PILGRIMAGE TO FATIMA : A pilgrimage to Fatima will take place on May 26 to June 2, for 7 nights staying in Hotel Tres Pastorinhos. Spiritual Director Fr. John Walsh with insurance of €25 if required. €734.00 per person sharing. Discount of €100 if paid in full by Feb 3rd. Further details from Kathleen Hayes 061 368549 or members of the Legion of Mary.
SAGART LOURDES GATHERING: Sagart Lourdes Gathering on Friday February 21 at 7pm in the Woodlands Hotel. Meal and music by Jimmy Connery. Past, present and future pilgrims are welcome. Tickets are €20. Looking forward to seeing you all on the night. Please contact Eileen Irwin on 087 628288 Canon Willie Fitzmaurice on 086 2423728 or Kieran O’Loughlin on 087 9095975.
BRUFF BINGO: There has been a very positive local response to the Bingo Sessions which take place every Thursday evening in the GAA Complex from 8.30 (sharp) until 10.15. This is now becoming one of the social events of the week for many giving neighbours the chance to meet up for a chat as well as the opportunity to win many prizes. If you are hindered from attending because of a lack of transport please contact any GAA Committee member and every effort will be made to get you there.
SCOIL DEAN CUSSEN: Scoil Dean Cussen is now taking enrolments for the coming school year. Enrolment forms are available to download from the school website www.scoildeancussen.ie . They may also be collected from Corrina at the school office. Please return completed enrolment forms by March 28th. We look forward to welcoming your child to our school.
BGM & DISTRICT COMMUNITY ALERT: We would like to make people aware of two scams taking place in the Limerick area. A man believed to be in his mid 30’s of heavy build driving a grey/silver type saloon vehicle called to a house of an elderly person, stated he was from the pensions’ board and explained to the injured party that he owed him €600. Also a man dressed again in professional attire claiming to be from Water Ireland asking for cash for future water services. If these men or someone of similar description is found driving around your area or attempting entry to any property you should call the Gardai immediately on 999 or alternatively Henry Street 061 212400 or Bruff Garda Station at 061 382940. The Gardai advise never to hand over cash or let any unauthorised person access to your property. I.D should be requested and if necessary a follow up phone call to verify credentials before engaging with any person who calls to your property. We would appreciate if residents could keep an eye out for these persons in the area and inform those who may be more vulnerable.
BRUFF BORD NA NÓG:- Registration for this year will take place on Friday February 7 at the clubhouse between 7 and 8pm. In order to have your child insured by GAA Headquarters in Croke Park we must have all registration forms back by the end of March. So we would ask you to please make the effort, for health and safety reasons and register your child promptly. Registration fees this year are €20for one child, two children €30 and three or more €40. If you can’t make it on the night forms will also be distributed at all training sessions after that date or are available from any of the committee. We hope to resume training sessions for all age groups by the middle to end of February (weather permitting).
LOUGH GUR AMATEUR DRAMATIC SOCIETY: Lough Gur Amateur Dramatic Society production of The Salvage Shop opens at the Honey Fitz Theatre on Friday February 14 with curtain up at 8pm and continues Saturday and Sunday 15 and February 16. The following week it runs on Thursday, Friday and Sunday 20, 21 and 23 of February at 8pm. For bookings call 086-3774691.
STEPDANCING CLASSES: Are you interested in learning Irish step dancing? Would you like to brush up on your dancing steps? If so, a class with a fully accredited Irish dancing teacher may commence in Bruff or the Bruff area depending on interest. All ages and levels catered for. Please contact 085-1349817 for more details.
BRUFF/GRANGE/MEANUS/ATHLACCA/KNOCKAINEY COMMUNITY GAMES: Great start to this year’s Community Games activities on Saturday last. We had 17 competitors in the Art Competition in Bruree and they had a great time. A big thank you to Cherry Joy O’Regan for looking after the boys and girls and we look forward to the results. On Sunday we took part in the Semi-Finals/Finals of the Girls U10 and U13 Indoor Soccer and did very well. First up was our U10 team of Ciara Ryan, Clodagh Dennehy, Claire Cronin, Anna Mulcahy and Michaela Cumes. Missing from the squad was Chloe Breen who was ill and we wish her a quick recovery. First up was Angelsborough. Our girls played well with Clodagh in goal, Ciara in the backline and Claire, Anna and Michaela up front – all ran their hearts out. Claire put us 1 up early in the first half and we kept the lead well into the second half where Anglesborough pounced on an error in our defence to make it 1-1. We went into extra time but it remained 1-1. Up next was a penalty shoot out. Ciara went first and put the goalie the wrong way, Claire was unlucky to hit the post. Our hero was Clodagh who saved four shots and we went into the final. We were to play Askeaton, who we beat in a penalty shoot out in the quarter finals. We had no subs and they used theirs to great effect. Hard as we tried Askeaton ran out comfortable winners and we wish them all the best in the Munster Finals. Well done to all the girls, you all played brilliant and should be very proud of yourselves. Next up were our U13 team of Megan Hickey (Captain), Aishling Lynch, Eve Ryan, Ciara Hynes, Shannon Leo, Kate Bateman, Isabel O’Rourke. First up was St. Senan’s, a young team put together for this competition. We hit the ground running and a long range shot from Aishling put us 1 up within minutes but St. Senan’s reared back to make it 1-1. The match was end to end, very fast with no quarter given. Eve in goal was kept busy, Aishling in the back with Megan, Shannon and Ciara up front. We were soon in front again with another super strike from Aishling. Back came St. Senan’s again 2-2. We won a free from outside the box and Megan buried it in the back of the net: 3-2 up. But again St. Senan’s reared back and it was 3-3 at half-time. Ciara and Shannon were working very hard up front giving Megan and Aishling space. Kate came on at half-time, quickly followed by Isobel. Two more well taken frees by Megan put us 5-3 up with time running out, but St. Senan’s were very brave and levelled up 5-5 with 2 goals in 3 minutes to send the game into extra time. Management took the blame for St. Senan’s getting back on terms and now it was up to the girls to win it again. 3 minutes a side extra time. Megan burst forward from the kick-off and drove the ball home. St. Senan’s attacked with fierce determination but we got our act together when Ciara slotted the ball home to put us 7-5 up. This was our game to lose and we were not going to let it slip now. Great win and a great team effort. Next up was the Limerick County Final against Regional. This was to be the fastest game of them all. The girls were now relaxed and they knew they had a lot more to give. Again the whole squad would be needed if we were to win. From the start we attacked and Megan put us 1 up and when Aishling got another 2 were 3-0 up. But back came Regional 3-1 before Isobel made it 4-2. Megan again found the net 5-2 but Regional made it 5-3. Aishling was to have the final say as she made it 6-3 and the gold medal to us. Great credit goes to the whole team, this was a squad performance as everyone gave their all. Great credit to the Coaches – Diarmuid and Eddie who did great work with the girls and to all our supporters who cheered us on. This is a true community team with girls from Athlacca, Bruff, Meanus, Knockainey and Holycross. They scored 60 goals and conceded just 13 in the whole competition. You all can hold your heads high and we are very proud of you all.