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Community notices 10/05/2022

PROLOGUE; “Better not to speak and to be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.

WEDDING CONGRATULATIONS:  Congratulations to Tina O’Connell and Daniel Harrington who celebrated the  Sacrament of Marriage in Abbeyfeale on Friday,May 6. We wish them every happiness in their married life together.

DEATH:  We offer our sincere sympathy to the family of the late Dennis Collins formerly of Port and Athea who died recently.  May he rest in peace.

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      [email protected]

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. Prize money for the ‘house’ in eight of the games has soared from €70 to €80, aligning with the fine crowds that have attended since we moved back to the Glórach, and also courtesy of a generous Chairman.

ROSARY IN THE SMALL SQUARE:  Rosary at the Grottos, The Rosary will be prayed each day during the month of May at hundreds of grottos around the Island of Ireland. For details www.coastal rosaryireland.ie.  In Abbeyfeale we will recite the Rosary in the Small Square at 4pm on Saturday, May 14 as part of the Rosary Rally throughout Ireland.  All are welcome.

NEW MABS OUTREACH CLINIC:  On Friday, March 4th and on every second of Friday of the month thereafter (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.

A CHANCE TO WIN TWO GARTH BROOKS CONCERT TICKETS:  PRO of the Christmas Lights committee Wioleta Kelly has been in touch:  Hi, I’m Wioleta and I’m messaging you on behalf of the Abbeyefeale Christmas Lights Committee. We have a raffle where you are in with a chance to win 2 tickets for the Garth Brooks concert this September. All money from the raffle will go towards buying more lights for our town.  Here is a link to our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Win2xGarthBrooksConcertTickets

SPRING RACING:  Killarney Races May Festival takes place from Sunday, 15 to Tuesday, May 17.

HOME CARERS:  Affordable Live-in Homecare provides live-in carers for the elderly in your area. If you are looking for a live-in carer for your relative, please call Eileen or Tom today on 087 991 6791 or 087 744 0729.  Website is www.alhomecare.ie

THIRD AGE CHARITY:  ‘Failte Isteach’is a community project involving predominately older volunteers welcoming migrants through conversational English classes.  The project provides the necessary language skills to new migrants in a student centred, welcoming and inclusive manner while involving older volunteers and recognising their skills, expertise and contribution to the community.  For more information log on to www. thirdageireland.ie/failte-isteach/locations.

KERRY FLEADH ;  It will take place over two weekends, 11th/12th June and 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

DAY CARE CENTRE:  Now open to visitors every Tuesday.  Contact Jane on 068 51850.  Meals on Wheels are also available from the Centre – to book a delivery ring 068 51850.

RING OF KERRY CYCLE:  It’s back – the Ring of Kerry Cycle and will take place on Saturday, July 2.

LOUGH DERG:  The season has opened and all details of the Pilgrimage programme can be viewed on the website – included are the One Day Retreats, the Three Day Pilgrimage from 1st June – 15th August and the new Pilgrimage experience along the Lough Derg Pilgrim Path. One day retreats will also take place during the months of August and September. Three Day Pilgrimages will commence in July and continue in July and August.  Saturday, August 13 is the last day for pilgrims to begin the Three-Day Pilgrimage.  For further information log on to www.loughderg.com or ring 071 9861518.

RACING:  Listowel Races June Festival take place on June 4th, 5th and 6th.

TEACHING: If you are interested in teaching refugees online on a flexible basis, you’ve come to the right place! Teachers either teach English / English conversation to adults or support schoolchildren who need some extra help in a range of subjects. To get started, fill out the sign-up form below and, once there is a suitable student, RefuNet will get in touch to connect you. You are then free to arrange the classes at a time that suits you both. We ask teachers to commit to at least one hour of lessons a week for at least three months, although the time of the classes can vary between weeks.


SOCIAL DANCE CLASS:  Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse every Tuesday from 8.30 – 10.30pm. Further information from 087 7206449.  Timmy Woulfe has resumed classes in Moyvane Hall every Monday night at 8.30pm.

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

HOT DESK:  WorkBase E-Hub at Old Bank Building on Main Street is now open for Business. For full details and pricing on Private Office Suites, Meeting Room, Hot-desks etc contact Ken Tobin on 086 816 2105.

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

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.

A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY:  The Lost Souls and guests including Donal Murphy will perform at a concert in the Church of the Assumption Abbeyfeale on Friday, May 27 with proceeds to Ukraine.  Tickets on sale from the usual outlets.

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 [email protected]



FEAST DAY:  St Brendan’s Day – Monday, May 16.   Mass will be celebrated at Wether’s Well, Tubrid, Ardfert at 7.30 pm on Monday, May 16 in honour of St Brendan. You are welcome to attend.  BRÉANAINN is a new documentary on the life, legends and legacy of   St. Brendan the Navigator which will première at the Rose Hotel, Tralee on Sunday. May 15 at 8pm. The DVD can be purchased on line at www.stbrendan.ie, while tickets €5 are available in Tralee from the Parish offices of Our Lady & St Brendan’s, and St John’s in Tralee.

HELP: Do you know someone with a Health Difficulty, Illness, Disability or Mental Health Challenge that is a barrier to looking for or gaining Employment or Training? If so, come to the 2022 EmployAbility Service Kerry & Dep’t of Social Protection Progressive Pathways Fair in the Rose Hotel, Tralee on Wednesday, May 18 from  11am- 4pm. Information from over 20 organisations and support services, guest speakers and industry experts with previous experience of supporting a person with additional needs. For further information contact 0667118758 or Employability Service Kerry – Facebook page.  Just an aside; We had our breakfast in the Tullamore Court Hotel one morning recently and the person who showed us to our table and was very helpful and courteous  had Downs Syndrome so there are jobs out there.

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  www.abbeyfealeparish.ie email [email protected] Church Sacristy 068 -51915 Parish Office 068 -31133. To book a Mass intention contact the church before or after Mass on 068 51915.  Mass Intentions: Wednesday 10am Mar y & James Scully, Mountmahon.  Saturday 6.30pm Vigil Mass Henry McGill, Springmount.  Patsy Cleary, Killarney Road Months Mind.  Tade & Mai Collins, Ballaugh . Sunday 10am Louis McEner y, Dromtrasna.  Dick Fitzgerald, Dromtrasna. James Collins, Dromtrasna.  12noon Ita & Bill Stemp. Tom & Lily Carroll.Tom Collins Caher 2nd Anniversary.  First Holy Communiuon will take place in the parish next Saturday May 14 at 11am for the children of Dromtransa School and 2pm for thechildren of Meenkilly and Knocknasna Schools.  .   Feast of Our Lady of Fatima Friday May 13.  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.  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. This has been the case in the diocese of Kerry for some years. We are also asking families

who are bereaved, where possible, to continue with the practice of bringing the remains of the deceased to the church on the morning of the funeral Mass, rather than the night before. Over the coming weeks we will see a greater involvement of lay people in the leading of the prayers at funerals, such as the prayers for the deceased in funeral homes, in the family home of the deceased and at the burial ceremony.  Adoration will continue in the Blessed Sacrament chapel each Friday from 11am to 8pm.  There is a chart behind the Tabernacle where you may fill in your name and the time you will cover.  New Arrangements for the celebration of Baptisms: From the first weekend in June the following will be the

arrangements for baptisms in Abbeyfeale and Athea churches.  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 2.30pm 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.  Ring 068/51915 during Mass time.  We thank parishioners for their understanding and support in these new arrangements. If you would like to contribute to this year’s TrócaireLenten campaign we ask you to do so by this weekend.  Just put your donation into an envelope and writeTrócaire on the front. We thank all who have already returned their Trócaire Boxes and we thank you for your support. We plan to forward the entire Trócaire Collection to Trócaire after next weekend.   This weekend we are delighted to announce that we will be re establishing the ministry of Altar  Serving at our weekend Masses. We are inviting children of fifth class to help in the celebrationof Mass by becoming Altar Servers. Altar serving is a special and unique role for children. This invitation is open to all the children in our parish. Children attending all schools are welcome to volunteer. For further information parents should contact Fr Tony or Anne our sacristan. It is hoped to have a meeting of children and parents on the third week of May. For further information contact the sacristy after Mass or telephone 068-51915 any morning between 10.00am and 10.45pm. We value and encourage the participation of children and young people in the celebration of our parish liturgies, and we ask parents to encourage their child to become an altar server. Children who served Mass prior to the covid-19 pandemic are very welcome to return.  Their parents should contact Anne prior to their returning.  Bishop Brendan Leahy will say Mass in Athea Church next Saturday evening at 7.30pm.

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 [email protected]

BECOMING A SMART VILLAGE:   The next community workshop scheduled to be held in person in Kerry and Limerick in May 2022, and will include: Community Workshop 4: Becoming a ‘Smart Village’ – The Role of ICT and New Technologies on May 10, – 7pm-8:30pm, Listowel. Participating communities are encouraged to register online at https://nkwlsmartvillages.ie/community-capacity-building-workshops/ and attend each of the community workshops and play an active role in shaping the future of the North Kerry – West Limerick region. For further information please contact Aimee Grigg 069 62222 or email [email protected] or email [email protected] Another aside:  I went to the meeting last week in the Tech and there was hardly a dozen people at it and I was nearly the youngest there (apologies Maurice!).  These are about the future of our town/ region and it’s going to affect the young couples and their children so in my humble opinion it’s time ye started to engage.

BIODIVERSITY:  A week of events that celebrate Kerry’s wildlife will take place from. From Saturday May 14 - Sunday May 22.  There will be a talk  on local born John Moriarty, by Dr Kevin Power in Killarney House.  Further details can be obtained from https://biodiversityweek.ie/and https://www.kerryheritage.ie/events/

Interview with John Moriarty; https://ecopunks.blogspot.com/2008/10/john-moriarty.html

WILD WORK TRAINING PROGRAMME:   This is a programme where you will explore biodiversity in the Irish landscape. Our trainers will bring you into nature to experience West Limerick wild spaces first-hand. The course has 6 sessions that will run on the same day at the same time over 12 weeks. Training starts Friday May 13, in Broadford (10.00am – 12.00pm) and in Abbeyfeale Thursday, May 12, (2.00pm – 4.00pm). Applications will close as soon as the spots are filled, so get your interest in ASAP by visiting www.wildwork.ie/west-limerick/ Contact Maeve or Caitriona in West Limerick Resources [email protected]

UKRAINE FUNDRAISER:  Madeline and the Wednesday club wish to thank everyone who contributed so generously to our recent coffee morning. The total raised was €1000.43 which was presented to the Irish Red Cross.

DEBRA IRELAND:  Kerry Challenge 2022 May 21-23,  a 3 day 75 K Hike in the Dingle Peninsula.

DROMCOLLOGHER VINTAGE:   Rally and May Fair on Sunday, May 15.


DO YOU OR SOMEBODY YOU KNOW SUFFER FROM AN ADDICTION:  Do you or somebody you know suffer from an addiction? Yes?  Join us at the Shrine of Matt Talbot in Our Lady of  Lourdes Church, Sean Mc Dermot Street, Dublin on Sunday, June 12  from  2:00-4:30pm, where we will pray for freedom from addiction through Jesus. This will be a day when Ireland unites in prayer to rid our country from the plague of addiction. For more information, visit www.matttalbotprayersociety.com or contact [email protected] ROI (048) 7126289.

PADRE PIO MAY DEVOTIONS:  Pio May Devotions on Tuesday, May 17 at 7.30pm at Castleisland Church, see online to view.

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.

COMMUNITY ALERT:  Europe’s role in international drug production and trade is changing, according to new analyses released by Europol and the EU drugs agency (EMCDDA). “The trade in illegal drugs continues to dominate serious and organised crime in the EU, and nearly 40 % of the criminal networks operating at the international level reported to Europol are active in drug trafficking. Fighting this illegal trade is a key priority for Europol and the EU. Today’s analysis supports us in understanding the market dynamics and is crucial for formulating effective law enforcement responses”. EMCDDA Director Alexis Goosdeel says:  ”Our new analyses show that we are now facing a growing threat from a more diverse and dynamic drug market,  that is driven by closer collaboration between European and international criminal organisations. This has resulted in record levels of drug availability, rising violence and corruption, and greater health problems. Today’s analysis shows that the European cocaine market is expanding, driven by unprecedented levels of trafficking leading to historically high availability. More production is also now taking place inside Europe.  The potential for new smokable cocaine products to emerge on the market raises concerns about future health risks .Cocaine is the second most commonly consumed illicit drug in the EU after cannabis, with a market retail value in 2020 estimated at EUR 10.5 billion (range EUR 7.7 billion to 12.8 billion). Around 3.5 million Europeans (15–64 years) report having used the drug in the past year, 14 million in their lifetime. If you suffer from a gambling addiction there is a counsellor/psychotherapist available at the Listowel Family Resource Centre.  Further information from 068 23584/0873684490. 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 www.bodywhys.ie Email:

[email protected] 01 210790.   If you are experiencing domestic abuse, #CoerciveControl reach out and talk to someone you trust. Call or Text our support team on  057 9351886/0860419154.  COVID-19 Support Line for Older People: The support line is open every day, 8am-8pm, by calling 081 822 2024.  Hospice Bereavement Line 1800807077 Monday to Friday 10am – 1pm. Jigsaw support line is now up and running on freefone 1800 JIGSAW (544 729). It will provide free mental health support and advice to young people aged 12 to 25 years old, and parents or concerned adults who live in the Republic of Ireland.  Text 50808 to receive support from a volunteer.  Depression & Bipolar Disorder Support www.aware.ie Tel: Freephone 1800 80 4848 (available 7 days, 10am-10pm). Email: [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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: [email protected]

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 [email protected]


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