Bruree/RockhillCommunity Council


Bruree Notes 29/11/2017

  • Nov 29, 2017
  • John Harrold

  • GAA, Bruree Notes

Lelia Beechinor, Beechinor's O'Rourke's Cross, presenting a sponsorship cheque for first prize in the Bruree GAA Monster Christmas Raffle to Frankie Finn, Bruree GAA Finance Committee with club officers Johnny Wall, Kit O'Halloran, Liam Hogan, Noel Brosnan, Eamon Sexton and Jimmy Feane.


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.



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.

Ongoing fundraising consists of the following:

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

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.



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



Mary Murray (Love/Hate) performs No Smoke without Fire on Friday, December 1, while on Wednesday, December 8, Kilmallock welcomes back the Abba Forever show.



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. Winners over the past two weeks were Nuala Collins, Rathkeale, and Joe Mullane  Newcastle West. Tickets are available locally from John Harrold. Support your community station!



The Community Hall committee will hold their Christmas Fair on this Sunday, December 3, from 12.00 to 4.00 pm. There will be a children's art/craft competition, stalls, homemade cakes and candy, raffles and much more! Of course, Santa himself will attend and Santa's Grotto will be open from 1.00 to 2.30 pm. Anyone who would like to book a stall should contact 086-0565544. Admission is free and there will be free tea and coffee.



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 are the final three upcoming:

1. Finance For Non-Financial Managers and Board Members (Tony Ward of The Wheel), 7.00pm on Thursday, November 30, at E-Centre Charleville

2. 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.



Banogue will stage the comedy/farce “Pull The Other One” over the weekend of November 30 to December 3.



We extend our sincere sympathy to the family, relatives and friends of Patrick Kelly, Cornwall, Padraig O'Reilly, Shannon, Brigid Shire, Raheen, and Johnny Quinn, Rockhill, who died recently.



Rockbarton Garden Centre are hosting their annual Boutique Christmas Fair on Sunday, December 3, in the grounds of their historic stone courtyard. Admission is free.



December, 1948: Bruree Hurling Club Grand Xmas Drawing Result. 1st Prize (Turkey) Ticket No. 3728 (P. McGrath, Knockmore, Bruree). 2nd Prize (Bottle of Liquer Whiskey) Ticket No. 441 (Mr. J. Power, Uregare, Shearin's Cross, Kilmallock). 3rd Prize (Leg of Mutton) Ticket No. 141 (Mary Murphy, Bruree). 4th Prize (Bottle of 5-Star Sherry) Ticket No 1330 (Dan Collopy, Bruree). 5th Prize (Large Iced Cake) Ticket No. 514 (Mary Beehan, Uregare, Shearin's Cross, Kilmallock). 6th Prize (Bottle of 5-Star Port) Ticket No. 491 (J.J. O'Brien, Peafield, Bruree). 7th Prize (200 Cigarettes) Ticket No. 3790 (Liam Jones, N.T., Croom). The Committee would like to sincerely our patrons and all who helped make our Draw a success. We wish you all a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Con Simcox, Runaidhe, Bruree GAA.

July, 1963: Work on the erection of a new national school at Bruree, Co. Limerick, has commenced. The new school is being built on a site at the north of the new Bruree sportsfield, on the Bruree-Kilmallock road.

June, 1966: The proposal of the Department of Education to close the Co. Limerick national schools at Rockhill and Killacolla and to make Bruree the central school for the joint parish of Rockhill and Bruree, was considered at a meeting of parents and parishioners held at the school, Rockhill. The meeting unanimously decided to oppose the proposed change in the strongest possible manner. It was decided to ask that the present schools at Rockhill and Killacolla be repaired, and it was stated that it would cost about £1,000 to put both these schools into first class repair. A committee was formed for the purpose of taking the matter up with the Department and to invite the three Dail deputies of the constituency to a meeting in the near future to put the case to them and then let them take the matter up with the Department. It was pointed out that the new school, opened recently at Bruree, is situate at one end of the parish, and if the Department do not agree to the repair of the schools at Rockhill and Killacolla, then the parents and others interested wilI seek the erection of a new central school to cater for the Killacolla and Rockhill areas.

January, 1967: Notice as to termination of train services on the railway line between Patrickswell and Rathluirc (via Croom and Bruree.

Pursuant to section 19 of the Transport Act, 1958. the Board of Coras Iompair Eireann herein gives notice that:—

1. On the 26th day of March 1967, all services of trains for the carriage of merchandise operating on the railway line between Patrickwell and Rathluirc via Croom and Bruree will be terminated.

2. As an alternative for the carriage of merchandise in the affected area, the Board will provide - (a) the existing road merchandise services, that is to say (i) the existing Saturday service from Limerick rail head via Patrickswell to Croom, and (ii) the existing Tuesday and Saturday service (which radiates from Rathluirc railhead) each way between Rathluirc and Bruree; (b) such additional services as will cater for the variable demand for the carriage of livestock; (c) such additional services as will cater for the seasonal or occasional traffic previously carried by rail on a wagon-load basis. 3. Carriage between the areas of the stations previously linked bv rail and not linked by the said road merchandise services, willbe effected by a combination of road and rail transport.

December, 1970: The five man committee of the Bruree G.A.A. Club last week caused something of a bombshell when they named Munster and Garryowen rugby player Larry Moloney as "Sportsman of the Year." The committee arrived at their decision while acting in accordance with the terms stipulated by the donor that the award should be open to all sports.

The donor is Mallow dentist, Mr. P. S. Horgan, himself a former Gaelic player and now a very popular member of Mallow Golf Club. His father, the late Mr. Horgan, N.T., was a Life President of the Bruree G.A.A. Club.

The Horgan Cup was first presented last year when it was awarded to Limerick and Munster hurler Jim O'Brien.

June, 1970: Anglers in the Bruree, Co. Limerick, district have expressed concern at the number of trout and salmon that have died in the River Maigue. The anglers believe that this has been caused by pollution of the river.

April, 1961: Mr. Peter Lawlor has been appointed stationmaster at Bruree (Co. Limerick) in succession to the late Mr. P. Stubbins.

February, 1964: Very Rev. Edward McCarthy, former Parish Priest of Cappagh, has been inducted as Parish Priest of Rockhill Bruree, Co. Limerick. He succeeds the late Very Rev. D. Canon Kelly, P.P. The induction ceremony was performed by Very Rev. J. Canon Cowper, D.D., P.P., V.F., Kilmallock.



Breda Treacy and Gerry Delee would like to thank everyone who supported them in their recent Parish Clerks collections in Rockhill and Bruree.



Silver Circle Draw: Week 4 1st Prize: Lucy O'Sullivan 2nd Prize: Niall O'Grady 3rd Prize: Grace Weaver 4th Prize: Mike Hogan 5th Prize: Stephanie Finn Seller: Leah O'Sullivan



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

December 3rd Michael Collopy

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

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