Bruree Sept 21

CLERKS COLLECTION: The collection for the parish clerk in Bruree will be taken up on Sunday, September 29th, at morning Mass in Bruree. Your generosity would be greatly appreciated.

CLERKS COLLECTION: The collection for the parish clerk in Bruree will be taken up on Sunday, September 29th, at morning Mass in Bruree. Your generosity would be greatly appreciated.

COFFEE MORNING: Carmel Noonan will hold a coffee morning at her residence at Mill Street on Thursday next, September 19from 10am to 1pm. Proceeds will go to Milford Hospice. Your support would be appreciated.

COMPUTER SKILLS: Want to improve your employment prospects or just update your computer skills? This course is just for you! Benefit 4 Computer Skills Scheme part funded by the Department of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources. You will get10 hours computer training for €20 (5 days x 2hrs). Topics covered include; email, using the internet, safety & security, using internet video communications (e.g. Skype) and online services such as online banking and motor tax online. Courses commencing in Mobile IT, Main Street, Bruree, Co Limerick on Wed 25th, Thurs 26th and Fri 27th Sept 2013. Various times are available. For bookings please contact Anne Marie or Theresa in Mobile IT on 063 90952.

MEMORIES BRUREE AND ROCKHILL: A brilliant weekend - very enjoyable - it sure brought back great memories - what a great weekend - these are just some of the online comments about the Memories Gathering weekend in the parish. And these comments are mirrored by the comments of people within and outside the parish. It was a weekend which will be remembered and spoken about for a long time in the parish and by all those who travelled to be in Rockhill Bruree for the weekend.

The festivities started on Thursday night with a preview of the photo exhibition at the De Valera Museum and Bruree Heritage Centre. The reaction to this was an early indication that the weekend would go well. Friday night was Rambling House night which attracted a great crowd as well as a large number of entertainers. Eamon O’Cuiv TD was on hand to provide his memories of his grandfather, Eamon de Valera. He painted a picture of Bruree internationally known son as a quintessential grandfather and family man. He had many stories of Dev’s time in the Aras as well as in the family home in Blackrock and he spoke of his great connection with Bruree. This part of the night finished with audience members giving their own memories of Dev. The night continued with excellent entertainment from local and visiting artistes as well as a lovely cup of tea. Unfortunately the night had to end but everyone went home happy. The first chance the public got to view the full collection of photos in Bruree National School was on Saturday and the crowds which attended this exceeded all expectations. It is great in this digital age that a photograph can still evoke such a range of emotions fro joy to sadness. Many people spent hours going through the almost 2,000 photos on display. Saturday was also the day of the historic walk through the village and this was a most enjoyable event with large crowd learning about life in the village in days gone by with walk leaders Sonny Ward and Liam Hogan.

Saturday was the night everyone was looking forward to. Work was done on the hall all week and it looked fantastic on the night. As the crowd trooped it was great to see such life in the hall and at the end of the night almost 300 people spent a most enjoyable night. There was music to suit all tastes from waltzes to disco, barbeque food was in great demand and the bar staff were kept busy all night. It was off to the school and the sportsfield on Sunday for the second day of the photo exhibition and the family fun day. Crowds at the exhibition were even bigger than the previous day and the last people did not leave the display until over an hour after closing time. After doubts about the family fun day because of the weather conditions, it finally went ahead minus the bouncy castles. A large crowd partook in all the side shows and cake sale and the hurling blitz and tug of war attracted great interest. A live broadcast by East Limerick Community radio added to the festivities and the weekend finished on a high.

The weekend showed what can be done when the organisations in the parish co-operate to organise an event and when the community gives its wholehearted support. Over the coming weeks people will talk about and discuss the weekend and recall the new memories made during the four days of festivity and fun. Already people are asking about next years event. When the organising committee get a few nights sleep and a chance to get their breath back after a hectic weekend and the many weeks and months of planning, who knows what might happen!

ROCKHILL AND BRUREE COMMUNITY HALL: Now taking bookings for the autumn and winter season! If your club would like to book the hall and secure the day and time you want, please phone the community hall on 086 056 5544. All bookings will be on a “first come, first secured” basis. Facilities include: Large Hall with viewing space, stage, 2 badminton courts, hand ball alley, large outdoor space and kitchen. The Hall is also available for hire for functions. Phone 086 056 5544 for further information. Upcoming events include Memories of Rockhill and Bruree, The Gathering event 13th to 15th of September, Halloween children’s disco, Christmas Fair on Sunday 1st December. Details to follow.

SYMPATHY: We extend our sincere sympathy to the family, relatives and friends of Jean Bevan, Bruff, John Horgan, Ballyhea, Michael Gubbins, Bulgaden, and Delia O’Connor, Dromcollogher, who died recently.

ADAYFORGINA: The committee of adayforgina will be presenting cheques to the two charities involved on September 28th in the Central Bar, Bruree. All are welcome to join us on the night. As there are donations still coming in, we chose to wait until then to present the cheques so we look forward to seeing everyone again on the night.

LOTTO: Lucky dip winners in last weeks Bruree GAA/Rockhill Rovers lotto draw were €50 John O’Gorman €25 Geraldine O’Regan, Castletown, Jim Lake, Castletown €20 Eileen McMahon, Gerard Flaherty, Manchester, Maurice Conway.