Charity and Community Spirit in Coláiste Íde agus Iosef
The true meaning of Christmas has been made abundantly clear in Abbeyfeale.
By Marian Harnett
For the past number of weeks, the fifth year Home Economics students of Coláiste Íde agus Iosef together with their teacher Mrs Meade have participated in a major food appeal to help the St. Vincent de Paul Society. The students collected the food items for the hampers throughout November and December from the school community of Coláiste Íde agus Iosef.
The donated foods contributed to the production of 80 fabulous food hampers which have been donated to the local charity. The hampers consisted of essential food items as well as some luxury treats which will no doubt be a welcomed gift for many deserving families this festive season.
The students would especially like to take this opportunity to express their extreme gratitude to local shops for their generous support, in particular Twohig’s Supervalu, Moss Harnett, O’Donoghues and Tesco Abbeyfeale along with McLernons and Roberts Pharmacy in Limerick who supported the appeal. The beautiful hampers will be distributed by St. Vincent de Paul to families who are in need this Christmas time.
Kerry Christmas Carol
Brush the floor and clean the hearth, and set the fire to keep, for they might visit us tonight, when all the world’s asleep.
Don’t blow the tall white candle out but leave it burning bright, So that they’ll know they’re welcome here, this holy Christmas night.
Leave out the bread and meat for them, and sweet milk for the Child, and they will bless the fire, that baked and, too, the hands that toiled.
For Joseph will be travel-tired, And Mary pale and wan, and they can sleep a little while before they journey on.
They will be weary of the roads, and rest will comfort them, for it must be many a lonely mile from here to Bethlehem.
O long the road they have to go, the bad mile with the good, till the journey ends on Calvary Beneath a cross of wood.
Leave the door upon the latch, and set the fire to keep, and pray they’ll rest with us tonight when all the world’s asleep. – Sigerson Clifford.
Knocknasna NS. will be hosting a morning filled with drama, music, poetry and song along with festive carols to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Scoil Naomh Pádraig. A book containing lots of memorabilia of past and present students will be available to purchase on the day. The morning will also consist of a cupán tae and of course a chat with past and present pupils and staff. The invitation is open to everyone so spread the word!!Thursday, December 21 from 9; 30 am.
Christmas Carol Service
A recording of the annual Carol Service which took place in the Church of the Assumption on December 3 last will be broadcast on WL102fm on Thursday, December 21 from 7-8pm.
Following a meeting of Abbeyfeale Community Council it has been unanimously agreed to hold a Public Consultation on the completed research and proposed plans on the Convent Building in Abbeyfeale at the Glórach Theatre on Thursday, December 28 at 7pm. This is timed specifically to allow as many people as possible including those home on holidays the opportunity to view the research and proposed plans presented by ACC. It is also hoped to get feedback from everyone attending on what they feel might work best at that location and suggestions on how to source funding. It’s all about saving an iconic building and bringing jobs back into Abbeyfeale and the wider Community. Refreshments Served. All are welcome.
West Limerick Heritage Network Journal
The Networks second journal is now on sale in local shops and pubs. This Journal would make an ideal gift, especially for family members, far from home this Christmas. It comprises 32 articles relating to local history and local people. A good read is guaranteed.
Christmas Greetings From Abbeyfeale Farmers’ Market
A huge thank you to all our customers who came out rain, hail or shine over the past year.
We will be in the Square on Friday, December 22nd and Saturday, December 23rd and then back for 2018 in mid January.
The festive season season is upon us but planning for the New Year is also well underway at the Glórach.
On Monday, January 1 our Bingo nights return at the usual time of 8.30 pm, this has been a tremendously successful venture so far and hopefully will continue in a similar vein in 2018. On Wednesday, January 3 we will be screening the 2015 film, Brooklyn. Based on the Colm Tóibín novel, and starring Saoirse Ronan, the film offers a wonderful snapshot of 1950s Ireland and the experience of a young emigrant to New York. The screening takes place at 8 pm and all are welcome. Later on in the month we will be having an international concert on Thursday, January 18, with an array of fantastic musicians lined up for the night. On the drama front, rehearsals are well underway for the production of the Sam Cree play, Second Honeymoon. Presented by the Abbeyside players, under the direction of Merce Hobson, this comedy will have you rolling in the aisles with laughter when it takes to the Glórach Stage in the New Year. Plenty ahead of us, but right now we can allow ourselves a little break and a time of reflection, and just extend a huge thanks to all who have supported us throughout the year. From all involved at the Glórach Theatre, Nollaig Shona agus Athbliain faoi mhaise Daoibh go léir. Much to look forward to, for any queries or bookings don’t hesitate to call 0871383940.
News From The Adult Learning Centre
A Level 5 Full Award Course starting in January in Childcare early care and education practice at the Further Education and Training Centre, Mountmahon, Abbeyfeale.
For further inquiries 068 31198.
A New Response To Anti Social Behaviour
Anti Social behaviour is when a person acts in a way that causes or, in the circumstances, is likely to cause someone harassment, significant or persistent alarm, distress, fear or intimidation, or impairs their use or enjoyment of their property in a significant or persistent way.
Examples of anti social behaviour are intimidation, abusive or threatening behaviour and vandalism. If you are affected you should contact Abbeyfeale Garda Station 068 30010. The Gardai may issue a behaviour warning to the perpetrator, if they fail to obey the warning it may result in a behaviour order from the courts. Information taken from a public information leaflet published by the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform. Limerick County Council also operate a 24 hour free phone number 1800 283 064 dedicated for Anti Social Behaviour reporting.
Support Our Own
Just a reminder that in order to keep money circulating in the local economy we need to shop locally.
We need to socialise locally and eat out locally over the festive season. Keep our money circulating in our community and help Abbeyfeale to become great again (to paraphrase Mr. Trump!)
Christmas Mega Raffle
Tickets are on sale for a mega raffle in aid of Recovery Haven at Esther’s Main St. and Ann Lyons’s, The Square.
Prizes include tickets for Nathan Carter at the INEC, Afternoon Tea for two at the Hayfield Manor Cork, Dinner, Bed and Breakfast in the Silver Springs, €50 fuel voucher from Moloney’s and much, much more. Tickets €10 each or three for €20.
Fourth Annual Connie Harnett Memorial Swim
The fourth annual swim takes place in Ballybunion on Monday, January 1st. at 1pm.
Funds raised will go to the Cardiology Unit in Crumlin Childrens’ Hospital with donations being made to the Hope Foundation and the Lourdes Youth Group. There will be a raffle on the day and hot food will be served in Thomasins, Lisselton.
My Silver River Feale
The debut CD by talented local singer Eibhlin Broderick is available for sale in Ann Lyons’s The Square.
Christmas Gift Idea
It’s 50 years next year since the Church of the Assumption was opened and to celebrate the Jubilee Year we are having Finbar Wright in Concert on Friday, February 9, 2018. Tickets available at the following outlets in Abbeyfeale, Moss Harnett’s Spar shop,Twohig’s SuperValu, O’Donoghue’s Spar shop, Ann Lyon’s, The Square and Sean Broderick’s New Street. Kathleen Foodstore in Convent Street. Tickets are also on sale in Templeglantine at Pat Buckley’s shop and at the Post Office in Templeglantine. Tickets are also on sale at All Seasons Ladies Fashions, Bridge Street, Newcastle west and the butcher shop in Ardagh. Contact 089/4356981and leave a message if you wish to order tickets.
The tickets would make an ideal Christmas present and a special gift envelope is available.
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