigeen Croom. Fr. Con Collins took up residence with his parents John and Nora, from Abbeyfeale, in their new home and farm at Carrigeen in 1934. Fr. Con was one of eight children in the Collins family, John Joe, Kitty, Julie, Fr. Con, Mary, Ita, Bridget, and Denis. They were nieces and nephews of the well-known businessman, Denis Guiney who set up a landmark business in O’Connell St. in Dublin, Clerys (1941) Drapery Store. Fr. Con would have attended Croom National School under the tutorship of David Cantwell and William Jones. He later attended Adare CBS and St. Munchin’s College, Limerick. Fr. Con was Ordained on the 22nd June 1952 in Maynooth. His first assignment as an Ordained Priest was in the diocese of Kildare. In 1957 he went on to be appointed to St. John’s Cathedral and Chaplain to the Good Shepherd Convent, Limerick. In 1971 Administrator to St. John’s In February 1976 appointed CC Ballingarry. 1980 appointed PP Glin. July 1993 appointed CC Feenagh/Kilmeedy. 2004 retired to Patrickswell. Fr. Collins died in Milford Nursing Home on the 24th April 2013. Fr. Con was a very popular priest and pastor of the many parishes and churches which he administered. He loved to meet his fellow school mates and parishioners of Croom, he would recall the sporting activities, the hurling and athletics, the playing of Tennis at the Tennis court on the Castle Road. Fr. Con celebrated his Diamond Jubilee of his Ordination to the Priesthood in 2012 where he joined the diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes to celebrate his 60 years as a committed servant of the Church. Concelebrated Requiem Mass took place on Sunday headed by the newly Ordained Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy who acknowledged the Pastoral duties that Fr. Con carried out during his life time. Canon James Neville was the chief celebrant. Canon Neville spoke of the friendship that he had with the late Fr. Con Collins, his seminarian days in Maynooth, Fr. Con’s designated temporary assignment to Kildare and Canon James assignment to Seattle in the US. Gerard Collin nephew of Fr. Con spoke of the kindness that Fr. Con always showed to them and the sound advice he would give. He thanked the parishioners from the various parishes where Fr. Con served and who attended the requiem mass, the kind words expressed by each of the parishioners he had met at the reposing at Daffy’s Funeral Home and at the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary Patrickswell where the last farewell to the late Fr. Con Collins took place. His remains was taken to his beloved Maigueside Reilig Mhuire, Croom on Sunday 28th April where he was interred. Fr. Con said farewell to his adopted parish Tubar Phadraig and bid farewell, Slán le Maigh Cromadh.
ANNIVERSARY MASSES AND REMEMBRANCES: The anniversary mass for Mrs. Maureen Lowrey, Castleroberts, at St. Mary’s Church Croom, Saturday 27thApril. The anniversary mass for Denis and Paddy Lucey, Dullas, at St. Mary’s Church Croom, Sunday 28th April. Prayers for Andy Dunworth, New York and Bellview. Prayers for Bernadette Reidy, Caherass. Patrick O’Dwyer, London and Croom. Mark Kennedy, Donoman.
FIRST FRIDAY MASS/ADORATION: First Friday Mass in Banogue 9.30 a.m. followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 12.00 noon. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in Croom from 10.00 a.m. until 7.00 p.m. The area of Elm Park/Caemore Court is taking responsibility of making sure that continuous adoration takes place. Contact Ann Culhane (area Representative) if you wish to do an hour.
CROOM GET READY FOR MINISTEREAL VISIT: Minister Jan O’Sullivan will officially open Croom Community Enterprise Centre on Thurs 9th May, registration at 4pm. The Open Day will consist of viewings of the Enterprise Centre and all are welcome. There will be enterprise stands available on the day with access to Enterprise Agencies to discuss your business concept or venture; Enterprise Ireland, Ballyhoura Development Ltd, Limerick County Enterprise Board, Jobs Club. LIT will be showcasing their hot desk spaces available in the Enterprise Centre to the participants on their programmes and local entrepreneurs can meet with successful graduates of LIT enterprise programmes and discuss their experiences. There will also be a stand of local business networking group to assist businesses in connecting. Following the official opening, refreshments will be served. Then at 6.30pm CREATE (Croom Rural Enterprise Accelerate Training and Education) boot-camp will take place for start-up businesses delivered by Limerick Institute of Technology. There will also be business workshops for established businesses at this time. CREATE business programme offers business advice to potential entrepreneurs to assist in developing business ideas into a real sustainable business. The programme starts in May 2013 and will be run part-time over 6 weeks. It offers a real market-place perspective on what is involved in creating a competitive and sustainable commercial enterprise. Dr Maria Hinfelaar President of Limerick Institute of Technology stated that “LIT is delighted to be associated with CREATE as the major partner. We will build on our experience with the highly successful Hartnett Centre at our main campus in Limerick, the TCEC in Tipperary and the National Franchise Centre in Limerick City Centre. I firmly believe that CREATE will help to unlock lots of potential in the area, and make a huge contribution to new business ventures.” If you would like to attend the open day or register for CREATE boot-camp or workshops for established businesses, please contact Belinda Murphy, Business Development Manager, Croom Community Enterprise Centre, Belinda@croomenterprisepark.com, 087 9584430.
HISTORY CROOM SCHOOL: The History of Croom National School will be launched on Friday June 14th at 7.30pm at the National School.Friends of the school who wish to pre-order special hardback editions can do so by contacting the school at 061-397416 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org before Friday May 17th.The names of the Friends of The School who purchase such editions will be printed in the book.
YOUTH SERVICE COLLECTION: Limerick youth service is holding its annual Church gate collection this weekend in all Churches in the Diocese of Limerick Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May. Limerick Youth have a major role in the activities, care and training with youth involvement throughout the County. They have various centres of training in Limerick City .The organisation is under the trusteeship and patronage of the Bishop of Limerick.
FUNERAL OF ANDY DUNWORTH RIP: The funeral takes place of Andy formerly of Banogue this Thursday in St Peter and Paul’s Church Banogue at 12 noon. Andy died in New York where he has lived since the seventies Andy was prominent in the G.A.A. as an outstanding hurler playing for his native Parish Banogue, Claughan and donned the Limerick colours with distinction. He is survived by his brother Stephen, sisters in law, nephews, nieces, brother of the late Sean, Jimmy, Gerry and Peter. Andy will be laid to rest in his beloved Banogue. Details of the sporting activities of the late Andy will be included in the next issue of the Croom notes. A great sporting Gael has now passed away.