PROLOGUE: Keep your face always towards the sunshine and shadows will fall behind you. Walt Whitman.
DEATHS: We offer our sincere sympathies to the families of the late Pauline Murphy, Ballaugh and Eileen Leahy, Bogmount on their recent deaths. May they rest in peace.
CONGRATULATIONS: Delighted that our own Cllr. Francis Foley is the new Cathaoirleach of the Newcastlewest Electoral Area. We offer our congratulations to his wife Helen, mother Rita and family.
WEST LIMERICK SINGING CLUB: Friday, July 1 at the Ramble Inn, Church St., Guest Singer Ella Marie O’Dwyer. All welcome.
MARGARET RETIRES: A note from retired Garda Nicholas Leonard Ballaugh with the news that “After almost 30 years’ sterling and dedicated service, Margaret McAuliffe-Clarke retired recently from her post as Garda Staff member at Abbeyfeale Garda Station. Always helpful and good-natured, Margaret will be greatly missed by her Garda and Staff colleagues, and by the wider Abbeyfeale public amongst whom she had made many good friends and was highly respected. We thank Margaret for her service to our community and for her kind friendship and we wish her and her husband, Barry, every blessing and a long, happy, healthy and well-earned retirement in her beloved county Cork.”
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.
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.
GLOBAL STUDENT ENTREPRENEUR AWARDS: The Global Student Etrepreneur Awards is the premier global competition for students who own and operate a business while attending college and still studying. They support student entrepreneurs with mentorship, recognition and connections to take their businesses to the next level of success. We in Abbeyfeale do not realise the amount of talent that abounds in our community until you hear that young Nick Cotter Jnr. Dromtrasna co- founder of Cotter Bros Firewood, Cotter Organic Lamb and Cotter Agrictech, son of Jackie and Nicky Cotter is in the running for Global Student Entrepreneur of the Year. Not alone is he representing Ireland but he is also representing Europe as he is in the last six competitors from the 60 that began the journey and the remainder are from South America and India. A film crew spent two days in Dromtrasna so you can imagine that the publicity for Ireland will be huge as there aren’t as many places as beautiful as Dromtrasna on a summer’s evening. At 5pm this Thursday, June 30 the winner will be announced on the GSEA You Tube Channel. Be sure and watch. You’ll find the link on Cotter Agritech.
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.
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.
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.
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.
PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES: If you are interested in travelling to Lourdes this September 22-27 contacts 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.
FINE GAEL CHURCH GATE COLLECTION: Will be held at all Masses next weekend in Abbeyfeale on Saturday 6.30pm, Sunday 10am and 12 noon.
ARA NA FEILE SUMMER OUTING: Twenty seven members of Abbeyfeale’s Active Retirement group set off on a beautiful day last Wednesday for Clonmacnoise and then made their way by cruiser into Athlone where they had a tour booked in Athlone Castle. Clonmacnoise situated on the River Shannon and founded by St. Ciarán in the middle of the 6th. Century consists of the remains of a cathedral, several churches and a fine heritage centre and museum where we were able to view a film on the founding of the settlement and see the original sculptured crosses replicas of which are to be seen outside in the graveyard. We were given a tour as a group and the guide was well able to bring us back in our imaginations to times past and it made for a very interesting and informative hour. It was time then to make our way to the landing pier to go on board our cruiser for a two hour cruise of the Shannon where we were treated to a talk on its fish life by the very entertaining and knowledgeable Captain and views of the bird life and swans and the cattle who graze the land through which the Shannon meanders on its way to Athlone. The older name for Athlone was Áth Mór – the great ford- reflecting the fact that this was one of the most strategic fording points across the great River Shannon, linking east and west (Archaeology Ireland Heritage Guide No 88). It was a Kerry man who gave us the tour of the castle and then it was time to return to our bus and our jolly bus driver Andy for a trip back to NCW for a very enjoyable dinner at the Silver Room. It was a great day out in good company and all thanks to the organisational skills of a number of the members. Roll on September when the group meetings resume.
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 are open 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.
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.
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”
FARM ACCIDENTS: There is a help line for those affected by farm accidents: https://embracefarm.com/
CAMP: Killarney Faith Summer Camp, July 18-22. Ages 5-12. Activities include drama, art & craft, music, sport, prayer & games. €40 per child (siblings €25). Contact Sheila on 087-7796966.
RING OF KERRY CYCLE: The annual Ring of Kerry Cycle is170km long and will take place on July 2nd,
NCW WOMAN CEO: The CEO of St Gabriel’s, which provides services to about 1,000 children in Limerick, is Treasa McAuliffe daughter of the late Garry and Joan McMahon, Newcastlewest.
AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: Plaza Hall, Listowel on Sunday, July 17 at 3pm in aid of Ard Churam Fuchsia Centre for Dementia/Alzheimer.
VAN MORRISON CONCERT: at King Johns Castle on Wednesday, June 29 – known locally as the Junes Fair Day.
BIKE HIRE: Greenway bike hire now available at Rathkeale, Newcastle West and Abbeyfeale, details from 087 372 6914.
MUNSTER FLEADH; The Munster Fleadh takes place in NCW from July 10-16.
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
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: A pilgrimage will leave from Abbeyfeale in mid-July and call to Knock coming home. The season opened 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
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
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 (www.research.ie). The nominal duration of the scheme is 10 weeks over the summer months, and so students will earn €250 per week. Shorter durations are possible – typically 8 or 9 weeks, on a pro rata basis. Students need to have a QCA of 3.25 or higher in order to be eligible for the scheme. https://www.ul.ie/scieng/research-opportunities
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. Confessions every Saturday evening at 6pm. To book a Mass intention contact the church before or after Mass on 068 51915. Intentions: Sunday 10am John Michael Kennelly 23rd Anniversary. 12 noon Michael Scanlon 1st. Anniversary. Monday, July 4 Mary O’Riordan, Purt Yard 2nd Anniversary. Mary and Tom Flynn and deceased family members. 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. 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 recently announced 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 ‘Family Love: 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” Intention for July for the elderly.
“We pray for the elderly, who represent the roots and memory of a people; may their
experience and wisdom help young people to look towards the future with hope and
Prayer for Grandparents “Lord God almighty, bless our grandparents with long life,
happiness, and health . May they remain constant in your love and be living signs of
your presence to their children and grandchildren. We ask this through Christ our
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.
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
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. backontrack.ie
HI DIGITAL Learn essential skills at Hi Digital. It’s a step by step course designed for anyone who needs a bit of help developing their digital skills, particularly those who have rarely or never been online ( often 65+). It has been developed as a free online course by Vodafone Ireland Foundation, in partnership with Active Retirement Ireland and ALONE. To register email hidigital @ activeir.ie or freephone 1800203030.
SHEP: Certificate in Personal Development in Tralee, Limerick City, Cork and online. More information on our website www.socialandhealth.com where you can apply and pay for the course online. If you have any questions please ring Dee on 085-8803602 or 087-7728089 or the Cork no. 0214666180.
PRIORY INSTITUTE: Two-week online Summer School 15th – 26th August. Find out more and register online prioryinstitute.com
LIVING WELL: This is a programme for adults with long term health conditions. It is suitable for those over 18 and living with one or more long term health conditions or caring for someone with a long term health condition. It is not suitable for people with significant memory or learning difficulties. A free Living Well programme runs for 6 weeks with one workshop of two and a half hours per weekend. For further details contact Philip Hennessy on 087 1799396 or email philip.hennessy2 or Liz Cox on 087 1799392 liz.cox
GRASSROOTS GAA: Stories are being collected for publication, details from 086 821 7631, or contact pj
TOUR DE MUNSTER: The 22nd annual Tour de Munster charity cycle takes place from August 4th to August 7th.
BALLYBUNION ARTS FESTIVAL: The festival from July 21-24 hosts, poetry, music, theatre, workshops and much more. Please visit their new website for more information, www.ballybunionartsfestival.ie .
SCEILG MHICHÍL: The Unesco site reopened on May 14 but unfortunately is closed until further notice due to a rock fall on the island.
COMMUNITY ALERT: Citizens Information say to avoid being scammed to : Know who you are dealing with, . Be alert for suspicious behaviour. Protect your personal information. Protect your money. Beware of websites that only have a contact form and no other contact information. Check online reviews on Trustpilot. If it is a charity who is looking for money, check the Charities Regulator to make sure that they are legitimate. If you suffer from a gambling addiction there is a counsellor/psychotherapist available at the Listowel Family Resource Centre. Further information from 068 23584/087368449. Be aware and mindful when you are out. I was in the Town Park Sunday morning around noon and on the phone as I made my way up to the car park and it took a while for the shouting and roaring that was happening there to impinge on my consciousness. There were a group of young men who were shouting and roaring and seemed to be picking on a young woman travelling in a white caddy van – drugs may have been involved. I rang the Gardai but did not hang around to see if they turned up. 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.
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.
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