Abbeyfeale August 31

CAR BOOT SALE: The monthly fundraising Car Boot Sale and Indoor Market in aid of WL102fm will take place next Sunday at the Community Centre, NCW ( beside the GAA pitch). Gates will open at 7.30am. Further information 06966200.

CAR BOOT SALE: The monthly fundraising Car Boot Sale and Indoor Market in aid of WL102fm will take place next Sunday at the Community Centre, NCW ( beside the GAA pitch). Gates will open at 7.30am. Further information 06966200.

A BIG THANKS TO SO MANY PEOPLE: Jim O’Connor, Chairman of the Gathering Committee 2013 writes “It all started in November 2012 when a meeting was called looking for support to hold a Gathering festival in Abbeyfeale.

By mid February we had 19 people working on ideas. The schedule of events was finalized in June. It was wonderful to work with a group of dedicated, hard working positive people. A hundred thousand thanks to the Gathering Committee, Abbeyfeale & District Search and Rescue, An Garda Siochana, Abbeyfeale Anglers, An Glorach, Fr. Casey’s GAA Club, Abbeyfeale Rugby Club, football teams from the eight neighbouring parishes, Fr. O’Shea, Eamonn O’Liatháin, Margaret O’Shea, Ita O’Connor and Breda Deedigan Abbeyfeale Community Education Centre and to each and every person who gave donations, sponsorship and especially those who participated in the various events.

For once the maxim of “taking part is what really matters” holds true. Above all we would like to thank West Limerick Resources/Rural Development Programme 2007-2013 for their support without which the Gathering festival would not have been the success it is. Limerick County Council also deserves our thanks. We welcome feedback and look forward to holding a similar event next year Le cúnamh Dé.

ABBEYFEALE TIDY TOWNS: Our first Autumn Clean-up is scheduled for Saturday, August 31. Meeting point is The Square at 11am. The clean-up will run until 1pm. All volunteers are most welcome and your efforts are appreciated! Please bring along a brush on the day if possible! Any queries please contact Kevin Kenneally, Chairperson on 087 7772770.

ABBEYFEALE ARTS ASSEMBLY: Erin Sugrue says “The Abbeyfeale Arts Assembly weekend is being organised by a few interested individuals who have come together on a voluntary and not for profit basis, to celebrate the arts in Abbeyfeale through music, drama and other mediums. We are an ad-hoc grouping that has formed specifically for the purpose of organising this event. It is our intention that all activities are open to the public and provided free of charge - where possible. A cover charge will have to operate for the music and drama nights but any proceeds made from the weekend will be given to local charities after basic costs have been covered. The working group who are putting together this programme are: Merce Hobson, Marian Harnett, Erin Sugrue and Denis Hobson. A growing team of event volunteers are also committing their time, skills and baked goods to this community venture!

What better way to crown a highly successful ‘Gathering’ year for Abbeyfeale, then a celebration of the best of Abbeyfeale on stage and on screen! It is proposed that the Abbeyfeale Arts Assembly will be held from Thursday, October 17 -20.

The idea for this event started with the proposed screening of the film ‘Back Home’, 21 years after it was developed as part of a summer youth project. Generous local sponsorship provided the funding for this initiative and nearly 220 people were involved either directly or indirectly in the production.

Featuring many familiar faces and locations, it is fascinating to see how the town has developed in the intervening years!

Rather than curtailing the fun to one night, it has been proposed to extend the celebrations to feature a range of local dramatic, artistic, visual and musical talent from the Abbeyfeale area on 4 successive nights.

To kick off the proceedings, an exhibition of art, crafts and photography will officially launch the programme on the Thursday night. This will be followed on Friday night with a jazz and musical evening. The ‘Back home’ film will be shown to the public on Saturday night and the weekend will draw to a close with a night of drama, poetry and prose on Sunday. A food and craft fair will operate in the square for the farmers market on Friday morning and a repeat reunion will be held in Mrs Woulfe’s old school – back by popular demand!

Further events may be announced in due course as the ideas and offers of help are now flooding in!

THREE 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 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, 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.

TRANSITION PROGRAMME: Limerick Youth Service in association with Limerick Sports Partnership will facilitate two Primary to Secondary Transition workshops in west Limerick on Wednesday, August 28 and Friday, August 30 respectively.The Primary to Secondary Transition Programme introduces students the different subjects, extracurricular activities and the often confusing timetable that awaits them in secondary school.

The workshops also address communication, peer group pressure, bullying and the fears and expectations that some first year students may have. On Wednesday, the Transition Programme will be held in Desmond College, Newcastlewest while the team will be in Scoil Mhurie agus Íde, Abbeyfeale on Friday.

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.

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

FEALE FIT NOTES: Fealefit recently launched our New website, check out 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. A great warm up race for Killarney’s Women’s Mini Marathon on September 14, Contact Shane 087 2891015 or Kadie 087 7771552 for details.

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 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. Further details to be announced shortly. To register interest contact Suzanne on 069 79114 or email

ENERGY MANAGEMENT AND RETROFITTING COURSE: West Limerick Resources has a limited number of places available on a four day course in Energy Management and Energy Retrofitting taking place the first week in October. The course will provide learners with a grounding in the key elements that can improve the energy performance of existing buildings. The course will provide a theory primer on heat loss, energy and power and will instruct participants how to appraise a site and propose possible remedial actions. The course is free of charge and aimed at learners with a basic knowledge of buildings and building construction and is suitable for construction workers to architects, energy advisers and assessors. Contact Suzanne on 069 79114 or email

PRACTICAL GARDENING COURSE: Attention all those with an interest in gardening, all roads lead to the Abbeyfeale Community Education Centre (old VEC, Mountmahon) on Thursday, September 5. A full outline of the newly titled Practical Gardening (formerly horticulture) course will be given on the evening, as well as a chance to see first hand some of the projects that last year’s students undertook, including the polytunnel, where the promising peppers and tomatoes should be beginning to ripen. So feel free to come along from 7.00-8.30 pm to find out about this course, if we’ve enough of a crowd a harvest party might break out!

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.

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 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.

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; 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.

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.

MUSIC CLASS: The enrolment night for the traditional music classes run by Templeglantine Comhaltas takes place on Monday next at Halla Inse Bhán from 7.30 to 9.00pm and all those who wish to attend the classes for the coming season should ensure that they are registered then. Information regarding arrangements for the commencement of classes in the refurbished Halla Inse Bhán will be given on Monday night at the enrolling.