PROLOGUE: No man stands taller than when he stoops to help a child. Abraham Lincoln.
DEATH: We offer our sympathy to the family of Michelle O’Connor, Caherhayes whose funeral took place on Friday. May she rest in peace.
TABLE QUIZ FOR MILFORD: Jack O’Rourkes Bar Saturday, June 29 at 9pm.
HARNETT REUNION: Press Launch Leens Hotel Wednesday, June 19 at 7pm Three and a half weeks to go. We have a full programme organised for our visitors but it is also open to anyone to join us. Free admission on Friday, July 12 to the Genealogy workshops and the Patie Boy Historical Collection in the Devon Inn. Tickets for the variety concert in Tournafulla on Friday, July 12 will be available on the door. Brian Harnett Tenor has confirmed that he will be performing. Tickets for the Gala banquet and bus tour available from Batt Harnett or Ann Lyons. There will be genealogy, bus tours, a concert, a gala banquet and a memorial Mass, all at different venues around West Limerick/North Kerry. Please spread the word far and wide. The event is open to everybody. Further information 087 2500929.
SUMMER OUTING: Abbeyfeale Community Alert are travelling to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park on Tuesday, July 16. The bus will depart from Church at 9.30am. Tickets €40 which include soup and sandwiches in Durty Nellies, a stop in the Crescent and dinner in the Devon Inn will be available in Ann Lyons’s, The Square and Kathleen Collins’s Foodstore, Convent St. from early next week.
AGM: Abbeyfeale Community Alert will hold their AGM in Leens Hotel on Wednesday, June 26 at 8pm. New members are always welcome.
BEREAVEMENT EVENT: Milford Care Centre & Anam Cara, the organisation that supports bereaved parents will be holding a bereavement Information evening on Thursday, June 20 at 7:00pm in Milford Care Centre, Limerick.
BROTHERS OF CHARITY AT THE GLÓRACH: We are delighted to be collaborating with the Brothers of Charity with local service users bringing a musical drama to the Glórach stage. Directed by Mary Hartney, the group will be putting on their own unique version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The fertile imagination of service user Glen Ward has been the driving force behind this production, and it takes place at the Glórach Theatre on the mornings of Wednesday June 19 and Thursday June 20. Doors open at 10.30am, with the show, which lasts approximately an hour starting at 11.30am. Admission is €5 and there will also be a raffle each day with all funds raised going directly to the Brothers of Charity. Tea, Coffee and biscuits served with the compliments of Glórach.
THANKS FROM ADAPT: The Domestic Abuse Service extends sincere thanks to all the local volunteer collectors and all those who supported the recent collection in Abbeyfeale. €680 was collected and will go to maintain the supports for women and their children where domestic abuse is their experience. Remember there is a 24 hour Freephone Helpline 1800 200 504 and 24 hour safe refuge in Limerick. A worker meets women 1-2-1 each week in West Limerick by appointment. All services are confidential and free of charge. There is no excuse for domestic abuse and together we can break the silence.
LOCAL ARTIST ON RTE 1: Brian O’Rourke is a local, award winning artist, who received his Honours Degree in Fine Art Painting from Limerick School of Art and Design (LSAD) in 2018. He is one of 6 artists, selected nationally, to take part in RTE’S upcoming documentary focusing on preparation and Artistic process for Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA)open call show. The documentary is called Exhibitionists: Road to The RHA and will be shown on
RTE1 on June 27 at 10.15pm.
CLEAN UP: Reilig Ide Graveyard every Tuesday from 7-8pm. More help is always appreciated as the graveyard is quite large. In order to help with this families are encouraged to maintain their own graves and one near yours if that family is no longer able to. We appreciate any help you can give.
SUMMER CONCERTS AT THE GLÓRACH THEATRE: We are delighted to announce that well known Irish soprano Regina Nathan will be appearing at the Glórach Theatre on Friday, July 5 at 8 pm. Regina has sung at some of the most prestigious venues in the world and the Glórach will be soon added to that illustrious list. Be it operatic numbers, sacred songs, or renditions of popular songs by artists such Edith Piaf, Leonard Cohen and Janis Ian, Regina’s incredible voice has garnered her much critical acclaim throughout her career. This was well captured by Declan Hassett in The Examiner, who commented that "Regina Nathan has all the star qualitites. A deceptively powerful voice, always under control and a stillness of delivery which stamps class on her entire performance." For bookings or enquiries, please contact 0871383940, message us on our facebook page or you can email us at glorachabbeyfeale.
NEW CLUB: A Tuesday Club is starting in Knocknagoshel Community Centre on Tuesday, June 25 and every other Tuesday from 11am – 3pm. Join us for some Memory Games, Exercise, Healthy Eating, Information Sessions, Outings, Social Interaction, Classes, Interaction with the local gym. Transport will be provided to and from your home. Lunch Tea/Coffee all for the cost of €7 per day. Contact Betty on 087 2153796 or Breda on 087 9447674 or turn up on day.
ST ITA’S FAITH CAMP: Registration will take place in St Marys Boys School on Wednesday, July 3 and Thursday, July 4 3rd July from 7pm – 8 pm. All children need to be registered before camp . We also need 2 single rooms to accommodate visiting volunteers, please ring 087-2788834.
SUNFLOWER DAYS: On behalf of Milford Hospice we wish to thank the people of Abbeyfeale for their generous support on our Sunflower days collection last week. A special thank you to our wonderful volunteers who give their time. The amount raised this year was €3,628.
CORPUS CHRISTI PROCESSION: The Annual Corpus Christi Procession will take place after the Vigil Mass next Saturday evening. All are welcome especially the children who received First Holy Communion. The procession will proceed from the church to Lourdes Shrine in the car park. (Weather permitting).
SOLELMN NOVENA: The Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help began at the Redemptorist Church in Limerick on Friday, June 14. It continues until Saturday, June 22. You can join the Novena online by logging on to www.novena.ie. The first session of the Novena begins at 7.00am and the final session is at 10.30pm. You will find the time of the Novena on the novena website.
HELPLINE FOR MEN SUFFERING DOMESTIC ABUSE: A new helpline has been set up and will operate 36 hours a week on 1800816588.
COMMUNITY ALERT: If something sounds too good to be true then more than likely it is so be careful out there. Take care on the roads and make sure that you are visible to other road users so if walking wear a high viz jacket and after dusk carry a torch and if driving turn on your lights if the wipers are on. Buy goods only from reputable companies and forget about getting a bargain from door to door salesmen who in some cases are only watching to case the joint ( I’m beginning to sound like Colombo!). Once you reach the age of 65 and live alone or with a person/s aged over 65 you are entitled to receive a monitored alarm system. But if you have younger people living in the house who are out for long periods of the day then because you are spending hours alone you are also entitled to the system provided that you are over 65. The free equipment is provided by Pobal following an application from Abbeyfeale Community Alert, there will be a monitoring fee to be paid from the second year of installation to the installing company of €72. Please note that this fee has increased by €6 and is payable in a lump sum each year after year one. Should you not have a landline the installing company Task provide a sim card at a rate of €7.50 per month payable from day one. Committee members are Sean Broderick, Michael O’Kelly N.T., Seamus Stack, Mossie Gleeson, Kathleen Collins, Mary McArthur, Buddy and Brenda Barry, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Mary Jo O’Connell, James Joy, Denis Collins, Marian Harnett.
SUMMER CAMP: The Bruach Na Carraige Summer Camp for Children between 6 and 15 years will take place from July 15-25 next.
GROW COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH MOVEMENT IN IRELAND. Meet on Wednesday’s at 8pm in the Seanchaí Centre, Listowel. This programme is open to all and is free of charge. No introductions needed. Just come along. For more information, contact Jerry, 086 0271990.
MEDJUGORJE CONFERENCE AND DAY OF PRAYER with Sr. Briege McKenna Saturday, August 31 in Neptune Stadium, Cork. Tickets €20.00 available on Eventbrite.ie . All tickets purchased included in entry for free pilgrimage to Medjugorje from Cork or Dublin. Booking fees apply. Contact Sean O’Shaughnessy 0862959380.
CALLING PARENTS: Abbeyfeale Parent & Toddler Group: 11am – 12.30pm every Tuesday and Thursday, St Ita’s Hall. New people always welcome. Contact Mary on 087 9382883.
MASS TIME: Mass Times in the Pastoral Area Unit; Abbeyfeale – Saturday 6e.30pm and Sunday 9.15am & 12noon. Athea – Saturday 7.30pm and Sunday 10.30am. Mountcollins – Sunday 11am. Templeglantine – Saturday 6pm and Sunday 10.00 am. Tournafulla – Saturday 7.30pm.
ABBEYFEALE PARISH CHURCH: Fr Tony Mullins PP 087/2600414. Fr Brendan Duggan 087/0562674. Fr Denis Mullane 087/2621911. Fr Shoji Vargihese 089/4431922 Parish Church 068/51915. Parish Office; Open 11:00 – 1:00 p.m. Tues. – Fri. (068) 31133 Email: fealechurch Limerick Social Services: 061-314111. AA 061/311222 Al-Anon 086/8143425. Parent Support worker 068/31019. Accord NCW 069/61000. Samaritans Freephone 116123 or text 087/2609090 or email jo Aware (Depression & Anxiety) 1980 303 302 National Suicide Helpline (Pieta House) 1800 247 247 Irish Advocacy Network (Peer advocacy in mental health) 01 872 8684 Pieta House (Suicide & self-harm) 01 623 5606 IACP (Counselling & Psychotherapy) 01 230 3536 Shine: (Supporting people effected by mental ill health) 01 860 1620 061 – 412111 or Free phone 1850609090 A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-8143425 Bereavement Support: 068 / 31203 068/ 31262 068/51984 St Vincent De Paul Tel 087/1213560 . Counselling Appointment 061/314213. Masses: No morning Mass Monday, evening Mass at 7pm. Saturday Masses 11am and 6.30pm. Sunday 9.15am and 12 noon. Mass Intentions: Friday 10am John Ruane, 26 Cryle View Close . Saturday 6.30pm Dan & Madge Cusack and deceased family members of the Cusack family. Sunday 9.15am Bridget & Maurice Harnett, Dromtrasna ,Michael Scannell, Dromtrasna Collins, Richard Gleeson, Kilconlea Lower. 12noon Con & Eileen Harnett, Cragg. Brian McAleer. Jack & Nellie Healy, Knocknasna .
REGISTRATION: St. Ita’s Faith Camp registration will take place in St Marys Boys School Abbeyfeale on Wednesday, July 3 and Thursday, July 4 from 7pm –8 pm. ALLchildren need to be registered BEFOREcamp .We also need 2 single rooms to accommodate visiting volunteers, if you can help please contact 087-2788834.
READING GROUP: The Spiritual reading group will meet after the 10am Mass on Wednesday next. June 12 in the Blessed Sacrament church. All are welcome.
MASS ON INISFALLEN ISLAND AND ABBEY: Friday, June 14 at 6.30 p.m. Boats leave from Ross Castle from 4.30 p.m. onwards. It is open to all and is a lovely opportunity to join our prayer now with the rich tradition of the monks of old. Thanks to the organisers, the NPWS and the boat operators for their support.
PILGRIMAGE TO MEDJUGORJE AND SAN GIOVANNI Leaving Dublin September 15 for 6 nights (3 nights at each shrine). Contact Michael Clifford (085 1309835) or Marian Pilgrimages (01 8788159).
FAREWELL CONCERT: Mary Hegarty, the internationally acclaimed soprano, will perform a variety of music from the most famous and fun operatic arias to Irish songs and jazz and ballads in the Brehon Function Room beside the GlenEagle Hotel on June 16 at 8pm. Showcasing a Tickets €15-adult €10-student/O.A.P, available on the door.
RAMBLING HOUSES: Monagae 2nd. Monday of the month. Knockalougha, Duagh on the third Tuesday of every month.
WEST LIMERICK SINGING CLUB: Meet every First Friday in Philip Enrights The Ramble Inn, Church Street from 9pm.
LEARNING TO WALK WITH YOUR SENSES: With Anne Alcock – Slow walking, meditative awareness. Includes sitting. Killarney House courtyard and lavender-Garden Choose any morning(s) Monday – Friday, June 24-28 from 9.30am sharp for one hour. Facilitator/instruction Anne Alcock. Prebooking necessary – daily numbers limited to 20. Ring 085 801 7973.
VOCATIONS AFTERNOON Poor Clare Monastery, College Road, Cork. Saturday June 29 from 2 – 4.30 pm, for young women considering a vocation Email: vocationspoorclarescork www.poorclarescork.ie
LOUGH DERG PILGRIMAGES Tuesday, July 9 – Thursday July 11 or Friday, August 9 – Sunday, August 11. Fare €140 including coach, boat and island. To book you seat contact Fitzpatrick’s of Listowel on 087 3966399 (9am to 6pm).
PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND led by Fr. Pat Crean-Lynch. September 24—October 2. For further details contact Fr. Pat Crean-Lynch on 087 220 0114.