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Community notices 7th Nov 2022

DEATH:  Sincere sympathy to the family of the late Joe Kelly, Collins Park who died recently.  May he rest in peace.

GET INTO THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT:  The annual Parish Christmas Concert starring the Celtic Brothers formerly The Willoughby’s takes place in the Church of the Assumption on Sunday 11th of December 7.30pm.  Tickets will go on sale next weekend. More details will be announced during the
week. Proceeds in aid of St Ita’s Hall Renovation Fund.

RELAUNCH OF “A SKETCH OF THE LIFE OF RE. WILLIAM CASEY P.P.:” It’s been 114 years since J.D. Harnett’s book “A Sketch of the Life of Rev William Casey P.P. of Abbeyfeale” was first published in 1908, following the death of Fr. Casey himself in December 1907.  Copies of the original book are extremely rare and difficult to come by, and yet so sought after that a collaborative approach between different individuals and Groups on either side of the Limerick / Kerry border has now resulted in the research and republishing of this iconic biography, along with some additional content and images.
Endearingly referred to as the “Peoples Priest” and well known for attracting thousands of people at monster meetings during the late 1800′s / early 1900′s, Fr Casey was a national icon and a passionate promoter of The National Land League and the fight for tenants’ rights.

Special guests will be in attendance and refreshments will be served on the night.

The relaunching of “A Sketch of the Life of Rev William Casey P.P. of Abbeyfeale” will take place at the Glórach Theatre, Convent Rd, Abbeyfeale V94 H9C8 on Friday, November 11 at 7.30pm.   Doors open at 7pm and all are welcome.

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.

LOST SOULS AT THE GLÓRACH:  Heavenly harmonies will be the order of the evening at the Glórach Theatre on Saturday, November 12th as the Lost Souls take to the stage.  The group are no strangers to the venue, nor to the Abbeyfeale public who have seen them in memorable gigs in the past in McEnery’s Bar and the Church.  Over the past eleven years the group has cultivated a wide following, with their tight musicianship, soaring vocals and easygoing style.  Mixing it up on guitars will be Dr Mick O’Donnell and Gary O’Keeffe, with D Dennison keeping a steady rhythm on bass.  The Abbeyfeale version of ‘The Commitments’ singers is made up of Noreen Cotter, Orla Dennison, Martina McAuliffe and Kelly Hartnett, with the possibility of a few guest appearances by other acclaimed local vocalists during the night.  Covering artists as diverse as Gordon Lightfoot, James Taylor and the Cranberries to name but a few, the Lost Souls always put a unique stamp on the songs and very definitely make them their own.  Always open to experimentation, they stunned patrons at the concert for Ukraine last May with their electric version of ‘Another Brick in the Wall’ by Pink Floyd, a definite first in the Church of the Assumption!  Expect an eclectic mix this Saturday as the Lost Souls make a welcome return to a venue ideally suited to their sound.  Don’t be disappointed and make sure to book tickets at www.glorachabbeyfeale.com or by calling 0871383940.

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.

GLÓRACH RUMOURS WRITTEN BY JOHN NELLIGAN: ‘ Those of you who’ve been following my Glórach Rumours column will have noticed its absence from last week’s paper. Well, wonder no more, as I will now reveal how I’ve been scammed, so to speak, throughout this whole business. My mole has confessed that after a particularly busy day working on the grounds of Glórach,he suffered sunstroke, which affected him in numerous ways – one of which was a bad case of Bobby Ewing syndrome. For those of you who are unfamiliar with that particular syndrome, should Google “Dallas, Bobby Ewing shower scene”. In any event the upshot of the affliction for my mole was that he would wake up from a dream, every Friday morning that appeared so real to him that he believed that the detail of the dreams must have occurred in real time. So, the fallout from his nocturnal ramblings is that we’ve all been misled in a most egregious fashion. I’ve told him that to mislead a respected and long-standing member of the Press, such as myself, is quite unforgiveable and that there may be consequences for him.  Further investigation on my part has determined that there is a film project in the offing titled “Abbeyfeale on Film & In Context” and that it will be screened at Glórach on the following dates: Nov 24 th , 25 th & 30 th and Dec 1 st & 10 th at 8pm. Tickets cost €10. Booking on either telephone 087 1383940 or on-line at glorachabbeyfeale.com With the cost of production and promotion having been sponsored, it means that all ticket proceeds will go the 8 local churches, each receiving 10% of the take, and Glórach receiving the remaining 20%. So, this is an event that is well deserving of your support. It is being described as 85 minutes of both film and content that captures the people, events and circumstances that guided our journey to where we are today. The description that accompanies the publicity material is as follows: “When the timecomes for the history of Abbeyfeale, across the early and middle parts of the last century of the last millennium, to be written, it will draw heavily from the content that is now available for viewing in our film.  If, as we’re told, a static picture paints a thousand words, then a moving picture – as films were first described – has the facility to capture and convey an ethos that would, otherwise, require a billion words to describe! Ours is such a film, in that it contains 50 minutes of quality footage that looks at life, in its many and various forms, in Abbeyfeale, through first-hand accounts of the, then, contemporary and historic events, that moulded a people, a community and a nation. The remaining 35 minutes will depict in words, music and film footage, Sunday observance, entertainment on the Sabbath, the plight of the emigrant, the despair of the dispossessed and marginalised, the impact of the Easter Rising and, finally, how our National Anthem – as Béarla agus Gaelige – came into being.The flame of freedom, for Ireland, was doused with water on many occasions – but never quenched. It, now, behoves the generations born in the 1950s and thereafter, to reacquaint ourselves with our local and national history so that we may imbue our families and friends with a history of the struggles of our ancestors, whose valour and unceasing pursuit of a Republic for Ireland enables us to enjoy the unfettered freedom that is now our privilege.”I’m told to expect a piece for next week’s paper, which, believe it or not, will draw on Skakespeare’s many references to Abbeyfeale and the film in question in some of his soliloquys. I’m agog with anticipation – although such a tale wouldn’t be out of place in an Eamon Kelly, seanchaí story. Finally, our condolence to the family of Eamon Kelly, on the recent death of Maura Kelly, a fine actress, whose performances on stage were a pleasure to behold.’

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 .

ABBEYFEALE’S NIGHT AT THE OSKARS: A DVD will be on sale shortly.

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] 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: Keep Sunday, November 27 free for our annual Christmas Party in Fr. Casey’s Club House with dancing after lunch to Paddy Qulligan. Tickets are  €25. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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, Templeglantine.

RAMBLING HOUSES: Knockalougha on the 3rd. Tuesday of the month..

‘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.

RECOVERY HAVEN KERRY – are starting a new 6-week programme called Cancer Thrive and Survive at the Family Resource centre in Castleisland Wednesday, November 9th from 10.30am-1pm. This free Programme offers you a sense of confidence and a chance to learn self-management skills when moving on from your cancer treatment. For more information call 0667192122.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY: Confirmation will be celebrated by Bishop Leahy on Friday 10th March and First Communion will be celebrated on the 13th and 20th of May.

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 John and Margaret O’Connell, Meenkilly and their daughter Maureen Burke.  Thursday  10am Peg O’Donoghue, Convent Street Anniversary..
Friday 10am Michael & Kathleen & Julie Colllins & David, & Cathy & Aeneas Lane.
Saturday  6.30pm Patrick & David O’Connor, Caherhayes.  Jack & Mary McKenna, Knockbrack.  Donal & Nell & Patrick Fitzgerald Knockbrack.  Kathleen O’Connor, Knocknasna.  Kathleen Healy, The Hill Months Mind.  Sunday 10am Ita O’Connor, Rathorna 2nd Anniversary.12noon Shelia O’Connor.  Nora Canty Fealebridge & James Canty London
Johnny & Maureen Joy and their granddaughter Miriam Joy Fitzgerald.  .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.

SOCIAL: Comfort for Chemo Hope Social will be held on November 12 in Tralee Ballyroe Heights Hotel. Contact 087 175 7885 or email [email protected]

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 each month  Nov, and Dec.’22 at the Listowel Family Resource Centre.   Contact Bridie Mulvihill 086-8556431.

COMMUNITY ALERT: Learn 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 info@childrensgriefcentre. TeenTxt-Text: TEEN to 50101.

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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