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Community notices 18th Nov 2022

PROLOGUE:   The difference between money and time – you know how much money you have but never know how much time you have.  Unknown.

A THOUGHT FOR THE MONTH OF THE HOLY SOULS:  Day is done- gone the sun from the hills, from the lake, from the skies. All is well, safely rest, God is nigh. Thanks and praise for our days, ‘Neath the sun, ‘Neath the stars, ‘Neath the sky. As we go, this we know, God is nigh.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS:   Santa and Mrs Claus will visit the Square on Friday,  November 25 at 6pm and our new Mayor, Councillor Francis Foley will switch on the lights this year.  The following fundraisers are being held to support the purchase and maintenance of lightss
ARA coffee morning in Leens Hotel from 10am to 12pm on Friday next, November 18 organised and supported by the members of the Active Retired Group.  There will be a
Church gate collection  next weekend  November19/20 and finally there will be a
Pub quiz on Friday December 2 at O’Rourkes bar .  All welcome

CAROLS AT THE GLÓRACH:  Susan Browne and the Broadford Youth Choir will perform a night of Carols on Friday, December 9.

GET INTO THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT:  For the first time since 2019 we will be able to celebrate Christmas  in our parish church without any restrictions. We are delighted to announce this week the return of the annual Christmas Concert. This year we are delighted to welcome to Abbeyfeale the singing group, ‘CELTIC BROTHERS’  formally known as ‘The Willoughby Brothers’. They have entertained and endeared audiences for the past number of years and are delighted to bring their Christmas Show to the Church  of the Assumption, Abbeyfeale on Sunday 11th of December 2022. Their repertoire  features  a blend of Irish Ballads, popular classics and contemporary songs that take their audience on an emotive musical journey. The Christmas Concert in Abbeyfeale will have many seasonal songs. The funds raised from the concert will go towards the St Ita’s Hall (Hall Ide Naofa), Renovation Fund.   St Ita’s Hall is a very significant resource centre for the people of Abbeyfeale, and surrounding parishes and provides a wide range of support services for all members of the local community.   St Ita’s  Hall will be 100 years old in 2028 and significant renovations plans have been drawn up to update the building, so that it is fit for purpose and continues to serve the needs of the local community. Tickets are available in the church and are also on sale in many outlets throughout the town.  Tickets can also be booked by calling 089- 4314765. Let’s shake off the restrictive spirit of Covid and get into the Christmas Spirit! It is time to celebrate  and what better time of the year to get together than the lead up to Christmas the Feast of the birth of Jesus our Saviour.

NOONAN FAMILY LIGHTS:  The launch of the annual lights for charity takes place on Sunday, November 20 at 4.30pm in Templeglantine V94 YH7W.

CHRISTMAS MARKETS: There will be a Market at the Barnagh Hub on Sunday, December 11 and 18 and the Christmas market is back on November 27th in Knocknagoshel with doors open at 12pm and proceeds going to the local meals on wheels service.  To book a table phone 086 3487298 or [email protected]

RELAUNCH OF “A SKETCH OF THE LIFE OF RE. WILLIAM CASEY P.P.:” The relaunch  of a sketch of the life of Rev. William Casey P.P. took place on Friday night last in the Glórach Theatre in the presence of a large crowd and two of the late J.D. Harnett’s granddaughters Miriam Collins and Bridget Harnett Sheeran.  The republished book is on sale in Batts and the Siopa Milsean at a very reasonable €8 per copy.  .  Chairman of the Abbeyfeale Community Council Maurice O’Connell welcomed everyone and explained how the process began when he was searching for information to enable him to make a six minute promo video on Abbeyfeale focusing on the life of Fr. Casey.  At the same time the Castleisland Heritage Committee were working on re launching JD Harnett’s book and following on from a fact finding visit to their headquarters Maurice and the Castleisland group joined forces and last Friday nights event was the culmination of their efforts.  After a viewing of the very interesting video Maurice  introduced former Minister for Justice and MEP Gerard Collins who had been invited to launch the booklet.  Former Minister Collins then spoke as follows;  “ I wish to extend a warm welcome to the members of the Castleisland District Heritage Committee some of whose members – John Roche, John Downey, Janet Murphy and Noel Nash are with us this evening. I would like to thank them very much for the invitation extended to me to officiate at this re-launch. They are very welcome to this side of the river Feale!! As a historical committee, they have produced an extensive body of work which includes 7 journals, 3 catalogues and 200 articles, all of which can be found on their website.  Their work also includes a successful petition for the presidential pardon of John Twiss, granted by President Michael D Higgins on the 16/12/21. Their campaign for similar

presidential pardons continues – for Sylvester Poff and James Barrett.

The book we are re-launching tonight is the work of the Castleisland History Committee in collaboration with interested parties in Abbeyfeale. The original book was written by James

D Harnett and published in 1908. JD Harnett was an accomplished and successful businessman and father in law of my school teacher, Andrew Downey.

I remember JD……….tall, dignified gentleman wearing gold rimmed glasses, grey haired and wearing the old fashioned stand up collar. His brother, Richard Harnett was Provincial of the Holy Ghost Order who spoke at the 50th anniversary commemoration of Fr. Casey’s death – more of which later.  The work by JD Harnett was published well over 100 years ago. It is described by the author as a sketch of Rev. William Casey. It was in itself an unbelievable achievement given that there were no computers, tape recorders, copying machines or

Google Search!! He was totally reliant on his own memory, anecdotes from others and possibly occasional notes.  The biography of Fr. Casey is well known. His birthplace -

Castlequarter, Kilbehenny – is in Co. Limerick and not in County Cork as has been claimed!

He was the son of a tenant farmer, reared in the shadows of the Galtee mountains.It is a part of the County I know well as I was their Representative in the Dail for many years.

He arrived in Abbeyfeale in 1871 and one of his first tasks was to build a much needed wall around the Convent for the Mercy Sisters. It was a magnificent wall but one which went well

beyond his budget and his family legacy. As the son of a tenant farmer he understood very well the struggle for survival of the labourers, the lack of rights of the tenants and the hardship of losing the small amount of land they had – through evictions. The plight of those people was easily understood by him but the same injustices visited on those people moved him to action.  Interestingly enough, he also understood the role of women in

the struggle for their ownership of the land.  During this time, he established a working relationship with  Michael Davitt which was acknowledged by Davitt in a letter in1901 when he congratulated Fr. Casey on the settlement agreed on the O’Grady estate where the tenants were reinstated to their own holdings on favourable terms – thus leading his people to the final ownership of their land.  During his time in A/feale, Fr. Casey formed a Brass Band

which used to meet in the Temperance Hall down near Anthony Greaney’s property at the end of New St.  On the 18th November 1896, people became aware that it was the Silver Jubilee of his arrival in Abbeyfeale. The warmth of the appreciation and respect for Fr Casey was demonstrated when people proceeded to his house with flaming torches – in a

Celebratory procession, I hasten to add!!!  Fr Casey, a modest man, was totally unprepared for such a demonstration but was greatly appreciative of the gesture.  On the 50th anniversary of Fr Casey’s death, in 1957, a special commemorative ceremony was held in Abbeyfeale.  A parade of over a mile long from the Vocational School to the newly specially floodlit statue of Fr Casey was led by the Buttevant Brass Band.  The brother of JD Harnett, Rev Dr. Richard Harnett was given an enthusiastic welcome when he addressed the crowd. He

had been a witness to many of the evictions carried out locally and recalled many stories of  Fr. Casey who “fought the landlords” and won for the tenants. Fr. Casey was, in fact,

described by a foreign journalist as “the supplicated ruffian”  This commemoration was organised by the newly formed Abbeyfeale Development Association, led by Solicitor Richard Woulfe who presided at the ceremony in the presence of JJ Collins, TD, then Chairman of L C C, my father, and a number of the clergy.  As a young man, I was also present at that commemoration. A Radharc Programme in 1963 included contributors who, at

that time, still remembered Fr Casey and his work. Unfortunately, 65 years later, the memory of Fr. Casey is now close to extinction.  It is to be hoped that this relaunch will surely awaken new interest in Fr. Casey and his work.  I have here a cane of Fr. Casey’s which was passed to the parents or grandparents of Richard (Dick) Woulfe. It was givento my wife and I by Elaine Woulfe, Richard’s widow, for safekeeping until such time as a suitable venue can be found for it in Abbeyfeale.”  The evening then concluded with some light refreshments which were enjoyed by all.

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ONE WOMAN SHOW:  Frances Kennedy, she of the great singing voice and the earthy humour is hosting a one woman show at St. John’s, Listowel on Friday, November 18.  She’ll send you home with a smile on your face.

CULTURE NIGHT AT THE GLÓRACH:  It’s been three long years, but after the successful show for Culture Night in September 2019 little did we think it would be this length of time before we hit the Glórach Boards again.  Celebrating the themes of community and culture, the show aims to celebrate the best of our culture and heritage, and will feature acclaimed local musicians and singers, and also a retelling of one of the most famous love stories of all time.  The show will take place at the Glórach Theatre on Saturday, November 19th and tickets can be booked at www.glorachabbeyfeale.com or by calling 0871383940

NOVEMBER AT THE GLÓRACH:   Local singer Denis Curtin makes a welcome return to the venue with various traditional musicians joining him on the night of Saturday 26th November.  Abbeyfeale on Film kicks off on Thursday, November 24th, with further dates on the 25th, 30th and 1st, 10th and 11th of December.  Archival footage of the town has been expertly brought together under one film, providing a rich delving into our not so distant past.  Tickets for all events can be booked at www.glorachabbeyfeale.com or by calling 0871383940.

ABBEYFEALE’S NIGHT AT THE OSKARS: We hope to receive our first consignment of DVD’s and USB sticks  towards the middle of next week.  They will be on sale at the Day Care Centre, Batt’s in the Square and An Siopa Milsean and will make an ideal Christmas gift.  The DVD’s will retail at €10 each and the USB sticks at €15.

BRIDGE CLUB:  Abbeyfeale Bridge Club meet at St. Ita’s Day Care Centre every Thursday from 7.30pm.  New members welcome.

CARA:  Cara are all about the Creative Arts Raising Abbeyfeale – a dedicated group set up to promote and showcase Abbeyfeale through the arts.  The idea is to use the arts to lift the profile of Abbeyfeale on a local, regional and national level.  The calendar “Abbeyfeale – The Bare Essentials” is their first project.   Calendars on sale throughout the town and are currently making their way to ex pats all over the world through the [email protected] If you are looking for an unusual gift for your loved one who is far from home this Christmas this will surely put a smile on their face and they will make a collector’s item in time to come.  Sales will not only benefit the Irish Cancer Society but will enable CARA “to create a dedicated fund for future artworks and creative projects in the Abbeyfeale streetscape”.

COMMUNITY ALERT:  Tickets for our annual Christmas Party in Fr. Casey’s Club House with dancing after lunch to Paddy Qulligan will cost €25.   They will be on sale in Kathleen’s Foodstore, An Siopa Milsean, Gourmet Green and the Post Office in Templeglantine.  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. A raffle will also take place on the date.

EUCHARISTIC  ADORATION: : Currently Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place every Wednesday and  Friday in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel from after the 10.00am Mass until 7.00pm.

ABBEYFEALE YOUTH CLUB:  We are hoping to have the Parish Youth Club up and running very shortly. There is a need for parent volunteers to help with the running of the club.  If you have some time and are willing to help contact Noreen Cullinane on
Messenger on 087-2353306.

ST. ITAS DAY CARE: Open to visitors every Tuesday.  Morning Coffee and scones.  Lunch, music and dancing.   Contact Jane on 068 51850. Meals on Wheels are available and can be booked in advance.

REOPENING OF ABBEYFEALE MART:  A sale will be held every Saturday so please support.   For further information 087 6903172/ 087 9480484.

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.

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.

SHAKESPEARE, ABBEYFEALE & GLÓRACH: ( The author of the following words does not wish to be named but suffice to say I’d ate it before I’d be able to put it together!)

“Now is the winter of rising prices. Made glorious summer by a viewing of Abbeyfeale on Film and In Context At Glórach for a modest €10.To go, or not to go,To learn of past sorrows; That is the question. For in that viewing of Abbeyfeale on Film & In ContextIs a consummation, devoutly to be wished, Of identity with our forefathers. Do not put off ‘til the ‘morrow,What can be done before the ‘morrow.So, without artifice, see a screening of Abbeyfeale on Film & In Context. Lest our forefathers become poor players. That strutted upon a stage of conflict And are heard no more .Let that almighty struggle be a tale signifies the glory of the Gael. Is this a film promotion that I see before me? I have not seen thee – yet feel I must.Art thou, not evidential vision of past heroics And not a false creation.Thou marshall’st me the way to Glórach for Abbeyfeale on Film & In Context.  So that mine eyes can see the glory Of the freedom that flows from deeds of valour. Once more unto the Glórach, dear friends.  To do our forebears proud in memory.If it be a sin to honour valour Then, we must be the most offending. For having viewed Abbeyfeale on Film & In Context We must proclaim far and wide;That they shall not be forgot In this or any other time.{If ‘twere good enough for the great man,Then who are we to argue?!}Book on glorachabbeyfeale.com or 0871383940 Screening 8pm – Nov. 24/25/30; Dec. 1/10/11.”

COURSES FOR FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS:  LEO Limerick and the Entrepreneurs Academy are offering a new course for female entrepreneurs designed to help them grow their business.  The course is hybrid with a mix on networking and online events into the start of 2023.  16th November - Attitude for Growth (Virtual) with Denise Horan
23rd November - Branding for Growth (Virtual) with Denise Horan
30th November - Problem Solving for Growth (Virtual) with Felicity Mccarthy For more information please visit CONNECT for female entrepreneurs – Local Enterprise Office – Limerick

DANCE: Templeglantine Community Council of Muintir na Tíre will hold a Céilí at the Devon Inn Hotel on Friday, November 18 music will be provided by Donie Nolan and Taylor’s Cross Céilí Band.  This is a fundraiser to support Halla Ínse Bán.

BOOK LAUNCHES:  A local girl, Catherine Richardson formerly Catherine Fitzgerald from Knocknasna daughter of Mikie and the late Betty has just published her first book.  It’s entitled ‘The Simple Life’.  Catherine qualified as a nurse but continued with more studies in Reflexology, Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine and other therapies.    The book gives us an insight into Catherine’s life and the influences that shaped it combined with practical information – a real treasure to be read and reread.    The book is available in two well known shops ‘ An Siopa Milséan and ‘ Heavenly Gifts’.  Catherine will be launching her book in the Castle Oaks Hotel in Castleconnell on Saturday, November 19th at 7.30pm.  The following Saturday, November 26th she will be signing copies of the book in ‘Nature’s Hand’ – the health shop in the Crescent Shopping Centre between 11am – 1pm. Then on Saturday,November 26th, Bruach na Carraige, Rockchapel will be host to a book launch by local man Pat Mulcahy.  His book entitled ‘For God and Country’ are the memoires of the Rockchapel man as he describes his colourful and eventful life spanning his start in Jersey during WW2, life in the US in the army and NYPD and his return to his native County Cork.  Pat was co-founder of Project Children, an organisation responsible for bringing over 23,000 children from the troubles of Northern Ireland to the US for a six week break. The launch begins at 8pm with entertainment from local musicians followed by refreshments.  All proceeds will go to Rockchapel NS and Bruach na Carraige.  Pat’s mother was Eileen Mulcahy (nee Moriarty) from Caherlane, Abbeyfeale. It’s a very small world as Pat’s wife, Kathleen Beirne whom he met in the US is my neighbour from Co. Longford .

45 CARD DRIVE:  The 45 Card Drive continues in Raheenagh Hall every Tuesday at 8.30pm.  All welcome.

KERRY INGREDIENTS MASS:  A Mass for deceased workers will be held in Lixnaw Church on November 16 at 7.30 p.m.

MASS FOR PATIENTS WHO HAVE DIED IN UHK:   This includes those who have died in the hospital, those who have experienced pregnancy loss, and those who have died within the Palliative Care Services. We also remember at this Mass past employees of UHK who have died.   It will take place on Monday, November 14 at 7pm  in St. John’s Church. Mass will also be live streamed on www.churchservices.tv/tralee or www.stjohns.ie

CD ON SALE FOR ST. ITA’S:   A CD in aid of St Ita’s Hospital now available; 15 songs on the CD all from local artists. The artists include Siobhán Doody, Theresa Doyle McMahon,  Michael Enright, Brian Hartnett, Emmet Scanlon, Michael Nash Fr. Tim Curtin,  Canon Tony Mullins, Fr. Liam Enright.  The songs include Paper Roses, Whispering Hope, You Raised Me Up,  The Old Rugged Cross,  Golden Rose,  Some Enchanted Evening,  Panis Angelicas,  Softly and Tenderly, South Of The Border,  The Dying Rebel,  I Fall To Pieces,  The Rose,  Bendemeer ‘s Stream,  Crazy, and White Rose Of Athens. The CD is available from An Siopa Milsean, Main St., Noreen Collins Chemist, Killarney Rd and Pat Buckleys,

RAMBLING HOUSES: Knockalougha on the 3rd. Tuesday of the month..  Every 1st Thursday of each month there is a Rambling House in the Community Centre in Knockanure. Rambling house at Ballyhahill Hall on Wednesday, November 16 at 8pm.  All musicians, singers’ dancers and storytellers are most welcome to attend.

Ita McQuinn, Monagea Rambling House, next monthly rambling house on Friday, November 18, at the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West at 8pm.

BOOK: FORGING THE DANCE’ is the name of a new book written by Fr. Pat Ahern to be launched on Friday next, November 18th, in Siamsa Tíre at 5pm. It is the story of Fr. Pat’s life and achievements as a priest of the Diocese and includes the story of the founding of Siamsa Tíre and the building of the new theatre. The book is on sale at the Parish Centre, Tralee

.TABLE TOP SALE::  In Knockanure Community Centre on December 18th there will be a ‘Sale of Work’/Table Top Sale.  Further information from 068 49799.

CRAFT & FOOD FAIR will be held on Sunday, November 20 in Ballylongford Parish Hall. Doors open 10.00am to 4.00pm.
CELEBRATIONS IN ATHEA:  The Golden Jubilee of Athea branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann will be celebrated at the Top of the Town, Athea on Sat. Nov. 26th starting at 8pm.[email protected]

‘ONCE UPON A ROAD’:  by Joe Harrington  details the story of the Butter Road that ran from Listowel to Kerry Pike outside Cork city.

PRAYER MEETING IN CASTLEISLAND:  Padre Pio Prayer meeting Castleisland on Tuesday 15th November 2022 at 7.30pm.

SET DANCING: With Timmy Woulfe Monday nights  at 8pm in the Marian Hall, Moyvane, There are also Set Dancing Classes at Fr. Casey’s Club house Wednesday nights.

LEARN TO DANCE:  Social dancing classes in the Plaza Hall, Listowel every Monday night for beginners 7.30 – 9pm.  Waltzing, Jiving, Quick Step, Foxtrot.  Everyone welcome.

CHRISTMAS MARKET: Ballydonoghue Bardic Festival Christmas Market on Saturday, December 3rd at Tomáisín’s Function Room, Lisselton. To reserve a space for the Market, please call or text 086 845 1263.

PRAYER MEETING:  Janice Carrig holds a prayer meeting in the Desmond Complex on the last Sunday of the month.

CHURCH NEWS:  Abbeyfeale is part of the parish pastoral unit  that consists of Athea, Templeglantine, Tournafulla and Mountcollins.  Contact numbers are as follows:
Fr Willie Russell Tel 087/2272825.  Fr Tony Mullins  Tel 087/2600414 Fr Denis Mullane Tel 087/2621911. Fr Dan Lane Retired  Tel 087/2533030.  There is always a priest from one of the other pastoral areas on emergency call on Sundays and his name and number is published on the parish website and also on the weekly newsletter. Mass Intentions for the coming week: Wednesday 10am   Deceased members of the McSweeney Family .  Friday 10am,        Lizzie Morris, Legga, Moyne, Co. Longford.  Saturday 6.30pm     Connie Harnett, Collins Park.  Baby Tommy Moran . Sunday 10am Mary Kelly, Knockaboul & Co Down .  12 noon    Michael Reidy, Bogmount/Meenkilly 9th Anniversary.  Margaret O’Connor, Kilmanihan 1st Anniversary.   Michael O’Shea, Coolaneelig, Raj Anand late of UK. Dan Francis & Ellen O’Connor,  Main street.Confessions on Saturday evenings at 6.00pm and also after Mass on the Thursday before the First Friday.  A priest will be available after Mass on weekdays if a parishioner wishes to celebrate the sacrament. If you are interested in either being a Reader of the Word or an Eucharist Minister contact Fr Tony Mullins or the sacristy before or after Mass.  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. Contact the Sacristy 068/51915 during Mass Times. The Annual Mass for all those who died since this time last year will be celebrated on Friday 25th of November at 7.00pm. During Mass a candle will be lit for each person who has died during the past twelve months and a member of their family will be invited to bring the candle to the altar.

DUAGH: From the First Sunday in Advent (November 26th/27th) St. Bridget’s Church, Duagh will have just one weekend Mass.  Saturday, November 19th will be the final Saturday Vigil Mass.   There will be Mass every Sunday morning at 11.30am and in the Sacred Heart Church, Lyreacrompane at10.00 a.m.

Grow Mental Health Information Session, Wednesday 16th November, 7pm to 8:30pm, at Grow offices, 33 Henry Street, Limerick.Grow is a mental health charity that provides free, friendly, community based, peer support groups for anyone who is experiencing a mental health issue.  Sharon Kleiser (Grow volunteer and
participant in our Lay Pastoral Ministry Programme), along with Mary Purcell (Grow Midwest Manager) and Amie Hughes (Grow Midwest Coordinator) are offering an information session on Wed 16th November for people from parishes across the
Diocese to learn more about supporting positive mental health and recovery.  This is a great opportunity in the challenging times we are living in, to gain insight to strategies and supports that could be of benefit in our families and parish life.  There is no
registration required, you will be welcome to attend and bring anyone who might
benefit with you.

LISTOWEL BINGO:  Bingo is back Sunday night  in the Plaza, Church St, at 8.30pm. Welcome back to all old and new players.

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 evening 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.

ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT: Alzheimer’s Carers Support Group is a space where Carers can discuss their caring role, source information, and provide support for each other. Meetings take place at 2pm on the 2nd Wednesday of December at the Listowel Family Resource Centre.   Contact Bridie Mulvihill 086-8556431.

COMMUNITY ALERT: Do not respond to unsolicited calls, texts or emails. Never click on links in these messages.  Keep your personal information to yourself – personal details like name, emails or credit / debit card information. Regularly access your account online to verify all transactions.  Change passwords regularly and keep them private.  Do not post personal information about yourself e.g. date of birth, where you live, family details on social mediaLearn your Eircode – if you have to call for help it will take the services straight to your door.  Write ICE before your next of kin’s number in your phone so if you cannot communicate the services will be able to contact your next of kin.  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: Senior Line Friendly Listening Service 1800 804591.  If you are feeling vulnerable contact Pieta House 061 484444/ Samaritans 116123/061 412111.  Bodywhys Eating Disorders Associations of Ireland www.bodywhys.ie Email 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.  Mental Health Ireland – Helpline  01 2841166.  Alzheimers Society, Information and Emotional Help – 1800341341.AMEN( male victims of domestic violence)  0469023718.   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: [email protected] Children’s Grief Centre, Limerick. Tel: 061 224 627  Email [email protected] TeenTxt-Text: TEEN to 50101.

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