Abbeyfeale and District News Round-Up

Dingle Trip 2017
Members of the Abbeyfeale Community Alert on their Summer Trip to Dingle on Wednesday.

Abbeyfeale Community Alert Summer Outing

Fifty people left Abbeyfeale last Wednesday morning heading for Dingle.

By Marian Harnett

We were blessed with the weather even though if you went by the forecast you’d be heading off in waders.

First stop was Inch Beach for a bracing walk followed by morning coffee at Sammy’s then back on the bus for a wonderful trip around Slea Head and lunch at the Blasket Interpretative Centre and a film in their theatre there on life on the Blasket Island.

After a quick call to Louis Mulcahy’s Pottery we headed back to Dingle for a couple of free hours to go out to see Fungie or visit the Dingle Distillery or the Aquarium and then it was time to have dinner in Jim McCarthy’s Chart House.

Jim is from Feale View and runs a restaurant that has won several awards and is currently named the top restaurant in Kerry.

We had a great meal and happy and replete set off for home well before dark with plans already being hatched to meet up again for a Christmas party.

Visit to Great Southern Trail

On Saturday, August 26 we hope to visit the Old Rail Trail in County Westmeath Greenway which links Mullingar with Athlone. The option of walking various lengths or cycling the entire 25mile/40km route will be provided (bike hire will be extra). Coach departs from Newcastle West, Market Yard at 8 a.m. with a breakfast stop in Birr and evening dinner in Moate included for €50 (bike hire will be extra). If interested please contact Pat Condon, Upper Maiden St., Newcastle West  069 62344 (phone preferably between 5-6pm) without delay as all of our previous day trips have been fully booked

Abbeyfeale Parent & Toddler Group

The parent and 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.

A Bit of Heaven with Fr. Kevin

Every Monday evening from 7pm to 7.30pm tune into a little bit of Heaven with Fr. Kevin on West Limerick 102FM.

Glórach Children’s Matinee

Many thanks to all who came on Sunday and supported our screening of the BFG, next up is the stellar film, Finding Nemo that plays at the Glórach on Sunday, August 6 at 2.30 pm.

Dan Paddy Andy Festival Celebrates 20 Years

A Cupán Tae and a slice of Dan’s special 20th anniversary cake!  That’s what you can expect when you attend the opening event of this year’s Dan Paddy Andy Festival – the Irish Rambling House Show.

The Festival, the 20th, is on over the August Bank Holiday Weekend and Thursday, August 3rd, is opening night with the first ever performance at the Festival by the Irish Rambling House – the show that has been traveling to England to entertain the exiles with music, song, dance , storytelling … and the craic, for many years.

If laughter is the best medicine then the Irish Rambling House Show is the prescription. After the show there will be a roving microphone for a song or a story from the audience.

It promises to be a real Irish Rambling House night and would be lovely for visiting exiles in particular.  This year’s Festival, over the August Bank Holiday Weekend, has all the usual events but the big news is that Declan Nerney and his mighty band is back in the Marquee on Sunday night, August 6.

The event has been extended to five days with some new events such as Ger’s Mobile Animal Farm and for the first time in that part of Kerry there will be a Sheepdog Trial demo thanks to Brendan Ferris from Killorglin. Both children and adults will enjoy.  And for the young folk Sylvano is back – as if by magic!  You can dance yourself silly in the Marquee to some great bands.  There is a Ceilí with Tim Joe and Anne O’Riordan on the Friday night, a dog show on Saturday and for those left standing after all that there is a Bog Walk on Bank Holiday Monday morning at 11am with a Falconry display, music and tea in the Bog.  The other new event is the 5/10K Run/Walk with all proceeds to the Kerry/Cork Cancer Link Bus.  This is a worthy cause and a lovely route. For information on this or any of the Festival events the number is 087 285 3570 or the Dan Paddy Andy Facebook Page

Duagh Pool Tournament

A pool tournament will take place at The Elm Bar, Duagh over the weekend of August 5/6.  It is a fundraiser for Karla Stack who has Lyme disease.  It will start at 8pm, entry fee 10 per player with €100 for the winner.  A raffle will also be held.

80s Night at Fr. Casey’s

Put it in the diary. A back to the 80s Disco will take place as a fundraiser for facilities development at Fr. Casey’s GAA clubhouse on Saturday, August 12th beginning 9.30pm.  Leg Warmers are optional, mini skirts are a given , glitter and glam, velour, big earrings and spandex can be resurrected if you want to win a prize for your get up. Finger food will be served and there will be loads of spot prizes.

Casablanca At The Glórach

Monthly film screenings continue at the Glórach Theatre on Wednesday, August 2 with our showing of the 1942 film, Casablanca, one of the most iconic movies of all time.  Set at the height of World War Two, and starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, Casablanca essentially revolves around the premises of Rick’s Café and Nightclub, where a diverse group of characters pass through and where the cynical and bitter owner will ultimately have to make a life-changing decision.  Storytelling at its best and one not to be missed.  For the Casablanca night there will be a prize on offer of a three course early bird dinner for two people at Leen’s Hotel on the evening of the screening of Citizen Kane plus free entry to the screening of Citizen Kane on September 6, also for two people. All correct answers to a simple quiz question will have free entry to our draw.  Look forward to seeing ye at the Glórach Theatre on Wednesday, August 2 at 8 pm for the screening of Casablanca.  For bookings or enquiries, please contact 0871383940.

Kellogg’s Cúl Camp

Calling all six to 13 year olds again this year for the Kellogg’s sponsored GAA Cúl Camp which is taking place at Fr Casey’s GAA in Abbeyfeale on August 14-18.  Bookings are done on-line, just google Cúl Camp and follow instructions thereafter.

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.

Charity Céilí 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.  Contact Teresa 0879427259 or Deirdre on 0861630201. 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.

Graveyard Clean

Reilig Ide Naofa Graveyard Mass will take place on Thursday, August 17 @ 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 Celebrating Heritage Day

‘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 Opening Hours

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

Community Alert – In Case of Emergency

Keep your Eircode beside the phone so that if you need to direct someone with a delivery to your house you can give it to them.  Preface your next of kin’s number in your phone with ICE (In case of emergency).  Should you be involved in an accident the services will be able to contact your loved ones.  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.

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