DEATH: Sincere sympathies are offered to the family of the late Margaret Scannell, (née Fealey) of The Hill Abbeyfeale whose funeral was held last week. We also offer our sympathies to the wife and family of the late Peter Healy, Hill Road whose funeral took place on Tuesday last. May they both rest in peace.
CLASSES IN THE ADULT EDUCATION CENTRE: Genealogy (Tracing Your Roots) is starting Wednesday, March 20 from 2-4pm for 10 weeks, and Irish for Beginners is starting Wednesday, March 27 from 2.30-4.30pm for 10 weeks. Places are limited on these courses, so please contact us at 068 31198 to reserve a place. The Lifelong Learning festival continues all this week. All are welcome to call in and see what is on offer.
AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: An afternoon tea dance with music by Mike Condon will be held at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse, Abbeyfeale on Sunday, March 24 next. This is a fundraiser for Unicef who are currently looking after in overcrowded camps up to 60,000 unaccompanied children from Syria. Dancing 3-6pm. Admission €5. Raffle.
ARA NA FEILE ACTIVE RETIREMENT: Our next meeting is on this Wednesday, March 20 @ 2pm in the Adult Educational Centre.
ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE: Well done to Murphy Woulfe Solicitors who won the prize for the best float with their straw house being attacked by a wolf – gettit! It was a terrific parade held under cold but dry conditions and was enjoyed by adults and children alike. A bum note though was struck if you’ll pardon the pun by the young wan who was to be seen outside Billy Mann’s on Main St. at around 2.30 am in a little black number and nothing else – was she your daughter and if she was why weren’t you out looking for her.
PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK: A pilgrimage to Knock to celebrate the Year of Faith takes place on Saturday, April 20 next.
LIMERICK LIFELONG LEARNING FESTIVAL 2013: The Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival 2013 will take place on Thursday, March 21 Red Door Venue, The Square, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick from 11am to 2pm. This event will showcase the best of Adult Education in West Limerick. Exhibitors include Abbey Radio, West Limerick Resources, Crafty Corner, County Limerick Childcare, Broadford Community
Development Association Ltd, County Limerick VEC, Kilmeedy Horticulture and Kilmeedy Healthcare Support. It is open to the public and admission is free. For more information contact Adrienne O’Connell, West Limerick Resources on 087 277 3294.
KERRY IFA FARM FAMILIES LUNCH: A cocktail reception followed by a four course luncheon which will in turn be followed by a Fashion Show and entertainment takes place on Easter Monday, April1 at the River Island Hotel, Castleisland in aid of Pieta House and Talbot Grove Centre. Tickets available from Bridie O’Connor 0872680258 or on the door.
ABBEYFEALE YOUTH CLUBS: Abbey Legends are in St.Ita’s Friday 8-9.30pm. Teens Unite are in St. Ita’s Saturday 7.45 – 9.15pm. Teens Cois Feile have a rehearsal for their depiction of the Passion and Death on the Cross, the members are asked to be at the church for 7.45pm sharp on Saturday.
MEENKILLY CARDS: Final night March 26. It’ll be a party night so be there!
COMMUNITY ALERT: The committee will be applying for funding to install security systems this month so if you are aged over 65, living alone or with another person aged 65 or over then you should apply for a system to any member of the committee asap. There is no guarantee that funds will be available in the next Budget so if you are entitled to a panic button now is your chance to get one. Applications will close at the end of the month for this round of funding. Committee members are Phil and Micheal O’Kelly, Killarney Road, Mossie Gleeson Kilconlea, John O’Sullivan Meenkilly, Seamus Stack, Cahir, Buddy and Brenda Barry, Cahirhayes, Kathleen Collins, Cahirhayes, Mary Jo O’Connell Knocknasna, Sean Broderick, New St or Marian Harnett, Knockbrack. We have decided to set up a text alert system in Abbeyfeale so as to keep up to date on suspicious vehicles, callers etc. If you wish to get involved please give your phone number to any member of the committee or to the Garda Liason Roger O’Donoghue.
ABBEYFEALE TIDY TOWNS: Thanks to Tony Murphy and Din Joe for the work they do clearing the road from Mountmahon to Abbey Coaches every week and the gentleman from St. Ita’s Sheltered Housing who looks after the church yard. I’ve also spotted Bill Doyle on the Kilmorna/Killarney Rd. out picking up rubbish.
RADIO PRODUCTION OPEN DAY: Sign up for the next FETAC Level 5 Radio Production Course at our Open Day in St. Ita’s Hall on this Friday, March 22 from 11am to 1pm. See behind the scenes of a radio station, learn how to create an ad with the team, find out how to set up your own business and learn computer skills. Visit www.abbeyradio.com or contact 068 51790 for more information.
ST. MARY’S BOYS N.S.: Official opening Sunday, March 24. Mass at 12 noon followed by tape cutting in the school, followed by refreshments and annual Walk to the Well.
BEST WISHES: It’s good to see a new business setting up in Abbeyfeale in these recessionary times and we wish Pia Scannell ( 087 7797223) all the best with her new business in Church St. selling flowers and home baking, free range eggs and kitchen accessories.
ABBEYFEALE’S SUE RYDER CHARITY SHOP: Lots happening at Sue Ryder Abbeyfeale this week!We are currently organising a raffle for the fantastic dolls house on display in the shop. This beautiful house retails at €130. Tickets are selling for €2 a strip or 3 strips for €3!We have had a donation of knitting wool in various colours and are selling most balls for 50c each. Furthermore if you buy 4 balls you get one free so 5 for €2. The Transition year in Colaiste Ide agus Iosef will be holding a fashion show on Thursday, March 21 and we are proud to be part of this occasion. We hope to show just what quality and varied clothing can be found in your local charity shop at just a fraction of the original cost. You just have to take the time to browse through our shop on the Main street. We also wish the Transition students every success on the night. Finally to mark our 1st year since opening, the Sue Ryder Foundation Ireland, provided our volunteers with a mini bus so we could visit our complex in Nenagh. I know I speak for all 12 who made the trip when I say that we were so impressed with every aspect of the visit. We were welcomed by the managers Mary and Sinead who advised exactly just how the funds from our shop and all the other Sue Ryder shops in Ireland are relied upon and used. They currently have 51 residents in their apartments in Nenagh. Each home is light and modern and decorated to the resident’ own taste. They are independent and individual yet at the same time have modern security equipment. We were all struck by the real atmosphere of community there. A main 4 course meal is served 365 days, each resident’s laundry and each apartment is cleaned once a week. Residents have 24hr access to a very comfortable lounge area, library and prayer room. A supervisor is available 24 hrs a day. Our visit was finished off with a wonderful afternoon tea prepared by the chef there. Thank you again to our wonderful hostesses and to our fantastic volunteers who gave up yet more of their free time to take the trip.
Please remember we always welcome donations and we also appreciate any plastic or paper bags you may have at home.
GROW IT YOURSELF: Limerick West GIY with the aim of inspiring people to grow their own food will hold its March meeting on Thursday, March 21 @ 7.00pm sharp in D&M Garden Centre, Croagh with new growers and old hands all welcome. This months talk will be given by Chris who will speak about cabbage and their versatility in that they can be harvested all year round by planting different varieties. If you love your greens, this talk will be excellent for both the new grower and the experienced old hands. There will also be our first seed / plant swap of the season so please bring any unwanted seeds or excess plants and who knows you might just pick up that seed / plant you have been looking for. There is no need to bring anything if you don’t have spares and you can still take what you see during the swap. GIY’s vision is for a healthier, more connected and more sustainable world where people grow their own food. The organisation brings people together in community groups and online to inspire and empower them to grow vegetables. More information from www.giyireland.com.
ADHD/ADD: A Parent Support Group has reconvened Tuesday Nights @ 7pm - 8.30 pm in St. Ita’s Hall. Support Group Coffee evening Free and open to parents with children who have ADD/ADHD.
IRISH COURSE: Croí na Gaeilge (Tel. 085 1541560) is holding a Leaving Cert. Oral Irish intensive 4 hr preparation course on Sunday March 24 from 2-6p.m. given by an experienced oral examiner/native speaker & open to all 6th and 5th year students. Early booking is advisable.
GLORACH NOTES: The days are getting longer, the weather is getting worse and preparations are well underway for a new play that will be taking place at the Glórach Theatre in Mid-April, watch this space for further details.
YOUTH 2000 MUNSTER RETREAT: Youth 2000 will be hosting a youth retreat (for 16-35 year old) in Mount Mercy College, Model Farm road, Cork city from Friday 22 – 24 March. A big attendance is expected at this donation only event, with newcomers very welcome. The weekend will consist of a programme covering masses, talks, music, workshops, testimonies, meet new people etc. Residential – so please bring a sleeping bag if you wish to stay overnight. Under 18s to download booking form from website. For more information contact 086 3301766 or check out www.youth2000.ie.
LOOKING FOR YOUR PATH: The sisters at St. Joseph Carmelite monastery near Tallow in Co. Waterford invite single women between 22 and 40 years to experience their Carmelite Life during a monastic weekend from Friday 22 - 24 March. For further information contact Sr Teresa at (058)56205, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit website www.carmelitetallow.org See poster on display at back of church.
DAY TRIP: Do you want a good day out with great company, excellent food and breathtaking scenery? Can’t guarantee the weather but anyone will tell you that travels with me that we are usually blessed with good weather. We are leaving Newcastle West at 8,45.am on Sunday, March 24 and we will pick up en route. We are visiting a castle in Athlone that was featured on Nationwide with Mary Kennedy a few weeks ago. To set us up for the day our first stop will be for full Irish breakfast at Dooley’s Hotel, Birr where Kevin will be waiting to serve us. We will be returning to the hotel again in the evening for a delicious choice of menu dinner. While in Athlone there will be time for you to do as you please. For more information and booking contact Maureen 087 9845102.
DYING TO BE A POET: Compassionate Communities invites you to submit poems on the universal experience of death, dying, loss and care, to be displayed during the 3rd International Public Health and Palliative Care Conference at the Strand Hotel, Limerick on April 25 - 27. This NOT a competition, but is a platform to display your work. Please send your poems to: Caroline Macken, Compassionate Communities Project,Milford Care Centre, Castletroy, Limerick before March 22nd.
MAY BREAK: Fabulous May Break Sunday May19-24. This break will not break the bank €345 pps. Two nights in the Skylon, Dublin. We will be visiting the Dial, Ritchie Mints Sweet Factory, Russborough House, in Blessington, Co. Wicklow. Newgrange/Knowth in Drogheda. Three nights in the Yeats County Hotel, Rosses Point, Sligo. Each day we will go to a different place and our driver/courier will keep you informed about the history, folk lore and any other details about where we are travelling. Every evening after a delicious dinner we will have dancing in our hotel. You will have full use of the Leisure Centre plus you can if you wish book to have a massage, sea weed bath, manicure, pedicure, sauna etc. at a very good reduced price. For more information and booking contact Maureen 087 9845102.
CRAFT AND FOOD FAIR; We are planning to hold a huge craft and food fair during the Gathering to celebrate the crafts and local food of the area and would welcome input from local craftspeople and artisan food producers. We are also celebrating 10 years of the Abbeyfeale Farmers Market this year so if you would be interested in taking a stand over the weekend of July 19/20 next please contact 087 6866450.
LENTEN SERIES OF TALKS; Wednesday nights at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse from 7.30pm. Wednesday, March 20 ‘What did Jesus teach us about Heaven and Hell’ with Prof. Eamonn Conway. All welcome.
DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES: Bookings are now being taken for the pilgrimage from June 21-26. Contact the parish office.
FEALE FIT NEWS: FealeFits final Couch to 5k training before the big race is this coming Saturday, 23 at 11am Community Centre Tournafulla in preparation for the Tournafulla 5k on March 31. Check out www.tournafulla5k.com for details. Race organisers will be present this Saturday for registration,€5 for walkers & €10 for runners. Contact Shane 087 2891015 or Kadie 087 7771552. Also Best of Luck to all involved in ‘The Brawl in the Hall’ Hopefully a great night for both Clubs.
WEST LIMERICK 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: 068 51888 or 087 1184160.
BEAUTY PROGRAMME: West Limerick Resources with the support of the DSP and Co Limerick VEC is offering places on “The Beauty Programme” with modules in: Beauty, Make-up and Skincare, Nutrition & Healthy Eating, Confidence Building, Career Planning and Job Preparation. Participants will have the opportunity to learn new skills and build confidence in their own abilities. Those who demonstrate skills and interest will be supported into FETAC accredited training. Participants must be over 18 and in receipt of a Social Welfare payment. For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact: Finn on 087 759 1951 or 069 61316 or email@example.com
.JOBSEEKERS ROOM: A Jobseekers’ Resource Room has been opened in Abbeyfeale Community Education Centre (open Mondays and Wednesdays: 9:30am-1:30pm & 2-5:30pm and Thursdays: 12:30-5pm). Users can: search the web for jobs; write and print CV’s; and take away relevant literature on work and training and education opportunities. An Information Assistant will be on hand to assist you, should you request assistance. For further information, please phone 087 3290483. The service is free. This is a West Limerick Resources initiative.
PARENT & TODDER GROUP: The Abbeyfeale Parent and Toddler group has now restarted. Open to all parents with young children who are not in school yet. Children play with toys that are chosen to promote their development and do an activity (painting, play dough etc) while parents chat and have tea. Parents must stay. Contact Linda @ 087-9382883.
AN TIONAD GLAS: They plan a Potato Celebration Day on Saturday, March 23 from 11-1.30pm. The shop at the College stocks a large selection of organic seeds, potting composts, implements, seed potatoes and much more; this is open each day Monday to Friday 9.30-3.30.
WRITERS GROUP: New members are always welcome to join the writers group who meet weekly at the Adult Education Centre. For further information contact Madeline on 06832444.
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.
COME DANCING: Classes have resumed at the Community Centre, New Street, Abbeyfeale from 8.30pm every Friday night. Learn the waltz, quickstep, and jive, shoe the donkey and much more. Please note earlier start.
THOUGHT; “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”
OLD STAMPS; Used stamps wanted by the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, Castleview Gardens, Clancy Strand, Limerick and the Kiltegan Fathers, St. Patrick’s Missionaries, Kiltegan, Wicklow.
CHURCH NOTES: Mass every weekday morning at 10am. Saturday morning Mass 11am followed by confessions. Vigil Mass 7pm. Sunday Masses 9.30am and 12 noon. Adoration resumes on Tuesday from 8am – 10pm. Novena to St. Anthony every Tuesday during 10am Mass. Mass Intentions : Thursday 10am Patrick Collins, 1st Anniversary, Friday 7pm Greta O’Rourke 1st Anniversary. Saturday 11am Patrick Sonny O’Sullivan. Saturday 7pm Dan Joe Murphy, Banard 1st Anniversary. James O’ Mara, Church St. Sunday 9.30am Jack Casey, Knocknasna, Denis Collins, The Hill. Sunday 12 noon Eileen and Danny Collins, Clash, Mary May Lane, Dromtrasna. Sunday next is Palm Sunday – palm blessed at all Masses. Stations of the Cross every Friday morning during Lent after 10am Mass. Perpetual Adoration continues Monday 10am – Saturday 12 noon.
WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: Next meeting on Wednesday, March 20 at the Desmond Complex 8.30 – 10.30pm. Learn the skills of speaking in public in a supportive atmosphere. New members welcome. Further information from Bill on 087 9079223.
RURAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICE: The Rural Employment Service (R.E.S.) works with individuals who are long term unemployed and who want to make a positive change in their lives and who see employment as a central part in that change. This service is free & confidential. The service also provides information on training & education opportunities and support in creating a career plan. You can contact Dearbhla in the Abbeyfeale Education Centre in Mountmahon on 068 32444.
ADULT SUICIDE BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP: A support group meets on the first Wednesday of every month from 7-9pm at Console House, 114 The Grange, Raheen. Family, friends, work colleagues and community bereaved by suicide all welcome. You do not need an appointment to attend. Further information 061 306792.
SET DANCE CLASSES:. Adult set dancing classes take place in the Community Centre, Ballyhahill on Monday nights 8.30 – 10.30pm and in the Ballintemple Inn Newcastle West and the Con Colbert Memorial Hall Athea, on Tuesdays at 8.30pm. A great way to exercise while having a good laugh. All are welcome to the classes.
A.C.T : Knockdown Vintage Club and Estuary Macra Club are holding a fundraising Raffle and Vintage Run in aid of A.C.T. (aid cancer treatment) The prizes include Hotel Breaks Hampers Vouchers Galway Crystal Perfume etc. The draw will take place on Saturday, March 23 in the Knockdown Arms. Signed Kerry and Limerick jerseys and a Munster jersey are among the items to be auctioned on the night. On Sunday, March 24 a Vintage Car and Tractor run along with a modern Tractor run organized by Estuary Macra will take place starting at 12.30pm at the Knockdown Arms. They will cruise along the highways and byways of the locality and return by Glin Castle to Knockdown. An Auction will follow with items such as Silage Bales, Turf Timber Motor Accessories etc to be sold off. Your support for this very worthy cause would be much appreciated. For Vintage enquiries contact Dave 087-2500938 or Patrick 087-2452695. For Macra enquiries contact Patrick 086-0682600.
HOSPICE WALK: The annual Good Friday walk in aid of the Kerry Hospice Foundation will commence at the Cashen Pier at 5.00pm on Friday, March 29. Sponsorship Cards are now available and your continued support is greatly appreciated. For further information please phone (066)7131015
HEEL PRIK CARD: After March 31, the HSE plans to destroy the blood samples of a whole generation of Irish children born between 1984 and 2002. These samples were taken from the heel of every baby born in this country. They are used to screen newborn infants for a variety of diseases. The decision to destroy a store of almost twenty years of samples on ‘ data protection’ grounds is a disgrace. If your child is aged between ten and thirty it is possible to have their Heel Prik Card rescued from destruction and sent to you. You can obtain a form at www.newbornscreening.ie or phone the HSE at 1850 24 1850. You need to have the forms, copies of birth certs etc sent in before the end of March
ARDFERT RETREAT CENTRE: Exploring our Spiritual Journey with Fr. Frank Downes OP on Saturday, April 13 from, 10.30-4.30pm. Saturday, April 20 : 2 - 6 pm; Mindfulness - the practice of cultivating moment to moment awareness in our lives. Presenter: Norma Buckley. Booking 066-7134276. E.mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
SEARCH FOR ROOTS : Catherine Scully b1924, in Ballymullen, Tralee. She, from age 8 was brought up in St. Joseph’s, Killarney and emigrated to England around 1945. Her daughter would like to contact relatives, particularly Scully, Gallagher, Walsh and Hanafin families. Contact: Jean Eslick (nee Scully) at email@example.com