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Community notices 16th March 2023

CONGRATULATIONS ARCHBISHOP MICHAEL LENIHAN:  On Saturday last through the power of the internet and YouTube we were able to watch Bishop Michael installed as Archbishop of San Pedro Sula Archdiocese in Honduras .  It was so obvious in what high regard he is held there.  During his address to the congregation  he spoke about his love for Abbeyfeale and his family here and sent word to thank the parish for the support and kindness he has received over the years.   We look forward to meeting him this summer during his annual trip to Europe.   The link to the recording is: https://www.youturbe,com sanisidro.tv LaCeiba

FUINNEAMH IN CONCERT:  The band who have recently performed on TG4 and RTE 1 return home to help raise funds for Fleadh by the Feale.  The concert will be held at the Glórach Theatre on Saturday, March 25.  Tickets €15.  Booking 087 1383940.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY:  Abbeyfeale does things the Green Way’.   Family Fun 2.30 -8pm.  Face Painting, Kids Entertainment, and Prizes for Best Float, Best Shop Window, Busking, prizes for Best Dressed Family, Lady, Baby, Best Blinged Bike and Best Dressed Dog. Photo Booth in the alley near Leens Hotel.  The church and the Library will be lit up in green on the evening of the 16th.   Parade from 4pm.  Spend the day with family and friends and keep it local.

‘TEARING AND DRAGGING’  :The Abbeyside Players have a winner on their hands and seats are booking out fast, the play continues its run this coming Thursday March 16, Saturday 18 and Sunday 19.   A portion of the proceeds will go to local charities including St. Ita’s Day Care Centre, Palliative Care, and charity shops Vincent’s and Sue Ryders.  Tickets €10, booking line 087 1383940.  Doors open 7.15pm, Show on stage 8pm.   Don’t miss out on a great night’s entertainment.

TEMPLEGLANTINE CAMOGIE CLUB RECRUITMENT DRIVE:   U6, U8,U10, U12, and U14 teams are looking for members. If you were born in the years 2015/2016 contact Margaret on 087 2440786, born in the years 2013/2014 contact Kiara on 087 9287847, born in the years 2011/2012 contact Brigid on 087 9288499 and born in 2009/2010 contact Olive 087 7645582.  Training for U6 started outdoors at Templeglantine pitch from 10.30 – 11.15am on Saturday March 4.Training for U8 has started indoors on Tuesdays 5-6pm at Fr. Casey’s.  Training for U10 started Saturday, March 11 from 9.30 -11am in Templeglantine.  Training for U12 is to be confirmed.  Training for U14 9 – 10.15 outdoors at Templeglantine pitch started March 4.  Registration now open.

DRAMA WORKSHOP IN ABBEYFEALE: John Nelligan sent the following; “ Anyone  can  Whistle!  If that’s true, and it is; then that principle will, also, hold good for the assertion that “Anyone can Act”. As we, all, know the journey of a thousand miles starts with that very first, faltering, step. Equally, the path to a career in Hollywood starts with attendance at the Drama League of Ireland workshop on acting skills at Glórach on March 25th.   Famous actors, from our Tri-County area of Cork, Kerry and Limerick, who benefitted, greatly, from attending acting workshops are, Cillian Murphy, Michael Fassbender, Richard Harris, Fiona Shaw and Lorcan Curtin.  Somebody once said that: “Life is an act and we are all actors in the arena of life.”  Therefore, a helping hand in navigating the currents of modern life is always welcome.  So, don’t delay in booking one of the, just, twenty places available, by e-mailing [email protected] or phoning 01 296 9343.  Attendance costs €20, with the workshop opening at 10am and closing at 5pm.”

TOURIST OFFICE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Work has started on bringing a Tourist Office to Abbeyfeale and you can help make it happen! Are you a proud Abbeyfeale person? Do you have 2 hours or more per week to welcome visitors to our beautiful town and give them some information that will help them enjoy their visit? We have hours to suit your lifestyle. The new Tourist Office will be in the WorkBase E-Hub building on Abbeyfeale’s main street. Full training will be provided Contact [email protected] if you are interested.

FESTIVAL:   Ballydonoghue Bardic Festival, Lisselton: 23rd – 26th March.

The 2023 festival seeks to honour the memory of Pádraig Liath Ó Conchubhair, who was born in Lisselton in the parish of Ballydonoghue in 1745 and died around 1820.  He was a Hedge Schoolmaster, Poet and renowned Academic who established The Lisselton Bardic Court, known as  ‘Cúirt na Súagh’, The Court of the Wise. Full details of competitions and workshops are available on ballydbardfest.com.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY:  We gathered at  Dan Moloney’s Tea Rooms on Wednesday, March 8.  Thirty plus women who all live in or around Abbeyfeale and who wanted to have a social get together and some music and a sing song with a few jokes thrown in we enjoyed the couple of hours so much that we’re planning another afternoon as soon as we can come up with an excuse.  Watch this space.

DOG WARDEN: It may be the excitement of the sight of the straight road stretching from the Search and Rescue headquarters all the way up to the Town park and the promise of a walk there but the pavement from there on is covered in dog poop and my local correspondent tells me that the plan is to patrol the road for the next few weeks in order to find the owners who are not equipped with plastic bags.  There is a substantial fine following the offence of not cleaning up after your pooch.

DOLLY DAY:  The O’Connor family are continuing to fund raise for Kerry Hospice and Comfort for Chemo.  This time the late Jim’s sister Cora is organising a Dolly Day in honour of Dolly Parton when an attempt will be made to establish a Guinness World Record for the most people dressed as Dolly Parton.  Cora has form with making the Guinness Book of Records as she it was who organised Nunday in Listowel some years ago.

ABBEYFEALE ICA:  The local branch has resumed meeting at the Adult Education Centre Mountmahon usually the first and third Tuesday of each month.  The next meeting will be on Tuesday March 21 at 7pm.   New members welcome.

LOURDES:   Youth Pilgrimage 2023 22nd – 27th June. For booking details contact Karen at 061-350000 or email at [email protected]

Limerick Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2023. Led by Bishop Brendan Leahy. 22th – 27th June. Direct return flights from Shannon to Lourdes. For booking contact Joe Walsh Tours,

Telephone 01-2410800 or email [email protected] €879 per person, full board, all taxes included.

GLÓRACH BINGO:  Every Monday at 8pm.  Over 18’s. All welcome.

FATIMA: Fully escorted pilgrimage ex Dublin airport, May 9th-15th’23, Spiritual Director Fr. Noel Spring, Contact Premier Travel 021-4277700, email [email protected] or Maureen Harty 066-7131328 .

ABBEYFEALE YOUTH CLUB:  Delighted to report that the 1st. year youth club is up and running.  Organiser Noreen Flynn Culhane 087 2353306 would like to thank the parents who helped to get club back up and open.

UPDATE ON MARY’S MEALS:  The response to this appeal has been phenomenal and Mary Flynn and staff at the Siopa Milsean have agreed to take all donations and keep them for Angela Moore who will collect them.  “ Mary’s Meals – Coin Collection, we are appealing to you for your old coins that are in jam jars, vases and odd pots around the house. We are using these to translate into food to feed the children in Mary’s Meals School Feeding Programmes. Because Mary’s Meals can provide a meal for 11c, your generosity can make a massive difference. You don’t need to count it! If you are willing to donate Irish, sterling or foreign coins/notes, please contact Angela Moore at 089-4339592 or [email protected].

ST. ITAS DAY CARE: Open to visitors every Tuesday.  Morning Coffee and scones.  Lunch, card game, music and dancing.   Contact Jane on 068 51850. Meals on Wheels available Monday to Friday (except for Bank Holidays etc) Soup €1; Main Course €7,Dessert €2.The menu is put on the St Ita’s Day Care Abbeyfeale Facebook page on Friday for the following week. Call 068 51850 for enquiries and booking. Call before 10.30 am on the day.

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.

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

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

ABBEYFEALE’S NIGHT AT THE OSKARS: The DVD’s and the USB sticks are on sale at the Day Care Centre, Toddy Mc Mahons, Batt’s in the Square and An Siopa Milsean .  The DVD’s will retail at €10 each and the USB sticks at €15.  Contact Jane at the Day Care Centre on 068 51850.

JOBS: Kerry Group are currently recruiting for General Operatives in Listowel.

It is a full-time, seasonal position. The shift will depend on a team you join, and it can be either 12 hours a day, 4 days on 4 days off or 8 hours a day, Monday to Friday. Overtime is available.


OPEN DAY:   Colaiste Ide Dingle on Saturday, March 25 from 10am to 4pm, details from 066 915 1211.

TEA DANCE in Ballybunion Community Centre on Sunday, March 26 from 3 to 5pm. Social Dancing at same venue every Tuesday from 7.30pm.

ACTIVE AGING FESTIVAL 2023. This free event will be held on Wednesday, March 22 from 11am to 2pm in the Kerry Sports Academy, MTU North Campus. Join us for a social and fun event with lunch provided! Activities include, Taster Activities, Guest Speaker, Functional Fitness and information stands. Pre- Registration is essential. Book your place online at www.eventbrite.ie or for further information phone 066 7144200 or email [email protected]

KNOCK: National Eucharistic Adoration Pilgrimage to Knock this year takes place on Saturday, April 22 and Sunday 23.

ACCORD ARE NOW RECRUITING Are you an excellent communicator with an enthusiasm for supporting couples as they prepare for the Sacrament of Marriage and future family life? Formal training will be provided in presenting and facilitating our Marriage Preparation Programmes. Please contact Aisling on 01 5053112 or email: [email protected]

CRAFT FAIR IN THE SQUARE:  The bi monthly craft fair will take place in the Square  on Saturday, March 18 from 10am – 2pm.

NATIONAL TREE WEEK! Sunday 19th March to Sunday 26th March 2023.


SOCIAL DANCING IN THE ROCK:  Rockchapel community centre committee have started  adult dancing classes in the community centre every Thursday night from 8.30 -  10pm.  If you are interested in learning to jive, waltz or quick step or just want to come to enjoy a nights dancing please text or ring Breeda 087/6818113 or Philomena 087 6809249. . Come alone or bring a partner.€10 per person – pay as you go.

.CITIZENS ADVICE HELPLINE:  You can contact them Monday – Friday between 9.30 -4.15pm on 076 1075780 or email [email protected]

STEP TO THE BEAT:  Walk in Athea; Step to the Beat is a designated hour each Thursday from 6.30pm – 7.30pm during Lent, where music will play over a sound system around the perimeter of the GAA track.

PILGRIMAGES:  Two pilgrimages to Medjugorjie travelling from Cork.
19th July 2023 with Aer Lingus. Full daily programme which includes a visit to all the apparition sites where Our Lady first appeared to the six children in June 1981.Our 4star hotel is conveniently located close the village centre and the St James Church. Coach transfer to  Medjugorjie on arrival. 7 nights 4* hotel accommodation. Half board:  breakfast & dinner each day. Coach transfer from your hotel to airport for return flight. Check-in assistance at airports. 1 x 20kg check-in bag & 1 x small cabin bag. For further information and details please contact Jim Keogh 021 4885371you will be most welcome, but please note that our places are strictly limited, and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. September  6 – 13 Return flights from Cork to Dubrovnik, for details & bookings contact: Group Leader – Maura O’Keeffe Harcksen (Tralee),Tel: 066 7127143 or 087 1517696.

PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK SHRINE: Monday, March 20.  €599.00 per person sharing.  Price includes return bus to Knock, 4 nights’ in Knock House Hotel with full board.  All entertainment and excursions included.  Day trips to Westport, Ballintubber Abbey, Croagh Patrick, Fr. Peyton Centre & National Museum. Single supplement €100.00.  Contact Patricia on 087 1890 236 or email [email protected]

FESTIVAL: THE Wander Wild Festival, at Killarney from March 24th-26th. Many events are free, See www.wanderwildfestival.com for more.


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 9Iam -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.

CHURCH NEWS: www.abbeyfealeparish.ie email [email protected] Church Sacristy 068 – 51915 Parish Office 068 – 31133. 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.  Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament:  Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place in the Blessed Sacrament Church on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday each week during Lent beginning after the 10.00am Mass and continuing until 8.00pm. If you would like be part of this prayer we encourage you to select a time on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, a time that is practical for you.  Write your name on the timetable.  Make a promise to the Lord that you will do your best to be faithful to your hour of prayer. Stations of the Cross:  there will reflections on the Stations of the Cross every Friday morning at 9.30am. Confessions every Saturday evening from 6pm and for the remainder of Lent after the 10am Mass.  Novena to St Joseph takes place from March 11 – 19. Mass Intentions:. Thursday Vigil of St. Patrick’s Day 6.30pm  Peter Healy, The Hill 10th. Anniversary.  Friday St. Patrick’s Day Masses at 10 and 12 noon. At the 12 noon Mass we will mark the retirement of choir master Dee Dennison with a special celebration in thanksgiving for his exemplary service over the past 40 years.  Everyone welcome.  Saturday 6.30pm Ned and Peg Leahy, The Millstream, Son Emmet and  Daughter Ita.  Sunday 12noon Tom Scanlon, Athea. Garment of Pain:  During this Lenten season, the parish invites all parishioners to leave your pain and suffering at the Cross. The Garment of Pain is a simple way of drawing together experiences of pain and suffering of many people, in a way that enables us to support one another in prayer .Over the period of Lent, we invite you to place a piece of material—roughly 6×6—in the baskets provided in the church. The cloth represents whatever your particular pain in life happens to be. During Lent, we will remember the intentions of those who have placed theirs in the baskets in our Masses. The pieces of cloth will be sown together to form one big patchwork quilt. During the Mass of the Last Supper on Holy Thursday, we will place the cloth on the altar to symbolically unite our suffering with the offering of Christ in the Mass.  On Good Friday the cloth will be draped over the cross which is the focus of our prayer that day.  During our Easter Vigil, we will place the Garment of Pain with the Paschal fire to symbolise that the light of Christ is always greater than our suffering and pain.

Take the TRIP of a LIFETIME to the HOLY LAND, 29th August-8th Sept. 2023.
Group Leader, Mícheál de Barra and Spiritual Director, Fr. John Newman
(Scripture Scholar). In association with Premier Travel, Cork
Contact Mícheál at 086-8337681 or email [email protected]

ANOTHER MESSAGE FROM NEWCASTLE WEST’S MAUREEN FINNEGAN: “ If you would like to give  Easter treats to the Ukrainian children ie    Easter sweets, Bunnies,
Eggs, lollipops  etc  you can drop sweet treats into the Dressmaking Shop on the corner of Boherbue and directly opposite the Church Car park.  Thank you for your
generosity and kindness.   Wishing you and all of your families all the blessings of Easter.”

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

SET DANCING:  Set dance classes every Tuesday and Thursday at 8.30pm in Monagae Community Centre.  Everyone is welcome including beginners and those that have not danced in ages. Come along and have a fun night of dance, exercise and friendship. For more information call 0863510774.

.RAMBLING HOUSES: The Ballyhahill Rambling House takes place on Wednesday night March 15th .  Every 1st Thursday of each month there is a Rambling House in the Community Centre in Knockanure..  All musicians, singers’ dancers and storytellers are most welcome to attend.   Knockalougha on the 3rd. Tuesday of the month..  Ita McQuinn’s Rambling House is on the third Friday of the month at the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West at 8pm.  Listowel Rambling House takes place on the last Thursday of every month from 9.15 pm in the Seanachai Centre.

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.

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

GREENWAY: Limerick Council will start work on a new Greenway car park at Station Road, Newcastle West in early 2023. Design teams have been appointed to design Greenway Hubs at the Ardagh Stationhouse and the Abbeyfeale Railway Goods Shed.
TAYTO PARK REOPENS:  The Irish Theme park, formerly known as Tayto Park is to reopen on Saturday, March 25 with a new name – Emerald Park.

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

COMMUNITY ALERT:  Reducing your energy use; Bleed your radiators, it makes an amazing difference in the amount of heat that they radiate.  There is snow forecast for the middle of next week so get in a supply of fuel and not have to go out on slippery roads when and if it comes. FAST is the checklist for a stroke.  Face – Check to see if one side of the face droops , Arms – Raise both arms, see if one drops down. Speech- check for slurring.  Time – if the answer to these is yes call 112/999 immediately. Five ways to Wellbeing:  Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning.  Give.  www. mentalhealth Ireland.ie    If you have medical equipment that requires electricity, ensure that your electrical supplier is aware and that you are on the ‘Special Services Register’ so that they can prioritize your house.   Layers are the best choice for staying warm in cold weather. Not only do the winter clothes themselves act as insulation, but the air between the layers insulates, too. If you have to drive in the frost leave plenty of time to reach your destination and to defrost the windscreen.  I was at a meeting recently where the Garda made a presentation and they emphasised that road accidents caused by speed, drink and drugs are a problem as well as on line scams and romance frauds.
Leave a low energy light on at night time, preferably one with a high light output..Use a non-slip shower or bath mat.  Make sure wires or cords, such as from lamps or telephones, do not trail where you walk. Arrange furniture so that you can easily move around all your rooms.  Keep the floors clear from items such as papers and books that could cause you to trip, Remove rugs or use non-slip tape or backing so rugs will not slip. Consider installing hand rails on both sides of the stairs.  Ask your relatives and neighbours for help if you need it. Keep their phone numbers on a list beside your phone.  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:    HSE Mental Health Information Line 1800111888.  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 [email protected] Monday to Friday 10am – 1pm. 01 2107906.  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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