THE GATHERING AMERICAN VISITORS: The arrival of the American visitors to the parishes of Croom and Ballingarry will take place this coming week. The week will be part of the Gathering which is a Nationwide initiative to attract our emigrant and our Diaspora. The Gathering week of activities will commence on Wednesday 12th June when the Bredemann family from Chicago and the week known Public Relations from Washington and the White House Joanne Howes who has directed election campaigns for the Kennedy family and President Barach Obama. The visiting group will be visiting their relatives in Croom, hey will be visiting the old Homestead of the Cagney family at Carhue and the Noonan family Ballyelan. An Irish night will take place in the Scout Den on Wednesday 12th June at 8.30 p.m. where the visiting party will be meeting their cousins. All are welcome. There will be music, singing, dancing and people meeting up with the visitors. Tea and refreshments will be provided. The American visitors will be accorded a Civic Reception in the Chamber of Limerick County Council on Thursday 13th June by the Chairman of Limerick County Council. Afterwards they will to Ballingarry, Family Resource Centre, National School, Ballingarry, children’s performance, historic walk. Friday 14th June Croom family resource centre, Banogue school, meeting with Sheila Cagney/Fitzgibbon, School Principal and school children.
Visit to Seanabohotha Cemetery. Croom National School 150 years commemoration Book Launch. Dinner and family gathering Woodland’s House Hotel. Saturday 15th June visit to Foynes Flying Boat Museum.
CROOM NATIONAL SCHOOL BOOK LAUNCH: Croom National school will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of its foundation on Friday June 14th 2013.The school will have an open day on Friday 14th and we invite parents, grandparents and guardians to visit us throughout the day.We look forward to meeting you on the day. Our book,which chronicles the history of the school over the last 150 years entitled the “Story of Croom National School 1863- 2013”, will be launched at 7.30pm on the same evening, by Mr Jimmy Murphy former Principal.
BOUNDARY CHANGES IN COUNCIL ELECTORAL AREA: The Electoral Area Boundary Committee Report was announced on Thursday 30th May. This is following the Government’s announcement of the proposal to make major changes in Local County Councils will be structured. This is the most dramatic change in how the new Councils will be working. The first Council of Limerick County Council was established in 1899 to 1902. The local representative was John Coleman representing the District Council. The Earl of Dunraven represented the Electoral Division. The recent changes has recommended that the two electoral areas of Adare and Rathkeale will be one division taking in Abbeyville, Manister, Adare Nth. and Adare Sth. Ballygrennan, Banogue, Castletown, Coolius, Granagh, Crecora, Croom,Dunnaman, Fedamore, Garrane, Kildimo, Kilcornan, Kilfinney, Kilpeacon, Pallaskennry , Rathkeale, Rathmore, Manister.The neighbouring districts of Patrickswell, Clarina, Ballybrown has been recommended to be part of the City Electoral Division.
CORPUS CHRISTI: The Corpus Christi annual Procession took place after 11.30 mass on Sunday last 2nd June. The Procession commenced from St. Mary’s Church where the rosary was recited from a mobile address system. A large congregation followed and they were also followed by the First Communion children from Croom National School. The Stewards carried the canopy and the priest carried the Monstrance, Fr Joe Kennedy and Fr. Eamon O’Brien assisted by the Altar Servers. Prayers and hymns were sung in the cemetery and relatives paid their visits to the family graves.
ANNIVERSARY MASSES AND REMEMBRANCES: The anniversary mass for Anne Marie Ronan Donoman and Joanna Sheerin Athlaca, at St. Mary’s Church Croom Saturday 1st. The anniversary mass for Noreen O’Dwyer, Dohora, Banogue, and her grandson Dean at SS Peter and Paul’s Church Banogue, on Sunday 2nd June. Prayers for Patrick Brennan, St. Senan’s Tce. and his father PJ Brennan Patrickswell.
BUS TOUR PRO LIFE RALLY 8 JUNE: A bus will be travelling to Dublin for the National Pro Life Rally which will take place on this Saturday 8th June in Merrion Square, Dublin from 3-4 p.m. The bus leaves Bruff Church at 11.30 a.m. and returns at approximately 8.30 p.m. Contact numbers to book a seat Brian 0868555565 and May 0872648580 Mary 0871539549
FIRST FRIDAY: The First Friday masses will take place this Friday 7th June in SS Peter and Paul’s Church Banogue 9.30 a.m. followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 12.noon. The Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in St. Mary’s Church Croom from 10.00a.m. until 7.00 p.m. First Friday mass.
ADAPT DOMESTIC ABUSE SERVICES COLLECTION: ADAPT Domestic Abuse Services, Limerick will hold a church gate collection in the suburbs of Limerick on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9thJune 2013. ADAPT is based in Limerick offers a wide range services to women survivors of domestic abuse and their children. ADAPT offers a one-to-one service for women experiencing domestic abuse in the community, Safe Refuge with 14 self contained family apartments, open 24 hours, 365 days a year and 24 hour Freephone Helpline 1 800 200 504. Seewww.adaptservices.ie for information on Domestic Abuse and the services at ADAPT. The annual Church gate collection is a vital source of funding to enable ADAPT to maintain the level of service for women and children and your support would be much appreciated. Volunteers who support the work of ADAPT are giving their time to help with the collection in each area. CHECKLIST FOR WOMEN who may be experiencing domestic abuse: IF in your own home: You are afraid of someone You can’t relax and do what you want You feel you are being controlled You are being put down and criticized You are being humiliated You are being hurt, physically, mentally or emotionally You are denied money, privacy or an opinion You are being isolated from family and friends You are told you are mad You are told you will lose your children You are always watching what you do or say You lie to others to hide what is happening to you You feel ashamed of what has happened to you You are told it will never happen again but it does
If you can say Yes to any of these questions you can talk to someone. There is help available, locally and privately. You do not have to come to the Refuge, ADAPT Support Workers will come to you. You will not be told what to do. You will be shown the options available to you and supported in whatever decisions you make.
Contact ADAPT Services, Limerick 24 Hour Freephone Helpline 1800 200 504 in confidence ADAPT also offers 24 hour safe refuge for women and children 365 days a year and a range of other services.
CROOM MACRA : The Club AGM too place on Wednesday 29th May. The following members were elected as club officers. Anna Holland is Chairperson. Helena Cronin is Secretary. Thomas Leahy is Secretary. Sharon Power is PRO. Aoife Leahy is over Competitions. Good luck to our officers and to their assistants in the upcoming Macra year. Also on Wednesday the club had a pre-wedding celebration for Ciara Burke and Shane Cahill. Good luck to you both. The club wishes you ever happiness.
Well done to Claire Holland who took part in the Blue Jeans festival last weekend 1st June to 3rd June. She did County Limerick proud. Many member of Limerick Macra went up to support the event and great fun was had by all accounts. Well done to the winners and runners up. Tag rugby takes place each Tuesday in Old Crescent Rugby Club. Good luck to all the Macra teams involved.Estuary Macra are having a Barn Dance on 22nd June. Anna Holland has tickets and they need to be booked ASAP. Kilmallock Macra Waxathon and BBQ takes place 8th June in the Golden Vale Bar. It promises to be a great night.