Church News: The Saturday evening Mass at 7.30pm and the Sunday morning Mass at 9.30am return to Broadford for the month of April. Eucharistic Ministers for Saturday evening April 20th are Rita Higgins & Ciss Collins and on Sunday morning April 21st it is Josephine Folan and Tom Clarson.
Parish Mission: The Parish Mission will take place from November 2nd to November 8th 2013. It would be great if as many people as possible would get involved in the planning and conducting of the mission. All those interested are invited to meet in the Hall Dromcollogher on Monday April 29th at 7.30pm to have a discussion about same.
Bereavement:: The people of Broadford and indeed further afield were saddened to hear of the death of Mrs. Peg O’Donnell (nee Dee) wife of the late Dr. Mick, a wonderful and kind lady who always loved to be involved and help out and encourage community based activies, a lover of nature and indeed with the weather softening out she was preparing for spring planting when she was called to her reward. Peg was a founder member of the Broadford Guild of the Irish Countrywomen’s Association and it was a fitting tribute to her to see past and present members of the guild form a guard of honor at the church, in recognition of her services and strong association with the I.C.A. The flag of the Irish Red Cross was on her coffin in recognition of her association with that voluntary body which had honored her recently with a 60 year service medal and scroll. Her Requiem mass was celebrated in Our Lady of the Snows church Broadford by Canon Ambrose former P.P. of Drom/Broadford assisted by Fr. O’Dea our present P.P. and Fr. Cummings a friend of the family and afterwards she was laid to rest in Springfield cemetery, to her son Micheal, daughters Margaret, Maura and Áine, her daughter-in-law, sons- in-law, grandchildren, all her relatives, neighbours and friends we extend our deepest sympathy. Ar deis lámh Dé go raibh an anam dilis.
Lourdes Coffee Morning: A Coffee Morning will be held on Sunday next April 21st from 9.30am to 1.00pm in the Community Centre Broadford to help four Hazelwood College students, Ide Forde, Grainne Fitzgibbon, Vanessa Daly and Mariah Colloty go on the Limerick Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes, as part of the Youth Group. There they will work as helpers with the Invalid section of the Pilgrimage. Everybody is welcome and any subscription will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Tidy Towns: It’s that time of year again when the Tidy Towns committee gets ready for action with regard to putting in place a programme to enhance the look of the village and surrounding area for 2013. Last’s years gain of points in the overall context were mainly due to the placing of the large flower boxes in strategic places around the area, these boxes were mainly funded by grants from West Limerick Resources, so this year with a lot of these grants not available anymore, a campaign to look for sponsorship for the hanging baskets from clubs, originations and individuals to help defray costs and with a good response to our annual Church Gate collection later in the year, all will help us continue to carry out more improvements this year. Your support will be greatly appreciated.
The Gathering 2013: Broadford. Meetings to discuss possible events to celebrate “The Gathering 2013” continue every Monday at 9 o; clock in the Community Centre Broadford. All the clubs and organizations in the area are invited to attend as well as everyone in the community so we can discuss the entire views of the community on this National event. Everybody welcome.
Active Retirement News: The day out to Athlone is arranged for June 8th, so book now and don’t be disappointed; contact Ita O’Keeffe at 063/84154. We had a very informative talk on all aspect of gardening on Monday last by Sam from Tadgh McCarthy Garden and Nursery Centre Broadford on planting, feeding and getting preparation work done in the garden and be ready for the coming spring which in fact is overdue at the moment. The raffle prizes were donated by Broadford Garden Centre, Eileen Curtin and Ita White and the winners were Mary Hallinan, Sam and Joan Higgins. Monday April 22nd we are having Donal Hartnett giving a talk on upholstery.
Pilgrimage to Knock: S.M.A. annual pilgrimage to Knock Shrine takes place on Saturday May 25th, for further information please contact Maura Egan at 063-83048 or Josie O’Carroll at 063-83021.
Kantoher Co-Op Banquet: A Banquet for those who worked or were involved with Kantoher Co-Op over the years is arranged for this Saturday night April 20th in the Devon Hotel Templeglantine. Anybody who may be looking for tickets for the Banquet, please contact any of the following: Mick Shanahan 087/2511474, David Hayes 087/1385758, Dave Noonan 087/ 2716024 and John Carroll 087/ 2716024. Tickets for Banquet are €25 each.
The Annual Trip with Joe: Our Annual 6 Day Trip with Joe takes place this year on Sunday August 25th to Friday August 30th. This year we will be staying at the Skylon Hotel Dublin. We will have a coach tour every day with visits to interesting places including a day in Belfast and a visit to the Titanic. Prize per person sharing is €345 for bed, breakfast and evening meal. Music and dance in the hotel each night. Single supplement will apply. For further information please contact Maura Egan at 063/83048 Dromcollogher or Dan Larkin Milford at 063/80216.
Arra Drama Group: Due to popular demand and to give an opportunity to those who were unable to gain admittance on Sunday night last due to a packed hall, the Arra Players will stage their production of the J. B. Keane play “The Chastitute” on this Friday night April 19th in the Community Centre at 8.30pm sharp. The Arra Players are supporting the Charity “CRY” which raises awareness of Sudden Death Syndrome.
West Champions: The under 21 hurlers had a great win over Newcastle West in the West Final at Knockaderry on Saturday evening last. The boys showed great potential with a range of skills and commitment plus a high degree of discipline which augers well for the future. The team lined out Niall O’Brien (Goals), John Barrett, Conor Buckley, Darren Boyce, Seamus Brosnan, Micheál Brosnan, Patrick Stack, Brian Noonan, Jimmy Kiely, Danny Collins, Paul Madigan, Keith Lacey, Damian Lacey, Kevin Noonan and Sean O’Sullivan. Subs used Thomas Fitzgerald, Declan Stack and Eddie Prunty, the rest of the panel included Billy Foley and Paddy Lordan. Congratulations to the management team of Seamus Lordan, Gerard Madigan and John Madigan who had the team in great nick. The minor hurlers lost to Deel Rangers the Feohanagh/Castlemahon/Knockaderry combination. The best of luck to club players Paddy Lordan and Cillian Fahy who are part of the Limerick Minor football team who play Waterford at Fraher Park Dungarvan in quarter-final of the Munster championship on Saturday next April 20th at 2.30pm and also to Garrett Noonan who is a selector with the team.
The Mackey Stand Draw: Congratulations to Kieran O’Connor Dromcollogher who won €250 in the April draw of the Limerick G.A.A club draw formally known as the Mackey Stand Draw. The next draw takes place on Friday May10th in Moore’s Bar Doon.
G.A.A. Lottery: The Numbers drawn in the local GAA lottery at Nunans Bar on Monday April 8th were 24, 25, 29 and 31. The Match Three prize of €100 was shared between Timmy Lehane Broadford and Tommie Mullane Glenduff each received €50. The lucky dips of €50 each were won by Fr. F. O’Dea Dromcollogher and Marie O’Connor Newcastle West. The Jackpot goes to €5,600 (win or share) and the Match 3 is €100 (win or share). All sold tickets to be handed in at the clubhouse on Monday evenings before 9o’clock. Tickets are available from any member of the committee or from all business premises, tickets €2 each or three for a €5. Thank you for your continued support.
Handball News: Well done and congratulations to John Noonan and Pat Doody who captured the Over 35’s All-Ireland title at Crinkle Co. Offaly on Saturday last April 7th when they defeated the Connaught champions Galway two games to one. Congratulations to Katie McCarthy who was on the Munster under 14 ladies team which captured the provincial title.
Parent and Toddler Group: The parent and toddler group meet every Thursday in the Daycare Centre Broadford from 10:30 to 12 noon. This is an opportunity for parents, grandparents and carers to meet and chat while the children play in a safe environment. Enjoy the holidays and a happy Easter to everyone. We meet again on this Thursday April 11th. All welcome.
Cards at Neenans: The winners at the weekly 45 card drive at Neenans on Monday night were Con Ahern Ratheenagh & John Ahern Coolaleen. Runners up were Mickie Murphy Springfield & Julia Duggan. The Spot Prize winners were John Conway Newcastle West & Joe Mullane Castlemahon. The winners of the raffle were 1st prize €35 Tom Ahern Ratheenagh. 2nd prize €20 Timmy Lehane Broadford and 3rd prize €10 Julia Duggan Broadford.