MANISTER 4 DAY WAKE: The 4 day Wake in the Community Centre Manister could be yet put in the Guinness Book of Records when Manister Drama Group presented “Wake in the West” which commenced on Saturday November 23 and the Final curtain came down on Sunday last December 1. The scene of the drama was centered on a family having to come to terms with the last wishes of the departed “Tom Healy”. The deceased had a life devoted to drink. His final wish was to be buried in the drink at sea. The Doctor was to inform of the bereaving family of his unusual funeral instructions. The scene played out in Manister gave four nights of hilarious laughter. Tom Healy who was played by Reg Turner had to undergo quite an amount of punishment in playing the Lead Role. In part of the scene the corpse’s false teeth are removed and worn by “Joan” played by Joanne O’Donnell. “Mary” played Mary Stenson, “Margaret” played by Marcella Byrnes, “Rose” Lena Neville, “Martin” James Griffin, “Barney” Stephen Cregan, “Fr. Cassidy” John Cregan, Director Nigel Mercier, Set Construction John Griffin, James Griffin and Stephen Cregan, Stage Managers Geraldine O’Connell, and Margaret O’Connor, PRO Mary Stenson, Programme produced by Joanne O’Donnell. The proceeds from the first two nights staging was distributed to the over 55’s Club, Alarms for the elderly , MDG Defibrillator, John Thomas McNamara Fund, Milford Hospice and GAA Féile na Gael.
BREDA GAVIN STEALS THE SHOW IN BANOGUE: The staging of “Big Maggie” by John B. Keane which was held over 7 nights in the Community Hall Banogue. Th opening night Thursday 21st November and the final curtain came down on Sunday night last the 1st. December. The 7 nights were laughter from start to finish. Breda Gavin playing the role of Maggie Polpin a widowed shop keeper, a tough business woman well able to hold her ground in running her shop and holding on to the control of the farm. She was not prepared to give it to the son too early in his life. Maggie was going to hold on to the purse strings and keep control of her country shop and farm. The Old woman played by Goretti Lahiff. “Old Man” Joe Biggane, Stage Gert Polpin, her daughter played by Mary O’Gorman, “Byrne” (Monumental Sculpture) a man who made many proposals to Maggie was unsuccessful in his quest for marriage Phil McAuliffe.“Maurice Polpin”(a son) Vincent Griffin. “Mick Polpin (another son) Killian Liston, “Katie Polpin”(another daughter) Veronica Callinan. “Teddy Heelin” (Salesman) Fiachra Liston, “Mary Madden” (girlfriend of Maurice) Mary Liz Morrissey, “Mrs. Madden” (Mary’s mother) Phyllis Donegan. Producer Mary Liston, Set construction Danny Costello, Set Painting, Dore, Gavin and Mead Family. Sound and Lighting, Mary Ryan, Teresa Costello. Stage Manager, Jim Shortt. Back Stage, Kieran Shortt. Master of Ceremonies Tom Storan.
FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION: The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is traditionally one of the biggest feast days of the Church’s Calendar. All Schools will be closed. It was one of the biggest shopping days in the City of Limerick. Santa Claus would be visited at Todd’s. All Santa’s requirements would be purchased. The 8th of December was one of the most important days of tie commercial life of the Town of Croom. It was one of the biggest Fair Days of the Fair Day calendars. It was prominently displayed in “Old Moores Almanac” which also predicted the Weather Forecast for the coming year. “Old Moore” was not always right, some farmers were often very unhappy when a wrong weather prediction for the month of June, July when hay making would be in full swing. The clouds would open and the local farmer would be left with a meadow unsaved and unharvested. Not a good omen on “Old Moores” prediction. He would loose the confidence of a faithful believer.
BORD NA NOG AGM: Croom Bord na nÓg AGM will be held on Thursday next December 5th at 9PM in the Community Centre. We encourage all parents, coaches, and committee members to attend the meeting to review a successful 2013 season and put plans in place for the 2014 season.
CRUMLIN HOSPITAL SAY THANKS: The organisers of the recent fundraising dance in aid of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin would again like to thank all who helped in making it a great success. The net profit on the night came to € 4375. and a cheque will shortly be on its way to the hospital. This figure means that with your wonderful help we have donated in excess of € 40,000 towards the new cardiac unit which was very recently opened, so once again from the bottom of hearts Thank You.
LIMERICK RACING CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL: Four day Festive Racing Carnival After the over indulgence of Christmas Day, get stuck into a feast of racing that will satisfy even the heartiest of appetites. The Irish Independent 4 Day Christmas Festival at Limerick Racecourse starts on Thursday December 26 and is synonymous with great National Hunt Racing, a great atmosphere and of course great fun! The second day the Tim Duggan Memorial Handicap Chase (Grade B). This is a popular day for group outings, racing clubs and friends and family reunions. Day three of the Limerick Christmas Racing Festival is the annual festive Ladies Day competition. Christmas Fashion is one of the highlights of the festive season, what better reason to wear that new winter coat! The final day of the Limerick Christmas Racing Festival is Family Fun Day. Enjoy the Greenmount Grotto complete with indoor bouncy castles, face-painting, kids disco, buddy the racehorse, and lots more activities to enjoy over the afternoon. Racing is from 12:30pm with 7 National Hunt races on the card. FREE admission for all children under 16 years.
ANNIVERSARY MASSES AND REMEMBRANCES: The anniversary mass for Mrs. Josie McNamara Honeypound, at St. Mary’s Church Croom on Saturday last. The anniversary mass for Sean and John Daly at SS. Peter and Paul’s Church Banogue Sun 1st Dec. The anniversary mass for Christy and Kitty O’Mahony High St. at St. Mary’s Church Croom, Sun 1st Dec. Prayers for Beenie Hartnett, Main St. Croom , Angela Nolan, Kilflynn, Co. Kerry, sister of Denis Brosnan, Church Rd., Michael Fenlon, Limerick brother of Sheila Carroll, Church Rd. Sean Lee Tubber, Co. Clare, brother of Anne Corry, Church Rd.
FRANK LANE RIP: The death took place recently of Frank Lane Donoman, Croom. His remains was removed from Daffy’s Funeral Home to the Holy Trinity Church, Adare following Requiem mass. Burial took place to St. Nicholas’s Cemetery Adare. He is survived by his sister Sadie Danaher, Bennie (Ben) Shire family and friends.
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL: The Annual Church Door Christmas Appeal Collection will take place at all masses this weekend December 7 – 8 in Banogue and Croom. The work of St. Vincent de Paul is vital in communities and people are asked to subscribe generously.
LIMERICK YOUTH SERVICES: Three Limerick students recently addressed an in-house training seminar of SPHE and Religious Studies teachers on the teaching of sexual education at Marshall House, Dooradoyle, Limerick. The trio, Clancy McCarthy, Matthew Maloney and Robert Laffan, are members of Limerick County Comhairle na nÓg who, along with their colleagues in the Youth Council, researched the sexual education curriculum in post-primary schools. ‘One of the findings of our research was that some students and indeed teachers can feel embarrassed discussing the subject,’ said Robert Laffan, Scoil na Tríonóide Naofa, Doon, Co. Limerick. ‘Our feedback showed that the amount of class time spent on the teaching of sexual education varied from school to school and teacher to teacher,’ continued Mr. Laffan, Pallasgreen, Co. Limerick. ‘Our research also showed young people rely on friends and the media for information about sexual wellbeing with their first introduction in school often coming in science class,’ said Clancy McCarthy, Colaiste na Trocaire, Rathkeale, Co. Limerick.
CHRISTMAS FAIR LIMERICK YOUTH SERVICES: With the festive period fast approaching Limerick Youth Service will be holding its annual Christmas Fair on Thursday, December 12 at our city centre youth space, from 10-2pm. The Fair, one of the most popular events in the calendar, will give the public the opportunity to experience a Christmas Fair, Limerick Youth Service style! There will be an array of goods available from books to paintings, bric-a-brac, bird houses and more, while patrons will have the opportunity to sample some of the festive cuisine from our award winning bakery team. So make a date in your diary, Thursday, December 12th –sure who needs a Weihnacht Market in foreign lands when the true Christmas spirit can be found in the heart of Limerick!
COMMUNITY GAMES: Croom, Banogue, Manister Community Games would like to acknowledge the many years of dedication and hard work of the past management and committee, Rose Reidy, Helen Galvin, Helen Moloney, Helen Behan, Mary Howard and Helen Brennan, some of whom are staying on as members of the present committee.
CROOM MACRA: Mens Soccer: Well done to Shannonside Macra on winning the county round of men’s indoor soccer last Sunday in Newcastlewest. Croom fought hard getting to the final in the round but unfortunately lost on penalties. Upcoming Events: Estuary’s Christmas Jumper Table Quiz takes place on Friday December 6 at 8.30pm at the Knockdown Arms, Co. Clare. All are welcome. Shannonside Macra’s Christmas table quiz takes place on December 12 at 8.30pm at Sean Collins and Sons Bar, Adare. Sport: Sport continues every Thursday night from 8.30 to 9.30 pm at Croom Community Hall. All are welcome
CROOM NATIONAL SCHOOL: On Sunday December 1 the school had the honour and privilege of carol singing in the Crescent Shopping Centre. Pauline Ryan of the Parents’ Association secured this slot for us. We thank all the parents for bringing their children and also for singing with the adult group. Special thanks to Jackie, John, Mrs. Kennedy for all the effort that went into the preparation for the event. It was a fantastic day for our school and it started off the Christmas season for us. Also on Sunday December 1st Paul Quain organised a charity fundraiser to benefit Croom N.S. and Bruff N.S. jointly. We thank Paul his wife Maria, his family and friends for putting in such a great effort for raising funds for our school.