FUN BY THE FEALE

Monthly Archives: September 2016

PROLOGUE: "Life is too short to worry about what others say or think about you. So, have fun and give them something to talk about."
Author Unknown.

RED HURLEY IS COMING TO ABBEYFEALE: A concert featuring the gospel songs of Red Hurley will take place in the Church of the Assumption on Friday, October 15 at 8pm with tickets costing €15 available from Sean Broderick, Moss the Farmer, David Wards, Pat Buckley’s, Heavenly Gifts and O’Donoghue’s Convent St. Monies raised from this concert go towards supporting the very active youth ministry here in Abbeyfeale parish so please get a ticket and come out and enjoy a night of music and song to get the winter off to a good start.

ABBEYFEALE PARISH COMMUNITY: The members of the pastoral council, James Harnett and his staff and the general community of Abbeyfeale must be congratulated on the care and compassion that they showed the Congolese family mourning the death of their little girl this week. It was a real example of Christianity in action in this year of Mercy.

ART CLASSES FOR LADIES: Starting Tuesday, September 27 in Tea and Tales in the Square. Call in for further information.

CALLING ALL FAMILIES: A free bus will travel to Knock on Saturday, October 1 next from the South Court Hotel, Limerick to attend ‘A Day in honour of Our Lady’. Guest speaker Fr. Shenan Boquet. To reserve your seat telephone 09493 75993 or email mail@hliireland.ie

CAR BOOT SALE AND INDOOR MARKET: The monthly market in aid of WL102fm, your community radio station, takes place on Sunday, October 2 at the Community Centre, Newcastlewest. Gates open 7.30am. Support from Abbeyfeale would be much appreciated.

NEW BOOK OF RAILWAY LORE: Joe Coleman, Author, extends an invitation to the launch of his new book "Falling Gradient" at 6pm on Friday September 30 in the Granary Library, Michael St., Limerick. The book features all the railways which served Limerick City and gives considerable attention to the North Kerry Line which ran from Limerick via Newcastle West and Listowel to Tralee and is now the Great Southern Trail Greenway route.

MICK O’CONNELL TO OPEN GARRY MCMAHON WEEKEND: The 8th annual Garry McMahon traditional singing festival takes place from Friday, October 21 to Sunday 23 in Abbeyfeale. This year’s lineup makes for another full weekend of singing sessions, Storytelling, Workshops, Competitions and Presentations. The press launch for the festival takes place on Thursday, September 29 @ 8pm in the Ramble Inn bar, Abbeyfeale, The launch will be performed by our friend from West Clare Joe O’Connor and will be followed by a singing session. On Friday October 21 @ 8pm the festival will be officially opened by the one and only Mick O’Connell from Valentia who was a personal friend of Garry McMahon’s and they also played football for Kerry together. This will be followed by a singing session in The Ramble Inn bar. Saturday will begin with free workshops @10.30 in Leens hotel where we will have 2 tutors teaching songs and composing new songs. This will be followed @ 3pm by the very popular newly composed ballad competition in the Ramble Inn bar. Singing sessions will continue into the night in both the Ramble Inn and Leens hotel. Sunday will commence @ 12 noon with Aifreann na Riocht in Abbeyfeale church as composed by Garry McMahon RIP and performed by the Abbeyfeale choir. At 3pm we will have a very special presentation in Fr Caseys GAA club which will include traditional music, singing and storytelling. this year’s tribute goes to Daisy Kearney well known storyteller and a regular at our monthly singing sessions where she entertain us all with her stories, this will be followed by our final singing session in the Ramble Inn bar. All events during the weekend are free and everyone is welcome to come along and join us.

WORKSHOP FOR COMMUNITY GROUPS: West Limerick Resources Ltd (WLR) is rolling out a series of free workshops under the SICAP programme to support you with your group development. Practical no nonsense workshops offering advice on key areas of managing community groups, knowledge of funding opportunities and how to make a good funding application, the workshop on Thursday, October 6 will focus on Role & responsibilities for Voluntary BOMs. Workshops are in the offices of WLR in Newcastle West. For more information & to book your place please call Damien on 087 9042477 / 069 62222.

DROMTRASNA CHALLENGE: On Saturday, October 22 next Dromtrasna will come alive with runners and walkers, young and old, to show their support for a wonderful charity, Milford Hospice and Milford Home Care Services. Dromtrasna is a scenic townland of Abbeyfeale, rich in views and stunning scenery. Log onto Facebook and like and share Dromtrasna Challenge 2016. We invite you to view our video which captures some of those scenes as we take you on a tour of Dromtrasna and surrounding areas through our 10K route. Fasten your seatbelts and see what Dromtrasna Challenge 2016 10K route has to offer. Join us on October 22, experience the welcome of our community and lets all take that step for Milford!!

COMMUNITY ALERT: The days are getting shorter so it’s time again to review security at your home. Check that your smoke alarm has a working battery, buy a carbon monoxide alarm as a backup. Slow down while driving, with all the wind that’s about there’s branches broken off trees strewn on roadsides. If your wipers are on then you should be driving with dimmed lights.

AGM: Abbeyfeale Bridge Club will be holding its A.G.M on Thursday, October 13 in the Railway Bar, Abbeyfeale at 7pm sharp, we will be playing cards afterwards.The AGM of the Abbeyfeale Drama Group will take place on Thursday, September 29 at 8pm in Leens Hotel.

IRISH SIGN LANGUAGE: Marie Barrett, Ballaugh will be teaching an Introduction to Sign Language at the Desmond College this autumn. For further information contact Sean Sheils 06962205.

NEW RAMBLING HOUSE OPENS IN ABBEYFEALE: Benny Thade McCarthy, the popular presenter with WL102fm will be opening a Rambling House in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse on Monday, October 3 following Mass at 8pm that evening. Big Maggie will cut the ribbon and it is hoped to hold a night on the first Monday of each month. Musicians, singers, storytellers are cordially invited, if you don’t want to perform do come along and join the audience. A donation will be made to WL102fm.

CHURCH GATE COLLECTION: Epilepsy Ireland will hold a church gate collection on Saturday, October 1 and Sunday October 2.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: CareBright are looking for people to train as Healthcare Assistants in Abbeyfeale and North Kerry. They offer a 4 week internship programme which will commence in Croom on Monday, October 17. Further details and application forms from Monica Hanley on 087 8310999 or email training@carebright.ie

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: Tralee/West Kerry MS Society are holding an Afternoon Tea Dance on Sunday, October 9 at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse. Dancing 3-6pm. Music by Pa Quade. Admission €5. Teas served. Raffle on the day for selection of gifts. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: The new season of Toastmasters has started and will continue on the first and third Wednesday every month until May 2017. Next meeting Wednesday, October 5 at the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West from 8-10pm. Toastmasters provide you with the tools to become a confident speaker in a safe caring environment where everyone is on the same path. Great for anyone who finds it hard to stand up and get their point across at meetings? Further information from 087 7972855 or check out our Facebook page.

HOUSE AVAILABLE: St Ita’s Day Care Sheltered Housing has a vacancy for suitable candidate but they need to be on the County Council list for housing. For further information, please contact St. Ita’s Day Care Centre, Abbeyfeale. Ph.06851850.

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, October 7 at 9.30pm. All are welcome to come along and join in.

LONDON PREMIERE FOR “THE MOUNTAINY PUCK”: On Saturday, October 1, Knocknagoshel based drama group, the Spike Players, will travel to London to perform the hilarious comedy The Mountainy Puck.The special performance will be for one night only in the Bentley Suite of the Clayton Crown hotel, Cricklewood. The play, written by Chriostóir Barrett, Ballybowler, Lispole who now lives in Knocknagoshel is based in 1970’s rural Ireland and follows the lives of ordinary country folk. It addresses themes such as neighbourhood rivalry, love and unexpected incidents that bring comedic value to the play. The Spike Players Drama Group, from Knocknagoshel, Co. Kerry, was set up in September 2009 and the late Noelie Roche from Church St., Abbeyfeale who lived in Knocknagoshel was a member. Noelie, known locally as ‘Spike’ died suddenly in November 2009 and it was decided to call the group Spike Players in his memory. Tickets are £10.00 and available on the door or on pre-sale from the Danny Sullivan Group head office in Park Royal London. To purchase tickets or for more information about the event, please contact Siobhan on 0208 961 1900 or email siobhant@dannysullivan.co.uk.

COUNTRY MUSIC BREAK: Great County music break from Monday October 17 –

Friday, October 21 based in the Great Northern 4 Star Hotel, Bundoran with complimentary use of the Leisure Centre.. If you like dancing every night and then enjoying taking in the beautiful Donegal scenery and visiting places of interest during the day this is the break for you contact Maureen 087 9845102 for more details and booking.

ENTERPRISE TRAINING: West Limerick Resources in partnership with the Local Enterprise Office are pleased to be delivering the following training programmes which are aimed at supporting you through the different stages of starting and staying in business. Pre-booking for all training is essential. For further details or to register, please contact Brenda Heath at West Limerick Resources on 069 62222 ; Social Media Solutions for Business – Beginners Wednesday October 5, Intermediate Wednesday October 12 and Advanced Wednesday October 19 from 7pm to 10pm. Increasing Sales through Customer Service – Wednesday October from 19 9.30am to 1pm. Start Your Own Business Training – Tuesdays November 8, 15, 22 and 29, from 7pm to 10pm.

Employment Law Update for Small Business Part 1 & 2, Wednesdays November 16 & 23 from 7pm to 10pm.

SEANCHAÍ NEWS: Listowel Rambling House will take place in the Seanchaí Centre, Listowel on Thursday September 29 from 9.15 pm. A great evening of traditional music, song, dance & storytelling is guaranteed and audience participation is welcome. Admission is free, tea/coffee served.

CHILDREN’S ARTS CLASSES: Classes for children’s in Creative Writing and Arts & Crafts start on Saturday October 1 in the Seanchaí Centre, Listowel from 9.30 am. Classes are suitable from children age 7 to 11 years. For further details and to book tel. (068) 22212.

NCW FILM CLUB: Showing ‘Mustang’ on Friday, October 7 in the Desmond Complex. Cost €7. Starting at 8pm, come early for refreshments. This film lasts 97 minutes. When five orphan girls are seen innocently playing with boys on a beach, their scandalized conservative guardians confine them while forced marriages are arranged. For more information 087 6877870. Everyone most welcome.

.PARENTING CLASSES IN WEST LIMERICK: Parenting /self-care classes will recommence in West Limerick in September. There is no cost involved, but as places are limited, booking is essential. All classes are organised by staff from Limerick Social Services. Classes are planned for Thursday mornings 11.00am – 12.30pm. Venue and start dates to be confirmed, depending on numbers. For further details, or to book a place please contact: Enda: Tel No: 0831949882 enda.keogh@lssc.ie Mary: Tel No: 0863514700 mary.danaher@lssc.ie

FREE TO BE’ PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT COURSE: This Personal Development Course (6 week programme) starts Tuesday morning September 27 from 10am to 12 noon in the Further Education and Training Centre Abbeyfeale. ‘Free to be’ is essentially a positive way for people to make time for personal growth. It’s a gentle time for people to step back, take stock and examine how they are, where one can discover personal strengths in a safe confidential space. Anybody who feels they can commit to 2 hours on a Tuesday morning for 6 weeks are welcome. Booking early is advisable to secure a place on this course. For further information or queries or to book a place, contact Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 938 2883 or Nora on 068 31198.

ABBEYFEALE PARISH CHURCH NOTES: Parish office 11-1pm Tuesday-Friday 068 31133. +Parish Support Worker 068/31019. Counselling Appointment 061/314213.Church 068/51915, Tel: 068 – 31157 : 087 – 9708282, Samaritans: 061 – 412111 or Free phone 1850609090 A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-8143425 Bereavement Support: 068 / 31203 068/ 31262 068/51984 Console 061-306792

Fr. Anthony Mullins P.P. 068/31157 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: Saturday 7pm Johnny & Peggy Stack, Craughatouke. Sunday 9.30am Patrick & Vera O’Connell, Purt 12noon Ned O’Connell, Kilconlea Lower.

A meeting of the Adoration Committee will take place on Wednesday 28 @ 8pm. To see the daily readings you may log on to www.abbefelaeparish.ie and click on daily reading on the home page. Log onto www.churchservices.tv/abbeyfealeparish for the church webcam. You can now watch all services from home if you have access to a computer. You are asked to use car parking spaces in the Church car park before you start parking in the middle of the yard.

GALA CONCERT: A Gala concert in aid of Pieta House will take place Ardagh Church on Sunday, October 16. Tickets available from 086 8123855.

KNOCK: The ‘Story of Love’ concert is a spectacular musical event celebrating God’s love for His creation. It will take place in the Basilica on Saturday, October 15 and Sunday October 16. This sacred concert brings together choirs from around the world, Italian singers and Irish musicians for a unique musical experience.

MONAGAE TEA DANCE: The first of the monthly Afternoon Tea Dances will be held on Sunday, October 2 with music by Declan Aungier.

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 the following at West Limerick Resources, Finn (087 759 1951), Adrienne (087 277 3294), or like us on Facebook WLR Rural Employment Service for the latest updates on job vacancies and training courses.

SHEP: Personal development course beginning the end of October in Killarney, a one year part time course, a journey understanding life & relationships, enrolment extended for one week, contact Deidre 087 7728089.

ANAM CARA: – a Bereavement Information Evening for bereaved parents on Tuesday, October 4 from 7.30- 9:30pm in the Meadowlands Hotel, Tralee. As Anam Cara will need to confirm numbers for teas, coffees, etc, please RSVP to info before Monday, October 3 or call the Information Line on 085 2888 888.

TALK: God’s Mercy and Mother Teresa – An evening of prayer and recollection in St Mary’s Cathedral Killarney with guest speaker Susan Conroy from USA, a personal friend and author of three books on our new saint. Friday. September 30 at 7.30pm. Prayer, Music, book-singing and refreshments (in nearby school) included. More info: www.mercyseptember2016.com.

CAPACITAR: Self Care Day: Practical skills for stress management and emotional wellness in Ardfert Centre on Saturday, October 1 from 9.45am – 4.00pm. Contact Anna O’Donoghue 0879447105. Ref. capacitar-Ireland.org

CHRISTMAS PANTO: Musicians, e.g. guitarists, drummer and keyboard players
needed for this year’s Panto in Listowel. Young people wanted to take part in this year’s production. Anyone interested, please contact Michelle Whelan 087-2071371.


PROLOGUE: Life is a song – sing it. Life is a game – play it. Life is a challenge – meet it. Life is a dream – realize it. Life is a sacrifice – offer it. Life is love – live it. Life is a goal – achieve it. Duagh Parish Newletter.

DEATH: Sincere sympathy is offered to the family of the little girl killed in a road traffic accident at the weekend and whose family have recently moved to live in Abbeyfeale.

WORKSHOP FOR COMMUNITY GROUPS: West Limerick Resources Ltd (WLR) is rolling out a series of free workshops under the SICAP programme to support you with your group development. Practical no nonsense workshops offering advice on key areas of managing community groups, knowledge of funding opportunities and how to make a good funding application. First workshop takes place on Thursday, September 22 from 7pm – 9pm on Community Management, challenges and solutions. Second workshop on Thursday, October 6 will focus on Role & responsibilities for Voluntary BOMs. Workshops are in the offices of WLR in Newcastle West. For more information & to book your place please call Damien on 087 9042477 / 069 62222.

DROMTRASNA CHALLENGE: On Saturday, October 22 next Dromtrasna will come alive with runners and walkers, young and old, to show their support for a wonderful charity, Milford Hospice and Milford Home Care Services. Dromtrasna is a scenic townland of Abbeyfeale, rich in views and stunning scenery. Log onto Facebook and like and share Dromtrasna Challenge 2016. We invite you to view our video which captures some of those scenes as we take you on a tour of Dromtrasna and surrounding areas through our 10K route. Fasten your seatbelts and see what Dromtrasna Challenge 2016 10K route has to offer. Join us on October 22, experience the welcome of our community and lets all take that step for Milford!!

COMMUNITY ALERT: The days are getting shorter so it’s time again to review security at your home. Check that your smoke alarm has a working battery, buy a carbon monoxide alarm as a backup. Consider installing a house alarm, replace bulbs in lights outdoors.

IRISH SIGN LANGUAGE: Marie Barrett, Ballaugh will be teaching an Introduction to Sign Language at the Desmond College this autumn. For further information contact Sean Sheils 06962205.

SATURDAY ANTIQUES, CAR BOOT SALE AND INDOOR MARKET: A Saturday market will be held in the Community Centre NCW (next door to Aldi and the GAA field) next Saturday, September 24. All proceeds in aid of WL102fm.

YOUTH CLUB NEWS: Abbey Angels return on Friday, September 23 from 8.00 to 9.30 in St. Ita’s Hall. Teen’s Together return on Saturday, September 24 from 7.45 to 9.15pm in the GAA complex. The new club will register on Saturday, September 24 in St. Ita’s Hall at 7.45pm. A parent or guardian must accompany each young person. Registration costs €10. Places are limited to 40 places on a first come, first served basis. A reserve list will be taken on the night and hopefully we will be able to accept extra members after Christmas. This club is for young people who are currently in 2nd year.

NEW RAMBLING HOUSE OPENS IN ABBEYFEALE: Benny Thade McCarthy, the popular presenter with WL102fm will be opening a Rambling House in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse on Monday, October 3 following Mass at 8pm that evening. Big Maggie will cut the ribbon and it is hoped to hold a night on the first Monday of each month. Musicians, singers, storytellers are cordially invited, if you don’t want to perform do come along and join the audience. A donation will be made to WL102fm.

READING GROUP: St.Ita’s Reading Group will meet in the small chapel on Wednesday September 21.@2p.m. We are looking forward to seeing our regular readers and hopefully some new ones.

CHURCH GATE COLLECTIONS: A collection in aid of the Town Park will take place at the church gate at all Masses next weekend. Please support as generously as possible. Epilepsy Ireland will hold a church gate collection on Saturday, October 1 and Sunday October 2. The Irish Cancer Society wish to thank you for your support to their recent collection. The amount collected was €1119.75 which will go towards making a difference in the lives of people affected by cancer.

COFFEE MORNING FOR KERRY HOSPICE: The Wednesday Club are holding a coffee morning in the Ploughman Bar, Abbeyfeale on Friday, September 23 from 11-1pm. Your support will be greatly appreciated.

BUS TO PLOUGHING Wednesday September 21 leaving from Abbeyfeale Church 6.15am. Contact Tom O’Connor 087 2632096 to book your seat.

ABBEYFEALE BRIDGE CLUB: Abbeyfeale Bridge club will be playing cards again after the summer break Thursday, September 22 at the Railway Bar, Abbeyfeale starting 7.30 pm.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: CareBright are looking for people to train as Healthcare Assistants in Abbeyfeale and North Kerry. They offer a 4 week internship programme which will commence in Croom on Monday, October 17. Further details and application forms from Monica Hanley on 087 8310999 or email training@carebright.ie

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: Tralee/West Kerry MS Society are holding an Afternoon Tea Dance on Sunday, October 9 at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse. Dancing 3-6pm. Music by Pa Quade. Admission €5. Teas served. Raffle on the day for selection of gifts. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: The new season of Toastmasters has started and will continue on the first and third Wednesday every month until May 2017. Next meeting Wednesday September 21 at the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West from 8-10pm. Toastmasters provide you with the tools to become a confident speaker in a safe caring environment where everyone is on the same path. Great for anyone who finds it hard to stand up and get their point across at meetings. Further information from 087 7972855 or check out our Facebook page.

ATHEA HORSE AND PONY RACING: There will be a video race night on Saturday, September 24 in The Top of the Town Bar followed by horse and pony racing at the farm of Helen and Micheal O’Keeffe, Glenagore , Athea on Sunday, September 25 starting at 1pm sharp. All proceeds to Milford Hospice. Further information Chairman Sean King 087 2678439.

CON COLBERT WEEKEND IN ATHEA: A weekend of events to honour local patriot Con Colbert will take place in Athea over the weekend of September 24 and 25 with the unveiling of a magnificent bronze bust being the highlight of the celebrations. A football blitz, free concert and a historical lecture are also planned for the weekend as well as the annual horse and pony racing.

RED HURLEY IS COMING TO ABBEYFEALE: A concert featuring the gospel songs of Red Hurley will take place in the Church of the Assumption on Friday, October 15 at 8pm with tickets costing €15 available from Sean Broderick, Moss the Farmer, David Wards, Pat Buckley’s, Heavenly Gifts and O’Donoghue’s Convent St.

LEGION OF MARY PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK SHRINE: A bus will travel from Abbeyfeale on Sunday, September 25 at 7am. Book your seat €20 from members; Sean Broderick 068 31213 Bernard Broderick 068 31565 Gerard O’Callaghan 087 2980841 Michael Lane 087 9639775 David Davy 087 0994272.

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, September 2 at 9.30pm. All are welcome to come along and join in the singing, tell a story, or just listen to the performers.

HISTORY LECTURE: A lecture on ‘The Asgard and the Howth Gun Running’ by Pat Murphy will take place in the Seanchaí Centre, Listowel on Tuesday September 27th at 8 pm. Admission €5.

SEANCHAÍ Rambling House: Listowel Rambling House will take place in the Seanchaí Centre, Listowel on Thursday September 29 from 9.15 pm. A great evening of traditional music, song, dance & storytelling is guaranteed and audience participation is welcome. Admission is free, tea/coffee served.

CHILDREN’S ARTS CLASSES: Classes for children’s in Creative Writing and Arts & Crafts start on Saturday October 1 in the Seanchaí Centre, Listowel from 9.30 am. Classes are suitable from children age 7 to 11 years. For further details and to book tel. (068) 22212.

MEETING: A meeting for people interested in Humanism will be held in Christy’s Bar, The Square, Listowel on Saturday, September 24 at 11:30 am. Humanism is not a religion, rather an ethical life stance that holds that people can be good. Any queries contact Denis Hobson 087 9481031.

DAY TRIP: Visit Offaly in the Centre of Ireland on Sunday, September 25, guided tour of Charleville Castle & stroll in the gardens, also time to browse around the thriving town of Tullamore. Leaving NCW at 8. 30Am. We will stop off at the Obama Plaza where we can buy our breakfast and return in the evening for dinner. You can visit a very interesting museum on the premises for free. Cost for bus & Castle €21. We still have some seats available. Everyone most welcome. Contact Maureen 087 9845102

NCW FILM CLUB: Showing ‘Mustang’ on Friday, October 7 in the Desmond Complex. Cost €7. Starting at 8pm, come early for refreshments. This film lasts 97 minutes. When five orphan girls are seen innocently playing with boys on a beach, their scandalized conservative guardians confine them while forced marriages are arranged. For more information 087 6877870. Everyone most welcome.

.PARENTING CLASSES IN WEST LIMERICK: Parenting /self-care classes will recommence in West Limerick in September. There is no cost involved, but as places are limited, booking is essential. All classes are organised by staff from Limerick Social Services. Classes are planned for Thursday mornings 11.00am – 12.30pm. Venue and start dates to be confirmed, depending on numbers. For further details, or to book a place please contact: Enda: Tel No: 0831949882 enda.keogh@lssc.ie Mary: Tel No: 0863514700 mary.danaher@lssc.ie

RAYMOND FENNELLY REMEMBERS: “Sunday night was dance night. We put on our good suits, polished the shoes and headed for Tom Tobin’s Hall.

We left our bicycles at Sonny Sullivan’s gate and walked the last mile down in to the town. That way, we wouldn’t have to push them back up the hill later.

At the bottom of the Old Road we checked our trousers for mud spatters and removed our bicycle clips.

Sometimes lads forgot to take off the clips and walked around the dance hall all night with their trouser legs tied to their ankles. They didn’t get a lot of dances but were the cause of much merriment and many snide remarks behind their unsuspecting backs.

It was the age of popular music. Love was in the air and young people all over the world were rocking to the sounds of Elvis, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.

However, back in Ireland, we were dancing to a different beat. We listened to the pop charts on Luxembourg and Radio Caroline but our access to records was limited and very few of us owned a record player. Radio Eireann was rubbish and we were dependant on the visiting showbands to play the latest hits.

And so it was that on Sunday nights we donned our drip-dry shirts and carefully knotted our ties, rubbed a dollop of Brylcreem into the hair and away with us down to Tobin’s Hall.

A gang of us usually met at the monument and sauntered slowly up Main Street exchanging banter with rival groups and eyeing the talent. There was safety in numbers.

Some lads headed for the pub to steady the nerves with a couple of pints. We were made of sterner stuff, beside which we had very little money to waste on porter.

We queued for tickets at the door and in we went and made straight for the gents to check our appearance in the large mirror because, as Shakespeare said, “the apparel oft proclaims the man.” (we were doing Hamlet for the Leaving Cert at the time)

Satisfied that all was in order we ventured back out into the hall which was now starting to fill. The girls sat demurely on benches along one wall looking deceptively shy and aloof. The lads were bunched on the other side like eager young colts waiting to be let loose in a field of fresh oats. On stage the band warmed up with a few golden oldies. It was a typical Sunday night.

Cremin was a demon on the dance floor. He had two left feet, neither of which were suitable for dancing. However, this did not hold him back

As the floor filled he marched boldly across and asked the best-looking girl in the hall if she wanted to dance. She hesitated but Cremin grabbed her by the hand and hung on tightly. There was no escape.

Reluctantly, she stood up and followed him out. The band struck up a quick-step and Cremin began performing his own particular version of The Twist, strutting around the floor like a poor man’s Mick Jagger. The crowd moved well back to give him room.

Meanwhile, his embarrassed partner stood there open-mouthed as he gyrated and wheeled before her like some demented dervish, a fixed expression on his face and moving completely out of sync with the music.

As soon as the music stopped the unfortunate girl did an about-turn and retreated back to the safety of her female companions while Cremin, completely unfazed, looked around for his next victim.

And the strange thing was that Cremin rarely went home alone after the dance. He always seemed to procure “the shift” as we called it, which was more than could be said for the rest of us.

And on Monday mornings we compared notes. Those of us who had gone home on our own stayed quiet while those who might have managed to engage in a spot of romance were happy to boast about it.

However, details of such dalliances were usually sketchy as there was rarely very much to tell. Fear of having to face Canon Lynch in the confessional the following Saturday was a great deterrent to any shenanigans!

Romance blossomed in the ballroom and many people met their future partners while dancing an old time waltz or a polka set on the hollowed boards of that famous dance floor. Some married for love, others for money. But, for better or worse, most married for life.

Tom Tobin’s Hall is closed now. The band has left the stage and the dancers dance no more. All that is left are memories of lost loves and distant dancing partners.

The rest, as Hamlet observed, is silence.”

FREE TO BE’ PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT COURSE: This Personal Development Course (6 week programme) starts Tuesday morning September 27 from 10am to 12 noon in the Further Education and Training Centre Abbeyfeale. ‘Free to be’ is essentially a positive way for people to make time for personal growth. It’s a gentle time for people to step back, take stock and examine how they are, where one can discover personal strengths in a safe confidential space. Anybody who feels they can commit to 2 hours on a Tuesday morning for 6 weeks are welcome. Booking early is advisable to secure a place on this course. For further information or queries or to book a place, contact Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 938 2883 or Nora on 068 31198.

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: . Thursday10am Michael O’Shea, Friday 10am Donie Cahill, Brosna / Knocknasna. Saturday 7pm Patrick Moriarty, Caherlane . Dan Murphy, New Street 1st Anniversary. Michael & Ellen Quille, Ballaugh.

To see the daily readings you may log on to www.abbefelaeparish.ie and click on daily reading on the home page. Log onto www.churchservices.tv/abbeyfealeparish. for the church webcam. A direct link from the parish website has been set up. You can now watch all services from home if you have access to a computer. You are asked to use car parking spaces in the Church car park before you start parking in the middle of the yard.

GALA CONCERT: A Gala concert in aid of Pieta House will take place Ardagh Church on Sunday, October 16. Tickets available from 086 8123855.

LONDON PREMIERE FOR “THE MOUNTAINY PUCK”: On Saturday, October 1, Knocknagoshel based drama group, the Spike Players, will travel to London to perform the hilarious comedy The Mountainy Puck.The special performance will be for one night only in the Bentley Suite of the Clayton Crown hotel, Cricklewood. The play, written by Chriostóir Barrett, Ballybowler, Lispole who now lives in Knocknagoshel is based in 1970’s rural Ireland and follows the lives of ordinary country folk. It addresses themes such as neighbourhood rivalry, love and unexpected incidents that bring comedic value to the play. The Spike Players Drama Group, from Knocknagoshel, Co. Kerry, was set up in September 2009 and the late Noelie Roche from Church St., Abbeyfeale who lived in Knocknagoshel was a member. Noelie, known locally as ‘Spike’ died suddenly in November 2009 and it was decided to call the group Spike Players in his memory. Tickets are £10.00 and available on the door or on pre-sale from the Danny Sullivan Group head office in Park Royal London. To purchase tickets or for more information about the event, please contact Siobhan on 0208 961 1900 or email siobhant.

IFA AND PIETA HOUSE ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO TALK AND CONNECT WITH LOCAL SUPPORT SERVICES: The IFA and Pieta House have taken the opportunity on World Prevention Suicide Day to encourage anyone who is feeling suicidal to get help by connecting with the support services that are available, including the Mind Our Farm Families phone line and counselling service offered by IFA and Pieta House. The purpose of World Suicide Prevention Day 2016 is to raise awareness that suicide can be prevented. This year’s theme is ‘Connect, Communicate, Care’, three words that are at the heart of suicide prevention. IFA President, Joe Healy said the high rate of suicide, particularly among men in rural Ireland, was the driving force behind IFA’s involvement is setting up a dedicated Mind Our Farm Families phone line and counselling service. The phone line, 1890 130 022, puts farmers in direct contact with a Pieta House therapist who can make an appointment at one of their 18 centres, if needed.

“Suicide is preventable and it is so important that if you are feeling suicidal or you are concerned about a family member or friend that you talk to someone. The Mind Our Farm Families service is a solution focussed one-to-one counselling service that is completely free of charge”, Joe Healy said. The World Health Organisation estimates that more than 800,000 people die by suicide each year – that’s one person every 40 seconds. Up to 25 times as many again make a suicide attempt. The tragic ripple effect means that there are many more people who have been bereaved by suicide or have been close to someone who has tried to take his or her own life.

“Our vision is of a world where suicide, self-harm and stigma have been replaced by hope, self-care and acceptance,” said Pieta House CEO Brian Higgins. “In the last 10 years we have been brilliant at replacing suicide with hope and bringing people to self-care, but the biggest struggle for us is to replace stigma with acceptance.

“Individually, we all need to tackle the stigma that leads people to the doors of Pieta House. At Pieta House we have helped more than 25,000 people since 2006. We are delighted to be working with the IFA on Mind Our Farm Families. Suicide is something that sadly affects every community in Ireland but in rural and farming communities in particular it is vital that people know that our services are there if they need them.”

Pieta House will be at the IFA stand (block no: 2, row: 12, stand: 289) at the National Ploughing Championships taking place in Screggan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly from September 20-22 to provide advice and information on the services offered.

MONAGAE TEA DANCE: The first of the monthly Afternoon Tea Dances kicks off on Sunday, October 2 with music by Declan Aungier.

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 the following at West Limerick Resources, Finn (087 759 1951), Adrienne (087 277 3294), or like us on Facebook WLR Rural Employment Service for the latest updates on job vacancies and training courses.

COUNTRY MUSIC BREAK: Great County music break from Monday October 17 –

Friday, October 21 based in the Great Northern 4 Star Hotel, Bundoran with complimentary use of the Leisure Centre. I have learned that there is a change in the lineup of entertainers and I have been informed that this will be finalised this coming week. Once I know the definite line up of entertainers I will have it printed here so please watch this space. If you like dancing every night and then enjoying taking in the beautiful Donegal scenery and visiting places of interest during the day this is the break for you contact Maureen 087 9845102 for more details and booking.

CHRISTMAS PANTO: Musicians, e.g. guitarists, drummer and keyboard players
needed for this year’s Panto in Listowel. Young people wanted to take part in this year’s production. Anyone interested, please contact Michelle Whelan 087-2071371.

LIFE IN THE SPIRIT SEMINARS: will be held in Castleisland in the Nano Nagle Presentation Primary School Hall from September 14 – October 26. Guest Speakers:, Msgr. Dan O’Riordan on Wednesday, September 21, Fr Harry Bohan on Wednesday, September 28, Joe Dalton on Wednesday, October 5, Eddie Stones on Friday October 14, Peter & Anne O’Reilly on Wednesday, October 19 and Fr John Mockler on Wednesday, October 26. These seminars try to help those to deepen a personal relationship with Christ and to be active with the Holy Spirit in their lives so they can begin to experience him working in them and through them. Further information call 0874112002 or 0861982188.

EVENING CLASSES: The College in Listowel is offering a number of QQI Certified and Hobby Based courses in the Evening. Professional courses include; Occupational First Aid, Healthcare Support, Special Needs Assisting, Desktop publishing,etc. Hobby courses include; Computers for Beginners & Intermediate, Web Design for Beginners. Enrolment will take place on September 19-24 from 9am-4.30pm (closed 12.30-1pm). For more information on our course go to Iseult.glynn

THRESHING CANCER’S ANNUAL THRESHING, Vintage and family fun day in aid of Kerry Cancer Care Support is being held on Sunday, September 25 on the farm of Brendan Ferris, Beaufort @1pm.


PROLOGUE: “If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours. Smile a while and in a while you will have a mile of smiles. Fr. O’ Shea’s parting words to the boys of St. Mary’s National School at their start of year Mass.

WELCOME FR. MULLINS: A very warm welcome is extended to our new parish priest Fr. Tony Mullins who began his ministry in Abbeyfeale last weekend. We wish our former parish priest Fr. John O’Shea all the best as he moves to the parishes of Raheen, Crecora and Mungret.

NIGHT CLASSES IN COLAISTE IDE AGUS IOSEF: 1. Games: a new and exciting way to keep fit. This eight week course aims to get you fit by introducing you to new games and by reintroducing you to some of your old favourites. Games include: Tag Rugby, Hockey, Indoor Soccer, Basketball, Badminton, Tennis and gym work. Open to all ages and fitness levels (no one is too unfit to join). Come along and enjoy a new experience in Fitness. Starting Tuesday, September 20 from 7.30 -9pm. 2. Indoor soccer: looking to improve your fitness and get out of the house on the long winter nights? Why not come along to our indoor soccer nights? This will be a popular course, so please book early if interested. All courses €50. For more information please call 068 30631.

NEW RAMBLING HOUSE OPENS IN ABBEYFEALE: Benny Thade McCarthy, the popular presenter with WL102fm will be opening a Rambling House in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse on Monday, October 3 following Mass at 8pm that evening. Big Maggie will cut the ribbon and it is hoped to hold a night on the first Monday of each month. Musicians, singers, storytellers are cordially invited, if you don’t want to perform do come along and join the audience. A donation will be made to WL102fm.

COFFEE MORNING FOR KERRY HOSPICE: The Wednesday Club are holding a coffee morning in the Ploughman on Friday, September 23 from 11-1pm. Your support will be greatly appreciated.

BUS TO PLOUGHING Wednesday September 21 leaving from Church 6.15am. Contact Tom O’Connor 087 2632096 to book your seat.

ABBEYFEALE BRIDGE CLUB: Abbeyfeale Bridge club will be playing cards again after the summer break Thursday, September 22 at the Railway Bar, Abbeyfeale starting 7.30 pm.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: CareBright are looking for people to train as Healthcare Assistants in Abbeyfeale and North Kerry. They offer a 4 week internship programme which will commence in Croom on Monday, October 17. Further details and application forms from Monica Hanley on 087 8310999 or email training@carebright.ie

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: Tralee/West Kerry MS Society are holding an Afternoon Tea Dance on Sunday, October 9 at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse. Dancing 3-6pm. Music by Pa Quade. Admission €5. Teas served. Raffle on the day for selection of gifts. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

ACTIVE RETIREMENT GROUP: The local branch of Active Retirement will meet on Wednesday next at 2pm in the Adult Education Centre.

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: The new season of Toastmasters has started and will continue on the first and third Wednesday every month until May 2017. Next meeting Wednesday September 21 at the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West from 8-10pm. Toastmasters provide you with the tools to become a confident speaker in a safe caring environment where everyone is on the same path. Great for anyone who finds it hard to stand up and get their point across at meetings. Further information from 087 7972855 or check out our Facebook page.

ATHEA HORSE AND PONY RACING: There will be a video race night on Saturday, September 24 in The Top of the Town Bar followed by horse and pony racing at the farm of Helen and Micheal O’Keeffe, Glenagore , Athea on Sunday, September 25 starting at 1pm sharp. All proceeds to Milford Hospice. Further information Chairman Sean King 087 2678439.

CON COLBERT WEEKEND IN ATHEA: A weekend of events to honour local patriot Con Colbert will take place in Athea over the weekend of September 24 and 25 with the unveiling of a magnificent bronze bust being the highlight of the celebrations. A football blitz, free concert and a historical lecture are also planned for the weekend as well as the annual horse and pony racing.

RED HURLEY IS COMING TO ABBEYFEALE: A concert featuring the gospel songs of Red Hurley will take place in the Church of the Assumption on Friday, October 15 at 8pm with tickets costing €15 available from Sean Broderick, Moss the Farmer, David Wards, Pat Buckley’s, Heavenly Gifts and O’Donoghue’s Convent St.

SALE OF PRODUCE FROM PARISH COMMUNITY GARDEN: A big thank you to all those who supported us on Sunday last. We raised €307.55 for the Brothers of Charity Outreach Service in Mountmahon. Thank you to Kate Wall and Sean Donovan service users, Kate McGill, Bridie Collins, Mairead Daly, Nancy Wall, Teresa O’Connell and Mary Healy for manning the stall. Thanks too to Tom O’Rourke, Margaret and James McKenna who did the harvesting in the garden and Helga Henn who provided vegetables and Seamus Quinlan who supplied the honey. We cannot forget Mrs. Cotter, Cratloe who supplied us with washed jam jars with the labels removed – a great help to our jam maker.

LEGION OF MARY PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK SHRINE: A bus will travel from Abbeyfeale on Sunday, September 25 at 7am. Book your seat €20 from members; Sean Broderick 068 31213 Bernard Broderick 068 31565 Gerard O’Callaghan 087 2980841 Michael Lane 087 9639775 David Davy 087 0994272.

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, September 2 at 9.30pm. All are welcome to come along and join in the singing, tell a story, or just listen to the performers.

FUNDRAISING CYCLE: On Sunday, September 18 Patrickswell cycling club along with Adare cycling club are running a charity event on behalf of Adare Day Care centre for Alzheimers and for Parkinsons Mid-West Branch. The event includes a 110 k and a 50k cycle, a 5 k walk and a raffle. It will start and finish in Adare community Centre.110 k goes through Patrickswell, Askeaton Foynes, Glin ,Athea, Carigkerry, Ardagh, Rathkeale Adare. Events fully insured and marshaled. Refreshments available for all participants. We are on Facebook under Events -A@P West Limerick Challenge. Further information 0851681144.

PARENTING CLASSES IN WEST LIMERICK: Parenting /self-care classes will recommence in West Limerick in September. There is no cost involved, but as places are limited, booking is essential. All classes are organised by staff from Limerick Social Services. Classes are planned for Thursday mornings 11.00am – 12.30pm. Venue and start dates to be confirmed, depending on numbers. For further details, or to book a place please contact: Enda: Tel No: 0831949882 enda.keogh@lssc.ie Mary: Tel No: 0863514700 mary.danaher@lssc.ie

FREE TO BE’ PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT COURSE: This Personal Development Course (6 week programme) starts Tuesday morning September 27 from 10am to 12 noon in the Further Education and Training Centre Abbeyfeale. ‘Free to be’ is essentially a positive way for people to make time for personal growth. It’s a gentle time for people to step back, take stock and examine how they are, where one can discover personal strengths in a safe confidential space. Anybody who feels they can commit to 2 hours on a Tuesday morning for 6 weeks are welcome. Booking early is advisable to secure a place on this course. For further information or queries or to book a place, contact Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 938 2883 or Nora on 068 31198.

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 Margaret & John Riordan Upper Purt & their son Johnny & daughter Maryann. Saturday 11am John Horgan, Killarney Rd, Month mind. 7pm Connie, Eilish and Bridget Harnett Kilconlea Upper. Sunday 12noon Margaret Lane Ballaugh.

To see the daily readings you may log on to www.abbefelaeparish.ie and click on daily reading on the home page. Log onto www.churchservices.tv/abbeyfealeparish. for the church webcam. A direct link from the parish website has been set up. You can now watch all services from home if you have access to a computer. You are asked to use car parking spaces in the Church car park before you start parking in the middle of the yard.

GALA CONCERT: A Gala concert in aid of Pieta House will take place Ardagh Church on Sunday, October 16. Tickets available from 086 8123855.

LONDON PREMIERE FOR “THE MOUNTAINY PUCK”: On Saturday, October 1, Knocknagoshel based drama group, the Spike Players, will travel to London to perform the hilarious comedy The Mountainy Puck.The special performance will be for one night only in the Bentley Suite of the Clayton Crown hotel, Cricklewood. The play, written by Chriostóir Barrett, Ballybowler, Lispole who now lives in Knocknagoshel is based in 1970’s rural Ireland and follows the lives of ordinary country folk. It addresses themes such as neighbourhood rivalry, love and unexpected incidents that bring comedic value to the play. The Spike Players Drama Group, from Knocknagoshel, Co. Kerry, was set up in September 2009 and the late Noelie Roche from Church St., Abbeyfeale who lived in Knocknagoshel was a member. Noelie, known locally as ‘Spike’ died suddenly in November 2009 and it was decided to call the group Spike Players in his memory. Tickets are £10.00 and available on the door or on pre-sale from the Danny Sullivan Group head office in Park Royal London. To purchase tickets or for more information about the event, please contact Siobhan on 0208 961 1900 or email siobhant.

IFA AND PIETA HOUSE ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO TALK AND CONNECT WITH LOCAL SUPPORT SERVICES: The IFA and Pieta House have taken the opportunity on World Prevention Suicide Day to encourage anyone who is feeling suicidal to get help by connecting with the support services that are available, including the Mind Our Farm Families phone line and counselling service offered by IFA and Pieta House. The purpose of World Suicide Prevention Day 2016 is to raise awareness that suicide can be prevented. This year’s theme is ‘Connect, Communicate, Care’, three words that are at the heart of suicide prevention. IFA President, Joe Healy said the high rate of suicide, particularly among men in rural Ireland, was the driving force behind IFA’s involvement is setting up a dedicated Mind Our Farm Families phone line and counselling service. The phone line, 1890 130 022, puts farmers in direct contact with a Pieta House therapist who can make an appointment at one of their 18 centres, if needed.

“Suicide is preventable and it is so important that if you are feeling suicidal or you are concerned about a family member or friend that you talk to someone. The Mind Our Farm Families service is a solution focussed one-to-one counselling service that is completely free of charge”, Joe Healy said. The World Health Organisation estimates that more than 800,000 people die by suicide each year – that’s one person every 40 seconds. Up to 25 times as many again make a suicide attempt. The tragic ripple effect means that there are many more people who have been bereaved by suicide or have been close to someone who has tried to take his or her own life.

“Our vision is of a world where suicide, self-harm and stigma have been replaced by hope, self-care and acceptance,” said Pieta House CEO Brian Higgins. “In the last 10 years we have been brilliant at replacing suicide with hope and bringing people to self-care, but the biggest struggle for us is to replace stigma with acceptance.

“Individually, we all need to tackle the stigma that leads people to the doors of Pieta House. At Pieta House we have helped more than 25,000 people since 2006. We are delighted to be working with the IFA on Mind Our Farm Families. Suicide is something that sadly affects every community in Ireland but in rural and farming communities in particular it is vital that people know that our services are there if they need them.”

Pieta House will be at the IFA stand (block no: 2, row: 12, stand: 289) at the National Ploughing Championships taking place in Screggan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly from September 20-22 to provide advice and information on the services offered.

MONAGAE TEA DANCE: The first of the monthly Afternoon Tea Dances kicks off on Sunday, October 2 with music by Declan Aungier.

UPDATE FROM FR. PAT MOORE: “It is three weeks since I finished second round of treatmtent and I know it is continuing to work in me which it will be for a while. This time I found the treatment more tolerable for it was designed for a smaller area and a lower dosage but it brought with it the expected tiredness and discomfort. Sometime after about 6 more weeks I’ll be back in hospital for a scope & biopsy to see how effective the treatment has been. I feel content and hopeful for all the prayerful support and interest.” Fr. Pat. Duagh Parish Newsletter.

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 the following at West Limerick Resources, Finn (087 759 1951), Adrienne (087 277 3294), or like us on Facebook WLR Rural Employment Service for the latest updates on job vacancies and training courses.

COUNTRY MUSIC BREAK: Great County music break from Monday October 17 –

Friday, October 21 based in the Great Northern 4 Star Hotel, Bundoran with complimentary use of the Leisure Centre. I have learned that there is a change in the lineup of entertainers and I have been informed that this will be finalised this coming week. Once I know the definite line up of entertainers I will have it printed here so please watch this space. If you like dancing every night and then enjoying taking in the beautiful Donegal scenery and visiting places of interest during the day this is the break for you contact Maureen 087 9845102 for more details and booking.

CARMELITE MONASTERY: Vocation Exploration Day. Saturday,
September 17 from 10.30 – 4pm. This is a day to pray with the sisters and to
explore the possibilities of a Carmelite Vocation. Bring packed
lunch. For details phone 085/8601794.

CHRISTMAS PANTO: Musicians, e.g. guitarists, drummer and keyboard players
needed for this year’s Panto in Listowel. Young people wanted to take part in this year’s production. Anyone interested, please contact Michelle Whelan 087-2071371.

LIFE IN THE SPIRIT SEMINARS: will be held in Castleisland in the Nano Nagle Presentation Primary School Hall from September 14 – October 26. Guest Speakers: Fr Jim Lenihan on Wednesday, September 14, Msgr. Dan O’Riordan on Wednesday, September 21, Fr Harry Bohan on Wednesday, September 28, Joe Dalton on Wednesday, October 5, Eddie Stones on Friday October 14, Peter & Anne O’Reilly on Wednesday, October 19 and Fr John Mockler on Wednesday, October 26. These seminars try to help those to deepen a personal relationship with Christ and to be active with the Holy Spirit in their lives so they can begin to experience him working in them and through them. Further information call 0874112002 or 0861982188.

EVENING CLASSES: The College in Listowel is offering a number of QQI Certified and Hobby Based courses in the Evening. Professional courses include; Occupational First Aid, Healthcare Support, Special Needs Assisting, Desktop publishing,etc. Hobby courses include; Computers for Beginners & Intermediate, Web Design for Beginners. Enrolment will take place on Tuesday, September 20 from 7-9pm at the college. Also from September 19-24 from 9am-4.30pm (closed 12.30-1pm). For more information on our course go to Iseult.glynn

THE LIMERICK WRITERS’ CENTRE: Presents An ‘On the Nail’ Literary Cabaret Production on Thursday September 15 at 8.00pm in the Belltable, 69 O’Connell St, Limerick. The Wild MUXZ…with The Poetry Collective: Do plants communicate? Are animals self-aware? As it rapidly becomes more evident that Human’s arrogance about and ignorance of Nature’s Voice is destroying Earth’s viability, The Poetry Collective explores the reality of a sentient cosmos by placing 21st Century Technological Human in flux among the Elements in our Age of Uncertainty. In ‘The Wild MUXZ’ we attempt to recognise, appreciate and embody this ‘reality’ and its effect on humanity by improvisation and extemporization in a mixed media performance event with the emphasis on spoken word/sound. As poet, Robert Graves stated in ‘The White Goddess’ in relation to Nature: “Once a warning to Man that he must keep in harmony with the family of living creatures among which he was born…it is now a reminder that he has disregarded the warning, turned the house upside down by capricious experiments in science, philosophy and industry and brought ruin upon himself and his family.”

Information on MUXZ available here: www.poetrycollective.com/project/the-muxz-sessionz. Enquiries: limerickwriterscentre@gmail.com Tickets €10.00. Concession €8.00. Booking 061 953 400 www.limetreetheatre.ie


PROLOGUE: "I’d rather look forward and dream, than look backward and regret."
James Van Praagh.

FAREWELL CANON JOHN: It was like Christmas Eve in Abbeyfeale last Friday evening when the parish came together in an overflowing church at the Thanksgiving Mass for Fr. John’s service to the community since his arrival here 14 years ago. The church was shining under the loving care of Kathleen Coffey and the altar society. The voices of the men and women in the senior choir soared as they sang words of praise and thanksgiving under the direction of Dee Dennison with musical accompaniment by Riona Curtin. Chief Celebrant Canon Neville, our retired parish priest, assisted by curate Fr. Joe Foley, was joined on the altar by Canon John and a group of priests from all over the Diocese. Canon Neville spoke eloquently about the man who took his place 14 years ago, the work he has done since he came, especially with the youth, the work that he completed on the Blessed Sacrament chapel recently, how inclusive he was and how he was able to make every person from the oldest to the youngest feel welcomed in church. Before the Mass concluded, Ann Eggliston on behalf of the Adoration Society, presented Canon John with the cards signed by the people who had offered up their hour in the Adoration Chapel for him. It was an emotional night with many the tear being wiped away surreptitiously as the realization dawned that the time for saying the final goodbyes was getting closer. Speaking to the congregation Fr. John told of the day he received the news that he was being sent to Abbeyfeale and his mother asking him what did he do to the Bishop that he’d send him out beyond Barnagh, he said that he had grown over the years to think of Abbeyfeale as his home but now the Bishop had spoken again and it was his duty to go where he was sent. His parting words were the exhortation that he had received from an elderly lady as he did his First Friday rounds earlier in the day “Keep the faith and stay out of trouble”!

It is a fact that behind every good man is a greater woman and that never rang truer than when we went from the church to Fr. Casey’s Complex where the organizational skills of parish clerk Anne O’Meara and her assistant Bridie Collins had come to the fore. It was transformed for the night into a bright welcoming space by members of the GAA committee and the C.E. staff. Kathleen Harnett and her three daughters welcomed everyone with a sherry reception, Ann Kennedy and her team outdid themselves with the meal served in jig time (no pun intended!) to over 500 people with musical accompaniment from the various young musical groups in the parish. Mary Murphy and her sister in law Kate ably assisted by Nora Quirke, Carmel Fitzgerald, Noreen Daly, Trish Roche and members of the youth ministry group and the youth clubs ensured the smooth running of the night, seating people, serving teas and coffees and keeping the dining area cleared as people finished the wonderful food. M.C. Connie Daly then introduced the different groups who wanted to pay tribute to Fr. John and to thank him for all his work for the past 14 years. Chairman of the Pastoral Council Micheal Lane said “Canon O’Shea is a priest in the mould of Pope Francis, sincerely interested in people and supportive of the young people within the community. He is a man of the people who understood our needs and concerns and was an ever helpful friend to everyone. We have always been blessed with a strong Catholic faith in Abbeyfeale, indeed in our Square we have the monument to our former Parish Priest Fr Casey who was also renowned for his work in the Parish and as a powerful friend of the people. With the help of Canon O’Shea, this good work and legacy has continued. We look forward to welcoming Canon Tony Mullins as our Parish Priest who will be joining us next week.” Retired County Counciller Sean Broderick then presented the Canon with a gift on behalf of the parishioners. Other speakers included Kathleen Harnett who told of Fr. O’Shea’s work in the schools, the two Parish Missions he spearheaded, the concerts he arranged, the annual Walk to the Well which is now such an integral part of the Easter celebrations, his care for the elderly and sick of the parish and his support of the various groups and organizations like the weekly card game in Meenkilly N.S. whose organiser Marian Roche gave him a deck of cards to remember them by. Kathleen spoke too, of his love of the land and how as an astute farmer his ears would prick up at the mere mention of the word ‘grant! Fr. John’s farming credentials have never been in question and the night could not be held without the appearance of some stock, this time it was humans dressed up as animals bringing to mind the memorable appearance of Jackie the Poet’s very well behaved donkey during the singing of Silent Night at one of the Carol Recitals. The local branch of IFA presented him with a pair of the very newest style of wellingtons so that even though he is moving to the city he’d have the proper footwear whenever he’d get the chance to get out onto the land again – mind you , his sister Margaret fell in love with the said pair of boots and remarked that they’d look better on her! Kate Murphy representing the 4 Limerick Youth Service youth clubs in the parish presented him with a pictorial record of the trips they went on all over the world and said “The seed you planted 14 years ago has grown and enjoys a vibrant role in our parish community today. I speak of the fun and games enjoyed by our youth clubs in St. Ita’s hall. The cherished outings of world youth days in Germany Australia Madrid and Krakow, the pilgrimages to Lourdes will never forgotten, prayerful and joyful trips”. Sr. Delia, representing the Mercy Sisters in the parish told of Fr. John’s spirituality, his social skills and his sense of humour. The GAA, Gardai, and Singing Club were amongst the groups who all made presentations to Fr. John with Philip Enright serenading him with the traditional song written by the late Sean McCarthy ‘Come Home to Abbeyfeale’. Fr. John too is a noted singer and M.C. Connie persuaded him to join himself and Con Curtin who are both members of the Men’s Choir in a spirited rendition of ‘There is an Isle’ to tumultuous applause. The Glórach Theatre was represented by Mary Healy who presented him with a pair of candlesticks to remind Fr. John of his memorable appearance as the Bishop over a short run in the Glórach production of ‘The Bishop’s Candlesticks’ some years ago. Abbeyfeale Drama Group members Mary Murphy, Maurice O’Meara, Joan O’Connell and Dick Woulfe performed a skit based on the breaking news that the Bishop had decided to move Fr. John and a hilarious piece from Moll concerning the visit Ulick and Bridgie paid to the Canon and Moll to book their forthcoming nuptials. That poor Canon hadn’t a word to say in that parish unlike our beloved Canon John who as a parishioner said on Friday night was the most down to earth, calming influence you’d meet but that it was safer not to catch his eye or he’d land you with a job! Music and sound was provided by local DJ Jeremiah Roche who brought the night to a close and whose selection of music had everyone including one of our oldest parishioners Noreen on the floor in a sedate waltz with the Canon who later proved that he could jive with the best of them (!). It was a befitting night for a wonderful man who will be sadly missed and whose place is assured in the annals of Abbeyfeale parish. In the words of the old Irish blessing:

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: Tralee/West Kerry MS Society are holding an Afternoon Tea Dance on Sunday, October 9 at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse. Dancing 3-6pm. Music by Pa Quade. Admission €5. Teas served. Raffle on the day for selection of gifts. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

STRICTLY COME DANCING: The launch of the DVD of last May’s Strictly Come Dancing takes place at the Winners Circle, Abbeyfeale on Saturday, September 10. The party gets underway at 9pm and a great night is in store with music supplied by Tiny the Dancer. Everyone welcome.

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: The ago season of Toastmasters begins at the Desmond Complex, NCW on Wednesday, September 7 from 8-10pm and will continue on the first and third Wednesday every month until May 2017. Toastmasters provide you with the tools to become a confident speaker in a safe caring environment where everyone is on the same path. Further information from 087 7972855 or check out our Facebook page.

HOW TO SUPPORT YOUR CHILDREN WITH READING – WORKSHOP FOR PARENTS: This Workshop takes place on Wednesday, September 7 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm in the Further Education and Training Centre Abbeyfeale. For further information or queries or to book a place, contact Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 938 2883 or Nora on 068 31198. Booking early is advisable to secure a place on this workshop.

SALE OF PRODUCE FROM PARISH COMMUNITY GARDEN: We have peas, tomatoes, broad beans, spinach, kale, rhubarb and onions to harvest so we are going to sell them at 9.30am Mass outside the Church of the Assumption on Sunday, September 11 and donate the proceeds to the outreach service for our local clients of the Brothers of Charity who give us a great hand in the garden every Monday.

LEGION OF MARY PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK SHRINE: A bus will travel from Abbeyfeale on Sunday, September 25 at 7am. Book your seat €20 from members; Sean Broderick 068 31213 Bernard Broderick 068 31565 Gerard O’Callaghan 087 2980841 Michael Lane 087 9639775 David Davy 087 0994272.

ALZHEIMERS DANCE: A Fundraising Dance at the Railway Bar, Abbeyfeale in aid of Alzheimer’s will take place next Saturday, September 10 with music by Mike Condon. Eats and Treats on the night.

WEST LIMERICK SET DANCING CLUB: Set Dance Ceili in Devon Inn Templeglantine on Sunday, September 11 at 4pm. Music by Donie Nolan/Taylors Cross. All welcome. Teas served. Any queries to Con Egan on 087 6259340.

BLOOD DONOR CLINIC: A mobile unit will be holding a Blood Donor Clinic in Colaiste Ide agus Iosef, Abbeyfeale on Monday, September 12 & Tuesday, September 13 from 6pm to 9pm each evening.

FUNDRAISING CYCLE: On Sunday, September 18 Patrickswell cycling club along with Adare cycling club are running a charity event on behalf of Adare Day Care centre for Alzheimers and for Parkinsons Mid-West Branch. The event includes a 110 k and a 50k cycle, a 5 k walk and a raffle. It will start and finish in Adare community Centre.110 k goes through Patrickswell, Askeaton Foynes, Glin ,Athea, Carigkerry, Ardagh, Rathkeale Adare. Events fully insured and marshaled. Refreshments available for all participants. We are on Facebook under Events -A@P West Limerick Challenge. Further information 0851681144.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: CareBright are looking for people to train as Healthcare Assistants within a radius of 20 miles of Newcastleswest. They offer a 4 week internship programme which will commence in Croom on Monday, October 17. Further details and application forms from Monica Hanley on 087 8310999 or email training@carebright.ie

PARENTING CLASSES IN WEST LIMERICK: Parenting /self-care classes will recommence in West Limerick in September. There is no cost involved, but as places are limited, booking is essential. All classes are organised by staff from Limerick Social Services. Classes are planned for Thursday mornings 11.00am – 12.30pm. Venue and start dates to be confirmed, depending on numbers. For further details, or to book a place please contact: Enda: Tel No: 0831949882 enda.keogh@lssc.ie Mary: Tel No: 0863514700 mary.danaher@lssc.ie

CON COLBERT WEEKEND: A weekend of events to honour local patriot Con Colbert will take place in Athea over the weekend of September 24 and 25 with the unveiling of a magnificent bronze bust being the highlight of the celebrations. A football blitz, free concert and a historical lecture are also planned for the weekend.

RED HURLEY IS COMING TO ABBEYFEALE: A concert featuring the gospel songs of Red Hurley will take place in the Church of the Assumption on Friday, October 15 at 8pm with tickets costing €15 available from Sean Broderick, Moss the Farmer, David Wards, Pat Buckley’s, Heavenly Gifts and O’Donoghue’s Convent St.

FREE TO BE’ PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT COURSE: This Personal Development Course (6 week programme) starts Tuesday morning September 27 from 10am to 12 noon in the Further Education and Training Centre Abbeyfeale. ‘Free to be’ is essentially a positive way for people to make time for personal growth. It’s a gentle time for people to step back, take stock and examine how they are, where one can discover personal strengths in a safe confidential space. Anybody who feels they can commit to 2 hours on a Tuesday morning for 6 weeks are welcome. Booking early is advisable to secure a place on this course. For further information or queries or to book a place, contact Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 938 2883 or Nora on 068 31198.

VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT: Special Olympics Athletes and Volunteers will be resuming after the summer break on Tuesday, September 13 at 7pm. in the Community Centre, NCW. Looking forward to meeting you. Contact Maureen 087 9845102.

NATIONAL GRANDPARENTS PILGRIMAGE: Celebrating our 10th Anniversary on Sunday, September 11 at Our Lady of Knock Shrine, Knock. All Children are invited to write a prayer for their Grandparents, these prayers will be blessed at the pilgrimage. Prayers to be sent CGP, Castlebar St. Westport, Co. Mayo or brought to Knock on the day. Ceremonies begin at 2.30pm with be the anointing of the sick and 3pm Mass followed by the rosary. O’Shea’s picking up at the Church at 8am. €30 Per Person, O’Shea’s 066-7180123 .Donal Kelliher 087-6361023.

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, September 2 at 9.30pm. All are welcome to come along and join in the singing, tell a story, or just listen to the performers.

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.

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 Deceased members of the Ward family. Thursday 10am Michael O’Sullivan, Colbert Terrace. Friday 10am For God’s Blessing on every home in our Parish Saturday 11am Margaret O’Connor Knocknagoshel 7pm Mary Murphy 50th Anniversary and all the Murphy family Glenashrone . Jack & Nonie Kelly, Knocknasna and daughters Mary B, Theresa and granddaughter Lisa. Sunday 9.30am Frank Collins, Banard. William & Margaret O’Riordan, Banard. Mary Murphy, Radharc Na Feile. 12 noon Paul Collins, Convent St and Limerick. Neilus Healy, the Hill & Ballaugh

To access the daily readings you may log on to www.abbefelaeparish.ie and click on daily reading on the home page. 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.

ROALD DAHL DAY AT THE SEANCHAÍ: Kerry Writers’ Museum, Listowel will host a special Roald Dahl 100th birthday party on Tuesday September 13 from 4.30 to 6 pm. Children aged 4 to 12 years welcome and admission is free. For more information visit www.kerrrywritersmuseum.com.

MONAGAE TEA DANCE: The first of the monthly Afternoon Tea Dances kicks off on Sunday, October 2 with music by Declan Aungier.

COUNTY LIMERICK BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION: The next meeting of Limerick Beekeepers Association will take place on Thursday, September 8 in Mungret GAA clubhouse at 8:00 p.m. Guest Speaker: Mr Tom Prendergast. Lecture: Preparing for Winter. Tom is another of Ireland’s best beekeepers, keeping 100 hives since he was very young in a number of apiaries throughout Tipperary. He is much sought after to give lectures all over the country, including at Gormanstown. Tom is interested in the management of bees to allow them to work with the minimum of interference but guiding them to maximise his returns. He also runs his association’s Apiary in South Tipperary as well as contributing to their newsletter and organising their education programme. Tom will take us through what we should be doing in order to ensure you have healthy stocks of bees coming through the winter. This is the start of the new beekeeping year, judicious preparations now should reduce the risk of colony loss. Membership details can be found on the following website: http://www.limerickbees.net

ANNUAL PATTERN DAY: September for Ballyheigue means Pattern Day. Bishop Ray Browne will celebrate Mass on Thursday, September 8 at 11.00a.m. at Our Lady’s Well.

OUTING TO CLONMACNOISE AND BIRR CASTLE: An outing to Clonmacnoise (Pattern Day) and Birr Castle will take place on Sunday, September 11. Details from Pat O’Donovan 0879977340 or Mary O’Keeffe 087 6990816 of Knockfierna Heritage Society. All are Welcome.

LISDOONVARNA TRIP: A bus will leave NCW on Wednesday, September 14 at 10am and bus will depart Lisdoonvarna at 11pm. We will book a bus if there is sufficient interest for a day trip. We have a deadline for names Friday 2nd September. So if your interested contact Maureen 087 9845102.

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 the following at West Limerick Resources, Finn (087 759 1951), Adrienne (087 277 3294), or like us on Facebook WLR Rural Employment Service for the latest updates on job vacancies and training courses.

COUNTRY MUSIC BREAK: Great County music break from Monday October 17 –

Friday, October 21 based in the Great Northern 4 Star Hotel, Bundoran with complimentary use of the Leisure Centre. There will be a host of Entertainers each night. Our first night Monday; Thomas McGuire & Fiona Ennis, Tuesday; T.R. Dallas, Wednesday ; Country Music Jamboree with Declan Nerney, Jim Devine, Cliona, Patricia Maguire, Robert Mizell & more to be announced. Thursday; John Hogan. Breakfast and dinner. If you like dancing every night and then enjoying taking in the beautiful Donegal scenery and visiting places of interest during the day this is the break for you. contact Maureen 087 9845102 for more details and booking.

CARMELITE MONASTERY: Vocation Exploration Day. Saturday,
September 17 from 10.30 – 4pm. This is a day to pray with the sisters and to
explore the possibilities of a Carmelite Vocation. Bring packed
lunch. For details phone 085/8601794.

CHRISTMAS PANTO: Musicians, e.g guitarists, drummer and keyboard players
needed for this year’s Panto in Listowel. Young people wantted to take
part in this year’s production. Anyone interested, please contact
Michelle Whelan 087-2071371.

LOUGH DERG ONE DAY RETREATS: Places are still available on two alternative Special Retreat Days – ‘A Day of Friendship & Prayer’ on Wednesday, September 14.

This ecumenical day is an opportunity to gather as a Christian pilgrim family.

Guest Speaker: Most Reverend Patricia Storey, Church of Ireland Bishop of Meath & Kildare ‘Living With Suicide’ on Wednesday, September 21. This day offers those who have been affected by suicide in any way an opportunity for deeper understanding and support to ‘make sense of it all’. Guest Speakers: Conor Mc Cafferty, ZEST – Healing the Hurt – & Geraldine Kennedy, a personal experience. Advance booking is essential for all Retreats. For further information contact Maureen or Lorraine on 071 9861518. Email: info@loughderg.org www.loughderg.org