THE OLD GRAVEYARD: Crecora’s historic old graveyard and medieval church are situated in the townland of Glebe on the Patickswell road out of the village. The church and graveyard are listed as ‘Recorded Monuments’ and are under the authority of Limerick County Council. The church is mentioned in the ‘Black Book of Limerick’ and was granted to St. Mary’s Parish in 1282 by John de Cogan. Simon de Walter was rector in 1278. It was dedicated to Saints Peter and Paul in 1410. It was mentioned in the ‘Down Survey’ of 1655 and is known to still have its roof in 1657.
In 2011 a small group of interested local people began a clean-up of the graveyard. Having up to then being sprayed with weed killer, this group adhered to County Council guidelines and used strimmers for grass control between headstones.
Although this method is more laborious, it is more environmentally friendly and looks more natural. In March of this year, a survey of all headstones, marking stones and monuments was carried under the auspices of Ballyhoura Development Ltd and archaeologist Colum Hardy.
All 1,006 grave markers were catalogued and photographed and can now be accessed worldwide on www.historicalgraves.com.
It was found that a very detailed crucifixion scene carved in relief on one of the early Crecora headstones was the finest of its type found so far in the Limerick survey.
This survey is a very important resource for anybody wishing to trace their family history. Joe Moloney, on behalf of the restoration team wishes to thank all who helped with strimming, tidying and recording this valuable survey.
CRECORA 150: The Church of Peter & Paul in Crecora will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2014. Parishioners and clergy alike are very anxious to mark this significant milestone.
The first public ideation meeting was held in Crecora N.S. last week and was very well attended. The meeting was chaired by Fr. Richie Davern and he assured the attendees of the full support (as always) of Fr. Noonan P.P. There was a great enthusiasm at the meeting with many exciting, solid and achievable proposals being put forward.
Fr. Richie quite rightly stated that this venture will only be remembered as a success if it injects new life into the parish of Crecora and increases the involvement of the laity.
So alongside any celebrations or cosmetic or structural changes that might occur, it is hoped that the people of the parish, young and old will become more unified and involved in their church.
To take this project a bit further a number of sub-committees were formed: 1) A review group to assess and prioritise the structural needs of the church. 2) A planning group which will decide on appropriate events and look at innovative means of fundraising. 3) A historical group which will trace and catalogue the history of the Church. 4) A children’s liaison group whose aim will be to get the schoolchildren involved as much as possible.
In fact, the first initiative has already started. The children of the primary school will take photos in and about the church, and the best twelve (as decided by an independent judge) will appear in a specially commissioned 2014 calendar.
If anybody was unaware of the meeting, or couldn’t attend, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org with any suggestions or offers of help, and these will be passed on to the committee.
Additionally, the committee are very anxious to record and catalogue any old photos, anecdotes or history of the church, so if anybody has such material, it would be very gratefully accepted. This is an all-parish initiative so everybody’s input is important. It is also hoped that all voluntary organisations in the parish will lend their support to the preparations. Any future updates will be posted in this section of the Limerick Leader so be sure to check it weekly.
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL: The Christmas Collection will be held on Sunday December 1. Sincere gratitude to all for your continuing support.
CRECORA CAMOGIE CLUB: in what must surely be the last competitive game of the 2013 season, the combined U18 teams of Crecora and Ballybrown played Newcastlewest in the County semi-final in Croagh last Sunday.
We were missing a few players for various reasons, and although we fought a gallant battle, we could not overcome this Newcastlewest team who were undoubtedly the stronger team on the day.
The management wish to pay tribute to all the players who still turned out to represent their clubs so late in the season.
The partnership with Ballybrown worked really well and the players gelled into a very formidable team, which could have achieved an awful lot more if they had to opportunity to become more acquainted in the lead-up to the championship.
Crecora Camogie Club wishes to thank all the players and their coaches for the commitment shown during 2013, a year which saw us reach a number of county finals. Happily some of our underage teams went all the way and brought home the silverware. Following the recent AGM, the committee for 2014 is now in place, and we look forward to greater and better things in 2014. Finally, as always, we wish to sincerely thank our colleagues in the GAA for the unrestricted use of their facilities throughout the year.
CRECORA GOAL MILE: This run takes place again this year on Christmas Day at 12 noon. Those who participated last year will recall that this was a very pleasant seasonal event, which raised over €1,700 for charity.
This was a huge contribution from a small parish, for which the Goal charity was truly grateful. Sadly, there are currently serious humanitarian disasters in Philippines, Syria, and other areas so it is hoped that this year’s event will be even bigger than last years.
Participants can run, jog or walk the one mile route and people of all ages and abilities are welcome. The organisers would be most grateful if you could arrange your Christmas day plans so that you are free for about one hour from 11.45 onwards. More details in the weeks leading up to Christmas.
MANISTER DRAMA GROUP: a reminder that the final two performances of this year’s hilarious play “Awake in the West” by M.J. Ginnelly take place on Saturday and Sunday November 30/December 1 at 8pm Manister Hall. You won’t get to see this talented group of actors for another year, so don’t miss this opportunity.
GET FIT STAY FIT: with Better Body Bootcamp every Tuesday and Thursday morning and every Monday and Wednesday evening at Mungret GAA club. Variety of exercises including Boxercise, Circuit training, Body toning. For more info contact John on 087-9115411
GRAVEYARD SURVEY SHOWCASE: There will be a showcase on Tuesday December 3rd in the Desmond Complex Newcastle West detailing the work which has been carried out to date by local volunteers to survey historic graveyards in the West Limerick area. Event free of charge – all are welcome. For full details see www.wlr.ie. Contact Suzanne at West Limerick Resources on 069 79114 or email email@example.com