DEATH: The death has occurred of Mary Cusack, (née Fitzgibbon) Love Lane, Charleville, Co. Cork, and Rylands, Ballingarry, Co. Limerick, and formerly of Caherlane, Abbeyfeale. We wish sincere sympathy to her family. The death also occurred of Fr. Ronald Neville P.P., he was brother of retired parish priest Canon Neville to whom we offer the sympathies of all parishioners.
HOLY WEEK CEREMONIES: Holy Thursday Solemn Mass of the Last Supper 8pm. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 10pm. Good Friday Passion Liturgy 3pm, Confessions 4-5pm. Reflection on the Betrayal and Passion of Jesus 8pm with enacting of the Passion and Death of Jesus by Teens Cois Feile. Holy Saturday Confessions 10.30-12noon. Easter Vigil 9pm. Easter Sunday Masses 9.30am and 12 noon. Easter Monday Mass 11am.
DAWN MASS: Easter Sunday at 6am in Duagh. Gathering in the Church Car Park for the outdoor celebration from 5.30am.
SOUP KITCHEN: The annual soup kitchen will take place in Duagh Presbytery on Good Friday from 1pm—5pm. The entire takings will go to Trocaire.
DIVINE MERCY NOVENA: Begins on Good Friday - until Divine Mercy Sunday, April 7. Novena leaflets will be available in the Church porches. Divine Mercy Sunday, Church of the Assumption, Abbeyfeale, Confessions from 2.30pm. Devotions including Mass at 3pm, Stations of the Cross & healing service. All welcome.
LOURDES INVALID FUND: The annual church gate collection will be taken up at all Masses next weekend.
TROCAIRE FAMILY FAST: We are encouraged to fast from dawn ‘til dusk on Good Friday as a family and give the money saved on cooking and food to Trocaire to help those who have never had three square meals per day.
ABBEYFEALE TIDY TOWNS: The Abbeyfeale Tidy Towns Committee will hold a meeting at the Abbeyfeale & District Search & Rescue headquarters on Thursday evening next, March 28 at 7.00pm. Anyone who is interested in joining the committee and volunteering is invited to come along and express their views and ideas. Tidy Towns is not just about picking up litter or planting some flowers - its about having a better environment and being proud of our own place. We look forward to your attendance and support.
GLORACH NEWS: Preparations are well under way for the world premiere of a new play at the Glórach Theatre, entitled Plot for the Damned. Although the title may seem a little bleak, and contemporary issues of unemployment and emigration are at the core of the play, there are also many hilarious and comical moments throughout. Everyone is playing a blinder in rehearsals at the moment as we begin to count down the days until our opening night on Tuesday, April 16.
FEALEFIT: Its finally here - Saturday March 31Tournafulla 5K run and Non Competitive Walk in Support of TLC4CF (Cystic Fibrosis) and Limerick Dialysis Unit. Walk starts at 12:30pm, Run starts 13:00 Registration €10 for runners, €5 for walkers. Register on the day in the Community Hall from 11:30 - 12:45pm. Parking and Changing area available. Prizes for Male & Female 1st 2nd & 3rd overall and 1st over 40, 50 and first U18. Contact Shane 087 2891015 or Kadie 087 7771552 for further details. Best of luck to all the Fealefit Couch to 5k crew who have been training so hard for last 9 weeks.
THE GATHERING: The calendar of events planned for the Gathering/Schools Reunion July 15-21 is starting to come together. Events that are set in stone include Wednesday, July 17 when Éamonn Ó Liatháin will give a workshop on the meaning of place names in the Adult Education centre followed by a presentation on Genealogy from the Adult Education Genealogy Group. Thursday we hope to bring local entertainers including the Ballaugh Wrenboys, the Glorach Players and Kathleen Quirke’s Folk Group to the Glorach Theatre for a night of drama, music, song and dance and welcome. Friday, the highlight of the week will take place with the Schools Reunion at Colaiste Ide agus Iosef, Saturday we’ll have Fly Fishing with the Abbeyfeale Anglers followed by a Paella night as well as Tag Rugby and Disco at the rugby club and then on Sunday a Family Fun Day, Teddy Bear Picnic and finishing the weekend with our very own Ballroom of Romance in the Marquee. Other events in the planning include a football tournament amongst the local parishes, Carnival and Fun Fair, Food and Craft Fair, Singing Club, Marian’s Come Dancing, All Ireland Nun’s Race, Nature walk in the Town Park, Open Air Entertainment in the Square, Heritage Walk, Widow’s Paradise, pub drama and much more.
FUN DAY IN AID OF IRISH AUTISM ASSOCIATION: To celebrate world autism day a fun day will be held at the Rugby Club Abbeyfeale on Saturday next, March 30. It will run from 3-6pm with activities including; Bouncing castle (weather permitting), Disc Jockey, Face painting, Sensory friendly play area, 5 a side soccer, Novelty tug of war, Dog show €5 per dog and other activities on the day. Admission €2 per adult and €1 per child. For any information contact Yvonne on 0862494485.
ARA NA FEILE ACTIVE RETIREMENT GROUP: Our next meeting is on Wednesday, April 3 @ 2pm in the Adult Educational Centre. We are holding a fun day consisting of games and sing song. Wishing all our members a Happy and Holy Easter.
ST. PATRICK’S DAY WINNERS: Best fancy dress costume went to Joan Noughton Abbeyfeale while Tony Harnett and Family, Ballaugh won the Best fancy dress with Best float going to Woulfe Murphy Solicitors . The committee would like to thank the Two Bulls Steakhouse for sponsoring the best window prize which went to O’Connor’s Memorials, Main St.
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.
SUE RYDER SHOP NEWS: During the Easter Holiday, our Abbeyfeale shop will be closed on Good Friday, open usual hours on Easter Saturday, and closed on Easter Monday. Our raffle for the beautiful Doll’s house continues with 1strip for just €2 and 3 for €5. This house would make a fantastic gift for girls of any age! We currently have a large selection of baby and toddler clothing with most items just 50c or €1. Remember us if you are spring cleaning. If we can’t sell items in our shop we can recycle clothing, bags and shoes. Unfortunately we can no longer accept duvets or pillows for sale or for recycling. Finally, we wish all our volunteers, customers and those who have donated and supported us in any way a very HAPPY EASTER!
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.
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 email@example.com.
RAMBLING HOUSE: Listowel Rambling House will take place in the Seanchaí Literary & Cultural Centre, The Square, Listowel on Thursday March 28 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.
CALLING YOUNG PEOPLE: Creative Writing Classes for Young People from age 13 to 16 years will be held in the Seanchaí Literary Centre, Listowel on April 2 - 3 from 10 am - 12 pm. To book tel. (068) 22212, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
BUS: Leaving Abbeyfeale Square at 7.40pm every Tuesday for Castleisland Bingo. Contact Eoin Stack 0872522402.
CLASSES IN THE ADULT EDUCATION CENTRE: Irish for Beginners is starting Wednesday, March 27 from 2.30 - 4.30pm for 10 weeks. Places are limited so please contact us at 068 31198 to reserve a place.
PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK: A pilgrimage to Knock to celebrate the Year of Faith takes place on Saturday, April 20 next.
KERRY IFA FARM FAMILIES LUNCH: A cocktail reception followed by a four course luncheon which will in turn be followed by a Fashion Show and entertainment takes place on Easter Monday, April1 at the River Island Hotel, Castleisland in aid of Pieta House and Talbot Grove Centre. Tickets available from Bridie O’Connor 0872680258 or on the door.
ABBEYFEALE YOUTH CLUBS: There will be no clubs next weekend. Meetings will resume on Friday, April 13. Teens Cois Feile will be performing the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday at 8pm in the Church of the Assumption.
MEENKILLY CARDS: Results of Meenkilly card game ;Winners with 14 games: Jer Roche, Peg O’ Riordan , Jerry O’ Riordan. Runners up with 13 games: Sean O’Connor, Dick Fitzgerald, Gobnait Scannell. Door prizes: Tom O’ Conner. Kathleen Lenihan. Table prize: Liam Lane, Eileen Reidy, Con Lane. Tickets: Geofrey Fitzgerald, Noreen O’Callaghan, Catherine Collins, Breda O’Connell, Beth Collins, James McEnery.
COMMUNITY ALERT: The committee will be applying for funding to install security systems this month so if you are aged over 65, living alone or with another person aged 65 or over then you should apply for a system to any member of the committee asap. There is no guarantee that funds will be available in the next Budget so if you are entitled to a panic button now is your chance to get one. Applications will close at the end of the month for this round of funding. 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.
WELL DONE: Thanks to Tony Murphy and Din Joe for the work they do clearing the road from Mountmahon to Abbey Coaches every week and the gentleman from St. Ita’s Sheltered Housing who looks after the church yard. I’ve also spotted Bill Doyle on the Kilconlea /Killarney Rd. out picking up rubbish. Travelling on the Castleisland road the other morning at 8.30am I saw two different people out picking up rubbish. Wouldn’t it be a great thing if we all took ownership of a section of our own roads and spent a half an hour every week cleaning them. The Co. Council Environmental section 061 49 60 00 will send out bags and gloves to any person who rings them up or goes on line and they will also pick up the filled bags.
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.
LENTEN SERIES OF TALKS; Congratulations to Mrs. Maura Collins, Dromtrasna who won a trip to Lourdes at the final talk in Fr. Casey’s last Wednesday night.
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.
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. Novena to St. Anthony every Tuesday during 10am Mass. Mass Intentions : Wednesday 10am Katie and Dan Curtin, Dromtrasna.
WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: Next meeting on Wednesday, April 3 at the Desmond Complex 8.30 – 10.30pm. Learn the skills of speaking in public in a supportive atmosphere. New members welcome. Further information from Bill on 087 9079223.
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. A great way to exercise while having a good laugh. All are welcome to the classes.
HOSPICE WALK: The annual Good Friday walk in aid of the Kerry Hospice Foundation will commence at the Cashen Pier at 5.00pm on Friday, March 29. Sponsorship Cards are now available and your continued support is greatly appreciated. For further information please phone (066)7131015
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: email@example.com
GETTING OLD GRACEFULLY: The ‘Senior Citizen ‘The Essential Guidebook’’ a roadmap to successful ageing was recently launched by Michael O Muircheartaigh. Produced by Home Instead Senior Care with the support of Age Action and the HSE, the Guidebook features advice and information on a wide range of issues. They include allowances and entitlements, medical health and nutrition matters, home safety information legal and financial information, care options for older people, new technology bereavement and lots more. It also contains a directory of older person’s organizations, and useful contacts. To order a free copy of the Guidebook call 1890 989 755 or log on to www.homeinstead.ie to download a pdf of the Guidebook.
BOXING: Good luck to Thomas O’Sullivan from the Cashen who will be competing in the final of the Boy 4 Middleweight Boxing Championships at the National Stadium next Saturday. His opponent will be Michael McDonagh from the Camlough Boxing club in Armagh. Thomas is coached by Patrick O Brien at the Cashen Vale Boxing Club in Ballybunion.
PILGRIMAGE: Medjugorje May 29 – Spiritual Director Fr. Francis Nolan 7 nights. Halfboard €645 pp . Enquiries to Mary / Sol Travel, Tralee. Tel: 066 7185940
OPEN MEETING OF AA: Open public meeting Good Friday March 29 at 8.30pm in the Presentation Prefabs, Upper Castle Street, Tralee. All Welcome.
HOSPICE WALK in aid of Kerry Hospice takes place on Good Friday from The Cashen Pier. Cards now available from Kay – 0667131015.
RALLY OF THE LAKES: Killarney & District Motor Club, organisers of the Cartell.ie Rally of the Lakes have announced details of this year’s event which will take place over the May Bank Holiday weekend of May 3-5.
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