DEATHS: We offer our sincere sympathies to the families of the late Aine Nic Gabhann, Caragh Lake and late of Abbeyfeale and Ann Fitzgibbon, Caherlane on their recent deaths. May they rest in peace.
TOASTMASTERS: If your priorities include learning Communication and Leadership skills at your own pace, developing self confidence and making new friends then Toastmasters could be for you. Toastmasters is a non-profit educational corporation with headquarters in the US. Its mission is to improve the communication and leadership skills of its members. It has approx. 180,000 members in 54 countries from Australia to Malaysia to South Africa and everywhere in between. Clubs are divided up into areas, then divisions then districts and we are one of three clubs in Area 36, Division A, District 71. The other two clubs are Tralee and Killarney.
The club meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month from September to May in a safe, friendly, fun filled and affirming environment. We welcome people to come and sit in on meetings and watch proceedings before they consider joining up and guarantee that they will not be asked to participate until they decide to become a member.
The venue is the Desmond Complex with meetings from 8.30 – 10.30pm and as part of our learning we try to ensure that the meetings start and finish on time. For further information contact Donnacha on 086 8494505.
CONGRATULATIONS: Well done to Noelle Curtin a very valued member of the Glorach Youth Theatre, a sportswoman and singer of note who was chosen as a Rosebud at the Rose of Tralee, she supported the Longford Rose Aisling Farrell.
CELEBRATIONS: Abbeyfeale Credit Union are celebrating 40 years serving the community on Saturday next. There will be music, raffles, children’s entertainment and refreshments. Everyone welcome.
COMMUNITY GARDEN: The annual sale of produce from the garden will take place in the church grounds following 9.30am Mass on Sunday next, August 25. All proceeds will be donated to Trocaire.
KERRY BAR REUNION: The Kerry Bar closed 13 years ago and in honour of the year of the Gathering there’s a reunion night for its customers planned for the Winners Circle next Saturday, August 24 from 9pm. Music, finger food, craic. Everyone welcome.
ABBEYFEALE PARISH OUTING: The annual August parish outing takes place on Tuesday, August 27, leaves from the church yard at 9am and will take in Blarney, Macroom and finish in Killarney. Seats are at a premium after the success of the earlier outing in June so contact Peg asap on 068 31232 to reserve yours.
GOLF CLASSIC: Abbeyfeale Tidy Towns Committee are going to host a fundraising golf classic at Castleisland Golf Club on Saturday, August 24 next. Teams of four €100. To book tee times, contact John 0872210400 or Castleisland Golf Club on 0667141709. The town is looking very well under the summer sun and great credit is due to the hard working committee, all support would be appreciated to enable them to continue the good work.
COLAISTE IDE AGUS IOSEF: The school re-opens for 1st. years on Monday next. Imagine! The summer is over.
PRACTICAL GARDENING: As you might have seen from the posters and leaflets around town, the horticultural course running at the Abbeyfeale Community Education Centre will be running under the new title of Practical Gardening. If you want to find out more about this course and other courses running at the centre, an information evening will be held at the old vocational school on Thursday 5th September from 7.00-8.30.
FAMILY FUN DAY: The Family Fun Day at the Town Park will take place on Sunday, August 25. The forecast is good and there will be plenty of entertainment for all the family with face painting, guess the?, games etc. This is a fundraiser for the Town Park and your support would be gratefully appreciated.
PILGRIMAGE TO FINAL DAY OF KNOCK NOVENA: The theme of the final day of the Knock Novena on Thursday, August 22 is ‘Faith, Heritage and looking to the future’ with preacher Fr. Gerry Fitzpatrick, Carmelite Monastery, Derry. Spiritual Director of the pilgrimage is Canon John O’Shea. Further details, tickets and novena leaflets from Sean Broderick or Peg Murphy.
HERITAGE WEEK EVENTS: The Heritage Service / OPW have organised a number of free events to celebrate Heritage Week in the Abbeyfeale district.
Listowel Castle - Lecture ‘Revolution in North Kerry 1913 -1923’ On Thursday, August 22 at 7.30 pm author and local Historian Tim Horgan will give an illustrated lecture on Revolution in North Kerry 1913 -1923 exploring incidents from the War of Independence & Civil War in North Kerry, with a special focus on events in the Listowel Area. Venue the Kerry Writers Centre, Listowel. Admission is free, and all are welcome. Phone Listowel Castle on 086 3857201 for more details.
Uilleann Piping recital - Award winning uilleann piper, Mikie Smith will play a series of traditional airs, jigs and reels in Desmond Hall, Newcastle West at 4 pm on the evening of Saturday, August 24 . Admission is free. Phone 06977408 for details.
The West Limerick Singers Club - On Sunday, August 25, at 4 pm the West Limerick Singers Club will hold a ‘singing session’ at Desmond Hall.This event will be held in the castle’s five hundred year old banqueting hall which has undergone a complete restoration and has amazing acoustics. Admission is free. Numbers are limited so those interested should arrive early to avoid disappointment. Phone 06977408 for details.
SUE RYDER: Half Price clothing sale starts today! End of summer sale on women’s, men’s and children’s clothing. Definitely worth a look! Tickets for the Doll’s House are still available. Don’t forget our books are just €1 each or 4 for €3. We welcome donations of clothing, shoes and bags for the shop, and recycling. Unfortunately we are unable to recycle old quilts, pillows, broken toys or electrical items.
COMMUNITY ALERT NOTES: A tip to prevent burglaries is to place a metal or wooden rod in the track on sliding glass patio doors to prevent them from sliding open.
ABBEYFEALE 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: 087 1184160.
CYBER BULLYING SEMINAR: Ireland South MEP Sean Kelly will host a national Cyber-Bullying Forum in Limerick on September 27, in order to raise awareness and inspire action to prevent online bullying.
The Cyber-Bullying Forum, takes place in Kilmurry Lodge Hotel, Limerick City on Friday, September 27 from 9:30am – 12. The forum is targeted at parents, school principals/teachers, youth groups, and community liaisons in particular, and all those interested in this issue. To register or for more information, please contact: Tel: 061-468788 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
FEALE FIT: Fealefit recently launched our New website, check out www.Fealefit.com for all our current and up coming events in September, Especially the new Biggest Loser Campaign. Fealefit are delighted to be helping Abbeyfeale United FC organise their 4 Mile Run / Walk on Sunday, September 1, its guaranteed to be a great family day out with refreshments, activities and entertainment planned pre & post race. Contact Shane 087 2891015 or Kadie 087 7771552 for details.
ABBEY HERITAGE TRAINING INITIATIVE: The Abbey Heritage Project in Abbeyfeale is pleased to announce its new F.E.T.A.C. Level 3 Certificate in Employability Skills starting in September 2013 which will offer the following modules: Application of Numbers, Career Preparation, Communications, Computer Literacy, Media Expression, Desktop Publishing, Digital Media, Graphic Design, Internet Skills & Work Experience. The programme, which is funded by FAS, runs for 36 weeks. The programme details are available on the FÁS website www.fas.ie. All candidates must check their eligibility and register their interest with FÁS. Further information on the programme is available from Dearbhla Conlon Ahern on 069 61316 or Adrienne O’Connell 069 79110.
NEWS FROM THE ADULT EDUCATION CENTRE: At our Abbeyfeale Centre, we will have a variety of courses starting in September, it is never too early to put your name down and reserve a place. From, Childcare, Healthcare, Business Studies, Office Admin and Retail Skills, Furniture Restoration and all levels of Computer Courses, we have something for everyone. All courses are Fetac Accredited. We also have a number of Community Education Courses, including Sewing, Computer Courses, Cookery Classes and Yoga, Pilates and Exercise Classes.
DRAMA AT THE SEANCHAI: The Seanchaí Centre, Listowel will run a series of performances of the works of the Kerry writers including John B. Keane & Bryan MacMahon every Wednesday, Thursday & Friday at 12 noon and 2 pm during July & August, as part of the tour of the Kerry Writers’ Museum. For more information tel. (068) 22212/57927.
BUS TO DICK DARBY’S: John Joe Herlihy is running a bus from the Square, Abbeyfeale every Thursday night to the dance he runs in Dick Darby’s, Killarney. Contact 087 9735113.
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; Wednesday 10am Timothy &Elizabeth McAuliffe, Thursday 10am John Connell Duagh.
Friday 7pm Mary O’Rourke Months Mind. Saturday 11am Christy Hartnett The Hill
Saturday7pm. Eily Mai Barry & Lane family, Jimmy Collins Main Street. Sunday 9:30am Jackie & Ann Lyons Knocknasna, Teresa Lyons New Street.
Sunday 12noon Nora Fealey, Ballybehy Months Mind.
Adoration continues Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 6-8pm and Tuesday and Friday 10am - 10pm.
BODYCARE WELLNESS CENTRE: The Bodycare Wellness Centre has moved to 3 Mountmahon, Abbeyfeale.. Telephone Chris O’Shea 0872293636.
BUS: Leaving Abbeyfeale Square at 7.40 pm every Tuesday for Castleisland Bingo. Contact Eoin Stack 0872522402.
AUTUMN FAIR: The Desmond complex are holding an Autumn Fair on Sunday, August 25 from l pm to 6 pm. It’s a day for all the family with games for the children, face painting, stalls selling a variety of goods and live music. We will also be selling lines for a draw with some fabulous prizes. The 1st prize is two nights B&B in the Vienna Woods Hotel, Cork, 2nd prize is a signed Limerick jersey kindly sponsored by Adrenalin Sports and 3rd prize is one month’s membership of the Woodlands Hotel Leisure Centre. There are lots of other prizes which are too numerous to mention that have been sponsored by businesses in the Newcastle West and West Limerick area. The fair is a fundraiser and also an occasion for the locals to have a look at our impressive facilities and find out what we do. This fair is intended as a fundraiser, but it will also provide information to the people of the local area on the facilities we provide for various groups of people from far and wide, if you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us on 069 62757. Your support will be greatly appreciated. Please come along and enjoy the day. The Fair will be held indoors if the weather is inclement.
LEGION OF MARY: The collection last weekend in aid of the Emigrant Newsletter totalled €1323.00. This amount will go a long way toward the expenses of Nuacht Na Feile for another year. The members of the Legion of Mary involved with same offer all the generous subscribers a very sincere thank you.
ADULT SUICIDE BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP: A support group meets on the first Wednesday of every month from 7-9 pm 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.
BALLROOM 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.
DANCING WEEKEND: Maureen Finnegan NCW is running another of her famous dancing weekends from Friday, October 18 – Monday, October 21. There are still a few seats available. For more information and booking contact Maureen 087 9845102.
GROW MOVEMENT: Grow the community mental health movement meets on Thursday’s at 8pm, in the Station Room in The Desmond Complex Newcastle West. The group offer support and friendship to people who may be experiencing difficulty in life. People who suffer from anxiety depression isolation loneliness shyness or finding it difficult to communicate are most welcome to come along and no introductions are necessary.