Friday, September 6, 2013



Bruree Rockhill Tidy Towns are having their church gate collection on this Saturday and Sunday, September 7/8th. All money donated goes straight into the Tidy Town effort in the village. We are hoping to give the village a good tidy on this Saturday, September 7th before the gathering weekend of September 12th15th. All and any help on the day is greatly appreciated. We hope to start at 11.00 am and do a couple of hour’s strimming, picking rubbish, painting and cutting some bushes at the picnic area near the bridge.


Plans for the Gathering weekend in the parish have now been finalised and everything is in place for a great weekend of memories, nostalgia and celebration. It takes place from September 12th - 15th and the theme of the weekend is Memories of Rockhill and Bruree. 
On Thursday, September 12th, there will be an opportunity to preview a selection of the photos which will be displayed over the weekend. This takes place in the De Valera Museum and Bruree Heritage Centre from 7.00 to 9.00 pm. The official opening will take place at the Community Hall on Friday, September 13th, at 8.00 pm. Eamon Ó Cuiv TD will perform the ceremony and will give a short talk on his memories of his grandfather, Eamon de Valera, the family man as distinct from the politician. The night will finish with a traditional Irish rambling house with music song and dance. Admission for the night is just €5 which includes the usual lavish tea.
The much awaited and talked about photo exhibition will take place on Saturday and Sunday, September 14/15th, in St. Patrick’s National School, Bruree, from 1.00 to 5.00 pm each day. Admission is free. Please note the venue.
There will be a historic walk through the village on Saturday, September 14th, at 1.00 pm with the walk leaders describing how the village looked in the past and remembering past residents and businesses.
The night of Saturday, September 14th, will be a night of nostalgia in the Community Hall with live and disco music providing an opportunity for all ages to take to the dance floor with waltzes, quicksteps, jive, hip-hop, rock ‘n’ roll, disco, etc. The dress code for the night is Rockhill Bruree Through the Decades so start searching your wardrobe for suitable attire and get into the spirit of the night! Pick an outfit from your favourite decade and be in with a chance to win a prize for the best dressed on the night. There will be full bar facilities and a barbeque and other activities are being finalised for the night. Admission is €25 which includes Barbeque food and three (3) drinks. Tickets are available from committee members and you are asked to please purchase yours as soon as possible.
The weekend will conclude with a family fun day at Bruree Sportsfield which will include fun activities for all ages from bouncy castles to a tug of war.
Be sure and visit the facebook page at and check out the photos there - they are a small sample of what will be on show over the weekend.
The proceeds of the weekend will go towards the Rockhill Bruree Sportsfield Development so all moneys raised will be staying in the parish to provide sports and recreational facilities for young and not so young in the parish.


The next traditional Irish Rambling House will be held on Friday, September 13th, in Bruree hall, starting at 8.00 pm sharp. This will be part of The Gathering 2013 weekend in the parish.


East Limerick Community Radio is holding a fundraising draw with €2,000 in prizes, including a first prize of €1,000. Tickets are €5 and are available from John Harrold and other station volunteers and presenters. The station broadcasts on 96.8FM and 97.3FM seven days a week.

Now taking bookings for the autumn and winter season!
If your club would like to book the hall and secure the day and time you want, please phone the community hall on 086 056 5544. All bookings will be on a “first come, first secured” basis. Facilities include: Large Hall with viewing space, stage, 2 badminton courts, hand ball alley, large outdoor space and kitchen. The Hall is also available for hire for functions. Phone 086 056 5544 for further information. Upcoming events include Memories of Rockhill and Bruree, The Gathering event 13th to 15th of September, Halloween children’s disco, Christmas Fair on Sunday 1st December. Details to follow.


Mackey Draw: The September Mackey Stand draw will be held at the Central Bar, Bruree, on Friday, September 6th at 9.00 pm. Everyone is welcome to come along and holefully a prize or two will stay in the parish.
South Fixtures 2013
Sunday September 8th Killacolla Gael v Glennacurrane, Sunday September 15th Balbec Gaels v Killacolla Gaels, Finals - Weekend 22nd September.
Killacolla Gaels are a combination of Bruree and Castletown/Ballyagran

The next car boot sale will be held in October. Look out for details nearer the date.

It has been a very busy week for the Under 8s. Bruree played a friendly football match against Dromin Athlacca in Banogue last Wednesday night. Bruree played very well on the night and had a great win over their opponents. We would like to thank Dromin Athlacca for inviting us to play.
Bruree Under 8 football team were invited to take part in an All County Football Blitz in UL on last Friday night.   Once again Bruree turned out in large numbers and, as a result of this, we had two teams taking part in the Blitz.  Each of the two teams played 3 matches and in doing this they were a credit to Bruree GAA in the outstanding performances that each player gave.
The Management would like to thank all the parents who travelled to Limerick on the night.
The Bruree panel of players: Martha Ryan, Shannon Carey, Fionn O’Brien, Niall Tobin, Kevin Hayden, Sean O’Riordan, Paidi O’Gorman, Colin Bresnihan, Ben Sheehan, Michael Frawley, Cian Harrold, Aaron Deane, Tomas O’Riordan, Owen Barrington and Aaron Doherty.

Would you like to send emails to family and friends? Would you like to do your banking and shopping on line? Do you have difficulty submitting returns online? Irish Rural Link are providing the Benefit 4 Programme (Basic Computer Training) to people all across Ireland. This course teaches the basics of computers such as how to turn on your computer, use the internet, shop and pay bills online, send and receive emails, use online government services, and contact friends and family on Skype etc. The course is completed over 8 hours (4 x 2 hour classes) and costs €20 per person.
Bruree-based local computer training service, Mobile IT, in association with Ballyhoura Development, will deliver the courses at fifteen training venues across the Ballyhoura area from October to December this year. The courses will be aimed at:
·        The Farming Community (Evening course)
·        The Active Age Groups (Daytime course)
·        The General Community (Daytime or Evening course)
In the Charleville district, courses will run at Charleville Community Hall, the Market House in Churchtown and at MobileIT’s training centre in Bruree, at times and dates to be confirmed. To book your place on one of these courses now, please contact David O’Grady at Ballyhoura Development on tel. 063-21003

We extend our sincere sympathy to the fanily, relatives and friends of Lil O'Leary, Newtown, and Nuala Gardiner, Bruff, who died recently.
Lucky dip winners in last week’s Bruree GAA/Rockhill Rovers lotto draw were €50 Mery Derham, c/o Moloney’s Bar €25 Josie Lynch, Maurice Conway €20 Tom O’Rourke, Donoe O’Gorman, Patrickswell, Annette Carey.
Bruree Golf Society has qualified for the final of the Daily Star/FBD golf competition, thanks to a victory over Portarlington at Charleville last week. The final is on at Faithlegg Golf  Club in Waterford.

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