Tuesday, 26 June 2018

KINGDOM CRUSH THE REBELS!

KERRY ON THE MARCH AGAIN!

It brings back memories of summer long ago.

Sundays spent sweating in the meadow in scorching heat, making up hay with rack and pike Then downing tools and heading for home at half past three to listen to the Munster Football Final on Radio Eireann.

Cork and Kerry nearly always met in the decider with the Kingdom usually crushing the Rebels and going on to All Ireland glory in Croke Park.

Life seemed much simpler back then and everyone knew their time and place.

Now many games are played on Saturday evening and lads are bailing the hay and tuning in to Sky Sports with phones and ipads and flat screen televisions.

Changing times indeed although the Kingdom are still continuing to crush the Rebels.

And Kerry fans seem to be developing a bit of a swagger once again.

We met a green-and-gold gansied lad outside Paddy Power’s betting office on Saturday evening and he was counting a big wad of cash.

“Are you after backing a winner?” we enquired.

“Not yet,” he answered. “but I am about to rectify that situation.”

“How so?” we were mystified.

“I am having a cut on Kerry to win the All Ireland” he riffled through the notes again. “Sam is heading home to the Kingdom in September!” he continued. His confidence was sky high.

“The Dubs might have something to say about that.” we cautioned. “Paddy Power still has them at odds-on favourite to win the four in a row.”

“What Paddy Power knows about football could be written on the back of a postage stamp.” he scoffed. “Kerry will bate Dublin out the door – so they will!”

And with that, he strutted in the door and handed over a substantial contribution to the already overflowing coffers of our local bookmaker. A fool and his money are soon parted.

The Kerry crowd were always a tad arrogant but then, to misquote Winston Churchill, they have much to be arrogant about.

However, the Dubs were impressive in the Leinster final, albeit against lowly opposition. It is almost inevitable that these two great rivals will meet at some stage this year. An unstoppable force colliding with an immovable object. Something has to give. Thank God for the GAA.

Roll on September!

Latest betting; Dublin 8/11, Kerry 7/2, Galway 9/1, Donegal 12/1, Mayo 12/1, Tyrone 16/1, 20/1 bar.

*And well done to the Ireland Rugby Team that signed off from their Grand Slam season by winning the Lansdowne Cup as they won a close decider 20-16 in Sydney to claim a first series win in Australia since 1979.

LOCAL NOTES
PROLOGUE: "One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don't throw it away."
Stephen Hawking.
HORSE AND PONY RACING: The annual Abbeyfeale races take place this year on Sunday, July 1 at Relihan’s Farm, Kilcaragh, Duagh with the first race at 12:30pm.
This is the 12th running of the event which is run in aid of local charities and once again the committee would like to thank our generous sponsors. Money raised over the last 11 years has been donated to local charities in West Limerick and North Kerry.
These races are similar to what you will see on television with the difference being that our jockeys are aged from 8 to 16 and are the future flat and national hunt champions in Ireland and England. In recent years Leading jockeys Jack Kennedy, Oisin Murphy and Conor King have graced the turf of Abbeyfeale races and learned the trade prior to hitting the track proper. Full bar and food facilities will be provided with live GAA games on the big screen. Live music in the marquee after racing. The day is aimed as a real family day out so hopefully people will turn out in large numbers on the banks of the River Feale for what is guaranteed a most enjoyable family fun day with a difference.

DEATHS; 
The death has occurred after a long illness of Jack O’Rourke, The Square, Abbeyfeale. Sympathy is extended to his bereaved wife Angela, sons Jamie, Tiernan, Garett, Ronan and Peter, daughter Jackie, his brothers Jim and Conor, sisters Marie and Ann, his eight grandchildren, and to his relatives and a large circle of friends.

Sincere sympathy to the wife and family of the late Francie O’Connor, Knocknasna who died recently. We also offer our sympathies to Dick and the family of the late Maureen Woulfe, Cratloe. May they all Rest In Peace.

COMMUNITY ALERT FOLLOW IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF PRINCE CHARLES AND HIS DUCHESS: We are going to Killarney for our second annual summer outing via the Gap of Dunloe. We’re booked for a four course Early Bird dinner in Mac’s on High Street at 5pm giving us time to be back on the street for the parade which will finish the Independence Day celebrations. Finally we will travel by coach to the Racecourse for a night of Irish music, song and dance at Celtic Steps – the Show. Tickets at €40 each which cover the bus, dinner and show are available from Kathleen’s Foodstore, Convent St. It’s going to be a great, jam packed day so first come, first served, tickets are selling like hot cross buns!

GLÓRACH: After the great success that was our concert last Friday evening, we would like to acknowledge a few people. First and foremost, the two performers, Mike Hanrahan and Eleanor Shanley for giving such a fine performance. We would like to thank all the volunteers both front of house, on the raffle, backstage and on the lights, and also a special mention to Leo Hayes for his help with the sound aspect of things. Thanks to Noreen Barry for donating a prize and also for providing the delicious cake that was savoured at the interval. And finally, thank you, the patrons who supported the concert and made the evening such a special occasion.

ELEANOR SHANLEY AT THE GLÓRACH: Accompanied by Stockton Wing founder member Mike Shanahan Eleanor Shanley held the almost full theatre in the palm of her hand during a mesmerising performance last Friday night. She’s funny and witty and boy can she hit the high notes. More of the same, please Mr. Nelligan.

BOOK LAUNCH IN LONGCOURT: Pat McLoughlin NCW retired a few years ago and has written a book of short stories entitled ‘To Weave with Words’. Minister Patrick O’Donovan who has no plans to retire will launch it on Friday, June 29 at 8pm in the new hotel in NCW. It should be a good night. All welcome.

MOLADH GO DEO LE DIA: Much of the past fifty years is captured in a book especially complied to mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Church of the Assumption, Abbeyfeale. The book contains many wonderful coloured photographs that show off the splendour of the Church, its stained glass windows and general embellishment. The title of the publication is Moladh go Deo Le Dia. (Praise be to God forever). Price €10. The book is available in O’Donoghue’s, Marguerite’s, Ann Lyons’ Moss Harnett’s. There’s only around a hundred copies left so get yours as soon as possible.

OUTING TO MIZEN HEAD: A huge thank you to Ann Downey, Josephine Halpin and the members of the ARA na Feile who organised a wonderful day out to West Cork last week. The weather was glorious, the company, food and scenery was excellent and we all, with no exceptions, enjoyed sitting back and letting Joe Cotter take us through the narrow roads, tunnels and mountains of West Cork. Mizen Head was amazing and only for Ann and Co. I for one would never have got to see it.

ABBEYFEALE ACTIVE RETIREMENT GROUP AT MIZEN HEAD

DUAGH GRAVEYARD: Annual Graveyard Mass will be held at Duagh Cemetery on Thursday, July 26 at 8p.m.

KERRY, CORK, LIMERICK CANCER LINK BUS: A fundraising dance will take place in Fr Casey’s Club house Abbeyfeale on Friday, July 6 in aid of the Kerry Cork Limerick Cancer Health Link Bus. Music is to the Premier Blue Boys with special guests Mike Mini Moore McCarthy, Marian Kirby, the Diamond sisters and Norah Hickey. Dancing is from 9 - 1am, finger food will be served and a raffle will take place. Benny Thade McCarthy 0879918546.

CLASS: A free Adult Sign Language Class will resume on September 18 at the Adult Education Centre in Mountmahon. Beginner’s classes on Tuesday nights with Level 1 on Wednesdays. Anyone interested please contact Breda 087 7715734.

MUSICAL MAGIC: Scoil Mháthair Dé Performing Arts Society Show Our show ‘Musical Magic’ takes place in Coláiste Íde agus Iosef on Wednesday, June 27 at 7 .00 p.m. It promises to be an evening of fun, talent and great entertainment.

THANK YOU: Milford hospice thank most sincerely the volunteers who gave their time on the day of the recent national collection, and the generosity of the Abbeyfeale community who gave a total of €2835.

GRAVEYARD: Clean up at Reilig Ide Naofa on every Tuesday evening for one hour, it is beautiful to see your family grave well maintained. Your help is greatly appreciated. Notice the hedge at the side is being cleared. Help with this would be great.

LOCAL PRIESTS HOME ON HOLIDAY: Welcome home to Fr Tim Galvin and Fr John Moloney who are holiday and concelebrated at the Jubilee Mass last Saturday.

MINISTRY TRAINING: Contact Aoife Walsh on awalsh@ldpc.ie if you would like to participate in the new round of training with the diocese beginning in September.

MUSICAL MAGIC: Scoil Mháthair Dé Performing Arts Society Show Our show ‘Musical Magic’ takes place in Coláiste Íde agus Iosef on Wednesday, June 27 at 7 .00 p.m. It promises to be an evening of fun, talent and great entertainment.

THANK YOU: Milford hospice thank most sincerely the volunteers who gave their time on the day of the recent national collection, and the generosity of the Abbeyfeale community who gave a total of €2835.

GRAVEYARD: Clean up at Reilig Ide Naofa on every Tuesday evening for one hour, it is beautiful to see your family grave well maintained. Your help is greatly appreciated. Notice the hedge at the side is being cleared. Help with this would be great.

LOCAL PRIESTS HOME ON HOLIDAY: Welcome home to Fr Tim Galvin and Fr John Moloney who are holiday and concelebrated at the Jubilee Mass last Saturday.

MINISTRY TRAINING: Contact Aoife Walsh on awalsh@ldpc.ie if you would like to participate in the new round of training with the diocese beginning in September.

CONFERENCE IN CORK: A Mental Health and Addiction workshop with Dr. Gabor Maté called: Health and Healing with Mind-Body Unity in UCC, Cork Saturday, June 30 - Sunday, July 1. Dr. Maté is a World Leading Expert on Mental Health, Addiction, Health, Parenting, ADHD, Trauma & Childhood Development. More info: www.bookwhen.com/gabormate or 0861719311

LOURDES: Autumn Pilgrimage to Lourdes. Direct from Shannon Airport, staying at the Solitude Hotel, from September 22-27. Full Pilgrimage Programme. Booking forms available from Fr Tony Mullins. Fr John O’Shea & Fr Willie Fitzmaurice.

ABBEYFEALE PARENT & TODDLER GROUP meets every Tuesday and Thursday in St. Ita's Hall in Abbeyfeale from 11 - 12:30pm. Contact Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883.

NEW MASS TIMES: Vigil Mass Saturday 6.30pm, Sunday 9.15am and 12 noon Mass. Holy day’s Mass 11am and 6.30pm. Daily Mass remains as always – 10am unless when there is a funeral when it will be 11am.

BLESSED SACRAMENT CHAPEL: Adoration will continue – from 8am – 10pm every Tuesday and Friday and from 6-8pm every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. New adorers are always welcome.

POST OFFICE MOVE: The post office is now located in Tuhoig’s SuperValu on Bridge St., Abbeyfeale.

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE STUDY: West Limerick Resources are currently conducting a survey and needs analysis of Social Enterprise in West Limerick. The purpose of this study is to identify gaps in community services and facilities across the West Limerick area and also to identify the supports needed by existing Social Enterprises and Groups. All information collected from the survey will be treated in the strictest of confidence. The link to the survey I https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RZ8BHVS.

PARISH OFFICE HOSTS MEETINGS: Narcotics Anonymous meet every Monday night @ 8pm in the parish Office. Al-anon meet on Tuesday evening @ 8pm. A.A. Meet every Wednesday afternoon @ 3pm, Friday night @ 8pm and Sunday mornings @ 10am. These organisations are a great voluntary support to many people and we are happy to host their meetings in our parish office.

BAG PACKERS SOUGHT: Irish Wheelchair Association are holding their National Bag Pack in Tesco Abbeyfeale on July 6/7. Can you volunteer just 2 hours? Register to volunteer at www.iwa.ie/tesco or call 046 9072539. Thank you.

OFFICE MOVE: Please note that the Abbeyfeale Office of West Limerick Resources has relocated to St Ita’s Hall, Convent Street, Abbeyfeale. If you have any enquiries, please call to the office and speak to Nora or you can call Mary on 087 9382883.

ADVICE FROM COMMUNITY ALERT: Abbeyfeale Garda Station 068 30010 (if station unattended the call will automatically be forwarded to NCW station 069 20650. Helpline for crime victims is 116006. Opening hours are; Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10.00 – 5pm, Tuesday and Thursday 9.30 – 6.30pm, Saturday 2 – 4pm.Sunday- Closed. Summer Outing tickets selling fast. Call to Kathleen’s Foodstore for yours. Never, ever give banking details to anyone on the phone or at the door. If you get a phone call that your computer needs fixin’ then hang up immediately – how would they know about your computer away out there in some foreign country. Lock windows and doors even if you are only going out for a few minutes. Put handbags in the boot not the passenger seat and lock the door when you’re in the car. Wear sunscreen, have the container beside the Holy Water and apply both on your way out the door! 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 €66. Should you not have a landline the installing company Task provide a sim card at a rate of €7.50 per month. Please note that this fee is payable in a lump sum each year after year one. Committee members are Sean Broderick, Micheal O’Kelly N.T., Seamus Stack, Mossie Gleeson, Kathleen Collins, Mary McArthur, Buddy and Brenda Barry, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Mary Jo O’Connell, James Joy, Denis Collins, Marian Harnett.

DANCE CLASSES: Social dance classes with Josephine, Tuesdays, The Railway 8.30pm.

WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES 2018: Papal Mass in Phoenix Park Sunday, August 26. Pope Francis will preside at the Closing Mass in the Phoenix Park. Ticketing is a two-step process: 1. Registration June 25. 2. Print tickets at a later date. This is available to parishes / individuals. It is a free event. The venue can accommodate 500,000 people. Involves 3-5km EACH WAY due to the transport routes in place for this event. Guidance will be given re bringing seating / umbrellas / food. The earlier the booking, the closer the corral to the Altar. People needing special assistance can be with their family in a corral or in a designated area with a carer (copy of medical certificate required at booking) Parishes / Pastoral Areas to arrange transport. Book your bus / train asap. Festival of Families in Croke Park Saturday August 25, Pope Francis will be in attendance. This is an evening concert of music and dance, celebrating family life across the world and including five families who will share their faith. Photo identification + ticket will be required to access the venue. To guarantee your ticket for this event please register for one of the days at the RDS Congress (see below) RDS Congress Wednesday 22 – Friday 24 August - Pope Francis will not be in attendance. The Congress programme includes presentations from keynote speakers, panel discussions, workshops and prayer experiences. There are designated daily programmes for young people (13-17 years) and children (4-12 years). You can register as a daily participant or for the three-day event online: https://www.worldmeeting2018.ie/en/Tickets/Congress This includes a ticket to the Festival of Families AND to the Closing Mass. Online Registration for this event is OPEN Cost: €68 Congress or €38 per day / Children free* must be accompanied. 
SUPPORT GROUP FOR BEREAVEMENT: Abbeyfeale Bereavement Support Group Tel. 068/31230 or 068/51984 or 068/31262. 
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SHOP: If you have an hour or two to spare why not consider volunteering your time to help the work of St Vincent de Paul. If you are interested contact Fr Tony on 087-2600414. The Abbeyfeale shop will open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday each week between 10-4pm. Further information 087 1213560.

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