Abbeyfeale and District News Round-Up

Dromtrasna NS teacher, Miriam Joy with her teacher husband, Pat Fitzgerald. Miriam’s school is betting behind her treatment programme with Saturday’s annual challenge.

Dromtrasna NS Challenge for Miriam

The fifth annual Dromtrasna National School Challenge will take place on Saturday, October 20th, starting at the Abbeyfeale school at 11am.

By Marian Harnett

Run, jog or walk but take part and get involved.

All proceeds from this year’s event will go to the ‘Miriam Joy Cancer Treatment Fund’ and to Breast Cancer Ireland.

Glórach Bingo

It’s hard to believe it’s almost a year since we began our bingo night at the Glórach Theatre, but that’s the anniversary we’ll be celebrating on Monday, October 22.  From humble beginnings, we have gone from strength to strength, due in no small part to the tireless efforts of all the volunteers involved, and you the public, who have loyally supported our venture over the past year.  There is a tremendous atmosphere in the building of a Monday night, and due to the fantastic patronage we have been able to give out extra prizes from time to time.  We will have a few surprises on our anniversary night.  Thank you once again for your support and look forward to seeing you on Monday evenings at the regular time.

Art Group at St. Ita’s

If you would like to spend a relaxing few hours join our painting group upstairs at St Ita’s Hall Tuesdays 11am to 1pm.

Invite to Wednesday Prayer

Parishioners are invited to gather in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel on Wednesday afternoon at 3p.m to recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet for  Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life.  This prayer meeting will take place every Wednesday.

The fifth Annual event will take place on Saturday, October 20, starting at Dromtrasna National School, Abbeyfeale. All proceeds from this year’s event will go to the ‘Miriam Joy Cancer Treatment Fund’ and to Breast Cancer Ireland.

Comhaltas Concert

Many in the locality as well as from further afield are looking forward to the Comhaltas Tour of Ireland Concert in the local Halla Inse Bán, Templeglantine on Wednesday ,October 17. It is an excellent opportunity to experience top class entertainment, music, singing and dancing, from a cast of sixteen top-class artistes from various parts of the country. Concertina player Maura O’Connor, Abbeyfeale is a member of the concert touring group, as is fiddle player Aoife Trench, Listowel. Her many friends and admirers in West Limerick are delighted that well known singer, Nora Butler is part of the group. Tickets are available in Abbeyfeale at Sheehy’s Hardware and at Ann Lyons’. This concert is an ideal opportunity also for young people of the locality who are students of music, traditional singing or dancing and special tickets at a reduced rate are being made available for juniors.  Enquiries to 087 9654451

Jubliee Year Newsletter

It is intended to produce a Christmas Newsletter this year. Articles and reports and good wishes from the different organizations of the parish with photographs for this year’s publication are requested.  Please submit to the parish office via email;

Irish Dancing Classes

Every Thursday evening with Jimmy Hickey in the Community Centre, New Street.

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.

The Irish Pilgrimage Trust

The Irish Pilgrimage Trust is now accepting applications for their Easter Pilgrimage to Lourdes. Young people aged 11-30 yrs with a variety of special needs including physical and medical conditions, learning difficulties or a young person who may have experienced some challenge in their life are all eligible to apply.

This pilgrimage provides respite care for parents and guardians and a free trip for the young person. The closing date for applications is October 31.  Further information can be found on the website or 086 1030740 or 087 2809833.

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