June 1

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

SCOIL DEAN CUSSEN: are holding a bric a brac and cake sale on May 31st next. This is to raise funds for an exciting new Literacy programme starting in the school very soon. So if you need to do a clear out of books, comics, toys, games or any other small items we could sell at the sale Please Please drop them into the school reception as soon as possible. Hope to see you at our Monster Sale!!

KNOCKAINEY AFC FESTIVAL 2013: Knockainey AFC is celebrating its 20 year anniversary by holding a Festival this June bank holiday weekend to celebrate youth, sport and community. We have come together with Bruff Rugby Club to use there excellent facilities. Program of Events for the Weekend: Friday 31st May: Jimmy Buckley & his Band, Doors open at 8:30pm. Saturday 1st June:1pm: 5km Fun Run/Walk & 10km Run. Registration from 12pm. 2pm: Family Fun Day. 8pm: Poker Classic. Sunday 2nd June: 1pm: Food/Craft Fair. 3pm: Monster Bingo - €2,000 Jackpot. 9pm: Parish Social with music by Nightfall & friends. Monster raffle running all weekend with the draw on Sunday night at 10pm. Tickets are now on sale for the main attraction Jimmy Buckley & his band on May 31st in the marquee at Bruff RFC. Please call the ticket office to book your tickets on 086-1553449 or check out www.knockaineyafc.ie for more festival details.

TOP STAR IN CONCERT: One of the top entertainment artistes in the country is on the way to Adare in the person, Michael English who will appear in concert at Fitzgerald’s Woodlands House Hotel on Saturday night, 8th June. Currently riding high with ‘High Five’, one the most popular songs of the year, Michael English made his first major appearance on the Late Late toy show on RTE when he was just 12 year’s of age. He subsequently went on to become a major star on the dancing circuit and captured national attention with a Henry McMahon song, ‘The Nearest To Perfect’. Tickets are now available from the hotel at 061 – 605100. (Keep an eye on the advertising columns of the Limerick Leader for further details)

BRUFF/ GRANGE/ MEANUS PARISH LOTTERY: At the Parish Lottery on Monday 27th May 2013, the numbers drawn were 23, 24 and 33 and there was no jackpot winner. The lucky dip winners were as follows: Jamie O’Connor c/o Breda, Doreen Farrell c/o Breda, Amanda Buckley c/o Howard’s, Jim Clancy c/o Café and Joan Enright c/o Breda. Promoters Prize went to Post Office, Bruff. Next Lotto jackpot is €1,700 and will be held on Monday 10th June. Congratulations to the above winners. Thank you for your generous support.

NEW INITIATIVE FOR THE LOCAL FIRE BRIGADE DISTRICT: The Fire Brigade is installing free smoke alarms to the elderly or persons living alone. If you are interested please contact Fr. Joe Foley at 087 2618412 or Hanora Horan (Parish Secretary) at 061 389033 between 9.30 – 2.30 Mon. and Tues. with your name, address and telephone number and we will pass on your details to the Fire Brigade. They will then contact you and arrange a date and time as to when they will install your free smoke alarm.

BRUFF CARD RESULTS MAY 21ST: Mick Maume and Alick Burke, Teresa Brosnan and Mike McAuliffe. Table prizes : Joe McDonald and Teresa Hayes, Katherine Regan and David Connolly and Angela Troy and Eily Browne. Raffle: First €50 - Liam O Riordan, €20 – Sr. Mary Breen, €10 - Mike McAuliffe, €10 - Willie O Mahony and €10 Joe McDonald.

GRANGE RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION: are holding a funding raising night in Jack Clancy’s bar Bruff on Saturday 1nd June at 9:00pm. There will be a barbeque with a Pig on a Spit, music, finger food, Tickets are available from any committee member or they can be purchased on the night. All proceeds are in aid of Grange Residents Association. A great night is assured, please support this worthy cause.

THE BANDROOM COMMITTEE: would like to give a belated thank you to everyone who supported their draw on the Grand National and congratulations to the winners: 1st Aoibh O’Mahony 2nd Sinead Corbett 3rd Evan O’Meara Daly 4th Richard O’Meara. All monies raised goes towards the upkeep of the Banroom.

GRANGE FIRST HOLY COMMUNICANTS & CONFIRMATION CHILDREN: A special mass will take place in Grange church on Sunday the 9th June 2013 @ 9.30am to celebrate the Grange children who have recently received their First Holy Communion & Confirmation. Practice for this mass will commence at 7pm on Tuesday 4th June. Any child who would like to participate will be very welcome. Contact Jade or Noreen with any queries.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: The Bruff group of Alcoholics Anonymous is holding an open public meeting on Friday 31st May @ 8.30 pm at The Band Room, rear of Bruff National School, Athlacca Road, Bruff. If you or someone you know has a problem with alcohol this meeting may provide some information on Alcoholics Anonymous and how it works. All are welcome.

GROW IN IRELAND: (the Organisation which supports positive Mental Health) is holding an Information Morning in the Community Café, Bruff (beside the Catholic Church) on Friday 7th June from 10a/m to 12 noon. If you or anyone you care about is suffering from any kind of mental health issue, please come along to the Café, have a chat and a cuppa and hear about GROW in your area and how it may be able to support you through its weekly meetings. For further information, please contact GROW at 33 Henry Street, Limerick (061 318813) or visit our website, www.grow.ie.

BORD NA NOG NOTES: Our u12 hurlers started phase 2 of their campaign against a well drilled Doon side.The boys stuck well to their task but some will taken scores by the Doon boys secured them victory. Next up for the U12s is an away game against Croagh/Kilfinny on Thursday 6th June, Throw in 6:45pm. The u14 footballers opened their campaign with a narrow loss to Fr Caseys. Next up for the u14s is a home game against Kildimo on Wednesday 5th June. Throw in 7pm. The Long Puc competition around the ring of Camass takes place on Bank Holiday Monday June 3rd @ 1pm. This is sure to be a great day and your support is greatly appreciated, All proceeds will go to financing the Feile teams preparation. Bruff Bord na nOg is running a Long Puck on Bank Holiday Monday June 3rd to raise funds for the boys U14 Feile Hurling team. The event will start at 1pm in Bruff. Teams of 3 will puck a sliotar around the Ring of Camass, finishing at Sean Wall statue. There will be a “Shoot for the Star” challenge, similar to a crossbar challenge mid-way through the circuit. It promises to be a fun day for all involved. Cost is €30 per team with excellent prizes on the day. Contact John Mulqueen 087 – 7918240 or any member of Bord na nOg to register your team. Posters with full details are displayed in businesses in Bruff.

BALLYHOURA JOBS CLUB: are running a CV Workshop in Bruff on Wed 5th June. This workshops is designed to help you prepare a professional CV and Covering Letter and identify your strengths and skills to highlight your CV in the best possible way to attract an employer. Why not take this opportunity to dust off your CV and as one past participant said ‘this workshop helped me to define my key strengths and skills and gave me to confidence to apply for jobs again, shortly after the workshop I got a number of interviews and I am now after successfully getting the job I wanted. This was thanks to Ballyhoura Jobs Club who gave me the kick-start to get out there & knock on doors again’. So why wait, book your place now as numbers are limited. Contact Anisa on 063-91730 / amoynihan@ballyhoura.org. Workshop is free of charge.

PAUSE IN CELEBRATIONS FOR BLOOMSDAY: We are sorry to have to inform all, that the major celebration of Bloomsday in Bruff will not take place this year. We are pausing this year. There are various reasons for this, some way out of our control. This does not of course mean that we will not return. We WILL return next year as Limerick City starts to celebrate City of Culture status.There may well be some small events in and around 16th of June, both public and private. The absence of Bloomsday in Bruff this year creates some space in a crowded community calendar; this will allow time, energy and finance to be targeted to other festivals, in particular the Gathering celebrations starting on the 1st July. The Bloomsday group will return with energy and vigour in the new year with a major event in January 2014!

U12 GIRLS COMMUNITY GAMES SOCCER: Kilmallock/Effin/Bulgaden 2 – BGM 5. Another positive & confident display resulted in a 5-3 victory over a strong Kilmallock/Effin/Bulgaden side on a perfectly manicured surface in Gortboy. Isabel O’Rourke & Megan Hickey got on the score sheet early in this game with two brilliant strikes from distance. Shannon Leo then tacked on number three. However the opposition proved their worth by powering home two well taken goals within two minutes to get them back in the contest. The girls then regrouped & Shannon Leo notched up number four & her second just on the stroke of half time. Playing against a strong breeze in the second half focus was placed on a defensive formation as the anticipated Kilmallock onslaught materialised. Ciara Hynes was resolute in goals as she volunteered to don the gloves for the second half & made some fine saves to thwart any attack. Aisling Lynch & Lily O’Brien were absolutely brilliant in defence, clearing every ball with distance & averted any danger that came their way. Megan Hickey dominated the midfield exchanges & took her goal opportunity very well. A major feature of Megan’s play on the night was her ability to execute a header with skill & ability. She was ably assisted by Isabel O’Rourke who was everywhere on the pitch & also finished off her score well when they chance presented itself. Kate Bateman played in goals for the first half & made some telling saves to keep her team in the game when they were under pressure. Kate’s midfield role in the second half saw her involved in some lovely passing interchanges & she worked hard to support the teammates in defence. Up front prolific Shannon Leo again proved her worth with another two strikes in this game. She was ably assisted by Caoimhe Daly who scored number five to put the result beyond doubt & ensure victory. Both Caoimhe & Nicole Griffin were brilliant at closing down any defensive clearances & allowed the opposition no time on the ball. Nicole was most unlucky not to score number six late in the game. Overall a resounding victory as we now progress to the latter stages of this County Competition.

NEW CLOTHES SHOP OPENING IN BRUFF: Margy Kenny who is managing Kenny’s Arcade in Hospital will be opening a new boutique –‘Raspberry Red’ – in Bruff on Thursday the 6th of June. The shop will be in the building that was formally Quiltys – thus carrying on the business of selling quality clothing that the Quilty family was renowned for. Margy has already made a big impact in Hospital. The shop will cater for all sizes and tastes. It will stock many labels for occasion, work and casual wear. It will also stock uniforms for many primary schools including the full school uniform for Bruff Primary School. She also stocks the uniform for the secondary school in Hospital. Kennys Arcade will remain open in Hospital supplying school uniforms and also specialising in plus sizes from size 16 to 26.

BRUFF TIDY TOWNS: Adjudication is due to start on 1st June and we could be visited anytime up to the middle of July. Great credit is due to our FAS Team and County Council cleaner for the wonderful condition of the town and, if you get a chance, I am sure that they would appreciate a word of thanks for their hard work. We must not rest on our laurels and if you are considering some painting, repair work

or weeding, maybe you would consider bringing this forward as every bit helps to get as many marks as possible. Many thanks to all who have done their bit so far.

OUR LADY OF MEDUGORJE MESSAGE MAY 25, 2013:“Dear children! Today I call you to be strong and resolute in faith and prayer, until your prayers are so strong so as to open the Heart of my beloved Son Jesus. Pray little children, pray without ceasing until your heart opens to God’s love. I am with you and I intercede for all of you and I pray for your conversion. Thank you for having responded to my call. ”

BRUFF GATHERING 1ST – 7TH JULY: Thank you to all who supported our Simpsons Table Quiz and we hope you enjoyed the night. The next open meeting will take place on Monday 10th June at 7 pm in the Church of Ireland and everyone is welcome.

MARANATHA PRAYER MINISTRY: invites you for a 3 day evening Healing retreat led by Rev.Fr.Xavier Raj CSsr (India) on 5th,6th 7th June 2013 from 6.30 pm till 9.30 pm enriched with Spirit filled teachings ,Mass and healing adoration at St.Pauls Church, Dooradoyle Limerick. For more details contact: 085 7338617,087 3878728,087 4167561.

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