ABBEYFEALE ARTS ASSEMBLY: Abbeyfeale people do nothing by halves and so a second Gathering will take place on the coming weekend with art, crafts, mime, street theatre, drama, poetry, prose, jazz, gospel, street theatre, blues, ragtime and the showing of the film that was made 21 years ago entitled Back Home.
A CELEBRATION OF LIFE IN MUSIC: A Memorial Concert in honour of our own much missed Aine Nic Ghabhann RIP will be held at the INEC, Killarney on Friday, November 8 at 8pm. Proceeds to South West Counselling Centre, Killarney and Kerry Rape Crisis Centre. For more information call 064 6636416.
BEE FOR BATTENS: Dance at the Railway with Micheal Collins on Friday, October 18. Tickets €10. Contact Kadie Colbert 087 7771552 for further information.
GET WELL SOON DEE: The committee of Meenkilly N.S. Card Game would like to wish one of their patrons Dee Harnett a very speedy recovery and say that they “look forward to seeing you back at the card game in the near future”. We join with them in sending you good wishes, Dee.
‘FEALE THE PINK’: Shane O’Connor reports “A colourful and exciting event is planned for Abbeyfeale Saturday, October 26 at 5pm to raise awareness and much needed funds for Local Cancer Research. ‘Feale the Pink’ will start with a walk, but not just any walk, a Parade of Pink from Fealefit in Mountmahon through the Main Streets of Abbeyfeale followed by entertainment in the Town Square and in local pubs. So start getting that pink costume and props togetherand start to ‘ Feale the Pink’. Please bring a candle on the day also as we will remember those that have lost their battle with cancer in the past. Pre-register for Feale the Pink at the Fealeside Business Expo on October 24.” Contact Shane 087 2891015 for further details.
REPORT FROM SAGART PILGRIMAGE: One of the people who travelled from Abbeyfeale wrote the following; “We had a wonderful spirit filled and prayerful pilgrimage with Fr John and fifty pilgrims hailing from county and city parishes and even some from Fr Johns parish in Boston.
It was a real celebration of the year of the Gathering in a most special place.
We had a very special Mass with Sacrament of the sick in Bartres, and a Remembrance Service for all our dead in the City of the Poor, as well as Reconciliation and also the high and low Stations of the Cross over the five days.
Each evening we gathered across the river from the Grotto after the torchlight procession and offered our group rosary for all who had asked for our prayers back at home. After the devastation of the floods in June we were thankful to be there, as so many groups were disappointed having had to cancel. It was so sad to see the damage caused with some of the hotels closed. Please God they will be open again in 2015 and many of those pilgrims who couldn’t get there this year will return to this very special place of prayer and pilgrimage”.
OUR YOUTH MATTERS: The seminar hosted by the Abbeyfeale Initative was a resounding success last Tuesday with a huge attendance of parents and young people to hear the four speakers and visit the more than 30 stands. Organisers Mary Danagher and Liz Cullinane are to be congraulated on all the work that they put in to this evening which dealt with mental health issues for young people.
TRANSITION YEAR STUDENTS GET INVOLVED IN ARTS WEEKEND: The T.Y students from Colaiste Ide agus Iosef will present a five minute mime performance on Saturday next at 3pm as part of the Abbeyfeale Arts Assembly with innovative use of costume, make up, mask and wigs. The performance will take place in the unusual location of a shop window on Main Street Abbeyfeale. The students brainstormed ideas of how they could contribute to their community’s art celebration and unanimously chose doing a mime with use of makeup and costume. This street theatre piece will be a first for both the students and for Abbeyfeale in general and it is hoped will be well supported with people coming into town on Saturday to watch and enjoy this free performance.
EXPO AT FR. CASEYS: Dan Murphy did this a lot of years ago and now it’s back. All businesses in Abbeyfeale are getting together on Thursday, October 24. Open to the general public, free admission...over 60 booths confirmed already, promising to showcase the best of what Abbeyfeale has to offer. Giveaways, Promotional Discounts and Vouchers, Food and Wine tasting, Entertainment, Virtual Golf, Massage, Hair Styling, Product Sampling, while supporting Feale the Pink, registration on the night.......any queries, call James at 087 7449958.
ARA NA FEILE ACTIVE RETIREMENT: Our next meeting is on Wednesday, October 16 at 2pm in the Adult Educational Centre. Members of the group are looking forward to going to the Jazz night at the Glorach on Friday night next.
MCMAHON SINGING WEEKEND: PRO Chris O’Shea says; “All roads lead to Abbeyfeale on the 1st weekend in November for the 5th annual Garry McMahon traditional singing weekend hosted by the West Limerick singing club, taking place on November1- 4 . A full calendar of events are guaranteed again this year with the official opening on Friday night in The Ramble Inn bar at 8pm by our chairman Tom McKenna and Professor John A Murphy of UCC, this will be followed by singing and storytelling in both the Ramble Inn Bar and Leen’s Hotel.
Saturday will start with a free singing workshop from 10.30am to 1pm in St Ita’s Hall, the highlight of the weekend is the newly composed ballad competition at 4pm in the Ramble Inn Bar - this is a very enjoyable event with an amazing variety of newly composed ballad’s competing for the 2013 title. Saturday night will feature a singing session in both the Ramble Inn and Leen’s Hotel.
Sunday begin with Mass at 12 midday as composed by Garry McMahon RIP featuring the Abbeyfeale choir. At 3pm we will have a tribute to Pat Brosnan in Fr Casey’s GAA club, Pat, originally from Lyreacrompane, Co Kerry and now living in Athea, is a well known composer of songs and poems. Also on Sunday singing will continue in the Ramble Inn Bar all evening until late. All are welcome to come along to any or all of those events.”
CHANGE OF DATE: The talks on the purpose of life have been changed to Thursday night from 8 to 9 pm in Leen’s Hotel, Abbeyfeale ( upstairs). All welcome.
AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: The first Afternoon tea dance of the season was a great success last Sunday with everyone present enjoying the music of the Seamus Sheehy Band and all proceeds going to help in the running of the Arts weekend this coming weekend. The next dance is on Sunday, November 10 with dancing to Noel Cronin and proceeds to Abbeyfeale for Africa. Afternoon tea dancing returns to Carrigkerry Community Centre on Sunday, October 27 from 2.30pm to 5.30pm. Music by John Sullivan and Alpine Sound.
SUICIDE AWARENESS: A Safe-Talk seminar on suicide awareness will be held in the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West from 5- 9pm on Thursday, October 24. Newcastle West and District Lions Club and the HSE are joining up to present this seminar. The event is free to all clubs associations, organizations, and individuals in West Limerick. To book places please call Liam on 087-6780456.
FOOD AND CRAFT FAIR: In conjunction with the Arts w/e we will be holding a food and craft fair in the Square, Abbeyfeale on Friday, October 18 from 10am – 2pm. Stalls confirmed included crafts, candles and cookies. Do give a call and help to support another initiative to get Abbeyfeale busy and vibrant again.
PUBLIC MEETING: A public meeting on the proposed extension of the Great Southern Trail from the Kerry/Limerick border into Listowel will take place in the Listowel Family Resource Centre, John B. Keane Road, Listowel at 6pm on Saturday, October 19.
The focus of the meeting will be to share information and hear views from supporters, public representatives and adjoining landowners who have concerns. A representative of The North Kerry Abandoned Rail Line Action Group (NKARLAG) which opposes the development of the disused railway line has been contacted and it is hoped by the organisers that they will attend so that the concerns can be listened to and addressed. All TD’s & Councillors in North Kerry are invited to attend. The topics to be discussed and presented to the audience are:
ABBEYFEALE ARTS ASSEMBLY OCTOBER 17-20: The following is the finalized programme for the AAA’s celebration of local drama, film, music, arts & crafts, poetry, exhibition, mime and street theatre. Organisers say; “What better way to crown a highly successful ‘Gathering’ year for Abbeyfeale, then a celebration of the best of Abbeyfeale on stage and on screen! Rather than curtailing the fun to one night, the celebrations have been extended to feature a range of local dramatic, artistic, visual and musical talent from the Abbeyfeale area on 4 successive days from Thursday, October 17- Sunday, October 20. Free events include the launch night exhibition in the Library, the food and crafts fair, the mime and street theatre, the Gospel Mass and the Back Home reunion. Tickets for ‘Let me entertain you’ (€5) can be bought from: Marian Harnett, Abbeyfeale Farmers’ Market 087-6866450, Ann Lyons Shop or Batt Harnett, The Square. A warm welcome is extended to all, so come out and support your own community. Let’s make 2013 a year to remember in Abbeyfeale!
Programme of events; Thursday, October 17; The launch of the Abbeyfeale Arts Assembly weekend will take place with an exhibition of arts and crafts fashioned by talented local artists and artisans. All are welcome to the exhibition, which is free of charge and takes place in the Library at 8pm. A wine and cheese reception will toast the hidden talents of community members such as Rita Horgan, ……
Friday, October 18: The Farmers Market will include a food and craft fair in the square from 10am-2pm. There will be some lovely purties there so bring your baskets and brollies! The ‘In the mood…& all that jazz!’ concert will kick off with a cheese and wine reception at 7.30pm in the Glorach. This musical extravaganza features the cream of local musical talent with Riona Curtin and Helen Hasenfuss performing ragtime; Mick O’Donnell and friends with their take on gospel; and Rebecca Stryker and Laura Sheehy singing songs from the musicals. Members of the Abbeyfeale Youth Theatre will also perform. Mick Guinane will kick off the proceedings with his trumpet and the second half is crammed full of jazz, with a jazz quintet from Limerick that will close the show. Tickets cost €10 and proceeds from this event will be used to support the Glorach Community theatre. There is a waiting list in operation for tickets.
Saturday, October 19: The transition year students from Colaiste Ide agus Iosef will treat the town to a display of their mime and street theatre skills. The action kicks off at 3pm so be sure to check out the shop fronts of Main Street or follow the painted people!
A gospel Mass will be held at 7pm to remember all those who were involved in the making of the ‘Back Home’ film, who have since passed away. These include Aine Nic Gabhann, Eddie Mc Carthy, JJ Woulfe, Vera Broderick, JV Quartarola and Patsy Byrne. The Mass will remember all local artists and individuals who give of their time and talents to the Abbeyfeale community. Music will be provided by Mick O’Donnell and friends. The 21st year reunion of the making of the ‘Back Home’ film will be marked by a public viewing of the film in the Winners Circle at 8.30pm and a reunion party for ex-cast members and crew. The film was produced by Merce Hobson as part of a youth initiative in the summer of 1992. Over 220 local people were involved either directly or indirectly in the 40 minute film, which features many local faces and places. All are welcome to this event which is free of charge.
Sunday, October 20; The weekend will draw to a close in the GAA clubhouse at 8pm with a special performance from a variety of Abbeyfeale’s premier poets and players. ‘Let us entertain you’ will feature choice snippets from the plays ‘the Chastitute’, ‘Dancing with Lughnasa’, ‘the Field’ and ‘Big Maggie’ – all performed by 16 members of the Abbeyfeale Drama Group. Dick Woulfe will take to the stage as a Seanachai, while Tom Lee becomes Hamlet. Be prepared for the hilarious antics of Katie Moloney in D’unbelieveables and the appearance of Nicky Cotter as a D-list superhero. Special appearances on the night will include a recital by local poet Jackie Harnett. MC for the evening will be Richie Roche and tickets are €5 each. Refreshments will be served after the performances. The Abbeyfeale Arts Assembly has been organised on a not for profit basis by people who are interested in promoting the arts in Abbeyfeale. All activities have been organised on a shoe-string budget, with the help of a team of local volunteers and sponsors.
WINTER FLU VACCINE: The flu injection is available from all doctors’ surgeries in the Abbeyfeale area.
MARIAN’S DANCING: The class will commence shortly at the Community Centre, New Street on Friday night from 8.30pm.