Here you will find a marvelously witty, informative and sometimes downright libelous account of the happenings in the famous town of Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick. Ireland!
Read all about our eccentric characters and the many sporting achievements, (real or imagined) of our various teams. Experience the natural beauty, the unique atmosphere, the music, the company and the craic.
We get numerous visitors to our town every year. Most promise to return. Some never leave. All have an unforgettable time.
LOCAL NOTES 18th APRIL 2017
LOCAL NOTES 18th APRIL 2017
PROLOGUE:"People have to forgive. We don't have
to like them, we don't have to be friends with them, we don't have to send them
hearts in text messages, but we have to forgive them, to overlook, to forget.
Because if we don't we are tying rocks to our feet, too much for our wings to
carry!" Joy Bell.
DIVINE MERCY CEREMONIES IN ABBEYFEALE:The novena to the Divine Mercy begins on Good
Friday and continues until the Sunday after Easter.There will be Mass, confessions, rosary, and
blessing of the sick in Abbeyfeale Church beginning with confessions at 2.30pm
on Divine Mercy Sunday.All are welcome.
Apostolate of Eucharistic Adoration will travel to Knock on Sunday, April 30.Bus leaves church @ 7.30am.Contact 087/7758503 or 087/6542685.
FLEADH BY THE FEALE: The word is out about
Abbeyfeale’s 23rd Fleadh and there’s even a man coming from Canada
to take part in the All Ireland Bone playing competition on Bank Holiday
Monday, May 1.It will be, as always , a
mighty weekend with the Art Poster Exhibition and prize giving in the Library
kicking it off on Thursday night at 7.30pm followed by a Gathering Session in
Thomas T. J’s., New St.The Child of
Prague will be busy on Friday with every statue in the town out to prevent rain
for the buskers who will be on the Main Street from 7pm; then in the Square the
gig rig will be hopping from 8.30pm.Later on the set céilí gets underway in Fr. Casey’s clubhouse with
dancing to Donie Nolan and Taylor’s Cross.Saturday is a full day of workshops, a youth trad session, a trad disco,
entertainment on the gig rig with Templeglantine Comhaltas and pub
sessionsall over town from New St. to
Bridge St. to Main St. and the Square.Sunday is equally as busy with the highlight being Frankie Gavin and
DeDannan joined by Coláiste Íde agus Iosef’s wonderful céilí band in concert in
the Coláiste at 8pm.Earlier Daisy
Kearney will entertain adults and children alike in St. Ita’s Hall at 3pm, the
All Ireland Junior Bone Playing gets underway on the Gig Rig following new
exciting band Fugazi at 3.30pm and then at 4pm a Polka/Slide Recital – a
tribute to founder member the late Dan Murphy will take place at D.J. Murphy’s
on Main St.There will be sessions all
over town in corners of hostelries and a pub crawl is in order before the
celebrity concert for which tickets are now on sale from Slice of Life
068-32655; Abbey Tile 068-31661; Celine 087 7697672 and Mary 087 7419343.Bank Holiday Monday is a day to relax and
enjoy the music all over town and then from 7.30pm the Gig Rig will be the
place to be.Scoil Mháthair Dé and
Tournafulla Comhaltas will entertain the crowd before the All Ireland Senior
Bone Playing when our Canadian entrant will be the unknown to watch.It’s going to be a great weekend so mark it
MEETING: There will be an information evening on
creating Sustainable Energy Communities and reducing Energy Consumption at the Desmond
Complex, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick on Thursday, April 20 at 7.30pm.All are welcome.
AT THE GLÓRACH:Thanks to everyone who
attended our inaugural film screening of Blue Velvet last Wednesday evening, we
hope to show more classic films in the coming months and are open to feedback
as to what films people might be interested in seeing at the Glórach.We are now looking at the possibility of
putting on a Family / Children’s Matinee on Sunday's but would like some
feedback from Parents/Kids on how best to run such Sunday Matinees. Please
contact the Hotline on 087 138 39 40 with your thoughts and ideas.
CARD GAME:After a very successful run,
the last card game of the season was held on Tuesday, April 11. The Board of
Management of the school would like to thank everyone who helped out during the
year. A huge thanks to Marian who ran the card game with
her usual efficiency, patience and good humour; to Eleanor, for her work
backstage; to Joan, Theresa, Liam, Julia, Noreen; to our ticket-sellers,
Shauna, Sarah, Patrick, Michael, Conor, Aine and all the children who helped
out on the night. The Board would like to express its gratitude to everyone who
donated food; especially Murphy's Bakery, who have always been so generous in
their support of the school, to the Parent Association for serving up tea and
treats, to all (including teachers and staff) who donated spot prizes. Your
support is very much appreciated by all in Meenkilly School. Four teams
finished on twelve games and shared the prize-money: Gobnait Scannell, Sean O
Connor, Paddy Sheehan; Jackie Harnett, Pat Fitzgerald, John Quirke; Eoghan Lane,
Joe O Connor, Kevin O Connor; Marian Quirke, Donal O Connor. Table Prizes:
Hannah Foley, Margaret Mc Carthy, Noel Murphy; Mossie Collins, Mary Mc Carthy,
Michael O Kelly; Laurence Mc Auliffe, Margaret Mc Auliffe, Bridie Collins.
Raffle Tickets: Con Lane, John Quirke (x2), JJ Lenihan, Catriona Sheeran, Beth
Collins, Seamus Collins, Sheila Breen, Noreen O Callaghan (x2), Betty Curtin,
Marian Roche (x2), Eileen Reidy
DONE: Abbeyfeale Youth Club played a blinder under the direction of Martin
Tobin on Good Friday with their re-enactment of the Passion and
Crucifixion.These young people are the
future of our parish community and we are so proud of them.
‘FREE TO BE’ PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT COURSE (PART
1): West Limerick Resources (SICAP) will roll out the very popular 'Free to be'
Personal Development Course (Part 1) in the Further Education & Training
Centre Abbeyfeale, starting Monday May 8 from 10 – 12 noon, for 6 weeks
finishing on June 19. This course is free to anybody in receipt of social
welfare payments, those who feel they would like to be part of a group,
parents, parenting alone, people living in a disadvantage area or who have
children with learning difficulty. ‘Free to be’ has been developed in such a
way that it encourages and enables you to look at ways of improving your daily
life, manage stress and stressful situations, develop relaxation skills,
self-care, re-connect with your inner self. This programme is about well-being
which benefits you and your family. If you are interested in attending please
book a place with Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883 or
contact Nora at West Limerick Resources on 068 31198. Booking is essential.
HOUSE:Benny Thade McCarthy’sRambling House Bank Holiday Monday May 1 at
9pm in Fr Caseys Club house Abbeyfeale. All
musicians, singers, dancers and storytellers are welcome to attend.A donation
will be made on the night to Pieta House Suicide prevention and awareness.All welcome.
CLOUD INFORMATION EVENING: West Limerick Resources is delighted to announce
that we are working to support the FoodCloud Initiative in the West Limerick
Area. FoodCloud is a simple yet ingenious idea whereby working with local
supermarkets for the aim of reducing food waste and restoring community spirit
based on shared food. We would like to hear from Community Groups or Charities
in the area who would be in a position to support this initiative, by receiving
the food donations for their own work or indeed for further distribution within
the community. If you were unable to attend the meeting on the April 11 we
would still like to hear from you; please contact Dearbhla at West Limerick
Resources on 069 66293 or
REMEMBERING ZOE CYCLE:The third Remembering Zoë Cycle Challenge
around the 8 parishes which surround Abbeyfeale will be held on Sunday, May 14
– there are 3 routes:110 km, 75 km or
40 km and online registration is now open – you can register by clicking on ; https://register.primoevents.com/ps/event/RememberingZoeCycleChallengeBy registering on-line you are automatically
entered in a draw for the following spot prizes:€100 voucher for O’Sullivan’s Cycles,
Killarney and a €100 voucher for iBikes Cycle Shop, Killarney.All participating cyclists will receive a
specially designed finisher’s medal.
WANTED FOR CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH CLASSES: Volunteers are wanted for
Conversational English Classes in Newcastle West. The classes will take place
over 10 weeks on Wednesday evenings at the Community Centre Newcastle West,
beginning April 19. If you are interested, please contact Stefanie at West
Limerick Resources on 069 62222 or firstname.lastname@example.org
PARENT & TODDLER GROUP meets every Tuesday and Thursday in St. Ita's Hall
In Abbeyfeale from 11am to 12.30pm.New
people always welcome. This group is a great way to introduce your child to a
pre-school environment, teaching them to play and share with other children and
a fantastic way for parents to make new friends as well. Activities each week
include singing nursery rhymes, painting/colouring, table-top art and crafts,
also messy play, which encourages children’s imagination and they learn about different
textures & help develop their motor skills (hand eye co-ordination).
Parents have time to chat, with a cup of tea, sing and play also. Contact Mary
at West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883.
OF THE CURTIN CLAN:There will be a clan
gathering at the Temple Gate Hotel in Ennis next weekend April 21-23.It’s the 10th Biennial Reunion and
all members of the clan are welcome.Further information from email@example.com
NATTERS: West Limerick Resources are now producing a monthly community
newsletter entitled ‘Community Natters’. With this newsletter, we hope to reach
out to the many community groups in our area and communicate some useful hints
and information as well as highlighting some new and interesting projects
happening around us. As always, we are hoping to engage with as many voluntary
organisations as possible, so please feel free to get in touch with any member
of the team at West Limerick Resources if you have any events/projects
currently happening in your community. Please let us know by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. To
subscribe to the monthly newsletter, please log onto our website www.wlr.ie and
enter your email address in the subscription box.
DARKNESS INTO LIGHT:This year’s walk/run takes place in Newcastle
West on Saturday, May 6 at 4 am, starting at The Desmond Complex (new venue)
Gortboy. Seniors, Students (aged 16 & upwards) and unwaged €15. Children under
16 can register free but if they want a T-shirt it will cost €3.50. Groups of 5
or more can avail of a 20% discount. You can also register online at dil.pieta.ieRegistration will take place at Feale fit
Mountmahon (opposite Kostal) on Saturday, April 29 from 12am - 2pm.For further information contact Breda 087 7715734
YOUTH SURVEY:The Big April Ask is a national survey prepared by Youth Leaders
throughout Ireland. It needs to be completed by the end of April 2017. The
Diocesan Youth Ministry team (Fr Chris and Aoife), recently invited young
people to participate in a survey with questions from Pope Francis for young
people. This new national survey has now also been created and we are inviting
young people to complete this too - As Chris says: 'it will take you 2 minutes
to complete and the answers will be seen by Pope Francis himself because he
wants to know what you think'. If you are aged between 16 and 29 then please
take two minutes to complete the survey by clicking the link here: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/bigaprilask
LAY LED LITURGY OF THE WORD:Bishop Brendan Leahy has asked that every
parish offer a lay led Liturgy of the Word on Tuesday, April 25. After two days
of formation parishioners are now considering how they might do that together in
their local place.
PIO DEVOTIONS:First Tuesday of the
month in Monagae Church at 7pm.Blessing
with 1st. class relic.
LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: Next meeting Wednesday, April 19 in the Desmond Complex
NCW.Further information 087 7972855.
SOCIAL FARMING: Calling
interested farmers & farm families who
would like to hear more about Social Farming, Julette O’Flynn the new Social
Farming Regional Development Worker with WLR can provide more information on 087 3663842 or by
email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
IDEA:Ann Lyons is currently selling the
book celebrating the 125 years of Knockaclarig National School at her business
in the Square.
ABBEYFEALE’S SINGING CLUB:West Limerick singing club monthly singing
session take place on the first Friday of every month in the Ramble Inn Bar,
NEW TOASTMASTER CLUB IN LISTOWEL: If you would
like to gain self confidence, self esteem and improve your ability to speak in
public then you should check out the newest public speaking club in North
Kerry. The next meeting will be held in the Listowel Arms Hotel on
Thursday, April 20from 8 -10pm.
Admission €5 which covers cost of refreshments and rent of the room.
Further information from Gerard Mannix on 087 2193670.
EMPLOYMENT SUPPORTS: If you are considering Self Employment and would like to
know more about the process involved you should contact our Enterprise Officer
Brenda Heath. We are currently rolling out a series of FREE Enterprise Training
Workshops for all those considering this route including workshops on Steps to
starting your Business, Book-keeping, Marketing and Health & Safety. If you
wish to find out more please contact Brenda Heath at West Limerick Resources on
069 66297 / email@example.com or our support Worker Dee Collins on 069 62222 / firstname.lastname@example.org
ABUSE: Groups meet weekly and many women find it helpful to meet and talk with
others who are or have been in similar situations.To find out more just ring Jess or Majella
ABBEYFEALE COMMUNITY ALERT:A number of people have been in touch with
the Kerry Gardai saying that they have received a call from an 021 number
saying that they are from the bank and that there is a problem with their
credit card.Do not engage and do not
give details of your card to anyone.This is a scam.We have been
asked to remind people that once they reach the age of 65 and live alone or
with a person/s aged over 65 then they are entitled to receive a monitored
alarm system.The free equipment is
provided by Pobal following an application from Abbeyfeale Community Alert but
there will be a monitoring fee to be paid yearly to the installing company
which is currently in the region of €65.If
you are a victim of or have witnessed domestic abuse then log onto
constantly update our FB page with local alerts and information on keeping safe
so do keep an eye on that.Committee
members are Sean Broderick, Micheal O’Kelly N.T., Seamus Stack, Mossie Gleeson,
Kathleen Collins, Mary McArthur, Brody and Brenda Barry, John O’Sullivan, Billy
Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Mary Jo O’Connell, James Joy, Neily Lyons,
Marian Harnett and Garda Roger O’Donoghue.
June 2018 the parish will celebratethe
50th anniversary of the opening of our parish church.A Golden Jubilee is a significant event in
the life of any parish. The Pastoral Council are beginning to plan for the 50th
celebrations. At this stage we are seeking any photographs of the construction
phase of the building and anyarticles
or publications covering the opening Mass andconsecration ceremony.
CHURCH NOTES: Canon Anthony Mullins087/2600414.Fr JosephFoley CC Tel: Mobile :
087 – 2618412.Parish Church
068/51915.Parish Office:Open 11:00 – 1:00 p.m. Tues. - Fri. (068)
31133 Email: email@example.comLimerick Social Services:061-314111.A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-8143425
Bereavement Support: 068 / 31203, 068/ 31262, 068/51984. Parish Support Worker
068/31019 St Vincent De Paul087/1213560
Appointment061/314213 . Accord NCW
069/61000. Samaritans: 061 - 412111 or Free phone 1850609090 A.A. 061-311222
Al-Anon 086-814342551984 Console 061-306792.Masses:No morning Mass Monday,
evening Mass at 7pm.Mass Tuesday –
Saturday at 10am except in the event of a funeral when Mass is 11am.Mass on Saturday11am.There will be no 8.15am Mass this week.Friday10amJosephine Lyons. Saturday7pmJulia Chris Fealy. Bessie Meehan, Kilmorna .Michael O’Hanlon,
Collins Park.Johnny Nash, Upper
Knocknasna .Sunday9.30amWill Joe, Mary Collins and their sonBilly ( the Hill).Denis & Ellen Collins and deceased
members of the Gearyfamily.Adrian Doyle .Sunday12 noonRichard Tobin, Convent Street .Andrea Costelloe, Mountmahon.Tom Collins Convent Street.
prayers to St Anthony on Mondays during the 7pm Mass.Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on
Fridays during the 10am Mass.Adoration
will resumeafter Easter on Tuesday
April 25 after the 10 o clock Mass and continue until 10p.m. It will continue
then as usual every Tuesday and Friday. New adorers are always very
welcome.We thank you all for making our
Perpetual Adoration such a success. Because of your commitment to an hour per
week we are able to continue this wonderful gift we have in our Parish.As due to data protection laws,
priests can no longer go to the reception desk in local hospitals and get a
list of parishioners who are patients, you are requested to contact either Fr.
Joe or Fr. Tony if you wish them to visit.Faithcast is the new weekly podcast from catholicnews.ie, the news
source for the Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference. Presented by Brenda Drumm, Faithcast is a mixture of interviews and news
snippets from the Catholic Church in Ireland. It is published every Monday and
is available on catholicnews.ie.
To see the daily readings you may log on to
www.abbefelaeparish.ie and click on daily reading on the home page.Log onto www.churchservices.tv/abbeyfealeparish for the church webcam.You can now watch all services from home if
you have access to a computer. You are asked to use car parking spaces in the
Church car park before you start parking in the middle of the yard. Invitation from Fr. Mullins: “I want to extend
an open invitation to all parishioners, particularly young people to share
their God given talents with the community. We are always in need of Musicians,
Singers, Readers of the Word, Altar Servers, Ministers of the Eucharist, Flowerarrangers, Collectors and Stewards. You may
have IT skills which we need to help us use social media in bringing God’s
message toparishioners. Any help you
can give will be greatly appreciated”.
PARK RUN IN THE DEMESNE:Parkrun is a free, fun, timed 5 kilometer
run. It starts at 9.30am each and every
Saturday beside the soccer pitch in the Demesne, Newcastlewest. Runners, walkers,
families and even family pets are welcome! Just register for free at www.parkrun.ie,
print out your barcode and come along on Saturday morning.
We are one year old this Saturday, April 22. There will be birthday cake and sweets for all
at the finish so please come along.
PADRE Pio Prayer Meeting takes place in Lixnaw Church
on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm.
PILGRIMAGES:Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage 2017 from June 21-26.The Lourdes office is open in the Social
Service Centre, Henry St.All details
concerning the Pilgrimage Tel 061/314111.
JIM LYONS’S RAMBLING HOUSE:Held on the third Tuesday of the month in Knockaloucca.
MONAGAE RAMBLING HOUSE:The monthly rambling house in Monagae Community Centre takes place on
the 2ndMonday of the month.