AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: One man band, Noel Cronin, provides the music for the Afternoon Tea Dance planned for Sunday, November 10 from 3-6pm at the GAA clubhouse. This is a fundraiser for Abbeyfeale for Africa. Admission €5. Teas served. Raffle.
DEATH: We offer our sympathy to the family of Thomas Morrissey, Ballaugh and London. Funeral Mass Wednesday at 11am.
GET WELL WISHES: All good wishes for a speedy recovery to John Ward, Ballaugh.
ST. MARY’S GRAVEYARD MASS: A Mass will be celebrated in St Mary’s Graveyard on Friday, November 8 at 8pm.
FASHION SHOW: Gala West Limerick Fashion Show in aid of the Invalid Section of Limerick Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes in the Devon Inn Hotel, Templeglantine on Wednesday, November 6 at 8pm. Cheese & wine reception. Tickets €10 available at the door.
A CELEBRATION OF LIFE IN MUSIC: There are just a few remaining seats on the bus leaving Abbeyfeale on Friday evening to travel to the Memorial Concert in honour of our own much missed Aine Nic Ghabhann RIP which will be held at the INEC, Killarney on Friday, November 8 at 8pm, contact Tom on 0872632096. The concert will feature the Abbeyfeale Male Voice Choir, the GlenEagle Concert Band, Killarney Musical Society and a host of national and international solo performers.
‘IN THE MOOD AND ALL THAT JAZZ’: The concert which took place during the Abbeyfeale Arts Assembly on Friday, October 18 at the Glorach will be broadcast on WL102fm on Sunday, November 10 and 17 from 6-7pm. The concert under musical director Riona Curtin featured ‘Take it Jazz’ the Limerick based group whose leader is saxaphone playing Helen Hausenfus from Clash. It also included gospel and blues, ragtime, the Cell Block Tango from the musical Chicago and much more and was a sell out so this offers an opportunity to people who missed out to hear it.
CEILI: The Johnny Reidy Ceili Band play the Devon Inn next Sunday, November 10 from 3-6 p.m in aid of the Abbeyfeale Christmas lights. Everybody welcome. Admission €10.
KEVIN DUNDON: SuperValu celebrity chef Kevin Dundon visits the Devon Inn on Friday, November 22 for a food demonstration. Mr. Michael Twohig of Twohig’s SuperValu Abbeyfeale, who is sponsoring the event, has nominated Abbeyfeale Town Park as his chosen charity for the night. Better news still, tickets will be available shortly at the unbelievable price of €10 (normal price €20). All proceeds to our beautiful town park.
TIDY TOWN GROUP: The Tidy Town Group under the chairmanship of Kevin Kenneally and committee members Angela O’Rourke, Marie McElligott are currently clearing out the summer bedding plants in the Square and setting some winter bedding with the help of Lorcan Curtin and his Horticulture class and Tus workers Amy Mulcahy and John Casey. Well done to everyone for all the work they are doing to help the town reach it’s potential as the Gateway to the South West. A big thank you, to Jim Cahill, Abbeyfeale Search and Rescue who kept the flower beds wateed this summer and to those businesses around the Square who allowed him use their water supply.
READING GROUP: St. Ita’s Reading Group will meet in the parish office on Wednesday evening November 6. at 8pm. All are welcome
SUE RYDER: Manager Maria Moloney says; “The Sue Ryder Foundation is a not-for-profit charity introduced to Ireland in 1978. The aim of the Foundation is to provide a safe and secure environment for older people. Age brings with it many challenges but, for most people, a nursing home is not always the ideal solution. The Sue Ryder Foundation offers its residents the opportunity to continue living independently within a more supported environment. Currently we operate 6 housing developments throughout Ireland, each of these premises has between 25 and 70 self-contained apartments and bungalows. .Sue Ryder operates 32 charity shops, the proceeds of which go towards the funding of these elderly independent living centres. Our shop here in Abbeyfeale is proud to provide quality items at fantastic low prices. We currently have a large stock of winter coats costing as little as €5! However we urgently need donations of curtains, bed linen bric a brac and any Christmas items you no longer need. Remember, that we also raise funds through recycling clothing, shoes and bags. Unfortunately we are unable to sell or recycle electrical items or duvets. Thank you for your continued support and for helping to make our shop the success that it is.”
SET DANCING AT THE GAA CLUBHOUSE: Josephine O’Connor got in touch to say that the class which she runs on Wednesday nights in the GAA club will begin at the earlier time of 8.30pm for the winter months. Set dance classes for beginners will take place in the Con Corbert memorial hall Athea every Thursday night. Further information from 087-9267037.”
NEW WEBSITE FOR ABBEYFEALE FESTIVALS: Thanks to West Limerick Resources who provided a class over the past couple of months for organisations in the Abbeyfeale area to enable them to set up a website. The Gathering committee were lucky enough to be chosen to participate and the result is a new website to keep the community updated on all that is happening in the most happening town in West Limerick. http://abbeyfealefestivals.wordpress.com
FRIGHT NITE IN THE TOWN PARK: The weather was kind, the moon sailed across a clear night sky and crowds flocked to the Town Park on Halloween Night to have themselves scared witless. The night was a great success and great credit must go to Breda and Maria O’Grady, the staff and committee members of the Town Park and Abbeyfeale Search and Rescue for another mighty community initiative in this most happening of happening towns.
CRAFT FAIR IN CATHERINE MCAULEY SCHOOL: Paintings, Ornaments, Aleo Vera Forever Living Products, Gifts, Handmade Cards, Jewellery, Plants, Tea Cosies, Woodturning, Cakes, Puddings and Jams. These are just some of the items available at the annual fair in aid of the Catherine McAuley school for people with special needs which takes place at Ashbourne Ave, Limerick ( turn right off the Dock Road up by Mary I) on Sunday, November 17 from 11-5pm. Do your Christmas gift shopping and help our special children at the same time.
€2000 MONSTER CARD DRIVE: Raheenagh Hall, Tuesday, November 19 at 9pm. Gigantic Raffle, Refreshments served, Supervised Car Park. Admission €10. All welcome.
CONGRATULATIONS: Sean Broderick was presented with the Bene Merenti Medal during the 12 noon Mass last Sunday by Bishop Leahy. The bene merenti is a medal instituted by Pope Gregory XVI in 1832, and is conferred on those who have exhibited long and exceptional service to the Catholic Church, their families and community. This was the first official visit by the Bishop who mentioned that memories of Abbeyfeale which he travelled through frequently on the way to West Kerry include the speed checks at the top of the town! The Mass was enhanced by the performance of our senior choir of the Mass written by the late Gary Mc Mahon.
THE THREE TENORS: Declan Kelly, Ray O’Hare and Dominic McGorian will perform Christmas Favourites and Classic Hits from Sinatra, Leonard Cohen, The Dubliners, Pavarotti and more on Sunday, December 1st at 8pm in the Resource Centre, Knockaderry. To book your ticket 086 06669676/0872381043/06977401.
REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY: A special Remembrance Ceremony will be held on Friday, November 15 at 7pm. We are invited to send in the names of family members who died outside of the parish that you wish to be remembered at the Mass. Please give in the names at the sacristy. Sr. Bridget Finnucane will speak at the ceremony.
REQUIEM MASS: A Mass for the repose of the soul of Fr. Bill Lane late of Abbeyfeale and Seattle will be held on Wednesday, November 15 next at 7pm.
RACE NIGHT: A Race Night in aid of the Butterfly Club (a social club for children with Special Needs with branches in Abbeyfeale and Rathkeale) takes place at the Rathkeale House Hotel on Friday, November 15 at 8pm. Free Admission. MC Liam Aherne Live 95 and nephew of Ann Lyons, The Square. Auction Race with commentary by Auctioneer and WL102 fm presenter Patrick O’Donovan. Best Dressed Lady award. Your support is requested for this fundraiser which funds a most essential service for our young disabled people here in Abbeyfeale and hinterland.
ICA NOTES: PRO Ann Marie Dennison reports “Mainistir na Féile Guild have been keeping fit over the last few weeks, with a series of line dancing classes with Marian Quirke. This had been very beneficial and enjoyed by all the participants. On Tuesday, November 19 Style Coach Breda Stack will visit the Guild and advice on decluttering our wardrobe and our lives. She will also talk on style and image. So members make a note in your diary. Please note that the Guild will now meet from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.”
FEALE FIT NOTES: PRO Shane O’Connor says “Fealefit will be having our first official Fealefit 5k on December 1 at 10.30am so save the Date for the ‘ Fealefit Festive 5k ‘ .Contact Shane 087 2891015 or Kadie 087 7771552 for details.. Fealefit will also be supporting the Mouncollins 5k Fundraiser on November 17 @ 12.30pm in aid of the Ray of Sunshine Foundation. Seamus Hickey, Patrick Lenihan and Mary Barry will travel to Mombasa, Kenya in January 2014 to help build a school for deprived children in the area.... Finally ‘Fight the Bulge & Fealefit this Festive Season’ with a talk from Nutritional Advisor Eileen Lane @ Fealefit on Wednesday, December 4 at 8.30pm,tickets priced €7...Fealefit.com for all our current and up coming events.”
DATE FOR THE DIARY: The TY Students will present ‘Cinderella at Colaiste Ide and Iosef on Thursday, January 23 and Friday, January 24 next at 8pm sharp. Tickets €10. All welcome.
CHANGE OF DATE: The talks on the purpose of life have been changed to Thursday night from 8 to 9 p.m in Leen’s Hotel, Abbeyfeale. (Upstairs.) All welcome.
BRIDGE: Bridge continues every Thursday at the Railway Bar at 8pm.
FUNDRAISING CEILI: WL102fm’s Bernadette O’Connor tells us that they hope to host a ‘Great Ceilí Night’ on Friday November 22 at Knockaderry Community Centre with music by Donie Nolan from 9.30pm. Teas & Coffee served.
CHOIR PRACTICE RESUMES: Adult choir practice has resumed to prepare for Advent etc.
WINTER FLU VACCINE: The flu injection is available from all doctors’ surgeries in the Abbeyfeale area.
CHRISTMAS NEWSLETTER: Parish Secretary Ann O’Mara says “We are preparing the Christmas Newsletter at present and we invite articles and reports and good wishes from the different organisations of the parish with photographs for this year’s publication. Please submit to the parish office via email email@example.com by Tuesday, November 25 next.”
MARIAN’S DANCING: Learn to waltz, foxtrot, jive, siege of Ennis and much more at the Community Centre, New Street from 8.30pm – 10.30pm every Friday night. Further information 068 32374.
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF: PRO Susan Brown writes “Newcastle West Musical society continues its outstanding production of Fiddler on the Roof over the next two weekends. The show opened to great acclaim for its commitment to drama, singing, choreography, music and the presentation of an exceptionally designed set and beautifully constructed production. The show will run again next Friday and Sunday nights and also on the following weekend November 15/17. The show begins at 8pm in Knockaderry resource centre. Support is hugely appreciated. You will be entertained hugely for the evening. See you there!”
ABBEYFEALE YOUTH CLUBS: PRO Anthony Scannell reports “All clubs resume this weekend after the mid term break. Abbey legends are in St. Ita’s Hall on Friday night from 8-9.30pm. Teens unite are in St. Ita’s Hall Saturday night and the Yolo club are in the Sports Complex on Saturday 7.45-9.15pm. Tickets for No Direction are on sale at each club on Friday and Saturday night at €5.
MEN’S SHED: Meetings take place every Monday from 6-9pm. I have been asked that if anyone had a second hand fridge or cooker to give away would they contact the men’s shed who’d be delighted to take them. The men are also looking for donations of old wood, paint etc.