May 11

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.

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

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.

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.

BRUFF MONTESSORI SCHOOL: Bruff Montessori School now taking names for September 2013 for the free pre-school. Also taking names for Pre-Montessori 2 1/2 -3 year olds. Contact Siobhan Finn @ 086 6003074 for further information.

BRUFF TIDY TOWNS: LENORE QUILTY AWARDS SCHEME:“If each before his own door swept, the whole village would be clean”. Chinese Proverb. It does not seem like a year since we launched this scheme. The aim is to promote local involvement in the upkeep of streets/estates as well as to encourage householders and businesses to brighten up their own area. Categories are as follows: CATEGORY 1: Best Kept Housing Estate/Street, CATEGORY 2: Best Front Garden - Urban or Rural. CATEGORY 3: Window Boxes/Hanging Baskets and CATEGORY 4: Best Kept Shop Front/Business. The main criteria for adjudication are:• Litter Control , • Colour - Including Planting and Painting, • Weed Control and • Overall Appearance. Application forms may be got from any member of the committee or by ringing 086 3375207. We would ask you to call together some like-minded neighbours and form a small committee with a view to entering before Wednesday, 19th May, 2013. An awards ceremony will be held in the Autumn and prizes will be given out. Please let’s get together and make a “blooming”difference.

LOUGH DERG PILGRIMAGE: A number of people from the parish have expressed an interest in going to Lough Derg for a three day pilgrimage. Abbey Coaches are running buses on Saturday 1st June, Tuesday 2nd July and Friday 26th July with pick up in Limerick City. The cost is €120 which includes bus, boat, accommodation and “refreshments” on the island. You may have considered going at some stage but did not know where to start or did not fancy going with strangers so now is an ideal opportunity. For further details please ring Maurice at 061 382019 or contact Abbey Coaches at 068 31232.

GAA CUL CAMP: The GAA Cul Camp will be held in Bruff from the 15th to 19th July. Registration can be made on

MID WEST SIMON COMMUNITY: HELP, WE NEED SOME BODIES! Mid West Simon Community have been given 6 TESCO stores to bag pack in on the weekend of May 17th and 18th. We know you don’t relish bag packing but if you knew you could be part of a team that raised as much as €12,000 in exchange for just one or two hours would you reconsider? We, and the homeless people we provide services to, would appreciate your effort in order to enable us to continue services to them. Abbeyfeale, Roxboro, Newcastle West, Arthurs Quay, Coonagh Cross and The Crescent. Please, we really need your help. 061 608980

SCOIL DEAN CUSSEN: are holding a bric a brac and cake sale on May 31st next. This is to raise funds for an exciting new Literacy programme starting in the school very soon. So if you need to do a clear out of books,comics,toys,games or any other small items we could sell at the sale Please Please drop them into the school reception as soon as possible. Hope to see you at our Monster Sale!!

SOCIAL SERVICES A. G. M.: will be held at the Health Centre, Bruff on Tuesday 14th May 2013 at 8.30.p.m. New members welcome.

KNOCKAINEY AFC FESTIVAL 2013: Knockainey AFC is celebrating its 20 year anniversary by holding a Festival this June bank holiday weekend to celebrate youth, sport and community. We have come together with Bruff Rugby Club to use there excellent facilities. Program of Events for the Weekend: Friday 31st May: Jimmy Buckley & his Band, Doors open at 8:30pm. Saturday 1st June:1pm: 5km Fun Run/Walk & 10km Run. Registration from 12pm. 2pm: Family Fun Day. 8pm: Poker Classic. Sunday 2nd June: 1pm: Food/Craft Fair. 3pm: Monster Bingo - €2,000 Jackpot. 9pm: Parish Social with music by Nightfall & friends. Monster raffle running all weekend with the draw on Sunday night at 10pm. Tickets are now on sale for the main attraction Jimmy Buckley & his band on May 31st in the marquee at Bruff RFC. Please call the ticket office to book your tickets on 086-1553449 or check out for more festival details.

CONGRATULATIONS: Well done to the Bruff U21 hurlers and management who won the County A Championship recently.

BORD NA NOG FIXTURE: The intermediate hurlers play St Kieran’s in Round 1 of the County Hurling Championship on Friday the 10th in Ballingarry at 7pm. Please support both teams if you can make the games.

CARD RESULTS 30TH APRIL: 1st: Mike McAuliffe & Teresa Brosnan and Eugene Grant & Noreen Hayes. Table Prizes: Mike Maune & Alex Burke, Pat Condon & Mike Greene and Mike O’Brien & Liam O’Riordan. Raffle winners: €50 Caroline Fitzgerald, €20 Willie O’Mahony, €10 James O’Leary, €10 Ann Sweeney and €10 Katie Cullinane

PAINTING CLASSES: Painting classes will resume in the Community Cafe from Thursday 16th May from 7 to 8.30 p.m. for 6 weeks. Cost €4 per night. Beginners welcome. Contact Kathy Tiernan at 086 0778787 for more information”.

BRUFF COMMUNITY PLAYGROUND: The Community Playground Committee have been thrilled with the level of support for our “Night at the Dogs” on Saturday, May 11th, at the Greyhound track on the Dock Road. Everyone in the parish of Bruff, Grange and Meanus – and all of our neighbours - have been hugely supportive, from buying entrance tickets to providing sponsorship. Entrance tickets, which must be bought in advance to count, are still available in Nagles or by calling 086-3142030 , and are at €10 (under 16’s are free). Highlights on the night include the auction of a greyhound pup donated by Kilkenny trainer, Paul Hennessy, a raffle where the first prize is an Angus heifer, a best-dressed lady competition, and clubs race. Hope to see you all there!

BEAVERS, CUBS AND SCOUTS: are kayaking on Lough Gur on Saturday. If you are interested in joining in September come along and see what we do and talk to one of the leaders. We are open to boys and girls, Beavers are 6 to 8 years, Cubs 9 to 11 years and Scouts 12 to 15 years.

MARANATHA PRAYER MINISTRY: Invites you for the Healing Retreat through the Ministry of Rev. Fr. Liam Kelly, O.F.M. Ennis and Aidan Gallagher, E.W.T.N., Ireland, enriched with the Rosary, Eucharistic Adoration, Word of God, Healing Mass, Praise and Worship, Confession, and Spirit Filled Music by the lively Maranatha Gospel Choir on Pentecost Sunday 19th May, 2013 from 2.30pm to 7.30pm at St. Paul’s Church, Dooradoyle, Limerick. Tea sandwiches, buns in hall after. Everyone welcome!

THE GATHERING SIMPSONS TABLE QUIZ: We are holding a Simpsons Table Quiz in Clancy’s Bar, Bruff on Friday 24th May 2013 at 9.00 pm. Team €20.00 to raise funds for The Gathering which is on from 1st to 7th July. Questions to suit everyone with 50% on The Simpsons and 50% general. Fancy dress optional. Prize for best team name. Raffle. Refreshments served. Ok, Rub a dub dub, thanks for the grub. Please pass on details to your friends.

OUR LADY OF MEDUGORJE MESSAGE APRIL 25, 2013: Dear children! Pray, pray, keep praying until your heart opens in faith as a flower opens to the warm rays of the sun. This is a time of grace which God gives you through my presence but you are far from my heart, therefore, I call you to personal conversion and to family prayer. May Sacred Scripture always be an incentive for you. I bless you all with my motherly blessing. Thank you for having responded to my call.

LIMERICK WEST GIY: with the aim of inspiring people to grow their own food will hold its May meeting on Thursday 16th May @ 7.00pm sharp in D&M Garden Centre, Croagh with new growers and old hands all welcome. This months talk will be all about foods that may benefit your health (Let food be your Pharmacy). We will also continue our seed / plant swaps so please bring any unwanted seeds or excess plants and who knows you might just pick up that seed / plant you have been looking for. There is no need to bring anything if you don’t have spares and you can still take what you see during the swap. For June, July and August we will be on the road visiting gardens at our usual meeting time. More details at next meeting and in local press over the coming weeks.

BEREA BLUEGRASS/ GOSPEL COLLEGE BAND: will perform in the Church of Ireland, Bruff on Tuesday 21st May from 8p.m. The Berea Band features Ashley Long, vocalist. This is a performance not to be missed. Tickets are €10 and can be purchased from Community Council members in advance or at the door, but as places are limited it might be best to get your ticket in advance.

LETTERS EXHIBITION: Plans are at an advanced stage for the “Letters from the Past” Exhibition which will take place in the Courthouse on the first week in July as part of ‘The Gathering’ Festival. The Organisers are very pleased with the response, with samples of correspondence between Bruff and England, New Zealand, the U.S., etc . down through the years. These letters show the joys and sorrows of people’s lives as well as being social and historical documents reflecting changes in culture, attitudes, etc through the years. If there are any more items of interest please contact BruffHeritage or before this weekend, which is the closing date.

CONGRATULATIONS – JUNIOR DRAGONS DEN: to Sean and Sarah Finn, Darragh Glynn, Patrick Maher, Lisa Barry and Elaine Houlihan on their recent success on junior dragons den with their hurley carry bag called Sideline 12 Pac.

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