DEATH: Sincere sympathy to Bridie O’Shea and family on the death of Harry, Convent St. May he rest in peace.
WEDDING BELLS: Congratulations to Elena Harnett, Knockbrack daughter of Maurice and Margaret and Alan Martin, son of Gerry and Mary, Castlebar on their recent wedding. We wish them a long and happy life together.
OUTDOOR MARKET AT THE BARNAGH HUB: There will be an evening Market at the Barnagh Hub on the weekend beginning Friday, December 3 – Sunday, December 5 inclusive and the following Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The final market will be on the weekend of Friday, December 18 -19 inclusive. To book a free pitch contact Eileen from 9-2pm on 085 2552890.
NOONAN’S CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Our official opening is on Sunday November 21 at 4 PM. Limerick all Ireland winning goalkeeper, the great Nickie Quaid, will flick the switch to begin our fundraising event. A host of county champions will be in attendance and of course the main man himself Santa will be there to greet all the children and take their letters back to the North Pole. So an open invitation to all which promises to be a great evening.
Many thanks to everyone for their continued support.
SEÁN KEANE RETURNS TO THE GLÓRACH: We are delighted to announce that Seán Keane will visit the Glórach on Friday December 3rd at 8pm. A night not to be missed in the newly renovated theatre. Tickets can be booked by ringing the booking line on 087 1383940.
CRAFT FAIR: Craft fair Sunday, November 21 in Duagh Sports Complex from 12.00pm – 4pm. All crafters welcome. To book a table telephone Geraldine on 087 2684540. Get some lovely Christmas goodies there!
HANDEL’S MESSIAH: Dublin Bach Singers, Sharon Lyons-Soprano, Leanne Fitzgerald—Alto, Conor Prendiville—Tenor, Rory Dunne– Bass, Marlborough Baroque, Thérése Timoney,- Leader and conducted by Blánaid Murphy performing in St. Mary’s Cathedral on Saturday, December 11 @ 8pm. Tickets €25 each, available from Eventbrite, www.eventbrite.ie , at the Killarney Parish Office or T: 087 6077344.
IRISH SUICIDE BEREAVEMENT SURVEY: The National Suicide Research Foundation (NSRF) and Healing Untold Grief Groups (HUGG) have launched the first national study of adults bereaved or affected by suicide in Ireland. You can find out more and access the survey by visiting www.hugg.ie/suicide-bereavement-survey. You will also find a link
to the survey on the diocesan website.
BISHOPS OF IRELAND GO ON PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK: Delighted to have been able to attend the Mass in Knock last Sunday celebrated by the Bishops of Ireland in honour of those who lost their lives during the pandemic. It was a very special ceremony.
GLÓRACHBINGO: Bingo is at the earlier time of 1.30pm. While plans for a November concert have had to be put on hold, we are looking forward to hosting Seán Keane on Friday, December 3rd, tickets can be booked at 0871383940.
QUIT MID WEST: Stop Smoking for 28 days and you’re 5 times more likely to stop for
good. Quit Mid-West is a free service for providing tips, tools and support to help you stop smoking. For further information contact 065-6865841. A counselling service to support parishioners who wish to stop smoking is now available at St Ita’s Hall, Abbeyfeale. For an appointment contact 065-6865841.
COLLECTION: If you missed the Trocaire special collection recently you can also donate directly by visiting https://www.trocaire.org/
FR. TIM HAS LEFT FOR SOUTH SUDAN: Fr. Tim said his last Mass in Abbeyfeale last week and there were tears from most of us there as we wished him a safe journey. Fr. Tony presented him with a donation from the parish to help in his work. The a/c opened in the Credit Union in 1995 for Fr. Tim is available for donations should you wish to support his work.
COVID-19 : Despite the opening up of all areas of society below are some points that we all
need to keep in mind as we go about our daily business:
Be conscious of those in the community who have underlying conditions and
continue to be vulnerable. Continue to support our frontline workers by acting responsibly at all times 67 Covid related deaths in Ireland were reported to health authorities last
week. 58 died in October and 9 in September. The increasing numbers of people admitted to our hospitals with COVID-19 is putting the health system under increasing pressure and leading to the postponement of vital services for non COVID patients. Continue to wear a mask while indoors in churches and public buildings Parishioners are strongly advised to refrain from shaking hands with mourners when attending funerals
Ensure social distancing at all times Those attending Mass are still required to wear face masks as we are in an enclosed area and all visitors to the church should continue to sanitize their hands. Windows will remain open for ventilation purposes. As the autumn approaches and the temperatures drop, parishioners are urged to wrap up well. Some seats will remain
closed off to help maintain some distance between people attending Mass. Any person with COVID-19 symptoms should not attend Mass. You should self-isolate and contact your doctor. We need to remind ourselves not to become complacent as we try to return to life with fewer restrictions. Thanks to everyone for your continued support and
understanding. Religious services and weddings can proceed without capacity limits as existing measures remain (social distance/no physical handshakes/no full choir/no holy water in fonts/one way entry and exit/to Communion/Communion in hand only etc.) All advised to be responsible as the incidence rate is very high at the moment. Dispensation from Sunday Mass and Holy Days obligation remains while Mass during the week is encouraged in lieu.
GLÓRACH: PRO Lorcan Curtin reports ; “Amazingly mild day on Sunday, with little need for more than a shirt, and it suited us to a tee at the GAA grounds for our drive-in Bingo, with a large crowd in attendance. New GMT (Glórach Mean time) of 1.30 pm, and will continue at this starting time from now on. Tickets moving fast for our Seán Keane concert on Friday, December 3rd, to book, call 0871383940.”
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT: Adoration in the main church every Friday, after the 10.00am Mass – 6.00pm. Entrance through the front door of the church. Please note that when there is a Wedding Mass celebrated on a Friday, adoration will be from 4 to 6.00pm. Pope Paul VI: “Eucharistic adoration extends its influence far beyond the individual adorers, touching their homes and families and reaching out to the parish community and beyond”
ADULT SINGING WORKSHOPS: Siamsa Tíre are offering Adult Singing Workshops with the Irish National Opera on Thursday, November 18 from 7 – 9pm. You don’t need to have any experience of singing, reading music or of opera to take part. Just an enthusiasm to try something new. The Sea Shanties workshop is an ideal workshop for people who enjoy singing in groups. Contact www.siamsatire.com or call 066-7123055 to book. Cost €15.
ARA NA FEILE COFFEE MORNING FOR THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: The Active Retirement Club are hosting a Coffee Morning in Leens Hotel on Wednesday, November 16 from 11-1pm with all proceeds going to lighting up Abbeyfeale this Christmas. Your support will be appreciated.
INCREASE IN POINTS: Congratulations to Abbeyfeale Tidy Towns on being awarded 293 Points in this year’s Tidy Towns Competition. Abbeyfeale has been awarded an increase in Points every year since 2013 which is a credit to the ongoing dedication of all those involved.
IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS: The Christmas lights committee are busy decorating the town for Santa’ s visit on Friday, November 26.
More new lights have been purchased this year. Please support “ Buy a bow” for our tree
and enter the raffle. Lines available in all shops in town.
CRAFT FAIR: A Christmas Craft Fair will be held in the Duagh Sports Complex on Sunday, November 21 from 12-4pm. All crafters welcome. To book a table contact Geraldine on 087 2684540.
WELLBEING NEWS: Do you want to stop smoking? Are you thinking about quitting? Have you tried to quit before? You are far more likely to quit for good with the right help. Quit Mid West is a free one-to-one local HSE stop smoking service. There are clinics in Rathkeale and Abbeyfeale and the service can be face-to-face, on the phone or online. Details of all clinics can be found on Find Services in your area (hse.ie). Call 065 6865841 to speak to one of the team. The webinar, Menopause and Me, is available on the HSE Health and Wellbeing YouTube channel for women who want to learn more about perimenopause and menopause: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3oPxZQ_4zkk. 380 women joined the live webinar, hundreds more have watched it online and the feedback has been very positive.The Minding Your Wellbeing Programme is a free, evidence-based, online programme that provides a unique opportunity for people to learn more about mindfulness, gratitude, self-care and resilience. The programme has been adapted from a face-to-face programme as a series of 5 videos. Each video is about 20 minutes and can be found here: Minding Your Wellbeing Programme – HSE.iePrehistoric Newgrange, Co. Meath- the Abbeyfeale Connection.
ABBEYFEALE ARCHAEOLOGIST: The following piece was written and researched by Nicholas Leonard, Ballaugh: Professor Michael Joseph- better known as Brian- O’Kelly excavated the c.5, 200- year-old tumulus at Newgrange, Co. Meath from 1962 until 1975. Highly regarded as an excellent teacher, writer and archaeologist, he was Professor of Archaeology at University College Cork from 1946 until his death in 1982.M J O’Kelly was born in 1915 at Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick, into a distinguished academic family. He was educated locally, and then at Rockwell College and at University College, Cork, where he switched his intended studies from engineering to architecture. He is rightly considered to be the father of ʻnew archaeology’ in Ireland, being the first Irish archaeologist to incorporate specialist studies like dental, bone, mollusc and pollen analysis into his excavation strategy. He scientifically established the first dates for Newgrange (c3, 200 BC) using Radio-carbon dating- an innovative technique which was to prove revolutionary. Professor O’Kelly rediscovered the roof box at Newgrange during excavations in 1963. The roof-box is a small opening above the entrance to the tumulus that had been hidden for centuries. He found that the builders of the monument had constructed and aligned the roof-box so that sunlight could enter and illuminate the chamber at dawn on the Winter Solstice. This mystical occurrence had long been part of local Meath legend, and O’Kelly had given it serious consideration, even when it seemed an impossibility.On December 21st, 1967, he became the first person for thousands of years to see the light of the rising sun illuminate the inner chamber of the tomb. He was alone in the chamber, smoking a cigarette, as the first rays of sunlight crept eerily towards him along the ancient stones. He wrote later that the ‘hairs on the back of his neck stood up’ as he watched the light reach all the way to the end wall of the chamber. He made a sound recording of what he witnessed, which included the following historic words: "Between the bright sky and the long, glittering, silver ribbon of the Boyne the land looks black and featureless. Great flocks of starlings are flying across the sky from their night-time roosts to their day-time feeding places. The effect is very dramatic as the direct light of the sun brightens and casts a glow of light all over the chamber. I can even see parts of the roof and a reflected light shines right back in to the back of the end chamber." Professor Brian O’Kelly died in October 1982, after a full and distinguished life of service to education and scholarship. In 2015, the centenary of his birth, the life and work of this eminent son of Abbeyfeale were remembered and celebrated by lectures and seminars by Dr Elizabeth Twohig, UCC, in Cork and at the Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre,Co. Meath. Sadly, in his native county he seems to have been inexplicably forgotten, as no such event was considered necessary or appropriate to remember a Limerick-man whose life’s work is recognised and honoured nationally and internationally. N.L.
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CHURCH NEWS: Fr Tony Mullins 0872600414, Fr Dan Lane (Retired) 087/2533030, Fr Denis Mullane 087/26219. Fr Dan Lane will be on call every Wednesday. Fr Mullins will not be available on Wednesdays. Fr Lane can be contacted on 087-2533030 fealechurch Church Sacristy 068 -51915 Parish Office 068 -31133. To book a |Mass intention contact the church before or after Mass on 0668 51915. Mass Intentions: Thursday 10am Deceased members of Brouder and
Mullins family. Friday 10am Lizzie Morris. Deceased members of the Active retirement
Association. Saturday 6.30pm Connie Harnett, Collins Park. Mary Kelly, Knocknaboul & Co Down. Nina Farrell nee Healy. Sunday10am Michael Scully, Mountmahon & London.
Michael O’Connell, Kilconlea. Dick Danaher, Church Street/ Shanbally. 12noon Michael Reidy, Meenkilly. Eileen O’Connor, Dublin , late of Main St. Fintan Hoare, Knockbrack. Confessions will be heard on Saturday evenings just before the Vigil Mass from 6.00pm to 6.25pm. The Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims was first held in 1993. It was created to give recognition to victims of road traffic crashes and for their loved ones and to
acknowledge all who work in our emergency services. A remembrance Mass to mark
World day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2021 will be held on Saturday next November 20 at 6.30pm. Plenary Indulgence during month of November: The Vatican has extended to this year the additional indulgences granted in Pope Francis’ special mandate of 2020. A plenary indulgence can be obtained by anyone who visits a cemetery, church or oratory even if only mentally, on any day in November and prays for the faithful departed. The indulgence is gained by celebrating the sacrament of Confession, receiving Holy Communion along with the recitation of the Our Father, Hail Mary, the Creed and a prayer for the Holy Father’s intentions. For anyone who cannot leave their home for various reasons, they too can obtain the plenary indulgence by “uniting themselves spiritually to other members of the faithful”. The directive suggests that such prayer take place before an image of Jesus or the Blessed Virgin Mary. Among the various prayers that are recommended are prayers for the deceased, the Rosary, the Divine Mercy Chaplet, meditating on various Gospel passages proposed for funeral Masses. We return to hearing Confessions in the Confession boxes. Some slight alterations have been made to the boxes to make them safer during the ongoing pandemic. We would ask that parishioners who want to go to Confession follow all safety guidelines by sanitizing their hands when entering the church, wearing a mask and follow the instructions which will be placed on the door of the confession boxes. If anyone would like to celebrate the sacrament outside of the confession box let Fr Tony know and he will make alternative arrangements for you. Readers List The new list is being organized at the moment. New readers are always welcome. If interested in taking up this ministry telephone Fr Tony on 087/2600414. The Annual Mass for all those who died since this time last year will be celebrated on Friday, November 26 at 7.00pm. During Mass a candle will be lit for each person who has died during the past twelve months and a member of their family will be invited to bring the candle to the altar. Mass for those who died in 2020: Last year due to the lockdown it was not possible to have relatives of all those who died in 2020 attend this annual Mass, so the Mass was livestreamed on the internet. We would like to offer an opportunity for all those who were bereaved from November 2019 to November 2020 to attend Mass for their loved ones who died during this period. We will offer Mass for these families and their deceased loved ones on Friday, November 19 at 7.00pm. During the ceremony of light, a relative of the
deceased will be invited to bring a candle to the altar in memory of their loved
ones. The necessary social distancing will be in place for these celebrations.
COMMUNITY ALERT: A friend of mine advertised an item on Done Deal and within 5 minutes received a message on WhatsAp from a "Mary Donovan." She asked if she could arrange for AnPost courier delivery and said I would receive money before sending. I said OK and she sent me a link, which appeared to be An Post but wanted my card details. Got son to check site – he said malware. Told "Mary" I was not comfortable with giving card details and could we do PayPal. No response! The name "Mary Donovan," and the lovely avatar of a mother and daughter had both disappeared from the WhatsAp personal info, leaving only the number, which I rang….no reply. So beware folks! Baddies lurking in the undergrowth. This week the Gardai once again received a number of reports of online scams resulting in the loss of savings. Please, please ignore and delete texts containing links purporting to be from the Bank of Ireland. The bank will never ask for personal details over the phone or by text or email. Please share this post and spread the word as despite the fact many of us know this already if the scammer tries it a hundred times and succeeds once it’s one victim too many. Housing Aid for Older People Scheme which is used to improve the condition of an older person’s home is aimed at people 66 years of age and older and is means tested. People with a disability or who are elderly can apply for a grant to purchase grab rails, a level access shower, access ramps or a stair lift. Contact 061 496000 for further details. There is a not for profit company based in NCW which provide a cost effective housing maintenance, small repairs and adaption service principally for the over 60’s or disabled in West Limerick. Services offered include; roof maintenance, outside maintenance, carpentry and flooring, painting etc. For further information contact 069 69315. If someone does call to your door or drive into your yard then give the Gardai a ring on 06830010 and alert them that these people are around – this is an integral part of our community helping the Gardai to keep us all safe. If you are 65, you 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.
SMART VILLAGES: The first workshop for local communities and businesses will take place on Thursday 25th November in Listowel Family Resource Centre between 6.30-8.30pm. The aim of this workshop is to introduce attendees to the ‘Smart Village’ concept and how this concept will be applied to help support growth and address challenges in the North Kerry – West Limerick Region. The workshop will provide a clear, example-based explanation of the Smart Village concept as it is emerging today and will provide an overview of the goals and structure North Kerry, West Limerick: Smart Villages, Stronger Communities so that attendees have a clear understanding of the ethos behind the project, what is being done and how local communities can participate. In West Limerick the areas covered under this initiative include the Western periphery of the catchment along the Kerry border including the communities of Abbeyfeale, Tournafulla, Mountcollins, Templeglantine, Athea/Carrigkerry, Glin and Loughill/Ballyhahill, Ardagh and Shanagolden.
For further information contact Suzanne on 069 79114 or email srowley.
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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