WARNING RE DANGEROUS SITUATION: The following press release has been received; “ An alert has been issued by the HSE to all men who will be attending The Ballroom of Romance in Fr. Casey’s, Abbeyfeale on Sunday July 21. The HSE warns that men wearing long johns to this event may run the risk of very high blood pressure as a bevy of beauties dressed in 1950s style will line the marquee. This coupled with the lively dancing and the expected warm weather would indicate that the long johns should be left at home.A spokesman for the Abbeyfeale Gathering Committee reacted angrily to the HSE statement. “The HSE should mind its own business”, he said, and continued” All men are welcome to the Ballroom of Romance, long johns or no long johns”
ARTS AND CRAFTS: Art and Crafts Display at the Schools Reunion Colaiste Ide agus Iosef Friday, July 19 from 5.30pm. Further information contact Madeline 0879707989.
GENEALOGY PROJECT: Breda Deedigan, Manager of the Adult Education Centre tells us that their Genealogy project is based on mapping the old cemetery. On Heritage Day July 17 there will be a brief presentation on the project and some interesting facts about some of the graves found in the graveyard. Also all visitors to the centre on the evening will be given a memento of the work, which will include a map of the cemetery; this is all being funded by Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board.
OPEN DAY AT ORGANIC COLLEGE: Everyone is welcome – if you’re a prospective student, interested in organic growing, organic food or just looking for an afternoon out for the family then do come along. There will be:Tours of Gardens all afternoon,Organic Vegetable & Plant Stalls,Organic Food/Light refreshments.Admission is free. Call us on 063 83604 if you need more details.
‘WELCOME HOME AT THE GLORACH’: There is a wonderful programme of music, song, dance and drama planned for the’ Welcome Home at the Glorach’ on Thursday, July 18 next. We have a sketch on the Limerick Hurlers written by Lorcan Curtin, Sound as a Pound, Scoil Mhathair De dancers and musicians, The Hausenfuss Sisters, The Abbeyfeale Folk Group, Jackie Harnett and her Ceol Iontach group and the Ballaugh Wrenboys, Tickets are going to print as I write, they are very limited so get yours at either Ann Lyons, Batt Harnett or Hickeys Dressmakers. It promises to be a great night.
TIDY TOWNS: A huge thank you to Kevin Kennelly and the tidy towns group who have made such an improvement on the town over the past few months. Fr. Casey’s statue has been cleaned, the Square flower beds re planted, the cobbles washed and several businesses in town have painted their premises and the place is looking splendid in the sunshine.
OPEN DAY AT POLY TUNNEL AT OLD TECH: Tutor Lorcan Curtin says “For those of you wondering what exactly is growing in the poly tunnel in the Abbeyfeale Community Education Centre (Old VEC buildings), you will have a chance to find out over the next two weeks. There will be open days at the poly tunnel on Wednesday July 10 and Wednesday July 17from 10am-12noon, and from 2-4pm. Find out about the vegetables that are in season, and better still, see how they can be utilised in the kitchen with the cooking session that takes place in the afternoon. For further information, contact 068-31198.”
ABBEYFEALE YOUTH CLUBS: Anthony Scannell reports “A great night was had by all leaders on Saturday night. The weather was beautiful and so was the food, big thank you to T.J and his staff for a lovely bbq. Thank you too to Fr. John for his continuing support. Most of all thank you to all the leaders – only for them the clubs wouldn’t be there. Finally all clubs would like to wish Ashlinn O’Connell all the best playing for Ireland’s u16s out in Portugal.”
YOUNG PEOPLE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES: Congratulations to our own Nadine Smith who won the inaugural Miss West Limerick competition in the Devon Inn last night. Student Nadine who is a beautiful singer is very involved in the community of Abbeyfeale and is a member of the Glorach Youth Theatre, Abbeyfeale Youth Ministry and Abbeyfeale Folk Group. We wish her a great year in her new role. Well done to Paul Mulcahy who is also a member of the Glorach Youth Theatre and who asked the first question on Radio Kerry’s Saturday Supplement with Frank Lewis last weekend.
FAMILY FUN DAY: Gather up your teddy bears, get out the picnic basket and head off to the Grove on Sunday, July 21 for the biggest and best family fun day in the West.
A CELEBRATION OF LIGHT WILL TAKE PLACE: Sunday July 21 at 7:30pm in Abbeyfeale Town Park in aid of the Recovery Haven Cancer Support House, which provides support to those on a cancer journey, their families or carers. All services are free of charge.All candles will be lit simultaneously at 8pm in various locations in Kerry and in Limerick. Candles are for sale in all supermarkets in Abbeyfeale and in the Town Park on the evening of the event. Anybody who wishes to participate in song or poem, is welcome to do so.‘Through solidarity and light we aim to bring hope to our community’. A fitting event at the close of Abbeyfeale Gathering Week.
WARNING: To all those intending to cycle to The Ballroom of Romance: please ensure that you have a light on your bicycle. We have been reliably informed that the Gardai will be pulling on the Kerry bridge and those without a light on their bike will be prosecuted and may be fined ten shillings. The Ballroom of Romance is an old style 1950s marquee dance which will take place in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse on Sunday July 21 next. Tickets €10. Enquiries to 087 2500 929 or 087 764 5585.
TRADITIONAL MUSIC SESSION: In conjunction with the Gathering there will be a traditional music session in the Wander Inn, Church St. from 10pm.
MENS SHED: A huge thank you to Denis Collins and all the group who meet at the Men’s Shed every Monday night for making the lovely sign for the Community Garden.
SEISUN: The annual seisun run by Templeglantine Comhaltas begins this Thursday, July 4 at 9pm in the Devon Inn. The seisun runs weekly over July and August and is a great attraction for both visitors and locals.
GROW IT YOURSELF: Limerick West GIY with the aim of inspiring people to grow their own food goes on the road for the next few months. This month we will pay a visit Rachel O’Gradys in Askeaton on Thursday,July 18 with meeting time for the garden tour scheduled for 7pm. Rachel has both fruit and vegetable areas. Rachel is a very experienced organic grower and is always willing to share her knowledge. If you plan to attend and need directions please text your name to 0879918956.On Thursday, August 15 the visit will be to the plot of Chris Enright, Morenane. More details in the coming weeks.
BRUACH NA CARRIAGE NOTES: The Summer Seisiún is now on each Tuesday night at 9pm in Bruach Na Carraige RockchapelThe Seisiún starts with a one hour formal show by the Bruach Na Carraige group, this is followed by tea or coffee with home baking. The second half of the show in an informal session with much audience participation. A great nights entertainment assured. The Bruach Na Carraige Summer Camp in on from July 15-26 . This camp is for children between the ages of 7 and 15 years. At the camp children who have not played music will be taught a few simple tunes on the tin whistle, those who can play will learn more tunes. They will also learn to sing a few traditional songs as well as 5 or 6 ceili dances all this mixed with games and much fun. Details from 087 2205566.
FEALE FIT NOTES: The Abbeyfeale Gathering is fast approaching and Fealefit are organising two fun events not to be missed. On Monday night The All Ireland Nun’s Race will be a sight to behold, a flock of Nun’s running through the streets of Abbeyfeale. The craic is guaranteed to be mighty. On the Tuesday night we will have the Feale Fit Games in the Square. Fealefit will also undertake a Hike & Bike Challenge on the July 20/21 in Aid of Bee for Battens Liams Lodge’s. All support is greatly appreciated. Finally Abbeyfeale United & Fealefit had a very successful Soccer camp with 106 children in attendance. We intend to run a Fealefit Fun Kids Camp From July 29 - Aug 2. Contact Shane 087 2891015 or Kadie 087 7771552 for details.
LADY CATHERINE’S FIRESIDE: A special evening of storytelling, poetry, music and song will take place at The Ploughman Bar on Wednesday, July 17 with our own Lady Catherine and junior seanachai Shane Dillon.
CEILI: West Limerick Set Dancing club ceili on Sunday, July 14 in the Railway Bar Abbeyfeale at 9.00 ish. Music by Ui Bhrians, all welcome.
ABBEYFEALE SCHOOLS REUNION: Past pupils of the four secondary schools and all the feeder national schools in the locality are invited to the new Colaiste on Friday, July 19 from 5.30pm to meet with their compatriots and to see artifacts and photos from the schools and meet past teachers. Denis and Merce Hobson have issued an invitation to Miss Woulfe’s students to visit their old school in New St. from 4.30pm. on the same evening and have promised to have the kettle on.
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.
ABBEYFEALE GATHERING FESTIVAL AND CARNIVAL JULY 14– 21: The Gathering Schools Reunion is almost upon us and we are delighted to say that there is something for everyone over the week. From a rerun of the hilarious Widows Paradise on Saturday and Sunday July 13/14 to the Nuns Race on Monday evening July 15 to the Bog Walk, Feale Fit Games, Carnival, Heritage Walk, Cultural Evening at the Adult Education Centre, Rambling House in the Ploughman, Pub Drama, Welcome Home at the Glorach, Battle of the Parishes Football Tournament, Sheaf Tossing and Tug of War in the Square, Noelie Roche Tag Rugby Tournament, Craft and Food Fair, Fly Casting tuition, Nature walk in the Town Park, Dancing at the Railway, Singing Club at Philip Enrights, Ceili mór, Ballroom of Romance marquee dance. That’s only the half of it, we’re having a Paella and Tapas evening, a world attempt at the Harlem Shake, Sumo Wrestling, a trip to the Barna Tunnel, a slave auction, Open Air Concert, Battle of the DJ’s, Teddy Bears picnic, face painting and the highlight and purpose of the whole week – the schools reunion on Friday starting with tea at Miss Woulfes at 4.30pm, a craft and art display in the Colaiste and displays from all the schools in the area with entertainment and finger food laid on. There’s more but you’ll just have to pick up a brochure and mark off what you really want to see and participate in. The reunion and festival is supported by West Limerick Resources.
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 going to run a bus from the Square, Abbeyfeale every Thursday night to the dance he runs in Dick Darby’s, Killarney. The first bus will leave on Thursday, July 18. Contact 087 9735113.
TUG OF WAR AND SHEAF TOSSING: Gathering Championship Sheaf Tossing & Tug-O-War at Town Square 9pm on Thursday, July 18. Entry fee applicable.
Men & women alike will be participating in this event. Younger participants will be welcome. All proceeds are for the Abbeyfeale & District Search and Rescue, who are an invaluable local resource.
TIMES GONE BY: There are just a few copies left of the book ‘Times Gone By’ which was recently produced in conjunction with Abbeyfeale and District Initative and launched at St. Ita’s Day Care Centre. Pupils from Scoil Mháthair Dé and St. Mary’s Boys School interviewed people attending St. Ita’s Day Care Centre and with the help of the TY students at Coláiste Íde agus Iosef put together this wonderful publication with stories of the lives of our older residents. The book is for sale from Mary on 068 31019 or the local schools. Price €5. Funds raised from the sale of the book will be used to host a seminar on drugs to be held in October.
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.
The Adoration will continue during the Summer months. Up to this the attendance has been good and we appreciate all those who participate. As always we are looking for more people to commit to a specific hour. At the moment we haven’t got anyone to fill the 12-1 and 1-2p.m.slots.on Fridays. If you can do one of these hours please write yourname on the chart or contact Caroline@ 068(31435). There are adoration cards at the end of the church. You are invited to take one and send it to someone you are mindful of during your Holy Hour. One more point, when you have completed your hour please tick off your name on the chart.
GATHERING: ‘’Feale the Gathering’ bands are currently on sale around town at €5 each. These can be used to gain admittance to some of the many attractions during the Gathering and the money raised will help to fund the week of celebrations. Check out all the latest news of the Gathering July 15-21 on twitter @gatheringafeale, our Facebook pages; The Gathering Abbeyfeale 2013/ Abbeyfeale Gathering, blog; http://gatheringabbeyfeale.blogspot.
NAOMH IDE SUMMER CAMP: A summer camp for 5-12 year olds will be held in Abbeyfeale from August 6-9 next. Drama, Music, Team Games, Arts and Crafts and plenty of fun while experiencing the love of Jesus for each of us. Volunteers are needed to assist with the camp. If you can help in any way contact Martina 087 2788834 or Lorraine 086 3765751.