PROLOGUE: Be yourself, everyone else is taken. Oscar Wilde.
DEATHS: We offer our sincere sympathy to the family of the late John Leahy, Bogmount on his recent death following so shortly after the death of his wife. May he rest in peace. We also offer our sincere sympathies to the wife and family of the late John Sheehy, Knocknacrohy on his sudden death in a traffic accident. May he rest in peace.
OSKARS: The launch of the Oskars will be taking place in Steve Smith’s Ploughman Bar in the Square on Wednesday, October 5 at 8.30pm, Steve played a starring role as the Sherrif in the film Misery. This fundraiser for St. Ita’s Sheltered Housing has been rescheduled from October 2020 to Friday, October 21,2022. All previously purchased tickets will be honoured and if you were involved in the filming contact your producer. This will be a real Oscar moment ( as in Holywood!) 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 and not forgetting limo reservations because this is your night to shine.
COFFEE MORNING: On Thursday, September 29 as part of the 30th Birthday National Coffee morning for your local Hospice Mary MacArthur will host a Coffee morning at her home in Caherhayes from 11-4pm 11am. Proceeds will be divided between Milford Hospice/Care Centre, Limerick & Recovery Haven Cancer Support House, Kerry. All donations gratefully accepted. Tel No. 087 6377310 for further information.
A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME: Glórach broke new ground over the weekend in their quest to bring new, innovative and exciting shows to Abbeyfeale. The one woman show performed by a Cork woman with roots in Castleisland “A Rose By Any Other Name” who had just returned from a 13 performance run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where it received rave reviews. The show dealt with the Shakespeare authorship question, with Rose charting the colourful journey of her real-life experiences to discover who is the real Shakespeare? From clues in Cambridge, to proof in Padua, and validations in Venice, she told the story of her search and talk of an eye opener for those of us who suffered through Shakespeare in our youth. The month ends with a fantastic traditional music gig, featuring Andy Martyn, John Carty, Gino Lupari and Matt Griffin. Percussionist Gino Lupari will be particularly familiar to local audiences, having featured in so many memorable Four Men and a Dog concerts. Don’t miss this gig on Friday, September 30th, and book at glorachabbeyfeale.com or by calling 0871383940. Bingo at the Glórach, every Monday night starting at 8 pm. There are exciting plans for Glórach over the winter so keep an eye out for posters and fliers around town.
SINGING CLUB: The West Limerick Singing Club meet on the first Friday of the month at Philip Enrights, Church St. from 9pm.
SET DANCING with Timmy Woulfe Monday night sat 8pm in the Marian Hall, Moyvane, newcomers especially catered for.
DROMTRASNA CHALLENGE 2022 : “Delighted to announce that the Dromtrasna Challenge will take place on Saturday, October 22 in aid of Milford Care Centre. Registration will open shortly.
REOPENING OF ABBEYFEALE MART: A sale will be held every Saturday so please support. For further information 087 6903172/ 087 9480484.
GLÓRACH RUMOURS 2: We closed last week’s report with news that the Glórach bosses were about to meet to progress “Galtee Cheese”, which the readers from last week will remember is the working title for the major film project, that is being put together, that will look at certain aspects of life in Abbeyfeale parish and beyond during the final century of the last millennium. My mole is able to report on how the magnificent repast served to the bosses went down – not well by all accounts. But more on that later. My mole tells me that the three bosses decided that for simplicity and ease of reference that they should identify a collective name by which they should, hereafter, be referred to. After much discussion, they decided they should be referred to as “the three wise men”. And, now to the repast served. One of the bosses refused to eat the beluga caviar and instead ordered in pizza from the nearby Roma take-away. All three refused to drink the Russian vodka given the current situation in Eastern Europe and simply poured all 3 bottles down the sink. Further lubrication was called for and the solution was for Leen’s Hotel to deliver 3 bottles of 25 year old single malt. The, specially imported, Havana cigars were greatly enjoyed with all three bosses puffing their way through 3 cigars, apiece. On conclusion of the repast and before attending to other business, they were astonished to see that the cigar smoke had, greatly, discoloured the recently painted foyer walls. After much wailing and tut tutting it was decided to call in Martin Murphy, painter and decorator, to do a re-paint job, which he readily agreed to and further stated that he would do so without charge as he opined that the olfactory sensation from a good Havana cigar is hard to beat. The sigh of relief from the three wise men was of such magnitude that it was heard by some residents of the nearby sheltered housing project. Now they were ready for business matters and first item on the agenda was the current standing of Abbeyfeale as a business town. Much discussion ensued and it was readily agreed that this needed much further contemplation and a decision was taken to refer the matter to the MAGA W. P. or to give it its full title, Make Abbeyfeale Great Again Working Party. After copious quantities of food and much quaffing of fine Irish whiskey, spirits were beginning to sag and the occasional nodding-off was witnessed. The upshot of all this was to abandon the field of conversation to another occasion when minds would be sharper and, as such, a date was set for a further meeting that would be devoted, in its entirety, to the “Galtee Cheese” project. My mole is emboldened to undertake further reporting on such a meeting. Stay with us for further crumbs on the intricacies of high-powered meanderings.
GOOD LUCK: Our own Toddy Mc Mahon will be showcasing his Whiskey Ribs at Dingle Food Fair. September 30 – October 2 in Dingle.
VOLUNTEER WITH LIMERICK WEST SPECIAL OLYMPICS CLUB: Limerick West Special Olympics club are seeking volunteers to accompany adult athletes on a bus from the Abbeyfeale area to Bocce training in Newcastle West and home again on Tuesday evenings. We are also looking for volunteers to assist with bocce training (similar to bowls) each week. Our athletes have competed at both regional and national level so you could learn a fun new game with a great group of people! If you have some time to spare on a Tuesday eve, we would be delighted to hear from you. Drop in to the Community Centre, NCW at 7pm to meet us or ring Deirdre at 0863628629 for more information.
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.
CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF MUSIC AND HUMOUR: Big Maggie is celebrating 50 years in the music business on Friday, October 14 at the Devon Inn with music by Michael Collins. Adm. €10. Dancing 9.30 – 12pm.
ABBEYFEALE WRITERS GROUP: The above group returns for classes after summer break shortly in St Ita’s Hall on Fridays from 11am to 1pm.Contact Madeline 087/9707989.
GARY MCMAHON SINGING W/E: The Gary McMahon Singing Weekend will take place in Abbeyfeale from
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.
COASTAL ROSARY on Sunday October 9th, the annual Coastal Rosary will take place at 2.30pm. Sign up a Rosary location at www. coastalrosaryireland.ie or text 087 278 6552.
TINTEAN ABBA SHOW: Tintean, Ballybunion Saturday, October 15. Tickets at www.tintean.ie
DAY CARE CENTRE: Now open to visitors every Tuesday. Morning Coffee and scones, Lunch, Music and Dancing. 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.
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”
ST JOHN’S THEATRE, LISTOWEL: How To Get The Menopause & Enjoy It, Thursday September 29th @ 8pm; Folk Saloon with Steve Wall, Thursday October 6th @ 8pm, details from info or ring 068 22566.
TALK ON GAMBLING ADDICTION: Tony O’Reilly is the postman who stole €1.75 million from An Post which, he used to fund a gambling addiction. Tony will be sharing his experience of how his gambling addiction affected his life. Listowel Family Resource Centre 11th of October at 7pm. Tickets €10 each and must be purchased directly from Listowel FRC. Call (068) 23584 for further details.
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.
RAMBLING HOUSE: Jim Lyons’s Rambling House in Knockalougha is back on the third Tuesday of each month .
CANCER BOWEL SCREENING: You can check if you are on the register online or by calling Freephone 1800 45 45 55.
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/
RECOVERY HAVEN KERRY will host an online children’s workshop -celebrating all children, Thursday, September 29 6:30-7:15pm. This is a creative and confidence boosting workshop for any child impacted by cancer. Please ring 066 7192122 for further information.
TUSLA, the Child and Family Agency, are currently recruiting new foster carers, find out more about becoming a foster carer please call 066-7184513.
MARRIAGE ENRICHMENT W/E: Friday 4th – Sunday 6th November 2022.
Venue: The International Hotel, Cork Airport. For more info / book, visit www.marriageencounter.ie
OUTDOOR RETREAT: Burren Outdoor Retreat, Friday 30th September to Sunday 2nd October. Would you like to come with us on a journey through the Burren with its limestone
pavements, rare flora and ancient sacred sites? Let the beauty of this place renew you in
body and soul. Residential (people within easy reach may commute).
Contact Mary at 087 970 1130 for information or Des at 085 161 4951 for bookings.
THE FIGHT OF MY LIFE: The book which chronicles the 350- day ordeal of Seamus Sherlock when faced with eviction from his West Limerick farm in farm in Feohanagh in 2012. Now available online via The Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Seamus-Sherlock-Marisa-Reidy/9781915662231
ABBEYFEALE DRAMA GROUP: Open meeting upstairs in Leens Hotel Tuesday, October 4. New members will be so welcome.
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:. Craghatouke, Moynsha. Richie Woulfe, Cratloe. 12noon Patrick Moriarty, Caherlane 20th Anniversary. Ned O’Connell, Kilconlea Lower. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament after 10am Mass until 8pm every Friday. 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. You can now make a donation to the parish, through the parish website. Click on to the parish website at www.abbeyfealeparish.ie and you will see a Donate button on the right-hand side on the front page of the website. Just follow the instructions and you will be able to make a donation to the parish
COMFORT FOR CHHEMO SOCIAL: Comfort for Chemo Hope Social will be held on November 12 in Tralee Ballyroe Heights Hotel. Contact 087 175 7885 or email info
ÉIGSE MICHAEL HARTNETT: Michael Hartnett Poetry Award and €8,000 prize money, presented on the opening night of Éigse Michael Hartnett which takes place in Newcastle West, October 6-9. For full details go toeigsemichaelhartnett.ie.
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/
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
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
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’
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
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.
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. 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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