PROLOGUE: People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do."
Isaac Asimov.

FRANCES KENNEDY – LIVE AND KICKING BACK! – Frances Kennedy is back with her one woman live performance of her world famous songs, stories and grown up humour along with guest Sonny Egan in St. John’s Theatre, Listowel on Thursday, September 10. Booking 068 22566 or email stjohnstheatre

SELLING ONLINE – MOVING YOUR BUSINESS ONLINE: This free three-hour course will provide you with all the information required to create a business plan for moving online with your business. There are two course dates available, Wednesday, September 9 and Wednesday, October 7, from 10am to 1pm. Delivered by Talent Pool and supported by Limerick Local Enterprise Office, it is open to all new and existing businesses operating in the West Limerick area. This training will be carried out through Zoom and pre-booking is essential. In relation to one-to-one, group meetings and the current situation regarding Coronavirus, please see Notice to Public above. For further information and to book your place, please contact Aimee Grigg at West Limerick Resources on 069 66295 or email agrigg

ARE YOU PLANNING TO GET MARRIED SHORTLY: For those who are getting married in the next few months and due to the current restrictions, please send an email to info, to find out the current procedures and to book your pre-marriage course as soon as possible.

SICAP FAMILY SUPPORTS:For free support and guidance for parents and caregivers contact Mary O’Connor 087 938 2883 or email moconnor; Stefanie Jaeger Liston, 087 398 2925 or email sjaeger

WEARING OF A MASK IN ENCLOSED SPACES MANDATORY: You are also reminded to wash your hands for 20 seconds frequently and to observe social distancing.

CLASSES TO RECOMMENCE AT THE ADULT ED. CENTRE: Classes starting shortly for the Autumn. Contact Tech in Mountmahon on 06831198.

FACEBOOK FOR BEGINNERS: This free course is being run over two sessions on Monday, September 7 and Monday, September 14, from 10am to 12pm. This course will give businesses the skills, tools and knowledge to be able to set up a Facebook page and use it effectively in their business. Delivered by Sandra Hennessy of BeDynamic and supported by Limerick Local Enterprise Office it is open to new and existing businesses operating in the West Limerick area. This training will be carried out through Zoom and pre-booking is essential. For further information and to book your place, please contact Aimee Grigg at West Limerick Resources on 069 66295 or email agrigg

CHURCH NEWS: The Feast of St. (Mother) Teresa of Calcutta is celebrated Saturday, September 5. Next Friday, September 4 is the First Friday of the month.

The church is now fully reopened and will seat 50 in the body of the church, 42 in one side aisle and 39 in the other. Face coverings are mandatory. All Masses will be stewarded and the church will be fully sanitised after each Mass. Mass on Monday at 7pm, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 10am except if there is a funeral then Mass which will be private will be at 11am. Mass on Saturday morning at 11am. There will be a Vigil Mass on Saturday evening at 6.30pm and Sunday Masses at 10am and 12 noon. Confessions on Saturday after 11am Mass in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel. If the church is full then people are welcome to park on the Grotto side of the car park as Mass is broadcast there on loudspeakers and Holy Communion will be distributed at the Grotto by a Minister for the Eucharist.

ANAM CARA: , the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding its monthly Parent Evening for bereaved parents on Tuesday, September 8 at 7.20pm in Recovery Haven, 5 Haig’s Tce., Tralee. This event is free and open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age of your child, the circumstances of their death, or whether their death was recent or not.

WEST LIMERICK COMMUNITY RADIO: WL102fm has provided a great service throughout West Limerick since the lockdown began with Mass being broadcast every Sunday, loads of country and western music, (all genres of music but you see where my heart lies!), a daily rosary and local news from the county as well as current affairs and documentaries. By the terms of the licence that they get to broadcast, they must raise a share of their running costs in the community that they serve and over the years volunteers have organised concerts, car boot sales, tea dances and sold raffle tickets as well as organising a yearly church gate collection at all the local churches. That all came to a halt on March 14 last and they are now restarting the weekly draw in order to get an income stream going again. Tickets are on sale all over the West Limerick area and in Abbeyfeale at Ann Lyons’s, The Square for €2 each. Please be generous in your support. They are also calling for volunteers to help run the station.

BECOME A BIODIVERSITY LEADER IN YOUR COMMUNITY WITH WEST LIMERICK RESOURCES: We are now taking applications for an online training programme to help you become a Biodiversity Leader in your community. The training is free of charge and will be held as a series of webinars taking place on Wednesday evenings, beginning September 16, and running for eleven weeks. A certificate will be awarded to each participant who completes 75% or more of the course. Three trainers will cover different aspects of Biodiversity. Places are limited to 30 and participants will need access to internet and a smart phone or laptop. Due to Covid-19 the entire course will be held online through Zoom and assistance can be given to show participants how to link in. For further enquiries or application form please email Fran at biodiversityleader

A COMPLAINT TO EIR: Forget about ringing, send an email to eir.ie/complaints. If you receive no reply over 5 days then email comreg.ie

SCAMS: If you get a text from Bank of Ireland saying that your credit card has been compromised do not click on the link provided. Memorise the pin number and do not carry it with the actual card and always cover the pin pad before you type in your pin. If you have worries ring the Bank 01 40440000 or call into the bank in the Square. between 10 – 1pm Monday to Friday. Do not post-holiday pictures on social media until you are back home. Invest in a timer so that lights/ radio etc can be turned on automatically when you are out.

HELGA IS BACK IN THE SQUARE: She has a fine selection of locally grown vegetables which are chemical free. Maureen Hickey will have a stall selling face masks for the next couple of weeks.

ABBEYFEALE COMMUNITY ALERT: We are still accepting donations of €10 to help run our text alert system as the funds we raised some years ago have now run out. If you are the owner of a dog please be aware that there are gangs of people going around searching out dogs and stealing them for puppy farms or as bait for dog fights or to be sold on as family pets. They sometimes mark house piers or fences or gates with chalk or cable ties so keep an eye on your property if you own a dog. If you don’t own a pet why not rescue a dog from one of the many dog rescue organisations if you have decided to get a pet. 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 so please contact 068 30010 if you feel threatened. 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. If you wish you can arrange a direct debit and pay this amount off monthly. We recently received a query about the application of VAT to the monitoring charge, your bill shows VAT but it is included in the cost not extra to it. 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, Maurice O’Connell, Marian Harnett.

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 www.facebook.com/RES-144618922850869/

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

HELPLINES: Jigsaw support line is now up and running on freefone 1800 JIGSAW (544 729). It will provide free mental health support and advice to young people aged 12 to 25 years old, and parents or concerned adults who live in the Republic of Ireland.

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.

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