COFFEE MORNING: Carmel Noonan will hold a coffee morning at her residence at Mill Street on Thursday, September 19th, from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm. Proceeds will go to Milford Hospice. Your support would be appreciated.
MUSEUMS OPEN: The De Valera Museum and Bruree Heritage Centre will be open to visitors over the Gathering weekend as will Vikki Jackson’s Fit Up museum. The De Valera Museum will be open on Friday night from 7.00 to 8.00 pm and from 2.00 to 5.00 pm and Saturday and Sunday. The Fit Up Museum will be open from 1.00 to 5.00 both days.
MEMORIES BRUREE AND ROCKHILL: Everything is in place for a great Gathering weekend of memories, nostalgia and celebration in the parish. The weekend starts this Thursday, September 12 and continues until Sunday next, September 15. The theme of the weekend is Memories of Rockhill and Bruree.
On tonight, Thursday, September 12 there will be an opportunity to preview a selection of the photos which will be displayed over the weekend. This takes place in the De Valera Museum and Bruree Heritage Centre from 7 to 9pm. The official opening will take place at the Community Hall on Friday, September 13 at 8pm. Eamon Ó Cuiv TD will perform the ceremony and will give a short talk on his memories of his grandfather, Eamon de Valera, the family man as distinct from the politician. The night will finish with a traditional Irish rambling house with music song and dance. Admission for the night is just €5 which includes the usual lavish tea.
The much awaited and talked about photo exhibition will take place on Saturday and Sunday, September 14/15th, in St. Patrick’s National School, Bruree, from 1.00 to 5.00 pm each day. There will be approximately 1,500 photos on display and admission is free. Please note the venue.
There will be a historic walk through the village on Saturday, September 14th, at 1.00 pm with the walk leaders describing how the village looked in the past and remembering past residents and businesses. The walk will start at the railway.
The night of Saturday, September 14 will be a night of nostalgia in the Community Hall with live and disco music providing an opportunity for all ages to take to the dance floor with waltzes, quicksteps, jive, hip-hop, rock ‘n’ roll, disco, etc. The dress code for the night is Rockhill Bruree Through the Decades so start searching your wardrobe for suitable attire and get into the spirit of the night! Pick an outfit from your favourite decade and be in with a chance to win a prize for the best dressed on the night. There will be full bar facilities and a barbeque and other activities are being finalised for the night. Entertainment, barbeque food and three (3) drinks comes at a very reasonable, all in, admission charge of €25. Tickets are available from committee members and you are asked to please purchase yours as soon as possible.
The weekend will conclude with a family fun day from 1pm to 5pm on Sunday at Bruree Sportsfield/Bruree National School. This will include fun activities for all ages from bouncy castles, pony rides, a hurling blitz, cake sale, tug of war, barbeque and many more activities. It is hoped that East Limerick Community Radio (technology permitting!) will broadcast live from the family fun day.
Be sure and visit the facebook page at www.facebook.com/MemoriesRockhillandBruree and check out the photos there - they are a small sample of what will be on show over the weekend.
The proceeds of the weekend will go towards the Rockhill Bruree Sportsfield Development so all moneys raised will be staying in the parish to provide sports and recreational facilities for young and not so young in the parish.
RAMBLING HOUSE: The next traditional Irish Rambling House will be held on Friday, September 13 in Bruree hall, starting at 8pm sharp. This will be part of The Gathering 2013 weekend in the parish. Admission is just €5 which includes tea. Eamon O’Cuiv will be in attendance to officially open the Gathering weekend and to give us his memories of his grandfather, Eamon de Valera.
CAKE SALE: As part of the Family Fun Day in conjunction with the Gathering weekend in the parish, a cake sale will be held in Bruree National School. Anyone who would like to contribute baked goods to the sale can contact Joan Quirke at 087 7671573.
RADIO DRAW: East Limerick Community Radio is holding a fundraising draw with €2,000 in prizes, including a first prize of €1,000. Tickets are €5 and are available from John Harrold and other station volunteers and presenters. The station broadcasts on 96.8FM and 97.3FM seven days a week.
ROCKHILL AND BRUREE COMMUNITY HALL:Now taking bookings for the autumn and winter season! If your club would like to book the hall and secure the day and time you want, please phone the community hall on 086 056 5544. All bookings will be on a “first come, first secured” basis. Facilities include: Large Hall with viewing space, stage, 2 badminton courts, hand ball alley, large outdoor space and kitchen. The Hall is also available for hire for functions. Phone 086 056 5544 for further information. Upcoming events include Memories of Rockhill and Bruree, The Gathering event 13th to 15th of September, Halloween children’s disco, Christmas Fair on Sunday 1st December. Details to follow.
TUG OF WAR: A tug of war will be held on Sunday, September 15th as part of the annual family fun day being held this year in conjunction with the Gathering weekend in the parish. Contact William Horgan for full details.
JUVENILE GAA: Under 16 Hurling: Our Under 16 Hurling team travelled to Athlacca on Saturday evening to play the County semi-final. Knockainey provided the opposition but it was Bruree who ran out 4-4 to 0-3 winners. Bruree now meet Claughaun in the County final.
Under 12 Hurling: The Under 12 panel took on Shamrock Gaels in the quarter-final of the Kilfinane Cup on Saturday, August 31st, at Athlacca. From the start, Bruree showed excellent teamwork, with great co-ordination between players in every position. With each side opening their scoring with a point from a free, the teams looked more or less level at the beginning, but Bruree pulled ahead very quickly, with point after point from Sam Cronolly, Frankie Barrington and Sam Williams, along with a great goal scored with a high ball from midfield by Matthew Howard. Bruree’s half-time score was 1-7, with the home team at just 0-1. The second half continued in a similar vein, with the visitors’ points building again so that Seán Daly’s final point was Bruree’s thirteenth of the game, while another three goals were scored for good measure. However, this was not an easy match, with Shamrock Gaels providing a spirited and sustained opposition throughout the game. Thanks to David Sexton’s inspired goalkeeping in the first half and fullback Harry Mullane’s remarkable ability to catch and clear ball after ball in the second, Bruree retained their lead with Shamrock Gaels only scoring once in each half. Final score: Bruree 4-13 Shamrock Gaels 1-1.
FAMILY FUN DAY: The annual Family Fun Day will be held on this Sunday, September 15th, from 1.00 to 5.00 pm at Bruree Sportsfield/Bruree National School. This has become one of the highlights of the year with family friendly activities to give young and old one last chance to enjoy the end of summer/early autumn. Activities planned for this year’s event include bouncy castles, pony rides, a hurling blitz, cake sale, barbeque, tug of war, live radio broadcast and many sideshows and competitions. Everyone is welcome to attend. The fun day is being organised by Bruree GAA with proceeds going to the Sportsfield Development Committee.
SYMPATHY: We extend our sincere sympathy to the family, relatives and friends of Peggy McCarthy, Athlacca, Geraldine Hegarty, Listowel, and Paddy Fennessy, Croom, who died recently.
LOTTO: Lucky dip winners in last week’s Bruree GAA/Rockhill Rovers lotto draw were €50 Tom Curran, Ballyagran €25 Elizabeth, William and Bryan Horgan, Mike Potter, Kilmallock €20 Thomas Noonan, Mike McGrath, Mike and Ann Hourigan, Ballyagran.