Church Notes: Reader for the Month of September at Meanus Mass is Margaret O Rourke.
The Eucharistic Minister is Catherine O Riordan.
The collector is Pat Murnane.
The Anniversary Mass for John Corbett will take place in Meanus Church on Saturday night September 28 at 7.30p.m.
The Saggart Pilgrimage to Lourdes left Shannon on last Sunday morning returning on Friday, 27th September. A large crowd of parishioners were travelling.
Death: A gloom descended over Meanus and the surrounding area on last Wednesday when news of the death of Michael J Noonan, Crean, Bruff, filtered through. Michael passed away at Milford Care Centre on Tuesday evening after a long illness bravely borne. One of Limerick’s best known personalities Michael’s first entry into the public eye was when he joined his local branch of Macra Na Feirme and went on to be the youngest man ever to take on the mantle of National President of the organisation. Michael entered the field of politics when he was elected as a Fianna Fail Councilor to Limerick County Council in 1967 a position he held until 1987. He was elected to Dail Eireann in 1969 where he held a seat for West Limerick for twenty eight years. During that time he was appointed Minister for Defense by Charles J Haughey and later went on to serve as a Minister of State at the department of the Marine. On retirement from politics in 1997 Michael continued with a keen interest in local community matters and was involved in a wide range of organisations. He will be remembered in Meanus for his involvement in the refurbishment of St Mary’s Catholic Church where over £300,000 was raised, being one of the main men who spearheaded the project.
A very large attendance from all walks of life attended his funeral both at his home on Thursday and at St. Mary’s Church, Meanus for his Mass and burial. . A Guard of Honor from the local community accompanied the cortège from the Community Centre to the Church where it was met by a Guard of Honor from the past Presidents of Macra na Feirme.
The chief celebrant of the Mass was Fr. Joe Noonan, P.P. Adare and cousin of Michael’s assisted by Canon James Costello, Fr. Joe Foley and the numerous other priests who were in attendance. As the Mass concluded a lovely tribute was paid to Michael by his son Pat who outlined Michael as a public representative and also Michael as the father and family man he knew. Music and singing for the ceremony was supplied by the local choir. After Mass he was laid to rest in the family plot in the adjoining cemetery. Among the large attendance at the Mass were Col Brendan McAndrew, Aide de Comp to President Higgins, Michael Noonan, Minister for Defense, John Sheehan, Cathaoirleach Limerick County Council, Mayor of Limerick Kathleen Leddin, Bruff and District Superintendant Alan Cunningham and numerous collogues of Michael from Dail Eireann as well as many friends and neighbors from surrounding areas. Michael is a huge loss to the many committees he was involved with and will be sadly missed but his biggest loss is to his devoted wife Helen, his sons John and Pat, his daughters Marie, Anne, Catherine and Carmel, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, Grandchildren, sister Breda, relatives and friends. Ar Deis Dei go Raibh a Anam dilis.
Keep Fit: has resumed in Meanus Community Centre each Monday night commencing at 8p.m. All welcome to come along and join in the fun as well as shedding those few extra ounces.
The Parent Toddler Group: has also resumed and is held in the Community Centre, Meanus each Tuesday morning from 9.30 a.m. until 11 a.m. All very welcome to attend.
Set Dancing: will resume in Meanus Community on Wednesday October 2 commencing at 8.30 p.m. sharp. All welcome to attend.
Cards: Winners at last Sunday night’s cards in Meanus: 1st Prize: Pat Condon & Mick Greene; 2nd Prize: Pat O Riordan & Mick Joe Quirke; Mary Ryan & Nora Mai Dunworth
Table Prizes: Theresa Hayes & Eily Browne; Mary Casey & Kate Culhane and Peg & Steve Staff
Raffle €50 Jim Mc Namara, €25 Mary Ryan, €10 Kathleen Keyes (2), Nora Mai Dunworth, Mike Greene, Joe Mc Donald, Tom Begley and Mary Casey
Sympathy: was extended to the Noonan and Lynch family on their recent bereavements.
Hospice Coffee Morning: A Big Thank You to all those who supported the Coffee morning held in Dempsey’s Bar on last Thursday morning in aid of Milford Care Centre and to all those who helped on the day especially Maurice Hehir and Dempsey’s Bar and Staff. It was an outstanding success. The Sum of €1904 has been raised for the Hospice.
“Hurl in aid of Milford”: was also a fundraiser for the Hospice which was held at the GAA Field in Meanus on last Saturday afternoon. A large crowd of both past and present players from Camogue Rovers attended where the hurling continued from 12 o’clock midday until 5 p.m. It was a most enjoyable evening with some great banter between the players with some of the past players displaying their talent of days past. A minutes silence was held for the late Michael Noonan and tribute paid to his family all of whom were present. A walk around the GAA pitch then took place with all present taking part Refreshments were available all day and later in the afternoon Nikie Quaid, Graham Whelan and Sean Finn were available for photographs with the Munster Senior and Minor Hurling Cups. The proceeds from the day have already exceeded €1,300, and a big thank you is extended to all who helped to make the day such a success.
Bruff Blue Grass Festival: The 5th Annual Blue Grass Festival will be held in Bruff on October 3, 4, 5 and October 6. This year’s events commences with the interviewing and crowning of the Morning Star Rose on Thursday October 3 and Friday October 4. On Saturday morning, October 5 the Longboat Memorial 10k run will take place also a 50k cycle with Limerick 95fm broadcasting live from the town. The Parish Mass at 6p.m. on Saturday evening will include Gospel music with a band from Northern Ireland. Sunday, 6th will commence with a Hillbilly Tractor Run in aid of the Cliona Foundation with registration at 11 a.m. at Clancy’s Pub. A donkey Derby will take place in the afternoon and a Soap Box Derby. The Festival will draw to a close on Sunday evening with a Fireworks Display at 8 p.m. There will be an abundance of music in all the pubs each night with the following bands taking part: Tin Box Company, Woodbine, Bending the Strings, Knotty Pines String Band, Down and Outs and Well Enough Alone. This is surely a great weekend’s entertainment in Bruff.