Abbeyfeale Harriers Enjoy a Good Week’s Hunting

Rearing to go: Hunters and hounds gather on the village square in Scartaglin at the start of a hunt in 2001.  ©Photograph: John Reidy 10/02/2001
Flashback: Rearing to go: Hunters and hounds gather on the village square in Scartaglin at the start of a hunt in 2001. ©Photograph: John Reidy 10/02/2001

The Abbeyfeale Harriers 2017 Hunting Festival has concluded for another year. Hunt clubs from Limerick, Cork, Kerry, Armagh, Tyrone and Wexford participated in the week’s hunting.

By Marian Harnett

Hunt supporters from all over Ireland and beyond enjoyed the weeks sport and socialising at this annual get together. A donation has been made to the Irish Cancer Society.

The Abbeyfeale Harriers would like to give a special thanks to all those that supported the hunt festival including: The clubs that participated; the hunt followers who came from all over Ireland and beyond; The publicans who kindly sponsored the food after each hunt; The Scartaglin Harriers for hosting the hunt meet in Scartaglin; And most importantly to the farmers and landowners in the areas that were hunted and who have always been very supportive.

All of your support is greatly appreciated. We would like to wish everybody good health and fortune for the coming year, and we’ll look forward to meeting up at the hunting festival again next year.

A Wake in the West – Last Chance

There was such a demand for seats and so many people turned away that the cast of A Wake in the West is coming together on Sunday, March 12th  at Fr. Casey’s for one last performance. Doors open 7.30pm.

Abbeyfeale Town Park Bioblitz 8-6-2013
Anneke Vrieling pictured with her daughter Nóirín in Abbeyfeale Town Park where she will be among the guides at Saturday’s walk to mark National Tree Week. ©Photograph: John Reidy

A Walk in Abbeyfeale Town Park

To mark National Tree Week 2017 we are organizing a Nature and Forest Walk here in the Town Park in Abbeyfeale, on Saturday, March 11 at 12 noon.

Our local nature experts, Anneke Vrieling, Lorcan Curtin and Tony Kennelly will attend on the day to speak about the social, economic and environmental benefits of Forestry and natural habitats. Everyone welcome. Dress for the great outdoors.

The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The next best time is now. – Anon

Warmer Home

IRD Duhallow, a Community Based Organisation based in Newmarket Co Cork, operates the Warmer Homes Scheme in North Cork, South Limerick and all of County Kerry. This scheme provides attic and cavity wall insulation services to help improve the energy efficiency of homes while also reducing fuel bills.  This service is free of charge:  If you are in receipt of any one of the following payments, you may be eligible to receive insulation services free of charge  Fuel Allowance or Family Income Supplement  Jobseekers Allowance (for more than 6 months and have children under seven years or One Parent Family Payment.  Houses must be owner occupied and constructed before 2006.  Contact IRD Duhallow on 029 60633 for further details.

Mock Wedding

You are all invited to a Mock wedding at the Railway Bar @ 7.30pm on Friday, March 10th.  Proceeds in aid of Nicole Prendiville Doyle who is travelling to Uganda in June with Nurture Africa. There will be a raffle, spot prizes for the most appropriately dressed guests, largest hat, snazziest man, highest heels and more. 087 66 57 154.

Childcare Course

A two year part time course in Early Childhood Care and Education will be held over 2 years in the Old Tech, Abbeyfeale and runs on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons from March 7 next. Marie Shorten 069 77639 for further information.

Coláiste Íde Agus Iosef

A Transition year production of Summer Nights based on the musical, Grease will be staged on Thursday, March 9 and Friday, March 10 at 7.30pm Admission: €10 Tel: 068 30 631.

Fundraisers For Community Council

Friday, March 10th. A Card Game in Fr. Casey’s.  Sunday, March 12 Afternoon Tea Dance also in Fr. Casey’s with dancing to Noel Cronin. Friday, March 24 Texas Cards in the Cellar Bar 8pm.  Sunday, March 26 Doubles Dart Tournament in the Ploughman 7pm.

Door Security Course

A six week course commences at the Old Tech, Abbeyfeale on March 13.  Contact Padraig O’Sullivan 061 48 79 85 for further information.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Preparations are continuing for the annual Abbeyfeale St Patrick’s Day Parade.  Comhaltas Teampall An Ghleanntáin will perform in The Square before the parade which is set to leave from Mountmahon at 4pm, led by the Rathkeale Brass Band. The parade will proceed down Main Street and past the reviewing stand before disbanding by the council car park. Prizes will be awarded for Best Float, Best Youth Entry and Best Decorated Window. Participants are reminded that they are responsible for the insurance of their individual vehicles and will be asked to sign a waiver to this effect before being permitted to take part in the parade. Most insurance companies will add this to their cover, free of charge, when requested.

Afternoon Tea Dancing

Dancing to Noel Cronin at Fr. Casey’s, Abbeyfeale on Sunday, March 12 from 3 -6pm.  Admission €5.  Teas served.

West Limerick Singing Club

Traditional Concert on Saturday, March 11th Special guests; Singers; Elle Marie O’Dwyer and Philip Enright. Story teller, Daisy Kearney.

2016 All Ireland winners: Darragh and Gearoid Curtin; Cailin O’Shea and the Sliabh Mish CCE group.

Templeglantine CCE; Junior Wren Group; John Carroll and Friends plus a variety of other talented performers. €10 at the door. Spot prizes.

Tuesday Night Card Game

The winners of the card game on Shrove Tuesday night, with fourteen games, were Billy O’ Connell, Breda O’Connell and Mary O’Connell. Runners-up with twelve games were: Eileen Reidy, Billy Lane and Donal O Connor.

Table Prize: Bill Blair, Jerry O’Connor and Tim Harnett. Door Prizes: Bridie Collins, Margaret Mc Carthy. Raffle Tickets: Jack O’Sullivan, Eileen Finnegan, Paddy O’Sullivan, Kathleen Lenihan, Noreen O’ Callaghan, Dixie Quirke. Looking forward to seeing you all again next Tuesday night at 9.15 pm sharp le cúnamh Dé.

Job Opportunity.

Must be punctual, dependable and have the ability to work on own initiative. CV to SVP. Parish office. Abbeyfeale, employment through TÚS and CE schemes.

Fleadh By The Feale

Taking place this year from April 27 – May 1st. the lead act will be the world renowned fiddler Frankie Gavin and De Danann.

Grand Variety Concert

West Limerick 102fm Grand Variety Concert at Rathkeale House Hotel on Wednesday, March 8 at 8pm sharp.

Featuring: Emily Clarke; Ann Marie O’Riordan; Paddy McAuliffe; Cllr. Michael Collins and Friends and many more. Doors open 7.30pm. Tickets €10 from WLCR 069 66 200, Pat O’Donovan 087 99 77 340; Ann Lyons, Abbeyfeale and Rathkeale Post office.

Tourism Accommodation Funding

Expressions of Interest are now being sought for Tourism Accommodation Projects in the West Limerick area under the LEADER Programme 2014-2020.

The purpose of this grant is to help tourism grow in rural areas through support for the development of niche tourism accommodation such as self-catering, camping, glamping and caravan parks.  For more information see or email

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