Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Bruree Notes 21/12/2009


The Christmas Mass times in the parish are as follows:

Christmas Eve December 24th in Rockhill Church at 8.00 pm

Christmas Day December 25th Bruree Church at 11.30.a.m.

Saturday December 26th “Feast of Holy Family” at Rockhill Church 6.00 pm

Sunday December 27th Bruree Church 11.30 am

Monday December 28th no mass

Tuesday December 29th Rockhill Church 9.30.am

Wednesday December 30th no mass

Thursday December 31st Rockhill Church 9.30 am

Friday January 1st Bruree Church 11.30 am

Father McAuliffe would like to wish all our parishioners and their Families a very Happy and Holy Christmas and a Blessed New Year.


Poc Fada: Bruree GAA will hold a Poc Fada competition on Saturday next, St. Stephen’s day. It will give people an opportunity to work off the excesses of the Christmas day festivities and to get fit for the rest of the seasonal celebrations. All proceeds from the competition will be donated to the Irish Red Cross Flood Victims Fund. Teams of three can register at the Central Bar, Bruree at 11.00 am sharp.

Players Draw Winners: Winners in the final Bruree GAA Players Development Fund draw were: €1000 Tom Carroll, c/o Seller John O’Brien €200 William, Matthew and Emma Howard, Lottera Seller Conor Howard, €100 John Woulfe, c/o Seller Mike Sexton, €100 Mary Margaret Noonan, Croom Seller Joan Quirke €100 Hugh Kelleher, Bruree Seller John Deady. The club would like to thank all those who supported this years draw, everyone involved in organising the draw and all those promoters who recruited members for it..

Membership: The annual membership subscription is now due and should be paid to Kit O’Halloran immediately. The membership fee for 2010 is €20 for adults. Any player will not be allowed participate in training or play in games until such time as they have paid their membership fee.

Community Games

I have just received a copy of the Limerick Community games book celebrating their 40th anniversary. It is an impressive A4 book running to over 200 pages in full colour. There is an article on our local Bruree Rockhill area illustrated with a great selection of photos. The book contains articles on all the areas in Limerick. If you are interested in buying one of the books, please contact Mary McSweeney or Rebecca Murphy. The book costs €10 and is excellent value.

Thank You

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul would like to thank everyone who donated so generously to their collection in Rockhill-Bruree last weekend. The total collected was €730 which is greatly appreciated.


The jackpot in the Bruree GAA/Rockhill Rovers lotto draw on Monday night was €14,750. The numbers drawn were 1, 16, 18 and 24 and there was no winner. Lucky dip winners were €200 Jim O’Shea, Clogher East, Joe McDonald, Athlacca, Dan and Eilish, c/o Francis Finn €100 Rose Harvey, Tankardstown, John Fitzgerald, Rockhill Cross, Rose Harvey, Tankardstown, €50 Michelle Buckley, Charleville, Noreen Fitzgerald, Bruff, Patsy Healy, Croom €25 Margaret Deady, Bruree, Stewart Clancy, Ballyagran, Ian and Robyn Finn, Garrouse. The jackpot in the next draw will be €14,900.


Once again, Christmas and the New Year are upon us. This year the season seems to have crept up on us very quickly - definitely a feature of advancing age! Christmas is a season of great contrasts. For some people it is a time of great joy, great happiness, great excitement. For others it is the loneliest time of the year, a time of sadness. For many it will be a time of plenty - though the extravagance of recent years may not be evident this Christmas. Other will not even have enough. If you are among the more fortunate, spare a thought for those who may be less well off. I wish all readers of these weekly notes all the best for the Christmas season and a happy, peaceful and prosperous New Year. Thanks to all those who provided items for the notes over the past twelve months. Hopefully you will continue to do so in 2010.

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