Tuesday, 10 July 2018

WATER STILL RUNS DEEP!

 WELL ON ABBEYFEALE HILL STILL PUMPING OUT SPRING WATER


We travelled to Abbeyfeale Hill at the weekend on a mission of discovery. The present drought was causing a great scarcity of water in the locality and we wondered how people were coping.

We have written here before about a famous well on The Hill that never ran dry. We were determined to try and locate this well and see if it was still pumping out its clear spring water.

The well had been abandoned for well over fifty years as electric pumps and group water schemes now pumped water straight in to peoples houses. The days of walking to the well and drawing water with bucket and gallon were well and truly over.

The well was situated in the middle of a mountain. It had been sunk and stone-lined by our ancestors, over two hundred years earlier and surrounded with an earthen bank of green grass and brown heather.

The excess water (and there was plenty of it) ran along an open drain to a large dyke by the ditch and continued all the way down to Cahir, being joined by other small streams along the way.

It crossed the Cahir Road just beyond the end of the Grogeen Road, under the bridge at the twisty bend where Mick Shea once had a little house. From there it joined The Feale and continued on out in to the broad Atlantic. As children, we figured that if you floated a twig in the well it could one day end up in New York.

We had attempted to locate the well on previous occasions but without success. It had become overgrown with the passage of time and was probably filled in to avoid any cattle falling in to it. The ground around it was always wet and marshy and difficult to navigate, but we hoped that the dry spell might finally reveal its original location.

We were not disappointed. The path down to the well had long since disappeared but we followed our instincts and were soon rewarded!

There before us was a pool of the precious liquid oozing out of the ground as it had done for thousands and possibly millions of years. It was like discovering the source of the Nile.

We dipped a finger in the water and blessed ourselves in memory of all those who had gone before. We paused a while in silent reflection and then slowly headed back up towards the road.

It seemed as if we had reached back momentarily and touched a page of history - albeit a wet one. It was a good feeling.


PROLOGUE:  “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realise how close they were to success when they gave up”.  Thomas A. Edison.
SALE OF PRODUCE:  The annual sale of the produce from Abbeyfeale Parish Community Garden will take place on Sunday July 22.  It will be held in the grounds of the church following the 9.15am and 12 noon Masses.   Proceeds will go to Fr. Tim Galvin for his áMission in South Soudan.  Fr. Tim who is currently on holiday in Ireland may attend provided Kerry aren’t playing!
SUMMER OUTING:  The 2nd annual summer outing organised by Abbeyfeale Community Alert was an unqualified success with 47 people travelling on Independence Day July 4 to the Gap of Dunloe and then Killarney town. We called into Teddy O’Connor’s on High Street, had dinner in Mac’s of High Street i Killarney town and finished up with Celtic Steps the Show on the beautiful scenic surrounds of Killarney Racecourse.  A huge thank you to Emma Flynn who brought her concertina and entertained us all on the journey home, thanks too, to Billy and Tess Lane, assistant secretary Mary McArthur and Celine McNally for their singing, Billy Mangan for a most comfortable drive to and fro and most of all, to you who travelled, for your company.  We’ll see you all again, please God, the last Sunday in November for our Christmas lunch followed by dancing to Paddy Quilligan.
SHOP LOCAL AND KEEP MONEY CIRCULATING IN ABBEYFEALE:  I was in a more or less deserted Abbeyfeale town centre this morning and it got me thinking about what each one of us who live either in town or out in the hinterland could do to get the place buzzing again.  Spreading our business, I think, would be a help so why not make a few stops when doing your shopping and help keep the small shops going.  The big shops have a bit of everything and we tend to buy everything we need in the one shop but if we purchased the staples from the independent shops then we would be helping to keep them open. The reason they’re the bit dearer is that they cannot buy in bulk but they make up for being dearer by their support of local fundraisers, giving credit, putting stuff away and allowing you pay down bills.  Think about it and next time you’re in town spread your custom.
JOHN SPILLANE AT THE GLÓRACH:  The musician, songwriter, performer, recording artist, storyteller and poet from Cork with the fine line of banter plays the Glórach on Friday, July 27. Tickets at €15 can be reserved on 087 1383940.
ST. ITA’S FAITH CAMP:  Annual Faith Camp takes place at St. Mary’s Boys N.S. from Tuesday, August 7 to Friday, August 10 each day from 10 – 3pm.  It includes; Sport, Drama, Faith Lessons, Music, Art and plenty of fun.  All children must be registered by Tuesday, July 31 with registration taking place on Wednesday, July 18 and 25 from 8pm at the school. First child €40 with subsequent children €25 each.   Further information from Martina 087 2788834.  Donations of food will be gratefully accepted.
SEISIÚN:  The new season of the Comhaltas Summer Seisiún shows is at the Devon Inn on Thursday nights for the months of July and August starting 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.
MARQUEE IN BROSNA: We are promised a great nights entertainment with Lisa McHugh & Mike Denver next Friday July 13 from 7-11pm in Brosna Town.  Funds raised will go towards the Renovation Fund and other important projects in Knockaclarig and Brosna churches.

A WALK TO REMEMBER:  There will be a walk to remember all lost love ones on Ballybunion beach. Sunday July 15 at 1.30pm.  All proceeds received on the day will be donated to The Intensive Care Unit, University Hospital Kerry.

TIPS ON CONSERVING WATER:  Place a full litre bottle of water in the cistern in the toilet which will reduce the volume of water at each flush.  Have shorter showers – an average shower uses 10 litres of water per minute, turn off the tap when washing your teeth.  Use a basin to wash the ware and then use the water for watering the flowers.  Pour the cold tea out of the pot on the vegetables.  Only do a wash when you have a full load.  Invest in a water butt under the down pipe.
PARENT AND TODDLER GROUP:  11am – 12.30pm every Tuesday and Thursday, St Ita's Hall. New people always welcome. Contact Mary on 087 9382883.
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
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.
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.   
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.
 
 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. Thursday 10am Garrett Colliins, Askeaton.  Friday 10am Christy Harnett, The Hill. Saturday 6.30pm Anne and Tom Moore.  Sunday 9.15am  Mairead McCarthy.  Patrick O’Connor.  12 noon Jeremiah Healy and John Broderick, Knocknasna.  Monday 7pm Maureen Woulfe, Cratloe Month’s Mind.
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.

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 .
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.

 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.
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.
 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.

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.

SUPPORT GROUP FOR BEREAVEMENT: Abbeyfeale Bereavement Support Group Tel. 068/31230 or 068/51984 or 068/31262.


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