Church News: Mass in Broadford for the month of September will be on Sunday mornings at 9.30am. Reader for Sunday September 8th is Gerry Mulcahy and the Eucharistic Ministers are Garry and Nora Kelly.
Parish Mission Meeting: A big thanks to everyone who came to the mission meeting on Thursday night last the 5th of September. It was a very positive meeting where a number of sub-committees were set up and themes for the upcoming Mission discussed. The next meeting will take place on Thursday the 19th September at 7.30pm in the Hall Dromcollogher. All are welcome.
Hospice Coffee Morning: You are invited to a Coffee Morning in aid of your local hospice service on Thursday 19th September from 9am - noon at the Day Care Centre Broadford. All proceeds will go directly the local hospice service. Your support will be greatly appreciated.
Bereavement: Our sympathy is extended to the Moloney Family on the sudden death of their mother Kathleen (Kay) Moloney (nee Delee) of Tullaha Broadford and formally of Banemore Broadford. Kathleen who moved to Tullaha after the death of her husband Mick and kept a lovely flower garden house, she was a great supporter of all activies in the parish down the years, like concerts, plays, card drives and had a special interest in the greyhound business and herself and Mick had many a good night at the Greyhound Track with great friends like Martin Collins, Mick Boyce, Ned Quinlivan and all the rest of the gang (may heaven be their bed). She was a great polka dancer and many is the time herself and Mick knocked sparks off many a kitchen floor at the house dances long ago and did the same at the Céilí dances in the local Community Centre in days gone by. We offer our sincere sympathy to her son Denis and daughters Mary, Kathy and Noreen, sons in law, grandchildren, great grandchildren, sisters Peggy, Ita and Sarah, brother in law, nephews, nieces, all her neighbours and friends especially Margaret and Pauline. Her removal took place from her home to Our Lady of the Snows Church on Sunday evening for Requiem Mass on Monday celebrated by Fr. F. O’Dea P.P. with the Broadford Church Choir in fine voice. Tributes in song by Tom Meehan of Knockaderry and music by John Shanahan and Steve Madigan and last but not least by her son Denis and afterwards she was taken to the Island Crematorium Ringaskiddy. Ar deis lamh Dé go raibh an anam dilis. I would also like to inform the readers that Fr. Tony Kelliher was one of the celebrants along with Fr. O’Dea and Canon S Ambrose at Kitty O’Connor’s Requiem Mass at Our Lady of the Snows on Tuesday August 27th. Solas Na fleaithis ar an anamacha go leir.
Wedding Bells: Congratulations to Aiden Sweeney Tullaha Broadford Co. Limerick and Denise Meehan Newmarket on Fergus Co. Clare on the occasion of their wedding at Our Lady of the Rosary Church Newmarket on Fergus on Saturday September 7. The celebrants were Fr Brendan Moloney, Fr. Tom Fitzpatrick and Fr. Frank O’Dea. The Chief bridesmaid was Orla Meehan and the other bridesmaids were Anna O’Grady, Martina Curtin and Ann Hogan. The Best man was Darren Sweeney and the groomsmen were Shane Sweeney, T J Sweeney and Padraig Sweeney. The pretty flower girls were Ciara and Lauren Sweeney. The readers at the ceremony were Pat Hogan and Marcella Sweeney. The prayers of the faithful readers were Ciaran O’Grady, Mary Doody, Catriona Stafford, Katie Murphy, Neal Meehan and Gerard Murphy. The Offertory Procession was performed by the mother of the bride Margaret Meehan and the mother of the groom Eileen Sweeney. Mary Sweeney recited the Communion Reflection and the music in the church was by Kate Purcell. The happy couple and their guests enjoyed a wonderful reception at the Bunratty Castle Hotel and Aiden and Louise are spending the honeymoon in Mexico.
Gathering Events: The dates for the “Gathering Festival” week- end are from Friday October 18th to Monday October 21st. The programme of events is now nearing completion will begin with the Margaret O’Donnell Jazz Concert on Friday night the 18th. Saturday 19th will see the 4k fun run-walk in the fore noon. The launch of the Broadford and Knocktooch Irish Folklore Commission Project written by pupils from both schools in 1938 will follow and at 2.30pm we will have action from A Day at The Forge in Bygone Days (this should bring back some memories) and include exhibitions of other old and new handcrafts all taking place at the Forge and the Banding Field. We will have a Thanksgiving Harvest Mass in the Church at 7.30pm. At 8 o’clock another opportunity of viewing the Folklore Commission works of the Broadford and Knocktooch pupils of 1938 and the Handball Club history with photos and memorabilia. At 9.30pm in the Community Centre will be the very popular Halloween Party Dance. Sunday is still to be finalized with proposals for Remembrance Mass for Archbishop Duhig in the morning and unveiling of plaque and road sign to be discussed, but Sunday afternoon will be the Gathering of Broadford and District Families Fun Day Parade to the Millennium Garden with open air dancing and street entertainment. Sunday night will be the Rambling House in the Community Centre. And Monday night we will have the Monster 45 Card Drive. Full bar facilities will be available on Saturday, Sunday and Mondays in the Community Centre. The next meeting regarding the finalizing of the events is on Tuesday September 17th at 9pm in the Community Centre. Everyone is invited to come along to help in putting together more events and entertainment. Visit us on www.facebook.com/broadfordgathering2013 for details and updates and you are invited to place your own comments.
“Milford Hospice Walk of Life”: A major fundraising initiative Milford Hospice “Walk of Life “ is being held on Saturday October 19th 2013 at five different venues across Co Limerick. To coincide with this every parish in Limerick as well as other parishes throughout the Mid-West region have been asked to host a fundraising event of their choice with a view to making a parish contribution which will be added to the sponsorship raised by those who take part in the walks. To this end a meeting will take place on Thursday evening next September 12th in the Hall Dromcollogher at 8pm to discuss how the parish of Dromcollogher/ Broadford can best respond to this request. All are welcome to attend this meeting and in particular it is hoped that all local organisations will nominate at least one representative to attend on the night and together our parish can play its part in supporting our Hospice which provides such a wonderful level of care for those who need it. Your Hospice needs Your help please play Your part. Further information from John Cregan at 086 7836591.
Handball Club News: Best of luck to Pat Murphy Broadford & Mick O’Connor Hospital and Dinny McCarthy & Pat Heffernan Caherline who have reached the All Ireland after defeating the Ulster champions Cavan in their respective competitions last week. Both finals will be played in Cashel on Saturday 28th September against Kilkenny. Dinny McCarthy has also qualified for the All-Ireland singles final which is down for decision on September 14th.
West Limerick Radio: The Annual General Meeting of West Limerick Community Radio will be held on Tuesday September 24th at 8pm in the Desmond Complex Newcastle West. All are welcome.
GAA Lottery Draw: The Drom/Broadford lottery draw held on Monday night August 26th at the Neenans Bar and the numbers drawn were: - 1, 5, 13 and 16. The jackpot prize of €7,600 was not won. The €100 match 3 prize was won by Pat Galvin Castleision. The lucky dips of €50 each went to Kevin Noonan Dromcollogher and Paddy Stack Farrihy. Next week’s Jackpot is €7,700 (win or share) and the match 3 prize is €100 (win or share) will be held in the Begley’s Bar Broadford. Tickets are available at €2 each or 3 for €5 from committee members, all business places and the Club Box in the square Dromcollogher. Thanks for your continued support.
GAA Games: The senior footballers are through to the simi-final of the county championship after winning the top of the table clash with Ballylanders by 1-8 to 0-5. The team lined out: K. Noonan, E. Barry, T. McLoughlin, G. Egan, G. Noonan, D. O’Leary, K. Fahy, S. Buckley, M. O’Sullivan, S. Brosnan, P. Donnelly, B. Noonan, Ray Lynch, M. Reidy and K. Phair. Subs J. Stokes, P. Madigan and M. Boyce. The Junior B team suffered an agonizing defeat in the West Final and the Minor footballers were lucky to earn a draw against Shannon Gaels in the west final.