CROKE PARK BOUND: On Sunday last all roads and railways led to Croke Park to support Limerick Minor and Senior Hurlers in the All Ireland Semi -finals. History was repeating itself because 70 years ago in 1943 the two Limerick teams also contested the road to an All Ireland final at both grades. The correspondent of the Croom notes departed from Croom early on last Sunday morning by car to join the numerous Limerick supporters with their cars decorated with bunting, flags and banners showing their support to Limerick. On route there was every make and shape of vehicle making their way to the capital city. Bus loads of supporters particularly Mannings buses were very evident on the way up carrying Croom supporters. Other buses from other areas including Kilfinny, Patrickswell and Ballingarry were all part of the Limerick gathering of supporters. The arrival at the Croke Park stadium at 11am saw familiar local faces waiting for the gates to be opened. It was like the reunion of the Maigueside and the surrounding parishes. Former parishioners who were domiciled throughout the country, the UK and the USA were all there to fly the flag of Limerick. It was great to see the young musicians from the Scor group from Manister/ Crecora entertaining the 63,000 attendants at the interval. The Minor hurlers were great ambassadors for Limerick hurling in taking on Galway in the first match of day. Hawk Eye certainly did not do the job intended when its surveillance did not show an accurate result. This has a major impact on the final result. Should the point have been given they would have been victorious and set for an All Ireland final. It is ironic that Specsavers are the sponsors of this technology, Hawk Eye. Hopefully the vision impairment will be rectified shortly. The Senior hurlers lost in a gallant fight to be contesting the All Ireland final. But it was not their day. We salute the sporting men from the Shannonside agus beidh lá eile.
LOCAL WEDDING: The wedding of Georgina Moloney, Glenma, Croom daughter of Joe and Christina Moloney and Dale Malone, Fedamore son of Thomas and Sheila Malone took place last Friday the August 16 in St. Mary’s Church Croom. The celebrant was Fr. Joe Kennedy P.P. Croom and was assisted by Fr. William O’Gorman P.P. Tournafolla and Fr. Michael Cussen P.P. Fedamore. Chiefbridesmaid was Clare Lawlor, bridesmaids were Sandra Dempsey, Aisling Enright and Ciara Enright. Best man was Darren Malone, groomsmen were Damien Malone, Don Malone and Joseph Moloney. Ushers were Dereck Malone, Frances Moloney, flowergirl was Alison Malone and Pageboy was Thomas Malone. Music was by Grainne Ryan. The reception afterwards was held at the Woodlands House Hotel, Adare.
ANNIVERSARY MASSES: The anniversary mass for Cornelius Lucey, St. Senan’s Terrace Croom took place at St. Mary’s Church Croom on Saturday the August 17 . The anniversary mass for Kay Lucey took place on Sunday the 18th of August at St. Mary’s Church Croom. The anniversary mass for Pat Wallace took place this week at St. Mary’s Church Croom. The anniversary mass for Birdie and Jack O’Shaughnessy, Hospital Road Croom took place during the week. Prayers for Mary and John Kennedy, Rathkeale.
CROOM MACRA: Members took part in the Macra Summer Weekend Away in Lahinch 16th -17th August, along with members of other Limerick Macra clubs. They spent one night in Lahinch hostel on the Friday night. On Saturday they took a boat trip to Inis Oirr and then took a trip around Cliffs of Moher. The Limerick show takes place next Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th of August. Volunteers are needed at the Macra stand. Please contact your club if you can offer an hour or two. Croom’s Club Meeting takes place Tuesday 20th August at 8.30pm in Hickeys Bar. All are welcome to attend.
CLIONA’S FOUNDATION : Cliona’s Foundation Cycle, now in its 6th year will take place on Saturday August 31 leaving from the Honeyfitz Theatre, Lough Gur. With three routes this year including an 8km for family and funsters (fee €25) the organisers have appealed to experienced cyclists with a challenging 90km route (fee €30) and a less arduous 40km route (€30) for leisure cyclists. Following the cycle there’s a BBQ, face painting, music and bouncy castle to keep the entire family entertained. Registration online at www.eventmaster.ie. Sponsorship cards available from Cliona’s Foundation 087 - 188 7700. Pencil the date into your diary !
LIMERICK SHOW: The Limerick Show, Munster’s Largest Agricultural Show will take place at Limerick Racecourse, Patricksweel, Co. Limerick on this Saturday and Sunday the August 24 and 25. This is one of the largest shows exhibiting livestock and show jumping going back over 100 years. It attracts jumpers and riders from various parts of the country and the biggest names in the livestock industry exhibit their different breed of cattle which attracts entrants from all over the country. The show venue moved to the Limerick Racecourse venue some years ago following the building of the new racecourse. The show was staged at the old Greenpark Racecourse where it attracted the best names in the livestock fraternity. There will be also major commercial displays. It also attracts household interests and has a children’s fun day.
DANCING AT THE CROSS ROADS: The Kilcornan ‘Platform Dancing Committee’ has chosen Sunday September 1 for the next staging of Platform dancing, known in the old days as “Dancing at the Cross Roads”. People would come on their bicycle and following a night of polkas, set dancing and waltzing, romance often flourished following the close of a greats nights dancing and entertainment. A girl would be escorted home on the bar of a Ralaigh Bicycle. These were the days when Irish music and dance was staged at every Cross roads in the parishes. The forthcoming Dancing at the Cross Roads will take place outside the gates of Curragh Chase, to be held between 3 and 6pm. Don’t forget to bring your bicycle clips! Hopefully the weather will shine. The venue is well protected from the 150 year old Ash and Oak Trees. What an occasion dancing under the Mistletoe at Curragh Chase gate. As usual Pat O’Connell will be calling the dances and this year to the very popular musician Michael Sexton. The opportunity to involve local balladeers and artists will be given and all for free! Where would you get it?
Ballingarry Family Resource Centre Opens its doors for the first time in September: The Chicago and Washington visitors were part of the gathering of west Limerick families. The Bredemen family from Chicago and the Howes family from Washington visited their Ballingarry cousins. Following this visit it is hoped to further develop genealogy and historical links with Ballingarry and family connections abroad.
The Ballingarry Resource Centre will be offering a wide range of supports and services. It will help to improve quality of life through adult and community education, family support services and community development activities.
The services offered will include parents and toddler groups, active retired groups, basic computer classes, womens groups and counselling.
Further information can be found on the Family Resource Centre website www.croomfrc.com
COULTER CEMETERY ANNUAL MASS: The annual Mass at Coulter Cemetery will take place on this Friday August 23 at 7p.m. This cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries in the Croom and Manister region. People were buried in this cemetery going back several centuries. The cemetery is also known as Killanoughty cemetery. The cemetery was renovated in recent times. There are many family links buried in this cemetery. From Croom Manister Crecora ,Adare and surrounding areas., The families have been very in contributing towards the upkeep of the cemetery.