Church News: All the best for the New Year to all our readers’ agus go mbeiridmíd go léir beo ar an am seo arís. Mass in Broadford for the month of January 2014 will be on Sunday mornings at 9.30am. The reader for Sunday on January 12th is Kathleen Barry and the Eucharistic Ministers are Garry Kelly and Bernadette Moloney.
Parish Pastoral Team: - Following on from our Mission, we are proceeding with the formation of a Pastoral Team. We hope to have an invited speaker at Masses on the week-end of January 18/19 giving a brief outline of the role of a Pastoral Team in a parish and following this, an open meeting will be held on Monday 3rd February at 7.30pm in the Hall Dromcollogher.
Bereavements: - The death took place on January 1 at her residence of Teresa Quaid (nee Mulcahy) Ross Dromcollogher and formally of Tournafola, after a long illness borne bravely. We wish to express our deepest sympathy to her husband Joe, her sons Mike and Thomas, her daughters Caroline and Annette, her daughter-in law, her brother and sisters, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, brothers in law, sisters in law and to all her relatives, neighbours and friends. Her removal took place from her home to St Bartholomew’s Church Dromcollogher for her Requiem Mass on Friday con-celebrated by Fr. O’Dea P.P. assisted by Canon Ambrose, Fr O’Gorman and Fr. Liam Kelliher and afterwards she was laid to rest in Springfield cemetery. Ar deis lamh Dé go raibh an anam dilis. Our sympathy is extended to Mai Burke and family Knockglass on the death of her sister Joan O’Sullivan of Carker Scartaglen. Our sympathy is also extended to the O’Connor families of Knockaeragh and Ballinlongig on the death of Willie O’Connor Newmarket and late of Knockaerick Tullylease. Solas na Flaithis ar an anamachra go léir.
Time Capsule: - The Weeping Willow tree in the church grounds fell foul to the big storm on St. Stephen’s night as did the Christmas Crib in the forecourt of the Marian Shrine but luckily the figurines in the Crib escaped any damage. The Willow Tree which was planted in the Church grounds in 1985, a Time Capsule (which was buried with it recorded events and the names of members of clubs and organizations of the time) was exposed when the tree came to grief and it was discovered that water had seeped into the capsule soaking the contents so it was decided to remove the contents and try to save the items for posterity. Great care was taken as all the sheets of paper were wet and were folded and placed on top of one another in the Time Capsule which incidentally was a glass jar with a screw on top fitted with a seal, it was about 6 inches (15 centimeters) high and 4 inches (10 centimeters) . Each page was successfully unfolded and carefully placed in a warm environment to dry out slowly. The contents revealed that the capsule was placed in the ground on the 7th June 1985 and it stated that the year 1985 was International Youth Year( which was proclaimed that time to focus attention on issues of concern to young people and relating to youth in general by the United Nations) and as a memento of that year the organising committee must have decided to record the names on paper of each of the leaders and the members of the local Boy Scouts and Cubs, the Girl Guides and Brownies and the then newly founded Youth Club in the capsule. Fr. Tom Crawford (now Parish Priest in Glin) was the curate in Broadford at the time and along with the club officers, organised the Time Capsule project and in all probability set a deadline of maybe 50 years or more before the capsule would be recovered but the effects of the storm changed everything and so after almost 29 years it saw the light of day prematurely but it may have been a stroke of luck because of the condition the contents were in, I greatly fear they would not have survived another two decades. It is proposed to place all the sheets of paper which are quite legible, in a framed secured setting and exhibit them in the local Library or the Day Care Centre. See also www.facebook.com/broadfordgathering2013
Road Subsidence: - Motorists and pedestrians alike take great care when travelling on the Broadford/Gleann Na gCapaill/ Freemount road as a dangerous subsidence of the roadside have taken place just above the cross of the Old Road. The County Council has placed roadside warnings and bollards at the site, so be warned and be careful as there is a drop of close to 15ft straight down to the swollen and fast flowing Camuisce River that flows beside the road at this point. It will be a major job to repair it mainly due to its proximity to the river but I am sure that the powers that be will succeed in doing the job and the sooner the better.
Christmas 2013 Draws Results:- Credit Union Draw.: The winners of the Dromcollogher Credit Union complementary draw for members attending the A.G.M. which was held in the Hall Dromcollogher on Tuesday December 17th were as follows 1st prize: - Paddy Wright, Dromcollogher, 2nd Rona Wall Dromcollogher, 3rd Alice Holland Castletown, 4th Mary Kiely Carraward Heights, 5th Deidre Buckley Milford, 6th Tommie Reidy Broadford, 7th Caoimhe McCarthy Dromcollogher, 8th Bridie Noonan, Carraward Heights, 9th Jerry O’Brien Feenagh, 10th Pat McGill Carraward West and 11th Kay McAuliffe Broadford. Scoil Muire Draw: Congratulations to the following who won prizes in the Christmas School Draw. 1st Prize Hamper, Turkey and Ham: Mae Cremin Coolaleen. 2nd Prize Turkey and Ham: - John Barrett Farrihy. 3rd Prize Hamper: - Jack Cremin Coolaleen. 4th Prize Hamper: - Leon Madigan John Paul Tce. 5th Prize Turkey: - Kellimaria McCarthy Tullaha. 6th Prize Ham: - Kieran Sexton Broadford. 7th Prize A voucher French Table Restaurant Limerick: - John Daly Boola. 8th Prize Wine Gift Set: - Tom O’Brien Post Office. 9th Prize McGowan’s Footwear Voucher: - Mickie Clancy Knocktooch. 10th Prize Dooleys Pharmacy Voucher: - Darragh Lynch Belville. 11th Prize Dooleys Pharmacy Voucher: - James O’Brien Coolaleen. Congratulations to the following children who won prizes in the card-sellers draw: - Muireann & Aislinn O’Callaghan, Naoise Ó Conchubhair, Michael Pierce, Conor O’Brien, Roisin Linehan, Donagh McCarthy, Scott Sheehan, Ryan Sheehan, Regina Bourke, Graham Roiche, Anthony Linehan, Adam White, Ben Croke, James Flanagan, Ruby O’Sullivan, Niamh Fahy, Orla Noonan, Ita Flanagan, Robert McCarthy, Anna O’Regan – Cunningham, Jack Brennan, Gerard O’Callaghan, Neala Fahy, J. J. Daly and Jack Brennan. Begley’s Village Inn Draw winners were 1st Christmas Hamper:-Alan Cussen. 2nd Lunch for Two: - Alan Cussen. 3rd Ham: - Noel McCarthy. 4th Turkey: - Ben Collins. 5th Bottle of Brandy: - Pat Donegan Boola. 6th Bottle of Whiskey: - Seamus Collins the Cross. 7th Christmas cake: - Jo McGilloti. 8th Doll: Emma Lynch. 9th Game: - Gerry Mulcahy. 10th Tin of Biscuits: - Jack Collins Monagae. The In-house Draw winners were: 1st Ham:-Gillian O’Connor. 2nd Turkey: - Mary O’Keeffe and 3rd Biscuits: - Aiden Collins.
Moloney’s Food Market Draw: - The winners were Muireann O’Callaghan, Gerry McNamara, Ann (Thady) Brosnan, Philip Cussen, Catherine Heffernan, Jerry Collins, Teddy Murphy, Liam Lenihan, Eileen Quinlan and Bertie Reidy. Neenans Old Forge Inn Draw:- 1st Dan Kenneally Lacka, 2nd Mickie Donovan, 3rd Tommy Cregan, 4th Timmy Murphy, 5th Eithne Sheehy, 6th Jim Barry, 7th Seán Buckley, 8th Paddy Duggan, 9th Pat Boyce, 10th John Stack, 11th Mary O’Keeffe and 12th Willie Duggan. Al’s Country Store Draw: - 1st Prize €100 in-store Voucher: - Moss McCarthy. 2nd Prize €50 in-store voucher: - Sheila Neenan. 3rd Prize €30 in-store voucher: - Niamh Hurley. 4th Prize Bottle of Brandy: - Brendan Curtin. 5th Prize Bottle of Wine: - Moss McCarthy. 6th Prize Tin of Biscuits: - Niall Buckley. 7th Prize Box of Sweets: - Caroline Enright. The winner with the most Hits on Facebook was Jodie Sheehan and her prize was 3 bags of coal. Foleys Bridge House Bar Draw: 1st Hamper:-Jimmy Collins. 2nd Bottle of Brandy: - Darren Sweeney. 3rd Bottle of Whiskey: - Pat Sweeney. 4th Bottle of Vodka: - Shane Sweeney. 5th Bottle of Wine: - Dan Kenneally. 6th Box of Biscuits: - Gerry Mulcahy. 7th Box of Sweets: - Marion Purcell. 8th Six Pack of Bud: - Pat Sweeney.
School Field Development Funding: A special thanks to Dromcollogher/Broadford G.A.A. club and Secretary Denis O’Carroll and former school Principal Mrs. Kathleen Barry for their successful representations in securing €2,865 in funding from the Munster Council of the G.A.A. for the ongoing development of the Broadford schools Sportsfield. Go raibh maith agaibh.
G.A.A. Big Screen Race Night: The Drom/Broadford G. A. A. annual Big Screen Race Night fundraising event in Scullers Bar Dromcollogher was a most enjoyable night, was well supported by the general public and Johnny Walsh as M.C. added to the enjoyment. The winners of the each race are as follows. Grandstand Bookmakers Race: - Pat Scollard, William Scollard and John Lordan. Dromcollogher Credit Union Race: - Pat Noonan, Breda Noonan and James Noonan. Bridget Downes Race:-Mike O’Connor, Stephen Curtin and Dan Kenneally. Interchem Race: - Nuala Cleary, Nuala Cleary and Nuala Cleary. Rusal Race: - John & Mary O’Kelly, Michael O’Kelly and Eimer O’Kelly. O’Sullivan Fabrication Race: - Patsy McLoughlin, Mage McLoughlin and Pat McLoughlin. Meaneys Centra Race: - Liam McCarthy, McAuliffe Sisters and Charlie O’Brien. Twomeys Bakery Race: - Nora Stokes, Joan Stokes and David Browne. Skullers Bar Race:-Sheila O’Sullivan, Cian O’Sullivan and J.J.Murphy. Bord Na NÓg Race: - Fr. Frank O’Dea, Fr. Frank O’Dea and Fr. Frank O’Dea. The Auction Race: - First prize €400 Garry Noonan Syndicate. Second prize €200 Denis O’Callaghan Syndicate and Third prize €125 Jimmy Lacey Syndicate. The annual Denis “Law” Noonan Memorial Cup football game between the married versus the singles players which co-insides with the Race Night each year, was played earlier in the day and saw the married overcome a gallant singles fifteen in a trilling match. George Noonan (brother of the late Denis) presented the cup to the winning captain Micheál Reidy.
Youth Café: A youth Café is opening in the Broadford Enterprise Centre. The Café will cater for ages 12 plus. The information/registration night is this coming Friday January 10 and parents must attend the registration night which will take place in Unit 1 of the Enterprise Centre from 8.15 pm to 9.30pm. Places are limited. Enquire now by ringing 087/6319893.
Want to improve your Computer Skills: From Tuesday January 14 there will be a computer course that will run for six weeks and will take place on Tuesday evenings from 6.30 to 8.30 at Broadford Enterprise Centre. The course will be using Samsung Tablets which will be provided for you. There are 8 places available so if interested ring 087/6319893 now.
G.A.A. Games: The local Dromcollogher/Broadford Under 21 football team and Sean Finns of Rathkeale finished all-square in a thrilling County Premier final at Neville Park Rathkeale Tuesday last (New Year’s Eve). The Rathkeale side stormed into the game from the start and raced into a seven point lead but a goal from Micheál Brosnan steadied the ship and by half time our boys were just two points behind. The game ebbed and flowed from end to end with Rathkeale still holding the upper hand and a well-executed goal for the Deelsiders put them 6 points ahead with 15 minutes left for play and all things seemed lost but to give credit to where credit is due our lads came back from the dead and a second goal from Micheál, two points from Daniel Collins and the equalizer from Kevin Noonan give them the opportunity to fight another day. The team was: Gearoid Greaney, Paddy Lordan, Darren Boyce John Barrett, Patrick Stack, Séamus Brosnan, Keith Lacey, Cillian Fahy, Brian Noonan, Micheál Brosnan, Paul Madigan, Niall O’Brien, Kevin Noonan and Daniel Collins and Damian Lacey. Subs were Declan Stack, Billy Foley and Denis Donegan. The replay is arranged for Saturday January 11th in Neville Park Rathkeale with the time to be clarified. Check Leader Sports page for details.
The G.A.A. Lottery Draw; The Drom/Broadford G.A.A. lottery draw was held on Monday night December 30th. The numbers drawn were 6, 15, 16 and 30pm. The jackpot prize of €9,300 was not won. The Match 3 prize of €200 was won by Hanna O’Connor Tullylease. The lucky dips of €50 each were won by Ann Browne Broadford and Gillian O’Connor Kells. The Jackpot for Monday January 6th is €9,400 and will be drawn at the Green Bar. The match three prize is €100. Tickets are available at €2 each or 3 for €5 from committee members, at the box in the square or at all business premises in the parish.
Cards at Neenans: The winners of the last of the weekly 45 card drive for 2013 at Neenans Bar on Monday night Dec.30th were Sean Biggane Broadford & Pat McGill Dromcollogher. Runners up were Anthony Duggan Lisgriffen & Monica Neenan Broadford. The spot prize went to Mickie Murphy Springfield & Julia Duggan Broadford The raffle prize winners were: 1st €35 Pat McGill Dromcollogher. 2nd €20 Mickey Murphy Springfield and 3rd €10 Eoin Barry Tullaha. The 45 card drives continue every Monday night for 2014.