PROLOGUE: RECEIPE FOR HAPPINESS
Two cups of patience,
One heart full of love,
Two handfuls of generosity
A dash of laughter,
One handful of understanding.
Sprinkle generously with kindness,
Add plenty of faith and mix well.
Spread over a period of time.
Serve to everyone you meet.
DEATH: We offer our sympathy to the family of Myra Flynn, Convent Road whose funeral took place on Monday last. May she rest in peace.
BIRTHDAY GREETINGS: Congratulations to Carmel Fitzgerald, N.T. Dromtrasna and her twin Brian O’Connor, Duagh who celebrated a birthday with an O. last weekend.
DANAHER MCGRATH TRUST SCHOLARSHIP: Young people from Athea, Abbeyfeale, Mountcollins, Tournafulla and Templeglantine are invited to apply for a range of scholarships from a minimum of €2,000 to a maximum of €5,000 that are open to full time college students. Application forms are available from Abbeyfeale Credit Union, local secondary schools or Woulfe Murphy Solicitors. Closing date is August 31 and terms and conditions apply.
START IT UP: Nick Cotter Jnr who is the son of Jackie and Nicky Cotter, Dromtrasna is one of six junior entrepreneurs in the running for a top prize of 40K. The second episode of the competition will be aired on the GSEA You Tube channel on Thursday, June 16 at 5pm and features Nick, plenty of firewood, logs and a lamb! The winner will be announced on the following Thursday, June 23 and the whole of Abbeyfeale is rooting for him. Check out the link on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKMFaZCMuY4&t=1s
PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK: The Abbeyfeale Eucharistic Adoration Committee are planning a pilgrimage to Knock Shrine on Saturday, June 18. If you are interested in making this pilgrimage please contact Kathleen Kennelly or Theresa O’Connor. Interested parishioners from Athea, Mountcollins,Tournafulla and Templeglantine are very welcome to join with us.
FATHERS’ DAY: Sunday, June 19.
PRAYER MEETING: Janice and Moss Carrig will host a prayer meeting in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Scartaglen on Sunday next, June 19 at 3pm. All are welcome.
PLAQUE UNVEILING: A plaque acknowledging the pivotal role Maureen Sweeney (nee Flavin), now aged 99 played in the “D Day Landing” World War 2 will be unveiled in Knockanure village on Saturday June 18th at 2pm. All are welcome to attend the occasion. (Maureen Sweeney, forecast an impending storm from Blacksod station in 1944 which changed the timing of the D-Day landings and ultimately secured victory for the Allies.Aidan Lonergan- June 06, 2019). Maureen Sweeney may look like your ordinary pensioner, but this retired Irish postmistress played an extraordinary role in the timing of the D-Day landings 75 years ago – saving the lives of thousands of Allied troops in the process.
GLÓRACH BINGO; The signs on the approach roads to Abbeyfeale seem to have done the trick with large crowds attending our indoor Bingo at the Glórach, every Monday night starting at 8 pm.
ARE YOU LIVING IN IRELAND UNDOCUMENTED: Do you know someone who may be an undocumented migrant? Undocumented people canapply for a legal status now. Applications for the new government undocumented scheme areopen until 31 July. Don’t miss this life changing opportunity. To check your eligibility and get support to apply visit the Migrants Rights Centre Ireland
info or contact 083-0755387.
YOUNG PRIESTS SOCIETY: A meeting will take place in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel on Wednesday, June 15 at 7pm.
.HOT DESK: WorkBase E-Hub at Old Bank Building on Main Street is open for Business. For full details and pricing on Private Office Suites, Meeting Room, Hot-desks etc contact Ken Tobin on 086 816 2105.
SAFE DRIVING SKILLS: Tractor Driving Skills" course for 14- to 16-year-olds which will take place in Listowel, Tralee and Castleisland Marts between June 27-29. . Cost €35. Contact Helen 068-23429.
REDEMPTORIST ANNUAL NOVENA: Limerick’s annual Novena @ the Redemptorists runs from June 17 – June 25. Novena Celebrations each morning at 7.30am, 10am, 11.30am and each evening at 6pm, 7.30pm and 9pm. Redemptorist Fr. Enright said recently: After two years preaching behind closed doors, we are delighted to be able to welcome people back to the novena again,”
CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: The Abbeyfeale Christmas Lights committee say “In our town, we believe in Christmas. With this in mind, we started 5 years ago to provide new lighting. Every year we work very hard with volunteers to fundraise so that we can add to our stock. We need to raise a lot of money to finish our task “ Log onto I donate and you can enter a raffle for two Garth Brooks tickets for his concert in September with all monies going to the Abbeyfeale Christmas Lights committee www.idonate.ie/AbbeyfealeChristmasLights.
DAY CARE CENTRE: Now open to visitors every Tuesday. Contact Jane on 068 51850.
MEALS ON WHEELS NOW AVAILABLE FROM ST. ITA’S DAY CARE CENTRE: Meals on Wheels are available from the Centre – to book a delivery ring 068 51850.
A CALL OUT FOR SUMMER CLOTHES: – Ukrainian children boys & girls 4 to 10 years. T shirts, shorts, pants, dresses, shoes, runners, sandals etc. Clothes in good condition that your children have grown out of. These can be dropped out to the Ardagh Community Centre anytime between 8. 30am – 4p.m.Monday to Saturday. They are still looking for bikes for adults and children so that they could use the Greenway.
PADRE PIO CASTLEISLAND: Prayer Meeting Tuesday, June 21 at 7.30pm will include the Final witness given by the late Fr. Pat Moore. He literally told us how to manage a terminal illness in the final stages of life. Will we ever forget the mantra “Do not get stuck in the Pot-Holes but always aim for the Horizon of light”
LIMERICK GARDEN AND FOOD FAIR: plant, garden & food fair, part of Limerick Garden Festival 2022 will take place on Sunday, June 19 at the Milk Market, Limerick.
HELP TO STOP SMOKING: “Quit Mid-West is a Free Local HSE stop smoking service with clinics in your area. Quitting is much more likely to be successful with the right support, but many people still try to quit alone”. This month our Stop Smoking Advisor Stacey gives some top tips for beating cigarette cravings! HSE Quit Mid-West – Dealing With Cravings – YouTube To request a call back from a stop smoking advisor phone Quit Mid-West on 065 6865841 or email quit.midwest”
OBERAMMERGAU PASSION PLAY: August 7 -14.. Places for this Bavarian Event are available. Spiritual Director – Fr. Dan O’Riordan. Contact Premier Travel – 0214277700 or email norardy
CONCERT: Recovery Haven Kerry and a number of Kerry musicians and singers will have a gala summer concert at Tralee’s Ballyroe Heights Hotel on Sunday, June 19th.
AIB COMMUNITY ONE MILLION FUND: The AIB Group has launched the AIB Community €1 Million Fund to support over 30 charitable organisations in communities across Ireland. Nominations will close on 22 June 2022. The nomination form and details on the AIB Community €1 Million Fund are available on the bank’s website. Customers and the public are required to submit the registration number of the charity they are nominating in order to complete the form.
NEW MABS OUTREACH CLINIC: On the second of Friday of each month (excluding bank holidays) a MABS Outreach Clinic will be held in St. Ita’s Hall from 9am -12.30pm. The contact number for appointments is 0818 072210 for the North Munster MABS Limerick Office. Those wishing to make an appointment must make the call themselves due to GDPR..
KERRY FLEADH ; It will take place over 18th/19th June and will be held in the Dúchas Comhaltas Centre in Tralee.
CAMPA MHUIRE: Free online Catholic Faith Camp for children aged 5-12. The four day Summer Camp running from July 27th – 30th, Tuesday to Friday will include Music and Action Songs, Arts and Crafts, into the Deep Bible Stories, games, drama, live streamed daily Mass and more. No need to register, check out www.holyfamilymission.ie/camp-mhuire-mhathair
LOUGH DERG THREE DAY PILGRIMAGE: The season opens on Wednesday, June 1 and runs until August 15, (Saturday, August 13 is
final day to begin the Pilgrimage).Admission €80 | Booking advised | Concessions
available for students, seniors and groups. All booking info, including organised parish groups available at info or telephone 0(0353)
71 9861518. Lough Derg, Pettigo, Co Donegal, F94 N289
ORCHARD FOSTERING: Ireland is experiencing a shortage of foster carers, and we need your help. If you would like to help support a child or young person in need, contact Orchard Fostering today on(021) 2038332 or visit www.orchardfostering.ie
RADIO MARIA IRELAND: Catholic Radio with a full programme, daily of catechesis, prayer, daily Mass, rosary, Stations of the Cross, Angelus, etc. You can listen by tuning into Saorview on your Television Channel 210 / Internet: www.radiomaria.ie
AN RÁS TAILTEANN: An RáS Tailteann, is to finish Castleisland on Thursday, June 16th at the former Browne’s Mineral Water plant on Limerick Road at approximately 2:30pm. Teams, USA, Scotland, Netherlands, England and the Isle of Man, and 22 county teams, will participate. An Rás Tailteann, began in 1953. I imagine that it will go through Abbeyfeale on the way to Castleisland and wouldn’t it be nice to have a few on the Main St. to cheer them on.
GOLF TOURNAMENT: Adare two-day tournament will be on July 4 and 5.To book either the Adare Manor car park, or the free park & ride, please visit www.jpmcmanusproam.com
PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES: If you are interested in travelling to Lourdes this September 22-27 contact Fr. Tony. Staying at the Hotel La Solitude, complimentary group insurance, cost €789. Pilgrims must be fully vaccinated to travel as part of this group.
CHARLEVILLE SHOW: June 25 and 26.
CITIZENS ADVICE: They are available to deal with queries Monday to Friday between 9.30am – 4.15pm and can be contacted by phone on 0818075780 or by email limerick
RESEARCH: S&E Summer Research Scholarship Programme – Apply now The 10th S&E Summer Research Scholarship Programme is designed with the sole purpose of supporting students to work over the summer months on a research project, or idea, that will lead to a strong future IRC PhD grant application (fealechurch Church Sacristy 068 -51915 Parish Office 068 -31133. Confessions every Saturday evening at 6pm. To book a Mass intention contact the church before or after Mass on 068 51915. Intentions: Wednesday 10am Lay Led Liturgy. Thursday 10am Lay Led Liturgy. Friday 10am Margaret & Thomas Enright and
deceased family members. Saturday 6.30pm Dan & Madge Cusack and deceased family
members of the Cusack family Cratloe. Maureen Woulfe, Cratloe. John Leahy, New Street Corner House. Sunday 10am Michael Scannell, Dromtrasna Collins. Bill& Mary Quirke, Hill Road. Dio O’Connor 2nd Anniversary. & Denny O’Connor Knocknasna.
Francie O’Connor, Knocknasna Anniv. Peggy & Hauleen Foley. Sunday12noon Sean Healy, The Hill. Paddy & Mai O’Connor, Islandboy.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament after 10am Mass until 8pm every Friday. Fr Denis and Fr Tony are assisted in the overall running of the five churches in the pastoral area by the Pastoral Area Council. The Pastoral Area Council is comprised of representative of the five churches in the area along with the priests of the area. There are 16 Pastoral Areas in the diocese. In the very near future there will be just two priests serving in each pastoral area in the diocese. In recent weeks parishes have been returning to basket collection at weekend masses. Here in the parish of Abbeyfeale, we plan to return to the basket collection in the near future. For this to happen efficiently we need six people per mass to help with the collections. We are seeking volunteers to help. If you can oblige, please leave your name and mass preference into the sacristy after Mass. We thank you in anticipation of your help. Some of the changes taking place in the parish of Abbeyfeale include new arrangements for funerals and baptisms. After consultation with the Pastoral Area Council, and the parish councils in each of the five parishes, it was agreed, that due to the number of Sunday Masses celebrated in the five churches in the area, it will no longer be possible to have funeral Masses on a Sunday. Baptisms in Abbeyfeale will be celebrated on the first Saturday of each month at 5.00pm. Also, on the second Sunday of the month after the 12noon Mass. Baptisms in Athea will be celebrated on the third Saturday of the month during the summertime at 2.30p m and the third Sunday of the month in wintertime at 12noon. Baptisms booked in prior to these new arrangements will be celebrated on the date they are booked for. To book in a baptism in Abbeyfeale call to the sacristy after Mass at 10.30a.m Tuesday – Friday or after any of the weekend Masses or ring 068/51915 during Mass time. For further information contact the sacristy after Mass or telephone 068-51915 any morning between 10.00am and 10.45pm. The Vatican announced on Monday that Catholics can obtain a plenary indulgence by visiting an elderly person on the second World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. A decree issued by the Apostolic Penitentiary on May 30 said that the indulgence is available “to the faithful who devote adequate time to visit, in presence or virtually, through the media, their elderly brothers and sisters in need or in difficulty” on July 24. The indulgence can also be gained by Catholics present at a solemn commemoration of the annual event by Pope Francis that day or at celebrations around the world. Prayer to Find What Is Lost; St. Anthony, when you prayed, your stolen book of prayers was given back to you. Pray now for all of us who have lost things precious and dear. Pray for all who have lost faith, hope or the friendship of God. Pray for us who have lost friends or relatives by death. Pray for all who have lost peace of mind or spirit. Pray that we may be given new hope, new faith, and new love. Pray that lost things, needful and helpful to us, may be returned to our keeping. Or, if we must continue in our loss, pray that we may be given Christ’s comfort and peace. Amen. The 10th World Meeting of Families takes place this month in Rome and the theme is ‘FamilyLove: A Vocation and a Path to Holiness.’ Even in 2022 many significant moments in family life are marked in church. Baptisms, weddings, funerals and at this time of year First Holy Communion and Confirmation ceremonies. In many parish communities there are also the great annual gatherings in cemeteries to remember deceased loved ones and to share the experience of loss. It was Peig Sayers of the Blasket Islands, the bane of students at summer exams in times past who told of the trees on the island which withstood the storms and survived because they stood close together. Faith, family and community the three-legged stool on which most of our lives rest providing stability and support for life’s journey. This weekend we can echo the prayer of Pope Francis for his intention for Christian families. May they embody and experience unconditional love and so advance in holiness.
Paul Clayton-Lea – Intercom Magazine June 2022 NOVENA TO THE SACRED HEART – 16TH – 24TH JUNE. O divine Jesus who said “Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and the door shall be opened to you. I kneel at your feet. From whom shall I ask if not from you, whose heart is the source of all blessings. O Divine Jesus your Heart was moved by compassion for the men and women who came to you in need. You healed the sick, you forgave sinners. You are the Way, the Truth, and the Life. O Divine Jesus your heart is still full of compassion for us today in our many needs. Assured of your love we turn to you and ask …(mention your requests). I admit I am most unworthy of your favour, Jesus, but this is not a reason for me to be discouraged. You are the God of mercies, and you will not refuse a contrite heart. Look with pity on me, I beg you so that your compassionate heart will find in my weakness a motive for granting my request. May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be everywhere loved. Our Lady of the Sacred Heart pray for us. Amen.
DRAW: Tickets for the Athea GAA Club Development Draw 2022, with the first draw to take place in late July. Tickets are priced at just €50 which covers entry into all 5 draws over 5 months with a total prize fund of €7,200.
RALLY FOR LIFE 2022 Ireland’s Annual March for Life Takes place in Dublin on July 2nd assembling at 1.30pm in Parnell Sq, Dublin. Bus from Kerry departing Tralee at 8.15am. To book ring 0876590551.
FOLLOW THE FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS FROM GALILEE TO JERUSALEM 2022: Take the trip of a lifetime to the Holy Land from August 31 – September 10 with Group Leader Mícheál de Barra and Spiritual Director,Fr. John Newman ( a Scripture Scholar). For further information ring Micheál de Barra on 086 8337681 or email info
RATHFREDAGH CHESHIRE HOME GARDEN FETE: Rathfredagh Sunday, July 3.
LISTOWEL LARTIGUE MONORAIL: The museum is located on the John B. Keane Road and is now open from 1pm. to 4.30pm., daily. My late father in law Willie Maurice and I went back after it opened because he remembered summer outings as a child to Ballybunion and trips on the monorail and he was delighted to get a spin and talk about having to balance the load and pony and traps racing the train.
KERRY HOSPICE FUNDRAISER: If anybody would like to paint a Christmas Card Scene, you still have time to submit your ideas before the end of June. For further information contact Ursula O’Connell on 087/7450126.
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 Eadaoin, at West Limerick Resources CLG, on 087 366 3842 or email her eoconnell
TEA DANCE: Ballybunion Sunday June 26 in aid of Eddie Carey who will be travelling to Kenya to build Reach Houses for young girls used in sex Trafficking.
BACK ON TRACK: Debt Solutions: Debt Relief Notice – You may be eligible for a DRN if a. Your unsecured debts are €35,000 or less. b, You do not have a mortgage or own a property or other large asset. c You have €60 or less left after reasonable living expenses each month – the Approved Intermediary will go through this with you. d. You meet the criteria for having very little assets apart from some essential items of value. e. You have not been granted a DRN before. Approved Intermediaries (AIs) can be found on www. philip.hennessy2 or Liz Cox on 087 1799392 liz.cox
AIB COMMUNITY FUND: AIB Group has launched the AIB Community €1 Million Fund to support over 30 charitable organisations in communities across Ireland. Nominations will close on 22 June 2022.
WRITERS WEEK BOOK LAUNCH: Ballylongford native Mary Sweeney née Kennelly a niece of the late Brendan Kennelly has written a book called “Into the Grey” which explains the emotional strains when caring for a loved one with Dementia which is available in all good bookshops.
GRASSROOTS GAA: Stories are being collected for publication, details from 086 821 7631, or contact pj
POETRY: Michael Hartnett Poetry Award Competition Deadline: June 17. The Michael Hartnett Poetry Award is now open for submissions. This year, the award will be for collections of poems in English. The award will be made to the winning poet on the basis of a third, or subsequent book of poetry, published in the last two years, i.e. 2020 – 2021.
SIAMSA TIRE: are delighted to announce that auditions will take place from June 16-18 to attract the best of traditional young talent aged 7 to 12 years to the Folk Training Academy. These auditions are by appointment only and candidates must have an Irish dance step and a song prepared and/or music (bring your own instrument). Contact 066 7123055 to arrange an appointment.
SCEILG MHICHÍL: The Unesco site reopened on May 14. The landing boat tour departs daily between 8.30 – 9.30am from Portmagee and costs approximately €140. A non landing boat tour also leaves from Portmagee every day and costs approximately €50.
COMMUNITY ALERT: Advice from AIB re scams: Some investment opportunities appear to have been endorsed by celebrities. Most are scams and if the results look too good to be true, they usually are. If you do decide to go with an investment make sure the broker is regulated. You can find out if they’re regulated by going to the Central Bank’s website and searching for Register of Firms. Another scam is that you are asked mar ya by your bank to upload a selfie which the criminal then uses to open a bank a/c in your name. For all queries ring Bank of Ireland 0818 365 365/ AIB 0818 724 724. If you suffer from a gambling addiction there is a counsellor/psychotherapist available at the Listowel Family Resource Centre. Further information from 068 23584/087368449f 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.
HELPLINES: Bodywhys Eating Disorders Associations of Ireland supportmail A helpline for 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. Samaritans Freephone 116123 or text 087/2609090 or email jo 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. . Milford Care Centre, Castletroy, Limerick. Tel: 061 485 800 Email: info
Children’s Grief Centre, Limerick. Tel: 061 224 627 Email info@childrensgriefcentre.
DO YOU HAVE NEWS: If there is something you’d like covered in the Abbeyfeale notes please contact me on 087 6866450 or email me on marianharnett1