Tuesday, 22 January 2019


A FEAST OF DRAMA:  The Abbeyside Players take to the Glórach stage with their production of the famed John B Keane play, The Chastitute on Thursday, January 31.  Capturing the plight of love hungry farmer John Bosco McLaine and his doomed attempts at romancing, the play is quite humorous but also critical of the repressive mores that tormented the mind of the title character.  As soon as The Abbeyside Players finish their run the Abbeyfeale Drama Group take the stage with ‘Marriage of Connivance’ from February 12.
GLÓRACH: Bingo continues on Monday nights at 8.30 pm. 
CONRADH NA GAEILGE FESTIVAL:  Tionól (Irish language and Music w/e)   Chontae Luimnigh present the first, hopefully of many gatherings of  Folklore, Music, Poetry and History of Abbeyfeale through the Irish Language in Fr. Casey’s Friday, February 8 and Saturday, February 9 with daily admission just €5 per day.  The official opening takes place on Friday from 7pm followed by a lecture from Séamus Ó Coileáin from Athea and ending with a traditional music concert with the Murphy family, Riona Ní Churtáin, Denis Curtin and the Flannery Sisters.   Saturday’s programme includes lectures, a   bilingual walking tour of Abbeyfeale and a traditional music session.  All are welcome.
 FAKE NEWS:  Glórach’s recent plea for a pair of “winkle pickers” hasn’t gone un-noticed in the corridors of power, A recent tweet from Donal Trump has advised that those individuals seeking asylum and work in the U.S. should consider Ireland as a destination as the country are advertising for “winkle pickers”. Could this be another instance of false news? Surely not!”

CALL FOR LOCAL VOICES INTO A NATIONAL VOLUNTEERING STRATEGY: The Dept. of Community and Rural Development have promised to bring about a National Volunteering Strategy. To this end Limerick Volunteer Centre are calling a Focus Group meeting in Newcastle West, in The Longcourt House Hotel, Thursday, January 24, at 7pm. We are aiming to discuss just 5 of the more important aspects at a number of tables.  Local group contributions will be submitted for the composition of the strategy. This very interesting and interactive format will take no more than about 90 minutes.  Anybody who is involved in any organisation as either a volunteer or a manager in West Limerick will be able to have their say in what should comprise an effective National Volunteering Strategy. To book a place go to www.volunteeringstrategy.ie/limerick or call 087 738 7481.
WOODTURNERS WORKSHOP:  Limerick and District Woodturners – one of whose founder members was the late Liam Flynn, Convent St. - will hold their first workshop of 2019 at the Crescent College, Dooradoyle on Thursday, January 24 from 7.30 – 9.30pm.  Membership is open to anyone and include turners of all levels from beginner to professional.  Further information John Ryan 087 1260525.”
 WE’VE COME TOO FAR TO FORGET WHO WE ARE”:  Harnett’s have been in touch from all over the world since the idea of a second reunion was mooted way back in the autumn.  They’re booking their seats, packing their bags, checking their passports and planning a trip to West Limerick for a whale of a celebration next July 11-14.  There will be genealogy, workshops, local tours, a concert and gala dinner at The Devon Hotel as well as loads of opportunities to discover where their ancestors left from in the dim and distant past. We are going to celebrate our name and the fact that the Harnetts are a major part of the fabric of West Limerick history and society.  Please spread the word and invite everyone – inlaws and outlaws included - to join us in the spiritual home of the Harnetts in West Limerick next July.   Email HarnettReunion2019 @gmail.com for further information or check out Harnett Reunion FB page to keep up to date with all the plans for a fantastic weekend July 11-14, 2019.  We’ll shortly be holding the first meeting for this year and want representation from all the different families to attend and help us
WRITING, KNITTING AND CROCHET GROUPS:  The writing group is back on Fridays from 11am to 1pm. Knitting and crochet begins Tuesday January 29 from 7 – 9pm in  St.Ita’s Hall Main St. New members always welcome.
FR. CASEY’S CARDS 18/01/2019:  Winners with 12 games; Tom Lenihan, Connie Collins, Eddie O’Connor.  Runner-up divided between four teams each with 12 games were; Bridie Collins, Dan Casey, Tommy Nelligan.  Liam O’Connor, Jamsie McEnery, Beth Collins.  Eamonn Scannell, Sean O’Connor, Bill Blair.  Sean Harnett, Dan Dillane, Tom Murphy.  Door prize; Mickie O’Connor.  Table prize ; Noel Murphy, JD Foley, James Connell.Raffle winners were;Jamsie McEnery, Gobnaith Scannell, Beth Collins, JD Foley, Tom Murphy, Pat Collins.
 CLASSES IN THE ADULT EDUCATION CENTRE (OLD TECH):  The following are a small sample of the classes on offer in Mountmahon:, Computer Classes for beginners started Tuesday, January 22, Abbeyfeale Wellness Monday January 28.  Then in February it is hoped to run classes in Container Gardening, Up cycle your wardrobe, Healthy Meals in 10 minutes as well as an Introduction to the Hair and Beauty Industry, Wood Turning Level 3, Care Skills Level 5, Special Needs Assisting.  Then in April classes will run in Child Health and Well Being and from Plot to Plate.

SHEP – THE SOCIAL AND HEALTH EDUCATION PROJECT:  Two new programmes available in West Limerick, ‘Effective Communication for Better Relationships’ in St Ita’s Hall, Abbeyfeale, begins on Monday, January 28,  from 10.00am to 12.30pm for 8 weeks (to March 25). ‘An Introduction to Personal Development’ in the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West, begins on Wednesday, January 3, from 10.00am to 12.30pm for 8 weeks (to March 20). Please contact Adrienne at West Limerick Resources on 087-2773294/aoconnell@wlr.ie for further details and to register your interest.

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