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.