DEATH: We offer our sympathy to the family of Neilie Sheehan, Knocknasna, whose funeral took place on Saturday. May he rest in peace.
COMMUNITY ALERT: AGM takes place on this Wednesday, April 17 at the Garda Station at 8pm. Everyone with an interest in getting involved in helping to make our community a safer place to live for our elderly residents is invited to attend.
ABBEYFEALE INITIATIVE; We would like to invite all the 6th Class pupils along with their parents to participate in the second night of an educational programme on Tuesday, April 23 at Abbeyfeale Girls National School form 7.30pm—9pm approx. Topic with a new speaker will be ‘Challenges Facing Young people.’
ABBEYFEALE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION: There were upwards of 40 people in attendance to hear Mr. Donal Fitgibbon talk about the purpose of committees, how to set goals and much more at the Search and Rescue on Monday last. He will continue the training course on Monday next at 6.30pm. Any person with an interest in getting Abbeyfeale back on its feet is invited to attend and hopefully participate with ideas, thoughts, networking contacts etc.
GLORACH NOTES: Author, actor and publicist Lorcan Curtin writes “If you didn’t get a chance to catch us on the opening night, there will be five more performances of our new play Plot for the Damned running at the Glórach Theatre. The dates are Thursday 18, Saturday 20, Sunday 21 with two more shows on the 27 and 28. The show begins at 8pm and tickets can be booked at 0871383940.”
INFORMATION EVENING; Mr. Kevin Murray, Consultant Surgeon, Kerry General Hospital will host an Information Evening on Bowel Cancer Awareness at Fr. Casey’s GAA Club House on Monday, April 22 at 8pm. All welcome. Refreshments served.
AFTERNOON TEA DANCING: Afternoon Tea dancing will be held in Granagh on Sunday, April 21 with music by Lee Sound and in Carrigkerry Community Centre on Sunday, April 28 from 2.30pm to 5.30pm. The music will be supplied by the Premier Blue Boys. Patrickswell Active Retirement Group are also holding a tea dance on Sunday, April 28 in the GAA Hall, Patrickswell from 2-6pm with music by T J Ryan. Admission €6.
ARA NA FEILE: The Aqua Aerobics classes are re commencing back on Wednesday, April 24 in the Killeline Leisure Club Newcastlewest. We will meet in the Churchyard at 10.30am and travel from there.
Our next Health and Fitness meeting is on Wednesday, April 17 in the Adult Educational Centre @ 2pm.
ARRA PLAYERS: It was a sell out last weekend so they’re having one final night next Friday, April 19 at Monagae Hall with the show starting at 8.30pm and doors open 7.45pm. Local thespian Denis Hobson plays the Chastitute in this production of John B. Keane’s play of the same name. He’s a man on a mission to get a woman but life and a greasy chancer (Paul Moriarity) conspire to deny him his wishes despite the best efforts of Matchmaker (Tom Madigan). It’s a play that has pathos and humour in equal measure. The three men play their parts so well that some audience members are inclined to get involved much to the merriment of those seated around them. There is a fine supporting cast with a never ending supply of women who unfortunately are more inclined to fall for the chancer than the chastitute. There has been a lot of talk recently about rural isolation, a film written about a bachelor farmer in Knockanure has won awards all over the world but doubtless John B. was before his time with this play. Don’t miss it.
BISHOPS MASS IN KNOCK: A special Mass for the Pro Life Movement will take place at 3pm in Knock on Saturday, May 4. It is hoped that the Bishops of Ireland will consecrate Ireland to the protection of the Immaculate Heart of Mary on that day.
IFA DANCE FOR SAMARITANS: Rathkeale IFA will hold a dance from 9-1am at the Rathkeale House Hotel on Saturday, April 27 with music by Seamus Sheehy, Pat Moloney and Friends. Admission €10. Raffle.
NEW BISHOP: Congratulations to our new Bishop Brendan Leahy who was installed as Bishop of Limerick last Sunday. We wish him every good wish and look forward to welcoming him to Abbeyfeale. A special word of thanks and good wishes too to Fr. Tony Mullins who has served as Diocesan Administrator for the past three years.
ST JOSEPH’S YOUNG PRIESTS SOCIETY: There will be adoration in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel on Saturday, April 20 after evening Mass from 8-10pm to mark Vocation Sunday. The final hour will be led by Fr Liston. All are Welcome.
SEWING CLASSES; Sewing for beginners starts on Tuesday, April 23 from 10.30-12.30pm at the Adult Education centre.
WEDDING BELLS: Congratulations to Caroline Kennelly, Knocknasna and Conor Keane, Duagh who were married in Abbeyfeale on Friday last.
PASTORAL COUNCIL MEETING: A pastoral area meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 17 in St. Ita’s Hall at 8pm.
ABBEYFEALE YOUTH CLUBS: Abbey Legends are in St. Ita’s Friday 8-9.30pm, Teens Cois Feile are in St. Ita’s 7.45-9.15pm and Teens Unite are in the Sports Complex 7.45-9.15pm on Saturday night.
GATHERING MEETING: A meeting of all those interested in getting involved in the Abbeyfeale Schools Reunion/Gathering will take place at the Search and Rescue premises on 22 April at 8.30pm for approx one hour.
SUE RYDER CHARITY SHOP: Manager Maria Moloney says “This week we are doing a spring clean ourselves and selling most of our scarves and belts for just 50c each. We also have bundles of baby clothing for just €2 and €3! Each bundle contains at least 6 items, and is prepared for either a boy or a girl. Raffle tickets are still available for the doll’s house for €2 a strip and €5 for 3 strips. We plan to have the draw in about 2 weeks. We always welcome donations and remember the Foundation also benefits from your recycling of clothing, shoes and bags. Thank you for your continued support.”
TIDY TOWNS: Well done to the 40 plus people who turned out on Saturday morning last to do a clean up of the town and environs and to the 18 people who under the leadership of Denis and Norma Collins, Knockbrack cleaned the road from Springmount to Buckley’s Cross on Sunday last. There will be a meeting of people interested in the Tidy Town movement in the Desmond Complex on Wednesday night at 7.30pm which will be facilitated by Robert Moss from An Taisce.
RAILWAY CELEBRATES FORTY YEARS OF DANCING: Kitty and Dick Fitzgerald and family started dancing at the Railway Bar 40 years ago this week. Tom and Caron and family are continuing the tradition and to celebrate they are having a celebration night on this Wednesday, April 17 with Tournafulla’s Micheal Collins. Mike Condon from Ballyduff will be there on Saturday night next to finish off a great week of entertainment. The Fitzgeralds are looking forward to welcoming back patrons from years past and new ones to enjoy the facilities they have on offer.
FEALEFIT NEWS; Fealefit will be commencing a new Couch to 5k training for anyone that missed out last time round, starting Saturday April 20 at 10.15am at the Railway in preparation for The Feale 5k on June 23. Fealefit will also be taking part in The Riocht Ac 5k road race in Castleisland this coming Sunday 21 for anyone who wishes to join us.. Fealefit are also delighted to announce that we will be starting Kids Boxercise classes ages 6-12,Wednesday, April 24. Contact Shane 087 2891015 or Kadie 087 7771552 for further details.
ARA NA FEILE ACTIVE RETIREMENT GROUP: We are holding a six week Health & Fitness course which started on Wednesday, April 10 @ 2pm in the Adult Educational Centre. This course will consist of health talks on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle and walking sessions. We will be meeting every Wednesday for the next six weeks.
.FLEADH BY THE FEALE: The next Bank-Holiday will be the May weekend when Abbeyfeale will host its nineteenth traditional festival with a full programme of events, one of the most popular events each year is the traditional busking competition which takes place on the Friday of the fleadh starting at 8.00p.m. Tickets are now on sale for the Celebrity Concert featuring the “Kilfenora Ceili Band” with guest singer Don Stiff, world champion dancer Michael Donnellan and the West Clare Set dancers, the band will present their gathering inspired new show “SPRAOI”. Tickets from Slice of Life; 068-32655,Abbey Tiles; 068-31661, Maureen; 086-3265762; Celine; 087-7697672, John; 086-3165848.
AN T-IONAD GLAS: There will be an Open Evening at the Organic College, Dromcollogher on Friday, April 19 from 6pm. Tours of the gardens and poly tunnels, organic seed potatoes will be on sale in the new Siopa Glas and refreshments will be served. Everyone welcome.
COMMISSION FOR THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF RURAL AREAS: An important public meeting, to identify opportunities for economic growth and job creation, will take place in Granagh Community Centre Thursday, April 18 at 7.15pm. It is part of the nationwide consultation being undertaken by The Commission for the Economic Development of Rural Areas (CEDRA) to engage with communities and businesses in rural areas. The Commission is being led by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government and Teagasc who will be responsible for this research and consultation.The Chairman of the Commission, well known GAA star Pat Spillane, is keen to engage with the public and will be listening to their experiences and suggestions regarding economic development in their community. “The feedback and contributions that we receive from the public are vital to the work of the commission in the preparation of its report. We need solid, practical and workable recommendations to put into the report. We also are asking anyone with an interest in economic rural development to make a submission though our website www.ruralireland.ie” The meeting in Granagh Community Centre will focus on discussing two key issues; (1) identifying local opportunities for job creation and economic growth and (2) establishing what needs to happen to ensure that these opportunities are realised. CEDRA will produce a report in September 2013 that will advise the Government on the practical steps needed to ensure rural Ireland contributes to and benefits from economic development to the period 2025.SOUTHERN TRAIL NOTES: On Sunday, April 28 at 9a.m. a walk is being organised from Kilmorna to Listowel. It is an 8km road walk which will parallel the yet to be developed railway section. This is being organised by Listowel members who also held a very successful Listowel-Abbeyfeale-Listowel road/GST cycle on St. Patrick’s Day with about 70 participants.
BODYCARE WELLNESS CENTRE: The Bodycare Wellness Centre has moved to 3 Mountmahon, Abbeyfeale.. Telephone Chris O’Shea 0872293636.
GIY; Limerick West GIY with the aim of inspiring people to grow their own food will hold its March meeting on Thursday, April 18 at 7pm sharp in D&M Garden Centre, Croagh with new growers and old hands all welcome. This month’s talk will be given by Chris who will speak about companion planting and its benefits. We will also be our second seed / plant swap of the season 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. From mid summer we will be going on the road visiting some of the many interesting gardens of other members. If you would like to host a meeting at your garden let us know at the next meeting and a month that would suit. Chris Enright ,Limerick West GIY 0879918956.
COME DANCING: Classes 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. Please note earlier start.
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. Mass Intentions: Wednesday 10am Mary Nolan, Clash 1st Anniversary and Elizabeth Cahill. Thursday 10am Fr. Ronald Neville, Thursday 7.30 pm Acies Ceremony. Friday 10am Larry Harnett, Dromtrasna Harnett, Friday 7pm Peter Healy, The Hill Months Mind. Saturday 11am Julie Chris Fealey, Convent St. Saturday 7pm Jackie Daly, Church St., Bridie and Joe Fitzgerald and family. Sunday 9.30am Kathleen Gleeson, Kilconlea Lower. Josie Doherty, Tournafulla,
12noon Joan O’Keeffe, Graigue. Billy Quirke, Caher, and Paul and Michael Quirke,.
Perpetual Adoration Tuesdays and Fridays 8am – 10pm. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 6-8pm. Novena to St. Anthony every Tuesday during 10am Mass.
WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: Come and support local members in their contest with members from Killarney and Tralee who are all taking part in the district Speech and Evaluation contest on Wednesday, April 17 in the Desmond Complex. Contest commences at 8.30pm. sharp. For further information contact Mie at 087-2272788 or Bridget at 0878-4146732 or email email@example.com
HEALING RETREAT: Maranatha Prayer Ministry invites you for the Healing Retreat through the Ministry of Rev. Fr. Phonsie Cullinan and Janice and Moss Carrig. Sunday next, April 21, 2.30 - 7.30pm at St. Paul’s Church, Dooradoyle, Limerick. The retreat will include the Rosary, Eucharistic Adoration, Word of God, Healing Mass, Praise and Worship, Confession, and Spirit Filled Music by the lively Maranatha Gospel Choir. Tea and refreshments in hall after.
HOOLEY IN THE HILLS; Lyreacrompane is the place to be for the May Bank holiday weekend. The brand new Hooley in the Hills kicks off on Friday May 3 in the festival Marquee with dancing to PJ Murrihy and TR Dallas. On Saturday Night we are proud to present the ‘King of country music’, Mick Flavin, supported by Mike Condon. Saturday May 4 is also the Lyreacrompane first ever school reunion. At this stage invitations have been sent out to all former and current pupils and people are being asked to pass on the word to relatives living outside of the Lyreacrompane area. Included in the plans for the reunion, so far, is Mass on the school grounds at 4pm followed by refreshments at the Lyreacrompane Community Centre. Then on to the festival marquee, at the Four Elms, to dance the night away to Mick Flavin and Mike Condon. On Sunday at 3pm its Eddie Keogh and Sunday Night it’s the turn of Michael Sexton and bringing the weekend’s entertainment to a conclusion on Monday afternoon will be Eddie Lee.
PILGRIMAGES TO LOUGH DERG 2013; 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.
DOG OWNERS: All dog owners are asked to make sure that their dogs are properly secured as once again, a sheep flock has suffered an attack in the locality.
LIVING WITH DEMENTIA: The Alzheimer Society of Ireland will run a course, ‘Living with Dementia/Learning Together’, on Thursday evenings from April 18-May 16 inclusive for family carers of people with dementia in the Mid West Alzheimer
Society Regional Office, 2nd Floor, George’s Quay House, George’s Quay, Limerick.
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.
EIGSE MICHEAL HARTNETT: The 14th annual Eigse Michael Hartnett Literary & Arts Festival will be held in Newcastle West from Thursday, April 25- 27. An action programme of events is lined up to satisfy all lovers of Michael Hartnett and poetry in general. A number of high profile guests will entertain and some of the events are free to the public to attend. Visit www.eigsemichaelhartnett.ie for a list of the guests and the various events.nd the town.
EPILEPSY IRELAND: Epilepsy Ireland has organised a workshop on stress for people with epilepsy, their family or carers. A number of places are set aside for health care professionals. The workshop will differentiate between pressure, anxiety and stress and how to recognise signs of a change within us of a physical, mental and emotional nature? This will be followed by sessions on techniques to manage these signs. It will take place on Saturday, May 4 in the Kilmurry Lodge Hotel, Limerick. For information contact Epilepsy Ireland at (061)313773 or (01)4557500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
THOMOND HISTORICAL SOCIETY: The Thomond Historical and Archaeological Society will undertake a tour of Ballyhahill visiting the historic monuments, sites and buildings on Sunday, April 28. The tour begins at the church at 2.45pm. All are welcome.
MUNSTER BRANCH OF VOCATIONS IRELAND CELEBRATES VOCATIONS SUNDAY: There will be a Prayer service at 1.00p.m in Muckross Abbey, Killarney on Sunday next, April 21 followed by a 3 mile walk to the Franciscan Friary. Mass here in the Friary at 3.00pm, followed by refreshments. Bus transfer from Killarney railway station car park, to Muckross Abbey from 12.15p.m. All are welcome to attend.
WHO ARE THE IRISH? WHERE DO WE COME FROM: On Wednesday, July 18 at the Adult Education Centre Éamonn Ó Liatháin will make a presentation on the Origins of the Irish as part of the Gathering Festival. The discussion will include reference to na Gaeil/ the Celts, the Vikings, the Normans, the English, the Travelling People, Ancestral Gods, the meaning and origin of local surnames and place names, where possible. This will be followed by the Adult Education Genealogy Group who will present the results of their work on mapping the graveyards.
PARENT AND TODDLER GROUP: Parent & Toddler Group every Tuesdays @ 10 am - 12 pm in St. Ita’s hall. New members welcome, refreshments provided.
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.
THE GATHERING: The Abbeyfeale Schools Reunion incorporating the four secondary schools in Abbeyfeale : St. Ita’s/Kellys, The Vocational School, St. Joseph’s/Convent and Miss Woulfe’s/ Coláiste Mhuire will take place in Abbeyfeale on the week starting Sunday, July 14 -21. Planning continues apace for a wonderful week of meeting up, fun, frolics and nostalgia with events including Mass for all deceased past pupils and teachers on Saturday July 20, the All Ireland Nuns Race, Heritage and Nature Walks, Genealogy, Open Day in the Day Care Centre, Local drama, music, song and dance in the Glorach, Pub Drama, Football tournament, Fun Fair, Teddy Bears picnic and much much more. Why not organise your own family reunion around these dates and take part in all that will be on offer in Abbeyfeale over the course of the week.
GARDEN OPEN: Glenville House and gardens situated in Glenville Ardagh, is open to the public in 2013 during the following days and hours. April 3-30, May 1–15, August 17-25, September 3 –28, from 9.30pm to 1.30pm. The admission is €5, student’s €3 children and OAPs are free.
SPRING BREAK: Organiser Maureen Finnegan says” We are going on a fantastic trip from May 19- 24 that won’t break the bank. We will be staying two nights in the Skylon in Dublin and three nights in the Yeats County Hotel, Rosses Point, Sligo, with full use of the Leisure Centre and special offers in the Spa that have a variety of treatments i.e. seaweed baths, pedicure, manicure just to mention a few. We will be visiting different places in Drogheda, Dubln, Wickow, Sligo, Donegal. Every day will be a different place and every evening after having been served a delicious dinner you can either relax and enjoy the music or put on your dancing shoes and take to the floor. She also has a day trip planned for Sunday, April 21 next; “We will be leaving Newcastle West at 9am. We are heading for the Banner County! For more information and booking contact Maureen 087 9845102.......”
BUS: Leaving Abbeyfeale Square at 7.40pm every Tuesday for Castleisland Bingo. Contact Eoin Stack 0872522402.
PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK: A pilgrimage to Knock to celebrate the Year of Faith takes place on Saturday, April 20 next. The day’s events will include talks, Rosary Eucharistic procession, blessing of the sick, Benediction, adoration Mass, Confessions, workshops. There will be children’s adoration and special workshop/talk for young people as well. The chief celebrant will be the Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Charles Browne. Coach will depart 6.30am. Contact Peg Murphy on 31232, Sean Broderick 31213 or Kathleen Kennelly 31262 for further information.
DARKNESS INTO LIGHT: The ‘’Darkness into Light’’ walk will be held in Limerick on Saturday, May 11 commencing at 4am. The fundraising walk is part of a nationwide campaign to raise awareness about suicide and self harm. Last year 15,000 people participated in 14 counties, and this year’s Darkness into Light walk will take place at 20 locations nationwide. Pieta House in Mungret is behind the fundraising 5k walk route in the city. They will open four more new crisis centers this year in Cork, Galway, Tipperary, and Kerry. They will also launch a nationwide campaign aimed at reducing the rate of male suicide. Registration for Darkness into Light is available at www.pieta.ie.
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.
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.
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.
SET DANCE CLASSES: 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. Also in Fr. Casey’s on Wednesday night at 9pm. A great way to exercise while having a good laugh. All are welcome to the classes.
ARDFERT RETREAT CENTRE: April 20: 2 - 6 pm; Mindfulness - the practice of cultivating moment to moment awareness in our lives. Presenter: Norma Buckley. Booking 066-7134276. E.mail: email@example.com