Bruree/RockhillCommunity Council


Bruree Notes 15/10/2017

  • Oct 15, 2017
  • John Harrold

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  • Bruree Notes


Fundraising continues to raise the funds necessary to match to recently announced €50,000+ grant towards to replacement of the roof of our Community Centre.

The Community Centre is the social, cultural and sporting focus of the village and have been used by all parishioners at one stage or another. At present the roof is seriously defective with five holes in it which allows water to fall directly onto the quality timber floor. All the chutes and downpipes are also made from asbestos and also need to be replaced thus negating the ingress of water into the walls and preventing further damage. It is imperative that the project is completed  not only for our present parishioners but for future generations to come. The committee is a small one and would appreciate the support of the parish with this project. Ongoing fundraising consists of the following:

Clothes Collection- You may drop off any unwanted clothes as this collection is ongoing over the year.

October 26 - Halloween School Kids Disco

December 3 - Christmas Fair- Take a stand or visit the Community Centre on the day and Santa will be attending!!!  

If indeed anyone would like to make a financial donation to the project we would be very appreciative of same. For further details please contact any member of the committee : Ger Sexton, Eamon O’Dea, Eileen McMahon, Vikki Jackson, Elaine O’Dwyer, Margaret Deady, Noel O’Halloran or Frank Finn.

Working together as a community we can accomplish this worthwhile project for everyone.



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.



Friarsgate Theatre presents Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell adapted and performed by Phelim Drew on  Friday, October 20, at 8.00pm. Contact 063 98727 or



This Halloween Party Night is a fundraiser not to be missed for Milford Hospice and The Mid Western Cancer Foundation. It takes place at the Devon Inn Hotel on Friday, November 3. A night full of good food and wine, music, craic, fun, games and lots of prizes and surprises. There will be competitions for best dressed, best masquerade mask, best Halloween outfit and much more! Dance the night away to Keep in Touch band and DJ. Special guests on the night are Elma, Fionnbar and Jema Walsh of Donal Walsh #Livelife Foundation. All proceeds are going to Milford Hospice and The Mid Western Cancer Foundation, two worthy cancer charities in the Mid West. Tickets are €55 per person. Please contact Joan O'Sullivan 069 82166/086 1625960, Geraldine Mulvihill 087 2036112 or Lisa Ruttle 087 9544848.



February, 1961: Dr. T. Quane, Bruree, Co. Limerick, won the opening race of the 1961 Point-to-Point season when his Sea Fisher, fourth in a novice chase at Gowran Park last week, won the lightweight hunt race at the Carbery Hunt's Point-to-Point at Bandon, Co. Cork, yesterday. Sea Fisher was ridden by Mr. J. J. Gordon, who completed a double when he scored on Mr. James Leahy's War Knight in the Castle Bernard Plate.

March, 1963: A branch of Macra na Tuaithe has been formed in Bruree, Co. Limerick, and the following officers were elected at the inaugural meeting: Chairman, N. Doody; secretary, B. Fitzgerald: treasurer, S. Murphy. The attendance at the meeting included Rev. P. Kelly, C.C., Bruree, and Mr. F. Randies, N.T.

December, 1962: Dennehy and Coll require artists, all lines for tour. Open January. Top salary. Reply to Bruree, Co. Limerick.

April, 1963: Garda Dan Begley, Dungarvan, is a Limerick man who started school in Bruree and then went on to the Christian Brothers in neighbouring Charleville. A handballer, he played football and hurling at school and, continuing with football, he played when stationed in Waterford City. He has several medals from his handball days and is still interested in swimming. He has decided tastes in reading, Shakespeare, Damon Runyon and Goldsmith being his favourites.

He is an outdoors man and is chairman of Dungarvan Trout Anglers' Club. Also interested in sea angling, he is a good shot, tramping the Comeraghs for grouse and the lowlands for wild fowl and pheasant.

As a skilled hobby, he makes his own fishing rods, preferring greenheart to all others.

Uninterested in picture shows, he likes Irish music and used to be a ceili dancer. A veteran of 32 years service in the Gardai, he is a former member of the West Limerick Flying Column and holds a Black and Tan medal. He is deeply interested in work for youths and would like to see them introduced to oudoor pastimes such as fishing and shooting.

August, 1965: Mr. P. Potter of Bruree is confident that his Howardstown Warrior, first round winner in 30.88, will add to his laurels in the fifth heat, second round, of the Shannon Sweepstake at the Markets Field this evening. Ardrine Quinella, of course, won on Friday week last in 30.30, but "Howardstown's" finishing burst should tell.

February, 1965: For many years, Patrick Potter, of Bruree, Co. Limerick, has been training the county team for the National Ploughing Championships. Since 1932 he has missed only a couple of the Championships, and he was taking a look at the work of the competitors in the County Ploughing Championships at Dromcollogher last week, despite the showers of snow that swept across the bleak hillside. The work was "very good", he told me, but he regrets the declining interest in ploughing in the county. Nevertheless, the number of competitors was almost double that of 1964.

May 5, 1960: The village of Bruree. Co. Limerick. was slow to move with the times and change over to summer time. This year, however, summer time had been adopted for the first time for Masses in the village and will operate from next Sunday.

May, 1962: Some more towns in South Limerick have adopted "new time". Bruff and Bruree have now adopted official time. In previous years "old time" was observed in these places during the summer months for all Church ceremonies and social functions. The change lo official time this year is generally welcomed.

October 13, 1962: Back To "Old Time"—The village of Bruree. Co. Limerick, has reverted to "old time" where the churches and schools are concerned.

January, 1935: Mr. P. J. Kelly, who for many years was principal teacher of Killacolla N.S. has retired from service. As a most efficient N.T. Mr. Kelly is deservedly popular throughout a wide area, and we wish him many more years of health and happiness to enjoy his retirement. His numerous friends in the surrounding districts will heartily congratulate Mr. Michael Shanahan, Castletown-Conyers on his appointment to the position of principal teacher at Killacolla in place of Mr. Kelly. Mr. Shanahan has acted tor some yars past as assistant teacher at Granagh School, and though his departure from there will be sincerely regretted, the news of his well-deserved promotion has been hailed with the greatest joy. One and all, we wish him every good luck in his new sphere of duty.

September, 1962: It is understood that a doubledecker bus will travel from Limerick to Charleville in the near future to accommodate the large number of pupils who travel from the Bruree (Co. Limerick) district to the secondary and vocational schools in Charleville. Upwards of fifty pupils travel from Bruree alone to Charleville to school.



The collection for the Parish Clerks will be taken up in Rockhill on Saturday, October 21st, and  in Bruree on Sunday, October 22nd. Your generosity would be greatly appreciated.



We extend our sincere sympathy to the family, relatives and friends of Patricia Casey, Caherdavin, Maureen Butler, Ballyagran, and Rita McCarthy, Charleville, who died recently.



There is much controversy in the United States at the moment between the President, Donald Trump, and players on many of the top American football teams, as to whether they are showing disrespect to the National Anthem and the flag as to whether the players actions are a legitimate means of protest or not. However, few will be aware of the origins of the music of the Star Spangled Banner. Bruree’s Pat Lyons recently received the following information from a friend of his in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave. “I would like to share some interesting notes about the origin of the tune used with “The Star Spangled Banner.” While the tune is commonly attributed to John Stafford Smith, evidence has surfaced which indicates that it was actually composed circa 1750 by one William McKeague of County Fermanagh, in what is now Northern Ireland, as a regimental march for the Sixth Enniskillen Fusiliers, an Irish unit stationed in England. “The March of the Royal Inniskillings” was obviously heard by Smith, who, with his excellent ear and memory, copied it down and used it for his chum Ralph Tomlinson’s doggerel, “To Anacreon in Heaven.” The tune became wildly popular in all English-speaking areas on both sides of the Atlantic, and hundreds (at least) of sets of words were written by poets and poetasters to fit the tune. Perhaps the best-known of these on this side of the Atlantic was “Adams and Liberty,” which is if anything more thrilling than the words of the “Star Spangled Banner.” Francis Scott Key himself had written at least one set of words prior to the “Star Spangled Banner,” and had sung (or attempted to sing) it at a public gathering several years prior. (Key was by all accounts a terrible singer who could not carry a tune in a wheelbarrow!). The tune itself is generally thought to be an offshoot of Turlough O’Carolan’s “Squire Bumper Jones” of 1723, with which it shares rhythmic identity, as well as several similarities melodically. It is interesting to note that Thomas Moore’s collection of Irish airs contains no fewer than three tunes with the same meter and rhythm. Obviously, this was a popular scheme at the time. The instrumental versions most often played are those by John Philip Sousa, in B-flat (1918), and by Frederick Fennell, in A-flat (1944). A version by Henry Fillmore, with trumpet flourishes, is often heard at football games, but is not used by any of the military services or government agencies. (FDR reportedly did not like it, and said he did not want to hear it again!)”

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