PRAYER FOR GOOD WEATHER; All – powerful and ever-living God, we find security in your care and love for us. Give us the fine weather we pray for and need. May the harvest be secured and the hard work and efforts of so many of our people come to fruition. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
MESSAGE FROM LIMERICK IFA; If anyone has spare fodder to sell please sell it to people who don’t have any fodder or contact your local Teagasc Office or IFA County/Branch Officer.
ABBEYFEALE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION: Next meeting Monday next, April 29 at the Search and Rescue 6.30pm. Training continued with Donal Fitzgibbon on the roles and responsibilities of the executive and committee members. The association are planning to launch a very exciting initiative for the town in the very near future, more details next week.
COMMUNITY ALERT: AGM held last Wednesday, report to follow.
GLORACH NOTES: ‘Plot for the Damned’ the latest offering from local author Lorcan Curtin continues its run on, April 27 and Sunday, April 28. The show begins at 8pm and tickets can be booked at 0871383940.”
AFTERNOON TEA DANCING: Afternoon Tea dancing will be held in Carrigkerry Community Centre on Sunday, April 28 from 2.30pm to 5.30pm. The music will be supplied by the Premier Blue Boys. Patrickswell Active Retirement Group are also holding a tea dance on Sunday, April 28 in the GAA Hall, Patrickswell from 2-6pm with music by T J Ryan. Admission €6.
ARA NA FEILE: The Aqua Aerobics classes are re commencing back on Wednesday, April 24 in the Killeline Leisure Club Newcastlewest. We will meet in the Churchyard at 10.30am and travel from there.
PIETA HOUSE: Pieta House “Darkness into Light” 5km walk/run Saturday, May 11 at 4am. The fundraising walk is part of a nationwide campaign to raise awareness about suicide and self harm. Last year 15,000 people participated in 14 counties, and this year’s Darkness into Light walk will take place at 20 locations nationwide. Pieta House in Mungret is behind the fundraising 5k walk route in the city. They will open four more new crisis centers this year in Cork, Galway, Tipperary, and Kerry. They will also launch a nationwide campaign aimed at reducing the rate of male suicide. Registration for Darkness into Light is available at www.pieta.ie. Contact Breda @ 0877715734.
BISHOPS MASS IN KNOCK: A special Mass for the Pro Life Movement will take place at 3pm in Knock on Saturday, May 4. It is hoped that the Bishops of Ireland will consecrate Ireland to the protection of the Immaculate Heart of Mary on that day.
IFA DANCE FOR SAMARITANS: Rathkeale IFA will hold a dance from 9-1am at the Rathkeale House Hotel on Saturday, April 27 with music by Seamus Sheehy, Pat Moloney and Friends. Admission €10. Raffle.
SEWING CLASSES; Sewing for beginners started on Tuesday, April 23 from 10.30-12.30pm at the Adult Education centre.
ABBEYFEALE YOUTH CLUBS: All 3 clubs are meeting at St. Ita’s Hall on Friday at 6.45pm, comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended. Please bring €3. Training for 1st year leaders commences on Tuesday, May 7 and will continue on the following two Tuesdays 14/21 from 7-9pm. Leaders are needed please contact Kate Murphy 087 6210490 or Anthony Sannell 0872264023.
LOCAL FOOD AND CRAFTS; Red Door Market April 27 Enquires 087 9002890.
PASTORAL COUNCIL MEETING/TRAINING: This will take place on Wednesday, April 24 at 8pm in St. Ita’s Hall. All members and more new members are invited to attend.
ABBEYFEALE MENS’SHED: AGM will be held on Monday, April 29 at 7pm at the Adult Education Centre. New members welcome.
GST: Walk on April 28 is cancelled and replaced by Listowel Shanacool Walk 3.00 p.m. Sunday, May 12 - commencing outside Lartigue Museum, Listowel.
GATHERING MEETING: Exciting events are going to take place all over the week July 15-21 next. This is by no means the complete calendar of events but merely a taster of what’s in the planning. There will be a ceili on Sunday and on Sunday 14 and Monday 15 we will have drama at Fr. Casey’s with the hilarious comedy ‘Widows Paradise’ and on Monday the All Ireland Nuns Race followed by entertainment in the pubs. Tuesday the Feale Fit Games will be held in the Square with teams from local businesses competing against each other. Wednesday is Heritage Day with an Open Day at the Day Care Centre, Sr. Delia will do a presentation on the Workhouses of Abbeyfeale, Éamonn Ó Liatháin will make a presentation on the Origins of the Irish and the Genealogy group at the Adult Education Centre will talk about their work on mapping the graveyards. It is also hoped to have a heritage walk around the town and nature walks in the Town Park. The fun fair will also open and continue for the remainder of the week. Thursday we have the Welcome Home night in the Glorach Theatre followed by the Singing Club. Friday will be the highlight of the week with the Open evening at Colaiste Ide agus Iosef with all the local national and secondary schools displaying roll books, photographs of students and artefacts from the past. There will be entertainment and refreshments on the night too. The food and craft fair will take place in the Square and continue on Saturday. Saturday we will have Fly fishing with the Abbeyfeale Anglers followed by a paella evening. We will have a special Mass for all deceased students and teachers at 7pm. Sunday we’ll have the Family Fun Day followed by the Ballroom of Romance at Fr. Casey’s. Please note that this is by no means a definitive list as I know a football tournament amongst the local parishes is also being planned, tug of war, sheaf tossing, a tour of the parish, teddy bears picnic, bat walk, tag rugby, social dancing class, display of local photographs, bog tour, dance at the Railway, Open Air Entertainment in the Square and much more. We are delighted to welcome the Transition students on board and thank them for all their help in contacting the past pupils and also James O’Meara who has been appointed joint PRO of the committee. Why not organise your own family reunion around these dates and take part in all that will be on offer in Abbeyfeale over the course of the week.
SUE RYDER CHARITY SHOP HALF PRICE SALE: Starting from today, absolutely all clothing and shoes are half price! Considering how low our prices are already, you will definitely find some fantastic bargains in our shop! We hope to have the draw for the Doll’s House next week, so don’t miss out on this last opportunity to win this beautiful prize. Tickets are available from our shop at €2 a strip. If you have any paper bags at home, please could you drop them into the shop. Thank you once again for your continued support.
TIDY TOWNS: Our next Tidy Towns clean-up is scheduled for this Saturday, April 27. We are hoping that it will be an even bigger success than our last event! Volunteers are invited to meet up in The Square at 11am. Again if you have your own hi-vis vest, gloves or picker please being along on the day. Everybody’s input is much appreciated. These clean-up events are a great way of meeting new people, having some fun and in turn helping to make Abbeyfeale a beautiful Tidy Town!
If anyone has any queries, please contact Kevin on 068 30969 / 087 7772770.
FEALEFIT NEWS; Fealefit’s new Couch to 5k training every Saturday 10.15am at the Railway in preparation for The Feale 5k June 23 next. Training is open to everyone of all fitness levels and is Free of charge so No Excuses! Well done to all the Fealefit crew who ran in The Riocht Ac 5k road race in Castleisland last Sunday, another great achievement. Kids Boxercise classes ages 6-12 starts Wednesday 24 @ 4.15pm in The Abbeyfeale Sports Complex. Contact Shane 087 2891015 or Kadie 087 7771552 for further details.
.FLEADH BY THE FEALE: The next Bank-Holiday will be the May weekend when Abbeyfeale will host its nineteenth traditional festival with a full programme of events, one of the most popular events each year is the traditional busking competition which takes place on the Friday of the fleadh starting at 8.00p.m. Tickets are now on sale for the Celebrity Concert featuring the “Kilfenora Ceili Band” with guest singer Don Stiff, world champion dancer Michael Donnellan and the West Clare Set dancers, the band will present their gathering inspired new show “SPRAOI”. Tickets from Slice of Life; 068-32655,Abbey Tiles; 068-31661, Maureen; 086-3265762; Celine; 087-7697672, John; 086-3165848.
BODYCARE WELLNESS CENTRE: The Bodycare Wellness Centre has moved to 3 Mountmahon, Abbeyfeale.. Telephone Chris O’Shea 0872293636.
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.
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. Mass Intentions; Mary Nolan, Clash, Thursday 10am Richard Tobin, Convent St. Friday 10am Margaret Mary Corbert lst Anniversary, Margaret O’Sullivan, Friday 7pm Teresa Noone, Months Mind. Saturday 11am Thomas Lane, Killarney Road, 1st Anniversary. Saturday 7pm Johnny Nash, Knocknasna, Mary Gleeson Cratloe. Sunday 9.30am Will Joe, Billy and Mary Collins, The Hill. Denis and Ellen Collins Purt and deceased members of the Leary family. 12 noon Andrea Costelloe 1st. Anniversary.Perpetual Adoration Tuesdays and Fridays 8am – 10pm. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 6-8pm. Novena to St. Anthony every Tuesday during 10am Mass.
WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: Next meeting Wednesday, May 1 in the Desmond Complex. For further information contact Mie at 087-2272788 or Bridget at 0878-4146732 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
HOOLEY IN THE HILLS; Lyreacrompane is the place to be for the May Bank holiday weekend. The brand new Hooley in the Hills kicks off on Friday May 3 in the festival Marquee with dancing to PJ Murrihy and TR Dallas. On Saturday Night we are proud to present the ‘King of country music’, Mick Flavin, supported by Mike Condon. Saturday May 4 is also the Lyreacrompane first ever school reunion. At this stage invitations have been sent out to all former and current pupils and people are being asked to pass on the word to relatives living outside of the Lyreacrompane area. Included in the plans for the reunion, so far, is Mass on the school grounds at 4pm followed by refreshments at the Lyreacrompane Community Centre. Then on to the festival marquee, at the Four Elms, to dance the night away to Mick Flavin and Mike Condon. On Sunday at 3pm its Eddie Keogh and Sunday Night it’s the turn of Michael Sexton and bringing the weekend’s entertainment to a conclusion on Monday afternoon will be Eddie Lee.
PILGRIMAGES TO LOUGH DERG 2013; Saturday, June 1-3, 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.
DOG OWNERS: All dog owners are asked to make sure that their dogs are properly secured as once again, a sheep flock has suffered an attack in the locality.
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 email@example.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.
EIGSE MICHEAL HARTNETT: The 14th annual Eigse Michael Hartnett Literary & Arts Festival will be held in Newcastle West from Thursday, April 25- 27. An action programme of events is lined up to satisfy all lovers of Michael Hartnett and poetry in general. A number of high profile guests will entertain and some of the events are free to the public to attend. Visit www.eigsemichaelhartnett.ie for a list of the guests and the various events.
MEDJUGORJE: September 14-21. Bed & Breakfast and Evening Meal. Flights from/To Shannon. Come and join us for a relaxing and reflective week. Contact: - John Keily 069 76253 or 087 6751795.
EPILEPSY IRELAND: Epilepsy Ireland has organised a workshop on stress for people with epilepsy, their family or carers. A number of places are set aside for health care professionals. The workshop will differentiate between pressure, anxiety and stress and how to recognise signs of a change within us of a physical, mental and emotional nature? This will be followed by sessions on techniques to manage these signs. It will take place on Saturday, May 4 in the Kilmurry Lodge Hotel, Limerick. For information contact Epilepsy Ireland at (061)313773 or (01)4557500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
THOMOND HISTORICAL SOCIETY: The Thomond Historical and Archaeological Society will undertake a tour of Ballyhahill visiting the historic monuments, sites and buildings on Sunday, April 28. The tour begins at the church at 2.45pm. All are welcome.
CEILI; West Limerick Set dancing Club Ceili in The Railway Bar Abbeyfeale on Friday, April 26 at 9.30pm. Music by Ger Murphy(Abbey) and Ken Cotter...all welcome.
TIDY TOWNS NETWORK: The next West Limerick Tidy Towns Network training event is on Wednesday the 24th April at 7:30 pm in the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West. Michael John will be delivering a Tidy Towns Application Clinic. It may be a good idea to bring a draft copy of your Tidy Towns Application with you. Can people also bring any Rookery and Mammal Survey recording sheets with them as well.
RAMBLING HOUSE; Listowel Rambling House will take place in the Seanchaí Literary & Cultural Centre, The Square, Listowel on Thursday April 25 from 9 pm. Enjoy an evening of traditional Irish music, song, dance & storytelling in an informal setting. Admission free, tea/coffee served. For more information tel. (068) 22212/57927.
PARENT AND TODDLER GROUP: Parent & Toddler Group every Tuesdays @ 10 am - 12 pm in St. Ita’s hall. New members welcome, refreshments provided.
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.
GARDEN OPEN: Glenville House and gardens situated in Glenville Ardagh, is open to the public in 2013 during the following days and hours. April 3-30, May 1–15, August 17-25, September 3 –28, from 9.30pm to 1.30pm. The admission is €5, student’s €3 children and OAPs are free.
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.
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.
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.
RALLY OF THE LAKES:With just over ten days to the Cartell.ie International Rally of the Lakes (May 3-5). Here are some interesting facts: This year is the Irish government’s Gathering festival where Ireland’s Diaspora is encouraged to “come home”. The Rally of the Lakes has three Irish in the USA (Liam Egan, Frank Cunningham and Michael Canny) and London-based Phillip Wylie on the entry list. Canny’s sister Sinead is also making the journey from London to co-drive for Keith Naughton. Italy: The rally has attracted its first ever crews from Italy, Carlo Marenzana has yet to nominate a car but his country man Antonio Parisi drivers a Fiat 2300 in the historic section.
GARDEN FETE: Kerry Parents and Friends Listowel have invited Dermot O’Neill to this year’s Garden Fête which will be held on Sunday, April 28 from 11 – 5pm.
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