Abbeyfeale and District News Round-Up

A scene from ‘The Rise and Rise of the Healy-Raes’  – starring, Cathy O’Sullivan (left) Ray O’Sullivan and Annmarie Nelligan. The play will be staged in Tournafulla on Sunday, November 11th.  Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

The Rise And Rise Of The Healy Raes

The play will be staged  in Halla Tadgh Gaelach, Tournafulla on Sunday, November 11 at 8pm. 

By Marian Harnett

The Rise and Rise of the Healy Raes is a play in, appropriately enough, two acts and it has been on almost every stage in Kerry since its debut there in the spring of  last year.

Written by Killarney based entertainer and storyteller, Ray O’Sullivan, the play is directed by Kerry’s Eye journalist and playwright, Aidan O’Connor.

Hilarious and Poignant

It’s a the hilarious and sometimes poignant story of bachelor brothers Densey and PJ Doona who appear time-locked in a life of loneliness and celibacy in their small family farm in Kerry.

The fully polished product embarked of a ‘World Tour of Kerry’ after its launch in Beaufort in March 2017. Tickets for the Tournafulla show can be booked by ringing 087 2279657.

Richard Harris Film Award

‘Pen Pals’, written and directed by local filmmaker, Ray Fennelly, won the prestigious Midwest Short Film Award at the International Richard Harris Film Festival in Limerick last weekend.

Ray also co-produced the film while his brother, Steve Fennelly, was the production designer. Congratulations and well done to both of them.

Handed Down On Dan Murphy

The life and times of the late Dan Murphy, Main St. Abbeyfeale at the Heritage Centre, Scartaglen on Saturday, November 17, presented by Donal Murphy and music with the Murphy family.

Jesus Christ Superstar

The Newcastlewest Musical Society production in Castlemahon Hall is super, professional and slick and there’s only tonight left.Be there by 7pm in order to get a seat as the hall will be packed when people realise tonight’s the last chance they’ll have to see a top notch show.

Seán Keane to Return

Sean Keane returns to the Glórach Theatre on Saturday, December 15.

Notice from the Adoration Committee

From Friday November 2 the Adoration will finish at 8p.m. during the winter months. The Adoration is going very well and is a great benefit to the parish, however we would encourage more to experience the peace and tranquillity of the Eucharist exposed.

Mass For Our Dead

The November Bereavement Mass will be celebrated on Friday, November 9 at 7pm. Names of deceased parishioners will be called during the Ceremony.  Names of relatives from outside the parish will also be accepted and should be submitted to the sacristy.

Noonan’s Christmas Lights

I’ve held out until now but believe it or not Hannah, Tony and Siobhan are all set to switch on their fundraising display for 2018.  Saturday, November 24 is the night and everyone is welcome.  Let the Christmas season begin!

Parish Pastoral Councils Meeting

A meeting of Parish Pastoral Councils of this Area Unit will take place on Wednesday, November 28 at 8pm in Abbeyfeale Church. Please make a note of this date in your diary as we would like as many as possible of the members to attend this information meeting on the new pastoral Area Unit Plan – a follow on from the Synod process. The Pastoral Area Team members are also invited to this meeting.

Take the Pledge for the Dead

Take the Short term pledge for November.  Many people choose to abstain from alcohol for the month of November and offer this prayerful act in honour of their deceased loved ones.

You can do likewise!

Tree of Remembrance

The Tree of remembrance will be on the Sanctuary for the month of the Holy Souls. You are invited at your own convenience to place the names of your deceased relatives on it.

Tags will be available beside the tree.

Wednesday Prayer for Vocations

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

Jubliee Year Newsletter

It is intended to produce a Christmas Newsletter this year. Articles and reports and good wishes from the different organizations of the parish with photographs for this year’s publication are requested.

Please submit to the parish office via email;

Diversity Awareness Workshop

West Limerick Resources CLG will host a workshop for individuals/community groups on ‘Diversity Awareness’ on Thursday, November 8, from 7.30-9:30pm, at the Longcourt House Hotel, Newcastle West. Delivered by Doras Luimní, this workshop will provide an overview of the diversity of experiences, impact and needs of displaced communities and approaches that can be applied to support them. Booking essential by contacting Damien Ahern at West Limerick Resources on 087 9042477 or by emailing

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