AFTERNOON TEA DANCING: Dancing in Monagae on Sunday next from 3-6pm at the Community Centre, dancing to Mossie’s Country Roadshow at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse on Sunday, April 14 from 3-6pm and in Carrigkerry on Sunday, April 28 from 2.30 -5.30pm.
ABBEYFEALE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION: The next public meeting of the Abbeyfeale Community Development Association will be held at the Search and Rescue premises, Killarney Road, Abbeyfeale on Monday next, April 8 at 6.30pm. New members will be warmly welcomed into a supportive group with the stated aims of promoting Abbeyfeale where there will be progress updates on the commissioning of a professional town development plan, our tidy town’s efforts, gathering festival plans, Christmas lights funding and much more.
WL102FM NOTES: Joint Manager Connie Broderick writes” On behalf of the Chairperson, Board members, Management, Staff and Volunteers we would like to offer our condolences to the Moloney Family on their recent bereavement. To Michael, Patrick, Susan, Ger and Rachel and their family our sincere sympathies at this time.” The monthly car boot sale and indoor market takes place at the Community Centre, NCW on Sunday, April 14. On the same afternoon popular music presenter Mossie Richardson will be the star attraction with his Country Music Roadshow at an Afternoon Tea Dance in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse from 3-6pm. There will be a church gate collection held at all Masses in Athea on the weekend of April 20/21.
LAST OF THE MEENKILLY CARDS: The committee sent this report from the final night of the card game. “What a great finish to our season with 14 tables taking part,
we would like to thank all our card players for their support during the year, ye never let us down, to all our sponsors who gave so willingly we say a sincere thank you, to all people who helped out on the night and for bringing food for the party night again a sincere thank you. Special thanks to Murphy’s Bakery for the beautiful tarts which they donated on the night and a massive thank you to the Limerick Leader and Weekly Observer for publishing the results in the newspapers. We would like to wish ye all a healthy peaceful and enjoyable summer and we hope to see ye all again in November.
Winners with 14 games; Noreen o Callaghan, Liam O’ Connor, James McEnery. Runners up with 13 games; (1) Seamus Lane, Marion Roche, Seamus
Carmody. (2) Christine o Donoghue, Maureen Roche, Eileen Finnegan. Table prizes were won by; Nora O’Riordan, Michelle Morris and Sheila Breen. The door prizes went to; Noreen O’Callaghan and Pat Fitzgerald. Results of the raffle were; Tom Nelligan, Seamus Lenihan, Dan Reidy ,Toddy O’Connor, Sean O’Connor x2, Catherine Collins, Jeremiah Roche, Paddy Sheehan, Pat Curtin, Patrick Murphy and Cathy O’Sullivan.
GREAT SOUTHERN TRAIL NOTES: On Sunday, April 28 at 9a.m. a walk is being organised from Kilmorna to Listowel. It is an 8km road walk which will parallel the yet to be developed railway section. This is being organised by Listowel members who also held a very successful Listowel-Abbeyfeale-Listowel road/GST cycle on St. Patrick’s Day with about 70 participants.
‘AlONE WE STAND’: Are you separated, divorced widowed or single and over 40. The place to be next Friday night is the Spotted Dog in Janesboro for a social evening with music by One to One. Donation €5. Contact Maria 086 0620596 or Margaret 085 8289039 for all the details.
MUSICAL JOURNEY; Jack Roche has been in touch to say that; ‘Ceoltoiri Sliabh Luachra the highly acclaimed Rochchapel based traditional group will present their show “A Musical Journey Through The History Of Ireland in the Culturlain Na hEireann Theatre Monkstown Dublin on Saturda,April 6 at 8pm. Readers please inform any friends in the Dublin area of this show of the most ancient music and dance of Ireland linked to the major events in the history of our country from the arrival of An Tuaithe De Dannan to Easter 1916. This 2 hour show which is narrated throughout is the only such show in Ireland.’
BODYCARE WELLNESS CENTRE: The Bodycare Wellness Centre has moved to 3 Mountmahon, Abbeyfeale.. Telephone Chris O’Shea 0872293636.
DIVINE MERCY NOVENA: Runs from Good Friday - until Divine Mercy Sunday, April 7. Novena leaflets are be available in the Church porches. Divine Mercy Sunday, April 7 at the Church of the Assumption, Abbeyfeale, Confessions from 2.30pm. Devotions including Mass at 3pm, Stations of the Cross & healing service. All welcome.
ABBEYFEALE TIDY TOWNS: Following a meeting last week it was decided to hold a Spring clean up on Saturday, April 13 and again on April 27. We are asking people to meet in the Square under Fr. Casey at 11am , the committee will then organise groups to fan out from there around the town. Please bring a high viz jacket and a picker if you have one and gloves. Bags will be supplied.
GLORACH NEWS: Only two weeks left to go before the curtain call for our new production, ‘Plot for the Damned.’ The play, which deals with contemporary issues of unemployment, emigration and politics, opens on Tuesday April 16 at 8pm sharp. There is a good sprinkling of humour in the play, and a great range of diverse characters. Don’t let the bitter cold get you down, and make sure to head to the Glórach Theatre this April.
FEALEFIT; Well done to all who took part in the Tournafulla 5K run and Non Competitive Walk in Support of TLC4CF (Cystic Fibrosis) and Limerick Dialysis Unit on Easter Sunday. Big thanks to Will & Mike Brosnahan for organising such a great Local event. Well done to all the Fealefit Couch to 5k crew who trained so hard & completed the race!!! Training will continue this Saturday morning 11am at the Town park as we aim to run the 6 mIle for The Great Limerick Run on May 5 & raise money for The Irish Cancer Society .. Contact Shane 087 2891015 or Kadie 087 7771552 for further details.
THE GATHERING: Next meeting Monday, April 8, 7.30pm at the Search and Rescue and we invite anyone with an interest in bringing people back to Abbeyfeale for the Gathering/Schools Reunion July 15-21. The calendar of events planned for the week is starting to come together. Events that are set in stone include Wednesday, July 17 when Éamonn Ó Liatháin will give a workshop on the meaning of place names in the Adult Education centre followed by a presentation on Genealogy from the Adult Education Genealogy Group. Thursday we hope to bring local entertainers including the Ballaugh Wrenboys, the Glorach Players and Kathleen Quirke’s Folk Group to the Glorach Theatre for a night of drama, music, song and dance and welcome. Friday, the highlight of the week will take place with the Schools Reunion at Colaiste Ide agus Iosef, Saturday we’ll have Fly Fishing with the Abbeyfeale Anglers followed by a Paella night as well as Tag Rugby and Disco at the rugby club and then on Sunday a Family Fun Day, Teddy Bear Picnic and finishing the weekend with our very own Ballroom of Romance in the Marquee. Other events in the planning include a football tournament amongst the local parishes, Carnival and Fun Fair, Food and Craft Fair, Singing Club, Marian’s Come Dancing, All Ireland Nun’s Race, Nature walk in the Town Park, Open Air Entertainment in the Square, Heritage Walk, Widow’s Paradise, pub drama and much more.
ARA NA FEILE ACTIVE RETIREMENT GROUP: Our next meeting is on Wednesday, April 3 @ 2pm in the Adult Educational Centre. We are holding a fun day consisting of games and sing song. Wishing all our members a Happy and Holy Easter.
ORDINATION OF BISHOP ELECT FR. BRENDAN LEAHY: On Sunday April 14 Fr Brendan Leahy will be ordained as Bishop of Limerick. This is a ticket only ceremony. However, this historic occasion will be transmitted via the internet so we can all take part in spirit. We pray for Fr. Brendan and wish him a long, holy and happy tenure with us here in Limerick.
PARENT AND TODDLER GROUP: Parent & Toddler Group every Tuesdays @ 10 am - 12 pm in St. Ita’s hall. New members welcome, refreshments provided.
LOURDES INVALID FUND COLLECTION: Organiser of the annual collection to help take invalids to Lourdes Marian Roche says “Thank you to each and everyone who gave so generously to the recent church gate collection. A big thank you to everyone who maned the gates at each Mass in such bad weather conditions”.
ADHD/ADD: Parent Support Group has reconvened on Tuesdays evenings @ 7pm - 8.30 pm in St. Ita’s Hall. Support Group Coffee evening Free and open to parents with children who have ADD/ADHD.
UP CYCLING COURSE: Old & old-fashioned furniture (excluding sofas & mattresses) & old/ broken tiles & plates are wanted for a new Newcastle West based furniture up-cycling & mosaic-making training course for people who are unemployed. This training course will train people to restyle old but solid furniture so that it can be re-used. Pick-up of the furniture can be arranged at a cost of €5 per trip – only usable furniture can be taken. To discuss or to arrange a pick-up contact Trevor at West Limerick Resources on 069 77752 or email email@example.com.
SPRING BREAK: Organiser Maureen Finnegan says” We are going on a fantastic trip from May 19- 24 that won’t break the bank. Leaving from Newcastle West with a courier/driver who will keep you informed at all times where we are going, where we are, history, folk lore and other relevant information. We will also pick up people en route. We will be staying two nights in the Skylon in Dublin and three nights in the Yeats County Hotel, Rosses Point, Sligo, with full use of the Leisure Centre and special offers in the Spa that have a variety of treatments i.e. seaweed baths, pedicure, manicure just to mention a few. We will be visiting different places in Drogheda, Dubln, Wickow, Sligo, Donegal. Every day will be a different place and every evening after having been served a delicious dinner you can either relax and enjoy the music or put on your dancing shoes and take to the floor. Will those who have already booked please confirm their booking with deposit of €150 this week. We still have a few places available for more information and booking please contact Maureen 087 9845102.” She also has a day trip planned for Sunday, April 21 next; “We will be leaving Newcastle West at 9am. We are heading for the Banner County! We will be visiting a Perfumery and Floral Art Centre in the Burren that featured on Nationwide with Mary Kennedy recently. We will have a tour of the plant and see how perfurme and scented soap is made. There will be visual aid that will most interesting. Opportunity to visit the shop and walk around the gardens and see the beautiful wild flowers. We hope to visit Michael Cussack’s Centre and see the Parochial House used by Fr. Ted that people thought was on Craggy Island (Inisheer). Breakfast and dinner will be in a top class hotel. We have already a number of seats booked. For more information and booking contact Maureen 087 9845102. Ah go on, go on, go on......”
BUS: Leaving Abbeyfeale Square at 7.40pm every Tuesday for Castleisland Bingo. Contact Eoin Stack 0872522402.
CLASSES IN THE ADULT EDUCATION CENTRE: Irish for Beginners is starting Wednesday, April 3 from 2.30 - 4.30pm for 10 weeks. Places are limited so please contact us at 068 31198 to reserve a place.
PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK: A pilgrimage to Knock to celebrate the Year of Faith takes place on Saturday, April 20 next. The day’s events will include talks, Rosary Eucharistic procession, blessing of the sick, Benediction, adoration Mass, Confessions, workshops. There will be children’s adoration and special workshop/talk for young people as well. The chief celebrant will be the Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Charles Browne.
ABBEYFEALE YOUTH CLUBS; No clubs next weekend. Clubs will resume on April 13. A big well done to Teens cois feile on their great performance of the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday night. Rumour has it that Jesus is complaining of a bad back since. A massive thanks to Martin Tobin for his directing of their performance and to the leaders for all their work.
COMMUNITY ALERT: 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. As interest is high in this initiative we are now in the process of setting up a data base of people from all over the parish who will contact a dedicated number should they become aware of any suspicious activity. 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.
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.
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.
DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES: Bookings are now being taken for the pilgrimage from June 21-26. Contact the parish office.
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.
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.
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 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.
HAVE YOU A CHILD WITH SPECIAL NEEDS: A course on how to use an iPad and Apps to support a child with special needs will be held in St. Joseph’s Foundation, Charleville on Saturday, April 13 from 9.30am.- 4.30pm. Information available from firstname.lastname@example.org or 086- 3909790.
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. Divine Mercy Sunday April 8. Ceremonies begin at 2.30pm.
WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: Come see our members take part in our clubs International Speech and Evaluation contest at our next meeting on Wednesday, April 3 in the Desmond Complex. Meeting commences at 8.30pm. sharp so come along early to find out how our Toastmasters programme can help you. For further information contact Mie at 087-2272788 or Bridget at 0878-4146732 or email email@example.com
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 31198.
WELL DONE: Cashen Vale ABC youngster Tom O Sullivan was crowned ABA National Boy 4 middleweight champion last Saturday at the National Stadium.
RECOVERY HAVEN COFFEE MORNING; Recovery Haven coffee morning for carer’s of people with cancer, we are hoping to identify carers’ needs in view to starting a support a group to provide a safe caring environment. You are welcome whether your journey is ongoing or ended. Thursday, April 4 at 10.30am in Recovery Haven Cancer Support House, Tralee. Contact 066 7192122 for further information.
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. Also in Fr. Casey’s on Wednesday night at 9pm. A great way to exercise while having a good laugh. All are welcome to the classes.
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
GETTING OLD GRACEFULLY: The ‘Senior Citizen ‘The Essential Guidebook’’ a roadmap to successful ageing was recently launched by Michael O Muircheartaigh. Produced by Home Instead Senior Care with the support of Age Action and the HSE, the Guidebook features advice and information on a wide range of issues. They include allowances and entitlements, medical health and nutrition matters, home safety information legal and financial information, care options for older people, new technology bereavement and lots more. It also contains a directory of older person’s organizations, and useful contacts. To order a free copy of the Guidebook call 1890 989 755 or log on to www.homeinstead.ie to download a pdf of the Guidebook.
PILGRIMAGE: Medjugorje May 29 – Spiritual Director Fr. Francis Nolan 7 nights. Halfboard €645 pp . Enquiries to Mary / Sol Travel, Tralee. Tel: 066 7185940
RALLY OF THE LAKES: Killarney & District Motor Club, organisers of the Cartell.ie Rally of the Lakes have announced details of this year’s event which will take place over the May Bank Holiday weekend of May 3-5. For the first time the Killarney, County Kerry event is a round of the FIA European Rally Championship and that has attracted crews from all over the continent and the USA. So far organisers have received three entries from Swedish crews, Tony Jansson/Erik Davidson, Christoffer Soderberg/Daniel Westlund in a pair of historic Ford Escorts and Nils Bergguist/Karl-Erik Magnusson in a Volvo Amazon.