Church News: Mass on Saturday evening at 7.30pm return to Broadford for the month of April and on Sunday morning at 9.30am. The First Friday mass in Broadford is at 7.00pm on Friday April 5th and in Dromcollogher at 7.30pm. The Easter ceremonies over the week were well attended starting with Fr. F. O’Dea celebrating the Mass of the Last Supper on Holy Thursday night. We had our former PP Canon S. Ambrose conducting the ceremonies on Good Friday with the celebration of the Passion of our Lord been recorded in the readings and prayers followed that evening with the Station of Curtin. Holy Saturday night we had the Ceremony of Light and the Blessing of the Easter Water plus the Renewal of our Baptismal Vows followed by the Vigil Mass celebrated by Fr. Tim Curtin. Easter Sunday morning we had the Mass of the Resurrection celebrated by Fr. O’Dea which brought the ceremonies to a close. Our thanks to all who attended the ceremonies or who helped out in any way during the week, the Priests, the Readers, the Eucharistic Ministers, the Altar Servers, the Church Clerk and the Choir who again excelled all the week.
Fr. Timothy Norris R.I.P.: The news of the death in his 84th year of Fr. Timothy Norris P.P. St. Kevin’s parish Geebung Brisbane Australia and formally of Farrihy Broadford was received with much sadness locally and indeed in West Limerick and further afield because “Fr. Tim” as he was affection ally known to us all, was a kind and gentle soul who was loved by all who came in contact with him. He spent his entire priesthood in Australia and he always looked forward on many occasion to spending his holidays at home in his native place among his family, schoolmates, friends and neighbours and he loved to celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in his St. Mary of the Snows church Broadford (where he once served as an altar boy) and in nearby Dromcollogher and in the parish of Feenagh. He was a noted hurler in his youth and was once called up for a trial for the county minors in 1947. He was a member of the famous Broadford Pipe Band along with his brothers Paddy (RIP) and Billy. The band was especially formed to welcome home Archbishop James Duhig of Brisbane, another native of Broadford who was born in the townland of Killila and little did Fr. Tim know then that the Archbishop would have a big say in the path his life took in later years. Tim attended Broadford National school where his teachers were Phil Jones and James Grogan and it was Mr. Grogan advised him to take the entrance exam to the then fledging St. Mary’s Secondary school Dromcollogher where he won a scholarship and completed his second level education under the watchful eyes of the Principal Miss Josie Savage, Miss Quinn and Miss Murphy. The school had its humble beginnings in O’Brien’s house in the square in his first year and then moved to the old R.I.C. barracks on the Buttavant road. He then attended college in Carlow and in 1953 went to the Pontifical Urban University to complete his studies for the priesthood and was ordained there in 1955. He was then invited to Australia by Archbishop Duhig where the growing population of Queensland was in dire need of priests to administer to their christen needs and after 4 years of trojan work, Fr. Tim founded the parish of St. Kevin’s where he oversaw the building of a new church and later a school and ministered there for the next 46 years. He celebrated his golden Jubilee in 2005 and during a visit home that year he contributed an article for the local journal “A View of Broadford” aptly named “Home and Away” in which he recalled many incidences from his young days including snaring rabbits with his grandfather Tim Sullivan to footing turf in the Steeple in Jack Mockler’s bog or spending time on Daly’s Hill working with Jack Mack or cycling to Killeedy for High Mass on St. Ita’s Day, all this and more he later included in a book written by himself called “Golden Priest, Wooden Chalice” which gives an account of his youth, his schooling, his studies for the priesthood, his time on the mission fields and his time at St. Kevin’s. A man for all seasons. To his brothers Bill and Tony and their families, his sisters Mary and Ann and families, his nephews, nieces, brothers in law Liam Quaid and Micheal Singleton, sisters in law Joan Norris (nee O’Leary) Feenagh and Margaret Norris (nee Carmody) Patrickswell, all his relatives, neighbours and friends at home and abroad we offer our deepest sympathy. Ar deis lámh Dé go raibh an anam dilis.
Easter Commemoration: The annual Easter Commemoration parade to the Republican Plot in Killougholehane cemetery Broadford was held on Easter Sunday morning after 9.30am Mass. The Cathoirleach Seamus O’Suilleabháin invited Pat Noonan to lay the wreath at the monument and then recited the prayers at the graveside for the repose of the souls of William Danaher, Denis Brennan, Mortimer Duggan, Richard Boyce and Patrick Buckley who lost their lives during the War of Independence and who are laid to rest in the plot. Seamus then introduced the speaker; John Sheehy of Listowel who gave the oration and a lone piper played the lament and the ceremony came to an end with the playing of the National Anthem.
Scoil Mhuire Broadford: The Parents Association of Scoil Mhuire Broadford wish to thank all who contributed to the Bring & Buy cakes and goods sale on Easter Sunday morning in the Community Centre your support was greatly appreciated.
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: John Noonan and Pat Doody are through to the All- Ireland final of the over 35’s after a great victory over the Tyrone champions last week and now join the rest of our finalists Tom O’Brien Emerald Masters and Denny McCarthy Silver Masters and with the young ladies; Katie McCarthy & Kathy Foley, Laura Stack & Niamh McCarthy also contesting All- Ireland finals this season could be a historic one for the local club.
The Mackey Stand Draw: The second draw in the Limerick G. A. A. club draw formally known as The Mackey Stand Draw takes place on Friday April 5th. All members have your monthly contributions to your promoter before that date.
Active Retirement: Names are now been taken for our outing to Athlone on Saturday June 8th. Contact Ita O’Keeffe at 063/84154 for more details. Our next meeting will be Monday April 8th at 7.30pm in the Daycare Centre Broadford. Thanks to Mick Roche for his wonderful and interesting demonstration on plaster Art and showing us the various stages involved in producing a finished article. The Pilates class finished up on Wednesday March 20th and was enjoyed by all.
Kantoher Co-Op Re-union: A Banquet for those involved with Kantoher Co-Op is arranged for Saturday night April 20th in the Devon Hotel Templeglantine. Any people, who may have old photos, paper cuttings, etc. in relation to Kantoher or who are looking for tickets, 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 Corner House on Monday March 18th were 5, 18, 24 and 29. There was one winner of the Match Three prize of €200 Shane & Ann Browne Broadford. The lucky dips were won by Mary Cregan Newcastle West and Diarmuid Reidy Carraward East Dromcollogher and each received €50. The Jackpot goes to €5,400 (win or share) and the Match 3 is €100 (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.
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 as there is a danger of the facility been closed down.
Cards at Neenans: The winners of the weekly 45 card drive at Neenans on Monday were Con Ahern Ratheenagh and John Ahern Coolaleen. Runners up were Mickie Murphy Springfield and Julia Duggan Broadford. The Spot Prize winners were Tim Burke Knockglass and Monica Neenan Boola. The winners of the raffle were 1st €35 Jim Barry Tullaha. 2nd €20 Tim Burke Knockglass and 3rd €10 Tom Ahern Ratheenagh.