PROLOGUE; â€œIf you have a goal, write it down. If you do not write it down, you do not have a goal -- you have a wish.â€
DEATH: Sincere sympathy to the family of the late Rosie Oâ€™Brien, 7 Hillview Drive whose funeral took place on Sunday. May she rest in peace.
CONGRATULATIONS: Well done to the girls basketball team of Colaiste Ide agus Iosef who won the All Ireland Basketball Final in Dublin last Thursday.
ARA NA FEILE: The AGM of the Ara Na Feile Active Retirement Group was held on Wednesday,January 16 where the new officers for the coming year were elected; Chairperson Nancy Wall, Vice Chairperson Mary Moloney, Secretary Bridie Collins, Assistant Secretary Josephine Halpin, Treasurer Betty Galvin, Assistant Treasurer Ann Prendiville, PRO & Events Organiser Ann Hennessy, Assistant PRO & Events Organiser Bernadette Ahern. A committee was also elected. Currently the group have 45 members and new members are always welcome. Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday, January 30 at 2pm in the Abbeyfeale Adult Education Centre.
FINE GAEL AGM: The AGM of the Abbeyfeale Branch of Fine Gael will be held on Monday, February 4 at 9.30pm. Local public representatives have been invited. All members are requested to attend.
ABBEYFEALE/DUAGH PARISH RETREAT: A day of prayer, reflection and relaxation takes place at Ardfert Retreat Centre on Sunday, February 11. Bus travels from Abbeyfeale via Duagh at 9am. Contact 068 31405/32127 as soon as possible.
ABBEYFEALE AND WIDER COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT: Lots of exciting plans emerged at the inaugural meeting of the Abbeyfeale Community Development initiative. There are immediate plans to set up a Tidy Towns Committee, a St. Patrickâ€™s Day Committee and a Gathering Committee (who have already received â‚¬750 in grant assistance). Thank you to all who attended and contributed to the positive buzz. A further meeting will be held at the Abbeyfeale and District Search and Rescue premises at Killarney Road, Abbeyfeale at 6.30 pm on Thursday, January 31 next for the purposes of incorporating a company with a proper legal footing and appointing a board with the stated objects of promoting Abbeyfeale and its Wider Community. This is a further opportunity for community members who wish to get involved to do so.
LADIES IN RED/MEN IN BLACK: The Abbeyfeale Traders/Community Development Association are holding a Ladies in Red, Men in Black fundraising disco at TJ Oâ€™Riordanâ€™s bar on Friday, February 15 at 9pm. Tickets are â‚¬10 each. All proceeds go to the Abbeyfeale Community Development Association. Complimentary finger food, prizes and disco. For tickets please contact Norette on 087 7763792.
YOUTH CLUBS; Abbey Legends are in St. Itaâ€™s on Friday night from 8-9.15pm. Permission slips for the disco must be returned on the night. .No clubs on Saturday night.
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.
ANNIVERSITY WALK: On a frosty evening fifty years ago the last regular passenger train wended its way through West Limerick and North Kerry as it made its final journey from Limerick to Tralee. All along the route people came out to bid farewell. It was Saturday, February 2, 1963. Coincidentally in 2013 February 2 also falls on a Saturday and to commemorate the last train a walk will set out from Abbeyfeale Station along the Great Southern Trail(GST) at 2.15pm this Saturday. The route to Duagh Village is approximately four miles long and as portion of the route is on the public road all participants are advised to wear visibility vests. Refreshments will be provided at Jimâ€™s Bar, Duagh and return transport to Abbeyfeale will be provided. Those travelling from the Tralee/Listowel direction may consider the 1pm CIÃ‰ bus from Tralee (1.30pm from Listowel) to Abbeyfeale; there is a return CIÃ‰ service to Listowel/Tralee at 4.45pm directly from Duagh. Beidh fÃ¡ilte romhat ar an lÃ¡! With LÃ¡ FhÃ©ile BrÃde welcoming springtime on the previous day itâ€™s a good opportunity to take advantage of the lengthening days by getting out and about. The old railway from Abbeyfeale to the Co. Kerry border is now a magnificent cycleway thanks to the recent works by Limerick Co Co and their contractors and funded by the Department of Transport. A preliminary inspection of the first 2km in Co. Kerry by GST and CIÃ‰ personnel took place last week. Due to the difficult overgrown terrain which was encountered this portion of Saturdayâ€™s route is only suited to those with wellingtons, gloves, eye protection and working clothing. All other participants should exit onto the public road at the County Boundary.
COUNTRY KINGDOM: Joeâ€™s Country Kingdom - an internet radio programme. Itâ€™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. Wl102â€™s own Ann Oâ€™Halloran is also a presenter with a show every Friday afternoon. Listen on onwww.irishcountrymusicradio.com
AFTERNOON TEA DANCE; The monthly afternoon tea dance takes place on Sunday, February 3 next from 3-6pm in the newly refurbished community centre in Monagae. Teas served. Admission â‚¬5.
CEILI DANCING: The 13th annual charity ceili in aid of Chernobyl Children International organized by Mike and Catherine Kiely, Templeglantine will take place in the Devon Inn Hotel, on Friday, February 8 at 9.30pm. Music by Taylorâ€™s Cross Ceili Band with lots of spot prizes to be won and all are welcome. Limerick Senior Citizens Club
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.
FREE COMPUTER CLASSES: If you are living in the Abbeyfeale area and in receipt of Social Welfare Payments and would like to learn computer skills; using email; Microsoft Word; Skype; Facebook;. Or if you wish to know more about surfing the internet, watching RTE programmes online, and booking accommodation/flights online, then please contact Ed at West Limerick Resources on 087 329 0483 or 068 32444.
SUE RYDER; Sale continues this week with all items priced very competitively.
LADIES FOOTBALL: Fr. Caseyâ€™s ladies football club are currently looking for volunteers for the committee as our current representatives are stepping down. It would be a shame if the positions were not filled, as the future of the club is uncertain. There will be an AGM on Friday, February 1 at 7pm in the GAA clubhouse for anyone interested.
LISTOWEL RAMBLING HOUSE: will take place in the SeanchaÃ Literary & Cultural Centre, The Square, Listowel on Friday, February 1from 9.30 pm. A great evening of traditional music, song & dance by local performers in an informal setting is guaranteed. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served. For more information tel. (068) 22212/57927.
TIR NA NOG PARENT AND TODDLER GROUP: The group resume meeting in St. Itaâ€™s Hall on Tuesday, January 29 at 10am. New members always welcome. Phone Linda 0879382883 for further details.
OLD STAMPS; Used stamps wanted by the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, Castleview Gardens, Clancy Strand, Limerick and the Kiltegan Fathers, St. Patrickâ€™s Missionaries, Kiltegan, Wicklow.
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 â€“ 10pm. Novena to St. Anthony every Tuesday during 10am Mass. Mass Intentions : Wednesday 10am John Moore, Thursday10am Eileen Broderick and deceased family members. Saturday 11am Hannah Cronin, Convent Road, Months Mind. Saturday 7pm William and Julia Madden, John and Niamh Oâ€™Donoghue. Sunday 9.30am Nell Fitzgerald, Knockbrack, Bernadette Oâ€™Connor, Knocknasna. Sunday 12 noon Nell Lenihan, Cragg. Friday is the First Friday, confessions on Thursday after 10am Mass. Friday, February 1 is the feast of St. Bridget. Blessings of candles will take place before 11am Mass on Saturday. All candles gifted to the church will be used during Adoration and during Lent. Sunday, February 3 is the Feast of St. Blaise. Monday, February 11 is the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes and there will be a special blessing for the sick at Morning Mass. Lent is early this year and will commence on Wednesday, February 13. Easter Sunday falls on March 31. We are asked to sign up for perpetual adoration on the chart at the back of the Tabernacle.
PARISH SCHOOLS COLLECTION; This will be taken up at all Masses next weekend.
WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: The Toastmasters are back for the New Year, just in time for those who want to do something that will add value to their lives, give them self confidence and increase their self esteem. Best of all, Toastmasters gets you out of the house, into a group where fun and laughter is the order of the day and where youâ€™ll make new friends. Every meeting consists of a topics session where we discuss anything - apart from sex, religion and politics (!) - This is then followed by prepared speeches where experienced members give speeches of between 4-7 minutes length. The experience of being a member of Toastmasters enables people to become more involved in other organisations, join the debate at public meetings, speak up at parent/teacher conferences and so much more. You learn how to put your thoughts together, how to speak concisely and clearly, you learn the uses of body language, how to project your voice, the value of making eye contact â€“ all skills that are necessary in everyday life. Meetings take place in the Desmond Complex 8pm for an 8.30pm start, there will be a break for tea or coffee mid way and the meeting will finish at 10.30pm sharp. So, decide to come to the next meeting on Wednesday, January 30 â€“ itâ€™s a decision that could be life changing for you and will breathe new life into a club where new members are itsâ€™ lifeblood. Further information from Bill on 087 9079223.
LIMERICK YOUTH SERVICE CAFE: LYSâ€™s FAS funded training restaurant and bakery is located at the junction of Lower Glenworth St and Henry St. Paradise Restaurant serves breakfast and lunch, in a quiet environment, with friendly staff and award winning cuisine. Paradise Restaurant is open from Monday to Thursday, 10am to 2pm and Friday from 10am to 12pm.
IFA COUNTY EXECUTIVE AGM: The AGM takes place at the Woodlands Hotel on Wednesday, January 30 at 8.30pm. IFA President John Bryan will be in attendance. Everyone welcome.
MAY HOLIDAY BREAK: Staying two nights in the Skylon Hotel, Drumcondra, Dublin and three nights in the Yeats Country Hotel, Rosses Point. Full use of the leisure centre. Please note change of itinerary this year we will not now be visiting Belfast and the Titanic Building, however you will not be disappointed with the full itinerary that has been planned which will be available in a few weeks. For more information without obligation contact Maureen 087 9845102.
REUNION: A reunion of Y.C.W members will take place in Abbeyfeale on Friday night February 8 next. All welcome to the gathering, enquiries to Mary on (087) 6507704 after 5pm.
FEALE FIT TRAINING: Couch to 5k training every Sat 11am @ The Railway bar in preparation for the Tournafulla 5k on March 31 next. Check out www.tournafulla5k.com 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 anyone interested in joining Olympic Weightlifting club, contact Shane.
LONDON KERRY PERSON OF YEAR: The Kerry Association London will host its annual general meeting at The Kingdom Bar , Kilburn High Road at 7.30 pm on January 31 and is extending an invitation to every Kerry person living in London to come along.
Membership for 2013 will be available on the night. Membership forms are available to download at http://www.kerryassociationlondon.co.uk/
Enquires about membership or any of the associationâ€™s events can be directed towards Secretary Tara Cronin on +44 7939 017022 or any committee member.
Find KAL on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter: search for Kerry Association London or visit the website www.kerryassociationlondon.co.uk
UPSKILLING IN BROADCASTING TRAINING: Those interested in becoming a volunteer broadcaster at West Limerick 102 Community Radio are now invited to take part in a dedicated 12 week training programme to develop the skills to produce and present high quality programming for the community station. Topics will include Role of Community Radio, Radio Presenting, Researching for Radio, The Role of the Producer, Technical Skills and News & Current Affairs. Course Free of Charge. Limited Places Available. Open to those living in the West Limerick area and interested in volunteering with the community radio station. For further information and an application form please contact Connie Broderick, WL102 on 069 66200.
LIMERICKâ€™S BUILT HERITAGE; A series of lectures on Limerickâ€™s Built Heritage will be held in County Hall, Dooradoyle over 5 evenings from January to March 2013. These lectures are organised and funded by Limerick County Council and are free to all to attend. The first one will be on ring forts and takes place at County Hall, Dooradoyle on January 29 at 8pm.
ENRICH YOUR FAITH: Day of Prayer at Knock Shrine. Saturday, February 2. Bus leaving Tralee Railway Station at 6am. Contact John Oâ€™Shea 7180123, Donal 066 7125490 or Hanna 066 7125490.
VOLUNTEERING OVERSEAS: Volunteering Overseas, in collaboration with Kerry One World Centre In the IT Tralee, North Campus â€“ SÃ³lÃ¡s Building â€“ Rooms L104 & L106 Saturday, February 16 from 9.45 a.m. â€“ 4:30 p.m. Course is open to anyone considering volunteering/working overseas for global development. Cost: â‚¬15 ComhlaÌmh member/student or un-waged. â‚¬30 non-member (waged). Lunch, tea & coffee included Contact Tim in KOWC by email; participate@kade. ie or call (066) 718 1358.
CHECK ON THE WEATHER: The following is a handy website for checking on the condition of the roads before you set out. http://www.aaireland.ie/AA/AA-Roadwatch/County-Traffic.
JOBSEEKERS ROOM: A Jobseekersâ€™ 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 CVâ€™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.
PILGRIMAGE: Dominican Pilgrimage to Fatima- May 2013: Special offer if you book and pay by February 1 - you will receive a discount of â‚¬100. If you pay a deposit of â‚¬200 by February 1 you will receive a discount of â‚¬50. Total cost without discount is â‚¬789.00. Staying in the Hotel Tres Pastorinhos for 7 nights. Price includes full comprehensive travel insurance, flights to and from Lisbon, coach transfers Lisbon/Fatima, full board and lodgings, guided tours and a Spiritual Director with the Group. Departing from Cork, May 10 and return May 17. Depart Dublin, May 9 return May 16. . Further details and booking contact Bro. Michael O.P. (01-4048100) or Maureen (087 9845102).
STUDYING THEOLOGY: The Dominicans are offering affordable distant learning programmes in theology which can be followed either for academic credit or for personal enrichment. People study from home, with occasional study days at weekends, and with the support of on-line academic tutors. Hundreds of people have completed some or all the programme. Perhaps you would like to knowmore?. Contact: The Priory Institute, Tallagh Village,Dublin 24 or email@example.com. Telephone(01) 4048124.
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.
FACILITATOR TRAINING: West Limerick Resources will be offering a part-time course for those interested in becoming a play and learning facilitator. The four month course will take place each Friday from 9.30am-12.30pm until the end of May in Newcastle West beginning February 1. There will be an information session for interested participants on Friday January 25 at 11a.m. in the Newcastle West Community Centre. Course free of charge to individuals living in the West Limerick area. Limited places available. Eligibility criteria apply. For application form and full course details please contact: Theresa Shanahan on 069 79113 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively see: www.wlr.ie.
HERBAL REMEDIES: Christine Best, Herbalist has been in touch to say; â€œMany people are now finding it hard to source their herbal remedies as the EU directive starts to hit home. I still have access to a full range of herbs which I can supply following a free â€˜mini-consultationâ€™ at a â€˜Drop-inâ€™ clinic on Ashe St, Tralee on Thursday afternoons. I can also help with minor health concerns such as coughs and colds and other everyday problems. The clinic will take place in the Chiropractic Clinic, 17 Ashe St (opposite St Johnâ€™s Church) on Thursdays from 3pm until 5pm. No appointment is necessary - just turn up!â€
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 â€“ 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.
FREE LECTURES: The Department of Theology and Religious Studies, Mary Immaculate College, is proud to announce a Public Lecture Series to celebrate the Year of Faith. Every Tuesday at 17.00 hrs, (Room 202), an invited guest speaker will deliver a lecture on a topic that relates to Christian Spirituality. The Lecture series is free of charge and everyone is welcome. For further information and enquiries, please contact : Lauraine.Howley@mic.ul.ie, Telephone: 061 204507.The first lecture starts on Tuesday, February 5 and will be delivered by Prof. Eamonn Conway, Head of Theology & Religious Studies at Mary Immaculate College. It is entitled â€œThe New Evangelisation : Opportunities and Challengesâ€.
TAIZE; Limerick Diocese is organising a pilgrimage for young adults (over 18â€™s) to Taize from July 4 â€“ 9 next. Taize is a great place to meet young people of different religions to reflect on your faith and pray and sing together. The pilgrimage also includes a trip to Paris and Disneyland Paris. If there is anyone (18+) interested please contact Fr. Frank Duhig (069-62141).
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.
OLD TIME DANCING, CABARET AND EXERCISE TO MUSIC: Every Tuesday night with a resident band at Peryâ€™s Hotel, Clentworth St., Limerick. Teas served.
Old Time Dancing, Cabaret and Exercise to Music,
LEARN TO PLAY THE SPOONS, BONES OR BODHRAN: Classes under the auspices of Comhaltas Naomh Chiarain will take place in the Crown Hotel, Castleisland every Saturday evening at 5.30pm with musician Thomas Oâ€™Sullivan. Further information from 087 9807122.
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK: will be celebrated from January 27 â€“ February 3. The theme of the week this year is â€œThe Community of Faith. Sharing the Good Newsâ€ The aim of this week is to highlight and celebrate the work of passing on the faith especially in our Catholic schools.
PANTO; Marion Players Panto 2013 - Our 26th Annual Pantomime â€“ â€˜Aladdinâ€™ at the Rathmore Community Centre . The show times are as follows; Wednesday 30 at 8:00pm, Thursday 31 at 8:00pm, Saturday, February 2 at 8:00pm. Matinees are on Sunday, January 27and Sunday, February 3 at 3pm. All Proceeds from this yearâ€™s Panto will go to Kerry Parents Friends for their new residential unit â€œTearmann Lodgeâ€, Rathmore. For more information and booking contact; 064-7758526, or 087-9562920.
ROSE OF TRALEE LONDON: The search is on to find the London Rose for 2013
The London centre for the Rose of Tralee International Festival has announced details of its search for the 2013 London Rose. The committee is inviting applications from Irish women who have been living in London or surrounding areas for at least a year. Young women who have Irish ancestry are also invited to participate in the London Rose selection process. The final has been set for April 12 at the famous Crown Hotel in Cricklewood. Organisers have stated that they will run regional heats across the city if they receive enough interest. Application forms and information packs can now be obtained from Shillagh McCarthy by emailing her on email@example.com.
The London Rose of Tralee also has a presence on Facebook and that can be accessed on https://www.facebook.com/LondonRoseOfTralee2013.
LAST WORD: â€œHe who kneels before God can stand before anyoneâ€.