PROLOGUE: "Six things to leave behind in 2014: Regrets. Negative thinking. Drama and chaos. Anger. Resentment. People who bring you down." Charity M. Richey-Bentley

DEATHS; The death has occurred of Sr. Magdalen Harnett, Cobh, Co. Cork and formerly of Dromtrasna, Abbeyfeale. Sincere sympathy also to the family of Catherine McEnery (née Murphy) Knocknagoshel, Co. Kerry and formerly of Kilconlea, Abbeyfeale. Sympathies are also offered to the family of the late Mrs. Joy, Convent Road, and formerly of Knockalougha, Duagh, Co. Kerry and to the O’Callaghan family, Castleisland on the death of Mrs. O’Callaghan. May they Rest in Peace.

WEDDING BELLS: Congratulations to Jackie Healy and Mark Stack who were married on Friday, January 2. We wish them every happiness in their married life.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: The first Afternoon Tea Dance of the New Year takes place on Sunday, January 11 at Fr. Casey’s from 3-6pm. Dancing to Noel Cronin. Teas served. A great way to start the New Year. We guarantee to send you home sweatin’.

REMEMBERING ZOE: On June 26 last year the parish of Abbeyfeale was left stunned and disbelieving when the news broke that little Zoe Scannell had lost her life in a road traffic accident. A group of people have now come together to remember Zoe and plans are underway to hold a weekend of activities based on some of the many interests that she held during her short few years among us. The weekend of Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17 has been decided on and will include a 120 km /35 km cycle on the Saturday, dancing to Micheal Collins in Fr. Casey’s Saturday night and a family fun day at Fr. Casey’s on the Sunday. If you would like to get involved in the organisation of these events please contact John on 087 2258808/ Frances 0876757924/Shane 087 2891015.

MEENKILLY N.S. CARD GAME RESULTS: 23/12/14: Winners with 14 games; Pat Fitzgerald, Jackie Harnett, and John Quirke. Runners up with 12 games; Eileen Murphy, Ned Murphy, Noel Murphy. Door Prize; Pat Curtin, Dan Brosnan. Table Prize; Andy Keane, Toddy O Connor, Maurice Collins. Tickets; Pat Fitzgerald X 2, Mary McCarthy, Bridie O’Donnell, Jer Roche, Eileen Finnegan, Ned Murphy, Edmund O’Donnell and Dixie Quirke. 30/12/14: Winners with 14 games; Maureen Fitzgerald, Kathleen McCarthy and Jackie Brouder. Runners up 3 teams with 13 games;( 1)Christine O Donoghue, Eileen Finnegan, Tom Linehan.(2) Jer Roche, Patsy Kelly, JJ Linehan. (3) Breda O Connell, Billy O Connell, Mary O Connell. Door Prize; Liam Lane. Table Prize; Dick Fitzgerald, Mossie Gleeson,Sean O Connor. Tickets; Tom Nelligan, Linda Gleeson,Pat Fitzgerald, Jackie Brouder, Bridie Collins, Jer Roche, Bridgie O Connor and Billy O Connell. We would like to wish everyone a peaceful and happy New Year.

BAPTISMAL MEETING: Templeglantine Church Sacristy on Tuesday, January 13 at 8pm for all those parents who wish to baptize a child over the next month.

ST. ITA’S WRENBOYS: King of the Wrenboys Paddy Finucane reports that the group raised €2,170 for Fr. Tim Galvin. Fr. Tim, formerly of Kilmanahan is based in South Sudan and has recently been moved to a new mission, he is currently involved in building a new school and church. The Wrenboys were out on Christmas night in Collins’s Park with Mike, Imogen and Leona Lyons, John Romaine, Mike Lynch and Bertie Murphy and wish to thank everyone who welcomed them with open arms. Then on St. Stephen’s Day they were joined by Paddy Curtin Ashford who made a DVD of the day, Dan Shine, Thady Finucane, Paddy Reidy, Helena Quinn, Paddy Heffernan, Thomas and Marie O’Connell. Paddy would thank all those they met and a special thanks to Marie O’Donnell, Mary Walsh, Peggy and Eamon O Liathain who provided the sustenance that kept them moving.

WINTER WONDERLAND: Tony Noonan tells us that the Winter Wonderland will close next Sunday so if you haven’t seen the lighting spectacular located in Meenoline then be sure and call over the next few nights. It’s amazing!

ARA NA FEILE: Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday, January 14at 2pm in the Adult Educational Centre. We wish everyone a Happy New Year and Best Wishes for 2015.

PANTO: Jack & The Bean Stalk performed by the Killorglin Players for one night only in the I.N.E.C. on Sunday, February 15, leaving Newcastle West at 3.30pm. picking up at the bus stop outside the church in Abbeyfeale. Seats must booked and paid for in advance. We will have time for refreshments before the panto commences at 6pm. For booking and more information contact Maureen 087 9845102

TOURNAFULLA COMHALTAS: Classes resume on Monday, January 12 at the usual times. Fees will be taken up on the night. Anyone who ordered a dvd of the Christmas Concert can also get them Monday night. Tournafulla Comhaltas Craobh would like to wish all our friends, pupils and supporters a very Happy New Year.

COMMUNITY ALERT NEWS: Support After Crime Services is a voluntary service to people affected by crime founded in January 2006 by Sally Hanlon. Its objectives are to benefit the community by maintain a free and confidential service where the issues of people affected by crime can be addressed with a view to resolution. Contact details; 021 4320555 9.30am – 5.30pm or email info

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FEALEFIT: Happy New Year from everyone at Fealefit. It’s the time of the year for Resolutions & goal setting and Fealefit can help you achieve all your Health, Fitness & Weight loss goals. Fealefit provides Running / Adventure race & Tri Athlon training free of charge. Contact Shane 087 2891015 or Kadie 087 7771552 for details. Well done to all our crew who ran the Muddy road to Uganda 5k fundraiser in Buttevant on Saturday!

GOOD NEWS FROM THE COMMUNITY EDUCATION CENTRE: Following a meeting between a subcommittee of the new group formed to help save the Adult Ed. Centre and the staff at the centre it has been confirmed that a new programme of courses will be starting in the New Year – for more information ring (068) 31198. The problems highlighted at the public meeting of the cost of upkeep and maintenance of the building were discussed and will continue to be monitored.

BEE KEEPING COURSE: The course with tutor Seamus Quinlan of the Kingdom Beekeepers has finished for this year. It was held at the Adult Education Centre, Abbeyfeale every Tuesday from 7-9pm and will resume on the first Tuesday in February. Further information 087 6866450.

MEN’S SHED: The Men’s Shed is open every Monday evening from 6-9pm. New members are always very welcome.

ICA NOTES: PRO Bridie O’Shea writes; After our Christmas break, the first guild meeting in 2015 will be on Tuesday, January 20, commencing at 7.30pm at the Community Education Centre, Mountmahon. New members will be welcome.

PPN MEETINGS: Limerick City and County Council has announced the establishment of a new network aimed at enhancing and expanding the role played by community groups in the formulation of local government policy and the future development of local communities across Limerick. The Public Participation Network (PPN) will be the new representative voice of the community and voluntary, social inclusion and environmental sectors in Limerick and will be the main link through which the local authority connects with groups.
Putting People First – An Action Programme for Effective Local Government (October 2012) sets out a vision for Local Government in Ireland: “Local government will be the main vehicle of governance and public service at local level -leading economic, social and community development, delivering efficient and good value services, and representing citizens and local communities effectively and accountably.” Section 46 of the Local Government Reform Act 2014 enables local authorities to take all appropriate steps to consult with and promote effective participation of local communities in local government. Citizens and communities will be encouraged and supported to participate in the decision-making processes of the local authority. PPN’s will be established in each of Limerick’s four Municipal and Metropolitan Districts, namely Limerick Metropolitan, Adare-Rathkeale, Cappamore-Kilmallock and Newcastle West, which will feed into a City and Countywide PPN. PPN members will be able to nominate representatives to the Council’s primary decision making bodies, including the Local Community Development Committee (LCDC), the Joint Policing Committee (JPC), and the Council’s Strategic Policy Committees (SPC).
Online registration for the Public Participation Network opened on Thursday, November 13, 2014, and will continue until Wednesday, January 14, 2015. Registration can be completed online where more information is available.

CONNIE HARNETT MEMORIAL SWIM: The family of the late Connie Harnett have been in touch to say that they were delighted with the turn out for the first annual memorial swim in Ballybunion on New Year’s Day and to thank all those who took part, raised funds and gave sponsorship. All monies collected go to St. Ita’s Day Hospital.

RAMBLING HOUSES: Ita McQuinn holds her monthly Rambling House on the 3rd. Monday of the month in Monagae Community Centre while Mick Sheehys Rambling House, Knockalougha is held on the 3rd. Tuesday of each month from 9pm.

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: Wednesday 8.15am Sr. Magdalene Harnett R.I.P. Thursday 8.15am James O’Shea, Friday 10am Noel Downey, Saturday 7pm Timmy Daly, Dromtrasna, Nell Lenihan Cragg. Sunday 9.30am Matthew and Teresa Byrne, Dromtrasna. Bridie Moriarty, The Hill. 12 noon James Smith, 31 Collins Park. Tim and Ellen Spillane, Mountcollins.

St. Anthony Novena takes place each Monday at the 7pm evening Mass. Adoration resumes Friday, January 9. 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.

BINGO BUSSES: Eoin 087 2522402 leaves for Castleisland from outside Tuohig’s Supervalue at 7.40 pm every Tuesday and Dinjoe goes to Shanagolden.

BRIDGE: Abbeyfeale Bridge Club every Thursday at 7:30 pm at the Railway Bar. Visitors welcome. Anybody interested in Bridge Lessons contact 087 3344909.

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.

ADAPT: There is a support worker in Abbeyfeale each week to meet women one to one by appointment. The worker can listen to women and support them in keeping themselves and their children safe. Ring Sheila on 061 412354 for more information or to make an appointment.

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).

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: Toastmasters hold their meetings in the Desmond Complex on the first and third Wednesdays of the month from September to June from 8.30 – 10.30pm. First meeting of the New Year will be on Wednesday, January 21. Further information from Bill on 087 9079223.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPPORT: The local group can be contacted at 068- 31230/51984 /