MINISTER QUINN VISITS CROOM: The Minister for Education and Skills Ruairí Quinn TD made an official visit to Coláiste Chiaráin on Friday last 24th May to officially launch the Schools 15 new short courses for Junior Cycle and to acknowledge Coláiste Chiaráins work in being the first school in the country to introduce the New Junior Cycle Programme. Minister Quinn told the large gathering to learn about the fantastic work Coláiste Chiaráin is doing on the new junior cycle. The school is leading the way in reforming the Syllabus for the benefit of students and was enthusiastic from the very start. The school has developed 12 short courses with 3 new courses being introduced this September Chinese Language, and culture, European and World Studies, and Digital and Print Journalism. The Minister thanked the staff for their dedication and hard work. He stated that it was a tribute to the teachers who took such a positive approach and should prove an inspiration for all other colleges. Mr. Malone, Principal, said the first year Junior Cycle Programme has been a tremendous success and he was delighted to be introducing some of these courses at Senior level. The College new Transition year will introduce Digital and Print Journalism, Television and Radio Broadcasting, Sports Science and Soft Ware, Engineering for Games and Applications. The students of the College accorded the Minister as he approached the school and met with several representatives from 1st year who demonstrated the various new cycle courses. The visit of the Minister was to officially launch Colaiste Chiarain’s new Sports Course for Junior Cycle. The attendance included Jerome Scanlon Cathaorloch of Limerick County Council, Mary Jackman, Chairperson, Limerick County VEC. Sean Burke CEO, VEC representatives of Coláiste Chiaráins Education Partners, Councillors and Dáil Deputies, Minister Jan O’Sullivan.
TRACTOR VINTAGE RUN: Sunday last a Vintage Tractor run as part of a fundraising for the Jack and Jill children’s Foundation which started out from Buttercup Farm on Sunday at 12.00 noon. The Vintage Run compiled of every make of Tractor which would have been part of the Harvesting of cereal and crops in the farm lands of County Limerick over the past 80 years. This was a great gesture on behalf of all the members of the local vintage clubs who assembled to assist and help the work of the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation. The long assembly of tractors set out on their journey by Ballygrennan, Carrigeen Cross travelling on to the Carrigeen Passage passing the 4th century Carrigeen Castle, on by the Collins and Galvin homesteads, travelling the land mark site of the “47 acres”. Next was the daring venture of having to drive across the River Maigue on approach to the entrance to the Maigue one of the residents jokingly informed some of the participants who dared to cross the Maigue River waters near the old historic Mill site that a heave flood had occurred during the night. Aidan Gorman the Director of the tractor vintage run turned a deaf ear that the river levels would not allow a crossing. The nervous passenger on the first vehicle was the scribe of the Croom Notes held on tightly until Aidan the experienced driver reached the other side. The next journey was to Caharass Cross on the one mile journey to Croom. From there to Ballingarry heading for Knockfearna the Cortege of experienced drivers viewed the landscape of County Limerick and following some refreshments made their way to Buttercup Farm where they were treated a beautiful Bacon and Cabbage Irish dinner. It was a great day for helping the Jack and Jill Foundation and a most enjoyable day was had by all. Thanks to Aidan O’Gorman who directed operations and Carrie Moore for organising such a worthy event.
GAA FUN RUN AND CYCLE: The annual GAA Fun Run and Cycle took place on Sunday last from the community centre. The starter waved his flag to start the event, walkers and runners took the Toureen route to Honeypound Cross to Croom centre. The cyclists took the scenic route by Toureen, Lacka Cross, Yellow town, Ballycahane, Crecora Cross and Post Office, Alston Cross, Croom Hospital, St. Senan’s Tce, High St. and finish at the Community Centre. Members of Croom GAA Club manned the Cross Roads to ensure safety for the young walkers and senior walkers and cyclists. The competitors were treated to refreshments and teas and sandwiches in the community centre at the end of a great day of sport and enjoyment.
ANNIVERSARY MASSES AND REMEMBRANCES: The death took place in London of Bridget (Bridie Condon Farrell) formerly of Towerfield and London. The anniversary mass for Jimmy McCory Croom, took place at St. Mary’s Church, Croom on Saturday 25th May. The anniversary for David and Chris Dore Rosstemple Banogue, at SS. Peter and Paul’s Church, Banogue on Sunday 26th May. The anniversary mass for Declan Whelan, Kylefea, Croom, at St. Mary’s Church Croom on Sunday 26th May. Prayers for Jim Moloney, Skagh, Paddy Moloney, St. Senan’s Tce.
BANOGUE CONFIRMATION: Confirmation took place at SS. Peter and Paul’s Church, Banogue on Tuesday last 28th May at 10.30 a.m. Bishop Brendan Leahy confirmed the boys and girls from Banogue National School. This was Bishop Brendan’s first visit to the parish of Banogue he was welcomed by our Priest, Fr. Eamon O’Brien, and Fr. Joe Kennedy.
COMMUNICANTS OF CROOM: Congratulations to the boys and girls of Croom National School who received their First Holy Communion recently, Mikkie Daly, Jason Meade, Luke Murphy, Katie Naughton, Gracie O’Brien, Rachel O’Brien, Ciara O’Carroll, Jane White O’Kelly, Dilek Pinarci, Tamara Rouziers, Dermot Shanahan, Cian Shinners, and Kayleigh Toomey.
COMMUNICANTS OF BANOGUE: Congratulations to the boys and girls of Banogue National School, Megan Carey, Conor Daly, Owen Daly, Thomas Delehunty, William Dore,, Jamie Ryan, Cian Skully.
CORPUS CHRISTI PROCESSION: The Corpus Christi Procession which will take place on this Sunday after 11.30 a.m. mass from St. Mary’s Church. The procession will travel to Reilig Mhuire Cemetery where prayers will be recited and families.
CROOM MACRA: On Monday 20th, a meeting was held at Croom Mill. Firstly members attended a talk on road safely as part of the Life Saver project. The next set of speakers was from the Samaritans and they came to talk as part of their outreach work. The Samaritans have a branch in Limerick as well as other centres nationally. They are available by phone or email 24/7. More details are available on their website, http://www.samaritans.org/The Old Crescent Tag Rugby league continues on Tuesdays with training taking place on Thursdays in University of Limerick. Croom Macra’s AGM will be held on Wednesday 29th May at 8pm in Hickey’s Bar, Croom.