GROUP SCHEME: The AGM of the Barnagh Group Water Scheme will take place on Thursday night of this week at the Devon Inn at 8.00pm. All members are requested to attend.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: Sunday next is an important day in the parish as it is First Holy Communion day, when the families and relatives of the young boys and girls will join the congregation for the First Holy Communion ceremony. Tá súil again go mbeidh lá deas acu agus guímid gach rath ar na daoine óga.
BRÓN : Bill Forde of Meenoline North who died on Sunday, April 28th was laid to rest In Reilig na Tríonóide after requiem mass in Templeglantine church on Wednesday last, May 1st and in keeping with his love for music the airs provided in the church and graveside were most appropriate. Bill, who was aged 85 did not enjoy the best of health in recent years. He was held in high regard by all who knew him. He will be sadly missed by all. Condolences to his wife Peg, sons , John, Mossie, Willie, Pat and Denis, daughters Margaret, Della, Ellen and Joan, brothers Aeneas, Seán and Timmy and other relatives. Go dtuga Dia suaimhneas síorraí dá anam.
COLLECTION: The annual church gate collection in aid of the upkeep of the Great Southern Trail will take place on this coming weekend. The Trail is a wonderful amenity for the locality and is increasingly being used by locals and visitors.
DEATH OF PEG FINNEGAN: Parishioners were saddened to hear of the passing of Peg Finnegan (nee Dee), Meenoline North who died at her residence on Thursday last, May 2, just a few months after her late husband, Jimmy. Peg will be remembered as a person full of life who brought cheer to whatever company she was in. She loved her game of Bingo. She will be sadly missed by her family, relatives and neighbours. Her remains were brought to Templeglantine Church from Hartnett’s funeral Home onFriday evening and burial took place in Reilig na Tríonóide after requiem mass on Saturday. She is survived by her daughters Ann, Joan and Noreen, sons Patrick,Michael and Séamus, sisters Esther and Breda as well as other relatives. I bhFlaitheas Dé go raibh a hanam.
SUMMER MUSIC CAMP: The Comhaltas craobh will be running a Summer Camp at Halla Inse Bhán during the first week of July catering for Primary School pupils of 8 years and upwards who have some experience of music.
A considerable number of young musicians have already indicated their interest in attending. An application form is now being distributed and all wishing the avail of this wonderful week of music and culture are asked to complete the application form and have it returned by Monday May 13. The cost of the week is kept very reasonable so that as many as possible can enjoy the pleasures of Irish music, song and dance. Enquiries to 069 84039.
COMHALTAS: The weekly music classes will resume again on Monday night next after the May weekend break. Classes will finish for the Summer on Monday May 20th. The craobh was represented at Comhaltas Annual Congress in Dublin at the weekend while on the home front a large number of branch members were attending or participating in Fleadh by the Feale. Buíochas to all who joined in the performance on the open air stage on Saturday night. Many teenage members from the craobh were among the fine group of musicians representing Coláiste Íde agus Iosef on stage before the Kilfenora Ceilí Band at Sunday night’s wonderful concert.
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.
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.
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