CROOM TIDY TOWNS MARKS UP 277: In the Tidy Town’s Competition Report, the Adjudicators stated that the Croom entry was a most comprehensive and informative entry. The work plan was simple but effective. They were very impressed with the numbers on the committee and the involvement in the work. The list of organisations was very impressive. Well done on the work with the schools for their Green Flags (5 for a 2nd - level school is outstanding). The short history of the involvement with the competition was interesting and were pleased with the rapid progress. The Town Park project will have much positive impact on the town. The Adjudicators commented on the work on the derelict buildings and said it is hoped that this was an enjoyable task for the students. The old national school is a beautiful building. The field next door could be a great venue for wildlife studies and projects. Well done on the Green Flag. The 5 flags flying next door send a very positive message. They congratulated all involved. The conversion of the old mill is an excellent project and it looks great. It seems to be a busy and vibrant centre. The riverside area here is a lovely space. The hospital is a lovely old building but there are several issues to be addressed here. These include dirty and broken signage and gates in need of painting. There have been great efforts made to decorate the derelict premises with some high-quality artwork. These need to be kept touched-up to protect from the ravages of the weather. A number of other business premises need to address the quality of the shop fronts on otherwise attractive buildings. St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church is extremely well kept. Some really good work has been carried out in the last year. Well done to all involved. However, you list the removal of ivy from trees as one of your actions; this is poor practice and should be discouraged. The hanging baskets at the bridge are very effective. The flowers atop the wall at the national school were admired. An excellent job has been carried out on the N20 roundabout with very subtle planters. Well done on selecting native trees for planting. The upcoming park projects offer all sorts of possibilities for biodiversity areas to be created. The adjudicator hopes to see the new wildlife panel on future visits. Ivy should not be removed from trees. It may be trimmed or otherwise managed with expert advice. Well done on your comprehensive approach to litter management. The adjudicator was particularly impressed with the tackling of the problem at source: the people, the businesses that ‘supply’ the litter and the litter itself. Very little litter was seen on day of visit. Well done. Well done once more for the useful work undertaken in this category. The traffic - and parking – problem is significant. It was not easy to move around the streets. Graffiti didn’t appear to be such a problem on day of visit. Some road signs are damaged. The heritage information board needed attention. This is a fine piece of work so should be kept clean. The roundabout sign at Reilig Mhuire Croom is bent. The actions undertaken are most laudable and suitable thereby setting good example. This is an abbreviated copy of some of the report of the Croom Tidy Towns Competition. The work of the Committee has been truly acknowledged. Hopefully that the Maigueside Town will receive a National Award in the not too distant future. We will publish the second part of the completed report of the Adjudicators next week.
J.T. MCNAMARA POINT TO POINT FUNDRAISING: The steering committee of Limerick Harriers Hunt spearheading the JT McNamara Fund raising Point to Point, held a meeting which took place at the Dunraven Arms Hotel on the 22nd August 2013. A capacity attendance of different organisations to be part of the major day at Lemonfield, Crecora were there to show their support which is expected to be one of the largest point to point meets ever to be held in County Limerick or in the whole of Ireland. The presence of the various jockeys, trainers, breeders, stud owners and the well known racing commentator and trainer the very popular Ted Walsh was in attendance and committed his full support to the fundraising event. On the night at cheque for €10,000 was presented to the committee following a recent contribution by guests at a wedding of friends and supporters of John Thomas McNamara. The forthcoming point to point which will be fully sponsored and all monies collected will be given to the John Thomas fund. This is a major community effort and shows the popularity of this outstanding jockey who achieved so much on the racecourse over the years.
CO.CO. MANAGEMENT ESTATE IMPROVEMENTS: Following Estate Management improvements under the Limerick County Council Managements Estates Team the various Council Estates in Croom are admired by many following recent reconstruction of Green areas in Caemore, Kylefea, Glenma and Coshma. At a recent meeting of the Area Council the Estates management team of Seamus Hayes, Eng. Arthur Murphy Supervisor and Donie Coffey Horticulture Dept. and the dedicated workers who designed and carried out the work were highly complimented.
ANNIVERSARY MASSES AND REMEMBRANCES: The anniversary mass for Jerry and Helen Lynch St. Senan’s Tce Croom, St. Mary’s Church, Croom on Sat. 14th. The anniversary mass for Teresa O’Brien Main St. Croom, at St. Mary’s Church Croom, Sun 15th Sept. Prayers for Margaret Kelly. Died recently Frank Hanley, Carrigeen, Croom. Requiem mass at St. Mary’s Church Croom. Burial in Reilig Mhuire Croom.
CROOM MACRA: If you train hard, you’ll not only be hard, you’ll be hard to beat.” Herschel Walker
Our four new club officers, Anna Holland, Thomas Leahy, Helena Cronin and Sharon Power travelled the not so rocky road to Dublin last Friday for club officer training in our fair capital city. Representatives from Ballylanders, Shannonside, Kilmallock, Limerick City and Newcastlewest were also there from the Limerick region. Having attended a number of seminars on topics such as child safety, club promotion, club officer roles and club development we all felt that meeting with other Macra members from other counties was very worthwhile and using the conference as a forum to share, generate ideas and solve problems was very beneficial.
Croom members met with Kieran O’Dowd, our national president and it was interesting to discuss our visions for our club and Macra with him. Saturday night drew to a close like any Macra night, with a good meal and a party on the dance floor until the small hours. The Limerick round of impromptu debating will be held Friday 20th September in the Dunraven Arms Hotel at 8pm. The ‘Know Your Ag’ table quiz takes place on 2nd October. The venue is to be confirmed. Anybody interested in going to the Queen of the Land Festival in Tullamore? Our very own Amanda Conway will be representing Limerick. It takes place the 8th, 9th and 10th of November. If you are interested in going any night please contact me on the number below. Contact Number: Sharon, PRO, 085 2105850
Fancy a night at the dogs in Cork? Tickets are now on sales for only €10 each. This also enters you into a draw for €1000 and a hotel break and more on the night. Contact me at the number below for a ticket. Contact Number: Sharon, PRO, 085 2105850
POP UP SHOP: A pop up Shop will be open this Saturday the 21st September and the 28th September in Patrickswell. Everything from a needle to an anchor for sale. Everything in excellent condition. Clothes, shoes, bags, jewellery, prams, buggies, cots, furniture, ornaments etc; All proceeds go to Fr. Derek Leonard and Fr. David Costellos mission in Peru and St. Josephs Orphange in Romania. A huge thank you to John Leddin Tool Hire Patrickswell who gave the use of his shops free of charge. So come along and enjoy the shopping spree. Something for everybody at ridiculously low prices. Tea/coffee and cakes on sale and also a raffle . Shop open from 10am til 6pm.