Thursday, September 29, 2011

Bruree Notes 25/9/2011

Ellen Williams with Sophie and Ciara Mullane

John, Emily and Matthew O’Halloran

Fun Day: What a great event this turned out to be! The organisers had a lot of headaches in the days running up to the event. Would it rain so that there would be enough water in the river to float the ducks? Would the day be dry so that the event could go ahead? Eventually early on Sunday morning, after consulting Met Eireann and many other oracles, the decision was made to go ahead with the event. This turned out to be the correct decision, as apart from a brief shower, the day was perfectly suited to the event. The day started with the duck race on the river at Bruree and a great crowd turned out on the river bank to see almost seven hundred yellow ducks make their way down river. They made a spectacular sight as they were carried by the current to the finish line just above the bridge. The first duck past the post was sponsored by Tom Hedderman while the next four were owned by Gerry McCarthy, Pat Thompson, Maeve Hogan and Anna Sheehan. Then it was off to the sportsfield for a host of events and activities to keep young and not so young entertained. Bouncy obstacles courses and slides, pony rides, wellie throwing, golf, long puck penalty kicks and wet sponge events all attracted great attention. There was a beautiful selection of confectionery for the cake sale and the barbeque saw queues from early on. Traditional Irish music entertained the crowds and there was huge excitement at the Under 8 and Under 10 hurling blitz. Many other side shows kept the crowds entertained until the finale at 5.30 pm which was the Tug of War final. The ladies event was won by the Noel Brosnan managed team of Caroline O’Connor, Elaine O’Dwyer, Marge Crowley, Marcella Byrnes, Gaye Carey, Louise Lynch and Mary Sexton. The men’s event was won by William Horgan, Jim O’Shea, John O’Shea, Ger Sheehan and Sean Deane, managed by Mike Mullane. Thanks to everyone who turned out on the day and all those who helped in any and many ways to make the event such a success.
Champions: Congratulations to Effin and Peter Finn on winning the county Intermediate Hurling title at the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday.

45 Drive

Winners of last week’s 45 Drive were Tom Collins and Patsy Healy with ten games. Runners up with nine games were Anne Potter and Eddie Ryan, John Sheehan and Mary O’Leary and John and Marie Healy. The table prize went to Tom Hanley and Gerry O’Sullivan. Raffle prizes went to Evelyn Byrnes, John Healy and John Sheehan (x2). The 45 Drive continues in the Community Centre every Tuesday night, starting at 8.30 pm sharp.


We extend our sincere sympathy to the family, relatives and friends of Catherine McCarthy, Buttevant, Nora Fleming, Effin, and Pa John Lynch, Charleville, who died recently.


The Bruree Rockhill Defibrillator committee would like to thank all those who supported the organisation in their recent fund raising events. The vintage rally, the golf classic and the church gate collection were all generously supported. As a result of this support, there are sufficient funds to commence further training. Therefore anyone interested in becoming a responder should contact 086-6067362. Once again, thank you for your tremendous continued support.

St. Munchin’s Well
Parishioners will have noticed that recent construction work at St. Munchin’s Well in the village has been almost completed. The source of the well was located and it has been made accessible. The well has a pattern day tradition going back well over one hundred and twenty years and possibly much longer. Tradition has it that the water from the well was effective for stomach ailments.
To finish off the work, landscaping is now needed. Anyone who would like to donate a shrub for the landscaping can drop it off at the back of Costcutters in the village, in a plastic bag for cleanliness purposes.


If you or someone you know is experiencing Domestic Abuse, a one-to-one outreach service is available weekly in Kilmallock and surrounding area, providing support and information. The Support Worker can meet you by appointment at a private location and can help with planning for the safety of women and their children. Women who are still living with an abusive partner can avail of this support. If you are concerned about someone ADAPT has a 24 Hour Helpline 1800 200 504.
ADAPT also provides secure 24 Hour safe Refuge accommodation for women and children, advocacy and accompaniment to services and courts, play therapy service, childcare, youth club and other supports for young people. Contact the 24 Hour Helpline at 1800 200 504.


Lucky dip winners in last week’s Bruree GAA/Rockhill Rovers lotto draw were: €50 Mary McCarthy €25 Johnny Regan, Mike McGrath €20 Siobhan Murphy, Maura Lyons, Christy Sheerin.
Thank You
Bruree Rockhill Community Childcare would like to thank everyone who contributed to their recent church gate collection. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. 

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