Abbeyfeale and District News Round-Up

Golden Jubilee Celebration 1968-2018

On Saturday, June 16 the parish will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of our parish Church with a special Mass of Thanksgiving celebrated by Bishop Brendan Leahy. 

The parish pastoral council is planning a community celebration and they extend an invitation to all parishioners to join us for this unique celebration.  We are asking parishioners who normally attend mass on Sunday to consider coming to the Vigil Mass on Saturday evening.  The mass will be an hour later at 7.30p.m to enable as many parishioners to attend if they so wish. It promises to be a great gathering, refreshments will be served afterwards in a specially erected marquee in the church car park.

Exhibition of Jubilee Memorabilia

The Parish Jubilee Memorabilia Exhibition of church and parish memorabilia to mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of our parish church on June 23, 1968 will be open on Friday, June 8 from 11—1pm. Saturday, June 9 from 11.30—12.30pm and 5.30pm—7.30pm.  Sunday   10 from 9.45am—1pm. The Jubilee celebrations continue the following weekend with a special Mass at 7.30pm on Saturday, June 16 following by entertainment and food in the Marquee.

The exhibition will be located in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.  Eucharistic Adoration will continue on Friday, June 8 in the main Church from 8am – 10pm.

Moladh Go Deo Le Dia

Fifty years ago this week, parishioners in Abbeyfeale were preparing for the opening of their new parish church. No doubt there was a lot of excitement in the air. For more than two years they had watched the construction of the building and had seen their new place of worship slowly develop into the beautiful church building that we have today. Over the past fifty years the Parish Church has been the venue for many significant personal, family and community occasions. There are many stories to share linked with this wonderful house of prayer. Much of the past fifty years is captured in a book especially complied to mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of the church. 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). It will be launched next weekend at the 6.30p.m Vigil Mass and will be on sale afterwards. Price €10.

Holy Well

Thanks to all who joined us on the Walk to the Well last Sunday.  We especially thank the Cotter family for their welcome and hospitality. Thanks to all who helped in any way.

Social Enterprise Study

West Limerick Resources want to hear from you!  Tell us about the declining services in your area and what you think could be done about this. West Limerick Resources are currently conducting a survey and needs analysis of Social Enterprise in West Limerick. The purpose of this study is to identify gaps in community services and facilities across the West Limerick area and also to identify the supports needed by existing Social Enterprises and Groups. This is an opportunity to have your voice and opinions heard and the outcomes of the survey and recommendations will lead to the development of existing and new social enterprise in West Limerick.  All information collected from the survey will be treated in the strictest of confidence. The link to the new survey is here  For further information please contact Katie, at West Limerick Resources, on 069 66294.

Local Volunteers Needed

There will be far fewer visiting volunteers this year at St. Ita’s Faith camp. This is very suitable for any student who is doing JP2 awards. Please contact Martina at 087-2788834   as we need people aged 15+ to supervise so the camp can go ahead. Garda vetting forms to be completed ASAP.

Free Workshop On Ladybirds And Shieldbugs

West Limerick Resources invites you to attend a free workshop on ‘Identifying Ladybirds and Shieldbugs’ taking place on Monday, June 11, at 7.30pm, in St Ita’s Hall, Abbeyfeale. To register your place, please contact Elaine, at West Limerick Resources, or 069 66296. All are welcome to attend.

Summer Solstice Concert

A memorable night of music will be taking place at the Glórach Theatre on Friday, June 22 at 8 pm when Eleanor Shanley and Mick Hanrahan will be taking to the stage.  Tickets can be booked at 0871383940.

Afternoon Tea

On June 15 the Wednesday Club will host afternoon tea on Friday, June 15 from 12.30 – 3.30.  Proceeds to Kerry Hospice.

Knock Pilgrimage

Legion of Mary Pilgrimage to Knock Sunday, June 10 leaving Church 7am sharp. €20 payable in advance. Bernard Broderick 068 31565.   Michael Lane 068 32757.Gerard Callaghan 087 298084. David Davy 087 0994272.

Community Alert Summer Outing

We are going to Killarney via the Gap of Dunloe, attending the street party to celebrate July 4 – Independence Day, then going for dinner to Mac’s on High Street, watching the parade and finishing up at Celtic Steps at the Racecourse..  Tickets at €40 each are available from Kathleen’s Foodstore, Convent St. It’s going to be a great, jam packed day so first come, first served.

Afternoon Tea Dancing

The Wednesday Club, Abbeyfeale are holding a Tea Dance in Fr Casey’s clubhouse on Sunday, June 10. Dancing to Paddy Quilligan from 3-6pm. Tickets €5 each. Proceeds being divided between Kerry Hospice and Recovery Haven Cancer Support House.  All donations gratefully accepted. Raffle.

Pope’s Visit

A World Meeting of Families collection will take place at all masses on June 9/10.

Polkas At The Railway

Learn to dance a polka every Monday evening at the Railway, Abbeyfeale.  Classes from 8.30pm.  No partner needed.

Information Morning For Parent And Toddler Groups

West Limerick Resources, in conjunction with the Limerick Childcare Committee, will host an information morning for Parent and Toddlers Groups in the West Limerick area on Wednesday, June 13, from 10am – 12pm at the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West.

A free interactive messy play workshop and a music and movement demonstration for toddlers will take place on the morning as well as information dissemination on upcoming grants from the Limerick Childcare Committee and supports available under the SICAP programme.

This event is open to both existing parent and toddler groups, and those interested in establishing groups in their area. Registration essential by contacting Niamh, at West Limerick Resources, on 087 4477338.

Used Stamps

They can be handed in to the basket behind the altar.


Bingo every Monday night at 8.30pm.


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