PROLOGUE: “Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing, it’s when you’ve had everything to do and you’ve done it.”
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.
BEE KEEPING COURSE: The class in bee keeping will take place at the Adult Education Centre this Wednesday, May 1 from 7-9pm and continue every second Wednesday for 6 classes. There are two places left so if you would like to attend please contact 0876866450.
DEATH: We offer our sympathies to the family of the late Rosemary O’Brien, Pairc Luachra whose funeral took place during the week. May she rest in peace.
DOG SHOW: The biggest and best Fun Dog Show in the Mid-West takes place in Abbeyfeale Town Park on Sunday May 19 at 2.00 p.m. Come along and bring your dog for a great day out. Prizes in all categories, doggie shop, tuck shop, agility trials, guess the name of the dog competition, Mystic Madra, grand raffle and lots more. This is a fundraising event for the Town Park so please come along and support.
ABBEYFEALE GATHERING FUNDRAISER: Rathkeale man and Abbeyfeale resident Mike Guinane and his trusty clarinet will be the star attraction at the final afternoon tea dance of the season in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse on Sunday, May 12 from 3-6pm. This is a fundraiser for the Abbeyfeale Schools Reunion July 15-21. Mike performs for the month of September in Lisdoonvarna and is well known to dancing patrons from all over the country for his ability to keep toes tapping - a great afternoon of music and dance is guaranteed.
ABBEYFEALE COMMUNITY ALERT: The annual church gate collection will take place at all Masses next weekend.
BODHRAN COMPETITON: The Annual Bodhran competition will take place again this year in the Ramble Inn bar, Abbeyfeale on Friday May 3 @ 9pm. Competitions for both Junior and Senior. For further information plus entries please contact Philip Enright on 0872055051.
YOUTH CLUBS: The three clubs had a great walk on the railway line last Friday night. This is Fleadh by the Feale weekend so there will be no clubs as members will be busy busking or performing on the stage in the Square or enjoying the Fleadh!
FLEADH BY THE FEALE: The much anticipated Fleadh by the Feale takes place Thursday – Monday next. On Thursday the Presentation of Art Poster Prizes & Exhibition takes place at the Library from 7.30pm then from 9.30pm the Gathering Sessions of music, song and dance will be happening all over town. Friday Traditional Street Busking followed at 9.30pm by a Ceilí in Fr Casey’s GAA clubhouse. Saturday will be very busy with Master workshop Classes and the Kostal Ireland International
Soccer Tournament kicks off at Pairc na Gael from 12noon. There will be free Traditional Entertainment in the square between 8-9pm and sessions all over town in the various pubs. Sunday at 3pm we’ll have Afternoon Storytelling with Daisy Kearny & Friends in St Ita’s Hall and in the Square face painting @ 3pm with Junior bone playing All Ireland @ 3.30pm. Then at 8pm the highlight of the weekend Traditional Celebrity Concert with International Group The Kilfenora Ceilí Band “Spraoi Show” with guest singer Don Stiff, world champion dancer Michael Donnellan and the West Clare Set dancers and supported by the Colaiste Ide agus Iosef Music Group in the Coláiste Ide agus Iosef Hall. Tickets from Slice of Life; 068-32655,Abbey Tiles; 068-31661, Maureen; 086-3265762; Celine; 087-7697672, John; 086-3165848. Sessions will continue in the pubs all over the weekend and then the grand finale on Monday from 7.30pm - Traditional entertainment in the Square followed by All Ireland Bone playing Competition in the square @ 8pm. Come to Abbeyfeale for the Fleadh – stay for the craic.
MESSAGE FROM LIMERICK IFA; If anyone has spare fodder to sell please sell it to people who don’t have any fodder or contact your local Teagasc Office or IFA County/Branch Officer.
PIETA HOUSE: Pieta House “Darkness into Light” 5km walk/run Saturday, May 11 at 4am. The fundraising walk is part of a nationwide campaign to raise awareness about suicide and self harm. Last year 15,000 people participated in 14 counties, and this year’s Darkness into Light walk will take place at 20 locations nationwide. Pieta House in Mungret is behind the fundraising 5k walk route in the city. They will open four more new crisis centres this year in Cork, Galway, Tipperary, and Kerry. They will also launch a nationwide campaign aimed at reducing the rate of male suicide. Registration for the Limerick Darkness into Light walk is available at Fealefit, Mountmahon next Saturday from 11-1pm. Contact Breda @ 0877715734.
BISHOPS MASS IN KNOCK: National Prayer Vigil for the right to life of mothers and babies. Saturday, May 4 at Our Lady’s Shrine, Knock, Co Mayo. Programme: 1.00pm Rosary Procession, 2.00pm Short Presentation, 3pm Holy Mass celebrated by Cardinal Sean Brady. It is hoped that the Bishops of Ireland will consecrate Ireland to the protection of the Immaculate Heart of Mary on that day.
GST: Walk on April 28 is cancelled and replaced by Listowel Shanacool Walk 3.00 p.m. Sunday, May 12 - commencing outside Lartigue Museum, Listowel. In Co.Limerick on Bank Holiday Monday, May 6 at 3pm an 8 mile loop walk will set out from the Rooskagh Communications Mast (on the hills to the North-West of Newcastle West;close to L1329..see map on http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/197955314). This is a very scenic route with panoramic views of the Golden Vale and involves minor public roads as well as the old railway. Please wear visibility vests. Beidh fáilte romhat. Be advised that there are fairly steep roads to be walked!
ALL IRELAND NUNS’ RACE: As part of the Gathering celebrations in Abbeyfeale July 15-21 the All Ireland nuns’ race will commence at 8.00pm on Monday, July 15 and travel from the Town Park into the square. Organiser Shane O’Connell says “Keep the Faith and run the Race” and tells us that the race will be followed by a world record attempt of most nuns doing the Harlem Shake! Entries welcome. Contact Shane on 087 2891015.
GATHERING: Hereunder is a selection of the events planned for the Abbeyfeale Gathering Schools Reunion from July 15-21. There will be a ceili on Sunday, July 14 at the Railway and on Sunday 14 and Monday 15 we will have drama at Fr. Casey’s with the hilarious comedy ‘Widows Paradise’. Monday, we also have the All Ireland Nuns Race from the Town Park to the Square followed by an attempt to get into the record books for the most people dressed as nuns doing the Harlem Shake. Tuesday the Feale Fit Games will be held in the Square with teams from local businesses competing against each other. Kick off at 7pm in the Square; compete in Sumo Suits, Gladiator Arena and Barman’s relay for the Fealefit Games Title. Wednesday is Heritage Day with an Open Day at the Day Care Centre, Sr. Delia will do a presentation on the Workhouses of Abbeyfeale, Éamonn Ó Liatháin will make a presentation on the Origins of the Irish and the Genealogy group at the Adult Education Centre will talk about their work on mapping the graveyards. It is also hoped to have a heritage walk around the town and nature walks in the Town Park. The fun fair will also open and continue for the remainder of the week. Thursday we have the Welcome Home night in the Glorach Theatre followed by the Singing Club. Friday will be the highlight of the week with the Open evening at Colaiste Ide agus Iosef with all the local national and secondary schools displaying roll books, photographs of students and artefacts from the past. There will be entertainment and refreshments on the night too. The food and craft fair will take place in the Square and continue on Saturday. Saturday we will have Fly fishing with the Abbeyfeale Anglers followed by a paella evening. We will have a special Mass for all deceased students and teachers at 7pm. Sunday we’ll have the Family Fun Day followed by the Ballroom of Romance at Fr. Casey’s. Please note that this is by no means a definitive list as I know a football tournament amongst the local parishes is also being planned, tug of war, sheaf tossing, a tour of the parish, teddy bears picnic, bat walk, tag rugby, social dancing class, display of local photographs, bog tour, dance at the Railway, Open Air Entertainment in the Square and much more.
SUE RYDER CHARITY SHOPS HALF PRICE SALE: Manager Maria Moloney says; “Absolutely all clothing and shoes are half price! Considering how low our prices are already, you will definitely find some fantastic bargains in our shop! We hope to have the draw for the Doll’s House this week, so don’t miss out on this last opportunity to win this beautiful prize. Tickets are available from our shop at €2 a strip. If you have any paper bags at home, please could you drop them into the shop. Thank you once again for your continued support.” After watching the exposé on RTE the other night of the donations being stolen and scammed it is great to know that all our donations here in Abbeyfeale are used to help the elderly.
TIDY TOWNS: Well done to the forty plus people who turned out on Saturday last and continued the clean up of the town and environs. The good work is set to continue with a further clean up planned in the near future. Doesn’t it bring a new air of prosperity to the town to see the place looking so well.
FEALEFIT NEWS; Fealefit’s new Couch to 5k training every Saturday 10.15am at the Railway in preparation for The Feale 5k June 23. Training is open to everyone of all fitness levels and is free of charge! Best of Luck to all the FealeFit crew running the 6 miler in The Great Limerick Run this coming Sunday for The Irish Cancer Society.. Can contact Fealefit if you wish to sponsor a runner. FealeFit will be running Abbeyfeale Uniteds Summer Soccer camp, we’ll be bringing the Fun side of Football & Fitness to the Camp.. Contact Shane 087 2891015 or Kadie 087 7771552 for further details.
BODYCARE WELLNESS CENTRE: The Bodycare Wellness Centre has moved to 3 Mountmahon, Abbeyfeale.. Telephone Chris O’Shea 0872293636.
COME DANCING: Classes have come to an end for this season and will resume next September. A big thank you to all those who attended the classes.
NAOMH IDE SUMMER CAMP; A summer camp for 5-12 year olds will be held in Abbeyfeeale from August 6-9 next. Drama Music, team Games, Arts and Crafts, 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. Adoration resumes on Tuesday from 8am – 10pm. Mass Intentions; Thursday 10am Jim and Mary Kennedy, Saturday 11am Joan Colbert, Killarney Road Months Mind, 7pm Eugene Doody, Kilconlea 1st Anniversary. Sunday 9.30am Teresa Danaher, Church St. 12 noon Danny Herlihy, Killarney Road 1st. Anniversary, Ben Dolan. Perpetual Adoration Tuesdays and Fridays 8am – 10pm. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 6-8pm. Novena to St. Anthony every Tuesday during 10am Mass.
LECTURE: A lecture entitled ‘Neutral Shores - Ireland & the Battle of the Atlantic’ by author Mark McShane will take place in the Seanchaí Literary & Cultural Centre, Listowel on Friday May 3 at 8 pm. This event is part of Listowel Military Festival and admission is €5.00.
TOASTMASTERS: Next meeting Wednesday, May 1 in the Desmond Complex. For further information contact Mie at 087-2272788 or Bridget at 0878-4146732 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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. Saturday, June 1-3, 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.