Thought for the Week – Everything changes.

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Everything changes. The weather changes, fashions change, our body changes, our ideas, our moods change, our loves and friendships change. Our finances and life plans change.

So much in the world reflects change and adaptability – the eye of an insect, the wing of a butterfly, the ear of an elephant, the functions of the human brain are all testimonies to adaptation to a life in continual change.

It was Cardinal Newman who said that ‘to live is to change, and to live well is to have changed often’. The only way we can survive is to be prepared to change. In the midst of changing conditions if you try to stay the same, static, fixed, you will suffer greatly.

Those who do not change or adapt are likely to end up like the dinosaurs!

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Murroe/Boher Newsletter 10th September 2017

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Parish Clergy: Fr Loughlin Brennan                           Fr. Tom Ryan

Tel. 386227 Mobile 087 9814051                                  Tel. 352223 Mobile 087 6291557

Recent Deaths: Maurice Gavigan, Collinstown, Co Westmeath.

John Nicholas, Cappanuke, Murroe and London, who died recently in London.

Anniversaries:                                    Murroe

Patrick and Nora Ryan and

Una and Paddy O’Dwyer                                                                   7pm this Saturday

Michael Carroll                                                                                    9am this Sunday

Mike and Mary Holmes and

Mary, Harry and Tommy Coleman                                                                11.30am this Sunday

Pat Gleeson and

Breda O’Brien                                                                                      7pm next Saturday

Boher

Celeste Bartley                                                                                     10am this Sunday

Bartholomew and Eileen Hanley                                                     10am next Sunday

May They Rest in Peace

Eucharistic Ministers Next Weekend: Boher: Marie O’Flynn 10am.

Murroe: Bridget Hayes 7pm. Mary O’Brien 9am. Breda White 11.30am

No Adoration in Murroe Church next Friday

Junior and Senior choirs will resume practice on Thursday 14th September. Venue- church sacristy. Times- Junior 5.00pm to 6.00pm. Senior – 8.00pm to 9.30pm. New members welcome.

Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be on display in Murroe Church on this Wednesday, 13th September. A Plenary Indulgence can be obtained by praying before the statue.

Abington Church: The Annual Harvest Service takes place in Abington Church this Sunday 10th September at 4pm. All are welcome to this traditional event and to refreshments afterwards. There will be a collection for Famine Relief in Africa.

Community Houses for the elderly in Gilmartin Park: A house is now vacant. Applications in writing please to – Community Housing, C/O Kathleen Cummins, Gilmartin Park, Murroe, Co Limerick. Note: you must be over 60 to apply. Closing date 30th September.

Leaving and Junior Certificate Small Group Maths Grinds Kilmurry Arts and Heritage Centre, Castletroy – Commencing Saturday 30th September 2017 – May 26th 2018 (30 weeks) Places limited to cater for individual needs and to build confidence. For further information please contact Orla Fahy at: Orla.Fahy@ul.ie or 085-1726117

Lotto Results 3/9/17-14,23,24,31-No Jackpot Winner. €20 Lucky dips Eleanor Robin, Carmel Power, Amy Shaw & George Boyle. Next Week’s Jackpot €2,900 in Crokers

Experienced Childminder available in Boher to mind children in her own home. Also from September, Monday to Friday, drop off and pick up after school for Killinure NS. Contact Bernadette 087 4027178.

Denis Holmes will hold a Coffee Morning in aid of Milford Hospice in their showrooms on Thursday 14th September 10am – 2pm, All Welcome.

Painting Art Classes resuming in Murroe hall on Thursday the 21st of Sept from 7-9pm.  No experience is needed. Absolute beginners are very welcome. 4 weeks of still-life painting, 4 weeks of landscapes and 4 weeks of portraiture. €15 Euro pay as you go weekly or €50 for 4 classes. Some materials and refreshments supplied, just please bring your own acrylic paints and brushes. Please text Jenny on 085-7237256 or email jenny28111987@gmail.com to book a place.

A Coffee Morning will be held in the Community Hall Murroe on Sunday 8th October from 9.30am to 1pm. The purpose is to raise funds for Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children.

Maranatha Prayer Ministry invites you to our Maranatha Healing Retreat on Sunday, 17th September 2017 at 2.30pm at St. Pauls Church, Dooradoyle, Limerick through the Ministry of Fr. Robin Thomas and Heidi Gilroy, Kildare with beautiful Spirit Filled Praise and Worship Music and Song, Confessions, Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, Talk, Mass and Adoration and Laying on of hands for healing.  Tea after in hall.  All welcome……

Boher Parish Calendar 2018: Boher Parish Calendar project team will be producing a parish calendar again for 2018. All members of the community are invited to submit photos for consideration. Old or modern photos will be accepted and can be related to a number of topics: historical interest, landscape, parish events, etc. Photos can be given to any of the Community Development Association members.  Photos will be scanned/copied and originals will be returned within 5 days.

TABLE QUIZ Boher Community Development Association will hold a Table Quiz on Friday, 22 September at 8.30 pm in Pa McGrath’s, Boher, to raise funds for the maintenance and up-keep of Boher Community Centre. Great night promised, lots of spot prizes.

Murroe Boher Camogie Club: Well done to our intermediate team who defeated Newcastle West last weekend. Next weekend (17th September) the girls play their last group game away to Croagh/Kilfinny at 12 noon. Hard luck to our U16 team who lost to Galbally last Friday in their first game. On Friday evening the girls played Bruff/Kilmallock in their second-round while on Thursday (14th September) the girls will play Newcastle West in Newcastle West at 6.45pm in their final group game. Our U14s, who have joined with Treaty Gaels, lost out to Ballyagran/Newtownshandrum during the week but a strong second half performance shows promising signs for their B plate semi-final against Ballybrown in Ballybrown on Tuesday (12th September) at 6.30pm. On Saturday, our U8s went to the county blitz which was hosted by Abbeyfeale. Next Saturday (16th September) we will host an U10s blitz – all volunteers and help would be greatly appreciated. Best of luck to all our girls – especially the U14s in their semi-final. Please support our girls.

Murroe Boher Bord na nÓg:  Our Under 13 hurlers took to the field in Boher on Saturday 2/9/17 in the Ryan Cusack Memorial Cup to take on our visiting teams of Ahane, Newport and Durlas Og of Thurles. The first match was against Newport where our lads had a blistering start leading 1-6 to 0-0 at half time. The second half ended 1-2 each with our lads winning the game 2-8 to 1-2. Our next game was against Ahane. Ahane put in a spirited display in the first half but our lads rallied in the second half winning on a scoreline of 3-6 to 0-0. As Durlas Og had won both their first matches also, the third round robin game was played as the final. Durlas og were a very well drilled team with fantastic hurlers. The first half ended 1-2 to 1-1 in our favour but we had to face the second half playing into the wind. The young Murroe Boher lads worked hard in the second half and despite a late goal from Durlas Og in injury time our lads had enough done and won the game by a point 2-3 to 2-2. The cup was presented to winning captain Euan Sheridan by the Cusack family. This was the first time Murroe/Boher had won this competition. Newport were the shield winners with player of the tournament going to Daniel Rossiter of Durlas Og. Many thanks to all who helped out on the day with teas, coffee, bbq, pitch preparation and for the fine spread of food for all our visitors. Well done also to David Hickey, Jack Nicholas, Michael Ryan, Michael Hourigan, Mark Nicholas and Colin Hackett who all represented Limerick in last weekend’s underage intercounty competitions.

Murroe Website EditorMurroe/Boher Newsletter 10th September 2017
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Mulcair Men’s Shed Male Voice Choir update

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Mulcair Men’s Shed Male Voice Choir is up and running. New members are always welcome. If you are interested in joining, please call Willie O’Neill on 086-302-7413. Practice will take place every Sunday evening at 7:00pm in Newport Football Club, except for next Sunday 10th September when it will be starting at 7:45pm.

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Bee Blogs August 2017

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Into September – it is on the cusp between seasons and can be very unpredictable – it can be a lovely month but it can also bring gales with wind and rain and it can fall into between these extremes.   Schools are open for business. When I was teaching I liked to finish my bee work by the beginning of September.  Having retired, I can be more leisurely. I have removed some honey and I have Apiguard on to treat for varroa. Taking honey off in mid August gives time to treat for varroa. Temperatures of 15 degrees centigrade are needed for Apiguard treatment. Temperatures can drop as we head into September.
Working in the apiary all is quiet  – flowers are gone except for the odd straggler – ragwort is still in bloom and this provides useful forage for the bees, butterflies and other insects – ragwort is toxic and can lead to cirrhosis of the liver in horses and cattle but cases are extremely rare – most animals are  clever enough to leave it alone. Fresh ragwort is of little interest to them as it has a bitter taste – the greater risk is when the dried plant is eaten among hay.
The bee are also quiet these days, waiting for the ivy flowers to bloom. I noticed the first ivy flower in bloom a few days ago. There is a feast of berries about and fruit trees are laden with their produce. Blackbirds are reappearing round the apiary – they disappear to moult once their young have fledged  – shedding their tatty, faded feathers. They replace their feathers in stages so they are never flightless.
INSPECTIONS: My main concern at the end of another season is the level of stress I cause when carrying out an inspection. I can’t help noticing the turmoil and the many bits of pollen discarded by bees under pressure. This summer I have left my colonies more or less alone and I reckon that they have produced as much honey if not more, than usual. The other positive with this reduced inspection rate is that the bees are much calmer. When I do regular inspections, I feel they remember the last time and are ready to pounce!  Apparently in the 1980’s Russian beekeepers recommended just four inspections a year. That sounds about right. I plan to try it next year.
First inspection  – in early spring to make sure the queen is laying and has enough space – this year I had to remove some brood frames full of ivy honey to give the queens room to lay in.
Second inspection – approaching swarming season.
Third inspection – not sure about this one – but presume I would do it during the swarming season.
Fourth inspection – at the end of the season to make sure all is in order for the winter.
HONEY EXTRACTION: I gave up extracting honey some years ago as I found it very messy and time consuming. I  now do cut comb honey. I use unwired foundation in the supers or use a starter strip of foundation and let the bees draw it down.
I cut the honey out of frame (a good idea is to place the frame over a queen excluder or other metal grill) lying on its side on the queen excluder and positioned over a drip tray. This will allow the honey to drain away and avoids getting your comb soggy. Cut the comb into the size of your container using a sharp knife. You can buy comb cutters but they are expensive and do only one size.
You can also scrape the honey and capping off the frame into a muslin lined sieve. Leave the sieve to drain over a plastic bucket in a warm room. It is a slow process but honey will separate out and drain into your bucket and then you can jar it.  My mother simply removed a frame of honey, cut off the wax capping and left the frame on its side to drain into a large flat dish. The warmer the room the quicker this works. Once the frame was empty she simply popped it back in the hive to be re-filled! When taking honey, remember not to leave your bees hungry!
WASPS: Wasps can be a problem at this time of the year. Wasps like bumble bees survive the winter through their queens. Worker wasps feed their larvae in the spring with protein from insects and caterpillars and the larvae give out a sweet secretion to the adult wasps. In late summer the colony starts to raise drones and queens and worker brood dwindles and the source of sweetness dress up. The workers now switch from hunting protein to searching out a source of sugar such as jam, rotting fruit etc. Once they switch to sugar you can use a wasp trap baited with jam. If used in spring they must be baited with protein – bits of ham etc. To cut down on the possibility of robbing by wasps reduce the entrance.
I hear that the US Vice President’s wife, Karen Pence, has several bee hives at their new Washington home.  Apparently she uses each political and diplomatic visit to her home as an opportunity to invite these influential guests to visit her apiary. She then explains how important bees are to the planet. She is using Langstroth hives!
Jobs for September:
  • Check honey stores in the hive – learn to estimate stores by hefting the hive
  • Top up stores to a minimum of 18kg by feeding heavy syrup
  • Remove, clean and store the queen excluder
  • Remove empty Apiguard trays or other varroa treatment
Murroe Website EditorBee Blogs August 2017
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Thought for the Week – The Lonely Man of Faith

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In 1965 Rabbi Joseph B Soltoveitchik wrote an essay called, ‘The Lonely Man of Faith’. In it he examines two images of Adam based on the first two chapters of Genesis – he suggests that these reflect two sides of our nature.
Adam One is found in chapter one of Genesis-  he is the,  “majestic man” commissioned by God to master the world. He is the pragmatic one ambitious with his motto of success.
Adam Two emerges in chapter two of Genesis. He is a different, ‘the keeper of the garden who tills and preserves it’ , the ‘contractual or religious man’ who surrenders himself to the will of God.  He is the humble side of our nature and his motto is love.
These two sides of our nature operate different logics.  Adam1 has an external logic – an economic logic – input leads to output, risk leads to reward. Adam 2 has an internal logic – a moral logic and often an inverse logic – ‘you have to give to receive’, ‘to find yourself you have to lose yourself’.
Soloveitchik is not suggesting that either Adam is better than the other, but that they represent the struggle we undergo between these sides – the  spiritual and material, the mystical and scientific. We have to integrate both sides.
In Western culture we tend to adopt Adam 1 – we spend a lot of our time and energy focussing on values such as ambition and success – mastering or trying to master our universe.
We need Adam 2 for balance – to listen to him, integrate his compassion, kindness and honesty – befriend this inner reality. Our sense of alienation is due to our over emphasizing one side of our nature to the detriment of the other – we need to integrate both.
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Murroe / Boher Newsletter 3rd September 2017

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Parish Clergy: Fr Loughlin Brennan                           Fr. Tom Ryan

Tel. 386227 Mobile 087 9814051                                  Tel. 352223 Mobile 087 6291557

Recent Deaths: James (Jim) Conlon, Murroe formerly Barringtons Bridge

Michael (Mick) Leahy, Farnane, Murroe formerly Dingle, Kerry

Ellen (Nellie) Ryan (Née Collins) Kealogue, Oola.

Anniversaries:                                    Murroe

James Humphreys                                                       7pm this Saturday

John, Michael and Nell Kett and

Marie Joyce                                                                 11.30am this Sunday

Deceased members of the Owens Family, Glenstal     10am Wednesday

Patrick and Nora Ryan and

Una and Paddy O’Dwyer                                             7pm next Saturday

Michael Carroll                                                                        9am next Sunday

Mike and Mary Holmes and

Mary, Harry and Tommy Coleman                              11.30am next Sunday

Boher

Josie and John Quinn and Jerry O’Leary                                 9.30am this Friday

Celeste Bartley                                                             10am next Sunday

May They Rest in Peace

Eucharistic Ministers Next Weekend: Boher: Kathleen Walters 10am.

Murroe: Elizabeth Power-Lynch 7pm. Michael O’Loughlin 9am. Margaret Holmes 11.30am

Junior and Senior choirs will resume practice on Thursday 14th September. Venue- church sacristy. Times- Junior 5.00pm to 6.00pm. Senior – 8.00pm to 9.30pm. New members welcome.

Abington Church: The Annual Harvest Service takes place in Abington Church on Sunday 10th September at 4pm. All are welcome to this traditional event and to refreshments afterwards. There will be a collection for Famine Relief in Africa.

The Murroe Marian Club will reopen on Wednesday Sept 6th at 8.00 pm in the Fitzgerald Room, Muintir na Tíre Hall, Murroe. New members very welcome – just come along on any Wednesday night or contact 061 378138 for information.

Community Houses for the elderly in Gilmartin Park: A house is now vacant. Applications in writing please to – Community Housing, C/O Kathleen Cummins, Gilmartin Park, Murroe, Co Limerick. Note: you must be over 60 to apply. Closing date 30th September.

Kind, reliable, mature person needed to assist lady in her own home in Murroe area, hours flexible, further details contact 0866055545

Leaving and Junior Certificate Small Group Maths Grinds Kilmurry Arts and Heritage Centre, Castletroy – Commencing Saturday 30th September 2017 – May 26th 2018 (30 weeks) Places limited to cater for individual needs and to build confidence. For further information please contact Orla Fahy at: Orla.Fahy@ul.ie or 085-1726117

Lotto Results 27/8/17 -5,11,20,22-No Jackpot Winner. €20 Lucky dips Anne Fitzgerald, Seamus Collopy, Mairead O’Brien & Pat Kett(Jnr). Next Week’s Jackpot €2,800 in Pa McGraths

Experienced Childminder available in Boher to mind children in her own home. Also from September, Monday to Friday, drop off and pick up after school for Killinure NS. Contact Bernadette 087 4027178.

Limerick Camera Club: If you are interested in developing your photographic skills, Limerick Camera Club is reconvening on Wednesday 6th September Room 203 Mary Immaculate College starting with a social evening.  Limerick Camera Club welcomes people of all abilities, regardless of your level of photography, there is something for everybody, we hold workshops, demonstrations, club competitions and not forgetting the social side of the club with Club outing’s, and Club day trips. New members welcome.

Painting Art Classes resuming in Murroe hall on Thursday the 21st of Sept from 7-9pm.  No experience is needed. Absolute beginners are very welcome. 4 weeks of still-life painting, 4 weeks of landscapes and 4 weeks of portraiture. €15 Euro pay as you go weekly or €50 for 4 classes. Some materials and refreshments supplied, just please bring your own acrylic paints and brushes. Please text Jenny on 085-7237256 or email jenny28111987@gmail.com to book a place.

Grandparents National Annual Pilgrimage September 10th 2017, Knock Shrine at 2.30p.m. Everybody welcome to honour & thank Grandparents alive & dead for all they have done for us down through the ages. Chief Celebrant Archbishop Eamon Martin –  Ballina School Choir – Dana sings ‘Our Lady of Knock’

Boher Community Development Association will hold a coffee morning this Sunday 3 September, following 10am Mass in Boher at Boher Community Centre and 11.30am Mass in Murroe, outside Murroe Church, to raise funds for Fr Tommy Laffan’s project in Kenya.  We hope you will support our coffee morning.

Boher Parish Calendar 2018 Boher Parish Calendar project team will be producing a parish calendar again for 2018. All members of the community are invited to submit photos for consideration. Old or modern photos will be accepted and can be related to a number of topics: historical interest, landscape, parish events, etc. Photos can be given to any of the Community Development Association members.  Photos will be scanned/copied and originals will be returned within 5 days.

TABLE QUIZ Boher Community Development Association will hold a Table Quiz on Friday, 22 September at 8.30 pm in Pa McGrath’s, Boher, to raise funds for the maintenance and up-keep of Boher Community Centre

Digital Skills for Citizens training program will commence in Cappamore in September. The five-week program aims to give people the confidence, motivation and skills to take their first steps online. Courses will run in the LCFE, East Limerick Campus, Cappamore with the first course starting on September 5th at 10am.  A further course aimed at farmers will commence on September 6th at 7.30pm and a course specifically catering for the needs of parents in the Digital world will commence on 12th September at 7.30pm. Training is delivered over five two-hour sessions and is FREE. For further information or to book a place on any of Digital Skills for Citizens training, please contact Ballyhoura Development in the Cappamore office on 061 381174/061 387042.

Murroe Boher Camogie Club: Well done to our intermediate team who had a great win over Bruff last weekend. They play Newcastle West this Sunday at 12 noon in Newcastle West in the fourth round of the championship. Hard luck to our u14s who lost out to Blackrock/Effin last Tuesday. This Tuesday they take on Ballyagran/Newtownshandrum at 6.45pm in St. Patrick’s, Rhebogue. Our u16s played Galbally on Friday evening in the first round of championship. Next Friday the girls will play Bruff/Kilmallock at 6.45pm away. Best of luck to all our girls and be sure to get out and support them.

Murroe Website EditorMurroe / Boher Newsletter 3rd September 2017
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The Mulcair Men’s Shed Male Voice Choir meet and greet

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The Mulcair Men’s Shed Male Voice Choir will be having an initial meet and greet in the new Newport Town A.F.C. clubhouse at Derryleigh Park, Newport at 7pm on Sunday the 3rd September. Any man wishing to join this choir is welcome to come along on the evening and be involved in starting this great new adventure for the Men’s Shed. Non-members of Mulcair Men’s Shed will need to join, but annual membership is only €10. If you have any questions about the choir, please contact Willie O’Neill on 086-302-7413.

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BOREDOM and CREATIVITY

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As we fill every moment of our lives with activity boredom is becoming extinct.  Cell phones have become Swiss army knife-like appliances – we use them as a dictionary, a weather forecaster, a calculator, a calendar, as a torch, for messaging – they feed our mania for cramming every minute and leaving no downtime – waiting in a queue I check my messages – lying on the couch I am texting or catching up on the latest podcast.
The spaces, which once populated our day, moments when we may have felt nothing was happening, moments when we felt bored, have value.
Neuroscientists now know that during this  ‘downtime’ when the brain is not focused on a specific activity, it switches to its default mode – a network of neurons switches on – and in this default mode it gathers disparate ideas and makes new connections – it begins to think creatively – it has a chance to solve that problem that has been nagging you for ages.  – While you walk to work, or fold laundry, or wait in a queue – in other words when we are on ‘autopilot – our brain has a chance to work ‘off line’ – and think beyond the conscious.
If we are always on our devices – this default mode is blocked and there is no time for new connections to be forged and you are less creative.
So we need to re-educate ourselves and our children about the value of ‘boring time’-  as a time to be creative – rather than as a time to be fixed or filled with activity.
We need to change our relationship with our phone – change it from it being our task master to being a useful tool when it is needed. Learn to use technology to improve our lives rather than dampen our creative capacity. And we need the next generation to be creative – they have huge problems to solve – climate change, over population etc.
This in no easy task – the competition for our attention is stiff – there are numerous technology companies employing thousands of clever engineers to keep our attention – working to keep us hooked to our devices – they want our attention 24/7. These people refer to us, their customers, as ‘users’ which should give us a clue about their priorities. They want you to have that itchy feeling, that hunger to stay connected and they build their technology to trigger this. The CEO of Netflix commented that their main competitors for your attention are Google, Facebook and sleep.
So turn off your device, take back control and then stare out the window..take a break…and know that by doing nothing you are actually being your most creative –  it might feel strange at first but “boredom can lead to brilliance”.
Murroe Website EditorBOREDOM and CREATIVITY
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