Tuesday, 3 July 2018


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 Courtmacsherry.
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.
(*Copyright hpracing.ie)

PROLOGUE: "Solitude is where I place my chaos to rest and awaken my inner peace."
Nikki Rowe .

DEATH:  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.

SPECIAL 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.

JOHN 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 1383940.

SEISIÚN:  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.

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.

 CHURCH 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: fealechurch@eircom.net Limerick Social Services:     061-314111   Accord NCW 069/61000.  .    Parish Church 068/51915.  Limerick Social Services:     061-314111.   A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-8143425 Bereavement Support: 068 / 31203, 068/ 31262, 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 3rd 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.
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.

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.

CAINT 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.

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.

TAG RUGBY:  A class in Tag Rugby for girls aged 8-14 will be held on Mondays in Kileline Grounds, NCW.  Contact John 087 7528049 .

CROMWELL’S 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.

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.

TIPS 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.
It 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.
Ten tips to keep your home and farm secure this summer
Lock windows on the ground floor level.
Ensure that, if you are opening windows on the first floor, they cannot be entered from a porch, drain pipe or a ladder left out.
Be 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.
If 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
If you are working with power tools or gardening equipment be extra vigilant as you may not hear a person entering your property.
Carry a key with you; don’t be tempted to leave the key under a pot or stone near the door
If you are to the rear of the property your home may appear to be unoccupied which might draw a criminal’s attention
Consider setting the alarm if you feel that you may get distracted in your work or nod off while relaxing.
When 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 property.
Mark your property – overt and covert markings will deter criminals and can help to reunite you with stolen property if it is stolen and subsequently recovered.

BOOK 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, Abbeyfeale.

TARBERT HOUSE: is now open for visitors and will remain open until August 31. The house is open Monday –Saturday, book with Ursula Leslie at 068-36198.
A 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 6452227".

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.

HOLY 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.
BALLYHAHILL SOCIAL DANCING CLASSES:  Classes have resumed for the summer months in Ballyhahill Community Centre in social dancing on Monday at 8pm.  All are welcome.

FUNDRAISING 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.

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.

BRUACH 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 bruachnacarraige@Hotmail.com
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. 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.

 PADRE PIO DEVOTIONS:  Devotions on the first Tuesday of the month in Monagae Church at 7pm.  Blessing with 1st. class relic.

LYREACROMPANE 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. 
Participants 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. 

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