Murroe/Boher Newsletter 27th August 2017

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Parish Clergy: Fr Loughlin Brennan                           Fr. Tom Ryan

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

Anniversaries:                                    Murroe

Mary and Steve Casey

Mairead Hayes

Martin McLoughlin                                                      7pm this Saturday

Margaret Ryan (Luke) Months Mind                            11.30am this Sunday

James Humphreys                                                       7pm next Saturday

John, Michael and Nell Kett and

Marie Joyce                                                                 11.30am next Sunday

May They Rest in Peace

Eucharistic Ministers Next Weekend: Boher: Eilish Bartley 10am.

Murroe: Nora Lonergan 7pm. Suzanne Barron 9am. Breda Berkery 11.30am

Mulcair Men’s Shed are hosting our second annual Open Day this Sunday the 27th August, from 2:00pm to 6:00pm. This will be at our Shed at the Abington Enterprise Center, Abington, Co. Limerick. We are a Shed-without-borders as we serve communities in both Limerick and Tipperary. Everybody is welcome to join us on the day, so please bring along family and friends to see our shed and meet the members and find out what we’ve been up to and what we have planned. We will have music, barbeque, blood pressure testing, refreshments and face painting for the kids. We will also have a monster raffle and some other competitions, so it will be a fun filled day for all of the family. We look forward to seeing you on the day.

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.

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

Lotto Results 20/8/17 -7,10,24,27- No Jackpot Winner. €20 Lucky dips Anne Casey, Pat O’Connor, Biddy Rainsford & Sabhbh Holmes. Next Week’s Jackpot €2,700 in Powers

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.

Milford Hospice Annual Harvest Fair takes place this Sunday 27th August at the University of Limerick. There will be a fun filled programme of activities and entertainment. Please support this very worthy event.

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’

Meeting for returned Lay Missionaries & Volunteers: Have you ever worked overseas as a volunteer or lay missionary in Africa, Asia or South America? Would you like to meet up with like-minded people to discuss issues of mutual concern? Join us for our second meeting which takes place on Wednesday, Sep 6th @ 7.30 p.m. in Archbishop’s House, Cathedral Street, Thurles. For more info email jim.farrell@amri.ie or phone/text 083 8422468 to confirm attendance

Ryan Cusack’s Memorial U13 hurling tournament will take place on Saturday 2nd September at 3pm in Boher Pitch. Participating teams are Murroe/Boher, Newport, Ahane & Patrickswell. We would appreciate any help with baking/sandwiches on the day. Please contact Anne Marie Ryan on 087-6830744 You can also drop to Boher from 2pm on the day.

Boher Community Development Association will hold a coffee morning on 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: Hard luck to our intermediate team who lost their second-round game to Na Piarsaigh last weekend. Hard luck also to our u14s who have joined with Treaty Gaels and lost their first game also. This week sees our U10s travel to Crecora on Saturday (26th) for a blitz. Our intermediates play their third round against Bruff on Sunday at 12 noon in Murroe. Our u14 team play Blackrock/Effin in Boher on Tuesday at 6.45pm. Our u16s play Galbally on Friday at 6.45pm at home and next Saturday (2nd September) our u8s travel to Treaty Gaels for their blitz. Best of luck to all our teams and be sure to get out and support them.

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Thought for the Week – Silence to hear the deepest needs of our heart

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We have a natural bias towards the visual  – image pervades our culture -when we visit somewhere

new, especially where the scenery is dramatic, it is the landscape that gets our attention – we stop,

we look, we photograph it. This bias is not surprising given that sight takes up to one third of our

brain and uses about two thirds of its processing capacity – but it does mean we can miss out on

other aspects of our surroundings especially the soundscape which is often more varied an

interesting.

 

A meagre 3% of our brain is dedicated to hearing – that may explain why we find

listening difficult. But listening is also challenged by our noisy world. We pump sound into

every available space  – supermarkets, lifts , city streets, waiting  rooms, our homes – the TV is on,

and music is mobile now – we can take it with us – constant static  drowning one thing out with

another until we are left with  no perspective at all – swamped by noise.

 

In his ‘The Screwtape Letters’, C.S. Lewis, discusses ways the devil has for winning souls away

from God. In one of these letters, Screwtape, the senior devil, is advising Wormwood, his young

nephew, and a trainee devil, on the most effective way to win souls from God.

 

Wormwood is trying all sorts of elaborate techniques to win the person assigned to him

and getting nowhere. Screwtape eventually loses patience and explains to Wormwood that they

have a well established method to seduce  people from God. “All you have to do is create

enough noise so the person can no longer hear the voice of God and he is yours.”

 

So Wormwood reverts to this tried and tested technique and soon has his  man. In a

later letter, Screwtape announces, “ we will make the whole world a noise in the

end.”

And it doesn’t help that our stone-age brain was never designed for the bombardment

of noise and data it gets today – data – feeding the mind’s hunger for information and diversion –

24/7 – and squeezing out important alternatives…time for silence, peace, thinking,

playing, for  doing things that are real rather than two dimensional…

 

Our relationship with God, (as are all our relationships) is premised on our capacity to listen

– prayer is above all an act of listening and it takes work- it is not just hearing which is passive

– and the anatomy of listening reveals three things we can do to free up the 3% of our brain set aside

for listening:

 

We need to be humble – put ourselves aside (de-centre)- get off your high horse,

shelve ones pre-occupations and create a space for the other- be hospitable.

 

We need to pay ATTENTION/ to focus, “absolute attention is prayer” according to Simone Weil.

And our frenetic lifestyle is reducing our ability to pay attention – the average attention span

of a goldfish is nine seconds, and according to a new study from the Microsoft Corporation ours is

now down to eight seconds….work to do…

 

We need SILENCE: silence to hear the voice of the other and our own internal tappings

– silence to hear the deepest needs of our heart and the promptings of the spirit – areas and moments

of silence – time and space to hear the voice of the other. Take a technology detox

– dare to switch off our gadgets.

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Murroe/Boher Newsletter 20 August 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: Margaret O’Dwyer, Middleton, Co Cork.

Anniversaries:                                    Murroe

Robbie Hogg                                                                7pm this Saturday

Mary and Steve Casey

Mairead Hayes

Martin McLoughlin                                                      7pm next Saturday

Margaret Ryan (Luke) Months Mind                            11.30am next Sunday

                                          

May They Rest in Peace

Eucharistic Ministers Next Weekend: Boher: Des Duffy 10am.

Murroe: Evelyn Lorigan 7pm. Josie Meade 9am. Breda Byrnes 11.30am

No Adoration in Murroe next Friday

Sincere Thanks to all who supported the Murroe Boher Camogie cake sale last weekend. A total of €900 was raised.

Mulcair Men’s Shed are hosting our second annual Open Day on Sunday the 27th August, from 2:00pm to 6:00pm. This will be at our Shed at the Abington Enterprise Center, Abington, Co. Limerick. We are a Shed-without-borders as we serve communities in both Limerick and Tipperary. Everybody is welcome to join us on the day, so please bring along family and friends to see our shed and meet the members and find out what we’ve been up to and what we have planned. We will have music, barbeque, blood pressure testing, refreshments and face painting for the kids. We will also have a monster raffle and some other competitions, so it will be a fun filled day for all of the family. We look forward to seeing you on the day.

Lotto Results 13/8/17 -3,19,21,24- No Jackpot Winner. €20 Lucky dips Ardagh Condon, Dan O’Brien, Helen Regan & Conor O’Malley. Next Week’s Jackpot €2,600 in Valley Inn

Life of Light Holistic: Offering the following treatments – Reiki, Reflexology, Indian Head Massage, Holistic Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Hopi Ear Candle treatment. The above treatments are beneficial if your stressed, worried, suffer from back pain, neck pain and many more symptoms. Contact Grace Gleeson on Mobile: 087-8177611, Email: Lifeoflightholistic@gmail.com. Address: Buffanoka, Cappamore, Co. Limerick

Milford Hospice Annual Harvest Fair celebrates its 32nd anniversary and is scheduled for Sunday 27th August at the University of Limerick. There will be a fun filled programme of activities and entertainment. Please support this very worthy event.

Cliona’s Foundation 10th Annual Cycle will take place on Sat 26th Aug next at Bruff Rugby Club, Kilballyown, Bruff, Co. Limerick. Again, there are three routes – 90k (over 18’s); 40k and 10k which will be the first off at 9:45am. Registration from 8:30am, adults €25.00 non-Cycling Ireland members; adults €20.00 Cycling Ireland members; child €5 and family €30. Adults register online at www.eventmaster.ie or on the day along with children and families. BBQ, bouncy castle etc. Any queries contact Trevor 086 – 827 6381 / Brendan 087 – 2518 949.

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 Bord na nOg wish to advise that we are hosting a Hurling Camp on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th August, from 10.00am to 2.00pm in Harty Park Murroe. The cost of the camp is €20, and all players will receive Club shorts and Club socks. If you would like to register your child, please contact Rory on 086 3176824. All Players are reminded to brink packed lunches. This camp is open for 7 – 12 year olds, and u6’s are welcome from 1.00pm to 2.00pm each day free of charge.

Murroe Boher Camogie Club: Hard luck to our intermediate team who had an impressive start to their championship campaign who lost by 2 points to Crecora who had a very strong team and panel, well done to our girls who are starting to gel as a team. Our girls line out again this Sunday (20th August) in the second round away to Na Piarsaigh at 12 noon. Also this week our u14s play Na Piarsaigh away on Tuesday at 6.45pm. Our u16s also start their campaign this week with fixture TBC. Best of luck to our girls and be sure to support them and keep up to date on our fixtures on our Facebook page. Next Saturday (25th August) we will be holding our monthly clothes collection in Murroe Clubhouse from 7.30-8pm, all donations greatly appreciated.

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Thought for the Week – A simple gesture

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In Africa, the Kikuyu tribe use a hand made bag to bring a gift when visiting another home – the bag is returned when they are leaving.  But it is always returned with something small inside – a simple gesture of gratitude and appreciation.
They also use a gourd to carry porridge or beer as an offering and whoever receives the gourd polishes it with castor oil before returning it. Over time the gourd becomes highly varnished. The deeper the colour of your gourd the more generous you have been and the more connected you are to the world around you.
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Murroe/Boher Newsletter 13th August 2017

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Parish Clergy: Fr Loughlin Brennan                           Fr. Tom Ryan

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

Anniversaries:                                    Murroe

Paddy and Bridget Lynch and

Catherine Ryan                                                                        7pm this Saturday

Teresa  Nicholas                                                          11.30am this Sunday

Nora Beatty and

Paddy and Anne Meade                                                           9am this Tuesday

Robbie Hogg                                                                7pm next Saturday

                                                Boher

Angela O’Gorman and

Agnes and Joe Smith                                                   10am this Sunday

May They Rest in Peace

Eucharistic Ministers Holy Day: Boher: Laurence Bartley 10am.

Murroe: Bridget Hayes 7pm. Michael O’Loughlin 9am. Tom Seaver 11.30am.

Next Weekend: Boher: Elizabeth O’Connor 10am.

Murroe: Breda Fitzpatrick 7pm. Mary O’Brien 9am. Saundra Ni Chiosog 11.30am

Masses for Coming Week: Boher – Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 9.30am. Tuesday (Holy Day) 10am

Murroe – No morning Mass on Monday. Vigil Mass Monday at 7pm. Tuesday 9am and 11.30am. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10am.

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

Mulcair Tug of War Club are hosting a Novice tug of War pull in aid of Milford Hospice at the Cappamore Show on Saturday next 19th August, starting at 1pm. Also, Weight Lifting and Children’s Tug of War.

Doon 1987 Reunion: Did you do your Leaving Cert in Doon CBS or Doon Convent of Mercy in 1987?? If you did, your reunion is on Sat September 23rd, 2017 at the GN Ballykisteen Golf Hotel. Further Information and tickets available from doon1987reunion@gmail.com or on our Facebook page Doon 1987 Reunion.

Social Dance in Millennium Centre Caherconlish, on Saturday 19th August. Music by Dermot Lyons. Tea Served. Admission €10. Great night guaranteed.

A Service of healing with Mass will be held in Kilteely Parish Church Co. Limerick on Thursday 17th August @ 8pm Celebrant: –  Fr. John Keane. All are welcome. Fr. Keane is a native of Youghal Co. Cork. He is a Priest in the Diocese of Cloyne. He has spent many years on loan ministering in the missions in South America and Africa. He is presently on loan here in Ireland to a group of both clergy and lay people who travel around Ireland giving missions and retreats in Parishes. He is this month returning to his Diocese of Cloyne to take up duty as a parish priest in the Parish of Macroom, Co. Cork and Director of Eucharistic Adoration for the whole Diocese. He is gifted with a renowned Healing Ministry which many people have experienced great healing through his prayers.

Mulcair Men’s Shed are hosting our second annual Open Day on Sunday the 27th August, from 2:00pm to 6:00pm. This will be at our Shed at the Abington Enterprise Center, Abington, Co. Limerick. We are a Shed-without-borders as we serve communities in both Limerick and Tipperary. Everybody is welcome to join us on the day, so please bring along family and friends to see our shed and meet the members and find out what we’ve been up to and what we have planned. We will have music, barbeque, blood pressure testing, refreshments and face painting for the kids. We will also have a monster raffle and some other competitions, so it will be a fun filled day for all of the family. We look forward to seeing you on the day.

Life of Light Holistic: Offering the following treatments – Reiki, Reflexology, Indian Head Massage, Holistic Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Hopi Ear Candle treatment. The above treatments are beneficial if your stressed, worried, suffer from back pain, neck pain and many more symptoms. Contact Grace Gleeson on Mobile: 087-8177611, Email: Lifeoflightholistic@gmail.com. Address: Buffanoka, Cappamore, Co. Limerick

Cliona’s Foundation 10th Annual Cycle will take place on Sat 26th Aug next at Bruff Rugby Club, Kilballyown, Bruff, Co. Limerick. Again, there are three routes – 90k (over 18’s); 40k and 10k which will be the first off at 9:45am. Registration from 8:30am, adults €25.00 non-Cycling Ireland members; adults €20.00 Cycling Ireland members; child €5 and family €30. Adults register online at www.eventmaster.ie or on the day along with children and families. BBQ, bouncy castle etc. Any queries contact Trevor 086 – 827 6381 / Brendan 087 – 2518 949.

Murroe-Boher Community Games:  This year Community Games National Finals are being held in Dublin to mark their 50 years celebrations.  Wishing best of luck to Eibhlin Stockil who is participating in U14 clay modelling and Eoin Callanan who is participating in the U12 clay modelling at the finals next weekend.

Murroe Boher Camogie Club: Best of luck to our intermediate team who kick off their championship campaign with a home game against Crecora at 12noon in Murroe on Sunday. Be sure to come out and support our girls. On Sunday morning after both masses in Murroe, our u16 team will be holding a bake sale in the clubhouse. Please show your support.

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Mulcair Men’s Shed are hosting our second annual Open Day on Sunday the 27th August,

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Mulcair Men’s Shed are hosting our second annual Open Day on Sunday the 27th August, from 2:00pm to 6:00pm. This will be at our Shed at the Abington Enterprise Center, Abington, Co. Limerick. We are a Shed-without-borders as we serve communities in both Limerick and Tipperary.
Everybody is welcome to join us on the day, so please bring along family and friends to see our shed and meet the members and find out what we’ve been up to and what we have planned. We will have music, barbeque, blood pressure testing, refreshments and face painting for the kids. We will also have a monster raffle and some other competitions, so it will be a fun filled day for all of the family. We look forward to seeing you on the day.
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Thought for the Week – Furoshiki

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A furoshiki is a piece of cloth, often brightly coloured, which the Japanese use to wrap gifts. In Japan, as in many cultures, it is traditional to bring a gift when you visit someone.

Once your host receives the gift, he or she removes the furoshiki and returns it to you for future use. The giving of a present is a ritual of exchange with the formal handing over of a gift balanced by the receiver’s returning of the wrapping.

It made me think of the packaging and wrapping we throw away after a present is opened the made me aware of the genius and simplicity of the furoshiki.

Not only can the packaging be reused but the giver and receiver both recognise that their friendship is not only contained between them but it is part of a longer chain of givers and receivers who have, over time, been handed the furoshiki and returned it.

I wonder if there could be an Irish equivalent?

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Murroe/Boher Newsletter 6th August 2017

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Parish Clergy: Fr Loughlin Brennan                           Fr. Tom Ryan

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

Anniversaries:                                    Murroe

Liam Cooke                                                                 7pm this Saturday

Kathy O’Brien Months Mind and

Bridget Mulcahy and

Lizzie and Denis Hayes                                                           11.30am this Sunday

Paddy and Bridget Lynch and

Catherine Ryan                                                                        7pm next Saturday

Teresa  Nicholas                                                          11.30am next Sunday

                                                Boher

Angela O’Gorman and

Agnes and Joe Smith                                                   10am next Sunday

May They Rest in Peace

Eucharistic Ministers Next Weekend: Boher Helen Hickey10am.

Murroe: Elizabeth Power-Lynch 7pm. Suzanne Barron 9am. Bridget McLoughlin 11.30am

Masses for Coming Week: No Mass on Monday, Bank Holiday.

Boher – Tuesday and Thursday at 9.30am.

Murroe – Wednesday and Friday at 10am.

A 7km walk will take place on Saturday the 12th of August, in Doon, in aid of the 95 stop tour for Limerick children (the ARK and CARI) and Doon community centre/playground. The walk starts at 8pm at the community centre and finishes at the local bar. Music and barbeque afterwards with 4×100 vouchers for Heaton Buckleys for walkers on the night.

Doon 1987 Reunion: Did you do your Leaving Cert in Doon CBS or Doon Convent of Mercy in 1987?? If you did, your reunion is on Sat September 23rd, 2017 at the GN Ballykisteen Golf Hotel. Further Information and tickets available from doon1987reunion@gmail.com or on our Facebook page Doon 1987 Reunion.

A Service of healing with Mass will be held in Kilteely Parish Church Co. Limerick on Thursday 17th August @ 8pm Celebrant: –  Fr. John Keane. All are welcome. Fr. Keane is a native of Youghal Co. Cork. He is a Priest in the Diocese of Cloyne. He has spent many years on loan ministering in the missions in South America and Africa. He is presently on loan here in Ireland to a group of both clergy and lay people who travel around Ireland giving missions and retreats in Parishes. He is this month returning to his Diocese of Cloyne to take up duty as a parish priest in the Parish of Macroom, Co. Cork and Director of Eucharistic Adoration for the whole Diocese. He is gifted with a renowned Healing Ministry which many people have experienced great healing through his prayers.

Life of Light Holistic: Offering the following treatments – Reiki, Reflexology, Indian Head Massage, Holistic Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Hopi Ear Candle treatment. The above treatments are beneficial if your stressed, worried, suffer from back pain, neck pain and many more symptoms. Contact Grace Gleeson on Mobile: 087-8177611, Email: Lifeoflightholistic@gmail.com. Address: Buffanoka, Cappamore, Co. Limerick

Cliona’s Foundation 10th Annual Cycle will take place on Sat 26th Aug next at Bruff Rugby Club, Kilballyown, Bruff, Co. Limerick. Again, there are three routes – 90k (over 18’s); 40k and 10k which will be the first off at 9:45am. Registration from 8:30am, adults €25.00 non-Cycling Ireland members; adults €20.00 Cycling Ireland members; child €5 and family €30. Adults register online at www.eventmaster.ie or on the day along with children and families. BBQ, bouncy castle etc. Any queries contact Trevor 086 – 827 6381 / Brendan 087 – 2518 949.

Murroe Boher Camogie Club: It was a busy week for Katie Heelan, Megan Kiely, Edel Cunningham and Karen Cunningham who were all part of 2 squads who were in action over the past week. Katie, Edel and Karen were part of the Limerick U17 team who beat Kerry and lost to Cork in a blitz in Mallow last Saturday. Megan and Hazel Hourigan were part of the Limerick U16 team who lost to Galway in the third round of the All-Ireland series, marking the end of their season. Edel, Karen, Katie and Megan were then all part of the Limerick minor team who lost to a strong Cork team in the Munster Shield Final on Wednesday. Well done to our girls who have done the club very proud with their performances and dedication to the Limerick jersey. These games mark the end of the intercounty seasons for all age groups and our girls now focus on the club championships. Next Sunday (13th August) our intermediate team will line out against Crecora at home in the first round of championship at 12pm. Best of luck to our girls and please show your support.

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Bee Blogs – July 2017

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I am just back from a three week school camping trip in Kenya. We were there helping in local schools deep in the bush. It is easy to be absorbed by the landscape in a place like Kenya.  Images grab our attention and you neglect the information streaming from your other senses. This bias towards the visual is not surprising given that sight uses one third of our brain and about two thirds of its processing capacity – but it does mean we miss out on other aspects of our surroundings especially the soundscape.  And the soundscape changes far more then landscape which tends to remain constant, at least in the short term.
On this trip I made every effort to attend to the soundscape – especially around the campsite. We were living in the midst of a beautiful, if stark landscape where there was a fast changing and varied soundscape. The soundscape of early morning was quite different from the daytime soundscape which differed in turn from the soundscape at dusk and the night soundscape. Early in the morning, the first sounds, to greet me, while it was still dark was the sound of bees, hard at work at 6 am on Caduca flowers – many trees, particularly the acacia, burst into flower during our visit – and baboons high in the acacia trees could be seen feasting on the flowers.
Bees play an unusual role for farmers living next to Tsavo East National Park in Kenya. They are the last line of defence against elephants coming to devour their crops. Elephants hate bees and run away at just the sound of the angry, buzzing noise coming from a disturbed hive. They want  to avoid being stung around their sensitive eyes, mouth and trunk.
Over a three and a half year period, 253 elephants entered the farming area of Mwakoma village, just when crops were ripening. The elephants were turned away eighty percent of the time by bees and the success has resulted in an increased uptake of so called ‘beehive fences’ by other farmers in the community. I wonder could we come up with some uses for a ‘beehive fence’ in this part of the world?
Lime trees are tall and gracious and found in parks and large estates, often lining long avenues. They are not native to Ireland. I was sorry to miss them flowering – the bees love them and they have such a powerful scent.  They can produce lots of nectar if conditions are right – enough moisture in the ground and warm, sunny weather.  There are two species – the large leaved lime and the small leaved version and there is a cross between these  called the Common Lime.
On my brief visit to the apiary I did notice some wasps poking around the weaker colonies. Beware of them starting to rob and help the bees by narrowing the entrances to hives. Wasps are not all bad! They are useful as pest controllers. They prey on flies, moths and butterfly larvae and spiders.  It is at the end of the life cycle of the colony, when the number of wasp larva and the sweet exudate they produce, declines, that they become a pest to us and bees.
A simple wasp trap is made by cutting the top quarter of a plastic drink bottle and inserting it back into the body of the bottle upside down to form a funnel into the lower section and supplying the trap with water and jam to lure the wasps in.
The trip to Kenya was a wonderful but I didn’t manage to meet any Kenyan beekeepers. I have not had a chance to check my bees since my return but did heft one from behind. There wasn’t that dead weight that I was hoping for which would indicate a good honey harvest!
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Thought for the Week – Stress

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Most health issues stem from stress of one form or another. Bruce Lipton of Stanford University Medical school believes that 95% of all illness and disease is linked to stress.

The Harvard Medical School says on their web site….”too much stress for too long creates what is known as ‘chronic stress’ which has been linked to heart disease, stroke, and may influence cancer and chronic respiratory disease.

The New York Times online health guide points out that ‘stress can come from any situation or thought that makes you feel frustrated, angry or anxious. What is stressful to one person is not necessarily stressful for another.

John O’Donohue suggests that stress is due to ‘a perverted relationship to time’. He says;

“Seven out of every ten people who go in the door of a doctor’s surgery are suffering from something stress related. There are big psychological books written on stress but for me philosophically, stress is a perverted relationship to time.”

 

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