THE 7 WEEKS OF LENT: The Lenten period has come upon us and the tradition of Church ruling of 7 weeks of penance and prayer is part of the Lenten tradition. The next big event in the Irish Church calendar is St. Patrick’s Day where the shamrock is worn on the lapel and badges are worn by the children. The final church event of Easter is the Dawn mass which takes place at Anhid historic cemetery on Easter morning. The altar is erected and mass is celebrated and the congregation comes from all parts of the region to celebrate the Risen Christ.
ST. PATRICK’S DAY FUN RUN AND WALK: The Joey Hannan Fun Run and Walk will take place on Sunday 17th March. This is a day to remember the late Joey Hannan, who tragically lost his life on St. Patrick’s Eve over 20 years ago. The St. Patrick’s fun Run has raised Funds for Fr. David Costello’s Missionary work in Peru. This year’s event is to go towards the Chernobyl Charity in Bellerose and St. Mary’s Church, Croom. That evening St. Patrick’s evening an Irish night will take place in Colaiste Chiaran College. Various musical and singing, dancing will take place. The MC for the night will be Michael O’Connor well known for his Rambling Houses throughout the county.
50 YEARS AGO EMIGRATION RAMPANT: In February 1962 there was a high report of emigration. The population was declining steadily and families joining in the trek to employment in Britain. There was an endless flow of emigrants substantial in number without interruption. The Limerick Leader reported in the February Issue that there was over 2100 decrease in the population 1956-1961. The population decreased to an alarming rate in the 4 Rural Districts. Newcastlewest Rural district 1012, Rathkeale 666, Croom 372, Glin 153. The people of the district hoped that the population would not decline and the Tide would turn for our county towns. We have seen the demise of Garda Stations, libraries, Post Offices, The Creameries, and in recent times the Local Bank, in the coming May of this year. We will see the demise of Allied Irish Bank an institution in the community for 101 years.
ANNIVERSARY MASSES AND REMEMBRANCES: The anniversary mass for Cornelius and Mary Lucey St. Senan’s Tce at St. Mary’s Church Croom Sat. 16th . The anniversary mass for Bridget Nestor at SS Peter and Paul’s Church Banogue, Sun. 17th. The anniversary mass for Danny Sexton Glenma, at St. Mary’s Church Croom, Sun. 17th. Prayers for Denis and Mary Hickey, Jimmy Dunworth Main St. John Quirke Garranroe.Prayers for John Reidy Ballymacstradeen and Toureen, Jack Donegan Ballyagran father of Willie Donegan, Cherrygrove, Margaret (Peg) Fenton, Marian Park, Patrickswell mother of Kathleen Kylefea.
SR. BRID LISTON: Sr. Brid Liston of Ballyculleen Banogue sister of Eamon Liston and Aidan Liston and daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs .Eddie Liston. Sr. Brid spoke at all masses in Croom and Banogue. The theme of her address was highlighting the year of the Faith launched by Pope Benedict XV1 in October 2012. Sr. Brid holds a Ph.D in Pastoral Theology from Regis in Toronto.
BANOGUE RENEWS MARRIAGE VOWS: The married couples of Banogue will renew their marriage vows during mass on Saturday night March 2nd in SS. Peter and Paul’s Church Banogue. This will give the opportunity of husband and wife to renew their marriage vows The Pastoral council members assisted by others will deliver an invitation to every married couple in the parish, widowers and widows will be most welcome to come.
CROOM SCHOOL CAKE SALE €1100 RAISED: Croom National School would like to thank all parents and friends of the school for the support that was given to their recent cake sale. The school raised an outstanding sum of €1100. This money will help with the ongoing funding of the school.
BANOGUE SCHOOL ENROLMENT: The enrolment for Junior Infants for September 2013 is now taking place in Banogue National School. Any parent/guardian who wishes to enrol a child/children in the school please contact the school at 061397188 for brochure and enrolment form.
THE GATHERING 2013: Preparations are being made for the Gathering 2013 for our Diaspora and emigrants who intend visiting the district this year. Various programmes are now being put in place. Visitors from Chicago and Washington will be visiting the district from the 10th – 16th June. The commemoration of the 150 year of the National school in Croom and the launch of the Book of the History of the school will take place on Friday 14th June. The gathering of Noonan/Cagney reunion at the Woodlands House Hotel Friday 14th June. Reservations for accommodation for families visiting can arrange with management of the Woodlands Hotel. A visit to the Historic district of Lough Gur to trace the footsteps of the Honeyfitz/Kennedy connection, a visit to the Honeyfitz Theatre Saturday 15th June. A Ferry Trip on the Shannon tracing the trail of the Colleen Bawn, and a visit to the Cliffs of Moher. A Programme is being compiled with full details and events which are to be included in the activities and happenings of the Gathering of the Irish in the local communities. People interested in being part of the Gathering can email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0862226450.
TOM O’DONNELL RIP: The passing of Tom O’Donnell brought an end to over 50 years of comedy and Entertainment of the well known dual act entertainers the Tom and Paschal name as outstanding entertainers and comedy shows was known throughout every parish throughout Ireland. Tom and Paschal would have been a regular comedy act in the Town Hall Croom in the 60s,70s and 80s. The entire county was saddened to hear of his death last week. Concelebrated Requiem mass took place in the Dominican Church, Limerick where hundreds bade their last act of acknowledgement for the late Tom O’Donnell Frank Prendergast former Mayor of Limerick paid tribute to the late Tom O’Donnell and his colleague Paschal O’Grady in the 5 decades of entertaining people in the big venues in Ireland, in The Albert Hall in London and Carnegie Hall in New York. Limerick has lost a great Limerick man known far and wide. The two comedians participated in the first night of Radio Telefis Eireann opening. That night President Eamon de Valera announced the first Television Station to broadcast to the entire nation on the 1st January 1962.
KILFINNY HALL KNOCKFIERNA RAMABLING HOUSE: The very popular Knockfierna Rambling House will hold a special night of storytelling, music, singing etc at Kilfinny Community hall on Friday March 1st. at 8pm. So mark your diary for Kilfinny Community Hall on Friday March 1st. at 8pm for what promises to be a wonderful nights entertainment. There is no admission fee. All are welcome.
SCOR NA NOG: At the recent Croom GAA executive meeting the first meeting of 2013 the forthcoming Scor events will be taking place on Wednesday 27th February. A Table Quiz na Gaeilge. Table €20. The Scor competitions will include choirs, drama, Irish dancing, and set dancing. Division Finals 8th, 9th, and 10th March. Score County Final Friday 22nd March. Closing date for entries Friday March 1st. The Scholarship to attend an Irish summer course at one of the Munster Gaelteacht Colleges, Applicants must be a Secondary school student a member of the applying GAA Club. First time applicants should receive priority. A Social and Cultural committee was recommended.
CROOM MACRA : This Friday, Limerick Macra host The Lovely Ladies and Gents Night. Get your charm and talents ready and compete to represent County Limerick in either Miss Blue Jeans, Miss Macra, Queen of the Land or Mr. Personality. All support welcome! Good luck to Helena Cronin and Amanda Conway, two of our members who will be taking part. Also there will be a chance to see Croom Macra debating against a rainbow team in preparation for the National Debating Round on 2nd March. It promises to be a great night, 22nd February at 20:00 at Deebert Hotel, Kilmallock, County Limerick.On Sat 23rd Kerrygold Club Question Time Quiz Final takes place in Breaffy House Hotel at 8pm, Mayo. A cycle is organized on the Great Western Greenway on Sun February 24th! There are a number of venues along the route to stop off at for refreshments. Suitable outdoor clothing is advised. Bikes and Helmets will be provided on the day. Transport will be provided to and from the Greenway.
There will be a meeting on Sunday 24th February for those interested in taking part in the National Talent Competition. The venue is to be confirmed. More information will follow on our facebook page during the week.
Clonoulty Rossmore Macra are organizing Paddy’s Sharp Tools Quiz. It takes place on 15th March at 21:00 at Kennedy’s Pub Gooldscross, County Tipperary.
A First Aid Course will be taking place for Macra members. For all who are interested in taking the First Aid Course in Limerick can you please register your name with Anna Holland before the next County Meeting, which takes place on Wednesday 6th March.
The Witness Musical Lime Tree : A musical by Carol & Jimmy Owens. The Witness is the story of Jesus, told and sung by Peter and the other men and women who knew the Master best. Featuring a great cast and coordinated by Fr. Terry Loughran. “The Witness” a musical, will be presented by the Diocese of Limerick, in the Lime Tree Theatre, Mary Immaculate College, on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th March at 8pm. This production which is being staged just before Easter is an ideal opportunity for parishes, youth groups, as well as individuals to participate in a meaningful and relevant way in the Year of Faith and to enter into the spirit of the season of preparation for the events of Holy Week. Young people would particularly enjoy this Musical. You can book your tickets at the Lime Tree Box Office Tel 061-774774 or www.limetreetheatre.ie at €15 each.