Wednesday, 18 September 2019



Dublin footballers played their way in to the record books on Saturday evening when winning their fifth All Ireland title in a row. The much vaunted drive-for-five became a reality as they beat Kerry in an enthralling and entertaining replay.

However, this was no Walk in Croke Park for the Dubs as they had to dig deep to overcome a spirited Kerry side intent on stopping the Blues from taking over their mantle as the greatest team of all time.

Dublin dominated the opening quarter and raced in to a 5 points to I lead.

A lesser team might have faltered at this stage, but this was Kerry, a team that plays with pride and passion and a strong belief in their own ability. They weathered the early hurricane and stormed back to draw level, 10 points each, at the break.

The second half was barely seconds old when Eoin Murchan latched on to a ball in the centre of the field and ran straight at the Kerry defence which seemed to part like the Dead Sea to let him through. Everyone expected him to pass but he kept going.

Too late the Kerry backs spotted the danger and converged but Murchan brushed by them and slotted a shot low in to the corner of the net.

He may have taken a few extra steps (twelve in all) but they were small ones and referee, Conor Lane, was probably playing advantage for an earlier tug on the jersey, and so the goal stood.

Again, Kerry fought bravely back and got within a point of their opponents. However Dublin took over in the closing quarter and ran out deserving winners to take their place in the dusty annals of history as the only team ever to win five All Ireland senior titles in a row.

Already there is talk of six-in-a-row with Paddy Power offering the paltry odds of 4/6 against Dublin achieving the near-impossible.

Keep your money in your pocket. Kerry may yet have something to say about that!

Ireland begin their world cup campaign against Scotland in the Nissan Stadium next Sunday morning at 8.45 pm.

Other teams in Ireland’s group are Japan, Russia and Somoa.

Ireland are expecting to at least reach the quarter finals. Victory against Scotland should help them on their way.

GLÓRACH:  Friday September 20 we have Culture night, doors open 7pm, tickets are free but need to be prebooked 087 383940.  Up coming concerts: Fuinneamh October 5, Sean Keane October 27, Luka Bloom November 1 and Sephira November 29 – Save the dates.
FUNDRAISER FOR CANCER: Mary McArthur was shocked to discover that the cost of one of the four special injections that she received during her breast cancer treatment was €1,500.  She decided then that she would try to fundraise the cost of at least one of them and so she is holding an American style Tea Party Fundraiser for the Cancer Breast and Chemotherapy units in University Hospital Limerick on Friday next in Fr Casey’s GAA Club, Abbeyfeale.    4 course meal & dancing to Paddy Quilligan. Dinner served at 8pm.   Tickets €25. Further details from Mary on 0876377310.
OPEN NIGHT AT COLAISTE IDE AGUS IOSEF: The Open night for Sixth Class students will be on Tuesday, October 8. Parents and students are welcome from 6.50 pm and tours of the school will begin at 7.00 pm. The Principal will address parents at 7.45 pm and this will cover all the relevant topics about enrolling in school.   You can enrol that evening or further enrolment will take place on Saturday, October 12 from 9.30 - 11.30 am To enrol you will need to provide a copy of the student's birth certificate and proof of their PPSN number.
WEST LIMERICK MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION:  Noelle Crehan Nutritional Therapist with a talk entitled ‘Mind your Mood’   and Colman Noctor a child and adolescent psychotherapist with St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services with a ‘keen interest in the effects of contemporary media on child development and mental health’ are the key speakers at a seminar in the Longcourt Hotel NCW on Tuesday, October 8 sponsored by West Limerick Mental Health Association.  Doors open 7pm.  Light refreshments served.  Admission free.  Everyone welcome. 
ABBEYFEALE BOOK CLUB:  St. Ita’s Hall, the second Wednesday of each month  September – June  from 7.30 -9pm.   All welcome.  Refreshments served.
ABBEYSIDE PLAYERS:  New members welcome.  Contact Merce on 087 2053051.  Rehearsals of Frank Carney’s The Righteous are Bold will  commence shortly. 

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS:  Develop your speaking skills at West Limerick Toastmasters.  First and third Wednesday of the month September – June in the Desmond Complex from 8 – 10pm.  New members welcome.  Contact Charles 087 7972855.
JOSEPHINE’S SET DANCING CLASSES:  Autumn has arrived and set dancing classes at the GAA are starting on Wednesday September 18 with Josephine.   8pm for beginners followed by improvers at 8.45pm.  Contact 0879267037.

ICA:  PRO Kathleen Leahy writes “The not so great Summer is over and Autumn days are here again – so our thoughts turn to indoor pursuits to fill our upcoming long winter nights.  Mainister na Feile ICA will fill the void when they reconvene on Tuesday, September 17 at the Adult Education Centre in Mountmahon at the earlier time of 7pm. 
We are looking forward to a full house, old and new members will be very welcome,  so do come and join us.  You will not regret it – faílte rombh gach éinne.”
CONCERT IN AID OF SUICIDE AWARENESS:   Red Hurley, Dickie Rock, Susan McCann, Owen Mac, Kathy Durkin, Shaun O’Dowd, Emily Clarke and Micheal Collins will all perform in  the Woodlands Hotel, Adare on Thursday, October 3.  Doors open 7pm, show 8pm, tickets €30.  A donation will be made to Pieta House.  Further information from 061 605100.
POKER RUN:  Shannon Gleeson was in touch; “I’m holding a poker run on Sunday, September 29 in aid of the Hope Foundation.  I am going to Kolkata in March 2020 and in order to go we have to fundraise roughly €3000. The Poker run is starting in Jack O’Rourkes Bar Abbeyfeale , Registration is at 10:30am and there is a prize for the best hand . €10 per bike !”
SCHOOL OF MUSIC AND DRAMA:  Sephira School of Music and Drama has opened on Main St .  All ages are welcome.  Contact Ruth Joyce on 085 2052384 / or look them up on Facebook.
CLASSES IN THE OLD TECH MOUNTMAHON:   The following courses are starting Mid September: Wood-turning for Beginners,  Payroll Manual & Computerised Level 5, Care of the Old Person Level 5 Healthcare Support Module, Painting and Drawing Level 5 Art Class, Mosaics Art Class. If you wish to register for any of the above, log onto or call Mary in the office: 06831198. Limited Spaces.  Mary 06831198.
DROMTRASNA CHALLENGE 2019:  Dromtrasna Challenge 2019 in aid of Milford Care Centre and St. Ita's Day Care Centre Abbeyfeale takes place on Saturday, October 19. The event consists of a 2K Kids Run, 4K Walk, 5K and 10K chip timed runs. Finisher medals for participants in all events.
MEMORIAL CONCERT:  Kathy Casey Byrne Memorial Concert  in aid of Mid Western Cancer Foundation & Irish Youth  Foundation.  The Concert will take place at St. Molua's Church, Ardagh on Friday, October 4 @ 7.30 p.m.   Concert produced by Fr. Tim Curtin, Sean Moriarty & Theresa Doyle Mc Mahon.  Fr. Tony has some tickets on sale.
SAVE THE DATE:  Micheal English will perform a concert with a Christmas theme on Friday, December 6 in the Church of the Assumption, Abbeyfeale. 
SICAP ABBEYFEALE PARENT & TODDLER GROUP: 11am – 12.30pm every Tuesday and Thursday, St Ita's Hall. New people always welcome. Contact Mary on 087 9382883.

WEST LIMERICK SINGING CLUB: The club meet on the first Friday of each month in Philip Enrights,  The Ramble Inn, Church Street from 9pm. 
OPEN DAY AT BARNAGH TUNNEL:  In connection with Local Link bus services the Great Southern Trail Ltd. invites the public to visit the historic railway tunnel at Barnagh , Co. Limerick on Saturday, September 21. The tunnel is now connected to the Greenway following improvement works carried out by Limerick City and County Council and was officially opened in a ceremony on Friday, September 13!  Bus Éireann services have six stopping points which are reasonably close to the Greenway but Barnagh isn't yet one of them. However, on Saturday 21 there will be a free shuttle bus from the stop at the Longcourt Hotel, Newcastle West to Barnagh beginning at 10.30 a.m. and  continuing every forty minutes until 6.30 p.m.  Participants can use the shuttle to Barnagh  and return on it to Newcastle West having explored the Tunnel and its environs. Those who want further exercise can walk westwards along the Greenway  to  either Templeglantine, Devon Road or Abbeyfeale and return to Newcastle West on Bus Éireann.  Another option is to walk the Greenway from Barnagh to Newcastle West.  Also, bikes will be available for hire on the day for those who want to explore more of the Greenway. Cycling to the Kerry Border (16km each way) or Rathkeale (24km each way) may be too much for some so, if you wish, the good news is that you can drop off the bikes at Abbeyfeale or Rathkeale and avoid the ascent back to Barnagh.  Please wear a visibility vest if doing any of these walks or cycles.  Beidh fáilte romhat ar an lá.

SET DANCE CLASSES:  Set dancing for beginners with Timmy Woulfe has commenced on Monday nights in the Marian Hall, Moyvane at 8pm.  Individual attention will be given where required.

 UPCOMING CEILI’S IN TOURNAFULLA: Friday, October 4 with the Striolan Ceili Band and Friday, November 8 with Taylor’s Cross.  9.30pm – 12.30am.  Refreshments served.  Admission €10.  Raffle.

”NATIONAL CULTURE NIGHT AT THE GLÓRACH:! The long promised Scoraiocht, Glórach’s contribution to our National Culture Night will, finally, come to pass on this coming Friday, September 20. The Scoraiocht will celebrate both Local and National Culture through the medium of Song, Dance, Music and Drama and provides you with an opportunity to experience the enchanting talent of local performers and entertainers as they thrill and excite through their considerable virtuosity as well as the energy and sheer passion that is such a part of a traditional evening’s entertainment. Irish music has the power to speak to anyone, anywhere, anytime and we should never forget that while our music is centuries old, it is never outdated. It is often said that the road to a friend’s house is never long and this is especially so on Friday night as Glórach will act as friend and host to both patrons and performers and in keeping with the tradition of Irish hospitality you won’t need to bring your wallet or purse as complimentary food and drink (in modest amounts!) will form part of your evening’s entertainment. There are just a few seats remaining, so don’t delay in calling the Glórach line on 0871383940.  Táimid ag tnúth le fáilte a chur roghat.  
  FIRST FRIDAY REFLECTIONS WITH FR.  SHOJI:  On the First Friday of each month, Fr Shoji will lead an hour of Praise and Worship in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel beginning at 9am.
HARNETT MAGAZINE:  Some Harnett Reunion magazines are still available at Ann Lyons Shop and from James Harnett, also the final items of Harnett merchandise are available at Heavenly Gifts.