Church News: Mass in Broadford for the month of September will be on Sunday mornings at 9.30am. Reader for Sunday September 22nd is Olivia Noonan and the Eucharistic Ministers are Josephine Folan and Tom Clarson.
Parish Mission Meeting: The next Mission meeting will take place on Thursday the 19th September at 7.30pm in the Hall Dromcollogher. People who have not been involved to date are welcome to attend this meeting. Thank you for your continued support.
Tidy Towns Results: The adjudicators report for Broadford and its environments show an increase of 3 points from last year’s results. A one point gain was made in each of the following categories; Overall Development Approach, Landscaping, Tidiness and Roads, Streets & Back Areas but we had a loss of one point in the Tidiness Category; this was mainly due to the dumping of rubbish and non-recyclables at the Bottle Bank Site by some uncaring people. The full results were as follows:-
Overall Development Approach:-41 marks awarded out of 50. Last year’s marks were 40.
The Built Environment: - 40 marks awarded out of 50. Last year’s marks were 40.
Landscaping: - 42 marks awarded out of 50. Last year’s marks were 41.
Wildlife and Natural Amenities: - 33 marks awarded out of 50. Last year’s marks were 33.
Litter Control: -Marks awarded 32 out of 50. Last year’s marks were 33.
Sustainable Waste and Resource Management: - Marks awarded 10 out of 20. Last year’s marks were 10.
Tidiness: - Marks awarded 20 out of 30. Last year’s marks were 19.
Residential Areas: - Marks awarded 30 out of 40. Last year’s marks 30.
Roads, Streets and Back Areas: - Marks awarded 30 out of 50. Last year’s marks were 29.
General Impression: - Marks awarded 8 out of 10. Last year’s marks were 8. Total Marks: 286 out of 400.
Hospice Coffee Morning: You are invited to a Coffee Morning in aid of your local hospice service on this Thursday September 19 from 9 o’clock to 12 noon at the Community Centre Broadford. All proceeds will go directly to with the local hospice service. Your support will be greatly appreciated.
21st Anniversary: John and Helen Neenan of the Old Forge Inn will celebrate 21 years in the pub business in Broadford and they will be celebrating the occasion with a 21st Anniversary party on this Saturday night September 21st and everybody are welcome.
Gathering Events: The “Gathering Festival” week- end is arranged from Friday October 18th to Monday October 21st. The programme of events is now nearing completion will begin with the Jazz Concert on Friday night the 18th. Saturday morning the 19th will see the 4k fun run-walk. The launch of the Broadford and Knocktooch Irish Folklore Commission Project written by pupils from both schools in 1938 will follow at 12 o’clock and at 2.30pm we will have action from A Day at The Forge in Bygone Days (this will include the shoeing of a horse, riveting and banding and more, this should bring back some memories) and include exhibitions of other old handcrafts, all will take place at Duggan’s Forge and the Banding Field. We will have a Thanksgiving Harvest Mass in the Church that evening at 7.30pm. At 8 o’clock another opportunity of viewing the Folklore Commission works of the Broadford and Knocktooch pupils of 1938 and the Handball Club history with photos and memorabilia. At 9.30pm in the Community Centre will be the very popular Halloween Fancy Dress Dance. Sunday is still to be finalized with proposals for a Memorial Mass for Archbishop Duhig in the morning and after Mass the unveiling of a plaque and road sign in remembrance of the Archbishop to be discussed and finalized, but Sunday afternoon will be the Gathering of Broadford and District Families Fun Day Parade to the Millennium Garden with open air dancing and street entertainment and the unveiling of a plaque to mark the Year of the Gathering in the Garden. Sunday night will be the Rambling House in the Community Centre. And Monday night we will have the Monster 45 Card Drive in the Community Centre. Full bar facilities will be available on Saturday, Sunday and Mondays in the Community Centre. The next meeting regarding the finalizing of the events is on Tuesday September 17th at 9pm in the Community Centre. Everyone is invited to come along to help in putting together more events and entertainment. Visit us on www.facebook.com/broadfordgathering2013 for details and updates and you are invited to place your own comments.
Milford Hospice Walk of Life: A major fundraising initiative for Milford Hospice is been organized across the Mid-West region and the inaugural 5km “Walk of Life “ is being held on Saturday October 19th 2013 at five different venues across Co Limerick. The walking venues in the Limerick area are: - The Demesne Newcastle West, University of Limerick, Ballyhoura/Kilfinane, Murroe and Curragh Chase Kilcornan. This is a great opportunity for people of the Mid-West Region to support hospice care in our region. To coincide with this every parish in Limerick as well as other parishes throughout the Mid-West region have been asked to host a fundraising event of their choice with a view to making a parish contribution which will be added to the sponsorship raised by those who take part in the walks. To this end the Dromcollogher/Broadford parish organizing committee has opted to have a Table Quiz at both sides of the parish. The Broadford quiz will be held on Saturday September 28th at Neenans Bar starting at 9.30pm and the Dromcollogher one will be held at the Corner House on Friday October12th. Your Hospice needs your help so please play your part. More details later.
West Limerick Radio: The Annual General Meeting of West Limerick Community Radio will be held on Tuesday September 24th at 8pm in the Desmond Complex Newcastle West. All are welcome.
GAA Lottery Draw: The Drom/Broadford lottery draw held on Monday night September 9th at Begley’s Bar and the numbers drawn were: -3, 9, 13 and 25. The jackpot prize of €7,700 was not won. The Match 3 prize of €100 was shared by Liam Ryan Newtownshandrum, Carmel Leahy Dromcollogher and Tim & Tanya Fleming Broadford. The lucky dips of €50 each went to Mairead Cregan Rowels and Con O’Connor c/o Ann Madigan Broadford. Next week’s Jackpot is €7,800 (win or share) and the match 3 prize is €100 (win or share) will be held at Nunans Bar Dromcollogher. Tickets are available at €2 each or 3 for €5 from committee members, all business places and the Club Box in the square Dromcollogher.
Cards at Neenans: The 45 card drive season at Neenans continue every Monday night after resuming on Monday night last September 16th. All the usual prizes and raffle will be given out and your support will be appreciated.
“Adare to Survive” with Cliona’s Foundation: “Adare to Survive” is a 7.5km military style obstacle course taking place in Clonshire Equestrian Centre Adare on Sunday 29th September. Cliona’s Foundation which provides financial assistance to families of critically ill children is a charity partner and participants are invited to Endeavour/ Endure/Enjoy a unique physical and mental challenge, individually or part of a 4 person team, to raise funds for charity or club of their choice. Full details, including rejistration is on the event website: - www.adaretosurvive.com.