June 15

KEEPING ALL THE FAMILY ENTERTAINED: Widows Paradise - the comedy Sunday, July 14, The Nuns Race and Harlem Shake on Monday, Feale fit Games on the Tuesday, Football Tournament and Carnival starting on the Wednesday, Tug of war and sheaf tossing, Fitzy Chicks, No Direction and Battle of the DJ in the Square, Tag Rugby on Saturday and the Family Fun Day on the Sunday are just some of the events at the Abbeyfeale Gathering July 15-21 to keep the young people entertained.

KEEPING ALL THE FAMILY ENTERTAINED: Widows Paradise - the comedy Sunday, July 14, The Nuns Race and Harlem Shake on Monday, Feale fit Games on the Tuesday, Football Tournament and Carnival starting on the Wednesday, Tug of war and sheaf tossing, Fitzy Chicks, No Direction and Battle of the DJ in the Square, Tag Rugby on Saturday and the Family Fun Day on the Sunday are just some of the events at the Abbeyfeale Gathering July 15-21 to keep the young people entertained.

GET WELL WISHES: May we offer on behalf of the community of Abbeyfeale, our very best wishes, for a speedy recovery to good health to our retired parish priest Canon Neville and our current A.P, Fr. Micheál.

LIMERICK SOLEMN NOVENA: The annual Solemn Novena in honour of Our Mother of Perpetual Help at the Redemptorist church, Mt St Alphonsus will take place from Friday next, June 14 - Saturday June 22 with ten sessions each day between 7am and 10.30pm.

TOWN PARK FUN DAY: PRO of the park Breda O’Grady writes: “The Abbeyfeale Town Park have a fantastic Fun-filled day lined up on Sunday, June 16 and with weather like this it should be an amazing day for everyone. We kick off at 1 p.m with a huge variety of events to keep you and the entire family entertained throughout the day., We have Sumo Wrestling, Sponge Throwing, The Wheel of Fortune, Bonnie Baby Competition, Mystic Meg, Face painting, Inter-pub Soccer Tournament., Bouncy Castles, Tug of War for Youths & lots more exciting fun & games with lots of food, Ice-cream and beverages in store as well as No Direction performing all afternoon. The Town Park Committee and Staff would like to extend a warm thank you for your outstanding support since opening in 1995 and feel free to follow and post your comments and thoughts on our facebook page too.”

ABBEYFEALE YOUTH CLUBS: PRO Anthony Scannell reports “Teens Cois Feile finished up last weekend and what a way to finish with a brilliant weekend to Oakwood Theme Park in Wales. The weather was brilliant and the Craic was mighty. A massive thanks must go to the leaders that made it happen especially Frances Hayes, Ann Marie Lane, Kate Murphy, Elisha o Connell, Maura Sweeney, Mary O’Leary, John O’Connell and myself. We’d also like to thank Billy Mangan and his number 1 co pilot Gerry Flynn. The leaders night out will be July 6.”

ADAPT DOMESTIC ABUSE SERVICES CHURCH GATE COLLECTION: The annual collection in aid of Adapt will be taken up at all Masses next weekend.

Contact ADAPT Services, Limerick 24 Hour Freephone Helpline 1800 200 504 in confidence. ADAPT also offers 24 hour safe refuge for women and children 365 days a year and a range of other services.

FARMERS MARKET: The community garden has cabbage plants in trays and hardened off for the past few weeks so ready to get growing. We also have pots of herbs, tomato, cucumber and courgette plants and they will be for sale at the Farmers’ Market this Friday (as well as Brona handmade chocolate from Abbeyfeale!) .

GIY: Limerick West GIY with the aim of inspiring people to grow their own food goes on the road for the next few months. First up is a visit to Bernie McEnery’s garden Moanwing in Rathkeale on Thursday, June 20 with meeting time for the garden tour scheduled for 7pm This is a beautiful flower garden with a small vegetable part which is very stylishly designed.. Wherever you look it holds your interest and is one not to be missed. Bernie is a well seasoned gardener and is always willing to share her knowledge. If you plan to attend and need directions please text your name to 0879918956.On Thursday, July 18 we will then pay a visit to the garden of Rachel O’Grady, Askeaton before on Thursday, August 15 the visit will be to the plot of Chris Enright, Morenane. More details on these in the coming weeks.

HAY FOR SALE: Maurice Kennelly, Knocknasna 0872514487 is currently importing bales of hay from England.

TIMES GONE BY: There are just a few copies left of the book ‘Times Gone By’ which was recently produced in conjunction with Abbeyfeale and District Initative and launched at St. Ita’s Day Care Centre. Pupils from Scoil Mháthair Dé and St. Mary’s Boys School interviewed people attending St. Ita’s Day Care Centre and with the help of the TY students at Coláiste Íde agus Iosef put together this wonderful publication with stories of the lives of our older residents. The book is for sale from Mary on 068 31019 or the local schools. Price €5.

BEE KEEPING COURSE: The class in bee keeping continues at the Adult Education Centre on Wednesday, June 12 from 7-9pm. We have been very lucky to source a hive of bees and have installed them in the community garden so the remaining classes will be practical. Further information 087 6866450.

CONGRATULATIONS: James Leahy Millstream, son of Jim and Catherine was the first Head Boy in Colaiste Ide agus Iosef and was recently presented with the Ceannaire award.

PARISH OUTING: The first of the annual parish outings will be to Dingle and Killarney and will take place on Tuesday, June 25 next. As this is a very popular day out for men and women alike it is advisable to book early. Tickets from Peg Murphy on 068 31232.

REILIG IDE NAOFA: The next clean up of the graveyard will take place on Thursday, June 13 next. The voluntary committee are appealing for all those who have loved ones buried in Reilig Naofa to come along and help with the work. The committee have planted flowers and the Co. Council are preparing to make a start on drainage works. A security camera has been installed to deter dumping and people are asked to carry home materials such as dead flowers and wreaths and weeds and not throw them around the ditches. It is hoped to provide seating shortly making it a place people can sit and reflect. The committee have asked us to join them in their efforts and say that” it is a good and wholesome thing to look after the resting place of our faithful departed”.

ABBEY HERITAGE DRAW: Congratulations to John O’Sullivan, Meenkilly who was the winner of the first prize of a weekend away in the Falls Hotel, Ennistymon in the recent draw which was held to raise funds to continue running a Fetac level 5 course for early school leavers.. Well done also to Pa Enright, St. Ita’s Terrace who won 2nd prize of €100, 3rd. prize a giant hamper went to Tim O’Connell, Knockainey and 4th. A bottle of brandy to Tom Cahill. A huge thank you to everyone who bought tickets.

CHURCH NOTES: Mass every weekday morning at 10am. In the event of a funeral then Mass will be take place at 11am. Saturday morning Mass 11am followed by confessions. Vigil Mass 7pm. Sunday Masses 9.30am and 12 noon. Mass Intentions; Wednesday 10am, Donal Holywood Friday 10am Tim Spillane, London, Saturday 11am Eily Healy, Caherlane 1st anniversary, Saturday 7pm Sean Leahy Meenahela, Dennis Dillane,Kilconlea Lower Tim Finucacane, St. Ita’s Terrace. Sunday 12 noon, Dan Cusack and deceased family members, Mai O’Connor, Islandboy 1st. anniversary.

MISS WEST LIMERICK: The Devon Inn will host the inaugural search for Miss West Limerick 2013 on Friday, July 5 next with businesses and community groups in West Limerick being asked to put forward a candidate aged between 18-28. Further information 069 66200.

MIND OUR MEN: This campaign is calling on the women and men of Ireland to look out for the men in their lives. Together we can help reduce the rate of male suicide. For every 10 suicides in Ireland, 8 of them are men - we want you to reach out and look out for the men closest to you. Spot the signs. Save a life. Check out www. mind our men. ie for more details of how you can get involved. This is a Pieta House initative.

CROAGH PATRICK: Pilgrimage Walk to Croagh Patrick will be on Saturday, June 22. Bus leaving the church yard on Saturday morning at 5am. Names to Peg Murphy 068/31232 Parish Office 068/31133 or the sacristy 068/51915 Cost of Bus €20.

MOBILE SCREENING: Breast check mobile screening unit located in Croom Orthopaedic Hospital, Freephone - 1800454555 or visitwww.breastcheck.ie

SUPPORTING CHILDREN THROUGH BEREAVEMENT: The Newcastle West Family and Community Hub (located upstairs at the NCW Community Centre) will be holding a workshop on Wednesday June 12 on supporting children with bereavement or coping with a dying family member. Running from 7.30-9.30pm, the session will be led by Child Psychologist and Play Therapist Tina O’Brien and funded by the Compassionate Communities Project with the support of West Limerick Resources.

RAINBOWS SUPPORT SERVICES: A workshop of Rainbows volunteers and those interested in volunteering with the project in West Limerick this September will take place in the Newcastle West Family and Community Hub (located at the Community Centre) on Wednesday June 19 from 7.30-9.30pm. “Rainbows” is a peer support programme for children aged 6-10 years grieving as a result of a loss or separation and is managed locally by West Limerick Resources. Run by trained volunteers, the programme is positive, gentle confidential and encouraging however it is not counselling or therapy service. It is instead a safe, confidential setting where children can share their grief associated feelings with each other and with these trained facilitators.

MEN’S HEALTH WEEK: Men’s Health Week will run from June 10- 16. The theme for 2013 in Ireland is: “Action Men - Turning Words into Actions”. This year, staff of the Primary Health Care Project for Travellers will be calling to men in Newcastle West and Rathkeale to give them men’s health information packs. The men can also enter a draw for a “Men’s pamper pack”. The draw will take place on the radio programme, Community Health Matters, on West Limerick 102fm on Wednesday July 3 just after the 11 O’clock news. The July programme is dedicated to men’s health with the team interviewing John O’Sullivan, Men’s Health Worker at Cork’s Traveller Visibility Group and John Collins, Men’s Health Worker at Pavee Point. For more information, contact the Primary Health Care Project at West Limerick Resources on 069 61316.

BIG TODDLE FOR BARNARDOS: The Big Toddle for Barnardos followed by the Teddy Bears Picnic hosted by Abbeyfeale Parent and Toddler Group takes place in the Town Park on Tuesday, June 18 from 10 - 1pm. Please support our Toddlers 1st toddle. All welcome. Supported by West Limerick Resources and Limerick Sports Partnership.

SUE RYDER: This week we have more beautiful summer clothing at fantastic prices! Our stock includes dresses, tops, skirts, shorts, swimwear sandals and flipflops. In our menswear section we have a large selection of cotton short-sleeve shirts, T-shirts and shorts. Don’t forget we have a large selection of books for just €1 each and 4 for €3! Come in and have a look, you will definitely find that perfect holiday read.

Donations still gratefully accepted both for the shop and recycling. Unfortunately we are unable to accept electrical items, duvets and pillows. We are currently running short on paper and plastic bags so would appreciate any that you might have at home. Thank you for your continued support.

ABBEYFEALE COMMUNITY ALERT: We are working on setting up a texting system so that any one with a mobile phone could text or ring a nominated committee member if they see anything happening in the community – that would then be passed on to the Gardai, checked out and then if deemed necessary a text alert would be sent to everyone on the system. This would provide early warning that there was suspicious activity in the area. This is a free service. Contact any of the committee if you would like to join – Micheal and Phil O’Kelly Killarney Road, Mossie Gleeson Kilconlea, Seamus Stack Cahir, Kathleen Collins Convent St and Cahir, Buddy and Brenda Barry Cahir, John O’Sullivan Meenkilly, Sean Broderick New St., Mary Jo O’Connell Knocknasna or Garda Roger O’Donoghue. In the meantime if you see something you want checked out you can ring 06831100 and if there is no one in the Garda Station the call will be automatically redirected to NCW. You can also use the Crimestoppers Freephone 1800250025.

GATHERING: ‘’Feale the Gathering’ bands are currently on sale around town at €5 each. These can be used to gain admittance to some of the many attractions during the Gathering and the money raised will help to fund the week of celebrations. Check out all the latest news of the Gathering July 15-21 on our Facebook page; The Gathering Abbeyfeale.

GATHERING WALK ON GST: Assemble at the Old Station, Railway Road, Abbeyfeale, on Saturday, June 22 at 10.30am. Optional evening meal at 6.30p.m. in Rathkeale House Hotel. www.rathkealehousehotel.ie Return transport to Abbeyfeale courtesy of Coach House Travel. www.tours.ie

BODYCARE WELLNESS CENTRE: The Bodycare Wellness Centre has moved to 3 Mountmahon, Abbeyfeale.. Telephone Chris O’Shea 0872293636.

NAOMH IDE SUMMER CAMP; A summer camp for 5-12 year olds will be held in Abbeyfeale from August 6-9 next. Drama, Music, Team Games, Arts and Crafts and plenty of fun while experiencing the love of Jesus for each of us. Volunteers are needed to assist with the camp. If you can help in any way contact Martina 087 2788834 or Lorraine 086 3765751.

CHURCH NOTES: Mass every weekday morning at 10am. In the event of a funeral then Mass will be take place at 11am. Saturday morning Mass 11am followed by confessions. Vigil Mass 7pm. Sunday Masses 9.30am and 12 noon. Mass Intentions;

TRANSPORT SERVICE: The Irish Cancer Society’s Care to Drive transport service is available for patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment in the Mid-Western Regional Hospital, Limerick. This service is completely free to the patient—a driver will pick you up at the door of your home and bring you to the hospital and then, after treatment, bring you home. If you are having trouble getting to and from the hospital for your chemotherapy treatment, please speak to your oncology team in the Mid-Western Regional Hospital or call Gail on (01)2310566.

PILGRIMAGES TO LOUGH DERG 2013; This is the Year of Faith. Why not journey to Lough Derg, where pilgrims have been gathering for over 1,000 years, and celebrate your faith with people from every parish in Ireland, Tuesday, July 2-4, Friday, July 26-28. Price as per last year all inclusive €120. Full amount payable 5 days in advance. Contact Peg 068/31232.


RELIGIOUS PROGRAMMING: Sacred space is broadcast each Sunday morning on Westlimerick102fm - 10am to 11am each Sunday and repeated at 11pm each Sunday night. Email at sacredspace102@gmail.com

Blog @ sacredspace102.blogspot.com

SAGART PILGRIMAGE: 21st Anniversary of Sagart Pilgrimage to Lourdes on September 22 for five nights cost €699. Contact Fr John O’Shea or the Sacristy.

MEDJUGORJE: A trip to Medjugorje has been arranged for this coming autumn September 14-21, with flights from/to Shannon Airport. Bed and breakfast and an evening meal are included in the cost. People are invited to join the organizers for a relaxing and a reflective week. More details from presenter of WL102fm’s Sacred Space John Keily 069-76253 or 087-6751795.

BUS: Leaving Abbeyfeale Square at 7.40pm every Tuesday for Castleisland Bingo. Contact Eoin Stack 0872522402.

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.

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.

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.


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.

SOCIAL DANCING CLASSES; Social dancing classes Ballyhahill Community Hall every Monday 9-11 pm for the summer where you can learn to waltz, slow waltz, foxtrot, quick step and more.

DAY OUT WITH MAUREEN: Day Trip to Inis Moir on Sunday, June 23. If you have a free bus pass you can travel for free on the ferry otherwise it will cost you €20 return by going with a group if you go as an individual it will cost €25 return. If you are interested in travelling it is necessary to book your seat in advance for a place on the ferry. For more information and booking contact Maureen 087 9845102.

ALL IRELAND RALLY FOR LIFE DUBLIN:. From the Rally for Life Committee: This summer, the most important date on the pro-life calendar is July 6. That’s when we hope you join with thousands of others to speak up for the right to life. Meet us at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin City Centre on July 6 at 2pm!

That’s why it’s so important we show our opposition to abortion. On July 6 let’s do that! Buses will travel to the Rally from all over Ireland. To book your place on a Rally Bus, or to volunteer to help out with the rally, please call/text us on: Katie (Dublin) on (01)8730463 / 087 7020255.Bring family and friends to stand up for Life!

DAY OUT: Charleville Chamber in conjunction with Iarnrod Eireann – Irish Rail, Fota Wildlife Park and the Titanic Experience, Cobh - is offering you a special “All-In” Package for only €29.99 per adult or €19.99 per child which includes: • Return Rail Travel from Charleville to Fota and Cobh by train. • Admission to Fota Wildlife Park. • Admission to the Titanic Experience, Cobh. For more details and to Book visit - http://www.irishrail.ie/cat_offers.jsp?i=4830

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