Church News: Mass in Broadford for the month of August will be on Saturday evenings at 7.30pm and on Sunday mornings at 9.30am. Reader for Saturday evening August 24th is Marion Brosnan and Eucharistic Ministers are Helen O’Mahony & Deidre McCarthy. Reader for Sunday morning is Seamus O’Sullivan and the Eucharistic Ministers are Bridget Curtin & Rita Higgins.
Marian Shrine 25th Anniversary: Mass was celebrated at the Marian Shrine in Broadford on Thursday morning last the Feast of the Assumption to mark the 25th Anniversary of the blessing of Our Lady’s statue which is situated across the road from Our Lady of the Snows church. With the morning been overcast the decision to have the Mass celebrated in the forecourt of the Shrine was given the go-ahead and a gazebo was erected over the alter area and seating was provided for the congregation. Canon S. Ambrose our former P.P. celebrated the mass (incidentally Canon Ambrose blessed the Statue of Our Lady when it was erected in 1988) Seamus O’Suilleabháin read the readings and Kitty Duggan and Mairéad Hogan were the Eucharistic Ministers and the singing of a number of hymn’s dedicated to the Blessed Virgin was sung by the congregation. Thankfully the rain held off for most of the ceremonies and afterwards everyone retired to the Community Centre where a lovely tea and refreshments were provided by the Community Council who also wishes to thank everybody who helped out to make the event a joyous one, those who erected and provided the gazebo, all who provided the refreshments and to crown the occasion a very informative brochure was produced and handed out before Mass. This brochure will be available at Mass on Sunday next.
Musical Gathering and Table Quiz: An invitation to the general public and especially past members of the Musicals and Plays which took place in Broadford since 1986 are invited to the” Musical Gathering” which will coincide with a performance of this year’s musical “Nunsense” which will be held in the Community Centre on Saturday August 31st at 8.15pm and afterwards a Table Quiz will be held at Begley’s with all the questions based on the Musicals that were performed by the group followed by finger food.
Gathering Events: The dates for the final week-end of the “Gathering Festival” are from Thursday October 17th to Monday October 21st. The programme of events is now nearing completion and includes A Day at The Forge in Bygone Days (this should bring back some memories), Excerpts from the Irish Folklore Commission written by pupils from Broadford and Knocktooch national Schools, A photographic exhibition of old and recent events and people, A Rambling House, An Evening of Jazz, Halloween Party Dance, Monster 45 Drive and much more. The next meeting regarding the finalizing of the events is on Tuesday August 20th at 9pm in the Community Centre. Everyone is invited to come along to help in putting together a series of local history events and entertainment. Visit us on
www.facebook.com/broadfordgathering2013 for details and updates and you are invited to place your own comments.
Church Gate Collection: The annual church gate for Sister Consilo Fitzgerald’s Cuan Mhuire Bruree House will be taken on the week-end of August 24th and August 25th in Dromcollogher and Broadford. Sister Consilo wishes to thank the loyal collectors who year after year stand out in all kinds of weather to help in this worthy cause. Any support will be appreciated in these hard times.
Milford Hospice Harvest Fair: The annual harvest fair will take place on Sunday September 1st. The hospice provides an excellent service to patients and their families and the Harvest Fair is their biggest fundraiser. A donation box for nonperishable goods is in Tom Moloney’s Supermarket Broadford and all donations will be greatly appreciated, so pleased support this worthy fundraiser.
Handball Club Draw and News: Broadford Handball Club annual fundraising draw starts on Saturday August 31st. This year the draw will run for three months and the cost is €20 per month or €60 fully paid up. The prize fund is €1,000 each month plus 2 x €100 for fully paid up members on the first draw. Your support will be appreciated. Congratulations to Anthony Donnelly who won the gold medal at the World Police and Fireman Handball Games in Belfast recently. The best of luck to Denis McCarthy who play the Ulster champion in Kingscourt on Sunday and also to Pat Murphy Broadford and Mick O’Connor Hospital who are featuring in the Masters Doubles again against Ulster opposition in the all-Ireland simi-final. We wish the best to the Juveniles who have reached the Munster simi-final’s including Evan Murphy, Nigel O’Callaghan, Risteard Duggan, Breda Magner, Ciara McCarthy, Ashling Shanahan, Katie McCarthy, Laura Stack, Kathy Foley, Sarah Lynch, Michelle McCarthy, Niamh McCarthy, Timmy Brosnan, Declan Leahy, Eoin Hegarty, Shane Murphy, Bea Walsh and Gearóid Lehane.
GAA Lottery Draw: The results of the Drom/Broadford lottery draw held on Monday night July 29th were. The numbers drawn were: - 7, 14, 20 and 26. The jackpot prize of €7,200 was not won. Mick Barrett won the Match 3 prize of €100. The lucky dip winners were Nell Kelly Meelin and Simon Lenihan Ratheenagh. Next week’s Jackpot is €7,400 and the match three prize is €100. Tickets are available from committee members, all business places and the Club Box in the square Dromcollogher. Thanks for your continued support.