SCOIL DEAN CUSSEN: Enrolement forms for new pupils starting in September 2013 are now available in the school office. We look forward to welcoming your child to our school community.
PILGRIMAGE’S: Pilgrimage on 23-30th May to Fatima, 7 nights full board, Spiritual Director, Group price €699. Also Pilgrimage to San Giovanni, Assisi and Medjugorje, 8 nights Special Group Price €945. If you are interested or for further information please contact Joan Bourke at 061-600951.
BRUFF COMMUNITY PRE-SCHOOL LTD: For children aged 2.6 to 5 yrs. Free Pre-school places, subvention Places. Now taking names for Sept. 2013. Early booking essential as limited places available. For further details and application forms please contact Mary or Stacy on 086 1056864
BRUFF TIDY TOWNS – SPRING CLEAN: It is that time of year again. We are appealing for volunteers to lend a hand for an hour or two before the end of April in your own time. We invite local groups, organisations, residents associations and individuals to team up and carry out a clean-up in their own local area or a particular ‘black spot’. Please contact Maurice at 086 3375207 for equipment. The clean-up is being organised as part of the National Spring Clean Campaign – Ireland’s biggest anti-litter initiative which encourages people from all walks of life to take pride in their local environment and take action against litter. Many thanks to all who generously contributed to the Tidy Towns collection at the weekend. These funds will be used to fill in all the flower beds around town and have it looking its best for the Gathering in July.
PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK SHRINE: This Pilgrimage is on Saturday April 20th. The bus will be leaving Bruff at 8 am and the fare is €15.00. If you wish to go, please enter your name on the sheet at the back of the Church or alternatively contact Maurice at 086 3375207.
ANNUAL SAGGART PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES:The Annual Saggart Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place from 22nd to 27th September. Hotel Paradise full board costs €699. For booking forms or further information please contact Fr. Joe Foley at 087 2618412 or Eileen Irwin at 087 6628288.
CHARITY 5 KM RUN/WALK: On Saturday April 27th at 7.20 pm Friends of Limerick ‘73 will hold a charity 5 Km Run/Walk in Knockane, Pallasgreen. Runners €10 and walkers €5 with all proceeds going to Milford Care Centre, MS Limerick and Lisnagry Association Limerick. A special aspect is our “best of three times” team event. There is no limit to the number of participants on a team but the three lowest times will count. The team with the lowest aggregate times will be the winner. So any GAA, Family, Soccer, Rugby team can participate and make the event a bit more special. As luck would have it we are competing with the Munster Rugby Game and The Limerick Football game which commence at 5.00 pm. The Idler Bar will be showing the games should you wish to get here early. We can stall the start to 7.20 pm . We ask you to make a special effort to attend and thanking you in anticipation of your support. We look forward to seeing you on the night. Regular updates on our Facebook page.
BRUFF -GRANGE -MEANUS SCOUTS: All the months of planning, fundraising and practicing came to fruition on Good Friday as our Scout Group departed for a week long camp in Wales. We caught the ferry from Dublin and there was great excitement as the snow covered mountains appeared in view as we approached the Isle of Anglesey. We were well equipped so didn’t worry about the weather and setup camp quickly in Wrexham Scout Centre. The temperature guage showed -5 but we all slept soundly. We travelled around Wales visiting castles, Electric Mountain, going on a Steam train in Snowdonia and even managed a tour of Anfield Stadium. We arrived back in Holycross on Thursday night and the resounding “Yes” from all involved when asked if they would go again proved it was a great camp. Our Scouts were excellent and we as leaders were very proud of their skills throughout the week. The foreign adventures are just beginning....jamboree in Japan, camp in France or rafting in Norway?
KNOCKAINEY LADIES FOOTBALL CLUB: A great night was had by all last Saturday 13th in Knockainey Community Centre for our medal presentation and registration night. For those who couldn’t make it please contact the following managers for registration forms U10s John MacNamara- 086 8277622, U12s Julie Doherty-086 1967943, U14s Gloria Cunningham 087 9900410, Minors- John Hartnett 087 2783144
DEISE COMMUNITY CLUB: Deise Community Club party will be held at the Band Room Bruff on Tuesday 30th April 2013 at 7.30 p.m , hosted by Grange ICA. All are welcome.
DEISE COMMUNITY CLUB ANNUAL OUTING – CHANGE OF DATE: Because of numerous events during ‘The Bruff Gathering Festival 1 – 7 July 2013’ , the Deise Community Club Annual Outing will take place on Thursday 11th July 2013 . ( second Thursday in July ) Full Details later.
HOSPITAL BOOTCAMP: Bootcamp every Saturday morning in Hospital soccer pitch at 10 am. All are welcome..for more info contact John on 087 9115411
BRUFF COMMUNITY PLAYGROUND: Fundraising for the new community playground continues with a “Night at the Dogs” scheduled for May 11th. This promises to be a great night of family entertainment, with some of the highlights being the auction of a greyhound pup donated by Kilkenny trainer, Paul Hennessy, a best-dressed lady competition, and a raffle where the first prize is an Angus heifer. Entrance tickets are currently on sale for €10, with under 16’s being free.
COMMUNITY GAMES: Congratulations to Aine Hayden, Rathcannon who will be representing us in the Girls U12 Art Competition in Athlone in May. We wish her well and enjoy the experience.
Futsal: We had 3 matches in our group. The first was against Our Lady of Lourdes which ended in 0-0 draw. We were in control for most of the game but could not find the net. Our second match was against St. Kieran’s. This was a much better performance from us. Niamh put us 1-0 up but St. Kieran’s fought back to lead 2-1 at half time but thankfully Megan made in 2-2. With 2 points in the bag we had to win our last match with Southill. We did so in style. Megan got the first with a powerful shot. Niamh put us 2-0 with a cool finish before Southill got one back. Eadaoin then hit form with 3 good strikes to put us 5-1 and into the semi-finals. While Megan, Niamh and Eadaoin scored the goals this was a team effort. Eve was great in goal, while Katie was solid in defense and Caroline was our bull-dog running down all loose balls and powerful in the tackle. We done girls, we look forward to the next round. Team : Eva Sheehan, Katie Finn, Niamh Fox, Megan Hickey, Caroline Brennan and Eadaoin Power Gallagher.
Basketball: On Saturday our U13 Girls Basketball team took on Dromcollogher/Broadford, Regional and Athea. We played Regional in our first game where the girls played out of their skin to win narrowly but a good start ,2 points in the bag. Up next were Athea who play their Basketball in the Kerry League. They are always very strong and hard as we tried we were no match for them. They had strength in depth and are strong favourites to win it out. Our final match was against Dromcollogher. We had to win to go forward to the semi-finals. We were up against it as we didn’t have all our players and after two tough games our seven players were wilting and Dromcollogher had 10 good girls. We started well but as the game went on tiredness caught up and our shots were no longer going in. Behind by one basket at half time we had our chances but could not get on top although we had plenty of chances. Great effort girls. We could not ask any more of you. A big thank you to Tom Mulvey on training the girls and for all the hours put in on training. Team: Alisha Heelan, Eva Butler, Aishling O’Brien, Lauren Hourigan, Ciara Moloney, Mary Nealon and Aoife O’Riordan.
Swimming: The Swim Competition took place in Askeaton on Sunday. We had a small but select squad of boys and girls participating. First up were our U10 Boys David Griffin and Morgan O’Sullivan. They were 1st and 2nd in their heat but the final was a tough race and although they swam very well they were edged out into 3rd and 4th respectively. Well done lads. In the Girls U12 we had Megan Wallace, Aoife O’Sullivan, Mollie McKeogh and Nicole Griffin. But disaster struck in the heats as Nicole’s goggles came loose as she dived in and her chance was gone. Aoife and Mollie finished 1st and 2nd in their heat to qualify for the final. In the final they swam well. Aoife finished 3rd and Mollie just behind in 4th. Well done girls. Great result. Next up was Carragh Joy O’Regan in the Girls U14 freestyle. Nearly 2 years younger than the other competitors Carragh swam a fantastic race in the final to win bronze. In her first race ever this was a great achievement. Well done. We have the schools squads to come – both from Scoil Dean Cussen, Bruff. The boys team were very young – all 9/10 years old swimming against 12 year olds. Although they did not win a medal they put up a great performance and they will win many medals in the future. The girls team of Zoe Bracken, Aoife O’Sullivan, Nicole Griffin and Mollie McKeogh were our relay team. In the final there were three teams side by side at half way with our team just behind in 4th. With one lap to go we had closed up and had taken 3rd and all the way to the finish were closing on the leaders. We finished in third place, a great result. Well done to all. This brought to an end a very pleasant afternoon and we went home with 9 bronze medals. Thanks to Vera and Gillian for organising the teams and looking after them so well. We look forward to the future and many more enjoyable days out.
Last weekend Sophie Blewitt just lost out in a very tight finish in the Girls U16 backstroke. Trying this event in Community Games for the first time Sophie put up a very brave display. We can look forward to next year as Sophie will be aiming to add All Ireland Gold to her previous successes.
Watch this space – Date for Athletics Sports Day coming soon.
IRISH CANCER SOCIETY: The Irish Cancer Society’s ‘Care to Drive’ transport service is available for patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment in the Mid-Western Regional Hospital, Limerick. This service is completely free to the patient – a driver will pick you up at the door of your home and bring you to the hospital & then, after treatment, bring you home. So if you are having trouble getting to and from the hospital for your chemotherapy treatment, please speak to your oncology team in the Mid-Western Regional Hospital or call Gail on 01 2310 566
SHAPE UP FOR SUMMER: A new fun 12 week weight loss group is starting on Monday 29th April at 7.30pm, in the Hospital Family Resource Centre. You will get helpful hints and advice, information on good nutrition and long term health. Go on- lets be ready for the sun, when it does arrive!! For more information or to book in, call Anna on 087 7917630.
BRUFF UTD NOTES: In the Junior Boys we won our last three league matches, home to Kennedy Park 4-1 away to Janesborough 2-1 and Sunday last away to Hyde Rangers 2-1. With these three results it should make us safe from relegation for another season. On this Thursday 18th April we are at home to Athlunkard Ville 6.30pm kick off so if all the players could be on the field at 6pm please.
Our Junior Ladies team kick off there season on the 23rd of April and with a good bunch of players we hope to do well this season. Any players who wish to join our ladies team please contact Pat Dunne on 086 8338071. We would like to thank Dan O’Flynn of Centra Shop in Bruff for sponsoring 5 Footballs to the club. Also a big thank you to Matty Frewen, Painting Contractor who sponsored jackets to all the Committee members. We would like to say well done to our four U16 players who made the Gaynor Cup Team this year namely Zoe Ryan, Megan O’Rourke, Melissa Hayes and Chloe Sheerin.
BORD NA NOG NOTES: The U12 hurlers started their campaign against Kilmallock last Thursday and had a fine win in very wet conditions. After a very tight first half, the Bruff lads scored a few crucial goals in the second period to end up 5-5 to 2-1 winners. Next up for the u12 hurlers is a home game against Kildimo Thurs 25th . Throw in 6:45pm. The U16 hurlers will start the defence of their U16 crown with a home game against Hospital Herbertstown