Croom Jan 11

2014 HAS ARRIVED: The Christmas day festivities have now ended and last week we celebrated the arrival of the New Year 2014. On Monday last we celebrated Little Christmas, traditionally known as the feast of the Epiphany and Nollaig na mBan. In celebration of the feast of the Epiphany in Ireland, January 6th is marked by Nollaig na mBan or Women’s Little Christmas. On this day it is the tradition for the women to get together and enjoy their own Christmas, while the men folk stay at home and handle all the chores. It is also common for children to buy their mothers and grandmothers presents on this day, though this custom is gradually being overtaken by Mothers Day.

2014 HAS ARRIVED: The Christmas day festivities have now ended and last week we celebrated the arrival of the New Year 2014. On Monday last we celebrated Little Christmas, traditionally known as the feast of the Epiphany and Nollaig na mBan. In celebration of the feast of the Epiphany in Ireland, January 6th is marked by Nollaig na mBan or Women’s Little Christmas. On this day it is the tradition for the women to get together and enjoy their own Christmas, while the men folk stay at home and handle all the chores. It is also common for children to buy their mothers and grandmothers presents on this day, though this custom is gradually being overtaken by Mothers Day.

Although Nollaig na mBan is slowly dying out in many parts of Ireland, the tradition is still very strong in some areas. When Little Christmas passes, the homes begin to take down the Christmas Trees, the Christmas lights, the decorations and the official end of the Christmas celebrations has ended. The visitors who would have travelled from many parts of the world to celebrate with their loved ones make arrangements to return to their established homes where they have taken up residencies and place of work. In recent times there has been an exodus of family members who have made a new life in foreign lands. Those who have in recent times emigrated have the facility to daily communicate with their loved ones at home through the digital and IT Age. Twitter, Skype, Facebook and the world wide facility of web posting. The people at home have not to wait the one year or the five year period to see and talk to their loved ones. The correspondent of the Croom Notes is delighted to be able to host the community websites to allow our emigrants communicate and are kept up to date with the activities and news at home.

NIGHT OF BIG WIND: During the Christmas festivities the area experienced wind and rain. It recalled the night of the Big Wind of the 6th-7th January 1839. The entire Island of Ireland was subjected to a tempest of such ferocity that it became known as “Oiche na Gaoithe Moire”. This was one of the devastating storms ever recorded in Irish History and made more people homeless in a single night than any of the decades of eviction that followed by British occupancy. Most of the 8 million people living in Ireland were preparing themselves for Little Christmas. The Maigueside district experienced storms during the last days of 2013 where homes were without power. The area of Church Road experienced 3 days of being without power and St. Mary’s Church also experienced a complete blackout, residents had to secure other means of cooking their meals and boiling the water for to carry out their household chores. The River Maigue rose to high levels but did not affect residents and households. The North Cork district didn’t experience the high levels of rain fall which reduced the risk of flooding in the Maigueside. Over the years the town of Croom experienced flooding which affected households and businesses. The community was not at the mercy of the waves with the recent rainfall which other areas suffered badly.

ANNIVERSARY MASSES AND REMEMBRANCES: The anniversary mass for Michael and Mary Moloney, Coshma, at St Mary’s Church Croom, Sat 4th Jan. The anniversary mass for Aidan Lawlor, Kylefea, at St. Mary’s Church, Croom, Sun 5th Jan. Prayers for Tom Griffen, Kildimo whose death took place recently and burial took place in Kildimo, husband of Margaret O’Brien and formerly of High St. Croom. Prayers for David Hartigan, Coolrus, Granagh, who died recently, his remains were removed to Granagh Church and burial in Granagh Cemetery. Brother of Mrs. Margaret O’Connor former teacher of Croom National School. Prayers for James and Kathleen Fitzgibbon, Eileen Manning and Jack Manning.

HEALING RETREAT: Maranatha Prayer Ministry invites you for the Healing Retreat through the Ministry of Fr. Michael O’Shea, Limerick and lay speaker, John Delaney, Portlaoise enriched with Rosary, Eucharistic adoration, Laying on of hands, Mass, Confession, music by the Maranatha Gospel Choir on sunday next, 19th January, 2014 from 2.30pm to 7pm at St. Pauls Church, Dooradoyle, Limerick. Tea afterwards in hall, all welcome.

ST. JOSEPH FOUNDATION: Granagh Development Association are delighted to be associated with “Team Dave Riordan” and St. Josephs Foundation, Charleville for The Malin to Mizen Cycle, 10th - 15th August, 2014 in aid of the Liskennett Autism Development Project - Equipment Fund. The launch night will take place in Granagh Community Centre, Saturday 11th January, 8.00pm. {Open from 7.00pm} They want to make this a very high profile launch, so that everyone knows what is happening not only in the locality but in the whole county and beyond. It deserves no less. Not only is it a huge development for a small parish but it will be an unbelievable asset for the children & adults with autism. On the night, Project Plans will be on display. Speakers - David Doyle, Eamon McCarthy, Maura O’Sullivan from St. Josephs. Maurice O’Riordan on behalf of Team Dave Riordan. John O’Shea on behalf of fundraisers. Invited guests - Keith Hanley, Voice of Ireland, Nickie Quaid, Donal O’Grady, all local clubs etc, Radio and Press representatives. Refreshments will be served. The background story - St. Josephs purchased a farm in Liskennett, Granagh a number of years ago with the aim to be the first farm in the country devoted to service users with Autism. The total investment is envisaged to be around €7 million. It is to contain residential units, apartments, crafts, equestrian centre, sensory gardens etc. The ever-generous JP McManus donated money towards the building element of the project. Funds were also received from the IDA, Ballyhoura Development, Limerick County Council, the HSE and works finally commenced on site, last year. Next step, thoughts were turned to equipment needs. A certain amount will be provided but anything specialised is an extra. One of the staff, John O’Shea read about this Horse Riding Simulator, available in England at a cost of €26,000 approx. Equine therapy is known to be highly beneficial to children with Aspergers and Autism. The riding motion has a calming effect, senses are stimulated, motor skills are developed and social interaction is improved. Some children will take to riding but others may not be able to manage it at all. This is where the simulator fits in. It mimics the actual movements of the horse in order to get the users comfortable and confident and they may in time move forward to the real thing. It is a very ambitious project but full credit to Team Dave Riordan who have taken on the full organisation of this five day cycle - accommodation, transport, jerseys, licenses, food, fuel and fun. All 40 cyclists supply their own bikes and pay for their own accommodation, while filling sponsorship cards and supporting other fundraising events.

Costs are being kept to a minimum with Ryan Riordan Insurances covering office essentials and providing a full set of accounts at the end of the event. (https://www.facebook.com/TeamDaveRiordan ) . We know and appreciate the great work St. Joseph’s Foundation has done since its formation in 1968 - it reaches into 70 parishes with over 300 service users. Their mission statement - “ To provide people with disabilities the opportunity to live the life of their choice to their fullest potential “ has been borne out in their many services and developments over the years.