PROLOGUE: No matter how long you have travelled in the wrong direction, you always have the choice to turn around. Dromard parish leaflet.
WEST LIMERICK MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION AGM: The AGM of the association will take place in the Longcourt Hotel, NCW on Tuesday, September 13 at 8pm. New members are all welcome..
OSKARS: The Oskars will be taking place in the Devon Inn on Friday, October 21. This fundraiser for St. Ita’s Sheltered Housing has been rescheduled from October 2020. All tickets will be honoured and if you were involved in the filming contact your producer. This will be a real Oscar moment for the people who took part in the various films with presentations to those deemed to be the best actor, best comedian etc. etc. so start thinking about making your hair and beauty appointments because this is your night to shine.
DROMTRASNA CHALLENGE 2022 BREAKING NEWS: “ Delighted to announce that the Dromtrasna Challenge will take place on Saturday, October 22in aid of Milford Care Centre. Registration will open shortly. Just seven weeks to go so plenty of time to get organised. “
AGM: The AGM of Abbeyfeale Community Council will take place at Leens Hotel
on Thursday, September 8 at 7pm. Have your voice heard. This is a time for the younger members of our community to step up to the plate. My equals have done our bit down all the years and now we need fresh ideas, enthusiasm and energy to get this town moving again.
REOPENING OF ABBEYFEALE MART: The freshly painted Mart reopened last weekend with a Weanling Show and General Sale. The canteen was a real topic of conversation with the great food and good service remarked upon making a very welcoming meeting place for people who have been isolated for the past 30 months. A sale will be held every Saturday so please support. For further information 087 6903172/ 087 9480484.
COMHALTAS MUSIC CLASSES: The Comhaltas traditional music classes will be recommencing on Monday nights at Halla Inse Bán and most instruments associated with traditional music will be catered for. Enrolment for the new season of classes took place at Halla Inse Bhán on Monday, September 5. It is hoped that all the pupils from last season will be back to continue their musical progress. Newcomers and beginners will also be taken on. For any queries or further information on these music classes contact 0879654451.
GOOD LUCK: Our own Toddy Mc Mahon will be showcasing his Whiskey Ribs at Dingle Food Fair. September 30 – October 2 in Dingle.
GLÓRACH NEWS: PRO Lorcan Curtin writes; “It was an unforgettable night of music at the Glórach and our September series of events at the Theatre got off to a flying start with the dynamic duo of Ger Sexton and Ger O’Donnell taking to the stage and delivering a magnificent show. Soulful performances of folk and popular songs abounded, with an outstanding version of ‘The Unquiet Grave’ by Luke Kelly being a particular standout. Gifted multi-instrumentalists, with the banjo and flute providing effective accompaniment to the tightness of their guitar playing, the only question on the lips of the crowd present was when they would be returning to the Glórach again. Hopefully soon, but for the moment our next focus is on Friday 16th when Folk singer Daoiri Farrell returns to the venue. Tickets are moving nicely for this much anticipated gig, so make sure to book at www.glorachabbeyfeale.com or at 0871383940. Thanks to all who supported us at the concert on Saturday and also supported our raffle, and given the rising fuel prices, a particularly special mention to those who travelled great distances, with patrons arriving from locations as far flung as Kilfinane and Newmarket on Fergus. Proof of the positive power of music, look forward to seeing ye on the 16th.
FARMERS’ MARKET FOR FR. TIM: Abbeyfeale Community Garden before it closed down held a sale of produce every summer at the Church of the Assumption and plans are in train by the members of Abbeyfeale for Africa to hold a similar market on Sunday, September 18 after 10am Mass. We have already received donations of blackcurrant and marmalade jams from Helga Henn as well as Knocknagoshel honey and have been offered apple tarts, home made brown bread, scones, rhubarb and cooking apples, alo vera plants, herbs such as chives and plenty of surprises on the day. All money raised will be lodged to Fr. Tim’s a/c in the Credit Union which remains open all year round. Your support will be welcome.
CLASSES IN THE TECH: The College of Further Education and Training, Abbeyfeale Campus is now accepting applications for a wide range of part-time courses commencing in September. These include Cookery, Art & Craft, Wood Turning, Upholstery, Furniture Restoration, Childcare, Local History, Genealogy and much more. For further details, and to apply, check out our website www.collegeoffet.ie/abbeyfeale or call us on 06831198.
DRAMA CLASSES: Glórach have announced that there will be drama classes for children and teenagers taking place on Saturdays over the Autumn and Winter starting on Saturday, September 24 and run for ten weeks. To register email therese.prendiville or text 086 1944852.
ABBEYFEALE WRITERS GROUP: The above group returns for classes after summer break on Friday 9th Sept in St Ita’s Hall 11am to 1pm.Contact Madeline 087/9707989.
GARY MCMAHON SINGING: The Gary McMahon Singing Weekend will take place in Abbeyfeale from Friday, October 14 – 16.
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.
DO YOU NEED TO TALK: Contact Fr. Tony 087 2600414 or Mike Hayes on 087 7751386, the Samaritans 24 hour service on 116123 or Pieta House 24 hour service 1800 247 247.
HOT DESK: Work Base 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.
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.
KERRY LEGION OF MARY PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK: Sunday, September 25 picking up at the bus stop across from the church at 7.30 am. Tickets €30 from Pat 086 8510423. Would need to reserve them early as the bus is travelling from Killarney and picking up in Castleisland on the way.
HOMEOPATHY/WELLNESS: A trained person in this field will give a introductory talk on the subject in the Desmond Complex NewcastleWest, on Thursday, September 8 at 7.15pm. You will be asked to pay is €5 towards the cost of hiring the room. Please contact
Maureen Finnegan 087 9845102.
HELP TO STOP SMOKING: “Quit Mid West is a Free Local HSE stop smoking service with clinics in your area, support is available by phone call, video chat or face to face. Quitting is much more likely to be successful with the right support. We are sharing the Good News that there are immediate benefits to quitting smoking and they start from the moment you quit. To request a call back from a stop smoking advisor phone Quit Mid West on 065 6865841 or email quit.midwest”
COMMUNITY FIRST RESPONDERS: Voluntary service Community First Responders. Provide a quick response to certain types of emergency callouts. The North East Kerry CFR Group covers, Abbeyfeale, Glin, Athea, Duagh, Knockanure, and Listowel and parts of Moyvane, Ballylongford, and Tarbert. If interested in helping to get a group set up in Abbeyfeale contact 087 6863 726. There has been a lot of talk recently about the wait time for ambulances and if there was a group of first responders locally they could provide much needed reassurance to people who are having a medical episode.
ANNUAL HOLY WELL MASS: Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Ray Browne at the Blessed Well in Ballyheigue at 11am Thursday, September 8 on the Feast of the Birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
RAMBLING HOUSE: Jim Lyons’s Rambling House in Knockalougha is back on the third Tuesday of each month so September 20..
CANCER BOWEL SCREENING: You can check if you are on the register online or by calling Freephone 1800 45 45 55.
NATIONAL PLOUGHING CHAMPIONSHIPS: Ratheniska – Co. Laois, September 20 -22.
ONLINE RADIO STATION: NCBI is delighted to launch an online radio station for blind or vision impaired listeners that broadcasts 24 hours a day. The content covers all aspects of living with sight loss from technology available to issues affecting the sight loss community to individual’s sharing their own stories and experiences. https://www.ncbi.ie/
BEYOND LIMITS: An event for children with disabilities and their families taking place at The Sports Arena, University of Limerick, on October 15.
FOOD Fair Listowel, October 28 – http://www.listowelfoodfair.ie/
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. Mass Intentions: Wednesday 10am
Tom Fitzgerald, Knocknasna. Thursday 10am Mike O’Sullivan , Colberts Terrace. Mass Intentions for next weekend: Saturday 6.30pm Jack & Nonie Kelly and deceased family members Knocknasna.Jack O’Grady, Dromtrasna South. Norrie Kennedy, Convent Street . Eileen Lynch. Sunday 10am Monica & Michael Collins and Mrs. Maureen Higgins and deceased members of the Collins &McCarthy family. Juliann McCarthy, Collins Park. Kate Naughton, St Ita’s Road & Denis Naughton Mountcollins. As the month of prayer for Creation begins we thank God for the beauty of the earth and its creatures that surround us. .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. 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.
ANAM CARA KERRY, the organisation that supports bereaved parents whether the death is recent or not, is holding its monthly Parent Evening for bereaved parents on Tuesday, September 13 at 7:15pm in the Meadowlands Hotel, Tralee Co. Kerry. We also offer an online support group, and you can get further information on this by contacting us in info
GREENWAY SHUTTLE BUS; It runs every hour from 12pm to 4pm between the hubs at Rathkeale, Newcastle West and Abbeyfeale. Further details and reservations on 087 3726914 or limerickgreenwaybikehire.ie
RAMBLING HOUSE: Knockanure Community Rambling House recommencing Thursday, September 8 at 8.30pm. Everyone welcome.
AMERICAN TEA PARTY AT THE ROCK: Rockchapel Community Centre committee are delighted to announce we are hosting our tea party on Friday night, October 21. A hot meal will be served at 9pm sharp. Dance the night away to Jerry McCarty and his band. A great night of fun and dancing guaranteed. To book your tickets please contact Breeda 0876818113 or any member of community centre committee.
MEMORY: Find out about memory loss and tips for coping with memory loss. Contact 1800 341 341. https://alzheimer.ie/about-dementia/i-am-worried/
PROMOTING ABBEYFEALE AND THE GREENWAY: A huge thank you to artist John Morris, Aoife Keogh of Spindoctors Mountmahon and the Barnagh Hub and our own James Joy for all their work in promoting both Greenways – a unique position for any town to be in. Keep an eye out for the wonderful murals.
LISTOWEL LARTIGUE MONORAIL: The museum is located on the John B. Keane Road and is now open from 1pm. to 4.30pm., daily.
LISTOWEL BINGO: Bingo is back Sunday night in the Plaza, Church St., 8.30pm. Welcome back to all old and new players.
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
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
JOB VACANCY IN THE DIOCESE: The Diocese is now recruiting a Youth Ministry Coordinator. The successful candidate will work on the delivery of the objectives and
actions of the Young People theme in the Diocesan Pastoral Plan, the vision of which is: “to create local opportunities for young people to meet their peers in the Eaglais Óg and replicate at local level, the success of the Youth Ministry at diocesan level and ensure that young people feel connected, involved and active in a multigenerational church whereby
grandparents, parents and children minister to each other”. The role will involve the creation, resourcing, delivery and support of youth ministry programmes and initiatives across the Diocese, including with parishes and schools with a focus on building capacity in the local context. It will also involve engagement with Youth Work and other relevant Organisations (Voluntary and Statutory) both Regionally and
Nationally as appropriate. An Application Pack with Job Description (PDF) and Application
Form (Word) are available on www.limerickdiocese.org/news/vacancy-for-
youth-ministry-coordinator/. CVs will not be accepted
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
MINI MARATHON: To register for the Cook Medical Mini Marathon, visit the Cook Medical Mini Marathon 2022 website. Every one of all ages and abilities can take part on Sunday, September 25.Starts at the University of Limerick Sports Arena.
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
IRISH HEART CARDIAC REHAB PODCAST– A series bringing together experts in cardiac rehab and patients who have attended cardiac rehabilitation is available on podcast. Topics included are exercise, medication, healthy eating and the psychological impact of living with heart disease. If you have had a cardiovascular event such as a heart attack, coronaryartery stenting or coronary artery bypass surgery –log onto https://irishheart.ie/services-for-you/its-cardiac-rehab-podcast/ for information and support’
PILGRIMAGE TO MEDJUGORJE Spiritual Director: Fr. Francis Nolan September 21-28.
Return flights from Cork. For details & bookings contact: Maura O’Keeffe Harcksen (Tralee) Tel: 066 7127143 or 087 1517696.
CULTURE Night on Friday, September 23.
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.
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
WALK: Boots Ireland is proud to announce this year’s Night Walk in aid of the Irish Cancer Society Night Nurses. We continue to raise funds for this important service which provides end of life care for cancer patients in their own home. Our Night Walk will take place on Friday, September 9.
RECOVERY Haven Kerry are hosting (CLIMB) a children’s group support programme, beginning on Wednesday, September 7. This programme is aimed at children aged 6-12 years who are experiencing the impact of a cancer diagnosis of a parent, sibling, and member of their extended family or other significant adult. Please ring reception on 066 7192122 if you would like more information.
RACING: Listowel Sunday, September 18 -24. Visit www.listowelraces.ie for more information. The Sam Maguire Cup will be in the Square on Saturday, September 17..
Frankie Dettori is to ride at Listowel on Tuesday, September 20.
An accommodation appeal for anyone in greater Listowel and including Ballybunion, Irremore, Rathe, Duagh and anywhere between the surrounding areas may have a room or a well-presented house for let for Race Week. Contact Clodagh at the Race Week Office on 0876652211.
STORY WRITERS: https://www.kerrywritersmuseum.com/
A storytelling festival will take place in Listowel, September 15th to 18.
Highlights of this year’s festival include: The Rambling Sessions with All-Ireland winning storytellers Sonny Egan and Rian Gleeson; Story through Song with Paddy Regan, Mickey McConnell, Ger Wolfe, Cormac O Caoimh, Hank Wedel & Lorraine Nash; Storytelling workshop with Liz Weir; Songwriting workshop with Cormac O Caoimh; Story Walk led by Owen McMahon, with storyteller Joe Brennan; Storytelling Gala Concert with Maria Gillen, Liz Weir, Joe Brennan, Maria Credali, Frances Kennedy, Ger Wolfe, Mickey McConnell and Lorraine Nash, and Story Swap in Teach Siamsa, Finuge. More at https://www.kerrywritersmuseum.com/storytelling-festival/
RACING ON BALLYBUNION BEACH; There will be Horse Racing on the Beach in Ballybunion on Sunday September 25th.
DAY TRIP TO KNOCK: A bus is travelling to Knock from Killarney on Saturday, October 8 and will pick up at the bus stop across from the church at 9.20am. Contact 064 (0)64 6631095.
ST JOHN’S : The ConTempo Quartet on Wednesday September 7th at 8pm; Jon Kenny, Stories & Tales from D’Unexpected on Friday 9th September at 8pm; Drawing from the Well on Thursday 15th of September. More from Telephone: 068 22566- Email: info
COMMUNITY ALERT: Keep Sunday, November 27 free for our annual Christmas Party in Fr. Casey’s Club House with dancing after lunch to Paddy Qulligan. There will be goodie bags for everyone in the audience and talks from the local Fire Station Officer and our new Community Garda Tommy Commane. Check out the Garda Website – loads of stuff on there worth reading. If you get a call and you are suspicious do not ring back on the same phone to check it, the scammer could be still on the line. Use a different phone or wait a while. To report fraud or suspicious calls ring AIB 0818 724 724 ( 24 hour helpline). Please be aware that, at times, fraudulent emails are circulated purporting to be from AIB. Please remember that AIB never asks customers to provide their AIB Internet, Mobile or Phone Banking Personal Access Code (PAC) through email or links contained in an email. In addition, AIB will never request codes from the AIB Card Reader through email or links contained in an email. Furthermore, AIB will never ask customers to provide Debit Card or Credit Card details through email or links contained in an email. Hang up, don’t answer. Delete, don’t click. Some of the scams that may arrive on your phone: Tech help scams -The caller offers tech help for a problem you weren’t aware of. This scam often targets senior citizens.Credit repair scams -These offer to fix or remove credit issues and debt in return for money.Charity scams – These calls will ask for urgently needed money today to help people in desperate need.The fraudsters are watching and waiting as people move bank accounts owing to two banks leaving the state. The advice is to click on no links if you get a text mar ya from your bank – they only ever look for a y/n as an answer and never, ever include a link. Check out the website Fraud Smart. Avoiding phone scams: 1.Hang up – Don’t let the caller know they reached a responsive phone number. By pressing buttons or trying to talk to an operator, you may be in for even more robocalls. 2. Use call blocking – Your phone carrier may provide a service to block known phone spam numbers or at least ID them for you when your phone rings. 3, Don’t rely on caller ID as proof – Phone scams have gotten better at making you think it is a legitimate number by “spoofing” an ID and displaying some type of official name. Some people even report seeing their own number calling them. An Garda Síochána would like to provide the following advice to the public in general when speaking with or intending to meet up with persons they have met online: Get a face picture from the person you intend to meet. Be very cautious of a person who doesn’t share a recent face picture with you, particularly after you have shared yours. If they don’t want to share a face picture, consider asking them to go on a live video call (many apps have this option built in so you don’t have to share your mobile number). Ask for their social media handles. Do you have friends in common on Instagram or Facebook? Be wary of new accounts with low follower count and few posts. Let friends know where you’re going – send a text to a trusted friend or in a group chat, include your live location so you can be found if you need help. Meet in a public place first. Take a few minutes to chat and feel confident you want to proceed before going somewhere private. Think before accepting food or drink. Unless you’ve seen them prepare it – it’s best not to accept to avoid being spiked. If an emergency unfolds, call 999. If something happens – report it! It seems that people are being contacted and threatened that pornographic content will be posted in their name. If you get a call contact the Gardai immediately. If you go to the beach leave nothing visible in your car and don’t put stuff in the boot after you park in case you are being observed – do it before you leave home. The best cure against ransomware remains diligent prevention. You are strongly advised to: Regularly back up data stored on your electronic devices. Watch your clicks – do you know where a link will take you? Do not open attachments in e-mails from unknown senders, even if they look important and credible. Ensure that your security software and operating system are up to date. Use two-factor authentication (2FA) to protect your user accounts. Limit the possibility to export large amounts of corporate data to external file exchange portals. If you do get caught out report it immediately. If you suffer from a gambling addiction there is a counsellor/psychotherapist available at the Listowel Family Resource Centre. Further information from 068 23584. 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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