Thursday, 24 September 2009

Recent Posts and news to come!

Scroll down to see photo from Morning Star Music Festival and news about the upcoming Bluegrass Festival. Bruff details appear on the Bruff History site; click here to visit the site. The community cafe had it's official opening last week.. more details about opening times and more soon. Opera live from the New York Met.... a live broadcast direct to University Concert Hall (possible coach from Bruff), the BRUFF POINT TO POINT is this coming Sunday 27th October.
The Lough Gur and District Historical Society will
host a talk on Robert Emmet by Dr. Ruan O'Donnell
of the University of Limerick in the HoneyFitz Theatre
on Thursday
24th September at 8.30 pm.
Renowned Irish Harpist Kathleen Loughnane graces the stage of the Honeyfitz Theatre at Lough Gur on Friday, October 9th (further information call 087 2852022 or email

Roses at the Summer Music on the Morning Star Festival

Mr. Dennis Barrett, Chairman of the Sean Wall Committee, welcomes the first Morning Star Rose, Edel McEniry and Marie Kirby, the current Morning Star Rose to the Morning Star Music Festival.

Friday, 14 August 2009

Classical Music Concert great success!

The Concert last night was a great success. The quality of the musicians produced a standing ovation. The atmosphere in the Church was fantastic. Morning Star Rose Marie Kirby attended in her first official outing as the new Morning Star Rose and delighted everyone with her stunning appearance and graceful charm.

My apologies to Tom Walsh who was omitted from the list of thank you's on the concert programme. The special atmosphere in the Church was contibuted to in a major way by the lighting supplied by Tom Walsh of Hear it Sound and Lighting. You can access Tom's company website by clicking here. Many thanks Tom.

Summer Music On The Shannon 2009
Click below to see the SMS Finale Concert LIVE from UCH on Sunday 16/08 at 1.30pm!

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Summer Music on the Morning Star

An Evening of Classical Music, an evening not to be missed!
Thursday 13 th August at 8.00 pm
in the Church of Ireland, Bruff

"Mozart Plus"
International Artists perform two of Mozart's greatest solo works for winds and strings
An Introduction to Midsummer Night's Music with the SMS International Wind Quintet

Limited number of tickets available from Nagle's Eurospar, The Post Office, and The Bakehouse Restaurant, all in Main Street, Bruff.

Tickes are €15 (inclusive of interval refreshments)
A limited number of tickets are now available
(Sponsored by Shannon Development)

Monday, 3 August 2009

Festival News

Full news and all results from Bruff Summer Festival tomorrow!
Next event .... classical music evening on August 13th... more
details tomorrow.. very limited number of tickets available

Sunday, 12 July 2009

Photography Competition... all the info!

Photography Competition
in association with
Sean Wall Committee
Bruff Summer Festival
Bruff Cultural and Arts Society

Details and Rules of Competition

The competition will have four Sections, two of which are age restricted.
The open Competition is without restriction on topic or style.
The other section has the theme or topic of “Bruff, People, Places and Buildings.”
Therefore there are four separate competitions.
Open Theme, for over 16 ‘s
Open Theme for under 16’s
Bruff, People, Places and Buildings for over 16’s
Bruff, People, Places and Buildings for under 16’s

Size of photographs submitted: The only restriction is that photos are no larger than A4. ie. means that any size up to and including A4 is acceptable..
A maximum of five photographs may be submitted. An entry fee of €5 covers the entry of any number of photographs from 1 to 5. One photograph submitted costs €5 and up to 5 photographs submitted costs €5 ie. The total fee per
competitor is €5!
Entrants must mount their photographs in a manner suitable for display. This may range from the professional style mounting to a
photograph attached to backing with blu-tack, however there must be some mounting of photographs so that they can be
displayed. Un-mounted prints will not be accepted for competition..

Photographs/entries and fees may be left at the Post Office in Main Street, Bruff.
Please attach the following information to each entry.
Name, Section (eg. Open/Bruff Theme/ under or over 16 as is appropriate)
The photograph must be the entrants own work,
including any editing following the original picture capture.
Please be sure to include a telephone contact number and the entry fee.

The final date for entries is Tuesday 28th July
Further enquiries about any aspect of the competition from Mr. Billy Murphy at 086 1272251
Or by email

Judging Panel
The judging panel will consist of four judges including professionals with experience
in photography, the arts and one representative from the local community.
There will be a cash prize for each section and a Trophy for overall best of competition.

Friday, 19 June 2009

Major Photographic Competition

The Bruff Cultural and Arts Society are delighted to announce a major annual Photography Competition. More details soon on this site!


Bloomsday was fantastic... more news on Bloomsday website!

Monday, 18 May 2009

Musicians from Bruff and District ? Summer Music on the Shannon

We hope to confirm arrangements with Summer Music on the Shannon to bring world class musicians to Bruff in the coming months. Also do you know of a young musician who would benefit from participation in the World Class Summer Music School. Contact us (Bruff Cultural and Arts Society) and we might be able to help you! Read on.............

Summer Music on the Shannon 2009:
World Class Summer Music School
Summer Music on the Shannon (SMS), established in 1994 by Clare Music Makers in Ennis, Co. Clare, invites instrumental and vocal students, ages 8 to adult, to become participants in its 16th consecutive season. With over 20 concerts in Counties Clare and Limerick, SMS is one of the largest and most successful classical summer music school festivals in Europe, which each year attracts over 200 professional musicians and music students of all ages from at least 16 countries and four continents.
SMS is internationally acclaimed in that there is, uniquely, no barrier to admission based on level of ability and no audition is required for admission to any of the Orchestral Instrument, Piano or Youth Opera Programmes. Children wishing to become part of this year’s opera production, ‘The Mermaid’ by Carl Davis, need not have had any previous musical training or experience. Young musicians playing orchestral and band instruments, or piano, only require ensemble experience or lessons for a minimum of one year.
The Instrumental Programme commences on Tuesday, August 4th (following the August Bank Holiday) and concludes on Sunday, August 16th with all musicians and students appearing on the stage of the University Concert Hall in a SMS 2009 Festival Finale celebration concert. Piano students will arrive at SMS on Monday, July 27th, one week earlier in order for them to attend master classes to be given by renowned performer and teacher, John Perry, from Los Angeles. They may register in the SMS Piano Programme for two or three weeks. The Youth Opera Theatre Programme commences on Monday, July 20th and concludes at the end of four weeks with fully-staged performances, with orchestra, of this year’s productions in UCH and theatres in nearby communities.
Students in all programmes may select from a wide range of classes and activities, including individual and class Lessons, Ensembles (orchestra, string, wind, brass, percussion, jazz, choir), Chamber Music, Trad Music, Art, Set and Costume Making, English as a Second Language plus Supervised Swimming at the UL Swimming Pool. Classes commence each day at 9.00am and conclude at 4.30pm, followed by short student recitals and, on most evenings, performances by faculty and/or students.
Highlighting the SMS summer school and festival will be the second visit of Carl Davis, C.B.E. (Hon.) acclaimed as one of the most gifted and versatile conductor/composers in the world today. Following on last year’s successful performances of his opera Peace, Carl Davis will be in Limerick this coming summer to supervise the production of The Mermaid, another of his extremely popular operas for young people. The Mermaid is based on the enchanting tale, The Little Mermaid, by Hans Christian Anderson.
In order to provide more opportunities for advanced vocalists this year, the SMS Opera Theatre will also be presenting a wonderfully humorous one-act production. Bernice Bobs Her Hair is based on the well-known tale by F.Scott Fitzgerald, with libretto by SMS 2009 Opera Director, John Gardyne, music by Matthew Miller and orchestration by Bruce Dunn. John is a Director, Writer and Producer with over twenty years experience in London’s West End and in leading opera houses throughout England. He is particularly well-known in European and Australian professional and amateur theatre companies for his best-selling book, Producing Musicals: A Practical Guide, published in 2004.
The superlative international faculty of thirty-six 2009 instrumental teachers will be joined by a number of musicians coming to Limerick for the first time. These include: David Bucknall, prominent solo cellist from London; Alex Nichol, double bass, formerly with the Manchester Hallé and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras; Gene Ramsbottom, clarinet instructor at the University of British Columbia in Canada and Principal Clarinet of the CBC Chamber Orchestra; Tim Brown, Principal Horn with the BBC Symphony and Dennis Miller, Principal Tuba player with the Montreal Symphony. All of the students attending SMS will not only get to meet and receive lessons from our illustrious faculty; they will also have the rare opportunity to play alongside them in each of the weekend Festival concerts,
. The application deadline is June 15th. Brochures and application forms are available at Clare Music Makers, Bank Place, Ennis or by calling 065 708 7566. Information and application forms are also available on the SMS website:

Musicians from bruff

Saturday, 9 May 2009

Pat Shortt to Headline Bruff Summer Festival

Star Comedian and award winning actor Pat Shortt will appear in Bruff as the headline act for Bruff Summer Festival .
Pat will perform his latest touring show in The Hall.

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Aoife Barron and 'Pip' Ryan go forward!

Morning Star Rose Aoife Barron and her escort Pip Ryan go to Limerick's South Court Hotel for the Limerick Rose and Escorts competition. This stage on the route (we hope) to Tralee takes place this Friday and Saturday (8th and 9th). We wish both of them well. Aoife and Pip are sponsored by Bruff Cultural and Arts Society. For news about Bruff Summer Festival, which is planned for next August Bank Holiday Weekend click here.

Friday, 1 May 2009

Bruff Post Office closes ... and moves !

Post Office closes today !

Noreen Wallace hands over one of the last pension payments and closes the door as the Bruff Post Office closes it's door for the last time today! (The New Post Office under new management will open next to Derry's Bar on Main Street)

Last men standing !

In this year of GAA significance, the 125 anniversary of the founding, the last surviving members of the committee from 1956 that started  the process that gives Bruff such a magnificient GAA Ground meet at the front gates that record the original opening date of the ground.
From left to right:
Michael J Noonan, Dennis Barrett, and Mike Toomey

Thursday, 30 April 2009

Breaking News... Google in Bruff !

The Google Street view cameras were in Bruff today! The camera car went down the Main Street took a detour up Sycamore Drive with the camera's working all the time!

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Breaking News !!!

The reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation for 80 pupils from Scoil Dean Cussen takes place today Thursday, 30th April. Bishop Donal Murray will visit the Parish to administer the Sacrament. We hoped for a little sunshine on this very special occasion
and the sun did shine!

1. The Bruff Summer Festival have given advance notice of a major star with whom they are in the final stages of negotiation for two concerts during Festival week. Check the Summer Festival website for up to date info.

2. Sadly, the organiser's of the Bruff market had to cancel the market on 25th April at short notice because of the very poor weather; I am sure they will be back soon with a re-arrangement for what is bound to become a very successful part of Bruff Life.

3. Click on this link for the latest news about Bloomsday in Bruff

4. Initial meetings have taken place about an exciting collaboration between Bruff Cultural and Arts Society andSummer Music on the Shannon (A Major International Festival) that may bring outstanding musical performances to Bruff!

Saturday, 25 April 2009

Breaking News !!!

The reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation for 80 pupils from Scoil Dean Cussen takes place today Thursday, 30th April. Bishop Donal Murray will visit the Parish to administer the Sacrament. We hope for a little sunshine on this very special occasion

2. Sadly, the organiser's of the Bruff market have had to cancel today's market (25th April) at short notice because of the very poor weather; I am sure they will be back soon with a re-arrangement for what is bound to become a very successful part of Bruff Life.

3. Click on this link for the latest news about Bloomsday in Bruff

4. Initial meetings have taken place about an exciting collaboration between Bruff Cultural and Arts Society and Summer Music on the Shannon (A Major International Festival) that may bring outstanding musical performances to Bruff!

Bits and Pieces

The reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation for 80 pupils from Scoil Dean Cussen takes place today Thursday, 30th April. Bishop Donal Murray will visit the Parish to administer the Sacrament. We hope for a little sunshine on this very special occasion

In the Convent Hall on April 14th the winners were Murty Hayes and Ann Murphy. Second were Joe Finn and Kathleen Barry and Mary McGrath and Paddy O’Neill. The table prizes went to Joe Carey and Jimmy Carey, Ann Ryan and Mary Casey and Liam and Mary O’Riordan. Raffle: €50 Ann Ryan, €25 Mike McAuliffe, €12 each to Mary McGrath(2), Eileen Browne and Tommy O’Brien. Cards every Tuesday night in the Convent Hall at 8.30pm. All welcome.
Bloomsday in Bruff
Plans are well in advance for a splendid celebration of Bloomsday in Bruff. Check out the details here
The Bruff Heritage Group are organising the next Open-Air Market on Saturday, April 25 located near the Church from 10-1pm. We are expecting an increased number of stalls now that it is up and running. If there is still any Bric-A-Brac which people wish to donate, please ring Paul Dennehy @ 087-9890652 and he will gladly arrange to have it collected. This event had to be cancelled because of awful weather.
At Chives formerly (The Abbey Bar) the Community Café is opening to the public on Saturday 25 and Sunday, April 26 after both Masses. Tea and refreshments will be served and all are welcome.
Predict the Score: The Bruff Bord na nOg are running a “Predict the Score” for the Limerick versus Waterford game on June 14, so we are selling cards for this match and we are asking for your support please. There is a prize of €200 for the winning score or nearest score. Lines on sale at the moment are €2 each.
The Grove Park Committee are first out of the blocks with a “spring” in their steps and we thank them for their efforts in response to our appeal for Spring Clean Week. Bruff has had an amazing year in team sports. Tidy Towns is also a team game not limited in numbers and any number of people can take part. Next year we hope to arrange a competition between areas/estates and now would be a good time to organise yourselves and clean up your immediate environment. Individually you can do your own thing or if time has slowed your movements you can contact us with your ideas at 061-382109. April 20-26 is Spring Clean week in Bruff.
Our U’16 Girls contested the Cup Final Replay against Kilmallock last weekend. It was a very good team performance but the girls were unlucky on the night, scoring just one goal to Kilmallock’s five. Sueanne O’Leary was the goal scorer for Bruff.
Our Junior Team played Pike Rovers B on Saturday at home. Andy O’Neill scored for Bruff, making the final score 1-1.
A heart saver defibrillator was installed at Meanus Community Centre last year. Thirteen people were trained to use this defibrillator and in Cardio Pulmenary Resussitation (CPR). Another training session will take place at the Community Centre in the near future. It is desirable that more people from the Parish would avail of this course which is only 3 hours approx. Understandably the more people trained in this service the more benefit it will be to our Parish and to our families.
Certification by the Irish Heart Foundation is valid for two years after successfully completing the course. Those interested in taking part in this very worthwhile community based programme are requested to ring the secretary at 087-2193555.
TAG Rugby Tour to England requires male and female Tag Rugby Players to fill two club teams who will be travelling to an International Tag Rugby Festival in Rochdale, near Manchester on the June Bank Holiday Weekend (depart Friday, May 25, returning on Sunday, May 31). Details from Grainne O’Keeffe @ 087-9312817.

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Bloomsday in Bruff

 Come and celebrate Bloomsday in Bruff on June 16th 2009.
If you are interested in the works of James Joyce, Ulysses in particular please come and join us. Are you an actor in a local drama group... we are looking for participants for drama and readings from Joyce.

Contact us at