DEATH: Fr. William P Lane 1926-2013 formerly of New Street, Abbeyfeale, and more affectionately known as Fr Bill, passed away peacefully in Seattle, Washington USA on Saturday, October 19 after a short illness. Requiem Mass followed by burial will take place in Seattle on Monday, October 28 – on the day that he would have celebrated his 88th birthday. Fr Bill will be sadly missed by all his family and friends on both sides of the Atlantic. Mass in Abbeyfeale Parish Church to be arranged at a later date.
CAR BOOT SALE: A car boot sale in aid of West Limerick 102 Community Radio will be held on Sunday 27th October at Newcastle West Community Centre. The gates open at 7.30am and admission is only € 2. To book a table and additional information from 069-66200.
INFORMATION EVENING: This evening offers residents of Abbeyfeale and environs an opportunity to highlight any issues or views they may wish to be addressed in the preparation of the Proposed Local Area Plan for the town. The information session will be held at St. Ita’s Hall from 6-8pm on Wednesday, October 23.
WEDDING BELLS: Congratulations to Breeda O’Sullivan who married Graham Buckley in The Church of the Assumption last Saturday. We wish them every happiness in their married life together.
FEALESIDE BUSINESS EXPO: A group of business traders have come together to showcase what Abbeyfeale has to offer. They are hosting an exhibition on Thursday next, October 24 at the GAA from 7-10pm. It’s open to the general public, admission is free and parking will be supervised by Abbeyfeale Search and Rescue. It seems that over 80 stands have been confirmed promising giveaways, Entertainment, Promotional Discounts and Vouchers including €55 off membership fees for Castleisland Golf Club, Food and Wine tasting, Entertainment, Virtual Golf, Massage, Hair Styling, Product Sampling. Feale the Pink registration on the night.......any queries; James 087 7449958.
BE ON YOUR GUARD: Audacious plans are afoot for a night of terror at the Town Park on Halloween. All will be revealed next week.
A CELEBRATION OF LIFE IN MUSIC: It is planned to take a bus 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. Tickets need to be reserved so anyone interested in travelling by bus is asked to contact Tom on 0872632096 by Sunday, October 27. 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. Proceeds to South West Counselling Centre, Killarney and Kerry Rape Crisis Centre. For more information call 064 6636416.
GET WELL SOON: Every good wish to Mary Harnett (sister of Jackie the Poet) who is recovering in hospital after an operation. Glad to see Dee Harnett home after his stay in hospital. We wish you both the best of health.
‘FEALE THE PINK’: Shane O’Connor reports “A colourful and exciting event is planned for Abbeyfeale Saturday, October 26 at 5pm to raise awareness and much needed funds for Local Cancer Research. ‘Feale the Pink’ will start with a walk, but not just any walk, a Parade of Pink from Fealefit in Mountmahon through the Main Streets of Abbeyfeale followed by entertainment in the Town Square and in local pubs. So start getting that pink costume and props togetherand start to ‘Feale the Pink’. Please bring a candle on the day also as we will remember those that have lost their battle with cancer in the past. Pre-register for Feale the Pink at the Fealeside Business Expo on October 24.” Contact Shane 087 2891015 for further details.
TRANSITION YEAR STUDENTS GET INVOLVED IN ARTS WEEKEND: The TY students from Colaiste Ide agus Iosef performed a mime in JD Harnett’s shop window last Saturday, it was very well received by a very enthusiastic audience of shoppers, passers by and well wishers. A big thank you to Niamh and Shane Curtin along with Erin Cotter Sugrue who were the prime movers behind this innovative idea to include young people in the Arts Assembly and to the students whose participation and sense of dramatic timing was exemplary. The next generation of actors and actresses are here so watch out Dickeen, Joan, Denis et al.
MCMAHON SINGING WEEKEND: PRO Chris O’Shea says; “All roads lead to Abbeyfeale on the 1st weekend in November for the 5th annual Garry McMahon traditional singing weekend hosted by the West Limerick singing club, taking place on November1- 4 . A full calendar of events are guaranteed again this year with the official opening on Friday night in The Ramble Inn bar at 8pm by our chairman Tom McKenna and Professor John A Murphy of UCC, this will be followed by singing and storytelling in both the Ramble Inn Bar and Leen’s Hotel.
Saturday will start with a free singing workshop from 10.30am to 1pm in St Ita’s Hall, the highlight of the weekend is the newly composed ballad competition at 4pm in the Ramble Inn Bar - this is a very enjoyable event with an amazing variety of newly composed ballad’s competing for the 2013 title. Saturday night will feature a singing session in both the Ramble Inn and Leen’s Hotel.
Sunday begin with Mass at 12 midday as composed by Garry McMahon RIP featuring the Abbeyfeale choir. At 3pm we will have a tribute to Pat Brosnan in Fr Casey’s GAA club, Pat, originally from Lyreacrompane, Co Kerry and now living in Athea, is a well known composer of songs and poems. Also on Sunday singing will continue in the Ramble Inn Bar all evening until late. All are welcome to come along to any or all of those events.”
CHANGE OF DATE: The talks on the purpose of life have been changed to Thursday night from 8 to 9 pm in Leen’s Hotel, Abbeyfeale (up stairs). All welcome.
BRIDGE AGM: Bridge continues every Thursday at the Railway Bar at 8pm.
AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: The next dance is on Sunday, November 10 with dancing to Noel Cronin and proceeds to Abbeyfeale for Africa. Afternoon tea dancing returns to Carrigkerry Community Centre on Sunday, October 27 from 2.30pm to 5.30pm. Music by John Sullivan and Alpine Sound.
SUICIDE AWARENESS: A Safe-Talk seminar on suicide awareness will be held in the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West from 5- 9pm on Thursday, October 24. Newcastle West and District Lions Club and the HSE are joining up to present this seminar. The event is free to all clubs associations, organizations, and individuals in West Limerick. To book places please call Liam on 087-6780456.
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. Practice will be on the Thursday nights for the month of October.
ABBEYFEALE ARTS ASSEMBLY: It’s all over and we won’t know what to do with ourselves without the weekly morning meeting. Denis made the coffee, took the minutes and organised the art exhibition and drama, Merce was the Chairperson who made the cherry scones (now available at the Farmers’ Market by popular demand) and whose idea the whole weekend was, Erin was the organiser to whom nothing was a problem and ideas just flowed from her. I developed an addiction to strong coffee and wrote about what was going to happen over the weekend of October 17-20. It came together beautifully, went off without a hitch ( thanks to Triona’s son who came to the rescue at the showing of the film), the odd passing shower did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm and the very first Arts w/e ever held in Abbeyfeale was a huge success. Helen Hausenfus brought a jazz group to the Glorach, the drama group performed excerpts from three of John B. Keane’s plays, Jackie Harnett read some of his original poems, the TY students from the Colaiste performed a mime in JD’s window, 11 local artists showcased their work, Tom Stone performed a Hamlet soliloquy, Katie Moloney did her best to motivate a hurling team, the youth theatre group did the Cell Block Tango and sang Two Black Cadillacs, Steward Holding, Riona, Laura, Rebecca and Helen sang songs and played music and the Gospel choir performed at Mass as well as in the Glorach. That’s only a smidgin of all that happened here over the past few magical days when we forgot about the Budget and the Grey Protest and instead enjoyed the arts and had a ball.
WINTER FLU VACCINE: The flu injection is available from all doctors’ surgeries in the Abbeyfeale area.
MARIAN’S DANCING: The class will commence shortly at the Community Centre, New Street on Friday nights from 8.30pm.
ICA NOTES: The Mainistir na Féile Guild of the ICA have resumed activities after the summer break. The Guild has twenty four members and would welcome new members, from the Abbeyfeale area and surrounding parishes. If you are new to the area or looking for friendship, then ICA is for you. The Guild meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Adult Educational Centre (formally The Vocational School) in Mount Mahon at 8pm.
ABBEYFEALE YOUTH CLUBS: PRO Anthony Scannell reports that since it is mid term there will be no club meetings next weekend. Instead the Youth Service collection will be taken up next weekend for the support of our Youth clubs.
MEN’S SHED: A huge thank you to the men who made the signs for the Arts w/e and then went out and erected them. I have been asked that if anyone had a second hand fridge or cooker to give away would they contact the mens shed who’d be delighted to take them. The men are also looking for donations of old wood, paint etc.
COMMUNITY ALERT NOTES: A meeting of the branch will be held at the Garda Station on Wednesday, October 23 at 8pm. Everyone welcome.
FEALE FIT NEWS: Fealefit are delighted to be taking part in the Fealeside business Expo at the Gaa Sports complex this Thursday, October 24 from 7-10pm. Make sure to come and support. ‘Couch to 5k’ training this Friday is changed to NEW TIME 6.15pm at the Railway. Fealefit will be running a Halloween Mid-term Kids Activity Camp for national school kids aged 5-13 yrs of age October 30 - November 1 from 11am - 3pm. Fancy dress party on the last day. Contact Shane 087 2891015 for details. Register your child now to avoid disappointment.www.Fealefit.com for all our current and up coming events.
CHANGE IN MASS TIMES: The 8.15 Mass on Saturday morning has changed to 9am. There will be no Mass at 10am on Monday mornings but instead an evening Mass at 7pm.
PARENT AND TODDLER GROUP: The Abbeyfeale Parent and Toddler Group has resumed after a Summer Break on Tuesday mornings from 11- 12.30pm in St. Ita’s Hall. Safe play environment is provided; baby/toddler social skills improve. Language and play skills develop. This is also an important time for Mom and Dad’s to meet, have a cup or tea and chat. Music and movement facilitators will visit the group. New Parents are made especially welcome. Contact Mary on 097 9382883 with any queries.
ANTIQUE AND ART FAIR: The South Court Hotel, Raheen Roundabout, Raheen, Limerick Saturday, November 2 & Sunday 3 from 11am -6pm. Antique Furniture, Irish Art, Jewellery & Silver, Porcelain & China, Books, Coins & Banknotes, Clocks, Vintage Fashion & Accessories.
ABBEYFEALE FOR AFRICA NEWS: Helena Quinn is on the way back to London after her two month stint teaching maths in the school in Fr. Tim Galvin’s parish. In her postings it becomes obvious that this was a life changing experience for Helena and that her future will be forever entwined with the students she met. As part of her commitment to these young girls Helena is hoping to help some to them to continue their education and as first step towards fulfilling that dream we are going to donate the takings from the next monthly afternoon tea dance on November 10 to the Abbeyfeale for Africa fund. You can follow Helena’s adventures on http://soloinsouthsudan.com/
DAY TRIP TO DUBLIN: Sunday, November 24 a day to do as you please. Leaving Newcastle West at 8am. For more details and booking contact Maureen 087 9845102.
MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND: Enrich your marriage at one of the weekends in Killarney November 15 - 17 and Cork March 28 – 30, 2014. Contact 064 6644319, 021 4381511 or www.marriageencounter.ie