PROLOGUE: To assess the quality of thoughts of people, don’t listen to their words, but watch their actions."
PROCESSION FOR FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION: Our parish church is dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption and we celebrate this on the Feast of the Assumption on August 15. There will be a Marian procession on Wednesday after the Vigil Mass at 7pm and all the children who received Holy Community and Confirmation are invited to don their beautiful dresses and handsome suits and lead the procession. Masses on Thursday are at 10am and 7pm.
BARONESS O’DONNELL: Congratulations to Angeline O’Donnell on being selected as the First Baroness of Strand last Sunday during their festival.
JOHN SPILLANE COMES TO THE GLÓRACH: All set for a fantastic night of music and song at the Glórach Theatre this Friday, August 16 when John Spillane comes to town. We’ve said all we can about the legendary Cork singer songwriter, so we’ll leave the final word to well know meteorologist Evelyn Cusack. While Evelyn had little in the line of good news regarding settled weather this week, she had this to say about John Spillane: "John Spillane’s song ‘The Cherry Trees’ both moves and motivates me. No matter how sad or challenging a year it’s been, well done to everyone for making it through the long journey around the sun. Well done, John." Tickets can be booked at 0871383940. Plenty of concerts coming up at the Glórach in the following months, with Emma Langford playing at the esteemed venue on Thursday, September 12, and two nights later Leroy Troy and his Hillbilly Trio will be bringing a wonderful flavour of bluegrass music to Abbeyfeale. On Friday, September 20 we will be hosting culture night, with an extravaganza of music, song and dance on the night. Local trad group Fuinneamh were scheduled to make their Glórach debut in September, but that has been changed to Saturday, October group member Maura O’Connor has been asked by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann to play at the Abruzzo Irish Festival (near Rome). The calibre of musicians playing at the Glórach over the next two months is incredible, keep an eye on our facebook page for updates and make sure not to miss any of these memorable nights by booking at 0871383940.
RUNNING WITH THE FATHER’S HEART: It’s week 27 of the all-denominations prayer-walking project covering the 32 counties in 32 weekends and it’s coming here on Friday and Saturday next, August 16/17. Find out all about the vision from Katey Moreland in St. Ita’s Hall, Abbeyfeale, on Friday, August 16 at 8 p.m. Singer-songwriter, Carolyn Hyde from Galilee, Israel, will also sing and share insights. On Saturday, August 17 the team invite you to join them in carrying a torch for the county, praying blessings on Limerick as they take on a relay-marathon along the Great Southern Trail Greenway, Abbeyfeale to Rathkeale (9.30-5p.m.) You can run, walk, jog or cycle as far as you feel up to. For more details see www.thewordofthelord.biz or call Katey Moreland on 087 123 8774.
WELL DONE: Fr. Casey’s players , Paraic and Eoin McEnery from Kilconlea, Abbeyfeale, won the “Senior World Games” Football competition when representing the Middle East team in Croke Park recently. They beat Australia/Asia in the final.
PPN REOPENS: The Limerick Public Participation Network (PPN) Secretariat is delighted to announce that the PPN’s membership registration/re registration process has re-opened, and they are inviting community and voluntary groups and organisations across Limerick City and County to register or reregister to be part of a local structure that helps citizens take an active formal role in relevant policy development and representing the PPN on various committees of the Local Authority.
FUNDRAISER: Teresa and Deirdre Lenihan have been in touch to say thanks to everyone who supported their annual ceili with the Striolan Ceili Band in Knockaderrry recently. €1514 was raised for Irish Cancer Society.
SEISIÚN IN ‘GLANTINE: The Comhaltas Séisiún weekly shows of traditional entertainment continues at the Devon Inn for the next two Thursday nights at 8.30pm. It provides an ideal night out for both locals and visitors and all who enjoy traditional music, singing, dancing and story. In the second part of the show members of the audience may join in with the performing group for a tune, step, song or story.
CONCERT IN DUAGH: The Conquerors, Shaun O’Dowd, Ronan Collins, Sandy Kelly, Declan Nerney in concert on Thursday, September 5 in Duagh Sports Complex. Tickets Geraldine 087 2684540.
FIRST FRIDAY REFLECTIONS WITH FR. SHOJI: On the First Friday of each month, Fr Shoji will lead an hour of Praise and Worship in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel beginning at 9.00am. He will lead parishioners in reflecting on the Word of God and will conclude with the Rosary. All parishioners are welcome, especially parents and children.
HARNETT MAGAZINE: Some Harnett Reunion magazines are still available at Ann Lyons Shop and from James Harnett, also the final items of Harnett merchandise are available at Heavenly Gifts.
BINGO: Bingo continues every Monday evening at 8.30pm at the Glórach.
ANNUAL GRANDPARENTS PILGRIMAGE: Knock, Sunday September 8 at 2.30pm.
PLOUGHING: The 88th National Ploughing Championships will take place in Fenagh in Carlow from September 17-19.
COMMEMORATION: The Collins/Griffith Commemoration Society & Glasnevin Trust invite you to the 97th Annual Commemoration of President Arthur Griffith & General Michael Collins, to take place at their burial places in Glasnevin Cemetery on Sunday, August 18 at 12 noon. Oration to be given by Justine McCarthy, Journalist and Commentator. The ceremonies will be preceded by Mass at Berkeley Road Church, at 10.30am. RSVP to collinsgriffith1922
BÉAL NA MBLÁTH: Michael Collins will be remembered at the Annual Béal na Bláth Commemoration, on Sunday, August 25 at 3pm. Guest speaker is Jim Power, Economist.
VINTAGE DAY: Knockanure on Sunday, August 18.
SICAP ABBEYFEALE PARENT & TODDLER GROUP: 11am – 12.30pm every Tuesday and Thursday, St Ita’s Hall. New people always welcome. Contact Mary on 087 9382883
WELLNESS AND FASHION EVENING: An evening of Wellness and Fashion takes place at the Longcourt Hotel, NCW on Friday August 16 with doors opening at 6.30pm. Further information from Sandra on 087 6718377.
DIPLOMA IN DRUG AND ALCOHOL STUDIES: Closing date for applications for the course running in UL is Friday August 16. Contact Dr. Sancha Power on 061 234297 or email sancha.power
MASS: The annual Mass in Reilig Ide will take place on Thursday August 22 at 7pm.
WEST LIMERICK SINGING CLUB: The club meet on the first Friday of each month in Philip Enrights The Ramble Inn, Church Street from 9pm.
BACK2NEW COMMUNITY UPCYCLING / RE-DESIGNED FURNITURE: Are you spring cleaning your home or workplace? We are currently looking for sound items of office & home furniture; large shelving units, large desks, under desk storage, storage cabinets, occasional tables, plant pots, garden benches, garden chairs, coat stands. Quirky items are welcome. Our re-designed and re-purposed furniture/community retail store is open every Monday (9.30-1.30pm), Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday (9.30am-5.30pm) at The Weigh House, Market Yard, Newcastle West. We also provide a re-design service. For further information, please contact Michaela Donegan on 087 2727742
COMMUNITY ALERT: Don’t post holiday pictures on FB until you come back, turn off your location on your smart phone so no one can check if you are out. If something sounds too good to be true then more than likely it is so be careful out there. Never give banking details, pin numbers etc. to anyone, the bank will not ring looking for them and they are the only ones who should look for them. 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. Lock the doors of your car when you are inside, do not leave a handbag visible on the seat. When you are at home keep the two doors locked so that if someone calls a second person cannot enter the house through the back door while you are occupied at the front door. 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.
HELPLINE FOR MEN SUFFERING DOMESTIC ABUSE: A new helpline has been set up and will operate 36 hours a week on 1800816588.
SESSION: The Bruach Na Carraige summer Seisiun is now on, and will run each Tuesday night during August at 9pm.
SICAP ABBEYFEALE PARENT & TODDLER GROUP: 11am – 12.30pm every Tuesday and Thursday, St Ita’s Hall. New people always welcome. Contact Mary on 087 9382883.
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.
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. Daily Mass 10am Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday except in the event of a funeral when Mass will be at 11am. Saturday Masses 11am and 6.30pm. Sunday 9.15am and 12 noon. Feast of the Assumption Wednesday Vigil Mass 7pm , there will be no morning Mass. Masses on Thursday, August 15 at 10am and 7pm. Mass Intentions: Thursday 10am Margaret Woulfe, St. Ita’s Terrace. Christine and Bobby McGinn, parents and deceased family members. 7pm Breda Walsh and deceased family members. Saturday 11am William and Nora Murphy, Kilmanihan. Months mind for Joe (Molly) O’Connor, Caherhayes. 6.30pm William Ahern, Ballaugh. Micheal O’Donnell Bogmount. Timmy O’Rourke Clash 2nd. Anniversary. Months Mind for Hugh Collins, Banard. Sunday 12 noon Peg Colbert Main Street 1st anniversary. Kelly and Broderick families Purt and Knocknasna.
LISTOWEL GUIDED WALKS: The Listowel Guided Heritage Walk will take place each Saturday at 11 am during July & August. The walk will depart from Kerry Writers’ Museum/Listowel Tourist Office in the Square. Admission is €5 per person and includes a complimentary tea or coffee at Castle View Café. Children 15 years and under are free.
THE HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE: The Killarney St. Pio Prayer Group are organising a 9 Day Pilgrimage visiting Jerusalem, Sea of Galilee, Cana, Garden of Gethsemane, Dead Sea and Mount Tabor. Departing November 7. Contact Michael Clifford 086 1309835.
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).
RAMBLING HOUSES: Monagae 2nd. Monday of the month. Knockalougha, Duagh on the third Tuesday of every month.