Thursday, April 28, 2011

Bruree Notes 25/4/2011

Rambling House

Bruree National School Parents Association will hold a Rambling House at Bruree National School on Friday, May 6th, 2011, starting at 8.30 pm. Participating will be pupils of the school and many local artists and anyone who would like to be part of the event should contact 086-2103751. Tea/coffee will be served and admission is only €5.
Children must be accompanied by a parent and all proceeds will go to Bruree National School.

45 Drive

Winners of last week’s 45 Drive with eight games were Mary Noonan and Evelyn Byrnes, Sean Blake and Katherine O’Regan and Anne Potter and Eddie O’Dea. Raffle prizes went to Evelyn Byrnes (x2), John Sheehan and Fintan Stone. The 45 Drive continues in the Community Centre every Tuesday night, starting at 8.30 pm sharp.


The Divine Mercy Novena started on Good Friday and ends on Divine Mercy Sunday, May 1st. All Novena leaflets are available in Athlacca and Dromin churches. Dr. Phonsie Cullinan will lead the Novena in Athlacca on Divine Mercy Sunday along with other priests. There will be Exposition, Novena prayers, confessions and Mass. There will also be the blessing of a first class relic of St. Faustina and Divine Mercy picture from Rome which was blessed by Pope John Paul 11. Anyone who does the Novena will receive all the graces and blessing that Our Lord has promised on that Divine Mercy Sunday, so please come along for one hour. It starts at 2.45 and ends at 4.00 pm.


Congratulations to Bernie Carroll of Coolrus on winning the overall prize worth €15,000 in the 2011 JFC Innovation awards held in Galway recently. Student Programmes Ireland, the business set up by Bernie just three years ago, places foreign students in over 250 rural families for the school year. It is a business that brings over €2 million into Ireland, money that trickles down to host families that care for the students.

Juvenile GAA

The Under 14 hurlers had a very good win over Croom. Man of the match for Bruree was Cian McCarthy who was outstanding at full back .A feature of the game was the performances of the younger players and in particular GearoidMcCarthy and Dara O’Driscoll who showed great skill and a very high work rate throughout the game. Sean McCarthy at full forward put in one of his best performances and was a constant threat at the edge of the square.
The Under 16 hurlers had a comprehensive win over Hospital/Herbertstown on Monday evening. Bruree were dominant throughout the field. Patrick Carey and Shane Feane mopped up everything that came at them in defence while Johnny Harris was very industrious at mid-field and picked off some fine scores. Up front Eamon Lyons was first to every ball and David Considine turned in another star performance and emerged as Bruree’s top scorer.
Our Under 12s continued their preparations for the mini league series with a challenge against Newtown. Despite being short some regulars, the team gave a spirited performance. The first half was an even affair with both defences on top with Sean Quirke and Ciara McCarthy dominating in the half back line. Gearoid McCarthy linked up the play well in midfield and Brian McCarthy and Cathal Barrington worked hard to break down a strong Newtown defence. Sam Cronnolly was introduced into the forwards in the second half and increased our threat in front of goal. For one of our youngest players Sam really took the game to Newtown and led from the front. Others to catch the eye were Katie Quirke and Owen Carey who was getting more involved in the game. Newtown managed to get a foothold in the game and tacked on some impressive scores but Bruree fought to the end and on another day the result could have been in our favour.
Bruree U13 Hurling versus Blackrock in Blackrock on Wednesday 20th April
Score: Bruree 7 - 9 Blackrock 3 - 2
The U13s continued their great start to the year in Blackrock when they had a convincing win over their hosts, this despite being missing a number of regulars. We were forced to take the field with just 10 players and the hosts graciously agreed to play these numbers.
Bruree took the initiative from the throw in and started to tack on the scores. Our full forward line quickly established a dominance with the power of Shane Hannon coupled with the speed of Cathal Barrington making a potent combination. Cathal really caught the eye in this, his first game at this age group scoring a fine goal, while Shane ended up as our scorer in chief with 2 goals and 3 points from play.
In truth this was a great team performance with everyone playing up to their potential. Jonathan Fitzpatrick, our captain for the night, started his first game in goals and brought off some great saves, David O’Connell had his best game at full back with some great clearances and the tenacious Jack Murphy stemmed the supply to the Blackrock forwards. The ever dependable Daire O’Driscoll and Brian Sexton swept up everything in the half back line and set up numerous attacks. In midfield Blackrock had their best player but Tommy Cronnolly worked tirelessly to limit his influence while setting up attack after attack. Gearoid McCarthy and Sean Quirke carried great ball at the Blackrock defence and took some great scores both from play and placed balls.
A great start to build on for the year ahead.


Lucky dip winners in last week's Bruree GAA/Rockhill Rovers lotto were €50 Francis Fitzgerald, Hospital €25 Gang of Five c/o Moloney’s Bar, Maura, Pat and John, Castletown €20 Nora Power, Donal, Mary and John, c/o DonalMcCarthy, Tom O’Rourke.

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