Church News: Weekday Masses in Broadford this week are on Monday & Wednesday at 9.30am and on Friday at 7.30pm. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will be held after Mass on Wednesday morning for 1 hour. Confessions will take place after Mass on Friday evening. Mass on Sunday March 24th which is Palm Sunday will be on at 9.30am. Readers for Sunday are Marion Brosnan (Knocktooch), Nora Collins and Seamus O’Suilleabháin. Eucharistic Ministers are Maudie Collins and Sr. Anne Lenihan. The times for the upcoming Easter Ceremonies are as follows: - Holy Thursday 28th March Mass in Broadford is at 7.00pm and in Dromcollogher at 8.00pm. Good Friday 29th March ceremonies are in both churches at 3.oopm. Stations of the Cross are in Dromcollogher at 7.00pm and in Broadford at 8.00pm. Holy Saturday 30th March Easter Vigil Masses in both Churches at 8.00pm and on Easter Sunday morning Mass is in Broadford at 9.30am and in Dromcollogher at 11.00am.
St. Patrick’s Day: - The St. Patrick’s Day celebrations began in Broadford with the 9.30am mass in which we saw the shamrock on display by many of the congregation and with many wearing the many shades of the traditional green in keeping with custom. The children added to the occasion also been well decked with badges and bows. Fr. O’Dea our P.P. chipped in with his cúpla focal and the choir again excelled with a wonderful array of Irish Hymns and Psalms, finishing up with a bilingual rendition of the ever popular “O Guímid a Phádraig” “Hail Glorious St. Patrick” after dinner with the weather not being too kind the rest of the day was spent with the family either at the local parades or watching the big parade in Dublin and the Club Finals on T.V. Go mbeiridmíd beo ar an am seo arís.
Bereavements: Our sympathy is extended to McCarthy and Molyneaux Families Farrihy Broadford on the death of their sister Mary McCarthy last week end. Mary who was in her 80’s was a quiet and religious lady who was loved by all and it was a fitting testament of her love to see her nieces come all the way from the U.S.A. and other relatives and friends from around the country to be present at her funeral. Her removal took place from Sextons Funeral Home to Our Lady of the Snows Church Broadford on Wednesday evening for her Requiem Mass on Thursday March 14th con-celebrated by Fr. F. O’Dea P.P. Dromcollogher/Broadford assisted by Canon S. Ambrose & Fr. T. Curtin and afterwards she was laid to rest in Springfield Cemetery. We extend our sympathy to her brother, sisters, brothers- in- law, sisters- in -law, nephews, nieces, grandchildren, all her relatives, neighbours and friends. Our sympathy is also extended to Ellen and T.T. Mullane and family Killilagh on the sudden death of Ellen’s mother Margaret of Cloncon Ashford at the weekend and we also extend our sympathy to her husband Jack and family, nephews, nieces, all her relatives, friends and neighbours. Go ndeana Dia trocaire ar a n-anamacha dilis.
Daffodil Day: Daffodil Day this year is on Friday March 22nd and after last year’s 25th Anniversary of the founding of Daffodil Day, this year 2013 is the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Irish Cancer Society, so make it a year to remember by helping out or subscribe at the many events that will be held locally.
Easter Celebrations at Broadford Day Care Centre: The holy sacrifice of the Mass will be celebrated at the Centre on Monday March 25th at 12 noon, afterwards enjoy your dinner and have a fun time among friends and neighbours. Everyone is welcome all you have to do is ring Anne on 087-6775497 to book your dinner on any Monday and Friday. This is a great social outing so come along with your friends and neighbours.
Irish Cancer Society Tea & Coffee Morning: The Barry family Lisnafulla is hosting a Tea/Coffee morning in the Community Centre Broadford on this Saturday March 23rd from 8.30 am to 1.30pm. All proceeds will go to the Irish Cancer Society. Everyone is welcome.
Learn your way to the Future:“Fun & Fact Information Morning”. Do you want to up skill, well remember that on this Thursday March 21st at “The Red Door” Newcastle West from 11.00 am to 2.00 pm a public open door event will take place at this central location in the Square in the heart of Newcastle West. Information on locally based courses and West Limerick Resources Rural Employment Service and other services will be available. Contact Adrienne O’Connell (West Limerick Resources) at 069—79110 or 087—2773294 for more details.
Drom-Broadford Shave or Dye Campaign: There was a great response to the Today FM Shave or Dye event which was held on Saturday the 9th of March in Neenans Bar Broadford. The organizers wish to thank the many brave people who volunteered to shave, dye or wax for a very worthy cause and thanks to all who sponsored them so generously. All proceeds went to the Irish Cancer Society.
Broadford 2013: This year’s Musical by the local society is “Nunsence” and it took to the stage in the Community Centre last week end: - Friday March 15th, Saturday March 16th and Sunday March 17th. The show takes place in the Convent Hall of the Little Sisters of Hoboken, New Jersey in the 1970’s and it trilled us all with a variety of music song and dance including jazz, country & western and rock & roll, some wonderful comic one-liners and even we had a ventriloquist among a very talented cast which included Hazel Lenihan, Emma Lynch, Nula O’Callaghan, Barbara Power, Jayne Guiney and Mary Noonan. Musical Director is Margaret O’Donnell, on the drums is Andrew Dowling, Choreographer was Catherine Upton, Eddie Noonan was in charge the sound and the show is directed by John Pierce. Well done to all. The Final performance in Broadford is on Saturday March 23rd. There will be a special performance in the Hall in Knockaderry Friday March 22nd in aid of the Feohanagh/Castlemahon Community Hall Building Fund. Doors open at 7.15. Curtin at 8 o’clock sharp. Admission prizes are adults €10 and children €5.
The Gathering 2013: Broadford. Meetings to discuss possible events to celebrate “The Gathering 2013” continue every Monday at 9 o; clock in the Community Centre Broadford. All the clubs and organizations in the area are invited to attend as well as everyone in the community so we can discuss the entire views of the community on this National event. Everybody welcome
Pilgrimage to Knock: S.M.A. annual pilgrimage to Knock Shrine takes place on Saturday May 25th, for further information please contact Maura Egan at 063-83048 or Josie O’Carroll at 063-83021.
Handball News: Well done to Tom O’Brien and Dinny McCarthy who qualified for the All Ireland after they won their respective simi final matches on Saturday last at the local court. Tom in the Emerald Masters defeated Anthony Caddell of Belfast 21-8 and 21-7 and Denny in the Silver Masters “B” defeated Kenny Curran of Tyrone in a thriller 21-4, 16-21 and 21-19. Congratulations to the juvenile girls who won Munster gold at Liscarroll last week; Under 14 doubles Kathy Foley & Katie McCarthy and Under 17 doubles Niamh McCarthy & Laura Stack. They now face the Ulster champions in the All Ireland simi-final. Continued success to you all.
Ladies Football: Congratulations to the Limerick Ladies under 14 football team who played out an exciting draw with Tipperary on Saturday last March 9th at Bruff. Three players from the local Drom/Broadford club participated Meadbh McCarthy at corner back, Laura Stack at midfield and Katie McCarthy who came off the bench to score an opportunist goal made a big contribution to the win. Rebecca McGuiness another member of the local club was not available on Saturday but will join her team mates against Clare in 2 weeks’ time. With the present adverse weather conditions, we will be sending out texts regarding any changes to training times. Best of luck to the local players who are members of the county intermediate team who travel to Ardee to play Louth on Sunday next March 24th.
Kantoher Co-Op Re-union: A re-union of those involved with Kantoher Co-Op is been organized. Any people, who may have old photos, paper cuttings, etc. in relation to Kantoher, please contact any of the following: Mick Shanahan 087/2511474, David Hayes 087/1385758, Dave Noonan 087/ 2716024 and John Carroll 087/ 2716024. All photos, etc. will be returned after making of them.
Fitness Fun Walks: These walks continue every Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights leaving the GAA field in Dromcollogher at 7.15pm. Calling all who would like to boost their fitness levels, a special invitation to teenagers on mid-term to join us this week, suitable for all ages, if you need the motivation to fill your exercise quota come and join in.
G.A.A. Lottery: The Numbers drawn in the local GAA lottery at the Green Bar Dromcollogher were 3, 16, 22 and 28. There was no winner of the Jackpot or the Match 3 prizes. The lucky dips were won by Eoin Barry Broadford and Eilish O’Shea Dromcollogher and each received €50. The Jackpot goes to €5,200 (win or share) and the Match 3 is €150 (win or share). All sold tickets to be handed in at the clubhouse on Monday evenings before 9o’clock. Tickets are available from any member of the committee or from all business premises, tickets €2 each or three for a €5.
Indoor Hurling: The local Scoil Mhuire primary school 3rd and 4th class took part in the indoor hurling competition at Newcastle West and had good victories over Ratheenagh and Croagh schools before going down to Shauntrade the eventual winners at the simi-final stage. The players who took part were: Robert McCarthy, Donna McCarthy, Edward Brennan, Jack Brennan, Cian Nash, Kenny Lynch, Graham Roche, Adam Roche, Anthony Lenihan and Ewan Collins and Coach Mr. Micheal Boyce N.T.
Parent and Toddler Group: The parent and toddler group meet every Thursday in the Daycare Centre Broadford from 10:30 to 12 noon. This is an opportunity for parents, grandparents and carers to meet and chat while the children play in a safe environment. All welcome.
Dromcollogher Calf Mart: The mart is held every Wednesday evening at 8pm. Calves are taken in from 5.30pm onwards and sales start at 8pm.The committee are urging and encouraging locals to use this great local facility.
Cards at Neenans: The winners at the weekly 45 card drive at Neenans on Monday were Mary and John Madigan Kilmeedy. Runners up were Tim Burke Knockglass and Monica Neenan Glen View Broadford. The spot prize went to Mickie Murphy Springfield and Julia Duggan Broadford and the winners of the raffle were 1st €35 Tim Burke. 2nd €20 Dan Barry Glenduff Ballagh and 3rd €10 Julia Duggan.