Abbeyfeale and District News Round-Up

Garda stations in Kerry are getting calls about credit card scammers. ©The Maine Valley Post.

Kerry Gardaí Warn of Credit Card Phone Scam:

A number of people have been in touch with Kerry Garda stations saying that they have received a call from an 021 number.

By Marian Harnett

The caller says that they are from a bank and that there is a problem with their credit card.

Garda advice is: Do not engage and do not give details of your card to anyone as this is a scam.

People are being reminded that once they reach the age of 65 and live alone or with a person/s aged over 65 then they are entitled to receive a monitored alarm system.

The free equipment is provided by Pobal following an application from Abbeyfeale Community Alert but there will be a monitoring fee to be paid yearly to the installing company which is currently in the region of €65.

Divine Mercy Ceremonies In Abbeyfeale

The novena to the Divine Mercy begins on Good Friday and continues until the Sunday after Easter.  There will be Mass, confessions, rosary, blessing of the sick in Abbeyfeale Church beginning with confessions at 2.30pm on Divine Mercy Sunday. All are welcome.


Apostolate of Eucharistic Adoration will travel to Knock on Sunday, April 30., Bus leaves church at 7.30am., Contact: 087 77 58 503 or 087 65 42 685.

The best in the world: Bones player Paddy 'Sport' Murphy pictured outside Matt McCoy's during the 2002 Fleadh by The Feale in Abbeyfeale. ©Photograph: John Reidy 5-5-2002
The best in the world: Bones player Paddy ‘Sport’ Murphy pictured outside Matt McCoy’s during the 2002 Fleadh by The Feale in Abbeyfeale. ©Photograph: John Reidy 5-5-2002

Fleadh By The Feale

The word is out about Abbeyfeale’s 23rd Fleadh and there’s even a man coming from Canada to take part in the All Ireland Bone playing competition on Bank Holiday Monday, May 1st. It will be, as always, a mighty weekend with the Art Poster Exhibition and prize giving in the Library kicking it off on Thursday night at 7.30pm.

This will be followed by a Gathering Session in Thomas T. J’s on New Street.

Busy Child of Prague

The Child of Prague will be busy on Friday with every statue in the town out to prevent rain for the buskers who will be on the Main Street from 7pm.

Later, in The Square, the gig rig will be hopping from 8.30pm.

Then the set céilí gets underway in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse with dancing to Donie Nolan and Taylor’s Cross.

Tribute to Dan Murphy

Festival founder members, Maureen Murphy and her husband, Dan.  There will be a Polka/Slide recital as a tribute to the late Mr. Murphy during  this year's Fleadh by the Feale.  ©Photograph: John Reidy 08/04/2009
Festival founder members, Maureen Murphy and her husband, Dan.
There will be a Polka/Slide recital as a tribute to the late Mr. Murphy during this year’s Fleadh by the Feale. ©Photograph: John Reidy 08/04/2009

On Saturday: Daisy Kearney will entertain adults and children alike in St. Ita’s Hall at 3pm, the All Ireland Junior Bone Playing gets underway on the Gig Rig following new exciting band Fugazi at 3.30pm and then at 4pm a Polka/Slide Recital – a tribute to founder member the late Dan Murphy will take place at D.J. Murphy’s on Main St.

Saturday is a full day of workshops: a youth traditional music session, a disco, entertainment on the gig rig with Templeglantine Comhaltas and pub sessions all over town from New St. to Bridge St. to Main St. and The Square.

Sunday is equally as busy with the highlight being Frankie Gavin and DeDannan joined by Coláiste Íde agus Iosef’s wonderful céilí band in concert in the Coláiste at 8pm.

There will be sessions all over town in corners of hostelries and a pub crawl is in order.

The Celebrity Concert Tickets are now on sale from: Slice of Life 068 32655, Abbey Tiles 068 31661, Celine 087 76 97 672 and Mary 087 74 19 343.

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 Competition when our Canadian entrant will be the unknown to watch. It’s going to be a great weekend so mark it down.

Meenkilly Card Game Finale

After a very successful run, the last card game of the season was held on Tuesday. The Board of Management of the school would like to thank everyone who helped out during the year. A huge thanks to Marian who ran the card game with her usual efficiency, patience and good humour with Eleanor for her work backstage and Joan and Theresa, Liam, Julia and Noreen and the ticket-sellers: Shauna, Sarah, Patrick, Michael, Conor and Aine and all the children who helped out on the night. The board would like to express its gratitude to everyone who donated food and especially Murphy’s Bakery who have always been so generous in their support of the school. The parents’ association servied up tea and treats.

To all, including teachers and staff, who donated spot prizes. Your support is very much appreciated by all in Meenkilly National School.

Four teams finished on twelve games and shared the prize-money: Gobnait Scannell, Sean O’ Connor, Paddy Sheehan, Jackie Harnett, Pat Fitzgerald, John Quirke, Eoghan Lane, Joe O’Connor, Kevin O’Connor, Marian Quirke, Donal O’Connor.

Table Prizes: Hannah Foley, Margaret Mc Carthy, Noel Murphy, Mossie Collins, Mary McCarthy, Michael O’Kelly, Laurence Mc Auliffe, Margaret Mc Auliffe, Bridie Collins. Raffle Tickets: Con Lane, John Quirke (x2), JJ Lenihan, Catriona Sheeran, Beth Collins, Seamus Collins, Sheila Breen, Noreen O Callaghan (x2), Betty Curtin, Marian Roche (x2), Eileen Reidy.

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 8th. from 10am to 12 noon, for six 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 difficulties.

‘Free to Be’ has been developed in such a way that it encourages and enables you to look at ways of improving your daily life, manage stress and stressful situations, develop relaxation skills, self-care, re-connect with your inner self.

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 93 82 883 or contact Nora at West Limerick Resources on 068 31198. Booking is essential.

Ideas for Cinema at The Glórach

The Glórach Theatre recently announced the introduction of a monthly cinema slot for Abbeyfeale. They are now looking at the possibility of putting on a family / children’s Matinee on Sundays but would like some feedback from parents and children on how best to run such Sunday matinees. Please contact the Hotline on 087 138 39 40 with your thoughts and ideas.

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. If you were unable to attend the meeting on the April 11th. we would still like to hear from you, please contact Dearbhla at West Limerick Resources on 069 66293 or email

Volunteers Wanted For Conversational English Classes

Volunteers are wanted for Conversational English Classes in Newcastle West. The classes will take place over 10 weeks on Wednesday evenings at the Community Centre Newcastle West, beginning April 19. If you are interested, please contact Stefanie at West Limerick Resources on 069 62222 or

Abbeyfeale Parent & Toddler Group

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. This group is a great way to introduce your child to a pre-school environment, teaching them to play and share with other children and a fantastic way for parents to make new friends as well. Activities each week include singing nursery rhymes, painting/colouring, table-top art and crafts, also messy play, which encourages children’s imagination and they learn about different textures & help develop their motor skills (hand eye co-ordination). Parents have time to chat, with a cup of tea, sing and play also. Contact Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883.

Community Natters – A Monthly Newsletter

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 or To subscribe to the monthly newsletter, please log onto our website and enter your email address in the subscription box.

Darkness Into Light

This year’s walk/run takes place in Newcastle West on Saturday, May 6th at 4am. It will start at The Desmond Complex in Gortboy.

Seniors, students aged 16 and upwards and unwaged €15. Children under 16 can register free but if they want a T-shirt it will cost €3.50.

Groups of five or more can avail of a 20% discount. You can also register online at, Registration will take place at Feale Fit, Mountmahon on Saturday, April 29th from 12am – 2pm., For further information contact Breda 087 77 15 734.

The Big April Ask 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 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. It will take just two 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 time to complete the survey by clicking the link here:

Lay Led Liturgy Of The Word

Bishop Brendan Leahy has asked that every parish offer a lay led Liturgy of the Word on Tuesday, April 25th.

After two days of formation, parishioners are now considering how they might do that together in their local place.

Social Farming

Calling interested farmers and farm families who would like to hear more about Social Farming,

Julette O’Flynn the new Social Farming Regional Development Worker with WLR can provide more information on 087 36 63 842 or by email to

Knockaclarig National School Gift Idea

Ann Lyons is currently selling the book celebrating the 125 years of Knockaclarig National School at her business in the Square.

Self Employment Supports

If you are considering self employment and would like to know more about the process involved you should contact enterprise officer, Brenda Heath. We are currently rolling out a series of FREE Enterprise Training Workshops for all those considering this route including workshops on steps to starting your business, book-keeping, marketing and health and safety. If you wish to find out more please contact Brenda Heath at West Limerick Resources on 069 66297 /, or our support Worker Dee Collins on 069 62222 /

Domestic Abuse Information

Groups meet weekly and many women find it helpful to meet and talk with others who are or have been in similar situations., To find out more just ring Jess or Majella on, 061 41 2354. If you are a victim of or have witnessed domestic abuse then log onto We constantly update our FB page with local alerts and information on keeping safe so do keep an eye on that.

Parish Church Jubilee 2018

In June 2018 the parish will celebrate, the 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 is beginning to plan for the 50th celebrations.

At this stage we are seeking any photographs of the construction phase of the building and any, articles or publications covering the opening Mass and, consecration ceremony.

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