Thought for the Week – let the light shine through.

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We are celebrating three great saints these days – Patrick, Joseph and Benedict’s passing on the 21st March. We are all tasked with becoming saints.
Saint Basil summed up the paradoxical nature of this vocation,  “we are creatures”, he wrote,  “but we are creatures who have received the command to become divine”. Creatures who are meant to become divine. Quite a challenge.
There is a story I like about sancts – about becoming divine.
A young boy was in church with his mother. She was lighting candles and visiting shrines.The young boy was running round, examining everything.
After a while, all went quiet.  She looked up and there he was standing, looking up at a stained glass window. The sun was streaming through and there he stood, fascinated by light and the different colours dancing on the floor.
His mother approached him and he began asking questions. There was a statue to the right and he asked her who that was. “That is Holy God”. Close by was another statue and again he enquired who it was. “That’s God’s holy mother”, his mother told him.  Next he pointed at the stained-glass windows, “who are they”? And she said, “they are the saints”. The boy pondered and said no more.
The next day he was in religion class and the topic for discussion happened to be saints. ‘What was a saint?’, the class was asked.

 

Quick as a flash, our friend put up his hand.  “They are the ones that let the light shine through”.  May we all learn to let the light shine through.
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Murroe / Boher Newsletter   18 Mar 2018

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Parish Clergy: Fr Loughlin Brennan                           Fr. Tom Ryan

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

Recent Deaths: Timothy Nihill, Ballyvalode, Oola

Carol McKie (nee Culhane) (Garanbawn, Murroe, formerly of Norwood Park, Limerick. Funeral Mass this Monday at 11.30am.

Anniversaries:                                    Murroe

Eileen O’Malley                                                           11.30am this Sunday

Timmy Landers                                                                       10am this Tuesday

Bernard Carey                                                             7pm next Saturday

Foley Family, Glenstal and

Seamus and Mary Clarke                                             9am next Sunday

Boher

William and Christine Bolster and

Nellie Ryan                                                                  10am next Sunday

                              May They Rest in Peace

Eucharistic Ministers Next Weekend: Boher: Eilish Bartley.

Murroe: Evelyn Lorigan 7pm, Michael O’Loughlin 9am, Breda Byrnes 11.30am.

No Morning Mass in Murroe or Boher this Monday. Funeral Mass in Murroe at 11.30am on Monday.

Milford Care Centre wish to thank most sincerely all who contributed to the Churchgate Collection last weekend. The amount collected was €651.63

We wish to thank all who supported the recent Coffee Morning in aid of Zambia held in Boher Community Centre. The amount raised was €600.

Book Launch by Brian P Murphy Osb, “The Life and Tragic Death of Winnie Barrington” The story of the Barrington Family in Glenstal Castle, Limerick, c. 1800 – 1925 will take place in the Muintir na Tire Hall on Sat March 24th, 4.30pm 6.30pm.

Madaboy House Annual Coffee Morning – In Aid of Cancer Research: Please keep Saturday 21st April free, from 10.30 am to 1 pm, for a delightful offering of tea, coffee, treats, sweets and music in choice surroundings. This is a very worthy cause.

Church Windows Fundraising: Jimmy Buckley concert has had to be postponed due to the bad weather. It is re-scheduled for Sunday April 29th. Tickets will remain valid for that date.

Energy Grants for Attic Insulation, Cavity Wall insulation, Oil and Gas boilers, Windows, Doors etc. Information evening in Cappamore Community Centre on Wednesday March 28th at 8pm.

Senator Maria Byrne will hold her clinic on Friday 23rd March at 3.00 pm in Pa McGraths Pub, Boher: 4.00 pm in the Fitzgerald Room in Murroe Hall

Ballyhoura: An Opportunity for Insight, Ideas and Inspiration at the Ballyhoura North East District Forum. The Ballyhoura North East District Forum will take place on Tuesday April 10th at 7.30pm at the Community Centre in Pallasgreen. The Main focus on the Night will be on the upcoming funding opportunities available to Communities in the coming months. This District Forum meeting will give the opportunity to look at the local issues in common across local enterprise, your community, environment and social inclusion matters, and then agree on actions to progress onward towards innovative solutions. It’s also your chance to meet the Ballyhoura Development staff and gain insight on various projects and initiatives delivered and see how these ideas could inspire your local Community. For further information contact John Hassett Development Officer, Ballyhoura Development CLG, LCFE East limerick campus, Cappamore, Co. Limerick, Tel: 061-387040 jhassett@ballyhoura.org

Boher Community Development Association will participate again in the JP McManus Team Limerick Clean Up initiative. Large numbers of our community have participated every year in this event to gather bags of litter around Boher.  We hope you will join us again on Good Friday, 30 March, at 9am, at Boher Community Centre.

The Valley Golf Society will start the 2018 season off, with an outing to Roscrea Golf Club on Saturday 24th March 2018 at 12 mid-day. New Members most welcome. For more information contact Gerry on 087/2405417, Tom on 087/2264562, or Bill on 087/7207223.

Grinds in Maths, BIOLOGY, Science. Leaving Cert and Junior Cert. Experienced teacher. Excellent results. Call 087 243 5154

Lotto Results for 11/03/18 -12,17,28,30- No Jackpot Winner. €20 Lucky dips Darren Greaney, Aedin Shields, John Maher & John O’Connor. Next week’s Jackpot 5,600. Draw in Crokers.

Bord na nOg: Murroe Boher Bord na nOg are delighted to announce that we are hosting an Easter Camp on Monday 26th, Tuesday 27th & Wednesday 28th March from 10.00am to 13.00pm. This camp is open to 6-13 years old with our u6’s welcome each day from 12.00 -13.00pm. (no fee). The camp will be held in Harty Park Murroe. The cost of the camp is €25 per person, with each camper receiving a new Club Windcheater and new Club socks. The camp is open to registered members only. To book your place, please contact Rory on 086 3176824.

Murroe/Boher Camogie Club Best of luck to Megan Kiely, Karen Cunningham, Katie Heelan, Sinead McElligott and Edel Cunningham who are part of the Limerick minor team who play Tipperary in the third round of the All Ireland Championship in UL on Saturday at 1pm. Good luck girls. Well done also to Katie Heelan and Sinead McElligott who were part of the St John the Baptist School, Hospital who won the Senior C Camogie All Ireland competition during the week, brilliant stuff girls!

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Thought for the Week – Develop our moral imagination

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Laudato Si, Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, is not about climate change as is sometimes  suggested.  It has wider concerns. Pope Francis accepts the scientific opinion that most warming is attributable to human activity and that there is an “urgent”need to reduce carbon emissions, by “substituting for fossil fuels and developing  sources of renewable energy.

So what is it about?

  • It is about creation and our relation to it – about the sacredness of all life.
  • It is about bio-diversity and the other species with which we share this planet. He urges us to be pro-life in the widest possible sense and stop driving other species into extinction.
  • It is about ecological destruction and the urgent need to deal with it ! In No 21 he doesn’t mince his words – “the earth is beginning to look more like an immense pile of filth”!
  • It is about social justice – the fact that the poor who suffer most from damage to the environment.  ‘Caring for our Common Home’, is a matter of social justice.

For two thousand years we have focussed on our relationship with God and other humans. We are clear that it is wrong to steal, to kill, to commit adultery, worship false Gods. But it is also morally wrong to drain marshes, kill species, cut down rain forests.  Love God, your neighbour but also nature!

Pope Francis has stated in Laudato Si that damage to the environment is sinful – pollution of the land and of water, the loss of biodiversity, destruction of forests, depletion of non-renewables, are all sins. The challenge is to recognise them as sins – to develop our moral imagination sufficiently so that we begin to see these as actions for what they are – sins. We don’t believe it yet – I find it hard to believe.

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Murroe / Boher Newsletter 11th March 2018

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Parish Clergy: Fr Loughlin Brennan                       Fr. Tom Ryan

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

Recent Deaths: Nora Coleman, Knockanerra, Murroe

Cillian Ryan, Cork Rd., Newport, Co. Tipperary

Sarah (Sadie) O’ROURKE (née O’Donovan), Dundrum, Dublin / Murroe, Limerick

Anniversaries:                         Murroe

John Coughlan and

James and Kathleen Doyle and

Pauline Tobin and

John Joe Gleeson                                                          7pm this Saturday

Esther Healy                                                                 9am this Sunday

Pat Ryan                                                                      11.30am this Sunday

Eileen O’Malley                                                            11.30am next Sunday

Boher

Michael Tierney                                                            10am this Sunday

Eileen Hickey                                                               9.30am next Thursday

                              May They Rest in Peace

Eucharistic Ministers Next Weekend: Boher: Kathleen Walters, Saturday. Liz Barron, Sunday. Murroe: Bridget Hayes 7pm Friday. Josie Meade 9am Saturday, Tom Seaver 11.30am Saturday. Breda Fitzpatrick 7pm Saturday, Suzanne Barron 9am Sunday, Saundra Ni Chiosog 11.30am Sunday.

Can we ask people NOT to lean on the shelves over the radiators. One has already been pulled from the wall.

St Patricks Day: Vigil mass in Murroe Church Friday 7pm. Saturday: Boher 10am. Murroe 9am and 11.30am.

Adoration in Murroe will finish at 6pm of Friday evening, eve of St Patricks Day.

Madaboy House Annual Coffee Morning – In Aid of Cancer Research: Please keep Saturday 21st April free, from 10.30 am to 1 pm, for a delightful offering of tea, coffee, treats, sweets and music in choice surroundings. This is a very worthy cause.

Church Windows Fundraising: Jimmy Buckley concert has had to be postponed due to the bad weather. It is re-scheduled for Sunday April 29th. Tickets will remain valid for that date.

Social Dance in Millennium Centre Caherconlish, on Friday 16th March. Music by Brose Walsh. Tea Served. Admission €10. Great night guaranteed.

Murroe Tidy Towns had to re-schedule their Table Quiz. It now takes place on Friday 16th March at 8pm in the Valley Inn. Table of 4 is €20.   Raffle on the night with lots of spot prizes. Your support would be very much appreciated.

Would you like to treat somebody to a nice Easter present with a ticket to Brendan Shine in concert in the Community Centre Cappamore on Friday, March 23rd, tickets €20. All proceeds to St Michael’s Day Care Centre which covers all East Limerick. Tickets from Anne Marie Ryan on 087 6830744 and Helen in the post office.

Murroe Boher Historical Society will present this illustrated talk looking at early Irish Christianity on Thursday 15th of March in the Muintir Na Tire Hall Murroe Co Limerick at 8.30. Alf Monaghan’s illustrated talk looks at the history of early Irish Christianity from a different perspective – a Mediterranean perspective. It provides a tantalizing glimpse under the veil of history. It asks many questions and confounds some of the accepted theories about the history of early Christianity in Ireland. Recent Irish discoveries such as the Fadden More Psalter, an Egyptian papyrus found in an ancient book of psalms from a Tipperary bog, are clues pointing to a more substantial eastern Mediterranean influence. It traces links with ancient Egypt, connects Irish monasticism with the desert fathers and the early Irish Church with the Coptic Church. All are welcome

Community First Responder Boher are holding their AGM on Wednesday 14th March at 8pm, in Boher Community Centre.  Everyone with an interest in Community First Responders are encouraged to attend as there have been a number of changes since CFR Boher was set up in 2016.  Even if you are not available as a volunteer, your experience could be very valuable to the smooth operation of CFR Boher.

Boher Community Development Association wishes to thank all those who supported our recent Parish social. It was a very enjoyable night and a great success.  The Committee would like to thank sincerely, those who attended the event, bought tickets to support the event and supplied items for auction –the Quirke family who supplied trees for blocks, the volunteers who cut timber for the auction, Roches Feeds, Liffey Mills Nenagh, Dan O’Connor, Dairy Gold, Pallasgreen , John O’Connell Crecora Mills, Rearcross Quarries and Kerry Agribusiness, Herbertstown, Eddie and Marie Hennessy, Michael and Margaret O’Reilly and John Kennedy Dunnes Stores. Sincere thanks also to the staff of the Millennium Centre, Caherconlish, Johnny and Niall Skehan and all who donated spot prizes. €4,800 was raised through this event for the upkeep of our community centre.

Boher Community Development Association will participate again in the JP McManus Team Limerick Clean Up initiative. Large numbers of our community have participated every year in this event to gather bags of litter around Boher.  We hope you will join us again on Good Friday, 30 March, at 9am, at Boher Community Centre.

The Valley Golf Society will start the 2018 season off, with an outing to Roscrea Golf Club on Saturday 24th March 2018 at 12 mid-day. New Members most welcome. For more information contact Gerry on 087/2405417, Tom on 087/2264562, or Bill on 087/7207223.

Grinds in Maths, BIOLOGY, Science. Leaving Cert and Junior Cert. Experienced teacher. Excellent results. Call 087 243 5154

Lotto Results for 04/03/18 -4,15,19,25- No Jackpot Winner. €20 Lucky dips Des Laffan, Margaret Fenton, Hazel Saidha & Diane Cummins. Next week’s Jackpot 5,500. Draw in Pa McGraths.

Murroe Boher GAA: DVD orders for victorious Intermediate final and replay are now been taken. €12 for drawn game. €15 for replay. Please contact Denis Mulcahy on 086-6019233.

Murroe/Boher Camogie Club will be holding a bake sale/coffee morning on Easter Sunday, April 1st. It will take place in Boher Community Centre at 10.30am and Murroe Clubhouse at 12 noon. All support and donations would be greatly appreciated.

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Thought for the Week – Laudato Si

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Laudato Si is the title of an Encyclical Letter from Pope Francis. The title, ‘Praised be to you’,  is taken from the words of Saint Francis. It has a subtitle, ‘On Care For Our Common Home’ – to emphasise the fact that we share this ‘home’ with other creatures and not just humans.

It is the first major intervention by the Catholic Church on the environment and marks a new era in Papal documents. It is unusual in that it doesn’t have a latin name – all other encyclicals do. It also quotes other authorities which is a first and is addressed to everyone on the planet – not just church members. We all ‘share a common home.’

Whereas most encyclicals are teaching documents, in Laudato Si, Pope Francis does not issue a set of instructions on what we ‘should’ do but rather calls for dialogue and debate among all people about the future of our common home. Pope Francis is keenly aware that everyone needs to be involved if we are to solve the problems of our ecological crisis and come up with solutions.  “We are faced”, he says,  “not with two separate crisis, one environmental and the other social but rather with one complex crisis which is both social and environmental”. LS 139

He doesn’t want us just to read it but to do something about the issues. He is challenging us to expand our thinking about creation and our role in the world.

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Murroe / Boher Newsletter 4th March 2018

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Parish Clergy: Fr Loughlin Brennan                       Fr. Tom Ryan

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

Anniversaries:                         Murroe

James and Kathleen Doyle and

Mai O’Brien                                                                 7pm this Saturday

Tom, Eileen, Billy and Martin Grant                             9am this Sunday

Mary Cooke Months Mind                                            11.30am this Sunday

James and Mona Hourigan and

James and Kathleen Carroll                                           10am next Friday

John Coughlan and

Pauline Tobin                                                               7pm next Saturday

Esther Healy                                                                 9am next Sunday

Pat Ryan                                                                      11.30am next Sunday

Boher

Margaret and Pat Looney                                              9.30am next Thursday

Michael Tierney                                                            10am next Sunday

                              May They Rest in Peace

Eucharistic Ministers Next Weekend: Boher: Des Duffy

Murroe: Elizabeth Power-Lynch 7pm. Mary O’Brien 9am Bridget McLoughlin 11.30am.

Milford Hospice annual church gate collection will take place on Sat. 10th and Sun. 11th March in the parish of Murroe/Boher. Your support is always very much appreciated.

Madaboy House Annual Coffee Morning – In Aid of Cancer Research: Please keep Saturday 21st April free, from 10.30 am to 1 pm, for a delightful offering of tea, coffee, treats, sweets and music in choice surroundings. This is a very worthy cause.

Church Windows Fundraising: Jimmy Buckley concert has had to be postponed due to the bad weather. It is re-scheduled for Sunday April 29th. Tickets will remain valid for that date.

Cashel & Emly Lourdes Fundraising Draw: Tickets are now available and can be purchased locally from Liz Barron, Boher or Mary O’Brien, Murroe.

The Murroe Marian Club reopens this Wednesday 7th March 2018 at 7.30pm. The club meets every Wednesday evening at 7.30pm and new members are always welcome

Grinds in Maths, BIOLOGY, Science. Leaving Cert and Junior Cert. Experienced teacher. Excellent results. Call 087 243 5154

Murroe Tidy Towns had to re-schedule their Table Quiz. It now takes place on Friday 16th March at 8pm in the Valley Inn. Table of 4 is €20.   Raffle on the night with lots of spot prizes. Your support would be very much appreciated.

Killinure NS Parents Council invite you to come along to their annual table quiz in Pa McGraths pub in Boher at 8pm on Friday 9th March. This year’s quiz is 80’s themed and will be followed by an 80’s disco. Live 95fm’s Paul Prenderville will be MC and DJ and there will be finger food and a raffle on the night. A table of 4 is €20 but individuals are welcome as teams can be made on arrival.

A Coffee Morning will be held in Boher Community Centre after 10am Mass on this Sunday 4th March. The funds raised will be used to send a number of students and teachers from St. Clement’s College to Zambia to participate in volunteer work for two weeks in March. This work will involve building, farming and community projects for the poor. We are raising funds to provide equipment to help these communities. Please help this worthy cause.

Doon community council are holding their annual monster table quiz in all five pubs, in Doon, on Friday the 9th of March, starting at 9.30pm. Table of 4, €20 per table. Raffle and spot prizes on the night.

Children Dance Classes, Set Dancing, Sean Nos, Waltzing, Line Dancing, Jive, etc in the Muintir na Tire Hall, Murroe on Tuesdays from 5 to 6 pm.

Lotto Results for 25/02/18 -4,6,11,22- No Jackpot Winner. €20 Lucky dips Mary O’Brien, Dan & Smirnoff, Finbarr Cusack & Margaret Ryan. Next week’s Jackpot 5,400. Draw in Powers.

Murroe Boher GAA: DVD orders for victorious Intermediate final and replay are now been taken. €12 for drawn game. €15 for replay. Please contact Denis Mulcahy on 086-6019233.

Murroe Boher Community Games: Congratulations to all our competitors who took part in County B Swimming, Model-Making, Hand-Writing & Art Finals last weekend. Well done to our medal winners – Peter Ashe Silver U10 Freestyle, Allyson Quinn 4th Place U10 Backstroke, Odhran Diggins Bronze U10 Backstroke, Siobhan Cooke 4th Place U14 Freestyle, Eileen Stockill Silver U14 Model Making.

 

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Bee Blogs -February 2018

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One of the things missing in our results driven world, is a sense of wonder – it is easy for everything to become over familiar  and we  lose our innate, childhood sense of wonder and can even develop a low grade of depression where everything seems grey.
I recall some years ago daffodils appearing near my bees and caught myself saying to myself, “Oh no, not again.” I couldn’t believe my reaction – the irritation that they were back again! I had become over-familiar with them and as with all things familiar I failed to see them. It was Hegel who warned that, “that generally the familiar, precisely because it is familiar is not known!”
It is a good question to ask oneself at the end of a walk, at the end of a day: what did I really see? I am often surprised at how little I saw. My eyes function automatically all day without seeing anything – while you were looking out from yourself, you never or really attended to anything.
So the challenge is to open our senses to the reality hidden in the most ordinary things and events – see the extraordinary in the ordinary things and events of life. “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking out new landscapes but in having new eyes. Proust.  The problem is that technology has sidelined our senses and they are now so underused that we are oblivious to the hints and messages coming through them.
As this beekeeping season approaches, maybe we could take a step back from our management techniques, our plans and take stock of our sense of wonder – it was G.K.Chesterton who said wisely, “We are perishing for want of wonder not for want of wonders. And there is no shortage of things to wonder at in the world of the honey bee.
Bees, like all life, are responding to the lengthening days.  On the shortest day of the year December twenty first there was only seven hours and forty four minutes of daylight.  By the first of  February it was up to nine hours and six minutes of daylight and this triggers increased activity in all colonies.
Now into March – this is one of the most vulnerable months of the year for the bees. Make sure they have enough food – starvation is one of the main causes of death in colonies at this time of year. It is still too early to give syrup but you can feed fondant if needed. If in doubt feed a bag of fondant. Fondant comes in a plastic bag. Cut a hole underneath and place over the hole in the crown board. If you take off the plastic the fondant will dry out. Towards end of March you could use a contact feeder with 2-1 syrup mix. In March brood rearing is increasing significantly and adding to the workload of the bees…..more pollen needed, water needed to dilute crystallised winter stores…winter bees dying off and slowly being replaced by young bees.  Some people add a layer of insulation (probably better earlier) to help the bees retain heat – most heat is lost through the roof. You can place a super on the crown board and fill it with insulating material such as old papers, sawdust shavings, an old blanket. This will retain heat making it a bit easier for the bees to keep the temperature up. The ratio of adult bees to brood can be low sometimes making it even more difficult to maintain suitable brood temp. The insulation could stay on till April.
Once we reach Saint Patrick’s day I will be watching for a good day to do a first inspection – the temperature would need to be somewhere near 15 degrees. Opening a hive leads to heat loss and could result in the bees killing the queen or balling her.  All beekeepers develop their own methods of management.  It is important to keep learning and modifying your techniques. Once you have mastered the basics you can gradually develop your own methodology.  There is a lot in beekeeping that you won’t find in books and will only learn with experience.  Inspections must be done for a specific reasons and be part of a management system – there is no point performing them without understanding what you are trying to achieve. One of the fascinating things about keeping bees is that there is no guarantee that any method will work every time!

Be ready to mark the queen if she is not marked and remember the following questions to answer during an inspection:

Do you see the queen?

Is there sealed brood? Is it in solid slabs with few missed cells?

Are there any signs of disease in sealed or open brood?

Has the colony got adequate food supplies?

Is it as strong as its neighbours? If not why not?

Has it got adequate room?

The Bee Research Centre at the Hebrew University in Israel reports that if you give bees a ‘menu’  they will instinctively choose dishes that provide the right balance of nutrients; sugary nectar plus pollen full of protein, fatty acids and micro nutrients.

They conclude that,  “bees are dying for all kinds of reasons – there is the ongoing debate as to the causes. We believe there are multiple causes and they synergies. The three most important factors are the use of pesticides and poisons in the environment; the Varroa mite and the viruses it transmits and the lack of proper nutrition or malnutrition caused by shrinking amount and variety of wildflowers. 
Nutrition is the basis of everything, because malnourishment leads to a weaker immune system that cannot fight the effects of pesticides and viruses”.
I am looking forward to seeing the first dandelion appear…no sign of one yet!  I hope they haven’t all been nuked by sprays. Meanwhile here is a recipe for a honey tea cake.

Honey Tea Cake – it is a hard cake. Take six pounds of floor, three pounds of honey ,one and half pounds of sugar, one and one-half pounds butter, six eggs, one half ounce baking soda, and ginger to your taste.

Directions- have the floor in a pan or tray. Pack a cavity in the centre. Beat the honey and yolks of eggs together well. Beat the butter  and sugar to cream and put into the cavity in the flour then add honey and yolks of the eggs. Mix well with the hand adding a little at a time during the mixing the half ounce saleratus dissolved in boiling water until it is all in. Add the ginger and finally add the while of the 6 eggs well beaten. Mix well with the hand to a smooth dough. Divide the dough into seven equal parts and roll out like gingerbread. Bake in an ordinary square pans made for pies from 10 X 14 tin. After putting into the pans mark off the top in one hand inch strips with something might n sharp. Bake for an hour in a moderate oven. Be careful not to burn but bake well. To keep the cake stand on en din an oak tubm tin can or stone crock – crock is best. Stand the cakes up so the flat sides will not touch each other. Cover tight  and keep in a cool dry place and don’t use for three months at least. The cake improves with age!

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Thought for the Week – Being transfigured

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Last week the Gospel at Sunday Mass had us deep in the Judean wilderness – Jesus driven there by the Spirit and he was there long enough to be ready for his Transfiguration – and he was not alone – he was with the wild beasts and the angels looked after him.
This week we have Jesus transfigured – quite a contrast – first a wilderness – hungry, unwashed, strained – next ….clothes dazzling white, transfigured. It seems we need to spend time in the wilderness before we can be transfigured. Strip away the excesses we carry – the addictions that cramp us – that stop us living life to the full.
Sometimes we are not good at the maths – we add or multiply when we are meant to subtract – lent is a time for subtraction……we are unlikely to be transfigured by addition or multiplication of stuff – that new gleaming car, that lovely suit….that new smart phone, more make up. That seems clear  – but it goes against everything our culture tells us – it tells us – you need ‘more’ to be transfigured, to make it – more of this and more of that….possessions, stuff …slaves in Egypt or Dundrum shopping centre..or where ever your Egypt is….slaves to technology….
Instead of being transfigured, we can easily become a resource…and a resource not for other people but for the Social Media giants – reduced to walking information processors and entertainment consumers….and beginning to feel ….that if I am not ‘on’ I am not …..And this can happen to monks too. In Chapter 55 of the Rule, Saint Benedict advises the Abbot to check the monks beds frequently to see if they have any private property hidden away under their mattress  – and if anyone is found to have something that he did not receive from the Abbot, he is to undergo the most severe discipline.”
Why? he is not being mean but he is saying we are missing the point. Stuff doesn’t do it. Even the two accompanying Jesus up the mountain don’t get it – they want to put up tents on the mountain – set up a stall on the spot where Jesus reveals that he is God – you could imagine them up there the following week with their Mount Tabor souvenirs.
So during lent we are encouraged to head for the wilderness – maybe even a wi-fi wilderness – getting rid of…. or at least turning off, something that has enslaved us, that is holding us back – getting back to who you were before you took on all those unnecessary extras. Being transfigured …slowly..
A challenge – but then lent is a challenge. But we are not on our own – God is on our side so it doesn’t  matter who is against us… and I am not sure about the wild beasts but I am sure about the angels – they will be there to look after you and me. And they come in all sorts of disguises – as parent, sibling, friend, teacher, spouse,….good people dotted around the landscape of my life …mostly we may miss them but they are there to help me become…… just a little bit more transfigured this year.
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Murroe/Boher Newsletter 25th Feb 2018

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Parish Clergy: Fr Loughlin Brennan                           Fr. Tom Ryan

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

Anniversaries:                                    Murroe

Ryan and Bobby Cusack and

Jimmy Galligan                                                                                    7pm this Saturday

Eileen O’Brien                                                                                      9am this Sunday

Peggy Fitzgerald Months Mind and

Paddy and Patrick Owens and

Jimmy Coleman and

William and Bridget Maher and

Noreen Dee and

Ned O’Malley                                                                                       11.30am this Sunday

James and Kathleen Doyle and

Mai O’Brien                                                                                          7pm next Saturday

Tom, Eileen, Billy and Martin Grant                                               9am next Sunday

Mary Cooke Months Mind                                                                               11.30am next Sunday

Boher

John Finucane Months Mind and

Pat Carmody                                                                                        10am this Sunday

                                          May They Rest in Peace

Eucharistic Ministers Next Weekend: Boher: Elizabeth O’Connor

Murroe: Nora Lonergan 7pm. Michael O’Loughlin 9am Anthony Nevill 11.30am.

New Weekly Envelopes start next weekend 03/04 March. If you don’t get a box of envelopes and would like one, please contact Fr Brennan or Fr Ryan, or call to Sacristy in Murroe.

Congratulations to the 68 Girls and Boys from Murroe and Killinure Schools who received their Confirmation on Thursday.

St Vincent’s Centre, Lisnagry wish to thank all who contributed to their recent collection. Amount raised was €675. Special thanks to the collectors who braved the elements.

Church Windows Fundraising: Jimmy Buckley will perform in concert in Murroe Church on Sunday 4th March 2018. Tickets cost €20 each and are currently available in Post Office and Local shops in Murroe, and O’Neill’s and Pa McGrath’s in Boher.

Murroe/Boher Lourdes Invalid Fund will hold their Church Gate collection next weekend, 3rd & 4th March. Funds raised are used to send a local invalid to Lourdes

Cashel & Emly Lourdes Fundraising Draw: Tickets are now available and can be purchased locally from Liz Barron, Boher or Mary O’Brien, Murroe.

The Murroe Marian Club reopens this Wednesday 28th February 2018 at 7.30pm. The club meets every Wednesday evening at 7.30pm and new members are always welcome

Grinds in Maths, BIOLOGY, Science. Leaving Cert and Junior Cert. Experienced teacher. Excellent results. Call 087 243 5154

Murroe Tidy Towns are holding a Table Quiz on Friday 2nd March at 8pm in the Valley Inn. Table of 4 is €20.   Raffle on the night with lots of spot prizes. Your support woud be very much appreciated.

Community First Responder Boher are holding their AGM on Wednesday 28th February, 8pm, in Boher Community Centre. Everyone with an interest in Community First Responders are encouraged to attend as there have been a number of changes since CFR Boher was set up in 2016. Even if you are not available as a volunteer, your experience could be very valuable to the smooth operation of CFR Boher.

Comfort Keepers are recruiting Carers in your area.  Are you interested in becoming a carer?  Come to our Open Day Tuesday 27th February in the Abbey Court Hotel Nenagh from 10am-3pm For more information please call 061-317712 Interviews will be held on the day. If Successful at interview, training will be held on the 12th and 13th March.  If you are unable to attend the Open Day contact our office and we can arrange an interview with you.

A Coffee Morning will be held in Boher Community Centre after 10am Mass on Sunday 4th March. The funds raised will be used to send a number of students and teachers from St. Clement’s College to Zambia to participate in volunteer work for two weeks in March. This work will involve building, farming and community projects for the poor. We are raising funds to provide equipment to help these communities. Please help this worthy cause.

Doon community council are holding their annual monster table quiz in all five pubs, in Doon, on Friday the 9th of March, starting at 9.30pm. Table of 4, €20 per table. Raffle and spot prizes on the night.

Children Dance Classes, Set Dancing, Sean Nos, Waltzing, Line Dancing, Jive, etc in the Muintir na Tire Hall, Murroe on Tuesdays from 5 to 6 pm.

Lotto Results for 18/02/18- 4,7,29,30 – No Jackpot Winner. €20 Lucky dips Julie Morrissey, Danny O’Brien, Kathleen McGrath & Smirnoff. Next week’s Jackpot 5,300. Draw in Valley Inn

Murroe Boher Bord na nOg are delighted to announce that our U6’S are now back training at 11.00am in the new Astro Turf in Murroe Wood on Saturday mornings, €2 per child to help cover the cost of the rent, for any further details, please contact lead coaches Mike Crowe 083 0070212, Jer O’Sullivan 086 1728767, Sarah Bergin 087 6134134 or Aine Fogarty 086 3559385. Our u14’s are playing the next round of Feile at 16.00pm on Sunday 25th February at 16.00 V Clan na Gael, on the Astro Turf in Murroe Wood, all support welcome.

Murroe Boher Camogie Club:  Katie Heelan, Edel Cunningham, Sinead McElligott, Megan Kiely and Karen Cunningham are part of the current Limerick Camogie minor team. We wish them well in the All Ireland Championship.

Murroe Website EditorMurroe/Boher Newsletter 25th Feb 2018
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