Friday, March 16, 2012

BRUREE NOTES 11/3/2012


Fun Cycle: A 50K Fun Cycle in aid of the Players Development Fund will take place on Saturday, March 31st. The cycle is open to anyone aged over 12 and helmets must be worn. Registration is at 10.30 am at thesportsfield and the cycle will depart at 12.00 noon. There are two ways of entering the cycle - by filling a sponsorship card or by paying a registration fee of €10 on the morning of the cycle. There will be refreshments at the Central Bar at the end of the cycle. Contact John Carey (087-2701777), Mike Sexton (087-9188375), Brendan Hogan (086-1736608) or Declan Sexton (087-6414849) for sponsorship cards or for furtherinformation. Judging by the turn out at recent training sessions and the intensity of the sessions, there will be plenty of fit candidates to participate in the event.


The first round of the talent competition took place in Caherconlish. Bruree/Rockhill was well represented on the night competing in four different categories - Group Music, Solo Music, Group Modern Dance and Drama. The children did the community proud with their outstanding performances, and three out of the four acts are going forward to the County Finals. Well done to you all!
Group and solo music finals will take place on Saturday, March 24th, in Caherconlish at 7.00pm with the modern dance finals on Saturday, March 31st, at 7.00pm. Registration takes place on the night at 6.30pm.
Under 14 Group Irish Dance and Solo Irish Dance will take place in Askeaton on Friday, March 23rd, at 7.00 pmPlease attend at 6.30 for registration on the night.
Under 10 Group Singing, Solo Music, Group Irish Dance, Solo Irish Dance, and Solo Modern Dance will take place on Sunday, April 1st, in Caherconlish at 5.00pm. Please note registration will take place at 4.30pm on the day.
The County Final Art Competition will take place on March 24th at 10.00am in Bruree National School.
Tag rugby training continues every Wednesday night from 7.00 to 8.00 pm in the school field, weather permitting. In the event of inclement weather it will be held in the community hall. Please bring a euro, runners and boots.


Training for the following teams will continue at these times until further notice.
Under 12 - Saturday in the field from 10.00 – 11.30am.
Under 14 - Sunday from 10.00 -11.00am.


An era came to an end at the Community Centre on last Tuesday night when the weekly 45 Drive finished. The gamble has been going on continuously for well over thirty years, through the winter months in the early days and on a twelve month basis for a long number of years. Many will remember back to the early days when we would have twenty or thirty tables each week. For the “big” gambles, hundreds would turn up with well over one hundred tables playing on one particular night. In recent years, with few younger people taking up card playing, the numbers were dropping. Over the past couple of years, the gamble was run more for the enjoyment of the regulars who came for a friendly game. It certainly wasn’t the prize money which brought them! For a long time, the 45 Drive has not been financially viable. It was with great reluctance that the decision was made to bring the weekly get together to an end. We would like to thank those people who continued to give their support to Bruree’s gamble faithfully every week. We also think of all those people who played cards in Bruree down through the years and who are no longer with us.
Many people were associated with running the 45 Drive in Bruree over the past thirty years and their names became synonymous with the gamble in Bruree. For a good number of years the running of the gamble fell to a small group of people. To Anne Potter and Josephine Lynch and ticket seller, Bridie Sheerin, we offer our sincere thanks. Thanks also to our many FAS participants who put out the tables and chairs each week. An era has ended but we have many happy memories of games made and friends made in Bruree
Winners of last week’s final 45 Drive were Anne Frawley and Tom O’Rourke with nine games. Runners up were Eddie Ryan and Gerry O’Sullivan with seven games. Raffle prizes went to Katherine O’Regan, Anne Potter, Noreen Hayes and Evelyn Byrnes.


We extend our sincere sympathy to the family, relatives and friends of John O’Kelly, Dromcollogher and England, who died recently.


Lucky dip winners in last week’s Bruree GAA/Rockhill Rovers lotto draw were €50 Mary Daly, Garrouse €25 Sean and Kevin O’Connor, Joan Quirke €20 Mel Curtin, Bridget Lyons, Hazel and Donna c/o Francis Finn.

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