CAR BOOT SALE AND INDOOR MARKET: The monthly car boot sale and indoor market in aid of WL102fm takes place at the Community Centre, NCW on Sunday, June 9. Gates open 7.30am. Further information 087 6866450.
EXAM PRAYER: During these days when I now prepare for my exams, give me the strength I need to study hard. Help me remember all that I have learned. When I feel tired and weary give me the grace I need to remain patient with myself and with those around me. Grant that in the years ahead I may make good use of what I am learning now. I ask through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
WEDDING BELLS: Congratulations to Marian McCarthy, Kilconlea who married Tim Lane, Ballaugh on Friday last. We wish them a long happy life together.
CUAN MHUIRE COLLECTION: Srs Consilio and Agnes Fitzgerald will be holding their annual church gate collection in aid of Cuan Mhuire at all Masses next weekend.
REILIG IDE NAOFA GRAVEYARD: The next cleanup of the graveyard will take place this Wednesday from 7-9pm. Please bring gloves and equipement.
SUPPORTING FARMERS IN CHALLENGING TIMES: Farming communities and families have faced and endured what seems like a never ending series of crisis and hardships. Key organisations have come together to plan an information night to support Farm Families through these challenging times. These events will take place in the following locations; Castleisland ; An Riocht Sports Centre, Tuesday, June 4, and Dingle; An Pobalscoil Corca Dhuibhne, Thursday, June 6. All events at 8pm.
FARMERS MARKET: The community garden has cabbage plants in trays and hardened off for the past few weeks so ready to get growing. We also have pots of herbs, tomato, cucumber and courgette plants and they will be for sale at the Farmers’ Market this Friday (as well as Brona handmade chocolate from Abbeyfeale!)
HAY FOR SALE: Maurice Kennelly, Knocknasna 0872514487 is currently importing bales of hay from England.
PRAYER FOR GOOD WEATHER; All – powerful and ever-living God, we find security in your care and love for us. Give us the fine weather we pray for and need. May the harvest be secured and the hard work and efforts of so many of our people come to fruition. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
DEATH; Sincere sympathy to the family of the late Phil McCarthy, Galway and formerly Caherlane whose funeral took place last week. May she rest in peace.
GET WELL WISHES: Delighted to hear that Fr. Micheal Liston is making a good recovery. We wish him the very best of health and a speedy return to Abbeyfeale .
BIOBLITZ IN TOWN PARK: On Saturday June 8, wildlife recorders will be looking for plants, birds, insects and mammals in the Town Park, in an attempt to find as many different species before 5 pm. Everyone is welcome to join in - you don’t need to be an ecologist to enjoy the day! At 10 am Tony Kennealy will lead a bird walk through the park. At 11 am real birds of prey can be viewed in action when Animal Magic comes along with a barn owl, a kestrel and other birds from their sanctuary in Kilmallock. From 1 - 2 pm Anneke Vrieling will lead a mini-beast hunt, followed by a pond-dipping session by Geoff Hunt from 2 - 3 pm. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about your local biodiversity.
TIMES GONE BY: There are just a few copies left of the book ‘Times Gone By’ which was recently produced in conjunction with Abbeyfeale and District Initative and launched at St. Ita’s Day Care Centre. Pupils from Scoil Mháthair Dé and St. Mary’s Boys School interviewed people attending St. Ita’s Day Care Centre and with the help of the TY students at Coláiste Íde agus Iosef put together this wonderful publication with stories of the lives of our older residents. The book is for sale from Mary on 068 31019 or the local schools. Price €5.
BEE KEEPING COURSE: The class in bee keeping continues at the Adult Education Centre on Wednesday, June 5 from 7-9pm. We will have a locally made National Hive on display for anyone who might be thinking of getting into bees. Further information 087 6866450.
OAKWOOD HERE WE COME: Teen Cois Feile are heading to Oakwood in Wales on Friday – the lucky ducks. They are meeting at the church at 1pm. Everyone involved with Abbeyfeale youth clubs would like to wish all those who are sitting their Leaving and Junior Certs the best in their exams. Leaders night out July 6.
TIDY TOWNS: We welcome our two Tus workers who will help keep the town looking its best over the next twelve months.
SALMON AND SEA TROUT RECREATIONAL ANGLERS IRELAND; Chairman Paddy O’Sullivan, Knocknasna of the above federation of angling clubs has organised a special day of Fly fishing to celebrate the Abbeyfeale Schools’ Reunion on Saturday, July 20 in his local club Abbeyfeale Anglers. It will be a day long event and instruction will be provided to novice fishermen. The day will finish with an evening of paella cooked to order.
DOWN’S SYNDROME ICE CREAM DAY: Marian Roche would like to thank all those who supported the Down’s syndrome Ice Cream Day held recently at Meenkilly N.S. She would especially like to thank Tuohig’s SuperValue for their sponsorship on the day. The sum of €550 was raised.
LEGION OF MARY PILGRIMAGE: Sunday, June 9. Fare €20. Tickets from Sean Broderick 068 31213m Bernard Broderick 31565 or Peg Murphy 31232.
WEST LIMERICK 102FM FUNDRAISERS: West Limerick 102FM will hold a fundraising Race Night at Murphy’s Bar, Abbeyfeale on Saturday, June 8 at 8pm. A horse can be purchased for €10 or a 50% share for €5. The Devon Inn will host the inaugural search for Miss West Limerick 2013 on Friday, July 5 next with businesses and community groups in West Limerick being asked to put forward a candidate aged between 18-28. Further information 069 66200.
MIND OUR MEN: This campaign is calling on the women and men of Ireland to look out for the men in their lives. Together we can help reduce the rate of male suicide. For every 10 suicides in Ireland, 8 of them are men - we want you to reach out and look out for the men closest to you. Spot the signs. Save a life. Check out www. mind our men. ie for more details of how you can get involved. This is a Pieta House initative.
CROAGH PATRICK: Pilgrimage Walk to Croagh Patrick will be on Saturday, June 22. Bus leaving the church yard on Saturday morning at 5am. Names to Peg Murphy 068/31232 Parish Office 068/31133 or the sacristy 068/51915 Cost of Bus €20.
HOUSE AVAILABLE; St Ita’s Voluntary Housing and day Care Centre have a house available. Eligible applicants need to be on the County Council list for housing. For application form ring 068/51850.
MOBILE SCREENING: Breast check mobile screening unit located in Croom Orthopaedic Hospital, Freephone - 1800454555 or visitwww.breastcheck.ie
BALLROOM OF ROMANCE: The last night of the Abbeyfeale Schools Reunion will see the return of marquee dancing to Abbeyfeale and the enacting of a 50’s style Ballroom of Romance. Dancers may if they wish dress in the style of the time.
Organisers have confirmed that this event will be supervised by a very strict retired parish priest. He will be ensuring that no “close dancing” or “hanky panky” takes place.
SUPPORTING CHILDREN THROUGH BEREAVEMENT: The Newcastle West Family and Community Hub (located upstairs at the NCW Community Centre) will be holding a workshop on Wednesday June 12 on supporting children with bereavement or coping with a dying family member. Running from 7.30-9.30pm, the session will be led by Child Psychologist and Play Therapist Tina O’Brien and funded by the Compassionate Communities Project with the support of West Limerick Resources.
RAINBOWS SUPPORT SERVICES: A workshop of Rainbows volunteers and those interested in volunteering with the project in West Limerick this September will take place in the Newcastle West Family and Community Hub (located at the Community Centre) on Wednesday June 19 from 7.30-9.30pm. “Rainbows” is a peer support programme for children aged 6-10 years grieving as a result of a loss or separation and is managed locally by West Limerick Resources. Run by trained volunteers, the programme is positive, gentle confidential and encouraging however it is not counselling or therapy service. It is instead a safe, confidential setting where children can share their grief associated feelings with each other and with these trained facilitators.
COMMUNITY HEALTH MATTERS: The next edition of “Community Health Matters” on WL102 is dedicated to the topic of tanning injections. There is a recent trend in Ireland where people are injecting an illegal, unregulated and unlicenced product called Melanotan to get a tanned look. Produced by the West Limerick Primary Health Care Project team, the programme will feature interviews with Tim Bingham, National Liaison Pharmacy Worker with the Irish Needle Exchange Programme and Liz McGrath, Community Health Worker at Cork’s Traveller Visibility Group about tanning injections. The programme will be broadcast after the 11am news on Wednesday June 4 on West Limerick 102fm.
MEN’S HEALTH WEEK: Men’s Health Week will run from June 10- 16. The theme for 2013 in Ireland is: “Action Men - Turning Words into Actions”. This year, staff of the Primary Health Care Project for Travellers will be calling to men in Newcastle West and Rathkeale to give them men’s health information packs. The men can also enter a draw for a “Men’s pamper pack”. The draw will take place on the radio programme, Community Health Matters, on West Limerick 102fm on Wednesday July 3 just after the 11 O’clock news. The July programme is dedicated to men’s health with the team interviewing John O’Sullivan, Men’s Health Worker at Cork’s Traveller Visibility Group and John Collins, Men’s Health Worker at Pavee Point. For more information, contact the Primary Health Care Project at West Limerick Resources on 069 61316.
BIG TODDLE FOR BARNARDOS: The Big Toddle for Barnardos followed by the Teddy Bears Picnic hosted by Abbeyfeale Parent and Toddler Group takes place in the Town Park on Tuesday, June 18 from 10 - 1pm. Please support our Toddlers 1st toddle. All welcome. Supported by West Limerick Resources and Limerick Sports Partnership.
BOXERCISE CLASSES: Stress Buster- Boxercise Classes for parents of children with disabilities, intellectual, physical or emotional needs starts May 28 for 6 weeks. Running from 7.30 - 8.30pm in Room 14 of the The Adult Education Centre Abbeyfeale, it is supported by West Limerick Resources and Limerick Sports Partnership. Contact Mary on 087 9382883 or 068 31198.
SUMMER CAMP: Mobile IT, Bruree, a computer training company are running a summer camp for children from July 1-4 in NCW covering the following; Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, Educational & Fun Internet Games, Scratch, Mavis Beacon, Downloading Music & Digital Photography. Cost is € 50 per child, but if you register before June 15 you will get a €10 reduction. For more information or booking please contact 063 - 90952.
TRADITIONAL LIME MORTAR TRAINING: West Limerick Resources will be offering a one week training programme (Monday-Friday, 9.30am-4pm approx) on the use of traditional lime mortar to members of local communities who are interested in undertaking simple conservation and repair work at historic sites (such as graveyards) subject to the necessary permission and guidance of Limerick County Council Archaeologist. This hands—on training initiative is free to those interested in becoming involved in conservation and enhancement work. Limited places available. Registration essential. Venue and dates of training to be confirmed. Contact Suzanne on 069 79114 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a registration form.
OLD FURNITURE WANTED: Old & old fashioned furniture (excluding sofas & mattresses) & old/ broken tiles & plates are wanted for a new Newcastle West based furniture up-cycling training course for people who are unemployed. This new training course will restyle old but solid furniture so that it can be re-used & sold on, with money reinvested into the training project for materials. Pick-up of the furniture can be arranged at a cost of €5 per trip required. To arrange a pick up contact Trevor at West Limerick Resources on 069 77752.
SUE RYDER: This week we have a fantastic selection of summer clothing mostly priced at €4 and under! As this Friday is the 1st Friday in June, Abbeyfeale Business Association have arranged for retailers to have special offers throughout the town. Here at Sue Ryder all our menswear will be half price on that day! Come along and have a browse!As usual we are always grateful for donations both for the shop and recycling. We have had numerous requests for school uniforms, so if your child has grown out of his or hers, for any of the local schools, please drop them into us.
Thank you for your continued support.
ABBEYFEALE COMMUNITY ALERT: We are working on setting up a texting system so that any one with a mobile phone could text or ring a nominated committee member if they see anything happening in the community – that would then be passed on to the Gardai, checked out and then if deemed necessary a text alert would be sent to everyone on the system. This would provide early warning that there was suspicious activity in the area. This is a free service. Contact any of the committee if you would like to join – Micheal and Phil O’Kelly Killarney Road, Mossie Gleeson Kilconlea, Seamus Stack Cahir, Buddy and Brenda Barry Cahir, John O’Sullivan Meenkilly, Sean Broderick New St., Mary Jo O’Connell Knocknasna or Garda Roger O’Donoghue. In the meantime if you see something you want checked out you can ring 06831100 and if there is no one in the Garda Station the call will be automatically redirected to NCW. You can also use the Crimestoppers Freephone 1800250025.
GATHERING: ‘’Feale the Gathering’ bands are currently on sale around town at €5 each. These can be used to gain admittance to some of the many attractions during the Gathering and the money raised will help to fund the week of celebrations. There will be an exhibition of local arts and crafts coordinated by Madeline O’Connor, Church St. in the new Colaiste to coincide with the Schools Reunion on Friday, July 19. Check out all the latest news of the Gathering July 15-21 on our Facebook page; Abbeyfeale Gathering Schools Reunion, our blog; http://gatheringabbeyfeale.blogspot.ie/
And our twitter@gatheringafeale
GATHERING WALK ON GST: Assemble at the Old Station, Railway Road, Abbeyfeale, on Saturday, June 22 at 10.30am. Optional evening meal at 6.30p.m. in Rathkeale House Hotel. www.rathkealehousehotel.ie Return transport to Abbeyfeale courtesy of Coach House Travel. www.tours.ie
LIMERICK CONSTITUENCY FINE GAEL MEETING: A Constituency Meeting will be held on Thursday, June 6 at The Dunraven Arms Hotel Adare commencing at 8.30 pm sharp.
VIGIL FOR LIFE: On Saturday, June 8 there will be a Vigil for Life in
Merrion Square, Dublin from 3pm- 4pm. A bus will be leaving Newcastle West from
the Courtney Lodge Hotel at 11.15am. Please ring Margaret Hennessy to
book a seat 069- 85240. Posters will be provided on the day.
BODYCARE WELLNESS CENTRE: The Bodycare Wellness Centre has moved to 3 Mountmahon, Abbeyfeale.. Telephone Chris O’Shea 0872293636.
NAOMH IDE SUMMER CAMP; A summer camp for 5-12 year olds will be held in Abbeyfeale from August 6-9 next. Drama, Music, Team Games, Arts and Crafts and plenty of fun while experiencing the love of Jesus for each of us. Volunteers are needed to assist with the camp. If you can help in any way contact Martina 087 2788834 or Lorraine 086 3765751.
CHURCH NOTES: Mass every weekday morning at 10am. In the event of a funeral then Mass will be take place at 11am. Saturday morning Mass 11am followed by confessions. Vigil Mass 7pm. Sunday Masses 9.30am and 12 noon. Mass Intentions; Saturday 11am Micheal O’Connell, Months Mind. 7pm John Leahy, Corner House, Ned Lyons, St. Ita’s Housing. Sunday 9.30am Patrick and Vera O’Connell, Purt. Margaret, Thomas, Danny, Paddy Enright and Thomas Mc Mahon. 12 noon. Jack Scannell St. Ita’s Terrace. Bernadette Herron, Donegal who died recently.
TOASTMASTERS: Next meeting 1st Wednesday in September in the Desmond Complex. Whether you want to become proficient in public speaking or just have the courage to stand up and give your point of view at a meeting this is the club to help. For further information contact Mie at 087-2272788 or Bridget at 0878-4146732 or email email@example.com
TRANSPORT SERVICE: The Irish Cancer Society’s Care to Drive transport service is available for patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment in the Mid-Western Regional Hospital, Limerick. This service is completely free to the patient—a driver will pick you up at the door of your home and bring you to the hospital and then, after treatment, bring you home. If you are having trouble getting to and from the hospital for your chemotherapy treatment, please speak to your oncology team in the Mid-Western Regional Hospital or call Gail on (01)2310566.
FEALE FIT NOTES;. FealeFit are undertaking a Hike & Bike Challenge on July 20/21 next to raise money for Childrens charity Bee for Battens. Our Fund raising event ‘Man vs Food’ last Sunday in O Riordans Bar was a great success and we would like to thank all who were Man / Woman enough to take on the challenge and a big thank you to all that supported them. Fealefit will be running in Killarney this coming Saturday for anyone that wishes to join us. FealeFit will also be running Abbeyfeale Uniteds Summer Soccer camp where we’ll be bringing the Fun side of Football & Fitness to the Camp, Closing date for entries is June 7th so make sure to register your child for what is guaranteed to be the best camp of the summer. Contact Shane 087 2891015 or Kadie 087 7771552.
PILGRIMAGES TO LOUGH DERG 2013; This is the Year of Faith. Why not journey to Lough Derg, where pilgrims have been gathering for over 1,000 years, and celebrate your faith with people from every parish in Ireland, Tuesday, July 2-4, Friday, July 26-28. Price as per last year all inclusive €120. Full amount payable 5 days in advance. Contact Peg 068/31232.
RELIGIOUS PROGRAMMING: Sacred space is broadcast each Sunday morning on Westlimerick102fm - 10am to 11am each Sunday and repeated at 11pm each Sunday night. Email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Blog @ sacredspace102.blogspot.com
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.
ABBEYFEALE PARENT & TODDLER GROUP: The Abbeyfeale Parent and Toddler group for parents and children under 4 years runs every Tuesday during school term in St Ita’s Hall starting at 10am. Activities include songs, stories, arts and crafts lots of toys and fun. Open to all families. Contact Linda Hassett 087-9382883
DANCING BREAK: Maureen Finnegan writes; “ Dancing Week End from Friday 18 - Monday 21 October. Taking in various places of interest on our way to the Great Northern, Bundoran. We will have dancing in the fabulous ballroom each night to well know bands. Everyone who went last year thoroughly enjoyed the John Hogan celebrating 25 yrs dancing week end. He is currently booking entertainment for us once names have been confirmed. On the Sunday night we will board our bus for the famous Rainbow Ballroom of Romance in Glenfarne, Co. Leitrim were we always receive a very warm welcome. This year we will be dancing to the music of Country Sensations. During the day we will be out and about. On Saturday we will go to beautiful Dungloe and anyone who wants to visit Daniel O’Donnell’s Heritage Centre can do so. This is a great week end. We have a good number of names already. For more information and booking contact Maureen 087 9845102.”
MEDJUGORJE: A trip to Medjugorje has been arranged for this coming autumn September 14-21, with flights from/to Shannon Airport. Bed and breakfast and an evening meal are included in the cost. People are invited to join the organizers for a relaxing and a reflective week. More details from presenter of WL102fm’s Sacred Space John Keily 069-76253 or 087-6751795.
BUS: Leaving Abbeyfeale Square at 7.40pm every Tuesday for Castleisland Bingo. Contact Eoin Stack 0872522402.
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.
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.
ARDFERT RETREAT CENTRE: Saturday, June 8 2 - 6 pm, Afternoon with Eddie Stones, Emmanuel House, Clonfert. Booking essential - places limited. Tel. 066-7134276. E.mail: email@example.com
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.
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.
SOCIAL DANCING CLASSES; Social dancing classes Ballyhahill Community Hall every Monday 9-11 pm for the summer where you can learn to waltz, slow waltz, foxtrot, quick step and more.
DAY OUT WITH MAUREEN: Day Trip to Inis Moir on Sunday, June 23. If you have a free bus pass you can travel for free on the ferry otherwise it will cost you €20 return by going with a group if you go as an individual it will cost €25 return. If you are interested in travelling it is necessary to book your seat in advance for a place on the ferry. For more information and booking contact Maureen 087 9845102.
ALL IRELAND RALLY FOR LIFE DUBLIN:. From the Rally for Life Committee: This summer, the most important date on the pro-life calendar is July 6. That’s when we hope you join with thousands of others to speak up for the right to life. Meet us at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin City Centre on July 6 at 2pm!
That’s why it’s so important we show our opposition to abortion. On July 6 let’s do that! Buses will travel to the Rally from all over Ireland. To book your place on a Rally Bus, or to volunteer to help out with the rally, please call/text us on: Katie (Dublin) on (01)8730463 / 087 7020255.Bring family and friends to stand up for Life!
REMEMBRANCE SERVICE: A Remembrance Service for loved ones who have died in the Mid West Regional Hospital, Limerick, in the last 12 months will be held in Saint Paul’s Church Dooradoyle, on Sunday, June 9 at 3.pm. You are asked to bring along a photo or symbol of your loved one if you wish to place it in the remembrance area. All are welcome to attend this special remembrance service for loved ones.
DAY OUT: Charleville Chamber in conjunction with Iarnrod Eireann – Irish Rail, Fota Wildlife Park and the Titanic Experience, Cobh - is offering you a special “All-In” Package for only €29.99 per adult or €19.99 per child which includes: • Return Rail Travel from Charleville to Fota and Cobh by train. • Admission to Fota Wildlife Park. • Admission to the Titanic Experience, Cobh. For more details and to Book visit - http://www.irishrail.ie/cat_offers.jsp?i=4830
CONSOLE: Eight week support group for individuals, families, friends, work colleagues or community members who have been bereaved by suicide. Introductory Afternoon, Tuesday 4th June 4pm-6pm Console House, McAuley Centre, Balloonagh, Tralee (Entrance at Scoil Eoin) To register phone: 021 427 4218. For support, contact: the 24 hour Helpline 1800 247 100