PROLOGUE: "I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it."

Edgar Allan Poe.

DEATH; The death has occurred of Joan O’Sullivan (née Cahill) wife of the late Dan, New Street, Abbeyfeale, and formerly of Mountcollins. Sympathy is extended to her bereaved brother Dan, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. R.I.P.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: There will be afternoon tea dance in Fr, Casey’s Clubhouse, Abbeyfeale on Sunday, February 8 from 3-6pm with music by Mike Condon. Teas will be served and a raffle will be held. All proceeds to Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind.

VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT: If you are thinking of volunteering and seeking an opportunity to make a difference, The Brothers of Charity Services Newcastle West and Abbeyfeale invites you to contact them. You may have a skill or interest which you can share to help enhance the lives of adults we support. Equally you will be enriched by the experience. If you are a walker, a listener, have a sense of fun, enjoy going to the cinema, are involved in sport or willing to partake in individual or group activities, Contact Saretta O Mahony 087 9476047 or Noreen O Malley 087 2785446. Training for volunteers will be in Newcastle West Day Service on 23rd February and 2nd March from 10 am to 12 pm. You will be glad you took that first step.

LOURDES SAGART GATHERING: There will be a Lourdes reunion at the Woodlands House Hotel, Adare on Friday, February 6 next. Meal served 7.30pm sharp. .Music by Jimmy Connery. Tickets €20 euro and available from Mary Murphy 087 7919414. Anyone wishing to stay overnight there is B&B available at the hotel for €35, contact the hotel directly for same.

PRESCHOOL: Teach Mhuire Montessori Pre School have part time places for immediate start. They are also taking bookings for the free preschool year for 2015.

YOUTH CLUBS: Abbey legends are in the church on Friday at 7.30 to about 8.15pm. Yolo club are in St. Ita’s on Saturday and Teens together are in the complex on Saturday night from 7.45 – 9.15pm. The fee for entry to clubs is €3 from this week on. Registration forms have to be back this weekend.

FEALEFIT: Fealefit Running / Adventure race & Tri Athlon training every Saturday, all the training is free of charge and geared towards enabling people achieve goals they never thought were possible. Contact Shane 087 2891015 or Kadie 087 7771552 for details. for all details on training / classes & Upcoming Events.

SUE RYDER: As the cold weather continues to threaten remember we still have a large selection of coats and scarves here at Sue Ryder, Abbeyfeale. Our books are still only €1 and get 4 books for €3. We are always delighted to receive donations of clothing, footwear, bags, working toys and bric a brac. We regret that we are unable to recycle old duvets, pillows, broken toys or electrical items. Thank you for all your donations of paper bags. We definitely won’t run short any time soon but we would still appreciate it, if you continue to keep them for us. Thank you for your continued support.

ADULT EDUCATION CENTRE: ‘The Community Education Action Group have been in contact with the New Manager of Abbeyfeale Community Education Centre – Ms Sile O’Riordan and she has informed us that she is waiting on direction from SOLAS regarding the programme application process and budgets and once more information is available, she will be in contact. We are optimistic that we will have an update in early February.

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. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, February 4. Further information from Bill on 087 9079223.

GST: Friends of Great Southern Trail Greenway will meet at NCW Desmond Complex on Tuesday, February 10 at 8pm.The GST passes through seven parishes in West Limerick and we would love to see increased representation at this meeting because this is your Community Greenway. There will also be a meeting in Listowel in the coming weeks with a similar purpose.

ANNUAL TOWN PARK DOG SHOW: PRO James Harnett writes “The biggest and best Fun Dog Show in Munster takes place on Sunday May 10in Abbeyfeale Town Park. A great day out for all the family – this is a fundraiser for the upkeep of our beautiful town park and is our major fundraiser of the year. In 2014 all the best dogs in Tournafulla, Rockchapel, Brosna, Mountcollins, Knocknagoshel, Athea, Duagh and Templeglantine, along with Abbeyfeale competed for the top prizes. Many owners from all over Munster brought their four-legged friends. Even prize winners from the famous Crufts Dog Show competed. To their credit, our local dogs rose to the challenge and their proud owners took home rosettes in many of the most important categories. So please put May 10 in your diary. Start preparing your dogs. Have a nice shine on their coats and we will see you in Abbeyfeale Town Park on May 10th. Full details will be announced nearer the time.”

CREATIVE WRITING: Children’s creative writing classes commence on Saturday February 7in the Seanchaí Writers’ Museum, Listowel from 9.30 to 10.30 am. Suitable from children age 7 to 12 years. To book tel. (068) 22212.

ABBEYFEALE HARRIERS: Annual Hunting Festival Sunday, February 15 – O’Connor’s Bar, Knocknagoshel, Co. Kerry. Joint Meet of: Dungannon Foxhounds & Minerock Harriers. Monday, February 16 – O’Shanahan’s Bar, Strand, Co. Limerick – Macroom Foxhounds. Tuesday, February 17 – Fleming’s Bar, Scartaglin, Co. Kerry; Joint Meet of: Grallagh Harriers & Rockfield Harriers – Memorial Meet for John O’Connor. Wednesday, February 18 – Ploughman Bar, Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick; Carraigshane Harriers – Memorial Meet for Jackie O’Grady. Thursday, February 19 – Cunniffe’s Bar, Currow, Co. Kerry; Joint Meet of: Rooves Bridge Harriers & Mossgrove Harriers. Friday, February 20 – Faha Court, Faha, Co. Kerry – Togher Harriers. ALL MEETS AT 11.00 a.m. Food kindly sponsored by Publicans. (Hunting is on foot and the quarry is Fox – Cap €10.00 per meet). Enquiries: Doug Mc Guinness (Hon. Sec. Abbeyfeale Harriers) 087 682 9044. Paddy O’Grady 087 625 8933. Supported Charity – The Irish Cancer Society.

SHANNON HOUSE A’TEA DANCE: The Nightingales are the band for Big Maggie’s monthly afternoon tea dance in Foynes, Sunday February 15 from 3-6pm.

GATHER BY THE FEALE: The very successful 2nd annual pampering day is booked for the Devon Inn on Sunday, March 22 and will make a wonderful gift idea for Mother’s Day, birthdays and Valentines. Abba Delicious – Europe’s No. 1 Tribute Band are coming to the Railway Bar on Easter Sunday night for an evening of ‘ Knowing me, knowing you, ‘ Lay all your love on me’’ Gimme, Gimme a man after midnight’ and much more and then on the May Bank Holiday w/e we’ll be doing bag packing in Tuohigs Supervalue. This is a festival for all the family from the toddlers to the grandparents so plans include a night in the Glorach, the hugely popular family fun day, Guinness and Oyster night, battle of the businesses, and a celebrity concert. As the weeks go on I’ll be bringing you the finalised programme and as always if you’d like to get involved or have ideas about how to improve the festival then please call to Bridget in Mary Dan G’s. Be sure and keep the weekend of July 17-20 free and invite all the relations home – the craic will be mighty. Follow us on Gather by the Feale facebook page, twitter @GatheringAfeale, our blog or our webpage

CONCERT: West Limerick singing club are hosting a traditional fundraising concert on Saturday, March 14 in Fr Casey’s, Clubhouse in Abbeyfeale. It will include top class Musicians, Singers Dancers and storytellers. So please come along and support. Starting at 8pm sharp and admission is only €10. Spread the word.

ATHEA DRAMA GROUP: Athea Drama Group presents the hilarious comedy ‘It’s The Real McCoy’ By Tommy Marren at the Con Colbert Memorial Hall February 5, 7, 8, 12, 14 and 15 at 8pm. at 8pm. The play is directed by Annette O’Donnell from Abbeyfeale and stars her Auntie Angeline.

DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE SICK IN HONOUR OF OUR LADY OF LOURDES: The novena to Our Lady will be recited at Mass until February 11. Anointing of the sick will take place Wednesday, February 11 at 10am Mass.

REMEMBERING ZOE: The Glorach Theatre will be the venue for the opening event of the ‘Remembering Zoe’ memorial weekend on May 16/17 with a variety concert planned on the Friday night May 15. On Saturday two cycles will leave from Fr. Casey’s GAA Pavilion, the 105km 8 parish cycles leaves at 10am. Then, at 1pm a second group will set off on a fully controlled 35km circuit of Abbeyfeale. Refreshments will be provided before and after both events with a food stop provided in Mountcollins Community Centre at approximately the half way point of the 105km route. Water stops will also be provided at designated locations along both routes. Shower and changing facilities for participants will be available at the GAA Pavilion. If you would like to participate in either of these cycling events please contact the cycle organisers: John Collins (087) 2258808, Tom O’ Shaughnessy (087) 6820506. Micheal Collins and his band will provide the entertainment that night for a benefit dance in Fr. Casey’s and then on the Sunday a family fun day encompassing a dog show, athletics, kiddie disco, basketball and camogie blitzes as well as loads of surprises will bring the weekend to an end. All proceeds will go to Bru Columbanus and FirstLight, both of these organisations have been of inestimable help to Alisha and the Scannell family. A donation will also be made to the Hope Foundation.

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BEE KEEPING COURSE: The course with tutor Seamus Quinlan of the Kingdom Beekeepers will resume on Tuesday, February 24 at the Adult Ed. Centre, Mountmahon from 7-9pm. Further information 087 6866450.

ARRA PLAYERS NCW: ‘The Memory of Water’ by Shelagh Stephenson is their production this Spring and boy, have they put a huge amount of work into bringing such a complex, hilarious, harrowing, haunting tale to the superb facility that is the new Community Centre in Castlemahon. There may have been snow on the ground outside, but inside we were warm and cosy on comfortable chairs with tea coffee and goodies served in the tea rooms. The play is the story of three sisters who return for their mother’s wake to the family home. It is a gritty realistic portrayal of a family who have not spent much time together once they grew up and the memories that each of them share and the secrets that have wreaked havoc in their lives. The mom’s spirit refuses to die until she makes her peace with the daughters but with the memories surfacing as they clear out her possessions drama ensues and we are treated to sterling performances by all the performers. The look of terror/horror on the face of poor Frank when he is propositioned by ditsy Catherine was worthy of an Oscar! Every member of the cast is as strong as the next and the two men who play two of the women’s partners are excellent in their portrayal of loving husband whose wife is unravelling before his eyes and the married lover who is not willing to commit. Merce Hobson from Abbeyfeale produced and directed this tour de force and if it was on the Abbey Stage there would be queues down Abbey St.

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

MAUREEN’S TOURS: Spring Break Friday, April 24 – Monday, April 27. Visiting the Giant’s Causway, Newgrange, and much more. Staying in Drogheda which has much to offer in sightseeing. It is important to give in your name as soon as possible as the hotel has to be booked. For more information and booking contact Maureen 087 9845102.

.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.

PLAY IN GRANAGH: Due to unprecedented crowds and the fact that people had to be turned away -‘ THE BUDS ‘ have decided to do one last performance on

Wednesday, February 4 at 8.00pm, Granagh Community Centre.

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: Saturday, 7pm Mary and Ned O’Keeffe, John Stack Purt 1st anniversary. Sunday 9.30am Bernadette O’Connor Knocknasna, Micheal and Josephine Reidy. 12 noon Mick O’Connell Dromtrasna, Elizabeth, John and Moss O’Connor and Lizzie O’Sullivan.

St. Anthony Novena takes place each Monday at the 7pm evening 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.

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.

THE MATING SEASON: The Abbeyfeale Drama Group present The Mating Season on Tuesday, February 17, Thursday 19, Saturday21, Sunday 22 and the following week on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday: 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).

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

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.