Abbeyfeale and District News Round-Up

The Spirit of Abbeyfeale is well rooted in its history.   ©Photograph: John Reidy

Abbeyfeale Heritage Event In The Planning

The Spirit of Abbeyfeale is there to provide people with a rewarding experience and a chance to share our homeland heritage with others.

By Marian Harnett

This exciting start-up process is being put together now. The end product will be presented later on at a time to be decided, here in Abbeyfeale.

“We aim to make Abbeyfeale a better place and we warmly welcome people of all ages, free to enjoy our folklore, music,song, dance, mythology, stage skills and storytelling in a new top quality event,” said spokesman, Jim Dennison.

People are invited to discover, explore and greatly enjoy the ‘Spirit of Abbeyfeale’ and being involved gives people the opportunity to express their own views, participate in decision making and in heritage activities. To find out more, or to be in and be involved, making contact is easy through the heritage sub committee of Abbeyfeale Community Council.

Bingo at The Glórach

Bingo every Monday night at the Glórach from 8.30pm.

John Spillane at The Glórach

The musician, songwriter, performer, recording artist, storyteller and poet from Cork with the fine line of banter plays the Glórach on Friday, July 27. Tickets at €15 can be reserved on 087 1383940.

Thomond Outing

There will be history outing on Sunday, July 29 by the Thomond Historical and Archaeological Society.

This half-day tour will focus on the places and people associated with the 1798 Rebellion in the Kilmallock/Kilfinane/Ballyorgan areas.

The guide and speaker will be Nioclás Ó Dúinín, a local historian and expert on this topic.

Non-members are welcome: meet at 2.30 pm outside the church in Kilmallock. Further details available at 087 6979163

Graveyard Mass in Duagh

The annual graveyard mass will be held at Duagh Cemetery on Thursday, July 26 at 8pm. A free shuttle bus service will be available from the local national school which Mass attendees are encouraged to make use of to reduce traffic congestion at the cemetery.

St Pio 50th Anniversary Pilgrimage

Fr. Pat Crean-Lynch has organised a pilgrimage to Italy from September 21-28, which will include two  nights  in  Assissi,  three  nights  in  San  Giovanni Rotondo  and  two  nights  in  Rome.  For more  information or to obtain a booking form contact Fr. Pat on 087 6709491.

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. It will be held in conjunction 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, the organisers would be delighted to hear from you. You can 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.

Back2new Furniture Pop Up Shop Now Open

Re-designed and re-imagined furniture available. Now open every Wednesday and Thursday from 9.30am-4.30pm at Market Place (previously Citizens Information), Market Yard, Newcastle West.

Devon Inn Seisiún

The new season of the Comhaltas Summer Seisiún shows is at the Devon Inn on Thursday nights for the months of July and August starting at 8.30pm. These shows of traditional entertainment have proved very popular over recent years and are really enjoyed by all who attend, both local and visitor alike. A memorable night of top class song, music, dance and story is guaranteed comprising of a formal show in the first half and an informal second half where members of the audience are welcomed to join the performing group and provide a tune, song or step. Sometimes the night finishes with a set or a céilí dance.

Community Alert Campaign

There is a new campaign on staying safe on the Internet.  Its go to the search box and write in Be Safe Online.  There’s loads of tips available.


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