RECOVERY HAVEN: Local volunteer Mary McGill writes “The Recovery Haven, Tralee wishes to thank all those wonderful people who supported and helped us in any way in making The Celebration of Light in Abbeyfeale such a successful and memorable event; all the shops which sold candles, especially Tesco, for facilitating us so readily by permitting us to use their premises for the sales. We also wish to thank all those, who on the evening, helped with song, music and selling of candles and of course for participating in the event. A special word of thanks to Jim O’Connor for allowing us to hold the event in the Park (and choreographing the geese in the pond so amazingly) and last but not least, to Christy Kelliher and the ADSAR team for advice and help.
Please remember that groups or individuals will be very welcome to visit Recovery Haven (just give prior notice Phone no. 0667192122 /Email firstname.lastname@example.org)
PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK: The Legion of Mary is travelling to Knock on Sunday, September 29 next. Tickets for the coach are €20 and payable in advance from Sean Broderick, Bernard Broderick or Peg Murphy.
MUSIC CLASSES: Enrolment for the new season of Comhaltas music classes took place at Halla Inse Bhán on Monday evening last and there was a very good turnout. The first class for the new crop of beginners will take place on Monday evening next, September 9 at Halla Inse Bhán, starting at 6.30pm. Classes resume for all others on the following Monday, September 16th. Enquiries to 069 84039 or 087 9654451
GROW: A four week course starting on Tuesday, September 17 @ 7.30pm in the Clarion Hotel, Limerick Tel 1890474474. Week 1: Tuesday September 17; Understanding your Mental Health/ What Threatens your Mental Health, Week 2: Tuesday September 24; Resilience. Week 3: Tuesday October 1 Managing Stress and Anxiety, Week 4: Tuesday October 8 How GROW Works.
ABBEYFEALE PARISH OUTING: The second outing of the summer was a trip to Blarney and a great day out was had by all. There’s a whole day in Blarney alone but we left in the early afternoon and travelled back to Macroom via Coachford –a lovely scenic route - to visit the Tuesday market there. One of the stallholders there has an Abbeyfeale connection - Mary O’Mahony, daughter of the late Willie Maurice and Mame Harnett, Knockbrack with a selection of shrubs and flowers which she and her husband produce at their garden centre in Ballyvourney - Mary had a great welcome for family members and all her old neighbours and friends. After a late lunch in Macroom we travelled over the mountains back to Killarney where we had several hours to sightsee and shop. The sun was setting over Killarney as we came up over Glounsharoon to the talented playing of Harry O’Riordan, Athea on the mouth organ and Mary Gordon’s sweet singing of the plaintive lament Danny Boy. Another wonderful day out surrounded by neighbours and friends. Thanks from all of us to Tony and Peg Murphy of Abbey Coaches who organised this day out and to Din Joe Doran who looked after everyone and made sure we got back to the bus safely.
SUE RYDER: Today is the final day of our half price shoe sale! Books continue to cost only 20 cents each. We have now started to stock fantastic autumn and winter stock, but still have our summer 50 cent rail for some end of season bargains! We are always delighted to receive donations of clothing, footwear, bags, working toys and bric a brac. We regret that we are unable to recycle old duvets, pillows, broken toys or electrical items.Thank you for your continued support.
A DARE TO SURVIVE: Adare to Survive is a 7.5km military style obstacle course taking place in Clonshire Equestrian Centre, Adare, Co Limerick on Sunday, September 29. Cliona’s Foundation which provides financial assistance to the families of critically ill children is the charity partner and participants are invited to Endeavour | Endure | Enjoy a unique physical and mental challenge, individually or part of a 4 person team, to raise funds for a charity or club of their choice. Full details, including registration is on the event website www.adaretosurvive.com
BRIDGE: The secretary of the Abbeyfeale club has been in touch to say that the club will be resuming on Thursday, September 12 at 8pm sharp and I was asked to emphasise sharp. New members are always welcome and old members cannot be done without. Further information 068 31119.
WEST LIMERICK SET DANCING CLUB: West limerick Set Dancing Club Ceili in Devon Inn, Templeglantine on Sunday, September 8 at 4pm. Music by Donie Nolan & Taylors Cross. Teas etc served and everybody welcome.
ROARING TWENTIES NIGHT: Steve Smith and family are inviting you to dress up appropriately for a night at the Ploughman on Friday, September 13 in aid of Abbeyfeale Community Development. Prizes for the best outfit. Music and light refreshment. Admission €5.
ABBEY HERITAGE PROJECT: 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 Fas website www.fas.ie. All candidates must check their eligibility and register their interest with FAS. Further information on the programme is available from Dearbhla Conlon Ahern on 069 61316 or Adrienne O’Connell 069 79110.
TIDY TOWNS NETWORK TRAINING: Communities taking part in Tidy Towns or environmental activities in the West Limerick area are invited to take part in a one day training session on Invasive Species which will take place on this coming Saturday September 7 as part of on-going training and support being offer by West Limerick Resources and An Taisce through the West Limerick Tidy Towns Network. Training is free of charge and new members are always welcome. To register interest contact Suzanne on 069 79114 or email email@example.com
ABBEYFEALE ARTS ASSEMBLY: The programme for the weekend is coming together as I write and will change and be added to as more offers of assistance come in but just to give you an idea of what to expect over the weekend and to allow you to mark these dates in your diary this is where we are at; Sunday, October 13 Afternoon Tea Dance in Fr. Casey’s with the Seamus Sheehy Band – a fundraiser for the AAA to help with the running of the weekend. Thursday, October 17; Launch of weekend at Abbeyfeale Library with Art/Photography/Craft Exhibition 8pm. Free admission, finger food, all welcome. Friday, October 18; 10am – 2pm Food and Craft Fair in the Square. 7.30pm Musical Soiree at the Glorach featuring Jazz, ragtime and songs from the musicals performed by the cream of Abbeyfeale musical talent. Cheese and wine reception at 7.30pm. Admission €10. Saturday, October 19; 11am Hope to have another walk around the town discussing the architecture and history of the town – not confirmed. 4pm Miss Woulfe’s school reunion in the old school house in New Street for those that missed this return to memory lane in July. Afternoon tea served with the compliments of Denis and Merce Hobson. 8pm; All welcome to the Winners Circle to the 21st anniversary showing of ‘Back home’. Free admission. Refreshments will be served. Sunday, October 20; 8pm Drama & poetry evening in the GAA clubhouse featuring a variety of Abbeyfeale poets and players. Scenes from 5 plays will be enacted along with rehearsed readings and original poetry recitals. Tickets €5.
CHURCH NOTES: Parish office 11-1 Tuesday-Friday 068 31133. A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-8143425, Bereavement Support: 068 / 31203 068/ 31262 068/51984 Console 061-306792. Parish Support Worker 068/31019. Counselling Appointment 061/314213 Church 068/51915, Accord 069/61000 NCW, John O’Shea P.P.: Tel: 068 - 31157 Mobile: 087 – 9708282, Micheál Liston A.P.: Tel: Mobile : 087 – 2314804, C.M.A.C. Counselling: 069 - 61000 - Limerick 061 – 313287, Cura: Limerick 061 71318207 Tralee: 066 27355. Mass every weekday morning at 10am except in the event of a funeral when Mass is 11am. Saturday 11am followed by Confessions, Vigil Mass 7pm, Sunday 9.30am and 12 noon. Mass intentions; Thursday 10am Mike Scannell, New
Friday 7pm Kathleen Crowley, Dromtrasna, Months mind. Saturday 11am Funeral Mass for John Dunne, Main Street who died in America. Saturday 7pm Neilus Healy Ballaugh, Maria Kelliher, 47 Collins Park. Sunday 9:30am John & Margaret Riordan Upper Purt and their son John, Jimmy Sheehy, Kilconlea Upper
Sunday 12noon Kathleen Herlihy and Jerry Herlihy, Month Mind. Jack O Grady Dromtrasna South and Jeremiah Murphy Dromtrasna. September is a month of Beginning’s as children return to school. On Saturday next September 7 at 7pm we begin our Family Mass and invite all families who can come together to join in the celebration and pray God’s Blessing on your family for the new School year.
CEILI DANCING AT FR. CASEY’S: Josephine Hannon O’Connor tells us: “Dance classes for adults will resume at the GAA club on Wednesday nights beginning on September 4. Starting time 9pm. Anyone out there with the basic steps for dancing are welcome. Classes for beginners will resume in Athea at a later date. I will keep you posted. For further information. For further information contact 087-9267037 0R 087-6101936.
3 DAY AUTUMN BREAK TO WICKLOW: Great South Trail have announced that “ A three day short break is being organised to the beautiful County of Wicklow with visits to Dublin and Waterford cities also being included. The tour begins on Monday, September 30 from Limerick on the 8.55a.m. Train to Dublin. Following a five hour stop-over to explore our capital city and another train journey to Arklow the holiday base will be reached after 6p.m. This is the oldest hotel in Ireland at Woodenbridge www.woodenbridgehotel.com where two nights dinner, bed and breakfast will be provided in the Lodge. There is a walkway from the hotel to the famous beauty spot of the ‘Meeting of the Waters’ in the Vale of Avoca. On Tuesday October 1 there will be a full day coach tour of Co. Wicklow including Avondale (home of C.S.Parnell), Glendalough and a walk along the old railway line at Tinahely which has been developed by the local community. On Wednesday October 2 there will be a 1 hour coach transfer to Carlow followed by a direct train to Waterford. There will be four hours to browse our most ancient city and its many visitor attractions before departing on the 4.25p.m. train to Limerick (arrival 6.40p.m.) where the tour ends. The cost is €175 per person sharing (€215 for single room) and includes two nights dinner, bed and breakfast, all train and coach trips and admissions to attractions in Co.Wicklow. The cost would be much higher were it not for the generosity of Iarnród Éireann who awarded the Great Southern Trail (organisers of this tour) one of their ‘The Journey Is On Us’ free railway trips which they offer to several community groups each year. The Dublin-Arklow railway is one of Ireland’s most scenic lines with long stretches hugging the Irish Sea before it enters the woodlands as it passes through the Vale of Avoca. The Waterford-Limerick line also has a fair share of scenery as it travels the Suir Valley passing Sliabh na mBan, the Comeragh, Knockmealdown and Galtee mountains. Please contact Liam O’Mahony, 9 Bishop St., Newcastle West, Co.Limerick 087 6471956, firstname.lastname@example.org if interested. Numbers must be finalised by Monday, September 9 and a non-refundable deposit of €40 paid by then, to ensure accommodation and seat reservations on the trains. Cheques should be made payable to “Great Southern Trail”.
TOASTMASTERS: The first night of the new season of West Limerick Toastmasters is Wednesday, September 4 at the Desmond Complex from 8.30pm – 10.30pm. 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. New members are always welcomed. For further information contact Donnacha on 086 8494505.
COMMUNITY GARDEN: Sale of produce in aid of Trocaire had to be deferred to Sunday, September 8 and will take place after morning Mass on the day. We will have new potatoes, vegetables, apples, rhubarb and jams available and appreciate your support.
TRIP TO THE SWISS COTTAGE: Knockfierna Heritage Society will hold their annual outing to Cahir Castle, The Swiss Cottage, Rock of Cashel, Holy Cross Abbey on Sunday, September 29. Previous outings have proved to be most enjoyable occasions. Mr. Philip Lynch of Kilkenny will be tour guide for the day. Those interested in travelling on this outing please contact Pat O’Donovan Newcastlewest & Rathkeale 087 9977340, Marion Hanley Ballingarry 087 9741387, Mary O’Keeffe 087 6990816. Cost €20 per person.
ORAL HISTORY INITIATIVE: West Limerick Resources will be running an Oral History Training Initiative this autumn. Training will consist of two elements. Participants will develop Oral History Interviewing techniques as well as examine the legal and ethical issues relevant to gathering Oral History. The second element of the training will focus on digital voice recording and editing techniques. Training will also explore how oral history can contribute to the local heritage of communities and identify suitable ways of showcasing their research. Training is expected to begin in October and to run one evening per week for 10 weeks. The course is free of charge and open to people living in the West Limerick area. To register for the programme contact Suzanne on 069 79114 or email email@example.com
TIDY TOWNS NETWORK TRAINING: Communities taking part in Tidy Towns in the West Limerick area are invited to take part in a one day training session on Invasive Species which will take place on Saturday September 7as part of on-going training and support being offer by West Limerick Resources and An Taisce through the West Limerick Tidy Towns Network. Further details to be announced shortly. To register interest contact Suzanne on 069 79114 or email firstname.lastname@example.org