May 4

SCOIL DEAN CUSSEN: Enrolement forms for new pupils starting in September 2013 are now available in the school office. We look forward to welcoming your child to our school community.

SCOIL DEAN CUSSEN: Enrolement forms for new pupils starting in September 2013 are now available in the school office. We look forward to welcoming your child to our school community.

PILGRIMAGE’S: Pilgrimage on 23-30th May to Fatima, 7 nights full board, Spiritual Director, Group price €699. Also Pilgrimage to San Giovanni, Assisi and Medjugorje, 8 nights Special Group Price €945. If you are interested or for further information please contact Joan Bourke at 061-600951.

BRUFF COMMUNITY PRE-SCHOOL LTD: For children aged 2.6 to 5 yrs. Free Pre-school places, subvention Places. Now taking names for Sept. 2013. Early booking essential as limited places available. For further details and application forms please contact Mary or Stacy on 086 1056864

ANNUAL SAGGART PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES: The Annual Saggart Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place from 22nd to 27th September. Hotel Paradise full board costs €699. For booking forms or further information please contact Fr. Joe Foley at 087 2618412 or Eileen Irwin at 087 6628288.

DEISE COMMUNITY CLUB ANNUAL OUTING – CHANGE OF DATE: Because of numerous events during ‘The Bruff Gathering Festival 1 – 7 July 2013’ , the Deise Community Club Annual Outing will take place on Thursday 11th July 2013 . ( second Thursday in July ) Full Details later.

BRUFF COMMUNITY PLAYGROUND: Fundraising for the new community playground continues with a “Night at the Dogs” scheduled for May 11th. This promises to be a great night of family entertainment, with some of the highlights being the auction of a greyhound pup donated by Kilkenny trainer, Paul Hennessy, a best-dressed lady competition, and a raffle where the first prize is an Angus heifer. Entrance tickets are currently on sale for €10, with under 16’s being free.

BRUFF MONTESSORI SCHOOL: Bruff Montessori School now taking names for September 2013 for the free pre-school. Also taking names for Pre-Montessori 2 1/2 -3 year olds. Contact Siobhan Finn @ 086 6003074 for further information.

BRUFF TIDY TOWNS – LENORE QUILTY AWARDS SCHEME:“If each before his own door swept, the whole village would be clean”. Chinese Proverb. It does not seem like a year since we launched this scheme. The aim is to promote local involvement in the upkeep of streets/estates as well as to encourage householders and businesses to brighten up their own area. Categories are as follows: CATEGORY 1: Best Kept Housing Estate/Street, CATEGORY 2: Best Front Garden - Urban or Rural, CATEGORY 3: Window Boxes/Hanging Baskets and CATEGORY 4: Best Kept Shop Front/Business. The main criteria for adjudication are:• Litter Control , • Colour - Including Planting and Painting, • Weed Control and • Overall Appearance. Application forms may be got from any member of the committee or by ringing 086 3375207. We would ask you to call together some like-minded neighbours and form a small committee with a view to entering before Wednesday, 19th May, 2013. An awards ceremony will be held in the Autumn and prizes will be given out. Please let’s get together and make a “blooming”difference.

LOUGH DERG PILGRIMAGE: A number of people from the parish have expressed an interest in going to Lough Derg for a three day pilgrimage. Abbey Coaches are running buses on Saturday 1st June, Tuesday 2nd July and Friday 26th July with pick up in Limerick City. The cost is €120 which includes bus, boat, accommodation and “refreshments” on the island. You may have considered going at some stage but did not know where to start or did not fancy going with strangers so now is an ideal opportunity. For further details please ring Maurice at 061 382019 or contact Abbey Coaches at 068 31232.

FIRST ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK SHRINE: The Apostolate of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration organised their First Annual Pilgrimage to Knock last Saturday. Eleven people boarded the bus in Bruff and we were joined by 24 more in the City. It was our great privilege to have Fr Jim with us on the journey and we were also blessed with fine weather for the occasion. The Basilica was full for Holy Mass and it was reported that there was an attendance of over 8000 pilgrims on the day from all over the country. Next year is being planned already.

BRUFF CARD RESULTS 23RD APRIL.: First - Mick Maume and Alec Burke, Mike O Brien and Tommy O Riordan Table Prizes - Brendan O Brien and Ger Heelan, Pat O Riordan and Mick Joe Quirke, and Liam O Riordan and Ann Sweeney. Raffle - €50 Liam O Riordan, €20 Joe Finn, €10 Angela Troy, €10 Tom Fitzgerald and €10 Mary Sheehy.

BRUFF/ GRANGE/ MEANUS PARISH LOTTERY: At the Parish Lottery on Monday 22nd April 2013, the numbers drawn were 4, 19 and 20 and there was no jackpot winner. The lucky dip winners were as follows: Kathleen Richardson c/o Breda, Maisie Moloney c/o Nagles, Mary Enright c/o Post Office, Phil Dollery c/o Breda and Mary O’Riordan c/o Breda. Promoters Prize went to Hogan’s Bar. Next Lotto jackpot is €1,300 and will be held on Monday 29th April. Congratulations to the above winners. Thank you for your generous support.

MID WEST SIMON COMMUNITY: HELP, WE NEED SOME BODIES! Mid West Simon Community have been given 6 TESCO stores to bag pack in on the weekend of May 17th and 18th. We know you don’t relish bag packing but if you knew you could be part of a team that raised as much as €12,000 in exchange for just one or two hours would you reconsider? We, and the homeless people we provide services to, would appreciate your effort in order to enable us to continue services to them. Abbeyfeale, Roxboro, Newcastle West, Arthurs Quay, Coonagh Cross and The Crescent. Please, we really need your help. 061 608980

Kilmallock Dental Surgery: is pleased to announce that we are now offering evening appointments , Telephone: 063-31688”.

GAA CUL CAMP: The GAA Cul Camp will be held in Bruff from the 15th to 19th July. Registration can be made

BRUFF COMMUNITY PLAYGROUND: Just one week to go til the Community Playground’s “Night at the Dogs” scheduled for Saturday, May 11th, at the Greyhound track on the Dock Road. Support to date has been tremendous – both within the parish and from all our surrounding neighbours. Entrance tickets are being sold door to door but are also available in Nagles or by calling 086-3142030, and are at €10 (under 16’s are free). Highlights on the night include the auction of a greyhound pup donated by Kilkenny trainer, Paul Hennessy, a best-dressed lady competition, and a raffle where the first prize is an Angus heifer. Please support what promises to be a great evening’s entertainment.

BORD NA NOG NOTES: Our U16 hurlers opened their campaign with a win over Hospital Herbertstown. Some fine scores by Paul O Riordan, Kyle Dillon and John Bateman saw the Bruff boys win on a scoreline of 6-10 to 2-6. Next up is an away fixture against Cappamore on Monday 6th May, Throw in 7pm. The u10 hurlers attended a blitz in Bruree last Saturday. A great turnout of 30 players meant we fielded 2 teams and had some great games with Croom and Bruree. Some fine scores were taken by Josh Keating, Darragh Butler and Diarmuid Dennehy. Other players to shine were Oisin Mulqueen, James Callinan, Thomas Lillis and Patrick Finn. Our 12 hulers host Monaleen on Thursday May 9th , Throw in 6:45pm.

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