AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: The first of the afternoon tea dances for 2014 at Fr. Casey’s will feature the music, songs and stories of Big Maggie on Sunday, January 26 next. Dancing from 3-6pm. Admission €5. Raffle and teas served. This is a fundraiser for West Limerick 102fm – our local community radio station. Please support.
CINDERELLA: A special Musical production of ‘Cinderella’ with a twist takes place next week on Thursday and Friday night at 7:30pm in Colaiste Ide agus Iosef, This is the first musical ever staged in the school. The production directed by Miriam Ball features members of the TY class.
THANK YOU:Ballaugh Wrenboys wish to thank sincerely all who supported them on St Stephen’s Day. The wrenboys collected €2,137.80 for Nano Nagle Special School and Abhaile Respite, Listowel and Milford Hospice. Each received €712.60. They would like to thank everyone for the enthusiastic welcome they received in the houses they visited. Go raibh mile maith agaibh go leir.
YOUNG MUMS GROUP: Young mothers are being invited to join a new group will support their personal development. The group will start in February in Abbeyfeale and names are now being taken. Contact Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883.
RAINBOWS SUPPORT PROGRAMME FOR CHILDREN: Rainbows is a free support group for children between the ages of 4 to 12 years that is designed to assist children and youths who are grieving a death, separation or any other painful transition or change in their family. Run by trained volunteers, the programme is not counselling or therapy service but is instead a safe, confidential setting where children can share their grief associated feelings with each other and with these trained facilitators. New progammes will begin in Newcastle West and Abbeyfeale in early 2014 and will run for one hour per week for twelve weeks. For an application form or information please contact Theresa Shanahan at West Limerick Resources on 069 79113. Further information is available on www.rainbows.com. Deadline this Friday January 24.
ABBEYFEALE MALE VOICE CHOIR: ractice every Thursday @ 8pm in St Mary’s Boys NS. New members welcome from all over West Limerick and North Kerry.
YOUTH CAFE: A meeting to re-organise the youth cafe in St. Ita’s Hall will be held on Friday, January 31. The venue and time to be confirmed.
BEE KEEPING CLASSES: Plans are in train to run a class in bee keeping in the Adult Education Centre starting in February. Names are now being taken for those wishing to participate. Contact 068 31198.
FEALE FIT NEWS: Fealefit will commence NEW Couch to 5k training in mid-February, further details in coming weeks. Half Marathon / 10 k training for the Great Limerick Run every Saturday at 9am,Training is FREE!!!!Fealefit will be working in conjunction with St Ita’s Ac Abbeyfeale to coach Little Athletics & develop children’s Athletic capabilities and fitness every Monday 5PM @ Abbeyfeale United Soccer Pitch starting Monday, January 20. Also New is the Fealefit Loyalty Card to reward your constant support!!.Contact Shane 087 2891015 or Kadie 087 7771552 for further details.Check out www.Fealefit.com for all details on Classes.
BIRTHDAY WISHES: Congratulations to Stephen Roche, Meenkilly who celebrated his 21st. Birthday at a party in TJ O’Riordan’s Bar, Main St., last weekend.
ARA NA FEILE ACTIVE RETIREMENT: Our AGM was held on January 15 and the following officers were elected; Nancy Wall Chairperson, Joan Leahy Vice Chairperson, Bridie Collins Secretary, Josephine Halpin Assistant Secretary, Bernadette Ahern Treasurer, Mary Moloney Assistant Treasurer, Ann Hennessy PRO, Tess Lane Assistant PRO.
Committee; Marion O’Connor, Mary Theresa Cahill, Madeline O’Connor and Mary Healy.
Last Saturday members of the group travelled to UL to see the renowned show River Dance. A great afternoon’s entertainment was enjoyed by all. Our next meeting is on Wednesday, January 29 @ 2pm in the Adult Educational Centre. We look forward to welcoming new members.
MEENKILLY N.S. CARD GAME RESULTS: the results for Tuesday, January 14.
Winners with 13 games each: Jimmy O’Connor, Sean Hartnett, Eileen Reidy.
Beth Collins, Paddy Sheehan, Dan Casey. Door prize: Paddy O’ Sullivan, Donal O’ Connor.
Table prize:Nora O’ Riordan, Betty Daly, Marion Roche. Tickets: Pat Fitzgerald, Billy Broderick, Marian Quirke, Jamsie McEnery, Betty Daly, Liam Lane.
ICA NEWS: The Mainistir na Féile Guild of the ICA will resume activities on Tuesday night January 28 at 7.30pm. At the Community Education Centre, Mount Mahon. All members are invited to attend. New members very welcome - if you would like to make new friends do come along.
‘ST0P IT NURSE’: Athea Drama Group presents a production of the comedy ‘Stop it Nurse’ by Sam Cree. Performances will take place in Con Colbert Memorial Hall, Athea on Thursday,January 23, Sunday 26 and Thursday 30 continuing Saturday, February 1 and Sunday 2 at 8pm nightly. Suitable for all ages, the play promises much-needed belly laughter and sore ribs. The show is set in the men’s surgical ward of a hospital which is run by the stern ward sister (Hannah Finnegan) who is aided by hard working nurse Holmes (Claire O Connor) and the not so bright trainee Freda Ferguson (Karina Buckley) The play tells the story of opposing supporters Sammy Mc Cracken (Damien Ahern) and Felix Devlin (Jack Denihan) who collide on the way into the Cup Final between Athea United and Carrig Celtic. Their hospitalisation ends the peaceful stay of the agreeable Bert Cooper (Donal Woulfe) and Harold Smiley (Roger Ryan) who has a strange sense of humour and likes to see pain inflicted on others. When the eccentric spinster and hospital visitor Miss Cherry (Annette O’ Donnell) distressed Phyllis (Laura Quille) and her tank-like brother Mad McGurk (Tony Halpin) together with cantankerous Martha Cooper (Margaret Reidy) and Bert’s bit on the side Dolores (Margaret Mary Mullane) are added to the equation things take a hysterical turn! You have a recipe for hilarious madness and mayhem all in the setting of the hospital ward from hell ! The Play is directed by Theresa O’Halloran is a play not to be missed!!
INSE BÁN MACRA CLUB: The inaugural meeting of Inse Bán Macra was held last Thursday. The following are the new officers Chairperson Maria O Sullivan, V Chairperson Selena Gardiner, Secretary Myles Cunningham, Assistant Secretary David Mulcahy, Treasurer Ben O Shea, Assistant Treasurer Shane Brouder, P.R.O Sean Cunningham and assistant John O Donnell.
On Friday night last the club got a great welcome at Mungret G.A.A club house where we took part in a quiz held By the city Macra club. There was great Craic to be had on the night with over 25 tables. Names are being taken for the mystery tour leaving the South Court Hotel, Limerick on Saturday, February 1. Get names into Myles by Thursday if interested.
Our next meeting will be held in the Halla Inse Bán Temple Glantine on Thursday, February 13. All new members are welcome,Any new members contact Brigid Walsh on 0860822038
or come along to our next meeting. Calling all persons aged between 17-35 years of age with an interested in the sport, public speaking, performing arts and travel or perhaps just the social interaction then Inse Bán Macra wants you. Therefore Limerick Macra are giving one lucky individual the chance to win to a free membership to first time members only and all you have to do is like and share our photo of Uncle Sam on the Limerick Macra facebook page, the closing date is this Sunday, January 26. Check out www.facebook.ie/limerickmacra for more details, terms and conditions apply.
MONAGAE RAMBLING HOUSE:Dates for 2014 have been changed to the third Monday of the month. The first one of the year took place last Monday with a great crowd present so mark the third Monday into your diary for the remainder of the year. They were there from Cork, Kerry and Limerick with one man having travelled from outside Ennis with everything from stories, song, recitations, music and a set from the Carrickerry Wrenboys. Next Rambling House will be Monday, February 17 from 8.30pm.
ITA’S SETDANCING CLASSES: Learn to set dance in Monagae every Thursday night from 8.30pm. Everyone welcome.
GLOR TIRE: Micheal Collins from Tournafulla, band leader with the Micheal Collins Band is a contestant on the new series of Glor Tire on Tna G. Micheal is looking for votes so that he will be able to stay in the running. He is asking everyone who knows him to support him over the next few weeks.
PANTO:A bus will travel to Puss n Boots performed by the one and only Killorglin players in the I.N.E.C. Killarney on Sunday, February 16, leaving N.CW. at 4.30pm. We will pick up en route at the bus stop outside the Church in Abbeyfeale at 4.45pm. You will have time for refreshments before the performance commences at 6pm. Early booking is advised as this is a very popular event. Contact Maureen 087 9845102.
GATHER BY THE FEALE 2014: We hope to have our AGM in early February. Check out our new Facebook page Gather by the Feale or our website :http://abbeyfealefestivals.wordpress.com for regular updates.
COUNTRY MUSIC RADIO:Our own Ann O’Halloran is broadcasting to the world three days every week Wednesday 5-7pm, Friday 1-5pm and Saturday 10-1am. Log onto firstname.lastname@example.org and leave a request for her.
SUE RYDER:Manager Maria Moloney says “Here at Sue Ryder, we are getting ready for 2Spring, so in order to finish our spring clean we are commencing another half-price sale on clothing and shoes today. Come and have a browse, we have a large selection of winter jackets and boots which will be priced mostly at just €2 or €3 from today!Sue Ryder Is a not-for profit organisation, a registered charity that has been providing secure and independent housing for the elderly in Ireland for over 25 years. We are grateful for all donations of clothing, shoes, bags, bria-a-brac and toys to sell in our shop in main street, Abbeyfeale. However, we can also raise funds from recycling old clothing, bags and shoes. Unfortunately we are unable to accept electrical items, quilts or pillows. Thanks you for your continued support.”
RATHFREDAGH WALK: Rathfredagh Cheshire Home Annual Walk is taking place on Sunday, January 26 at 10am from Barna to Rathfredagh Cheshire Home (along the old railway line). Transport is provided from Rathfredagh to Barna on the day. Also if people decide to only walk from The Courtney Lodge in Newcastle west to Rathfredagh, transport is also provided for anyone who wishes to avail of it. This year there is also a cycle taking place in conjunction with the walk. The cycle will start at 9am from Deebert House Hotel, Kilmallock to Rathfredagh Cheshire Home and return journey at 11.30am from Rathfredagh Cheshire Home to Kilmallock. Refreshments are provided on the day. If anyone requires any more information about the cycle or wishes to take part in the cycle, please contact Tom O Keeffe at 087 9793556. If anyone would like a sponsorship card please contact Rathfredagh Cheshire Home on 069 83100. Rathfredagh Cheshire Home would like to thank everyone for their continued support.
SET DANCING WEEKEND: The West Limerick Set Dancing club’s workshop weekend will run from Friday, February 7 to Sunday, February 9 at the Devon Inn Templeglantine.
RAMBLING HOUSE: Listowel Rambling House will take place in the Seanchaí Literary & Cultural Centre, The Square, Listowel on Thursday January 23 from 9.15 pm. A great night’s free entertainment is guaranteed. Tea/coffee served. Tel. (068) 22212/57927.
PILGRIMAGE: Lay ‘Dominican Pilgrimage to Fatima 7 nights, Hotel Tres Pastorinhos departing Dublin October 2 €799 pps. Includes all meals for the duration of your stay and Insurance. Singe Room Supplement €25 per night. If paid in full by February 3 there is €100 off price or if you pay a deposit of €200 by the same date then there is €50 off price. Spiritual Director travelling with group. Further details from Bro. Michael Neenan O.P. phone 01-4048100 or contact Maureen Finnegan 087 9845102. Pligrimages Abroad - Lauri Duffy Travel.
COMMUNITY ALERT: Elderly people are very vulnerable at this time of year with the changeable weather and threat of storms, ice and snow. The local branch of community alert would urge people to be vigilant and keep a close eye on their neighbours, offer to do the shopping, check that they have enough firing inside and call and visit them. All fire alarms should be tested at least once a month. Carbon Monoxide alarms should be placed on a work surface or window sill in a kitchen or any room with a stove or open fire.