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Happy Easter:

Happy Easter wishes to one and all, those at home and abroad.

Enjoy the Holidays and the Eggs.


Granagh Church: - Mass of Lord’s Supper - Holy Thursday Evening. 7.30pm :

Passion - Good Friday - 3.00pm. Easter Sunday - 9.30am. Welcoming ceremony for all babies baptised since last Easter.

Ballingarry Church - Stations of the Cross: Good Friday 6.00pm Holy Saturday Night - Mass of the Resurrection Ballingarry; at 8.00pm : Biggest celebration in the Christian Calendar. Lighting of the Paschal Fire.

Trocaire Box: - Please return on Holy Thursday. Eucharistic Ministers, please attend Holy Thursday to be recommissioned to serve as a Eucharistic Minister for next twelve months. Good Friday is a day of ‘Fast and Abstinence’.

BRUREE & 1916:

"Rockhill-Bruree Community Council will commemorate the Easter Rising and the parishes connections with it, over the coming week. The commemoration events will start on Good Friday, 25th March, with a Rambling House in the Community Hall starting at 8.00 pm. The entertainment will feature songs, music and stories with a connection to the Rising. Local and visiting entertainers will ensure a very entertaining night. Those attending are asked to dress in clothes of the period to add to the occasion. On Easter Sunday night, March 27th, “Celtic Twilight” a drama presentation will take place in the Community Hall, starting at 8.00 pm. It tells the story of the Rising, through a narrator - a young rebel soldier and the unfolding story in his letters to his mother. The lives of the tenement women and the children of the slums are brought to life. On Thursday, March 31st, “The Priest, The Doctor and The Teacher” will explore Bruree's part in the action of Easter 1916 with guest speakers Eamon O Cúiv TD, Matthew Potter (UL/Limerick City Archives) and Stephen Ryan (UL). This will start at 7.30 pm. Admission is free to all events and light refreshments will be served each night."


Pope Pius IX gave the Redemptorists a mandate, 150 years ago, to promote devotion to Our Mother of Perpetual Help, throughout the world. On Monday 4th April, 6pm, at Mount St. Alphonsus, Jubilee celebrations will be lead by Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Charles J. Brown. 7.00pm, procession to St. John's Cathedral. 7.45pm, Prayer service at Augustinian church. 8.30pm, Opening mass. 10.30pm, Healing service. 12.00pm, Prayer around the Icon and all night vigil. Tuesday 5th April, Masses at 7am and 10am.


Wednesday 6th April in Clouncagh Church, 7.30pm - 8.30pm. Our Lady's Pastoral Area, consists of the parishes of Adare, Croagh, Kilfinny, Granagh, Ballingarry, Knockaderry, Clouncagh, Rathkeale and Cappagh. The parishes invite you to join the delegates in one hours' prayer for the success of the Synod.

GRANAGH & 1916:

Jim Chawke has instigted plans to commemorate 1916. It will be held on Sunday 24th April at 6.30pm.

It will be outdoors to begin with - marching from the Creamery to the School, where the flag will be raised. Then into the hall for the staging of some scenes from 1916.

He is looking for as many men & women of all ages, teens and children to take part. The idea is to have as many people as possible in the parish involved.

You can be part of the crowd marching, joining in songs/poetry, some people will be needed to act out the scenes while the narrator tells the story.

Anyone who thinks they want to be part of it in any way, whether its with more specialised skills e.g. sound, smoke effects, costumes or whatever, please let Jim know. There will be two practises prior to the 24th April.

If you and your family would like to be a part of what will be a memorable occasion, please send on Names and Mobile Nos to Jim Chawke. Looking forward to hearing from as many as possible.


Once again Mary Morrissey, Coolruss, held a very successful Cancer fundraiser and she would like to sincerely thank all who supported it, contributed and helped to make it such a success. Thanks to everyone who brought daffodils to her house. To the numerous people who donated prizes for the Raffle. To all those who baked, especially young Sophie Fitzgibbon. And to her kitchen helpers who served tea and coffee etc well into the night. Results:- Free Door Raffle. Hamper - Marian Condron. Wine - Maureen Enright.

Main Raffle:- Hamper - Helen Slattery. Pink Rabbit + Choc - Justina & Amy Brzezicka. Candlesticks - Lorna Gardiner. Curling Tongs - Deirdre O'Connell. China Tea Pot - Rita ( Art class). 'Olivia Blake' Candle Set - Caroline Brouder. Tommy Hilfiger Perfume - Helen Sheerin. 'Bayliss & Harding' Gift Set - Fiona Purtill.

Wine - Mary O'Dea, Hospital. Wine - Marie Kelly. Wine - Ide Noonan. Easter Egg - Darragh O'Donoghue.

Purse & Candle Set - Kathy Barron, Fedamore. Baby Girl Blanket Set - Joe Carroll. Baby Boy Blanket Set - Kathleen Sheehy. Hand Knit Cushion - Denis O'Keeffe. Painting - Shauna Barron, Fedamore. Painting - Rosaire Lenihan, Croagh. Painting - Marie O'Brien, Coolruss. Tickets were drawn by Cllr. Richard O'Donoghue aided by Breda Fitzgibbon. So far, a total of €1,365 has been lodged, imagine the difference this will make.! Well done Mary.


We send Happy birthday wishes to the following - Neilus Brosnan on his 60th and Colm Noonan on his 21st.

Mary Liston, Banogue will be celebrating a special roundy birthday on Good Friday - the cake will have to be put on hold. ! Also, congrats to Dermot O'Hanlon, Dan Tierney and further afield Joanne Clifford will be celebrating in Australia.


Our sympathies to the family of the late Stasia O'Regan, Graigacurra, who passed to her eternal reward on Sunday 13th March. Go dtuga Dia suaimhneas sioraí dí.



* 22 students from colleges including CIT Cork ,DIT ​, and RIAM have been selected to take part in the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra's 2016 Mentoring Scheme for young musicians.

Among the students chosen is our own Sophie Butler on Double Bass and co-teacher in Musica Fusion School, Emma Downes on Violin. 18 of the 22 students will play with the orchestra for the first time.

Unlike previous years where all students took part in some or all of the same concert, the 2016 scheme will take place over a number of RTÉ NSO concerts, starting this week and running through to the end of June.

​ ​ A great achievement .

* On a completely different note, well done to Cailinn Noonan, a student with Charleville Taekwondo School who won two bronze medals in the Black Belt section at the Munster Championships.

* ​Well done to the U12 Drama group representing Granagh/Ballingarry, who shared joint 3rd in the County Final. Members - Lorna, Emma, Rachel, Eimear, Abbie, Diarmuid and Director, Jim Chawke.​

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