By Marian Harnett

DEATHS: Sincere sympathy is offered to the family of the late Ita Corbett, The Belfrey, and to the O’Regan family Ardagh on the death of Sheila.  May they rest in peace.

FLEADH BY THE FEALE:  Only a couple more days until Fleadh by the Feale 2021 kicks off!! All events will be on our Facebook page from Friday, April 30 – Monday, May 3.  Guaranteed to be a jam packed weekend of music, song and dance. Bígí linn!!

Artistes include:  John Forde, Jackie Murphy, Laura O’Donoghue, Adrian O’Leary, Ian Sheehy, Muireann Hickey, Comhaltas Teampall An Ghleanntáin-Templeglantine, Brogan McAuliffe, Thomas Ahern, Elle Marie O’Dwyer Music, Billy McComiskey, Joseph McNulty, Fuinneamh, Máire Ní Chonchúir, James O’Connor, Micheal Broderick, Padraig Enright, Eibhlin Healy, Jackie Healy, Natasha Sheehy, Husband and wife: Mairead Corridan, Gearóid Keating, Darragh Horan, Greta Curtin, Jessie Healy, Singing Sisters: Eibhlín and Catherine Broderick. Liam Broderick, Louise Mulcahy, Michelle Mulcahy, The Murphy Family, Denis Curtin.

CAMPAIGN TO STOP ANTI SOCIAL BEHAVOUR IN ABBEYFEALE:  Cllr. Liam Galvin is seeking signatures on the following petition:  “ That the Minister for Justice enacts legislation or amends current legislation, as necessary, to put the onus on parents of children under 16 who are gathering /loitering in public areas and engaging in anti-social behaviour, to be responsible for their children and that sanctions be imposed on parents whose children are engaging in such behaviour by means of fines and that these fines would be recovered by means of attachment of earnings, if applicable.”  You can sign on line on Cllr. Galvin’s FB page or the Abbeyfeale Community Group FB page.  You can also contact Cllr. Galvin on 087 9850435.

CONGRATULATIONS: Sr. Agnes Fitzgerald, Sr. Consillo’s sister and a native of Brosna, was awarded Person of the Month in Limerick, she has spent 39 years working in Cuan Mhuire.

ACTIVE RETIRED: We are inviting expressions of interest from all Active Retired Groups to host an event/ activity for older members of your community during the month of May. All event organisers must ensure that their event is on-line, or alternatively events must be adhering to the public health guidelines that may be in place at the time.

https://www.sdcc.ie/en/news/bealtaine-festival-may-2021.html

COOKING: Certificate in Culinary Arts (Food Preparation and Cooking) starts on Monday, May 10. The course is fully funded, so no fees are payable. It runs for 20 weeks full time and aims to develop a range of basic food prep, cooking and culinary arts skills. Each learner will be based in an industry standard production kitchen at Kerry College’s Clash Road Campus and will have their own workstation. Apply here now: https://kerrycollege.ie/full-time-courses/food-preparation-and-cooking-culinary-arts-tralee/

CHURCH NEWS: Mass Intentions: Thursday 10am Ann Romain. Sean O’Mahony, Caherhayes 8th Anniversary.  Friday 10am Deceased members of the Hughes & McEnnis Families.  No Saturday morning 6.30pm Mai & Tade Collins, Ballaugh.  Sunday 10am Mary & James Scully, Mountmahon.  Denis & Ellen Collins, Purt and deceased members of the Geary family. 12 noon Stasia & John McGill and deceased family members. Sincere thanks to parishioners who continue to support the church through their weekly offerings. Your weekly contributions enable us to keep the parish functioning and we are grateful for that. As well as using the weekly envelopes, parishioners can also use the DONATE button on the parish website www.abbeyfealeparish.ie. An increasing number of parishioners are opting to use this electronic donating system. It is a completely secure and confidential method of supporting the church. Fr Tony Mullins 0872600414, Fr Dan Lane (Retired) 087/2533030, Fr Denis Mullane 087/26219.

NOTICE TO PUBLIC:  As a result of the Coronavirus, all West Limerick Resources events, Training Courses, Workshops and Face-to-Face Meetings are postponed until further notice. Staff are available to respond to clients and community groups by email or phone in relation to West Limerick Resources work and projects. Please check our Website on www.wlr.ie or Facebook on https://www.facebook.com/WestLimerickResources for further updates or contact the main office landline 069 62222 with any queries and you will be directed to the appropriate staff member.

LOCAL ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE:  Are you interested in developing or expanding your social enterprise? Have you an innovative approach to addressing community needs? ‘Cooperating to Succeed’ is an imaginative yet practical programme designed to support social entrepreneurs, providing a year-long training and support package, tailored to your current needs. For further information please contact kmurray@wlr.ie or 069 66294.

HELPLINES:  COVID-19 Support Line for Older People: The support line is open every day, 8am-8pm, by calling 081 822 2024.  Hospice Bereavement Line 1800807077 Monday to Friday 10am – 1pm. Jigsaw support line is now up and running on freefone 1800 JIGSAW (544 729). It will provide free mental health support and advice to young people aged 12 to 25 years old, and parents or concerned adults who live in the Republic of Ireland.  Text 50808 to receive support from a volunteer.  A helpline for Men suffering domestic abuse operates 36 hours a week on 1800816588.    Men’s Aid (Amen) 01 5543811 Monday – Friday 9-5pm.   24 hour helplines for women suffering domestic abuse 1800 341900 or Adapt 1800 200504.  Limerick Social Services: 061-314111. AA 061/311222 Al-Anon 086/8143425. Parent Support worker 068/31019.  Accord NCW 069/61000.   Samaritans Freephone 116123 or text 087/2609090 or email Aware (Depression & Anxiety) 1980 303 302 National Suicide Helpline (Pieta House) 1800 247 247 Irish Advocacy Network (Peer advocacy in mental health) 01 872 8684 Pieta House (Suicide & self-harm) 01 623 5606 IACP (Counselling & Psychotherapy) 01 230 3536 311222.