PROLOGUE: Luck is where preparation meets opportunity. Unknown.

GLÓRACH: If music is truly nourishment for the soul, then the Glórach Theatre is the place to head to to rejuvenate your inner self as we will be serving up a veritable feast of varied sounds in the coming month. First up on Thursday, September 12 is Limerick singer-songwriter Emma Langford. Emma received widespread critical acclaim for her debut album Quiet Giant in 2017 and last year won the RTE Radio One ‘Best Emerging Artist’ award at their inaugural folk awards. A concert not to be missed, Emma will be ably supported on the night by Trevor Sexton, who made a fantastic impression at the Hearts of Men concert at the Glórach in June. Two days later, we switch genres, but the level of high quality musicianship will remain constant as Leroy Troy and his Hillbilly Trio come to town. Having wowed international audiences, they make their debut at the Glórach and suffice to say it’s rare a bluegrass group of this calibre come to Abbeyfeale so make sure to mark Saturday 14 in your diary. On Friday, September 20 we will hosting our annual Culture Night event. This year is a Scoraíocht theme, with song, music, dance and drama, celebrating the culture and heritage of Abbeyfeale and the surrounding area. In a month in which we celebrate local, national and international talent, we are confident there is something to please everyone in our September programme. All events start at 8 pm, keep up to date with events on our facebook page,(and check out the very impressive video made by Linda for the September events) and for bookings or enquiries please contact 0871383940.

CLASSES IN THE OLD TECH MOUNTMAHON: The following courses are starting up the middle of September: Beginners Computers for all ages, cookery, sewing, Childcare QQI Level 5 & 6, Healthcare QQI Level 5, Beginners Woodturning, Woodwork, Furniture Making, Upcycling Furniture, Beginners Art, Payroll Manual & Computerised, Bookkeeping Manual & Computerised, Excel for beginners, Beginners Sign Language. If you wish to register for any of the above, please call Mary in the office: 06831198.

NATIONAL CULTURE NIGHT AT THE GLÓRACH; Last week we announced that Glórach’s contribution to National Culture Night, on Friday, September 20 will manifest through our hosting an evening of entertainment, which we are calling a Scoraiocht. Essentially, an occasion for local people to meet up and make merry and be entertained by local performers and entertainers through the medium of song, dance, music and the spoken word; the flavour of the evening will reflect a balance of local and national cultural influences. The Scoraiocht won’t just captivate hearts and minds it, also, affords an opportunity to enjoy a feast of entertainment from our best-known local performers, as well as an occasion for the next generation of emerging singers and musicians to enthral you with the sheer exuberance of their talent. Liam Broderick, winner of the men’s 15-18 category at the recent Fleadh na h’Eireann in Drogheda, will perform his winning song “10 Minutes Too Late” and Emma Flynn, winner of the ladies 12-15 category at the recent County Limerick Fleadh, will play her winning concertina piece and along with her sister will treat you to a duelling concertinas duet. However, we won’t be blinded by youthful talent and in Domhnall de Barra we have a past All Ireland Fleadh winner, in the open category, with both the Button Accordion and Tin Whistle. As a former president of Comalthas on two occasions and a renowned music teacher, we had no hesitation in inviting and confirming him as the show’s musical director. So, you’ll have an opportunity to compare and contrast the playing styles of the young and the not so young! Although, Domhnall admits to being 74, Noreen, his wife, assures us that he’s as energetic and enthusiastic as ever! However, the show isn’t just about the traditional and in next week’s piece we’ll trail the eclectic nature of the entire evening and provide further insight as to what to expect and how you might have your funny bone tickled! Also, don’t forget to reserve your seat by calling the Glórach line on 087 1383940.

SCHOOL OF MUSIC AND DRAMA: Sephira School of Music and Drama has opened at Main St where Annette’s Boutique used to be. All ages are welcome. Contact Ruth Joyce on 085 2052384 /info or look them up on Facebook.

SET DANCE CLASSES: Set dancing for beginners with Timmy Woulfe will commence on Monday, September 2 in the Marian Hall, Moyvane at 8pm. Individual attention will be given where required.

CONCERT IN DUAGH SPORTS AND LEISURE COMPLEX: “Bringing Back the Showbands with a Touch Country” presented by Shaun O’Dowd on Thursday, September 5. A fantastic line up consisting of Ronan Collins, Sandy Kelly, Declan Nerney, Gina, The Conquerors. Doors open 7.00pm and Concert starts @8.00pm. Tickets €25 available from 087-2684540 or any committee member. Lots of Spot prizes, Full Bar Facilities as well as Tea/Coffee.

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 9am.

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.

SOCIAL FARMING: Social Farming is the practice of offering activity on family farms as a form of Social Support service. In Social Farming the farm remains a working farm at its core but invites people to participate in the day to day activities on the farm. Interested farmers & farm families who would like to hear more about Social Farming please contact Rosemary, at West Limerick Resources CLG, on 087 366 3842 or 069 66290.

BINGO: Bingo continues every Monday evening at 8.30pm at the Glórach.

Theatric Theatre School -drama, dancing, singing and prop making classes begin in Abbeyfeale on Monday, September 16 from 4-5pm. Performance of Oliver Twist will take place on the week of December 2. Suitable for ages 4-16. Places available. Now enrolling. Call Jo Jordan 087 6104224. Also visit us on Facebook.

ANNUAL GRANDPARENTS PILGRIMAGE: The 2019 pilgrimage will take place on Sunday, September 8 at the Shrine of Our Lady of Knock. The pilgrimage begins with the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick at 2.30pm. The Pilgrimage Mass follows at 3.00pm with Chief Celebrant Bishop Kevin Doran, Bishop of Elphin. Contact Connie at catholicgrandparents – 085 8704722 .

PLOUGHING: The 88th National Ploughing Championships will take place in Fenagh in Carlow from September 17-19.

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

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: Do not give personal details over the phone to anyone and don’t engage with callers who want to fix your phone or your computer or sort out a difficulty with your bank account. You’ve all heard the saying ‘a fool and his money are easily parted’, well if you give out personal details then expect to part. 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.

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.

LISTOWEL RACES ACCOMMODATION: Appeal for anyone in greater Listowel and including Ballybunion and anywhere between the surrounding areas may have a room or a well presented house for let for Race Week. Contact Margaret at the Race Week Office on 0874355363.

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 A l-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.. Mass Intentions: Thursday 10am Charlie Conefrey. Saturday 6.30pm Bridget White and deceased family members Knocknasna Lower. Hughie MacArthur,
Cahir 1st Anniversary. Ted Moloney, Ballymacgorden. Sunday 9.15am Mary B McEnery, Dromtrasna Collins. Rebecca Leahy 1st Anniversary. Teresa Lyons, New Street. 12noon Bridget & James O’Mara, Church Street. The next Baptismal team meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 10 in Tournafulla/ Mountcollins at 8pm in the sacristy. Contact Teresa 087/1513565

RECOVERY HAVEN: Prostate Cancer Support commences Wednesday, September 18 and a Thriving and Surviving Programme starts Monday, September 16 (for people recovering after cancer treatment). If you are interested in the courses, please contact Reception on 066 7192122.

RAMBLING HOUSES: Monagae 2nd. Monday of the month. Knockalougha, Duagh on the third Tuesday of every month.

WEEKEND RETREAT IN THE BURREN SEPTEMBER 13-15: A guided journey through the Burren to experience the silence and beauty of this unique landscape through walking mindfully on ancient pathways or limestone pavements. Get to know some of the rare flora and appreciate our rich faith heritage in one of the ancient sacred sites. Further information Noirin 087 945 9151 or Mary 087 970 1130