Abbeyfeale and District News Round-up

Big field, Great plans: back in May 2008 members of the Duagh Sports and Leisure Complex planning committee were pictured on the site of the proposed facility . Included are: Front from left :John Joe O Brien, Anne Scanlon, Fr. Pat Moore PP; Eileen Enright, Tommy Healy and Andy Keane. Back from left: Paddy Keane, Brendan Stack, Tom McCarthy, Clare Sheehy, Eoin Stack, Nelius Collins, Philomena Bates, Liam McAuliffe, Jeremiah Kirby and  Helena O Carroll.  ©Photograph: John Reidy 16-5-2008
Big field, Great plans: back in May 2008 members of the Duagh Sports and Leisure Complex planning committee  pictured on the site of the proposed facility. Included are: Front from left :John Joe O Brien, Anne Scanlon, Fr. Pat Moore PP, RIP; Eileen Enright, Tommy Healy and Andy Keane. Back from left: Paddy Keane, Brendan Stack, Tom McCarthy, Clare Sheehy, Eoin Stack, Nelius Collins, Philomena Bates, Liam McAuliffe, Jeremiah Kirby and Helena O Carroll. ©Photograph: John Reidy 16-5-2008

Duagh Sports Complex Big Name Showband Night

All roads lead to Duagh Sports and Leisure Complex on this Thursday night, August 31st where a great night of music and fun awaits.

By: Marian Harnett

Among the stars of the great showband era appearing are: Shaun O’ Dowd; Red Hurley; Crystal Swing; Gina of the Champions; The Conquerors; Keith & Lorraine all performing on the night.

Contact: 087 26 84 540. Doors open at 7.30pm show starts at 8.30pm.

Citizen Kane at The Glórach

Citizen Kane up next on September 6th. doors open 7.30pm; show starts 8pm; admission €7. Course Opportunity

Exciting opportunity to learn new skills in a local course in Abbeyfeale with The Abbey Heritage Project. Learn about retail skills, computer skills and employment opportunities in one full time free course from September 2017.

Training allowance available to eligible participants. Contact Adrienne O’Connell at West Limerick Resources on 087 27 73 294 and for information or to register.

Benny Thade McCarthy - his Abbeyfeale based Rambling House will return on Monday night, September 4th.
Benny Thade McCarthy – his Abbeyfeale based Rambling House will return on Monday night, September 4th.

Rambling House Reopens on Monday

The Abbeyfeale based Rambling House will resume its autumn / winter schedule on Monday, September 4th. The event will run all future rambling houses on the first Monday of every month with shows begining at 9pm.

The first night is a fundraiser for the Abbeyfeale Chernobyl Children fund and your support would be appreciated.

Particularly welcome will be: singers, storytellers and dancers and that applies throughout the season – according to MC Benny Thade McCarthy.

Outing To Sligo And Enniskillen

Are you interested in a four day trip to Sligo and Enniskillen – in conjunction with Thomond Archaeological and Historical Society.

Departing Newcastle West from September 11th to 14th. The 4 day trip will take in Temple House Castle and Country House; the famous Carrowmore Passage Tomb; Sligo Abbey; Sligo Museum; the Niland Art Collection; Yeats Memorial Building; a special reception by the Mayor of Sligo at County buildings; Creevekeel Court Tomb; Lissadell House; Alpine Gardens; Drumcliff and Yeats Grave; Museum and High Crosses; Lough Gill; Creevelea Franciscan Abbey; Parkes Castle; Glenfarne; Castlecoole National Trust House Enniskilleen; Skreen; Sophie Cooper 1822 monument; Boyle Cistercian Abbey; King House Boyle; Tulsk Visitor Centre and Rathcroghan Iron Age complex.

The four day trip includes bed/breakfast and dinner in the four star Sligo Park Hotel and will have qualified historian tour guides.

Entry fees are all included also for a total cost of €310. A trip not to be missed. Contact Pat O’Donovan, Newcastle West on 087 99 77 340.

Support for Food Cloud

West Limerick Resources is delighted to announce that it’s supporting the FoodCloud Initiative in the West Limerick Area.

FoodCloud is a simple yet ingenious idea whereby working with local supermarkets for the aim of reducing food waste and restoring community spirit based on shared food.

They would like to hear from community groups or charities in the area who would be in a position to support this initiative. By receiving the food donations for their own work or indeed for further distribution within the community. Please contact Dearbhla at West Limerick Resources on 069 66293 or email

Free Computer And Internet Training Course

Digital Skills for Citizens computer and internet training at Abbeyfeale library began recently and the course will run every Friday for five weeks.

It will then start up again and hopefully if enough people show interest will run continuously. It aims to give beginners the confidence and skills required to benefit from the internet so farmers who need to register with the Department of Agriculture should be doing this. Elderly people who are not used to banking on line will find this useful when our local branch stops providing counter services and as there will be only eight people on each course you will get plenty of one to one help.

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 42 07 708 for more information or to book a place.

Self Employment Supports

If you are considering Self Employment and would like to know more about the process involved you should contact our Enterprise Officer Brenda Heath. A series of free enterprise training workshops for all those considering this route including workshops on steps to starting your business; book-keeping; marketing and health and safety. If you wish to find out more please contact Brenda Heath at West Limerick Resources on 069 66297 /; or our support Worker Dee Collins on 069 62222 /

Training In Use Of Defibrillator

It is planned to train up a group of people in the use of defibrillators. If you would be willing to receive the training please email with your details and contact number to

Singing In Philip Enright’s

The monthly singing night at The Ramble Inn takes place on the first Friday of each month from 9pm.

Padre Pio Devotions

Devotions will resume in September on the first Tuesday of the month in Monagae Church at 7pm. Blessing with first. class relic.

Abbeyfeale Parent & Toddler Group

The group meets every Tuesday and Thursday in St. Ita’s Hall inAbbeyfeale 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 and help develop their motor skills – hand eye co-ordination.

Parents have time to chat with a cup of tea and sing and play also. Contact Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 93 82 883

Children’s Film Club at Glórach

Our next children’s film will be Trolls at the Glórach Theatre on Sunday; September 3rd. at 2.30 pm. For more details; please contact 087 13 83 940.

Children must be accompanied by an adult and all are most welcome.

West Limerick 102fm

Every Monday evening from 7pm to 7.30pm tune into a little bit of Heaven with Fr. Kevin.

Training Opportunities

If you’ve experienced a personal setback; long-term illness; have a disability or are an early school leaver one of National Learning Network’s full-time courses will give you the confidence to open up new opportunities for further training or employment. If you wish to pursue a career in I.T./Admin we currently have vacancies on our I.T. Office Skills Programme which is suitable for beginners or those wishing to advance their current skills. Nationally recognised awards available on completion of programme.

To find out more: ring Val or Trish at 061 229777; email or visit our stand at the Department of Social Protection in Newcastle West on Tuesday or Wednesday next.

Pioneer Gathering

The Munster Pioneer Gathering and Spirituality Day will take place in The Woodland’s House Hotel in Adare on October 1st. 2017. This will be a most important day for the future of the Pioneer Association in Munster.

SVP Opening Hours

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

Youth Ministry Training

The Youth Ministry Team in the diocese will be delivering a Youth Ministry Training Programme beginning in September 2017. This course is aimed at adults aged 21 and over volunteers or professionals who have an interest in working with children or young people in a parish or school setting.

The aim of the training is to help people to deliver youth ministry programmes and events within their own parishes. To empower and encourage people at local level to take on leadership roles in the area of youth ministry. To offer practical support and resources as well as grounding people in the theory and theology of youth ministry. The course will be held on Thursday nights from September to December 2017 beginning on September 21.

Weekend Residential Retreat October 14/15. There will also be one day of Safeguarding Training on November 11. The Course Content will include:; Introduction to Youth Ministry; Prayer & Worship; Pilgrimage & Residential; Children’s Liturgy & Sacramental Preparation; Altar Servers; Special Liturgies & Youth Masses; Confirmation Retreats; Pastoral Care & Mental Health; Music; JPII Awards & Justice Projects.

For more information please contact: Aoife Walsh; Limerick Diocesan Pastoral Centre; Denmark St. Limerick 061 400 133

Sympathy to O’Rourke Family

Sincere sympathy to Noreen and family on the death of Timmie O’Rourke; Bogmount. May he rest in peace.


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