Abbeyfeale Sept 28

SAGART PILGRIMAGE: We wish all our pilgrims a safe journey, a great week and plenty of praying for us in Lourdes.

SAGART PILGRIMAGE: We wish all our pilgrims a safe journey, a great week and plenty of praying for us in Lourdes.

FOUR CHEMIST SHOPS IN ABBEYFEALE: Best wishes to Noreen Collins and staff who have relocated to a brand new shop on the Killarney Road. Hopefully now that we will have four pharmacists operating in town we will have a Sunday service and no longer have to travel to Listowel or NCW when needing to have a prescription filled on a Sunday.

CAR BOOT SALE AND INDOOR MARKET: The monthly car boot sale in aid of WL102fm will take place on Sunday next, September 29 at the Community Centre, NCW next to the GAA pitch. Gates open 7.30am and the sale runs until 2pm. Further information 069 66200.

SEMINAR: ‘OUR YOUTH MATTERS’ A seminar on youth mental health will take place at the Devon Inn Hotel on Tuesday, October 8 at 7pm. There will be four speakers, a question and answers sections and displays from all the relevant authorities. It has been organised by the Abbeyfeale District Initiative in conjunction with Limerick Social Service Council Ltd. Everyone is welcome and admission is free. See posters in back of the church or contact Mary Danagher 0863514700.

ICA NOTES: The Mainistir na Féile Guild of the ICA have resumed activities after the summer break. The Guild has twenty four members and would welcome new members, from the Abbeyfeale area and surrounding parishes. If you are new to the area or looking for friendship, then ICA is for you. The Guild meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Adult Educational Centre (formally The Vocational School) in Mount Mahon at 8pm. Craft and physical fitness will feature in the forthcoming Guild activities and an International night is also in the planning. The Officers and Committee for the 2013/1024 year are: President Kathleen Leahy, Vice President Elizanne McMahon, Secretary Peggy O’Neill, Treasurer Anne Broderick, PRO Anne Maria Dennison, Contest Secretary Mary Cahill, Craft Officer Eileen Lane, Art Officer Rita Horgan, International Officer Peggy Jones, An Grianán Teachta Joan Murphy and Timire Mary Boston. For further information contact Peggy at 068 32270.

ABBEYFEALE YOUTH CLUBS: PRO Anthony Scannell says “It’s that time of the year again which also means that the summer is over but the good news is that all youth clubs are back. Abbey legends are starting back on Friday at 8pm in St. Ita’s Hall. Then on Saturday 28 Teens Unite are in the Sports Complex and the new club are in St. Ita’s at 7.45-9.15pm.”

BACK TO EDUCATION: A fetac level 3 course in computers will start at the Adult Education Centre on Wednesday, September 25 at 12.30pm. Further information from Rosemary 087 9824362.

GREAT SOUTHERN TRAIL: “We finally took possession of an old semaphore signal which was kindly donated by Irish Rail and who also refurbished it to its former glory. In the coming week we will be carrying out preparation works and will erect the signal where it would have originally stood, as an ‘Outer Home Signal’, 440yards or quarter mile from the Newcastle West station. This event is taking place during the 50th anniversary year of the cessation of daily passenger trains from Limerick to Tralee. We invite you to attend the official unveiling of the signal on Saturday, September 28 at 2pm. Meet at Great Southern Trail entrance [opposite Gaelscoil on the R521 Newcastle West, Co.Limerick.

CRAFTY CORNER: Would you like to learn the craft of knitting, crochet or embroidery. If so come along to Adult Education Centre, Abbeyfeale (old tech) on Tuesday, October 13 at 7.30 where the new season of classes begin and are conducted by experienced tutors. If you have already mastered the art of the above crafts you might like to volunteer with us a tutor. Classes are free and are conducted in a friendly atmosphere while enjoying a cup of tea or coffee. Further information call Madeline 087 9707989.

COMMUNITY ALERT NOTES: You may receive a phone call from a supposedly reputable company informing you that your computer has a virus. The person will offer to remote access your computer to remove the virus for you and will ask for your bank details. This is a scam, do not give remote access to your computer to people you don’t know (once a person has remote access, they can access your files and personal information and destroy your hard drive). Never give out your bank details over the phone.

BEE FOR BATTENS: Dance at the Railway with Micheal Collins on Friday, October 18. Tickets €10. Contact Kadie Colbert 087 7771552 for further information.

IRISH RAMBLING HOUSE SHOW IN ST. JOHN’S: The Irish Rambling House show is back in St John’s Theatre, Listowel again this year on Saturday, October 5 prior to departing on its annual trip to England to entertain the exiles. The show starts at 8pm and as usual, the hallmark of the night will be the humour of the stories intermingled with some great Irish traditional music, song and dance – and all for €5. Readers are also encouraged to let their friends and relatives in England know that the Irish Rambling house Show is on its way to them. The details are; Wednesday Oct 16 Leamington Spa, Thursday Oct 17 Birmingham Irish Centre, Friday, Oct 18 Camden Irish Centre (Afternoon show) and Saturday Oct 19 Salvatorian College Hall, Harrow. There is also a show in the Foilmore Community Centre near Cahersiveen on Friday October 11. All other info from Kay at 068 48 353 or

ANTI AUSTERITY ALLIANCE FUNDRAISER: An Irish Night with Joe Harrington of the Anti-Austerity Alliance will take place at the Silver Dollar Bar in Maiden St, Newcastle West on Saturday night, September 28. Irish Rambling House entertainers on the night include Darren Roche (accordion) and friends, storyteller Chrissie Roche, singer Doris Shire and an open mic. All are welcome.

FEALE FIT NEWS: ‘Couch to 5k’ training starting Friday, October 4 at 6.30pm at the Railway, get off that Couch and get running, anyone can do it, suitable for all fitness levels and the best part is, its free , see you all then. Contact Shane 087 2891015 or Kadie 087 7771552 for details. Fealefit is officially one year old this week, and what a year it has been, thanks to all that have supported and encouraged us throughout the year. A massive thank you to friends and especially family for all they’ve done to help and here’s to many more years to for all our current and up coming events in September, Fealefit-Kids, Teen tone, The new Biggest Loser Campaign & much much more...

SERVICE OF HOPE AND COMMEMORATION: A Service of Commemoration and Hope will take place on Thursday, October 3 at 7pm in St. Augustinian’s Church on O’Connell Street. It is organised by the Northstar Family Support Project - a community based project providing non-judgemental, confidential support to families who are affected by, and trying to cope with, a family member’s addiction to drugs & alcohol. The theme for this year’s service is Building Bridges and there will be an opportunity on the night for people to include personal messages and participate in the event.

NIGHT CLASSES: Listowel Community College will be enrolling for its Autumn programme of night classes on Monday, September 30 & Tuesday, October 1 between 7.30-9.00pm. Get the full list of Courses and enrol now at or Classes will commence on Monday, October 7. .For further information please contact 0860289958 /06821023 or email

RAMBLING HOUSE: Listowel Rambling House will take place in the Seanchaí Literary & Cultural Centre, The Square, Listowel on Thursday, September 26 from 9 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.

TIDY TOWNS: The next West Limerick Tidy Towns Network training event will be the Litter Monitoring & Management module that will be held in Newcastle West on Sunday September 29. The training event details are as follows: Sunday, September 29 from 11am at the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West. We will look at Site Selection, Census & Surveys, Survey Methods, Litter Grades, Cleanliness Ratings, Report Writing. This will be followed by a litter survey demonstration within Newcastle West, where we will follow a survey route and assess the litter situation at four separate and representative sites within Newcastle West. We will also spend an hour looking at the 2013 Tidy Towns Competition results, and troubleshoot and questions that people may have. The most recent West Limerick Tidy Towns Network’s training events were held on Saturday, September 7 last. The two Invasive Species training modules; Invasive Species – ID & Biology (Class Based), and Invasive Species – Do’s & Don’ts - Management & Best Practice (Field Trip), were run as one full days training event. Attendance was quite good considering the change in the weather from hot sunshine to much colder weather with heavy showers. In all we had 13 Tidy Towns volunteers attending from the following groups; Strand, Askeaton, Clarina, Adare, Castlemahon, Newcastle West, Carrigkerry, Abbeyfeale, and Tournafulla. The first module was held within the Desmond Complex, at Newcastle West, from 11am, and consisted of an introduction to Invasive Species (Terrestrial, Freshwater & Marine). After a quick cup of coffee we then hit the road and drove by bus to Listowel via Carrigkerry. After a stop on the approach into Athea, to look at a roadside infestation of Gunnera, we then carried on to Listowel. The weather was against us, but after a picnic lunch we set out along the River Feale, at Bridge Road.The walk provided ample examples of Winter Heliotrope, Japanese Knotweed, Bohemian Knotweed, and Himalayan Balsam. The plan had been to map the different occurrences of invasive plant species along the Listowel section of the River Feale, but the heavy rain precluded further work. Despite this we were fortunate enough to see a flying pair of Raven, and a whole family of 6 Grey Wagtail upon the rocky shoals of the River Feale. Apart from introducing Tidy Towns Volunteers to the different invasive plant species that they are likely to encounter, a major point to this training exercise is to motivate Tidy Towns Groups to begin the process of observing and mapping the occurrences of these invasive plant species within the different villages and town-lands across West Limerick. This information will then be added to a regional map of West Limerick and shared with Limerick County Council, and the National Biodiversity Data Centre. Such monitoring and management of the local invasive species situation by the Tidy Towns volunteers can also be leveraged to gain further biodiversity enhancement scoring.

LEARN NEW SKILLS: Last chance to get on the FETAC Level 3 Employability Skills Course in Abbeyfeale. The course is full time and runs for 36 weeks. It will take place in St Ita’s Hall. If you are interested in learning about Digital Media, Career Preparation, Computer Skills etc. then contact Dearbhla on 069 613 16 or Adrienne on 069 79110 Participants will receive a FAS allowance.

CHANGE IN MASS TIMES: The 8.15 Mass on Saturday morning has changed to 9am. There will be no Mass at 10am on Monday mornings but instead an evening Mass at 7pm.

MEN’S SHED: The Shed has reopened and meetings will take place every Monday from 6-9pm.

CALLING ALL PARENTS: Empowering Parents 10 week programme starts on Tuesday, October 1 – December 3, 2013.Location: The Adult Education Centre (Old Tech) Abbeyfeale. Time 10am- 11.15am. This is a practical and common sense approach to raising positive and confident children. This course helps to discover and develop your child’s innate gifts, to engage and relate effectively, to respond to parenting in a gadget world. This is an opportunity for parents to come along and meet other parents in the community, share tip’s and wisdom and have fun. The 10 weeks will include 2 sessions on nutritional health. Please contact Mary on 087 9382883 for further information. This is a West Limerick Resources Initiative. Free to those in receipt of Rent Allowance or Social Welfare.

TALK: Talk on Biodynamic Farming/Gardening by Brett Kirkpatrick -a biodynamic farmer from Australia at 7pm Thursday, September 26 at Gortbrack Organic Farm, Tralee. For further information please phone Mary Walsh at 083 306 1222

NEW MACRA CLUB: A new Macra club is being set up in Limerick to serve the areas of Templeglantine, Abbeyfeale, Mountcollins, Ballagh, Tournafulla, Monagea and surrounds. If you are living in or know anyone in the area aged 17-35 who would be interested in getting involved spread the word. Activities include everything from sports to social nights, drama and travel, agriculture, meeting people and lots more. There will be an information meeting in Templeglantine Community Hall on Thursday, October 3 at 8:30pm. All are Welcome!

PARENT AND TODDLER GROUP: The Abbeyfeale Parent and Toddler Group has resumed after a Summer Break on Tuesday mornings from 11- 12.30pm in St. Ita’s Hall. Safe play environment is provided; baby/toddler social skills improve. Language and play skills develop. This is also an important time for Mom and Dads to meet, have a cup or tea and chat. Music and movement facilitators will visit the group. New Parents are made especially welcome. Contact Mary on 097 9382883 with any queries.

MUSICAL SOIREE: As part of the Arts w/e in October we are planning a night of Jazz and songs from the musicals with a sprinkling of bluegrass and country. Local artistes including; Helen Hausenfus, Riona Curtin, Rebecca Stryker, The Dr. Mick O’Donnell Group, Mike Guinane and Laoise Morrissey will be joined by a Jazz Quartet from Limerick. It’s all happening at the Glorach on Friday night, October 17 starting at 7.30pm with a cheese and wine reception to get us all ‘In the Mood’. Admission just €10. Tickets will be on sale in early October for a night with a different beat.