Here you will find a marvelously witty, informative and sometimes downright libelous account of the happenings in the famous town of Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick. Ireland!
Read all about our eccentric characters and the many sporting achievements, (real or imagined) of our various teams. Experience the natural beauty, the unique atmosphere, the music, the company and the craic.
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Tuesday, 3 July 2018
FORGIVE AND FORGET WINS LOCAL DERBY!
Report from hpracing.ie
On a glorious first day of July the evergreen
Forgive and Forget sluiced home to land the prestigious Abbeyfeale
Derby for the Sugrue family from Farmers Bridge in Tralee. This
battle hardened campaigner who is equally as good on sand as grass
was easy to back in the betting ring as Make Me and On The Edge
dominated the market. However backers of both horses knew their fate
early as neither ever got in a blow off a strong pace set by Onwards
and Upwards under Brian Dunleavy. Ross Sugrue sent his stable star to
the front early in the back straight and from there it was one way
traffic as Forgive and Forget galloped on strongly for a five length
victory over Forgotten Soldier who kept on for second with Onwards
and Upwards a gallant third. The winner is likely to reappear in
Daniel King continued his rich vein of form to
complete a treble and enhance his prospects of a first overall
southern jockeys championship. Two of these winners were supplied by
the resurgent Castle Racing who kicked off with Xantico in the 15
hands. Favourite Bubba Watson never looked happy on the track and
once Xantico was sent on with a circuit to go the result was never
really in doubt from there. The winner was loosing its maiden status
on the circuit and could well follow up in the weeks to come.
The Castle Racing double was completed in the
first split of the ten furlong contest when Kobay Ashi got up close
home to touch off long time leader Razzle Dazzle by a length and a
half. The runner up drifted off the rail inside the furlong pole and
Daniel King seized the opportunity to run out a snug winner at the
line. Kobay Ashi is reported to be on target for a crack at the
Golden Mile next month.
Daniel completed the treble for his dad Richard
when Rosa Parks easily reversed Ballingarry form with The Low Road in
the 14.2 over ten furlongs. The winner always travelled sweetly and
from half way was well on top before running out a six length victor.
Dylan Browne McMonagle travelled down from
Letterkenny and was well rewarded with a double on Obi One Kinobi and
Wild Wind. The north west champion will seldom ride an easier winner
than Obi One Kinobi who easily accounted for solitary rival Little
Zeb in the 14 hands. The winner who made all is owned by Valerie
Moriarty and was following up a win gained in Ballingarry seven days
previously under the sidelined Mikey Sheehy.
Wild Wind was well backed to land the first
division of the Maiden and he duly landed the odds with the minimum
of fuss under the Letterkenny maestro. In truth the winner is well
above maiden status and made practically all to beat course
specialist The Poacher who ran a real eyecatcher over a trip well
short of his best.
Another Tiger continued on his merry winning way
for Conor Walsh when landing the opener by a length and a half from
Biscuit. The winner made most and kept on strongly up the straight
under the champion pony jockey.
The Cleariestown jockey is warming up for his
local meeting in Taghmon on July 22nd and duly completed a double
when Hello Thunder landed the 13.2 from stable companion Sore Looser.
Sent on early doors Hello Thunder quickened away up the straight and
will have big hopes of Dingle glory next month.
Batsy Maher decided against running some of his
stable stars due to the fast ground but he was still on the mark when
Man Of Steel was yet another all the way winner in the second split
of the ten furlong contest. Runner up Wise Words never looked quite
happy on the bends but just might be one to watch in the weeks ahead.
Ballybrown Boy and Bash It On went toe to toe for
a mile and a half last week with the Deelview star emerging
victorious but roles were reversed this time round. Ballybrown Boy
looked sure to score up the straight as he came there strongly to
challenge long time leader Bash It On but Philip Byrnes mount fought
back bravely for a length victory.
The Local Race is always keenly contested here but
the ex Adrian Browne inmate Let Him Rock sluiced home under Joey
Sheridan from favourite Irish Rebel who never really looked likely.
The winner is owned by Michael Mulvihill.
Unfortunately the concluding second split of the
Maiden had to be abandoned after the admirable Amy’s Magic suffered
a suspected heart attack. The former Dingle heroine had given the
Hayes family from Shanagolden some great moments round the southern
circuit and our thoughts are with them.
"Solitude is where I place my chaos to rest and awaken my inner
Nikki Rowe .
Sincere sympathy to his wife Angela and the family of the late Jack
O’Rourke, The Square who died recently. May he rest in peace.
OLYMPICS: Huge congratulations to our own Sean Donovan
Dromtrasna who along with Pat Hayes and Kieran Byrnes brought home
Gold, Silver and Bronze medals from the recent Games.
SPILLANE AT THE GLÓRACH: The musician, songwriter,
performer, recording artist, storyteller and poet from Cork plays the
Glórach on Friday, July 27. Tickets at €15 can be reserved on 087
The new season of the Comhaltas Summer Seisiún shows commences at
the Devon Inn on Thursday next, July 5 at 8.30pm. These shows of
traditional entertainment have proved very popular over recent years
and are really enjoyed by all who attend, both local and visitor
alike. A memorable night of top class song, music, dance and story is
guaranteed comprising of a formal show in the first half and an
informal second half where members of the audience are welcomed to
join the performing group and provide a tune, song or step.
Sometimes the night finishes with a set or a céilí dance.
FOR 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.
NOTES: Canon Anthony Mullins 087/2600414.
Fr Joseph Foley CC Tel: Mobile: 087
– 2618412. Fr
Brendan Duggan 087/0562674 Parish Office: Parish 068/31133 Open
11:00 – 1:00 p.m. Tues. - Fri. Email:
Limerick Social Services: 061-314111
Accord NCW 069/61000. . Parish Church
Limerick Social Services: 061-314111.
Bereavement Support: 068
068/5198. Parish Support Worker 068/31019.
St Vincent De Paul 087/1213560. 087 – 2618412. To book
a Mass intention telephone the church 068/51915 during Mass times.
Counselling Appointment 061/314213. Accord NCW
069/61000. Samaritans: 061 - 412111 or Free phone 1850609090
061-306792. Masses: No morning Mass Monday,
evening Mass at 7pm. Saturday Masses 11am and 6.30pm.
Sunday 9.15am and 12 noon. Mass Intentions.
Saturday, July 7 11am James and John Bennis. 6.30pm Marie O’Donnell
Anniversary, Micheal O’Donnell 2nd
Anniversary. Thomas and Chrissie Coffey, Pairc Luachra.
Jeremiah Moriarity, The Hill. Micheal O’Donnell, Bogmount.
Sunday 12 noon Mary Ita Leahy, Meenaheala, Months Mind. Monday
7pm James O’Grady, Meenkilly.
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.
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.
AGUS CRAIC: Castleisland Library are hosting an hour of
caint craic & comhrá as Gaeilge on 8 Thursdays during June July
& August from 1 -2pm. All adult are welcome to join
in. It is not an Irish class, adults with very basic Irish are
as welcome as fluent Irish speakers. Call in this Summer and take
part in Bliain na Gaeilge.
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.
RUGBY: A class in Tag Rugby for girls aged 8-14 will be held on
Mondays in Kileline Grounds, NCW. Contact John 087 7528049 .
FORT: The Thomond Archaeological and Historical Society have
organised an evening outing to Cromwell's Fort, Limerick on
Wednesday, July 11. Contact John Elliott 086 3117161. DUAGH
GRAVEYARD: Annual Graveyard Mass will be held at Duagh Cemetery
on Thursday, July 26 at 8p.m.
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.
FOR SUMMER SECURITY FROM IFA: Don’t forget about home and
farm security during the good weather, Limerick man and IFA Deputy
President Richard Kennedy has advised.
is important to be vigilant about your home and farm security during
the summer when homes are more likely to be unoccupied or accessible.
Never assume that because you are at home or nearby, your farm or
property is safe,” Richard advises.
tips to keep your home and farm secure this summer
windows on the ground floor level.
that, if you are opening windows on the first floor, they cannot be
entered from a porch, drain pipe or a ladder left out.
clever about how you lock up and when going to bed at night; make
sure that if you are leaving a window open, it is not accessible.
you are working in the farmyard or garden, make sure you have locked
all the doors and windows to your home as you may be easily
distracted in your work
you are working with power tools or gardening equipment be extra
vigilant as you may not hear a person entering your property.
a key with you; don’t be tempted to leave the key under a pot or
stone near the door
you are to the rear of the property your home may appear to be
unoccupied which might draw a criminal’s attention
setting the alarm if you feel that you may get distracted in your
work or nod off while relaxing.
you are finished working outside, make sure to put away the power
tools and machinery. Take a few minutes to ensure the safety of your
your property – overt and covert markings will deter criminals and
can help to reunite you with stolen property if it is stolen and
LAUNCH: A large gathering assembled at the Longcourt House
Hotel, Newcastle West on Friday last, June 29 for the much
anticipated launch of a first collection of short stories by local
man, Pat McLoughlin. The book, To Weave with Words, was
launched by Patrick O’ Donovan TD, Minister of State at the
Department of Finance and the Department of Public Expenditure and
Reform. Sheila O’ Regan, who was MC for the event, spoke in glowing
terms about universal and eclectic content of the fifteen stories. Dr
Paddy Fullam described the book as a superb mixture of humour and
tragedy, of harmony and strife, of love and conflict and of
loneliness and companionship. Minister O’ Donovan spoke about the
clever plots and the twist in the tail of every story. He also
highlighted the enormous contribution that Pat and his family had
made to the local community. Dominic Taylor from the Limerick
Writers’ Centre outlined the tremendous service that the Centre
provides to the aspiring writers of the region. Sheila O’ Regan
brought the launch to its conclusion by reading messages of
congratulations from people who were unable to attend. The author,
Pat McLoughlin, who was joined on the night by his family, said he
was humbled by the enormous turnout and was amazed that the first
print of his book was almost sold out. He also said that whatever
profit he makes from the proceeds will go to the Friends of St Ita’s
Hospital. The book was published by the Limerick Writers’ Centre
and is available in the following shops: O’Mahony’s Bookshop,
Limerick; Tony Hayes’s Shop, Newcastle West and Ann Lyons’s Shop,
HOUSE: is now open for visitors and will remain open until August 31.
The house is open Monday –Saturday, book with Ursula Leslie at
DAY FOR YOURSELF: "Mindfulness in Nature Day- Spend the day
tuning in to the Elements in a beautiful setting in Glin, with
Mindfulness teacher Ali Burnard. Sunday July 8, 10am-5pm. Lunch &
warm, dry purpose-built Earth Lodge included! Call Ali on 087
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.
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.
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.
SPIRIT PRAYER MEETING: Janice and Moss Carraig will lead the
Holy Spirit Prayer meeting on the second Sunday of each month in the
Desmond Complex. Further information on 087 6174639.
SOCIAL DANCING CLASSES: Classes have resumed for the summer
months in Ballyhahill Community Centre in social dancing on Monday at
8pm. All are welcome.
DANCES: Fundraising dances for the redevelopment of the former
Ashford Tavern to the Ashford Community Resource Centre will take
place on the first Friday of the month in the Ashford Tavern.
Doors open 9pm with dancing from 9.30pm. Forthcoming
Attractions: Friday July 6 T.R Dallas. Admission €10.
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.
NA CARRAIGE: The Bruach Na Carraige Rockchapel Summer programme
starts with our highly acclaimed Seisiun each Tuesday night during
July and August starting on Tuesday, July 3 at 9pm. Our
Summer Camp for children between 6 and 15 years runs from July
23 - August 3. Children attending this
camp who have not played music before will learn a few tunes
on the whistle, those already playing will learn new tunes. They will
learn some traditional songs and four or five ceili dances, all mixed
with much fun and games. Our Sliabh Luachra Summer School will
run on August 8-10 with advanced music
classes, for information contact 087 2205566 or Email
MEETING OF FAMILIES 2018: Papal Mass in Phoenix Park Sunday,
August 26. Pope Francis will preside at the Closing Mass in the
Phoenix Park. 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:
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.
GROUP FOR BEREAVEMENT: Abbeyfeale Bereavement Support Group Tel.
068/31230 or 068/51984 or 068/31262.
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
PIO DEVOTIONS: Devotions on the first Tuesday of the month in
Monagae Church at 7pm. Blessing with 1st. class relic.
RUN/WALK FOR ENABLE IRELAND: In what looks like becoming an
annual event, the roads of Lyreacrompane will re-echo to the feet of
walkers and runners on August Bank Holiday Sunday, August 5.
Last year’s 5/10K Walk/Run, as part of the Dan Paddy Andy Festival,
was so successful that the organisers have put it on the calendar of
their event again this year. On this occasion, the charity chosen to
benefit is Enable Ireland. The Walk/Run will start at ‘the
Marquee’ beside the Four Elms Bar at 11am. The route is
looped and, apart from helping a good cause, the walkers/runners will
get an opportunity of taking part in a real rural Ireland walk/run
and see Lyreacrompane at its best.
can register at The Marquee between 9am and 10.45am on the morning.
More info from 087 285 3570 or Lyreacrompane.com. Entry Fees
are 5k walk/run - €10. 10k walk/run - €15.
Children €5. Ask about special family rate. The first
woman gets €50 and the first man €50. There will be
Trophies for 1st, 2nd & 3rd for both 5K & 10k runners and
medals for all walkers and runners.