PROLOGUE: "Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see."
Mark Twain .

DEATH: The death has occurred of Sister Elena Goulding in the US. Sincere sympathy is offered to her sister Mrs. Mary Clancy, New St. May she rest in peace.

GATHER BY THE FEALE BAG PACKING: The final fundraiser for the festival taking place July 17-19 next is our bag packing in Super Value May 1 and 2. It takes a huge pot of money to run a festival with so many events, we have to cover stage and sound hire, security and insurance so if everyone who will benefit from a weekend of fun, frolics and general mayhem gave a small amount then it would make our job so much easier. If anyone would give us a couple of hours bag packing we’d be delighted too, contact 087 6866450.

I.C.A.: Mairead Heffernan was the speaker at our meeting on Tuesday April 21, Mairead gave us a demonstration and advice on care of the skin. All the members were able to use all the beauty products which she brought along, so we all went home with absolutely glowing skins. On Wednesday April 22 a number of our members attended then I.C.A. Federation meeting at the Woodlands Hotel in Adare. Our next guild meeting will be on Tuesday May 5th. Due to unforeseen circumstances it became necessary to switch our activities for the meetings on Tuesday May 12 & 19. . We are now holding our auction on Tuesday May 12 and our final session of Pilates on Tuesday May 19. Our meetings are held at the Community Education Centre, Mountmahon. New members are always welcome.

YOUTH CLUBS: There will be no clubs this weekend owing to the Fleadh by the Feale and the Bank Holiday weekend. All monies for the trips to Oakwood and the Burren must be paid by May 8.

TOWN PARK NEWS: Sunday May 10 is the date for the biggest and best fun dog show in Munster. The event begins at 2 p.m. Food and refreshments will be available. This year, for the raffle, we have a beautiful scale model Formula 1 remote control racing car, along with many other prizes. So, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, bring along your dog and have a wonderful day out, all in support of Abbeyfeale Town Park. Even if you do not own a dog, please come along and enjoy the craic on the day

.ENROL IN SCOIL NAOMH PÁDRAIG: The country, co-educational, catholic primary school located at Knocknasna, Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick is now accepting enrolments for September 2015. Come and visit us to meet our teachers and see our facilities. Arrange an appointment for a time convenient to you. Tel: 068 32121 Mobile: knocknasnans Website:

EASIER PARENTING PROGRAMME: West Limerick Resources will be offering an eight week programme to help parents develop skills to be more effective managing pre-teens and teenagers, running Tuesdays from April 28- June 16 between 10.30am – 12.30pm in Room 10, Community Education Centre, Abbeyfeale. Parents will explore encouragement & motivation, managing behaviour, developing good communication skills and cooperative problem solving. FREE to those in receipt of rent allowance or any social welfare payment. Booking essential. Contact Mary on 087 9382883 or Nora on 068 31198. This programme is funded under SICAP 2015-2017 which is funded by the Irish Government and co-funded by the European Social Fund and includes a special allocation under the Youth Employment Initiative.

FEALE FIT NOTES: Best of luck to all the Fealefit crew running the Great Limerick Run this coming weekend especially the 5-12 yr olds running the Kids Fun run Saturday for the first time, they’ve trained really hard the past few weeks! Fealefit had a great turn out for Couch to 10k training last Friday. training is free of charge and open to all levels of fitness, this is a beginners program to allow you first conquer the 5k and progress to 10k and all in preparation for our Festival 10k July 18 Gather by the Feale’s ‘ Race to the Title ‘ Training continues this Friday @ 6.15pm at the Railway, Abbeyfeale. Contact Shane 087 2891015 or Kadie 087 7771552 for details. See for all details on training & Upcoming Events! Any Volunteers for the Remembering Zoe Fun day May 17 please contact Shane 087 2891015.

AZLHEIMERS TEA DAY. A tea day in aid of Alzheimer’s will be held at the adult education center,(old tech) Abbeyfeale Wednesday. April 29 from 11-2pm A raffle and great spot prizes will be on offer. Please support. If you are unable to make it on the day donations can also be made to Madeline O’Connor. All contributions are much appreciated

.GATHER BY THE FEALE JULY 16-19: The committee are delighted to report that Hermitage Green will be the main attraction in the Festival Marquee in the Grove on Saturday, July 18 next. Other additions for 2015 include the cinema under the stars, Athletics Ireland 10k run, Zorb soccer tournament, a visual and creative arts exhibition, unmotorised soap box derby down the Hill road, carnival in the Square, old favourites like the Battle of the DJ’s, Bat Walk in the Park, All Ireland Tug of War and Sheaf Tossing, Family Fun Day and much more.

REMEMBERING ZOË: MAY 15-17: This time last year little Zoë Scannell, along with her classmates were preparing to receive First Holy Communion. It was a wonderful day of celebrations and pictures and parties which will live long in the memory of the Scannell family but unfortunately, a short few week’s later Zoë’s life was cut short by a tragic accident. Just after Christmas, the Parish Council decided that it would like to organise a weekend in memory of Zoë and hold it the same time as First Holy Communion thus including Zoë in the celebrations. The weekend of May 15 – 17 will commemorate and celebrate a little girl loved and missed by so many and the fundraising aspect will ensure that little Zoë Scannell will continue to spread happiness and good cheer as she did during her all too short life. The weekend will start with a Variety Show in the Glorach on Friday, May 15 at 8pm featuring Irish music, song and dance and of course the music of One Direction’s Zoë’s favourite group. There will be a special performance from Zoë’s friends who attended Scoil Mhathair De with her and loads of surprises on the night.
Saturday, May 16 will see Abbeyfeale’s first organized cycling event, fittingly called a Challenge in honour of Zoë’s competitive nature. There will be two cycles – a 105km Abbeyfeale & District Cycle of the 8 parishes at leaving Fr. Casey’s at 10am followed by a 35km Circuit of Abbeyfeale ( Controlled Cycle ) at 1pm. Registration for both of these will open in Fr. Casey’s GAA Clubhouse Abbeyfeale on Friday, May 15from 7-9pm and again on Saturday from 8 – 9.30am and from 11 – 12.30pm. The official starter for the cycle will be 87 year old local poet Jackie Harnett who continues to cycle the roads around Abbeyfeale as he has done since boyhood. A Benefit Dance with The Micheal Collins Band and dancing from 9pm will bring the day to a lively end. Sunday is Family Fun Day at Fr. Casey’s GAA grounds from 2-6pm and will involve all the activities that shaped Zoë into the fun, talented, sporty and determined little girl that made her family so proud. The day will consist of sporting blitzes, kiddie’s disco, Bouncy Castles, dog show, face painting and loads more – a day for all the family and a fitting ending to the weekend.

FLEADH BY THE FEALE: Celebrating its 21st year, the Fleadh by the Feale kicks off on Thursday, April 30 and runs until Monday, May 4 in Abbeyfeale. A weekend full of music, song and dance it is a vibrant and wonderful traditional Irish music weekend. Abbeyfeale town extends a warm welcome to all to join us for what promises to be a great weekend. With a full calendar of events from the famous Busking competition on Friday evening at 7pm, to the master workshops for musicians seeking to fine tune their skills in a range of instruments including Fiddle, Flute, Accordion, Concertina, Banjo and Singing. Open air entertainment is available all through the weekend on the gig rig in the Square and music session take place in most of the pubs in town. Storytelling takes place in St Ita’s Hall with the gifted and entertaining Daisy Kearney at 3pm on Sunday. The All Ireland Bone Playing competitions for junior and senior takes place on Sunday afternoon & Monday evening respectively. The celebrity Concert sponsored by Kostal Ireland brings the iconic Kilfenora Céilí Band to town on Sunday evening at 8pm in Coláiste Íde & Iosef. Tickets cost €20 and are available from Slice of Life Main Street Abbeyfeale 068 32655, Abbey Tiles Main Street on 068 31109, John O’Sullivan on 086 3165848 and Celine McNally on 087 7697672. Don’t miss out! Further details on the weekend are available at the above numbers or at A warm welcome awaits you in Abbeyfeale this May Bank Holiday weekend.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPPORT: A support programme for Adults is held every Thursday night from 7.30 – 9pm in St. Ita’s Hall. The local group can be contacted at 068- 31203/31262/31741/31322 or 51894.

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.

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

GREAT SOUTHERN WALK; The 13km[8mile] walk/cycle along one of the three recently way-marked Great SouthernTrail Greenway[GST] loops is a very scenic one. However, the route along local roads and the old railway does contain steep inclines and one very steep descent. The walk should take about three hours beginning at 3pm. Please note that visibility vests must be worn and cyclists must have helmets (and good brakes!); toilet and refreshment facilities are not available.
Assembly at 3pm on Bank Holiday Monday, May 4 is near Garryduff Cross which is located 4km [2.5 miles] on the Abbeyfeale side of Newcastle West along the N21. At Garryduff Cross exit North onto the L7076 and then immediately turn North onto the L1329 for parking. Beidh fáilte romhat.
Diary date: a further (shorter) evening loop walk will begin from Ardagh Community Hall on Sunday, May 31 at 7.30pm

SUE RYDER: Donations for the shop and recycling are always welcome and appreciated. We can recycle clothing, shoes and bags. Unfortunately we are unable to accept electrical items and duvets or pillows. Thank you for your continued support.

ENROL IN SCOIL NAOMH PÁDRAIG: The country, co-educational, catholic primary school located at Knocknasna, Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick is now accepting enrolments for September 2015. Come and visit us to meet our teachers and see our facilities. Arrange an appointment for a time convenient to you. Tel: 068 32121 Mobile: knocknasnans Website:

IRISH DANCING: ‘The popular Irish step dancing and sean nos dancing classes continue in the Top of the town each Thursday evening with the step dancing at 7:00 P.M and the sean nos class following at 8:00 P.M. New beginners most welcome.’

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 11am Sean O’Mahony, Caherhayes 7pm Margaret Broderick, Shanbally, Tade and Mai Heck Collins, Ballaugh. Sunday 9.30am Dennis and Eileen and deceased members of the Collins family, Purt. Jerry Collins Clash Rd. 12 noon Jerry Healy, Abbeyfeale, John and Ita O’Donnell and John Joe O’Donnell, Killarney Rd. First Friday next Friday, confessions after 10am Mass Thursday. Novena to St. Joseph Monday at the 7pm evening Mass. Our Lady of Perpetual Help Novena each Friday morning at 10am. Adoration every Tuesday and Friday from 8am – 10pm and Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6-8pm. 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.

USES OF THE PARISH OFFICES: Narcotics Anonymous meet every Monday night @ 8pm Al-anon meet on Tuesday evening @ 8pm. A.A. meet every Wednesday afternoon @ 3pm Friday night @ 8pm and Sunday mornings @ 10am. These organisations are a great voluntary support to many people and we are happy to host their meetings in our parish office.

DARKNESS INTO LIGHT: Registration for Darkness into Light, Newcastlewest takes place at Feale Fit, Mountmahon, Abbeyfeale (opposite Kostal) on Saturday, May 2.
Registration fees are: €25 per adult, €15 OAP/Students/Jobseekers, €65 family (2 adults, 2 children) €20 per person for a group of 5 or more people. Children under 14 go free but must be accompanied by an adult. For anyone who has already registered online, you can bring along your print-out and collect your t-shirt.

COMMEMORATION FOR TIMOTHY O’NEILL LANE: Éamonn Ó Liatháin (Cathaoirleach) writes: A chairde, As chairman of Coiste Timothy O’Neill Lane, I wish to thank very sincerely all those, who contributed financially or helped us in any other way during the campaign. Our best support was locally and nationally, which included relatives and non-relatives alike but we also dipped in to the North Kerry/ West Limerick diaspora with contributions coming from Australia, USA, Britain and France. Our target day for the commemoration is May 9 and contributions are still welcome! Mar adeirtear sa Ghaoluinn, bailíonn brobh beart! Incidentally Timothy died on May 8, 1915 and May 8, 2015 will be his 100th anniversary. Our commemoration will be held on May 9, 2015. Blessing of the Timothy O’Neill Lane grave in the Old Graveyard, Brosna, Co. Kerry will take place at 3p.m. on Saturday afternoon. An t-Athair Mícheál de Listiún will officiate.Afterwards we will retire to Halla Inse Bháin, Templeglantine, Co. Limerick, where we will have the unveiling of an outdoor display table, outlining the life and times of Timothy and a reception will take place in the Halla. Our reassembly here will be c.4.15 p.m. A book stall will operate in the halla for the sale of “The West Limerick Man, Who Wrote a Dictionary” by Seán Mac an tSionnaigh(12 euro) and “Focal agus Foclóireacht T.O’Neill Lane” by Seaghan Mac an tSionnaigh.(10 euro). A bus will be organised to run from Templeglantine at 2 p.m. to the graveyard in Brosna returning directly afterwards to Halla Inse Bháin, in Templeglantine for the unveiling of table display and reception, arriving there at c.4.15p.m.The return journey will take in O’Neill Lane country at its best, including Mountcollins, Knocknadiha, Gurteen – ancestral home, the National School in Templeglantine and finally Halla Inse Bháin, Templeglantine.The bus is free.A plaque will be placed in Gurteen on another occasion and an indoor one will be presented to the National School, Templeglantine. All welcome on Saturday 9– Fáilte roimh chách!

MAY EVE WALK: The Knockfierna Heritage Society are remembering one of the oldest and feared traditions when evil-doers worked pishogues by putting eggs in hay, buried meat in gardens, took the first water from the well on the early hours of May morning, took milk from the farmers cows, pulled the spancel through the fields. These happenings plus others put the fear into people, hence the reason for sprinkling of Holy water on the home, livestock, farmyards, gardens, machinery to help ward of this evil which was common throughout West Limerick in times past. All are welcome. Meet at the Rambling House, Knockfierna at 7.30pm on April 30. Knockfierna is only 6 miles from Adare and near to Ballingarry Village. Pat O’Donovan will give a talk on May Eve and its traditions. For further details contact Pat on 087 9977340.

HORSE AND PONY RACING: For the continued success of this meeting we urgently need new committee members. Anyone interested can contact Toddy McMahon on 0872029395, or Vincent O’Connor on 087 1470013.

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, May 6. Further information from Bridget on 087 2343227.

ST. ITA’S FAITH CAMP: This annual camp will take place on August 4-7 in the Boys N.S. If you would like to help out please contact Lorraine on 086 3765751 or Martina on 087 2788834.

GREAT LIMERICK RUN: The 6th annual Barrington’s Hospital Great Limerick Run (BHGLR), is taking place on Sunday May 3. Because of the increasing numbers taking part (13,000) traffic restrictions will be in place throughout the core city centre and parts of the suburbs.

ATHEA DRAMA GROUP: DVDS of our production of ‘It’s the Real McCoy’ are available to buy at Brouder’s Shop Athea and Ann Lyons in Abbeyfeale.

DAY TRIP TO BLOOM: Day Trip to Bloom 2015 Festival of Gardens on Sunday, May 31. If there is sufficient interest we will take a bus. Concession tickets for Senior Citizens booked on line €15 each – if booked on site on the day €17. Each person would be responsible for booking their own ticket. If you are interested please contact me as soon as possible. Maureen 087 9845102.

DARKNESS INTO LIGHT: Walk/Run will take place in Newcastle west on May 9 @ 4.15am in aid of Pieta House.

DAY TRIP: Maureen Finnegan NCW says” Monday, May 18 – we have a sweet treat for everyone as we are going to the Skelligs Chocolate Facotory in Kerry. We will be takiing in all the beautiful scenery and many places of interest. Breakfast and four course dinner in the River Island Hotel, Castleisland. Going to print we have a few seats available so immediate booking is advisable. Contact Maureen 087 9845102.

RAMBLING HOUSE: Listowel Rambling House will take place in the Seanchaí Centre on Thursday, April 30 from 9.15 pm. Admission free, tea/coffee served.

LECTURE: The Seanchaí Centre will host a lecture on ‘Herbert Horatio Kitchener’ by Padraig O Concubhair on Tuesday April 28 and Dr. Declan Downey will give a lecture on ‘Aspects of North Kerry’s dimension in the struggle between Napoleon & Wellington’ on Wednesday April 29. Both lectures commence at 7.30 pm.

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE: Limerick Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will takes place from June 21 -26. For further details contactpilgrimage

CYCLE AGAINST SUICIDE: Saturday, May 2 next, over 500 cyclists will arrive into Limerick as part of a 14 day awareness cycling event. We are a voluntary organisation and are looking to the community for help in welcoming these cyclists to our city & county. There are a number of ways we need your help from an hour decorating to providing a Homestay bed for weary cyclists. If you’d like help us or would like more information please contact Martin or Lorraine at Cycleagainstsuicide.limerick

LIMERICK BEEKEEPERS: For information on beekeeping classes contact our Education Officer, Donal Cooper (087 2742916) or any other member of the Committee. Membership details can be found on

SPACES FOR JOBSEEKERS: ‘Spaces for Jobseekers’ in Abbeyfeale meet on a weekly basis. Activities include training, information sessions etc. The group meets in the Old Tech, Room 10 on Mondays at 2.30pm. If you are interested, please contact Ivana at West Limerick Resources on 069 61316, or simply come along and check what it’s all about.

DOMESTIC ABUSE SERVICE: ADAPT has a 24 hour Freephone helpline 1800 200 504 and 24 hour access to safe refuge in Limerick. Services ADAPT offers are available to women over 18 years of age and their children and are free of charge.

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.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.

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

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.

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).

COUNTRY MUSIC ON THE INTERNET: Joe’s Country Kingdom Saturday 9pm-Midnight (Irish Time)

Tuesday 8-11pm (Irish Time) features Irish Country Music, Irish traditional music, humorous stories and Cowboy Corner.

FETAC TRAINING: Broadford Sports Programme is currently taking registration of anyone who may be interested in joining the course this September. The programme offers FETAC Level 5 Sports Recreation & Exercise Full Major Award and is based out of the Broadford Enterprise Centre. The programme is aimed at those that are unemployed and a training allowance is provided for those in receipt of a social welfare payment. For more information or to register your interest please phone Tony – 0877515692, Julieanne – 0877505431 or Adrienne – 0872773294.

PUT YOUR BEST FOOD PHOTO FORWARD: The 8 May deadline for Ireland’s Inaugural Food Photography Competition is looming. As part of its 21st programme which runs from 18-21 June, the organisers of Listowel Food Festival are inviting amateur photographers to submit original shots based on the theme of "Irish Artisan Foods".
"Listowel Food Fair is recognised as the people’s food festival with its main ethos focusing on encouraging and promoting emerging artisan producers. It is therefore fitting that the theme of the first year of the food photography competition ties in with this," explained photographer Pat Tobin who will sit on the judging panel.
The top 20 shortlisted images selected by the judges will be on display at an open exhibition in the run up and during the Summer Solstice weekend when Ireland’s longest running food festival takes place.
The winning photographer will be officially announced at the festival tasting dinner in the Listowel Arms Hotel on Friday June 19th 2015 and presented with a prize fund of €200. The runner up will be awarded €100.For full details, criteria and the competition entry form, visit

IRISH LANGUAGE LESSONS: Duolingo is the free language learning phone app selected by Apple as iPhone App of the Year 2013, by Google as Best of the Best for Android in 2013 and 2014. It is also the perfect way to learn Irish on the go and for free. Apparently, an average of 34 hours of Duolingo are equivalent to a full university semester of language education.

UPDATE ON FR. PAT MOORE: “Finished another heavy week of treatments and thank God to be this far with the bloods holding good and no infection. Next week will see me come out of the tunnel of treatment and on towards the next phase. I am definitely being brought to a new experience of God in the depth of love, care and compassion I am getting and continue to get from so so many. I am filled with gratitude when I see people like myself dying in the Mediterranean and see so much suffering in our world. And we also have such resources of kindness, love and compassion. There are moments of fear, one day I really felt the tiredness and nausea getting the better of me, and my friend Fr Martin Downey, standing in front of me and reminding me words written to fearful Christians in the 1st century. " Your endurance will win you your life "Luke 21:19The way Martin looked at me and the way he said these world let me know that those words were real for him.So many others have made hope real for me by their real presence to me at so many levels.
Anyway, nothing like family to keep you grounded.
I was always called Paidi at home by the family.A neighbour, consoling my brother when they heard my recent news said that our mother who died last September will look after me.
"Peg will look after Paidi" he was told.He thought for a while and said "I hope she doesn’t start looking after me so”!! (or words to that effect ). I’m not saying which brother but Peg would have enjoyed it!”

DRUG TESTING: Research into help-seeking behaviours suggests that for the majority of people looking for help with a personal issue, the internet is now their first port of call. The website has launched an interactive drug ‘self-assessment and brief intervention’ resource. The resource will enable individuals over the age of eighteen to complete an online test to identify harmful drug use. On completing the test, the user receives personalised video feedback based on their specific responses, with suggestions on what to do in order to change any risks relating to their drug use. This interactive resource uses the ‘Drug Use Disorders Identification Test’ (DUDIT) screening tool. The DUDIT was developed as a parallel instrument to the AUDIT (Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test) for identification of individuals with drug-related problems. The video-based feedback in the resource has been compiled by Dr. Bobby Smyth, Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist and Philip James, Clinical Nurse Specialist with HSE Addiction Services. Tony Duffin, Director, Ana Liffey Drug Project: “Being an online assessment test it is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week and engagement is confidential and anonymous. The test can also be accessed by large numbers of people at a time that suits them. The DUDIT is a validated clinical measure. What makes this resource unique is that it provides personalised feedback in video format – a first internationally for a test of this nature. “The test is designed to be used by over 18’s on desktop computers. You can access the resource at: is an independent website funded by the HSE and managed by the Ana Liffey Drug Project. The site has in excess of 120,000 unique Irish visitors each year and over 500,000 international visitors annually.

COPING WITH LOSS: A conference with speakers Sr. Kathleen Maguire pbvm, CT, MA – Facilitator, Awareness Education Services, author, lecturer and researcher and Dr. Tony Byrne CSSp, Director, Awareness Education Services, author, lecturer and researcher will be held at the Nano Nagle Centre, Killavullen, Mallow on Wednesday, May 20 from 10am – 1pm. Cost €30 including lunch. Booking 022 26411. The aims of the conference are to provide coping skills for those who have experienced loss through: death of a loved one, suicide, separation or divorce, breakdown of a relationship, loss of family member due to emigration, loss of employment, home or finances and/ or loss of good health.

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