Abbeyfeale Sept 21

IMPORTANT MEETING: A meeting to finalise the setting up a local community development association will be called shortly. It behoves all those with an interest in the future of Abbeyfeale to make their views heard at this meeting.

IMPORTANT MEETING: A meeting to finalise the setting up a local community development association will be called shortly. It behoves all those with an interest in the future of Abbeyfeale to make their views heard at this meeting.

DEATHS: Sincere sympathy is offered to the family of the late Paul Collins, Limerick and Abbeyfeale and to the family of the late Mrs. Hannah Mai Scannell, St. Ita’s Terrace. May they rest in peace.

LOCAL CONNECTION: Marie Sweeney’s nephew is currently dancing in the Micheal Flatley Lord of the Dance Show at the INEC.

LEARN NEW SKILLS: Last chance to get on the FETAC Level 3 Employability Skills Course in Abbeyfeale. The course is full time and runs for 36 weeks. It will take place in St Ita’s Hall. If you are interested in learning about Digital Media, Career Preparation, Computer Skills etc. then contact Dearbhla on 069 613 16 or Adrienne on 069 79110 Participants will receive a FAS allowance

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.

WEDDING BELLS: Congratulations to Maroita Quirke, daughter of Mary B and Liam who married Adrian Lynch in Abbeyfeale last Saturday. We wish them every happiness in their married life together.

MEN’S SHED: The Shed has reopened and meetings will take place every Monday from 6-9pm.

CALLING ALL PARENTS: Empowering Parents 10 week programme starts on Tuesday, October 1 – December 3, 2013. :Location: The Adult Education Centre (Old Teck) Abbeyfeale. Time 10am- 11.15am. This is a practical and common sense approach to raising positive and confident children. This course helps to discover and develop your child’s innate gifts, to engage and relate effectively, to respond to parenting in a gadget world. This is an opportunity for parents to come along and meet other parents in the community, share tip’s and wisdom and have fun. The 10 weeks will include 2 sessions on nutritional health. Please contact Mary on 087 9382883 for further information. This is a West Limerick Resources Initiative. Free to those in receipt of Rent Allowance or Social Welfare.

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.

COFFEE MORNING: West Limerick Community Radio Coffee Morning will be hosted by Sheila O’ Regan. All proceeds go to Milford Hospice. It will be held on Thursday Sept 19 from 10am – 5pm at the West Limerick community radio office, Enterprise Centre, Sheehans Rd Newcastle West. Further information 06966200.

SEMINAR: ‘OUR YOUTH MATTERS’ A seminar on youth mental health will take place at the Devon Inn Hotel on Tuesday, October 8 at 7pm. There will be four speakers, a question and answers sections and displays from all the relevant authorities. It has been organised by the Abbeyfeale District Initiative in conjunction with Limerick Social Service Council Ltd. Everyone is welcome and admission is free.

MUSICAL SOIREE: As part of the Arts w/e in October we are planning a night of Jazz and songs from the musicals with a sprinkling of bluegrass and country. Local artistes including Helen Hausenfus, Riona Curtin, Rebecca Stryker, The Dr. Mick O’Donnell Group, Mike Guinane and Laoise Morrissey will be joined by a Jazz Quartet from Limerick. It’s all happening at the Glorach on Friday night, October 17 starting at 7.30pm with a cheese and wine reception to get us all ‘In the Mood’. Admission just €10. Tickets will be on sale in early October for a night with a different beat.

SAGART PILGRIMAGE: The Bus will travel from the Church Yard on Sunday, September 22 @ 5am to Shannon Airport. Cost €20.

ARA NA FEILE: The Ara Na Feile Active Retirement Group will return next week and will hold their first meeting on Wednesday, September 18@ 2pm in the Abbeyfeale Adult Education Centre. We extend a warm welcome to old and new members.

COACH TO CORK: The Cork Colleges Coach resumes on Sunday, September 15 leaving Listowel 5pm, picking up in Abbeyfeale 5.15pm, Newcastle West 5.40pm and Dromcollogher 6pm. There are two departures from Cork on Fridays at 12.55pm and 6.15pm. Fare €10 each way.

FEALE FIT NEWS: Well done to all the Fealefit crew who took part in Killarney’s Women’s Mini Marathon and Westfest’s Knights crusade Adventure race last Saturday .We are delighted to announce that we will be starting a New beginners ‘Couch to 5k’ group on Saturday, October 5keep an eye out for times and location in our notes and on Facebook. Contact Shane 087 2891015 or Kadie 087 7771552 for details. for all our current and up coming events in September, Fealefit-Kids, Teen tone, The new Biggest Loser Campaign & much much more...

TIDY TOWNS: Well done to Kevin Kennelly, Marie McEligott and team for securing 220 marks in Abbeyfeale’s first attempt at entering the Tidy Towns competition. The town is looking splendid.

SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN: We invite all those involved in Parish Ministry to attend a Pastoral Area Safeguarding Children information Session. The evening will give people an opportunity to meet their local Safeguarding Representative/s and be updated regarding the newly launched Diocesan Safeguarding Policy and Procedures. The evening will be facilitated by either Fr Chris O’Donnell or Aoife Walsh, along with the local Safeguarding Representatives. We ask people who are actively involved in ministry eg. Sacristans, Eucharistic Ministers, Readers, Children’s Liturgy, Communion & Confirmation leaders, Choirs, Baptismal team, Altar Society etc to attend on Thursday, September 19 @ 7.30pm in Fr Casey’s GAA Clubhouse.

GROW IT YOURSELF: Limerick West GIY with the aim of inspiring people to grow their own food goes back indoors for the next few months as we return to D & M Garden Centre, Croagh on Thursday, September 19 where the subject for discussion will be ‘The Winter Garden and Perennial Vegetables.’ The meeting will start at 7.00pm sharp and all are welcome from the beginner to the experienced old hand. As with all GIY meetings there is no charge to join in. Further information from Chris Enright, Limerick West GIY0879918956.

PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK: The Legion of Mary is travelling to Knock on Sunday, September 29 next. Tickets for the coach are €20 and payable in advance from Sean Broderick, Bernard Broderick or Peg Murphy.

ABBEYFEALE FOR AFRICA NEWS: Local girl, Helena Quinn daughter of Tadgh and Kathleen Quinn, Purt travelled from her home in London to spend two months working with Fr. Tim Galvin on his mission in Sudan. She plans to keep us updated on her blog and in her latest posting says;” And this is by far the most important….when Fr. Tim says “I don’t want to scare you but…” The sentence normally ends with something about man eating snakes, spiders with killer bites, scorpions or land mines and so a sensible amount of terror is prudent.” You can follow her adventures on

SUE RYDER: Books continue to cost only 20 cents each. We have now started to stock fantastic autumn and winter stock, but still have our summer 50 cent rail for some end of season bargains! We are always delighted to receive donations of clothing, footwear, bags, working toys and bric a brac. We regret that we are unable to recycle old duvets, pillows, broken toys or electrical items.Thank you for your continued support.

BRIDGE: Bridge classes every Thursday night at 8pm in the Railway Bar. Further information 068 31119.

ABBEYFEALE ARTS ASSEMBLY: Sunday, October 13 Afternoon Tea Dance in Fr. Casey’s with the Seamus Sheehy Band – a fundraiser for the AAA to help with the running of the weekend. Thursday, October 17; Launch of weekend at Abbeyfeale Library with Art/Photography/Craft Exhibition 8pm. Free admission, finger food, all welcome. Friday, October 18; 10am – 2pm Food and Craft Fair in the Square. 7.30pm Musical Soiree at the Glorach featuring Jazz, ragtime and songs from the musicals performed by the cream of Abbeyfeale musical talent. Cheese and wine reception at 7.30pm. Admission €10. Saturday, October 19; 11am Hope to have another walk around the town discussing the architecture and history of the town – not confirmed. 8pm; All welcome to the Winners Circle to the 21st anniversary showing of ‘Back home’. Free admission. Refreshments will be served. Please take note that it’s been decided to hold the school reunion at Miss Woulfe’s on Sunday afternoon rather than Saturday at 2pm. Afternoon tea served with the compliments of Denis and Merce Hobson. Sunday 8pm; Drama & poetry evening in the GAA clubhouse featuring a variety of Abbeyfeale poets and players. Scenes from 5 plays will be enacted along with rehearsed readings and original poetry recitals. Tickets €5.

BUS TO PLOUGHING CHAMPIONSHIPS: A bus will travel to Ratheniska, Co. Laois on Wednesday, September 25. Fare €30, students €20 - payable on booking seat. Further information from Peg on 068 31232.

SET DANCING CLASSES AROUND WEST LIMERICK: The adult set dancing classes in Monagea Community Centre on Thursday nights at 8.30pm. All are welcome and beginners and advanced dancers will be catered for. Classes resumed in the Ballintemple Inn Newcastle West on Tuesday, September 17 at 8.30pm

RUN OR WALK: Duagh Tidy Towns is holding a 10k run and walk on Saturday, October 5. Registration takes place in the church car park from 10.30- 11.30am with the start at Springmount at 12 noon. Runners, joggers, walkers and families are welcome. Entry is €15 and children are free. There will be refreshments in the church car park at the end of the event. Everyone is welcome to take part and to come along and support. Further details on Duagh Tidy Towns Facebook page

LEARN TO SET DANCE: Josephine Hannon O’Connor writes “The ceili class at the GAA club in Abbeyfeale takes place on Wednesday nights at 9pm. Set dance classes for beginners will take place in the Con Corbert memorial hall Athea starting October 24. Further information from 087-9267037.”

TOASTMASTERS: Next meeting of new season of West Limerick Toastmasters Wednesday, September 18 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. Congratulations to the first time speakers at the first meeting especially Margaret Collins. For further information contact Donnacha on 086 8494505.

TRIP TO THE SWISS COTTAGE: Knockfierna Heritage Society will hold their annual outing to Cahir Castle, The Swiss Cottage, Rock of Cashel, Holy Cross Abbey on Sunday, September 29. Previous outings have proved to be most enjoyable occasions. Mr. Philip Lynch of Kilkenny will be tour guide for the day. Those interested in travelling on this outing please contact Pat O’Donovan Newcastlewest & Rathkeale 087 9977340, Marion Hanley Ballingarry 087 9741387, Mary O’Keeffe 087 6990816. Cost €20 per person.

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

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

COMMUNITY ALERT NOTES: There was a second theft of diesel this summer from the same yard in Abbeyfeale on Saturday night last. Statistics show that homes without a security system are three times more likely to be broken into.

VINTAGE DAY: Knockdown Vintage Club in association with Killeaney AFC is holding its third annual vintage day on Sunday, September 22. All the usual attractions will be on show, including a number of new attractions. The gates open at 12 noon and there will be musical entertainment in the field during the day.