Church News: Mass in Broadford for the month of October will be on Saturday evenings at 7.30 and on Sunday mornings at 9.30am. Reader for Saturday evening is Nora Collins and the Eucharistic Ministers are Helen O’Mahony & Deidre McCarthy. The reader on Sunday morning is Marion Purcell and the Eucharistic Ministers are Tom O’Brien & Helen Pierce.
The Mission: We are hoping to send a flyer to each house in the parish inviting people to our Mission and are asking anyone who would be available to help out in this regard to contact me at 063/83718. A Pilgrimage of Prayerful Remembrance will take place as part of the Mission on All Souls Day Saturday November 2nd. We will gather at Dromcollogher and Killough Cemeteries at 1 o’clock for prayers and then walk to Springfield Cemetery where together we will conclude the pilgrimage. Anybody with family and friends outside of the parish who may wish to join us please let them know the date and time.
Bereavement: Sympathy is extended to the family of Mollie Buckley (nee Leahy) of Cois na hAbhainn Dromcollogher and formally of Knocktooch Broadford who passed away peacefully on Monday October 7th in her 93rd year in the care of the doctors, nurses and staff of Newcastle West Community Hospital. Mollie was a kind and gentle woman who loved life and lived it to the full, she worked hard and raised a big family and when her husband Willie died at a relatively young age she carried on and took setbacks in her stride with the phrase of “welcome be the will of God”. Her Requiem mass was con-celebrated at St Bartholomew church Dromcollogher with chief celebrant Canon S. Ambrose assisted by Fr. F. O’Dea P.P. Dromcollogher/Broadford, Fr. Herlihy Newmarket, Fr. J. Duggan Fr. M. Daly and Fr. Lenihan. We extend our sympathy to her sons Pat, Donie, Gerard, Jim and Niall, daughters Ann, Margaret, Mary and Noreen, sons in law, daughters in law, brother Danny, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces. all her relatives, neighbours and friends. Ar deis lámh Dé go raibh an anam dilis.
The Forestry Mass: A large crowd attended the Forestry Commemorative Mass celebrated by Canon S. Ambrose in Dromdeveen on the Lake Road on Sunday last to mark the 60th anniversary of work commencing in the area in 1953. Symbols brought to the alter included forestry time books from the early period, a planting spade and a sapling. Refreshments were available after the ceremonies and the organizing committee are to be congratulated for a job well done.
Unveiling Road Sign and Wall Plaque: The unveiling of the Road sign indicating the birthplace of Archbishop J. Duhig at Killila (see photo) and the plaque at Paddy Duggan’s house in the village took place on Saturday evening last October 12th. The sign at Killila was unveiled by Michael Murphy Newcastle West and a relative of Dr. Duhig and Margaret McAuliffe (nee Foley) present owner of the house where the Archbishop was born on the 2nd September 1871. Canon S. Ambrose spoke about the tranquility of the area beside the flowing waters of the Killila River and it must have been hard for the Duhig’s to leave it all behind and travel to the other side of the world but times were different then and people were of strong character also. James Duhig was no exception and he proved it as he overcame adversity and rose to be a prince of the church in his adopted country. Michael Murphy spoke of his connection with the Duhig family and Margaret McAuliffe of her association with the area and as she now lives in Cork she was thankful to her neighbours who looked after the place for her. The P.P. Fr. O’Dea blessed the site. The wall plaque in the village was unveiled by Julia Duggan whose family has a long association with the house that the Duhig family found refuge in after losing their home in Killila. Mary Duggan gave a brief history of the place, starting in the 1880’s when it was the forge where her grandfather worked as a blacksmith and it was a hive of activity then and when the forge moved to a larger site up the road, her aunts Josie and Julia Fitzpatrick opened a grocery and hardware shop there and ran a successful business and to day her nephew Paddy lives there now. The plaque was then blessed by Fr. O’Dea. Mary Lee Geary chairperson of the Broadford Gathering committee was M.C. and she thanked everybody who helped in the smooth running of the events at both locations, she thanked Limerick Co. Council for their help and co-operation, Churchtown Memorials, the musicians Ellen and Sinéad Reidy who entertained the crowd at both venues, Mairéad Sexton in Killila and David O’Keeffe in Broadford for the amplification and last but not least the people of the parish who were very appreciative of both ceremonies.
Jazz Concert: The performers at the Jazz Concert in the Community Centre starting at 9 o’clock on Friday the 18th October will be Laoise O’Hanlon (vocals), Ken Marshall (saxophone), Cormac McCarthy (piano) and David Duffy (double bass). Laoise, Ken and Cormac have already appeared in Broadford at our Annual Summer Concert, where their talent and versatility greatly impressed the audience. The inclusion of the double bass on this occasion will be a bonus for performers and audience alike. Please note that there will be a wine reception from 8.15pm onwards. Admission (including wine reception) is €20.
Harvest Thanksgiving Mass and Archbishop Duhig Memorial Mass: The Harvest Thanksgiving and the Archbishop J. Duhig’s Memorial Mass were held in Our Lady of the Snows church Broadford on Saturday evening last with Fr. F. O’Dea P. P. Dromcollogher/Broadford as chief celebrant assisted by Canon S. Ambrose our former P.P. and Canon F. Duhig P.P. Newcastle West. The harvest symbols were a basket of turf, a basket of hay and a basket of fruit and vegetables which were brought to the alter by Paddy Duggan, Seamus O’Suilleabháin and Ciss Collins. The symbols for the Memorial mass were a photo of Archbishop Duhig, the T. P. Boland book on the life of James Duhig and a photo of the Archbishop Duhig Pipe Band of 1950 and they were brought to the alter by Michael Murphy Newcastle West, Margaret McAuliffe (nee Foley) Cork and formally of Killila and Paddy Reidy who was a member of the 1950 pipe band. In his homily Canon Duhig of P. P. of Newcastle West spoke of early days of the Catholic religion in Australia which was then a penal colony of Great Britain in the 1800’s, the first mass was celebrated there in a house in Sydney by a convict priest in 1803 and the Roman Catholic religion was still in its infancy when James Duhig arrived there in 1885, became a priest in 1896 and spread the gospel far and wide and as archbishop, he build churches, schools and hospitals and consolidated catholic teaching in that far away land along with other Irish priests and bishops. Archbishop Duhig was rewarded with a Knight Commander of the Order of St Micheal and St. George in 1959 in recognition for his contribution over the years to the Roman Catholic Church in Australia. Broadford should be proud of their famous son and it is fitting that his memory should be kept alive in the community and further afield. The Church Choir was again in full voice for the joyous occasion and enhanced a very special memorial and thanksgiving ceremony.
Gathering Events: The Festival week- end opening event on Friday October 18th will be the exhibition of the Irish Folklore essays and stories written by pupils from Broadford and Knocktooch National Schools in 1937-1938, this will take place in the Library at 7.30pm. At 9 o’clock in the Community Centre the Jazz Concert. Saturday 19th will be another opportunity to see the Broadford and Knocktooch Irish Folklore Commission Project written by pupils from both schools in the1937 -1938 period at 12 o’clock in the Library and at 2.30pm we will have action from “A Day at The Forge in Bygone Days” (this will include the shoeing of a horse, riveting and banding and more, this should bring back some memories) and include exhibitions of other old handcrafts and the viewing of old machinery, all will take place at Duggan’s Forge and the Banding Field and that evening at 8 o’clock we will have another opportunity to view the Folklore Commission work and the Handball Club history, photos, memorabilia, photocopies of school roll books and past events in Broadford including Archbishop Duhig photographic display again in the Library. At 9.30pm in the Community Centre will be the very popular Halloween Fancy Dress Dance. On Sunday 20th due to the County football final the Broadford Families at home and away Gathering Parade will not now take place as it would be a rushed event with the time available between Mass time, Dinner time and Match time so the committee decided to defer to a later day. The unveiling of the plaque marking the Year of the Gathering will go ahead straight after 9.30am Mass at 10 o’clock on the wall of the Millennium Garden. Sunday night will be the Rambling House in the Community Centre with the Avondue Rambling Group and other artistes are also welcome. And Monday night we will have the Monster 45 Card Drive in the Community Centre. Full bar facilities will be available on Saturday, Sunday and Mondays in the Community Centre. The Festival T-shirts for all ages and all sizes are now on sale. Contact the Resource Centre. Visit us on www.facebook.com/broadfordgathering2013 for details and updates and you are invited to place your own comments.
GAA Lottery Draw: The Drom/Broadford lottery draw held on Monday night October 7th at the Corner House and the numbers drawn were: - 12, 19, 23 and 26. The jackpot prize of €8,100 was not won. The Match 3 prize of €100 was shared by Danielle, Denis & Timmy O’Carroll Sydney and Tom O’Brien Broadford. The lucky dips of €50 each were won by Ita Browne Killeedy and John Browne Newcastle West. Next week’s Jackpot is €8,200 (win or share) and the match 3 prize is €100 (win or share) will be held on October 14th in Begley’s Bar Broadford. Tickets are available at €2 each or 3 for €5 from committee members, all business places and the Club Box in the square Dromcollogher.
Enterprise Centre Open Day: There will be a showcase of local firms and enterprises at the Enterprise Centre (the old Creamery site) in Broadford on Saturday October 19th. Everybody will be welcome.
Broadford Playground: The new playground in the Community Sportsfield was opened to the public on Saturday last October 12th. This is a very modern and beautifully laid out facility which will be a great asset to the children of the area.