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Community notices 8th June 2022

PROLOGUE: All dreams are within reach.  All you have to do is keep moving towards them.  Viola Davis.

DEATH: Fr Charlie O’Neill RIP 1925 – 2022.  Former curate in Abbeyfeale, Fr Charlie O’Neill died peacefully on Sunday 26th May in Beech Lodge Nursing Home, Bruree. Fr O’Neill or Fr Cha as he was known served as a curate here in Abbeyfeale from 1967 to 1979. Parishioners remember him affectionately as a kind and humble priest who served the people of Abbeyfeale with great simplicity and dedication. While he was in Abbeyfeale he was very involved in the Community Games and other sporting clubs. Parishioners have lovely memories of Fr Cha, and we include him in our prayers this weekend.  We offer our sympathy to his family and friends. May his gentle soul rest in peace.  We also offer our sympathies to Mairéad and family on the death of Gerard Curtin, Brosna.  May he rest in peace.

GLASSES FOUND:  Contact Noreen Barry’s Playschool, New Street if you lost yours.

DANAHER MCGRATH TRUST SCHOLARSHIP:  Young people from Athea, Abbeyfeale, Mountcollins, Tournafulla and Templeglantine are invited to apply for a range of scholarships  from a minimum of €2,000 to a maximum of €5,000 that are open to full time college students.  Application forms are available from Abbeyfeale Credit Union, local secondary schools or Woulfe Murphy Solicitors.  Closing date is August 31 and terms and conditions apply.

A CALL OUT FOR SUMMER CLOTHES: – Ukrainian children boys & girls 4 to 10 years.  T shirts, shorts, pants, dresses, shoes, runners, sandals etc.  Clothes in good condition that your children have grown out of.  These can be dropped out to the Ardagh Community Centre anytime between 8. 30am – 4p.m.Monday to Saturday.  They are still looking for bikes for adults and children so that they could use the Greenway.

PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK:  The Abbeyfeale Eucharistic Adoration Committee are planning a pilgrimage to Knock Shrine on Saturday 18th of June. If you are interested in making this pilgrimage please contact Kathleen Kennelly or Theresa O’Connor.  Interested parishioners from Athea, Mountcollins,Tournafulla and Templeglantine are very welcome to join with us.

PADRE PIO CASTLEISLAND:  Prayer Meeting Tuesday, June 21 at 7.30pm will include the Final witness given by the late Fr. Pat Moore. He literally told us how to manage a terminal illness in the final stages of life.   Will, we ever forget the mantra “Do not get stuck in the Pot-Holes but always aim for the Horizon of light”

GLÓRACH BINGO;  The signs on the approach roads to Abbeyfeale seem to have done the trick with large crowds attending our indoor Bingo at the Glórach, every Monday night starting at 8 pm.

CONCERT FOR UKRAINE:  Sincere thanks to all who supported the recent concert held in
support of the Refugees from Ukraine. Thanks to all who sponsored the raffle prizes, made individual donations, sold tickets and attended the concert. €4,270 has  been raised so
far. Our thanks to all who performed at the concert and made it such an enjoyable event for all who attended. Thanks to all who helped organise the concert and to all who assisted in the
church on Friday night. We keep the people of Ukraine and all others around the world who are impacted by war and violence in our thoughts and prayers.

HOT DESK:  WorkBase 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.

SCHOOL CELEBRATES IT’S CENTENARY: Athea National School are celebrating 100 years on Friday, June 10 at 12:00pm.

LIMERICK GARDEN AND FOOD FAIR: plant, garden & food fair, part of Limerick Garden Festival 2022  will take place on Sunday, June 19 at the Milk Market, Limerick.

HELP TO STOP SMOKING:  “Quit Mid West is a Free Local HSE stop smoking service with clinics in your area. Quitting is much more likely to be successful with the right support, but many people still try to quit alone”. This month our Stop Smoking Advisor Stacey gives some top tips for beating cigarette cravings! HSE Quit Mid West – Dealing With Cravings – YouTube   To request a call back from a stop smoking advisor phone Quit Mid West on 065 6865841 or email      [email protected]

SAFE DRIVING SKILLS:   Tractor Driving Skills” course for 14- to 16-year-olds which will take place in Listowel, Tralee and Castleisland Marts between  June 27-29.  . Cost €35. Contact Helen 068-23429.

CHORAL EVENING Sunday June 12 at 7pm in St. John’s Church in aid of Lebanon Trust. Featuring St. John’s Church Choir, Kerry Chamber Choir, Kerry School of Music Orchestra and Solo Performers. Tickets  available at the door on the night. Doors open at 6.30pm.

OBERAMMERGAU PASSION PLAY:   August 7 -14.. Places for this Bavarian Event are available.  Spiritual Director – Fr. Dan O’Riordan.  Contact Premier Travel – 0214277700 or email [email protected]

CONCERT: Recovery Haven Kerry and a number of Kerry musicians and singers will have a gala summer concert at Tralee’s Ballyroe Heights Hotel on Sunday, June 19th.

ALONE:  They are currently looking for befriending volunteers. Support and Befriending is a supported one-to-one relationship between a volunteer and an older person who has been linked in with ALONE. The ALONE Support and Befriending service provides companionship and practical support to older people who would like extra social contact through a weekly volunteer visit. The Support and Befriending service is designed to reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness, provide assistance to solve everyday problems and enable older people to feel secure at home. Visit www.alone.ie for more details and to sign up.

AIB COMMUNITY ONE MILLION FUND:  The AIB Group has launched the AIB Community €1 Million Fund to support over 30 charitable organisations in communities across Ireland. Nominations will close on 22 June 2022. The nomination  form and details on the AIB Community €1 Million Fund are available on the bank’s website. Customers and the public are required to submit the registration number of the charity they are nominating in order to complete the form.

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.

A CHANCE TO WIN TWO GARTH BROOKS CONCERT TICKETS:  PRO of the Christmas Lights committee Wioleta Kelly has been in touch:  Hi, I’m Wioleta and I’m messaging you on behalf of the Abbeyefeale Christmas Lights Committee. We have a raffle where you are in with a chance to win 2 tickets for the Garth Brooks concert this September. All money from the raffle will go towards buying more lights for our town.  Here is a link to our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Win2xGarthBrooksConcertTickets

HOME CARERS:  Affordable Live-in Homecare provides live-in carers for the elderly in your area. If you are looking for a live-in carer for your relative, please call Eileen or Tom today on 087 991 6791 or 087 744 0729.  Website is www.alhomecare.ie

THIRD AGE CHARITY:  ‘Failte Isteach’is a community project involving predominately older volunteers welcoming migrants through conversational English classes.  The project provides the necessary language skills to new migrants in a student centred, welcoming and inclusive manner while involving older volunteers and recognising their skills, expertise and contribution to the community.  For more information log on to www. thirdageireland.ie/failte-isteach/locations.

LEAVING AND JUNIOR CERT STUDENTS: The Leaving and Junior Cert exams begin on Wednesday, June 8.  During the period of exams, we will have a special prayer space set up in the church dedicated to exam students.  We assure all students of our prayers at this time.

KERRY FLEADH ;  It will take place over two weekends, 11th/12th June and 18th/19th June and will be held in the Dúchas Comhaltas Centre in Tralee.

CAMPA MHUIRE: Free online Catholic Faith Camp for children aged 5-12. The four day Summer Camp running from July 27th – 30th, Tuesday to Friday will include Music and Action Songs, Arts and Crafts, into the Deep Bible Stories, games, drama, live streamed daily Mass and more. No need to register, check out www.holyfamilymission.ie/camp-mhuire-mhathair

DAY CARE CENTRE:  Now open to visitors every Tuesday.  Contact Jane on 068 51850.

preparation facilitators.   If you have a positive attitude towards marriage in the Catholic
Church.  If you have the enthusiasm to be part of the Accord team in supporting couples who are preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage.Accord wants to hear from you.   Successful applicants will receive professional training and will be part of a team delivering marriage preparation courses locally. Contact Aisling on 01-505 3112 for application
forms and additional information.

MEALS ON WHEELS NOW AVAILABLE FROM ST. ITA’S DAY CARE CENTRE:  Meals on Wheels are available from the Centre – to book a delivery ring 068 51850.

LOUGH DERG THREE DAY PILGRIMAGE:  The season opens on Wednesday, June 1 and runs until August 15,   (Saturday,  August 13 is
final day to begin the Pilgrimage).Admission €80 | Booking advised | Concessions
available for students, seniors and groups.  All booking info, including organised parish groups available at www.loughderg.org,email [email protected] or telephone 0(0353)
71 9861518.  Lough Derg, Pettigo, Co Donegal, F94 N289

ORCHARD FOSTERING: Ireland is experiencing a shortage of foster carers, and we need your help. If you would like to help support a child or young person in need, contact Orchard Fostering today on(021) 2038332 or visit www.orchardfostering.ie

RADIO MARIA IRELAND: Catholic Radio with a full programme, daily of catechesis, prayer, daily Mass, rosary, Stations of the Cross, Angelus, etc. You can listen by tuning into Saorview on your Television Channel 210 / Internet: www.radiomaria.ie

PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES:  If you are interested in travelling to Lourdes this September 22-27 contact Fr. Tony.  Staying at the Hotel La Solitude, complimentary group insurance, cost €789.  Pilgrims must be fully vaccinated to travel as part of this group.

CITIZENS ADVICE:  They are available to deal with queries Monday to Friday between 9.30am – 4.15pm and can be contacted by phone on 0818075780 or by email [email protected]

CHURCH NEWS:   Fr Tony Mullins 0872600414, Fr Dan Lane (Retired) 087/2533030, Fr Denis Mullane 087/26219.  Fr Dan Lane will be on call every Wednesday. Fr Mullins will not be available on Wednesdays. Fr Lane can be contacted on 087-2533030  www.abbeyfealeparish.ie email [email protected] Church Sacristy 068 -51915 Parish Office 068 -31133.  Confessions every Saturday evening at 6pm.. To book a Mass intention contact the church before or after Mass on 068 51915.  Intentions for next weekend:  Saturday  6.30pm D P Woulfe, Bridge Street 1st Anniversary.  Sunday 10am Frances & Charlie Fealey, The Hill.  Bridget & Timmy Harnett, Ballaugh .  Nell & Jack Gleeslon, Killarney Road.  12noon Rita Hernon, Hillary Close Month Mind.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament after 10am Mass until 8pm  every Friday.  Fr Denis and Fr Tony are assisted in the overall running of the five churches in the pastoral area by the Pastoral Area Council.  The Pastoral Area Council is comprised of representative of the five churches in the area along with the priests of the area.  There are 16 Pastoral Areas in the diocese. In the very near future there will be just two priests serving in each pastoral area in the diocese.  In recent weeks parishes have been returning to basket collection at weekend masses. Here in the parish of Abbeyfeale, we plan to return to the basket collection in the near future. For this to happen efficiently we need six people per mass to help with the collections. We are seeking volunteers to help. If you can oblige, please leave your name and mass preference into the sacristy after Mass. We thank you in anticipation of your help .  Some of the changes taking place in the parish of Abbeyfeale include new arrangements for funerals and baptisms.  After consultation with the Pastoral Area Council, and the parish councils in each of the five parishes, it was agreed, that due to the number of Sunday Masses celebrated in the five churches in the area, it will no longer be possible to have funeral Masses on a Sunday. 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. Baptisms in Athea will be celebrated on the third Saturday of the month during the summertime at 2.30p m and the third Sunday of the month in wintertime at 12noon.  Baptisms booked in prior to these new arrangements will be celebrated on the date they are booked for. To book in a baptism in Abbeyfeale call to the sacristy after Mass at 10.30a.m Tuesday – Friday or after any of the weekend Masses or ring 068/51915 during Mass time.  For further information contact the sacristy after Mass or telephone 068-51915 any morning between 10.00am and 10.45pm.  The Vatican announced on Monday that Catholics can obtain a plenary indulgence by visiting an elderly person on the second World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly.  A decree issued by the Apostolic Penitentiary on May 30 said that the indulgence is available “to the faithful who devote adequate time to visit, in presence or virtually, through the media, their elderly brothers and sisters in need or in difficulty” on July 24.  The indulgence can also be gained by Catholics present at a solemn commemoration of the annual event by Pope Francis that day or at celebrations around the world.  Prayer to Find What Is Lost; St. Anthony, when you prayed, your stolen book of prayers was given back to you. Pray now for all of us who have lost things precious and dear. Pray for all who have lost faith, hope or the friendship of God. Pray for us who have lost friends or relatives by death. Pray for all who have lost peace of mind or spirit. Pray that we may be given new hope, new faith, and new love. Pray that lost things, needful and helpful to us, may be returned to our keeping. Or, if we must continue in our loss, pray that we may be given Christ’s comfort and peace. Am

FOLLOW THE FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS FROM GALILEE TO JERUSALEM 2022:  Take the trip of a lifetime to the Holy Land from August 31 – September 10 with Group Leader Mícheál de Barra and Spiritual Director,Fr. John Newman ( a Scripture Scholar).    For further information ring Micheál de Barra on 086 8337681 or email [email protected]


SOCIAL FARMING: Social Farming is the practice of offering activity on family farms as a form of Social Support service. In Social Farming the farm remains a working farm at its core but invites people to participate in the day-to-day activities on the farm. Interested farmers & farm families who would like to hear more about Social Farming please contact Eadaoin, at West Limerick Resources CLG, on 087 366 3842 or email her [email protected]

TEA DANCE: Ballybunion Sunday June 26th in aid of Eddie Carey who will be travelling to Kenya to build Reach Houses for young girls used in sex Trafficking.

BACK ON TRACK:  Debt Solutions:  Debt Relief Notice – You may be eligible for a DRN if a. Your unsecured debts are €35,000 or less.  b,  You do not have a mortgage or own a property or other large asset. c You have €60 or less left after reasonable living expenses each month – the Approved Intermediary will go through this with you. d. You meet the criteria for having very little assets apart from some essential items of value. e. You have not been granted a DRN before.  Approved Intermediaries (AIs) can be found on www. backontrack.ie

HI DIGITAL Learn essential skills at Hi Digital.   It’s a step by step course designed for anyone who needs a bit of help developing their digital skills, particularly those who have rarely or never been online ( often 65+).  It has been developed as a free online course by Vodafone Ireland Foundation, in partnership with Active Retirement Ireland and ALONE.  To register email hidigital @ activeir.ie or freephone 1800203030.

LIVING WELL:  This is a programme for adults with long term health conditions.  It is suitable for those over 18 and living with one or more long term health conditions or caring for someone with a long term health condition.  It is not suitable for people with significant memory or learning difficulties.  A free Living Well programme runs for 6 weeks with one workshop of two and a half hours per weekend.  For further details contact Philip Hennessy on 087 1799396 or email [email protected] or Liz Cox on 087 1799392 [email protected]

GLIN NEWS: Glin Triathlon will take place on the 3rd September.

Swimming Lessons Glin Pier; Limerick County Water Safety are delighted to announce that swimming/lifesaving classes will take place this summer at Glin Pier (subject to availability of instructors). Week 1 – Registration 3rd July at 12p.m. at Glin Pier. Classes commence on Monday 4th July for the week. Week 2 – Registration 14th August at 12p.m at Glin Pier. Classes commence on Monday 15th August for the week.

The Estuary Swim will take place on the 23rd July.

AIB COMMUNITY FUND:  AIB Group has launched the AIB Community €1 Million Fund to support over 30 charitable organisations in communities across Ireland. Nominations will close on 22 June 2022.

BEREAVED: Anam Cara Kerry, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding it’s monthly Parent Evening for bereaved parents on Tuesday 14th June at 7:15pm in the Meadowlands Hotel, Tralee Co. Kerry. This event is free and open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether their death was recent or not. We also offer an online support group, and you can get further information on this by contacting us in [email protected].

WRITERS WEEK BOOKLAUNCH:   Ballylongford native Mary Sweeney née Kennelly a niece of the late Brendan Kennelly has written a book called “Into the Grey” which explains the emotional strains when caring for a loved one with Dementia which  is available in all good bookshops.

GRASSROOTS GAA:   Stories are being collected for publication, details from 086 821 7631, or contact [email protected]

POETRY: Michael Hartnett Poetry Award Competition Deadline: June 17.   The Michael Hartnett Poetry Award is now open for submissions. This year, the award will be for collections of poems in English. The award will be made to the winning poet on the basis of a third, or subsequent book of poetry, published in the last two years, i.e. 2020 – 2021.

SIAMSA TIRE: are delighted to announce that auditions will take place from 16th to 18th June to attract the best of traditional young talent aged 7 to 12 years to the Folk Training Academy. These auditions are by appointment only and candidates must have an Irish dance step and a song prepared and/or music (bring your own instrument). Contact 066 7123055 to arrange an appointment.

SCEILG MHICHÍL: The Unesco site reopened on May 14.  The landing boat tour departs daily between 8.30 – 9.30am from Portmagee and costs approximately €140. A non landing boat tour also leaves from Portmagee every day and costs approximately €50.

COMMUNITY ALERT:  Stay off Tinder but if you must, the second he. asks for money, no matter how often he told you that you’re the woman for him – lose him.  No man asks for money when he’s in a relationship if he’s a real man.  Another one we’ve been notified of is a text message from PTSB advising you that there has been unusual activity on your card and to click on the link – needless to say don’t click on any link.  Most people have online banking so if you’re worried about ‘unusual activity’ just check the app on your phone to reassure yourself.  If you haven’t the app then ring your bank ; Bank of Ireland 0818 365 365/ AIB 0818 724 724.  If you suffer from a gambling addiction there is a counsellor/psychotherapist available at the Listowel Family Resource Centre.  Further information from 068 23584/0873684490.  Stay safe in the water. “Get in warm, get out warm”.  Make sure you can be seen.  Wear a brightly coloured swim cap and have a tow float so that other swimmers can see you.  If you do get into trouble stay calm, float, do not fight the waves or current. Always supervise paddling pools. Stay safe on line, if you are going on holidays don’t tell people until you’re back, Time enough then to post your holiday snaps.  Click on no link.  Don’t give any details of your credit card, keep the pin number to yourself and don’t carry the card and the pin together.  Wear a Hi Viz jacket when walking at any time of the day and it’s no harm either to turn on your parking lights when driving and help to make yourself visible on the road.  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: Bodywhys Eating Disorders Associations of Ireland www.bodywhys.ie Email:

[email protected] 01 210790.   If you are experiencing domestic abuse, #CoerciveControl reach out and talk to someone you trust. Call or Text our support team on  057 9351886/0860419154.  COVID-19 Support Line for Older People: The support line is open every day, 8am-8pm, by calling 081 822 2024.  Hospice Bereavement Line 1800807077 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 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 during this time of unprecedented stress & pressure during these weeks of COVID-19. 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.

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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