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October 10, 2018



































Our sympathies to the family of Jim Treacy who died peacefully on October 1st, 2018 in the exceptional and wonderful care of Beechwood Nursing Home, Newcastlewest. He is surivied by his sister-in-law Peg Treacy, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends.

He was reposed at O'Grady's Funeral Home, Ballingarry on Wednesday, October 3rd, arriving at St. Joseph's Church, Granagh at 8.15pm. Requiem Mass on Thursday, October 4th, at 12 noon. Burial afterwards in Granagh cemetery.


Saturday 13th Oct, 7pm:   We will be celebrating our annual Harvest Mass by sharing from our plenty, with those in need.   When you look at all the tragic news stories from around the world and compare with our own lives, we definitely have been blessed in so many ways.   We bring to Mass, NOT an Envelope with money in it, but a bag with food in it.   We will bring our gifts to the altar at the Offertory and after Mass all the food is passed on to worthy causes. So this weekend is a ‘No Envelope’ weekend where we share our food and sustenance to support our brothers and sisters who need it. 
This is not a side-show distracting us from core of the Mass, but a community living out the meaning of the Mass. Jesus asks us to love God and love one another and we can’t do one without the other.   Your gift of perishable foods this weekend will be passed on to the local Vincent De Paul and to ADAPT House in Limerick.  Many thanks.


The first of five Gardening Classes begins on Wednesday 10th Oct from 11am - 12pm.    More info and booking from Ted on 063-90338 .
Again, this Thursday 11th the Farmer's market will be held from 10.30am- 12.30pm, at the Garden Centre, Bruree.    Lots to choose from,
Plants, Bread, Preserves, Jams, Pottery, Crafts, Candles and Handmade cards for all occasions.


Friday 12th Oct, 5.30pm:   Sleep Out in Charleville town plaza. The staff of St. Josephs' Foundation  were inspired by the work of Focus Ireland and wanted to support them by raising money as part of their participation in Shine a light on Homelessness 2018.   If you are in Charleville you can register for five euro.   Please help us to help them by giving whatever you can, using the 'Give Now' button  on the web site - https://shinealightw.everydayhero.com.    For more info 087-2952263.


Saturday 13th Oct, 9pm. Foley's Bar, Ballyagran.   This fabulous event is run annually by Maura O'Sullivan, with proceeds going to Breast Cancer Ireland.   There is a huge number of raffle prizes plus the famous auction  with unbelievable items again this year !    Some of the items include - A  signed print of the 19th at the 2010 Adare Pro-Am: Voucher for ten to visit Charles Byrnes Stables: Munster signed Jersey, Limerick signed Jersey:  Signed and framed Man U 2018 Jersey: Print of 2018 Limerick Team signed by Declan Hannon: Signed print of Aidan O'Brien's horses coming 1st, 2nd & 3rd in 2016: a Chloe Bag: Diamond Ear-rings and a Pink remote-controlled VW Beetle....for a lucky 3-8yr old.


Saturday 13th Oct, 8pm.   ' Cracks' by the Quintessence Theatre company.  It is a darkly comic & deeply moving new play in which an unsuccessful suicide attempt leaves young Leanne Dowd estranged and attempting to pick up the pieces of a life still shattered by mental illness.
Quintessence Theatre use their story-telling techniques mingled with film and music to explore the profound struggle, individuals with mental illness face on a daily basis in Ireland today.   Cast - Leah Rossiter, Anthony Kinahan, Fiona Keenan O’Brien
Tickets 15/€12   Running Time – 90 mins followed by post show discussion.
On Monday 15th October at 11.30am;-   an Information Morning for a new project entitled Social Conversations: Topics that Matter. This innovative project which will be led by Sheila Quealey, will engage two groups of people in conversation, a group of older people from the community and a group of TY students, in a series of themed discussions.
They are seeking volunteers (aged 60+) to participate in this exciting intergenerational programme based at Friars’ Gate Theatre. The FREE facilitated workshops will explore the intergenerational experience of these two groups from their unique perspectives.


Tuesday 16th Oct, 8pm. Cork Opera House.   (021-4270022)   Mary black, John Spillane, Decalan Sinnott and special guests come together to support radio presenter Gareth O'Callaghan.   Earlier in March of this year, Gareth was diagnosed with Parkinsons' disease.   Then he got  devastating news in June that he also had Multiple System Atrophy: a progressive, incurable disease of the central nervous system.   Friends and musicians are getting together to support him and his family through a very difficult period.


The Parish Office has new opening hours  -  First Monday of each month - 3.15pm to 8.15pm ( except bank holidays).   Wednesdays - 3.15 to 7.15pm.    Thursdays - 3.15pm to 4.00pm.   Please ring Marian for appointment, before calling, on 069 - 68661 or email - balgranparish@gmail.com
Cemeteries:   The survey of our graveyards was completed earlier this year and the notice boards will soon be erected.  All the information is now online and can be see on  www.irishgraveyards.ie.  
Weekday Masses:   Wednesdays at 9.30am and Fridays at 7.00pm.    Adoration as usual on Wednesdays and from 6pm - 7pm on Fridays.


The following are collection points for any donations you would like to make to help the homeless - 'All about You ' Beauty Salon in Dromcollogher, The Community Shop in Charleville, Desmond Complex, Newcastle West.   Suggestions for items that can be given;-  warm winter clothes, warm jackets / coats.   New underwear and socks ...  not accepting 2nd hand.   Thermal vests,  hats, gloves, scarves, boots / shoes / runners.   Hot water bottles, Sleeping bags, Tents, Warm blankets and personal hygiene items.   Cup a Soup's and Noodles.


Friday 12th Oct, 8.30pm:   Community Arts Centre, Rathkeale.   Historian and Author, Joe Coleman will give a talk on  '' Limerick Railway Connections - the people and the times ''.
Tuesday 16th Oct, 8pm:   Dunraven Arms Hotel.   Patrick Fitzgerald, Adare will give a talk on '' The Colleen Bawn''  following on from the recent launch of his first book.


Thursday 18th & Friday 19th October:   At the Mary Immaculate College Open Days there will be presentations on their undergraduate degree  programmes, information stands to find out what you need to know, and campus tours to give you a sense of the excellent  facilities and services that are on offer.     MIC Campus, Limerick -   plus  Saturday 12th January 2019.


The Active Retirement Group meet every second Tuesday, in Croom.   Their next group is Tuesday 23rd October from 12 mid-day, in Croom Civic Centre.   €15 per year membership, €2 per meeting towards tea / coffee.   Why not go along, new members welcome.


Congratulations to the O'Grady's Spar sponsored U14 football team who have qualified for another County final following last weeks success in the Hurling county final. They defeated Dromin Athlacca Banogue in the semi final after an epic battle.  Well done boys and best of luck in the final...    Congrats also to the U16s who won their Hurling County final .  
Congrats to The Green Apron, Ballingarry - they won Silver for their Cracked Pepper Mustard and won Best in Farmers Market from Blas Na hEireann Awards, held in Dingle last weekend.
Welcome home to Dan Sheehan after his extended stay in hospital,  wishing him well in his recovery.
Happy 21st birthday wishes to Rebecca Noonan, Kilmore. 


Wed 10th:               Gardening Class begins at Bruree Garden Centre 11am.  
Mon 15th Oct:         Agri-Tourism Conference, Ballinasloe.
Fri 19th - 21st:        10th Annual Gary McMahon weekend. Abbeyfeale.

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