Abbeyfeale and District News Round-Up

Poly-Tunnel Vision: At the blessing and launch of the Abbeyfeale Community Garden in August 2010 were: Eileen Sheehan, Castleisland (left) Marian and Billy Harnett, Abbeyfeale; Fr. John O'Shea, PP Abbeyfeale; Seán Kelly, MEP; Eimear Brophy, Adult Education Officer; Cllr. John Sheahan, Glin and Anne Flanagan, Mountcollins.  ©Photograph: John Reidy 25-8-2010
Poly-Tunnel Vision: At the blessing and launch of the Abbeyfeale Community Garden in August 2010 were: Eileen Sheehan, Castleisland (left) Marian and Billy Harnett, Abbeyfeale; Fr. John O’Shea, PP Abbeyfeale; Seán Kelly, MEP; Eimear Brophy, Adult Education Officer; Cllr. John Sheahan, Glin and Anne Flanagan, Mountcollins. ©Photograph: John Reidy 25-8-2010

Sale Of Produce From Parish Community Garden

We will sell whatever is ready to harvest as well as jams, cakes, breads and scones on Sunday, July 30 outside the church after the 9.30am and 12 noon Masses and donate the proceeds to Trocaire.

National Collection For Trocaire

A special collection will be taken up on the weekend of July 22/23 to help with famine relief in Africa.

Viking Boxing Club

The annual boxing tournament will take place on Sunday, July 23rd in the clubhouse at Colbert’s Terrace. Open to all clubs. Weigh in from 11am to 12noon. First fight 1pm. Further information from Denis 087 7614462.

Abbeyfeale Golf Society

The coming Saturday, July 22nd is captain, Noel O’Hanlon’s big day in Castleisland Golf Club.  All golfers – members and non-members – are invited to join us on the day.  For tee time, text your name before 9pm on Thursday, July 20 to 087 66 32 910.

Abbeyfeale Community Council News

Contractors have erected a number of Heritage Plaques on behalf of ACC which commemorates Places and People of historical importance in Abbeyfeale. They are located around the Square and are the first of a number to be erected over the coming months.
Summer Time Is Competition Time

The Tidy Towns committee in conjunction with Abbeyfeale Community Council are running a competition this June and July for Best Shop Front and Most Improved Shop Front.  Trophies have been sponsored by Fitall/Sigma Signs and Sheehys Hardware.  There will be a voucher for the overall winner in each category.

Free Computer And Internet Training Course

Digital Skills for Citizens computer and internet training at Abbeyfeale library beginning on Friday, July 21 from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm. The course will run every Friday for five weeks and it aims to give beginners the confidence and skills required to benefit from the internet. The course will cover internet security, emails, search engines and websites, accessing government services, conducting everyday transactions, shopping, banking and security, and voice and video calls online. Digital Skills is free to all participants and beginners are welcome. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops or tablet PCs if available. Call Iolar Training on 089 420 7708 for more information or to book a place.

Matinee Sundays

The Big Friendly Giant is the next film in the children’s matinee season at the Glórach.  It will be shown on Sunday, July 23 at 2.30pm – book your seat on 087 1383940.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Cinema Nights At The Glorach

Next cinema night is August 2nd when Casablanca starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman will be the classic film offering.  Reserve your seat on 087 1383940.

Pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick

Reek Sunday takes place on the last Sunday in July each year. In 2017 Reek Sunday takes place on Sunday July 30. Please note that there are changes in the Mass times this year, with Masses being celebrated on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. If you are travelling, please note the following:  All pilgrims should heed the instructions of the Mountain Rescue Teams, Order of Malta and An Gárda Síochána at all times.Pilgrims should follow the instructions and guidelines issued by Mayo Mountain Rescue

Charity Ceili in Knockaderry

A Charity Ceili is being held in Knockaderry Resource Centre on August 11 at 9.30pm.  Music is by the Striolan Ceili Band. A raffle will be held with spot prizes galore. Tea will also be served. All profits will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society.

For more details contact Teresa 087 9427259 or Deirdre on 086 1630201. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Seisiún In Templeglantine

All those in the locality who enjoy a good night of Irish traditional entertainment will welcome the return of the weekly Comhaltas  Seisiún show at the Devon Inn every Thursday night at 8.30pm.  The show consists of top quality music, song, dance and story provided by a talented group of artistes, many of whom have won All Ireland honours.  The traditional show is aimed at both locals and visitors and is very enjoyable.  Towards the end of the programme of entertainment there is an informal segment where members of the audience may perform if they so wish.

St. Ita’s Faith Camp

Registration for Faith Camp is taking place in St. Mary’s Boys School on Wednesday, July 19 from 8-9pm. The annual St. Ita’s Faith Camp takes place from Tuesday, August 1 – Friday, August 4, 2017. Confirmation children especially welcome. We are asking families to host our visiting volunteers this year. We need bed and breakfast accommodation for the volunteers who come from afar – all other meals will be supplied at the School. We are very grateful for your generosity. We welcome any person who is 15 years or over to volunteer for the camp as much help is needed during our 4 days.  Contact Martina 087  27 88 834 or Lorraine 086 37 65 751.

Farm Safety Week

Farm Safety Week will take place this year from July 24- 28. The campaign will focus on a different risk each day. Farmers will be encouraged to take some time during the week to assess the safety of routine tasks. The message for Farm Safety Week is that farm safety is a lifestyle not a slogan.

Graveyard Clean

Reilig Ide Naofa Graveyard Mass will take place on Thursday, August 17 at 7.30pm. Clean up takes place every Tuesday, if you are available some evening please call, all help is greatly appreciated as the graveyard is quite large and needs constant weeding. So come along and join the group. All are welcome.

Abbeyfeale Heritage Day August 27

A Park, a Monk, an Earl and a Princess is an intriguing look at Abbeyfeale’s Natural Heritage of today as well as having a look into the past and those who walked our streets 200-800 years ago.   Starting at Abbeyfeale Town Park 2pm sharp.

SVP Shop Opening Hours

The Abbeyfeale shop will open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday each week between 10-4pm. Further information 087 1213560.

Training In Use Of Defibrillator

It is planned to train up a group of people in the use of defibrillators. If you would be willing to receive the training please email with your details and contact number to

Abbeyfeale Community Alert

There are some seats for the Summer Outing which have not been paid for.  We have a waiting list so if you still have not paid and you’re planning to travel you need to contact Kathleen Collins, Convent St. Immediately. If you are travelling in Europe this summer be sure to apply to the HSE for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).  You can apply by post or online, further details on the HSE website.  The card entitles the carrier to the same access to healthcare as locals when travelling in an EU or EEA country.

Defibrillators in Abbeyfeale are located at the Search and Rescue Headquarters and also at Fr. Casey’s, the Rugby Club and the Soccer grounds. Should you require one in an emergency contact Christy Kelleher 087 7452110.

Should you be affected by or witness an anti-social event – on the street, in your property, at your business, in the Town Park, it is recommended that you call the 24 hour line in Newcastle West on 069 20650 to log your complaint.

You can also log your complaint on the 24 hr free phone no 1800 283064.

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. Committee members are Sean Broderick, Micheal O’Kelly N.T., Seamus Stack, Mossie Gleeson, Kathleen Collins, Mary McArthur, Buddy and Brenda Barry, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Mary Jo O’Connell, James Joy, Neily Lyons, Marian Harnett and Garda Roger O’Donoghue.

Padre Pio Devotions

There will be no devotions for August but they will resume in September on the first Tuesday of the month in Monagae Church at 7pm.  Blessing with 1st. class relic.

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