Feb 16

Hanora Horan

Reporter:

Hanora Horan

THE GATHERING: The Bruff Gathering will take place from 1st to 7th July 2013. Full details of the itinery have yet to be worked out but it will coincide with the Summer Festival and include the Bruff Rose Contest, Heritage Projects, Guided Walks, a genealogy workshop etc. We have invited over 1000 people with ancestral connections to visit Bruff for the occasion. You may know other people abroad who have not been included and who would appreciate an invitation. Please feel free to contact them yourselves or alternatively provide the Community Office 061 389841 with their details preferably with an email address and an invite will be sent. Preparations for The Gathering will require a concerted effort from a lot of people and volunteers are asked to contact the Community Office to offer their assistance.

THE GATHERING: The Bruff Gathering will take place from 1st to 7th July 2013. Full details of the itinery have yet to be worked out but it will coincide with the Summer Festival and include the Bruff Rose Contest, Heritage Projects, Guided Walks, a genealogy workshop etc. We have invited over 1000 people with ancestral connections to visit Bruff for the occasion. You may know other people abroad who have not been included and who would appreciate an invitation. Please feel free to contact them yourselves or alternatively provide the Community Office 061 389841 with their details preferably with an email address and an invite will be sent. Preparations for The Gathering will require a concerted effort from a lot of people and volunteers are asked to contact the Community Office to offer their assistance.

SCOIL DEAN CUSSEN: Enrolement forms for new pupils starting in September 2013 are now available in the school office. We look forward to welcoming your child to our school community.

BRUFF HERITAGE GROUP – THE GATHERING: As part of “The Gathering” Celebrations in Bruff (July 1st- 7th) an exhibition of correspondence over the years will take place. Bruff Heritage Group are trawling all avenues in search of letters, postcards ,Christmas cards telegrams etc. which would have been exchanged between the people of Bruff (and South Limerick generally) and other places near and far. Have you a letter or postcard which was sent or received, giving the news from home or away, be it large or trivial (we are particularly interested in trivia!), down the years?

We would love to hear from you and be assured that all items will be treated with the utmost care and respect. We will exhibit all letters in their entirety or part, depending on the wishes of the donor. Emails or enquiries can be made to tombulfin1@yahoo.ie mobile number: (00353863143772). We feel this is a novel and relevant way to celebrate “ The Gathering” but it’s success depends on the response we receive so please get searching in those old boxes and cases!

JOB SEEKERS: Do you have a disability or a health issue? Find it hard to get a job? Need some help getting started? Please contact Work Access Ltd, 061 493095. We provide a supported employment service in Limerick city and also outreach offices in Kilmallock and Newcastlewest.

IRISH WHEELCHAIR ASSOCIATION, LIMERICK: Care Assistants wanted. 19.5 Hours per week – day and evening work. Full training provided. Contact: CE Supervisor, IWA, Unit 10a, Docklands Business Park, Limerick at 061 313691. NOTE: Applicants must be eligible for FAS CE Scheme.

FR TED TABLE QUIZ: Bruff Tidy Towns are holding a Fr. Ted Table Quiz in Derry’s Bar, Main Street, Bruff on Friday 22nd February 2013 at 9.00 pm. Team €20.00. Questions to suit everyone with 50% on Fr Ted Show and 50% general. Fancy dress optional. Prize for best team name. Raffle. Refreshments served. You’ll have some tea... are you sure you don’t want any? Aw go on, you’ll have some. Go on, go on, go on. Well, Ted, as I said last time, it won’t happen again.

BRUFF CARD RESULTS - 5TH FEBRUARY: Winners - Paddy & Mary O Neill, Mick Maune and Alec Burke, Ted and Lucy Hynes, Martin Treacy and Ger Heelan. Table prizes - John and Helen O Dwyer, Pat O Riordan and Mick Joe Quirke, Mike McAuliffe and Tom Fitzgerald. Raffle - €50 Sr. Mary Breen, €20 Mick Maune, €10 John O Dwyer, €10 Mary O Neill and €10 Pat O Riordan.

Bruff GAA – VICTORY DINNER DANCE: A great night of celebration was held in the Woodlands House Hotel last Friday the 1st of February. Many thanks to all those who attended or supported the event. Thanks to the organising committee, the special guests in attendance, local band Nightfall and the Woodlands House Hotel.

BRUFF GRANGE MEANUS SCOUT GROUP: 29th Limerick (Bruff-Grange-Meanus) Scout Group is back in full swing after the Christmas holidays. Our Beavers and Cubs went on a trip to the cinema last weekend and had a great time. Final preparations are well underway for our week long camp in Wales at Easter. The Scouts are busy getting the equipment ready and there is great excitement about it. Next event is indoor wall climbing sessions for all Beavers, Cubs and Scouts in Kilfinane Outdoor Adventure Centre. This is always a popular event and helps to prepare our members for rock climbing in The Burren. We are counting down the dark evenings and cold days until we can get back on the water to continue our kayaking but have a busy schedule of hikes and camps to keep busy until then. We are building up a history of 29th Limerick Scout Group so if anyone has any old photographs, logbooks, flags etc we would love to hear from you.

We are taking names for new members for our waiting lists (Beavers from age 6, Cubs from age 9 and Scouts from age 12) and will be holding an open day in the Spring if you would like more information or contact Tom on 087 2686431. We would like to thank everyone who supported our Churchgate collection last weekend, all funds collected are used to fund camps and events locally. Our Used Clothes Recycling Fundraiser is proving to be very successful , this will be ongoing so any old clothes, shoes, bags etc are gratefully received.

KNOCKAINEY LADIES FOOTBALL: Knockainey Ladies Football are currently looking for U8s up to U16 coaches. We have almost 80 girls registered with the club and it is important that the club continues. We would like anybody with an interest to please contact our chairperson Noel Ryan on 087 7590096 or Carole Cleary on 086 3705219 for further details to ensure that Knockainey Ladies Football has a future.

LIMERICK WEST GIY: With the aim of inspiring people to grow their own food, will hold its February meeting on Thursday 21st February @ 7.00pm sharp in D&M Garden Centre, Croagh with new growers and old hands all welcome. This month’s talk will be given by Rachael O’Grady who will speak about fruit trees. With the new growing season starting to get into gear this talk will be excellent for both the new grower and the experienced old hands. There will also be a small piece about potatoes with the emphasis be on taste, disease resistance etc. GIY’s vision is for a healthier, more connected and more sustainable world where people grow their own food. The organisation brings people together in community groups and online to inspire and empower them to grow vegetables. More information from www.giyireland.com.

COMMUNITY GAMES: Our U13 Girls Indoor Soccer Team played their Limerick Semi-Final on Saturday against St. Kieran’s. We had high hopes but were slow to start and at half time we found ourselves 3-0 down. A good pep talk and were flying in the second half. First Eadaoin got one back from the penalty spot, then a second with a powerful shot and with 5 minutes to go Megan got a third. 3-3 with four minutes left. With just seconds to go a loose ball at the edge of our area was smashed to the net. A great come back but a bit unlucky. We played Kilmeedy in the play-off for 3rd/4th and we really came to life winning 5-1 with Eadaoin getting 4 and Niamh getting 1. This was a great display by all team members and they should be proud of what they achieved. Team: Eve Sheehan, Niamh Fox, Caroline Brennan, Shannon Leo, Eadaoin Power Gallagher, Katie Finn, Megan Hickey and Ciara Hynes.A big thanks to Diarmuid and Pat for coaching the girls. Our U10 Girls Indoor Soccer Team played their Limerick Semi-Final on Sunday against St. Senan’s. This was a very tough game with two very even teams. First to strike was St. Senan’s with a well taken goal and could have been 2 up except for a great save by Clodagh. At half time we were 1-0 down. We upped our game in the second half. A great shot by Caoimhe put us on level terms. Extra time could not split the teams and we went to penalties. 5 penalties each and we were still level – both goalies making good saves. Sudden death and up stepped Ciara, the youngest member of the team to coolly slot home. If Clodagh saved the next shot we would win. She stood tall, watched the ball, shot – saved. We were in the final against Bruree who had not conceded a goal in the whole competition. We were on top for most of the first half and had 3 penalties – all saved before Bruree took the lead. We tried hard but Bruree goalie was in top form and in the second half a thunderous shot from within their own half slammed into our net and we were 2-0 down. There was no way back but the girls never gave up and with half the team young enough next year we look forward to the future.; Well done girls. You played great and should be very proud of yourselves. Team: @ Ciara Ryan, Caoimhe Hartnett, Orla Browne, Tori Sue McNamara, Claire Cronin, Clodagh Dennehy, Sorcha Hourigan, Emma Daly. A big thanks to Paul for training the girls.