The highlight of 2014 for Murroe Community Council was the purchasing of six acres of land in a prime position in the centre of Murroe village. The year started busily for the Land and Finance Committees who were involved in meetings with representatives of the bank to negotiate a loan, and with Ballyhoura Development Ltd. with a view to future funding. Very productive meetings were held with the major sporting organizations in the parish and with Boher Development Association in order to plan the funding and uses of the field. The Land Committee prepared a sheet, and placed copies of it in the local shops and post office, asking the general public for ideas on the field’s development. All organizations and clubs in Murroe-Boher are very much on board as this is a fantastic opportunity and a worthwhile target for the local community to aim at. In August came the stupendous news that J.P. McManus had donated the purchase money for the field so that future fundraising could be focused on its development. The Community Council and all of Murroe-Boher are indebted to J.P. for his remarkable generosity. Fundraising for the Land Development kicked off in June with a highly successful Fashion Show held in the Castletroy Park Hotel. There was a great turnout and an enjoyable evening was had by all. The next event was a Tractor Run in September, with a large number of tractors of all types and ages participating, starting at Crokers, Murroe, and finishing with hospitality extended to the participants by Boher Community Centre. The Tractor Run Committee have kindly decided to use the profits from the Tractor Run to fund the creation of a walking track with exercise stations and seating, to be situated around the newly purchased field and including the GAA pitch. A successful Auction was also held by the Land Committee. The Community Council thanks the organizing committees for their hard work and commitment. There will be many more fundraising events over the next years as planning for this development continues.
The Community Council has drawn up a list of other important issues in the locality which need to be dealt with. This includes measures to increase road safety such as extra electronic speed limits and examination of the safety situations at various crossroads, increased signage in the village and elsewhere, and protection of heritage sites such as bridges from vandalism. Meetings with Limerick City and County Council will take place to discuss the best ways of tackling these.
Congratulations to the new Mary from Murroe, Siobhan O’Connor from Boher. This year’s festival was a great success, with music, athletics and family fun events enlivening the village and environs over the final weekend of the summer.
Mention must be made of the brightening of the village by the colorful murals created in the playground by Marion Neville and Jennifer Lynch. Jennifer has also painted a mural, depicting village scenes, at the back of the Muintir na Tire Hall. Many thanks to both artists.
We were pleased to make presentations to two much valued members of the community this year. The first was to Dan Dineen in honour of his outstanding contribution to the village and its surrounds for the past forty years. The second was to mark Fr. Tom Ryan’s Golden Jubilee and to thank him again for his approximately twenty years of work in the parish. Congratulation and thanks again to both of you.
The Community Texting Scheme is a very important initiative, set up last year, as regards protection of people and crime prevention. Many parishioners are signed up by now and anyone who wishes to partake of this service should get in touch with the Community Alert Committee, 087 9303748 or the local Garda station, 061 386102 or 061 382940.This scheme is run by the local Community Alert group, in conjunction with the Garda Siochana. This group is appealing for more members as their work is vital for the safety and well-being of our community.
We continue to appreciate having two Fas workers in the area who are doing sterling work in keeping the village and its surrounds up to standard.
We would like to congratulate our ever busy Murroe Tidy Towns Committee on achieving 274 marks in this years competition. They are up 3 marks on last year .The adjudicator was here on the day of the Special Olympics in the Pitch and Putt and was impressed with the buzz in the village.
Compliments also to the various residents’ associations who are continually upgrading the entrances and surrounds of the estates in and around the village.
Last but by no means least we congratulate all the fantastic achievements by Murroe-Boher male and female athletes in all sports in 2014. We were especially delighted to welcome our All-Ireland Champions, the Ladies Gaelic Football Team, to a celebratory evening on November 29th at the Muintir na Tire Hall on their return from the Final in Ballinasloe.
Murroe Community Council aims to develop the social and cultural life of Murroe. It does this through its own activities and through co-operation with its partner organisations. It is a voluntary organization, open to all people living in the area.
Monthly meetings: 2nd Monday of the month at 8 pm in the Muintir na Tire Hall. Contact details: firstname.lastname@example.org or Telephone: 061 386441.
List of Council Members by area:
Paddy & Ann Hourigan
Ros Fearna/The Meadows/Garanbawn
Fr. Simon Sleeman
Tom and Mary Seaver
Murroe Village/Murroe Wood
Fr. Tom Ryan
President: Paddy Hourigan
Chairperson: Fr.Simon Sleeman
Vice Chairperson: Ciaran Casey
Secretary: Carmel Hogg
Assistant Secretary: Mary Laffan
Treasurer: Dorothy Madden
Assistant treasurer: Michelle Healy
PRO: Ashling Quinn O’Brien