June 8

THANK YOU: The recent church gate collection in aid of the Irish Cancer Society saw a total of €860 donated. The organisers would like to thank everyone who contributed for their generosity and those who helped for their assistance.

THANK YOU: The recent church gate collection in aid of the Irish Cancer Society saw a total of €860 donated. The organisers would like to thank everyone who contributed for their generosity and those who helped for their assistance.

GREAT PHOTOS: The appeal for old photos for an exhibition as part of The Gathering 2013 celebrations in the parish brought a great response. Two very enjoyable hours were spent scanning and discussing the photographs on Thursday night. A range of very interesting and historic photos were brought along. These included school groups from Bruree, Rockhill and Killacolla schools, sporting events, the first presentation of the Donncha O hArgain Cup for Sports Personality of the Year, the “Duke’s” party, fancy dress parades from festivals of years gone by, confirmations, communions, and many, many more. The photos evoked much discussion and reminiscing. Another opportunity will be available for people to bring along photos on Thursday, June 13th, so get searching for those treasured photos! In the meantime, contact John Harrold or Brendan Hogan for further details or if you have a lot of photos you would like to have scanned. Anyone away from home may email photos to brendan.hogan@emc.com.

RAMBLING HOUSE: Look out for the next traditional Irish rambling house on Friday, June 14th in Bruree Community Centre.

CAR BOOT SALE: There was a great turn out for the May car boot sale with lots of traders and customers attending. The next sale in aid of the Rockhill Bruree Sportsfield Development Committee will be held on Saturday, June 29th.

STEPPING STONES: Bruree-Rockhill Community Childcare Summer Camp: Stepping Stones Playschool will be open from Monday to Friday, July 8th to 19th in our new premises for lots of summer fun activities. Your child (age 3-7 yrs) does not have to be attending Stepping Stones Playschool to attend the Summer camp. Rates are very reasonable but remember that places are limited so get in touch with Brenda (087-1649755) for further information or any queries you may have. Stepping Stones will start an after school service in September

SYMPATHY: We extend our sincere sympathy to the family, relatives and friends of Betty Corcoran, Portlaoise, who died recently.

SKILLS SURVEY: Charleville Chamber has commissioned a skills profile of the North Cork/South Limerick region to enable more effective promotion of the area as an attractive location for industry to locate and to better understand the development needs of the area. This initiative is supported by Ballyhoura Development Limited. Along with secondary research that is being put together, there is also an online survey available to be filled out by as many people as possible. The data will help provide a profile of the region with the hope of attracting industry and employment. All responses will be treated in the strictest confidence. No response will be viewed individually - all will be aggregated and only viewed in composite form - simply click through, ticking each box as appropriate. The survey takes approximately 5 minutes to complete. If you have any friends or family interested in working in the area and currently living elsewhere please pass it on. Please follow the link - www.munsterskills.com

BRUREE NATIONAL SCHOOL: Bruree National School would like to thank everyone who contributed to their recent annual church gate collection. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Best wishes to Kiara McCarthy who plays for Limerick in the Primary Game at the Gaelic Grounds at half time in the Limerick v Tipperary Munster Senior Hurling Championship game.

COMMUNITY CONSULTATION: The next meeting of the Golden Vale District will be held in Granagh Community Centre on Tuesday, June 4th at 8.00 p.m. sharp. The meeting will include a facilitated “Pitstop” consultation session conducted by Common Purpose which has run a number of these sessions with different groups in the Ballyhoura Development area through 2012-2013. The main objective of these consultation sessions is to enable Ballyhoura Development Ltd to compile a relevant and strategic funding submission for the next Rural Development Programme (LEADER) and Local and Community Development Programme (LCDP) for the period 2014 - 2020. Each “Pitstop” is a chance to engage with certain groups in the local community, to investigate their view of the region and what enhancements, ideas and suggestions they might have around how best to foster the strategic development of communities throughout the area. This will be done by challenging participants to look at how they themselves could make a positive change and by facilitating them to recognise what already exists and to identify what can or could be developed in their local communities.

As many people as possible from the community are urged to attend this District Forum meeting. If you have any queries do not hesitate to contact David O’Grady, Community Development Officer with Ballyhoura Development Ltd. at tel. 063-21008 / email: dogrady@ballyhoura.org.

DAY OUT ON THE TRAIN: Charleville Chamber, in conjunction with Iarnród Éireann, Fota Wildlife Park and the Titanic Experience, Cobh, is offering a special “All-In” Package for only €29.99 per adult or €19.99 per child on June 22nd. This includes return rail travel from Charleville to Fota and Cobh by train, admission to Fota Wildlife Park and admission to the Titanic Experience, Cobh. There is limited availability. For more details and to Book visit http://www.irishrail.ie/cat_offers.jsp?i=4830

LOTTO: Lucky dip winners in last weeks Bruree GAA/Rockhill Rovers lotto draw were €50 Andrew Sexton €25 Dano Byrnes, Mike McGrath €20 Mary Durham, c/o Moloney’s bar, Francis Fitzgerald, Ann Potter.

GOLF SOCIETY: The following were the prizewinners in the Bruree Golf Society outing to Tipperary: 1st Cian O’Connell, 2nd Liam Hogan, 3rd Larry Moloney, Best Lady Catriona White,. The presentations were made at The Hotel, Bruree, by Captain Hugh Hogan.

Hugh Hogan’s captain’s prize will take place at Charleville Golf Club on Sunday, June 30th.

The next round of the Daily Star competition is on Friday, June 14th, at Mountain View Golf Club, Kilkenny, with Ballyhale providing the opposition.

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