Church News: The Saturday evening Mass at 7.30pm and the Sunday morning Mass at 9.30am return to Broadford for the month of April. Eucharistic Ministers for Saturday evening April 27th are Mary Browne & Mary B. Browne and the Reader is Helen Lacy-Pierce. The Eucharistic Ministers on Sunday morning April 28th are Tom O’Brien & Helen Pierce and the Reader is Marion Purcell.
Parish Mission: The Parish Mission will take place from November 2nd to November 8th 2013 and an open meeting regarding the planning and conducting of the Mission will take place in the Hall Dromcollogher on Monday April 29th at 7.30pm. Everybody is invited.
Bereavement: The sudden death of James Quinlivan Broadford at the age of 64 came as a shock to the whole locality. Jim as he was affectionately known was a great character and a most obliging man, who had a great pair of hands capable of taking on any task, no matter how big or small the job, he was always willing to help. He was a qualified Rural Science teacher having studied at the Crawford Institute in Cork but his love of the outdoors including animals, nature and his regard for the safeguard of the environment let him choose a different path. He was a well-read man and his advice on any topic or subject was highly regarded and always sought. His Requiem mass was celebrated in Our Lady of the Snows by Fr. O’Dea P.P. Dromcollogher/Broadford assisted by Canon Ambrose our former P.P., Canon F. Duhig Newcastle West and Fr. John Daly Limerick and afterwards he was laid to rest in Springfield cemetery, to his brothers Mossie and John, sisters Mary, Eileen and Kathleen, his brothers-in-law, his sisters-in-law, nephews and nieces, all his relatives, neighbours and friends we extend our deepest sympathy. Ar deis lámh Dé go raibh an anam dilis.
Lourdes Coffee Morning: The Coffee Morning held on Sunday morning last after the 9.30am Mass was very well supported and the organizers are very grateful to all who subscribed to the worthy cause. The monies collected will assist 4 students from Hazelwood College students to go on the Limerick Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes where they will work as helpers with the invalid section of the pilgrimage. If you missed the Coffee Morning you can still subscribe to the fund by contacting the college.
Tidy Towns: It’s that time of year again when the Tidy Towns committee prepares for action with regard to putting in place a programme to enhance the look of the village and surrounding area for 2013. Last’s years gain of points in the overall context were mainly due to the placing of the large flower boxes in strategic places around the area, these boxes were mainly funded by grants from West Limerick Resources, so this year with a lot of these grants not available anymore, a campaign to look for sponsorship for the hanging baskets from clubs, organizations and individuals to help defray costs and with a good response to our annual Church Gate collection later in the year, all will help us continue to carry out more improvements this year. Your support will be greatly appreciated.
Church Gate Collection: Broadford Fianna Fáil Cumann will hold its National Collection this week-end Saturday April 27th and Sunday April 28th at all masses. Your support will be greatly appreciated.
The Gathering 2013: The meeting to discuss possible events to celebrate “The Gathering 2013” takes place on Tuesday night at 9 o; clock in the Community Centre Broadford. All the clubs and organizations in the area are invited to attend as well as all individuals; the date for the celebrations will be announced shortly. Everybody will be welcome.
Rambling House: The Irish night at Neenans Bar Broadford on Friday night April 19th was a great success with top class entertainment from the world of the Rambling House circuit with music, song, dance and stories enjoyed by a very appreciative audience.
Pilgrimage to Knock: S.M.A. annual pilgrimage to Knock Shrine takes place on Saturday May 25th, for further information please contact Maura Egan at 063-83048 or Josie O’Carroll at 063-83021.
The Annual Trip with Joe: Our Annual 6 Day Trip with Joe takes place this year on Sunday August 25th to Friday August 30th. This year we will be staying at the Skylon Hotel Dublin. We will have a coach tour every day with visits to interesting places including a day in Belfast and a visit to the Titanic. Prize per person sharing is €345 for bed, breakfast and evening meal. Music and dance in the hotel each night. Single supplement will apply. For further information please contact Maura Egan at 063/83048 Dromcollogher or Dan Larkin Milford at 063/80216.
Active Retirement: Broadford and District Active Retirement Association will visit Broadford Garden Centre on Monday April 29th from 7.30pm to 9.00pm. The outing to Athlone and its hinterland takes place on Saturday June 8th. Cost of bus is €20 and further enquiries to Ita O’Keeffe at 063/84154.
Back in the County Final: The under 21 hurlers have qualified for the county final after having a great win over Kildimo/Pallaskenry in the county simi- final at the Bog Garden Rathkeale on Saturday evening last. The team lined out Niall O’Brien (Goals), John Barrett, Conor Buckley, Darren Boyce, Seamus Brosnan, Micheál Brosnan, Patrick Stack, Brian Noonan, Jimmy Kiely, Danny Collins, Paul Madigan, Keith Lacey, Damian Lacey, Kevin Noonan and Sean O’Sullivan. Subs used Thomas Fitzgerald, Declan Stack and Eddie Prunty, the rest of the panel included Billy Foley, Micheal Browne and Paddy Lordan. Congratulations to the management team of Seamus Lordan, Gerard and John Madigan. They now meet Knockainey who defeated Pallasgreen in the other simi-final. Check G.A.A. fixtures for full details.
The Mackey Stand Draw: The next draw will take place Friday May 3rd. All monthly subscribers contact your promoter before that date.
GAA Lottery: The Numbers drawn in the local GAA lottery at the Green Bar on Monday April 15th were 1, 15, 18 and 31. The Match Three prize of €100 was won by Tom Reidy Carraward East Dromcollogher. The lucky dips of €50 each were won by Coireall MacCurtáin Rathpalatine and Namie Bennis Ross Dromcollogher. The Jackpot goes to €5,700 (win or share) and the Match 3 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. Enjoy the holidays and a happy Easter to everyone. We meet again on this Thursday April 25th. All welcome.
Cards at Neenans: The winners at the weekly 45 card drive at Neenans on Monday night were Mickie Murphy Springfield & Julia Duggan Broadford. The runners up were Dean Barry Ashford & Sean Biggane Broadford. The Spot Prize winners were Martin Flynn Bunoke & Ellen O’Connor Mt. Plummer. The winners of the raffle were 1st prize €35 Jim Barry Tullaha. 2nd prize €20 Ellen O’Connor Mt. Plummer and 3rd prize €10 Julia Duggan Broadford.