Mar 2

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DEATH: We offer sincere sympathy to the Lane family on the death of Mary Mai Lane, Dromtrasna on her recent death. May she rest in peace.

DEATH: We offer sincere sympathy to the Lane family on the death of Mary Mai Lane, Dromtrasna on her recent death. May she rest in peace.

WL102FM AWARDS NIGHT: Mick Flavin will provide the backing band at this year’s awards ceremony to be held at the Devon Inn on Monday, March 11 next. Some of the award winners include Jason Travers, Trudie Lawlor, Gary Gamble, Micheal Collins, Crystal Swing and Sean Brennan. That’s only a flavour of the talent that’s being honoured on the night. Doors open 7.45pm; show starts 8.30pm, admission €15. Further information from 06966200.

COMMUNITY ALERT: Muintir na Tire have been on to the committee to say that power tools were targeted in two burglaries in West Cork this week. They emphasise the need to secure sheds properly and to photograph and record serial numbers on all tools. The most important element of Community Alert is that local people become more aware of the need to preserve the quality of life of members of their community, in particular the more vulnerable. Community Alert is about raising the alertness and awareness of everybody to the presence of any person or vehicle acting suspiciously and reporting it to the Gardaí. Community Alert is about participation in the scheme by all members of the community through increased neighbourliness and interest in issues affecting community safety in general. Get to know your neighbours particularly those living alone and be a good neighbour to them. Call in and visit, run an errand - it’s the small things and the human contact that count. Be Alert - if you see somebody or a vehicle acting suspiciously in your area, call the Gardai. Keep an eye on your property and that of your neighbours - help to prevent vandalism and theft of homes and Diesel and Home Heating Oil. We have decided to set up a text alert system in Abbeyfeale so as to keep up to date on suspicious vehicles, callers etc. If you wish to get involved please give your phone number to any member of the committee or to the Garda Liason Roger O’Donoghue.

GRAVEYARD COMMITTEE: Thank everyone for supporting their bucket collection at Tuohigs last weekend.

LIFELONG LEARNING FESTIVAL: Plans are in train at the Abbeyfeale Adult Education Centre to host several events to celebrate lifelong learning from Tuesday, March 19 to Friday, March 22 next. Tuesday will see a workshop on Furniture Restoration and One Pot Cooking. There will also be Horticulture with a twist as all the students will be dressed in the style of yesteryear and will demonstrate the use of old implements. The workshops will run from 11-1pm. On Wednesday you can check out a Genealogy Workshop, visit the Men’s Shed and get introduced to computers and again all workshops run from 11-1pm. Thursday and Friday will see more of the above with a coffee morning and introduction to the staff on Friday from 10.30-12.30. All are welcome.

RAMBLING HOUSE: Listowel Rambling House will take place in the Seanchaí Literary & Cultural Centre, The Square, Listowel on Thursday February 28 from 8.30 pm. Enjoy an evening of traditional Irish music, song, dance & storytelling in an informal setting. Admission free, tea/coffee served. For more information tel. (068) 22212/57927.

ELDERLY STAYING SAFE IN COLD WEATHER: During the present weather conditions, stay indoors after dark if at all possible. Keep warm by wearing warm clothes. Loose layers allow for more efficient circulation particularly in the extremities. Use one room day and night if heating more than one room is not practical. Take nourishing hot food throughout the winter. Take frequent warm drinks. Use a flask to keep liquids hot without using up valuable energy. Eating regularly helps keep energy levels up. Keep reasonable supplies of solid fuel indoors. Have regard to the safety of hot water bottles and electric blankets. Do not be afraid to press personal alarms to make contact even if it is only to talk to somebody. Keep as active as possible. (Even walking around your home can help).Wrap up warm if you need to go outside on cold days.

Keep your home at the recommended temperature of 18 to 21°C (64 to 70°F). If you can’t heat all the rooms you use, heat the living room during the day and the bedroom just before you go to sleep.

Remember Icy footpaths and roads can be very slippery and dangerous. Take extra care if you go out and wear boots or shoes with good grip on the soles. An old pair of socks pulled on over your shoes is very effective.

Put ICE on your phone, have a Laminated lists of Emergency Numbers near the phone.

FEALE FIT: Couch to 5k training every Saturday 11am @ The Railway bar in preparation for the Tournafulla 5k on March 31. Check out 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 Teen Tone starting Thursday, February 28 ,get your Teenagers Active.

PRAYER MEETING: Moss and Janice Carraig will be in St. Mary’s Church, Knocknagoshel on Sunday, March 3 at 3pm. All are welcome.

TRADERS MEETING: Calling all those who trade in Abbeyfeale, there will be a short meeting at the Search and Rescue on Thursday, February 28 at 7pm.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: The Premier Blue Boys are the star attraction at the monthly Tea Dance on Sunday next, March 3 from 3 – 6pm. Admission €5.

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

ABBEYFEALE ANGLERS: The season opens next week to a new regime for anglers - catch and release up to May 11 and three salmon from May 12 to the end of the season, with a limit of one salmon per day. The chairman and secretary were in Dublin over the weekend at the Angling Expo. During the weekend, they had their second meeting with Junior minister Fergus O Dowd on the problem of salmon on the Feale. Also present were Ciaran Byrne, CEO of IFI, and Ms. Suzanne Campion, head of Business Development, IFI. In detailing the problem of August netting, they pointed out that three years after it was introduced, the August run had collapsed last year. They also pointed out the fact that the new restrictions on anglers were a clear recognition by IFI that salmon numbers on the river had virtually collapsed. The restrictions also implicitly recognised that August netting had been a disaster.They again stressed the imperilled state of salmon numbers in the river. They expressed total opposition to nets operating on the river to mid August, and said that this was a clear recipe for the end of salmon on the Feale. The minister appeared to be very sympathetic to the problem. We now hope that his actions show that he also has the best interests of the river at heart.

ABBEYFEALE YOUTH CLUBS: Abbey Legends are in St Itas Hall Friday 8-9.30pm. Abbey Legends and Teens Unite are heading to Thomond park on Saturday evening; for details contact Kathleen Woulfe in the school. Teens Cois Feile are in the church Saturday night. Volunteers from Abbeyfeale Youth Clubs have just completed a four week training course with Limerick Youth Service that will be of benefit to young people in Abbeyfeale’s various youth projects. Facilitated by Lisa O’Connor, Limerick Youth Service, the course, ‘Ice Breakers and Fun Games,’ is designed to teach volunteers new techniques that can be used with young people.

‘Although it has some theory, the training is mainly practice based,’ said Ms. O’Connor. ‘Volunteers were also encouraged to develop their own ice-breakers and games,’ added Ms. O’Connor. The three week course, which took place on Monday evenings at the Abbeyfeale Education Centre, also developed the volunteers own facilitation skills and will be passed on to Junior Leaders and young people in the respective clubs. Ms. O’Connor, who is primarily based at Caherconlish Youth Club, thanked the volunteers for their commitment and enthusiasm. ‘They came to the class on three nights when the weather was very bad. They were right little troupers!’ laughed Ms. O’Connor.

Maurice Walsh, LYS Youth Work Manager, was on hand to present the volunteers with Certificates of Achievement and thank them for their contribution to young people and their communities. ‘Without your support we (LYS) would not be able to provide our services to our young people,’ said Mr. Walsh. The sixteen recipients were Jerry Flynn, Mairead White, Anthony Scannell, Kate Murphy, Christine O’Connell, Michael Curtain, Mike Finnerty, Denis Collins, Evelyn Cotter, John Morrissey, Julie Walsh, Susan Daly and Francis Hayes. ‘As we celebrate our 40th birthday, we would like to thank all volunteers who give so generously of their time to our youth,’ added Mr. Walsh.

LYS remains committed to supporting and encouraging our young people to be active participants in shaping their futures.

‘WIDOWS PARADISE’: Abbeyfeale Drama Group present the comedy ‘Widows Paradise’ on Thursday, February 28 and the following Saturday, March 2. It continues its run on Sunday, March 3, Tuesday, March 5, Thursday, March 7 and Saturday, March 9. The play takes place in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse at 8pm sharp each night.

ANNUAL WALK: The annual walk in aid of Dromcollogher Respite Centre will be held on Sunday, March 5. The route is 5 miles around Dromcollogher, and sponsorship cards are available at 063-83934.

GRAND OPENING: A large crowd were present on Saturday morning last at the Railway Yard for the official opening by Minister Leo Varadakar of the Abbeyfeale- Kilmorna section of the Great Southern Trail.

PERPETUAL ADORATION: There are just a few more hours that need covering so please put your name down on the chart at the back of the Tabernacle.

ADHD/ADD: Parent Support Group reconvened on Tuesday, February 26 last@ 7pm - 8.30 pm in St. Ita’s Hall. Support Group Coffee evening Free and open to parents with children who have ADD/ADHD .Upcoming workshop for parents Tuesday, March 12 on Mindfulness Based Relaxation Techniques which aims to slow thoughts and impulses, enhances focus and attention and reduces automatic responding. This workshop will be facilitated by psychologist Cóilín Ó Braonáin.

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.

CONFIRMATION: Congratulations to the 70 boys and girls who were confirmed by Fr. Tony Mullins in the Church of the Assumption last weekend.

PASTORAL AREA MEETING: Wednesday, February 27 at 8pm in St. Ita’s Hall.

LECTIO DIVINA: Meet in the Sacristy every Monday evening during Lent from 7-8pm to reflect on the gospel for the following Sunday. See how the gospel is speaking to you in your life today.

ABBEYFEALE ST PATRICK’S DAY PARADE: Preparations are now in progress for the holding of this year’s Abbeyfeale St Patrick’s Day Parade. The parade will assemble at The Convent at 4pm and proceed down Main Street and past the reviewing stand in The Square. A full programme of events is being organized for the St Patrick’s Weekend and further details will be announced shortly.

LENTEN SERIES OF TALKS: Wednesday nights at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse from 7.30pm. Wednesday, March 6 ‘Handing on the Faith’ what are we handing on? Wednesday, March 13 ‘Make good life choices in this year of faith’ Wednesday, March 20 ‘What did Jesus teach us about Heaven and Hell’. All welcome.

CARERS COURSE: Caring for Carers, Limerick Branch is now taking names for the forthcoming ‘Caring in the Home Course’ which will take place at Saint Ita’s Hospital Newcastle West, commencing Thursday, March 7.

.WORK ACCESS: Anyone with a disability, mental health issue or learning difficulty can avail of our service. People wishing to use the service do not need to be on a disability payment. We can offer support also to those already in employment. We can meet anyone for an informal meeting to discuss his/her needs and to clarify any questions about the service we provide. We are currently based on Little Ellen Street, Limerick but we also have outreach offices in Newcastlewest and Kilmallock. Contact Harry Bugler 061 493095 or email

INTRODUCTION TO GENEANOLOGY AND LOCAL HISTORY: Munster Ancestors will run a class at the Kerry Flyer, Castleisland for four Thursday nights starting on Thursday, February 28 from 7.30-9.30pm. This course will enable you to research your family history online. Contact 087 1527050 for the details.

ABBEYFEALE AND WIDER COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT: A Tidy Towns Committee, a St. Patrick’s Day Committee and a Gathering Committee have been set up. The newly formed Abbeyfeale Community Development Association launched a Facebook page which will help to keep the wider community and the diaspora all over the world in touch with all developments planned for the town and hinterland over the coming year. A meeting of the St. Patrick’s committee took place on Monday night; anyone interested in helping out should contact Cllr’s Galvin 087 9850435 or Foley 087 6391305. Meetings were also held on Monday night last of the Tidy Towns and Gathering committees and again anyone interested in getting involved and helping should contact 087 7763792.

NORTH KERRY PIONEER SOCIAL: Golf Hotel, Ballybunion - Friday, March 8. Music by Mike Condon. Contact Marie 0876492080/Bobby 0872950260.

OPEN DAY: “Listowel Community College are holding an Open Day, Wednesday, March 6 from 2 -7pm. All welcome to talk to the staff about all the courses on offer at Listowel Community College, from Post Primary Education, Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) courses and VTOS. Complimentary tea/coffee. Ring the school 06821023 or for further details.

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.

BEAUTY PROGRAMME: West Limerick Resources with the support of the DSP and Co Limerick VEC is offering places on “The Beauty Programme” with modules in: Beauty, Make-up and Skincare, Nutrition & Healthy Eating, Confidence Building, Career Planning and Job Preparation. Participants will have the opportunity to learn new skills and build confidence in their own abilities. Those who demonstrate skills and interest will be supported into FETAC accredited training. Participants must be over 18 and in receipt of a Social Welfare payment. For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact: Finn on 087 759 1951 or 069 61316 or

COMMUNITY HEALTH MATTERS: The West Limerick Primary Health Care Project for Travellers will broadcast their new programme entitled Community Health Matters on West Limerick 102fm this coming Wednesday, March 6 from 11-11.30am. The monthly programme which is broadcast on the first Wednesday of each month straight after the news examines 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

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.

THE GATHERING/ ABBEYFEALE SCHOOLS REUNION: Next meeting of the Gathering committee will take place on March 4 at 7.30pm in the Search and Rescue. The community are encouraged to spread the word to our emigrants that we are planning this huge celebration for the week of July 15-21 next and Siobhan Kelly has designed a beautiful postcard to that end. The postcards which are free will be available in businesses all over Abbeyfeale and we encourage people to take them and send them to their families and friends abroad with St. Patrick Day greetings, inviting them to come back home and assuring them that they will be heartily welcomed. A special Mass has been organised for Saturday, July 20 at 7pm for all the deceased teachers and students of the three secondary schools. Éamonn Ó Liatháin has kindly offered to host a workshop on the meanings of surnames and placenames during the Gathering, the Singing Club have offered to host a session at The Wander Inn as well. Marian Quirke will teach social dancing on one of the nights and the Glorach Theatre has been put at our disposal for a night of local entertainment on Thursday, July 18. Kadie and Shane of Feale Fit have also offered their services. We are also planning to have a craft and food fair over the weekend of 19/20 July so all those interested in selling their locally produced food and crafts should be making plans.

PARENT & TODDER GROUP: The Abbeyfeale Parent and Toddler group has now restarted. 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. Contact Linda @ 087-9382883.

AN t- IONAD GLAS: An open afternoon will take place from 2-5pm at the Organic College in Dromcollogher on Thursday, February 28 next to showcase how food can be produced in the home utilizing even tiny spaces. Demonstrations of growing techniques will be held with health and nutrition information provided and everyone is welcome. They also plan a Potato Celebration Day on Saturday, March 23 from 11-1.30pm.

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.

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. Please note earlier start.

DANCE IN AID OF CHERNOBYL KIDS 2013: Noreen Ashe, Mike Condon and

Noel Hartnett will provide the entertainment at the Fund Raising dance in aid of the Chernobyl Kids 2013 programme to be held in the Grand Hotel, Denny St., Tralee on Friday, March 1 next from 9.30pm. Organiser Bridie Courtney 087 3127736 promises

a wonderful night of fun, and entertainment, with loads of spot prizes and raffles.

Tickets are €10 on the door.

THE WITNESS: A musical by Carol & Jimmy Owens. The Witness is the story of Jesus, told and sung by Peter and the other men and women who knew the Master best. Featuring a great cast and coordinated by Fr. Terry Loughran. “The Witness” a musical, will be presented by the Diocese of Limerick, in the Lime Tree Theatre, Mary Immaculate College, on Friday 8 and Saturday, March 9 at 8pm. This production which is being staged just before Easter is an ideal opportunity for parishes, youth groups, as well as individuals to participate in a meaningful and relevant way in the Year of Faith and to enter into the spirit of the season of preparation for the events of Holy Week. Young people would particularly enjoy this Musical. You can book your tickets at the Lime Tree Box Office Tel 061-774774 or at €15 each.

NEW SOCIAL DANCING VENUE: Sunday night dancing from 9.30-12 has started in the Grand Hotel, Tralee.

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.

Further information 061 469313.

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.

MONSIGNOR HUGH O’FLAHERTY MEMORIAL FUND: Miriam Murphy (Soprano) will sing in a Concert of Irish and Classical Favourites with the Kerry School of Music Orchestras and Choir at the Malton Hotel Conference Centre at 8pm on Thursday February 28. Admission free – Retiring Collection

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 Richard Fealey, Main St. Thursday 10am Tom W. Flynn and deceased members of Dore and Flynn families, Friday 7pm Kitty Doody, New St. Month’s Mind. Saturday 11am Jim Fealey, Ballybehy. 7pm Mary O’Keeffe Knockbrack, Georgie Barry, Cragg. Sunday 12 noon Niamh Enright, 1st Anniversary, Pat Lyons, Killarney Road.

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


RAMBLING HOUSE: The very popular Knockfierna Rambling House will hold a special night of storytelling, music, singing etc at Kilfinny Community hall on Friday March 1. at 8pm. There is no admission fee. All are welcome.

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.

WORLD CAFÉ: Transition Kerry will Host a ‘World Café’ Event at The Institute of Technology Tralee, from 9.30am to 3.45pm on Saturday March 2nd. Entrance is €5 payable on the day. This event is open to all people in the Community and aims to discuss and examine how to build up Personal and Community resilience to Stress and Change. Our Happy and Relaxing Day features;

• Access the Genius of your Brain to create high-frequency Health Habits – with Catherine Mcgeachy

• Mindfulness Meditation - with Eva Bruha

• World Café – The ‘Great Conversation’

• Transition Kerry – building a resilient community and economy

Come and take part in our innovative Community Event which is open to all!

Only €5 payable on the door and a small donation for a Wholesome Lunch from Fanny Binder. BOOK your place here NOW! As Limited places available.

For further Information Contact Linda at or text to 086 4009916.

TALK IN LYRE COMMUNITY CENTRE: The first in a series of Lenten talks by the Diocese of Kerry will deal with ‘Coping with Suicide’. It will take place on Wednesday, February 27 at 8pm.

ST. JOHN BOSCO RELIC; The relic will be in Pallaskenry on Friday, March 1 next.

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.

MOUNT ST. JOSEPH’S ABBEY, ROSCREA: The Cistercian Monks welcome people from very varied backgrounds to their Guesthouse, a place of peace and serenity. Some may just want a quiet time to reflect and rest, away from the stress of everyday life, while others may be seeking solace in distress or trying to discern the Lord’s will for them. Why not avail of the experience that the serenity of the place and the calm of the Guesthouse gives to nourish you during your stay and, hopefully, stay with you when

you leave and return to your everyday life. There are also many fine walks around the grounds, giving the visitor time and space to enjoy the peaceful landscape of this area. If interested phone 050525600 or Email

BROSNAN FAMILY REUNION: The Brosnan Family Reunion, as part of the East Kerry Roots Festival 2013 will take place on July 25-28, An invitation is being extended to all Brosnan clan members locally, nationally and internationally to join this ancient clan and celebrate their proud heritage. This four-day gathering gives Brosnans from around the world, and anyone with Brosnan ancestry, the chance to rediscover their roots. For more information see:

SOUP KITCHEN available every Saturday between 12.00 - 2.00 pm at Teach an Solais, St John’s, Ashe St, Tralee. Soup, sandwiches etc - free of charge. All very welcome.

FILM SHOW: Newcastle West Film Club will be hosting ‘Women on the 6th Floor’ by Director Philippe Le Guary- a 100 minute film made in France in 2010 at the Desmond Complex on Friday, March 1 starting a 8pm. Admission €7.00 . Refreshments are available before and after the film. For more information contact: 087 687 7970.