MEMORABLE WEEKEND: The local GAA and Comogie clubs deserve the highest of praise for their roles in Féile na nGael 2013, hosting An Bhréadach hurling team from South Belfast and and Keady Comogie players from Co. Armagh. There were some wonderful exhibitions of comogie and hurling in the six games played in the local field over Friday and Saturday. Well done to all concerned! Comhghairdeas le gach éinne.
MAKING HAY: What a difference good weather can make! There has been a frenzy of activity on the local farming scene over the past week with long hours been worked to secure the fodder supply for the coming winter. The excellent drying weather has enabled the saving of hay although the majority have opted for silage. Such a glorious spell has been well overdue and will help to compensate a little for the disastrous past year. Is fada an bóthar gan casadh.
CAMPA SUCCESS: The Comhaltas Campa Samhraidh ended on a high note on Friday last when parents and family members were invited along to the concluding concert of music, song and dance. The week was very successful and enjoyed by all.
CÚRSAÍ EAGLAISE: Masses in the local church this week are at the usual times. The anniversary mass for the late Fr Jim Galvin was celebrated on Saturday evening last, for Nellie Harnett on Sunday and for Mossie and Mary Leahy on Monday. The anniversary for Dan O’Brien will be on Friday evening, for Danny McCarthy on Saturday evening and for Seán Ward on Sunday. Beannacht Dé ar anamacha na Marbh.
RALLY: A number of people from the parish travelled to Dublin on Saturday last for the Pro-Life rally held in the capital in which over 40,000 people participated.
SEISIÚN: The weekly Comhaltas Seisiún show got off to a very good start on Thursday night last at the Devon Inn with the good sized attendance enjoying top class traditional entertainment. The under 12 Grúpa Ceoil and Céilí Band were highly acclaimed for their performance in the second part of the show and young storyteller, Shane Dillon really impressed the audience. Seisiún takes place again on Thursday of this week and it is an ideal night out for both locals and visitors. Due to the involvement of some members of the Seisiún group with Fleadh na Mumhan concert at the Kilmurry Lodge Hotel on July 18th the show will not take place on Thursday of next week, but will resume again the following week. Among the people receiving Bliain na Cruinne award at that concert are the following from West Limerick, Dómhnall de Barra, Athea, Dan and Maureen Murphy, Abbeyfeale, Theresa Sheehan, Knocknasna, Patsy Moloney originally from Sugarhill, Templeglantine and long-time resident of Birmingham. All have been involved in Irish culture both in Ireland and abroad. The concert is timed for 8pm at the Kilmurry Lodge Lodge Hotel, Limerick and promises to be a memorable night.
BUÍOCHAS: The local Community Council of Muintir na Tíre wishes to say míle buíochas to all who helped to make the re-opening of Halla Inse Bhán on July 1st such a memorable and successful event, all those who attended from within and outside the parish, those who provided food and helped with the catering and all others who helped in any way. The Community Council also acknowledges the support given by people in the form of loans to help complete the project and donations already received to help reduce the outstanding debt. The Halla was in use this past week for the Comhaltas Campa Samhraidh and on Friday for the catering for the Féile na nGael visiting and local comogie and hurling teams.
ABBEYFEALE GATHERING FESTIVAL AND CARNIVAL JULY 14– 21: The Gathering Schools Reunion is almost upon us and we are delighted to say that there is something for everyone over the week. From a re run of the hilarious Widows Paradise on Saturday and Sunday July 13/14 to the Nuns Race on Monday evening July 15 to the Bog Walk, Feale Fit Games, Carnival, Heritage Walk, Cultural Evening at the Adult Education Centre, Pub Drama, Welcome Home at the Glórach, Battle of the Parishes Football Tournament, Sheaf Tossing and Tug of War in the Square, Noelie Roche Tag Rugby Tournament, Craft and Food Fair, Fly Casting tuition, Nature walk in the Town Park, dancing at the Railway, singing club at Philip Enrights, ceili mór, Ballroom of Romance marquee dance. That’s only the half of it, we’re having a Paella and Tapas evening, a world attempt at the Harlem Shake, Sumo Wrestling, a trip to the Barna Tunnel, a slave auction, Open Air Concert, Battle of the DJ’s, Teddy Bears picnic, face painting and the highlight and purpose of the whole week – the schools reunion on Friday starting with tea at Miss Woulfes at 4.30pm, a craft and art display in the Colaiste and displays from all the schools in the area with entertainment and finger food laid on.