FEILE NA NGAEL: Bruree welcomed Coolera/Strandhill from Sligo to the parish last weekend for the annual Feile na nGael hurling competition. Bruree’s first game was against their guests at Bruree sportsfield on Friday afternoon, a game which Bruree won rather easily. Two games were fixed for early Saturday at Coolcappa. Bruree had a 3-5 to 2-4 win over Mayo’s Ballina in the first game.Bruree next opposition were Limerick side, St Kieran’s, This went to extra time before Bruree emerged 2-7 to 1-9 winners after extra time. This meant that Bruree were in the semi-final against Lisbellew of Fermanagh at Kilfinane on Saturday evening. However, the extra time earlier in the day in the hot conditions took its toll on Bruree and they ran out of steam, losing by 1-8 to 1-4. However, over the weekend, this panel of players did themselves, their family, their club and their county proud over the weekend. Congratulations and well done to everyone involved in organising what was a fantastic weekend. The Bruree panel for Feile was Sean Quirke, Jimmy Leslie-Madigan, Gearoid McCarthy, Jonathan FitzPatrick, David O’Connell, David Regan, Peter Buckley, Eoghan O’Driscoll, Owen Carey, Fionnbar Fitzpatrick, Matthew Howard, Frankie Barrington, Sam Cronolly, Cathal Barrington, Harry Mullane and John Sheehan. We wish them the best of luck over the weekend.
A DAY FOR GINA: A Day for Gina is a very special event being run for the first time on Sunday, July 28th in memory of Gina O’Connor was only 42 when she lost a short, courageous battle with cancer earlier this year. Her heartbroken family, touched by and in appreciation of the excellent care Gina received want to give something back to the Mid-West Regional Hospital Cancer Care Unit and Milford Hospice. Gina’s husband Maurice, son Mossie and daughter Amy have rounded up a bunch of friends to help them make “A Day for Gina” happen. On hand on Saturday night for the launch was former Limerick and Bruree star, Stephen McDonogh, as well as Fr. Desmond McAuliffe, P.P. and a large number of sponsors and supporters.
Starting and finishing in Bruree, the event will consist of a number of events to suit all ages, ability and level of fitness. There will be a 5k walk suitable for all the family, an 8k run, a 45k cycle and a 100k cycle for the more experienced cyclist. All routes will be well marked and marshalled. Most cyclists will be familiar with Maurice and his fellow motorcycle marshals from other cycling events around the county where they escort all participants around the course in safety. This fact alone should encourage cyclists to support this very worthwhile event.
The 45k and 100k cycle will start together at 10.00 am. The walk and run will start at 12.00 noon. The routes will be explained after the safety briefing before the off. There will be tea, coffee and soft drinks for all participants before the start and food and refreshments when you return. There will also be a commemorative medal for all who complete the event.
We appeal to families, walkers, runners and cyclists to come and support this really worthwhile event to help the O’Connor family raise much needed funds for two really important centres of care, comfort and support in our community. We also appeal to local businesses and potential sponsors for any donations you can make to what we’re sure will be a wonderful day.
MEMORIES BRUREE AND ROCKHILL: A photo exhibition is being planned in conjunction with Rockhill and Bruree’s celebration of The Gathering 2013. This will be held in September. A large number of photos have already come in for this. A Facebook page has been set up to showcase some of the photographs which will be on display. This is a “Like” page not a “Friends” page, so when you access the page be sure to “Like” it. Over the coming months, photos will be added to the site. Already, there has been a fantastic reaction to the page and the photos, so be sure and visit it at www.facebook.com/MemoriesRockhillandBruree.
RAMBLING HOUSE: A large attendance was treated to a great mix of music, song and dance at the June Rambling House in Bruree. The night opened with some of the dancers from Bruree National School who had won numerous medals and trophies at the recent Munster Primary Schools Feis. Some of the pupils also provided excellent music throughout the evening.
The entertainment continued with John Hayes and John O’Riordan, Donal Deady and Jim Lyons before we had the first performance from Ella Marie O’Dwyer. Through the evening Ella Marie treated the audience to a selection of songs from her current CD. The story of Kyle Jack was told in song by John O’Riordan while Brendan Begley gave excellent renditions of Among The Wicklow Hills and Scorn Not His Simplicity. We had a little bit of nostalgia from Ita McQuinn who told us about the Old Home Latch and The Thatched House. Martin Enright sang The Cocky Farmer and Irene Quaid gave us Our House Is Not A Home. MC Mike Forde sang The Water Is Wide and Maureen Flanagan stepped up to the microphone with her version of In An Irish Country Home. Kitty Sexton’s performance of One Day At A Time was well received as was Seamus Sexton’s singing of of the ever popular Shanagolden. Tom O’Riordan was on hand to sing his own son about Knockfierna. Those in attendance were treated to an excellent spread of sandwiches and confectionery for the interval. There was also an great range of prizes for the raffle.
The next traditional Irish Rambling House will be held on Friday, July 12th, in Bruree hall, starting at 8.00 pm sharp. As usual, there will be a large amount of talent on hand to entertain with singers, musicians, storytellers keeping the craic going all night. There will be the usual cup of tea and nice bits to eat and a raffle. Everyone is welcome whether you just want to sit back and enjoy the entertainment or perform.
ROCKHILL AND BRUREE COMMUNITY HALL: Rockhill and Bruree Community Hall is available for hire! Facilities include large hall with viewing space, stage, two badminton courts, hand ball alley, large outdoor space with outdoor lighting, kitchen. Hourly or nightly rates are available. Phone 086 056 5544 or contact a committee member.
GAA County Fixtures 2013: O’Neills Sports County Senior Hurling League - July 21st Bruree v Ballybrown 7.30pm, July 28th Croom v Bruree 7.30pm Hyundai Limerick Motor Centre County Senior Hurling Championship - August 4th Bruree v Murroe-Boher South Fixtures 2013 Junior ‘A’ Football Championship: Weekend July 21st Bruree v Galtee Gaels, Weekend August 11th Banogue v Bruree, Weekend August 25th.Blackrock v Bruree, Weekend September 8th Bruree v Castletown/Ballyagran, Semi Final - Weekend 15th September, Final - Weekend 22nd September
Junior ‘B’ Hurling Championship: Saturday July 13th Bruree v Castletown/Ballyagran, Saturday July 27th Dromin/Athlacca v Bruree, Saturday August 24th Bruree v Knockainey, Semi Finals - Weekend September 8th, Final - Weekend September 15th
Minor Hurling Championship: Tuesday July 16th Killacolla Gaels v Bruff, Tuesday August 6th Sean Og Hanley’s v Killacolla Gaels, Tuesday August 20th Killacolla Gaels v Cnoc Gaels, Final - Friday September 6th, County Semi Final - September 14th, Final - September 28th
Minor Hurling Competition (13 a side): Friday June 28th Knockainey v Bruree, Final - Friday July 5th
Minor Football Championship: Tuesday July 23rd Killacolla Gaels v Bruff, Tuesday August 13th Killacolla Gaels Bye, Tuesday August 27th Killacolla Gaels v Cnoc Gaels, Sunday September 8th Killacolla Gael v Glennacurrane, Sunday September 15th Balbec Gaels v Killacolla Gaels, Finals - Weekend 22nd September. Killacolla Gaels are a combination of Bruree and Castletown/Ballyagran.
CAR BOOT SALE: The next car boot sale in aid of the Rockhill Bruree Sportsfield Development Committee will be held on Saturday, July 27th.
SYMPATHY: We extend our sincere sympathy to the family, relatives and friends of Kathleen Bennett, Churchtown, Marie Collins, Dublin, Jerry Martin, Athlone, Byrdie Lyons, Mount Eagle, and Kay Meighan, Adare, who died recently.
LOTTO: Lucky dip winners in last weeks Bruree GAA/Rockhill Rovers lotto draw were €50 Ted Donoghue, Kildimo €25 Hazel and Donna c/o Francis Finn, Joe McDonald, Athlacca €20 Danny and Margaret DEady, Elizabeth Carroll, John Garvey, Kilmallock.
GOLF SOCIETY: Bruree Golf Society’s Captain’s (Hugh Hogan) prize was held at Charleville Golf Club. Prize winners were 1st Kevin Cagney 2nd Alice South 3rd Willie White 4th Mike Power Gross David Deady, Front 9 Danny Deady, Back 9 Trevor Barry, Past Captain Mike Moloney, Best Visitor Gary MorrisseySweep on Hole 2 Patrick Deady.
Fixtures: Saturday July 20th Daily Star Competition at Carrick-on-Suir. Saturday August 17th Donna Finn’s Presidents’ Prize at Cahir Park Golf Club
SCHOOL: Congratulations and best wishes to Katie Quirke who plays in the Primary Go Game at the Gaelic Grounds for next Sunday’s Munster Final between Limerick and Cork.