HISTORIC NIGHT :
The Liam McCarthy Cup was welcomed in great style by a packed community center on Wednesday 5th. From babies to grandparents and everyone in between, arrived to see the famous Cup and meet the team members who were responsible for this famous victory.
We very much appreciate Aaron Gillane and Dan Morrissey's attendence, in the midst of their very busy schedules.
Sincere thanks to Seamus Twomey, County Development Officer and Siobhan Scanlon for including Granagh on the itinerary. It was wonderful to be able to hold the actual Cup and hear and see the players up close. Our MC, Jim Chawke, no stranger to a hurley himself, did the honours. Coincidentally, Jim's father, Ned was a member of the 1940 All Ireland winning team, captained by Mick Mackey.
The highlight of the night was getting a photo with the Cup, in our specially prepared photo booth.! We couldn't have managed without our photographers who did a marvelous job, they were on their knees for at least an hour and a half. Thanks a million to Sean Simcox and Marian Sheehy. They were ably assisted by Emma & Roy McMahon who took the mobile photos for everyone. Granagh Development had a team of people helping in different ways to prepare for the night. Thanks to those who decorated the Hall, those who supplied baking, those who served the teas and those who helped with the clean-up after. Thanks to Tom O'Gorman who sponsored the goodies for the children, Simone and Bridget looked after their distribution. Thanks to Eimhin for setting up the sound system and the car parkers - John Sheehy, Tom O'Regan and Liam Herlihy.
We must also thank Seamus and Jim for arranging to take the Cup around to our parishioners in Hospital and those who could not make it to the Hall. What a special experience.
As Jim mentioned on the night, the main Hall floor we were standing on, was going to be no more after the weekend. It was the last function to be held before the new floor goes down. That old timber floor has given tremendous service. It cannot be estimated how many feet have traversed those timbers and how many functions it has catered for, over a forty year period. It has served us very well indeed.
CUAN MHUIRE - MARKET: Again, this Thursday a Farmer's market will be held from 10.30am - 12.30pm, at the Garden Centre, Bruree. Lots to choose from, Bread, Preserves, Salmon, Pottery, Crafts, Candles and Handmade cards for all occasions, all local. Enjoy a cuppa in the coffee shop after you browse. While you are there, don't forget to register for the upcoming Gardening Classes.
CHURCH NEWS: Readers for September; Saturday 8th - Neilie Brosnan. Sat 15th - Marylee Stapleton & Anna Toomey. Sat 22nd - Jennifer O'Gorman. Sat 29th - John Bennett. Eucharistic Minister - Joan Broderick. Wednesday morning Mass 9.30am. Adoration on Fridays from 6pm, Mass at 7pm.
3 HAIL MARY's: Thursday 27th & Friday 28th Sept: Tommy Marren returns to the Lime Tree with a hilarious new show. He also wrote the comedies - It's the Real McCoy and Nobody's Talking to Me . This story is set in a nursing home. The three Marys', who have spend the last ten years together, prepare to bid farewell to one another.
VOUNTEERING: Irish Red Cross - Limerick Area. They are looking for enthusiastic and motivated people who wish to learn new skills and put them into practice for those in need to #JoinOurTeam in county Limerick. For more info see: limerickredcross.org/joinourteam
'95 STOP TOUR': September is the month for Live 95Fm's great fundraiser for local charities - The Ark, The Neo-Natal Unit, CARI and Cliona's Foundation. You can support them on Thursday 13th - Noel White will be hosting a Bingo night in Rathkeale Community Hall at 8:30pm in conjunction with Live95fm's '95 Stop Tour'.
SNIPPETS: Congratulations to Mary's Hair Salon, Croom who won Customer Service of the Year AWARD, at the Irish Hair & Beauty Awards, in Dublin at the weekend. The Mustard Seed Restaurant were delighted to be shortlisted in this years Food&Wine awards in two categories. Congratulations to John Edward Joyce, who received the Commendation award for ' Host of the Year'.
DIARY: Wed 21st Sept: Film - ' Making the Grade' at Friars Gate. Sat 22nd: Cottage Market, Peoples Hall, Kilmallock. Thur 27th: UCH - Eurovision Show. Thur 27th Fri 28th: Lime Tree - 3 Hail Mary's. Fri 28th: Jack Lukeman at Friars Gate.