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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LOCAL NOTES 25th APRIL 2017
LOCAL NOTES 25th APRIL 2017
PROLOGUE: A diamond is a lump of coal that did well under pressure!
ALZHEIMER TEA DAY: A tea day
on behalf of the Alzheimer's society will be held at the Adult Education centre
(old tech) on Wednesday, April 26 from 11am to 2pm. Raffle will be
held also. Your support would be greatly appreciated.
CAR BOOT SALE AND INDOOR MARKET: WL102fm will hold their monthly
Saturday market on Saturday, May 6. Gates open 8am. Car €5, Van
€10, Large Van €15. Further information Bernadette 069 66200 or email email@example.com
PILGRIMAGE: Apostolate of Eucharistic Adoration will travel to Knock on
Sunday, April 30. Bus leaves church @ 7.30am. Contact 087/7758503 or 087/6542685.
FLEADH BY THE FEALE: It’s finally here and typical the weather forecast
is for rain!But we’re a tough crowd in
Abbeyfeale and that won’t worry us.Abbeyfeale’s
23rd Fleadh starts
on Thursday, April 27 – and runsuntil Monday,
May 1. There’s even a man coming from Canada to take part in the All
Ireland Bone playing competition on Bank Holiday Monday, May 1. It will
be, as always , a mighty weekend . There will be sessions all over town
in corners of hostelries and a pub crawl is in order before Sundays celebrity
concert with De Dannan for which tickets are now on sale from Slice of Life 068-32655; Abbey Tile 068-31661; Celine 087 7697672 and Mary 087 7419343. Bank Holiday
Monday is a day to relax and enjoy the music all over town and then from 7.30pm
the Gig Rig will be the place to be. Scoil Mháthair Dé and Tournafulla
Comhaltas will entertain the crowd before the All Ireland Senior Bone Playing
when our Canadian entrant will be the unknown to watch. It’s going to be
a great weekend so mark it down.
HILL GRAVEYARD AGM:Reilig Ide
Naofa AGM will take place in the GAA Clubhouse on Thursday, April 27 @ 8pm.
Please come. New members and new ideas very welcome. The graveyard is looking
very well and in order to keep it so we need more people to help on clean up
evening. Just one hour a week during the growing season to keep it maintained.
SPINATHON FUNDRAISER FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS; Friday, May 5 is Special
Olympics Ireland National Collection Day. Fealefit Strength
&Conditioning, Mountmahon are holding a Spinathon on the day 7am -
10pm to help raise funds. We need people to fill slots and keep our
stationary Spin bikes going for 15 hours. No level of fitness required,
just need to keep those pedals turning at your preferred pace. It is €5
for a 15 minute slot and you can do as many as you wish. Contact Shane 0872891015 or Kadie 0877771552 for further
WEST LIMERICK HERITAGE NETWORK: A meeting of the network will take
place at the Boardroom of West Limerick Resources on Wednesday, May 3 at
7.30pm. New members always welcome.
SVP:We are recruiting volunteers for our new St.
Vincent De Paul shop in the town. The shop will be open from Monday to Saturday10.00 - 5.00pm. The shop will have two shifts – 10.00 - 1.30pm and 1.30 -
5.00pm. If you have some time to give and would like to be part of our team or
need more information please contact us on 087 1213560. We would love to have
you work in our shop.The work and time
you will give to the Vincent de Paul as a volunteer in our shop will be
invaluable. By this work you will be making a huge difference in the lives of
so many people.Volunteering is a gift
to the community.
LAUNCH OF COMMUNITY
FACILITIES REPORT: West Limerick Resources will launch the results
of a comprehensive report of Community Facilities in the West Limerick area on
Thursday, April 27 at the Desmond Complex Newcastle West from 7:30-9:30pm.
Everyone is welcome to come along to hear about the results of this survey
which provides a wealth of information and points for consideration for
communities in the area. For further information please contact Damien at West
Limerick Resources on 087 9042477.
Benny Thade McCarthy’s Rambling House Bank Holiday Monday May 1 at 9pm in Fr
Caseys Club house Abbeyfeale. All musicians, singers, dancers and
storytellers are welcome to attend. A donation will be made on the
night to Pieta House Suicide prevention and awareness. All welcome.
FEALEFIT OFFERS TRAINING PACKAGE: Fealefit Strength &
Conditioning are offering a young Athlete between the ages of 12-16 the
opportunity to win a Training package worth €2500 and take their training to
the next level & compete at a higher level in their chosen field whether it
be an individual or team sport! We are delighted to have teamed up with
Adrenalin Sports who will kit out the chosen athlete with footwear, apparel and
accessories. We will coach, track, liaise, monitor & develop the
individual’s functional movement and strength & conditioning capabilities
relevant to their sport and age and help them to progress. They will have
unlimited use of our facilities, constant functional assessment & fitness
testing, nutritional advice and one to one sessions every week with our team of
trainers. This is an excellent opportunity for a young local athlete to excel
under our guidance. Send us an email to Fealefit@hotmail.com on your sporting / training background & why you
would excel at this opportunity.
DARKNESS INTO LIGHT: This year’s walk/run takes place in Newcastle West
on Saturday, May 6 at 4 am, starting at The Desmond Complex (new venue)
Gortboy. Seniors, Students (aged 16 & upwards) and unwaged €15. Children
under 16 can register free but if they want a T-shirt it will cost €3.50.
Groups of 5 or more can avail of a 20% discount. You can also register online
at dil.pieta.ie Registration will take place at Feale fit, Mountmahon (opposite
Kostal) on Saturday, April 29 from 12am - 2pm and at The Red Door in Newcastle
West from 10 am to 4 pm. You can also register on Friday, May 5 at The
Red Door Newcastle West from 4 pm to 9 pm.Late registrations also taken at the Complex on the night.For further information contact Breda 087 7715734.
REMEMBERING ZOE:A darts
tournament will be held at the Ballintemple Inn, NCW on Friday, May 5 to raise
funds for Remembering Zoë.Entry
€10.Contact Caroline on
0872569050.The third Remembering Zoë
Cycle Challenge around the 8 parishes which surround Abbeyfeale will be held on
Sunday, May 14 – there are 3 routes: 110 km, 75 km or 40 km and online
registration is now open – you can register by clicking on ; https://register.primoevents.com/ps/event/RememberingZoeCycleChallenge By registering on-line you are automatically entered in a
draw for the following spot prizes: €100 voucher for O’Sullivan’s Cycles,
Killarney and a €100 voucher for iBikes Cycle Shop, Killarney. All
participating cyclists will receive a specially designed finisher’s
FR.CASEYS LADIES GAA FEILE FUNDRAISER:Please donate your unwanted clothes & textiles to raise funds for
Fr. Casey’s Girls U14 team who have qualified for the Feile finals in Cavan in
June. Any REWEARABLE clothes, paired shoes, belts, handbags, curtains, towels,
bed linen, soft toys are accepted. Please drop off bags at the GAA complex on
Sunday mornings, 10.30-11.30 am between now and the end of May. Contact Mike
0872279922, Ha 0861071620, Laura 0871651529 or Pat 0879030745 if you need any
‘FREE TO BE’ PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT COURSE (PART 1): West Limerick
Resources (SICAP) will roll out the very popular 'Free to be' Personal
Development Course (Part 1) in the Further Education & Training Centre
Abbeyfeale, starting Monday May 8 from 10 – 12 noon, for 6 weeks finishing on
June 19. This course is free to anybody in receipt of social welfare payments,
those who feel they would like to be part of a group, parents, parenting alone,
people living in a disadvantage area or who have children with learning
difficulty. This programme is about well-being which benefits you and your
family. If you are interested in attending please book a place with Mary at
West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883 or contact Nora at West Limerick Resources on 068 31198. Booking is essential.
FOOD CLOUD INFORMATION EVENING: West Limerick Resources is delighted to
announce that we are working to support the FoodCloud Initiative in the West
Limerick Area. FoodCloud is a simple yet ingenious idea whereby working with
local supermarkets for the aim of reducing food waste and restoring community
spirit based on shared food. We would like to hear from Community Groups or
Charities in the area who would be in a position to support this initiative, by
receiving the food donations for their own work or indeed for further
distribution within the community. Please contact Dearbhla at West Limerick
Resources on 069
66293 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
ABBEYFEALE PARENT & TODDLER GROUP meets every Tuesday and Thursday in
St. Ita's Hall In Abbeyfeale from 11am to 12.30pm. New people always
welcome. Contact Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883.
COMMUNITY NATTERS: West Limerick Resources are now producing a monthly
community newsletter entitled ‘Community Natters’. With this newsletter, we
hope to reach out to the many community groups in our area and communicate some
useful hints and information as well as highlighting some new and interesting
projects happening around us. As always, we are hoping to engage with as many
voluntary organisations as possible, so please feel free to get in touch with
any member of the team at West Limerick Resources if you have any
events/projects currently happening in your community. Please let us know by
emailing us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. To subscribe to the monthly newsletter, please log onto
our website www.wlr.ie and enter your email address in the subscription box.
YOUTH SURVEY: The Big April Ask is a national survey prepared by
Youth Leaders throughout Ireland. It needs to be completed by the end of April
2017. The Diocesan Youth Ministry team (Fr Chris and Aoife), recently invited
young people to participate in a survey with questions from Pope Francis for
young people. This new national survey has now also been created and we are
inviting young people to complete this too - As Chris says: 'it will take you 2
minutes to complete and the answers will be seen by Pope Francis himself
because he wants to know what you think'. If you are aged between 16 and 29
then please take two minutes to complete the survey by clicking the link here: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/bigaprilask
PADRE PIO DEVOTIONS: First Tuesday of the month in Monagae Church
at 7pm. Blessing with 1st. class relic.
WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: Next meeting Wednesday, May 3 in the Desmond
Complex NCW. Further
information 087 7972855.
SOCIAL FARMING: West Limerick Resources is delighted to support the
development of Social Farming in the region - Limerick, Tipperary, Clare and
parts of Kerry and Cork. Calling interested farmers & farm families
who would like to hear more about Social Farming or participate in our training
please contact Stefanie on 087 3663842 or email email@example.com. This TWO
day training is FREE and ESSENTIAL if you wish to participate in Social
farming. Training will take place on Wednesday April 26 from 2pm – 8pm and on
Thursday April 27 from 10am – 5pm in the Rathkeale House Hotel. Booking is
required. We look forward to hearing from you.
June 2018 the parish will celebratethe
50th anniversary of the opening of our parish church.A Golden Jubilee is a significant event in
the life of any parish. The Pastoral Council are beginning to plan for the 50th
celebrations. At this stage we are seeking any photographs of the construction
phase of the building and anyarticles
or publications covering the opening Mass andconsecration ceremony.
CHURCH NOTES: Canon Anthony Mullins087/2600414.Fr JosephFoley CC Tel: Mobile :
087 – 2618412.Parish Church
068/51915.Parish Office:Open 11:00 – 1:00 p.m. Tues. - Fri. (068)
31133 Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgLimerick Social Services:061-314111.A.A. 061-311222
Al-Anon 086-8143425 Bereavement Support: 068 / 31203, 068/ 31262, 068/51984.
Parish Support Worker 068/31019 St Vincent De Paul087/1213560
Appointment061/314213 . Accord NCW
069/61000. Samaritans: 061 - 412111 or Free phone 1850609090 A.A. 061-311222
Al-Anon 086-814342551984 Console 061-306792.Masses:No morning Mass Monday,
evening Mass at 7pm.Mass Tuesday –
Saturday at 10am except in the event of a funeral when Mass is 11am.Mass on Saturday11am.Wednesday10amTom O’Connell, Killarney RoadMonth mind.Saturday11amJohn O’Connell,
Kilconlea UpperMonth Mind.7pm Sean O’Mahony, Caherhayes.Joan O’Keeffe, Graigue.Sunday9.30amPro Populo12noonPaddy O’Loughlin,
Novena prayers to St Anthony on Mondays during the 7pm
Mass.Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual
Help on Fridays during the 10am Mass.Adoration
has resumed. It will continue then as usual every Tuesday and Friday. New
adorers are always very welcome.We
thank you all for making our Perpetual Adoration such a success. Because of
your commitment to an hour per week we are able to continue this wonderful gift
we have in our Parish.As due to data protection laws, priests can no longer go to the
reception desk in local hospitals and get a list of parishioners who are
patients, you are requested to contact either Fr. Joe or Fr. Tony if you wish
them to visit.Faithcast is the new
weekly podcast from catholicnews.ie, the news source for the Irish Catholic
Bishops' Conference. Presented by Brenda Drumm, Faithcast is a mixture of
interviews and news snippets from the Catholic Church in Ireland. It is
published every Monday and is available on catholicnews.ie.
To see the daily readings you may log on to
www.abbefelaeparish.ie and click on daily reading on the home page.Log onto www.churchservices.tv/abbeyfealeparish for the church webcam.You can now watch all services from home if
you have access to a computer. You are asked to use car parking spaces in the
Church car park before you start parking in the middle of the yard.Invitation from Fr. Mullins: “I want to
extend an open invitation to all parishioners, particularly young people to
share their God given talents with the community. We are always in need of
Musicians, Singers, Readers of the Word, Altar Servers, Ministers of the
Eucharist, Flowerarrangers, Collectors
and Stewards. You may have IT skills which we need to help us use social media
in bringing God’s message toparishioners. Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated”.
TRALEE DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP" : They will hold
their next event in The Rose Hotel April 27 @ 7:30pm. Special GuestMr Sid Sheehan, Nutritional Therapist.
PARK RUN IN THE DEMESNE:Parkrun is a free, fun, timed 5 kilometer
run.It starts at 9.30am each and every
Saturday beside the soccer pitch in the Demesne, Newcastlewest. Runners,
walkers, families and even family pets are welcome!Just register for free at www.parkrun.ie, print
out your barcode and come along on Saturday morning.
We are one year old this Saturday, April 22.There will be birthday cake and sweets for all at the finish so please
PADRE Pio Prayer Meeting takes place in Lixnaw Church
on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm.
Lourdes Pilgrimage 2017 from June 21-26.The Lourdes office is open in the Social Service Centre, Henry St.All details concerning the Pilgrimage Tel
JIM LYONS’S RAMBLING HOUSE:Held on the third Tuesday of the month in Knockaloucca.
MONAGAE RAMBLING HOUSE:The monthly rambling house in Monagae Community Centre takes place on
the 2ndMonday of the month.
NOTES FROM THE SEANCHAÍ, LISTOWEL:Listowel Rambling House will take place in the Seanchaí Centre on
Thursday April 27 from 9.15
pm. A great evening of traditional music, song, dance & storytelling
is guaranteed and audience participation is welcome. Admission is free,
tea/coffee served.A screening of the
acclaimed film ‘The Siege of Jadotville’ starring Jamie Dornan will take place
in the Seanchaí Centre, Listowel on Friday April 28 at 8 pm as part of Listowel
Military Tattoo. Admission €5.
An Arts & Craft Fair will take place in the Seanchaí Centre,
Listowel on Sunday, April 30 from 11 am.
TABLE QUIZ FOR NEWCASTLEWEST PIPE BAND:A table quiz in aid of the Pipe Band will take place on Friday, April 28
at the Silver Dollar pub, Maiden St.