FUN BY THE FEALE

Monthly Archives: May 2016

PROLOGUE: "The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention."
Kahlil Gibran

DEATHS: Sincere sympathy is offered to the families of the late Dick Fitzgerald, The Lighthouse, Dick Fitzgerald, The Railway Bar, Danny Curtin Collins Park and Dromtrasna and Danny Ahern, Church St. and Chicago. May they rest in peace.

COFFEE MORNING: A coffee morning will be held in the Parish Office on Friday, June 10 as a fundraiser for two local women who work with the St. Andrew community in Scotland helping young people.

FARM PLASTIC COLLECTION: Wednesday and Thursday at the Mart.

WEDDING BELLS: Congratulations and best wishes to Fionna Flavin and Terry Duff, Denise Collins and Kevin Prendivilloe, Damien O’Connell and Lucy Nolan, Siobhan Reidy and Micheal McCarthy and Garry Harnett and Christine Bagnall all of whom were married this past week.

TRAINING FOR NEW YOUTH CLUB: Training will take place on Tuesday, June 14 and 21 at St. Ita’s Hall from 7-9pm. Contact Kate 087 6210490 or Anthony 087 6210490.

1916 GARDEN: There was a large attendance at the launch of the 1916 Connolly Commemorative Garden in the Town Park last Sunday. Mayor of Limerick Cllr. Liam Galvin, Cllr. Francis Foley and Cllr. Seamus Browne were present to see the Irish flag raised on the flagpole. Music, song, drama and glorious sunshine helped to make the day memorable.

HORSE AND PONY RACING: The annual Abbeyfeale Races take place on Sunday, June 19 at Relihans Inch, Kilcara, Duagh with the first race at 12.30pm. We would like to thank all our patrons and sponsors for their generous support over the last ten years. This year could be the biggest yet with a new Queen of the Races competition which is open to girls aged between 18 and 26.The winner will get flowers, champagne, a tiara and entry into next year’s Rose of Tralee Kerry rose contest, contact Martina Kelly at 086 3573069 if interested. As well as great racing with some of Ireland’s future stars of the racing world there will be a donkey Derby, bouncing castles, face painting, pony rides, farmer’s market food stalls and live music by heart and soul in the marquee. So come along and enjoy a great day for all the family.

MONTHLY CAR BOOT SALE AND INDOOR MARKET: Our local community radio station WL102fm, by the terms of their licensing agreement, has to fundraise 25% of their running costs every year. One way they have raised funds over the past 10 years is by holding a monthly car boot sale in the grounds of the Community Centre in NCW and this has proved a very effective fundraiser. We are asking everyone who can and especially those who enjoy the range of local programming that WL102fm offers to come out once a month and support the stall holders who have supported us for the last ten years. The Car Boot Sale is held every four Sundays and the remaining ones for this year will take place on Sunday, June 12, Sunday, July 10, Sunday, August 7, Sunday, September 4 , Sunday, October 2 and 30, Sunday, November 27 and December 11. A stall at the Market costs either €7 or €10 and entry for buyers is €2 so, as you can see, the money is small and we are depending on volume of sellers and customers to raise a reasonable sum each month towards the costs involved in running the station. Holding a sale each month also helps the Community Centre who charge us for the use of the Hall and the yard so the entire community benefits by us remaining a viable fundraiser.

ANNUAL DOG SHOW AT THE TOWN PARK: The biggest and best Fun Dog Show in Munster takes place on Sunday June 12 in Abbeyfeale Town Park. Judging in 12 classes along with many other side events including, guess the name of the puppy, great raffle, and lots more. Lots of additional rosettes this year. Refreshments available on site. A great day out for all the family – this is a fundraiser for the upkeep of our beautiful town park. So please come along on Sunday June 12 starting at 2.00 p.m.

SURF TO HEAL FUNDRAISER: A table quiz will take place at TJ O’Riordan’s Bar, Main St on Friday June 24 for a special camp which runs every summer for children with autism.

TIDY TOWNS COMPETITION: The Tidy Towns Committee would like to inform everyone that the judging panel for the Tidy Towns Competition are expected to visit Abbeyfeale within the next few weeks and we ask that everyone do whatever they can to help brighten up the town through cleaning, painting and displaying of plants and flowers etc. Anything that would help the town be seen in a better light would be appreciated.

LEGION OF MARY PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK: The annual pilgrimage takes place on Sunday, June 12. Leaving Church Bus stop at 7am sharp. Fare €20Contact Sean Broderick for further information.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: The wonderful Mike Condon will be providing the music on June 12 in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse, Abbeyfeale for an afternoon Tea Dance in aid of Recovery Haven. We look forward to seeing all our dancing friends there.

FREE 6 WEEK COURSE: A free 6 week course run on a Stress-Strain-Coping model will take place in the West Limerick area shortly for people who are affected by someone else’s’ substance misuse. Further information from Mags Dillon Community Substance Misuse Team 086 4141890 or mdillion@csmt.ie

POETRY GROUP AT GLÓRACH: The balmy weather we’ve been having recently is an inspiration to mind and soul, and for many it feeds the poetic senses. If you’re of that inclination, you might be interested in a new poetry group that will be meeting at the Cliabhán space at the Glórach Theatre. Facilitated by Jayne Oklav, a poet who has published work with a similar group in Wexford, the first gathering will take place on Tuesday, June 7 from 8 pm to 9. All interested are most welcome.

RAMBLING HOUSE IN AID OF WEST LIMERICK 102FM: West Limerick 102Fm are delighted to announce that we are holding our first ever Rambling House in aid of WLCR in the Community Hall, Monagea, on Monday June 13 at 8.30pm . Special Guests include Emily Clarke – William Reidy – Elle Marie O Dwyer- The Harty Brothers- Billy O Brien- The Nightingales- Big Maggie – Donie Walsh – Nora Kennedy and more. There will be a raffle on the night. Tea and Coffees and Light Refreshments will be served. We’d be delighted to welcome other musicians, dancers, storytellers and singers. Admission €5 with all proceeds going to the community radio. For more details contact Benny on 0879918546 /069 66200.

FEALE FIT NEWS: Well done to all Fealefit & St Ita’s Ac members that took part in events over the weekend! Busy few weeks ahead of Runs, Adventure races & Tri Athlon’s, if you wish join us at any event, please contact us. All Fealefit event training is free of charge and open to all levels of fitness…see www.Fealefit.com for all details on training & Upcoming events or Contact Shane 087 2891015 Kadie 087 7771552

ARE YOU IN CRISIS: There are several organizations who will help if you are under pressure and these include the newly formed West Limerick Crisis Intervention Team who can be reached on 085 1777631, the Mind Our Farm Families is a dedicated suicide and self-harm phone line 1890 130 022 between IFA and Pieta House. The phone line for IFA members will put farmers and their families in direct contact with a Pieta House trained therapist. Then there is the Samaritans on free call 116 123 or Console 1800 247247.

WEDNESDAY CLUB NOTES: The Wednesday Club held a coffee morning on Friday last in the Ploughman’s Bar, Abbeyfeale with all proceeds going to MS (multiple sclerosis). We would like to thank all who gave raffle prizes; Shadows Hairdressers, Goodes Pharmacy, Upper Cuts Barber, Lanes, Susan’s Beauty, McMahon Butchers, Marels Boutique, Leen’s Hotel, Heavenly Gifts, Trendy Locks, Coffee Pot, Scanlon’s Hardware, Beauty Addict and Mary O’Sullivan, it was a great success, we would especially like to thank Steve, Marie and Shannon Smith for the use of their bar and all their help, it is much appreciated. Thanks too to our members for cakes and help.

REMEMBERING ZOE FUN DAY SUNDAY: Anyone interested in volunteering to help out at the Remembering Zoe Funday on Sunday, July 3 from 2-5pm please contact Shane 0872891015 for details.. All help greatly appreciated.

REMEMBERING ZOE RELAY RUN TO DUBLIN: Runners wanted for a once in lifetime experience. The Remembering Zoë Relay run to Dublin for Make a Wish Foundation will take place over the August bank holiday weekend July 29 – July 31.

Day 1 : Abbeyfeale – Castleisland – Killarney – Macroom – Cork City – Fermoy – 170km

Day 2 : Fermoy – Mitchelstown – Cahir – Clonmel – Kilkenny – Carlow – 161km

Day 3 : Carlow – Castledermot – Newbridge – Naas – Rathcoole – Leopards town – 120kmIf interested in taking part or helping in any way on Day1,2 ,3 or on the 3 days please let us know.

RELIG IDE NAOFA GRAVEYARD CLEAN UP: The clean-up has started and will take place every Tuesday evening from 7-8pm. Every family with a grave there is asked to give just one hour a week to keep the graveyard pristine.

VIKING BOXING CLUB: Training on Tuesday and Thursday nights in the old Flamingos with entrance next door to the back entrance of The Coffee Pot on Colbert Tce. Contact Noel 087 4360339. All age groups welcome.

RURAL EMPLOYMENT & EDUCATION SERVICE: Are you looking for some support and guidance to help you get back into training or back to work? The Rural Employment Service is a free, confidential service based in Newcastle West providing career guidance supports, CV and interview preparation supports and advice on training and education courses. Contact Finn (087 759 1951), Ivana (087 653 5156), Adrienne (087 277 3294), or like us on Facebook WLR Rural Employment Service for the latest updates on job vacancies and training courses.

AA: Narcotics Anonymous meet on Monday evenings in the parish office. AL Anon meet there every Tuesday evening and AA meet there on Wednesday afternoons at 3pm, Friday evenings at 8pm and Sunday mornings at 10am.

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. Masses: No morning Mass Monday, evening Mass at 7pm. . Mass Tuesday – Saturday at 10am except in the event of a funeral when Mass is 11am. Mass on Saturday 11am. Mass Intentions: Wednesday 10am Bridget O’Connell, New St. and deceased family members. Friday is the First Friday and Feast of the Sacred Heart No 8.15am Mass 7pm instead. Saturday 11am Mary Jo and Johnny O’Connell, Kilconlea 7pm Ned Lyons. Catherine Lyons, Killarney Road. Sunday 9.30am Hannah O’Connor nee Broderick, Bogmount. Patrick and Vera O’Connell Purt. 12 noon Margaret and Tim Finucane St. Ita’s Terrace.

Church Webcam is now officially 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. You are asked to use car parking spaces in the Church car park before you start parking in the middle of the yard.

IRISH CHURCH MUSIC ASSOCIATION SUMMER SCHOOL: Wednesday, July 6 – Saturday July 9 in St Patrick’s College Maynooth, with this year’s theme being ‘God, Full of Mercy’. For more contact Mary (086) 8128266.

THE IRISH CANCER SOCIETY’S VOLUNTEER DRIVER SERVICE: The service is currently seeking volunteer drivers to drive local patients to and from their chemotherapy treatments in Tralee General Hospital, Cork, University Hospital & the Mercy University Hospital, Cork. We are looking for volunteers to pick local patients up at their homes, drive them to the door of the hospital, and pick them up again when they are finished their treatment and bring them home. Driver expenses are paid. Telephone Rebecca on 01 2316 642 or email transport@irishcanc

RAMBLING HOUSES: Jim Lyons’s Rambling House in Knockalucka is held on the third Tuesday of each month. Ita Mc Quinn has a Rambling House on the second Monday of the month in Monagea.

MAUREEN IS OFF AGAIN: – Sunday, June 19, we are heading to Salthill in Galway overlooking Galway Bay. Leaving Newcastle West at 8.30am sharp. We are going to visit Circle of Life Garden Quincentenial Park. For more information and booking contact Maureen 087 9845102.

MONAGAE TEA DANCE: Monagae Community Centre on Sunday next, June 5 from 3-6pm. Dancing Mike Condon.

YOUTH AUDITIONS: Siamsa Tíre are holding auditions for young people aged 7 – 12 on Saturday, June 11 from 10am – 2pm at Siamsa Tíre Theatre. Audition is by appointment only, so please call 066 7123055.

RELICS OF ST ANTHONY: The Capuchin friars say that the relics of St Anthony will be visiting some of the Cathedrals of Ireland over the weeks ahead. They will be visiting St. Mary’s Cathedral, Killarney on Friday, June 10 commencing with the 10.30am Mass, Veneration of the relics during the day, Mass at 6.15pm with Bishop Ray Browne and Veneration until 9pm.

SUMMER CONCERT: The annual summer concert takes place in Broadford Community Centre on Friday, June 3 at 8pm.

CRAFT FAIR: A Craft Fair will take place in the Seanchaí Centre, Listowel on Sunday June 5 from 11 am. Free admission.

HISTORICAL TOUR: Listowel Writers’ Week Literary & Historical Tour departs on Saturday June 4 at 2 pm and will visit Ballybunion, Clashmealcon & Ballyheigue. Tickets available at (068) 21074 or online at www.writersweek.ie.

FEAST OF THE SACRED HEART/IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY: All night vigil in honour of the Feast of the Sacred Heart &Immaculate Heart of Mary on Friday, June 3 in the Church of the Resurrection, Killarney. It starts with Mass on Friday night at 9pm followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and guided prayer throughout the night.


DEATH: Sincere sympathy to the family of the late Rhona Danaher, Shanbally whose death occurred recently. Sympathies too to the family of the late Betty Crossan nee O’Donnell, late of Donegal and the Hill, Abbeyfeale whose funeral took place in the Church of the Assumption on Wednesday morning. May they rest in peace.

1916 COMMERMORATIVE GARDEN: All roads lead to the Town Park this Sunday, May 29 for the opening of a beautiful garden commemorating the leaders and events of 1916. The team at the town park have been putting in fantastic work over the last few weeks in creating this new space near the front entrance, and with music and song lined up, all we need now is obliging weather. The opening begins at 1.30 pm, and all are most welcome to attend this momentous event.

COFFEE MORNING: A coffee morning to support MS Ireland, organised by the Wednesday club, will be held at the Ploughman Bar, The Square, Abbeyfeale on Friday, May 27 from 11-2pm.

MASS AT THE BLESED WELL: Mass will be celebrated at the Holy Well in Killeenagh, Dromtrasna on the Cotter Family lands on Friday next May 27 at 7pm. Everyone welcome.

SURF TO HEAL FUNDRAISER: A table quiz will take place at TJ O’Riordan’s Bar, Main St on Friday June 24 for a special camp which runs every summer for children with autism.

ROSARY FOR MARY’S MONTH: The rosary is recited in the Blessed Sacrament chapel at 7.30pm each evening.

TIDY TOWNS COMPETITION: The Tidy Towns Committee would like to inform everyone that the judging panel for the Tidy Towns Competition are expected to visit Abbeyfeale within the next few weeks and we ask that everyone do whatever they can to help brighten up the town through cleaning, painting and displaying of plants and flowers etc. Anything that would help the town be seen in a better light would be appreciated.

LEGION OF MARY PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK: The annual pilgrimage takes place on Sunday, June 12.

THANK YOU: We had a very enjoyable night at the Table Quiz in Thomas T J’s last Friday night and raised €350 for the Red Cross working with Syrian Refugees. Thank you to Lorcan Curtin who prepared the questions and was Quizmaster for the night.

SUMMER CONCERT: The annual summer concert takes place in Broadford Community Centre on Friday, June 3 at 8pm.

CONGRATULATIONS TO NEW AUTHOR: Abbeyfeale has plenty to be proud of after a week when Dromtrasna N..S. won an All Ireland and now this week I’m delighted to report that Nell Mae O’Grady’s granddaughter 17 year old Shannen O’Grady a member of the Glorach Youth Theatre, has launched her first children’s book ‘Fishing with Dad’. Illustrations are by fellow member of the Glorach Youth Group Jack Mc Kenna.

WEED AND CLEAN: Abbeyfeale Tidy Towns are having a weed and clean evening on Wednesday 25 from 7pm-8pm, they are meeting in the Square and are looking for volunteers, all help would be greatly appreciated.

NEWS FROM COMMUNITY ALERT: If you worry about your consumption of alcohol you can download an app onto your smart phone called drinksmeter.com which will help you measure your total intake weekly. The Revenue Commissioners have become aware of fraudulent emails purporting to come from Revenue seeking personal information from taxpayers in connection with a tax refund or seeking credit/debit card details. These emails did not issue from Revenue. The Revenue Commissioners never send emails requiring customers to send personal information via email or pop-up windows. Anyone who provided personal information in response to these fraudulent emails should contact their bank or credit card company immediately. Gardai in Killarney issued an alert during the week urging residents to be careful of callers purporting to sell security systems and say no one should purchase such a system. These people are travelling in a 06 WH registered silver Citreon. You are entitled to a personal security system if you are 65 or over, living alone or with someone 65 or older. All committee members have a form that must be filled by the applicant and which is then returned by us to Pobal. We apply for a grant to cover the cost of the monitor and its installation. The monitoring company charge €80 per annum to the applicant for monitoring the system. Chairman Seamus Stack, Caher, Hon. Secretary Mossie Gleeson, Kilconlea, Joint Treasurers Kathleen Collins, Convent St, Marian Harnett, Knockbrack. Committee members: MaryJo O’Connell Knocknasna, John O’Sullivan Meenkilly, Buddy and Brenda Barry Cahir, James Joy The Grove, Denis Collins Knockbrack, Neily Lyons Dromtrasna, Sean Broderick New St., Micheal O’Kelly Killarney Rd., Garda Roger O’Donoghue Garda Station, Mary McArthur Cahir. Follow us on our Facebook page Abbeyfeale Community Alert for all the latest news.

FEALE FIT NEWS: Anyone interested in volunteering to help out at the Remembering Zoe Funday on Sunday, July 3 from 2-5pm please contact Shane 0872891015 for details.. All help greatly appreciated. Well done to all Fealefit & St Ita’s Ac members that took part in events over the weekend!
All Fealefit event training is free of charge and open to all levels of fitness…see www.Fealefit.com for all details on training & Upcoming events or Contact Shane 087 2891015 Kadie 087 7771552

REMEMBERING ZOE RELAY RUN TO DUBLIN: Runners wanted for a once in lifetime experience. The Remembering Zoë Relay run to Dublin for Make a Wish Foundation will take place over the August bank holiday weekend July 29 – July 31.

Day 1 : Abbeyfeale – Castleisland – Killarney – Macroom – Cork City – Fermoy – 170km

Day 2 : Fermoy – Mitchelstown – Cahir – Clonmel – Kilkenny – Carlow – 161km

Day 3 : Carlow – Castledermot – Newbridge – Naas – Rathcoole – Leopards town – 120kmIf interested in taking part or helping in any way on Day1,2 ,3 or on the 3 days please let us know.

SUE RYDER: Here at Sue Ryder we continue to offer great selection for great prices. Call in and have a look at our summer clothing and our choice of summer reading. All books are just €1 each and get 4 for only €3! We also have a €1 rail that might be worth looking at. We are proud to offer loyalty cards that can be used in any Sue Ryder shop. We appreciate donations of clothing, shoes, bric a brac and bedding. Thank you for your continued support.

LIMERICK PIPE ORGAN FESTIVAL: The organizers of the above festival which includes Abbeyfeale church organist Riona Curtin have just been turned down for a grant by the Arts Council and are hoping to raise funds using the internet. The committee say “Crowdfunding is a method of fundraising over the internet; basically we ask people to pledge money in return for rewards and it is only if we reach our target that the money which has been pledged will be transferred from your account. The rewards start from as little as €10, but it is possible to pledge a smaller amount. Please follow this link to see if you like our rewards, we think that you will and that they’re rather enticing; you can secure your tickets for our upcoming events, submit a theme for improvisation or have one of us Play your Wedding! . We’d be most grateful if you could do this, as the Festival really needs your help, especially if it is to be able to look towards the future beyond 2016. http://fundit.ie/project/limerick-pipe-organ-festival-2016”.

CONGRATULATIONS: Delighted to see Nadine Smith from Dromtrasna – the first Miss West Limerick and a dentistry student in Cork – modelling for the Celia Holman Lee Agency on Monday, May 16 on the fashion segment on Ireland AM. She tells me that she looks forward to partaking in more fashion events into the future.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: The wonderful Mike Condon will be providing the music on June 12 in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse, Abbeyfeale for an afternoon Tea Dance in aid of Recovery Haven. We look forward to seeing all our dancing friends there.

LAUNCH OF ‘NIGHT OF THE DOGS’: Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh, one of the greatest sporting personalities of our time is coming to Fr Casey’s GAA on Saturday, May 28 at 9pm for the Official Launch of “Night at The Dogs” fundraiser Event. This promises to be a night to remember with food and refreshments laid on for all to enjoy. If that wasn’t enough we are also honoured to have local top class Irish Dancers who recently took part in the European and World Irish Dancing Championships. The Fundraising Event itself is for the creation of an all-weather training pitch within the current Fr Casey’s grounds and when finished, will be available to all age groups. Don’t forget, Saturday May 28 at 9pm at Fr Casey’s Clubhouse. All are welcome!

FREE 6 WEEK COURSE: A free 6 week course run on a Stress-Strain-Coping model will take place in the West Limerick area shortly for people who are affected by someone else’s’ substance misuse. Further information from Mags Dillon Community Substance Misuse Team 086 4141890 or mdillion@csmt.ie

SILVER JUBILEE: The parish council have invited everyone to a blessing of the newly refurbished Blessed Sacrament Chapel on Saturday, May 28. It will take place following Mass at 7pm which will in turn be followed by the Corpus Christi procession with the First Holy Communicants leading. There will be cup of tea afterwards in the Day Care Centre.

RAMBLING HOUSE IN AID OF WEST LIMERICK 102FM: West Limerick 102Fm are delighted to announce that we are holding our first ever Rambling House in aid of WLCR in the Community Hall, Monagea, on Monday June 13 at 8.30pm . Special Guests include Emily Clarke – William Reidy – Elle Marie O Dwyer- The Harty Brothers- Billy O Brien- The Nightingales- Big Maggie – Donie Walsh – Nora Kennedy and more. There will be a raffle on the night. Tea and Coffees and Light Refreshments will be served. We’d be delighted to welcome other musicians, dancers, storytellers and singers. Admission €5 with all proceeds going to the community radio. For more details contact Benny on 0879918546 /069 66200.

ARE YOU IN CRISIS: There are several organizations who will help if you are under pressure and these include the newly formed West Limerick Crisis Intervention Team who can be reached on 085 1777631, the Mind Our Farm Families is a dedicated suicide and self-harm phone line 1890 130 022 between IFA and Pieta House. The phone line for IFA members will put farmers and their families in direct contact with a Pieta House trained therapist. Then there is the Samaritans on free call 116 123 or Console 1800 247247.

LEGION OF MARY PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK: The annual pilgrimage takes place on Sunday, June 12.

CHILD PROTECTION TRAINING: West Limerick Resources is offering two workshops in relation to Child Protection for staff and volunteers of community run organisations this May. Workshop 2 covers developing your organisations Child Protection Policy and takes place on Saturday May 28 from 10am-4.30pm in the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West. To book contact Dearbhla on 069 62222 or email dconlon@wlr.ie. 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

INVASIVE SPECIES FIELDTRIP: West Limerick Resources will be running a half day fieldtrip to see first-hand the impact of invasive species in West Limerick on Tuesday May 31. This will include training on identification but will look in more depth at the practical steps involved in appropriately maintaining areas affected by invasive species including site inspection, risk assessment, monitoring and correct removal techniques where appropriate. Open to members of local tidy towns groups, CE schemes or others involved in environmental enhancement work including trails management. Passengers can be collected from Newcastle West and Abbeyfeale. Free of charge but limited places available. To book contact Michelle on 069 61540 or email MMcCarthy3@wlr.ie. Supported under Local Agenda 21.

RELIG IDE NAOFA GRAVEYARD CLEAN UP: The clean-up has started and will take place every Tuesday evening from 7-8pm. Every family with a grave is asked to give just one hour a week to keep the graveyard pristine.

VIKING BOXING CLUB: Training on Tuesday and Thursday nights in the old Flamingos with entrance next door to the back entrance of The Coffee Pot on Colbert Tce. Contact Noel 087 4360339. All age groups welcome.

INVITATION TO PILGRIMAGE: Bishop Brendan has issued an invitation to the people of the diocese to visit St. John’s Cathedral and walk through the Holy Door during this year of Mercy. The cathedral is open between 9am and 6.30pm each day and directions as to the prayers to be said to gain an indulgence can be found beside the Door which has a banner over it.

TELEPHONE SUPPORT: TeenLine is open 8pm-11pm every night. If you’ve had a bad day or need to talk to someone who will listen FreePhone 1800833634 or text Teen to 50015. Samaritans can be reached 24 hours a day, every day on 1850 609090.

LIMERICK SOCIAL SERVICES: A reminder that Limerick Social Service Council has an office in Abbeyfeale. There is a parent support worker available to any parent/family member or School who would like any support or guidance on any issue they may be having difficulty with. Information and details of supports available can also be accessed. This service is free and confidential to all in the County Limerick area. Any questions you can contact : Mary on 068-31019 / 0863514700 or call into the Parish office.

ABBEYFEALE PARENT & TODDLER GROUP: parent and toddler group meets every Tuesday and Thursday in St. Ita’s Hall form 11 – 12.30pm. New Mum’s, Dad’s and toddlers are always welcome.

RURAL EMPLOYMENT & EDUCATION SERVICE: Are you looking for some support and guidance to help you get back into training or back to work? The Rural Employment Service is a free, confidential service based in Newcastle West providing career guidance supports, CV and interview preparation supports and advice on training and education courses. Contact Finn (087 759 1951), Ivana (087 653 5156), Adrienne (087 277 3294), or like us on Facebook WLR Rural Employment Service for the latest updates on job vacancies and training courses.

AA: Narcotics Anonymous meet on Monday evenings in the parish office. AL Anon meet there every Tuesday evening and AA meet there on Wednesday afternoons at 3pm, Friday evenings at 8pm and Sunday mornings at 10am.

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. Masses: No morning Mass Monday, evening Mass at 7pm. . Mass Tuesday – Saturday at 10am except in the event of a funeral when Mass is 11am. Mass on Saturday 11am. Mass Intentions: Wednesday 8.15am Jack and Nell Gleeson, Killarney Rd. Wednesday 10am Bridget O’Connell, New St. and deceased family members. Thursday 10am Margaret Riordan and family. Friday 10am Kitty Davern. Saturday 11am Mary Joe and Jonny O’Connell, Kilconlea. Saturday 7pm John Joe Healy, Caherlane. Kathleen Wrenn and family, New St. Timothy and Ellen and Eily Healy Caherlane. Sunday 9.30am Mary Ita McCarthy. 12 noon Nora Flynn and family. Dinny Ann O’Connor, Kilconlea.

Church Webcam is now officially 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. You are asked to use car parking spaces in the Church car park before you start parking in the middle of the yard.

FURNITURE FRIDAY! Back2New Community Upcycling is having a one day sale on Friday May 27th. Unique upcycled and re-designed furniture from €25. Time: 10am-5pm. Address: Unit 2 Enterprise Centre, Sheehan’s Road, Newcastle West (opposite Lidl). Back2New Community Upcycling is a project established by West Limerick Resources and is facilitated under the TUS Programme. www.facebook.com/back2newupcycling

MORTGAGE INFORMATION DAY: Permanent TSB Market Yard Newcastle West will be open on Saturday May 28 from 10am to 4pm for a mortgage information event. For further information please contact Deborah or Risteard on 069 69076 or 087 3931193.

U.L. DIPLOMA IN DRUG AND ALCOHOL STUDIES : The course is run over two semesters Tuesday evenings 6.30-9.30pm and every 2nd Saturday 10-4pm and is equivalent to one full day a week. Closing date for applications is Friday, May 27. Email sancha.power

HOME THOUGHTS – Poetry, Memoir and Song with Gerald Dawe and Eleanor Shanley Saturday, May 28 at 8.00pm Belltable, 69 O’Connell St, Limerick.

IRISH CHURCH MUSIC ASSOCIATION SUMMER SCHOOL: Wednesday, July 6 – Saturday July 9 in St Patrick’s College Maynooth, with this year’s theme being ‘God, Full of Mercy’. For more contact Mary (086) 8128266.

THE IRISH CANCER SOCIETY’S VOLUNTEER DRIVER SERVICE: The service is currently seeking volunteer drivers to drive local patients to and from their chemotherapy treatments in Tralee General Hospital, Cork, University Hospital & the Mercy University Hospital, Cork. We are looking for volunteers to pick local patients up at their homes, drive them to the door of the hospital, and pick them up again when they are finished their treatment and bring them home. Driver expenses are paid. Telephone Rebecca on 01 2316 642 or email transport@irishcanc

WOMEN OF THE WELL: Rejuvenate your spirit with a weekend retreat for women. Call Knock Shrine on 094 9388100.

MUNSTER PARKINSON’S DISEASE CONFERENCE: There will be a conference in the Radisson Hotel, Ennis on Sunday, May 29 from 10.30am -4pm. To book a place ring 1800359359 before May 23.

DOMESTIC ABUSE GROUP FOR MEN WHO ARE BATTERED: AMEN is based in Navan at St. Anne’s Resource Centre, Railway St. and provides a helpline on 046 9023 718, Email: info@amen.ie

ADAPT: Support is available in Newcastle West each week and there is a new survivors group called ‘Let’s Talk’ which is open to women. A 24 Hour Freephone Helpline is available 365 days a year at 1800 200 504. Court accompaniment and many other services available.

RAMBLING HOUSES: Jim Lyons’s Rambling House in Knockalucka is held on the third Tuesday of each month. Ita Mc Quinn has a Rambling House on the second Monday of the month in Monagea.

MAUREEN IS OFF AGAIN: – Sunday, June 19, we are heading to Salthill in Galway over looking Galway Bay. Leaving Newcastle West at 8.30am sharp. We are going to visit Circle of Life Garden Quincentenial Park. For more information and booking contact Maureen 087 9845102.

CONFERENCE ON “THE JOY OF LOVE” Pope Francis’ recent statement on Family Life. The Rose Hotel, Tralee Saturday May 28. Registration from 9.30am. Fee €15. Welcome by Bishop Ray Browne. Speakers include John Waters, Sr. Consilio and Professor Ray Kinsella. Phone 087 3459455.

MINDFUL PARENTING WORKSHOP: Ardfert Retreat Centre, Wednesday, May 25 ~ 7.00pm to 8.30pm ~ Would you like to learn more or be reminded about Self-Care and Mindful Parenting? Spaces Limited so please contact 066 7134276 mailto:ardfertretreat or Harriet Mc Guigan 086 268591.


PROLOGUE: "F-E-A-R has two meanings: ‘Forget Everything And Run’ or ‘Face Everything And Rise.’ The choice is yours." Zig Ziglar

WELL DONE TO DROMTRASNA NS: Delighted to announce that Dromtrasna N.S girls, who took part in the FAI schools 5 a side final in the Aviva last Wednesday, won the All Ireland.

TIDY TOWN WEED AND CLEAN: Abbeyfeale Tidy Towns are having a weed and clean evening on Wednesday, May 18 from 7pm-8pm meeting in the Square. We are looking for volunteers & all help would be greatly appreciated.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: Mike Condon will be providing the music on June 12 in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse, Abbeyfeale for an afternoon Tea Dance in aid of Recovery Haven. Write it into the diary now and ye can be getting the gúnas sorted.

COFFEE MORNING: A coffee morning to support MS Ireland, organised by the Wednesday club, will be held at the Ploughman Bar, The Square, Abbeyfeale on Friday, May 27 from 11-2pm.

REMEMBERING ZOE CYCLE CHALLENGE: 430 cyclists set off in perfect weather conditions from Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse last Sunday morning. It was a massive exercise in logistics between registration, signposting, traffic management and feeding everyone and a huge well done to all the volunteers who made it possible. All funds raised will go to supporting children’s charities and to the children’s playground in the Town Park. Next event will be the family fun day on Sunday, July 3 next.

1916 MEMORIAL GARDEN: Plans are currently in place for a permanent memorial, with the development of a commemorative garden in the Town Park to acknowledge the signatories of the proclamation and all involved in the 1916 rising. Work has already begun on this momentous project and an account has been set up in the local Credit Union. If you wish to make a donation, the account number is 6856, the BIC is ABRUIE21XXX and the IBAN is IE69ABRU99211897967050 if you wish to make a donation online. All donations, no matter how small, are gratefully received, and with the excellent workers in the Park, we look forward to creating a truly fitting and beautiful garden to celebrate the sacrifice of all those involved in the 1916 rising.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: Takes place on Saturday, May 21 at 11am. Church gates will be locked on Friday evening at 10pm to facilitate parking. We wish all children and their parents a happy and holy day.

TABLE QUIZ TO AID SYRIAN REFUGEES: A table quiz to aid Syrian refugees will take place at Thomas T.J’s, New St. on Friday, May 20. Quiz Master Lorcan Curtin. A raffle for a mega hamper will also be held on the night. All funds to the Red Cross who work in the refugee camps. We hope that you will support us and even if you’re not into quizzes come along for a chance to take home the hamper.

CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP: Abbeyfeale Bridge Club held its Club Championship over the past two Thursday’s and the winners were, Anne Eggleston and Gerardine Ward, 2nd Mary Moloney and Maureen Dillane, 3rd Fintan Quirke and Marian O’Connor, 1st session Noranne Dennison and Mary B Cronin, 2nd Session Brenda Hendy and Ron Beech. Our President Denis Collins would like to thank all who took part and Thomas and Carol Fitzgerald for the use of their bar and food on the night.

SILVER JUBILEE: Its 25 years ago since the Parish Priest at the time, Canon James Neville decided to build a chapel dedicated to the Blessed Sacrament at the side of the Parish Church here in Abbeyfeale. It’s a well-used chapel with morning Mass at 8.15am most mornings, adoration all day Tuesday and Friday and evening adoration Monday, Wednesday and Friday. It’s also used for small weddings as it seats up to 60 people comfortably and by families for Sunday Mass with prayer groups and reading groups based there too. It’s an oasis of peace in a busy town where people can pop in for a moment of contemplation and peace. After 25 years of continual use the parish council decided to re decorate it and commissioned some painting and upholstery and a beautiful new floor. They have invited everyone to a blessing on Saturday, May 28 following Mass at 7pm which will in turn be followed by the Corpus Christi procession with the First Holy Communicants leading it and finally the blessing of the chapel. There will be cup of tea afterwards in the Day Care Centre.

TOWN PARK NEWS: Plans are now at an advanced stage for the Annual Town Park Dog Show on Sunday June 12. . Special guests on the day will include many of the participants in the highly successful Strictly Come Dancing event at The Devon Hotel. They will be available for selfies and autographs. Maybe Irene & Stretch and Jamie & Paul might give us a twirl or two. Full details of the event will be published soon. The building of a new garden of remembrance to commemorate the Easter Rising will shortly commence in the park. The garden will incorporate a flagpole and tricolour, a copy of the proclamation engraved in stone and seven new trees in memory of the seven signatories. This will be located at the entrance to the park on the town side. The park committee would like to thank Lorcan Curtin and his group for bringing this project to the park and for their financial contribution to the project. We would like to ask those who use the park to respect the amenities. Do not damage any property or destroy flowers or plants. The park is a very important ecological site and we need to protect it.

ARE YOU IN CRISIS: There are several organizations who will help if you are under pressure and these include the newly formed West Limerick Crisis Intervention Team who can be reached on 085 1777631, the Mind Our Farm Families is a dedicated suicide and self-harm phone line 1890 130 022 between IFA and Pieta House. The phone line for IFA members will put farmers and their families in direct contact with a Pieta House trained therapist. Then there is the Samaritans on free call 116 123 or Console 1800 247247.

FEALE FIT NEWS:Well done to Dromtrasna N.S girls on winning the FAI schools 5 a side final in the Aviva.Well done to all Fealefit & St Ita’s Ac members that ran the Killarney Marathon as well as partaking in the Remembering Zoe cycle over the weekend. Well done too to our little athletes that took part & did so well in the Community games last Wednesday night. All Fealefit event training is free of charge and open to all levels of fitness…see www.Fealefit.com for all details on training & Upcoming events or Contact Shane 087 2891015 Kadie 087 7771552.

COMMUNITY ALERT: There were two cars taken from outside a house in NCW last Saturday night and an attempted break in to a business premises in Templeglantine during the week. In the NCW robbery they were looking for the keys of the cars so when you come in at night do not leave the keys of your car on the hall table. Any person aged 65 or over, living alone or with a person aged 65 or over is entitled to a monitored alarm system. All committee members have a form that must be filled by the applicant and which is then returned by us to Pobal. We apply for a grant to cover the cost of the monitor and its installation. The monitoring company charge €80 per annum to the applicant for monitoring the system. Chairman Seamus Stack, Caher, Hon. Secretary Mossie Gleeson, Kilconlea, Joint Treasurers Kathleen Collins, Convent St, Marian Harnett, Knockbrack. Committee members: MaryJo O’Connell Knocknasna, John O’Sullivan Meenkilly, Buddy and Brenda Barry Cahir, James Joy The Grove, Denis Collins Knockbrack, Neily Lyons Dromtrasna, Sean Broderick New St., Micheal O’Kelly Killarney Rd., Garda Roger O’Donoghue Garda Station, Mary McArthur Cahir.

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: The last club meeting of the season takes place at the Desmond Complex next Wednesday, May 18 from 8pm. Why not go along and see what you think and if you find it might be for you then you have the summer free to think about it before you need to commit.

ROSARY IN KILLENAGH: There will be a rosary every Friday evening during May at 8pm at the Holy Well in Dromtrasna. The rosary is also recited in the Blessed Sacrament chapel at 7.30pm each evening.

LEGION OF MARY PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK: The annual pilgrimage takes place on Sunday, June 12.

BORD NA NÓG NEWS: Child Protection Regulations: We continue to respectfully remind all Parents / Guardians that due to increasingly strict Child Protection and Insurance Policies, that all registration and membership fees must be fully completed and paid for in advance by a responsible Parent or Guardian before any child is allowed to train or play. Also, be aware that all children who are training or playing must wear GAA approved Gum Shields; which can be purchased in most Sport Shops.

Féile Peil na nOg:

Behind the scenes preparations are on-going for what the GAA terms the largest Youth Sport Event in Europe this year. The National Finals of the Féile Peil na nÓg take place in South West Munster with latest estimates that it will attract approx. 60,000 people to the region. Fr Casey’s Bord na nÓg and Fr Casey’s Ladies Football are delighted to see their respective U14 Boys and U14 Girls take part in these National Finals along with being a Host Club to two visiting teams and their Mentors in the last week of June.

Night at the Dogs:

Saturday, May 28 is the date that will see a well-known Sports Personality come to Abbeyfeale to officially launch the Night at the Dogs Fundraiser event which will take place in mid-August. This is expected to draw a large crowd at Fr Casey’s Clubhouse as young and old alike clamber for photos and selfies with this highly respected individual.

Social Media:

In order for us to try and stay in touch with all age groups and all generations, Fr Casey’s Bord na nOg have a number of Social Media accounts that anyone that follow.

Facebook: frcaseys_bordnanog

Twitter: frcaseys_bng

Instagram: frcaseys_bordnanog

CHILD PROTECTION TRAINING: West Limerick Resources is offering two workshops in relation to Child Protection for staff and volunteers of community run organisations this May. Workshop 2 covers developing your organisations Child Protection Policy and takes place on Saturday May 28 from 10am-4.30pm in the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West. To book contact Dearbhla on 069 62222 or email dconlon@wlr.ie. 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

INVASIVE SPECIES FIELDTRIP: West Limerick Resources will be running a half day fieldtrip to see first-hand the impact of invasive species in West Limerick on Tuesday May 31. This will include training on identification but will look in more depth at the practical steps involved in appropriately maintaining areas affected by invasive species including site inspection, risk assessment, monitoring and correct removal techniques where appropriate. Open to members of local tidy towns groups, CE schemes or others involved in environmental enhancement work including trails management. Passengers can be collected from Newcastle West and Abbeyfeale. Free of charge but limited places available. To book contact Michelle on 069 61540 or email MMcCarthy3@wlr.ie. Supported under Local Agenda 21.

RELIG IDE NAOFA GRAVEYARD CLEAN UP: The clean-up has started and will take place every Tuesday evening from 7-8pm. Every family with a grave is asked to give just one hour a week to keep the graveyard pristine.

SUE RYDER; Here at Sue Ryder Abbeyfeale, we are happy to offer a fantastic selection of summer clothing and footwear which we are constantly updating thanks to all of your generous donations. We have just added a €1 rail to the shop that’s definitely worth visiting the shop for. Selected children’s clothing, skirts and summer trousers on this rail are all priced at just €1! Also if you are looking for that perfect summer read, get 4 books for just €3 here. Thank you again for all your generous donations. Unfortunately we can only recycle clothing, shoes and bags. We regret we are unable to accept electrical items, duvets, pillows, torn/worn books, broken toys, chipped crockery/glass or incomplete board games/puzzles. As we cannot sell these items in our shop, the charity has to pay to dispose of them. Thank you for your continued support.

VIKING BOXING CLUB: Training on Tuesday and Thursday nights in the old Flamingos with entrance next door to the back entrance of The Coffee Pot on Colbert Tce. Contact Noel 087 4360339. All age groups welcome.

INVITATION TO PILGRIMAGE: Bishop Brendan has issued an invitation to the people of the diocese to visit St. John’s Cathedral and walk through the Holy Door during this year of Mercy. The cathedral is open between 9am and 6.30pm each day and directions as to the prayers to be said to gain an indulgence can be found beside the Door which has a banner over it.

TELEPHONE SUPPORT: TeenLine is open 8pm-11pm every night. If you’ve had a bad day or need to talk to someone who will listen FreePhone 1800833634 or text Teen to 50015. Samaritans can be reached 24 hours a day, every day on 1850 609090.

LIMERICK SOCIAL SERVICES: A reminder that Limerick Social Service Council has an office in Abbeyfeale. There is a parent support worker available to any parent/family member or School who would like any support or guidance on any issue they may be having difficulty with. Information and details of supports available can also be accessed. This service is free and confidential to all in the County Limerick area. Any questions you can contact : Mary on 068-31019 / 0863514700 or call into the Parish office.

ABBEYFEALE PARENT & TODDLER GROUP: parent and toddler group meets every Tuesday and Thursday in St. Ita’s Hall form 11 – 12.30pm. New Mum’s, Dad’s and toddlers are always welcome.

RURAL EMPLOYMENT & EDUCATION SERVICE: Are you looking for some support and guidance to help you get back into training or back to work? The Rural Employment Service is a free, confidential service based in Newcastle West providing career guidance supports, CV and interview preparation supports and advice on training and education courses. Contact Finn (087 759 1951), Ivana (087 653 5156), Adrienne (087 277 3294), or like us on Facebook WLR Rural Employment Service for the latest updates on job vacancies and training courses.

AA: Narcotics Anonymous meet on Monday evenings in the parish office. AL Anon meet there every Tuesday evening and AA meet there on Wednesday afternoons at 3pm, Friday evenings at 8pm and Sunday mornings at 10am.

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. Masses: No morning Mass Monday, evening Mass at 7pm. . Mass Tuesday – Saturday at 10am except in the event of a funeral when Mass is 11am. Mass on Saturday 11am. Mass Intentions: Wednesday 8.15 am Kitty Daven RIP. 10am Lizzie Morris, Birthday Remembrance. Thursday 8.15am Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help. 10am Exam Mass. Saturday 11am First Holy Communion. 7pm Jack Scannell, St. Ita’s Terrace. Bridget, Patsy, Danjoe and Jeremiah Murphy Banard. Sunday 9.30am Denis Barry, Clash Road. Tom, Maureen and Patrick McCarthy. 12 noon Sean and Sheila Finnerty and Joan Barrett The Hill. Nora Moloney Knocknasna.

Church Webcam is now officially 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. You are asked to use car parking spaces in the Church car park before you start parking in the middle of the yard.

IRISH CHURCH MUSIC ASSOCIATION SUMMER SCHOOL: Wednesday, July 6 – Saturday July 9 in St Patrick’s College Maynooth, with this year’s theme being ‘God, Full of Mercy’. For more contact Mary (086) 8128266.

THE IRISH CANCER SOCIETY’S VOLUNTEER DRIVER SERVICE: The service is currently seeking volunteer drivers to drive local patients to and from their chemotherapy treatments in Tralee General Hospital, Cork, University Hospital & the Mercy University Hospital, Cork. We are looking for volunteers to pick local patients up at their homes, drive them to the door of the hospital, and pick them up again when they are finished their treatment and bring them home. Driver expenses are paid. Telephone Rebecca on 01 2316 642 or email transport@irishcanc

WOMEN OF THE WELL: Rejuvenate your spirit with a weekend retreat for women. Call Knock Shrine on 094 9388100.

MUNSTER PARKINSON’S DISEASE CONFERENCE: There will be a conference in the Radisson Hotel, Ennis on Sunday, May 29 from 10.30am -4pm. To book a place ring 1800359359 before May 23.

DOMESTIC ABUSE GROUP FOR MEN WHO ARE BATTERED: AMEN is based in Navan at St. Anne’s Resource Centre, Railway St. and provides a helpline on 046 9023 718, Email: info@amen.ie

ADAPT: Support is available in Newcastle West each week and there is a new survivors group called ‘Let’s Talk’ which is open to women. A 24 Hour Freephone Helpline is available 365 days a year at 1800 200 504. Court accompaniment and many other services available.

RAMBLING HOUSES: Jim Lyons’s Rambling House in Knockalucka is held on the third Tuesday of each month. Ita Mc Quinn has a Rambling House on the second Monday of the month in Monagea.

MAUREEN IS OFF AGAIN: – Sunday, June 19, we are heading to Salthill in Galway over looking Galway Bay. Leaving Newcastle West at 8.30am sharp. We are going to visit Circle of Life Garden Quincentenial Park. For more information and booking contact Maureen 087 9845102.

RAMBLING HOUSE IN AID OF WEST LIMERICK 102FM: West Limerick 102Fm are delighted to announce that we are holding our first ever Rambling House In aid of WLCR in the Community Hall, Monagea, on Monday June 13 at 8.30pm . Special Guests include Emily Clarke – William Reidy – Elle Marie O Dwyer- The Harty Brothers- Billy O Brien- The Nightingales- Big Maggie – Donie Walsh – Nora Kennedy and more. There will be a raffle on the night. Tea and Coffees and Light Refreshments will be served. We’d be delighted to welcome other musicians, dancers, storytellers and singers. Admission €5 with all proceeds going to the community radio. For More Details Contact Benny on 879918546 /069 66200.

CONFERENCE ON “THE JOY OF LOVE” Pope Francis’ recent statement on Family Life. The Rose Hotel, Tralee Saturday May 28. Registration from 9.30am . Fee €15. Welcome by Bishop Ray Browne. Speakers include John Waters, Sr. Consilio and Professor Ray Kinsella. Phone 087 3459455 .

MINDFUL PARENTING WORKSHOP: Ardfert Retreat Centre, Wednesday, May 25 ~ 7.00pm to 8.30pm ~ Would you like to learn more or be reminded about Self-Care and Mindful Parenting? Spaces Limited so please contact 066 7134276 mailto:ardfertretreat or Harriet Mc Guigan 086 268591.

UPDATE FROM FR. PAT MOORE|: May 12. “When I went for my six month check-up a biopsy showed the presence of cancer. It’s disappointing but not unexpected. After meeting the oncologist it’s manageable and treatable. Because I responded so well to treatment the last time, that it is caught early and in the one place, there are a number of treatments I can get. I start next Thursday and am in good form. I appreciate your prayerful support and we will continue to pray for each other because God is very near”.


PROLOGUE: Nobody cares if you can’t dance well, just get up and dance. Dave Barry.

BEST OF LUCK TO DROMTRASNA NS: Delighted to wish Dromtrasna N.S girls, taking part in the FAI schools 5 a side final in the Aviva this Wednesday, the very best of luck.

CAR BOOT SALE AND INDOOR MARKET: The monthly car boot sale and indoor market in aid of local community radio station WL102fm will take place at the Community Centre, NCW on Sunday next May 15 with gates opening at 7.30am. Take the chance to do a clear out and exchange unwanted goods or gifts for cash. A stall at the market costs either €7/€10 and you don’t need to book, just turn up on the day.

ROSARY AT KILLENAGH: The Holy Rosary will be recited at Killenagh Well every Friday during 8pm. It’s also recited in the Church at 7.30pm.

ST. ITA’S READING GROUP: |Meet in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel on Wednesday, May 11 at 2pm.

1916 MEMORIAL GARDEN: A plethora of commemorative projects have taken place all over the country celebrating the events of Easter 1916, and Abbeyfeale has been no exception to this trend, with commemorative events in many of the schools and the Community Education Centre, as well as a group from the town replicating the footsteps of their ancestors in the recent march to Glenquin Castle.

Plans are currently in place for a permanent memorial, with the development of a commemorative garden in the Town Park to acknowledge the signatories of the proclamation and all involved in the 1916 rising. Work has already begun on this momentous project and an account has been set up in the local Credit Union. If you wish to make a donation, the account number is 6856, the BIC is ABRUIE21XXX and the IBAN is IE69ABRU99211897967050 if you wish to make a donation online.

All donations, no matter how small, are gratefully received, and with the excellent workers in the Park, we look forward to creating a truly fitting and beautiful garden to celebrate the sacrifice of all those involved in the 1916 rising.

STRICTLY COME DANCING: The first ever Fealeside Strictly Come Dancing took place at the Devon Inn on Sunday night last to raise funds for the Town Park, Tidy Towns and the Christmas Lights appeal. The function room which was transformed into an old style ballroom was packed to capacity by the audience who came from all over West Limerick, North Kerry and indeed North Cork. Great excitement was generated by the arrival of Chief Judge Independent TD Micheal Healy Rae who was preceded to the judges table by a lone piper, where in a display of political unity, he joined Fine Gael Lord Mayor Liam Galvin to adjudicate on the 13 couples who took the floor. MC Richard Lynch of I Love Limerick had the crowd in stitches with his risqué humour and dancing moves and he got the show underway with a display of footwork that was a first for the dance floor in the Devon Inn. In a tribute to the new political reality, Josie Foley sister of local Fine Fail councillor Francis and Fine Gael parliamentary assistant Mickey O’Connor were the first couple on the floor. They were followed, in turn, by 12 more couples, all of whom, produced dazzling performances to ecstatic applause from the audience and in some cases standing ovations. Worthy joint winners were Irene Harnett and Mike Stretch Scannell who performed a sultry tango and the youngest couple of the night Jamie Lee and Paul Noonan whose dance was a stunning display of athleticism and rhythm. A special congratulations to young Caomihe Scannell who stood in at very short notice for Nora Reidy who got injured earlier at the dress rehearsal. Caomihe produced a flawless performance with Nora’s partner Daniel Woods and received high acclaim from the panel of judges. All the dancers were exceptional from Richie and Helen , Jodie and John, Bridget and Tiny, Noel and Karen, Katie and Man of the Match Pa, Esther and Timmy Joe, Ciara and Freddie, Carmel and Matthew and Thomas and Eileen and all credit must go to their dedication over the last two months. We cannot forget Debbie O’Driscoll, the dance coach from Kerry Dance and Fitness who did trojan work to enable all the dancers to provide such a display of twinkling toes and gyrating hips while all the while keeping time to the music!

The night concluded with a disco which had the crowd up on the floor and dancing until the wee hours. A huge thank you must go to the hard working committee – Betty O’Donoghue, Kelly, Bridget Lee, Joan Collins, Marie McElligott, Angela O’Rourke, Esther McElligott and Jim O’Shea whose brain child Fealeside Strictly Come Dancing was and who brought it all together in the Devon Inn last Sunday.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: Takes place on Saturday, May 21 at 11am. Church gates will be locked on Friday evening at 10pm to facilitate parking.

TABLE QUIZ TO AID SYRIAN REFUGEES: A table quiz to aid Syrian refugees will take place at Thomas T.J’s, New St. on Friday, May 20. Quiz Master Lorcan Curtin. A raffle for a mega hamper will also be held on the night. All funds to the Red Cross who work in the refugee camps. We hope that you will support us and even if you’re not into quizzes come along for a chance to take home the hamper.

SILVER JUBILEE: It’s 25 years ago since the Parish Priest at the time, Canon James Neville decided to build a chapel dedicated to the Blessed Sacrament at the side of the Parish Church here in Abbeyfeale. It’s a well-used chapel with morning Mass at 8.15am most mornings, adoration all day Tuesday and Friday and evening adoration Monday, Wednesday and Friday. It’s also used for small weddings as it seats up to 60 people comfortably and by families for Sunday Mass with prayer groups and reading groups based there too. It’s an oasis of peace in a busy town where people can pop in for a moment of contemplation and peace. After 25 years of continual use the parish council decided to re decorate it and commissioned some painting and upholstery and a beautiful new floor. They have invited everyone to a blessing on Saturday, May 28 following Mass at 7pm which will in turn be followed by the Corpus Christi procession with the First Holy Communicants leading it and finally the blessing of the chapel. There will be cup of tea afterwards in the Day Care Centre.

TOWN PARK NEWS: Plans are now at an advanced stage for the Annual Town Park Dog Show on Sunday June 12. . The amount of people out walking their dogs and teaching tricks to them is quite noticeable as the day draws closer. Special guests on the day will include many of the participants in the highly successful Strictly Come Dancing event at The Devon Hotel. They will be available for selfies and autographs. Maybe Irene & Stretch and Jamie & Paul might give us a twirl or two. Full details of the event will be published soon. The building of a new garden of remembrance to commemorate the Easter Rising will shortly commence in the park. The garden will incorporate a flagpole and tricolour, a copy of the proclamation engraved in stone and seven new trees in memory of the seven signatories. This will be located at the entrance to the park on the town side. The park committee would like to thank Lorcan Curtin and his group for bringing this project to the park and for their financial contribution to the project. We would like to ask those who use the park to respect the amenities. Do not damage any property or destroy flowers or plants. The park is a very important ecological site and we need to protect it.

ARE YOU IN CRISIS: There are several organizations who will help if you are under pressure and these include the newly formed West Limerick Crisis Intervention Team who can be reached on 085 1777631, the Mind Our Farm Families is a dedicated suicide and self-harm phone line 1890 130 022 between IFA and Pieta House. The phone line for IFA members will put farmers and their families in direct contact with a Pieta House trained therapist. Then there is the Samaritans on free call 116 123 or Console 1800 247247.

ST. MARY’S BOYS N.S.: A hearty congratulations to all involved in the St. Mary’s Boys National school concert that took place on Thursday night last at Coláiste Iosaif agus Íde. Amongst the many highlights were line dancing, synchronised swimming, the exploits of the Irish football team in various international tournaments, a wonderful exploration of 1916 through ballad and of course the sketch that made it to the Abbey Theatre, before a grand finish with a message of inclusion and a rousing version of Amhrán na bhFiann.
For many of us who attended St. Mary’s, memories of concerts at the old convent hall linger fondly, as they will in the future for all the excellent performers who took to the stage last night. All the talk at the Farmers’ Market on Friday was how Tristian Murphy aged 5 played a tour de force as controversial soccer pundit Eamon Dumphy.

BORD NA NÓG NEWS: Child Protection Regulations: We continue to respectfully remind all Parents / Guardians that due to increasingly strict Child Protection and Insurance Policies, that all registration and membership fees must be fully completed and paid for in advance by a responsible Parent or Guardian before any child is allowed to train or play. Also, be aware that all children who are training or playing must wear GAA approved Gum Shields; which can be purchased in most Sport Shops.

Féile Peil na nOg:

Behind the scenes preparations are on-going for what the GAA terms the largest Youth Sport Event in Europe this year. The National Finals of the Féile Peil na nÓg take place in South West Munster with latest estimates that it will attract approx. 60,000 people to the region. Fr Casey’s Bord na nÓg and Fr Casey’s Ladies Football are delighted to see their respective U14 Boys and U14 Girls take part in these National Finals along with being a Host Club to two visiting teams and their Mentors in the last week of June.

Night at the Dogs:

Saturday, May 28 is the date that will see a well-known Sports Personality come to Abbeyfeale to officially launch the Night at the Dogs Fundraiser event which will take place in mid-August. This is expected to draw a large crowd at Fr Casey’s Clubhouse as young and old alike clamber for photos and selfies with this highly respected individual.

Social Media:

In order for us to try and stay in touch with all age groups and all generations, Fr Casey’s Bord na nOg have a number of Social Media accounts that anyone that follow.

Facebook: frcaseys_bordnanog

Twitter: frcaseys_bng

Instagram: frcaseys_bordnanog

FEALE FIT: Best of luck to Dromtrasna N.S girls taking part in the FAI schools 5 a side final in the Aviva this Wednesday May 11. Fealefit along with Abbey United were delighted to sponsor their kitbags. Well done to our Fealefit members that took part in the Strictly come dancing event Sunday night, they were all excellent and did themselves proud. Well done to all Fealefit & St Ita’s Ac members that ran the Darkness into light 5k over the weekend & best of luck to our little athletes taking part in the Community games this Wednesday night. All Fealefit event training is free of charge and open to all levels of fitness…see www.Fealefit.com for all details on training & Upcoming events or Contact Shane 087 2891015 Kadie 087 7771552.

COMMUNITY ALERT: A huge thank you to all who contributed to our annual church gate collection. The sum raised was €675. Any person aged 65 or over, living alone or with a person aged 65 or over is entitled to a monitored alarm system. All committee members have a form that must be filled by the applicant and which is then returned by us to Pobal. We apply for a grant to cover the cost of the monitor and its installation. The monitoring company charge €80 per annum to the applicant for monitoring the system. Chairman Seamus Stack, Caher, Hon. Secretary Mossie Gleeson, Kilconlea, Joint Treasurers Kathleen Collins, Convent St, Marian Harnett, Knockbrack. Committee members: MaryJo O’Connell Knocknasna, John O’Sullivan Meenkilly, Buddy and Brenda Barry Cahir, James Joy The Grove, Denis Collins Knockbrack, Neily Lyons Dromtrasna, Sean Broderick New St., Micheal O’Kelly Killarney Rd., Garda Roger O’Donoghue Garda Station, Mary McArthur Cahir.

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: The last club meeting of the season takes place at the Desmond Complex next Wednesday, May 18 from 8pm. Why not go along and see what you think and if you find it might be for you then you have the summer free to think about it before you need to commit.

GET WALKING, GET TALKING: Come along to one of five forest walks organised around the country by IFA in association with See Change, Coillte and Mental Health Ireland this May. The Let’s Talk and Walk events encourage people to take time out of their busy lives, go for a walk and support the campaign to change minds about mental health – one conversation at a time. The walks are part of a month-long national Green Ribbon Campaign organised by See Change to get people talking openly about mental health problems and to break the stigma of silence associated with mental health. The most local of these walks will take place next Sunday, May 15 at 3pm at the Forest Park in Doneraile.

CHILD PROTECTION TRAINING: West Limerick Resources is offering two workshops in relation to Child Protection for staff and volunteers of community run organisations this May. Workshop 1 will provide an introduction to Child Protection and takes place on Saturday May 14. Workshop 2 covers developing your organisations Child Protection Policy and takes place on Saturday May 28. Both workshops will run from 10am-4.30pm in the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West. To book contact Dearbhla on 069 62222 or email dconlon@wlr.ie. 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

CO. LIMERICK BEEKEEPERS MEET: Co. Limerick Beekeepers Association will hold its next meeting on Thursday, May 12 at 8pm in Mungret GAA. Guest speaker on the night is Michael Maunsell and the topic will be ‘Diseases and Record Keeping’. Michael Maunsell is a retired mathematics and physics teacher. He began beekeeping in the early 1970s when he was approached by a local farmer to rescue bees from a dangerous hollow tree that overhung the road between his house and his neighbours land. There followed a short intense period of study of beekeeping and carpentry to make a suitable home for his new tenants. Naively, he assumed that the bees would be delivered to him but unfortunately he had to cut down the tree and remove the bees himself.With a background in science, he set about experimenting with his new charges. He learned a great deal of his beekeeping from his involvement with the Galtee Bee Breeding Group. His beekeeping philosophy is quite simple – start with your own local bees, use natural selection (survival of the fittest, this has brought them to where they are) then progress with artificial selection, using comprehensive colony records. Michael now operates 25+ colonies so he must be doing something right! Paul O’ Sullivan from Bee Supplies will be in the car-park from 6.30pm, if anybody wishes to purchase any equipment before the lecture.

ALZHEIMERS TEA DAY: Wednesday, May 11 from 11-2pm at the Adult Education Centre, Mountmahon. Every one welcome and do take the opportunity too to find out about all the groups who meet there weekly ie The Wednesday Club, ICA, Active Retirement and the Men’s Shed. There are also a range of classes available in everything from furniture restoration to computers to business at the Adult Education centre and now is a good time to be planning for autumn.

REMEMBERING Zoë CYCLE CHALLENGE 2016: The annual "Remembering Zoë" cycle challenge in memory of 8 year old Zoë Scannell from Abbeyfeale who died tragically in June 2014 takes place on Sunday, May 15 next. The Cycle event will raise much needed funds for child focussed charities and facilities for children. This year’s beneficiaries are Make a Wish foundation, Community Games, Hope Foundation and Abbeyfeale Town Park Playground. This year’s challenge consists of 3 cycle routes, 110Km, 75Km and 40Km. Routes and distances to suit all cyclists from beginners to advanced. All participants will receive a special edition Finishers Medal. Catering facilities before and after at Abbeyfeale GAA clubhouse, food stop/refreshments on all routes, parking onsite/close by and shower facilities available. Registration for the three routes 110km, 75km and 40km will take place at Fr. Casey’s Friday May 13 from 6-9pm and on Sunday, May 15 from 7.30am. Further information from John 087 2258808 or Tom 087 6820506. The remembering Zoe Family Fun Day will be held on Sunday, July 3 next and then on the August Bank Holiday weekend runners are sought for a once in a lifetime experience when The Remembering Zoë Relay run to Dublin for Make a Wish Foundation will take place.

NEW BUSINESS IN CHURCH ST: Mary Nuala Healy tells me that her daughter Brid Ann has opened a shop selling cosmetics, not a salon applying them, as I suggested in last week’s notes. It’s in Church St., (opposite the Boys N.S.) and stocks a wide variety of makeup brands which include Loreal, MaybellIne, NYC, and the very popular Sleek. Be sure to pop in for excellent quality at a great price, oh, and tell them I sent you!

INVASIVE SPECIES FIELDTRIP: West Limerick Resources will be running a half day fieldtrip to see first-hand the impact of invasive species in West Limerick on Tuesday May 31. This will include training on identification but will look in more depth at the practical steps involved in appropriately maintaining areas affected by invasive species including site inspection, risk assessment, monitoring and correct removal techniques where appropriate. Open to members of local tidy towns groups, CE schemes or others involved in environmental enhancement work including trails management. Passengers can be collected from Newcastle West and Abbeyfeale. Free of charge but limited places available. To book contact Michelle on 069 61540 or email MMcCarthy3@wlr.ie. Supported under Local Agenda 21.

RELIG IDE NAOFA GRAVEYARD CLEAN UP: The clean-up starts shortly. Every family with a grave is asked to give just one hour a week to keep the graveyard pristine.

ABBEYFEALE HORSE AND PONY COMMITTEE: An invitation to new members has been issued by the committee. If you would like to get involved please contact Toddy 087 2029395.

SUE RYDER; Here at Sue Ryder Abbeyfeale, we are happy to offer a fantastic selection of summer clothing and footwear which we are constantly updating thanks to all of your generous donations. We have just added a €1 rail to the shop that’s definitely worth visiting the shop for. Selected children’s clothing, skirts and summer trousers on this rail are all priced at just €1! Also if you are looking for that perfect summer read, get 4 books for just €3 here. Thank you again for all your generous donations. Unfortunately we can only recycle clothing, shoes and bags. We regret we are unable to accept electrical items, duvets, pillows, torn/worn books, broken toys, chipped crockery/glass or incomplete board games/puzzles. As we cannot sell these items in our shop, the charity has to pay to dispose of them. Thank you for your continued support.

VIKING BOXING CLUB: Training on Tuesday and Thursday nights in the old Flamingos with entrance next door to the back entrance of The Coffee Pot on Colbert Tce. Contact Noel 087 4360339. All age groups welcome.

INVITATION TO PILGRIMAGE: Bishop Brendan has issued an invitation to the people of the diocese to visit St. John’s Cathedral and walk through the Holy Door during this year of Mercy. The cathedral is open between 9am and 6.30pm each day and directions as to the prayers to be said to gain an indulgence can be found beside the Door which has a banner over it.

TELEPHONE SUPPORT: TeenLine is open 8pm-11pm every night. If you’ve had a bad day or need to talk to someone who will listen FreePhone 1800833634 or text Teen to 50015. Samaritans can be reached 24 hours a day, every day on 1850 609090.

LIMERICK SOCIAL SERVICES: A reminder that Limerick Social Service Council has an office in Abbeyfeale. There is a parent support worker available to any parent/family member or School who would like any support or guidance on any issue they may be having difficulty with. Information and details of supports available can also be accessed. This service is free and confidential to all in the County Limerick area. Any questions you can contact : Mary on 068-31019 / 0863514700 or call into the Parish office.

ABBEYFEALE PARENT & TODDLER GROUP: parent and toddler group meets every Tuesday and Thursday in St. Ita’s Hall form 11 – 12.30pm. New Mum’s, Dad’s and toddlers are always welcome.

RURAL EMPLOYMENT & EDUCATION SERVICE: Are you looking for some support and guidance to help you get back into training or back to work? The Rural Employment Service is a free, confidential service based in Newcastle West providing career guidance supports, CV and interview preparation supports and advice on training and education courses. Contact Finn (087 759 1951), Ivana (087 653 5156), Adrienne (087 277 3294), or like us on Facebook WLR Rural Employment Service for the latest updates on job vacancies and training courses.

AA: Narcotics Anonymous meet on Monday evenings in the parish office. AL Anon meet there every Tuesday evening and AA meet there on Wednesday afternoons at 3pm, Friday evenings at 8pm and Sunday mornings at 10am.

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. Masses: No morning Mass Monday, evening Mass at 7pm. . Mass Tuesday – Saturday at 10am except in the event of a funeral when Mass is 11am. Mass on Saturday 11am. Mass Intentions: Wednesday 8.15 am Mary Ita O’Connor RIP. Friday 10am James Keane Kilmahahan. Saturday 11am Francis Healy, Dromtrasna. 7pm Mary Jo and John E O’Connell, Fealeview Rd. Henry McGill, Springmount. Margaret and Joan Broderick. Sunday 9.30am Louis McEnery Dromtrasna Collins. Bill Stemp 33 Cedarville 1st. Anniversary. 12 noon James Collins, Dromtrasna Harnett. Margaret Kelliher, Ballaugh. Parish Clerks Collection takes place at all Masses on May 15/16.

Church Webcam is now officially 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. You are asked to use car parking spaces in the Church car park before you start parking in the middle of the yard.

HISTORY LECTURE: A lecture entitled ‘Thomas MacGreevy & Irish Revolution’ by Dr. Declan Downey will take place in the Seanchaí Centre, Listowel on Thursday May 12 at 8 pm. For more information visit www.kerrywritersmuseum.com.

IRISH CHURCH MUSIC ASSOCIATION SUMMER SCHOOL: Wednesday, July

6 – Saturday July 9 in St Patrick’s College Maynooth, with this year’s theme being ‘God, Full of Mercy’. For more contact Mary (086) 8128266.

THE IRISH CANCER SOCIETY’S VOLUNTEER DRIVER SERVICE: The service is currently seeking volunteer drivers to drive local patients to and from their chemotherapy treatments in Tralee General Hospital, Cork, University Hospital & the Mercy University Hospital, Cork. We are looking for volunteers to pick local patients up at their homes, drive them to the door of the hospital, and pick them up again when they are finished their treatment and bring them home. Driver expenses are paid. Telephone Rebecca on 01 2316 642 or email transport@irishcanc

CHORAL CONCERTS IN KNOCK; On Saturday, May 14 three separate choirs with 120 members in total, leading operatic soloists and the RTE Concert Orchestra will come together in the newly renovated Basilica in Knock. The concert under the baton of David Brophy will include ‘The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace’ written by Welsh composer Karl Jenkins as well as a special piece for 1916 written by Patrick Cassidy, a Mayo man now based in Hollywood. Tickets 094 9388100 or see knockshrine.ie

WOMEN OF THE WELL: Rejuvenate your spirit with a weekend retreat for women. Call Knock Shrine on 094 9388100.

MAUREEN’S OFF TO CLONAKILTY: Make a note in your diary……Sunday, May 22. Clonakilty Model Railway Village. When you walk into this model village you are stepping back in time and will see life as it was in 1940’s. See the old West Cork Railway line portrayed in delightful miniature serving towns. The models and figures are handmade. Depicting busy market days this is a joyful discovery for both young and not so young alike. Relax in the unique tea room set on one of the authentic train carriages with a view of Clonakilty. We will have our usual breakfast and choice of dinner menu in Mallow. We have a number of names already as this is a very popular day trip. For more information and booking contact Maureen 087 9845102.

MUNSTER PARKINSON’S DISEASE CONFERENCE: There will be a conference in the Radisson Hotel, Ennis on Sunday, May 29 from 10.30am -4pm. To book a place ring 1800359359 before May 23.

VOLUNTEER IN AFRICA: Humanitarian Volunteers are looking for volunteers to travel to Kenya on June 26, 2016, for two weeks. No experience required and no age restrictions. Supervision provided. Volunteers will also visit the resting place of the Venerable Edel Quinn. Volunteers will pay their own costs. If you can assist teaching English, or assist with sports, games, arts, crafts or more, then you can make a real impact on the lives of the poorest. Contact Denis 086 8520271.

LIMERICK WOODTURNERS SEMINAR: Limerick and District Chapter of The Irish Woodturning Guild celebrates the 25th anniversary of its founding in 1991. A seminar will be held in the Kilmurry Lodge Hotel on Saturday, May 14. Three leading exponents of the craft will give demonstrations on the day. Our own Liam Flynn from Abbeyfeale will showcase his unique sculptural Hollow Forms, his work can be found in Museums both here and abroad. Donal Ryan from Borrisoleigh will demonstrate functional and decorative gallery pieces and Christien Van Bussel – a potter and woodturner from Holland who now lives and teaches in Wicklow will demonstrate decorative techniques, carving and the application of vibrant colours. If you wish to attend contact Brendan on 0879181435 or email limerickwoodturners.com

DOMESTIC ABUSE GROUP FOR MEN WHO ARE BATTERED: AMEN is based in Navan at St. Anne’s Resource Centre, Railway St. and provides a helpline on 046 9023 718, Email: info@amen.ie

ADAPT: Support is available in Newcastle West each week and there is a new survivors group called ‘Let’s Talk’ which is open to women. A 24 Hour Freephone Helpline is available 365 days a year at 1800 200 504. Court accompaniment and many other services available.

KNOCK RE DEDICATION: A national rededication ceremony has been announced for Saturday, July 16 following the extensive refurbishment of the Basilica of Our Lady, Queen of Ireland, at Ireland’s National Marian Shrine, Knock, Co Mayo. The Basilica was officially opened on July 18, 1976, and has since become one of the most visited landmarks in Ireland, providing shelter to millions of pilgrims to Knock Shrine over its 40 year history. Over the last two years, the Basilica has been completely modernised as part of a major, renewal project at Knock Shrine, called Witness to Hope. One of Europe’s largest single flat pieces of mosaic has also been installed in the Basilica as part of the refurbishment. Cardinal Séan O’Malley, the Archbishop of Boston, will perform the official rededication ceremony at 3pm on Saturday, July 16. Cardinal O’Malley is leading a historic first-ever chartered pilgrimage from Boston to Knock for the rededication ceremony. Fr Richard Gibbons, PP, Rector of Knock Shrine, said everyone is welcome to the ceremony

CAMP VERITAS: Camp Veritas is a summer camp run for youth aged from 12 to 18 years old. It is about fun, faith and fellowship. There are lots of fun and sports activities planned over the week, but the main focus of the week is to bring the young people to the living presence of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament and to deepen or awaken their faith. It is being run from June 26 -July 1 at Maynooth University, Co. Kildare, Ireland. The cost is €450 if paid online or cheque mailed to USA, Euro equivalent if cash or cheque in Ireland. More details – click ‘read more’ or see the groups Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Camp-Veritas

PILGRIMAGE TO HOLY LAND: Archbishop Eamon Martin will lead a Christian solidarity pilgrimage to the Holy Land from September 9 – 17 next on a direct flight from Dublin. It will be an opportunity to visit holy sites and walk in the footsteps of Jesus in Bethlehem, Nazareth, Galilee and Jerusalem. It will also be an opportunity to visit the tiny Christian community in the region known as ‘The Living Stones’. Price approx. €1,168 per person sharing. Call 01 8783111 for further details.


PROLOGUE: "Know the true value of time! Snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination. Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today." Lord Chesterfield Stanhope.

DARKNESS INTO LIGHT: Just a few days left until the Darkness into Light next Saturday, May 7. The 5 km walk/run sets off from the Community Centre at 4.15 am and takes participants through the sunrise to a finish with refreshments. This is truly a fitting way to support the work of Pieta House Self Harm and Suicide Crisis Centre. Registration fees with t-shirt: €25 – adult; €15 – seniors, students, jobseekers; €65 – family (2 adults & 2 children); Children under 14 free – must be accompanied by an adult. You can register at the Red Door Gallery at the following times: Thursday, May 5 – 6 to 9 pm; Friday – 3 to 9 pm and last minute registration at the Community Centre from 2 am on Saturday. Online registration:

FEALESIDE STRICTLY COME DANCING: Only 4 more sleeps to the extravaganza that is the Fealeside Strictly Come Dancing. Sunday night next 13 couples from Abbeyfeale and environs including Tournafulla, Duagh, Knocknagoshel, Mountcollins and Rockchapel have come together under the umbrella of Fealeside Strictly Come Dancing and have spent the last few months rehearsing and preparing for this night. It’s all happening in the Devon Inn with doors opening at 6.15pm and show beginning at 7.30pm sharp. Tickets at €20 are available all over town from The Hair Company, Cryle Dry Cleaners, Leens Hotel, to Betty’s Hair Salon to Moss the Farmers, Eurosavers, Esther’s Boutique and more. There will be a mega door prize, entertainment at the interval and it will all be followed by a Disco with music from the 60’s to the present day so promises to be a great night. Chief Judge Micheal Healy Rae will be joined on the judging panel by Mayor of Limerick Cllr. Liam Galvin, Anglela O’Rourke, The Square and yours truly. All funds raised will be shared between Abbeyfeale Town Park, Abbeyfeale Tidy Towns and the Christmas Lights so it’s a real community effort and your support is kindly requested. Check out our facebook page for updates.

REMEMBERING Zoë CYCLE CHALLENGE 2016: The annual "Remembering Zoë" cycle challenge in memory of 8 year old Zoë Scannell from Abbeyfeale who died tragically in June 2014 takes place on Sunday, May 15 next. The Cycle event will raise much needed funds for child focussed charities and facilities for children. This year’s beneficiaries are Make a Wish foundation, Community Games, Hope Foundation and Abbeyfeale Town Park Playground. This year’s challenge consists of 3 cycle routes, 110Km, 75Km and 40Km. Routes and distances to suit all cyclists from beginners to advanced. All participants will receive a special edition Finishers Medal. Catering facilities before and after at Abbeyfeale GAA clubhouse, food stop/refreshments on all routes, parking onsite/close by and shower facilities available. Registration for the three routes 110km, 75km and 40km will take place at Fr. Casey’s Friday May 13 from 6-9pm and on Sunday, May 15 from 7.30am. Further information from John 087 2258808 or Tom 087 6820506. The remembering Zoe Family Fun Day will be held on Sunday, July 3 next and then on the August Bank Holiday weekend runners are sought for a once in a lifetime experience when The Remembering Zoë Relay run to Dublin for Make a Wish Foundation will take place.

NEW BUSINESS IN CHURCH ST: Delighted to welcome a new makeup salon which has just opened in Church St., (opposite the Boys N.S.) It stocks a wide variety of makeup brands which include Loreal, MaybellIne, NYC, and the very popular Sleek. Be sure to pop in for excellent quality at a great price!

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: Takes place on Saturday, May 21 at 11am. Church gates will be locked on Friday evening at 10pm to facilitate parking.

TABLE QUIZ TO AID SYRIAN REFUGEES: A table quiz to aid Syrian refugees will take place at Thomas T.J’s, New St. on Friday, May 20. Quiz Master Lorcan Curtin. A raffle for a mega hamper will also be held on the night. All funds to the Red Cross who work in the refugee camps. We hope that you will support us and even if you’re not into quizzes come along for a chance to take home the hamper.

INVASIVE SPECIES FIELDTRIP: West Limerick Resources will be running a half day fieldtrip to see first-hand the impact of invasive species in West Limerick on Tuesday May 31. This will include training on identification but will look in more depth at the practical steps involved in appropriately maintaining areas affected by invasive species including site inspection, risk assessment, monitoring and correct removal techniques where appropriate. Open to members of local tidy towns groups, CE schemes or others involved in environmental enhancement work including trails management. Passengers can be collected from Newcastle West and Abbeyfeale. Free of charge but limited places available. To book contact Michelle on 069 61540 or email MMcCarthy3@wlr.ie. Supported under Local Agenda 21.

RELIG IDE NAOFA GRAVEYARD CLEAN UP: The clean-up starts shortly. Every family with a grave is asked to give just one hour a week to keep the graveyard pristine.

ABBEYFEALE HORSE AND PONY COMMITTEE: An invitation to new members has been issued by the committee. If you would like to get involved please contact Toddy 087 2029395.

FEALE FIT NEWS: Well done to all Fealefit & St Ita’s Ac members that ran the Great Limerick Run over the weekend especially our little athletes who took part in Saturday’s kids run! Well done also to the members that took part in The Bewildered Challenge, busy weekend for Fealefit @ events! All Fealefit event training is free of charge and open to all levels of fitness…see www.Fealefit.com for all details on training & Upcoming events or Contact Shane 087 2891015 Kadie 087 7771552.

WELL DONE: The annual Fleadh by the Feale was an outstanding success and on behalf of all the publicans, restaurants, businesses who benefited and those who attended the various events can I say APPROVED FUNDING FOR SCOIL MHÁTHAIR DÉ: Good to hear that the school has been approved for the provision of electrical work with funding from the Summer Works Scheme.

SPEECH & LANGUAGE WORKSHOP: West Limerick Resources is offering a FREE Speech and Language workshop in St. Ita’s Hall, Abbeyfeale on Tuesday, May 3 from 11am to 12pm. Facilitated by the Speech and Language Clinic, this workshop is open to all parents of toddlers and those working with children. If you have a concern regarding your child’s speech this is the ideal place to explore your concerns. Please contact Mary on 087 9382883 for further information.

DYSLEXIA WORKSHOP: A FREE Workshop on Dyslexia will be delivered by the Dyslexia Association of Ireland and will examine how to get an assessment and what it means, encouraging your child to read for pleasure and the SOS spelling method. Free and open to parents and those who work with children, this workshop will take place in the Further Education and Training Centre Abbeyfeale on Wednesday, May 4 from 7.30-9.30pm. Contact Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883 for further information.

SUE RYDER; It’s spring and here at Sue Ryder we are currently filling our rails with wonderful colours! So, if you are planning that early holiday or have a special occasion coming up, pop into our shop on |Main Street, Abbeyfeale and you just might find that special item!
This week we are introducing the Sue Ryder loyalty card. Ask us about it when you next visit us. We also have a sale on selected men’s shirts, priced at just €1!
A special thank you for all your generous donations to our shop. We accept clothing, shoes, bags, bed linen, curtains and bric a brac. Unfortunately we are unable to accept electrical items, duvets, pillows, broken toys and video tapes. Thank you again for your continued support.

VIKING BOXING CLUB: Training on Tuesday and Thursday nights in the old Flamingos with entrance next door to the back entrance of The Coffee Pot on Colbert Tce. Contact Noel 087 4360339. All age groups welcome.

INVITATION TO PILGRIMAGE: Bishop Brendan has issued an invitation to the people of the diocese to visit St. John’s Cathedral and walk through the Holy Door during this year of Mercy. The cathedral is open between 9am and 6.30pm each day and directions as to the prayers to be said to gain an indulgence can be found beside the Door which has a banner over it.

TELEPHONE SUPPORT: TeenLine is open 8pm-11pm every night. If you’ve had a bad day or need to talk to someone who will listen FreePhone 1800833634 or text Teen to 50015. Samaritans can be reached 24 hours a day, every day on 1850 609090.

LIMERICK SOCIAL SERVICES: A reminder that Limerick Social Service Council has an office in Abbeyfeale. There is a parent support worker available to any parent/family member or School who would like any support or guidance on any issue they may be having difficulty with. Information and details of supports available can also be accessed. This service is free and confidential to all in the County Limerick area. Any questions you can contact : Mary on 068-31019 / 0863514700 or call into the Parish office.

ABBEYFEALE PARENT & TODDLER GROUP: parent and toddler group meets every Tuesday and Thursday in St. Ita’s Hall form 11 – 12.30pm. New Mum’s, Dad’s and toddlers are always welcome.

RURAL EMPLOYMENT & EDUCATION SERVICE: Are you looking for some support and guidance to help you get back into training or back to work? The Rural Employment Service is a free, confidential service based in Newcastle West providing career guidance supports, CV and interview preparation supports and advice on training and education courses. Contact Finn (087 759 1951), Ivana (087 653 5156), Adrienne (087 277 3294), or like us on Facebook WLR Rural Employment Service for the latest updates on job vacancies and training courses.

AA: Narcotics Anonymous meet on Monday evenings in the parish office. AL Anon meet there every Tuesday evening and AA meet there on Wednesday afternoons at 3pm, Friday evenings at 8pm and Sunday mornings at 10am.

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. Masses: No morning Mass Monday, evening Mass at 7pm. . Mass Tuesday – Saturday at 10am except in the event of a funeral when Mass is 11am. Mass on Saturday 11am. Mass Intentions: Thursday 10am Exams Mass. Saturday 11am Micheal and Eily Broderick Upper Purt. 7pm Maura Leahy Knockbrack, sister Nora Kavanagh, brother William Harnett. Sunday 9.30am Denis O’Brien Purt. Parish Clerks Collection takes place at all Masses on May 15/16.

Church Webcam is now officially 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. You are asked to use car parking spaces in the Church car park before you start parking in the middle of the yard.

IRISH CHURCH MUSIC ASSOCIATION SUMMER SCHOOL: Wednesday, July

6 – Saturday July 9 in St Patrick’s College Maynooth, with this year’s theme being ‘God, Full of Mercy’. For more contact Mary (086) 8128266.

THE IRISH CANCER SOCIETY’S VOLUNTEER DRIVER SERVICE: The service is currently seeking volunteer drivers to drive local patients to and from their chemotherapy treatments in Tralee General Hospital, Cork, University Hospital & the Mercy University Hospital, Cork. We are looking for volunteers to pick local patients up at their homes, drive them to the door of the hospital, and pick them up again when they are finished their treatment and bring them home. Driver expenses are paid. Telephone Rebecca on 01 2316 642 or email transport@irishcanc

DICKENS IN LIMERICK: Dickens in Limerick, written and performed by Laurence Foster on Friday, May 6 at the Belltable, 69 O’Connell St, Limerick.

‘ It is Limerick in 1858 and Charles Dickens is on a reading tour of the City. To promote his novels and display his skills as an actor and raconteur. Laurence Foster’s one-man-show recreates this period in which Dickens casts an amusing eye over Limerick – and interweaves his stark descriptions of Arthur’s Quay, Pery Square, Limerick Jail, the Famine, the Workhouse and various characters he encountered, with pertinent sections from such favourites as A Christmas Carol, Hard Times, Pickwick Papers and Oliver Twist.

The result is an acting tour-de-force which brings wonderful life to some of Dicken’s most well-known characters as well as an insight into the man himself.

Tickets €12 and €10 concession. Box Office: 061 774 774Web: www.limetreetheatre.ie

CHORAL CONCERTS IN KNOCK; On Saturday, May 14 three separate choirs with 120 members in total, leading operatic soloists and the RTE Concert Orchestra will come together in the newly renovated Basilica in Knock. The concert under the baton of David Brophy will include ‘The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace’ written by Welsh composer Karl Jenkins as well as a special piece for 1916 written by Patrick Cassidy, a Mayo man now based in Hollywood. Tickets 094 9388100 or see knockshrine.ie

WOMEN OF THE WELL: Rejuvenate your spirit with a weekend retreat for women. Call Knock Shrine on 094 9388100.

MAUREEN’S OFF TO CLONAKILTY: Make a note in your diary……Sunday, May 22. Clonakilty Model Railway Village. When you walk into this model village you are stepping back in time and will see life as it was in 1940’s. See the old West Cork Railway line portrayed in delightful miniature serving towns. The models and figures are handmade. Depicting busy market days this is a joyful discovery for both young and not so young alike. Relax in the unique tea room set on one of the authentic train carriages with a view of Clonakilty. We will have our usual breakfast and choice of dinner menu in Mallow. We have a number of names already as this is a very popular day trip. For more information and booking contact Maureen 087 9845102.

MUNSTER PARKINSON’S DISEASE CONFERENCE: There will be a conference in the Radisson Hotel, Ennis on Sunday, May 29 from 10.30am -4pm. To book a place ring 1800359359 before May 23.

VOLUNTEER IN AFRICA: Humanitarian Volunteers are looking for volunteers to travel to Kenya on June 26, 2016, for two weeks. No experience required and no age restrictions. Supervision provided. Volunteers will also visit the resting place of the Venerable Edel Quinn. Volunteers will pay their own costs. If you can assist teaching English, or assist with sports, games, arts, crafts or more, then you can make a real impact on the lives of the poorest. Contact Denis 086 8520271.

BURREN OUTDOOR RETREAT: Friday, May 6-8 during Burren in Bloom month. Booking Des Tully 085 1614951. See Burren Outdoor Retreat FB page.

LIMERICK WOODTURNERS SEMINAR: Limerick and District Chapter of The Irish Woodturning Guild celebrates the 25th anniversary of its founding in 1991. A seminar will be held in the Kilmurry Lodge Hotel on Saturday, May 14. Three leading exponents of the craft will give demonstrations on the day. Our own Liam Flynn from Abbeyfeale will showcase his unique sculptural Hollow Forms, his work can be found in Museums both here and abroad. Donal Ryan from Borrisoleigh will demonstrate functional and decorative gallery pieces and Christien Van Bussel – a potter and woodturner from Holland who now lives and teaches in Wicklow will demonstrate decorative techniques, carving and the application of vibrant colours. If you wish to attend contact Brendan on 0879181435 or email limerickwoodturners.com

DOMESTIC ABUSE GROUP FOR MEN WHO ARE BATTERED: AMEN is based in Navan at St. Anne’s Resource Centre, Railway St. and provides a helpline on 046 9023 718, Email: info@amen.ie

ADAPT: Support is available in Newcastle West each week and there is a new survivors group called ‘Let’s Talk’ which is open to women. A 24 Hour Freephone Helpline is available 365 days a year at 1800 200 504. Court accompaniment and many other services available.

KNOCK RE DEDICATION: A national rededication ceremony has been announced for Saturday, July 16 following the extensive refurbishment of the Basilica of Our Lady, Queen of Ireland, at Ireland’s National Marian Shrine, Knock, Co Mayo. The Basilica was officially opened on July 18, 1976, and has since become one of the most visited landmarks in Ireland, providing shelter to millions of pilgrims to Knock Shrine over its 40 year history. Over the last two years, the Basilica has been completely modernised as part of a major, renewal project at Knock Shrine, called Witness to Hope. One of Europe’s largest single flat pieces of mosaic has also been installed in the Basilica as part of the refurbishment. Cardinal Séan O’Malley, the Archbishop of Boston, will perform the official rededication ceremony at 3pm on Saturday, July 16. Cardinal O’Malley is leading a historic first-ever chartered pilgrimage from Boston to Knock for the rededication ceremony. Fr Richard Gibbons, PP, Rector of Knock Shrine, said everyone is welcome to the ceremony

CAMP VERITAS: Camp Veritas is a summer camp run for youth aged from 12 to 18 years old. It is about fun, faith and fellowship. There are lots of fun and sports activities planned over the week, but the main focus of the week is to bring the young people to the living presence of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament and to deepen or awaken their faith. It is being run from June 26 -July 1 at Maynooth University, Co. Kildare, Ireland. The cost is €450 if paid online or cheque mailed to USA, Euro equivalent if cash or cheque in Ireland. More details – click ‘read more’ or see the groups Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Camp-Veritas

PILGRIMAGE TO HOLY LAND: Archbishop Eamon Martin will lead a Christian solidarity pilgrimage to the Holy Land from September 9 – 17 next on a direct flight from Dublin. It will be an opportunity to visit holy sites and walk in the footsteps of Jesus in Bethlehem, Nazareth, Galilee and Jerusalem. It will also be an opportunity to visit the tiny Christian community in the region known as ‘The Living Stones’. Price approx. €1,168 per person sharing. Call 01 8783111 for further details.

FOOTSPEPS TO FREEDOM: Hereunder is the speech which organiser, Ger Geaney, gave at the Gathering at Glenquin Castle on Sunday week last.

‘On a special day like today it is important that we do not lose sight of what or who we are remembering. Today of course we are commemorating the beginning of the Easter Rising in 1916, but we are also remembering the part played by the brave men and women of West Limerick and North Cork and how they helped to shape the country we have today.
Because despite what most of the media have reported in the last few weeks, men and women from outside Dublin did have a part to play in the Rising.
There were many volunteers in West Limerick and North Cork playing their part in April 1916. We remember from Monagea , Con Collins who was in Kerry helping Roger Casement and Domhnall Sheehan who drowned in Killorglin on the way to Banna beach. In the GPO fighting side by side you had Pat and Jim McNamara from Loughill, James and Mattie Flanagan from Killoughteen and Garret McAuliffe from Newcastle West. Also there was Paddy Sheehan from Templeglantine ,Mossie Collins from Tulligmacthomas Templeglantine, JJ Geoghegan from Adare and Eamonn Dore from Glin . In North Cork you had Jim Brislane from Milford just back from a two month jail sentence for volunteer membership in 1915. He was later jailed in Belfast in 1918 where he was taught Irish by Dan Collins from Arranagh Monagea, not too far from here. There were also two teachers in the Christian Brothers School in Charleville living in Milford, Sean O Dea and Larry Hedivan , both arrested on Good Friday for amongst other things writing anti -British slogans on the walls of the Imperial Hotel in Charleville, an act that got them sent first to Richmond Barracks in Dublin and later to Wakefield prison in England. And who could forget the Land League priest Fr Eugene Sheehy from over the road in Broadford. Born in 1847 he spent his life battling for tenants’ rights and used every parish he ministered in to further the cause of Irish Freedom. In Bruree he taught Irish history to all the altar boys including one Eamonn De Valera. He retired to Dublin and was a personal friend to many of the signatories of the 1916 proclamation including his lifelong friend Thomas Clark. On Easter Week 1916 at the age of 72 he was smuggled into the GPO and stayed with the rebels until their surrender.. On his deathbed in 1917 his last words were "if only I could have died with Tom Clarke”. Of course the most famous of all the West Limerick volunteers was our own martyr Con Colbert who was born in Castlemahon and lived in Athea and Kilcolman before being executed for his part in the rising on May 7th 1916. And there are others that we should remember , innocent bystanders like Janie Costello from Kilmallock , a typist shot twice while looking out a top floor window of her rooms in Dublin or Michael O Connor a teacher from Ballyhahill on holidays in Dublin for the Easter Weekend and shot in crossfire in the Phoenix park. We should also remember the very first person who died in the rising in Dublin, a Constable named James O Brien from Ballybeg in Glin County Limerick and a soldier in the British Army named Patrick Leen from Abbeyfeale, accidentally shot by a fellow soldier while cleaning their weapons.. Because in commemoration we are not judge and jury, we were not there and do not know the context of the whole story. This nonpartisan and neutral position is going to become more and more important as we head towards the 100th anniversary of one of the most tragic events in Irish a history, The Irish Civil War.
The men and women of the Rising in 1916 were mainly members of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, and were first drawn from the membership of the Irish Volunteers. The volunteers were founded at a meeting in Wyns Hotel in Dublin in 1914, a meeting attended by the afore mentioned Con Colbert. The volunteers were started as a reply to the Ulster Volunteer Force set up by Edward Carson a year earlier. The first volunteer group set up outside Dublin was started in Athlone but the second ever group set up was formed in West Limerick in Dromcollogher.
They were founded by the local Catholic Curate Fr Tom Wall and the nationalist Ernest Blythe in 1915.Ernest Blythe was the son of a Presbyterian farmer in Antrim while Tom Wall came from a strong republican family in Bruff County Limerick. Fr Wall along with the curates in Newcastle West , a Father Hayes from Bruree and Father Kelly ,later the Parish Priest of Templeglantine went on to form the backbone of the Volunteer movement in Limerick right up to and including the War of Independence. Not only did Fr Wall begin a National Volunteer group in Dromcollogher but he also founded volunteer divisions and Cumann Na Mban groups in Feohanagh, Milford, Broadford and Tullylease. In Charles Wall from Dromcollogher he found an able and willing commander with a quick mind honed by amongst other things, military training he received in Sheare’s Street in Cork in 1915. Ernest Blythe then moved on and began volunteer divisions in Killeedy, Monagea, Killoughteen, Newcastle West, Tournafulla, Athea Mountcollins and Templeglantine. He famously said of Templeglantine that it was unique in Ireland as it had "neither a protestant, a policeman nor a public house"
And so fast forward to the end of April 1916.Charles Wall, the leader of the West Limerick Volunteers was on the Tuesday of Easter Week given the plans for the rising and the part that the West Limerick Volunteers were to play in it. Over the next four days he contacted the leaders of all the volunteer groups in the area. They each instructed their men that on Easter Sunday they were to march here to Glenquin Castle. They were to travel on foot on small groups to avoid detection and each man was to bring a blanket, their weapon and three days rations. They were all told that this was not a drill and that they were to prepare for some sort of engagement.
They never knew what they were actually meant to do in Glenquin. Only Charles Wall was party to that information. He knew that the guns being landed at Banna Strand by Roger Casement were being smuggled on to a train. The West Limerick volunteers were to take over this train at the Devon Road Station in Templeglantine and take it first to Limerick and later to Gort in Galway to distribute the guns. From there the men of West Limerick were to fight their way across to link up with the rebels in Dublin. And so these groups of brave volunteers set off for Glenquin Castle, not knowing if they would return. They set off, some armed with rifles, some with pistols, some with old shotguns and more than half of them armed with only what were known as 98 pikes, And there you have the definition of patriotism and bravery, willing to take on the best equipped army in the world with little more than a glorified slash hook.
And so they made their way to Glenquin coming as many did this morning from places such as Tournafulla, Ardagh, Carrickerry, Athea, Kilcolman, Templeglantine, Mountcollins, Broadford, Feohanagh, Monagea, Newcastle West, Dromcollogher, Killeedy, Ashford ,Killoughteen, Raheenagh, Castlemahon, Strand , Milford and Abbeyfeale. They spent three hours at the castle in the rain waiting for the guns that never came. All the while they were being watched by a dozen armed RIC men who would surely have put up little resistance in the event of a struggle. As we know the message that the rising was being called off reached Glenquin in the early evening and following a prayer from Fr wall and Fr Hayes the volunteers dispersed, walking back the same road they came.
Though they did not get to fight on that occasion, it does not take from the fact that they were willing to lay down their lives for what they believed in, and it’s that bravery that we salute today. Many were later arrested, imprisoned and murdered in the cause of Irish Freedom.
It is important that we remember the sacrifices these people made for this country, it is important that our children remember, without them there will be no 150th anniversary of the rising.
Today we celebrate our own history. The sacrifices that the men and women of West Limerick and North Cork made do not belong to any political creed or political party, this is your history. We should not be afraid to call ourselves republicans; we should remember the men of Glenquin with pride and honour that memory.
It is easy to forget. After 1966 there was a flurry of commemoration. They named Sheahan’s road in Newcastle West after Domhnall Sheehan . already mentioned from Monagea Con Colbert Community Hall in Athea,, and Buckley’s Terrace in Dromcollogher was called after Pat Buckley who perished when a local IRA unit set fire to the l court house there. But three men died that day, How do we remember the two other men that died, Liam Danaher and David Brennan who’s brother Paddy led the Broadford Volunteers here 100 years ago. Is it time we looked again at how we name new estates, parks and streets. Isn’t it time we remembered these patriots properly. In my view it’s simply not good enough to give housing estates names like fir grove or river view. What’s the point in calling the latest roadway, “The New Road" It’s Pointless labelling the local GAA Grounds as just "the hurling field". The actions and sacrifices of these men and women, and the boys from Glenquin should be displayed for all to see and must never be forgotten.
To go back to the question I posed at the start. What or who are we remembering today. In my opinion when the tricolour is raised later and the national anthem is sung we should all take a minute to remember fir agus mnà croga as Iarthar Luimnigh agus Thuaidh Corcai", the brave men and women of west limerick and North Cork who sacrificed all so that we can enjoy the freedom we have today, a freedom we should never take for granted.