DEATH: Sincere sympathy to the family of the late Kathleen Crowley, Dromtrasna whose death, in her 98th year occurred last week. May she rest in peace.
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.
FAMILY FUN DAY: The postponed Family Fun Day at the Town Park will now take place on Sunday, August 25. Further news on this next week.
BUS TO HURLING SEMI FINAL: A bus will travel to Croke Park on Sunday, August 18 leaving Abbeyfeale at 6.45am. Fare Adult €30, Student €20. Tickets must be purchased in advance from Abbey Coaches 068 31232.
ROCKING AT LIFE: Huge congratulations to Katie Moloney and her team; Assistant Directors Tom Lee and Daniel Hannon Murphy, Stage managers Mary Sexton and Margaret Curtin, Costume Design; Evelyn Murphy, Choreographer; Deana Morrisey, Vocal Trainer; Orla Leahy, Lights; Ian Walsh, Sound; Tayla Fonseca on their wonderful summer show which ran over last weekend to full houses every night. My personal highlights were young Laoise Morrisey singing the Carrie Underwood classic ‘Two Black Cadillacs ‘ Katie and Denis Murphy in the back of the church during Mass in an D’unbelievables skit, Connie Sheehan and Tina Moloney making a birthday cake as the Rubberbandettes and the Cell Block Tango with Orla’s group. The whole night flowed seamlessly from one act to the next thanks to Mary and Margaret, lights and sound were perfect and it was just the best night with hip hop dance, song, drama and comedy. Well done to everyone, the hard work all summer was quite evident.
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.
DEATH: The death has taken place of Peg Glorney, Ballingarry, who died peacefully at Beechwood House Nursing Home in her 94th. year. Peg was the eldest daughter of Dan The Farmer Harnett, late of Kilconlea Upper. Peg trained as a nurse in Manchester in the late 1930s and experienced first- hand the horrors of World War 2. When Peg returned to Ireland she nursed in Limerick before her marriage to Austin Glorney. Peg and Austin operated a very successful grocery business in Ballingarry until their retirement.
In recent years Peg’s life story has featured in the Macalla magazine and also in the Harnett Reunion Magazine.Peg is survived by her husband Austin, daughters Marguerite and Helen, sisters Mary and Breda, grandchildren and many nephews, nieces and cousins throughout West Limerick.
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.
CONGRATULATIONS: Dan and Maureen Murphy were awarded a Year of the Gathering Award at the recent Fleadh na Mumhan awards in UL. The recent award was presented to Dan and Maureen in recognition of their work in the promotion of Irish culture at home and in Britain. Dan and Maureen founded the Fleadh by the Feale here in Abbeyfeale and apart from what that has done to promote traditional music in the area the Fleadh has brought visitors and business to the town and put it on the map. Dan is not well and we send all good wishes to Dan and Maureen in this difficult time.
SUE RYDER: This week we have an assortment of items on sale, including good quality frames for that special painting and a vast collection of knitting patterns. We are also selling selected summer items at half price so considering most of our items are priced between €2 and €4, there is definitely a bargain to be found in our shop this week. Just look for our half price rail. We continue to sell tickets for the Doll’s house, a strip for €1 or 3 strips for €2. We always welcome donations of clothing, shoes and bags for the shop and for recycling. Once again thank you for your continued generous support.
HORSE AND PONY RACING: The annual horse and pony races take place at Relihans Inch on Sunday, August 18 next. The hurling semi final between Limerick and Clare will be broadcast live in the marquee.
COMMUNITY ALERT NOTES: If you have a smartphone you should know the IMEI number (international mobile equipment identity) so that if it is stolen then you can block calls being made on it. The code to download the IMEI is *#06#.
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.
“Cyber-bullying, or Bullying by social media, is a problem of epidemic proportions affecting mostly young people. It is a very serious challenge for parents, teachers, mental health and youth/community workers. It has fuelled a national and Europe-wide debate on how to best to tackle the issue,” Sean Kelly said. “In very real and shocking terms, over 1,700 young Europeans are at risk of death by suicide this year due to bullying and cyber-bullying according to research by a leading charity, Beat Bullying UK. Unfortunately, many tragic deaths of young people have already been linked to cyber-bullying in Ireland already.” The Cyber-Bullying Forum, takes place in Kilmurry Lodge Hotel, Limerick City on Friday, September 27 from 09:30 – 12:00. 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.
GROW IT YOURSELF: Limerick West GIY with the aim of inspiring people to grow their own food goes on the road again and this month we will pay a visit to Chris Enright’s growing area in Morenane, Kilcornan on Thursday, August 15 with meeting time for the garden tour for 7pm. If you plan to attend and need directions please text your name to Chris on 0879918956.
FEALE FIT: Fealefit recently launched our new website; check out www.Fealefit.com for all our current and up coming events. 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.
SEISUN: The annual seisun run by Templeglantine Comhaltas takes place every Thursday at 9pm in the Devon Inn. The seisun runs weekly over July and August and is a great attraction for both visitors and locals. Check this week to make sure it’s on before you travel as the Fleadh is on in Derry this week.
BRUACH NA CARRIAGE NOTES: The Summer Seisiún is now on each Tuesday night at 9pm in Bruach Na Carraige Rockchapel.
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. The Adoration will continue during the Summer months.
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.
MOTORISTS PRAYER: Before I take my place behind the wheel I pray, O Sacred Heart – Guide me on my way. Virgin Mary, Morning Star, from every danger guide this car.Thou dear Lord who gave it to enjoy, Grant that its purpose be to save and not destroy. Amen.
COUNTRY KINGDOM: Joe’s Country Kingdom - an internet radio programme. It’s on every Tuesday 8 - 11pm (Irish Time) (New York, Ottawa etc 3-6pm) (West Coast USA 12noon-3pm) (East Coast Oz 7am-10am Wed) (NZ 9am-Noon Wed) and every Saturday 9pm - Midnight (Irish Time) (Add one hour to Tuesday times). It features Irish Country Music, humorous stories and Cowboy Corner and is presented by Joe Harrington. Wl102’s own Ann O’Halloran is also a presenter with a show every Friday afternoon. Listen on onwww.irishcountrymusicradio.