Apr 13

Marian Hartnett 068-

Reporter:

Marian Hartnett 068-

DEATH: We offer our sympathy to the family of Joan Colbert, Killarney Road whose funeral took place on Saturday last. May she rest in peace.

DEATH: We offer our sympathy to the family of Joan Colbert, Killarney Road whose funeral took place on Saturday last. May she rest in peace.

CAR BOOT SALE: The monthly car boot sale and Indoor Market takes place at the Community Centre (beside the GAA pitch) NCW on Sunday next, April 14. This is a fundraiser for WL102fm.

WEDDING BELLS: Congratulations to Gemma Daly and Thomas Vincent and Sean Leahy and Kate Ahern who married recently. We wish them every happiness in their lives together.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCING: Dancing to Mossie’s Country Roadshow at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse on Sunday, April 14 from 3-6pm. Admission €5. Raffle. This is a fundraiser for WL102fm.

ABBEYFEALE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION: The next meeting of the newly formed development association will be held at the Search and Rescue premises on Monday next, April 15 at 6.30pm. It will be addressed by former Chairman of Co. Limerick GAA and author of the book ‘Coaching Champions - how to get the Absolute best from your Sales Team’. He is a trainer with Irish Business Training Ltd who say; ‘As a result of Donal’s extensive experience in leading and managing diverse teams, he has designed and delivered Leadership Programmes to improve communication and people management techniques for front-line managers and supervisors.’ Well done to the three dynamic leaders of ACDA - Breda, Norette and Orla who have been working so hard since its’ inception applying for grants, helping with fundraising and generally doing all the foot slogging to get it onto an even keel. It is hoped that there will be a large turn out of people interested in the future of Abbeyfeale as a business and cultural centre to hear Mr. Fitzgibbon’s thoughts on how we can maximise the enthusiasm and expertise that we have here in Abbeyfeale to work together for the good of the town and hinterland. Abbeyfeale - the gateway to the South West - already has so much to offer - now we need leadership and initiative to make it work for us, so be there 6.30pm Monday.

PASTORAL COUNCIL MEETING: Our pastoral council is five years in existence and they are now seeking new members. A meeting will take place at St. Ita’s Hall on Wednesday, April 10 at 7.30pm to discuss how to go about forming the next Parish Pastoral Council and everyone is invited to attend. A pastoral area meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 17 in St. Ita’s Hall at 8pm.

MEENKILLY N.S.: This card game was held on last Tuesday night April 2 in aid of Lourdes invalid fund. A big thank you to all who attended and also once again all our sponsors of prizes on the night, a total of €1000 was raised on the night .

Winners with 14 games; Ned Murphy, Eileen Murphy and Noel Murphy. Runners up with 13 games (1) Maurice Collins, Dan Brosnan and Marion Roche. (2) Joan O’Grady, Billy Brouder, Paddy O’Sullivan. Table prizes went to Maureen Roche, Christine O’Donoghue and Eileen Finnegan. Door Prizes to Pat Fitzgerald and Marion Quirke. Raffle prizes were won by Hannah O’Keeffe, Hannah Foley, James McEnery, Sean Finn, Joan English, Pat Curtin, Margaret Cross, Gobnait Scannell, Maureen Fitzgerald, Tom Lenihan, Donal O’Connor, Liam Lane and Jackie Harnett.

ABBEYFEALE ADULT EDUCATION CENTRE: Manager Breda Deedigan says that they plan to run Pilates and Yoga classes at the centre three mornings a week and if there are any teachers interested in tutoring the class to please contact her at the centre.

ABBEYFEALE YOUTH CLUBS: All clubs are back this Saturday night. They are planning on having a Lazy Crazy night from 7-11 at the Sports Complex. Admission €5.

ARA NA FEILE ACTIVE RETIREMENT GROUP: We are holding a six week Health & Fitness course starting on Wednesday, April 10 @ 2pm in the Adult Educational Centre. This course will consist of health talks on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle and walking sessions. We will be meeting every Wednesday for the next six weeks.

.FLEADH BY THE FEALE: The next Bank-Holiday will be the May weekend when Abbeyfeale will host it’s nineteenth traditional festival with a full programme of events, one of the most popular events each year is the traditional busking competition which takes place on the Friday of the fleadh starting at 8.00p.m. All the intended buskers should be getting their groups together and practising to give their best performance. The Bone-Playing competition has always been one of the highlights of the fleadh, the committee hope that all the junior and senior bone-players in the area will take part in the different age categories to keep this unique tradition alive.

Tickets are now on sale for the Celebrity Concert featuring the “Kilfenora Ceili Band” with guest singer Don Stiff, world champion dancer Michael Donnellan and the West Clare Set dancers, the band will present their gathering inspired new show “SPRAOI”. Tickets from Slice of Life; 068-32655, Abbey Tiles; 068-31661, Maureen; 086-3265762; Celine; 087-7697672, John; 086-3165848.

INFORMATION EVENING; Mr. Kevin Murray, Consultant Surgeon, Kerry General Hospital will host an Information Evening on Bowel Cancer Awareness at Fr. Casey’s GAA Club House on Monday, April 22 at 8pm. All welcome. Refreshments served.

WL102FM NOTES: The monthly car boot sale and indoor market takes place at the Community Centre, NCW on Sunday, April 14. On the same afternoon popular music presenter Mossie Richardson will be the star attraction with his Country Music Roadshow at an Afternoon Tea Dance in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse from 3-6pm. There will be a church gate collection held at all Masses in Athea on the weekend of April 20/21.

GREAT SOUTHERN TRAIL NOTES: On Sunday, April 28 at 9a.m. a walk is being organised from Kilmorna to Listowel. It is an 8km road walk which will parallel the yet to be developed railway section. This is being organised by Listowel members who also held a very successful Listowel-Abbeyfeale-Listowel road/GST cycle on St. Patrick’s Day with about 70 participants.

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST: The community garden is currently preparing to purchase a hive of bees and it is envisaged that a class in bee keeping will be held so that there would be a cohort of people available to look after the bees on an ongoing basis. We are now looking for expressions of interest from people who would like to learn the skills of beekeeping or brush up on their skills and would be prepared to work with the bees going forward. A nominal fee will be charged for the course which will run for approx. 10 weeks. There will be a certain number of places available also for people from the immediate area as well. For further information please contact 087 6866450.

BODYCARE WELLNESS CENTRE: The Bodycare Wellness Centre has moved to 3 Mountmahon, Abbeyfeale.. Telephone Chris O’Shea 0872293636.

SEARCHING FOR LEAHY RELATIONS: Rose Ryan has gotten in touch to ask for help with her search for her relations; “My descendants would have originated in Abbeyfeale and Newmarket c.1800 and my Grandfather was John Leahy (1830-1893) married to Mary Buckley (1833-1927) and he was born in Rockhill, Co. Cork and some of his siblings were born in Abbeyfeale. His parents were John Leahy (1790) and Mary Keane (1795). In my research I came across notes from a genealogist employed by a relative in the USA a few years ago which states the following: - Another reference to the early Leahy family in this area was in the Newtonsandes (a genealogy website named after a catholic parish of the same name just north of Brosna). The site lists a wide variety of current and historical facts about the people and events of the area. The 11 April 2007 issue refers to an article in a booklet by Fr. William Casey Comoradh an Chaid, “The Leahy Family Life and times in Abbeyfeale since their first ancestor left Tournafulla c.1796 is well documented. It is this issue I am hoping to find and read. Would you have any idea where I could possibly find this. In recent times, my grandfather would have been from Patrickswell in Co.Limerick. Many thanks for your help.” If any reader can help Rose please contact her on rosemike@eircom.net

ARRA PLAYERS: NewcastleWest based drama group who count our own Dennis Hobson amongst their number will present John B. Keanes’ hilarious ‘The Chastitute’ at the Monagae Community Centre on Friday next, April 12, Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 at 8.30pm. Admission €10. Raffle. A donation will be made from the proceeds to CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young whose mission is is to: Raise awareness for sudden cardiac death and provide a free counselling service to families and friends affected by SADS).

GIY; Limerick West GIY with the aim of inspiring people to grow their own food will hold its March meeting on Thursday, April 18 at7pm sharp in D&M Garden Centre, Croagh with new growers and old hands all welcome. This month’s talk will be given by Chris who will speak about companion planting and its benefits. We will also be our second seed / plant swap of the season 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. From mid summer we will be going on the road visiting some of the many interesting gardens of other members. If you would like to host a meeting at your garden let us know at the next meeting and a month that would suit. Chris Enright ,Limerick West GIY 0879918956.

HOOLEY IN THE HILLS; The brand new Hooley in the Hills kicks off in Lyreacrompane on Friday May 3 in the festival Marquee with dancing to PJ Murrihy and TR Dallas. On Saturday Night we are proud to present the ‘King of country music’, Mick Flavin, supported by Mike Condon. Saturday May 4 is also the Lyreacrompane first ever school reunion. At this stage invitations have been sent out to all former and current pupils and people are being asked to pass on the word to relatives living outside of the Lyreacrompane area. Included in the plans for the reunion, so far, is Mass on the school grounds at 4pm followed by refreshments at the Lyreacrompane Community Centre. Then on to the festival marquee, at the Four Elms, to dance the night away to Mick Flavin and Mike Condon.On Sunday at 3pm its Eddie Keogh and Sunday Night it’s the turn of Michael Sexton and bringing the weekend’s entertainment to a conclusion on Monday afternoon will be Eddie Lee.

ABBEYFEALE INITIATIVE; We would like to invite all the 6th Class pupils along with their parents to participate in the 1st night educational programme on Tuesday, April 16 at Abbeyfeale Girls National School form 7.30pm—9pm approx.

PILGRIMAGES TO LOUGH DERG 2013; Saturday, June 1-3, Tuesday, July 2-4, Friday, July 26-28. Price all inclusive €120 Contact Peg 068/31232.

DOG OWNERS: All dog owners are asked to make sure that their dogs are properly secured as once again, a sheep flock has suffered an attack in the locality.

LIVING WITH DEMENTIA: The Alzheimer Society of Ireland will run a course, ‘Living with Dementia/Learning Together’, on Thursday evenings from April 18-May 16 inclusive for family carers of people with dementia in the Mid West Alzheimer

Society Regional Office, 2nd Floor, George’s Quay House, George’s Quay, Limerick.

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.

FARMING SEMINAR: This seminar will look at all the financial and legal aspects of passing on your family farm. It will also discuss how to have that all important conversation “who gets the farm?” This free seminar will take place in The Listowel Arms Hotel, Listowel on Wednesday, April 10 at 8.00pm sharp.

ABBEYFEALE TIDY TOWNS: Following a meeting last week it was decided to hold a Spring clean up on Saturday, April 13 and again on April 27. We are asking people to meet in the Square under Fr. Casey at 11am, the committee will then organise groups to fan out from there around the town. Please bring a high viz jacket and a picker if you have one and gloves. Bags will be supplied. This is an inativi

PROLOGUE: All in an April morning, April airs were abroad; I saw the sheep with their lambs, and thought on the Lamb of God.

DEATH: We offer our sympathy to the family of Joan Colbert, Killarney Road whose funeral took place on Saturday last. May she rest in peace.

CAR BOOT SALE: The monthly car boot sale and Indoor Market takes place at the Community Centre (beside the GAA pitch) NCW on Sunday next, April 14. This is a fundraiser for WL102fm.

WEDDING BELLS: Congratulations to Gemma Daly and Thomas Vincent and Sean Leahy and Kate Ahern who married recently. We wish them every happiness in their lives together.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCING: Dancing to Mossie’s Country Roadshow at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse on Sunday, April 14 from 3-6pm. Admission €5. Raffle. This is a fundraiser for WL102fm.

PASTORAL COUNCIL MEETING: Our pastoral council is five years in existence and they are now seeking new members. A meeting will take place at St. Ita’s Hall on Wednesday, April 10 at 7.30pm to discuss how to go about forming the next Parish Pastoral Council and everyone is invited to attend. A pastoral area meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 17 in St. Ita’s Hall at 8pm.

MEENKILLY N.S.: This card game was held on last Tuesday night April 2 in aid of Lourdes invalid fund. A big thank you to all who attended and also once again all our sponsors of prizes on the night, a total of €1000 was raised on the night .

Winners with 14 games; Ned Murphy, Eileen Murphy and Noel Murphy. Runners up with 13 games (1) Maurice Collins, Dan Brosnan and Marion Roche. (2) Joan O’Grady, Billy Brouder, Paddy O’Sullivan. Table prizes went to Maureen Roche, Christine O’Donoghue and Eileen Finnegan. Door Prizes to Pat Fitzgerald and Marion Quirke. Raffle prizes were won by Hannah O’Keeffe, Hannah Foley, James McEnery, Sean Finn, Joan English, Pat Curtin, Margaret Cross, Gobnait Scannell, Maureen Fitzgerald, Tom Lenihan, Donal O’Connor, Liam Lane and Jackie Harnett.

ABBEYFEALE ADULT EDUCATION CENTRE: Manager Breda Deedigan says that they plan to run Pilates and Yoga classes at the centre three mornings a week and if there are any teachers interested in tutoring the class to please contact her at the centre.

ABBEYFEALE YOUTH CLUBS: All clubs are back this Saturday night. They are planning on having a Lazy Crazy night from 7-11 at the Sports Complex. Admission €5.

ARA NA FEILE ACTIVE RETIREMENT GROUP: We are holding a six week Health & Fitness course starting on Wednesday, April 10 @ 2pm in the Adult Educational Centre. This course will consist of health talks on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle and walking sessions. We will be meeting every Wednesday for the next six weeks.

.FLEADH BY THE FEALE: he next Bank-Holiday will be the May weekend when Abbeyfeale will host it’s nineteenth traditional festival with a full programme of events, one of the most popular events each year is the traditional busking competition which takes place on the Friday of the fleadh starting at 8.00p.m. All the intended buskers should be getting their groups together and practising to give their best performance. The Bone-Playing competition has always been one of the highlights of the fleadh, the committee hope that all the junior and senior bone-players in the area will take part in the different age categories to keep this unique tradition alive.

Tickets are now on sale for the Celebrity Concert featuring the “Kilfenora Ceili Band” with guest singer Don Stiff, world champion dancer Michael Donnellan and the West Clare Set dancers, the band will present their gathering inspired new show “SPRAOI”. Tickets from Slice of Life; 068-32655,

Abbey Tiles; 068-31661, Maureen; 086-3265762; Celine; 087-7697672, John; 086-3165848.

INFORMATION EVENING; Mr. Kevin Murray, Consultant Surgeon, Kerry General Hospital will host an Information Evening on Bowel Cancer Awareness at Fr. Casey’s GAA Club House on Monday, April 22 at 8pm. All welcome. Refreshments served.

WL102FM NOTES: The monthly car boot sale and indoor market takes place at the Community Centre, NCW on Sunday, April 14. On the same afternoon popular music presenter Mossie Richardson will be the star attraction with his Country Music Roadshow at an Afternoon Tea Dance in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse from 3-6pm. There will be a church gate collection held at all Masses in Athea on the weekend of April 20/21.

GREAT SOUTHERN TRAIL NOTES: On Sunday, April 28 at 9a.m. a walk is being organised from Kilmorna to Listowel. It is an 8km road walk which will parallel the yet to be developed railway section. This is being organised by Listowel members who also held a very successful Listowel-Abbeyfeale-Listowel road/GST cycle on St. Patrick’s Day with about 70 participants.

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST: The community garden is currently preparing to purchase a hive of bees and it is envisaged that a class in bee keeping will be held so that there would be a cohort of people available to look after the bees on an ongoing basis. We are now looking for expressions of interest from people who would like to learn the skills of beekeeping or brush up on their skills and would be prepared to work with the bees going forward. A nominal fee will be charged for the course which will run for approx. 10 weeks. There will be a certain number of places available also for people from the immediate area as well. For further information please contact 087 6866450.

BODYCARE WELLNESS CENTRE: The Bodycare Wellness Centre has moved to 3 Mountmahon, Abbeyfeale.. Telephone Chris O’Shea 0872293636.

SEARCHING FOR LEAHY RELATIONS: Rose Ryan has gotten in touch to ask for help with her search for her relations; “My descendants would have originated in Abbeyfeale and Newmarket c.1800 and my Grandfather was John Leahy (1830-1893) married to Mary Buckley (1833-1927) and he was born in Rockhill, Co. Cork and some of his siblings were born in Abbeyfeale. His parents were John Leahy (1790) and Mary Keane (1795). In my research I came across notes from a genealogist employed by a relative in the USA a few years ago which states the following: - Another reference to the early Leahy family in this area was in the Newtonsandes (a genealogy website named after a catholic parish of the same name just north of Brosna). The site lists a wide variety of current and historical facts about the people and events of the area. The 11 April 2007 issue refers to an article in a booklet by Fr. William Casey Comoradh an Chaid, “The Leahy Family Life and times in Abbeyfeale since their first ancestor left Tournafulla c.1796 is well documented. It is this issue I am hoping to find and read. Would you have any idea where I could possibly find this. In recent times, my grandfather would have been from Patrickswell in Co.Limerick. Many thanks for your help.” If any reader can help Rose please contact her on rosemike@eircom.net

ARRA PLAYERS: NewcastleWest based drama group who count our own Dennis Hobson amongst their number will present John B. Keanes’ hilarious ‘The Chastitute’ at the Monagae Community Centre on Friday next, April 12, Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 at 8.30pm. Admission €10. Raffle. A donation will be made from the proceeds to CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young whose mission is is to: Raise awareness for sudden cardiac death and provide a free counselling service to families and friends affected by SADS).

GIY; Limerick West GIY with the aim of inspiring people to grow their own food will hold its March meeting on Thursday, April 18 at7pm sharp in D&M Garden Centre, Croagh with new growers and old hands all welcome. This month’s talk will be given by Chris who will speak about companion planting and its benefits. We will also be our second seed / plant swap of the season 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. From mid summer we will be going on the road visiting some of the many interesting gardens of other members. If you would like to host a meeting at your garden let us know at the next meeting and a month that would suit. Chris Enright ,Limerick West GIY 0879918956.

HOOLEY IN THE HILLS; Lyreacrompane is the place to be for the May Bank holiday weekend. The brand new Hooley in the Hills kicks off on Friday May 3 in the festival Marquee with dancing to PJ Murrihy and TR Dallas. On Saturday Night we are proud to present the ‘King of country music’, Mick Flavin, supported by Mike Condon. Saturday May 4 is also the Lyreacrompane first ever school reunion. At this stage invitations have been sent out to all former and current pupils and people are being asked to pass on the word to relatives living outside of the Lyreacrompane area. Included in the plans for the reunion, so far, is Mass on the school grounds at 4pm followed by refreshments at the Lyreacrompane Community Centre. Then on to the festival marquee, at the Four Elms, to dance the night away to Mick Flavin and Mike Condon.

On Sunday at 3pm its Eddie Keogh and Sunday Night it’s the turn of Michael Sexton and bringing the weekend’s entertainment to a conclusion on Monday afternoon will be Eddie Lee.

ABBEYFEALE INITIATIVE; We would like to invite all the 6th Class pupils along with their parents to participate in the 1st night educational programme on Tuesday, April 16 at Abbeyfeale Girls National School form 7.30pm—9pm approx.

PILGRIMAGES TO LOUGH DERG 2013; Saturday, June 1-3, Tuesday, July 2-4, Friday, July 26-28. Price all inclusive €120 Contact Peg 068/31232.

DOG OWNERS: All dog owners are asked to make sure that their dogs are properly secured as once again, a sheep flock has suffered an attack in the locality.

LIVING WITH DEMENTIA: The Alzheimer Society of Ireland will run a course, ‘Living with Dementia/Learning Together’, on Thursday evenings from April 18-May 16 inclusive for family carers of people with dementia in the Mid West Alzheimer

Society Regional Office, 2nd Floor, George’s Quay House, George’s Quay, Limerick.

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.

FARMING SEMINAR: This seminar will look at all the financial and legal aspects of passing on your family farm. It will also discuss how to have that all important conversation “who gets the farm?” This free seminar will take place in The Listowel Arms Hotel, Listowel on Wednesday, April 10 at 8.00pm sharp.

ABBEYFEALE TIDY TOWNS: Following a meeting last week it was decided to hold a Spring clean up on Saturday, April 13 and again on April 27. We are asking people to meet in the Square under Fr. Casey at 11am, the committee will then organise groups to fan out from there around the town. Please bring a high viz jacket and a picker if you have one and gloves. Bags will be supplied. This is an initiative of the newly formed Tidy Towns Group and will be part of the application to take part in the annual Tidy Towns Competition.

GLORACH NEWS: Only a week left to go before the curtain call for our new production, ‘Plot for the Damned.’ The play, which deals with contemporary issues of unemployment, emigration and politics, opens on Tuesday April 16 at 8pm sharp. There is a good sprinkling of humour in the play, and a great range of diverse characters. Don’t let the bitter cold get you down, and make sure to head to the Glórach Theatre this April.

FEALEFIT; Fealefit’s 10k training this Saturday morning 11am at the Town park as we aim to run the 6 mile for The Great Limerick Run May 5th & raise money for The Irish Cancer Society. Fealefit will also be commencing a new Couch to 5k training for anyone that missed out last time round, starting Saturday April 20 at 10.15am at the Railway in preparation for a Local 5k on June 23. Fealefit’s Outdoor Bootcamp reopening April 17. Contact Shane 087 2891015 or Kadie 087 7771552 for sponsorship cards or further details...

WHO ARE THE IRISH? WHERE DO WE COME FROM: On Wednesday, July 18 at the Adult Education Centre Éamonn Ó Liatháin will make a presentation on the Origins of the Irish as part of the Gathering Festival. The discussion will include reference to na Gaeil/ the Celts, the Vikings, the Normans, the English, the Travelling People, Ancestral Gods, the meaning and origin of local surnames and place names, where possible. This will be followed by the Adult Education Genealogy Group who will present the results of their work on mapping the graveyards.

ORDINATION OF BISHOP ELECT FR. BRENDAN LEAHY: On Sunday April 14 Fr Brendan Leahy will be ordained as Bishop of Limerick. This is a ticket only ceremony. However, this historic occasion will be transmitted via the internet so we can all take part in spirit. We pray for Fr. Brendan and wish him a long, holy and happy tenure with us here in Limerick.

PARENT AND TODDLER GROUP: Parent & Toddler Group every Tuesdays @ 10 am - 12 pm in St. Ita’s hall. New members welcome, refreshments provided.

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.

THE GATHERING: The Abbeyfeale Schools Reunion incorporating the four secondary schools in Abbeyfeale : St. Ita’s/Kellys, The Vocational School, St. Joseph’s/Convent and Miss Woulfe’s will take place in Abbeyfeale on the week starting Sunday, July 14 -21. Planning continues apace for a wonderful week of meeting up, fun, frolics and nostalgia with events including Mass for all deceased past pupils and teachers on Saturday July 20, the All Ireland Nuns Race, Heritage and Nature Walks, Genealogy, Open Day in the Day Care Centre, Local drama, music, song and dance in the Glorach, Pub Drama, Football tournament, Fun Fair, Teddy Bears picnic and much much more. Why not organise your own family reunion around these dates and take part in all that will be on offer in Abbeyfeale over the course of the week.

UP CYCLING COURSE: Old & old-fashioned furniture (excluding sofas & mattresses) & old/ broken tiles & plates are wanted for a new Newcastle West based furniture up-cycling & mosaic-making training course for people who are unemployed. This training course will train people to restyle old but solid furniture so that it can be re-used. Pick-up of the furniture can be arranged at a cost of €5 per trip – only usable furniture can be taken. To discuss or to arrange a pick-up contact Trevor at West Limerick Resources on 069 77752 or email thowell@wlr.ie.

MUSIC THERAPY IRELAND AND AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS (ASD):

April is Autism Awareness month and Music Therapy Ireland is taking the opportunity to introduce themselves, their products and therapy services which may be of assistance to people who care for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

Music Therapy Ireland has been providing service in Ireland for the last three years and provides music therapy to respond to all types of needs. Music therapy can assist children with ASD to: communicate better, regulate their emotions in a more effective way, reduce anxiety and challenging behaviours and in developing their social skills.

Contact Music Therapy Ireland on the website http://musictherapyireland.com/, on the Main Mobile: 086 2582201 or Redemptorists Church (Old St. Clement’s College), Mount Saint Alphonsus, South Circular Road Tel: (061)748468.

GARDEN OPEN: Glenville House and gardens situated in Glenville Ardagh, is open to the public in 2013 during the following days and hours. April 3-30, May 1–15, August 17-25, September 3 –28, from 9.30pm to 1.30pm. The admission is €5, student’s €3 children and OAPs are free.

SPRING BREAK: Organiser Maureen Finnegan says” We are going on a fantastic trip from May 19- 24 that won’t break the bank. Leaving from Newcastle West with a courier/driver who will keep you informed at all times where we are going, where we are, history, folk lore and other relevant information. We will also pick up people en route. We will be staying two nights in the Skylon in Dublin and three nights in the Yeats County Hotel, Rosses Point, Sligo, with full use of the Leisure Centre and special offers in the Spa that have a variety of treatments i.e. seaweed baths, pedicure, manicure just to mention a few. We will be visiting different places in Drogheda, Dubln, Wickow, Sligo, Donegal. Every day will be a different place and every evening after having been served a delicious dinner you can either relax and enjoy the music or put on your dancing shoes and take to the floor. Will those who have already booked please confirm their booking with deposit of €150 this week. We still have a few places available for more information and booking please contact Maureen 087 9845102.” She also has a day trip planned for Sunday, April 21 next; “We will be leaving Newcastle West at 9am. We are heading for the Banner County! We will be visiting a Perfumery and Floral Art Centre in the Burren that featured on Nationwide with Mary Kennedy recently. We will have a tour of the plant and see how perfurme and scented soap is made. There will be visual aid that will most interesting. Opportunity to visit the shop and walk around the gardens and see the beautiful wild flowers. We hope to visit Michael Cussack’s Centre and see the Parochial House used by Fr. Ted that people thought was on Craggy Island (Inisheer). Breakfast and dinner will be in a top class hotel. We have already a number of seats booked. For more information and booking contact Maureen 087 9845102. Ah go on, go on, go on......”

BUS: Leaving Abbeyfeale Square at 7.40pm every Tuesday for Castleisland Bingo. Contact Eoin Stack 0872522402.

PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK: A pilgrimage to Knock to celebrate the Year of Faith takes place on Saturday, April 20 next. The day’s events will include talks, Rosary Eucharistic procession, blessing of the sick, Benediction, adoration Mass, Confessions, workshops. There will be children’s adoration and special workshop/talk for young people as well. The chief celebrant will be the Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Charles Browne. Contact Peg Murphy on 31232, Sean Broderick 31213 or Kathleen Kennelly 31262 for further information.

COMMUNITY ALERT: Committee members are Phil and Micheal O’Kelly, Killarney Road, Mossie Gleeson Kilconlea, John O’Sullivan Meenkilly, Seamus Stack, Cahir, Buddy and Brenda Barry, Cahirhayes, Kathleen Collins, Cahirhayes, Mary Jo O’Connell Knocknasna, Sean Broderick, New St or Marian Harnett, Knockbrack. We have decided to set up a text alert system in Abbeyfeale so as to keep up to date on suspicious vehicles, callers etc. As interest is high in this initiative we are now in the process of setting up a data base of people from all over the parish who will contact a dedicated number should they become aware of any suspicious activity. 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.

DYING TO BE A POET: Compassionate Communities invites you to submit poems on the universal experience of death, dying, loss and care, to be displayed during the 3rd International Public Health and Palliative Care Conference at the Strand Hotel, Limerick on April 25 - 27. This NOT a competition, but is a platform to display your work. Please send your poems to: Caroline Macken, Compassionate Communities Project,Milford Care Centre, Castletroy, Limerick before March 22nd.

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.

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.

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 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.

HAVE YOU A CHILD WITH SPECIAL NEEDS: A course on how to use an iPad and Apps to support a child with special needs will be held in St. Joseph’s Foundation, Charleville on Saturday, April 13 from 9.30am.- 4.30pm. Information available from parenttechtraining7@gmail.com or 086- 3909790.

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. Mass Intentions: 10am Wednesday Vera Broderick, New St., Thursday 10am Fr. Ronald Neville, Saturday 11am Margaret Scannell Months Mind. 7pm Sean Enright Purt, Nora and Jim Harnett. Sunday 9.30am Maureen Joy, The Square, Micheal and Charles Ahern. 12 noon Patrick Lane, Grogeen, Mary O’Connor, Bridge St. Perpetual Adoration Tuesdays and Fridays 8am – 10pm. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 6-8pm. Novena to St. Anthony every Tuesday during 10am Mass.

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: Come and support local members in their contest with members from Killarney and Tralee who are taking part in the district Speech and Evaluation contest on Wednesday, April 17 in the Desmond Complex. Meeting commences at 8.30pm. sharp. For further information contact Mie at 087-2272788 or Bridget at 0878-4146732 or email westlimericktoastmasters@yahoo.ie

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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 31198.

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.

SET DANCE CLASSES:. 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. Also in Fr. Casey’s on Wednesday night at 9pm. A great way to exercise while having a good laugh. All are welcome to the classes.

ARDFERT RETREAT CENTRE: Exploring our Spiritual Journey with Fr. Frank Downes OP on Saturday, April 13 from, 10.30-4.30pm. Saturday, April 20 : 2 - 6 pm; Mindfulness - the practice of cultivating moment to moment awareness in our lives. Presenter: Norma Buckley. Booking 066-7134276. E.mail: ardfertretreat@eircom.net

PILGRIMAGE: Medjugorje May 29 – Spiritual Director Fr. Francis Nolan 7 nights. Halfboard €645 pp . Enquiries to Mary / Sol Travel, Tralee. Tel: 066 7185940.

KERRY JOBS FAIR: South Kerry Development Ltd. Will host a Jobs Fair on Friday, April 12 at the INEC, Killarney from 2-9pm. Further information from www. southkerry.ie

ANAM CARA; The national organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Professional Bereavement Talk at the Silver Springs Hotel in Tivoli Cork on Wednesday 1st of May 2013 from 7:30pm - 9:30pm. This event is open to all bereaved parents and offers an opportunity to hear a professional with in-depth experience of parental bereavement talk about the effects of grief on the family after the death of a son or daughter. This event is offered free of charge to parents to book a place or for further information please contact info@anamcara.ie call 01 4045378 or visit www.anamcara.ie.

KERRY CHORAL UNION – SPRING CONCERT: One of this seasons most popular musical events will be held on Sunday, April 14at 8pm in St. Brendan’s Church, Tralee. Kerry Choral Union’s ‘A Salute to Spring’ promises to be a memorable one, featuring Kerry Choral Union Senior and Junior choirs. Solo performances by choir soloists. Suggested donation €10.

On Tue, Apr 9, 2013 at 6:27 PM, Charles Prashaw <Charles.prashaw@limerickleader.ie> wrote:

Sorry I got the notice about the development group. But did you send your notes this week? I didn’t seem to get them

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