Friday, September 21, 2012

BRUREE NOTES 16/9/2012

Children pictured at Stepping Stones Community Playschool in Bruree after the Summer break

Pictured at the Bruree GAA Duck Race and Family Fun Day last Sunday


As the committee await word on their application for funding under the Sports Capital Programme, the Rockhill Bruree Sportsfield Development Committee continue their fundraising efforts with a major event planned for the end of September. All funding allocated requires matching funds from the recipient, hence the need for ongoing fundraising. The committee will hold a Race Night on Friday, September 28th, at the Central Bar, Bruree, starting at 9.00 pm. Each race will have ten horses and full entry combination (Horse, Trainer and Jockey) is available at just €30. Any part of the combination i.e. horse, trainer or jockey, can be purchased at €10 each. Each race will have a prize of €100 for the winning combination. There will also be a tote on the night to allow punters to bet on their favourite horse.
Combinations or individual parts are available from all members of the sportsfield committee or from members of the organisations and clubs which use the sportsfield - Bruree GAA, Bruree Juvenile GAA, Rockhill Rovers AFC, Bruree Rockhill Community Games, Bruree Childcare Committee, Bruree National School. Your support would be greatly appreciated.
Advertisers: Anyone who would like to advertise in the race programme should contact Noel O’Halloran (087-7512396). Details have already been circulated to businesses within the parish.


A huge crowd turned out for the duck race and family fun day on Sunday last. By one o’clock, crowds lined the river bank and the bridge as they waited for the release of the ducks. The ducks finally reached the winning line and the following were the winning sponsors: 1st William Horgan 2nd Aoife Prunty 3rd John Flaherty Juveniles 1st Harry Mullane 2nd Conor Buckley 3rd Katie Condon 4th Billy Kiely 5th Rory O’Gorman. After the duck race, the crowds quickly made their way to the sportsfield where a large array of activities were lined up. From hurling blitzes to bouncy castles to milking cows to golf, long puck and face painting there was something for everyone. Everyone got into the spirit of the day which was blessed with good weather. The barbeque, cake sale and shop were kept extremely busy and sold out. The donkey derby caused great excitement as riders tried to get the donkeys to go in the right direction or even to go at all! The day’s activities finished with the tug of war which saw great excitement and rivalry.  The juvenile competition was won by Kiara McCarthy, Katie and Sean Quirke, Peter Buckley, Sam Cronnolly, Finbarr Fitzpatrick and Brian McCarthy. The ladies title went to Margie Crowley, Marcella Sheedy, Elaine O’Dwyer, Caroline Murphy, Catriona Buckley, Louise Lynch, Lisa Carey and Mary Sexton. The men’s tug of war was the finale and with eight teams was closely contested. The winning team was Lawrence and Andrew Sexton, Peter Fitzgerald, Dermot Ryan, Frank Carey and Joachim Kelly. The prizes for the various activities were presented at the end of the day. Thanks to everyone who supported the duck race and fun day. It was great to see such a big crowd of all ages at the sportsfield. Thanks to everyone who helped in organising the event and those who helped out on the day. There was great support from within and outside the club, support which is greatly appreciated by Bruree GAA.


Carmel Noonan will hold a coffee morning in aid of Milford Hospice at her residence on Mill Street on Thursday, September 20th, from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm. Your support would be appreciated.


Ireland’s first National Declutter Day is on Saturday 29th September 2012. Bruree Sportsfield Development Committee offers you the ideal opportunity to participate in the initiative on the day. The next car boot sale will be held at the Old Creamery on Saturday, September 29th.  Proceeds of the sale go towards the sportsfield development. Sellers can set up from 8.00 am and the admission is €10 for cars or €15 for vans. The sale is open to the public from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm and admission is just €2 for adults. Children are admitted free. Tea and refreshments will be available. One of the most popular stalls at last week’s sale was the fresh, local, vegetable stall and this will be there again for the September sale.


Ballyhoura Community Radio is now broadcasting an extra 12 hours of brand new programming, including plenty of great music and chat, since going on air on Mondays from 9.00 am to 9.00 pm. So you can now tune in to your local radio station on Friday evening and all day Saturday, Sunday and Monday.


Under 12: Bruree’s Under 12s participated in the Finals Day at UL.. The Bruree panel included Kayleigh Thompson, Katie Quirke, Kiara McCarthy, John Sheehan, Peter Buckley, Sam Cronolly, Harry Mullane, Cathal Barrington, Jimmy Leslie-Madigan, Brian McCarthy, William Sexton, Frankie Barrington, Eoghan O Driscoll, Matthew Howard, Sam Williams and David Sexton. Team mentors were John Cronnolly, Tony O’Driscoll and Declan Sexton. This was Kayleigh, Katie and Kiara’s last opportunity to play hurling with the team and the club. Well done to everyone involved.
Under 8: An Under 8 Hurling blitz was held in Bruree Sportsfield field. Three teams took part in the blitz - Bruree, Blackrock and Garryspillane. Unfortunately Bruree were unlucky in all matches but a great evening was had by all. Some great talent coming up the ranks and it’s a pleasure to watch our Under 8s competing at such high levels and showing some great skills at this early stage of their young careers.
The Bruree players included Brian Curtin, Katie Sexton, Paddy Lynch, Shane Hogan, Jack O’Shea, Connor Frawley, Laura Frawley, Darragh McDonagh, Ian Finn, Greg O’Dywer, Michael Frawley, Fionn O’Brien, Colm McCarthy, Shannon Carey, Aaron Doherty, Kevin Hayden, Robyn Finn and Niall Tobin.


FH Events in conjunction with BCR92.6FM (Ballyhoura Community Radio) are hosting a Fashion Show/Expo at Bulgaden Castle on Saturday, September 29th. The event will showcase fashion and beauty including local and international designers and beauty professionals. Tickets are €20.00 which includes a Prosecco and cheese reception. Compere on the night will be Barbara McMahon, presenter for nearly 10 years of RTE’s first fashion programme, Head to Toe. Models include Roses from the Rose of Tralee and there will be entertainment from contestants of The Voice, X-Factor, TV3 and much more. Tickets are now available or contact Fiona on 086-1775066 or Charlotte on 087-3666937 Email


Beech Lodge Care Facility is marking Positive Ageing Week with a series of events later this month. Running from 29 September to 7 October, residents at the nursing home will take part in a series of events including a Ballroom dancing session, outings, Internet classes and live music sessions. “We are delighted to mark Positive Ageing Week with some wonderful, fun events for our residents,” said Director of Care Anne Maria Moore. “All are welcome to join us in marking this special week.” For more information, see Beech Lodge’s new website or call us on 063-90522.


We extend our sincere sympathy to the family, relatives and friends of John McDonogh, Cooleen House, who died recently.

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