PHOTOS: The photos collected for the Gathering weekend are now available to view in the De Valera Museum and De Valera Heritage Centre. The centre is open Monday to Thursday 9.00 to 5.00 and Friday 9.00 to 4.30 pm.
ROCKHILL AND BRUREE COMMUNITY HALL: Now taking bookings for the autumn and winter season! If your club would like to book the hall and secure the day and time you want, please phone the community hall on 086 056 5544. All bookings will be on a “first come, first secured” basis. Facilities include: Large Hall with viewing space, stage, 2 badminton courts, hand ball alley, large outdoor space and kitchen. The Hall is also available for hire for functions. Phone 086 056 5544 for further information. Upcoming events include a Halloween children’s disco and a Christmas Fair on Sunday 1st December. Details to follow.
INDOOR CAR BOOT SALE: An indoor car boot sale will be held in Bruree Community Hall on Saturday, October 26th, from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm.
HOLY SOULS: The Holy Souls special day in Emmanuel House, Clonfert, will take place on Sunday, November 10th. It will be led by Eddie Stones and various priests. Book early as the bus is more than half full already. Names (with fare of €20) should be given to Ann Mockler (063-90564). All are welcome.
THANK YOU: The parish clerk in Bruree would like to thank everyone who supported her recent collection. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
JUVENILE GAA: Under 16: Bruree’s Under 16 hurlers won the 13 a side County Final when they had a comprehensive victory over the lads from Claughaun on a scoreline of Bruree 4-10 Claughaun 0-6. The match was a very close affair in the first half with Bruree leading by just two points at half time. Their dogged performance in that first half laid the foundations for what was to be an outstanding display of hurling in the second half.
Every single one of the boys contributed to this great victory and their attitude and work rate was an example to any team playing the game at any age. These lads have had their fair share of disappointments in the past in county finals but their performance on Sunday last more than compensated for those disappointments. They have brought great credit to our parish and in particular to their parents and families and the future is bright for hurling in Bruree. The full panel for Sunday was Brian Sexton, David O’Connell, Dan Cronin, Sean McCarthy, Terence Buckley(captain), Gearoid McCarthy, Cian McCarthy, Shane Feane, Seamus Lyons, Daire O’Driscoll, Aaron Fitzgerald, Shane Hannon, Tommy Cronnolly, Jimmy Leslie-Madigan, Sean Quirke, Jack Murphy, Eoin Carey and Michael Sheedy. Mentors; Shaun Riordan, Jimmy Feane, Jamie Lyons and Declan Sexton.
Under 8: Bruree Under 8 hurling team were invited to take part in a Cross Cluster Hurling Blitz in Feenagh/Kilmeedy. Once again Bruree turned out in large numbers and played 3 matches against Kilmeedy, Newcastle and Askeaton. Bruree won all their matches and were a credit to Bruree GAA in the outstanding performances that each player gave. The Management would like to thank all the parents who travelled to Feenagh/Kilmeedy on the day and to Seamus Sheahan for his help.
The panel of players is Fionn O’Brien, Kevin Hayden, Conor Frawley, Niall Tobin, Ben Sheehan, Paidi O’Gorman, Martha Ryan, Owen Barrington, Shannon Carey, David O’Brien, Ella Cronnolly, Tomas O’Riordan, Sean O’Riordan, Morgan Hughes, Greg O’Dwyer, Colin Bresnihan, Conor Buckley and Muireann McCann.
Under 12: Victory for U12 hurlers in the Ballyhoura Cup! Our Under 12 hurlers took part in the final of the Ballyhoura Cup taking on Blackrock in Martinstown. On a dark and drizzly night it was our squad’s first experience of playing under floodlights. Blackrock got off to a strong start, putting in a goal in the first two minutes and a point shortly afterwards, as the Bruree team struggled to maintain possession for long enough to score. The energetic and proactive backline consisting of goalkeeper David Sexton, along with Harry Mullane, Peter Buckley and William Sexton did crucial work at this part of the game, ensuring that Blackrock did not pull too far ahead, while Katie Quirke’s and Fionnbarr Fitzpatrick’s high work rate in the half-back line reinforced this. Team captain Sam Cronolly’s point from a free settled the team down, and a repeat of this just before the half-time whistle brought Bruree’s score to 0-2 against the opposition’s 1-1.
The second half started well for Bruree with John Sheehan’s beautifully executed point nudging the score in the right direction. As this half of the game progressed, Blackrock came under increasing pressure from midfielders Seán Frawley and Sam Williams, with dynamic forwards such as Frankie Barrington and Emma Kearns giving the opposition’s back line plenty to do. All this work paid off with Sam Cronolly’s hard-won goal towards the middle of the second half, and three further points from this energetic player put Bruree well in front. A further goal, set up by Sam Williams and scored again by Sam Cronolly was answered by two goals from Blackrock, but Bruree maintained their lead, with the fresh energies of Luke Sexton, Seán Daly and Fergus Carey providing crucial support at this point. Matthew Howard’s closing point was the icing on the cake, and led to a three-point victory for Bruree. Final score: Bruree 2-7 Blackrock 3-1.
This was a great game, full of excitement and suspense to the very last minute. The second half was especially good, with half-back Fionnbarr Fitzpatrick commenting “It was brilliant: we could really feel ourselves pulling together as a team”. It is great to see such a hardworking and energetic squad bringing home the silverware and full credit must be given not just to the players, but also to their coaches and mentors and to everybody involved with the Under 12 panel as well. Brú Rí abú!
CHURCH GATE COLLECTION: Sr. Consilio Fitzgerald will hold a church gate collection in aid of Cuan Mhuire in Rockhill Bruree this coming weekend, October 19/20th. Your generosity would be appreciated in support of this worthy cause. Thanks to the loyal collectors who stand out in rain or shine.
LOTTO: Lucky dip winners in last week’s Bruree GAA/Rockhill Rovers lotto draw were €50 Joan Quirke €25 Frank Quane, Charleville, Mossie O’Connor €20 Michael Mooney, Nora Power, John Doherty, Effin.
VINTAGE RUN: A Vintage Run, in aid of the Rockhill/Bruree Defibrillator Group, will take place on this Sunday, October 20th. All vintage cars, all tractors new or old and all motor bike new or old are welcome to take part. The run will start at Bruree National School at 10.30 am and the entry fee is €20. Refreshments will be provided for all entries. Contact Declan Doherty (087-9514026) or John Daly ((087-2388924) for further details. Please come along and support this worthy cause.