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Community notices Feb 6th

PROLUGUE:  “When you know your worth, no one can make you feel worthless.”

DEATH: We offer our sympathy to the family of John ( Sean) Fitzgerald late of Tralee and Dromtrasna Harnett whose funeral took place during the week. We also offer our sympathies to the family of the late Kathleen (Kay) Fitzgerald, New Street whose funeral took place on Monday last.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE IN AID OF THE KERRY EMIGRANTS:  An afternoon tea dance in aid of the Kerry Emigrants will take place in Tomáisíns, Lisselton on Sunday, February 25 with music by Eddie Lee.  Admission €10.

GLÓRACH FILM:  The Korean/American film ‘Past Lives’ will be our next screening on Sunday, March 10th.  Oscar nominated, the film examines the story of Nora and Hae Sung, classmates at primary school in Seoul, who have their deep friendship ended abruptly when Nora’s family emigrates.  Two decades later, they meet in New York and over one week address notions of chance and circumstance and the choices people make that create a life.  The reviews have been extremely positive, make sure not to miss this one.  The film will commence at the same time of 7.30 pm, and tickets can be booked at 0871383940www.glorachabbeyfeale.com or at the door on the evening.

SPRING BREAK:   Maureen Finnegan is off on holidays and she says “ We will be staying in the Great Northern 4* Hotel with complimentary use of the Leisure Centre and dancing in the Atlantic Ballroom each night. Bed and breakfast and choice of delicious menu dinner each evening after we return from our day out.  We will be visiting a different venue each day and totally different.  We are taking bookings now.  For more information and booking contact Maureen 087 9845102.”

A TRIBUTE TO THE LATE FR. TIM GALVIN:  On Saturday, February 10 following the 6.30pm Mass which will be offered to mark his 1st anniversary, Fran Leahy originally from New St. and who volunteered with Fr. Tim in 2015 and 2016 as well as returning again in 2023 following his untimely death will present a slide show showcasing some of the work that was enabled by the donations Fr. Tim received from home.  It will take place at St. Ita’s Day Care Centre and tea and biscuits will be served.   Everyone is welcome.

ALERT:   Limerick City and County Council advise Road Users and Businesses that Water main Replacement and Road Pavement Works will take place from the Church of Assumption in Abbeyfeale to Mount Mahon from Monday 29th of January - Friday 29th of March .

GALA CONCERT:  A fundraising concert in aid of Tournafulla Community Hall on Saturday, February 10 will star Denis Curtin, Donie Nolan and friends, The Wright Sisters, Willie and John Larkin, Tournafulla Church Choir and the local Wrenboy Group. Tickets are available from The Homestead.  Doors open at 8pm.

GETTING MARRIED IN 2024 CHURCH REQUIREMENTS:  While a couple need only give three months’ notice of their intention to marry it is common practice for a couple to book the church a long time in advance. It is important to contact the Parish Office to make sure that the church is available on the day you require. Arrange to meet the priest of the parish. The meetings of the couple with their priest are a key part of the preparation process. These meetings are an opportunity for a couple to reflect on what Christian marriage asks of them. The priest will also advise the couple about the various documents that are required before the marriage can take place. A person getting married in the Church will need to get a Certificate of Baptism from the parish in which they were baptised and a Certificate of Confirmation from the parish in which they were confirmed. These documents should be issued no less than six months prior to the date of marriage. Letters of freedom are also required. The priest will explain to the couple how they can obtain these documents. The rules governing freedom to marry in the Catholic Church can be complicated for some individuals. The best advice is for all couples to contact their local priest well in advance to talk through the documentation required. It is advised that all couples planning to get married in the Church should attend a Pre-Marriage course. This should be done shortly after a couple get engaged.

“THE BANSHHEE OF CROKEY HILL”  Abbeyfeale Drama Group present “The Banshee of Crokey Hill” by Tommy Marren at the Glórach on Tuesday, February 13, Thursday 15, Saturday 17, Sunday 18 and the following week.

DRAMA AND WELLBEING CLASSES 5-12 YEAR OLDS:  Glórach Theatre starting February 3 from 3 – 4.30pm.

SOCIAL DANCING CLASSES:  Waltzing, jiving etc have started in the Plaza Hall, Listowel on Monday, January 22 for Beginners: 7.00-8.00 pm, Advanced: 8.00-9.00 pm. For bookings, please contact 087 7541631.

CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY:  Celebrate with Afternoon Tea in Kerry Writers’ Museum in Listowel on Wednesday 14th February, from 3pm to 5pm, for an afternoon filled with prosecco, gourmet sandwiches, homemade scones, and a mouth-watering selection of bite-size desserts.

To make this occasion even more special, we will have live entertainment to serenade you!

Tickets are available at just €20 per person. Ticket Office on 068 22212.


VISIT THE RELIC OF ST. BRIGID:  Maureen is off again;  “We will be going to visit the Relic of St. Brigid in Kildare and also taking in visit to Newbridge Silver who at the moment have a sale on. We will stop at Barack Obama’s for breakfast on the way up and dinner on the homeward journey. Fitzpatrick’s bus will be picking up passengers in the Square Listowel at 9.30am. Abbeyfeale opposite church bus stop 9.45am.  NCW opposite the Longcourt House Hotel at bus stop at 10am. Rathkeale outside Hotel 10.15.am Adare Heritage Centre at 10.30am. and South Court Hotel car park 10.45am.  For more information and booking contact Maureen 087 9845102.

BINGO IN MOUNTCOLLINS:  A fundraising Mega Bingo with €2,000 in prize money as well as a huge raffle takes place in the Community Centre on Sunday, February 11 at 3pm sharp.

SCRIBBLING FOR CHARITY:  West Limerick author, Pat McLoughlin recently launched his 6th book ‘The Unbreakable Dream’. It was launched by Minister, Patrick O’ Donovan at Longcourt House Hotel in Newcastle West.  The proceeds from the novel will go to Milford Care Centre/Hospice to whom Pat has already presented a cheque for €1250.00.  A few remaining copies of the book are still available at Siopa Milsean.

KATIE GOING ON TOUR:  Written by Therése Prendeville, granddaughter of the great MaryJo whose appearances on stage in Abbeyfeale back in the day are the stuff of legend “Katie” will be in St. John’s on Thursday, April 11, the Schoolyard Theatre, Charleville on Saturday, April 20 and back in the Glórach on Sunday, April 21.  I saw this play in the Glórach before Christmas and the very thought of it sends shivers down my spine – the storyline and the acting are just so powerful.  Take any chance you get to see it.

COLAISTE IDE DINGLE OPEN DAY: Saturday, February 24 from 10.00am to 3pm. Call 066 915 1211.

YOGA CLASSES:  Yoga classes are held in Fr. Casey’s Club house every Monday evening from-8.30pm with Mike Houlihan.

CELEBRATE WITH THE HEALY RAE’S:  A dance will be held at The Gleneagle Killarney celebrating 50 years in Politics by the Healy Rae’s on Friday, February 9 at 8.30pm.

LOUGH DERG PILGRIMAGES: Three Day Pilgrimages begins Friday, May 31 until Thursday 15th August.  https://www.loughderg.org/2024season/

CAMINO: A group from Athea are hoping to do 100km of the Camino Frances from Sarria to Santiago from June 12-19. Average walk 20km per day, please contact Denise on 086-6095716.

ST.ITA’S DAY CARE AND SHELTERED HOUSING:  Meals on Wheels – Available to Everyone.  Collect from the Centre or have it delivered.  Monday, February 5 Closed. Tuesday, February 6 Chicken Maryland or Pork Chop.  Wednesday, February 7 Beef Stew or Chicken Fillet. Thursday, February 8 Glazed Ham or Lamb Chop  Friday, February 8 Fish of the Day or Meat Alternative.  Please let us know if you require a Gluten Free option.  Price List Soup €1, Main Meal €7, Half portion €5.  Plate of Vegetables and Potatoes €3.  Dessert €2.  Contact 068 51850.

CHURCH NOTES:  Co Parish Priests of the Pastoral Area:   Fr Denis Mullane 087/2621911 Fr Tony Mullins 087/2600414 Fr Willie Russell 087/2272825 Fr Dan Lane (Retired) 087/2533030 Fr James Ambrose (Retired) Tel 087/7740753.   Divine Mercy Meetings will take place every Monday evening after 7 pm 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.

Mass Intentions for the coming week: Thursday 10am Larry Corbett. Johnny Stack Purt . Intentions for next weekend 6.30pm Jim Aherne, Shanbally . Peter Scannell Clash Road . Fr Tim Galvin Kilmanihan Brosna / Sudan 1st Anniversary. Jerry O’Riordan, Dromtrasna Harnett.   Sunday10am Mary & Tommy Mann, Church St. 12noon Betty Harnett, Dromtrasna O’Brien 1st Anniversary and her husband Joe’s Months Mind. Sean & Vera Broderick, New Street . Willie Riordan, Upper Purt . Nell O’Mahony, Collins Park 20th Anniversary . Divine Mercy Meetings take place every Monday evening at 7.30pm. Adult Choir practice every Wednesday evening at 7.30pm.  Advice Helpline Are open to dealing with your queries Monday to Friday. You can contact between 9:30am and 4:15pm by phone on 0761-07-5780, or by email at [email protected] Aware Depression & Bipolar Disorder Support www.aware.ie Tel: Freephone 1800 80 48 48 (available 7 days, 10am-10pm). Email: [email protected] Bodywhys Eating Disorders Associations of Ireland www.bodywhys.ie Email: [email protected] 01 2107906. Information and Support for Birth Mothers – whose babies were placed for adoption may be found at www.birthinfo.ie or by calling the relevant section of TUSLA at +353 818 445 500.  Grow Mental Health- Friendly Community based groups for anyone experiencing mental health issue through 12 Step Program of connection, hope, identity by empowering people to nurture their positive wellbeing by supporting personal growth through education, peer support and self-teaching. Based in 33 Henry Street and Croom, several meetings including new meeting on Monday 11-1pm. Contact Michael 086-6063182/Celia 0861526966/Www.grow.ie Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage is back in its full capacity for 2024, bringing a full team of workers and assisted pilgrims. If you know someone (family member, neighbour, friend etc.) who would like to travel as part of our assisted pilgrim section please let them know. Further information available from Limerick Diocesan Office on 061-350000.

ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT:  Takes place each Friday in the Sacristy in Duagh Church from 3pm until public rosary at 7pm followed by Mass at 7.30pm.  It also takes place in Abbeyfeale Blessed Sacrament Chapel following Mass in the church at 10am and continues until 7pm.  Adoration will be held on Wednesday ,Thursday and Friday during Lent starting on Ash Wednesday February 14.  . You are invited to commit to an hour by writing your name on the chart.

ST. JOSEPH’S YOUNG PRIESTS:   The monthly meeting of St Joseph’s Young Priests Society will take place on Tuesday, February 6th  at 7.30pm in the parish office. All are welcome.

DIVINE MERCY CONFERENCE:   A bus will be travelling to the Divine Mercy conference at the RDS on February23/24/25.  Contact Paudie 0868630511 or Megan 08301288329 for details.

USED CANDLES:  Thank you to each and every one of you who have already sent stamps and collected used candles.  Can I please point out that plastic
ornamental candles are of no use.    Please continue the good work and again many, many thanks.  Please mention to the Sacristan in your church about the used candles, the Christmas Wreath candles are only used for that year and new candles are used next year.   God Bless,Maureen   087 9845102.

PADRE PIO DEVOTIONS:  ST PIO devotions in Castleisland Church on February 13th 2024 – (Second Tuesday).

RAMBLING House in Tarbert on last Saturday of the month.  Listowel the last Thursday of the month.  Knockanure Rambling House first Thursday in the month.  Ita’s Rambling House at the Desmond Complex is on the 3rd. Friday each month.  Knocalucka is on the 3rd. Tuesday of the month.

PARKRUN in Listowel takes place every Saturday morning from 9:30am.

MEDJUGORJE PILGRIMAGES 2024 1st—8th May 2024 & 18th—25th Sept 2024. Cost €510. For further information contact Tom Collins: 086 8380406.

ABBEYFEALE COMMUNITY ALERT: This is internet safety week – every person who uses the internet should register with webwise.ie and learn how to stay safe and keep their families safe.  When there is a  weather alert  check in on your elderly neighbours.   Don’t share any bank codes.  Hang up on callers wanting to fix your computer.  Don’t make investment decisions – get independent financial advice. Be wary of requests for money from family members – ring them and check it out. Unfortunately, some people send emails pretending to be from the bank.  They are usually looking for security details.  The bank will never ask customers to provide details of debit or credit card details through email or links in an email.  Once you reach the age of 65 and 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 for long periods of the day 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.  Please note that this fee has increased by €6 and is payable in a lump sum each year after year one.  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.  Committee members are Michael O’Kelly N.T., Seamus Stack, Mossie Gleeson, Kathleen Collins, Mary McArthur, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Susan Daly, Catherine Daly, Marian Harnett

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