Bee Blogs -December 2016

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Thou art a miser, thou busy, busy Bee!

Late and early at employ;

Still on the golden stores intent,

Thy summer in heaping and hoarding is spent,

What they winter will never enjoy;

Wise lesson this for me, thou busy, busy Bee!

 

Little dost thou think, thou busy, busy Bee!

What is the end of thy toil.

When the latest flowers of the ivy are gone,

And all thy work for the year is done,

Rhymester comes for the spoil.

Woe then for thee, thou busy, busy Bee. 

Robert Southey.

The ivy flowers are gone and with them that wonderful pungent scent that surprises me round so many corners. So we are into December – the quiet month in the apiary. There is little to be done except to check that the hives are upright and water tight with no leaks. Bees can survive temperatures as low as -39 degrees celsius but dampness will kill them. The mesh floor has reduced dampness in hives. Make sure you have entrance blocks in place too..

At this time of year there will be little or no sealed brood in the hives, consequently the vast majority of

varroa mites will be on the adult bees. Some people spray these adult mites during the winter. I have not tried this method.

Frosty weather makes wax brittle and easier to remove – it is a good idea to leave queen excluders and frames outside for a short while as they are easier to clean.

Last month I bought two lavender plants to place near the bee house. During the summer, while visiting some friends in the UK, I noticed bees working enthusiastically on lavender and I was determined to plant some to supplement the diet of my bees even if just in very small way.

I have just read about the Chinese Bee-Bee Tree (Tetradium daniellii) which flowers in the late summer providing a useful supply of nectar and pollen just when most plants are dying away. They have white flowers which give off a beautiful scent.  It grows to a height of 15 meters and prefers the sun and is not picky about the soil as long as it doesn’t get too dry.

IVY

The influx of pollen in the autumn is vital to ensure good, healthy winter bees. The great flow of nectar and pollen from ivy this autumn should mean that colonies will overwinter well.

STORING SUPERS

Supers should be stored away undercover ensuring that the stacks are bee-proof with two layers of newspaper between each super. If supers are wet the wax moth wont touch them. The moth also finds it difficult to break through the newspaper layers

WINTER STRATEGY

Insects are cold blooded and most do not survive the winter and die once the weather gets cold. Most species survive by either leaving a queen to overwinter or an egg to hatch out the following spring. Insects that live as a colony through the winter have to make elaborate preparations to do so.  Preparation starts in early autumn as the days shorten and the temperature drops. The drones are evicted and the numbers of workers is reduced and stocks of honey and pollen are in place. Winter worker bees build up a store of carbohydrate, protein and fat in the form of fat bodies. Their main job of these winter bees is to get the cluster (and its queen) safely through the winter – they have to maintain a minimum cluster temperature of 8-10 degrees celsius at the surface and 34-35 degrees at the centre of the cluster if winter brood is present. Heat production by the inner bees and insulation by the outer bees allows this temperature to be maintained. A healthy, well stocked colony in the autumn should see winter bees live on into mid-February. Diseases tend to shorten the life of the winter bees and therefore of the colony. Lets hope our colonies have good healthy winter bees.

PATRON SAINT St Ambrose Patron Saint of Beekeepers.

His feast day is on the 7th of December.  He was bishop of Milan in the second century and has been venerated as the patron of beekeepers for many centuries. He is often depicted with bees. There is a story recounted by St Paulinus that a swarm of bees settled on the mouth of the infant Ambrose and then departed leaving the child unharmed. This led to Ambrose being called ‘honey-tongued’ as he was famous for his rhetoric.

BURY ME WITH HONEY!

When Alexander the Great was killed his body was placed in a gold coffin filled with honey for transport home.  In England the first four Earls of Southhampton were buried in honey filled coffins – honey that was still free flowing and sweet according to the workmen who excavated the containers and sampled the contents centuries later – before discovering what lay in side.

MOBILE PHONE

It may be important to leave your mobile behind when working with bees.  A new study by Swiss Federal Institute of Technology has concluded that cellular phone calls disrupt vital honeybee communication signal – known as ‘worker piping’, causing the bees to become terminally confused and die.

DANGERS OF MANUKA HONEY – TOO VALUABLE!

I was sent the following article on the problems facing manuka honey producers in New Zealand.

It was the day the bees died – tens of thousands of them in 300 hives, mysteriously killed. “The massacre”, as it is being called, happened in the otherwise idyllic landscape of Doubtless Bay in New Zealand’s far north.

And for David Yanke and Rachel Kearney, co-owners of Daykel Apiaries, the cause of death was obvious: malicious poisoning.“It is a nightmare, I don’t feel safe any more,” says Kearney as she sits at her kitchen table on her family’s farm, 40km east of the Northland hub of Kaitaia. “I feel violated. It has almost turned into a PTSD [post-traumatic stress disorder] experience for me.”

So far there has been no official ruling on what led to the Daykel bees’ demise, although a biosecurity incident has been ruled out by the government. But Daykel and many other apiarists are in no doubt that the mass bee death is just the latest act of violence in the increasingly crime-ridden manuka honey industry. The global craze for manuka, highly valued for its medicinal properties, has created a gold rush in rural New Zealand that some believe is rapidly spiralling out of control.

Last year a record amount of nearly 20,000 tonnes of honey was produced, a 15% increase on the year before. In 2010 the top price fetched for bulk manuka honey was NZ$37.50/kg (£22/kg) – today it can command more than NZ$100/kg. The export market to the UK, China and other countries is expected to reach NZ$400m in the next few years.

On the back of the boom, hive thefts, vandalism and poisonings have become standard fare, with every beekeeper interviewed for this article the victim of one or more serious crimes. Verbal threats and physical beatings have also been reported and there are unconfirmed reports that beekeepers now travel in packs for protection to work remote hives.

Manuka is a native New Zealand plant, whose potent pink and white flowers have made the once maligned weed a sought-after crop. The honey produced by bees who feed on those flowers has become highly valued for its medicinal properties, especially as a salve or wound dressing.

Positioning honey hives close to the plants means beekeepers can market their honey as “manuka” and sell it for triple the price of standard clover honey, even if the active manuka content is so low as to be negligible.

Supplementary feeding on sugar syrup, which used to be rare, has become a necessity for every apiarist and there is dark side of which Yanke and Kearney have come to know intimately.

Only months after they had buried the corpses of their bees, the midnight raids began. Farm gates were cut open with cordless tools, hives dumped into plastic rubbish bags and tossed carelessly into the back of open trucks.

The couple have memorised every detail of the thefts, because they were captured on CCTV cameras, which were installed after the bee massacre.

The raids also always occurred on the fifth of the month – another clear indication that intimidation tactics were being used against the beekeepers.

“We want to get out of the industry,” says Yanke, a Canadian with an encyclopedic knowledge of bees. “We want to get out before things get worse.”

Bruce Robertson understands the pressures now bearing down on an industry that is being overwhelmed.

As the managing director of Haines Apiaries in Kaitaia he has watched the boom happen in front of his eyes.

Although Maori people had used manuka honey as a wound dressing for years, the apiculture industry was wary of the product, as it was tricky to work with, had a short flowering season and somewhat bitter taste.

“I got into the industry when manuka was selling for NZ$10/kg and we thought that was an incredible price,” recalls Robertson, a no-nonsense, old-school beekeeper. “Now it is commanding up to NZ$200 at the high-end – it has gone really stupid.”

Robertson has become somewhat hardened to the scale and frequency of attacks on his 3,000 hives. Over the past five years, he’s had hives stolen, vandalised and poisoned, and estimates three to four are pinched every week, at a cost of NZ$3,000-4,000.

Happy Christmas and if you happen to get a present of some manuka honey, spare a thought for the producers.

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Thought for the Week – TIME OF WAITING

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The Advent season is increasingly counter cultural – it sets out to do things differently.

NEW YEAR

Advent marks the beginning of a new liturgical year. Beginning a new year in early December means we are attempting to straddle two calendars and this presents its own challenge.

The secular calendar with all its demands can become the dominant force and induce a sort of schizoid split as we try to balance the two. I don’t think we should underestimate the challenge of balancing  two very different calendars.

TIME OF WAITING

Advent is a time of waiting – of patience.  Carlo Carretto spent 20 years in the Sahara desert – at the end of his time he was asked if God asked anything of him during his long silence. His answer was clear – “God is asking us to be patient.”

Today is we don’t do patience, we don’t do waiting – we are addicted to speed and doing – we are on the go – this is our default position-  we expect things to happen instantly – press a button and get the results. And if you don’t get an instant reply to an email you wonder what is wrong. Efficiency be praised….

We have almost forgotten how to relax living as we do in a culture where time is a continuum of work and consuming – either producing or being entertained – and where leisure is reduced to being entertained by an industry that claims to  know our wants (Amazon recommends) before we even ask -it  leaves us passive and we become spiritually lazy.

I like the distinction between Eastern and Western forms of laziness. Eastern laziness consists in hanging out all day, in the sun, doing  nothing, drinking cups of tea, listening to music and gossiping. Western laziness is different.  It consists in constantly cramming our lives with compulsive, frenetic activity, leaving no time or space to attend to the important.I like the idea that this is a form of laziness! Where we allow the urgent to constantly harass us, get in the way of the important

This lack of patience is relatively new- throughout most of human history we had not choice but to wait, to be patient – waiting for light, waiting for the harvest, for rain, for news.  I like the story told by a friend of mine, Dominic Milroy, about a fishing trip to Chile. He was driving along when suddenly the car got stuck in a swamp and couldn’t move. He walked to the nearest farm and eventually found an old woman and asked her if there was a tractor available. She laughed and said the nearest tractor was 50 miles away. However she said, there was no problem, because Andress and Paco would be  back soon with the oxen – ‘sometime today or tomorrow.’ Dominic was shocked by the delay and even more shocked by his reaction as he recognised the huge cultural difference between the way she lived in time and the way he did.  ‘Sometime today or tomorrow’, meant for her there was no problem, but for him there was a big problem. The oxen came later that day and as Dominic walked beside them he realised that he was living according to the rhythm that human beings in most cultures live, that is at the speed of the fastest available communication. He was used to living with phones and cars and emails and trains and planes and his default position was speed. The trouble for Dominic and for us is that liturgy, the Advent season and the spiritual life don’t do quick – they have a more natural rhythm – the rhythm of growth – and this requires leisure, even play.

So here again we face the prospect of a schizoid split as we attempt to operate out of two different mindsets or speeds – speed, efficiency, where lingering is anathema and the slow, patient presence of nature and ritual. This is not an easy balancing act, and at the moment  most of us I suggest, are tipped into the speed default mode…

Advent is a time to re-educate ourselves – re-set our clocks – overthrow the tyranny of time – remembering that the tyrant is on the inside not the outside .
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Murroe/Boher Newsletter 4th Dec 2016

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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 O’Brien, Barringtons Bridge

Anniversaries:                                    Murroe

Margaret Carey                                                                                   7pm this Saturday

Jackie and Breda Keays and

Jimmy and Maureen Kirby and

Mary Buckley                                                                                      11.30am this Sunday

Willie Hartnett & deceased members of Hartnett family            7pm next Saturday

Owen and Josie O’Malley                                                                  11.30am next Sunday

                                                                Boher

Michael and Margaret Collopy and

Deceased members of the Mullane Family                                    10am this Sunday

Liam Bourke and

James and John O’Gorman                                                               10am next Sunday

May They Rest in Peace

Eucharistic Ministers next weekend: Boher: Eamon Tuohey 10am.

Murroe: Michael O’Loughlin 9am, Bridget Mcloughlin 11.30am

Masses for coming week: Boher – Tuesday 9.30am and Thursday 10am.

Murroe – Monday 10am, Wednesday 7pm, Thursday 9am & 11.30am, Friday 10am

Society of St Vincent De Paul would like to thank you for your very generous contribution of €1605 in their recent Church Gate collection.

Meeting of all helpers for Car Parking for Tommy Fleming will be held in the Sacristy Murroe on Tuesday 6th December at 7.30pm.

Tommy Fleming Concert in Murroe Church Tickets €30 on sale in Sacristy, Local Shops and Post Office and Pubs in Boher. Donations of Spot Prizes will be very much appreciated. These can be given to Catriona Laffan 087 4112604.

ICA Meeting in the Muintir na Tire Hall Tuesday, 6th December. Agenda: Preparing for the Festive Season.

Murroe N.S. Parents Association have recently setup a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/murroenspa and a twitter feed @murroenspa the website is http://www.murroenspa.com and email is info@murroenspa.com

GAA 45 DRIVE: Murroe-Boher GAA Club are running a 45 drive on Tuesday, December 13th in the Muintir na Tíre Hall, Murroe, commencing at 8 pm sharp. It will cost €6-00 to play on the night.

Nativity Pageant 2016; Join us in Bethlehem on Sunday 18th Dec, 7.00pm, Murroe Church.

Thanks to everyone who supported the Sliabh Feilim Singers Christmas concert in Abington Church. Gena Heraty’s sister Noreen spoke about the great work that Gena is doing for Special Needs children in Haiti. We are delighted have raised €1265 to support her work.

Murroe Deanery are holding a series of talks in St Mary’s Secondary School, Newport on the recent pastoral Letter “Come to the Table”. The next talk will take place on Tuesday 6th Dec at 7.30pm – finishing at 8.45. All are welcome to attend.

Holmes Florist Cappanuke: Christmas Wreaths, Swags, Table pieces now available and made to order. Contact 061 386057 or 061 386318.

The parents, staff and pupils of Bilboa National School would like to thank you for your generous support for our recent Christmas Fair. We would also like to thank all the local businesses for their continued support of our yearly fundraiser. It was a great success and all proceeds go to the development of our wonderful school.

Lotto Results 27/11/16 -20,25,26,32- No Jackpot Winner. €20 Luck dips K. Cummins & B. Rainsford, Mary Dunlea, Kevin Tobin and Mike Casey. Next Week’s Jackpot €7600 in Pa McGraths

Murroe-Boher Historical Society is pleased to announce that it will host a talk by Mr. Joe Coleman entitled “Limerick’s Railway Connections” on Thursday, December 8, in the Muintir na Tíre Hall, Murroe, at 8.30 p.m. sharp. Copies of Joe’s book, “Falling Gradient: Limerick’s Railway Connections – The People and the Times” will be on sale for €25 after the talk. Admission €5 to non-members (includes refreshments). All welcome.

Murroe/Boher GAA Race Night: Murroe/Boher GAA Race Night will take place in Pa McGrath’s on Saturday, December 10th 2016. First race off @ 8:30 p.m. Enter your horse now by contacting any player or club officer! Finger food, raffle and auction race on the night. All welcome.

HOPE FOUNDATION Second Hand Clothes Collection. Final date for clothes collection is FRIDAY DECEMBER 9th. Hi, my name is Anna Madigan and I am a Transition Year Student in Castletroy College. As part of my Transition Year programme, I’m fundraising for the HOPE FOUNDATION and Children of Calcutta appeal, collecting bags of second hand clothes. If you would like to do an early Christmas-Spring clean out then why not donate some unwanted clothes to a very worthy cause. For any donations please contact my Mam or Dad (0861741500) or Noel Regan (0868109682). I wish to sincerely thank you for your kindness, generosity and support during my fundraising…Anna!

Boher Community Development Association has launched its 2017 Parish Calendar. The calendar includes a delightful selection of old and recent photographs reflecting the lives and achievements of the people of Boher and places of interest. The back of the calendar features some Boher-related snippets from old newspapers and journals. It is available from the Bars in Boher and the shops and PO in Murroe. Cost €5.

Boher Christmas Market, Sunday 11 December, at 2pm. Calling all craftspeople, artists, bakers, (young and not so young), and culinary experts. Book a stall at Boher Community Centre by contacting Paudie Laffan 086 0785836 and show off/sell some of your creative delights. There will be a small charge of €5 per stall. Santa and Mrs Claus will also visit the Community Centre.

Community First Responder, Boher requires new volunteers to cover 24 hours a month. Those interested must be over 18 years and hold a clean driving licence. Training will take place in early 2017 to Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council. If you are interested, contact Ita Richardson, cfrboher@gmail.com . CFR Boher are taking a stand at the Boher Christmas Market from 2-5pm. They will be giving information to the community and recruiting volunteers.

Progressive 45 every Friday night at Boher Community Centre, at 8pm. All welcome to attend.

Boher Parish Social will take place on 21 January 2017 at the Millennium Centre, Caherconlish. Boher’s Annual Walk and Fun Run on St. Stephen’s Day, in aid of Milford Hospice, will commence from Boher Community Centre at 1pm

Murroe Boher Camogie: Well done to our minor camogie team who had a brilliant win over Croagh/Kilfinny/Adare last Saturday in the county final. This was a great win and a brilliant team performance. The girls showed their passion and skill as they were pushed closer than by any other team this year. Well done to all the girls and management. This was our last team in action this year so we would like to thank everyone who was involved in our club over the last year. We look forward to next year and building on this year’s progress.

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Thought for the Week -Overcoming the numbing effects of familiarity

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Several years ago, on a bright Spring day, I was standing outside the school – the daffodils had just appeared and were in full flower. As I  looked at them I heard myself say  – “oh no, not again”. I could not believe that they were up once more. I felt tired and even irritated by the seemingly endless repetition of the same. I was shocked by my reaction.
Something similar can happen with Advent – it is easy to hear myself saying, “oh no not again”  —  it seems just yesterday when we were celebrating it -all that purple and wreaths – where did the year go?”
Familiarity dulls my perception and sets me at a distance from any encounter – be that with a daffodil or with Advent. I become disengaged…. As Patrick Kavanagh remarks, “Have tested and tasted too much and through a chink too wide there comes in no wonder.”
At one level, preparing for advent is about reclaiming a sense of wonder so that we can, as Kavanagh says,  “rediscover and celebrate the newness that was in every stale thing, when we looked at it as children.”
Overcoming the numbing effects of familiarity – this deep and pervasive form of alienation – is a constant battle – every walk I take, every place I visit, every person I meet can be missed and the sad thing is that the important aspects of most things, including Advent, lie hidden behind their familiarity. A wise person once said, “that generally the familiar, precisely because it is familiar is not known.”
It is worth asking ourselves, as we begin Advent, what we can do to get behind the facade of the familiar and experience the strange and wonderful beauty of this season – allow it to become once again what Gregory describes as “a disclosure zone for God”– a time and space for encounter with the divine.
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Murroe/Boher Newsletter 27 Nov 2016

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Parish Clergy: Fr Loughlin Brennan                           Fr. Tom Ryan

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

Anniversaries:                                    Murroe

Biddy Davis and

Thomas and Mary Cummins                                           7pm this Saturday

Margaret Carey                                                                   7pm next Saturday

Jackie and Breda Keays and

Jimmy and Maureen Kirby                                               11.30am Next Sunday

                                                                Boher

Michael Nolan and

Paddy and Bridget Skehan                                                                10am this Sunday

Michael and Margaret Collopy and

Deceased members of the Mullane Family                    10am next Sunday

May They Rest in Peace

Eucharistic Ministers next weekend: Boher: Kathleen Walters 10am.

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

Masses for coming week: Boher – Tuesday and Thursday at 9.30am.

Murroe – Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10am

Rosary in cemeteries at 3pm each Sunday during the Month of November.

Many thanks for your contributions to the Senior Citizens Collection last weekend. A total of €740 was raised

Meeting of all helpers for Car Parking for Tommy Fleming will be held in the Sacristy Murroe on Tuesday 6th December at 7.30pm.

Tommy Fleming Concert in Murroe Church Tickets €30 on sale in Sacristy, Local Shops and Post Office and Pubs in Boher. Donations of Spot Prizes will be very much appreciated. These can be given to Catriona Laffan 087 4112604.

Murroe-Boher Senior Citizens Christmas Party in Muintir na Tíre Hall, Murroe on Sunday 4th December. Mass at 1pm with Christmas Dinner at 2pm. Tickets, €15, now on sale in both Sacristy’s.

Murroe National School Parents Council wish to sincerely thank all who contributed to their recent Church gate collection in aid of Scoil Mhuire. Murroe. Total raised was €460.

 Murroe Deanery, which comprises the Parishes of Murroe/Boher, Ballina, Cappamore, Ballybricken, Caherconlish, Kilcommon/Rearcross/Hollyford, Newport/Birdhill/Toor – will hold a series of 3 talks in St Mary’s Secondary School, Newport on the recent pastoral Letter “Come to the Table”. The talks will take place on Tuesday’s – 19th Nov, 6th and 13th Dec at 7.30pm – finishing at 8.45. All are welcome to attend.

Sliabh Feilim Singers annual Christmas Concert will be held in Abington Church, Murroe, Co Limerick at 5pm on 27th November, 2016.  The choir will be joined by special guests – traditional musicians, the Fitzgerald and Connolly families and singers Tara Campbell and Ellie Diggins.  This year, our concert is being held in aid of the work being done by Gina Heraty, a former student at the University of Limerick, who works with Special Needs children in Haiti.  Gina’s school has been badly damaged by the recent hurricane, so your support is greatly appreciated

Social Dance in Millennium Centre Caherconlish, on Saturday 3rd December. Music by Donie Walsh. Tea Served. Admission €10. Great night guaranteed.

 Murroe-Boher Community Games: Come along to a Community Games Meeting on Wednesday, the 30th November at 9:00pm in Crokers Bar, Murroe. We need to recruit some new members urgently to fill the remaining roles on our committee. Thank you.

Lotto Results 20/11/16 – 5,8,10,16 – No Jackpot Winner. €20 Luck dips John Egan, Jackie Crowe, Garrett’s Butchers and Conor Moore. Next Week’s Jackpot €7500 in Pa McGraths

Murroe-Boher Historical Society is pleased to announce that it will host a talk by Mr. Joe Coleman entitled “Limerick’s Railway Connections” on Thursday, December 8, in the Muintir na Tíre Hall, Murroe, at 8.30 p.m. sharp. Copies of Joe’s book, “Falling Gradient: Limerick’s Railway Connections – The People and the Times” will be on sale for €25 after the talk. Admission €5 to non-members (includes refreshments). All welcome.

Murroe/Boher GAA Race Night: Murroe/Boher GAA Race Night will take place in Pa McGrath’s on Saturday, December 10th 2016. First race off @ 8:30 p.m. Enter your horse now by contacting any player or club officer! Finger food, raffle and auction race on the night. All welcome.

Boher Community Development Association had a very successful launched its 2017 Parish Calendar last Sunday night, at O’Neill’s Bar.  The calendar includes a delightful selection of old and recent photographs reflecting the lives and achievements of the people of Boher and places of interest.  The back of the calendar features some Boher-related snippets from old newspapers and journals.  It is available from the Bars in Boher and the shops and PO in Murroe.  Cost €5.  Boher Christmas Market, Sunday 11 December, at 2pm.  Calling all craftspeople, artists, bakers, (young and not so young), and culinary experts.  Book a stall at Boher Community Centre by contacting Paudie Laffan 086 0785836 and show off/sell some of your creative delights.  There will be a small charge of €5 per stall.  Santa and Mrs Claus will also visit the Community Centre.

Murroe Boher Camogie: Our minor team played the county final on Saturday against Croagh/Kilfinny/Adare. This team were our last team in competition. Result next week. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who was involved with Murroe/Boher Camogie Club over the past year, players, managements, committee, parents, friends and supporters. We look forward to continued support next year as all our girls strive towards improvement and silverware.

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IPB Pride of Place Competition Update

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Keep your fingers crossed for Murroe this weekend, when the winners of the 2016 IPB Pride of Place competition are announced at the Gala Awards Ceremony in Belfast on Saturday, November 26th. Over 1000 guests, representing communities across the island of Ireland, are expected to attend the ceremony, which this year takes place in the Waterfront Hall, Belfast.

‘Pride of Place’ is an All-Ireland competition which showcases the best in community achievement on the island of Ireland. The competition is organised by Cooperation Ireland under its Local Authority Programme, which highlights their commitment to supporting community groups that undertake initiatives to improve their communities and regions. Pride of Place is unique in that it specifically recognises the involvement of the local community in all aspects of rural and urban regeneration, including enhancing social cohesion, heritage and environmental awareness.

The Pride of Place competition is open to every local authority north and south of the border to nominate groups to represent their county. This year, Murroe had the honour of being nominated by Limerick City and County Council as their entry for Population Category 3 (population under 2000). It joins 3 other Limerick entries for 2016: Broadford Development Association, Liskennet Day & Recreational Service and Limerick Youth Theatre.

Pride of Place Judges Tom and Alison Dowling visited Murroe on July 11th, where our many groups and organisations had the opportunity to showcase the remarkable work being done within the community. The judges were treated to a half hour presentation in the Fitzgerald Room of the Muintir na Tire Hall, followed by an opportunity to meet and speak to the groups at stands set up in the main hall, and in a tour of the village and Glenstal Abbey.

You can view the community survey booklets presented to the judges at these links:

Adult survey responses: pop_survey_adults

Child survey responses: pop_childrens_survey

You can also view photographs from the day here.

A huge amount of effort went into preparing for this competition and we would like to thank everybody who contributed and who came out to meet with the judges.

Whatever the outcome on Saturday night, we clearly have a lot to value and be proud of in our community. Lets see if we can get that recognised at a national level!

The Pride of Place Gala Awards will be live streamed, so tune in on Saturday evening, from 7pm, by clicking on this link: http://prideofplace.ie/live-stream-test, or by going to the Pride of Place homepage.

Thank you & please keep those fingers crossed!!!

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Murroe/Boher Newsletter 20 Nov 2016

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Parish Clergy: Fr Loughlin Brennan                           Fr. Tom Ryan

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

Anniversaries:                                    Murroe

John, Breda and Owen Ryan                                            7pm this Saturday

Bridget Minihan                                                                   9am this Sunday

Kevin Fitzgibbon                                                                 11.30am this Sunday

Mass for all our parishioners who died during

the past year – remembering all our loved ones            7.30pm next Friday

Biddy Davis and

Thomas and Mary Cummins                                           7pm next Saturday

                                                                Boher

Kitty Roche Months Mind and

John McCarthy                                                                    10am this Sunday

Michael Nolan and

Paddy and Bridget Skehan                                                                10am next Sunday

May They Rest in Peace

Eucharistic Ministers next weekend: Boher: Des Duffy 10am.

Murroe: Nora Lonergan 7pm. Mary O’Brien 9am, Kathryn Buckley 11.30am

Masses for coming week: Boher – Tuesday and Thursday at 9.30am.

Murroe – Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10am

Rosary in cemeteries at 3pm each Sunday during the Month of November.

St Vincent DePaul will hold its Annual Church Gate Collection at all Masses in Murroe and Boher on the week-end of November 26/27. All support would be greatly appreciated.

A Service of healing with Mass will be held in Kilteely Parish Church Co. Limerick on Mon. 28th November @ 7.30pm Celebrant:-  Fr. John Keane. All are welcome

Concert in Murroe Church with Tommy Fleming will take place on Sunday 11th December. Tickets €30 on sale in Sacristy, Local Shops and Post Office and Pubs in Boher.

Murroe-Boher Senior Citizens Christmas Party in Muintir na Tíre Hall, Murroe on Sunday 4th December. Mass at 1pm with Christmas Dinner at 2pm. Tickets on sale shortly.

Christmas Fair / Sale of Work: Bilboa National School will hold its annual Christmas Fair this Sunday 20th November at 2pm in the Community Centre, Cappamore. Our Christmas Fair has always proven to be a very enjoyable day out with a huge variety of competitions and entertainment to suit all ages. There is something for everyone: Wheel of Fortune, visit Santa in his grotto, coats & handbags stalls, bric-a-brac, cakes, toys, books, games, competitions, children’s entertainment, tea & cake and lots, lots more. All proceeds will go towards the development of the school.

Sliabh Feilim Singers and Friends annual Christmas Concert will be held at 5pm in Abington Church Murroe on 27th November. Join us to celebrate the season in song.  Funds this year will be given to a program for Special Needs Children in Haiti.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Lotto Results 13/11/16 – 4,12,28,31 – No Jackpot Winner. €20 Luck dips Mary Moore, D. Moloney, Mary Quigley, Sarah Stockil. Next Week’s Jackpot €7400 in Powers

Anna Madigan HOPE FOUNDATION ‘Clothes for Calcutta’ Hi, my name is Anna Madigan and I’m a Transition Year Student in Castletroy College. As part of my Transition Year programme, I’m fundraising for the HOPE FOUNDATION and Children of Calcutta appeal. I plan to travel and work with HOPE for a week in Calcutta, early next year. There I will interact with orphan children and HOPE Adolescents and experience first-hand life challenges and extremities in Calcutta, India. I need your help and support to bring much needed funds to these orphanages. How can you help? With some school friends, I have organised a Table Quiz MONDAY NOVEMBER 21st at 7pm KILMURRY LODGE HOTEL, LIMERICK. COST €10 per Adult, €5 per student. Please support, this promises to be a great night. I am also collecting bags of second hand clothes. If you would like to do an early Christmas-Spring clean out, then why not contact my Dad or Mam on 0861741500 to donate some clothes. If you would like to donate some money directly to HOPE you can go to my official charity fundraising page and follow the simple instructions. www.altruism.ie/fundraising_page/anna-madigan-hope-foundation-fundraising-page-for-the-hope-foundation – All money raised goes fully to HOPE FOUNDATION and Children of Calcutta projects. Thank you so much. I really do appreciate your support….Anna!

Murroe/Boher GAA Race Night: Murroe/Boher GAA Race Night will take place in Pa McGrath’s on Saturday, December 10th 2016. First race off @ 8:30 p.m. Enter your horse now by contacting any player or club officer! Finger food, raffle and auction race on the night. All welcome.

Boher Community Development Association: Boher Community Development Association will launch its 2017 Parish Calendar this Sunday night, 20 November, at O’Neill’s Bar.  The calendar includes a delightful selection of old and recent photographs reflecting the lives and achievements of the people of Boher and places of interest.  The back of the calendar features some Boher-related snippets from old newspapers and journals.   Cost €5.  All welcome to attend. Boher Christmas Market, Sunday 11 December, at 2pm.  Calling all craftspeople, artists, bakers, (young and not so young), and culinary experts.  Book a stall at Boher Community Centre by contacting Paudie Laffan 086 0785836 and show off/sell some of your creative delights.  There will be a small charge of €5 per stall.  Santa and Mrs Claus will also visit the Community Centre.

Murroe Boher Camogie: Best of luck to our minor team who play neighbours Cappamore in the county semi-final on Sunday at 12 in Cappamore. This promises to be a great clash and our girls toughest test so far this year. Please come out and support. Also, a reminder that our monthly clothes collection will be taking place next Saturday between 7.30 and 8pm

Murroe Website EditorMurroe/Boher Newsletter 20 Nov 2016
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RTE Doc on One: ‘Kicking the Bucket’

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Next weekend’s ‘Doc on One’ will feature Murroe’s Sinead Dineen, amongst others, explore the subject of ‘Kicking the Bucket’.

Sinead is a Limerick-based visual artist, whose most recent work has dealt with her experience of living with ovarian cancer. She is also one of the founding hosts of the Limerick Death Cafe.

Earlier this year, Sinead and Katie Verling, an artistic director and curator who herself has faced serious illness, organised a series of ‘Kicking the Bucket’ workshops, with the help of funding from the Milford Care Centre’s Compassionate Communities initiative. In these workshops, participants creatively explored and discussed issues concerning illness, death and dying, culminating in a public exhibition of their work in May 2016.

RTE’s ‘Doc on One’ follows the ‘Kicking the Bucket’ group during this process. It was produced by Ronan Kelly and will air on RTE Radio 1 on November 26th at 2pm, and will be repeated on Sunday, November 27th at 7pm.

More info here: http://www.rte.ie/radio1/doconone/2016/1115/831848-kicking-the-bucket/

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