PROLOGUE: Addiction is giving up Everything for one thing, Recovery is giving up one thing for Everything.
UNVEILING OF PLAQUE: Former Justice and Foreign Affairs Minister Gerard Collins was the keynote speaker on Sunday morning last at the unveiling of a plaque to commemorate the Joy’s Corner Ambush which took place during the Irish War of Independence on June 5, 1921. The plaque which was sculpted by well known Abbeyfeale stonemason Ruairi Dennison was unveiled jointly by Cllr. Liam Galvin and Cllr. Francis Foley. The event was attended by public representatives and descendents of the men who carried out the ambush.
BE SUN SMART: The forecast is for a warm spell and it can’t be emphasised enough that no one should leave the house without adequate sun protection which includes a sun hat, sunglasses, long sleeves and lashings of factor 50 sun screen.
CLASSIC MOVIEPLEX REOPENS: The Listowel cinema has reopened after 6 months closure and looking forward to welcoming back all their customers. There are two shows daily – 4.30pm and 8.15pm. Bookings can be made online on www.listowel-cinema.com and you can also just turn up but come early. For further information call 068 22796. It is an ideal venue to spend some time away from our rainy summer and supporting a local venture at the same time. Use it or lose it.
DONATIONS NEEDED FOR ABBEYFEALE TOWN PARK: A box for donations to help keep Abbeyfeale Town Park open has been affixed to the wall of the public toilets in the park. A Go Fund Me page has also been set up. The park which has proved to be such a godsend during the lockdown is struggling because the usual fundraising activities it depends on for support have had to be curtailed. It is used daily by hundreds of people and takes a lot of upkeep so funds are urgently required.
WEST LIMERICK MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION: Wellness Wednesday – a 30 minute programme on WL102fm and sponsored by the West Limerick Mental Health Association begins on July 14 from 11 -11.30am.
UPDATE ON GLÓRACH BINGO AT FR. CASEY’S: Next Sunday’s bingo will start at 1.30pm on account of the Limerick/Tipperary match. The committee who manage the Glorach have said; “We have been encouraged by your support of our initiative and in association with our partners in the venture, Fr Casey’s GAA Club, whose grounds and facilities we use, and Abbeyfeale District Search & Rescue who provide stewarding for the event, want to state our great appreciation and thanks to you in providing much needed revenue for all three voluntary organisations. And, as there are plans for further enhancements to the facility when funds permit, our need for continuing streams of revenue is greater than ever as is our need for your support and patronage. We will continue to host Drive-In Bingo at the GAA grounds in Abbeyfeale every Sunday, until further notice, with a 2pm start.”
BARNAGH GARDENS: A big shout out to Olive and Maurice Sheehan and family who have re-opened Barnagh Gardens to act as a Greenway Hub. This hub and the restaurant Platform 22 on the top of Barnagh along the Limerick Greenway offers wonderful food and great views as well as coffee which is the real deal and a menu that showcases food locally sourced in West Limerick – food such as Rigney’s Farm granola. You will also find two playgrounds, a shop stocking outdoor clothing andSpindoctors from Mountmahon with adult hybrid and electric bikes, children’s bikes as well as child seats. Book their bikes online at https://www.spindoctorcycles.ie/locomotion-bike-rental It’s a great facility for people walking the Greenway, parents with small children to entertain for a couple of hours and those who just want a short walk to the viewing point over several counties, the Barnagh Tunnel or the renovated Station House which can then be the excuse for coffee and cake!
GRAVEYARD CLEANING: A clean up takes place every Tuesday evening weather permitting at Reilig Ide Naofa from 7-8pm. Families are encouraged to attend to their family graves it would help to keep the graveyards looking as well as they are. Thanks to all the volunteers who look after the three graveyards in the parish.
ST. ITA’S DAY CARE CENTRE: St Ita’s Day Care Centre, Abbeyfeale are now doing Meals on Wheels. If anyone is interested or would like further information please contact Jane/Norma at 068 51850.
CHURCH NEWS: Fr Tony Mullins 0872600414, Fr Dan Lane (Retired) 087/2533030, Fr Denis Mullane 087/26219. Priest on Call during the summer months Fr Dan Lane will be on call every Wednesday. Fr Mullins will not be available on Wednesdays. Fr Lane can be contacted on 087-2533030I. fealechurch Church Sacristy 068 -51915 Parish Office 068ers -31133. Mass Intentions: Wednesday 10am Jim White, Killarney Road. Thursday 10am Special Intention (Operation). No Saturday morning Mass 6.30pm Nora & Patrick Quirke, Ballaugh. Joe O’Connor Caherhayes and his daughter Michelle 2nd Anniversary. Sunday 10am Daisy Fealey, Knockbrack 1st Anniversary. Patrick O’Connor, Mountmahon . Hugh Collins, Dromtrasna Collins 2nd Anniversary. 12noon Nell & Francie Healy and deceased family members. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will resume here in the parish on Friday, July 23. Adoration will begin after the 10.00am Mass until 6.00pm each Friday. “A Holy Hour of adoration helps bring everlasting peace to your soul and in your family. It brings us personal peace and strength. It brings us a greater love for Jesus, for each other, and for the poor. Every holy hour deepens our union with Him and bears much fruit. Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
WORLD DAY FOR GRANDPARENTS AND THE ELDERLY: Throughout his papacy Pope Francis has reminded us to value the many gifts of our grandparents and elderly and, in recognition of their role, the Holy Father has now instituted an annual World Day into the Church calendar to be celebrated on the Sunday closest to the Feast of Saint Joachim and Saint Anne, parents of Mary and grandparents of Jesus. The theme chosen for this inaugural year is ‘I am with you always’ (Mt 28:20), highlighting that promise of closeness that generations share with each other. Not only are our young people called to be present in the lives of older people, but so too grandparents and elders have a mission to encourage young people on their faith journey. The First World Day for Grandparents & the Elderly will be celebrated on Sunday, July 25.
CATHOLIC PRIMARY EDUCATION IN THE FUTURE: Following their Summer General Meeting, the Catholic Bishops affirmed their commitment to proactively engaging with the Department of Education in relation to the reconfiguration of patronage of primary schools. The bishops are supportive of an educational landscape which reflects the reality of the increasingly diverse society in Ireland. A true plurality of patronage across the country should ensure parental choice whilst enabling patrons to be true to their own ethos and characteristic spirit. In a statement the bishops said, “Parents are the first and primary educators of their children. It follows that the State should be responsive to the rights of parents to have their philosophical and religious beliefs supported during their children’s education. One of the great strengths of faith-based primary schools has been their rootedness in local communities. ”The bishops said they would like to move as quickly as possible to a situation in which the State supports parents with the provision of schools whose ethos genuinely reflects what they want for their children. Going forward, the bishops wish to have a fruitful dialogue about the best way of ensuring that our school system reflects a diversity of provision, including provision for parents who want their children educated in a local school with a distinctive catholic ethos.
A MESSAGE FROM FR. TONY: “Guidance on attending Mass; Since the parish church opened up in May to allow people attend Mass, the numbers attending have increased significantly, especially at weekends. This is good news and very encouraging. However, we have to ensure that it is safe to do so for everybody. Because of the ongoing restrictions and the expected Delta wave we need to remind parishioners that we are limited in the number of people who can actually attend Mass within the church at any one time. We have a responsibility to follow seriously the guidance of the HSE for the opening of churches. We ask parishioners where possible, to attend Mass during the weekdays, where there is ample room at the moment for additional people to attend Mass, rather than Sunday morning or Saturday evening. Once the maximum number of people allowed to be within church has been reached, a sign will be placed at the door informing people that the church is full. Parishioners then have the option of attending Mass in their cars and tuning into the church radio 107FM. Holy Communion will be brought to you at Communion time. Stewards are obliged to implement these rules and we ask you to follow the directions of the stewards at all times. Church doors and windows have to remain open at all times to ensure proper ventilation. We appreciate how important it is for parishioners to be able to attend Mass and to receive Holy Communion, but in order to be as safe as possible and to ensure that our churches remain open into the future, we all need to do our bit in complying with the requirements at this time.”
REEK SUNDAY: The annual Reek Sunday Pilgrimage on Croagh Patrick, will be going ahead this year in an extended format from Wednesday to Saturday, 1- 31 July. Pilgrims are asked to plan their climb well in advance, and to choose a weekday when Croagh Patrick is quieter. The Reek Pilgrimage normally takes place on the last Sunday in July.
KIRBY ENGINEERING ARE RECRUITING: THE Limerick-based Kirby Group Engineering is to create 300 jobs as part of a significant expansion to meet demand for its services in Ireland and across Europe. The family-founded, privately owned company said the new jobs will include engineering, commercial, operations and administrative staff, with recruitment for many of these roles already underway. Kirby has also announced a €2m plan to upgrade its company headquarters on the Raheen Business Park. The construction phase of this expansion is projected to take six months, with the facility expected to be fully operational by the end of 2021. The company, which was set up in 1964, employs over 1,200 people with 200 new employees joining the company last year. As part of its new recruitment drive, Kirby said it is looking for almost 100 people to be deployed across its Apprenticeship Scheme and Graduate Programme. (Limerick Post).
YOUTH 2000 SUMMER RETREATS: This year the summer retreats for Youth2000 are back. For the Munster Area there are three retreats happening this summer all during the same weekend from 13th-15th August and they take place in Limerick, Cork and Waterford. Places need to be booked through the Youth2000 office atoffice or 00353 (0) 1 6753690.
WEEVER FISH: You are advised to wear footwear on the beach in Ballybunion due to an influx of weever fish which have been known to induce allergic reactions and even anaphylactic shock.
ST. SWITHIN’S DAY: The feast of St Swithin falls on July 15, for once the forecast is for high pressure and high temperatures so we could be in for 40 days of a good summer please God.
POETRY: Éigse Michael Hartnett begins on Thursday, September 30 in Newcastle West. Website: www.eigsemichaelhartnett.ie.
ESB: runs a visitor experience in the power station at Ardnacrusha from May to September each year, with visitor numbers of 10,000 annually.
SPRINGBOARD 2021: 12,000 courses are being provided, details from 1800 303 523.
SCHOLARSHIP available from Danaher McGrath Trust, details from local schools.
VACCINE ETHICS AND EQUITY: Those who have received their full vaccination are encouraged to donate the price of a vaccine to Unicef to enable a person in the Third World to have equal opportunity with those of us lucky enough to live in the First World.
RADIO MARIA: Radio Maria is an Irish Catholic Radio station that has grown in strength and popularity in recent years. It broadcasts Mass, Rosary, Divine Mercy Hour etc. daily. It has many interesting programmes. Many people tune in to pray with them. The easiest way to tune in is via the television, Saorview channel 210, (if you go forward one channel from RTE1 you get RTE2, if you go back one from RTE1 you get Radio Maria). There is also a mobile App. All details are on their website, www.radiomaria.ie RECOVERY HAVEN CANCER SUPPORT: If you or someone you know is in need of support contact 066 7192122.
LOUGH DERG 2021: Lough Derg regrets that it will not be possible in 2021 to reopen Station Island for the Traditional 3 Day Pilgrimage or even for the autumn programme of Day Retreats. Lough Derg will again offer the opportunity to “Do Lough Derg from wherever you are” on July 3-5. The outdoor Pilgrimage on the Lough Shore Pilgrim Path will also be available as the summer goes on. Further information from Lough Derg office (0353) 719861518 or www.loughderg.org.
WEST LIMERICK MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION: WLMHA have a Face Book page open to the public. Log on and share for news of courses, help lines, inspirational words etc.
COMMUNITY RADIO: WL102fm are relying on tickets sales for their weekly draw to keep them on air as this is the only fundraiser that they can hold at the minute. Tickets are available in Kathleen’s Food Store, Convent St., Mikey’s stall in the Square, Moss the Farmers’ and also in the Siopa Nua.
COMMUNITY ALERT: An Garda Síochána are beginning a pilot scheme that will allow members of the public to view on-line photographs of property (lost and stolen) in Garda possession that has yet to be claimed by the owners of that property. Important details to note: Always report stolen property to An Garda Síochána. Please make a note of your bike’s serial number, and keep it in a place where it can be easily retrieved if necessary. If you are going on holiday and your home is going to be vacant, be mindful of what you post on social media. Even if you have enabled strict privacy settings, your holiday plans could be shared with unscrupulous people: Don’t post status updates about your holidays while you’re still away. Don’t post pictures while you’re away. Respect other people’s privacy, don’t tag others while you and they are on holidays. Avoid posting your upcoming travel plans, and consider turning off the location sharing setting of your phone’s camera app. You can see how secure your home is by carrying out the Home Security Checklist Challenge available to download on the Garda Website. Gardai in Westmeath have recently reported the following: "There are recent reports to our stations in Westmeath of people being called, from a person purporting to be a Garda and saying they owe money for a criminal fine or that their name and personal details were used by a criminal. The caller does have certain details of the person being called. They then state that a named Garda will ring from a Garda station number which they do. The scammers can call with what appears to be a valid Garda station number. They ask for your details over the phone and for payment of a fine." No Garda will look for payment over the phone. Gardaí are urging the public to spread the word of fraud prevention as people continue to fall victim to scams on a daily basis. There was a report that someone lost €19,000 to a scam call so no wonder the calls keep on coming, it would take a long time for the rest of us to ‘earn’ that amount tax free. When the phone rings and it’s a number you don’t recognise answer if you must but do not speak, your voice activates their recorded message and there’s a possibility they are able to record your voice in order to use it in future scams. On receipt of these communications, the advice of An Garda Síochána is as follows: Do not engage with the caller. Do not return the call. Do not follow the automated instructions – Do not press 1 etc. Never disclose personal or financial information. Hang up and block the number if possible. Whilst the scammers may change their stories and methods, their goal is always the same – they want to access your sensitive information and get their hands on your money. If you believe you may have fallen victim to this scam, contact your financial institution and report the matter to local Gardaí. 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 or if you spend long periods of the day on your own 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. 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 with a deposit of 6 months payable on the day of installation.. 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. Committee members are Michael O’Kelly N.T., Chairman Seamus Stack, Secretary Mossie Gleeson, Assistant Treasurer Kathleen Collins, Assistant Secretary Mary McArthur, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Catherine Daly, Maurice O’Connell, Assistant Treasurer Marian Harnett.
.HELPLINES: If you are experiencing domestic abuse, jo Aware (Depression & Anxiety 016617211. National Suicide Helpline (Pieta House) 1800 247 247or text HELP to 51444. 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. .
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