Friday, January 20, 2012

BRUREE NOTES 15/1/2012


Winners of last week’s 45 Drive were Sean Blake and Katherine O’Regan with nine games. Runners up with eight games were Brendan O’Kelly and Patsy Healy. Raffle prizes went to Eddie Ryan, Noreen Hayes, AnneFrawley and Sean Blake. The 45 Drive continues in the Community Centre every Tuesday night, starting at 8.30 pm sharp.


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Rockhill Rovers played League leaders, Carrig Celtic, in Stonemountain Park on Sunday in their second game of the New Year. Rockhill dominated the first half, but unfortunately couldn’t make the pressure count. In the second half, Carrig came into the game a bit more and put Rockhill under a lot of pressure. Fortunately for Rockhill, their back four were outstanding and dealt with it well. Carrig got the opener with about 10 minutes to go and looked like they would take all 3 points. However Rockhill equalised through an Anthony O'Shea header to take a fully deserved a point from the game. Full credit to the players who never gave up and were brilliant from start to finish.


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The Pattern Day devotions to St. Munchin took place recently at St. Munchin’s Well in the village. The parish choir attended as well as visiting priests and a large attendance from the parish. St Munchin’s Well was a site of devotion in the village and the parish well over one hundred year’s ago. Irish folklorist Kevin Danaher described a well in Bruree called St. Munchin’s well which had dried up but the site was still there, marked by a number of boulders. According to him, the feast day of the well was January 2nd and the day was a parish holiday. He said that the water was claimed to cure bad stomachs and sore eyes. The legend behind the well is that St.Munchin caused the well to spring up when he was refused a drink. St. Munchin is the patron saint of Limerick Diocese. Details about his life are shrouded in legends but it is believed that he lived in the second half of the 7th century and may have been born in Co. Clare. His name in Irish is Mainchín meaning little monk. It is said that while he was building his first church in Limerick, the locals refused to help him. As a result, St. Munchin placed a curse on the city that the stranger would flourish and the native would perish, thus the Curse of St. Munchin.
David T. Dwane’s “Early Life of Eamon de Valera”, first published in 1922, also mentions St. Munchin - “It was the practice in Bruree to have a special sermon on the feast of St. Munchin, the patron saint of the parish.Young de Valera was sure to be present on such occasions.”


Lucky dip winners in last week’s Bruree GAA/Rockhill Rovers lotto draw were €50 Gerard Flaherty, Manchester €25 Mary Daly, Kilmallock, Michael O’Leary, Charleville €20 Geraldine Coleman, Ballyhea, Elizabeth Sheehan, Granagh, Maurice Conway.

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