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Community notices 10th July 2023

PROLOGUE:  “ One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well”.  Virginia Woolf from A room of One’s Own.

CONGRATULATIONS:  Delighted to hear that Mike and staff of the Meat Counter in SuperValu received an award for Exceptional Performance in food safety at the Musgraves retail food safety awards recently.

COFFEE MORNING:  There will be a coffee morning in St. Ita’s Day Care Centre on Saturday, July 15 from 11-2pm in aid of the Primary and Secondary Schools in the parish of St. Mary Magdalen, Riwoto, South Sudan.  This is the parish where the late Fr. Tim Galvin served for many years before his untimely passing last February.  Fran Leahy originally of New Street, Abbeyfeale went to St. Mary Magadalen in 2015 and again in 2016 as a volunteer in the Primary School.  She is returning there in September for 3 months.  All funds raised will go directly to fund the two schools.  Your support will be appreciated.   A raffle will also take place with a hamper for 1st. prize.

ST. ITA’S HALL RENOVATION WORKS:  The Management committee wish to advise that the Hall is now closed to the public until early February 2024 to allow for the refurbishment and upgrade of the Hall, recently funded under the Community Centres Investment fund.

NEW TAXI BUSINESS IN TOWN:  Good luck to Ronnie Murphy who has set up a taxi business.  Contact number is 087 1681389.

WEST LIMERICK SINGING CLUB:  The Club will host a major Singing and Storytelling Session on Friday, August 4 in The Ramble Inn, Church St.  The full session will be recorded by John Prendergast for his ‘What Matters Programme’.

ARRIVE AND JIVE:  A four week jiving course starts in Brosna Hall on Friday, September 1st.  Contact Tom on 087 3995877.

MAUREEN’S OUTING NEXT SUNDAY:  We are starting our day picking up passengers at 8.30am. Listowel the Square, Abbeyfeale opposite the church 8.45am. and Newcastle West opposite the Longcourt House Hotel bus stop  at 9am on Sunday, July 16.   Fitzpatrick’s bus will then take us to Cork City Goal we have our own guided tour at 10.30am.which last for 45 minutes. This is a very interesting tour and you will be surprised at what you see and learn.  There are stairs with a handrail which takes us to different level. Once we have completed the tour there will be free time in Cork City where there is soo much to see and do, no shortage of places to get refreshments and of course lots for those who are interested in Retail Therapy.  We leave on board our bus at 3.30pm.travel via Killarney to Castleisland for dinner at 5.30pm. in the River Island Hotel for choice of starter, main course , dessert and tea &  coffee.. For more information and booking your seat contact Maureen Finnegan 087 9845102.

ABBEYFEALE TOURIST OFFICE:  Almost twenty Volunteers each donate three hours a week to cover the hours of 10am-1pm for the months of June, July and Aug. The Tourist Office is located at the Workbase E-Hub on Main Street, following collaboration between the Management of the Building and Abbeyfeale Community Council. For more info email [email protected] If you’re in town any morning give a call in.

WEDNESDAY CLUB HOST A COFFEE MORNING:  The club will be hosting a coffee morning in memory of the late Bridie O’Shea, Clash Cross at the Ploughman on Friday, July 21 with all proceeds to Adapt Limerick.  They will also collect toiletries, underwear etc. for the women who use the services of Adapt.  A raffle will also take place and your kind support is requested.  For many years Bridie coordinated a clothes pick up at her home which were distributed to the homeless in Limerick.

WALK FOR JIM:  After he received a diagnosis of terminal cancer the late Jim O’Connor, Rathoran had been planning to organise a walk for the cancer bus but events overtook him and he died on Christmas Day 2022.  His wife and family have taken on the mantle of organising the walk and it’s now planned for Sunday, September 24 on the Kingdom of Kerry Greenway from Abbeyfeale to Listowel and starting at 11am.  The walk will be in aid of the Cork Kerry Bus operated by the Kerry Cancer Support Group.

ST. JOSEPH’S YOUNG PRIESTS:  Meet on the first Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm in the Parish Office except for July and August.

FIRESIDE MEMORIES:  Following the inclusion of Margaret O’Connor-O’Shea’s poem entitled ‘The June Fair’ in the Abbeyfeale notes, I received the following from Margaret Farrell:  “Yes, I remember the fairs well, battling our way through the cattle and crowds to school.  We would go down town at lunch time, selling tickets for the Convent Chapel fund, or some other worthy cause.  Our delight would be watching and listening to the old Cork stall ladies trying to flog their second hand clothes.. Their banter was something to behold.  Yes, the 29th of June brought out the musicians and Jack Fitz’s pub was the venue where it all happened.  Any fair was no good without a few good fights taking place, often across the road in front of the Church.  There was a thatched house next to the pub and the woman who lived there and whose name escapes me right now, would be out with her sweeping brush, not only to sweep up but a weapon of war to send the fighters on their way.  Kitsy Cotter would be in her element on the other side giving them a tongue lashing, present day comedy would not hold candle light with the amusement this would provide.  Coming down from school on a fair day was something to behold.  God be good to them all”.

TIDY TOWN VOLUNTEERS:  A group of volunteers get together every Sunday morning to clean around the Square and Main St.  They do a great job but more people are always needed.

DIVINE MERCY PRAYER GROUP:  The weekly Divine Mercy prayer group have resumed meeting after the 7pm Mass every Monday.  New members are always welcome.

VISITOR CENTRE; Glin Knights Visitor Centre open daily 10am – 5pm. Next to Glin Library.  Free admission.

LARTIGUE MONORAIL:  From May 1st throughout the summer until October 1st, the Lartigue will operate every afternoon from 1pm to 4.30pm in Listowel.

IRISH SIGN LANGUAGE COURSES:  Certified and non certified Irish Sign Language courses will begin in September 2023 at the College of further education, Mountmahon.  Students will be introduced to the Irish Sign Language Dictionary, use common phrases to communicate non verbally, develop vocabulary and language skills and much more. Other courses being offered this September include Beginners Computers and QQI Level 5 Bookeeping . Further information from www. collegeoffet.ie/abbeyfeale or phone 068 31198.

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.  Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel from after 10am Mass until 7pm each Friday.  There is a chart at the back of the altar where you are asked to fill in an hour at the time that suits you..
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in us the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and we shall be created, and you shall renew the face of the earth.

TRAIN: Car Park Closure – Colbert Station, Limerick. From Monday 30th May parking will not be available at Colbert Station Car Park, Limerick until further notice. A temporary car park will be located at Roxborough Road (beside CBS Sexton Street) – Eircode V94 Y2V1. Please allow up to 30 minutes extra to get to the station. Iarnród Éireann apologises for any inconvenience caused.

YOUTH 2000: Join young people between 16 and 35 this August at the Youth2000 Summer Festival. The festival takes place in Clongowes Wood College,Clane, Co Kildare from Thursday 10th August to Sunday 13th August. The festival includes inspiring talks, music, prayer, concert, workshops, dramas, share groups, reconciliation and healing service and Mass. Donation only and we have buses going from all over Ireland. For more information and to book your place goto www.youth2000.ie

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 to everyone Monday to Friday (except for Bank Holidays etc).  Collect from the Day Care or have it delivered.  Soup €1; Main Course €7, Half portion €5, Plate of Vegetables and Potatoes €3, Dessert €2.  The menu is put on the St Ita’s Day Care Abbeyfeale Facebook page on Friday for the following week. Monday July 10 Braised Steak or Chicken Fillet.    Tuesday July 11 Roast Turkey with stuffing or Lamb Chop.; Wednesday July Pork Chop or Beef  burger .Thursday July 13Gammon Steak or Chicken Curry.   Friday, July 14 Fish of the Day or Meat Alternative. All meals are gluten free.   Call 068 51850 for enquiries and booking. Call before 11 am on the day to order your meal.

CELTIC STEPS THE SHOW: With its Abbeyfeale connections (Murphys, Prendeville, Sweeneys) will be on stage at the Killarney Racecourse and the Brandon Conference Centre all summer long.  Keep it local.  Bookings on [email protected] or 0646618933

CITIZENS ADVICE HELPLINE:  You can contact them Monday – Friday between 9.30 -

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.

REILIG IDE NAOFA:  There is a regular clean up in the Reilig Graveyard every Tuesday from 7-9pm.  More help is always appreciated as the graveyard is quite big. In order to help with this families are encouraged to maintain their own graves and one near yours if that family is no longer able to. The committee appreciates any help you can give.“Many people walk the path of life with us, only some leave their footprints in our heart”

PADRE PIO DEVOTIONS:  Next  devotions in Castleisland will not take place again until Tuesday, September 19th at 7.30pm.

GRANDPARENTS: National Grandparents Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine on Sunday, July 23rd.   Anointing of the Sick in the Basilica at 2.30pm and at 3pm Pilgrimage Mass followed by the Rosary Procession.

WALKS DURING THE MUNSTER FLEADH CHEOIL:  On Thursday July 13 from 12 noon to 2pm as part of the Munster Fleadh events.   Discover the stories of Tralee, from its medieval roots to the town it is today as local historian Grace O’Donnell  brings you on a walking tour of historic Tralee. The North Kerry story trail historical walk of Moyvane, take a trip down memory lane, recall the people, the characters, their stories, remember the shops, the pubs, the schools, the churches, the Garda barracks, the post office, the hall, the forges, the creamery, the farmers and all who made Moyvane such a special place. The tour, led by Gabriel Fitzmaurice, will assemble at the Annamoy Bridge below the village at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 13th. Everybody is welcome. And if you have a story to share Gabriel would be delighted.

SWIM: The Annual Glin Swim will take place on 29th July, in aid of Cliona’s Foundation.

SEISIÚN:   Shows will be held by Templeglantine  Comhaltas Branch at the Devon Inn Hotel on Thursday nights commencing on July 13 at 8pm.  Seisun Bruach na Carraige Rockchapel on Tuesday nights at 9pm .  Admission €5.

KILLARNEY RACES begin on Monday, July 17.  The Galway Races start on Monday, July 31.

LISTOWEL/NEWCASTLEWEST CASTLES: Both castles are open to visitors for the summer months.  There will be guides available to conduct tours.

OFFICIAL OPENING:   The  new Dementia Day Care Centre opening took place on Friday last in Listowel, it has been operating for past two years.

KERRY DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK; will take place on the 26th of August leaving St. Mary’s Cathedral at 7.00am on Saturday the cost pp is €25.  Please Contact Sheila at the Parish Office with names and Contact Details 064 6631014 or email; [email protected] Please spread the word to those living away who might like to attend.

PADRE PIO DEVOTIONS:, Castleisland on Tuesday, September 19th at 7.30pm.

WRITERS: Creative Writers meet at the Library in Listowel on Tuesdays from 10.30 to noon every fortnight, details from 085 2351 202.

ARTS: Ballybunion Arts Festival, dates 21st to 23rd July 2023 ; arts and crafts, song, dance, walks, workshops; poetry competitions and more. https://www.facebook.com/northkerrystory

KERRY DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES will take place from September 1- 6 led by Bishop Ray. Flights from Kerry Airport.  Booking through Marian Pilgrimages Dublin.

THEATRE: St John’s Youth Theatre attend the theatre every Monday evening to work on projects. If you know a teenager who would like to join the Club that are aged between 14-20 please let us know. This Summer between July 22- 28, we will host our annual Young Film Makers Summer Workshop in association with the Young Irish Filmmakers Association Ireland. Places are limited, bookings through the St John’s Theatre Box Office 068 22566.

SWIM: Glin Pier Swimming/Lifesaving Lessons: Week 2 Registration 12 noon on Sunday 6th August at Glin Pier. Classes Commence: Monday 7th Aug to Sat 12th Aug Age: Toddlers up. Times: to be confirmed.

ACCORD ARE NOW RECRUITING;   Are you an excellent communicator with an n 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]

PILGRIMAGES:  Two pilgrimages to Medjugorjie travelling from Cork.  19th July 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 4885371 you 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.

MASSES IN ATHEA:  The weekend Mass is on Saturday evening for summertime.
NEW TOURISM ACCOMODATION;  Grainne and Toby have opened up a self catering cottage and two pods for glamping in Templeglantine just beside the
Greenway.  We wish them a great season.  Email them for further details  on [email protected]

SCEILG MHICHÍL:   has opened to visitors.  Email [email protected] for information on trips.

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.

CALLING TY STUDENTS:  “We need people who could spare just one hour on a Tuesday from 7pm. to 8pm. to help with our Special Olympics athletes who love playing Bocce in the Community Centre Newcastle West.  They are a wonderful group of people and they give us so much more than we could ever give them in love, fun and great pleasure.  I can say on behalf of all of our volunteers we really love the time spent with these beautiful people. Why don’t you come along one Tuesday and see for yourself – you would be most welcome. To help and to find out more please ring Deirdre Barrett 086 362 8629 or Maureen Finnegan 087 984510245.”

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

SUMMER CAMPS AT ST.JOHN’S; Jo Jordan and her Theatrix Theatre School Summer Camps are back this July. The camps include acting, singing, music, arts and crafts with a performance on each Friday. Camps begin on Monday, July 10 and Monday, July 31, 11am-1pm Telephone: details from  068 22566.

RAMBLING HOUSES:  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 but has finished until September.  Listowel Rambling House takes place on the last Thursday of every month from 9.15 pm in the Seanachai Centre.

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

STAMP COLLECTION:   Maureen Finnegan is still collecting stamps for charity and you can drop them to the side entrance of NCW church.  She has already sent away two black bags full and will be delighted to receive more.

MOUNT TRENCHARD house and gardens Foynes open 9am to 1pm daily -Monday to Friday, June, July and August.

WALK WITH ME:   Everyone is invited to join us walking in the Desmene, NCW every Tuesday at 11am.   We meet at the entrance to the Soccer Club Cark Park.  Limerick Sports Partnership come out each week, this a very enjoyable social event.  Looking forward to you walking with us.   Maureen Finnegan   087 9845102.

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

YOUTH: Join young people between 16 and 35 this August at the Youth 2000 Summer Festival. The festival takes place in Clongowes Wood College, Clane, Co Kildare from Thursday 10th August to Sunday 13th August 2023. The festival includes inspiring talks, music, prayer, concert, workshops, dramas, share groups, reconciliation and healing service and Mass. Donation only and we have buses going from all over Ireland. More at www.youth2000.ie

KNOCK: Pioneer Pilgrimage to Knock on Sunday 16th July.  Mass at 3pm with Anointing of the Sick beforehand at 2:30pm. Newsletters & Emblems available at PTAA stand in St John’s Rest & Care Centre or via www.pioneers.ie

TUSLA, the Child and Family Agency, are currently recruiting new foster

carers to meet the growing demands for placements given the ongoing

humanitarian crisis. To find out more about becoming a foster carer please

call 1800 226 771.


ASSOCIATION, KILLARNEY:   Join world-renowned countertenor Nils Wanderer, internationally- acclaimed soprano Sharon Lyons, along with Kerry’s only professional string orchestra Kerry Scotia Ensemble on Sunday, July 16 from 7:30-9pm in St .Mary’s Cathedral, Killarney  for an unforgettable evening of beautiful music in support of this worthy

cause. Tickets are €15 and are available from Eventbrite or on the door.

COMMUNITY ALERT SCAM ALERT:   Another  few scams.  If you get a call from someone you don’t know and they say “Can you hear me” do not reply “Yes”  Say “ I can hear you”.  It seems they can use a recording of your “Yes” to sign you up for all kinds of stuff. If you get a text mar ya from one of your children that reads like this;  “ Hi Mam, my phone is broken, this is my new mobile number.  You can save this number and delete my old one – Ignore and Delete.  Be careful about calls from Amazon Prime, if you signed up for a free months trial, at the end of it the scammers could ring you up and ask you if you want to sign up or cancel.  If you decide you want to sign up and it’s a scammer you’re dealing with they’ll be able to get your credit card details.  Ignore text messages about you supposedly passing through the tunnel and not paying.  If you don’t recognise the number don’t answer the phone, let them leave a message and then ring them back if you feel you need to. Keep your doors locked so that if you answer someone at the front door there is no danger of an accomplice coming in the back door while your attention is diverted. Banks never ask you to click onto a link – it’s either a y or a n that they require. That’s how the scammers work- put on the pressure and someone will surely fall for it. 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    .  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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