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PROLOGUE : "The test of a man or woman’s breeding is how they behave in a quarrel."
George Bernard Shaw

REMEMBERING ZOE: A Family Fun Day will take place on Sunday, July 3 at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse, Abbeyfeale. Guaranteed fun with Underage Blitz’s, Dog Show, Bouncing Castles, Kiddie’s Disco, Face painting, Obstacle courses, Arts and Crafts and Novelty events. These are just some of the activities laid on for all the family, like
any community event it relies on the support of the community to help make it a success so please show your support and come out and enjoy the day. Gates open 2pm.

CHURCH GATE COLLECTION FOR CHERYNOBL CHILDREN: The annual collection for Chernobyl Children will be held at all Masses this weekend.

WACKY PINK DAY HUGE SUCCESS: Scoil Naomh Pádraig, Knocknasna, held a "Wacky Pink Day" in aid of the Mid Western Cancer Foundation on Thursday, June 23 last. All pupils, parents and grandparents along with members of the local community were invited to attend. The day entailed a 5 km walk around the vicinity of the school escorted by local agricultural contractors "Kennellys" with some pink ice-cream and pink treats afterwards. Over €800 was raised and it will be going towards improving services for oncology patients in the University Hospital Limerick. Certificates were given to pupils, parents and Margaret Broderick (long serving grandparent of the school) for the wackiest outfits! Huge thanks to Twohig’s Supervalue, Eurosaver and O’Donoghues Spar for sponsoring all the ice-cream, goodies and decorations. Sincere thanks to everyone who donated so generously and a special word of thanks to Maria Woulfe for the leading the organisation of this successful event. A great day was had by all.

TOWN PARK NEWS; Geraldine O’Brien sent the following report from the Town Park this week; “We had our annual dog show in the Town Park on Sunday June 12. There was a fantastic attendance and many people supported the dog show and brought their families and their wonderful pets. We would like to thank the following people for their help. Firstly our own group from our C.E. scheme who came on the day and helped to run the event smoothly. We are fortunate that we have such great workers to help out with great enthusiasm. We would like to thank James Harnett, Norma Healy and Claire Sheehy for the dedicated and professional way that they produce the dog show. Finally to our committee members who looked after the raffle and helped to make this event the great success that it has turned out to be.

With the financial help from the dog show, we were able to purchase a much needed strimmers. Much work is needed to be done on this fantastic project and we have earmarked other areas for improvement as soon as funds become available to us. From time to time we get enquiries from groups for permission to use the park for events. We have no issues with events being held but for insurance and safety reasons all enquiries must be made through the following people. John O’Sullivan phone number 086 3165848. Gerardine O’Brien 087 7729690. Celine McNally 087 7697672.”

ABBEYFEALE’S SINGING CLUB: West Limerick singing club monthly singing session take place on the first Friday of every month in the Ramble Inn Bar, Abbeyfeale. The next session will take place on Friday July 1 at 9.30pm. All are welcome to come along and join in the singing, tell a story, or just listen to the performers.

CONGRATULATIONS ON TAKING PLEDGE: Well done to the six young men who pledged to avoid drink and other addictive substances until they reached the age of 18 during St. Mary’s Boys N.S. end of year Mass last week. They were Aodhán Cotter, Daniel Woulfe, Sam Quigley, Mark Roche, Liam Broderick and Shaun Dillon.

ANOTHER GOOD NEWS STORY: Kathleen’s Food Store, Church St., has had two Lotto winners in the last few weeks. The first win was €20,000 on a 2 euro scratchcard and then last week €30,000 was won on a 3 euro scratchcard!

QUEEN OF THE RACES: The inaugural Queen was selected at the Abbeyfeale Horse and Pony Races on June 19 at Relihan’s Inch and is Abbeyfeale’s Nadine Smith who was representing Annette’s Boutique. Nadine will now be an official entrant to next year’s Rose of Tralee. Nadine is a student of dentistry with UCC and will shortly be travelling to Nepal with UCC’s Dental Outreach.

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. We are hoping to hold our first annual Tournament at our base in Colberts Terrace on Sunday, July 24 and will have further details next week.

CRAFT FAIR: The Farmers’ Market held each Friday in the Square hope to hold a craft fair in conjunction with the Market on Friday, July 15 next. Anyone interested in taking a stall please contact the Market on 087 6866450.

FAITH CAMP: St Ita’s Catholic Camp for boys & girls aged between 5-12years takes place from Tuesday, August 2 – Friday, August 5 in St. Mary’s N.S. from 10am -3pm. Cost €40 for first child & € 20 per additional child in family. Activities include Art, drama, Music, Sport, faith teaching. Tel Martina 087/2788834 Lorraine 086/3765751 for more information and registration form. One of the camp staff, Fr Patrick, will preach next Sunday, July 3. A retiring collection will be taken up for the Faith camp.

FEALEFIT NEWS: Well done to all Fealefit & St Ita’s Ac members that took part in events over the weekend! Fealefit are taking part in Adare to Survive this year and fundraising for the ‘ Community crisis support team’. If you’re interested in joining us register at Adare to survive & join team Fealefit! Dublin City Marathon Training commences July 9…

All Fealefit event training is free of charge and open to all levels of fitness, if you wish join us at any event please contact us…see www.Fealefit.com for all details on training & Upcoming events or Contact Shane 087 2891015 Kadie 087 7771552

FÉILE EVENT A MAJOR SUCCESS: Fr. Casey’s Bord na nOg U14 Boys and Fr Casey’s Ladies Football U14 Girls both took part in this year’s GAA National Féile Peil na nÓg Competition along with acting as a Host Club to both U14 South London Boys and U14 Con Magees Girls between June 24-26. With perfect weather adding to the already exciting atmosphere surrounding, what is in effect, the largest Youth Sporting Event in Europe this year, it turned out to be an amazing, fun-filled weekend for our Community and Club that was enjoyed by several hundred kids and adults alike from early morning to late evening for the 3 day event. However, no Event runs smoothly without the help and effort of all those throughout the Community to make it work and Fr Casey’s GAA would like to extend their sincere appreciation to all the following individuals;

Firstly, to the few Host Households that were on Emergency Standby throughout the whole weekend, it would not have been possible to run this event without knowing that you were always ready to take on some of the kids and/or the adults if the unforeseen had ever happened. Thank you very much indeed for your patience and willingness to be there.

To all the Host Families who had either visiting Boys or visiting Girls and for all the baking, washing, driving etc. that had to be done as part of that. We know you’ve all enjoyed it but a hugh thank you to all of you for everything you’d done to keep them happy and smiling.

To all the Staff and Committee Members who did so much behind the scenes to make this Event run smoothly, you really have promoted yourselves and Fr Casey’s in a wonderful light and proud you should be of it – Well done.

To the children from all sides, you have all done your families and clubs so proud. You are a real credit to all those that love you.

Such a success was this weekend and such was the feeling of appreciation from our visiting teams and clubs that several of our mentors, players and committee members have already been invited to spend some weekends with them.

Now that the Féile is over, Fr Casey’s are back concentrating on the process of creating an all-weather training and playing pitch and we hope to have this project completed by the end of this autumn. We are looking for as many Parents / Guardians / Supporters / Mentors as possible to help us out on our fundraising runs over the next few weeks so please get in contact with anyone from Fr Casey’s GAA and join our Fundraising Teams now – We need your HELP !

Remember, this will be of benefit to all age groups going forward and will help greatly when our youngsters are looking to train or play in more adverse weather conditions. To join our Fundraising Runs, meet us at the Clubhouse every Monday and Thursday evenings at 6.45pm.

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 all good Sport Shops.

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

Facebook: frcaseys_bordnanog
Twitter: frcaseys_bng
Instagram: frcaseys_bordnanog

RECOVERY HAVEN SAYS THANKS: The Recovery Haven (Cancer support house in Tralee) wishes to acknowledge with gratitude the Wednesday’s Clubs fundraising afternoon tea dance on Sunday, June 12 which raised over €1000 for the house. Many thanks.

SAGART PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES: A five day pilgrimage to Lourdes will travel to Lourdes on September 22 and return on September 27. Further information from Canon John O’Shea or Fr. Joe Foley.

CHARITY CYCLE: PRO Maria Woulfe has been in touch with the news that Abbeyfeale Cycling Club (ACC) are having their first charity cycle on Sunday, August 14 in aid of St Gabriel’s School in Limerick. There will be two routes, 60km and 110km taking in all the surrounding parishes. We are having a launch night on Friday, July 15 in Leen’s Hotel where Patrick O’ Donovan (Junior Minister for Sport) will be present.

ARTICLE WRITTEN BY ABBEYFEALE MAN IN THE IRISH TIMES FOLLOWING BREXIT VOTE IN UK: While the UK has chosen Leave in the EU referendum, voters in Northern Ireland and Scotland bucked the overall trend and voted Remain by a margin of 10 per cent greater than their English compatriots. Ominously, such a stark divergence in opinion between the Celtic countries and England means we may have witnessed the first step in the disintegration of the UK as we have known it for over 400 years.

In contrast, in 1975, it was the English who actually voted for the EC by a margin of 10 per cent greater than the Scottish and Northern Irish, who rejected the authority of the London government to act on their behalf, resented yet another foreign government controlling their lives and rebelled at the prospect of heavily-subsidised foreign farmers undercutting domestic farmers. Incredibly, that vote even registered the rare achievement of uniting most Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland against membership!

So, what has happened in the meantime to cause this dramatic Celtic transformation?

There are several factors.

First, in 1975, the Northern Irish and Scots saw the EC as a threat to British regional development aid. Back then, the EC had no regional development policy of note. Fast forward to 2016 and the EU now runs a comprehensive regional development fund with deep pockets, investing billions of pounds around the entire island of Ireland and in the most deprived parts of Scotland. Before 2020, Northern Ireland alone was due to get over twice the per capita EU regional development funding of England. Over the same period, Scottish and Irish farmers would have received three times and five times, respectively, the per capita compensation of their English counterparts from the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

Second, since the 1970s, both Scotland and Northern Ireland voters have fought for, and won, limited autonomy, devolution, and their own national parliaments within a more flexible UK structure. Consequently, today, they enjoy a more autonomous and equal relationship with London. Counter intuitively, the EU has actually facilitated this devolution process. Before British membership, devolution provoked fear of disintegration in London. However, within the EU, London recognised that both it and the regions were united within a common European project, making domestic devolution less risky. Moreover, thanks to the EU’s deliberate engagement with regional political parties, both Scottish and Northern Irish parties actually gained political legitimacy and boosted their own local profile. This was an unforeseen positive consequence of membership.

Third, in Northern Ireland, where the Belfast Agreement of 1998 remains the guarantor of the still shaky co-operation between unionist and nationalist communities, shared EU membership of the UK and the Republic played a positive role. As partners in Europe since 1973, the daily and routine contact between Irish and British representatives in a neutral venue helped build the kind of trust lacking for decades and allowed both countries to engage as equal partners. Of course, the massive injection of EU peace-building money into Northern Ireland since 1995, approximately £1.3 billion to date, can only have helped too.

Fourth, the most successful Brexit argument, immigration control, failed to swing the Celtic voters. This is partly because the issue is not as provocative outside of England. Historically, the Scots and Irish have been forced to seek work abroad themselves for so many generations that the word “immigrant” there provokes a much more empathetic response there than it does in England.

Finally, many of the Irish and the Scots voted for the Remain camp on Thursday because, unlike their English counterparts, the present Celtic generation has become fundamentally more comfortable with the notion of belonging to at least two distinguishable cultural or political identities. If you start from the position of willingly accepting that you can be both Scottish and British, then it is not as awkward to add a third tier, European, to this identity mix. Devolution has certainly helped this process. In contrast, English and British identities are often seen as one and the same in England, where the Scottish and Irish notes of the British symphony are often drowned out.

In Northern Ireland, the specific sectarian divide muddies this theory somewhat but dual identity still holds for many there. For the Catholic population, who would reject the British label, this dual identity includes affinity with Catholics in the Irish Republic, a fellow EU member, not to mention the traditional religious link with Rome as an accepted “foreign” authority structure.

Given these transformations in Scotland and Northern Ireland since the 1970s, it is hardly surprising that the Celtic cavalry overturned their 1975 voting deficit with the English on Thursday. However, their ultimate failure to prevent the UK from stumbling over the Brexit cliffs of Dover will make for an awkward and unstable future within the British union.

Peter Moloney is a visiting professor at Boston College history department and a native of St. Ita’s Terrace, Abbeyfeale.

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.

ABBEYFEALE SUMMER CAMP 2016: West Limerick Resources is running a Summer Camp for 6 to 12 year olds on July 11-14 in the Further Education and Training Campus Abbeyfeale (Old Tech). The activities include sport and games, art & craft and a bus trip to Free Range Kids Outdoor Activities in Croom. This camp is free to families in receipt of a social welfare payment. Registration is essential. Application forms are available at Reception in The Further Education and Training Centre and must be returned by Tuesday June 28. For more information, or to check if you are eligible, please contact Mary at West

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 such a help.

ADAPT THANKS: The amount collected in Abbeyfeale for the recent ADAPT Domestic Abuse Services collection was €482.03. ADAPT extends thanks to all who supported the collection and particularly the kind volunteer collectors who stood at the tables. These funds go towards maintaining the services for women and their children in domestic abuse situations. Remember help is only a phone call away at 1800 200 504. Women can meet a Support Worker from ADAPT in Abbeyfeale or Newcastle West to chat and look at options in their particular situation. See www.adaptservices.ie or adapt domestic abuse services on Facebook for more information.

COMMUNITY ALERT: Do not, under any circumstances, return missed calls on your mobile unless you know who they are from. If they want you badly enough they will ring you again. There is a scam on the go where if you return calls you get connected to a premium number and your credit is drained. If you have a bill pay phone you could get charged up to €40 on your next bill. More people across the EU are now living longer than ever before. However failing mental function can frequently impair the quality of those extra years. The ‘Hello Brain’ campaign brings together the latest information on brain health together with the latest brain research in a bid to raise public awareness of the importance of investing in brain health to help support independent living in our older years The ‘Hello Brain’ website (available in English, French and German) provides practical tips on how to keep your brain healthy using a range of entertaining videos and online resources, including the Hello Brain Health App which can be downloaded for free.

PILGRIMAGE: 3 day Pilgrimage to Knock and Lough Derg from August 22- 24. All in package includes visit to Knock, day retreat on Lough Derg, Coach for 3 days, Breakfasts, Evening meals and Accommodation in Bundoran. Early booking is advised due to waiting lists from previous pilgrimage in May. Deposit secures booking. Contact Cormac O’Connor Coach Tours on 023-8849196, 087-6167835 for further details.

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.

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

CARE OF OLDER PERSON COURSE: Family Carers Ireland are providing the QQI Level 5 Care of the older person module on September 7 in Limerick, this will be the first module off the Full QQI Healthcare Award. To express an interest contact the training unit on 0579370221.

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.

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.

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.

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 James Stout recently deceased. Saturday 11am James O’Grady, Meenkilly 7pm Pat McKenna and his parents Catherine & John, Tom Moore, Kilconlea Lower. Sunday 9.30am John Michael Kennelly. David Leahy and Mick Collins and Maurice Griffin 12noon Eileen Chris Foley, Dromtrasna, Jack & Nellie Healy, Knocknasna .Monday 7pm Tado Scannell, Bogmount.

Log onto www.churchservices.tv/abbeyfealeparish. for the church webcam. 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.

SAGART PILGRIMAGE 2016: Why not travel with the Sagart Pilgrimage. Bus leaving Abbeyfeale to Shannon Airport on Thursday, September 22. Arriving in Lourdes for 5 nights and returning on Tuesday, September 27 in this the Year of Mercy. Cost €719 Contact Fr John or Fr Joseph or the Office.

THANK YOU FROM THE COLLINS SISTERS: We are very grateful for the generosity of the people in helping us with our work with teenagers and the poor here in Scotland. May God bless you all. God bless, Eleanor, Kelly and all of the St. Andrew Community Church.

12 MONTH REPORT FROM WEB CAM: It’s been a year since the Church Web Cam in Abbeyfeale has been installed and it has surpassed all expectations as to how important a link it has become to those living abroad and to those living closer to home. It has become very obvious that there are many people both abroad and at home, who for whatever reason, are at times unable to make their way to the Church in Abbeyfeale when they would most like to but are now able to access the Webcam through the Internet and in their own way feel that they are taking part in Mass on a Sunday or other important events such as a family Christening, First Communion, Confirmation, Wedding, Funeral etc. The following is a breakdown of just how many people are accessing the Church Webcam. 83 – The number of Countries around the world from where the Webcam has been accessed. 30,295 – The amount of times that people around the world have accessed the Webcam. 34,900 – The total amount of viewing time in hours. Ireland tops the table with people accessing the Webcam 19,280 times. Top 5 Countries outside of Ireland are U.K. – 6,416, U.S.A. – 2,148, Germany – 530, Australia – 390 and Poland – 371. For anyone at home or abroad who have not yet accessed the Church Webcam, all you need to do is log onto the Internet and go to our own Parish Website at www.abbeyfealeparish.ie and click on Live Web Cam or go to www.churchservices.tv and click on Abbeyfeale Church.

FAREWELL MASS: The Dominican community of Saint Saviour’s Priory, Glentworth Street, Limerick invite all our benefactors, friends and parishioners both past and present to a Mass of Thanksgiving and Farewell on Sunday, July 3 at 3pm.

JOURNEY INTO AWARENESS: One day workshop in Glenstal Abbey, Murroe, Co. Limerick, Saturday, July 9. .An inspirational journey of self-discovery, creative visualization and positive affirmation, based on the works of Anthony de Mello and Jon Kabat-Zinn. Focus will be on the topics of Self-Awareness, Living Confidently in the Moment and the use of Experiential Mindfulness Techniques. Tel 061-367010.

COURSE IN PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT: A course in personal development runs one evening a week from September to May and seven Saturdays or Sundays through the year in Tralee, Killarney and Limerick. It is organised by SHEP (The social and health education project). For further information contact Helen O’Grady 085 8626844.

SOCIAL DANCING CLASSES IN BALLYHAHILL: Summer dancing classes every Monday night in the Community Centre with Seamus 8.30pm – 10.30pm. All welcome.

MAUREEN IS OFF AGAIN; Day Trip on Sunday, July 17, leaving NCW at 8.30am. for the Ring of Kerry and the Sheep Dog Trials on the farm. We will be stopping for our usual hearty breakfast at the River Island Hotel and returning again in the evening where we will be spoilt for choice dinner menu. We will pick up in Abbeyfeale at the bus stop just outside the Church. This is a very popular trip and the seats will be filled very quickly we already have a number of seats booked so early booking is advised to avoid disappointment. Contact Maureen 087 9845102.

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

CATHOLIC YOUTH FESTIVAL JULY 7-10: Cistercian College, Roscrea. Further information www.youth2000.ie

HORTICULTURE/ORGANIC GROWING: If you are interested in growing we are now open for full-time and Part-time applicants. QQI Level 5 Certificate in Horticulture: This full time course runs from September to May. Students taking this course learn by taking part in the daily routine on the holding, attending lectures given by tutors and experienced Food producers. QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Horticulture: This full time course runs from September to September. Learners apply the skills gained at Level 5 to take responsibility and control of the entire production process relating to an Organic Horticultural Enterprise. Contact details: An tIonad Glas 06383604 or oifig for further information or application form.

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

RAMBLING HOUSES: Jim Lyons’s Rambling House in Knockalougha 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. I’ve recently been told about another Rambling House held in Sandpit House near Millstreet on the first Tuesday of each month but check out the details first before travelling there.

WEST LIMERICK HERITAGE AGM: The AGM of the West Limerick Heritage Network will take place in the offices of West Limerick Resources, St Mary’s Rd., Newcastle West, Co Limerick on Wednesday July 6t at 7:30pm. Initially established in 2014, the West Limerick Heritage Network is made up of individuals and groups from across the area whose aim it is to preserve and promote the heritage of the West Limerick area in all its forms. New members welcome. Contact: westlimerickheritage@gmail.com

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PROLOGUE: I changed my password to incorrect. That way when I forget it, it always reminds me ‘ your password is incorrect.’. Author Unknown.

DEATH: Sincere sympathy is offered to the family of the late Hauleen Foley, Ballaugh who died last week. May he rest in peace.

WACKY PINK WALK: Scoil Naomh Pádraig, Knocknasna are having a WACKY PINK day on Thursday, June 23. This will begin at 12:30 with a 5 km walk around Knocknasna followed by tea and ice cream at the school. All welcome but please wear pink.

CRAFT FAIR: The Farmers’ Market held each Friday in the Square hope to hold a craft fair in conjunction with the Market on Friday, July 15 next. Anyone interested in taking a stall please contact the Market on 087 6866450.

FÉILE COMES TO ABBEYFEALE: Féile Peil na nOg is a GAA annual national competition for 14 year old boys and girls who compete within their respective Counties for a chance to take part in their respective Divisions within the National Finals. This year’s finals are being held throughout South West Munster between June.24-26.

Fr Casey’s Bord na nOg and Ladies Football are not only hosting a Boys Team from South London and a Girls Team – Con Magees – from Co Antrim for the duration of the 3 day event but are also honoured at been given the opportunity to have at least 6 games held in Abbeyfeale over the Friday and Saturday which will also see teams from Newcastle West and Butlersbridge in Co Cavan taking part. This is a huge boost for the Club and the town as a whole with a large number of participants and supporters in attendance.

Games at Fr Casey’s Friday, June 24.

5.00pm U14 Boys – Fr Casey’s V Newcastle West

5.45pm U14 Boys – South London V Butlersbridge

6.30pm U14 Boys – Newcastle West V South London

7.15pm U14 Boys – Fr Casey’s V Butlersbridge

To follow our U14 Girls

Games at Dromcollogher on Friday, June 24

5.00pm U14 Girls – Fr Casey’s V Drom Broadford

6.30pm U14 Girls – Fr Casey’s V Ballymaguigan

Games at Fr Casey’s Saturday, June 25

10.15am U14 Girls – Fr Casey’s V Con Magees

11.00am U14 Boys – Fr Casey’s V South London

Girls Shield and Cup Quarter – finals to be held in Scartaglin on Saturday 25 at 1.45pm, 2.30pm, 3.15pm and 4.00pm depending where in the Group they finish.

Boys Shield and Cup Quarter – finals to be held in Dromcollogher on Saturday 25t at 1.45pm, 2.30pm, 3.15pm and 4.00pm depending where in the Group they finish.

Girls Shield and Cup Semi-Final to be held in Mallow On Sunday at 12.30pm or 1.30pm depending where in the Group they finish. This will be followed by Shield and Cup Finals at 3pm and 4pm respectfully.

Boys Shield and Cup Semi-Final to be held in either Ballymacelligott or Blenerville on Sunday at 12.30pm or 1.30pm depending where in the Group they finish. This will be followed by Shield and Cup Finals in John Mitchels GAA Tralee at 3pm and 4pm respectfully.

Fr Casey’s Bord na nOg and Ladies Football would like to wish all our U14 Boys and Girls the very best during this major event. We would also like to thank all the Host Families throughout the Parish who have kindly offered to look after the visiting teams during this event and to all the individuals who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes for several weeks in preparation for this Competition. Finally, we would like to wish all the youngsters from all the teams an enjoyable and memorable once-in-a-lifetime fun filled weekend. Good luck to you all.

FUNDRAISING HELP REQUIRED: Fr Casey’s are in the process of creating an all-weather training and playing pitch and we hope to have this project completed by the end of this autumn. We are looking for as many Parents / Guardians / Supporters / Mentors as possible to help us out on our fundraising runs over the next few weeks so please get in contact with anyone from Fr Casey’s GAA and join our Fundraising Teams now – We need your HELP !

Remember, this will be of benefit to all age groups going forward and will help greatly when our youngsters are looking to train or play in more adverse weather conditions. To join our Fundraising Runs, meet us at the Clubhouse every Monday and Thursday evening at 6.45pm.

FR. CASEY’S 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.
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

SAGART PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES: A five day pilgrimage to Lourdes will travel to Lourdes on September 22 and return on September 27. Further information from Canon John O’Shea or Fr. Joe Foley.

SOLEMN NOVENA: This year the Novena in the Redemptorist Church Limerick runs from June 17-25 with daily Masses at 7am, 8am, 10am, 11.30am, 1.10pm, 4.30pm, 6pm, 7.30pm, 9pm and 10.30pm.

COMMUNITY ALERT: Do not, under any circumstances, return missed calls on your mobile unless you know who they are from. If they want you badly enough they will ring you again. There is a scam on the go where if you return calls you get connected to a premium number and your credit is drained. If you have a bill pay phone you could get charged up to €40 on your next bill.

PILGRIMAGE: 3 day Pilgrimage to Knock and Lough Derg from August 22- 24. All in package includes visit to Knock, day retreat on Lough Derg, Coach for 3 days, Breakfasts, Evening meals and Accommodation in Bundoran. Early booking is advised due to waiting lists from previous pilgrimage in May. Deposit secures booking. Contact Cormac O’Connor Coach Tours on 023-8849196, 087-6167835 for further details.

THE BIG TODDLE for Barnardos will take place in the Town Park Abbeyfeale on Tuesday June 28 at 11am. This is a fun sponsored walk for toddlers where children themselves have the opportunity to help create positive change for disadvantaged children in Ireland. The toddle is hosted by Abbeyfeale Parent and Toddler Group who meet every Tuesday and Thursday in St. Ita’s Hall Abbeyfeale at 11am. New members are always welcome. Sponsor cards are available at the group. The toddle is followed by a picnic and an opportunity for parents and children to engage in outdoor play. For further information, contact Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883. This is an initiative of West Limerick Resources Family Support Project.

ABBEYFEALE SUMMER CAMP 2016: West Limerick Resources is running a Summer Camp for 6 to 12 year olds on July 11-14 in the Further Education and Training Campus Abbeyfeale (Old Tech). The activities include sport and games, art & craft and a bus trip to Free Range Kids Outdoor Activities in Croom. This camp is free to families in receipt of a social welfare payment. Registration is essential. Application forms are available at Reception in The Further Education and Training Centre and must be returned by Tuesday June 28. For more information, or to check if you are eligible, please contact Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883.

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

SURF TO HEAL FUNDRAISER: A table quiz will take place at TJ O’Riordan’s Bar, Main St on Friday June 24 as a fundraiser for a special camp which runs every summer for children with autism. It starts at 9pm and tables of four are €20. Below are details on the camp which is held annually at Banna Beach.
‘Surf2Heal Kerry surf camp is run out of Banna Beach each August since 2009 and is entirely funded by donations generated through fundraising efforts of the volunteers who organize the camp. Last year, over 50 children with ASD had the opportunity to participate in this wonderful week of fun filled activity. The benefits to the children are far-reaching, providing them with skills that serve them well for the rest of their lives such as building social skills, confidence, communication, spacial awareness, vestibular regulation, emotional empowerment and an overall sense of accomplishment in mastering an activity that might have seemed beyond their capabilities. But most of all, it’s just fun! This is achieved by the use of specialist equipment and trained surf crews who generously give up their time to co-ordinate and train as well as participate for a week of camp. Many of the crew use a week of their annual leave, others fly in from abroad to be part of this special week and team members play host to volunteers from outside Kerry who need accommodation. There is a great camaraderie among the crew and many return year on year for the week. As all of the families participating have 1 or more children with a disability, we try to keep the cost to the family as low as possible to remove barriers to participation. However there are significant costs involved in running a successful camp, not least the transport and feeding of 50+ volunteer crew for 8 hours a day over 5 days, camp insurance and provision and maintenance of the necessary equipment for the camp. In order to continue the legacy and keep this fantastic venture going, we do need ongoing funding.’

REMEMBERING ZOE: A Family Fun Day will take place on Sunday, July 3 at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse, Abbeyfeale. Underage Blitz’s, Dog Show, Bouncing Castles, Kiddie’s Disco, Face painting, Obstacle courses, Arts and Crafts and Novelty events are just some of the activities laid on for all the family. Gates open 2pm.

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

FEALE FIT NEWS: Congratulations to Jackie and Shane on the birth of their first child – a baby daughter. Well done to all Fealefit & St Ita’s Ac members that ran The Ring of Kerry relay challenge last Saturday, magnificent achievement from Dawn till Dusk! Dublin City Marathon Training commences July 9..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.

ST. JOSEPH’S YOUNG PRIESTS SOCIETY: St Joseph’s Young Priest Society Day trip to Knock, Saturday June 25. All in package including Breakfast, Evening meal and coach €55. Call 023-8849196 to book or any member from St Joseph’s Young Priest Society.

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.

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CYCLE IN AID OF ST, GABRIEL’S: Plans are being made for Abbeyfeale cycle club to run a cycle event in aid of St. Gabriel’s, Limerick in August. Further information as it comes to hand.

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

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.

CARE OF OLDER PERSON COURSE: Family Carers Ireland are providing the QQI Level 5 Care of the older person module on September 7 in Limerick, this will be the first module off the Full QQI Healthcare Award. To express an interest contact the training unit on 0579370221.

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.

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. We are hoping to hold our first annual Tournament at our base in Colberts Terrace on Sunday, July 24 and will have further details next week.

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.

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: Intention for the week: Saturday 11am Rhona Danaher, Shanbally Months Mind. Saturday 7pm Brian McAleer, Richard Fealey, late of Cryle View Manor. Sunday 9.30am Bridget and Maurice Hartnett Dromtrasna. Richard Gleeson, Kilconlea Lower. 12 noon Margaret O’Shea. Margaret O’Halloran, Clash. Jerry & Kathleen Herilhy and their son Danny.

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.

SOCIAL DANCING IN BALLYHAHILL: Summer dancing classes every Monday night in the Community Centre with Seamus 8.30pm – 10.30pm. All welcome.

MAUREEN IS OFF AGAIN; Day Trip on Sunday, July 17, leaving NCW at 8.30am. for the Ring of Kerry and the Sheep Dog Trials on the farm. We will be stopping for our usual hearty breakfast at the River Island Hotel and returning again in the evening where we will be spoilt for choice dinner menu. We will pick up in Abbeyfeale at the bus stop just outside the Church. This is a very popular trip and the seats will be filled very quickly we already have a number of seats booked so early booking is advised to avoid disappointment. Contact Maureen 087 9845102.

CEILÍ: A Set Ceilí will take place in the Seanchaí Centre, Listowel on Friday June 24 from 9.30 pm. Sets will be called by Timmy Woulfe and music by Donie Nolan. Admission €10.

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

CATHOLIC YOUTH FESTIVAL JULY 7-10: Cistercian College, Roscrea. Further information www.youth2000.ie

CHARITY CONCERT WORLD YOUTH DAY 2016 PILIGRIMAGE TO

KRACOW: A concert in aid of Children with Autism will be held at The Mangerton

Suite, The Gleneagle Hotel Friday, July 1 with doors open 7pm. Tickets

€10. Families welcome. Performers on the night are Ben Quinlan (X Factor participant) Marchettii Trio (Italien Guitarists) and Piano Improvisation (Ciaran Broadbery).

CUAN MHUIRE ANNUAL HILLWALK; The Organisers of the annual hill walk have this year chosen Ballyheigue as the location. The walk which takes place on Saturday, June 25 leaves from the Ballyheigue Community Centre to Kerry Head, along the North Kerry Way and returning to Ballyheigue Community Centre where refreshments will be provided. Registration on the day between 08.30 -09.30 hrs at the Community Centre: €20/Adult (over 16yrs), family €50 –2 Adults (Max) and Children (under 16yrs). Walkers will be setting off at 09.30am . All those wishing to participate and support the event are welcome to come along and walk the entire 20 km or a shorter section if they would prefer. For more details or if you would like to fundraise for the event visit our events page on www.cuanmhuire.ie

or check us out on Facebook.

HORTICULTURE/ORGANIC GROWING: If you are interested in growing we are now open for full-time and Part-time applicants. QQI Level 5 Certificate in Horticulture: This full time course runs from September to May. Students taking this course learn by taking part in the daily routine on the holding, attending lectures given by tutors and experienced Food producers. QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Horticulture: This full time course runs from September to September. Learners apply the skills gained at Level 5 to take responsibility and control of the entire production process relating to an Organic Horticultural Enterprise. Contact details: An tIonad Glas 06383604 or oifig for further information or application form.

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

RAMBLING HOUSES: Jim Lyons’s Rambling House in Knockalougha 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. I’ve recently been told about another Rambling House held in Sandpit House near Millstreet on the first Tuesday of each month but check out the details first before travelling there.

I-TEACH: The Teaching for Inclusion Research Lab in association with The Autism Spectrum Disorder Special Interest Group (ASDSIG) (PSI) Invite you to a New Foundations one-day research seminar in the University of Limerick on Tuesday, June 28 from 9.00am – 4.30pm. ‘Perspectives in Understanding & Promoting the Emotional Wellbeing of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)’ This research seminar will strengthen understanding of social emotional issues affecting students with autism and how to best promote their wellbeing. Guest speakers will present research findings on issues related to the impact of poor mental health, insights on understanding of issues of social emotional development and promoting greater wellbeing in students with ASD. The seminar is open to all those involved with students with ASD including: researchers, professionals, educators & parents.

COURSE IN CHILD CARE: Limerick Youth Service’s Early Childhood Education and Care Support Course is a two year FETAC Level 4 course that equips learners with the skills necessary to pursue a career and further study in the Childcare profession.
On enrolling students study four modules: Communications, Child Development, Information Technology and Work ExperienceThe child development part of the course is based around portfolio work and their work experience placement covering aspects such as: Key stages of child development, Exploring the relationship between play and child development, Looking at the skills that children develop and use in different types of play activities. Preparing a play activity that meets the basic developmental needs of a child. Child observation techniques. Recognising the diverse needs of children and families and linking it to children at play. Learners will also avail of the social and personal development courses available with LYS such as Junior Leadership Programmes, youth exchange and summer activities. On graduation from the course learners can progress to a FETAC Level 5 course, ideally in Childcare, or to employment. For further details on this innovative and progressive course please contact Sarah Clohessy at sarahc@limerickyouthservice.com or call 061-4124144.

WEST LIMERICK HERITAGE AGM: The AGM of the West Limerick Heritage Network will take place in the offices of West Limerick Resources, St Mary’s Rd., Newcastle West, Co Limerick on Wednesday July 6th at 7:30pm. Initially established in 2014, the West Limerick Heritage Network is made up of individuals and groups from across the area whose aim it is to preserve and promote the heritage of the West Limerick area in all its forms. New members welcome. Contact: westlimerickheritage@gmail.com


PROLOGUE “There are two ways of being rich. One is to have all you want, the other is to be satisfied with what you have."
Author Unknown

DOG SHOW: The Abbeyfeale Town Park Annual Dog Show took place on Sunday last and was attended by huge crowds in glorious sunshine. The Town Park Committee would like to thank the following: the park employees who prepared the park so beautifully for the show, all our voluntary committee members and other helpers who gave of their services on the day, our show judge Claire Sheehy, our chief organizer Norma Healy, John O’Connor who provided the sound system, and all those who donated prizes for our raffle. Finally, most important of all, we thank all of you for coming and supporting Abbeyfeale Town Park. The park is available to you free of charge 365 days per year and every euro profit from the dog show will go to the maintenance and development of this wonderful facility. We hope you enjoyed your day and we look forward to seeing you again next year.

SR. CONSILIO SAYS THANKS: The annual church gate collection taken up at all Masses last week raised €716.40.

SAGART PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES: A five day pilgrimage to Lourdes will travel to Lourdes on September 22 and return on September 27. Further information from Canon John O’Shea or Fr. Joe Foley.

WEDNESDAY CLUB: Mary Mc Arthur and the members of the Wednesday club were delighted with the turn out for their tea dance in aid of Recovery Haven and raised in excess of €1,100.

COMMUNITY ALERT: Do not, under any circumstances return missed calls on your mobile unless you know who they are from. If they want you badly enough they will ring you again. There is a scam on the go where if you return calls you get connected to a premium number and your credit is drained.

ABBEYFEALE FOR AFRICA. We wish to thank the local TESCO store for the generous cheque- € 339, received from the blue tokens. Thanks to all of you who supported it. Fr. Tim is well and continues with his wonderful work in South Sudan. Please remember him in your prayers.

WEST LIMERICK 102FM: A huge thank you to Benny McCarthy and the committee of Monagae Community Centre for organizing the very successful Rambling House on last Monday night. It was attended by a capacity crowd who enjoyed the diverse entertainment on offer.

PILGRIMAGE: 3 day Pilgrimage to Knock and Lough Derg from August 22- 24. All in package includes visit to Knock, day retreat on Lough Derg, Coach for 3 days, Breakfasts, Evening meals and Accommodation in Bundoran. Early booking is advised due to waiting lists from previous pilgrimage in May. Deposit secures booking. Contact Cormac O’Connor Coach Tours on 023-8849196, 087-6167835 for further details.

CARE OF OLDER PERSON COURSE: Family Carers Ireland are providing the QQI Level 5 Care of the older person module on September 7 in Limerick, this will be the first module off the Full QQI Healthcare Award. To express an interest contact the training unit on 0579370221.

THE BIG TODDLE for Barnardos will take place in the Town Park Abbeyfeale on Tuesday June 28 at 11am. This is a fun sponsored walk for toddlers where children themselves have the opportunity to help create positive change for disadvantaged children in Ireland. The toddle is hosted by Abbeyfeale Parent and Toddler Group who meet every Tuesday and Thursday in St. Ita’s Hall Abbeyfeale at 11am. New members are always welcome. Sponsor cards are available at the group. The toddle is followed by a picnic and an opportunity for parents and children to engage in outdoor play. For further information, contact Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883. This is an initiative of West Limerick Resources Family Support Project.

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.

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

PIPE ORGAN FESTIVAL: Limerick Pipe Organ Festival’s fundraising campaign is drawing to a close on 17th June see http://fundit.ie/project/limerick-pipe-organ-festival-2016We are delighted to have raised more than €1,000 to date, 50% of our €2,000 target, to ensure the future of the festival. Thank you to all our supporters, we really appreciate both your financial support and your encouragement. We are also on Facebook – www.facebook.com/LimerickPipeOrganFestival/ and twitter https://twitter.com/lpof2016 so you might support us by spreading the word.The festival was founded to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the organ in St John’s Cathedral and continues to celebrate our all beautiful pipe organs with a series of events lasting until October 1st , many of them FREE admission. All our 2016 festival events are on our website www.lpof.ie – we hope you will find something that appeals to you. Thank you.

Committee: Bishop Donal Murray, Bernadette Kiely (St John’s Cathedral), Peter Barley (St. Mary’s Cathedral) Carolann Guinee (St Joseph’s) Riona Ni Churtáin (Church of the Assumption, Abbeyfeale).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

HORSE AND PONY RACING: PRO of Abbeyfeale’s Horse and Pony Races has sent the following report; “The annual Abbeyfeale races take place this year on Sunday, June 19 at Relihan’s Farm, Kilcaragh, Duagh with the first race at 12:30pm.
This is the 11th running of the event which is run in aid of local charities and once again the committee would like to thank our generous sponsors. Money raised over the last 10 years has been donated to local charities in West Limerick and North Kerry.
These races are similar to what you will see on television with the difference being that our jockeys are aged from 8 to 16 and are the future flat and national hunt champions in Ireland and England. In recent years Leading jockeys Jack Kennedy, Oisin Murphy and Conor King have graced the turf of Abbeyfeale races and learned the trade prior to hitting the track proper.
This year we have a few new entertainment additions to the races…….. The public have really taken to the new venture of Queen of the Races. This event will take place at Jim’s Bar Duagh on Saturday night, June 18 with the winner announced at the races on Sunday. The winner will go on to represent the races as an entrant for next year’s Kerry Rose of Tralee contest. We wish all the girls the best of luck.
Also in 2016 we have added a farmers market and a donkey derby to the race day.
Full bar and food facilities will be provided with live GAA games on the big screen. Live music in the marquee after racing. The day is aimed as a real family day out so hopefully people will turn out in large numbers on the banks of the River Feale for what is guaranteed a most enjoyable family fun day with a difference.appreciated.”

GLÓRACH SUMMER SHOW: The hay is made and hopefully Tipperary will be beat on Sunday, but in the meantime at the Glórach preparations are coming to a close for the upcoming variety show from the Children’s Theatre Group. After a memorable concert at Christmas, the children have been rehearsing in the intervening months and the fruits of their labour will be seen at the Glórach Community Theatre on this Sunday, June 19 and Monday, June 20. The show will comprise a mixture of drama, song, music, dance and of course humour. Both shows begin at 7.30 pm, tickets can be booked at 0871383940 and all are most welcome.

FEALE FIT NEWS: Well done to all Fealefit & St Ita’s Ac members that took part in the following events over the weekend ;- Dingle Adventure Race, Kerry Half on the Head, Boruman TriAthlon, Twomey Remorial cycle & run and the Lyre 5k all spread out over the weekend!Best of luck to our members running The Ring of Kerry relay challenge this Saturday! Dublin City Marathon Training commences July 10, 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

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

ST. JOSEPH’S YOUNG PRIESTS SOCIETY: St Joseph’s Young Priest Society Day trip to Knock, Saturday June 25. All in package including Breakfast, Evening meal and coach €55. Call 023-8849196 to book or any member from St Joseph’s Young Priest Society.

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.

EMEMBERING 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.

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.

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.

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 Kathleen & Thomas Dillane, Knockbrack. Saturday 11am Dan & Madge Cusack and Deceased family members Cratloe. 7pm John Leahy, New Street Margaret Shannon O’Sullivan, Ballybunion and late of Main St. Sunday 9.30am Tom & Danny Foley, The Hill . Michael Scannell, Dromtrasna Collins. 12noon Paddy & Mai O’Connor, Islandboy. Con & Eileen Harnett, Cragg. 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.

SOCIAL DANCING IN BALLYHAHILL: Summer dancing classes every Monday night in the Community Centre with Seamus. All welcome.

CATHOLIC YOUTH FESTIVAL JULY 7-10: Cistercain College, Roscrea. Further information www.youth2000.ie

HORTICULTURE/ORGANIC GROWING: If you are interested in growing we are now open for full-time and Part-time applicants. QQI Level 5 Certificate in Horticulture: This full time course runs from September to May. Students taking this course learn by taking part in the daily routine on the holding, attending lectures given by tutors and experienced Food producers. QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Horticulture: This full time course runs from September to September. Learners apply the skills gained at Level 5 to take responsibility and control of the entire production process relating to an Organic Horticultural Enterprise. Contact details: An tIonad Glas 06383604 or oifig for further information or application form.

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

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.

UPDATE ON FR. PAT MOORE: “Last Monday week (May 30) I started chemo treatment in Cork. I will get five intravenous treatments every three weeks and oral treatment for 14 consecutive days. I have no side effects, am feeling an overall improvement already; swallow improved, no tiredness, although the treatment is cumulative. I have also had other more detailed scans to see if radium is possible. Today I found out it is and I will have five weeks of radium starting in three weeks. The presence, expertise and awareness of the medical team inspire me. I feel I am in a strong place within and ready and able for this treatment. I am singularly blessed with the practical love and support of the people round me and I am again in a space of healing – inspired by the confidence faith gives me. The cancer is in one place, a delicate place, but accessible to radium. This time there is no waiting around, everything is happening very smoothly. And God is very near.” (From the Duagh Parish Newsletter.)

.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.

I-TEACH: The Teaching for Inclusion Research Lab in association with The Autism Spectrum Disorder Special Interest Group (ASDSIG) (PSI) Invite you to a New Foundations one-day research seminar in the University of Limerick on Tuesday, June 28 from 9.00am – 4.30pm. ‘Perspectives in Understanding & Promoting the Emotional Wellbeing of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)’ This research seminar will strengthen understanding of social emotional issues affecting students with autism and how to best promote their wellbeing. Guest speakers will present research findings on issues related to the impact of poor mental health, insights on understanding of issues of social emotional development and promoting greater wellbeing in students with ASD. The seminar is open to all those involved with students with ASD including: researchers, professionals, educators & parents.

COURSE IN CHILD CARE: Limerick Youth Service’s Early Childhood Education and Care Support Course is a two year FETAC Level 4 course that equips learners with the skills necessary to pursue a career and further study in the Childcare profession.
On enrolling students study four modules: Communications, Child Development, Information Technology and Work ExperienceThe child development part of the course is based around portfolio work and their work experience placement covering aspects such as: Key stages of child development, Exploring the relationship between play and child development, Looking at the skills that children develop and use in different types of play activities. Preparing a play activity that meets the basic developmental needs of a child. Child observation techniques. Recognising the diverse needs of children and families and linking it to children at play. Learners will also avail of the social and personal development courses available with LYS such as Junior Leadership Programmes, youth exchange and summer activities. On graduation from the course learners can progress to a FETAC Level 5 course, ideally in Childcare, or to employment. For further details on this innovative and progressive course please contact Sarah Clohessy at sarahc@limerickyouthservice.com or call 061-4124144.

FUNDRAISER FOR MILFORD HOSPICE: The O’Dea family & Cousins are holding their annual fund raising night in aid of Milford Hospice on Saturday, June 18 at Bulgaden Castle, Kilmallock from10pm to late.

FURNITURE SALE/EXHIBITION: Back2New Community Upcycling is having a three day sale/exhibition on June 15 – 17. Unique, upcycled and redesigned furniture from €25. Address of Sale/Exhibition: The Red Door Incubation Centre, the Square, Newcastle West. Times: 10am-5pm.

Back2New Community Upcycling is a project established by West Limerick Resources and is facilitated under the TUS programme. www.facebook.com/back2newupcycling

WEST LIMERICK HERITAGE AGM: The AGM of the West Limerick Heritage Network will take place in the offices of West Limerick Resources, St Mary’s Rd., Newcastle West, Co Limerick on Wednesday July 6th at 7:30pm. Initially established in 2014, the West Limerick Heritage Network is made up of individuals and groups from across the area whose aim it is to preserve and promote the heritage of the West Limerick area in all its forms. New members welcome. Contact: westlimerickheritage@gmail.com


PROLOGUE: BED IN SUMMER; In winter I get up at night and dress by yellow candle-light. In summer, quite the other way, I have to go to bed by day. I have to go to bed and see the birds still hopping on the tree, or hear the grown-up people’s feet still going past me in the street. And does it not seem hard to you, when all the sky is clear and blue, and I should like so much to play, to have to go to bed by day? Robert Louis Stevenson.

DEATHS: We offer our sympathies to the family of the late John Joseph Cotter whose Requiem Mass took place this Wednesday morning. We also offer sympathies to the extended family of the late Muhammad Ali, some of whom live in the Abbeyfeale area. According to Niall O’Dowd writing this week online in The Irish Central “The genealogist Antoinette O’Brien discovered that one of Ali’s great-grandfathers emigrated to the United States from County Clare, meaning that the three-time heavyweight world champion joins the likes of President Obama and Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. as prominent African-Americans with Irish heritage. In the 1860s, Abe Grady left Ennis in County Clare to start a new life in America. He would make his home in Kentucky and marry a free African-American woman. The couple started a family, and one of their daughters was Odessa Lee Grady. Odessa met and married Cassius Clay, Sr. and on January 17, 1942, Cassius junior was born. Cassius Clay changed his name to Muhammad Ali when he became a Muslim in 1964.”

BEST WISHES: The Leaving and Junior Cert exams get underway this week and we wish all the students the very best of luck.

APOLOGY: I congratulated Shannen O’Grady recently on writing her first book but unfortunately I said she was a member of the Glorach youth group instead of St. John’s.

SAGART PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES: A five day pilgrimage to Lourdes will travel to Lourdes on September 22 and return on September 27. Further information from Canon John O’Shea or Fr. Joe Foley.

COMMUNITY ALERT: We are still working on getting the text alert set up and will keep you updated.

ADAPT ANNUAL CHURCH GATE COLLECTION: ADAPT is a charitable organization based in Rosbrien, Limerick and offers a range of services to women survivors of Domestic Abuse and their children. The annual Church Gate collection is a vital source of funding to enable ADAPT to maintain the level of service and your support would be much appreciated.

The collection takes place this year on Saturday,June 11 and Sunday, June 12.

Intimate relationship abuse happens across all social classes. We often think of domestic abuse as physical violence however it occurs in many forms such as – verbal, emotional, sexual, mental and financial abuse. Young women aged 16 to 24 are most at risk. Adapt offer a 24 Hour Free freephone helpline – 1800 200 504 and 24 Hour Access to Safe refuge. See www.adaptservices.ie and Facebook for further information.

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.

THE BIG TODDLE for Barnardos will take place in the Town Park Abbeyfeale on Tuesday June 28 at 11am. This is a fun sponsored walk for toddlers where children themselves have the opportunity to help create positive change for disadvantaged children in Ireland. The toddle is hosted by Abbeyfeale Parent and Toddler Group who meet every Tuesday and Thursday in St. Ita’s Hall Abbeyfeale at 11am. New members are always welcome. Sponsor cards are available at the group. The toddle is followed by a picnic and an opportunity for parents and children to engage in outdoor play. For further information, contact Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883. This is an initiative of West Limerick Resources Family Support Project.

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.

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: The monthly car boot sale and indoor market in aid of WL102fm takes place at the Community Centre, NCW on Sunday next, June 12 from 8am- 1pm with gates open from 7.30am.

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 as a fundraiser 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 €20. Contact 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

RAMBLING HOUSE IN AID OF WEST LIMERICK 102FM: Monagea Hall are holding a Rambling House in aid of West Limerick 102fm Community Radio on Monday June 13. There will be a variety of entertainment on the night a great night is promised as with all Monagea Rambling house nights. The admission is €5 inclusive of raffle plus light refreshments will be served. Doors open 7.30pm. Contact Benny on 0879918546 /069 66200.

FEALE FIT NOTES: Well done to all Fealefit & St Ita’s Ac members that took part in events over the weekend! Busy weekend ahead for our members with Dingle Adventure Race,Kerry Half on the Head, Boruman TriAthlon, ,Twomey Remorial cycle & run and the Lyre 5k all spread out over the weekend! 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..

GLÓRACH CHILDRENS THEATRE SUMMER SHOW: From the winter solstice to the summer solstice, hard to believe it’s almost six months since the children gave a fantastic performance at the Glórach Christmas Show. Not ones for resting on their laurels, the children have been busy in rehearsals since the New Year and all the hard work will be coming to fruition with two shows at the Glórach Community Theatre on Sunday, June 19 and Monday, June 20.

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.

EMEMBERING 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.

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.

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.

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 11am Funeral Mass John Cotter, Knocknasna. Saturday 11am Timmy and Bridget Harnett, Ballaugh. 7pm Sean Leahy Meenahela. Sunday 9.30am Margaret, Danny, Paddy, Thomas and Tom Enright, Mountmahon. 12 noon Jim Lane Knockalougha. Hannah and Micheal McElligott.

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.

TWOMEY FAMILY REMORIAL WEEKEND: Saturday, June 11 there will be an Under 12 Hurling Blitz, a family walk, 4 mile run and table quiz in Meelin. Sunday, June 12 in Rockchapel there will be a 55 K and 110K Cycle. Brú Columbanus Cork, and organisations that promote positive mental health will be the beneficiaries of the weekend.

CATHOLIC YOUTH FESTIVAL JULY 7-10: Cistercain College, Roscrea. Further information www.youth2000.ie

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.

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.

The 2016 London Rose Emma Murphy-O’Connor, with the London Rose Centre, will host a fashion show fundraiser on the 1st of July. The event will be held in the Claddagh Ring, Hendon. The funds raised at the fashion show will be donated to the London Irish Centre and the Grace O’Shea Foundation.The clothes and accessories that will be displayed on the night will be from Serenity & Grace. Serenity & Grace is an online store, run by Ann Marie McDonagh, which provides everything you need for any special occasion from dresses to hat and even hair and make-up services. The outfits will be mainly from her Irish designer section and will be modeled by former London Roses and finalists. We are also delighted to have Ian McDonnell from Irish TV to present the night. At the interval of the show we will be giving attendees the chance to win some fantastic prizes with our exciting raffle and auction. We also invite gentlemen to attend as there will be fun and entertainment on the night to tickle their fancy.

Emma Murphy-O’Connor, 2016 London Rose, said; "As the Rose of Tralee is about celebrating and supporting the Irish diaspora, we have organised a fundraiser in support of two wonderful causes. The London Irish Centre has been the heartbeat of the Irish here in London, making us all feel part of a community away from home and as such we would love to give some support back to them in order to help keep the fabulous centre up and running. Ann Marie McDonagh set up the gorgeous Serenity & Grace website to not only help us to feel good on the inside and out but also to support the foundation set up for NF2 disorder of the nervous system in the name of her lovely sister Grace O’Shea. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible down in the Claddagh Ring for a night of fun, fashion and fundraising."

About the London Irish Centre:

The London Irish Centre (LIC) is the heart of the Irish community in London. The LIC is both a Registered Charity and an Irish community centre in Camden Square, London NW1. For sixty years, The LIC has been both supporting Irish people in London and promoting Irish arts and culture. Their welfare service is the largest for Irish people outside of Ireland. Each year they work with thousands of people to improve their housing, income, access to health, and social inclusion opportunities. This service works to meet the diverse needs of the large Irish community in London.

About the Grace O’Shea Foundation:

The foundation was set up to raise funds to support the treatment and care of Grace O’Shea, sister of London Rose sponsor and Serenity & Grace owner, Ann Marie McDonagh. Grace suffers from an extremely rare illness called Neurofibromatosis type 2.Neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2) is a hereditary condition most commonly associated with bilateral vestibular schwannomas, also known as acoustic neuromas. These are benign (noncancerous) tumors that occur on the nerves for balance leading to the inner ear. Although these tumors are benign, they can cause hearing and balance problems. People with NF2 also have an increased risk of other tumors of the nervous system. These tumors are generally not cancerous, but they may still lead to significant medical problems, especially if there are multiple tumors in or next to the brain.

For more information on Serenity & Grace, please visit:

http://www.serenityandgrace.co.uk/

Tickets are £7.00 and can be purchased from the venue or contact the London Rose centre at sineadkal@gmail.com.I-TEACH: The Teaching for Inclusion Research Lab in association with The Autism Spectrum Disorder Special Interest Group (ASDSIG) (PSI) Invite you to a New Foundations one-day research seminar in the University of Limerick on Tuesday, June 28 from 9.00am – 4.30pm.

‘Perspectives in Understanding & Promoting the Emotional Wellbeing of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)’

This research seminar will strengthen understanding of social emotional issues affecting students with autism and how to best promote their wellbeing. Guest speakers will present research findings on issues related to the impact of poor mental health, insights on understanding of issues of social emotional development and promoting greater wellbeing in students with ASD. The seminar is open to all those involved with students with ASD including: researchers, professionals, educators & parents.

BEREAVEMENT MEETING AT MILFORD: A meeting for Bereaved Parents will take place at Milford Care Centre, on Tuesday, June 14 from 7-9pm.

COURSE IN CHILD CARE: Limerick Youth Service’s Early Childhood Education and Care Support Course is a two year FETAC Level 4 course that equips learners with the skills necessary to pursue a career and further study in the Childcare profession.
On enrolling students study four modules: Communications, Child Development, Information Technology and Work ExperienceThe child development part of the course is based around portfolio work and their work experience placement covering aspects such as: Key stages of child development, Exploring the relationship between play and child development, Looking at the skills that children develop and use in different types of play activities. Preparing a play activity that meets the basic developmental needs of a child. Child observation techniques. Recognising the diverse needs of children and families and linking it to children at play. Learners will also avail of the social and personal development courses available with LYS such as Junior Leadership Programmes, youth exchange and summer activities. On graduation from the course learners can progress to a FETAC Level 5 course, ideally in Childcare, or to employment. For further details on this innovative and progressive course please contact Sarah Clohessy at sarahc@limerickyouthservice.com or call 061-4124144.