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Monthly Archives: July 2015

PROLOGUE: "I remind myself every morning: Nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So if I’m going to learn, I must do it by listening."
Larry King

DEATH: Sincere sympathy is offered to the family of the late Denis Casey, Caherlane and Main St. May he rest in peace. We also offer our sympathies to the family of the late John Broderick, Upper Knocknasna and Adelaide, Australia whose funeral took place last Saturday. May he rest in peace.

FEALEFIT NOTES: Join Fealefit on our Blackwater Activity weekend August 15/16. Overnight camping stay with BBQ and a day jam packed with activities like water tubing and paint balling. Deposit €20 required (Total price €99 excl Bus).

Contact Shane 087 2891015 or Kadie 087 7771552 for details. See www.Fealefit.com for all details on training & Upcoming events

GOSPEL CHOIR: There was a piece by Grey Heron Media on the Tipperary Gospel Choir on RTE last Saturday morning .The people who spoke on the audio talked about how enjoyable it was and it sounded like a great social outlet – they were having great craic, and as well as singing, some were playing chimes and drums and were releasing excess energy. We were wondering if there is anyone out there interested in setting up one in Abbeyfeale. . If anyone does get in touch we’ll call a meeting and bring people together 087 6866450.

NEWLY APPOINTED NOTARY PUBLIC: Abbeyfeale based Solicitor, Michael Lane was this week appointed a Notary Public by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the Hon. Ms Justice Susan Denham. Michael, a native of Abbeyfeale set up his own legal practice, Michael Lane & Co Solicitors on Bridge Street, Abbeyfeale in 2011. He was admitted as a Solicitor in February 2008.Michael has been appointed a Notary Public for the Counties of Limerick, Kerry, Cork, Clare and Tipperary and is commissioned for life. A Notary Public is a public officer constituted by law and appointed by the Chief Justice to serve the public in non-contentious matters usually concerned with foreign or international business. A Notary is authorized to authenticate documents such as birth certificates, passports and powers of attorney which are required for use in another country. Frequently, this arises where a person is buying property abroad or involved in a foreign transaction. A Notary may also witness certain documents to authenticate them for use in another country. The acts of Notaries Public have worldwide recognition.

CARE BRIGHT ARE RECRUITING: CareBright with an office beside the Church in NCW is a not for profit social economy business who are currently recruiting for Care Assistants. If you are interested in a rewarding career as a Care Assistant and you live in the following areas: Mungret, Clarina, Kildimo, Askeaton, Shanagolden, Foynes, Croagh, Newcastle West and Adare, please apply immediately. Applicants must have experience in a Community/Clinical background and have FETAC Level 5 qualifications. You must be available to work weekdays, evenings and weekends. Own transport is essential to this role. Please e-mail your c.v. to: info

ANOTHER NEW BUSINESS: Delighted to hear that there’s a little plant nursery in Meenoline North starting up in business. We wish them every success.

ABBEYFEALE PARISH OUTING: In a new departure this year’s Parish Outing taking place on Wednesday, August 5 will not leave town until the afternoon and head to Killarney where patrons can enjoy all the facilities that the town has to offer including music in most pubs and hotels. You will also be able to spend time shopping. To book your seat contact 06831232 or 087 3966399.

MORE LOCAL HISTORY: These are the first two stanza’s of a poem written by Margaret O’Shea, Coolanelig. ‘The Craftsmen of Abbeyfeale’

I’m taking a stroll down Memory Lane

Would you care to come with me?

We’ll ramble along and I’ll sing you a song

That will teach you the history

Of a fine old town, of fame and renown

With the Feale flowing down by its side

Where the Cistercians came, built an Abbey they claim

That was famous both far and wide.

The ruins now stand on that hallowed land

And they say ‘tis a fact of life,

That all things must pass and alack and alas,

I’m inclined to think they’re right.

Like the old handcrafts and the town had its share

Quite a few could be found in the Square

Look around you today and I’m sorry to say

You’d be lucky to find one there.

EIRCODE: With effect from Monday, July 13, Ireland has launched a postcode for all of Ireland. For lots of information on Eircode, and to view a very handy new online tool called ‘Eircode Finder’ to look up the Eircode for any address, see www.eircode.ie There is also a helpline for people who are unable to access the website, or having other difficulties, at 0818 300 005. For further information on the Eircode Community Outreach Programme, see www.wheel.ie/eircode or www.irishrurallink.ie/eircode

ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK: The annual pilgrimage to Knock takes place on Tuesday, August 18.

GLORACH NEWS: Our youth drama workshops begin on this Thursday, July 30 at 7 pm at the Glórach. Facilitated by the highly able Chris Fitzgerald, these workshops are aimed at secondary school students and a limited amount of places are still available. For further information, ring 0871383940.

BROADCASTING LIVE TO THE WORLD: The church Webcam is now officially switched on and broadcasting live. Almost anyone in the world can now view live broadcasts of events in Abbeyfeale parish church by logging onto www.churchservices.tv/abbeyfealeparish. A direct link from the parish website has been set up.

CAR BOOT SALE: Car boot sale during the Pattern in Knocknagoshel on August 15, contact 068 46384.

SINGING CLUB: West Limerick Singing Club are now holding their monthly singing session on the first Friday of each month in Philip Enright’s Wander Inn, Church St., Abbeyfeale at 9pm.

ST. ITA’S FAITH CAMP: Lorraine Woulfe and Martina O’ Sullivan are organisers of the yearly faith camp and say;” Please pray for the success of this year’s camp which takes place on August 4-7 in the Boys School. This is a Non Profit event.”

REILIG IDE NAOFA: Clean up every Thursday evening from 7-9pm weather permitting. The annual Mass will take place on Thursday, August 20 at 7.30pm.

LOUGH DERG PILGRIMAGE: Thursday, August 13 – Saturday, August 15. Fee €120. Bookings 087 3966399.

SUMMER BRIDGE: Abbeyfeale Bridge Club “Summer Bridge" at 7.30pm in the Railway Bar, Abbeyfeale, members, beginners and visitors all welcome.

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

SAGART PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES: The annual pilgrimage takes place on from September 22-27. Contact Fr. John or Fr. Joe.

GATES CLOSING: Please note that for the summer months the town park gate will be locked each night at 9.00 p.m.

EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS: Are you between the age of 18 and 24 years? Not in Education? Not in Employment? Not in Training? Not really sure what to do next? Great news – there’s a new opportunity to move forward! Join a group of people like yourself to explore your options, express your ideas, share your experience, acquire new skills, learn about yourself, look into training & education paths and meet employers and find out where you fit into the labour market. Starting on August 31, the group will meet in the Community Centre in Rathkeale and Newcastle West twice a week for a few hours. For more information or an expression of interest form, please stop by WLR’s Rural Employment Service office, Round House, St Mary’s Road, Newcastle West or phone ikolic. NOTE- If you are in receipt of a Social Welfare Payment, it will not be affected. This is funded under the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (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

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: 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.

CHARITY CEILI IN KNOCKADERRY HALL: A Ceili with music by An Striolan Ceili Band will be held on Friday night, August 7 from 9.30 pm – 12.30am in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. Teas will be served and there will be loads of spot prizes.

FUNDRAISING NEWS FROM WL102FM COMMUNITY RADIO: €10 tickets for a summer holiday raffle in conjunction with ACE Travel South Quay NCW are on sale from the station. To purchase a ticket ring 06966200 from 9-5 Monday to Friday. Draw takes place live on air Wednesday, August 19 between 11.30am and 1pm.

DAN PADDY ANDY FESTIVAL: The Dan Paddy Andy Festival is in Lyreacompane this August Bank Holiday weekend where all the women are strong, men are good looking and the children above average. (July 31– August 3). If you would like to dance yourself silly, have a drop of tea in the bog, win a rosette for man’s best friend or listen to storytelling that will split your sides then Lyreacrompane is the place to be over the August Bank Holiday weekend for the 18th Dan Paddy Andy Festival! A Ceilí with Donie Nolan gets things under way on Friday night and once again there promises to be fierce rivalry in the Waltzing Competition that is danced off during the Ceilí. And the trophies seem to get bigger every year.

The dogs in the street know that the Dog show is on Saturday at 3pm. Rosettes and trophies galore and the popular fancy dress competition. Later that night it is time for storytelling and the Official Opening is at 9pm by Lyre native, artist and designer, John Joe Sheehy who made the Dan Paddy Andy Bust all of eighteen years ago. Frances Kennedy may well arrive in Lyreacrompane on a Ryan Air flight after her You Tube hit and Sonny Egan will certainly make his way along too. Both storytellers come with a health warning – your sides will be sore afterwards! Great stories and a few songs no doubt and then at 10pm it’s Marquee Dancing to the mighty Mike Condon.

Sunday is dancing day at 3pm with Eddie Lee and James Kelleher and at 9pm with the irrepressible Gerard Healy Rae better known as the Singing Jarvey.

Bank Holiday Monday starts with the famous Bog Walk. Register at the Marquee from 10.15am and be ready for the start at 11am sharp. There will be tea in the bog and you will be shown how to cut turf in the old fashioned way. Then at 1pm it is six hours of marquee dancing to Stevie Donegan and to Mike Fitzgerald and Southern Pride. The Festival ends at 7pm as there will be few left standing!!!

For further details call 068 48353 or go to www.lyreacrompane.com You can also find us on Facebook. Search for The Dan Paddy Andy Festival – Lyreacrompane.

"MARY WENT IN HASTE", this is the title of a Catholic Young Adults Conference being held in All Hallows College, Dublin on August 29/30. It is open to young adults aged between 18 and 40. The Legion of Mary in the Kerry Diocese wish to sponsor 2 young people to attend. More information from Patricia on 087 9048659

OUTING: Thomond Archaeological & Historical Society trip takes place to Northern Ireland on Monday, September 14 & returning Thursday, September 17. Visit includes briefly, Downpatrick, Belfast Titanic Experience, Stormont Castle, Antrim coast drive, Carrick-a-Rede, Bushmills, Giant’s Causeway, Dunluce Castle, Armagh. Staying in the Carrickdale Hotel, Dundalk. For further details contact Pat O’Donovan PRO by August 7 to ensure your place. Tel: 087 9977340.

MUSIC MINISTRY TOGETHER: Music Ministry Together is a 5 day course which will be held this coming August 4-9 at the beautiful campus of the Cistercian College in Roscrea. To book just go the website www.musicministry.ie for more information.

RAMBLING HOUSE: Listowel Rambling House will take place in the Seanchaí Centre on Thursday July 30 from 9.15 pm. Admission is free to this informal evening of traditional music, song, dance & storytelling.

SEAN MCCARTHY WEEKEND: The Sean McCarthy Weekend takes place in Finuge from Friday July 31 to Sunday August 3. A free concert by accordion maestro Liam O’Connor will take place at McCarthy’s Bar on Saturday August 2 from 3 to 5pm. Full programme details are available atwww.finugeweekend.com

UPDATE FROM FR. PAT MOORE: Today was a funny day. I’m on an antibiotic, the first in 20 years I’d say, and feel tired. That’s not how the Matron sees it, a Cork woman! “Too many visitors “she says and as she was leaving the room who should she meet but Tommy Healy! He informed her that he was here to arrange the rota for the buses that would be coming from Duagh! Matron doesn’t share Tommy’s sense of humour, it is after the Munster Final that Kerry won, so she had to pick herself up off the floor and read the riot act! There have been a lot of visitors which I appreciate and the distance people come, BUT, if you do let me know and are not insulted if I’m not able for it, I’d appreciate it and you’d save an encounter with MATRON! T. Healy left for home without a few non-vital organs!
Read two great books, A.N. Wilson, "The Book of the People, How to read the Bible". Brilliant, witty and informative. Reminded me that we are all a bible to those we meet for Christianity is continually reinventing itself in us. The second book was a life of Padre Pio. He has continually turned up in my life these last few months. He makes some sense of suffering and his life witnesses to God and the miraculous world we live in. Here in The Care Village, just two doors down from me is Donal Enright. Donal is over 90 and 50 years ago worked with Padre Pio in Italy. He has two relics of the Saint. We pray together for all your intentions for we are all in need of healing and it happens. Thank you for all your support and prayers. Let me know if you are calling for Matron’s sake!!!

ATHEA DRAMA GROUPS RETURNS WITH ‘IT’S THE REAL MCCOY’: Following a hugely successful run of Athea Drama Group’s Production of the hilarious comedy ‘It’s the Real McCoy’ by Tommy Marren last spring and due to many requests for repeat performances, it has been decided to perform the play for two final nights during the Athea Village Festival on August 1 and 2 at Con Colbert Hall Athea at 8pm.

Set in rural Ireland in the 1960s, lady of the house Madge Molloy welcomes us into the Molloy household to share in the hilarious mishaps and surprising events that center around Madge and her life over a two day period. With glimpses of John B. Keane and the characterisations of the Fr. Ted and Mrs Doyle genre, it will have the audiences in tears of laughter. The cast features Angeline O’Donnell, Louise Ahern, Damien Ahern, Annette O Donnell, Edwina Sheehen, Michael O Connor and Oliver McGrath under the direction of Annette O’ Donnell. A combination of high drama and amazing Irish wit – ‘It’s The Real McCoy’ is not to be missed!

SEISIÚN: Every Thursday night at the The Devon Inn, Templeglantine a host of musicians, singers and dancers combine to present a top class show of Irish traditional entertainment for visitors and locals alike. There is a cast of up to twenty entertainers on each night, many of whom have achieved All Ireland honours. Towards the end of the night, time is allowed for audience participation and for a bit of set or céilí dancing. The Templeglantine Seisiún place on each Thursday night at 8.45pm.

IRISH TV: Check out local stories on http://www.irishtv.ie/

SWIMMING LESSONS: Two weeks of swimming and water safety classes in Glin starting, Monday August 3. Register on the day at 9am at the pier. Contact Iosla 087 120 9965.

TRAINING PROGRAMMES: If you’ve experienced a personal setback, long-term illness, have a disability or are an early school leaver one of National Learning Network’s full-time Courses will give you the confidence to open up new opportunities for further training or employment. Our FETAC Courses range from Catering to I.T., P.C. Maintenance to Employer Based Training and our Employability Skills Programme is aimed in particular at early school leavers. To find out more: ring Val or Trish at 061 229777 or look up www.nln.ie

REDEMPTORIST CHURCH, MOUNT ST. ALPHONSUS, LIMERICK: An experience of guided prayer in association with the Jesuit Community from Monday, July 27 – Friday, July 31. The 10am Mass will be celebrated by a visiting Jesuit. Mass will be followed by an experience of guided prayer which will last for 20 minutes. These days will provide an opportunity to deepen prayer lives.

YOUTH 2000 SUMMER FESTIVAL: Held in the Cistercian College, Roscrea from Thursday, August 13- Sunday, August 16. It’s for young people aged 16-35, for more information and to book online see www.youth2000.ie or phone 01.6753690.

DAY TRIP TO VALENTIA: All Day Trip on Sunday, July 26, to Valentia Island, one of Ireland’s most westerly points lying off the Iveragh Peninsula in the South West of Co. Kerry. Valentia is joined to the mainland by bridge – via Portmagee. This a really beautiful trip taking in breath-taking scenery. When we arrive on the Island we will be met by our guide Ted who will take everyone around the Island in a mini bus and you will be absolutely delighted with the views that you will see. Going right up to the Valentia Slate mines, view the Lighthouse, and you will see something that you haven’t seen before the footprint of a prehistoric animal – a tetrapod. There is lots more but I am not going to spoil it by telling you I will leave that to our experienced guide. We will be calling to the River Island Hotel in Castleisland for our breakfast and dinner on the home ward journey. We will being picking up outside the Church in Abbeyfeale and points en route. This is a very popular trip and the bus is already half full. So early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment. Contact Maureen Finnegan 087 9845102. Everyone most welcome.

A VISIT TO FUNGI:. Maureen Finnegan is heading to Dingle on Sunday August 23. She says; “We are going to Dingle& going out on a boat to say "hello" to Fungi. This is a trip suitable for both the children and adults and everyone is most welcome. This might seem a while away but we need to book the boat and the bus and so far we have more than half filled the big bus. So it is important to book your seat early if interested. We will be going to the River Island Hotel, Castleisland for our breakfast and returning in the evening for dinner as we are always looked after very well. For more information and booking contact Maureen 087 9845102.”

SUMMER CAMP: Places are still available for ECO-UNESCO’s exciting summer camp for children 5-12yrs exploring nature in Dublin City. This is a jam packed outdoor and environmental summer camp for children -activities include: daily outings to the Phoenix Park – the largest walled park in Europe! Other activities include fun, interactive learning about nature and the environment; nature and tree trails, building a bug hotel and collecting mini-beasts to put in it!; art projects, creative recycling and lots and lots of games! Returnees please note the change in location for 2015 to their new space on Benburb Street, C2 the Complex. (Benburb Street, Smithfield, Dublin 7 (next to Collins Barracks). Places are still available for ECO-Explorers children’s summer camps (5-12yrs) for the following dates: August 10/14, 17/21.

Times: Camps are 10am-3pm with option of early drop off from 9am and late pick-up until about 5pm at the latest, no extra charge.

Cost: €100 per child, sibling discounts available through website.

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PROLOGUE: "To be satisfied with a little, is the greatest wisdom; and he that increaseth his riches, increaseth his cares; but a contented mind is a hidden treasure, and trouble findeth it not."
Akhenaton.

DEATH: We offer our sympathy to the family of Marie O’Donnell, Kilconlea Upr whose funeral took place last Monday. May she rest in peace. We also offer our sympathy to the family of the late Dan Flynn, Coolaneelig whose funeral took place last Thursday.

FUNERAL MASS: Requiem Mass for the late John Broderick R.I.P., of Upper Knocknasna who died in Adelaide, Australia will take place on this Saturday, July 25 at 11.00 a.m. in Church of the Assumption Abbeyfeale. Interment afterwards in Reilig Íde Naofa.

GATHER BY THE FEALE: The festival under the leadership of Chairperson Orla Dennison, Secretary Olive Sheehan, Treasurer Bridget Harnett, Events Organiser Shane O’Connor and a small tightly knit committee, brought it all together despite everything that the weather threw at us from gales to thunder storms and pounding rain. We had a brilliant w/e, the town was throbbing, with shops, restaurants and pubs doing business and people getting to meet up with friends they hadn’t seen for 12 months. The celebrity concert was a great success with Hermitage Green playing a terrific set and our own No Direction didn’t let themselves down either. There are so many people we need to thank from the Town Park who hosted the Bat Walk, the Glorach who launched Cliabhán which included an Art Exhibition, poetry and drama, Morgan McMahon who organised the Darts Run, Fitzgerald’s Stables for hosting the children’s visit, Party Hire and Events Ltd. owned by Lisa Mc Mahon Winters (Barney and Elsan Mc Mahon’s daughter) and her husband Tony for generously sponsoring the Cinema under the Stars event. The GAA who brought the event indoors at short notice. Feale Fit for the children’s Motorcade and the 10K, Mike Scannell who organized the hilarious and very successful Soapbox Derby and all those who helped out with the Family Fun Day. The Battle of the DJ’s brought the festival to an end and was very well supported as was Spin City in the Square. A big thank you as well to Abbeyfeale Search and Rescue for all their help with stewarding events over the weekend. We will have a meeting in a few weeks to review the weekend and plan where we will go on from here and how we can build on the success of Gather by the Feale. By the way we were well supported by people from the local hinterland and so we ask people to support Duagh this coming weekend when they hold their own festival – “together we stand, divided we fall”.

YOUTH CLUB NEWS: The night may have been bad but that was the only thing that was – we enjoyed another great leader’s night out on Saturday night last. A big thank you must go to Mary, TJ and staff for the beautiful food and great service. The night was also the last night for the Abbey Legends leaders who received certs to thank them for three and half years’ service to their club. Our condolences go to Frances Hayes and her family on the deaths of Frances’s father Dan and Aunt Peg in the last week.

FEALE FIT NOTES: Join Fealefit on our Blackwater Activity weekend August 15 & 16. Overnight camping stay with BBQ and a day jam packed with activities like water tubing and paint balling. Deposit €20 required (Total price €99 excludes Bus)

Contact Shane 087 2891015 or Kadie 087 7771552 for details. See www.Fealefit.com for all details on training & Upcoming events

ABBEYFEALE PARISH OUTING: In a new departure this year’s Parish Outing will not leave town until the afternoon and head to Killarney where patrons can enjoy all the facilities that the town has to offer including music in most pubs and hotels. You will also be able to spend time shopping. To book your seat contact 06831232 or 087 3966399.

TOWN PARK NEWS: The 8th. Annual Town Park Bat Walk took place on Thursday night last. This year the event was held as part of the Gather by the Feale Festival. The conditions were perfect on the night and a crowd of about 100 attended. Following a presentation on the bats of the park by Abbeyfeale Bat Group, Jim O’Connor, Anneke Vrieling, Seamus Lane and James Harnett led four groups in a walk around the park to seek out the bats. Everybody saw the bats and also through the use of bat detectors had an opportunity to hear them. The park is looking great, thanks to Jim O’Connor and the park staff. Thanks also to Moss Harnett Spar for sponsoring the refreshments and to the park committee for the use of the facilities.

EIRCODE: With effect from Monday, July 13, Ireland has launched a postcode for all ofIreland. For lots of information on Eircode, and to view a very handy new online tool called ‘Eircode Finder’ to look up the Eircode for any address, see www.eircode.ie There is also a helpline for people who are unable to access the website, or having other difficulties, at 0818 300 005. For further information on the Eircode Community Outreach Programme, see www.wheel.ie/eircode or www.irishrurallink.ie/eircode

ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK: The annual pilgrimage to Knock takes place on Tuesday, August 18.

BROADCASTING LIVE TO THE WORLD: The church Webcam is now officially switched on and broadcasting live. Almost anyone in the world can now view live broadcasts of events in Abbeyfeale parish church by logging onto www.churchservices.tv/abbeyfealeparish. A direct link from the parish website has been set up.

GLORACH YOUTH DRAMA: Due to some participants being involved in the festival over the weekend, the start date for our youth drama workshops with Chris Fitzgerald will be on Thursday, July 30starting at 7 pm. Limited places available, for further enquiries, ring 0871383940.

CAR BOOT SALE: Car boot sale during the Pattern in Knocknagoshel on August 15, contact 068 46384.

SINGING CLUB: West Limerick Singing Club are now holding their monthly singing session on the first Friday of each month in Philip Enright’s Wander Inn, Church St., Abbeyfeale at 9pm.

ST. ITA’S FAITH CAMP: Lorraine Woulfe and Martina O’ Sullivan are organisers of the yearly faith camp and say;” Please pray for the success of this year’s camp which takes place on August 4-7 in the Boys School. This is a Non Profit event.” Enrolment forms are available in the Church porch, Danny Scanlan Paints Convent St., and Eurosaver Bridge St. Closing date is Saturday, July 25.

REILIG IDE NAOFA: Clean up every Thursday evening from 7-9pm weather permitting. The annual Mass will take place on Thursday, August 20 at 7.30pm.

LOUGH DERG PILGRIMAGE: Friday, July 24 – Sunday, July 26 and Thursday, August 13 – Saturday, August 15. Fee €120. Bookings 087 3966399.

SUMMER BRIDGE: Abbeyfeale Bridge Club “Summer Bridge" at 7.30pm in the Railway Bar, Abbeyfeale, members, beginners and visitors all welcome.

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

SAGART PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES: The annual pilgrimage takes place on from September 22-27. Contact Fr. John or Fr. Joe.

GATES CLOSING: Please note that for the summer months the town park gate will be locked each night at 9.00 p.m.

GORTADROMA: The meeting last week was featured on UTV and this is the link if you would like to find out more; http://utv.ie/News/2015/07/17/Limerick-locals-oppose-200m-waste-treatment-plant-41258

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: Thursday 10am Patjoe and Mary Woulfe, St. Ita’s Terrace, Friday 8.15am Cornelius and Lucy O’Rourke. Friday 10am Nora Fealey, Ballybehy. Saturday 11am Funeral Mass John Broderick. 7pm Moss and Lily Colbert, New St. Brian McAleer, Bath, United Kingdom. Sunday 9.30am Charles Fealey, The Hill, Larry Collins, Killarney Road. 12 noon Joseph, Pat and Ita Riordan, Ballybehy. Mary Lane Meenkilly. 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.

FUNDRAISING NEWS FROM WL102FM COMMUNITY RADIO: Annual Flag Day will be held on Saturday July 25 in Newcastle West. As always your support is very much appreciated. €10 tickets for a summer holiday raffle in conjunction with ACE Travel South Quay NCW are on sale from the station. To purchase a ticket ring 06966200 from 9-5 Monday to Friday. Draw takes place live on air Wednesday, August 19 between 11.30am and 1pm.

NATIONAL PILGRIMAGE TO CROAGH PATRICK: Next Sunday, July 26 is the day for climbing Croagh Patrick. Confessions on the summit from 7.30am -2pm. Mass every half hour from 8am – 2pm.

UPDATE FROM FR. PAT MOORE: This morning I visited the surgeon. He was very pleased with progress. I will be on the peg feeding for three more weeks and I am meeting the nutritionist next Monday in the Bons. He also reviewed the pain control. I was accompanied by Ann and Kathleen. I will spend most of the next three weeks here in Cork. So all is going well, slowly in the right direction. Gratitude in my heart to be at this stage.

ATHEA DRAMA GROUPS RETURNS WITH ‘IT’S THE REAL MCCOY’: Following a hugely successful run of Athea Drama Group’s Production of the hilarious comedy ‘It’s the Real McCoy’ by Tommy Marren last spring and due to many requests for repeat performances, it has been decided to perform the play for two final nights during the Athea Village Festival on August 1 and 2 at Con Colbert Hall Athea at 8pm.

Set in rural Ireland in the 1960s, lady of the house Madge Molloy welcomes us into the Molloy household to share in the hilarious mishaps and surprising events that center around Madge and her life over a two day period. With glimpses of John B. Keane and the characterisations of the Fr. Ted and Mrs Doyle genre, it will have the audiences in tears of laughter. The cast features Angeline O’Donnell, Louise Ahern, Damien Ahern, Annette O Donnell, Edwina Sheehen, Michael O Connor and Oliver McGrath under the direction of Annette O’ Donnell. A combination of high drama and amazing Irish wit – ‘It’s The Real McCoy’ is not to be missed!

SEISIÚN: Every Thursday night at the The Devon Inn, Templeglantine a host of musicians, singers and dancers combine to present a top class show of Irish traditional entertainment for visitors and locals alike. There is a cast of up to twenty entertainers on each night, many of whom have achieved All Ireland honours. Towards the end of the night, time is allowed for audience participation and for a bit of set or céilí dancing. The Templeglantine Seisiún place on each Thursday night at 8.45pm.

DUAGH GRAVEYARD MASS: The Duagh Annual Graveyard Mass will be held at 8pm on Thursday, July 23 at Springmount Cemetery. There will be a shuttle bus service available from the National School on the night and we would appreciate if as many people used that service to alleviate congestion in the vicinity of the cemetery.

IRISH TV: Check out local stories on http://www.irishtv.ie/

SWIMMING LESSONS: Two weeks of swimming and water safety classes in Glin starting, Monday August 3. Register on the day at 9am at the pier. Contact Iosla 087 120 9965.

TRAINING PROGRAMMES: If you’ve experienced a personal setback, long-term illness, have a disability or are an early school leaver one of National Learning Network’s full-time Courses will give you the confidence to open up new opportunities for further training or employment. Our FETAC Courses range from Catering to I.T., P.C. Maintenance to Employer Based Training and our Employability Skills Programme is aimed in particular at early school leavers. To find out more: ring Val or Trish at 061 229777 or look up www.nln.ie

REDEMPTORIST CHURCH, MOUNT ST. ALPHONSUS, LIMERICK: An experience of guided prayer in association with the Jesuit Community from Monday, July 27 – Friday, July 31. The 10am Mass will be celebrated by a visiting Jesuit. Mass will be followed by an experience of guided prayer which will last for 20 minutes. These days will provide an opportunity to deepen prayer lives.

YOUTH 2000 SUMMER FESTIVAL: Held in the Cistercian College, Roscrea from Thursday, August 13- Sunday, August 16. It’s for young people aged 16-35, for more information and to book online see www.youth2000.ie or phone 01.6753690.

DAY TRIP TO VALENTIA: All Day Trip on Sunday, July 26, to Valentia Island, one of Ireland’s most westerly points lying off the Iveragh Peninsula in the South West of Co. Kerry. Valentia is joined to the mainland by bridge – via Portmagee. This a really beautiful trip taking in breath-taking scenery. When we arrive on the Island we will be met by our guide Ted who will take everyone around the Island in a mini bus and you will be absolutely delighted with the views that you will see. Going right up to the Valentia Slate mines, view the Lighthouse, and you will see something that you haven’t seen before the footprint of a prehistoric animal – a tetrapod. There is lots more but I am not going to spoil it by telling you I will leave that to our experienced guide. We will be calling to the River Island Hotel in Castleisland for our breakfast and dinner on the home ward journey. We will being picking up outside the Church in Abbeyfeale and points en route. This is a very popular trip and the bus is already half full. So early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment. Contact Maureen Finnegan 087 9845102. Everyone most welcome.

A VISIT TO FUNGI:. Maureen Finnegan is heading to Dingle on Sunday August 23. She says; “We are going to Dingle& going out on a boat to say "hello" to Fungi. This is a trip suitable for both the children and adults and everyone is most welcome. This might seem a while away but we need to book the boat and the bus and so far we have more than half filled the big bus. So it is important to book your seat early if interested. We will be going to the River Island Hotel, Castleisland for our breakfast and returning in the evening for dinner as we are always looked after very well. For more information and booking contact Maureen 087 9845102.”

PETITION UPDATE: Barbara Smyth who started the petition to have a blood test for ovarian cancer included in a national cancer screening programme writes “ I have received an email from Minister Varadkar’s private secretary thanking me for my letter and advising me it is receiving attention.
I was very pleased to receive this email but wondered how much attention it will actually get. As our numbers grow our voices are getting louder and I will be calling for Minister Varadkar to give this issue real attention. At almost 20,000 signatures from women, men, sons, daughters and grandparents across the length and breadth of Ireland, it is clear that the #CA125 blood test MUST be included in a cancer screening program. There are screening programs for other forms of cancer and they work very well and save lives. We want and demand Ovarian Cancer be treated the same way. I do not and will not accept the excuse that funding is an issue. A lack of funding will never be acceptable for women being allowed to present with stage 4 symptoms of Ovarian Cancer leaving families and friends devastated with the prognosis.
If you can, please share the link for this petition on all social media platforms. We have now gotten the attention of the Director of the National Cancer Control and now Minister Varadkar. I know I and we are going to fight like warriors and never give up until we achieve our goal which is to get #CA125 included in a screening program which will give us women a fighting chance to beat this silent killer.
I will be contacting Minister Varadkar again next week and the following week and again the week after that to find out what attention he is really giving this issue.
Again many thanks for all your support and my sincerest sympathies to those families who have lost loved ones to this cancer and other cancers.
Ovarian Cancer whispers, let’s catch it before it roars.”


PROLOGUE: "The answers you seek never come when the mind is busy, they come when the mind is still, when silence speaks loudest."
Leon Brown

DEATHS; Sincere sympathy is offered to the families of the late Sr. Ide Woulfe, Belfast and late of New St. Abbeyfeale, Tom Moore Kilconlea and Tado Scannell, Bogmount all of whom died recently. May they rest in peace.

YOUTH DRAMA WORKSHOPS AT GLORACH: The Glórach Theatre are delighted to announce that we will be holding youth drama workshops for Secondary School Students, starting this month which will be facilitated by Chris Fitzgerald.

Award winning stage actor Chris Fitzgerald has been involved in all aspects of Drama both professionally and at an amateur level for many years. He has extensively studied various aspects of drama, as well as youth intervention strategies. Chris has had roles on TV and many film productions, and has also produced & directed The Youth Theatre group in St Johns Arts Centre, Listowel as well as several other young groups. This workshop allows participants to work in a safe & inclusive environment. Participants will be encouraged to take risks, explore new ideas, gain confidence and most importantly of all, have good fun.

The workshops commence on Thursday, July 16 and run from 7 pm to 9 pm. Booking is essential and can be done by ringing Glórach at 0871383940. All are welcome to avail of this wonderful opportunity.

GATHER BY THE FEALE AND GLORACH: On this Thursday, July 16, Glórach presents Cliabhán, a mix of music, visual art, drama and spoken word. A compilation of the works of those utilising the creative spaces of Glórach Community Theatre, kicks off at 7 pm with an exhibition of contemporary work from a collective group of artists and writers, followed by the launch of an exciting new heritage performance arts project. Doors open at 7pm, this event is free and all are most welcome.

HERMITAGE GREEN AT THE GROVE: The Limerick band who recently guested on the Miriam O’Callaghan Show and who will shortly be setting off on a countrywide tour of the U.S. are the celebrity band topping the bill at the Marquee in the Grove next Saturday night during Fleadh by the Feale. Abbeyfeale band No Direction are opening the show at 7pm. Delighted to say that tickets are selling like hot potatoes so if you want to see a band that are on the cusp of global success then call to the Festival Office in Mary Dan G’s, Marie McElligott’s Main St, Leen’s Hotel, James Harnett’s Spar on the Killarney Road or go on line – https://www.paypal.com/ie/cgi-bin/webscr

EIRCODE: With effect from Monday, July 13, Ireland has launched a postcode for all ofIreland. For lots of information on Eircode, and to view a very handy new online tool called ‘Eircode Finder’ to look up the Eircode for any address, see www.eircode.ie There is also a helpline for people who are unable to access the website, or having other difficulties, at 0818 300 005. For further information on the Eircode Community Outreach Programme, see www.wheel.ie/eircode or www.irishrurallink.ie/eircode

REMEMBERING ZOE: The Remembering Zoe Charity Weekend Fundraiser Cheque Presentations took place on Saturday, July 11 last in the Winners Circle Abbeyfeale. The overall funds raised were €28,520 with a cheque for €13,760 being presented to Ann Marie O’Connor of Bru Columbanus while a cheque for the same amount was presented to Margaret McGoldrick of FirstLight. Earlier in the year a cheque for €1,000 was presented to Charlotte Nagle of the Hope Foundation and donated to a Children’s Hospital in India when the TY students from Scoil Ide agus Iosef travelled out to work with poor children. The first Remembering Zoe weekend was held in honour of little Zoe Scannell who tragically lost her life in a road traffic accident in West Cork in June 2014. A group of people came together last Christmas under the leadership of John Collins Clash and decided to raise funds for Bru Columbanus and First Light which were both organizations that helped the Scannell family cope with their immense loss. As the year progressed the number of planned events escalated with the result that it covered an entire weekend last May. Highlights included a 105K cycle followed closely by a concert starring Zoe’s young friends, dancing to Tournafulla’s Micheal Collins and a huge family fun day on the Sunday. On Saturday night last Chairman John Collins thanked all who contributed to the outstanding success of the weekend and announced that the committee are hoping that this will become an annual event.

FEALEFIT NOTES: Race to the title 10k Road Race this Saturday July 18 at 10.00am, registration open 8.30 – 9.30am @ The Abbeyfeale Rugby Club, course is AAI Approved & Jones Counter Measured. Join Fealefit on our Blackwater Activity weekend August 15/16. Overnight camping stay with BBQ and a day jam packed with activities like water tubing and paint balling. Deposit €20 required (Total price €99 excl Bus ). Contact Shane 087 2891015 or Kadie 087 7771552 for details.

BROADCASTING LIVE TO THE WORLD: The church Webcam is now officially switched on and broadcasting live. Almost anyone in the world can now view live broadcasts of events in Abbeyfeale parish church by logging onto www.churchservices.tv/abbeyfealeparish. A direct link from the parish website has been set up.

HOPE FOUNDATION: Two TY students from Colaiste Ide agus Iosef, Frances Broderick and Ellen Scanlon are among a group of 10 students who plan to travel to Calcutta in the New Year to visit children living in poverty in the slums. As part of their fundraising efforts they will have a stall at the Gather by the Feale Food and Craft Fair in the Square next Friday from 10-3pm where they will sell chocolate bars sponsored by Butlers. They are looking forward to your kind support.

MORE LOCAL HISTORY: To answer the query from last week’s Observer regarding Harnett’s Funeral Home; the first three funerals were men. The first funerals of women were Delia Nelligan, Bridge Street, who died on November 15th. 1985, Margaret McCoy, Knockbrack, who died on December 11th. 1985 and Elizabeth O’Connor, who died on December 26th. 1985.

YOUTH CLUB: Leaders night out Saturday, July 18 contact Noreen, Mai or Evelyn to book your seat.

FOOD AND CRAFT FAIR: There is huge interest in the annual food and craft fair taking place on the Cobbles in the Square on Friday, July 17 with a variety of stalls booked including a Fairy Toad Stools stall which also sells Fairy Tutus, wings and wands, Jewellery, Ornaments, felted brooches, crochet baby blankets, coins and antiques, sand art, Oriflame products, soaps, gluten free baking, organic jams and sugan chairs, childrens swings and photographs to name just some of the goods on offer. The fair gets underway at 10am and will run until the afternoon.

SINGING CLUB: West Limerick Singing Club are now holding their monthly singing session on the first Friday of each month in Philip Enright’s Wander Inn, Church St., Abbeyfeale at 9pm.

ST. ITA’S FAITH CAMP: Lorraine Woulfe and Martina O’ Sullivan are organisers of the yearly faith camp and say;” Please pray for the success of this year’s camp which takes place on August 4-7 in the Boys School. This is a Non Profit event.” Enrolment forms are available in the Church porch, Danny Scanlan Paints Convent St., and Eurosaver Bridge St.There is a cut off point for these forms so fill them in sooner rather than later.

GATHER BY THE FEALE MOTORCADE: Children’s Fancy Dress Motorcade, July 17, 2015 @ 6.30pm. Travelling from the Church yard to Town Square, All types of Kiddies un-motorised transport welcome. Meeting at 6.15pm, Festival Wristband must be worn to Qualify for Monster prizes. Contact Shane 087 2891015 for further details.

GATHER BY THE FEALE SOAPBOX DERBY: The 1st annual Soapbox Derby will take place down Abbeyfeale Hill on Saturday, July 18 from 2-6pm next during Gather by the Feale. It will be followed by entertainment in the Festival Marquee in the Grove with No Direction and Limerick band Hermitage Green. Entries are now being accepted for the Derby.

REILIG IDE NAOFA: Clean up every Thursday evening from 7-9pm weather permitting.

LOUGH DERG PILGRIMAGE: Friday, July 24 – Sunday, July 26 and Thursday, August 13 – Saturday, August 15. Fee €120. Bookings 087 3966399.

SUMMER BRIDGE: Abbeyfeale Bridge Club “Summer Bridge" at 7.30pm in the Railway Bar, Abbeyfeale, members, beginners and visitors all welcome.

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

SAGART PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES: The annual pilgrimage takes place on from September 22-27. Contact Fr. John or Fr. Joe.

GATES CLOSING: Please note that for the summer months the town park gate will be locked each night at 9.00 p.m.

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: 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.At the recent Charleville Show the Organic College students won several prizes for their vegetables and preserves including 1st Prize for Collection of Vegetables; 1st Prize for Potatoes; 2nd Prize for Strawberries; 1st Prize for Honey; 1st Prize for Tomato Chutney; 3rd Prize for Strawberry Jam; 3rd prize for Marmalade.Students learn to how to grow and make jams etc. as part of their course and they are delighted to gain recognition with their prize winning produce.

PUBLIC MEETING: There will be a public meeting at Shanagolden Parish Hall on Thursday, July 16 at 6.30pm, with Cadence EnviroPower, the American Company who want to build an incinerator in our community. Come along to ask questions. Wear something red to signify our community spirit.

The College is currently taking applications for the new Courses starting in September. Further information available on our website or Contact the College on 063-83604 or email oifig

ANNUAL OPEN DAY: The annual Open Day at An tIonad Glas- The Organic College in Dromcollogher takes place next Sunday, July 19 from 2-pm and is the place to be for gardeners and food lovers. There will be tours of the Organic Gardens and information on Organic Gardening and Beekeeping. The theme of the afternoon is “Growing, Preserving & Adding Value to Garden Produce”. There will be tastings of produce and An Siopa Glas will be selling Organic vegetables, fruit, herbs, plants, jams & preserves, all grown and produced by the students at the College. The ‘Wheatgrass Fairy’ will also be there with a demo on how to grow & use Wheatgrass. At the recent Charleville Show the Organic College students won several prizes for their vegetables and preserves including 1st Prize for Collection of Vegetables; 1st Prize for Potatoes; 2nd Prize for Strawberries; 1st Prize for Honey; 1st Prize for Tomato Chutney; 3rd Prize for Strawberry Jam; 3rd prize for Marmalade.
Students learn to how to grow and make jams etc. as part of their course and they are delighted to gain recognition with their prize winning produce.
The College is currently taking applications for the new Courses starting in September. Further information available on www.organiccollege.com Contact the College on 063-83604 or email oifig@organiccollege.

THEA DRAMA GROUPS RETURNS WITH ‘IT’S THE REAL MCCOY’: Following a hugely successful run of Athea Drama Group’s Production of the hilarious comedy ‘It’s the Real McCoy’ by Tommy Marren last spring and due to many requests for repeat performances, it has been decided to perform the play for two final nights during the Athea Village Festival on August 1 and 2 at Con Colbert Hall Athea at 8pm.

Set in rural Ireland in the 1960s, lady of the house Madge Molloy welcomes us into the Molloy household to share in the hilarious mishaps and surprising events that center around Madge and her life over a two day period. With glimpses of John B. Keane and the characterisations of the Fr. Ted and Mrs Doyle genre, it will have the audiences in tears of laughter. The cast features Angeline O’Donnell, Louise Ahern, Damien Ahern, Annette O Donnell, Edwina Sheehen, Michael O Connor and Oliver McGrath under the direction of Annette O’ Donnell.A combination of high drama and amazing Irish wit – ‘It’s The Real McCoy’ is not to be missed!

SEISIÚN: Every Thursday night at the The Devon Inn, Templeglantine a host of musicians, singers and dancers combine to present a top class show of Irish traditional entertainment for visitors and locals alike. There is a cast of up to twenty entertainers on each night, many of whom have achieved All Ireland honours. Towards the end of the night, time is allowed for audience participation and for a bit of set or céilí dancing. The Templeglantine Seisiún place on each Thursday night at 8.45pm.

DUAGH GRAVEYARD MASS: The Duagh Annual Graveyard Mass will be held at 8pm on Thursday, July 23 at Springmount Cemetery.There will be a shuttle bus service available from the National School on the night and we would appreciate if as many people used that service to alleviate congestion in the vicinity of the cemetery.

IRISH TV: Check out local stories on http://www.irishtv.ie/

SWIMMING LESSONS: Two weeks of swimming and water safety classes in Glin starting, Monday August 3. Register on the day at 9am at the pier. Contact Iosla 087 120 9965.

RURAL EMPLOYMENT & EDUCATION SERVICE: The Rural Employment & Education Service (REES) works with people who experience barriers and who feel they need support to enter or re-enter employment, explore education/training opportunities or wish to become self-employed. We are based in the Round House, St Mary’s Road, Newcastle West and also operate an outreach service. Contact Ivana on 069 61316.

These initiatives is funded under the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (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

A CARING CAREER: A new course of the Kilmeedy Healthcare Support Local Training Initiative (LTI) will run from August 31, 2015 to June 25, 2016 in Aras Ide, Kilmeedy, Co Limerick. During this full time course, participants will complete two Major Level 5 (FETAC/QQI) Awards in Early Childhood Care & Education and Healthcare Support. This course is funded by LCETB (formerly FAS). Any enquires please do not hesitate to contact Helen or Catherine on 063 87960 or 087 6952990.

LSSC COUNSELLING PROJECT: We offer counselling quietly and with respect for the depression, stress, bereavement and relationship difficulties that people faced and we aim to keep doing it. If you want more information or wish to enquire about our project, please contact our Centre on 061-314111.

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RAMBLING HOUSES: Ita McQuinn has changed the date of her Monagae Rambling House to the 2nd Monday of each month instead of the 3rd so the next one will be Monday, July and everyone is welcome – singers, storytellers, musicians, dancers and those who just like to sit and listen and enjoy. Every performance needs an audience. Mick Sheehy’s 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.

HELPLINE: 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 www.irishcountrymusicradio.com Saturday 9pm-Midnight (Irish Time) Tuesday 8-11pm (Irish Time) features Irish Country Music, Irish traditional music, humorous stories and Cowboy Corner.

VISIT THE SALESIAN SISTERS: “Rise of the Roses has blossomed from friendships formed through the Michaela Foundation. We have all been invited to help them with a special project .They were inspired by Pope Francis’ call for Religious Congregations to ‘wake up the world’ and they asked us to help them come up with a way to promote and celebrate this ‘Year for Consecrated Life ‘ (Nov 2014-Nov 2015). Together, through the intercession of St Brigid, St Clare, St Therese & St John Bosco, and the inspiration of the late Michaela McAreavey, the Holy Spirit has helped them to devise: Rise of the Roses. This group of young people will be visiting the Salesian Sisters in Fernbank, Limerick on Saturday, August 1 and invite all young ladies aged 14 – 30 to join them. As Salesian Sisters in this diocese we would love to see as many as possible attend and we look forward to meeting you all there. “To learn more about this group see: https://www.facebook.com/riseoftheroses?fref=ts http://www.riseoftheroses.org/

TRAINING PROGRAMMES: If you’ve experienced a personal setback, long-term illness, have a disability or are an early school leaver one of National Learning Network’s full-time Courses will give you the confidence to open up new opportunities for further training or employment. Our FETAC Courses range from Catering to I.T., P.C. Maintenance to Employer Based Training and our Employability Skills Programme is aimed in particular at early school leavers. To find out more: ring Val or Trish at 061 229777 or look up www.nln.ie

DAY TRIP TO VALENTIA: All Day Trip on Sunday, July 26, to Valentia Island, one of Ireland’s most westerly points lying off the Iveragh Peninsula in the South West of Co. Kerry. Valentia is joined to the mainland by bridge – via Portmagee. This a really beautiful trip taking in breath-taking scenery. When we arrive on the Island we will be met by our guide Ted who will take everyone around the Island in a mini bus and you will be absolutely delighted with the views that you will see. Going right up to the Valentia Slate mines, view the Lighthouse, and you will see something that you haven’t seen before the footprint of a prehistoric animal – a tetrapod. There is lots more but I am not going to spoil it by telling you I will leave that to our experienced guide. We will be calling to the River Island Hotel in Castleisland for our breakfast and dinner on the home ward journey. We will being picking up outside the Church in Abbeyfeale and points en route. This is a very popular trip and the bus is already half full. So early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment. Contact Maureen Finnegan 087 9845102. Everyone most welcome.

A VISIT TO FUNGI:. Maureen Finnegan is heading to Dingle on Sunday August 23. She says; “We are going to Dingle & going out on a boat to say "hello" to Fungi. This is a trip suitable for both the children and adults and everyone is most welcome. This might seem a while away but we need to book the boat and the bus and so far we have more than half filled the big bus. So it is important to book your seat early if interested. We will be going to the River Island Hotel, Castleisland for our breakfast and returning in the evening for dinner as we are always looked after very well. For more information and booking contact Maureen 087 9845102.”

PETITION: Dear Minister Varadkar: My name is Barbara Smyth. My 73 year old mother Christina Lonergan passed away from Ovarian cancer 3 days after diagnosis in Beaumont Hospital, September 2013. After a period of mourning I started to research Ovarian cancer and ways to help detect this form of cancer. As her daughter, at 47, I believe I am now in a high risk category. I discovered a blood test called CA125. I immediately went and had this blood test and my levels came back normal. I made a decision to have this test once a year.

I am fully aware that this blood test is not 100% accurate but it is a good place to start. All of us women and yourself know that Ovarian cancer is a silent killer. By the time the symptoms appear, it can be too late. My own Mother spent 3 months trying to get a referral letter from her Doctor to see a Consultant. For three months my mother presented with classic symptoms of Ovarian Cancer and her Doctor missed it. It took my Mother to angrily demand a referral letter. Two weeks after seeing her Consultant in the Bons Secours Hospital in Dublin, my Mother got confirmation of Ovarian cancer. She died three days later.

For months I questioned the fact that Ovarian Cancer is a silent killer, why was this test not included in a screening program. The pain and heartache of being diagnosed with stage 4 cancer far outweighs the accuracy of a simple blood test. Five weeks ago I decided to set up a petition to include CA125 in a National Cancer Screening Program. Today we hit 15,000 signatures. Women the length and breadth of the country signed my petition because they had lost someone close to them. They signed because they believe this simple blood test will save lives. They signed because they do not want to see any more women go through this disease, if there is even a chance that it can be detected early. Finally, they signed because they also believe CA125 should be available to women as part of a screening program.

I am asking if you will have a look at our petition, read the heartbreaking stories from families who have seen loved ones die from Ovarian Cancer. These are real people who all want the same thing. A way to detect this disease early. Many women had heard of CA125 and get the test regularly, many had never heard of it, and intend to get the test.

This is not just my petition, it is our petition, the women of Ireland who want a fighting chance with Ovarian Cancer. Ovarian Cancer whispers, we want to catch it before it roars. Please click here and take 5 minutes to see how many want this and read some of their reasons why.https://www.change.org/p/i-the-hse-please-sign-to-get-the-hse-include-ovarian-cancer-blood-test-ca-125-in-a-free-screening-programarian Cancer is a silent killer, why was this test not included in a screening program. The pain and heartache of being diagnosed with stage 4 cancer far outweighs the accuracy of a simple blood test. Five weeks ago I decided to set up a petition to include CA125 in a National Cancer Screening Program. Today we hit 15,000 signatures. Women the length and breadth of the country signed my petition because they had lost someone close to them. They signed because they believe this simple blood test will save lives. They signed because they do not want to see any more women go through this disease, if there is even a chance that it can be detected early. Finally, they signed because they also believe CA125 should be available to women as part of a screening program.

I am asking if you will have a look at our petition, read the the heartbreaking stories from families who have seen loved ones die from Ovarian Cancer. These are real people who all want the same thing. A way to detect this disease early. Many women had heard of CA125 and get the test regularly, many had never heard of it, and intend to get the test.

This is not just my petition, it is our petition, the women of Ireland who want a fighting chance with Ovarian Cancer. Ovarian Cancer whispers, we want to catch it before it roars. Please click here and take 5 minutes to see how many want this and read some of their reasons why.https://www.change.org/p/i-the-hse-please-sign-to-get-the-hse-include-ovarian-cancer-blood-test-ca-125-in-a-free-screening-program

HEALING RETREAT: Fr. Micheal O’Shea, Limerick and Noel and Aidan Byrne, Carlow will host a healing afternoon on Sunday, July 19 from 2.30pm at St. Paul’s Church, Dooradoyle. All welcome.

UPDATE FROM FR PAT MOORE: Can you imagine my surprise when my friend and neighbour, Kieran Quirke, called yesterday morning, just off the plane at Cork airport, after a year’s teaching in the Gulf. Looking great he was loving the fresh air of Ireland after the heat he left behind. He was with his cousin Tim Crowley and was so looking forward to meeting up with his family and meeting his new niece Maise and his wonderful grandmother Nora Chawke. Kieran and his family have been such a support to me as have the whole Duagh community. Slow and tender are the words that come to mind for these days. While I am looking ok on the outside a lot of rearranging and adjusting is taking place on the inside. This is slow work and time heals. The pain control works and for that I am very grateful.


PROLOGUE: "If you want to see the true measure of a man, watch how he treats his inferiors, not his equals."
J. K. Rowling

CAR BOOT SALE AND INDOOR MARKET: The monthly car boot sale and indoor market held in aid of WL102fm takes place on Sunday next July 12 with gates open at 7.30am. Cars €7, vans €10, car and trailer €10. Set up in the yard or the hall. Further information 069 66200/087 6866450.

HERMITAGE GREEN AT THE GROVE: The Limerick band who were formed in 2010 , have toured extensively over the past 5 years selling out gigs in Ireland, UK, Australia, Middle East, France, South Africa and the US. They have played Sydney Harbour on Australia Day and in front of 7,000 people at the Electric Picnic, their most recent TV appearance was on the Miriam Show last Saturday night. The members of Hermitage Green are; Darragh Graham – Djembe, Tenor Banjo, Vocals
Darragh Griffin – Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Dan Murphy – Dobro, Lead Guitar, Five String Banjo, Harmonica, Vocals, Barry Murphy – Electric Bass, Vocals, Dermot Sheedy – Bodhran, Drums, Percussion. Their debut EP ‘The Gathering’ went straight to No 1 in the I Tunes chart and now five years later have been signed to Sony so this may be your only chance to see them locally before they go global. If you’d like to learn more about this exciting up and coming band then log onto http://www.hermitagegreen.com/ Ticket sales are really brisk so to get to the celebrity gig of the festival call to the Festival Office in Mary Dan G’s or go on line – https://www.paypal.com/ie/cgi-bin/webscr

GREAT SOUTHERN TRAIL NEWS: On Friday last a team of six officials from the National Roads Authority [NRA], Galway County Council., Roscommon County Council and Westmeath County Council cycled the Abbeyfeale – Rathkeale section of the Great Southern Trail [GST] on a fact-finding mission. They are spearheading the development of the Galway-Dublin Greenway which is on EuroVelo Route2 from Moscow to Galway. The GST is on EuroVelo Route1 along the Western seaboard of Europe. I found the out the following by Googling Euro Velo Route 1; “ EuroVelo is a Europe-wide network of proposed cycle routes, a section of EuroVelo 1 runs from Belfast around the Atlantic Coast and across to Wexford. The EuroVelo routes should supposedly have: have no gradient above 6%, be wide enough for two cyclists. have an average of no more than 1,000 motorised vehicles a day, be sealed for 80% of its length, be open 365 days a year, have provision points every 30 km (19) miles, accommodation every 50 km (31 miles) and public transport every 150 km (93 miles). It seems to me that our Great Southern Trail fulfils all these requirements but it is a hidden gem here in West Limerick.

BROADCASTING LIVE TO THE WORLD: The church Webcam is now officially switched on and broadcasting live. Almost anyone in the world can now view live broadcasts of events in Abbeyfeale parish church by logging onto www.churchservices.tv/abbeyfealeparish. A direct link from the parish website has been set up.

RACE TO THE TITLE 10K: The Gather by the Feale will be holding local registration on Wednesday July 8 at Fealefit, Mountmahon @ 8.30pm, just to make things that bit easier!!

LOCAL HISTORY: A book entitled “The Irish in the American Civil War” by Damien Shields has been published in America recently. It contains the story of Maurice O’Donnell, Chapel St. Abbeyfeale who died in 1915 and who fought for the Confederates decades beforehand. He was struck by a bullet to his right leg, fell whilst in hospital recuperating, damaged his hip and was left permanently disabled. He returned to Ireland at some stage and showed up in the census of 1901 as a 72 year old farmer living with his wife Hanora and again in the 1911 census now living with a great granddaughter 14 year old Elizabeth Doody. Does anybody know who this man was and are his relations still living here. Let me know on marianharnett1 and I’ll follow it up next week.

MORE LOCAL HISTORY: This Friday evening, July 10 marks the 30th. Anniversary of the first funeral at Harnett’s Funeral Home. The late Thomas Enright of Mountmahon, died at his residence on July 9, 1985 and his funeral took place on the following evening at Harnett’s Funeral Home, with the removal at 7.00 p.m. to the Church of the Assumption. The second funeral was that of the late Patrick M. Harnett, Tullig North, who died at his residence on August 31, 1985 and the third funeral was that of the late Denis Dillon, Meenahorna, who died on October 30, 1985. Three men first but who was the first woman in?

GATHER BY THE FEALE UPDATE: The brochure was launched last Friday night by our new Mayor and Lady Mayoress at a very enjoyable function in Aine and Jack Ryan’s, Main St., where the music wasn’t too loud or the speeches too long and the food was delectable. It is now available all around town so pick up a copy and see for yourself the wealth of events planned for the weekend after next.

REMEMBERING ZOE: The presentation of cheques to the nominated charities of the Remembering Zoe Charity Weekend Fundraiser will take place next Saturday night, July 11 at 9pm in the Winners’ Circle, Bridge St., The committee has issued an open invitation to everyone to come out and enjoy finger food and music.

YOUTH CLUB: Leaders night out Saturday, July 18 contact Noreen, Mai or Evelyn to book your seat.

FOOD AND CRAFT FAIR: There is huge interest in the annual food and craft fair taking place on the Cobbles in the Square on Friday, July 17 with a variety of stalls booked including a Fairy Toad Stools stall which also sells Fairy Tutus, wings and wands, Jewellery, Ornaments and knic Knacks, felted brooches, crochet baby blankets, coins and antiques, sand art, Oriflame products, soaps, gluten free baking, organic jams and sugan chairs to name just some of the goods on offer.

SINGING CLUB: West Limerick Singing Club are now holding their monthly singing session on the first Friday of each month in Philip Enright’s Wander Inn, Church St., Abbeyfeale at 9pm.

ST. ITA’S FAITH CAMP: Lorraine Woulfe and Martina O’ Sullivan are organisers of the yearly faith camp and say;” Please pray for the success of this year’s camp which takes place on August 4-7 in the Boys School. This is a Non Profit event.” Enrolment forms are available in the Church porch, Danny Scanlan Paints Convent St., and Eurosaver Bridge St.

GATHER BY THE FEALE MOTORCADE: Children’s Fancy Dress Motorcade, July 17, 2015 @ 6.30pm. Travelling from the Church yard to Town Square, All types of Kiddies un-motorised transport welcome. Meeting at 6.15pm, Festival Wristband must be worn to Qualify for Monster prizes. Contact Shane 087 2891015 for further details.

FEALE FIT NOTES: Registration evening for Race to the title 10k this coming Wednesday 8 from 8.30pm – 9.00pm at Fealefit, Mountmahon. Dublin City Marathon Training commences this Saturday July 11 at 8.30am and is free of charge. Join Fealefit on our Blackwater Activity weekend August 15/16. Overnight camping stay with BBQ and a day jam packed with activities like water tubing and paint balling. Deposit €20 required (Total price €99 excl Bus).

Contact Shane 087 2891015 or Kadie 087 7771552 for details. See www.Fealefit.com for all details on training & Upcoming events.

GATHER BY THE FEALE SOAPBOX DERBY: The 1st annual Soapbox Derby will take place down Abbeyfeale Hill on Saturday, July 18 from 2-6pm next during Gather by the Feale. It will be followed by entertainment in the Festival Marquee in the Grove with No Direction, Sound as a Pound and Limerick band Hermitage Green. Entries are now being accepted for the Derby.

REILIG IDE NAOFA: Clean up every Thursday evening from 7-9pm weather permitting.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL: Abbeyfeale chapter of St. Vincent de Paul are looking for new recruits. The activities of the Society include: Meeting people, visiting them at home, finding out their needs both practical and emotional, offering support for all their needs sometimes practical, sometimes financial, sometimes just listening and encouraging. Fundraising from time to time and weekly meetings of the local committee.

LOUGH DERG PILGRIMAGE: Friday, July 24 – Sunday, July 26 and Thursday, August 13 – Saturday, August 15. Fee €120. Bookings 087 3966399.

SUMMER BRIDGE: Abbeyfeale Bridge Club “Summer Bridge" at 7.30pm in the Railway Bar, Abbeyfeale, members, beginners and visitors all welcome.

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

SAGART PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES: The annual pilgrimage takes place on from September 22-27. Contact Fr. John or Fr. Joe.

GATES CLOSING: Please note that for the summer months the town park gate will be locked each night at 9.00 p.m.

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: Wednessday 10am Mary, James Keane, Judy, Margaret, Denise and Maria..Saturday 11am Ann Keating O’Connor, Dublin. 7pm Jeremiah Moriarty, The Hill. Sunday 9.30am Maureen McCarthy, Caherhayes, Martin Nolan, Clash. 12 noon Jeremiah Healy, Upper Purt. Monday 7pm James Bennis 1st. Anniversary. 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

SEISIÚN BEGINS: The Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann sponsored traditional entertainment programme for the Summer season commences this week at more than forty 40 centres throughout the country. The Devon Inn Templeglantine is one of these centres, where on Thursday nights a host of musicians, singers and dancers combine to present a top class show of Irish traditional entertainment for visitors and locals alike. There is a cast of up to twenty entertainers on each night, many of whom have achieved All Ireland honours. Towards the end of the night, time is allowed for audience participation and for a bit of set or céilí dancing. The Templeglantine Seisiún takes place on each Thursday night at 8.45pm.

DUAGH GRAVEYARD MASS: The Duagh Annual Graveyard Mass will be held at 8pm on Thursday, July 23 at Springmount Cemetery.

AUCTION OF RAMBLING HOURS ARTEFECTS: Josie McCreesh is auctioning the contents of her Brosna Rambling House on Saturday, July 11 @ 11am. For further details contact Pat O’Donovan on 087 9977340.

IRISH TV: Check out local stories on http://www.irishtv.ie/

SWIMMING LESSONS: Two weeks of swimming and water safety classes in Glin starting, Monday August 3. Register on the day at 9am at the pier. Contact Iosla 087 120 9965.

RURAL EMPLOYMENT & EDUCATION SERVICE: The Rural Employment & Education Service (REES) works with people who experience barriers and who feel they need support to enter or re-enter employment, explore education/training opportunities or wish to become self-employed. We are based in the Round House, St Mary’s Road, Newcastle West and also operate an outreach service. Contact Ivana on 069 61316.

These initiatives is funded under the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (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

A CARING CAREER: A new course of the Kilmeedy Healthcare Support Local Training Initiative (LTI) will run from August 31, 2015 to June 25, 2016 in Aras Ide, Kilmeedy, Co Limerick. During this full time course, participants will complete two Major Level 5 (FETAC/QQI) Awards in Early Childhood Care & Education and Healthcare Support. This course is funded by LCETB (formerly FAS). Any enquires please do not hesitate to contact Helen or Catherine on 063 87960 or 087 6952990.

LSSC COUNSELLING PROJECT: We offer counselling quietly and with respect for the depression, stress, bereavement and relationship difficulties that people faced and we aim to keep doing it. If you want more information or wish to enquire about our project, please contact our Centre on 061-314111.

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RAMBLING HOUSES: Ita McQuinn has changed the date of her Monagae Rambling House to the 2nd Monday of each month instead of the 3rd so the next one will be Monday, July and everyone is welcome – singers, storytellers, musicians, dancers and those who just like to sit and listen and enjoy. Every performance needs an audience. Mick Sheehy’s 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.

HELPLINE: 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 www.irishcountrymusicradio.com Saturday 9pm-Midnight (Irish Time) Tuesday 8-11pm (Irish Time) features Irish Country Music, Irish traditional music, humorous stories and Cowboy Corner.

VISIT THE SALESIAN SISTERS: “Rise of the Roses has blossomed from friendships formed through the Michaela Foundation. We have all been invited to help them with a special project .They were inspired by Pope Francis’ call for Religious Congregations to ‘wake up the world’ and they asked us to help them come up with a way to promote and celebrate this ‘Year for Consecrated Life ‘ (Nov 2014-Nov 2015). Together, through the intercession of St Brigid, St Clare, St Therese & St John Bosco, and the inspiration of the late Michaela McAreavey, the Holy Spirit has helped them to devise: Rise of the Roses. This group of young people will be visiting the Salesian Sisters in Fernbank, Limerick on Saturday, August 1 and invite all young ladies aged 14 – 30 to join them. As Salesian Sisters in this diocese we would love to see as many as possible attend and we look forward to meeting you all there. “To learn more about this group see: https://www.facebook.com/riseoftheroses?fref=ts http://www.riseoftheroses.org/

TRAINING PROGRAMMES: If you’ve experienced a personal setback, long-term illness, have a disability or are an early school leaver one of National Learning Network’s full-time Courses will give you the confidence to open up new opportunities for further training or employment. Our FETAC Courses range from Catering to I.T., P.C. Maintenance to Employer Based Training and our Employability Skills Programme is aimed in particular at early school leavers. To find out more: ring Val or Trish at 061 229777 or look up www.nln.ie

DAY TRIP TO VALENTIA: All Day Trip on Sunday, July 26, to Valentia Island, one of Ireland’s most westerly points lying off the Iveragh Peninsula in the South West of Co. Kerry. Valentia is joined to the mainland by bridge – via Portmagee. This a really beautiful trip taking in breath-taking scenery. When we arrive on the Island we will be met by our guide Ted who will take everyone around the Island in a mini bus and you will be absolutely delighted with the views that you will see. Going right up to the Valentia Slate mines, view the Lighthouse, and you will see something that you haven’t seen before the footprint of a prehistoric animal – a tetrapod. There is lots more but I am not going to spoil it by telling you I will leave that to our experienced guide. We will be calling to the River Island Hotel in Castleisland for our breakfast and dinner on the home ward journey. We will being picking up outside the Church in Abbeyfeale and points en route. This is a very popular trip and the bus is already half full. So early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment. Contact Maureen Finnegan 087 9845102. Everyone most welcome.

A VISIT TO FUNGI:. Maureen Finnegan is heading to Dingle on Sunday August 23. She says; “We are going to Dingle & going out on a boat to say "hello" to Fungi. This is a trip suitable for both the children and adults and everyone is most welcome. This might seem a while away but we need to book the boat and the bus and so far we have more than half filled the big bus. So it is important to book your seat early if interested. We will be going to the River Island Hotel, Castleisland for our breakfast and returning in the evening for dinner as we are always looked after very well. For more information and booking contact Maureen 087 9845102.”

AN TIONAD GLAS DROMCOLLOGHER: The Organic College Dromcollogher will be hosting ‘A Summer Open Day’ on Sunday, July 19 from 2-5pm. Tours of the gardens, plant sale, homemade organic ice cream and much more. A lovely family day out. Admission free.