by Marian Harnet

ANNUAL DOG SHOW:  This fundraiser for Abbeyfeale’s Town Park takes place on Sunday, June 17 from 2pm.  There will be trophies for the winners of all classes.

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.

WALK AROUND KNOCKNASNA:  Scoil Naomh Pádraig, Knocknasna is proud to announce another charity event this year, in aid of “Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland”. This organisation is in need of funding and has been shown to help children with autism and their families with their social and communication skills in a very positive way. The walk will commence at 12 midday on Friday outside the school, June 15th and all are welcome to participate in our walk around the locality. We have chosen the colour “blue” as our theme, so be sure and turn up to support this very worthy cause! It promises to be a great day for pupils, parents, and members of the Abbeyfeale community. There will be a cupán tae for all after the walk with special guests!!

GLÓRACH SUMMER SOLSTICE CONCERT:  After the resounding success that was our Seán Keane concert last month, here at the Glórach Theatre we are actively preparing for the visit of Mike Hanrahan and Eleanor Shanley to the venue on Friday, June 22.  Mike Hanrahan has an extensive biography, but will be best remembered by many for being a member of the group, Stockton’s Wing.  Critically acclaimed for their expert fusion of traditional Irish music, folk and other genres, Mike penned what was probably their most famous song, Beautiful Affair.  After leaving Stockton’s Wing, Mike played with other Irish luminaries including the Furey’s, Ronnie Drew and Jim McCann.  Joining Mike on the night will be renowned Irish folk singer Eleanor Shanley, who has sang with a diverse range of famed Irish musicians throughout the years.  First coming to prominence with De Danann, Eleanor has also recorded with U2, the Dubliners and Sharon Shannon.  A wonderful night of music and song is guaranteed starting at 8.30pm, to book tickets at a very competitive €15 please contact 0871383940.

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). Price €10.

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.

ISSUES WITH IRISH WATER:  In order to highlight all issues, Councillor Liam Galvin has asked that anyone with a problem relating to Waste Water / Sewage to contact him directly and he will log everything at once with Irish Water. Liam Galvin 087 985 0435 / [email protected]

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, tickets are already selling like hot cross buns!

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