Wednesday, 13 December 2006

The demolition of MartinTreacy's Pub

The demolition of Treacy's Pub began on the 11th December. Last night the final demolition occurred. The pub has been demolished to improve the Hospital Rd. Junction. The picture on the left shows Martin Treacy the last proprietor of the pub. The site is a well known landmark in the town; the side wall of the building had the enormous Sarsfield mural painted on it in 1991. The photo below shows the scene at 8.00pm on Tuesday 12th as the final stage of the demolition begins

Sunday, 10 December 2006

Three of the BCAS committee members keep Santa company during a quiet moment!

Margie Nagle, Bruff's own Soprano

The Three Tenors

Bruff is buzzing!

There is a real and vibrant air in the town. The 'Evening of Sacred Music' followed on from the Christmas Festival last weekend. The town lights are splendid with more promised this coming week.

The Limerick Gospel Choir

Mary O'Keefe, the Presenter for the evening, introduced the Limerick Gospel Choir. This talented group were not unfamiliar to the Bruff Community. They appeared in the 'Jazz at the Bakehouse' series of shows masterminded by Jon Kenny, last year. Their distinctive contribution began with their vocals being heard over the excellent sound system, well before they appeared in the aisle of the Church. Whoopi Goldberg had nothing on their singer/conductor, as they launched into "I will follow Him". Their enthusiasm brought the school choir group, (who had been assigned seats in the balcony) to their feet again as they swayed and waved and sang along with the Gospel Singers!

Derek Moloney

A distinguished Tenor Derek Moloney brought a hush to the audience with a superb 'She moved through the fair' Although there was a shyness from the congregation downstairs, it brought a standing ovation upstairs. Derek had a relaxed approach and instantly developed a rapport with the audience.

Lucernarium Irish World Academy

This multi-cultural group from the University of Limerick started the second half, with an exquisite set of chants and praise items from several international traditions.

An Evening of Sacred Music Music

Last evening a group of volunteers, known as Fr. Joe's Roof Raisers, provided Bruff with a stylish and classy evening of music. The event took place at our local Catholic church, Ss. Peter & Paul's Bruff. The event was styled "An Evening of Sacred Music". The Programme began with the local school Choir from Ard Scoil Mhuire, conducted by Edel McEniry. (regular readers will know that Edel as well as being a talented local teacher, is also our current Morning Star Rose.)
This charming contribution was followed by a talented local Soprano, Margie Nagle, who contributed an exquisite 'Ave Maria'.
The Limerick Tenors, Tony Sheehan, Sean O'Shea and Eugene O'Connor finished the first half of the concert.
The country is awash with tenors, but these three contributed so well to the evening. They followed the pattern of so many Tenor trios, with group items followed by solo contributions. A highlight for the evening may have been " You Raise me Up".

Sunday, 3 December 2006

Edel McEniry, the current Morning Star Rose with members of Clonmel Youth Concert and Marching Band.
The band performed so well in the atrocious weather and the people of Bruff look forward to welcoming them back for the Summer Festival.

Santa came to town.....

Yesterday, Christmas arrived in Bruff. Santa was carried down the Main Street in a fine carriage. As the carriage passed each set of lights the lights came alive. The parade was led by the Clonmel Youth Concert and Marching Band, who are currently All Ireland Marching Band Champions!The town was so alive, the atmosphere great, the crowds happy.... and all this despite the ferocious weather! The Main Street looks great with a great Christmas tree at each end and lights all the way down the street.

Saturday, 2 December 2006

Well..we had the Dance..

Well we had our Dance last was enjoyable..those who attended had a good time but it was not so well supported. On to tonight and the Christmas lights lighting ceremony... but again time is a problem and we have yet to finish putting up the last of the lights!

Thursday, 30 November 2006

Christmas Lights.... Diarmuid .... our youngest helper

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So the weather is grim;rain, wind and cold. But we are having a mini-Christmas Festival in Bruff. The events are being organised by a group called Bruff and District, Cultural and Arts Society...or BCAS for brevity. The events are planned for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd December. Our first task was to acquire and put in place some Christmas Street lighting. As you can see this was accomplished in miserable weather.

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At last I join the blogging community! I live in Bruff, Co. Limerick in Ireland.