Croom Nov 23

BIG MAGGIE IN BANOGUE: “Big Maggie” by John B Keane, will be staged in Banogue opening November 2 for eight nights over two weekends by Banogue GAA. This is part of the GAA Field Development programme of fund raising activities which has been going on for a few years now. The Field looks absolutely fantastic and the entrance gate is next on the agenda. Hopefully the field will be used by many

BIG MAGGIE IN BANOGUE: “Big Maggie” by John B Keane, will be staged in Banogue opening November 2 for eight nights over two weekends by Banogue GAA. This is part of the GAA Field Development programme of fund raising activities which has been going on for a few years now. The Field looks absolutely fantastic and the entrance gate is next on the agenda. Hopefully the field will be used by many

Generations of young people in the years ahead. “Big Maggie” is regarded by many as John B’s masterpiece, at a time when women had no rights. Imagine a man could leave his farm to a son or a nephew and his wife would have no rights to it if he died. She had to live as a prisoner and a pauper in her own house. She couldn’t sell a field if she was short of money. Maggie is a “liberated” Irish mother” and is determined to make a better life for herself and her children after the death of her husband. As in all of his plays, his characters are like people you could meet in any country parish, which is why they are still so popular. The dialogue in this play crackles with hilarious, caustic putdowns as the indomitable Maggie deals with her feckless family and unwanted suitors. This Maggie is as relevant today as it was when it was written in the 60s. Audiences will laugh at her authority and maybe secretly admire her stubbornness as she sees that her children do what they have to instead of what they want to, even if it means driving them away as the only means of survival. But how do her children react? Will there be rebellion in the camp? ”Big” has many meanings bulky, important, heroic, proud to name but a few. Banogue’s Maggie is ambitious, ruthless and still has sexual if not romantic desires. Will

Today’s mothers or fathers agree with how she treats her children. She is adamant that she is only for their good1Even though it is a sad story, it is a hilarious play full of “belly” laughs as only John B can tell and this cast of eleven will no doubt depict that. They have been rehearsing since early September,

two or three nights a week so by now they are almost perfect. Producer Mary Liston says they are excellent and so many great nights entertainment are assured. Don’t miss it. Opening Thursday November 21st to Sunday 24th and Thursday28th to closing Sunday December 1st at 8pm in the Parish Centre. Adm €10 and €5 for children “

BISHOPS VISIT: Bishop Brendan Leahy made a two day visitation to the parishes of Banogue and Croom on Tuesday and Wednesday November 12 and 13. On Tuesday Bishop Leahy blessed the new School Building at Banogue where he met with the schools Management, parents and later on Tuesday evening he visited the old School in Croom where met with all of the members of all the Pastoral committees of the different groups who participate in the various church and parishes activities. Afterwards there was a reception in the new school where Teas and Refreshments were provided and the Bishop met everybody involved. On Wednesday The Bishop concelebrated mass in St. Mary’s Church where the pupils of St. Mary’s National Schools participate in the mass by Readings, Music and Choir Singing. The Bishop greeted the parishioners and chatted to everybody. The next stage of the visitation of the Bishop was to Colaiste Chiaran where he met the management and took part in a film recording by the film producers of the College for a documentary, the Bishop answered all the questions put to him by the interviewee and Matt Kelly well known Camera man, coordinated and produced the screening. The next port of call for the visiting Bishop was to St. Mary’s National School. The Bishop went from classroom to classroom introduced by the Principal, Miss Mary McDonnell to the teachers of each classroom and to the students who questioned the new Bishop of his Ordination, his decision to become a priest and where he resided. Bishop Leahy built up a great camaraderie and participated in singing and prayer. The visit was a memorable day for the parishes of Croom and Banogue and the Bishop was well pleased with the assistance of the Priests of the parish Fr. Joe Kennedy PP and Fr. Eamon O’Brien CC and all the school teachers and administrative assistants in the schools, a visit that will be remembered for many a day.

ANNIVERSARY MASSES AND REMEMBRANCES: The anniversary mass for The Cagney Family Bridge St. Croom at St. Mary’s Church Croom on Sat 16th Nov. The anniversary mass for Bert and Brid Barron, Rosstemple, Banogue, at SS Peter and Paul’s Church Banogue, Sun 17th Nov. The anniversary mass for Marie and Connor Cagney Dullas, and Johnny Carey, Carhue Prayers for David Fahy, London and St. Senan’s Tce, Croom Prayers for Mick Geaney, Ploughlands. Prayers for Connie O’Regan, father of Timothy O’Regan, Glenma, who died recently.

DISASTER APPEAL PHILIPPINES AND SYRIA: Collections were taken up last weekend in all the Churches. Collections were taken up in Croom, Banogue and Manister to assist the people of these countries who have been left homeless and without food following the disasters in the Philippines and recent wars in Syria.

BORD NA NOG PRESENTATION DAY: Croom Bord na nOg held an end of season get together on Sunday last. The Munster Senior and Minor Cup were pride of place. Members of the 2013 Senior and Minor Hurlers presented certificates to all the under age teams. The Community Centre was chop a bloc with all the young sporting Gaels of the future who were entertained with music and drinks and refreshments. Special tributes were paid to Seamie Cregan for his many years of coaching the under age players of the Club and to Jed Carey for his dedicated service to the young players and assisting in all levels of the Clubs activities with arranging for the various events and activities in the Club House, field lay outs over many decades.

CROOM DEVELOPMENT TABLE QUIZ: Croom Development are holding a Christmas Table Quiz on Friday 22nd November, at 9.30pm, in Hickey’s Bar Croom. €20 per team of 4. Lots of prizes and raffle on the night. All proceeds in aid of Croom Development Association Projects. Your support would be greatly appreciated!!

Croom Family Resource Centre: will be hosting the annual mass for the deceased members of the community, at Croom FRC, Croom Mill on Thursday November 28 at 12.30, followed by tea coffee and refreshments. All are welcome. For more information please contact 061 602878

CROOM MACRA: Our weekly sports night is in full swing each Thursday night, 8.30 to 9.30pm. It is open to men and women with competitions in soccer and basketball coming up. Come along for the fun and games to Croom Community Hall. Ballylanders Macra are holding a quiz night on 22nd November at 8.30pm in An Trasnán. Contact Aisling on 086 3973620. Estuary Macra are holding a quiz night on 6th December. More details will follow shortly. Shannonside Macra are holding a quiz night on 12th Dec at 8.30pm in Sean Collins & Sons Bar in Adare. We are going ice skating soon with the other macra clubs in Limerick. Anyone interested? Contact Sharon at 085 2105850. Assist-suicide awareness safe talk workshop is on in Hospital on 11th December. A two day in depth training program is also available. Details would need to be known by 27th November. Contact Chris O’Conner on 061-383884 or 087 7555555. A big welcome to the newest members, two of which are Clara Mc Gann and PJ Cronin. A reminder to all members that affiliations are due. Please contact Tom on 087 7683156. The date is set for our club Christmas party, December 14th. Details will follow of what we plan to do to celebrate the festive season. All club members will be welcome.

Croom Lotto : Lotto numbers 5,16,27,32, there was No Winner. €50 Helen Galvin, €30 Donal O’ Gorman, Patrickswell. €20 to each of the following D. O’ Sullivan c/o Alan Sheerin, Johnny Carroll, Daniel Daffy, Croom, 2 Clowns c/o Aoife Griffin. E Kiely, St Senans Tce, Jerry English, Croom. Next week’s jackpot is €4000. Draw to be held in Tagneys.