LINKING WITH OUR EMIGRANTS: In recent times there has seem to have been an upsurge in our families emigrating abroad. Over the past couple of years over two hundred thousand of our people have emigrated to the UK, Australia, New Zealand and the United States. It brings back memories of the early 60s when every family household saw their family members taking the emigrant boat or the plane from Shannon to make a new life abroad.
EMIGRATING IN THE 60S: Communication and connecting with our emigrant from the fifties and sixties have dramatically changed with the arrival of Facaebook, Utube and Skype. In recent times the getting together of major business players in the commercial life of Ireland, the Irish Diaspora in the UK and in the United States in establishing a world wide Irish Super Website www.irishcentral.com
WORLD WIDE COMMUNICATION: This major initiative has been made by John McColgan of River Dance and Niall O’Dowd Irish Voice and Irish American Magazine, New York. This coming together of a World Wide communication syndicate will facilitate the 70 million Irish world wide. The Irish Post, the voice of the Irish in the UK is partners in this Irish World Wide Initiative. The Irish Post is hosting an Irish Business Leaders Gala Awards to showcase the wealth of activity ongoing within the Irish Business Community in the UK.
IRISH BUSINESS COMMUNITY ACCOMMODATING EMIGRANTS: The Irish Business Community has been accommodating in assisting and securing employment when our Irish emigrant arrives to make a new life for themselves. It is hoped to establish major links with the homeland and the Irish Diaspora in the United States in creating commercial activity in the Irish Economy. The scribe of the Croom Notes will be attending the Business Gathering at the London Venue on this Thursday to ensure that this major Irish coming together of the Irish Business Community who has achieved great success in the business world of the UK the coming together of the Irish Business community. We are delighted that the Croom News is part of the communicating with our Irish Diaspora throughout the world, www.croomnews.com which hosts our community news for many communities firstname.lastname@example.org
“A NATIVE LONGING TO VISIT CROOM ABU”: At a bus stop here in London, with an aching in my heart,
My lungs are full of diesel fumes, I am longing to depart.
I have a lovely vision, all radiant, bright to view,
In spirit I am standing, on the Bridge of Croom Abu.
The river Maigue is singing, as it flows beneath my feet,
It rambles gaily on its way, the Shannon soon to meet.
It brings back happy memories, of times that I once knew,
When all the neighbours gathered, on the Bridge of Croom Abu.
The Old Mill now is silent, its busy days ore o’er,
Its deep and powerful rumblings, alas are heard no more.
The belfry on the Village Church, from the bridge is plain to view,
But those boyhood pals are scattered, from the Bridge of Croom Abu.
The evening sun is setting, behind Knockfierna’s Hill,
It’s golden rays are lighting up, the countryside with thrill.
I heard the busman call aloud, where are you going to?
Begor I said, please drop me, at the Bridge of Croom Abu
The busman took my fare in hand, his eyes filled up with tears,
That is my native place, he said, I have not been back in years.
Tomorrow when my work is done, I will celebrate with you,
We will go once more to stand upon,
The Bridge of Croom abu.
CHURCH SERVICES: Church services in the local Churches Mass for the Feast of All Saints, St. Mary’s Church, Croom Thursday 31 at 7pm. Mass in Banogue Friday Nov 1 at 10am. St. Mary’s Church Croom 11.30 a.m. After Croom mass Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 7.00 p.m. ending with Benediction. The area of Lisgreen/Croom Church Road id taking the responsibility for people wishing to be part of Adoration Christy Murray Area Representative.
ANNIVERSARY MASSES AND REMEMBRANCES: The anniversary mass for Margaret Fitzpatrick, Carrigeen, Saturday Oct 26 at St.. Mary’s Church Croom. Months Mind Mass for John Buston, St. Senan’s Tce at St. Mary’s Church, Croom on Sun 27. The anniversary mass for Sean Dunworth, Ballyhillip at SS Peter and Paul’s Church Banogue Sun 27th Oct. Prayers for Ann Ryan Islandmore. Prayers for William and Margaret Howard and their son Martin Caherass. Prayers for Thomas and Anna O’Regan Anhid.
LIMERICK YOUTH SERVICE: Eleven young people from across Limerick city and county will spend the mid-term break in Besancon, France as guests of Ctj Ccvc Francas le Doubs. ‘In July we played host to a group from France as part of YELL La Fierve so this is the return trip,’ said Priscilla Sheehan, Youth Worker at The Factory, Southside Youth Space, Limerick. The group who hail from places as diverse as Garryowen, Ballinagarry, Rathkeale and Ballinacurra-Weston, will explore youth rights and empowerment with their French peers. ‘OuAr French colleagues have many activities planned including a circus workshop that we are all looking forward to,’ continued Ms. Sheahan. Ms. Sheehan, who will be accompanied on the trip by the experienced Brian Humphries, Irishtown Garda Youth Diversion Project, paid tribute to the young people who raised funds for the trip. Infolink 45, due for release on November 8th, will have a full report on the groups Gallic exploits. As we say au revoir to one group it’s benvenuto, bun venit, dobre doshŭl, merħba, welcome agus céad míle fáilte to twenty-five youth workers from across Europe who will spend a week in Limerick ‘sharing their stories.’ SOS or Share Our Stories is a contemporary twist on the ancient art of storytelling and offers youth workers an opportunity to share their experiences. ‘We sometimes take our life experiences for granted and forget that others may have had a different journey,’ said Stacey Lyons, Limerick Youth Service. ‘I got involved in youth work in my teenage years through Limerick Youth Service and Comhairle na nÓg, so my path is quite different from a person who may not get involved until after college,’ continued Ms. Lyons. With youth workers hailing from Bulgaria, Italy, Malta, Romania and the United Kingdom taking part, it promises to be a fun filled, exciting and educational week at Limerick Youth Service.
CROOM MACRA: The annual Macra rally took place last weekend Friday October 25 to Sunday October 27 in the Mount Wolseley Hotel, Tullow,County Carlow. The club was one of the last five clubs through to club of the year. Armed with a killer presentation carried out by the members Anna Holland, Ciara Bourke Cahill, Thomas Leahy and Shane Cahill, who fought hard to show how amazing the club was this past year. Members showed up in force modelling supporter t-shirts and banners and spirits were high. Unfortunately first place was not for the club on the night. Congratulations to Berrings Macra, Cork who won the €1500 prize for their club. Amanda Conway was in the running for best new member. Amanda has truely been amazing this year. She has been a very active member and on the8th to 10th November she is going to represent Limerick in Queen of the Land in Tullamore. The winner of best new member was Sinead Guiney from Cork. Well done to you Sinead. The Transmitters played an upbeat line-up of well known rock and pop tunes. They were a crowd pleaser and the dance floor was busy for the duration of the night.
On Sunday Mike Spellacy took part in Senior Beef Stock Judging. Mike did very well but was unlucky on this occasion. We wish him well in future competitions.
CROOM MACRA HALLOWEEN: The annaul table quiz is all set to go. It always promises to be a chilling night. It takes place next Friday November 1 at 8pm. A table of four is €20. Goules and goblins will haunt Hickey’s pub in Croom. Come in your fancy dress, prizes for best costumes! Surprises and scares guarenteed. Prepared to be spooked! See you there.
SINEAD RYAN GRADUATED IN ARTS AND MUSIC: Congratulations to Sinead Ryan 2 Elm Park Drive, Croom, daughter of Elizabeth. who graduated from Mary Immaculate College with First Class Honours in Batchelor of Arts Degree and received the Silver Medal for achieving first place in Music. Sinead is now studying for her Professional Diploma in Music education at the Irish World Academy of Music, University of Limerick She attended Colaiste Chiaráin Secondary School in Croom and received her Primary education in Patrickswell National school.