Abbeyfeale and District News Round-Up

Rural Social Scheme Recruiting Potential Participants

West Limerick Resources is compiling a list of individuals interested in joining the Rural Social Scheme (RSS). Participants on the scheme work 19.5hrs per week and receive a top up payment from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.

By Marian Harnett

To participate on the scheme you must fulfil the following criteria: Be actively farming over 1 hectare of land; Have a valid herd number; Proof of application for the EU Basic Payment Scheme for the current year and be in receipt of Farm Assist, Jobseekers Allowance or other qualifying payments.  Spouses, children, brothers and sisters of the herd owner can also join the scheme if they meet relevant criteria.

Only one person allowed per herd number.  For further details contact Tom or Michelle at West Limerick Resources on 069-61316 or Email:

Successful eligible candidates will be placed on a panel from which vacancies will be filled.

Moladh Go Deo Le Dia

Much of the past fifty years is captured in a book especially complied to mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Church of the Assumption, Abbeyfeale. The book contains many wonderful coloured photographs that show off the splendour of the Church, its stained glass windows and general embellishment.

The title of the publication is Moladh go Deo Le Dia. (Praise be to God forever). Price €10. The book is available in O’Donoghue’s, Marguerite’s, Ann Lyons’ Moss Harnett’s.  There’s only around a hundred copies left so get yours as soon as possible.

Supporting Abbeyfeale

Please support the small businesses in our town so as to enable them to stay open.  Don’t forget that they are the shop owners that support us when we are out looking for sponsorship to keep our sports clubs and youth facilities open.  They are the people who are always willing to come up with a voucher or a bottle of wine for a spot prize but if we don’t support them they’ll all be gone.  So the next time you want to buy an outfit or something for the house see what’s available in town first before heading for the city.  Buying the basics like toilet rolls, milk, bread, newspapers, soap etc. in a small shop means a lot to them and helps keep the money circulating in the area.

Bingo At The Glórach

Bingo every Monday night at the Glórach from 8.30pm.

‘The President’s Glasses’ Library Event

An interactive book reading session of Peter Donnelly’s ‘The President’s Glasses’ will take place in Newcastle West Library on Wednesday, August 15.

The event is free and suitable for parents and children aged 6-8 years and will run from 11am to 1pm, in connection with the West Limerick Resources SICAP programme, Newcastle West Library and the Desmond Credit Union.

The morning will include an interactive story time, an art and craft activity and a surprise activity. Places are limited and registration essential.  For more information, and to register for the event, please contact Damien on 087 9042477 or Niamh on 087 4477338 or West Limerick Resources CLG on 069 62222.

Phone Connect Seeks Volunteers

The Phone Connect project is a free community based telephone support service offered to older people in the West Limerick Area empowering them to remain independent in their own homes.   The weekly service provides a listening ear to the elderly allowing them to share any worries or concerns and to be informed of any local events or services.  West Limerick Resources is now seeking volunteers to make these phone-calls from a dedicated space where a mobile phone is available. All volunteers will be Garda Vetted and training will also be made available.  If you would be interested in volunteering or require more information, we would be delighted to hear from you so call Damien at West Limerick Resources on 087 9042477 or Stefanie on 087 3663842.

Sign Language Class

A free Adult Sign Language Class will resume on September 18 at the Adult Education Centre in Mountmahon.  Beginner’s classes on Tuesday nights with Level 1 on Wednesdays. Anyone interested please contact Breda 087 7715734.

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