PROLOGUE: Don’t worry about the people in your past. There’s a reason they didn’t make it to your future."
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DEATHS: Sincere sympathies are offered to the families of Gerard Cotter, New St and Knocknasna, Ann Cullinane, The Grove and Mrs. Cotter, Barna all of whom died recently. May they rest in peace.

CARS AND VANS ACTING SUSPICIOUSLY: Dogs being stolen – be careful. Several reports locally of men calling to houses looking to buy dogs. Don’t leave them out unless they are accompanied.

GOOD NEWS STORY: There is welcome news that Minister Michael Ring, has allocated €1.5million to Limerick City & County Council out of a total national fund of €13million to help tackle dereliction in some towns and villages in the County.

OPENING OF PARISH CHURCH:Abbeyfeale Parish church will open for people to attend Mass on Tuesday, July 7. The Mass will be celebrated at 7.00pm. For the first three weeks of July there will be a gradual opening up of the church with Masses celebrated on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7.00pm and on Saturday & Sunday mornings at 10.00am. However, there are strict conditions to the re-opening. The maximum number of people allowed to attend is 50 and this figure includes the priest, sacristan, cantor, organist and stewards. In reality we are looking at 40 parishioners attending. We are also obliged to adhere to the two-meter social distancing rule. Parishioners need to be aware that the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended. The practice before the lockdown of parishioners attending Mass on a Saturday evening or Sunday Morning is not practical or safe in this circumstance. We are suggesting that some people, come to Mass during the weekdays. Some parishioners like to attend Mass daily. We are asking these parishioners to attend just once a week for the time being. If you come to Mass and discover that when you arrive that the maximum number of people is already in the church, parishioners will be able to hear Mass in the car park through the outside loudspeaker system which is at the Grotto side of the church. Holy Communion will be distributed at the Grotto. Again the 2-metre social distancing must be strictly adhered to while attending Mass in the church car park. To maintain safety and prevent the spread of the virus, the church will be cleaned after each Mass. In line with HSE guidelines, Parishioners are encouraged to wear face coverings while in a confined area. This is the responsibility of each individual. We will have more information next week. In recent weeks we have all had to make significant adjustments as to how we go about our daily tasks. Attending Mass will see significant changes and we ask you to follow the instructions below. There will be only one entry point to the church that is the main door at the front of the Church. When you are entering the church, remember to maintain the two-meter social distance. Stewards will direct you to the hand sanitizing stations and then to your seats. The seats will be clearly marked. In line with social distancing the seats will accommodate three individual people and family members may sit together. When families attend together, they will be allocated one seat to themselves. We ask you to cooperate with the stewards. At Communion time, stewards will direct you to Holy Communion and at the end of Mass we are asking people to exit the church gradually and safely. Do not come to Mass if you have a cough or feel you could have a temperature. If all goes according to plan we will increase the number of Masses open to the public. Meanwhile we will continue to broadcast our Masses online. More information next week.

THE BEST OF LUCK: Three businesses have opened in Abbeyfeale recently – Eamon Foley‘s bicycle shop in Mountmahon and Wioleta Kelly’s Abbeyfeale Interiors has opened upstairs in Scanlons, Convent St. and Krafty Klippers a barber shop also on Convent St.We are delighted with the vote of confidence in the town that this indicates.

FARMERS’ MARKET REOPENS: The weekly market has returned to the small square from 9-1pm every Friday. We thank you for your continued support.

FACE MASKS: Kathleen Quinn has made face masks which were donated to local nursing homes. She has a selection available for sale so contact her on 087 2802704.

WATER RESTRICTIONS: A ban on the use of water hoses has come into operation owing to the dry April and May. All householders are asked to conserve water in as much as possible.

WEST LIMERICK RESOURCES: The Offices of West Limerick Resources remain closed to the public but all staff are available to contact. Please ring 069 62222 with any queries and you will be directed to the appropriate staff member.

SICAP RURAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICE (RES) / YOUTH EMPLOYMENT SERVICE (YES): If you need support job seeking and feel that you are a little lost in deciding what you want to do, then you should contact the RES / YES which offers 1:1 support and career planning around education, training and employment opportunities. To find out more contact Finn on 087 759 1951 or email ffitzgerald or Eddie on 087 653 5156 or email eoshaughnessy or Dee on 087 918 5557 or email dcollins or Adrienne on 087 277 3294 or email aoconnell. Check out the RES Facebook page for the latest in employment and training opportunities in County Limerick & beyond

SICAP SELF EMPLOYMENT SUPPORTS: If you are considering Self Employment and would like to know more about the process involved you should contact our Enterprise Support Officer Brenda Heath 087 766 9952 or email bheath

SICAP EMPLOYER SUPPORTS: If you have potential job opportunities and would like to find out more about our supports and services or you would like to advertise for FREE in our weekly newsletter please contact Dee, on 087 918 5557 or email dcollins. We would love to hear from you. Further information on all our activities and projects is available on or check out our Facebook page:

FURTHER EDUCATION: Even in these difficult times it is good to make positive plans for the future. If you hope/intend on going to college in September 2020 WLR can support you with your SUSI Grant Application Form. Leaving Cert Students, Mature Students and Parents are welcome to contact Adrienne on 087 277 3294 or email aoconnell for advice and guidance. The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2018-2022 is funded by the Irish Government through the Department of Rural and Community Development and co-funded by the European Social Fund under the Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020

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 James, at West Limerick Resources CLG, on 087 366 3842 or email him jledwith

ABBEYFEALE COMMUNITY ALERT: Tralee Gardai do a slot with Deirdre Walsh on Radio Kerry every Monday and today there was a discussion on all the scams that are on the go at the moment. If you get phone calls or emails saying that your credit card is compromised or that your Amazon a/c has been cancelled do not respond or give your pin numbers or any information that they request – just treat everything as a scam and you won’t go far wrong. A scam is a scheme or plan to try and con you out of your money or personal information such as bank account or card details, PIN numbers, internet banking login or your name, address, date of birth etc. Be aware of emails that don’t use your name and use generic greeting like Dear Customer or Dear Sir/Madam. Scams can take many different forms such as phishing, premium-rate phone calls, pyramid schemes and more but there are some general rules you can follow to avoid becoming a victim of a scam. If something sounds too good to be true it usually is. If someone contacts you out of the blue and asks you to give or confirm your personal, bank or debit/credit card details be very wary. If they claim to be from your bank hang up and call your bank on another phone – they often stay on the line and pretend to be the bank if you ring from the phone that you were speaking to them on. Don’t click on a link in an email or message until you confirm with the actual person purportedly sending it as their a/c may have been hacked. If you think you may have fallen victim to a scam or fraud and have given someone your bank or credit card details contact your bank or card issuer immediately so they can advise you and if necessary put a hold on your account, cancel your cards or cheques or carry out additional security when issuing payments and transfers from your account. You should also report it to your local Garda station. If you don’t know your Eircode ring 0818 300005 and key in 4 on the menu and a real human will talk to you and look up your code. It’s the most important part of your address because if you have to have an ambulance come for you or yours and you give them your Eircode they can travel straight to your home without having to be getting directions from people they meet on the road thus saving a pile of time. If you are the victim of domestic abuse the Gardai ‘have a pro – arrest policy where a power of arrest exists to protect spouses or partners and your family’.

When 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. There may be some confusion over the word free – the equipment which costs in the region of €400 is provided free of charge by Pobal as is the first year of monitoring but after that you will be charged by the installing company for the monitoring. If you fulfil the criteria for a panic button the installing company will drop the gear to your door and then let you set up the connection yourself with assistance over the phone from their staff. I have been assured that it’s only a matter of connecting a cable and anyone can do it. I have not included the phone numbers of the committee in this notice but if you want to get a panic button then ring Abbeyfeale Garda Station on 068 30010 and they will contact one of us. 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. Then, in year two you will also receive a bill for the monitoring fee so in year one the bill will be €90 and in year two and every other year after it will €162 approx. Committee members are Michael O’Kelly N.T., Seamus Stack, Mossie Gleeson, Kathleen Collins, Mary McArthur, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Catherine Daly, Marian Harnett.

HELPLINES: Men suffering domestic abuse operates 36 hours a week on 1800816588. Men’s Aid (Amen) 01 5543811 Monday – Friday 9-5pm. 24 hour helplines for women suffering domestic abuse 1800 341900 or Adapt 1800 200504. Limerick Social Services: 061-314111. AA 061/311222 Al-Anon 086/8143425. Parent Support worker 068/31019. Accord NCW 069/61000. BEREAVEMENT SERVICE: A new national freephone bereavement support line has been launched by the Irish Hospice Foundation in conjunction with the HSE to assist staff and the public during the Pandemic.. The national freephone service, 1800 80 70 77 is available Monday to Friday from 10am to 1pm. 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 affected by mental ill health) 01 860 1620 061 – 412111 or Free phone 1850609090 A.A. 061-311222. ACCORD; are now offering over the phone counselling for couples, Individuals & family members during this time of unprecedented stress & pressure during these weeks of COVID-19. Call: 01 5313331.

Al-Anon 086-8143425 Bereavement Support: 068 / 31203 068/ 31262 068/51984 St Vincent De Paul Tel 087/1213560 . Counselling Appointment 061/314213. ALONE; has launched a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open Monday to Friday, 8am-8pm, by calling 0818 222 024. Hours may be extended to meet the demand.

CHURCH SERVICES: Mass is being celebrated every day in the Church of the Assumption and broadcast on Tuesday to Friday at 10am except in the event of a funeral when Mass will be at 11am. Mass on Monday is at 7pm, Saturday the Vigil Mass will be 6.30pm and Sunday Masses are at 10am and 12 noon. RTÉ will air Mass every weekday at 10.30am on RTÉ News Now. West Limerick 102fm will broadcast Mass on Sunday morning from Abbeyfeale at 10am. Radio Kerry will also broadcast Mass on Sunday mornings at 10am.. On Sunday mornings RTE 1 broadcast either Mass or Christian worship prayer at 11am . If you have Sky or one of the other TV packages, check out EWTN Catholic religious station for broadcast Masses and prayers. On the RTE Saorview channels, if you keep moving up through the tv channels you get to the radio channels coming through the TV, and on them there is Saroview channel 210 that broadcasts Radio Maria Ireland – a lovely station of Mass, Rosary, prayers and conversations on religious topics.