Mar 23

Hanora Horan

Reporter:

Hanora Horan

THE GATHERING: The Bruff Gathering will take place from 1st to 7th July 2013. Full details of the itinery have yet to be worked out but it will coincide with the Summer Festival and include the Bruff Rose Contest, Heritage Projects, Guided Walks, a genealogy workshop etc. We have invited over 1000 people with ancestral connections to visit Bruff for the occasion. You may know other people abroad who have not been included and who would appreciate an invitation. Please feel free to contact them yourselves or alternatively provide the Community Office 061 389841 with their details preferably with an email address and an invite will be sent. Preparations for The Gathering will require a concerted effort from a lot of people and volunteers are asked to contact the Community Office to offer their assistance.

THE GATHERING: The Bruff Gathering will take place from 1st to 7th July 2013. Full details of the itinery have yet to be worked out but it will coincide with the Summer Festival and include the Bruff Rose Contest, Heritage Projects, Guided Walks, a genealogy workshop etc. We have invited over 1000 people with ancestral connections to visit Bruff for the occasion. You may know other people abroad who have not been included and who would appreciate an invitation. Please feel free to contact them yourselves or alternatively provide the Community Office 061 389841 with their details preferably with an email address and an invite will be sent. Preparations for The Gathering will require a concerted effort from a lot of people and volunteers are asked to contact the Community Office to offer their assistance.

SCOIL DEAN CUSSEN: Enrolement forms for new pupils starting in September 2013 are now available in the school office. We look forward to welcoming your child to our school community.

BRUFF HERITAGE GROUP – THE GATHERING: As part of “The Gathering” Celebrations in Bruff (July 1st- 7th) an exhibition of correspondence over the years will take place. Bruff Heritage Group are trawling all avenues in search of letters, postcards ,Christmas cards telegrams etc. which would have been exchanged between the people of Bruff (and South Limerick generally) and other places near and far.

Have you a letter or postcard which was sent or received, giving the news from home or away, be it large or trivial (we are particularly interested in trivia!), down the years?

We would love to hear from you and be assured that all items will be treated with the utmost care and respect. We will exhibit all letters in their entirety or part, depending on the wishes of the donor.

Emails or enquiries can be made to tombulfin1@yahoo.ie mobile number: (00353863143772)

We feel this is a novel and relevant way to celebrate “ The Gathering” but it’s success depends on the response we receive so please get searching in those old boxes and cases!

CHRISM MASS: His Excellency, Archbishop Charles Brown, Papal Nuncio, will celebrate Chrism Mass in the Diocese on Wednesday, 27th March at 7.30pm in St. John’s Cathedral.

ORDINATION OF BISHOP-ELECT BRENDAN LEAHY: On Sunday, 14th April, 2013 at 3.00pm, Rev. Brendan Leahy will be ordained Bishop of Limerick in St. John’s Cathedral. Further details in relation to the ordination, seating allocation, liturgy, etc., will be finalised in the next few weeks and will be forwarded to you well in advance of the occasion.

BRUFF GAA MEMBERSHIP: This time of year sees renewal of club membership. Membership of the club remains the same as last year at €30 with student and OAPs at €10. New members are always very welcome to join the club. Closing date is March 31st. Thank you for your support.

SUMMER ENGLISH SCHOOL 2013: Some Spanish and Italian teenagers will be coming to this area from late June to mid July to learn English. We are looking for families in Bruff and surrounding areas to host them; attractive rates will be paid to suitable families. If you would be interested in having some students stay with you as part of your family for two or three weeks, please contact 087 8289959 for more details.

BRUFF 45 CARD GAME:The 45 card game in Bruff is run by Bruff National School Parent’s Association. You are sure to receive a warm welcome, a hot cup of tea, some nice home-baking and you’d never know, you might go home financially a bit better off too! So come on to Bruff every Tuesday night in the National School starting @ 8.30pm. All are welcome.

BRUFF PLAYGROUND COMMITTEE: Bruff Playground Committee would like to send a sincere Thank You to everyone who supported the duck race on St. Patrick’s Day. A great day was had by all. All 700 ducks were sold, thank you to everyone who bought a duck and to all the shops and pubs who helped sell them. A total of €3,300 was raised for the playground. Many thanks also to the men who were at the river helping out on the day. Winners of the duck race were as follows: 1st Place: Kevin Reale €100, 2nd Place: Maurice Dunworth €50, 3rd Place: Lilly Healy €25 and 4th Place: Johnny Moloney €25. Thank’s also to Nagle’s for donating a hamper which made €252.00, it was greatly appreciated. A big thank you to everyone from Bruff Community Playground Committee. Entire families will “go greyhound-racing” for a thrilling Night at the Dogs at the Limerick Greyhound Stadium on Saturday 11th May. The programme for the night includes the valuable Roche’s Feeds Munster Oaks and features the auction of a greyhound pup specially selected by leading trainer Paul Hennessy. The novelty of the event plus the comfortable facilities at the stadium, with children under 16 going free. This Night at the Dogs will, it is hoped, contribute a major portion of the €30k needed as matching funding, considering the LEADER funds already secured and monies raised over recent years. “Currently, we are completing the legal process for the final transfer of ownership of the site from Limerick County Council” Richard Leonard, Project Manager/Engineer, stated. “At the same time we are finalising the equipment selection and tidying up some details requested by the council during the planning process. Once matching funding is in place, I expect that the project can be completed” he assured parents and kids. The Community Council, welcoming the encouragement all along by Ballyhoura Development, reiterate that the playground “IS in sight now and we are pushing forward”.

If you’d like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Valerie O’Donovan, please call Alice Hehir at 087-2505808 or email her at alicebrennan@eircom.net.

Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bruffcommunityplayground where you can post your views or message us privately. email: alicebrennan@eircom.net or contact Communications Officer 087-250 5808

HOSPITAL TENNIS CLUB – COACHING: Hospital Tennis Club will hold its annual Tennis Coaching for 8-18 year olds in Hospital Tennis Club commencing on Monday 25th March to Friday 29th March. The cost is €25 (3rd child free) Please contact the following to book a place or for further details: Mary Paul: 087-6208183, Shirley: 087-2619409 and Evelyn: 087-9904019

PILGRIMAGE’S: Pilgrimage on 23-30th May to Fatima, 7 nights full board, Spiritual Director, Group price €699. Also Pilgrimage to San Giovanni, Assisi and Medjugorje, 8 nights Special Group Price €945. If you are interested or for further information please contact Joan Bourke at 061-600951.

BRUFF CAMOGIE CLUB: are holding a clothes collection on Saturday 13th of April in aid of the Bruff Camogie Feile team. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

DAFFODIL DAY: blooms on Friday 22nd March. Fresh and Silk flowers will be available on the Main Street, Bruff. Badges and Silk flowers will be sold at the usual outlets. Donations of fresh flowers would be welcomed. Please bring same to the Main Street, on the day, to our stand beside Nagle’s Eurospar. Please continue your generosity towards this worthy cause. Contact Marie Kirby (382443) or Bridget Hennessy (382100)

THANK YOU TO KITTY FARRELL: The Parish Lottery Committee and the Community would like to send a sincere thank you to Kitty Farrell, Meanus for her contribution in selling tickets for the parish lottery over the past number of years. A presentation was made to Kitty on Monday night 11th March in Dempsey’s Bar as a way of thanking her for her involvement in the Parish Lottery. Kitty was accompanied by family and friends on the night. A great night was had by all. Thank you again Kitty.

COMMUNITY GAMES: Last Sunday we took part in the Limerick Cross Country at a wet and very cold course in Rathkeale. We were missing a few runners due to illness and Mother’s Day but those who took place did very well. In the Boys U9 300M we had Jeffery Joy O’Regan and Liam Burke. A great race that saw Jeffery win gold for the second year with Liam having his first cross country race finishing well in midfield. In the Girls U9 300M Alice Joy O’Regan, having her first cross country race and eighteen months under age, ran a great race to finish midfield and can look forward to the future. In the Boys U12 400M Adam Hanley and Liam Enright put up a great display but the standard was very high but both boys ran very well. Charles Cagney ran in the Boys U13 1200M. This was a very tough race in terrible conditions but Charles put up a great effort. In the Girls U11 600M we had five girls running for us in the hope we could win the individual and team events. Catherine and Mairead Dunworth, Anna Joy O’Regan, Tori Sue McNamara and Emma Daly. Tori Sue and Emma were competing for the first time. From the start Catherine Dunworth led the field at a good pace. At halfway she had broken from the field. Catherine just led turning for home and within a matter of strides had the other four in trouble and pulled away for a comfortable win. Mairead and Anna were in the top 10 and Tori Sue and Emma came home together to ensure we won a team medal. Good win for Catherine and another gold medal and after a while it was announced that we had won a team silver medal. 2 gold and a team silver – a good day’s work. Well done to all. It was hard work on such a miserable day.

FIRST ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK SHRINE: The Apostolate of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration have organised their First Annual Pilgrimage to Knock for Saturday 20th April 2013 from 10 am to 5 pm. All are invited. There is a notice at the back of the Church on the table at the left as you enter with a list on which you can place your name if you need transport. The full programme for the day is on the notice.

CHARITY RIDE/ FUN WALK: Hi this is Wesley Ryan from Boskill Caherconlish Equestrian Trekking Centre.We are hosting our second charity ride/fun walk this year on the 31st of March Easter Sunday.Walkers starting point is at Caherconlish church @ 1.30pm or Inch St.Laurence @ 2.00pm, Riders meet at Boskill @ 1.00pm.This year the parish is involved and walkers are invited to come along,beautiful landscape surrounding for riders and walkers to see.Beginners , novice and professionals are all welcome to come.This year it is in aid of Caherconlish/Caherline Funds & Cappamore day care centre / Vinmore House.Children or Adults can be lead if needed by staff of Caherconlish Equestrian Centre.I would highly appreciate if you and your parish could advertise this brilliant day out in ye’re weekly notes or in ye’re local church.Sponser Cards are available for riders. Riders meeting at Boskill @ 1.00pm. Walkers meeting at Caherconlish Church @ 1.30pm or Inch St.Laurence @ 2.00pm. Walkers - Adults: 5 euro. Kids: free. Riders - Adults: 50 euro.Kids: 25 euro. Contact Wesley @ 0857673468 or Fr. Roy @ 0872225150. Follow us on Facebook on: Caherconlish Equestrian Centre

BRUFF TIDY TOWNS: Dog waste is highly offensive to many people in the community. It contaminates the ground and becomes a means of passing intestinal parasites and infections to dogs and people. The biggest threat to public health is toxocariasis – an infection caused by worms commonly found in dogs intestines. This can cause serious illness, and even blindness. It is the responsibility of the dog owner or the person in charge of the dog to clear up any dog mess left by their dog. This has become a serious problem in Bruff in recent years. Respect for the dead is an important part of our culture. We are asking people to ensure that their dog is always kept on a lead in the immediate vicinity of the graveyard and is not at any time allowed into the grounds of the Graveyard. It is only right that we show due respect for the dead and consideration for the bereaved at all times. Cleaning up after your dog shows respect for your neighbours and pride in your community, in yourself, and in your dog

A SINCERE THANK YOU: I would like to take this opportunity of thanking Margi, Jimmy & Mark of Nagles Eurospar, their staff and customers for all their support, enthusiasm and well wishes for the Limerick Rose Selection. Also Jack Clancy ( Arts & Culture Society) and Bruff Community Council for their support and words of encouragement. To those who sent me flowers, cards, text messages and phone calls a huge thank you. I was honoured to represent the parish of Bruff, Grange & Meanus as the Morning Star Rose @ the Limerick Rose Selection and it is a time I will always cherish. It was a fantastic experience being part of such a prestigious competition. Again, many thanks, Jade.

DEISE COMMUNITY CLUB: Deise Community Club party will be held at the Band Room Bruff on Tuesday 26th March 2013 at 7.30 p.m, hosted by the Social Services. All are welcome.

BRUFF CARD RESULTS 12TH MARCH:1st: Pat & Gerry O’Dea, Noreen Fitzgerald & Mike Moloney, Mary Sheehy & James O’Leary. Table Prizes: Pat & Nora Ryan, Joe Finn & Kathleen Barry and Mike McAuliffe & Teresa Brosnan. Raffle winners: €50 Pat O’Dea, €20 Pat Naughton, €10 Teresa Brosnan, €10 Angela Troy

and €10 Mike McAuliffe.

BRUFF COMMUNITY PRE-SCHOOL LTD: For children aged 2.6 to 5 yrs. Free Pre-school places, subvention Places. Now taking names for Sept. 2013. Early booking essential as limited places available. For further details and application forms please contact Mary or Stacy on 086 1056864