Abbeyfeale and District News Round-Up

2017 All-Ireland winning concertina player, Maura O’Connor from Abbeyfeale. ©Photograph: John Reidy

Honour for Musician Maura

Congratulations to concertina player, Maura O’Connor, Knockbrack, Abbeyfeale on being selected on the Comhaltas Tour of Ireland Concert group which will be starting off on a fourteen venue concert tour to the four provinces.

Nineteen year old Maura is daughter of Vincent and Mary O’Connor and she is a second year student at Mary Immaculate Training College.

Maura became All Ireland Champion on the concertina at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017 in Ennis. She is a member of the Templeglantine Comhaltas craobh.

The touring group consists of sixteen top class artistes, musicians, singers and dancers, most of whom who have won All Ireland honours.

Maura’s many admirers and friends as well as all who enjoy an outstanding night of traditional entertainment will have an opportunity on Wednesday, October 17 when the touring group will visit Templeglantine’s Halla Inse Bán.

Tickets for the concert are now on sale and can be got at: Sheehy’s Hardware; Ann Lyon’s Shop; Buckleys Shop, Devon Road; Joan Hickey, Mountcollins and from Comhaltas members.

Child Safeguarding Workshop

West Limerick Resources CLG will host a workshop for community groups on ‘Safeguarding – Children First Act 2015 & Children First National Guidance 2017’ on Thursday, October 25, at the Longcourt House Hotel, Newcastle West, from 7pm – 9.30pm. Community groups working with children are required to develop specific policies and procedures on how to create a safe environment to prevent deliberate harm or abuse to children. This workshop will provide an overview of Children First Legislation, developing Child Safeguarding Statements and accompanying risk assessments. Booking essential by contacting Damien, at West Limerick Resources CLG, on 087 9042477 or by emailing

Social Housing For Abbeyfeale

Plans for the proposed Social Housing in Colbert’s Terrace/New Street are now available (on request) for viewing in Abbeyfeale Library. Deadline for submissions on Part 8 Development is October 10. A Public Consultation Workshop has been organised with Limerick CCC Design and Delivery Department in Leen’s Hotel on Tuesday, October 2 from 4-8pm.

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.

Is Your Name Harnett ?

Back in 2012 a small group of people got together and organised a Harnett Reunion in order to celebrate our name and the fact that the Harnetts are a major part of the fabric of West Limerick history and society. Much to our surprise people joined us from all over Ireland and abroad.

Since that time Harnett relatives have visited the area each summer and we have had many requests for another reunion. So we are now planning Harnett Reunion International for July 11-14, 2019.  We are currently assembling our programme, which will include genealogy, workshops, local tours, a concert and gala dinner at The Devon Hotel.

We hope to have everything in place for a great event. We would be delighted if you could spread the word and invite everyone to join us in the spiritual home of the Harnetts in West Limerick next July.

A public meeting will take place on Wednesday, October 11 at 9 p.m. in St. Ita’s Hall Abbeyfeale. We would like to invite all branches of the Harnett clan throughout the area to send a representative.

Writing Group Back in the Pen

Abbeyfeale writing group has started back after summer break. We meet twice monthly, every other Friday. Our next meeting will be on Friday, October 12.  We write short stories poetry etc. It is also a lovely social occasion where we enjoy a chat and cup of tea. If you would like to join us just walk in to St.Ita’s Hall on above date or two weeks following. New members always welcome.

Crafty Corner

Knitting and crochet group have resumed classes on Tuesday nights at St Ita’s Hall Abbeyfeale. New members welcome. Just drop in.

Art Group on Tuesday Mornings

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

DIY Course at Adult Education Centre

Our DIY class is a very practical hands-on course, and is ideal for beginners looking to learn DIY skills such as wiring a plug, using a drill, hanging a curtain rail.This class is on each Tuesday morning from 10am – 1pm. Contact Further Education & Training Centre, Abbeyfeale on 06831198 for more information.

Upcycle Old Furniture at Adult Education Centre

If you wish to breathe new life into your old furniture, then our Upcycling Furniture class is perfect for you. The class is on each Tuesday from 2pm – 4pm. Contact Further Education and Training Centre, Abbeyfeale on 06831198 for more information.

Wednesday Afternoon Prayer for Vocations

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

Coffee Morning on Friday

The Hope Foundation Coffee morning will be held at St. Ita’s Hall on Friday, October 12 from 10.30am. All proceeds in aid of The Hope Foundation.

Jubliee Year Newsletter

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

Afternoon Tea Dance

A group of friends of the late Joan O’Keeffe, Ballymacjordan have come together to raise funds for the Palliative Care Unit at Kerry General which was a great support to Joan during her illness.  They plan on holding an afternoon Tea Dance in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse on Sunday, October 28 with dancing to Mike Condon from 3-6pm and ask for your kind support.

John Lonergan Workshop

A presentation by John Lonergan (Former Governor of Mountjoy Prison) on ’ How to be Happy and Content’ will take place at the Longcourt Hotel, NCW on Wednesday, October 17 at 7.30pm.  It has been organised by West limerick Mental Health Association. Admission is free.

Community Addiction Studies Course

This free course aims to support individuals, families, community workers and local community volunteers to be better equipped to understand drug and alcohol issues in their local area.  To find out more about this course, an Open Evening will be held on Wednesday, October 3, at 7pm in West Limerick Resources office, St. Mary’s Road, Newcastle West. The Course itself starts on October 10th will run weekly for 13 weeks in Newcastle West. This course is organised in conjunction with the Mid West Regional Drugs and Alcohol Forum, Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board, and West Limerick Resources CLG. Registration is essential.  For more information please contact Eddie O’Shaughnessy, at West Limerick Resources CLG, on 087 653 5156 or email:

Irish Dancing Classes

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

ICA Meetings on Tuesdays

Abbeyfeale ICA guild meet on the first and third Tuesday of the month at the Further Education and Training Centre, Mountmahon from 7.30 – 9.30pm..  Activities include Talks, Demonstrations and Workshops.  New members welcome. Tel. Anne Maria 06831145 for details.

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