Abbeyfeale Feb 8

DEATHS: The death has occurred of Margaret (Peggy) Foley (née Collins) Ballaugh, Abbeyfeale. Sympathy is extended to her bereaved husband Hauleen and family. The death has also occurred of Fr. Edward Morrissey, Killarney Road, Abbeyfeale and formerly of Brosna, Co. Kerry. Former P.P., St. Edward’s, Rusholme, Manchester. Sympathy is extended to his bereaved nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, relatives, fellow clergy and friends. The death also occurred this week of Micheal O’Connell Dromtrasna O’Brien and we offer sympathy to his family. May they rest in peace.

DEATHS: The death has occurred of Margaret (Peggy) Foley (née Collins) Ballaugh, Abbeyfeale. Sympathy is extended to her bereaved husband Hauleen and family. The death has also occurred of Fr. Edward Morrissey, Killarney Road, Abbeyfeale and formerly of Brosna, Co. Kerry. Former P.P., St. Edward’s, Rusholme, Manchester. Sympathy is extended to his bereaved nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, relatives, fellow clergy and friends. The death also occurred this week of Micheal O’Connell Dromtrasna O’Brien and we offer sympathy to his family. May they rest in peace.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS WALK: Fealefit will be organising a Fundraising 5k / 10 k walk at the Railway on Sunday, February 16 at 10.30am to raise money for the Special Olympics 2014 which will be held in Limerick this June. We encourage you all to come out and support such a worthy event, all donations welcome and refreshments after in the Railway bar. Anyone who wishes to help or donate refreshments for the day please contact us.

ATHEA DRAMA: Due to the unprecedented numbers attending the show Athea Drama Group’s latest production “Stop it Nurse” is extended for a final two performances next weekend with Sunday night’s performance in aid of Chernobyl. Doors open at 7pm, admission €10.

SINGING CLUB: West Limerick singing club monthly singing session this Thursday night, February 6 in the Ramble Inn bar 9.30 pm All welcome.

PRESENTATION OF THE LORD: We celebrated the Presentation of the baby Jesus at Mass last Saturday night and well done to Martina O’Sullivan who co-ordinated a piece around the story with a very quiet baby- the star of the show. He looked totally at home, lay back into Simeon’s arms like he was never going to leave and took in all that was going on with a most interested eye. Buddy Barry’s smeg and shock of white hair lent itself to his portrayal of Simeon and the whole production helped to bring the story to life. Mass was also enhanced by the wonderful singing of Rebecca Stryker accompanied by organist Dee Dennison. Well done to all and thanks to our new curate Fr. Joe Foley who facilitated the piece.

MEENKILLY N.S. CARDS: Winners with 13 games; Pat Curtin, Catherine Collins, Julia MurphyRunners up with 12 games; Noreen O’ Callaghan, Liam O Connor, Jamie McEnery. Table prize; Nora O’ Riordan, Betty Daly, Marion Roche. Door prize; Jimmy O’ Connell, Maureen Roche. Tickets; Fintan Quirke. Joanie Audsley, Donal O’ Conner, Eileen Murphy, Patsy Kelly and Billy O’ Connell.

SELF HELP AFRICA: John O’Sullivan the organiser of the annual collection for Self Help Africa thanks everyone that supported it and who helped raise €613.25.

COMMUNITY ALERT: The contact details for the Confidential Garda Line is 1800 666100, it’s a free call if you see something or have concerns that you want to discuss. In the meantime why not call to visit a neighbour or friend in a nursing home, I visited a person the other evening and as I walked through the hallway I overheard one elderly lady say to another “wouldn’t I love to see someone I know coming to see me” and if you think of it she had been probably sitting there in her wheelchair all day with just trips to the dining room to relieve the monotony.

YOUTH CAFE: Foróige supported by Limerick Youth Service held an information night on Friday, January 31 in St. Ita’s Hall. If you are interested in working with youth and have a couple of hours free during the week to volunteer please contact Maurice on 086 2428949 or Bríd 086 – 2043599.

FEALE FIT NEWS: The Fealefit Crew will be climbing Mangerton in Co. Kerry this Sunday, February 9, leaving town square at 8am. Promises to be a great day out, all welcome, come along and get some fresh air, exercise and enjoy that great sense of achievement at the end. We will commence NEW Couch to 5k training Friday February 21 at 6.30pm at Town park. Fealefit are working in conjunction with St Ita’s Ac Abbeyfeale to coach Little Athletics & develop children’s Athletic capabilities and fitness every Monday 5PM.Contact Shane 087 2891015 or Kadie 087 7771552 for further details.Check out for all details on Classes..

PARENTING PROGRAMME: A Pavee Point Parenting Programme will run on Wednesday February 26 and March 26, 2014 in the Abbeyfeale Community Education Centre from 10am - 12 noon. The parent programme consists of a presentation and activities which explore the value of education, enrolment processes for pre-school, primary and secondary school structure, the difference between the Leaving Cert and Leaving Cert Applied, attendance, the Education Welfare Board, bullying and discrimination and access programmes for University and Grants. This programme is run by West Limerick Resources with the support of the VEC and in conjunction with a Health and Beauty programme which starts this Wednesday February 5th. Contact Mary on 087 9382883.

RETREAT: The Annual Retreat for Duagh/Lyre/Abbeyfeale takes place in Ardfert Retreat Centre on Sunday, February 9. To book a place phone Betty on 068 45355 or 087 920 7756.

“STOP IT NURSE”: It has often been said that laughter is the best medicine, if that is the case then the local doctors can consider early retirement because the current Athea Drama Group production is hilarious beyond belief. ‘Stop it Nurse’ is a side splitting depiction of the carry on in the Men’s Surgical Ward featuring Karina Buckley as a dizzy student nurse– her attempts at injecting Donal Woulfe in the bum with a needle the length and thickness of a bicycle pump were pure farce and had us in stitches (pun intended!). Donal, playing a hen pecked husband with a heart of gold and a girl friend with questionable dress sense was totally comfortable in the character and has developed great depth as an actor over the years. Damien Ahern was the Athea supporter whose wedding day came second to the big match with Carrickerry and his tussles with the Carrick supporter Jack Denihan were great fun. Damien’s sense of timing was impeccable and at times he was nearly the cause of a collective seizure in the audience – we were delirious with mirth at some of his asides. A battle axe of a Ward Sister with wonderful delivery and her side kick played by Claire O’Connor and a supporting cast which included a safe man who could stir up trouble in a nunnery and whose dream about a long lost love provoked much hilarity. Abbeyfeale native Annette O’Donnell also featured as the visitor from hell, and the bride to be along with her threatening big brother and bookie Lal Browne completed the cast. Laugh is it...

LANGUAGE AND PLAY ABBEYFEALE: The Abbeyfeale Language and Play group runs every Tuesday morning in St Ita’s Hall from 11am-12.30pm. This is an opportunity for parents to develop friendships in a safe and friendly environment, while their children play and socialise together. The groups is supported and facilitated by West Limerick Resources with professional Language and Play facilitators also attending some sessions. New members are always welcome.

YOUTH CLUB NOTES: Abbey legends are in St. Ita’s on Friday 8 -9.30pm. Yolo are in St. Ita’s Saturday evening with Teens Unite in the Sports Complex from 7.45- 9.15pm. Leaders would like parents to know that it is a club rule that each youth signs in to club each night. Young people are not allowed to leave the club before it finishes unless parental consent is given. If a parent is concerned whether their son are daughter is attending club they can contact a leader on 0876210490 on Monday between 12 -1pm.

ABBEYFEALE HARRIERS ANNUAL HUNTING FESTIVAL: The Abbeyfeale Harriers will be holding their 12th annual hunting festival from February 9-14. It starts on Sunday at Shanahans Bar, Strand, moves to Lyon’s Bar, Scartaglen on Monday, Hickey’s Bar, Knocknagoshel on Tuesday and then the memorial meet for the late Jackie Grady will take place at the Ploughman Bar, Abbeyfeale on Wednesday at 11am. The hunt moves to Ulick’s Bar, Farranfore on the Thursday and finishes on Friday at the Faha Court, Faha . Hunting is on foot and is for fox. All enquiries to Hon. Sec Doug McGuinness on 087 6829044. Visiting Harriers include Togher, Scarteen, Carrickshane,South Tipp, Dungannon.

VALENTINES BALL: The annual Valentines Ball takes place at the Woodlands House Hotel on Friday, February 21 next. Included in the €50 admission is; Music in hotel foyer,Four course meal with complimentary wine, Followed by music to Limerick band FINAL TOUCH and disco by DJB. There will be a raffle on tickets for weekend hotel break and numerous other prizes. All proceeds on the night to go to Milford Hospice and Pieta House

ABBEYFEALE PARENT & TODDLER GROUP: Due to popular demand a second Parent and Toddler Group will now meet on Thursdays from 11am to 12.30pm in St. Ita’s Hall Abbeyfeale. The Parent led group provides children with an environment in which they are able to play independently with other children, while still having the security of their parents close by. This can be a great help in building a child’s confidence. The group is supported by West Limerick Resources. New members are always welcome.

DRAMA WORKSHOPS: West Limerick Resources will be offering a series of drama workshops across the West Limerick area this spring. The short courses will include acting, directing for stage and technical skills. Courses are free of charge and open to anyone living in the West Limerick area. To apply for a place please contact Suzanne on 069 79114 or email

YOUNG MUMS GROUP: Young mothers are being invited to join a new group will support their personal development. The group will start in February in Abbeyfeale and names are now being taken. Contact Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883.

ABBEYFEALE MALE VOICE CHOIR: Practice every Thursday at 8pm in St Mary’s Boys NS. New members welcome from all over West Limerick and North Kerry.

BEE KEEPING CLASSES: Plans are in train to run a class in bee keeping in the Adult Education Centre starting in mid-February. Names are now being taken for those wishing to participate. Contact 068 31198.

ICA NEWS: The Mainistir na Féile Guild of the ICA has resumed for the season and meets again on the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Community Education Centre, Mount Mahon. All members are invited to attend. New members very welcome - if you would like to make new friends do come along.

“ONE FOR THE ROAD” NOW ON SALE: The newly updated edition of “One More For The Road” by Raymond Fennelly is now available to purchase from Ann Lyons shop in The Square. Price €8.00. The book is also availabe from Amazon and Kindle. For more details check the local Abbeyfeale On Line website at;

CRAFTY CORNER: Knitting and crochet class returns after the Christmas break on Tuesday nights 7.30 pm in the Adult Education Centre. New members welcome - just come along on the night.

ITA’S SET DANCING CLASSES: Learn to set dance in Monagae every Thursday night from 8.30pm. Everyone welcome.

PANTO: A bus will travel to Puss n Boots performed by the one and only Killorglin players in the I.N.E.C. Killarney on Sunday, February 16, leaving N.CW. at 4.30pm. We will pick up en route at the bus stop outside the Church in Abbeyfeale at 4.45pm. You will have time for refreshments before the performance commences at 6pm. Early booking is advised as this is a very popular event. Contact Maureen 087 9845102.

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: Abbeyfeale Drama Group performing ‘Separate Beds’ at Fr Casey’s GAA Clubhouse February 22,23, 25 and March 1,2,4 and 8 next. Doors open 7pm. Show starts 8pm. First night in aid of Lourdes invalid fund.

GATHER BY THE FEALE 2014: Gather by the Feale ( July 16-20, 2014 festival will be based on the arrival of the Vikings and their routing by Brian Boru. Our A.G.M took place in Leens Hotel on Tuesday, February 4 at 8pm. Details next week. Check out our new Facebook page Gather by the Feale or our website : for regular updates.

SET DANCING WEEKEND: The West Limerick Set Dancing club’s workshop weekend takes place at the Devon Inn Templeglantine over next weekend.

VISIT TO THE DAIL: Maureen Finnegan is running a day trip to the Dail on Wednesday, March 26. Leaving NCW at 8am. Breakfast and dinner in the Harbour View Hotel, Naas. We will be having a guided tour of the Dail - you will be pleasantly surprised as to how beautiful this building. There will be some free time in Dublin for you to do as you please. Contact Maureen for more details and booking 0879845102.

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