PROLOGUE: "Worry a little bit every day and in a lifetime you will lose a couple of years. If something is wrong, fix it if you can. But train yourself not to worry. Worry never fixes anything." Mary Hemingway.
DEATHS: We were all grieved by the untimely death of much loved Fr William O’Gorman. May his gentle soul rest in peace. We offer our sympathy to the family of
Michael O’Donnell, New Street. Reposing at Harnett’s Funeral home on Thursday with removal at 8pm. Requiem Mass on Friday @ 11am. May he rest in peace.
PUBLIC MEETING: Public Meeting on the Abbeyfeale Community Enhancement Plan will be held this Thursday, September 4 at Fr Casey’s GAA Clubhouse at 8pm. Tom O’Leary of O’Leary & Associates, who has vast experience in preparing such town plans and who will be compiling the plan will be present. Check out Abbeyfeale Community Development Facebook page for survey to complete in order to have your views heard https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/M3WJPZ3
CAR BOOT SALE AND INDOOR MARKET: The monthly car boot sale in aid of WL102fm takes place on Sunday, September 7 at the Community Centre, NCW. Gates open 7.30am. Further information 06966200.
BADMINTON: The new season starts at the Sports Complex on Thursday, September 11 from 8-9PM. Beginners welcome. Barbara 087 7403277.
COMMUNITY GARDEN: We made €369.63 from the sale of produce provided by Helga and Norbert Henn, Morgan and Anna Costello, Seamus Quinlan, Ita Harnett O’Connor, Eilish McKenna, Bridie O’Shea and the parish community garden. All monies to go towards helping Fr.Galvin set up a horticultural enterprise on his Mission in South Sudan where he supports three schools who are growing vegetables.
PRACTICAL GARDENING COURSE: We are hoping to run a practical gardening class in Abbeyfeale parish community garden over six nights this autumn. Subjects covered will include fruit bush pruning, preparing beds for the winter, setting winter vegetables, seed harvesting, composting and more. It will start Wednesday, September 10 from 6-8pm and continue until October 15 Please contact 087 6866450 to book a place. The cost will be €30 payable on the first night.
WALK OR DANCE FOR FR. TIM: You have a choice of exercise on Sunday, September 14 when Abbeyfeale for Africa organise their annual walk for Fr. Tim Galvin and on the same afternoon the first afternoon tea dance of the autumn takes place at Fr. Casey’s with dancing to Stevie Donegan and proceeds going to Fr. Tim who will be returning to his Mission in war torn South Sudan at the end of the month.
BRIDGE: Abbeyfeale Bridge Club will commence on Thursday, September 11 @ 7:30 pm, at Railway Bar. Visitors welcome. Anybody interested in Bridge Lessons contact 087 3344909.
.ICA; The Abbeyfeale I.C.A. guild will be holding the first meeting of the autumn on Tuesday, September 9 commencing at 7.30pm. It will take place at the Community Adult Educcation Centre when the programme for the autumn will be discussed. On Sunday, September 14 the Federation Gala lunch will be held at 2pm at the Woodlands House, Adare. Names of members planning to attend the lunch will be taken at the Guild meeting. New members always welcome.
CAREERS NIGHT: Open night for Deep End Hair Academy, Main Street on Friday September 5 from 7-9pm at Tangles Hair and Beauty. All students wishing to pursue a career in hairdressing and their parents are welcome for full course information.
BUS SERVICE: Cork Colleges Bus Service: Fitzpatricks of Listowel & Abbey Coaches. A bus will serve Abbeyfeale (5.20pm), Newcastlewest (5.40pm), Dromcollogher (6pm) each Sunday evening and will return on Fridays at 1.30pm and 6pm. €10 per seat, Call 087 3966399.
WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: The first meeting of the new season will be in the Desmond Complex on Wednesday, September 3 at 8.30pm. Further information from Bill on 087 9079223.
SCHOOL AROUND THE CORNER: On Saturday night last August 30 we recreated ‘The School around the Corner’ at Fr. Casey’s GAA Clubhouse. It was the brain child of Mary Prendeville Murphy – a leader at St. Ita’s Faith Camp for children from 5 -12 years held in July – who decided to fund raise, to make the very successful Faith Camp an annual event. Lorraine and Martina who organise the Camp would like to give a special word of thanks to Sean Woulfe principal of the Boys National School for allowing the premises be used each summer. The original School around the Corner came to the Convent Hall Abbeyfeale 50 years ago and children including Ann Harnett, The Square, Sheila Prendeville St. Ita’s Terrace and Denis Murphy, Convent St. competed for the honour of going forward to the RTE television show. On Saturday night the Abbeyfeale Drama Group took the role of the students with Denis Hobson playing the part of Paddy Crosbie and Mary acting as M.C. Food was prepared and served by Katherina Hoare, Martina O’Sullivan, Margaret O’Sullivan, Lorraine Woulfe, Norma O’Callaghen, Julia Quirke, Marian Roche, Trish Roche and Liam Corridan. Liam turned out to be a real multi tasker with a wonderful singing voice and provided the backing music for the very hearty rendition of the School around the Corner that had everyone joining in. He was also a dab hand applying freckles to some much withered cheeks! A big thank you to Marguerite’s Cake Shop and Bakery who supplied a load of goodies for the tea and to Jim O’Connor Chairman of Gather by the Feale who loaned us a fine marque to serve the food in. We finished the night with a school Hop to music by DJ Jeremiah Roche whose selection of tracks had the floor hopping and kept the pupils up way beyond their bedtimes. School uniforms were optional but a lot of people went to great rounds to dress up and prizes were distributed for various categories. The student – male or female – with the hairiest leg was won by Noel O’Connor dressed as a girl and whose legs were indeed hairy in a disgracefully short pinafore. Reverend Mother was not pleased. Mossie O’Donnell brought the teacher the blackest driest sod of turf, Hannah Foley and Margaret McCarthy had the prettiest pigtails and Dick Woulfe who celebrated his 80th birthday on the night was the student who recited the 12 tables. It was a great night and great credit must go to Mary Murphy who put so much time and effort into organising a real unique event.
GLORACH YOUTH THEATRE: Director/Producer Katie Moloney says; “Step right up, step right up. Ladies and gentlemen, the youths of Glorach are saying goodbye to summer in style next Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the Glorach Theatre Abbeyfeale. Yes that’s right, the GYT are delighted to announce their end of summer blow-out production "Nutella is love, Nutella is life" which opens on Friday, September 12. The nights might be getting longer so why not stop in next weekend and spend a few hours tapping, clapping, singing and laughing along while our wonderfully talented cast strut their stuff for your entertainment. Local youngsters from the wee age of 6 have been working all summer to ensure that this wonderful Musical Variety Show is the best yet in the GYTs catalogue of work. So come along and support the gifted youth of Abbeyfeale. We promise you’ll leave with a smile on your face. Show starts at 8pm and bookings can be made via the auld telephone. Ye all have one folks so pick it up now and call Katie to avoid disappointment. 085 7753096
REILIG IDE NAOFA: Clean ups of the graveyard are held every Tuesday from 7-9 pm weather permitting. The committee are making an appeal for financial help to enable the building of a wall at the top of the graveyard. If you have a loved one buried here we are sure you would be more than willing to help with the cost of same. Any information you need about the project/wall can be provided by the contacts below.
Marion 087/1344743 or Denis 087/9880015.
ABBEYFEALE PARISH CHURCH NOTES: Parish office 11-1pm Tuesday-Friday 068 31133. Parish Support Worker 068/31019. Counselling Appointment 061/314213.Church 068/51915, Canon John O’Shea P.P.: Tel: 068 – 31157 : 087 – 9708282, Fr Joe Foley CC: Tel: 087 – 2618412. Mass Tuesday – Saturday at 10am except in the event of a funeral when Mass is 11am. Mass Monday at 7pm, Mass on Saturday 11am followed by Confessions, Vigil Mass 7pm, Sunday 9.30am and 12 noon. Mass Intentions: Friday is the First Friday. Friday 11am Funeral Mass Michael O’Donnell. Saturday 11am Bridget O’Brien, Saturday 7pm Jackie O’Grady, Meenahela
Paul Collins, Sunday 9.30am Tom Fitzgerald, Knocknasna. James Harnett, Purt 1st Anniversary. 12noon Kathleen Lane Ballaugh , Jimmy Sheehy, Kilconlea.
St Anthony Novena takes place each Monday at the 7pm evening Mass. Adoration on Tuesday and Friday from 8am – 10pm and on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 6-8pm. Baptismal Meeting in Templeglantine on Tuesday, September 9 @ 8pm in the sacristy. Confessions on Thursday after the 10am Mass. It is now the responsibility of family members and relatives, if they require a visit, to let the priest know when people are in hospital.
AUDITIONS: Auditions will be taking place at the Glórach Theatre for the upcoming production of The Playboy of the Western World by J.M. Synge. This play caused riots on opening at the Abbey in 1907, and while we don’t expect that, (hopefully!) we do look forward to a successful staging of a wonderful play that is earthy, humorous and rich in language. If you would like to take a part, big or small, in this upcoming production, call into the Glórach Theatre this Saturday,September 6 at 3pm. For further details, director Noel Keenan can be contacted at noelkee2.
COMEDY AT THE GLORACH: Fans of the dark comic musings of Martin McDonagh are in for a treat with the second play in the Lennane trilogy, The Lonesome West coming to the Glórach Theatre on Saturday September 6 at 8 pm. Presented by the Magic Stew Company from Listowel, this black comedy centres around the two bickering brothers, Coleman and Valine. Not to be missed, tickets can be booked at 0871383940.
NIGHT VIGIL TO KNOCK: To celebrate and honour the Birthday of Our
Blessed Lady there will be the 42nd Annual Eucharistic All Night Vigil to Knock on September 7/8 Sunday midnight to Monday morning. Fare €25. Coach will leave Listowel @ 4.30pm, Abbeyfeale @ 5pm Devon Inn @ 5.10pm, Newcastlewest @ 5.20pm
Contact Tim 087 3966399 to book your seat.
SUE RYDER CHARITY SHOP: We continue to stock a fantastic summer selection at already rock bottom prices. Our books are still just €1.
SAGART PILGRIMAGE: The 21st Anniversary of the Sagart Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place on September 22 for five nights and costs €715. Contact Fr John O’Shea or the Sacristy.
CEILI CLASSES: Ceili classes resume in the GAA Club Abbeyfeale on Wednesday September 3. Start time 9pm. Beginner’s dance classes at Top of the town Athea on Monday September 1. Start time 8.30pm. Dancing is a great way to pass away those long winter nights and it is not an expensive pastime. If you would like to learn how to dance., Come to Athea. If you already dance come to Abbeyfeale
LESSONS: Lessons on concertina and fiddle from beginners to advanced with Lisa. Contact 087 3182574.
FEALE FIT NOTES: Best of Luck to all the crew running in Dingle this coming Saturday especially Marie O Regan who will be running her first Full Marathon. The summer is now over and Fealefit has lots of new and exciting Classes and Events planned for the coming months suitable for all ages. Our latest Couch to 5k which will commence October 3, The Biggest Loser competition, Navy Seal Fitness Challenge, Fealefit-Kids, Half Marathons & Marathons and much much more. Contact Shane 087 2891015 or Kadie 087 7771552 for details. Check out www.Fealefit.comfor all details on Classes.
BINGO BUSSES: Eoin 087 2522402 leaves for Castleisland from outside Tuohig’s Supervalue at 7.40 pm every Tuesday and Dinjoe goes to Shanagolden.
SEAN NOS DANCE CLASSES: A new Sean Nos dancing class has just begun in the Top of the town Athea each Thursday evening with the Mc Cormack Kelly School of Dancing . There is a step dancing class at 6.30pm for children followed by the children’s Sean nos Class at 8.00pm. Adult Sean Nos Class at 9.00pm for great a sociable and enjoyable evening to learn out traditional culture of sean nos steps. All are welcome, just come along for the fun
COURSES: West Limerick Resources will be offering Start Your Own Business Courses this September. A Weekend course will run on Saturday September 6 and 14 with a four night course taking place each Wednesday from September 10 to October 1. Both courses are free of charge and will take place in Newcastle west, covering all aspects of self-employment and business start-up and development. For further information or to book a space contact Eleanor on 069 66299.
MUSIC CLASSES: Enrolment for the new season of Comhaltas music classes will take place at Halla Inse Bhán on Monday next, September 8th from7.30 to 9.00pm and it is important that all new pupils, as well as existing pupils who wish to continue for the coming season, be enrolled on that night. Class pupils take part in a variety of events as their progress continues, such as SCT music exams, Pléaracha, Ceol an Gheimhridh, sessions, Fleadh Cheoil, Summer Camp etc. Most instruments associated with traditional music are catered for in the classes, enquiries to 069 84039 or 087 9654451.
CLIMATE CHANGE: One agreement with common sense steps to end dirty energy can still save us. That’s why the UN has called an urgent climate meeting on September 21 with all major world leaders.
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.
MAUREENS DAY TRIP: Sunday September 7. Leaving NCW at 8.30am. – Brigit’s Garden takes you on a magical journey into the heart of Celtic heritage and mythology, making it one of the truly outstanding places to visit in the West of Ireland. The Award Winning Celtic Gardens, are widely regarded as one of the spectacular in Ireland and is set within 11 acres of nature woodland and wild flower meadows. In addition to the Celtic Gardens, visitors can enjoy the nature trail, an ancient ring fort (Fairy Fort), thatched roundhouse and crannog and the calendar sundial, the largest in Ireland. The visitor has a café with an assortment of fresh homemade food. We are promised an Indian summer and this will add to the beauty and make all the flowers smile in the gardens! We still have some places available. For more information and booking contact Maureen 087 9845102.
MAUREENS DANCING WEEKEND: Friday October 17-20 next leaving NCW on Friday at 9.30am. . Just sit back and relax. Our bus driver/courier will keep you well informed about the places that we will passing through and visiting. Staying in the Yeats County Hotel, Rosses Point, Sligo. Dancing in our hotel Friday and Saturday night and on the Sunday after dinner we board our bus for the newly refurbished Rainbow Ballroom of Romance in Glenfarne, Co. Leitrim. You will also have the opportunity to visit the Showband Era Museum which is on the premises and home to a lot of memorabilia. Will those who have already booked their place please confirm with payment. We still have places available. We will be out sightseeing every morning after a hearty breakfast. For more information and booking contact Maureen 087 9845102.
MID-WEEK TRIP TO CARLOW/ KILKENNY; Thomond Historical & Archaeological Society will travel to Carlow/Kilkenny from Monday, September 8 until Thursday, September 11. The trip includes 3 night’s Bed and Breakfast and 3 evening meals at Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny. Organiser Pat O’Donovan – 087 9977340.
FREE PHONE NUMBER LAUNCHED: A new free phone number has been launched for the Samaritans in Ireland. It is 116123.
ABUSE OF STIMUNANTS: For support around drug and alcohol use the HSE Drugs & Alcohol Helpline is available Monday to Friday, 9.30am and 5.30pm. This confidential service has both a freephone Helpline helpline).
GRANDPARENTS PILGRIMAGE: The annual Catholic Grandparent’s Association Pilgrimage to Knock will take place on Sunday, September 14. 2014.
SOUND FOR STAGE WORKSHOP: West Limerick Resources will be offering a one day sound for stage workshop this September. The course will take place on a Saturday in the Newcastle West area (date and venue to be confirmed). Free to those living in the West Limerick area. To book a place contact Suzanne on 069 79114 or email srowley
ATTENTION ASPIRING DIRECTORS: Under the West Limerick Drama Initiative, West Limerick Resources will be offering a short mentoring programme for new and improving directors this September. Starting September 20 the programme will run over three Saturdays, with sessions one and two supporting each director to develop a short 10 minute production which will be staged for a local audience on week three. Limited places available. Free to those living in the West Limerick area. Contact Suzanne on 069 79114 or email srowley to register
TIDY TOWNS COMPOSTING COURSE: Under the West Limerick Tidy Towns Network, West Limerick Resources will be running a short composting course this September. The course will consist of two evening workshops where participants will learn effective composting and waste minimization techniques and a one day (Saturday) outing to visit a community composting facility in Tralee. Free of charge to members of Tidy Towns groups in the West Limerick area. Limited places available. Booking essential. Contact Suzanne on 069 79114 or email srowley
BUSINESS MENTORING: Are you thinking of starting your own business? Have you an idea that you would like to discuss with someone or are you an existing small business who would like advice on new product development or new direction for your company? Are you a new or existing business in need of advice and guidance? West Limerick Resources is offering a free and confidential one to one business mentoring service to businesses based in the West Limerick area. Contact Eleanor on 069 66299 or Joan on 069 66294.