REMEMBERING JFK NOVEMBER 22 1963: The communities of the District of the Morning Star, the Camogue and the River Maigue District remember the desperate tragedy of the death of President John F Kennedy in the streets of Dallas on the 22nd November 1963.
When people talk of that day in November 50 years ago they always say where they were, at work, on the farm, in the local shop.
Members of the parishes would recall visiting Greenpark Racecourse to see his helicopter descending on Green Park where thousands of people from the Midwest had gathered to greet a Limerick descendent of an Irish emigrant who became one of the most powerful persons in the world.
People gathered at St Peter and Paul’s Church in Bruff, Co Limerick on Friday, to pay respects to the memory of John F Kennedy, whose great-grandfather Thomas Fitzgerald emigrated from the town in 1852.
Speaking at the Mass, held on the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination, Bishop of Limerick Dr Brendan Leahy told parishioners: “At today’s anniversary Mass we get a chance to do three things: 1) recall the past; 2) pray for the deceased; and 3) set the compass again in our own lives.”
Fr. James Costello and Canon Willie Fitzmaurice participated in the concelebrating of mass. When the Fitzgerald family left Ireland, Thomas Fitzgerald carried with him the family Bible, the same Bible JF Kennedy used when taking oath of office in 1961.
The Thomas Fitzgerald Centre, was opened when Caroline Kennedy visited Bruff in June of this year. Caroline met with her cousins from the area and what a wonderful occasion for the relatives of County Limerick, meeting with the daughter of the late President of the U.S.A.
The Fitzgerald family’s burial place is at Kyle Cemetery on the Bruff/Croom road. The scribe of the Croom Notes was delighted to be part of the memorial services on Friday and to take some photographs of the events of the day which have been forwarded to Caroline and her family, to show the esteem that her late father was held in their ancestral place in County Limerick.
The Bruff Historical Society must be complimented in the work they carried out to ensure the link with the Kennedy/Fitzgerald will be a living memory of the family who emigrated in 1852.
MANISTER DRAMA RAVE REVIEWS: Manister Drama happens again this Saturday November 30 and Sunday December 1 at 8pm Manister Hall with the comedy play “Wake in the West” by M. J. Ginnelly, directed by Nigel Mercier. The word is out that it is ‘great craic entirely’. This is a fast paced comedy and is a great night’s entertainment for the audience. A great effort by a small community keeping our traditions and drama alive.
BIG MAGGIE IN BANOGUE: The staging of “Big Maggie” at the community hall Banogue has been a tremendous success with a constant interest by drama enthusiasts who have been flocking each night since the curtain went up on November 21 with the staging of four nights of one of John B. Keane’s greatest productions. The Banogue drama group are all set for this Thursday 28th to closing Sunday December 1 at 8pm in the Parish Centre. Adm €10 and €5 for children. The audience are coming from far and wide to see a humourous show.
CROOM SENIOR CITIZENS: The annual mass for the deceased members of the community will be celebrated on Thursday November 28 in Croom Mills at 12.30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served afterwards.
SYRIA AND PHILIPPINES RELIEF FUND: The collection for the Syria and Philippines relief fund which was taken up in Banogue and in Croom which amounted to €2164. Donations will be welcomed for people who did not get the opportunity of contributing during this week.
PHILIPPINES FUND DECEMBER 1 LUNCH: Eddie O’Donnell proprietor Caharass Restaurant will donate the food and his staff will work without pay for guests who will have their lunch there all the proceeds will be sent in full to help the relief effort in the Philippines. What a lovely gesture, early booking is suggested. Lunches commence from 12 noon.
CROOM SCOR TEAM: Well done to all who took part in Scor last Saturday night in Herberstown. Croom GAA club have three competitions going forward to the county finals on Friday night November 29 in Askeaton. Recitation, Stephen O Dwyer. Music the Dunworth family Shea, Rory and James, and Novelty Act, Ella O’ Rourke, Stephen O’ Dwyer, Sean Cregan, Conor Twoomey, Conor Shanahan, John Lyons and Rory Dunworth.
CROOM MACRA: Table quiz season continued last Friday night with Ballylanders Macra holding their quiz in An Trasnán Pub, Ballylanders. Well done to Kilmallock lads and ladies who got first place, following their triumph at the Halloween Table Quiz in Croom earlier this month also. Croom memebers Shane Cahill, Tom Leahy and Peter Cagney teamed up with Colm Quain of Shannonside Macra to take second prize on the night. Well done to all, well done to Ballylanders on holding a most entertaining night. Shannonside Macra’s annual Christmas Quiz takes place on December 12 at 8.30pm in Sean Collins & Sons Bar, Adare. There will be a raffle and other prizes on the night. It is €5 per person on a team. The very best of luck to all who hope to take part. It is an event that has always been a great fun and festive night in recent years and all of us at Croom Macra look forward to it. Sport continues every Thursday night 8.30 to 9.30pm at Croom Community Hall. All welcome.
ANNIVERSARY MASSES AND REMEMBRANCES: The anniversary mass for James and Margaret O’Brien, Fr. Eamonn’s Parents on Sat. St. Mary’s Church Croom. The anniversary mass for Frank Costello, Ballyculleen on Sun, at SS. Peter and Paul’s Church, Banogue. The anniversary mass for Peter and Teresa Talbot, Coshma. Prayers for Bridget Connolly.
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