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June is Bustin' Out all Over:


​Our sympathies to the family of the late Jack ​

Hartigan, Towerfield Crescent, Croom,

​ formerly of London and Ballyagran who passed away peacefully in the tender care of the staff of

St. Gobnait's Nursing Home, Ballyagran​. ​ Jack, ​predeceased by his wife​ Eileen​ and very deeply regretted by his daughters Clare, Aileen and Paula, sons David and Johnny, daughters-in-law,​ sons-in-law, brothers, Pat and Dan, sisters Bridie, Margaret and Josie, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, kind neighbours and a large circle of friends. ​He was repos​ed on Friday​ last at Daffy's Funeral Home, ​and Requiem Mass ​ was celebrated in St. Mary's Church, Croom followed by burial afterwards at Holy Cross Cemetery, Charleville.

​We also offer our sympathies to the family of the late Marie Jones (nee Speiran), Charleville, w

ife of the Late Sean. Deeply regretted by daughters Angela and Deirdre, sons-in-law, grandchildren, brothers Jimmy and Gerard, sisters Rita, Ann and Catherine, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunt Mairead (Chawke), special cousin Vera, relatives and friends. ​She was repos​ed​ at Hawes Funeral Home ​with Requiem Mass in Holycross Church

​ and b​urial ​a​fterwards to ​Relig Mhuire ​Croom​.


​Congratulations​ to ​the ​Culture Corner team representing Limerick​,​ in National Community Games final in UL

​, who came away with Silver medals. ​​ T​eam ​ - ​Tomas Houlihan, Ava Morrissey, Luke and Zach Hayes, Grainne Lynch and Diarmuid Flynn​, with Manager Maura Lynch​. ​

​A​lso congrats to Nessa Markham who came 2nd in U16 solo singing and her brother Cathal who came 2nd in ​U​12s​, ​ the siblings also won the Group Singing.Community Games is still Very much alive but need​s​ parents to come out and help​. Please keep this wonderful organisation going​,​ these kids are our future and we need to support their talents.


Sunday 3rd June, 11.00am in the Community Centre, Loving-kindness ​M​editation​: This is a heart meditation and helps you to develop the mental habit of selfless or altruistic love.​

The practice always begins with developing a loving acceptance of yourself. ​Y​ou will take your good vibes home, to work and into your relationships. ​ ​

Applying the practice to daily life is a matter of directing a friendly attitude and having openness toward everybody you relate to, without discrimination.​ You will be guided throughout the mediation and will be sitting in a chair. We will begin with some stretches to allow you sit comfortable and after the meditation you'll relax ​t​o allow the practice to settle within you.

​ ​ Cost E12 per person. "Practice love until you remember you are lov​​e​​ " .


Last year​ a sub-committee of the Development Assoc. completed a lengthy and time consuming application for LEADER funding, which was passed earlier this year. The work involves replacing the main floor and two of the room floors ​plus insulating the front wall of the Hall. The builder cannot commence this work until mid-August with a finishing date, mid to late October. Therefore the Hall will be unavailable for bookings/classes/functions etc until all this work is completed. We were hoping that the work could be completed during the Summer months but due to delays in the new LEADER management programme, we only got the go ahead in April, which was three months later than the original date.


​Another sub-committee were working on this project also. The plan is to provide a small car park beside Lyons's Cottage, so that walkers can safely park off-road and easily access all the walks on Liskennett Wood. Again, this was given the go-ahead in April and will hopefully commence in July.


Ailbhe Barrett​, Doorlus,​ has received the ​ prestigious ​ESB Keating Award for an Outstanding Art Work.​

​She​ received her award, medal and cash prize at the 188th Annual Exhibition of the Royal Hibernian Academy .The​ award​ commemorates former President of the RHA, Sean Keating. ​ ​

Primarily a painter of landscape, Ailbhe has mastered the art of printmaking over the last decade or so, culminating in '​Infu​​sions​'​, her first solo show at Graphic Studio Gallery​, Dublin​.

​ She has also exhibited in U.L., the Hunt Museum, Limerick Printmakers as well as Belfast. ​


World Meeting of Families: If enough people are interested, a Bus can be arranged to transport people to Dublin on 26th Aug, for the World Meeting of families Mass. Contact Fiona 086 - 2232184 or Marie 087 - 2942245 before 31st May.

​Parish ​O​ffice: Open on Tuesdays, 12pm - 2pm and Fridays, 10am - 2pm. Contact number, 069 - 68661 or email -

​Please ring ​Marian ​for appointment before calling.​

​Weekday Masses:​ No weekday masses for the moment, they will resume again in June. No Adoration in Granagh, on Fridays, for the moment.


For anyone who suffers from ​Hayfever, the Asthma Society have included a Pollen Tracker on their web site -


​Did you know, Ireland's Strongest Man for the second year in a row is a Patrick O'Dwyer, from

Newcastle Wes​t​​,​ ​thirty one years old,​ who weighs​ in at ​23st (146kg) ​.?​​

​He​ has dominated the Irish Strongman circuit for the past two years by winning consecutive Ireland Strongest Man titles. Winning this contest allowed Pa to compete against the best in the UK ​. He used this as motivation​ to take on these giants of the sport over ​thirteen​ events in Belfast and on the last event produced the goods to gain ​third position ​in the UK Strongest Man 2017​. "The events on the day of the final consisted of picking up the back of a van,as many times as possible, lifting boulders of concrete on to barrels and flipping a 450kg Earth mover tyre".

Pa is known for being the “Limerick Lion” and has the potential to be a success with Ultimate Strongman. This year ​he​ plans to win the UK Strongest Man 2018 and win his Ireland Strongest Man title for a joint record 3rd time. When in training for an event Pa eats eight to ten thousand calories per day. To put that into perspective, the average intake for a male is two and a half thousand.​

Along with a grueling training regime, the athlete's daily food diary ranges between 8000 and 10,000 ​kcals and his lunch alone packs a punch with more than a pound of mince as the main ingredient. The weekly shop sets him back an eye-watering €300 to €400 - vital fuel to continue the high intensity training needed to reclaim his All-Ireland title and also have a shot at competitions across the water. The athlete admits that he favours horse meat or venison​, as there's a higher quality of protein and less saturated fat, and he eats eight eggs, 1lb of mince, 450g of chicken and a large steak every day as part of his mammoth eight meals. To increase his calorie intake Patrick awakens at 3.30am to drink the first of three mass gainer shakes, which each clock in at 1200 ​kcals, and every day the athlete consumes more than 1.5 litres of whole milk. Strongman training is much more grueling than normal training because a session can take up to 2-3 hours per day. Sessions range from pulling 20 tonn trucks, lifting ​his​ own car and lifting objects over ​his​ head - some of them weighing up to 27-28 stone.

A​mazingly, he has no sponsors and is doing this out of his own pocket..!!! ​


We send our very best wishes and prayers for a full recovery to Michael O'Brien, son of Mary & Tom, Donaman, who is in hospital in Dublin at present.​

​30th May -4th June: Fleadh Cheoil, Kilfinane.

Thur 31- Fri 1st: Bedding Plant Sale, St. Joseph's Garden Centre.

Sun 3rd June. Family Cycle, Great Southern Greenway.

Sun 3rd: Circuit of Munster - Rathkeale House Hotel.

Tue 5th -Wed 6th Give Blood - Pastoral Centre, Kilmallock, 5pm -8pm.

Sun 17th June: The Glen Garden Walk, Knockfierna.

15th - 17th June: Bruff Summer Festival & Bloomsday Events.

18th -24th June: Hurl Smart Week.

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