Feb 9

Marian Hartnett 068-

Reporter:

Marian Hartnett 068-

PROLOGUE; “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”

Winston Churchill.

DEATH: Sincere sympathy is offered to Sonny Doody and family, New St., on the death of Catherine (Kitty). May she rest in peace.

CAR BOOT SALE AND INDOOR MARKET; The first fundraising car boot sale and indoor market for WL102fm for 2013 will take place on Sunday, February 17 at the Community Centre, NCW from 8-2pm. Gates open 7.30am. Sellers: Car €7, Car and Trailer €10, All Vans €10. Buyers €2, children under 16 accompanied by an adult free.

COMMUNITY HEALTH MATTERS: The West Limerick Primary Health Care Project for Travellers will begin broadcasting their new programme entitled Community Health Matters on West Limerick 102fm this February. The programme will be broadcast on the first Wednesday of each month from 11am to 11.30am straight after the news and will examine a range of topics including children’s health and safety, men’s health, tanning, diabetes, addiction and mental health. Those interested may text their health-related questions or ideas to 087 9915873 or email phcp@wlr.ie.

MEETING RE PROPOSED CHANGES TO WEST LIMERICK RESOURCES: West Limerick Resources is holding a series of public meetings to highlight the potential impact of recent proposed changes by the government which could put the future existence of the local and community development company into question. The independent not-for-profit company is asking all members of the local community to attend one of its upcoming meetings to find out more and support its efforts to have the community’s voice heard in discussions on how these proposals are to be implemented. A meeting is scheduled to take place in the Glorach Theatre Abbeyfeale on this Thursday February 7 at 7.30pm. All are welcome.

ARA NA FEILE: Aqua Aerobics classes are re commencing on Monday, February 11 in the Killeline Leisure Club, Newcastlewest. We will meet in the Churchyard at 10.30am and travel from there. This week we went to see the film Les Miserables, this is a must see film for all musical lovers. Our next meeting is on Wednesday, February 20 @ 2pm in the Adult Educational Centre.

START YOUR OWN BUSINESS COURSE: West Limerick Resources will be offering a two day start your own business course in the Courtenay Lodge, Newcastle West on Saturday February 16 and 23 from 10am-4pm. Covering all aspects of how to start your own business. To register contact Morgan on 069 66290.

GATHERING MEETING: A meeting will be held in Jack Foley’s Bar on Thursday at 6.30pm to start putting together an agenda for the Schools Reunion to be held in Abbeyfeale from July 15-21 next. Anyone with an interest in getting involved will be welcomed with open arms!

PARENT & TODDER GROUP: The Abbeyfeale Parent and Toddler group is now restarting. Open to all parents with young children who are not in school yet. Children play with toys that are chosen to promote their development and do an activity (painting, play dough etc) while parents chat and have tea. Parents must stay. The group restarts February 12 in St Ita’s Hall from 10am- 12noon. New members always welcome. Phone Linda 0879382883 for further details. Teddy Bears picnic on the way.

MEN ON THE MOVE: A Men on the Move programme will take place in the VEC centre Abbeyfeale on Wednesday mornings from 11am-12pm for 6 weeks. Cost €5. Men on the Move is a form of resistance training aimed at men of all ages and abilities! The class targets strength building and muscular endurance using light weights and medicine balls. A similar programme will start in Rathkeale shortly

PILATES: A Pilates programme is running in the VEC Centre Abbeyfeale from 10am-11am on Wednesdays for 7weeks. Cost €10. Pilates is a body conditioning routine that may help build flexibility, muscle strength, and endurance in the legs, abdominals, arms, hips, and back.

MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION:Mental Health Associaton: West Limerick Branch will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 12th at the Desmond Complex at 8pm. New members are most welcome.

N.C.W. & DISTRICT PIPE BAND: are seeking new recruits (10 years of age and older). Practise sessions every Monday and Thursday evening at 7.00pm. at the Community Centre, N.C.W. New members would be very welcome. If interested please contact Seamus at 087-6377495.

COMFORT KEEPERS HOME CARE: are now recruiting Home Care Assistants all over Limerick. We will be holding a recruitment/information open day in Newcastle West Community Centre on Friday 8 from 10.am. - 4pm. All are welcome.

MEENKILLY CARD GAME: Winners and Runners up (2 thirteens). Dick Fitzgerald, Gobnait Scannell, Sean O Connor, Nono McElligott, Mary Browne, James Keane. Door Prize; Nono McElligott. Table Prize; Liam Lane, Con Lane, Joanie Ausley. Raffle Tickets; Michael Kelly, Sean Hartnett, Helen O Donnell, Margaret McCarthy, Peggy Riordan, Mossie Gleeson.

ABBEYFEALE/DUAGH PARISH RETREAT: A day of prayer, reflection and relaxation takes place at Ardfert Retreat Centre on Sunday, February 10. Bus travels from Abbeyfeale via Duagh at 9am. Contact 068 31405/32127 as soon as possible.

ABBEYFEALE AND WIDER COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT: Lots of exciting plans emerged at the inaugural meeting of the Abbeyfeale Community Development initiative. There are immediate plans to set up a Tidy Towns Committee, a St. Patrick’s Day Committee and a Gathering Committee (who have already received €750 in grant assistance). Thank you to all who attended and contributed to the positive buzz. A further meeting will be held at the Abbeyfeale and District Search and Rescue premises at Killarney Road, Abbeyfeale at 6.30 pm on Thursday, January 31 next for the purposes of incorporating a company with a proper legal footing and appointing a board with the stated objects of promoting Abbeyfeale and its Wider Community. This is a further opportunity for community members who wish to get involved to do so.

LADIES IN RED/MEN IN BLACK: The Abbeyfeale Traders/Community Development Association are holding a Ladies in Red, Men in Black fundraising disco at TJ O’Riordan’s bar on Friday, February 15 at 9pm. Tickets are €10 each. All proceeds go to the Abbeyfeale Community Development Association. Complimentary finger food, prizes and disco. For tickets please contact Norette on 087 7763792.

ABBEYFEALE COMMUNITY ALERT: There will be a meeting of all members in the Garda Station on Wednesday, February 6 at 8pm. New members always welcome.

YOUTH CLUBS; Abbey Legends are in St.Ita’s on Friday night. Teens Unite are in St. Ita’s on Saturday night and Teens Cois Feile will be in the church after evening Mass preparing for their Passion performance on Good Friday. Congratulations to Kate Murphy and Anthony Scannell who were presented with an award for their services to Abbeyfeale Youth Clubs over the past 12 years. Well done to you both for your dedication and hard work for the youth of this parish.

ABBEYFEALE TIDY TOWNS: The Abbeyfeale Tidy Towns Committee will hold a meeting at the Abbeyfeale & District Search & Rescue headquarters on Tuesday evening next, February 12 at 7.30pm. Anyone who is interested in joining the committee and volunteering is invited to attend and would be greatly appreciated. Any queries can be directed to Kevin Kenneally at 068 51152.

WRITERS GROUP: New members are always welcome to join the writers group who meet weekly at the Adult Education Centre. For further information contact Madeline on 06832444.

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.com

CEILI DANCING: The 13th annual charity ceili in aid of Chernobyl Children International organized by Mike and Catherine Kiely, Templeglantine will take place in the Devon Inn Hotel, on Friday, February 8 at 9.30pm. Music by Taylor’s Cross Ceili Band with lots of spot prizes to be won and all are welcome. Limerick Senior Citizens Club

COME DANCING: Classes have resumed at the Community Centre, New Street, Abbeyfeale from 8.30pm every Friday night. Learn the waltz, quickstep, and jive, shoe the donkey and much more.

FREE COMPUTER CLASSES: If you are living in the Abbeyfeale area and in receipt of Social Welfare Payments and would like to learn computer skills; using email; Microsoft Word; Skype; Facebook;. Or if you wish to know more about surfing the internet, watching RTE programmes online, and booking accommodation/flights online, then please contact Ed at West Limerick Resources on 087 329 0483 or 068 32444.

SUE RYDER; Donations of recycling material always welcome ie hoely socks, torn sheets, dish clothes past their use by date, grey underwear etc etc. This can be sold for €5 per black bag.

COMMUNITY GAMES ART COMPETITION: All prospective competitors bring €2 and crayons/Colouring pencils to GAA Clubhouse Saturday, February 9 between 4-6pm . Telephone Maurice Cullinane 0876315169 for further information.

BOWLS CLUB: The West Limerick Indoor Bowls Club meets every Thursday night in Halla Tadhg Gaelach in Tournafulla at 7.30pm. A junior section for people over 14 years is also available. New members are welcome at any time, and visitors are welcome to view the game and enjoy the proceedings. The contact number is 069-81936 for further information.

OLD STAMPS; Used stamps wanted by the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, Castleview Gardens, Clancy Strand, Limerick and the Kiltegan Fathers, St. Patrick’s Missionaries, Kiltegan, Wicklow.

CHURCH NOTES: Mass every weekday morning at 10am. Saturday morning Mass 11am followed by confessions. Vigil Mass 7pm. Sunday Masses 9.30am and 12 noon. Adoration resumes on Tuesday from 8am – 10pm. Novena to St. Anthony every Tuesday during 10am Mass. Mass Intentions : Wednesday 10am John Moore, Shanbally, Thursday 10am Deceased members of the Enright and Masterson familes, Friday 10am John Collins, Dromtrasna. Saturday 11am Anointing of the sick. Saturday 7pm Peter Scannell, Clash Road, Dan McCarthy, 54 Collins Park. Sunday 9.30am Elizabeth, John and Moss O’Connor and Lizzie O’Sullivan. David Ward, Ballaugh and Frank McHugh. 12 noon Hannah McCarthy, Dromtrasna South Month’s Mind. Nell O’ Mahony, Collins Park. Pope’s Intentions for February: Migrant Families, in particular mothers,that they may be sustained and accompanied in their difficulties. That people experiencing war and conflicts may lead the way in building a future of peace. Monday, February 11 is the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes and there will be a special blessing for the sick at Morning Mass. Lent is early this year and will commence on Wednesday, February 13. Easter Sunday falls on March 31. We are asked to sign up for perpetual adoration on the chart at the back of the Tabernacle. A meeting of the Adoration Committee will take place on Wednesday, February 6 in the Sacristy at 8pm. Baptismal meeting in Tournafulla/Mountcollins on Tuesday, February 12 @8pm. News on Lenten Series of talks March 6,13,20 to follow but mark these dates in your diary and hold them. I see from my diary that the Spring Equinox – the real beginning of spring takes place on March 20 too. “ The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.

CHOIR NEWS: Abbeyfeale Adult Church choir will resume practice in preparation for St. Patrick’s Day and Easter on Wednesday, February 13 at 8pm. All members are requested to attend.

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: Next meeting on Wednesday, February 6 at the Desmond Complex 8.30 – 10.30pm. New members welcome. Further information from Bill on 087 9079223.

MAY HOLIDAY BREAK: Staying two nights in the Skylon Hotel, Drumcondra, Dublin and three nights in the Yeats Country Hotel, Rosses Point. Full use of the leisure centre. Please note change of itinerary this year we will not now be visiting Belfast and the Titanic Building, however you will not be disappointed with the full itinerary that has been planned which will be available in a few weeks. For more information without obligation contact Maureen 087 9845102.

REUNION: A reunion of Y.C.W members will take place in Abbeyfeale on Friday night February 8 next. All welcome to the gathering, enquiries to Mary on (087) 6507704 after 5pm.

FEALE FIT TRAINING: Couch to 5k training every Sat 11am @ The Railway bar in preparation for the Tournafulla 5k on March 31 next. Check out www.tournafulla5k.com for all the details on Tournafulla 5K run and Non Competitive Walk in Support of TLC4CF (Cystic Fibrosis) and Limerick Dialysis Unit. Make sure to register and support, contact Shane 087 2891015 or Kadie 087 7771552.Training is free of charge so no excuses. Also anyone interested in joining Olympic Weightlifting club, contact Shane.

LIMERICK’S BUILT HERITAGE; A series of lectures on Limerick’s Built Heritage will be held in County Hall, Dooradoyle over 5 evenings from January to March 2013. These lectures are organised and funded by Limerick County Council and are free to all to attend. The first one will be on ring forts and takes place at County Hall, Dooradoyle on January 29 at 8pm.

ENRICH YOUR FAITH: Day of Prayer at Knock Shrine. Saturday, February 2. Bus leaving Tralee Railway Station at 6am. Contact John O’Shea 7180123, Donal 066 7125490 or Hanna 066 7125490.

VOLUNTEERING OVERSEAS: Volunteering Overseas, in collaboration with Kerry One World Centre in the IT Tralee, North Campus – Sólás Building – Rooms L104 & L106 Saturday, February 16 from 9.45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Course is open to anyone considering volunteering/working overseas for global development. Cost: €15 Comhlámh member/student or un-waged. €30 non-member (waged). Lunch, tea & coffee included Contact Tim in KOWC by email; participate@kade. ie or call (066) 718 1358.

CHECK ON THE WEATHER: The following is a handy website for checking on the condition of the roads before you set out. http://www.aaireland.ie/AA/AA-Roadwatch/County-Traffic.

JOBSEEKERS ROOM: A Jobseekers’ Resource Room has been opened in Abbeyfeale Community Education Centre (open Mondays and Wednesdays: 9:30am-1:30pm & 2-5:30pm and Thursdays: 12:30-5pm). Users can: search the web for jobs; write and print CV’s; and take away relevant literature on work and training and education opportunities. An Information Assistant will be on hand to assist you, should you request assistance. For further information, please phone 087 3290483. The service is free. This is a West Limerick Resources initiative.

STUDYING THEOLOGY: The Dominicans are offering affordable distant learning programmes in theology which can be followed either for academic credit or for personal enrichment. People study from home, with occasional study days at weekends, and with the support of on-line academic tutors. Hundreds of people have completed some or all the programme. Perhaps you would like to knowmore?. Contact: The Priory Institute, Tallagh Village,Dublin 24 or enquiries@prioryinstitute.com. Telephone(01) 4048124.

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 in the Abbeyfeale Education Centre in Mountmahon on 068 32444.

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.

SEAN NOS AND SET DANCE CLASSES: Sean Nos dancing classes continue each Thursday night in Ardagh Hall at 8pm, with classes for children at 7pm. Adult set dancing classes take place in the Community Centre, Ballyhahill on Monday nights 8.30 – 10.30pm and in the Ballintemple Inn Newcastle West and the Con Colbert Memorial Hall Athea, on Tuesdays at 8.30pm. A great way to exercise while having a good laugh. All are welcome to the classes.

FREE LECTURES: The Department of Theology and Religious Studies, Mary Immaculate College, is proud to announce a Public Lecture Series to celebrate the Year of Faith. Every Tuesday at 17.00 hrs, (Room 202), an invited guest speaker will deliver a lecture on a topic that relates to Christian Spirituality. The Lecture series is free of charge and everyone is welcome. For further information and enquiries, please contact : Lauraine.Howley@mic.ul.ie, Telephone: 061 204507.The first lecture starts on Tuesday, February 5 and will be delivered by Prof. Eamonn Conway, Head of Theology & Religious Studies at Mary Immaculate College. It is entitled “The New Evangelisation : Opportunities and Challenges”.

MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND: will take place in Cork on March 8-10. This is a weekend to enrich your marriage. For more information phone; - 021 4381511.

LEARN TO PLAY THE SPOONS, BONES OR BODHRAN: Classes under the auspices of Comhaltas Naomh Chiarain will take place in the Crown Hotel, Castleisland every Saturday evening at 5.30pm with musician Thomas O’Sullivan. Further information from 087 9807122.

LECTURE ON THE BUILD HERITAGE OF LIMERICK: The antiquity of Limerick City is well established but subsequent layers of building and development have overlain its earliest townscapes. What do we know about the buildings from the Viking City? What did the medieval City look like at the height of its prosperity? Using information from archaeological excavations, historical records, antiquarian sketches and paintings Brian Hodkinson will reassemble the City’s streetscapes and will point out where we can find remnants of the built heritage of Medieval Limerick today.

Brian Hodkinson is Curator of Limerick City Museum. He has excavated in Norway, Britain and Ireland focussing largely on the Viking and medieval period. Latterly he has turned his attention to Limerick City. With his former colleague Larry Walsh he pioneered the digitisation of the museum collection allowing universal access through the web. He has also worked to make archives and historical records accessible indexing several manuscript collections. His many publications on Limerick City and the wider area have recently been published as a collection of essays entitled Aspects of medieval North Munster by the Thomond Archaeological and Historical Society.

February 12 @ 8pm. County Hall, Dooradoyle . Admission Free.

LAST WORD; “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great ones make you feel that you too can become great.”

Mark Twain.