Tuesday, 16 October 2018


The old bank building on Main Street, proposed site of the new E-Hub

THERE was jubilation in six communities in West Limerick this week as their high-profile projects were awarded funding under the 2018 Town and Village Renewal Scheme, while three others around the county also made the final cut (writes Norma Prendiville in the Limerick Leader)

The single biggest project to be funded under the scheme is the proposed E-Hub in Abbeyfeale which has been awarded €200,000. The hub, which will be located in a landmark building in the town, is intended to provide IT facilities and professional office space to local businesses and start-ups and to support passing business people through hot-desking.

It is a flagship project of the local community council with Innovate Limerick.

Welcoming the funding for the E-Hub, Abbeyfeale Community Council chairman, Maurice O’Connell said that working closely with Innovate Limerick which spearheaded the funding application had been key to their success. He said he hoped to see work begin early in the new year and to be completed within 18 months.

Local councillor Séamus Browne, who is also a board member of Innovate Limerick, said the funding “marks a significant step forward in delivering the project for Abbeyfeale and West Limerick”.

“The project is important because it forms part of the overall regeneration of Abbeyfeale and will help provide support for local business as well as attracting business from other parts of the county and country,” he added.

(Norma Prendivile. Limerick Leader)

 NOTES 16th Oct 2018

DEATH:  Fr. Tony Mullin’s brother, Michael, who was living in England died during the week after a short illness. May he rest in peace.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Fr. Tony and his family at this very sad time.  We offer our sympathy to the family of Bridie Corridan , Kilmanihan whose funeral took place on Saturday.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Paddy, Mairéad, Gearóid and family members at this sad time.  May she rest in peace.
ABBEYFEALE PARISH CHURCH:  Fr Tony Mullins PP 087/2600414.  Fr Brendan Duggan 087/0562674.  Parish Officer:  Parish Church 068/51915 Open 11:00 – 1:00 p.m. Tues. - Fri. (068) 31133    Email: fealechurch@eircom.net   Limerick Social Services:     061-314111    Accord NCW 069/61000 Masses:   No morning Mass Monday, evening Mass at 7pm.  Saturday Masses 11am and 6.30pm.  Sunday 9.15am and 12 noon.  Mass Intentions: Thursday 10am   Eily Hartnett, Kilconlea and   Tadghen Harnett.   Saturday 11am Jimmy Sweeney, Dromtrasna.   6.30pm     Tim & Maureen O’Connor, Fealesbridge.  Matt & Josephine Daly and Billy Buckley. Garry McMahon. John Joe Broderick, Purt.  Sunday 9.15am  Patrick & Kit Riordan, Purt. Fr Bill Lane and Sr De Panzzi Lane .  12noon  Jonathan Irwin, Knocknasna 1st Anniversary.  Monday 7pm   William M Harnett, “Mountain View” Knockbrack .          Danny O’Connor, Grogeen.  October is the month of the Rosary.  Prayers to St Anthony on Mondays during the 7pm Mass.  Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Fridays during the 10am Mass.  Counselling takes place every week in West Limerick Tel 061/3147213 for appointment.  A basket for the collection of stamps for Peru is at the back of the altar.  If you know of someone in hospital please notify Fr. Tony.
ABBEYFEALE BUSINESS OWNERS MEETING: There will be two topics at this meeting in the Glórach Theatre, on Wednesday, October 24 at 7.30pm.  ; 1. Abbeyfeale Traffic Management Plan Working Committee: Discussion on and electing of 3 representatives from the Abbeyfeale Business Community to join representatives from Abbeyfeale Community Council, Limerick City & County Council along with local Councillors in forming part of the upcoming “Abbeyfeale Traffic Management Plan Working Committee”. Members on this Working Committee will represent the interests of both Town and wider Community in the roll out of the new Traffic Management Plan for Abbeyfeale. This is a hugely important meeting and all Business Owners are asked to attend. 2. Forming of a Business Group for Abbeyfeale: Directly after point #1 there will be a brief talk on the importance of forming an independent Business Group for Abbeyfeale and its wider Community. We will also look at how Business Groups in other Towns are progressing and the possibilities for accessing funding.Doors open at 7pm for Teas & Coffees. Meeting Starts 7:30pm Sharp! Facilitated by Abbeyfeale Community Council.
GLÓRACH BINGO:  It's hard to believe it's almost a year since we began our bingo night at the Glórach Theatre, but that's the anniversary we'll be celebrating on Monday, October 22.  From humble beginnings, we have gone from strength to strength, due in no small part to the tireless efforts of all the volunteers involved, and you the public, who have loyally supported our venture over the past year.  There is a tremendous atmosphere in the building of a Monday night, and due to the fantastic patronage we have been able to give out extra prizes from time to time.   Our rollover Jackpot of €280 (added on to regular jackpot win of €150) wasn't won last week and we will have a few surprises on our anniversary night.  Thank you once again for your support and look forward to seeing you on Monday evenings at the regular time.

HARNETT INTERNATIONAL REUNION 2019:  Planning is continuing apace for the reunion next July 11-14.  It will be based at the Devon Inn and include a concert, guided tours, gala dinner and dance and much more.  Email HarnettReunion2019 @gmail.com for further information or check out Harnett Reunion FB page.

SINGING WEEKEND:  The Garry McMahon traditional singing weekend will take place in The Ramble Inn and Leens Hotel, Abbeyfeale from Friday, October 19 – 21.  The official opening by Darragh O’Shea, retired Kerry GAA player, will be at 8pm on Friday, October 19 in the Ramble Inn followed by a singing session.   Saturday afternoon we have a singing session of songs that honour GAA legends past and present from the 32 counties of Ireland. This will be followed by Mass @ 6.30pm in the Church of the Assumption, Abbeyfeale which will feature the Abbeyfeale church choir performing Afrain ná Riocht as composed by the late Garry McMahon.  The Sunday afternoon concert in Fr Caseys GAA hall at 3pm will honour the Carrig sisters Kitty and Nora.  A full programme of events for the weekend can be found on our brochure which is available in the Ramble Inn.
WRITING GROUP:  Abbeyfeale writing group have started back after summer break. We meet twice monthly, every other Friday. Our next meeting will be on Friday, October 26.

CRAFTY CORNER:  Knitting and crochet group have resumed classes on Tuesday nights at St Ita's Hall Abbeyfeale. New members welcome. Just drop in.

ART GROUP:  If you would like to spend a relaxing few hours join our painting group upstairs at St Ita's Hall Tuesdays 11am to 1pm.

COLLECTIONS:  Mission Sunday Collection Sunday, October 20.The collection towards the Missions will be taken up at all masses that weekend. Station dues; envelopes for the support of the clergy can be handed in at all Masses this weekend or during the week. 
 Youth Service collection will take place on October 27/28.
DIY COURSE AT ADULT EDUCATION CENTRE:  Our DIY class is a very practical hands-on course, and is ideal for beginners looking to learn DIY skills such as wiring a plug, using a drill, hanging a curtain rail. This class is on each Tuesday morning from 10am – 1pm. Contact Further Education & Training Centre, Abbeyfeale on 06831198 for more  
EXERCISE CLASS:  Men on the move exercise class for men over 40 Tuesdays at 8pm in Teach na Féile, New Street , Abbeyfeale.
 CAR KEYS LOST:  If found please phone 087/6875917.

CEILI HOUSE BROADCASTS FROM THE ROCK:   The RTE radio one programme 'Ceilí House' will come from Bruach na Carraige, Rockchapel, on the next two Saturday nights October 20/27 after the 9pm News.  It will feature the Rockchapel Ceoltas based group, Ceoltoirí Sliabh Luachra, performing some of Sliabh Luachra's oldest music.  Much of this music comes from the manuscripts of Dave Dan Curtin of Stagmount, Rockchapel and the manuscripts of his father, Dan Curtin that go back to before 1850, and contain an older layer of Sliabh Luachra music that predates the polkas and slides that characterise the area now, and also from the manuscripts of Dave Leahy of Mountcollins who died in 1907.   
UPCYCLE YOUR OLD FURNITURE AT THE ADULT EDUCATION CENTRE:  If you wish to breathe new life into your old furniture, then our Upcycling Furniture class is perfect for you. The class is on each Tuesday from 2pm – 4pm. Contact Further Education & Training Centre, Abbeyfeale on 06831198 for more information.
WEDNESDAY PRAYER:  Parishioners are invited to gather in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel on Wednesday afternoon at 3p.m to recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet for  Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life.  This prayer meeting will take place every Wednesday.

CHALLENGE:  The 5th Annual event will take place on Saturday, October 20, starting at Dromtrasna National School, Abbeyfeale. All proceeds from this year’s event will go to the ‘Miriam Joy Cancer Treatment Fund’ and to Breast Cancer Ireland.
COFFFEE MORNING:  The cancelled - due to Storm Collum - Hope Foundation Coffee morning will be held at St. Ita’s Hall in the next couple of weeks. 
COMHALTAS CONCERT:  Many in the locality as well as from further afield are looking forward to the Comhaltas Tour of Ireland Concert in the local Halla Inse Bán, Templeglantine on Wednesday ,October 17. It is an excellent opportunity to experience top class entertainment, music, singing and dancing, from a cast of sixteen top-class artistes from various parts of the country. Concertina player Maura O’Connor, Abbeyfeale is a member of the concert touring group, as is fiddle player Aoife Trench, Listowel. Her many friends and admirers in West Limerick are delighted that well known singer, Nora Butler is part of the Concert Tour group. Tickets are available in Abbeyfeale at Sheehy’s Hardware and at Ann Lyons’. This concert is an ideal opportunity also for young people of the locality who are students of music, traditional singing or dancing and special tickets at a reduced rate are being made available for juniors.  Enquiries to 087 9654451
JUBLIEE YEAR NEWSLETTER:  It is intended to produce a Christmas Newsletter this year. Articles and reports and good wishes from the different organizations of the parish with photographs for this year’s publication are requested.  Please submit to the parish office via email; fealechurch@eircom.net.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE:  A group of friends of the late Joan O’Keeffe, Ballymacjordan have come together to raise funds for the Palliative Care Unit at Kerry General which was a great support to Joan during her illness. There will be a Tea Dance in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse on Sunday, October 28 with dancing to Mike Condon from 3-6pm. Admission €5.  A raffle for a Christmas Hamper and assorted spot prizes will also take place.  Afternoon tea including Phil’s famous apple tart, Mary’s selection of sandwiches, scones, buns and gluten free almond and apple slices will be served. 

ADULT EDUCATION CLASS:  Develop your skills in Reception & Office Admin, a new course L4 Office Skills is starting at FET Centre Abbeyfeale (Old Tech), contact Mary at 06831198.

ABBEYFEALE FOR AFRICA:  As Fr.  Tim Galvin is in the area at the moment, Abbeyfeale for Africa are having a few fundraising events to help with his Mission in South Sudan.  On Friday, October 26 there will be a pub quiz in J.D’s pub in Church St.  On the weekend of November 17/18 Fr. Tim will speak on his work at the 12 noon Mass, there will be a church door collection and  following the Mass there will be a gathering for light refreshments at St. Ita’s Daycare Centre. Then, as usual in early December, the annual cake sale takes place in St. Ita’s Hall.  We ask for your support and look forward to assisting Fr Tim with much needed funds as he returns to his parish in South Sudan.