Tuesday, 12 March 2019


ST. PATRICK’S DAY: All is now in readiness for the annual Abbeyfeale St Patrick’s Day Parade. Templeglantine Comhaltas will open proceedings with a lively session of jigs and reels in The Square and we hope that they will receive their usual warm reception. The parade will start from Mountmahon at 4pm, led by the Rathkeale Brass Band and proceed down Main Street and past the reviewing stand in The Square. We look forward to another big entry of floats and novelties again this year, and already many businesses and clubs have signalled their intention to take part. Participants are asked to assemble at the Industrial Estate from 3pm and they are reminded that they are responsible for their own insurance cover and will be required to sign a waiver to that effect. Prizes will be awarded for Best Float, Best Decorated Window and Best Youth Entry. We hope that spectators will will assemble in great numbers down along Main Street to enjoy the spectacle and cheer on the participants. Bí ann agus bí linn, Lá Fhéile Pádraig!

 GLORÁCH NEWS: PRO Lorcan Curtin writes; “ A brilliant night of music was enjoyed by a sellout crowd at the Glórach Theatre last Friday night.  As part of our celebration of International Women's Day, the group Cuisle took to the stage singing iconic songs by iconic female artists.  The best of West Limerick musicians comprised the group, with a phenomenal performance on vocals from Susan Browne and tremendous guitar and vocals from Kevin McCarthy, whose banter between numbers had the audiences in stitches.  Catherine Horgan gave a mesmeric performance on the fiddle, veering from traditional to bluegrass in style, while Dan Sheehan's piano playing gave a great depth to the overall sound and Noel Beasley on percussion drove the rhythm on throughout the night.  A Woman's Heart, Caledonia, Both Sides Now, It's a heartache were just some of the numbers sung during the course of the concert, with thundering versions of Proud Mary and I will survive bringing the crowd to their feet towards the end of the night.  Thanks to Cuisle, the enthusiastic audience who attended and all the volunteers who helped out on the night”
IRISH LANGUAGE CLASSES:  Abbeyfeale branch of Conradh na Gaeilge kick started Adult Irish Speaking classes, last Wednesday, March 6. As a result of the large numbers signed up for the classes, the venue for the classes have moved to St Itas Hall, Convent St, Abbeyfeale, from this Wednesday, March 13,  tosnú 7:30pm to 8:30pm.  There will be 2 classes, a Bun rang (beginners) & an Ard rang (more advanced). The main aim of these classes are to promote and encourage Irish Speaking in the locality. Some places are still available, we encourage anyone with an interest on brushing up on “na cúpla focal” to attend. The classes will continue for 6 more weeks cost €30. Mar a deireann an sean fhocal “Is fearr Gaeilge briste ná Béarla cliste”. For more information or to book your place contact Dónal on 068 31661 or email donalbox@icloud.com
OPEN DAY: An invitation has been issued by the Board of St Ita's Sheltered Housing  to their Open Day on Saturday April 27. There will be a cup of tea in the Day Care Centre following the unveiling of a plaque in honour of the late Canon Neville whose brainchild the Sheltered Housing was.  The evening will conclude with music by Lost Souls at The Winners’ Circle. 
LEXIO DIVINA:    It is hoped to begin Lexio Divina after Friday’s 10am Mass. Traditionally, Lectio Divina has four separate steps: read; meditate; pray; contemplate. First a passage of scripture is read, and then its meaning is reflected upon. This is followed by prayer and contemplation on the Word of God.  Everyone welcome.
AFTERNOON TEA DANCE:  Mary MacArthur in association with the Wednesday Club are holding a Tea Dance in memory of Mary’s late husband Hughie, in Fr Casey’s GAA Hall, Abbeyfeale.3 -6pm on Sunday, April 14.  All proceeds to Milford Care Centre.  Music by Mike Condon. Tickets €5 from 087 6377310. All donations gratefully accepted.
RATHKEALE & DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY will hold its final meeting of this season on Friday, March 22  at 8.30 pm. in the Community Arts Centre, New Line, Rathkeale.  Topic: “REVISITING THE LORE OF WEST LIMERICK”.  Speaker:  Maurice O’Keeffe, who travelled the highways and byways of West Limerick and other regions twenty years ago, meeting and talking to people on the way, which has resulted in thousands of hours of audio material being  compiled into oral history collections. All are welcome.  Admission Free.
COUNTRY MUSIC CONCERT:  All roads lead to Duagh Sports & Leisure Complex on Thursday, April 4 for The Irish Country Music Concert presented by Mike Gardner of Country Corner - Clare FM.  A fantastic line up comprises The Ryan Turner Band, Louise Morrissey, Gerry Guthrie, Cathy Durkin, John Hogan, Michael Collins. Following on from the great success of last years "Showbands concert" this promises to be an event not to be missed. Doors open 7.30pm and Concert starts @8.30pm. Tickets €25 available from 087-2684540 or any committee member. Lots of Spot prizes, full bar facilities as well as Tea/Coffee.
FR. CASEY’S CARDS; Winner with 13 games were; Sean O’Connor, Teddy Sullivan, Eamon Scannell.  Runners up with 12 games were; Liam O’Connor, Beth Collins, Jamsie McEnery.  Door prize winner was; Connie Collins.  Table prize winners;  Eddie O’Connor, Connie Collins, Mike Donoghue.  Raffle winners were;  Beth Collins, Kathleen McCarthy, Dan Brosnan, Dan Reidy, Jerry O’Connor.

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