Bee Blogs – March 2018

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Bee Prayer 
Winged spirit of sweetness, I call on you.
Teach me the ways of
Transformation and fertilisation.
The path from pollen to sweetest honey.
Teach me, to taste the  essence of each place I alight
Carrying that essence with me to continue creations cycle.
Teach me the ways of hope,
Reminding me that what seems impossible
May yet be achieved.
Flitting tears of the Gods
Draw me ever closer to the wisdom
Hidden within beauty.
Give me flight and sunlight,
Passion and productivity,
Co-operation with those around me and
Sharpened strength to defend my home.
May I ever spiral out from my heart
Searching for what I need and return there once again
To tune those lessons into nourishment.
Bee Spirit, I call to you.
The month of April is characterised by increasing day length and rising temperatures  – the days have lengthened but the temperatures are still low. And March was cold though I did get a chance to look through my hives one day when the sun shone. I was shocked at the state of the colonies – particularly my strongest colonies from last year. They are barely alive. This has happened before – the colonies that build up well and work very hard one year are very often the poorest ones the following year. Do they overreach themselves and are worn out the following year? It is a puzzle. I presume the long, wet winter has not helped. I am considering sending off some of the bees to get checked for disease. They had plenty of food but maybe too much of it was ivy honey which they find difficult to use in the winter as they need water to dilute it.
There is little sign of flowers yet- even the dandelions are slow to appear. I hope they haven’t given up in protest at farmers spraying their fields to remove any plant that could deprive their precious grass of space or nutrients. The more I see these huge fields appearing – these green deserts – the angrier and more depressed I feel – hedgerows are disappearing – soon there won’t be a habitat for a rabbit, a bee or a butterfly. What sort of arrogance is this that allows us to dispossess other creatures of a home and a livelihood? I had to get that off my chest. I am planning to write to the Minister of Agriculture to make my feelings known for all the good it will do but I will feel better!
What we need now is farmers who tend their hedgerows as an asset; who let old pastures grow, with their mix of plants and not just cultivate a monoculture of grass. We need to encourage diversity – otherness -it is essential for our flourishing as well as the rest of nature.  A rain forest thrives by virtue of its infinite, interdependent diversity: none of the species could  survive alone.  It is not biodiversity but monoculture that poses the biggest threat.
After all that I notice the chestnut leaves peeping out – chestnut flowers are an important source of pollen and honey. Their flowers have a small patch of yellow which acts as a nectar guide for visiting bees. These turn crimson once the flowers are pollinated – this is important because bees can’t see red and so does not waste time visiting that flower again as it has no nectar or pollen to offer…But then the Japanese have now developing robotic bees to do pollination – they are called Robo-Bees  – bee-like pollinating drone which are designed to make up for the lack of bees in some parts of the world.
This device is made using horsehair, a sticky gel and a drone.  The drones fly into flowers like a bee and inside the flower pollen gets stuck to gel and horsehair  and this pollen is shaken off at the next flew and so on. Surely prevention would be better than the cure. We already have great pollinators on Earth – they are called bees. So instead of building drones that replicate their behaviour, perhaps we should focus on saving the ones we’ve got! Otherwise, we could be working on “Robo-trees” next.
I like the point made by Saint Francis de Sales when he says;
The bee collects honey from flowers in such a way as to do the least damage or destruction to them and he leaves them whole, undamaged and fresh, just as he found them.” I suspect the same would not be true of Robo-bees.  Francis obviously did not know that a worker is a she rather than a he!
Time magazine reported on a study from Harvard’s School of Public Health. It found that pesticides were the cause of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) – the phenomenon in which worker bees suddenly up and leave a colony without warning. The pesticides in question are those that contain neonicotinoids (NNIs) and they are partially or completely banned in the EU, Canada and the U.S.
Murroe Website EditorBee Blogs – March 2018
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Abington Church are holding an evening of music and song on Friday April 6th at 8pm.

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The friends of Abington Church are holding an evening of music and song on Friday April 6th at 8pm. In the church.

This features two groups, “The Ukealadies” and “Zion”.

Proceeds are in aid of the Eldorado Textile Project in San Paulo, Brazil with which a local volunteer, and member of the Church, is involved.

This is a community project in a deprived area which depends on voluntary donations to continue.

Admission €10. For details Tel.087-2964287.

Murroe Website EditorAbington Church are holding an evening of music and song on Friday April 6th at 8pm.
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New Zebra Crossing now operational in Murroe.

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We are delighted to see that the long-awaited zebra crossing is now fully operational in the heart of Murroe village. This crossing will provide a safe place to cross the busy road, for people wanting the access the shop, butcher, playground, Croker’s and the new all-weather pitch. To ensure that the zebra crossing is as safe as possible, it is vital that the rules of a zebra crossing are adhered to, especially in relation to parking on or near the zebra crossing. Please see the image above for the full list of rules for zebra crossings from the Road Safety Authority. We are aware that the new zebra crossing is located in a popular parking area for the shop and the Post Office, however, you will no longer be able to park there. Please help in making Murroe a safe place to be. Thank You.

Dorothy MaddenNew Zebra Crossing now operational in Murroe.
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Murroe/Boher Newsletter 17 Dec 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: Jim Collins, Murroe Village

Anniversaries:                         Murroe

Willie Hartnett and Deceased members of the Hartnett Family and

Margaret (Peggy) Fitzgerald                                          7pm this Saturday

Willie Quigley and John Connell                                   9am this Sunday

Martin and Bridgine Carey and

Christine Coughlan (nee Carey)                                    11.30am this Sunday

Johnny O’Brien Months Mind and

Catherine Danaher Months Mind                                  7pm next Saturday

Davy Hayes                                                                  8.30pm Christmas Eve

Paddy, Mary and Patsy O’Brien                                     9am Christmas Day

Jim and Patricia Hogan                                                 11.30am Christmas Day


Mai Richardson Months Mind                                       10am next Sunday

Mary and Edward Butler and their daughter Mary          7pm Christmas Eve

Martin Moore and deceased members of

the Moore Family                                                         10am Christmas Day

                              May They Rest in Peace

Eucharistic Ministers Next Weekend: Boher: Helen Hickey 10am. Laurence Bartley 7pm Christmas Eve. Elizabeth O’Connor 10am Christmas Day. Murroe: Breda Fitzpatrick 7pm. Mary O’Brien 9am. Breda Berkery 11.30am. Evelyn Lorigan 8.30pm Christmas Eve. Josie Meade 9am Christmas day. Margaret Holmes 11.30am Christmas Day

Christmas Carol Service in Murroe Church this Sunday 17th December at 7pm.

Christmas Ceremonies: Christmas Eve Masses: Boher 7 pm, Murroe 8.30pm.

Christmas Day Masses: Murroe 9am and 11.30am, Boher 10am.

Confessions: with Visiting Priests in Murroe & Boher after all Masses this weekend

Anniversary Mass for the Late Fr. James Holloway PP. Pallasgreen & Templebraden will be celebrated in Kilteely Parish Church Co. Limerick on Sunday 24th December (Christmas eve) at 8pm. Please keep Fr. James in your prayers

Senior Citizen’s New Year’s Party in Murroe Hall on Sunday 7th January. Mass at 1pm with Lunch at 2pm. Tickets €15 each. Church Gate Collection for the Senior Citizens Party will take place on weekend of 6/7 January.

Cashel & Emly Lourdes fundraising committee are hold a Tea Dance in Cappawhite Resource Centre on St. Stephens Night, Tuesday, 26th Dec. 2017. Music by: Brian McDermott. Dancing from 9.30pm – 12.30. Admission €10. Tickets available on the door or contact Sean O’Connor 086-8423172 for more info.

Glenstal Abbey Christmas Shop. Mon to Fri 9-5pm Sat & Sun 10 to 4.30pm. Come and visit our wide range of Christmas gifts. Nativity Sets, Christmas Decorations, Chocolates, Christmas Cards, Jams, Honeys, Mustards, Glenstal Christmas Puddings, Glenstal Cranberry Sauce. This year we are also running a stall filled with homemade Chocolate Orange Rocky Road Pudding. All Proceeds going to Milford Hospice.

COMMUNITY ALERT: Murroe Community Alert would like to thank the organisers of the recent Tractor Run held in Murroe for their kind donation towards the cost of the upkeep of the defibrillator which is in the porch of the Muintir na Tíre hall, Murroe. The defibrillator needed new batteries and pads. It is hoped to have demonstrations on how to use the defibrillator after Christmas.

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 Local shops, and Pubs in Boher. Treat yourself or a friend to a nice Christmas Present.

Annual St Stephen’s Day Fun Run/Walk Boher Annual Christmas 10k Fun Run/Walk will take place on St. Stephen’s Day from Boher Community Centre at 1 p.m. Proceeds are in aid of the Limerick Branch of the Irish Kidney Association.  Refreshments will be served.

Boher Community Development Association has launched its 2018 Parish Calendar. It contains beautiful photos of times past and present of the people of Boher. It is on sale from all local businesses or any committee member. Cost €5.

Boher Community Development Association thanks everybody who supported their Christmas Market last Sunday. It was a great success. Artists, crafts people and culinary experts, displayed their work to a very large number of locals and visitors. A variety of high-standard local crafts were sold. Santa and Mrs Claus arrived by four white horses and carriage to everybody’s delight. Santa’s grotto had to be the best in the country!

Boher Community Development Association wishes everybody a very Happy Christmas and New Year. Sincere thanks for all your contributions to and support for our initiatives throughout the year.

Christmas Wreaths, Swags, Table pieces (Fresh Flowers) now available at Holmes Florist, Cappanuke. Contact 086 2493499 or 061 386318 to place an order.

Murroe-Boher Historical Society Calendar now on sale in local shops. Price €8. Ideal gift for family living away from home. 50% of profits will go to Charity.

Lotto Results 10/12/17 -22,24,29,31- No Jackpot Winner. €20 Lucky dips Lawrence Bartley, Daniel Ryan, Paulette Hodkinson & Mary Reale. Next week Jackpot 4,300 Draw in Powers

Christmas Special Afternoon Tea Dance, will take place in Kilteely Hall, Co. Limerick on Sunday 17th of December from 3pm – 6pm. Music by Catriona. Raffle, Prizes Galore, Homemade baking and refreshments served. Admission €5. All are Welcome to come dancing or just sit back, relax and enjoy the music

Murroe Website EditorMurroe/Boher Newsletter 17 Dec 2017
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Bee Blogs – November 2017

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A friend sent me a card the other day which read, “Somehow we will squeeze through these dark December days”. It described how I felt. I like Blaise Pascal’s idea that in difficult times, you should always keep something beautiful in your heart or I might add in your pocket. Beauty makes a difference.

The bees adjust their life style to each season of the year, why not us? With our technologically-adapted life style we are cut off from the natural world – and we imagine that the natural world plays no part in our lives. D.H. Lawrence in Lady Chatterley’s Lover describes this disconnection as a catastrophe:

“Oh what a catastrophe for man when he cut himself off

from his union with the sun and the earth.

This is what is the matter with us. We are bleeding at the roots,

because we are cut off from the earth and sun and stars and

love is grinning mockery, because, poor blossom,

we plucked it from its stem on the tree of Life and expected

it to keep on blooming in our civilised vase on the table”

In a book on, Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom, the author Acharya Shunya, explains how we are connected to the natural world and still need to adjust our life style to fit the time of the year. A ‘seasonally adjusted life style’ makes sense to me – eating the same foods all year, exercising in the same way throughout the year doesn’t make sense – Ayurveda recommends specific protocols for each season of the year.  Some of these recommendations are in autumn, with darkness closing in and wind and rain increasing- it is easy for our inner world to become a little shaky so Ayurveda advises stabilising ones routine – especially routines of eating and sleeping and also recommends settling in our ideas and convictions. As winter settles in, a change of diet is helpful – eating hot, spiced and warming foods – soups, stews – also getting out into early morning light and engaging in creative activity.  I know I have a lot to learn about this idea of managing myself round each season. Maybe I could learn more from the bees. The church too provides a change especially with the Gregorian chant for Advent and this lifts me over the lintel and into a different mood.



Mistletoe, the partial parasite of apple, lime, popular, or hawthorn trees is evergreen, and grows into a large spherical mass on the host tree. It produces a root like structure which grows into the tree and sucks its nutrients from the tree. Its seeds, spread by birds, are covered with a sticky, viscous gel that attaches them to the bark of a tree. The Mistle Thrush gets it name because it loves Mistletoe seeds.

It flowers in early spring with male and female flowers on separate trees. Bees, among other insects do the pollinating and provide us with those shiny, waxy white berries at Christmas. After each kiss you remove one of the berries  – once all the berries are gone that’s it – no more kissing!



According to a new study streets with trees may help against asthma attacks. Researchers from Exeter University studied the impact of urban greenery on asthama. By comparing 26,000 urban neighbourhoods the researchers found a link between areas highly populated by trees and lower rates of emergency visits to hospital for asthma. The association as even stronger in highly polluted areas.

The study showed that an extra three hundred trees per square kilometre was associated with approximately 50 fewer emergency asthma cases per 100,000 residents over a 15 year period.



We know how harmful insecticides are for bees –  fungicides may also be causing harm.   A study at Cornell University in the USA has found signs of a “surprising link” between fungicides and declining bumblebee numbers. This could be important for to us because of our damp climate we use lots of fungicides.  Ireland has ninety eight species of wild bee, twenty one of which are bumblebees. According to the National Biodiversity Data Centre, 30% of Ireland’s bee species are threatened with extinction mainly due to habitat loss. It is suspected that fungicides could change the nectar composition of flowers or harm the micro-organisms that live in bees’ guts. Fungicides have also been found to react with insecticides and make these toxic to bees. More research is clearly required in the Irish setting to see how fungicides impact our native bees.



There is an interesting treatment for American Foul Brood coming from Australia. They use gamma radiation to sterilise equipment (same thing as used to sterilise medical equipment). It is popular as it does not use chemicals so there is no residue in treated parts and they can be used immediately. This is ideal for bee equipment where it can be difficult to ensure chemicals and other treatments reach every area. Gamma radiation penetrates every part of the equipment which means that any pathogens or insects are eliminated.


This eliminates AFB and equipment can be treated over and over again. This would be a welcome new treatment and a more effective control than just burning hives which I had to do many years ago!



I am not getting great reports on the usefulness of the Bee Meditation. Maybe I need to test it myself. But thank you for the feedback from the brave people who tried it!


There is little to be done in the Apiary at this time of year. If we get snow, do check that snow doesn’t block the entrance to the hives. Bees don’t hibernate and if the sun comes out and it warms up, they will be out and about, taking cleansing flights. They are very hygienic and save their waste until they get a chance to get outside their home!


Some people give some extra protection to their hives by adding a blanket under the roof. In my experience, good ventilation is more important. A blanket can get damp and ultimately trap cold, damp air in the roof space.


The best gift we can give bees at this time of the year is not to disturb them! But do go and ‘tell them, ‘yes it is Christmas – rejoice and be glad’. I hope someone whispers this to you too!


Murroe Website EditorBee Blogs – November 2017
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Thought for the week – spirals

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Today there is great interest in spiritual programmes. And there are so many to chose from. They are advertised everywhere.

For many of these programs the spiritual life is seen as a sequence of stages each with its own tasks and methodology. This view of life as linear progression is symptomatic of our culture – you go from one thing to another – you never go backwards, always going forward, making progress – your life working better all the time – it is always meant to be summer and if winter sets in something is wrong with us or the program.

The linear view, besides being inaccurate can be exhausting and depressing. Because life doesn’t work that way – it doesn’t always get better – at times it gets worse – you go backwards or so it seems – you regress and get depressed. This problem is particularly severe as we age – trying to do the things we used to do and we no longer can – falling back along that line of development and it is depressing – for we are told we shouldn’t fall backwards.

Other, more traditional cultures, have a circular view of reality- life is viewed as cyclical – there is a winter for every summer, a fallow period for every harvest. You do go into winter, you will fade and there will be hard times but then “in the midst of winter I finally learned that there is in me an invincible summer.” A. Camus.

I find it helpful to combine the cyclical and the linear to form a spiral – you move forward but each time you do, you pass through the seasons of dying, are reborn and flourish again – that is how life works – you know you will go down into the winter, into the darkness but you know it is just a cycle and spring and summer will return. This is the norm – this is nature and if you accept it you can relax into this pattern of life.

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Murroe Boher Newsletter 17 Sept 2017

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17 Sep 2017
Parish Clergy: Fr Loughlin Brennan Fr. Tom Ryan
Tel. 386227 Mobile 087 9814051 Tel. 352223 Mobile 087 6291557
Recent Deaths: Annette Ahern (Née Courtney) The Meadows, Murroe & Mitchelstown.
Anniversaries: Murroe
Pat Gleeson and
Breda O’Brien 7pm this Saturday
Bridie, Joe and Danny Kirby 7pm next Saturday
Bridget Coleman and
Geard Dunne 11.30 next Sunday
Bartholomew and Eileen Hanley 10am this Sunday
Dan Foley 10am next Sunday
May They Rest in Peace
Eucharistic Ministers Next Weekend: Boher: Eamon Tuohey 10am.
Murroe: Breda Fizpatrick 7pm. Josie Meade 9am. Kathryn Buckley 11.30am

Community Houses for the elderly in Gilmartin Park: A house is now vacant. Applications in writing please to – Community Housing, C/O Kathleen Cummins, Gilmartin Park, Murroe, Co Limerick. Note: you must be over 60 to apply. Closing date 30th September.
New members welcome to the Junior and Senior Choirs. Junior practice -Thursdays 5.00pm- 6.00pm. Senior practice – 8.00pm – 9.30pm.

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

Coffee Morning to raise funds and awareness for the new Autism Spectrum Disorder Unit in Killinure N.S. Will be held by Boher Community Development Association, on Sunday 24th September in Boher Community Centre from 10.30a.m – 12.30p.m. All support greatly appreciated. There will be Special Guest for all the children to meet on the day!

Coffee Morning in Aid of Fr Tommy Laffan Missions in Kenya will take place after 11.30am mass in Murroe on Sunday 01st October.
Darkness into Light in aid of Pieta House: As we prepare for next year’s DiL in Murroe next May, we are delighted to report that the 2017 walk in Murroe raised over €23,500. Thanks to everyone in the community and neighbouring parishes for your support for this worthy cause.

Lotto Results 10/9/17-8,11,22,25-No Jackpot Winner. €20 Lucky dips Dan O’Brien, Lena Conroy, Pat Ryan(s) and Pat Kett (Jnr). Next Week’s Jackpot €3,000 in O’Neill’s

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 to book a place.

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

BALLYHOURA DEVELOPMENT: The Ballyhoura North East District Forum will take place on Tuesday September 26th at 7.30pm at the Millennium Centre Caherconlish.

Junior Set Dancing Classes, Ceili, Line Dancing, Waltz, etc. will resume in the Community Centre, Cappamore on Wednesday 20th September at 4.15pm. Senior Set Dancing and Ceili classes for fitness and fun will resume in the Muintir na Tíre Hall, Murroe on Wednesday 27th September at 8.15pm. Beginners welcome at all classes.

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 next Friday, 22 September at 8.30 pm in Pa McGrath’s, Boher, to raise funds for the maintenance and up-keep of Boher Community Centre. Great night promised, lots of spot prizes.

Murroe Boher Camogie Club: Well done to our U8 girls who finished their season on a high with the county blitz which was brilliantly run in Abbeyfeale last weekend. Well done to all our girls and thanks to management and parents for organising the girls all year. Hard luck to our U14 team who lost out in the B plate semi-final to a strong Ballybrown team. This marks the end of a great year where we teamed up with Treaty Gaels to ensure our girls got game time. Thanks to management and players from both clubs for the great effort and comradery shown all year. Hard luck also to our U16 team who narrowly lost out to Newcastle West on Thursday in their last group game. Our girls will play the plate semi-final next Friday (22nd Sept) with fixture TBC. Best of luck to our intermediate team who play Croagh/Kilfinny on Sunday at 12 noon in Croagh, the winner of which will qualify for a semi-final, which is scheduled for next weekend – be sure to get out and support our girls. Next Saturday (23rd) our U10s will host a blitz at 11am in Murroe, please show your support for our girls.

Murroe Boher Bord na nÓg: Murroe Boher Bord na nOg are delighted to announce two upcoming tournaments. The first will be played on Saturday 23rd September at 17.00 in Harty Park. This will be played by all boys U8 mixed with our U8&9 girls. This will be played in a Munster championship format, and will be followed by a presentation of medals and a BBQ for all to enjoy. This is will be a family occasion, so please try to come out and support our young players. On Sunday , morning September 24th, we are hosting our Annual Jim Commons U10 Hurling tournament. We have teams from Limerick & Tipperary involved. This will commence at 11.00am, and again will be followed by a medal presentation, and a BBQ for all to enjoy, please try and support this great tournament, if you can.

Murroe Website EditorMurroe Boher Newsletter 17 Sept 2017
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