Abbeyfeale Feb 1

DEATHS: The death has occurred of Catherine Murphy, (Padua, Clash Road, Abbeyfeale, formerly of London and Sheskin, Abbeyfeale. Sympathy is extended to her bereaved niece, Mary O’Leary, nephew, David Murphy, grandniece, grandnephews, relatives and friends .

DEATHS: The death has occurred of Catherine Murphy, (Padua, Clash Road, Abbeyfeale, formerly of London and Sheskin, Abbeyfeale. Sympathy is extended to her bereaved niece, Mary O’Leary, nephew, David Murphy, grandniece, grandnephews, relatives and friends .

The death has occurred of Jerry (Darby) Browne, Orchard Drive, Abbeyfeale, and formerly of Knockadarrive, Brosna, Co. Kerry..

May they rest in peace.

CINDERELLA: Well done to the Transition Year students for their production of Cinderella panto at the Colaiste last week. It was a most enjoyable night with Andrea Collins as Cinderella portraying a mixture of pathos and gumption and stealing the show with her wonderful singing voice. The Ugly sisters were hilarious with the multi-talented Jackie Harnett proving that there is the making of a comic actress in her and Deidre O’Connor with her impeccable timing providing Jackie with a perfect foil. Muireann Hickey as the lovelorn Buttons was witty and lively, Joanna Maynard as the Wicked Stepmother was menacing and Queen Kerry Ann Finucane with her beaming smile lit up the auditorium as she and her husband His Majesty Matt Hunt discussed the need to get a wife for the Prince. Fairy Godmother Aishling Scanlon was fun, Prince Charming Daniel Leahy was both handsome and regal and his valet Katie Ahern delivered some great lines with panache. We had music and dance, a fast moving chorus line, witty lines that gave us great laughs, a solo from one of the girl’s chorus which was beautiful, Mary O’Brien on piano and memorable sets from Mr Vaughan – the first of many musicals to come we hope, and a hard act to follow. Well done too to all the local businesses who sponsored the students.

YOUTH CAFE: Foróige is holding an information night on Friday, January 31 in St. Ita’s Hall from 7 – 7.45pm. If you are interested in working with youth and have a couple of hours free during the week to volunteer please come along. All our volunteers will be garda vetted and must be over the age of 18. Volunteers should be patient, reliable, self-motivated, responsible, energetic and trustworthy. If you are interested come talk to us! All volunteers will be trained and supported by staff. Standard Foroige’s recruitment procedures apply. Foróige is a national youth development organisation and works with young people aged between 10-18 years. Foróige enables young people to involve themselves consciously and actively in their own development and the development of society. For more information or general inquires contact Laura 087 -1733489 (Volunteer Co-Ordinator) or Bríd 086 – 2043599 (Regional Youth Officer).

YOUNG MUMS GROUP: Young mothers are being invited to join a new group will support their personal development. The group will start in February in Abbeyfeale and names are now being taken. Contact Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883.

ABBEYFEALE MALE VOICE CHOIR: Practice every Thursday @ 8pm in St Mary’s Boys NS. New members welcome from all over West Limerick and North Kerry.

DROMTRASNA N.S. FUNDRAISER: Sliabh Notes with Donal Murphy are in concert in the Devon Inn on Friday next, January 31. Tickets €10 available from the Devon Inn, Sheehys Hardware and Dromtrasna N.S.

BEE KEEPING CLASSES: Plans are in train to run a class in bee keeping in the Adult Education Centre starting in February. Names are now being taken for those wishing to participate. Contact 068 31198.

GLORACH CONCERT: Plans are afoot to hold a musical celebration around St. Patrick’s Weekend in the Glorach. Details to follow.

FEALEFIT: Fealefit will be holding a Fundraising 5k / 10 k walk at the Railway on Sunday, February 16 at 10.30am to raise money for the Special Olympics 2014 which will be held in Limerick this June. We encourage you all to come out and support such a worthy event, all donations welcome & refreshments after in the Railway bar. Fealefit will commence NEW Couch to 5k training Friday February 21 at 6.30pm at Town park. .Fealefit are working in conjunction with St Ita’s Ac Abbeyfeale to coach Little Athletics & develop children’s Athletic capabilities and fitness every Monday 5PM. Contact Shane 087 2891015 or Kadie 087 7771552 for further details.Check out for all details on Classes.

ARA NA FEILE ACTIVE RETIREMENT: Our new committee is as follows; Nancy Wall Chairperson, Joan Leahy Vice Chairperson, Bridie Collins Secretary, Josephine Halpin Assistant Secretary, Bernadette Ahern Treasurer, Mary Moloney Assistant Treasurer, Ann Hennessy PRO, Tess Lane Assistant PRO. Committee; Marion O’Connor, Mary Theresa Cahill, Madeline O’Connor and Mary Healy. Our next meeting is on Wednesday, January 29 at 2pm in the Adult Educational Centre. We look forward to welcoming new members.

ICA NEWS: The Mainistir na Féile Guild of the ICA has resumed for the season and meets again on the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Community Education Centre, Mount Mahon. All members are invited to attend. New members very welcome - if you would like to make new friends do come along.

“ONE FOR THE ROAD” NOW ON SALE: The newly updated edition of “One More For The Road” by Raymond Fennelly is now available to purchase from Ann Lyons shop in The Square. Price €8. The book is also availabe from Amazon and Kindle. For more details check the local Abbeyfeale On Line website at;

‘ST0P IT NURSE’: Athea Drama Group presents a production of the comedy ‘Stop it Nurse’ by Sam Cree. Performances will take place in Con Colbert Memorial Hall, Athea on Thursday 30 continuing Saturday, February, 1 and Sunday, February 2 at 8pm nightly. Suitable for all ages, the play promises much-needed belly laughter and sore ribs. The show is set in the men’s surgical ward of a hospital which is run by the stern ward sister (Hannah Finnegan) who is aided by hard working nurse Holmes (Claire O Connor) and the not so bright trainee Freda Ferguson (Karina Buckley). You have a recipe for hilarious madness and mayhem all in the setting of the hospital ward from hell! The Play is directed by Theresa O’Halloran is a play not to be missed!!

YOUTH CLUBS: Abbey legends are in St. Ita’s on Friday from 8-9.30. Teen unite are in St. Ita’s and Yolo club are in the sports complex on Saturday night from 7.45-9.15. New members are welcome. Youth leaders are only responsible for registered members who sign in and stay until club is over, no one is allowed to leave club during club hours without parental permission.

MEENKILLY N.S. CARD GAME RESULTS: Winners with 14 games; Jer Roche, Peggy Riordan, JJ Leinihan. Runner’s up with 13 games; Dan Reidy, Fintan Quirke, Jeoffery Fitzgerald. Table Prize; Billy Broderick ,Paddy O Sullivan ,Sheila Breen. Door Prize; Betty Daly, Patrick Murphy. Ticket Prizes; Toddy O Conner*2, Paddy O Sullivan, Lisa Mcfadden, Dan Reidy *2.

RAMBLING HOUSE: Minister for Arts, Culture & Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenehan will visit Knockfierna at 2.30pm on Saturday next, February 1 . Mr. Deenehan will launch a guide brochure of Knockfierna which shows famine roads, potato ridges which are still intact since the famine of 1847. All are welcome for this very unique occasion. The afternoon will be followed by entertainment at the Rambling House. All are welcome.

INSE BÁN MACRA CLUB: The inaugural meeting of Inse Bán Macra took place recently. The following are the new officers Chairperson Maria O Sullivan, V Chairperson Selena Gardiner, Secretary Myles Cunningham, Assistant Secretary David Mulcahy, Treasurer Ben O Shea, Assistant Treasurer Shane Brouder, P.R.O Sean Cunningham and assistant John O Donnell.. Names are being taken for the mystery tour leaving the South Court Hotel, Limerick on Saturday, February 1. Get names into Myles by Thursday if interested. Our next meeting will be held in the Halla Inse Bán Temple Glantine on Thursday, February 13. All new members are welcome,Any new members contact Brigid Walsh on 0860822038 or come along to our next meeting. Calling all persons aged between 17-35 years of age with an interested in the sport, public speaking, performing arts and travel or perhaps just the social interaction then Inse Bán Macra wants you.

COMMUNITY GAMES: Abbeyfeale community games are holding a talent night for children of the parish aged between u11-u16 on Friday, January 31 at 7pm in the rugby club any enquiries/entries. Tel Maurice 087 6315169.

MONAGAE RAMBLING HOUSE: Dates for 2014 have been changed to the third Monday of the month. Next Rambling House will be Monday, February 17 from 8.30pm.

CRAFTY CORNER: knitting and crochet class returns after the Christmas break on Tuesday nights 7.30 pm in the Adult Education Centre. New members welcome just come along on the night.

ITA’S SET DANCING CLASSES: Learn to set dance in Monagae every Thursday night from 8.30pm. Everyone welcome.

PANTO: A bus will travel to Puss n Boots performed by the one and only Killorglin players in the I.N.E.C. Killarney on Sunday, February 16, leaving N.CW. at 4.30pm. We will pick up en route at the bus stop outside the Church in Abbeyfeale at 4.45pm. You will have time for refreshments before the performance commences at 6pm. Early booking is advised as this is a very popular event. Contact Maureen 087 9845102.

GATHER BY THE FEALE 2014: The first meeting of the Gather by the Feale ( July 16-20, 2014) took place last Tuesday and it was decided that we will go with more or less the same dates as last year and that the festival will be based on the arrival of the Vikings and their routing by Brian Boru. Our A.G.M. will take place in Leens Hotel on

Tuesday, February 4 at 8pm. We hope that anyone with an interest in repeating or even surpassing the success of the Gathering last July will attend and help us establish a yearly festival. Check out our new Facebook page Gather by the Feale or our website : for regular updates.

COUNTRY MUSIC RADIO: Our own Ann O’Halloran is broadcasting to the world three days every week Wednesday 5-7pm, Friday 1-5pm and Saturday 10-1am. Log onto and leave a request for her.

CD LAUNCH: Maura Nolan from Kilcolman, and a native of Knockfinisk, Athea, is launching her first CD in Saint Ita’s Hospital Newcastle West on this Thursday, January 30 at 2pm. A second launch will take place on Friday,February 14 at the Top of the Town Pub in Athea. They will be music, song fun and enjoyment at both venues and the CD will be on sale for € 15. The CD is also on sale from reception in Saint Ita’s, and also at Maura’s live performances. A percentage of the proceeds from the sale of the CD will be donated to the Friends of Saint Ita’s Hospital. SUE RYDER: Manager Maria Moloney says “ We currently have an extensive range of winter clothing, including coats, jackets, scarves and footwear.At the moment we have a range of new musical instruments including Spanish guitar left for €49. Our books are still only 50 cent eachWe are always delighted to receive donations of clothing, footwear, bags, working toys and bric a brac. We regret that we are unable to accept old duvets, pillows, broken toys or electrical items. Thank you for your continued support.”

TRAINING FOR RADIO: West Limerick 102 is currently running an 8 week training course at its studios in Newcastle West for those over 55 who would be interested in learning how to produce a monthly radio programme aimed at older members of our community. The course runs each Monday and Wednesday from 2pm to 3.30pm and is free of charge. Full details from Connie at West Limerick 102. Ring 069 66200.

COMMUNITY ALERT: Elderly people are very vulnerable at this time of year with the changeable weather and threat of storms, ice and snow. The local branch of community alert would urge people to be vigilant and keep a close eye on their neighbours, offer to do the shopping, check that they have enough firing inside and call and visit them. All fire alarms should be tested at least once a month. Carbon Monoxide alarms should be placed on a work surface or window sill in a kitchen or any room with a stove or open fire.

VISIT TO THE DAIL: Maureen Finnegan is running a day trip to the Dail on Wednesday, March 26. Leaving NCW at 8am. Breakfast and dinner in the Harbour View Hotel, Naas. We will be having a guided tour of the Dail - you will be pleasantly surprised as to how beautiful this building. There will be some free time in Dublin for you to do as you please. Contact Maureen for more details and booking 0879845102.