Abbeyfeale and District News Round-Up

Local woman, Noretta O’Riordan in disguise at the 2013 Abbeyfeale St. Patrick’s Day Parade. ©Photograph: John Reidy 17-3-2013

4pm Start for Abbeyfeale’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Preparations are underway for this year’s St Patrick’s Day Parade.A meeting will be held in St Ita’s Hall next Monday, March 4 at 7pm to discuss details of same. Everyone welcome.

By Marian Harnett

The parade will depart from Mountmahon at 4pm and continue down along Main Street and past the reviewing stand in The Square before dispersing in the council car park. Prizes will be awarded for the Best Float, Best Decorated Window and Best Youth Entry. Participants are reminded that they are responsible for the insurance of their individual vehicles and will be required to sign a waiver to this effect. Further details of the parade will be announced in the local notes in coming weeks.

Container Gardening Class

This six-week is perfect to learn how to grow your own flowers, vegetables and Herbs in containers. Get tips on the right soil, colour combinations and plants for sun and shade.  Starting: Monday, March 11 from 1pm – 3pm in the Further Education & Training Centre, Abbeyfeale. Call 06831198 for more information.

Evenings of Reflection

This year during Lent the Unit of Parishes:Abbeyfeale, Athea, Tournafulla/Mountcollins and Templeglantine have organised two evenings of reflection to be held in Templeglantine on Thursday, March 7 and Thursday, March 14.  We are privileged to have a woman who has made a remarkable journey in terms of Geography and Faith. She started life in South Africa as a Reformed Presbyterian “with a Baptist mother” and lead by the providence of God, human curiosity and a deep desire to be faithful, she came to work and live in Ireland, and then, followed three of her family into the Catholic Church.

Dr Jessie Rogers lectures in Scripture at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth.

West Limerick Singing Club Concert

Saturday, March 9 at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse at 8pm.  Ella Marie O’Dywer, Nora Butler, Philip Enright, Daisy Kearney, Frances Kennedy, Kileedy Comhaltas, Templeglantine Junior Plearacha Group and many more.

International Women’s Day at Glórach

On Friday, March 8 we will be celebrating International Women’s Day at An Glórach Theatre with a concert from the group Cúisle that comprises Susan Browne, Dan Sheahan, Catherine Horgan and Kevin McCarthy.  A themed night, entitled ‘Iconic Songs, Iconic Women’, it will be a fantastic acoustic celebration of International Women’s Day with a wide ranging set of all time favourites such as Cyndi Lauper, Mary Black, The Cranberries, Barbra Streisand to name but a few.  Tickets are going fast and can be booked at 0871383940.

Irish Speaking Classes

Abbeyfeale branch of Conradh na Gaeilge has started Adult Irish Speaking classes, commencing on Wednesday, March 6, tosnú 7:30pm at Leen’s Hotel.

The main aim of these classes is to promote and encourage Irish Speaking in the locality from a very basic level to more advanced.

We encourage anyone with an interest on brushing up on ‘na cúpla focal’ to attend. The classes will run cost €30 for six weeks. Mar a deireann an sean fhocal ‘Is fearr Gaeilge briste ná Béarla cliste’.

For more information or to book your place contact Dónal on 068 31661 or email

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