May 18

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PRAYER FOR GOOD WEATHER: All – powerful and ever-living God, we find security in your care and love for us. Give us the fine weather we pray for and need. May the harvest be secured and the hard work and efforts of so many of our people come to fruition. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

PRAYER FOR GOOD WEATHER: All – powerful and ever-living God, we find security in your care and love for us. Give us the fine weather we pray for and need. May the harvest be secured and the hard work and efforts of so many of our people come to fruition. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

DEATHS: We offer our sympathy to the family of Mary (Maise) Lyons, whose funeral took place on Wednesday. Maise was the oldest member of our parish community, she celebrated her 104th birthday last February. We also offer sincere sympathy to the family of Maura Leahy, Knockbrack whose funeral took place on Sunday. May they rest in peace.

WEEKEND AWAY: Abbey Heritage staff, students and voluntary board members are actively selling €2 lines for a weekend away at the Falls Hotel, Ennistymon, €100, a hamper or a bottle of brandy. Abbey Heritage is a LTI – a local training initative and every year offers 14 early school leavers a second chance at education. It is based in St. Ita’s Hall every day from 9-5pm, any funds raised will be used to upgrade equipment. Tickets are on sale at the Abbeyfeale Farmers’ Market and from Board members Carina Prendeville, Mary Leahy, Dearbhla Conlon Aherne, Nancy Wall and Denis Hobson locally.

MEENKILLY CARD GAME: Marian Roche was in touch to say “We are having a once off card game to fundraise for our school, the date is Tuesday, May 21 at 9pm sharp, there will be lots of spot prizes and light refreshments on the night. All are welcome.

BEE KEEPING COURSE: The class in bee keeping continues at the Adult Education Centre on Wednesday week, May 22 from 7-9pm. There will be no class this week. Further information 087 6866450.

ROSARY AT KILLEENAGH BLESSED WELL: The rosary will be recited every Friday evening at 8pm.

TALK IN BLESSED SACRAMENT CHAPEL: Sr. Helen Culhane will speak on ‘Finding Christ in Brokeness’ on Wednesday, May 15 at 8pm. This talk should be very helpful to those experiencing loss through death, separation or suicide. All are welcome.

GLORACH NOTES: After receiving rave reviews on its recent run at St. Johns Theatre in Listowel, ‘A skull in Connemara’ by Martin McDonagh comes to the Glórach Theatre this Saturday, May 18. The second in the Leenane Trilogy, it has been described as one of McDonagh’s darkest and funniest plays. A stellar cast that includes top class Abbeyfeale thespian James Flaherty takes to the stage for one night only at the Glórach this Saturday. Miss it at your peril.

CHOCOLATE: Well I have the mystery solved but as usual I only have half the story. We have a chocolatier in our midst and I was telling you last week that a mystery man gave two bars of chocolate to Helga at the Abbeyfeale Farmers’ Market and that they were gorgeous. He showed up this week with a big box of macaroons, he did tell me his name but I was so taken by his macaroons that I have no idea what he said - it is no exaggeration to say that they were delicious. Anyway we made a deal and he’s going to give us a selection of bars to sell from Friday next and hopefully plenty of free samples which we will share unwillingly with the general public. So the Abbeyfeale Farmers’ Market will be selling hand made luxury chocolate made in Abbeyfeale – recession – what recession – we’ll always have money for chocolate!.

SUE RYDER: We still have a shop full of bargains, and we are now selling summer clothing and shoes. Come along and have a browse! Donations for the shop and recycling always welcome and appreciated. Thank you for your continued support.

END OF SEASON CEILI: Ita McQuinn is hosting an end of season ceili on Thursday, May 23 next in Monagae Hall with music by Micheal Sexton. Dancing will start at 9pm and everyone is welcome.

SEARCH FOR LEAHYS: My descendants would have originated in Abbeyfeale and Newmarket c.1800 and my GGGrandfather was John Leahy (1830-1893) married to Mary Buckley (1833-1927) and he was born in Rockhill Co. Cork and some of his siblings were born in Abbeyfeale. His parents were John Leahy (1790) and Mary Keane (1795). In my research I came across notes from a genealogist employed by a relative in the USA a few years ago which states the following:- Another reference to the early Leahy family in this area was in the Newtonsandes (a genealogy website named after a catholic parish of the same name just north of Brosna). The site lists a wide variety of current and historical facts about the people and events of the area. The 11 April 2007 issue refers to an article in a booklet by Fr. William Casey Comoradh an Chaid, “The Leahy Family Life and times in Abbeyfeale since their first ancestor left Tournafulla c.1796 is well documented. It is this issue I am hoping to find and read. Would you have any idea where I could possibly find this? In recent times, my grandfather would have been from Patrickswell in Co. Limerick. If you can help please contact

DOG SHOW: PRO Breda O’Grady says “It’s that time of year again, folks. The Annual Dog Show Fundraiser will be held on Sunday next, May 19 at Abbeyfeale Town Park from 1 p.m onwards. With Marquees purposely erected for the event we are prepared for the worst of Ireland’s unpredictable bad weather, so you still have plenty of time for grooming and perfecting your best pals obedience and agility skills. There are lots categories to enter including the Biggest & Smallest Dog, Best Child Handler U14 and the Dog the Judges would most like to take home, plus many more. It’s a day for all the family to enjoy with lots of raffle prizes, light snacks and treats so don’t miss out and come join us for this fantastic event. This Dog Show is one of the few means of funding for the maintenance of this lovely park so we would love if you could bring along your favourite pet and show him/her off in any of our exciting categories @ Only €2 Entry Fee per category. The park has been in existence since 1992 and has taken many years to mature into the beautiful park it is today. For anyone that hasn’t yet had the pleasure in taking a stroll around the grounds it is an ideal opportunity to come and visit it. It’s massive size and plethora of plant and wildlife including the beautiful duck pond and crannog is simply a must. Huge credit is due to the original committee members and to the people of Abbeyfeale and beyond for their continued support and commitment over the years & we are most grateful and extremely lucky to have this wonderful amenity on our doorstop –. Details of the Dog Show are on our Facebook Page or contact 087-2746399 for further details.

ABBEYFEALE COMMUNITY ALERT: If you are aged 65 or over, living alone or with someone aged over 65 then you are entitled to apply for a security system (panic button). We have two forms left in this round of funding so it will be first come, first served. Contact any committee member or Garda Roger O’Donoghue. We are also working on setting up a texting system so that any one with a mobile phone could notify a central number if they see anything happening in the community – that would then be passed on to the Gardai and to everyone on the system and would be an early warning alert that there was suspicious activity in the area. Again contact any of the committee if you would like to join – Micheal and Phil O’Kelly Killarney Road, Mossie Gleeson Kilconlea, Seamus Stack Cahir, Buddy and Brenda Barry Cahir, John O’Sullivan Meenkilly, Sean Broderick New St., Mary Jo O’Connell Knocknasna or Garda Roger O’Donoghue.

FEALE FIT: FealeFit are undertaking a Hike & Bike Challenge on July 20/21 next to raise money for children’s charity Bee for Battens. For information on our challenge and on our Fund raising event Man vs Food in O Riordans Bar on June 2. Contact Shane 087 2891015 or Kadie 087 7771552..Well done to all the Fealefit crew who did the Pieta house Darkness into light 5km walk / run in Limerick city on Saturday, there was an early start at 4am but there was a brilliant turnout and was a memorable experience. FealeFit will also be running Abbeyfeale Uniteds Summer Soccer camp. We’ll be bringing the Fun side of Football & Fitness to the Camp.

YOUTH CLUBS: Abbey legends are in St. Ita’s Friday night 8-9.30. Teens Unite are in St. Ita’s on Saturday night 7.45-9.15. Teens cois feile are not on this weekend. Leaders training concludes on Tuesday, May 217-9 in St. Ita’s.

MESSAGE FROM LIMERICK IFA;: If anyone has spare fodder to sell please sell it to people who don’t have any fodder or contact your local Teagasc Office or IFA County/Branch Officer.

ALL IRELAND NUNS’ RACE: As part of the Gathering celebrations in Abbeyfeale July 15-21 the All Ireland nuns’ race will commence at7.00pm on Monday, July 15 and travel from the Town Park into the square. Organiser Shane O’Connell says “Keep the Faith and run the Race” and tells us that the race will be followed by a world record attempt of most nuns doing the Harlem Shake! Entries welcome. Entry fee €5 or produce a Feale the Gathering band. Contact Shane on 087 2891015.

GATHERING UPDATE: This is an attempt at quantifying all the events planned for the Gathering but every meeting I attend I hear of some more. ‘’Feale the Gathering’ bands are currently on sale around town at €5 each. These can be used to gain admittance to some of the many attractions during the Gathering and the money raised will help to fund the week of celebrations. There will be a ceili on Sunday, July 14 at the Railway – music by U Bhrians , Sunday 14 and Monday 15 we will have drama at Fr. Casey’s with the hilarious comedy ‘Widows Paradise’. Monday morning depending on the level of interest we will take a bus to Lyreacompane to do a walk around the bog there. Then the All Ireland Nuns Race from the Town Park to the Square takes place at 7pm followed by an attempt to get into the record books for the most people dressed as nuns doing the Harlem Shake. The entry fee to take part in the race is a band or €5. Tuesday the Feale Fit Games will be held in the Square with teams from local businesses competing against each other. Kick off at 7pm in the Square; compete in Sumo Suits, Gladiator Arena and Barman’s relay for the Fealefit Games Title. We will also have a nature walk in the park, pub drama in three pubs in town and a Rambling House. Wednesday is Heritage Day with an Open Day at the Day Care Centre, Sr. Delia will do a presentation on the Workhouses of Abbeyfeale, Éamonn Ó Liatháin will discuss the Origins of the Irish, Marian Quirke will teach the basics of Irish dancing, the Genealogy group at the Adult Education Centre will talk about their work on mapping the graveyards. All the above will take place at the old Tech/ Adult Ed. Centre. The fun fair will also open and continue for the remainder of the week. The football tournament will get underway. It is also hoped to have a heritage walk around the town with the final item for Wednesday the Gathering Dance at the Railway. Thursday we have the Welcome Home night in the Glorach with drama, music, song and dance, the football tournament continues and there will also be sheaf tossing and a Tug of War at the Grove. Friday will be the highlight of the week with the Open evening at Colaiste Ide agus Iosef with all the local national and secondary schools displaying roll books, photographs of students and artefacts from the past. There will be entertainment and refreshments on the night too. The food and craft fair will take place in the Square and continue on Saturday. We will also have the semi finals and final of the football tournament and a special singing club in Philip Enrights . Saturday we will have Fly fishing with the Abbeyfeale Anglers followed by a paella evening. There will be a special Mass for all deceased students and teachers at 7pm. The Fitzy Chicks and No Direction will perform on the open air stage and there will be a 50’s Disco in the Grove. Sunday we’ll have the Family Fun Day, the Battle of the DJ’s in the Square followed by the Ballroom of Romance at Fr. Casey’s. That brings to an end a hectic week of celebration and welcome home to our many emigrants. The committee would like to thank Patrick Sheehan for getting involved with the organising of the various events and to invite all the young people with time on their hands this summer to come along to our next meeting in the Search and Rescue next Monday at 8pm. It is obvious that with so much happening over that whole week that we will need loads of help and we’d be delighted to have some young people on board. By the way, plans are also underway for a major launch night at the Winners Circle on July 4 with surprise guests and a great night of music, song and dance showcasing our musical heritage so put that in your diaries. We’ll be wrecked!

RAMBLING HOUSE: This will be held at the Hall in Monagae on Thursday, May 30 from 9pm. Singers, musicians, recitation(ers), storytellers and everyone else welcome.

LIMERICK IN BLOOM; The Limerick in Bloom Competition is to encourage community involvement in the improvement and enhancement of the visual impact of settlements by means of flower, tree and shrub planting. The judging will take place from mid-July to mid-August. An Awards Ceremony will be held in the autumn where cash prizes will be made to each category winner and to the overall winner. Application forms and details are available from Environment Department, Limerick County Council, County Hall, Dooradoyle, Co Limerick. Phone 061-496386. Email under the Environment Department. The closing date for entry is Wednesday, May 22 next.

MEET AND GREET SOCIAL GET TOGETHER: Are you a widow, widower, separated/divorced or dealing with the loss of a partner. You are invited to a social get together at the Ballintemple Inn, NCW on Saturday, May 19 at 9.30pm. Music by Blue Rhythm. Admission €5. Contact Maire 0860620596.

BODYCARE WELLNESS CENTRE: The Bodycare Wellness Centre has moved to 3 Mountmahon, Abbeyfeale.. Telephone Chris O’Shea 0872293636.

NAOMH IDE SUMMER CAMP; A summer camp for 5-12 year olds will be held in Abbeyfeeale from August 6-9 next. Drama, Music, Team Games, Arts and Crafts and plenty of fun while experiencing the love of Jesus for each of us. Volunteers are needed to assist with the camp. If you can help in any way contact Martina 087 2788834 or Lorraine 086 3765751.

GROW IT YOURSELF: Limerick West GIY with the aim of inspiring people to grow their own food will hold its May meeting on Thursday, May 16 @ 7.00pm sharp in D&M Garden Centre, Croagh with new growers and old hands all welcome. This months talk will be all about foods that may benefit your health (Let food be your Pharmacy). We will also continue our seed / plant swaps so please bring any unwanted seeds or excess plants and who knows you might just pick up that seed / plant you have been looking for. There is no need to bring anything if you don’t have spares and you can still take what you see during the swap. For June, July and August we will be on the road visiting gardens at our usual meeting time. More details at next meeting and in local press over the coming weeks. Chris Enright, Limerick West GIY 0879918956.

REPORT FROM GST WALK: Liam O’Mahony reports “Braving cold, wet conditions over 200 men, women and children participated in the 10 km Walk from the Lartigue Museum Listowel to Shanacool Cross on the Kilmorna Road. Before starting off on the walk Mr Arthur Spring TD addressed the participants giving his support to the walk also by Town Councillors Jimmy Moloney, Tim O Leary, Maria Gorman and Jacqueline Barrett Madigan. Apologies were received from the following due to prior commitments :- Minister Jimmy Deenihan, Minister of State Alan Kelly,Councillor Liam Purtill KCC and Town Councillors Tom Walsh, Tom Barry. The group rested at Shanacool and walked a section of the CIE Line briefed by Liam O Mahony, Chairman of the GST on the practicalities of converting the route to a safe walk and cycle route to Listowel.Liam also briefed the group as to the work carried out on the Limerick section to allay any security or privacy concerns of adjoining landowners. The major regional financial boost of a similar route in Mayo, the Great Western Greenway, was also outlined. He said that the hope of making progress in the coming weeks could best be realised by meetings between the adjoining landowners and the independently appointed mediator. Gearoid Pierse thank all the participants, the Listowel Crusaders & Strollers groups, runners, cyclists and walkers; along with the local Supermarkets who sponsored water for the walk. He also thanked the Gardaí for their assistance on the day. The Listowel Door to Door Petition sheets were collected giving a count of 1450 [with another 250 yet to be handed up]. The grand total of 1700 signatures was collected over three weeks by Listowel GST supporters knocking at doors in Listowel Town.”

COMPASSIONATE COMMUNITIES PROJECT: The experience of death, dying, loss and care affect us all, but they are never easy to deal with. Talking about them is difficult and we often don’t know how we might help someone even when we want to. But not facing up to such important parts only makes it harder for everyone. The Compassionate Communities Project wants to help make it easier to talk and to take positive action by supporting communities, groups and individuals. To highlight awareness there will be a free screening of the Oscar nominated & Cannes winning film ‘AMOUR.’ This is considered one of the most powerfully moving & emotionally devastating pieces of cinema ever made. The Desmond Complex is situated at the rear of the fire station. Screening will be on Tuesday, May 21, at 7.30pm. Admission is free& refreshments are available. For further information contact Mary 0878 6877970 or Desmond Complex 069-62757.

TRAINING: Pastoral Council Training will take place in St Ita’s Hall on Wednesday, May 15. Noírin Lynch will facilitate the training.

VISIT POLAND: Easter 2014 - Visit Poland: - Trip is being organized to Kraowice, Poland, flying from Cork on Easter Monday, April 21 for 6 nights. Visiting places associated with the late Pope John Paul II, Divine Mercy devotion (including St. Faustina’s grave), and Czetochowa (the most important Marian Shrine in Poland containing the Icon of Black Madonna). A savings scheme is available. Full information and itinerary available from Elma Hanley 069-62605.

CHURCH NOTES: Mass every weekday morning at 10am. In the event of a funeral then Mass will be take place at 11am. Saturday morning Mass 11am followed by confessions. Vigil Mass 7pm. Sunday Masses 9.30am and 12 noon. Adoration resumes on Tuesday from 8am – 10pm. Mass Intentions; Wednesday 10am Monica Walker Murphy 1st Anniv. Friday 11am Funeral Mass Nancy Noonan. Saturday 11am First Holy Communion Saturday 7pm Pats & Bridget Murphy, Banard, Denis Barry, Clash Road Sunday 9.30am Margaret Kelliher, Ballaugh, Kathleen, Tom and Aeny Collins

12noon Denny Ann O’Connor, Kilconlea,Delma Dwyer, Killarney Road.

Novena to St. Anthony every Tuesday during 10am Mass. Rosary is recited every evening in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel at 7.30pm. Clerks collection will be taken up at all Masses next weekend May 18/19. Parent Support Worker in Abbeyfeale contact Mary on 068-31019 or

TOASTMASTERS: Next meeting Wednesday, May 15 in the Desmond Complex. This will be the last meeting for the season. For further information contact Mie at 087-2272788 or Bridget at 0878-4146732 or email

TRANSPORT SERVICE: The Irish Cancer Society’s Care to Drive transport service is available for patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment in the Mid-Western Regional Hospital, Limerick. This service is completely free to the patient—a driver will pick you up at the door of your home and bring you to the hospital and then, after treatment, bring you home. If you are having trouble getting to and from the hospital for your chemotherapy treatment, please speak to your oncology team in the Mid-Western Regional Hospital or call Gail on (01)2310566.

AN POST RAS; Stage 3 of An Post Ras will pass through Athea, at 2.07pm on Tuesday May 21. The stage will commence in Nenagh at 11am, and travel through Adare, Croagh and on by Ardagh, Carrigkerry Athea, and is expected to arrive in Listowel at 2.30pm. It was formerly known as Ras Tailtean and it is Ireland’s top International tour race. Up to 200 cyclists from 14 different countries are expected to participate. It is a massive boost for the Listowel area as it is their 7th time to host a stage of the race. It promises to be a wonderful spectacle as it passes by and spectators should view it from a safe distance and location and obey the race marshals.

PILGRIMAGES TO LOUGH DERG 2013; This is the Year of Faith. Why not journey to Lough Derg, where pilgrims have been gathering for over 1,000 years, and celebrate your faith with people from every parish in Ireland. Saturday, June 1-3, Tuesday, July 2-4, Friday, July 26-28. Price as per last year all inclusive €120. Full amount payable 5 days in advance. Contact Peg 068/31232.


RELIGIOUS PROGRAMMING: Sacred space is broadcast each Sunday morning on Westlimerick102fm - 10am to 11am each Sunday and repeated at 11pm each Sunday night. Email at

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SAGART PILGRIMAGE: 21st Anniversary of Sagart Pilgrimage to Lourdes on September 22 for five nights cost €699. Contact Fr John O’Shea or the Sacristy.


TOWARDS OCCUPATION: Are you looking for some new skills, new experiences, perhaps a new start? If you’ve been out of work for a long time, for whatever reason, West Limerick Resources is offering you a unique opportunity to sample a range of skills with the Towards Occupation Training Programme. The programme will begin in Abbeyfeale this May on two mornings per week from 9.30am to 1.30pm for 10 weeks. It is broken into short modular workshops in subjects to include health, fitness and nutrition, personal development, confidence building, and craft-based workshops. For more information contact Finn Fitzgerald on 087 759 1951 (please leave message if unattended) or 069 61316

ABBEYFEALE PARENT & TODDLER GROUP: The Abbeyfeale Parent and Toddler group for parents and children under 4 years runs every Tuesday during school term in St Ita’s Hall starting at 10am. Activities include songs, stories, arts and crafts lots of toys and fun. Open to all families. Contact Linda Hassett 087-9382883

RURAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICE: The Rural Employment Service (R.E.S) works with individuals who are long term unemployed and who want to make a positive change in their lives and who see employment as a central part in that change. This service is free & confidential. The service also provides information on training & education opportunities and support in creating a career plan. You can contact Dearbhla or Finn in the Round House, Newcastle West on 069 61316 & Brenda in W.L.R main office N.C.W. on 069 62222.

MEDJUGORJE: A trip to Medjugorje has been arranged for this coming autumn September 14-21, with flights from/to Shannon Airport. Bed and breakfast and an evening meal are included in the cost. People are invited to join the organizers for a relaxing and a reflective week. More details from presenter of WL102fm’s Sacred Space John Keily 069-76253 or 087-6751795.

OLD FURNITURE WANTED: Old & old fashioned furniture (excluding sofas & mattresses) & old/ broken tiles & plates are wanted for a new Newcastle West based furniture up-cycling training course for people who are unemployed. This new training course will restyle old but solid furniture so that it can be re-used & sold on, with money reinvested into the training project for materials. Pick-up of the furniture can be arranged at a cost of €5 per trip. To arrange a pick up contact Trevor at West Limerick Resources on 069 77752.

TRIP: Barcelona and Monserrat: September 4– 11. Spiritual Director Mons. Dan O’Riordan. Malta: September 10 – 17. Spiritual Director Fr. Brendan Walsh. Contact Premier Travel Cork 021 4277700 or 066 7131328.

TRADITIONAL LIME MORTAR TRAINING: West Limerick Resources will be offering a one week training programme (Monday-Friday, 9.30am-4pm approx) on the use of traditional lime mortar to members of local communities who are interested in undertaking simple conservation and repair work at historic sites (such as graveyards) subject to the necessary permission and guidance of Limerick County Council Archaeologist. This hands on training initiative is free to those interested in becoming involved in conservation and enhancement work. Limited places available. Registration essential. Venue and dates of training to be confirmed. Contact Suzanne on 069 79114 or email for a registration form.

ADHD/ADD: Parent Support Group has reconvened on Tuesdays evenings @ 7pm - 8.30 pm in St. Ita’s Hall. Support Group Coffee evening Free and open to parents with children who have ADD/ADHD.


BUS: Leaving Abbeyfeale Square at 7.40pm every Tuesday for Castleisland Bingo. Contact Eoin Stack 0872522402.

CRAFT AND FOOD FAIR; We are planning to hold a huge craft and food fair during the Gathering to celebrate the crafts and local food of the area and would welcome input from local craftspeople and artisan food producers. We are also celebrating 10 years of the Abbeyfeale Farmers Market this year so if you would be interested in taking a stand over the weekend of July 19/20 next please contact 087 6866450.

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES: Bookings are now being taken for the pilgrimage from June 21-26. Contact the parish office.

WEST LIMERICK CONNECTS: West Limerick Connects is a free phone call service operating out of three Day Care Centres in West Limerick (Abbeyfeale, Glin and Newcastle West). Through this project, phone calls are made to older people who may be living alone, at a fixed time every week to check on their wellbeing and inform them of local events and services. If you or anyone you know, would like to receive a weekly phone call, please contact Feale Connected, c/o St. Ita’s Daycare, Abbeyfeale. Phone: 068 51888 or 087 1184160.

COUNTRY KINGDOM: Joe’s Country Kingdom - an internet radio programme. It’s on every Tuesday 8 - 11pm (Irish Time) (New York, Ottawa etc 3-6pm) (West Coast USA 12noon-3pm) (East Coast Oz 7am-10am Wed) (NZ 9am-Noon Wed) and every Saturday 9pm - Midnight (Irish Time) (Add one hour to Tuesday times). It features Irish Country Music, humorous stories and Cowboy Corner and is presented by Joe Harrington. Wl102’s own Ann O’Halloran is also a presenter with a show every Friday afternoon. Listen on onwww.irishcountrymusicradio.


ADULT SUICIDE BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP: A support group meets on the first Wednesday of every month from 7-9pm at Console House, 114 The Grange, Raheen. Family, friends, work colleagues and community bereaved by suicide all welcome. You do not need an appointment to attend. Further information 061 306792.

SOCIAL DANCING CLASSES; Monday, May 13 social dancing classes began in Ballyhahill Community Hall for the summer where you can learn to waltz, slow waltz, foxtrot, quick step and more.

MAY FAIR: The annual May Fair and Vintage Rally in aid of Dromcollogher Respite Centre will be held on Sunday, May 19.

DAY OUT WITH MAUREEN: Day Trip to Inis Moir on Sunday, June 23. If you have a free bus pass you can travel for free on the ferry otherwise it will cost you €20 return by going with a group if you go as an individual it will cost €25 return. If you are interested in travelling it is necessary to book your seat in advance for a place on the ferry. For more information and booking contact Maureen 087 9845102.

FOUR PEAKS CHALLENGE: Kerry Four Peaks Challenge 2013, in aid of the Kerry Hospice takes place on July 26/27. Please come and join 30 hikers as we hike 4 of Kerry’s highest mountains in two days, the mountains are Carrauntoohil and Mangerton on the Friday and on Saturday we will hike Caher and Mount Brandon, all in aid of a great Kerry charity, the Kerry Hospice. This is our third year doing the challenge. The Mount Brandon hike on July 27 is open to whoever wants to join us, help and support us up the last peak. Donations can be made on the day of the hike. For more information call Kevin on (086)3943508 and like us on our Facebook page. Kerry Four Peaks Challenge 2013 Bring it on:

POKER RUN: “We are a small group of motorcycle enthusiasts, who with the support of some family and friends have come together to organise a motorcycle poker run on Saturday, May 25 starting in Raheenagh and finishing in Ashford Co. Limerick with the aim of raising money for Pieta house - The Centre for the Prevention of Self-Harm or Suicide. Pieta House is a non-profit organisation that provides a free, specialised treatment programme for people who have suicidal thoughts or engage in self-harming. Pieta House, the centre for the prevention of self-harm or suicide, opened in Lucan, Co Dublin, in January 2006. Since then, they have also opened two outreach centres in Tallaght, Dublin 24, and Finglas, Dublin 11, as well as two centres of excellence in Ballyfermot, Dublin 10, and Limerick at Ardaulin, Mungret. Phone: 061-484444 Centre Manager: Nora Conway. 90% of income comes from fundraising events, Pieta house rely heavily on the support and encouragement of volunteers and the friends of Pieta.

Killeedy M.C. charity group would be very appreciative if you could make a contribution to this poker run by way of cash donation, or spot prize of your choice or by purchasing tickets for the raffle which will take place in the village inn Ashford on the night of the run. Tickets are €5.00 each or a book of three for €10.00A poker run is an organized event where participants, using motorcycles, and paying an entry fee of €10, must visit five checkpoints, drawing a playing card at each one. The object is to have the best poker hand at the end of the run. The event has a time limit, however the participants are not timed—winning is purely a matter of chance. If you have any queries please contact Richie on 0868308893.”

ST. BRENDAN’S WEEK EVENTS: St. Brendan was a Kerryman born in 486. He studied at Clonard under Finnian. His name is connected with many places in Kerry such as Ardfert and Mount Brandon. He visited Scotland and reached the Hebrides and possibly areas beyond. He founded a monastery in Clonfert in 568 and died there in 578. Sat.18th– St. John 1 was the first bishop of Rome to visit Constantinople. He was involved in Arian controversies and imprisoned at Ravenna, where he died in 526. The following are the events planned to celebrate his life in Kerry this week.

Thursday May 16: St. Brendan’s Day. 9.30am: Mass in Our Lady & St. Brendan’s, Tralee.

5-6pm: “The Spirituality of St. Brendan” – Reflection by Msgr. Padraig O’Fiannachta in St. John’s Pastoral Centre, Castle Street, Tralee. 8.00pm: Open-Air Mass in Ardfert Cathedral. 9.00pm: Ardfert Art & Photographic Exhibition in Community Centre.

10.00pm: Fireworks display over Ardfert Cathedral (to be confirmed).

Friday May 17; 11.00am – 3.00pm: Guided tour of North Kerry sites associated with St. Brendan. 7.00pm : Welcome Reception by Mayor of Tralee in Siamsa Tire.8.00pm: Conference Keynote address by Professor Joseph Nagy, UCLA, in Siamsa Tire.

Saturday May 18:9.30am - 4.30pm: St. Brendan International Conference in the Parkview Room, Brandon Conference Centre.

Sunday May 19: Children’s Fair on Ardfert Village Green. Camino/Pilgrimage to Tobar na Molt/Wethers Well. For information Contact St. Brendan Conference Committee, c/o Ashe Memorial Hall, Denny St., Tralee or