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 15th is Marian Brosnan Knocktooch and on Sunday June 16th its Gerry Mulcahy. Eucharistic Ministers on Saturday evening are Mary Browne Broadford & Mary Browne Glenduff and Sunday morning its Maudie Collins & Sr. Ann Lenihan.
Cemetery Masses: The annual cemetery masses will take place on the following dates (weather permitting) Dromcollogher Cemetery is on Monday June 17th at 7.30pm. Killougholehane Cemetery is on Thursday June 20th at 7.30pm and Springfield Cemetery is in Thursday June 27that 7.30pm.
Bereavements: Our sympathy is extended to Eddie Crowe and his family Broadford on the death of his sister in Wexford and also to Hannah and Paddy Reidy Coolaleen Broadford on the death of Hannah’s brother Tom O’Flynn Grillough Lismire. Ar deis lámh Dé go raibh an anamacha dilis.
Active Retirement Day Out: - The Broadford and District Active Retirement Association outing to the Athlone and Shannon Region was spend in glorious weather on Saturday last June 8th and after a fine breakfast at Dooleys Hotel in Birr we headed for the very interesting monastic settlement at Clonmacnoise with its Round Towers and High Crosses and its interpreter Centre where we all enjoyed a very interesting talk on the history of the area given by our guide. We then headed for Athlone and along the way we saw the Bord na Móna boglands of East Offaly where the Peat Moss and the Peat Briquettes are manufactured and in other sections of the bog people were cutting, footing and some were even drawing it home. We arrived in Athlone where we just missed the last departure for a cruise on the river so we had other places to visit like the Castle and its re-inaction of the history of events in Athlone down the ages as well as a visit to all the Boutiques and Shopping Centers in the town and some took a leisurely stroll along the banks of the majestic Shannon. We then headed for Kilbeggan and Locke’s famous distillery which is now a tourist attraction and then on to Tullamore where well known Tullamore Dew is still been distilled in the town. We then returned to Birr foe dinner and afterwards headed for home well contended after our trip to the midlands. Thanks to everyone who helped in any way to make the day a success and a special “thank you” to our bus driver Joe.
50th Anniversary Celebrations (1963-2013): Scoil Mhuire Broadford and the community will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the opening of the school in 1963 on Friday June 21st 2013. In order to make this a memorable occasion, they would like to display photographs of pupils of Broadford and Knocktooch schools through the years. Photographs may be handed in to the school or contact 063/84214 or firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for collection. All photos’ will be scanned and returned immediately.
Building the School: The old school (which is now the Community Centre) was built in 1870 and there was great excitement in the locally when it was announced that a new school was sanctioned and the site was acquired on the Dromcollogher road just outside the village. The O’Leary Building Firm of Fermoy got the contract and all the work was carried out under the supervision of the famous Johnny Ward from Tourárd Freemount who was the foreman on the site. Work began in early 1960 and when the plastering came up my father Bill Reidy got the contract. Myself (I had begun my apprinteship in late 1959) and my brothers Neilly and Mossie worked there and others who worked there and are also still hale and hearty were Con Sheedy Coolaleen, Paddy O’Connell from Dromina and Billy Cassin Kanturk. A number of Broadford people come to mind who worked there and who have since passed to their eternal award were Paddy Norris Farrihy, Denny Daly Coolaleen, Liam Delee Boola, Johnny Sugrue Broadford and Tom Mulcahy St. Mary’s Tce. Patrick Mulcahy (who has passed away also) lived beside the school and was only about 15 years of age at the time got the job of keeping the tanks and tar barrels on the site full of water which was used for mixing concrete and plaster (this was in an era before ready mix concrete or plaster). He drew the water from the river (the Camuisce) on the western side of the village and filled his containers (there was no piped water in the village in those days) and brought them over in a donkey and car. During the summer months when the water went low in the river, Patrick had to draw the water from the village pump on the forge road. These are memories of days gone by, of a different era.
Tidy Towns: The Tidy Towns committee wish to thank all who contributed to their Church Gate Collection last week-end June 8th and 9th and are very grateful to all. Anyone who may have missed the collection can hand their contribution to any member of the committee. Many thanks again. With the weather improving the committee members are busy planting around the village and it’s environments to enhance the look of the village and surrounding area for 2013. In order to improve on the high marking achieved so far all residents of the area are urged to help in the ongoing work carried out by volunteers and also to ensure their own properties maintain the high standers they have achieved over the years. The committee wishes to thank the Fás workers for their great help every year which is also greatly appreciated. The hanging baskets are also been placed in their usual places.
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 18th 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.