Bruree/RockhillCommunity Council


Bruree Notes 03/12/2017

  • Dec 3, 2017
  • John Harrold

Tracy Lenihan, Eamon Sexton and Eileen McMahon enjoying the Christmas Fair at the Community Hall.


Bruree GAA will hold a monster Christmas raffle this year with €3,000 in prizes. Tickets are just €5 each or a book of five for €20 and are now available from players and committee members. First prize is €1,000, sponsored by Beechinors, O'Rourke's Cross. Second prize is €500, third is €250, fourth is a €200 hamper, fifth is €150 and there are 5 prizes of €100 as well as other valuable prizes. The draw will take place at The Hotel on Saturday, December 23, at 9.30 pm. Bruree GAA thanks you in advance for your support.



The winners of the Raffle at the Christmas Fair in the Rockhill Bruree Community Hall last Sunday were: 1st Prize John Carey 2nd Prize David O'Brien Jnr. 3rd Prize Ann Hynes (Shannon) 4th Prize Frank Finn  5th Prize Ava O Donnell 6th Prize Mike Lyons 7th Prize Sam Lynch 8th Prize David O'Dea 9th Prize Kaya Deady 10th Prize Noel O'Halloran 11th Prize Joe Quinn.



The Bruree Parent and Toddler group continues every Wednesday in the Community Hall, Bruree. The group meets from 10.00 to 12.00 midday and all parents and guardians are welcome to come along.



Bruree Badminton Club continues training on Monday and Wednesday nights from 8.30 to 10.30 pm. Detail on times/days for juveniles to follow.



The following are the current opening hours for the De Valera Museum and Bruree Heritage Centre:

Tuesday - Friday 10.30 am – 3.00 pm (Closed for lunch 1.00 to 1.30 pm)

Saturday - 1.00 – 4.00 pm

Closed Sunday and Monday

To contact museum -  086 3949230 or



Tickets for the West Limerick 102FM 50/50 Draw are now on sale throughout West Limerick or from the station's offices in Newcastle West (069 66200) for next week's draw. They cost just €2 each. Half the proceeds will be distributed as prizes each week. Winner last week was Tom Cahill, Abbeyfeale, who collected €538. Tickets are available locally from John Harrold. Support your community station!



Ballyhoura Development has provided a wide range of training and workshops this autumn for local community groups, their officers, committee members or directors, and volunteers. Here is the final one: Communicating the Cause: Measuring impact and demonstrating the effectiveness of your organisation (Caroline Egan of CramdenTECH), 7.00 pm on Thursday, December 7, at Millennium Centre, Caherconlish. All programme events are free though advance bookings should be made through David O’Grady, Development Officer with Ballyhoura Development, by or tel. 063-20511.



We extend our sincere sympathy to the family, relatives and friends of Jackie Noonan, Mill Road, who died recently.



E-Twinning: In the 2016/2017 school year, 3rd and 4th class participated in an etwinning project entitled "Ireland & France - an exchange of place, culture & stories". This involved creating a presentation about the locality, the school and Ireland and exchanging it with the school in Le Gavre, France. At Christmas, the children exchanged handmade Christmas cards. In January, the children prepared a presentation about a legend from their country and exchanged it. They sent each other cards at Easter. Towards the end of the year the classes recorded performances of singing, music and dance and sent them to each other. In June, the classes did a Skype video call where they 'met' each other and asked some questions about their school life. It was a very interesting project in which to be involved and a fun way for children to learn about other cultures. The project was awarded a National Quality label from Léargas, the governing body for etwinning. The awards were presented on November 28, in Dublin Castle. Mrs. Karen Murnane, project co-ordinator, was delighted to attend the Leargas Forum to accept the award.



Parish Council: There will be a meeting of the parish council at Bruree National School on Tuesday, December 12, at 8.00 p. All members are asked to attend.

Anniversaries: The following are the Anniversary Masses in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Bruree, during December:

December 10th Frank Finn/Michael Walsh

December 11th Jack and Kathleen Carroll

December 15th Michael McMahon

December 17th Denis McGrath Snr./Bridie McGrath/Denis McGrath Jnr./Patrick McGrath/Veronica McGrath/Tom, Ollie, Lull and John Hayes

December 18th Deceased members of the O'Callaghan and Finucane families

December 25th Ellen Feane/Thomas and Robert Harris

December 29th Michael and Mary O'Rourke/Paddy and Mary Carey

The following are the Anniversary Masses in St. Munchin's Church Rockhill, during December:

December 9th Colman O'Riordan and the deceased members of the O'Riordan family

December 30th Anne O'Dea



May, 1936: Two junior hurling matches were for decision at Elton on Sunday, viz, Kilmallock v. Rockhill and Ardpatrick v. Kilfinane. Owing, however, to the sad death of the mother of two of the members of the Ardpatrick team, the contest against their neighbours had to be postponed, and meanwhile the most sincere sympathy of the people of the district is extended to the relatives of the deceased lady in their great sorrow. The match between Kilmallock and Rockhill was not up to standard by reason of the fact that a regrettable misunderstanding between the members of the Rockhill team had arisen, and, unfortunately, it had not been adjusted on Sunday, with the result that several men who would otherwise have played remained at home, and those who entered the pitch fully knew that they should go down. All credit is due to the fifteen who put up such a game fight, but particularly to three men in the combination who stood out all on their own fighting a forlorn hope. We refer to O'Callaghan, Simcox and Kearney. O'Callaghan in full back covered himself with honour, and at the opening of the second term when it looked like a riot of scoring for Kilmallock he fought back the onslaught time and time again, and carried out almost impossible clearances.

FIRST HALF: Rockhill operated with the advantage of a stiff breeze in their favour, and the incline of ground from centre field. Bad marking sent them wide three times, and the forward line seemed to fail to connect with the co-operation offered to them by centre-field and wing. After a hot passage at the half-way line Hannon shot down for Tommy Pender to drive in for a major score, and a moment later the operation was repeated. Rockhill grazed the upright missing a goal, and the Kilmallock custodian was again called upon to defend his posts and made a very creditable save. Simcox (Rockhill) drove in a peach of a goal from side line. Hannon, "Dor," and Kenny were now conspicuous at the Kilmallock side, and when called to defend Noonan and Coleman staved off a big Rockhill drive and sent down to go wide at the other end. Kilmallock kept up the pressure, and soon O'Brien and Heelan had a goal each to their credit, but Rockhill retaliated with another major per Deady. Kilmallock added three points, and at the half time whistle the score stood;—Kilmallock, 4 - 3 Rockhill, 3 - 1.

SECOND HALF: Quilty, Kilmallock full forward, opened up by striking a hopping ball under the bar and within two minutes a pair of minors were added and marked upto "Dor" Sullivan's credit. Hannon engaged in a stylish piece of work at left wing forward sending in perfectly but the accompanying effort went wide. Quilty had another goal and Kilmallock went wide a moment later. Wides were the order for a period and O'Callaghan did great service outside the Rockhill goalie, who proved himself a very worthy defender. "Dor" sent in another minor after which Rockhill settled down to a most stubborn defence under the leadership of O'Callaghan, who turned aside many dangerous looking rushes, but had to remain on the defensive to the end of the term, when a match that was not without many good points ended on the score:—

Kilmallock 6 - 7 Rockhill 3 - 3

THE TEAMS: Kilmallock—J. J. Quilty (capt.), J. Connors (goal), W. Hannon, T. Kenny, P. Quilty, P. Sullivan, A. Connors, P. Fitzgerald, P. Hayes, D. Heelan, T. Prendergast, P. O'Brien, A. Sullivan, D. Coleman. T. Noonan.

Rockhill—T. Riordan, J. Kearney, H. Simcox, M. Deady, M. Regan, J. O'Flaherty, J. Callaghan, J. Donovan, J. Duggan, M. Hanrahan, J. Madden, J. J. Rourke, M. Condon, P. Kearney, J. Riordan. P. Noonan, J. Morrissey.

December, 1847: Thursday night last, Constable Sheehan and party of Derawline, succeeded in arresting the Captain of a party who attacked several houses in Shandrum, county of Cork; and also several houses in the neighbourhood of Fort, in this county. He had fled to London for some time, but returned again to pursue his former lawless career, when Constable Sheehan apprehended him.

February, 1873: Highly important sale by auction of the valuable interest in an extensive dairy farm, dairy stock, in-calf heifers, rick of hay, farm implements, household furniture, &e. Subscriber has been favoured with iustructions from Miss Moloney to sell by auction, at Garrouse, 3 miles from Charleville, and within a few minutes walk of Bruree Railway Station, on Tuesday, the 4th of March, the valuable interest in her farm, situate as above, containing 76 Acres, 0 Roods, 24 Perches, Plantation Measure, for the residue of the term of 31 years, from the 25th of March, 1851, at the small yearly rent of £1 1s. an acre. After sale of the land, the farm stock, &c, will be put up, consisting of:- 15 young dairy cows, (choice milkers), 1 do. stripper, 5 handsome in-calf heifers, 13 yearling calves, 2 do. bulls, 1 2-year old colt, by East Lancashire. A rick of fine quality hay, heap of manure, a donkey car and tackling, 1 cart, 1 but, 2 ploughs, rolling stone, a heap of swede turnips, coal in bulk, horse rake, winnowing machine, dairy utensils, and household furniture. Terms with full particulars at sale. To commence at 1 p.m. Michael Miller, Auctioneer, Charleville, Feb. 12th, 1873.

October, 1934: Death: Rev. Fr. Alphonsus (Carroll), O.M. Cap., Holy Trinity, Cork, was born at Killacolla, Co. Limerick, in 1874. He was ordained in 1909.

February, 1963: Very Rev. Robert Canon Donworth, P.P., Adare, Co. Limerick, who has died, was aged 76. He was a native of Garryfine, Bruree, and was educated at C.B.S., Charleville, and later at St. Munchin's College, Limerick. He went to the Irish College in Rome where, in 1912, he was ordained. He worked for seven years in the diocese of St. Augustine, Florida, before returning to Limerick. He was appointed Canon of the Cathedral Chapter in 1948.

October, 1954: A fire broke out in the haybarn of Mr. John Cullinan, of Garryfine, Bruree, Co. Limerick and destroyed 40 tons of hay. Mallow brigade were first to arrive on the scene and left after the arrival of the Kilmallock brigade, who remained on duty for over twelve hours to prevent the fire from spreading to nearby outhouses. 

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