ANDY DUNWORTH SPORTSMAN RIP: One of Limericks great sportsmen Andy Dunworth formerly of Banogue was laid to rest in his beloved soil in Banogue Cemetery on Thursday 2nd May. The late Andy Dunworth donned the colours of Banogue GAA Club in the sixties and won various South Titles. He played with his five brothers and also with his father Stephen. He later joined the Claughan club and won a County Title against South Liberties. He donned the Limerick colours at minor level and County level both as an outstanding forward and goalie. Andy Dunworth like many other great Gaels emigrated to New York in 1974 and worked in the hospitality business in Manhattan. He was part of the strong Limerick Diaspora who made their home in the “Big Apple”. There was a strong Gaelic contingent in the city of New York where they continued their Gaelic interest in Gaelic Park New York. This is where the Irish emigrant knitted together in helping one another in the old Irish style of coring and sharing their lives together. The late Andy Dunworth passed away on the 25th April at the Beth Israel Hospital New York. His remains was brought from his adopted city having spent almost 39 in years in New York where he reposed at Daffy’s Funeral Home on Wednesday 1st May and removal to SS. Peter and Paul’s Church Banogue where Andy made his First Holy Communion and Confirmation. Concelebrated mass was celebrated by chief celebrant Joe Kennedy PP Croom, Fr. Eamon O’Brien CC Croom and Fr. Tom Ryan formerly PP South Liberties and Holy Rosary, Fr. Tom a life long member and supporter of the Gaelic Athletic Association. There was a large attendance of the former Limerick players who played with the late Andy Dunworth. The coffin was carried by the Captain of the Limerick All Ireland Hurling Team and assisted by the hurling stars of that period where Andy was part of that great era of hurling activity in the Shannonside. There was a large attendance of Gaels from all parts of Limerick and beyond. His burial took place in Banogue cemetery where the late Andy Dunworth was laid to rest in his beloved Banogue. Andy is survived by his brother Stephen, his nieces and nephews, relatives and friends. Andy will be remembered as a great sportsman, an outstanding colleague and a member of a great sporting family who gave their all to their club and county. May Andy rest in peace by the Maigueside.
OPENING OF ENTERPRISE CENTRE: Minister Jan O’Sullivan will open the brand new state of the art Croom Community Enterprise Centre on Thursday 9th May. Registration for the event takes place at 3pm with centre tours of the meeting spaces, training room facility and office spaces taking place prior to the opening. There will be information stands available to detail enterprise supports and services available to businesses in the area from various agencies. This will also be an opportunity to learn more about CREATE (Croom Rural Enterprise Acceleration Training and Education) Programme which will be delivered by LIT at the centre. LIT will be based in Croom Community Enterprise Centre and provide a continuous strong link to their suite of enterprise programmes. Local entrepreneurs can also discuss business concepts and ideas with mentors and trainers and meet enterprise funding agencies. Successful graduates of LIT enterprise programmes will also speak on the day of their experiences. CREATE, (Croom Rural Enterprise Acceleration Training and Education) will offer free training and business advice to potential entrepreneurs to assist in developing business ideas into a real sustainable business. The programme starts in May 2013 and will be run part-time over 6 weeks. It offers a real market-place perspective on what is involved in creating a competitive and sustainable commercial enterprise.
St. Patrick’s Day Fun Run/Walk raises €4,000: Once again this year, the Joey Hannan 10K Fun Run and Walk was a tremendous success with the proceeds raised, amounting to €4,000.00. The two beneficiaries from the proceeds of the Fun Run/Walk on St. Patricks Day were the Croom Church Heating Fund which received €2,000.00 and the Chernobyl Children’s Trust which also received €2,000.00 The Organising Committee also wish to thank everybody who supported the event in any way – The runners and walkers both from within and outside Croom Community who turned out in such large numbers on the day; Members of the different organisations in Croom who helped with the general management of the event, stewarding , catering etc.; The staff of the Croom Community Centre who were so helpful; The Leaders of the Scout Den for proving the facilities for the very successful Irish Night ; James Hickey, Publican, Croom who facilitated the organising committee with meeting rooms in the lead up to the event; Members of community who made individual donations; Everybody who helped promote the event to make it the success it turned out to be. The organising committee have ambitious plans for next year’s event and will be re convening in early October with renewed energy and enthusiasm.
CROOM SCHOOL BOOK LAUNCH: The History of Croom National School will be launched on Friday June 14th at 7.30pm at the National School.Friends of the school who wish to pre-order special hardback editions can do so by contacting the school at 061-397416 or by e-mail at email@example.com before Friday May 17th.The names of the Friends of The School who purchase such editions will be printed in the book.
ANNIVERSARY MASSES AND REMEMBRANCES: The anniversary mass for Edmond, Frances, Patsy and Eddie O’Dwyer, High St. at St Mary’s Church, Croom on Saturday 4th. The anniversary mass for Mary and Maurice Guiry, Bellview and Jerry O’Brien, Main St. Croom at SS Peter and Paul’s Church, Banogue. The anniversary mass for Breda and James O’Shea Glenma, and John and Francie O’Dea Rathbranagh.
BANOGUE FIRST COMMUNION: Pupils from Banogue National School will receive their First Holy Communion in SS. Peter and Paul’s Church, Banogue on Saturday next 11th May at 11.00 a.m.
MACRA NEWS: It was a busy week for members of Limerick Macra preparing for the semi final of the National Talent Competition. On Saturday night they took the stage in Cashel to compete against other Macra regions for a place in the final. Killmallock’s ballad group, Ballylanders solo instrumentalist and solo singer, Limerick City’s novelty act and comedy act gave it there all but unfortunately they were not successful on the night. However Liam O’Sullivan of Newcastlewest showed he was a master mind getting through to the final in the Helix, Dublin. Well done Liam and well done to all the Limerick acts. It was a most entertaining night. Good luck to all the winners on the night and best of luck to you all in the Helix. Tag Rugby continues every Thursday in the Bruff League.
MICK DUNNE RIP BIRMINGHAM: The death took place of Mick Dunne formerly of Carrigeen Croom and Birmingham, son of the late Moss and Nora Dunne. The funeral took place of the late Mick Dunne at the Holy Family Church Small Heath on Tuesday last 7th May. His burial took place to the Woodlands Cemetery, Coles Hill, outside Birmingham. He is survived by his wife Phyllis, sons Maurice and Michael, daughter Maire, grandchildren and great grandchild. The late Mick Dunne attended Croom National School in the fifties and also donned the colours of Croom at minor level, prior to his departure to his adopted city of Birmingham. Sympathies to his wife and family.