Bruree/RockhillCommunity Council


Bruree Notes 7/11/2017

  • Nov 7, 2017
  • John Harrold

  • Bruree Notes


Prayers for  the deceased will be said at the cemeteries in the parish on Sunday, November 12, as follows: Bruree New Cemetery 2.00 pm, Bruree Old Cemetery 3.00 pm, Templemary, Howardstown 3.45 pm.



Congratulations to Tom Harrold, Bruree, who ran the New York Marathon on Sunday last through the five boroughs of the Big Apple. Tom ran in aid of Our Lady's Hospital, Crumlin. The challenging course took him through Staten Island, Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens and Manhattan on a roller coaster run which took him up steep climbs, through fast downhill sections and over long, straights. The course included five bridges, starting at the two mile long Verrazano-Narrows Bridge before the 50,000 plus participants wind their way through the familiar neighbourhoods of the city that never sleeps.



Bruree GAA will hold its Annual General Meeting on Friday, November 24, at 8.00 pm sharp in Bruree Hall.



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.

November 10 - Poker Classic jointly with Bruree Golf Society at the Central Bar

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 Soulscapes series runs throughout the month of November featuring intriguing speakers like John Lonergan, Dr. Robyn Rowland, Helena Close and Diarmuid Lyng. On Friday, November 10, the theatre will host the acclaimed Mary & Me, written and performed by Irene Kelleher. 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.



We extend our sincere sympathy to the family, relatives and friends of Liam Cagney, Dublin, Pat Allen, Kilmallock and UK, and Pat Tobin, Newcastle West, who died recently.



Bruree Golf Society and Bruree Hall committee will hold a Poker Classic at the Central Bar, Bruree, on this Friday, November 10th, starting at 9.00 pm. Tickets are €20 and are available from members of both of the committees. There will be a draw for anyone who buys a ticket and cannot attend!



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 Noreen Reidy, Newcastle West (€422) and Josephine Madigan, Kilmeedy (€450). Tickets are available locally from John Harrold. Support your community station!



The Holy Souls special day in Emmanuel House, Clonfert, takes place on Sunday, November 19, under Bishop Kirby. This is a full day of prayer for the Holy Souls and there will be an Adoration Mass and confessions. It will be led by Eddie Stones, who will give a talk, assisted by a team of priests. The bus will pick up in Bruree at 8.15 am and it is filling up fast. Book early and name to accompany fare of €20. Contact Ann Mockler (063-90564) for further details. All are welcome.



Ballyhoura Development is providing a wide range of training and workshops this autumn for local community groups, their officers, committee members or directors, and volunteers. Here’s what’s coming up over the next number of weeks:

Thursday, November 9: The Principles of Good Fundraising for Local Charities - 7.00 to 10.00 pm at Mitchelstown Enterprise Centre

All programme events are free though advance bookings should be made through David O’Grady, Development Officer with Ballyhoura Development, by email: or tel. 063-20511.



An important book on religious vocations in the diocese of Limerick by Brother John Feheney will be launched at Don Bosco Hall, Our Lady Help of Christians Church, Plassey Park Road, Milford, Castletroy, Limerick, on this Sunday, November 12, at 3.00 pm in the afternoon. Entitled "Good Seed, Fertile Soil", Volume Two, covers Limerick city and parishes in the south of the diocese. The book is in dictionary format, with the names of 1,000 individuals arranged alphabetically. The priests included were attached to 50 different dioceses, including dioceses in the USA, Australia, UK and Scotland. Religious included in the book belonged to more than 90 different religious congregations. There are entries from virtually every parish in the city and south of the diocese. Readers are invited to attend the book launch. Copies of both Volume 1 and Volume 2, each costing a modest €20, will later be on sale at Celtic Bookshop (061-401155), 2 Rutland Street, Limerick.



The Community Hall committee will hold a Christmas Fair on Sunday, December 3, from 12.00 to 4.00 pm. There will be a children's art/craft competition, stalls, raffles and, of course, Santa himself will attend. Anyone who would like to book a stall should contact 086-0565544.



May, 1931: Electric Hare Coursing - At Dromin on Sunday, 3rd May, a highly successful meeting was carried through by a few of the local sports. The stakes comprised a 16-dog and one for 16 bitches, and although neither quite filled, yet there was ample material for an evening's good enjoyment. The winners of both stakes are the property of members of Bockhill and Bruree Club, viz., Messrs. D. Shortt, Ballytigue, Bruree, and John Carroll, Garrouse, Bruree. The promoters are to be congratulated on the able and business-like manner of all the details incidental to the running of such a fixture. I understand that a meeting of a like nature will be held at Rockhill in the near future under the auspices of the local Coursing Club. Full particulars re same will duly appear in these Notes.

Bohemian Dramatic Company - The above professional company is at present in occupation of the Maigue Hall, Bruree. I doubt if ever before has a company of such ability and technique toured this part of the country. I am glad that the entertainment is being well patronised and I can assure all readers of the "Limerick Leader" that should this Dramatic Co. be anywhere in their district not to miss it or they will miss a treat of a life-time. It is to be hoped that the Bohemians will re-visit Bruree soon again. If so they can be assured of full houses each- night.

March, 1949: A very large attendance at the Maigue Hall, Bruree, gave a fine reception to a new four-act play called Staker Wallis, played by the Bruree Gaelic League Branch.

It was the first performance of this play, which was written by Mr. Mannix Joyce, Bruree, a well-known figure in Gaelic League circles and a tireless worker in the Irish revival cause. The play dealt with the life of the famed Staker Wallis, who was born at Tiermore, near Kilmallock, in 1733, and took a prominent part in the affairs of 1798. He captained the Martinstown Branch of the United Irishmen, was arrested by Captain Oliver in 1798, was publicly flogged twice in the streets of Kilfinane, and once at the fair of Ballinvreena, before being finally executed in Kilfinane.

The play, admirably written, was brillianty produced by the Bruree Gealic League Branch, under the direction of the author. All players portrayed their parts excellently.

Supporting the play were a short one-act comedy in Irish, "An Udhacht," and musical, vocal and dance numbers. Ceilidhe music was supplied by Gerard Clifford's Ceilidhe Band.

December, 1929: The incessant rains have caused considerable flooding in the country districts, especially in the lowlands contiguous to the River Maigue, which overflowed its banks. At Garrouse, near Bruree, the public road was completely impassable owing to the floods, and 'buses and other vehicles were compelled to travel to Charleville via Rourke's Cross. During the last two days the floods have subsided somewhat, and roads are again clear for traffic.

April, 1930: To all whom it may concern. - Take notice that the sporting rights on the lands at present owned by Thomas Roche, The Tnrrets, Bruree; Patrick Mortell, Garrouse, Bruree; Martin Houlihan, Garrouse, Bruree; the lands and river fronts owned by D. R Browning, Bruree; Doctor J.J. Burns, Garrouse, Bruree; Thomas Cotter, Garrouse, Bruree; and the river fronts owned by James Lyons, Mount Eagle, Bruree; James W. Lyons, Mount Eagle, Bruree; and Mrs. Bridget Cahill, Ballynoe, Bruree, are strictly preserved from this date.

December, 1931: The Secretary's report on the field activities of Bruree Hurling Club for the season just drawing to a close will not be very difficult, but rather unpleasant. Hopes were high in this district that, after their good display in 1930, our ambitions would be realized this year, but instead of that, we came a cropper at the first fence. Whether this can be attributed to the improvement of the other teams in the division or to a falling back in ours is quite immaterial. What are the prospects for 1932? If I mistake, not very few of our team handled a hurley since their exit by Bruff, and unless an effort is made quickly to get the team together, I can hold out no hopes for the future. I do hope that Kilmallock will succeed in bringing the junior championship to South Limerick.

June, 1961: The death took place yesterday suddenly in a Limerick hotel of Very Rev. Daniel Canon Martin, P.P., Croom, Co. Limerick. A native of Rockhill, Bruree, he was aged 63. He was educated at St. Munchin's Diocesan College and at St. Colman's College in Fermoy, and he was ordained at Maynooth in 1922. His first appointment was to the teaching staff of St. Munchin's, and he became president of the college in 1945. Three years later he was appointed a member of the Cathedral Chapter and later he was named canon theologian for the diocese. He took up his appointment as P.P. at Croom in 1950 and was for ten years a member and vice-president of the Co. Limerick Vocational Education Committee. He is survived by three brothers - Bro. James Martin, a member of the Irish Christian Brothers in South Africa; Jeremiah Martin, Cork, and Thomas Martin, Bruree. He is also survived by Mother Benignus, Doneraile, Co. Cork, a sister.

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