May 11

Marian Hartnett 068-

Reporter:

Marian Hartnett 068-

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.

DEATH: Sincere sympathy to the family of the late Margaret Broderick, St. Ita’s Sheltered Housing and formerly Parish House, Convent St. May she rest in peace.

CARBOOT SALE AND INDOOR MARKET: The monthly car boot sale in aid of WL102fm will be held on Sunday, May 12 from 8-1.30pm at the Community Centre, NCW (beside GAA pitch). Gates open 7.30am. Further information 087 6866450.

DRAW: 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.

BEE KEEPING COURSE: The class in bee keeping continues at the Adult Education Centre this Wednesday, May 8 from 7-9pm. 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.

CHOCOLATE: We have a chocolatier in our midst but it’s a bit of a mystery so I can’t give you too much information. Somebody gave Helga at the Farmers Market two bars of handmade chocolate last Friday, wrapped in celeophane and with a label – one was chilli and sea salt and the other was a coffee bean mousse bar with chocolate solids of approx.51%. They were gorgeous. He didn’t wait for feedback but if he was willing to come and set up a stall every Friday we’d be his best customers!

SUE RYDER: The half price sale is over and we had the draw for the Doll’s House on Friday. The lucky winner was Catherine Enright from Mountcollins.

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.

TIDY TOWNS: There was quite a bit of litter around the town on Sunday, I can’t say in truth that I bent down and picked it up either but it paints the place in a poor light, in a year that Ireland is promoting the Gathering and hoping to attract tourists in to events. We had a lot of through traffic and they are looking at this mess while they sit in the queue waiting to traverse the Main St. It wouldn’t encourage them to stop and visit.

DOG SHOW: The biggest and best Fun Dog Show in the Mid-West takes place in Abbeyfeale Town Park on Sunday May 19 at 2.00 p.m. Come along and bring your dog for a great day out. Prizes in all categories, doggie shop, tuck shop, agility trials, guess the name of the dog competition, Mystic Madra, grand raffle and lots more. This is a fundraising event for the Town Park so please come along and support.

ABBEYFEALE GATHERING FUNDRAISER: Rathkeale man and Abbeyfeale resident Mike Guinane and his trusty clarinet will be the star attraction at the final afternoon tea dance of the season in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse on Sunday, May 12 from 3-6pm. This is a fundraiser for the Abbeyfeale Schools Reunion July 15-21. Mike performs for the month of September in Lisdoonvarna and is well known to dancing patrons from all over the country for his ability to keep toes tapping - a great afternoon of music and dance is guaranteed.

ABBEYFEALE COMMUNITY ALERT: Thank you to all who supported our annual church gate collection last weekend. The grant has not been reduced or removed this year so if there is anybody aged 65 or over, living alone or with someone else aged over 65 they are welcome to apply to the committee for a security system. This will cost €65 per year and covers the cost of 24/7 monitoring.

DANCE: There will be a dance in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society at the Railway Bar on Wednesday, May 8 with music by Peter Burke. Patrick O’Sullivan makes a welcome return visit on Saturday next.

YOUTH CLUBS: Abbey legends are in St. Ita’s on Friday night 8-9.30pm. Teens

Cois Feile are in the sports complex and Teens Unite are in St. Ita’s on Saturday night 7.45-9.15pm. It is very important that members of both clubs are there as both clubs have trips coming up and all information of trips will be given on Saturday night. Leader training continues on Tuesday, May 14 at St. Ita’s Hall at 7pm.

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.

PIETA HOUSE: Pieta House “Darkness into Light” 5km walk/run Saturday, May 11 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 centres 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 the Limerick Darkness into Light walk is available at Fealefit, Mountmahon next Saturday from 11-1pm. Contact Breda @ 0877715734.

GST: Walk on April 28 is cancelled and replaced by Listowel Shanacool Walk 3.00 p.m. Sunday, May 12 - commencing outside Lartigue Museum, Listowel.

ALL IRELAND NUNS’ RACE: As part of the Gathering celebrations in Abbeyfeale July 15-21 the All Ireland nuns’ race will commence at 8.00pm 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. Contact Shane on 087 2891015.

CURA COLLECTION; This annual collection will be taken up at all Masses next weekend.

GATHERING UPDATE: Gathering Schools Reunion from July 15-21. Bands are currently on sale around town at €5 each or two for a fiver. These can be used to gain admittance to some of the many attractions during the Gathering and the funds 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, we also have the All Ireland Nuns Race from the Town Park to the Square followed by an attempt to get into the record books for the most people dressed as nuns doing the Harlem Shake. 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. 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 make a presentation on the Origins of the Irish and the Genealogy group at the Adult Education Centre will talk about their work on mapping the graveyards. It is also hoped to have a heritage walk around the town and nature walks in the Town Park. The fun fair will also open and continue for the remainder of the week. Thursday we have the Welcome Home night in the Glorach Theatre followed by the Singing Club. 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. Saturday we will have Fly fishing with the Abbeyfeale Anglers followed by a paella evening. We will have a special Mass for all deceased students and teachers at 7pm. Sunday we’ll have the Family Fun Day followed by the Ballroom of Romance at Fr. Casey’s. Please note that this is by no means a definitive list as I know a football tournament amongst the local parishes is also being planned, tug of war, sheaf tossing, a tour of the parish, teddy bears picnic, bat walk, tag rugby, social dancing class, display of local photographs, bog tour, dance at the Railway, Open Air Entertainment in the Square and much more.

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 www.lcc.ie under the Environment Department. The closing date for entry is Wednesday, May 22 next.

FEALEFIT NEWS; Fealefit’s new Couch to 5k training every Saturday 10.15am at the Railway in preparation for The Feale 5k June 23. Training is open to every one of all fitness levels and is free of charge. Well done to all the FealeFit crew who ran the 6 miler in The Great Limerick Run last Sunday for The Irish Cancer Society. A brilliant day was had by all. Fealefit will be doing the Pieta house Darkness into light 5km walk / run in Limerick city on Saturday May 11 starting at 4am and crossing the line just as dawn is breaking. Contact Shane 087 2891015 or Kadie 087 7771552 for further details. FealeFit will also be running Abbeyfeale Uniteds’ Summer Soccer camp, we’ll be bringing the fun side of football & fitness to the camp.

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.

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.

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.

HELP, WE NEED SOME BODIES: Simon Says; “Mid West Simon Community has been given six Tesco stores in which to bag pack on the weekend of May 17/18. We know you don’t relish bag packing but if you knew you could be part of a team that raised as much as €12,000 in exchange for just one or two hours would you reconsider? We, and the homeless people we provide services to, would appreciate your effort in order to enable us to continue services to them. Abbeyfeale, Roxboro, Newcastle West, Arthurs Quay, Coonagh Cross and The Crescent. Please, we really need your help. (061)608980 or tus@midwestsimon.ie”

ALZHELMER’S SOCIETY TEA DAYS: Eileen O’Brien, Bridge St. will hold her annual tea afternoon on Thursday from 2-6pm and the Wednesday Club will also hold a Tea Day from 11-3pm on Wednesday, May 8 at the Adult Education Centre.

DOCHAS NASAMU ORPHANAGE: This is an Irish run and Irish built Aids orphanage and they are looking for used clothes and household linens. They will collect at Leens Hotel Car Park between 10-30 -11.30am on Thursday, May 9. Contact Marie 087 6890995.

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; Thursday 10am Kathleen Finn nee Mulcahy of Kilmanihan who died recently. Friday Mary Regan. Saturday 11am Gerard and Bridget O’Donnell, Ballaugh. Saturday 7pm James Collins Anniversary. Sunday 9.30am Louis McEnery, Dromtrasna, Denis O’Brien Purt. 12 noon, Christy Fitzgerald, Cedarville 1st Anniversary. Perpetual Adoration Tuesdays and Fridays 8am – 10pm. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 6-8pm. Novena to St. Anthony every Tuesday during 10am Mass. Rosary is recited every evening in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel at 7.30pm.

TOASTMASTERS: Next meeting Wednesday, May 15 in the Desmond Complex. For further information contact Mie at 087-2272788 or Bridget at 0878-4146732 or email westlimericktoastmasters@yahoo.ie

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.

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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 sacredspace102@gmail.com

Blog @ sacredspace102.blogspot.com

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.

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BACK TO SCHOOL; Listowel Community College will hold a VTOS Open Information Morning on Thursday, May 9 - 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m for adults wishing to return to Education. VTOS – Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme is a second chance education programme for adults over 21 in receipt of a social welfare payment. Details regarding the course and eligibility for the course will be available on the day. For further information please contact the school on 068-21023.

ROCKCHAPEL SEISIUN: As part of lRD Duhallow Bealaine Festival there will be a Seisiún in Bruach Na Carraige Rockchapel on this Friday night, May 10 at 8 pm with every one welcome. Admission is free, refreshments will be served.

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.

START YOUR OWN BUSINESS COURSE: West Limerick Resources will be running a Start Your Own Business course in the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West on Saturdays May 11 and 18 from 10am-4pm. The course will cover all aspects of how to start your own business. To register for a place contact Morgan on 069 66290 or email mboohan@wlr.ie

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 required. 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 srowley@wlr.ie for a registration form.

WALK N’ TALK; There will be a Gathering in Killaclohane Wood outside Milltown, Co. Kerry on Sunday next, May 12 at 2.30pm. Music and Song performed live. Further information 0872814887.

ARDFERT RETREAT CENTRE: Weekend of Prayer and Meditation inspired by Anthony de Mello with John Callanan SJ - May 10 – 12. . Residential and non-residential places available. Booking: ardfertretreat@eircom.net or 066 7134276.

VOLUNTEER AMBASSADORS SOUGHT FOR THE GATHERING: As part of The Gathering 2013, Volunteer Ireland is looking for Volunteer Ambassadors for Limerick to provide a warm Irish welcome to visitors during this year’s busy tourist season. This is a fun and exciting opportunity to greet visitors from across the globe and show them why Limerick is one of the best places in the world to visit! Volunteer Ireland is looking for friendly, outgoing and knowledgeable volunteers who aren’t afraid to actively approach visitors and provide information about upcoming Gathering events in the local area. Volunteers must be over 18, have fluent English and should be available to volunteer for one two-hour shift per week (Wednesday to Saturday) between May 24and August 3.Deadline for application is May 9. For further information see www.volunteer.ie/events/thegathering or call Volunteer Ireland on 01 636 9446.

NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK: As part of National Volunteer Week, Limerick Volunteer Centre will be organising a volunteer team to participate in an Outdoor Painting Project in Adapt Domestic Abuse Services, Rosbrien, Limerick on Thursday May 16 from 9.30– 3pm. ADAPT operates the country’s largest refuge facility which provides emergency accommodation for women and children who have to leave their homes due to domestic abuse. The play area / garden, for the children who live in the refuge, is in much need of paint work and Limerick Volunteer Centre are hoping to recruit up to 20 volunteers to help with the project. Contact Limerick Volunteer Centre on 087-7387481 or email info@volunteerlimerick.ie

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.

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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.

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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; Adult set dancing classes are currently taking place in the Community Centre, Ballyhahill on Monday nights 8.30 – 10.30pm but from Monday, May 13 social dancing will take over and 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.

.KNOCKFIERNA RAMBLING HOUSE: A Special Remembrance Sunday for Ireland’s missing people will be held on Sunday, May 12 at 2pm. The guest speakers will be Fr. Patrick Hedderman, Abbott of Glenastal Abbey and Mary Phelan, (sister of Jo Jo Dollard, who is missing for 17 years.) The special guests will include Noirin Ni Riain and Fr Sean O’Diuin, and it will be followed by walk/traditional entertainment.

MYSTERY CELEBRITY CHEF NIGHT: Mick Galway and Deirdre Walsh will be the genial hosts at this fundraiser in aid of East Kerry Roots Festival and the Brosnan Clan Gathering in the River Island Hotel, Castleisland on Friday, May 10 from 7.30pm. Champagne Reception, 3 course dinner, music and plenty of surprises. Tickets €40. Book with Geraldine 0871813897.

ST. BRENDAN’S WEEK EVENTS: Sunday May 12;3.00pm: Boat trip to Illauntannig in the Maheree Islands. Tour and Prayer service.

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 www.saintbrendanweek.com.