Church News: Masses in Broadford for the month of June will be on Saturday’s at 7.30pm and Sunday’s at 9.30am. Reader for Saturday June 1st is Marian Brosnan and on Sunday June 2nd its Nora Collins.
Holy Communion Day: The following boys and girls received their First Holy Communion at Our Lady of the Snows Church Broadford on Saturday May 25th:- Darragh Lynch, Leon Madigan, Danny Mullane, Sean Murphy, Shay Collins, Jack Cremin, Conor Geary, Alan Power, Brian O’Callaghan, Eoin O’Brien, Patrick Noonan, Micheal Pierce, Keelan Fahy, Laura Sexton, Abbey Bourke, Hannah Brennan, Katie Coughlan, Hannah Cremin, Abbie Lenihan, Meadbh Magner. The celebrant was Fr. F. O’Dea P.P. assisted by Canon Ambrose and Fr. Tony Mullins. The class teacher Ms. Edel O’Mahony was presented with a bouquet of flowers as was Margaret O’Donnell on behalf of the choir, who are again to be congratulated for another fine performance and as this was the last Holy Communion class under the guidance of the school principal Mrs. Kathleen Barry was also honored for her lifelong association with the school.
40 Hours Adoration: Our Lady’s Pastoral Area which includes the Dromcollogher/Broadford parish, have organized the Annual 40 Hours Adoration in preparation for Corpus Christi and this year it will take place in Feenagh Church commencing with Mass on Friday evening May 31st at 8 pm and concluding with Mass on Sunday morning June 2nd at 11.30. All interested in taking part should put their name down and the time that will suit them to attend on the displayed Rota Sheet in the church in Broadford or Dromcollogher.
Feast of Corpus Christi: Everyone is welcome to the annual Corpus Christi procession which will take place after 11.00 am Mass in Dromcollogher on Sunday next June 2nd. All the children who received their First Holy Communion in Dromcollogher and Broadford recently are invited to lead the procession wearing their Holy Communion outfits if the wish.
Pastoral Area Pilgrimage to Knock: The Dromcollogher/Broadford parish pastoral area (St. Mary’s) which includes the neighbouring parishes of Newcastle West, Monagea, Killeedy, Ardagh/Carrigkerry, Feenagh/Kilmeedy and Feohanagh/Castlemahon and their annual pilgrimage to Knock will take place on Sunday 9th June, if interested give your name in Broadford to Kitty Duggan phone no. is 063/84167 or in Dromcollogher to Mary Hartnett phone no. 063/83989.
Trip to Athlone: Broadford and District Active Retirement Associations outing to the famous town of Athlone on the river Shannon and its hinterland takes place on Saturday June 8th and with the numbers wishing to travel gone over the 37 seater mark we have gone for the 53 seater bus to accommodate the extra numbers. A brief reminder of the itinerary is as follows: - the bus will leave Broadford at 8.30am and travel via Dromcollogher and Newcastle West and then a stop at the South Court Hotel in Limerick, we will then head up the N7 bypassing Nenagh, we will take to the N52 via Borrisokane to Birr where we will have our breakfast in Dooleys Hotel. Next on the road will be a pass through Shannonbridge and on to historic Clonmacnoise on the banks of the Shannon where St. Ciarán had an early Christian Monastic settlement and the site has a number of well-preserved Round Towers and High Crosses as well as an Interpreter Centre which is a must visit for everybody. We then drive through Cloghan, on to Ferbane and then the center of Ireland which is Athlone with its famous bridge where Patrick Sarsfield and Sargent Costume (the army Barracks in Athlone is named after him) fought to hold off the Williamite army after the Battle of the Boyne. Here also is an opportunity to visit the Athlone Castle Visitor Centre in St. Peters Square and for the adventurous seafaring among us, we have an optional cruise on the majestic Shannon and of course we have several Shopping Outlets and Boutiques to browse through in the town itself. On the return journey we pass through Tullamore, the chief town of Co, Offaly, on to Kilcormac and back to Dooleys Hotel in Birr for dinner, afterwards we head for Roscrea, on to the N7 to Limerick and home again hopefully well contended after our trip.
Sympathy: Our sympathy is extended to Mrs. Nora Nunan Broadford, her son Maurice and daughter Helen on the death of her brother Seán Nunan formally of Seeds Dromcollogher and Tullylease and late of Buckley’s Tce (where he had retired to some years ago) who passed away on May 23rd and also to all his sons and daughters in Tullylease, to all his nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends. Seán was a member of a great hurling family who played with distention on Dromcollogher and Allow Rovers teams in the 1950’s and 60’s and when he himself was in America he was well known in the G.A.A circles over there.
Tidy Towns: With the weather improving the Tidy Towns committee will be going into action with their programme to enhance the look of the village and surrounding area for 2013 so when help is called for when planting begins, the committee will appreciate your involvement and they wish to thank the Fás workers for their great help every year which is also greatly appreciated. The hanging baskets are also been prepared at the local garden center and will be displayed in their usual places shortly.
Dates for the Gathering: The “The Gathering” will take place in Broadford from October 3rd to the 6th inclusive 2013. The organizing committee is asking families who have family members anywhere in Ireland and across the seas to let them know the dates and maybe invite them to arrange their week-end at home or even to take their holidays around that week-end in early October. The next meeting regarding the planning for the event is on Tuesday June 4th at 9pm in the Community Centre. Everyone is invited to come along to help in putting together a great weekend’s entertainment. Details and updates can be seen on www.facebook.com/broadfordgathering2013.
Gerry Donnelly Memorial Tournament: Broadford Golfing Society held their annual Gerry Donnelly memorial golf tournament at one of the most scenic golf courses in Ireland Cobh Golf Club on Saturday May 25th. This was the first visit by the society to the Cork course and everybody was full of praise for the fabulous and testing lay out of the venue and was enjoyed by all . The results of the tournament was; 1st Stephen Stokes Tullylease, 2nd Gerry Coleman Kilmeedy and 3rd John Kenneally Broadford.
G.A.A. Lottery: The Numbers drawn in the local GAA lottery at the Green Bar on Monday May 20th were 5, 6, 20 and 27. The Match Three prize was won by Kieran and Mary Ryan Dromcollogher. The lucky dips of €50 each were won by Margaret McLoughlin Knocktooch Broadford and Damian Lacey Knockacraig Dromcollogher. The next draw takes place in Begley’s Bar Broadford on Monday May 27th. The Jackpot goes to €6,200 (win or share) and the Match 3 prize is €100 (win or share). All sold tickets to be handed in at the clubhouse on Monday evenings before 9o’clock. Tickets are available from any member of the committee or from all business premises, tickets €2 each or three for a €5. Thank you for your continued support.
Parent and Toddler Group: The parent and toddler group meet every Thursday in the Daycare Centre Broadford from 10:30 to 12 noon. This is an opportunity for parents, grandparents and carers to meet and chat while the children play in a safe environment. All welcome.
Cards at Neenans: The winners at the weekly 45 card drive at Neenans on Monday night with 9 games were Mickie Murphy Springfield and Julia Duggan Broadford. The runners up prize winners with 8 games were John Conway Newcastle West & Joe Mullane Castlemahon. The spot prize winners were John and Mary Madigan Cooleyroe. The winners of the raffle were: 1st prize €35:- John Madigan Kilmeedy. 2nd prize €20; - Jim Barry Tullaha and 3rd prize €10:- Mary Biggane Broadford.