TIDY TOWNS: Thank You, Thank You, Thank You - to everyone who gave a hand last Saturday. It really was a hard slog and we only cleaned the Athlacca road (4 and a half bags and one bucket of rubbish) and the footpath across from the school (8 front loaders of muck).One of the derelict houses got its broken windows covered and painted to tidy it up. We’re going to have another crack at it on Saturday, March 23rd, from 11.00 am - 2.00 pm and we’ll try and get as far as the recycling if possible. All help is brilliant and appreciated
Car Boot Sale: The next car boot sale in aid of the Rockhill Bruree Sportsfield Development Committee will be held on Saturday, March 30th. The venue will once again be the ball alley next to the community centre right in the heart of the village. Sellers can set up from 8.00 am and the admission is €10 for cars or €15 for vans. The sale is open to the public from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm and admission is just €2 for adults. Children are admitted free. Tea and refreshments will be available. One of the most popular stalls at previous sales was the fresh, local, vegetable stall and that will be there again for this month.
Rambling House: The committee is planning a rambling house on Friday, April 5th. Full details nearer the date. Any local musicians or singers who would like to perform on the night are asked to contact Frank Barrington, Judy Tobin, Noel O’Halloran or John Harrold.
GAA Presentation Night: The Bruree GAA annual presentation night was held on Saturday night at the Central Bar with a great turn out of present and past players. Chairman, Gerard Mullane, welcomed everyone and thanked all those who had supported the club during 2012. He also appealed for continued support for the club in all its activities during the coming year. The club honoured two teams on the night, the 1958 team which won the South Under 14 title and the 1966 team which won the County Junior Hurling title. The 1958 team defeated Kilmallock in the south semi-final and met Bruff in the final. They were presented with the South Cup which was sponsored by Canon Denis Kelly, parish priest in Rockhill Bruree at the time. Bruree were the first team to win the cup. The team was trained by Fr. Pat Kelly, curate in the parish at the time, with Sean O’Malley as a selector. The team was Neilus Doody. Sonny Ward, John Horgan, John Byrnes, Pat Cotter, Brendan Fitzgerald, John Flaherty, Olllie Hayes, Michaael Walsh, Johnny Dundon, Johnny Wall, Pat O’Brien, Jim O’Brien, Gerard Doody, T. Culhane and Seamus Murphy. In 1966 Bruree had an easy win over Effin in the South Junior Hurling final played at Kilmallock. The final score was Bruree 7-10 Effin 2-8. Ballybrown and Bruree met in the county final at Croom just before Christmas. Because of a clash of colours, Bruree lined out for the final in the Charleville colours. Bruree led by a point at the interval and won by 4-4 to 1-5 holding Ballybrown to just one point in the second half. The Bruree panel was Liam Hogan, Jim O’Brien, Jer Horgan, Johnny Wall, Neilus Doody, Jerry Horgan, John Horgan, Jimmy Moynihan, Connie Duggan, Gerard Doody, Mick Potter, Pat O’Brien, Teddy Cotter, Bobby Cotter, Mossie Riordan, Seamus Sexton, Johnny Regan, Timmy O’Shea, Neilus O’Brien and Frankie Finn. Team mentors were Mick Sexton and Danny Byrnes. Members of both teams were presented with commemorative plaques.
The club awards for 2012 were then presented. The Hurler of the Year went to Stephen O’Halloran “a forward par excellence, who has been noted down through the years for his accuracy from placed balls. He has always shown great dedication to training and commitment to his club.” Fr. Desmond McAuliffe presented this award. The Footballer of the Year is “a player who has starred at underage level for many years and is now making an impact at adult level. Though still very young, he plays with a maturity and level of skill that belies his youth and is one for the future for Bruree.” This award was presented by Eamon Rea.
There were joint Hall of Fame recipients. Gerard Doody was “a member of the 1966 team which won the county Junior Hurling title. He was fast and skilful hurler who always had a good workrate and he usually played in the forwards and always got on the scoresheet. He also played with Limerick minors.” Connie Duggan was also “a member of the 1966 team which won the county Junior Hurling title. His usual position was midfield but he covered much of the field from that position. Connie always played with great determination and will to win and he was fearless and no respecter of opponents reputations. In the county final, he cut a sideline ball fifty yards to the Ballybrown net.” The Hall of Fame awards were presented by club President, Anne Potter.
The final presentation was the Sports Personality of the Year. This award went to Johnny Wall “a man has a long commitment to Bruree GAA. In recent years he stepped into a rather large pair of boots but has proven himself eminently capable of filling those. Over the past few years he has shown himself to be a capable organiser and has seen to that the clubs finances remain in a healthy state. Players have been short of nothing but money has been spent wisely. He starred in a recent book about Mick Mackey and his duck breeding programme has been a godsend to fundraising for the club.” Maura McMahon presented Johnny with the Donncha Ó hArgáin Perpetual Cup.
The night finished with finger food and music provide by DJ Brian O’Dwyer. Thanks to everyone who helped organise and run the night, to all those who attended, to Eamon Rea and his staff and to Brian O’Dwyer.
Membership: Your membership subscription for this year is now due. Adult membership is only €20. Please pay Johnny Wall, John O’Brien or Vincent Stanton immediately so that you continue to enjoy the benefits of being a full member of Bruree GAA.
Mackey Draw: Bruree GAA is once again promoting the Limerick GAA Development Draw for 2013 as one of its main fundraisers. There are a total of twenty eight prizes for each draw and the top prize each month is €15,000. There is a total prize fund of over €300,000. The subscription is €100 for the year. Please support your club and your county by joining the draw with any of the local promoters or any committee member.
ROCKHILL ROVERS: Rockhill got back to league matters when we played Kilcornan in Stonemountain Park. In a first half in which Rockhill were comfortable throughout, they took the lead after Stevie O’Halloran scored from the penalty spot to keep up his fantastic record. Rockhill had a couple of half chances but the half time score remained 1-0. In the second half it was more of the same, with Rockhill doubling their lead thanks to a bullet header from 10 yards out from Mark Noonan. A lapse in concentration not long after allowed Kilcornan in to reduce the margin. While they tried to press for an equaliser, Michael Thompson got a deserved third. Another great win which keeps Rockhill second in the league. It was great to have Kieran O’Rourke back after a long injury lay off and he was outstanding in the middle of the park. Rockhill has drawn Newcastle West in the Desmond Cup on St. Patrick’s Day and the Division 1 cup final is fixed for Saturday, 13th April, in Clounreask. All support for yet another cup final would be greatly appreciated.
LOTTO: Lucky dip winners in last weeks Bruree GAA/Rockhill Rovers lotto draw were €50 Sean Treacy €25 Mike McGrath, John Garvey, Kilmallock €20 Josephine Fitzgerald, Mary Fehin, Effin, Shane Griffi, Charleville.
GOLF SOCIETY: The winners of the recent outing to Nenagh Golf Society were: 1st Jim O’Connell. 2nd Joe Carroll, 3rd Mike Potter 4th Margaret Deady.